Brett Uslaner is a senior at Oceanside High School.



Commentary: The Legacy of Bob Greene

By Brett Uslaner
The Greene Team


Finding the missing piece to the puzzle; Cracking down on the most infamous figures in society; Creating a factual article that is available for the entire country to read – These are tasks that must be carried out by professional journalists.

A journalist serves as a voice to the public. It is a journalist’s duty to remain impartial in all respects and refrain from letting his own biases intrude on his or her article. Journalists must present the information as balanced as possible and let readers form their own conclusions.

Bob Greene is revered in the world of journalism. “He had the drive to pursue a story like no other journalist of his time,” said Newsday investigative reporter Sandra Peddie. “He reinvented investigative reporting.”

Peddie said that to Greene, high school journalists were “the safeguard to ensure the true meaning of the First Amendment’s freedom of the press” continues.

After participating in the Robert W. Greene Journalism Institute, I will honor the lessons his colleagues have passed on and apply all that I have learned to my school newspaper.

Bob Greene’s legacy will forever have an effect on me. 


Getting to Know Max Grouchevski

By Brett Uslaner
The Greene Team

Standing 6’1”, 140 pounds of lean muscle, they call him “Max the Kid” back home. Max hails from Lynbrook, New York, a bustling town where, he says, options are always abundant. Whether it is going to the movies, cruising down a scenic road on his bicycle, or even just relaxing on a Sunday afternoon, Max makes sure that having fun is his number one priority.

Despite this, he still has his eye on the prize. “If I were to describe myself in one word, it would be determined,” Max said.

Max said he has always had a strong passion for writing. But it was only until this past school year that this fervor translated into the field of journalism. When he received his schedule in the mail last August, he noticed that he was free period one. As the inquisitive student he is, Max sent an email to his guidance counselor requesting the classes available for period one. Max ended up choosing journalism over computer science.

Max got involved with his school newspaper, Horizon, in 11thgrade. His debut assignmentrticle assignment was a feature story on the 2008 presidential election. Rather than writing a straightforward story sticking to the basics of the inverted pyramid, Max called on his creative side. He sought out three students who supported John McCain and three students who advocated Barack Obama, put them in a room and allowed for open discussion. He synthesized all of their views into aa coherent feature. The story received so much acclaim, it became a regular column in later issues.

Max’s success and talent did not go unnoticed. After a full year writing stories for the paper, Max was named managing editor and copy chief  for the 2009-2010 school year. A self-described “grammar guru,” Max said the job is a good fit for him.

Max, at far right, tries out the blue screen at News 12 in Woodbury with fellow Greene Team members Brett Uslaner of Oceanside High School and Billy McCabe of Sayville High School.

Maxax “the Kid” said he has always been fascinated by space travel and extraterrestrial life. He started watching Star Trek when he was six years old and reading science fiction novels from the time he could read. His favorite novel is the sci-fi thriller “Dune” by Frank Herbert. Many regard Dune as one of the best science fiction books ever written , and he said it inspired him to write do some science fiction writing himself. He’s working on a currentl novel called “Masquerade” which takes place in the 22nd century, in a small world owned entirely by a powerful corporation. Max devotes several hours a week to writing the novel and said he hopes to finish it sometime duringwhen he is in college.

A great man once said, “There is no better experience than an internship.”In ninth grade, Max had the opportunity to intern in the office of State Senator Dean G. Skelos. “During the crisis in Albany, I took calls from worried constituents,” said Max. “I feel like I’m making a difference in the community.,” said Max. Max said he looks forward to working withh Dean Skelos again this year.

Max said he looks to put his diligence to the ultimate test this school year, taking a demanding course load amidst histhe enduring college application process. “Max is the last person I expect to get caught with a wretched case of senioritis,” said his friend P.J. Lepper.



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