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Student Fundraiser, renovations draw fights rise public attention to Little Sharks in school By LINDSEY GOLD STAFF REPORTER

Assistant principal Doug Markwardt said that in February alone there were five incidents in which students were engaged in a physical fight. Although there may be no particular reason for the rapid increase in the number of fights, he said, many students, teachers and administrators alike are questioning what some of the reasons may be. “The number of fights is probably rising this month due to a high level of stress within the student body,” junior Shane Chernoff, a participant in a fight last month, said. “It’s a tense time of year, with FCATs, SATs and ACTs all looming.” Chernoff claimed he participated in a fight after he was provoked by freshman Daniel Danafrio. He said he was well aware of the school discipline policy of being involved in a fight, which is a tenday suspension and a referral. However, he tried to resolve the issue in a less violent manner when he gave his opponent a “wet willie.” Chernoff suggested the other boy was quick to react and started throwing punches. Chernoff supposedly fought back in an act of self defense. He admitted that he did not want to fight and claimed to have warned his opponent before the argument turned physical, that it was not worth fighting for, but his opponent did not agree. Dinafrio claimed to have won the fight. Not much longer after the initiation of the physical fight, a guidance counselor appeared and broke it up. “Kids are just wound up, especially around their peers,” Markwardt said. There was also another incident involving a physical fight between two boys that occurred in the athletic department on February 12 during sixth period. One provoked the other and it quickly elevated itself into a physical argument. A supervisor was present. One witness suffered an undisclosed medical condition, probably triggered by the intensity of the fight, and had to be escorted to an ambulance. At Spanish River, there are six supervisors for about 2200 students. The supervisors stand in strategic positions to quickly assess any incident or call for help on their walkie- talkies if they are not present to break up the fight. Teachers feel that the supervisor to student ratio is sufficient and students seem to not be too worried about their safety. “Despite the rising number of fights, I still feel secure on campus due to the security cameras and that our administrators try to keep us as safe as possible,” sophomore Spencer Levins said. School administrators are continuing to enforce the school discipline policy hoping to reduce the number of school fights in the coming months. Lindsey Gold can be contacted at



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Spanish River Kinder Sharks sing “Lady of the Lightpost” at the ceremony for the re-opening of the Little Sharks building on February 20. The building re-opened with a refurbished interior and new equipment.

By NICOLE GRANET STAFF REPORTER Little Sharks, the Early Childhood Teacher Education Academy at Spanish River, is undergoing changes that will help enhance the quality of the program, its students and Spanish River itself. The facility has been restored and is in the process of becoming a Choice Academy, like Biotechnology and Gilder Lehrman. The ongoing project that was initiated in 2007 is drawing much enthusiasm from the community, but that is not the only reason for increased attention. One of its Little Sharks, Jessica Milanese, is battling Leukemia, and a fundraiser is now underway to help support her and her family. On February 20, a ceremony took place in the Little Sharks building to showcase its updated features - a new classroom, complete refurbishment, a functional kitchen and a kindergarten class. The updated building will enhance the education of both the Little Sharks and the students in Early Childcare classes, such as senior Alex Millan who has been a part of the program for four years. “Early Childcare has definitely benefited me in many ways,” Millan said. “It’s given me the idea that I can be a teacher as a profession. It also helped me interact with little children, and definitely made my high school experience more fun.” Attendees at the re-opening event included Superintendent and former Spanish River Principal Art Johnson, Principal Dr. Susan Atherley and other school board officials. Also in attendance were Little Sharks (pre school chi ldren), Kinder Sharks (kindergarteners), parents and other students involved in the program. While Little Sharks were singing songs


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at the building re-opening ceremony, three year old Milanese was at Palms West Hospital in Loxahatchee. She has been battling Leukemia since her diagnosis on January 29, 2009 and is expected to undergo intensive chemotherapy for approximately two and a half years. Upon hearing about the tragic situation, sophomore Tyler Turner, a Teacher Education Academy student, decided to take action. In partnership with Florida’s Future Educators of America (FFEA), Turner initiated a fundraising

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Little Shark, Jessica Milanese at age three attending a Yankees Game.

team that is selling gel bracelets for a minimum donation of two dollars. “Fight for Jessica” bracelets can be purchased at lunches A and B in the courtyard, through April 1. The proceeds will go directly to Jessica’s family, according to Turner, but the fundraiser goes beyond only financial support. It serves to raise awareness for every child faced with Leukemia. “No child should have to face cancer,” Turner said. “Whatever we can do to help other children, we must do. These bracelets


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will help to raise awareness.” Students and the community can support Jessica through personal donations, purchasing bracelets and by visiting her web page at http://www.caringbridge. org/visit/Jessicamilanese. Because the program has been lauded by community members, particularly Superintendent Dr. Art Johnson, the Little Sharks program hopes that more of the fundraising will be supported by moneyfrom community members. “Just as we are working with Little Sharks, this school was a Little Shark many years ago. What we have now is a far cry from that,” he said. And what a far cry it is. Over 20 years later, one of the goals of this program is to become a Palm Beach County School District Choice Academy. “There’s great value in taking knowledge from a textbook into a classroom and experiencing application that leads to understanding,” Engelhardt said. “The program teaches me how to be patient and properly care for children,” freshman Casey Donahue said. “I learn so much about children’s needs in this setting. Another recent addition to the Teacher Education Academy can be seen outside the 3000 building– a mural. This professionally-designed artwork-in-progress pictures a lively South Florida setting with some Little Sharks in the painting. The mural is designed as an outreach and empowerment program for Spanish River students. While the professionals occasionally touch up the painting, any students interested in art and in helping the school can help An element that makes the mural unique is that one of the Little Sharks depicted in it is Jessica Milanese. Nicole Granet can be contacted at STUDENT LIFE


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NEWS FCAT incentives introduced to raise students’ scores By NATALIE DEUTSCH NEWS EDITOR

The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) was administered at Spanish River the week of March 10. Traditionally, schools strive for high scores on the FCAT to achieve higher ratings. Higher ratings, in turn, attract better teachers, better materials, better programs and more productive students. Currently, however, administrators, teachers and students are questioning the extent to which the incentives encourage students to assist in the school’s overall goal of achieving high scores on the FCAT. “Our scores were not lower from previous years but we know that kids will be kids,” Principal Dr. Susan Atherley said. “They think it doesn’t matter.” “We knew that points and grades are what students here will work for, which is why we came up with this particular incentive plan.” Some believe that the school is bribing students to pass so that it can look better in the end. Others argue that the administration is just trying to make students who would normally put the FCAT off work harder. “The real motivation for administrators to want students to pass is to achieve an ‘A’ school rating,” AP Chemistry teacher Eric Dybas said. Current incentives may be different

from last year’s strict exam exemption policy, but the motive is the same: offer what motivates students most to encourage the optimal response. This year, Superintendent Dr. Art Johnson left incentive choice up to individual schools. The administration of Spanish River, along with department heads, met with teachers in the departments to come up with this incentive plan. The plan for the 2009 FCAT involves percentage bonuses added to a quarter grade in either Eng-

The grade is a reflection of the education given at the school. -AP Chemistry teacher Eric Dybas

lish or math. To qualify for any of the incentives students may not have more than 10 absences in a semester. For example, the bonus given to sophomores who took the FCAT Writes will be reflected on the 4th quarter English 2 grade. For the reading FCAT given to freshmen and sophomores, 2.5% will be added to either the English 2 or English 3 first quarter grade. For math, the same bonus plan is applied to the math course of the following year. The Science FCAT given to juniors

is different. Students scoring a level 3 will be exempt from their science, or social studies, senior mid-terms if not enrolled in a science class. Students who score a 4 will be exempt from two sciences, two social studies or a science and a social studies senior mid-term. Three sciences or a combination of science and social studies exemptions will be given to students who achieve a 5. Some students claim they are motivated by the incentives but others say they have self-motivation. “For me the incentives are a good way to help me with FCAT motivation, but I think that any kid should receive bonuses,” sophomore Shaquille Prescott said. “In my opinion, the incentives do not make a difference in any way,” sophomore Blair Dector said. “The reason for this is in order for me to do well; I must have a drive to succeed or else there is no point.” Each year, the drive for better performance sparks school officials to draw up new incentive programs. Ethical or not, measuring students’ performances in response to the incentives provides a gage for next year. To find out how Spanish River’s incentives compare to Olympic Heights and Boca High visit www.galleonnews. com.

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Shark News Congratulations, Mr. Brett Burkey for being one of the 25 finalists in the William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education Congratulations to the members of Science Olympiad Team who placed 7 out of 37

Congratulations to the DECA state winners. Good luck at Nationals Good luck Winterguard at Nationals in Ohio

School administration gains access to Facebook, checks student profiles By SAMANTHA SHAVELL NEWS EDITOR Recent rumors around Spanish River have surfaced that the administration is looking up student’s Facebook profiles. However, according to Principal Dr. Susan Atherley, the administration only looks up a student’s Facebook if a situation arises or a particular student’s profile has been brought to their attention. The rumors seem to have started when one student was called into the office for her Facebook profile after administrators found “risqué” photographs involving alcohol of the Miss Spanish River candidate.

“I felt that it was an invasion of privacy,” the student said. “Things that happen outside of school should remain outside of school.” The student said she dropped out of the competition, but said that her Facebook page and its content was not involved. She spoke with Atherley and received no consequences. “I don’t discipline for it,” Atherley said. “At the time I don’t have any consequences for it but I might make a phone call to the parents to let them know what their child is involved with.” Atherley looks at Facebook if she has been told about students involved with harassment and bullying, drugs, alcohol or sex.

“I am not anti- Facebook,” Atherley said. “It is a great tool for communication but I want to teach kids to use common sense when dealing with it.” Junior Jordan Greenstein has already learned the lesson that Atherley is trying to get across. “Well, in all honesty, the bottom line is anything you do can always come back to haunt you,” Greenstein said. Some students, such as junior Karishma Nagar think it is a good thing that the administration can access Facebook. “The administration can look out for students,” Nagar said. “Someone doing something wrong should not be perceived as a leader.” There have been questions as to

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how the administration can access Facebook on campus and how they can see students’ profiles. The school district gives principals access to Facebook, MySpace, YouTube and other firewalled websites at school according to Atherley. She also implied that she has created a fake Facebook profile to access students’ profiles but has only been on the website twice. Many students, like senior Lauren Gerzina, do not like that the administration has access to students’ Facebook profiles. “It is kind of creepy,” Gerzina said. “If I had inappropriate things on my Facebook I would take it down.” Samantha Shavell can be contacted at

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From the Editors’ Desk... So here it is-the very last issue for the 2008-09 staff. They say that being an editor-in-chief is like an emotional rollercoaster ride, complete with ups and downs, and side-to-side turns. Well, we’ve seen it all. Laughter, tears, shreeks of joy, and even nervous breakdowns. But what remains constant is our love of this newspaper and our pursuit of excellence for a publication which has fostered our growth for the past three years (That’s equivalent to 17 issues of The Galleon!). We’ve strived for improvement with each new issue hoping to provide our audiences with up-to-date news about the students, teachers and staff of Spanish River, giving you an inside look at the workings of this incredible school.

