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Dylan’s legacy lives on through woogie.org Kent Burkman Staff Reporter
Dylan “Woogie” Wohlgemuth was no ordinary Spanish River Shark. Woogie, a class of 2018 sophomore, passed away in January of 2015 due to a tumor which studies show could have been prevented. Woogie’s tragic story started on January 3rd, 2015. “Originally, he was seen by two doctors due to a cough and difficulty breathing,” Dylan’s mother Jun Wohlgemuth said. The next day, Woogie suffered a respiratory arrest. After Woogie reached Broward Medical Hospital, he was placed under an induced medical coma to prevent further injury to the brain. The following morning, x-ray results were received. The doctors had found that Woogie had a tumor the size of a grapefruit lodged in his chest that was blocking his air passage. The tumor was later diagnosed as NonHodgkin’s Lymphoma. The hospital quickly started him on chemotherapy even though he laid unconscious. Although Woogie was not awake, he always had support from his loved ones.
The donations collected through “His friends, coaches, and teachers would spend hours at his bedside,” Woogie.org will help fund the Woogie Ms. Wohlgemuth said. “There were scholarship for baseball and academic times there was not enough space in excellence, provide financial support for baseball programs in schools and ICU to handle all of his visitors.” individual After leagues enduring K-12, as 24 days well as raise in the awareness hospital, in parents on January a n d 28, 2015, students Woogie on this p a s s ed medical a w a y . condition, R e c e n t l y, in order W o o g i e ’s to prevent mother, this tragedy J u n , f r o m decided happening to create a again. foundation In in honor of her late Go to www.woogie.org for more information on how to help. addition to son. The mission of Woogie.org is Woogie.org receiving support from to help educate parents on medical the general public, the Spanish River baseball team is also helping to raise issues that can be prevented. “I want all parents to be educated money for the foundation. “We will be running car washes and on this medical condition in order for a tragedy like this to never happen other fund raisers as a team,” senior baseball player Jason Litwak said. “All again,” Ms. Wohlgemuth said.
the proceeds we make on fundraisers will be donated to the Woogie.org foundation.” Woogie’s memory has also been kept alive through fellow baseball players. “He was a great friend,” sophomore baseball player Jake Fishman said. “Everything Woogie did had a purpose and he always tried the hardest at everything he did. Everyone could always count on him.” Francis O’Connor, the Resource Coordinator for the deaf and hard of hearing and parent of class of 2015’s John O’Connor is also glad to hear Woogie’s memory is staying alive. “I am thrilled that the baseball team is getting involved in the Woogie foundation,” O’Connor said. “The foundation is raising awareness on a health risk that should be discussed.” Woogie’s strength, dedication, passion for baseball, and friends is a standard that is rarely found in high schoolers today. The Woogie.org foundation will ensure the positive impact of Woogie will continue. If interested in volunteering or donating, please visit www.woogie.org. SCREENSHOT BY KENT BURKMAN
River students participate in annual Science Fair Laney Ciaccio News Editor
Each year, seniors in the Biotech Academy work on projects for the science fair in an attempt to learn something new and represent the school at competition. Spanish River has been participating in the Science Fair for six years and has sent about eighty students to county
and aquaponics technology being used in agriculture. This, along with experimentation on proteins, viruses, and even wind turbine technology are just a few of the many projects being done by seniors this year. One of the participants is senior Shivani Shah who had the opportunity to conduct research in a lab at Florida Atlantic University. Shah
Senior Autumn Asen works on her project in the Biotech laboratory.
competition, and six students to state competition. In addition, two students have gone all the way to the International Science and Engineering Fair which is located in Phoenix, Arizona this year. It all starts here at River in the Biotech laboratory or in a lab outside of school with a mentor. Some of the projects being done this year include work with hydroponic, aeroponic,
Another student competing in the science fair is senior and Biotech Academy student Autumn Asen. Asen completed her research in the Biotech laboratory at River and studied the effects of hormones on the growth of plants. “The experiment told you what the optimal conditions the plants need to grow is,” Asen said. “This is
Senior Shivani Shah conducts research at Florida Atlantic University.
has been working since this past June studying the Cucumber Mosaic Virus and its effects on plants. “The Cucumber Mosaic Virus kills millions of plants each year and leaves them deformed and unmarketable,” Shah said. “So if I am able to study it, I can find an inhibitor that will prevent the Cucumber Mosaic Virus from working which will save millions of plants.”
competition and maybe onto the state or even national competition. This year, in addition to the Science Fair, Biotech Academy seniors will have the opportunity to participate in the INTEL Science Talent Search competition. If they qualify as semifinalists, students and the school are given 1,000 dollars each. “This is a very exciting time because
To test her experiment Autumn Asen used petri dishes under different amounts of light.
necessary out of the laboratory for the production of crops to see which ones can help yield higher results.” Both Shah and Asen wish to further their research in the Biotech field in the future after the Science Fair is over. As of now, the projects are undergoing judging at the school level before it is decided who will move on to the county level
this is the first time we are doing this competition,” Biotech teacher and Science Fair Coordinator Mary Fish said. “We hope to expand it in years to come.” While the Science Fair is a project done by the Biotech academy seniors, it is truly open to anyone who wishes to conduct research and represent the school. Best of luck to all competitors! PHOTOS BY SHIVANI SHAH AND AUTUMN ASEN
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Happy Holidays! It is the best of times, it is the worst of times, it is the holiday time. Between festivities and final exams, it is a hectic period for all. Be sure to check out students thoughts on raising the minimum wage on page 5, test your knowledge on Riverâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite holiday movies on page 9, and read about the different cultures found around River in Feature Focus. So when the final bell rings, grab some hot cocoa and enjoy the last issue of 2015. We are looking forward to seeing you in 2016!
Letter to the Editor: Dear Editor, I think this paper is by far the best I have seen since freshman year. It had so many topics I like to read about. You kept my attention easily. I love reading The Galleon and I am sad there are only a few more left this senior year! - Maggie Widak, 12
Thank you Ms. Dudley for your years at Spanish River. We wish you all the best in Pennsylvania!
