Halloween Student Survey

By Sofia Cholewczynski ’19


Halloween is a holiday that we have all celebrated since we were young. I was curious to see how our opinions of Halloween stand today after years of taking part in it.

The survey found that most students’ favorite candy is Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, with Kit Kats as the runner up.

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Today, out of the five suggestions for costumes, those being a superhero, witch, Disney princess, black cat, and vampire, the most popular one was the black cat. When I was little, the black cat costume was always my mother’s go-to.

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As for favorite Halloween activity, the most voted for was Haunted Houses, which I totally agree with.

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Not a single person voted for hay rides.

Most of those who took the quiz agreed that Butterfingers, Sweet Tarts, and Good & Plentys are the worst candies, each getting an equal number of votes.

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When asked if Halloween was the participants’ favorite holiday, 95% said no!

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Regardless, Halloween is a fun and creative holiday that gives us all a chance to let loose and have a good time. Happy Halloween!



Picture Credits: Courtney Durso


The History of the Addams Family

By Victoria Sogueco ’20



You may know them from the 1991 film starring Raúl Juliá as the suave Gomez, Anjelica Huston in a Golden Globe-nominated role as Morticia, Christina Ricci as the homicide-obsessed Wednesday, Jimmy Workman as Wednesday’s brother and partner-in-crime Pugsley, and Christopher Lloyd as the long-lost Uncle Fester. However, The Addams Family actually goes back decades to 1938, when Charles ‘Chas’ Addams started creating The Addams Family comic panels for The New Yorker.

Morticia was said to be based on Chas’s first wife, Barbara Jean Day. After their marriage ended in divorce, Chas married his second wife, Estelle Barb, who ended up taking the rights of The Addams Family to be made as a TV show or movie from him.

This swindling prompted the production of the first non-cartoon incarnation of The Addams Family, a TV show by ABC, to be halted. The show eventually ran for two seasons (with 64 episodes in total) from September 8, 1964 to 1966. It starred John Astin as Gomez, Carolyn Jones as Morticia, Jackie Coogan as Uncle Fester, Ted Cassidy as Lurch, Blossom Rock as Grandmama, Lisa Loring as Wednesday, and Ken Weatherwax as Pugsley in the black-and-white shot series. However, the show airing also meant that all could watch it, instead of the more “refined” audience that The New Yorker attracted. As a result, The Addams Family cartoons were no longer published in The New Yorker.

Seven years after the first Addams Family TV show ended, ABC conceived another TV show starring the clan, albeit now as a variety show. Its pilot episode ultimately ended up as a special entitled The Addams Family Fun-House. It starred its two writers, Jack Riley and Liz Torres, as Mr. and Mrs. Addams, and Stubby Kaye as Uncle Fester, Pat McCormick as Lurch, and Butch Patrick (then known mostly for portraying Eddie Munster in the similar but arguably more popular show The Munsters) as Pugsley.

Nothing of note starring The Addams Family was produced until 1972, when they starred in an episode of The New Scooby-Doo Movies in an episode entitled “Wednesday is Missing,” also known as “Scooby-Doo Meets the Addams Family.” It reunited the original cast: Astin, Jones, Coogan, and Cassidy, and resulted in yet another TV show.

The Addams Family aired from 1973 to 1975, and starred a returning Coogan as Fester (who was now Gomez’s biological brother instead of his brother-in-law) and Cassidy as Lurch, Lennie Weinrib (who was the voice of Scrappy-Doo) as Gomez, Janet Waldo as Morticia, Cindy Henderson as Wednesday, and, before she won two Oscars, a ten-year-old Jodie Foster.

Next came Halloween With the New Addams Family, a special that aired in 1977 and acted as a reunion of the original TV series. However, this special was more bizarre than usual in the sense that two younger siblings, Wednesday Jr. and Pugsley Jr. had been added.

After, the world saw the release of the well-known 1991 movie simply titled The Addams Family. Unfortunately, Charles Addams had died three years prior to the major success of his endeavors. The film earned $191 million against a budget of $30 million, spawning video games, a popular pinball machine, an animated series (from 1992-1993), and 1993 sequel (Addams Family Values).

A more recent incarnation of the family would be 2010’s The Addams Family Musical, featuring, among many others, Bertram from Jessie as Uncle Fester. Despite being a critical failure, the show was a financial success, consistently selling Broadway shows out.

Clearly, The Addams Family has managed to stay relevant for years with their macabre quirks and dark-hued clothes, although they go against what many of us consider “normal.” I guarantee you’ll hear their signature, finger-snap laden theme song sometime soon.

