Teacher Spotlight - Dr. Unger
Dr. Nikolaus Unger is a history teacher at Preston High School who has been teaching sophomores, juniors, and seniors for the past 10 years.
He teaches not only regents, honors, AP, and senior elective courses, but also serves as the moderator of the National Honor Society. This society promotes student leadership and service throughout the Preston community. Through NHS he works with students to create projects that will have a positive impact and inspire the student body to become the generation that achieves their goals and aspirations while becoming independent women of the future.
Interviewer: What lead you to come up with the Peer Compliment Box/Mirror Project?
Dr. Unger: At the beginning of the school year, a meeting with all of the teachers and student council leaders was held. During this meeting, the principal, Mrs.Grendell, encouraged us to think about different ways to improve the school culture. I also looked at a gender equality study that’s used for my Women’s History class and learned that women often check their appearance mainly to see how other people will look at them. I thought that perhaps there could be a project that could help people feel better about themselves. I also discussed with students about adjectives that make them feel good and created the mirror. Some other students came up with the idea of the Peer Compliment Box and decided to put that together as well.
Interviewer: Who helped you bring this idea to life?
Dr. Unger: Many different people helped us including NHS members and sophomores.
Interviewer: How long did it take to create these projects?
Dr. Unger: The ideas took a week or two, but it took about 10 hours in total to physically make them.
Interviewer: How do you think these projects will benefit Preston as a community?
Dr. Unger: I’ve seen it impact Preston immediately. Many people use the mirror, not only to feel good about themselves but also to avoid running into people turning down the hallway which was an unexpected bonus.
Interviewer: What is your overall view on the project and do you have any new projects in the works?
Dr. Unger: I’m really proud of the way everything turned out and the positive effect it has had on the students. I do have a project that I am working on right now which will be out in due time. Mainly the whole idea is to make Preston more positive and in the process more beautiful every day.
Writer: Taylor McPartland
Photographer: Briana Hall
Preston’s National English Honor Society recently hosted an essay contest based on a picture from one of Edgar Allen Poe’s stories. The winner was freshmen Catrina Porter.
Recently we interviewed Catrina about her essay, here is what she said:
Interviewer: What inspired you to write the story the way you did?
Catrina: “The picture inspired me to want to make the person in the window a villain. I thought I could make the antagonist creepy and make the story scary. Also, I wanted to include a small amount of dialogue.”
Interviewer: Can you give a brief summary of your essay?
Catrina: “‘Witch Way Did He Go?’ is about a group of siblings and their one friend who goes on an adventure. They discover a witch living in their town, and decide to go on a mission to defeat her and keep everyone safe.”
Interviewer: After you submitted your essay, did you want to change anything? If not, if you had the chance to change something would you? And if you do, what would it be?
Catrina: “After submitting the story, I realized there were a few things I could’ve changed to make the story better. For example, looking back, I would’ve wanted to make the story more descriptive by adding more details, especially regarding the setting. I think more details could have improved the overall story. Thank you for this opportunity!”
Writer: Briana Schroeder
A time-honored tradition, the Columbus Day Parade, holds a special place in the hearts of the Throggs Neck community.
Its annual dinner is one that unites leading figures in the community and