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Claire and Emanuel G. Rosenblatt High School at Donna Klein Jewish Academy

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9801 Donna Klein Blvd., Boca Raton, FL 33428

News................1-3 Opinion...........4-6 Feature...........7-10 Sports...........11-12

Volume I, Issue I June 2013

Seniors trek through Poland and Israel for Holocaust Awareness By Hannah Bagon and Zachary Goldberg, Managing Editor

Rosenblatt High School Seniors march with thousands of teenagers from across the world heading from Auschwitz to Birkenau on Yom HaShoah, April 8. Photo: Emily Lipson

The March of The Living is well-known for the everlasting impact it makes on those who participate. This was the case for several students of Rosenblatt High School’s senior class, who partook in the experience this April. Each year, Holocaust survivors and carefully selected adult chaperones accompany thousands of high school students from around the world as they visit some of the infamous concentration camps

found throughout Poland. The emotional journey is balanced by a subsequent week of exciting activities in Israel. The seniors met once a week prior to the trip in order to prepare themselves emotionally and academically. At the meetings, students gained valuable insight into the events that transpired during the Holocaust. Nevertheless, the students could only prepare so much for the March itself. Emily Berdugo is

one of the handful of seniors who shared in the experience. On her preparation, she noted, “I feel that it’s extremely important that everyone attempts to prepare themselves [for the March] because we really don’t know how emotional it’s going to be.” The program is meant to be an involving experience from start to finish. Students learn and study the Holocaust from a young age and thoroughly study Continued on page 8

Tomorrow’s entrepreneurs By Allison Sherman Six Rosenblatt High School students were awarded $500 at Town Hall on Fri. May 3, for a school-wide business contest. Winners Asher Gritz, Jonathan and Lori Hurwitz, Allison and Lenny Siegel, Harry Weisman, and Daniella Wirtschafter wrote essays proposing business ideas they would implement during the upcoming school year. Principal Helena Levine, DKJA parents Rick Siegel (who taught the business class) and real estate developer Larry Silver instituted the contest. Three of the winners were from Siegel’s business class and three of the winners were from the student body at large. The contest required participants to be able to get the small business up and running during their high school years. “I am hoping to go through with my idea this coming year, however I am going to need time, employees, and advertisement to really get started,” said Asher Gritz, freshman, whose idea was to start a chaperoning business for children walking to and from schools and homes. This would make the children safer and the travel less worrisome for the parents. Jonathan and Lori Hurwitz, junior and sophomore participants, planned to implement an electronic billboard for the school; families would be able to purchase messages and post events or important information. Continued on page 2


News Page 2 Tomorrow’s entrepreneurs Cont. The billboard would also benefit the school, because it would be used for school announcements. “The billboard would allow an ideal business venture to not only profit the school financially, but also give students and DKJA familes opportunities to celebrate events together,” said Jonathan Hurwitz. The

Hurwitzes also serve as editors-in-chief of The Talon. Freshman Allison Siegel decided that she wanted to implement a swimming program using the JCC’s pool. Lenny Siegel, junior, came up with the idea to start an auto detailing business at the school. Parents and students would pay to get their cars cleaned and the school receives the profit. Junior Harry Weis-

man’s idea was to buy and sell shoes. Students would be paid to stand on line to buy the shoes and the shoes would be sold for a profit. Lastly, Daniella Wirtschafter, freshman, wants to create a business in which parents, students, faculty, and others bring in their old electronics and the electronics, would be brought to Office Depot to be recycled. The school would get money

that goes toward buying new technology at school. The awards for the contest were given out after a presentation by Michael Yormark, whose talk focused on his rise from an ambitious teenager to president and COO of the Florida Panthers hockey team. The assembly ended with the presentation of the high school business awards by Mrs. Helena Levine.

Grandparents, Special Friends treated to special performance by school By Eli Grabelsky

Seventh grade students perform on Zinman Stage in front of DKJA Grandparents and Special Friends. Photo courtesy of Jane Neubauer Black On Fri. Feb. 15, members of our DKJA family gathered in Zinman Hall for the 19th annual Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day, a day dedicated to the grandparents and loved ones of the students at DKJA. One of the main components of the day was a special show that the students put on for the visitors. The celebration, which began in 1994, is described on the school website: “Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day was

designed to strengthen the bond between generations of families and friends. DKJA’s wish for this special day is for our grandparents and special friends to appreciate how unique they are as they provide the continuity, traditions, and the history our children must know to become knowledgeable Jews as they become young adults.” The show was run by Mrs. Sharon Kamber, Mrs. Zoraida Adams, Mrs. Karen Mart, and Mrs. Liat Luel-Rochberg. Students