I believe it’s an excellent thing that the Spanish River baseball team has begun to give random drug testing. With so many professional baseball players using steroids, I see it’s a great opportunity to stop the youngsters. I believe that if a player is tested positive then they should be expelled from the team, so others won’ t do the same. Hopefully this rule will expand the testing to all the high school athetic teams. Juan Castillo Senior

Congratulations to the new 2009-10 staff! We couldn’t have been more pleased with the applications we received this year. We look forward to seeing what the “next generation” of Galleoners will bring as we hand down the torch to our new editors-in-chief Alban Harrison and Sammi Shavell, and associate editors Natalie Deutsch and Katyayani Jhaveri, four highly qualified students who will do the best job possible. We know that they will continue The Galleon’s legacy of excellence. Enjoy the rest of the semester-summer’s just around the corner. So long, Spanish River! We will miss you!

I completely agree with your article about skewed sleep cycles. We students need a full night of sleep and getting here by 7:28 is much too early! I play varsity soccer for Spanish River and personally, gettting home at maybe 5:15 would not be an issue. The most important thing is that I would feel rested and actually ready for a day of school. Devon Mellul Junior

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OPINION Move over, Bratz, this is still Barbie’s world By NADINE ZYLBERBERG EDITOR-IN-CHIEF At fifty years old, she does not show even the slightest signs of aging and has not undergone any plastic surgery procedures. She has over 40 pets, including dogs, a panda and a chimpanzee and more than 70 close friends. She was once a U.S. Marine Corps officer, elementary school teacher and paleontologist. And she does this all in high heels. She is Barbara Millicent Roberts, better known to the world as Barbie. During recent decades, Barbie has received criticism from all angles. Viewed as shallow, provocative and negative role model for young girls, the doll has been increasingly looked down upon by numerous institutions, including the American Association of University W o m e n and the Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. While all criticisms provide valid arguments, I can’t help but disagree. Yes, Barbie displays little intellect, but could a “shallow” figure pursue a career as an astronaut or UNICEF ambassador without education and depth? I think not. Barbie was an art teacher, veterinarian, McDonald’s cashier and surgeon, among countless other jobs. If this does not promote female dominance and versatility in the workforce, I don’t know what does. I am not a tenacious feminist by any means. But I am a supporter of what Barbie has given youth in America—imagination, ambition, independence and, of course, style. And yes, I must concede that some of Barbie’s wardrobe choices are a bit risqué. According to NPR, the Saudi Arabian Committee for the Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice deemed Barbie inappropriate because of her being “Jewish, with revealing clothes and shameful postures.” Religious implications aside, I still find this statement to be rather extreme. She wears bikinis and mini-skirts, but she also wears long-sleeved gowns and Capri

pants. As a symbol of American culture, she embodies that culture particularly in terms of outfits. So if Saudi Arabia, or any other country for that matter, looks down upon Barbie’s clothing choices, then they should be looking down upon that of America as a whole. Throughout the years, many have believed Barbie portrays an unrealistic female image to her loyal young fans. At 11.5 inches tall, her bust, waist and hip dimensions have been constantly scrutinized; some critics go so far as to claim that her proportions would not be physically possible for a human, and have numbers and measurements to support this assertion. In response to this, I would like to point out that G.I. Joe is never thoroughly examined for his exaggerated biceps that, today, are only attainable through the use of steroids or dangerously intense exercise. Also, as a spokesperson for Mattel said to Times Online, “Barbie is not modelled in human scale,” (as if this is not discernable enough by her lack of joints and unmoving spine). And personally, I never aspired to look like Barbie. I was perfectly content with my brown hair, brown eyes and stock eight-year-old figure. She never influenced my eating habits or my love of clothes (Vogue magazine gets the credit for that). She did, however, make me want to build a house on the moon and have a full-grown zebra as a pet, which are both, albeit far-fetched, great ambitions. And whether it be domesticating a wild animal or studying in a maledominated field, Barbie represents ambitions that have, for 50 years now, encouraged women to realize their independence (Ken who?) and capabilities in modern society. So while many use her 50th birthday to further shed light on her flaws and her negative impact on American, and global, society, I choose to highlight her more admirable qualities. She does, after all, have a more impressive resumé than most people (men included) and ceaseless optimism about life (as evident in her fixed smile. Literally.). Happy birthday, Barbie! Nadine Zylberberg can be contacted at

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Administration holds right to search online profiles Many students are outraged by the fact that administrators can gain access to personal Facebook profiles, but we find it to be a lesson that must be learned earlier rather than later. What seems to be a lack of privacy rights is actually a concept that we as students must get used to. In recent years, social networking sites have flourished, and for the first time, they have targeted teenagers and young adults, rather than adults looking for romance. With this new era in the digital age, everyone, especially teenagers, must be wary of the increased reprecussions of their actions. Information that once needed to be spread by word-of-mouth can now be instantly transmitted to millions of people in a heartbeat. Students, in particular must, be cautious of their online activity: not only do high school, even college, administrators have access to such information, but future employers will as well. Parents and teachers frequently tell us that everything we put on the In-

ternet is public information, and as teens, we believe that simply setting our profiles to “Private” will solve all problems. This, unfortunately, is not the case. Once something - be it a comment, photo or video - is uploaded onto the Internet, it is essentially available to anyone. Moreover, if administrators have the right to search students’ lockers, they should have the same right to check Facebook profiles. But they should be checked in the same manner: only if there is legitimate reason for suspicion and if the matter poses a danger or distraction to the school or other students. Our advice to students? Do not upload or write anything on the Internet that could potentially be embarrassing or harmful to your reputation, should your teachers or employers come across your Facebook or webpage. You do not want to be the one whose job application is rejected for explicit writings or who is suspended for inappropriate photos.

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A Boca Mentality prescription By EMILY YIN WEBSITE EDITOR-IN-CHIEF “I’m sorry, but these forms can’t leave the facility; you’ll have to fill them out here. It will only take a moment.” “No, I will NOT come in for a moment! Give me the papers this instant, so I can leave!” So went a recent “conversation” with a woman at the gym I work at. As a front desk receptionist, I encounter all sorts of interesting people. While there is many a member that is gracious, kind and patient, others suffer from a contagious cerebral infirmity that plagues the locality. It is so widespread an epidemic that you may ignore its dangerous symptoms appearing in yourself or others. It’s called the Boca Mentality. Everyone in South Florida, having visited Boca Raton or not, is well-versed in the tell-tale signs of those suffering from the debilitating Boca Mentality. Common symptoms include the “me, me, me” attitude, the “my time is more valuable than yours” belief, and the later realization that, “wait, the world doesn’t revolve around me?” Victims of the Boca Mentality virus fall into a state of delirium, believing that one’s mere city of residence is enough reason to give oneself automatic importance and superiority. Before you look down upon the victims of this illness, it should be said that almost all of us suffer from a case of the Boca Mentality, with varying levels of severity. Each day, food is strewn across the courtyard of Spanish River, because “it’s not our job” to clean up after ourselves – that would just be a waste of our time! After all, isn’t that what the school hires and pays people to do? And we’ve all been in the position in which our time was too precious to allow that car to merge into our lane in bumper-to-bumper traffic. We are the only ones with obligations and places to be; everyone else can spare a few minutes waiting. I, myself, don’t pretend to be invincible from the Boca Mentality, despite my attempts. It’s extremely contagious, even in its most innocent cases: there has been many a time when, after deciding against purchasing an item, I simply place it back on the closest shelf, rather than its original location. Why? It’s often a hassle to remember and locate where the product originally came from. Plus, there are employees, who are being paid to do this task and could do it with much more ease and efficiency than I. Does the Boca Mentality only plague Boca Raton residents? No, this disease is blind to city limits; there are people from coast to coast, and in countries across the globe, that suffer from the Boca Mentality – although they do not refer to it as such. So if we can all be diagnosed with the Boca Mentality, myself included, would it not be fruitless to try to eradicate it? Yet for the obvious reasons, it is not a likeable illness. Corresponding ailments of the Boca Mentality include chronic irritability and better-than-thou syndrome. Its eradication would do great things for society. However, unlike many illnesses, the Boca Mentality has a simple cure. There are no lengthy instructions to read, no dangerous fine-print side effects and no prescription needed. All you need is to think from others’ perspectives and, as cliché as it is, treat others as you would want to be treated. Perhaps I should forgive the woman for being so irritable and demanding she have her way, despite the gym’s company policy. Maybe she was having a bad day at work, or she could have been having trouble at home with the family. Then again, it’s possible that she was just coming down with a bad case of the Boca Mentality. Emily Yin can be contacted at



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Old New Facebook vs. New New Facebook Old Teens everywhere were devastated when the original Facebook underwent drastic changes and became the “new Facebook”...but really? Was it necessary to completely change it? AGAIN? I think not. Mark Zuckerberg randomly altered the layout of Facebook, and it seems that this was done to further satisfy hard-core Facebook stalkers. Satisfaction is not achieved by doing this; instead people now can’t find their bumper sticker and friend requests, and they are irritated by media being separated from wall posts on the home page. Speaking of the new homepage, I never wanted to know this much information about my friends. This much detail is completely uncalled for. Also, I know I just wrote on my friend’s wall, Facebook doesn’t need to remind me. Does Facebook think we are five years old and everything needs to have a rounded edge? Another nuisance is the lack of birthday displays. Now people will not know when to bake for their friends. What’s on your mind? Joe Schmoe is fed up with the new, new Facebook.

New Everytime that little red notification box appears, you feel yourself wanting more, needing to feel the countless eyes staring, watching your every move. And though you won’t admit it, given all the bad press surrounding its release, you love the new Facebook. It makes it easier not only to be stalked, but to lurk in the shadows as well. With the ever-updating newsfeed, you can filter through the status updates of the people you know and those people you thought you know when you “friended” them, but you actually don’t. The updated status updates caused confusion to many. “Am I posting a wall post or a status update?” read many status updates. However, the blurring of the line between status ad wall post allows Facebook to be what it is to be: a direct line to your innermost thoughts and sentiments, to be electronically piped to all. The clean-cut display of both statuses and comments provide a streamlined and efficient wave of mass communication. Through this genesis, Facebook has become what is was ultimately meant to become, the pinnacle of new communication.

