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Troubled times for the Haitians Bromance Valentine’s Day

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T h e Bro Code, it is legendary, a set of rules for guys to follow. Over history there have been billions of bromances from Abraham Lincoln and Joshua Speed, who referred to the earlier as “Linc”, to TV’s first bromance of the Lone Ranger and Tonto, to perhaps the most famous bromance of all: “ABC’s Scrubs’” JD and Turk. Almost every guy from every corner of the globe has his bro, his pal, his wing-man, his sidekick, the guy he can trust to always be there and help him out. Although there is nothing “gay about it in our eyes” as said in the song “GUY LOVE” from the musical episode of “Scrubs”. Bromances have begun taking over entertainment today. Neil Patrick Harris’ show “How I met your mother” often brings up the idea of Bros, between characters Barney Stinson and Ted Mosby, as a major factor of the show’s plotline. The show has even had a book published titled “The Bro Code”, and a spin-off pocket book called “Bro on the Go” along with an Iphone application named “Bro 2 Go.” In early 2009, MTV broadcasted BROMANCE”, a reality TV show, where The Hills’ Brody Jenner searched for his new best friend after his previous “brolationship” had ended terribly. Also, in spring of 2009 actor Paul Rudd starred in “I Love You, Man” where his character, Peter Klaven, was searching for a bro to be his best man at his wedding. The character to fill this position was Sydney Fife, played by How I Met Your Mother’s”Jason Segel. Adam Sandler and Rob Schneider. David Spade and Chris Farley. George Clooney and Brad Pitt. Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson. Jay and Silent Bob. Han Solo and Chewbacca. Starsky and Hutch. Scooby and Shaggy. Kenan and Kel. These are all just a few of the worlds most famous Bromances along with many more I’m sure you can name.

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Imagine if you lived in one of the poorest nations of the world. A nation where health and financial issues plague children and families everyday. Visualize a country that natural disasters are attracted to. Sit and think about how you would live through all those problems. What if you lived in Haiti? Would you make it? In 2008 came four tropical storms struck the small country in the Caribbean. To make things worse is being known as the poorest country in the western hemisphere, meaning this country must be flooded with people with no jobs or money. 2010 was not a good start for the people of Haiti. A devastating earthquake followed by a tragic aftershock attacked their nation; many died, mostly adults which left many children abandoned. “I think it’s terrible, those kids will miss out on their childhood”, sophomore Annelise Barone said. The deaths of many adults left innocent children to fend for themselves. Five hundred kids were suppose to be transferred to orphanages in USA, but only fifty-three made it. More kids are waiting to be transferred, most of them might land in South Florida because of its large Haitian population. Other children of older age were left in Haiti to take care of the younger kids that cannot be transferred to a different country and make sure they get the care they need. Some children were adopted by Floridians to help them get out of the country. “We’re just so excited to know we’ll be bringing her home”, Sandi Polzin said. According to, Sandi’s husband named John Polzin worked three years just to adopt Maize, a three years old Haitian girl who survived from the earthquake, the couple were thrilled that she survived and now they are a happy family. Many donations were given to the

people of Haiti: food, medical supplies, shelter and clothing.The UN (United Nations) was the biggest help of all. Many other organizations like the Red Cross helped and donated useful supplies that the people of Haiti could use. “Donating money and following the programs like texting is how i helped”, sophomore Joslyn Gwaikolo said. Gwaikolo proved that individuals can helped too. Profits from several concerts were given to Haiti instead of the celebrities, churches and clubs asked people for donations, and many programs on TV told us how we can help Haiti fix their country.



Celebrate a “hallmark” holiday MARDI GRAS MADNESS We call February 14th the day of love. Every couple gets together to plan their perfect date. The exchanging of chocolates, flowers and teddy bears brings love and happiness to those couples who celebrate Valentine's Day. But how did this day come about? There are many legends pointing to the creation of Valentine's Day. One is that Valentine was a priest who married young lovers in secret because Emperor Claudius II thought that single men were better fit for being solders. Once Emperor Claudius II found out that he was secretly wedding couples, he wanted Valentine dead.. Another theory was how Valentine ended up dying trying to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons. The main legend most people know is how Valentine actually sent the first "valentine". Legends say that while he was in prison he fell in love with his jailer's daughter. She would come and visit him while seeing her father. Right before

