The Amityville Echo The Student News Site of Amityville Memorial High School Mon, 24 Feb 2020 19:51:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Importance of Valentine’s Day Fri, 14 Feb 2020 19:43:41 +0000 People often argue that Valentine’s day, like most holidays, is a marketing scam. Well this holiday didn’t begin with giant teddy bears and chocolate hearts the size of a person. But, this is where we are now. Those who argue against the holiday tend to bash the fact that they either don’t have a lover or they don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars to impress their lover. However, you don’t need to shell out cash that would make Mr. Krabs have a stroke three times in a row. Valentine’s Day isn’t just a materialistic celebration that orbits around the idea of “How much cash could I waste on flowers that will die in a day and chocolate that’ll be gone less than a minute”. Oh, my dear reader, it’s much more than that. 

Valentine’s Day isn’t about the money or the size of a teddy bear, though getting one of those giant bears would be great on any day. It’s about love and appreciation for your lover, a reminder of how love is a true and pure aspect of life that should be special and get its own holiday. Don’t lie, you used to love making those valentine boxes and receiving little lollipops and Fun Dip from friends. Speaking of friends, this is a holiday for them too. Valentine’s day is always celebrated as a day for lovers, but the holiday itself is generally focused on love. Some people forget it’s okay to love your friends, it forms a healthy relationship and a strong bond. Friends take this holiday and make it an opportunity to show how much they care for each other. Instead of bashing this holiday every second you get because you aren’t in a relationship, think about how you could use this holiday to spread love to others who need it most.

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Valentine’s Day Rant! Fri, 14 Feb 2020 19:36:14 +0000 UGH, it’s that time of the year again. Valentine’s Day, possibly the worst holiday of the year. The holiday where everyone brags and spoils their special somebody while all of the unfortunate lonely people are left to wallow in sadness while being forced to watch all the happy couples around them. It is not a pleasant time for a lot of people. Especially for teens in high school. The salt levels are especially high there.

What good does Valentine’s Day even do anyway? Besides increasing chocolate and giant teddy bear sales, it is basically a useless holiday. Oh a special day where couples get to act extra lovey-dovey? Isn’t that basically what anniversaries are for? And what about the people who aren’t lucky enough to have a partner to embrace this holiday with? God forbid any of those unfortunate single souls have any kind of mental health issue like depression or anxiety, imagine being in that situation and having to deal with multiple couples around you being obnoxious as possible. Why do some couples feel the need to only show extra love towards each other on one specific day? In conclusion Valentine’s Day is a completely useless holiday and all it really does is cause people sadness and anger.

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Mamba Out Mon, 10 Feb 2020 19:56:50 +0000 The world was rocked to its core last week when it lost a legend who was both an inspiration and an influencer. On January 26, 2020, Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter along with 9 others were on a helicopter departing for a basketball game at Bryant Mamba Academy in Thousand Oaks, California when they crashed into the side of a mountain.

The news of Kobe’s death quickly spread on social media where people ultimately thought it was a prank and perhaps hoped it was a prank. When people found out the truth it hit them deep in their  hearts. Slowly, people began realizing that the Black Mamba was gone.

Kobe Bryant was 41 years old when he passed and his daughter Gigi was only 13. We later found out that the crash had seven other victims on board as well. Players and family and friends who knew of the Bryant family sent their condolences.

The death of Kobe and Gigi impacted Kobe’s wife, Vanessa Laine Bryant and Kobe’s friends. Shaquille O’Neal was in deep sorrow and could not finish his sentences without crying. People also formed an impromptu memorial at the Staples Center, where the Los Angeles Lakers, the team with whom Bryant had spent his entire professional career, play, just hours before the arena was scheduled to host the Grammy Awards. During the ceremony, host Alicia Keys and Boyz II Men performed “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” in tribute to Bryant, and other performers, including Lil Nas X, Lizzo, Run-DMC, Aerosmith and DJ Khaled, incorporated tributes to Bryant in their performances.

Kobe’s work ethic and legacy reached far beyond most others in the history of the league, and his impact on the NBA will be felt for decades to come. In the words of Kobe himself, “Mamba out.” 

