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Eight seniors nominated as Silver Knights SIGN HERE PLEASE: (Clockwise from top) Principal Scott Neely addresses the 13 student-athletes who RIĂ€FLDOO\VLJQHGWKHLU National Letters of Intent WRSOD\FROOHJHVSRUWV Soccer player Kaitlyn 6WRO]HQEHUJVSRUWVKHU :LQJDWH8QLYHUVLW\KDW with her parents DQG&RDFK.DWH'Z\HU LB Nico Marley and WR $OH[0RQWJRPHU\VKRZ WKHLUH[FLWHPHQWWRVLJQ with Tulane and .HQWXFN\UHVSHFWLYHO\ PHOTO BY SYDNEY PESTCOE

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There is only one day each year when signing one’s name on a printed line means just a little more than any other day. On Wednesday, Feb. 6, 13 Bay athOHWHV GLG MXVW WKDW DQG RIÀFLDOO\ became players for the National College Athletic Association (NCAA). The list of signees on Na-

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ally makes this a great day.� Running back Matt Dayes, who was named the 8A-7A-6A player of the year by the SunSentinel, stuck with his original decision of playing for North Carolina State after having a momentary thought about Vanderbilt. “It was a tough decision for me,� Dayes said. “One morning, I felt like I wanted to go to Vanderbilt, but then I thought about

it some more and I felt like that wasn’t where my heart was at.� After N.C. State made a coaching change this season, the Wolfpack’s new head coach is Dave Doeren, the former Northern Illinois head coach. Dayes said that his comfort level in Raleigh is way too high for him to turn down the school’s Signing day, page 32

BY DALTON JACOBS ONLINE NEWS EDITOR

Eight seniors have been nominated for the 2012-2013 Miami Herald Silver Knight Award, which recognizes academic success and community service work. “They all demonstrate excellence in character and hard work,â€? said English Department head Joyce Seigel, who is the school’s Silver Knight coordinator this year, along with Adrienne Maisel. The requirements to qualify for a Silver Knight nomination consist of maintaining at least a 3.2 unweighted GPA and having a community service project. There are 15 categories available for application. “They have to extend beyond the local community, and they have to reach a broad amount of people to have a big effect,â€? Ms. Seigel said. 7KHĂ€QDOZLQQHUVZKLFKZLOO be announced in May at a ceremony, will receive a medallion presented by American Airlines, a Silver Knight statue and a $2,000 scholarship. Three honorable mentions per category are awarded $500 and an engraved plaque. ´7KHEHQHĂ€WVRIZLQQLQJWKH Silver Knight scholarship are great, but winning is not everything,â€? mathematics nominee Jake Rheingold said. “I am happy to help out the community and make a difference.â€? Rheingold is not the only nominee who appreciates being recognized for his service project. Social Science nominee Alexia Alter said it is an honor to be considered for the Silver Knight Award. “Just being honored is a great reward for all of the hard work I have put in for my project over the past couple of years,â€? Alter said. “The students nominated Silver Knights, page 9

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Ethics class hosts speaker Nan Rich BY ALEXA STEINLAUF NEWS EDITOR

Former State Sen. Nan Rich came to campus on Jan. 29 to speak to students and teachers about the issues she handles daily in the state capitol. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I came because I was invited by [social studies teacher] Mr. Cannizzaro, and he asked me to come and talk about some of the issues relating to ethics and politics that go on in Tallahassee,â&#x20AC;? Sen. Rich said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then they brought together a lot of other classes and I had the opportunity to teach them all.â&#x20AC;? Philosophy Ethics teacher Ralph Cannizzaro said that he invited Sen. Rich because he thought that his students would get a positive impact from hearing her speak. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is a class of ethics and she has a lot of experience dealing with ethical situations and politics. She was eight years as a state senator and four years as a representative, and she is now going to be running for governor. 6R,Ă&#x20AC;JXUHGWKLVLVDJUHDWRSSRUtunity to experience,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Cannizzaro said. Mr. Cannizzaro also said â&#x20AC;&#x153;on top of that, she also helped me get this class passed. We had VRPH GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWLHV ZLWK WKH EX-

reaucracy at the state level, and we running out of time to get the class approved, and she got involved and made it happen.â&#x20AC;? Sen. Rich said she enjoys coming to speak to the students because she gets to inform them on policies that affect them and get their input on how to make them better. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love to come,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Tallahassee, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kind of in a bubble and you need to be out talking to people about the real issues and the real concerns, and learn what they think is working and not working. And then you can help inform your policies on the things that you want to do when \RXDUHLQRIĂ&#x20AC;FHÂľ Sen. Rich said she thought the assembly was successful and that she got to answer many questions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think that I was able to kind of educate people about what has been going on in Tallahassee as far as issues,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It also allowed them to ask questions so that I could understand what some of the issues are, for instance, the new scheduling and the high standards testing.â&#x20AC;? Sen. Rich said during the assembly she had the opportunity to address many concerns that students had about issues they

â&#x20AC;&#x153;When youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in Tallahassee, youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re kind of in a bubble and you need to be out talking to people about the real issues.â&#x20AC;? -former Sen. Nan Rich

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RICH WITH KNOWLEDGE: Former Sen. Nan Rich informs students about the politics she handles in the state capitol.

would face when transitioning to college as well. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Students asked questions about many issues like school gun laws, Bright Futures, and other things that impact the lives of young people as they leave high school and go on to college and things that are going to be important,â&#x20AC;? she said. She also said that she was able to address concerns about the public education system in Florida and the hopes for the future of it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of what I talked about also was the diminishment of

funding for public education,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am a very strong public school advocate and we worked hard this year to prevent money from going to forSURĂ&#x20AC;W PDQDJHPHQW FRPSDQLHV who run charter schools so that the tax payers pay their money so that it can go toward a strong public education system.â&#x20AC;? Sen. Rich said she thought the students were very engaged in the presentation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think today went very well. I love the fact that students are kind of uninhibited and are

happy to ask questions and talk about issues,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Which is very good because sometimes there is kind of a hold back, and you could see in the auditorium today that there was no tentativeness on the part of the students.â&#x20AC;? Senior Melanie Epstein said she learned a lot from the assembly that will help her with the class. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I learned a lot more about the politics and ethics of our state and it was very educational and interesting,â&#x20AC;? Epstein said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it will help me a lot more with my ethics class.â&#x20AC;?

School board adopts new evaluation method for teachers BY JEREMY TACHE ONLINE FEATURES EDITOR

A new scale has been adopted by public schools all around Broward County to grade teachers on their performance. The Marzano scale uses a combination of a teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; performance and an evaluation to see if the teacher uses the 41 methods outlined in a scale in his or her teaching methods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This scale consists of six sections: Not Applicable, Not Usable, Beginning, Developing, Applying and Innovating,â&#x20AC;? assistant principal Jeff Nelson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;An Innovative teacher is different, unique, inspiring. An Applying teacher means they are doing everything they need to do, and an Innovating teacher goes above and beyond.â&#x20AC;? The evaluating process is composed of one walkthrough, one 15 to 20 minute sit-in on the class and one 30-minute evaluation, all performed by the teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s administrator. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As part of the process, each teacher has to have one formal evaluation, an informal and a classroom walkthrough where we walk in, see what we see and walk out,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Nelson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As part of these evaluations, each teacher must end up with up to 45 total topics reached from the four domains: classroom strategy, planning and SUHSDULQJUHĂ HFWLRQDQGSURIHVVLRQDOLVPÂľ 7KHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVFRUHWKDWDWHDFKHUUHFHLYHVLVEDVHGRQD combination of the evaluation from an administrator and the teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s merit score. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year it was 50-50. This year it is 40 percent our

observation and 60 percent student gains,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Nelson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Remember, this is a component or a mechanism that is not only utilized for classroom observation, but also a mechanism used to provide feedback to our teachers as to our assessment of how they are performing.â&#x20AC;? Although the system is supposed to be completely objective and fool-proof, some teachers such as English teacher Joyce Seigel, believe there is still work to be done to make the system the best it can be. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This is far from being complete, but the way this system is right now has seen many complaints from teachers around the school,â&#x20AC;? she said. She said that there are perks of the system for the new teachers, but veteran teachers like her would be unwise to switch to the new system for merit pay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Right now, I am at the highest level of pay I can get to as a teacher, and my understanding is that it will be optional for veteran teachers to choose to go on the merit pay versus the pay scale that we are already on,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why would I take myself off of that path in order to go to performance pay? The risk is greater then the reward for any of us.â&#x20AC;? Even though she believes Cypress Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s teachers are top of the line, Mrs. Seigel said she feels uneasy about WKH ZD\ KHU UDWLQJ FRXOG EH LQĂ XHQFHG GXH WR RWKHU teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; work. In other words, part of a teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evaluation will at times be based on the scores of students who are not hers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As of right now, part of the merit scale is based off of FCAT scores,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From what I know now, the number is something like 60 percent of a teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s stu-

dents must take the FCAT in order for their own scores to count. If not, the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s score becomes the teacherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. If I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have that proper number, which I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe I will this year, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I would feel too comfortable regardless of how great our scores normally are.â&#x20AC;? Math teacher Nikki Pizzano said she feels her fellow teachers, especially her colleagues at Cypress Bay, should not be forced into this system. She feels that this process could be biased in the evaluation process. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think it can be very unfair to any teacher,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel that the intention to have a standard is great, but it has ended up being more time and more work than needed to evaluate a teacher. The problem is that a big part of evaluating a teacher is subjective, but that must be eliminated here.â&#x20AC;? Mr. Nelson said one problem with the new performance pay plan is that there is no money to allocate for this new bonus. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The thing with this is, there has to be money for the performance pay in order for us to utilize it, and right now there isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t any money funded to provide performance pay,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Nelson said. He said he does not think this system will affect the style and production of the teachers in his department or around the rest of the school because their productivity is so high to begin with. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have any teachers that I oversee, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Social Studies and P.E., that have the lowest ranking,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Nelson said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and I would say there probably isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t one teacher with the lowest ranking at all at Cypress Bay.â&#x20AC;?


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DeBAYte team successful at Emory BY DANIELLE BUSH

3ODFLQJ DW WKH WRS LQ Ă&#x20AC;YH events, the DeBAYte team had success competing at the Barkley Fourm at Emory University, a three-day tournament that took place during the week of Jan. 2527 in Atlanta. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This tournament was right in the middle of the national tournament season, and everyone has been working so hard, and it really showed with the outstanding results,â&#x20AC;? debate teacher Ben Miller said. The DeBAYte team was named an Emory Member School for excellence in speech and debate. Mrs. West said only four schools are selected for this KRQRUDQGUHFHLYHPDQ\EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WV as a result. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For being selected as a member school, we receive more entries into the tournament next year and other special privileges that come along with the tournament,â&#x20AC;? DeBAYte adviser Megan West said. Freshman Jake Steirn won Ă&#x20AC;YH RXW RI VL[ URXQGV DQG ORVW LQWKHRFWRĂ&#x20AC;QDOVLQWKH/LQFROQ Douglas category. Steirn said he was thrilled at the opportunity of being able to compete at that level and his winning results.

six preliminary rounds and adYDQFHGWRWKHGRXEOHRFWRĂ&#x20AC;QDOV round. Seniors on the DeBAYte team, Robbie Steirn, Shaylyn Walker and Jeremy Gutner, PDGHLWWRWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVLQWKHLUUHspective events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The seniors represented the entire DeBAYte team. It was nice. All the underclassman supported them and were happy to see them succeed,â&#x20AC;? Mrs. West said. The annual tournament hosted more than 1,200 students from over 200 schools around the country. Sixteen students from the Bay attended. Steirn and Gutner both received a bid to the Tournament of Champions, which is the pinnacle of debate tournaments, and it takes place April 27-29. In order to go to the TOC, debate competitors need at least two bids. At Emory, Steirn received his fourth bid and Gutner received his second. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really excited to rePHOTO SUBMITTED BY MEGAN WEST ceive my fourth bid, especially `ARGUE THIS: DeBAYte adviser, Megan West poses with Extemporaneous speaker junior DVDVHQLRUDQGLWEHLQJP\Ă&#x20AC;UVW Isabella Paretti at the Barkley Forum at Emory University. The DeBAYte team was named an time ever being able to go to the Emory Member School for excellence in speech and debate. TOC,â&#x20AC;? Steirn said. The DeBAYte teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last outThe Public Forum team com- of-state tournament until Nationâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really happy to have and to do so well even though this opportunity to compete at LW ZDV P\ Ă&#x20AC;UVW \HDU FRPSHWLQJ posed of juniors Ben Sandler and als will be Feb. 15-18 at Harvard Megan Hirsh won four out of University. such a prestigious tournament here,â&#x20AC;? Steirn said.

getting creative: Student writers receive high recognition in two national creative writing competitions BY MEREDITH SHELDON

Two of Joyce Seigelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creative writing students have been named prize winners in two different national competitions, one receiving a scholarship for a summer program, the other a trip to Washington, D.C. Sophomore Jennifer Schonberger won the grand prize for Blue Nose Edutainmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chasing Mavericks Writing Competition, and sophomore CourtQH\5R]HQLVDJUDQGSUL]HĂ&#x20AC;QDOLVWIRUKHU essay in the Rand McNallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dear Mr. President Competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was really curious when I went to check the website about the competition,â&#x20AC;? Schonberger said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was not expecting to win anything and once I saw my name I could not believe it.â&#x20AC;? Students in grades 10-12 who entered the Blue Nose Edutainment competition (based on the movie Chasing Mavericks)

were required to write a short essay about a maverick, or a goal, that they aspire to achieve. Schonberger was awarded a full scholarship to the Ringling College of Art and Design Summer Institute, a fourweek program for the creative arts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just wrote an inspiring essay that came from my heart,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wrote about my maverick, which is to make use of my talent and love for writing.â&#x20AC;? Out of 8,000 people in the entire country who entered the Rand McNallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dear Mr. President Essay Contest, sophomore &RXUWQH\5R]HQLVRQHRIĂ&#x20AC;YHĂ&#x20AC;QDOLVWVIRU KHUDJHJURXS(DFKĂ&#x20AC;QDOLVWLVDZDUGHGD trip to Washington, D.C. for a ceremony on Feb 16 to announce the winners and his/her essay published in USA TODAY online edition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had no expectations whatsoever. I did not expect myself to win at all,â&#x20AC;? Rozen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I did the essay for extra credit and it was a total surprise.â&#x20AC;?

Jennifer Schonberger

Grand Prize for Blue Nose Edutainmentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Chasing Mavericks competition Ms. Seigel, whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been informing her students about these writing competitions, was overjoyed to hear about her studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; successes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was so excited for them because it is a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to have your work published in such a way and to be recognized with such a promising award,â&#x20AC;? she said. The Rand McNallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dear Mr. President Competition required an essay about an issue in America that students wanted to emphasize. Rozen said she wrote about DWRSLFWKDWLVWUXO\VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWLQKHUGDLO\

Courtney Rozen

Finalist for Rand McNallyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Dear Mr. President Competiton life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wrote about education and how it is not focused on enough in this country, and how we need to make investments for future generations if we want them to have a bright future,â&#x20AC;? she said. 2QHRIWKHĂ&#x20AC;YHĂ&#x20AC;QDOLVWVLQ:DVKLQJton, D.C. will be granted a $5,000 College Savings Plan and $5,000 in Rand McNally Products for his/her school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have no idea how the rest of the competition will play out,â&#x20AC;? Rozen said. ´,ZDVQ¡WHYHQH[SHFWLQJWREHDĂ&#x20AC;QDOLVW so we will see how it goes.â&#x20AC;?


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HOSA kicks off charity fundraiser BY ZACK LENDER AND DALTON JACOBS

Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) held its annual charity kickball tournament on Jan. 26 as a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis. There were 12 teams that participated in the event held RQWKHEDVHEDOOĂ&#x20AC;HOGV(DFKWHDPPDGHD donation of $63 to the cause. Club adviser Carol Warnock said she thought that the event was a success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The turnout was good. We exceeded our fundraising goal by raising over $500 at the kickball event,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Warnock said. The Medlock Muchachos defeated Greased Lightning to win the event. The Medlock Muchachos got its team name in honor of a former HOSA teacher at the Bay, Nancy Medlock, who now teaches at Western High. Greased Lightning consisted of Robotics Club members. The winner was awarded free hot dogs and discount cards to Jamba Juice. ´7KHVHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDODQGĂ&#x20AC;QDOURXQGVZHUH a bit intense,â&#x20AC;? HOSA president Julie Chen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The teams were really into the game.â&#x20AC;? The turnout of 12 teams at the event was even bigger than last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, and everyone who participated had a good time, said Ms. Warnock. ´(YHQWKRXJKP\WHDPZDVHOLPLQDWed early, I still had a great time,â&#x20AC;? said juQLRU(OLH$FNHUPDQQZKRSOD\HGIRUWKH National Honor Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;An added bonus to the kickball game was know-

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PITCH PERFECT: Junior Elizabeth Martinez participates on the National Honor Society!s team in the kickball tournaPHQWKRVWHGE\+26$+RVDŇ&#x2039;V0HGORFN0XFKDFKRVEHDWWKH5RERWLFV&OXEŇ&#x2039;V*UHDVHG/LJKWQLQJÂľLQRUGHUWRWDNHĂ&#x20AC;UVW place in the event.

ing that it was all for a good cause.â&#x20AC;? Chen said she was pleased with the showing and glad to contribute to Cystic Fibrosis research. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We raised a lot of money for the Cys-

tic Fibrosis Foundation,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m with the studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; involvement. sure theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be pleased to hear the amount â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a great success, it was a beauwe raised for them.â&#x20AC;? WLIXOGD\Âľ0V:DUQRFNVDLG´(YHU\RQH Mrs. Warnock said she was happy to had a lot of fun.â&#x20AC;? continue to hold the event and was pleased

Robotics team advances to state championship BY EMILY GITTEN

After placing in the top four at the league championship on Feb. 2, Greased Lightning Robotics will advance on to compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) state championship RQ 0DUFK  DW (PEU\ 5LGGOH University in Daytona. Adding to its success, the team recently won the First Place Judges award at the league VHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOV â&#x20AC;&#x153;The First Place Judges award is the highest honor of a tournament,â&#x20AC;? said Robotics club adviser Angela Ashley. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This award takes into account the engineer design, engineerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s notebook, robot performance, team spirit and community involvement.â&#x20AC;? This year the robotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s task was to pick up rings off a rack and place them on another rack, playing a game similar to tic-tactoe.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re in the top four in the league now, so I think we are going to score just as well at states,â&#x20AC;? said Katie Gandomi, Greased Lightning robotics president. Gandomi, a senior, said that even though the team has been very successful, they still have a lot of preparations to do for states. The team has already made some minor changes to the robot for the competition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We changed the drive train and straightened out the chains, which should help us,â&#x20AC;? Gandomi said. The team hopes that their PRGLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQVZLOOLPSURYHWKHLU performance and prevent breakdowns at states. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The team and I are really excited to compete this year since we made it this far,â&#x20AC;? she said. PHOTO SUBMITTED BY ERIC DE LA ESPRIELLA Gandomi said she hopes that the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s successful record will BUILD-A-BOT: The Greased Lightning robotics team shows their excitement after they place. help them score better with the The team will now advance to the FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) state championship. judges at the championship.