his death he wrote her a letter and signed it "From your Valentine", which is an expression still used today. Others claim that the Christians celebrated a feast in the middle of February in order to Christianize the celebrations of the pagan Lupercalia festival. In Ancient Rome, February was the beginning of Spring and was a time for purification. Spring cleaning began immediately as the houses were swept and cleansed. In the seventeenth century, Great Britain witnessed the growth of Valentine's day. By the eighteenth century, people were sharing gifts and giving tokens to friends and family. In 1840 Esther A. Howland was the first woman to sell a mass-produced valentine in America using ribbons, lace and colorful pictures. According to the Greeting Card Association, one billion cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-giving day in America next to Christmas. Saint Valentine expressed his love with one romantic letter showing the world the compassionate feelings that everyone shares. Happy Valentine's Day!




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One of the best things about Valentine’s Day is having someone special to share it with. Since the fake relationships are all going to crash and burn anyway, the main focus for this Valentine’s Day should really be put on the true couples. It is time to give credit to the couples that don’t start drama and to forget about the new break up of the day. Juniors Gabby Pantoja and Dylan Wilson first met during their freshman year in computer class. The couple has been dating for one year and nine months and are still going strong. Gabby says that the best part of the relationship is, “Knowing that someone is always going to be there for you. And the hardest part about our relationship is that we’re both really stubborn.” For this Valentine’s Day, Gabby says that what they are doing is going to be a surprise. The next sweet couple is that of sophomores Tyler Dickson and Mariam Perez. Mariam says that the best part about their relationship is always having someone to go to whenever you need to.“The hardest part is having to put up with people trying to break us up,” Tyler said. They still do not know what they are doing for this Valentine’s Day, but Tyler says, “It’s going to be something special.” Our last couple is freshman Savannah Luther and Alex Fugate. They have known each other since seventh grade and have been dating for ten months. “She makes me laugh and she’s funny. That’s the best part about our relationship,” says Alex. “Our best memory is going to the beach and watching fireworks and for this Valentine’s Day I’m probably going to take her out to breakfast or lunch.” So, instead of fighting with your boyfriend or girlfriend this Valentine’s Day, go up to him or her and give them a really big hug, or a kiss that has more meaning than the normal peck. Most importantly, remember that the best gift you can give your special someone is the knowledge that you care about them. “It feels special to have someone to share the day with,” seniors Alexis Sullivan and Ernest Remy. Together for 3 years.


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Valentine's Day. A particularly pointless holiday in which couples, new and old, pack the worst of their corny and slightly sickening emotions into one 24 hour period. From a lone bystander's point of view these couples are almost gloating; showing off how much they are loved and desired with pointless material possessions such as roses, jewelry and those little Godiva teddy bears holding $30 boxes of chocolate. While the lovebirds bask in the 'riches' of being in a relationship, the rest of us are left alone with chalky conversation hearts, cheap Hershey's chocolate and wilted carnations. But being a lone wolf on this holiday can actually be more comical than depressing. Just look at the situation from a more positive view; YOU should be the one scoffing at THEM. Where do you think all those assorted chocolates are going to go? Straight to the thighs. And those roses are full of pollen and attract bees, and NO ONE wants a surplus of bees around. As for the jewelry, it is just a rock that has been polished. Congrats, you might as well wear a string of pebbles around your neck.

But if these simple facts do not help lift your spirits, there are a few things to do to get through the holiday. : 1. Send your self flowers and chocolate- though effective in convincing others you have a significant other, it probably will not make your feel any better about yourself. (Plus it is kind of pathetic)

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As Valentine's Day approaches, there is a mad search for the best way to spend the day without breaking the bank. Though going to the movies or a restaurant with the one you're trying to impress has a sweet touch, your meal or popcorn wont taste so good when you see your bill. One of the best ways to enjoy Valentine's Day is to curl up on the sofa and watch an iconic lovey-dovey movie. It's a great way to save some cash, but can also hold a greater sentimental value and will carry a memory for the ages. Movie theaters are great. You can get out of the house, eat someone else's food, and enjoy the big screen. The downside? Getting into the theater will cost you about $9.00 each, around $12.00 for you and your date to each have a small drink, and that's not even adding gas money. Why go out and spend a fortune when you can enjoy a movie night at home? Programs such as Netflix and Mov-


* Be Careful - You never know how these things can turn out. Not to mention the kooky people you will see at the end of the night. * Have a meeting place - These enjoyable celebrations can get chaotic. Make sure you and your friends set a meeting place in case one of you gets separated from the group. * DON'T reach down to pick up your beads - It's a large crowd and people are constantly getting pushed around. If you must, put your foot over the item and pick it up when it's the absolute safest, otherwise your fingers will NEVER be the same. * Dress it up! - Be crazy. Everyone else is going to be all festive and you don't want to be the odd-ball, do you? Keep in mind that the themed colors are purple, green, and gold. * Have fun. - Enjoy the celebration. Watch the floats and catch some beads. The celebration comes only once a year.