all played instrumental parts in putting the show together. They designed the show’s format, as well as the song choices, dance routines, and speeches. The show was performed twice, once in the morning and once in the afternoon. After several speeches and songs, each grade got a chance to perform. This year’s theme was “In the Beginning,” so every grade went onstage to reenact a specific point in Jewish history. This was done through

songs, dances, or speeches. The program finished with performances by the high school band and dance team. Although this was the basic frame of the show, there were many other parts of the performance that pleased grandparents and special friends alike. The show was run by seniors from the high school, although there were several performances as well by both the choir and orchestra. Also, there was a special ceremony midway that honored the specific grandparents and special friends who were Holocaust survivors. Overall, the event was a perfect opportunity to showcase students’ abilities in front of their relatives and special friends. Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day will be celebrating its 20th anniversary next year. This exemplifies the fact that the performance has achieved its purpose: the passing down of tradition, L’ dor Vador, from generation to generation.


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Students present unique Leadership Day with a twist By Adam Behmoiras The second annual Leadership Day, inspired by Stephen Covey’s The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, was combined with Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day for the first time in the school’s history. This semester’s Grandparents Day and Leadership Day were held on February 15 in Zinman Hall. The students and atendees were able to experience a fun and special time together in Zinman Hall and the lower/middle school classrooms. This year the events were helmed by the lower and middle schools, with several participants from the high school. At the end of the 2012 school year, faculty had discussed whether the

two special days should be combined. They ultimately decided that running the events on the same day would be the best use of student time, and encouraged them to get involved. Mrs. Sharon Kamber, who organized the show, added an expo in the MAC for the grandparents and special friends, and it proved to be a success. She also added on that the major reason for combining the two days was to fulfill our requirement as a “Lighthouse School.” In addition, Judaic Studies teacher Mrs. Jill Shoshany said the goal of the unique format was to demonstrate and to impress the grandparents and special friends with the leader-

Sophomore Zachary Goldberg, Managing Editor, takes notes near the Leadership Circle. Photo: Trevor Hier ship that the students have. the two programs. Grand It wasn’t expected parents’ and Special Friends’ for the grandparents and Day and Leadership Day special friends to experi- showed grandparents and ence much difference from special friends how notethe previous special days, worthy DKJA is by teachbut they appeared to have ing their students the imliked the combination of portant trait of leadership.

Going Planet Green A healthier Café By Daniel Mantzoor

By Rebecca Wiser

Blessing the bad: Art competition

DKJA is taking part in the Planet Green organization, which focuses on raising funds, saving and protecting the environment. DKJA is currently collecting empty inkjet cartridges, old cell phones, and electronics from the community, which will be periodically mailed to Planet Green headquarters for recycling and reprocessing. “The reason recycling cell phones is so important is because it has precious metal, copper, and plastic. It conserves valuable materials, which prevents pollution,” said PTO Treasurer Teri Heumann-Meyer.

The Flik Café is now selling healthier snacking options, such as Food Should Taste Good chips, and Chobani Greek yogurt. In addition, The Café is also offering students a wide assortment of energy bars including Cliff Bars and Kind Bars. The DKJA hot spot also provides fresh fruit cups and veggies priced for the reasonable price of two dollars. These new options promote healthy eating habits for teenagers at Rosenblatt High School. Students who cannot make their lunch for the school day will now find an assortment of healthy foods.

During the fall semester, the Rosenblatt High School students submitted artwork for the RAVSAK Jewish community day school network art contest “Blessing the Bad.” Students were asked to create a painting and write a 500word essay illustrating a story in which something good came out of a bad situation. In an article published on the RAVSAK website, high school art teacher Mrs. Anita Schwartz said, “We challenged our students by asking them to think of something unpleasant that happened to them, and how

By Allison Sherman

it made them feel at the time.” Schwartz also judged in the middle school competition. Rosenblatt High School students placed 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places, and earned an Honorable Mention in the contest. Junior Ethan Plotsker won first place for his painting Always and Forever. Seniors Emily Lipson and Liana Greenberg won second and third place for their paintings Job the Righteous and Grandfather. Shiran Mayron, a sophomore, was awarded with Honorable Mention for her painting Behind Bars. This is the second art