Social vs. Quiet Weekends Going out There is only so much Law and Order or Ghost Whisperer I can watch before I want to scream. The weekend is meant to be fun, i.e. socialization, not hibernation. My contentions are as follows. 1) You make new friends. When you go out, you go beyond your normal social bubble and simultaneously, you also increase your Facebook friend count. 2) You become cultured. Because you have acquired so many friends from being social, you have more opportunities to try new things. 3) Good times, good times. When Monday comes around and everyone is talking about what they did last weekend, you can join the conversation. Furthermore, you’ll have great stories to share with your non-social friends. Why do on the weekends what you can do on weekdays?


Staying in Ok, I am going to clear up a common misconception- liking to be alone does not make you the next Ted Bundy. There is something to be said about spending some quality time with my three best friends; me, myself and I. As high schoolers, the time to relax at home is running out, and we should enjoy it while we can. Cable is only free for so long, and are you going to be able to afford TiVo in college? I don’t think so! The money I save by avoiding those pesky parties goes to a much worthier cause than red plastic cups. Besides, there will be ample time to have fun in college. Not to mention the fun you can have at home. Since when did reading become the pasttime of losers? Can I help it if I find Harry Potter more amusing than waiting on line at Scoop? I’m no serial killer, I just like a little peace and quiet.

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Senior year vs. Junior year: Which year is worse? Senior year Since freshman year, I have been told about the wonders of senior year. Easy classes, cool teachers, fun weekends and [coming down with wonderful cases of] senioritis. All of these, however were fabrications--imagined aspects of senior year. It is filled with college applications, a ridiculous amount of work, retaking SATs/ACTs and the anxiety of the looming future dead ahead. The hours of ungraded busy work make me feel like I am back in kindergarten. I would give anything to go back to eleventh grade-- the compassionate teachers, enjoyable classes and semimanagable work. Last year, I took four AP classes and got by fairly well. Now, I am taking three APs and am struggling immensly. Social life? That’s a joke. Not when you’re drowning in homeowork and your own tears brought on by so much stress. College applications? Say hello to sleepless nights spent writing, rewriting and rewriting again 15 essays and supplements, just to end up at one school. So juniors, beware, senior year is your junior year amped up with no time to take a breath. Have fun!

Junior year Junior year: research papers, SATs, ACTs, homework and extra-curriculars! This is the year when I have to start worrying about college. Understandably, senior year can be stressful too, especially first semester. But that can all be planned for ahead of time. For junior year, there is no planning! You know exactly what is going to inevitably happen, and yet you still walk into that dark tunnel known as junior year. And that social life that you were hoping to have once you got your liscence? Forget it. After all this, there is no time to sleep at night, so you sleep in class. Then teachers complain about your crabbiness which is due to the amount of homework that they have assigned. It’s the circle of life, just one that the Lion King never mentioned. Junior year- just get through it; its only 180 days.

You cannot possibly go wrong with a BlackBerry. There is just no way and there is no comparison with the iPhone. The BlackBerry trumps all. There is a reason that it is one of the most popular phones in school (among both boys and girls). For one, the BlackBerry is not as fragile as the iPhone and it won’t shatter into 100 shards of glass if it slips out of your fingers. You can do more with a BlackBerry than the game-boy-like iPhone whose number-one purpose seems to be to download (and pay for most) pointless games and applications. A BlackBerry is practical. You can actually copy and paste any document you want effortlessly. And you can’t forget BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), one of the fastest, simplest and most convenient ways to communicate with your friends. And no need to worry about charging your BlackBerry constantly like the iPhone; the BlackBerry’s battery won’t give up and die on you when you need it most. The iPhone is no match for the BlackBerry, especially the new BlackBerry Storm which also has a touch screen. All in all, there is nothing the iPhone can do that the BlackBerry can’t and plenty that the BlackBerrry can do that the iPhone can’t.

iPhone Attractive interfaces, 3G speed and thousands of applications available to download. Oh, the beauty of the iPhone! Forget complicated BlackBerry menus and imprecise trackballs. The iPhone is easy to use, requiring simple motions such as sliding and tapping. The spacious screen allows for quick and easy navigation, with no need for those eyesore menus. “CrackBerry” addicts are pathetic; their obsession with Brickbreaker is painful to any iPhone user, who has access to higher quality graphics in games such as Crash Bandicout, Super Monkey Ball and more. Forget the boring trackball; iPhone games are responsive to taps, slides, tilts and shakes. Moreover, the iPhone text message format is essential-never go back to your inbox to scroll through every received text; your conversations are in easy-to-read instant message format. Get rid of your graphics-lacking BlackBerry. Indulge in the iPhone’s large, clear screen to watch Youtube videos (which the BlackBerry lacks) and browse the album covers from your iPod (sorry BlackBerry users). The not-so-smart BlackBerry just can’t match up to the iPhone; you really must try it to believe it.

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By JESSICA STALLONE ASSOCIATE EDITOR 4:00 PM Monday afternoon. I sit at my computer with my coffee, feeling motivated and ready to work. 4:02 PM. I’m on Facebook. 2 hours later 6:00 PM. “Okay,” I think to myself, “I should start.” 6:10 PM. “I’m hungry, and I can’t work on an empty stomach. I’ll eat dinner and work after that.” 7:00 PM. Brickbreaker proves to be more interesting than the task at hand. 8:00 PM. I still have not started my work. Gossip Girl is on, no chance of starting for at least another hour.

tion, saying that it is glorified “thinking time,” that those who procrastinate are just taking extra time to mull over their options and ideas before starting something. Well let me tell you, that is most definitely not the case with me. I am just plain old L-A-Z-Y. It’s that simple. When I sit down to do anything, whether it’s a research paper, college essay or studying for my AP Environmental Science exam, I immediately come up with at least 10 other things that I would rather be doing. I could be watching TV, reading a book, playing with my dogs, exercising, the list goes on and on. School work takes me at least three times as long as anyone else because I am perpetually distracted. As high school comes to a close (at least for me, sorry freshmen!), it has come to my attention that I have gotten progressively lazier and more prone to procrastination. Every worksheet feels like a research paper, every test seems like an AP exam. The biggest waste-of-time television shows like “John and Kate Plus 8” seem exponentially more interesting than ever before because it is something for me to do that requires absolutely no brain activity. Call it senioritis if you want, but one thing is for sure: my procrastination has reached new heights.

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My average night will go on like this until about 10 or 11 PM, when I come to the realization that if I don’t start at that moment, I will not be able to finish. I am plagued with a very serious condition, commonly known as procrastination. I have had too many sleepless nights to count over the last four years due to my inability to curb my procrastination tendencies. No matter what the assignment, no matter the class, I cannot bring myself to even start until the deadline is looming in the immediate future. Even now, as **This editorial was written in the midst of a postI am writing this editorial, my deadline is less than procrastination panic. one hour away.** I can’t help myself; it’s a compulJessica Stallone can be contacted at sion. There have been those who attempted to shine a more positive light on the practice of procrastinaPhoto courtesy of Google Images

By SARVENAZ LAUSSERMAIR GUEST COMMENTARY These days, nothing gets done unless there is something to be gained from the effort. Back in my day, I cleaned my room because I was told to do so, not because I was getting paid to sanitize the mess I made in the first place. I learned that hard work is expected of me, a mentality that has pushed me past those who expect constant rewards from their hard work. The fact that some schools are promising incentives to students who do well on AP exams is ridiculous! Students who sign up for AP courses know that they are expected to score well on the exams. They are given the chance to opt out of college courses for classes they take in high school, which, honestly, is incentive enough. An additional cash incentive for learning content someone signs up to learn is simply a desperate attempt to create a passion for learning that does not exist on its own. The desire to learn and succeed cannot be bought; improvements made as a result of incentives are superficial at best. What does it say about a student when his or her less-than-satisfactory work suddenly turns into perfection at the mention of a quick cash reward? And can this student be expected to continue to reach for excellence when the incentives stop flowing in? If AP teachers are finding that students are unwilling to put in the effort naturally, they should reconsider the criteria by which they accept such lackadaisical pupils into their classes. Receiving AP credits should be an honor to strive for, not an occupation that demands a paycheck. If students do not learn the value of dedication early in life, a last minute premise of instant gratification will only add to the notion that long-term goals are not worth persevering.

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9 features Earth Hour Student pilots soar to promotes astounding new heights global warming awareness March 2009 The Galleon


By JENNIFER LIEBERMAN FEATURES EDITOR On Saturday, March 28, major cities around the world will be turning off their power at 8:30 PM According to Earth Hour, this prepared outage will be done to show the world that it is possible to take action against global warming. Earth Hour started in Australia in 2007 as part of a campaign to get residents of Sydney to turn off their lights. During the first Earth Hour, 2.2 million homes and businesses participated. The following year, the movement had spread around the world with up to 50 million people participating in over 35 countries. Global landmarks such as the Colosseum in Rome, The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the Coca Cola billboard in New York City were darkened as a symbol of optimism for the increasing urgency of global warming. “I think [Earth Hour] is a good idea. An hour can make a big difference,” senior Nastasia Boutros said. “A single household is nothing, but a whole city will make a huge impact.” “I don’t believe in Earth Hour because everyday should be used to keep the environment clean,”

freshman Max Morgenstern said. “It is important to take care of the environment because it provides protection for us and is where we live.” Earth Hour 2009 will be seen as a call of action to all individuals throughout the world. One of the goals of the event is to have people become more aware of global warming and get involved in working toward a sustainable future. Participants from over 64 countries are planning on taking part in Earth Hour and that number is increasing everyday. “I think [Earth Hour] is a great idea because every second a lot of energy is wasted,” freshman Aaron Blogg said. “An hour can make a big difference.” “For sure I will participate in Earth Hour because if the whole world particiapates, one hour would save a lot of energy,” freshman Joey Goldman said. “People would realize that it could help save the world.” Anyone can get involved in Earth Hour. By either signing up online, telling a friend or planning your own Earth Hour, everyone can help raise awareness of the global problem looming over Earth. Earth Hour is one way to send a message to leading officials that something must be done about the environment. Jennifer Lieberman can be contacted at photo courtesy of google images

