Ohio High School Student Disqualified from Cross Country Race for Hijab By Mariya Hussain November 8, 2019
On October 19, the Ohio High School Athletic Association decided to ban 16-year-old Noor Abukaram from participating in a regional cross country race due to her hijab not complying with the uniform regulations. A hijab is a headpiece worn by many Muslim women for modesty. There had not been an issue with Abukaram’s hijab in the last several meets, but the officials at the district-level are allegedly more strict on uniforms and require a waiver to run with “religious headwear.” Her school, Northview High, sent in a waiver request, and Abukaram became eligible to run in the next meet, but before then she was considered disqualified. When learning that she was disqualified from this race, Noor, according to the New York Times, felt humiliated and that this was unjust. She worked hard for her spot on the team and had the same capabilities as the other runners. This experience was something she feared, even though she had yet to face religious discrimination in her experience on sports teams over the years. This controversial situation received a lot of attention in the media, with verified news accounts like AJ Plus and The Hill posting their articles on Twitter. There was a lot of anger toward the OHSAA at their xenophobia, as people felt that there shouldn’t have to be a waiver in the first place. Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren also expressed her opinion that no student should be prevented from participation in activities due to their religious beliefs.
Antonio Brown Released by Patriots By Shakeeba Sajadi October 4, 2019 The New England Patriots released Antonio Brown this Friday, September 20, 2019, leaving the wide receiver’s NFL career on the fence after being charged with sexual assault allegations. Brown was signed with the Patriots after a forced release from the Oakland Raiders, but unfortunately, the Patriots cut him after he sent a threatening message to one of the women that he sexually assaulted. Brown announced his departure on Twitter himself. The Patriots then confirmed Brown’s release in a statement. Brown has an outstanding resume at 31 years old. He is a seven-time Pro bowler and still remains one of the top receivers in the NFL. Last week during his debut for the Patriots Brown caught 4 passes for 56 yards and a touchdown. Brown has talent, without a doubt, but the allegations against Brown are leaving him with an uncertain future in the NFL. Brown’s defiant behavior was the reason for his trade to the Oakland Raiders. They offered to sign Brown for a $30 million guarantee. Unfortunately, due to his bizarre and disruptive behavior, the Raiders voided the guarantee. Later, the Patriots signed Brown to a one year, $15 million contract that also included a $9 million signing bonus. Antonio Brown just recently, on September 22, declared a statement after his release from the Patriots, that he would no longer be playing in the NFL.
Kimball Girls’ Varsity Volleyball Wins First Game of the Season By Mariya Hussain September 12, 2019
Eager to begin the regular season with a home game, Kimball High’s varsity girls volleyball team enters the gym with an air of excitement. Parents and friends of both the Kimball and East Union High teams sit scattered throughout the bleachers, ready to watch these girls put their all into this game. The girls’ volleyball season began with enough intensity to last all season. The scores were competitive, with the two teams constantly catching up to one another. Set 4, which could have ended with a Kimball win for the night, saw a score of 25-24, East Union in the lead, but not by the necessary two points to end the set. East Union eventually won the set with a score of 27-25. However, Kimball took the win of 3 sets out of 5 against East Union, 15-6 in the final set. Thouraia Maamo, one of our strong 12th grade players, had several kills in the first couple of sets, one of which bounced right off the sidelines. Madison Rodriguez, another senior on the Kimball team, played extremely tough at middle, defending and attacking evenly. Samantha Mayer, junior and setter, also showed great strength in leading the offense for the team. One of the most notable patterns throughout the match was 12th grader Rachel Van Katwyk’s hard hits, often leading to points for the Kimball team. Kimball’s girls will continue to play three matches a week through the end of October, with upcoming games against Manteca High, Weston Ranch, and Central Catholic teams, and if the Jags keep this up, they will have a successful season.