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Parking lot safety improves, despite recent accidents

Influx of new teachers alters school dynamic By EMILY BERGMAN STAFF REPORTER


Students on foot and in vehicles traverse the student parking lot after school. Although accidents have occurred this year, automotive safety in the parking lot has improved drastically since last year, acccording to Officer Paul DeCarolis.

By JOEY GOLDMAN NEWS EDITOR The student parking lot, notorious for its frequent accidents and aggressive drivers, has statistically improved in safety since last year. Only three accidents in the student lot have been officially recorded thus far, a major improvement from the high number of incidents reported last year, according to Officer Paul DeCarolis. Officer Luis Santana believes the eradication of senior parking has made the lot safer. He said the new “first come, first serve” format is better because it eliminates the hectic situation of seniors weaving their way through traffic to get to their parking spots.

However, according to Assistant Principal Doug Markwardt, five minor accidents have occurred in the parking lot, and although not officially noted by law enforcement, they expose the persistent recklessness of some student drivers. “There are way too many careless drivers in our parking lot,” junior Rebecca Nashban said. “The school needs to put in more stop signs and speed bumps.” Nashban was involved in an accident in the student lot that caused substantial damage to her car, one of the three recorded accidents so far this year. Junior Daniel Buchalter believes accidents happen due to carelessness. “People never look while backing

up their cars,” Buchalter said. “That’s why I park where I have more room to back up when I leave school.” Not all students deem the parking lot an automotive nightmare, though. “The drivers definitely seem much better this year than last year,” junior Jared Katz said. “Nobody has cut me off yet, which seemed like a daily occurrence for me last year.” Santana also offered some words of advice for all student drivers. “There is now a signal at the north entrance gate on campus; it’s a great way to avoid the congestion that the main entrance causes,” Santana said. “Overall, it is a safer and quicker route into and out of school.”

This year, 13 new teachers have joined the faculty of Spanish River, the largest influx of new faculty in many years. There has also been an increase in the student population, and some teachers have over 30 students per class period. For example, trigonometry teacher Tara Rothberg’s fifth period class has 33 students. Teachers have left for various reasons, triggering the increase in new teachers. “Usually we don’t have this many new teachers,” Assistant Principal Ira Sollod said. “[But the teachers that left] decided upon retirement, going back to school, family issues, etc.” According to The Palm Beach Post, recent changes in the economy caused employment for teachers to be very volatile. Broward County has experienced large teacher lay-offs over the past year and, even though many of those teachers have been rehired, some are coming to Palm Beach County where the situation is more stable. In addition, private schools have seen decreases in their student population and have laidoff teachers accordingly. Stephen Cochran is a new math teacher at Spanish River, but he has been teaching for 20 years in Los Altos, California. He said that he “only left because he wanted to move to Boca Raton.” *article continued on page 4

Changes to math curriculum outlined in new bill By ARIEL BROWN STAFF REPORTER Under newly passed Florida Senate Bill 4, high school mathematical skills will now be assessed by a new, computer-based Algebra I endof-course exam. This will count toward 30 percent of students’ grades. Failing any of these exams will result in the student’s inability to graduate. “Introducing the end-of-course exams is a positive step to measure what students actually learn in class,” Principal Dr. Susan Atherley said. “However, we will now have to work on how we will be able to

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test students in our computer labs.” The state will continue to implement similar computerized end-ofcourse exams, assessing other core subjects. Geometry and biology exams will be introduced in 2012, followed by exams of U.S. history in 2013 and civics in 2014. Next school year, end-of-course geometry and biology exams will replace the 10th grade math FCAT and the 11th grade science FCAT, respectively. However, under this bill, this year’s tenth graders will still take the usual math FCAT, with the only change being the switch to computerization. “I am thankful that our grade is the last to take the old math FCAT,”

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sophomore Erin Bernet said. “I wouldn’t want to take an exam that focuses specifically on geometry and counts for a large portion of our grade.” With these new assessments come a number of changes in graduation requirements. Current freshmen are now required to take Algebra I and geometry, and they must receive a score of at least three on the reading FCAT. By 2014, students will have to pass geometry, Algebra I and biology exams to graduate, as well as take Algebra II and chemistry or physics. “State officials held a meeting on March 16 to discuss these graduation requirements,” Assistant

Principal Elizabeth Calvente-Torres said. “However, there are still some things that they are working out. It’s on a trial basis.” As another effort to better students’ education in mathematics, new math textbooks were purchased this year for all Florida math classes, a purchase that totaled nearly $200 million. Educators hope that this will be a worthwhile investment, as the books cover fewer topics in greater detail. With all these new changes, students will have a lot of adjusting to do in their learning processes; however, these adjustments have the potential of being extremely beneficial to students.

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End-of-quarter rush, flood watch alert, college applications, pep rallies, homecoming around the corner and no sign of slowing down in sight. This school year is off to a busy start and so is The Galleon. One of our goals for this year is to feature a wider scope of students. We’ve started by featuring foreign students and teens who traveled abroad this summer. Read about the River Goes Global on pages 10-11. Did you notice the two new boys on the cheerleading team at the pep rally? Sports covers their spirit on page 18. We love to hear your input, so please write to us! Email us:, or leave a note in room 8217.

Dear editor, The article I found most interesting was “Internship violates minimum wage laws.” I feel that interns should be rewarded for their work. However, many companies have no budget for interns; this shows that there must be an alternative form of payment. As an intern it is their goal to learn, so I believe that businesses should test interns and pay them based on their progress. -Anonymous

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Seniors Alex McCoy and Jordan Cohen came together to create an anti-bullying campaign that started through DECA. They are spreading awareness about bullying by posting posters around school and handing out “Spanish River goes bully free” signs. McCoy and Cohen also had “pledge days” on September 7 and 8 in which students promised to become “bully free.”

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FAU mentorship benefits biotech New teachstudents ers replace departed

throughout the 2010-2011 school year. Furthermore, Borgen incorporates her research on Drosophila neurobiology (fruit fly nervous systems) into her lesson For the first time, the Spanish plans. River Biotechnology Academy and “My goal is to bring real-life the Florida Atlantic University lab experience into the (FAU) Department classroom and to show of Biological Sciences how we do research at are engaging through FAU,” Borgen said. the Graduate Science, Borgen’s labs have Technology, Engineering intrigued Martinez’s and Mathematics (STEM) students, since many Fellows in K-12 Education have never been (GK-12) Program. exposed to cutting-edge The GK-12 Program is research techniques run by the National Science before. Foundation. The program’s “Melissa taught us labs goal is to connect graduate and new, interesting students pursuing STEM ways to extract DNA,” degrees with high school junior Nick Carbo said. students. It is believed Similar GK-12 that this interaction will affiliated programs, spark a mutually beneficial such as Project relationship. ChemBOND, have “The collaboration PHOTO BY JOEY GOLDMAN occurred in prior years. between Spanish River and FAU is a great opportunity FAU student Melissa Borgen helps biotech students analyze DNA. She This current program for resident scientists to will continue to instruct biotech classes for the rest of this school year. proves to be another step in strengthening promote and enhance science education while improving III honors classes. Borgen will Spanish River’s relationship with their communication and teaching work with Spanish River students the FAU science department.


skills,” biotechnology teacher Patricia Martinez said. Through the program, Melissa Borgen, a FAU Department of Biological Sciences graduate student, helps teach two of Martinez’s Integrated Science

School renovations enhance student comfort By SAMANTHA COHEN STAFF REPORTER Spanish River students came back for the 2010-2011 school year to discover new additions to school. The renovations include overhangs over the pick-up and portable walkways and misters in each corner of the courtyard. Spanish River was able to make these changes due to the profits obtained from three contributors: the district, the Shark Shop and the Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA). The district is the main contributer, providing $16 million of capital, which is used for construction within schools. The overhangs cost a total of $ 150,000, according to Principal Dr. Susan Atherley. The school is receiving a lot of positive feedback from its students