BRACE adviser recognized with the Counselor of Excellence award BY BRITTANY ZEIDEL COPY EDITOR

%5$&(DGYLVHU6KDUL%XVKreceived WKH8QLYHUVLW\RI0LDPL&RXQVHORURI([cellence of Award at a three-day program at the University of Miami. Counselors from all over the world attended the event at the end of January. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The dean of admissions likes to start the program by recognizing the counselors and all the hard work we do,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Bush said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He singles out one counselor to bring to the front of the room and talk about them.â&#x20AC;? The counselor that is awarded is chosen by the dean of admissions, who asks incoming freshmen of the university to write a letter about a counselor or adviser

â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a shock. It was exciting and I loved every minute of it.â&#x20AC;? - BRACE adviser Shari Bush WKDWKDVLQĂ XHQFHGWKHPWKHPRVW â&#x20AC;&#x153;My former student Camilo Martinez wrote a letter about me, and I was chosen,â&#x20AC;? she said. Martinez, who is a pre-med freshman at the University of Miami, said he nominated Ms. Bush for the award because she knows how to deal with students from all

different backgrounds. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ms. Bush has a lot of responsibility at Cypress Bay High School, and the way she manages it is exceptional,â&#x20AC;? Martinez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working with Ms. Bush throughout senior year allowed me to focus on my academics for most of the day and even OXQFKWLPHZKHQ,ZHQWLQWRKHURIĂ&#x20AC;FHÂľ

*XLGDQFH FRXQVHORUV DQG %5$&( advisers represented countries from all around the world at the weekend. Ms. Bush said she was honored to receive an award at such a diverse event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was a counselor from Taiwan, from Korea, from Switzerland, from London,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was such an honor to be recognized by such a prestigious university like the University of Miami.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Bush said she was suspicious of why the University of Miami was so intent upon having her attend the counselor weekend, but she decided to go participate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was such a nice treat,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Bush said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a shock. It was exciting and I loved every minute of it.â&#x20AC;?


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PHOTOS BY LISA ALTMAN

BROAD STRIPES AND BRIGHT STARS:  &ORFNZLVHIURPWRSOHIW ,QDXJXUDWLRQDWWHQGHHVZDYHWKHLUĂ DJVGXULQJWKH ceremony on the National Mall. People face the Capitol building. A man watches the ceremony on a screen with the Washington Monument in the background. A woman stays warm with her Obama-adorned blanket on the Mall.

Presidential inauguration proves a thrilling (and crowded) experience After I took my last midterm on the Thursday before the 57th Presidential Inauguration, I got in the car where my mom was waiting with my bag to drop me off at WKH)RUW/DXGHUGDOHDLUSRUWIRUP\Ă LJKW two hours later to Washington, D.C. Buying the tickets drained my bank account more than I had ever seen it shrink before, but I knew it would be worth it to experience history and witness in person the second inauguration of the guy who would have gotten my vote had I been old enough. I spent the weekend hanging out with my 28 year-old brother, who has lived in D.C. for 10 years, and his friends. It was Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\0RQGD\-DQ:HZRNHXSDW a.m. to get ready and start walking south. Everywhere I looked there were people walking in the same direction with us, either innocent tourists with their fanny packs and Obama buttons or heated protesters with their determined faces and anti-abortion signs. As we got closer, the crowds became bigger and bigger, bundled up for the 40 degree weather (which was historically warm for an inauguration day). All were headed toward the nucleus of the city and WKHIHGHUDOJRYHUQPHQWWKH1DWLRQDO0DOO where over 800,000 and almost 1 million, DFFRUGLQJWRWKH+XIĂ&#x20AC;QJWRQ3RVWZRXOG JDWKHUWRZLWQHVVWKHRDWKRIRIĂ&#x20AC;FH After getting my bag searched and undergoing an invasive pat-down, my EURWKHUDQG,ZHUHĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\RQ3HQQV\OYDnia Avenue, where the president makes his traditional journey from the Capitol to the White House during the inaugural

parade. As we stood in the crowd, the presidential motorcade drove by on its way to drop President Obama off at the Capitol for the morningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s festivities. UnfortuQDWHO\ RXU Ă&#x20AC;QDO GHVWLQDWLRQ WKDW PRUQLQJZDVWKH0DOODQGQRW3HQQVRZHVWLOO had to cross the street. On any other day WKDWZRXOGKDYHEHHQĂ&#x20AC;QHEXW,SUREDEO\ spent more time waiting in the inaugural crowd to be able to cross than I did sleeping that week. An hour after we had left the apartPHQWZHZHUHĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\DWWKH0DOOWRZDWFK %DUDFN DQG -RH WDNH WKH RDWK RI RIĂ&#x20AC;FH 7KH QXPEHU RI SHRSOH RQ WKH 0DOO WKDW morning was staggering. Since coming to D.C. regularly for the past 10 years since my brother had left for college, I had never seen anything like it there. We stood right behind the ABC News platform, across from and a few yards ahead of the Smithsonian. Volunteers SDVVHG RXW VPDOO $PHULFDQ Ă DJV WR HYeryone in the crowd, creating the patriotic visual that so many people see when they watch from home. Soon, senator Chuck Schumer spoke and introduced Supreme Court justice 6RQLD6RWRPD\RUDQGYLFHSUHVLGHQW-RH Biden for his oath. The crowd was silent but anxious until after they were done, ZKHQ HYHU\RQH ZDYHG WKHLU Ă DJV LQ WKH air. When President Obama and chief jusWLFH-RKQ5REHUWVZHUHLQWURGXFHGWRWKH platform, the crowd went wild. Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oath carried on as the crowd underwent a profound silence, but soon erupted in the

loudest cheers ever following â&#x20AC;&#x153;so help me God.â&#x20AC;? It is one thing to watch the inaugural address on TV but a different experience altogether to be there for it in person. The giant speakers attached to poles on the VLGHRIWKH0DOOZHUHEODULQJZLWK3UHVident Obamaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s words, moving everyone both mentally and physically. A couple of women around me were crying. Truthfully, his speech seemed predictable and not out of the ordinary until he mentioned the Stonewall riots and insisted on the equal rights of gay Americans, which I was impressed by and very glad to hear, and audibly shocked some of the people around me. After the address, my brother and I ZDONHGRXWWROHDYHWKH0DOODV%H\RQFH sang (or, as I later learned, lip synched). I think we spent more time leaving than being there, but it was worth it. I want to say that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m lucky because not everyone has the opportunity to attend a presidential inauguration, but if that were true, I probably would not have spent the entire rest of the day trying to get home. Nonetheless, it was a really cool experience to be able to be there to witness the Constitution at work and celebrate the occasional togetherness of the country. And if what the Washington Post reported is true, that the number of people in the crowd I endured was 60 percent of what LWZDVLQIRU3UHVLGHQW2EDPD¡VĂ&#x20AC;UVW inauguration, then Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m doubly glad that I chose this one.


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Literary Club hosts Coffee House BY RACHEL LESNIK

The literary magazine hosted its annual Coffee House on Jan. 25 in order to raise money for the printing of Electric Inc. As of Feb. 5, the club was still calFXODWLQJLWVSURĂ&#x20AC;WEXWWKHĂ&#x20AC;JXUH raised was about $2,500. Adviser Joyce Seigel said this event could not be possible without the help of the students and parents involved with the publication. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have the same parents year after year who help contribute and donate to our Coffee House,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They give us so much food, beverages, and money, so we couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do it without them.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Seigel said she was very happy about the outcome of the nightâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s events. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had over 400 people show up,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Seigel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a lot of work. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re tired, but it was a lot of fun.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Seigel said the Coffee House had a large lineup of performers this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People come and request to perform, so as long as it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get too crowded everyone will get to go,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Each performer is amazing.â&#x20AC;? History teacher Jim Wurster has been playing at the Coffee House for about six years and sang and played two songs on

PHOTOS BY COURTNEY ROZEN

: Senior Catalina Trigo (top left) takes the stage FULL HOUSE: and recites spoken word poetry, sophomore Sophia Pin (above) performs a song on the guitar, and sophomore Fernando Clemente and junior Jacquie Nunez perform a duet.

his guitar this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always enjoy the whole evening at the Coffee House,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Wurster said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not just performing, but seeing everyone else read their poetry and sing their songs.â&#x20AC;? Junior Jessica Stuart, an editor of the literary magazine, said the editors played a big part in

putting the event together. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We went and talked to different restaurants to see if they could help support and donate food,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The editors sold tickets all week during lunches.â&#x20AC;? Stuart said the editors were in charge of serving the food to everyone who attended the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We served Chick-Fil-A,

Subway, Olive Garden and Hungry Howies,â&#x20AC;? Stuart said. Junior Shelby Grumer, another editor, said the night was a success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was our biggest turnout ever and the performances were great,â&#x20AC;? Grumer said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everything ran smoothly.â&#x20AC;? Junior Alex Weiss said the

Coffee House is a great way for students to interact with their classmates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought it was really cool to see some of my classmates perform poetry,â&#x20AC;? Weiss said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting to see them in their element and so comfortable.â&#x20AC;?

Aspiring artists have work selected for countywide exhibition BY SOPHIA MARCHETTI

The Superintendentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AP Studio Art Exhibition featured works by Rosario Chinchilla, Jenna Berleue, Will Lee, Stephanie Nijhuis and Rebecca Salsbury. The pieces were exhibited in the Coral Springs Museum of Art from Jan. 25Feb. 2 and an awards ceremony was held Jan. 25 to present each artist with a plaque from the superintendent. Fine arts teacher Elizabeth Jenkins VXEPLWWHGHLJKWDUWZRUNVDQGĂ&#x20AC;YHRIWKRVH were accepted into the exhibition. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was very, very proud,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Jenkins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To have that many [students] get in is really good for our school and for them.â&#x20AC;? Salsbury said she found inspiration for her artwork through nature. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a gecko I found caught in a glue trap,â&#x20AC;? said Salsbury, a senior. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To get him out I used peanut butter, and I snapped a quick picture of him before he ran away. Then, I redrew the picture with oil pastels.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Jenkins said this exhibit was important in showing her studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; artworks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The exhibition is to showcase the AP Studio artworks from the different classes across the county to promote that this is the high level that the kids are reaching in high school art,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are really making amazing works.â&#x20AC;? Senior Stephanie Nijhuis said she was excited to be recognized in this big way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great opportunity to be able to showcase my work to more people than just my classmates,â&#x20AC;? Nijhuis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also an amazing feeling to have your work put up with the top art pieces in the county. It LVGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\DVZHHWDFFRPSOLVKPHQWWKDW I can be proud of.â&#x20AC;?

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY STEPHANIE NIJHUIS

SEEING SYMMETRY: Senior Stephanie Nijhuis had her digital artwork (above) submitted to the Superintendent!s AP Studio Art Exhibition.

Ms. Jenkins said she brought the idea of having an exhibition to the superintendent after hearing about it in a meeting. ´,Ă&#x20AC;UVWKHDUGRILWDWDVXPPHUFRQIHUence for AP teachers,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Jenkins said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were talking how their counties did this. In Texas they did this amazing one. We came back and approached our supervisor of the district and said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;hey, we need to do this here.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; So itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good that the kids can see what happens in other schools with art work.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Jenkins said any type of artwork

PHOTO BY SOPHIA MARCHETTI

ARTSY: Senior Rebecca Salsbury (above) holds the plaque she received from the superintendent for having her oil pastel drawing presented in the exhibition.

could be submitted. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had some photo or digital artworks and some drawings,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have juries and judges, and they decide what artwork gets in. It is one big category.â&#x20AC;? Nijhuius said this was an unexpected honor and she enjoyed it. ´$W Ă&#x20AC;UVW , WKRXJKW LW ZDV VZHHW EXW didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think much about it,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Once I got to the reception I realized how big of a deal it was and felt pretty awesome to be in it. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really under-

stand what was going on, but I never expected it to be actually put up in a real art museum.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Jenkins said the acceptance into the exhibition would help her students with their resumes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is very prestigious,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is a great thing to have on their resume because it is a juried show and countywide show. So they should be very proud, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great recognition.â&#x20AC;?


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Team participates in walk for autism BY JENNIFER SCHONBERGER

An estimated 2,500 people met at Sun Life Stadium in Miami on Jan. 26 to participate in the Dan Marino Foundation Walk About Autism. Laura Weinkle, parent of a child with autism, was Team Cypress Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s captain. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dan Marino has organized this walk for the past three years,â&#x20AC;? Mrs. Weinkle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He strongly encourages every public school in the tri-county area of Broward, Dade and Palm Beach to participate.â&#x20AC;? Team Cypress Bay partnered up with the Housing and Development Software (HDS) company in Weston and raised a total of $7,301 for the Dan Marino Foundation Autism Support and 5HVHDUFK &HQWHU 7ZHQW\Ă&#x20AC;YH percent of the money raised goes back to the Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ESE department to use for technology and programs at school. Mrs. Weinkle said she has always been interested in raising awareness for autism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the organizations I had participated in before, the money raised was solely put towards research,â&#x20AC;? Mrs. Weinkle said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s good to know that for this organization, support is going to my sonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school as well.â&#x20AC;? Donna Mansolillo, a teacher in the Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ESE department, said she helped Mrs. Weinkle organize the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because I work at the school, I focused on having a larger group representing Cypress Bay this year compared to last year,â&#x20AC;? Mrs. Mansolillo said. At the event, participants gathered to listen to Dan Mari-

PHOTO SUBMITED BY DONNA MANSOLILLO

STEP BY STEP: Colton Lissolo (left) and Miguel Sanchez hold the banner that was used to represent the Bay!s team at the Dan Marino Foundation Walk About Autstim on Jan. 26. Team Cypress Bay cooperated with the Housing and Development Software company to raise over $7,000 for the cause.

no give a speech before the walk around Sun Life Stadium. After, they were able to participate in activities with food, music and entertainment. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dan Marino had many of his football friends come to the event, including John Offerdahl and Kim Bokamper,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was so amazing just to see a Ă&#x20AC;OOHGVWDGLXPÂľ Mrs. Mansolilloâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s student,

Colton Lissolo designed the team shirts that were worn to the walk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I came up with the idea of what to put on the shirt in my mind,â&#x20AC;? Lissolo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was happy when people at the event told me they like the shirts.â&#x20AC;? Sophomore Kate Gilson said this was her fourth time attending the event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My favorite part of the event

LVKHOSLQJĂ&#x20AC;QGDFXUHIRUDXWLVP and raising money for autism awareness,â&#x20AC;? Gilson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They also have cool activities and I like seeing my friends there.â&#x20AC;? Mrs. Weinkle said autism awareness is a very important cause. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My son Max was diagnosed with autism 17 years ago, when the condition affected every one in 5,000 children,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To-

day, autism affects one in every 88 children.â&#x20AC;? Mrs. Weinkle said the event was successful for Team Cypress Bay. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No matter who you are and what you do, everyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life is somehow touched by someone with a disability,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is so important that everyone comes together as a community.â&#x20AC;?

Local Walgreens renovates, adds cosmetic section BY DANIELLE BUSH

The Walgreens located in Weston Town Center recently Ă&#x20AC;QLVKHGLWVQHZUHQRYDWLRQVDGGing a full cosmetic section to the store. Assistant manager Kenny Garcia said with the new look, they hope to provide a great experience for customers, including Cypress Bay students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to bring in new people, new clients and offer something new to the customers, not only just the regular stuff we usually carry,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Garcia said. Renovations for the pharmacy began at the end of November and were completed Dec. 21. The new look includes a clinic, a new grocery section, examination rooms and a full cosmetic section titled LOOK Boutique. Some of the new cosmetic lines they are carrying are: Pop Beauty, Vera Moore, Cargo, Nuxe Paris and Ramy Beauty Therapy. Mr. Garcia said the new LOOK Boutique is popular among high school students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of teenagers that come in to look for makeup, especially now with the new cosmetic department,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Gar-

PHOTO BY DANIELLE BUSH

LETS MAKE UP: The Walgreens in Weston Town Center completed its renovations on Dec. 21. In addition to renovating the pharmacy, Walgreens added a new grocery and cosmetic section to the store. Assistant manager Kenny Garcia said the purpose of the renovation was to change the overall customer experience.

cia said. Mr. Garcia said the purpose of the renovation was to change the overall customer experience and to provide new a look for

customers to enjoy when they walk in. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are not only offering new products, but we are going beyond good customer service,â&#x20AC;?

he said. Freshman Emily Chaiet said she is taking advantage of all of the cosmetics that are available at this store. She said she was ex-

cited when she walked into the renovated Walgreens because it looked like a completely different store. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I loved the new cosmetics,â&#x20AC;? Chaiet said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I thought the addition looked really cool and I especially liked the new nail polishes.â&#x20AC;? Mr. Garcia said this Walgreens is the second busiest in the market, and one of only two stores to participate in the recent renovation process. He said customers are loving the new look. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When customers come in, some people compare it to Macyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s and are amazed with the new look that we have now,â&#x20AC;? he said. Junior Julia Zuckerman said she was shocked when she walked in and saw all of the changes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was so different and I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even believe it was the same store,â&#x20AC;? she said. Although the Walgreens has made some changes, Mr. Garcia said they hope to keep the same items and services that have made them so successful. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though we have made some changes, we are still their neighborhood pharmacy,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Garcia said.


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Seniors nominated for service award Silver Knights from page 1

in the past years had an amazing combination of service work and academics for their categories.â&#x20AC;? Jeremy Tache said his true pride comes not necessarily from being noticed for his service, but just from knowing that he was able to make a difference for many people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While the perks of the award are awesome, I am just happy that I can make an impact in the community that we live in today,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The effort that I have put in has been a lot of work, but I think that it is worth it.â&#x20AC;? Science nominee Sebastian Ortegaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s project extends out of the community and into the Dominican Republic. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not only does my project help out the less fortunate people in the Dominican Republic, but it also helps out the people in the United States because it gives them a chance to help people in a different nation,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It gives them a perspective of what other countries have to live through.â&#x20AC;? Athletics nominee Kaitlyn Stolzenbergâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s service project extends to Haiti, Honduras and Aruba. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I plan to continue it through college and I hope it spreads around the world more,â&#x20AC;? she said. The nominees will be interviewed at the Signature Grand banquet hall in Davie starting on March 13 by a panel of judges EDVHG RQ WKHLU VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F FDWHJRry. These judges, who are part of the Silver Knight committee, look for substance, professionalism and passion during their time with the nominees, Rheingold said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The interview process is a very important part of winning the award,â&#x20AC;? Rheingold said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to prepare by conducting mock interviews so that we will have a successful interview.â&#x20AC;? Alter said she and the other nominees will continue to be role models and youth leaders that set examples for students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Commitment to the community doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There is always something to do to help the community.â&#x20AC;?

