January 2016

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Movie Review

Neil Godbole ’17

(Minor spoilers below)

As I’m sure many, if not all of you, know, Star Wars: The Force Awakens came out over Winter Brea, and quickly went to work breaking box office records left and right. As of a few days ago, it has made 1.7 billion dollars in total revenue and become the third highest grossing movie of all time.  So yeah, it was financially successful. But, how did the movie fare critically?  The Force Awakens was a great blend of good acting, humor, and action. The first of those three things might surprise a few people, as the two leads Finn and Rey are played by relatively new and unknown actors, John Boyega and Daisy Ridley respectively.

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Tower Hill Squash: The First Team in School History

Louise Conaty ’17

For the first time in school history, Tower Hill offers squash as a winter sport. After years of interest and location searching, squash has finally made it. With eleven middle schoolers and seven upper schoolers, the team has a promising future and supports the growing popularity of squash in Delaware. For many Tower Hill participants the sport has been a huge part of their life growing up while other members of the team are completely new to the sport. One of the three coaches, Ed Chilton, explained that “when you first start out it can be somewhat easy, but obviously as you get up on ability level it can become a little more difficult.” Squash is a game of angles and requires competitors to maintain a lot of focus while demonstrating athleticism. The Tower Hill team ranges from players who are ranked among the top fifty in the nation in their age group to those who are just beginners. However, one thing is for sure: everyone is improving their skills and becoming true competitors.

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