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so far this year, according to Atherley. “I think the overhangs were much needed and it’s amazing we have them when it rains,” junior Sydney Solomon said. The four installed misters were donated to Spanish River by the school’s parents and students. Each mister costs around $750, adding up to a total of $3,000, which was paid for by the PTSA and the Shark

I think the overhangs were much needed and it’s amazing we have them when it rains. - Sydney Solomon, 11

Shop. The Shark Shop was able to fund half of the money from the store’s sales, whereas the PTSA

fundraised for their half. Greg White, a Spanish River parent, installed the misters through his company, Misty Made Distributing Company. According to administration, the idea of installing misters was brought up this summer due to the high temperatures. “The main reason for the misters is definitely the rise in temperature and humidity,” Assistant Principal Doug Markwardt said. The misters also have been warmly received. As a result, Markwardt hopes to get a portable mister to hang on the fence for the sports teams during games. “I think these renovations are great things,” Atherley said. “I think it’s so great that we are able to do this for the students.” These renovations are contributing in making students more comfortable on campus.

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“[Spanish River] has a great reputation academically,” Cochran said about why he chose Spanish River. “It’s located in paradise!” Many teachers feel that the district has influenced the way they teach. Last year, embedded assessments were given and bell ringers were required. This year, teachers have more freedom regarding what is included in their curriculum. The 13 new teachers compensate for those departed, bringing new teaching styles and enhancing academics.



“They don’t really know what they’re doing and they can’t control the class.” -Daniel Dadi, 11

“Since my teacher is younger, he can relate to us more. He understands how he needs to teach us in order for us to do well.” -Juliana Krevans, 9

“New teachers have trouble adapting, but if they are genuinely good teachers, then they should be just fine.” -Aaron Blogg, 11


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

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To multitask or not to mul- True life: I titask: do I have a choice? am addicted as I sit at my desk solving a math problem, is misleading. I am simultaneously listening to the By NICOLE GRANET new Jack Johnson CD, texting a friend, updatASSOCIATE EDITOR ing my status, having a snack, making plans for “To do two things at once - is to do neither.” the weekend all while finding the derivative of -Publilius Syrus, circa 100 CE 2x +19. If I only focus on one task at a time, I The words of the Roman philosopher may ring become bored and lose focus entirely. Thanks to true for a handful of people in today’s society. But the miracle of multitasking, in one day, I can go let’s be honest: the date of that quote? Roughly to school, stay after for clubs, attend a rehears2000 years ago. Times have changed and so has al, socialize, finish a research paper, eat dinner the way we function. The proof of this statement with my family, work part-time and be asleep at is all around us; the amount of tasks we can a reasonable hour - most of the time. Multitaskcomplete at once determines the efficiency of ing is the way I live. If I did not multitask for one our days. Consider your world right now. What day, I would wake up the are you doing in addition to next morning… Ahhhreading this newspaper? Texhh! – one week behind ting a friend? Watching TV? in my life. Listening to music? Waiting The nearly unavoidfor a Facebook page to load? able way of life is beEating a meal? Waiting for ing scrutinized by socithe stoplight to change? ologists and scientists A multitude of studies have alike, who are uncovershown that multitasking, the ing potential dangers. act of performing several For example, texting tasks at once, is detrimental while driving is a comto the human ability to focus mon multitasking ocPhoto courtesy of Pattaya Daily News and complete one task at a currence that can be fatime, according to The New York Times. But in tal. Furthermore, studies show that multitaskers the age of Apple, Blackberry and fruitful digital cannot filter out incoming or irrelevant informamania, could we function any other way? tion as well as non-multitaskers can, according I know I couldn’t. My reliance on multitask- to The New York Times. Multitasking can also ing began in middle school, when I commuted contribute to the secretion of stress hormones to and from BAK Middle School of the Arts via and adrenaline, which, if not controlled, can train, a one-hour ride each way. Becoming adroit cause long-term health problems, according to at socializing, eating, working and staying alert Pattaya Daily News. on the train was the only way I could succeed Multitasking: is it good? Yes, it can help us acas a particularly active commuter student. It is, complish more if we train our brains to function hands-down, a technique for survival in our fast- efficiently in this manner. Is it bad? Yes, it can paced world. cause focus and health problems because our Today, as a junior in high school, not much brains our naturally wired to do one thing at a has changed. Take my daily homework routine time. It is possible to live without it in our times? for example: to say that I am “doing homework,” That’s for you to decide.

Project graduation requires reality check By ALBAN HARRISON EDITOR-IN-CHEIF When I opened the mailbox last week I received a pamphlet from Yale, a paycheck, a bunch of random college letters and a letter about Project Graduation, the annual school-sponsored graduation party. I could not help but laugh. The stated goal of the event is to prevent seniors from consuming alcohol at graduation after parties, which are both notorious and exalted for their reputations as centers of beer-drenched hedonism. By providing a safe, monitored and alcohol-free environment for teens to congregate in, Project Graduation aims to prevent drunk driving and the health risks associated with excessive alcohol consumption. One question. Will it work? I myself doubt that Project Graduation will have much of an effect on the amount of teenagers drinking alcohol on graduation night. Those who take advantage of Project Graduation’s alcohol-free environment will most likely be students who do not drink anyway, or drink very little. That is not to say people will not go, but it is inevitable that alcohol will be furtively consumed and drunkenness will be widespread. This is high school graduation night. Not your

eighth-grade graduation dance. And teens will be teens. And is this so wrong? It is rare for a gathering of adults to lack alcohol; for many people alcohol is an important part of socializing. So as I read the invite to Project Graduation, and saw the requests for different levels of donation (“Platinum Shark” for $1,000, “Gold Shark” for $750, etc; the names were as ludicrous as the idea of a completely alcohol-free graduation night,) I came up with a more practical idea: the donations should go toward limos for students instead. Making sure everyone was safely situated in limousines on graduation night would keep all students safe, not just those who do not drink. At this stage in of our lives, we are at the point where the adults who supervise us need to concentrate on harm reduction, because prevention will no longer work. Many students are going to go to parties and inebriate themselves with alcohol after graduation, regardless of whether or not there is an “alcohol free alternative”. Keeping them off the road would go a long way towards minimizing deaths and injuries. But the responsibility is on us, the graduating seniors, as well. Let’s work together to make sure that our last hurrah of high school is not our last hurrah.


Producers create cheesy movies and television series for victims like me who fall into their traps. I've even been spotted at the midnight premiere of The Last Song, tear ridden of course. A producer's intent is to create an evocative, inspirational piece, even if it means severely dramatizing the romance of high school or even adulthood. These movies only serve to heighten my awareness of how far from the truth they actually are. So, here it is: I'm addicted to cheese. Not the dairy kind- the sappy kind. There was no rock thrown at my window last night so chocolate covered strawberries could be hand delivered to me, as Zac Efron's character did on High School Musical for his girlfriend, Vanessa Hudgens. Nor did anyone throw a tree to gain my attention, as Patrick Dempsey's character did in Made of Honor. So unrealistic, yet so appealing. All of these years I was convinced that producers attempted to mimic an average teenager's life and the fairy tale items en route were simply luck on the character's part. I was a believer- a believer who thought those ideally depicted events could actually happen. I hoped they would. But now, I can reassure myself they won't. They can't be further from the truth. So, why are romantics like me so attracted to such unrealistic fairy tales? I might never know, but I do know I enjoy them. In addition to cheesy movies, unrealistic tv series have me hooked. Missing an episode will cause me to experience serious withdrawal symptoms (no sarcasm intended) as my heart will begin to palpitate rapidly and my eyes will begin to twitch. I even prolonged writing this editorial until after the season premiere of Desperate Housewives. Upon viewing the premiere, I've once again experienced enlightenment- there is so much exaggeration of reality, yet I'm addicted. However, I still lack the insight as to why unrealistic movies and TV series keep me coming back. So, here's my daunting confession: my name is Lindsey Gold and I am addicted to unrealistic, cheesy movies and TV shows.

