Issue 2 2010

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Spanish River High School 5100 Jog Rd. Boca Raton, FL 33496





New course requirements restrict students By MAX MORGENSTERN NEWS EDITOR

Some students are being forced to change their schedules to meet new requirements for high school graduation, four year college enrollment and scholarship program participation. Lawmakers recently passed Senate Bill 4, a bill that will toughen the Florida course credit system for high school graduation. In order to graduate, students must now take more challenging math and science courses while still meeting the requirements of the prior 24 credit system. Changes were made to improve Florida’s educational system, which has underperformed, compared to those of other states. “The graduation requirements have forced me to take some classes instead of other ones that I wanted to take,” junior Sam Kleinman said. “Students should be able to take what they’re interested in. In high school, it is important to explore your interests and not be limited by graduation requirements.” Students must still complete a minimum of 24 credits – four English, four mathematics, three science, three social studies, one physical education, one fine arts and eight electives – for graduation. However, some courses will no longer be applicable for the core requirements and will count instead as elective courses, as these courses have been deemed nonessential to students’ high school educations. *article continued on page 3

School spirit flies high during Homecoming Week PHOTO BY CAITLIN NOBILÉ

Senior Colin Melcher is flung through the air during the senior powderpuff performace at the homecoming pep rally. This year’s homecoming week strenghthed student unity and school spirit for all four classes.

By JOEY GOLDMAN NEWS EDITOR Homecoming week is an annual extravaganza of spirit and entertainment. This year’s homecoming week bolstered that tradition with new additions and improvements to the event lineup. Themed dress-up days like Toy Story and Beauty and the Geek were a smash hit and students proudly boasted their class pride on Jersey Day. School functions held at night, such as Ms. Ugly, Rock the River and the powderpuff game, also added to the excitement. But perhaps the fan-favorite event from this year’s homecoming was

the pep rally. Highly anticipated throughout the week, the pep rally was a great success thanks to the enthusiasm of all four classes. However, class competition got a little heated when the spirit stick contest

The pep rally was amazing [...] we [the seniors] were boss. - Peter Botros, 12

was held again. The seniors pulled through though and won the spirit stick. Throughout the week, members of WSRH went to every classroom and polled the amount of students in each class who had dressed up for that day’s theme. Senior students

participated most in the festivities and with the help of their ear-splitting screams and an acrobatic, gravitydefying powderpuff dance, they earned the title of most spirited class. Senior Peter Botros, a participant in the senior powderpuff dance, was very pleased with the dance performance. “The pep rally was amazing,” Botros said. “Everyone was very dedicated throughout our practices and it showed in our performance. We [the seniors] were boss.” Despite the seniors’ success, the pep rally was still enjoyable for other students. “The pep rally was my favorite,” junior Glenn Marks said. “It created school spirit and got us all excited for the homecoming [football] game.”

Obama makes strong push for longer school year By JOEY GOLDMAN NEWS EDITOR In an attempt to bolster the United States education system, President Barack Obama is calling for a longer school year. Obama’s plan stems from the fact that American students attend school for fewer days than children in other educationally advanced countries, a situation that has him worried, according to Newsweek. “I think we should have a longer school year,” Obama said bluntly during an education press conference. “We can no longer afford an academic calendar designed when America was a nation of farmers who needed

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their children at home plowing the land at the end of each day.” On average, our competing nations’ school curriculums are generally one month longer than our own, according to Newsweek. An extra month, Obama said during his press conference, is critical to making sure American children can compete with foreigners in a diversified twenty-first century economy. Sophomore Elaine Han, however, believes Obama’s plan is not what our education system needs. “An extra month isn’t really going to help our school system,” Han said. “If Obama wants to make us competitive with other nations, he needs to improve the quality of teachers.”

Senior Sylvia Chambers designed a new logo for academy shirts. ART BY SYLVIA CHAMBERS


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Junior Arthur Valle is collecting bottle tops for UNICEF.

President Obama has made an attempt to do just that. One of his educational reform proposals stated that successful teachers should be paid extra, something he believes can make a big difference in the classroom. Widely known as merit pay, this controversial topic has educators divided. “I’m a firm believer in merit pay,” math teacher Bob Tufo said. “Teacher performance in the classroom should absolutely dictate salaries.” This planned month-long increase of the school year also has some students crying foul. Obama’s plan would cut a large chunk from freshman Julie Bergman’s summer. “A shorter summer would be terrible!” Bergman said. “School is already Senior Allie North is first in the district for cross country.

Features 7,8,9 Feature Focus 10, 11

Junior Christina Ocampo wins state golf tournament by one stroke. Entertainment 13, 14

stressful enough; an extra month would make it even more so. I look forward to my summer as a time when I can relax and get much needed downtime.” Although many students might despise Obama’s proposal, some say they would not mind the added school month. “I honestly wouldn’t care if it happened,” junior Evan Hernandez said. “Nothing happens during summer anyway and if we’re falling behind other countries, then we need to catch up.” Despite Obama’s push for a longer school year, it may not happen any time soon. In the meantime, educators and students can only continue to strive towards educational excellence during the current nine-month school schedule. Senior Christine Adams awarded Character Counts nomination for October

Seniors graduation date announced to be May 26 at the Convention Center at 12:30 P.M.

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Changes affect students’ schedules *continued from pg. 1

Classes that are not valid for core requirements include informal geometry, liberal arts math, marketing essentials, some biotechnology classes and advanced journalism classes. Some criticize the bill for only toughening graduation requirements; no changes were made to ease the transition from the old system to the new one. Also, some universities and scholarship programs have altered their high school course requirements. Unlike the graduation requirements, there is no standard system for these institutions and programs; requirements vary among colleges and scholarship programs. “They are definitely making students more academic but there are concerns because not all students will do well in these classes,” guidance counselor Roz Towers said. As more requirements are created and implemented, students will have to adapt to meet the more demanding standards.



“It’s probably best to have more rigorous graduation requirements so that prospective college students are prepared.” -Phil Esterman, 10

“I don’t really think they should change it, but if it is good for students, then I think it’s okay.” -Piers Issler, 9


EDITORS-IN-CHIEF Lindsey Gold Alban Harrison ASSOCIATE EDITOR Nicole Granet ART EDITORS Kathy Long Nicole Zamfes ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITORS Phoebe Dinner Lee Ginton

By CAITLIN NOBILÉ STAFF REPORTER In the United States of America, immediately after being born, one is tagged with a social security number to identify and track one’s every move. At first glance this information appears to be clandestine, but new laws suggest that this personal data and property may not be so private. The USA Patriot Act, put into effect after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, was designed to grant the U.S. government the authority to take special measures in order to preserve citizens’ safety. This law allows record searching, private property intrusion, foreign intelligence searches and phone tapping (all of which do not require permission), according to Time. “Ideally, the government is supposed to protect us and at the same time give us some degree of privacy in our lives,” senior Richard Borge said. The Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals has declared it legal for GPS (Global Positioning Systems)

to be used to track cars for government surveillance. This means it is possible for agents to step upon one’s property and attach a new addition to one’s vehicle without a warrant. “Some people have to question the security of their vehicle because they don’t have a garage,” senior Nicolas Salam said. “It’s unfair and diminishes our freedom.” Many argue t h a t these laws a r e

unconstitutional. The ability to access personal information without commission or a probable cause conflicts with the Fourth Amendment; the right to be secure in person, houses, papers and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures. However, these measures are sometimes essential to provide justice. Phone tapping is a common activity within the government. To listen in on a call, the phone service is contacted. The call is then streamed from the source of communication directly to the government agents. “Government surveillance does not bother me,” senior Reina Kottler said. “I will still live my life as freely as I please and the fact that someone might be watching out for my safety is only a benefit.” Regardless of the questionable measures, it is the government’s duty to protect its citizens. The constitutional right to safety and security, however, may come with a few kinks in the nation’s freedom. ART BY KATHY LONG

