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Staff Writer Houdah Daniels: Why Autism Awareness Month is meaningful to me

Staff Writer Houdah Daniels: Why Autism Awareness Month is meaningful to me

Houdah Daniels Staff Writer

Growing up in a Ghanaian household, like many other cultures, my parents emphasized to my siblings and me that it was paramount for us to respect our elders. My dad, in particular, explained that even with twins, if one were to be born hours before the other, they were to be respected as such. (more…)

Learning Specialist Heather Statz shares her favorite high school memory

Learning Specialist Heather Statz shares her favorite high school memory

Anastasia Ruimy Staff Writer

In a recurring online exclusive, Standard staff sit down with High School teachers to hear about their favorite high school memories.

In this edition, Staff Writer Anastasia Ruimy sits down with HS Learning Specialist Heather Statz. Statz recalls a 3-week exchange program to Austria she participated in, and the drastic difference in social cues between the Austrian culture compared to her American culture. 

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Finding the balance between benefitting one’s wellbeing and college ranking

Finding the balance between benefitting one’s wellbeing and college ranking

Anastasia Ruimy Staff Writer

As college admission emails are slowly flowing through the inboxes of seniors, some reflect on how they’ve made their decision on where to apply and ultimately attend. On the spectrum of picking colleges based on school ranking to picking colleges based on the consideration of one’s well-being, students fell anywhere. (more…)

Meet author and this year’s Bergeron Fellow, Ben Faccini

Meet author and this year’s Bergeron Fellow, Ben Faccini

Rohan Haarmann Culture Editor: Online

Author and this year’s Bergeron Fellow Ben Faccini draws inspiration from his migratory upbringing as he tries to help others find a voice through education. Faccini grew up across France, Italy and England, before attending university at King’s College, Bristol University and Padua University in Italy. Because of his many relocations, Faccini does not consider himself to be from one place. “I naturally relate to people who feel they are spanning various cultures… it’s the story of my life, trying to fit in,” he said. (more…)

Matthew Hansen sets U-16 10km ERG world record

Matthew Hansen sets U-16 10km ERG world record

Sweat dripping from his forehead on to the blue gym floor, heart racing Matthew Hansen (’21) looks at the ERG and sees that he only has 500m left and he is on pace to break the U-16 10km world record.  His teammates circle around him screaming and shouting at him to finish strong. Hansen broke the world record by 20 seconds on March 27. “It felt great to finish the race and break that record because I had been training for it for such a long time,” Hansen said.

Hansen’s coach, Stuart Heap brought up the idea of attempting to break the record after looking at his recent times on races and ERG session.

Hansen said that his training leading up to the ERG session when he wanted to break the record consisted of longer endurance races mixed in with sprints to improve his stamina as well as speed. Hansen said that the training took a lot of “hard work and dedication” as he went to the fitness center and used the ERG on the weekends when there were no official ASL practices. He also went to the fitness center twice a week before school to improve his strength.

On the day of the race, Hansen tried to prepare himself mentally and physically. Hansen said, “All day I was thinking about it and trying to eat a lot of carbs so I had the fuel for during the race.”

When it finally came down to the row itself, Hansen said it was the hardest he had ever worked in the two years he’s been on both the developmental and performance crew team, but he believes that all of the training was worth it. “During the race, I just wanted to get into a rhythm,” he said. “It was not easy by any means but I felt like I had to keep pushing through.”

Hansen also said that his teammates played a huge role during his record-setting attempt. “My teammates were very supportive throughout the whole process and especially during my row,” he said.  “In the last 500 meters everyone was screaming and pushing me and I don’t think I would have broken the record by 20 seconds without them.”

In the future, Hansen hopes to break the farthest distance in 30 minutes or the furthest distance in one hour but he is going to enjoy his accomplishment for now.

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