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Redesigned SAT affects River students Rachel Horn News Editor
On March 5th, 2016, the College Board is launching a new SAT for the first time in 11 years. The redesign affects the way the test is structured, administered, timed, and scored. They have added new sections, included an optional essay, reduced the amount of multiple choice questions, and there is no longer a penalty for wrong answers. The redesigned SAT is expected to have an increased emphasis on critical thinking, problem solving, and data analysis. There are conflicting opinions about which of the two tests students should choose. Some people feel that students should not take the new SAT due to the lack of test-prep options and delayed reported results. “I decided to take the ACT instead of the SAT this year because there isn’t
enough practice resources available for me to use,” junior Ashley Reichstein said. “I want to be well prepared and know what to expect on the test.” The new SAT requires entirely new practice tests and new study books. This means that SAT tutors need to learn the new material, making them less experienced than ACT tutors. The first round of the materials will have to be based on nothing more than a series of released sample questions. In addition, the College Board has affirmed that the first test which will be administered in March, will not have scores reported until after May once the results are analyzed. In comparison, ACT scores are generally returned within three weeks of the test date. “The frustrating part is that there are very few practice materials available and some of the ones available for both the SAT and the ACT have many
errors in them,” SAT prep and English teacher Shelly Brewer said. Other people believe that the new SAT is a good option and offers many positive changes over the previous SAT. One favorable change is that the subject areas are grouped together. Students reported feeling overly exhausted during the old SAT from constantly jumping from one hemisphere of the brain to the other. They had to move from Reading to Math and then to Writing. Also, they have eliminated the sentence completions and incorporated those questions into entire paragraphs that help with context. Lastly, in the redesigned test, the test makers are testing on relevant words, rather than the incredibly difficult words that are rarely used. While many believe that it will be hard to learn the new skills in order to master the new SAT, others believe
that it is nothing that students should be worried about. “I don’t consider it difficult to teach the new skills for the SAT because many of the same skills are still being tested,” Brewer said. “The skills are skills that can be employed in the classroom for any type of test really.” The SAT prep class at Spanish River offers the most recent resources including the newest practice books and the College Board website. In addition, there are blogs on the internet that offer students insight into the new test. “Being an English teacher, I have plenty of resources to teach all of the grammar skills that are being tested,” Brewer said. The new SAT test clearly presents an unknown to many students and teachers. However, the resources needed to learn and master the test are available.
DECA feeds families for Thanksgiving Lillian Zhang Staff Reporter
Through Boca Helping Hands’ Thanksgiving Box Brigade, River’s DECA students came together to aid the people within our community. Boca Helping Hands is an organization that helps people who are lacking basic means to live, looking for job mentoring, or homebound/elderly. Before the holiday arrived, Boca Helping Hands started the Thanksgiving Box Brigade which counts on the generosity of volunteers to raise money and fill boxes with certain non-perishable
foods based on a list compiled by the organization. These foods include canned vegetables, instant mashed potatoes mix, canned pie filling, and cranberry sauce. Each completed box can feed a family of six on Thanksgiving and is delivered to many families with a turkey provided by Boca Helping Hands. At River, more than one thousand dollars had been raised towards this project which was a combined effort of over 200 DECA students. The team of 7 students from AICE Travel and Tourism, led by senior Max Kozlowski, who coordinated
the project at our school made use of this money to purchase the items needed to fill the boxes. An additional 30 Travel students arranged the groceries into the boxes to make it delivery-ready for Boca Helping Hands. This project has been a great success and contribution to those in need. “We [DECA] had pledged that we could fill 40 boxes for 40 families,” Accounting Applications and AICE Travel and Tourism teacher Debra Carter said. “We met that pledge and were able to fill 50.”
Students collect canned food for families in need. PHOTO BY LILLIAN ZHANG
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“WAGING” A DEBATE ON AMERICA'S FUTURE Jack Altman Commentary
60%. That is the percent of Americans ages 16-25 that are working for a minimum wage salary. This might be a difficult number to believe, however, millions of U.S. millennials rely on the minimum wage to pay the bills. Over the past two years, a debate has raged across the country about whether the Federal minimum hourly wage ought to be raised from where it currently sits at $7.25 to a more substantial $10 per hour. Many Democrats have proposed wage hikes of even up to $15.10 in some cities. On one side of this debate are the Conservatives who, by in large, believe that the minimum wage is high enough where it is. Their argument is two fold. First, they point out the fact that most career wage earners are not working for the minimum wage. In fact, minimum wage jobs have always been starter jobs, and most lowlevel workers move up in the ranks of their company over time, leaving
those minimum wage jobs behind. If minimum wage jobs were never meant to be long-term careers, there is no reason to adjust wages to make them just that. Conservative thinkers emphasize the value in incentivizing the worker to achieve more. A higher minimum wage scares some that workers will become complacent with these low level jobs if wages are increased. To add to that, Republicans point out that human productivity is at an all time low compared to the technological advancements of the past two decades. If wages are increased, economists worry that humans will become too costly compared to machines. For example, the average McDonald’s fry cook could easily be replaced by a robot who dips fries into the oil for eight hours a day. If that fry cook’s wages go up, a machine might be far more financially expedient. To contrast the Conservative thinkers, Progressives have generally argued that the minimum wage is simply too low as it is to earn a
substantial living on. They cite the fact that more families are in poverty today than in the past ten years, and that this is not a short-term issue. Democrats say that the minimum wage must be increased so that uneducated or immigrant workers are able to support their families. In addition, they refute the argument that companies would be more likely to lay off workers if wages were increased. They say that if the minimum wage is increased, workers will have more money to spend, thereby stimulating the economy and increasing the GDP. Progressives also counter the Republican “technology” argument by citing the importance of the service industry in America today. The success of the service industry has depended for years on great customer service. If people were replaced with robots, this value would decrease, ultimately leading to the failure of many service businesses. It is clear that the minimum wage debates have proven to be both polarizing and complex. Some
more radical opinions call for the abolishment of the minimum wage altogether. What is not clear in this debate is a solution. It may take years to resolve the minimum wage debate, although many Americans cannot afford this constant bickering.
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SHARK POLL SHOULD THE U.S. RAISE ITS MINIMUM WAGE? YES 33% NO 67% A HIGHER WAGE FOR ALL IT’S NOT WORTH THE RISK Angela Donnino ESE Teacher
Over the break, you may have heard that Walmart employees were protesting for “Liveable Wages”. I feel they are justified in their request. In my teaching experience, I have worked with underprivledged students and know that the families struggle just to be able to provide for their children. Many parents were employed at Walmart, and had to work over night just to make ends meet. I feel that if the minimum wage was raised, these families would not be in the position they are often in: receiving food stamps, WICK assistance, and free and reduced meals for all their school age children. It would also pump money into the economy and save billions in taxpayer dollars by reducing the number of low-wage workers receiving federal assistance. According to a study by CNN news, raising the minimum wage to $10.10 would lift more than 5 million Americans out of poverty and help 14 million children see a boost in their family income. Fourteen million women, including 6 million working mothers, would get a raise. Three million single parents would be better able to sustain their families. The term “liveable wage” is more realistic, since many families are PHOTOS COURTESY OF GOOGLE IMAGES
poverty stricken. We are setting our children up for failure when we cannot give their parents the opportunity to earn a decent living. More and more children go home to empty houses, because their parents are working 2-3 jobs just to keep a roof over their head. They are not there to make dinner, help with homework, and therefore we see the effects in school. I realized how much this impacted the families when children were coming to school and their only two meals were school breakfast and lunch. I would pack snacks and food for them to take home on weekends because I knew their mom might not be around to feed them and their siblings. Not everyone is allotted the opportunity for college and degrees, but we need to improve the minimum wage simply for the fact that people need to pay their bills.
