The Prism: Every Side of the Story

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This is the weirdest of times. That may not be the most glamorous way to put it, but nothing about the COVID-19 pandemic is. Nothing about it is normal. It is the perfect virus. It attacks silently but quickly and leaves you breathless. As a nerdy, soon to be pre-med student in college, even the structure of the virus is “perfect” with its crown-like shape, almost ironic in that it shows you that it can even attack the highest status of people. Kids say these are “textbook times”: an era our kids will be learning about in the years to come. This moment in our lives will follow us, and haunt us, to ensure that we make the most of our time on this planet. It shows us how important being social is for human beings, and that we can barely survive without human interaction. Besides the virus attacking our lungs, it has the utmost power to destroy our mental health. 

While the entire world seems to have shut down, the entertainment industry has been upheld through shows being shot in the living rooms of some of our favorite celebrities. You hear people on TV asking famous people how they are doing. The simple answer is “You know, we are just trying to hang in there.” All of us are just trying to hang in there. If the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us anything, it has been that a virus does not discriminate. The people we so look up to and put on a pedestal have been brought back down to earth like the rest of us. People like Jimmy Kimmel and Jimmy Fallon have to work with their kids jumping up and down around them. They have to endure the same things that us “normal” or “average” people are enduring. Yet, they have the ability to continue to reach their large audiences to depict that this is serious, and that everyone needs to stay home. This pandemic has humbled our world, who had become so caught up in the idea of classes and money. Right now, none of the material or social things matter. What matters is that we band together and stay inside, and if this virus has not proven that celebrities are real people and are just as likely to get sick as we are, I am not sure what will. This virus does not pick and choose its targets. It goes for whatever is in sight. So at a time like this, we need to remember that human beings are just human beings, and no race, gender, or sexuality changes that. 

My friend had the Coronavirus. He is turning 18 on May 8th, and when the country began shutting down, so did he. When he felt sick, he immediately knew it was not strep or the flu. He just felt different. He was one of the first 1000 detected cases in New York. He had it for about a week and a half, and it was a week and a half of hell. He had bizarre fever dreams that kept his body from moving from his bed. The virus made its way throughout his home, and his mother and father contracted it not long after him. 

We do not know what will happen. We do not know if the people that already had it are immune to getting it again. There is currently no vaccine, and one doesn’t seem to be coming soon. People are restless and feel lonely, like we are living in some twisted version of the movie “Groundhog’s Day.” Each morning I wake up, brush my hair and teeth, go to online class, fit in some sort of exercise, and repeat every day. Life has become predictable in such an unpredictable period of time. It is fascinating, and I think about it constantly. One day, people will be asking us questions about that time in our lives when we were quarantined in our homes for months in fear of a quickly spreading virus. What will you be able to say? Will you express what you learned and focus on the positive aspects of this insanity? Or will you only think of the negatives that have come from being locked inside? For me, I know what a chunk of time I am missing out on. Senior prom, a trip to Ireland, graduation, and maybe even the first semester of my Freshman year at Tulane. But I am trying, just the like rest of humanity, to get through it and come out stronger than I went in. 

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The Coronavirus epidemic has taken a massive toll on people, but also families as a whole. People are built on habits and how we live our lives on a daily basis. This virus has stopped people’s daily activities and forced us to quarantine and stay home for months. Families have been forced to spend more time with one other. This extra time spent together could be a positive as it is a bonding experience, however, it could also be a negative because it could cause more conflict.

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The COVID 19 pandemic has hit the U.S and the world hard. It seems that it is all any of us are talking about, and for good reason. It has tragically taken the lives of so many and has affected their families, doctors and nurses, and all other essential workers. This article is in no way brushing over these facts. The Prism staff also acknowledges that we are all lucky to have a safe place to be able to quarantine and to be able to go to school. With all that being said, the Class of 2020 has been also facing challenges. With their senior year cut short, prom, graduation in question, and potentially their first semester of freshman year of college in jeopardy, I began to wonder what they are doing to entertain themselves and to cope with this frustration and boredom.

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    The Lawrence Woodmere Academy boys varsity, girls varsity, and boys junior varsity basketball teams seasons’ are now underway. The boys varsity are now 11-1 only losing to Friends Seminary recently, 67-56. Before this they began their season 11-0 beating teams such Ranney (NJ) and St. Dominic (NY). Junior Jasigha Barnes says, “Basketball is going great. It feels good reuniting with my teammates and winning again.” The boys varsity team hopes to continue their season ending just as greatly as they started. They continue their season with an away game against Dalton on January 16, 2020. 

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In Lawrence Woodmere Academy sports is a majority of the schools’ spirit and culture. In the schools sports, there is a difference between the number of boys participants in sports and the number of participants in girls sports. The girls divisions of sports usually has a much harder time at recruiting players than the boys division.

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The Lawrence Woodmere Academy Lady Tigers Girls Varsity Basketball team began their season yesterday on December 3rd. After preparing and practicing during the preseason, their first game against Martin Luther ended in a close win, 51-49. Senior Cherish Atkinson said, “Having only 5 players was a challenge, but one we knew we could overcome, and we prevailed.” Senior Autumn Washington adds, “It was a team effort. Everyone contributed their part to the best of their ability. I’m proud of how we played.” The girls agree that there is always room for improvement and with practice and becoming a unit, they “have faith in their team.” The lady tigers play again at home Friday, December 6th against Berkeley Carroll at 4:30. Go Lady Tigers!

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On Tuesday, November 12th to Thursday, November 13th, Lawrence Woodmere Academy held the annual Book Fair located on the mezzanine. The Book Fair, organized by board member Ella Schwartz, and run by parent volunteers. The Book Fair gives the students a chance to expand their reading horizons and purchase novels they have been interested in. The organizer of the book fair, Ella Schwartz said, “The Book Fair is a very special time for our students, It’s great watching children get excited about making their own book choices.” 

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As the 2019-2020 Boys Varsity Basketball season begins, the Tigers look to win their 3rd straight state title. With three of their main players graduating and beginning college basketball, the returning players must fill bigger shoes.

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