The Highlander

December 17, 2020

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Typically student athletes expect to start playing their winter sports after a short break after the end of fall sports. But winter sports, termed Season 2, Season 2A, and Season 3 by NJSIAA, the state governing board for high school sports, are on hold due to surging cases ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Whether he is playing chess at the Marshall Chess Club, working as a writer for the township of Berkeley Heights, or planning this year’s prom as Senior Class President, Desmond Lam always gives it his all.  Being one of the most involved students, both academically and in ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Recent Netflix release Emily in Paris may just be the cliché we needed. The series, produced by Darren Star, who is famous for creating Younger, 90210, and Sex and the City, stars Lily Collins, daughter of singer Phil Collins. And as you’ve guessed it, it takes place in ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ The rush a person gets from being on stage is irreplaceable and unique. Many high schoolers have longed for that feeling since March.  With limited access to normal theater activities, students have been improvising ways to still practice their passion. From writing songs to ...

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BERKLEY HEIGHTS NJ- Living through 2020 requires a list of “must-dos”: must wear a mask, must wash hands, and must socially distance. One more “must-do” to add to that list is to watch the new Netflix docu-drama, The Social Dilemma. The documentary from Jeff Orlowski explores the dangerous human ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Giovanni Staricco has performed with the GL Hilltoppers since he was a freshman. He is known for his love of the performing arts, and his contributions to the choir. As a senior, Staricco is looking forward to college and hopefully ending his time at GL on a semi-normal ...

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Ava DeZagon is a junior at Governor Livingston High School. Passionate about her animals, and spending time with her friends, Ava is caring and kind. She loves to watch movies, and has a great relationship with her mom. Ava is also very enthusiastic about her involvement as a Yearbook Club member ...

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Kyasia AhKao is a senior at Governor Livingston High School. AhKao is a varsity cheerleader. She has lived in Berkeley Heights for six years after moving from Linden, New Jersey in sixth grade. Ahkao is adopted, which she is proud of and thinks is pretty awesome.  Q: What is your favorite ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Over quarantine, people filled their extra free time with finding a new hobby, making art, baking, or maybe even exercising. I, on the other hand, spent my days devouring TV show after TV show. The choices ranged from feel-good comedies to senseless dramas, as two weeks ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- To the athletes on the Governor Livingston Boys’ Soccer and Boys’ Basketball teams, Kevin Fontana is more than a coach; he is a mentor.  Fontana’s love for soccer and basketball is something that has roots in his childhood. He played both sports at a very young age, which ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- When a COVID-19 outbreak forced a school shutdown, the Governor Livingston Field Hockey season was cut short. Despite a delayed start to the season, which began in October, the team, captained by seniors Abigail McLaughlin, Madison Young, and Emma Priore. eased into the new ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Navigating the hallways of Governor Livingston is not easy, especially with nearly a thousand students and numerous school staff. For guidance counselor Marissa Gold, that task became more difficult when she lost her sight in 2012. That is until she adopted her service dog ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - College decisions, prom dresses, and graduation caps are on every high school senior’s mind the second they hear the first bell ring on the first day of school. At least, that’s what’s supposed to happen.  Instead, vaccines, masks, and Zoom meetings have replaced those ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Vogue decided to step outside of its comfort zone in its December issue by naming Harry Styles the first solo male cover star in the history of the magazine. But also making history is what Styles is wearing.  Styles is featured on the cover wearing a blue dress and a Gucci ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Senior Brianna Cagan is involved with clubs at Governor Livingston such as Interact, Student Auxiliary, and has even started a club Student Movement Against Cancer with fellow students and adviser Jeannette Gates. In addition, Cagan is a cheerleader and is also involved with ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- The National Merit Scholarship Program (NMSQT) has announced its Class of 2021 commended students, recognizing seven Governor Livingston seniors: Matthew Chin, Caitlin Dougherty, Zachary Glenn, Desmond Lam, Aidan Pine, Joshua Vaidman, and Richard Wetterer. Each year about ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday for families to come together and give thanks.  But in recent weeks, Governor Phil Murphy has been urging people to limit their Thanksgiving celebrations in New Jersey to immediate household family, and a small number of close relatives ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - I felt an extra heavy presence of instability and inconsistency at the beginning of this school year. In addition to the unstable environment that was forced on us by COVID-19, I faced the challenge of switching from private to public school.  When I transferred to ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The introduction of hybrid instruction has forced students to adapt to learning in school from the comfort of their home. Finding an effective learning space at home is much easier said than done.  There are countless distractions, which can range from the family members ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- Armed with a love of baking and desire to open her own business, Governor Livingston High School’s culinary teacher Amy Wartel is participating in the first-ever “The Greatest Baker” virtual baking competition.  Wartel, who currently teaches Everyday Gourmet, Gourmet ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Governor Livingston adopted the latest change in its schedule to begin the second marking period on November 9. While the school will remain fully remote until December 7 after a COVID-19 outbreak closed the school for 14 days, the students will follow the new schedule ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - Among all topics discussed at the Board of Education meeting on November 12, the final topic of whether to keep snow days in the calendar had many people listening. To the joy of many students, this beloved childhood memory of having off for a snow day will live ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - An old game called Among Us is new again and has risen in popularity in the teen demographic. Among Us was downloaded over 100 million times in September alone. Originally released in 2018, the game’s users have increased during a time when social contact is limited. The ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ- With students in different cohorts, some virtual and some in-person, Governor Livingston’s Student Council planned a Halloween Spirit Week that took place over two weeks as a way to unite the school.  Students in Cohort A dressed up the week of October 19, and those in ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - With the unexpected school closure, Governor Livingston student athletes are asking themselves: what's next? Student athletes' initial reactions were heartbreaking.  Sophomore and varsity soccer player Caroline Freer said, “My initial reaction was devastating. We’ve ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Governor Livingston Boys’ Soccer team may have hit the field late this season, but the season will not be one to forget. The team competed its way to a successful season, while staying safe and socially distant.  Before each practice, players got screened by having ...

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Click here for photo gallery by John Haddad. BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - The Roselle Rams were 0-3 going into Saturday's game, however their sound and proud football program has helped them win games in the past. But, Daniel Guyton’s recipe for success that includes consistent defense and effective ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - This fall students have not skipped a beat in planning and enjoying  many of their favorite fall traditions. With the addition of a mask and some social distancing, seasonal activities can go on without a hitch. Students have various reasons why they love fall. Whether it ...

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It’s a unanimous thought that 2020 has been one of the most exhaustive years in our generation. Being a teenager during this time has introduced us to dilemmas we never thought we would experience in our youth.  Not being able to have a normal school year is one of them.  Not being able to ...

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BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ. - Every school is taking on the challenge of maintaining a successful education system, while keeping staff and students safe in the midst of COVID-19. At Governor Livingston High School, the hybrid model incorporates online learning and in-person learning.    The ...

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