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May 2008

Bully Pushback By Richard Stile - 05/08

Darien High School held its first Names Can Really Hurt Us Day this month. The powerhouse program was brought to DHS to energize the students to help create a kinder high school community.


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The Pope Visits the USPopestock

By Andi Cara - 05/08

As a young Catholic, I jumped at the opportunity to attend the papal youth rally during the Pope’s six-day visit to the United States this month. I wasn't sure what to expect from Pope Benedict XVI's meeting with youth and seminarians in Westchester County, New York on April 19. I had heard that his apostolic journey was merely a recruiting opportunity for new vocations. I had also heard the Pontiff was an extremely harsh, conservative German man, often nicknamed "God's Rottweiler."

DHS Cribs visits the glamorous room of DHS Junior, Anna McPhee

By Jorden Cappiello, "DHS Cribs" Executive Producer, 05/08

When stepping into Anna McPhee's comfy abode, you can’t help but notice the hot pink walls complemented by big polka dot carpets and a fun polka dot bed spread. Looking to the right of her enormous room, it’s hard not to jump onto her big white chair and cuddle up for a nap. Enjoy this sneak peek into Anna’s room, and look out for Neirad’s print version of "DHS Cribs" on Annie Maybell, which hits newstands on May 16th.

Jameson Gives Love a Good Name

By Reece Pelley, Assistant Sports Editor - 05/08

For senior Jameson Love, athletics has always been apart of his life. From growing up in Stamford playing baseball to playing varsity hockey and finally becoming the starting captain goalie for the Darien Lacrosse team, athletics has always been something that defined him but has never been the only thing that makes him who he is. But at the moment - sports is pretty high on his list: “My goal for this year is to go 23-0,” Jameson said.

NY Auto Show 2008

By Mike Hickey, Automotive Editor 05/08

All right, let me begin by saying this, the New York Auto Show this year was unbelievable. Not only were the auto show models hot, but the cars were even hotter. From the Audi R8 to the Nissan GT-R, this show truly knows how to entertain its audience.


Pet of the MonthPet of the Month

By Meg Murphy- 05/08

During a recent trip to the SPCA of Connecticut in Monroe, the Darien Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) spent the day fixing up the shelter where many friendly animals are just waiting for a home. There were many cute dogs that stood out to the members of DAWG (including cute Baron pictured here) who are eager to be adopted. See the complete story to find out how you can help.

The Top 5 Best Reasons to be a Senior

By Shannon Finkel May/08

There are many great things about making it to the top of the DHS academic heap. Seniors have much to celebrate - especially at this time of year with college acceptances in place and thoughts of graduation becoming a certain reality. Neirad Enilno surveyed some seniors to find out what they think is the best part about making it to 12th grade.

The Hippie Flashback Four

By Shannon Finkel - 05/08

The Modern-Day Namesake Stories of Peace, Love, Joy and Flowers. Four students have evocative last names linked by a good vibe: Jameson Love, Kelley Peace, Kevin Joy and Kelsey Flowers. Peace, Love, Joy and Flowers conjure up warm feelings of a peaceful love-in with abundant joy and flowers. Some might think their parents came of age in the 1960s except these psychedelic surnames were not concocted by former flower children; these are legit modern-day seniors’ names in the DHS class of 2008.

Blogging Heroes: Meet DHS’s Top Bloggers

By Hannah Litchfield - 05/08

There’s a good chance you’ve come across a blog surfing the Internet. The word is an abridgment of the term “web log.” Serving as an “online-diary,” a blog is a collection of personal commentary written by the creator. I searched around Darien High School only to find there were more “bloggers” than I expected. The blogging opportunities are endless; Livejournal, Xanga, and are just some of the most popular hosts. And who knew Facebook created an application geared specifically towards bloggers?

A Foot in Two Worlds

By Alex Schaffer- 05/08

There are two new students at Darien High School who you may have noticed them walking around the hallways. Many kids are intrigued by Olsen and Stephie Hyppolite's arrival because everyone seemed to have heard that they were coming from Haiti. There is a huge cultural gap between Haiti and Darien, and that’s what is most intriguing to many teens in this New England town.

