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

Student break-in disrupts classes

Teachers block the entrance of 8000 building while custodians clean up the mess.

Jared Goodman Editor-in-Chief

Mayonnaise and mustard make for great sandwiches, but not for great vandalism. On the morning of April 14, some students snuck onto campus and used mayonnaise, mustard, eggs, and ketchup to vandalize the 8000 building. At first, this seemed like a senior prank, but it turned out to not be seniors. It relieved administration because just

prior to this they gave a speech to the senior class about finishing strong and the consequences of a serious prank, which included not being able to walk at graduation. This prank was not a victimless crime, because cameras were able to detect the culprits and alarms went off as well, which in turn alerted the police to come and arrest the students. “They [the culprits] were caught,” Assistant Principal Ira Sollod said. “It ended up being a school and police mat-

ter. It is a very serious thing and we do the best we can when it comes to security.” Unfortunately, because the act was committed in the middle of the night, the culprits were not captured until after the act was committed. This in turn caused for the 8000 building to undergo a massive cleaning and school had to start fifteen minutes later than usual on the morning of the 14th. “A lot of the custodial people stepped up and cleaned and it was more of a nuissance for us than it was a pain for the students the next morning,” Sollod said. The main takeaway from this whole fiasco is to think before doing something, because most pranks and antics are usually just not worth the repurcussions.

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River gets a reboot Sophia Athan News Editor

Recently, many Spanish River students have noticed the computers at school slowing down. With older technology, daily tasks like opening PowerPoint presentations or turning on Channel One seemed like a hassle. However, the District has recently addressed these problems. With investments in new computers, the beginning of River’s technological era has begun. Kate Adornetto, the Executive Director for The Spanish River Foundation, explained the future for the school’s technology. “We were on the lower end of the spectrum,” she says, referring to the school’s level of technological advances made over the past few years. “We really talked about how to bring us up to speed, as far as bandwidth, infrastructure, and all the things that need to happen in order for us to have the type of access that we’re lacking.” The computers at the school were in desperate need of an update – after functioning for five years, it was time for both the District and the Foundation to put forth effort to give River a fresh start. Currently, the new computers have left many teachers satisfied. Mr. Lampman, the AP U.S. History teacher, was once left waiting

for his computer to load PowerPoint presentations – now, he can use class time to be more productive with his lessons. When asked, he said that before he dealt with slower computers. Now, with the new computers installed in the classrooms, they have “made a huge difference.” As for technology, he hopes to see added to the school in the future, copy machines are his number one priority. He, like many other teachers, has high hopes for the future of River’s technological upgrades. Referring to the Foundation and District working together to improve Spanish River, Adornetto says “It’s been a team effort.” Not only will Spanish River see new updates to the computers, but also new types of classrooms geared towards integrating technology into our modern learning. “We’re looking into a Google classroom,” she says. The “Google classroom” will introduce a new paperless way of teaching: all students will take their notes on laptops, submit their work online, and participate in interactive activities where their work is sent up to the board for input. Teachers that are open to interactive classrooms are going to soon teach in these Google classrooms, where they can “quickly see who has or hasn't completed the work, and provide direct, real-time feedback and grades right in Classroom,” according to the Google Classroom website.

As for the future, Adornetto also touched on competition with other schools. “[Spanish River’s] goal is to be a showcase school in the district; by providing a learning environment that integrates New computers allow teachers to access information in a quicker way. today's digital ward by students, faculty, and tools, accommodates a mobile life- parents. The process to “reboot” style, adapts to individual learning River was started in January, and styles, and encourages collaboration has only just begun. Adornetto and teamwork.” After a visit to The encourages everyone involved Conservatory of North Palm Beach, with Spanish River’s community the leading technological school in to step forward and take a part Palm Beach County, the committee in helping to make the school and Principal William Latson were ex- a better place. After the “Totally tremely impressed by how the school 80’s” fundraiser, the Spanish Rivprovided technology to the students er Foundation wants students to to further enhance their learning ex- help bring in more money for acaperience. This inspired the Founda- demic excellence. “I would love to tion to put forth a plan that will span get everyone involved,” she says, over three to five years to officially and hopes in the future that not make Spanish River an example high only will the Foundation take part school to all schools around the coun- in giving River a refresh, but the ty. student body as well. However, none of this can be PHOTO BY RACHEL HORN done without further effort put for-


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SHARK ATTACK

Almost Summer! May is finally here! Just a few more weeks of testing and altered bell schedules before we can enjoy the summer of our dreams. But what to do? If you are stuck on ideas, check out some opportunities on page 12. Have a wonderful summer break and we look forward to Issue 1 in the fall. Sincerely, The Galleon staff

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Sharks take on new positions Emily Smith Staff Reporter

This past month, SGA, DECA, and Student Class elections took place. Students voted through Edline for the individuals they believed would best fit the specified positions. For SGA, leadership positions were won by: President Suzy Klasfeld, Vice- President Brianna Castellano, Recording Secretary Nicole Chandeck, Corresponding Secretary Jason Brackett, and Treasurer Jordyn Kohn. Within DECA, winning votes were cast for President Ethan Tuby, Executive Vice President Cole Deutch and five Vice Presidents: Jimmy Aquilina, Lauren Fulgencio, Samantha Silverman, Shayna Shulman and Drew Vapnek. Finally, for Student Class elections, students elected their class President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, respectively. Elected for the senior class was, Daniel Giron, Jacob Wander, Jennifer Stern and Mia Semel, the junior class was Joey Lipsich, Tyler Gin, Eric Lorenzo and Rachel Cutler and the sophomore

class was Dani Sakkal, Amberley Gin, Bryce Brandfon, and Will Noonan. Leading up to the elections, hallways and doors were covered by campaign posters designed by the candidates and giveaways were given to students. Candidates hoped these items would help attract more votes. As part of their campaign, they had to write speeches, verify that they would be able to complete specified tasks, take charge of others, and commit to improving the organization. SGA Vice- President junior Brianna Castellano took several steps during her campaign. “In order to get elected, I filled out an application, made a speech on the announcements, campaigned by going around during lunch and made a Facebook group,” Castellano said. Although substantial effort was required, Castellano stayed motivated because she wanted to become more involved in SGA leadership and help the organization become successful as a whole. “SGA vice president isn’t just another thing I can put on my résumé,” Castellano said. “This position means a lot to me, and I cannot wait for next