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Staff Editorial: Welcome to The Talon Welcome to the first edition of The Talon, Rosenblatt High School’s student run newspaper. This new publication provides a means to inform and entertain students, families, and faculty alike, with special focus on the interests of the high school. While also incorporating lower and middle school news and events, the newspaper will create a strong student-based community in addition to informing and entertaining readers of all ages. As the newspaper is completely written and edited by a student group, this publication is a perfect

outlet for Rosenblatt High School students to voice their opinions and achievements. As a representation of the school, The Talon plans on publishing students accomplishments in the scholastic, athletic, and artistic fields. Students will have the opportunity to express their talents within the school in a new and exciting fashion. To further the student involvement in the newspaper, we plan on introducing frequent art, photo, and writing contests. These contests will be open to mainly middle and high school students allowing them to become more in-

volved in the newspaper. This will broaden the newspaper as a whole and also incorporate the students’ individuality into the publication. The newspaper will also provide a means for communication throughout the various levels of the school. Exciting events involving speakers and other school-wide participation are an integral part of student life. The Talon will be an easy and efficient way to inform about and highlight these occasions. News regarding sporting events will also be an essential part of the publication. The newspaper will not only

cover future and current events at the school, but will also consistently provide feature and opinion pieces to enjoy. Each story will deliver insightful and interesting content for students. With our first edition, there are endless possibilities for the publication as a whole. Student input is welcome and encouraged, as it will help the paper with its start up and continued success. and student input will allow the true purpose of the newspaper to come alive. For any suggestions or event tips, feel free to contact us at Rosenb l a t t Ta l o n @ g m a i l . c o m

Shopping online: An alternate market for the modern consumer By Naomi Galel

Shopping is my sport. I can pretty much call myself an expert in the area. I know where to shop for the best deals and best quality of clothing. For many, online shopping is the most convenient way to shop, and for others it’s the place to find the best deals. Tobi.com is one of my favorite places to shop online. The website is well-stocked with clothes such as dresses, sweaters, and t-shirts. Tobi.com constantly runs holiday specials, such as the seventy percent off sale around Winter Break. Most stores have easily accessible websites where you can purchase their products. Sometimes, prices are even cheaper online, but be cautious of high

shipping prices. At times, it’s more efficient to just go into a store and purchase the item. A crowd favorite seems to be online department stores. Department stores do not carry all inventory at all times, but if you look online you may find more options. Sophomore Amy Freidus said, “My favorite place to shop online is Nordstrom, because they have good prices and a big variety of different types of clothing and accessories.” When you want to go out and spend the day shopping, some places to look into are Forever 21 and Urban Outfitters. Shopping at Forever 21 can sometimes be a struggle, requiring more effort than other stores due to its messy arrangement.

Urban Outfitters is a little bit more expensive, but still has incredible deals. Theyconquer the bohemian, relaxed style. These stores are perfect for casual everyday wear. Shopping online is an effective way to search

multiple stores quickly without driving. However, if you are the type of person who needs to touch and feel the clothes, shopping in-store is probably the best way to go. Either way, there are deals and sales to take advantage of; keep both in mind.

Sophomores Maya Greenberg and Allison Sherman discuss the latest fashion on www.tobi.com. Photo: Trevor Hier


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Digital Learning Day: Technology’s impact on today’s students By Joseph Zilonka, Web Designer Digital Learning Day, a day when teachers incorporate technology into the classroom to engage students with the evolving world of the Internet and computers, took place on Feb. 6, and I got the chance to plan a lesson for my Biology class using smartphones. Biology teacher Mrs. Ellen Finegold assisted me in setting up the program, in which the students used their smartphones to take a multiple choice quiz. We used Socrative, a website that can send quizzes from the teacher to the Socrative app, and the students downloaded the app to get the quiz. They loved it. particular “Our Digital Learning Day experience was very successful for two reasons,” said Finegold. “First, the students

enjoyed being able to use their cell phones for school and second, because it did have educational value. It’s something we could use again, especially for review purposes, and so in that regard it was very successful.” As we took the quiz, we saw the results on the SMART Board. This allowed us to have discussions about each question after it was asked. When it was time to move on, a click of a button sent the next question to everyone’s cell phones. At the end of the quiz, we saw a report of the overall average of the class and the average of each individual question. Hel Principal ena Levine stopped by to see what we were doing for Digital Learning Day and was very pleased.

“When I got to watch the activity you put together, I was blown away by the excitement in the students and the passion in every student. The best moment was when they were done. Nobody wanted it to stop, and everyone said, ‘Oh, what do

Science teacher Holley Stabler instructs her students using iPads. Photo Courtesy of Jane Neubauer Black

Team Editors

Jonathan Hurwitz - Editor-In-Chief Lori Hurwitz - Editor-In-Chief Zachary Goldberg - Managing Editor Noa Levhar - Copy Editor Trevor Hier - Photo Editor Michael Furst - Web Designer Joseph Zilonka - Web Designer

Section Editors Donna Klein Jewish Academy 9801 Donna Klein Blvd. Boca Raton, FL 33428 t. 561-852-3300

We accept letters to the editor at: RosenblattTalon@gmail.com

you mean, that’s it?’ They wanted it to keep going.” With events like Digital Learning Day, we are getting closer to the fully digital classroom: an environment in which students interact with technology while learning the curriculum.

