Sneakers: Are They Really Worth It

To most people sneakers don’t mean anything but things you put your feet in. But to some people they mean much more. I wouldn’t hesitate to spend $250 on a pair of sneakers, but some people consider that crazy. To me and other sneakerheads out there, it would be worth every penny. The reason why I got into this craze is that it makes you feel elite. To me it is like getting a fancy new car. Everyone notices and immediately thinks that this person has class. Most of the time I judge people just by what kicks they have. Although collecting shoes is expensive, it is a fun hobby. The sneaker that got me into shoes were the Lebron 9 Breds. When I wore them I felt amazing. Even though they don’t do anything, you feel like you have purpose. I knew I needed more. The issue was, and still is, convincing my parents to let me buy them. For some reason, they feel sneakers are a waste of money, and I’ll always be interested in getting the next new pair. Although they are right about the later, to me sneakers are everything. It’s a sign of class, personality, and style. Whenever I buy shoes it comes right of my own pocket, so I don’t see why they would have an issue about it.


Shoes are not worth their price tags, but how much they mean to you. Most sneakerheads have a “Holy Grail” pair of sneakers, that they would give an arm and a leg for. Personally, mine would have to be the Galaxy Foamposites, but those are pretty much unattainable unless you are willing to pay $800. The main issue in the sneaker game is the crazy resale prices. If you aren’t willing to camp for a pair of sneakers, you will only be able to get them for double the price at a third party store. Sneakers mean a lot to me and lots of sneakerheads around the world.

Chicago Bulls defeat streaking Heat

On Wednesday March 27th, 2012 at about 6:00 pm at the United Center in Chicago Illinois, the Miami Heat were ready to stroll in and get their 28th win in a row. They were trying to brake the 33 Game win streak from the 71-72 Los Angeles Lakers during the Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West era. The struggling Chicago Bulls had other plans. They were trying to end the mighty Heat streak by playing hard nosed 70s smash mouth basketball. And that they did, and Bulls Point guard Kirk Hinrich Slammed Lebron James to the ground when James was on a fast break. Lebron was furious with the refs and thought Hinrich should have been ejected but for the fans of Chicago they absolutely loved it. I also loved it. The Bulls play tough Basketball and would never let the Miami show boats do trick dunks against them. Many of the Heat players said that because of the awful fouls is the reason they lost, but that should be how all N.B.A teams play against them because they do not like to get fouled. All in all it was a great win for Chicago and I personally loved the game.

A Piano With a Meaning


A Piano With a Meaning

This Piano from the early 1900’s may be a piece of junk to some people. Historically wise this piano is a treasure. The famous song writer Cole Porter snag and played at this very piano.Sitting up in the attic of the Daniels Gymnasium of Worcester Academy this wonderful piano has collected dust over the years. If you can help in any way to restore Cole Porters piano please do so!!!

It Was A Nail Biter

I am pretty sure all my nails are gone, but all you are probably wondering is what happened? Let me say it was one of the strongest girls basketball high school games ever. Worcester Academy took on Milton Academy, who is also a strong team. They give the best support to each other, and I wish one day I will be on a team like that.

The girls had never played against Milton Academy, and they had no idea what to expect. All they knew was Milton was the fifth seed, and Worcester Academy was the third seed. Worcester Academy knew it was going to be a close game, and it sure was.

In the beginning of the first half, it seemed they were not playing their best. It seemed to me they were a little anxious. I would be to because it was a playoff game! The playoffs were one game elimination which means, you lose one game you are out. The strong Worcester Academy team was not playing to their best ability because they were making messy passes, throwing it out of bounds, and fouling a lot. I feel like they were not focused. Once it came close to the end of the first half they were getting back on their feet and making the score come back to normal again. They were trailing behind a lot before. As the buzzer buzzed for the end of the first half, I was hoping they were going to come out with a strong win. Sure was everyone else.

When they came out for the second half, they looked stronger and more pumped. They were ready to come out and sweep Milton. It was crazy, they lost it again but only by a few points. They finally caught back up to only a few points behind, and the clock was running and there were only three minutes left. We were behind 37-41. We needed to come back so badly. One of the girls Lexi on the team came in, and she turned the game around. She stole the ball and made them turn it over. The clock was counting down with thirty seconds to go, and they had tied it up. Then buzz, the time clock made the sound, and we had got ourselves into overtime.

Overtime was a thrill ride. In the first minute we got ahead with two points, and then they did too. It just kept going back and forth like ping-pong until, Lydia on the Worcester Academy team hit a three pointer! We had a lead and then, boom they scored a lead of only one point and there were only thirty seconds left. Everyone was standing a cringing wishing for a win. We lost the ball and one of the girls on the other team held the ball for the last five seconds and it was over. We lost. No it could not be,and no one could believe it. They had only lost by one point! I felt so bad for them because I know how it feels, and my game was not even a playoff game. All night, my sister and I could still not believe they had lost.

Hopefully, they think of how they had a great season and are great sports. I will love seeing the game against Milton next year.

