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The Galleon

Spanish River Community High School’s award-winning student-run newspaper

Volume XXXII Issue I @The_Galleon

Overcrowding Issue Upsets Many

Hallways are packed with students as they make their way to lunch.

Rachel Horn News Editor

At the start of the 2015-2016 school year, Spanish River’s lunch period is simply chaotic. Classes are overcrowded and hallways are cramped. In the past, the student body was split in half and there was two 30 minute lunch periods. However, River administrators changed this year’s schedule to allow for only one lunch that lasts 40 minutes. This has resulted in limited seating in the lunch areas and extra long lines to purchase food. “I don’t like the one lunch because it is overcrowded and the line to get food is really long,” sophmore Molly Shiller said. “Standing in the line takes up most of my lunch time.” The tables in the cafeteria and courtyard are limited and are not sufficient to seat 2,000 students. Therefore, students must sit on the

floor or stand while eating. “I personally think combining both lunches was a bad idea and the school should have purchased more tables and benches before school started,” senior Idalis Cintron said. While many students and staff complain about the combined lunch period, others are finding advantages to the change. Since teachers now have the same lunch period as their students, they now have an extra 10 minutes to offer extra help sessions and make up test times. This may reduce the amount of time that both have to stay after school. Additionally, students have 10 extra minutes to socialize with friends or catch up on homework and studying. Since class sizes have increased compared to prior years, the number of desks and chairs are scarce. Classrooms are holding approximately 35 students compared

Cafeteria is congested with students due to one lunch. to approximately 25 students last year. “It is overwhelming to have 35 kids in my classes compared to having only 15 kids in my classes when I was in middle school,” freshman Sabrina Levin said. While it may seem that classes are overpopulated, according to the Class Size Reduction Amendment, River’s class sizes are not exceeding the maximum capacity. “The Class Size Reduction Amendment states that for all core classes, the number of students per class must average 25 students or less,” said Assistant Principal Ira Sollod. “River’s class size averages 23.5 students per class.” “It was so crowded in my Legal Aspects class on the first day that I had to sit on the floor with my friend because there were not enough seats in the class,” sophmore Hannah

Weinstein said. Another challenge that students and faculty must face is the overcrowded hallways. Students walking from the 1000 building to their classes in the 8000 building are facing congested hallways and difficulty getting to class on time. “I go from Skelton’s room in the 1000 builiding to Lampman’s room in the 8000 building and the hallways are so crowded, I was late to my class two days in a row,” sophomore Nicole Chandeck said. “Now I walk outside the buildings to avoid the crowds and make it to class on time.” It is clear that during this school year, River students will have the opportunity to learn to embrace change. Change is constant and being able to adapt will be a skill that will allow students to succeed. PHOTOS BY ERIN TURNER

Portables Closing Causes Relocation of Classes Laney Ciaccio News Editor

Over the summer, administrators decided that all of the portables were to be shut down. Therefore, classes once taught in those portables were relocated. “They’re not that safe anymore,” Assistant Principal Doug Markwardt said. “Before anybody gets hurt out there we figured the best thing to do was to remove them.” The school had to replace the portable floors multiple times and there were problems with termites along with other creatures finding their way into the classrooms. Another problem was that the sidewalks and walkways did not reach all the way to some of the portables, so when it rained mud and dirt would be brought into the classroom. “I had a horrible problem with ants,” English 1 Pre-AP teacher Ms. Lewis recalls. “Ants would bite my kids, and

chew on me. Vermin were the number one problem out in the portables.” However, there were some advantages to teaching and having class out in the portables. Portables

The portables now sit unused.

are much smaller than traditional classrooms and can hold less students. This allows for more one on one contact which benefits both the students and teachers. Portables are

in a way their own building, which allows teachers and students to be as loud as they want without worrying about disrupting other classrooms around them.

“The portables were more of a personal advantage because they were closer to the buses and my locker,” said sophmore Theresa Dixon. With the portables closing, many teachers lost their rooms and had to relocate into classrooms in other

buildings. Along with that, some rooms had to be transformed into classrooms. For example, the room near the Shark Shop that used to be a custodial break room. Still, there are not enough spots for each teacher to have his or her own room. This means that some teachers have to “float” from classroom to classroom, and teach in a different room each hour. “I don’t think it affects how they teach, but I know it is very aggravating having to move from room to room,” Markwardt said. “They know there was no choice and they are making the best of it. They’re doing a great job.” As of today, there are no plans on what to do with the area the portables are in or what to do with the portables. It is up to the district to decide. PHOTO BY ERIN TURNER




Welcome Back to River!

Back to school. It is normally a time for meeting new people and learning new things – a time when things are fresh and fun. We were excited for this year and bursting with anticipation. Our staff came up with some great stories and were ready to go…..until our computers died (see the story on page 3). It was time to get creative and make adjustments. Just like life, things go wrong and you make the best of it. We relocated and came up with the best paper possible. On pages 10 and 11, check out how River is making strides in the LGBQT Community. On page 15, learn about the new Opportunity Room. On page 17, find out how much sports at River actually cost…you might be surprised. We hope you enjoy this first endeavor, it definitely made our staff closer!




Shark Makeover Brightens Courtyard Lilian Zhang

appreciate it, as well as deface it by the summer to be patched up, but sticking their gum and/or club flyers students became so enthusiastic that Staff Reporter on it.” decorating the shark and unveiling it In the courtyard stands one of When students colorfully painted at the senior pep-rally was discussed the most recognizable symbols of the shark it was not a Senior Class to be a potential Senior tradition. River. During the last school year, the shark received a striking makeover of orange, green, and purple galore. Art students from last year had noted the rather sad, peeling paint, and gumcovered condition that the shark was in. “It was in need of some serious love,” Art teacher Katia Martinez said. After receiving permission from Principal William Latson, the students painted the shark with vibrant patterns inspired by the artist Romero Britto who utilizes aspects of pop art and graffiti painting in his works. Courtyard shark was redone over the summer vacation. “The art students decided to go However, the Senior Class with vivid and bright colors to draw prank but a statement to treat the of 2015 planned on having the shark attention to the shark,” Martinez said. statue with respect. repainted and fixed as their gift to “It is such an icon on campus, and Initially, the plan was to paint the the school. many students walk by and do not shark and then send it out during

