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Kin sey Seacord Portfolio 2012


Cover Letter


KINSEY SEACORD KINSEY SEACORD 6849 Scythe Ave. Hometown, FL 32812 kseacord@cfl.rr.com (407) 353- 0166 April 24, 2012 Mary McDaniel Camp Supervisor San Pedro Center 2400 Dike Road Winter Park, FL 32792 Dear Mrs. McDaniel: If the San Pedro Retreat Facility is ever in need of a counselor for the 2012 summer camp, I hope you seriously consider my application. On which, you will find that my diverse qualifications make me a prime example of a hard working individual. I am writing to ask if there are any positions open at this time and whether I would be able to attain one. As a previous counselor, I have experience working with children of all ages and with the staff members. I feel the knowledge I obtained last year will aid me in becoming a more well rounded guide when at camp. The responsibility that came with being a staffer last year, strengthened my teamwork skills and patience. I truly enjoy working with others and being social in my occupations. I follow instructions very adamantly and I am extremely attentive in all areas of work. Because of my outgoing personality, I would be able to advise and instruct others while gently leading them in the right direction. I am currently the president of the Social Justice Club at my school, which mirrors my leadership skills and my abilities of organization. I would appreciate you taking the time to read my letter and considering me for the position. I look forward to hearing from you. Respectfully yours,

Kinsey Seacord Enclosed: resume


Resume


KINSEY SEACORD OBJECTIVE To obtain a counselor position at San Pedro Center EXPERIENCE / SKILLS Newspaper Staff Member, William R. Boone High School Aug 2010 - June 2012. Composed and researched information for news and editorial articles using online and personal sources. Captured and researched photos for placement in publication. Utilized the applications of Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. Obtained oral and written communication skills. Camp counselor, San Pedro Retreat Facility, July 2011 - present. Worked overnight and day camps for week long durations with children ages of five through seventeen National Honor Society; tutor, Lunch + at William R. Boone High School Babysitter 2007 - present Certified by the American Red Cross in Lifeguarding and First Aid on 5/15/2011 Certified by the American Red Cross in CPR - AED for Lifeguards on 5/15/2011 Certified by the American Red Cross in Babysitting Training on 3/22/2008 Cashier, Cold Stone Creamery December 2012 - present, Worked creating signature ice cream creations and handling the cash register. Developed communication skills and general maintenance skills. EDUCATION Completed four years at William R. Boone High School, graduation date: June 2, 2012 Relevant high school studies: Journalism I, I and II, Advanced Placement Language, Advanced Placement United States History, Law Magnet, Advanced Placement American Government, Advanced Placement Psychology, Advanced Placement American Literature Composition, Spanish I, II, III. ACTIVITIES / AWARDS Freshman volleyball team for William R. Boone High School Social Justice President, 2010 - present, Environmental Club, 2010 - present, Serendipity Club, 2010 - present Attended Colombia Scholastic Press Association Journalism Conference. Spring 2010 Blessed Trinity Youth Group Member of National Honor Society Mission trip to Atlanta, GA, June 21-26 2011 Camp Orlando, 2010 Second Place in Feature Writing, Third Place in Photography Florida Scholastic Press Association honorable mention editorial writing National Scholastic Press Association Honor Roll Florida Scholastic Press Association Silver Crown, Hilights Newspaper COMMUNITY SERVICE Volunteer at Russell Home Thrift Store, Project Green Up Boone with Environmental Club, Project Good Tidings, Thirty Hour Famine, book drives and created care kits for soldiers with Social Justice Club, hosted speakers for Invisible Children and slept out for the Rescue Me Project, hosted fundraiser and speaker Alan Crotzer for Innocents Project, Collected toys for Toys for Tots, Gleaning corn, oranges, and watermelons for homeless shelters, worked at rummage sale at Blessed Trinity Catholic Church, fundraised for and protested with Coalition of Immokalee Workers, Protested Wesboro Church at Dr. Philips, and raised money for the Chilean Miners with Social Justice Club. REFERENCES Renee Burke, National Board Certified Journalism Teacher, renee.burke@ocps.net, 407-893-7200 x 6014614 Javed Barsati, Manager of Coldstone Creamery, javedbarsati@yahoo.com, 631-880-2415 Cynthia Schmidt, Social Justice Club Sponsor, cynthia.schmidt@ocps.net, 407-893-7200 x 6014638


Business Cards


KINSEY SEACORD HI-LIGHTS NEWSPAPER Staffer

6849 Scythe Ave Orlando, FL 32812 407-353-0166 kseacord@cfl.rr.com

Certified in lifeguarding, first aid and CPR-AED

KINSEY SEACORD HI-LIGHTS NEWSPAPER Staffer

6849 Scythe Ave Orlando, FL 32812 407-353-0166 kseacord@cfl.rr.com

Certified in lifeguarding, first aid and CPR-AED

KINSEY SEACORD HI-LIGHTS NEWSPAPER Staffer

6849 Scythe Ave Orlando, FL 32812 407-353-0166 kseacord@cfl.rr.com

Certified in lifeguarding, first aid and CPR-AED

KINSEY SEACORD HI-LIGHTS NEWSPAPER Staffer

6849 Scythe Ave Orlando, FL 32812 407-353-0166 kseacord@cfl.rr.com

Certified in lifeguarding, first aid and CPR-AED

KINSEY SEACORD HI-LIGHTS NEWSPAPER Staffer

6849 Scythe Ave Orlando, FL 32812 407-353-0166 kseacord@cfl.rr.com

Certified in lifeguarding, first aid and CPR-AED

KINSEY SEACORD HI-LIGHTS NEWSPAPER Staffer

6849 Scythe Ave Orlando, FL 32812 407-353-0166 kseacord@cfl.rr.com

Certified in lifeguarding, first aid and CPR-AED

KINSEY SEACORD HI-LIGHTS NEWSPAPER Staffer

6849 Scythe Ave Orlando, FL 32812 407-353-0166 kseacord@cfl.rr.com

Certified in lifeguarding, first aid and CPR-AED

KINSEY SEACORD HI-LIGHTS NEWSPAPER Staffer

6849 Scythe Ave Orlando, FL 32812 407-353-0166 kseacord@cfl.rr.com

Certified in lifeguarding, first aid and CPR-AED

KINSEY SEACORD HI-LIGHTS NEWSPAPER Staffer

6849 Scythe Ave Orlando, FL 32812 407-353-0166 kseacord@cfl.rr.com

Certified in lifeguarding, first aid and CPR-AED

KINSEY SEACORD HI-LIGHTS NEWSPAPER Staffer

6849 Scythe Ave Orlando, FL 32812 407-353-0166 kseacord@cfl.rr.com

Certified in lifeguarding, first aid and CPR-AED


Personal Essay


I enjoy taking journalism as well as writing in general. I’ve found that journalism overall has made me a more attentive writer. I began the actual class of journalism sophomore year when I took Journalism 1. Before, in middle school, I had excelled in my english classes, but I had never before written a news story. To succeed in Newspaper, I had to learn the rules that accompanied news stories. The style was different than anything I had experienced, so adjusting was a must. My plans for the future are to retain everything that I have learned in journalism and apply these skills to my college experience. While I will not be pursuing journalism as a major, I will be studying in the English department.


Self-analytical Evaluation


I have learned a lot of new things this year. The majority of the skills I have obtained are not technical mechanics, but more along the lines of self reliance and making deadline. This year I have only been late to deadline a few times. The respect I have learned for deadlines will not only save me stress in college, but will aid me when I get a job. Regarding actual production skills, I found that I have become more comfortable with my writing. Learning the proper way to write is an essential tool that can always be utilized. With over half the staff being new to Newspaper, teamwork was a must. The new staffers this year seemed to not ask as many questions as I did last year. But when one did ask a question, I tried to answer it in the best way I could. Karen and I’s teamwork made working on our Christmas charity stories a breeze. I honestly did not do many advertisement sales because my connections from last year pulled through. I discovered though, that when one has connections they should milk it, like I did with my ad sale to the YMCA. Not having older staffers there to help with every problem that appears has enhanced my self dedication. I have been able to work things out on my own, and on some occasions help others. A lot of my stories have gone in early for grading, which did not happen as much last year.


Reflection 1


My October sports story on swimming was my most significant piece of work for the publication this year. This is my best piece because I spent the most time on this story than any other. I contacted the coach, numerous athletes and the school’s website to get the information I needed. I fully dedicated my time to making this story interesting, as well as informational. The purpose of this story was to cover the boy’s and girl’s swim team and their progress over the season. I found the story easy to write, but the information in the story hard to obtain. I initially went to Coach Creighton who gave me statistics on the players and their meets. I decided to go to one of the team’s practices to get headshots and photos of the athletes swimming. It ended up raining midway through the practice, so I conducted interviews with additional players. Not only did this story feature the team as a whole, but it also featured Chelsie Britt, the Olympic qualifier on the team. She was not the easiest person to get a hold of and this created a complication. There was also a confrontation on the spelling of this athlete’s name. In my story, I got to use one of the new secondary coverage designs that I created earlier in the year. From this story I learned that putting time and effort into a piece makes the work more satisfying when it publishes. The finished product looks very visually pleasing. It has a dominant photo, as well as photos in the secondary coverage.


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Program keeps players on the field SPORTS MEDICINE ATHLETIC TRAINERS ASSIST ATHLETES By KARINA FLORES As soon as the afternoon bell rings, junior Bailey Jackson makes her way to the training room. With a lingering odor of dirty socks and sweat, she enters the room already getting in the football state of mind. Jackson’s place is not on the field with the players but on the sidelines with other student athletic trainers keeping football players hydrated and safe. “It’s more like an unofficial club. In class we learn book material about the body but we still do hands on work in the training room. The class is for learning the things you apply after school with the athletes,” junior Elaina Carrion said. Hands-on experience literally does mean hands on. Students learn how to advise athletes on avoiding injury and how to assess and treat sports-related injuries when they do happen. After receiving approval from the school’s certified athletic trainer, Sarah Coelho, students can tape an athlete’s injury. The students learn step-by-step procedures on using pre-wrap and medical tape to wrap an injury for support. “The most common injury has to be an ankle sprain. We are constantly wrapping ankle or wrists. We teach them how to be more careful to prevent their injury,” Carrion said. Others fill water coolers and water bottles with ice cold water and Gatorade to hydrate the athletes. Coelho, along with the student trainers, then monitor the freshman, junior varsity and varsity football practices every day after school. Community services hours are awarded for their time. The student athletic trainers include nine students: seniors Nikia Toomey, Joshua Rogachesky and Scott Slovenkay, and juniors Bailey Jackson, Kaiyla Brooks, Elisa Carrion, Elaina Carrion, Amanda Swartwout, and Michelle Duncan. Their

goal is to keep athletes as healthy as possible by providing support and encouragement to athletes, because ultimately they are there for them. “I’m here helping them stay healthy, and these guys love football. Seeing them loving the sport and their dedication after an injury makes it worth it,” Jackson said. The trainers understand the importance of their job. Four to five student trainers are present at each football game to help Coelho tend to the players. Coelho is required to be at every sports event and if needed student trainers are welcome too. Practices are crucial but the games is where it counts. “At games, it’s a lot more serious and I feel the tension in the air. They are so ‘in it to win it’. It’s really serious so I would say I’m on a different level. In practice, I’m laid back and chill, but in the game I’m on my toes ready to take action when I’m needed,” Jackson said. The students have formed a bond with each other and the athletes they see almost every school day at practices and games. Football practices and games are always priority because of its high-risk. The trainers get a chance to experience the sports medicine field while assisting Coelho. Wanting to help people is the leading motivation for the student trainers. “To me being a sports trainer means helping people be involved in whatever sport they are passionate about. For some people a sport is their life, so me helping them be able to play that sport means helping that person become the athlete they want to be,” Carrion said. The students involved in sports medicine began because of an interest in the career, but it has become that and more. To them, it is rewarding to help their peers, and most importantly the trainers begin to feel a part of the football family. “It’s rewarding because kids come ine with injuries and you help them get better. Its like we are playing a part in the athletes’ success in Boone sports. It’s like we are contributing to the team,” said Toomey.

photo/KARINA FLORES

wRAppINg up. Before football practice, junior Amanda Swartwout tapes an ankle. “I enjoy helping athletes return to play and perform their best,” Swartwout said. Most athletic trainers use the experience as a foundation for a career in sports medicine.

Teams drown their competition who’s who

Swimmings top players are introduced in this personal record list. wILLIAM STONE Personal Record: 100-meter Butterfly stroke 1:11

ABIgAIL SHEA Personal Record: 50-meter Freestyle 28 seconds

THOMAS EgAN Personal Record: 100-meter Breast stroke 1:23

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SWIMMERS HAVE POTENTIAL TO WIN STATE TITLE By KINSEY SEACORD With butterflies in her stomach, she sips her Redbull as she prepares for the swim meet, just minutes away. Junior Chelsie Britt has followed this pregame ritual ever since she can remember. A few feet away music can be heard booming from senior Abigail Shea’s headphones as she gets into her mental zone. “I always listen to rap before each of my races, it really pumps me up and makes me swim harder,” Shea said. Both Britt and Shea contribute to the school’s swim record, aiding them in a win against Osceola on Sept. 15. With a 4-3 season for the girls and 5-2 for the boys, the swim teams are starting the year with a winning record. On Sept. 10, at the Relay Meet at Winter Park High School, the boys placed 3rd while the girls placed 4th. Making improvements to help the team place higher, coach Rosalie Creighton, with the help of her fitness assistant Emily Smith, designed a new method of training to whip their athletes into prime shape. “[We are] working on core training through weight lifting and running. I hope this exercise will make the kids

stronger than before,” Creighton said. The secret weapon of the girls’ team is Britt, who transferred from Lake Highland Preparatory. Britt is one of the most valuable assets of the team. Holding a state record of 53.83 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly at the 2010 FHSAA Swimming Finals, Britt also qualified to swim at the Olympic trials in the 100-meter and the 200-meter butterfly events in June. “I think I help motivate the swimmers at Boone more than usual and encourage them to reach their full potential as swimmers,” Britt said. Another team leader is junior William Stone. With a personal record of 1:11 in the 100-meter butterfly event, Stone has set high goals for this season. “My expectation for the team is to win districts. It’s our only goal,” Stone said. “I [also] expect to be able to positively support my teammates in the pool and during school.” With an Olympic contender on the team Creighton hopes they will place in regionals and states. “I expect my team to be dedicated, work hard, have fun and represent Boone in a proud way,” Creighton said. The State Meet will be on Thursday, Nov 10 at the YMCA at 9 a.m.