year to come.” Over the course of the 2016- 2017 school year, these elected individuals will be expected to improve the organizations in which they were elected to lead. DECA President, junior Ethan Tuby, shared his focus on three main areas where he plans to improve DECA: more member input, communication, and performance. Tuby’s ideas are expected to enhance and refine the DECA organization. He explained that his plan’s components include, “a suggestion box to include more members in decision making processes, a revamp of the Spanish River DECA social media website, so that it is easier for members to get the information they need and the holding of more practice sessions before districts, states, and ICDC, so that Spanish River DECA can strive during competition.” Through the effort of these elected individuals, there is no doubt Spanish River High School will improve academically and become more unified. SGA, DECA, and Student Class officers will be working hard to make a fantastic 2016- 2017 school year. Sophomore class President

freshman Dani Sakkal stated, “I am excited to display my effort in improving the quality of our school as a whole, especially the future sophomore class. Freshmen year’s presidency entailed many learning experiences, and now I have a good understanding of what I can do to improve. I also believe moving up the hierarchical ladder will give some students in our grade more confidence to display even more spirit for River.” Each candidate who was elected possesses leadership qualities that are beneficial to the student body. Because of this, Spanish River students are confident that the upcoming school year will be well planned, academically enriching and, most of all, exciting. SGA will be sure to include the most preferred foods at Carnival Lunch, DECA will have an increase in members attending the International competition, and the class officers will put maximum effort into keeping the pep rallies action packed! PHOTO COURTESY GOOGLE IMAGES

Julianna DeLuca plans for success as a servicewoman Benjamin Koslowski Staff Reporter

Senior Julianna DeLuca and hardwork are two things that belong in a sentence together. With Spanish River’s Varsity Soccer and Lacrosse under her belt, DeLuca is not shy to physical training. DeLuca plans on attending a college with a Naval Reserve Offi-

Deluca trains during the summer at a Marine base.

cers Training Corps (NROTC) program and from there will become a Marine. The NROTC trains qualified young men and women for their future as a commissioned officer of the Navy or Marine Corps. The NROTC requires both physical and mental acuity. The NROTC focuses on four components for physical training: aerobics (cardiovascular), muscular strength, endurance, and flexibility. She will attend classes like a normal college student, but in addition to her studies, she will have physical training in the morning, wear a uniform, and take classes with a focus on the marines. DeLuca has always been a team player. She plays forward in soccer and defense in lacrosse. Throughout high school, science teacher Jacki Kay has had a big impact on her. DeLuca learned a lot from her and considers her to be her mentor. She cites Kay as the reason behind her major.

“I applied to colleges with the intended major of athletic training, and this is because of Mrs.Kay,” DeLuca said. “She taught me so much and has always been a mentor to me.” DeLuca has a family history of servicemen. She finds them admirable and credits their tremendous character to the Marines. DeLuca became interested in serving at the Summer Leadership and Character Development Program at the Marine base in Quantico, Virginia. Out of the 2000 candidates who applied, she was one of the 160 selected to attend this prestigious summer program. In order to even be considered, she had to record herself doing a 70 second flex arm hang, 100 crunches in a 2 minute period, and running 3 miles as fast as possible. “I became interested because my father was a Marine, and I know how strong he is,” DeLuca said. “I only hope the Marine Corps would do the same

for me. It would be an honor to continue the lineage.” NROTC provides excellent scholarship opportunities. The NROTC scholarship covers full tuition and mandatory fees, all educational fees, up to $400 for subsistence needs, and $375 for books each semester. This will require DeLuca to serve 5 years in the Marines after graduating. “The officers program is like a job,” DeLuca said. “You get paid and also get a certain amount of money each month during the 4 years of college.” The future shines bright for DeLuca. She has already been accepted to the NROTC program at the University of Florida and Pennsylvania State University. The Galleon wishes her the best and is proud to have her as a future defender of our country. PHOTO BY JULIANNA DELUCA

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Adviser Website Editor Suzanne Delaney Lillian Zhang Principal Face Off Editors Staff Reporters William Latson Danielle Abramsky Emily Smith Lily Choi Tali Nesbitt Natalia Galicza Tonia Moraes Ben Kozlowski

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Danielle Abramsky Face Off Editor

Sex. It is such a commonly discussed topic among people, especially teenagers. Because of this, it is important to be educated on what real life is like. Many schools across the United States offer Sex Ed courses. River offers no Sex Ed courses, with the exception of the Human Growth and Development portion of HOPE and the small chapter in Biology where one learns about reproduction and safe, effective methods of contraception, however many people feel that it is not enough. Other local high schools, like Olympic Heights and West Boca do not offer much more than we do as far as Sex Ed goes. According to a Huffington Post article from April 2014, states such as Florida, Alabama, Virginia, among many others, do not require Sex Ed at all. Additionally, 38 states including Florida do not require information provided on HIV to be medically accurate. According to livescience.com, New Mexico’s teens have the highest rate of pregnancy. This is surprising due to the fact that the state of New Mexico requires Sex Education, including information on HIV (which doesn’t have to be accurate). Overall, this shows that Sex Ed across the country needs some improvement. It also seems that while the world today is more progressive about numerous issues, the issue of Sex Ed has become less of a priority among schools. It is more taboo now than ever before, which is ironic because sex exposure to teens is now higher than ever before. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), people ages 15-24 make up over one fourth of the sexually active population. Our demographic alone accounts for 10 out of the 20 million new STDs that arise every year in the United States, so it is very important that we are educated and aware young adults when we graduate from high school.

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Sharks Talk Sex Lily Choi

Face Off Editor

Sex education classes are known for being somewhat unhelpful due to its mission to ingrain only one thing in students’ minds: abstinence. While the lesson of abstinence is important, it may get in the way of actual Sex Ed. being taught. Simply being told not to do it does not stop some students, and they are left to face the consequences without the proper knowledge. More than 47% according to NCSL.org of high school students say they have had sex, in which people ages 15 to 24 make up half of the sexually active population that acquire STDs, or sexually transmitted diseases. Only about 60% of the students who were surveyed throughout the country were reported to have used methods to prevent pregnancy and spread of disease. By the time a student’s four years at River has passed, it is likely that they have sat through a class that includes Sex Ed. A typical Sex Ed. class will consist of learning about body parts, STDs, births and pregnancy. However, many states do not make it a requirement to teach about HIV/ AIDs or have the information they present be medically accurate. Luckily, Florida is one of the states that requires accurate and factual information to be taught in public schools. “To make students aware of the consequences of sex without thought, I spend 3-4 weeks making sure I cover everything,” Hope teacher Lori Eaton states. The most essential thing for students to get out of a Sex Ed. class is not the grade, but the knowledge. The information gleaned from these classes can directly correlate to life and impact students’ futures. “The main focus of my teachings is to make students aware of the consequences of sex without thought,” Eaton said. “A baby is with you for a minimum of 18 years and a sexually transmitted infection can be with you for life or even kill you.” It is important for students to stay safe if they do choose to be sexually active.

