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That Thing Where People Randomly Burst into Song and Dance, You Know, Musicals

By Angelirene Cuautle and Kylie WiIliams

Musicals (especially here in NYC), are huge and cause even bigger fandoms. Musicals like Dear Evan Hansen, Hamilton, Wicked, Matilda, The Lion King, Cats, Mean Girls, Phantom of the Opera, etc.



The problem is, some people stereotype musicals to be happy and cheerful. But musicals can also have dark stories, cliffhangers and can help people get through some difficult times. They can even help people express their feelings. But overall, they are just as great as movies or shows and can also have cult followings.

We at HPCMS here in Long Island City have our own musical productions too. This year we are doing Peter Pan, the musical. Students are making costumes and rehearsing in the auditorium. You can see students rehearsing their lines and marking their dance steps.

Cara Giardina from class 603 explains: “My role in the musical is a Siren. Learning the songs is kind of hard but usually to practice, Mr. Quaintance (the director) makes us listen t…

Why Do We Have Hair??

By Gabriel Baez Alarcon

Hair. Even though we might consider ourselves pretty hairless compared to other animals humans are actually covered in around five million hair follicles. We don’t think about it much but it’s always there. Us humans have many useless body parts including vomeronasal organ, the appendix, our wisdom teeth, and hair but are these parts completely useless like we think they are? What is it made of? Why exactly do we have it? What is hair?!


Hair is made of a tough protein called Keratin. What is Keratin? Keratin is a fibrous protein forming the main structural constituent of feathers, hoofs and claws. Most people think that hair is just dead cells but in fact, it is made up of living cells that divide and grow to build the hair shaft.

How does hair grow some might ask? Something that you might not know which I found was pretty interesting is that males’ hair grow faster than females’ hair. But back to the topic, your hair starts growing at a root at the bottom of t…

The American Penny Needs to Die

By Mark Lazar

The production of the penny starts in the First US Mint that was founded in 1792, which produced these one-cent coins along with other coins, like the quarter, dime, half dime, and half cent. The pennies were made of 100% copper, but two forces were working to stop this, ensuring this would not remain: the buying price of copper, which went up, and the worth of the penny, which went down.


This forced the US Mint to change the makeup of the penny to 95% zinc and 5% copper, but because of this, the worth of copper in older pennies increased over 1 cent, so people began to melt pennies for profit. If the government was thinking logically, the story of the penny would have ended here, with the government seeing that pennies weren't worth making, and being satisfied that their citizens were melting them, seeing the benefit to the economy, and we could move on to the more efficient rounding system of countries like New Zealand or Canada. But, no. What did the government do?…

2018 NHL Playoffs

By JJ Lin and Jordan Robinson

(Above) Jonathan Toews celebrating his victory in 2015

Every hockey player and fan has a dream of lifting the Stanley cup and another chance has arrived for another team to achieve one.

The Vegas Golden Knights, the newest team added to the National Hockey League, is blowing through the playoffs, as they destroy the Los Angeles Kings as well as the San Jose Sharks. The LA Kings and the San Jose Sharks are now eliminated from the playoffs.

As for the other teams that didn’t make the playoffs, such as the New York Rangers, they are devastated. The New York Rangers haven’t missed the playoffs since 2010, until now.
The much hated Pittsburgh Penguins have won the Stanley Cup two years in a row. (2016 and 2017) With the New York Rangers and the Chicago Blackhawks out of the way, they could win their third consecutive Stanley Cup if they manage to defeat the Knights.

There also some unexpected teams that made the playoffs, such as the Winnipeg Jets, Minnesota Wil…

HPCMS Book Chronicle Update

By Isaac Allen Cummings in Collaboration with Ms. Ho


...with your Reading. Adopt a Series…Seriously!

Why Reading a Series Makes Sense
If you liked one of the books in a series, chances are you’ll enjoy the others. You already know the characters and their traits, like old friends or enemies! Stories in a series have a familiar story structure. You clearly love how the author writes (their style or craft). Reading series of books contributes to vocabulary growth! You may actually read faster because of all the above and because you may want to finish other titles in the series!



Spy School By Stuart Gibbs To All The Boys I’ve Loved By Jenny Han Maze Runner By James Dashner



Legend By Marie Lu Lunar Chronicles By Marissa Meyer March By John Lewis 


Science Comics By Various Authors  Devil’s Line By Ryo Hanada Origami Yoda By Tom Angleberger



The Young Elites By Marie Lu The Thickety By J.A White Sammy Keyes By Wendelin Van Draanen



The Time Warp Trio By Jon Scieszka Spiderwick Chronicles  By: Tony DiTerliz…

“Cash Me Ousside” Girl: Where Is She Now?

By Maggiie Parente

Throwback to 2016, at the Dr. Phil show. You may remember the “Cash Me Ousside” girl for going viral due to her famous catch phrase telling Dr. Phil to fight her outdoors.



She became a meme for a while, but used her opportunity for fame and became an internet personality and a rapper with a big whooping net worth of $600,000 with her stage name ‘Bhad Bhabie.’

She signed her record deal with Atlantic Records and made her first song “These Heaux,” which now has over 61 million views on Youtube. She has more than 4 million subscribers and 12 million Instagram followers and her newest song “Gucci Flip Flops” is with Lil Yachty.

What success for a young girl in just over a year. After she released her first song, which was very successful, she released even more music and did remixes with YBN, Rich the Kid, Asian Doll and more! And now, she’s doing what all her fans have been waiting for - a tour!

Rumors have been flying around that this tour will let her make more tha…