Becoming a pilot means having the necessary qualifications to lead and operate an aircraft, which ultimately involves intense studying, having plenty of courage and remaining steadfastly held onto a goal. Four Spanish River students have and continue to work extremely hard at fulfilling their dreams of flying airplanes for the rest of their lives. The average age of a pilot, according to Air Line Pilot, is 43 years old. At Spanish River, however, students ranging from the ages of 17 to 18 years old are already well on their way to achieving this honorable position. Each student has different dreams, yet all revolve around the same passion: flying airplanes. All pilots must attain certain skills to excel at flying, regardless of what they intend to do with their abilities. They must pass various exams to attain different licenses, including written exams and practical exams, which include actual flying tests with a flying examiner. It takes a minimum of about 6 months to complete private pilot training. Pilots must learn to control air crafts that soar at various speeds, which travel at speeds measured in nautical miles (knots). The Cessna 172SP Skyhawk aircraft, flown by two Spanish River students, travels at a speed around 100 to 120 knots (120 to 140 miles per hour), while most

“I enjoy flying because of the feeling of being above everything and also the thrill and feeling of accomplishment as I become a better pilot,” Orzeck said. Orzeck is positive that no matter what becomes of his future, flying will be a part of it; whether he flies for the air force, a commercial airline, runs his father’s business, or fulfills his dream of being a bush pilot in Alaska, a pilot who flies for the mere challenge and adventure. According to Orzeck, flying came naturally to him; although he has learned that it takes dedication to obtain a license. “The best advice I could give would be to stick with it through the hard work because eventually it pays of,” Orzeck said. Senior Casey Carlson flies about five hours every month or as often as he can. His inspiration to pursue flying c a m e from his grandfather, who was a pilot in the United States A i r Force. Carlson flies the Cessna 172SP Skyhawk plane, which is the plane he took his first lesson in. He has flown across the east coast of Florida and if he could fly anywhere, he would fly to Colorado. Carlson intends to use his flying skill and commitment to eventually become a commercial pilot. “Flying lets me be in

commercial airplanes fly at speeds of around 500 knots (600 miles per hour). Senior Justin Dahan was born in Thailand and spoke his first word in Thai around the command and age of two: “airplane.” His focus since then enables me to escape has been aimed at becoming a commercial from everything on land and be airline pilot and eventually flying overseas free in the sky,” Carlson said. to Asia, specifically to Hong Kong, China The desire and excitement that come with flying, or Thailand. Dahan walks through the while professional for some, is entertainment and Boca Raton Airport with confidence and an activity of leisure for others. excitement, up to the Cessna 172SP Senior Josh Klein takes flight with his father by Skyhawk plane, although his side almost every week to various destinations he occasionally in Florida. He was first introduced to flying by his flies others. After mother, a former flight attendant. Klein has intensively and flown to places including Fort Pierce, Key professionally West and the Bahamas multiple times, inspecting the plane, inside and out, mainly for fun. he puts on his thick, grey headphones, and “I intend to use my skills later on in life listens to a recording by air traffic control either as a hobby or to fly helicopters for the to gain an understanding of the weather conditions navy or coast guard, depending on where I go to for that day. Once he takes several precautions- college,” Klein said. which include making sure that the plane has These four students will enough fuel, the wings are working properly and undoubtedly continue to the navigation system is performing efficiently- he soar to great heights as begins to track out his flight map and gets ready they get closer to fulfilling for takeoff. their dreams and earning Dahan, said he started flying when he was 15 years their pilot wings. They old and his flight instructor at Sky Blue Aviation encourage others to learn Academy, Steve Lovello, described Dahan as a the wonders of flying for student who is “very good, attentive, willing to learn themselves. and someone who learns quickly,” also adding that “It all starts with your he has “100 percent confidence in him as a pilot.” first lesson,” Calson said. He currently has his private pilot’s license and is “You fly it [an airplane], working toward obtaining his IFR license, which you take off in it, you land is his instrument reading license. Dahan will be it and you’ll love it.” attending Embry Riddle Aeronautical University Local training locations in Daytona Beach, Florida, in the fall of 2009. for flight school and photo courtesy of justin dahan “Flying is without a doubt my passion,” Dahan training in Boca Raton Justin Dahan flying his favorite said. “I’ve always wanted to fly and have always aircraft, the Cessna 172 SP include Sky Blue Aviation had a fascination with it.” Academy and the Lynn Skyhawk. Senior Mike Orzeck has been surrounded by University Burton D. aviation his entire life and is determined to keep it Morgan School of Aeronautics. More information that way, flying at least twice a week, or whenever he about flying can be found at has the time. His enthusiasm and drive is influenced and by his father, who is a pilot and also purchases and Eliana Newman can be contacted at sells private planes. He has flown multiple places such as Key West, Marco Island, Orlando and Naples. photo courtesy of google images


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Fake IDs peak interest among students By TAMARAH STRAUSS STAFF REPORTER Although getting caught with a false identification card (fake ID) can result in hundreds of dollars in fines, many students are still willing to take the risk in order to go to clubs and buy alcohol. At Spanish River, many students have IDs with a fake birth date to make them appear older, or with someone else’s picture ID in order to get into a club or buy alcohol. Fake IDs can be bought over the Internet or through other students who make them. With the rise of clubs in Boca Raton, such as Scoop and Pulse, students feel that it is necessary to have a fake ID to get into a club or purchase alcohol. Spanish River students are no stranger to this. A senior who prefers to remain anonymous knows many people who have used fake IDs or another person’s ID, including herself. “When I got to the club I was nervous that I wasn’t going to get in, because I don’t look like I’m 18,” she said. “However, once the bouncers saw that I was with my friends, they knew that all I wanted to do was have fun, and they let me in with an ID that was not my own.”

According to BBC News, there has been an increase of the use of fake IDs internationally among teenagers. Police urge bouncers, bartenders and owners of clubs to specifically check the IDs as thoroughly as possible by scanning them, making sure they look real and checking the date on the ID. Allowing patrons to

use fake IDs puts the premise at risk of losing its liquor license, which would dampen the nightlife it provides. Arian Lecouna, older brother of senior Daina Lecouna, worked as a bouncer in Tallahassee when he was a student at Florida State University (FSU). While working as a bouncer, he learned that many

clubs do not confiscate fake IDs; instead they just turn the person away. However, he said clubs will let people in as long as they do not look too young. He noted that it depends on the type of club it is; more upscale clubs tend to have stricter rules. “Once you get the job, the club tells you what their policies are, and how to handle a fake ID,” Lecouna said. “Some clubs in Tallahassee give bouncers fake ID seminars in order to be able to spot one.” Some students at River have attempted to get into a nightclub with fake IDs, but have been turned away because the IDs were too unrealistic. “I used a fake ID that was bad; it didn’t work,” an anonymous junior said. “However, the bouncer told me that I needed to get a real ID, I tried persuading him to let me in, but he wouldn’t. The next time I used a different ID, and I was let in.” Fake IDs can easily be made through new technology and can even be ordered online. A simple Google search offers students fake ID templates and how-to guides. With the massive availability of IDs, many students are willing to use them to get into clubs even though they can result in serious consequences. Tamarah Strauss can be contacted at art by carly coleman

Gay straight alliance emerges at River By CARLY COLEMAN STAFF REPORTER Initiated by club president sophomore Cody Jackson, and club vice president junior Katya Ungerman, the Gay-Straight Alliance club (GSA) is taking its first steps at Spanish River. With numerous goals in mind, GSA promotes the understanding and tolerance of gays, lesbians and bisexuals, both inside and outside of high school. Not limited to homosexual and bisexual students, the club is also largely comprised of straight students, who are encouraged to join to help provide support and uphold acceptance. “It’s a club that promotes understanding [and] both sides of the story,” Ungerman said. “Looking after people’s civil rights doesn’t mean you’re gay. It doesn’t mean you’re straight either.” The primary ambitions of the GSA club were established in its first meeting held in February. They include trying to eliminate offensive behavior and remarks aimed at gay people, providing education to combat ignorance that often spurs these displays of intolerance and helping affected students cope with these kinds of situations. Club members discussed ways to attain these goals such as coordinating with GSA clubs at other schools

and Compass (the Gay and Lesbian community center of Palm Beach County), organizing movie screenings to help educate and raise awareness about homosexuality, conducting surveys of Spanish River students to learn about their attitudes towards gay peers and striving to transform Spanish River into a hate-free zone. Club members have also discussed participating in events such as Gay Awareness week at the end of March, during which different colored clothing is worn for each day of the week to represent various issues and the Day of Silence in April, on which participants speechlessly protest the silence often imposed, through harassment or prejudice, against gays in schools. “I think kids are much more tolerant [now] as opposed to even five to ten years ago at Spanish River,” club sponsor Wendy Woodmore said. Still, some club members agree that language that is offensive to gays, as well as the misuse of the term “gay” as a negative adjective, is still prevalent at school. According to GSA club members, some

of this hostility is even expressed jokingly by certain teachers. “We know that the remarks and offensive behavior can’t necessarily be stopped,” Jackson said. “We want to discuss ways that affected students can cope with it.” Because of the mistreatment that can result from ignorance surrounding an individual who is labeled as gay, some parents have expressed worry about their students involving themselves in the GSA club. “My mom has never had a problem with me being a member [of GSA at previous schools]; however, when I told her I was going to be an officer, she started to show some concern [because holding an officer position in GSA] might open the door for rumors,” Ungerman said. Ungerman participated in GSA clubs, or their equivalents, in previous schools and said that the one she belonged to during her sophomore year was “wildly successful”, ending many biased remarks and effectively educating the student body. Regarding the establishment of the GSA club at Spanish River, Jackson says that he has been intending to start one since his freshman year. Ungerman contacted him this year with ideas learned from her previous GSA club experiences. “What I remember most was it was a real safe haven for people struggling with their identit[ies],” Ungerman said. “And my greatest hope […] is that we can serve as a sort of sanctuary for people [too].” Carly Coleman can be contacted at photo courtesy of google images

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13 FEATURE FOCUS Student drug dealers infiltrate halls March 2009 The Galleon


DRUG TRADE Columbian cocaine. Burmese opium. Mexican . A worldwide drug trade distributes illegal substances around the globe. On a smaller scale, students at Spanish River buy and sell drugs such as OxyContin and marijuana in a micro-size replica of the worldwide drug trade.


