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Spanish River High School 5100 Jog Road Boca Raton, FL 33496 Issue 2 - November 2011

Biotechnology club receives $7000 in grants Joey Birchansky News Editor On September 8, Spanish River’s Biotech Club was issued a $5,137 Golden Bell Grant from the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. The club also received a $2,000 License for Learning Mini-Grant from the Education Foundation of Palm Beach County, raising their total grant money to more than $7,000. The money will be used for lab equipment to help the club study a counter-defense mechanism that enables some plants to develop resistance to the cucumber mosaic virus, according to Biotech Club President senior Max Morgenstern. “The reason we chose the cucumber mosaic virus is that it’s not yet curable and we could introduce [the protein’s counter-defense mechanism]

to other cells, which could potentially help treat other viruses, such as hepatitis C or influenza,” Morgenstern said. Morgenstern, along with seniors Max Egers, Vasanti Jhaveri, Sam Kleinman and Cody Meyer, played a key role in planning the experiment and applying for grants. Biotech teacher Mary Fish and Academy Coordinator Deb Stenner also helped them complete applications. “I’m proud of the job [Morgenstern] did,” Science Department Chair Eric Dybas said. “He’s had a very positive effect on the academy. I hope other students will follow in his footsteps.” After the club presented its experiment, the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce announced that it would give the club the Golden Bell Grant, the second largest grant it had ever given. The club has used some of the

grant money to purchase an electroporator, a $900 device that helps insert DNA into cells, which will be an essential part of the experiment. Several students will go to the FAU laboratories three times a week to conduct “sensitive parts” of the experiment with FAU professors, Photo by Whitney Sha according to MorBiotech Club President senior Max Morgenstern presents the genstern. Golden Bell Grant the club received. “I know when Mr. Dybas created the Biotech Acad- all high schools,” Stenner said. “I beemy, he wanted to make the Biotech lieve what the club [is doing] will help program something unique among fulfill that vision.”

Students intern at Nordstrom

WSRH, Channel One strengthen partnership Julie Bergman Staff Reporter Since 1999, Spanish River has benefited from a partnership with Channel One News. As part of the partnership, Channel One has provided installation and maintenance of equipment such as TVs in every classroom. In return, Spanish River must play their daily broadcast, a routine now deeply ingrained in the morning routines of students and teachers. River students have a history of being featured on Channel One. Last year, then-seniors Michael Courant and Corey Graber made an original music video about Hanukkah. At first, it was only supposed to be a public service announcement (PSA) for WSRH, but after much enjoyment and positive feed-

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back, Courant and Graber submitted the PSA to Channel One. Soon, their video was broadcast to Channel One schools all over the country. Shark ice hockey captain Greg Perlman’s state championship-winning goal was also featured on Channel One’s popular segment “Play of the Week.” However, the biggest achievement within the Spanish River-Channel One partnership has just come recently. Channel One chose Spanish River to be featured in a commercial for the new movie Footloose. On Friday, September 30, the “Cut Loose” commercial aired in over 14,000 Channel One schools. “The students in WSRH learned real life production from Channel One and Paramount Picture film crews,” TV Production teacher Randy Weddle said. “This kind of education is rare and the kids benefited from seeing a

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real commercial being made.” Students, families and friends were excited to see their school and classmates featured on a broadcasting station as prominent as Channel One. The 20 lucky students who were chosen to be in the commercial benefited greatly from the experience. “It was really interesting to see and experience the professional production process,” junior Ellyn Snider said. “I picked up a few tips and tricks along the way that I will definitely use when making some movies of my own.” Senior Olivia Grossman also had an amazing time, even though “everyone was getting mad” because she couldn’t memorize her lines. As part of the partnership, Paramount Pictures awarded WSRH with a $1000 grant. The money will be used to improve the television production studio.

Art Provides Life Lessons

Intellectually disabled ESE students use art to express themselves and prepare for the future. Page 13

Hallways to Halfpipes

How junior Pedro Delfino became a professional and sponsored skateboarder. Page 15

Spanish River’s DECA Academy allows young entrepreneurs to learn about and prepare for future careers in the business world. Recently, six DECA students interested in fashion merchandising gained the opportunity to be a part of Nordstrom’s BP Fashion Board. Nordstrom chose 30 business students from Palm Beach County high schools to be on the 2011-2012 board, and of those 30 students, six were from Spanish River. Sophomores Jillian Wilson, Amanda Scherer, Isabelle Resnick, Amber Lopez and Elyssa Eckhart and seniors Andrew Frederick and Samantha Cohen are the first Spanish River students to be involved with the Fashion Board. *continued on page 3

Photo by Samantha Cohen

The Spanish River Nordstrom interns, from left to right: Cohen, Lopez, Scherer, Wilson, Eckhart and Frederick.

Inside this Issue

Photos courtesy of WSRH

Channel One filmed an on-campus commercial with WSRH to promote the movie Footloose. The commercial was hosted by senior Olivia Grossman, who asked Spanish River students how they “cut loose.”

Samantha Cohen Staff Reporter

News.............................1,3 Opinion.......................4-5 Features......................8-9 Feature Focus......10-11 Entertainment....12-13 Sports................14-15,20 Student Life........18-19


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Letter From the Editors

One quarter down, three to go! With Thanksgiving and winter sports around the corner, the first semester will surely fly by. Pass the time by getting involved in the Shark community. Don’t know how? On page 19, read about some of the different community service opportunities available. Lend a helping hand while hanging out with friends and meeting your graduation requirements. Feeling the second quarter blues? Relaxation might only be a paintbrush away! Check out page 12 to see how some River students are expressing themselves through the arts. We’ve packed our second issue with everyone from professional skateboarders to woman athletes and fashion bloggers. Head to and “like” us on Facebook for exclusive articles. Keep up the hard work, Sharks - maybe you’ll even be featured in the next issue of The Galleon!


- Nicole Granet, Joey Goldman, Phoebe Dinner and Lee Ginton

Letters to the Editors

The article “Spanish River’s population reaches new heights” is so true; my school bus is packed and hot. I am nearly late to every class because of the crowd. Some of my classes are packed and we don’t have enough chairs for some kids (including me). I am not claustrophobic but, even I feel very uncomfortable when everyone is surrounding, pushing and bumping into me. I am really glad that someone else realized that there are way too many kids at Spanish River. -Scott Pereria

Photo courtesy of Tiffany Eisner

A group of freshmen dressed at bikers go trick or treating.

I honestly liked and enjoyed the school newspaper so far this year, it had a lot more interesting articles and things I can personally relate to. I love the pep rally face-off because what the writers were saying was true and at first I wasn’t looking forward to the morning pep rallies but the face-off changed my perspective on things. -Jackie Rodriguez

Photo by Lee Ginton

Hockey coach Sean Delaney dresses up as senior David Taback.

Thumbs Up - Thumbs Down

- Contraception -7 billion people on Earth! - Short 2nd Quarter -No A/C or lights -End of Football season -Thanksgiving -Glee goes off hiatus

Photo courtesy of Devin Goldring

Sophomores Rebecca Cutler, Hallie Schwamm, and Devin Goldring dress up as 80’s workout girls.

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interns End-of-course exams frustrate teachers, students *continued from page 1 Whitney Sha News Editor

As of the 2011-2012 school year, the 9th and 10th grade Mathematics FCATs and 11th grade Science FCAT have been phased out and replaced by end-of-course (EOC) tests, coursespecific “final exams” that cover material learned throughout the year. EOC exams will be administered to Algebra 1, Biology 1 and geometry students this spring, but the exams will eventually be required for all core classes, according to the Palm Beach County School District. Not all teachers and students welcome the change. Because EOC exams are much narrower in scope than FCAT exams, teachers are on a tight schedule to fulfill the many benchmarks they have been given. “The EOC exam puts a pace on us,” Algebra 1 teacher Stephen Cochran said. “[For my AP Calculus BC class,] we have a 15-item list [of benchmarks]. For Algebra 1, we have 100 items. It’s constraining; I can’t throw anything out. There is some extra subject material I’d love to spend more time on, but we just don’t have the time.” Freshman Mariel Rotbart, an Alge-

bra 1 student, also thinks that EOC testing creates a sense of urgency. “The EOC exam definitely increases my stress level,” Rotbart said. “I feel as if my whole year of Algebra 1 will come down to one test. It makes me feel very rushed in the way that I must learn everything that I can.” Diagnostic testing for EOC exams

Art by Whitney Sha

takes place on computers, just like the actual EOC does. Students take diagnostic tests periodically throughout the year. Teachers receive results and then adjust teaching strategies to their classes’ needs. “The good thing about the diagnostics is that they’re essentially the same as the EOC,” Cochran said. “Students get to see the exact types of questions on the exam, and they can explore [computer] tools, test format and pacing.”

However, diagnostic tests are cumulative, which means that students encounter one year’s worth of material when they are still a few months along in the course. “My students took the earliest diagnostic after one month, and it was hard for them,” Cochran said. “The drawback to the diagnostics is that students don’t know all the material at that point, and the testing intimidates them.” In past years, students had to pass the 10th grade Reading and Mathematics FCATs to graduate from high school. With EOC exams, the graduation requirements have changed. Students who fail an EOC exam will not gain credit for the course, and seniors must have Algebra 1 and Biology 1 credits to graduate, according to Assistant Principal Mara Goron. “The [Florida] Department of Education feels that the EOC will meet education standards better than the FCAT,” Goron said. The EOC exams will finish their twoyear trial run, known as the “baseline data” period, this year. They may need to address many concerns before they replace the FCAT as the new Florida graduation standard.