Charlotte Eames Chemistry Teacher
The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 per hour since 2009, but lately there has been much conversation regarding raising this amount. There are a number of arguments in support of raising the minimum wage, if not to the height of $15 per hour, at least to around $10 per hour. Many of these arguments focus on how this would help lower-income workers and, thus, the overall economy. In theory, this sounds wonderful, but if we look at the figures closely, they don’t add up. Supporters of raising the minimum wage argue that this would put more money into the pockets of lowerincome families who are struggling financially. However, a large number of minimum wage workers are second or third job holders in households with other income, teenagers trying to earn some spending money, or retirees who also have income from Social Security and savings. According to a report published by the Congressional Budget Office, only 19% of the increase in earnings resulting from an increase to the minimum wage would to go families living below the poverty line. If the goal of raising the minimum wage is to help low-income families, there are certainly better ways to accomplish that. Supporters also claim that an
increase to the minimum wage would be good for the overall economy. This argument is both vague and misleading. Raising the minimum wage would surely have some unintended negative consequences for our economy. First, the increase would likely result in a loss of jobs. The Congressional Budget Office estimated that an increase to the minimum wage could reduce U.S. employment by 500,000 jobs. In addition, companies trying to offset raised labor costs would likely raise prices on their products. One report estimated that a 10% increase in the minimum wage would drive food costs up by 4%, minimizing the effect of the extra money lining minimum wage workers’ pockets. One economist conducted a mathematical analysis to show how increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour would impact the economy. He concluded that the total wages earned by those working in minimum wage jobs would increase by $27.9 million, a number that represents 1.25% of the United States’ Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and this is assuming that the minimum wage doubles to $15 per hour and that all of the extra money is spent, which is very unlikely. The impact on our overall economy of raising the minimum wage would be insignificant at best.
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Ramblings of a Redhead Amanda Paige Editor-in-Chief
‘Tis the season to be jolly. It is the most wonderful time of the year and it all started when the Starbucks’ red cups came out on November 1st (how can the season start without eggnog lattes?). Although it does not feel like the holiday season with temperatures looming around 80 degrees- second quarter has flown by, the “snowbirds” have landed, and winter break is upon us. We have reached the point in the year where it is acceptable to quote Elf, crunch on peppermint candy canes, and put Michael Bublé’s Christmas album on repeat (Ugg boots are still a no go). Swiss miss hot chocolate, mini marshmallows, and holiday mugs fill the front of my kitchen’s cabinets. The holidays provide a period to indulge as calories do not count and the phrase “no, too many carbs,” disappears. It is a time to forget you belong to a gym and do not remember until the New Year
begins. The season also calls for a dip in bank accounts as you buy gifts for friends, family as well as yourself (no one could pass up the cyber Monday
more, we are blessed to live in a free country and I am thankful for the Service men and women who protect us every day. The list of what I am thank-
deals). Throughout this festive time, it is also important to reflect as well as be thankful for the things you posses and receive all year long. I am lucky to have a supportive family, friends, a great education, and health. Further-
ful for can go on, but some people are not as fortunate and that is why this season is about giving. Whether it is donating clothes and toys for children or donating money to the Salvation Army, or any other charities, the cliché is true: it feels better to give
Sounding of the Horn Rachel Horn
Associate Editor New Year’s Eve is probably the most anticipated night of the year. Some love the idea of reminiscing the past year and beginning a brand new year with celebration. But, in actual fact, the transition from one year to the next often turns out to be pretty anti-climatic. The built up excitement about New Year’s Eve can easily end up being a bit of a letdown. The reality of New Year’s Eve tends to be overrated and never exactly meets my stereotypical expectations. I always expect to be drowning in so many party invites that I don’t even know what I should do. In reality, I am struggling to find one New Year’s Eve celebration that I actually am interested in going to, rather than just staying home. New Year’s Eve is meant to be spent with friends while making everlasting memories. I always look forward to a night spent with my close friends, yet, I never fail to forget that everyone is out of town on vacation with their families. I love to imagine the brand new sequin dress and high heels that I will buy for the big night, but I find myself
than to receive. We take a lot of things for granted. There are many people in the world who can not fathom the opportunities we have. So, before you get upset about not having Wi-Fi, consider everything you do have. Make sure to give back during the season- a small amount can make a large impact. It is tough to avoid the stress that comes with the holidays. With all the spirit in the air, chances are you still have to take semester exams. The last exam on Friday is always the toughest, as you can smell the freedom of winter break. Seniors’ holiday season can be made or torn apart as many college decisions are delivered. In addition, everyone is stressed on the streets mainly due to any car with a New York or Québec license plate. Be sure to relieve the stress through copious amounts of eggnog. No matter what you celebrate, it is the happiest time of the year, so spread joy and be kind to one another. Happy Christmahannukwanzadan.
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stealing one of my mom’s dresses just an hour before I need to go out. When thinking about the stereotypical perfect New Year’s Eve, I think about sitting in the front row watching all the famous musicians perform in New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in New York City. In reality, I can barely hear them singing on TV over my friends talking. I always make sure I am front of a TV as I await the dramatic count down to the ball drop and the perfect midnight kiss. In actuality, this is never how it turns out. I expect to be out celebrating and having a good time all night long. But as soon as 12:01 hits, I am already calling an Uber to go back home because pajamas are just much more comfortable. In reality, the great expectations of New Year’s Eve being the most memorable, fun, and exciting night aren’t typically fulfilled. It ends up being just like any other night out, except way too much time is spent thinking about it. Although this night has not yet met my not expectations, I, like everyone else, just can’t wait until it arrives because this year just might be the one. PHOTO COURTESY GOOGLE IMAGES
Michael Benrubi Editor-in-Chief
A support fund called Everytown for Gun Safety has been tracking the number of school shootings in our country. As of October of this year, there have been 160 school shootings in America since 2013, an average of nearly one per week. Of course these astounding numbers have led many to question the safety and security on school grounds across the country. Here in Florida, it has even led to proposed legislation that will allow concealed guns in public and on Florida’s college and university campuses. The bills were recently passed by two Florida Senate committees and still have to be vetted by two other committees before they could reach the Senate floor for a vote. If both bills are passed and become law, those with permits to carry concealed weapons will be able to openly carry weapons on school campuses. The proposal of these bills has created a whirlwind of controversy and debate between gun-rights advocates and the opposition. Those in support of the “campus-carry” bill contend that providing students, professors, and faculty with the right
to carry a weapon will allow for defense against violent acts on campuses. Those against the legislation argue that the proposal is likely to
The increasing number of violent attacks on college campuses in our country is definitely something that scares me as I am currently a senior
This map shows the number of mass shootings in America since the Sandy Hook shooting in 2012. cause more violence and hence a more dangerous environment on school grounds, while costing colleges and universities millions in expenses on increased security. Recently, the University of Chicago shut down its campus after learning of an anonymous online threat of gun violence. The school asked students and staff to stay away from the campus and for students in college housing to stay inside.
