Frelinghuysen Speaks with Students


Principal Lewis Benfatti, U.S Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen, Superintendent Cynthia Randina , and Mr. James Marino

U.S Representative Rodney Frelinghuysen spoke in Mr. James Marino’s History I Honors class on April 11th, fielding questions on current and important issues. Frelinghuysen has been serving in congress since 1995; he is the chairmen of the subcommittee on defense, as well as on the board for the subcommittee for energy & water development and homeland security. Frelinghuysen’s main purpose for attending the class was to have an informational period with the students.

Frelinghuysen spoke openly about his political viewpoints, as well as his life as a husband and father to his wife and daughters. He spoke about his relationship with his family and discussed their effect on his political viewpoints. When asked “How do you feel about abortion in any context?” Frelinghuysen replied that he felt the right to abortion should be left up to the women carrying the child in consultation with her doctor and spouse. He continued that if his daughters were in that position, he would want the federal government to “keep its nose out of it.”

Frelinghuysen also responded in the same respectful manner when asked his opinion about the Supreme Court case decision ruling gay marriage constitutional. Frelinghuysen replied that although he had prior ideals supporting traditional marriage between a man and women, he believed the federal government should keep out of people’s private relationships. He later commented that he had voted to pass the defense of marriage act which states that marriage is only a legal union between one man and one woman as husband and wife, but has since then “changed” and now sees same sex marriage as a state issue that the federal government should stay out of.

For most of Frelinghuysen’s life he has been surrounded by the military. He was drafted into the United States Army in his early 20’s and served in the Vietnam War where he earned the rank of Specialist 5. As a veteran, Frelinghuysen is on subcommittees dealing with a wide range of military-related topics such as budget spending, ISIS, and homeland security.

When asked about Apple not complying with the FBI to unblock the San Bernardino shooter’s cell phone, the congressman had a well-educated response, portraying his views on protecting the welfare and public safety of US citizens. However, he also criticized both parties on their approaches to the subject. Continuing on about terrorism and ISIS, Frelinghuysen feels we have a leader who is detached from what is really happening throughout the world with the increasing threat of terror. The military was a topic he was very passionate about, giving his audience a feeling of reassurance that our government is here to protect us.

Frelinghuysen’s voting record shows him to be a moderate conservative. Like most republicans the congressman showed an interest in protecting the second amendment when asked a question about conceal and carry.

Another conservative standpoint Frelinghuysen conveyed was his views on protecting the border. He feels we aren’t doing enough to secure our border and that we should eventually implement some sort of wall or structure. However, Frelinghuysen also pointed out that Americans should be aware that Mexico isn’t our only problem with illegal immigration. Frelinghuysen wanted the classroom to be aware that there was no implication of an endorsement for republican candidate Donald Trump on his beliefs of border security.

However, unlike the majority of his party, Frelinghuysen feels Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland is a respectable journalist and disagrees with the criticism Obama received for making the nomination since it is his right as President to make that decision. Contrary to that maverick opinion, he does believe Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death was inappropriately handled and his family wasn’t properly allowed to mourn his passing.

Lastly, the congressman expressed his views on the 2016 election. Earlier in the election he supported his close friend and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, but ever since the suspension of Christie’s campaign, he has yet to make an endorsement for any of the remaining candidates. Frelinghuysen is going to remain loyal to the Republican Party but feels some of the candidates have acted “embarrassing” and “immature” throughout their campaigns. The congressman thinks the American people deserve better.

Frelinghuysen’s visit to the high school was a unique experience that was greatly appreciated by the students and staff alike.

We would like to extend an overwhelming thank you to the congressman for making time to attend the school and answering our questions. The less than one hour long period with the senator was insightful and enlightening. His diversity and respectful demeanor on political topics is one that helped to shed light on many important issues.

Spring Musical: One of Our Best!


Photo by Tatiana Karram


The HHS Drama Club met with the success with the feature of their spring musical, ‘Carnival!’ April 7th-10th in the HHS Auditorium.

A well-chosen cast, spot-on special effects, and a lot of hard work turned this production into what director Joe Ross called “our best show yet.” Every character, from lead roles, such as Lili portrayed by sophomore Abigail McDonough and Paul portrayed by senior Devon O’Donnell, to the roustabouts and extras such as seniors Anthony Lipuma and Jessie Brown gave it their all every night. The department also featured their newest little star, Tibetian Spaniel puppy Chlöe Grillo, accompanied by her owner senior Angelo Lipuma.