Power outage results in mayhem Joey Goldman Editor-in-Chief


When teachers and students arrived at Spanish River on Monday, October 17, they were greeted by a school-wide power outage. A fallen power line near the bus loop cut off power, causing most electricity and air conditioning to stop working. In addition to the A/C outage, many classrooms around school were without power, which forced teachers and students to proceed in dark, stifling conditions. “Having no A/C was the worst part,” senior Maggie Lago said. “I know a couple of my friends went home because they felt nauseous.” Throughout the day, Florida Power & Light (FPL) worked to set up a temporary power line, but said that it could be three weeks before the permanent line was repaired. “It ended up being only three days instead of three weeks,” Assistant Principal Ira Sollod said. “We thought that FPL was going to have to dig up the entire bus loop to get to the wires, but luckily they solved the problem a

Photo by Lee Ginton

FPL repaired a faulty ground cable, closing the bus loop for three days.

lot sooner.” As a result of FPL's work on the power line, school administrators closed the bus loop and sent buses to the student parking lot. The addition of the buses overflowed the already packed, nightmarish lot, and had some students crying foul. “The parking lot was so crowded,” junior D.J. Delpozzo said. “There were way too many things going on. The

buses made the situation even worse than it was.” 800 students depend on buses to travel to school daily, according to Sollod. These students also suffered from overcrowding. “I missed the bus twice,” junior Daniel Ruiz said. “I didn't know my bus route number because I was used to just going to where it waited for me after school.” Administrators were affected by the stressful situation too. “The biggest hassle was the traffic it caused,” Sollod said. “We also had more tardies the day after [the power outage] than ever before.” FPL has since repaired the power line, and all bus activity has been rerouted back to the bus loop.

“The biggest hassle was the traffic it caused. We also had more tardies the day after [the power outage] than ever before.”

Band Marches Their Way to Victory Congratulations to the SRHS Marching Band for earning Superior ratings in all 6 categories at the District Music Performance assessment on October 22, 2011. Photo courtesy of Ryan Scwhamm

(Left): Junior Drum Major Storm Loffa and Senior Drum Major Ryan Schwamm celebrate their achievement.

Ira Sollod Assistant Principal Veterans Speak to Students On October 25, American war veterans Commander Charles Esptein and Corporal Burt Richards spoke to students about the importance of honoring America’s brave on Veteran’s Day.

“This is a great opportunity for young, fashion-conscious teens to gain experience and knowledge,” DECA coordinator Deb Carter said. The fashion board meets monthly at Nordstrom in the Town Center Mall. They engage in seminars on fashionrelated topics, focus groups, activities and BP Challenges, a few highlights of the program. “My favorite activity was the outfit styling challenge,” Resnick said. “We went around Nordstrom and chose pieces of clothing that we used to style two outfits. We then created outfits based on the trends we learned in the seminar.” While on the board, students help plan and execute Nordstrom promotional events such as fashion shows. They also interact with and learn from Nordstrom executives. “The BP Fashion Board is a really unique experience that has taught me so much,” Eckhart said. “I’ve learned many things I didn’t know about fashion and Nordstrom, while having a ton of fun with all of the new people I’ve met.” Nordstrom BP Fashion Board gives Spanish River’s DECA students the chance to gain experience and make connections within the fashion field, an invaluable opportunity in today’s job market.

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Editors-in-Chief Joey Goldman Nicole Granet Associate Editors Phoebe Dinner Lee Ginton Advertising Director Samantha Cohen Layout & Feature Focus Editor Ilana Weisman News Editors Joey Birchansky Whitney Sha Features Editor Caroline Posner Entertainment Editors Ariel Brown Lee Ginton Sports Editor Josh Benrubi Student Life Editors Phoebe Dinner Emma Grubman Art Editors Gali Deutsch Caroline Posner Photography Editor Julie Bergman Web Editor Claire Dykas Technical Editor Razvan Chiriac Staff Reporters Emily Bergman Shelaina Bloukos Jamie Brecher Zach Schlein Adviser Suzanne Sanders Principal William Latson The Galleon is a public forum. The Galleon is a member of Quill and Scroll Honorary Society for High School Journalists, Florida Scholastic Press Association, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and National Scholastic Press Association.


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Politics, pizza, and Pikachu: the 2012 campaign circus Joey Goldman Editor-in-Chief When Barack Obama was elected back in‘08, I was one of millions of Americans who was impressed with his “audacity of hope.” I had absolutely no idea what that meant, but nevertheless I jumped on the Obama bandwagon, convinced that he would drag our economy out of the gutter and bring our troops home faster than the time it takes The Flash to pick-up fast food. Three years later, our economy is still crap and our troops are just coming home now. Needless to say, I jumped off the Obama bandwagon a while ago. But luckily for me it’s almost Republican primary time. The best part? I’ll be able to vote this time around. And you can bet your change (is that pun too corny?) that I’ll be voting for the candidate who has the best shot of taking Obama off his political pedestal. Now, naturally, opinions on politics can get a little heated. So here’s what we’ll do: lets take a quick look at the front-runners in the Republican primary race, but from a lighter side of things. Politics shouldn’t be taken too seriously anyway. I mean, what’s funnier than a bunch of old guys in suits blabbing about taxes all day? Mitt Romney. The textbook definition of a politician: joint degrees from Harvard Law and Business school, successful CEO and businessman, Olympic Games organizer extraordinaire, and Governor of Massachusetts. His beaming smile and gray wisps of hair scream “I’m experienced and wise, but I’m always on my toes.” Kind of similar to a Just For Men hair-dye commercial. There have been some attacks against his Mormon faith lately, all of which he has publicly disregarded. Apparently, some Christians believe that the Church of Latter-day Saints is a cult. Call

me cynical, but if Romney goes to see Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s Broadway musical “The Book of Mormon,” he has my vote. Rick Perry. Born in Texas, raised in Texas, and is now the Governor of Texas. Gee, that sounds awfully familiar. We wouldn’t have happened to have a recent two-term president with the same background who royally screwed us over, would we? Just checking. Perry is a fierce critic of Social Security, he called it a “crumbling monument to the failure of the New Deal,” and likened the program to an “illegal Ponzi scheme.” That’s the spirit! Let’s elect a guy who compares FDR to Bernie Madoff.

Art by Caroline Posner

Herman Cain. Where do I even begin with this guy? 9-9-9? That’s the Godfather’s Pizza weekend deal, right? His now infamous tax plan has taken more heat for its regressive nature than a large pepperoni pizza does in an oven. In his closing remarks at a recent GOP debate, Cain told the crowd: “A poet once said, ‘life can be a challenge, life can seem impossible, but it’s never easy when

there’s so much on the line.’” A wise quote, indeed. But guess what, that quote comes directly from Donna Summer’s song “The Power of One,” which was used in the film, Pokemon: The Movie. Mr. Cain was also recently quoted saying he would make the US-Mexico border electrified. It seems he wants to harness the power of Pikachu. Michelle Bachmann. I’m sorry, but any presidential candidate who says that John Quincy Adams was one of our founding fathers should be eliminated immediately. To add insult to injury, Bachmann also told a group of New Hampshire Republicans that “you’re the state where the shot was heard around the world in Lexington and Concord.” Last time I checked, the first shots of the Revolutionary War were fired in Massachusetts, not New Hampshire. Congresswoman Bachmann, before you continue your campaign you may want to brush up on your American history skills a little. Ron Paul. A veteran of the United States Air Force. The godfather of the Tea Party movement. The famed libertarian champion. The old man waiting for his early bird dinner special. Congressman Paul’s 2008 campaign absolutely tanked. But in the years since then he has garnered quite a nice following of state’s-rights fanatics. Now, Paul-supporters can only hope that the former obstetrician and gynecologist will deliver a successful campaign. The 2012 presidential campaign is a circus; the Republicans are the clowns, Obama is the bearded lady. Ralph Nader is smiling somewhere.

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How the decisions we make today will last a lifetime Lee Ginton Associate Editor I’ve seen what smoking cigarettes will do to you. No, not in brochure packets or Tobacco Free Florida commercials. I’ve seen it first hand. 8 years ago I moved to a quiet gated community where none of my neighbors were under 60 years old. You can imagine their attitudes toward my family after years of parties, loud music, and a dog who went through a “bark before the sun rises” stage. Needless to say, none were very fond of us...except one, the widow living in house 19332 - Sheila. Upon our arrival and throughout the course of our many disturbances, she was the only one to open up and maintain an outstretched arm to our family. A rare find in today’s society, Sheila was the perfect neighbor. Whether it be popping in just to say hello or annually inviting us for Thanksgiving lunch, she quickly became a sort of surrogate grandmother to me and my brothers, which was important as our only remaining grandparent lives almost 8,000 miles away. In 2009 Sheila was diagnosed with lung cancer. Even as she underwent chemotherapy and became physically weaker, her bold attitude and compassionate nature became stronger. Life continued normally (or as normal as it can be), and she continued to fill the house with warmth. Until, almost over night, her cancer went from a Stage 1 to 4 and it hit me that I had only a few more months with her. With a nurse always at her house, Sheila’s body began to shut down, but she held on to whatever strength was left. Then she found out her oldest daughter, Carla,

was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer as well. She let go. Upon hearing the news, Sheila had a stroke and was put into Hospice, where it was evident in her eyes that she had given up fighting. I wouldn’t see my “grandmother” again, and unfortunately, Carla would soon join her.

