Issue 5 2015-2016

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

River is in need of a re-do A drain in the parking lot poses danger.

Laney Ciaccio News Editor

When Spanish River opened its doors in 1983 it was pristine. No initials were etched into the bathroom stalls, no broken gym equipment was being used, and all ceiling tiles were present. Now, thirty years later, River is in need of a little renovation. “I think that the age of the school in general means it is due for a renovation,” HOPE teacher Lori Eaton said. “It is going to be important to renovate not just the outside, but also our computer capabilities because our internet needs so many more gigabytes and we just are not keeping up.” As technology progresses, more and more tools for teaching utilize the Internet or other online programs. Yet, River’s ability to allow these programs to function has not grown with the same speed. It takes quite a long time for a website to open, and with the amount of time waiting for these tools, students could be learning something new. Another issue that River students

Rusted pipes show the bathroom’s age.

are affected by are the bathrooms. River boasts a total of roughly 2,229 students, about 1,154 girls and 1,075 boys. However, the number of student bathrooms is only seven bathrooms per gender. “Bathrooms are by far the largest maintenance issue at River,” freshman class President Dani Sakkal said. “Although our janitors try their best to keep our bathrooms clean, they tend to get gross as the day goes on.” With the entire school sharing a few bathroom stalls, it is no surprise they have taken a beating since River first opened. Replacements are greatly desired by students and staff. “I definitely think the bathrooms need to be updated, and some of the classrooms have ceiling tiles that are either missing, or badly damaged,” senior Taylor Gray said. This need was reinforced on February 24th, when a toilet issue prompted a flood, requiring a restoration cleanup using Microban cleaning solution. However, this year, River has had some minor improvements. Recently

Filthy trash cans are very common.

potholes were filled in the parking lots which will make getting to and from school easier and safer for many students. Unfortunately, River needs more than just potholes fixed. A major problem is finding the money needed for these renovations. “Every time you need what is called a capital improvement, anything over two-thousand dollars, it requires somebody coming in from the district to look at it. Unfortunately, nine times out of ten, they say we can not afford it,” Assistant Principal Doug Markwardt said. The process of renovating the school takes a long time and many people have to approve it before anything can actually be done. For example, the portables sat unused for an entire semester before they were finally taken down over Winter Break. After many years and some less than gentle treatment by students, these halls that we spend hours in are showing their age. Many would agree, River needs an update.

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Leadership dominates the District Rally Citizenship Development Committee 1st place

Citizenship Development Committee members pose for a picture after their win.

Fundraising Committee 1st place Health and Safety Committee 1st place


New year will lead to new courses Kent Burkman Staff Reporter

Towards the end of a school year arrives every student’s favorite part of the upcoming year, course selections. While nerve racking for some, many students find course selecting an exciting task. The thrill of discovering new classes being offered in the following year is an extra bonus enjoyed with course selections. “We tried to add courses that students would find more interesting and in addition would help them reach their goals,” Assistant Principal Amanda Orndorff said. For the 2016-2017 school year, Spanish River has added the following classes to the course selection sheets: Crossfit, AP Computer Science, Portuguese I & II, Sports & Entertainment Marketing, and Family Consumer Science (all will be elective classes). “The Crossfit class will include different activities you could do at the gym,” Orndorff said. “Activities including weightlifting, kickboxing and yoga.”

For the student more interested in pursuing a technological course, AP Computer Science is a hardware and software class teaching the art and science of coding. The World Language Department is also expanding their courses by offering students Portuguese. “We will be offering Portuguese I for students who have no previous study of the language,” said World Language Department Head Dawn Russell. “In addition, we will also offer Portuguese II. Portuguese II would be for heritage speakers who speak Portuguese at home with their families but cannot read or write well in Portuguese.” Both Portuguese classes will be regular classes, however, if the program continues to grow, level III will be honors, per state curriculum. In addition to the World Language Department adding more class options, the Entrepreneurship Academy has also expanded by adding a new class to its roster. Sports and Entertainment Marketing is a popular subject of boys and girls in the Entrepreneurship Academy. Students in the Academy who enroll in Sports

and Entertainment Marketing fulfill their one business class requirement needed for the year. “We will also be offering a Family Consumer Science class,” Orndorff said “The class will be similar to a ‘life prep’ class that will help students be more prepared for life after high school.” Upon learning the new classes being offered, students shared their thoughts on some of the new choices they will have at their disposal. “I’m excited the school is offering Portuguese next year,” sophomore Tatyana Vallecillo said. “It will be nice to see a new culture added to the World Languages Department.” Junior Karrie Raymond also shared her opinion. “I believe AP Computer Science would be an interesting course because coding has expanded into a global hobby. In addition, the subject material can be very applicable to most careers.” Students at Spanish River continue to plan for college and beyond. It is clear that these new courses will provide more insight on possible future careers.

Health and Safety Committee members celebrate their success at districts.

School Spirit Committee 1st place

School Spirit Committee shows their spirit with a picture.

Environmental Concerns Committee 3rd place PHOTOS BY DANI SAKKAL, AMBER ZAKHARIA, AND TAYLOR LIPSICH




Almost Spring Break! Spring is in the air and our break is approaching. Us seniors have been officially diagnosed with senioritis. So, while you are procrastinating your school work, be sure to check out teachers walking the runway on page 11 and read all about prom on page 13. Enjoy the issue! Sincerely, The Galleon staff

Art By Lily Choi




Rock The River Plans Comeback Tour

Performer from Rock the River in 2011 enjoys playing in front of the River community.

