King Street Chronicle The student newspaper of Sacred Heart Greenwich Wed, 04 Mar 2020 15:00:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Global Scholars Program equips students with leadership skills Wed, 04 Mar 2020 15:00:35 +0000 Eight Sacred Heart Greenwich seniors presented reflections on their experiences as candidates for Sacred Heart’s signature Global Scholars Program February 26.  A committee of language teachers and Upper School faculty members worked in collaboration to launch the program at the end of the 2018-19 academic year.  The program provides seniors with the opportunity to develop and expand their world language skills while participating in global educational experiences.

A student may apply to the Global Scholars program as a junior.  While fulfilling the requirements throughout senior year, Sacred Heart designates the student as a Global Scholar Candidate.  At Prize Day, Sacred Heart officially names her a Global Scholar.

Ms. Judith Scinto, Upper School Spanish teacher and Global Scholars Coordinator, speaking to the Upper School about the benefits of joining the Global Scholars program.  Sydney Kim ’20

The 12 Global Scholars Candidates for 2020 are seniors Rachael Ali, Salome Alfaro, Olivia Andrews, Sally Carter, Bridget Cobb, Cameron Calcano, Gabby DiBiase, Giselle Grey, Gerty Hisler, Katie Keller, Kate Murray, and Julia Welsh.  At the presentation, Rachael, Salome, Olivia, Bridget, Cameron, Gerty, Katie, and Julia spoke to Upper School students and faculty about their individual projects and portfolios.

In order for a student to earn her position as a Global Scholars Candidate, she must fulfill the requirements outlined in the program’s three pillars.

The first pillar relates to world language proficiency.  Sacred Heart offers language courses in Arabic, Chinese, French, Latin, and Spanish.  The program requires students to study a language for four consecutive years in the Upper School, as well as participate in immersion experiences in their chosen language, according to

Ms. Judith Scinto, Upper School Spanish Teacher and Global Scholars Coordinator, believes that world language proficiency is an integral part of the program.

“Being a Sacred Heart Global Scholar is rooted in language and communication skills because language, at its core, is an expression of cultural identity and a bridge toward interconnectedness and understanding,” Ms. Scinto said.  “As a language teacher, I want all of my students to be immersed in the target language as fully and as often as possible — as it challenges us to think critically and is the path toward proficiency and internalizing speech patterns.”

Sacred Heart offers various immersion opportunities that can fulfill this pillar.  Sophomores have the opportunity to participate in the Network Exchange program and surround themselves in a foreign language and culture. 

Rachael Ali ’20 shares a poem that she wrote about her experience visiting Perú.  Sydney Kim ’20

The second pillar is the Global Scholarship component.  It encourages students to develop a deeper interest in global studies and international affairs.  All candidates must design a topic in their Senior Seminar class and apply it to a broader global issue.  This pillar combines global studies with Sacred Heart’s commitment to community service and social justice, as outlined in Goal Three of Sacred Heart’s Goals and Criteria, a social awareness that impels to action.

The third and final pillar of the program requires the candidates to reflect on their overall experiences and what it means to be a global citizen. 

This pillar encourages students to participate in cultural immersion experiences that surpass traditional borders.  Sacred Heart offers various opportunities for Upper School students to take part in global education, including service trips.  For her presentation, Rachael shared a poem she wrote in Spanish.  The Sacred Heart immersion and service trip in Perú during spring break of 2019 inspired her piece.

Other candidates chose to visit museums, read novels in their target language, or run club meetings regarding their topics.  Gerty decided to visit the El Museo del Barrio‘s fiftieth-anniversary exhibition in New York City and compiled a photography collage with her favorite pieces.  She shared her personal definition of global citizenship and explained how her participation in the Global Scholars Program shapes her world view.

“In my mind, a global citizen is someone who seeks to educate themselves, gets involved in their community, visits other places, and has an open mindset,” Gerty said.  “Ultimately, being a global citizen is a choice that involves a series of actions and attitudes that inspire others to engage in meaningful dialogue and embrace all people regardless of differences.  The Global Scholars Program has reinforced the idea that equality and equity for all are essential, and if I have the resources to educate myself and others, I must do so.”