Eight students recognized as National Merit semifinalists By ARIEL BROWN STAFF REPORTER This year marked a drastic increase in the number of Spanish River National Merit Scholarship semifinalists. Eight Spanish River students are in the 2011 competition, as opposed to just three students in last year’s competition. This year’s scholars are seniors Tyler Rhoads, Rachel Zhuang, Sarah Nader, Sarah Katzin, Alban Harrison, Nicolas Rochwerger, Chelsea Eisner and Cody Jackson. Every year in April, the National Merit Scholarship program identifies 50,000 students as high scorers on the annual October PSAT. The Florida qualifying score for the class of 2011 to attain semifinalist standing was 210 out of a possible 240, according to Those who earned a score between a 201 and 209 received Letters of Commendation, but did not

continue in the competition. Only 16,000 students across the country made it past this point to achieve National Merit status. The semifinalists will not know whether or not they have advanced to become finalists until February and they must wait another month after that to find out if they have won any special scholarships. While some believe that preparation is the key for success on the PSAT, others succeed without preparing for the exam. Even some of the semifinalists, the top scorers, took the PSAT without significant preparation. “I didn’t really prep very much in terms of studying but other than studying, I prepped quite a bit,” Rochwerger said. “For a week before the test, I watched my food intake and went to sleep at 10 PM every day.” Despite his claims that he did not prepare much academically, Rochwerger believes that he was greatly helped by the fact that he stayed

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calm and avoided stress, stating that his arrival to the test “was not followed by a yawn or a nervous twitch.” Eisner is yet another semifinalist who hardly prepared and also agrees with these assertions. “I advise other students to go into the test confident and relaxed,” Eisner said. “It’s not really about winning an award; it’s more about trying your hardest and knowing that you did your personal best.” Nader however, prepared in a more conventional manner. “My parents bought me a review book and I sat in Barnes & Nobles for a couple hours one day skimming through the chapters and taking a practice test.” Nader said. The spike in the quantity of Spanish River semifinalists this year in comparison to last year’s number may indeed indicate that students went in to the test with the correct mentality amd came out succesfully.

STAFF REPORTERS Emily Bergman Shelaina Bloukos Ariel Brown Samantha Cohen Emma Grubman Taryn Grunes Josh Lieberman Kathy Long Caitlin Nobilé Zach Schlein Nicole Zamfes ADVISER Suzanne Sanders PRINCIPAL Dr. Susan Atherley

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NEWS Negative campaign ads defeating their purpose

vote of everyone who views this commercial, but in a hypothetical world where I am 18, I know By NICOLE GRANET he is down by at least one vote – mine. I am ASSOCIATE EDITOR disgusted by the tenacity of whoever sponsors I’m sixteen. I can’t vote. I’m glad. Because advertisements of this nature. If Sink’s after all, who wants to arrive at a polling place opponent expects me to believe that a womonly to find that after a mere glance at the names an who is running for office is clearly the on the ballot, all one can remember is that Bob chief reason that state pension funds have is an extreme fraud, Sally is a wasteful spend- diminished in value during a time of overall er, Joe is a depresdangerous sion, that liar and opponent the other is wrong. guy did On the consomething trary, my criminal or immediatrocious, ate thought too. Then was “whoone is supever her posed to opponent check the is must box next have nothto the best ing going contender for him: no to lead his good ideas country nor supor state to port if he greatness. Two politicians fight over money, displaying the true decency of the negative camhas to sucI r o n i c ? paign ads. cumb to ART BY KATHY LONG Insensidistorting ble? I think the facts in so. a public announcement.” Negative campaign ads pollute our TV screens, The worst part of the situation is that most phone lines, radio waves and Internet with candidates use this genre of campaigning. harsh, counter-productive and exaggerated When everyone is depicted as “the bad guy” I information. The ultimate effect of derogatory wonder if this is a healthy democracy to be livadvertisements surfaces when the voter ends up ing in. A waste of their money and my time. As in the predicament of “who do I vote against?” if these candidates are desperate for a way to I recently saw a commercial decreeing that become elected. I would feel much more comDemocratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink is fortable knowing that the individuals reprefully responsible for the failing management and senting our community in government are ones performance of the state’s investment funds. who can promote well-grounded ideas without Her opponent, Rick Scott, may think he has the resorting to smearing the opponent.

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Open your eyes. Watch people while you talk to them. Notice their speech patterns. Observe them from a psychological perspective. Most of them are completely insane, or disturbed at the very least. Displacement. This is the psychological defense mechanism of taking pent up anger or anxiety and releasing it in an acceptable way. The next time you are talking to someone about a serious subject, don’t look into their eyes. Look at their hands, look at their legs. Chances are, they will be cracking their knuckles or nervously shaking their legs. Such observations are not only hilarious, akin to imagining someone in their underwear, but can also be helpful clues to inner emotions when trying to make a convincing argument. Noticing insanity is helpful not only in serious situations, but also in social ones. Ever had that one person in your group of friends who no one really likes but everyone tolerates? Have you seen him or her try to alienate one person? This is an example of projection. The perpetrator’s own feelings of insecurity and being ostracized, whether caused by personal flaws or exterior prejudices, are too hurtful to accept. His or her psyche acts as a shield, ignoring indications that he or she is disliked, and focusing that negative energy on another member of the group. I have been the unfortunate target of such a person, and recognizing the psychological factors at play has turned the situation from insulting and angering to hilarious and pathetic. The fact is, when someone treats you rudely, or acts strangely, it is often due to deep personal problems. While people who confront these problems directly and seek help deserve support, people who take them out on the rest of us are nothing but a burden. The least we can do is laugh at them.

Please don’t mock me, I have a disability By LINDSEY GOLD EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Two simple variables: A and B. Leave from A and get to B. How can something so simple get convoluted to be so complex? I don’t understand. Maybe it’s just me, but I cannot and will never be able to understand directions. I like to think of it as a disability because that way I know there’s a basis for my stupidity. My family and friends would attest to my disability at any time. When someone has a disability, it’s only of good nature to nurture them and to be lenient towards them. Not in my case. Some of family and friends actually refuse to answer when I ask about directions; talk about neglecting the disabled. Directions physically don’t make sense in my brain. I’m convinced there is something wrong with that part of my brain to the point where I just can’t comprehend directions. If I’m ever in the car with you and I blank out on directions, when I ask for assistance, please don’t mock me, please help me. I’m in a moving vehicle and the more you laugh, the more time I spend venturing into the opposite direction. It’s to your best advantage as my passenger to tell me immediately where to go to after I ask, and then I give you permission to laugh- even though we were taught at elementary years to never make fun of the disabled. I have a very efficient visual memory, making

my comprehension of my disability that much more intriguing. Before I started driving, my friends and family assured me that I just didn’t understand directions because I never had a reason to pay attention to where I was going and that when I started driving, I would pick up on the directions and learn them quickly. The bit of optimism was good while it lasted- never. Well, I did learn how to get from the mall back to my house (a total of solely two roads... I think), however, I still get lost every so often. One time I got lost on that drive and I was with my camp friend from New York City who was unfamiliar with the Boca Raton roads. That was fun. I could’ve ended up in Georgia had Daisy not saved me. Daisy is my GPS and she is my wonder. Without her, I don’t even want to think about where I’d be right now. Luckily, there is a cute little picture of a house installed on my GPS programmed with my address entitled “home.” All I had to do was press it. I also called my parents to consult and make sure Daisy was right, but all I got out of them was pure laughter. That emphasized my earlier points: please answer me first so I don’t drive further away, and don’t make fun of the disabled. Please don’t think I’m weird for loving an inanimate object, Daisy saves me from a lot of trouble. I also tend to have really poor listening skills. My friends and family would also attest to that. My listening skills may contribute to my sense of direction. For example, when my mom an-