Naomi Galel Eli Grabelsky Daniel Mantzoor Jordan Nakdimon Matthew Ribacoff Allison Sherman

Staff Writers

Hannah Bagon Adam Behmoiras Daniella Wirtschafter Rebecca Wiser Advisor Mr. Cory Laub

Special thanks to: Head of School Mrs. Karen Feller Principal Mrs. Helena Levine

RollerPosters.com The Behmoiras Family


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Traditional Schedule

FACE-OFF

By Jordan Nakdimon

A prominent issue among high schools today is whether to utilize a block schedule or to instead enact a variation of the traditional schedule. The block schedule is one that includes only four or five classes of an hour and a half, while the traditional schedule has 9 classes of 45 minutes. Our school uses the rotator schedule, which is similar to the traditional. It is the better system, as its pros far outweigh its cons. the In traditional schedule, there are seven classes per day, while there are only three to five classes in the block schedule. An issue with this is that if a student misses one day of school, it can potentially be much more costly, as each class they miss is the equivalent of missing double the time in a traditional schedule. While only 45 minutes are missed in a traditional schedule, roughly an hour and a half would be missed in the block schedule. Focus is another issue. At least from a personal perspective, as a high school student, I find that

after the class, I have very little ability to focus on most things. Ninety minutes is an incredibly long time for a single class, and most block schedules have classes around that length. A benefit is simply how much more can get done in a single day with the current schedule. With nine classes, there is far more opportunity to experience the most class in one day, without students leaving school burnt out. It would be more beneficial to students to have a traditional schedule.

Block Schedule

By Matthew Ribacoff

The block schedule alternates between different sets of classes, twice a week, with each about 1.5 hours long, or double in length. To make up for lost time you won’t have as many classes each day. Block schedule can be very effective and many students will appreciate it. The most obvious advantage to block is that teachers have more time to teach, can get more done in one period, and classes don’t have to be too rushed. By extending each class, speeding through class becomes less

Photo: Trevor Hier

of a problem. For the students, they will be able to get more work done in classes, and won’t have as many subjects to worry about. Studies by researchers at Brown University, which interviewed students and teachers about block schedule, have shown that it has resulted in improved teaching and learning, ability to focus attention, and better teacher col l ab orat ion. The problem with the regular schedule that some people are having is that it is all too tiring for one day. The concept for the block schedule can be easier to grasp as well, as it is simpler in design. I think it would be great for our schedule to have some diversity and switch it up now and then. Block schedules are a unique way to switch up the normal school-day schedule. The schedule’s simplistic design and other benefits can help both the students in learning the material and the teacher. It would be more beneficial to students to have a block schedule.


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Community service programs By Noa Levhar, Copy Editor High school students require 225 community service hours in order to graduate, which means that they need to find all sorts of fun and entertaining activities to earn hours. Many opportunities for community service activities are available on or near campus. Fit & Fun Sports, for example, is a program designated to help children with special needs. Volunteers participate in activities such as baseball, soccer, basketball, and relay races. The program, which began on Mar. 14, will be held every Sun. from 2:00 PM until 3:30 PM in the JCC. “Fit & Fun gives you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of children with disabilities, while making friendships and connections that will last a lifetime,” said former volunteer Brynna Kaplan. The Otsar Family Services program is another way to earn community service hours. Otsar provides programs designed to improve the life skills in individuals with developmental disabilities. Volunteers participate in helping the children with their reading and creating arts and crafts projects that relate to the Jewish holidays. When asked about her experiences with Otsar, participant Ronit Golan said, “When I first started working the program, I’d walked into Otsar thinking

that it was only community service. However, as time progressed, I began loving these kids more than I could have ever imagined. Leaving them next year will be very difficult. They have left an imprint in my heart and on my soul that I will without a doubt carry with me for many years to come.” Other programs include the Alzheimer Adult Day Care Center, where participants interact with Alzheimer’s patients by playing games such as bingo, cards, board games, or simply conversing with them. As many of the patients spend a large portion of their time alone, or with other patients, young volunteers can often make their days significantly better. Chai Lifeline allows students to socialize with and entertain sick children. Horses and the Handicapped of South Florida provides volunteers with the opportunity to clean and groom stable horses. If interested in any of the programs discussed, Dr. Dahav, whose office is near the middle school drama room, can provide students with contact information and availability. This will allow students to access a database of a seemingly unlimited number of organizations to work with. On the DKJA website under “Special Programs” is a page all about community service. It lists a number of activities for students.

