Student Profile: Jonah Wolmark

By Elliot Esterman

Jonah: Computer Guru

Jonah: Computer Guru

Recently, I was able to sit down with Jonah Wolmark, a freshman at Village who actually enrolled in our school during the spring semester of his 8th grade school year!  Jonah is known for being very fluent in the topic of computers and video games, as well as various different programming languages, so I got to pick his game about all things ‘tech’.

What got you into programming?

I’ve been using computers basically all my life, so I’ve  been interested in computers and wanted to know how they work.

What are your hobbies?

I play a lot of video games and watch YouTube videos and i talk with my friends over Skype.

What kind of programming languages do you know and what was the first one that you learned how to use?

The first language i learned was Java and since then i learned C, C++, Python, Perl, and small amounts of other languages like PHP and HTML.

What do you see yourself doing in the future?

Some job involving writing code or IT work.

What kind of video games do you like to play and why?

I mainly play indie games and roguelikes. Some examples of games that I play are Super Meat Boy, FTL and Papers, Please.

So, if you’re ever in need of tech help or want suggestions about new video games to play, you know the man to see!

Breaking News: Fort Hood Shooting

By Tyler Plaktsis


General Mark Milley


Yesterday, at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas, there was a deadly shooting where Specialist Ivan Lopez went on a killing spree killing 4 and injuring 16. Lopez then took his own life.“He was engaged by military police before he fatally shot himself in the head”, said the Army post’s commander, Lt. Gen. Mark A. Milley.

Lopez was armed with a Smith and Wesson .45 acp that he recently purchased. The Army post is still on edge from the November 2009 shooting where  Army Maj. Nidal Malik opened fire at Fort Hood, killing 13 people and injuring 32.

Great Neck North Baseball: Breaking New Ground

Interview by Christopher Helms

At the beginning of the baseball season, I was given the opportunity to speak with Coach Bailin, Great Neck North’s varsity baseball coach about his expectations for his team this year.


Coach Bailin is at the helm of The Blazer’s baseball team.

1. What is your biggest focus this season?

Biggest focus this season? Probably getting these guys to work even harder this season; the end goal is to get into the play-offs.

2.  How do you expect to do this season?

A lot better than we have the last two years. We’re getting a lot more talent, we’re stronger top to bottom, we have a good pitcher, we’re going to play a good defense and there’s a lot of experience… a lot of varsity experience. We have a lot of young guys who are now juniors who have two years of varsity experience. They don’t fear this level of play now.

3. What are your teams greatest weaknesses and their greatest strengths?

Our greatest weakness I think, is that we don’t know how to win yet. Because we haven’t done any of it– in two years. I think that in itself, when we figure out how to win games, will be really beneficial down the road. I think that’s our greatest weakness, right now. We’ve played in a lot of good games, a lot of close games, in the past two years. Especially last year. But, we didn’t win those games. Our biggest strength, I mentioned, is our experience. We have a lot of guys who have multiple years of varsity experience even though they’re juniors. We have a sophomore catcher who played every inning of every game last year. So, even that, he’s a tenth grader now and he’s young, he has a lot of experience at this level.

4. What makes baseball special?

Uhh, boy, I’ve never been asked that before. It’s a unique game, that there’s no time limit. I do like the game to move quick, but, it’s very much a game of strategy, a lot of cat and mouse; and I enjoy the coaching aspect of it from a strategy standpoint, which as a player, I didn’t appreciate as much. And, I know these guys don’t fully understand it because they’re not in the position I’m in now. But you know, I enjoy the strategy part of it.

5. What advice do you wish everyone would follow?

Never stop working hard. Because the only way you get anything in this game is to just try and work harder than everybody else.

Their hard work is paying off.  Currently, The Blazers’ record is 2-2, an outstanding improvement from the last two years!