LH Fall Sports Synopsis

By Olivia Dunn ‘19

With LH’s fall sports in full swing, and SCCs+States coming up for many teams, Highlights caught up with several players to get updates on their progress at this point in the season. Stats for all teams are as of October 29. 

Margaret O’Connor (‘19) provided some insight on the cross country team’s achievements. They have had twelve wins and four losses this season. Margaret said that the team’s goals were to improve their individual times, and to improve their place within the Southern CT Conference (SCC). They also wanted to beat some of their biggest rivals–which they did! When asked who those rivals were, Margaret responded, “…Joseph A. Foran High School, because they are another Milford school, and our scores are often very close to theirs. Also, Mercy in Middletown and Hamden High School.” 

Next, Leah Cogguillo (‘19) and Julia Arsenault (‘19) briefed Highlights on Lauralton field hockey. Leah says that working together as a team has always been important to them, as well as having fun and making the sport enjoyable for everyone. Julia explains that their team is 6-8-0-2. For non-athletes, this means they have six wins, eight losses, no ties, and two losses in overtime. When it comes to rivals, both Daniel Hand in Madison and Branford High School are tough competitors. Field hockey also qualified for SCCs and States. “We are seventh seed and our first round of SCCs is against Cheshire (who are second seed) on October 30 at 3:45pm,” Julia tells me, “The first round of States is November 6, and seedings are not final yet.”

The newspaper interviewed Emma Koerner (‘19) on behalf of the soccer team. They have eight wins, five losses, and three ties. Emma noted that the team has its eyes on the prize, despite setbacks, “While we, unfortunately, did not qualify for SCCs, our biggest goal right now is to win States.” The first round of States for soccer is November 4. Emma also mentioned that she believes Daniel Hand is their team’s toughest challenger.

Bella Preneta (‘19) says the swim and dive team has won nine meets and lost two. Their ambitions for this season are to win Class M States and to place in the top 3 at SCCs. Their SCC trials were on October 30 at Cheshire, SCC finals are on November 11 at Southern Connecticut State University, Class M State Finals are on November 15, and their State open meet is on November 19. Bella said, “Our team’s biggest rival would probably be Amity Regional High School in Woodbridge. They beat us this year, but hopefully, we’ll get them next year!”

Last, but certainly not least, Abby Paine (‘20) talked to Highlights about volleyball. They had fifteen wins and five losses overall in the regular season, and were also co-champions of the Quinnipiac Division of the SCC with a 6-2 record. Their main goals for this season were to improve upon their skills and to qualify for both the SCC and State tournaments (which they did). Abby says SCCs and States “are occurring in the next two weeks,” while no specific dates are known yet. She considers their greatest opponents to be Foran in Milford and Mercy  in Middletown.

Good luck to all LH fall sports teams in their meets and games, and don’t forget to go out to support them if you get the chance!

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Photo credits: Maddy Barnick ’18, Swim Team Captain

An Interview with Señora Hawes!

By: Audra Logan

This month we decided to dip into the language department and share a little bit about Señora Hawes!

What is your favorite part about teaching Spanish?

“Spanish is my native language so I try to give my students part of my identity. Also I can describe the culture, traditions, and I can explain the way of the Hispanic culture.”

When was a moment in your life that you felt happiest?

“When I started a family.”

Do you have any special talents?

“I like art. I like to draw and do a lot of crafts. I also like to cook, dance, and write.”

Would you consider yourself a good dancer?

“Yes, indeed.”

What was your favorite class in school?

“Literature, philosophy, and sociology”

Favorite Spanish dish?

“Sancocho, which is a soup made out of either chicken or beef. You can mix both as well. It has other types of vegetables that are from Latin American cuisine: corn and cilantro and other things.”

Favorite song?

“I always listen to Spanish music…. “Alma llanera.” It brings me memories of my country where I was born and it’s the most traditional song that the Venezuelan people have.”

Dream place to travel to?

“I would like to go to Thailand because it sounds very exotic and I find that there are similar foods and colorful culture. I’d like to discover and experience that.”

Favorite word in the Spanish language?

“Ay, Dios mio.”

What makes Lauralton special to you?

“The sense of community – you can tell that the environment is very different than other places. There is a lot of respect among the students, faculty, and staff. For me it is important to be part of empowering women for life.”

Did you want to be a teacher growing up?

“Not really, I always liked languages and I had other plans. The reason why I became a teacher is because when I started a family, it was easy to be around my children. But when I start teaching I just discovered that passion that I think I always had, but I didn’t discover until then.”

