Esperanza Rising Review by Nathan Oh

You may have seen the school play Esperanza Rising recently, as part of the Tech Crew for the 6th grade final dress rehearsal, and opening night, I can tell you that it is amazing, the cast performed great especially as far as I can tell the house was nearly filled during the shows. The musicians performed great, the mariachis, guitarists, and violinists all did a great job making sure that the play had some sound during intermission, and also depth during the performance. I have one criticism, it is that occasionally a character or two wouldn’t project their voice enough for everyone to hear, but otherwise the performance was pretty much perfect. The performance was also televised, WayCam was there opening night, so you can watch it later. (At the time of writing their YouTube and Vimeo accounts do not have it posted.) 




Name: Alex Rose

Part: American Bureaucrat 


Q: On a scale of one to ten how would you rate the performance as a whole?

A: 10!


Q: What is your favorite scene in the play?

A: The Border Scene


Q: Are there any interesting parts of the play you want to mention?

A: Nope


Q: Do you have a favorite song in the play?

A: The Birthday song at Esperanza’s Birthday


Q: Who is your favorite character?

A: Miguel


Comments: N/A


Name: Nathan Oh

Role: Tech


Q: On a scale of one to ten how would you rate the performance as a whole?

A: 8 From a strictly tech perspective 8 because there were occasions where things got left in the wrong places, things falling, being seen by the audience, etc. Although the Cast deserves a 10.


Q: What is your favorite scene in the play?

A: The Shed Scene


Q: Are there any interesting parts of the play you want to mention?

A: The Huge banners that show where the scene is taking place actually has velcro on them and require 2 people to move. Also Tech Crew repainted the set a week before the play.


Q: Do you have a favorite song in the play?

A: Dust Bowl Refugee


Q: Who is your favorite character?

A: The Strike Organizer


Comments: Great job to the Cast, and I hope to see you at the Musical!


The Full Cast (No Crew)

A&W Review by Nathan Oh



You may know A&W for its root beer but did you know that they actually have a restaurant, there is an American chain and a Canadian chain. The Canadian chain is owned by Unilever, for this article I will be focusing on the Canadian chain. It is definitely worth a try if your in the area. A&W goes for a quality over quality philosophy meaning than they go for high quality on their website it says: Good food makes good food, but there’s more to our story than that. From using compostable packaging to fundraising to support Canadians living with Multiple Sclerosis, we strive to make a positive impact in our community.” Also they tend to use ingredients farmed responsibly such as their beef which uses “low Impact Ranching” which focuses on conserving the Canadian grasslands, where they raise cattle. Although, multiple sources have said that some of their beef is actually be from the USA. So take everything with a grain of salt. If I had to recommend a burger to get there it would definitely be the Uncle Burger it comes with bacon, tomato, lettuce, ketchup, and mayo. (Adding mayo is a Canadian thing, I just ask for it to be removed when I get it.) their fries and onion rings are also amazing, and of course be sure to get root beer. I highly recommend this place! 



Shin Ramen Review by Nathan Oh

Everyone likes instant ramen, some people like Sapporo Ichiban, others like cup noodles. I love Shin ramen because of its spicy mix of salty and spicy flavors, although I also have it with rice, and put a bit of broth on to it while it cools. The noodles are always elastic, filling, and chewy, there are small pieces of “beef, carrots, mushrooms, and scallions.” I doubt that the beef is real because that would be quite expensive, and also it wouldn’t keep very well for long periods of time. The rest are likely dehydrated and come out tasting great! Some people even add items to the soup such as egg, and kimchi. (Korean pickled radish, chives, and cabbage, with a spicy sauce that has pepper, fish and other ingredients.) Although It can be a bit salty eat it in moderation and you’ll be fine. I would highly recommend you can find it at H-Mart (Korean grocery), Amazon, and even Stop and Shop has it sometimes, I hope you enjoy!

Thoreau Wrap-Up Project by Nathan Oh

Cabin in the Woods

By Henry David Thoreau


Wild rice seasoned with salt and herbs

Honey Glazed Radishes


Cod served with wild rice and tubers

Asparagus with garlic and pepper


Fresh Fruit

I’m in 6th grade, so I’m studying Henry David Thoreau (David Henry Thoreau) and for the wrap up project I chose to make the “menu” that Thoreau would have liked, I chose the menu shown on the top. 楽しい!

P.S. Thoreau traded with the people of concord so I think it would be likely that he had cod at one point or another. (Also he didn’t like having to spend the time of cleaning the fish, however he might have made fish If it was a special occasion.)

P.P.S. This is also a kind of an experiment on myself to attempt to make 19th century cooking. I apologize in advance.

Wild rice seasoned with salt and herbs was really simple I just followed on the back of the box I got them from, with a bit of butter (Even the food writer uses boxed food and follows the instructions , don’t feel bad about using them).

Yes, it is kind of weird and personally I don’t like them a lot, but someone might like it, I bought 5 fresh radishes and cut them paper thin and mixed them with about 1 ½ tbsp of honey. This recipe is pretty bad especially as the radishes sit, cut open they let out their juices and water which dilutes the honey.