swers me on how to get to Michaels craft store she says something along the lines of “go down Glades Road, you know, right by the bridge with the highway,” (actually I don’t know, but ok). I pretend I know so I can leave already, but later on when I approach my destination I wish I listened and asked about that bridge. I really wished I asked. You might now be wondering how I was able to come up with those directions to Michaels- I wasn’t. I had to consult my mom. It doesn’t help that I tune out when listening to almost any story and then wonder why I have no idea what they’re saying when they talk about it later. I think my friends actually get angry. Friends, I’m sorry, I just can’t help it. Although my listening skills contribute to my lack of direction, I’m still convinced there is something so terribly wrong with me. Something so simple sounding shouldn’t turn out to be so hard. I’m stupid, I’m sorry. I can’t get from A to B without outside insight. Please don’t mock me, please help me. Now, I’m going to go venture my way to dinner with Daisy as my lovely companion. Until then, make a right after the period of this sentence, go three-fourths up the right side of the page, yield right in the middle, go half a line to the left side, turn right at the headline, make a U-turn onto the byline, and you have reached your destination- back to the start of my article. Confusing isn’t it? ART BY NICOLE ZAMFES


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Playing defense, junior Nathan Rippe protects his teammates. On offense, senior Dylan Tell goes for the “hail mary” and suggests a new play.


Every Monday morning it is the same conversation, students debating the football team’s existence. The Galleon has decided to tackle the issue.



Imagine it is 2004 and Spanish River High School has a promising athlete on our Varsity Football team. Jason Cherry was our ticket to a winning season - except we came up empty handed. Spanish River Varsity Football has never won a state title. Although we have coaches who have had winning seasons in the past, a successful season never occurs. So why do we continue to focus all of our energy, dollars and school spirit towards a team that leaves us feeling empty game after game? What can we do with the emotions we have pent up inside? Players and fans are frustrated and I think that a change must be made, at least temporarily. Our Varsity football program does not have the athletes of many competing schools. Many of the players lack dedication and enthusiasm for the team. As a hockey player, I see many of my teammates get up at 4am just to get on the ice. They are eager and determined to improve their skills. Yet many of our football players do not have that competitive drive. They have a defeatist attitude and it brings down the morale of the school. I think that if the program shut down for a few seasons, it could rebuild and come back when aggressive players had the desire to play. Spanish River did not have a hockey team for one season and our desire to get on the ice motivated the rebuilding of the program. The same could be done for our football program. In the meantime, school spirit and attention could be given to other teams…golf, lacrosse, even, dare I say... Hockey! School spirit would improve and the fans would always be cheering!


There are thousands of kids around the United States that spend three hours a day, five days a week participating on their high school’s football team and it would a huge mistake and shame if Spanish River High School was unable to contribute to this number. High school football is a pure form of athletic competition that challenges both the mind and the body and it needs to be kept at Spanish River. The football program must be allowed to continue because of the social atmosphere and school spirit that comes along with a football program. What schools in Palm Beach County do not have a football team? The only two I can think of are Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Donna Klein, two schools that don’t come anywhere need the kind of school spirit found here at Spanish River. I feel bad for these two schools because what kid wouldn’t want the traditional experience of a Friday night high school football game? Take, for example, the homecoming week we just had. All of the amazing events throughout the week culminated in the traditional Friday night game under the lights, and the Saturday night dance. With the loss of a high school football program this special week would lose one of the two pinnacle events found in homecomings all over. And, I know people want to go and see their team play because I remember looking in the stands and being wowed by the amount of people out to support River Football as two teams searching for a win slugged it out. Just think, removal of the football program at Spanish River would mean no more kids proudly wearing their jerseys to school of Fridays, no more cheerleaders flaunting their school spirit in the hallways, no more talk of “Hey, you going to the game tonight?” The beginning of the school year at Spanish River wouldn’t be the same. The football team also helps bring the community together on Friday nights, like in the district “pink-out” game against West Boca where we helped to raise money for breast cancer. Plus, how are you going to tell the thirty-four kids that everyday come to practice and spend hundreds of hours conditioning, weight lifting, and studying to represent Spanish River High School’s heart and pride on game days that they aren’t allowed to play anymore? Or tell the freshmen who have had a great season going 3-4 who want to play and help turn the tide on River Football that no, there isn’t going to be a team for you to play on next year? I sure wouldn’t want to be the one to do that. Football helps keep a bunch of these kids out of trouble and in something that is team building and character building Without a high school football team, what kind of high school would Spanish River be?


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Letters to the Editor To the sports editor, Renee Siegel, Your article on barefoot running is spot on. Plenty of ancient cultures never wore shoes and they did all of their fighting, hunting and day to day chores while barefoot. I play football without any shoes and I can really notice a difference when I switch from shoes to no shoes. I notice also that I have less calf pains after, If I remember correctly, a famous Olympian ran a race with no shoes also, and probably for the same reason you mentioned in the article. -T.S

Thumbs up -Winter sports are starting -Thanksgiving break coming soon -Gaining an hour of sleep

Dear Emma Grubman, This article is exceedingly true! This year is my first at Spanish River, quite honestly, I was repulsed by the hall passes utilized by the school. Due to the prevalence of skipping, I completely understand the motive of the pass, however, a few adjustments are necessary. Firstly, adding a string to the passes will allow them to hang on the hook in the stall, rather than the floor. Also, if the pass was a laminated index card signed with dry erase markers, sheets wouldn’t have to be replaced, and the pass could be easily sterilized. -Daniella Tow, 10

Thumbs down -Cold weather coming -Poor turn out at sporting events -Dark afternooons from Daylight Savings

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From the Editors’ Desk

The Galleon is committed to covering topics that interest the student body, so in this issue we have covered everything from the Gorillaz concert in Madison Square Garden to Ms. Ugly right here, in the Spanish River courtyard. Since health and food are top priorities in the minds of high schoolers, Feature Focus is all about eating, dieting, not eating and changing the way you eat. If, in the midst of your hectic high school days, you are still concerned with meeting graduation requirements and reaching out to the community, check out the “To Do: Get involved with National Honor Society” checklist in Features. We love to hear your comments and suggestions, so please write to us! Drop off your notes in room 8217. Have a great November! Lindsey Gold, Alban Harrison and Nicole Granet Editorial Board

FEATURES Latin American Club continues FCAT tutoring

the statistics to prove that it really does help. Last year, 100 percent of the students who conBy NICOLE GRANET sistently attended tutoring sessions passed the FEATURES EDITOR Reading FCAT, according to Reading Coach KelMoe’s + friendly tutors + personality quiz- ly Kayle-Gallon. “You might feel bad if you are a junior or zes + current events = Latin American Club tutoring students for the Florida Comprehen- senior who still hasn’t passed the FCAT, but they sive Assessment Test (FCAT). The members of are great at helping and understanding,” senior the Latin American Club along with AP Spanish Maria Arosemena said. Language and Literature students are reach- Arosemena was tutored by Spanish River alumnus ing out to the students in English as a Second Jamie Ginberg, and was one of many who passed the FCAT after Language (ESOL) being tutoring program and other by the Latin students who need American assistance in order Club, accordto pass the FCAT. ing to club “We get to watch sponsor, Dr. them improve Monica Friedand know that we mann. helped them get to The tutoring where they are,” service is open second-year senior to anyone tutor Laura Arango who needs the said. help – HisTutors and stupanic or not. dents meet once a The Parent week for a “lunch Teacher Stuand learn” sesPhoto By Caitlin Nobilé dent Assosion. They read Tutor junior Dylan Rosenberg mentors sophomore Jonathan Sanchez as ciation sponcurrent event they read a current event article about the Chilean miners trapped undersors the club articles and learn ground. by providing about each other’s hobbies, likes and dislikes - strengthening lunch for the tutors and students. “It is a wonderfully executed, win-win scenarvocabulary, comprehension and main idea idenio–the students receive assistance to help them tification, essential FCAT skills. “We take turns reading paragraphs and then pass the FCAT, the tutors feel the satisfaction of discuss any words or concepts that are unclear,” using what comes easily to them to help their senior and second-year tutor senior Marissa peers, and new friendships are formed in the process,” Friedmann said. Koolik said. Students are also awarded community service It is the second year that the Latin American hours for the time they spend tutoring. Club has provided this service, and they have

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To Do: Get Involved with National Honor Society National Honor Society (NHS) has a season full of exciting projects that can help you get involved and give back to the community.

