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The Bobcat Prowl

Brianna Skaff, Editor

Senior, Brianna Skaff, is an editor of the Opinion and Student life sections of the Bobcat Prowl and co-runs the Bobcat Prowl Magazine. This is her second year being apart of the staff and is excited to engage the audience with new stories. Besides writing news reports, Skaff is also a tutor for the writing center and is in the midst of writing multiple novels. In her free time, she enjoys painting, photography, and the arts in general. Skaff hopes to one day live in New York City with her ten dogs and work for the New York Times. 

All content by Brianna Skaff

SWHS Sponsor a Senior

May 8, 2020

As the recent news of state-wide school shutdowns weigh down on SWHS students and faculties shoulders, there is some good news to be found. Beginning this past week, a Facebook group has been set up for...

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We Need to Stay Inside, Heres Why

We Need to Stay Inside, Here’s Why

March 25, 2020

It is no secret that covid-19 is spreading around the world, with the US expanding in cases every day. As of right now, 1 pm on March 25, there are over 60,000 confirmed cases, over 800 deaths, and over...

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Democratic presidential hopefuls former US Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders arrive onstage for the fourth Democratic primary debate of the 2020 presidential campaign season co-hosted by The New York Times and CNN at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio on October 15, 2019. (Photo by Nicholas Kamm / AFP) (Photo by NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images)

Democratic Voters Face a Decision: Bernie Sanders or Joe Biden

March 21, 2020

As the Democratic candidates boil down to Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, America ushers that now is the time to be voting. As a new generation of voters arises in time for the presidential collection, there...

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What To Do When Creating Your Capstone Project

March 1, 2020

As the 2019-2020 school year comes to a close, the incoming seniors should begin to prepare for Capstone. For those who don’t know, Capstone is a long-term project where students are able to explore...

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What You Should Know About Kaitlin Bennett, the Gun-Right Activist Gaining Support Throughout the Country

February 20, 2020

Kaitlin Bennett, a 24 year old gun-right activist, initially gained attention back in 2018 when she posed with a AR-10 rifle in her graduation photos, but she has recently resurfaced due to her controversial...

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Since CT really isn’t known for its beaches, Rocky Neck Beach is a nice spot to hangout at to walk along the boardwalk and enjoy the sea air.  https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g33770-d543803-Reviews-Rocky_Neck_State_Park-East_Lyme_Mystic_Country_Connecticut.html

10 Places Necessary to Visit in Connecticut

January 29, 2020

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How to Maintain Your New Year’s Resolutions

January 6, 2020

“New Year, New Me,” the famous quote all of us are guilty of saying at the start of a New Year. The New Year is a time for celebration as well as a time of change, where people are taken over with...

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Queen Latifah takes centerstage during the showing of The Little Mermaid Live!
Source: The Little Mermaid Live Performance Review

		On Tuesday night, ABC aired “The Little Mermaid Live!” starring celebrities such as Auli’i Cravalho as Ariel, Queen Latifah as Ursula, and John Stamos as Chef Louis. The performance consisted of the original movie being played on a larger screen in front of an audience and was stopped at specific songs/parts in the movie where the “live” cast would come onto the stage and perform their role. Songs such as “Part of Your World,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” and “Under the Sea” were performed by the cast and was adored by the audience, but the audience at home had some differing opinions and questions from the live audience.
	The prerecorded show began when Jodi Benson, the original voice of Ariel, introduced the show and some of the beginning characters that lead the show. The screening took chunks of the movie and interchanged for the live performance during the larger musical numbers. Since the actors all had some of a musical background, the singing was ruled as not being an issue. Some of the fan favorites of the night were Queen Latifah’s portrayal of Ursula and John Stamos’ version of Chef Louis had people wondering if he was born to play the role. However, some of the characters/stage aspects had some major complaints.
	For starters, the cast was missing some of the major roles for the live version, such as King Triton, Flounder, and Scuttle. Along with this, Flounder was replaced by a puppet in “Under the Sea,” that Twitter had a few things jokes to make about it with one user saying “when you order online vs. when it comes in the mail.”  Many of the other ensemble cast was replaced by puppets as well that had many people confused. Another factor that had people reeling was Sebastian, played by Shaggy, whose costume was more of a Brittany Spears meets Thriller-esque compared to a crab costume. However, the audience’s number one complaint was that Queen Latifah was not in the performance enough. Again twitter users began to tweet out about their opinions with user @SpiritBentley saying “Okay nothing more to see here. Queen Latifah killed it. Everyone else can go home. #TheLittleMermaidLive.” 
	SWHS students seemingly agreed with the Twitterverse’s opinion on how the performance went. Senior, Sarah Cloutier, who was in a production of The Little Mermaid a few years ago stated “they shouldn’t have advertised it as live since it wasn’t live. It could’ve been better.” As The Little Mermaid fans get ready for the live-action movie, hopes are high that it will be better than the live version.