R.I.P. Sheila Warner (1927-2011)

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I have come to terms with the fact that death takes us all, however, both Sheila and Carla could have avoided it for along time - if they hadn’t begun smoking. Regardless of the fact that they

had long quit and were haunted with the regret of ever starting, the effects of smoking still hit them. Sheila’s voice still rings through my head everyday, and I hear her tell me to never pick up the evil habit. We are entering the years where our actions will have lasting effects on our futures. From our weekend activities to how we conduct ourselves in school, many of our decisions are no longer reversible. With SATs, college applications, family obligations and extracurriculars all fighting for our attention, I see an increasing amount of my peers beginning to smoke. Commercials, brochures, lectures, they all mean nothing to the addicted - and unfortunately, many will only wake up to smoking’s negatives when they get the call from their doctor to “come in immediately”. Not to come across as self-rightious, but I can’t be the only one who laughs at those who find it necessary to light up while exiting the parking lot as a form of rebellion and attention. In case you haven’t realized - you don’t look cool and you’re only rebelling against yourself. If in fact you really do crave nicotine so badly, and you’re not smoking to look “cool,” than I suggest channeling that stress into something positive. There are endless alternatives to smoking that won’t end up killing you, such as exercise. Not only does it build up muscle, reduce fat, and release positive endorphins (which reduces stress/anxiety and provides mental satisfaction), but it releases adrenaline which gives you energy to stay awake. Negative emotions don’t have to turn into negative actions, as they did for Sheila and Carla. You may just regret it for the rest of your life.


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The bathroom: not just a horrible smell Phoebe Dinner Associate Editor The stench is unmistakable. Walking down the 8000, 4000 or 1000 building, our noses sniff around to find the source of the crude odor. Some say the worst is the 1000 building, others would say it is when you pass Mr. Spicer’s room in the 8000 building. Regardless, we all try to steer clear when the smell is too much to take. I constantly see people walking around the hallway with passes in their hands that act as vectors that transport disease. When we take these germ-ridden passes into the bathroom we use the time to take a break from school and meander around until we have to return to class. You never know what you will find in the bathroom. It has even been the site of a planking picture. I have no idea how Dominic Delaney got on top of the bathroom stall and was able to lay across the top of it, but I can only

imagine the process he had to go through was not that sanitary. The walls are lined with scribble that everyone views; these hieroglyphics range from movie


skimmed through the pictures that I saw how many phalluses were there. Boy’s also ask each other personal questions and the answers are marked using a tally

wasn’t that bad…” He can tell the bathroom wall what he probably could not tell his friends, because let’s face it, Toy Story 2 was terrible and his friends would have made fun of him. Then there is the Girls’ bathroom where students seem to dig a little deeper into their issues. On the wall of the farthest stall is the short confession “Everyday I fight a war against the mirror. I can’t stand the person staring back at me.” I instantly feel bad for the person who has to resort to writing on the bathroom walls to have their feelings heard. Below the message, people comment things that are not even reassuring, but sad, and make fun of the girl searching for her own voice. The Girls’ bathroom is definitely not as funny as the boys’, but Photo courtesy of Dominic Delaney there should not be a competition Junior Domonic Delaney “planks” on top of the bathroom stalls in the 8000 because the bathrooms are building. so gross and the writing does reviews to deep confessions. Most system. Unexpectedly, the boys’ not do anything but add to the of it though, is pretty vulgar. I had writing is cattier than the girls’; on overall unclean atmosphere of the a fellow reporter take pictures of the stalls are categories of other Spanish River rest rooms. some of the scribble in the Boys’ guys at school. There was also bathroom and it wasn’t until I the one kid who said “Toy Story 2

Steve Jobs changed more than just industries Nicole Granet Editor-in-Chief 2004 was the first time I stuck one of Apple’s signature white headphones into my ears. My friend, the owner of a new, foreign looking music player (iPod), pushed play and BAM! I nearly fell off my chair due to temporary loss of hearing. My first experience with an Apple product shocked me, mesmerized me and (once I figured out how to lower the volume) convinced me to beg my parents for an iPod that holiday season. In a similar manner, Apple shocked and mesmerized the world, as Steve Jobs took the technological era by storm.

*Disclaimer: Yes, Steve Jobs had some touchy personal issues, and character traits that could have used....improvement. But since the majority of people he impacted did not have a personal relationship with him, I think it is acceptable to overlook these character flaws for the sake of the big picture. When I recount my childhood and teenage years, I measure them in terms of Apple. I got my first iPod the year of my 5th grade Safety Patrol trip to Washington D.C. It soon accompanied me on plane rides, sleepless nights and afternoon jogs. A Mac laptop marked the beginning of my high school career and the development of my

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montage business, utilizing iMovie and iDVD. I was able to make videos with advanced effects, and burn them without having to install extraneous programs as I did with Windows Movie Maker. For The Galleon, I work with iMacs and Apple software daily to design pages, edit graphics and facilitate the production of the paper. And what would I do without an iPhone? Since I got it in June, I’ve been able to accomplish twice as much in a day - which has been invaluable during senior year! In short, thank you Steve. From what I’ve read and observed, Steve Jobs had one mind set - “If I will it, it will happen.” We all know he transformed the music, computer, application and technology industries forever, but those terms just seem so... corporate. Steve Jobs - his style, his accomplishments, his iconic nature - have transformed me, a person, not an industry. Growing up parallel to the prime of Jobs’ career opened my eyes to a universe of possibilities that looks a little like an expansive purple sky sprinkled with pearly stars - the default desktop picture of Mac computers. I watched the world rearrange at the snap of Jobs’

fingers. In newspaper articles and obituaries, I’ve seen him referred to as a visionary, one who sees the world a certain way and sets out to make it so. But to me, he is more than just a go-getter; that man is an inspiration and a wake up call. He was crazy. But he chased his visions, rejected judgment, took charge and took chances. Although it may seem like the question is, “What would we have done without him?” the real question is, “What will we do without him?” It’s our turn to unleash for ideas for the coming century, the strategies that are going to revolutionize and save the planet. Jobs’ death is a melancholy reminder that we can’t always count on others to step up because those people are mortal too. So as I sit here writing this editorial on my iMac, checking my iPhone push notifications and putting in my white headphones for what is now the umpteenth time, I can’t help but wonder, what’s next? Steve Jobs has left us an irreplaceable legacy, but this iWorld of ours has got to continue turning, and it’s up to us now to keep it spinning.


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That’s the question we asked two Spanish River seniors in this issue’s edition of Face-Off. Let the argument commence (before we all fall asleep):

Go to sleep! Although you may have a ton of homework left to do, the quality of your work will without a doubt be worse if you are doing it at 3 AM. If you plan accordingly, and at least attempt to finish your homework early in the night, you will be more relaxed and therefore have a better night’s sleep. One of the main incentives to go to bed early and get a good night’s sleep is to avoid the prospect of waking up at 6 AM and stumbling out of bed, barely able to open your eyes, let alone perform well at school. We all know that feeling of waking up in the morning; groggy, and debating whether or not it’s necessary to go to class. This is avoidable if you hit the sack at a reasonable hour, and get the 8 hours of sleep necessary for you to be awake and aware. If you pull an all-nighter, you can expect that heavy-eyed feeling throughout the school day. You know, when you catch yourself falling asleep, jolt back to consciousness, then immediately fall asleep again. Besides affecting the quality of your homework and your ability to stay awake in class, lack of sleep can affect your future sleep patterns. When you stay up all night, you get into an unhealthy and inconvenient pattern of napping at strange hours and not being able to fall asleep when you’re tired. The number of hours that you sleep each night as a teen will likely mirror the hours of sleep you get as an adult. Who doesn’t enjoy the morning after a good night’s sleep, and the feeling of being well rested and prepared for the day? So next time you think about pulling an all-nighter whether it be to study, or just for the heck of it, remember the well rested you: bright eyed and ready for the day, vs. the sleep-deprived you: zombie-like and exhausted. Is staying up to finish studying really going to benefit you when you’re up all night, and can’t remember a thing the next morning? I think not.

Alex Galbo Senior

As many students have already learned from the start of their high school careers, sometimes the workload at Spanish River can be a little hectic and overwhelming. Whether it is numerous tests, a never-ending lab report, or an intricate project all the way down to its accompanying PowerPoint, students have been known to spend hours perfecting their work and preparing themselves for the days ahead. Despite all of this, the ever-so-common question filling both students’ and teachers’ minds alike is, what happens when night falls too soon and still the work is not done? Although it may not be the most favorable, the smartest solution is to stay up and stick it out! It is truly simple; the more time one has to complete an assignment, the better it will be. The better the quality, the better the grade. The better the grade, the happier the student will be. If a student throws in the towel and retires to bed early, he or she is then depending on finishing their work during lunch or within other periods. Not only does this make the work rushed, messier, and of a lesser quality, but now the students are not giving these teachers their undivided attention, an action that is both disrespectful and not very conducive to the learning process. Next, staying up late can do so much more good than ever imaginable. It teaches you lessons such as how to avoid procrastination if you hope to catch some “Z’s” before the night is through, in addition to testing your ability to push through and endure studying, a skill most valued in college. There is always time to catch up on sleep, whether it is a nap the following day or a movie night filled with relaxation the upcoming weekend, both pretty enjoyable Art by Caroline Posner alternatives to watching a lame reality show or going to a soon-to-be broken up party if you ask me. All in all, staying up late to get the job done is much more beneficial than it is cut out to be. If you go the extra mile, you will get the better grade and be able to stay up later than any of your friends. Sure, you may be cranky and irritable in the end, but hey, that just adds to the beauty of high school!