3. Do not laugh with them, laugh at them! 4. DO NOT WATCH LIFETIME MOVIES! 5. Hang out with your other single friends 6. Start on a project that you have been putting off for a

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Worldwide, many know February to be month of love. However, February is also the known month of Fat Tuesday, commonly known as Mardi Gras. Many countries such as, Belgium, France, Germany, India, Spain, and Sweden all take part in the festivities. Many of the celebrations begin on the day of epiphany and end on the Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. To tell which date Fat Tuesday will fall on, remember that Ash Wednesday is always 46 days before Easter and Easter always coincides with the first Sunday after a full moon. While many of these celebrations take place throughout the world, in the area-you can expect the well-known festivities of Downtown Dunedin to take place. However, the parade will take place on February 16, a week before the actual Mardi Gras. Gates will open at 5pm and admission is free. The parade starts at 7:30pm with performances throughout the night. Featured performers include Lil' Malcolm & the House Rockers at 5:30pm and Waylon Thibodeaux at 9pm. Universal Studios will be featuring the largest Mardi Gras celebration outside of New Orleans. Opening night was February 6 and will continue on Saturdays and select weekday nights until April 17. It will feature a spectacular parade with colorful floats and extravagant costumed characters with hot performances from Akon, Flo Rida, 3 Doors Down, and Miranda Lambert. Admission is free with the purchase of a Universal Studios Florida® ticket. It doesn't matter how you celebrate or where, just be sure to enjoy your Mardi Gras like no other before.

2. Avoid all romantic places such as the movie theaters and


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ies on Demand have made going to the movies as convenient as sitting on the couch. With quick and easy movie rental, you pay a $8.99 fee to get movies in the mail, two at a time. If you want blue ray movies, $2.00 is added to your fee. Once you pay the fee, you never pay another cent and you can order as many movies as you want. If you have a PlayStation 3 that is hooked to the internet, you can get your Netflix movies instantly by simply ordering the free installation CD. Although the amount of movies is limited, you can get your movies instantly. With Movies on Demand, you pay about $4.00-5.00 per movie just by using your cable television. It's not as cheap as Netflix, but still better than going to the theater. Furthermore, you can't just watch any movie. There are certain movies that fit the Valentine's Day criteria. What's an iconic Valentine's Day movie? For those of you that don't know, here is a list! Have a happy, safe, and inexpensive V-Day!

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fortunately, the latter usually prevails. Face it, you’re burnt out; you’d rather miss a few days of school than tolerate just another class period. But I’m here to urge you to keep going, after all, even you freshman are nearly to the finish line. Eighteen years of our lives have almost passed, and your going to ruin your future because you’d rather

the future, and how you can get there.


1.“Napoleon Dynamite!” --Nicole, 10th 2.“George Bush?”

5.“Joe Biden and George Bush? I really have no idea.”

1. Who was Napoleon? 2. Who is the secretary of state? 3. Name two of the three ships that Christopher Columbus sailed to America? 4. Who is Nancy Pelosi? 5. Name two U.S. senators 6. What was the last U. S. territory to become a state? 7. What is the dark center of your eyes called?

3.“The Mayflower, and I don’t know the other two.” --Brandon, 12th 4. “Isn’t she that one author lady?”

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6. “The South was first, right?” --Nicole, 10th

7. “Mine aren’t dark, I’ve got blue eyes.” --Caleb, 10th 8. “Wall Street!” 9.“Um, I know that one of them is the Eiffel Tower in France.”--Alyssa, 11th

8. What street is the New York stock exchange on? 9. The seven landmasses on Earth are called?

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What Are We Really Learning in School?