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photo/KINSEY SEACORD

DEVOTION. At swim practice, sophomore Dakota Lewis rips through the water perfecting her butterfly stroke. “Swimming takes a lot of dedication. It would be nice for the team to make it to districts,” Lewis said. Lewis’ record in the 100-meter breast stroke is 1:20.

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First Draft of Reflection


Reflection 2


The piece that could still use some work is my October editorial on reality television. This was the first editorial that I wrote this year and I feel that my writing skills were rusty. When I now read the story, it sounds repetitive and states my opinions without backing them up with facts. I initially liked the tone I used in this story, but seeing it now, I believe that it sounds untrained. Meaning I could not articulate my tone in an experienced way. When I was working on this piece, I was additional writing my swimming sports story. I dedicated most of my time to my other story and as a result my editorial sounded unprofessional. If I had the chance I would change a lot of the diction I used in this story. I do not particularly like the metaphors I used anymore. I would also change the photo that was used because it looks very generic.


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opinions

Reality TV fosters new meaning MTV TRICKS VIEWERS INTO BELIEVING REALITY TV IS REAL By KINSEY SEACORD My fellow peers, you have been jipped. For years now MTV has been host to one of the most fake shows that has ever aired on television, Jersey Shore. Sadly, America has chosen to take the bait the larger than life cast has offered. Jersey Shore has taken over the nation, yet what these pseudo fistpumping Italians have yet to mention, is that their program is about as authentic as they are New Jersey-an’s. Do not get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy seeing drunk 20-year-olds as much as the next person, but what is unnerving is that some viewers actually believe that this form of entertainment is true to reality. It is sad that America has forgotten that reality TV is merely a projection of ridiculous situations life throws at people. This MTV series is meant to entertain and make trashy people feel better about themselves; it is not meant to exhibit reality. Spoiler alert: Jersey

Shore is scripted. The show, now based in Italy, has had numerous European citizens confess the whole show is a sham. From staging fights and rehearsing dialogue, this cast is about as real as JWoww’s chest. The car “accident” caused by cast member Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was recently outted as scripted by an Italian police officer who reported to the scene in Florence. According to The Daily Beast, he said the car was moving at an extremely low speed and a camera crew just happened to be set up. Not to mention the car she bumped into was her personal police escort, how convenient.

The Daily Beast additionally reported MTV had bought out O’Vesuvio’s pizzeria, the establishment which is currently pretending to employ the cast. The people who are shown as customers are, in truth, extras. Actual customers who are under the age of 30 and who are relatively attractive, are bribed to sign numerous confidentiality agreements in exchange for free pizza. But fear not die-hard fans, there is some truth to this story. Eight people can live together, go out for drinks and party every night with one another. They can also get in fights regularly and suffer from alcohol addictions. But

this is not called Jersey Shore, this is the Animal House Fraternity. Some of the situations on this show could happen in real life. For this reason it is labeled reality TV. Again, do not confuse this for Jersey Shore being real, these actors are merely portraying what would happen if eight trashy guidos intoxicated themselves every night. Ponder this for a second, say the cast did not earn their $100k an episode and a camera crew did not stalk their every move. This would leave eight raging alcoholics earning minimum wage who somehow are able to afford bachelor pads with jacuzzis. This situation would never be applicable in today’s economy. The Jersey Shore cast only glamorizes certain parts of life. MTV sweeps the boring technicalities, like payroll and taxes, under the rug. This fabricated show is plaguing our generation into thinking people really do live like this. In addition, these actors are convincing Europeans that all Americans are either steroid using idiots or that they all need to be immediately sent to rehab. So the next time raunchy guidettes pop up on the screen, know that it is alright to indulge in this show, as long as a sense of reality is kept.

We Asked What do students know and think about Jersey Shore and its cast 38% of students think the cast is too old. 77% of students think the cast are bad role models. 44% of students believe Jersey Shore is not scripted. 154 polled, Sept. 23

No more pants on the ground SAGGING VIOLATES STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

I hate the law because it was a waste of time passing [it] when that time could have been used for something more important - taj johnson, junior

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By AUSTIN HALL A wise man once said, “Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground.” That man was Larry Platt, who addressed the issue on one of America’s top TV shows, American Idol, and it later became an Internet sensation, bringing light to this nationwide epidemic. Florida House of Representatives listened and added sagging as a violation of the code of conduct. Sagging is when one’s pants “sag” below the buttocks and display Superman boxers for all to see. The term “underwear” describes what is worn “under” clothes, not showcased for the world to see. Sagging has been known to directly correlate with a person’s level, or lack of swag. The definition of swag is to cause to sway, sink or sag. So theoretically, the more one’s pants sag, the higher the level of “swag” he possesses. In 2005, Senator Gary Siplin introduced this idea in hope of making it against the law to wear saggy pants. He wanted to criminalise it making it a second-degree misdemeanor that

would result in a fine up to $50 and 10 days in jail. Siplin got sagging in the code of conduct but did not get it passed as a law outside of school. Florida House of Representatives passed an act, not a law, relating to the code of conduct, adding “sagging” to the list of dress code violations. It states, while a student is on the grounds of a public school, during a regular school day, if clothing is worn that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner, the student is subject to disciplinary actions. For the first offense, a warning is issued and then the principal will call the student’s parent or guardian. For the second offense, the student is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activities for no more than five days and the principal will meet with the student’s parents. For the third or subsequent offense, the student will receive in-school suspension for no more than three days and is suspended from any extracurricular activities for no more than 30 days. These consequences are brilliant ideas, while the student is on school grounds during school hours. Outside of school, students can wear whatever they want; it would be unfair if it was enforced outside of school, and

October 7, 2011

photo/MCT CAMPUS

would be a violation of the constitution. America’s students are entitled to freedom of expression. Siplin views this as a “pro-jobs legislation.” Sagging is unprofessional. No one wants to hire someone who walks in wearing pants down to his ankles and a giant shiny belt buckle. School is a place for learning and growth. Everyone who comes to school should look respectable. Wearing a belt will silence people

like Larry Platt, who will have nothing to complain about. Wearing one’s pants around the ankles is impractical. Wearing a belt is easier than hiking them up every 10 steps, it is more of a burden than a fashion statement. That would be like buying a bike that has only the back tire, having to do a wheelie wherever one goes. So put on a belt because the majority of the population does not care who one’s favorite superhero is.

hilights.org


First Draft of Reflection 2


Reflection 3


I took this photograph for my October sports story, “Teams drown their competition.” To get this picture I went to the team’s practice and shot them the entire time. The practice ended up being called short due to rain, so I took advantage of the situation and got interviews. I am proud of this picture because it shows the swimmer in full action, a hard shot to get in my opinion. The swimmer, who is the center of visual interest, seems to be coming towards the reader and I think that is an element that attracts onlookers. The floating guides in the water create leading lines that give the photo depth. While the depth of field is small in this photo, it can be seen at the top where the water meets the concrete. I think that the vibrant color and texture of the water additionally adds to the appeal of this photo. 020-003_Swimming.JPG


Reflection 3


This photograph was taken for my restaurant review of Gnarly Barley in the March issue. Only Lindsay and I showed up for this review; we had a pleasant lunch. The center of visual interest in the photo is the sandwich and chips. The plate frames the food and I think the red of the plate makes a good contrast of color to the white of the sandwich. While there is no depth of field, I think the fork adds a three-dimensional feel to the picture. The fork is bigger at the end and seems to get smaller towards the top. It shows that the picture was not taken from directly above. I particularly like how the sandwich is placed. 025-001_sandwich.JPG


Reflection 3


This picture was never printed in the paper, but I am proud of it because it has good composition. This was taken when I went to shoot football pictures with Bridgette for her Oct. Sports story. The player is the center of visual interest in this photo and he fills the frame. There is a depth of field that is created by the other players being out of focus. I think another element that makes this picture interesting is that the player is in a white jersey, where as the other players are in orange jerseys. This helps the boy stand out. Football game 9-2_seacord7299.JPG


Reflection 4


I am an asset to the 2012 Hi-Lights staff through my experience and reliability. With my year of experience, I am aware of how the staff works. I know what needs to get done to stay on deadline and how much commitment it takes to keep the paper looking professional. With so many new staffers, it is pleasant to have a few individuals who are familiar with the process. I am also an asset because I can be trusted to get my work done. For example, when peer edits are due, I try to write a story that is worth printing. I do this because that is how peer edits are suppose to be done and it is our responsibility to present our best work. The extent of my commitment clearly shows whenever I stay after school to get my work done or when I come to workdays to perfect my stories.


Reflection 5


My main hardship throughout this year was design. Last year the Section Editors created the layouts, so this year I found that making my own was difficult. Creativity when regarding writing comes easily to me. However with design, it does not. I learned a bit more about InDesign from this situation. Also, I found that our Editor In Chief is extremely helpful when problems arise that I do not know the answer to. If no one was around to help, I tinkered with InDesign and typically found what I was looking for. Sometimes my lack of knowledge about InDesign and Illustrator left me feeling helpless. This year when I asked for help, I tried to get the person to teach me rather than just doing it for me. Mark helped me make a graduation design in Illustrator and taught me about layers and Photoshop tricks. I feel that I handled the situation well when I had people teach me rather than having them fix it.


Reflection 6


On the mid-term I stated that my weakness was going to events and taking pictures. For my October sports story, I chose swimming. I went to the team’s practice, stayed the entire time and got pictures and interviews. That story turned out to be one of my favorites, despite my loathing for sports writing. My improvement that accompanied this story did not extend to the rest of the year. After Austin and I created our column He & She Said, I had only one to two stories per issue. Many of the stories I took on called for factual research rather than pictured events. I continued taking photos outside of the classroom and have increased my knowledge of the application Photoshop. Overall, I did not overcome my weakness as much as I would have like to.


Reflection 7 CSPA Gold Circle Entrees


sports

Program keeps players on the field SPORTS MEDICINE ATHLETIC TRAINERS ASSIST ATHLETES By KARINA FLORES As soon as the afternoon bell rings, junior Bailey Jackson makes her way to the training room. With a lingering odor of dirty socks and sweat, she enters the room already getting in the football state of mind. Jackson’s place is not on the field with the players but on the sidelines with other student athletic trainers keeping football players hydrated and safe. “It’s more like an unofficial club. In class we learn book material about the body but we still do hands on work in the training room. The class is for learning the things you apply after school with the athletes,” junior Elaina Carrion said. Hands-on experience literally does mean hands on. Students learn how to advise athletes on avoiding injury and how to assess and treat sports-related injuries when they do happen. After receiving approval from the school’s certified athletic trainer, Sarah Coelho, students can tape an athlete’s injury. The students learn step-by-step procedures on using pre-wrap and medical tape to wrap an injury for support. “The most common injury has to be an ankle sprain. We are constantly wrapping ankle or wrists. We teach them how to be more careful to prevent their injury,” Carrion said. Others fill water coolers and water bottles with ice cold water and Gatorade to hydrate the athletes. Coelho, along with the student trainers, then monitor the freshman, junior varsity and varsity football practices every day after school. Community services hours are awarded for their time. The student athletic trainers include nine students: seniors Nikia Toomey, Joshua Rogachesky and Scott Slovenkay, and juniors Bailey Jackson, Kaiyla Brooks, Elisa Carrion, Elaina Carrion, Amanda Swartwout, and Michelle Duncan. Their

goal is to keep athletes as healthy as possible by providing support and encouragement to athletes, because ultimately they are there for them. “I’m here helping them stay healthy, and these guys love football. Seeing them loving the sport and their dedication after an injury makes it worth it,” Jackson said. The trainers understand the importance of their job. Four to five student trainers are present at each football game to help Coelho tend to the players. Coelho is required to be at every sports event and if needed student trainers are welcome too. Practices are crucial but the games is where it counts. “At games, it’s a lot more serious and I feel the tension in the air. They are so ‘in it to win it’. It’s really serious so I would say I’m on a different level. In practice, I’m laid back and chill, but in the game I’m on my toes ready to take action when I’m needed,” Jackson said. The students have formed a bond with each other and the athletes they see almost every school day at practices and games. Football practices and games are always priority because of its high-risk. The trainers get a chance to experience the sports medicine field while assisting Coelho. Wanting to help people is the leading motivation for the student trainers. “To me being a sports trainer means helping people be involved in whatever sport they are passionate about. For some people a sport is their life, so me helping them be able to play that sport means helping that person become the athlete they want to be,” Carrion said. The students involved in sports medicine began because of an interest in the career, but it has become that and more. To them, it is rewarding to help their peers, and most importantly the trainers begin to feel a part of the football family. “It’s rewarding because kids come ine with injuries and you help them get better. Its like we are playing a part in the athletes’ success in Boone sports. It’s like we are contributing to the team,” said Toomey.

photo/KARINA FLORES

wRAppINg up. Before football practice, junior Amanda Swartwout tapes an ankle. “I enjoy helping athletes return to play and perform their best,” Swartwout said. Most athletic trainers use the experience as a foundation for a career in sports medicine.