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Silver Knight nominees

Alexia Alter

Amanda Mancino

Category: Social Science

Category: English

Service project: created Cheer Buddies, which gives special needs children a chance to be on the cheerleading team

Service project: leads a team of 32 high school students in Haiti, called Mission Haiti

Annie Leiman

Ben Ankus

Category: Drama

Category: General Scholarship

Service project: created STAGES, a theater group which conducts shows featuring children with special needs

Service project: created Art Plus Art, which helps children with special needs with cartooning or their own artwork

Jake Rheingold

Kaitlyn Stolzenberg

Category: Mathematics

Category: Athletics

Service project: created the Rheingold Cup, a charity golf tournament that donates the proceeds to quadriplegic amputee Michael Stolzenberg

Service project: created Kateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Cleats, which donates soccer equipment to less fortunate children in Haiti, Honduras and Aruba

Sebastian Ortega

Jeremy Tache

Category: Science Service project: works with the Real American Foundation. Collects and distributes donations throughout the Dominican Republic

Category: Journalism Service project: Dunk for Camp Fiesta, a basketball shooting contest that raises money for a sleep away summer camp for children with cancer

New school calendar will affect midterm dates for 2013-2014 year BY ALEXA STEINLAUF NEWS EDITOR

The Broward County School Board has changed the school calendar so that midterm exams will fall right before winter break during the 2013-2014 school year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We chose to do this schedule because now that the classes are for a full year we can have semesters that are not exactly even, VRWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWVHPHVWHUFDQEHDOLWWOH shorter than the second semester, and we will still be able to get exams in before winter break,â&#x20AC;? said Laurie Levinson, board chair. The options of the different

school calendars were available online before the decision was made. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the schedules were available online for people to vote on and this one was voted the highest,â&#x20AC;? Mrs. Levinson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All the choices were very similar. They all had the same winter breaks and the same spring breaks. The only real difference was when semesters were ending, and everyone likes to have testing done before the break, so I think that is why this was the most popular one.â&#x20AC;? Reading coach Adrienne Maisel said she likes that the schedules are available for the

public to vote on because the peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s decision can be heard, not just the school boardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By making them open for the public to vote on, the school board is reaching out to get everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s support, which will allow the public to be happier with the decision,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Maisel said. Mrs. Levinson said she thinks this new schedule will allow students to have a more relaxing break because they will not have to worry about studying for exams during it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe that this will allow students to fully enjoy their vacations without having to worry about coming back to take mid-

terms,â&#x20AC;? she said. Ms. Maisel said she agrees that this calendar will make it easier on students during winter break. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think the good part of it is that as a student, instead of coming back after winter break and having to take exams, you can Ă&#x20AC;QLVKH[DPVEHIRUHZLQWHUEUHDN and not have to worry about studying for a midterm over the break,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Maisel said. Mrs. Levinson said that she does not think that this new schedule will affect studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; grades on their exams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The exams will be the same as they have always been, just the

timing of them will be different, so the grades will not be affected,â&#x20AC;? she said. Junior Matt Kessler said he is relieved that exams will be before break and that it will show a better indication of the material learned. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really shortsighted to have exams after a 14day period of forgetting all that weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned,â&#x20AC;? Kessler said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Having the exams after break GRHVQ¡W UHDOO\ UHĂ HFW ZKDW ZH ZDQWPLGWHUPVWRUHĂ HFWZKLFK is showing what youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve learned, so having them before break should do a better job of that.â&#x20AC;?


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Safety in school means fewer guns, not more

The day before winter break is supposed to be a good day. With relaxation on the brain, students and staff alike typically breeze through the school day, abuzz with thoughts of holiday plans and stress-free weeks ahead. This year, that long anticipated Friday was just the opposite. Due to multiple gun threats in the area, Broward County students were forbidden from bringing backpacks to school as a safety precaution. Just like that, the atmosphere changed. Some students were afraid to walk the hallways alone, others afraid to even attend school at all. Why the apprehension? Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s simple. The reality is that any SHUVRQFRXOGĂ&#x20AC;QGDZD\RQWRWKH%D\¡VFDPSXVWDNHDJXQDQG ruin thousands of peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives. It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter that we have some of the best security out there, nor that we live in a seemingly untouchable suburb. One threat brought it home for most students: what has happened at Sandy Hook Elementary, Virginia Tech University, and Columbine High School could just as easily happen to us. Ladies and gentlemen, gun control just got personal. Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ridiculous is how long it has taken most people to realize the imminent dangers caused by our countryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s current JXQODZV(YHQPRUHĂ DEEHUJDVWLQJLVWKHVWDJJHULQJQXPEHU of people that still canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see it. The worst part is that these shootings are in ordinary, supposedly safe spaces: in movie theaters, in schools, in malls, and even in temples. Students cannot continue to attend school if they are constantly worried about what might happen because just about anyone has access to deadly weapons. Those in opposition to gun control will make the argument that gun rights are a part of the constitution as indicated in the Second Amendment, and that they cannot be abridged. However, the truth is that when the founding fathers wrote the constitution, they had never dealt with a mass shooting that took the lives of multiple innocent civilians, and they probably could never have anticipated such violence. BOTTOM LINE: American citizens were *RYHUQPHQWRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOV given â&#x20AC;&#x153;the right to bear armsâ&#x20AC;? solely so that they must alter gun control could defend themselves, legislation to keep but no person needs a semi- school safe. automatic weapon for protection. Such weapons can only be described as killing machines and have no place in the public sector. By simply limiting the types of guns available and tightening the parameters on who has access to them, the country could reach a compromise. Recently, the Broward Legislative Delegation introduced the idea of a new property tax that would pay for armed police at all Broward public schools. The proposed tax now moves to Tallahassee for approval. If approved by the Florida House, Senate and governor, the issue could be put before county voters in the August 2014 primary. But more guns arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the solution to our nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gun problem. The more guns we eliminate, the more we can limit violence. $WWDFNVSXEOLFL]HGLQWKHQHZVKDYHGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\FDXJKWWKH youthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention, but the thing is, we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop shootings by complaining over social networking sites such as Twitter. We need to take action. Students need to start taking it upon themselves to contact their local congressmen or put a word in with the state legislature. We have the knowledge and the resources to make our voices heard, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re just missing the drive. Locally, students should keep their eyes and ears open. Each threat heard should be taken seriously and reported to school RIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOVLPPHGLDWHO\DVDPDMRULW\RIGHDGO\LQFLGHQWVFRXOG have been prevented if someone had been paying attention.

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Too much pep leads to harm

Everything is good in moderation, including school spirit. Being enthusiastic at pep rallies, dressing up for spirit days and cheering on the home team at a school sporting event are all great ways to show devotion to school. However, when high school students have so much pride that they start using violence to demonstrate their dedication, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time to throw in the pom-poms. The Cypress Bay-Western High rivalry began when Cypress was founded 11 years ago. When it opened, 1,000 students from Western moved to the new school and the rivalry started over competitive sports teams such as football and basketball. Although the rivalry originated with the joining of students from both schools and was centered on the desire to win sports game against the other team, in recent years, the rivalry has expanded to involve more of the fansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; personal feelings about each other. Instead of stereotyping the students of the opposite school and focusing on what they personally dislike about a schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s population, students should cheer for their home team in a positive manner. The fansâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; enthusiasm over a game can aid BOTTOM LINE: their team in looking forward School pride can be to winning. A great alternative to vio- recognized without lence is peaceful representations of school spirit such as violence. the posters made by SGA that hang over the catwalk before big sports games. These cheer on the home team with the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s colors, and promote feelings of excitement for a game, without aggression. Before and after sports games against Western, students from both schools have been exchanging remarks over social networking sites, circulating rumors about each other and have even become involved in physical altercations. After the home basketball game against Western on Jan. 22, the trash talking got so out of hand that it resulted in a physical dispute, which ended in the arrest of students from both schools. Having school spirit was once a positive quality, but it has been turned into a negative characteristic due to its recent association with violence. $WWKHHQGRIDJDPHWKHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVFRUHVKRXOGMXGJHDWHDP¡V success. Lately however, it has become more about which school has the loudest and most devoted fans, and less about the athletic skill of a team. The rivalry should go back to how it was before, when the WHDPVZRUNHGKDUGWREHDWHDFKRWKHURQWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGLQVWHDGRI the fans beating each other in the parking lot. After all, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s possible to maintain the competitive aspect of sports without being forceful.

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Students need greater political awareness

It has recently come to my attenWLRQ WKDW WKHUH LV D VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQW ODFN RI awareness in relation to political matters in the student body. As we are the future generation of America, it is our job to combat rising apathy, and now is the time to start. If there was indeed a meeting of students who are interested in combating apathy, they would most likely meet in room 348 on Fridays. I hope your newspaper, as well as this group of students, does a good job in

creating political awareness. - junior William Christou

Schedule still has kinks Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m still having a lot of trouble working around this seven period schedule. I have way too many tests a day. I do hours of math and chemistry homework every night, and on top of that I have to study for tests in both of those classes plus more. I can barely sleep because Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m taking two math classes. I usually donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t end up going to sleep until 12. I think teachers should give us much less homework a night so we

have more time to actually study and understand what were learning. - sophomore Gabi Peguero

Clubs should plan better I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t like how clubs always have meetings on the same days as each other. It makes it hard to be in more than one club because you canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t attend all the meetings and keep up with what they are doing. They should create a schedule that makes it easier to attend each meeting, instead of doing it all on the same day. - freshman Alyssa Levin


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:PISPUNZZVTL[PTLZ^PUK\WPUZHTLJSHZZ other about homework and tests. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If one of us forgets about the homework the other one is there to remind each In some classes hearing double and other and we automatically have a study seeing double can be common. Whether buddy,â&#x20AC;? he said. itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s twins or just plain old brothers or sisTwins Rachel and Lauren Shatanof, ters, these family members can at times both juniors, have the exact same class be seen learning together side by side. schedule. In Timothy Petraitisâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eighth period â&#x20AC;&#x153;We didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necessarily want to be in all AP Human Geography class, two Wag- the same classes together,â&#x20AC;? Lauren said. ners look up when attendance is called. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We actually requested not to be. We told Both senior Michael Wagner and his guidance to try to get us into different pebrother, freshman Jonathan Wagner, riods, but I guess it didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t work out.â&#x20AC;? share the same eighth period class. Lauren said that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not bad spending â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like any other class. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just like the whole day with her sister. another friend there to talk to,â&#x20AC;? Jonathan â&#x20AC;&#x153;It doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really bother me, sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just said. like any other person,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I guess a Jonathan said he sometimes gets a EHQHĂ&#x20AC;WWKDWVRPHRQHZRXOGWKLQNFRPHV little competitive with his brother about from having classes with your sibling is their grades in the you can share the class. workload or help â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a friendly â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of cute each other study. competition between that they sit next to We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t necesbrothers,â&#x20AC;? he said. sarily do that.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;We both strive to get each other because a Rachel said lot of brothers wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get rethe better grades.â&#x20AC;? Michael said hav- do that.â&#x20AC;? ally competitive ing a class with his with their grades. brother can be hu- -AP Human Geography â&#x20AC;&#x153;We both like morous. teacher Timothy to have the highâ&#x20AC;&#x153;We sit next to Petraitis er grade, but we each other and PeGRQ¡W Ă&#x20AC;JKW DERXW traitis calls us Wagit,â&#x20AC;? she said. ner the elder and Wagner the younger beLauren and Rachelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s debate teacher cause he gets confused with our names,â&#x20AC;? Megan West said having them both in Michael said. class is very entertaining. Mr. Petraitis said both Michael and â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are very different,â&#x20AC;? she said. Jonathan have similar work ethic in class ´7KH\ VRPHWLPHV Ă&#x20AC;JKW WKH\ VRPHWLPHV but he sees how different their personali- bicker, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly nice because they ties are, too. both work hard and they both have simiâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had siblings in my classes for lar values and similar work ethics.â&#x20AC;? years,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Petraitis said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both of their Mrs. West said both Rachel and Lauwork is very good, and I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind ren are really dedicated. of cute that they sit next to each other beâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both really concerned about cause a lot of brothers wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do that.â&#x20AC;? their grades,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re both conMichael said they always remind each cerned with their success in debate. They BY SYDNEY PESTCOE ONLINE PHOTO EDITOR

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OH, BROTHER: Freshman Jonathan Wagner (left) and his brother, senior Michael Wagner, are both in Timothy Petraitis!s eighth period class, which leads to friendly competition.

both love school, and that is something ,WKLQN\RXGRQ¡WĂ&#x20AC;QGYHU\IUHTXHQWO\LQ two siblings.â&#x20AC;? Senior Molly Levine and her sister freshman Emily Levine both have AP Human Geography with teacher Jason Maxson, but are in different periods. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We work together sometimes when we have homework assignments, but we usually do our assignments on our own and then review, compare and study together,â&#x20AC;? Molly said. Emily said they help each other out whenever they can. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of weird because we are different ages, but it can be helpful,â&#x20AC;? Emily said. Molly said she likes that her sister can

help her with her work so she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t procrastinate. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not sure about something I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to spend hours researching it online,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can just ask her if she knows and if she does she will explain it to me.â&#x20AC;? Molly said sometimes their parents make it a competition between the two siblings, but her parents are usually just joking around. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When she does better than me on tests and quizzes itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of embarrassing because sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a freshman and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a senior and my parents make a big deal about the whole competition thing,â&#x20AC;? Molly said.

,TV[PJVUZHKKĂ&#x2026;HPY[VJVU]LYZH[PVUZ[OYV\NO[L_[TLZZHNPUN â&#x20AC;&#x153;If other people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have emojis it makes the conversations less appealing, boring, and they usually end quicker,â&#x20AC;? he Whether someone wants to share love, said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whenever you have nothing to say be artsy or illustrate a sport, iPhone users you can always use an emoji to spark the can portray almost any scenario through conversation again.â&#x20AC;? text without any words by using emoji, Junior Josh Ulino said although techwhich are the iPhone version of emoti- nology has greatly increased miscomcons, though they mu n ic a t ion s are much more among peoextensive and â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like emojis because they ple, that he has more detailed. make a conversation more found an alterâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Emojis make native through c o nve r s a t i o n s entertaining and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the use of more fun and in- an emoji for basically emojis. teresting by beâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Instead of everything. Personally, I like ing able to express changing the VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F HPRWLRQV to use the hearts and sport LQĂ HFWLRQ RI and facial expres- emojis.â&#x20AC;? your voice to sions through give off what text,â&#x20AC;? senior Casey -sophomore Jenny Blum you mean, you Greenberg said. can just text it Greenberg said with an emoji he doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t enjoy talking to people who to decrease the communication barrier canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t use emojis as much. that has been created through technoloBY AVERY ZAFFOS COPY EDITOR

gy,â&#x20AC;? he said. Sophomore Jenny Blum said she likes emojis for the entertainment factor and for adding a splash of fun in a text message. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like emojis because they make a conversation more entertaining and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an emoji for basically everything,â&#x20AC;? Blum said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Personally, I like to use the hearts and sport emojis.â&#x20AC;? As technology advances, Ulino said the simple icons on the iPhone are very important. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You can ask anyone â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite part of the iPhone?â&#x20AC;&#x2122; and I guarantee they will say emojis,â&#x20AC;? Ulino said. Blum said she noticed a Twitter trend, #TeamiPhone, which represents how common iPhones are to students. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If someone doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have an iPhone, they are less entertaining to text because they are unable to see and use emojis,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I use an emoji in basically every one of my texts.â&#x20AC;? Another advantage to using emojis,

Ulino said he has found, is to be able to communicate exactly the response or pose a question the way the question intends it to be. ´(PRMLV FDQ JLYH \RX WLPH WR Ă&#x20AC;JXUH out what to say because they keep the person occupied because they are so much fun,â&#x20AC;? Ulino said. Another trend Blum said she noticed was putting emojis next to peoplesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; names. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I put an emoji next to most peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s names in my contact list because it looks SUHWW\DQGUHĂ HFWVWKHLUSHUVRQDOLWLHVÂľVKH said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For example hearts next to my best friend.â&#x20AC;? Although these icons are entertaining, Ulino still sees the need for face-to-face interaction. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While emojis and texting are fun and all I still think it is important to be able to communicate well in the real world regarding things like job interviews,â&#x20AC;? Ulino said.


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Silverman family has adventurous streak has formed a close friendship with Mr. Silverman and has met his children when they come to visit. Living in the Amazon, backpacking ´:KHQ,Ă&#x20AC;UVWVWDUWHGDW&\SUHVV%D\ across Europe and playing professional \HDUVDJR/DUU\ZDVP\Ă&#x20AC;UVWIULHQG rugby are just some of the things head KHZDVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWSHUVRQWRUHDFKRXWWRPHÂľ of security Larry Silvermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s children she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We talk a lot, and whenever you have experienced. Prior to working at talk to him for more than two minutes inthe Bay, Silverman spent 27 years in the evitably a story is going to come up about Israeli army and lived on a farm in Jeru- his kids. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pretty clear that his kids are salem. His four children were born on the most important thing to him.â&#x20AC;? the farm and have all served in the IsMr. Silvermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s oldest daughter Yamit raeli army. ZDV D FRPEDW RSHUDWLRQV RIĂ&#x20AC;FHU LQ WKH â&#x20AC;&#x153;One of the things I am very proud army. After her army service, she lived in about is that my kids have been able to Australia for a year, lived in India for a travel the world,â&#x20AC;? he said. year and backpacked through Europe. Mr. Silverman said it is commonâ&#x20AC;&#x153;For the past eight years she has been SODFHWRJRWRWKHDUP\RQFHRQHĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHV living in Brazil and has a hotel in a village schooling in Israel, so he wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t nervous in the rainforest,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Silverman said. when it was time for his own children to Mr. Silvermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s son Sagi was a comserve for their country. bat medic in the army and a professional â&#x20AC;&#x153;The army was a way of life, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a rugby player. He is now living back on the job, and this is what we do,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I farm in Jerusalem. worry more about you guys when you â&#x20AC;&#x153;He was a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;recognized athleteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; on the drive on I-75 because I have no control national Israel rugby team, so as not to over that.â&#x20AC;? lose his sports talents, he was allowed to After living on the farm for 31 years, play and do army service,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Silverman Mr. Silverman said he came to the Bay said. â&#x20AC;&#x153; Sixty- four days were added to his because of his wife, who was a teacher. army service to make up for time spent â&#x20AC;&#x153;I left the army and was working for out of the country for international tourthe government when I met my future naments.â&#x20AC;? wife on a blind date that neither one of Mr. Silvermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter Shani is a us wanted to go on,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Silverman said. doctor of naturopathic medicine who, like â&#x20AC;&#x153;She brought me to the Bay and Mr. Sagi, was a combat medic in the army. Neely welcomed me with open arms.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;She went with UNICEF to Angola Mr. Silverman said his move from after the army, and now lives in Tel Aviv,â&#x20AC;? serving in the army to working at a Mr. Silverman said. school was smooth, but the two jobs are Mrs. Bush said she tried to get in touch diverse. with Mr. Silvermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s daughter when she â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was a natural transition. Here was in Israel. there is just different security,â&#x20AC;? he said â&#x20AC;&#x153;I called her but the way my trip BRACE adviser Shari Bush said she worked, our schedules just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t coinBY ILANA SPERLING FEATURES EDITOR

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WE ARE FAMILY: (Clockwise from top left) Mati Silverman poses while backpacking through India. Shani Silverman gardening at a Kibbutz in Israel. Yamit Silverman looking over her home of Munda Dha Lua, Brazil.

cide,â&#x20AC;? she said. Mr. Silvermanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s youngest son Mati was a commander in mechanized engineering. He backpacked around Israel for three years, and is back living on the farm. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The farm has 400 milking cows, a hatchery with 200,000 egg-laying chickens, an apple orchard that yields 360 tons

of apples a year, avocados, vineyards and FRWWRQĂ&#x20AC;HOGVÂľ0U6LOYHUPDQVDLG Mr. Silverman said whenever students or teachers travel to Israel, he tells them to spend time with his children. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody calls my kids to meet up with them in Israel, and they have been here at least 10 times each, so they know the school just as well,â&#x20AC;? he said.