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Mercado to trek across country Emily Bergman Staff Reporter 1800 miles—the distance from West Palm Beach, Florida to Lake Orion, Michigan, and the distance that senior Brandon Mercado and three other Road Warriors are running, for colon cancer awareness. Their three-week journey begins June 9, 2012 at Okeeheelee Middle School, the place where Brandon’s running career started in 8th grade. “Running across the country will make me stronger both physically and mentally,” Mercado said. “I’m driven by the cause that I’m running for.” Brian Thomas, the track coach at Okeeheelee Middle, started Road Warriors, named after the Okeeheelee “warriors”, as a fundraiser for colon cancer after a teacher at the school was diagnosed. The Road Warrior team consists of Brandon Mercado and Palm Beach Central High School seniors Ramiro Melendez, Brian Thomas and Stephanie Schreiber. “It takes a lot of dedication to do what he’s doing,” cross country coach Rick Rothman said. “He’s working so hard for it.” The intense training includes running 60 to 120 miles per week until the kick off date in June. This extreme mileage is not inclusive of the every day cross-country practice that Brandon partakes in. “It’s a huge commitment,” Mercado said. “But this is a once in a life time experience and in the end it will be completely worth it.” The trip will be run relay style, meaning that each member of the Road Warriors will run a total of 450 miles to reach Michigan in 3 weeks, by July 4th. All

What is

1800 miles?

together, the group will run 80 plus miles a day, 20 plus individually. “He’s crazy. It’s really impressive how dedicated he is in terms of the amount of training he does daily,” senior and cross-country athlete Nick French said. “I don’t have the mental endurance that he has to wake up at 4 AM 1800 miles covers more than to go on all of his long runs.” eighty percent of the moon’s Fundraising is the main goal for the radius Road Warriors. They currently sell bracelets for $5, t-shirts for $18, and their website,, allows people to donate online. The Road Warriors plan to donate the money they raise to the Coand almost half of the lon Cancer Alliance (CCA). Companies such radius of the earth. as Lapeer Industries, Team Footworks and Elite Feet donate money to the cause as well as supply the various types of sneakers that are essential for the runners’ long trip. In all, the Road Warriors hope to get as close as possible to their one million dollar goal in support of the fight At a rate of 2000 steps per mile, against colon cancer.

1800 miles equates to

3,600,000 footsteps Running 1800 miles (at an average five miles per hour)

170,000 calories.

would burn more than That’s about 300 McDonald’s Big Macs.

Information compiled by Caroline Posner Photos courtesy of NASA and


the statistics on disciplinary action at Spanish River.

Of the 250 students surveyed...

50% lunch detention 32% more than four have served a

have gotten a



have served an

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20% 18%

have never gotten a tardy pass have been to

in−school suspension

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est Room in School d l o C Commentary by Caroline Posner

The kids in the Opportunity Room (OR), are dressed alike. Everyone has on a hoodie, and not to make a fashion statement. I’m absolutely frigid as I sit down in the front of the room, apparently the only one who didn’t get the memo that the in-school suspension room, hidden behind the gym in a retired Driver’s Ed classroom, is nearly an icebox. This is a direct warning that if you have to spend time in OR, you must bring a jacket. I settle down into my desk and the boy next to me nods as he lays out a breakfast of Pop-Tarts and Oreos. “I came prepared,” he whispers. OR is Spanish River’s in-school suspension, the disciplinary consequence for infractions that range from too-many tardy passes to cheating and fighting. Supervisor Steve Hower tells me the name describes the intended purpose of OR: a chance for students to get caught up on work and back on track in school, whether that be with punctuality or attitude. To accomplish this goal, there are a few basic rules in place. No talking, no sleeping, no wasting time. An anonymous class-skipper fills me in on OR’s unspoken counter-rules. The first rule is easy: bring a sweatshirt (clearly, I was ignorant to the OR culture). Second: is learning how to sleep without getting caught. I overhear whispers of methods for inconspicuous napping, though based on my observations, I’m doubtful of the practicality of their techniques. All of this conversation occurs during the 10:30 to 11:20 break (a good 20 minutes longer than the regular lunches) we’re given to pick up food in the cafeteria. The cafeteria employees, I should add, generously serve us despite the fact that they are also on lunch break. Here at the cafeteria tables, I learn more inside knowledge. For example, certain crimes have certain consequences: tardy passes get you one day, while skipping class is grounds for three. One unnamed student who admits to instigating a fight is now serving the first of five consecutive days in OR. Though I confess my day in OR is relaxing in comparison to a chaotic daily schedule, it’s not particularly enjoyable. The silence, strict guidelines and my goose bumps from sitting under the air conditioner make for a pretty torturous number of hours. But, according to Hower, that’s the point. “We want students to decide they’d rather not be here,” he tells me. As I look up at the clock (which has been stuck at 9:30 since I got to school), I agree with Hower and regret what I did to end up with a day in the Opportunity Room. Honestly, who volunteers for in-school suspension? Art by Caroline Posner


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High school isn’t easy. Here at the Galleon, we know each grade has its difficulties.

This is our guide to playing the game.

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Don’t try to do everything! It’s much more important that you be devoted to specific passions. Instead of trying to make it to 7 extracurriculars, aim for maybe 4 and pursue leadership positions in 1 or 2.


longer freshmen but also not upperclassmenthat doesn’t mean school isn’t exciting. Appreciate that you don’t have to worry about college just yet, and get involved in clubs, sports and school spirit.

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OK, there isn’t a whole lot you can do. Realize that colleges still check grades, and can un-accept seniors who no longer try. One quarter’s already down, keep up the good work!


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Colleges check your final transcript, and skipping class will hurt your grade. Plus, if you miss 10 days, keep in mind that you must pass your exams to pass the class, unless you have an exemption. But go to class still.


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a must: divide your tasks into important and unimportant, and break large tasks (i.e. “study history this week”) into smaller pieces (“make flashcards Tuesday”) so you’re less tempted to work last-minute.

eyes peeled for posters- opportunities abound in the form of food drives and clothing drives. For more options, ask Ms. Shonty of NHS what projects you can take part in.

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There are a few websites that sell practice courses, so don’t go into the exam unprepared. Practice tests online will show you the questions that appear on the exam and correct your answers.

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transcripts early, plus guidance and teacher recommendations. If you’re communicating with a number of schools, consider making a separate email so you’re not overwhelmed.


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Talk to your guidance counselor about which test dates are right for you. If you’re studying solo, take practice tests: try the Official College Board guide or a similar, credible book.

Once you’ve logged your hours, it’s all about being confident and prepared. Book your appointment online a few weeks ahead, and check the website for required papers before you go.




If you think you’ll miss the announcements, talk to the coach about preseason conditioning and tryouts. Find out the team’s coach from athletic director Mr. McEnroe.

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National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists Photos by Ilana Weisman and Gil Vizner

Michael Barth

Ariel Brown Noah Gardner

favorite element:

“I guess I like anaphora...”

“Uranium-235, totally.”

favorite literary device:

favorite trig function:

“Oh, for sure, cosecant.”

Max Egers favorite president:

“Rutherford B. Hayes, hands down.”

Emily Williams

favorite British lit character:

“It’s hard to decide... Sherlock Holmes.”



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The Great

High School Paradox The endless cycle: why sleep, grades, social life don’t mix Ilana Weisman Commentary Good grades. A social life. Adequate sleep. Pick two. Scary thought, isn’t it? Your parents’ wishes or your own priorities could help dictate which two you choose. It may come down to simple likes or dislikes - if you happen to love parties yet manage to get eight hours of sleep a night, you give up on academics; if you’re involved in a dozen activities and rigorous classes, I’d bet you won’t sleep a full night for years. Despite the fact that the “pick two” scenario is completely theoretical, its hypothetical repercussions pose an alltoo-often occurring problem - our own high school paradox. With constant ignoring of commands to get more sleep and do homework and see friends, students today are overly encouraged to be as well rounded as possible, yet often discover that it’s much easier said than done. Whether its to get an A on

a test or go to this weekend’s party, we spread ourselves thin to the point of illness and exhaustion...which kills our grades, which hurts our sleep patterns, which damages our social lives, which hinders us from peak performance. Well, there’s a problem. We keep overloading ourselves with stuff to do and, no matter academic or fun-filled or money making or illegal, this conundrum leads us to living entirely circular lives - it’s an endless cycle of work, tire, play, tire, repeat. If you’re like me, that means you go to class, do as much homework as possible in said class, sit through fourth hour like a zombie, hit up a lunch meeting, wake up by fifth (sometimes), stay at school until five for an extracurricular, tutor at five-thirty, get home at eight, do more homework (again, sometimes), open up Facebook, and sleep...eventually. Case and point: I’ve gotten a full eight hours of sleep twice this year - both times on LTMs. And it’s not just sleep you and

I are giving up. With thoroughly overambitious schedules, we’re exposing ourselves to more mental and physical stress. Here’s another aspect of the paradox: stress will hurt you even more. Physically, say a soccer player’s ankle is strained. Regardless of pain and the potential for crutches, this athlete may feel obligated to play anyway, thus keeping their ankle sore and unhealed. The same goes for any intense student - one bad grade? Go into constant head-in-book mode, sacrifice eating, sleeping and socializing - further hurting him or her mentally - only to receive another mediocre grade due to illness or emotional instability from a pure lack of human interaction. There’s social stress, too; if school isn’t a priority, having a lively social life at the expense of grades is an option. But what happens when there’s a fight with a friend, or exclusion from a party? Try to make new friends...and lose old ones in the process. Again, stress and its resulting harm. See how it fits in with

the paradox? It doesn’t matter what you do, you’re not immune to the cycle. Thankfully, “pick two” doesn’t have to happen in our lives. You never actually have to pick just two out of three equally important standards: grades, sleep, friends. It’s going to seem like you’ll need to eliminate one of the three to open up more time to do the other two - but you don’t. Some keep on taking on too much responsibility or too many commitments which may result in a few all-nighters or sacrificed test grades. Our parents and teachers have been right all along about the whole balancing act; the idea of balancing work and play is so ingrained into our very beings that choosing teenage lifestyle extremes would bewilder us completely - we’re so used to overbalancing and over stressing that we’d probably end up panicking and taking entirely too long to make a decision...leading back to sleep deprivation, anyway.