who is deciding where I want to spend my next 4 years. It is definitely a problem that needs a solution. However, I do not see this proposed legislation as the solution to this problem; I actually see it as a catalyst. It seems quite ironic to allow people to have more access to guns in order to alleviate the already high number of shootings in public areas in our country. By giving people the right to openly carry weapons, it can only lead to increased
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violent threats and actions. I am applying to two Florida universities and if this legislation is passed, I will have no choice but to factor it into my decision on where I want to attend. I fear walking in a common area on campus knowing that a student can go on a shooting rampage at any given moment. The hardest part for many of these shooters is being able to carry these weapons in an open environment. This bill would take away one of the biggest challenges and create a dangerous, bloodthirsty environment. I understand that it would be beneficial for students and faculty to have access to guns in order to protect themselves in such cases; however, these violent attacks will only happen more often if this bill is passed. A much better way to spend this time and money to lower the amount of mass shootings would be creating mental health clinics and support groups. Most mass shooters have some sort of mental or psychological disorder. By providing these services, people can be treated before they carry out violent attacks. The illogical way to solve this problem would be increasing the access and availability of guns to American citizens. PHOTO COURTESY GOOGLE IMAGES
Sincerely, Sydney Sydney Luntz Associate Editor
It is an unfortunate moment when us civilians realize we live during a time of global inhumanity. At 9:20 p.m. on the 13th of November, this realization hit harder than it had in years. The English language seems to limit the words that amount to this monstrous, merciless, and coldblooded operation. The attacks in Paris and everywhere else around the world recently, will never be forgotten, in the most painful way possible. Like many, I sat on the couch with family members watching the news on the evening of November 13th. I remember thinking to myself about how limited the news is, how little it shows, and how much worse everything must be on the other end of the camera. I could not grasp the brutality shown or handle seeing the horror-struck eyes of the victims. Living a desensitized and sheltered life, I simply could not fathom the barbarity. As we mourn, as we spread
awareness, and as us beings around the world try to wrap our heads around the magnitude of these events, an awful question arises: where will be next? This question haunted me for the next few days- for one major reason. My older sister resides in Brooklyn, New York and spends each and everyday commuting between one borough to the next and works in the heart of Manhattan. She walks among iconic parks, galleries, museums, eateries, and fashion strips- in a target city. She commutes from a city of 2.6 million people to a city of 1.6 million people, she commutes in jam-packed subways, trains, and walks amongst thousands of strangers every single day. Can you imagine? Sure, many of you have visited the city, but have you experienced living in a city notorious for crime? A city where so many events take place at once, whether it be concerts, musicals, fashion shows, or gallery openings, there is always going to be some type of mass meeting...and some type of backdoor for a criminal.
When the Herald Square and Times Square threat video surfaced, I had to take it seriously. Several credible sources, including NYPD said it was nothing new, that may be true, but imagine if your older sibling was hopping on a crowded subway three times a day in a city known to be a target. New York is a pandemonium in itself, but after the Paris attacks, it seemed to be a new kind of chaos. I did not care if the video was considered detrimental or not, all I cared about was my sister getting to work safely, speaking only to those she knew, and getting home safely. In the last few weeks, I have finally understood what it is like to be a worrying and paranoid parent. To say my sister was nervous would be an understatement, she texted my family the day the video was released in absolute panic. Gradually, she stepped out of her fear and refused to halt her everyday life. So, that is what this is all about. This is not about fearing or avenging, this is about living. As often as it is said, these heinous acts must not
instill a fear in which we are limiting ourselves to travel, speak, or live. These villainous actions also tend to reveal the good of ample individuals who strive for peace. It seems that peace is nearly unfeasible or impossible these days; however, I urge that everyone does something to ameliorate this. Educate yourself; stay aware of the world around you, and sympathize with those affected by these catastrophes. Create peace in your circle of friends and family, be civil with those around you. Regardless, his or her culture, opinions, skin color, sexuality, clothing, lifestyle, habits, grades, scores, and preferences in general, respect the individual. Respect will get us humans far, maybe not to the optimal ideal of global peace, but perhaps somewhere close to it. We are humane at heart; you better believe it.
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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
Stringing up Great Talent
Arts & Entertainment Editor We have all dreamt about it at least once in our lives: being rich and famous. There are many ways in which one could achieve these goals, but it seems as though many teenagers, especially teenage boys, want to become famous rock stars. The idea of jamming out on stage with bandmates and everyone knowing your name seems great to most, but some people have other ideas. These people would rather do the things that most do not even think about while enjoying their favorite rock bands: build the actual instruments being used in the concert. Enter Patrick Stewart, a senior at River that actually builds guitars, also known as a luthier. Why does he choose to do this? Well, there are actually many reasons. This was not the first occupation Stewart
had in mind when thinking about “I broke into tears,” Stewart said, rewhat he wanted to do and what his ferring to the first time he plugged in the guitar that he made and it actuallegacy will be. “I wanted to become a rock star, ly worked. Building instrubut I don’t like ments, whether stages,” Stewart it is a guitar or a said. violin, requires Stewart is a a great deal of great example creativity and of how music education on the can be anyone’s luthier’s part. He occupation and or she needs to passion, even know what piecif that person es fit together to is not the best create the persinger or has fect sound, as stage fright. Stewart stresswell as how to use these pieces that being Patrick Stewart with one of his guitars. es affectively to a luthier is no easy task. He has been studying gui- create the best sound possible. Stewtar building for three years, working art created what he calls “The Frankfor one year, and repairing for two en-Strat,” in which he took the parts and a half years, and to say that the from a bunch of different guitars to finished product is rewarding would make one rocking guitar. be an understatement. Most people see the work of a luthier
and believe it to be nearly impossible to build a guitar from scratch without the proper training, and they would be right. Like most things in life, an aspiring luthier needs to be determined and dedicated in order to be successful, and Stewart knew this from the start. Much of Stewart’s education when it came to guitar building was speaking to other people who were already making guitars. Whether it be a mentor or a YouTube video, there are many ways to learn the art of the craft. “It took a lot of elbow grease,” Stewart said. “It looks really intimidating, but it’s really not.” As any inventor would attest, it is important to know what you want and how to get it when trying to build or create something from nothing, whether it be a luthier or an entrepreneur. People like Stewart know this, and that is why they are doing what they love and achieving immense success.