watch some reality show than study for exams? There’s no vaccine, there’s no ‘real’ cure, and there For those of you who are somewhat nodding sure as heck is no runny nose or scratchy throat to your heads (even secretly), you are lucky. With a warn you about the danger ahead. If you think I’m new year, a new school semester, and a new sense talking about some foreign disease that wraps it’s of confidence, you’ll be able to turn those grades filthy hands around poverty-stricken families in 3rd around and regain the assurance needed for the world countries-then you’re wrong. It is something next step. Here are some tips on bringing in those that hits a lot closer to home for all of us students; crazy reins that lead your life: it is laziness, or those who are affected: the slackers. We’ve all been in that situation, most particularly in freshman year -- when you begin to think about your future, and perhaps the dusty clouds that loom over it. That’s when it happens: an epiphany. You realize you need to step it up, and fact is, you’re going to hit your Breathe: Find a Medium: Get a Planner: classes so hard with your new sense of pride and sucToo much is always a bad No, you won’t look like a soc- Yeah, it’s stupid. We do it a lot: but when you feel overthing: find a place between cer-mom; it’s a responsible cess that from there on out teachers know you as ‘The too much work and too step in figuring out what you whelmed it’s a good step on Standard.’ The first few weeks are a bit of a rush: getting control. much play. need to do and when. emotions from thrilled to proud mingle with the tangibility of success however ultimately come Talk to Your Counselor: Get Involved in a Club: down to exhausThrilling, no, proactive, yes. Talk to your Being involved in a club you like will not only look good on an application, tion. Uncounselor about what you want to do in but you’ll meet new people and [hopefully] get a break from work, and


New Year, New School Start


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In “Pretty Women” a man runs around the streets of Hollywood asking tourists what they came for. “Everyone has a dream,” he repeats. We all grow up with one goal in mind, what we want to be when we grow up. Classes are taken, tests are filled out, jobs are applied for all in aims of getting to where you want to be in life. As we age we become more realistic in our goals and start to figure out where we really want to go, what we really want to do. Teachers may seem to have everything figured out, but here’s a secret; they’re just like you and me. At one time they too were five with outrageous dreams that got more and more realistic with their years of experience. Disney world is onto something, “Dreams really do come true,” it just takes time, patience, and the will to learn.


Mr. Settle: If you have had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Settle, you will learn either one of two things. He loves his job, or, he loves his kids. As a child Mr. Settle wanted to be a fireman (or policeman). What would be more pleasing than saving lives? Not everything worked out in his favor and he was thrown into something he loves. Teaching.

Mrs. Prescott: She is very rare. In the eighth grade her algebra teacher got her to start thinking about teaching for a living. “I was good at math, and it was a very appealing idea,” She ended up going to college for music but discovered it just was not a correct fit. But math, math always stuck with her. Mrs. Prescott has just recently taken over analysis of function and intensive geometry classes as a full time teacher. Mr. Newberry: As a young boy, Mr. Newberry wanted to be a farmer. And at one point in time, he actually was, Newberry found a greater calling though. To be a veterinarian would be most fulfilling in his life. When he could not get into vet science school, he tried for a major in Chemistry. He is currently a 10th grade chemistry teacher.

The Tragedy of Growing Up

Mrs. Ceraolo-O’Donnell: Mrs. CeraoloO’Donnell first wanted to be a scientist. In the first grade, she was more than prepared with a homemade incubator and non-fertile eggs. Even though Rosemarie was young, she was determined and ended up at the University of Florida. Her major appropriately was zoology. Mrs. Ceraolo always knew she wanted to work with children, she just always thought it would be teaching them science. I believe Mrs. Ceraolo’s success is all due to her loving nature. “I always wanted to have a large family, just like my grandma.” She planned on having lots and lots of kids, her students give her the huge family she has always desired. “I am truly some cases my students become my friends!” Nowadays Rosemarie teaches 11th grade English, which she first started out interning.





Holmes’ newest case is a hit Rated "R" for Rihanna English writer and director, Guy Ritchie’s most recent film is quite a departure from his earlier work. With Sherlock Holmes, he takes his characteristic style of fastpaced and twisting storylines to the cobblestone streets of Victorian era London. Starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, the film was released on Christmas Day. It’s theater run has made a profit of 300 million dollars and received generally positive reviews, including 3 out of 4 stars from Roger Ebert. While the film is a far cry from the original Holmes adventures, it is an excellent adaptation for today’s more demanding film-going audiences. The movie follows the adventures of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes (Downey Jr.) as he is forced to deal with the imminent departure of his longtime friend and partner Dr. John Watson (Law). Holmes’ concerns are soon deemed unimportant when the machinations of satanist Lord Blackwood (Mark Strong) threaten to destroy London. Holmes is hindered in his investigation

