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In This Issue: News 1, 3 Op/Ed 6, 7 Features 8, 9 Feature Focus 10, 11 Arts & Entertainment 12, 13 Student Life 14, 15 Sports 17, 18, 20

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DECA Sharks take states: 181 students travel to Orlando Amanda Paige Staff Reporter Business teacher Deb Carter is ecstatic to have 181 Spanish River students accompany her on the trip to Orlando, Florida from March 6 to March 9 for the DECA state competition. After greeting the drug dog upon entry onto the bus, students were ready to display their talents in the statewide competition.This is Carter’s ninth year taking students to compete in DECA states. DECA, formally known as the Distributive Education Clubs of America, is an international association of both high school and college students, as well as teachers of marketing, management and entrepreneurship in business, finance, hospitality, and marketing sales and service. There are two main categories along with 46 different subcategories that students are eligible to compete in. One type is the written category, in which students can compete in writing an 11 page promotion manual or a

30 page marketing or business plan. Students create a “book” and are judged on how well it is written. Then at states, they must present their book to the judges through a planned presentation. In the other category, students can compete by taking a test and then interviewing with a judge in a role-play situation- an individual or pair may do this category. “Students in the writing category are judged on knowledge, composure and professionalism,” Carter said. “Students in the role-play and test categories are judged on their knowledge through the Photo Courtesy Sean Delaney test scores, as well as in the role-play on their interview Before heading to Orlando, DECA students were greeted by a “furry police officer.” skills.” Hotz is also looking forward which is a research paper proper business skills for All the students participatto meeting new people from where a student attempts to the future. It is also a great ing in DECA states have been way to interact with friends “re-brand” a company. preparing for their tests or all over Florida. while learning. Junior Jordan Brown has “We collaborated with the interviews for weeks leading Brown is hoping to also been preparing for DECA company that we used and up to the statewide event. Sophomore Lucy Hotz has states. This will be his sec- found out what has worked receive first place at states been preparing for her writ- ond appearance at DECA as well as what could possi- to continue to Nationals in ten Marketing Management states since he started high bly work, and came up with Atlanta, Georgia later this school. Brown is also in the a plan to re-brand the com- spring. test and interview. “I have been taking time to writing category, but for pany,” Brown said. Like Brown, many stustudy hard for the test and I the Buying and Merchandising Operations Research dents enjoy DECA because it have been practicing a lot for Event. Brown wrote a “book”, teaches them necessary and Art by eliana landow my interview,” Hotz said.

History buffs compete in National History Day contest Finalists move onto state competition Catherine Vianale News Editor This past February, students in the Gilder Lehrman Academy at Spanish River participated in a research project for the official “National History Day”. This competition offers a very broad base that is open to interpretation and allows students to play to their strengths in terms of presentation. This year’s theme was entitled “Rights and Responsibilities in History”, in which students explored historical events through mediums such as creation of a paper, an exhibit, a performance, a documentary, or a web site. The school wide competition was staged in January, and students selected took their

presentatrouble.” tions to Sennott the county chose to crecompetiate a video tion to be involving judged by the rights teachers and responfrom across sibilities of the school eighteen district. year olds Te a c h e r s as are roles such as progressed Kim Green, throughout R a n d y history. W e d O n dle, and February 18, Deborah ten Sharks Stenner were able to Photo Courtesy Deb Stenner w e r e compete in a m o n g s t Students present their project for the NHD school competition. the county the judges competition of NHD at have an amazing presentawho advanced some stu- tion and it showed. I held Dreyfoos School of the Arts. dents to the county meet. my own,” said Grant Sennott, All ten of these students “There were a lot of good River senior. “Also, decid- placed in different categories presentations this year, a lot ing what to name my fake and certain students of kids worked really hard to sources was also a source of will be making the trip to Tal-

lahassee to compete for the state title. These students are Michaela Kastin, Sydney Schuam, Gianna Doxey, and Daniel Hopin. Honorable mentions included Josh Bouchner, Ricky Hinds, Brooke Levy, Alex Kline, Hayley Schulman, and Gabbi Serrato. “My presentation was a radio show talk, and I am confident I will be attending states in May,” Daniel Hopin, senior, said. “Not too many kids chose to create a presentation like ours and I hope that means originality will help us.” In May, students who place first or second in the county meet will advance to the state competition in Tallahassee.


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Letter from the Editors “It’s Spring Break, y’all.”


- Less than 40 days left for seniors!

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-Spring sports underway!

Happy Reading! Josh, Ashley, Kelsey, and Lindsay The Editorial Board

Letter to the Editors Dear Editors, “The Battle of the Sexes” was very well written. I couldn’t take my eyes off of the article. The things that the guy wrote about how girls start their day was so funny. It made me crack up. Writing about high school life along with the difference between girls’ and guys’ points of view never gets old. Keep up the great work! -Mikayla Fabricant, 10

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NEWS River Recycling: Environmental Club seeks new partner Kelsey Spyker News Editor Every Friday, groups of Environmental Club goers could be spotted collecting recycling from various classrooms, but between the last week of January and February 21, this was not the case. Choice Environmental Service, located in Fort Lauderdale, was the corporate partner the club used to dispose recycled materials. After seven years of partnership, the company was bought out by Waste Services, Inc. This company chose not to continue services with the club, thus leaving River overflowing with bottles and papers. “They [WSI] extended their services to River but would require the Environmental Club to pay for pickup and equipment,” biology teacher and Environmental Club sponsor Corrine Jobe said. The new company in Miami does not collaborate with non-profit organizations which left Jobe in a scramble to find a new partner. “I was in contact with Palm Beach County representatives, fellow green schools within the county, private corporations, and even friends of River in order to create a new partnership program,” Jobe said. The Environmental Club, founded by Stewart Klager,

is responsible for collecting recycling from classrooms then transferring it to an appointed area on campus to be picked up by the recycling company. The company allowed River to gather large amounts of materials such as paper and plastic every week. Since weeks of trash piled up in classrooms, many teachers had to deal with recycled materials spilling over bins. “I tried to set a good example for my students, but the bins were overflowing,” Early Childhood teacher Margaret Engelhardt said. “My next step was to take the trash home and put it in my own recycling bins.” The problem did not just affect teachers, but also students. “Half of my classrooms’ recycling bins were overflowing, so I ended up throwing items that I should be recycling into regular trash cans,” junior Britany Shipman said. “It made our school look like a pig-pen,” Shipman said. “I am eager to see the bins empty again so our school can show we care about the environment and make River clean.” Although a new company will be used, Friday collections will remain the same, as for the means by which the materials are collected, that is subject to change. Paper is collected through a partnership with Palm Beach County School District, it is the aluminum and plastic for which a partner is required.

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On February 19th, River sophomores attended a Holocaust memorial event in the theatre. Holocaust survivors spoke about their experiences and their survival stories. After the presentation, survivors went back to classrooms to answer personal questions and enjoyed lunch in the library.