Guidance Joins the World of Social Media Kent Burkman Staff Reporter

Spanish River’s Guidance Office has decided to step out of its comfort zone this year. Head Guidance Counselor Melissa Loyacona created a Twitter account for students. “The Twitter account has been great,” Loyacona said. “ More kids sign up for college visits now than in the past. We’ve also had a lot more inquiries about scholarship applications.” Loyacona started the Twitter account to find a way to reach students’ needs directly in addition to contacting the parents. “I interviewed students to see what social media they use most and it seemed Twitter was the one,” Loyacona said. While all counselors can tweet on the account, Loyacona does most of the tweeting. Tweets from @RiverGuidance include information about things like scholarships, college visit dates, and community service opportunities. “The Twitter account has been very helpful,” Senior Arthur Menendez said. “Social media has become the best way to keep informed. The guidance counselors are now more accessible to the whole student body.” Many of the followers have decided to use the account to their

advantage and tweet questions to their respective counselor. “Tweeting with my guidance counselor is more efficient for simple questions since it’s hard to make an appointment,” Menendez said. “But when it comes to important, longer discussion topics, meeting with the counselor is better.” Students and Parents can follow the guidance Twitter account @RiverGuidance. River’s Guidance Office also has a Facebook page where the same information is offered for parents and tudents. Students and Parents can also follow the Guidance Office on Facebook . “I have found most of River parents prefer Facebook over Twitter,” Loyacona said. “So we stay connected using both apps.” In addition to adding social media accounts, River’s Guidance Office also started accepting walk in appointments during lunch this year, allowing counselors more time to meet the students’ needs with less frustration and avoid classroom disruptions. “Guidance has made some big changes this year, adding their own Twitter account and allowing walk-ins during lunch to help more students,” Menendez said “They are now more accessible than ever and that’s what a lot of students need.”

AP Art History teacher Barbra Boerstler, took charge of sending the shark to be redone. The Class of 1995 had the shark made as their farewell gift and Boerstler was Senior Class advisor at the time and knew that the shark held a great deal of sentimental value. As a result Boerstler made a decision with the Class of 2015 to redo the shark. “It needed to be completely restored to its original glory in order to maintain its noble spot as the symbol of Spanish River,” Boerstler said. So three weeks after its makeover, the shark took a restoration vacation. Currently, the shark boasts its fresh coat of paint, the first new exterior it has had since the Class of 2008’s restoration gift. “I must say he looks pretty handsome and amazing,” Boerstler said.


Follow @riverguidance on Twitter & Spanish River High School guidance on Facebook PHOTO COURTESY GOOGLE IMAGES

Technical Difficulties Affect Newspaper Production Kent Burkman Staff Reporter

The Galleon staff has had a small delay with the release of its first issue. During the assembly of the first issue, the design program the staff uses to layout and create the papers crashed. During an IT program update on The Galleon’s computers, the county server would not allow any of the seven computers to download “InDesign”, a program used to format the newspaper. The Galleon is currently relocated to Mr. Belcher’s Graphic Design classroom. “Mr. Belcher has been a blessing to the entire Galleon Staff” Galleon Editor-in-chief Amanda Paige,” said. It is very kind of him to let us take over his room during lunch and during our class period.” “As of right now, we are about two weeks behind schedule,” Galleon Advisor Suzanne Delaney said. “It sets us back because we now have to make all of our new templates from scratch.”

However, the relocation for the first issue has turned our class into an immersion course on InDesign. “We are now dealing with the specifics of each page such as margins and grids,” Paige said, “The process is making every one of us InDesign experts.” The staff’s positive attitude and persistence throughout the entire ordeal has not only increased efficiency but also made the challenge of publishing an awardwinning paper from borrowed computers more enjoyable for everyone. “The fact we have such a great, strong staff made me confident we could get through this hurdle and get this paper out to our readers as soon as possible,” Delaney said. The date for Galleon computers to be back online is unclear. The staff hopes the technical issues to be in order for issue two. Thank you for your patience.

TheGalleon 2015-2016 Co-Editor-in-Chief Michael Benrubi Amanda Paige

Associate Editors Rachel Horn Sydney Luntz

Technical Editor Jack Altman

News Editors Rachel Horn Laney Ciaccio

Features Editors Noah Zylberberg Max Kozlowski

Feature Focus Editor Sydney Luntz

Entertainment Editors Amanda Paige Natalia Galicza Jared Goodman Zoe Brand

Sports Editors Michael Benrubi Justin Haber Bradley Thomas

Art/Photography Editors Aryana Mugnatto Erin Turner

Staff Reporters Burak Pala Ethan Weinstein Kent Burkman

Face Off Editor Jack Altman

Adviser Suzanne Delaney


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DRINK IN THE FREEDOM Jack Altman Commentary For decades a debate has been waged in The United States that hinges on the core values of this country. No, it is not about abortion or taxes. This debate is in a league of its own. America’s drinking age has changed three times during its short history. In 1919, the eighteenth amendment to the Constitution prohibited the sale and consumption of alcohol in the United States enacting the thirteen-year period known as “prohibition.” Unfortunately, this ban led to a widespread increase in organized crime in which citizens were selling illegal alcohol on America’s black market. Eventually our government caught on and ratified the twenty-first amendment, thereby reinstating legal alcohol consumption with a drinking age of twen-

ty-one and over. For about forty years, the national drinking age remained the status quo until in the late 1960’s when twenty-nine states voted to lower their drinking age to eighteen. Now this is where the contention begins. Proponents of lowering the drinking age argue that if a citizen can fight for their country in the army and vote for their President, then surely they are mature and responsible enough to legally drink alcohol. In addition, there are practical economic arguments for lowering the drinking age. The current average tax on liquor is $6.50 per gallon. Including three more years of taxpayers into the liquor market could double tax revenue according to The Economist. This could help bolster a struggling U.S. economy. In opposition are those who cite the early 60’s drinking age reduc-

tion as a complete failure. It is true that during those years, the number of driving accidents due to intoxication increased by 70% according to The Scattergood Foundation. These people argue that it is irresponsible and dangerous to allow those as young as eighteen to freely consume alcohol. It has often been said that eighteen year olds are not mature enough to drink responsibly, an argument easily combatted by proponents of the age-reduction. The opposition does have another issue and that is the current U.S. driving age. Thirty-four states in the U.S. have driving ages of just sixteen. In many ways, this played a major role in the horrific effects of the 1960’s drinking age change. That is why this issue is so difficult. Where does the country draw the line? At least in the near future, it seems as if drinking responsibly will be a continuing problem for

American teenagers and even for some adults. While the drinking age may not seem to be the most pertinent political issue, its implications have been dramatic throughout history. Look at Switzerland, one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Their drinking age is sixteen. Maybe we should take a hint.


