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The High School Circus: An ECS student’s perspective

By Louisa Benatovich, Student Reporter Success is often coined as one’s ability to juggle the multitude of strangeness that life presents. Some are far better than others, and these elite few soar through life as the ones who have it all.  This cacophony of responsibility is supposed to begin after high school, even after college. Life in high school is ... Read More »

The future is now at ECS

By Louisa Benatovich . Student Reporter Buzz… buzz… buzz…  Phones rang synchronously in the calculus classroom. We all looked. It was a message from Mr. Matt Finn, our class advisor.  “Tomorrow is not a dress-up day for Spirit Week,” the message read, “but we encourage ONLY seniors to participate in ‘Future Day.’ This means you may wear apparel from a college ... Read More »

Ellicottville Central considers bringing on School Resource Officer

By Louisa BenatovichStudent Reporter After a presentation on Feb. 5, the Ellicottville Central School District is pondering the addition of a school resource officer (SRO) to its staff. From the county’s SRO program, Lieutenant Brandon Walters presented to the Board of Education, outlining the benefits.  “An SRO is like a triangle,” says Walters, “He has three roles: police officer, counselor ... Read More »

HoliMont, Holiday Valley women dominate in speed

By Caitlin Croft U14 athletes traveled to Naples, N.Y., for the last regular season State Championship qualifier. The race was held at Hunt Hollow a small club with great terrain just south of Rochester. The race weekend consisted of a training day Saturday and race day on Sunday. Super-G athletes reach much higher speeds and take more time acclimating to ... Read More »

A Chilling Surprise: ECS Enacts Snow Days

By Louisa Benatovich Student Reporter The moment the announcements crackled on, it was like Ellicottville Central School turned off.  As Superintendent Robert Miller’s tenor tones echoed through the sound system, you could hear a pin drop. The news arrived: due to imminent weather conditions, the school would be closed for not one, but two snow days. A deafening cheer erupted ... Read More »

An ECS student’s thoughts on an autopsy

By Louisa Benatovich, Student Reporter As I entered the morgue, the smell didn’t bother me…and that kind of bothered me. Here I was, on a sunny Friday afternoon, in the sterile morgue of Olean General Hospital, and I was unaffected, excited even. On the table in front of me, a body lay in anatomical position. It looked so real, unlike ... Read More »

Solo Festival: The ECS Student Survival Guide

By Louisa Benatovich,  Student Reporter “It’s time to freak out, it’s time to panic!” Crystal Wilder urgently addresses her high school band.  Her tone is jovial, but her words are weighty. She gestures to the whiteboard. A two-digit number is written in faded Expo marker. The countdown has begun, less than three weeks until Armageddon is upon us. Jan. 26: ... Read More »

ECS students make their New Year’s resolutions

By Louisa Benatovich, Student Reporter The New Year is always a big time for students. “This year, I’ll do my homework,” they say. “This year, I won’t fail a class.” “This year, I swear, I’ll actually try.” These self-promises come in all forms, some a small whisper in the night and others a consolidated effort, written on paper and push-pinned ... Read More »

Reflections on Christmas by an ECS student

By Louisa Benatovich, Student Reporter I know what Christmas is supposed to be like: a real evergreen tree, lots of gifts and loud family camping out in all corners of a suburban two-story house. It’s shouted at us in all the movies: Christmas is supposed to be a joyous distraction from life’s faults and difficulty. And it is…most of time. ... Read More »

My First Black Friday An Ellicottville Student’s Trek through a Capitalist Wasteland

By Louisa Benatovich, Student Reporter After two months of pure scholastic stress and turmoil, the Thanksgiving break arrived like an angel from the heavens. I all-too-willingly succumbed to the holiday’s tantalizing call, sentencing myself to days of procrastination and idleness. Though I had an exam to study for and a mountain of applications to complete, I dedicated myself to something ... Read More »

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