Category: Features

Clubs are in full swing, virtually, of course

Piper staff

Clubs at Somerville High School are very much underway. The Highlander Theater Company is putting on its “Live at Lunch” series starting next week and is holding regular meetings. The Creative Writing Club/Literary Magazine is looking for writers of any experience level: poets, short story writers, song writers, journalists. All lovers of words are welcome to jump in on Mondays at 3:00. And of course, your faithful school newspaper is up and running; meetings are on Mondays at 2:45, but we accept submissions via email at (You can also arrange a different time to Zoom if you can’t make it to the regular meetings.)  Read more →

Cooperstown bound? Assessing the Hall of Fame resumes of 30 current players

Aidan O’Sullivan, 2022

With the 2021 Hall of Fame ballot released on November 16, a look at who may be on the ballot in 10-25 years:  Read more →

Highlander Theater Company begins its “Live At Lunch” series

Isabella Milanowski, 2021

Think there’s no live theater happening? Think again! Since this year we have no school hallways and staircases to put posters on, we are depending on our allies in the school community to help get the word out about these events. Now more than ever a creative space for students is needed, and we hope that people who need this space will find it. Read more →

Remembering Mr. DeSimone

Piper staff

On Tuesday, November 26th, Leo DeSimone, associate principal of Somerville High School passed away, devastating the Somerville community. His funeral was held on Monday, December 2nd at St. John’s in Union Square; Somerville High School was closed to allow staff to attend the service; despite the weather, hundreds came to pay their respects. A scholarship has been established in his name; details are below. Read more →

Ultimate Frisbee Holds Fall Practices

Ben Buchheit, 2021

Somerville High Ultimate is back and looking for new members! Fall practices began several weeks ago, led by captains Luca Duclos-Orsello (2020), Daniel Peña (2020), and Peter Novick (2020), but anyone can some. These captains’ practices take place twice a week and include fun drills and scrimmages. During the winter season, captains lead weekly conditioning workouts indoors (literally inside and around the building), which continue into the preseason in March. Once the spring season begins, practices are held daily at the Capuano Field, and home games are played at Dilboy Field.   Read more →

Best Buddies is Looking for New Members!

Corinne McKeller, 2021

The Somerville High School chapter of Best Buddies is looking for new members! Best Buddies is a global organization that creates meaningful and lasting friendships for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs). They also help to find employment, housing, and education for people with IDDs.  Read more →

What the So-Called “Tampon Tax” Is and Why You Should Care

Corinne McKeller, 2021

“Tampon tax” is a term that refers to the fact that in most states in the US, tampons are taxed as a luxury item. This tax adds up to 9% to the cost of menstrual hygiene products, depending on the state. This tax is unfair and sexist, and makes these  products harder to access, especially for low income women. Read more →