The guitars to the left are just a few that Stewart has made in the past couple of years. ART BY ARYANNA MUGNATOTO PHOTOS COURTESY OF PATRICK STEWART AND ARYANNA MUGNATTO
ALLIANCE CLUB SETS THE STAGE FOR ACCEPTANCE Natalia Galicza
Arts & Entertainment Editor The Spanish River Gay/ Straight Alliance club was thrilled to host an event that allowed students to engage in enjoyable and creative opportunities. On November 30th, the Alliance Club held their very first open mic event during lunch. Open to all, this special event acted as a creative outlet for students to express themselves in an accepting environment. Presentations such as poetry, music, art, or any school
Yitzi Batt shares an original poem on the importance of accepting the LGBT community.
appropriate forms of expression were helped us all come out of our shells encouraged. to express ourselves,” junior and “The inspiration behind the idea for an president of Alliance Club Erin Turner open mic was an event at the Norton said. “The purpose of this experience Museum of is for students to gain a Art that Ms. feeling of acceptance Giannageli as well as a medium wanted to to express their inner r e c r e a t e ,” thoughts and feelings.” sophomore For members who and vice participated, the event president of was surely an exciting the Alliance and memorable Club Fabrizia experience. Mugnatto “I was looking said. “I hoped forward to seeing all for students of the presentations to get an as well as presenting oppor tunit y Lucas Bjelos reads a story on equality. myself,” Turner said. to be “I read a poem I really liked as creative as they wished in a about the color yellow, it was really welcoming atmosphere.” fun to share that with everyone.” The performances that took Presentations included performances place at this event did not have to such as poetry, short stories, jokes, be related to LGBTQ+ for it to be and even karaoke. Non-participants presented. In fact, leaders of the club enjoyed themselves at the open mic encouraged participation for anyone as well. who wished to share any creative “I was really excited to see all works. the different ways people chose to “Even the performances express themselves,” sophomore and that didn’t have anything to do Alliance Club member Ali Dusinberre with LGBTQ+ issues were great and said. “I didn’t participate, however,
Giannageli sings “What Do You Mean” by Justin Bieber and encourages club karaoke participation.
all of the presentations were super engaging/ entertaining and I had a great time.” Alliance club hosts many events that are always open to anyone who cares to join. The club provides a safe haven for anyone of any sexual orientation that might wish for a sense of community. “All Alliance Club activities are open to everyone,” Mugnatto said. “Activities such as this open mic are great ways to get involved in a club.”
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THE GALLEON DECEMBER 2015
Sharks display impressive work at art show Zoe Brand
Arts & Entertainment Editor Within the halls of Spanish River, many talented and passionate artists roam. In an anonymous fashion, we can see the imprint of these talented students on the school’s landscape through murals in the hallway or paintings in the classroom. These students, who have extraordinary artistic ability, recently had the opportunity to stand behind their artwork as individuals. The artists’ works were displayed for the public eyes’ critique, but in addition to exposure, they also had the chance to compete in order to win a prize. This is known as the annual NAHS (National Art Honor Society) Art Show at River. This year’s show took place on November 17th in the media center and featured some of River’s finest and most talented art students. The Art Show process begins with a passionate student with an artistic talent. Cultivated at school or at home, a dedicated artist spends almost all their time thinking about or creating art. “My daily schedule basically revolves around art,” Art Show participant and junior Lucas Bjelos shared. “I start my day with AICE Art followed by AP Art. Then later I might spend my lunch in the art room. At home, I’ll look at art online while scribbling in my sketchbook”. A passionate artist is essential to
art creation and this dedication shines through in the final product; however before an artist places the brush on the canvas, an idea must inspire them. This year’s theme, “geometric”, served as a guideline for the artists as to what direction their art should take. Erin Turner, junior and Art Show participant shares that “backgrounds from illustrated cartoons” served as her muse for the work she created. She used them to create “geometric landscape” as a way to incorporate the theme into her piece. “They [cartoons] are really good to use in order to learn about landscape composition,” Erin Turner said. Each artist in the show put a lot of work into the pieces they created. The winners in the end were Erin Turner who placed 1st, Bjelos who placed 2nd, Annie Levande who placed 3rd, and Sarah Bagnall who placed 4th. Each winner was awarded a dollars amount worth of art supplies ranging from $100 for 1st place and $25 for 4th place. “Once the competition was over, to allow the winning artists to gain more exposure, we submit them [winning pieces] to Scholastics or the PTSA Reflections”, Art Show coordinator and Art teacher Katia Martinez said. The Art Show and art classes offered at school provide practice that is beneficial for real world application. “If you get a lot of experience, you
end up with a better eye for aesthetic qualities in anything you make,” Turner said. Mrs. Martinez urges students to submit their work. Whether your talents stem from doodles on your notebook or sketches in a pad, the art show offers great exposure and can create many opportunities for students.
2nd place winner, Lucas Bjelos uses acrylic paint on paper to create his art piece.
Art show participants line up in front of their artwork.
1st place winner, Erin Turner uses prismacolor colored pencils and markers to create her winning piece. Gallery of submitted artwork from River students.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF ERIN TURNER
tis the season
Throughout history there have been countless amounts of holiday entertainment. There have been plays, songs and, of course, holiday movies. Let’s take a look at some of the holiday movies that have stood the test of time! HOliday movie quiz Match the quote with the movie 1."Maybe Christmas doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas means a bit more."
2.“The best way to spread christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear.”
3.“Ma’am, I’m eight years old. You think I would be
4. "Oh my God, I shot my eye out!"
B. The Grinch C. A Christmas story D. Home Alone Answers: 1. B 2. A 3. D 4. C
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Sleeping Through Second Semester and family is a must. However, many students seem to forget that Max Kozlowski the school year does not end once Features Editor they receive their acceptance letters. College acceptances early in ‘Senioritis’ has become a word the year provide comfort and asingrained into every high school surance to students, but do their student and teacher’s vocabulary. risks outweigh rewards? Second-semester as a senior is Senior Lara Kimmel is relieved anticipated since the beginning to have been accepted into Tulane of freshman year, and everyone University by the beginning of Noknows what to expect from their vember and is determined to prestereotypical senior. It truly is vent her admission from deterring one of the critical transitions in a her academic drive. young adult’s life, and enjoying “I think getting into college alfinal months with lifelong friends ready definitely alleviates a lot of the stress of my senior year. Most of the stress this year was really about getting my applications in and worrying if I’d get in or not,” Kimmel said. “I don’t think this will change my motivation for this school year. Colleges receive grades for senior year even after I am accepted, which is motivation to still do well. Knowing my senior year grades still matter to colleges even after my acceptance is motivation to keep up my work ethic.” Kimmel is correct in asserting that colleges do scan over students’ transcripts post-acceptance. Every year, students, many of whom have Seniors Lara Kimmel and Julia Zukerberg celebrate passed through River, receive their college acceptances from Tulane University.
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a revocation or warning letter from their college. College counselor Marjorie Murstein warns students of the danger of letting their grades tank. “Colleges will look at your final transcript and absolutely withdraw your acceptance if there is a substantial drop in grades,” Murstein said. “Also, students should remember that Bright Futures scholarships are dependent on your final grades as well.” ‘Senioritis’ poses a potentially more challenging threat to another facet of our school: teachers. Teachers of seniors are forced to plan for this unfortunate phenomenon and take proper measures to keep their students attention throughout the year. They begin to expect harsh grade drops, especially in second semester, and AP teachers are forced to cope with lower pass rates on national AP exams as a result of students who no longer care. Seniors should keep in mind that their teachers count on them to perform and that thoughtless decisions affect lives outside their own. Social Studies teacher Robert Heinrichs has dealt with this challenge and has firsthand experience of how frustrating teaching senior students can be. “There are two frustrations I have with [teaching] seniors,” Heinrichs said. “One is that I seem to care about whether they graduate more than they care, and two is that they’re looking for a number and not knowledge.”