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The Worldwide Sex Curriculum

Natalia Galicza Face Off Editor

Let’s talk about sex… education and reproductive health. Sex Ed is an essential part of a developing adolescents curriculum. Students who do not receive sufficient sexual education are more likely to contract sexually transmitted diseases, become victims/ instigators of sexual assault, and have unintended teenage pregnancies. On a global perspective, the Sex Ed programs and reproductive rights of various nations drastically differ. In the United States, only 22 out of all 50 states require Sex Ed, 19 states require that sexual education be medically accurate, and only a measly number of 8 states require their Sex Ed to be unbiased. “Providing accurate sexual education is extremely important,” Junior Emma Paschen said. “Almost every European country requires sex ed, and because of this, European nations have a much noticeably lower rate of teen pregnancies and teens infected with STDs than that of the US.” Studies have shown that areas which provide abstinence-only education have higher rates of teen pregnancies and young adults who have contracted STDs. However, institutions such as Planned Parenthood act as centers where anyone can obtain information on

contraceptive measures and STD prevention. The accessibility of these centers is crucial for young adults who may have not received sufficient sexual education in school. As far as reproductive health and freedom goes, abortions are legal in the United States, yet there is continuous debate on the topic. “I believe this element of women’s health should not be controlled by a majorly patriarchal assembly,” sophomore Stephanie Showalter said. “Women should have the right and the outlet to pursue an abortion.” Despite the legality of abortion in the United States, some take the “pro-life” stance. “I personally do not agree with abortion,” sophomore Cassandra Augustine said. “I feel like there are other options, such as adoption, that a woman could take rather than preventing a child from living a life.” In the Middle East, sexual education is almost unheard of. It is a cultural and religious custom that sexual and reproductive activity must exist solely within marriage. There have been continued debates on whether or not implementing sexual education will contradict certain values of the Islamic religion or certain societal standards. Yet, some activists may spread word of Sex Ed through unofficial means. There have been recently increasing numbers of adolescents in middle eastern countries suffering from STDs due

to uninformed and unprotected sex. This adds to the debate on whether or not sex ed should be implemented to countries in this region. With increasing statistics and little to no sexual education, concerns about safety are introduced. As far as reproductive freedom goes, abortion in middle eastern countries such as Tunisia, Israel, and Turkey are legal within certain circumstances of each country. While in other countries such as Egypt and Iran it is illegal under all circumstances. Sexual education in Asian countries differs on locations within the region. In Indonesia, there has recently been a conference created by civil society organizations discussing the necessity for comprehensive sexual education. The conference discussed making reforms to sexual education in Indonesia to combat sexual violence/ assault and to give students the ability to distinguish between healthy and abusive relationships. In China, sexual education in schools is not typically enforced. However, the Ministry of Education of China recently created an official document stating that experimental courses on sexuality among secondary schools will take place. In Beijing, China’s capital, more than 50 schools have provided these experimental classes since the creation of the document. Reproductive freedoms in China differ greatly than that of the United States. Abortions were often forced upon women in order to abide by the

regulations of the One-Child-Policy that was created to stop overpopulation and lasted 40 years, ending on the first day of 2016. Sexual education and reproductive health differ on a worldwide basis. It is essential to countless adolescent lives that Sex Ed be provided no matter one’s country. “Sexual education is extremely important and should be implemented internationally in order to inform students with the appropriate information on sexuality and its intricacies,” Showalter said. “This will trigger healthy decisions about their sex life now and later in life.” The main factor to take into account when discussing international Sex Ed is safety. “Worldwide sex education is a discussion that is often overlooked,” freshman Dani Sakkal said. “It is important to educate people worldwide about sex ed, especially underdeveloped countries, because this information can save lives, reduce disease, and prevent social injustices.” When considering sexual education and reproductive health on an international basis, there are various stances one might take. Whatever one’s opinion may be, as long as students across the world are safe from unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, it is crucial to respect each individual’s personal beliefs.

SHARKS ANSWER 57%

OF SENIORS SURVEYED SAID THAT THEIR classes here at River discussed Sex Ed in any way.

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OF SENIORS AT RIVER SURVEYED believe tHEIR Sex Ed was sufficient to make them a fully aware adult.


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Ramblings of a Sincerely, Sydney Redhead Sydney Luntz

Outgoing Associate Editor

Amanda Paige

Outgoing Editor-in-Chief The past four years have been far from perfect, but I would not change them for the world. High school is where you figure out the kind of friends you want, your style, favorite subject, music genre- you name it. It is a four-year journey one will never forget. That being said, I have never been more excited for a piece of paper and a handshake. After living in Boca for 18 years, I am thrilled to be moving over six hours away and becoming a Seminole at Florida State University. All of my teachers helped me succeed over the past few years, but a few of them I will cherish forever. All three of my Law Academy teachers were great dealing with our rambunctious class, but Mr. Bartholomew will always stick out and not just because he resembled Santa Claus. For two years, Mr. B always challenged me to look at different perspectives and is a part of the reason I want to pursue law. Thank you Señora Russell for attempting to teach me Spanish for two years, Ms. Gallardo for always making