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Deb Carter awarded Career and Technical Education High School Teacher of the Year “It was greatly appreciated to even be nominated for this award, but to win was a complete surprise and a thrill!” -Deb Carter The facutly and staff congratulate Deb Carter on this prestigious Palm Beach County School District award. Photo courtesy of spanish river deca facebook page

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The Galleon 2013-2014 Josh Benrubi Kelsey Spyker Ashley Roth Lindsay Mangines Catherine Vianale Kelsey Spyker

Gianna Doxey Ashley Roth Lauren Villanueva Tedi Raphael Lindsay Mangines


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Michael Benrubi Amanda Paige Sarah Grubman Jack Altman

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Where For Art Thou, Seniors? To skip or not to skip? As the end of the year approaches, this question plagues the minds of many seniors before they decide whether or not to miss a class. if seniors miss more than seven days, they are required to take their Final exams. Some students risk having to take the exam, not keeping track of their absences. below, Two Seniors weigh in on the issue. Catherine Vianale Skip stones, not school

Imagine this: your friend group is planning a pre-end of school party, and you’re stuck at home with 5,000 vocabulary cards for the Honors Marine class that you took only to fulfill your credits. Sound like a nightmare? This is also called “ugly reality” for the certain seniors who already have seven absences for the second semester. In the beginning, seven sounds like a number that can be easily managed, or must somehow be full of loopholes. But as every senior has now realized, those seven absences get eaten up faster than a miniature pack of Skittles. Now, students who have already reached this unholy seven (did I mention we’re not even halfway through second semester?), intensely defend their decision to blow off school and take their exams with a host of rationalizations. “I don’t care about taking exams” and “I really needed the extra sleep” reiterate that seniors can’t be bothered to drag themselves to first period or just can’t muster the emotional strength to stay for one more class at the end of the day. We’ve all been there, ferociously texting our parents in class begging for a blue pass to escape from cruel and unusual punishment, otherwise known as post-lunch classes. How does one combat the “blue pass blues”? My advice to every senior is this; don’t sacrifice a privilege for 45 more minutes of sleep or a morning run to Smoothie King. One of the coolest things about being a senior is immunity from senior exams, and throwing that away is bound to lead to more frustration than attending the class itself. The senioritis outbreak has become increasingly widespread and is responsible for death of much motivation to study and go to class, but the remedy is not to skip. As seniors, we have to remind ourselves that we did not make it this far to unintentionally bomb an easy class or worse, get revoked from the college acceptances we lost our minds over. Skipping is basically the social norm of senior year, and I will admit that seven absences is a pretty unforgiving number. But what isn’t unfair in high school? Despite this, seniors, the key is to remind yourselves, we are one step away from donning the caps and gowns and making our first steps into our futures. Forfeiting it all in the end isn’t the mark of a student who wants to go places in life. My advice to all seniors is stay in school, and then go places.

Jeremy Frieman Absence-Advocate

Seniors have reached the final miles of what once seemed like an endless road. As freshmen, we are told to reach the finish line - graduation. In reality, high school is a long marathon, and we’ve been pacing it wrong for three years. By the time you get to that last year, you just want to crash. It’s been a dark tunnel for three long years, but this year, like some sort of miracle, a light appears at the end of that tunnel. College is right around the corner and it is almost too good to believe. Finally, we’re not working for a mystery or a promise. We have seen the light, it’s there. In general, I have never been a huge fan of the 10 absence rule that applies to all students. That rule requires that students with 10 or more absences in a semester pass the exam in order to receive credit for a class. For seniors in their second semester, 8 or more absences in a class will require them to take the exam. Seniors below the limit can skip the exam and have their fourth quarter grade “doubled” to be used as their exam grade. The point I am trying to make here is that we seniors are worn out. We’ve been through a lot over the past few years. Seniors should be rewarded for making it to the end and succeeding. Instead of relaxing until graduation, we find ourselves constantly stressing about the lingering absence limit, loads of work, and the threat of having admission rescinded from our top university choice. It is always said that “we’re not not out of high school yet”, but if I’ve sent up my health forms, signed up for housing, attended information sessions, where am I going to school right now? I may not be taking classes just yet, but there are still many things to do. It’s difficult to have to balance eight high school classes and the endless list of requirements of a major university where I’ll be spending the next four years of my life. It would be nice to just look forward and put cruise control on until May, but constant road blocks have kept me stuck in the educational equivalent of afternoon Glades Road traffic that is caused by nothing in particular and only serves to hold up your day. Image courtesy of Google Images

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KEEP YOUR THOUGHTS TO YOUR SELF (PHONE) Josh Benrubi Editor-in-Chief Do you remember the subject of the last face-to-face conversation that you had with one of your peers? Do you remember the last time you attentively listened to your friend’s story, before only checking your phone just one more time? Do you remember when the world, and society as we know it, was controlled by face-to-face interaction? If you answered “no” to any of these questions, then you are a teenager in the 21st century who has fallen victim to the overpowering force that is deteriorating mankind- the technology takeover. Before I begin to lament my opinions in this editorial, I would like to mention that I am probably one of the biggest abusers of using my cell phone while performing any daily task. As I write this editorial, I cycle between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, then Snapchat, and back to Facebook- only to check Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat one more time. This vicious cycle has only been made easier by the touch of an application on the iPhone, and we just can’t get enough of it. Whether it is at the dinner table, in class, or anywhere outside school, we feel obliged to

check our phones at any given moment in time. Social media networking, however, is not the sole traumatizing factor of this technology takeover force. Texting and calling is the new alternative to talking. If we have a question about something school-related, if we want to make plans, or even if we want to know how our friend’s day went, it is always by texting and calling. Long gone are the days when you could talk face-to-face with a person; experiencing their emotions and recognizing the excitement and feeling in their voice. To further exemplify this trend, we choose to text instead of call. When it is our loved one’s birthday, we choose to text them with our “emojis” instead of say it over the phone. Technology is the new way of communication, and there are no signs of it slowing down anytime soon. Imagine a day where we were forbidden from using our cell phones. A full 24 hours of not one text message, not one tweet, not one Instagram “selfie”, and not one Snapchat story. Would our day be

completely depressing and unexciting? Probably. But in the long run, however, will it matter what our friends did that day? Will it matter the type of Raw Juice that they bought and took a picture of? Will it matter if you missed out on the opportunity to read another sub tweet exclaiming, “It’s not you, it’s me?” No. None of this will ultimately matter to you. What will matter are the interpersonal skills that you will gain from speaking to someone else in your presence, while learning key strategies that will help you be a personable

human being later in life. With that said, I believe cell phones are the beginning of the downfall of human interaction as we know it. As I run through my social media cycle one more time (until the cycle ends), I am obliged to tell you one thing- when you are by yourself you should be allowed to talk and type as you please, but when faced with another person, please keep the phones out of your hands and in your pockets.