Slacking off late in senior year can have consequences that reach beyond high school. AP Literature and Composition teacher Marcia Kunf says that students who end their high school career in such a way run a greater risk. “If they [students] think they can let everything go after their college admission, they start off college with that same lack of discipline,” Kunf said. “There is also something to be said about having pride in yourself and integrity in your work, that you can’t put a grade to.” Simply put: seniors are encouraged to have a memorable last year at River, but there is no need to sacrifice four years of studies for a few months of reckless fun.
PHOTO COURTESY OF LARA KIMMEL ART BY ERIN TURNER
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13 FEATURES oh snap! students find a new way to chat THE GALLEON DECEMBER 2015
Noah Zylberberg Features Editor
A couple of years ago, Snapchat was offered the deal of a lifetime by Facebook: 3 billion dollars for the company. The CEO of Snapchat, Evan Spiegel declined the offer. But why is the app worth over 3 billion dollars today? The answer has to do with teens and the extensive reach that Snapchat has had on today’s society. According to Business Insider, two-fifths of American teenagers use Snapchat multiple times per day. Also, the app registers over one billion photos daily. River is no exception to this craze. Students can be seen posting videos on their story or taking selfies during school. For many, Snapchat offers a convenient way to send
temporary pictures. Recently, the app has created new features with various video options that only add to the popularity of the app. “I like the slow motion a lot and the fast forward,” junior Frances Morales said. A beaming issue with Snapchat is privacy. It must be said that Snapchat does lend itself to certain provocative images. Students nowadays believe that their picture can be sent and truly never seen again. However, this is not the case. The app offers a screenshot option, where people can take a picture of a photo that was not meant to be seen by others. However, the app does send a notification to users if someone screen shots their picture. Another way Snapchat has tried to make their app more private is through their customizable settings.
“I like to set my story to custom so that certain people can’t see potentially damaging posts on my story,” senior Gabriel Louvet said. Also, relatively new to Snapchat has been the face recognition software, that allows students to mold themselves into different people or emotions. This began the true start of the Snapchat rebranding. Rather than being a simple app to share photos with friends, Snapchat has decided to change their features and add more options to satisfy more teens. Nowadays, fads go in and out of style relatively quickly. Nonetheless, this rebranding has truly shown students that Snapchat is here to stay. “The secret to Snapchat’s viral growth is its group messaging functionality,” freshman Aaron Reiser said. “When a user sends a snap to multi-
ple friends, the recipients receive a snap indistinguishable from an individualized message; mass snaps feel personalized.” Despite this, there are still some students that believe the app could be doing more to satisfy its users. “I really like Geotags, but I don’t think there are enough and only certain people can create them,” Louvet said. “It would be cool if you could make your own Geotags more easily and attach them to a certain area.” No one can argue the fact that the white ghost with the yellow background has become iconic in today’s society. Some say it could overtake the likes of Twitter and Facebook. At its core, Spiegel has truly created something that fits in perfectly with todays’ teens: a fast paced, interactive, and enjoyable app for all users.
Youtubers Take Over River Ethan Weinstein Staff Reporter
YouTube is a video sharing website that has played a pivotal role in how people access media over the past few years. The website was founded in February of 2005 by Jawed Karim and is known for allowing users to easily capture and upload videos for the public to see. YouTube is also the second most used search engine in the world (behind Google), with over one billion users world wide. YouTube has become so popular that there are users all over the world and some can be found at Spanish River. A "YouTuber" at Spanish River, freshman Tali Nesbitt, uses her channel to inform viewers about new trends, outfit ideas, and makeup advice. Nesbitt's most watched video is called "DIY Healthy Spring Snack Ideas!" The video has 2,350 views and teaches viewers how to make creative spring themed snacks such as make your own fruit pops, fruit smoothies, and yogurt bites. "Photography and videography have always been a hobby of mine," Nesbitt said. "I really started to make videos to express my creativity and entertain people at the same time."
Nesbitt's other videos include "What's on my Iphone!" where Nesbitt shows viewers her favorite apps she has on her phone, "What to do during Fall!" where Nesbitt talks about fun activities to do during fall, and "Breakfast Ideas + Healthy Drink Ideas!" where Nesbitt teaches viewers how to make creative breakfast meals. You can watch these videos on YouTube.com by searching the user "Tali Nesbitt." Best friends, freshmen Myles Ross and Bruce Steinberg, also created their own YouTube channel. Ross and Steinberg post under =the user name "Marvelous Films." The duo upload music videos, talk shows, popular online challenges, videos showcasing their basketball skills, and just about anything they are doing at the time. Marvelous Films' most watched video is called "Cookie Dance Parody- 'Chip Chocolate'" where Ross and Steinberg sing and dance to the popular song "Chip Chocolate." Their comedic video has over 1,500 views. "I was inspired by popular YouTubers and wanted to try to see if I could achieve the same success they had," Steinberg said. As Steinberg hoped for “Marvelous Films” has achieved close to their idols success with over 200 subscribers. The best friends never had thought they would achieve this great success.
"Filming videos is something I always loved to do," Ross said. "YouTube is a great way of sharing that work with the world." Marvelous Films' other popular videos include "4 Friend Trust Exercises" where the friends perform four activities to prove they trust each other, "Oreo Name Challenge," and "Rapids Water Park Adventure" where Ross and Steinberg document their exciting day at Rapids Water Park. Another YouTuber at Spanish River is senior Lexie Kaufman. Kaufman's YouTube channel, “Lexie Skye,” consists of videos of her and her friends trying new things, as well as video blogs about what is going on in her life. Kaufman's most watched video is called "My Daily Routine" where she reenacts her typical morning from when she gets out of bed in the morning to when she leaves from school. "YouTube gives my friends and I something to laugh about and have fun with," Kaufman said. YouTube makes for an amusing after school activity for these four students and many others as well. Search for them on YouTube and be sure to like and subscribe to them.
ART BY ERIN TURNER PHOTO COURTESY OF GOOGLE IMAGES
ART BY ARYANA MUGNATTO SCREENSHOTS BY MAX KOZLOWSKI
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The Galleon: Some things never change Lily Choi
Staff Reporter With time, things change, and so do people. However, a review of past Galleon articles have shown that change is not always present. Stories from 10, or even 20 years ago can still be relevant and relatable today. Assistant Principal Ira Sollod believes the school has undergone dramatic change in the past 15 years.