by Irene Adler (Rachel McAdams), the only person who had ever been able to outsmart him. The entire cast gives strong performances, but Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. steal the show, and their portrayal of the detective duo expresses the relationship between the two friends perfectly. The only real complaint one could have against the movie is that it is too action-packed for a Sherlock Holmes story. Co-writer/producer Lionel Wigram addressed this issue in an interview with, saying “A lot of the action that Conan Doyle refers to was actually made manifest in our film. Very often, Sherlock Holmes will say things like, ‘If I hadn’t been such an expert short stick person, I would have died in that’ or he would refer to a fight off screen. We’re putting those fights on screen.” The elaborate storyline, cockney accents, and fast-paced writing may confuse some audiences, but fans of Sherlock Holmes, British films, or just plain good cinema can all appreciate the fantastic work that has gone into the film. So, as to whether or not you should go see the movie, the answer is “elementary”: yes.

Some vampires don't suck

it’s done” in Giving Up the Gun. Holiday is the song that all the D.C. senators’ interns are listening to while writing Vampire Weekend is indie royalty. They speak about bills that could save the world, and Taxi Cab is in desperthings they know and for the four well-educated boys, it’s ate need of an Apple commercial featuring a super cool socialite parties with girls who don’t like them and drink- tiny laptop that can fit in your pocket or something. Its ing drinks we common lyrics — “In the shadow of people have never heard of. your first attack, I was quesTheir second album, Contra, tioning and looking back, succeeds in mixing NYC you said baby we don’t speak hipsters and rough Mexiof that, like a real aristocrat” can streets with a pinch of — pretty much don’t make tribal flavor. It’s a hard task any sense at all but isn’t that but the boys have done it what Apple commercials once again. like the most? Vampire Weekend sounds If you hate Vampire Weeklike the Shins taking a long end, I suggest not walking vacation in Jamaica. Each into any uber-cool store any song builds on another with time soon. Sorry H&M regsometimes ambient tones in ulars, you’re destined to hear the background making it a Contra beaming from pretty perfect album to go to sleep sparkly speakers. The band is to. They draw upon Icejust beginning their career landic band Sigur Rós and and have proven themselves Grizzly Bear, an odd combo already with the attitude that but somehow it works. they are not afraid to take Adding to the eclectic Vampire Weekend’s newest album, Contra, is an instant any chances. Pretty much evsounds is the brilliant word hit. Expect to hear it played everywhere as its run conerything on their sophomore usage that only Columbia tinues. photo credit: album is packed in a perfect grads could come up with little beaten up box that will like “your sword’s grown old and rusty, underneath the ris- keep on rattling for the rest of 2010. ing sun, it’s locked up like a trophy, forgetting all the things rachelLUBITZ



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“Come on, come on, come on in,” Rihanna invites you into her fourth studio album, “Rated R”, in track number one, “Mad House”. Rihanna shows an edgy, dark and sexual side of her that many have not seen until this Billboard Chart-topping album was released. I believe this darker, more sensual woman that has been divulged is in part aftermath of the troubling relationship that she just ended with fellow R&B/Hip-Hop singer Chris Brown, due to domestic violence. She does not directly address the issue in her songs but she by no means ignores it. Many of the songs are about love but it is necessary to read between the lines, considering the love is characterized by use of violent/warlike metaphors. The lyrics are embellished in angry tones and profanity. “Wait your turn”, “Russian Roulette”, and “Fire Bomb” are perfect examples. Elements of rock ‘n’ roll are bountiful throughout the album. Her style has altered dramatically from the longhaired 17 year-old shaking her hips in “Pon De Replay”. She has however sauntered back to her roots in some forms. She uses her island influence to create a unique and beautiful cadence in songs like “Te Amo” and “Rude Boy”. The hit single “Hard” featuring Young Jeezy was the second single to be released. In it Rihanna says to the critics and haters, “I see you aiming at my pedestal, I better let you know that I, I, I, I’m so hard...”. As all four of her albums have certified either gold or platinum status and her only competition seems to be Beyonce, it is safe to say that she is sitting on a marble pedestal laced with diamonds and gold. Offered to subscribers of “Nokia Comes With Music” are two bonus tracks, a remix of “Russian Roulette” and “Hole in my Head” featuring Justin Timberlake. “Rated R” holds a peak position on the U.S. Billboard 200 charts at #4 and also holds down the #1 spot on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Since it’s release, the album has sold over 1 million copies and is still selling strong. Due to having only thirteen tracks, I feel the album was cut short. Quality is much appreciated over quantity, but I still feel as if Rihanna could have given us more.