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#Stressed Kelsey Spyker Associate Editor According to Psychology Today, the average high school student has the anxiety level equivalent to that of a psychiatric patient in the early 1950s. A psychiatric patient. A person who has to receive medical treatment for his or her mental disorders. Students from the ages of 14 to 18 are compared to this. Sometimes I feel like I need to receive medical treatment for the amount of stress I am dealing with as my junior year comes to a close. This year is finally catching up with me and I had my first mental breakdown last week. I finally cracked. A whole year’s worth of stress boiled down to one day. I am not going to bother you with what happened exactly because it is not worth it, but the simplest thing set the rocket off. And let’s just say tears were involved. The days are blurred and seem to roll into each other with the same routine

Kelsey’s Korner

day after day, Wake up. Go to school. Attempt to finish homework with getting at least a couple of hours of sleep. One day, I actually contemplated getting up in the middle of the night to finish my homework. You could probably guess, that plan failed. That will never happen again. Enough coffee cannot be consumed to keep me from not feeling tired. I feel like a walking robot. In the beginning of the year, I used to try to look presentable. Now, I just grab the first thing my tired eyes see in the

morning and that will have to do. Besides my brain, this stressful year is taking its toll on my skin. Every once and awhile I get the occasional blemish.. Well, not recently. A new pimple pops up on my face every morning. It seems like once I finally get rid of one, two more decide to pop up. This year is not even over and next year is already stressing me out. Applying for AP classes was fine, it is choosing which ones to take or not to take that is demanding. Junior year is extremely important but your senior is year is too. The classes I take are a deciding factor in my college

admissions. If picking your schedule out for next year doesn’t stress you out, then what does? Don’t get me started on ACT and SAT testing. The amount of work I have to do studying for the ACT is more work than some of my classes in school. The score I receive on these tests is crucial to my future, even though it will only matter for next year then who cares. But for the mean time, it affects my future. Most students have dreams of meeting their celebrity crushes or hanging out with their friends. Me? I have dreams about school. I have a constant headache pounding in my head at all times. Perhaps this is because school is on my brain… even when I am sleeping. The only thing that gets me through is Dunkin Donut’s iced coffee and what little sleep I get. These two things will be on high demand as AP exams roll around. I can’t wait.

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life reflections with Lindsay Attention 16 year olds: get your license now Lindsay Mangines Associate Editor The fact that my birthday is at the end of May far-delayed the process of me getting my license; the fact that I waited 6th months after my 15th birthday to get my permit only enhanced this delay; but the fact that it is now 10 moths after my 16th birthday and I am still without a license is just inexcusable. The problem I have plainly encountered is that due to the extensive time it took to finally make my first trip to the DMV, the only action my permit sees is at airport security when I need an acceptable form of ID. Every one of my friends is already licensed, as most juniors in high school are, so whenever we want to take a trip to the beach or grab a bite to eat somewhere, they drive. Although we see no problem with me learning to drive from them, the law unfortunately says otherwise. Consequently, my driving time is, in essence, split in half. This time to practice the rules of the road is cut once more when you eliminate the frequent occasions my family is running late and in need to speed our way to our desired destination,

denying me the opportunity to drive. This lack of practice is what has prompted my long delay in taking the official driver’s tests, as opposed to the common misconception that I’m simply “too scared to take the test”. I mean, I am, in fact, “too scared to take the test”, but only because passing it would mean earning a freedom that I’m not so sure I deserve. Driving is a serious responsibility and it would be selfish to hit the road with skills adequate enough to pass a standard driving test, but questionable if translated onto the crowded streets of Boca Raton, filled with plenty of other drivers I

probably cannot trust. While from a

technical perspective I do know how to drive, when it comes to the rules of the road, my knowledge is quite limited. Understanding when it is acceptable to switch lanes or make a turn with other cars driving towards mine will only come with gained experience, which only leads me back to my original problem. I have only recently begun to realize the true impact that tiny, plastic card with, most likely, an awful

picture of myself plastered across the front, could have on my life if I only made it more of

a priority; so I plan to do just that. Over Spring Break, my goal is to spend more time behind the wheel, and less time in the passenger’s seat so that hopefully sometime soon, I’ll have the opportunity to take that awful picture. I can hardly wait for the day I do not have to rely on a friend to take me home or suffer the embarrassment and frustration of being the only person I know who needs to be picked up from ACT tutoring. The second I feel confident enough to make important, impulse driving decisions without the guidance from one of my parents, I’ll be logging into to finally make the most influential appointment of my life.

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A day in the life of a junior. Ashley Roth Associate Editor Third quarter Ashleycomes Rotharound. Time to start fresh; a new year, a new Associate Editor semester, a clean slate. Who knew that this picturesque, successful quarter would slowly slip away from me as the struggle to keep my head above water continues to progress. Not only is it prime SAT season, but we are on the verge of entering the inevitable pain of AP exams. Now in addition to an already prolonged quarter of eleven weeks as opposed to nine, I must balance the plethora of activities that consume my calendar second semester. Take last week, for example. The students in AP Lang started their Monday evening with a practice AP exam. Leaving school at dusk was a sad reality for us all as we concluded our final of three essays that followed a 52 question multiplechoice examination. Now, time for homework. Because it would be oh

so terrible to have the opportunity to relax after a draining test, we’re given a hearty serving of assignments. But don’t forget to study for your upcoming SAT in just two days! Tuesday morning. An opportunity to sleep in due to underclassmen Palm Beach Writes testing. The human thing to do in this situation is to grant yourself an extra two hours of sleep during the extended first period. However, my anal self chooses to wake up on normal school schedule to join my SAT tutor for a lastminute cram session the morning before the lifealtering exam presents itself. Ready to relax? Of course not. Time for water polo practice for two hours- the equivalent time frame that my previous night’s sleep consisted of. The day’s not over yet. I head home to shower before meeting with yet another SAT tutor to polish up the final steps to reaching my desired score. However, my lack of confidence in myself in regards to the SAT allows

me to spend all night rehearsing key vocabulary words for the test the following morning. It’s 12 am, a relatively early time for bed in my world. But of course my body is not satisfied. Insomnia it is! After finally falling asleep at 3 am I enjoyed a nice nap before entering the testing room. That five-hour test sure was the icing on the cake to the never-ending week. At 1 pm I

am free! That is until 3:15, when water polo strikes again. Finally I can sit down and relax for a few

hours- that is if sitting at the kitchen table with your math tutor counts as relaxing. Math test Thursday followed by three more tests that Friday. Gotta love junior year! Obviously, something has to be wrong with this picture. Would assigning designated testing days really be such a hassle? Don’t we all deserve a night to lie in bed and watch Netflix? Clearly, we need a break, as my current Edline report will prominently display my lack of ability to keep up my grades in both the previous and upcoming weeks while remaining sane. Underclassmen, brace yourselvesyou’re in for a long ride.

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SAT or AC T? P ick you r p oi s on. Ashley Roth Features Editor Junior year is a compilation of two main aspects: stress and preparing for either the SAT or the ACT. Both tests are requirements in order to successfully apply to college. The scores are ultimately as important as grade point average and rigorous extra-curricular activities are. One standardized test score can determine one’s entire future. With that being said, the pressure is on to out-do one’s peers and obtain a satisfying score. To clear up the confusion, the SAT and ACT are both accepted at most any university in the country. Therefore, opting to take one over the other is not going to hinder the chances of receiving that desired acceptance letter. However, choosing the right test for oneself is the ultimate gamble. The SAT and the ACT are different in their entirety. The SAT consists of three different sections: math, reading, and writing. The test totals up to ten sections including three math sections, three

reading sections, and two writing sections in addition to an essay. Each of the three categories is given a score between 0 and 800, 800 being the best. Finally, these three raw scores are added together to reach a final score that is out of 2400. The ACT, on the other hand, consists of four sections: math, reading, writing, and science.These four sections are each scored on a scale of 36. Then, each of the four individual scores are averaged

of 36. is a much and is comreferred “endurance “In my ion, the

together to form an overall score out The ACT faster test monly to as the test.” opinACT is

generally an easier test than the SAT,” junior Jordan Brown said. “The only thing you really have to be careful of is pacing yourself throughout the test to make sure you have enough time to finish each section.” Staggering differences between the two tests include the fact that the SAT has designated vocabulary sections, which many students find difficult, and the ACT does not. However, whereas the ACT math section is heavily focused on geometry and does not come with a formula sheet, the SAT is more

critic a l thinking and provides those necessary formulas. A common m e t h o d a m o n g students to

River achieve the score they are most capable of is

through tutoring. “Tutoring can get expensive,” junior Emma Cynor said. “However, it is extremely beneficial in order to get your desired score.” Having a tutor tends to aid in making the process easier through repetitious practice and key tricks used to help solve difficult questions. So how does one pick which test is right for them? Many students opt to take a practice test of each prior to investing in tutoring so that time is used efficiently and each session focuses on the test that received the higher score in practice. In the end, the differences between the tests do not differentiate one from another in terms of its level of difficulty. Based on various students’ learning styles and test taking skills, one of the two tests will essentially be the best fit and will hopefully bring a desired score for one to send to colleges during the admissions process.