https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/arts/television/review-the-little-mermaid-live-disney.html

A Review of ‘The Little Mermaid Live!’

November 11, 2019

On Tuesday night, ABC aired “The Little Mermaid Live!” starring celebrities such as Auli’i Cravalho as Ariel, Queen Latifah as Ursula, and John Stamos as Chef Louis. The performance consisted of...

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Will Harper’s Skyrocketing Music Career

October 30, 2019

Growing music prodigy, Will Harper, has been in love with music since he was a child. His Aunt D would play for him as well as his cousins and siblings, so he grew up being surrounded by it. In middle...

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Jennette Jacobs Delves into the Realm of Art

Jennette Jacobs Delves into the Realm of Art

October 7, 2019

Jennette Jacobs, South Windsor High School Senior, has been working on art since elementary school. She began working with clay in kindergarten, and took her first official claywork class freshman year,...

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Updating the Brett Kavanaugh Case

Updating the Brett Kavanaugh Case

September 19, 2019

            Brett Kavanaugh became very well known to the public when President Donald Trump nominated him to the Supreme Court in 2018, and was instituted on October 6. However, Kavanaugh...

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Val Emmich, Author of Dear Evan Hansen, Visits SWHS

September 13, 2019

On Thursday, September 12, Val Emmich, the author of the praised novel Dear Evan Hansen, came to SWHS to talk about writing the novel and some deeper insights into his own life and the characters. Each...

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Who are the new Additions to the Bobcat Prowl Staff?

Who are the new Additions to the Bobcat Prowl Staff?

September 13, 2019

After a fantastic year in journalism last year, the staff of the Bobcat Prowl is poised for another great year. With the 2019-2020 school year beginning at South Windsor High School, there are many new...

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Queen of Social Media

Queen of Social Media

May 26, 2019

Queen Elizabeth has become the longest-reigning British monarch with 67 years on the throne. With that, she also has 7 great-grandchildren, including Prince Harry and Prince William, which continues to...

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South Windsor High School 2019 Prom

South Windsor High School 2019 Prom

May 14, 2019

On Saturday, May 4, SWHS students attended the annual Junior Prom. The 2019 Prom for South Windsor High School was a blast for all that went. There was a large variety of music that was played throughout...

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Easter themed snacks at Cooking Club.

SWHS Cooking Club

May 2, 2019

There are a multitude of clubs at SWHS that have yet to be explored, one of them being the Cooking Club. Cooking Club meets every other Wednesday in room 105, where students combine into groups and utilize...

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Trevi Fountain in Rome, Italy

SWHS Students Trip to Spain and Italy

May 2, 2019

From April 5 to April 14, SWHS students traveled from the high school to Europe. Students traveled to Madrid, Barcelona, Rome, and even spent a couple of hours in Germany during a 5 hour layover. Below...

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Found Teen Claims to be the Boy Who Went Missing 7 Years Ago

Found Teen Claims to be the Boy Who Went Missing 7 Years Ago

April 5, 2019

In May of 2016, 6-year-old Timmothy Pitzen was reported missing, after his mother took him out of school 3 days before, and was found dead in a motel room. The cause was an apparent suicide. Notes were...

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A 61-Year-Old Gives Birth to Her Granddaughter

A 61-Year-Old Gives Birth to Her Granddaughter

April 3, 2019

On Monday March 25th, 2019, 61-year-old Cecile Reynek Eledge, gave birth to her granddaughter. Married couple Matthew Eledge and Elliot Dougherty considered getting an IVF (in vitro fertilisation) 2 years...

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National Puppy Day!