Rachel Horn News Editor

Originally founded as a fundraiser for Spanish River’s former rock n’ roll radio station, Rock the River is now an event that will feature both schoolbased performances and outside talent. Rock the River is returning after last being hosted in 2012. There is no set date as of yet, but it will occur either at the end of April or beginning of May following the spring production. Previously, Randy Weddle and WSRH were in charge of Rock the River. This year, Stagecraft and Theatre department teachers Blake Engman, Dianna Vacco, and Steven Bunin are planning the event. When WSRH hosted Rock the River, the money raised went to WSRH. Now, the money will go to Stagecraft and Drama because of their partnership to put on productions for the River community. The Drama Department will assist with the pre-production for the event such as arranging which bands and which musical pieces will be included in the line up. Then, Stagecraft will do pretty much everything else needed for show. They will be responsible

for building the stage, providing the lighting, and running all the sound gear such as microphones, amps, and instruments. “I decided to plan this event for the school because it is a great learning experience for the Stagecraft kids to actually do everything involving setting up for a show,” Stagecraft teacher Engman said. “When we have a band come to our theatre, we are not building the theatre because the stage is already here. To do something in a courtyard, we are doing every step of it. It is truly like we are setting up for a traveling band.” River contacted multiple bands and many would love to participate and commit once the date is finalized. Historically, the type of bands contacted are local garage style bands who perform covers, some that perform their own written music and several that have label deals. Some may remember Weddle’s daughter, country artist Amber Leigh and her band performing at Rock the River. “What we are looking for in this next one will be the same thing,” Engman said. “Some cover bands, some local bands, and some potentially from in

the school as well.” One does not have too far to look to find talented River students to participate. “We are hoping to get kids that are in guitar club to say they are willing to learn 2 or 3 songs and get a small group of them together to perform if we have enough bands to play,” Engman said. Rock the River will be an annual event held in the courtyard, weather permitting, designed to get students to come out and enjoy live music. It will be great learning experience for students in Stagecraft, and a fun event for River and the surrounding community. “It is a great learning experience, live music is always a blast to do, and its something fun that when I was a student here I loved running and

being a part of,” Engman said. “It’s kind of sad that it died out and I want to bring it back. The last time I was a part of this event was in 2007 and there was about 1800 people here for it and it was a blast to put on and a blast to have it happen.” Many teachers who have worked on campus when the last Rock the River was hosted are looking forward to the reappearance of this event. “The students always loved and looked forward to it,” math teacher Tara Rothberg said. “It was a great way for students to show off their talent and I am looking forward to having this event at River again.” The whole philosophy behind Rock the River is to showcase local and student bands and allow students to demonstrate their talent in a fun environment. PHOTO BY 2011 TIBURON YEARBOOK

River Says Goodbye

John Jones embraces Officer Thrasher at the LTM.

Congratulations on your retirement, Officer Thrasher! PHOTO BY SUZANNE DELANEY

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

News Editors Rachel Horn Laney Ciaccio

Associate Editors Rachel Horn Sydney Luntz

Features Editors Noah Zylberberg Max Kozlowski

Tech Editor and Face-Off Jack Altman

Sports Editors Bradley Thomas Justin Haber

Arts and Entertainment Editors Natalia Galicza Zoe Brand Jared Goodman Feature Focus Editor Sydney Luntz

Artists Aryana Mugnatto Erin Turner Adviser Website Editors Suzanne Delaney Lily Choi Lillian Zhang Principal Staff Reporters William Latson Kent Burkman Burak Pala Ethan Weinstein

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CONSERVATIVE VALUES Jack Altman Commentary

After four issues of (mostly) objective political discussion, I feel it necessary that my true leanings be revealed. I can and will say without hesitation that I am an unwavering conservative who worships the Constitution like a monk worships Biblical Scriptures. Now, I want to make the views of my traditional breed of conservatism clear, starting with the Bill of Rights. The 10th Amendment says that all rights not explicitly reserved to the Federal Government are designated to the states. This is conservatism at its core: the idea that the powers of the Federal government must be limited to ensure the full effects of American liberty are felt. It is only common sense that the Governor of Missouri would know the economic and social needs of his or her state on a more in-depth level than a Washington bureaucrat. This philosophy reigns true for fiscal policy, healthcare, education, and gun rights to name a few. While many of my liberal friends see openings for the government to inject its “wisdom” on the American people, I tend to trust that private citizens have more honest motivations than an Undersecretary of Commerce or a Deputy Director of Agriculture. Take education for example. Right now, the Common Core curriculum is being implemented from Washington by the Department of Education. To conservatives, this is both a Constitutional issue and a philosophical issue. Reverting back to the 10th Amendment, education is not a specific power delineated to the Federal government. It is therefore reserved to the states to take care of. The Department of Education and its nationalized curriculum rejects this simple amendment. This “system” also subscribes to the common progressive belief that Washington is the best “command-center” for public policy to be made. I argue that Oregon has a right to form its own curriculums regardless of what a bureaucrat 3000

miles away decrees. This brings us to the second aspect of traditional conservatism. It is my belief that government is an entity which exists to provide the freest and most secure social and economic climate. The purpose of government was never to provide “things.” Instead, we must look at our government as a power that can help people succeed on their own. How can the government do this? First, taxes must be lowered to allow families to contribute more to the economy and to allow small businesses to grow their companies. This will remove a large burden that can hamper economic growth. Additionally, our corporate tax rate must be lowered to incentivize businesses that have relocated overseas to come back to the United States. Every job that we lose to global competition is a loss for our country’s economy. Second, many harmful government regulations must be removed so that businesspeople will be able to conduct their business without interruption. An example of this is the Affordable Care Act, which federalized our country’s healthcare system two years ago. The bill has only hurt small businesses as it mandates healthcare be bought by those who do not have. This has proved expensive and burdensome. As conservatives, we also believe that it is not the job of the government to provide healthcare to its people. We believe that it is the job of the government instead to make sure that there is a competitive market for healthcare so that everyone can purchase their own plan, affordably. As we look toward an important election season, it is my hope that our country’s youth will think about the direction America should take. While Bernie Sander’s brand of maverickSocialism may appear enticing with its promises of free college and healthcare for all, I encourage you to think about the costs of these proposals. At the end of the day, it is our generation who would be paying for them.

The Republican elephant originated in a Thomas Nast cartoon in 1874. The cartoon depicted the Democratic donkey fighting off other wild animals including an elephant cloaked in red. With this cartoon, the Republican logo was created.