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Valedictorian Salutatorian Jessica Rose

Cindy Niu

GPA: 4.0

GPA: 3.97

HPA: 5.3

HPA: 5.26

A day in the life:

A day in the life:

I wake up, get ready, and have a hearty breakfast of Fruit Loops and Coke Zero. I head off to first period to begin the daily Spanish River grind. Once school is over, I go to sports practice, but only after meeting with a representative from Congress to discuss potential modern cures for global hunger. At practice, I apply my knowledge of physics to the game; every shot must be perfectly calculated. Then, I head home and end my day with 7 hours of Netflix and the weekly Modern Family, Scandal, and The Bachelor. Coke Zero and Netflix: the keys to high school success.

Well, I start my day at 3 AM when I get up to practice my yodeling, and I drink about 4 liters of water a day for optimum throat lubricating technique. At 6, I have a nutritionally balanced breakfast of my parents’ disappointments. After school, I’m usually at a club or taking a nap (thank you senior privilege). My interests include Bikram yoga, going to the beach, nice biceps, and rap music, the nastier the better.

Extra Curriculars:

Extra Curriculars:

SRHS Girls’ Lacrosse, Basketball, and Golf; Academic Team 2012-2013; Gold Coast Down Syndrome Organization, Buddy Walk volunteer; Parkland Dance Theatre Volunteer Dance Buddy for children with special needs

President of MUN; Co-president of Psychology Honor Society and Science National Honor Society; Secretary of English National Honor Society; violinist in Florida Youth Orchestra, Cast in SRHS musicals, Media Intern at FAU

Intended Career:

Intended Career:

Biomedical engineer or Intellectual Property Theft Lawyer

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Promposals Jake Goldstein and Mariana Vela

Zach Davis and Emily Rosenstein

Ben Pawlinger and Alex Hilliard

“Ms. Boerstler sent me a pass to Suite A with a note attached for me to come see her,” senior Mariana Vela said. “When I opened the door Jake was sitting alone at a desk in the classroom with a bouquet of flowers in his hands. He put a lot of thought into it and I didn’t see it coming!”

“My plan was to have a fake cop show up and bust my party,” senior Zach Davis said. “After he interrogated Emily for ten minutes, I asked her to prom. It was an amazing experience to see her so surprised.”

“I walked into my AP Euro class and Ben was waiting there, right next to a bowl of goldfish with a sign that read, ‘out of all the fish in the sea, will you go to prom with me?’” senior Alex Hilliard said. “It was all quite cute, and I was really surprised!” Art By Michela Mugnatto Photos Courtesy of Mariana Vela, Emily Rosenstein, and Alex Hilliard

Getting to know Principal Latson Gia Doxey Features Editor From his “Carlton dance” at the pep rallies to his true commitment to Spanish River students, the famous William R. Latson is a superstar. Although we see him frequently on campus and school events supporting the Sharks, we really don’t know that much about him. So who is Principal Latson? I am so glad you asked! Honored and privileged to spend an entire half hour with our fearless leader, I sat down with Mr. Latson to get to know him on a personal level. Q: What was your background? A: I grew up in Fort. Lauderdale. I actually went to both Florida State and University of Florida, you can call me a “semigator” or a “gatornole.” I studied a lot of things. I also went to school for Track and Field and Football. Q: What did you major in? A: At UF, I changed my major from public relations to photojournalism and then journalism; switched a lot! Q: If someone told you that you would be

a high school Principal, what would you say to them? A: No one believes I’m a Principal today! (chuckled) My mom was actually an Assistant Principal at Nova, so I was around educators. Q: When did you get into education? A: Well, I was a TA {teacher’s assistant} for a personal development class. My professor told me I should be a teacher, I said “nahh.” He said, teach until the end of the semester, and tell me how you feel. I taught elementary school and worked at other schools, as well. I worked at Polar Park in Wellington and Olympic Heights, and here I am today! Q: What do you do in your free time? A: When I’m not working, I like to play golf. I also read a lot! I’ll read anything. Q: Are you into any series? Harry Potter, Twilight, Hunger Games? A: I can’t say I got into those! (laughter) Q: Favorite music? A: My taste in music is very eclectic. I grew up on blues/jazz from my father, and I grew into a “teenager of rap.” That was the music of rebellion, so that’s what I listened to! Living in South Florida, I also listen to meringue….I have about 11,000 songs on my

iPod. 80 gig! And I love my iTunes radio! Q: What are your favorite TV shows? Do you have t h e Netflix bug? A: I’m really i n t e re s t e d in The Following. I used to watch Grimm and 24. And I love my Monday Night Football! Yes, I definitely have the Netflix bug! Q: Did you watch The Olympics? If so, what was your favorite event? A: I’m really into the Olympics, “I love curling! We should start a team here!” Most important questions: Are you enjoying your time here at River? What do you love about our school? A: Every school has its own culture, and every day has special moments. I love how the students here are

really “into the school.” We all take pride in being a shark. Kind of like “We Are Marshall,” we are River. Being a principal is my job, and it’s also my career, and I am here to help our students and our school reach their full potential. And it’s wonderful working with the staff because we all have the same mentality, and I love our collaboration. Mr. Latson truly appreciates how students at River set such a high bar for themselves, and he is also amazed how many national merit finalists we have had here. “And when I went to Pathfinders and watched so many of our students walk on that stage, I thought “this is what it’s about!”

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rest of the world functions. In many situations, however, these assumptions prove

e bl

Growing up in Boca Raton, there are many preconceptions on how the

to be false. Although there are exceptions to this, growing up in Boca is like living inside a

bubble. On the other hand, students that have moved to Boca notice that the way society functions may be very different from what they have experienced prior to their move.

“My previous high school only had around 1,000 students,” junior Ashley Riley said. “Also, at River each friend group kind of isolates themselves and there is no real interaction between groups or cliques.”

