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The Galleon Volume 29 Issue14 of of Spanish Spanish River student student-run newspaper February 2013• Volume X Issue River Community CommunityHigh HighSchool’s School’saward-winning award-winning student-run newspaper • September 2012

River reclaims “A” school title Stephanie Green Staff Reporter

Be kind, rewind

Positive behavior campaign spreads through classrooms and hallways Whitney Sha News Editor The posters are plastered throughout buildings on campus. They remind students to plan locker visits, keep their hall passes visible, walk on the right side of the hallway and apologize after bumping into someone. Though the signs are markerdecorated and have been handmade by students, they are actually part of a school-

wide effort to improve the atmosphere at Spanish River. The positive behavior campaign began after a team of teachers met to lay out universal guidelines for student behavior. As part of their goal to reduce the number of referrals given out at River, they analyzed what time of day and what type of incidence generated the most referrals. This information helped the team draft a set of behavior expectations, according to Assistant Princi-

pal Katie Armentano, who is in charge of the initiative. “We want to create a single school culture of kindness and respect,” Armentano said. After hearing about the positive behavior campaign at a staff meeting, business teacher Caitlin Calenzani was inspired to share the project with her freshman Marketing Essentials class. Her students made and distributed “reminder” posters over a three-day period. see KINDNESS on page 3


School Grade

photos by jeremy freiman and xia hernandez

Posters urging students to be responsible, respectful and safe have appeared throughout campus, catching the eyes of all who pass by.

During the 2011-2012 school year, River was again able to meet state education standards, bringing it back to an “A” school rank. “We will always be an A school because we have excellent teachers and students,” Assistant Principal Doug Markwardt said. “College students visit River, saying how well prepared they were.” Students and staff are well aware of how the school is now an A school, but opinions still differ on whether it affects students college applications in a positive manner. “I do think that being an ‘A’ school will help people get into college,” junior James Li said. “Being a B school gives colleges the wrong impres-

sion.” However, colleges tend to pay the most attention to students’ individual grades and scores, according to River’s college counselor, Marjorie Murstein. “Being the school with the highest AP exam passing rate is a much better indicator of the academic climate at River,” Murstein said. “I do not think my shot of getting in will hinge on being a B school,” senior Sarah Darwiche said. “Colleges look at your transcript and see if you’re taking a rigorous schedule rather than focus on school grades.” When students perform well on exams like AP and the FCAT, River’s ranking improves. The “A” school status boosts River’s reputation in some respects, but some students and teachers are still skeptical about its true value in college admissions.











School Year data courtesy of the sun-sentinel graphic by whitney sha

River broke its seven-year “A” school streak in 2011, but reclaimed its title in 2012.

Amburgey takes principal position at Sandpiper Shores Brooke Levy Staff Reporter

photo courtesy of Tiburón yearbook

Rachel Amburgey, former Assistant Principal at River, is now the principal of Sandpiper Shores Elementary School. Amburgey left River at the end of first semester.

After serving as an Assistant Principal at Spanish River for over a year, Rachel Amburgey has left the River family. Amburgey has become the Principal of Sandpiper Shores Elementary School in Boca Raton. “It’s a good fit for her,” Assistant Principal Ira Sollod said, “She loves kids, and she has always wanted to be a principal.” Amburgey has experience at all different school levels,

primarily elementary and middle schools. In addition to her Assistant Principal experience, Amburgey is also very experienced in the field of English. In previous years, she has worked for the School District of Palm Beach County as a reading coach, where she traveled to different schools throughout the county and helped students with their reading skills. The former principal of Sandpiper Shores retired and Amburgey could not pass up the opportunity as it was a major promotion. With Amburgey’s sudden

departure, River has been left with one fewer Assistant Principal. Applicants are in the process of being interviewed and school administration expects to hire a replacement in the next few weeks. When asked about her first week at the new school, Amburgey said, “My first week was wonderful!” Amburgey has made it a point to meet with all staff members, from custodians to Assistant Principals. “Everyone is an important piece of the puzzle,” Amburgey said. River and Sandpiper Shores

are similar in that at both schools parents are “actively involved in supporting their child’s education,” according to Amburgey. When asked what she will miss most about River, Amburgey recalls a time last year when her mother became very ill, and Amburgey was out for a month taking care of her until she passed away. “The staff at River showed so much love, care and concern for me,” Amburgey said. “What I will miss most about River is the people.”