Struggling Stanley cup champs


The Stanley cup champions Los Angeles Kings who happen to be my favorite team have had a little bit of what the call “a Stanley cup Hangover” as the have come out this season in last place in the pacific division. There top players Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty have not been playing up to there ability and it is one pretty obvious reason why they are not doing great.

The team has only 10 points in 12 games and is second to last in the western conference. “Were simply not scoring” said Kings head coach Daryl Suter. And he is right. They only have 26 goals and first place Chicago Blackhawks have 44 goals and are soaring this year atop the western conference. With there only being 48 games this year it will be very difficult for the Kings to get out of this and get a playoff spot. Personally I think that they will overcome this drought  just like they did last year and possibly make it right back to the Stanley cup playoffs. It is a hard task but if there best players start to perform like the normally do they will be Stanley cup champs yet again.

The team has about 35 games left and with each game being 2% of there season the will need to start winning very fast. A lot of there losses have been in over time or last second goals in the third period. If they can start winning these close games the Kings would probably have a winning record and be soaring in there conference. All in all, the Kings have not had a very successful start to the short 48 game season.

Avalanche Warnings.

Dear skiers,

Many of you are taking a trip into the backcountry. Skiing is very fun and most people do it on there free time. However, there are many dangers in this activity. If you decide to go there are many signs that you can tell if there is an avalanche and ways to help you get out if you unfortunately experience one.

If you are on a slope and you are getting ready to ski there are some signs that an avalanche is likely. Watch to see if there is too much space between snow particles and sudden changes in the weather. Also if there are high slopes and bits of fresh snow I suggest not skiing down them unless you want to die. If you unfortunately experience one there are some ways to stay safe from avalanches. Bring a shovel for digging just in case someone gets trapped under the snow and make sure everyone in your group has one so they can all help. Also bring a beacon for locating a person under the snow. And lastly, consider purchasing a body float made by North Face that helps keep you on top of the snow. I know it is very expensive but would you rather pay $1,179 dollars for a safety jacket or would you rather be dead? This is why you should be very careful if you decide to do this extreme skiing.

This is a very dangerous activity and know that people enjoy it but please be extremely careful. Please go out and buy all the things in this essay because it can happen to anyone and you don’t want it to be you. You don’t want this skiing trip to be your last. Please listen to my advice and be very careful if you decide to go.

Love, Mariano

How Steroids Have Impacted Sports


In today’s sports, such as baseball, basketball, and football, athletes need to be in prime condition in order to compete at such a high level. Year after year athletes are elevating their sport. Competing at the level they are at is getting harder and harder each and every year. They are setting the bar so high that it almost feels impossible to make it as a young athlete. Athletes all have their ways of staying strong, fit, and fueled. Some drink sports drinks and eat hefty meals. Some work out and do it the old way. Some athletes choose to disregard the right and legal way and take performance enhancing drugs.

These drugs make you stronger, faster, and can make you go longer. These drugs are very effective  and help a lot, but the fact of the matter is, they are illegal. It’s no question these are unfair. It’s like if Tom Brady had a bionic arm and the rest of the quarterbacks had just a normal arm. It’s unfair and just not right. These drugs can also give you major side effects like chest pains, bleeding, headaches, and in some cases more serious conditions, like heart problems and brain failure.

One big controversy regarding PED’s, ( Performance Enhancing Drugs ) right now, is cyclist Lance Armstrong’s confession to drug use. Lance Armstrong is an American cyclist who won many events such as the tour de france, the longest and most popular race in the world, several times. He is an icon for any cyclist. He has always seemed like a very nice and innocent guy and nobody thought he would do drugs. But recently he was tested positive for PED’s. He has just confessed last week to Oprah on live television that he has used PED’s most of his career.  A lot of people neglect that their is actually a large use of this in cycling. A top – notch professional cyclist can travel 20 miles per hour up a pitch of 40 degrees and can do this for at least 45 minutes without losing energy. Even though Lance is incredibly fit, later towards his career he needed that little boost to enable him to still compete, and that is what led to Lance’s drug use problem.

 It makes a lot of people mad at what sports are coming too these days. Steroids are unfair and a little bit selfish too. A lot of people don’t care much if someone is doing PED’s, but it really is cheating. I feel that about one – quarter of the top athletes are doing drugs. Athletes are doing whatever they can and taking whatever they can, to make the millions they are and to stay on top of their sport.

Wrestling: A Tough Sport

In sixth grade, when I was prompted to choose a team for winter sports, I decided that since middle school is a time of trying new things, I should try out wrestling. A number of people at my school thought … Continue reading

The Abandoned & Forgotten

The Abandoned & Forgotten

When the age of film was alive, these old reels were used every day by the projectionist. This picture was taken in the Lewis J. Warner Memorial theater at Worcester Academy. The projection rooms were used by WA almost every week for the … Continue reading

The Swimmer at Work


The Swimmer at Work

This picture shows the swimmer trying to push her way thought the barrier of water. The breast stroke kicks up the water very lightly and small waves push off towards the lane buoys. The Worcester Academy Swim Team preps for a tough season almost every day of the week. I took this with a Canon EOS 5D Mark iii and a 50-200 mm telescopic lens.