Michael Benrubi

Outgoing Editor-in-Chief As I have spent the past 15 minutes thinking about how to start this goodbye, I found it almost impossible to not begin with the ultimate cliché. I truly apologize, but it is the only way to introduce my current feelings and thoughts as I reflect on my past four years at Spanish River. Time really does fly. It seems like last week that I sat down as a nervous sophomore applying to be a staff reporter for The Galleon in front of Mrs. Delaney (Sanders to me) and my brother, who was associate editor that year and editor-in-chief the next. I never thought that I would be sitting here, less than a month away from graduation, writing my senior goodbye as editor-in-chief. I have to start with what truly defined my time at Spanish River and that would be the newspaper. I want to thank Mrs. Delaney for not only helping me improve as a journalist, but also as a responsible, mature, and dedicated person. You were more than an adviser, you were someone I could go to if I needed advice. I truly

me laugh, Mr. Daub for showing me why I should not procrastinate, Ms. Kunf for always being understanding, and Mr. Moreland, just for being you. Most of all, I want to thank Mrs. Delaney, my “at school mom” and advisor. Thank you for putting up with me in class for three years. From my obnoxious Cameron Dallas phase, Gossip Girl obsession, and discussing my wardrobe to my political rants, I will always be your Lilly (obviously not Lilly for Target, though). My favorite thing at River was being apart of The Galleon. Everyday I looked forward to sixth period because it has always been the place I could be myself. When I applied to be on The Galleon, during my interview, I said I would like to be Editor-in-Chief down the road. Well, the road has come to an end and there are not enough words in the dictionary to explain how much I appreciate the paper and everyone I have met from being on staff. I am confident next year’s paper will be almost as great as this year’s (Rachel and Jared have big shoes to fill). The Galleon will forever hold a special place in my heart. Thank you for always reading my ramblings.

To say these were the best years of my life... would be a bit of a stretch. The sleepless nights studying, the penciled in showers, and the mood swings were highly anticipated and turned out to be more than any high school student could ever wish for. However, in retrospect, I do not believe these were supposed to be the best years of our livesthey were supposed to be the years of the most growth; that is, awkward phases, questionable taste, and weird teenage ‘mid-life’ crises along the way. I came into high school knowing exactly who I wanted to be and where I wanted to go, and now leaving high school, I have never fit my shoes better or been closer to my goals. In the fall, I am attending university in the United Kingdom to study English Literature. Although I will not find out until July which university, or be able to chant my alma mater just yet, this is a long-awaited ambition I have intended to fulfill since I was a youngster. These few years have introduced me to mentors any young, ambitious high school student would long for. Each and every one of my English teachers managed to secure, and reassure, the motivated English student I have always strived to be. A special thanks to Mrs. Brewer who always proved to be a kind, spunky, and inspiring sup-

Mike’s Mind appreciate everything that you have done for me and I can never thank you enough for the countless laughs and memories on staff. Following in my brother’s footsteps as editor-in-chief was not easy, but I think Mrs. Delaney and this year’s staff could agree that I at least tried to make working in the back room during lunch or after school a fun activity. I am also very proud of this year’s staff because you all cared about the paper and were dedicated to ensuring that we represent the school well. I am extremely excited to see how great The Galleon will look next year. Outside of school, my friends have made my past four years so much better. You guys know who you are and if you’re reading this, know that I cherish my memories with every single one of you and you guys made coming into school every day a whole lot easier. Even though we are all going to different colleges and parts of the country, we will always remember the great times we shared together over the past four years. Finally I have to address the burning question most people who know

me have asked or would like to ask: “Why did you choose Miami”? I have heard it countless times and I am not surprised. I grew up a Florida Gator and my family, friends and even I always knew that I would end up in Gainesville. My parents are alumni, my brother is currently a sophomore there, and it would cost me almost nothing. The shoe fits perfectly. Everyone knew me as a Florida Gator and any other college just would not seem right. Choosing the University of Miami definitely would not seem right. Well, I shocked the world when I decided to commit to becoming a Cane. Sometimes you just get that feeling about colleges when you read about them or visit them. I had that epiphany and realized that this school was a place I see myself succeeding. I am interested in medicine and I was impressed with the programs and research opportunities they have to offer. I am extremely excited to see if my visions of becoming a doctor pan out, but until then pray for me as I slave through pre-med classes and eventually medical school. No matter what my future holds, I will always re-

porter, Mr. Hesse who managed to use enough "tough love" to make me realize my writing was a little too pretentious (I have been working on it so I hope you now approve Mr. Hesse), and to Ms. Kunf, a warm-hearted, life-guide that every high school student is in need of his or her senior year. You have all shown me a admirable perspective in the realm of english in which I have learned to not only critically think for an essay or a passage, but for myself and my surroundings- so, for that, I thank you all. Lastly, Mrs. Delaney, thank you for the boundless opportunity you have provided myself and the Galleon staff. Without your utmost recognition and well-rounded, open-minded nature, our school and my personal experience at River would have lacked immensely. Thank you for all of the pep talks, the guidance, and most importantly...the tolerance of my volatile, and vocal personality. My dearest reward these past few years has been the voice you have allowed me to have. Thank you for privileging me with two awe-inspiring publications to invest my passion in. You have truly given me something to treasure. While all students tread on through high school, no matter what a student amounts to, I hope they find something to be proud of in their four years because I surely have. Good bye River, and as good ‘ole Dickens perfectly puts it: It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

member my high school experience as one filled with great memories and accomplishments. Lastly, I would like to thank all my family, friends, classmates, teachers, and counselors who have allowed me to mature as both a student and a young man. I would like to end this goodbye with some important advice: find something you have a passion for and dedicate yourself to it. There is no one that stands in the way of you and what you want to do in life. Also, live in the moment and hold on to these memories because these years are going to fly by. Take advantage of everything high school has to offer before it's too late.




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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Students Have a Rocking Good Time at Music Festivals Ava Butera

Arts & Entertainment Editor As soon as the calendar flips to April, music festival season begins, and rapidly at that. Many people are confused by the “sudden” surge and craze of these Bohemian-like festivals. However, this is not just a sudden rise. Music festivals have been around since Woodstock, the first major music festival, taking place in Woodstock, New York, from August 15-17, 1969. Although it seems as if festivals have died out, they have in fact, continued, but are not as prevalent and do not have as immense an impact on the music scene as Woodstock did 46 years ago. As years went by, music festivals such as Lollapalooza, Coachella, Bonnaroo, South by Southwest, and our very own Sunfest, soon began to pop up on the music scene. The Woodstock scene was notoriously known for making alternative, rock, and indie music more mainstream. Due to the increase and demand for more diverse acts into music festivals, the protocol had to gradually change in order to attract people who enjoy

all different kinds of music genres. The major festival, Coachella, in Indio Valley, California, was the first huge festival to make this change and suddenly became a household name, resulting in the rebirth of “festival mania.” It seems as if it is everyone’s dream to eventually attend Coachella and Senior Payton Koeller is going to be living that dream this April. “It’s going to be so much fun,” Koeller said. “I’m so excited to see Guns & Roses, The 1975, and Calvin Harris. I especially enjoy festivals because they are stress free, the atmosphere is welcoming, and everyone is there to just have a good time.” This is proof that these music festivals have changed greatly over time. By including more genres, music festivals have therefore attracted a wider audience. A well-known music festival that will be coming to South Florida over the summer is Warped Tour. This is a festival that tours America during the summer that includes a plethora of alternative, pop-punk, metalcore, and rock bands. It is known for appealing to the heavier music scene however it has mellowed out over the