Teams drown their competition who’s who

SWIMMERS HAVE POTENTIAL TO WIN STATE TITLE

Swimmings top players are introduced in this personal record list. wILLIAM STONE Personal Record: 100-meter Butterfly stroke 1:11

ABIgAIL SHEA Personal Record: 50-meter Freestyle 28 seconds

THOMAS EgAN Personal Record: 100-meter Breast stroke 1:23

By KINSEY SEACORD With butterflies in her stomach, she sips her Redbull as she prepares for the swim meet, just minutes away. Junior Chelsie Britt has followed this pregame ritual ever since she can remember. A few feet away music can be heard booming from senior Abigail Shea’s headphones as she gets into her mental zone. “I always listen to rap before each of my races, it really pumps me up and makes me swim harder,” Shea said. Both Britt and Shea contribute to the school’s swim record, aiding them in a win against Osceola on Sept. 15. With a 4-3 season for the girls and 5-2 for the boys, the swim teams are starting the year with a winning record. On Sept. 10, at the Relay Meet at Winter Park High School, the boys placed 3rd while the girls placed 4th. Making improvements to help the team place higher, coach Rosalie Creighton, with the help of her fitness assistant Emily Smith, designed a new method of training to whip their athletes into prime shape. “[We are] working on core training through weight lifting and running. I hope this exercise will make the kids

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stronger than before,” Creighton said. The secret weapon of the girls’ team is Britt, who transferred from Lake Highland Preparatory. Britt is one of the most valuable assets of the team. Holding a state record of 53.83 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly at the 2010 FHSAA Swimming Finals, Britt also qualified to swim at the Olympic trials in the 100-meter and the 200-meter butterfly events in June. “I think I help motivate the swimmers at Boone more than usual and encourage them to reach their full potential as swimmers,” Britt said. Another team leader is junior William Stone. With a personal record of 1:11 in the 100-meter butterfly event, Stone has set high goals for this season. “My expectation for the team is to win districts. It’s our only goal,” Stone said. “I [also] expect to be able to positively support my teammates in the pool and during school.” With an Olympic contender on the team Creighton hopes they will place in regionals and states. “I expect my team to be dedicated, work hard, have fun and represent Boone in a proud way,” Creighton said. The State Meet will be on Thursday, Nov 10 at the YMCA at 9 a.m.

N10. Teams drown their competition, page 21, Oct. 7, 2011 I would like this piece to represent me because it is my favorite story that I wrote this year. It has a human interest element to it, as well as informational elements. It has solid secondary coverage and a strong dominant photograph.

photo/KINSEY SEACORD

DEVOTION. At swim practice, sophomore Dakota Lewis rips through the water perfecting her butterfly stroke. “Swimming takes a lot of dedication. It would be nice for the team to make it to districts,” Lewis said. Lewis’ record in the 100-meter breast stroke is 1:20.

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features

Teaching styles create classroom controversy

He & She SAID UNPROFESSIONALISM LEADS TO PROBLEMS By KINSEY SEACORD Nothing is more annoying than an unprofessional teacher. If one is paid to instruct students about a specific curriculum, then off topic personal problems should never be discussed. While it can be argued that sharing stories with students allows a teacher-student connection to form, there is a fine line between what is appropriate and what is not. One thing that should never happen in a classroom is an instructor who talks about family confrontations, financial issues or arguments he is having with co-workers. Discussing one’s problems should be between a therapist and a client, not a teacher and a student. Nowadays some teachers should be put on verbal leashes. For a schooling environment to be successful, students must be immersed in conversations relevant to what they are learning. If a teacher has a personal story that will help students better understand a subject, then it is welcome. Whining and off topic rants should be left to dissatisfied housewives. It can also be argued when teachers share personal stories about their experiences, it aids students in formulating the solutions to their own problems. Aside from the fact that discussing intimate dilemmas should not happen at school, it can also affect students’ capabilities of expressing themselves. According to Courtney Cazden, Professor of Education Emerita at the Harvard Graduate School of Education,

Your Thoughts Should teachers discuss their lives in class?

“In a setting where [teachers] hope there can be important growth in children’s use of language for learning and for life, teachers talk too much, and the words in the air are more often [theirs] than [the children’s].” If teachers focus on their views and how they handle situations, students are not growing independent in thought and critical thinking abilities. Not only do improper teaching styles shadow educators in an unprofessional light, but they also affect teachers’ ability to govern a class. There is a hierarchy of respect in the schooling system; that teachers are above their pupils. At times, students forget their advisers are not their peers. Once respect is lost, the classroom is transformed into the Land of the Wild Things and attempting to discipline out-of-line kids is a joke. It is understandable some teachers think being “buddy buddy” with students will help them excel, but in reality it is robbing them of a fundamental lesson: not everyone is on the same level. Kids are here to learn, not make friends with elders. Instructors who converse a rhapsody of complaints always forget that those listening are adolescets with their own problems; in short, no one cares. Teachers never take into account their class might be uncomfortable with their speech. Some students may be sensitive to topics that a teacher jokes about. Getting fired because of insensitivity is pathetic. Teaching is a prestigious job. One has the ability to shape generations and open doors of opportunity. To do the job right, a level of professionalism must be maintained. Certain teachers need to get it together.

TEACHERS JUMP-START THE LEARNING ENGINE By AUSTIN HALL The student-teacher relationship is like motor oil to an engine. Quality motor oil acts as a catalyst, allowing the motor to run smoothly. Personal stories can act as a learning lubricant; making learning a smoother, simpler task for the student. When a teacher tells students about his or her personal life, it makes that teacher seem a little more human. To students, the thought of any teacher having a life outside of school is a very difficult concept to grasp. Most students are confused to see a teacher outside of school. It is as if teachers’ brains have evolved and they have now learned to dress like adults, disguising themselves as everyday civilians. Teachers are not wild animals that can only exist in captivity; most have lives that take place outside of school. Teachers can share personal stories of how they grew up or stories of how they messed up as teenagers to try and prevent students from making that mistake. By doing so, it gives off a feeling of compassion. It shows that the teacher cares enough about students to share such a story. It can also serve as a mental break for students to give their brains a rest before diving back into the task at hand. It helps if the story relates to what is being taught. Stories can be utilized as tools to help students retain information that can later be used in the students’ daily lives. According to Edward Roy Krishnan, a Psychology and Education teacher at Wells International School, teaching at the Prom Phong, Thong

I think it is acceptable. Teachers are older and they know more about life, and they can guide us.

No, because certain things that teachers say, students don’t need to know.

- ariana vargas, junior

- stacy jean, sophomore

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Lor, and On-nut Campuses, personal stories bridge the mental and emotional gaps between the teacher and the students, making learning a more engaging experience. According to the National Council of Teachers of English, teachers who tell personal stories about their past or present lives model for students how to recall sensory detail. If a story is rehearsed by a teacher and told correctly, it can introduce students to the techniques of eye contact, dramatic placement of characters within a scene, and the use of character voices. These skills can transfer into a students’ writing. Teachers should try to follow some basic guidelines that will ensure that the story has substance and appeal and will not be immediately followed by an awkward silence. Obviously teachers should avoid dwelling into the “too personal,” and stray away from stories that will evoke negative emotions that should be left out of the classroom, such as sad stories that will make a student upset or angry. Any story that took place in the bedroom, stays in the bedroom. Teachers should avoid bragging to students, and avoid topics that draw sympathy from them. Even made up stories that are conjured to help students remember a specific aspect of the subject may be one thing the student needed to plant whatever is being taught in that student’s mind. The more interesting a story is, the easier it is to recall the main idea. Students tell teachers stories about their lives everyday. So, teachers talking about their personal lives should be viewed as attempting to grab the class’s attention and to connect with them, not to try and attract sympathy or praise from the students.

Teachers try to keep emotions out of teaching, but you can’t connect with teacher[s] unless you see they are human. - easah rahman, senior

N4. Teaching styles create classroom controversy, page 10, Feb. 10,2012 I would like this piece to represent me because it is my strongest editorial. This is my most passionate piece in my column. It has a strong voice backed up with facts. Its on-campus issue is one that I feel is relevant to students.

No, because school is for education, not for teachers to share their life story.

- echeverry santiago, freshman

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February 10, 2012

features

Relationships undergo a software update

He & She SAID TECHNOLOGY IS SLOWLY KILLING COUPLES By KINSEY SEACORD A relationship is like a plant. Once the seed is cultivated, it takes nurturing and attention to grow. One way to nip the bud is to let technology take root in the relationship. While cell phones and the Internet do have a place, the dangers of excessive use are too prominent to ignore. Face-to-face contact is being slaughtered by technology. Nothing is making couples more awkward in person than when all of their communication is behind the security of a screen. Technology can be a useful tool for long distance relationships, but quality inperson time together is imperative. Being able to articulate oneself around a significant other takes time and effort. When people speak in person, emotions can be detected from their tone; digital words are flat and detached. While it can be argued that texting allows couples to have constant contact and get to know each other quicker, there is no substitute for human interaction. Getting to know someone through texting or social networking robs the couple of simple moments. The moment where she laughs at his stupid joke, or the time he smiles just because she is with him. Technological barriers keep one from experiencing these. Also, persistent connection can become annoying and does not allow the couple to have space. No one enjoys being smothered. A fantastic habit, that will ensure one’s feelings are communicated, is writing love letters. Putting pen to paper

Your Thoughts Is technology ruining couples?

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demands time and thought. It is a sentimental and old-fashioned keepsake. According to a survey by The Telegraph, 70 percent of women would rather receive a love letter than some form of digital communication from a significant other. Misunderstandings through the digital world are more frequent than not. Comical connotations can often be misconstrued and the true meaning of one’s words can be lost. Couples fighting via texting are doomed to fail. According to John Suler in Cyber Psychology and Behavior, people say and do things in cyberspace they would not ordinarily say or do in the face-to-face world. This means fights will be more heated, words will be more cruel and anger will be more explosive. Social networking sites are breeding grounds for misunderstandings. Cyber words often cause confusion in their meaning. People obsess over documenting their relationship and making everything public. Connections require intimacy, not publicity. The biggest danger technology imposes is superficial distractions. The virtual world is full of things to browse through, but one should not be looking when spending time with his partner. For a relationship to thrive, a couple’s full attentions should be focused on each other. Nothing will get one dumped faster than whipping out a phone during a date and rudely disconnecting with the world around him. When one is too busy to notice his significant other is desperate for attention, it sends a clear message: “technology is more important than you.” So put the phone down and start experiencing a real relationship.

I think it damages [relationships] because communication isn’t face-to-face. - kahlila nesbeth, freshman

CONNECTING IS SO EASY, IT HERTZ By AUSTIN HALL The Internet and other technologies have built themselves a terrible reputation. A reputation where mothers must fear for their children’s lives or their credit cards, where crazy girlfriends constantly call to find out what their boyfriends are doing. Whether it is apparent or not, technology has made communication easier in every way. Before cell phones and email, people could not simply text one another to reschedule a date, or call to say they were running late. They had to show up late, and risk getting chewed out, or not show up at all. Cell phones can keep two people who are on opposite sides of the country in touch without having to wait to get home to call and hope the other person is near their phone. Cell phones are meant to be taken wherever the owner goes. Using cell phones is easier than writing a letter and awaiting delivery. Smartphones can basically live one’s life for him. Finding somewhere to go for dinner or calling someone to give directions has never been easier. Most smartphones come with a multi-tasking feature, so now one can do both simultaneously. With unlimited text or calling, which most everyone has nowadays, two people are never more than a few touches of a keypad away. Getting to know someone can be done in a million different ways. Texting makes communication between two people impossibly easy. Just shoot that person a text and get a simple response back fast.

I don’t think so. People can stay more connected. Texts and Facebook are good. - thi nguyen, senior

March 16, 2012

Texting has whittled communication down to its simplest form. This allows conversation between two people in a relationship to be simple and convenient. People say technology has lowered the social skills of youth, but this is a choice made by the individual because anyone with a webcam can Skype other people to have face-to-face conversations. Apple developed Facetime, a program similar to Skype that allows people to communicate face-to-face on any generation 4 or higher iPhone, iPod touch or any iPad 2 with an Internet connection. Even though webcams lack certain aspects of conversation like body language or the setting affecting the mood, it still enables two people to talk and see each other while talking. There are an abundance of dating websites to choose from. According to New York Daily News, 21 percent of Americans use online dating services, which drastically raises the variety of people to choose from. There are dating websites for specific groups of people, like Christians or men looking for women from the former Soviet Union. ChristianMingle and AnastasiaInternational are websites that filter out people who don’t meet a certain criteria that someone is not looking for. Years of time and money have been spent to create and improve these technological advancements. A life without all these helpful tools of communication makes most people shudder and some pre-teenage girls cry, but all of these technologies have been created, not to encourage social awkwardness, but to make lives easier. When used properly technology can help bring people together when they are far apart.

I think it ruins communication because they talk all day long, ruining face-to-face conversation. - alan kominowski, junior

Yes because it can make someone’s private business public.

- jaquan gray, sophomore

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N5. Relationships undergo a software update, page 17, March 16, 2012 I would like this piece to represent me because it is a topic that applies to students and non-students alike. It has a strong voice and exemplifies my style of writing.