48% NO

KEEP IT UP Brett Burkey Social Studies Dept. Chair During the late 1960s and early 1970s, nearly every state in America lowered their drinking age from 21 to 18. This led to a huge increase in drunken driving deaths. According to the National Institute of Health, in the mid-1970s 60% of all traffic fatalities were alcohol related. Over two-thirds of traffic accidents involving 16-20 year olds were tied to drinking. In response to the drunk-driving epidemic, the age was returned to 21 in 1984. The law worked as drunken driving accidents have been reduced by 50%. According to the NHI, the greatest proportion of this drop has occurred among 16-20 year olds falling from 75% of all accidents in the 1970s to 37% in 2013. Denied the legal opportunity to drink and then drive, teens today have turned to texting while driving to satisfy the compulsion to cancel the future. According to a study by

Cohen Children’s Medical Center and Virginia Tech University, more than 3000 teenagers die each year from texting while driving surpassing the 2700 that die from driving drunk. More than 50% of teens polled admit to texting while driving. Lower the drinking age to 18 and it is reasonable to conclude that teenage fatalities would spike to levels never imagined before. It is not a mark of national pride that we send our teenage boys and girls off to die in war. The voting age has been 18 since 1972 and adults between ages 18-24 are the least likely to vote election after election. There’s no evidence to suggest that lowering the drinking age would produce any positive outcome either.

YES 52%

BRING IT DOWN Carmen Santana Mathematics Teacher So you are old enough to go off to war, train to defend one of the greatest nations in the world, but you can’t have a drink of alcohol? Does this sound right? Well, something is definitely wrong here. Drinking has been a social activity for hundreds of years. As parents are the ones who teach children how to be responsible citizens and participate in our society, it is the responsibili of the parens to introduce alcohol to heir kids. If parents can teach children how to properly consume alcohol without becoming completely intoxicated at a younger age, we wouldn’t have many of the issues we face today. Those young adults who are kept from alcoholic beverages until the age of 21 either have them behind their parents’ backs or illegally at parties where alcohol shouldn’t be. Without proper adult guidance and supervision, these teenagers are drinking in excess and driving drunk; they are causing many accidents and much grief when a life is lost as a result of irresponsible actions. A responsible parent teaches their children how to consume and handle alcohol so that when these kids enter a social scenario where

alcohol is present, they will be more responsible in their consumption and their choices. This takes us right into the legal drinking age of young adults. With proper social introduction to alcohol, teenagers would be more responsible in their consumption; and lowering the legal age to drink would just be the logical thing that needs to be done. We entrust our young children with making huge decisions, such as whether or not they will lead a life of service to our nation, yet we don’t entrust them with making a decision as to how much alcohol to consume. If protecting and serving our nation is an act of maturity, and we entrust our youth to make such a life-changing decision at the young age of 18, how can’t we trust them to make the right choice when it comes to alcohol? Both of these decisions will have a huge impact on society. Why can’t we as nation then come to terms with the fact that more positive may come when we entrust our youth to do the right thing and choose wisely and more responsibly when it comes to alcohol? With great choice comes great responsibility. We as a society may be helping in the development of more responsible social drinkers by lowering the legal drinking age.




Sounding of the Horn

Rachel Horn

Associate Editor This generation of teens have a saying: “pics or it didn’t happen”. Teens are compelled to document and post every moment of their lives on social media. By using Instagram, Snapchat, Facebook, or Twitter, they instantaneously share each of their good or bad experiences with the the cyber world. When teens make a plan for the weekend, they not only look forward to a fun time away from school, but also to their next opportunity to post pictures and inform the world that they are having fun and making the best use of their weekend. We all know that friend who woke up at 5am to get to the beach in time to watch the sunrise. While one can’t deny that seeing the sunrise is a beautiful and serene activity, you can be sure that this friend relishes in the idea that when everyone logs on to Instagram that morning, it will be their spectacular photos that will be viewed and envied. I have seen hundreds of photos on social media of delicious looking desserts or appetizing entrees. It’s funny that we feel the need to let everyone know that we have access to something delicious.

Another favorite picture to post is standing in front of the funky painted walls in Wynwood, a trendy Miami town. I doubt that everyone who takes the hour drive to Wynwood to pose in front of the countless walls are art enthusiasts, but I do know that the thought of posting those pictures on social media could definitely inspire anyone to battle the traffic. I am surely guilty of this posting obsession. If anyone follows me on any of the many social media apps, they would see that I am just as interested in posting photos of my experiences as the next guy. My e n t i r e summer was chronicled on Facebook and pretty much every fun activity I am in involved with is surely documented in cyber space. I also enjoy seeing all the pictures posted by my friends and family. Even though the communication is not happening face to face, somehow I feel very connected with my social media universe. I feel that this is just what our generation does. You can equate this to going to the drive-in during the 50’s, wearing tie dye in the 60’s and 70’s and listening to Madonna in the 80’s. Teens like to have fun and now in the 21st century not only can they have fun, but they can let all their followers know what a blast they are having. Art by Erin Turner

Sincerely, Sydney Sydney Luntz Associate Editor

I do not care if you own a record player and I do not care if you own every single vinyl by The Beatles since Please Please Me was released in 1963. Chances are, you are a phony. This ubiquitous desire to be the individual with the “best music taste like, ever” has seriously become a problem. Oh, you love Kanye West? Does your interest in him expand from “Gold Digger” and “Flashing Lights,” because I will be sure to bet that you could not even name a song other than “All Falls Down” off West’s first album, The College Dropout. However, I do not doubt that you pray to “Yeezus” every night. I am not saying to be a real fan that you have to know each menial detail about an artist’s life; trust me, I do not care about West’s favorite ice cream flavor or shoe size, but I do care that you respect an artist enough to enjoy more than just popular singles that are listened to, for a “cool factor.” I guess this whole fake fan epidemic has really gotten the best of me, because I can not even sit in a room and hear someone yelp “did you hear this new song?” Meanwhile, the song is four years old and recorded by their

so called, “favorite artist like, ever.” Now, I am not trying to become the most hated female at River, but I am telling you, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing your ideal music artist grow from their old jams, to their new jams, to their biggest hits. I have grown up with a father who has submerged me in music from N.W.A to Coldplay, from Drake to Ben Howard, and from Kendrick Lamar to Snow Patrol. Yes, my dad listens to rap, and yes my dad has made me the dogmatic music critic I am today. My music taste ranges from songs that I would not dare show my mother, to songs that I could easily cry to in a matter of seconds. Oh well though, because these are the artists I support, through all the good hits...and not so good hits. Point is, music is not a trend, it is not something to merely be invested in because it is the new totally awesome song you have to love, music is an art form. Take me as pretentious, I do not mind, but we all have aspects in life that we are passionate about. I am sure in the vast halls of River that some of you rightfully agree, because you too, are passionate fans. All in all, I am sick and tired of all these phonies.


