Nonnewaug High School's Chief News Source

NHS Chief Advocate

Upcoming Events
Nonnewaug High School's Chief News Source

NHS Chief Advocate

Nonnewaug High School's Chief News Source

NHS Chief Advocate

Nonnewaugs Scott Meyer, left, was honored as the recipient of the 2024 Michael H. Savage Spirit of Sport Award at the CAS-CIAC Scholar Athlete Banquet on May 5 at the Aqua Turf Club in Southington. (Courtesy of the CIAC)
Nonnewaug’s Meyer Wins Prestigious CIAC Perseverance Award
Gianna Lodice '24, Senior Editor • June 10, 2024
Nonnewaug boys soccer coach Toby Denman, left, and assistant coach Josh Kornblut address the team after a game last season. Denman says hes tried to learn how to be an effective coach by observing the ones hes played for and coached with. (Kyle Brennan)
Crocker: Coaches Can Have a Positive Impact — or a Negative One
Anna Crocker '26, Junior Editor • June 10, 2024
Nonnewaugs Ellie McDonald dribbles the ball during a game last season. McDonalds nickname is Smellie -- one of many Chief names that exist on the girls soccer team. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
The (Nick)name Game: Teammates Bond Over Inside Jokes
Audrey Doran '27, Reporter • June 10, 2024
Kyle Viveros is ready on his toes, awaiting the ball. Viveros and Landon Parks took home the BL doubles title. (Courtesy of Sophia Cenatiempo)
Nonnewaug Repeats as Class S State Runner-Up in Boys Tennis (PHOTOS)
Addison Bushka '27, Reporter • June 10, 2024
Chief Advocate editor-in-chief Izzy DiNunzio bids farewell after four years in Nonnewaugs journalism program. (Courtesy of Izzy DiNunzio)
DiNunzio: Journalism is More Than Just Words
Izzy DiNunzio '24, Editor-In-Chief • June 10, 2024
Deme Jones looks at students orphan portraits at Nonnewaug’s art show on June 6.
Artists 'Shine' at Nonnewaug's Annual Art Show (PHOTOS)
Brynn Clampett '26, Reporter • June 7, 2024
The memorial for Chester Carruthers. (Courtesy of Find-a-Grave)
The Chief Suspect Podcast: Chester Carruthers
Izzy DiNunzio '24, Editor-in-Chief • June 7, 2024
Nonnewaug girls tennis seniors, from left, Maggie Keane, Skylar Chung, Maylan Hardisty, Kiley Stampp, Sam Duncan pose on their senior night. (Courtesy of Noreen Chung)
Senior Athletes Feel Mixed Emotions as High School Careers End
Ava Hirleman '27, Reporter • June 7, 2024
Lets Talk Nonne: Year-End Wrap-Up
Let's Talk Nonne: Year-End Wrap-Up
Katie Savulak '26 and Morgan Willis '26June 7, 2024
Nonnewaug freshmen discuss their worries about the testing, including potential AP exams, they have to take next year.
Savulak: AP Tests Aren't That Stressful
Katie Savulak '26, Reporter • June 6, 2024

Bushka: Freshmen Shouldn’t Pack It In Just Yet

Ava Hirleman
Nassau, Bahamas is a popular spring break destination for Nonnewaug students. Many students find it hard to return to New England weather after spending time in the topical warmth.

WOODBURY — As I walked into school April 22, shivering from the bitter weather, a wave of stress crashed into my mind as I realized we still have two months left of this. 

Left of what? The place where I have written essay after essay, worked through test after test, and have spent endless hours listening to my teachers ramble. 

Don’t get me wrong, school isn’t the worst thing in the world, but coming back from spring break, it sure felt like it. 

We’re so close to the end, yet still so far away. 

The nine days of April vacation flew by, but that didn’t mean we didn’t feel the tease of summer. Waking up at 10 a.m. was the new normal, savoring the feeling of having nothing to do but enjoying the warm sun, attempting to achieve that elusive tan with a UV index of only six. 

Those who spent their time on the side of a cruise ship surrounded by vibrant teal water, sipping on what was probably their fourth Shirley Temple of the day, found it even harder to return to the unpredictable New England weather — and similarly stressful classes. 

Ava Hirleman, a freshman at Nonnewaug, was vacationing on a cruise during spring break. When she landed home at LaGuardia Airport in New York on April 21, she was faced with the stark reality of spring in the Northeast. 

“As soon as I got off the airplane, I could feel the colder weather. It was way different than what I was used to the whole week in the Bahamas. Then the fact that I had to go to school the next day made me wanna cry,” said Hirleman. “I had to get back into a reasonable sleeping routine, which was difficult, having to fall asleep and wake up early.”

Regardless of how enjoyable spring break was, and the urge not to come back, when I had no choice but to snap back into reality Monday morning, the motivation was absent. 

Having worked hard in school for what has felt like so long, the craving for summer is more present than ever — especially in the final stretch. The last few math tests, English essays, and science Gizmos being given seem tortuous, making it even harder to try and keep going. 

But looking on the bright side, we’ve only got seven weeks left. There are only six more weeks of classes before finals. Every time I’m tempted to give up, I realize that my ambitions are stronger than my laziness. 

The top 10% of the Nonnewaug class of 2024 were recognized last week, and I realized that my goals start now. I’m going to embrace every last moment of being a freshman — the camaraderie of Mrs. Gambardella’s English class, the final weeks of honors-level classes before I make the jump to APs as a sophomore, and hanging out with some of the soon-to-be graduates I’ll miss the most, like Gianna Lodice and Layla Coppola.

As I reach the final stretch of freshman year, the two months we still have left shouldn’t be taken for granted. After all, you’re only a freshman in high school once. 

This is the opinion of Chief Advocate reporter Addison Bushka, a freshman at Nonnewaug.

About the Contributor
Addison Bushka '27
Addison Bushka '27, Reporter
Addison Bushka is a freshman at Nonnewaug and writes for NHS Chief Advocate as a reporter. She lives in Woodbury and plays soccer for Nonnewaug. She enjoys writing about sports, school events, and the community.
More to Discover