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is can they make it to the playoffs, or even the state championships. “We want to make it to the playoffs, which is after With the sound of the whistle, the game begins. The ref districts, you have to win to stay in,” sophomore Diomi tosses the ball up between the two teams. Muscles flex as Roberts said. the boys leap to swipe the ball, take it down court, and with Basketball has always been a prestigious sport here at a swish of the hoop the Countryside Cougars’ basketball Countryside, but why did the players become so interested team scores the first two points of the game. in basketball in the first place? The boys basketball season started November 23, with “I started after I quit soccer and I’m a game against Osceola. Junior Varsity tall so basketball was perfect,” senior played their hardest, but came up with Dino Tabakovic said. a loss. Varsity, however, tore the WarThe Varsity boys have their riors apart with a final score of 60 to first district game on February 5th 42. against(DONT KNOW). If they win, Coach Myron Huey started this they will go on the their first playoff season with only two returning playgame, and from there who knows? We ers from his last season team. Seven could slip right into states. seniors graduated and went on to betThe girls basketball team has also ter things leaving the team with only been in action since November 17, Dino Tabakovic and Jared Low. Huey kicking the season off with a game had to rely on the junior varsity players against the Dunedin Falcons. Once to hold the team up. again junior varsity tried their hardest Tabakovic has been the best ofto beat out the competition, but fell fensive player averaging in 16.7 points. short against the Falcons. Girls Varsity Jared has been the on the defensive, team worked hard, and came out with enclosing on the opposing team and a victory that night with a victorious averaging 3.3 steals. The two of them score of 51-31. had to work hard and help the new The Lady Cougars made it to the teammates do their best. This year the playoffs this season, beating the Palm Cougars got a big help with the addiHarbor Canes. Savannah Stona had tion of Kyle Kinnear, who transferred an outstanding 17 points while Aly from Palm Harbor University High. Grossman made two three pointers, This six-foot-seven player is averaging these two were unstoppable. With the 6.3 rebounds and 14.2 points. help of the rest of the team the girls “Countryside just had a better basbasketball team made a slam dunk and ketball team,” senior Kyle Kinnear said killed the Canes. In the playoffs against about why he came here this year. the St. Pete Devils the girls came out With Kinnear and the new players with an unfortunate loss. Ending the that have moved up from last years Jugirls road to state championships. nior Varsity, the boys have given their n the left is senior Dino Tabakovic soaring over Dunedin Falcon player Mike Kostacky, “Everyone was upset, we were hopopponents a run for the title. at their game over Thanksgiving break on Tuesday November 24, 2009. On the Right is ing for a big win,” junior Savannah The biggest game for them was Stona said. against Largo and it was intense. The senior Nicole Dunn towering over her apponent, Alex Rawls of the East Lake Eagles, for the stands were packed with Countryside ball on Monday January 4, 2010. photo credit Nicole Bolton nicoleHARRIS

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fans, and the cheerleaders were cheering the team on as best they could. The outcome, however, was not so good. Making this game the first loss of the season for the Varsity players, everyone left the gym heads hanging, with the scoreboard blinking 73-51. Largo wins. The varsity boys have been at the top of their game this season with sixteen wins and seven losses. With those stats the boys easily made it to the district games, the question


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There’s only a minute left in the big game, the score’s tied, and finally someone on the team makes a fantastic play to put your team ahead. After making that outstanding play and keeping the celebration tame so you don’t get penalized for “excessive celebrating” an opposing player decides to “talk trash” and your adrenaline is pumping so it’s fight or flight time. Naturally you choose fight. Bad choice, you’ve now either verbally or physically attacked someone and have been ejected from the rest of that game or possibly the rest of the season. Well everyone bite your tongue, take a step back and think before you yell or act out after hearing someone “talk trash” or after the “bad call” from the referee because you may be facing the consequences. Before leaving for the winter holiday, Countryside’s boys soccer team had an eventful night on December 17th against East Lake. Not only did the guys lose 1-0 to the Eagles, they suffered by having three people red carded. For those who don’t know, in soccer a player can receive either a yel-