Although Riley may prefer a more connected student body, she believes the large scale of students at River has Vinny’s All Day Cafe is somewhat of a hidden gem around Boca and a favorite especially for Spanish River students. That’s a Wrap has nothing on this local treasure.

positively influenced her experience. “The diversity of the student body is a good thing,” Riley said. “This is probably the best thing about River because it easily allowed me to make friends.” Furthermore, Riley views Boca’s society as “out of touch with the rest of the world”. “Most kids at River have only lived in Boca, which is not an accurate depiction of the rest of the country,” Riley said. Senior Amanda Lacerda agrees that when compared to her hometown of Framingham, Massachusetts, Boca is in many ways “artificial”. “Moving from Massachusetts to Boca was definitely a culture shock,” Lacerda said. “I was not prepared for how insincere many people could be.” It is quite obvious that Boca is unlike most places around the world and even though this may sometimes be for the wrong reasons, Boca and Spanish River will continue to make an impact on students. “It is sometimes hard to be surrounded by people who do not realize the troubles that people are facing outside of Boca,” Lacerda said. “But on the other hand, moving here has been an experience I am grateful to have had.”

This ice cream and candy store is perfect for any sweetooth. With various locations opening up, Sloan’s is both easily accessible and completly preferred to other cold competitors. All images courtesy of Google Images

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Buying my ticket for Anywhere but here Lauren Villanueva Commentary It’s hard to hate your hometown. It’s


you’ve grown up, matured, and made u n f o r -



a n d

around with your friends being obnoxious and disturbing other shoppers. When did that


even become an idea? You’re just walking

gettable memories. That being said, I don’t hate

around in a giant circle, you can do that outside.

Boca Raton but I really, really, really don’t like it.

Depending on the age group, Boca isn’t bad

People are rude, obnoxious, and entitled.

for older demographics. It’s a nice place

Because I work with the public daily, I can

to retire, a safe place to raise your kids,

attest to that. 20 hours a week are spent

and all that jazz but it’s not easy for

exposed to the general population of

a teenager. Everyone in Boca knows

Boca and it is excruciating. Very rarely

everything about everyone. It’s a big

is a ‘thank you’ tossed in my direction

enough town to have different large

after going out of my way to help a pa-

cliques but small enough where those

tron who was too lazy to look for some-

cliques mingle and suddenly people in

thing themselves. But it’s not just at work,

East Boca know all about what’s hap-

it’s everywhere. On the road, drivers will

pening in the West. It’s also because

make last second lane switches or drive as if

people are always talking-even when

they own the road and could care less because

it doesn’t pertain to them. Gossip is

they expect you to know what they’re doing before they do it. And the entitlement, oh



the main currency around here and

goodness the entitlement. Just because your



we can just swap that around all day.

dad is a lawyer and your mom went to Har-

as other forms of

vard does not give you the right to act better



Maybe it sounds terrible or maybe I’m biased

exist. Maybe walking around

because I haven’t lived anywhere else but come

than anyone else or demand special treatment.

Mizner after struggling to find a parking space is your thing

my 18th birthday, I hope to burst out of the Boca

On a Friday night after a long week in school,

but it certainly isn’t mine. And Town Center mall. Just a pub-

bubble and watch it disappear behind me.

it’s good to go out and relax. But within the city

lic reminder, it’s a place to shop at different stores and pur-

limits of Boca, the attractions are redundant.

chase a variety of items. It is NOT a place to meet up and walk


You Know You Live in Boca When... *All of your friends go to sleepaway camp over summer *Every other car is a B M W or a Mercedes *There are more designer clothing stores than hospitals *Every other person is on a juice cleanse *Toddlers have their own iPad *You think no one over 70 should drive *Every music festival is named after the sun *Everyone owns the same shorts from L F *Dogs are small enough to fit in a purse

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A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T

Hooray for the horaH! Lindsay Mangines Arts and Entertainment Editor The Cha-Cha Slide? The Cupid Shuffle? The Wobble? Most every Spanish River student can admit to at one time mastering every twist and turn to each of these, in the sole anticipation of showing off their moves in the center of the Bar/Bat Mitzvah dance floor. Yet when was the last time these moves were truly needed? For juniors Mitchie Cotler and Angela Pokipala, the answer is most every weekend. “I can’t even count the number of times I have done the Horah,” Pokipala said. The two River students work for Pure Energy Entertainment, a local company that provides dancers for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs. Pokipala has had an interest in becoming a party dancer

since her childhood, and her hiring was typical of most jobs. “It always seemed like a fun and easy job, so I called my friend’s mom who owns The Loft at Congress where they host a lot of Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and she told me about Pure Energy,” Pokipala said. “I called them and set up a ‘try out party’; I did well at it, so they hired me.” Yet while Pokipala took the initiative in finding her job, the position came as a surprise to Cotler. She used Pure Energy as the entertainment company for her sweet sixteen a year ago, and was unexpectedly scouted to work for them. “I was so happy and crazy during my party that the people that worked for the company asked me to try out,” Cotler said. Two weeks later, Cotler formally applied for the job and was finally

JUST DANCE top 5 songs river students love... 1. Dark Horse by Katy Perry 2. Happy by Pharrell Williams 3. Talk Dirty by Jason Derulo and 2 Chainz 4. Pompeii by Bastille 5. All of me by John Legend

hired after performing well in her “try out party.” Both Cotler and Pokipala work about two to three weekends a month, for about six-hour shifts at a time, and usually must travel around 30 to 45 minutes to their assigned party destinations. This commitment may seem to be overwhelming, but the required dedication is worth it to these dancers. “At the end of the night I’m always so exhausted,” Pokipala said. “But I wouldn’t trade my job for anything.” A typical night after arriving is setting up the stage, unwrapping the party favors, and then meeting the family to take pictures with. After these formalities, the dancers move to a cocktail hour where they meet the rest of the guests, including the kids they will spend the rest of the night dancing with.

“Sometimes you get a group of kids that love you and they think you’re really cool, but sometimes you get a group of kids that think they’re too cool and they don’t want to be talked to,” Pokipala said. In this case, both Pokipala and Cotler must work even harder to pump up the kids. “A party that has stuck out to me was the party of the sister of another River student, Danny Beckerman,” Cotler said. “The people at that party were so hyped and awesome, so it made my job even easier!” It is the nights like these that remind these students of why they do what they do. “It is the best job anyone could ever have,” Cotler said.

The Wedding Singer Rachel Horn Staff Reporter Spanish River High School will be presenting its annual spring show: The Wedding Singer from April 4-6 in the Countess de Hoernle Theatre. On Friday and Saturday the show begins at 7:00 pm and on Sunday the show begins at 2:00 pm. Student tickets are being sold for $5. This year’s musical is based on the 1988 movie The Wedding Singer starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore which grossed $123 million worldwide. The movie was about Robbie Hart, a wedding singer from Ridgefield, New Jersey. Her fiancée leaves her at the alter after revealing that she no longer loved him after losing his ambition to become a rock star and instead pursuing a career as a wedding singer. “I was inspired to choose this musical because it has a fun story line, is full of 80s rock music, has lots of jokes, and is very dance heavy,” SRHS’s

drama and dance teacher/director Kathleen Molinaro said. “It allows for a good challenge for the students.” There are 70 performers in the show and over ten dance numbers. Molinaro will be choreographing each dance number. The leads of the show will be played by seniors Thomas Porat and Savanna Deiser. River’s theatre department is thankful for Dianna Vacco’s stage craft students, who will create the sets and control both the lighting and sound, as well as Suzy Liss and parent volunteers, who will create the costumes, and Craig White’s Silver Sound Band, which will be performing live for each show. “The students are great to work with, are working very hard, and would love the support of the school,” Molinaro said. All Spanish River students are encouraged to come out and support their fellow classmates! all art by michela mugnatto graphic by tedi raphael