Lower school Mitzvah Day participants distribute cookies to local firemen, policemen, and paramedics. Photo courtesy of Jane Neubauer Black

A man and his life mission By Trevor Hier, Photo Editor Dr. Yoram Dahav is an individual one would describe as one in a million. He spends his days at DKJA teaching, but not math, science, or history. Dahav’s lessons reach far beyond core classes. His lessons focus on teaching children the importance of helping others. Dahav has worked with the school for 10 years as the Community Service Coordinator. In that time, he has created thousands of opportunities for students to perform service throughout the community and beyond. “We [DKJA students] have done community service since the beginning, even unofficially,” said Dahav. Over the years, Dahav has refined the community service system to make the process easier. Children in grades K-12 are encouraged to do community service, and once a student reaches 5th grade, community service becomes compulsory. The requirements come in

the form of hours, starting with 20, then 25, and so on, up until 12th grade when 70 hours are required during the course of the year. With that said, it is evident that students at DKJA love doing community service. They have collected more than 2,000 extra hours this year alone, totaling over 16,000 hours. The most interesting aspect about Dahav, though, is his drive to encourage students to do community service. He feels that doing community service is “natural,” and encourages students to participate in order to help them feel the same way. Community service helps students learn how “the giver gets so much more than the receiver,” said Dahav. DKJA views community service as an integral part of the curriculum, and Dahav helps every student find a way to fulfill that requirement in a fun and satsifying way.


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Mitzvah Day participants give back to the community By Jonathan Hurwitz Editor-In Chief & Noa Levhar Copy Editor Seven hundred and fifty participants showed up to this year’s annual Mitzvah Day, held on Sun. Feb. 10, a day in which the whole of DKJA worked together in order to help the surrounding community. Students and families volunteered with 43 organizations in South Florida. Some events occurred on campus, while others took place from Fort Lauderdale to Lake Worth. Activities included socializing with Holocaust survivors, binding damaged siddurim, and painting houses for the less fortunate. Students of all ages gathered together to help the needy with their friends and families. The day gave students an opportunity to give back to others while understanding the importance of community service. “Mitzvah Day develops character and helps students become aware of the less fortunate situations of others in a way little else can. Students are able to experience and connect with people that they otherwise might never have had a chance to socialize with,” said Mitzvah Day administrator Eden Elkarif, junior. Mitzvah Day also gives students an opportunity to finish their 200 requisite community service hours needed in order to graduate. The fact that many students participated proved that it provided an effective way to encourage students to help the community.

“Two hundred and twenty hours is really a lot, but the annual Mitzvah Day allows me to get some of my hours done while having fun and serving the community with my friends,” said Habitat for Humanity volunteer Emilee Silverman. When registering for the events, families could choose to sign up for any of the 43 organizations. However, some had age restrictions, such as Habitat for Humanity and Paint Your Heart Out. Due to this, more high schoolers participated in the events involving laborious work, such as building and painting houses. The Habitat for Humanity volunteers expected to spend their afternoon building a house, but were instead surprised to discover that they were going to be painting it. Regardless, participant Zoe Chaitoff, junior, stated that

she had a great time, and that she is looking forward to volunteering with Habitat for Humanity in the near future. Lower and Middle school students and parents had an influential role in the success of Mitzvah Day. Third grader Romy Hurwitz, along with the rest of the lower school choir sang at the Shirley H. Gould House in front of the resident. “Being in Mitzvah Day was so fun, because we made the elderly happy. They don’t have many opportunities to have kids sing in front of them so this was really nice,” said Hurwitz on her Mitzvah Day experience. Mitzvah Day exemplifies the importance and significance of community service to the Donna Klein Jewish Academy identity and portrays the involvement of students in the surrounding community.

Sophomore Marc Joseph paints a house on Mitzvah Day at the Paint Your Heart Out event. Photo: Lori Hurwitz

March of the Living, Cont. it for an entire semester in eighth grade. The March of the Living allows for students to experience and, in some cases, relive what they have been studying for years. Not only is the trip an important culmination of their studies, but students also experience the shift from a pensive Poland to enlivened Israel. After months of research, apprehension, and anticipation, the students finally embarked on their journey. For the high school senior class, it did not disappoint. A poignant three-kilometer silent walk from Auschwitz to Birkenau, the two sections of the most notorious concentration camp, with some of the very people who survived the horrors that occurred there, was the cornerstone of a grueling week in Poland. The March is meant to symbolize the continuation of Jewish life throughout the world in spite of the efforts of the Nazis. The March of the Living altered many of the students’ perspectives on life and religion. Senior Matthew Zweibel commented on his experience, saying, “I went on this trip really longing for a religious identity.” Meanwhile, the reality for Zweibel was somewhat different. He continued, “What did happen instead is that I realized there are things I am not supposed to understand, and because of that realization I started to feel my connection with G-d again.” The participating seniors returned home from the March of the Living on April 18.