Reflection 7 CSPA Gold Circle Entrees


sports

Program keeps players on the field SPORTS MEDICINE ATHLETIC TRAINERS ASSIST ATHLETES By KARINA FLORES As soon as the afternoon bell rings, junior Bailey Jackson makes her way to the training room. With a lingering odor of dirty socks and sweat, she enters the room already getting in the football state of mind. Jackson’s place is not on the field with the players but on the sidelines with other student athletic trainers keeping football players hydrated and safe. “It’s more like an unofficial club. In class we learn book material about the body but we still do hands on work in the training room. The class is for learning the things you apply after school with the athletes,” junior Elaina Carrion said. Hands-on experience literally does mean hands on. Students learn how to advise athletes on avoiding injury and how to assess and treat sports-related injuries when they do happen. After receiving approval from the school’s certified athletic trainer, Sarah Coelho, students can tape an athlete’s injury. The students learn step-by-step procedures on using pre-wrap and medical tape to wrap an injury for support. “The most common injury has to be an ankle sprain. We are constantly wrapping ankle or wrists. We teach them how to be more careful to prevent their injury,” Carrion said. Others fill water coolers and water bottles with ice cold water and Gatorade to hydrate the athletes. Coelho, along with the student trainers, then monitor the freshman, junior varsity and varsity football practices every day after school. Community services hours are awarded for their time. The student athletic trainers include nine students: seniors Nikia Toomey, Joshua Rogachesky and Scott Slovenkay, and juniors Bailey Jackson, Kaiyla Brooks, Elisa Carrion, Elaina Carrion, Amanda Swartwout, and Michelle Duncan. Their

goal is to keep athletes as healthy as possible by providing support and encouragement to athletes, because ultimately they are there for them. “I’m here helping them stay healthy, and these guys love football. Seeing them loving the sport and their dedication after an injury makes it worth it,” Jackson said. The trainers understand the importance of their job. Four to five student trainers are present at each football game to help Coelho tend to the players. Coelho is required to be at every sports event and if needed student trainers are welcome too. Practices are crucial but the games is where it counts. “At games, it’s a lot more serious and I feel the tension in the air. They are so ‘in it to win it’. It’s really serious so I would say I’m on a different level. In practice, I’m laid back and chill, but in the game I’m on my toes ready to take action when I’m needed,” Jackson said. The students have formed a bond with each other and the athletes they see almost every school day at practices and games. Football practices and games are always priority because of its high-risk. The trainers get a chance to experience the sports medicine field while assisting Coelho. Wanting to help people is the leading motivation for the student trainers. “To me being a sports trainer means helping people be involved in whatever sport they are passionate about. For some people a sport is their life, so me helping them be able to play that sport means helping that person become the athlete they want to be,” Carrion said. The students involved in sports medicine began because of an interest in the career, but it has become that and more. To them, it is rewarding to help their peers, and most importantly the trainers begin to feel a part of the football family. “It’s rewarding because kids come ine with injuries and you help them get better. Its like we are playing a part in the athletes’ success in Boone sports. It’s like we are contributing to the team,” said Toomey.

photo/KARINA FLORES

wRAppINg up. Before football practice, junior Amanda Swartwout tapes an ankle. “I enjoy helping athletes return to play and perform their best,” Swartwout said. Most athletic trainers use the experience as a foundation for a career in sports medicine.

Teams drown their competition who’s who

Swimmings top players are introduced in this personal record list. wILLIAM STONE Personal Record: 100-meter Butterfly stroke 1:11

ABIgAIL SHEA Personal Record: 50-meter Freestyle 28 seconds

THOMAS EgAN Personal Record: 100-meter Breast stroke 1:23

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SWIMMERS HAVE POTENTIAL TO WIN STATE TITLE By KINSEY SEACORD With butterflies in her stomach, she sips her Redbull as she prepares for the swim meet, just minutes away. Junior Chelsie Britt has followed this pregame ritual ever since she can remember. A few feet away music can be heard booming from senior Abigail Shea’s headphones as she gets into her mental zone. “I always listen to rap before each of my races, it really pumps me up and makes me swim harder,” Shea said. Both Britt and Shea contribute to the school’s swim record, aiding them in a win against Osceola on Sept. 15. With a 4-3 season for the girls and 5-2 for the boys, the swim teams are starting the year with a winning record. On Sept. 10, at the Relay Meet at Winter Park High School, the boys placed 3rd while the girls placed 4th. Making improvements to help the team place higher, coach Rosalie Creighton, with the help of her fitness assistant Emily Smith, designed a new method of training to whip their athletes into prime shape. “[We are] working on core training through weight lifting and running. I hope this exercise will make the kids

stronger than before,” Creighton said. The secret weapon of the girls’ team is Britt, who transferred from Lake Highland Preparatory. Britt is one of the most valuable assets of the team. Holding a state record of 53.83 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly at the 2010 FHSAA Swimming Finals, Britt also qualified to swim at the Olympic trials in the 100-meter and the 200-meter butterfly events in June. “I think I help motivate the swimmers at Boone more than usual and encourage them to reach their full potential as swimmers,” Britt said. Another team leader is junior William Stone. With a personal record of 1:11 in the 100-meter butterfly event, Stone has set high goals for this season. “My expectation for the team is to win districts. It’s our only goal,” Stone said. “I [also] expect to be able to positively support my teammates in the pool and during school.” With an Olympic contender on the team Creighton hopes they will place in regionals and states. “I expect my team to be dedicated, work hard, have fun and represent Boone in a proud way,” Creighton said. The State Meet will be on Thursday, Nov 10 at the YMCA at 9 a.m.

October 7, 2011

photo/KINSEY SEACORD

DEVOTION. At swim practice, sophomore Dakota Lewis rips through the water perfecting her butterfly stroke. “Swimming takes a lot of dedication. It would be nice for the team to make it to districts,” Lewis said. Lewis’ record in the 100-meter breast stroke is 1:20.

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Reflection 7 CSPA Gold Circle Entrees


features

Teaching styles create classroom controversy

He & She SAID UNPROFESSIONALISM LEADS TO PROBLEMS By KINSEY SEACORD Nothing is more annoying than an unprofessional teacher. If one is paid to instruct students about a specific curriculum, then off topic personal problems should never be discussed. While it can be argued that sharing stories with students allows a teacher-student connection to form, there is a fine line between what is appropriate and what is not. One thing that should never happen in a classroom is an instructor who talks about family confrontations, financial issues or arguments he is having with co-workers. Discussing one’s problems should be between a therapist and a client, not a teacher and a student. Nowadays some teachers should be put on verbal leashes. For a schooling environment to be successful, students must be immersed in conversations relevant to what they are learning. If a teacher has a personal story that will help students better understand a subject, then it is welcome. Whining and off topic rants should be left to dissatisfied housewives. It can also be argued when teachers share personal stories about their experiences, it aids students in formulating the solutions to their own problems. Aside from the fact that discussing intimate dilemmas should not happen at school, it can also affect students’ capabilities of expressing themselves. According to Courtney Cazden, Professor of Education Emerita at the Harvard Graduate School of Education,

Your Thoughts Should teachers discuss their lives in class?

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“In a setting where [teachers] hope there can be important growth in children’s use of language for learning and for life, teachers talk too much, and the words in the air are more often [theirs] than [the children’s].” If teachers focus on their views and how they handle situations, students are not growing independent in thought and critical thinking abilities. Not only do improper teaching styles shadow educators in an unprofessional light, but they also affect teachers’ ability to govern a class. There is a hierarchy of respect in the schooling system; that teachers are above their pupils. At times, students forget their advisers are not their peers. Once respect is lost, the classroom is transformed into the Land of the Wild Things and attempting to discipline out-of-line kids is a joke. It is understandable some teachers think being “buddy buddy” with students will help them excel, but in reality it is robbing them of a fundamental lesson: not everyone is on the same level. Kids are here to learn, not make friends with elders. Instructors who converse a rhapsody of complaints always forget that those listening are adolescets with their own problems; in short, no one cares. Teachers never take into account their class might be uncomfortable with their speech. Some students may be sensitive to topics that a teacher jokes about. Getting fired because of insensitivity is pathetic. Teaching is a prestigious job. One has the ability to shape generations and open doors of opportunity. To do the job right, a level of professionalism must be maintained. Certain teachers need to get it together.

TEACHERS JUMP-START THE LEARNING ENGINE By AUSTIN HALL The student-teacher relationship is like motor oil to an engine. Quality motor oil acts as a catalyst, allowing the motor to run smoothly. Personal stories can act as a learning lubricant; making learning a smoother, simpler task for the student. When a teacher tells students about his or her personal life, it makes that teacher seem a little more human. To students, the thought of any teacher having a life outside of school is a very difficult concept to grasp. Most students are confused to see a teacher outside of school. It is as if teachers’ brains have evolved and they have now learned to dress like adults, disguising themselves as everyday civilians. Teachers are not wild animals that can only exist in captivity; most have lives that take place outside of school. Teachers can share personal stories of how they grew up or stories of how they messed up as teenagers to try and prevent students from making that mistake. By doing so, it gives off a feeling of compassion. It shows that the teacher cares enough about students to share such a story. It can also serve as a mental break for students to give their brains a rest before diving back into the task at hand. It helps if the story relates to what is being taught. Stories can be utilized as tools to help students retain information that can later be used in the students’ daily lives. According to Edward Roy Krishnan, a Psychology and Education teacher at Wells International School, teaching at the Prom Phong, Thong

I think it is acceptable. Teachers are older and they know more about life, and they can guide us.

No, because certain things that teachers say, students don’t need to know.

- ariana vargas, junior

- stacy jean, sophomore

February 10, 2012

Lor, and On-nut Campuses, personal stories bridge the mental and emotional gaps between the teacher and the students, making learning a more engaging experience. According to the National Council of Teachers of English, teachers who tell personal stories about their past or present lives model for students how to recall sensory detail. If a story is rehearsed by a teacher and told correctly, it can introduce students to the techniques of eye contact, dramatic placement of characters within a scene, and the use of character voices. These skills can transfer into a students’ writing. Teachers should try to follow some basic guidelines that will ensure that the story has substance and appeal and will not be immediately followed by an awkward silence. Obviously teachers should avoid dwelling into the “too personal,” and stray away from stories that will evoke negative emotions that should be left out of the classroom, such as sad stories that will make a student upset or angry. Any story that took place in the bedroom, stays in the bedroom. Teachers should avoid bragging to students, and avoid topics that draw sympathy from them. Even made up stories that are conjured to help students remember a specific aspect of the subject may be one thing the student needed to plant whatever is being taught in that student’s mind. The more interesting a story is, the easier it is to recall the main idea. Students tell teachers stories about their lives everyday. So, teachers talking about their personal lives should be viewed as attempting to grab the class’s attention and to connect with them, not to try and attract sympathy or praise from the students.

Teachers try to keep emotions out of teaching, but you can’t connect with teacher[s] unless you see they are human. - easah rahman, senior

No, because school is for education, not for teachers to share their life story.

- echeverry santiago, freshman

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features

Relationships undergo a software update

He & She SAID TECHNOLOGY IS SLOWLY KILLING COUPLES By KINSEY SEACORD A relationship is like a plant. Once the seed is cultivated, it takes nurturing and attention to grow. One way to nip the bud is to let technology take root in the relationship. While cell phones and the Internet do have a place, the dangers of excessive use are too prominent to ignore. Face-to-face contact is being slaughtered by technology. Nothing is making couples more awkward in person than when all of their communication is behind the security of a screen. Technology can be a useful tool for long distance relationships, but quality inperson time together is imperative. Being able to articulate oneself around a significant other takes time and effort. When people speak in person, emotions can be detected from their tone; digital words are flat and detached. While it can be argued that texting allows couples to have constant contact and get to know each other quicker, there is no substitute for human interaction. Getting to know someone through texting or social networking robs the couple of simple moments. The moment where she laughs at his stupid joke, or the time he smiles just because she is with him. Technological barriers keep one from experiencing these. Also, persistent connection can become annoying and does not allow the couple to have space. No one enjoys being smothered. A fantastic habit, that will ensure one’s feelings are communicated, is writing love letters. Putting pen to paper

Your Thoughts Is technology ruining couples?

hilights.org

demands time and thought. It is a sentimental and old-fashioned keepsake. According to a survey by The Telegraph, 70 percent of women would rather receive a love letter than some form of digital communication from a significant other. Misunderstandings through the digital world are more frequent than not. Comical connotations can often be misconstrued and the true meaning of one’s words can be lost. Couples fighting via texting are doomed to fail. According to John Suler in Cyber Psychology and Behavior, people say and do things in cyberspace they would not ordinarily say or do in the face-to-face world. This means fights will be more heated, words will be more cruel and anger will be more explosive. Social networking sites are breeding grounds for misunderstandings. Cyber words often cause confusion in their meaning. People obsess over documenting their relationship and making everything public. Connections require intimacy, not publicity. The biggest danger technology imposes is superficial distractions. The virtual world is full of things to browse through, but one should not be looking when spending time with his partner. For a relationship to thrive, a couple’s full attentions should be focused on each other. Nothing will get one dumped faster than whipping out a phone during a date and rudely disconnecting with the world around him. When one is too busy to notice his significant other is desperate for attention, it sends a clear message: “technology is more important than you.” So put the phone down and start experiencing a real relationship.

