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Anna Marie Boria

2906 S. Semoran Blvd., Apt #7 Orlando, FL 32822wannamarieboria17@aol.com w407-230-0398

April 23, 2013 Mark Russell Editor-in-Chief Orlando Sentinel 633 N. Orange Ave. Orlando, FL 32801

Dear Mr. Russell Perhaps the Orlando Sentinel is seeking to recruit the talent of someone who can grasp complex concepts, work independently, contribute to the success of a publication and has years of experience working with professional publication programs. If this is the case, then please accept the accompanying resume for your review and consideration for the Orlando Sentinel in which these strengths and diverse experience will be of value. As the Managing Editor of my high school newspaper, I effectively designed the main spread of every issue and layout where each story is placed in the newspaper. I did this in addition to researching, writing and working with fellow staffers. With a background of working under pressure and working effectively with a team I am able to handle this internship without difficulty. With a strong computer background I will have no concerns handling the computer portion of this internship. With my years of leadership roles, my experience using professional programs, like Adobe’s creative suite, and my familiarity of being apart of a publication for three years I feel these qualities will be very useful in a successful newspaper. With being apart a member of Quill and Scroll, an international journalism honor society, and being invited to attend Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ leadership conference shows my potential to excel in journalism. Your organization would give me a chance to develop useful skills that will help in pursuing my long-term career goals. Although the accompanying resume illustrates my background well, I feel a personal interview would be better demonstrate my knowledge and abilities. I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you at a convenient time. Thank you for your review and consideration. I look forward to hearing from you soon.   Respectfully yours,

Anna Marie Boria Enclosed: resumè


Anna Marie Boria

2906 S. Semoran Blvd., Apt #7 Orlando, FL 32822wannamarieboria17@aol.com w407-230-0398 Objective To obtain knowledge of the day-to-day workings of a newspaper through a part-time job or summer internship. Education Completed four years at Boone High School. Graduation date: May 29, 2013 G.P.A 3.5 unweighted, 4.4 weighted Top 13% of class EXPERIENCE Hi-Lights newspaper, Boone High School •

Aug 2012-present. Managing Editor of campus newspaper. Included designing the main double page spread in every issue in the newspaper. I laid out where each story would be going in the paper and decided how much space they would need for each issue. I designed and created every main double page spread that went in the paper using various professional programs. Aug 2011-June 2012. Business Manager of campus newspaper. Included calculating and keeping record of all the money that came into the newspaper from either advertisers or donations. I designed and managed the advertisements that went into the paper using various professional programs. Aug 2010-June 2011. Newspaper staff member. Researched information for news articles using library and Web sources. Experience taking photographs, interviewing and working with programs essential in creating a publication such as Adobe InDesign, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Bridge.

RELEVANT HIGH SCHOOL STUDIES Technical writing; computer classes providing knowledge of word processing; firm basis in publishing and design software. HONORS, AWARDS, AND MEMBERSHIP • • • • • • • • • •

Excellent Ranking Florida Scholastic Press Association 2013 For quality of designing for a double page spread appearing in the October 2012 Hi-Lights newspaper. Honorable Mention Florida Scholastic Press Association, 2013 For quality of designing for a double page spread appearing in the November 2012 Hi-Lights newspaper. Attended Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ Youth Leadership Conference, 2013 First Place in Newspaper Design 2012 For two newspapers spreads made at Camp Orlando. Member of Quill and Scroll, 2012-present International Journalism Honor Society Member of National Scholastic Press Association Journalism Honor Roll, 2012-present Honorable Mention Florida Scholastic Press Association, 2011 For quality of designing for a news story appearing in the November 2010 Hi-Lights newspaper. Nomination into The National Society of High School Scholars, 2011 Recognition for academic achievements Invitation to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, 2011 Rollins College Talent Search Program, 2006-present A program for low income students who have college potential and provide guidance to make it to college from the first years of middle school to their senior year.

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Camp Orlando- A journalism jump start 4-day camp Summer: 2010, 2011, 2012 Classes: Newspaper Design, Sports Writing, Photography, Business Managing Columbia Scholastic Press Association Classes: Business Managing, Newspaper Design

REFERENCES Renée Burke, Newspaper advisor. Renee.burke@ocps.net Reggie Drummond, Rollins College Talent Search Counselor. reggiedrummond@rollins.edu


Self-analytical evaluation

I started in journalism in a very unusual way. A comment from an assignment in seventh grade put me on this path that I would grow to love so much. It was an assignment to create questions for a character in a book the class was reading and my teacher was impressed by the detail in my questions and asked if I had ever thought about going into journalism. That comment stayed in the back of my mind as I picked my electives for my freshman year of high school. After conducting my first interview something clicked. It was like finding the perfect shoes for an outfit you have had in your closet for months or trying Starbucks for the first time. It is impacting all the things I have learned this year in newspaper. I have improved my designing skills and became much more comfortable using InDesign and Photoshop. During the October issue I learned how to use Illustrator and create very complicated ribbons for the DPS. I learned a lesson how everything I plan out design wise cannot always become reality for the November issue with the mouse time line. I learned how to handle stress and be a team player with the final issue. This course for the past three years has been a valuable course to take. It has showed be to be determined, help others, how to work with a team, strive to do better and be a part of something greater than myself. These are all qualities I will need to use in the real world at a real job.


Refl ection #1 The piece that I consider to be my most significant piece happens to be my favorite piece this year. The theme for the December DPS was conspiracy theories and the moment I heard what the theme would be, a wave of ideas popped into my head. This was the first DPS that I was honestly excited to design and the fun I had designing this DPS made the long hours worthwhile. This DPS was particularly harder than others because I put more of a creative element that the other two double page spreads. The part that took me the longest was making an ocean background with waves. Lindsay was grateful enough to teach me how to do the effect and I think it came out incredible. I think the overall package is appealing to the eye. I feel students found this spread more interesting because of the topics being covered. I learned how to use Adobe Illustrator for the background and how to work with layers in Adobe Photoshop for the alien beam. The part I did not like was that I spent so much time making sure the design was well that I was late and almost held the paper up to go to press. I researched every topic and spent a lot of time searching for photos and cobbing them. I had to draw a ship on Photoshop at the last minute due to a cancelation of a mythical creature in one of the stories. I spent time getting feedback from fellow staffers as I went along to make sure my design was created well.


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By ANNA MARIE BORIA Conspiracy theories have had people questioning what is fact or fiction since the early days of the first millennium, with the first theory recorded claiming Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. A more eccentric theory

blockbusters such as the end of the world movie 2012. A recent survey from U.S. News and World Report shows that 36 percent of people believe that aliens have visited the Earth, and over 80 percent believe the government has kept information about UFOs a secret from the public. This shows, how much conspiracy theories can mold public opinion. In recent history, multiple conspiracy

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theories like the Manhattan atomic bomb testing Project have been proven to be fact which makes one wonder if current theories are really conspiracy. Highlighting other popular conspiracy theories such as creatures, the Bermuda Triangle and the Illuminati, this special spread takes a deeper look into the theories that question reality.

cycles. These “Great Cycles” of the Mayan calendar add up to 5,125.36 years, hence the end of the world would occur on the winter solstice of 2012, which is Dec. 21. Others, however, believe the end of the cycle means humanity will be introduced to a new age of enlightenment, manifested with significant mental and physical changes, rather than the world coming to an end. “[2012 theories] are a bunch of hocus pocus. If we believe in 2012, then [we] might as well believe in Nostradamus. [He] was considered a fortune teller and came up with similar [beliefs],” U.S. History teacher William King said. According to Time magazine scientist Sven Gronemeyer, the Mayan stone tablet’s inscriptions describe the return of a Mayan god of war. “[This is like] the [year] 2k bug. [It] was another scare tactic. I think we’re more likely to have a zombie apocalypse than the world ending, [but] more in the sense of the bubonic plague,” King said. The theory of the Year 2000 bug was a problem with the coding of computerized systems which people

feared would cause havoc affecting computers all over the world at the beginning of the year 2000. The problem was not only limited to computers, but to any device containing computer chips such as elevators or medical equipment. Moreover, in Scientific American’s article, “NASA Crushes 2012 Mayan Apocalypse Claims,” Don Yeomans, head of the Near-Earth Objects Program Office at NASA/JPL, states that the Mayan calendar shows the ending of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. “There’s [information] to back [2012] theories up. I’ve heard the planets aligning [and the Earth] blowing up. The aspect that it might happen is always a possibility,” Dragon said. However, Yeomans explains that if a planetary alignment happens, there would be no tidal effects on the Earth. Yet with accredited scientists disproving the Mayan calendar myths, Dragon remains skeptical. “Part of me does believe in [2012]. [With Hurricane Sandy, I thought] it was ironic and [shows how] you can’t really prepare for [the end of the world],” Dragon said.

By THOMAS EGAN The myths of unknown creatures, despite the lack of any solid evidence, have entertained and stimulated the imaginations of people for centuries. Bigfoot, werewolves, the Loch Ness Monster and El Chupacabra are legendary creatures that have transcended pop culture and folklore. These legends have attracted a massive following all across the world and have inspired TV shows, such as MonsterQuest, books and even a pseudoscience known as cryptozoology, the study of “hidden” animals and supernatural beings. Stemming from recent sightings and discoveries, these “monsters” can be considered modern myths, but others have longer histories dating back centuries ago to ancient mythology, like the Yeti of the Himalayan mountains. This purported beast, also known as

the Abominable Snowman, is rumored to stalk the high peaks of Nepal and Tibet and described as an ape-like, hairy creature that is taller than the average human male and walks on two feet. The Buddhist indigenous people told stories of a “Glacier Beast,” who they saw as the God of the Hunt. The Loch Ness Monster, also called Nessie, became famous after Dr. Kenneth Wilson snapped the famed “Surgeon’s Photograph,” a blurry image of a dark figure, which he said was the Loch Ness Monster, protruding out of the water, in 1934. The famous photograph of the Loch Ness Monster was revealed to be a hoax in 1975 by the Daily Telegraph. Dr. Wilson staged the photo with a small submarine. Most Bigfoot sightings have been revealed to be nothing more than men in hairy suits. Despite the abundance of contradictory evidence, these legendary creatures will always hold a place in people’s imagination because of their mysterious attraction and the possibility of their existence.

Stories of a large, hairy “wildman” have dated back to the early 1800s.

The Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, is described as a large, hairy, twolegged humanoid beast between 6-to-10 feet tall and over 500 lbs. It is reported to inhabit the northwest region of North America.

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Mythical monsters stalk imagination

By LIA VILLAR Watching director Roland Emmerich’s 2012, one cannot ignore the troubling scenes of the Californian earthquakes and meteor showers raining upon Earth. The chaos that ensued on Earth in 2012, not only enhances “end of the world” beliefs, but for freshman Hailey Dragon, the world coming to an end is more than a possibility. “I don’t believe it’s going to happen, but a part of me does. There is so much scientific evidence to back it up,” Dragon said. The discussions on the end of the world comes from the Mayan calendars that were used to track time in linear progressions within

Mayan myth inspires chaos

claims that the elites of the world are blood-drinking, shape-shifting reptilian humanoids whose only objective is to enslave the human race. Conspiracy theories range from the existence of extraterrestrials to the end of the modern world. These theories have impacted the entertainment world in multiple ways. Sparking television programs spotlighting people with extraterrestrial encounters and

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I think we’re more likely to have a zombie apocalypse than the world ending, [but] more in the sense of the bubonic plague.

By HEATHER JANAS United States government officials assured people it was simply a weather balloon, not a UFO. On July 8, 1947, in Roswell, New Mexico, an unidentified flying object supposedly crashed. The incident was the spark of “UFO fever” in the United States. In Roswell, New Mexico, on July 1, 1976, another UFO sighting occurred. A man claimed to be walking home from a friend’s house at night when an egg-shaped object flew above him. Area 51 and Roswell are theorized to be two storage sites for crashed UFOs. Area 51 is under extreme surveillance and is classified “top secret” by the United States government. There is not proof that extraterrestrials exist or that Area 51 and Roswell have connections to aliens, but conspiracy theorists support the ideas that alien spaceships crashed in those two areas. “I believe there are many strange things in the universe. It is so big; we cannot be the only things [out there],”

junior Dakota Jones said. The existence of aliens is a notion that people view differently. There is no way to prove that aliens or UFOs are among us “It is more or less an impossibility that [aliens] do not [exist],” sophomore Christian Ketcham said. One man dedicates his time to UFO and extraterrestrial research. Retired United States Army Colonel John Alexander searches for evidence to prove their existence. While in the Army, he believes he saw what seemed to be a UFO. “I have never seen a UFO, [and] I would rather not. [Although] I know they are out there,” Ketcham said. Because of such heavy surveillance around Roswell, New Mexico and Area 51, conspiracy theorists believe the government is hiding secrets. According to Colonel Alexander’s book, UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities, he thinks it is logical that if extraterrestrial life does exist, Area 51 would be involved.

of two of the U.S. Navy’s vessels, the U.S.S. Cyclops (1918) and Flight 19 (1945). There is still no evidence for these disappearances. People believe the Triangle is an epicenter of alien abductions or sea monsters. “I think people believe what they have been told for so many years. Also, because it’s mysterious,” sophomore Ariel Collier said. Conspirator Gian Quasar has documented the Triangle for over 20 years. Quasar has gathered more than 350 cases, nearly half are disappearances. Quasar’s collection is the largest private repository of reports. According to history.com’s topic section, more than 50 ships and 20

airplanes have vanished in the Triangle. Opposed to aircrafts, ships have to factor in a strong ocean current known as the Gulf Stream. History.com’s Frequently Asked Questions, states this current can erase proof of accidents. Coast Guard History FAQ states they do not recognize the Triangle as a geographic area of specific danger because they believe the Triangle is harmless to ships or planes. “[Existence of the Triangle,] is something to believe in and people crave that, whether it’s a good thing or bad thing,” Hill said. The facts behind the Bermuda Triangle mystery have yet to be uncovered.

By JOSH HALLORAN Illuminati refers to a conspiratorial organization, which is alleged to mastermind events and control world affairs through governments and businesses to establish a New World Order. The thought of this dates back to the late 1700’s when the local citizens referred it to as a Bavarian Illuminati; the German philosopher Adam Weishaupt first originated the conspiracy. The modern day conspiracy theory is that a majority of the world events that happen are being controlled and manipulated by a secret society calling itself the Illuminati. Conspiracy

theorists claim that many notable people are members of the Illuminati such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lady Gaga One of the key accomplices in the Illuminati conspiracy theory is Myron Fagan, a famous American writer, producer and director. He devoted his later years to finding evidence that a variety of historical events like the Battle of Waterloo, The French Revolution and the JFK assassination by infiltrating the Hollywood film industry, in which he found that they were all orchestrated by the Illuminati. There are many pieces of evidence that help the case for one to accept the Illuminati’s beliefs and prove what they

have accomplished is accurate and true. “I think people that are accepted in society and that are very convincing, such as the Hollywood stars, Kanye West and Jay-Z, who sing about the Illuminati in a majority of their songs, make it easier for people to believe in it” sophomore Kyndall Webster said. It is believed that the famous hip-hop rapper Jay-Z is part of the Illuminati because of his descriptions in songs such as Most Kingz he refers to the Illuminati and says that they were associated with the death of Michael Jackson, Tupac and Biggie Smalls. When asked what his association with the Illuminati was, he just laughed.