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Academic achievement: It’s not as easy as AP-“C” By Lori Hurwitz, Editor-In-Chief Welcome to the 21st century, where college classes are now being taken by high school students. This new pressure is due to the belief that Advanced Placement classes are necessary for college acceptance. During the four years in Rosenblatt High School, the majority of students will take at least one AP class. This decision is often due to the fact that students feel that if they don’t take every AP class, they will never, ever get into college. Many students who aren’t exactly prepared for these rigorous classes force themselves to be in the class due to this mindset. As the year continues, some stu-

dents receive a report card marking a “C” for the AP class. This may come as a shock to overly ambitious students, who have typically received “B”s or “A”s in their honors classes. Students find themselves wondering whether or not it was better to receive a “C” in the AP than an “A” in the honors. “This is a very common question,” said Mr. Barry Leibowitz, one of the school’s college counselors. “I would rather you take the honors class and get an “A.” The strength of your academic rigor is only beneficial if you have a strong GPA. So if you take all those AP classes, you need to get a good GPA. If not, it’s a waste.”

Although many students feel it is necessary to take every AP class offered, in the long run for most students, it may not be such an advantage for one’s college resume. Even though AP classes may give students a competitive edge, they also have their downsides. “AP classes have their pros and cons,” said junior Emily Weisman. “These rigorous classes improve my college application, but still have their disadvantages. In class, we have to go through the material quickly, much quicker than any other class,” she further said. The drawbacks of AP classes may concern students who wish to learn

the material at a steady rate. AP classes force students to learn at a fast pace while also absorbing and understanding more information than the average honors or regular class. With such responsibility, these challenging courses are not for everyone. Through the many other stresses in high school, students should refrain from overloading themselves with an unmanageable amount of difficult classes. AP classes can either increase your chances of college acceptance by boosting your GPA or it can drop it severely, resulting in the opposite. AP classes can either make you or break you when applying to colleges.

More students applying to public Florida universities By Daniella Wirtschafter Every year, junior and senior students are faced with a life-changing decision: college. The overwhelming pressures and stress from parents, teachers, and peers to choose the perfect college is a common scenario for high school students. They have to weigh the pros and cons for going to an in-state or out-of-state college, decide whether an Ivy League or a less prestigious school is better, or even choose not to apply at all. In the past six years, more students living in Florida have chosen to apply to in-state public universities. This is shown by the huge increase in the amount of

applications the state universities are receiving. These trends are due to the lower costs, the more convenient locations, and the more scholarship opportunities in-state schools offer. College advisorBarry Liebowitz shared his thoughts about the benefits of going to an in-state college. “With the Florida Bright Future Scholarship and the Florida Prepaid Plan, which many of our students have, to go to a school from the top three in-state public schools, UF, FSU, and UCF, you can go to those schools for very little money at all. It is such a financially rewarding opportunity.”

Universities

Fall 2007 - 2008

Fall 2012 - 2013

University of Central Florida (UCF)

36,477 applications

50,838 applications

University of Florida (UF)

24,126 applications

28,834 applications

According to the Washington Post, the University of Florida is ranked second for offering the best value education for the total cost of tuition, out of all the public colleges in America. Why pay the high tuition prices for a private out-ofstate university, when going to a state university can offer the same advantages?

Ultimately, students’ work ethic is far more important than the actual school they attend. The in-state colleges provide a more ethnically diverse environment for the students, compared to the diversity of a private school. The determining factor, however, remains the students’ academic work at the university level.


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New consoles usher in revolutionary era for “indie” gaming By Michael Furst, Web Designer With motion controls and voice recognition, we often wonder what else will happen with video games. Companies like Valve are putting our games in the cloud so we can play them everywhere, and trying to make consoles available to manufacturers so that they can be produced like computers. Valve’s new console, the Steam Box, is their newest strike at

the video game industry. The Steam Box is a gaming console built with the operating system Linux. It allows the user to synchronize his games on his desktop computer, laptop, and console. The save-files on this console are also available on the NVIDIA SHIELD, which allows the user to play console and PC games on the go. It saves the games in the cloud and allows

players to use online or offline save files. It can be used with Steam save-files. While players will need to purchase the game for SHIELD and Steam separately, it still gives you the ease to take games wherever you go. Steam Box also allows the user to download games online, removing the need to drive to the store. In addition, when purchasing games, players do not have to pay taxes.

