The Lion's Roar The student news site of Cherry Hill High School West Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:29:47 +0000 en-US hourly 1 NHS Inductions Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:18:34 +0000 The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony took place on Tuesday, January 14th at Cherry Hill High School West. This was a lovely evening filled with recognition of the outstanding academic achievement of the students being inducted. Families and friends of the inductees gathered to witness the ceremony that resulted in the induction of 43 new members. 

The evening commenced with Men of Note singing a beautiful song selection and the National Anthem. Following this, the National Honor Society Adviser Mrs.Castellani welcomed all of the inductees and their families. After this, the officers began the process of induction into the Society. President of the National Honor Society, Calvin Aliferov, began with a speech addressing the inductees and commending their hard work. Then, Vice President Maria Mousa, Secretary Gillian Sweeney, Treasurer Matthew Anderson, and Executive Board Member Jack Marble each explained the importance of the four pillars that embody the Society. These four pillars are Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character, and truly constitute the attributes that each of the inductees possess. After each pillar was explained, a candle was lit to portray these four core values of the Society. 

After the candle lighting ceremony, Executive Board Members Samarth Patel and Kerrigan Donnelly called up each inductee individually to sign the registry and receive their certificate. Once all names were called, inductees prepared to recite the induction pledge to be admitted into the Society. In unison, the pledge took place and inductees were officially members. Dr.Morton, Principal of Cherry Hill High School West, gave congratulations to all of the new members and explained the significance of their academic achievement. Dr.Morton also encouraged students to use this induction ceremony as, not the end, but the beginning of their journey through academic and future success. 

To end the induction ceremony, inductees and officers sang the Alma Mater. This was heartwarming because West alums attending the event joined in as well. Following this, inductees and their families celebrated outside of the theatre and enjoyed delicious sweets served by The Advanced Cooking Class. Congratulations to all of the newest inductees into the National Honor Society for their hard work and continued determination.

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Superbowl 2020 Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:12:47 +0000 On February 2, 2020 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida Super Bowl 54 took place with the Kansas City Chiefs playing against the San Francisco 49ers. The Kansas City Chiefs took home the Vince Lombardi Trophy with a win of 31-20.

     This was the Chief’s first Super Bowl win in more than 50 years although, at first, the 49ers were in control of the Chiefs. They held a 20-10 lead mid-way through the fourth quarter until a 44-yard pass from Patrick Mahomes to wide receiver Tyreek Hill on 3rd-and-15 which was a major comeback. Receiver Sammy Watkins said, “That lifted our team up. It was third-and-forever.” Next with an 11 point lead Mahomes passed the ball to Sammy Watkins who scored a 60-yard touchdown pass making it a game-winning score. The last play ended with Damien Williams scoring a 38-yard touchdown and the Chiefs winning  31-20.

     Kyle Shanahan, the 49ers head coach, has responded about their loss saying, “We had opportunities to win that and came up short. Win or lose, it doesn’t change how I feel about our team. I’m proud of all of the guys for what they did all year, and I’m proud of what they did today.” 

     Patrick Mahomes, Kansas City’s quarterback was named the Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Award becoming the youngest player ever to win the award at 24 years old. Mahomes also joins Ben Roethlisber and Tom Brady as the only quarterbacks to get a Lombardi Trophy before their 25th birthday. “We never give up,” Mahomes said. “I think those guys, the leaders that we have on this team, they have that mindset that we never give up and we’re going to fight until the end.”

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A Legend Lost Wed, 12 Feb 2020 16:09:45 +0000 Kobe Bean Bryant,an American professional basketball player, was a shooting guard for the Los Angeles Lakers where he spent 20 seasons playing for the Lakers.  Bryant was known as one of the best basketball players of all time. Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna Bryant were recently killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, right outside of Los Angeles. Kobe was just 41 years of age and daughter Gianna was just 13. The world is truly devastated by this disaster. In honor of Kobe Bryant, this is a story on his final game in the NBA where he scored 60 points in 2016. 

     Kobe Bryant’s last game was very exciting, but also very emotional. Everyone was so excited to see Kobe play his final game in the NBA, but others felt differently. They were very upset to see Kobe leave basketball. He wanted to enjoy time with his family and friends.  Lebron James was upset that he and Kobe never met in a playoff or final game together. He stated, “I know the world wanted to see it. I wanted it, we wanted it. He held up his end and I didn’t hold up my end, and I hate that. I hate that that didn’t happen.”

