King Street Chronicle The student newspaper of Sacred Heart Greenwich Wed, 08 Apr 2020 16:28:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Intersections creates an open dialogue for students Wed, 08 Apr 2020 16:28:36 +0000 Intersections is a conversational group at Sacred Heart Greenwich that designates a space for students to learn about new topics and discuss issues about which they are passionate.  Senior Olivia Andrews began Intersections her sophomore year to hear the diverse array of student and faculty voices at Sacred Heart.

Olivia created Intersections as a space for the community to explore social justice issues such as racial representation, environmentalism, and gender.  The core message of Intersections connects to Goal Three of the Sacred Heart Goals and Criteria, a social awareness which impels to action, allowing students to become informed on current topics in the world and express opinions on these issues.

Following the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Liturgy January 17, the Intersections group met with Mrs. Angela Lewis, daughter of the late civil rights activist Mr. James Earl Chaney.  Courtesy of Ms. Ellyn Stewart

Seniors Sally Carter and Kate Murray, junior Alana Frederick, sophomores Kayla Malcolm-Joseph and Isabella Stewart, and freshmen Josie Orr, Kristin Morrow, and Genevieve Wichmann are also part of the Intersections leadership team along with Olivia.

Kayla uses Intersections as a platform to speak about a variety of social justice issues.

“Through the encouragement of my peers and the teachers that attend Intersections, I gained a new found confidence that not only helps me speak up during our discussion, but also whenever I need to,” Kayla said.

                                                                  The teacher moderators of Intersections are Ms. Angela Carstensen, Director of Library and Information Services, Dr. William Mottolese, Upper School English Teacher and Chair of English Department, Ms. Judith Scinto, Upper School Faculty and Spanish and Global Scholars Program Coordinator, and Ms. Ellyn Stewart, Broadcast Journalism Studio Director and Broadcast Journalism Teacher. 

Olivia’s most memorable meeting was this past fall, where the group discussed Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) awareness. 

“I was honestly shocked and impressed by the level of interest students had in participating,” Olivia said.  “From a simple political cartoon as our media spark, the club got into such an amazing dialogue that we ended up extending it into a second meeting.” 

Intersections used a quote for the media spark for the gender equality meeting.  Courtesy of Olivia Andrews ’20

Olivia begins each meeting with “a media spark” such as a short clip, image, or article, which will open the conversation.

“One spark that meant a lot to me was a video of girls sharing their experiences with having negative body image standards,” Kayla said.  “It was really disheartening to hear girls hating on themselves, and I’m no stranger to hearing similar comments in the halls.”

Moving forward, Olivia wishes to use film as a medium to facilitate dialogues similar to those that Intersections has initiated at Sacred Heart.

“In communities that are either overwhelmed with different opinions or function like an echo-chamber, the meditative act of viewing art as a form of communication leads people to quietly reflect before expressing themselves,” Olivia said. 

Featured Image by Natalie Dosmond ’21

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“Humans of Sacred Heart” – Ms. Marian Campana Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:08:59 +0000

Why do you believe it is important to hold daily virtual Holy Week services for Sacred Heart Greenwich families?

“During this time of social distancing and isolation we are hungry for opportunities to behave as a community.  Our virtual prayer services begin and end as a gathering.  We chat and catch up with community members we no longer run into on campus.  That has been a joy.  In addition, our services give us an opportunity to gather around our faith and place both our fears and concerns before God, that is our community’s greatest strength.”

How will the virtual prayer services allow members of the Sacred Heart Greenwich community to build upon their faith?

“Holy Week invites us to recall the most difficult week that Jesus lived.  While facing imminent death, Jesus continued to be a source of healing.  I think that these prayer services invite us to remember that and to continue to find strength in the person of Jesus.  Jesus shows us a form of action we can all take during these challenging times.  If we ground ourselves in prayer and contemplation we will find rest and direction to where our energies are most needed.  We have the gift of time, so perhaps we can accept the invitation to deepen our relationship with God.”

What inspires you during these challenging times?

“I am inspired by my family, our community, and our nation particularly by my 93-year-old mother who always has some hopeful news to share.  I was so grateful to learn how many of our alums are bravely working on the front lines.  I have witnessed countless, generous acts of love.  I pray that we continue to operate from this place of genuine love and concern for one another.”

The King Street Chronicle thanks Ms. Marian Campana, Director of Mission and Ministry, Middle and Lower School Theology Chair, and Social Justice Service Coordinator (Lower School), for her contributions to “Humans of Sacred Heart.”

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A month of poems: Day six Wed, 08 Apr 2020 15:08:04 +0000 April 1 is the start of National Poetry Month.  Since 1996, this literary celebration honors the significance of poetry in world culture, according to  Each school day this month, the King Street Chronicle will publish one poem to recognize this month-long commemoration of poetry.