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Should schools have the day after a religious holiday off if the holiday falls on a Thursday? By WHITNEY SHA STUDENT LIFE EDITOR


The day after the Rosh Hashanah holiday on Thursday September 9, I came to school tired and listless. My entire first period had the same idea. About a third of the class was absent, and everyone was grumbling, including my teacher. “You know what?” she asked us. “Twentyfive teachers are gone today, and guess what that means for the rest of us here? They can’t find subs, so we have to take over their classes. There go my planning periods.” I felt for her. Cut to third period: sure enough, a missing-in-action teacher, and a pile of busy work. Cut to fifth: a movie. At least half the class was absent each period. Teachers aren’t immune to “Fridayitis” either. The students of absent teachers are loaded with busy work, and other teachers must give up their free periods to substitute for their colleagues. The unfortunate result: students learn little or nothing, and teachers who did show up for work become disgruntled because of their double duties. Everyone suffers from the awkward ThursdayFriday arrangement, yet the solution is so simplemake Friday a holiday as well!

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On religious holidays when school is still in session, I usually have no problem with attending. Despite the fact that I still need to wake up at the crack of dawn, I know that the academic day ahead of me will be rather lenient. Due to the fact that about half the students are absent, teachers tend to ease the workload. Therefore, the students get a free day. It is unbelievable how much work I can get done in these seven hours as opposed to the what I would have accomplished had I opted to stay home. For this reason, I am content with going to school on Fridays after religious holidays. On my desk at home, I have more than 10 things to distract me. In my entire house, everything from my cat to the computer is a distraction. I open my math textbook and attempt the first few problems. However, after 15 minutes, I re-open my computer. (Did he comment my Facebook picture? Did she like my wall post?) The list of reasons to ignore my schoolwork when I am at home seems everlasting. However, when I am in a classroom with nothing else assigned, it is the only thing to do. Coming to school on Fridays after religious holidays supplies me with a surplus of time.

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All Eyes on Amanda Cacapava Senior Amanda Cacapava, President of the Florida Association of Student Councils (FASC), shares her leadership experiences and accomplishments with The Galleon .

The Galleon: What are your responsibilities as FASC president? Amanda Cacapava: My responsibilities consist of picking a state project that every student council in Florida participates in, and being a host at the February state convention. I also have to attend at least one district meeting for every district in the state to raise awareness for my chosen state project. TG: What state project did you choose? AC: This year, the state project I chose is called “Shine a Light.” This project focuses on shining a light on the disabled members of our communities. The idea of my project aims to help students see what disabled children do, and how hard they work at doing it. We will be opening our project to the entire school, working with the Special Olympics and Horses for the Handicapped, and hosting a field day for the students at our school who have disabilities. TG: How did you achieve your goal of becoming president of FASC? AC: I achieved this goal with the help and support of the student council, and my drive and determination to make a differ-

ence. The members of student council were there every step of the way, and if you plan to run for such a high office, that is key - surrounding yourself with people who will support you and calm you down in between speeches. TG: Why did you run for this position? AC: I ran for this position because I wanted to raise awareness for the members of our communities who are disabled; it‛s not easy to have a family member that is disabled. Florida is the only state that does not help fund for their needs, I wanted to help.

TG: What are your plans for the future? AC: My plans for the future are pretty undecided right now, but I am definitely going to continue being involved in leadership programs in college. TG: What do you want people to know about you and what you have done? AC: I want people to know that I did not run for this position as a resumé builder; no one should run for such a high office simply for his or her college resumé. It‛s a lot of work and responsibility and you need to be passionate or you will simply get bored and let down the people depending on you.

TG: What advice would you give to others who aspire to achieve similar goals? AC: My advice to other people who are planning to run for this position, or any high position, is to have a good support system. It‛s Photo Courtesy of Amanda Cacapava not easy to plan a campaign and a Cacapava at her induction skit and to make three speeches. I into FASC. had so much help from my teachers and my council, and that‛s why I believe I won. I don‛t think I would have been able to do this without them.

TG: Anything you‛d like to add? AC: If people want more information on our upcoming projects, go to Mr. Yunker‛s room, 1407.

Misdiagnoses suspected in rise of ADHD rates By CAROLINE POSNER FEATURES EDITOR

More children and teenagers in the United States are diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a broad term for a number of symptoms including Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), than the number of children and teenagers living in the state of Florida, according to the US Census Bureau. Up to nine percent of students between eight and fifteen were estimated to show symptoms of ADHD in 2007, reported Science Daily. Researchers worry that these numbers are not accurate, however, the Centers for Disease Control say the number of ADHD diagnoses have risen at an average rate of three percent per year since 1996. Almost one million children in the country may have been misdiagnosed with ADHD, according to a Science Daily report this August. Todd Elder, an economist at Michigan State University, performed a study on nearly 12,000 children to see if a relationship existed between a student being young for his grade and having a positive diagnosis of ADHD. Elder found that for kindergarten students, those born in the month before the cutoff date for their grade were 60 percent more likely to be diagnosed with the disorder than those who were oldest in the class. “Many ADHD diagnoses may be driven by teachers’ perceptions of poor behavior among the youngest children in a kindergarten classroom,” Elder said. “But these ‘symptoms’ may merely reflect emotional or intellectual immaturity among the youngest students.” Elder also found that the youngest kindergarten students who were diagnosed with ADHD were almost 100 percent more likely than other ADHD-positive kindergartners to be taking medi-

cation for the disorder by eighth grade. If Elder’s study holds true, he estimates 900,000 of the approximately 4.5 million minors suffering from ADHD could have been misdiagnosed; a portion of that number might be unnecessarily taking stimulants that could result in unknown long term effects. However, it is important to look at the implications of these findings from multiple angles. “To be clear, although people like to interpret these patterns to mean that the youngest kids in a classroom are over-diagnosed, it might actually be the case that the oldest kids are underdiagnosed,” Elder said. “There is no way of knowing for sure.” Spanish River sophomore Ellyn Snider agrees with Elder. “Perhaps doctors should be more cautious about diagnosis and prescription of medication because the risk of misdiagnosis is too high,” Snider said. Studies show another possible explanation behind growing rates of diagnosis, specifically among college students. In 2004, Cognitive Science Online reported that it could be very simple for college students to falsify ADHD diagnosis as a means for being prescribed stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin, often prescribed for the disorder. Students are increasingly able to find the symptoms of ADHD, which include difficulty focusing and constant distraction, chronic procrastination and mood swings, online. The study performed showed that between 65 and 90 percent of participants, all college students, could achieve a positive diagno-

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sis of ADHD by memorizing and subsequently faking symptoms of the disorder. It is unclear as of yet whether the same phenomenon occurs out of the laboratory, since the report adds that the rate of diagnosis for college students is thought to be between only two and eight percent. Despite this controversy, accurate diagnoses and medication prescriptions are important factors in the success of many students living with ADHD. Sophomore Oscar Olivo was diagnosed with the more specific form of ADHD, ADD, two years ago. “I only take medication during the school week to help me concentrate,” Olivo said. “If I don’t take it, I can’t pay attention or focus.” It is not certain whether researchers will soon know for sure if ADHD is too often misdiagnosed and treated. On the other hand, a number of experts, including James J. McGough, professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of California Los Angeles Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, believe that ADHD is still under-diagnosed, specifically in adults. “These may not be the right criteria for identifying adults, who also may be quite impaired,” McGough has said on the symptoms listed for ADHD diagnosis in children and adolescents. Because ADHD is not known to have any physical markers, a simple test cannot determine the presence of the disorder and diagnosis requires, among other psychological tests, the best judgment of a professional psychiatrist. It is impossible to say whether ADHD diagnosis will ever be completely accurate, but based on the current controversy surrounding diagnosis of the disorder, it is an unlikely event to occur in the near future.