A PROGRESSIVE WORLDVIEW Ambereen Siddiqi Senior The Democratic Party is the oldest existing political party in the United States, with strong ties to President Andrew Jackson and his belief in “letting the people rule”. In modern times, Democrats have rightfully left Jackson’s racism and corruption behind in favor of the simple concept of opportunity for all. Democrats sensibly believe in taxing those who can afford to be taxed (namely, the wealthy and big corporations) and spending that money on much-needed federal programs like welfare, Social Security, and Medicare. These programs raise the quality of life for all Americans and provide essential support for more than 46 million impoverished Americans. In an effort to establish stable roots for America’s children, Democrats also fight for equal access to affordable housing, transportation, and education. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, increased parent education decreases the likelihood of the child living in a poor family; therefore, Democrats expand educational opportunities so that every child can meet his or her potential. By investing in education, America can remain a competitive global force and prepare the next generation for success. Climate change is an extremely influential force in the global economy and public health; accordingly, Democrats encourage strict environmental regulation and research in an attempt to minimize the already-disastrous effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) predicts a temperature increase of 2.5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit in the next century; this spike may seem


miniscule, but the repercussions are massive. In a recent study from the National Resources Defense Council, Florida will soon face more intense hurricanes, erosion, flooding, and droughts, all due to climate change. Although it is too late to reverse this global phenomenon, America can lessen its dependence on fossil fuels and turn towards to a responsible, sustainable future. Democrats also strive to defend civil rights. The Democratic Party fights to end discrimination based on race, sex, ethnicity, language, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, or disability, embodying “liberty and justice for all”, a phrase students across America repeat every morning. When I hear the pledge recited, I’m glad there’s a political party that personifies that promise. An important part of ensuring justice for all is enhancing the democratic nature of the country with automatic voter registration. More than 51 million Americans, disproportionately women, communities of color, the disabled, and the impoverished, are eligible to vote yet remain unregistered. Democrats work for a fair, accessible voting system that would allow and encourage every eligible person to cast a vote. Dedicated to progressive ideals like clean energy, equal pay, and accessible healthcare, the Democratic Party is truly the “party of the people”. It is committed to enhancing our democratic foundations and moving America forward to a brighter, more inclusive future.

The Democratic donkey originated in 1828 during Andrew Jackson’s campaign for President. His opponents mocked him with comparisons to a “donkey,” however, Jackson took their attemps in stride and replaced his campaign logo with the image of a donkey.




Ramblings of a Redhead Amanda Paige Editor-in-Chief

Preppy. It is a word many of us use to describe our physical style, personality, and mannerisms. I am sure when you hear the word, you think of a guy in Sperry’s, chinos, and a polo, and if not that, possibly the Cambridge Dictionary definition, “A young person from a rich family who goes to an expensive school and who wears expensive, tidy clothes.” Although I have used the term preppy to describe myself on occasion, this is far from the way I would define it. My definition of preppy is the practice and displaying of traditions, conservatism, and politeness in society. To me, being preppy is not all about the labels. The amount of shirts you own with a pink whale engulfing the fabric does not make you preppy. Do not get me wrong; I own a fair share of the “preppy brands” which include (but are not limited to) Lilly Pulitzer, J. Crew, and Ralph Lauren, but clothing is not everything. I would be lying to say clothes do not play any role in defining the word preppy, but they are not as

impactful as some assume. Another stigma that seems to go along with the word preppy is wealth (and showcasing said wealth). Just because a person describes himself or herself as preppy does not mean they have seven figures in their bank account and a summer home in the Hamptons. A lot of people look down upon self-described “preps” because they assume we are pretentious, rich people. This is far from the truth. If you are pretentious or snobby, you are not preppy. Preppy is being charitable, compassionate, and the belief to lend a hand without expecting repayment. I see preppy as being respectful- to the past, the current day,

yourself, and others. Of course I am not perfect and these are lofty ideals to embody, but I strive to do my best. Furthermore, I consider a major aspect of manifesting a preppy demeanor is to have traditions and be conservative. Traditions are sometimes hard to keep, but they are often worth it and memorable. Whether the tradition is an item passing through generations or an annually occurring event, traditions are rightly revered. Conservatism is also practiced amongst the majority of “preps” regarding actions and looks. I (try to) always plan what to do before I actually do it in an effort to not look like a fool. I believe it is


important to consider what others will think of you after doing something, especially in public. A lot of people say, “Don’t care what others think of you,” but here is a newsflash: everyone is judging you. As for looks, I never know when a future employer or coworker is around so before I go out the door, I always make sure I am dressed appropriately for the occasion. There is a time and place for every outfit. To consider yourself preppy, manners are imperative. Manners are a sign of maturity and understanding how to treat one another. Although I would complain about writing thank you notes at an early age, I have learned that it is a sign of appreciation and consideration that should be practiced more. Everyone has learned the words “please” and “thank you” before age five, but they have disappeared from most people’s daily vocabulary. When I think of today’s definition of the word preppy, I may not fit the mold. Labels, money, and material items do not make a person preppy. My definition and beliefs for being preppy may not match yours and I do not think there is a single interpretation of the word. To me, it is more rewarding to be remembered for who you are, not what you have. PHOTO COURTESY GOOGLE IMAGES

Sounding of the Horn Rachel Horn

Associative Editor From the second that I was a Freshman and found that I had to study for four tests in one day, I began to dream of senior year. Throughout my high school years, I thought that it was going to be a cake walk and that it is a year that exists just to pass the time until leaving for college. I thought that if could just get through the next three grueling years, I would reach utopia. However, not everyone realizes that senior year is just not all it’s cracked up to be. In fact, just thinking about what my senior year will be like is making me hope for a longer junior year. Could that even be possible? I never realized that the summer after already dreadful junior year would involve summer college classes, continued studies college entrance exams, as well as the college application process. And these fun activities just continue through the first half of senior year. So the rest and relaxation I was looking forward to will just have to wait. I have to decide upon the colleges that I want to apply to and learn what each and every one requires. I have to work on

the essays which will force me to dig deep in order to set myself apart from the thousands of other students applying for the same spot. Also, I have work to get my test scores where I want them. I forgot to mention that since I have not yet taken HOPE, and senioritis will make it that much harder. I then begin thinking about my final year with all my closest friends and my life as it has been. After four years or more of friendship, knowing that I will have only one last year spent with my friends is a scary realization that I will have to face. Lastly, it will be the final year that I will live under my parents’ roof and from then on I am on my own and independent, without my family by my side. Although senior year seems overwhelming and and stressful, the moment that I have dreamed of since freshman year is opening an acceptance letter to my dream college after all the hard work I have put in throughout my high school years. That is the part of senior year that I am looking forward to, not the rest that goes with it, so I have now realized that I am awaiting the toughest year of high school.