A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T

ART ART EVERYWHERE Tedi Raphael Arts and Entertainment Editor Since the end of last year, art teacher Katia Martinez has been working with her students to “beautify” the school with murals all over Spanish River’s campus. The students began with the under-the-sea themed piece in the Media Center, which is filled with hidden objects, such as the entire alphabet. “We painted the hidden objects in an effort to get students to look more into the art rather than just say ‘Oh look, pretty colors,’” Martinez said. The art has spread to the 1000 building, 4000 building, and Greg Mundie’s classroom door in the form of a galaxy. More are planned in all buildings for this coming year. “Right now we are working on a street art wall,” Martinez said. “Not graffiti, street art. We want the students to not have to hide that they are good at some form of art. Spray


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painting is an awesome form of art, especially for students who may not be good at drawing in a traditional sense.” Two room-wide murals are in the process of being painted in the ESE rooms. They are both paid for by the RIver PTSA; one is of an under-thesea theme and the other is of a jungle scene. Martinez’s students have worked for multiple hours after school each day to finish the paintings. “The students and I work almost everyday after school until about 5 o’clock,” Martinez said. In addition to the murals, the National Art Honor Society also paints ceiling tiles for anyone who purchases them. Anyone with an idea, a design, or a full out plan, can buy a ceiling tile to put up for years to come. For a 2x2 tile, it is $20, and $40 for a larger 4x2 tile. So keep your eyes open for NAHS’s next River mural, coming to a hallway near you.

Photos courtesy of Tedi Raphael

River Teachers Steal the


in and out of the classroom Sarah Grubman Staff Reporter Although it may be hard to imagine one’s English or Algebra II teacher rocking out on guitar or singing their heart out, there are many teachers at Spanish River that are not only talented teachers but also talented musicians. These teachers demand the attention of tired students as well as the attention of an excited and enthusiastic crowd. English teacher Bettina Hoffman and Economics teacher Brett Burkey are among a few of the select teachers at River that are also gifted musicians. Burkey began singing in his early 20s and Hoffman started playing the piano at 12 years old. As Hoffman learned theory and chords, it enabled her to teach herself how to play the guitar. Hoffman appreciates the poeticism and fluency that is necessary in order to perform music. “Playing guitar is a wonderful form of expression,” Hoffman said. “I enjoy it all the more when I find that I have actually reached an audience.” Hoffman also believes that this enjoyment extends to the classroom.

“The enjoyment I feel when I positively affect an audience is coincidentally the same reaction I have when I teach a lesson successfully,” Hoffman said. In contrast to Hoffman, Burkey’s favorite part of playing the guitar is performing. “My favorite part is getting the audience excited,” Burkey said. “I have always been comfortable on stage and in front of crowds, that’s why I enjoy teaching as well.” On the other hand, Hoffman values the technicalities of music and continues to challenge herself to learn more about the guitar. “I love the sound of the strings and the varying moods that they evoke,” Hoffman said. “The guitar is a stress reliever as a particular selection can change one’s mood.” Just like any other form of art, music is many times developed through a source of inspiration. Hoffman’s case is no exception. “I love Bluegrass,” Hoffman said. “But I believe I perform Folk music better.” Burkey’s inspiration is derived from his home life. “My wife spurs me to do more with singing, but no particular artist inspires me,” Burkey said. Both Hoffman and Burkey prove that there is more to a teacher than what is strikingly obvious and that the creativity it takes to inspire a class full of students translates into one’s originality on stage. photo by carly mackler


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Student Life

River's health nuts inspire better eating habits Michael Benrubi Staff Reporter As a Spanish River student drives down any main road in Boca Raton, the temptation of fast food restaurants, ice cream shops and other delicious eating locations can be overwhelming. Whether it is smelling the strong aroma of french fries by the famous golden arches or the thought of fresh glazed doughnuts from Dunkin Donuts, it is almost impossible to not indulge. There are a few courageous, dedicated students and teachers at River who are able to maintain their will power. Students Olivia Wohl, Olivia Acker and science teacher Eric Dybas have made the decision to live healthy lifestyles and the results have paid off greatly. Senior Olivia Wohl is a vegetarian, whose diet is composed mainly of a lot of fruits, vegetables and protein bars. Wohl claims her parents have had a major influence on her eating and living healthy. “My mom is extremely healthy so we’ve never had many ‘unhealthy’ snacks in our pantry,” Wohl said. “I had the most boring lunches in elementary school, but I am kind of thankful for it!” Wohl typically likes to stay far away from processed foods or foods that come pre-packaged. Many difficulties and obstacles come with living a healthy lifestyle; one of these includes some of the foods that are impossible to resist. “I do not particularly have many

difficulties with my diet,” Wohl said. “But, I do have a love/hate relationship with certain brownies and cookies.” The results have been phenomenal for Wohl. She feels “more energized” and “never sluggish or tired”. “Only good results have come from living a clean, healthy lifestyle,” Wohl said. “It feels great to know that

the future,” Acker said. “As a result of my choices, my body feels fresh and rejuvenated every day.” Acker also tends to eat many fruits and vegetables. Her favorite food is carrots, and her favorite drink is a “kale, lemon, green apple, ginger, and cucumber smoothie.” She does not even come close to eating foods

Sophomore Olivia Acker loves eating healthy.

you are doing what is right for your body.” Sophomore Olivia Acker is another student who likes to watch what she eats and make healthy choices. Acker was diagnosed with type one diabetes at the age of 11. Acker started eating healthy when she became a type one diabetic, and feels better when she eats “cleaner”. “My family has a history of many different medical health issues, and I knew that eating clean would keep me from having similar problems in

high in fat, carbs, or sugar. There have been many difficulties that have come along with the healthy lifestyle Acker lives. “It’s definitely hard not to indulge in sugary foods when I go out with friends, but in the end it is about how I want to feel 2 hours from then,” Acker said. “I realize that the sugary food wouldn’t be worth being nauseous in the long run.” The results have been extremely positive for Acker. “When I eat healthy, I feel more

energized and happy and I am more inclined to fight off sickness,” Acker said. “Living a healthy life is definitely the way to go.” Science teacher Eric Dybas has made major strides toward changing his diet and becoming more healthy. This past July, after receiving “not the best health report” at a checkup with the doctor, Dybas thought it was time to make the decision to change the way he eats. He now limits his caloric intake to about 1600-2000 per day. He achieves this by avoiding fattening foods such as fried foods and red meat. Instead, he sticks to light foods such as grilled chicken “I pack healthy lunches and dinners in order to minimize my intake of fast food,” Dybas said. Dybas uses an IPhone application called “Fooducate” in order to find alternatives to foods he would normally eat. The app also gives him a grade from A-F on his food choices. “I have experienced mostly good results living a healthy lifestyle,” Dybas said. “I have more energy and just feel better overall.” Wohl, Acker, and Dybas are all clear

examples of how eating and living healthy can only produce positive results. It may be challenging to avoid that last slice of pizza sitting on the table or to resist the sweet taste of candy, but by building up the resistance to give in, the rewards could be almost as sweet.

