Letter from the Editor

Hello, and welcome to our first issue of the 2017-18 school year! In this issue you will find interviews with new teachers, political satire and political analysis, pop-culture reviews, and as always, a small snapshot of the achievements of students at Ridgewood High School.
This month, our cover art comes from the graphic artist NotKayChan. This creative Tumblr user employs stunning graphic art with vibrant watercolors.
After you are done reading our physical issue of The Rebellion, make sure to head over to our website, rhsrebellion.com, where you will find even more outstanding content.
And of course, thank you to our talented writers, editors, and advisor, Mr. Lippstreuer, for making this issue possible!

Interview with Mr. DiCristofano

by James Lakosky

1. Do you believe in any conspiracy theories?
I would say for the most part no, but I’m open to new conspiracy
theories if anyone’s willing to tell me them–but I do believe in

2. What are your hobbies?
I like to skateboard, been skating for ten years now. I like
to go to skateparks around the area. I also like to play music, and used
to be in a band in high school. I like to play rock, folk, and
occasional jazz.

3. Have you ever participated in a protest?
Not that I know of.

4. What’s your biggest pet peeve?
When I start talking and forget where my conversation is
going, like “oh man, I just forgot where this is going.” I just don’t
like when people are on their phones, and society is getting away from

5. Do you enjoy teaching?
Absolutely, for the most part I like working with a lot of
different kids. It’s interesting, and this is a job that
allows me to work with a lot of different personalities.

6. What’s your favorite food?
I feel like I should put something Italian or I’m gonna be
killed, but my favorite is corn beef and mashed potatoes.

7. Favorite TV shows/movies?
Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Westworld. Big fans of
all those. Also, How It’s Made.

8. Favorite genre of music?
Oh man this is tough, but I would say older folk music from the
sixties, like Bob Dylan. I’m into a lot of things and there’s very
little I don’t like.

9. Favorite pun?
Mr. D is struggling and googling puns. How do you throw a space
party? You planet. . .

10. Do you have any family in town?
I have a great uncle who lives right by Divine Savior, who is my grandma’s brother; he still lives in town. My uncles don’t live in Norridge but they used to. I used to have more family but they moved back to Italy. And no, I’m not related to the dentists on Montrose.

Interview with Mrs. Anderson

by Caroline Lipski and Olivia Kolpec


Q: What sparked your interest in becoming a physical education/adapted P.E. teacher?

A: In middle school, I had this really awesome teacher that inspired me to also become a gym teacher. As for adapted P.E., I had to fill in space for college classes and so I took an adapted P.E. class. It was a by chance thing, but it turned out that I really liked it and wanted to keep doing it.

Q: What are three words you can use to describe yourself?

A: Competitive, shy, and empathetic.

Q: What is your favorite color and why?

A: Royal blue—I always liked the color blue. It was also the color of my bridesmaids’ dresses at my wedding. And of course because the Cubbies sport blue as well.

Q: What is your favorite part about physical education? Adapted P.E.?

A: I love having a job where every day is different, especially with high school students, because it’s always exciting. In general, I love helping students and knowing I made a difference in some way or another. At the end of the day, I feel good about what I do and to me this is very important.

Q: Who or what inspires you?

A: My daughter Emily. I want to be successful for her, so she can look up to me one day and be proud of what I have accomplished.

Fall Festival 2017


Here’s to a successful 2017 Fall Festival! This event could not have been possible without the detailed planning and organizing of the RHS Senior class council. They have done a fantastic job! Also worthy of mentioning are Pat Rossi and the maintenance staff for not only setting up for the event, but also delivering pumpkins and bales of hay prior to the event, Brian Collier for making the wooden cutout for the Fall Festival sign, and a big thank you NHS, Interact and to the hard-working staff members who came to volunteer and participate.

Pictured are several activities and the individuals mentioned above!


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