Art by Aryana Mugnatto

Ramblings of a Redhead Amanda Paige Editor-in-Chief

One word that I omit from my vocabulary is average (unless I am referring to the mean in a Statistics problem). When I hear the word average, I think of a person in their thirties commuting to a nine to five job, and arriving home to a microwavable dinner. Now, there is nothing awful about this type of life, but it is not exceptional. I can confidently assume everyone reading this has answered that tough and awkward question ‘What is one word that describes you?’ Well, surely your word was not average (and if it was, I am about to give you a new word). Ambitious. Ambition is the desire to be successful, powerful, or famous. This word can describe just about anyone,

which is why average should go to the grave. I always use ambitious as my response to the dreadful question and I am proud to say I have a lot of ambition. Although I have yet to ultimately decide what I want to pursue as my career, I have narrowed it down to a few options: the next Bill O’Reilly, a Presidential campaign manager, a big-time lawyer (what? Like it’s hard?), or the Editor-in-Chief of Vogue (move over Anna Wintour). I might as well hop on to the Video Music Award’s stage and say I’m running

for President in 2036. Reactions from peers range from very blasé to “I would consider a backup plan”. When anyone discourages me or does not believe I can pursue one of those careers, I become c o n fused. I think to myself, “ Would you prefer my goal to be working in retail or selling paper (I mean unless I get to work for Michael Scott in Scranton)?” I realize I may sound like a five year old saying ‘I want to

be a princess when I grow up’ (hello, Prince Harry), but there are so many possibilities that limiting myself before I graduate high school would be foolish. Another goal of mine is to have eight homes. Of course, (being my ambitious self ) I have already planned the locations: New York City, the Hamptons, Vail, Boston, Palo Alto, Palm Beach, London, and last but not least, Paris. You say crazy, I say ambitious. Even though my lofty career goals and the desire for various homes seem way out of reach to some people (and I do not see it as an easy accomplishment either), why limit myself to average when I can do so much better? Obviously, not everyone has to have such elaborate or extravagant ambitions but if someone has goals, encourage them. It is better to be ambitious than average. Art by Aryana Mugnatto



Mike’s Mind Michael Benrubi Editor-in-Chief

When the name Tom Brady comes to mind, what do you think about? Some may think about Super Bowl wins, others his charming looks and personality. Recently what has come to mind for me, and many sports fanatics across the nation is the ludicrous, yet infamous DeflateGate scandal. Following the NFL 2014 AFC Championship game in which the New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7, accusations were flying that the Patriots were using deflated balls during the game. A team using deflated balls usually has the advantage as the ball becomes easier to grip, throw, and catch, amongst other benefits. The NFL found some of the balls used in the first half to have been underinflated by about two psi (pounds per square inch) under the league minimum. The NFL

began an investigation into the accusations and decided to punish the Patriots and Tom Brady following a 243page report called the Wells Report. The team agreed to a $1 million fine and lost their first round pick in the 2016 draft and their fourth round pick in the 2017 draft. Brady denied any wrongdoing and was initially suspended for four games without pay. Just recently, the suspension was lifted after he appealed the case to federal court. So, all that craze for a minor deflation of footballs? Think about what the media has been covering for the past 9 months. There are much more important things that should be broadcasted on CNN than Tom Brady walking out of court wearing a $1,000 suit knowing that he still won the Super Bowl and will still be a first ballot hall of famer. With domes-

tic violence being such a significant issue not only in sports, but also in society as a whole, the NFL overinflated the issue of DeflateGate, while quickly trying to bury the Ray Rice incident under the turf. Sports fans like myself spent a long summer seeing this pathetic news story covered by virtually every sports and news network. It was comical seeing the people who were interested and engaged in such a pointless and minor controversy. I personally don’t care if the balls were underinflated by a few psi, as if I know what psi is or that there was even a league mandate on the inflation of footballs. First off, the Patriots were a better team than the Colts. They didn’t just win, but they completely dominated, beating them by 38 points. Also, Tom Brady using


footballs with a psi of 13 is the same Tom Brady using footballs with a psi of 11. If he is throwing for 3 touchdowns like he did in this game, it was not because of slightly deflated footballs. As a lifelong Miami Dolphins fan, it would be easy for me to want to believe that Brady gained an unfair advantage from the deflation of the footballs. However looking back at all that he has accomplished throughout his illustrious career, you either have to believe that he has always been a cheater or respect him for his greatness. I have chosen to admire his legacy even if he may have taken some shortcuts along the way. You can decide whether you are going to respect Brady and the Patriots or look at them as cheaters, but either way the DeflateGate controversy was a complete waste of time and an embarrassment for the NFL and sports as a whole. Art by Erin Turner




River Never Goes Out of Style Jared Goodman

Arts & Entertainment Editor As any upper classman would tell you, Spanish River sure has changed over the past couple of years. Not only are there new teachers and new hours, but a prominent change may just be the school’s aesthetic changes. Some may call River the ugliest corner in all of Boca Raton, and many students and staff are working hard to prove otherwise. In 2014, the art department decided to paint the hallways a shade of gray to contrast from the bland, white color it once was. All those students who spend their time in class looking up at the ceiling would have noticed that some teachers have chosen to decorate their ceiling tiles by getting the tiles painted to represent different things such as their alma mater. The pillars in the courtyard have also received a paint job, going from all white to both white and blue. Periodically, the art department will also paint murals around campus, such as the one in front of the 1000 building. The shark in the courtyard has also received a touch up of fresh paint during the summer. The student with the keenest of eyes would have also noticed that the

benches around the courtyard have also received a fresh coat of blue paint along with little white sharks on the sides. Making River look great is not solely in the hands of the art department, as many other teachers have decided to take matters into their own hands. AP World History teacher Wendy Zeitz decided to paint her room a light green, as opposed to the white paint usually seen in other classrooms. Additionally, she also had junior Erin Turner draw Buddhas on the wall to go along with the class’s history theme. Science teachers Corrine Jobe and Nicole Susil have also opted to give their rooms a fresh coat of paint as well. “The paintings in teachers classrooms promote a happier, less stressful environment,” junior Michael Bucca said. Some students believe that these improvements are not enough to make them jump out of bed in the morning to go see their beautiful school. Some would like to see gardens planted, while others would simply just like to focus on academics. “I appreciate the work put into the school,” freshman Alex Luce said. “I hope that by my senior year even more of the school will be painted,”

A painted ceiling tile of a tiger done by an AP Environmental Science student for an endangered species project.

A Buddha painted by Erin Turner in Zietz’s AP World History class room.

An African Elephant painted on a ceiling tile in Susil’s AP Environmental Science room.


CUTTING CLASS FOR CONCERTS Sophomore, Alicia Hellman poses with The Neighbourhood drummer, Mikey Margott, after the concert.

Sophomores, Alicia Hellman and Devon Granet, take a photo before entering The Neighbourhood concert.