Organization keeps plot under wraps

By JORDAN KNIGHT When one thinks of setting sail or boarding a plane, the last thought one has is disappearing. The Bermuda Triangle places the possibility of this happening in one’s face. Also known by its nickname “Devil’s Triangle,” it is located off the southeastern Atlantic coast of the United States. It is known for the disappearance of ships and aircrafts. “It’s just like a mystery story. No one really knows if it’s true or not,” senior Shelby Hill said. The Triangle has three points, roughly Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. This conspiracy theory began 58 years ago with the disappearance

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What would you do if you saw an alien? I don’t know, I’d most likely be welcoming.

Have you ever seen a UFO? No.

What would you do if you were ever abducted by aliens? I don’t know; I hope I never get abducted.

Why do you think people get so freaked out by aliens? Well, they should. Who wouldn’t be? We don’t know what they can do if they’re real.

Dakota Jones, junior

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To help needy families in Peru, the Spanish Department is collecting donations. All monies will help purchase llamas, which are essential to everyday life in Peru. For more information talk to Miguelina De La Cruz-Sosa in Room 10.219. The fund raiser ends on Dec. 19.

Bill Daniel, Boone Teacher of the Year, is one of the five finalists for OCPS Teacher of the Year. At an awards ceremony on Feb. 28, Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins will announce the winner. This is Daniel’s first time receiving the Teacher of The Year award.

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Refl ection #1:Final Draft


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The piece that I feel could still use work is the November DPS. This DPS taught me a very important lesson that helped me become a better designer. The work did not evolve as much as other spreads because I had a very distinct vision from the very beginning. The part that frustrated me was that I had this very cool idea for the time line of the spread but it did not turn out how I wanted it to. If I did not know how to do something that I had envisioned I would research it. This situation was different, I researched and tried multiple ways to make this time line wrap around the headline but I couldn’t do it. Everything I tried failed and it made me angry knowing that something did not come out because I just failed. I learned not to let things bother you if they do not go your way. If I had the chance to change it I would use Illustrator to create the curvy mouse cord because I am more comfortable with it now. I look at it now and I think it still looks good without the cord wrapping into the headline. Overall the only thing that really evolved was the change of the cord for the time line to a simple arrow.


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By GABRIELLA FAKHOURY For three years, TapToTalk has been giving children and adults a voice. Creating an electronic voice, TapToTalk allows a person who cannot talk to have a voice of his own. This app is specifically designed for kids and adults with autism, down syndrome, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), or traumatic brain damage, giving one a easier way to communicate with others. “TapToTalk is good because it allows one of my students to interact with others and communicate, where as if he did not use the app, he wouldn’t interact with others,” Denise Scott, Exceptional Student Education Teacher, said.

The Good: App gives people voice

Tap ToTalk uses pictures to guide users to the correct words. If needed users can change the picture to one preferred. To project the words from a device, the user taps on a picture of the word he wants projected picking the different words from the specific category one wants to talk about. TapToTalk helps Scott’s student with everything from asking for something to eat to having a full on conversation with another person. Without TapToTalk he would not have any way to communicate with someone. It needs Internet or WiFi to work.

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By LIA VILLAR Since 2007, about 35,000 teenagers died in car crashes. This is 6,000 per year, which means 18 teenagers die per day in car crashes. Texting and driving is one of the leading causes in death of teenagers. Junior Steven Thetford knows first hand how texting and driving can affect one’s outlook on life. “My cousin died [in a car accident caused by a driver texting]. It was sad because he was young and it was a stupid way to die,” Thetford said. According to dosomething.org article “11 Facts About Teen Driving,” a teenager is four times more likely to die when the driver is texting.

The Bad: Texting causes death

College applications are made simple with online applications. SAT/ACT scores needed for the application are received faster because they are online. Even the SAT/ACT sign up, scores and practice tests can all be completed online.

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Not only has manufactures improved the look of the car but how efficiently they are. There are now many more hybrid cars, running on mostly electricity. This technological advance has helped not only with saving gas money but also the environment. GPS’s have been saving people time and gas money. Directing one to a destination and updating roads and routes itself is helpful; all smartphones have GPS’s built into their maps.

Hybrid cars and GPS

Websites and apps allow one to shop and pay bills online quickly and efficiently. Postal mail is becoming outdated because of how quickly and simple online websites are. For those who do not like to go shopping they have the ease and comfort of online shopping. Billing online is also a way of going green because of all the paper saved. There are also apps like Pageonce that keep on track of one’s bills and pay them.

Time savers

Students can now easily use a search engine and find all the information they need to complete homework, essays and projects. For at-home activities, eHow.com is a tool to use one’s creativity and create things from Halloween costumes to recipes.

Greater access to information

Progressbook is a tool for students to check and keep track of their grades. This is also a tool for teachers to keep their students grades in order and leave notes for parents. Edmodo is an online tool and app that allows teachers to upload statuses and share grades and homework with the students who have accounts. Teachers also use Turnitin.com to check for plagiarism.

Teaching tools

With the accessibility of Facebook, Skype and Twitter, one has the ability to connect with people all over the world without having to spend money on long distant calls or waiting on snail mail. Skype also helps military families and those in long distance relationships.

According to CBS News article “Do You Have ADHD Or Are You Just Easily Distracted?” published on May 10, 2011, studies have shown that one out of 10 children with ADHD is addicted to the Internet. This is because the Internet does not require much attention and when playing games online, those points which appeals to the user who has ADHD since most have altered dopamine reward systems.

Students experience bullying at school and on buses. With technology advancing, more students have phones with access to the Internet; as a result, cyber bullying has become more prominent among students on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Bullying enters a new level

Plagiarism has increased over the past 10 years due to the growth of the Internet, according to Technews Daily’s article “College Presidents Blame Rising Plagiarism on Tech Increase.” Education Week reports that 54% of students admitted to plagiarizing from the Internet for their class assignments

54 percent of surveyed said they text their friends once a day, but only 33 percent talk to their friends face-toface on a daily basis.

thebad As technology advances so do past times, such as playing video games. According to a PBS article “Reality Bytes: Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked,” young people are more likely to play video games; with 90 percent of boys and 40 percent of girls playing. Video games like Call of Duty: Black Ops and Assassin’s Creed III, desensitize teenagers. Media reformers believe playing violent video games can lead to a lack of empathy for real-world victims.

Easy access to violence

Technology provides entertainment and lets students conveniently learn, but the time spent in front of computer and television screens replaces children’s physical activity. According to Livestrong’s article “Obesity in children and technology” from April 26, 2011, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 10 percent of preschool age children are considered overweight.

Childhood obesity

Internet provides cheating methods

the classroom with texting in class a common occurrence. “I don’t blame students for misusing their phones because the phones have become a way of life for [the students],” Campbell said. With students becoming less verbally social, colleges such as Rollins have been trying to encourage a more communications friendly environment. “Rollins has been sponsoring lots of different networking events, such as community service. I think it has been helping with socializing, it’s something the students actually enjoy.” Craig McAllister, Dean of Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School, said. “Technology can definitely be a great thing, but I think it is yet to be seen.”

with questions from home is a benefit of #thefacts Progressbook and Edmodo. The use of intergenerational gap between younger children and teenagers. As high schoolers today were growing up, the electronics found on an Two everyday basis had not been invented thirds yet. Therefore, a more traditional texters are more technique was used. Despite positives such as always likely to being connected, some research implies use their there is much potentially wrong with cellgiving these opportunities to younger phones children. Texting and social media to text have been overused and occasionally friends even obsessed over by adolescents. than to This problem has translated into call them.

Seventy-five percent of teens in the United States between the ages of 12 and 17 have cell phones, and teens send more than 50 texts per day, according to National Public Radio article “Teen Texting Soars; Will Social Skills Suffer?” published on April 20, 2012. By relying on the use of social media, socializing virtually is increasing.

By CONOR CURRY With all the new technology used in learning today, kids are becoming antisocial, and electronics may be the cause. According to a study by the Pew Research Center in April 2010, 54 percent of teenagers surveyed said they text their friends at least once a day, while 33 percent claimed to talk to friends face-to-face everyday. “I would say technology is mostly just a distraction at times. Some children are spending too much time on games, phones, and other electronics, but I still think it is a positive thing,” Jean Campbell, a technology teacher on campus, said. Ten years ago, technology was nowhere near how advanced it is today. Parents would never dream of their kids using so much technology on a daily basis; however, now it is estimated that the average American teen spends 7.5 hours a day in front of some type of screen. With all the electronic breakthroughs occurring daily, it makes sense that today’s youth is spending an increasing amount of time on devices. Today’s youth have access to Progressbook, phones, iPads and Kindles, These devices provide students world wide with new techniques for learning. With all the new technology at children’s disposal, learning is far different than where it was 10 years ago. The ability of students to email teachers

Decline in social interactions

ADHD students are attracted to the Internet

“I think it’s absolutely dreadful [that teenagers drive and text at the same time]. It’s already difficult to drive in Orlando and let alone [to] text? It’s careless. It’s sad how we don’t learn our lesson until it hits home,” teacher Carl Overton said. Currently, 39 states ban the use of texting while driving, excluding Florida. States like California, charge the driver $20 for the first offense and $50 for subsequence tickets of the same offense. Though Florida does not impose fines for texting and driving, one can be fined for reckless driving. One can be imprisoned for a period of no more than 90 days or charged a fine no less than $25 but no more than $500, or both. Along with this, if one has caused serious bodily injures to another, one is charged with a felony of the third degree and this is decided through court.

Technology has positive, negative effect

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By ANNA MARIE BORIA Large bursts of technological advances in the past decade creates an intergenerational gap between young adults ages 14 through 17 and children ages 13 and under. Internet access in 1994 was available in 35 percent of U.S. public schools compared to nearly 100 percent of public schools today, according to a Harris Interactive report from May 2009. The progress of technology is shown by the world’s most popular social networking site reaching a record breaking milestone. As of Oct. 4, 2012, over a seventh of the world’s population is actively using Facebook. This burst of technology comes with positive and negative effects. Its effects on the younger generations span poor social skills from continuous virtual activity to advanced programs that aid Down Syndrome teenagers to communicate more effectively. Technology has had the biggest impact on children under the age of 13 rather than any other age group. It has affected this particular age group mostly because they were born into this technologically advanced age rather than having to adjust to it.

Social technology causes reverse effect

In celebration of the 60th Anniversary Edgewater vs. Boone football game and the Battle for the Barrel the Old Florida National Bank is sponsoring a food drive. Donations will be accepted through Nov. 9 at the bank’s South Orlando’s Medical branch at 918 S. Orange Ave. The school donating the most food will receive a $1500 donation to the school’s foundation.

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The annual senior breakfast is Thursday Dec. 13, at 7:30 a.m. in the junior/senior cafeteria. Beginning Monday, Nov. 12, the Senior Class officers will be selling tickets.

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Some children are spending too much time on games, phones, and other electronics, but I still think it’s a positive thing. Jean Campbell, Technology teacher

Technology spans spectrum

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[It] has made everything easier because I couldn’t imagine going through big books for [school related] information,” Melanie Ferreira, junior

[It] makes things a lot easier, like communicating and getting in touch with people. Jason Fennimore, senior

Technology has helped me academically and socially. If I don’t know a question my teacher can’t answer I can look it up, and I can meet new friends. Tiyahna Carter, sophomore

[It] has improved the way I study and has helped me keep a social life. Cristian Rhea, freshman

How has technology impacted your life?

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This was the first photo I took this year that really impressed me. The lighting in this photo is almost perfect. The resolution of the swimmer is flawless. I captured an intense action shot that is hard to grasp. This photo has a solid center of visual interest. What attracts me to this photo is the intensity of the swimmer’s face; you can almost feel what she felt at this critical moment in her race. Swimming girls 10-15_Boria017.jpg


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This photo really captured a priceless moment in this boy’s chemistry lab. This photo has a dominant center of visual interest and the lighting is great. This photo captured the face of surprise during a lab. What attracts me to this photo is not that the lighting is good or that the resolution is high but the expression in this boy’s face is what really makes this photo powerful. Science classes 2-14_AM0073.jpg


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This photo captured a rare activity being done at school. This photo captured an artist painting a mural for the newly renovated garden. This photo has a dominant center of visual interest, has a use of leading lines and depth of field. What attracts me to this photo is the beauty of something so powerful being created. The angle I got showed that the man painting is missing a hand which makes you think more of his story and how talented he is. Campus Candids 4-18_Boria014.jpg


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I feel that I was a big asset to this staff. I was an editor that went above and beyond to make sure my job was done correctly. Unfortunately the amount of time it would take me to design and make sure my designs were up to Hi-Lights standards cause me to be behind numerous times. If I would see a fellow staffer behind I would offer my assistance even if I was behind myself. Staying after when any extra assistance was needed for the May issue and the March issue show how much being a part of Hi-Lights means to me. Cobbing photos for Connor, answering design questions on a daily basis and doing fellow staffers’ edits for the December issue are just a few examples to how I have been an asset to the Hi-Lights staff.


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The biggest hardship by far was the final issue of the paper. The last issue every year has the nickname of “the issue from hell� but this year that nickname reached a whole new level. The senior section and year in review was almost canceled and I contributed to this massive anger set towards the newspaper. My perfectionist attitude for my superlatives page got me so ridiculously behind that I was embarrassed and angry at myself. I spent over 15 minutes cobbing each couple, with 20 couples the workload added up. I did not want help from anyone because if someone else would cob my photos I would just redo them because I felt that these students deserved me going that extra mile to make sure it was just right. There was a moment that I felt I let my staff and Mrs. Burke down and that was a new low for me in all my three years on HiLights. I did everything I could after I let it get out of hand to go out of my way to stay after school to help make sure the paper went to press. I learned to not dwell on the mistakes you make but to use that energy to do something positive. If that problem arose again I would ask for help. I would not be so nit picky and let people help me be on deadline. Overall I feel like I handle the situation as best as I could. I made a mistake, I confronted it and I did the best I could to make up for it.


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My three goals I put in the semester exam were to stop procrastinating, not take so long to create the DPS and to design better headlines. I feel like I stopped procrastinating by searching for photos very early and asking for opinions for my design during the creative process. I feel like I slightly achieved my second goal. My May DPS was not as behind as usual because I started right after the March issue was over and did not kill myself over the small details. My superlatives double page spread was a different story. I spent so much time on it to make it a quality spread which is the reason why my first few double page spreads were behind. I feel like I achieved my third goal in the March DPS. I created this cool headline by watching tutorials and getting inspired by work around me. This headline was appealing to the eye and went along with the theme of the spread.


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ELECTION POLLS CONTINUOUSLY CLOSE Throughout the 2012 presidential election President Barack Obama has had a continuous slim lead over former Governor Mitt Romney. As of press date, Oct. 3, Obama leads in electoral college votes with a 49.1 percent compared to Romney’s 45.1 percent. National election day is Nov. 6.