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OPEN MIC! Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:22:39 +0000 Got bars? Poems, stories, songs? Showcase your talents at the second annual AMHS Open Mic “Night.” Stop by the auditorium on Wednesday, February 5th from 2-3:30 pm. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Jump on stage or enjoy from the audience!

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Is “You” For You? Mon, 27 Jan 2020 20:01:59 +0000 On September 9th, 2018 Lifetime released a brand new TV show called “You.” After season one the show suffered from low ratings and was moved to the popular streaming service, Netflix where it became a huge success and was eventually renewed for a second season which was already released.

For anyone who has never watched or heard about “You,” I won’t give away any major spoilers as the show has many twists and turns, but the main plot revolves around a sociopath who will go beyond any means to get the girl of his dreams and make her happy. If I was rating this show out of 10 stars I would give it either a 7 or 8 depending on the individual episodes.

If you are a fan of thrillers or shows involving crime and murder, then this show is perfect for you. The writers expertly nailed down the perspective of a sociopath and how his mind works and functions. This is very important to the show because “Joe” the main character of the show is a sociopath and although many people may think he’s a good guy, he makes some controversial decisions that can alter the entire trajectory of the show. “You” may not be for certain people if they aren’t into lots of far-fetched ideas and drama between characters, but if you like these types of shows I would definitely recommend “You” to you.

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The Box Mon, 27 Jan 2020 19:48:05 +0000 Your suggestions and/or complaints will finally be heard. Yes, that’s right, you can finally overfill a box with suggestions and/or complaints that will be taken in by the student council and then brought to light with Mr. Plaia. The box is a red box located near the main doors with the name “The Box” printed on it. There are index cards and a pen available for you to write your thoughts on.

Many students complain about not feeling heard so this is their chance to finally voice their thoughts!

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Australia On Fire Fri, 17 Jan 2020 13:27:18 +0000 It’s all over the internet, there’s videos of koalas clinging to their life. Thousand of animals are dying. The fire season began in late July and Australia is being destroyed by the worst wildfires seen in decades. Nationwide, 28 people have died. In New South Wales alone, more than 2000 homes have been destroyed or damaged. 

For months, the fire has been burning, consuming nearly 18 million acres of land, killing potentially millions of animals and causing thousands to evacuate. There’s also no signs that show it’s going to get better. New South Wales, where both Sydney and Australia’s capital Canberra are located, declared a state of emergency this week, as worsening weather conditions could lead to even greater fire danger. 

The state and federal authorities  are struggling to stop the massive fires, even with firefighting assistance from other countries, including the United States. A lot of people have the theory that climate change has made this natural disaster go from bad to worse.

There have been fires in every Australian state, but New South Wales has seen the worst fires. The fires range in area from small blazes, isolated buildings or part of a neighborhood to massive wildfires that occupy entire hectares of land. Some start and are contained in a matter of days, but the biggest blazes have been burning for months. In NSW alone, more than 100 fires are still burning. 

Now let’s look at the situation more closely. First of all, you probably ask yourself what is causing the fires. Mostly it’s natural causes and the fires occur every year in fire season during the Australian summer. Although humans can also be the blame, NSW police have charged at least 24 people with starting bushfires, and have taken legal action against 183 people for fire-related offenses since November, according to a police statement. 

The reason why the fires got so bad this year is that the last spring was the driest it has been in a long time. Meanwhile, a heatwave in December broke the record for highest nationwide average temperature, over 120 degrees Fahrenheit.  Strong winds also made the fire and smoke spread faster. Experts say that climate change has worsened the reach and impact of natural disasters like fires and floods. Weather conditions are growing more extreme, and for years, the fires have been starting earlier in the season and spreading with greater intensity. 

There are many videos circulating on the internet showing the animals that are hurt or dying from the fires. A half a billion of animals have been affected by the fire, millions are probably dead. Almost a third of koalas in New South Wales have been killed, and a third of their habitat has been destroyed.

Unfortunately, Australia is only about halfway through its summer season. Normally, temperatures climax in January and February, meaning the country could be months away from finding relief. One way you can help with this disaster is by donating money to a reputable organization. Every cent helps! 


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Amityville’s DECA Wins Big! Mon, 13 Jan 2020 19:56:08 +0000 On January 8, 2020, 13 students participated in a conference for the DECA Business Club at Suffolk Community College. Out of these 13, 7 of them earned awards in the events they participated in.  