College applications Dual Enrollment HOPE College visits SAT and ACT prep Scholarship Applications Community service hours



Michael Benrubi


Mike’s Mind



Everyone says that the hardest part about senior year is applying for colleges and getting in. While this may be true, I have faced the tough and often overlooked challenge that many seniors deal with called “college confusion”. Yes, I am one of those unfortunate seniors who is not able to wear my school’s apparel, brag about which school I got into, or answer the toughest question that I have probably received over 1,000 times: “Where are you going to college”? At this point, I sound like a robot with automatic, repetitive responses to this question. I do not blame the interested adults, teachers, friends, and strangers who want to know where I will be living for the next four years. Rather, I blame my indecisive and hesitant personality when it comes to major changes to my life. I understand how others can be easily confused by students who deal with the tough task of choosing

where to go to school. However, I am going to speak for all “college confused” seniors by providing my own commentary on why it is so hard for us to choose where to go, especially when we have varied and dynamic options. When you are not set on a specific school going into your senior year, it is almost inevitable that you are going to have to weigh the pros and cons that factor into making the decision of where you want to apply and eventually attend. From my experience, it is very difficult to know which schools you see yourself at when you have never visited the campus. Even when you visit the campus and take a tour, it still does not always give you the feeling of what it would actually be like to live there. Another challenging factor is comparing the schools you have been accepted into. Every school has its own characteristics that stand out


and are appealing. It is a matter of making the choice of which positives matter the most to you. Not every school is going to have everything you want. Also, cost can also play a major role in where you decide to attend. A school can have everything you want for your college experience, but you may have to take out loans that you will spend years paying back in the future. All of these daunting thoughts constantly run through the minds of myself and many other seniors dealing with this predicament. Yes, I am extremely envious of the decisive students who had the luxury of getting into a school and knowing that was where they wanted to go. This incredible feeling is one that I unfortunately will not be able to experience. However, I have definitely realized the

importance of choices and options in this process. It is important to have many alternatives and backups in the case that you do not get accepted into your dream school. While it may be the hardest decision of my life to choose my school, I can say that I am lucky enough to have multiple options that are all great. To the underclassmen, if you can, go into senior year with your mind set on a particular school. If not, you will enter the vast and frightening land of indecision that I currently inhabit. If this ends up happening to you, know that you are not alone and you will end up at the school that you were meant to be at.

Sincerely, Sydney Sydney Luntz Associate Editor

Practicality comes naturally to me. Any decision I have ever made has only developed through my pragmatic nature. So, it comes as a surprise to many that Astrology totally enthralls me. I can also be overbearingly hardheaded and bitter, so, it comes as a surprise to many that I am a sucker for The Twilight Saga’s love story. Despite the irony in my own idiosyncrasies, it should be noted that what anyone is interested in, or captivated by, should never limit them to one personality description, but to many. It is undeniable that stereotypes are outdated and should stay in the past with Letterman jackets and pompoms. This is because it is okay to contradict likings, we are allowed to like one thing but have the utmost appreciation for something radically different. I have idolized women such as Queen Elizabeth I and Virginia Woolf my entire life for their independence and progression, but I hope to never be deemed a “raging feminist.” I grew up in a home where knowledge

of art was crucial to my upbringing and today the minute I say anything in regards to a piece of artwork I am known as a “hipster.” I have to be honest, if there is any stereotype that needs to die out quickly, it is unarguably the infamous “hipster.” Why does riding a bike, eating lentils, and wearing Urban Outfitters automatically resonate as being hipster? Why can’t I listen to The Clash and Ben Howard without being considered either punk or an acoustic-junkie? I promise it is okay to enjoy The Beatles and The Rolling Stones while simultaneously having a guilty pleasure for 5 Seconds of Summer (even though they are pretty terrible). If music and art were not enough ways to stereotype, there is always clothing. I guess now a girl wearing rip jeans and a choker makes her a total punk-rocker 90’s chick, or maybe a guy debuting his Vineyard Vines shirt and flamboyant short-shorts makes him an ideal frat boy. If that weren’t enough, there is also the latest and greatest “boho” stereotype in which wearing

flowing clothing and idyllic-like patterns make anyone an instant hippy. If the message was not clear before, I’ll reassure it for you: it is okay to wear a band t-shirt one day and a Vineyard Vines shirt the next day. Unless, of course, you really want to fill in the punk-rocker or frat stereotype. What I am trying to say is, a girl refusing to shave her arm pits, doesn’t need to be deemed a “crazy feminist.” A guy who enjoys shopping and dressing well, doesn’t need to be deemed “queer.” A girl who listens to Metallica, doesn’t need to be deemed a “headbanger,” and a boy who is a die-hard Taylor Swift fan, doesn’t need to be deemed a “Swiftie.” Why be limited to one characteristic when our personalities are capable of so much versatility? I enjoy a good sob-story movie just as much as the next guy, but I also will never fail to be first in line for a 007 flick. My likings are ironic,

I am never faithful to just one thing, because there is so much to treasure. Our personalities are made to expand, so don’t let them conform to one cliche. Put it this way: it is good to be ironic.





The Cast of zombie prom is Dying to Perform for You Jared Goodman

Arts & Entertainment Editor When one thinks of prom, he or she probably thinks of picking out the perfect dress or suit, who that person’s date will be, and the parties that follow. Prom also occurs in May for most schools, so the students attending are thinking of graduation and summer plans. However, what most people do not consider when going to prom is their date being a zombie. In River’s spring production of the musical Zombie Prom, that is exactly what happens. Before River’s Drama Department can put on any show, they must gain

the rights to use it. After this is done, production on the show can begin. Although Zombie Prom is not well known, it is not a production to miss. One of the main goals of the drama department is to produce shows that they believe will appeal to high school students, and because Zombie Prom takes place at a high school, students are bound to relate to and enjoy this musical. “This is a family friendly show,” Drama Department head Steven Bunin said. “It will leave the audience tapping their feet and humming tunes from the show’s score.” Before auditons begin, the main cast must be chosen. One cast member, senior Gigi Grffin, was selected for the main role of Toffee. “I think my favorite part about being able to play Toffee would be her positive atittude...despite the hardships she has to go through,” Griffin said. Another cast member, senior Ellis Temlak, is playing the role of Jonny and is just as excited. “What I like most about [playing] Jonny is that he is easy to relate to