past few years. “Warped [Tour] is so fun and I love how everyone comes together,” sophomore Amanda Elman said. “I can talk to different people and listen to my favorite bands, such as Real Friends and Sleeping with Sirens (bands who are playing the tour this year).” Currently, every teenager who enjoys and appreciates music wants to attend a music festival, and they can live that dream, not too far from home. It may not be Coachella, but to South Floridians, Sunfest is as close as they will get without flying across the country. However, Sunfest is not just any music festival, it is a rather prominent affair that is attended by Floridians who just want to have a good time and discover new music. Freshman Annie Duffy, who’s ecstatic about seeing her favorite band, Walk the Moon, could not agree more. “I like it [Sunfest] because there are multiple bands, so you can discover new music. I’m really curious to check out Goldfinger, a pop-punk band from Los Angeles,” Duffy said. The lineup this year appeals to every music genre, making it a super diverse festival where people of all kinds can

connect and enjoy the same music together. “I don’t even know if I’m going for sure, but it seems like such a spectacular experience. I really want to go,” freshman Leah Dye said. “I really want to go, I just really think it would be a great time overall.” Whether a person is a dedicated music fan or just a casual listener, music festivals are a guaranteed way to have a great time, gain an awesome experience, and receive memories that last a lifetime. Catch Sunfest while you can! It will be held in West Palm Beach at the Downtown Waterfront and it will be from April 27th-May 1st. Visit http://www.sunfest.com/ to check out the lineup and schedule!

Concertgoers enjoy a show at Sunfest in West Palm Beach PHOTOS COURTESY OF GOOGLE IMAGES


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The Galleon Reviews All the Light We Cannot See Katherine Burkman News Editor

All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr, is a hauntingly beautiful story of war, rebellion, and justice. Featuring two ordinary children caught up in the lifestyle of war, the novel will take any reader by storm. In the story, one of the children, MarieLaure, was raised in Paris with her father. Marie is a courageous, independent girl. Since birth, her eyesight quickly deteriorated, and she eventually lost all ability to see. Without a mother or siblings, Marie has learned to live a happy life. Her father (called Papa) is a master locksmith at Paris’s Museum of Natural History. Papa spends his day working while his daughter enjoys spending time in the museum. While exploring by herself, Marie discovers a priceless blue diamond in a safe on the bottom floor. Known as the “Sea of Flames,” the incredible rock is believed to hold a curse: whoever owns it shall never die, but his loved ones shall face an unending life of terror, sorrow, and pain. Papa assures Marie that curses do not exist, so she forgets about the stone. For now, Paris seems to supply a perfect life for Marie and Papa. Life is not as easy by late 1940. As the Nazis occupy France, Papa is able to quickly evacuate with Marie, taking the Sea of Flames with him for safekeeping. The two flee to the small, walled city of Saint-Malo, France, and move in with Marie’s great-uncle, Etienne. At Uncle Etienne’s house, Papa builds a replica of Saint-Malo and hides the diamond inside the wooden model. But, a German treasure hunter is on the prowl for the Sea of Flames and has hopes of locating the precious stone promptly. In Saint-Malo, Uncle Etienne and Marie are in danger of being arrested when the Nazis call for all radios to be given to the German army. Marie and Uncle Etienne travel everyday to the local bakery to buy bread. “One ordinary loaf, please,” Marie routinely says. In response, the baker always replies

with, “And how is your uncle?” “Fine, thank you,” Marie answers. Each time the two go home to eat the bread, a small scroll is hidden inside. Written on it are hundreds of numbers which Uncle Etienne will announce over his radio to the French army. One day, for no apparent reason, Papa is arrested by Germans, leaving Marie to help Uncle Etienne. Now, Marie must learn to work undercover with her uncle. Meanwhile, in Zollverein, Germany, the second main character, Werner Pfennig is being raised in an orphanage. A prodigy with radios and wires, Werner rebuilds a broken radio, allowing the orphanage to hear stories and music from France, Germany, and Russia. He and his sister spend hours imagining life in those not-so-distant countries. Recruited by the Nazi elite training school, Werner’s talent for circuitry is soon discovered. Thrust into a program to uncover illegal radio messages, Werner stumbles across Marie’s household and her uncle’s secret radio messages. He frequently sees Marie, but because Marie is blind, she never sees him. As he struggles with his conscience, he must decide between arresting the innocent girl and her uncle or stopping his support of the war. All the Light We Cannot See has won many well-deserved awards, including the Pulitzer Prize. I would definitely recommend this novel to friends and family. The book is an especially fantastic read for anyone who enjoys history. The author has created an incredible novel and has included constant suspense to keep the reader on the edge of their seat. Further strengthening the literary performance, Doerr weaves excellent symbolism throughout the book for us to enjoy parts of the story not spoken but carefully placed to enrich an already powerful read.

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Channel one or Channel zzzzzzz? Jared Goodman

every student will watch the announcements, it is hard to Arts & Entertainment Editor consider any other alternative when it comes to students When the bell rings at 7:30 a.m. to getting their news. start the day, the students at River “I love the morning expect their teacher to turn on the announcements,” Social announcements so that they can Studies teacher Barbara Jones hear the school news. After the said. “If the announcements announcements and the occasional were written, I doubt the PSA, it is time for Channel One. But do students would read them. I students actually pay attention to the think it is a good platform, so I morning announcements? am a big advocate for it.” In a perfect world, they should. The The situation is not much school allocates fourteen minutes different for Channel One. for the morning announcements While it offers news that is and Channel One, and they expect all beneficial for every student to students to watch. Although this is the know, even if only for twelve case, teachers and students usually minutes, it seems that only a find that the announcements tend to handful of students actually run over fourteen minutes, whether take advantage of it. This has it be because of an exceptionally not gone unnoticed, with many long PSA or a teachers special Channel having One report. Most gone so teachers and far as to a d m i n i s t rato r s turn off would argue that Channel it is imperative O n e that all students because watch to avoid nobody in missing any vital A student sleeps in class during the morning their class information, but announcements watches it. numerous students feel differently. While this is the case for some While some students can be found teachers, others simply do not watching and enjoying the morning have enough time for it. announcements, most students can “I do love Channel One news,” be found either sleeping, using their Jones continues. “However, I phones, or talking to friends during now have an AP class during this time. These distractions make first period and unfortunately it especially hard for the students there is not enough time to who are actually trying to hear the watch Channel One.” announcements. Other students Channel One also has like to multitask and talk to their its faults, with two sets of friends for a little bit, but also glance commercials per broadcast at the screen every now and then to and only a few minutes ensure that they are not missing any of actual news headlines, necessary information. followed by about ten minutes “I usually talk to friends or catch up of randomized stories. Whether on work during the announcements,” students pay attention to them sophomore Hannah Cohen said. or not, the announcements “Although this is true, I also try to listen are here to stay and it is up to them in case they say anything I to each individual student to need.” determine whether or not they Although it is a plain fact that not are worth his or her time. ART BY ERIN TURNER

