The Phantom Voice
The Phantom Voice
As the 2017-2018 school year comes to an end, we'd like to thank all our readers and journalists for a great year! To the Class of 2018, Good Luck!!
April 27th 2018, Marvel released the highly anticipated new movie, Infinity War. The film drew in 258,000,000 dollars in its opening weekend; But was the film worth 285 million? Absolutely!
Infinity War has been in the works for ten years now. Every movie released since 2008’s Iron Man has been leading up to now. In Infinity War, Thanos, the most powerful being in the universe, is collecting infinity stones. Infinity stones keep the balance in the universe. Thanos’ plan when he has all six stones - time, mind, soul, reality, power, and space - is to wipe out half of the universe’s population. He believes his plan will achieve ultimate peace. It is now up to The Avengers, with the addition of The Guardians of the Galaxy, to save the fate of the universe.
Marvel Studios did a fantastic job leading up to the films release. All the connections that tied together in the movie was so satisfying for marvel fanatics to witness. As for the production, the special effects were stunning. 10/10 to Marvel for creating such a beautiful display. However, I am VERY disappointed with the movies ending. HALF OF OUR BELOVED HEROS JUST WENT *POOF* WITH THE SNAP OF SOME BIG PURPLE ALIEN’S FINGERS? For a fan such as myself, watching the ending scene was heartbreaking. The most heart wrenching moment in my opinion, was that of Peter Parker’s death. Tom Holland improvised the whole scene of Parker falling into the arms of Stark before crying, “I don’t wanna go”. HEART BREAKING! Holland did an unbelievable job.Viewers left with tears in their eyes and conspiracies in their minds. Many have no idea what the future holds for the Avengers. The only confirmed remaining are Tony Stark, Thor, Bruce Banner/Hulk, Black Widow/ Natasha Romanoff, Rocket, M’Baku, Nebula, Okoye, and War Machine. However, in the post credit scene. Nick Fury is seen paging Captain Marvel before he parishes. So, what will it be? Will Captain Marvel be the one to save the universe and reverse Thanos’ destructive snap? Well, we’ll find out in Avengers 4 in 2019!
We all know that Bayport Blue Point High School is a place filled with support, love, acceptance and spirit; but on May 2nd our character was displayed during the ALS Walk. Students lined up on the front lawn of the High School to cheer on the ALS Walk For Life. Just by viewing these photographs, you can feel the love and support BBP displayed for the walkers. I am extremely proud to be a part of the Bayport Blue Point community and definitely plan on participating in the Walk For Life next year!
On May 22, 2018, Bayport-Blue Point High School Student Council members participated in the annual Habitat For Humanity field trip.
Habitat For Humanity is a club that raises money throughout the school year in order to contribute to the building of a house for a low-income family.
This year, we rode a bus to Mastic Beach where we helped put the finishing touches on a house, ready for inspection. To our surprise, when we arrived, it was the same house we had worked on last year. The only difference being that the house was now, nearly ready to be lived in, while last year it was just a basic foundation where we were helping build the frame. It was thrilling to see that all the work we had done last year, had turned into this lovely elaborate home.
In order to prepare this home for the final inspection we split into groups, some patching holes in the attic insulation, others caulking the molding, and lastly a group painting the doors. By the end of the day there was very little left to complete in the house. Our group’s team effort made working on this house a simple task.
Not only was this day stupendous because we were volunteering for an amazing cause, but it was also a lot of fun. If possible, I would recommend getting involved in Habitat For Humanity next year. It is one of the most fulfilling groups you can be part of at Bayport Blue Point High School!
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By Chris Bacalla
The ability for one to have a seemingly arbitrary knowledge of a future or present event has always been tied to the stigma of irrationality and laziness. Ironically enough, psychologists have begun to speculate and experiment on the nature of intuition and its potential validity. Before we get into the experimental evidence of this, let us take a look at why psychologists would argue intuition’s validity from an evolutionary perspective.
Humans, and any animal really, must act instantaneously when living in the wild. Our ancestor did not have the luxury of methodical, logical reasoning, that our removement from the food chain now affords us. So, it would make sense that we, as a species, developed an ability to subconsciously make sense of things happening around us. We can then act" intuitively" The same may then apply, now, only in less animalistic ways. Psychologists have cited our subliminal judging people’s personalities upon meeting them as a modern manifestation of the aforementioned ability.