DHS Skaters

Take a glimpse into DHS's own world of extreme sports. Neirad Photographer, Isabel Castro, followed six skateboarders, Mitch Blummer, Louie Rawden, Michael Lee, Alex Bruno, Cameron Miller and Tommy Blankemeier, as they “seshed” in downtown Stamford. Today Stamford, perhaps tomorrow the X Games.



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 advisors.

Web Editors-In-Chief: Priscilla Lombardi & Kimberly Michels
Neirad Advisor: Stacey Wilkins
Neirad Enilno Advisor: Sean Otterspoor
Principal: Dan Haron

Neirad Print for May 2008

Neirad print for 2008

  • DHS Coach Launches by John Bolton
  • The Wonder Walls by Richard Stile
  • How to Conserve Energy by Lindsay Gordon
  • Guitar Hero is Killing Good Music by Will Wygal
  • DHS Dance Team by Emily Deleo
  • Darien’s Provocateur: Walter J Casey by Jenny Large
  • The Random Life by Mackenize Cockerill
  • Hot in the Lot Motorcycle Edition by Mike Hickey
  • Teachers Pedal to Work by Charlie Nicholls
  • Roving Reporter: Prom Excitement by Jorden Cappiello
  • Delaney: A Satirical (ie not serious!) Review by Mike Klein
  • Book Review: All Choked Up by Megan McIntire
  • Prisoners of War Released to Rock by Joe Simonson
  • Restaurant Review: The Melting Pot by Alicia Andrianus
  • Three-legged Pet of Month by Meg Murphy
  • DHS Family Tree by Christy Lattimer
  • DHS Cribs: Annie Maybell by Meg Murphy
  • Charles Lindbergh: Rediscovering a Hero by Spencer Matson
  • Girls Lacrosse Past and Present by Reece Pelley
  • Rugby Hits DHS by Pat Luongo


Breaking Away From Law:
A Profile of Mr. Stephen Balazs

By Lizzie Kirst - 05/08

Some students may have had the privilege of being in Mr. Stephen Balazs’s history classes as a freshman or senior. "Mr. Balazs is a great teacher with a good sense of style, especially sweaters," freshmen fan Meredith Persico said. Yet for those other students, like myself, who weren’t so lucky to be taught by this man there is a lot to be learned.

Semi-Pro Semi-Good Review

By Spencer Matson - 05/08

Oh Will Ferrell! Where have you gone wrong? Who never taught you that after reading a script, you don’t have to produce the script? I thought “Kicking And Screaming” would have knocked some sense into you. Why did you have to produce “Semi-Pro”? Just look at the name “Semi-Pro!” Does that sound like a hit?

The Digital Divide

By Kelsey Ott - 05/08

When was the last time you called a friend to hang out and your friend turned you down saying, “Sorry, I can’t, I’m in the middle of a good book”? Probably never, because these days, teenagers spend less time reading, thus caring less about the used-to-be-sacred book.

Prom Fashion Forecast

By Hadley Green, Fashion Editor - 05/08

Bikinis and bathing suit trunks are tucked away from spring break as juniors, seniors (and a handful of lucky sophomores) begin to prepare for the next major school event: prom. Most girls have already begun shopping for their idyllic dress. The best thing about prom is that it is a time to show your personal style as your picture will be taken during “pre-prom pictures” from the flash bulbs of parent’s 200 millimeter Nikon lens. At Darien High School prom attire should be formal dresses. Although this does not mean you have to wear long, floor- length dresses (it’s only a high school dance, not the Oscars.)

Our Cafeteria is MAD TASTY

By Will Wygal and Charlie Nicholls - 05/08

The “Blue Wave Café” is the only show in town when it comes to on-campus fare. It yields the benefits of food and drink. The coffee-less café makes up for its lack of morning beverages with delicious chocolate chip pancakes, but mediocre bacon egg and cheeses. (at least in Will’s opinion)

The Kooks "Shine on" with Konk

By Kelsey Ott - 05/08

“Oh you can have it all and wrap it in the world/ You can have everything/ You can have love and lots of other things/ To make you think." With these words, British indie-rock band, The Kooks' new album Konk kicks off.



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