I think it damages [relationships] because communication isn’t face-to-face. - kahlila nesbeth, freshman

CONNECTING IS SO EASY, IT HERTZ By AUSTIN HALL The Internet and other technologies have built themselves a terrible reputation. A reputation where mothers must fear for their children’s lives or their credit cards, where crazy girlfriends constantly call to find out what their boyfriends are doing. Whether it is apparent or not, technology has made communication easier in every way. Before cell phones and email, people could not simply text one another to reschedule a date, or call to say they were running late. They had to show up late, and risk getting chewed out, or not show up at all. Cell phones can keep two people who are on opposite sides of the country in touch without having to wait to get home to call and hope the other person is near their phone. Cell phones are meant to be taken wherever the owner goes. Using cell phones is easier than writing a letter and awaiting delivery. Smartphones can basically live one’s life for him. Finding somewhere to go for dinner or calling someone to give directions has never been easier. Most smartphones come with a multi-tasking feature, so now one can do both simultaneously. With unlimited text or calling, which most everyone has nowadays, two people are never more than a few touches of a keypad away. Getting to know someone can be done in a million different ways. Texting makes communication between two people impossibly easy. Just shoot that person a text and get a simple response back fast.

I don’t think so. People can stay more connected. Texts and Facebook are good. - thi nguyen, senior

March 16, 2012

Texting has whittled communication down to its simplest form. This allows conversation between two people in a relationship to be simple and convenient. People say technology has lowered the social skills of youth, but this is a choice made by the individual because anyone with a webcam can Skype other people to have face-to-face conversations. Apple developed Facetime, a program similar to Skype that allows people to communicate face-to-face on any generation 4 or higher iPhone, iPod touch or any iPad 2 with an Internet connection. Even though webcams lack certain aspects of conversation like body language or the setting affecting the mood, it still enables two people to talk and see each other while talking. There are an abundance of dating websites to choose from. According to New York Daily News, 21 percent of Americans use online dating services, which drastically raises the variety of people to choose from. There are dating websites for specific groups of people, like Christians or men looking for women from the former Soviet Union. ChristianMingle and AnastasiaInternational are websites that filter out people who don’t meet a certain criteria that someone is not looking for. Years of time and money have been spent to create and improve these technological advancements. A life without all these helpful tools of communication makes most people shudder and some pre-teenage girls cry, but all of these technologies have been created, not to encourage social awkwardness, but to make lives easier. When used properly technology can help bring people together when they are far apart.

I think it ruins communication because they talk all day long, ruining face-to-face conversation. - alan kominowski, junior

Yes because it can make someone’s private business public.

- jaquan gray, sophomore

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I have grown in this class significantly. I believe my editorial writing has become more sophisticated and I have developed a writing style. I have also learned to be more self reliant when approaching problems, or more quiet when I call Karen over. This year a positive difference is I have been on deadline for the majority of my work. I have also designed my own story layouts and included a new secondary coverage that was used in my sports story. One unfortunate difference that occurred this year was that I was often limited to one story section. I wrote in the Feature’s section for He/ She Said and rarely got the chance to write another story in a different section. Last year’s portfolio was a new experience that I learned from. I learned time management and new skills in Adobe Illustrator. I decided to keep this year’s design simple, yet classy. While last year I derived my design idea from an album cover, this year, I got inspiration from a purse I own. I would like to believe that my designing skills have greatly improved from last year’s portfolio, but the reality is that I did not utilize Illustrator much over the duration of the year. I do think that my writing has greatly improved from last year’s portfolio. My refections are generally longer and more thought out.


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F R I D AY, N O V E M B E R 7, 2 0 1 2 • H I - L I G H T S

What is your idea of the perfect body?

- harold landerer, freshman

Somebody who is fit, healthy and feels good about themself.

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As long as I have a flat tummy and look cute, that is all the perfection I need. - alexandra droege, sophomore There is no perfect body, Everyone is pretty in their own way, no matter how big or small. - jace veguilla, sophomore

LEAD IN. I am a present tense sentence telling who and what is happening in the photograph, bt I do not begin with a name. “I am an amazing quotable quote,” Burke said. I am a past tense sentence telling something that cannot be seen from the photo, like stats.

- kendall sexton, junior

Athletic, tan, tall, has a good smile and eyes.

Facts and stats here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here and here

LEAD IN. I am a present tense sentence telling who and what is happening in the photograph, bt I do not begin with a name. “I am an amazing quotable quote,” Burke said. I am a past tense sentence telling something that cannot be seen from the photo, like stats.

photo/CATHERINE PORTER

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I’M A SUBHEAD HEAR MY MIGHTY ROAR I’M POWER

photo/CATHERINE PORTER

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photo/CATHERINE PORTER

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An feature on student with Instagram

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Twitter Headline

Social media makes connections

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Sports Spread


William R. Boone High School Student Paper

Friday, November 4, 2011 Volume 60, Issue No.2

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NEWS

NOTE

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Prom invites will be distributed Feb. 14 to all juniors and seniors. Prom tickets go on sale March 24-27. Prom is April 26. Location to be announced.

2000 South Mills Avenue Orlando, Florida 32806

CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE? On Feb. 12-15, sophomores will partake in FCAT writes. photo/CATHERINE PORTER

There is still time to apply for scholarships. Applications and additional information concerning scholarships are available in College and Career.

DONATE TO HELP CENTRAL FLORIDA SPCA

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER Prom invites will be distributed Feb. 14 to all juniors and seniors. Prom tickets go on sale March 24-27. Prom is April 26. Location to be announced.

LIFE, page 7

I’M A SUBHEAD HEAR MY MIGHTY ROAR I’M POWER

To kick off the Valentines Day season, local Simoniz car washes and sister brands Sparkling Image, Eager Beaver, and Sonny’s are offering customers holiday savings. Customers visiting any of those locations before Feb. 14 will receive a full service car wash at half price. All offers can be redeemed Feb. 15 through March 31, 2008.

Join more than 2,500 animal lovers and their dogs at the 14th Annual Paws in the Park located at Lake Eola. Visit www. OrlandoPets.org to register or locate one of the convenient locations for registrations. To participate one must pledge $25 for adults, and $10 for children.

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An amazing funny loving Football headline goes here

SOAP AND BUBBLES

NOT TOO LATE

opinion campus & local special sports entertainment features photo essay

For Students, By Students

photo/CATHERINE PORTER

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Who’s Who Footballs top players are introduced in this personal record list. NAME GOES HERE record record record NAME GOES HERE record record record NAME GOES HERE record record record NAME GOES HERE record record record

A swimming headline here

SOAP AND BUBBLES To kick off the Valentines Day season, local Simoniz car washes and sister brands Sparkling Image, Eager Beaver, and Sonny’s are offering customers holiday savings. Customers visiting any of those locations before Feb. 14 will receive a full service car wash at half price. All offers can be redeemed Feb. 15 through March 31, 2008.

CAT GOT YOUR TONGUE? On Feb. 12-15, sophomores will partake in FCAT writes.

NOT TOO LATE There is still time to apply for scholarships. Applications and additional information concerning scholarships are available in College and Career.

DONATE TO HELP CENTRAL FLORIDA SPCA Join more than 2,500 animal lovers and their dogs at the 14th Annual Paws in the Park located

DID YOU KNOW?

More than 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

photo/CATHERINE PORTER

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Heard It

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opinions

Reality TV fosters new meaning MTV TRICKS VIEWERS INTO BELIEVING REALITY TV IS REAL By KINSEY SEACORD My fellow peers, you have been jipped. For years now MTV has been host to one of the most fake shows that has ever aired on television, Jersey Shore. Sadly, America has chosen to take the bait the larger than life cast has offered. Jersey Shore has taken over the nation, yet what these pseudo fistpumping Italians have yet to mention, is that their program is about as authentic as they are New Jersey-an’s. Do not get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy seeing drunk 20-year-olds as much as the next person, but what is unnerving is that some viewers actually believe that this form of entertainment is true to reality. It is sad that America has forgotten that reality TV is merely a projection of ridiculous situations life throws at people. This MTV series is meant to entertain and make trashy people feel better about themselves; it is not meant to exhibit reality. Spoiler alert: Jersey

Shore is scripted. The show, now based in Italy, has had numerous European citizens confess the whole show is a sham. From staging fights and rehearsing dialogue, this cast is about as real as JWoww’s chest. The car “accident” caused by cast member Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was recently outted as scripted by an Italian police officer who reported to the scene in Florence. According to The Daily Beast, he said the car was moving at an extremely low speed and a camera crew just happened to be set up. Not to mention the car she bumped into was her personal police escort, how convenient.

The Daily Beast additionally reported MTV had bought out O’Vesuvio’s pizzeria, the establishment which is currently pretending to employ the cast. The people who are shown as customers are, in truth, extras. Actual customers who are under the age of 30 and who are relatively attractive, are bribed to sign numerous confidentiality agreements in exchange for free pizza. But fear not die-hard fans, there is some truth to this story. Eight people can live together, go out for drinks and party every night with one another. They can also get in fights regularly and suffer from alcohol addictions. But

this is not called Jersey Shore, this is the Animal House Fraternity. Some of the situations on this show could happen in real life. For this reason it is labeled reality TV. Again, do not confuse this for Jersey Shore being real, these actors are merely portraying what would happen if eight trashy guidos intoxicated themselves every night. Ponder this for a second, say the cast did not earn their $100k an episode and a camera crew did not stalk their every move. This would leave eight raging alcoholics earning minimum wage who somehow are able to afford bachelor pads with jacuzzis. This situation would never be applicable in today’s economy. The Jersey Shore cast only glamorizes certain parts of life. MTV sweeps the boring technicalities, like payroll and taxes, under the rug. This fabricated show is plaguing our generation into thinking people really do live like this. In addition, these actors are convincing Europeans that all Americans are either steroid using idiots or that they all need to be immediately sent to rehab. So the next time raunchy guidettes pop up on the screen, know that it is alright to indulge in this show, as long as a sense of reality is kept.

We Asked What do students know and think about Jersey Shore and its cast 38% of students think the cast is too old. 77% of students think the cast are bad role models. 44% of students believe Jersey Shore is not scripted. 154 polled, Sept. 23

No more pants on the ground SAGGING VIOLATES STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT

I hate the law because it was a waste of time passing [it] when that time could have been used for something more important - taj johnson, junior

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By AUSTIN HALL A wise man once said, “Pants on the ground, pants on the ground, lookin’ like a fool with your pants on the ground.” That man was Larry Platt, who addressed the issue on one of America’s top TV shows, American Idol, and it later became an Internet sensation, bringing light to this nationwide epidemic. Florida House of Representatives listened and added sagging as a violation of the code of conduct. Sagging is when one’s pants “sag” below the buttocks and display Superman boxers for all to see. The term “underwear” describes what is worn “under” clothes, not showcased for the world to see. Sagging has been known to directly correlate with a person’s level, or lack of swag. The definition of swag is to cause to sway, sink or sag. So theoretically, the more one’s pants sag, the higher the level of “swag” he possesses. In 2005, Senator Gary Siplin introduced this idea in hope of making it against the law to wear saggy pants. He wanted to criminalise it making it a second-degree misdemeanor that

would result in a fine up to $50 and 10 days in jail. Siplin got sagging in the code of conduct but did not get it passed as a law outside of school. Florida House of Representatives passed an act, not a law, relating to the code of conduct, adding “sagging” to the list of dress code violations. It states, while a student is on the grounds of a public school, during a regular school day, if clothing is worn that exposes underwear or body parts in an indecent or vulgar manner, the student is subject to disciplinary actions. For the first offense, a warning is issued and then the principal will call the student’s parent or guardian. For the second offense, the student is ineligible to participate in any extracurricular activities for no more than five days and the principal will meet with the student’s parents. For the third or subsequent offense, the student will receive in-school suspension for no more than three days and is suspended from any extracurricular activities for no more than 30 days. These consequences are brilliant ideas, while the student is on school grounds during school hours. Outside of school, students can wear whatever they want; it would be unfair if it was enforced outside of school, and

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would be a violation of the constitution. America’s students are entitled to freedom of expression. Siplin views this as a “pro-jobs legislation.” Sagging is unprofessional. No one wants to hire someone who walks in wearing pants down to his ankles and a giant shiny belt buckle. School is a place for learning and growth. Everyone who comes to school should look respectable. Wearing a belt will silence people

like Larry Platt, who will have nothing to complain about. Wearing one’s pants around the ankles is impractical. Wearing a belt is easier than hiking them up every 10 steps, it is more of a burden than a fashion statement. That would be like buying a bike that has only the back tire, having to do a wheelie wherever one goes. So put on a belt because the majority of the population does not care who one’s favorite superhero is.