Students Showcase Their Talents at DMAC

Erin Turner

Staff Reporter On March 12, 2016, a few choice Spanish River art students participated in a drawing contest at DMAC. DMAC, or Digital Media Arts College, is a private digital arts school in Boca Raton in which grants for tuition are offered as prizes. The five artists from River who participated were seniors Daniel Brenton, Francis Brigonnet, Laura Fandino, Annie Levande, and Carina Sarafino. The students were required to do two pieces during a six hour long period with a one hour break. Split into two groups, the fifty total

participants recreated a directly observed still life in graphite for two hours, had a break for lunch, and then created a piece based on the prompt, “What does ‘land of the free’’mean to you?” for two and a half hours. The whole process, including lunch and judging, took the students six hours, from 10 AM to 4 PM. Annie Levande, placed 2nd in this competition, receiving a $20,000 scholarship to DMAC. Levande created a graphite still life, and a drawing of pigs flying with American flags coming from their tails. “I will probably return to Boca and attend DMAC when I finish my gap

year outside of the US,” Levande said. DMAC is allowing her to postpone her admission. All other participants, even those who didn’t place, received small scholarships of $7,500; however, the tuitions ranged up to $70,000 for first place. Surprisingly, not many of River’s participants decided to practice before the competition, although the prompt for the creative portion was given before the competition. “The lack of practice was definitely a major detriment,” Art Teacher Ashley Giannangeli said. “I believe that was the biggest mistake our artists made on the prompted piece. The biggest

criticism of the still lives that I have was the lack of proper value used.” Although the prompted piece changes from year to year, the participants are required to do still lives for the competition every year. If students are set on attending DMAC, then it is advised that they sign up for early commitment scholarships. Senior Carina Sarafino received $30,000 for her early commitment, as well as the winnings she received from the contest.. All of the students from River that participated received a grand sum of $50,000 in awards.


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Is River too Competitive?

Zoe Brand

Features Editor Spanish River’s reputation of academic excellence is evident to the South Florida community. We have an amazing faculty, dedicated students, and an outstanding support system from River parents and our school’s Foundation. “Spanish River offers so many wonderful opportunities to its students, so life as a Shark is extremely blessed,” Valedictorian Ambereen Siddiqui said. Siddiqui holds the number one position in the 2015-2016 Senior Class. She has a 5.39 HPA and will be attending the University of Florida this fall. From this, it is clear that River holds all of the keys to set a student on the right path towards success. “The teachers have high expectations for all of their students,” Academy Coordinator Jill Rockwell said. “The students, faculty, and staff are proud to be at River and with that pride, comes commitment and dedication to being the best that we can be.” Students work hard to set the bar higher and higher each year and with that, competition gets stiffer. Spanish River’s competitive nature is undeniable. Because of the abundance of intelligence at River, it is harder to stand out. Earning good grades and being

involved is not enough anymore to get a student into college. Students are constantly worrying about rank, padding their transcripts, and vying to be the best to impress colleges. “Spanish River has some pretty intense competition and I definitely felt the heat,” Siddiqui said. High school competition used to be healthy, but has turned cutthroat. Healthy competition is positive and focuses on

self-improvement, but what is found more often in schools is competition that is negative and focuses on being better than someone else. “When I was in school, we did not stress about ranking and acceptances. We did not have the “perfect” transcript,” English teacher Suzanne Delaney said. It was not always like this, in a perfect world, a student’s high school career would be honest. Students would join clubs because they were truly interested in them, they would take classes that realistically challenged them, and rank was only a small number. It is remarkable how often someone does

something only to put on their résumé. So much of the focus of high school has shifted from preparing you for college to getting into college. “Students have to work harder and harder to get into colleges,” Rockwell said. “The “bar” has definitely been set much higher i.e. GPAs, test scores, personal achievements.” Times have changed, and students can no longer do the bare minimum for college. But rather than breaking your back, earning A’s, keeping up your GPA, and busying yourself excessively with clubs, remember one college is not the end all be all. “So much emphasis [of high school] is on getting into a dream school; however, your education is what you make of it,” Delaney said. “Do not get caught up in the name, look for the programs that will best suit you and your goals in life.” Grades, behavior, and attendance do matter but do not allow that to cloud what is truly important. High school is meant to prepare us for a bright future, not drive us insane. “Yes, it is great to get strong grades, but it is also important to volunteer, play sports, and travel,” Delaney said. So remember to not get caught up in the competition, enjoy high school, and maintain a healthy balance of school and your own interests. ART COURTESY OF ERIN TURNER

The Buzz About Bees Natalia Galicza Face-Off Editor

Spring has sprung! With the coming of the new season, one might immediately think of spring showers and blooming flowers. However, a disturbing truth that is often ignored is the globally declining bee population. Bees are an essential part of sustaining human life, with a third of our food dependent upon their pollination. A life without bees would surely be grim, devastating food availability as well as the economy. The United States alone has seen over a 40 percent decrease in commercial honeybees since 2006. A mysterious cause known as Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is the culprit. This occurs when an entire bee colony is found strangely abandoned. CCD has no current scientific explanation. Spreading awareness on this issue is desperately needed in order to combat the extinction of these powerful pollinators. “I think the save the bees movement is extremely important and deserves more attention,” Junior Kyla Staub said. “Without bees, countless species of plants and animals will possibly be wiped out.” For those passionate about this cause, there are steps one can take in order to assist in saving the bees. Planting flowers that attract honeybees is a simple yet proactive action that could greatly impact the population. Due to the increase of monoculture based farming techniques across the globe, bees are losing their habitats. Monoculture based farming is the process of growing a single crop on a farm at a time. Flowers that can be planted in order to aid this cause include lavender, lilacs, sunflowers, sage, honeysuckle, verbena, and various other colorful sweet smelling plants. Crops such as tomatoes and pumpkins also successfully capture the honeybees attention. It is extremely important to consider the extinction of bees as a fatalistic issue. People should not be ignorant towards the fact that the harmful effects are gradual rather than immediate; the severity of this matter is extremely high. Take time to appreciate the great impact bees hold on human life next time you see one fly past.