Every carnival need some magic. That’s where senior Sean Higgins, playing magician Marco the Magnificent, came into play. His magic tricks and special effects kept the crowd in amazement and made the audience feel that they had been transported to a real-life European circus. And who could forget his lovely and sassy assistant, junior Cameron Dinulos, as the incomparable Rosalie?

The real kicker, however, was this production’s plot. With a storyline that was a bit more risqué than usual, the crowd was definitely interested as such dark topics were played out in a happy-go-lucky style.

Some audience members responded differently from others. One person was laughing at every joke, while another couldn’t help but cry from all the emotion.  Either way, it’s safe to say that almost everyone had an interesting experience at this show.

The attendance this year, on the other hand, was slightly smaller than usual. If you’re one of those people who couldn’t make it to this show, you certainly missed out!

Spring Musical: Sure to Be a Hit!

Carnival!The HHS Drama Club will feature this year’s spring musical, Carnival! on April 7th- April 10th in the HHS auditorium.

This spectacular musical follows the story of Lili (sophomore Abigail McDonough), an orphan who finds herself a job in a once-successful, but currently failing, traveling carnival owned by B.F. Schlegel (senior Ryan Taesler). Lili becomes caught in a love triangle between the charming Marco the Magnificent (senior Sean Higgins), a smooth-talking magician, and Paul Berthalet (senior Devon O’Donnell), a crippled puppeteer with a failing children’s act.

This musical, based on the classic film ‘Lili’, is a favorite of HHS director Mr. Joe Ross. “I’m very enthusiastic about this production; I think it might be the best thing we’ve done at Hopatcong. The singing, the acting, the orchestra, everything is terrific!” said Ross.

Special effects play a large role in this production; one can’t have a carnival without some magic. From optical illusions, to sword-swallowing sorcery, to disappearing ladies (yes, seriously!), one is guaranteed to be left in amazement by the end of the night.

 “One thing, though: CARNIVAL does have a few intense emotional scenes, and parents should be advised that this is not a show for the very young,” added Ross.

Admission is $8.00, while students and seniors pay $5.00. Snacks and refreshments are served throughout the show, along with the usual raffle tickets.

Shows begin at 7pm Thursday-Saturday and 2pm on Sunday.


Sophomore Wrestler Shines for Hopatcong

wrestlingHere at Hopatcong High School athletes come near and far but it’s not every day we come across the next Joe Martinek, Zach Rey, or Dylan Capwell. When it comes to Soph. Anthony Mastroeni, he is a diamond in the rough for Hopatcong’s 1-22 wrestling squad.

Ever since Mastroeni was young, he has been putting work onto the mat. He was always one to stand out among the rest as a gifted athlete who has the skill and mindset of a true champion. Overcoming many hurdles, such as a serious injury like an ACL tear and problems with his nose this year, he has made a name for himself as a young athlete with genuine potential. He consistently pushes himself when it comes to conditioning. There is never a moment when he doesn’t give it his 100%, even when that conditioning comes moments before a match.

On February 27th, Anthony competed in the NJSIAA Region 1 tournament. He battled his way to the 132lbs final, facing off against Brandon Paetzell of Phillipsburg. Unfortunately, he was unable to take home the championship for our school. Anthony suffered a loss to Paetzell in a 15-2 major decision. It was the third Region 1 title for Paetzell, who is ranked No. 5 in the state for his weight on It was also Paetzell’s 100th victory.

This loss only goes to show Anthony’s potential as an elite wrestler. Doing what he does as a sophomore is a phenomenal feat. Imagine him as a senior with more learning experience and training! One day Anthony even hopes to take his skills beyond high school onto the collegiate level with possibly a scholarship.

Keep that dream alive and fresh Anthony because it seems you are well on the right track to making that happen.

Hopatcong Bows to Lenape in Intense Game

Hopatcong vs. LenapeIn an intense game, the Hopatcong Boys Varsity Basketball Team lost to Lenape Valley forty-four to fifty-three on Thursday, February 11th at Hopatcong High School. There were a lot of fans and enthusiasm for both teams.