Excuses, Excuses Didn’t do your homework? You’re not the only one. Here’s The Galleon’s pick of top student excuses: My dog ate it. The classic excuse. Students continue to use it to this day, generally unsuccessfully. I did it, I just left it at home. Although it may work on occasion, teachers will become suspicious when this becomes routine. I was in such a rush to get home and do your homework that I accidentally left my binder on the roof of my car and sped off! This may work if your teacher doesn’t call you out on it. Don’t bank on it. My dog/cat/hamster/iguana got sick and had to go to the vet, so I didn’t have time. A spin on the classic dog scenario; use only if you feel secure in emotionally manipulating your teachers. We had homework?! Don’t even try it. Information compiled by ZACH SCHLEIN


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Sleep deprivation among teens severely impedes learning ability Shelaina Bloukos Staff Reporter Most students are not keen about waking up at the crack of dawn to attend school. In fact, many students never fully awaken and are left drowsy and tired throughout the school day. Those who are tired or fall asleep during the day are considered sleep deprived. Sleep is not only crucial to one’s health, but also to the education one receives, according to study conducted by Stanford University. “My [Advanced Placement] classes are all in the morning,” senior Jake Cohen said. “I’m absent a lot because I’m too tired in the morning and it’s difficult to have to make up all the work I miss.” Missing just one day in any class is disadvantageous to a student’s grade and overall understanding the class

concepts, yet teachers also find it tough to perform jobs properly and efficiently at early hours in the morning. “Students tend to lose focus and fail to concentrate as much as they need to in the morning classes,” math teacher Bob Tufo said. “A lot of kids don’t get enough sleep, so they don’t get a good amount of energy.” Psychology teacher Stewart Klager can relate; he said about 10 percent of his students try to sleep during class each day. But sleep catch-up is not limited to the classroom. Even on LTM days, which present the opportunity for students to sleep more, some decide not to attend school at all. “There are a greater number of students absent on LTM days,” Klager said. “Even though they wake up later, they still go to bed later and get the same amount of sleep.”

The amount of sleep a high school student should receive each night is eight to nine hours. Receiving this much sleep each night increases one’s fullest potential to learn. Studies show that after receiving a good night’s sleep, students’ grades in school are more likely to be A’s and B’s. Students who receive anything less than eight hours have been more likely to receive C’s, D’s and F’s. Sleep serves as fuel for daily activities, and the more sleep one receives, the better the individual can function. “When you don’t sleep well, your body and brain are tired,” school nurse Chantale Cheiner said. “You need to concentrate and recharge your body.” Some students consider sleep deprivation on weeknights to be acceptable as long as they can catch up on their sleep over the weekend. However, those extra hours of sleep

on the weekend do not make up for lost sleep during the week. The reason for this is that a night’s worth of sleep can only help in the day that follows; it cannot help for a full week, according to “I hardly sleep throughout the week between work and school,” senior Vilte Butkute said. “I sleep much more on the weekends, but I still haven’t been to my first period class on a Monday morning in over a month.” Some ways to ensure that one gets a healthy amount of sleep include setting a regular bedtime, exercising regularly and moderating the number of naps one takes, according to Sleep deprivation is a serious problem that causes mental and physical damage, but, with a few simple changes, can be avoided and solved.

Eat, study, sleep, socialize

repeat. art by Caroline Posner and Whitney Sha photos by Ilana Weisman and Courtesy Google Images

Pencils down: education standards testing, graduation based Gali Deutsch Staff Reporter As of 2015, Palm Beach County is expected to meet standards set by the No Child Left Behind Act. The act states that setting high standards and establishing measurable goals can improve individual outcomes in education. Each year the standards for proficiency get increasingly higher, and in 2015, all students are expected to be proficient in math and reading. Schools that fall short are subject to being shut down, being turned over to outside groups or forced to replace their staff. “This is an impossible standard,” Assistant Principle Jon Prince said. “In fact, only one school in Palm Beach

County made adequate yearly progress according to the national standards. If adequate yearly progress is not met, schools begin to get punished.” Currently, students from C or D schools have the option to switch to A or B schools, leaving minimal room for improvement. Therefore, restrictions have been eased and states are set to determine new standards in the upcoming year. However, if the restrictions are made “easier,” students may not have the option to switch to a higher-rated school because of the need to make adequate yearly progress at lowered standards. “Ultimately, this is a good thing for students because right now a lot of schools are so focused on teaching to the test and not necessarily teaching students how to learn and how to be creative thinkers,” Prince said. “As a school system we should be creating a

culture of thinkers and not necessarily test takers. Even in C, D, or F schools, a lot of wonderful things happen that have nothing to do with taking a test two days out of the year.” “I think the standard wasn’t thought out very well for those who aren’t the greatest test takers,” said senior Keona Colbert. “It should be changed so that everyone can pass because the test only gets harder every year. I don’t think we can meet standards just because the students who are not as smart will most likely slack off.” According to Intensive Reading teacher Chaela Monesterio, there are many pressures on the students, especially those who are juniors and seniors, that have not already passed the FCAT. For the first six weeks, there is constant emphasis on teaching techniques that are proven to help students pass.

“We want to see our students graduate,” Monesterio said. “[Florida] raises standards every year, so the standards get harder and the amount needed to pass gets larger.” Under the current policies, students seem to find school a bit of a struggle, and filled with the pressure to meet a standard. However, such pressures have led to success for some. “The teacher I had for Intensive Reading focused on FCAT scores and made it easier to pass,” junior Roni Levi said. “The pressure was a lot to handle, but she definitely helped.” Senior Matthew Poser agrees as he felt his due share of pressure in four years at Spanish River, but views the outcome optimistically. “The pressure at school is the pressure that is needed [to succeed],” Poser said. “It might [be annoying] at the time, but in the long run it all pays off.” Photos by Julie Bergman Graphic art by Ilana Weisman

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Students, teachers find free iTunes alternatives


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Claire Dykas Staff Reporter In today’s fast-paced society, a small decision can have a large impact. When iTunes changed the price of songs from $0.99 to $1.29, they also changed the way people download music. “It’s ridiculous,” junior Nikki Koukoulidis said. “I’m not going to pay $1.29 for a song, especially when I am purchasing 500 songs.” However, students like Koukoulidis are not at a complete loss; there are countless iTunes alternatives that do not burn holes in listeners’ pockets. Recently, Spotify has emerged as a legitimate competitor against Apple’s iTunes dominance. Spotify, widely viewed as a music game-changer, allows users to instantly listen to millions of songs in Spotify’s music library, all for free. In addition, users can link their Spotify

accounts to their Facebook profiles, which will post the song they are currently listening to. Spotify is perhaps a more individualized twist on another popular music source, Pandora. Unlike Spotify, which allows you to pick and choose any song, Pandora uses “stations” based on listeners’ preferences of genres, artists and songs. However, listeners cannot choose the songs they wish to listen to, a feature AP Environmental Science teacher Nicole Susil does not mind. “I use [Pandora] all the time,” Susil said. “It’s free, everyone can access it, and it filters out curse words, which allows me to play music during class.” Another common alternative among students is music blogs. Sites like GoodMusicAllDay, 2DopeBoyz and ThisSongIsSick post new music

throughout the day, often times by underground or lesser-known artists. “I like [music blogs] because it’s an easy way to find new artists on the rise,” junior Jason Queen said. “They also have good remixes and mash-ups.” Although students like Koukoulidis and Queen dislike the steep price of songs on iTunes, others disagree and find the traditional route of purchasing music more appealing. “[iTunes songs] have better sound quality,” junior Zoe Unger said. “Plus, I feel like I am supporting the artist this way.” Apple also has a music sharing service of its own, Ping. When a person buys a song on iTunes, it automatically updates the purchase to Ping, which allows listeners’ friends to view their music. Ping also lets users follow artists, allowing them to get a heads up on new music. With the variety of music sources now available, students can now listen to, share and discover music faster and easier than ever before - without having to put a dent in their pockets. Art by Gali Deutsch