Featured Image Courtesy of Ms. Rachel Zurheide

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“Humans of Sacred Heart” – Caroline Badagliacca ’20 and Grace Nemec ’20 Wed, 04 Mar 2020 14:37:12 +0000

Why do you believe that it is important to have a multilingual literary magazine at Sacred Heart Greenwich? 

“We believe it is important to have a multilingual literary magazine at Sacred Heart in order to encourage participation in World Languages outside of the classroom.  Although Sacred Heart has a wonderful World Language Department, we think having an outlet such as Voices allows students to continue to develop their language skills creatively as well as showcase their artwork.” 

As editors, what do you hope to achieve through publishing Voices? 

“In publishing Voices, we hope to recognize the tremendous work of the Sacred Heart World Language Department as well as the talented students who work tirelessly to create wonderful writing and artwork.”

What are some challenges you face in producing Voices?

“Some challenges we face are collecting enough work to publish as often times it is difficult for students to make time outside of class to write.  Additionally, finding artwork to aptly pair with submitted pieces in a meaningful way poses a fun puzzle for the team.  Please consider submitting to Voices at”

The King Street Chronicle thanks seniors Caroline Badagliacca ’20 and Grace Nemec ’20 for their contributions to “Humans of Sacred Heart.”

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Thespians compete for the heart of the bard Tue, 03 Mar 2020 19:06:23 +0000 Sacred Heart Greenwich junior Katie O’Shea and senior Caitlyn Mitchell competed in the annual English-Speaking Union (ESU) Greenwich Branch Shakespeare Competition February 26 at Christ Church Greenwich.  The experience of preparing and qualifying for the event challenged and inspired the participants.

The thirty-seventh annual national Shakespeare Competition hosted through the ESU has three stages.  The first stage is an in-school competition which took place at Sacred Heart February 6.  The ESU provides a packet of selected Shakespeare monologues that students must memorize and perform for a panel of judges.

Caitlyn Mitchell ’20 performing Sonnet 116 at the Greenwich branch competition. Courtesy of Caitlyn Mitchell ’20

The second stage of the competition is the Greenwich Branch Competition.  At the branch competition, students perform a monologue as well as a sonnet. 

This year, Caitlyn, Katie, sophomore Isabella Stewart, and freshman Madeleine Abramson participated in the in-school phase of the competition.  The panel of judges included members of the English and Arts Departments.  When all of the students completed their monologues, the judges conferred to tally the score sheets and determine the winner and runner up.

Katie won the February 6 in-school contest, and Caitlyn placed as the runner-up.  Katie and Caitlyn advanced to the branch competition February 26. Katie looked forward to participating in the Shakespeare contest because she wanted to bring life to her new character.

“I was inspired to compete in the competition because I really enjoy working on new characters especially where they’re as fun as Malvolio, and I love being able to bring a lot of character to one small scene,” Katie said.  “I feel that if you can put a lot of effort into one small thing you can make it truly special.”

Katie performed Malvolio’s monologue from the Twelfth Night (III.IV.70-90) for both the in-school competition and the branch competition, as well as Sonnet 33 for the branch competition alone.  Katie chose this specific monologue to bring depth and comedy to one of her favorite characters. According to Katie, she loves finding the deeper meaning in Shakespeare’s texts that many people do not recognize in his work.

“I love Shakespeare because it is a hidden gem that people don’t know has a lot of life to it,” Katie said.  “It tells stories about life, about humans, about people, and it’s just really meaningful which a lot of people don’t consider about Shakespeare.”

Caitlyn first participated in the Shakespeare competition during her sophomore year.  Her performance of a monologue from Much Ado About Nothing secured her spot in the branch competition of the contest. This year, Caitlyn performed Marc Antony’s monologue from Julius Caesar (III.II.94-113) for the in-school and branch competitions, as well as Sonnet 116.  

“Julius Caesar is my favorite tragedy and what I really like about him [Marc Antony] as a character is that he’s loyal and he’s not afraid to stand up for what he believes,” Caitlyn said.  “I love how Shakespeare’s work is gender fluid; like a female can play the male roles and I like to do male monologues; the men tend to have a more complex, more extreme monologues.”