The first quarter began and Lenape scored first, making the score zero to three.  By the end of the first quarter, Hopatcong remained down with the score being nine to thirteen, but both teams were playing hard.

Hopatcong started the second quarter by scoring twice, tying the game at thirteen to thirteen.  Both teams continued to play well throughout the second quarter; by halftime, the score was eighteen to nineteen, with Lenape in the lead.

During the second half, the Chiefs gained the lead with a shot from senior guard John McCloskey.  The game was close halfway through the third quarter with Lenape leading twenty-two to twenty-three; however, Hopatcong made some mistakes that Lenape ended up benefitting from as the quarter ended.  The Patriots were in the lead with a score of twenty-five to thirty-two.

The fourth quarter started and both teams continued scoring, but the Chiefs couldn’t catch up as Lenape still had an eight-point lead halfway into the fourth quarter, making the score thirty-four to forty-two.  Things started looking up for the Chiefs as they made a couple of great baskets including a three-pointer by senior guard Andrew Nee.

With a minute left in the game, the Patriots still had the lead, the score being forty-four to forty-eight, but the Chiefs were catching up. The Patriots ended up maintaining their lead and won the game with an outcome of forty-four to fifty-three.

Senior center Anton Pezzano was the lead scorer with fifteen points.  Senior McCloskey also scored high with fourteen points.

“It was a really intense game and we would have loved to pull out the victory,” said senior forward PJ Rodick. “The effort was there, our team left it all on the court, but unfortunately we just had a few things go their way instead of ours down the stretch.  It would have been great to win, but overall it was a great game by both teams.”

“The atmosphere that night was so special. I’ll remember that night for a very long time.  The game was tough from start to finish, and both teams wanted to win very badly.  I would have wanted to win more than anything, but it didn’t end in our favor,” said Nee.

It was a tough loss for Hopatcong, but both teams played a good game. The Chiefs played the entire game with an immense amount of effort and passion.

Creative Valentine Ideas

  Hopatcong Arrow asked HHS students for creative Valentine ideas.  Here are some of the best: Richard Barrows [MOST CREATIVE!] Make macaroni art and spell out their name in macaroni. Then give it to them as you two watch the…

16 Valentine’s Day Facts

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Ah, Valentine’s Day—the day of love, romance, passion, and compulsive overspending? This February, the Hopatcong Arrow presents 16 Valentine’s Day Facts from the billions of dollars poured into candy and flowers every year— to love and marriage figures that may make you think twice about the meaning of love.

♥ Let’s start from the roots: There are over 1,600 candy manufacturing companies in the United States, employing over 58,000 people nationwide. California is in the lead with the most candy factories, totaling at 174 factories in the state alone.

Going back even further, it costs roughly $14.9 billion a year to ship chocolate and other cocoa products every Valentine’s Day, while it costs around $9.3 billion in non-chocolate products.

There are over 14,000 flower companies in the United States since 2013, employing 62,000 people. Pretty heartening to see so many people employed.

The most popular flowers to give on Valentine’s Day are roses, which profited in $381,757,889 in 2014.

There are about 23,000 jewelry stores in the United States. These stores made a total of $2.5 billion in sales in February of 2013.

You think your relatives’ Christmas cards are annoying? Try Valentine’s Day cards, because over 141 million of them are given out every February.

You think it’s just your special day? Make some room, because there are 6,000 marriages a day and 2.2 million marriages in the United States every year.

Ah, young love! The average age of getting married in the United States is between 25-27 years old.

In today’s day and age, a successful marriage is hard to come by. 50% of all marriages end in divorce. No wonder divorce attorneys are so profitable.

Looking closer at statistics, you better try your hardest in your first (and hopefully your only) marriage. 41% of all first marriages end in divorce, along with 60% of all second marriages, and 73% of all third marriages.

Talk about the longest hour of your life. 100 divorces are finalized every hour in the United States.

If you give that last fact some more thought, that’s one divorce every 36 seconds, 2,400 a day, 16,800 a week, and 876,000 a year!

Let’s come back with some happier facts. Couples who are in love after a period of time can actually synchronize their heartbeats.

There’s always that second chance at love. 3 million first dates take place every day in the world.

Are you crazy about someone? Falling in love has the same chemical effects on the brain as obsessive compulsive disorder.