Gym Class Heroes, The Dirty Heads rock South Florida

anticipation was overwhelming. Every droplet of sweat dripping from the fans’ beaming faces overflowed with excitement. Gym Class Heroes arrived “fashionably late,” but their fans had no When hip-hop rock band Gym Class Heroes and problem waiting for them, even in the tight quarreggae punk band The Dirty Heads co-headlined a ters where a gasp of air was treasured like gold. show at Revolution Live, a concert venue in Ft. Lau- Over the course of the wait, the crowd burst out derdale, it was like a Narcotics Anonymous group in passionate chants, until the band finally arrived. and an all-girls middle school were shoved into a The largest audience eruption yet occurred - simply small bounce house. The part of the audience that because the band was present on stage. With my came to watch Gym Class Heroes, a band that has ears already booming and body pulsating, so many made many appearances on top music charts, con- emotions flowed through the venue and the main sisted primarily of teenage girls who seemingly bands hadn’t even played one note yet. In front Reggae punk band, The Dirty Heads, mellow out their enjoyed screaming their of an array of technicol- audience with serene vocals and melodious guitar rhythms. lungs off and bopping ored lights and speakers so their heads, hence the loud bodies were vibrating, as loud as any middle school female. As the term “Teeny Boppers.” Far Gym Class Heroes flowed more melodious guitar chords began, The Dirty less high-pitched were the through their set with masHeads’ set differed greatly from that of Gym fans of The Dirty Heads, sive energy. Unfortunately, Class Heroes. While Gym Class Heroes were a California-based band although the band brought always jumping and running all over the stage, not as common on the hype and enthusiasm to The Dirty Heads maintained the same overall charts, who sported shagthe stage, their live music position throughout, including during their gy hair, cigarette packs sounded far different than encore performance. Although a less visually and beards. Squished in their music on the radio. appealing show, their music sounded almost between a girl who had Often off key, it was eviidentical to the music on their CD. With lyrics and to ask her mother before dent that the group’s music rhythms that focus on relaxation and serenity, going anywhere and a man undergoes heavy processthe atmosphere during their performance was as who had to ask his probaing before release. The way though the audience was sitting around a bon fire. tion officer, I couldn’t help I see it, such a band is great As if fans hadn’t already arrived at the venue but wonder what am I for doing what we can all hours before the doors open, many lingered around doing here? admit to doing at some the bands’ buses long after the show ended in However, as soon as the point - jamming out in the hopes of spotting the band and perhaps getting an drums began kicking and Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell, lead singer of The Dirty car - but I definitely wouldn’t autograph or picture. Despite the waiting, crowds Heads, serenades the lively audience in an encore the guitars started singing, declare them the next Beaand possible eardrum damage, at the end of the performance. all doubts left my mind and tles. night what really showed was the connection beI was singing and jumpThe intermission in between tween the bands and their fans, that highlighted ing along with the rest of the crowd. It seemed the two main acts brought about an apparent transiwhat really mattered - the music. as though the music laid a blanket over tion - a large amount of adolescent girls leaving and the audience; the diversity of the fans an older audience arriving. As The Dirty Heads took didn’t matter, all that mattered was the stage, the reactions were the same as that of Gym Photos by Lee Ginton music. Class Heroes, regardless of the massive change of After an opening act by solo peraudience. Contrary to common belief, colformer Outasight, the audience’s lege students can chant and scream just

Lee Ginton Commentary



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Express yourself: students channel creativity through arts Ariel Brown Entertainment Editor People express themselves in a variety of ways: some may vocalize their feelings, while others may commit themselves to their academic studies. There are endless possibilities for students to convey who they are. However, a select few possess enough enthusiasm for the arts to use their unique talents as a creative outlet. Senior Lainey Meiri expresses herself through poetry. Writing poetry feels as natural to her as breathing. “I’ve been writing for as long as I can remember,” Meiri said. “I realized I really liked poetry through my English classes in elementary and middle school, though I’ve always liked expressing myself through creative writing.” Meiri’s topics vary, as she writes about whatever happens to be inspiring her at the time pencil hits paper. Her most recent inspiration has been drawn from daily life: she has been writing about kids in high school because that is what she is presently experiencing. However, Meiri also draws her inspiration from elsewhere - renowned poets. After exposure to many prominent poets she has acquired a love of reading poetry as well. “Shel Silverstein is probably my favorite poet,” Meiri said. “As a kid I loved how whimsical he was, and his poetry made me realize how much fun poetry could be.” Meiri’s work has been published in several anthologies for a nonprofit organization called the Poets of the Palm Beaches, but her


writings can also be found a bit closer to home. Meiri is the editor of Spanish River’s own literary magazine, Pieces of Eight, and one of her poems has been featured in the magazine for the past two years. However, she does not write for recognition. She writes simply for pleasure and to convey her creativity. “Poetry is an amazing way to express yourself because it has so few rules,” Meiri said. “Poems are about emotions, so I’m able to say exactly how I feel without having to worry about conventions.” Alternatively, senior Rachael Pecaro prefers singing as a form of expression. She has been singing both pop and country music since age three, and has been writing songs since she was twelve. “It’s the most soothing escape from everything,” Pecaro said. “It has become such a vital part of my life to be able to write songs about my good and bad experiences.” Although Pecaro does not plan on pursuing a career in music, she intends to continue on a more personal level. She sings simply because she loves the way it makes her feel, and she also enjoys sharing her passion with an audience. “With singing, I can take out all of my emotions in a song, and not sound as crazy as I would if I had simply said it,” Pecaro said. “I can’t imagine my life without being able to sing, because when I sing a song I exert so much energy and emotion into it, that no other way of expressing myself can compare.” Senior Robin Frost expresses himself through visual art. Art seems to run in his blood, as both his father and grandmother are artists as well. He has been involved in art since elementary school, but not in the traditional sense. Frost has gone from art class to art


Spanish River Theatre Arts Department

: God’s Favorite


Art by Gali Deutsch Photos by Lee Ginton



Countess De Hoernle Theater

Thursday, November 17 at 7:00 P.M. Friday, November 18 at 7:00 P.M. Saturday, November 19 at 7:00 P.M. Sunday, November 20 at 2:00 P.M.

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by Neil Simon

class despising the regulations and mandatory assignments. “I like to do my own projects because then I actually want to do them,” Frost said. “Even if it takes me forever, I like the details.” Frost’s alternative perspective of art is mirrored in the styles of art he chooses for his endeavors. “Back when I was a freshman I was scared to try mediums other than pencil on white paper, but now I’ll try anything,” Frost said. “Last year I drew Dizzy Gillespie in white and black charcoal on black paper, and I also used candle wax in another project. Pretty soon I’m going to use make-up.” In terms of his future, Frost definitely plans to continue crafting new artwork, though he’s not too keen on the structured lifestyle that a future in art usually entails. “I’d like to continue making art,” Frost said. “But I wouldn’t let money fuel my passion.” Despite his relaxed attitude towards structured art, Frost’s passion for art defines him. He lives and breathes art, and nothing makes him happier. “I ride my bike to school everyday and each day I watch the sunrise and it’s always beautiful,” Frost said. “There’s nothing more beautiful than what can be found by just [observing] nature. Art can express me in any way and there’s no such thing as a mistake or a wrong way.” Although River students express themselves in a variety of ways, one thing consistently holds true: students are driven by their passions. These devoted students have used the arts to represent their unique voices; they have used it as a vehicle to freely and openly share their ideas and emotions.

$12 at the door $5 for students with I.D. on Friday and Saturday

Art provides valuable life skills and expression for select ESE students Lee Ginton Entertainment Editor For Exceptional Student Education (ESE) students, art class is more than doodles and coloring. Not only does it teach problem solving and life skills, but it allows the students to express themselves in ways often unachievable in an ordinary classroom environment. Intellectually disabled ESE students, those with learning disabilities such as down syndrome, are on the same journey to adulthood, packed with the ups and downs found in every high school experience. However, the ESE curriculum differs in that it primarily focuses on preparing students for the future and adult living. Art, a popular elective choice, uniquely puts the creative side of the students’ brains to work, according to assistant ESE teacher Karen Baker. With the help of art teacher Leslie Waldman, the art projects are specially designed to provide skilldevelopment and self-expression. In honor of Halloween, the students created their own haunted houses made of cut-out and glued paper. Projects like this help the students recognize shapes and follow directions, according to Waldman. Additionally, it enhances the students’ creativity and excite-

ment, evidenced by senior Alexandra Petrocelli’s beaming smile as she drew a cat inside the haunted house. The students are always proud and happy after finishing a project they completed on their own, according to ESE teacher Christie Walker. “The self-portraits they made showed how they view themselves,” Walker said. “It gave them a voice and made self-expression easier to communicate. Often they have a hard time organizing their thoughts and sentences, so art definitely plays a big part in communication.” According to Walker, ESE students often find fundamental problem-solving a challenge, according to Walker. Art class helps the students understand step-taking in order to be successful. After completing their haunted houses, the students understood that they had to cut out individual shapes before gluing them. As a result, the students gain a better understanding of problem-solving, which transfers into real-life situations, such as making a meal. While on the surface art may appear as nothing more than drawing and painting, for ESE students, it is much more. Underneath the paper and glue of a simple Halloween project lies a lesson in shape recognition, problem-solving and, most importantly, freedom of expression.

Photo by Lee Ginton

Intellectually disabled ESE students explore shapes and shadowing in art.

Photo by Lee Ginton

Senior Alexandra Petrocelli works on her piece with art teacher Leslie Waldman.


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FIFA scores: another year, another hit Josh Benrubi Sports Editor

On August 16 at the Gamescom video game trade fair in Germany, the greatly anticipated announcement of the release of FIFA ‘12 excited video gamers all around the world. FIFA ’12 has changed greatly from the first edition that was released in 1993 which had limited playing controls, team selections, and camera views. It has since evolved into a game flooded with high definition graphics, new gameplays, and better gameplay mechanics. The announcement of the FIFA ‘12 demo availability began the countdown from fans that look forward to the game every year. The hype can be seen here at Spanish River. While the ideal situation for students is to go home and begin their stack of homework, the reality is that many run right to the gaming

system and start playing the game. But according to junior Ryan Roth, the homework delay is worth the wait when the game has so many new and improved features. “Delaying my homework to play FIFA ’12 is worth it because the excitement of playing with the new capabilities of the game removes the thought of school,” Roth said. Two ways to play are online mode and career mode. Online mode enhances the gameplay by playing different opponents of different skill levels. “My favorite game mode is online because I enjoy the experience of playing against other people around the world,” sophomore Josh Davies said. “It always makes me wonder who is on the other side of my TV.” In career mode, the user has the opportunity to live the life of a professional soccer player or manager. Gamers have the ability to create a player, manager, or a

player-manager. Three drastic improvements to the game are the “trinity,” the impact engine, tactical defending, and precision dribbling. The impact engine improves collision variety, accuracy and momentum preservation, thus making it more realistic. The tactical defending places the same amount of importance on positioning, intercepting passes, and tackling. Lastly, the precision dribbling increases the amount of control that the player has when they are in possession of the ball. “The better graphics, real life engine mechanics, and the dynamic play makes gameplay much more enjoyable,” junior Devin Galin said. FIFA ’12, with its ground breaking features and enhanced gameplay, has left soccer fans and students at River in awe. The new game has sparked interest in many as they continue to enjoy the game and hope that there are many more entertaining soccer games to follow.