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DECA links hearts to hearts Five Super Foods vide two computers and Internet for one year. “We ordered 2,500 bracelets,” Carter said. “We will purchase chalk and pencils with any extra money we make.” Junior Hanna Kivisto and senior Jillian Spanish River sharks often complain about lugging books, textbooks, workbooks, pen- Kovler, the students in charge of the project, cils and other school paraphernalia around, designed the eye-catching, red bracelets. “After taking Chinese, Jillian and I really had but some yearn for just that opportunity. Xu Yi, a rural village in China, is home to an an interest in the country and helping the chilelementary school that is devoid of many dren there,” Kivisto said. Kivisto and Kovler are spearheading the essential learning supplies, especially books. Spanish River’s DECA chapter is working with project because they realized that in addition Shanghai Heart to Heart, a charity based in China. to helping those around them, they also have a Shanghai Heart to Heart provides support and responsibility to help the global community. “This project is a great financial assistance to way to open people’s eyes Chinese children who to the world around them,” need heart surgery to Kovler said. “It is not only a repair congenital heart community service project; defects. However, an addiwe like to think of it as an tional goal is to adopt runinternational service projdown schools which have ect, too.” old books or no books, and The library will serve as a outfit a library for the stuplace for the children in Xu dents. Yi to study, connect to the “The school is in desPhoto courtesy of Heart to Heart Shanghai world via Internet, read perate need of everyThe library of this school in Qu Bei, China was books and learn. Howevthing,” DECA Shanghai stocked by Heart to Heart Shanghai in July 2010. er, the effect of this library Heart to Heart project sponsor Debra Carter said. “The most amazing hits closer to home than one might expect. “The project gives a good global perspective thing is, though, that the school has a 100 perfor everyone at the school, because sometimes cent literacy rate.” DECA is fundraising for the elementary we forget that we are so fortunate to have books,” school in Xu Yi by selling two-dollar bracelets Kivisto said. “Those in other countries have (made in China) that say, in Chinese, “Shang- to go to school without books, and we hardly hai Heart Linking Heart.” The new library will appreciate ours.” Shanghai Heart to Heart’s School Library cost $3,000 to build, a comparatively low number made feasible by Shanghai Heart to Heart’s Project was launched in June 2006. Since then, affiliation with the Women’s Auxiliary of the according to the Shanghai Heart to Heart’s Chinese Government, which is in charge of the website, China’s teachers, students, parents and children’s projects in China. According to Cart- local officials joyously welcome the establisher, the Women’s Auxiliary’s ability to supply ment of these libraries, giving further support books for less money cuts the cost of building to the old adage “books are the windows to the and stocking the library, leaving money to pro- world.”



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Shark alumni dominate outside the River By JOSHUA LIEBERMAN STAFF REPORTER

Kiran Deol

Alison Brod

I was able to cover celebrity events, do reviews and it was exciting and shaped my entire career,” Brod said. Her firm, Alison Brod Public Relations, has worked with companies such as Godiva, Victoria’s Secret, Old Navy and Nordstrom. The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times and Gotham have recognized Alison Brod Public Relations for having an established track record. Crain’s New York Business named it the second-best place to work in New York City, according to “Spanish River was only in its second year when I arrived my sophomore year so I am sure the school is very different now, but the overall mood was always incredibly positive,” Brod said. “I remember the teachers having some interesting personalities and using a lot of humor to teach.” Spanish River alumni have become accomplished business owners, filmmakers and athletes over the past 20 years, earning Spanish River a strong reputation across the country.

Jason Chery

Over the past two of decades, graduates of Spanish River have had great success in making names for themselves. Spanish River alumni have attended some of the best universities in the country, played in the National Football League (NFL), headed public relation firms in New York and performed live on stage at concerts. Alumnus Kiran Deol, class of 2001, recipient of the Drama Pathfinder Award , attended Harvard University. During her time at Harvard, Deol majored in English, but continued working as a writer, director and actress, according to Following an assignment for which Deol wrote a novella about a Nepali girl, she flew to Nepal for a year to work on a documentary about women in the rebel army. Recently ,Deol’s film, Women Rebels, aired on television.

“I recently had a film premiere on HBO and I’ve been touched and surprised by how many folks came out to see it when it was playing in South Florida,” Deol said. “Being a part of the theater program [at Spanish River] was a big thing for me too... in some ways it was my first real foray into the world of entertainment.” In 2009, the Carolina Panthers signed Spanish River alumnus Jason Chery. Chery attended Louisiana-Lafayette University, where he made Second-team All-Sun Belt in 2008, making him among the most elite athletes in the Sun Belt Conference. Following his time at Carolina, Chery also played for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Green Bay Packers. Recently released by the Packers, Chery is now a free agent. Alumnus Alison Brod created her own public relations firm located in New York City in 1995. One particular aspect of Brod’s high school experience that inspired her was interning for the Boca Raton News during her senior year . “That changed everything – I

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At school, students are little Sharks in a big Spanish River. But what happens when they are thrown into the Seven Seas?

Although River has previously been flooded with international students, Sharks are now more interested in the world than ever before. On top of new (and old!) students hailing from all over the world, some of their American counterparts spent their summers in foreign countries. Students from both parties share their stories with The Galleon as...

River Goes

Global! International students discover educatinal differences By KATHY LONG STAFF REPORTER Recent additions to Spanish River’s student body hail from countries ranging from Finland to Thailand. Jonas Tommila, a sophomore from Finland, moved to America only a month prior to the start of school. He has had an easy time assimilating, other than learning English. Tommila learned English in Finland, but he said immersion has been exhausting. Shockingly, students in Finland take 15 classes per year, with a revolving schedule by which students only have to take five classes per day. Some mandatory classes include chemistry, geography, biology, physics and math. Electives consist of computer science, gymnastics and more. Finnish schools do not offer honors classes or Adavanced Placement classes, and the only higher level courses they offer are in math and science. “The school sizes are smaller with 300 students in a school; during free time it is always easy to see a familiar face, and everyone is close,” Tommila said. Senior Stina Tommila, Tommila’s older sister, agrees that it is hard to express her feelings and thoughts accurately. She says it is more difficult to make friends here in the United States because students “do their own thing” and the classes change every hour. She was initially confused about the dress code enforced by Spanish River because Finnish schools do not have a dress code

and students can wear what they want. She could leave her classroom to go to the bathroom without a bathroom pass. In general, the rules and environment are more relaxed in Finland than in the United States. “I think that students in Finland care more about their school work, while students here care about the rules like getting their cell phones taken away or dress code,” Steina said. School clubs also function differently. Finn-

I think that students in Finland care more about their school work, while students here care about the rules like getting their cell phones taken away or dress code. -Stina Tommila, 12

ish schools start later than American ones, so they have detentions, club meetings and sports practices before school. Unlike in America, there are not many clubs and meetings are only once a month; the sports teams are also limited to soccer and ice hockey. Additionally, their sports games are played during school time, so students can leave their classes to attend the games. She thinks that students in America have so many more extracurricular activities to choose from and the student body is busier. In her school, she did not have pep rallies, school dances or cheerleaders, either. Spanish River’s student diversity is not exclusive to European countries; it ex-

tends into Asia as well. Sophomore Pornphan Narphanya moved to the United States, from Thailand, five months before school began. She has been studying English for three years and she only has a slight Thai accent. All students in Thailand learn at the same level with a fixed curriculum. Her school is fairly large with 7000 students comprising elementary through high school. Each classroom has roughly 40 to 50 students who stay in the same class for the whole year. “In Thailand you can make true friends because you sit in the same class with everyone,” Narphanya said. “I still keep in contact with my friends.” The teachers in Thailand walk to the classrooms instead of the students going to the teachers. The boys and girls in a class are split into different parts of the room. What is drastically different is that students do not ask the teacher questions even if they do not understand the information they are learning and seldom do they ask the teachers on their own time. Students generally have seven classes, and follow a block schedule. They take classes such as math, science, grammar, English, social studies and electives in music and sports. Music classes in Thailand teach students how to play a different instrument each year and sports change every semester. These students come from all around the world, bringing different customs and lifestyles with them as they contribute to Spanish River’s own melting pot.