By OLIVIA QUATTRONE Every four years the presidential election comes around. The candidates embark on long, complicated campaign trails, participate in conventions and make hundreds of speeches in an attempt to convince the public to vote for them. Turn 18 However, not all Americans vote. In the 2008 election, only 61 percent of eligible Americans voted. Low voter turnout is especially common among young voters. Though people between the ages of 18 and 29 make up 21 percent of the eligible voting population, only 17 percent actually voted in 2008. Less than half of 18-year-olds are registered to vote compared to 71 percent of the rest of the population. Senior Dillon Knox is registered to vote. He was Register to vote registered at the school when the supervisor of elections came. “[I got registered] because I’m politically active, and I have strong beliefs about the candidates,” Knox said. A main reason that people do not vote is because of a lack of opinion. Sept.. 6, 2012: A common belief Acceptance of 1983: Degree in Jan. 20, 2009: Obama among voters is Get information the Democratic Political Science becomes the 44th that their vote does Party’s nomination 1996: Elected Illinois from Columbia President of the United not matter, that nothing will change for president Senator University States and that there is nothing they can do. However, individual votes do matter. Each vote carries a weight, and though the weight varies by state, the national weight for a vote equals one. “I think that all one has to do is 2004: Delivers 2012: Passes the 1991: Graduates remember the election of 2000, here keynote address Patient Protection from Harvard Law in Florida where a difference between at Democratic and Affordable Care School 537 votes (out of millions) was the National difference between Bush. and Gore Convention becoming president. I am a firm Individual votes believer that everyone’s vote does make a difference,” Kim Davison, Advanced Placement United States government and civics teacher said. Voting affects how the government is run. In order to have certain preferences represented, one must be informed and Republican: choose a candidate who will enact those The Republican Party was policies. founded in 1854. Their philoso“[People should vote] because they phy is that of a Conservative. should want their voices to be heard They promote traditional social and they should want someone in office institutions. Republicans favor who has the same views as theirs,” Knox a less regulated free-enterprise said. Electoral college and a smaller government. They When one does not vote, he Friday, March 15, 2013 hilights.org are often referred to as the votes is allowing others to make political ‘Grand Old Party’ (GOP). The choices for him. SENIORS ORDER CAP & GOWNS KEMOSABE KLOSET PROVIDES DRESSES first significant Republican was I quit cold [The strongly health effects “I turkey. also feel that weren’t] if you Parents or students can still order cap and gowns at www.herfforlando.com. One can also Prom season is just around the corner. For students in need of proper attire, but cannot afworthdon’t it. Theexpress pros andyour cons didn’t level out. [The Abraham Lincoln. They are also go to the Herff Jones office located at 112 N. Wymore Rd., Winter Park, to place an order. ford it, check out the Kemosabe Kloset. Gently-used and/or new backpacks are desperately preferences with cigarettes] were killing me. James Colson, senior Cap and gowns are $65. needed. There is also a high need for 16 and larger-sizedrepresented Junior/Misses jeans. by the symbol of an your vote, then you have no business Elephant. complaining about outcomes or your dissatisfaction with governmental matters. It demonstrates that if you aren’t exercising your civic responsibility S M O K I N G P O L L and duty as a citizen to be informed Democrat: about candidates and issues and voting By TOMMY McDONALD President is of a school, park, college or any other is linked with kidney damage, has killed fastfigures # The Democratic Party was accordingly, then other interests can It is no surprise that students engage qualified area, the penalty for selling teens and caused over 11,000 emergency elected established in the early 1790’s. in the practice of smoking cannabis. automatically jumps to a felony with a room visits in 2010, according to prevail that you might not agree with Their philosophy is that of a Although, it’s usually referred to maximum 15 year sentence and $10,000. CNN in “Teen narrowly escapes death and you did nothing about it. If you did as marijuana, mary jane, pot, weed, or Minors can attend Drug Court after smoking synthetic marijuana.” percent of students Liberal. They believe in very vote and you’re not satisfied then work a variety of other names, these casual instead of going through the normal According to U.S. Drug Enforcement who use drugs strong equality of opportunity of teens names do not detract from how serious county juvenile court. The system puts Administration spokeswoman Barbara regularly claim to use harder toward your cause,” Davison marijuana social progressivism. The first using the illegal substance can be. the convicted into a counseling program Carreno, synthetic marijuana can be 100 said. “I know a lot of people who have where the minor can eventually remove times stronger than marijuana.major Democratic president asked have Even if one can not vote, there are been charged with the possession of the offense from his record if he follow “[Synthetic marijuana] is literally was Andrew Jackson. They are marijuana and others who have been the curfews, pass drug tests and attend the scariest s**t I have ever done. It’s percent of all males still ways to become active in politics. tried marijuana the symbol of a charged with distribution, and [they] his counseling sessions. but long term, when I think about the I really want to smoke right now,” really easy to smoke too much.represented I was in useby believe Campaigning, attending rallies and are ruined,” freshman John Doe said. things that could happen, I kind of Doe said. “It calms you down, and it Despite possible legal consequences, danger of going into cardiac arrest last compared to 6 Donkey. Marijuana is the number one used sophomore Jane Doe smokes a few time I smoked too much. It’s a really, percent of females political interest groups separates you from everything else. ” are ways worry,” senior Laya Al-khalil said. joining illicit drug in the United States, but it is times a week and on weekends. Despite really scary high. 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Full Name: Barack Hussein Obama II Party: Democratic Age: 51 Date of Birth: Aug. 4, 1961 Born: Honolulu, HI Spouse: Michelle Obama Married: 1992 Religion: Christian Net worth: $11.8 billion

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2012: Passes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

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By COOPER BROCK Often thought a less harmful alternative to cigarettes, hookah has become a popular substitute. The facts behind this preconceived notion, however, say otherwise. A hookah, or water pipe, is essentially a cooling system for tobacco smoke that was invented in Persia during the 1500’s. Flavored tobacco is placed into a bowl, which is then burned, and the smoke passes

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The Democratic Party was established in the early 1790’s. Their philosophy is that of a Liberal. They believe in very strong equality of opportunity social progressivism. The first major Democratic president was Andrew Jackson. They are represented by the symbol of a Donkey.

By AUSTIN HALL With 29 electoral votes, Florida has one fourth of the 115 swing state votes, enough to make or break a candidate. Former Governor Mitt Romney has 150 guaranteed electoral votes with 41 leaning votes, coming out to a total of 191 electoral votes. President Obama has 150 electoral votes with 69 leaning votes coming out to 232 electoral votes. A candidate needs 270 votes to win the election. The swing states consist of bigger states like Wisconsin (10 votes), Ohio (18 votes), Virginia (13 votes) and North Carolina (15 votes). “[Obama and Romney] just need to keep coming back. Florida has one of the highest electoral votes, with 29, and is pretty evenly split between democrats and republicans,” senior Nicholas DeAngelis said. In the 2012 election, Obama has spent 19 days in Florida. Romney has spent 22 days here. If Obama wins Florida and keeps his 69 leaning votes, that puts him at 261

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electoral votes. Which means Obama would need nine more electoral votes to get the 270 needed. Any of the

big states including Wisconsin, Ohio, North Carolina or Virginia would put him over the top. Winning Colorado

through a basin of water to purify and cool the end result, which is channeled to be inhaled through a hose. While the current laws regarding smoking hookah mirror those regarding cigarettes, which require one to be 18 years old to smoke, hookah is often easier to acquire, and annually less expensive than cigarettes. Since cigarette smoke is saturated with more harmful chemicals and nicotine than hookah smoke, it is assumed that hookah is safer. On the contrary, while hookah smoke is more purified, and contains less harmful substances than cigarette smoke does, the sheer amount of smoke inhaled during a hookah session is enough to make hookah the more harmful activity. A single hookah session can be the equivalent of smoking 100 or more cigarettes, according to the World Heath Organization. “[I don’t worry about the health risks of smoking hookah] at the moment,

By MEGHAN COTTON Call it what smokers will, a cig, a nail in the coffin or a stogie, cigarettes will inflict the same amount of damage no matter what name they go by. People of all ages smoke cigarettes for different reasons. Senior James Colson started smoking during the summer because it was the thing to do. “I thought it would just be cool. It was a good stress reliever,” Colson said. It does not take long before the addiction kicks in. There are more than 4,000 chemicals found in tobacco products when smoked. These chemicals are found not only in cigarettes, but are also found when smoking hookah. Nicotine, the most common chemical, triggers the reward pathways which control feelings of

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Most political experts say the presidential election will be decided by 10 swing, or toss-up, states. How the states stand

would put him at exactly 270 votes, securing the presidency. Obama does not need Florida. If he keeps his leaning votes, he still needs 38 electoral votes. If Obama wins three of the four biggest states, Obama will win the election without Florida. Assuming Romney keeps all his leaning votes, winning Florida would put him at 220 votes. If Romney wins all four of the big swing states, that would give him 276 electoral votes and the election. Romney can not lose more than two of the big swing states, but would still have to win the other five states if he loses two of the big states. Without Florida, Romney would need 80 more electoral votes. This means Romney would need to secure every other swing state except one of the smaller swing states. “[In order to win Florida], Romney must reach the voters through facts,” government teacher James Corbin said. According to a 2012 New York Time article, Obama has a 9 percent lead over Romney in Florida.

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Al-khalil’s family smoked hookah as a cultural tradition, rather than as a social activity. On the flip side, senior Jane Doe started smoking hookah over the past winter break, after her friends introduced her to it. “[I smoke] for fun,” Doe said. “It’s fun do to tricks with the smoke. It passes time and doesn’t get boring.” What is generally lesser known is that hookah can also be addictive. Since users inhale more total nicotine, the addictive agent in tobacco, from hookah sessions, smokers can get addicted faster and more severely than cigarette smokers. “[I’m addicted] because it comes up a lot in my life, and I use it as an escape.

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years old to smoke, hookah is often easier to get a hold of than cigarettes. One only needs to buy one hookah, which can then be used by many, only having to replace the tobacco, rather than buy the whole package repeatedly. “It’s relaxing, but it’s a social thing, it opens up conversations and you meet new people,” Alkhalil said. Because of the idea of hookah being less harmful, it is taking more of a hold in the teenage community. Hookahs are relatively inexpensive and are seen as a social activity, rather than an equally, if not more, addictive alternative to cigarettes. There are currently 26 hookah bars in Orlando, the majority of which charge $10 to use their hookahs.

[smoking] once and decided it wasn’t for me,” Jeffers said. It does not take long for social or physical activities to become a hassle. “[Smoking] causes you to have a constant cycle of stress. It was hard to work out because [I’m] out of breath,” Colson said. Kicking the habit is easier said than done. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states, “For some people, the feel, smell, and sight of a cigarette and the ritual of obtaining, handling, lighting, and smoking the cigarette are all associated with the pleasurable effects of smoking and can make withdrawal or craving worse.” The symptoms of withdrawal can include depression, anxiety, increased appetite, irritability and more. If a

pleasure in both forms of smoking. “My body wanted the nicotine. Just holding it felt natural,” Colson said. Nearly every organ in the body is harmed as a result of smoking. It is a main cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema which damages the air sacs in the lungs. Health teacher and track coach Darcy Jeffers lost her grandmother due to emphysema as a result of smoking. Not only does nicotine have an internal effect on the body, but it also affects appearances. Examples include browning teeth, rotting gums, acne and the ever-lingering smell of smoke. “If you smoke, you smell. Your house smells and your car smells. I tried

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smoker wants to stop, there are medical treatments available over the-counter. If sheer willpower is not effective in quitting, the treatments are a safe and affordable option. Nicotine replacement chewing gums, patches and inhalers exist to curve the addiction to cigarette smoking and to wean users off of nicotine. Not all replacements are effective and results vary depending on the addiction level. “I quit cold turkey. [The health effects weren’t] worth it. The pros and cons didn’t level out. [The cigarettes] were killing me,” Colson said. Choosing whether or not to smoke is a personal decision. No matter what one believes the pro’s of smoking are, the simple fact is that smoking shortens lives and deteriorates the body.

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By ANNA MARIE BORIA Conspiracy theories have had people questioning what is fact or fiction since the early days of the first millennium, with the first theory recorded claiming Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. A more eccentric theory

claims that the elites of the world are blood-drinking, shape-shifting reptilian humanoids whose only objective is to enslave the human race. Conspiracy theories range from the existence of extraterrestrials to the end of the modern world. These theories have impacted the entertainment world in multiple ways. Sparking television programs spotlighting people with extraterrestrial encounters and

I think we’re more likely to have a zombie apocalypse than the world ending, [but] more in the sense of the bubonic plague. William King, U.S. History teacher

blockbusters such as the end of the world movie 2012. A recent survey from U.S. News and World Report shows that 36 percent of people believe that aliens have visited the Earth, and over 80 percent believe the government has kept information about UFOs a secret from the public. This shows, how much conspiracy theories can mold public opinion. In recent history, multiple conspiracy

theories like the Manhattan atomic bomb testing Project have been proven to be fact which makes one wonder if current theories are really conspiracy. Highlighting other popular conspiracy theories such as creatures, the Bermuda Triangle and the Illuminati, this special spread takes a deeper look into the theories that question reality.

Mayan myth inspires chaos By LIA VILLAR Watching director Roland Emmerich’s 2012, one cannot ignore the troubling scenes of the Californian earthquakes and meteor showers raining upon Earth. The chaos that ensued on Earth in 2012, not only enhances “end of the world” beliefs, but for freshman Hailey Dragon, the world coming to an end is more than a possibility. “I don’t believe it’s going to happen, but a part of me does. There is so much scientific evidence to back it up,” Dragon said. The discussions on the end of the world comes from the Mayan calendars that were used to track time in linear progressions within

cycles. These “Great Cycles” of the Mayan calendar add up to 5,125.36 years, hence the end of the world would occur on the winter solstice of 2012, which is Dec. 21. Others, however, believe the end of the cycle means humanity will be introduced to a new age of enlightenment, manifested with significant mental and physical changes, rather than the world coming to an end. “[2012 theories] are a bunch of hocus pocus. If we believe in 2012, then [we] might as well believe in Nostradamus. [He] was considered a fortune teller and came up with similar [beliefs],” U.S. History teacher William King said. According to Time magazine scientist Sven Gronemeyer, the Mayan stone tablet’s inscriptions describe the return of a Mayan god of war. “[This is like] the [year] 2k bug. [It] was another scare tactic. I think we’re more likely to have a zombie apocalypse than the world ending, [but] more in the sense of the bubonic plague,” King said. The theory of the Year 2000 bug was a problem with the coding of computerized systems which people

feared would cause havoc affecting computers all over the world at the beginning of the year 2000. The problem was not only limited to computers, but to any device containing computer chips such as elevators or medical equipment. Moreover, in Scientific American’s article, “NASA Crushes 2012 Mayan Apocalypse Claims,” Don Yeomans, head of the Near-Earth Objects Program Office at NASA/JPL, states that the Mayan calendar shows the ending of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. “There’s [information] to back [2012] theories up. I’ve heard the planets aligning [and the Earth] blowing up. The aspect that it might happen is always a possibility,” Dragon said. However, Yeomans explains that if a planetary alignment happens, there would be no tidal effects on the Earth. Yet with accredited scientists disproving the Mayan calendar myths, Dragon remains skeptical. “Part of me does believe in [2012]. [With Hurricane Sandy, I thought] it was ironic and [shows how] you can’t really prepare for [the end of the world],” Dragon said.

Mythical monsters stalk imagination By THOMAS EGAN The myths of unknown creatures, despite the lack of any solid evidence, have entertained and stimulated the imaginations of people for centuries. Bigfoot, werewolves, the Loch Ness Monster and El Chupacabra are legendary creatures that have transcended pop culture and folklore. These legends have attracted a massive following all across the world and have inspired TV shows, such as MonsterQuest, books and even a pseudoscience known as cryptozoology, the study of “hidden” animals and supernatural beings. Stemming from recent sightings and discoveries, these “monsters” can be considered modern myths, but others have longer histories dating back centuries ago to ancient mythology, like the Yeti of the Himalayan mountains. This purported beast, also known as

the Abominable Snowman, is rumored to stalk the high peaks of Nepal and Tibet and described as an ape-like, hairy creature that is taller than the average human male and walks on two feet. The Buddhist indigenous people told stories of a “Glacier Beast,” who they saw as the God of the Hunt. The Loch Ness Monster, also called Nessie, became famous after Dr. Kenneth Wilson snapped the famed “Surgeon’s Photograph,” a blurry image of a dark figure, which he said was the Loch Ness Monster, protruding out of the water, in 1934. The famous photograph of the Loch Ness Monster was revealed to be a hoax in 1975 by the Daily Telegraph. Dr. Wilson staged the photo with a small submarine. Most Bigfoot sightings have been revealed to be nothing more than men in hairy suits. Despite the abundance of

ßcreatureprofile Bigfoot The Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, is described as a large, hairy, twolegged humanoid beast between 6-to-10 feet tall and over 500 lbs. It is reported to inhabit the northwest region of North America. Stories of a large, hairy “wildman” have dated back to the early 1800s. contradictory evidence, these legendary creatures will always hold a place in people’s imagination because of their mysterious attraction and the possibility of their existence.