Participants in experiments have been supporting the hypothesis that a legitimate intuitive power exists within us. In one experiment, volunteers were challenged to win as much money as possible in having two decks of cards. One deck had large gains but large losses, the other with small gains and no losses. The volunteers did not consciously realize which deck was safer until 50 cards in, and did not know until 80 cards in. But, the sweat glands in the volunteers’ palms were detected as having opened only 10 cards in when drawing from the deck with large losses...
Besides researching further into such experiments, something I’d encourage skeptics to do is to think differently about the nature of intuition. It is not so much an arbitrary knowledge or insight; anything with an arbitrary origin is naturally worthy of doubt. Intuition is only seemingly arbitrary, because the reasoning or “calculations” are all subconscious. It’s all happening so quickly and below the tip of the iceberg that is our aware conscious. The only part of this process that reaches the tip is that “gut instinct” telling us to act one way or another. It feels as if another voice that is not us is telling us to act in these moments. That’s because that is what is happening, in a way. Our conscious is not a singular entity, but a cooperation of immeasurably complex parts, just like the rest of our biology. This is perhaps why we all have so many identity crises throughout our lives. What is the one part of us that makes us us? And if we are not in complete control, what is?
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The students of Bayport are very lucky to live in such a privileged town that provides us with top level education. Not only did we win the Blue Ribbon Award for education, but the small school aspect allows students to get a more personal and hands-on learning experience from their teachers. Extra help sessions and tutors are consistently offered to students for free and counselors are always by your side to help juniors and seniors throughout the college application process. Sports are big in Bayport, with the new turf field and striking school spirit we witness here everyday, it makes it that much easier for the kids of Bayport to excel in sports and extracurriculars. Students also have the chance to interact with the principal and faculty on serious matters, like test taking and how we can improve this school even further, which many schools do not have. Although, there are some minor things we collectively do not like, for example, the fitness test and NY regents exams, these things are all here to help us improve ourselves as students, especially moving forward into the real world of life. So thank you, Bayport Blue point schools for teaching us how to grow and prosper in our own skin, giving us a community to always come home to, and helping us succeed in our further endeavors.
~A fellow Bayport senior
By Kevin Lessing
The 2018 NBA Draft Lottery has been set, with the Phoenix Suns securing the number one pick, and the Sacramento Kings jumping all the way up to number two, after having the seventh-best odds. Assuming no trades go down on draft night, here’s a look at how the first ten picks of the draft could go down on June 21st…
2. Sacramento Kings- Luka Doncic, G, Slovenia
At 19 years old, Doncic will come to the NBA with an argument as the top European prospect in history. His game is already defined and complete, with the ability to create his own shot basically in any kind of situation: midrange game, layups, floater, three pointers are all an effective part of his offensive repertoire. He also has excellent court vision and ball handling skills, which gives him the potential to become a very good playmaker in the NBA.
3. Atlanta Hawks- Marvin Bagley, PF, Duke
Bagley has the potential to be the best player in the class if his skill level catches up with his athleticism and motor. The 19-year-old averaged 21.0 points and 11.1 rebounds per contest as a freshman. He is a dominant force on the offensive glass, and he should be a dangerous pick-and-roll threat. Pairing him up with a young John Collins would create a very promising frontcourt for the future.
4. Memphis Grizzlies- Jaren Jackson Jr., PF/C, Michigan St.
Jackson is 6’10 athletic big man with great length (7’4 wingspan and 9’1 standing reach) and outstanding athleticism, energy, and activity around the rim. At just 18 and a half years old, his potential is limitless.
5. Dallas Mavericks- Mohamed Bamba, C, Texas
Bamba is a truly elite physical specimen in terms of length, as his 7'9'' wingspan and 9'6'' standing reach immediately give him the tools to be an outstanding rim protector in the NBA. He blocked 3.7 shots per game during his stint at Texas. His offensive game is undeveloped, but the flashy sophomore Dennis Smith Jr. could help enhance it and create a powerful young duo for the team’s future.