and become,” Temlak said. It is crucial that every cast member knows their part to ensure that the play comes across as professional and prepared as possible. The Drama Department also works closely with Stagecraft and the Art Department to help build sets and assemble costumes for the musical. In the play, a girl named Toffee is dating a guy named Jonny, a rebel of sorts. When Toffee’s parents and the school principal find out about this, they do not allow her to see Jonny anymore, in part due to his rebellious nature. When Jonny gets word of this, he commits suicide by jumping into a cooling tower of a nearby nuclear plant. Toffee mourns the loss of Jonny and feels guilty, until one day Jonny returns from the dead, as a zombie. Jonny wants Toffee to take him back, but she rejects him. What’s worse is that the principal hates zombies and threatens to cancel the prom upon Jonny’s return. Will Toffee take Jonny back? Will the prom continue as planned? Be sure to see the show April 15, 16, or 17 to find out.



River Presents:

The Sharkies Students voted on their favorite movies, TV shows, and songs from 2015. Here are the results: Best Movie:

1st Place: The Hunger Games- Mockingjay Part 2 (2015) 2nd Place: Star Wars- The Force Awakens (2015) 3rd Place: Jurassic World (2015)

Best TV Show:

1st Place: Breaking Bad (2008-2013) 2nd Place: The Walking Dead (2010-present) 3rd Place: Doctor Who (2005-present)

Best Song:


Teachers Take on the Trashion Show Natalia Galicza

Arts & Entertainment Editor One student’s trash is another’s fashion statement. The Teacher Trashion Show has arrived and allowed students to see creative outfits made entirely out of recyclable material on some of their favorite teachers. Students created outfits to dress up their favorite teachers using an array of different materials, all of which are not usually seen on a runway--trash. A

Assisstant Principal Jennifer Carill rocking the runway.

live voting audience and an raffle at the end of the show were provided. Presented by National Art Honors Society and SRHS Stagecraft, the Teacher Trashion Show took place on February 29th in the Countess de Hornele theatre. Ticket prices ranged from $5 to $20, depending on how early the tickets were purchased and where you were seated. Notable participants included Robert Tufo who was styled by sophomore Kyle Cody, Mary Fish who was styled by seniors Taylor Young and Jessica Zheng, Carmen Gallardo who

was styled by senior Yan Marcillo, Nathan Hesse who was styled by junior Kyla Staub, and Nicole Susil who was styled by senior Taylor Barnwell. This creative opportunity allowed students interested in art and fashion design to bring their creations to life in a fashion show, and also allowed those students in the audience to have a creative and exciting experience while supporting their fellow

Principal William Latson shows off for the paparazzi.

Sharks. Ashley Vickers and Annie Levande collaborated on an outfit for Barbra Sweenie. “I made a hat using cardboard and glue as a base and knitting together old scraps of fabric to cover it,” senior Vickers said. “This took me over a month to make and I decided to create this particular piece because I wanted to incorporate knitting.” Annie Levande created a dress to go with the hat designed by her partner.


“The dress was made from an old upcycled dress with cutouts filled in with colored cellophane,” senior Levande said. “This design was inspired by stained glass windows, and also took me over a month to create.” Hesse also showed up in style with an outfit designed by Staub and Sarah Bagnall. “The materials we used were cardboard, wires, and palm tree palms,” Staub said. “We were trying to capture the true essence of Indiana in

AP Environmental Science teacher, Nicole Susil strikes a pose after strutting down the runway.

our outfit. It took my partner Sarah and I a couple hours to create the base frame made out of coat hangers.” Teachers walked the runway in student style at this event, an experience both enjoyable for the designers and the audience. First place fashion design went to Sarah Bass who styled Charlotte Eames. The audience voted for best teacher peronality which went to Angela Donnino.


Check out the chalk wall in the 4000 building

1st Place: Hello by Adele 2nd Place: What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber 3rd Place: Uptowm Funk by Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson ART BY ERIN TURNER IMAGES COURTESY OF GOOGLE

The chalk wall mural will be redone every two weeks, so be sure to stop by and see the creativity of River's best artists. PHOTOS COURTESY OF KATIA MARTINEZ




river students rock out

Max Kozlowski Features Editor

Whether we realize it or not, music affects our lives daily. From the elevator ride up a hotel to a student rhythmically tapping their desk, it seems there is never an absence of it. The work and dedication an aspiring musician puts into his or her craft is unparalleled and requires a specific and rare personality type. Seniors Andrew Balsamo and Ethan Lann possess these characteristics and have been growing more as artists ever since they began playing together. After he was inspired by Linkin Park, Balsamo became enamored with music in the second grade. Once he received his first drum set and learned the fundamentals through a couple years of lessons, Balsamo showed a knack for playing the drums. Since then, he has honed his skills through other means. Balsamo is the captain of River’s marching band drumline and now has become his own instructor. “I practice daily, with a pair of noise cancelling headphones that connect to my iPod,” Balsamo said. “I stopped taking lessons a long time ago, and I’ve been able to learn by ear. By now, I’m sure I can play just about anything on my iPod or on the radio.”