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ELECTION POLLS CONTINUOUSLY CLOSE Throughout the 2012 presidential election President Barack Obama has had a continuous slim lead over former Governor Mitt Romney. As of press date, Oct. 3, Obama leads in electoral college votes with a 49.1 percent compared to Romney’s 45.1 percent. National election day is Nov. 6.

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By OLIVIA QUATTRONE Every four years the presidential election comes around. The candidates embark on long, complicated campaign trails, participate in conventions and make hundreds of speeches in an attempt to convince the public to vote for them. However, not all Americans vote. In the 2008 election, only 61 percent of eligible Americans voted. Low voter turnout is especially common among young voters. Though people between the ages of 18 and 29 make up 21 percent of the eligible voting population, only 17 percent actually voted in 2008. Less than half of 18-year-olds are registered to vote compared to 71 percent of the rest of the population. Senior Dillon Knox is registered to vote. He was registered at the To see school when the supervisor of student’s opinions about elections came. “[I g o t this topic, registered] because scan this QR I’m politically active, and I have code with your strong beliefs about smartphone. the candidates,” Knox said. A main reason that people do not vote is because of a lack of opinion. A common belief among voters is that their vote does not matter, that nothing will change and that there is nothing they can do. However, individual votes do matter. Each vote carries a weight, and though the weight varies by state, the national weight for a vote equals one. “I think that all one has to do is remember the election of 2000, here in Florida where a difference between 537 votes (out of millions) was the difference between Bush. and Gore becoming president. I am a firm believer that everyone’s vote does make a difference,” Kim Davison, Advanced Placement United States government and civics teacher said. Voting affects how the government is run. In order to have certain preferences represented, one must be informed and choose a candidate who will enact those policies. “[People should vote] because they should want their voices to be heard and they should want someone in office who has the same views as theirs,” Knox said. When one does not vote, he is allowing others to make political choices for him. “I also feel strongly that if you don’t express your preferences with your vote, then you have no business complaining about outcomes or your dissatisfaction with governmental matters. It demonstrates that if you aren’t exercising your civic responsibility and duty as a citizen to be informed about candidates and issues and voting accordingly, then other interests can prevail that you might not agree with and you did nothing about it. If you did vote and you’re not satisfied then work harder toward your cause,” Davison said. Even if one can not vote, there are still ways to become active in politics. Campaigning, attending rallies and joining political interest groups are ways one can become engaged in political processes early on.

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Bill Daniel, Boone Teacher of the Year, is one of the five finalists for OCPS Teacher of the Year. At an awards ceremony on Feb. 28, Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins will announce the winner. This is Daniel’s first time receiving the Teacher of The Year award.

To help needy families in Peru, the Spanish Department is collecting donations. All monies will help purchase llamas, which are essential to everyday life in Peru. For more information talk to Miguelina De La Cruz-Sosa in Room 10.219. The fund raiser ends on Dec. 19.

question reality Questions continue hovering ßquestionanswer Dakota Jones, junior Why do you think people get so freaked out by aliens? Well, they should. Who wouldn’t be? We don’t know what they can do if they’re real. What would you do if you were ever abducted by aliens? I don’t know; I hope I never get abducted. Have you ever seen a UFO? No. What would you do if you saw an alien? I don’t know, I’d most likely be welcoming.

By HEATHER JANAS United States government officials assured people it was simply a weather balloon, not a UFO. On July 8, 1947, in Roswell, New Mexico, an unidentified flying object supposedly crashed. The incident was the spark of “UFO fever” in the United States. In Roswell, New Mexico, on July 1, 1976, another UFO sighting occurred. A man claimed to be walking home from a friend’s house at night when an egg-shaped object flew above him. Area 51 and Roswell are theorized to be two storage sites for crashed UFOs. Area 51 is under extreme surveillance and is classified “top secret” by the United States government. There is not proof that extraterrestrials exist or that Area 51 and Roswell have connections to aliens, but conspiracy theorists support the ideas that alien spaceships crashed in those two areas. “I believe there are many strange things in the universe. It is so big; we cannot be the only things [out there],”

junior Dakota Jones said. The existence of aliens is a notion that people view differently. There is no way to prove that aliens or UFOs are among us “It is more or less an impossibility that [aliens] do not [exist],” sophomore Christian Ketcham said. One man dedicates his time to UFO and extraterrestrial research. Retired United States Army Colonel John Alexander searches for evidence to prove their existence. While in the Army, he believes he saw what seemed to be a UFO. “I have never seen a UFO, [and] I would rather not. [Although] I know they are out there,” Ketcham said. Because of such heavy surveillance around Roswell, New Mexico and Area 51, conspiracy theorists believe the government is hiding secrets. According to Colonel Alexander’s book, UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities, he thinks it is logical that if extraterrestrial life does exist, Area 51 would be involved.

Disappearances remain evidenceless By JORDAN KNIGHT When one thinks of setting sail or boarding a plane, the last thought one has is disappearing. The Bermuda Triangle places the possibility of this happening in one’s face. Also known by its nickname “Devil’s Triangle,” it is located off the southeastern Atlantic coast of the United States. It is known for the disappearance of ships and aircrafts. “It’s just like a mystery story. No one really knows if it’s true or not,” senior Shelby Hill said. The Triangle has three points, roughly Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. This conspiracy theory began 58 years ago with the disappearance

of two of the U.S. Navy’s vessels, the U.S.S. Cyclops (1918) and Flight 19 (1945). There is still no evidence for these disappearances. People believe the Triangle is an epicenter of alien abductions or sea monsters. “I think people believe what they have been told for so many years. Also, because it’s mysterious,” sophomore Ariel Collier said. Conspirator Gian Quasar has documented the Triangle for over 20 years. Quasar has gathered more than 350 cases, nearly half are disappearances. Quasar’s collection is the largest private repository of reports. According to history.com’s topic section, more than 50 ships and 20

airplanes have vanished in the Triangle. Opposed to aircrafts, ships have to factor in a strong ocean current known as the Gulf Stream. History.com’s Frequently Asked Questions, states this current can erase proof of accidents. Coast Guard History FAQ states they do not recognize the Triangle as a geographic area of specific danger because they believe the Triangle is harmless to ships or planes. “[Existence of the Triangle,] is something to believe in and people crave that, whether it’s a good thing or bad thing,” Hill said. The facts behind the Bermuda Triangle mystery have yet to be uncovered.

Organization keeps plot under wraps By JOSH HALLORAN Illuminati refers to a conspiratorial organization, which is alleged to mastermind events and control world affairs through governments and businesses to establish a New World Order. The thought of this dates back to the late 1700’s when the local citizens referred it to as a Bavarian Illuminati; the German philosopher Adam Weishaupt first originated the conspiracy. The modern day conspiracy theory is that a majority of the world events that happen are being controlled and manipulated by a secret society calling itself the Illuminati. Conspiracy

theorists claim that many notable people are members of the Illuminati such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lady Gaga One of the key accomplices in the Illuminati conspiracy theory is Myron Fagan, a famous American writer, producer and director. He devoted his later years to finding evidence that a variety of historical events like the Battle of Waterloo, The French Revolution and the JFK assassination by infiltrating the Hollywood film industry, in which he found that they were all orchestrated by the Illuminati. There are many pieces of evidence that help the case for one to accept the Illuminati’s beliefs and prove what they

have accomplished is accurate and true. “I think people that are accepted in society and that are very convincing, such as the Hollywood stars, Kanye West and Jay-Z, who sing about the Illuminati in a majority of their songs, make it easier for people to believe in it” sophomore Kyndall Webster said. It is believed that the famous hip-hop rapper Jay-Z is part of the Illuminati because of his descriptions in songs such as Most Kingz he refers to the Illuminati and says that they were associated with the death of Michael Jackson, Tupac and Biggie Smalls. When asked what his association with the Illuminati was, he just laughed.

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year for marijuana possession or another marijuana-related crime according to drugpolicy.org in “10 Facts About Marijuana.” Possessing marijuana can result in up to 10 years in prison. “I’ve seen too many go to jail as a result of making the stupid choice to use, sell or possess marijuana at school,” Student Resource Officer Kenneth Pinkston said. If one is caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana, the maximum sentence is one year and $1,000 fine. If one is caught with more than 20 grams, it is a felony and the penalties are equivalent to owning 25 or less marijuana plants. That includes a maximum of five years in prison and a maximum $5,000 fine. Selling 20 grams or less contains the same legal consequences as possession of the same amount. Selling 25 pounds or less becomes a felony with a five year maximum sentence and maximum $5,000 fine. When within 1,000 feet

maintain her 4.3 weighted GPA. She credits marijuana for pulling her out of depression and helping her build a relationship with her sibling through smoking together. Marijuana for all the negative connotations associated with it, hasn’t been fully negative according to John Doe, but that is not to say its benefits outweigh its negatives. “It relieves a lot of stress. When I’m really pissed off I have to smoke or I’ll punch something. I’ve gotten involved in a lot of hard drugs, coke, molly and it’s mainly because you buy pot from drug dealers who are involved in other drugs,” John Doe said. Similar in name, but different in practice, synthetic marijuana, also known as spice or K2, is more harmful to its users than smoking weed. Synthetic weed can be found at some gas stations under a variety of names, even though Congress outlawed it’s sale in 2012. It

reputations in high school. Whether it is viewed as a positive trait to smoke it, or a negative one, it changes student’s perceptions of each other. “I lost all of my friends because I was doing it. I didn’t care what people [thought] of me because I was happy,” Jane Doe said. Marijuana is linked to causing cancer and having no effect, so its exact effects are unknown and likely different for each individual. Some users understand that what they are doing is bad for them, but that fact does not stop them. “It will affect me later in life. Smoking anything is really bad for you, but it won’t affect me ‘til later,” senior Joe Smith said. John Doe has little concern for smoking marijuana and actually is certain it will not effect him at all. Although health effects are not certain, legal consequences will affect students for the their entire life.

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Swing states decide election By AUSTIN HALL With 29 electoral votes, Florida has one fourth of the 115 swing state votes, enough to make or break a candidate. Former Governor Mitt Romney has 150 guaranteed electoral votes with 41 leaning votes, coming out to a total of 191 electoral votes. President Obama has 150 electoral votes with 69 leaning votes coming out to 232 electoral votes. A candidate needs 270 votes to win the election. The swing states consist of bigger states like Wisconsin (10 votes), Ohio (18 votes), Virginia (13 votes) and North Carolina (15 votes). “[Obama and Romney] just need to keep coming back. Florida has one of the highest electoral votes, with 29, and is pretty evenly split between democrats and republicans,” senior Nicholas DeAngelis said. In the 2012 election, Obama has spent 19 days in Florida. Romney has spent 22 days here. If Obama wins Florida and keeps his 69 leaning votes, that puts him at 261

electoral votes. Which means Obama would need nine more electoral votes to get the 270 needed. Any of the

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Dipping hurts student’s health By JACKSON CRUMBLY Use of tobacco is prominent in the United States today, such as cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco, commonly referred to as “dip,” has been around ever since tobacco was harvested. Dip is extremely common among athletes, particularly in baseball, because one can do it while playing or practicing the sport, unlike smoking tobacco. This sort of tobacco has also found its way to students, both during and after school hours. One can purchase dip, like smoking tobacco, at the age of 18, but that does not always mean minors cannot get their hands on it. Junior John Doe, age 17, dips five times a day, at school and spends nearly $40 a week on smokeless tobacco. Doe started dipping when he was 12 years old. “I was fishing with my buddies and dipping sounded like a fantastic idea,” Doe said. Doe’s brands of choice are Long Cut ($3.29 a can) and Grizzly ($3.75 a can). Doe believes dipping relieves headaches more effectively than Aspirin and relaxes him when he is stressed. Currently, Doe does not plan on

quitting. In 13 states, including Florida, if a minor is caught using tobacco he must attend educational awareness classes on tobacco use. In addition he will be fined up to $250 and the user’s driver’s license may be suspended. Also, the parents of the underage user can be convicted of a violation and forced to attend these classes with the user. Peter Post, baseball coach and algebra teacher, doesn’t let students or players dip at all and is against anyone, young or old, using tobacco. If he catches a player he makes the player sit out a week of practices and games. “I think dipping is bad period. I think a lot of the guys see the professional players doing it,” Post said. Major League Baseball has banned players from carrying tobacco cans on them during games and using during interviews but has not banned players using it during play. Dip contains nicotine, like cigarettes, which is an addictive drug that makes one crave it. Among nicotine, dip contains 28 other carcinogens including: cadmium used in car batteries; lead; n-nitrosamines; polonium 210, a type of nuclear waste; hydrazine; benzopyrene; uranium 235; used in

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nuclear weapons and fiberglass. Studies show, due to its higher levels of nicotine, dip is harder to quit than cigarettes. Once one has become addicted to dip it is extremely difficult to stop, and can induce one with withdrawals. If one is a constant user before the age of 18, there is an 80 percent chance he will use it for the rest of his life. Along with cancer of the pancreas and mouth, dip also increases risk of gum disease and heart disease from higher blood pressure. Dip also reduces an athlete’s ability to perform because it causes slower reaction time. Dipping can be harmful or even fatal to the user’s health and starting earlier only increases one’s risks. Both smoking and smokeless tobacco present unhealthy risks for one’s future and could affect one’s future.

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It is so impacting how much I have grown throughout the past years in my portfolios. My first year I barely knew how to design and I altered a simple image for my theme. My second year I showed improvement by using a threshold for my design. This year I feel like I really stepped up my game and showed how much my designing has matured. In this portfolio I used multiple effects such as layers, inner glow, gradient overlays and things that I didn’t even know about last year. My writing for my Germ busters story my first year shows how mediocre my writing was. When you compare it to my restaurant review or the May DPS intro from this year you can see a new level of diction and better grammar. My best design from last year as the business manager to my best design this year shows how much I have learned this year. For my best design from last year I simply set up photos in an appealing way for the Smoothie Room. My best design for the December issue I used Adobe Illustrator and new effects of Photoshop that I was not comfortable with before.


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The French Honor Society is offering sessions for students in need of French tutoring. Students may also have a one-on-one session with Mrs. Ballentine or Dr. Mami. Tutoring is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in rooms 10.205 and 10.209 from 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Yearbooks are currently on sale for $70. Payment plans are available. To purchase a book, one may use school pay or go to Room 224.