“Tulips” Courtesy of Erik Westrum

“To a Ring I Lost Planting Bulbs”
by Sarah Barber

You give me the slip between garlic and lilies,
as if this is what comes of my unprotected
loves, of my hands in the sweet earth,
their willful miscegenation of the border bed
where you’re tucked in deep with tulips, too,
like just one more of their heart-freaks:
a fluke diamondine flake, a thin vein gone gold.
Being mine, you’ll grow up a girdled tree, girt
with a ringed-around root, nothing like
the fruitful vine of good wives—one of which
I’ll never be so, my not-love-knot, you may
as well come up instead like a kiss:
the one wind gives to rouse the Japanese maple,
October’s aerialist, its bright aureole
in the last late sun a red mouth, opening.

Contributed by Ms. Olivia Tompkins, Upper and Middle School Assistant Librarian

Featured Image by Lé-Anne Johnson ’21

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A month of poems: Day five Tue, 07 Apr 2020 12:49:35 +0000 April 1 is the start of National Poetry Month.  Since 1996, this literary celebration honors the significance of poetry in world culture, according to  Each school day this month, the King Street Chronicle will publish one poem to recognize this month-long commemoration of poetry.

“The Daffodils’ Song” Courtesy of Mae Harkins ’20

The Daffodils’ Song
by Mae Harkins ’20

Sweetly, the spirit sings,
“awaken! awaken!”
frolicking through the trees,
pausing to glance around,
dancing through the grass,
potent, yet gentle.


The birds, suddenly alive,
hearken to its voice,
calling to each other,
“she’s near! she’s near!”
before following in search,
full of longing and hope.


The crocuses arise,
glorious as the morn’–
but silent, whispering only,
“it’s time, it’s time”
before bowing down again,
young, yet unforgotten.


Then softly, the daffodils,
their quiet trumpets unfolding
in a beauty so simple, so exquisite,
of which even they are aware,
play the song forever sweetest to the ear:
“spring is here, spring is here.”


Featured Image by Lé-Anne Johnson ’21

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A month of poems: Day four Mon, 06 Apr 2020 13:28:51 +0000 April 1 is the start of National Poetry Month.  Since 1996, this literary celebration honors the significance of poetry in world culture, according to  Each school day this month, the King Street Chronicle will publish one poem to recognize this month-long commemoration of poetry.

“This is the Time to Be Slow” Courtesy of ©Ann Cahill

This is the Time to Be Slow
by John O’Donohue

This is the time to be slow,
Lie low to the wall
Until the bitter weather passes.

Try, as best you can, not to let
The wire brush of doubt
Scrape from your heart
All sense of yourself
And your hesitant light.

If you remain generous,
Time will come good;
And you will find your feet
Again on fresh pastures of promise,
Where the air will be kind
And blushed with beginning.

Contributed by Mrs. Maureen Crowley, Upper School Theology Teacher

Featured Image by Lé-Anne Johnson ’21

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Medical journal publishes senior Alexa Choy’s research article Mon, 06 Apr 2020 13:27:51 +0000 SKIN, The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine, published Sacred Heart Greenwich senior Alexa Choy’s research paper in the second issue of their fourth volume.  Alexa’s research paper, “Biologic Prescribing Patterns Among Mount Sinai Psoriasis Patients: Results of a Retrospective Chart Review,” focuses on prescribing patterns for biologics among Mount Sinai psoriasis patients.  Alexa fostered this project in her Science Research III Honors class under the guidance of Ms. Mary Musolino, Upper School Science Teacher.  

SKIN is a bi-monthly, peer-reviewed, online medical journal that aims to spread new dermatologic knowledge on all facets of cutaneous disease, according to  SKIN accepted Alexa’s article March 5 and included it in their March 2020 edition. 

Alexa wrote the paper in the fall of her junior year, after collecting data during her summer internship in 2018 at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, New York.  SKIN’s editorial team revised the research paper three times over the course of a year to prepare it for publication. 

Alexa Choy ’20 is listed as the first author of her research article.  Courtesy of

“Having my paper finally published feels extremely rewarding after so much hard work and many revisions,” Alexa said.  “I am also so happy to finally get to share what I have learned with others and hopefully this paper can make a small contribution to shed light on a much larger issue.”

For her research, Alexa collaborated with two other authors, Mr. Jonathan Vebman, another high school student, and Mr. Christopher J. Yao, a medical student epidemiologist.  Alexa is listed as the article’s first author, followed by Mr. Vebman and Mr. Yao. 

For six weeks during their summer internship, Alexa and Mr. Vebman collected data from the practice.  Mr. Yao guided them through their medical research process and helped them understand their statistical findings. 