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Dear Galleon, Italy was one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. Our first stop, Tuscany, particularly Motevarchi, was rural compared to Rome and other Italian cities. Farming was big - we had tomatoes as big as softballs and lemons the size of my head, not to mention awesome pizza and pasta. Next, we drove down to Pompeii to see the ruins of the great city. The detailed stonework was breathtaking, as was the artwork and pottery. Lastly, we visited Rome, which was astonishing. The marvel of artwork and architecture had the specialty cuisine of mushrooms, particularly truffles. We had our fill at the Plaza de Popolo. After dodging tourists and vendors for a week, we saw the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, and of course, the Colosseum. It was the greatest trip I’ve ever taken. Max Morris, 10

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The world widens with entertainment By ILANA WEISMAN FEATURE FOCUS EDITOR

What is entertainment? Maybe it is going to the mall, seeing a movie or heading out to a party with friends. “The usual” may be fun for teens in Boca Raton, but have you ever wondered what types of entertainment there are outside of the United States? If you have, many of your fellow classmates have exciting stories to share. And if not, Spanish River students who lived in or visited different countries agree that they did have fun and definitely entertained themselves both similarly and very differently than they would here. Freshman Andrea Castaneda grew up in Bogota, Columbia, and although school was surprisingly similar to school here, she was constantly busy with recreational activities. “[In Colombia], kids play all the time,” Castaneda said. “We would ride horses or swim a lot when I was younger, but sometimes we would go to the mall and movies like I do now.” She further described her old home as a place where outdoor playtime is a beloved regular pastime and modern technology is but a second thought. Even Castaneda’s friends who are still in Columbia like to do the same outdoor activities as they did when they were younger, making technology an aspect of their lives rather than a controlling factor. However, Castaneda also

mentioned that music and movies in Colombia are similar to those in America, “just in Spanish.” Sophomore Jaclyn Verity has been studying French for three years now, and had the chance to visit France this past summer. While there, she traveled in and around Paris to the typical tourist attractions as well as to the native hotspots. She was attracted to a particularly significant aspect of Parisian life, art on the Seine River. “The Seine was the most gorgeous part [of our trip],” Verity stated. “All along it were street vendors selling old books and paintings. It was really cool because it was where Monet and Van Gogh were, even when people now are poor and are trying to sell art for a meal.” Although lifestyles around the world change, there is one major constant - soccer, or, as the rest of the world refers to it, football. The international phenomenon is a source of entertainment in itself. For those in the United States, it is seen on the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network, ESPN, or played in high school leagues. In the rest of the world, though, soccer is much more than just a sport. Castaneda noted that even elementary age children would play soccer in the streets, while grown men would watch on television or play, too. The young and the old as well as the poor and the wealthy connected over the sport. Similarly, South African culture and society is close to revolving around football. Junior Abrielle Newton lived in South Africa dur-

ing her sophomore year when FIFA World Cup preparations were taking place. Her life was similar to that in Boca Raton with the exception of soccer, which transformed South African society and affected everyone around her. “Even the roads that were dirt and gravel ended up paved before the World Cup,” Newton said. “Soccer is life over there.” Contrastingly, trends constantly change throughout our world. Newton stated that the plastic Silly Band craze has not yet hit South Africa, while Verity expressed distaste toward the fact that Lady Gaga was more popular than traditional French music. Castaneda and Newton agreed that clothing in Colombia and South Africa respectively is similar to clothing worn in the United States, with the exception of tribal or cultural garb. As seen with countless movies, musicians, clothing brands and other trends, Americanization is quickly becoming a pivotal force in changing entertainment and free time activities around the globe. Regardless of how American or how international a culture is, it is sure to have unique sources of entertainment and ways of having fun. Whether it means shopping in a suburban mall, playing outside among bright green grass, strolling along a river in a bustling artistic city or attending a pick-up soccer match on the outskirts of a small rural town, life and entertainment vary greatly around the world. Photo By Caitlin Nobilé Images Courtesy of Google Images


ENTERTAINMENT Students find passion in disc-jockeying October 2010 The Galleon

was saving for someone who didn’t show up and gave me a flashdrive with all the major software By ZACH SCHLEIN downloads I ever needed. He was completely STAFF REPORTER wasted, so that helped [him give a complete With artists like Deadmau5 and David Guet- stranger so much material],” Towbin said. “I’ve ta bringing the club scene to the forefront of always wanted to make software and mix music, pop culture, the art of disc jockeying is more but this gave me a motivation and I like to make popular than ever. For senior Ross Blitz, it is mixes. Being able to create your own music and put it out there is a nice alternative to hearing a way of life. “I discovered DJing about five years ago,” the same thing on the radio all the time.” Lately, more and more students are spendBlitz said. “I realized that music was a huge part of my life and I wanted to continue with ing their free time making personal mixes and beats. This is easier due to music becoming more anything having to do with music.” Blitz and many other students at Span- widely available on the Internet and the advent ish River, such as senior Joey Towbin, (also of computer programs that allow one to create known as “DJ Joebin”), have found a passion their own mixes (such as “Ableton Live!”). “I don’t play venues or anything,” Towbin in disc jockeying (more commonly known by its abbreviation, DJing). Blitz began the hobby said. “I just make mixes and so forth.” Blitz on the other hand, has played at a myriad when a friend asked him to play music at a party. From that point on, it blossomed into a of venues. “Way too many to name,” Blitz said. “V.I.P. passion. Towbin’s origins as a DJ, on the other Club Lounge, West Boca High School, hotels, hand, are much more convoluted. “I went to Ultra Music Festival in March Bar Mitzvahs, just parties in general.” Playing at this many venues and events, Blitz and met this DJ. He gave me this software he

has decided to take the next step and make a career out of DJing. “DJing is an awesome source of income,” Blitz said. “If they know what they’re doing, most DJs can make more than eight times today’s minimum wage.” Conversely, Towbin is perfectly content with keeping DJing as a hobby. “I just do it in my spare time; it’s not like I plan on making a career out of it,” Towbin said. Despite his full commitment to his job, Blitz keeps school as his first priority. When asked what the were cons about being a professional DJ, Blitz stated that it did not have any. “I mean, sure, it takes up my weekends, but I still get decent grades [and] I have kept all my friends over the years.” With students talking about Blitz and Towbin’s mixes, and commenting on online posts, they are already living a miniature version of the DJing dream. Time will tell if that dream Photo by Lee Ginton evolves into a reality.

After the recent explosion of fist pumps and “poofs,” The Galleon decided to seek out what makes this phenomenon appeal to students.

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HOW OFTEN DO YOU TUNE IN? “I watch every episode,” junior Sam Koppelman said. “It is my favorite show on television.”