Caitlyn is grateful to have attended the branch competition. The experience gave her the opportunity to meet other students who share her passion.  Students from all over Connecticut also competed.

“[The other students] were so passionate about Shakespeare and wanted to be there because they love to act,” Caitlyn said. “It was really refreshing to see so many young and talented teenagers all gathered together in appreciation for Shakespeare’s works.”

Miss Michaela Gorman ’05, Upper School Theatre Teacher and Director of Upper School Theatrical Productions, hopes that students will change their views and judgments on Shakespeare and gain unique opinions. 

“I hope that students who participate in the contest will be able to engage with Shakespeare in a new way,” Miss Gorman said.  “Sometimes I worry that our culture or our society puts Shakespeare’s work on a pedestal, particularly in terms of the notions of classical theatre.  This [competition] is a chance to do something that feels sort of like the antithesis of that because it encourages you to memorize a monologue, but also to make it your own to like deliver a cheesy love poem or run around or roll on the floor or whatever you think is the right choice for your character.”

Left to right, Katie O’Shea ’21, Marty Gnidula, Caitlyn Mitchell ’20, Ivan Lazaro, Rowan Trowbridge-Wheeler, and Talya Braverman after the competition. Courtesy of Caitlyn Mitchell ’20

Caitlyn believes that small tasks can have a great impact on others in the competition.

“My motive always has been to do little things with great love,” Caitlyn said.  “When I perform, I hope to inspire the audience or change the audience’s perspective about something.”

Miss Gorman, a supporter in finding love in small things, wishes for students to find passion in timeless characters. 

“The character’s feelings, their thoughts, and their struggles have been captivating people for generations and so I think it gives everyone the opportunity to engage with that in their own personal life,” Miss Gorman said.  “I think it allows students to find the heart of these characters.”

The year’s Greenwich Branch winner Ivan Lazaro from ACES Educational Center for the Arts, advanced to the ESU National Shakespeare Competition at the Public Theater New York City April 27.

Featured Image Courtesy of Caitlyn Mitchell ’20

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Art of the Week – “Seville” – Olivia Berkery ’22 Mon, 02 Mar 2020 16:57:58 +0000

“Seville” Courtesy of Olivia Berkery ’22

Taken on an iPhone 11.  Edited with VSCO filter F2.

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Squash teams serve up success at Nationals Fri, 28 Feb 2020 22:34:00 +0000 The Sacred Heart Greenwich Varsity B squash team attended the 2020 National Interscholastic Team Squash Championships.  The Championships took place February 14 to February 16 at the Moses Brown School in Providence, Rhode Island.  The Varsity A squash team competed in the 2020 United States High School Team Squash Championships. The event took place February 21 to February 23 at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. 

The Varsity B team finishing their Championship tournament undefeated.  Courtesy of

Both varsity teams are under the direction of Mrs. Celia Pashley, Sports Specialist.  Mrs. Pashley began coaching squash at Sacred Heart in 2013, and later accepted the position of Sports Specialist and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the start of the 2015 academic year. 

“We keep practices tough but fun, I think there is a great atmosphere within the squash community at Sacred Heart and we hope as coaches that we are a part of why players want to play squash and keep improving,” Mrs. Pashley said. 

Mrs. Pashley is a former member of the French National Team.  She has appeared in multiple National and World Championships.  Mrs. Pashley is also the assistant coach for the United States Under-19 National Team.

The Varsity B team finished first overall at the championship tournament, winning all three of their matches.  The Varsity B team defeated St. Paul’s School by a score of 6-1.  The team progressed and upended the Moses Brown School junior varsity team 7-0.  Finally, Sacred Heart defeated Tabor Academy 7-0.

The Varsity B team is made up of seniors Cameron Calcano, Georgia Ferguson, Grace Nemec, Arielle Uygur, and Julia Welsh, sophomore Nicole Mayer, and freshmen Mackenzie Coleman, Sophia Morales, and Kourtney Ulmer.  Georgia appreciated the team’s hard work to prepare for the tournament. 