Drug abusers “face it” in room 8208 KATIANA KRAWCHENKO EDITOR-IN-CHIEF Drugs. Teens. Nearly synonymous in today’s age, when “lighting up a joint” in the student parking lot is not as uncommon as one might think, and getting arrested on campus for drug abuse is no longer taboo. At Spanish River alone, an annual average of four teenagers are arrested on campus for alcohol, tobacco or drug abuse, and even more are searched by Assistant Principals because they have found a reasonable cause to do so. “Though Spanish River is not nearly as bad as some schools in the area, we do arrest about four kids a year,” Officer Kevin McCoy said. “Most of the time we gain reasonable reason to search a student if we see illicit activities in the parking lot, bloodshot eyes or a strong odor coming from a particular student.” Face It, a county-funded program aimed at “empowering families to help youth avoid and stop using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs,” according to the organization’s brochure, aims at combatting behavior like this through educational workshops involving the students and family members. It was founded under the idea that “facing the problem” with students and parents is more effective than simply punishing. It is seen as a beneficial alternative to out-of-school suspen-

sion and targets families in need, not just one particular student. Coordinator Laura Shoemaker is proud of the program that has served an average of over 1,000 people per year including student drug abusers, their parents and siblings. She said it is more than just a reduction in drug use that makes the program so rewarding. “They’re increasing their family communication skills and discovering what family rules they want to create that they haven’t already related to students using alcohol or drugs,” she said. “So by the end of the sessions our hope is they’ve created drug free family rules that give them a chance to keep the communication open within their family.” In a typical meeting, parents and teenagers are initially addressed together, participating in an “ice-breaker” activity that may involve, for instance, thinking of characteristics of a good friend and then discussing in a candid circle which ones each person in the group has. This allows for open communication between families as well as with others facing the same problems. Students caught doing drugs or tobacco on campus are initially given ten days of out-of-school suspension, but are able to choose this alternative which requires the student to attend one session a week for two months. Parents are involved, Shoemaker said, so that they can find others that are going through the same situations as they are, whether it be use of illicit drugs or abuse of prescription medications.

“First the benefits to students and parents as a family they come to the session initially to reduce a suspension related to alcohol tobacco or drug use. But those that are coming voluntarily are gaining more knowledge about substance abuse.” Due to reasons of confidentiality, observers are not allowed to attend these sessions, however, descriptive DVDs of the program demonstrate that students also see the benefits of the program. “A lot of times there are a bunch of really good kids in their that just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time,” one said. And being in the “wrong place at the wrong time” seems to be a recurring theme for Palm Beach County teens, as an increasing number of students are engaging in drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse. The reports conducted by the Florida Department of Children and families revealed that 31.7 percent of teens, aged 15-17 have used marijuana in their lifetimes, up from 18.6 for 10-14 year-olds. Even more astounding is that 36.3 percent of the 15-17 year-olds surveyed admitted to have used “any illicit drug,” nearly on par with the state average of 37.4%. Face It meetings are conducted once every week for 8-week periods as part of the Community School services of Spanish River. Ages range from 12-18 years old.

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Know Your Illegal Drugs

Paraldehyde Paraldehyde is a depressant used in hospitals to treat alcohol abuse. Most abusers become addicted while being treated for alcoholism. Abusers can be identified by the smell of their breath. OxyContin OxyContin is a drug containing oxycodone, an opium derivative. It is a prescription drug used to alleviate pain. Some abuse it for its euphoric effects, which can lead to a fatal overdose. PCP PCP has similar effects as LSD. It is a hallucinogen, stimulant, depressant and anesthetic; the wide range of uses makes it hard to predict who will have a bad reaction to the drug. Source:

BY ALBAN HARRISON FEATURE FOCUS EDITOR Last month, a Spanish River sophomore (who spoke on condition of anonymity because of legal considerations) opened her living room door to find three police officers waiting for her. Her mind flickered to the drawer full of OxyContin, an illegal drug commonly referred to as oxy, in her bedroom. Indeed, they immediately confronted her about the drug. By the end of the night, she admitted to the officers that she dealt the drug in school and they responded (benignly) by lecturing her about the consequences of drug dealing (which under Florida law is a felony). She was able to avoid arrest because, ironically, her mother is a police officer. She had invited the officers over after finding the drugs herself. The oxy dealer became a rarity when her punishment for drug dealing was no more than a slap on the hand. She even said she felt bold enough to open the dresser drawer containing the OxyContin and shout, “Want some?” to the police officers as they questioned her. But school police officer Kevin McCoy has arrested students even for on-campus drug use, a less serious offense. “We caught two kids smoking pot in the parking lot, Mc-

Juvenile Drug Violations

Juvenile drug Violations have been rising since 2004. They spiked first in 1997 and have never fully recovered from that high. Source:

cion from his parents. “Well, my mom has known [about my drug involvement], and she has actually smoked [marijuana] with me a couple of times; so has my step-dad,” he said. The oxy dealer estimates that she served 20 different customers while dealing at Spanish River, 15 of whom were repeat customers. “Yeah I [her voice trails off as a teacher passes] sold drugs at school. That’s where most of my money came from,” she said. Freshmen were, reportedly, her best customers - a fact that she considers inappropriate. “The freshmen need to chill out, and realize drugs aren’t going to fix anything in the world,” she said. “What kind of 13 or 14-year-old needs hard-core drugs?” The oxy dealer looks back on shouting “Want some [oxys]?” to the police officers as not the “best choice”. The officers did not want any, but, as the juvenile drug-abuse violations statistics show, she probably would not have had much trouble finding more willing customers. Alban Harrison can be contacted at

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Posession of over 25 pounds of cannabis, but less than 2000 pounds

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Fine of $250 or more and less than 6 months in prison

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25 years in prison and a fine of $500,000


Smoking out the truth about 4/20 BY ELIZABETH MOSES FEATURE FOCUS EDITOR While some may be confused about the significance of the term 4/20, any marijuana smoker or urban dictionary user is fully aware of its meaning; 4:20 PM is a time at which many smokers choose to practice their habit, and 4/20, or April 20 is often considered the “National Smoke Out Day.” However, many different claims about the origin of 4/20 have arisen and there is much debate about where the idea came from and what it means. The first idea is that it originated from a police code for a sighting of marijuana smoking, but 420 is not a criminal code anywhere. Another theory is that there are 420 active chemicals in marijuana, however there are only 315 chemicals. One rumor is that it is because 4/20 is Hitler’s birthday; this is true, but 4/20 began

as a time, not a date. Others suggest that 4/20 arose because the Columbine shootings occurred on April 20, 1999, but the term was already in use before the shootings. Another idea is that 4:20 was teatime for pot smokers in Holland, however teatime there is 5:30. In actuality, the term 4/20 originated at San Rafael High School in California in 1971 according to Steven Hager, editor of High Times. A group of about a dozen pot-smoking students who called themselves the “Waldos” used 4/20 as shorthand for the time of day at which they would meet to smoke. 4/20 has even been used in pop culture; it is rumored that in the film “Pulp Fiction,” all clocks were set to 4:20. At Spanish River, even Assistant Principal Doug Markwardt said extra precautions are taken to enhance security on April 20. “We are definitely on high alert”, Markwardt said. “Any indication or smell is cause for search, and not just of their person, but of their car and locker as well.

Spanish Reefer High

46% of students have smoked marijuana

Photos courtesy of Google Images, modified by Alban Harrison

Coy said. “They were sitting in the car, smoking marijuana in plain view. After notifying the dean, we took them in, took their statements.” One of the students, an 18-year-old girl, was tried in court as an adult and put into a drug intervention program. The other student, a minor, went through the youth court system, which allowed him to maintain a clean arrest record, according to McCoy. McCoy insists that Spanish River’s arrest rate is low. The overall national juvenile crime rate has been falling since a spike in 1996, according to statistics by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). However, drug-abuse violations, which include illegal drug sales, have been rising steadily since 2004, according to OJJDP. Illegal drug sales in the U.S. constitute a 60 billion dollar market, according to government estimates, and students at Spanish River deal drugs to earn just a tiny slice of that pie. “They [gave] me money and I make more [sic] so, you know, I buy more drugs with it,” a student who used to deal marijuana said. “So I just keep the cycle going.” He keeps the cycle going without arousing suspi-

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In 10 years as an AP, I’ve dealt with close to 500 cases of drugs and alcohol.” Markwardt also noted that “there is a definite decrease in attendance on 4/20”, and that “students coming in late are under suspicion.” Markwardt admitted that the district is often out of touch with the students regarding issues such as 4/20, noting the incident a few years ago when an LTM was scheduled on 4/20, the school was forced to change it. To put it simply, 4/20 is a symbol of cannabis and its culture, and to many marijuana users, April 20 is an international event. However, 4/20 can also present danger, such as the threat on the school that was made two years ago for 4/20, when a senior claimed he was going to bring a gun to school. That student had to be removed from school for the rest of the year, and security on 4/20 that school year was certainly increased. Elizabeth Moses can be contacted at


The Galleon surveyed students in an effort to showcase the growing drug problem at Spanish River. The percentages of students involved with drugs were astounding, but may not be surprising to some.

of students plan to skip school on 4/20


of students know a drug dealer

Page compiled by Alban Harrison and Elizabeth Moses


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WELCOME To BOLLYWOOD By KATYAYANI JHAVERI STUDENT LIFE EDITOR The scene: a mother (Jaya Bachan) wistfully waiting. Around her, as is expected from Hindi movies, joyous sari-clad girls dance to the music that is playing in the background. Then the scene is cut, the whirling of a black helicopter is heard. Audiences watch intently as a young man (Shahrukh Khan) jumps out of the chopper. He starts running towards his house. The scene switches back to his mother who, guided by intuition, walks towards her door. The music begins speeding up; she swings it open in the hopes that she will see her son standing in the doorway but instead sees nothing. The music abruptly ends. There is pin-drop silence in the theater as the mother walks away. All at once she turns around, the music begins anew, and there in the doorway stands her son, a leather bag slipping off his shoulder and a knowing smile playing on his lips. This scene is from the Karen Johar-directed Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham (Happiness and Tears). A blockbuster hit throughout India, this movie contains all the spices needed to make a Bollywood movie; emotions, glamour, glitz and drama, all packaged together with fast-paced song-and-dance sequences that are woven into the film. Bollywood, unlike its American equivalent Hollywood, is not really a place. It is the term used to address the Indian film industry, which churns out over 700 films a year in 16 different languages, three times the number of films Hollywood produces. “It’s a different type of culture with the dancing and the music,” junior Jason Lee said. “It takes someone who understands what India is all about to appreciate their unique types of theatrics.” Since the release of the 2009 Best Picture Slumdog Millionaire, more and more Americans have be-