HAVE YOU CAUGHT THE SHORE BUG? “I never watched it before,” AP World History teacher Wendy Woodmore said. “I’m thinking of TiVoing it tonight.”

FAVORITE CHARACTER? “My favorite character is Snookie,” freshman Carly Weiss said. “Because I am short, tan and have the poof just like her.”


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13 ENTERTAINMENT Black box theater vitalizes Student student performances concert to strike a chord October 2010 The Galleon


High school students are known for putting on acts whether it is to “fit in” with a social crowd or to gain the respect of a teacher. However, a group of students on campus is putting on acts for a different reason. The drama students perform daily, expanding their skills, in the new black box theater. The black box provides them with a venue in which they can practice and improve. It is a room painted black to give a neutral setting for a performance. Drama teacher Rocco D’Attolico is passionate about the students’ love for the stage, and he is more than enthusiastic for the school year. “We have an exciting program planned with a great number of performances,” D’Attolico said. D’Attolico currently teaches Drama I,III and IV and Acting IV. In these courses, students improve their acting skills and work on their craftwork. D’Attolico said he plans to help anyone who has the “acting bug” by letting them perform in the newly refurbished black box theater. Drama students spent the summer painting the drama room black and it will serve as another theater to host other productions. “The purpose of the black box theater is to allow the students to have as many performance opportunities as possible,” senior Katie Seldin said. “We would like them to be able to experiment and grow as actors in a safe and productive environment.” Seldin is the president of Spanish River’s International Thespian Society troupe. Seldin, along with others in the drama department,

helped transform the black box into a theater for “A Night of One-Acts,” a show comprised of two one-act comedies written by Alice Gestenberg. Coming to the main stage this fall, November 7 though 10, is A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennesse Williams. Over 100 students auditioned for this play, of whom only 12 were cast. Other performances lined up for this year include Pride and Prejudice and Guys and Dolls. There is also potential for a faculty show this year, according to D’Attolico. Stagecraft provides opportunities for those who prefer to avoid the spotlight and stay behind the scenes. “I love the friends I make doing it because they love the same thing you do,” junior Lila Stallone said. Students like Stallone and Seldin cannot stop raving about the program. They encourage all of the students to participate in the abundance of opportunities that the renovated drama department is offering. Spanish River should be prepared for a year filled with compelling entertainment.

Upcoming performances: “That’s Funny!” October 11, at 7:00 PM in the Black Box theater “A Streetcar Named Desire,” November 4 -7 at 7:00 PM in the Countess de Hoernle theater “Spoon River Anthology” November 11 - 12 at 7:00 PM in the Black Box theater Tickets for all Black Box performances are $5. Art by Kathy Long

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Spotlights, concessions and rock music are not part of the typical Spanish River scene. However, on October 21, the Sharks will take a dip in a sea of amplified lyrics, electronic notes and taut bass strings. Rock the River (WSRH’s annual student-produced rock concert) will be featuring three original Spanish River bands, in addition to Amber Leigh and The Reprieve (both of whom are signed by Gibson Guitars). In addition, Rock the River will now be sponsored by internationally renowned guitar company Gibson Guitars. This is possible because of WSRH advisor Randy Weddle and his daughter, Amber Leigh. Leigh has been performing at Rock the River for four years. It was during the filming of Leigh’s video for Gibson Guitars (which can be seen at www. that the idea of Gibson Guitars sponsoring Rock the River was pitched. Thanks to Gibson Guitars, ascending rock band The Reprieve from Orlando, Florida will be making a guest performance. The Reprieve has recently been signed by Gibson Guitars. Students are getting excited for the performance. “The fact that WSRH is being sponsored by a famous guitar company makes me very excited to go this year,” junior Courtney Lacey said. “Up until now it’s basically been the same thing year after year.” Rock the River will be bringing some prizes and give-aways to the audience. While the full details of the prizes could not be revealed, Weddle did announce to Spanish River students that a Gibson guitar will be given away at the concert. Pre-sale tickets to Rock the River are $10 and can be purchased from anyone in WSRH. Pre-sale T-Shirts are $20 and they include admission if worn to the show. Tickets at the door will be $15.

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STUDENT LIFE Trends on the rise: tanning and tattoos October 2010 The Galleon

By SHELAINA BLOUKOS STAFF REPORTER From fashion to activities, trends seem to come and go as the years pass by. Some of the more prominent trends with today’s generation are tattoos and tanning. Tattoo ideas, anybody? Lately it seems as if more and more teenagers around America are getting “tatted up.” What was once an ancient ritual has become popular and is remaining so. Be it for show, because “everyone else is doing it” or for a memorable cause, the ink of a tattoo is permanent. Are these teens aware that the trend could fade away, but the ink will not? Today’s generation may need to cool their enthusiasm and be advised instead about the perpetual marks they will be left with. “I’m getting my tattoo in about a year, and I can’t wait,” junior Ryan DeLawyer said. Tattoo artist Michael Fisher, who works at a body art shop in Coral Springs called Whole Addiction, can also attest to the rising popularity of tattoos.

“I’ve been tattooing for 20 years and I’ve never seen as many kids [get tattoos] as I have in the past year,” Fisher said. Not only is skin becoming more colorful with ink, it is also becoming darker with the help of the sun. In 2004, 40 percent of white Floridians stated that they had been sunburnt at least once in the past year, according to the cancer control department of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC has also declared that sunburn is one of the leading contributors to skin cancer diagnoses. Living in South Florida, though, can be a powerful motivation to bask in the sun on beautiful Tattoos such as this one are becoming more popular with afternoons. “I lay out by my teens. ART BY KATHY LONG

pool nearly every day after school,” junior Alicia Levantini said. “Tanning is one of my favorite things to do.” At this stage, it is difficult to tell if these fads are here to stay or on their way out. Some teens fall into the traps of trends all too easily and take part in both activities. “I recently got my tattoo over the summer,” senior Paige Demerer said. “I go tanning a few times a week as well.” Many people get tattoos for personal reasons. Some of these reasons include remembering a loved one or trademarking an important event in their lives. Demerer is a prime example of this rationale; she got her tattoo in remembrance of her grandfather after he passed away during the summer. The color of skin is no longer attractive when it has been marred by cancer. The tattoo that was once a butterfly has cost its host hundreds of dollars’ worth of laser tattoo removal surgery once she realized she no longer wanted it. Are the consequences of tattoos and tanning worth “fitting in” in high school? Today’s teens may need a wake-up call regarding their choices.

ADDING UP THE NUMBERS The Cost of Senior Year

Many say that senior year is the most expensive year of high school. To explore this claim, The Galleon compiled some popular senior activities and responsibilities. Based on approximate prices, here’s how things added up.


College apps: $75 x 8 $600 SAT: $47 x 2 $94 ACT: $33 x 1 $33 SAT Subject Tests: $21 x 3 $63 Parking decal: $40 Senior shirt: $20 Senior picture: $15 Grad bash: $100 Yearbook: $100 Prom ticket: $100 Prom dress/tux rental: $150

Grand total: ART BY KATHY LONG

15 STUDENT LIFE New hall passes come unQuest for der scrutiny the Best: October 2010 The Galleon

may be outweighed by what the passes are ultimately preventing. By EMMA GRUBMAN “Although the passes are gross, it is better STAFF REPORTER than having students around the halls skipping Among many new rules implemented this year [class],” AP Environmental Science teacher at Spanish River is one that some say may exac- Nicole Cangelosi said. The effects of the passes may not even live up erbate a sanitation problem. A new hall pass system mandates a shared hall pass for each class- to the hype, according to Cangelosi. “The effects of the passes are very minimal room in order to identify who students are and as long as students wash where they are headed. their hands properly,” Can“The number one reagelosi said. son we implemented the As well as cutting back new hall passes was for on skipping, the passes are safety and supervision so also a step towards becomwe could quickly identify ing a greener school, as who should or shouldn’t having one pass per class be on campus,” assistant saves the immense amount principal Cindy Chiapetof paper previously used ta said. “The passes are to provide students with also colored by building their own hall passes. so we can see where stu- A student traverses the hallways during class. According to Chiapetta, the dents are going.” Her pass, which is plastic and valid for the entire use of the new passes was However, what was year, is a step up from the quarterly paper pass implemented as a result originally meant to cut used in previous years. PHOTO BY CAITLIN NOBILÉ of the many situations in down on class skipping has caused major sanitation concerns among which students didn’t have their personal passes with them, resulting in ineffective use of the hall students. “I believe that having about 20 people a day passes. The new hall pass system has stirred up much go to the bathroom while holding a single pass is detrimental to students’ health because it controversy during the first few weeks of school, is a simple way to spread germs,” junior Ryan but by appropriately cleansing their hands after using the bathroom, students may be able Schwamm said. On the contrary, proponents say the clean- to avoid being in the midst of a breeding ground liness complaints associated with these passes for germs.