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Letter from the Editors February: the month for love, presidents’ birthdays, and another issue of the paper. Valentine’s Day is a holiday for the few couples at school, but Presidents’ Day is for everyone. So is this issue of T he Galleon, with articles covering student safety, cool jobs, a unique fashion show, movie violence, and more. However you choose to celebrate the holiday of romance, and GW’s birthday, have fun— and have fun reading Issue 4!

Four day weekends February Fling week St. Valentine’s Day “College acceptances!” Victories! Congrats to the A-Team, Mock Trial and AP Art students.

gggggggggg F CAT is approaching Endless third quarter St. Valentine’s Day Massacre AP applications “T he only clean bathrooms in the school locked during lunch!”

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Holocaust survivors share their stories Kindness campaign Lauren Villanueva Staff Reporter “You are about to have an experience that will not only educate you, but help you gain tolerance and understanding that will stay with you throughout your lives.” AP Spanish teacher Monica Friedmann’s words rang true as sophomores filed into the theater for the second annual Holocaust Remembrance Day. Numerous students shed tears as they listened tentatively to survivor Norman Frajman’s story. “Hearing a firsthand account from someone practically our age [at the time of the war] really brought it home to me,” sophomore Jorge Clavo said. Clavo, along with the entire sophomore class, heard Frajman’s account of his war experience during second and third periods on Tuesday, February 5. “I thought it would be like every other presentation I’ve seen, but I was more inspired by the survivor’s story,” sophomore Vanessa Rosales said. This is the second year that Spanish River has hosted this event, thanks to junior Jason Jaroslavsky. “Holocaust survivors aren’t going to be around for much

A survivor speaks with AP Spanish students over lunch in the media center.

longer,” Jaroslavsky said. “We need to hear their stories so the Holocaust never happens again.” Jaroslavsky planned the same event last year, and because of its great success, organized it this year again. Through the Remembrance Day program, he hopes to bring the idea of tolerance and respect for minorities in today’s society. Friedmann, a descendant of a Hungarian family who fled the Holocaust to South America, is an advocate for Holocaust education. This passion has earned her the 2012 Gutterman Family Outstanding Holocaust Educator Award from the Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education at Florida Atlantic University. After the assembly, students were dismissed to their

Survivors visit individual classrooms after the main presentation. Check out more pictures on our website at

fourth period classrooms where, for some, the presentation continued. Seven teachers signed on to have survivors speak to their class during fourth hour. When the bell rang to signal lunch or fifth hour, the survivors were invited to lunch in the media center with students from AP Spanish. A survivor sat at each table with the students for a more personal experience. Survivor Joe Ross entered a concentration camp at the age of ten and was liberated at 16. Although the experience was a horrific one, Ross was not hesitant to share his story. “[There is] no sense in dwelling on the miserable,” Ross said. “Being miserable only hurts you.” Long after lunch ended and students had milled to class, the assembly was still being discussed. “What really resonated with me was when Frajman said, ‘We are stronger than we think we are,’” Rosales said. “It summarized the theme of the Holocaust Remembrance Day: we, the future generation, are the ones who can decide to eliminate hate from our vocabulary. We are the ones who can prevent future genocides.” For the second year in a row, Jaroslavsky has accomplished what he set out to do: help students prevent history from repeating itself.