“River has transformed in the last 15 years,” Sollod said. “When West Boca became a large school in our area we decreased by approximately 1000 students. As a result, we had to adapt to the smaller student body. River has always been a highachieving school, but we previously offered different classes such as woodshop.“ While River currently offers several Advanced Placement and AICE courses, the classes of the past were quite different. River offered cooking and autoshop among the many electives. These courses were phased out as other schools now offer academies which concentrate on these specialized courses. Many
students wish River still had these courses. Students have also complained about the early start time of the school for over a decade, which means that teachers would find students dozing off in class constantly. Whether a student in the 1990s, 2000s, or 2015, the lack of sleep has been prominent. However, it has yet to be seen whether this greatly has to do with the start time or not and if these tired protesters will be heard. Math teacher Tara Rothberg, who graduated from River, is still not fond of the early start time. “I am not a morning person so I always wished high school would
have started a little later. I think I would have been more focused in the morning,” Rothberg said. In sports, the Cross Country team is still strong today which shows an amazing record of accomplishments since it first took off. They say history repeats itself; whether it be about sports, problems, or news, students might find their situation more alike to the past than they realize.
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How long doEs it take?
The Galleon sent out ITS STAFF REPORTERS IN ORDER TO PERFORM AN EXPERIMENT AT OUR SCHOOL. THEY TRAVELED TO LOCATIONS AROUND CAMPUS AND REPORTED BACK THE AMOUNT OF A TIME UNTIL A SCHOOL OFFICIAL CONFRONTED THEM.
FOR A STUDENT meditating IN THE COURTYARD TO BE APPROACHED BY A SCHOOL OFFIICIAL
FOR A STUDENT WANDERING AROUND THE 8000 BUILDING with two earbuds in to be asked to remove one
fOR a student to roam the entire campus without being approached an (entire period).
FOR A STUDENT TO BE QUESTIONED AFTER WALKING ACROSS THE SCHOOL AND PLAYING FOOTBALL WITH THE P.E. STUDENTS
FOR A STUDENT talking on a cell phone to be confronted by a school official
The Galleon does not condone leaving class, more likely than not, you will be caught.
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BOYS’ VARSITY BASKETBALL IS BACK IN ACTION Bradley Thomas Sports Editor
Basketball is back. The Spanish River Varsity basketball team has gotten off to a rough start, but look to turn things around and get back on track. The Sharks played against tough opponents including rival Boca High and Lake Worth. Coach Jones is very excited for the potential in this young, new group. “I’m looking forward to working with a very young team and watching them grow as people and players,” Basketball Coach John Jones said. The boys finished the season last
year with an impressive record of 16 wins and 7 losses, notable games including 56-38 and 70-56 victories against Somerset Academy and West Boca Raton High respectively, and also a 74-43 thrashing of Olympic Heights. Unfortunately, the team fell short in the regional tournament to Wellington High by a score of 4038. Wellington would go on to win the state finals against Hagerty High school Huskies out of Oveido, Florida. Despite last year’s heartbreaking, season ending loss, the team is ready to bounce back. “I’m hoping to build on our winning culture,” Jones said. “We expect to play well every night and that takes
The team huddles around coach Jones before a game.
focus.” This is the kind of “can-do” attitude the Sharks will need to have another winning season. Although there are a few players from last year’s squad, many are brand new. The team has set their sights on improving on last year’s result. The team is composed of mostly new players, with only one senior with the rest being a combination of sophomores and juniors. The one senior on the team is Captain Aaron Rissman. “Being a captain is a huge honor because it means Coach Jones trusts me and respects me enough to let me be his right hand man,” Rissman said. “He’s putting a lot of trust in me to help him lead our team.” In addition, Rissman enjoys being a team leader. He has set goals for himself and all of his team “My goal is to win the District
Rissman boxes out for the rebound.
tournament. River hasn’t had a district champion in 20 years and I want to be a part of the team that ends the drought and brings home a trophy,” Rissman said. River’s long time competitor and rival Boca High will face off again on January 8, 2016 at Boca High. The Sharks record against them last year was 1-1 in two very close games. The Sharks will end their regular season with two away games against Santaluces on January 15, and Park Vista on January 19. Regional and District playoffs begin after that game and continue into February. “Our goal is to be playing our best basketball come District tournament time,” Jones said. Under Coach Jones, the team hopes to make it further into the play-off tournament brackets this year, during January and February. Make sure to come out and support your Shark basketball team. PHOTOS COURTESY OF MICHELLE RISSMAN
River athletes pursue sports outside of school Burak Pala
Staff Reporter Spanish River has quite a variety of sports, including swimming, golf, and even bowling. However, there are still many sports that River students participate in that are not offered at River. These students were not satisfied with the sports offered at our school and decided to pursue their passions off campus. Junior Martin Capriles practices Olympic weightlifting as a sport, and is very dedicated. “It’s one of the many sports that changes your way of life,” Capriles said. “Because you literally have to change all your habits in order to be successful.” Capriles also says the dedication comes at a price. “I’ve had to give up time from family, friends, and work in order to get my training in,” Capriles said. Capriles started weightlifting at 11 years old, but advanced to competing on his sophomore year. There are also other students at River that are grateful for the school’s understanding, even if the school does not support that sport. “I feel that even though the school does not support my sport, they have been so amazing for the times I would have to miss school for competitions,” senior Cydney Benes said. “They were understanding and
knew I was competing at a high level,” Benes said. Benes is a horseback rider, she started riding at 2 ½ years old and has been riding since. “My mom rode horses all her life so as soon as I was old enough to ride a horse I started lessons and, of course, fell in love with it,” Benes said. Benes would like to thank all of her past teachers who were understanding when she had to be absent for competitions. Another River student pursues
wakeboarding with his friends. “The system that I ride at, Ski Rixen, isn’t a boat,” senior Ben Blakesberg said. “So I can go and ride at the same time with 7 of my friends.” Blakesberg would also like to say that he thinks the school should recognize the smaller sports that could grow into bigger ones. Blakesberg also gave advice for those who want to start wakeboarding. “Go out and try it, I haven’t met a person that hasn’t fell in love after
Blakesberg goes airborne on his wakeboard.
that!” Freshman Alexandra Masterson is a surfer, and she started at 8 years old. “My dad was a professional wind surfer in South Africa,” Masterson said. “A lot of people in Florida [surf ], but not a lot of people in the school do,” Masterson said. So if any of you see any of these amazing people in the halls of River, give them a friendly high-five, a nice handshake, or even a slight nod, because they are pursuing their passions every day outside of school, and their determination to make it happen is something all of us can admire.
Benes competes in an equestrian competition. PHOTOS COURTESY OF BEN BLAKESBERG AND CYDNEY BENES
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FanDuel and DraftKings cause widespread controversy Michael Benrubi Editor-in-Chief
Daily fantasy sports sites such as FanDuel.com and DraftKings. com have become increasingly popular among sports fanatics. A report by Adam Krejcik at Eilers Research says that 3.9 million people will play daily fantasy sports by the end of 2015, up from 1.2 million last year. The average daily fantasy league player spends $257 annually, up from just $15 in 2012. Daily fantasy leagues allow participants to pick players in a short period and compete against others to win money. The widespread appeal of this new type of gaming is a result of the quick money one can receive from winning. The craze has even spread to the student body at River. Many participate in these services and some have profited from their picks. Both FanDuel and DraftKings attract people through excessive advertisements and sponsorships. It is almost impossible to watch a sports game without seeing one of their logos at least 10 times. However, recently, both of these booming companies have been seen in other places on television: the news.
