Somers Girls Varsity Lacrosse Senior Night

By Sienna DeMarinis On April 28th 2021, it was the Somers Girls Lacrosse team’s Senior Night. This year, the girls varsity lacrosse team has six seniors. Anna Forbes (17), Ella Kittredge (13), and Noelle DeMarinis (21) are the team’s captains. Noelle and Ella have been on the team since their freshman year. I’m proud to... Continue Reading →

NFTs and the Ecological Cost of Digital Art

By Nick Cirillo By now, most everyone has heard of cryptocurrency – Bitcoin, Ethereum, and many others are making the rounds across investing groups – but what happens when the technology powering these currencies is infused into digital art? The technology behind Bitcoin is known as “blockchain.” After every Bitcoin transaction, information on that transaction... Continue Reading →

Virtual Music Performances 2021

By Sara Chuang Somers High School’s music program is proud to present its very first virtual concert! The concert includes performances from our concert choir, concert band, and chamber orchestra. Though live music has been more difficult to perform than ever before due to the pandemic, through the efforts of our teachers Mrs. Ferraro, Mr.... Continue Reading →

Mr. Pietris’s Secret Secretary

By Nick Cirillo SOMERS, NY – In Somers High School’s 2019-2020 Yearbook, Mr. Christopher Pietris – a science teacher known for his enthusiastic love of physics and phunny sense of humor – was awarded the “Phric & Phrac” teacher superlative. While Mr. Pietris seems to be sharing a humorous moment with a colleague, on closer... Continue Reading →

The JV Mall is Gone

By Nick Cirillo Note: This is a satire. All statements made in this article are fictional. YORKTOWN HEIGHTS – The Jefferson Valley Mall is gone. Recent eyewitness accounts have detailed that the JV Mall, a roughly 600,000 square foot shopping center, has vanished. Upon visiting the area, I can confirm that the mall is no... Continue Reading →

Recipe: Magic Cookie Bars

By Olivia Biolsi Magic cookie bars are a delicious recipe for any time of the year. They’re quick and easy and you can basically do whatever you want with them: freeze them, heat them up, throw some peanut butter chips in there; I’ve always wanted to try raisins but I’ve never had the guts. If... Continue Reading →

Recipe: Peanut Butter Cookies

By Olivia Biolsi I don’t know why, but peanut butter cookies always felt like a wintry recipe to me. There’s hardly a downside to these cookies: they’re delicious, super simple, and you can almost convince yourself they’re healthy. This recipe makes about 30 3” cookies, enough for a small party or just you... what else... Continue Reading →

SAT Removes Essay Section, SAT Subject Tests

By Sara Chuang On Tuesday, January 12, the CollegeBoard announced that they will soon be removing the optional essay section from the SAT. They will also stop administering SAT 2 Subject Tests in US testing centers.  Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, thousands of students (including myself) across the country worried over the SAT exam. The... Continue Reading →

A Violent Insurrection: The Capitol Riot

By Sean Reichbach Disclaimer: The political views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Somers Central School District. In 1814, British troops burned down the U.S. Capitol. Recently freed from the King’s reign, American President James Madison led the... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: Crazy, Stupid, Love

By Sienna DeMarinis Crazy, Stupid, Love, is a romcom movie released in 2011. Now, I am not a fan of romance/comedy movies, so I was definitely hesitant to watch this movie. But, despite my low expectations of liking the movie, Crazy, Stupid, Love completely stole my heart. The movie is very well known for its... Continue Reading →

Mr. Somers 2020

By Sara Chuang December 21, 2020 was the premiere of the very first virtual Mr. Somers! The much-loved show has been a tradition of Somers seniors for many years. Although they were unable to perform for a live audience, the four competitors (Tommy Vecchiarelli, Robert Davidson, Aidan Horvath, and Ryan Hoffman) and two hosts (Jacob... Continue Reading →

Santa Claus Receives Vaccine for COVID-19

By Nick Cirillo NORTH POLE – Dr. Anthony Fauci assured children on Sesame Street last Saturday that he had personally vaccinated Santa Claus, Earth’s resident super-spreader of holiday cheer, against COVID-19.  Though it sounds reassuring, this rings worrisome bells – an official from the World Health Association recently announced that “Santa Claus is immune to this virus.” Inconsistent... Continue Reading →

Voter Fraud? No, definitely not.