Students debate the quality of FLVS By WHITNEY SHA STUDENT LIFE EDITOR Since its founding in 1997, Florida Virtual School has advertised itself on its website as “the country’s first, state-wide Internet-based public high school” and a place where students can learn at “any time, any place, any path, any pace.” FLVS offers regular, honors, and AP courses, all of which are free for Florida students. From a distance, virtual school seems like a tempting resource to any pupil who wants to get ahead or cannot fit a class into his or her schedule. However, the quality of the classes FLVS provides is debatable. Sophomore Mary Mansour first considered FLVS as an option when she needed a Health Opportunities through Physical Education (HOPE) credit that she did not have time for during school. Soon after she began the course, she also signed up for a chemistry course and Spanish II to get ahead during the summer. Unfortunately, virtual school did not quite live up to her expectations. “FLVS is of lower quality [than classes at school],” Mansour said. “The standards are lower, and they don’t encourage you to do assignments.” Interaction with teachers is poor quality as well, according to Mansour. The only required communication between instructor and student is a discussion-based assignment at the end of each module (a course is made up of roughly six to eight modules). Students must speak to their instructors over the phone a minimum of once per month.

“The teachers are friendly, but you don’t get much time with them,” Mansour admitted. “I don’t really recommend FLVS to other students, and I would only take other courses there out of necessity.” On the other hand, senior Eric Pelz enjoyed his experiences with FLVS. He took a HOPE credit and three other classes and considered them to be great. “FLVS is better quality [than traditional classes] because it allows you to go at your own pace,” Pelz said. “It depends on the student, but for me, certain FLVS courses are better than traditional school courses because they allow for flexibility and learning topics that either are not offered at school or cannot fit in your schedule.” Mansour and Pelz only supplemented their school courseloads with FLVS classes. However, junior Jordan Miller, a former Spanish River student, is completing her high school education solely with dual-enrollment and virtual school courses. “I love taking classes online and couldn’t be happier,” Miller said. “I think FLVS is a quality home-schooling program.” In Miller’s opinion, FLVS has an excellent resource, but it requires dedication from students. “I would recommend FLVS to students who are prepared to be on their own and have very good commitment,” Miller said. For the motivated student, Florida Virtual School can be an “e-learning solution” to consider. FLVS has been praised for its flexibility, but it also has student satisfaction issues it needs to overcome. Perhaps Miller is right; it takes a certain type of student to succeed in the different environment of online school.


Whether they’re getting jazzed up for class in the morning or craving afternoon boosts, Spanish River students named these coffee places as their top picks:



“I like getting coffee there because it’s close to my house and convenient. Also, the coffee is really good and it comes at a reasonable price.” - Brooke Ollander, 12 www.

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“I love [getting coffee there] because [the coffee] isn’t too strong, the service is good, and the lines aren’t long. It’s not crowded like Starbucks always is.” - Sydney Rosenthal, 10

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“It’s really clean inside and I love the strawberry frappucinos.” - Mary Pride, 12 “It’s about the brand.” - Kate Heffernan, 12 ART BY KATHY LONG


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17 SPORTS MMA grows faster than any other sport October 2010 The Galleon

Rothman inspires new running course By TARYN GRUNES STAFF REPORTER

Girls’ cross country coach Rick Rothman, and the South County Regional Park are teaming together to build a much needed course for the boys’ and girls’ cross country teams in The School District of Palm Beach County. The cross country teams usually race in large parks. This will be the first area in the district designed specifically for cross country racing.


Senior Allie North and freshman Julie Bergman jog through the construction where the course will be.

Rothman has been working to open a permanent course for 20 years and he is ecstatic that it is finally happening. Last year, he was the liaison between all of the county cross country coaches and the park’s department. During meetings, he brought up the idea of a course and it has finally taken off from there. “I feel the course is going to help out a lot towards our races because we will be training on it often,” sophomore Sierra Cardenas said. “It will help us prepare for our races.” The length of a cross country course is 5,000 meters (3.1 miles). The most difficult part about not having a designated course is having to remeasure this distance every race. Set up time will be significantly decreased with the addition of a permanent course. “I’m excited for the new course,” junior Emmy Romer said. “It will be a positive reflection on the Spanish River Cross Country team and the girls and I are very excited for the first race on it.” This course will “give the people of Palm Beach County a safe place to run, plus a place where Cross Country teams can practice and compete,” Rothman said. The course should be opening sometime this season.


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A water bottle sits arm’s length away as beads of sweat start to pour down the body and the mind begins to journey into an aura of relaxation. No, this is not a description of tanning in the South Florida heat. This is a different kind of heat. This is Bikram Yoga heat. Bikram Yoga is a form of yoga that differs from the average practice because it is done in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. It is a spinoff of Hatha Yoga, which was developed by


Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling, Judo, JiuJitsu; they are just some of the most basic forms of fighting that make up mixed martial arts (MMA). MMA is the fastest growing sport in the world, according to CBS News. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is MMA’s biggest public event, with over one million viewers each UFC. UFC works differently than other sports. There are five weight classes, each of which produces one champion. Every UFC card has a preliminary “card” (match) and a main card. The premier fight is the main event, which puts the champion of the weight class against “the challenger.” Students are following the popularity of the sport. Some have been fighting for years, while others are just catching on to it. The legal fighting age to do competition as an amateur or professional fighter is 18; underage fighters are prohibited to “strike” the opponent (punch, kick, etc.). However, this does not stop the hard work, dedication and practice that students are putting into their training. Jiu-Jitsu tournaments are accessible and very popular. The North American Grappling Association (NAGA) is the premiere grappling tournament in America. One is put into a bracket based on weight and skill level. NAGA competitors range from 110-pound 13-yearolds to 180-pound professional fighters. “It’s very difficult to say in words how I felt when I won my first tournament,” senior Joey Fernandez said. “I felt like nothing could stop me and I felt full of potential; the only way to experience the feeling is to experience the fight.” At the first UFC, there were no rules, no gloves and no weight classes, but the sport has evolved since then. MMA has become more accepted with its advances from putting two people in a cage and letting them beat each other to the pulp, to a sport practiced by peo-


ple of diverse ages, sexes and skill levels. “My mom convinced me to do it,” junior Rebecca Zelmonavich said. “I ended up loving it because it’s fun to fight and very rewarding!” With more martial arts schools teaching MMA opening, it is not difficult to find a place to train. Florida’s largest Mixed Martial Arts Academy is American Top Team (ATT) with open training facilities in Pompano, Deerfield, Boyton Beach, Ft. Lauderdale and other locations all across Florida, according to “The feeling of winning is like no other,” senior Austin Beall said. “MMA is my passion and I never want the feeling I get while fighting to go away.” “I started MMA when I was 15,” sophomore Alec Grennan said. “I love beating on people; it gives me a sense of pride and satisfaction.” Fighters such as Fernandez say the greatest feeling in the world is knowing all the hard work paid off. A growing base of fans and fighters can only equal good things for the world of MMA.

