This Week in Pictures: Baseball Downs Loyola 5-4

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The Boys’ Latin baseball team played Loyola on Monday and won 5-4 behind pitchers, Ned Ruffin and JP Woodward. The team won with the help of a 2-run home run by Mark Lopez and solid defense.

The team moves to a record of 4-3.

This Week in Pictures: Robotics Team Wins Districs

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The Robotics Team won Districts in Edgewater, Maryland over the weekend.

Photo courtesy of https://www.facebook.com/boyslatinrobotics2534/

Week in Pictures: March Madness Bracket in Student Center

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After last night’s games, the bracket is looking crazy with the major upset of number 11, Xavier beating number 2, Arizona in the sweet 16.

This Week in Pictures: Cast Of Spring Play,”Among Friends and Clutter”

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Picture of the senior directed play, “Among Friends and Clutter” entire cast on the last night of the play.

89th Academy Awards Becomes One to Remember

On Tuesday, February 26th, 2017, actors, directors, cinematographers, and any other member of the film industry gathered in Dolby Theatre located in Hollywood, CA for the 89th Academy Awards.

Jimmy Kimmel hosted the awards ceremony that concluded the film year for 2016. Kimmel brought his hilarious antics to the stage with his entertaining skits and his roasts towards Donald Trump. Matt Damon also took part in the show and renewed the feud of Damon vs. Kimmel.

As many figured going into the Oscars, ‘La La Land’ won a good amount of Oscars, walking away with five awards out of the 14 they were nominated for. This tied the number of Academy Award nominations as ‘Titanic’ and ‘All About Eve’.

The biggest moment of the night for ‘La La Land’ was the card mix up for Best Picture. A little past midnight, the presenters for Best Picture announced that ‘La La Land’ had won the award. However, it was revealed that ‘Moonlight’ had actually won the Oscar for Best Picture.

According to Variety, the card mix-up was “one of the most equalizing and wonderful moments in Oscars history.” ‘La La Land’ then shared the stage with the members of ‘Moonlight’ and created a warm, heartfelt moment in the Oscars.

Diversity was represented as a huge factor for the Oscars this year after coming off a controversial awards show last year.

Last year, the LA Times wrote many small articles that pertained to the lack of diversity in the categories for each award which started the #OscarsSoWhite argument. Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs addressed the situation at the annual Oscar Luncheon last year to all who attended the awards show.

“This year, we all know there’s an elephant in the room. I have asked the elephant to leave,” said Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

This year would be different as almost all nominations included a non-white nominee. Viola Davis, Mahershala Ali, and ‘Moonlight’ would headline this historic change. They would walk away with awards such as Best Supporting Actress and Actor and even Best Picture.

Casey Affleck won the Academy Award for Best Lead Actor for his role in ‘Manchester by the Sea’, but an article on his sexual harassment allegations from the Wesleyan University newspaper overshadowed his great accomplishment. According to the Huffington Post, the article slams Affleck about the claims, but the article was described as a “tangle of illogic, misinformation and flat-out slander.” Director Kenneth Lonergan, who’s an alum of Wesleyan, defended Affleck on the incident.

 

BL Robotics Team Competes in Blacksburg, Va

On March 3rd, the Boys’ Latin Robotics team traveled to Blacksburg, Virginia to compete in the CHS-Southwest Virginia Event.

“The robot had to deliver gears to a peg that was in the middle of the field. That was the big thing along with climbing a rope and shooting a basketball. The hardest was probably the shooting, but it didn’t really matter because no one could do it,” said senior Robotics captain Alex Young.

“We placed 11th out of 36. I’m not super happy, but I’m ok with it. I feel like we could have done a little better if some things had happened differently,” said Young.

It’s clear the team was expecting to do better than they did, but a multitude of communication errors hindered the team in the quarter-finals.

“Our biggest downfall was a combination of unexpected changes to the field elements along with errors from our drive team,” said senior Robotics captain Josiah Bedford.

This is not the only competition the Robotics team will be participating in this season, so they have time to fix the problems they had with the robot.

“We’re definitely going to have to work more on hanging and less on climbing the walls. We also need to communicate more because that cost us a few matches,” said Young.

The team has been practicing after school for seven days a week since January 7th to finish the Robot, and they are willing to put more time into certain aspects of the robot as the season continues.

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Senior Noah Vilceus controls the robot.

“Right now we are re-engineering our hang mechanism and our gear pickup system for a faster and more efficient way to compete which should increase our score next time,” said Bedford.

The team went to worlds two years ago and are trying to repeat that feat again.

“Going to worlds sophomore year was awesome,” said Young, “It felt amazing to have everyone’s attention at school and to have people watching the team.”