And finally, talk about dedication! In 2014, an Arizona prisoner escaped his cell on Valentine’s Day just to spend it with his girlfriend.



Valentine’s Day: 2016 Shout Outs!

valentine's day

To: RJ & Jessie

You guys are pretty cute. Love your favorite twins,

From: Anthony & Angelo


To: Carly C

You are the greatest person EVER! I love all your Facebook posts very much. You’re the best.

From: Cate P


To: Alexis Costa

Hey, umm I really really like you and I just wanted everyone to know that. You DA BEST. XOXO

From Gian (NENE) Aziza


To: Coty

Happy Valentine’s Day! I love you! You’re the best; my one and only. Happy 9 months!

From: Ashley

To: Shayla Slater

I’ve always had eyes for you since we were little walking through church. I am so blessed to spend my life with you. I am excited to see what we have in store for our lives. You make my days brighter. I have grown as a person, and I have learned a lot about you and myself. You are my one and only and the one I want to live and grow with. My goal is to go above and beyond with you and explore the world with you, endless limits. We have a bright, adventurous, fun-filled future ahead of us. I love you.

From: Joey Badgley


To: Mr. Oesen

Failing all of your tests is the flea’s eyesbrows!

From: AP Bio


To: Mr. Oesen

You’re the cat’s meow! Your notes are the pig’s wings!

From: AP Bio


To: Amy Alfaro

I’m so glad you’re finally trying to get in shape. <3 Love you so much keep up the good work!

From: Priscilla Ocasio


To: Alejandra Flores

Ayyyy I love you Alé. You’re a cool cat and are a totally radical person.

From: Logan Blomquist Branigan


To: Matt Tillery

Matt you are a cool guy and I want you to be with me forever.

P.S. Hi Matt

From: The Person You Hug


To: Logan Blomquist- Branigan

Second Valentine down and many more to come. I love you and happy anniversary sunshine.

From: Alejandra Flores

To: Bubs

I love you.

From: James O’Brien


To: Kyara Cabrera

Even when you do nothing but stare at me, I still love you. You are the best friend I could ever ask for!

From: Rachel Fisher


To: Talia Fulton

I love you, best friend! You’re my favorite person ever. Happy Valentine’s Day

From: Destinee Tor


To: Destinee

You’re crazy hot. You honestly are really beautiful, and honestly you have a great personality. Probably the best personality a girl could have. Hmu sometime beautiful. PEACE ‘N LOVE FAM!! Lol

From: the kid next to you in English

Amy Alfaro

The best Bestfriend

Daddy Drew


Zach Huapaya

            Zach, I Love you. Your smile makes my day. <3

Secret Admirer (Ben Malizzi)


Brandon Caplan

You are the best thing that has ever happened to me and I’m so thankful to be in love with you. Always & forever.

Alexia Long


Alexis Costa

I have the biggest crush on you forever, and you are absolutely perfect! I love you! Be my Valentine?



Matt Marzallo

He is the cutest kid in the school. He always treats me like the princess I am. I’ve wanted to date him, but I’m scared to admit it. Matt I love you.



Anthony J. Christiana

I can’t believe we have made it. Congrats to both of us.

Shane Wilson


Amanda Corujo

You are the greatest ogre-lord that has landed in my swamp. I love you, mom.

The rarest pepe (obo)


To: Cortney Pruden

I can’t wait to spend Sunday with you and many more. Thank you for everything you do, my love! <3

From: Anthony Lipuma


To: Jess Thompson

So happy you’re mine and love you till the end of time. Your smile and laugh make my days 100x better. Love you

From: Jason (Whitty) Whittaker


To: Jackie Travisano

Hey Jackie, I really like you and you’re my best friend.

From: Anonymous


Isabella Barbiero

You are pretty cool and I like your hair.

From: Charlie


To: Sam Scholz

Happy Valentine’s day to my one and only sweetheart! Have a wonderful day, filled with love and happiness! I love you so much!

From: Nicole Meeker


Cate P

You’re crazy! I hope your truck doesn’t get hit by any more busses.



Nailah Orianzi

We may fight a lot, but you’ve always been a good person to me. We always have good conversations and we always help each other out.

Elijah Bailey


Jessie Brown

You always make me laugh. You’re like a bro to me. Shock me up, Jessie!