Balsamo and Lann both have a history of performing with and without each other. Balsamo has been a part of the marching band for the entirety of his high school years, so he has the experience of countless shows, competitions, and school events that he has played in. Outside of school, Balsamo has played with a Band members Andrew Balsamo and Ethan Lann jam medley of different bands out. and musicians, but has never quite Lann developed an early interest found someone to play quality rock in music as well, but his love came music with – that is, until he decided for another instrument: the guitar. to team up with Ethan. Before Ethan Initially his family exposed him to moved to Florida a couple years ago, everything from ukulele to harp, he had performed solo a handful a but the guitar prevailed as his main times and also had some experience instrument. His inspirations and in different bands. Lann is currently influences come from classic rock the technical director of River’s bands such as Guns n’ Roses, Nirvana, Stagecraft, which, like band, is a and The Foo Fighters, all of which major time commitment. Balsamo he attempts to emulate in his own and Lann are currently a two-man music. Aside from a single formal rock group and although they are lesson, Lann is entirely self taught on continuing to search for a bassist, his instruments. He has added to his it is evident that their own talents repertoire by learning bass, piano, are enough for an impressive show. and a bit of drums. They both agree that trying to create “I locked myself in my room for hours music can be difficult with school and at a time and just practiced chords extracurricular activities. and scales,” Lann said. “Dedication “Andrew and I are the Romeo is the single most difficult challenge and Juliet of band mates. We work when learning to play music. I extremely well together,” Lann said. absolutely would not be the player “However, we never seem to be I am today if I hadn’t spent hours on able to get together and practice. hours on hours locked away in my Between band for him, Stagecraft for room drilling scales into my head.” me, and AP classes for the both of us,

we struggle to find time to play.” Their first performance together came earlier this year at River’s talent show. The two brought along a guitarist and thought it would be fun to show up and put together an improvised performance. They took home 2nd place in the end, and did so with little preparation. “Ethan told me we were going to take turns with soloing, and I have no problem improvising on the spot. We went out there for the dress rehearsal and had a good time. It sounded good. For the actual performance, it went even better,” Balsamo said. “I was really shocked and very happy with where they judged us, noting all the other talented performers who shared the stage that night.” Balsamo and Lann are currently in the process of finishing their debut 5 song EP, and already have most of the lyrics, cover art, song structure, and track order prepared. Their next performance is scheduled to be at Rock the River, so be sure to keep an eye out for this two-man group.


The Galleon: Where are they now? Ethan Weinstein Staff Reporter

Since The Galleon was founded 32 years ago, many of its reporters and editors have continued to accomplish big things after their four years at Spanish River. Former Editor-in-Chief, Caroline Posner, is currently a junior at Yale University majoring in the study of Neuroscience. Besides working as a neuroscientist at the Yale Medical School, she also is a member of the Yale cheerleading team. In addition, she even writes for the Huffington Post, as well as her school paper, The Yale Herald. “I really improved my writing skills working on staff, which is a huge deal because college is very writing-intensive and a lot of people in the sciences haven’t had as much writing experience,” Posner said. “And there’s no way that I could have written for Huffington Post without learning to author op-eds for The Galleon. Lastly, this seems so absurd, but learning how to use Photoshop and InDesign was awesome, because I definitely have a reputation as the best postermaker among my friends!” No matter what Posner does on

or off the Yale campus, she is always able to apply what she learned while on The Galleon staff. Former News Editor and Editor-inChief, Katiana Krawchenko, has also made a name for herself in the field of journalism. Krawchenko works as an Associate Producer in the CBS News political unit in New York, where she helps coordinate logistics and disseminate editorial information to the network’s broadcasts for all things Election 2016. The Galleon taught Krawchenko lessons that assisted her current success. “Working on The Galleon fundamentally shaped who I am today, not only in terms of my career,

but in my personal growth as well,” Krawchenko said. “It is because of The Galleon that I was able to start developing my news judgment, gain leadership skills, and operate in an environment that functioned as a real newsroom. Each of these has been absolutely invaluable to me in the years since I graduated high school.” One of Krawchenko’s best friends during her time on The Galleon was Nadine Zylberberg. After college, Zylberberg worked as The New Yorker’s Social Media Manager, where her time on The Galleon aided her tremendously. “During my time on The Galleon,I learned how to collaborate, meet

Former Editor-In-Chiefs Katiana Krawchenko and Nadine Zylberberg in the years leading up to their professional careers.

deadlines, and keep my eyes/ears open to what was going on around me. All of which helped me to land me where I am today,” Zylberberg said. Another former Galleon member that is making her name known in the “Big Apple” is Alix Luntz. Luntz, who has a sister on the current Galleon staff, graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2013 where she majored in Photography. Luntz discovered her love of Photography when she was named photographer on The Galleon staff; eleven years later she is now the head of the Arts Department at Muse Management (a modeling agency and fashion magazine) in Manhattan. “Because of Galleon, I found an outlet at school that has helped me reach my goal in moving to New York and attending one of the number one art and design schools in the nation,” Luntz said in reply to how Galleon has impacted her life. The Galleon has shaped some of River’s top students into what they are today. From River students to top universities, and then on to big companies, The Galleon is proud of its former members. ART BY ERIN TURNER PHOTO COURTESY OF KATIANA KRAWCHENKO




Prom Dress Group Alleviates St ress

222 senior girls in the prom dress facebook group


Noah Zylberberg Features Editor

294 girls in the senior class


It is the typical scene in a high school movie. It is also a girl’s worst nightmare: having the same dress as someone else at prom. Guys have it easy; all it takes is a rented tuxedo. But girls have to go prom dress shopping, which is an arduous task in comparison. These dresses can range from simple to extravagant, and the results often speak for themselves. It is safe to say that almost everyone feels great in the dress they have, until someone comes along and takes it. of surveyed seniors of surveyed seniors As a tradition, River senior girls decided to create a Facebook prom dress said they believed the said they believed the group early in the process. The whole point of a prom dress group is to make prom dress faceebook prom dress faceebook sure no one steals your dress and vice versa. It also serves to provide validation group was harmful group was beneficial for girls who do not know which dress to pick. Students can like or comment on anybody’s post, and provide feedback, usually in the form of hearts. Senior Logan Cosie appreciates the group, and believes that the senior girls have been able to bond over it. “I think the dress group is a great way for us to share our dresses with each other,” Cosie said. “I love seeing what everyone is wearing, it’s like we’re all shopping together just being girls.” Despite this bond, the group can get quite harsh at times. Girls who post their dress after it has already been taken are subject to comments that are both mean and hurtful. Senior Gabby Millman is trying to eliminate the hatred. She posted a message in the group at the end of January explaining that everyone is unique. “Every single girl is going to look different,” Millman said. “Who cares if someone has the same dress? It’s a night for everyone to feel confident in themselves, not to feel targeted by someone else wearing the same dress.” Most believe that the group is more beneficial than it is harmful. Students can receive tips on where to shop for dresses and even look around to see if they like a certain style. “When other people post their dresses, it helps me realize what I want my dress to look like,” senior Julia Zukerberg said. “It allowed me to discover my likes and dislikes when it comes to dresses.” This group is not unique to River. Many students across the country fear the “same dress” problem at prom. Although the group is thought of as a place where people can make sure not to steal other peoples dresses, it can better be viewed as a place where girls can inspire other girls and create a bond that will last through their last months of high school. ART BY ARYANA MUGNATTO

