The Crazy Power Outages: How They’ve Affected Byram Students

By Raquel Kanner

With the recent kickoff of spring, many of us think of this change in season as a time of warmer weather, spring sports, and spring break. We tend not to think of snowstorms. Unfortunately, this winter and early spring, we have experienced several snowstorms, making this year one of the craziest winters. With snow falling rapidly, coupled with strong winds, power outages have been widespread throughout Armonk. With no power, no wifi, and nothing to do, students were concerned regarding their school work and activities.

The last snowstorm, occurring from March 6-7, had a great impact on the recent school play, Oklahoma! David Gold, a cast member, was uneasy going into the show. Having two snow days in a row, in addition to the high school having no power, it proved difficult to rehearse through the chaos. He states, “Losing our final rehearsals before the show made making the show go off without a hit a lot harder.” Although these crazy snowstorms and power outages had an impact on the theater, the show still went on, and the outcome was fantastic!

Academically speaking, the blackouts affected many students and their work. Lizzie Manowitz states, “I had wifi during the day, so I was able to get some work done. I know other students who didn’t have wifi for several days and had to then catch up with their work later.” With this in mind, many students were contacting their teachers for extended deadlines. Thankfully, many teachers were very understanding and made changes to their due dates.  Another student explained that “[They] lost power for 3 days, but [they] had a generator, so it didn’t really affect [them] that negatively; [they] just couldn’t use everything that [they] usually could.” Agreeing with this opinion is Sam Lubcher, another student, who claims, “The recent power outages made getting school work done very frustrating because I use my computer for a lot of my work and studying. At the time, I was writing an essay and studying for tests using the internet. Luckily I had a generator, but I did not have wifi. I was forced to use my iPhone hotspot which was very slow.” Unlike these students, people without a generator were struggling to get work done. Fortunately, the North Castle Public Library and Hergenhan Recreation Center were open with heat and wifi, so people in the community could warm up and get work done as well.

Another dangerous element of the various blackouts throughout the Northeast was fallen trees. This had a major impact on school closings because people could not leave their homes. One student even had a fallen tree on their street. They describe, “Not being able to leave the house was really awful. I couldn’t get anywhere for 3 days!”

Overall, these outages greatly impacted all of our daily routines. From not being able to leave the house, to not being able to get work done, let’s hope a crazy event like this doesn’t happen again!