“Leading up to Nationals we definitely focused on our technique and endurance,” Georgia said.  “Squash is not an easy sport and you have to maintain a certain level of fitness in order to play your best.”

The Varsity A team entered their Championship tournament with the number four seed, the highest ranking in school history.

The Varsity A squash team gathers before a match at the tournament.  Erin O’Connor ’20

The Varsity A team captains are seniors Erin O’Connor and Katie Keller.  In addition to Erin and Katie, the team consists of junior Mary O’Connor, sophomores Regina Finn and Annie O’Connor, freshmen Claudia El-Masry, Sabrina Schwarz, and Madeline Schwarz, and eighth-grader Caroline Fouts.

The Varsity A team triumphed William Penn Charter School by a score of 6-1.  In the second round, the team defeated Episcopal Academy 5-2.  In their third match of the tournament, the team from Greenwich Academy upset Sacred Heart by a score of 5-2.  Finally, the James Baldwin High School topped the team from Sacred Heart by a score of 4-3.

“In the future, I think it’s the team’s goal to beat Greenwich Academy,” Katie said.  “We are taking steps in the right direction by winning two of the matches on Saturday, but we still have work to do.”

Featured Image by Sydney Kim ’20

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Guide to Greenwich – De-Stress Locations Thu, 27 Feb 2020 20:31:35 +0000 For this edition of Guide to Greenwich, we traveled to various places in Greenwich in search of the best place to de-stress.

Bistro V

Our first stop for relaxation was Bistro V, located on Greenwich Avenue.  Bistro V serves French cuisine and also has a pastry shop.  The aesthetic of the restaurant was inviting and appealing.  Bistro V serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, and also delivers their food to customers through food delivery apps such as Uber Eats and GrubhubIn addition to its dine-in options, Bistro V has takeout options from their patisserie counter.    

Bistro V offers several options for a healthy and filling breakfast.  Dylan Drury ’22

We ventured to Bistro V for breakfast.  We took our seats right away, as the café was not crowded.  Soon after ordering, our waiter brought us our food.  We ordered the vegan-friendly Blue Bowl for $12 and the Avocado Toast for $11. 

The Blue Bowl consisted of Blue Majik spirulina, which gives the bowl its blue color, as well as banana, almond butter, almond milk, maca, and coconut, in the form of a smoothie bowl.  The bowl was tasteful and filling, making it a perfect breakfast.  Served on seven-grain bread, the Avocado Toast, topped with radish, frisée, onion, and tomato, in addition to avocado, was also a healthy breakfast option.  Both of the breakfast items we tried from Bistro V were appetizing, and also healthy.


Hill Top Nails

Our second destination to de-stress was Hill Top Nails, located in Glenville.  When we arrived, the main manicure room was rather empty, but the considerate and friendly staff made us feel welcome.  The peaceful atmosphere of the nail salon put us at ease.  

Hill Top Nails provide treatments for self-care, such as manicures, pedicures, and massages.  Charlotte Burchetta ’22

A single manicure at Hill Top Nails costs $15 and a pedicure costs $27.  Hill Top Nails also offers other treatments, such as massages and waxing.  We decided to get manicures, and although our service was extremely quick, the quality was average.  The fast pace of our treatments took away from the quality as we felt rushed, rather than relaxed.

Overall, our experience at Hill Top Nails was de-stressing because we benefited from the self-care, but we could have been even more relaxed if our manicures were not as rushed. 

Kaia Yoga

Our last stop was a yoga class, taught by The Yoga Center instructor, Mr. Deve Austin.  The Yoga Center, located on Pemberwick Road, is temporarily closed for maintenance, so their classes are currently being held at Kaia Yoga, located at The Mill in Glenville.  The studio is a short five-minute walk from Hill Top Nails, which makes it perfect for an afternoon of relaxation.

The Yoga Center currently holds a variety of yoga classes at Kaia Yoga.  Dylan Drury ’22

We chose to take a hot yoga class, which costs $24 per person for a single drop-in class, and $10 for high school students.  Our instructor was energetic, but also calming throughout the 60-minute session.  The yoga studio heats to 90 degrees for hot yoga classes. 

