Bye, bye Greene Team

As we spend our last night together as the Greene Team, I think we can all agree that our time here has been valuable.

From learning about photography, videography, broadcasting, interviewing, writing techniques and journalism as a whole, we have had one packed week. We are so grateful for all of the professional journalists who took the time out of their busy schedules to teach us the ins and outs of journalism and for the glimpse they gave us into their careers. Our growth over this past week has been immense and is a result of all of their help and guidance. Our growth was not only limited to the newsroom, as we have molded into one cohesive and close group of friends.

I am sad to see the week come to a close. However, I am eager to see what the future holds for us Greene Team members!

Caroline Ledoux: An international journalism journey

By Rachel Schneider
Great Neck South High School

Caroline Ledoux has lived in France, Miami, Queens and now Long Island. She has also traveled to Canada, Belgium, French Guyana, Suriname and Germany.

All of which have provided the 17-year-old Roosevelt High School senior unique and diverse life experiences that have shaped her writing and photography.

“I see myself as journalist because I have always had a curious spirit,” Caroline explained.

She speaks French, which is her first language; German, which she learned at school in France; Creole, which she learned communicating with her grandmother in Miami; and English, as well, as when she came to the United States. Furthermore, she has also picked up some Spanish throughout her world journeys. Her ability to communicate in at least four different languages has helped satisfy her curiosity and has been a vehicle for Caroline to learn about others. Caroline is most interested in writing articles about topics that she can personally relate to and that can have an impact on others, especially other teens. “I have always loved asking questions to people about what they do, why they do it and what they get from doing what they do,” she said.

According to Caroline’s mother, Lunie Nelson, two words to describe her are “emotional and intuitive.”

Her interest in professional journalism was sparked by taking a media and communications class followed by advanced media her sophomore year. During these classes, Caroline realized her true passion was in photography and videography. “My favorite activity was when we would have to get out of the class and take pictures or video,” she said. “I realized that I love taking pictures of moments.”

Her cousin, Henry Nelson, said, “Her pictures are filled with so many wonderful opportunities.”

Caroline, an international traveler, is also an international athlete. She has played badminton, been captain of a European handball team, run track and now plays lacrosse for her high school.

Caroline will begin writing for her school newspaper next year and she hopes to expand her writing skill set and gain more experience while at the Robert W. Greene Summer Institute for Journalists. When she was informed of her acceptance to the program, she said she was “excited that the work I had put in was worth it and for the opportunity to better myself.”

Rain or shine, Ducks fans storm Bethpage Ballpark

Empty stands at the Long Island Ducks game on Wednesday night. Only some super fans were in attendance due to the rained out game on Tuesday. (Christian Miller)

By Rachel Schneider
Great Neck South High School

Stephen Watkin was set to see the Long Island Ducks take on the Connecticut New Britain Bees with his wife, Paulette, on Tuesday – until it was postponed due to torrential rain. The weather was still on his mind when he returned to Bethpage Ballpark in Central Islip for the rescheduled game Wednesday.

“We pick an under hang so we are dry no matter how hard it rains,” said Watkin, who comes to about 10 games a season.

U.S. Army veteran Padraic Nugent, 83, of Massapequa, a fan of the Ducks for the last six years, said he was also planning to come on Tuesday, but was pleased the game had been postponed.

A typical Ducks game this season has around 4,854 tickets sold, and 677 games have been sold out since the Ducks were founded in 1998, according to Michael Polak, director of media relations and broadcasting.

Wednesday’s game had 4,952 tickets sold, but the stands were relatively empty and concession lines were short.

Bear Court cashier Emma Garguilo said the game rescheduling led to reduced sales.

“It’s not that busy,” said Garguilo. “I’ve gotten maybe 30 [customers] and on a regular day there would be like 60.”

Like Watkin, Kathy Fels, who was decked out in a green sparkling top hat with “GO DUCKS” written across the top and clover glasses in honor of Irish Night, is willing to tolerate some rain for the love of the game.

“It depends on what kind of rain it’s going to be,” Fels said. “Obviously, last night it was more stormy. But if it’s just a little drizzle, you come anyway. Worse-case scenario, you sit up at the top.”

Adeishe Bagaloo contributed to this report.

Off to a great start

The Greene Institute is off to a great start as we are all already learning and taking in valuable lessons. This morning, bright and early, we began with news over breakfast and some discussions about articles we read. Our first lesson covered an overview of journalism tips and some skills to conduct great interviews. Up next is a special opportunity to work one on one with a professional to edit our profiles that we worked on before arriving on campus. I am especially looking forward to the great article ideas we brainstormed last night and are going to be producing over this week.

A great start

The Greene Institute is off to a great start, as we are all already learning and taking in valuable lessons. This morning, bright and early, we began with news over breakfast and some discussions about articles we read. Our first lesson covered an overview of journalism tips and some skills to conduct great interviews. Up next is a special opportunity to work one on one with a professional to edit our profiles that we worked on before arriving on campus. I am especially looking forward to the great article ideas we brainstormed last night and are going to be producing over this week.