In the past few weeks, the companies have endured scandals, lawsuits, federal investigations, and an attempt to shut them down in Nevada. This comes after a recent report that a DraftKings employee
opportunities that should be regulated or removed. “There is no skill involved with these games,” an anonymous River student said. “It is just people guessing which players will do well
had won $350,000 on FanDuel, which suggested that their worker used insider information to make his “skillful” choices. Both FanDuel and DraftKings claim that they are not gambling sites, as they portray themselves as games of skill. River students who participate in daily fantasy sports have differing opinions on whether or not these services provide games of skill or luck. “If you see a player that has a low cost with a favorable matchup and potential to have a lot of points, you take them,” an anonymous River student said. “It’s easy money.” Some, however, see these daily fantasy leagues as gambling
and betting it. The topic was even mentioned in the Republican Debate on October 28th to which New Jersey Governor Chris Christie gave the frustrating response: “Are we really talking about getting the government involved in fantasy football?” I disagree with Christie. These daily fantasy sports are clearly games of chance. To say that they are solely games of skill would be ludicrous. Sure, skill does increase your odds of winning and receiving money, but there is a larger and much more influential aspect of luck. I am an avid fantasy football player who enjoys the season long
commitment to a team. I have never tried participating in one of these daily leagues because I know that it is something that is almost out of my control. It’s almost like rolling the dice. If a player scores 30, you hit the jackpot; if not, you lose your money. Sound like gambling to you? There is no doubt in my mind that these leagues need to be regulated. Implementing regulations would make it clear to participants about who is playing, winning, and most importantly, would expose and eliminate unfair and illegal practices. While federal officials do not want to take notice of this issue, it is up to state lawmakers to make decisions. Daily fantasy services are not allowed to operate cash games in seven states, including New York whose attorney general recently ruled that FanDuel and DraftKings constitute illegal gambling and ordered the sites to stop taking bets in the state. Millions of Americans are participating in these services and although it may be hard to pass it through legislation, a law that requires legislation of these services would prevent many people from losing their money on a lucky roll of the dice. Only time will tell if other states will follow suit and if there will be uniform change in this controversial debate. PHOTOS COURTESY OF GOOGLE IMAGES
Sharks soccer LOOKS TO FINISH STRONG Ethan Weinstein Staff Reporter
Cleats are laced up, shin guards are in, and goal posts are now blocked by soccer nets. Girls’ and boys’ soccer season is kicking into gear again. This year the sharks look to score goals on the pitch and achieve them off of it. Girls’ coach Kevin Turner and boys’ coach Kevin McEnroe hope to bring their teams to another district championship. Spanish River soccer has a rich history; including a boy’s state title in 1997, and three girls’ state titles in 1996, 1997, and 1999. The predominantly younger girls’ soccer team kicked off their season on October 26th with a tough loss at Palm Beach Central High School, but bounced back four days later with a decisive win against Suncoast High School. This big win got River back to their winning ways and now have a record of 10-3-1, putting the girls on track to make the playoffs. “The mix of underclassmen and upperclassmen allows the game to be more of a learning experience for the young players,” freshman defender Emma Knight said. “Although it may take time for the new players to adjust to high school soccer, I believe we have
Multiple Shark players run down the pitch as the play develops.
enough talent to go all the way to districts and that is the goal. We just keep getting stronger every day.” The boys’ soccer team led by Coach McEnroe also kicked off their season in late October. The Sharks faced Saint John Paul II where they had a tough first loss. The team now has a record of 2-4-3 and will try to end the season on a positive note. “The mutual feeling by the players on this team is that we have the talent to go further than ever,” sophomore goalie Nick Tucker said. “We cannot get caught up in one loss, our goal is to recover and move on.” Both teams will try to keep the ball rolling and finish out the season strong in January. Come out and support your sharks in the Shark Pit as they look to make their run for glory.
Upcoming Home Matches Boys:
vs. Stoneman Douglas 12/14 8:00 P.M. vs. West Boca 1/12 6:00 P.M.
vs. Stoneman Douglas 12/14 6:00 P.M. vs. Wellington 12/18 6:00 P.M. vs. West Boca 1/8 6:00 P.M. Coach Turner plans the team’s strategy during a water break in a win.
PHOTOS COURTESY OF JEFF UNGER
THE GALLEON DECEMBER 2015
Sharks sports host team dinners to bond Justin Haber Sports Editor
Sports teams at Spanish River host team dinners in order to bring teammates together. In addition, they are great for making sure players receive a balanced and nutritious meal before a game. These dinners range from being a quick bite to hours of team bonding and fueling up. The whole team can participate in bringing a dish or one person can tackle the responsibility of making a dinner to feed an entire team. Regardless, these dinners have one goal: to bond. Some dinners are for the carb fix, to get sufficient energy before the big game, and others are simply for teammates to enjoy time together. These team dinners are crucial to formulate a connection between teammates. “I think it helps the team bond,” sophomore and Varsity Cross Country runner Chris French said. “My favorite part is just sitting and talking at the table.”
The Cross Country team has three to four dinners a season. Each meal is hosted by a different teammate. Nonetheless, with so many runners, running so many miles, the proportion of food made is exponential. Swimming, though a completely different sport, is similar when it comes to team dinners. “At the swim barbecue there is all
types of food,” sophomore swimmer Ben Broidis said. “My favorite part is bonding with the team. One time, we played a game where everyone went around telling their favorite hobby, their horoscope, and their favorite polygon.” The swim team has only had one dinner so far this year, but it was greatly appreciated by the entire team. These meals help the players
feel more like family rather than just a team. Team dinners are also a way players can bond outside of practice. It is nice to relax and just unwind before a big game. Good food, some games, and just talking make for the best pre game rituals. Unlike the usual seasonal sport, the cheerleaders cheer you all year round. “The dinners strengthen team morale,” junior and cheerleader Isabelle Klayman said. “We all love to be together, and involved in each other’s lives. Sometimes we sit in a circle and talk with each other about our problems. We offer each other good advice, which helps us be close as a team.” Ultimately, team dinners make the week of practice a little more bearable.
ART BY ERIN TURNER FOOD IMAGES COURTESY OF GOOGLE
Individual Shark Accomplishments Noah Zylberberg
Zylberberg came in 6th place at the State competition and came in 1st place at Regionals.
Noonan was the District champion in Boys’ Varsity Cross Country.
Blochstien placed 2nd in Districts, tied for 2nd at Regionals, and tied for 5th at States.
Abdullah was the District champion in Boys’ Varsity Bowling. ART BY ARYANA MUGNATTO PHOTOS COURTESY OF NOAH ZYLBERBERG, EDUARDO BLOCHSTIEN, JAKE NOONAN, AND SAMIR ABDULLAH
ART BY ERIN TURNER
GIRL’S' VARSITY SOCCER HITS ITS STRIDE