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Student pursues acting as form of expression Student Spotlight is a recurring segment which showcases a student every month who is selected randomly, to illustrate that every student has story. Staff writer Noel Ruiz went to the courtyard and approached a group of students sitting down. He tossed a crumpled up piece of paper to them, and 1\HU.PVYKHUV^HZ[OLĂ&#x201E;YZ[[VWPJRP[\W 9\PaPU[LY]PL^LKOPTMVY[OPZTVU[OÂťZWYVĂ&#x201E;SL

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Ever since elementary school, senior Juan Giordano said he always had a creative and extroverted personality. He always preferred relying on his imagination for entertainment, and it was his constant thirst for imaginative games that sparked an interest in acting. Giordano, an active member of Drama Club, currently has the lead role of Joseph in the AMT 1 show in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which will run April 3-6. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I needed a story to be entertained,â&#x20AC;? Giordano said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But not writing the story, being the story. I had always loved playing outside with my friends, and I gave them a story to play with. Some days we would pretend we were treasure hunters looking for a new world. Sometimes we would pretend we were Jedi after the war with the Galactic Empire.â&#x20AC;? Giordano, for as long as he can remember, was always against playing traditional backyard games like tag and

touch football. He said his place was not throwing and catching the ball but on the sidelines making his friends laugh. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I learned to reshape the world through my imagination,â&#x20AC;? Giordano said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was new, refreshing and exciting. I was becoming all of these alternate personas and characters every day, creating new and complex little interactive stories, performed for my friendsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; entertainment just as much as mine.â&#x20AC;? When Giordano reached the age of 12, he was able to pinpoint what it was that he loved about his childhood games, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By the time I turned 12, everyone in the neighborhood I played with was gone. Everyone but me. I was trapped without my cast. Where would I turn? Who would I entertain?â&#x20AC;? Giordano said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was when I discovered acting.â&#x20AC;? Giordano said when he realized what it was that he loved to do, he started involving himself in the theater world. ´,W KDSSHQHG E\ FKDQFH LQ WKH Ă&#x20AC;IWK

ANY DREAM WILL DO: Senior Juan Giordano rehearses for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, where he plays the lead role of Joseph. The show will run from April 3 - 6.

grade,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had a small part in my elementary schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s musical and I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think I had any singing talent whatsoever. But that didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter because I had fun becoming someone else.â&#x20AC;? Giordano said performing helped him realize the self-empowering magic that theater gave him. When he came to Falcon Cove Middle School, he continued his involvement in the theater. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Needless to say, it changed me completely,â&#x20AC;? Giordano said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could get on that stage and show people my power, become something else. My tired mind, worn out by the processing of algebra, science and social studies every day, didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to work on new ideas. I just found them and interpreted them in the best way I knew how.â&#x20AC;? Giordano didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think that when he

auditioned for Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat that he would get such a big role. ´, UHPHPEHU KLV Ă&#x20AC;UVW DXGLWLRQÂľ VDLG AMT director Cynthia Lutwin. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He blew me out of the water. He was incredible. The one thing I love about Juan is that, no matter what weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re doing in class whether it be singing, blocking dance numbers, he is 100 percent into the show and into his character. He is like this little light of sunshine.â&#x20AC;? Although Giordano isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t planning to study theater in college, he said he would continue seeking an outlet for acting in the future. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love acting,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been acting my entire life, and I hope to continue this art form that can replenish a small bit of my youth again.â&#x20AC;?

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Some forget meaning behind national holidays BY CHLOE LIPKIN

Shorter weeks and longer weekends: thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what holidays such as Presidents Day, Martin Luther King Day and Memorial Day have come to represent to students, including sophomore Justin Morfa. He said he appreciates the holidays because of the extra time to relax. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do anything special for those holidays. I usually donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even remember them,â&#x20AC;? Morfa said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m thankful for the fact that we get time off.â&#x20AC;? Morfa said he usually spends these extra days sleeping in, catching up on homework or getting together with friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really care about what the holidays represent because they donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t affect me,â&#x20AC;? he said. AP U.S. History teacher Steven Andrews said the holidays off from school should be a motivator for students to reĂ HFWRQWKHDFFRPSOLVKPHQWVRIWKHSHRple that laid the foundation of our nation today. ´5HĂ HFWLRQLVLPSRUWDQW$VZHJDLQ more knowledge of these historical occurrences, it will hopefully cause us to keep them alive for future generations,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Andrews said. Mr. Andrews said although society currently values these holidays as important, they might not always be viewed this way. Therefore, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important that schools take off and try to maintain the spirit of every holiday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I attended school â&#x20AC;&#x201C; no, it was not before the Civil War â&#x20AC;&#x201C; we were off on Columbus Day and Lincoln and Washingtonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s birthdays,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So these GD\VRIIVHUYHDVDUHĂ HFWLRQRIZKDWRXU

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Typically, students in their junior year of high school would be turning 17. However, junior Sean Godinez will have to wait until 2064 to actually celebrate his 17th birthday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It makes me feel different that I have only had four birthdays. I still am 16, but it is different because if you get to pick your birthday each year, it does not feel the same,â&#x20AC;? Godinez said. Godinez said since his real birthday, Feb. 29, does not come every year, he celebrates it on Feb. 28 or Mar. 1. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The day that I celebrate my birthday on depends every year because if I am ever with my family and we are trying to celebrate, I normally choose the day closer to the weekend,â&#x20AC;? Godinez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like being able to choose the day that I can celebrate my birthday.â&#x20AC;? Junior Matthew Seligman, who was also born on Feb. 29, said he celebrates his birthday on Feb. 28 when it is not a Leap Year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even when it is a Leap Year, I just treat my birthday like any other year. But it is really weird to see my birthday on a

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society values at this present time.â&#x20AC;? Similar to Morfa, freshman Jonathan Nudelman said he spent Monday Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) playing vidHRJDPHVDQGĂ&#x20AC;QLVKLQJXSKLVKRPHZRUN â&#x20AC;&#x153;Even though I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t spend my holidays off remembering the people they honor, theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re important because it gives students a time to step back and take a breather from school,â&#x20AC;? Nudelman said. Junior Rebecca Marcus said holidays like Presidents Day or Martin Luther King Day should still be remembered for their importance and not just because it is another day off school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to remember

what the holidays represent and acknowledge that without people like Martin Luther King Jr. or any of our presidents, our country wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be where it is today,â&#x20AC;? Marcus said. Marcus said she likes to spend the holidays when she gets excused from school catching up on schoolwork, but also saves time to do something special. She said she likes to go to the Presidents Day Fair or watch segments on television pertaining to the holiday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The days off are a great way for stuGHQWV WR UHĂ HFW RQ KLVWRU\ ZKLOH DW WKH same time enjoying a little break from school,â&#x20AC;? she said.

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calendar because I feel like that day just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t exist and then when it does come DURXQG,Ă&#x20AC;QDOO\IHHOOLNHLW¡VP\ELUWKGD\Âľ Seligman said. Godinez said his friends always question him about his real age when he tells

year because Feb. 29 is not always on the calendar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;On Facebook I was able to put I was born on the 29th because that was a real date in the year of 1996, but when it is not a Leap Year, it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t show anything, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not my birthday,â&#x20AC;? he said. Godinez said that he has bonded with other students over the unique fact that they were both born on a leap year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In middle school I met someone who was also born on a Leap Year and we became friends over GRAPHIC BY JESSICA SCHEIN that topic,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had a connecthem that he was born on a Leap Year. tion right away because it is really rare â&#x20AC;&#x153;I tell people I was born on the 29th, and we related with each other over it.â&#x20AC;? but then I always have to explain to them Seligman said that when it is a leap that I am like 4 years old because that date year his friends have traditions that they only comes every four years,â&#x20AC;? Godinez do for him to make his birthday more said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I tell people that, I always special. have to explain to them the whole story â&#x20AC;&#x153;They make a really big deal out of and explain how I celebrate my birthday it,â&#x20AC;? Seligman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Last year they threw when it is not a Leap Year.â&#x20AC;? a surprise party for me and it made my Godinez said his birthday does not birthday feel more special.â&#x20AC;? FRPH XS RQ KLV )DFHERRN SURĂ&#x20AC;OH HDFK

With Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day around the corner, students are ready to make some sweet treats. The Circuitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Anna Schifter found a way to incorporate Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day into cooking a heart-shaped pizza, topping it off with chocolate and marshmallows.

Ingredients:

1 package pizza dough (11-16 oz.) ! cup Nutella " cup miniature marshmallows " cup Valentine M&Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2 tsp. unsalted butter, melted Parchment paper Brush Cookie sheet or a heart shaped pizza pan Rolling Pin

Directions: 1. Preheat oven to 450. 2. Line a cookie sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Draw a 9-inch heart on the pa per (if you are using a heart shaped pan, cut the paper to Ă&#x20AC;W  3. Roll out the dough onto the pan and position into shape. 8VLQJ\RXUĂ&#x20AC;QJHUVPDNH indentations all over the dough. 5. Brush the dough with the melted butter. 6. Bake the pizza on the bottom rack of the oven until the crust is lightly golden brown, approximately 10-15 minutes. 7. Remove the pizza from the oven and immediately spread Nutella all over. 8. Sprinkle the marshmallows on one half of the heart and the M&Mâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on the other half. 9. Turn the heat to broil and place the pie back into the oven to toast the marshmallows. (The broiling time may take anywhere from 30 seconds to 2 minutes.) 10. Remove the pie from the oven and place on a cooling rack to cool. 11. Slice and enjoy!


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Thrifting provides new fashion style BY JESSICA SCHEIN GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Thrifting, or going shopping at a second-hand store, has become an activity that allows students to express their own styles through inexpensive clothing. Junior Megan Barney said she spends her weekends thrifting with her twin sister and her friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My process is that I just go into the store and I look for whatever I want that day,â&#x20AC;? Barney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You just have to have an open mind about what it could look like.â&#x20AC;? Barney shops at Goodwill and thrift boutiques and said she usually gets an item for less than $5 and then personalizes it. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have gotten really good at sewing and cutting,â&#x20AC;? Barney said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a bunch of old studs or little pins that I have that have fallen off of necklaces I used to have or belts I used to wear. I get thrifty with the stuff I already own.â&#x20AC;? Maria Mannix, owner of This and That Thrift Boutique in Davie, has noticed thrift shopping as a developing interest for teens. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have noticed this trend,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Mannix said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Teenagers are buying vintage, high waisted jeans, jewelry, designer and vintage bags. They realize they can save PRQH\DQGJHWXQLTXHLWHPVWKDWWKH\FDQQRWĂ&#x20AC;QGDWGHpartment stores.â&#x20AC;? Ms. Mannix said she has seen a huge rise in the number of teens that come into her shop ever since vintage style has become more popular. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Before, many teens would not give vintage the time of day. But with the vintage style, now a majority of teens are looking towards thrift shopping,â&#x20AC;? Ms. Mannix said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;From there, they discovered other items, coming in for one item and then discovering that a thrift shop has nice things.â&#x20AC;? Similar to Barney, junior Kelsie Anders goes thrifting about once a month at Goodwill and Salvation Army. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thrifting is fun because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s kind of a hunt,â&#x20AC;? Anders VDLG´<RX¡OOPRUHWKDQOLNHO\Ă&#x20AC;QGDXQLTXHRXWĂ&#x20AC;WIRUDQ incredible price.â&#x20AC;? Anders said that the thrifting process usually consists

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JUST THRIFTING ALONG: Junior Kelsie Anders goes shopping at Goodwill once a month and hunts IRUYLQWDJHFORWKLQJWKDWĂ&#x20AC;WVLQWRKHUFXUUHQWZDUGUREH$QGHUVWUDQVIRUPVORQJMHDQVLQWRGLVWUHVVHG KLJKZDLVWHGVKRUWV

RIJRLQJWRVHFRQGKDQGVWRUHVDQGĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJROGFORWKHV WKDWĂ&#x20AC;WLQWRKHUFXUUHQWZDUGUREH â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thrifting works for me because I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always like EX\LQJDQRXWĂ&#x20AC;WVWUDLJKWRIIWKHPDQQHTXLQÂľVKHVDLG â&#x20AC;&#x153;Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll never see someone wearing the same shirt.â&#x20AC;? Anders said she enjoys this hobby with juniors Rebecca Marcus and Jamie Herman. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I go with my two best friends, who both have a unique sense of style,â&#x20AC;? Anders said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We make a day out of it. We are never bored and are always laughing.â&#x20AC;? Herman said Anders and Marcus introduced her to

thrift shopping just this past year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really enjoyed it,â&#x20AC;? Herman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The process of Ă&#x20AC;QGLQJFORWKHVDQGĂ&#x20AC;JXULQJRXWZD\VWRLPSURYHWKHPLV so much more rewarding than buying expensive clothes at the mall.â&#x20AC;? Herman said her style is really simple and that it is a great activity to do with her friends. ´7KULIWLQJ LV D JUHDW ZD\ WR Ă&#x20AC;QG SLHFHV RI FORWKHV that are unique,â&#x20AC;? Herman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;And they are affordable enough to play around with and try to create something new.â&#x20AC;?


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While playing football and wrestling, senior Jonathan McNamara has learned dedication from attending four-hour long Monday through Saturday practices, responsibility from working alongside teammates and coaches, and commitment from his multiple years with these sports. When he volunteers in Haiti each summer, he tries to instill the same prinFLSOHVKHKDVDFTXLUHGRQWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGLQWKH kids living there. ´, GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ FRQVLGHU P\VHOI WR EH D mentor to them,â&#x20AC;? McNamara said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not necessarily though the same sports. But the important thing to me is that they learn these values, and they make them habits. That way it starts a chain reaction and they teach their kids and so on and so forth.â&#x20AC;? The past four summers, McNamara to has gone to Mirebalais, Haiti, which is 40 miles outside of the capital, Port-auPrince, as a part of the Great Commission $OOLDQFH *&$ DQRQSURĂ&#x20AC;WRUJDQL]DWLRQ dedicated to the people and country Haiti, with his church youth group. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I always grew up knowing about my older brother going to Haiti, and I just felt called to do it. And it was just an awesome chance to make a difference in the world,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve wanted to do and I still want to do, to be able to make a difference and help people that are in need. Haiti is a great place to do that.â&#x20AC;? GCA has already built a guesthouse where missionaries stay, a school that KDVDĂ&#x20AC;UVWVWRU\ZLWKDVHFRQGVWRU\FXUrently being constructed, and orphanages. While students are there, they assist hired Haitian workers with odd jobs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We do easy stuff like bringing cement to the workers or moving rocks to create a foundation and just helping out with whatever the workers need,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given them some sort of hope when weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve given the orphans a place to stay and we are building a school. They are just so thankful for what we have done and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s awesome to be able to give it to them.â&#x20AC;? Brian Kelso, executive director of *&$VDLGLWLVEHQHĂ&#x20AC;FLDOWRH[SRVHVWXdents to other cultures and extreme poverty. ´3HRSOHFKDUDFWHUL]HKLJKVFKRROVWXGHQWVDVEHLQJVHOĂ&#x20AC;VKDQGQRWRYHUO\FDUing,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Kelso said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This breaks that point of view and says that there are high school students that are willing to make a difference.â&#x20AC;? Senior Amanda Mancino, who volunteers in Haiti with McNamara, said McNamara is successful because he genuinely cares about people. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He enjoys helping others and he is happy to volunteer and work hard,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really great because we get to help people together and we both enjoy it.â&#x20AC;? McNamara said the best part of going is being with the kids, ranging in ages 1 to 17, who have become like his second family. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You would think that for having so little they would they would be sad but when you see them and they see you, you just see their faces light up, with big smiles on their faces like nothing else PDWWHUVÂľKHVDLG´7KH\MXVWĂ&#x20AC;QGMR\RXW of the smallest things like kicking a soccer ball around or just playing tag with you. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fun to hang out with kids that are so innocent.â&#x20AC;? Social studies teacher and Jonathanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s father, Patrick McNamara, who visited Haiti through GCA with his wife in 2011,

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HELPING HAITI: (From top to bottom) Jonathan McNamara (middle), David Fischer (right) and Nick Wingard (left) hang out with the children. McNamara entertains children from the Vacation Bible School. He poses with one of the children with whom he has aquired a life-long friendship.

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said he is happy his children took on a cause bigger than themselves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The boys helped build the buildings, teach the kids and build relationships with the people of Haiti,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a Christian tenet to act according to what you profess. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m glad they took on the challenge. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy that their convictions are deep enough to see that God can use them in ways they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t imagine.â&#x20AC;? Along with his volunteer work, McNamara is a two-time county champion and a two time district champion for wrestling. He also placed third in the region, and is currently undefeated now at 22-0. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I train hard every day because I want

to be the guy that no one looks forward to wrestling,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I put things LQWRSHUVSHFWLYHOLNHWKDW,Ă&#x20AC;QGWKHKDUG things in wrestling, like being committed or the long hours, to be fun and easy. Being committed to the sport is the most challenging part for McNamara, who said wrestling can be mentally exhausting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You have no one to blame other than yourself if you fail so all the pressure is on you,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is win or lose, you versus your opponent. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m a very competitive LQGLYLGXDODQG,Ă&#x20AC;QGWKDWZKHQ,SXWSUHVsure on myself I produce better results.â&#x20AC;? 7KH Ă&#x20AC;UVW ZHHN RI VXPPHU IRRWEDOO

workouts for the school team, where McNamara plays defensive and offensive tackle, coincides with going to Haiti but 0F1DPDUDVDLGWKHVDFULĂ&#x20AC;FHLVZRUWKLW â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach [Mark] Guandolo understands the worth and the value in me going to Haiti and helping out these kids,â&#x20AC;? McNamara said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just great he can be so understanding.â&#x20AC;? 0F1DPDUD VDLG LW LV GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOW WR EDOance sports and volunteering, but he is internally motivated to do so. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I hope to continue going to Haiti throughout college,â&#x20AC;? he said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and every year from now on because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just where I feel like I belong.â&#x20AC;?