These companies hope to have all gaming capable devices share data, starting in around July 2013, so players only need to purchase a game once, then they can download it on any device, and all their progress will be available anywhere they go. While this process is aimed at eliminating other consoles, there are some innovations aimed at the entire industry’s way of gaming.

Zachary’s Picks: Four Oscar movies to watch this summer By Zachary Goldberg, Managing Editor 2012 introduced a wide variety of movies to choose from, nine of which were nominated for Best Picture at the 85th Academy Awards. Here is a taste of four of this past year’s films that Hollywood deemed to be the best: Silver Linings Playbook: *should have won Best Picture

Grade: A

After losing his wife, his job, and his house, Pat Solatano returns to his parents’ home from the mental hospital that has kept him for eight months. Solatano believes that positive thinking will lead him to a better life. Many of the picture’s components give it the potential to be a poorly execut-

ed film, but nearly perfect casting, sensitive direction from David O. Russell, and a smart script combine to form an immensely worthwhile trip to the movies.

movie-going

Lincoln: Grade: B+

adventure.

is about a boy who survives a disaster at sea, only to find himself thrown into a lengthy journey of self-discovery. While adrift at sea, Pi and a tiger named Richard Parker, the only remaining living animal from his zoo, struggle to survive. While the visuals are exciting, the film did not deserve its victory in the Visual Effects category considering the superb quality of some of its opponents’ achievements. Though laden with blatant religious overtones, Life of Pi is a mostly rewarding experience, whose only major flaw is its self-contradicting and unsatisfactory ending.

Lincoln presents an in-depth look at our nation’s 16th president. Argo: Despite a top-notch cast and keen direction, the Grade: A Winner of the film has a tough time Academy Award for Best maintaining a consistent Picture, Argo chronicles script. Specifically, the the true story of the per- movie suffers from a surilous mission to rescue plus of information and is six Americans during often indecisive in choosthe Iranian hostage crisis ing which stories to tell. of 1979. The film’s only Lincoln is good, though identifiable flaws revolve it would have been just around a few historical as satisfying had it been inaccuracies and a bland, produced as a madeunderdeveloped main for television movie. character. Nevertheless, Argo is nerve-wracking, Life of Pi: entertaining, and infor- Grade: B mative. Its smart screen- Based on the hit novel of play makes for an exciting the same name, Life of Pi Overall average score: B+


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Ex-Marine coaches Lady Eagles soccer team to first district game By Daniella Wirtschafter Nineteen girls huddled around after playing their hearts out in the brutal Florida sun. Coach Bruce Walberg, Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, lectured his young aspiring athletes. “Ladies, you are only as strong as your weakest link… and remember girls, it is all about character,” he said. Coach Bruce is the newest girls soccer coach at the Rosenblatt High School. He began his journey as a coach approximately 23 years ago. Growing up without a father in the small town in Cheshire, Connecticut, Walberg never had an athletic role model in his life. He and his brother learned how to play football by reading books from the library. As a result of not having the opportunity to have a strong athletic role model, he vowed, “If I ever [have] any children, regard-

less boys or girls, I [am] actively going to be involved with my sons, with whatever they [want] to do; I would be there on the sidelines.” Years later, Coach Bruce did exactly what he had promised: he signed up to coach his five-year-old son, David’s, soccer team. Despite having never played soccer competitively, Coach Bruce began what would eventually become his career as a soccer coach. He coached at Blackstone Valley Regional Technical High School, taking the team to multiple tournaments, including the Central Massachusetts district tournament and Voc Tech state tournament. Regardless of this golden opportunity, Walberg decided to retire as the soccer coach at Fitchburg State University in order to take care of an elderly family member in South Florida.

Coach Bruce Walberg guides senior Ronit Golan through pregame warm-ups. Courtesy of Jane Neubauer Black “I left the school as the win- high school girls. “The difningest coach in the school’s ference is a freshman in high history,” he said. While in school is just beginning to put Florida, he continued his their feet in the water, while soccer-coaching career at a freshman in college jumps the Rosenblatt High School. right into the water without Satisfied with his decision knowing what’s underneath.” to continue coaching, even Coach Bruce conafter leaving his old college tinues to bond with his team team, Walberg believes he of female athletes and has was sticking to his three main even gone on to coach the principles in his life: fam- girls varsity softball team. ily, academics, and soccer. Regardless of the sport he is Walberg discuss- coaching, he always ends his es the similarities between practices saying, “Remember coaching college girls versus girls, it is all about character.”