SPANISH RIVER PROMPOSALS Seniors Justin Bamdas and Hannah Petosa

“Hannah does comedy classes with her imrrov troupe and i contacted her mentor to design a way to ask her to prom. we decided that i would make a short video that they would play during the troupe slideshow, and i would be waiting behind the curtain with a sign and flowers.” -Justin Bamdas

Seniors robbie geller and amber zakharia

“I figured she’d love to have it in front of all her best friends, so i thought there was no better time to do it than the pep rally. I had a few friends help me set everything up. Amber was very surprised and hopefully happy when she saw what was going on. It was a great experience” -Robbie Geller PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUSTIN BAMDAS, KENT BURKMAN, AND TORI KATZMAN

Seniors David Cohen and Tori Katzman

“I asked him because he lives in New York and he wanted to come to our prom to be with his friends one last time. He’s very into hockey and plays it everyday so I knew I had to ask him using a hockey pun” - Tori Katzman




River athletes “wrestle” responsibilties Burak Pala

Staff Reporter Wrestling. No, not the fake kind on television, the real kind. Wrestling has been around for centuries and only a handful of students at River still persevere the sport in order to keep it alive and well. Wrestling first became an Olympic sport in Ancient Greece, but their version was very brutal. The Romans later borrowed wrestling from the Greeks but eliminated much of the brutality. The Greeks may have popularized wrestling, but in fact, it is even older. Early Egyptian and Babylonian reliefs depicted moves still used today. Every wrestler has different ways to get ready for a match, and this does not exclude River’s very own. “I listen to my music,” junior and wrestling team member Chris Minasian said. “I also jump some rope, get warmed up and think about how I’m going to defeat my opponent.” Minasian seems to like this way of mentally beating his opponent more than physically. “Wrestling is more mental than physical to me,” Minasian said. “I prepare myself by thinking about different ways to take down or pin my opponent. I can always win, it’s only up to me”.

This statement can be very true. In the history of wrestling, there are many examples of smaller opponents beating larger ones by using brain over brawn. Sometimes, wrestlers must take some drastic measures to meet their respective categories. River’s wrestlers are no exception. “The weight I wrestle is up to me,” Minasian said. “So I do whatever it takes in order to get to where I can perform best, whether it’s running miles on end the day of in order to lose weight or not eating for some time.” Just as a wrestler must be strong, the bond between teammates must be even stronger. “Even though we pick on each other and joke around, we are really close” senior and team captain Tim Rakyta said. “Even our own coaches think we all hate each other, but that’s not the case at all.” The connection between the teammates is visibly quite strong. Minasian also stated that the bond between them “is like no other”. Every sports season be it football, soccer, or even wrestling, has many memorable moments. Minasian recalls an impactful experience from a match this year, in which he used a move that does not come easy to most wrestlers. “As the score is 15-1, I am one point away from losing to another wrestler,” Minasian said. “I grab his leg and head from the bottom and pin him with the elusive cross body cradle.” Minasian finished the season with 20 wins and 10 losses, while Rakyta 18 wins and 7 losses. Christopher Minasian, Brady Crane, Michael Goldstein, and Gabe Consbruck advanced to Regionals. Wrestling is by far the most ancient sport on campus, but the wrestlers on the team make it feel as if it is brand new.

Freshman Issac Bradford tries to pin his opponent in a match.



River commits explain their choices Ethan Weinstein

Staff Reporter

Deciding where you would like to go for the next four years of your life is not always easy. For athletes that will be playing a collegiate sport, it can be even harder. You must decide on which school fits you and what coaching style works best for you in less than six months. Although student athletes that are committing to colleges are very fortunate, considering only 3.9% of high school athletes will go on to play in college, the process of picking what college you will attend is very stressful. Mikaela Tribby, Eduardo Blochstein, and Cameron Weinberger are just a few of River’s student athletes that had to make the tough decision. Senior Mikaela Tribby went through the process of choosing her college this past winter. After touring Molloy College, Pace University, and Fordham University,

Tribby finally decided on attending Molloy College to pursue her dream of playing college softball. “Touring schools was exciting because you start thinking about seeing yourself there for the next four years, but it’s also stressful figuring out where you want to go and how you will fit in there,” Tribby said. As of now, Tribby is focused on bringing home a trophy for River’s softball team, but come next January, Tribby will be playing her heart out for the Molloy Lions. Eduardo Blochstein is another student athlete that made the commitment to the school of his choice after another successful year with River’s golf team. Next May, Blochstein will be teeing off with the Division 1 Georgetown Hoyas. Although he is excited for the upcoming golf season, Blochstein had to make one of the toughest decisions of his life when he picked Georgetown over other nationally ranked schools such as Duke, Northwestern, Lehigh, Bucknell, and Emory. “I could just see myself at Georgetown within the first few minutes of walking on campus,” said Blochstein. “From that point on it was all about talking to the coach and learning about his philosophy on how I would be able to grow as a person, student, and athlete at school.” Cameron Weinberger, River’s star pitcher, is also heading to a Division

1 school after four successful year with River’s baseball team. Weinberger will be staying in state to play for the University of Florida next year. Despite getting offers from Florida, North Carolina State, Clemson, West Virginia, Florida Atlantic, and Penn, Weinberger had his heart set. “Florida was my #1 choice for college because it has been my dream school ever since I was a little kid,” Weinberger said. “I grew up being a huge fan of UF football and I just fell in love with the school. I’m very fortunate to be able to get the chance to play baseball with the Gators because UF is known for there baseball program.” These outstanding Sharks will definitely will definitely make a major impact at the next level.

Sharks Baseball Update The young Shark baseball team looks to establish themselves as a dominant force in a district that is theirs for the taking. The team is currently 1-4 after going 18-12 last year.

