ALJ Student of the Month for October 2017 is senior, Emma Knutson. Emma is a member of the National, Spanish, and and Science Honor Societies. Emma is a commended National Merit Scholar by the National Merit Scholarship program, an academic competition for students who show outstanding ability and potential for academic success in college. Enrolled in over five AP courses this year, she has earned the title of College Board AP Scholar with Distinction which is granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams.
Emma is not only a star in the classroom, she is also an actress for Arthur L. Johnson's theater productions. Last Spring, she played Grandmama in The Addam’s Family Musical, and this November you will catch her on stage playing Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire. In her spare time, Emma enjoys practicing instruments such as guitar, flute, and piano. She loves to sing and gets inspiration from watching movies and reading books.
Emma will be attending college next fall in pursuit of a psychiatric degree. She also aspires to be an author of short stories and books.
Photos by Samantha Marano and Kate Humphreys
By Dan Laucik
On October 31st, ALJ celebrated its annual Senior Halloween Event. Staged in the lower gym, the participating seniors got together to show off and spread school spirit through their creative costumes.
Most of the seniors coordinated costumes in groups which included, Batman and his enemies, Power Puff Girls, Clueless, Spongebob, Shrek, and Fairly Odd Parents just to name a few. Others chose to run solo like Sam Perednia as an old lady.
The winners of the event were judged by teachers and staff. The most original costume went to Jade McCormack as a marionette. The most terrifying costume was given to Jeff Drajin as the Joker. The funniest went to Ryan Rutrano as Salt Bae. The group award went to the Batman group made up of Jeff Drajin, George Visconti, Kareem, Ryan Spallone, Chris Cundari. Finally the best all around went to Mike Adamowitz, Pat Quigley, Nick Calabrese who were dressed as the ALJ security guards.
Teachers got into the act by following their annual theme. This year’s theme was breakfast. Snap, Crackle, Pop, Iron Chef, Fruity Pebbles and French Toast made up just a few of the teachers and staff costumes. Mrs. Feeley dressed up creatively as a “Cereal Killer.”
In addition, for the first time, underclassmen were allowed to dress up if they donated $5 to help support the junior class. Vice Principal Ed Bucior, who dressed as Fred Flintstone (AKA Fruity Pebbles), said, “It was great to see so many people dressed up.”