We were beginner yoga students entering the class, yet it was still a welcoming environment and we were able to keep up with the rest of the class.  In addition to hot yoga, The Yoga Center also offers HOT HIIT and hot meditation yoga.  These classes are currently taught daily at Kaia Yoga, by The Yoga Center instructors.


After visiting each location to de-stress, based on the customer service, the quality, the affordability, and the benefits, we concluded that yoga taught by The Yoga Center was the best place to de-stress.  After taking the class, we were able to relax and we felt that our yoga instructor was experienced and passionate.  The warm and friendly atmosphere in the studio felt welcoming and calming.

Featured Image by Dylan Drury ’22

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Annual blood drive draws generosity and awareness Wed, 26 Feb 2020 18:09:13 +0000

Christine Guido ’20

Sacred Heart Greenwich’s Red Cross Club (RCC) is hosting its annual blood drive February 28 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  American Red Cross staff members and Sacred Heart volunteers will be in the DuBois Gymnasium in the Athletic Center to take the blood of eligible students, faculty, staff and other members of the Sacred Heart community.

Sacred Heart alumna Ms. Jennie Chieco ’13 founded the RCC when she entered the Upper School to continue her work from her eighth-grade “Making History” project.  The project enables students to make a difference with a social justice issue of their choice through research and volunteer work.

Ms. Chieco’s inspiration was her older sister Ms. Michelle Chieco ’06, who suffers from thalassemia, a blood disorder characterized by less hemoglobin, an oxygen-carrying protein, and fewer red blood cells than normal.  The treatment consists of biweekly blood transfusions, according to

Club head junior Madison Mezzatesta and the club’s 11 other members continue Ms. Chieco’s passion through their planning of this year’s blood drive.  The members of the RCC include freshmen Sia Goyal, Ana López del Punta, and Sofia Llovera, sophomores Regina Finn, Juliette Ingram, Heidi McGannon, and Claire Moore, juniors Lianna Amoruso and Mia López del Punta, and seniors Caroline Baranello and Bridget Hamlet.  Miss Karen Panarella, Upper School Dean of Students and Yearbook Moderator, moderates the club.

“My committee and I are promoting the blood drive in a variety of ways.  We have created posters that we will display around campus this week,” Madison said.  “We are also including details of the event in the weekly email that is sent to the parents and school community, as well as in other online sources and we are promoting the event by word of mouth.”

For the blood drive, potential donors will register online and answer questions about their health history to ensure that they qualify to give blood.  Requirements include donors to be at least 17 years old, have no fever-like symptoms, cannot be using antibiotics, among other rules, according to   Upon arriving they will be asked to show a donor card, driver’s license, or two other forms of identification.  The donors approved will have their temperature, hemoglobin, blood pressure, and pulse checked.

Christine Guido ’20

On average, patients in the United States need blood every two seconds.  Donations are essential for cancer treatment, surgeries, chronic illnesses, and traumatic injuries, according to  

This will be Bridget’s second year donating blood.  She encourages those eligible to donate because the small act makes a huge impact on others.

“I’m donating blood because I know that there are blood shortages throughout the United States,” Bridget said.  “It feels good to donate and know that I could potentially be saving a life.  Everyone who is eligible to donate blood should because the blood donated could save someone’s life.”

Featured Image by Christine Guido ’20

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“Humans of Sacred Heart” – Mr. TJ O’Connor Wed, 26 Feb 2020 18:06:48 +0000

What do you enjoy most about being a member of the Sacred Heart Greenwich community?

“The community could not have been more welcoming; there is such an excellent group of people here.  It is such a wonderful change of pace from working in the city, but what I enjoy the most is making a difference and being able to support.”

What do you hope to bring to Sacred Heart?

“I hope to bring extensive Apple knowledge and general technology support too.  I aim to just be as much help as I can.”

What made you choose a career in technology?

“At a young age, my father bought the family a Mac 128k.  I was instantly fascinated by it and learned every aspect of it.  Soon after, my family and friends started hiring me to set up printers and modems.  My career expanded from there and that is when a career in technology chose me.” 

The King Street Chronicle thanks Mr. TJ O’Connor, Technology Support Specialist, for his contributions to “Humans of the Sacred Heart.”

