New Year’s Resolution: To Keep a New Year’s Resolution

Tips on how to make your resolution a reality

imageBy Andrew Kirkman
published - 01/2008

With another year gone by, it’s time to start the New Year off right. For most people, that comes with their annual New Year’s Resolution. According to polls conducted by General Nutrition Centers, this year more than 50% of American’s New Year’s Resolutions will be to spend more time with friends and family. Also close behind on that list, is to lose weight and get fit and quit smoking. But, if you can believe it, many people do not keep their resolutions. According to a University of Washington poll on the subject, only 63% of those polled had kept their resolution after two months. By the end of the year, only 40% had been able to achieve their resolution. If you ask me, those numbers are far too low. So, here are some tips on how to keep your new year’s resolution. Firstly, many people are setting their resolutions too high. Aim low. The lower you aim, the easier it is to succeed. For example, many people at DHS will strive for better grades. How about getting straight A’s? That would be nice. But if you’re pretty far away from that, maybe just try to raise your grade in each class by a point. Or, hey, just shoot for straight B- average. Who knows, you might far exceed your resolution, which is much better then coming up short. .... Read More →

Chornobyl Children Need Help

imageby Chris Shaker
published - 01/2008

Darien High School students can help victims of the Chornobyl* nuclear disaster just by logging on to Children of Chornobyl Relief and Development Fund will receive money each time a computer user visits this charitable website. "The youth can do a lot to help,” Nadia Matkiwsky said. “It’s just getting the community to work together to raise money." Ms. Matkiwsky is a leader in this fundraising effort to treat infants born with birth defects in the Ukraine. "The simplest way a student at Darien High School can help is to log on to GoodSearch. Every time they search something a penny is donated to our cause," Ms. Matkiwsky said. Believe it or not, this seemingly minor task can add up to big bucks. Chornobyl Children’s Project International receives about $73,000 each year from the GoodSearch efforts. .... More →

Bend it Like Piperea

by Alex McGuire
published - 01/2008

Hidden behind the former Iron Curtain of Romania, Nicolae Piperea has emerged as the head soccer coach of the Darien Blue Wave. In his second year, he led the Darien Varsity Soccer Team to a record of 2-9-4 this season. At first, some may think this record is really not all that great, and it isn’t until one learns the team history. Former team leaders were said to be less than stellar. Piperea had his work cut out for him. And Piperea has made significant strides. If one looks beyond the numbers, they will find a fascinating tale of pain, ambition, success, and sacrifice. This is the story of Nicolae Piperea. He was born in Romania in the Communist era. Piperea’s father was a strict man. His father valued education over all else; he did everything in his power to keep young Nicolae focused on his studies. .... More →

The Teen ZZZZ Factor  

imageBy Ella Smith
published - 01/2008

Sleep-deprived teenagers face serious consequences for skipping their zzzs. The effects go beyond mere grumpiness or grogginess. Every function in the body is affected by lack of sleep. “Some mornings I’m really dragging,” freshmen Chris Brook said. Brook, like many DHS students, has a demanding sports schedule that does not often allow him to get the recommended nine hours rest: “We got back from our meet in Danbury at 10:00pm. I still had to finish some homework, and then get up again at 5:20 for a 5:45am practice." A typical adolescent's day is crammed with school, homework, sports and Facebook: sleep is not a main priority. A healthy teenager should get 9 to 10 hours of sleep per night but only 80 percent get even a mere six hours. .... More →

Neirad Enilno Reporter Annie Meyjes takes a look at how teenagers are changing the face of the news industry.

imageby Annie Meyjes
published - 01/2008

No news is good news it seems to many teenagers these days. Traditional news sources for Generation X such as radio and newspapers are seeing a decline in popularity among the next generation of users: a group that has come to be known as Generation C. Jaime Smith, a 14-year-old student at King Low Heywood Thomas School, says the only reason she looks at the news is for a current events project in school. "I wish I knew more about what was going on, but at the same time, I feel like news takes too much involvement. It would be great if I had just a sheet of paper on my kitchen table every morning telling me the headlines, or something like that at least." ..... More →

Seeing Double

imageby Katherine Minion
published - 01/2008

They say “it takes two to make a thing go right.” It seems our society can find wisdom in that old song verse. Twins and multiples have become ever more common in this age. The number of twins born in 2007 increased five percent from the previous year. Since 1980, there has been a 75 percent increase in the number of twins. And, in the four million or so births each year, 120,000 of them are twins or multiples. This news comes as no surprise to Darien High School students. There is one set of triplets in 12th grade; nine sets of twins in 11th grade; six sets of twins in 10th grade and nine sets of twins in ninth grade according to a Neirad Enlino poll. .... More →

ATTENTION TO ALL COMPUTER WHIZZES: Interested in a $40,000 scholarship?

imageby Priscilla Lombardi
published - 01/2008

For those considering computer science in college, DHS students have the opportunity to get a jumpstart by enrolling in 900 Computer Science. You can sign-up in pre-registration next month. This rewarding full-year class is taught by Mrs. Brooks. The class offers students the chance to create computer applications using specific computer codes. Along with the DHS Computer Programming Club underway, computer science electives at DHS will emerge as an increasingly popular course preference as opportunities continue to expand in this vibrant profession.
The computer science courses are located in G Wing and count for a college fine art/tech credit. Students must take 900 Computer Science before enrolling in the more advanced 400 AP A and 400 AP B computer science classes.
“Students should definitely enroll if they are analytical, really interested in computers, and enjoy math and logic-type problems, but they don’t have to be a math whiz to take [the course]. They should be very detail oriented because they will actually writing in the computer language and create their own computer applications,” Brooks stated.
The Computer Application class focuses on Excel and PowerPoint. The 900 Computer Science course primarily focuses on understanding the Java computer programming language and writing software, using this universal Java code..... More →


Box Welcome to the NEIRAD enilno edition
Neirad Enilno is a student-run online publication of Darien High School’s Neirad newspaper. This online edition features news articles, profiles, and reviews written by students. Here you will find exclusive articles that were not seen in the Neirad print edition. Because Neirad Enilno is not constrained by size limitations we invite all Darien High School students to submit articles on any topic, in any format be it print, audio or video, at any time. To submit articles contact Neirad Enilno by emailing the faculty advisor.

Web Editor-In-Chief Priscilla Lombardi

Featured Writers:
Andrew Kirkman
Alex McGuire
Annie Meyjes
Katherine Minion
Chris Shaker
Ella Smith

Neirad Advisor Stacey Wilkins

Neirad Enilno Advisor Sean Otterspoor

Principal Dan Haron

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