A week to remember

Me and some of my new friends relaxing after finishing our news packages.

As the Greene Team sat down for one last dinner together, we couldn’t help but observe how different this meal was from our first together (except, or course, for the pizza). Just five days ago, some of us had never spoken to each other, and I certainly didn’t think I would have the courage to introduce myself to anyone, but it’s amazing how deadlines, a ball game and lack of sleep can bring people together.








Our photography instructor, John Williams, showed me that this picture I took that I had initially thought was flawed was actually a hidden gem. One of my favorite memories from this week.

While most people probably won’t miss the early mornings and late nights, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few weeks, months or years from now we found ourselves longing for more news-over-breakfast, or our after-curfew dorm parties. In one week, we became a team. And not just any team… a Greene Team. I am incredibly proud and honored to say I was a part of it.


Lights, camera, action!

One of the highlights of the Greene program was the chance to work in front of and behind the cameras of Stony Brook University’s broadcast studio. As someone who had never appeared on TV before, it was more than a little intimidating. However, it proved to be a valuable learning experience—and much less scary than I had anticipated.

It was really interesting to experience not just one or two, but three different jobs in the studio. The hands-on learning we got to do was something that budding journalists like us Greene students dream of. It also taught us that there’s so much more that goes into the production of a show than what appears on screen. There was truly a job for everyone, and without people in every job the show simply wouldn’t be possible.

I think that this experience also showed us that mistakes will inevitably happen, but how you respond to them is what people will remember. I’m very glad to say I walked away from this experience with all good memories.


Luck of the Ducks: Baseball team hosts Irish Heritage Night

Jane Pino of Islip Terrace gets into the spirit of Irish Night at Bethpage Ballpark. (Photo by Sebastian Germosen.)

By Emily Bishop
The Stony Brook School

At the Long Island Ducks game on Wednesday, July 18, Kathy Fels proudly wore an Irish hat that her husband had bought and decorated. She had put the hat away in a closet after his death, but since she was going to Irish night, she figured it was a good reason to bring it out.

“Themed nights are good,” the Lindenhurst resident said. “Everyone gets into it.”

Irish Night at Bethpage Ballpark is an opportunity for families to enjoy some of the culture and traditions of Ireland. In addition to Irish-themed graphics on the Jumbotron and Irish music playing over the speakers, fans were treated to a performance of the Irish national anthem before the first pitch. And the first 1,500 fans to arrive received commemorative cups, courtesy of Shandon Court, a local Irish restaurant.

Robert Mulvey of South Farmingdale celebrates Irish night with a irish themed Ducks costume. (Photo by Sebastian Germosen.)

“We try to offer something for every group,” said Michael Polak, director of media relations and broadcasting.

The Ducks have been scheduling an increasing number of themed nights. Other events in the schedule include a Jewish Heritage Night, Heart Health Night, and an Anti-Bullying Night.

In addition to raising awareness for important causes and diverse cultures, themed evenings have also boosted ticket sales, according to Ducks president and general manager Michael Pfaff. Many fans said they came to Wednesday’s game because of the special theme.

“There are about 1,500 seats [sold] in a 1,600-seat stadium,” Pfaff said. “People are interested in Irish Heritage Night.”

Fans are drawn to the Irish step dancers as a highlight of the evening.

Ducks fan Therese Parks, part Irish, attended Wednesday’s game to honor her heritage.

“Irish people are happy and spirited,” she said, “so yeah, it’s good.”

Lauren Nicks: Writing to make a difference

By Emily Bishop
The Stony Brook School

Acting was Lauren Nicks’ passion through middle and high school. However, during preparations for her eighth-grade performance in “Bye Bye Birdie,” she realized that she wasn’t as interested in acting as she was with the popularity that it offered.

“I started to look at acting as superficial, and I wanted to do something that would actually mean something to people and could actually help,” she said.

The 17-year-old senior at Baldwin High School looked to be a positive influence in her community. Friends and family suggested she consider becoming a journalist, so she began considering the possibility. The idea took hold while she was watching a news report two years ago.

“I was sitting at the dining room table, and there was this story on ABC News with Diane Sawyer,” Lauren said. “And she was in a different country, in the Middle East, and I was like ‘You know, I think I kind of want to do something like that. Go overseas, meet new people, and hear their stories.’ ”

Lauren was inspired to join her school newspaper, The Golden Wave, and eventually became a layout editor. There she not only developed her abilities as a photographer but also interviewed people and learned valuable listening skills.

“I’ve read her article on Black Lives Matter, and one thing I can say about her is that she is very involved in finding the truth and making sure often ignored stories are heard,” said her mom, Nakesha Nicks. She also praised Lauren’s curiosity and drive, qualities that she believes make Lauren a good fit for a career in journalism. Lauren says her parents have always supported her journalistic journey, as has her younger brother, Justin.

Lauren says that the main reason for her pursuit of journalism comes from her desire to connect with people and share their lives with the world. “What I really like is getting to know people, getting to hear their stories, getting to spread their stories, stories that need to be heard,” she said.

When one of her teachers set up a TV studio, Lauren was thrilled to be a part of that as well. Whether standing in front of a screen or delivering her school’s morning announcements for “Good Morning Baldwin,” she was delighted to be gaining more journalism experience.

Beside journalism, Lauren’s main interest is reading. As a child, she was mesmerized by the Harry Potter books and claims that reading those stories fostered her English skills and pushed her to become a better writer. She continues to search for books that transport her to different worlds and engage her imagination.

When Lauren learned about Stony Brook University’s Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for High School Journalists, she applied because she believed it would improve her writing and networking skills.

Lauren knows she would like to attend New York University, but she is unsure about whether to pursue journalism in college. She hopes her week with the Greene Team will make her decision easier.

“I’m going to figure out if it’s something that I want to pursue later on,” she said. “Other people have been telling me that I was a good fit for journalism, but being here, I want to find it out for myself.”

First Impressions

It’s hard to believe we’ve only been here for one day. So far we’ve already brainstormed about potential articles, learned the insiders tricks for conducting a good interview, and had an inspiring photography lesson. I think I’m not the only one who would say we’ve  had fun along the way, too. I loved bonding with my fellow Greene Team members over ice cream and trying not to get lost on our way back to the dorm. I can’t wait to make more great memories!