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Program keeps players on the field SPORTS MEDICINE ATHLETIC TRAINERS ASSIST ATHLETES By KARINA FLORES As soon as the afternoon bell rings, junior Bailey Jackson makes her way to the training room. With a lingering odor of dirty socks and sweat, she enters the room already getting in the football state of mind. Jackson’s place is not on the field with the players but on the sidelines with other student athletic trainers keeping football players hydrated and safe. “It’s more like an unofficial club. In class we learn book material about the body but we still do hands on work in the training room. The class is for learning the things you apply after school with the athletes,” junior Elaina Carrion said. Hands-on experience literally does mean hands on. Students learn how to advise athletes on avoiding injury and how to assess and treat sports-related injuries when they do happen. After receiving approval from the school’s certified athletic trainer, Sarah Coelho, students can tape an athlete’s injury. The students learn step-by-step procedures on using pre-wrap and medical tape to wrap an injury for support. “The most common injury has to be an ankle sprain. We are constantly wrapping ankle or wrists. We teach them how to be more careful to prevent their injury,” Carrion said. Others fill water coolers and water bottles with ice cold water and Gatorade to hydrate the athletes. Coelho, along with the student trainers, then monitor the freshman, junior varsity and varsity football practices every day after school. Community services hours are awarded for their time. The student athletic trainers include nine students: seniors Nikia Toomey, Joshua Rogachesky and Scott Slovenkay, and juniors Bailey Jackson, Kaiyla Brooks, Elisa Carrion, Elaina Carrion, Amanda Swartwout, and Michelle Duncan. Their

goal is to keep athletes as healthy as possible by providing support and encouragement to athletes, because ultimately they are there for them. “I’m here helping them stay healthy, and these guys love football. Seeing them loving the sport and their dedication after an injury makes it worth it,” Jackson said. The trainers understand the importance of their job. Four to five student trainers are present at each football game to help Coelho tend to the players. Coelho is required to be at every sports event and if needed student trainers are welcome too. Practices are crucial but the games is where it counts. “At games, it’s a lot more serious and I feel the tension in the air. They are so ‘in it to win it’. It’s really serious so I would say I’m on a different level. In practice, I’m laid back and chill, but in the game I’m on my toes ready to take action when I’m needed,” Jackson said. The students have formed a bond with each other and the athletes they see almost every school day at practices and games. Football practices and games are always priority because of its high-risk. The trainers get a chance to experience the sports medicine field while assisting Coelho. Wanting to help people is the leading motivation for the student trainers. “To me being a sports trainer means helping people be involved in whatever sport they are passionate about. For some people a sport is their life, so me helping them be able to play that sport means helping that person become the athlete they want to be,” Carrion said. The students involved in sports medicine began because of an interest in the career, but it has become that and more. To them, it is rewarding to help their peers, and most importantly the trainers begin to feel a part of the football family. “It’s rewarding because kids come ine with injuries and you help them get better. Its like we are playing a part in the athletes’ success in Boone sports. It’s like we are contributing to the team,” said Toomey.

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wRAppINg up. Before football practice, junior Amanda Swartwout tapes an ankle. “I enjoy helping athletes return to play and perform their best,” Swartwout said. Most athletic trainers use the experience as a foundation for a career in sports medicine.

Teams drown their competition who’s who

Swimmings top players are introduced in this personal record list. wILLIAM STONE Personal Record: 100-meter Butterfly stroke 1:11

ABIgAIL SHEA Personal Record: 50-meter Freestyle 28 seconds

THOMAS EgAN Personal Record: 100-meter Breast stroke 1:23

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SWIMMERS HAVE POTENTIAL TO WIN STATE TITLE By KINSEY SEACORD With butterflies in her stomach, she sips her Redbull as she prepares for the swim meet, just minutes away. Junior Chelsie Britt has followed this pregame ritual ever since she can remember. A few feet away music can be heard booming from senior Abigail Shea’s headphones as she gets into her mental zone. “I always listen to rap before each of my races, it really pumps me up and makes me swim harder,” Shea said. Both Britt and Shea contribute to the school’s swim record, aiding them in a win against Osceola on Sept. 15. With a 4-3 season for the girls and 5-2 for the boys, the swim teams are starting the year with a winning record. On Sept. 10, at the Relay Meet at Winter Park High School, the boys placed 3rd while the girls placed 4th. Making improvements to help the team place higher, coach Rosalie Creighton, with the help of her fitness assistant Emily Smith, designed a new method of training to whip their athletes into prime shape. “[We are] working on core training through weight lifting and running. I hope this exercise will make the kids

stronger than before,” Creighton said. The secret weapon of the girls’ team is Britt, who transferred from Lake Highland Preparatory. Britt is one of the most valuable assets of the team. Holding a state record of 53.83 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly at the 2010 FHSAA Swimming Finals, Britt also qualified to swim at the Olympic trials in the 100-meter and the 200-meter butterfly events in June. “I think I help motivate the swimmers at Boone more than usual and encourage them to reach their full potential as swimmers,” Britt said. Another team leader is junior William Stone. With a personal record of 1:11 in the 100-meter butterfly event, Stone has set high goals for this season. “My expectation for the team is to win districts. It’s our only goal,” Stone said. “I [also] expect to be able to positively support my teammates in the pool and during school.” With an Olympic contender on the team Creighton hopes they will place in regionals and states. “I expect my team to be dedicated, work hard, have fun and represent Boone in a proud way,” Creighton said. The State Meet will be on Thursday, Nov 10 at the YMCA at 9 a.m.

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DEVOTION. At swim practice, sophomore Dakota Lewis rips through the water perfecting her butterfly stroke. “Swimming takes a lot of dedication. It would be nice for the team to make it to districts,” Lewis said. Lewis’ record in the 100-meter breast stroke is 1:20.

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How to successfully avoid a dating disaster

He & She SAID MEN SHOULD BE OLDFASHIONED , TREAT GIRLS WITH COURTESY By KINSEY SEACORD Meeting a girl’s first date expectations is no easy task. It takes a true gentleman to uphold the standards of a first date. While it can be argued this generation is more apt to treat males and females the same, chivalrous manners are timeless. A first date is always make or break for a couple, so choosing the right location is key. Girls expect to be taken somewhere nice where a conversation can be held to further reveal compatibility. In a match.com survey, half the singles prefer a casual dinner for the first date; less than 1 percent chose the traditional movie theater stand-by. During a movie, one simply sits there and watches a screen. There is no engaging interaction between the couple. A guy must choose a location that is quiet and intimate. For the best results, gents should take their gals to a nice restaurant, like Carrabba’s. Another expectation which should never go out of style is for the man to pay for the first date. According to match.com, 68 percent of men thought the man should pay the bill. This number is too low, men should pay 100 percent of the time. This gesture is not cheesy, it is polite. Going dutch, or splitting the check, is for when the couple is more acquainted or going steady. Another common courtesy is for men to hold doors open for women and pull their chairs out when being seated.

Your Thoughts How should your date act on a first date?

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These acts are rooted in tradition and guys who do not do this for their dates are tacky. The way a male acts on the date is the highest expectation that girls have. Ladies are looking for men who are confident in their skin. A girl’s date should make her laugh and make sure she is having a good time. Boys should not pressure girls into awkward situations, but should keep the mood light. Holding hands is a superb initiative to show interest while not getting too heavy. According to smartgirl.org, 73 percent girls said they would hold hands on the first date. Sadly, this generation of males has lost its sense of etiquette. No more classy compliments are given and eye contact is as rare as a “good hair day” for Donald Trump. To make the night a success, males must focus on the girl they are with. Phones should be put away, and guys need to be courteous and complimentary since their date made an effort to be there and look attractive. To pull off a flawless date, conversation is a must. It is up to the man, since he has asked a lady to accompany him, to make sure that communication is continuous. It is imperative males make sure they are not simply firing questions as if in an interview. Girls expect their date to be interested in their lives, but not nosey. One must also make sure the conversation is free flowing and does not turn into a speech. No woman likes to listen to an egotistical man boast about his life for an entire evening. There must be a perfect balance between communication and questions. If a guy is not willing to act in this way, then he does not deserve to take a girl out. So gentlemen date the way it should be done.

The first date should be like a fairytale. The guy should be the perfect gentleman. - victoria murray, senior

GIRLS SHOULD SHOOT FOR MOTHER’S STAMP OF APPROVAL By AUSTIN HALL One never gets a second chance at a first impression, it’s cliché but true. Men are fairly simple creatures, but are not oblivious to the little things. How a girl acts or dresses reveals much more about her than she thinks. What to wear should depend upon the type of date. Wear something like a simple dress that looks nice, but is not too flashy. Clothes with a lot of different colors and shapes can distract a guy from conversation. His attention could stick on the complications of the dress instead of the conversation currently in progress. Aim to be the girl that a guy would bring home to mom, not a girl “The Situation” would take back to his apartment. There is such a thing as too much skin, and if that line is crossed then guys will think that their date is promiscuous and loose interest. From there on out a girl can become less of girlfriend material and more of a story to tell the guys later on in the evening. Avoid overdoing anything; unless looking like a single mom that just stepped off the Rock of Love bus is one’s style, stray from putting on too much make up. If too much is used, makeup becomes an obstacle to hide behind instead of a tool to enhance beauty. Having confidence goes a long way. Even faking confidence is better than being insecure. Guys do not want to listen to their date constantly complain about how they think their dog is ignoring them, when it

The guy should not be boring. He needs to make sure there are no awkward moments. - kikey miranda, sophomore

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really does not matter. There needs to be a balance, from the way each party presents itself to conversation involvement. Do not leave the conversation entirely on the man’s shoulders. Men are territorial by nature, so it does not take much to make a guy get defensive. Boys are not always the best at keeping their attention off other females, but both parties keeping their attention on each other allows for chemistry to flow uninterrupted. Make sure to be engaged and avoid all conversation enders. If the guy asks a question and the response he gets is “I don’t know,” awkward silence is inevitable. Ask him the question and think of an answer while he says what he thinks. That question was likely asked for a reason. Talk about each others’ views without making it an argument. This can also erect the opposite problem. The sound of one’s own voice can be intoxicating but do not overwhelm him with more information than he needs. Conversations are a two way street, so be sure not to control the conversation, but to invite a response so the conversation flows back and forth between each person. Until the two change their relationship status to “in a relationship” on Facebook, and the honeymoon phase is over, it is the man’s responsibility to pay for dinner. There will be the occasional date that will ask for two checks, so always bring an emergency stash just in case the guy is too cheap for manners. Too much good of a good thing can be a bad thing, so do not go overboard. It is always better to play it safe and highlight one’s strengths than to try and mask any flaws that guys normally would not notice.

The first date is to get to know each other so I expect her to be interesting.

[On a first date] I expect her to not nag all the time.

- paul nguyen, junior

- kerry alce, freshman

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Charities give spirit to community

Marines gift Children

Toys for Tots is an organization founded by the U.S. Marines. The organization is dedicated to give less fortunate children a gift for Christmas. The Marines want to make sure every child receives a gift on Christmas, regardless of the conditions his family is facing. After buying a toy, or finding a lightly used toy, one can leave it at any of the drop off locations Drop off locations are nationwide, look for donation boxes in local gas stations or grocery stores; the main office also has one. Monetary donations can be mailed or made online at www. toysfortots.org.

By KAREN JAEN and KINSEY SEACORD The season of giving is among the community, and local organizations are in need of assistance. With one third of the United State’s homeless population residing in Central Florida, consider contributing to different local organizations that specialize in helping the less fortunate. These organizations are looking for gifts ranging from toys to toiletries to gift those who will not receive a gift for the holidays. These are ways one can get involved and donate to local organizations.

grOUP sends greetings Bringing a project to Central Florida, the Second Harvest Food Bank has introduced the $25,000 Challenge. Radio celebrity Jim Philips has offered to donate an additional $1,000 if the Bank collects $25,000 before Christmas. Spare change and cash will be collected in teacher’s classrooms to go toward this project. Additionally, the organization has introduced the Holiday Gift Alternative Program. This allows people to donate $5 contributions, or more, and festive seasonal cards will be sent to friends, family and colleagues, letting them know a donation has been made on their behalf. To order a holiday card, visit foodbankcentralflorida. org.

OrganizatiOn give essentials

ClUB COlleCts gifts

Operation Christmas Child is another way to help, with various drop off locations around the country, including places such as the First Baptist Church of Orlando and YMCA centers. One can fill a shoebox with toiletries, toys or school supplies for children around the world. When filling the shoebox, one must determine the gender of the receiver and the age category of the child. When the shoebox is complete, visit www.samaritanspurse.org to print the specific label appropriate for a boy or girl. A $7 donation is appreciated to cover shipping costs. The list of the drop off locations can be found on the website.

If one is feeling inspired to “adopt” a needy atypical person for the holidays, see any Key Club member. The club is working with the Russell Home to collect items such as gift cards and DVDs for their residents. Volunteers and donors will wrap and deliver the presents for those who would otherwise receive nothing for the holidays. This project ensures stockings are stuffed and the seasonal spirit is spread to all who cannot afford it. Students can see Kelly Morales, Room 230, or contact Key Club officers to sign up for this project. Drop off donations can be arranged at russellhome.org.

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Homeless individuals are often thought about during the holidays and one local Orlando project caters to their needs: Project Good Tidings. According to the 60 Minutes “Hard Times Generation: Families Living in Cars,” one third of 98,452 homeless families live in Florida. Goodie bags of toiletries are created and distributed to the homeless in downtown Orlando and surrounding areas on Christmas. The Social Justice Club is aiding in collecting deodorant, toothbrushes, and other necessities. If one is looking to donate, collection boxes will be in specific teacher’s classes, like Cindy Schmidt’s, Room 851. To get involved contact Schmidt.