Taverna Opa keeps tradition alive #the411 Where: 9101 International Drive

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Greek food hilights I-Drive scene By ANNA MARIE BORIA A delectable aroma fills the air as one walks into the lively restaurant of napkins rain down over the customers. With authentic Greek music playing to accompany the Greek decor, one is instantly transported to Greece. Taverna Opa, located in the heart of Pointe Orlando is as much of an experience as it is a restaurant. With the electric atmosphere, Opa is the perfect place to enjoy cuisine just as tasteful as the atmosphere is entertaining. With bold and colorful plants placed around the restaurant and Greek decor in every corner, Opa succeeds in keeping the Greek experience authentic and traditional. Opa, in Greek culture, means a password that conveys the festive Greek spirit; the restaurant lives up to its name. If looking for an intimate dinner with a significant other, Opa is not the place. Its atmosphere is better suited for large parties who do not mind the

festive-style celebrations occurring around them. Due to the popularity of the restaurant, service is not as quick as one would like. To distract from the wait, one is thoroughly entertained by the belly dancers, the Greek house music and the occasional customer invitational dancing on tables that occurs each night. One can preserve the unique experience of dining at Taverna Opa by buying professionally taken photos and key chains by the their hired photographer. Prices for group photos are $21 and key chains are $10. Complimentary homemade humus with pita bread is provided before the main course. The humus comes with a pestle and has an unique taste. The freshly made warm garlic pita bread compliments it flawlessly. Opa offers a range of traditional Greek-style appetizers ranging from $5 to $21 including Tzatziki ($5), Taramosalta ($5) and Spanakopita ($7). Tzatziki is a Greek homemade strained yogurt. It is also one of Opa’s signature appetizers. Opa’s version is fresh with crisp cucumbers, infused

with garlic, dill and evoo. The Tzatziki is served with freshly baked pita bread. Opa’s dinner selections range from $15 to $39 including filet mignon and a traditional steak kebob. The kebob is stuffed with green and red peppers and literally overflowing with flavor. The kebob is accompanied by Greek rice and boiled seasoned potatoes with a lemon wedge. Opa offers family style dining options for groups of four or more. The prices for the family style dining is $25 a person. This alternative style has a separate menu designed to be shared and to provide a variety of dishes to experience the flavors of Greek cuisine. Since Opa is an authentic Greek restaurant, if one is not used to the style of food or if one is not willing to try something new, then getting conventional dishes would be best. The flavors and spices highlighted in Opa’s dishes may be too strong for someone not accustomed to the Greek style of cooking. At Taverna Opa, one is entertained and fully satisfied with the quality of the food. This celebratory style restaurant is near perfect.

3 Apps students need Dropbox Free • iPhone only Allows students to access any file that is saved to the Dropbox account; items are accessible from every device Dropbox is installed, along with web access.

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Share Your Board Free • iPhone & Android Use this app to take a picture of the classroom whiteboard, make it into a readable PDF, add your own notes and send to friends. Capturing, processing and sharing whiteboard data is available with this app. Allows one to save every idea that pops up in a meeting, a brainstorming session or a class. This app is very useful to students who don’t have the fastest handwriting and cannot keep up with the teacher’s lecture. Students can easily capture an image of the whiteboard or Powerpoint slide and take notes with this app. compiled by JOSH HALLORAN

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By CONOR CURRY Effort. According to some of Bill Daniel’s past students, effort is how one succeeds in his class. However, unlike as in some difficult classes, Daniel’s students do not resent the workload or the teacher. “[As a teacher] he really brings out the best of you as a student. He helped me mature as a person and in my studies. I believe he’s a great person and teacher,” sophomore Rachel Goldenberg said. “[He] definitely [deserves this award], above any other teacher I’ve ever had. He really puts learning as his priority.” After being chosen as the school’s teacher of the year, Daniel learned he was one of five county finalists out of 199 high, middle and elementary school teachers. Some of Daniel’s responsibilities include coaching football’s defensive backs, overseeing the Academy of Finance’s magnet program, teaching four different courses, acting as a site supervisor for the IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program and managing the Central Florida Educators Federal Credit Union campus branch. In the IRS VITA program, Daniel trains and supervises the student volunteers, serves as a liaison for the school with the IRS and oversees all E-file functions within the site to process each client’s return. According to Daniel, nothing he does as a teacher sets him apart from others in the county. He is often heard stating that he is not even the

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Smoking habits are prevalent on campus By ANNA MARIE BORIA Today, almost half a dozen different types of smoking are intertwined into the lives of almost 40 percent of the high school population, according to drugabuse.gov. Smoking is slowly evolving in different forms as the generations change. In 1970, the most popular type of smoking was cigarettes. Cigarettes and chewing tobacco are still high on the list of the most popular types of smoking, but new forms like hookah are being done by people on campus. The false knowledge of the new forms being less harmful than other types of smoking is why the new forms are rising in popularity. Smoking is proven to affect

performance in all types of fields of work including sports. Types of smoking including chewing tobacco are controversial within baseball teams because it negatively affects an athlete’s performance. It is seen in other sports such as golf, but is not as popular. The most trendy type of smoking among high school students is not legal in the United States. According to drugabbuse.gov, 36.5 percent of high school seniors smoke or have previously smoked marijuana in the last month. Young people are showing a decreased perception that this drug is harmful to them due to the rise of use of marijuana. This spread highlights four types of smoking high school students engage in and their affects in the campus environment.

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Society, technology affect academic dishonesty By BRIDGETTE NORRIS From the Harvard University cheating scandal to students at a high school in Long Island hiring impersonators to take the SAT in their place, speculators are blaming technology for the lack of academic integrity. “In the last ten years, technology has made it easier for students to cheat. It is easy for students to take short cuts through other sources,” English teacher Jennifer Hilley said. According to the International Center for Academic

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Integrity, statistics show in the last fifty years, cheating among high school students has increased. By simply typing a word or phrase in Google, a student has several websites at his disposal. Because of the volume of sources available, research can be completed quickly, with a touch of a keyboard. A student no longer needs to visit a library or use an encyclopedia to research and find information. However, students can take advantage of these available

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sources in a negative way. For example, students research online and copy the answers they find word for word. Students avoid reading novels; instead, they read summaries and analysises found online and use those as the basis for their work. Also, students use their smart phones to take pictures of assignments, quizzes or tests and send it to their friends

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2012: Passes the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act

Sept.. 6, 2012: Acceptance of the Democratic Party’s nomination for president

The government should budget more money to the military.

All Americans should have equal access to healthcare, regardless of preexisting conditions.

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The 2nd amendment states the right to bear arms, but should rights be limited?

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Prayers should be allowed in public school

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Gays should be allowed to marry.

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Taxes should be higher for the rich.

Women should be allowed to get an abortion.

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2008: Runs for presidential nomination, loses to John McCain

The Democratic Party was established in the early 1790’s. Their philosophy is that of a Liberal. They believe in very strong equality of opportunity social progressivism. The first major Democratic president was Andrew Jackson. They are represented by the symbol of a Donkey.

Democrat:

2006: Passed state wide healthcare in Massachusetts

1994: Runs for Massachusetts senate, defeated by incumbent Edward Kennedy

Craig: 31 Advertising Music Producer at McGarry Boven

1983: Founds Bain Capital by request of Bill Bain

1975: Attends Harvard Law 1971: Receives and Business School. Receives undergraduate degree at Law and Master of Business Brigham Young University Administration degrees

Former Governor Mitt Romney

2002: Led the Salt Lake Organizing Committee for the Winter Olympic Games

Full Name: Willard Mitt Romney Party: Republican Age: 65 Date of Birth: March 12, 1947 Born: Detroit, Michigan Spouse: Ann Romney Married: 1969 Religion: Mormon Church Net worth: $250 million

Josh: 37 Owner of Romney Ventures

Ben: 34 Practices internal medicine in Boston

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[I’m a] democrat because that is what Obama is. Brandon Suggs, senior

Her answers matched those of a republican

I’m a republican because I agree with their views more than the democrats. Madison Barnett, sophomore

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I’m a democrat because that is what my family is. Trinity Alexander, freshman

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[I’m a] democrat because my parents are and that is how I was raised. Garrett Carr, junior

By AUSTIN HALL With 29 electoral votes, Florida has one fourth of the 115 swing state votes, enough to make or break a candidate. Former Governor Mitt Romney has 150 guaranteed electoral votes with 41 leaning votes, coming out to a total of 191 electoral votes. President Obama has 150 electoral votes with 69 leaning votes coming out to 232 electoral votes. A candidate needs 270 votes to win the election. The swing states consist of bigger states like Wisconsin (10 votes), Ohio (18 votes), Virginia (13 votes) and North Carolina (15 votes). “[Obama and Romney] just need to keep coming back. Florida has one of the highest electoral votes, with 29, and is pretty evenly split between democrats and republicans,” senior Nicholas DeAngelis said. In the 2012 election, Obama has spent 19 days in Florida. Romney has spent 22 days here. If Obama wins Florida and keeps his 69 leaning votes, that puts him at 261

electoral votes. Which means Obama would need nine more electoral votes to get the 270 needed. Any of the

Most political experts say the presidential election will be decided by 10 swing, or toss-up, states. How the states stand

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big states including Wisconsin, Ohio, North Carolina or Virginia would put him over the top. Winning Colorado

would put him at exactly 270 votes, securing the presidency. Obama does not need Florida. If he keeps his leaning votes, he still needs 38 electoral votes. If Obama wins three of the four biggest states, Obama will win the election without Florida. Assuming Romney keeps all his leaning votes, winning Florida would put him at 220 votes. If Romney wins all four of the big swing states, that would give him 276 electoral votes and the election. Romney can not lose more than two of the big swing states, but would still have to win the other five states if he loses two of the big states. Without Florida, Romney would need 80 more electoral votes. This means Romney would need to secure every other swing state except one of the smaller swing states. “[In order to win Florida], Romney must reach the voters through facts,” government teacher James Corbin said. According to a 2012 New York Time article, Obama has a 9 percent lead over Romney in Florida.

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Aug. 28, 2012: Accepts nomination for the Republican Party’s official candidate

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Throughout the 2012 presidential election President Barack Obama has had a continuous slim lead over former Governor Mitt Romney. As of press date, Oct. 3, Obama leads in electoral college votes with a 49.1 percent compared to Romney’s 45.1 percent. National election day is Nov. 6.

Today is the last day for 11th graders to purchase tickets for the PSAT on Oct. 17. Tickets can be purchased after school in Student Services. 11th graders must take the PSAT to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship.

The Republican Party was founded in 1854. Their philosophy is that of a Conservative. They promote traditional social institutions. Republicans favor a less regulated free-enterprise and a smaller government. They are often referred to as the ‘Grand Old Party’ (GOP). The first significant Republican was Abraham Lincoln. They are also represented by the symbol of an Elephant.

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1991: Graduates from Harvard Law School

2004: Delivers keynote address at Democratic National Convention

President Obama

1996: Elected Illinois Senator

1992: Begins teaching constitutional law at University of Chicago

1983: Degree in Political Science from Columbia University Jan. 20, 2009: Obama becomes the 44th President of the United States

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Full Name: Barack Hussein Obama II Party: Democratic Age: 51 Date of Birth: Aug. 4, 1961 Born: Honolulu, HI Spouse: Michelle Obama Married: 1992 Religion: Christian Net worth: $11.8 billion

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By OLIVIA QUATTRONE Every four years the presidential election comes around. The candidates embark on long, complicated campaign trails, participate in conventions and make hundreds of speeches in an attempt to convince the public to vote for them. However, not all Americans vote. In the 2008 election, only 61 percent of eligible Americans voted. Low voter turnout is especially common among young voters. Though people between the ages of 18 and 29 make up 21 percent of the eligible voting population, only 17 percent actually voted in 2008. Less than half of 18-year-olds are registered to vote compared to 71 percent of the rest of the population. Senior Dillon Knox is registered to vote. He was registered at the To see school when the supervisor of student’s opinions about elections came. “[I g o t this topic, registered] because scan this QR I’m politically active, and I have code with your strong beliefs about smartphone. the candidates,” Knox said. A main reason that people do not vote is because of a lack of opinion. A common belief among voters is that their vote does not matter, that nothing will change and that there is nothing they can do. However, individual votes do matter. Each vote carries a weight, and though the weight varies by state, the national weight for a vote equals one. “I think that all one has to do is remember the election of 2000, here in Florida where a difference between 537 votes (out of millions) was the difference between Bush. and Gore becoming president. I am a firm believer that everyone’s vote does make a difference,” Kim Davison, Advanced Placement United States government and civics teacher said. Voting affects how the government is run. In order to have certain preferences represented, one must be informed and choose a candidate who will enact those policies. “[People should vote] because they should want their voices to be heard and they should want someone in office who has the same views as theirs,” Knox said. When one does not vote, he is allowing others to make political choices for him. “I also feel strongly that if you don’t express your preferences with your vote, then you have no business complaining about outcomes or your dissatisfaction with governmental matters. It demonstrates that if you aren’t exercising your civic responsibility and duty as a citizen to be informed about candidates and issues and voting accordingly, then other interests can prevail that you might not agree with and you did nothing about it. If you did vote and you’re not satisfied then work harder toward your cause,” Davison said. Even if one can not vote, there are still ways to become active in politics. Campaigning, attending rallies and joining political interest groups are ways one can become engaged in political processes early on.

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By GABRIELLA FAKHOURY For three years, TapToTalk has been giving children and adults a voice. Creating an electronic voice, TapToTalk allows a person who cannot talk to have a voice of his own. This app is specifically designed for kids and adults with autism, down syndrome, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), or traumatic brain damage, giving one a easier way to communicate with others. “TapToTalk is good because it allows one of my students to interact with others and communicate, where as if he did not use the app, he wouldn’t interact with others,” Denise Scott, Exceptional Student Education Teacher, said.

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Tap ToTalk uses pictures to guide users to the correct words. If needed users can change the picture to one preferred. To project the words from a device, the user taps on a picture of the word he wants projected picking the different words from the specific category one wants to talk about. TapToTalk helps Scott’s student with everything from asking for something to eat to having a full on conversation with another person. Without TapToTalk he would not have any way to communicate with someone. It needs Internet or WiFi to work.

Name: TapToTalk Price: Free Available: iPhone, iTouch, BlackBerry, tablet, online Rating: By LIA VILLAR Since 2007, about 35,000 teenagers died in car crashes. This is 6,000 per year, which means 18 teenagers die per day in car crashes. Texting and driving is one of the leading causes in death of teenagers. Junior Steven Thetford knows first hand how texting and driving can affect one’s outlook on life. “My cousin died [in a car accident caused by a driver texting]. It was sad because he was young and it was a stupid way to die,” Thetford said. According to dosomething.org article “11 Facts About Teen Driving,” a teenager is four times more likely to die when the driver is texting.

The Bad: Texting causes death

What’s mine? Story Captions Design Photos Art Alternative copy According to CBS News article “Do You Have ADHD Or Are You Just Easily Distracted?” published on May 10, 2011, studies have shown that one out of 10 children with ADHD is addicted to the Internet. This is because the Internet does not require much attention and when playing games online, those points which appeals to the user who has ADHD since most have altered dopamine reward systems.

Students experience bullying at school and on buses. With technology advancing, more students have phones with access to the Internet; as a result, cyber bullying has become more prominent among students on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Bullying enters a new level

54 percent of surveyed said they text their friends once a day, but only 33 percent talk to their friends face-toface on a daily basis.

thebad As technology advances so do past times, such as playing video games. According to a PBS article “Reality Bytes: Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked,” young people are more likely to play video games; with 90 percent of boys and 40 percent of girls playing. Video games like Call of Duty: Black Ops and Assassin’s Creed III, desensitize teenagers. Media reformers believe playing violent video games can lead to a lack of empathy for real-world victims.

Easy access to violence

Technology provides entertainment and lets students conveniently learn, but the time spent in front of computer and television screens replaces children’s physical activity. According to Livestrong’s article “Obesity in children and technology” from April 26, 2011, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 10 percent of preschool age children are considered overweight.

