This Week In Pictures: Maroon and White Day

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This week, the upper school took a day off of classes for the annual maroon and white day.

This Week In Pictures: Mother/Son Breakfast

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This week, the seniors had a mother/son breakfast before maroon and white day.

This Week in Pictures: Awards Assembly

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This week, there is a special schedule because of the awards assembly right after first period.

Seniors Have Little Time Left on Lake Ave

With summer right around the corner, students are looking forward to getting out of school. On the other hand, the seniors are taking in every moment they have left at Boys’ Latin.

At this point in the school year, the seniors only have one more month of classes. They will then come back to BL as a student for the last time for graduation. The amount of time left on Lake Avenue is slowly ticking down for the class of 2017.

Each senior has different thoughts running through his head at this point in the school year. “The only thing going through my head is just trying to pass math,” senior Cooper Nalley said.

“It has not hit me yet. My main focus right now is lacrosse and finishing the academic school year strong. I’m grateful every time I step onto campus, and I want to make the best out of it,” senior Greg Ey said.

Senior Jimmy Magee can only think about how he’s “trying to make the most out of every moment here at Boys’ Latin without a doubt, being very conscious of the fact that I’m leaving soon after 13 years.”

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L-R seniors Greg Ey, Luke Shilling, and Cooper Nalley getting ready for the school day.

With only having one month left, the seniors all have some last, unfinished business they want to take care of. “I want to make sure the final weeks at BL are the best. I want to have one last memory with every one of my brothers,” senior Luke Shilling said.

“I want to spend as much time with not just my closest friends but also all my classmates, especially the ones I won’t see for a while,” senior Nate King said.

Even though the seniors are still living up their final days in high school, going to college is running through their minds. Ey said that college has him “excited and a little nervous. I think it will be a good change but I will miss BL a lot.”

“I’m very excited for college. I’m ready for a new chapter of my life to begin and living on my own. I’m really excited to meet new people, but I am totally freaked out about losing all the good friends that I made here at BL,” senior John Kunisch said.

Now being in the home stretch of high school, all the seniors can do is reflect on their time here at BL.

“High school has been the best time of my life so far. I have made such great friends and learned so much about myself. I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” Shilling said.

King said when reminiscing on his time on Lake Ave that he “can honestly say my time at BL was filled with fun and also hard work. I know that when I look back on my time at BL I will know I worked my hardest and learned a lot. I will also know that I had a great time with the teachers, faculty and my classmates.”

“I’ve definitely tried to make my high school experience as full as possible by taking as many difficult classes and different extra curricular activities as possible. I participated in sports, clubs, and the play. I’m very happy with it,” Magee said.

When thinking back on his time at BL, each senior had a favorite moment that he’ll never forget. “My favorite moment was when we won the national championship and JV football championship both during my freshman year,” Ey said.

Kunisch said his favorite moment at BL “would have to be the senior retreat and getting to bond with guys I never really have before. It really was an eye opening experience that taught me a lot about my life and the life of my peers.”

With BL being a school that has given so much to the seniors, they’ll all have something that they’re going to particularly miss the most. “My brothers is what I’m going to miss the most about BL,” Nalley said.

“I’ll miss the small tight knit community most. The bond I’ve created with teachers and faculty are truly unlike any other place. I’ll also miss my friends more than anything,” Shilling said.

This Week in Pictures: Senior Farewell Shirts

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This week, the seniors got a reality check by having to fill out their shirt size for senior farewell.

Bracket Busters Foil March Madness

64 college basketball teams earn a spot to play and compete in one of the biggest sports tournaments, March Madness. This tournament is unpredictable because it usually doesn’t end with a Cinderella story.

Every year, there are bracket busters that mess up people’s brackets. These upsets shock the world and leave many with destroyed brackets. This year, there were four big upsets that took the world by surprise.

The first bracket buster occurred on March 18th, 2017 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, NY when Wisconsin defeated the defending champions Villanova. Many people had Nova going far in their brackets, but that didn’t last long when they lost in the round of 32 teams.

“I’m happy they made the game’s defining defensive play, ripping the ball away from Hart. The Wildcats quickly fouled Brown, who made one free throw to give the Badgers a three-point cushion that turned out to be more than enough as Villanova struggled to corral the rebound and saw its season ended earlier than expected,” the AP Wire Service of Fox News reported.

“Nova losing wasn’t a surprise because it is hard to go back to back,” junior Max Mygatt said.

The next bracket buster happened a day later on March 19th, 2017 at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina when South Carolina beat Duke. Duke was a favorite for winning the whole tournament, but their run ended unexpectedly. South Carolina wasn’t worried about playing the number two seed, leading to their seven point win in the Round of 32.

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South Carolina celebrating after making it to the Final Four from The Inquisitor.

“Well, they [South Carolina] didn’t get here by talking about anything other than the step in front of them. But my, what a step they took Sunday,” reporter David Cloninger of The State said.

“Duke losing early really messed up my bracket because I had them going to the finals,” senior Dylan Pinsky said.

Another upset occurred on March 19th, 2017 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana when Michigan beat Louisville. Michigan was just a seven seed, and they managed to pull off a four-point victory over the number two seed. Even though Michigan is a good team, they ended the favorite Louisville’s March Madness appearance in the round of 32.

“‘But our guys [Michigan], we started a tradition of taking a shower, I guess, without going into the shower after good wins. It’s not stopping,’” said coach John Beilein, reported by Abbey Mastracco of NJ.com. The Wolverines were excited about their huge win and they couldn’t hold back from showing it.

“It’s a whole different atmosphere. There is something about the tournament that makes the games close and the teams play better,” senior JP Woodward said.

The last upset happened on March 23rd, 2017 at SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, California when Xavier defeated Arizona. Xavier was an 11 seed team who finished Arizona’s road to the finals in the Sweet 16. Xavier wasn’t supposed to go past the Round of 64, but they managed to make their way to the Elite Eight.

“We [Xavier] never split apart when the game went out of our favor. We stayed strong and knew if we followed our game plan, we were gonna win,” said guard Trevon Bluiett, reported by Scott Polacek of Bleacher Report.

“Xavier messed my bracket up the most because I had them losing in the round of 64. They won though because they played like they had nothing to lose,” senior Brooks Michel said.

This year’s March Madness has been crazy by how many better-ranked teams have been knocked out of contention for the title. Duke was a huge upset because of how much potential they had and how far they were supposed to go.

“I knew there were going to be upsets, but I just didn’t know who was going to lose and when. I look forward to the upsets each year,” senior Brandon Bradsher said.

“I was surprised to see teams who were thought to win the championship lose early in the tournament,” Woodward said.

As Seen In College Counciling: Finishing Up With Class of 2017

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As the school year is coming to a close, there is still college work to be done for the Class of 2017. College Councilor Mr. Robinson is still working to help the undecided students make a decision on where they want to go to college.