Light Up UCF 1. What: When: Mon.-Thurs.,

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Sun. 5 p.m. -10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 5 p.m.12 a.m. Runs until Jan. 1, 2012 Price: $12

When: Dec. 17- 30 9 a.m.- 10.p.m. Dec. 31- Jan. 2, 9 a.m.8:30 p.m. Prices: Ranges from $13.99 to $27.99

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Annual 4. What: Holiday Craft Show on 1470 Highland Ave When: 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. through Dec. 31 Price: Free

Holiday Sing- a5. What: Long at the Parliament House Resort and Entertainment Complex When: Dec. 18, 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. Price: Free

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Steer clear of a Christmas catastrophe

He & She SAID TURN HIS “I DO NOT KNOW” INTO A PRESENT By KINSEY SEACORD As the season of giving approaches, there are always confused females who raid stores frantically looking for the perfect present to give a significant other. Nothing is more agitating than the typical “I don’t know, get me whatever” response. This leaves ladies in a state of anxiety over what is a good item purchase. Buying a gift is all about how long the couple has been together. If one has been dating a guy for a year, a cup of hot cocoa and a holiday card will not suffice. For a couple currently blossoming, gifts can be a head scratcher. For the one to two month period, girls are still getting to know their guy and what he likes. The gift should say “I care about you enough to know what you spend your time doing, but we have not been dating long enough for me to spend my whole paycheck on you.” One gift that is always applicable and inexpensive is food. Every man loves to eat

and at this time of year, food can be pimped out to look festive and seasonal. Another spectacular gift is cologne. Ladies, it tells the significant other that the holidays are meant for snuggling, and it is unacceptable to smell like sweaty Santa at the mall. Ralph Lauren Polo Black Stocking Stuffer can be purchased at Macy’s for $35. Couples who have been dating for five to six months must put thought into gifts. Since this guy has stuck around for so long, he should be rewarded. Men can always use fashion advice, so purchasing a few tee shirts is a great way to welcome the holidays. For a more reusable gift, buy a video game. Since the majority of teenage boys have better relationships with their Xbox 360 than with their girlfriends, one cannot go wrong with the new Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 game for $56.95 at Walmart. If a guy has stayed in a relationship for a year, cash needs to be spent. Buying a Nixon watch at Nordstrom for $60 tells a man that their lady still likes him after all this time. So whether your relationship is just a spark or a blaze, do not commit arson and have the holidays go up in flames.

DIg INTO THE MIND, NOT THE WALLET, FOR A gIFT By AUSTIN HALL Gifts are a wonderful way to show how much one cares about his significant other, or how long he waited before scrambling into every store in the mall searching for the perfect gift for that one special person. There are two equations when it comes to buying a gift for the majority of females, excluding the occasional gold digger: thought is equal to or greater than the total number of zeroes on the price tag. If one keeps that in mind, then any gift out there will be the perfect gift. The less thought invested, the more money will be spent. The other equation should only be utilized in case of emergencies, or if creativity is not a trait that comes natural to the gift giver. As thought decreases, the total number of zeroes on the price tag should go up. If the relationship is nearing the one year mark, a good gift would be one of many Tiffany necklaces that can be found for $125 and up. If the relationship is younger, then

take her out to a nice dinner. Taking her back to the first date could be a good way to keep the relationship youthful. These two equations should be constantly referenced when looking for a gift. If anyone is to fall into the category of the second equation, the amount spent should vary depending on how long the couple has been dating. The longer the two have been dating, the higher the price of the gift. These prices could be cut by more than half if one invested time into a thoughtful gift. Happy wife, happy life. Even though marriage is not in the picture, the concept still applies. If the gift she receives is not up to her expectations, it will take a lot of sucking up and better gifts in the future to get out of jail. Try bouncing ideas off a friend who is also a girl to get the female perspective on any gift idea that pops into one’s brain. If a female or a friend of the gift receiver is not a possibility, find a friend who has a girlfriend and has experience with giving gifts. Thought will always be superior to price. In any gift-giving situation, putting thought and care into a gift will reign supreme without making one’s wallet hurt.

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Teaching styles create classroom controversy

He & She SAID UNPROFESSIONALISM LEADS TO PROBLEMS By KINSEY SEACORD Nothing is more annoying than an unprofessional teacher. If one is paid to instruct students about a specific curriculum, then off topic personal problems should never be discussed. While it can be argued that sharing stories with students allows a teacher-student connection to form, there is a fine line between what is appropriate and what is not. One thing that should never happen in a classroom is an instructor who talks about family confrontations, financial issues or arguments he is having with co-workers. Discussing one’s problems should be between a therapist and a client, not a teacher and a student. Nowadays some teachers should be put on verbal leashes. For a schooling environment to be successful, students must be immersed in conversations relevant to what they are learning. If a teacher has a personal story that will help students better understand a subject, then it is welcome. Whining and off topic rants should be left to dissatisfied housewives. It can also be argued when teachers share personal stories about their experiences, it aids students in formulating the solutions to their own problems. Aside from the fact that discussing intimate dilemmas should not happen at school, it can also affect students’ capabilities of expressing themselves. According to Courtney Cazden, Professor of Education Emerita at the Harvard Graduate School of Education,

Your Thoughts Should teachers discuss their lives in class?

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“In a setting where [teachers] hope there can be important growth in children’s use of language for learning and for life, teachers talk too much, and the words in the air are more often [theirs] than [the children’s].” If teachers focus on their views and how they handle situations, students are not growing independent in thought and critical thinking abilities. Not only do improper teaching styles shadow educators in an unprofessional light, but they also affect teachers’ ability to govern a class. There is a hierarchy of respect in the schooling system; that teachers are above their pupils. At times, students forget their advisers are not their peers. Once respect is lost, the classroom is transformed into the Land of the Wild Things and attempting to discipline out-of-line kids is a joke. It is understandable some teachers think being “buddy buddy” with students will help them excel, but in reality it is robbing them of a fundamental lesson: not everyone is on the same level. Kids are here to learn, not make friends with elders. Instructors who converse a rhapsody of complaints always forget that those listening are adolescets with their own problems; in short, no one cares. Teachers never take into account their class might be uncomfortable with their speech. Some students may be sensitive to topics that a teacher jokes about. Getting fired because of insensitivity is pathetic. Teaching is a prestigious job. One has the ability to shape generations and open doors of opportunity. To do the job right, a level of professionalism must be maintained. Certain teachers need to get it together.

TEACHERS JUMP-START THE LEARNING ENGINE By AUSTIN HALL The student-teacher relationship is like motor oil to an engine. Quality motor oil acts as a catalyst, allowing the motor to run smoothly. Personal stories can act as a learning lubricant; making learning a smoother, simpler task for the student. When a teacher tells students about his or her personal life, it makes that teacher seem a little more human. To students, the thought of any teacher having a life outside of school is a very difficult concept to grasp. Most students are confused to see a teacher outside of school. It is as if teachers’ brains have evolved and they have now learned to dress like adults, disguising themselves as everyday civilians. Teachers are not wild animals that can only exist in captivity; most have lives that take place outside of school. Teachers can share personal stories of how they grew up or stories of how they messed up as teenagers to try and prevent students from making that mistake. By doing so, it gives off a feeling of compassion. It shows that the teacher cares enough about students to share such a story. It can also serve as a mental break for students to give their brains a rest before diving back into the task at hand. It helps if the story relates to what is being taught. Stories can be utilized as tools to help students retain information that can later be used in the students’ daily lives. According to Edward Roy Krishnan, a Psychology and Education teacher at Wells International School, teaching at the Prom Phong, Thong

I think it is acceptable. Teachers are older and they know more about life, and they can guide us.

No, because certain things that teachers say, students don’t need to know.

- ariana vargas, junior

- stacy jean, sophomore

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Lor, and On-nut Campuses, personal stories bridge the mental and emotional gaps between the teacher and the students, making learning a more engaging experience. According to the National Council of Teachers of English, teachers who tell personal stories about their past or present lives model for students how to recall sensory detail. If a story is rehearsed by a teacher and told correctly, it can introduce students to the techniques of eye contact, dramatic placement of characters within a scene, and the use of character voices. These skills can transfer into a students’ writing. Teachers should try to follow some basic guidelines that will ensure that the story has substance and appeal and will not be immediately followed by an awkward silence. Obviously teachers should avoid dwelling into the “too personal,” and stray away from stories that will evoke negative emotions that should be left out of the classroom, such as sad stories that will make a student upset or angry. Any story that took place in the bedroom, stays in the bedroom. Teachers should avoid bragging to students, and avoid topics that draw sympathy from them. Even made up stories that are conjured to help students remember a specific aspect of the subject may be one thing the student needed to plant whatever is being taught in that student’s mind. The more interesting a story is, the easier it is to recall the main idea. Students tell teachers stories about their lives everyday. So, teachers talking about their personal lives should be viewed as attempting to grab the class’s attention and to connect with them, not to try and attract sympathy or praise from the students.

Teachers try to keep emotions out of teaching, but you can’t connect with teacher[s] unless you see they are human. - easah rahman, senior

No, because school is for education, not for teachers to share their life story.

- echeverry santiago, freshman

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Relationships undergo a software update

He & She SAID TECHNOLOGY IS SLOWLY KILLING COUPLES By KINSEY SEACORD A relationship is like a plant. Once the seed is cultivated, it takes nurturing and attention to grow. One way to nip the bud is to let technology take root in the relationship. While cell phones and the Internet do have a place, the dangers of excessive use are too prominent to ignore. Face-to-face contact is being slaughtered by technology. Nothing is making couples more awkward in person than when all of their communication is behind the security of a screen. Technology can be a useful tool for long distance relationships, but quality inperson time together is imperative. Being able to articulate oneself around a significant other takes time and effort. When people speak in person, emotions can be detected from their tone; digital words are flat and detached. While it can be argued that texting allows couples to have constant contact and get to know each other quicker, there is no substitute for human interaction. Getting to know someone through texting or social networking robs the couple of simple moments. The moment where she laughs at his stupid joke, or the time he smiles just because she is with him. Technological barriers keep one from experiencing these. Also, persistent connection can become annoying and does not allow the couple to have space. No one enjoys being smothered. A fantastic habit, that will ensure one’s feelings are communicated, is writing love letters. Putting pen to paper

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demands time and thought. It is a sentimental and old-fashioned keepsake. According to a survey by The Telegraph, 70 percent of women would rather receive a love letter than some form of digital communication from a significant other. Misunderstandings through the digital world are more frequent than not. Comical connotations can often be misconstrued and the true meaning of one’s words can be lost. Couples fighting via texting are doomed to fail. According to John Suler in Cyber Psychology and Behavior, people say and do things in cyberspace they would not ordinarily say or do in the face-to-face world. This means fights will be more heated, words will be more cruel and anger will be more explosive. Social networking sites are breeding grounds for misunderstandings. Cyber words often cause confusion in their meaning. People obsess over documenting their relationship and making everything public. Connections require intimacy, not publicity. The biggest danger technology imposes is superficial distractions. The virtual world is full of things to browse through, but one should not be looking when spending time with his partner. For a relationship to thrive, a couple’s full attentions should be focused on each other. Nothing will get one dumped faster than whipping out a phone during a date and rudely disconnecting with the world around him. When one is too busy to notice his significant other is desperate for attention, it sends a clear message: “technology is more important than you.” So put the phone down and start experiencing a real relationship.

I think it damages [relationships] because communication isn’t face-to-face. - kahlila nesbeth, freshman

CONNECTING IS SO EASY, IT HERTZ By AUSTIN HALL The Internet and other technologies have built themselves a terrible reputation. A reputation where mothers must fear for their children’s lives or their credit cards, where crazy girlfriends constantly call to find out what their boyfriends are doing. Whether it is apparent or not, technology has made communication easier in every way. Before cell phones and email, people could not simply text one another to reschedule a date, or call to say they were running late. They had to show up late, and risk getting chewed out, or not show up at all. Cell phones can keep two people who are on opposite sides of the country in touch without having to wait to get home to call and hope the other person is near their phone. Cell phones are meant to be taken wherever the owner goes. Using cell phones is easier than writing a letter and awaiting delivery. Smartphones can basically live one’s life for him. Finding somewhere to go for dinner or calling someone to give directions has never been easier. Most smartphones come with a multi-tasking feature, so now one can do both simultaneously. With unlimited text or calling, which most everyone has nowadays, two people are never more than a few touches of a keypad away. Getting to know someone can be done in a million different ways. Texting makes communication between two people impossibly easy. Just shoot that person a text and get a simple response back fast.

I don’t think so. People can stay more connected. Texts and Facebook are good. - thi nguyen, senior

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Texting has whittled communication down to its simplest form. This allows conversation between two people in a relationship to be simple and convenient. People say technology has lowered the social skills of youth, but this is a choice made by the individual because anyone with a webcam can Skype other people to have face-to-face conversations. Apple developed Facetime, a program similar to Skype that allows people to communicate face-to-face on any generation 4 or higher iPhone, iPod touch or any iPad 2 with an Internet connection. Even though webcams lack certain aspects of conversation like body language or the setting affecting the mood, it still enables two people to talk and see each other while talking. There are an abundance of dating websites to choose from. According to New York Daily News, 21 percent of Americans use online dating services, which drastically raises the variety of people to choose from. There are dating websites for specific groups of people, like Christians or men looking for women from the former Soviet Union. ChristianMingle and AnastasiaInternational are websites that filter out people who don’t meet a certain criteria that someone is not looking for. Years of time and money have been spent to create and improve these technological advancements. A life without all these helpful tools of communication makes most people shudder and some pre-teenage girls cry, but all of these technologies have been created, not to encourage social awkwardness, but to make lives easier. When used properly technology can help bring people together when they are far apart.

I think it ruins communication because they talk all day long, ruining face-to-face conversation. - alan kominowski, junior

Yes because it can make someone’s private business public.

- jaquan gray, sophomore

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Pub serves gnarly subs, salads

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PERSONALIZED PERFECTION. One can combine his favorite meats and toppings when ordering the Build Your Own Sandwich. “Having control over my food made my meal even more delectable,” Jorge Ramirez said. The BYO Sandwich ($7) comes with potato chips. DIG IN. While not stated on the menu, Gnarly Barley offers the Snack Attack. “I’m obsessed with blue cheese and anything salty, so the salted chips with melted blue cheese were perfect,” junior Lindsay Alexander said. The Snack Attack ($3.50) is served warm.