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she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not like itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permanently burned to the wall.â&#x20AC;? While scrawled signatures and scrib&DEUHUDVDLGVKHĂ&#x20AC;QGVWKDWPRVWJUDIbled hearts may be common in a high Ă&#x20AC;WLLVDIRUPRIDUWLVWLFH[SUHVVLRQVKHRFschool setting, the administration is casionally partakes in, and that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s harmFUDFNLQJGRZQRQFDPSXVJUDIĂ&#x20AC;WLDVDQ less most of the time. act of vandalism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re having a bad day, you can *UDIĂ&#x20AC;WL LV ZULWLQJ RU GUDZLQJV VSODW- vent with the use of a pen,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If tered by students on surfaces that may Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m bored, sometimes Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll scratch out at seem inconsequential, such as walls and my desk, but Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure to clear it up when desks, but head of security Larry Silver- Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m done.â&#x20AC;? man said that the damage compounds While Calderon does concede that to thousands of dollars of damage to the VRPHJUDIĂ&#x20AC;WLLVQ¡WLQWHQGHGWREHKDUPIXO school. she said it is still an unacceptable form of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids who are caught defacing school expression. property are diâ&#x20AC;&#x153;Some girls rected to a spewrite these inspiracial discipline ¸;OLNYHMĂ&#x201E;[PPZUÂť[TLHU[PU tional notes, which matrix for their is a nice gesture, but punishment,â&#x20AC;? he PSS^PSSš itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s still not okay,â&#x20AC;? said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They gen- Q\UPVY4HKPZVU*HIYLYH she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It may be erally have to a form of expresreimburse the sion, but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t property damage and may be dealt with belong in the bathrooms. a suspension.â&#x20AC;? Mr. Silverman, however, believes that -XQLRU /LQD &DOGHURQ Ă&#x20AC;QGV JUDIĂ&#x20AC;WL vandals are motivated by the rebellious most prevalent in school in the form of nature of the practice rather than a form profanities scrawled in bathroom stalls or of expression. VFUDWFKHGRQWRGHVNV6KHVDLGVKHĂ&#x20AC;QGV â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really believe some kids do it just beWKHXVHRIJUDIĂ&#x20AC;WLDVGLVUHVSHFWIXODQGEH- cause they feel they can get away with it,â&#x20AC;? lieves vandals ought to be dealt with a dif- he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There was one night three years ferent punishment. ago where a senior class prank caused se´7KH\VKRXOGVFUXERIIWKHJUDIĂ&#x20AC;WLEH- rious damage worth over $15,000. The cause the janitors shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to clean kidsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; families had to pay for damages, up after their work,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Despite and they were suspended for prom.â&#x20AC;? the intentions of the kids, in the end itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Despite this, Mr. Silverman said he the janitors who have to clean up after doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t consider vandalism to be a maPHOTO BY ANNA SCHIFTER their work.â&#x20AC;? jor problem considering the size of the Although she objects to the use of â&#x20AC;&#x153;sa- school. WRITING ON THE WALLS: This bathroom stall door is in the girls bathroom in WDQLF V\PEROV DQG VSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F QDPHVÂľ MXâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I believe our students have too much WKHVEXLOGLQJ,WLVFRYHUHGLQJUDIĂ&#x20AC;WLZULWWHQLQVKDUSLH nior Madison Cabrera said the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s pride for that,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Silverman said. approach to it should be more lax. â&#x20AC;&#x153;These kids have respect enough not to ´7KH JUDIĂ&#x20AC;WL LVQ¡W PHDQW LQ LOO ZLOOÂľ do too much harm.â&#x20AC;?


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Love in the modern era As technology and social media develop, so do the ways relationships are formed and people interact. Families across the world and locally have altered their dating customs.

Parent involvement impacts dating BY ILANA SPERLING FEATURES EDITOR

The clock is ticking. Not the kind of clock found on a classroom wall, but the social clock, ZKLFKGHÀQHVDFFHSWDEOHWLPHVIRUHYHQWVVXFK as relationships to occur in different cultures. Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Laurie Parker said the social clock has changed over the years. “Children and young adults are becoming adults earlier and are talking about dating earlier,” said Ms. Parker, of Weston. Sophomore Sylvia Caballero moved to Weston from Venezuela two years ago and said she has noticed many differences between the love lives of students in both countries. “People in Venezuela are more serious than here,” Caballero said. “They almost never cheat on their partners, and they wait more

time to realize if they really love their partner.” Caballero said she has no family traditions regarding dating but there is some criteria a prospective boyfriend has to meet. “My parents always say that the important WKLQJDERXWGDWLQJLVÀQGLQJRQHJX\ZLWKWKH same morals that you have, and has a bright future ahead,” she said. “The only rule is that they have to meet him before it gets too serious.” Similar to Caballero, sophomore Rojesh Shakya’s parents must approve of his future partner. Originally from Nepal, Shakya said his parents met through an arranged marriage. Regardless that he now lives in America, he will be expected to meet his future wife in the same way. “My dad’s parents thought my mom would

be a good choice for him,” he said. “They set up a date for my parents and they met. After one year my parents decided they loved each other and married. I think my parents will do the same with me.” 6KDN\D VDLG WKHUH LV D VSHFLÀF ZD\ LQ which his parents will look for a woman he can marry. “My parents will give me options they like and I can choose from that group,” he said. “My parents will choose women who in their opinion will become good, supporting wives.” Shakya said traditions regarding relationships are different from one part of his country to the other. “In Nepal, dating traditions are different between rural areas and cities,” Shakya said. “In rural areas, dating is not encouraged and

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When love talk becomes tech talk BY AVERY ZAFFOS COPY EDITOR

From across the hall or across the ocean students use technology to keep in touch with their loved ones and communicate. Junior Sophie Schummer and her boyfriend have been together for over two years even though he lives in Venezuela. “The possibility of being with my boyfriend would be a lot less if modern technology didn’t exist,” Schummer said. Schummer said she is able to communicate with her boyfriend through WhatsApp (which allows iPhone users to communicate regardless of their location around the world), FaceTime and Skype. ´9LGHRFKDWWLQJGHÀQLWHO\EHDWVZULWLQJOHWters,” she said. “We see each other pretty often but when we can’t, FaceTiming or Skyping is a close second to the real thing.” AP Psychology teacher Kimberly Patterson said she has mixed views on technology’s impact on relationships. “I think technology is good and bad on relationships because it promotes communication and sharing within any relationship, letting even the most isolated and timid individuals open up,” Ms. Patterson said. “Disadvantages are that it focuses on the media that makes people think that there is always something better out there in terms of materialistic features such as money, cars, looks.” Senior Carly Valancy also sees the advantages and disadvantages of technology and the accessibility aspect. “The fact that people are so accessible is good because you always have the chance to talk, but bad because it leaves you wondering why they haven’t texted you or tried to contact you,” Valancy said. Ms. Patterson said this problem of too little communication and too much communication has always been present between couples. “I think even before technology was so

prevalent, couples have always gone through the struggle of communication and there are those people that like to communicate regularly throughout the day and those who do not,” she said. 9DODQF\ VDLG VKH KDV QRWLFHG RWKHU GLIÀculties in friendships and relationships due to texting. “There can be miscommunications due to not knowing what the person’s tone is or where they are coming from,” she said. Recently, the now-infamous story of Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o and his online “girlfriend” who wound up not being real has brought to light how far modern technology can warp the concept of love.

“Technological relationships aren’t real, because there is no human interaction,” senior Ryan Yaffa said. Yaffa said the Te’o relationship never existed but it doesn’t surprise him that this situation happened. “If a person believes that the person on the other end is real, then they could be heartbroken. But I think it’s ignorant for the person to fall for it,” he said. Ms. Patterson said technology in relationships should be used with limits. “It is most important to balance the use of technology. It can be very addicting, but like most things in life, moderation is key,” she said.

marriages are typically arranged. However, in cities it is common for people to date.” Senior Luis Oliveira said relationships in his home country of Brazil are the same as in America. “In my home country, we copy a lot of dating traditions from America. Wedding traditions are also more or less the same,” he said. Oliveira said he has encountered many people who believe that parents in South American countries are very strict when it comes to dating, but that is not necessarily true. “The dating process is basically the same in Brazil, and my parents aren’t strict at all,” he said. Ms. Parker said parent involvement impacts dating traditions. “In other cultures, media is more limited and parents are more involved so relationships are developed later on,” she said.

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This month!s featured university is... Q&A with a current student

MIT is a four-year private university located in Cambridge, Mass. Felipe Lozano-Landinez, who graduated from the Bay in 2012, is currently a freshman there majoring in biomedical engineering. He spoke to The Circuit’s Danielle Bush via email about his experiences at MIT. Why did you choose to go to MIT? I chose to go to MIT because of the amazing academic programs and incredible opportunities that an education here presents. MIT was my dream school since I was little, and now I am extremely humbled at the opportunity to EHDEOHWRVWXG\KHUHDQGIXOÀOO a dream. What is the aspect you enjoy the most about MIT? I love the culture of MIT. The student body here is a conglomeration of young adults with incredible skills and abilities who use the freedom that the Institute gives them to make incredible products, discoveries, and contributions to the community and the world. MIT challenges you to be both creative and logical, and pushes your whims to the limit and beyond. How do you see MIT shaping your future? Over the next four years, I see myself learning so much and meeting so many amazing individuals, that I know that regardless of what I decide to do with my life after MIT, I will be more than prepared to go out and make an impact in the world. What advice would you give to a student applying or planning to attend MIT? Plan ahead, work hard, but most importantly stay balanced and be yourself. MIT wants people who have a passion in their lives and pursue it wholeheartedly, and who demonstrate that they are willing to put their all out there to make their dreams a reality. So my biggest advice would be to follow your passions, do what you love, and do it to the best of your ability.

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Seniors admitted early to MIT BY SAMANTHA WINDER ONLINE ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR

Receiving early action acceptance letters from Massachusetts Insititute of Technology (MIT) on Dec. 15 was not only exciting for seniors Katherine Mizrahi, Isabella Espinel, Lilian Benet, Amelia Bahamonde and Adam Zionts, but also for Cypress Bay as this was a record number of early MIT acceptances. “For early action, I believe this was the most that we have ever got in,” said BRACE adviser Shari Bush. Mrs. Bush said her reaction ZKHQÀQGLQJRXWDERXWWKHDFceptances was joyful, but she wasn’t shocked. “I know that MIT typically loves Cypress Bay students so I was not surprised,” Mrs. Bush said. “I’m still fully expecting a couple more to get in during the regular decision process, but I could not have been happier.” Isabella Espinel said she was screaming and crying after she found out she got in. “I called everybody I knew, it was crazy,” Espinel said. “It was very surreal. Looking back I don’t really know what happened in that hour. It was just a lot of tears.” Espinel said for now she wants to study chemical engineering and that she will most likely be attending the institution in the fall. ´7KH ÀQDQFLDO DLG FRPHV out in March, but I think that

basically regardless of that I will go there,” she said. While Espinel has not VROLGLÀHG KHU SODQV IRU next year, Katherine MizUDKL VDLG VKH LV GHÀQLWHO\ attending because it is a great opportunity. “I was going to apply Adam Zionts Amelia Bahamonde Lilian Benet to more schools because I didn’t think I would get in because it’s really hard to get in, but I did,” she said. “It’s a really big opportunity and I feel like not taking it would be a loss.” Mizrahi said she decided to apply early action after attending a weekend program at MIT Katherine Mizrahi Isabella Espinel with Espinel. “I have always liked MIT but I never really knew about it. Be- process was much more relaxed assuring them that they were fore I actually wanted to go to compared to the common appli- GHÀQLWHO\VWURQJFDQGLGDWHVDQG Columbia,” she said. “We went cation, which the MIT does not cheering them on throughout the together and we loved it there. use. process.” “It’s a completely separate apObviously, it’s a really good After submitting her applicaschool and it’s awesome for tech- SOLFDWLRQDQGWKHUHLVÀYHHVVD\V tion, Amelia Bahamonde said nology. And I want to do chem- and one optional one,” he said. the wait to hear back from MIT istry and chemical research so ´7KHÀUVWWKUHHRUIRXUZHUHOLNH was nerve wracking. 100 hundred words and the next then I liked it and I applied.” “I was incredibly nervous and Adam Zionts, who also plans few were 250.” could not stop thinking about it,” Mrs. Bush said she helped she said. “The day the decision on attending, said a factor in deciding to apply early action was pretty much every student ac- came out I couldn’t focus on that he wanted a better shot at cepted early with their applica- anything else.” tions by reading essays, making getting into his dream school. Bahamonde said she does not “Although the early accep- suggestions, making sure they know if she will be attending yet tance rate is actually lower than were addressing the prompt and as she is waiting to hear back regular acceptance, I’d basically looking for grammar, tone and from other schools, but the endbe getting two shots at admission ÁRZ less resources and opportunities “You’re looking at kids at our for research allows MIT to stand so that would boost my chances, obviously,” he said. “Aside from school who certainly have no out from other colleges. that I wanted some degree of GHÀFLHQF\LQZULWLQJDQGWKH\·UH “So many breakthroughs certainty especially by this time scores are very high and their have happened at MIT,” she of year. It just feels nice to know grades are superior, so luckily said. “Many professors and forthat you’re already in. It’s very for me it didn’t involve too much mer students have gone on to beon my part, “ she said. “But of FRPHWKHWRSRIWKHLUÀHOGVDQG comforting.” Zionts said the application course supporting them and re- even receive Nobel prizes.”


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New year brings new resolutions BY SABRINA GAGGIA

New year, new goals. Students mark the beginning of 2013 with some resolutions. Freshman Ana-Cristina Sanchez said her resolution is to get better grades during the middle of the year because there are a lot of exams she will be taking, including the EOC, a test she has never taken before. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because of the stress of a new school and schedule, I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t been content with my grades or doing as well as I should be,â&#x20AC;? Sanchez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Going into high school really made me realize that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be going to college soon DQGHYHU\WKLQJ,GRQRZLVJRLQJWRUHĂ HFWRIIRIZKHWKHU I get into some colleges or not.â&#x20AC;? Sanchez said studying for her midterms also helped KHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWVHPHVWHUJUDGHV â&#x20AC;&#x153;Although I got a fresh new start since the second semester begun, I plan on studying a lot more and putting more effort towards my school work,â&#x20AC;? Sanchez said. Sophomore Juan Guevara said 2013 will be a year full of protein shakes and weights because his New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution is to go to the gym more often in order WRJHWĂ&#x20AC;WDQGJDLQEHWWHUPXVFOHWRQH ´,WKLQNWKHEHJLQQLQJRIDQHZ\HDUNLQGRIGHĂ&#x20AC;QHV the new beginning to a different lifestyle and when you commence a new year one is, in a way, starting something new in life,â&#x20AC;? Guevara said.

So far Guevara said his resolution has been going with his parents. very well. He has been going to the gym three to four â&#x20AC;&#x153;During the course of the past month Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been worktimes a week and hopes he will achieve his goal. LQJUHDOO\KDUGWRĂ&#x20AC;QLVKVXEPLWWLQJDQGZRUNLQJRQP\ ´)LQGLQJWLPHWRJRWRWKHJ\PZLOOGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\EHWKH applications while balancing school and baseball,â&#x20AC;? Rohardest part of my resolution because of homework and driguez said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t say its been a hard resolution daily activities,â&#x20AC;? Guevara said. EXWGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\WLPHFRQVXPLQJ,¡YHEHHQZULWLQJDORWRI Weston psychologist Jeff essays on my spare time.â&#x20AC;? Bauman said a good way of Rodriguez said he chose this making resolutions is to start â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolution because not only does off with a small goal. he want it to get done but also â&#x20AC;&#x153;The smart ones are the resolutions is a start. It can he wants to feel accomplished people who make their goals help trigger the need of when he does. small and short-termed that trying something new to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never done a New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way getting to the big deresolution before, but I have a resired goal wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be as hard,â&#x20AC;? accomplish, although most ally good feeling about this now Dr. Bauman said. because I have put in a lot of efpeople donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow through Dr. Bauman said since the fort and worked really hard even with their resolutions.â&#x20AC;? most common goal is to lose WKRXJKLW¡VRQO\WKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWPRQWKÂľ weight, the media will get -psychologist Jeff Bauman Rodriguez said. behind it and advertise. Although Dr. Bauman said â&#x20AC;&#x153;Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll start advertisresolutions have positive effects, ing a couple of months before the year ends to make not many people complete the goals they have set for sure people remember and make resolutions. That way, themselves. we will purchase their power shakes or sign up for gym â&#x20AC;&#x153;Making New Yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s resolutions is a start. It can help memberships,â&#x20AC;? Dr. Bauman said. trigger the need of trying something new to accomplish, Finishing the college application process will be an although most people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t follow through with their accomplishment senior Fernando Rodriguez will share resolutions,â&#x20AC;? he said.

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STAGES offers acting help

PHOTO SUBMITTED BY ANNIE LEIMAN

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT: Seniors Annie Leiman and Paige Novie teach a dance to STAGES members in preparation for their upcoming show based on various Disney movies scheduled to take place in April.

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BRING THE NOISE: (From left to right) Juniors Elie Ackermann, Tyler Gibbs, Ryan Kramer, Craig Covitz and Jake Winderman work with Ryan!s Song to give money to children who want to develop musical skills through lessons and the purchase of instruments.