April 1, 2019

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SAT Advice From Seniors

March 25, 2019

On Wednesday, March 27, the junior class will be taking the in-school SAT. The SAT is composed of four sections which includes, math multiple choice/open-ended, grammar, reading comprehension, and a written...

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Swim Meet at SCSU an ‘epic’ success

March 18, 2019

On Monday, March 11, the South Windsor High School Boys Swim Team competed in the states swim meet at Southern Connecticut State University. The lineup consisted of freshman Andrew Bell, sophomore Ryan...

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The Continued Story of the “Black Dahlia” Case

The Continued Story of the “Black Dahlia” Case

February 8, 2019

In 1947, Elizabeth Short, nicknamed the Black Dahlia, was brutally found murdered in Los Angeles, but her killer was never found. 71 years later, people believe that the killer has been found, and TNT...

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Eddy, David, and Bobby when reunited.

Separated Triplets are Reunited

February 1, 2019

On July 12, 1961 at Hillside Hospital in New York, three boys were born to a teenage mother, who were then separated at 6 months to three different families. The catch, none of the boys knew anything about...

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Docuseries American Style Aires on CNN

Docuseries “American Style” Aires on CNN

January 18, 2019

On Sunday, January 13, CNN aired its new four-part miniseries about how America’s fashion choices have changed based on the political, economic, and social culture of the decade. The show American Style,...

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Boys Swim Takes on Berlin: A Photo Gallery

January 14, 2019

 

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Fontaine at Loch Ness Lake in Scotland.

50 Countries in 16 Years

January 11, 2019

Junior, Madison Fontaine, has been traveling all over the globe her entire life, with her trip to Australia in December marking the 50th country she has traveled to. She mentions that she has “been traveling...

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One of TIME Magazines covers, depicting Jamal Khashoggi, a journalist killed in Saudi Arabia in 2018.

The Importance of Journalism

January 4, 2019

Journalism is defined by dictionary.com as the activity or profession of writing for newspapers, magazines, or news websites or preparing news to be broadcast. But it can be defined as so much more than...

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Leading Up to We the People

December 17, 2018

On Monday, December 17, the AP Government students will be partaking in a competition against other towns and classmates which will be counted as their midterm exam. What it is known as is “We the People,”...

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A victim of the stampede at the Italian concert is carried away for severe injuries

6 Dead and Dozens Injured in Italian Stampede

December 13, 2018

On the morning of Saturday December 8th, a stampede broke out in an Italian nightclub, killing six and injuring dozens. Hundreds had been waiting to see the Italian rapper, Sfera Ebbasta, when someone...

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Priyanka and Nick posing together at their wedding ceremony

The Inside Scoop on Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra’s Wedding

December 7, 2018

2016 brought us many new things, including the budding relationship between singer/songwriter Nick Jonas and “Quantico” actress Priyanka Chopra. The first time being seen out in public together was...

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Students React: Top 10 Christmas Songs

Students React: Top 10 Christmas Songs

November 26, 2018

To many Americans, the month of December is “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” There are a multitude of holidays, different drinks and food that become socially encouraged (hot chocolate, candy...

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Anxiety Video Shown During Science Classes

Anxiety Video Shown During Science Classes

November 16, 2018

This past Tuesday and Wednesday, science teachers were instructed to show a video titled “Angst” that dealt with what it is like to have anxiety. The video was chosen by the student council in order...

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Why Social Media isn’t Necessary

November 9, 2018

In 2018, it’s almost impossible not to have some sort of social media since it invades our lives everyday. As someone who has instagram, snapchat, and an array of others, I can understand the pressure...

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Your Homecoming King Candidates

October 22, 2018

Every year, South Windsor High School seniors await in anticipation to find out who will be crowned homecoming king and queen. The entire school votes to narrow down the entire class to the homecoming...

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Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson’s Shocking Split

October 17, 2018

This past weekend, it was announced that Ariana Grande, 25, and Pete Davidson, 24, split after their 5 month long engagement. The couple met on the set of SNL and according to unknown sources, hit it off...

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Phones in the Classroom: Educational or Distracting?

October 5, 2018

Cellphones in the classroom have been a widely debated topic since the entering of high school. The basic consensus is that some students argue that cellphones are beneficial to the classroom environment...

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