Upcoming Games: 3/03 Home-Somerset 3/04 Home-Coral Glades 3/08 Home-Santaluces 3/09 Home-Boyton 3/11 Home-Atlantic

Cameron Weinberger Pitcher C/O ‘16 2015 Season Stats: 6-2, 1.57 ERA, 67 K PHOTO COURTESY OF CAMERON WEINGBERGER

Q&A with Queen of the No-Hitter: Pitcher Liz Golin

When did you first start playing softball? When I was six years old. How long have you been playing for River? Ever since I was a freshman, this is my third year as a Varisty player. How often do you practice your pitching? I practice usually three to four times a week. Were you aware that you had a no-hitter going during the game? Yes, I knew I had a lot of strikeouts and no one had got on base. How did your teammates react to the no-hitter They were very pumped because it happened on my birthday!


Do you plan on playing softball in college? Yes, I am planning on it! PHOTO BY ERIN TURNER




Coaches Show Off Leadership Skills Kent Burkman

Ethan Weinstein Aryanna Mugnatto Staff Reporter Reporter Staff

Anyone who has been on a sports team knows the feeling of immense pressure coming from a tough coach. While some believe tough love is necessary to be an effective coach, others argue that being too hard on the athletes can be discouraging or destructive to their self-esteem. Coaches at River inclduing Boys’ Golf Coach Aaron Lampman, Volleyball Coach Lori Eaton, Wrestling Coach Hugh Maher, and Swimming Coach

Nathan Hesse all possess different coaching styles that they enjoy using. There is no question as to whether a not playing a sport requires intense dedication and hard work. A coach is available to harness the athlete’s focus on a sport and assist them in improving technique. On campus, for example, Eaton is well known for being a strict and demanding coach. Despite the fact that some students complain about the effort required, many athletes appreciate what she does for them in the long run. “I think a good coach needs to push kids to reach their full potential,” senior Mikayla Fabricant said. “I started playing volleyball when I was 13, and coaches like Mrs. Eaton who were harder on me are responsible for my success.” Students and coaches alike believe sports can be challenging and competitive while continuing to be

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an enjoyable way to unwind after hours of exhausting classes. With this in mind, many coaches at River prefer a more easy-going approach that furthers students’ athletic abilities without overworking or stressing them unnecessarily. “I consider myself to be a more easy-going coach,” Lampman said. “I think keeping players with a positive mind frame is the best way to coach.” Athletes greatly rely on their coaches for self-image, and most will agree that if the blurry line between healthy criticism and bullying is crossed, it can be potentially damaging to the students’ motivation as a part of the team. Encouraging students and praising them at the right times will help them improve by fostering a positive attitude. “Swimming is a unique and tough sport for the novice, so I try to be patient,” Hesse said.

Those who know Hesse, as a teacher or coach, are familiar with his considerate and attentive tactics. “Coach Hesse is a very understanding and helpful coach. If I’m having trouble with anything, he knows how to walk me through it without stressing me out,” junior Frances Morales said. However, it is a common misconception that this makes it any easier to be a player coached this way. “I expect my swimmers to train hard, swim competitively, and represent our school with pride,” Hesse said. “An effective coach has high expectations, and to be successful, athletes need to train hard.” As important as it is for a coach to do what is best for his or her team, the end result ultimately lies in the hands of the student. “I’m tough to a certain point,” Maher said. “But if you tend to slack off, or not do what I ask you to, I’m not the one who punishes you - it’s the guy across the mat.” Having the typical “tough-guy” coach some view as the easy way out, considering that the amount of commitment from the student will inevitably be equal. Coaches who pressure their athletes receive mostly positive results, even if students dread the work during practice. In the end, it is solely the preference of the coach and of the athlete. River’s exceptional teams are coached by a variety of coaches, which shows both coaching techniques are effective. ART BY ARYANA MUGNATTO

Softball girls show dominance on the field0

Lily Choi Staff Reporter Bradley Thomas Sports Editor

The legendary greatness associated with “Varsity Spanish River Softball” is second to none. The softball girls have been training every day since the beginning of second semester and are ready to dominate on the diamond this season. The fierce unit has been working very hard and they are excited to see success. Freshman left fielder Taylor Karger has been building up the excitement for the upcoming season. “I’m looking forward to playing with my amazing teammates and playing the game I love with my best friends,” Karger said. Before any of their games, you can see the team huddled up around the stereo near the softball field, playing music and getting pumped up before each game. Another way the team gets pumped up is playing a game called “favorites”. “Before every game we do ‘favorites’ which is when our upperclassmen choose a category (for example favorite artist) and we all join together in a circle and go around telling who our favorite artists are,” freshman Catcher Taylor Shelley said. “This just gets us talking to each other to get pumped for the

game.” The team is mostly made up of underclassmen, so they need a strong coach and captain to guide and encourage them to build on their strengths. Luckily, the team has both. “It feels good knowing that I have a great impact on the younger girls and can make this year one to remember for all of us,” Captain Mikaela Tribby said. “When I was named captain I was just really happy because during the other three years I played, I always looked up to the captains and now I am one.” Furthemore, Tribby recently committed to play softball at Molloy College in Long Island, New York. “Mikaela is one of my favorite teammates because she is always positive no matter the situation,” Shelley said. “She is always striving to help make the team better. I am looking forward to playing the rest of the season with her and learning from her.” Coach Ashley Byrd is no stranger to the ins and outs softball. She was a collegiate player at Lynn University and has led River to four straight winning seasons, no small task in a very competitive district. “My favorite thing about Coach Byrd is that she gives good constructive criticism on and off the field,” Shelley said. “Whenever I am struggling with either batting, catching, or fielding,

she is always willing to help,” Crystal Ranfone, the team’s assistant coach also has experience with Spanish River’s softball program. She played on the team in 2001 and was named the Boca Times’ softball player of the year. “I enjoy making an impact on female athletes, both in school and on the softball diamond,” Ranfone said. The team knows that there will be many obstacles to overcome in its path to triumph this year, and hopes

to prevail. “The biggest challenge to overcome with this team is to keep our winning streak up and keep the positive energy,” Karger said. “We need to be able to push through all the tough games. No matter whether we win or lose we have to keep pushing and hopefully the outcome will be what we want.” The team has been working hard this season hopes to improve on their 7-1 record.

The girls huddle together for a picture after another win. PHOTO COURTESY OF TAYLOR KARGER