1. Soldier’s Angels

Log on to and create either a card, a blanket or package for a soldier and send it to him or her overseas. These can be holiday cards and gifts!

2. Boca Helping Hands Donate food to Boca Helping Hands during Thanksgiving season. From canned vegetables to decorative napkins, there are plenty of items to choose from to donate. Bring in 2 cans to 8220 for 1 hour of community service. Drive ends November 12.

3. Toys for Tots Bring in toys for the underprivileged children in time for the holiday season. Toys are due to room 8220 by December 6. One toy will equal two hours of community service. The cost of the toys should be under $15.

4. Make a Loan on Make a loan to a blooming business in a developing country. Log on to Create a portfolio and join the Spanish River High School Team so we can track our success! Five hours of community service will be given for each loan. Due by the end of second quarter.

ESE helps special needs students thrive By TARYN GRUNES STAFF REPORTER Under the Intellectual Disability (InD) program, students with mental disabilities ranging from autism to cerebral palsy take seven classes daily at Spanish River to help them progress and achieve their eventual goal - a diploma. Around school, mainstream students can witness these students’ determination to succeed. “Seeing that the special needs students succeed in school motivates me to work even harder,” junior Anthony Bernal said. The students with special needs follow the same schedule as mainstream students and start school at 7:28 AM and end at 2:40 PM. The students take seven classes including chorus, reading, earth science, academic skills, preparation for post-school living and individual sports. These classes are specifically geared toward teaching the students how to function in the real world after high school. “This is a self-contained class of ‘Intellectually Disabled’ students,” Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher Suzanne Dickens said. “They have varying needs and issues that we must address daily. We teach them functional life skills, as well as academics, and strive to make them as independent as possible.” In addition to their classes, the stu-

dents work on the computer every day and have a cooking class twice per week. On a touch screen computer, they are stimulated by a program that teaches them reading, math and word recognition. The teachers motivate the students to reach the individual

Photo Courtesy of katherine DeLucca

Every day, the special needs students partake in adaptive physical education with Coach John Jones.

goals that are specified by their Individual Education Plans (IEP). An IEP connects each special needs student with five specialists (speech specialist, physical therapist, occupational therapist, ESE coordinator, and ESE teacher) who put together a plan for the individual student, according to ESE teacher Katherine DeLucca. “The students are required to achieve the same number of credits for graduation as the mainstream students,” DeLucca said. “The students work very hard to get a diploma, which allows them to graduate high school.” After approximately eight years of gaining a high school education, the students graduate at an average age of 22. After graduation, the students will either stay at home with their parents, or reside in an assisted living facility, knowing that they have successfully graduated high school. They have a diploma to show for their accomplishments. “Some students get into programs at South Tech or Palm Beach State College, where they get a certification to get a job,” ESE teacher Janet Kalman said. “The school has counselors that look at all the interest areas of the students and find businesses to help find the students a job.” Whether the students progress to a higher learning institution or take another path, they constantly push themselves to succeed and inspire mainstream students to do the same.



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Although Islam is often divided into the Sunni and Shi’ah denominations, sophomore Sarah Darwiche says her parents do not believe in choosing between the two. Darwiche, who practices the religion, observes the two Muslim celebrations of Eid and the holiday of Ramadan. She appreciates the messages that Islam promotes, specifically “a sense of family and tolerance which I think is really forgotten today,” she said. Darwiche receives a number of varying reactions to her religion from her peers, occasionally including stereotypical jokes. “They call me a terrorist, they think I haven’t heard that joke before,” Darwiche said. “But then they usually comment on the fact that I don’t look like what people think a Muslim looks like, and they get over it and accept it.” However, she says these words are not indicative of any prejudice against her or her religion. Darwiche mentions that the young adults in many Muslim countries have more in common with American teens than most realize. “They say they shouldn’t have to deal with all the old traditions,” Darwiche said. “You tell some of the girls to wear the traditional head coverings, and they’ll tell you no.”

Hinduism The many traditions belonging to Hinduism, a religion observed by the majority of India’s population and over one million people in the United States, are some of the oldest in the world. Sophomore Raaga Kanakam lived in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh for a total of seven or eight years and notes that there is a definite difference between Hinduism here and the services she has attended in India. “[Hinduism is] more modernized here, less so in India,” she said. “It’s more traditional there.” Unlike Kanakam, junior Vasanti Jhaveri, whose family also originates in India, does not visit a temple for prayer. “There are temples, but we don’t attend one,” she said. “I think it doesn’t really matter where you pray from; it’s the same to pray from home.” Jhaveri recently completed her study of the Hindu Bharatanatyam dance after 10 years of practicing the choreography. For her graduation, Jhaveri performed the dance with her sister in front of an audience of 400 people. To Jhaveri, the tradition involved in Hinduism is uniquely important because although Hinduism has its own set of principles, she believes it shares many ideas with other religions. “I think a lot of religions say the same thing,” Jhaveri said.

Diversity shows in River’s many religions By CAROLINE POSNER FEATURES EDITOR

Spanish River students are redefining River’s religious culture - and its associated stereotypes - with a number of faiths originating around the world. The religious practices of many students provide a diverse dynamic for the school, and influence the outlook of these young adults in their lives both in class and at home.


Junior Domonique Haynes says that not all of her friends know much about her religion, Therevada Buddhism. As part of her observance, Haynes mentions that she meditates occasionally, and realizes the benefits of doing so. “It’s like sleep, how it clears your mind,” Haynes said. “It really helps your concentration and focus.” She comments also on another principle of Buddhism that she finds relevant to daily life. “[Buddhism teaches] not to be greedy, to take things in moderation,” Haynes said.

Cultural Context: liturgy: a form of public worship or ritual Coptic Orthodox Church: principal Christian church in predominantly Muslim Egypt

Coptic Orthodox Christianity

Though Christianity is currently the world’s largest religion, sophomore Anthony Nagib rarely finds students who have heard of the Coptic Orthodox Church, the faith that Nagib’s family observes. The church that Nagib belongs to offers Saturday evening classes that Nagib continues to attend. Though he studies prayers, the Bible and other lessons applicable to daily life, the class occasionally focuses on the Coptic language used in the church’s liturgy. The faith has other differences from most Christian denominations, he notes. Nagib laughs that most people find the Coptic Christmas’ date most interesting. “There’s a different calendar from the Catholic Christians,” Nagib said. “Last year, when Mr. Turner said to the class on January 7, ‘Oh by the way, Merry Christmas!’ and then explained, everyone thought it was so cool.” He adds that the lessons his faith teaches influence his behavior and his work at school. “You try to follow the paths of the people in the Bible,” Nagib said. “I try to behave well and be successful at school, because these leaders in the Bible were such successful people.”