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Music matches shifting moods mood. If Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sleepy, I listen to house music WRZDNHPHXSÂľVKHVDLG´%HIRUHWKH6$7 I listened to house the whole ride there to Throughout the school day students get me excited and I was so pumped when can be seen plugged into their white ear LWZDVWLPHWRWDNHWKHWHVWÂľ buds to stay connected to their music. As Whether someoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite music is the day progresses, studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; choice in rap or country, his reasons for enjoying music to listen to can shift to mimic their the music change from person to person. personalities and mood at that particular â&#x20AC;&#x153;Electronic and soul are my two famoment. YRULWHVEHFDXVH,IHHOWKH\Ă&#x20AC;WYHU\ZHOOLQ â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have so much different music on WKHWLPHSHULRGWKH\ZHUHFRQFHLYHGLQÂľ my phone because my mood is always re- Omidian said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I listen to Aretha FrankĂ HFWHGE\WKHPXVLF,OLVWHQWRÂľVHQLRU$O- lin and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m just like Aretha. You have so borz Omidian said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For example, in the PXFKSDLQJLUO,IHHO\RXÂľ mornings I listen to jazz, and around secHistory teacher Eric Adzima performs ond period when I wake up I listen to Eu- songs for his classes by singing and playropean teching the guino because it tar. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have so much different music UHĂ HFWV KRZ â&#x20AC;&#x153;Kids apI feel about on my phone because my preciate muthat day at a TVVKPZHS^H`ZYLĂ&#x2026;LJ[LKI`[OL sic, kids love certain point music, and music I listen to.â&#x20AC;? LQWLPHÂľ itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a great veJ u n i o r -senior Alborz Omidian hicle to transFlorencia PLW D SRLQWÂľ Rutenberg Mr. Adzima uses different genres of music for partic- said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I perform punk music, songs that ular goals throughout the day. KDYHDSRLQWDQGUDQGRPFRYHUVRQJVÂľ â&#x20AC;&#x153;I listen to music depending on my Rutenberg makes playlists and CDs BY AVERY ZAFFOS COPY EDITOR

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of different genres for herself and her friends. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have a chill playlist with soft techno and acoustic artists like John Mayer, Jason Mraz and Jack Johnson and my gym playlist that has more upbeat, current muVLFÂľ5XWHQEHUJVDLG´,OLNHWRVKDUHPXsic and make CDs for my friends so we FDQHQMR\WKHVDPHVRQJVWRJHWKHUÂľ Rutenberg incorporates her musical talent with her love for all types of music. ´,OLNHĂ&#x20AC;QGLQJQHZDUWLVWVDQG'-VDQG

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Lightning Oscars to take place on Oscar weekend a pre-party event before the show starts, which students can choose to go to by Lighting Oscars SD\LQJ PRUH IRU WKHLU WLFNHWÂľ 6FKWXSDN will be held on Feb. said. The pre-party will take place at 6 p.m. 22 in the auditorium at 7 p.m. Tickets in the cafĂŠ and people can take pictures will be on sale Feb. with the nominees, presenters and hosts. 11-15 after school in There will also be food and music. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We decided to have the award show room 147 for either $5 for regular ticket held on a Friday evening so more people would be able to attend rather than havor $8 for VIP. Co-chairs Dan- LQJWKHVKRZRQDVFKRROQLJKWÂľ6FKWXielle Maso and pak said. The nominees were selected after Noah Schtupak said there are many new and different changes added to the show Student Government Association (SGA) handed out ballots to students during the this year. ´7KLV LV WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW \HDU ZH DUH KDYLQJ week before midterms and the top 10 BY SAM KRAUSS

were put to a vote through computer voting Jan. 29-Feb. 1. The top three nominees in each of the 19 categories will be invited to the show. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year we have some new categories such as Luscious Locks (best hair), 3URMHFW&%+6 VRFLDOEXWWHUĂ \ DQG*RVVLS*LUO DIHPDOHZKROLNHVWRWDONDORW Âľ Maso said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We also kept a lot of the more popular categories like Bromance (male best friends), Ken & Barbie (perfect couple), M.V.P. (best athlete) and The Social Networker (person obsessed with social PHGLD Âľ Awards will be presented by two presenters for each category. The winners will get a trophy and can make a speech.

enchanted: Bitches of the Kingdom. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a popular play, so I wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have found the song without other sourcHVOHDGLQJPHWRLWÂľ0HGLQDVDLG Sophomore Gabrielle Solovayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music library is compiled of songs from the Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl soundtracks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;When Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m passionate about a show, I recognize the music playing in the backJURXQGÂľVKHVDLG´$IWHUZDWFKLQJDQHSLVRGH,¡OOUHPHPEHUDVRQJIURPDVSHFLĂ&#x20AC;F VFHQHDQGVHDUFKZKDWLW¡VFDOOHGÂľ 2QLWVRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOZHEVLWH3DQGRUD,QWHUnet Radio advises users to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs, artists or genres into Pandora and let the Music Genome Project go. Sit back and enjoy as it creates a listening experience full of current and soon-to-be favorite songs for \RXÂľ Norman said Pandora is just one of the constant sources of music that allows users to listen to what they want. â&#x20AC;&#x153;With todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s technology, we have the ability to listen to songs and artists LQDOOUDQJHVRIUHOHYDQFHÂľ1RUPDQVDLG â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much more satisfying than the raGLRÂľ


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Whether painting, doodling or taking pictures, senior Dalal Semprunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talent as an artist has been recognized by her fellow classmates when she was voted â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most Artisticâ&#x20AC;? girl for Senior Superlatives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels surreal to win,â&#x20AC;? Semprun said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d get nominated for anything, much less win.â&#x20AC;? Senior Pablo Rivera was voted as the male counterpart and said that he is happy that his classmates recognize his love for creativity and art. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels good to know that my friends are supportive of my passion for art,â&#x20AC;? Rivera said. Rivera said he hopes to be able to pursue a career involving his artistic abilities. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to be a concept designer for movies and video games,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That means I would be designing all the different visual element like the landscapes, the environments, the vehicles, the characters and things like that.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I love about art is that it serves as a source of peace in a hectic lifestyle.â&#x20AC;? -senior Dalal Semprun Though Semprunâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s views differ on making a career out of her artistic talent, she said that art will always be a part of her life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While art is a great means of catharsis for me, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want to pursue it as a career,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have other plans for my life, a professional career that is more stable than that of an artist. But I know for sure that I have options should that scenario fail. Regardless, art will always be a part of my life, with or without pay.â&#x20AC;? Semprun said her biggest inspiration is her dance teacher, whom she looks up to as a role model. Semprun also draws inspiration from the late surrealist painter, Salvador Dali. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I look up to Salvador Dali more than

Sophomore Sophia Pin said she spends the majority of her free time writing and performing music. She is currently in a band and working on writing in different music genres. The Circuitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s staff writer Elanna Heda spoke with Pin about her hobby and plans. To view one of her videos, go to youtube.com and search â&#x20AC;&#x153;Berlin Wall by Sophia Pin.â&#x20AC;? How long ago did you start singing? I started singing when I was 7. What made you start singing? I started because I loved music, and I always would write poems and compose a melody for it, but since I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play an instrument I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t remember the songs. So in eighth grade I started to learn how to play the guitar.

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ART FROM THE HEART: (Top row) Dalal Semprun draws using tools including graphite, Sharpie and pen. (Bottom row) Pablo Rivera utilizes programs including Photoshop to create his artwork.

anyone,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the idea of surrealism, something I like to incorporate into my own work, and his paintings are absolutely genius. My biggest artistic inspiration is my dance instructor, Carla Mena. Sheâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not only my teacher but my PHQWRUDQGP\JXLGHEXWDELJVLVWHUĂ&#x20AC;Jure in my life.â&#x20AC;? Rivera said he draws inspirations from old artists such as Leonardo di Vinci and more contemporary artists that work in concept design. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big artists that I look up to are a lot of the old masters. No one can still do what they do,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My biggest artistic inspiration right now is Greg Broadmore. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s an artist that lives in New Zealand.

Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worked on Lord of the Rings, Halo, King Kong and a bunch of other movies.â&#x20AC;? 5LYHUD VDLG KH Ă&#x20AC;QGV SHDFH FUHDWLQJ and working on what he loves. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to worry about being the smartest or being the best at this or that,â&#x20AC;? Rivera said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just have to know that Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m GRLQJDUWDQGLIWKDW¡VĂ&#x20AC;QHZLWKPHWKHQ thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all that really matters.â&#x20AC;? Semprun also has a deep passion for art, and said it acts as her escape from he hectic life. â&#x20AC;&#x153;What I love about art is that it serves as a source of peace in a hectic lifestyle,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a comforting factor in my life.â&#x20AC;?

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1RPLQDWHGIRUĂ&#x20AC;YH$FDGHP\$ZDUGV Zero Dark Thirty is a gripping true story on the events behind the scenes that lead to the killing of Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden. With Kathryn Bigelow (director of last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s The Hurt Locker, also based in the Middle East) directing, the movie was in good hands. The audience feels like its along for the adventure to kill the most wanted terrorist in the world. The movie takes the viewer through the intricate planning and ultimately the successful raid that is quite possibly the most important mission executed in United States history. 7KHĂ&#x20AC;OPZDVUHOHDVHGRQ-DQDQG immediately nominated for Best Picture at the Golden Globes. The viewer feels like a part of the U.S. Navy SEAL team

making its way in the Pakistani outback and storming Bin Ladenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s compound one Ă RRUDWDWLPH The main plot surrounds a Central InWHOOLJHQFH$JHQF\RIĂ&#x20AC;FHU0D\D -HVVLFD Chastain) and her determination to serve MXVWLFHDIWHUWKHGHYDVWDWLQJDWWDFNV Starting in 2003, the movie shows the dirty work that took place to get the intelligence needed to ultimately secure their target. Maya focuses on one target a time, which ultimately leads her to the main goal of locating Bin Laden. When the compound is located, the chances of Bin Laden being there are slim. Maya is sure about her decision and after multiple delays by the President, the SEAL team gets the nod to set out on its mission â&#x20AC;&#x201C; to bring back Bin Laden dead. 7KLVĂ&#x20AC;OPLVUDWHG5DQGLVEORRG\DQG extremely violent throughout the adventure. There are multiple torture scenes, which could be hard to watch for some viewers. The extreme levels of suspense for the last hour of the movie will keep the viewer at full attention. Sudden explosions and bombings could be freighting

Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your favorite part about singing? My favorite part was that I could show my peers what I was feeling through my music and knowing that they enjoyed it inspired me to keep to writing and singing. And now Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m in a band called Subconscious. Singing KDVUHDOO\ERRVWHGP\FRQÂżGHQFHDQG really changed my life. It transformed me from being extremely scared of public speaking into someone that can learn to conquer that fear. About how long does it take you to write a song? I usually write the song in a day and then I start playing with the melody and the chords. Once I establish a theme, the words just come to me What kind of work goes into it? 7KH ZRUN LV PRVWO\ ÂżQGLQJ WKH right key of the song and chords to go with the melody I have in my head. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s frustrating because the song has to have a verse, a pre-chorus, and chorus, all with unique melodies. Does your band only play original songs? The band plays mostly covers now, but we are making the transition into original songs. Do you plan on making this a career (or is it just a hobby)? I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t plan on making it career, but I recently bought a songwriting book. Pursuing my main career and selling a few songs on the side would be a dream come true.

for younger viewers. Zero Dark Thirty will easily be one of WKHEHVWPRYLHVRIDVLWFKURQLFOHV WKHGHFDGHRISRVWHYHQWVDQGRQHRI the most important missions in U.S. hisWRU\7KHDXGLHQFHZLOOEHVDWLVĂ&#x20AC;HGZLWK the superb acting and special effects. Although the middle is a little slow from lack of violence and suspense, the ending will not let you down.

How do you manage all of this as well as school? I balance it with school because itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something I love doing. I love getting into the music and watching it all combine together to form a creation that has never been heard before. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth the stress and the late nights, the nights where I cuddle with my guitar and have paper everywhere and lyrics that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t quite make any sense. But I manage because I make time for it, even just a few minutes, because it relaxes me and it allows me to vent.


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WHO RUN THE WORLD: Beyonce Knowles performed a 14-minute setlist at Super Bowl XLVII held at the Super Dome in New Orleans. She sang some of her hits and reunited with the other two members of Destiny!s Child.

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New Fantasyland brings more magic to Disney World BY PAIGE LEVIN EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Just as enchanted servants encouraged Belle to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be Our Guestâ&#x20AC;? during KHUĂ&#x20AC;UVWQLJKWLPSULVRQHGLQWKH%HDVW¡V FDVWOHJXHVWVDOVRĂ&#x20AC;QGDFXOLQDU\ surprise welcoming them behind castle walls at one of the brand new eateries in Walt Disney Worldâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s New Fantasyland. Strikingly similar to the 1991 Disney IHDWXUHĂ&#x20AC;OP%HDXW\DQGWKH%HDVWWKH new â&#x20AC;&#x153;Be Our Guestâ&#x20AC;? dining experience is just one impressive part of the theme parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest expansion in Magic Kingdom history. With the addition of New Fantasyland, the original Fantasyland has doubled in size, increasing from 10 acres to 21 acres. True to Disney form, the addition is simply magical. However, due to massive crowds and leftover construction, it seems the park still has a few kinks to work out. As guests pass through the gates RI&LQGHUHOOD¡VLFRQLFFDVWOHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW thing they come across is (surprisingly) construction. The site is the future home to the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, which is set to open in 2014. The illusion Disney World works so hard to create is initially shattered by the GXVW\XQĂ&#x20AC;QLVKHGUROOHUFRDVWHUEXWZLWK a closer look, the walls that enclose the construction are decorated to look like an entrance to a mine, complete with Snow Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s loveable cast. What is supposed to be the entrance to the mine is boarded up, but there are spaces in between the wooden planks that serve as windows for guests to look in on the constructionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s progress. Altough initially jarring, the innova-

tive decoration provides intrigue for guests who are excited to see what is still to come. Behind the construction, guests are transported to the mountains of France (better known in Disney as the site of Beauty and the Beast (1991)). Here, guests will Ă&#x20AC;QG%HOOH¡V9LOODJHZKLFK is made up of Gastonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern and a gift shop. The highlight of Gastonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tavern is LeFouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brew: frozen apple juice with a hint of toasted marshmallow topped with all-natural passion fruit-mango foam. Served in souvenir goblets, the drink is reminiscent of The Wizarding World of Harry Potterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Butter Beer, but much sweeter. As tasty as LeFouâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Brew is, the Be Our Guest dining experience is by far the most impressive element of the expansion. Here, guests are given the opportunity to dine inside of the Beastâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s castle, which is unimpressive from the outside, but beautiful and impeccably accurate within. To eat dinner in the castle, guests need to make reservations months in advance, but for lunch there are no reservations, and guests may wait sometimes up to 30 minutes outside. Either way, it is worth it because it provides a chance to escape from typical park food and indulge in gourmet, fresh meals as opposed to the parkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s typical chicken Ă&#x20AC;QJHUVDQGFKHHVHEXUJHUV The restaurant additionally introduces

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a new dining style for Disney. Now, instead of waiting in line to order, guests order their food on a touch-screen computer and then receive a sensor (shaped like a rose, of course) to take back with them to their table. Soon after, a waiter delivers the food. In the middle of New Fantasyland JXHVWVZLOOĂ&#x20AC;QGWKHQHZHVWULGH´-RXUQH\ Under the Sea with the Little Mermaid,â&#x20AC;? which contains the most advanced animatronics in Disney World. The ride takes visitors in clamshells through the story of The Little Mermaid, bringing each scene to life with elaborate decorations. Aside from the intricate queue and creative attempts at making guests feel like they are under the sea, what truly stands out is the Ursula animatronic. At a towering 7! feet tall and 12 feet wide, WKHFODVVLFYLOODLQPRYHVDVĂ XLGO\DV a human and puts animatronics from oldies such as Pirates of the Caribbean to shame.

Storybook Circus, which houses improved classic rides, is an additional component of New Fantasyland. The most exciting renovation comes in the new form of Disney old time favorite ride Dumbo. Adding to the circus-feel of the area, the attraction incorporates not just one but two versions of the ride in order to alleviate wait times. Prior to the expansion, Dumbo was famous for some of the longest lines in the park. Now, imagineers have included new technology to test a different type of queue in which families are given pagers and spend their wait time in an air-conditioned playground until the pager goes off. The change makes the wait time go faster and is a great way for families to relax together. Although New Fantasyland is not yet fully completed, it is safe to say that the new attractions only enhance Disneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s reputation as â&#x20AC;&#x153;the happiest place on earth.â&#x20AC;?

Listeners Beta Love Ra Ra Riotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new album Beta Love BY NATALIE BEDELL BUSINESS MANAGER

After three years, American indie rock band Ra Ra Riot released its third studio album, titled Beta Love, which contains the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s classic sounds mixed with new, exciting ones that make for a successful record. 5HOHDVHGRQ-DQLWLVWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVWDO-

bum since the departure of cellist Alexandra Lawn and includes 11 new tracks, each standing out with lead singer Wes Milesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; vocals mixed with the use of synthesizers, which easily dominate each VRQJDQGFUHDWHDĂ DZOHVVDOEXP )DQVRI5D5D5LRWZLOOGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\EH pleased with the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s improvements in this album. Incorporating synthesizers in each song, something that has not been done often in previous albums, makes each track much more pleasurable to listen to, especially combined with their signature instruments: violin, drums and guitar. The song that stands out most on the

album is â&#x20AC;&#x153;That Much,â&#x20AC;? which is memo- will always be one of the bandâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest rable because of the synthesizer solo that achievements. takes place near the end of the song, easily making it the most impressive song off the album. Other tracks such as â&#x20AC;&#x153;When I Dream,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Angel, Please,â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Beta Love,â&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dance With Meâ&#x20AC;? stand out because of lead singer Wes Milesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; outstanding vocals combined with the mix of instruments altogether, making each song unique and unforgettable with its upbeat melodies. Beta Love is undeniably one of Ra Ra Riotâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best albums. Ra Ra Riot manages to improve and enhance its sound with the release of every album, and Beta Love

The Circuit Recommends... The Circuit Recommends is an ongoing feature that includes lesser known songs by popular artists. This monthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playlist was compiled by Emily Gitten.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis ft. Mary Lambert: Same Love Ed Sheeran: Give Me Love Passion Pit: Let Your Love Grow Tall

Jack Johnson: Better Together

Florence + The Machine: You Got The Love Hunter Hayes: Wanted

ADELE: Daydreamer

Backstreet Boys: As Long As You Love Me

Ingrid Michaelson: The Way I Am

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Students keep fans updated through social media, page 33 TREADING FOR SUCCESS: Sophomore Costas Makridas aims to take a shot on goal during the wataer polo team!s practice at the Weston!s YMCA on Feb. 5. Jake Muller, a 2007 Bay graduate, has been hired as the head coach of the team.

Lightning players bound to impact the college football world

5L^JVHJORLLWZ[LHTHĂ&#x2026;VH[PUZ^PTTPUNWVVS Water Polo

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After months of not having a coach, the boys water polo team hired Coach Jake Muller, a Bay graduate, a couple weeks before the season started. He said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s excited for the upcoming season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I went to school here and played for the water polo team, so I wanted to make sure that Cypress would still have a good water polo program,â&#x20AC;? said Coach Muller, Class of 2007. Goalie Zack Caparelli said he is hap-

py that the team found a coach because it was a very stressful process not knowing what was going on. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A couple weeks ago we didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know if we were going to have a season or not,â&#x20AC;? said Caparelli, a junior. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But recently we found out that we do have a coach this year and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relieving even though we found out right before the season starts.â&#x20AC;? Center Levi Weinstein said he is disappointed with the coaching situation because this is his last year playing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;As a senior itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annoying to have a new coach cause I had the same coach for three years,â&#x20AC;? Weinstein said. Caparelli said he sees a good future with the team this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have won districts four years in a row so it was surprising to think that we

might not have a team because we have had a good record and we have talented kids, one that even tried out for the American Youth National Team,â&#x20AC;? he said. Freshman Andres Schmidt tried out for the American Youth National Team this past summer. He was one of 120 players chosen to attend the camp and now he is setting his mind towards playing high school water polo. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t that nervous for the coach. I knew weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d have a season again,â&#x20AC;? Schmidt said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But now I have a lot of pressure cause Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m nervous because this LVP\Ă&#x20AC;UVW\HDUSOD\LQJRQDKLJKVFKRRO team.â&#x20AC;?

SPRING SEASON STATISTICS* Varsity Basketball Schedule

Boys Lacrosse

Varsity Baseball Schedule

Schedule (Through 3/18)

(Through 3/8)

U-School

2/19 Coral Glades

2/14

2/25

Western

2/19

P. Charter

2/27

West Broward

2/22

W, 71-43

C. Gibbons

3/1

Hollywood Hills

2/26

Flanagan

L, 54-49

South Plant.

3/5

Flanagan

3/1

West Broward

W, 77-55

Archbishop

3/6

Miramar

3/5

Western

L, 48-47

Coral Reef

3/16

Everglades

3/8

Everglades

W, 44-43

Taravella

3/18

Miramar

W, 54-47

Tourney in Tenn.

