Songs for a Cause 2014

By Molly Charney This year’s Songs for a Cause benefit concert featured musical talent from a range of the BHS student body and was ran without a hitch by junior Jessi Mason.  This year’s concert benefitted the Pleasantville Cottage School, a residential treatment facility for children with unstable homes.  The Cottage School had recently been involved in a fire and could use the help of … Continue reading Songs for a Cause 2014

Mock Trial Season Comes to a Close

By Molly Charney

As spring sports are underway and the weather begins to warm up, Briarcliff’s Mock Trial team wraps up another successful season.  The BHS Mock Trial team, led by seniors Tong Li and Claudia Price, competes in the Westchester Mock Trial Tournament.  When the team competes, they take on the role of either the prosecution or the defense.

Mock Trial 2014
Mock Trial 2014

Each year the New York State Bar Association creates a fake case for high school mock trial teams to use in the competitions.  This year’s case was a criminal case about hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as “fracking.”  The defendant was a made up company, Penn Hydra Gas Inc., and was accused of contaminating the water supply of a western New York village.

Each school’s mock trial team is composed of both lawyers and witnesses.  Claudia Price explains, “Our attorneys each do a direct examination of one of our witnesses and a cross examination of one of the other team’s witnesses. We also have to give opening and closing statements.”  The team’s lawyers must spend time memorizing and preparing questions as well as their opening and closing statements, while witnesses are responsible for knowing the facts of their affidavit and direct examination questions. Continue reading “Mock Trial Season Comes to a Close”

Beezing: Europe Edition

By Molly Charney As 34 Briarcliff seniors and their five chaperones boarded the flight from Paris to New York, they had one goal: stay awake.  Everyone was encouraged to keep their eyes open and minds occupied in order to break the jet lag as they returned home.  Thankfully, a couple of the seniors brought along their Burt’s Bees.  Several Burt’s Bees chapsticks were passed around … Continue reading Beezing: Europe Edition

Varsity Boys Basketball and Cheerleading Senior Day

By Molly Charney Today, Sunday, February 9, the Varsity Boys Basketball team took on Albertus Magnus at home.  Seniors Jon Heier, Kevin Wolff, and Javan Robinson were honored before the game.  Briarcliff’s senior cheerleaders, Lili Yurch, Olivia Gelard, Denise Haxhia, Haley Muratore, Julia Bloom, Katie Powers and Lauren Rubich were celebrated at half time.  The game was competitive early, but the Bears were unable to … Continue reading Varsity Boys Basketball and Cheerleading Senior Day

Mock Trial Wraps Up 2013 Season

By Molly Charney

As the mock trial season has come to a close, members reflect on their successful season. The Briarcliff Mock Trial team participates in the Westchester Mock Trial Tournament in two teams: the plaintiff/prosecution and the defense. Each year a fake case is created by the NYS Bar Association and participating schools prepare for the “mock trial.” Continue reading “Mock Trial Wraps Up 2013 Season”