By KINSEY SEACORD If one is looking for a homey sandwich bar to watch a sports game or hang with friends, Gnarly Barley Bites and Brews is the place to go. Located on 7431 S. Orange Ave., Gnarly Barley is the size of a small house. It’s cozy atmosphere makes the restaurant the ideal place for an intimate lunch. With only a few tables and a bar area inside, the outside porch is fitting for sunny day brunches. Created by Boone graduates Joey Morris and Trace Pleicones, the bar has a woodland-like theme. The founders tore down an old barn and used it as interior decor. Across one of the walls is a mural of a barley field painted by Boone graduate Alex Ray, who also painted the campus’ Trading Post. Because of the restaurant’s small size, service is quick and waiters are able to provide intimate discussion regarding the menu. Beverages and dishes are delivered within minutes so make sure one’s party is all there before ordering. While appetizers are not listed on the menu, Gnarly Barley offers the Snack Attack (3.50): an explosion of blue cheese, red onions, tomato and meat over salted potato chips, topped with basil. The flavor is strongly influenced by the brisket meat, so if one does not have a taste for it, stick to ordering the hot Smashed Potato Salad ($1.50). The sandwiches are boldly unique with imaginative ingredients so be sure

Kids channel thoughts SITE PROVIDES SELF EXPRESSION OUTLET FOR STUDENTS By RUBEN CARRILLO It is a Monday night and she has her video camera ready for the next big video she has been preparing for the last couple of months. She hits the record button and begins. Videos on YouTube make people laugh, cry and feel all of their emotions at the same time. Laughing and crying could not be evoked without YouTube posters who like to show who they are by posting original videos. YouTube creators Chad Hurley, Steve Chen and Jawed Karim, who were previously all employees of PayPal ,launched YouTube Feb. 14, 2005, as a way for people to share videos. Three students use YouTube to sing, to cover songs and produce makeup tutorials. Sophomore Kevin Schoeppler makes videos of his musical covers of artists like Green Day. He hopes one day the videos will reach his favorite band. “I would love to make a [YouTube] video with Green Day because they are so unconventional. They seem crazy,

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to ask the waiter his opinion on the dish before ordering. One specialty is the “38,” A Club Sub Like No Other ($8). This is a fresh sub roll loaded with ham, turkey, crisp bacon, provolone cheese, honey mustard and tiger sauce with crunchy lettuce and tomato on the side. The subs are perfectly sized and come with potato chips. For vegetarians, the bar offers the Veggie Monster ($7). This is freshly baked white or wheat bread with crisp apples, red onions, diced tomato, cucumbers, arugula, cream and provolone cheese topped with thousand island dressing. The bar emphasizes “you playing chef,” so create-your-own salads and sandwiches are a delectable option. When ordering the BYO Salad ($7), one has the choice of one meat, two toppings, one cheese, and a salad dressing. With the addition of homemade “Gnarly” blue cheese, the salads are a combination of crunchy flavors one is not able to resist. If one is in the mood for a memorable dish, order the Johnnie Mac ‘N’ Cheese ($8). A toasted wheat sub roll is piled high with tenderly sliced roast beef, grilled onions, mayo and homemade mac ‘n’ cheese. Served with au’jus on the side, the meal is perfection. The bar is the ideal place for a mellow lunch or dinner. Stop by the next time a sandwich craving hits.

Dining 411 Where: 7431 S. Orange Ave.

When: Tues. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 12 a.m. Fri. 11 a.m. - 2 a.m.

How much: $3 - $8, additional sides $1.50

Beverages: soft drinks, beer and wine Extras: good for small groups

Online: thegnarlybarly. com

Call: 407854-4999 Pumped Up Kicks Cover

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fun and seem like awesome guys to work with,” Schoeppler said. Schoeppler posts covers because he has a passion for the drums. Posting these videos is how he expresses himself. His “Holiday Drum Cover” has 121 views. “When I make a video of me drumming, I can record it, and I become better because I can see my past mistakes,” Schoeppler said. Senior Erika Plogstedt posts videos on how to apply makeup without a big expense. She began this hobby the beginning of her sophomore year. “I post makeup tutorials because I [remember] I was in the position that most girls are in and didn’t know anything [about wearing makeup],” Plogstedt said. Plogstedt saw videos on YouTube and felt inspired to create her own. Plogstedt’s video, Queen Beeuty Contest Entry, has earned 5,734 views. This video is Plogstedt trying out for the Queen Beeuty Contest. She painted her face like the Cheshire Cat from

Alice In Wonderland. Sophomore Rebecca Gage makes YouTube videos of herself singing covers of songs, like Taylor Swift’s version of “Silent Night”, “All I Want for Christmas Is You” by Lisa Layne, “Pumped Up Kicks” by Foster the People, and “Jingle Bell Rocks” by Bobby Helms. When she starts to sing she gets into a zone and can’t be tamed. “I sing to get exposure and for people like my family who are out of town [so they can watch me],” Gage said. Gage made her first video, Finals Winner Announcement, about 11 months ago. It is Gage singing at the American Idol Experience at Disney. Her dream is to make a video with Taylor Swift. “[Talyor Swift] is my favorite singer and she seems like she would be fun to work with,” Gage said. Unknown singers in the past have used YouTube to land record deals. These three students are trying to become the next big thing and make a name for themselves.

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Queen Beeuty Entry

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To see another popular YouTube video by Tre Simpson and Chris Williams, featured on Boone Broadcasting Company and at Brave Aid, type in the search box Orange Swag.

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Determining when to rent a moving truck

He & She SAID MOVING OUT TO A NEW PERSPECTIVE By KINSEY SEACORD Young adults are much like baby birds. There comes a time to leave the nest, and much like birds, there are a few that feel not quite ready to fly; in which case, they should be pushed. Moving out after graduating high school is detrimental to the growth of an individual. While continuing to live at home does have financial benefits, the missed opportunity of spreading one’s wings without any parental influence outweighs the money issue. Self dependence cannot fully be attained while living at home. The emotional attachment created between child and parent needs to be altered. It is healthy to move out and be put into an unfamiliar environment. There will be situations in which one will be thrust out of his comfort zone. Moving out teaches one to adapt to new situations and embrace all of the opportunities presented. If one continues living with his parents after high school moving out later on is difficult. A study conducted by the Pew Research Center reports that 40 percent of 2008 graduates are still living at home with their parents, and 42 percent of 2006 graduates are also still living at home. To avoid emotional instability when parentals finally mandate a move, be proactive and fly the coop. If one is in need of money, take a loan, swing a scholarship or dare it be said, get a job. The issue of money is for whiners and slackers. No one enjoys a moocher - parents included. College is a time to be

Your Thoughts Should students move out after high school?

broke and learn how to manage on a tight financial budget. When one moves out, he takes on new responsibilities, such as food plans and paying bills. Moving out is the first taste one has of financial independence. Parents will not always be there to help out with the bills, so beginning to rely on oneself as early as possible sets the right financial track. Additionally living at home puts one at a social disadvantage. “A common time for people from healthier families to move out is upon graduating high-school and moving away to live at college,” according to Lisa Warren in “When Should Kids Move Out of Their Parents’ House.” Whether one is attending college or starting a job, moving out is essential. Breaking the social norm can leave students ostracized. For those who have seen “Failure To Launch,” unless one is as attractive as Matthew McConaughey, there is no excuse to be the loser living at home. Moving out begins the transition from a dependent to a blossoming adult butterfly. “Living at home for too long into adulthood delays the maturation process and holds you back from embracing adulthood,” Steve Pavlina, self-help author and motivational speaker, said. To fully express one’s individuality free from the fear of parental repercussions, one must seek his own abode. Parents should shift from the hound dog of order breathing down their child’s neck, to the guiding mentor. Staying at home after high school is a mistake. The benefits of moving out clearly outweigh the convenience of staying home. It is time to spread one’s wings and fly into the next chapter of life.

It depends on what [the students] are going to do for college and their financial situation.

- kirstie friend, senior

PREMATURE FLIGHT WILL BACKFIRE By AUSTIN HALL Cutting the cord and leaving the nest is never easy, nor is it necessary. There is not a rule against staying home right after graduating high school. Unless one’s parents are kicking him out, staying home for college makes the most sense. Moving out means one will have to fend for himself, and no one can survive without food. Since parents usually do all the grocery shopping, by moving out now one must spend money on his own food. According to scholarships.com, the average price of a dormitory for one year of college is $7,500-$9,000 a year. That is $30,000-$36,000 for four years of college, and that number will rise even more, or even double, if one is planning on getting a masters or doctorate degree. Most students have to take out loans for things like books, room and board, tuition, and meal plans. According to a New York Times Article, Burden of college loans on graduates grows, the average student leaves college with $24,000 in school loans. A big chunk of that can be eliminated by taking out room and board and meal plans. Unless one has been saving for college for a while or gets a full ride scholarship, financially, staying at home makes more sense. Most parents will either let one stay at home rent-free or have their child pay rent. Either way, it is cheaper than any dormitory. By staying home, remembering to buy groceries will not be a worry until after

I think [students] should because it shows that they are independent.

- leslie irizarry, sophomore

college graduation. Everything that has been supplied since birth is still available. Parents have supplied the simple things like medicine, soap and toilet paper for the household, there is no need to buy those bare necessities. This goes hand in hand with familiarity. There will be no adjusting to a new setting or way of life, no awkward first couple weeks of living with complete strangers and no chance of coming down with the dreaded illness that affects every budding adult: home sickness. Homesickness is defined as the distress and functional impairment caused by an actual or anticipated separation from home and attachment objects such as parents. This temporary ailment is caused by the falling sensation that comes with jumping from the safety of the nest of childhood. A study conducted by the Educated Resources Information Center, found that out of 304 freshman polled, 68.8 percent of freshman admitted to feeling homesick. Two thirds of those students experienced homesickness for a week, where 18 percent of those students felt it for up to eight weeks. Living at home can give the child time to adjust to being an adult without having to dive into growing up, especially on a college student’s budget. The odds of a freshman in college being able to financially support himself is highly unlikely without the help of one’s parents. Once one has graduated, he will have the chance to jump straight into working a consistent, full-time job. Moving out of the house when going to college is a bad idea. Moving out only leads to poverty, disorientation and crying at night. Being in debt and distressed is not the best way to start out one’s adult life.

No not immediately. I think they should get used to college first.

No, because they need to learn how to live by themselves first.

- cristian drayton, junior

- minh nguyen, freshman

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year in review By KINSEY SEACORD

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3. Amway Arena goes down with a bang

On March 25, officials imploded the 23-year-old Amway Arena. The city brought the older building down with over 600 pounds of dynamite and other explosives that left the arena in rubble. The new Amway Center opened Oct. 1, 2010.

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TAKING THE STAND. On April 20, George Zimmerman attends his bond hearing for the shooting of Trayvon Martin in Circuit Judge Kenneth Lester’s courtroom in Sanford, Florida. Zimmerman’s bond was set at $150,000.

1. Killing sparks protests The Sanford community suffered a loss on Feb. 26, with the shooting and death of Trayvon Martin. While walking unarmed back home from a friend’s house, Martin became engaged in an altercation with a member of the community’s neighborhood watch, George Zimmerman. According to The New York Times,

Zimmerman placed a 911 call for a suspicious person and later ignored dispatcher’s warnings to stop the pursuit. The altercation escalated to physical violence and ended with Zimmerman shooting the 17-year-old. Controversy stirred on whether the act took place in self defense. Outraged protests occurred around the country in response to Sanford

police’s lagged response time and the lack of action taken. Six weeks after the shooting, police arrested Zimmerman on a second-degree murder charge. Police commented, stating Florida’s Stand Your Ground Law, which allows one who feels threatened to not retreat from the situation, would make it hard to find a case since Zimmerman claimed self defense.

photo courtesy/RED HUBER of Orlando Sentinel

4. DeLand plane crashes into Publix

An experimental plane from Illinois crashed into the DeLand Publix located in the Northgate Shopping Center on April 2. The accident injured five people, three were Publix shoppers. The cause of the accident is unknown.

2. All Star game returns

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EAST VS WEST. East All Star player Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic) boxes out West All Star player Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) during the All Star game on Feb. 26. The West Coast team beat the East Coast team 152-149.

For the first time since 1992, Orlando hosted the 61st NBA All Star game, bringing in 100 million dollars to the local economy. Basketball fans headed to the Amway Center on Feb. 26 to see players such as Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Bryant and Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant take to the court and aid the West Coast team to a 152-149 victory. Both Durant and Miami Heat’s LeBron James, East Coast team player, scored 36 points. Durant received the Most Valuable Player through fan votes. Bryant surpassed Michael Jordan’s record of prolific scorer with 278 points. “I liked seeing all of the skilled basketball players come together,” junior Elisa Castillo said.

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Angry protesters took to the street on Oct. 15, in support of the Occupy Wall Street movement. The activists marched from the Orlando Regional Chamber of Commerce through downtown. Similar protests occurred across the country.

Sept. 17 - Senior Heather Classe places 3rd in DeLand Invitational with a time of 6:20.

Aug. 25 - UCF freshman Ann Hefferin dies of alcohol poisoning.

The most important [local event] was the Trayvon Martin case because it went beyond our region. It reached a national level. - jacob jiskoot, senior

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5. Occupy Wall Street extends to Orlando

Sept. 12 - Big Red Bus rolls onto campus for first blood drive of the year.

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Oct. 25 - Names of jurors from Casey Anthony case are released.

Sept. 25 - Saudi Arabia gives women the right to vote.

Oct. 7- Ten year anniversary of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan.

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