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Therevada Buddhism: one of two main divisions of Buddhism (the other being Matayana), which is often represented by “Skinny Buddha,” for its belief that Buddha suffered on his path to enlightenment

Bharatanatyam: a classical southern Indian dance that Sunni: the larger of the two Islamic branches. Sunni Muslims uses steps, hand gestures and facial expressions in its in- believe the first four leaders to follow Islam’s founder, Muhammad, terpretation of the music’s lyrics and depiction of Hindu were rightly given their position gods and goddesses Shi’ah: describes the second largest of the two major branches of Ramadan: the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and Islam, now focused mainly in Iran. Shi’ah Muslims were followers of the holiest period of the year, Ramadan is observed by Muhammad’s descendant Ali, and not the first four leaders fasting during daylight hours of that month Sources:,,,

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Frivolous Phobias: how well do you know your fears? If eating PB&J was a childhood nightmare or going to school makes you sick with the sight of teenagers, you might be coming down with a case of wacky phobia. Test your knowledge of some of these irrational fears below... 1. If feather tickling doesn’t get you giggling, you could have... A) Pteronophobia B) Omphalophobia C) Paraskavedekatriaphobia 2. Does the sight of peanut butter make your heart flutter with fear? A) Ephebiphobia B) Arachibutyrophobia C) Pteronophobia 3. If the thought of being gulped down by a whale makes your face go ghostly pale, you might have... A) Phagophobia B) Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia C) Omphalophobia 4. Is supercalifragilisticexpiallidocious really that atrocious? A) Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia B) Pteronophobia C) Phagophobia 5. If you’re scared of your navel, you’ll be given this label... A) Arachibutyrophobic B) Ephebiphobic C) Omphalophobic 6. If teenagers give you the frights when you cannot get them out of your sight, you might have... A) Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia B) Ephebiphobia C) Paraskavedekatriaphobia

Phobia Cheat Sheet

A r a c h i b u t y r o p h o b i a - fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth. Arachibutryophobics will avoid eating peanut butter at all times.

Pteronophobia - fear of being tickled by feathers. The ticklish sensation bothers some people so much to the point of nausea or excessive sweating.

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia- fear of long words, brought on by watching a person struggle with the pronunciation and spelling of long words. Irony at its finest - this phobia as it is 35 letters long and difficult to pronounce.

E p h e b i p h o b i a - fear of teenagers. Ephebiphobics can not stand to be around teenagers or associate with them. They will do anything to avoid contact with teens at all costs.

O m p h a l o p h o b i a - fear of belly buttons. Omphalophobics are extremely disturbed by the touching of belly buttons... especially dirty ones.

Sources: www.

Information compiled by Josh Lieberman

P a r a s k a v e d e k a t r i a p h o b i a - fear of Friday the 13th. Paraskavedekatriaphobia is surprisingly common, and can cause anxiety, nausea, dry mouth, breathlessness or a fear of dying. P h a g o p h o b i a - fear of swallowing or eating, or of being eaten. Sufferers have an intense fear of choking to death. Also, people who fear being swallowed by an animal are part of the phagophobic society. Phobophobia - fear of phobias. If you are reading this and you are uncomfortable by all of the different phobias, then take the hint - you’re a phobophobic.

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KEY: 1. A 2. B 3. A 4. A 5. C 6. B


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FEATURE FOCUS 11 2 Life! Born to be raw leads to healthy lives November 2010 The Galleon

Lemonade. Perricone. Macrobiotic. Banana. 5 Factor. Weight Watchers.


Dozens of eating habits are seen at Spanish River. Some seem weird, others cool and exciting. Some improve health, others verge on dangerous. No matter what, it’s all about the bite. Atkins. Baby food. Cookies. Grapefruit. Jenny Craig. Nutrisystem.

What is a “weird diet”? Some consider lifestyle diets to be odd; others perceive eating baby food or cotton bolls as insane. Healthy and balanced meals are the keys to a healthy individual but the practice of altering diets into “weird diets” is becoming more common than ever, influencing health in a multitude of ways. Lifestyle diets usually include becoming a vegetarian, vegan or pescatarian. Adopting and maintaining any of these diets has some health benefits, the most significant being the elimination of red meat, which is high in fat and can lead to cardiovascular problems. There are students at Spanish River who maintain typical lifestyle diets and are supportive of them. “I’ve been a pescatarian forever and I have never eaten meat,” senior Katie Seldin said. “I love it.” Whether people eliminate meat from their diets for ethical, moral or health reasons, they still must eat enough protein to avoid protein deficiency syndromes, which are becoming common among people who do not eat meat, according to Other diets, such as no-carb and no-sugar diets, eliminate important food items that the body needs to stay

healthy. These diets are known to backfire. Senior Nikki Kessler hopes that replacing sugar with substitutes will help to avoid major complications that complete elimination of sugar poses. “Instead of using regular sugar, I use only Sweet’N Low,” Kessler said. “This way I can eat all of the sugar that I want, but it’s healthier.” However, Kessler may be mistaken. Sweet’N Low contains saccharin, a chemical substitute for table sugar. Saccharin was, until recently, thought to be a carcinogen, according to Its health value is still disputed among nutritionists and government officials, as well. Another lifestyle diet aligns with the current “green revolution.” The organic diet is a new craze sweeping homes around the world. Crops are generally grown with the use of synthetic pesticides and artificial fertilizers and animals such as cows and chickens are fed antibiotics and synthetic growth hormones. If one chooses to adopt the organic diet, he or she eats foods that are naturally grown without the use of pesticides or growth hormones. Eating natural organic products is beneficial because it relieves the body of added chemicals and toxins. Sophomore Sarah Weinstein adopted an organic diet a year ago after watching the documentary Food Inc. “I saw how the animals were being treated and began eating only organically,” Weinstein said. “I feel much better knowing that my body is not filled with toxins.” Weinstein is one of many people who has decided to take on a healthy diet in hopes of achieving a healthier lifestyle. Even with all sorts of diets already in practice,

some people will make up their own diets. “I tried an all-water diet that consisted of drinking eight bottles of water per day and only eating vegetables,” junior Zoë Jacobson said. Jacobson stated that although she definitely lost weight while on her diet, she gained it all back after she stopped. Other peculiar diets of this sort include the “baby food diet” and the “cotton ball diet.” These truly bizarre diets are very dangerous. Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston both reportedly followed a “baby food diet,” which requires a person to replace meals with jars of baby food. The jars of baby food are filled with pureed vegetables that are low in calories and result in weight loss, according to Some inedible objects are eaten as well. The “cotton ball diet” calls for eating cotton balls that expand in the stomach once ingested. After eating the cotton balls, the person loses their appetite. The cotton balls have no calories, which results in weigh loss. However, they have no nutritional value either, according to “Weird diets” prove to be popular, but they can hurt a body as they tend to not provide the nutrition a teenager needs. Teens should choose to eat healthily rather than subject themselves to following a strict diet or eating foods that should never enter a body.

What’s actually in your lunchbox?




TURKEY AND CHEESE hold nearly 3/4 of your daily sodium intake in one serving, as well as nitrites, which can turn into carcinogens Information from and google Compiled by ilana Weisman

S’MORES six types of artificial sugars fill this Shark Shop favorite

MAC AND CHEESE contains Alginate, which is used in dye printing, in fire proofing and in cosmetic making

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Moving into eating live, raw foods have opened up a new world to Elisa and she loves the feeling of vitality by eating in this way! I was always conscientious of proper nutrition but in recent years, I discovered a new world in healthy eating that incorporated more greens and fresh fruit. Even my teenage children enjoy eating this way because it is tasty and they feel great! We are hoping that by providing culinary lessons through 2 Life!, we can help others look at what healthy eating is- dynamic, live food full of enzymes, vitamins and proteins that are assimilated and energizing with every bite.