Among the 7 who placed, two of the students, sophomore Mikhail Ankudovych and senior Amelia Tisk earned first place in their categories, Principles of Business Management & Administration and Principles of Hospitality & Tourism respectively.  

The other students who placed were veterans Jeffrey Reyes-Espinal in Human Resource Management, Alexa Victor in Marketing Communications, and Crystal Fells in Apparel and Accessories Marketing.  Newcomers Trinity Tobin and Kevin Zelaya also placed in their categories. (Quick Serve Restaurant Management and Entrepreneurship) 

But what is DECA? 

DECA stands for Distributive Education Clubs of America, and is a not-for-profit career and technical student organization.  In this club, students learn real-life business skills and how to work efficiently within the workforce. DECA also prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs.

Every year we compete in conferences to test these skills, such as the conference that just occurred last week.  At last week’s conference we took tests and were graded on accuracy and speed, and those who placed will continue and go upstate to Rochester next month to compete again.  

DECA is an amazing club with amazing opportunities. It is run by  business teacher, Mrs. Schweigert in POA, and they meet every Monday after school.

If you are interested in joining DECA, speak to Mrs. Schweigert in POA, or you can learn more about DECA as an organization at 

Follow @amity_deca for more updates on everything DECA in Amityville!!

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Students Take In Hamilton Mon, 13 Jan 2020 19:55:57 +0000 Hamilton is a play that many have heard of but not many have seen.  In the month of December I had the pleasure of seeing the Broadway play.  In my opinion the play was not what you would expect it to be, but very well done.  

There have been many people who refuse to see the play due to thinking a play about history would be boring or their friends won’t stop listening to the songs.  I used to be one of them. But I was still very excited to see it nonetheless. Prior to this trip I had never seen a Broadway play in my life. This trip was my chance at that dream.  

As you walk into the theater you are greeted with a sight that is merchandise and exited theater goers.  There was a magic about the atmosphere. The security, although firm, were nice and the ushers seemed to love their jobs.  

Then there was the wait for the beginning.  I took this time to really take in the set. You could tell that it was well done but it also looked like it was realistic to the time period.  It was beautiful. The stage was smaller than expected, however that gives you more of an appreciation for their work.

The play started with Hamilton’s background.  From the beginning there was a message. However also from the beginning you could tell that some cringe would take place. And that did deliver.  While most of the background dancing was typical, they added in way too many hidden dabs. The first couple were funny but by the war it was so unnecessary.

Speaking of things the play did wrong, let’s look at Jefferson.  I enjoyed that the play was full of people with many ethnicities but Jefferson’s shoes are unforgivable.  There were buckles on them! Jefferson was very France-oriented; he was basically in love with the country.  So when he came back to America he was disgusted at how much we were still like the British. Due to his love for France he refused to wear shoes with buckles on them. He believed they were too British. Any research on Jefferson would show this. This just shows that the parts of those who were not Hamilton were poorly researched. 

(However in the cast we saw Jefferson and Raphael were played by the Genie in Aladdin. Yay!!!)

The best part however was any scene with the king in it.  He was obviously the comedic relief in the play. Everything he did only proved to make him more cocky, yet hilarious.  Throughout the play, you could see how Hamilton grows more reasonable, yet somehow a little too full of himself. This fact was made very obvious in the song Non-Stop which is a personal favorite.  

The most empowering part of the play was the ending.  It completely changes perspectives. It gives more insight into the other characters.  It’s really bittersweet.

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Amity Secret Returns! Mon, 06 Jan 2020 19:43:02 +0000 Amity Secret is being reintroduced to Amityville Memorial High School for the 2019-2020 school year. Amity Secret is a special box where students can anonymously submit their secrets into the box located in the front entrance lobby. These secrets can range from regrets to life goals. There is no limit to how much or how little you must write. This offers students an escape if they have trouble talking to peers or staff about issues revolving around their life. This program was implemented here over 10 years ago and ran for 3 years straight. At the end of the year the secrets are displayed inside a booklet where future students can cross reference their own experiences with others who felt the same issues. The Amity Secret Box is open every school day and at any time. If you’re interested in submitting a secret stop by anytime you want! 

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