The group also met with Dr. Mark Lebwohl, the Chairman of the Department of Dermatology at Mount Sinai, once a week to present their progress.

“The two other authors listed on the paper were integral aspects to the research and collaboration was essential,” Alexa said.  “Ms. Musolino was very helpful in working with me on the writing of the paper and the revisions. 

Ms. Musolino enjoyed helping and watching Alexa’s project develop over the course of two years.

“This is one of my favorite aspects of being a research teacher, to assist in the culmination of several years of research,” Ms. Musolino said. 

Alexa’s research assessed the relationship between the medicine prescribed to Mount Sinai psoriasis patients and the insurance policy of these prescriptions.  Her conclusion was that the prescribed medications, also known as biologics, vary by insurer, but the most frequently prescribed drug may not be the most effective.

Before Alexa began her internship, she spent time in her Science Research class reviewing literature in the area of psoriasis and its treatments.  This provided her with a background on the topic prior to collecting data. 

Alexa Choy ’20 presenting her research at the 2019 Connecticut STEM Fair.  Courtesy of Ms. Mary Musolino

“At my internship I worked with several doctors in the dermatology practice to identify what would be the most relevant and pressing issues to address and research,” Alexa said.  “Many of the physicians have struggled whether to prescribe newer, better, but more expensive medications or older, more reliable and cheaper medications to their patients. Most doctors find themselves prescribing medications that are not necessarily the most ideal because they will come at a significantly lower cost.”

After Alexa collected data during her internship, she used her time in Science Research to analyze it and create a poster to illustrate her findings.

“Once Alexa analyzed her data and formed conclusions, she created a completed research poster in class that she used for presentation at science competitions,” Ms. Musolino said.  “This is another skill that is worked on and developed within the research class, that is, how to effectively communicate your findings.”

With her research poster complete, Alexa entered her project in the Connecticut STEM Fair, the Regeneron Science Talent Search, and the Connecticut Science & Engineering Fair.  Then, she began writing and editing her final research paper, later submitting it to SKIN for publication. 

After she graduates from Sacred Heart, Alexa hopes to continue exploring similar topics, both in college and beyond. 

“As of now, I am pre-med in a biology based major and I want to pursue a career involving public and health and healthcare reform,” Alexa said.  “Universal healthcare is an issue I feel very strongly about and this research has enabled me to see the direct effects of limited healthcare on patients, which I want to continue to learn about and take action in college.”

Featured Image by Sydney Gallop ’20

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Art of the Week – “Mohonk Mountain House” – Emma Kate Smith ’21 Mon, 06 Apr 2020 12:07:34 +0000

“Mohonk Mountain House” Courtesy of Emma Kate Smith ’21

Taken on an iPhone 6s.  Unedited.

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A month of poems: Day three Fri, 03 Apr 2020 16:30:41 +0000 April 1 is the start of National Poetry Month.  Since 1996, this literary celebration honors the significance of poetry in world culture, according to  Each school day this month, the King Street Chronicle will publish one poem to recognize this month-long commemoration of poetry.

Courtesy of Morgan Felletter ’21

by Billy Collins

If ever there were a spring day so perfect,

so uplifted by a warm intermittent breeze

that it made you want to throw

open all the windows in the house

and unlatch the door from the canary’s cage,

indeed, rip the little door from its jamb,

a day when the cool brick paths

and the garden bursting with peonies

seemed so etched in sunlight

that you felt like taking

a hammer to the glass paperweight

on the living room end table

releasing the inhabitants

from their snow-covered cottage

so they could walk out,

holding hands and squinting

into this larger dome of blue and white,

well, today is just that kind of day.

Contributed by Mrs. Victoria Allen, School Historian

Featured Image by Lé-Anne Johnson ’21

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Why the USWNT should make at least as much money as the USMNT Fri, 03 Apr 2020 16:29:16 +0000 The United States Women’s National Soccer Team (USWNT) is the best female soccer team in the world.  With four World Cup wins and four Olympic Gold Medals, they are consistently the team to beat.  Not only do their championships prove their abilities, but some of the biggest names in soccer have also come from this team, including Ms. Mia Hamm, Ms. Abby Wambach, Ms. Alex Morgan, and Ms. Megan Rapinoe.

On the other hand, the United States Men’s National team (USMNT), ranked twenty-second in the world, has not won any major tournaments such as the FIFA World Cup or the Olympics, according to  They more recently failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, according to  

Despite the USWNT’s constant and overwhelming success, the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) is not paying them equally.

There should be no argument when it comes to equal pay.  In fact, the Equal Pay Act (EPA) prohibits sex-based wage discrimination between men and women in the same establishment who perform jobs that require equal skill, effort and responsibility under similar working conditions, according to

The USMNT won 11, lost five, and tied two games in 2019.  In contrast, the USWNT won 20, lost two, and tied three games last year, according to  The USWNT also won an ESPY Award for “Best Team” after their 2019 World Cup win.