By Sean Reichbach Disclaimer: The political views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Somers Central School District. Chris Krebs is a name you may not know. He was a bureaucratic official appointed by the Trump Administration to be... Continue Reading →

The Electoral College

By Sean Reichbach Disclaimer: The political views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Somers Central School District. Joe Biden was declared president-elect on Saturday, November 7th. At this point, the major networks projected that he won Pennsylvania’s electoral... Continue Reading →

Environmental Club Holiday Craft

By Jessica Lee This year the Environmental Club is making tutorials on environmentally friendly crafts for different age groups. The age groups are 3-5, 6-8, and 9-11. The crafts are made from materials that you can find easily, often recyclables. Some crafts are: Cardboard gingerbread housePaper plate menorah Toilet paper roll carsEtc. The crafts can be... Continue Reading →

Sincerely, Social Media

By Abby Abatecola Note: This article contains the opinions of one student. It does not reflect the position of The Tusker Times, Somers High School, or the Somers Central School District. I know you’ve probably read about social media and the effects it can have on people, but here’s something different to read about it... Continue Reading →

On COVID Scheduling

By Sara Chuang Note: This article contains the opinions of one student. It does not reflect the position of The Tusker Times, Somers High School, or the Somers Central School District. In the past three months, Somers High School has multiple COVID-19 scares which have required contact tracing, school closure, and quarantining for dozens of... Continue Reading →

How AI Could Become Ethically Compromised

By Nick Cirillo If you have ever read science-fiction, you’ve come across the ubiquitous, Terminator-esque “Evil Artificial Intelligence.” A computer program gone awry that tries to destroy the humans that created it. It might seem far fetched now, but as AI develops in the real world, it will only become smarter. Artificial Intelligence learns from... Continue Reading →

Movie Review: The Dark Knight

By Sienna DeMarinis The Dark Knight is a Batman movie that was released in 2008. I recently watched this movie and can confidently say that it is in my top five favorite movies of all time. Christain Bale was not my favorite actor to play Batman; but what I didn’t like about Christain Bale, Heath... Continue Reading →

Polar Plunge Continues Virtually!

By Olivia Biolsi The Polar Plunge is an annual event that raises tens of thousands of dollars each year for the Special Olympics New York program. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Special Olympics New York program, and the 12th year of Westchester’s Polar Plunge event. It is the highlight of the year... Continue Reading →

The 2020 Election

By Sean Reichbach Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Somers Central School District. The next president of the United States will be Joseph R. Biden Jr. Biden has been through a lifetime of experience, often... Continue Reading →

Girls Varsity Soccer Season Recap

By Sienna DeMarinis This year, Somers Soccer has a new coaching staff. Kelci Hegg is the new Head Coach for varsity, with Justin McCarthy as the Assistant Coach. The girls’ JV team also has a new coach, Harrison Deegan. Varsity has a current record of 4-3, with wins against Walter Panas, Brewster and Lakeland. The... Continue Reading →

Book Review: Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

By Nitin Seshadri Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi tells the story of two African families, one Asante and the other Fante, starting in eighteenth-century Ghana. Two half-sisters, one from each family, are related, but neither is aware of the other. The novel traces the parallel paths, actions, and happenings of these half-sisters and over 10 different... Continue Reading →

The Final Presidential Debate

By Sean Reichbach Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Somers Central School District. If any considerable knowledge came to American voters from the presidential debates this year, it’s that Joe Biden and Donald Trump are... Continue Reading →

A History of Halloween Costumes

By Sara Chuang As we get into the spooky Halloween season, you might be pondering over what your Halloween costume this year might be. If you’re looking for some inspiration, why not look to the past for some ideas? Halloween has a surprisingly long history, and costumes are a major part of it from the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: A Prayer for Owen Meany

By Nitin Seshadri A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving tells the story of Johnny Wheelwright, the narrator, and his friend, Owen Meany, growing up together in the fictional town of Gravesend, New Hampshire in the 1950s and 1960s. While Johnny Wheelwright is the narrator, it’s really Owen Meany who is the hero of... Continue Reading →

The First Presidential Debate

By Sean Reichbach Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the individual author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Somers Central School District. For the tens of millions tuning in at home, and especially because of the pandemic continuing to ravage many communities, feelings... Continue Reading →

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