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Students Take Spring Break Abroad Laney Ciaccio Features Editor

For some, Spring Break is a time to lounge around the pool, binge watch a series on Netflix, and get together with friends. But, for the students who went on this year’s EF Tour to The Alps, Provence, and Spain, there was no time for relaxation. Each day, students had the opportunity to immerse themselves in the culture and languages of foreign countries, seeing the places we read about in textbooks in real life. “Traveling immerses you into the culture of the people living in the places you are visiting,” AP Human Geography teacher Kevin Turner said. “Languages, customs, and even the food can all be quite different from what you are used to and you learn fast to be flexible and solve problems. You learn a lot about yourself and other people on the trip.”

The group, including experienced travelers Barbara Boerstler, Marcia Kunf, and Kevin Turner, left the United States on March 16th on an overnight flight to Zurich, Switzerland. A total of four days were spent in Switzerland. The itinerary involved cable car rides up Mount Pilatus, and a brief trip to Italy, where they explored Cinque Terre, a coastal region inaccessible by car. Then, it was off to Provence, France Students pose in Spain’s first capital Toledo while on the Spring Break trip. where the group stayed for two days. Those days included viewing historic Spain. While there, the group took worth it. “I completely believe that the Roman architecture and the Palais walking tours of both cities, saw a des Papes, the home of multiple past Flamenco performance, and toured experience outweighs the cost,” the enormous collection of paintings junior Ben Marton said. “Every trip popes. is memorable and you get to go to “My favorite part of the trip at the Prado Museum. Finally, after a jam-packed week of amazing places that you may only see was definitely going to Provence,” sophomore Sarah Rosengarden said. touring, exploring, and learning the once in a lifetime.” “I’ve been taking French now for three group flew back home on March 27th. If traveling the world is something you In the past, Spanish River students have always wanted to experience, EF years and getting to use it outside of the classroom was beyond amazing.” have had the opportunity to travel tours are an opportunity to do so in The last stops on the trip were all over the world on spring break a safe and educational way, while still to the cities Barcelona and Madrid, including almost every Western having an unforgettable experience. European country, and even farther to “I think the tours are a great way places such as China, Australia, Peru, to travel for a somewhat cheap price and Egypt. Next year the spring break and have a spring break that will trip will be to Japan. Registration is always be remembered,” sophomore open now for any who wish to sign Houston Barenholtz said. “If pricing is up. an issue, start saving up birthday and Although the price to travel the holiday money, because it is such an world will always be high, those who incredible experience.” went on the trip say it is definitely PHOTO COURTESY OF KEVIN TURNER

Students Hit the Jackpot at Prom Tali Nesbitt

Staff Reporter All year, juniors and seniors have been yearning to experience the lively event of Prom. Held on April 9th, this year’s the theme was Casino Royale. Preceding the festivity, students received red and black invitations in the form of large playing cards to correlate with the theme. “It is a fun evening of eating and dancing and being with friends,” English teacher Barbara Boerstler said. In addition to the excitement of the unique theme and the celebration itself, much of the enthusiasm is held in preparation for prom. Prior to this extravagant event, many girls have the enjoyable adventure of finding the perfect dress, hairstyle and make-

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up look. As for the male students, they undergo the risky adventure of “promposing.” “Promposing” is when a guy asks a girl to the prom, in a creative manner. “In truth, my promposal was absolutely terrifying,” senior Brandon Gin said. “It was the second scariest thing next to waking up on a Monday morning. Thanks to Mr. Spanish River, I was given this offer and I couldn’t refuse [promposing at pep rally]. The Adventure Time poster [the poster made to prompose with] itself may have costed me two sleepless nights, but in the end it was worth the memory. Now that it’s over, I can pleasantly catch up on nap time...in class.” Both genders acquire different rolls and encounter different events prior to the function. Not only does prepa-

ration take place, but expectations are set. Students foresee this occasion to be unforgettable. “I expected it to be a really fun night to be with all my friends and for the whole grade to enjoy the night together,” senior Jordan Saitowitz said. After Prom, Saitowitz recapped the night.

“The music was good. The people there had a lot of energy which made it lots of fun. Everyone was dancing and the food was good too,” Saitowitz said. Prom was an enjoyable event to conclude the year before all the students go on their different paths.

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River Baseball strikes back Bradley Thomas Sports Editor

“In the past 2 years, we’ve won 17 games each season with players who are no longer here,” Coach William Harvey said. “We lost 12 The Spanish River Baseball team players to graduation last year-7 is all about respect, integrity, class, of which were starters. Two other and honoring “America’s Past Time.” starters no longer attend school On game days, you might see the here at River. This year even the upperclassmen Varsity boys have very little dressed experience and it up in their is showing on the f i n e s t field.” clothes to On a positive show that note, this has they hold given the themselves younger players to a higher on the team a standard. tremendous T h e i r opportunity to current gain experience record is The team lines up for the national anthem. for future seasons. 9-16. The There are two freshman on the team is having a rough season, mostly due to the fact that nearly Varsity team, Mikey Hopta and every member of the starting Catcher Sammy Pirozzi. “It really has been a blessing line-up from last year was lost to having the opportunity to be one graduation or transfer to another of the only two freshmen on our school.