6. Orlando Magic- Michael Porter, SF, Missouri
Porter has the potential to be a go-to scoring option on the wing. His size allows him to get his shot off over smaller opponents, and his quickness is too much for bigger defenders to handle.
7. Chicago Bulls- Wendell Carter Jr., PF/C, Duke
Carter runs the floor well, can score with finesse around the basket but also tough enough to defend the post well. At 6-10 with a 7’3” wingspan, Carter presents a strong presence both on the glass and around the rim.
8. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Brooklyn)- Trae Young, PG, Oklahoma
Young averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists per game, shot 36 percent from 3-point range and was named a first-team All-American. He could provide a huge spark for Cleveland off the bench, and this would take some pressure off of him, as lottery picks are typically obliged to turn their franchise around.
9. New York Knicks- Collin Sexton, PG, Alabama
Sexton brings tremendous aggressiveness driving the lane, taking off-the-dribble jumpers and putting defensive pressure on opposing guards. Although the Knicks have young point guards in Frank Ntilikina and Emmanuel Mudiay, Sexton seems to be their best option as a long-term starter if they could land him in the draft.
10. Philadelphia 76ers (from LA Lakers)- Mikal Bridges, SF, Villanova
Bridges is an easy player to slot in on almost any NBA roster, thanks to his multi-positional defensive versatility and role player potential. He hit 104 three-pointers at a 43.5 percent rate this past season while asserting himself as one of country’s better perimeter defenders.
By Casey Curran
One of the most popular places to eat during the summer in the Bayport-Blue Point area is Flo’s. Its located at 352 Middle Road, Blue Point, down the road from Corey Beach. Flo’s luncheonette was established in 1926 and has remained at its original location. Flo’s is the perfect place to go for lunch or dinner during the summer. You can enjoy the nice warm summer weather while eating at Flo’s. All seating is outside at picnic tables with old fashion umbrellas.
Food at Flo’s luncheonette is excellent and the prices are very reasonable. You can either stay and eat, or take it to go and enjoy it at Corey Beach. Flo’s have all kinds of food including, wraps, hamburgers, seafood, sandwiches and many more options. Flo’s is known for their amazing wraps and lobster roll. They have over 15 wraps to choose from including caesars salad, buffalo chicken, and blt wraps. The food comes out fast, even when the luncheonette is packed.
Recently over the years, Flo’s have opened up multiple locations.This year Flo’s in Patchogue opened up, located on Main Street. They have a similar menu, but with more to offer. This restaurant is opened all year long, so you don’t have to wait for the summer to come along to grab a bite at Flo’s.Flos has another location at corey beach and it’s called Floasis which opened up last summer. This places offers tacos and acai bowls. Floasis took the place of the snack stand at Corey Beach.
Flo’s luncheonette in Blue Point is a great place to go for a quick bite during the summer. The food is great, it’s family friendly, and you get to enjoy the nice summer weather.
13 Reasons Why did it again; creating a plot twisting season that serves you the horrors of bullying and mental effects it can have on a platter. I had high hopes for this new season, however, I must admit my disappointment. Not only was the continuous rage from Clay tiring to watch, but personally I felt as if some graphic scenes that they added in were not necessary. It was bittersweet for me. If you haven't watched the Netflix phenomenon yet then I suggest you scroll past this article, for it may contain spoilers to Hannah’s story.
I’ll start by listing the pros of this new season. The plot of the second season is focussed on incriminating Bryce. Throughout the episodes an anonymous person drops photos that help put Bryce behind bars, showing us polaroids of him and his multiple victims. This creates a little mystery within the show, and keeps the viewers on the edge of their couches guessing who this anonymous helper could be.
One thing I found interesting was how they distort the reality of Hannah’s story through Clay’s continually changing view of her. It makes you question the truth to all her tapes and it is almost as if they are constructing a whole new version of reality right before your eyes. In addition to contradicting the old tapes, new scenes are added into this plot that viewers did not know about before, revealing a whole new side of Hannah. Between the discovered summer fling with baseball stud Zach Dempsey and Hannah’s romantic dates with Bryce Walker, we get a glimpse into her secret life.