Angelo Lipuma



I always think, if I didn’t throw your lunch everywhere (even though I don’t remember it) would we be friends? Probably, not. So, you’re welcome, I guess! Xoxo



Angelo/Anthony Lipuma

You always make my day! I can’t wait to go to a 76ers game w/ you! I look forward to English every day because of you two! <3

Jessie Brown


Alexa Sanderson

Thank you for just being all around awesome, beautiful person. Thank you for being there for me.

Richard Barrows.


Richard Barrows

Thank you for just having the best sense of humor, taste of music, movie sense, and having the most mauliest yet sensitive smile the world has seen. Thank you for always being there for me. Xoxoxo see you later

Richard Barrows


Rachel Stewart

Have a happy Valentine’s day with Gus! Hopefully this Valentine ’s Day is more exciting than last years. Very thankful for our friendship and what it offers! You make every day brighter and always know what to say (except whose fault is that?) Had fun watching theater class J <3

Catalina G.


Ian Deluglio

Thank you for making me so happy, and dealing with me 25/8. You make my days so much brighter; I’m too lucky to have you. Oh and you’re the best looking out there, and thank god you’re mine

Julia Owens


Sarah Magyar , Rachel Fisher, Kyara Cabrera, Mazzo, & Brady

Happy Valentine’s day to my Best friends! Thanks you for always being there for me and picking me up when I was at my lowest<3 I appreciate all of you! & remember , it’s a joke, don’t take it too hard. 😉 #pw2k16

Love, @thekeganmelly



My friend Bussy Bose!!



Kurtis Mathison

Hi. I really like you and I wanted to tell you but didn’t know how. Ok. I just wanted to tell you that. Bye.



Daniella Dichiara, Daeshawn Thomas

Hi! I love you!



To: Daeshawn

You are my best friend. Love you, brother.

From: Anonymous


To: Pablo

You are my best friend

From: Anonymous


To: Victoria Cobb

I love you, best friend. I’m never going to stop loving you best friend.

From: Alondra Castellanos


To: John McCloskey

I love you. You’re beautiful.

From: John McCloskey


To: Danielle Hulsman

I hope your Sunday is filled with as much joy as you give to me. Have fun and enjoy it.

From: Dana B.


To: Amanda Matcirx

You are the best person ever. You are nice to me and sweet; also, I love the way you talk to me and you are always nice and kind to me. I will always be your friend to the end.

From: Kennedy Segura


To: Brandon Kennedy

You have helped me be myself; you are the best friend. I look forward to seeing you every day in school. 🙂

From: Jennifer Giancola


Jackson Morgan

You are a loser but you’re also pretty cool, so I like being your friend.

gg a+ good job

Charlie J



U rock dude <3 love you

Your lover



You’re an idiot sometimes, but that’s all right ‘cause you cool. Love you !<3



Haitham Fostok

Haitham, I love being with you. You make me laugh all the time. Your eyes are so pretty. I can get lost in your deep gaze. I love going on dates with you. I love you!

Justin McCarthy


Junior class

You all hold a special place in my heart!

<3 Mrs. Kalemba


To: Anthony L.

Be the Kurt to my Courtney

From: Courtney P.


To: Catalina Garcia

Have a great Valentine’s Day! Thank you for being a good friend and always being there for me. Tell Ginges I said hey. Love when we spend time with each other eating Takis and Goldfish and watching and talking about theater class and paprika sauce. XOXO.

From: Rachel Stewart


Kristy Tobar

This is a shoutout to my best friend, the love of my life, Kristy Tobar! I can’t wait to spen d Valentine’s day together making chocolate-covered pretzels. Love you lots

Rachel Esteves


Alexis Costa

I just want to say I think you’re really pretty, and although we aren’t spending Valentine’s day together, you  will always be my Valentine. I also have something to ask you.. PROM? Even if you say “no,” I’ll always love you.

Rachel Esteves


Rachel Esteves

Thank you for being my Valentine 1/24/16 for life- one of many well-spent together 😉 love you, see ya @ dinner @ 7:30. (glad we are friends)

Alexis Costa


Torri Burghoffer

Thank you for being such an amazing best friend! You are an amazing young lady, and I feel very blessed to have the chance to be your best friend. I don’t know what I’d do without you! You have helped me through so much. LOVE YOU, CEBOLLA

Gabby Golloza