Natalia Galicza

Arts & Entertainment Editor Summer is concert season, and as school begins so do some great lineups. With homework and adequate sleep to worry about, some would wonder whether or not going to concerts on school nights is truly worth it. Despite having to get up for class the next morning, sometimes the temptation to see one’s favorite artists live is too strong. “I think it’s worth it because a concert is a memorable experience that sticks with you for a long time, and students shouldn’t be denied that experience just because they might be a little tired the next day,” sophomore Ali Dusinberre said. “It was tough getting up in the morning after the Lana Del Rey concert, and I was a little more exhausted than usual but it was nothing unbearable.” Memorable experience or not, the struggle of waking up after what might be only a few hours of sleep is intolerable for some. “I don’t think I would do it again unless it was for an artist that I absolutely felt I needed to see,” sophomore Nadine Tbaili said. “I was so exhausted the next day I didn’t even go to school so I could recuperate.” Regardless of when the concert is meant to end, it is most likely going to be a late night. “I probably got about five to six hours of sleep,” Dusinberre said. Missing out on a possible two to three hours of sleep is drastic for stu-

dents who are expected to focus the next day. “I came back from my concert at about one in the morning,” junior Viktor Knurov said. “I probably got around six hours of sleep that night.” Attending school while feeling dead-tired can negatively affect your school work as well. When one is not focused and has seven classes to sit through, work quality decreases and retaining information learned in class that day is difficult. “I was exhausted and had trouble concentrating after the J Cole concert,” senior Aaron Rissman said. “It didn’t help that I had basketball after school the next day.” For those who are considering going to a concert on a school night, remember a few things to ensure a less stressful aftermath. “Make sure all of your assignments are done, you’re organized, and prepare breakfast for the next day,” sophomore Ghaby Almeida said. “The time you come home is crucial for how you feel the next day.” Some students tend to skip school the next day due to exhaustion, doing so can leave you a day behind in all of your classes and means you neglect a full days worth of education. Keeping all of this in mind, one should also prioritize having the best experience possible. “Make sure you are prepared for the next day, and just enjoy the concert,” sophomore Alicia Hellman said. “Don’t let worrying about consequences take away from the experience.” PHOTOS COURTESY OF ALICIA HELLMAN





Zoe Brand

Arts & Entertainment Editor

Growing up as teenagers in the age of technology has created the foundation for us to become easily distracted young adults. From our cellphones, social media, and varying forms of entertainment, there are so many ways we can delay the completion of a task at hand. One piece of technology that has evolved through the decades and is still prevalent in the life of teenagers today is video games. Beginning with bulky, home consoles with simple graphics to compact, home consoles with high definition images, video games have had a long history of captivating peoples’ attention and consuming large amounts of time. Students at Spanish River have witnessed this addiction to gaming firsthand, spending hours at a time communicating with the virtual

Brandon Michaels spends an community and trying to beat a average of six to eight hours each level. As tempting as homework day playing video games at home, and studying may sound, many leaving limited teens need an time to do his activity to keep school work. them sane from “I do think it all of the stress [video gaming] high school can has affected inflict on them. my grades, but Those students after all of the who use video endless nights gaming as a with no sleep stress relieving and endless days activity are at without feeling risk for a gaming the sun’s rays on addiction. my skin, I can A video game proudly say that addiction can I have served have serious my gaming repercussions that do not only Benny Dinner playing Destiny in his room. c o m m u n i t y ,” Michaels said. involve dry eyes Another obvious consequence and muscle soreness. Lack of time that may result from excessive focused on academics can damage gaming is a lack of sleep. Studies a video game addicts GPA. Senior

have shown that sleep is crucial for high school students. When gaming keeps a teen up past a reasonable bedtime, unhealthy habits begin to form. Senior Benny Dinner admits to having a fair share of late nights and even allnighters playing video games that leave him sleep deprived when the school day begins. “It’s an escape,” explains Dinner. “I find that the more responsibilities I have, the more appealing they [video games] look.” Although technology and distractions are everywhere, a line must be drawn before our personal escapes turn in to obsessions. An innocent video game session is likely to turn in to an addiction if boundaries are not set. Even if you can reach a new record or beat a level, without boundaries, both GPAs and health could suffer.


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Spanish River’s Alliance Club meets Club Spanish River’s Alliance Spanish River’s Alliance Club meets Spanish River’s Alliance Club meets meets Spanish River’s Alliance Club meets every 1st &every 3rd Monday of each month 1st & 3rd Monday of each every 1st Monday of month every 1st & & 3rd 3rd Monday of each each month month every 1st & 3rd Monday of each month during lunchduring in room 4102 lunch in room 4102 lunch during lunch in room room 4102 4102 during lunchduring in room 4102in Gay,Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Bisexual, Trasngender Gay, Lesbian, and Trasngender Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trasngender Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trasngender Gay,(GLBT) Lesbian, Bisexual, and Trasngender Hotline: 1-888-843-4564 (GLBT) Hotline: 1-888-843-4564 (GLBT) Hotline: 1-888-843-4564 (GLBT) Hotline: (GLBT) Hotline: 1-888-843-4564 1-888-843-4564 (GLBT) Hotline: 1-888-843-4564

This past year has been aa definite This past year has been This past year has been a definite definite success for the LGBQT community. success for the LGBQT community. success for community the LGBQT includes community. The LGBQT not The LGBQT community includes not The LGBQT community includes not only lesbians, gays, and bisexuals, but only lesbians, gays, and bisexuals, but only lesbians, gays, and bisexuals, but also transgender people. Not long also transgender people. Not also transgender people. Not long long ago, transgender people were not ago, transgender people were not ago, transgender people were not recognized as a part of mainstream recognized as a part of mainstream recognized as a part of mainstream society. However, recently with the society. However, recently with society. However, recentlypeople with the the growth of LGBQT support, are growth of LGBQT support, people are growth of LGBQT support, people are beginning to respect and accept them beginning to respect and accept them beginning to respect and accept them for who they are. Despite the increasfor who they Despite the for who they are. are. Despite the increasincreasing awareness, there is no specific feding awareness, there is no specific feding awareness, there is no specific federal law that addresses transgender eral law that addresses transgender eral law that addresses transgender students in schools. students in students in schools. schools. According to the Williams Institute, According to the Williams According to the Williams Institute, Institute, the number of transgender people the number of transgender people the number of transgender people nationwide is roughly 700,000. There nationwide is roughly 700,000. There nationwide is roughly 700,000. There are some students at River who have are some students at River who have are some students at River who have made the transition themselves. An made the transition themselves. An made the transition themselves. An anonymous River student shared anonymous River student shared anonymous River student shared some thoughts about her experience some thoughts about her experience some thoughts about her experience here and how the school has done aa here and how the school has done here and how the school has done a great job of allowing her to feel safe great job of allowing her to feel safe great job of allowing her to feel safe and accepted. and accepted. and “My accepted. experience at River with this “My experience at River with this “My experience at River with this transition has been very positive, ” she transition has been very positive, ” she transition hasonly been veryatpositive, ”for she said. “I have been school 7 said. “I have only been at school for 7 said. “I have only been at school for 7 days as who I feel I am, but I have been days as who I feel I am, but I have been days as who I feel I am, but I have been treated equally and II hope that contintreated equally treated equally and and I hope hope that that contincontinues. ” ues. ” ues.This ” student has received gratitude This student has gratitude This student has received received gratitude and love from River teachers. One forand love from River teachers. One forand love from River teachers. One former teacher gave her a hug on the first mer teacher gave her a hug on the first mer teacher gave her a hug on the first day of school and another wrote her aa day of school and another wrote her day of school and another wrote her a card assuring that she would always card assuring that she would always card assuring that she would always be safe and welcome in her classroom be safe and welcome in her classroom be safe and welcome in her classroom (like any student of any identity would (like any student of any identity would (like any student of any identity would be). be). be). Going through this difficult transGoing through this transGoing can through this difficult difficult transformation interfere with one’s reformation can interfere with one’s reformation can interfere with one’s responsibilities as a student. However, sponsibilities as a student. However, sponsibilities as only a student. However, this student has seen positive imthis student has only seen positive imthis student has only seen positive impacts from her experience. pacts from her experience. pacts from her experience. “I now feel less general anxiety and “I now feel less general anxiety and “Ifocus now on feelmy less general anxiety and can work instead of focuscan focus on my work instead of focuscan focus on my work instead of focusing on transitioning, ”” she said. ing on transitioning, she said. ingThe onstudent transitioning, ” she said. hopes that in the future, The student hopes that future, The studentteens hopes that in in the the will future, transgender everywhere be transgender teens everywhere will transgender teens everywhere will be be