W,W,W

Everglades

W, 68-33

PPG

RPG

Flanagan

W, 67-54

C. Baach (5.1)

Miramar

W, 57-43

J. Pollack (14.9)

Ft. Lauderdale

W, 66-47

P. Michel (2.7)

Western

L, 50-46

R. Udine (13.1)

West Broward

W, 49-45

Douglas

W, 52-46

Hallandale

W, 50-47

DISTRICTS

SCORES

Western

W, 47-45

Miramar

W, 64-46

REGIONALS

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Regional Q-Final

2/14

McArthur

W, 65-63

Western

2/21

Coral Gables

W, 67-50

Belen Jesuit

Northeast

L, 59-31

Coaches v. Cancer

Varsity Basketball Stats

Varsity Soccer Playoff Schedule OPPONENT

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Miami

W, 2-0

West Broward

W, 1-0

South Dade

W, 6-0

Varsity Basketball

Boca Raton

2/8

District Playoff Bracket

5A Title Game

2/16

(1) Miramar (1) Miramar (4) Flanagan (2) Cypress Bay (2) Cypress Bay (3) Western

(2) Cypress Bay

*All information as of Feb. 7, 2013

Every Saturday morning in the fall, I wake up to ESPNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College Gameday, a preview-based show analyzing the college football games on that day. Come September, however, the show, for me, will have much more of an intriguing story now that six Cypress Bay players are headed Division I college football schools. Wide receiver Alex Montgomery verbally committed to the University of Kentucky on Jan. 28. As I headed into Coach *XDQGROR¡VRIĂ&#x20AC;FHWKDWDIWHUQRRQDJUHDW scene of Montgomery chatting it up with Wildcats head coach Mark Stoops was taking place. The 6â&#x20AC;&#x2122;1â&#x20AC;? offensive powerhouse looked elated to have been put in this position and the opportunity to become the newest member of what Kentucky fans call â&#x20AC;&#x153;Big Blue Nation.â&#x20AC;? Notable NFL wide receivers that came from Lexington include Stevie Johnson from the Buffalo Bills and the versatile Randall Cobb of the Green Bay Packers. The fact that Montgomery has the golden opportunity to follow these professionals in their footsteps will be an exciting story to watch in itself. That Montgomery is headed to the Southeastern Conference, which most would agree consists of the best football schools in the country, is a huge accomplishment. The SEC is responsible for the last eight BCS National Championships, and as these 14 teams continue to seal the majority of the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high school prospects, this streak has the chance of continuing for a very long time. To say that it will be exciting to watch some of the greatest football players in Cypress Bay history on T.V. at the college level is an understatement. Now that National Signing Day is behind us and we know where everyone is heading, the next step in these studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; football careers is having the opportunity to play for a BCS National Championship. The fact that we current students here at the Bay had the privilege to be a part of arguably the greatest football class in 2013 is something that we will never forget. If one day a Lightning alumnus succeeds at a high level while being an NCAA athlete, students here could have the pleasure of saying that they went to the same school as this football player. In this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Super Bowl, a total of 16.9 percent of the players on the Baltimore Ravens or the San Francisco 49ers either played high school or college football in Florida. Seven of these players, out of a total of 21, came out of either MiamiDade or Broward County. I was lucky enough to witness this year the pure talent of high school players around the state of Florida, especially the nationally ranked ones the Lightning played, such as St. Thomas and Manatee. If Dayes, Montgomery, and any other Lightning players excel at the collegiate level, they will possibly have the opporWXQLW\WRIXOĂ&#x20AC;OOWKHGUHDPWKDWHYHU\VLQgle young football player has: a job in the NFL. Perhaps they could wind up on my IDQWDV\ WHDP Ă&#x20AC;YH \HDUV IURP QRZ 1RZ that would be something.


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Baseball team seeks to support coach BY JAKE MARSH SPORTS EDITOR

There are certain things in sports that create unbreakable bonds within any team. In the varsity baseball teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s case, a tragedy at hand has forced the Lightning teammates to successfully produce as a team this upcoming season. Head coach Mike Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s wife â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Angie Kraemer-White â&#x20AC;&#x201C; passed away after a ORQJĂ&#x20AC;JKWZLWKFRORQFDQFHURQ7XHVGD\ Feb. 5. Coming off what pitcher Jeremy TachĂŠ called the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;disappointingâ&#x20AC;? 2012 season (9-11), Tache said he is looking to lead the boys to success this year and support his coachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unfortunate situation at hand. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a tough situation for everyone, but most of all for Coach White and his family,â&#x20AC;? TachĂŠ said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;For me as a four-year player, I have known Mrs. White for all of my high school years, and I have been around Coach White for my entire baseball career at Cypress.â&#x20AC;? After only losing four seniors from last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team, the squad has plenty of returners. TachĂŠ said it has been tough watching his coach and family suffer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are only three of us that are four-year guys so I know for us and the rest of the players on this team that it really hurts to see the family suffer the way they have,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know for Coach :KLWHWKDWEHLQJRXWRQWKHEDVHEDOOĂ&#x20AC;HOG is an escape from everything, so what we have to do is rally together and have this make us stronger as a team and as indiYLGXDOVVRWKDWZHFDQNHHSĂ&#x20AC;JKWLQJWKH way she always did.â&#x20AC;? Assistant coach Paul Liotti, new addition to the coaching staff, said he is making sure he delivers the message to his players that Coach White is still in charge of this team, whether he is physically

present or not. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are making it important to the guys that this is still Coach Whiteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s team and that he is still in charge,â&#x20AC;? Coach Liotti said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach Maloney and myself and all the other coaches are trying to run it as he directs us to do it.â&#x20AC;? In regards to assessing last season, TachĂŠ said the team canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t afford to falter after the beginning of the season, like it did last year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We started off the year well, but as the season went along, we began to lose WKDWĂ&#x20AC;JKWWKDWZHKDGDWWKHEHJLQQLQJRI the year,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That is what we are EXLOGLQJWKLVVHDVRQDURXQGWRNHHSĂ&#x20AC;JKWing and to never give up, just like Angie.â&#x20AC;? TachĂŠ said the team must take each individual and group goal step by step so that the goals become a reality. ´2XUĂ&#x20AC;UVWSULRULW\LVWRPDNHWKHSOD\offs,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But the main goal right here is to win a district title, because from there, who knows what happens. For us to be able to win a lot of games this year, we have to pitch. We have three of our top four pitchers returning and we have added a couple of pretty good pitchers this year. Our big thing is going to be pitching and defense and having the right approach at the plate to score enough runs to win some ballgames.â&#x20AC;? 6HQLRUĂ&#x20AC;UVWEDVHPDQ-RVK6HURWDVDLG he knows that this roster is loaded with talent, but each player must execute on the Ă&#x20AC;HOGLQKLVRZQLQGLYLGXDOZD\ â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just have to have a lot of team chemistry,â&#x20AC;? Serota said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of size, speed and power so we just have to work well as a team.â&#x20AC;? Although the Lightning did not come close to capturing a district title last year, Serota said the team has a legitimate shot this upcoming season.

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offer. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The facilities were real nice,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I felt comfortable with the players there and a lot of the players will still be there [next year] so I will be comfortable with that.â&#x20AC;? Wide receiver Alex Montgomery, who caught the nationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attention after a nine catch, 199-yard, three-touchdown state championship game and appearing on SportsCenterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Top 10 Plays,â&#x20AC;? decided to commit to the University of Kentucky and join the Big Blue Nation. After his performance on such a big stage, other schools started to storm Montgomery with offers to join their teams. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The schools that I already had offers from made it more interesting and whatnot,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So I just stayed with Kentucky. They have a new coaching staff. I can do there what I did here at Cypress and I feel that it is a good place for me to be. So I am glad to be a Kentucky Wildcat.â&#x20AC;? He has played both receiver and defensive back, but a lot of other schools would have offered Montgomery strictly to play on the defensive side of the ball. However, Montgomery said that he always wanted to stay on offense ever since this process began. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The coaching staff is full of great guys. They are willing to push me and let me play my position, wide receiver,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That was the key for everything. I am just happy to be at Kentucky.â&#x20AC;? Linebacker Nico Marley has been committed to Tulane University since June. He said that he is looking forward to turning the football program around in 1HZ2UOHDQVDIWHUWKH*UHHQ:DYHĂ&#x20AC;Qished 2-10 in the 2012 season.

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â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coach C.J. [Curtis Johnson] is trying to rebuild the program there and he has the right idea,â&#x20AC;? Marley said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;So thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what really brought me in, to help rebuild the whole program and bring it to the top.â&#x20AC;? Soccer forward Danny Jensen, who was a member of the 2012 National Championship team, said that he is looking forward to playing at Ohio State in the Big 10 and he hopes that playing college soccer will give him the opportunity to become pro. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The only thing I can promise is that I am going to be the hardest working player RQWKHĂ&#x20AC;HOGDQG,JXHVVLWZLOOGLFWDWHP\ play from there,â&#x20AC;? Jensen said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just hope that I have good luck. I am blessed.â&#x20AC;?

Joining Montgomery in the Southeastern Conference (SEC) is tennis star Ryan Smith, who will be attending Vanderbilt University. Smith said that he â&#x20AC;&#x153;clickedâ&#x20AC;? with the tennis players in Nashville right away. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I got along with the team really well, which was one of my biggest things when choosing,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Also, it is a top 20 academic school along with great sports, and being in the SEC, just everything was great about it, I thought.â&#x20AC;? Since the SEC includes some of the most successful athletic programs in the country, Smith said that his opponents in college will be different than he has ever seen. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The competition is going to be in-

credible,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The SEC is probably the best tennis conference. Knowing that, I am going to have to work even harder than I am right now and try to help the team. It is a great feeling knowing that I am moving forward in my life.â&#x20AC;? Golf captain Michael Heda will head to Washington D.C. and hit the links for the Colonials of George Washington University. He said that he is looking forward to playing other courses than the ones in Florida. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love the team aspect. High school golf was my favorite, and I am sure college golf will eventually be my favorite type of golf,â&#x20AC;? Heda said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am excited to travel all around the country and play different types of courses.â&#x20AC;?

â&#x20AC;&#x153;Three-peatâ&#x20AC;? is the magic word for the District 12-8A champions

BY JAKE MARSH SPORTS EDITOR

When senior forward Ben Antoine EURNHKLVĂ&#x20AC;EXODLQWKHSUHVHDVRQJDPHRQ Nov. 16, all hope for the 2012-2013 team had seemed gone. Center Cory Baach said that he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;hesitantâ&#x20AC;? that his team would be able to successfully win its third straight district championship. 7KH/LJKWQLQJRIĂ&#x20AC;FLDOO\SXWWKDWFRQcern to rest on Feb. 6, when each member of the team climbed the ladder at the Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gymnasium during its celebration of the District 12-8A title. ´7KHVH JX\V KDYH FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFHÂľ KHDG coach Jason Looky said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They have conĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH LQ WKHLU DELOLW\ WKH\ KDYH FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH LQ PH WKH\ KDYH FRQĂ&#x20AC;GHQFH LQ what we do.â&#x20AC;? After losing to rival Western twice in WKHUHJXODUVHDVRQWKH/LJKWQLQJĂ&#x20AC;QDOO\ EHDWWKH:LOGFDWVLQWKHGLVWULFWVHPLĂ&#x20AC;nals on Feb. 5, this time eliminating them. Coach Looky said that it felt good to take down the school from Davie. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They were in our way and we played a lot better game,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;All of the games have been coming down to the wire, and we were lucky to make some free throws at the end and to come out on

top this time. So it felt real good.â&#x20AC;? The very next day, the Lightning defeated the Miramar Patriots 64-46 to win the district title. This was the third time the Bay beat them this year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is really tough beating a team three times in one year, but we did it, and we did it pretty convincingly, â&#x20AC;&#x153; Coach Looky said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am proud of everybodyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s performance.â&#x20AC;? With Antoineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s leg injury and an ACL tear for senior forward Chris Weathers, it was Baachâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s job to lead the team down low and in the paint. In the championship game vs. Miramar, Baach said he was pleased with his teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s effort on the boards. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This game especially was just rebounding, and everyone got their rebounds and contributed,â&#x20AC;? Baach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think we may have outrebounded them which is crazy. â&#x20AC;&#x153; Guard Ross Udine, who is one of the top scorers on the team, said that he would not have scored as much this season if it werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t for his teammates. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just always worked hard in practice and when I got in the games it just came easier,â&#x20AC;? Udine said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My teammates helped me a lot by making open shots when I gave them the ball and giving me the ball in the right places to succeed.â&#x20AC;? After the tumultuous injuries of both Antoine and Weathers, Udine, a junior, said that the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chemistry was the key to winning throughout the season.

THIRD TIME!S A CHARM: (Above) The varsity basketball team poses immediately after winning its third district title. Guard Ross Udine (with ball) prepares an offensive play against the Miramar Patriots. PHOTOS BY NETA BRONFMAN

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We needed to come together as a team and be a family,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone had each otherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s back and everyone stepped up when someone went down.â&#x20AC;? The Lightning has now secured its seeding in the regional tournament, as it will be one of the 32 teams that gets to

control its own destiny toward the state championship in Lakeland. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are going to work hard in the next week and do what we have to do,â&#x20AC;? Coach Looky said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;But we deserve to enjoy this for a couple of days.â&#x20AC;?


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Twitter account updates fans BY ALEXA STEINLAUF NEWS EDITOR

To keep students who cannot attend games updated, Josh Appel, Cypress Bay Class of 2012, created the â&#x20AC;&#x153;CB Athleticsâ&#x20AC;? (@ CB_Athletics) twitter account in 2010, where all scores and updates are tweeted from the sideline during each major Lightning sporting event. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started tweeting and updating everybody on the games, and the account just took off and picked up speed,â&#x20AC;? said Appel, ZKR FXUUHQWO\ DWWHQGV WKH 8QLYHUVLW\RI6RXWK)ORULGD As the account picked up more attention, Appel expanded the sports covered. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Originally the CB Athletics twitter account was not for the entire athletic department. It was just for basketball. But we got sidetracked and stopped updating it,â&#x20AC;? Appel said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then one day, I started using it again and decided to make it for all the sports.â&#x20AC;? Appel passed down the account to current juniors Jake 0DUVK -HVVH 6HJDXO DQG -DNH :LQGHUPDQDQGDVRI)HEWKH account had 1,078 followers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I chose them because I knew that they went to all the games and I saw them at all the sporting events last year so I thought they would be good to take it over,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The account had about 400 followers when I left

and it has a lot more now, so that means that they are doing a good job.â&#x20AC;? Marsh said the account gains followers during more popular games because the student body is interested in the success of its school. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The account gained around 250 followers throughout the duration of the [football] state championship game,â&#x20AC;? said Marsh, who is also the sports editor for The Circuit. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My phone was blowing up and it was cool to see that so many people cared about our game.â&#x20AC;? 6HJDXO VDLG WKH DFFRXQW KDV had such a huge increase of followers because of the success of the football team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of followers and I think a lot of that is credited to the football team because they have been doing so well this year. And recently there has been a lot of high school football on social media, so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool that SHRSOHIROORZXVWRVHHWKDWÂľ6Hgaul said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A lot of blogs rely on us to spread information, or they re-blog us and retweet us.â&#x20AC;? Appel said the account keeps people informed when they canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t attend a game. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve never gotten negative feedback on the account,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way to keep people updated because not everyone is in the loop, and with everyone on Twitter now, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a way to inform them all at once.â&#x20AC;?

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TWEETING TO THE TOP: Junior Jake Marsh tweets to the Bay!s athletics twitter account @CB_Athletics during a varsity boys basketball game. Marsh, along with two other juniors, keeps followers updated by tweeting play-by-play coverage, team news and scores at school sporting events.

Varsity basketball player 0D[8GLQHVDLGWKDWKHORYHVWKH feeling he gets when his name is tweeted from the account. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels good when the account tweets about me because it has over 1,000 followers and it feels great when people know that I contributed to the game,â&#x20AC;? 8GLQHVDLG -XQLRU-RVK8OLQRVDLGWKHDFcount helps him stay updated on the scores of the games when he cannot attend. ´8VXDOO\,GRQ¡WKDYHWLPHWR go to games because of practice and homework, but the people who run the account do an excellent job of giving updates of

the scores and statistics for just DERXWHYHU\VSRUWZHKDYHÂľ8OLno said. Marsh said he enjoys being in charge of the account because it gives him many privileges. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get to build many relationships with the players and the coaches, and get to know them all better,â&#x20AC;? Marsh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I also get special access for football. I was one of the only people that got to go on the sidelines for the state championship game, which was really fun.â&#x20AC;? Marsh said he thinks the Twitter account will help him with his future because it will get him used to covering all the

plays of the games. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hopefully this is one of the building blocks for my career,â&#x20AC;? Marsh said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to cover a professional team one day, so hopefully I am on my way towards that by doing this.â&#x20AC;? Winderman said being in TV Production class has helped him with his background knowledge in order to know what to tweet for the account. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It has helped me cover everything from a more journalistic angle and allowed me to see games from a different perspective and offer a different analysis than other people can, so it has been helpful,â&#x20AC;? Winderman said.

Soccer players travel to Argentina to compete in tournament Boys Soccer

BY BRITTANY ZEIDEL COPY EDITOR

Ten soccer players from the Bay headed on Jan. 31 to Argentina to compete in WKH 7RUQHR /DWLQRDPHULFDQR GH )XWERO Juvenil 2013, a soccer tournament in Argentina. ´:H¡UH WKH Ă&#x20AC;UVW $PHULFDQ WHDP LQvited,â&#x20AC;? player Nikki Pappacena said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

pretty exciting, we have to represent the 86ZHOOÂľ The tournament is for players born in 1995-1996. There are 32 teams and eight different groups with the top teams in HDFKJURXSTXDOLI\LQJIRUTXDUWHUĂ&#x20AC;QDOV VHPLĂ&#x20AC;QDOVDQGĂ&#x20AC;QDOV Pappacena along with Rhys Williams, Ricardo Castro, David Mejia, Bauti Pedezert, Ryan Enriquez, Alex Marrota, Juan Benedetti, Ismael Longo and Alejandro Lara will be participating. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The players going are a combination of Weston Academy players,â&#x20AC;? Pappacena said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our coach is sending the best 18 players [in that age group] to Argentina.â&#x20AC;?

Pappacena said he and the rest of the 8$FDGHP\WHDPDUHH[FLWHGWRSOD\LQ Argentina and show their teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s talent. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to win, obviously, but we just want to make sure that Weston is put on the map for future tournaments that we get invited to,â&#x20AC;? Pappacena said. 6HQLRU5K\V:LOOLDPVZKRLVWKHFDStain, said the team has been successful for the past two years and is excited to play in Argentina. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait to play and have the experience,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s all about the result. Obviously I care about winning, but just to be able to play against QHZSOD\HUVLQ6RXWK$PHULFDZKHUHVRF-

cer is like life or death is exciting.â&#x20AC;? Pappacena said the team has dedicated a lot of time to preparing for the tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We practice six days a week and have games on the weekend,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We VKRXOG EH Ă&#x20AC;QH EHFDXVH ZH WUDLQ DOO WKH time.â&#x20AC;? Williams also said the team worked YHU\KDUGWREHFRPHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW86WHDP invited to the tournament. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We trained a lot,â&#x20AC;? Williams said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to eat right and practice. I know that our team is really looking forward to going and we canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t wait.â&#x20AC;?