     At the end of the game, Kobe gave a farewell speech to the fans and everyone was very upset. Kobe’s last words to the basketball universe was, “Mamba out.” The reason Bryant said this was because throughout the 20 years Kobe played basketball he was given the name, “The Black Mamba”.   Kobe dropped 60 points in his final game in the NBA and he’s only had a 60 point game a few times in his amazing career.

       On January 31,  Lebron James gave Bryant another tribute.  Before the game in Portland, Lebron James stated, “Now, I got something written down. They asked me to stay on court for whatever the case may be but, Laker nation, man, I would be selling you short if I read off this {expletive} so this one is coming from the heart.” Lebron James and all of Laker nation are truly devastated by Bryant’s death.  A true legend has left his yard. Kobe Bean Bryant will be missed, forever.

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Lion’s Pride Spotlight: Heather Esposito Wed, 12 Feb 2020 15:42:57 +0000 Heather Espositio is married with one daughter named Hadley who is 4 and a half years old. Mrs. Espositio was born at the Jefferson Stratford Hospital in Strattford, New Jersey in 1977. She graduated from Washington Township HighSchool in 1996.  Mrs.Esposito also got her Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education English from Villanova University in 2000. And got her Master’s Degree from Rowan University as a Reading Specialist in 2013. 


The biggest lesson Mrs. Esposito has learned working at West for 20 years is when she invites students to have a voice in what happens in the classroom, the students are more excited and willing to learn. She goes on to say “It makes the job not just about me but the students having a say and being engaged and as a result, they achieve more.” 


Mrs. Esposito’s favorite thing about West is its diversity. She believes throughout the years West has become more diverse in cultures, languages, and traditions. Mrs. Esposito was the Lion’s Roar Advisor for about 10 years but she had to stop when she took maternity leave. She also choreographed three musicals (Annie, The Wiz, and The Music Man).  Although it was very time consuming she had a lot of fun. As of now, Mrs. Esposito is the PLC Coordinator which has a lot to do with the Student Voice Movement at West. She is also leading the way of technology in the classroom and in the district. 

The advice she would give to incoming freshman is to find as many things as they can to get involved in so that they can not only be here for academics but to explore their interests at school. This way they will meet like-minded people and make their high school experience much more enjoyable.

A lot of things make Mrs. Esposito happy but her top five things are: her husband and daughter; traveling with her family or traveling for work; her job makes her happy because she genuinely loves what she does and she gets to meet great students; food makes her happy because she loves to purposely seek out weird or unusual foods to try; lastly, she loves planning.  She says “I plan a lot of the events here at West for teachers and for staff unity.”

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Gods and Monsters Wed, 12 Feb 2020 15:18:19 +0000 Every year, freshmen at Cherry Hill West study the Greek gods and mythology.

     Mr Dipatri, Freshman English teacher, says he enjoys teaching “Greek mythology because it is required to be taught and is referenced in lots of books and movies which is important for people to understand.” 

     Students read about the Greek gods that we are all familiar with like Zeus, Hades, and Poseidon. Students also studied lesser-known gods such as Artemis, Hephaestus, and Demeter. Students gather information through books and documentaries.

     In order for the students to show what they learn they do a project where they research and present information about the Greek gods. Students got to pick which god they wanted to present and included information about the god they picked from researching things such as their Roman names, their story, and what they represent.

     Connor Hawley, a freshman in Mr. Dipatri’s class, said: “It was interesting to learn about what people believed in ancient times.”

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Say Cheese Wed, 12 Feb 2020 15:14:11 +0000 Mrs. Savidge runs the Photo Club here at Cherry Hill West. They meet every Wednesday after school from 2:40-4:00 in A-10. Photo Club meets to improve students’ photo skills and have fun with people who have the same interests. You don’t need your own camera because Photo Club can give you manual film cameras and digital cameras (DSLR’s). “In Photo Club students learn about digital photography, film, and printing in the darkroom. We also create a Photo Club calendar and do other fundraising activities,” says Mrs. Savidge.   To be in Photo Club you do not have to be enrolled in a Photography class. Contact Ms. Savidge to join.