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Bikram Yoga a man named Bikram Choudhury. Each class consists of practicing a sequence of 26 individual poses which come together to create synergism throughout the body. The flexibility from the poses paired with the heat from the room creates a cardio workout that enhances strength and stamina. “Anyone can do this, no matter your age,” instructor Milica Lovcevic said. “If you’re athletic, non athletic, flexible or inflexible, [Bikram Yoga is a great practice to try].” Bikram Yoga Boca Raton is the only studio that offers this type of yoga in Boca Raton. One should arrive 15 minutes early with a mat, two towels, and a water bottle in tow. The class is rigorous, repeating each pose twice for a total of 90 minutes. Water breaks

are taken often to prevent dehydration; feeling light-headed during certain poses, however, is expected. Yogis say that the detoxification that follows a Bikram class is unmatched by that of any other exercise form. They also say that relaxation and falling asleep come much easier after just one class. “This [class] can easily be focused for beginners because it is about aligning your body on the right and the left sides,” Lovcevic said. “The poses are not necessarily advanced, but you can advance within each posture. The more you come, the more flexible you’ll get, and the more your body will open up.” Whether a beginner or a commoner to yoga, heating up a workout with Bikram Yoga is a great new way to get physical. ART BY NICOLE ZAMFES


SPORTS New cheerleaders man-up the sport October 2010 The Galleon

By ALBAN HARRISON EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Pom-poms, girly excess and tight uniforms: these have been the hallmarks of the cheerleading team. This year though, two male cheerleaders are bringing what they claim is a decidedly masculine edge to the sport. Seniors Jon Gomer and Michael Harris are supplementing the girls’ frill and acrobatics with strength and stamina. Gomer and Harris act as “bases” during cheer performances, lifting the girls above their heads. Cheerleading coach Erin Tartaglia said that they have allowed the “flyers” (who perform acrobatic stunts) to go higher, due to their extra strength. “The girls do actual cheering that I don’t do; I only do the stunting sections,” Gomer said; he will not be seen doing the Shark-a-low. Tartaglia is impressed, if somewhat surprised, by the boys’ dedication. “At first I was worried because I thought t h e y would g o o f o f f , b u t they a r e fun and

listen to everything I say. They are fast learners and very confident,” she said. Gomer a n d Harris mesh with the rest of the team, according to Gomer; Tartaglia said that their involvement is like having a breath of fresh air. Not only are those involved with the team pleased with them, many students gave them positive feedback after their debut at the year’s first pep rally. “I appreciate what they do in adding diversity to cheerleading at our school and I’m glad they have fun doing it and improve the quality of the cheering,” junior Carter Main said. However, despite the boys’ excellence and precision, some focused on what they thought was a comedic side of the boys’ involvement. “I thought it was better with them, because it gave [the performance] an element of humor,” senior Erica Howard said. “It reminded me of the movie Fired Up!” Harris remained light-hearted about his involvement in the team. “Why did I join? Because I didn’t make the step team,” Harris said.

“There is now no good way to defend them. They are unguardable. They are indefendable.” Ex-NBA head coach Jeff Van Gundy said. No not that type of heat. We’re talking about heat-related illnesses, the cause of too many deaths as of late. Athletes of any sport are at risk, especially those living in South Florida. Here are some tips to prevent and overcome any heat issue.

1. HYDRATE: That means in addition to the eight glasses you need daily, you need to start drinking extra fluids every day before a big event. It is just as important to replace those fluids after an event or hard workout as it is to hydrate beforehand. 2. Add electrolytes to your drinking routine: Drinking an excessive amount of water dilutes the blood circulatory system, dropping the relative level of electrolytes in the blood stream. Adding a bottle of Gatorade or Smart Water on event day is the best option. 3. Exercise during cooler hours: The early afternoons in Boca Raton are scorching. Avoid exercising during these hours if possible! If not possible, try to be inside or under shade. 4. Recover quickly: If you overheat, the obvious thing to do is to stop exercising and drink, but there are some other tricks to a fast recovery. Put something cool such as a cold rag on the back of the neck, the spot where blood circulates to the brain, the wrists, the spot where blood circulates to the heart and the armpits. 5. Eat frosting: Frosting is the easiest way to regain energy after a drastic drop in blood sugar, so if you are seriously fatigued from the sun, try this trick.



Au naturale running... for your feet By RENEE SIEGEL SPORTS EDITOR Sneakers are usually at the top of the generic exercise checklist, but a new trend in exercising might eliminate them from that list completely. The world of running is possibly at the brink of a revolution. Some people are switching back to the ancient ways of running barefoot. The Palm Beach Post has recently recognized some research on this new theory. The recent dependence upon sneakers during exercise has completely altered the average person’s running form. The extreme padding and support that sneaker companies often advertise causes people to land on their heels. This repeated heel striking is one of the main causes of chronic stress injuries in athletes. “Companies recently have become so focused on what the shoe can do for you, that people lose sight of the importance of the mechanics of your body,” English teacher Carmen Gallardo said. “[By running barefoot] you

become more in tune with your body because you must focus on the change of your footing.” Should everyone suddenly stop wearing shoes during their runs? Not at all. Humans have recently become so accustomed to heel striking that it takes gradual, deliberate training to run properly barefoot. When done properly, the added range of motion from barefoot running is known to strengthen muscles and therefore prevent injury. “I sometimes do barefoot strides because

sprinting a short distance without shoes is beneficial and strengthening, but I would never run long distances barefoot for fear of causing injuries,” junior Nick French said. If one tries to run with no shoes on, but does not land on the balls of the feet, he or she can cause further damage. Moreover,

there are possibilities of landing on hazardous materials such as glass, rocks, or sticks. Well-known athletic brands are developing new ways to avoid the latter. Nike has recently tried to mimic the barefoot style with their new trainer, the Nike Free Run +. Though it is based on a running shoe concept, this particular shoe is versatile and can be worn for almost any type of exercise. “I always thought that [The Nike Free Run +] was different than other shoes because they fit differently and allow for more movement, but I never knew they were inspired by barefoot running,” senior Leonie de la Cruz said. “Knowing the background of their design puts it into perspective.” Vibram Five Fingers is another barefoot inspired shoe. Atypical in look, it fits like a glove around each toe. Almost every athletic shoe brand is creating its PHOTO BY CAITLIN NOBILE own version of lightweight racers inspired by the barefoot philosophy. Going barefoot or running with minimalist inspired shoes seems to be redefining the concept of wearing “proper running shoes”.


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Ian Piccard: Instrument-Drum major Years experience-7 Pre-game warmup-Mentally prepare Post-game activity- Grand slam breakfast How has Mr.White changed your life?-He turned me marching band

Rodolfo Finocchi: Instrument-Mellophone Years experience-5 Post-game activity Playing with legos How has Mr.White changed your life?-He has perfected my breathing techniques

Raaga Kanakam: Instrument-Flute Years experience-5 Favorite past show performed-Visions of Flight Post-game activity-Sleeping How has Mr.White changed your life?-Adveance in pursuit of a musical education


Eric Pelz: Instrument-Trumpet Years experience-6 Favorite past show performedThe Latin Sounds of Chuck Mangione How has Mr.White changed your life?-taught me Leadership skills which will help me in life

Rachel Barrick: Instrument-Flute Years experience-7 Favorite past show performed-Reflections of the River Pre-game warmup-Run 3 miles and stretch Post-game activity-Go clubbing with friends

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