Childhood obesity

Plagiarism has increased over the past 10 years due to the growth of the Internet, according to Technews Daily’s article “College Presidents Blame Rising Plagiarism on Tech Increase.” Education Week reports that 54% of students admitted to plagiarizing from the Internet for their class assignments

ADHD students are attracted to the Internet

Internet provides cheating methods Seventy-five percent of teens in the United States between the ages of 12 and 17 have cell phones, and teens send more than 50 texts per day, according to National Public Radio article “Teen Texting Soars; Will Social Skills Suffer?” published on April 20, 2012. By relying on the use of social media, socializing virtually is increasing.

the classroom with texting in class a common occurrence. “I don’t blame students for misusing their phones because the phones have become a way of life for [the students],” Campbell said. With students becoming less verbally social, colleges such as Rollins have been trying to encourage a more communications friendly environment. “Rollins has been sponsoring lots of different networking events, such as community service. I think it has been helping with socializing, it’s something the students actually enjoy.” Craig McAllister, Dean of Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School, said. “Technology can definitely be a great thing, but I think it is yet to be seen.”

with questions from home is a benefit of #thefacts Progressbook and Edmodo. The use of intergenerational gap between younger children and teenagers. As high schoolers today were growing up, the electronics found on an Two everyday basis had not been invented thirds yet. Therefore, a more traditional texters are more technique was used. Despite positives such as always likely to being connected, some research implies use their there is much potentially wrong with cellgiving these opportunities to younger phones children. Texting and social media to text have been overused and occasionally friends even obsessed over by adolescents. than to This problem has translated into call them.

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By CONOR CURRY With all the new technology used in learning today, kids are becoming antisocial, and electronics may be the cause. According to a study by the Pew Research Center in April 2010, 54 percent of teenagers surveyed said they text their friends at least once a day, while 33 percent claimed to talk to friends face-to-face everyday. “I would say technology is mostly just a distraction at times. Some children are spending too much time on games, phones, and other electronics, but I still think it is a positive thing,” Jean Campbell, a technology teacher on campus, said. Ten years ago, technology was nowhere near how advanced it is today. Parents would never dream of their kids using so much technology on a daily basis; however, now it is estimated that the average American teen spends 7.5 hours a day in front of some type of screen. With all the electronic breakthroughs occurring daily, it makes sense that today’s youth is spending an increasing amount of time on devices. Today’s youth have access to Progressbook, phones, iPads and Kindles, These devices provide students world wide with new techniques for learning. With all the new technology at children’s disposal, learning is far different than where it was 10 years ago. The ability of students to email teachers

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College applications are made simple with online applications. SAT/ACT scores needed for the application are received faster because they are online. Even the SAT/ACT sign up, scores and practice tests can all be completed online.

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Not only has manufactures improved the look of the car but how efficiently they are. There are now many more hybrid cars, running on mostly electricity. This technological advance has helped not only with saving gas money but also the environment. GPS’s have been saving people time and gas money. Directing one to a destination and updating roads and routes itself is helpful; all smartphones have GPS’s built into their maps.

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Websites and apps allow one to shop and pay bills online quickly and efficiently. Postal mail is becoming outdated because of how quickly and simple online websites are. For those who do not like to go shopping they have the ease and comfort of online shopping. Billing online is also a way of going green because of all the paper saved. There are also apps like Pageonce that keep on track of one’s bills and pay them.

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Students can now easily use a search engine and find all the information they need to complete homework, essays and projects. For at-home activities, eHow.com is a tool to use one’s creativity and create things from Halloween costumes to recipes.

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Progressbook is a tool for students to check and keep track of their grades. This is also a tool for teachers to keep their students grades in order and leave notes for parents. Edmodo is an online tool and app that allows teachers to upload statuses and share grades and homework with the students who have accounts. Teachers also use Turnitin.com to check for plagiarism.

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With the accessibility of Facebook, Skype and Twitter, one has the ability to connect with people all over the world without having to spend money on long distant calls or waiting on snail mail. Skype also helps military families and those in long distance relationships.

“I think it’s absolutely dreadful [that teenagers drive and text at the same time]. It’s already difficult to drive in Orlando and let alone [to] text? It’s careless. It’s sad how we don’t learn our lesson until it hits home,” teacher Carl Overton said. Currently, 39 states ban the use of texting while driving, excluding Florida. States like California, charge the driver $20 for the first offense and $50 for subsequence tickets of the same offense. Though Florida does not impose fines for texting and driving, one can be fined for reckless driving. One can be imprisoned for a period of no more than 90 days or charged a fine no less than $25 but no more than $500, or both. Along with this, if one has caused serious bodily injures to another, one is charged with a felony of the third degree and this is decided through court.

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By ANNA MARIE BORIA Large bursts of technological advances in the past decade creates an intergenerational gap between young adults ages 14 through 17 and children ages 13 and under. Internet access in 1994 was available in 35 percent of U.S. public schools compared to nearly 100 percent of public schools today, according to a Harris Interactive report from May 2009. The progress of technology is shown by the world’s most popular social networking site reaching a record breaking milestone. As of Oct. 4, 2012, over a seventh of the world’s population is actively using Facebook. This burst of technology comes with positive and negative effects. Its effects on the younger generations span poor social skills from continuous virtual activity to advanced programs that aid Down Syndrome teenagers to communicate more effectively. Technology has had the biggest impact on children under the age of 13 rather than any other age group. It has affected this particular age group mostly because they were born into this technologically advanced age rather than having to adjust to it.

Social technology causes reverse effect

In celebration of the 60th Anniversary Edgewater vs. Boone football game and the Battle for the Barrel the Old Florida National Bank is sponsoring a food drive. Donations will be accepted through Nov. 9 at the bank’s South Orlando’s Medical branch at 918 S. Orange Ave. The school donating the most food will receive a $1500 donation to the school’s foundation.

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The annual senior breakfast is Thursday Dec. 13, at 7:30 a.m. in the junior/senior cafeteria. Beginning Monday, Nov. 12, the Senior Class officers will be selling tickets.

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Some children are spending too much time on games, phones, and other electronics, but I still think it’s a positive thing. Jean Campbell, Technology teacher

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[It] has made everything easier because I couldn’t imagine going through big books for [school related] information,” Melanie Ferreira, junior

[It] makes things a lot easier, like communicating and getting in touch with people. Jason Fennimore, senior

Technology has helped me academically and socially. If I don’t know a question my teacher can’t answer I can look it up, and I can meet new friends. Tiyahna Carter, sophomore

[It] has improved the way I study and has helped me keep a social life. Cristian Rhea, freshman

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What’s mine? Story Captions Design Photos Art Alternative copy blockbusters such as the end of the world movie 2012. A recent survey from U.S. News and World Report shows that 36 percent of people believe that aliens have visited the Earth, and over 80 percent believe the government has kept information about UFOs a secret from the public. This shows, how much conspiracy theories can mold public opinion. In recent history, multiple conspiracy

theories like the Manhattan atomic bomb testing Project have been proven to be fact which makes one wonder if current theories are really conspiracy. Highlighting other popular conspiracy theories such as creatures, the Bermuda Triangle and the Illuminati, this special spread takes a deeper look into the theories that question reality.

cycles. These “Great Cycles” of the Mayan calendar add up to 5,125.36 years, hence the end of the world would occur on the winter solstice of 2012, which is Dec. 21. Others, however, believe the end of the cycle means humanity will be introduced to a new age of enlightenment, manifested with significant mental and physical changes, rather than the world coming to an end. “[2012 theories] are a bunch of hocus pocus. If we believe in 2012, then [we] might as well believe in Nostradamus. [He] was considered a fortune teller and came up with similar [beliefs],” U.S. History teacher William King said. According to Time magazine scientist Sven Gronemeyer, the Mayan stone tablet’s inscriptions describe the return of a Mayan god of war. “[This is like] the [year] 2k bug. [It] was another scare tactic. I think we’re more likely to have a zombie apocalypse than the world ending, [but] more in the sense of the bubonic plague,” King said. The theory of the Year 2000 bug was a problem with the coding of computerized systems which people

feared would cause havoc affecting computers all over the world at the beginning of the year 2000. The problem was not only limited to computers, but to any device containing computer chips such as elevators or medical equipment. Moreover, in Scientific American’s article, “NASA Crushes 2012 Mayan Apocalypse Claims,” Don Yeomans, head of the Near-Earth Objects Program Office at NASA/JPL, states that the Mayan calendar shows the ending of a cycle and the beginning of a new one. “There’s [information] to back [2012] theories up. I’ve heard the planets aligning [and the Earth] blowing up. The aspect that it might happen is always a possibility,” Dragon said. However, Yeomans explains that if a planetary alignment happens, there would be no tidal effects on the Earth. Yet with accredited scientists disproving the Mayan calendar myths, Dragon remains skeptical. “Part of me does believe in [2012]. [With Hurricane Sandy, I thought] it was ironic and [shows how] you can’t really prepare for [the end of the world],” Dragon said.

By THOMAS EGAN The myths of unknown creatures, despite the lack of any solid evidence, have entertained and stimulated the imaginations of people for centuries. Bigfoot, werewolves, the Loch Ness Monster and El Chupacabra are legendary creatures that have transcended pop culture and folklore. These legends have attracted a massive following all across the world and have inspired TV shows, such as MonsterQuest, books and even a pseudoscience known as cryptozoology, the study of “hidden” animals and supernatural beings. Stemming from recent sightings and discoveries, these “monsters” can be considered modern myths, but others have longer histories dating back centuries ago to ancient mythology, like the Yeti of the Himalayan mountains. This purported beast, also known as

the Abominable Snowman, is rumored to stalk the high peaks of Nepal and Tibet and described as an ape-like, hairy creature that is taller than the average human male and walks on two feet. The Buddhist indigenous people told stories of a “Glacier Beast,” who they saw as the God of the Hunt. The Loch Ness Monster, also called Nessie, became famous after Dr. Kenneth Wilson snapped the famed “Surgeon’s Photograph,” a blurry image of a dark figure, which he said was the Loch Ness Monster, protruding out of the water, in 1934. The famous photograph of the Loch Ness Monster was revealed to be a hoax in 1975 by the Daily Telegraph. Dr. Wilson staged the photo with a small submarine. Most Bigfoot sightings have been revealed to be nothing more than men in hairy suits. Despite the abundance of contradictory evidence, these legendary creatures will always hold a place in people’s imagination because of their mysterious attraction and the possibility of their existence.

Stories of a large, hairy “wildman” have dated back to the early 1800s.

The Bigfoot, or Sasquatch, is described as a large, hairy, twolegged humanoid beast between 6-to-10 feet tall and over 500 lbs. It is reported to inhabit the northwest region of North America.

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By LIA VILLAR Watching director Roland Emmerich’s 2012, one cannot ignore the troubling scenes of the Californian earthquakes and meteor showers raining upon Earth. The chaos that ensued on Earth in 2012, not only enhances “end of the world” beliefs, but for freshman Hailey Dragon, the world coming to an end is more than a possibility. “I don’t believe it’s going to happen, but a part of me does. There is so much scientific evidence to back it up,” Dragon said. The discussions on the end of the world comes from the Mayan calendars that were used to track time in linear progressions within

Mayan myth inspires chaos

claims that the elites of the world are blood-drinking, shape-shifting reptilian humanoids whose only objective is to enslave the human race. Conspiracy theories range from the existence of extraterrestrials to the end of the modern world. These theories have impacted the entertainment world in multiple ways. Sparking television programs spotlighting people with extraterrestrial encounters and

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By HEATHER JANAS United States government officials assured people it was simply a weather balloon, not a UFO. On July 8, 1947, in Roswell, New Mexico, an unidentified flying object supposedly crashed. The incident was the spark of “UFO fever” in the United States. In Roswell, New Mexico, on July 1, 1976, another UFO sighting occurred. A man claimed to be walking home from a friend’s house at night when an egg-shaped object flew above him. Area 51 and Roswell are theorized to be two storage sites for crashed UFOs. Area 51 is under extreme surveillance and is classified “top secret” by the United States government. There is not proof that extraterrestrials exist or that Area 51 and Roswell have connections to aliens, but conspiracy theorists support the ideas that alien spaceships crashed in those two areas. “I believe there are many strange things in the universe. It is so big; we cannot be the only things [out there],”

junior Dakota Jones said. The existence of aliens is a notion that people view differently. There is no way to prove that aliens or UFOs are among us “It is more or less an impossibility that [aliens] do not [exist],” sophomore Christian Ketcham said. One man dedicates his time to UFO and extraterrestrial research. Retired United States Army Colonel John Alexander searches for evidence to prove their existence. While in the Army, he believes he saw what seemed to be a UFO. “I have never seen a UFO, [and] I would rather not. [Although] I know they are out there,” Ketcham said. Because of such heavy surveillance around Roswell, New Mexico and Area 51, conspiracy theorists believe the government is hiding secrets. According to Colonel Alexander’s book, UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities, he thinks it is logical that if extraterrestrial life does exist, Area 51 would be involved.

of two of the U.S. Navy’s vessels, the U.S.S. Cyclops (1918) and Flight 19 (1945). There is still no evidence for these disappearances. People believe the Triangle is an epicenter of alien abductions or sea monsters. “I think people believe what they have been told for so many years. Also, because it’s mysterious,” sophomore Ariel Collier said. Conspirator Gian Quasar has documented the Triangle for over 20 years. Quasar has gathered more than 350 cases, nearly half are disappearances. Quasar’s collection is the largest private repository of reports. According to history.com’s topic section, more than 50 ships and 20

airplanes have vanished in the Triangle. Opposed to aircrafts, ships have to factor in a strong ocean current known as the Gulf Stream. History.com’s Frequently Asked Questions, states this current can erase proof of accidents. Coast Guard History FAQ states they do not recognize the Triangle as a geographic area of specific danger because they believe the Triangle is harmless to ships or planes. “[Existence of the Triangle,] is something to believe in and people crave that, whether it’s a good thing or bad thing,” Hill said. The facts behind the Bermuda Triangle mystery have yet to be uncovered.

By JOSH HALLORAN Illuminati refers to a conspiratorial organization, which is alleged to mastermind events and control world affairs through governments and businesses to establish a New World Order. The thought of this dates back to the late 1700’s when the local citizens referred it to as a Bavarian Illuminati; the German philosopher Adam Weishaupt first originated the conspiracy. The modern day conspiracy theory is that a majority of the world events that happen are being controlled and manipulated by a secret society calling itself the Illuminati. Conspiracy

theorists claim that many notable people are members of the Illuminati such as Jay-Z, Kanye West and Lady Gaga One of the key accomplices in the Illuminati conspiracy theory is Myron Fagan, a famous American writer, producer and director. He devoted his later years to finding evidence that a variety of historical events like the Battle of Waterloo, The French Revolution and the JFK assassination by infiltrating the Hollywood film industry, in which he found that they were all orchestrated by the Illuminati. There are many pieces of evidence that help the case for one to accept the Illuminati’s beliefs and prove what they

have accomplished is accurate and true. “I think people that are accepted in society and that are very convincing, such as the Hollywood stars, Kanye West and Jay-Z, who sing about the Illuminati in a majority of their songs, make it easier for people to believe in it” sophomore Kyndall Webster said. It is believed that the famous hip-hop rapper Jay-Z is part of the Illuminati because of his descriptions in songs such as Most Kingz he refers to the Illuminati and says that they were associated with the death of Michael Jackson, Tupac and Biggie Smalls. When asked what his association with the Illuminati was, he just laughed.