What’s new in Fifa ‘12 • Impact Engine- collisions become more realistic when caused by physical forces • Tactical Defending- on defense, there is more of an emphasis on slowing attackers down, and the defense is more manual • Precision Dribbling- allows players to dribble while shielding along with smaller, more frequent touches • Artificial Intelligence System- makes players aware of their strengths and surroundings

•Head to Head Seasons- a revolutionized online mode; a variation of regularly ranked matches where league points are awarded for winning or drawing matches Source: EA sports

SHARKS ATTACK From the pool to the putting green, our shark athletes have been working hard. Here’s an update on some shark superstars.

DIVING Congrats to sophomore for advancing to the regional diving competition.

CROSS COUNTRY Senior won the boys’ cross country city of Boca Raton Championships.

GOLF Congrats to senior for

finishing 2nd in the Girls’ Golf Regional Tournament. She will be heading to the State Tournament to defend her title. Good Luck!

Photo Courtesy of Google Images

Lights, Camera, Play Ball! COACH : Richard Guerra, Wrestling FAVORITE SPORTS FILM:

COACH : John Jones, Boy’s Basketball FAVORITE SPORTS FILM:

REASON: “Everyone tells [Rudy] that he won’t make it and that he should quit, but he persevered.”

REASON: “The coach emphasizes the student athlete.”

COACH : Jennifer Gonzalez, Cheerleading FAVORITE SPORTS FILM:

COACH : Kevin McEnroe, Boy’s Soccer FAVORITE SPORTS FILM:

REASON: “I love competitive cheerleading and it really makes it look like a sport...because it is.”

REASON: “Someone always quotes the movie when my friends and I play golf.” Photos by Julie Bergman Information compiled by Jamie Brecher



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Carmen skates past hockey’s gender barrier ice hockey team in Lake Placid for two years, spending two hours per day on the ice. “It got to a point where I was too drained to do anything else…so I came back home to finish my senior year at River,” Carmen said. This was not Carmen’s first time partaking in ice hockey, though. Carmen has in fact been playing hockey since she was three years old – roller hockey until she was ten,

Carmen said. “Boys are just naturally stronger and bigger, so sometimes it can be a little intimidating, but I also look at it as a challenge for me All of Spanish River’s sports have to progress and learn from them.” official varsity teams – except for one. Even so, she found it quite River’s ice hockey team is, in fact, easy to acclimate to the unusual not an official team at all; rather, it is and seemingly challenging simply a club. For this reason – and environment. due to lack of female interest – there “At practice [the team] seems are no separate boys’ and girls’ teams. very nice, so I’m looking forward There have not been any girls fearless to getting to know them,” Carmen enough to join the boys in said. “I hope I can donning a River ice hockey contribute and fit jersey until senior Lee-Ann in with the rest of Carmen stepped on the ice. them.” Since there was no girls’ Carmen has team, Carmen decided to actually had no put all gender issues aside trouble fitting in and channel her passion for since day one. The ice hockey through the River team treats her ice hockey team. At the time Photos by Jamie Brecher the same as any of tryouts, Carmen geared Senior Lee-Ann Carmen displays her skills on the ice. Carmen honed in other player, but up with the rest of the boys, on her skills hockey skills at Northwood School, a boarding school in New the only difference and her high skill level on the York, during her sophomore and junior years. is the locker room, ice allowed her a well-deserved spot followed by a switch to ice hockey. according to Delaney. on the team playing defense. Carmen truly realized her enthusiasm “In [her empty] locker room, it “Lee-Ann tried out as a freshman, for the sport at a very young age. can be awkward, but overall she but that was the year we didn’t have a “I was two years old messing with is a valuable asset to the team,” team,” ice hockey coach Sean Delaney the T.V. remote and saw an ice hockey Carmen’s teammate junior Troy said. “When she tried out again this game on,” Carmen said. “I pointed to Kiperman said. year, letting her on the team was kind the T.V. and from then on my mom Carmen’s successful relationship of a no-brainer. She is one of the top knew that’s what I wanted to play.” with her male teammates proves five players skill-wise on our team Carmen has evidently racked up that co-ed sports teams are, in this year.” a vast amount of experience over fact, feasible. As long as a player Carmen left River after freshman the years, thus making her an equal is sufficiently skilled, gender is year, temporarily leaving South competitor among the boys when she not a deciding factor in terms of Florida to attend a New York boarding re-entered the River scene this year. acceptance onto the team. school specifically to meet her Nonetheless, the gender difference See Carmen in action at the first hockey needs. There, she played on does have a minor impact. hockey game on November 14 at 6:40 the Northwood School’s girls’ varsity “It is a bit harder being the only girl,” PM at Saveology Iceplex in Coral Springs.

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LADY SHARKS Kira Silverman, 12 Softball FAVORITE FEMALE ATHLETE: Misty May-Treanor THOUGHTS ABOUT GIRLS PARTICIPATING IN BOYS SPORTS: “I think it’s unfair that women play in men’s sports because the guys take over the game.” Cassie Steinberg, 11 Girls’ Soccer FAVORITE FEMALE ATHLETE: Hope Solo THOUGHTS ABOUT GIRLS PARTICIPATING IN BOYS SPORTS: “I think if a girl’s good enough, she should be able to play with the guys.You have to be aggressive though.” Emily Rosenstein, 10 Girls’ Basketball FAVORITE FEMALE ATHLETE: Serena Williams THOUGHTS ABOUT GIRLS PARTICIPATING IN BOYS SPORTS: “I think it’s good that women play in men’s sports because it shows that it’s not a dominant male sport.” Art By Gali Deutsch Information Compiled By Emily Bergman

Delfino goes from hallways to half pipes Zach Schlein Staff Reporter Junior Pedro Delfino is not your ordinary Spanish River student. At age 16, Delfino is a professional skateboarder. While many around school can be seen brandishing skating related brands of clothes or shoes, Delfino is the real deal. For him, skating goes beyond a trendy fashion statement it’s a key part of his life. Delfino, who has been skating for 10 years, has managed to strike a balance between leisure and skating professionally. “I started skating when I was six years old because I had just moved from Miami and I didn’t know any people in Boca then,” Delfino said. At 16, Delfino has accomplished the main goal of many skaters his age, he has become a sponsored athlete for Island Water Sports (IWS). For those who do not know, sponsorship is a crucial step in going professional for athletes of any sport. Although specifics vary from instance to instance, it can mean anything from retailers or companies giving athletes discounts on their products, or just letting the athletes use their products for free. In Delfino’s case, he not only gets discounted skating goods, but he

also gets to participate in professional events on a team of skaters sponsored by Island Water Sports, as well as larger exposure through the use of promotional videos. In addition to the benefits of having equipment, the sponsorship also gives Delfino much more than new skateboards and merchandise. “Being sponsored by IWS is probably the best thing that has happened to me in a while,” Delfino said. “I feel like every team member is my brother.” “It’s not just fun and games though. To keep your sponsorship with them you need to work hard in school and help the community, we also help build skate parks in other countries, and we volunteer for IWS with the events they set up like Midnight Madness, or their new event Daytime Radness which is October 21st.” It’s Delfino’s character and dedication that allowed him to be sponsored in the first place, according to Island Water Sports’ skate buyer and team manager Brandon Danicu. “To get sponsored means you are proving yourself as an individual,” Danicu said. “We’re like family. Especially for me, they’re like little brothers. Pedro is definitely one of those kids I could chill and skate

with all day. It all has to do with personality. Prove yourself, and you’re put on the team.” Like many skaters of his pedigree, Delfino hopes to make a long-term career out of skating. “I would love to make skating a professional career. You know, the glamour of it is super intense; it’d be awesome to be known by a huge fan base,” Delfino said. When asked if he thinks he has what it takes, Danicu had no doubt that Delfino will go on to achieve amazing things. “One hundred percent, no doubt,” Danicu said. “Definitely. In the past year he picked up transition skating (a more complex form of skating) and has completely taken it.” Although Delfino plans on skating for as long as he can, he is realistic about it, noting that the future is unpredictable. “It’s hard to say because, it’s a sport, anything can happen,” Delfino said. “Whether it’s getting dropped from your sponsor or getting injured, anything can happen.” No matter what is in store for him, Delfino will continue to kick, push, and coast his way into the future.

