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The Mysteries of Senior Presentations Revealed

The Mysteries of Senior Presentations Revealed

Tessa Pszonak, Contributor

January 22, 2017


Filed under Student Life

8:00 a.m. The Chapel. Morning Meeting. The president of Student Government Association (SGA) announces "And now we have a senior presentation by." The senior walks up the steps of the stage. Once at the podium her presentation begins. It is her time to shine. Every student who first walks into...

How Does SEM Affect Its Students?

Abby Collins '18, Contributor

January 16, 2017


Filed under Student Life

Throughout life it is inevitable that people change drastically. However, one's behavior can be greatly influenced by one's environment. Since teenagers spend most of their day in school they can be majorly affected by their surrounding academic atmosphere. How do the students think the SEM experie...

Difficult Dialogue: SEM Students Dive into Diversity

Difficult Dialogue: SEM Students Dive into Diversity

Morgan Baker, Contributor

January 16, 2017


Filed under Diversity and Inclusion, News, Student Life

The evening of Thursday, January 12, high school students from private schools across Western New York gathered in the Nichols School Flickinger Performing Arts Center for the opening of the third annual Nichols School Inclusivity Conference sponsored by Education Collaborative of Western New York....

The Path to Decision

The Path to Decision

Brook Sillart, Student Writer

January 13, 2017


Filed under Student Life

College it isn’t just a school where you spend the next four years of your life but instead will be your home. During the college process, depending on the college, you can the option of applying early decision, early action, regular decision or rolling decision. All of these options are fine when...

Debutante Ball

Debutante Ball

Christina Siragusa, Contributor

December 19, 2016


Filed under Student Life

Two of SEM’s juniors, Nia and Kai Ellis, were recently formally presented into society at the 2016 Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Gamma Phi Omega Chapter, 2016 Debutante Ball at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. On Saturday December 3, the two girls spent the day getting ready for this six...

Acknowledge Arab-Americans

Sarah Hamdan '18, Contributor

December 5, 2016


Filed under Diversity and Inclusion, Opinion

For many years, the Arab-American community has been expected to document themselves as “white” for race/ethnicity on any and all legal documents and for census bureaus is inaccurate. With no selection for people of Middle Eastern heritage, America casts us aside and denies us acknowledgement. A “white”...

Senior Privileges

Brooke Gannon, Contributor

November 27, 2016


Filed under Student Life

At Buffalo Seminary, students are expected to follow certain traditions that have been part of SEM’s history since 1851. A good majority of these traditions are only for seniors like senior presentations and senior privileges. Some traditions are official and some are custom. Besides graduatio...

SEM’s Writers Spill All

SEM’s Writers Spill All

Leah Kramer, Contributor

November 27, 2016


Filed under Student Life

A circular desk. Scattered pens and paper. Laptops are open and Buffalo Seminary high school students furiously tap away at their computers. Are they doing this for a grade? No. They are doing this out of their own free will. They are participating in NaNoWriMo, an initiative to inspire people all...

The Epidemic That Has America In Its Control

The Epidemic That Has America In Its Control

Elisa Yi, Contributor

November 20, 2016


Filed under Diversity and Inclusion, Opinion

At the 2013 American Music Awards, Katy Perry made quite the grand entrance on stage to perform her hit single, "Unconditionally." The stage was set to look like an Asian garden with bonsai trees, Asian-style fountains, and a bright red arch, recognizable in Chinese architecture. Perry and her b...

The Class of 2017 – Dominating or Demonstrating?

The Class of 2017 – Dominating or Demonstrating?

Becca Thomas, Student Writer and Editor

November 20, 2016


Filed under Student Life

The Class of 2017 is tied for the biggest on record (the other was the Class of 2015). The 66 girls are all different and as a result a senior is almost everywhere you look. In each club, event or SEM sister gathering a group of seniors make an appearance. Every sport and artistic team is made up of senior...

How to Eat Cheap on Elmwood

How to Eat Cheap on Elmwood

Aerin Wagner

November 6, 2016


Filed under A&E, Student Life

With after school activities like theater and sports, sometimes students find themselves running to grab a quick coffee or dinner on Elmwood.  Leah Kramer recently wrote an article detailing the best places to go to, and it is easy to spend a fortune anywhere on Elmwood.  Think about it, a $5 S...

Hornet/Jacket Through The Years

Hornet/Jacket Through The Years

Sara Caywood, Writer

October 30, 2016


Filed under Features, Student Life

Combine the intensity of the New York Yankees - Boston Red Sox rivalry with the mystifying competition of the houses in Harry Potter. Add the hometown pride of representing the Buffalo Bills or Buffalo Sabres in a home game. Mix in some of those high school spirit memories, toss in a few embarrassing...

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