Weighing In

19% have dieted in other ways

“Different”diets’ popularity grows SAMANTHA COHEN STAFF REPORTER

We all need more energy these days but there is a place we can get it other than in another cup of coffee! 2 Life! was born as a way to blend a lifestyle with a diet that can revamp our way of eatingenergizing and revitalizing every cell of the body. It is based on the premise that giving your body “good” and easy-to-digest nutrition found in raw foods will help it to run smoothly and keep it free

of disease, as we truly are living in a time when degenerative diseases are rampant and there is a direct correlation between what we eat and our lifetime health. The raw food movement formalized in Boston, Massachusetts- where we grew up. After seeing the amazing effects of the diet on Dr. Ann Wigmore, we chose to improve our lives by eating raw foods. Initially, Elisa Leavitt was a vegetarian. Learning which foods to eat in order to properly care for the body guided her to macrobioticism, a vegan diet which applies the principles of balance of yin/ yang with all aspects of living, specifically eating.

57% of students surveyed say that they have never dieted. 44% are

not happy with their bodies. And those who did diet?

9% have been on a lifestlye diet

57% have not dieted

15% have used unhealthy methods to lose weight


say they still are not satisfied with their

bodies. 15% admit to using unhealthy methods to lose weight.

9% of students choose to change their lifestyles, often by becoming a

vegetarian (no meat, fish or poultry), a pescatarian (no meat or poultry but fish) or a vegan (no animal products at all).

Eating disorders remain prominent ILANA WEISMAN FEATURE FOCUS EDITOR Amidst the overwhelming number of trendy diets and personalized meal plans coming and going daily, the ultimate enemies of nutritional health never disappear - eating disorders. Typically classified as physiological or neurological issues, the National Center for Eating Disorders Awareness says that there are a multitude of disorders and diseases that constitute the general term “eating disorder,” with the three most common being anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. Almost two million Americans suffer from anorexia, which involves self-inflicted starvation, according to the National Eating Disorders Association. Bulimia, conversely, entails eating large amounts of food before purging it from the body. Eating disorders are most common during teenage years, according to school nurse Chantale Chenier. Former Spanish River student Rachel Dobbin had an eating disorder. “When my eating disorder started, [I restricted my eating like an anorexic does] but, like a bulimic, I purged,” Dobbin stated. “As my eating disorder started to worsen by the day, I was pulled out of school right at the start of the second semester to be put into a residential treatment program.” After leaving Spanish River, Dobbin went on to complete three months of intensive treatment at the Renfrew Center in Pompano Beach. She is now continuing high school in New York and says that she is “doing much better and life is getting easier.” Despite the prevalence of eating disorders among teen girls, men and women of any lifestyle can be afflicted. An anonymous teacher admitted to struggling with a binge eating disorder for years, which involves overeating and then crash dieting. “I overeat and it’s always a battle with my weight,” she said. While dieting led to temporary thinness for the teacher, the weight was often put back

on quickly. Social rejection worsened the matter and led to more eating, she said. Because the disorder is rooted in self-esteem issues and shame, she grew helpless and complacent and chose not to diet or exercise to combat her weight gain. Eating disorders have not only health consequences but also academic and social ones. “[My eating disorder] affected my life in more ways than I can explain,” Dobbin said. “My grades started to fall. Because I was so undernourished, I could not perform well in school. As a teenager, all of my friends were going out and having fun, but because I was so miserable and stuck in my eating disorder, I could not bring myself to do anything with them. It got to the point where I couldn’t even gather up the energy to go to school.” Dobbin was not alone in her social challenges; the teacher stated that not being accepted by peers was not only a consequence of having an eating disorder, but the cause as well. This attitude is common; a lack of self-confidence is a common precursor to a harmful disease. Many eating disorders share this and other warning signs, including skipping meals, an emaciated body or a lack of energy and focus, according to Chenier. “Too many students do not disclose their eating disorders,” Chenier said. “It is not good or healthy for them. Even not eating breakfast can lead to something worse and more unhealthy.” Chenier also expressed a need for students to be open about their disordered eating. Getting help for an eating disorder may be difficult, she emphasized, but it is worth it. Dobbin agrees with this idea, as she saw the process as a “roller coaster,” requiring structure and support. “Instead of being trapped in the prison in my head and stuck with my eating disorder thoughts, I am finally able to go out and enjoy spending time with my friends,” Dobbin reasoned. “Every meal is not a hassle. I am starting to see what I actually have in life and that my eating disorder is not worth all the misery it puts me through.” Although thousands of those bur-

dened with eating disorders are receiving help, there are people who are still stuck on the fatal roller coaster but they have the potential to get better. With adequate support, even the worst of a body’s enemies can be overcome, eating disorders included.

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Gorillaz storm Madison Square Garden By ZACH SCHLEIN COMMENTARY For an idea that started in the London flat of two bored Englishmen, rock band Gorillaz has come far. On October eighth, the semi-fictional band played their first ever show at the legendary Madison Square Garden (MSG) in New York City on their first world tour, “Escape to Plastic Beach”. The tour was named for their most recent studio album, Plastic Beach. As on each of their three studio albums, there were many walks of musicians on hand to help Damon Albarn, the musical mastermind behind Gorillaz, induct his band into the pantheon of popular artists that have played at the Garden. In addition to being flanked by an all female violin section, backup singers, drummers and an

electronic section, Damon brought along Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, half of pioneering rock group The Clash as main guitar and bass, respectively. Another guest of similar pedigree was infamously grumpy classic rocker Lou Reed who made an exclusive appearance at the MSG show to play “Some Kind of Nature”, which he collaborated on with Gorillaz on Plastic Beach. Other guests included rap group De La Soul, rappers Mos Def, Kano, Bashy and Bootie Brown of underground rap supergroup “Pharcyde”. Classic soul singer Bobby Womack, electronic band Little Dragon and Japanese artist Miho Hatori helped cover other genres besides rock and rap. After a stunning opening act with rap band N.E.R.D. headed by Pharell, Gorillaz opened to a thunderous applause as the lights dimmed and the stage came to life. Utilizing a state of the art LCD screen and massive LCD letters spelling Gorillaz, each song’s distinctive personality was brought to the forefront through visuals composed by one third of the Gorillaz braintrust, Jamie Hewlett. Along with Albarn, Hewlett conceived of Gorillaz in 1998 as a commentary on the nature of celebrity excess and culture and has been the man responsible for the band’s notable image and iconography. The concert began with an orchestral introduction, trailing Jamie Hewlett’s immaculately detailed model Plastic Beach, followed by Snoop Dogg’s notable visage dominating the screen for

h i s s o n g w i t h Gorillaz, “Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach,” aptly setting the mood for the rest of the concert with the contrast of orchestral instrumentals and hip hop rhymes. From that point on,Gorillaz launched into a setlist spanning their entire 10 year career. After electronic epic “19-2000” with Miho Hatori, Damon launched into “Stylo”, a song that, more than any other, perfectly encapsulated Gorillaz’ live presence and what they are all about. The first single off their new album, “Plastic Beach”, “Stylo” features Bobby Womack and Mos Def, two artists whose styles couldn’t be any farther apart. Backed by a retro disco beat and Damon’s crooning, the song couldn’t be any more out there. But it works. To see all of this unfold live, surrounded only by the LCD screen displaying the song’s music video of Bruce Willis giving chase to three of the band’s fictional characters, Murdoc, 2D and Cyborg, set a precedent that won’t be met for a long time.

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In the eyes of the performer Two bands from Rock the River share their thoughts By CURTIS GODINO AND SKYLER TOSKI CELESTIAL SOUNDS Celestial Sounds makes music influenced by the intrinsic beauty of the world; falling snow, cats, and the stars. Curtis Godino takes the strings, with Skyler Toski on the bass and Brian Feldmen on the guitar. Coda Motzerella adds beats to the mix on a set of pots and pans influenced by the garbage-band movement. Our genre is a category of its own, comprising tribal space jungle sounds with a tad of rock n’ roll thrown in. We recently played at Rock the River, an experience that was inspiring for us all. I felt like I was floating in the clouds, with all the musical talent of Spanish River on display.