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Local students engage in the eleventh Greenwich Writers Festival Tue, 25 Feb 2020 20:10:37 +0000 Student writers and faculty members from Sacred Heart Greenwich, Greenwich Academy, and Brunswick School participated in the eleventh annual Greenwich Writers Festival February 22 at Greenwich Academy.  This event allowed participants to attend workshops in which they learned about writing poetry and screenplays.  Students also engaged with the guest writers, poets Ms. Sojourner Ahebee and Ms. Maya Popa, and screenwriter and film producer Mr. Rob Burnett.

Ms. Maya Popa read poems from her poetry book American Faith at the Greenwich Writers Festival.  Natalie Dosmond ’21

Each year in preparation, festival moderators Dr. Cristina Baptista, Upper School English Teacher, and Dr. William Mottolese, Upper School English Teacher and Chair of the English Department, work closely with Sacred Heart’s literary magazine Perspectives to organize and promote the event within the school community.  Dr. Baptista encourages her students to attend the annual Writers Festival as it gives them the opportunity to write creatively outside of a classroom environment.

“In my American Literature class, I aim to be a passionate teacher and writer who speaks highly of other artists and, in the end, hope this encourages students to seek creative professionals in our midst, such as the poets, bloggers, activists, and filmmakers they will meet at the Writers Festival,” Dr. Baptista said.  “I remind students, too, that it is not often that they get a chance to write personally and imaginatively in a no-pressure zone, or to collaborate and interact with professionals and other students in schools outside our own.”

Student organizers, including Sacred Heart Perspectives staff members, worked with Greenwich Academy and Brunswick School, inviting Ms. Ahebee, author of Reporting from the Belly of the Night, Ms. Popa, author of The Bees Have Been Canceled, and Mr. Burnett, producer, director, and screenwriter, to attend the festival and host workshops for students.

Senior Elisa Howard, a member of the Perspectives staff, actively sought ways to encourage the Sacred Heart community to attend the Writers Festival.

“To promote the Writers Festival, Perspectives has made various announcements to the school community,” Elisa said.  “I have spoken with many students individually to encourage them to attend, as the festival was a great opportunity to learn from and workshop with accomplished writers.”

Ms. Popa works as the Poetry Reviews Editor at Publishers Weekly and is the director of the Creative Writing Program at the Nightingale-Bamford School in New York City, overseeing guest writers, workshops, and readings.  Ms. Popa distributed three poems in her workshop to analyze various creative writing styles amongst different authors.  At the end of her workshop, students wrote personal reflections about how they could apply numerous writing techniques to their own works.

Mr. Rob Burnett taught a screenwriting workshop at the Greenwich Writer’s Festival.  Natalie Dosmond ’21.

Ms. Ahebee was one of the 2013 National Student Poets, the nation’s highest honor for youth poets, and is a published author in Academy of American Poets for her poetry works.  Ms. Ahebee read her poems to the students and held a workshop that focused on poems concerning political issues such as immigration.

Mr. Burnett, five-time Emmy Award winner, taught a workshop about scriptwriting and the structure of films.  Mr. Burnett also spoke about the writing process and the inspiration for his film The Fundamentals of Caring, as well as his role as executive producer of the Late Show with Mr. David Letterman.

Dr. Mottolese commended the organizers, guests, and attendees of this year’s Writers Festival.

“The Writers Festival is the most harmonious and successful collaboration between Sacred Heart and Greenwich Academy,” Dr. Mottolese said.  “We really work closely with Greenwich Academy to plan and run the festival, and it is a terrific event that requires both schools to make it a success.  We have been doing it for over ten years, and Mr. Jeff Schwarz at Greenwich Academy and Dr. Baptista are passionate advocates of creative writing.  Best of all, students get to write and workshop with highly accomplished guest writers.”

Featured Image by Natalie Dosmond ’21

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Art of the Week – “Seagulls” – Morgan Felletter ’21 Mon, 24 Feb 2020 13:43:47 +0000

“Seagulls” Courtesy of Morgan Felletter ’21

Taken on an iPhone 6s.  Edited with VSCO filter G6.

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