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By JORDAN KNIGHT When one thinks of setting sail or boarding a plane, the last thought one has is disappearing. The Bermuda Triangle places the possibility of this happening in one’s face. Also known by its nickname “Devil’s Triangle,” it is located off the southeastern Atlantic coast of the United States. It is known for the disappearance of ships and aircrafts. “It’s just like a mystery story. No one really knows if it’s true or not,” senior Shelby Hill said. The Triangle has three points, roughly Miami, Puerto Rico and Bermuda. This conspiracy theory began 58 years ago with the disappearance

Disappearances remain evidenceless

What would you do if you saw an alien? I don’t know, I’d most likely be welcoming.

Have you ever seen a UFO? No.

What would you do if you were ever abducted by aliens? I don’t know; I hope I never get abducted.

Why do you think people get so freaked out by aliens? Well, they should. Who wouldn’t be? We don’t know what they can do if they’re real.

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To help needy families in Peru, the Spanish Department is collecting donations. All monies will help purchase llamas, which are essential to everyday life in Peru. For more information talk to Miguelina De La Cruz-Sosa in Room 10.219. The fund raiser ends on Dec. 19.

Bill Daniel, Boone Teacher of the Year, is one of the five finalists for OCPS Teacher of the Year. At an awards ceremony on Feb. 28, Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins will announce the winner. This is Daniel’s first time receiving the Teacher of The Year award.

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By ANNA MARIE BORIA Conspiracy theories have had people questioning what is fact or fiction since the early days of the first millennium, with the first theory recorded claiming Jesus was married to Mary Magdalene. A more eccentric theory

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on YouTube and taught herself different makeup styles and ideas. Castillo and her childhood friend, sophomore Karissa Ramos, decided to make their own YouTube channel for fashion and makeup tips in December 2011. Their YouTube channel has 194 subscribers and 10,510 video views. Ramos is often used as the guinea pig for new makeup ideas. She gives feedback to Castillo and gives tips as to how she can improve. “It does not bother me [being the guinea pig]. I think it is cool being the first one to see it,” Ramos said. Castillo started to experiment with makeup in eighth grade. “I like the colors a lot. I know [the makeup] is not what defines you. It is just really fun,” Castillo said. Castillo started her own business of doing girls’ hair and makeup for special occasions such as prom.. Prices range from $5-$10. Her first customer was Ramos’s mom in June 2011. Castillo received a $5 tip, beginning her Stay

Classy Makeup business. “I like peoples’ reactions when I finish their makeup. I like making other people happy,” Castillo said. To spread the word about the business, Ramos helped hand out business cards. Both of their mothers help by telling their friends about Castillo. Castillo also has a page on Facebook advertising her business. “I think that it is awesome that she found something she really enjoys and she could definitely make a career out of it,” Ramos said. Castillo wants the cosmetology business as a side job. She is currently attending John Casablancas Modeling & Career Center where she is learning about etiquette and modeling techniques. Casablancas also offers business classes and teaches participants about how to get a job. When the final bell rings for school to end and kids go to their various after school activities, Castillo is preparing herself for her future.

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I think [videos] are really fun to do because I can be really creative with them. I want to see if other people like my videos and use them for themselves.

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By BRIDGETTE NORRIS With a sense of creativity and a knack for entrepreneurship, senior Elisa Castillo spends her spare time hosting photo shoots and making and selling jewelry. “I am an artsy person and enjoy making jewelry. I got involved in photography by just seeing really good pictures and thinking, ‘I want to take pictures like that’,” Castillo said. Using the Internet as her resource, Castillo learned photography tips, how to operate the camera and jewelry making skills. “I got bored and thought [homemade jewelry] looked cool and wanted to try it,” Castillo said. Her jewelry costs $5 for earrings, $7 for rings and key chains and $10 for necklaces and bracelets. Some prices do vary depending on how time consuming and difficult it is to make. “I usually do requests for jewelry. People tell me what they want and I go off that, whether it be the theme or style of jewelry,” Castillo said. Prior to the jewelry making, Castillo began her photography hobby with a small digital camera before upgrading to a Nikon d5000. The camera upgrade comes in handy during Castillo’s photo shoots, like the one with senior Shaffaq Noor. “We were laughing through the whole photo shoot, just joking around and having fun. I didn’t think the pictures would come out as good as they did,” Noor said. Castillo books photo shoots with friends and her friend’s families. She charges for them depending on how long it takes and uploads the pictures on Facebook, www.facebook.com/elisacastillophotography, afterwards. Although right now Castillo’s photography and jewelry are ways to pass time, her dream is to be a professional photographer, but thinks it is not very practical. “I don’t want to rely on waiting to see if I get lucky. Instead, I will find a realistic job to support me and keep photography as a side project, like I do now. Hopefully with time and practice, I am able to make a name for myself,” Castillo said.

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and proud of themselves due to their achievements in the weight room,” Smith said. Being involved with students during and after school gives a positive vibe. When Smith gets home from school, the first thing she does is unpack the bike and go for a run. Smith looks forward to her run and tries to run every day. “Sometimes, the run is needed because I’m not feeling positive, other times the run is just amazing because I am feeling positive already,” Smith said. Being active helps Smith be alert during the day, helps her brain work better and makes her feel healthy. The more active she is, the better she feels. “I know the athletes I encounter appreciate my time and efforts and there are so many of my students that show their appreciation to me every day,” Smith said.

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has to work late nights and is unable to attend. “If I’m not [able to go to one of his basketball games], I support him at home by encouraging him to achieve his goals,” Campbell said. There is a rule in Bergan’s house that he is only allowed to play sports if he has A’s and B’s in all of his classes. “Academics are very important; if you don’t have academics you don’t have anything,” Campbell said. It is more important to Campbell for her son to do better in his academics than his athletics. She wants him to do well in school so he will have opportunities that she did not. Due to his love for sports, Bergan keeps his grades up so he is able to play. He plans to continue to play basketball and football throughout high school so he can become a starter for junior varsity and varsity. Although Bergan likes to play basketball, he would prefer to play football in college because he thinks it is more exciting. He plans to achieve his goal of playing a sport in college by playing in high school. He plans to focus on the basics while remaining dedicated and practicing so he can become a better athlete.

By TOMMY MCDONALD After getting home from water polo practice and studying for his five AP classes, junior Israel Miller still has not started practicing for Quiz Bowl. Luckily for Miller, his academic schedule prepares him for the upcoming Florida All County Quiz Bowl Tournament in April. “It would be like studying for the SAT, you can’t really do it. All I do is go in to have fun and show off my stuff,” Miller said. Quiz Bowl is similar to Jeopardy, but with teams. Questions range from science, history, math, English, fine arts and the foreign languages of Spanish and French. Quiz Bowl sponsor Christina Baybay Bykov selected Miller to try out for the All County team in November after the school season concluded. “I was pretty surprised [to make it to the All County Team]. I almost feel like I don’t deserve it, [because] I beat a bunch of seniors that I thought would do better than me,” Miller said. He will now train with the All County team at Winter

Park and West Orange high schools until the state meet in April. Miller suspects that the team will study old released questions from past Quiz Bowl tournaments. The schools third place finish in the Quiz Bowl playoffs displayed Miller’s skill. Even though Miller is a top player, he does not spend any time on his own preparing for the event. “He’s quick. He has good recall. He’s not a timid player, and that’s very good. You can’t doubt yourself. You have to take risks,” Baybay Bykov said Miller and the rest of the Orange County Quiz Bowl team will compete at Disney for four days against other county Quiz Bowl teams. Miller is the only student advancing from Boone’s Quiz Bowl team, an opportunity only six students in Orange

County receive. “It’s not about Boone. I want Orange County to take the State Championship,” Baybay Bykov said.

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By DELANEE BOGAN Hearing a loud beeping noise, he slowly hits his alarm clock, turning it off, still exhausted from the night before. Staying out late playing basketball and waking up early for his club basketball team practice is not unusual for freshman Alexis Bergan and his busy schedule. “[The best part of being on the freshman team] is that I get to represent Boone and play basketball with my friends. Basketball is a way to get your anger out and a good way to make new friends,” Bergan said. Bergan is the starting shooting guard on the freshman team and was the starting wide receiver on the freshman football team. Practicing basketball for 10 hours a week is helping him improve his skills as well as prepare for next year, “[Through basketball I’ve learned] to be a good leader and my communication skills have improved,” Bergan said. As well as being on the freshman team, Bergan is on the Florida Basketball Volleyball Association Club Team. He joined the FBVA club team in December 2012, but started playing basketball in eighth grade. “I think it’s a good opportunity for him to improve himself in basketball and work with others on the team,” mother, Rachel Campell said. Campbell supports her son by trying to go to all of his basketball games, but can find this difficult because she often

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teacher Glenn Listort said. Smith’s 15 minute ride to school gives her an opportunity to think and allows her to clear her head and let go of anything that is bothering her before she gets into her classroom. “I’d like to think I have a good attitude most days. The attitude I come to school with determines how my lesson will go and how my kids will receive the information,” Smith said. When the dismissal bell rings she heads to weightlifting practice. Smith has practice every day. Smith packs up her 1973 Schwinn Varsity bicycle, which used to be her father’s, and rides it to the 700 building. Smith likes to coach weightlifting because she participated in the sport when she attended Boone as a student. “I found it to be such a personally rewarding sport; it is really you against yourself. I loved how it made me feel confident, and now I love watching my athletes feel confident

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By PAULA MORALES Popular belief says teachers do not have a life outside of school. Except they actually do. A prime example of this is science teacher Emily Smith. Smith shows that teachers do things other than teach; in this case, biking to school. It gives her additional exercise and saves her money on gas. Currently, she spends an average of $35 or less on gas monthly and reduces wear on her car. “It sets a great example for my students because we are such a car obsessed society, and it’s totally possible to exist without using a car on a daily basis,” Smith said. To start off her day, Smith pumps her bike tires and makes sure her lights are functioning. Then she packs up her bike panniers and is out the door by 6:30 a.m. “I think it’s great. I wish I could do it. It shows a commitment to maintaining physical condition,” chemistry

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A Valentine’s Day Deep Thoughts Comedy Improvisation Show is Feb. 12, to raise funds to bring in the original Broadway dogs Bruiser and Rufus from Legally Blonde the Musical for their spring production of the hit Broadway show. Rob Ward is hosting the show; tickets are $5.

The French Honor Society is offering tutoring sessions for students who need help with French. One-on-one lessons with teachers (Ann Ballentine or Dr. Safia Mami) are also available. Tutoring is available Tuesday, Thursday and Friday in Rooms 10.205 or 10.209 from 6:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.

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By MEGHAN COTTON When the last school bell rings, kids begin their after school activities. When 4:31 p.m. rolls around, sophomore Melody Castillo helps girls by teaching them makeup application both in person and on YouTube. “I think [videos] are really fun to do because I can be really creative with them. I want to see if other people like my videos and use them for themselves,” Castillo said. Castillo learned from other tutorials

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through a basin of water to purify and cool the end result, which is channeled to be inhaled through a hose. While the current laws regarding smoking hookah mirror those regarding cigarettes, which require one to be 18 years old to smoke, hookah is often easier to acquire, and annually less expensive than cigarettes. Since cigarette smoke is saturated with more harmful chemicals and nicotine than hookah smoke, it is assumed that hookah is safer. On the contrary, while hookah smoke is more purified, and contains less harmful substances than cigarette smoke does, the sheer amount of smoke inhaled during a hookah session is enough to make hookah the more harmful activity. A single hookah session can be the equivalent of smoking 100 or more cigarettes, according to the World Heath Organization. “[I don’t worry about the health risks of smoking hookah] at the moment,

but long term, when I think about the things that could happen, I kind of worry,” senior Laya Al-khalil said. Al-khalil has been smoking hookah since she was 14 years old. Originally from a small village in Lebanon, Al-khalil’s family smoked hookah as a cultural tradition, rather than as a social activity. On the flip side, senior Jane Doe started smoking hookah over the past winter break, after her friends introduced her to it. “[I smoke] for fun,” Doe said. “It’s fun do to tricks with the smoke. It passes time and doesn’t get boring.” What is generally lesser known is that hookah can also be addictive. Since users inhale more total nicotine, the addictive agent in tobacco, from hookah sessions, smokers can get addicted faster and more severely than cigarette smokers. “[I’m addicted] because it comes up a lot in my life, and I use it as an escape.

I really want to smoke right now,” Doe said. “It calms you down, and it separates you from everything else. ” While the current laws regarding smoking hookah mirror those regarding cigarettes, which require one to be 18 years old to smoke, hookah is often easier to get a hold of than cigarettes. One only needs to buy one hookah, which can then be used by many, only having to replace the tobacco, rather than buy the whole package repeatedly. “It’s relaxing, but it’s a social thing, it opens up conversations and you meet new people,” Alkhalil said. Because of the idea of hookah being less harmful, it is taking more of a hold in the teenage community. Hookahs are relatively inexpensive and are seen as a social activity, rather than an equally, if not more, addictive alternative to cigarettes. There are currently 26 hookah bars in Orlando, the majority of which charge $10 to use their hookahs.

pleasure in both forms of smoking. “My body wanted the nicotine. Just holding it felt natural,” Colson said. Nearly every organ in the body is harmed as a result of smoking. It is a main cause of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema which damages the air sacs in the lungs. Health teacher and track coach Darcy Jeffers lost her grandmother due to emphysema as a result of smoking. Not only does nicotine have an internal effect on the body, but it also affects appearances. Examples include browning teeth, rotting gums, acne and the ever-lingering smell of smoke. “If you smoke, you smell. Your house smells and your car smells. I tried

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is linked with kidney damage, has killed teens and caused over 11,000 emergency room visits in 2010, according to CNN in “Teen narrowly escapes death after smoking synthetic marijuana.” According to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration spokeswoman Barbara Carreno, synthetic marijuana can be 100 times stronger than marijuana. “[Synthetic marijuana] is literally the scariest s**t I have ever done. It’s really easy to smoke too much. I was in danger of going into cardiac arrest last time I smoked too much. It’s a really, really scary high. It’s actually a lot of fun though,” John Doe said. Weed has affected student’s reputations in high school. Whether it is viewed as a positive trait to smoke it, or a negative one, it changes student’s perceptions of each other. “I lost all of my friends because I was doing it. I didn’t care what people [thought] of me because I was happy,” Jane Doe said. Marijuana is linked to causing cancer and having no effect, so its exact effects are unknown and likely different for each individual. Some users understand that what they are doing is bad for them, but that fact does not stop them. “It will affect me later in life. Smoking anything is really bad for you, but it won’t affect me ‘til later,” senior Joe Smith said. John Doe has little concern for smoking marijuana and actually is certain it will not effect him at all. Although health effects are not certain, legal consequences will affect students for the their entire life.