Do you think being immersed in multiple cultures is important?

“Oh yes. When you are immersed in multiple cultures you understand more about life and humans. You’re more open minded, accepting, and understanding of the way other people live.”


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A Weekend at the Capitol

By: Kathryn Blanco

In the January issue, I mentioned some ways of expanding political engagement right here at Lauralton. One such program, Youth and Government, recently held its annual conference. As a YAG newbie, I thought I’d share some perspective on the event for any interested students and explain how this school program relates to the real world.

Each YAG member crafts a bill over the course of the year. The bills are presented at a pre-states event and then debated fully at the state conference, which takes place at the gorgeous Connecticut State Capitol and adjoining Legislative Office Building. Once at the conference, however, debating bills in the House of Representatives is just one option open to students. YAGers can debate in the smaller, more intense Senate, argue a legal case in Youth and Law, or participate in the Press Corps and churn out three newspapers a day. Not only do these activities improve speaking, writing, and leadership skills (just ask the three Lauralton girls who held elected positions – Lieutenant Governor Kate Canavan, Secretary of the State Maya Zaleski, and Editor-in-Chief Hannah Haynes), they offer an opportunity to learn about state government as well. Coming up with bills educates students about what constitutes a state versus federal issue. Following decorum, using phrases like “I move the previous question,” and offering amendments make the technicalities of the legislative process a first-hand experience. Of course, the bills themselves are also informative. Proposals from therapy dogs (or frogs) in schools to opioid prescription restrictions bring to light a wide range of local issues. Gaining some understanding about the heretofore mysterious process by which change happens on a state level made the whole system feel more approachable. I was inspired to learn more about state government and perhaps even participate in it, and I’d encourage you all to open yourselves up to the same experience.

One Decision

By: Mary Clark

The way Lauralton makes a Lauralton Girl feel is something she can’t really put into words. She can try, but she will always fall short. And you won’t understand it unless you too, attended LH.

When I was thirteen, I made the brave decision to spend my high school years at Lauralton Hall. At the time, I had no clue that this would be one of the best decisions I ever made. In fact, as a freshman, I seriously considered transferring out of LH, to my public high school. I decided to stay another year, and I thank God I did, because if I had not, I would have missed out on one of the best experiences of my life.

The defining moment of my years at Lauralton was the night of my Junior Ring ceremony. I had acknowledged that this was the right environment for me to attend school, however, the sisterhood of Lauralton Hall that was exhibited that night showed me something more. Moments from that day are tucked away as moments in my life when I was truly happy. I, along with 130 friends, had officially survived our underclassmen years at LH, and we were now joined with countless women who still wear their ring, many years later. Before this night, I thought Lauralton was great, but after this night, I knew Lauralton was a very special place. When I returned home after the ceremony, the spirit of Lauralton Hall had resonated with me, and I knew I belonged. Since that moment, my happiest days have been with my best friends, celebrating milestones, from prom, to 100 Days Dinner, to our final pep rally, and everything in between and beyond.

However, what makes Lauralton special is not only the organized traditions, but also the small moments. These moments happen everywhere, at any time, and they can be the most insignificant things. Whether it’s breaking out into a random dance party at school, blasting Kanye West in your best friend’s car, painting a school in Guatemala, having a conversation with the lovely lunch ladies, bonding over a test you and all your friends struggled with, or performing a live reenactment of the nativity in religion class, every moment at this school is celebrated. There is never a dull moment.

In these final days of my time here, I only wish I felt the spirit of LH sooner. Freshman year feels like it was yesterday, and I wish those days hadn’t gone by so fast. To outsiders, I attend a beautiful school with no boys. To fellow ladies of Lauralton, I am a part of a family, where my friends include other students, teachers, coaches, and other staff and faculty. My friends are my sisters, because they are there for me to celebrate my successes, and support me through my difficult times. To the people lucky enough to meet women from Lauralton, treat them well, because they will be some of the most amazing people you meet.