By DOMINIC DELANEY WING IT Playing at Rock The River was an experience like no other. Being a musician, it has always been my dream to be able to step on stage and play songs that have actual meanings to people. All the bands that played were really supportive of each other, which was great. Gibson helped out a lot this year, as well. Now, I'm not going to say I wasn't scared to go on (because i was terrified), but once you get onstage and you see all of those Sharks out there... I can't explain it, but something just happens to you and you feel like you can do anything. Thank you to Gibson, WSRH, Mr. Weddle, everyone who helped out with the show and, most importantly, all of the students who came out to support all of the bands. photos courtesy of suzanne sanders


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How’s Your Lingo?

STUDENT LIFE Facebook lurking creeps on the scene

An international phenomenon, Facebook has spawned its own tongue. Here are a few terms to help you brush up on your language skills: 1. nbd no big deal “I nearly got run over --but the car missed me, nbd.” 2. ftw for the win (expression of enthusiasm) “Glee beats Gossip Girl any day, ftw!” 3. Facebook activism the illusion of dedication to a cause through no-commitment Facebook groups “I joined that group against genocide in Darfur, but it was just Facebook activism.” 4. Facebook brag bragging posted as a Facebook status “She was accepted into 20 colleges. I know because she posted a Facebook brag yesterday.” source:


By WHITNEY SHA STUDENT LIFE EDITOR In the recently released film about Facebook’s beginnings called The Social Network, Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, ponders the finishing touch to the profile information users would want to see on his website. As he stares at his computer screen, a classmate approaches him and asks him whether a particular girl is single. Mark sits up, electrified. Later, he adds “relationship status” to his list of profile stats and launches the networking site that would sweep the globe into a new era of technology. It is that selfsame curiosity about friends and acquaintances that prompts Facebook users to “lurk” or spend an unusual amount of time gathering personal information about others from their Facebook profiles. Although Facebook lurking was once regarded as creepy and unnatural, its recent rise in popularity has opened up students to confessing their lurking practices. Sophomore Hobie Hunter is unashamed of his Facebook habits. “For example, if a friend of mine were dating a new guy, I would check him out,” Hunter said. “In general, I go for [someone’s] info, wall, fan pages and sometimes photos.” Hunter surveys Facebook profiles mostly as a cure for boredom and does not consider his activities to be a big deal. “I don’t think it’s a topic to be viewed with seriousness,” he said. Though many students admit to lurking, some

are not as brazen as Hunter. A junior girl who wishes to remain anonymous blushed before she confessed her lurking habits of crushes. “I spend about twenty minutes per day on Facebook; I would probably go on a [crush’s] profile every day and see who they’re talking to,” she said. “Sometimes I look at photos too, though commenting depends on how well I know the person.” A sophomore boy who also wishes to remain anonymous acknowledged lurking as a way to stay connected to a social circle. “I lurked a lot during freshman year,” he said. “I felt a need to know what people were doing and I wanted to be in the loop. If there was something interesting on someone’s wall, they tagged their friends, and I didn’t know who the friends were, I’d click on their profiles. It was my way of getting to know people.” Lurking proved addictive until his sophomore year, when he found other activities with which to spend his time. “I went on Facebook until eleven at night; it was hours I was online,” he said. “Now I just don’t care about it anymore. I’m busier with other things.” Some disregard it, some admit to it and some display their “lurker pride” but the truth is: only those completely untouched by the Facebook revolution can escape the effects of lurking. No matter if one is a profile “stalker” or “stalk-ee,” lurking has become as much of the Facebook lifestyle as wall posts and pokes.

River students live a teenage dream By SHELAINA BLOUKOS STAFF REPORTER The city of Boca Raton has been considered a South Floridian “pocket” that consists of the wealthiest Floridians, the most luxurious cars and the priciest name brands. When it comes to teenagers, the drama that comes with such wealth goes haywire. Some have noticed the opportunity to transform real life into a reality television show and Spanish River students seem to be a perfect match for this plan. Pink Sneakers Productions, a production studio, announced a casting call for South Florida teenagers who live the Boca Raton lifestyle. However, the agency already knew the target area and reached a group of juniors who attend Spanish River.

Camera operator Rebecca H. Sirmons has played a large role in the making of some of the most popular shows today such as Hogan Knows Best, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Miami Social, according to Sirmons recently contacted a group of students from Spanish River to be the actors and actresses of the new show. The cast includes juniors Jessica Abecassis, Olivia Grossman, Ashley Beall, Ashley Berger, Arielle Kaminik, Mallorie Shawe, Lexi Liberati, Tara Kelly, Evan Kupferberg, Coltin Gelb, Jesse Weinberger, Robby Klasfeld and Drew Sollins. “[Sirmons] messaged us all on Facebook,” Beall said. “None of us really responded to it at first but then we did. She got our numbers and started texting and calling us.” Similar to other reality TV shows such as Laguna Beach and The Real World, the show will be about these specific Boca Raton teenagers, including all of the excitement and drama in their lives. “I think it’s really cool that out of everyone selected, we were the ones chosen,” Grossman said. “It was really unexpected.” At first, the students who competed to be in the show were from Boca High, St. Andrews and Spanish River. A filming crew was sent to tag along with groups of kids on the weekends. After each group of friends was considered, the

students of Spanish River won the hearts of the producers, therefore making it onto the show. “It might get stressful at times but we all need to realize that it’s just for fun,” Liberati said. “It’s a really good opportunity for all of us.” Although the idea of a camera crew can seem a bit overwhelming, Liberati said that she was excited for the start of the new series. The entire cast, too, seems excited for the show to air. “I’m excited to get paid,” Weinberger joked. The new series has yet to obtain a name and may not air until the spring season. However, anticipation looms in the air as these teens await their first TV appearance.



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Students strut their stuff for Ms. Ugly By LINDSEY GOLD EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Sporting tight, glittery pink dresses and black stilettos, talented male Sharks strutted down the stage on October 19. That evening, 11 boys competed to win the title of Ms. Ugly. Ms. Ugly is a normal talent competition, albeit with one interesting quirk: all of the contestants, solely males, must dress up as females. With acts ranging from solos to trios, the performers displayed a great abundance of skill. It might now be necessary to define skill. Generally, skill is presumed to be a talent. However, matching the contestants’ singing abilities to those of Ray Charles may not be accurate. The acrobatics and dance numbers in each routine may be considered skillful; however, it may not b e recommended to deem the performances skillful in terms of vocals,

unless skill has been redefined to incorporate excessively high pitch and mid-pubescent cracks. Nonetheless, the competition engaged the audience and served as the dramatic, fun competition it was meant to be. The contestants also enjoyed embracing their feminine sides. “It was so fun to perform in a dress and to sing the vocals of the infamous JoJo,” senior contestant Jonathan Blumenthal said. Seniors Alexa Lebersfeld and Zoë Newman brought up the idea for the return of the Ms. Ugly competition after three years of its absence, and were also responsible for organizing the entire competition. Praise is also due to hosts Mr. and Ms. Spanish River, seniors Ben Heller and Natalia Piedrahita. “It was very exciting to bring back Ms. Ugly after not having it for a few years,” Piedrahita said. Teachers Aaron Lampman, Tara Rothberg and R a n d y

Weddle judged the performances based on beauty, attire, humor, poise/confidence and creativity. After accumulating all of the points, junior Lucas Feigenbaum scored the highest for his performance as Jasmine of “A Whole New World” from Disney’s Aladdin, accompanied by junior Zach Schultz as Aladdin, and won the title of Ms. Ugly. “I feel responsible for [encouraging] other men who aspire to dress as women,” Feigenbaum said. All contestants showed a considerable amount of spirit and rocked their feminine sides. Although it did not a d here to its description of a talent competition, Ms. Ugly audaciously flaunted comedy and both the contestants and the audience had a lot of fun.