By JACKSON CRUMBLY Use of tobacco is prominent in the United States today, such as cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco. Smokeless tobacco, commonly referred to as “dip,” has been around ever since tobacco was harvested. Dip is extremely common among athletes, particularly in baseball, because one can do it while playing or practicing the sport, unlike smoking tobacco. This sort of tobacco has also found its way to students, both during and after school hours. One can purchase dip, like smoking tobacco, at the age of 18, but that does not always mean minors cannot get their hands on it. Junior John Doe, age 17, dips five times a day, at school and spends nearly $40 a week on smokeless tobacco. Doe started dipping when he was 12 years old. “I was fishing with my buddies and dipping sounded like a fantastic idea,” Doe said. Doe’s brands of choice are Long Cut ($3.29 a can) and Grizzly ($3.75 a can). Doe believes dipping relieves headaches more effectively than Aspirin and relaxes him when he is stressed. Currently, Doe does not plan on

quitting. In 13 states, including Florida, if a minor is caught using tobacco he must attend educational awareness classes on tobacco use. In addition he will be fined up to $250 and the user’s driver’s license may be suspended. Also, the parents of the underage user can be convicted of a violation and forced to attend these classes with the user. Peter Post, baseball coach and algebra teacher, doesn’t let students or players dip at all and is against anyone, young or old, using tobacco. If he catches a player he makes the player sit out a week of practices and games. “I think dipping is bad period. I think a lot of the guys see the professional players doing it,” Post said. Major League Baseball has banned players from carrying tobacco cans on them during games and using during interviews but has not banned players using it during play. Dip contains nicotine, like cigarettes, which is an addictive drug that makes one crave it. Among nicotine, dip contains 28 other carcinogens including: cadmium used in car batteries; lead; n-nitrosamines; polonium 210, a type of nuclear waste; hydrazine; benzopyrene; uranium 235; used in

nuclear weapons and fiberglass. Studies show, due to its higher levels of nicotine, dip is harder to quit than cigarettes. Once one has become addicted to dip it is extremely difficult to stop, and can induce one with withdrawals. If one is a constant user before the age of 18, there is an 80 percent chance he will use it for the rest of his life. Along with cancer of the pancreas and mouth, dip also increases risk of gum disease and heart disease from higher blood pressure. Dip also reduces an athlete’s ability to perform because it causes slower reaction time. Dipping can be harmful or even fatal to the user’s health and starting earlier only increases one’s risks. Both smoking and smokeless tobacco present unhealthy risks for one’s future and could affect one’s future.

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of a school, park, college or any other qualified area, the penalty for selling automatically jumps to a felony with a maximum 15 year sentence and $10,000. Minors can attend Drug Court instead of going through the normal county juvenile court. The system puts the convicted into a counseling program where the minor can eventually remove the offense from his record if he follow the curfews, pass drug tests and attend his counseling sessions. Despite possible legal consequences, sophomore Jane Doe smokes a few times a week and on weekends. Despite it being a time consuming and halfdebilitating habit, she has been able to maintain her 4.3 weighted GPA. She credits marijuana for pulling her out of depression and helping her build a relationship with her sibling through smoking together. Marijuana for all the negative connotations associated with it, hasn’t been fully negative according to John Doe, but that is not to say its benefits outweigh its negatives. “It relieves a lot of stress. When I’m really pissed off I have to smoke or I’ll punch something. I’ve gotten involved in a lot of hard drugs, coke, molly and it’s mainly because you buy pot from drug dealers who are involved in other drugs,” John Doe said. Similar in name, but different in practice, synthetic marijuana, also known as spice or K2, is more harmful to its users than smoking weed. Synthetic weed can be found at some gas stations under a variety of names, even though Congress outlawed it’s sale in 2012. It

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smoker wants to stop, there are medical treatments available over the-counter. If sheer willpower is not effective in quitting, the treatments are a safe and affordable option. Nicotine replacement chewing gums, patches and inhalers exist to curve the addiction to cigarette smoking and to wean users off of nicotine. Not all replacements are effective and results vary depending on the addiction level. “I quit cold turkey. [The health effects weren’t] worth it. The pros and cons didn’t level out. [The cigarettes] were killing me,” Colson said. Choosing whether or not to smoke is a personal decision. No matter what one believes the pro’s of smoking are, the simple fact is that smoking shortens lives and deteriorates the body.

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[smoking] once and decided it wasn’t for me,” Jeffers said. It does not take long for social or physical activities to become a hassle. “[Smoking] causes you to have a constant cycle of stress. It was hard to work out because [I’m] out of breath,” Colson said. Kicking the habit is easier said than done. The National Institute on Drug Abuse states, “For some people, the feel, smell, and sight of a cigarette and the ritual of obtaining, handling, lighting, and smoking the cigarette are all associated with the pleasurable effects of smoking and can make withdrawal or craving worse.” The symptoms of withdrawal can include depression, anxiety, increased appetite, irritability and more. If a

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By MEGHAN COTTON Call it what smokers will, a cig, a nail in the coffin or a stogie, cigarettes will inflict the same amount of damage no matter what name they go by. People of all ages smoke cigarettes for different reasons. Senior James Colson started smoking during the summer because it was the thing to do. “I thought it would just be cool. It was a good stress reliever,” Colson said. It does not take long before the addiction kicks in. There are more than 4,000 chemicals found in tobacco products when smoked. These chemicals are found not only in cigarettes, but are also found when smoking hookah. Nicotine, the most common chemical, triggers the reward pathways which control feelings of

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of teens asked knew that using hookah was more detrimental to their health than using cigarettes

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By COOPER BROCK Often thought a less harmful alternative to cigarettes, hookah has become a popular substitute. The facts behind this preconceived notion, however, say otherwise. A hookah, or water pipe, is essentially a cooling system for tobacco smoke that was invented in Persia during the 1500’s. Flavored tobacco is placed into a bowl, which is then burned, and the smoke passes

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By TOMMY McDONALD It is no surprise that students engage in the practice of smoking cannabis. Although, it’s usually referred to as marijuana, mary jane, pot, weed, or a variety of other names, these casual names do not detract from how serious using the illegal substance can be. “I know a lot of people who have been charged with the possession of marijuana and others who have been charged with distribution, and [they] are ruined,” freshman John Doe said. Marijuana is the number one used illicit drug in the United States, but it is not necessarily the most harmful. Over 800,000 Americans are arrested each year for marijuana possession or another marijuana-related crime according to drugpolicy.org in “10 Facts About Marijuana.” Possessing marijuana can result in up to 10 years in prison. “I’ve seen too many go to jail as a result of making the stupid choice to use, sell or possess marijuana at school,” Student Resource Officer Kenneth Pinkston said. If one is caught with 20 grams or less of marijuana, the maximum sentence is one year and $1,000 fine. If one is caught with more than 20 grams, it is a felony and the penalties are equivalent to owning 25 or less marijuana plants. That includes a maximum of five years in prison and a maximum $5,000 fine. Selling 20 grams or less contains the same legal consequences as possession of the same amount. Selling 25 pounds or less becomes a felony with a five year maximum sentence and maximum $5,000 fine. When within 1,000 feet

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Prom season is just around the corner. For students in need of proper attire, but cannot afford it, check out the Kemosabe Kloset. Gently-used and/or new backpacks are desperately needed. There is also a high need for 16 and larger-sized Junior/Misses jeans.

Parents or students can still order cap and gowns at www.herfforlando.com. One can also go to the Herff Jones office located at 112 N. Wymore Rd., Winter Park, to place an order. Cap and gowns are $65.

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Entertainment Software Association’s 2012 Essential Facts report. With 49 percent of United States households owning a game console, this shows the increasing popularity of the video game. Video game release events are becoming as popular as releases of blockbuster movies. Release dates of popular video games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, attract crowds of thousands to wait in

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line for a chance to get the $40 video game. A chart with upcoming releases is included in this spread. The impact that the video game world has on this generation of students is large despite the fact that the average video gamer player is 30 years old. Students are actively involved with multiple elements from the digital gaming industry. This spread highlights upcoming releases of popular video games. The

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reaction of students to these upcoming games and ones they are most excited for. With the video game industry being so successful, there’s stiff competition between video game consoles. Below, there is a breakdown of popular video game consoles and a preview of consoles coming soon. Whether they are used to lose weight or just an escape, the world of gaming has changed the world of entertainment.

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• Weight: 2.1 kilograms • Dualshock 3 wireless controller • CPU: Cell Broadband Engine

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Creed series. Myranda Welch, freshman

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Battlefield 4, because the graphics are really realistic. Joseph Johnson, junior

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Price: anywhere from under $300 to upwards of $460 RAM: 8 GB Network: 802.11b/g/n Weight: 210 grams Dualshock 4 controllers & PS4 “Eye” CPU: x86-64 AMD “Jaguar”, 8 cores

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Marvel Heroes, because it’ll be a chill game to kick back and play with the boys. Keaton Arkeilpane, sophomore

What upcoming game are you most excited for?

Grand Theft Auto V Date: Sept. 17 System: PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 Rating: Pending Description: The 15th game in the series overall, Grand Theft Auto V will

Tom Clancy Splinter Cell: Blacklist, because it is futuristic warfare. Jonathan Porter, senior

Battlefield 4 Date: Fall System: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 Rating: Pending Description: In the 13th game in the Battlefield series. one plays as a member of the U.S. special forces squad, “Tombstone”, named Recker in the year 2020. The campaign has been confirmed to take place throughout Russia, the United States and China. It is the sequel to the highly popular and critically praised Battlefield 3. Marvel Heroes Date: June 4 System: Windows, OS X Rating: Pending Description: In this free online game, players work to defeat Doctor Doom as their favorite Marvel Characters. Fan favorites like Iron Man, Deadpool, SpiderMan, Captain America, and Wolverine appear, as well as villains like Magneto, Rhino and Venom.

Watch Dogs Date: To be announced Systems: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360 Rating: Pending Description: In an alternate reality, Chicago is one of many cities run by CtOS: a super computer that controls all of the information in the city. The game follows master hacker Aiden Pearce as he must hack into this operating system to obtain and control information. Dealing with

focus on three protagonists in pursuit of money in the fictional city of Los Santos. Considered to be the absolute most anticipated game of 2013, the first release in the series since 2008.

themes of society’s growing dependence on technology, this complex game is considered to be one the most anticipated games of the year and won several Best of awards at the Electronic Entertainment Expo.

series, agent Sam Fisher returns, this time hunting a group of dangerous terrorists planning several attacks on the United States called “The Blacklist.” Fans of the series look forward to this installment after waiting three years.

Watch Dogs , because it seems different, and the producing company is well known [for the] Assassin’s

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Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell: Blacklist Date: Aug. 20 Systems: Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360 Rating: Pending Description: In the seventh installment of Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell

By OLIVIA QUATTRONE The Last of Us Date: June 14 System: PlayStation 3 Rating: M (Mature) Description: After a deadly fungus decimates most of the human population, survivors Joel and Ellie must trek across the post-apocalyptic United States, dodging infected former humans and the new, harsh military government. The Last of Us is critically acclaimed, having won several awards already.

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The Todd C. Smith /FSPA Student Journalist of the Year is senior Lindsay Alexander, the Editor-in-Chief of Hi-Lights newspaper. Alexander received a $500 scholarship. The award recognizes the exceptional contributions of student journalists in Florida. Alexander submitted a portfolio of her work, which was evaluated by media professionals and journalist educators.

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Bright House Sports Networks selected soccer player senior Connor Wood as the 2012-13 Orange County Boys Soccer Player of the Year. On May 29, Wood will be recognized at the Bright House Networks Breakfast of the Champions at the Florida Citrus Bowl.

BRIGHTHOUSE ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

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By SAM HOLLEMAN In the world of technology, new electronics are constantly changing and improving. At many points it seems hard to keep up with the latest technology, and doing so can become costly. In some situations, the updated technology does not compensate for the price. It can be cheaper and easier to buy an older model of an electronic rather than the latest versions. Here are some of the biggest gaming systems compared to help people make the best choice when it comes time to purchase a new system.

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By ANNA MARIE BORIA The diverse world of video gaming makes exploding cars, annihilations of zombies and fighting alongside Iron Man possible. With the rapid rise in technology, more people are turning to the digital world for their entertainment. The increase of popularity in the video game world is proving to be a successful one with a gross-income of $24.75 billion in 2012, according to

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[I’m most excitied for] Marvel Heroes because it’ll be a chill game to kick back ad play with the boys. Keaton Arkeilpane, sophomore

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Most Likely to Win an Oscar Mallory Paul and Caleb Roche

Most Likely to Brighten Your Day Olusegun Akinwolere and Nichole Clayton

Biggest Flirt Jennifer Dunn and Travis Snethen

Most Likely to Become President Christine Maloney and William McMillin

Best to Bring Home to Mom and Dad Cameron McNeil and Cooper Brock

Best All Around Shelbee Simmons and John Townsend

Most Changed Since Freshman Year Robert Pell and Emily Porterfield

Biggest Dreamer Jason Fennimore and Jaclyn Thomas

Most Likely to Appear on a Reality Show Rhapsody Arias and Fabio Hediger

Class Clown Dean Buckley and Delaney Arkeilpane

Most Mature Erick Sanchez and Devan Spear

Best Smile Devin Thomas and Chandler Dye

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Best Sense of Style Jacqueline Robertson and William Stone

Worst Case of Senioritis Bryan Capps and Nicole Lucas

Most Athletic Bailey Florin and Aaron Turman

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Always study and earn good grades, because swag, friends, and being cool won’t pay bills.

Performing at Carnegie Hall with Wind Symphony at New York Band Festival, March 2011 under the direction of Mr. Butler. Nothing has topped this. Nicholas Ryan Hughes, senior

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Heart of Gold Alexandra Schelle and Thomas Babb

Most Likely to Become a Millionaire Megan Tracy and Trent Sellers

Mr. and Ms. BHS Dillon Knox and Merrie Grace Harding

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Most Artistic Ivy Lane and Tyler Abel

Best School Spirit Thomas Egan and Coral Dixon

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By ANNA MARIE BORIA From those who are most likely to appear on a reality show to the students picked to be the epitome of what Boone High School is about, the Senior Class presented 20 different superlatives at prom on April 20. The Class of 2013 voted on the superlatives from March 11-15. “I think [giving out superlatives] is a cute thing for the students to do. For someone who is shy, they can get recognized. It’s a nice honor, and it’s not something negative,” Senior Class sponsor Sarah Kittrell said. There are eight new awards: Most Likely to Win an Oscar, Most Mature, Best Sense of Style, Most Likely to Appear on a Reality Show, Most Likely to Become a Millionaire, Most Likely to Become President, Heart of Gold and Biggest Dreamer. The biggest awards of the night are Mr. and Ms. BHS. Seniors Dillon Knox and Merrie Harding walked away with this title. Harding’s older brother and sister were Mr. and Ms. BHS in 2009 and 2010, respectively.

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http://hilights.smugmug.com/ Academics/2012-13-BHS-Hi-Lights/ Classroom-Candids/25458254_ cSBwmD#!i=2509639764&k=XWqTc5P


Photography

http://hilights.smugmug.com/ Academics/2012-13-BHS-Hi-Lights/ Classroom-Candids/25458254_ cSBwmD#!i=2509640532&k=TVSwKM2


Multimedia/open

http://teacherpress.ocps.net/hilights/2013/04/05/pilotshows-potential-2/ What’s mine? Story Captions Design Photos Art Alternative copy


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http://teacherpress.ocps.net/hilights/2013/03/08/fashion-show-lacks-excitement/ What’s mine? Story Captions Design Photos Art Alternative copy


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http://teacherpress.ocps.net/hilights/2013/02/27/oscarnight-brings-surprises/ What’s mine? Story Captions Design Photos Art Alternative copy


http://teacherpress.ocps.net/hilights/2013/01/17/season-premiere-brings-diversity/

Multimedia/open

What’s mine? Story Captions Design Photos Art Alternative copy


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http://teacherpress.ocps.net/hilights/2012/10/29/swimming-places-fifth/ What’s mine? Story Captions Design Photos Art Alternative copy


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http://teacherpress.ocps.net/hilights/2012/10/06/raininterrupts-laps/ What’s mine? Story Captions Design Photos Art Alternative copy


Anna Marie Boria 2013 Portfolio