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Nichols Upper School’s General Information Test – a tradition that began in the 1911 Nichols School yearbook, is compiled from questions submitted by the Nichols faculty on an annual basis and is administered to Upper School students as a measure of general knowledge. The GIT is created and coordinated by English teacher Richard Stratton and funded by Lucy Maisel, wife…

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WHAT’S HAPPENINGMOVIES: Opening Friday, “Man of Steel” (PG-13), “20 Feet From Stardom” (PG-13).CONCERTS: Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, 5 p.m. today, Erie Canal Harbor Central Wharf.Alice Cooper and Marilyn Manson, 6 p.m. Friday, Outer Harbor concert site, 325 Fuhrmann Blvd.WYRK Taste of Country featuring Darius Rucker and guest Sheryl Crow with Rodney Atk…

As the temperature rises and school draws to a close, the promise of summer envelops our minds. For anyone under 20 (or me, at least), all thoughts are completely dedicated to lemonade and swimming. It’s time to make summer plans … and for the sixth year in a row, the Summer Institute for Human Rights and Genocide Studies is accepting registrations. If you are looking …

SOMETHING TO READ“Twerp” by Mark Goldblatt; Random House Books for Young Readers, 228 pages, $16.99 Ages 9 to 12.There’s a new awareness of bullying and the lasting harm it can do, and this fascinating book examines bullying through the mind of a bully who doesn’t really believe he IS a bully. Sixth-grader Julian Twerski has been suspended from school for a week, a…

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Patrick Jones, the 11-year-old son of Neal and Maria Jones of Clarence, will be participating in the World Dwarf Games this August in East Lansing, Mich.Patrick was born with dwarfism, which is a genetic condition that comes in hundreds of forms. Yet, Patrick doesn’t let anything hold him back. Not only does he frequently participate in dwarf sporting events, he also pla…

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By Emma Retzlaff / NeXt Correspondent

Thu, Jun 13, 2013

About every 11 seconds a healthy dog or cat is put down in the United States, which adds up to 2.7 million animals each year, according to the Humane Society of the United States. Shelters and rescue groups try to take in and find new homes for as many animals as they can. Sadly, many unwanted animals are still put down. By adopting a pet, you can help solve this problem.S…

The letter of recommendation will never outweigh a student’s performance in the classroom, but it can be a tipping factor in the college admissions process.There are three types:1. The counselor recommendation is prepared by a student’s guidance counselor and is a basic component of every college application.2. The teacher recommendation is typically requested from a c…

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The Buffalo News held its 19th annual Editorial Cartoon Contest for area students in grades five through 12. Nearly 800 entries were received, including dozens from a school in Hawaii. The winners were selected by News Editorial Cartoonist Adam Zyglis.“This year’s contest was a big success,” Zyglis said. “The most popular topics seemed to be North Korea’s Kim Jon…

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Just a few months into their freshman year, three former NeXt correspondents offer a glimpse of life on campus so far, at Brandeis University, St. Bonaventure University and Monroe Community college.Jillian HammellSt. Bonaventure University, OleanMajor: Journalism/Mass CommunicationsHigh School: Hamburg High SchoolHow many undergrads are at your school? About 2,000Classes …

By this time of the fall, the question on the tip of everyone’s tongue is “Who are you voting for?” Whether you’re liberal or conservative, red or blue (or purple), election season raises some other issues just as lasting as the result of the election. Whenever any of us turn on the TV, it’s almost impossible not to see one candidate or the other being bashed or …

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In 2008, “Taken” surprised viewers with its relentless action and entertaining story. The inevitable sequel arrived in theaters recently in the lively and flawed form of “Taken 2.” The film follows retired CIA operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) on vacation with his daughter (Maggie Grace) and ex-wife (Famke Janssen) in Istanbul. The family is still recuperating fr…

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This summer marked the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. People around the world watched in awe as their favorite athletes participated in their favorite events, such as swimmer Michael Phelps and runner Alison Felix. However, people seemed rather thrown off guard when they heard that in a moment of triumph, eight women took home a gold medal for the United States in the wom…