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Steppin’ Out at West Tue, 11 Feb 2020 19:25:04 +0000 The Step Team is a school activity that takes place inside of the school, not outside. The Step Team is a group of students who perform a dance using the entire body as an instrument to produce rhythms and sounds through a mixture of footsteps, spoken words, handclaps, and dramatic movements.

      The Step Team is open to anyone., They practice during the lunch break.   Currently, there are eight students participating in the Step Team. Other students have an interest and more students are giving ideas and are going to be a part of the team.

     The Team has not had any competitions so anyone participating will be a founding team member. If someone wants to get involved in the Step Team just join the Google Classroom. (The  code is at the bottom of this article.). If you have any questions, see Ms.Giles in the Student Advocate Office in room F-39. There is a bulletin board outside of F-39 with more information. The Google Classroom code for the step team is: ld04e7.

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Police Club at West Fri, 20 Dec 2019 14:19:22 +0000 Police Club is a group of students that meet once a month with officers from the Cherry Hill Police Department.  The club is directed by Lieutenant Keath Mahan, a Cherry Hill West graduate and campus police officer, Joseph Baldasare.  The Club meets to discuss law enforcement and certain topics like road stops, K-9’s and even how to become a police officer.

Police club started five years ago at High School West with Lt. Mahan and now-retired Officer Richard Bogan.  Lt. Mahan said that the number of students coming has drastically increased ever since the 2018 school year.  Meeting numbers could range from 15 to 40  students.

Police Club meets every month in A-8. Each date varies because of the scheduling of the CHPD. Please see Officer Joe for dates and details or stop by his office located in the breezeway between the middle F wing and  H wing. Please look for flyers hung up in the hallway with meeting information.

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FOP Party 2019 Thu, 19 Dec 2019 13:00:28 +0000 The annual FOP Party took place on Monday December 16th. This is a tradition held by the Fraternal Order of Police that many people anticipate. For the past 45 years, this event has been the best way to begin the holiday season with gratitude and kindness. This is a party that the Student Government Organizations from Cherry Hill High School West and East host for hundre

ds of children with special needs within the Cherry Hill and surrounding districts at The Crowne Plaza.

The preparation for this event included the help of hundreds of volunteers between West and East, as well as the tremendous support and guidance from advisors Mrs.Hensley and Mr.Davis. This event allowed for both high schools to come together and do something great for the guests that attended. The efforts of both schools work in conjunction to create an event that many look forward to each year.

To commence the party, each group of guests was welcomed at the door with applause and cheers as volunteers walked them to their tables. Each table had three volunteers to not only bring them their meals, but to also take the children that wanted to dance to the dance floor. Guests were also given the opportunity to create crafts at an activity table and pet service dogs. Walking through the banquet hall and seeing everyone dancing and having a great time reminded us all of w

hat this day is truly about. The purpose of this event is to ensure that everyone that attended had the best day possible filled with endless holiday spirit.

Another fundamental part of this event is the Santa Room that opens up towards the end of the event. Both West and East decorate a space that transforms the Crowne Plaza into Santa’s workplace. Seeing all of the children open up to Santa, and watching their eyes widen when he knew all their names was truly magical.

Over all, the FOP party is a day that brings joy into the lives of not only those attending but the volunteers as well. Volunteers are able to meet so many people full of light and happiness. Many were dancing, and everyone overall was having a great day. This is an amazing event that I encourage students to partake in because of the positive effect it has on everyone that attends. I am certain that this is an annual event that will continue to be apart of the lives of many.

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ELL Student Challenges and Experience Wed, 18 Dec 2019 18:19:13 +0000 ELL students face a lot of challenges while they are in school but they also learn new things that help them to boost their confidence to interact with others.

ELL is an English Language Learner. ELL students are the students that are not fluent in the English language.

ELL class helps a lot of students to be more proficient in the English language. ELL class teaches not only the English language also other new things from other cultures, languages, and from other countries.

English language learners experience anxiety because they are not accustomed to the culture or the language around them. They fear being teased by their peers and sometimes even by their teachers for mispronouncing words or misinterpreting content. But because of ELL class, most students gain their confidence and they are trying their best to interact with others even though they are not fluent in English language.


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