Photo By Carly Mackler Art by Michaela Mugnatio

Pep rallies: smells like shark spirit Jack Altman Staff Reporter Pep rallies. The one school event that is loved by some and hated by others. Whether you are one of the brave few that leaps for the spirit stick when it is thrown at your class or you are more timid, opting for a visit to the media center during that same time, pep rallies at Spanish River are always a mixed bag of emotions. This year, the coveted Mr. and Miss Spanish River titles are held by Allie Becher and Cameron Cericola. They have held together pep rallies that may have completely fallen apart without them. While the dance team and the cheerleaders never fail to put

on both provocative and amusing performances, it is truly Mr. and Miss Spanish River’s show. “My favorite memory from this year so far is the first pep rally when Cameron and I began our opening dance by coming out of wrapped gifts,” Becher said. “It was truly an exciting way to show the school that we were excited to represent them as Mr. and Miss Spanish River.” While this year has been an exciting and successful one regarding our school’s pep rallies, there comes a time when the torch must be passed down to the new inheritors of the Mr. and Miss Spanish River crowns. Those crowns have been gratefully received by juniors Carlos Piedrahita and Brooke Galmarini.

Both Galmarini and Piedrahita are thrilled to be taking the reigns for next year and they are already starting to prepare for next year’s pep rallies. Their main initiative is to make the pep rallies more interactive among all grades. They want to invite the entire school to participate in some way when it comes to preparing or performing in the pep rallies. “This year has been an amazing one and Allie and Cameron have lead our school so well,” Galmarini said. “What Carlos and I really want to do next year is reach out to everyone, even the kids who hate pep rallies and encourage them to join in on the fun.” One major goal Galmarini and Piedrahita have set is to include as many River Students as possible into the

actual week leading up to the pep rallies. They want to make the dress up days during Homecoming and the fling week more accessible and enticing to the student body. “It is so important to us next year that school spirit is higher than it’s ever been,” Piedrahita said. “If we can get every single person to participate

whether it is dressing up or playing games during lunch it would make the year that much better.” Overall, Galmarini and Piedrahita are looking forward to next year and all of the fun that it will have to offer. Right now, though, they are both enjoying their last pep rallies as just spectators. Art by Michela mugnatto And Eliana Landow

15 Generation: Why? Dress Code gone wrong Student life

Eliana Landow Commentary Dress code. Hah. Good one. You had me at “no B’s.” Don’t act like you have not heard that saying before. If you have not, you have probably seen the signs with the bold capital B, plastered around the walls like the scarlet letter of Spanish River. It sure is a pretty decoration, isn’t it? There are plenty of B’s floating around these halls and I am not talking about grades. In this case the B stands for brains, which is just about the last thing some people have when they go to pick out their outfit of the day. Sorry Boca girls, it is mostly you. You look like you are trying too hard not to get dressed and I’m calling you out on it. There is a reason our school made the cut for one of the top public schools in the state and it has nothing to do with the wonders you

think those leggings do for your thigh gaps. Beyoncé does not have thigh gaps and who does not want to be Beyoncé? Honestly girls, why do you wear those things every day? They are not pants and they are not tights. They are just wrong. And they make your legs look like they come with a side of mashed potatoes and gravy. But wait, hold the gravy. It seems like we are dieting here. Those tight yoga pants are even worse. They are the cousin to the tight leggings and they can be seen in their natural habitat when girls hit a midweek legging crisis as they face the mirror. Feeling a little less glamorous than yesterday, you look at your glowing reflection in a new pair of leggings, black of course, and think to yourself “aw I feel so

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fat in these.” So that is where the yoga pants come into play. You break them out to show off your inner athlete-in-training. When really, the only thing Olympic about them is the Olympic size they make your butt look. Unless you are planning on showcasing your crane pose in the middle of the courtyard, save the yoga pants for the gym. It is sickening. What really does not sit right with the school dress code is the sea of denim underwear that you may refer to as short shorts. I do not understand what you think is so cute about them, you are barely wearing anything. Especially the ones that are so short, they have pockets hanging out of the sides. Why

not just rip them out completely? I know you’re not looking for a place to put your quarters. Enough about bottoms. The top half of this school is no better. Let’s talk shirts; specifically the ones I see with the holes all over them. One question: are you actually paying for the shirt to have holes in it or do you have some serious anger management issues in the cleavage area? You are not Jesus, stop trying to be so holey. Yeah, that sounded a lot better in my head. I am by no means a fashion expert so, no don’t go running to clean out your closet, although it would not be a bad idea. But, I do know of a little thing called class. And this is coming from a girl who puts her pants on one leg at a time.

Art By Michaela Mugnato

Clubs Behind the Curtain

Ukelele Club

Project RIDE

Martial Arts Club

Ukelele Club members jam out in style.

Project Ride builds and disributes bikes for developmentally disabled children.

Seniors Valerie Lewis and Jake Quinter show their love of Martial Arts Club.

Photos by Gabby Zuckerman

After three decades, Student Life has seen its last issue. The Galleon would like to thank all of our dedicated readers for inspiring the works of this section. Keep your eyes opened for new editions in the issues to come. Art By Eliana landow


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Shawn Zylberberg Sports Editor Playing sports is not easy, and playing them with induced illnesses does not make the physical toll any better. Lacrosse, football, and even soccer are full contact sports that can cause lifelong injuries and permanent damage to certain areas of the body. An underlying concern for most coaches and parents is when athletes have inherited illnesses that can hinder their abilities on and off the playing field. The body requires constant oxygen for aerobic exercises and stored oxygen for anaerobic exercises for lasting energy. This contributes to the fact that asthma is one of the most thwarting, prevalent diseases in most athletes today. Whether it is induced or inherited genetically, asthma can cause serious issues within the respiratory system. Junior Jordan Henry is an extremely talented athlete who participates in football, wrestling, and lacrosse. Henry has had asthma since second grade and has ever since been aware of what he needs to do in order to keep himself healthy on the field. “I take two puffs from my inhaler

Photos Courtesy of Jordan Henry and Sarah Grubman

Left: Henry performs a “pin” on his opponent in order to secure a victory; Right: Grubman fights for control of the ball during a game at the Shark Pit

before practice or whenever I need it,” Henry said. Henry has not encountered any emergency situations, but he does get close to being ill if he gets hit hard in the chest or stomach, or if he runs continuously. Likewise, junior Sarah Grubman was diagnosed with scoliosis in sixth grade. “The curve in my spine was getting progressively worse,” Grubman said. “Therefore, I got surgery in the summer between seventh and eighth grade.” After the surgery, Grubman could not play soccer for six months. Once

Bump, set, SPIKE Michael Benrubi Staff Reporter The Spanish River Boys’ Varsity volleyball team is nearing the start of their season and is ready to take on its competitors. Last year, the Sharks finished with 8 wins and 13 losses and ended up losing in the district semifinals. This year, coach Karen Adams is leading an experienced and cohesive team, made up of mostly seniors who have been on the team for years . This is Adams’ fifth season coaching the boys’ volleyball team and she hopes that this team will be able to make it further in the playoffs than in previous years. Senior Dylan Seiter is assuming the role of captain for this year’s team. He has been playing varsity for three years now and earned the role of captain by “maintaining the right attitude” and keeping his team coordinated and focused. “As captain of the team, my job is to

make sure my team has the right mind set and remains focused throughout the game,” Seiter said. Both Adams and Seiter believe that the team has a chance to win districts and reach the state tournament. “Last year we were younger and it was the first time for many of our players to experience matches at certain levels,” Adams said. “Hopefully, our experience will help us in the long run with our important matches.” According to Adams, in order for the team to succeed this season, they will need to “communicate, work hard, be confident but humble, and play together.” To prepare for the upcoming season, the team has trained during the summer and worked hard every day at practice. The Sharks look as if they are ready to start the season off on a positive note. The first game for the team will be Wednesday, March 5th at Palm Beach Gardens. Be sure to go out and support the Spanish River Boys’ Volleyball team this season.

