2020 Election: The Tea

By Sherlyn Osorio, news editor

With less than a year to go before the next presidential election, a lot of candidates are working hard to become the new face of America and capture the attention, money, and votes of the American public. Here at Bradley Beach Elementary School, students are curious about what exactly is going on with the race.

 “There are a lot of new people, especially that dude with the really long name. I really like him,” said Henry Lleyva, an eighth-grader. 

Henry was talking about Pete Buttigieg ( pronounced boot-edge-edge). He is running to become the Democratic nominee for the 2020 presidential election. Whoever wins the Democratic party nomination (during a series of primary elections between February and June) will have the opportunity to run against President Donald Trump, who is seeking a second term. (More about that later).

According to a recent Quinnipiac University Poll, the four current frontrunners are former vice president Joe  Biden, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Senator Bernie Sanders. (A poll is a survey of a sample of people who answer questions, sometimes over the telephone.) Read more

Watch the BBES Morning Show Here!

School news, trends, science experiments, interviews, and bloopers are some of the highlights of this year’s hottest new show: The BBES Morning Show.

Created by a group of seventh-grade students in G&T, the videos are between two and a half and six minutes long. The students — Nora Bonnell, Brandon Juarez, Dyllon Varcadipane, and Amelia Maffet — developed the content, filmed the shows, and then edited the videos using the online app Wevideo.

Thanks to G&T teacher Miss Bialek for sharing this awesome work with The Tides!

Episode 1 (November 2019) –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ib3jJyHa9XE&t=10s

Episode 2 (December 2019) –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P5UooK3jITw&t=49s

Episode 3 (February 2020) –  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4kjxLPo7Xk

 

 

Mrs. Ferwerda Crosses the Line (The Finish Line)

By Aubrey Maher, staff writer

There were six miles left in the race when the first drop of rain fell. Then another and another, but Julie Ferwerda thought of her kids and just kept pushing. 

Mrs. Ferwerda, the speech teacher at Bradley Beach Elementary School, completed the Atlantic City Marathon on Sunday, October 20 in two hours and 10 minutes. Mrs. Ferwerda, who was then 37, reached the finish line of the 26.2-mile race with her four children, her husband, and her mom cheering her on.   

 “I feel really proud that I could complete it and believe in myself that I can mentally and physically push through my boundaries and fears,” Mrs. Ferwerda said. 

The hardest part was trying to figure out when and how to do it with four young kids, she explained. Her daughter, Mackenzie, is 8. Her son Abram is 6, and her twin sons, William and Jude, are 4. “I was able to train three times a week at 5 a.m. Most of my runs started in the dark before the kids woke up!”  Read more

Kids vs. Zombies: A Review of The Last Kids on Earth

By Max Gast, staff writer

The Last Kids on Earth is one of the favorite books I’ve read in the not-graphic-novel side of children’s books. It has everything a children’s book should have: It’s funny, it has an action-packed story and the illustrations are excellent.

It is a series of books actually. They come out every year. The author, Max Brallier, had the perfect idea of a modern-day zombie apocalypse. Douglas Holgate also is a really good artist and no one could illustrate Jack, Quint, Dirk, and June better in my opinion. I like the style that Douglas Holgate uses. It’s like a mix between realistic and cartoony. I also really like the plot that sets up the next four books and more to come. I don’t really know if Max Brallier intended to make his book a series. Even if he didn’t, I probably would still like the first book a lot — series or not.

Basically, there is this 13-year-old kid called Jack Sullivan who has survived the last few weeks in this zombie apocalypse. The book begins at a CVS pharmacy where Jack has to find an eyeglass repair kit with those small screwdrivers. He needs a small screwdriver to fix his walkie-talkie (which he calls a walkie). He needs to fix it so he can get in touch with his best friend Quint. Jack doesn’t really get to know anyone because he is an orphan. 

But then, a zombie apocalypse strikes. The first book doesn’t tell you why the zombie apocalypse strikes. Here are some of the challenges he has to overcome: getting through two dozers, trying to find someone, and meeting up with a terrifying enemy.  

I like this book a lot and while reading it I really got into the story but sometimes the book throws a lot at you at once. For that reason, I might take down my initial rating just a notch. That doesn’t mean the plot is confusing though. Once you get through all of it you start to realize what is going on. One question of mine that didn’t get answered though is how the zombie apocalypse started. I’m sure that will be answered in the second book, though, and I’m not going to spoil anything, but there are these people that come from another dimension that I predict will tell you how the zombie apocalypse started. 

So right now I’m going to give my rating. I would give the book an 8.5 out of 10.  The only reason I knocked it down a bit, is like I said earlier, SOMETIMES. Only sometimes will the book throw a lot at you. Nonetheless, I think Max Brallier is a great author and I would personally like to read a few more of his books. One thing I’d really want is a graphic novel by Douglas Holgate. I think it would be a pretty good book.

Overall, The Last Kids on Earth is an awesome book. In my opinion, you should read it.

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Siege: A Video Game Review

By Dylan Katz, staff writer

Do you like intense first-person shooters with tons of strategies? Well, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow 6 Siege is for you. The game is about you playing counter-terrorists or terrorists as you defend a bomb, hostage, and secure an area. You play with five people on your team defending those objectives or eliminate the enemy team. As every round goes by, the tension grows bigger as your team may be losing and its match point and you have to clutch up a 1 v 5.

The game is adapted from a book — a thriller by Tom Clancy called Rainbow Six.

There are ways to go about the game. You could live on the edge and rush objectives, or camp in a corner waiting for the action to sprout. That’s the best part of Rainbow is that you can play however you want to if you have a good team and operators. The name of the game is to be either the best on your team with the most kills to brag that your MVP or take it slow and steady and get 1-2 kills. As a warning, you can team kill someone. This means you can shoot and kill your teammates for the round. Read more

Girls’ Soccer Season Shines

By Emely Herrera-Montoya and Mairelys Ramirez Montoya

 

With five wins and seven losses, it was a great season for the girls’ soccer team under coaches Morgan Maclearie and Courtney Hammell. One highlight of the season came in a game against HW Mountz (the undefeated team) in our league. It was 3-2 and it was a tough game as we only lost by one goal. Marielys Ramirez scored one goal and Ella Minsky came with the second goal!

There were 15 girls on the team. In eighth grade were Claire Cooperman, Jackie Niece, Ella Minsky, Nora Gregory, Genesis Pimentel, Lizbeth Quiroz, and Celian Torres. 

“It’s going to be a huge loss next year without our eighth-graders,” said Miss Maclearie. “Most have played for us since fifth grade! The younger players have some big shoes to fill once they graduate.” Read more

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