SPORTS Ultimate frisbee popularity flies high


Beads of sweat develop along a player’s forehead as he stands motionless, frisbee in hand, glancing down the field to spot an open teammate. With a flick of the wrist the frisbee is sent, cutting through the air, to be received by an available player. This scene captures the excitement of the latest craze in sports worldwide that can be recognized with a single word: ultimate. Ultimate frisbee, also referred to exclu-sively as “ultimate,” is an exhilarating, non-contact team sport (seven players per team), that combines the finest aspects of sports such as soccer, basketball and American Football into a unique game which requires a high measure of speed, agility and stamina. This sport has gained a great amount of popularity in the past few decades and with the recent addition of the Ultimate Frisbee club, it has taken a stronghold here at Spanish River. Ultimate club was founded by sophomores Rachel Barrick, Sarah Weinstein, Jaclyn Verity, Helen Broad, Zoe Hammond, Nina Van Maanen and Ellyn Snider. “It is really popular at many summer camps, including mine where I first played it,” Barrick said. “We heard about the Ultimate Frisbee club at Boca High and thought it would be a great

idea to make one at Spanish River.” Although not an official varsity team, Ultimate Frisbee club holds scrimmages every Friday at Patch Reef Park against Boca High, where students can engage in a little friendly competition. “We thought ultimate would be a good club to start at Spanish River because both genders can take part in it and you can play a sport without the pressure of a school team,” Hammond said. Ultimate originated in 1968 in Mapelwood, New Jersey when staff members of the newspaper, The Colombian, and its Student Council developed an entirely new sport to occupy their high school nights. The students adapted the rules for what they had called frisbee football, ultimately inventing what is known today as the sport of ultimate frisbee. “My brother was on the University of Florida ultimate team when they won Nationals and I had never played myself but always cheered from the sidelines,” English II honors teacher Kathlean Rush said. The idea that any- body can play ultimate, experienced players or newcomers, is also a major emphasis of the club. “A lot of students like and play ultimate, so it is a good way to bring all those people, and those who are new to the sport, together and have a team (club),” Barrick said. “We play ultimate and have an amazing time!” PHOTOS BY ILANA WEISMAN

No offense, you’re not a sport By RENEE SIEGEL COMMENTARY Sports are a world-wide obsession, followed by every culture. However, what constitutes something as a sport? In America, there is prestige in belonging to a varsity sport, but what makes something considered varsity? Webster dictionary defines sport as "an athletic activity requiring skill or physical prowess and often of a competitive nature." It is that competitive drive within every individual that has made sporting events throughout the ages such a prominent part of life. It is that same competitive drive which makes people want to put exclusive limits on sports. "Self-formed exclusivity" is my personal definition of a "varsity sport." So it seems to be that some sports at Spanish River are true to the literal definition of a sport, while others are merely varsity space-fillers in order to comply with Title IX. Title IX is a gender equality law for federal funding, which was passed in 1972. Though it covers many subjects, it is most commonly used to dictate athletic regulations. Under Title IX, the number of female and male high school athletes must be equal. So if a varsity football team has 50 athletes, multiple varsity girls’ teams must exist to equate 50 female athletes. This explains why at our school girls’ lacrosse is varsity while boys’ lacrosse is considered a club. Gender equality on the playing fields may dictate whether a sport is considered varsity or not, but there are still some ambiguous lines as to which activities are actually sports and which ones are not. I constantly overhear people contemplating whether their hobby should be considered a sport. Even though some of the following activities are sports

according to, I beg to differ. Debate- First off, I want to know who started the rumor that this is a varsity sport. Just because you purchase varsity letters from a store, doesn’t make you a sport. I do cross country and lacrosse- I work my butt off on a field every day until I feel like my legs are going to give out. Maybe I’m missing something, but I don’t see debate team members even breaking a sweat. I don’t see debate team members counting the percentage of carbohydrates in their diets and I don’t see debate members doing wind sprints in their practices. You’re not a sport. Band- If I hear one more band member complain to me that “people don’t understand how hard band is, we are totally a sport,” I might freak out. I’m sorry, but being able to run a couple of laps around the court yard is not something to brag about! Walking around a field with a heavy tuba is no doubt tiring, but there is absolutely no athleticism to it. And as a side note, no athlete could play a sport wearing a cape with a mirror stitched to it… sorry band, but you’re not a sport. Cheerleading- Our cheerleading team has not done a competition in years because that would require Saturday practices. If you want to be considered a sport, then suck it up and practice every day just like every other sport. Well, without competitions, cheerleaders are left with the job of motivating the football players. That’s going really well considering the fact that our football team has won one game in the four years I’ve attended this school. So though cheerleading has the potential of being a sport, until December when you cheer in a real competition, you’re not one at Spanish River. Obviously a lot of time and effort is contributed to each of these activites. I’m sorry, but if it’s not an athletic competition, it’s not a sport. However, as long as you love what you do, what difference does a classification make?

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Face it- most people do not get excited to exercise. Having the motivation to go to the gym is often challenging. However, a new exercise program is getting flocks of people to get up in an effort to be first on the sign up sheet. Zumba blends Latin music with dance moves, creating a fitness program that allows one to exercise while having a blast. “The upbeat music is very rhythmic and [it makes it] fun to dance to,” senior Natalia Vergera said. Zumba was originally developed by the celebrity fitness trainer “Beto” Perez in the 90’s. His intention was to allow the gym-goer to burn fat while also toning and sculpting the body. Since then, instructors teach classes to 7.5 million people each week, according to zumba. com. These instructors have to be motivated in order to capture the full essence of the class and encourage all participants to have fun. “To combine everything together is an amazing combination to have fun, feel great, get stronger and stay fit,” instructor Bernadett Fejszes said. She teaches classes at various locations in Boca Raton over 10 times per week. Fejszes says it is important to ensure that everyone has a great time. The average age of the class can vary, some with participants as young as four years old. Some people partake in this pleasurable workout for other reasons. “It’s a fun-filled way to get in shape,” Vergera said. “I like to stay in touch with my Latin American heritage.” As more and more people immerse themselves in the rhythmic bath of Zumba, they learn how getting or staying in shape can be totally enjoyable.



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All Eyes n... The Ultimate Athlete By SAM KAPLAN SPORTS EDITOR




Mesner: My dad is an ex - professional football player so I wanted to follow in his foot steps as an athlete; it runs in my family.

Dylan Tell: I started playing when


All State Mid-Fielder and many votes as an All American.




What inspired you to start playing sports?

How did you achieve your athletic ability?


North: I put maximum effort in every single workout, as well as training on my own. It’s a lot of hard work, but it pays off.

How old were you when you started playing? i was three and have played on many different travel teams.

Galleon: Best achievement? Robby Mercado: First Team

Biggest impact on you as an athlete?

Ryan Heagen: Tim Howard (goalie American world cup team)


What are game Rituals?



Chris England:

Watching step brothers with other ultimate athletes before matches to get myself emotionally prepared. What advice do you have for people who want to be a successful athlete?

Leo: Put in the time, effort and energy into what you wish to achieve and set goals that will challenge yourself mentally and physically. ART BY KATHY LONG


GOLF JOSH LIEBERMAN: YEARS EXPERIENCE: 7 RIEDEL OR LAMPMAN: LAMPMAN! FAVORITE RAPPER: DRIZZY DRAKE Role model: dustin johnson Tiger woods? Bad person..... great golfer

CHRISTINA OCAMPO Year experience: 6 pre-match meal: bagels lampman or reidel? i can’t choose tiger woods? he’s a boss player, he shouldn’t have cheated though