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Students learn to invest through stock market simulation Emma Grubman Student Life Editor

not only teaching students the basic principles of economics, but also teaching them how they can benefit from investing. “If students don’t learn to save and look out for themselves now, there will be very few people looking out for them in the fut u r e ,” Burkey said. “The

On his 18th birthday, senior Jake Rosen will not be waiting in line at a gas station to purchase his lottery ticket; instead, he will be examining the stock market for future investments. “As soon as I turn eighteen I am investing my own money into the stock market,” Rosen said. Through the use of stock market simulation site, economics teacher Brett Burkey has emphasized the idea of fiscal responsibility to his students. Students gain a realistic simulation; very much like real investing with real time pricing, according to Burkey. “This simulation has affected my decision to invest tremendously,” Rosen said. “I now know how to buy and sell stocks, and have also learned that you can win a lot and you can lose a lot.” w e b The tool has promoted smart sav- site is the ings to students, with intentions of tool that we

Sharks swim into fall fashion

Here are the trends to look out for this fall, according to Spanish River fashion blogger junior Nina Van Maanen.

1. Faux Furs 2. Polka dots

3.Maxi skirt 4. 70s wide leg pants 5. Geometric patterns

6.Bright Colors 7. Metallics

8.Plaid For more information on fashion trends, visit Art by Ellyn Snider

use, but it’s the whole experience, a very realistic experience that really gets them excited. The main benefit that I try to convey is that the sooner you start the less you have to do.” This concept is what Burkey refers to as “the magic of compounding,” which is simply the

idea that if one invests with discipline, starts at a young age and reinvests ones profits back into the in-

vestment, that ultimately when they earn interest they will not only be earning interest on the principle (the amount they originally invested), but they will also be earning interest on their interest. Thus, if one continues to reinvest their dividends (benefits), and continues to reinvest the interest that they earn on any kind of savings, then they will be earning interest faster and the principle will grow faster. “The importance of investing early is that you can get a head start that no one else has gotten,” Rosen said. “If you know basic economics you’re ahead of the game.” The future benefits that investing at an early age brings are significant, according to AP Psychology teacher Tom DiFiglio. “The future benefits of investing are that you can eventually quit work and not have to work forever,” DiFiglio said. “Otherwise, your generation is doomed to never, ever retire, and if you think going to school is a pain in the neck, imagine going to work every day forever and ever throughout the rest of your life.” Art by Caroline Posner

Mock trial team comes to order Nicole Granet Editor-in-Chief Gilder Lehrman Law Academy student junior Danny Jaffe stood in the middle of a classroom at Duke University, exhilarated and nervous for his first mock trial. From his first experience playing the role of an attorney, directing the course of a trial and trying to persuade a judge that his case was correct, Jaffe was hooked. This first experience was two summers ago at the Duke TIP Program, but since then, Jaffe continued his passion for law through the Gilder Lehrman Law Academy, and is finding himself surrounded by other students who enjoy law the way he does. Yet, to Jaffe’s surprise, there was no Mock Trial Club in place at Spanish River, no where for students to experience real-life court room situations or practice law procedures. “I didn’t understand why we didn’t have a Mock Trial Club when we have a law academy and so many smart students who would have a great chance at doing well in Mock Trial competitions,” Jaffe said. “So I decided to start it.” Last year, seniors Jon Bolz and Taylor Fox did some preliminary work for the foundation of a Mock Trial Club at River, but

it was Jaffe who set their ideas into action this year by working with club sponsor and court procedures teacher Mike Bartholomew to fill out the necessary paperwork and recruit team members. Team member junior Hobie Hunter sees the club as a way for him to expand on the knowledge he learns in his Gilder Lehrman classes. “Mock Trial Team provides a valuable opportunity for students interested in pursuing a career in law to gain practical knowledge of the profession, in addition to theoretical knowledge they gain [in] the classroom,” Hunter said. With the students from the Gilder Lehrman Academy involved, Jaffe thinks the team has a great shot at succeeding at districts in February and moving on to states in March, but to reach that goal, the club will have to go through intensive preparation and honing of certain skills. “Good skills to have for Mock Trial Club are memorizing because notes are not allowed, quick thinking, knowing how to counter arguments on the spot and public speaking,” Jaffe said. “Witnesses also need to be good actors because some times they must be trained to be three different characters in one case.” Currently, the club has about 12 members, the majority of which are juniors in the Gilder Lehrman Academy. While only six to eight of these members will actually compete in district and hopefully state competitions, the other members are still integral to the success of the club as a whole. Their job is crucial –playing

the role of the prosecutor when t h e competitors are practicing the role of the defendant, and playing the role of the defendant when the competitors are playing the role of the prosecutor. This is a vital part of the Mock Trial team’s preparation for districts because they will not know which side they represent until the day of the competition. Until then, the club will be meeting once a week to role-play and research. “It’s a really fun club and something great to get involved in. It’s a lot of work though and it’s important to be really dedicated to it,” junior Toby Elizabeth said. The new club has already raised $400 from selling Italian ice at carnival lunch. This money will be used to pay competition fees and possibly purchase club shirts, according to Jaffe. If you are in the Gilder Lehrman Law Academy or you are a student interested in law and court procedures who would like to join the Mock Trial Club, contact Danny Jaffe or Mr. Bartholomew in room 1400. Art by Gali Deutsch


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Farewell to teacher, mother and friend Jamie Quevedo Suzanne Sanders Galleon Advisor As Advisor to The Galleon, my responsibilities include supervising the staff throughout the production process. I stay “behind the scenes” and allow the students’ voices to be heard. However, the time has come for me to share a special story with our readers. I hope the students of Spanish River take the time to learn about someone who influenced many lives, Ms. Jamie Quevedo. While gathering information for our piece on the Light the Night walk and Ms. Jamie Quevedo, it never once seriously occurred to me that she would actually pass before the walk took place. See, for those of you who didn’t get the honor of knowing Ms. Q, she was a fighter; one who overcame so many challenges. Although she was battling a deadly illness for the third time, deep down I thought she would make it through. Sadly, I was wrong. On October 7, Jamie Lynn Quevedo passed away. I would

like to take this opportunity to let the current students of Spanish River know exactly who she was and how she changed so many lives. Ms. Q grew up in South Florida and attended SantaLuces High School, Ms. Shonty was actually her teacher. She had a love for literature and a passion for life, so it was only natural that she became a teacher. When former students told me about her classes, two thoughts came up consistently - Ms. Q loved her students and made learning fun. She dressed up for Halloween, sponsored the Anime Club, and was at numerous school activities. She encouraged each one of her students to succeed and her classroom always had students in it after school “just to chat”. On a personal level, she was a fabulous mother to her two boys, Jake and Joshua. From tie dying matching outfits to planning Disney adventures, Ms. Q did it all for her boys. Even when she was so ill, making sure they were cared for and happy was always her priority. Although she had been out of the classroom a few years, I knew I could ask Ms. Q anything about a story and she would be able to offer me insight,

even with a creative handout (or two or three) prepared! Many of my Galleon staff members were fortunate to have her as a teacher and so we were involved in sending her care packages and such. Here was a woman who was fighting for her life and she took the time to make everyone on our staff cancer awareness pins as a thank you. My pin hangs in my car - I like to think she is there watching over me every day. That was Ms. Q.....thinking of others ahead of herself. She also included the following poem: To give up or To fight? To die or To survive?

Although she has passed on, she did not give up. She left a legacy in all of us to continue her fight. Spanish River will come together and take part in her Light the Night walk and we will help to make sure her two boys know the wonderful woman who was their mother. I know deep in my heart that those who were lucky enough to have her as a teacher are forever changed from knowing her. I know that our English department was so lucky to have her as a friend and she is dearly missed. Those of you who are learning about her for the first time, please, take a moment to think of those closest to you and remember that life is so precious and sometimes far too short.

Giving up = Death if not physically, emotionally Fighting = Survival the desire to live You are stronger than you think. You can endure more than you thought possible. You will survive cancer. Do not give up.

Ms. Jamie Quevedo in the 2007 Tiburon Yearbook.

Art by Gali Deutsch

Habitat for Humanity Upcoming build will be December 3rd See Bella Comboni or Carly Block for more information

a “People should come out to build because the feeling of accomplishment felt after helping a family in need is unlike any other.” Habitat for Humanity Co-Founder Senior Bella Comboni

National Honor Society

Students painting for a Habitat for Humanity house.

Environmental Club comes together to take a picture in front of the globe.

Meet every Friday in room 8122 after school

Canned Food Drive Until November 12th

Park and beach cleanups National Honor Society members clean Palmetto Park Beach.

Best Buddies

“We give back by working with special needs youth. Josh Brami and I both have special-needs siblings; through this club they can interact with kids at school.” Co-Founder Senior Ryan Berger

Light the Night Walk November 12th

School Supply Drive End of Second Quarter

Halloween Party

Co-founder Josh Brami and sister get together at the Best Buddies bowling event.

River students lend a helping hand “It’s important because they’re all great causes. Especially for Ms. Quevedo because this was her walk. It’s important for all of us to go and support it.” NHS Junior Vice President Junior Helen Broad


Tutti Frutti Fundraiser November 8th

Plant flowers around school shark Information compiled by Phoebe Dinner

c “Helping Environmental Club is important because it is only the first step to something greater. It is all of our jobs to recycle and conserve resources. Otherwise, we may regret our poor choices in the not so distant future,” President Senior Eric Wagner

Environmental Club


a. Bella Comboni b. Helen Broad c. Ryan Berger D. Eric Wagner Photos courtesy of respective clubs Portraits by Phoebe Dinner

GaBI LEEMAN Senior EVENT: 100M BREASTROKE Who would win in a race, Michael Phelps or Aquaman?: Aquaman

Adam Reiser junior Event: 200m freestyle Who would win in a race, michael phelps or aquaman?: Chuck Norris

Carly Block senior Event: 100m Butterfly Who would win in a race, Michael Phelps or Aquaman?: Michael Phelps



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