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Nonnewaug freshman Morgan Willis opens ChatGPT on her Chromebook.
AI Has Its Place, Just Not For Cheating
Katie Savulak '26, Reporter • April 16, 2024
Nonnewaug senior Kylieann Craine disposes food in the school cafeteria trash can.
Assard: Nonnewaug Needs to Take on Food Waste
James Assard '25, Reporter • April 15, 2024
The sun sets during spring break in Scottsdale, Arizona on April 17, 2022.
Here or There? Some Travel, Some Stay for Spring Break
Katie Savulak '26, Reporter • April 12, 2024
Nonnewaug freshman baseball player Ashton Elsemore bats during an April 8 game against Shepaug. Elsemore and most baseball players do not travel for spring break because the team has games and practices that week. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
Some Play and Some Go During Spring Break
Ava Hirleman '27, Reporter • April 12, 2024
A puddle surrounds second base on Nonnewaugs baseball field earlier this month. Rainy weather has negatively impacted the start of the spring sports season. (Kyle Brennan)
Persistent Rain Puts Damper on Start of Spring Sports (VIDEO)
Izzy DiNunzio '24, Editor-in-Chief • April 12, 2024
Kelly Farrell, a junior tennis player at Nonnewaug, prepares before a match against Wamogo on April 1. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
Hirleman: Championship Past in Girls Tennis Produces Positive Pressure
Ava Hirleman '27, Reporter • April 12, 2024
Freshman Elliana Obolewicz runs during a track meet last week. (Courtesy of NHS Track and Field/Instagram)
Track Athletes Get Flexibility During April Break
Arabella Rosa '25, Reporter • April 12, 2024
NHS Greenhouse Plant Production, a UConn ECE course, taught by NHS faculty member Eric Birkenberger, has been busy cultivating an array of plantings in preparation for its public plant sale on May 11th.
NHS Greenhouse students Gathers the Goods for the May Plant Sale
Kylieann Craine '24, Reporter • April 12, 2024
From right to left; Kaylee Jackson, Arabella Rosa, Christopher Pelletier, Lana Manganello, and Karisa Cizauskas setting up their new saltwater aquariums and learning how to control their coral lighting.
NHS Aquaculture Sets Sail on Salt Water
Kylie Healey '24, Reporter • April 12, 2024
NHS Dramas production of Once Upon a Mattress runs April 11-13 in the NHS auditorium. (Conor Gereg)
NHS Drama Sets the Stage for 'Once Upon a Mattress'
Gianna Lodice '24 and Layla Coppola '24April 11, 2024

It’s Back: Anything But a Backpack (PHOTOS)

Nonnwaug not only raised thousands of dollars for LLS research and treatment, but its theme week days added excitement to campus.
Brooke Akerman shows off her traffic cone on Anything But a Backpack Day.

WOODBURY — With all the spirit going around Nonnewaug High School, Anything But a Backpack Day on Feb. 8 was another hit with all the participating students competing to see whose “backpack” was most amusing.

“It started three years ago and everyone thought it was awesome,” said junior Samantha Kostka. “It dwindled in popularity, but it’s definitely the best day out of spirit week by far.” 

“Anything But a Backpack day is very involved,” said junior Karisa Cizauskas. “Everyone plays a part to participate, and it’s fun to see what everyone brings.”

There were rules for the day’s activities, including bans on oversized objects that couldn’t easily fit into a classroom, large objects with wheels, and human beings — although some people missed these previous features.

“It’s so fun when students bring people and kayaks,” said Brooke Ackerman, a junior. “It’s such a big event during spirit week.”

This theme day was one of the finale events as part of NHS’ winter red-out spirit week. Funds raised throughout the week benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

About the Contributor
Lana Manganello '25
Lana Manganello is a junior at Nonnewaug High School who is a first-year journalist for the Chief Advocate. She is from Naugatuck and is part of the Nonnewaug agriscience program, studying aquaculture, which she loves. She looks forward to writing and interviewing students and staff and hopes to publish articles. Most of all, she loves working with her animals outside of school.
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