Fans celebrate ending of National Hockey League lockout BY LISA ALTMAN

The National Hockey League (NHL) ended its 113 day-long lockout on Jan. 7, and the regular season resumed on Jan. 19. The league shortened its season to 48 games to be played until the playoffs start in April from the usual 82 after its team owners and players reached a new collective bargaining agreement (CBA). The end of the lockout has hockey fans at the Bay, such as junior Jake Winderman, abuzz with excitement as they anticipate the rest of the shortened season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I originally read about it on Twitter,â&#x20AC;? Winderman said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just freaked out. I put RQP\Âś:H6HH5HG¡SOD\RIIVKLUWIURP last year.â&#x20AC;? After the end of the lockout was announced, Winderman said he joined a fantasy hockey league started by junior

Alex Rothbard. Winderman also thought that the lockâ&#x20AC;&#x153;When I heard it was starting back out would engulf the whole season. XS , Ă&#x20AC;JXUHG D IDQWDV\ KRFNH\ OHDJXH â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had been following the CBA talks was something to on Twitter,â&#x20AC;? he said. do,â&#x20AC;? Rothbard said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It always seemed like â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our fantasy foot- â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the lockout theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be talking until ball league just ended, I was so happy like 1:30 in the mornended.â&#x20AC;? ing and just nothing that I had to wake Because he would happen.â&#x20AC;? didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t see CBA everyone up in my Junior Max talks between the house and tell them 6FKZDUW] ZKR SOD\V NHL Players Ason the JV hockey what happened.â&#x20AC;? sociation (NHLPA) team, also joined and the NHL team - junior Max Schwartz Rothbardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fantasy owners clearing up, league. During the Rothbard said he NHL lockout, he thought the lockout would last all season. turned to college hockey, but it wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t the â&#x20AC;&#x153;I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think there were enough same, he said. JDPHV WR EH SOD\HG VR , MXVW Ă&#x20AC;JXUHG LW â&#x20AC;&#x153;When the lockout ended, I was so would resume next season,â&#x20AC;? he said. happy that I had to wake everyone up in

my house and tell them what happened,â&#x20AC;? he said. The lockout made Rothbard more enthusiastic about this condensed NHL season than he had ever been before, he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are less games to watch, and therefore theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re more desirable to watch,â&#x20AC;? he said. Rothbard said he thinks the lockout will have a drastic effect on the season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are some teams in any sport that can come in late in the season and just go on a run of win streaks and just get some real momentum built up and theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not going to have a chance to do that with a shorter season,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Most likely the teams that do good in the beginning will stay strong throughout the 40 something games.â&#x20AC;?


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Second-year team hopes to repeat title Boys Lacrosse BY JAKE MARSH SPORTS EDITOR

In only its second year of existence, the boys varsity lacrosse team looks to achieve all of its main goals, said head coach Geoff Swinerton. ´/DVW \HDU ZH ZHUH D Ă&#x20AC;UVW year varsity team,â&#x20AC;? Coach Swinerton said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We proved that we could play with teams who were more established for a longer time.â&#x20AC;? In the 2012 season, the Lightning won districts in â&#x20AC;&#x153;miraculousâ&#x20AC;? fashion after senior Jake Vigil ripped a goal vs. Archbishop McCarthy in overtime. Coach Swinerton said winning back-to-back district titles is the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s biggest goal this season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We want to repeat a district championship,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We need to have a disciplined team that can execute all of the plays correctly.â&#x20AC;? Attacker Tyler Mutschler, a junior who was named to the all-county second team last season by the Sun-Sentinel, said he must execute in every aspect as one of the leaders of the team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;[We need to] just get the kids to practice and prepare hard for our games,â&#x20AC;? Mutschler said.

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LAX TO THE MAX: Junior Matt Gorwitz cradles the ball past sophomore Gabriel Quintana. The second-year boys lacrosse team hopes to win the district title again after winning it last year in dramatic fashion.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of new kids on the team so my goal is to help those kids become better players for the future.â&#x20AC;? Like Coach Swinerton and the rest of the team, Mutschler said he has the same visions for how he wants the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s season

to end. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The biggest goal for the team and I is to go undefeated and win the district championship for the second year in a row,â&#x20AC;? he said. Although the Lightning defeated and eliminated the Mavericks of Archbishop McCarthy

Cooper City, McArthur football join the Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s district, West Broward leaves BY REID OVIS

As the past football season in which WKH%D\PDGHWKHVWDWHĂ&#x20AC;QDOVEHFRPHVD fading memory, planning for next yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varsity football schedule has already begun. Cooper City and McArthur high schools have joined the Bay in District 12-8A in football, while West Broward has left. Varsity football head coach Mark Guandolo said the change in district teams is regularly implemented by the state. ´(YHU\WZR\HDUVWKHVWDWHUHGHĂ&#x20AC;QHVWKH district, and basically itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s based on enrollment,â&#x20AC;? Coach Guandolo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Ours pretty much stays the same except for Cooper City and McArthur being added.â&#x20AC;? Athletic director Bill Caruso said West Broward dropped out of the district because of its recent lack of success. â&#x20AC;&#x153;West Broward dropped out because they werenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t being successful in any way, shape or form in football,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Caruso said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very discouraging that they had kids that never really had a chance at success. I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a smart thing that they did [drop out] because this way they can make an independent schedule with schools that they feel they can compete with. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s what school is all about, giving students a chance at success.â&#x20AC;? Mr. Caruso said the Bay tried to get the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) to re-think its decision on increasing the size of the district. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We petitioned for the FHSAA to change the district again because we think the district is too large. We have seven teams in it now,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We asked to have a district with four teams, like Dade County does, but they poo-pooed it.â&#x20AC;? With two teams being added to the

district and one team leaving, there will be more district games, which count more than non-district games, toward winning another district championship. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We still have Miramar, Everglades and Flanagan,â&#x20AC;? Coach Guandolo said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We still have some tough teams, but it limits us in non-district games because weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have more district games.â&#x20AC;? Although the Bay is not accustomed to seeing Cooper City or McArthur on a regular basis, Coach Guandolo said he knows not to underestimate the new district opponents. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t seen much of either school because we havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t had to play them,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know McArthur is very young and talented, and Cooper City is a well coached football team with tough kids.â&#x20AC;? Wide receiver Elie Ackermann, a junior, said the new teams being added to WKH GLVWULFW GRHVQ¡W VLJQLĂ&#x20AC;FDQWO\ FKDQJH the Lightningâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s game-plan. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really worry about whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s in the district too much,â&#x20AC;? Ackermann said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We know Coach is going to get the right scouting reports and make the right game plans for whoever we play. We just have to go out and execute every week whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s versus a new team or one of the old teams in the district.â&#x20AC;? Coach Guandolo said the team is fully determined to use its hard work to succeed next season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every team is going to want to beat us,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re the team to beat now. We lose a lot of our seniors and a lot of good talent. We have to get better and work harder than everybody, and then weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to have to have some new guys step up and lead.â&#x20AC;?

last season, Mutschler said his eyes are on them yet again for this upcoming season. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am really looking forward to playing our rivals Archbishop McCarthy,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We beat them in the championship after losing to them twice [in the regu-

lar season.]â&#x20AC;? Now that the team is more known around the county, Coach Swinerton said he is looking forward to facing some of the top teams in South Florida. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are excited for a chance to play against some of the higher end teams,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a much stronger schedule this year and we are looking forward to play a much different variety of teams than we did last year.â&#x20AC;? Similar to Mutschler, midĂ&#x20AC;HOGHU '\ODQ 5XSHUW VDLG KH wants to win another district championship because of the apparel given to the winning team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to get another jacket,â&#x20AC;? VDLG5XSHUWDMXQLRU´7KHGLVtrict champions get a jacket, so I am looking forward to that.â&#x20AC;? In order to have success this VHDVRQ 5XSHUW VDLG WKDW WKH team must have good chemistry throughout the year. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have to stick together,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;No individuals can get ahead of the team.â&#x20AC;? :KLOHWKLVLVQRWKLVĂ&#x20AC;UVW\HDU RQ WKH WHDP 5XSHUW VDLG WKLV season will bring upon a great opportunity to shine as a leader. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I want to help the team out in any way I can and be a better leader,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I need to step up. Since I am one of the older ones on the team I need to be a good leader to some of the younger kids on the team.â&#x20AC;?


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Soccer proves pivotal in familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life BY ZACK LENDER ONLINE COPY EDITOR

For the Clavijo family, soccer is much more than a sport. Soccer has been a part of both sophomore Diego Clavijo and senior Javier Clavijoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lives since they were little. Their father Gonzalo Clavijo works as a licensed FIFA soccer agent and has inspired his children to play the sport. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been playing soccer since I was about 5 years old,â&#x20AC;? Diego said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad really taught me everything I know about the sport and I enjoy it.â&#x20AC;? Mr. Clavijo said he has been involved in Diego and Javierâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playing careers since they were young. He said soccer has shaped them into the people they are today. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A great part of growing up is learning on your own and developing your character,â&#x20AC;? he said. Both brothers have shared the experience of also playing on the Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s varsity soccer team. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have been on the team since my freshman year,â&#x20AC;? Javier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was not able to play this year since I am playing with Weston FC Academy and I will be attending UCF in the fall.â&#x20AC;? Both Diego and Javier said they are glad that their father has helped them along the way. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I really look up to him,â&#x20AC;? Diego said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He started off as my coach when I played travel soccer. He taught me how to appreciate the game.â&#x20AC;? Javier has committed to the University of Central Florida to play soccer. He also started to play at a young age and says he

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FAMILY MATTERS: (Center) Senior Javier Clavijo accepts the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Youth award, which was given to the top soccer player in the region. (Left) Sophomore Diego Clavijo supports his brother.

has gained enormous experiences from playing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I started playing when I was 3,â&#x20AC;? Javier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve always had an indescribable passion for the game.â&#x20AC;? Javier said that his family shares a bond with soccer and enjoys experiencing it with them. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Just as my seriousness toward the sport has grown over the years of playing,

so has [my familyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s] passion,â&#x20AC;? he said. Javier was a member of the 2012 national championship team and said it was an amazing dynasty of which to be a part. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My last game I ever played for Cypress was the game we won our second straight championship and were crowned national champions,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whenever I think about it, I get in a great mood and

am humbled that I got to be an important part of school history.â&#x20AC;? Javier said he looks forward to the challenges that await him ahead at the collegiate level. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I am most excited to be playing in the Big East,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I know I will be working hard to win a national championship.â&#x20AC;? Diego said he recently regained interest in soccer and decided that he would like to join the varsity team this year. He originally had gotten injured from playing and lost motivation to continue his participation. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I played travel soccer from when I was 9 to 12,â&#x20AC;? Diego said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I had gotten injured and lost interest for a while. I decided to pick it back up this year.â&#x20AC;? Mr. Clavijo said he is excited to see his children take interest in the sport he loves, and appreciates the life lessons that come with playing. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soccer has taught them the importance of self-discipline, adopting healthy habits â&#x20AC;&#x201C; mentally and physically,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soccer keeps them grounded in life and fully aware of their place in this world in and out of the pitch.â&#x20AC;? Mr. Clavijo said cooperation is one of the most important aspects of the sport. It keeps players focused on the team goals and less self-absorbed. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Working as a team and individually at their highest potential to secure a win that they know is the result of multiple players giving their very best as a group and not because of individual performances,â&#x20AC;? Mr. Clavijo said.

Sophomore claims third place win in a skiing competition in Italy if he actually did.â&#x20AC;? Skiing is not just a leisure activity for vacations. When done competitively, it While other students were relaxing can be dangerous. during winter break, sophomore Nick â&#x20AC;&#x153;If you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how to ski you can Fermin was doing just the opposite. He get seriously hurt,â&#x20AC;? Fermin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;A year was competitively skiing in the mounago, a friend of mine was doing a trick tains of northern Italy where he placed and his leg went upwards, and he impaled third in an amateur skiing himself with the ski. competition held by his ski So if you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know school, Scoula De Sci. what you are doing, â&#x20AC;&#x153;I love skiing,â&#x20AC;? Fermin and if you are gosaid. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every December I ing to start fooling go to ski in the Italian Doaround, you might lomites where I compete get hurt.â&#x20AC;? with other skiers from the Fermin said he valleys who ski there.â&#x20AC;? only skies once a Fermin said the tradiyear, which is when tion of skiing has lasted he goes to Italy durin his family for a while, ing winter break. dating back to his grandâ&#x20AC;&#x153;I go a whole year Nick Fermin father. without skiing, but I can still â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad has been skiing since he was compete because I have a natural ability young and my grandfather skied when he for it,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s about practice. You was young, too,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My family has just keep doing it over and over again, and always been a skiing family.â&#x20AC;? you watch how the professors are skiing Fermin said he got his start at the age and just try to copy them. You try to the of 3. In spite of his 13 years of experience best of your ability to do the same.â&#x20AC;? LQVNLLQJKHVDLGKHVRPHWLPHVKDVGLIĂ&#x20AC;Brito, a sophomore, said he looks up culty convincing his friends that he is an to Fermin because of his dedication to the amateur competitive skier. sport. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Some people donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t believe me that â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skiing is what he loves to do and he I ski, and I have to almost show them excels in it. It makes me want to do my things and pictures I brought back,â&#x20AC;? Ferbest in any sport I play,â&#x20AC;? Brito said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I just min said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cool, but since have to practice and take it seriously like it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t snow in Florida, no one really he does.â&#x20AC;? understands.â&#x20AC;? Although it is his passion, Fermin said Friend Andres Brito said he doubted skiing has some negative aspects to it. Fermin because people in Florida do not â&#x20AC;&#x153;Skiing competitively has its drawusually ski. backs,â&#x20AC;? Fermin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The main draw´:KHQ,Ă&#x20AC;UVWIRXQGRXWWKDW1LFNVNLHG back is the tension, and you compete in competitions in Europe, I did not beagainst your own teammates. I remember lieve him,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not everybody skies beating someone by .01 of a second, and competitively, which is why I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure BY SOPHIA MARCHETTI

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HITTING THE SLOPES: Nick Fermin skies down the Italian Dolomites while participating in a competion held by his ski school, Scoula De Sci.

it was really tense but it pays off in the end.â&#x20AC;? Fermin said his favorite place to ski is in the northern Dolomites because of its range of mountains. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In that area, especially where I ski, there are a lot of valleys and variety of mountains to chose from to ski on,â&#x20AC;? Fermin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In the U.S. or Argentina thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s one or two or three mountains that you just go up and down and up and down the

same mountains every single time and it gets annoying.â&#x20AC;? Fermin said he has to miss days of school but it doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t matter to him as long as he gets to ski for a couple of weeks. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I have to make up a lot of work and tests, and my grades might drop a bit, but overall its worth it with skiing,â&#x20AC;? Fermin said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It feels great to ski, and I honestly love it.â&#x20AC;?


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What does playing hockey mean to you? It is my life. I play every single day. I play travel hockey, high school hockey and roller hockey. How long have you been playing hockey? I have been playing hockey for about 14 or 15 years. How does it feel to be captain of the team? It’s exciting. I am one of the most important players on the team and that comes with responsibility. Do you plan on further pursuing hockey after high school? I want to play college hockey for UCF. -Jessica Schein

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What do you do to prepare yourself before each game? I always have a pre-game meal at Chipotle and listen to music. Do you have a good luck charm? My good luck charm is actually a quarter that I always have with me that I’ve carried around for many years and have won a couple of national tournaments with. Do you want to play hockey in college? I would like to play hockey in college. I just want to stay around the game as much as possible. Do you think you can improve as a hockey player? There’s always room for improvement. -Chad Daniels-Rosenberg


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Caffeinated drinks empty wallets, minds TALL ORDER: Caffeine

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Desperately in need of her daily energy boost, sophomore Nicole Ferber ventures off to the local Starbucks to receive her every morning coffee. Ferber is among other sleep-deprived students who depend on caffeine to keep them awake despite the demanding cost. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll drink coffee in the mornings and caffeinated tea every day after school because it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t as effective,â&#x20AC;? Ferber said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I mainly need my energy to keep me going throughout the day.â&#x20AC;? Spending approximately $15 per week, Ferber said that although caffeine is expensive, she wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to function without it. ´,GHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\ZRXOGQRWEHDEOHWR stay awake since I have so much to do during and after school with horseback riding and other extracurriculars,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Then I have homework and studying to keep up with school, so I end up going to sleep for an average of six hours every night.â&#x20AC;? Junior Carly Louis said that she too Ă&#x20AC;QGV KHUVHOI GHSHQGHQW RQ FDIIHLQH spending over $10 per week. She said that she could potentially break the habit; however, she is in the routine of having it daily. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I could probably work with out it if needed, but I am always tired,â&#x20AC;? she said. Caffeine has proved to have positive as well as negative effects, said behavioral and clinical psychologist Dr. Edward Wallach in Miami. He said that caffeine in moderation can provide students with the energy needed to stay awake but not to help them learn. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Studies show that certain doses of

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may possess the ability to keep students! eyes open, but that is not the extent. Costs add up and studies show that knowing a concept might only last as long as the caffeine in their system. 6WXGHQWVKDYHWRĂ&#x20AC;JKWWR stay awake even with all of the caffeine that they drink.

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caffeine can improve attention and concentration; however, in the long-term, too much will interfere with the studentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ability to perform,â&#x20AC;? Dr. Wallach said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Learning does not generalize from a drug to non-drug state. Drugs like caffeine or stimulants might make students feel as if they are awake and understanding the concept, but the next day, the caffeine has been metabolized, and they experience trouble retrieving the information previously learned.â&#x20AC;? Ferber said that despite the side effects and risks, caffeine in moderation can be EHQHĂ&#x20AC;FLDOEXWWRRPXFKFDQEHKDUPIXO â&#x20AC;&#x153;Caffeine in small amounts helps me

study, but in large amounts, it actually does the opposite of helping me focus,â&#x20AC;? Ferber said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I drink caffeine in moderation when I need to.â&#x20AC;? Junior Hannah Edelman, who said she never goes anywhere without her coffee, said that she has alternatives to receiving her caffeine and saving money. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Coffee gets me through the day. It is hard waking up at 6 in the morning every day,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To save money, I ask my family for Starbucks or Dunkinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Donuts gift cards for the holidays or for birthdays. I have a big family, so I end up with a lot of extra money for coffee.â&#x20AC;? Ferber said she too has alternatives for

caffeine that are environmentally friendly and less expensive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can make a lot of my coffee and tea at home instead of buying it already made,â&#x20AC;? Ferber said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The tea packets and coffee cups I use can be used more than once also, so it is good for the environment.â&#x20AC;? Aside from coffee and tea as her main source of caffeine, Ferber sometimes uses Redbull as an energizer to keep her awake. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t drink Redbull as much as coffee because it is bad for you, but when I know I have a long night of homework ahead of me, I resort to it,â&#x20AC;? she said.

The Circuitâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Tatiana Azmouz compiled nutrition facts of some of the snacks in the Bayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vending machines to asses which options are the healthiest for students to consume.

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