varsity team,” Pirozzi said. It was a momentum little intimidating at first as a starting heading into the playoffs. Their goal catcher. I was put in a position to is to move in to the district playoff lead my team and it freaked me out playing their best baseball of the having to lead guys that are three to season and make it to the Regional four years older than me.” round of the state tournament. Pirozzi has a “I think the goal personal goal for this year is to win to play at the a District title and college level advance to the state and one day tournament and see hopefully get what we can do there.” the chance Pirozzi said. “Having to play some only two teams in our professional district means we are baseball with his put in a pretty good older brother. position to succeed at Pirozzi has a the district level. We twin brother, just have to do it.” Jack, who is a The team has been pitcher on the working all offseason Sammy Pirozzi gets ready Junior Varsity Freshman to become a cohesive to receive the pitch. team, so they unit, and that work are a talented has paid off. Come baseball family. out and support your Baseball Luckily, the team has been sharks as they make their run to improving as the season goes on, playoff glory! gaining experience and picking up PHOTO COURTESY OF SAMMY PIROZZI

what is the GOLDEN FOOTBALL? Ethan Weinstein Sports Editor As part of a nationwide Super Bowl 50 celebration, the NFL is giving out 2,000 golden footballs to acknowledge schools that have produced a player or coach that was on a Super Bowl roster. Along with a commemorative golden football, each

possible for River to be awarded one of Florida’s 218 golden footballs and a spot on the NFL’s High School Honor Roll list. This is a big honor in the high school athletics community and can lead to many financial aid programs that will help benefit the school and its students. The golden football is currently on display in the main office as seen in the photograph below.

school will receive a new character e d u c a t i o n curriculum and the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $5,000. In 2004 one of River’s own played in Super Bowl XXXVIII. Al Wallace, who graduated River in 1992, led a fierce Carolina Panthers’ defense into Super Bowl XXXVIII where the Panthers unfortunately lost a close game to the New England Patriots, 29-32. Wallace’s presence on that Super Bowl roster made it PHOTO BY ETHAN WEINSTEIN


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SENIORS REFLECT ON TIME AT RIVER Kate Altman

Sports Editor

On and off the field, being an athlete at River requires both sacrifice and commitment. For most students, balancing a stressful schedule and social life with academics is overwhelming as it is, but for senior athletes at River, this “balancing act” has always been an added challenge. River athletes endure everyday practices and games in addition to extracurricular and academic activities. Many athletes arrive home late after practices only then to begin homework. On top of weekly practices, athletes are also required to attend weekend clinics, taking time out of their busy social schedules. Noah Zylberberg, co-captain of River’s Men’s Varsity Swim team, is one of many athletes who have felt the effects of late night practices on their academic schedules. “I got home late and had to be up at 4:45 the next morning,” Zylberberg said. “I was always tired and behind on assignments a lot of the time” Not only do athletes have to learn new techniques on the field, they must acquire one of life’s most important skills: time management.

Mollie Kaplan is River’s Varsity Lacrosse Team’s co-captain, and has been playing on the Varsity team for all four years of high school. “Dedicating my time to lacrosse has definitely affected my academic involvement,” Kaplan said. “I had to learn a lot about time management, and it definitely wasn’t easy at times.” In addition to balancing River sports, some athletes are involved in club teams. Club teams require a rigorous commitment, consisting of late night practices and regional tournaments. “All throughout high school, I had lacrosse tournaments almost every weekend and practices and games almost every day of the week,” Kaplan stated. Throughout the years, seniors point out the difficulty in leaving school early for games. This can be detrimental to an athlete’s academic success. Leaving school early and missing class can

make it hard for a student-athlete to stay up to date with assignments and catchup on missed lessons. “I missed a lot of class for swim but teachers were pretty accommodating,” Zylberberg said. “Luckily, I was able to stay on top of my academics and be proactive.” Senior athletes looking back at their time on the field or on the court highlight the struggle of making social sacrifices as another tough burden throughout high school. Free time is an integral aspect to a healthy life as a t e e n a g e r, yet River athletes h a v e limited amounts of time to make plans with friends and family. Most of their free time is filled with practices a n d schoolwork. This lack of leisure o f t e n

results in emotional stress that can dramatically affect an athlete’s well being. “I was never really able to go out with friends on Friday night because of practice the next day,” Zylberberg said. “I chose to swim and the commitment affected my friendships greatly”. Although serious athletes make sacrifices in dedicating time to their sport, the camaraderie gained from participating in high school athletics can often outweigh the burdens. For seniors, the ability to work as a team is a valuable lesson that can be applied not only as a student, but also in the professional world. The friendships and bonds made while playing a sport stay with athletes throughout their lives. “Playing on a team has impacted me as a person in many ways,” Kaplan said. “I have learned how to work with a team instead of only as an individual.” Even with social and academic difficulty, River’s most successful senior athletes attribute their victories off the field to the many years of bonds they created on the field.

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boys 'Volleyball Spikes their Opponents Ethan Weinstein

sophomore, setter Andrew Scabello said. “Considering a majority of the Sports Editor team will be leaving for college next Atlantic serves the ball over the year, everyone is working hard to net to River. David Hsieh bumps make their last season a memorable the ball up to Andrew Scabello. one. And with their experience and Scabello sets the ball to Jack skill that they help instill in us, a Bennett. Bennett spikes the ball championship is a great possibility.” Although the goal is to win a over the net. The Boys’ Volleyball championship, lots of practice is team kicked off their season with a win at Atlantic High School on needed before the team can achieve March 1st, where that combination that goal. As they say in sports, of teamwork and skill linked up “practice makes perfect.” To practice many times throughout the game. enough to win a championship, Since then, the boys have gone 9-3, endless dedication is required, and continuing the team’s past success. that is exactly what the team has put Led by senior captains Clayton in this season. “To be on the team you must Robinson and Joey Littman, the boys have gotten off to one of be very dedicated to the sport,” their best records in recent years sophomore Jimmy Panagiotakos and are hoping to become district said. “We are required to attend three hour practices everyday, Monday champions again. The team’s goal for this season through Friday. In practice we must is the same as always, to win a perform difficult drills such as tipping championship. And the team hopes and blocking coverage to improve our defense. The high intensity drills they can do just that. “The mutual feeling among are very demanding and show in our the team is that this year is ours,” team’s success.”

Head coach Karen Adams and now show how much they have assistant coach Alain Bazile are learned this season and focus on the always working hard to make district playoffs as it approaches on sure the team is performing at its April 28th. The Galleon wishes the best. The two have been working boys the best of luck as they try to together for many years on the Girls’ bring home another championship and Boys’ Volleyball banner to River’s gymnasium. and Weightlifting teams. Bazile also coaches a club volleyball team in his spare time and uses what he learns there to help benefit River’s team. “Our goal is to win districts and continue into the postseason,” coach Adams said. “I have eight seniors that would love to finish their career going out with the biggest win of their career!” Danny Liss sets up Joey Littman for the kill. The Sharks will PHOTO COURTESY OF THE TIBURON


1st time since 2001

softball District Champions

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