A Remake Worth Fighting For

By: Victoria Sogueco

When I was younger, I wanted to be Mulan. She was a princess that I immediately identified with: she was brave, smart, tough, beautiful, was a bit tomboyish but still sang, and was always late. She was a mix of who I wanted to be and who I was. Plus, her singing voice was provided by Lea Salonga and I could be her for Halloween without anyone batting an eye.
As I grew older, I realized that the costume that I got when I was five wouldn’t fit me anymore. So I decided that I’d get a real one by playing Mulan in a live-action movie.
Now the time has come. But I’m not too happy about it.
Personally, I don’t see why we need to make live-action versions of the movies that many of us watched growing up. Disney is filled with extremely creative employees who are certainly capable of coming up with a good story, and I also feel that it’s unfair to kids growing up now who are stuck exploring the same worlds that we did years ago.
But I went with it. Disney knows what they’re doing, I told myself. It’ll be great.
A quick search on Google shows that the remake won’t be a musical and will probably not feature Li Shang. To me, the music was what made it a Disney movie. The soundtrack to Mulan was basically the soundtrack to my childhood. Without the music, it’s just a live adaptation of the Ballad of Mulan.
I know that for some it’s just a movie, but for me it was a huge chunk of my life. While I want younger girls and boys to watch the movie and know that they can, I feel that it’s unfair to give them a sort of hand-me-down story.
Hopefully on November 2, 2018, all of my doubts will disappear.



Birch Box Beauty: A Favorite Product

By: Maya Welber

Are you looking for just the right gift for a beauty guru or simply just a friend interested in sampling the newest beauty products? Well, then Birchbox is just the right company for you. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! You can sign up for a twelve month subscription and Birchbox will send you five beauty samples for ten dollars a month. Each month it’s a whole new surprise to open your box and see what’s inside based on your online profile set up prior to subscription. Whether your interest lies in skin care, makeup, or hair products you will get an assortment from all three categories or just one depending on your preference. Some different brands that work with Birchbox are Number 4, COOLA, Manna, Supergoop!, bbrowbar, Dr. Lipp, The Beauty Crop, Eyeko, JUARA, Benefit Cosmetics, NuFace, Amika, Real Chemistry, Smashbox, IPKN, Balance Me, R+Co, Milk Makeup, and Coastal Scents, just to name a few! The best part is, if you get hooked on a product you can order the full size and it will come in your box the next month with the additional five samples. It saves a lot of money in the long run when you don’t have to purchase the full size just to find out you don’t like it! In using this product I rate it 10/10 ⭐️s. The individual samples are quite generous and it is a very reliable company.

I was lucky enough to receive a subscription. In my March box I received hair protection spray for straightening hair, cucumber moisturizer, Dry shampoo, lip gloss, and water resistant mascara.

If you are interested in signing up today, visit https://www.birchbox.com/subscribe/checkout/register



Are You a Victim of Conformity?

By: Sara Abbazia

It turns out that social pressure plays a pretty large role in our society. A series of tests from the 50s called the Asch conformity experiments demonstrated that our actions can be hugely impacted by what others say and do. During the experiment, psychologist Solomon Asch asked his participants to look at three different lines in order to figure out which one was the longest. These people were then placed in groups with other people who were told to purposely say the incorrect answer. 75% of the time, the test subjects went against their better judgment and gave an incorrect answer so that they were in agreement with the rest of the group. Asch’s tests have been repeated many times by psychologists with similar results- one instance had people facing backwards in an elevator, and those who entered later assumed this awkward stance.

Do Asch’s findings hold up in real life? The more I thought about it, the more I agreed. For example, here at Lauralton, we all must conform to the same polo and jumper- yet when it comes to the one aspect of our outfit that we have some control over, our footwear, the majority of students prefer to wear near-identical Sperry’s. Also, we have all had those moments when we are trying to decide what to eat, and decide to pick what our friend chooses. In these cases, conformity is used as an easy solution to trite, relatively unimportant decisions.

What about when it comes to more pressing matters, such as the answer to a test? I tried a conformity experiment where my siblings and I tried to convince my mom that eight times four was twenty-seven, but even against all of us, she stood her ground (in case I fooled any of you, the answer is thirty-two). Of course, she hesitated a little before rebuking us. Perhaps with a math problem of enough fervor, even the smartest pupil would feel obligated to conform to a wrong answer.

Why are we so afraid to go against the grain? With some cases, we are afraid to answer a question with only one acceptable answer incorrectly. Anyone would be hesitant to speak their mind if they were not ensured that they had all the facts. However, what about circumstances with no one right answer? If everyone picks red, is it wrong if you pick blue? Is it really so bad if you also pick red? What if you were going to pick red anyways, but now you cannot without looking like a conforming sheep? Blending in does have its perks, and it feels nice to go with what is familiar, with what is “normal.” However, is our desire to fit in stopping us from really being ourselves?

I believe that everything is good in moderation. If you want to wear Sperry’s to school, go right on ahead- but maybe try mixing up your look on a dress-down day. If you want to face the wrong way in an elevator, I suppose you can do that too- but you should at least consider why other people might want to face forwards. Ultimately, it is more important to be yourself than to worry about what other people may think of you.

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