This is for a salty garlicky fish that is actually pretty good. Although be careful not to let the fish flake apart just for presentation’s sake.楽しい!


Serves 4-5

1 pound of cod

3 Garlic Cloves

8 Tbsp of Butter

Salt and Pepper to taste

  1. Melt butter until it is a liquid, then mince 3 cloves of garlic. Once butter has warmed in a frying pan add the garlic then the fish.

2.  After the bottom side has been fully cooked flip the cod then keep it on that side until fully cooked. Serve Immediately with salt and pepper to taste

Grilled asparagus is one of my favorite ways to cook a vegetable, this version is seasoned with pepper and garlic. Be sure to remove the tough bottom part of the stem, when I made this dish I didn’t cut enough. It ended up being nearly raw in the center and extremely hard to chew.


Serves: 4

1 Bundle of asparagus

2 Cloves of garlic

  1. Cut off the bottom but leave the tender parts higher up on the stem alone. Then mince the 2 cloves of garlic
  2. Melt about 1 ½ tbsp of butter in a pan with the minced garlic. When warm add the asparagus, when the asparagus turns a darker shade of green it is fully cooked, serve immediately.

I trust that you know how to cut and prepare fruit. But I would recommend strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, and/or apples.

Experiment results: After reflection a little on the menu I came to several conclusions, number one is that people use a LOT of oil without realizing it, second, a lot of my favorite spices weren’t easy to get for the majority of people so I didn’t get too much flavor, I hope you enjoyed!

Sharp Knife? Dull Knife? Which is Safer? by Nathan Oh

Everyone cuts themselves at least once, it’s a part of cooking, the question is what is safer a razor sharp knife, or a dull bladed knife? Rather counterintuitively a sharp knife is safer, this applies to both kitchen knives and hobby knives. This is because a sharp knife tends to go exactly where you want it, however a dull knife will move unexpectedly, and cut erratically. It is better to have a sharp and predictable knife, compared to a dull and unpredictable one. So keep your knives sharp! Bye!


They by Isabelle Rideout


Merriam-Webster has added they’ as a non-binary pronoun to their online dictionary! (Two months ago. Yes, I should have finished this a while ago.) No longer can anyone say that non-binaries using they/them pronouns are grammatically incorrect! Instead, a (digital) dictionary can be thrown at their ignorant head. 

Perhaps with more awareness of this modern use of they/them by non-binaries, we can be more mindful of excluding such persons by saying “he or she”? Truly, that would be fantastic. After all, singular ‘they’ has been in use for at least 700 years, and notable users include Jane Austen and William Shakespeare. And it’s not the first case of a plural pronoun becoming singular. Way back in 1660 George Fox, the founder of Quakerism, wrote an entire book labeling anyone who used singular ‘you’ a fool. He believed that only the traditional ‘thou’, ‘thee’, and ‘thy’ should be used. Nobody talks like that today. 

So here’s a shout out to all the teachers who’ve already eliminated “s/he” and replaced “he or she” from their handouts, permission slips, and anywhere else it might show up. Belonging, after all, is one of WMS’s core values.

Goose Safety

By Phoebe Tausig

In Fall, you may see geese wandering around the fields near the school. However, stay more than 6 feet away from them and do not chase them. Geese may not have teeth, but they are fierce and will attack if provoked.In September, I saw two boys harassing the geese. Please treat the geese with respect, as they are wildlife.

These birds make an incredible journey south for the winter, and our school soccer fields are just one stop on their journey.

They like lawns because the grass is easily digestible and for the wide, unobstructed view of predators. It’s important that we stay far away and let wildlife be wildlife.

Here’s a link if you want to learn more about Canada Geese.

Cooking Section Introduction by Nathan Oh

Welcome to the cooking section of The Orange and Black. Each edition I’ll be releasing 1 or 2 new recipes, and occasionally some cooking tips. I might even do some restaurant reviews. Hopefully you enjoy this section. Bon Appetit!

Here are a few cooking tips that could make your life easier, or just general safety advice 

  1. Don’t cross contaminate! Clean your cutting boards after each use, especially if you are putting raw meat, fish, or eggs on something, the same goes with plates, utensils, kitchen devices, etc.
  2. After working with raw meat, fish or eggs wash your hands, this can prevent bacteria getting from raw meat to other foods
  3. Cut with your knuckles facing the knife, this can help avoid cutting of part of your fingers, put your hands in a claw shape then grab what your cutting with that shape, you should be using your dominant hand for the cutting, unless you find the other hand more comfortable.
  4. When cooking for the first time, have a back up meal (such as leftovers, or instant ramen (Shin ramen is spicy and delicious).
  5. It is easy to under estimate the amount of time it takes to cook a meal.
  6. Follow the CDC Guidelines.

Introduction by Nathan Oh

Hi everyone, my name is Nathan (as you can tell from the title). I will be writing for the new cooking section. I might do different sections in the future.

A few things about me are: I enjoy flying RC airplanes, I like cooking, I play soccer and swimming, I’m obsessed with planes, and I enjoy solving engineering problems, particularly in aerospace engineering.

I’m looking forward for helping the Orange and Black this year (and possibly into 7th and 8th.)

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