Most importantly, the show ended with a scene that I found heartwarming. The past two seasons are focussed on the reasons why she committed suicide. Why she decided life was not worth living, but in the last episode Hannah's mother shows Clay a list she made before she slit her wrists, a list with reasons why NOT to commit. Reasons to live! This was such a pleasant surprise because although this show is fictional, it emphasises the message to viewers that there is good in life, and Hannah’s reasons why to live showed the love she had for her friends and family and focussed on the good. It brought a little light to this show.
The first few episodes were revolved around an angry Clay. He was frustrated with his parents, friends, Hannah. Every five minutes he would be cursing at someone new, which after the second episode, it got kind of old. However, as the season goes on, he takes all that anger and turns into a “vengeful knight and Shining armour,” gettig Hannah the justice she deserves. You see the raw love he holds for Hannah, and him struggling to let her go. Not to mention, the jensen family bringing in Justin as their own son was too adorable to overlook.
If you have watched this season, then when I say that one scene was too graphic and not necessary to put in, you know exactly what I am talking about. The final episode Tyler, a character who was struggling with his “dark side” was severely beaten at school. Not going into too much detail I will just say that he was raped, and the scene was triggering for most of the audience. It was not necessary to put in. I couldn't even get through the few minutes that it lasted. I can confidently say, along with others, that this scene was worse than Hannah’s suicide. Talking to all my friends about it, they felt the same way. I strongly feel that the directors made a bad call by putting this through the final cuts. It was extremely disturbing and the worst part is it overpowers all the good things they did with this season. It ruined the show for me. If their goal was to send a powerful message then they succeeded, but the effects of that are more bad than good.
Overall this season was like a rollercoaster. It had its ups and downs, more bad than good in my personal opinion. Hannah’s story is more vividly explained and the central idea to stop bullying is portrayed well throughout, however, as mentioned before my biggest complaint is the season finale with Tyler. I do not recommend young children watching that episode, nor any one for that matter. It sticks with you and is not important to the theme of the show to know. All said and done, props go out to the cast being able to relay such important messages to all their viewers.
13 Reason Why Season 2 aired May 18, 2018.
By Aidan Somers
Solo a star wars story is the newest addition to the Star Wars universe and it’s a great film. Solo is undoubtedly a fun action movie that provides nuanced views of the saga not seen too often in the other movies. The criminal underworld is something mentioned often in the films but never truly explored. Solo exceeds in providing light to this side of the franchise. With gangster vibes throughout, the movie is able to appear unique.
While a notable director, Ron Howard has a tendency to play it safe. His films tend to feel ordinary and lack a feeling of risk. Howard to his credit took a great risk in deciding to direct this film. Considering the massive backlash even before it came out, and the firing of the previous directors, Howard had a lot of work to do. To put out a great movie amongst such controversy is impressive on it’s own.
Despite being a prequel this movie is able to feel contained enough to offer surprising elements. The plot does not feel contrived in any way and rather offers a storyline full of references without feeling like a nostalgia rollercoaster. Questions that I personally never really cared about are answered, how Solo got his name, how he made the kessel run and when the Millenium Falcon ended in his hands. The answers to these questions are almost always fun and simple. I wasn’t dying to know these things but the movie showed them in such an interesting way that I felt satisfied. To say that this movie contributes nothing to the Star Wars universe is unreasonable. Han Solo is shown in a new way through Alden Ehrenreich’s performance as he doesn’t just impersonate Harrison Ford. In some ways he misses his mark feeling different from the Han we know in a couple of scenes. But this is a different Han, he’s younger and naive in many ways. Donald Glover shines as Lando but his casting was so superb that I wasn’t worried about it to begin with. Other characters had higher expectations for me. Woody Harrelson as Tobias Beckett is a scene stealer in my opinion. He blends into the character more than arguably anyone else in the main cast. Ron Howard excels at director and proves the worth of this movie.
Many issues people took with this movie was the question of, what’s the point. Besides milking the Star Wars cash cow what did Disney hope to accomplish with this movie? The main feeling I got from this movie is that it was a passion project for those involved. Lawrence Kasdan, the author of classics such as The Empire Strikes Back, and Indiana Jones, wrote this film alongside his son. To say this is solely Disney trying to utilise the movie to promote one of the most popular characters of all time, and capitalise off nostalgia is unfair. People worked hard for this movie, and the final product was worth it in my opinion.