come intrigued with Indian movies. especially due to their vivacious music composed and directed by A.R. Rahman, who has won a Golden Globe award for Best Music and also an Oscar for the Best Original Score. Rahman also shared another Oscar, for the Best Original Song, with Indian lyricist Gulzar for the song “Jai Ho.” The movie tells the story of an Indian boy from the slums of India and his quest to find the one girl he has ever loved. “The music and filming locations the director uses revealed the colorful culture found everywhere in India,” junior Kelly Horner said. “It seemed like it was on a higher level than most American movies.” But truly, Bollywood influences could be seen in American movies much before the release of Slumdog. In the opening credits of Spike Lee’s film Inside Man, the music from the popular Bollywood film Dil Se was played. The song, “Chaiyya Chaiyya” originally shows actor Shahrukh Khan dancing on top of a moving train and was composed by A.R. Rahman. Bollywood’s influence on Hollywood can be observed in many other western films such as Monsoon Wedding, Moulin Rouge and Bend It like Beckham as well. Last year’s super-hit film The Namesake, directed by Mira Nair, starred Irrfan Khan and Tabu, who have made their names by acting in Bollywood films such as Hera Pheri and Maqbool. Aishwarya Rai, a leading lady in Bollywood movies, has also appeared in Hollywood movies. She debuted in Bride and Prejudice in 2004 and just recently appeared in Pink Panther 2 with Steve Martin. Bollywood films are best known for their full-blown musical extravaganzas, which include bright, glimmering costumes and dance choreography the likes

of which is seen only in Broadway musicals. Last year, popular American rapper Snoop Dogg participated in the Bollywood craze by creating a music video with Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar for the Hindi movie, Chandni Chowk to China. He appeared in the video dressed in a traditional Indian outfit and a turban. Even American actors have begun appearing in Bollywood movies. Ali Larter, from the popular NBC show Heroes, acted with famous Indian actor Salman Khan in the 2007 film Marigold. The Indian film industry, Bollywood, is something very different than what the western world has experienced as of now. The minute-to-minute costume changes, the dance sequences between scenes and the larger-than-life relationships are a far cry from typical Hollywood movies. Many critics feel that while American audiences have started seeing and accepting small doses of Bollywood it will take a while before the influence can spread. “I think a lot of filmmakers have been enamored with Bollywood,” Gene Newman, editorial director at said in an interview with CNN. “They’re investing over there, like Spielberg. [But in American cinema,] for the most part, there will be little tinges of Bollywood.” Katyayani Jhaveri can be contacted at

Bollywood Films Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham The film is centered on a wealthy Indian family with two sons, Rahul and Rohan. Their parents arrange for Rahul to marry Naina, but he truly loves someone else Anjali. Filled with beautiful cinematography and lavish sets and costumes, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham is a masterful film that is truly worthwhile.


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Lagaan tells the story of local Indians who are forced to give up their crops each harvest to the rajahs. As drought and hunger spreads throughout the region, rebellions led by leading character Bhuvan are started against the harsh British rulers. Adversity, injustice, dignity and courage are just some of the topics explored in this 2009 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film.


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Film festival showcases students’ talent By JASON GROBSTEIN ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR The Palm Beach International Film Festival, (PBIFF), is a competition for high school and college students to garner scholarship money and distinction

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Harding and Mizel prepare to film a movie.

in the film industry. For the past twelve years, PBIFF has featured the best and brightest of tomorrow’s Spielbergs. This year’s festival will be held from April 23-27. Along with many other participants, senior Kristen Harding, junior Jared Mizel and junior Adam Greenstein are promising directors with a passion for the art of filmmaking. Senior Kristen Harding first started her career as a filmmaker during her freshman year. Through her TV Production class, Harding became interested in film production and therefore created her first film. Harding’s ongoing fascination with film prompted her to attend a film program at the University of Southern California the summer entering her junior year. “Going to the University of Southern California solidified my career choice as a filmmaker,” Harding said. “It also made me appreciate how much work goes into the process of making a movie.” This year, Harding is entering a music video based on the song “Weightless” by Nada Surf. The film depicts inanimate objects coming to life when a human character leaves her bedroom. “Film festivals give me the opportunity to showcase my work on display,” Harding said. “Also, some of them have worthwhile prizes for filmmakers.” Harding has already been accepted into Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and hopes to gain admission to the film school at the University of Southern California. Junior Jared Mizel first became interested in filmmaking and screenwriting during the summer before sophomore year after taking TV Production. During last year’s PBIFF, Mizel entered his

piece in the screenwriting category and won first place. Mizel’s script involved espionage and was about a man who gets mistaken for someone else, putting him in many dramatic situations. “I like to look and see what dilemma the characters can encounter and how they would react to the situation,” Mizel said. Mizel gains his inspiration from old, classical movies. As a filmmaker, Mizel strives to maintain realism in his scripts and films. He hopes to enter into the film industry and be able to control all aspects of his films, including screenwriting and directing. “I see myself starting off writing and then moving on to the larger aspects of filmmaking such as directing and producing,” Mizel said. “I want my movies to change the way people view the cinema.” Junior Adam Greenstein has been filming since he was six and credits his growth as a filmmaker to TV production class. “TV Production taught me how to work in a group and cooperate with other filmmakers,” Greenstein said. “[The class] helped me find out about competitions and other opportunities.” For his first entry into PBIFF, Greenstein directed a commercial for Levi Jeans. The commercial illustrates both people walking in the jeans and the jeans walking without people. To produce the commercial, Greenstein used computer programming to edit the people’s bodies out of the jeans. “Directing this commercial made me realize how much work goes into producing a film,” Greenstein said. “I had to cast my own actors, create the scenery and add all other special effects.” This summer, Greenstein hopes to intern at a news station in order to learn more aspects of the film industry. Jason Grobstein can be contacted at

Websites foster instant communication By ALISON SIKES ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR The Internet has made instant gratification a way of life. We can talk to someone in the Eastern hemisphere through video. We can find 212,000 results on how to scramble an egg. We can even upload a viral video, become a celebrity and experience fame for 15 minutes. With sites such as Tumblr, Skype and Twitter making waves on the web, our lives are becoming more intstantly gratified.




When long-time best friends seniors Hailey In 2005, Estonian entrepreneurs Niklas Zennström It has over six million users and is the third largPerelman, Ileana Diez, Kristen Harding and Vic- and Janus Friis introduced Skype to the world. Skype est social-networking site, and yet, many are not toria Pajaujis discovered that they all shared the is a free, downloadable software that combines many aware of it. Twitter is a free social-messaging sersame dream of operating a blog, the foursome Internet tools into one. Users can instant message, vice that allows users to update their status, blog, created TEAMgirlz on the blogger-friendly site share files, video chat and even make telephone calls and upload pictures. Updates, or tweets, are sent Tumblr. from a user’s phone or computer and dis“It just made sense to have a collective played on his webpage for all of his friends blog,” Pajaujis said. “Hailey asked our to see. It seems that everyone- colleges, friend, who has a blog, for a cool blog site CNN, musicians and even President Barack that was easy to use and he directed us toObama- has a profile on twitter. ward Tumblr, the rest is history.” “It’s a convenient way to serve as a bulletin Tumblr is a free website that allows board for students in preparation for the bloggers to create tumbleblogs, a variatest,” economics teacher Brett Burkey said. tion of a blog that mixes short-form, “I’ve been using Twitter to keep up with my mixed-media posts with extended editostudents. It’s very simple to use. So far, it rial posts. Unlike a conventional blog, has been successful.” Tumblr does not require authors to proAside from letting friends and family vide commentary when they share their know what a user is currently doing, TwitPhoto courtesy of Hsiao Chang ter is being used as a tool for social justice. creations, discoveries or experiences. Pajaujis, Harding, Perelman and Diez blog on their Tumblr website TEAMgirlz. In May 2008, New Scientist found that “I think we all decided that the main focus of our blog was to not have any foTwitter does a better job of informing the over the Internet. Calls made through the program cus at all so our entries are pretty varied,” senior to other users are free, while calls made to landlines masses during emergencies, such as the Virginia Hailey Perelman said. “It keeps it interesting, and mobile phones are charged at a low price. Typi- Tech shootings, than media outlets and governeven for us because we all check the blog to see cally, the cost is the same as a fee for a local number, mental agencies do. For example, The American what the others have posted.” making a call to Delray Beach is the same price as one Red Cross uses Twitter to notify users about local All an aspiring Tumblr user needs to create a to Beijing. disasters and give directions on how to handle situtumbleblog is an opinion. “I use Skype everyday,” senior Marcy Morris said. ations. When US Airways Flight 1549 had to make “I am computer illiterate and so I had Kristen “It makes my life better because I know that calling a an emergency landing in the Hudson River, a passhow me how to set up the page,” Pajaujis said. friend is only a click away.” senger tweeted the first picture of the crashed plane “But for the most part Tumblr is super easy.” via TwitPic, a Twitter application. Alison Sikes can be contacted at



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WHAT’S UP WITH PTSA? Spanish River Parent Teacher Student Association Announcements

River Ambassador Program Ambassadors will meet and greet new students throughout the 2009-10 school year. This program will try to make the transition into our school easier. It’s a great way to earn community service hours, add to your resume and promote school spirit!

Get Smart Directory Do you want a tool that will make

you the most successful student you can be? This is a brand new page on our website that lists tutors and college planners in our area. It’s a great resource. Check it out!

For more information email

Save the Date!