Performance enhancing drugs in sports: There is a real danger By Daniel Mantzoor

The lifestyle of an athlete is competitive and constantly changing. For those people who truly consider it a passion, especially for professionals who make it a living, the desire to succeed often blinds the athlete from morals and the potential harm of his or her actions. Performance-enhancing drugs, drugs that increase muscle strength, mass and agility, are most common-

ly used in these situations. The risks are high. Doping can be dangerous to the body. Use of such drugs can cause psychological and physical problems, and can sometimes have deadly repercussions.They are most dangerous for teens, as use causes side effects ranging from nausea and mood swings to heart attacks, strokes, liver tumors, and even cancers.

In addition to the physical affects, using such drugs can cause irrepairable damage to an athelet’s reputation. Cyclist Lance Armstrong won the Tour de France seven years in a row between 1999-2005, but was recently stripped of his medals for using various performance-enhancing drugs. The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has been very active in this

specific doping case. In the wake of this scandal, Armstrong lost his most valuble sponsor, Nike. “Nobody wins when an athlete decides to cheat with dangerous performance enhancing drugs” said USADA CEO, Travis T. Tygart on the organization’s website. Perfomance enhancing drugs can negatively impact the performance and health of the athelete.


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Athletics at Rosenblatt High School: A season worth remembering By Jordan Nakdimon Rosenblatt High School enjoyed a successful sports program this year that included young players establishing their names in high school athletics. Although this season did not end with any championship trophies, the teams accomplished a lot this year Boys Soccer: The boys soccer team enjoyed their first district victory in four years. Captains Aaron Fried and Marc Joseph led the team, which consisted almost entirely of underclassman, and carried them to a 9-3-2 record, including a 1-0 victory against Zion Lutheran in districts. Scoring leader Joseph said, “Without faith or dedication, we would have never been able to accomplish what we did.” Girls Soccer: Led by junior captains Alexa Cohen and Marissa Cayne, the Lady Eagles soccer team enjoyed a season that ended in a playoff berth. For the first time in school history, the girls soccer team hosted a district game. The team finished with a fourth place in the division 4-7-1 record. Boys Varsity Basketball: It has been a rebuilding year for the varsity basketball team. They finished 6-10, enough to claim the fifth seed in districts, but the

captains and players are definitely expecting more in the coming. “This year we stocked up on young talent,” said leading scorer Jonathan Hurwitz, “including three freshmen playing varsity ball. We hope to come back stronger next year.” A high point in the season was the win against Oxbridge Prep, in which Hurwitz had a season high 25 points. Boys Junior-Varsity Basketball: In the debut season for the Eagles’ JV basketball team, expectations were exceeded and the squad finished with a 4-7 record. The season highlight was without a doubt the win against rival Grandview Prep. In a high scoring affair, led by Freshman shooting guard Brian Naide’s 39 points, the team pulled off the upset in overtime. Although the record was not what the team would have liked, they can take comfort in the fact that they have two 8th graders and a rookie head coach, and look ahead to a more successful 2013. Girls Basketball: Following her last year, senior captain Taytum Orshan had this to say: “This year was one of the best seasons in DKJA history for the girls varsity basketball team. Our team made his-

Senior captain Taytum Orshan dribbles past an opponent during the team’s practice. Courtesy of Jane Neubauer Black tory by winning first round cohesive unit in doubles districts against Glade’s matches,” said freshman Day.” Orshan finished her Daniella Wirtchafter. high school basketball ca- Girls Volleyball: “It was a reer after no less than six challenging season, but seasons. Only time will we had fun and grew,” said tell which young player sophomore Taylor Starr steps up, but Coach David when asked about the volTrell is excited by the po- leyball season. It was no tential in next year’s team. doubt a challenge, as the Boys Tennis: The boys team had to face talented tennis team had a very opposing teams this year. good record this year of As Starr said, they grew as 7-4, led by the stellar play a unit, and with star Alof junior Lenny Siegel. exa Cohen returning for “It’s exciting to see our her senior season, they team grow its potential,” should finish with an imsaid sophomore Zachary proved record next year. Goldberg. Siegel won one Boys Golf: The golf team is match in districts, while looking forward to buildfreshman Sam Glaun ing up their record next made it to the finals, but year; the team has talented ultimately fell to the op- young players that could posing number two seed. make the future of RosenGirls Tennis: The girls blatt High a new success. tennis team finished with One of these future stars a record of 4-5, and is is freshman David Abady, optimistic about the fu- who was the number two ture. “We work as a very seed on the team this year.


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