In the opening game of the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the USWNT beat Thailand 13-0.  The women’s team scored more goals in this game than the men’s team scored during their last two World Cup tournaments combined, according to

“The women allege that they are consistently paid less than the players on the men’s team and discriminated against because of their gender, despite a strong performance record,” according to

There is a significant pay gap between the USWNT and the USMNT.  Amelia Sheehan ’20

The fight for equal pay has not made progress over the past year.  Last March, all 28 players on the USWNT sued the USSF, arguing that the federation was paying them less and giving them less support than their male counterparts, according to The Washington Post

Almost a year later, February 21, 2020 the USWNT filed another lawsuit against US Soccer seeking 67 million dollars for gender discrimination, according to  

US Soccer, the governing body to both the USWNT and the USMNT, made a statement which was both inappropriate and ignorant in response to the lawsuit. 

“It is undisputed that the job of [a Men’s National Team] player requires materially more strength and speed than the job of [a Women’s National Team] player,” US Soccer said, according to  It also said that “the job of MNT players carries more responsibility than the job of a WNT player.”

Mr. Carlos Cordeiro, President of US Soccer, apologized for the statement and the pain it caused the team.

“[The statement] did not reflect the values of our Federation or our tremendous admiration of our Women’s National Team.  Our WNT players are incredibly talented and work tirelessly, as they have demonstrated time and again from their Olympic Gold medals to their World Cup titles,” Mr. Cordeiro said, according to

The USWNT preparing for their quarterfinal match against the French national team in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup.  Courtesy of Taylor O’Meara ’20

Ms. Rapinoe, winner of the 2019 World Cup Golden Boot and Golden Ball, revealed that she believed the message from Mr. Cordeiro was insincere.

“We don’t buy it.  That wasn’t for us at all.  That was for everybody else,” Ms. Rapinoe said, according to

Mr. Cordeiro stepped down from his position as US Soccer President March 12.  Ms. Cindy Parlow Cone, current Vice President, will serve as the first female President of US Soccer until the next annual General Meeting, according to

Ms. Parlow Cone was a four-time All American at the University of North Carolina, was a member of the historic 1999 FIFA World Cup championship team, and won two Olympic Gold medals.  She more recently earned her place in the National Soccer Hall of Fame, according to

“It is our obligation to move quickly to repair the damage that has been done.  I am committed to addressing this issue in an honest, transparent and forthright manner,” Ms. Parlow Cone said, according to

Some of the team’s sponsors, including Volkswagen, the USWNT team’s sole partner, and Coca-Cola, Visa, and Deloitte expressed their disappointment with the USSF and their statements, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“We at Volkswagen of America are disgusted by positions taken by US Soccer and they are simply unacceptable.  We place great emphasis on gender inclusivity and equality and require our partners to do the same,” Volkswagen USA said, according to“We stand by the USWNT and the ideals they represent for the world.  We demand that US Soccer rise up to these values.

The fact that the USWNT still has lower wages than the USMNT emphasizes the progress that both the United States and the world need to make in the fight for equal pay.  Influential organizations like US Soccer need to take the responsibility of setting an example for others, and should pay their outstanding female soccer team at least as much as they pay their male team.

Featured Image by Amelia Sheehan ’20 

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A month of poems: Day two Thu, 02 Apr 2020 16:50:03 +0000 April 1 is the start of National Poetry Month.  Since 1996, this literary celebration honors the significance of poetry in world culture, according to  Each school day this month, the King Street Chronicle will publish one poem to recognize this month-long commemoration of poetry.

Sofia Pye ’21

Inside the Hourglass
by Cecilia Duncan ’21

A glimmering galaxy of beige, ivory, flaming marigold—a sandstorm erupts.

Fluidly     floating and     flowing, the grains     mold into

majestic          mountains with          jagged peaks,

deep     crevices     with steep,     graduated slopes,

and   black   holes that   collapse into   themselves.

Pushing, hugging, and consuming each other,

the grains arrange an alluring avalanche

as gravity draws them down

through the portal,

to the next realm.

They are spectral—

sublime,    smooth, sleek.

Seemingly silent, but are a conch shell

with a harmonious song when held to the ear.

Pitter-patter,  pitter-patter, pitter-patter.  They  glide

as      jubilant      jellyfish in      their growing ocean.

As  graceful as galloping gazelles, they wander and wonder about.

Each  grain an  effervescent  star, gleaming  and glowing.  Together,  they

model  nature,  create new  life.  Designing   their own, truly  timeless universe.


Featured Image by Lé-Anne Johnson ’21

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