Christmas Lights


Photo By: Jackson Corzato

Picture this: You are taking a walk in your neighbourhood, enjoying the first snowfall of the season. As the snowflakes settle and accumulate on the frost-kissed ground, your mug of hot cocoa keeps your hands warm against Old Man Winter’s frigid breath. The sun is setting, and as the sky quickly darkens, the path on which you walk lights up just as fast. House by house, lights shine, illuminating the properties and guiding you home; the Christmas lights are up.

Christmas lights date back to the 1800’s when Edward Hibberd Johnson (friend to none other than Thomas Edison) strung together the idea of putting little coloured bulbs connected by a wire on Christmas trees, since the candles being used instead at the time were a fire hazard. This no doubt attracted a crowd, but the idea came with a shiny price tag. To do this was very expensive all those years ago, but it soon caught on as technology advanced, and gained major popularity in the 1930’s. Fast forward to 2017, and your twinkly walk along your street, we see Christmas lights all around, being a staple of the season.

This tiny fragment of history was not only inventive and creative (not to mention a great business idea) but also critical to many of our own personal Christmas memories. Whether you have a tradition of hanging Christmas lights on the first weekend of December, or decorating your tree on the day of the Santa Claus Parade, these tiny bulbs illuminate our memories, and light up stories of our past that may have been in the shadows all year.

While the lights that light up our roofs string together some of our fondest memories, they too hold symbols and lessons to carry us into the new year. Throughout 2017, we have no doubt been reminded of tragedy and moments of darkness that beset our world. However, through these special days of Christmas, and self-reflection of the year gone, these lights provide a symbol of hope. Amidst the darkness, the lights remind us of the good that still exists, and the special people that keep it shining bright.

Throughout this issue, you can read stories written by and about those who do just that. From the annual Christmas Toy Drive by Julia Passarelli, to a story on the true meaning of Christmas by Samantha Riga, and so much more, this Christmas issue is full of shining stars within our school community. Like a single bulb on a string of lights, apart we may be small, but together we can light up the world.

Now picture this: you are on a walk, and the snowflakes are especially full, falling on your mittens and accumulating on your hat. A car passes by and you recognize the song being played. As Coldplay sings through the speakers, the lyrics fill the air, “May all your troubles soon be gone, those Christmas lights keep shining on”.

From all of us at The Storm, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Melissa Gatti

-Editor of The Storm





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The Spirit of Halloween

jackson3Photo by: Jackson Corzato

Can you hear that? It’s the sound of leaves crunching, candy wrappers opening, sweaters zipping, and pumpkin-spice-everything machines running on full blast. That’s right, what you are hearing are the sounds of fall.

Autumn is finally here, and while some may be complaining about the shorter days and cold weather, this season is especially celebrated here at The Storm. In our 2017 Halloween issue, we have the pleasure of sharing with everyone the best the season has to offer, from yummy recipes by Isabella De Bartolo, Spooky Poems by Samantha Riga, some insight into your costume ideas by Veronica Venditti, and more!

Aside from the staple features associated with the season mentioned above, there is something I forgot to mention that is crucial to the identity of Halloween. Those are the costumes of course! From witches to wizards, princes to princesses, all these characters come out to play on Halloween night. However, to say Halloween consists of silly costumes and childish traditions is truly doing the day an injustice.

Halloween is a day we can be anyone we want to be, and live out our boldest versions of ourselves without a second glance. Not only that, but we get the chance to live as somebody else for a day, and possibly see the world in a different way. That is the true spirit of Halloween; the spirit of acceptance, vibrancy, individuality, and creativity. So take that with you as you go door to door, and if you will, take the spirit of Halloween with you all year long.

Finally, before you run off to finish your costume at the last minute, pick up some more candy for the trick-or-treaters, or reach for yet another chocolate from the candy box (we all do it) , take a stroll through our Halloween issue of The Storm to get you even more in the spirit of the season. Sit back, relax, drink some cider, and enjoy!

Melissa Gatti

-Editor of The Storm

New Beginnings

Welcome back! We’ve missed you here at The Storm. From growing our writing team and getting a new editor, to celebrating the very first “Thunder Pride” day and welcoming our new chaplain, a lot has happened in the past month. We are so eager to finally share these milestones with you in our first issue of the year – each milestone and article signifying fresh starts and new beginnings!

As students, teachers, or parents, we have all experienced the feeling of butterflies the night before school – We can’t sleep, our minds wander, and our hearts race. Yes, you may simply call this nerves and fear, but what we are truly feeling is excitement for the unknown and wonder about what is to come. Throughout this issue and this year, we will together celebrate these new beginnings and embrace change.

Throughout this issue, you can read all about the exciting new beginnings in our community in and out of school, from Hannah Thomas’ interview with our new Chaplain, Danielle Tucci’s discussion on life as a “Niner”, Mario Russo’s sports piece on the Maple Leafs, and more! Aside from the major milestones and events celebrated here, there was one event that truly embodied the essence of this issue.: The grade 12 Sunrise Breakfast.

On Friday September 8 , 2017, grade 12 students gathered at school at the early hour of 6:30am to watch the sun rise, kicking off their last year together. Now, there is something to be said about a group of tired students willingly rising before the sun. Why would they do it? Could it have been simply for the delicious breakfast after? Maybe. But, no doubt, as they watched the sun rise, they saw the reason they all came together. That the sun was not just there to start their day and make a great Instagram picture, but instead to remind them, and all of us, that there is always a new day, the sun will always rise, and no matter where we may roam in the future, the same sun will always shine upon us, keeping us connected. So, as the sun shines on you today, let it remind and inspire you to conquer new challenges and face new frontiers. From all of us at The Storm, we wish you a great and successful new school year!


Melissa Gatti

Editor of The Storm