accepted by their families, peers, and accepted by accepted by their their families, families, peers, peers, and and schools. schools. schools. Principal William Latson has done his Principal William Latson has done his Principal William Latson has done his best to make sure that the staff and the best to make sure that the staff and the best to as make sure that the staff and and the school aa whole understand are school as whole understand and are school as a whole understand and are aware of the difficulties that many transaware of the difficulties that many transaware of the difficulties that many transgender students face. This year and the gender students face. This year and gender students face. has Thisdone year training and the the previous year, Latson previous year, Latson has done training previous year, Latson has done training with his staff to make sure they know with his staff to make sure they know with his staff to make sure they know how to make the transition easier for how to make the transition easier how to make the transition easier for for them. them. them. “If you are treating the student as aa “If you are treating the student as “If you are treating the student as a student, what many transgender people student, what many transgender people student, what many transgender people are looking for is equality, ”” Latson said. are looking for is equality, Latson said. are looking for is equality, ” Latson said. “So in the classrooms and around cam“So in the classrooms and around cam“So in the classrooms and around campus, we do not do anything differently. ”” pus, we do do differently. pus,The weinitial do not notchallenge do anything anything differently. ” that Latson and The initial challenge that Latson and The initial challenge that Latson and the school faced was the issue of baththe school faced was the issue of baththe school faced was the issue of bathrooms. There is limited protocol in rooms. There is limited protocol in rooms. There is limited protocol in the district regarding this issue. When the district regarding this issue. When the district regarding this issue. When Latson contacted the district last year, Latson contacted the district last year, Latson contacted the district last year, he found out only one other school has he found out only one other school has he found out only oneasother school has contacted the district well. After stucontacted the district as well. After stucontacted the district as well. After students approached him about it this year dents approached him about it this year dents approached him about it this year and showed him legislation from Califorand showed him legislation from Califorand showed him legislation from California and Colorado for him to review, the nia and Colorado for him to review, the nia and Colorado for him to review, the problem was quickly solved. He has folproblem was quickly solved. He has folproblem was quickly solved. He has followed the same protocol that allows for lowed the same protocol that allows for lowed the samebathroom protocol that allows for an appropriate that students an appropriate bathroom that students an appropriate bathroom that students could use without receiving any ridicule could use without receiving any ridicule could use without receiving any ridicule or comments from those who are not or comments from those who are not or comments from those whoand areRiver not understanding. Now, Latson understanding. Now, Latson and River understanding. Now, Latson and River have set an example for other schools have have set set an an example example for for other other schools schools

and these schools call him for advice and and these these schools schools call call him him for for advice advice on how to handle related issues. on how to handle related issues. on how to handle related issues. “Students come in all forms, shapes “Students “Students come come in in all all forms, forms, shapes shapes and sizes so we want them all to be and and sizes sizes so so we we want want them them all all to to be be comfortable and happy here, ” Latcomfortable and happy here, ” Latcomfortable and happy here,” Latson said. “The community is really son son said. said. “The “The community community is is really really going to have to learn and respect going going to to have have to to learn learn and and respect respect transgender people, but as aa school transgender transgender people, people, but but as as a school school II believe we are doing a great job of believe we are doing a great I believe we are doing a great job job of of that. ” that. ” that.”

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Teachers’ Travels Ethan Weinstein Staff Reporter

Dwyer award winner and AP Human Geography teacher, Kevin Turner, and AP English teacher, Bettina Hoffman, both got the chance to explore foreign countries this past summer. Kevin Turner adventured through Myanmar for 12 days. The country formerly known as Burma was closed off to the public between 1962 and 2011 during the country’s military rule. Due to this, Turner felt fortunate to be a part of the small minority able to say they have experienced the country’s unique culture. During his trip, Turner stayed in the county’s largest city, Yangon, which is greatly

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influenced by religion. According to the 2014 census, over 90% of Myanmar’s population is Buddhist and the architecture definitely reflects that. “It seemed as if every other building I passed was a pagoda or a stupa [Buddhist temples].” Turner said. Turner described the food as traditional Chinese with a Thai flare, and a lot of curry. Turner loves traveling the globe; he says it helps him get a better understanding for the world. “My favorite part of the trip would have to be the cuisine,” Turner said. “Burmese food is influenced by it’s bordering countries: China and Thailand.” Meanwhile, 5,572 miles away from Myanmar, English teacher Bettina Hoffman was vacationing in Ireland. Hoffman stayed there for 10 days and witnessed some breathtaking

sites. She toured the “architecturally superb”Trinity College. It was founded in 1592 and has taught people ranging from philosopher George Berkley to One Direction singer Niall Horan. Hoffman also got the chance to explore the beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral; which was established in 1191. “It was incredible seeing all of these old buildings and artifacts that are decades older than our nation,” Hoffman said. “It really makes you think about those times, and the architectural style really gives you the feel of it.” One of the most fascinating artifacts Hoffman witnessed was “The Book Of Kells.” The book was written in the seventh century (almost 1,000 years older than the Declaration of Independence) and contained the four Gospels of the New Testament. “The history of Ireland is

interesting from varying perspectives. Perspective is most important in the teaching of any history,” Hoffman claimed. Turner and Hoffman can both agree that their world travels give them great stories for their students when the school year begins.