Friday May 8th @ 8 PM Concert in the gym to benefit Spanish River High! Visit

Congratulations to all the 2008-2009 Spanish River DECA Chapter State Winners! International Business Plan 2nd Place: Lauren Osterfeld, Lindsey Osterfeld and Meray Ohanessian 3rd Place: Alyssa Baron and Leonie DeLaCruz 5th Place: Andrew Key and Ashley Klein Creative Marketing Plan 5th Place: Diego Bonilla, Matthew Machler and Wallace Riberio Retail Marketing Research Event 5th Place: Jamie Green and Sydney Ellman Learn and Earn Project 1st Place: Jennifer Proscia, Ashley Wargo and Kelsey Mulligan Internet Marketing Business Plan 6th Place: Jorge Penaranda, Leigh Brandt and Felipe Vergara

Business and Financial Services Marketing Research Event 3rd Place: Hanna Kivisto

Marketing Management Series 6th Place: Ilyssa Sanders

Internet Marketing Management Team Decision Making 1st Place: Melanie Feldman and Jason Weltman

Entrepreneurship Promotion Plan 3rd Place: Brittany Saraga and Max Klein

Business Law and Ethics Team Management Decision Making 2nd Place: Brielle Applebaum and Brenden Morris General Marketing Research Event 4th Place: Caitlin Clark Financial Analysis Management Team Decision Making 1st Place: Chandler Weiner and Eric Daniels 2nd Place: Cory Wolf and Madison Pressel 6th Place: Katie Goodwin and Adam Levine Entrepreneurship Written 3rd Place: Skylar Rogers

Hospitality and Recreation Marketing Research Event 3rd Place: Pedro Kroeff, Zach Cohen and Brian Harper 6th Place: Dylan Rosenberg

Accounting Applications Series 2nd Place: Michael Cordoba

Business One on One 2nd Place: Bobby Glicksman

Community Service Project 5th Place: Chelsea Goldfarb and Mia Gold

Public Relations Project 5th Place: Dominic Gallardi and Allison Schnurmacher

Apparel and Accessories Series Event 3rd Place: Glenn Marks

Finical Literacy Project 3rd Place: Matthew Cahill, Eden Mordechai and Taylor Weitzel Hospitality Services Team Decision Making 3rd Place: Layne Bronson and Stephanie Figueiro Retail Merchandising Series Event 2nd Place: Chelsea Eisner Entrepreneurship Participating Event (Franchise) 1st Place: Taryn Strohmeyer Sports and Entertainment Series Event 1st Place: Lynette Greathouse $500 Ed Fleming Memorial Florida DECA Scholarship Kelsey Mulligan, Pedro Kroeff and Meray Ohanessian


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Spring Break trips prove to be dangerous for teens break. 20 percent of respondents, both male and female, said that thier friends regretted that sexual activity, and 12 percent felt forced or pressured. Parents have reasons to worry that go beyond

By JASON WELTMAN STAFF REPORTER Spring Break: a time of joy for teens and a time of worry for parents. For some, the image of sun soaked beaches and clear blue ocean water come to mind. For others, the more tragic headlines of Natalie Holloway, and others with similar fates, are recalled. Teens can be frustrated because parents often associate spring break with the latter. The reason for this is a common idea in psychology- bias as a result of the availability heuristic, or believing a problem is much more profound than it truly is because, the few times it does occur, it gets published everywhere. For example, people may think air travel is more dangerous than traveling by car because they see more stories about plane crashes on the news than car crashes. Of course, the opposite is true, because auto accidents are such a common occurrence that they do not warrant the air time, except during your local traffic reports. As a result, the “danger” often associated with traveling to exotic locations might possibly be overstated. Spring Break is commonly thought to be the time of year that students, usually in college or their late high school years, can take a week to let loose. There is no hiding what happens. A study published in the Journal of American College Health found the average number of drinks consumed per day to be 18 for men on spring break and 10 for women. A survey conducted in 2006 of spring break participants by the American Medical Association reported that nearly 60 percent of women knew friends that engaged in unprotected sex solely during the week of spring

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Natalie Holloway, a girl who was kidnapped and murdered on a spring break trip to Aruba.

isolated, yet tragic cases such as Natalie Holloway’s. During the spring break of 2002, U.S. students in Cancun, Mexico accounted for two deaths, 360 arrests, four injuries that required medical evacuation, one rape and 495 instances of lost or stolen property. And that was during Cancun’s down year in the aftermath of September 11. Still, to put those numbers in perspective, Cancun can see upwards of 140,000 college students alone, according to the University of Wisconsin. Such statistics compel many to view safety as a

major concern. That is why many of the groups that operate Spring Break trips, such as Gradcity, a company that provides unofficial spring break trips to many different locations-most international, pay so much attention to it. Gradcity keeps all of its sponsored locations well employed with numerous staff who are easily accessible all day every day. Popular destinations are also taking the matter into their own hands. After experiencing several problems before the spring break of 2007—in the form of six severed heads being found—popular spring break destination Acapulco, Mexico, one of the country’s most visited resorts, decided to bolster its security measures by adding over 200 federal policemen for the break, according to The New York Times. The United States government has publicized in many different places safety and health tips to enjoying spring break, including a full page on the Center for Disease Control website. Universities also have their own guides, including a more casual internet-based guide from Vanderbilt University that gives advice including “at least remember your rubbers!” There are risks associated with just about everything life has to offer. Exotic spring break trips and activities do tend to come with an elevated risk factor, but every safety publication and guide, as well as any spring break travel company make it clear—if one takes the proper precautions and remains aware and pragmatic at all times, the only thing that they should come away with from spring break is happy memories.

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Safety Tips for Spring Break Trips - Never accept drinks from strangers; do not give anyone the chance to “slip” something into your drink if you have left it unattended.

-Never accept packages from strangers .

-Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with someone back home. Also leave a phone number at which you can always be contacted.

-Be aware of pickpockets and never leave your valuables unattended.

-Travel in groups or with a friend. Make use of the buddy system.

-Know where the emergency exits are in your hotel.

-Before leaving for spring break, make sure you have a secured place to stay at your destination.

-When you sit down at a restaurant, put your foot through the strap of your baggage. This way it won’t be taken without you realizing. Also, you will avoid forgetting it when you leave.

-Just use common sense. Photos Courtesey of Google

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9 Things to do before you graduate from high school 1. Join a Club.

“Not only is getting involved important for creating friendships but it also helps students learn skills that they can use in the real world.” - Chaela Monesterio, English teacher

2. Try out for a sports team. “I tried out for volleyball because I wanted to represent my school. I think someone should try out for a sport because it is a lot of fun and it gets you involved.” -Jared Halper, 10

3. Participate in the Homecoming Parade. “Students had fun being creative; it encouraged the clubs to take part in the school spirit.”

- Renee Richar, Key Club advisor

4. Skip school on a Senior Skip day. “It’s nice to know that I can take a mental health day without being worried that I’ll be missing a lot of work.” Rebecca Seiden, 12

5. Participate in Carnival Lunch during Spring Fling week. “[Carnival lunch] is better than the regular school lunch, and it’s better than the lunch my mom packs me. Plus, I love fast food.” Alex Burgess, 11

6. Attend a school play. “So much hard work and dedication goes into each performance that it really means a lot to the actors to see a familiar face in the audience. Plus the shows are so much fun regardless of whether you’re performing or watching.” - Stuart Klein,10

7. Go to a football game and cheer for the band. “I feel that attending a football game is definitely something you should do before graduating. The games are fun no matter the outcome and the spirit of the school helps you get into the game.”

- Samantha Macedo, 9

8.Dress up for a themed pep rally. “Dress up at least once throughout high school, so one day when you look back at your yearbook you can reflect on what an awesome personality you had when at high school.” - Tevin Ali, 11

9. Go to a school dance. “I went to homecoming just so I could say I went once.” -Jesse Salomon, 11

Mr. and Miss Spanish River


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The Galleon: Why did you try out for the positions of Mr. and Miss Spanish River and how important is it to you? Colby Barton: It’s really important, when everyone looks back at Spanish River, I want them to remember our class as having the best pep rallies. Rachel Besser: I was told I would be good by some friends. It’s really important to me, I want to make it a memorable year for everyone and bring the school closer together. TG: Do you have any specific plans for your jobs next year? CB: I want to make the pep rallies a lot more active with more games and events for the student body. RB: The biggest plan is that we’re trying to implement a Senior-Freshman buddy program. We’re also trying to get more people to go to games and even bring back tailgating. TG: What do you feel your jobs are exactly, as Mr. and Miss Spanish River? RB: To bring the school together and help everyone have a good time while keeping safe, and also instilling pride in our school. CB: Definitely to excite the school as a whole, to get people enthused and get students more involved in extracurricular and community activities. TG: What did you do in your audition, do you think, that may have given you an edge over the other participants? RB: I did what I think others didn’t really do and I took the “Hook the Fish” theme and turned it into a bit more creative Dr. Seuss theme. CB: I personally rode a scooter in. I made a grand entrance, kept the pace and got the point across. The main thing to remember was to be creative.

Roles of Spanish River’s leaders evolve By SID BAJRACHARYA STAFF REPORTER Throughout Spanish River’s history, the faces of class spirit and energy have been those of Mr. and Miss Spanish River. This year, River welcomes its two newest leaders for the class of 2010. Juniors Colby Barton and Rachel Besser are soon to take the throne of Mr. and Miss Spanish River. The positions are most commonly associated with the organization of pep rallies and other school events. But looking back, the roles of Mr. and Miss Spanish River have changed over the years. “They used to be liaisons to the community,” AP English teacher Deb Stenner said. “They spoke at events and organizations, trying to build the school-community relationship.” This year, leadership claims that changes will be made to the roles of the representatives of the school. According to leadership sponsor David Yunker, the responsibilities of Mr. and Miss Spanish River include: being school spirit leaders, organizing pep rallies and events, attending both home and away athletic events, leading the RAH club, being co-chairmen of the Homecoming committee and most of all acting as role models for the student body. “I want people to think of Mr. and Miss Spanish River as, more than just planning pep rallies,” Yunker said. “I want to send [them] to represent Spanish River at events or organizations like the Rotary Club. I want them to have more of a presence in the community, speaking to local organizations.”

Next year, Barton and Besser plan to bring more spirit and enthusiasm to the school. Each year, Mr. and Miss Spanish River have brought creativity and spirit to the school. This is what most students and teachers look to Mr. and Miss Spanish River for. “The significant part [of their role] for me is that they are in charge of spirit [at school and at games],” Athletics Director Kevin McEnroe said. Dedication to rousing school pride and enthusiasm at sports games and events is a major component of the job. The school spirit that Mr. and Miss Spanish River bring to both pep rallies and school sporting events is going to be revamped and intensified according to both Barton and Besser. The two have plans to reintroduce student bonding activities such as tailgating at sports events. There are many tasks for both Mr. and Miss Spanish River over the course of the next year, but there is faith that they will complete them and restore many of the lost roles of their positions. “I hope that they are more involved with the community” current Miss Spanish River Arielle Schultz said, “because this year we didn’t really know just how involved we had to be.” When asked about the positions and work that has to be put in to restoring the roles of Mr. and Miss Spanish River, Barton and Besser responded that they understand the great responsibilities and commitment that have to be put forth next year. Spanish River welcomes the new Mr. and Miss Spanish River and all those to follow, keeping the tradition of Spanish River going. Sid Bajracharya can be contacted at


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Galleon’s Guide: To an inexpensive weekend By HILLARY LANGSAM STUDENT LIFE EDITOR

Whether students realize it or not, most of them are being affected in some way, shape or form, whether it be through college tuition or summer jobs. While the weekends are prime time for spending money, it is imperative to start spending sensibly to save. Here are some tips to having a fun weekend without spending over $20:


Friday night





-Movie at Muvico

-Gumbo Limbo

-Festival Flea Market

A little expensive at $7, but definitely a fun way to start the weekend. You can save by eating dinner beforehand at home, and don’t buy a snack at the theater. As an alternative Friday night altogether, have a fun night in with some friends, some blockbuster movies, costing about $5 each, that you can all chip in for.