The members of last year’s team pose for a fun picture; last year’s team finished with a record of 8-13 and made it as far as the district tournament semifinal game Photo by Jeremy Freiman

the doctor cleared her for physical activity, she ran straight for the field. She represents the Sharks by playing on the varsity soccer team. Senior Alena Blosfelds was born with Dystonia. Dystonia is a tremor in the brain that sends involuntary pulses from any part of the body to the brain. “My arm is separated from my body in a way,” Blosfelds said. “It’s taken time through therapy to connect the dots.” Sophomore year, Blosfelds was not allowed to play varsity flag football due to her conditions. She currently does physical therapy exercises to improve her conditions and hopefully

one day be able to participate in any sport she desires. The human body can endure much more than one would think, but it is also a fragile piece of work woven by physical and mental stability. Henry, Grubman, and Blosfelds are key examples of athletes who refuse to let external forces stop their abilities to continue improving and becoming better everyday. Being aware of their current instances and using caution is what keeps them healthy. It is important to listen to your coaches, parents, and doctors, but more importantly, yourself, in order to keep your engine running clean, day in and day out. Art By Michela Mugnatto


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Swinging for one out of the park

Jeremy Freiman Sports Editor

It is ingrained in the heart of every American that with spring comes baseball. At Spanish River, Florida’s lack of true seasons means we get baseball earlier than everyone else. The varsity baseball team kicked off its season in early February, with the girls’ softball team also following a similar schedule. Members of both teams have been happy with the starts of each team this season. The Spanish River diamond has not been in use due to the construction of a new dugout. Currently, the dugout is pending a school district inspection, which is expected to be soon. Until then, all games have been played on the road. “We got off on a good foot,” rightfield senior Ryan Berger said. “We’re playing well and our pitching has been great.” The baseball team currently sits at 5-4, with great wins coming from games with district opponents Boca High and Santaluces. The Sharks also racked up a win versus Atlantic High. “We hadn’’t beaten Atlantic in a while,” pitcher Mathew Slootsky said.

River secondbaseman Spencer Diaz readies for a pitch from a Park Vista pitcher; River played an away game versus the district opponent and Photo By Jeremy Freiman top-ranked Park Vista team on March 4

“I believe we lost to them 14-3 last year, which makes this year’s win feel even better.” Tough losses for the boys came versus rivals West Boca and Park Vista. However, the boys will have a chance to rematch the Park Vista Cobras, at home, on April 4. Coach William Harvey has been very supportive of the boys as they push through their season. “Coach gives us great speeches before our games,” Slootsky said. “He gets us really motivated to go out

there wanting to win. “ For the girls, excellent batting from sophomore Sam Howard and has the team at an excellent 9-1 record. The one loss came against a tough Wellington team. Just like the baseball team, wins have come in games against Boca High and Santaluces. The team is sitting at the top of its district, and hopes to coast to the playoffs. “My favorite win was when we played West Boca,” junior Kristina Koutsoupis said. “We always go head-

to-head with West Boca; last year the game went 14 innings. This year, the game was tied 3-3“ Both teams finish their regular season in early April. District tournaments will take place during late April, with regional playoff games in early May. Baseball and softball home games are always a relaxing way to enjoy a spring night in Boca Raton. “I have a great feeling about this year. We can get to the district championship, beat Park Vista, and hopefully go on to regionals,” Berger said.

Girls’ Flag Football Sports flash Jack Altman Staff Reporter

As with all Spanish River activities and events, our school rallies around our sports teams. They give the student body pride and, in more cases than not, a lot of anxiety. While the football and basketball teams may be the most notable athletic programs that River has to offer, it seems there are some lesser known sports teams that are doing well right here on our

campus. One of those teams, the Spanish River Flag Football Team, began its season just a few weeks ago. Flag football has grown over the last ten years throughout the country to the point where it is now an official FHSAA recognized sport. Coach Timothy Tampas has been guiding the flag football team f o r over five years and has always been a constant advocate for the team and its athletes. “Flag football is kind of the last frontier for girls in sports,” Tampas said. “It’s not tackle, but it requires just as much skill and knowledge of the game.”

This season comes at an exciting time for the team as Mr. Robert Heinrichs has joined as a coach this year. The girls are determined to make this season a successful one and they are already working hard even before the season has started. “We are hoping to make it to the playoffs and even the finals this year,” Tampas said. “The girls are working

Water Polo The water polo season kicked off in February for both the boys’ and girls’ teams. The girls have played in a fourgame tournament at St. Andrews and an additional game for an overall record of 1-5. On the boys side, seniors Christian Munro and Carson Lipinski have been reliable sources of scoring. Seniors have also helped the girls’ team through the contributions of Niccole Salomone and Erin Dodson.

Hockey harder than ever because most peop l e are not actually aware that flag football is a varsity sport.” The end goals of this season will not come without a fight as South Florida has proved to be one of the toughest regions for Flag Football in the nation. Our girls will have to contend with the forces of Boca High and Olympic Heights who won 2nd place in the 2012 district championships. “We are committed to being real contenders this season and I am so excited to see what the girls have in store,” Tampas said. “I know that if we work hard and set goals, we will be the team to beat in the next few months.” Art By Michela Mugnatto

The hockey team competed as the “Bullsharks” this year due to the team being a combination of players from Spanish River and West Boca. The name change did nothing to stop the team, as the Bullsharks were able to capture the FSHL Divison II Championship. River hockey players have always had a history of success, with this being their third title in the past four years.

Boys’ Basketball The boys’ basketball team capped off a stellar season with a thrilling game against rival John I. Leonard. The boys played a very tough game, but after close finish, the Lancers ended up coming out on top. This year’s team is one of only three Spanish River basektball teams in history to advance to the regional semifinal game. Additionally, starting senior guard Jeff Demezier has been the recipient of several post-season awards, including being named to the 1st Team All-County by the Sun-Sentinel.


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The Rotary Club of Boca Raton and The City of Boca Raton present The Eleventh Annual

at The Mizner Park Amphitheater on March 16, 2014 The Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s Future Stars Performing Arts Competition is one of South Florida’s premier competitions for middle school and high school vocalists and dancers. Applications are now being accepted for the January 25, 2014 audition, from which the Future Stars finalists will be selected. Winners will be selected from among the finalists at The Future Stars Performing Arts Competition, hosted by the City of Boca Raton at the Mizner Park Amphitheater on March 16, 2014. Prizes include unique performing opportunities and recognition awards. All participants become eligible to apply for The Rotary Club of Boca Raton’s annual Performing Arts college scholarship. Audition applications must be postmarked NO LATER than January 16, 2014. For competition information, applications, sponsorship information and updates, visit us at Facebook/Future Stars Performing Arts Competition or email The Rotary Club of Boca Raton at

Let Your Star Shine at Future Stars 2014

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