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Giant’s Causeway overlooking the Atlantic Stunning infinity pool in Bagan

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River’s Band is Feeling Blue

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Wearing their classic shade of blue, the Spanish River Silver Sound Marching Band has proudly trotted onto the field to perform. It should come as no surprise that this year’s marching band show pays homage to River’s storied shade with its theme of, you guessed it, “Blue.” A Silver Sound Marching Band performance is guaranteed to leave its audience in awe of their swift motions and perfectly timed formations, all while the band carries along complex and entertaining melodies. Despite their remarkable showings, the dedication of its members to achieve these crisp displays is one of River’s greatest and most underappreciated accomplishments. Band is not classified as a sport, but it would not be a stretch to say that it requires the same level of mental and physical capabilities. Marching band

students have momentous endurance and muscle strength, as well as strong lung capacities. These capabilities are not found in any ordinary student, rather they are a result of being on the field for hours at a time preparing for a marching band show. Junior Ben Marton aknowledges the inensity that training for band requires. “We do a ton of excercising and conditioning prior to performances,” Marton said. This preparation, however, is not your typical conditioning program. The conditioning begins in band camp. Over the summer all students are required to attend at least eight full days of this camp from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, and additional days are necessary for those in leadership roles. The first three days of camp are focused around learning and practicing the fundamentals of marching, as well as the band beginning to hone

The Silver Sound Marching Band performing its halftime show at one River’s football games.

their musical performance of both pep band music, which is played throughout River’s football games, and its halftime s h o w . Marching band members Drum Major Andrew Marques guides the band’s perfomance. must bring These chaltheir instruments, which can range up lenges do not come without their perks. The to 25 pounds, into the blistering heat students’ devotion pays dividends through each day and perfect their detailed the social bonding and character building. marches and formations so that they Senior Band Captain Neha Sharma recomare show quality. Marching itself takes mends marching band to all students, and hours, days, and weeks of practice to says that the demands are heavily outmaster without even considering the weighed by benefits. music that accompanies it. The next “No other group of people will have your few days of camp includes the march- back and support you in whatever it ing band sections combining their efforts to is you do than your band family,” Sharform the earliest stages of their show. Stu- ma said. “Also, the leadership oppordents are required to stay after school each tunities and character building skills Tuesday and Thursday until 6:30 PM as the are bountiful. Being in the [marching] band continuously adds to their halftime band makes you a stronger, more disshow routine throughout the season, eventu- ciplined, and more aware person, all ally combining to a nearly eight minute show. while having a whole bunch of fun.” Band Director Craig White acknowledges the It is clear that Silver Sound stuincredible effort and talent of these students. dents are a talented group unlike “Learning any instrument in any art form is any other, and marching band carries always a challenge. That in itself requires a lot much more significance to its memof dedication,” White said. “Marching while you bers than simply an extracurricular play music is one of the most physically taxing activity. things there is. Studies have been done comparing marathon runners to people in professional marching bands.”

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on periods two, three, four, six, and seven. “I expect that the kids will come here and get their work done, and not do anything to get them sent home,” Dr. Sinett said. In OR, students must sit in the room throughout the entire day, work on school work or projects, leave only if their teacher signs them out, and stay awake. Hower supervised the

The Opportunity Room at Spanish River has an infamous reputation. Holding students who were caught skipping class, going out for lunch, or accumulating tardies, OR has always been the cold room that many have never seen. This year, OR has relocated to a smaller room next to Suite A, that can only hold about twelve people. Last year, 319 students passed through OR, a decrease from the previous year’s 332. With so many students and such a slight decrease from year to year, why the change? “If we need access to a student, it’s easier for us,” assistant principal Jennifer Carril said. “Also, in the summer, when we found out we were losing our portables, we had to figure out, where’s everybody going to go?” The old OR room is now used as a classroom, so The new opportunity room in action. the River administration created Opportunity Room at River last year a smaller space for students with and feels that it is an effective way in school suspensions. It is located to correct students’ behavior, while in room 1122. Also, new to the giving them the opportunity to get Opportunity Room is the teacher their schoolwork done. OR seems to who will supervise it: Dr. David Sinett. serve its purpose, as students become Traditionally, Steve Hower assumed frustrated throughout the day, and the role of supervisor, but now he many make the decision to change will only be overseeing periods one their behavior and never return again. and five, while Dr. Sinett will take “I think the kids have to learn,” Hower



said. “In the real world, if you’re tardy or late for a job, you’ll be fired.” Teachers are given the option to sign students out of OR if they are going to miss an important lesson, but some teachers opt out of it, mostly to teach them a lesson. Many who pass through OR also do not normally enjoy it. For most, it is a boring alternative to learning, but for some, it does a great job of correcting behavior and allowing students to make up their work. “It’s actually a really good opportunity,” junior Jyair Clark said. “You don’t want to be in there, but if you’re put in there, it’s actually really helpful.” Principals and teachers alike are hopeful that the rates of in-school suspensions among students will drop based on recent data and the school-wide positive behavior initiative, aimed at keeping new students at River out of trouble. “We’re hoping that we will not have as many students in OR,” Carril said. As for students, they should make sure to follow all rules and be on time for all of their classes, or else they might find themselves sitting in a cold, custodian closet space, otherwise known as the new and improved Opportunity Room.

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Funding for River sports Bradley Thomas Sports Editor

If someone asked you what the football team at River needed every year to balance all of its expenses, what would you guess? $3,000? $5,000? Turns out that they need more than $50,000 every year, and that is just the football team. One can only imagine what the budget is for the entire Athletic Department. The high cost of competing in so many sports leagues causes a need for booster clubs, fundraising, and corporate sponsorships. According to Spanish River Athletic Director Kevin McEnroe, the Palm Beach School District only pays for coach supplements and nothing towards daily operational expenses. However, this is not the case in all districts. “In Broward County, the school board pays for new uniforms every three years, transportation to every game, and supplements for the coaches.” McEnroe said. Even though the football team brings in the most money through ticket sales, the money from the

first 600 tickets goes to cover the cost of each game which includes transportation, officials, pre-game meals, paramedics, and police. The remainder of the ticket sales go into the general funding area that covers things like uniforms, equipment, and training supplies. Many athletes, especially hockey players, have to spend their own money on gear such as pads, skates, and sticks.

support the program. In addition, the sponsors can see their name on a banner in front of the school and sometimes on school event t-shirts. Choosing to take part in a sports team at River requires a commitment from the coaches, parents, and the athletes in the form of time as well as money. Support our sharks by being the best fans in the district.

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So why the lack of funding in Palm Beach County? “There is just no budget for it,” Cross Country Coach Doug Horn said. “Money for the school comes from the state, and there is a certain amount for each student, and none of it gets budgeted towards sports.”