Take a relaxing walk along the nature trail and check out all the unique animals. Gumbo Limbo is free. Yes, free. Afterwards, walk accross the street to the beach to top off your stress-free day. You could even hang out in a friend’s backyard for a few hours; it is a great way to blow off some steam.

Assuming you have not procrastinated and put off all of your homework until Sunday, it is a great day to relax and have fun. The Festival Flea Market may not be Town Center, but with over 500 shops and restaurants, you can have just as much fun shopping around and saving some serious cash. You can buy a quick, cheap lunch and enjoy a calm day with family or friends.


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McEnroe wins “Teacher of the Month” award, much deserved recognition By DAVID ESTRIN SPORTS EDITOR For over twenty years now, Kevin McEnroe has been an integral member of Spanish River as a teacher, coach and athletic director. He has coached successful soccer teams, taught rigorous Advanced Placement Calculus classes and worked tirelessly to ensure that the students who pass through Spanish River have the best high school experience possible. Despite all of his contributions to the school, he does not always receive the recognition and appreciation he deserves. However, he was voted Teacher of the Month for March, perhaps an indication that the tide is changing. Back in the summer of 1983, a young McEnroe applied for a job to be a teacher and soccer coach at Spanish River. However, before the school could inform McEnroe that he got the job, he accepted a role as a teacher and soccer coach at Cardinal Newman High School in West Palm Beach. Several years later, in 1989, McEnroe was offered the same roles at Spanish River. Fortunately, the school and McEnroe joined forces this time around. Since then, McEnroe has taught every math subject at Spanish River, except AP Statistics. He has also been the Math Department Chairperson on more than one occasion. In 1997, he began teaching AP Calculus classes. McEnroe employs a unique teaching style. In an effort to make the curriculum most advantageous for students, he builds upon each question and section in the textbook. “The last few homework problems of one night’s homework will seem impossible,” junior David Greenstein said. “But, the next day in class, McEnroe will show us that there is just one more thing to recognize and apply.” This method ensures that students progress at a pace placing them in a great position to pass the AP Calculus exam. Perhaps the reason recognition has eluded McEnroe is his “tough-guy” façade. “You have to get past the sarcasm and hard shell. It comes from being one of seven children, the ‘ole irish Catholic toughess… and if you can tolerate that, there

is a pretty nice person inside,” McEnroe said. But McEnroe is more than just a teacher. Since 2005, he has been the Athletic Director at Spanish River. “There is no manual for athletic director,” McEnroe said. “You make of the job what you want to.” When it is all said and done, about ninety percent of the job is not related to the student athlete, according to McEnroe. He must be on top of game con-

tracts, fundraising, workshops and the maintenance of the school’s fields. Also, McEnroe ensures that all of Spanish River’s coaches have what they need to be successful while making sure not to “micromanage.” As a soccer coach, McEnroe has enjoyed success with his players. On February 3rd, 1997, both the boys and girls soccer teams won state championships, a feat that has never been matched in Florida public schools. This year, the boys soccer team had a winning season, going 12-6-5. If one were to shadow McEnroe for a day, he or she would truly appreciate all that he does and the sacrifices he makes for the sake of the student body. Every day, McEnroe arrives on campus at 6:55 A.M. He then teaches six classes in a seven-period day. The sixth class he is teaching, an Algebra I class, is a former class of the late Jay McCormick.

In between each class, one can see McEnroe power-walk throughout the campus, in order to maintain his responsibilities as Athletic Director. It can be argued that with the seventh period bell, ending the school day, McEnroe’s day only begins. On many nights, McEnroe will not leave until all the extracurricular events taking place on campus are over, which can go past 11:00 PM. “I leave when I think that everything is being taken care of the right way. Sometimes that means I stay through the end of an event,” said McEnroe. “If we have a rival here, I am not going to leave until the end of the game,” he continued. McEnroe estimates that he attends nearly 90 percent of the school’s events, both on and off campus. “I try to go to every playoff event and every home event so that parents realize I care and I am concerned,” he said. “The biggest problem is that I have 120 thousand miles on my Honda,” McEnroe added jokingly. Besides concerns of whether referees or other people essential to games will show up, McEnroe believes he must be present at these events so that he can have the “ability to deal with kids honestly.” The last thing he wants to do is make important, impactful decisions in the dark. Given the workload that McEnroe bears, one can only question how he does it. “I am learning more and more now to rely on other people. I trust my instincts, and I think I can handle it. You try to keep your energy up. The smile on the kids’ faces and the success of the student athletes keeps me going,” McEnroe answered when asked this question. Perhaps next time when you see Mr. McEnroe in the halls, you can shout out a “thank you” or “congratulations” in recognition of all that he has done for Spanish River.

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Softball team sports success, two Palm Beach Post Players of the Week By RENEE SIEGEL STAFF REPORTER

Spanish River students Francesca Singletary and Shanna Crawford were named Softball Athletes of the Week by The Palm Beach Post on February 16, an achievement that many claim speaks volumes about the athletic program at the school. According to Coach Michael Dudeck, to become a Palm Beach Post Athlete of the Week, one must be nominated by a coach. Typically the nomination process is carried out by a player’s own coach, but sometimes by other team’s coaches as well. Next, the newspaper sorts through the nominations which are accompanied by statistics and information on why the player was selected. It is at that time that the newspaper selects its choices for the winners. Singletary and Crawford were nominated by Dudeck due to their consistent leadership and individual performance, which in turn led to the team’s success. “Shanna [a sophomore infielder] hit three home runs in a three game span and Francesca [a junior pitcher and shortstop] hit a series of doubles, triples and a home run in a three game period. Plus they both pitched well and led the team to the Palm Beach Central Bronco - St. Valentine’s Day Tournament Championship,” Dudeck said. Along with these individual and team accomplishments, Singletary’s two home runs and fifteen

strike outs over two games led to her being named the tournament’s MVP. Both girls said they were excited to find out they were chosen as players of the week. “Being awarded player of the week was an honor. It makes me feel like I am actually a well rounded player,” Crawford said. “I never thought being player of the week was going to be [one of] my titles and now that it happened, I can’t help but thank my team bePHOTO BY ALIX LUNTZ cause they are the Palm Beach Post Player of the people who bring Week Shanna Crawford taking me alive.” ground balls at practice. This successful start to the season did not come easily. The Spanish River girls softball team practices six days a week, including Saturdays, for about three hours a day. Live batting practice,

fielding and conditioning are all aspects of their game that get worked on during practice. To achieve this, the coaches split the team into three groups which consist of outfield, infield and pitchers/catchers. “Over the last four years the Softball team has grown from the 2 – 16 [the team’s past record] District joke to a respected challenger for the District top spot each year. Over that period of time the team’s record has continually improved.” Helping in that improvement are the younger players. The youth of the team is viewed as an asset to a bright future for the program. On many occasions, the starting line-up consists only of underclassmen. Camaraderie among the girls is enhanced by a team study hall before practice two days a week. Improving upon previous years, the team is getting along better off the field, which in turn is advancing them on the field. “Although we are not all close friends out of school, when we step on the field, we really pull together to form a team,” sophomore Sarah Jacobson said. The team opens play on Friday, March 27 with a 1:00 PM game against Westminster Academy to be immediately followed by a 3:00 PM game versus Chiles High School. The team has a busy game schedule and Spanish River wishes the girls luck in the promising season that lies ahead. Renee Siegel can be contacted at


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Boys’ lacrosse club fights for official varsity team status “We have District and State [finals] too.” Helping to contribute to the teams uprising from By HALEY FEIGENHEIMER a 0-18 season last year is their coaching staff. Head SPORTS EDITOR coach Brian Johnson played for Stony Brook University, a Division 1 school and is the former Head The Spanish River boys’ lacrosse club has been Coach of The North Broward Preparatory School. fighting for a chance to call themselves a team for the The other coaches also have past eight years. While their college playing experience “club” status has nothing to do under their belts which has with their performance on the helped to develop the club. field, there simply has to be an During the 2007 season, even number of boys and girls the boys made their way to the sports teams at every school. state championship, but last Although the club lost many of year had a hard time recupertheir players in the graduating ating from the loss of so many class of 2007, the club continof their seniors. However, this ues to persevere and compete year the boys are doing much well against the varsity teams better than last with a 5-4 seaof other schools. son to date. “We work really hard and Regardless of the team’s because we’re a club and not ups and downs throughout the a team we have to really prove past few seasons, the club atourselves,” junior Adam Claymosphere at times makes the man said. group stronger because playAnother down side to not PHOTO BY ALIX LUNTZ Boys’ varsity lacrosse club scrimages before ers work that much harder for being recognized as a team by a big game. playing time and respect. the school is that the club does Because funds are low, there not get school funding. is little chance that the boys “To raise money we have lacrosse club with be offi cialized as a team for the fundraisers and auctions and sell tickets and mer2009-2010 school year. However, if the boys conchandise” senior Josh Klein said. tinue to work as hard and effi ciently as they have Athletes are given playing time based on the been, the title should not affect them. commitment they show to the team and number of practices they show up to. Although boys’ lacrosse is a club, it is still considered a Varsity and Junior Varsity sport. “We still play other Varsity teams and the JV play Haley Feigenheimer can be contacted at other JV teams” lacrosse player Ted DiSalvo said.


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Game. Set. MATCH. Joey Kinderman

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Favorite tennis player: Roger Federer Best pre-game snack: Chicken nuggets Favorite post-game celebration: Going out to dinner Worst tennis injury: Wrist injury Favorite stroke: Forehand

Matt Braunworth

Favorite tennis player: Pete Sampras Best pre-game snack: Wendy’s Favorite post-game celebration: Dancing Worst tennis injury: Tennis elbow Favorite stroke: Forehand

Favorite tennis player: Andy Roddick Best pre-game drink: No-Xplode Favorite post-game celebration: Jacuzzi Worst tennis injury: Torn shoulder muscle Favorite stroke: “Tweener”

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Favorite tennis player: Serena Williams Best pre-game snack/drink: Pasta/orange juice Favorite post-game celebration: Getting a massage Worst tennis injury: Shin splints Favorite stroke: Forehand PHOTO BY ALIX LUNTZ

Issue 5 2009 The Galleon  

Issue 5 of Spanish River High School's award-winning newspaper, The Galleon.