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low or a red card for intolerable behavior. Yellow cards are given for less serious but still frowned upon behavior, such as: persistently breaking rules, entering or leaving the field without the referee’s permission, or faking an injury. A player who receives two yellow cards is then given a red card for reasons, such as: serious foul play or violent conduct, using vulgar language or gestures or spitting at anyone. Those violators are immediately ejected out of the game. In Pinellas County, players that are red carded are not only removed from the rest of the game, but can be suspended for six weeks and sometimes have to pay up to a $200 fine. The severity of the offense determines the extent of the punishment. Head Coach David Sica was red carded that night at the Eagles’ field. “They said he was rushing the field too much and endangering the players, which I don’t think he was at all,” junior Andrew Hitt said. Along with Coach Sica, juniors Nikolai Hammer and Kyle Eichhof were booked and red carded. Hammer received his red card for “punching” an opponent. When asked about what happened he stated that he did not punch the guy, however he did tackle him. Eichhof was removed from the game for “kicking” an opponent on the ground. Hammer has been suspended from playing for six weeks, which is the rest of the regular season. On the bright side however, if the team makes it into the finals Hammer will be able to play in the last couple games. Where Eichhof on the other hand, was only suspended for two games. “The game is played and offi

ciated by humans and sometimes humans are wrong,” Sica said. He has been coaching at Countryside for ten years. Prior to this season, he has only had two other players red carded. The boys soccer program has been a top contender, and a strong competitor in the county for several years. In 2006 they were named 6A State Championships. The team lost nine seniors last year, four of whom went on to play college soccer. You would think that by losing that many people the team may of struggled in some way, but Sica believes that in saying goodbye to those graduates of ‘09, this year’s team has stepped up and proven their talents. So far this year the boys have a record of 13 wins 7 losses and one tie as of January 14. The season has proven to be an eventful one for the cougars and will have to say farewell to seven more players this year. Those seniors are, Mike Lion, Devin Wiggs, Zuhdi Abdallah, Chris Massell, Abraham Pineada, Danny Escamilla and Zach Morel. It’s always a shame to say goodbye, but where one story ends, another begins. “All of them [underclassmen] have such potential,” Sica said, “the future looks very good for the boys soccer team.”



Baking with Sara! saraMINEO

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Baking; the way to a man’s heart. Looking for something festive to bake for this Valentine’s Day? It does not have to be a very difficult and complicated recipe to taste good. Most of us, while we would love to, do not have the time to spend an entire day baking our valentine a cake. Thanks to Pillsbury, we only need to spend about 40 minutes (based on the type of pan we use) to make a savory and decadent masterpiece. (This recipe was taken from Pillsbury’s Valentine’s Funfetti® Cake Mix box)

What You Need:

Pan Sizes:

13X9 inch- 32 to 36 min. Two 8 inch round- 32 to 36 min. Two 9 inch round- 27 to 31 min. 24 cupcakes- 18-22 min.

Start: Grab a large bowl and mix water, oil, and eggs along with cake mix. I would advise to beat with a wire whisk by hand which is slower, but makes the cake more fluffy after it is baked. Stir in the candy pieces that are included in the box with a spoon. Then pour batter into pan. Then bake.

After Bake: Insert toothpick in center of cake

Pillsbury® Funfetti® Cake Mix 1 cup of water 1/3 cup of oil 3 eggs

and if it comes out clean then the cake is done. Wait until the cake is cool before frosting. Use a spatula and loosely cover.

Fun ideas:

Before you begin:

- set oven to 350 degrees. - lightly coat bottom of pan (or pans) with cooking spray or shortening and flower dusting. For cupcakes, use baking liners.

Bake in a heart-shaped baking tin Use Valentine’s day sprinkles Put icing in a plastic bag, zip up and cut a small hole in the corner. Squeeze and draw words and designs on your cake. Anna Stolz- baking recipe Wyatt Wisenburg- mud cookies

No choice but good ones parkerANDERSEN

staff writer

When high school students wake up to go to school they either forget to eat breakfast or just skip it all together. Not only is this an unhealthy choice on its own, but it can lead to another unhealthy choice: Buying food from the schools vending machines. Should Vending The majority of the food is very Machines have unhealthy and the ones that are suphealthier foods? posedly healthy are not much better. Yes-60% Whether or not most students care No-26.7% what they eat, I’m pretty sure that Don’t care-13.3% most of those who eat vending ma(out of 20 students) chine food on a daily basis have no idea how bad it is for them. Whether it is bringing food from home or just eating a good breakfast before school are both probably much healthier and less expensive. Based on the poll results, 60% of students care about what food options they should have that are easily accessible. The other 40% either want only the same foods in our machines or they don’t use them. Also, during our fund raiser, we did a


little experiment. We started selling “Healthy Snacks” and although they sold, it took more than a month to sell. After the “Healthy Snacks” we started to sell chocolate bars. The chocolate bars sold out in about a week for one box. So whether or not there should be healthier options, the majority of students would much rather buy a chocolate bar instead of an advertised “Healthy Snack”