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Since the district does not give money for sports, the money must be raised elsewhere. Corporate sponsors, fundraisers, and the booster club are all necessary to keep the teams funded. In the professional sports world, Fortune 500 corporations will pledge millions for stadium naming rights, logos on uniforms, and other forms of advertising. Corporate sponsors at River provide large tax- Senior Varsity Hockey player Justin Bamdas sports deductible contributions for a variety his necessary, yet expensive gear. of reasons. The main reason is to

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Offensive unit works together to bring River wins Burak Pala

Staff Reporter Football season is starting once again at River, and with that may come a lot of exciting victories. But what exactly leads to a victory? What is the key thing that determines sweet success or bitter failure? Many say the team’s offensive line unit is integral part of winning. Without the offensive line, the team would get nowhere. The job of the offensive line is to protect the quarterback while he passes the ball to another player. The unit includes senior center Ricky Picazo, senior left tackle Rayan Issa, junior guard Tyler Bruce, junior guard Donimick Weldon, senior tackle Christian Curci, senior tackle and guard Sam Wisset, junior guard Max Suprenant, senior guard and

tackle Garrett Albritton, senior guard Rasheed Alcine, and junior guard Kevin Colon. “They are the first line of defense,” Head Coach Bill Caesar said. ”A good offensive line, like on any other team, must know each other and have a very special bond. Such is the case with ours.” Even though the offensive line is extremely important, the unit often does not get the credit it deserves. “If the team loses, they get blamed. If we win, then they get no recognition,” Caesar said.” They’re kind of the unsung heroes, really.” “The offensive line is the key unit for an offense because if we start the play and we don’t defend the quarterback, then we can’t run or get the ball anywhere,” offensive tackle and guard

The offensive line does their best to protect quarterback Owen Levine on a passing play.

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Wisset said the unit sees each other outside of school as well.

Lesley Healy-Curci, reading teacher and parent of Christian, is proud of the success of her son and his teammates.

”I hang out with them outside of school and they are like brothers to me,” Wisset said. The teammates of this special unit also recognize their importance. “I think they’re very important; if they can’t do their job, then the quarterback gets sacked and we can’t score,” cornerback and junior Sergio Pimenteo said. Senior offensive tackle Christian Curci recognizes the time and effort put into creating a cohesive unit. “We have more deication and are more like a family,” Curci said. “We put in a lot of work over the summer and we are seeing the benefits of that

“I’m absolutely thrilled for the boys and their accomplishments,” Healy-Curci said. “The focus on unity and strength has developed a camaraderie of care and concern for one another. It is truly heartwarming to see the fruits of their labor. “ To even further the bonding, the team has an occasional “team bonding” barbeque at a team member’s house. So in the upcoming season, when the Sharks succeed, do not forget to recognize the offensive line, because the group works very hard together.

The offensive unit huddles up before a play. PHOTOS BY ERIN TURNER




Sharks have to travel for water? Kent Burkman Staff Reporter

Sharks need water, especially shark athletes on the swim or water polo teams. Unfortunately, River does not have a pool. Swim season is here once again, and that means the Boys’ and Girls’ Swim teams will have to travel to different schools in the Boca Raton area. The Water Polo team will do the same thing in February. Fortunately, Boca Raton High School, as well as Saint Andrews, allow our athletes use their facilities. The majority of meets are held at Boca High due to its central location. As a Swimming and Water Polo player, senior Aristotle Koukoulidis expressed his feelings about a pool at River. “River should definitely consider raising funds for a pool,” Koukoulidis said. A pool at River would make it much easier for swimmers to practice after school. It could also increase the attendance at meets, which would raise money to offset the costs of maintaining the swim facility. “A pool would make them (swimmers) feel like they are more part of the school,” Swim and Water

Polo Coach Nathan Hesse said. The central issue with a pool at River is the cost. “It is disgusting how expensive a pool would be,” Koukoulidis said “It’s not feasible for the school to completely cover the cost of it,” The average cost for an eight lane pool can be upwards of $500,000 with $100,000 in annual operating costs. One way other schools have worked around this is by partnering with the county to build a swimming facility near the school. The pools are paid for, maintained, and owned by the county yet are strategically placed near the school requesting a pool. “To build a pool the size that it needs to be for competitive swimming is just a huge expense,” Assistant Principal Amanda Orndorff said. “My guess is it was never in the budget and then when they realized how much of an additional cost it would be it was hard to justify that over an academic building.” Although our Swimming and Water Polo teams compete and practice at other school, they have been welcoming and professional and there is no intimidation between the two teams. “The way I see it, a pool is a pool and when we practice at Boca High

everyone is friendly with each other,” Koukoulidis said. Proof Sharks are great in and out of the water.

The varsity swimming team poses for a group photo at the Boca High pool.

Coach Hesse looks on as his team practices. PHOTOS BY KENT BURKMAN ART BY ARYANA MUGNATTO

The Appetite of a River Athlete Pre-Game Meal

Robbie Geller Football

Morgan MorganChisholm Chisholm Cross CrossCountry Country

Drake Gil Robbie Geller Swimming Football

Chicken and Pasta

Cereal with Bananas

Chicken Tender Sub

Post-Game Snack

Coconut Water

Nutrition Bar


19 SPORTS Students take on bowling senior year THE GALLEON SEPTEMBER 2015

Justin Haber Sports Editor

College is the goal for all athletes wanting to move on to the next level in their sport. Sports allow for students to release stress during the day, and to stay active. Many athletes want to play sports in college, but some are now playing to get into college. Some seniors take up a sport their final year of high school to be able to receive a varsity letter on their résumé. Not all sports permit students to join as they have a finite and limited number of spots on the team, as well as cuts. Bowling is a popular sport with seniors even though it is limited to eight spots per gender. “I bowl an average of 150 which is average for our team” senior bowl-

October 1st, 2015 vs. Olympic Heights at Boca Strikes

ing team member Sam Budney said. “I did not realize my bowling potential until this year, because I really hadn’t bowled too often.” Another senior however is not in it for the sport but for the memories. “Ms. Jones is an awesome teacher and coach,” senior bowling team member Lauren Ferrara said. “She loves her students more than anything and its senior year, why not try something new with a bunch of your friends for fun?” The bowling girls’ team co-captain is very excited about the influx of mature and excited seniors. “All the new people have fantastic attitudes,” Kelsey Sanders said. “The girls especially are there to have fun and be apart of something great for their senior year. The smiles and enthusiasm are way more import-

Spanish River’s varsity bowling team, consisting of 13 seniors out of 16 players, poses after a meet.

ant to the team than any high score would be, so we’re going to have a great year.” It is also important to note that last year’s bowling team went to the state finals. “Seniors that are new to bowling are thrilled for the opportunity to have fun and compete” Coach Jones said. “This was a rebuilding year and yet

we’ll still be able to compete. There is so much talent in the hallways and we still have a serious shot this year to make it to the state finals.”


Come watch your Sharks bowl strikes! October 5th, 2015 vs. Boynton Beach at AMF Bowling

October 8th, 2015 vs. Atlantic at Boca Strikes

October 12th, 2015 vs. Santaluces at AMF Bowling


Cross Country “Landsharks” Attack