Taylor Tackles… the split swim team

Written By: Taylor Politi

Our swim team used to be all about training and competing to show off the skills we work so hard to perfect throughout the fall. For the previous years most of the swimmers competed at many dual meets, GMACS, districts, regional, and states. This year a new group has been added that trains with the swim team, but does not compete.

“Just training with the school is a great experience. Not only are you able to practice swimming without going under the pressure of competing, you are getting fit for other sports too,” swim team captain Penelope Roca said.

This conditioning group consists mostly of water polo players getting ready to play in the spring. Water polo player Andrea Gomez believes “…being able to condition with the swim team in preparation for water polo season helps create a stronger water polo team.”

Although competing creates goals and develops resilience and determination, this conditioning group is looking like a positive option for those water polo players just trying to stay in shape or those swimmers that do not have the confidence to compete against other schools yet.

“I think it is a great opportunity for other students to earn and get a bit of exercise and maybe with a bit of motivation get them to compete for the school,” girls swimming Coach Carlos Couzo said.

Space is sometimes a problem at the pool and swimmers may have to share lanes with others to make room for the conditioning lanes. This may cause conflict, but overall the benefits outweigh the problems.  It brings all types of swimmers together and gives them an amazing opportunity to work on social skills, and stay active. Even if the pool may be crowded, it is not fazing the girls swim team who have won every swim meet so far.

 

Students rush in to the FIFA World Cup

Written By: Zara Campbell

The world’s most famous sporting event took place this summer in Russia, with some of the greatest soccer (or football as it’s called by 99% of the world) players and fans from across the globe  gathered to celebrate their diverse cultures, passion for sport, and national pride. Despite the US missing out on the prestigious competition, some of our MAST students still made the lengthy trip to Russia.

Junior, Lucas Virgil enjoyed this one-of-a-kind experience of the world cup. “[It was] definitely…memorable…because of the games and the fans, but also getting to travel around Russia and getting to talk to some [of] the people and see all the different sites” Lucas said. When asked how it was like to be exposed to such an environment, surrounded by so many fans from all over the world Lucas replied,  “The atmosphere amongst the fans from South America and Africa was jubilant and they were always chanting even if their team wasn’t even winning…fans that I saw from Europe were less active…the Senegal fans also stayed after the game to clean up garbage from their section” Here his words stand as a testament to what the World Cup is all about; it is a celebration of the diverse cultures of the different peoples of the world, from the passionate South Americans, to the more subdued Europeans, to the respectful Africans.

The World Cup is a sporting event that really transcends sport, and is more about  human nature, culture, and customs. It’s about togetherness passion and all the things that make our world so great; Let’s apply all these ideals to our daily life, here at school, and wherever we venture, to spread the joys of what makes the earth, and the peoples of it, so great.

Running with Rosin: our newest P.E. coach

Written By: Zuzelle Ramos

Christopher Rossin has gone from the classroom to the field. As the history department says goodbye to one of their fellow teachers, the athletics department welcomes their proud new member. In preparation for his future role as Athletics Director,  Rossin has begun his training. With the help of the current athletics director, Kimberlie Eidenire Rosin is learning about the responsibilities that come with his future position.

“The training has been going well, athletics start the last week in July, so since then we have been working hard to have everything ready for the start of school and beyond. From athletic packets and insurance to the scheduling of buses and paying referees, there is zero room for error, and although it was a bit overwhelming at first I feel like I am starting to hit in stride. Ms. Eidenire has worked with me through every step in the process and ensured that I did not make any (major) mistakes and she hasn’t been too tough on me for the silly ones I have made” Rossin said.  

When Rossin becomes the new athletics director, there are many things he would like to improve in the athletics program, especially school spirit.  

“We need to increase our school spirit at MAST. In the past I’ve heard about how no one went to games and head students talk about how much this team stinks and these players must not work hard. All of that made me really sad, so I decided to offer extra credit AP euro and honor world and we had a much better turn out. Symbolizing what I want most is students like Landon Watford, who went out and got their own shark suit and came to the games as the unofficial/official mascot. This is so hard to do because many students are not prideful of MAST for whatever reason, but I think everyone in administration is committed to helping us create some MAST pride,” Rossin said.

Even though Rossin was a history teacher, the switch to the field has not made a huge impact on him because he is used to these kinds of activities during the summer.

“Over the summer I work teaching many of the same things that I do now in PE (swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling) and sometimes I think I am having more fun than the students”Rosin said.

Although he has left the classroom, teaching history will always be a part of him.

“I have been teaching history now for six years and have loved every minute of it. I will definitely miss the fun of making and finding historical memes but I don’t think I will miss grading DBQs that much. Besides, I have many books on tape that I can still listen to to get my history fix,” Rossin said.