Eat ‘em up! kaleyNEMETH

opinion editor

The time has come and making its way into town on February 4, 2010 the Florida State Fair will put up their thrill rides, water slides, kids rides, and fun games on the State Fair grounds to entertain and host families, friends, and sports events for only 12 days. It comes around every year with tons of food, shopping, and shows. Also to enjoy scenery and take a break from walking, you can hop aboard the sky ride viewing all rides and avoiding the crowds. This is the 106th fair and as always they provide tons of food for everyone who attends and it’s eaten all up. The types of foods vary and there are some never before thought of to eat in your life items to indulge in. Ranging from the original hot dogs, hamburgers, corn dogs, and cotton candy, the fair brings new foods and beverages almost each year they come. As of last year they introduced non other than chocolate dipped bacon, who would have thought to use a breakfast item and just slap on some delicious chocolate syrup and turn it into a great snack/dessert, where people seem to have enjoyed it. They also have deep fried green beans and fried pickles. Some thirst quenching, sooth the throat beverages they have are they very cheery float made with cherry soda. And for Valentines Day only they have available heart shaped funnel cakes for lovers who stroll on through on the special day. They also have Sweet potato fries and you can add to that some maple syrup and powdered sugar. Other out of the ordinary, fair style foods to fill your stomach up with are ribbon fries on a stick and for extra taste you can add ranch, cheddar, salt & vinegar, and/or barbecue sauce. Also they have jerk style sausage a new flavor, Maryland grilled crab cakes which are crab cakes with an ice cream scoop,made into a patty then grilled. The fair also produces fresh fruit on a stick for healthy eating, and the variety of choices are watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, honey dew, pineapple, and grapes. A new food that popped in this year is Conchatta (cold pizza) and is also new to Alessi who now sells it in her bakery in Tampa. Another spot for dining is LA PLAZA Hispanic Village where you will find authentic foods from Latin American countries. The catering/food services who have provided these foods and beverages are places such as, O Brien’s Food Service, Paulette’s Food Service, K & K concessions, Bailey’s Concessions, and Wonderland Amusements.

So You Think You Can...


Perform a.j.QUENELL


A triple threat in drama is someone who can act, dance, and sing. Countryside junior, Hannah Zazzaro, prevails at all three of these, along with much more. For the past 3 years Hannah has appeared in almost all of Countryside’s productions. Her vast performances include: Mable in her middle school production of “Pirates of Penzance”, and while attend-

ing Countryside she has appeared as Ducky in “Honk”, A bird in “Frog and Toad”, Daisy Mae in “Li’L Abner”, The Mill Worker in Working, and her dream role of Maria in “West Side Story”. When asked how she got her start, Zazzaro claimed that she’s been singing since pretty much before she could talk. At a young age, she learned that she

loved to be the center of attention, the person everybody is looking at. She even did karaoke in bars with her mom. Since she was just 12 years old, Hannah has been attending Ruth Eckerd Hall,which now sponsors her and is providing multiple scholarships to her. While there, Zazzaro does chorus, choir, dance, music theory, musical theatre and music lessons on top of teaching classes. She has appeared in the musical “Into the Woods” as Little Red Riding Hood at Ruth Eckerd. After every show, Hannah loves to have a meet and greet with the audience. “I enjoy the critique i get from the audience it helps me grow stronger,” Zazzaro said. Hannah’s goals are to either persue opera in Germany, the home country of her famous voice teacher Edvard Crader, or head to Chicago or New York to perform on Broadway. Now that she is done with “West Side Story” and she has performed her dream role at such a young age, a new dream has been created. Hannah is now striving to one day perform as Queen of the Night in the opera “The Magic Flute”.

photo credit AJ Quenell, Ryan Duchane, Liam Duchane, Scott Beck and Jair Rodriguez.

Paw Print Newspaper Volume 31 Issue 4 09-10  

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