continued from front page rate the school but also send a good message.” “It was a great project The behavior guidelines because my students were drafted at the staff meeting able to practice their mar- urge students to be responsiketing and design skills,” ble, respectful and safe, with Calenzani said. “But they also rules on how to achieve these became more aware of the qualities in the classroom, values the campaign pro- courtyard, cafeteria and othmotes.” er places. The posters echo “We were allowed to design these tips. the posters our own creative “All we’re trying to do is way,” freshman Sami Green- make a wonderful place even field, a student in Calenzani’s better,” Armentano said. class, said. “The posters deco-

AP applications to include AICE courses Alexis Dlugos Staff Reporter The application process for Advanced Placement (AP) classes has begun, but for the 2013-2014 school year the process will also include Advance International Certificate of Education (AICE) classes. On January 23, Spanish River held an AP/AICE application meeting for students and parents, including incoming eighth-graders. “Only certain AICE and AP classes are accepted at universities,” guidance counselor Melissa Loyacona said. “The most important thing is for students to find a balance of classes. If they are up until midnight, then they are overloaded.” AP teachers Wendy Woodmore (World History), Kevin Turner (Human Geography) and Nicole Susil (Environmental Science) were all present, each giving a different perspective on the application process. Woodmore and Susil spoke on the statistics of getting into and even dropping AP classes. For the 2012-2013 school year, there were 3,058 AP applications with a 69% overall acceptance rate. The main reasons applicants were denied were incomplete pre-

requisites, low GPA and low maturity level as determined by teacher recommendations. However, students who are denied can turn to waivers, forms that students and their parents must sign. Waivering into a class shows seriousness and dedication, according to Woodmore, Turner and Susil. AICE Business Studies, which counts for AP credit, made its debut this school year; even though it is a business class, students did not need to be in the DECA academy to take it, according to DECA teacher Deb Carter. Next year there will be a freshman Pre-AICE Business Studies, which will count for honors credit, along with AICE Early Childhood Education and AICE Marine Science. Like AP courses, AICE courses require end-of-course standardized exams, though they are essay-driven with no multiple choice questions at all, according to Assistant Principal Mara Goron. After the meeting, three eighth-grade girls stood in a huddle discussing the presentation. “I’m feeling a little overwhelmed and scared,” eighthgrader Aya Tal-Mason said. “But there’s also a lot to look forward to.”

The G a l l e o n 2012-2013 Editors-in-Chief Caroline Posner Whitney Sha Ilana Weisman Associate Editor Josh Benrubi News Editor Whitney Sha

Features Editors Lindsay Mangines Kelsey Spyker

Student Life Editors Eliana Landow Ashley Roth

Photography Editors Jeremy Freiman Xia Hernandez

Feature Focus Editor Jamie Brecher

Sports Editor Josh Benrubi

Advertising Director Claire Dykas

Entertainment Editors Ellyn Snider Nina van Maanen

Art Editors Andrea Hoenigsberg Ellyn Snider

Technical/Web Editor Zachary Senz-Kamler

Staff Reporters Alexis Dlugos Stephanie Green Brooke Levy Lauren Villanueva Adviser Suzanne Sanders Principal William Latson

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FA C E - O F F

Locked down

The shooting   at   Sandy   Hook     Elementary   School   has   resulted   in   a  wave  of  new  security  measures  in   American  schools.  At  Spanish  River,   classroom   doors   are   now   locked   during   class   time   -­   every   student   who  leaves  the  classroom,  even  to   go  to  the  bathroom,  must  be  let  in   by  a  classmate  or  teacher.  Have  the   locked  doors  been  an  appropriate   safety  measure  or  a  serious  incon-­ venience?  River  students  weigh  in.

Stay shut

Open up

Miles Fertel Sophomore

Caroline Posner Senior

Let’s be honest: we all feel the inconvenience that comes with having all of the classroom doors locked. Every morning after schlepping myself to school and arriving in Ms. Rosenberg’s precalculus class, I sit down in my seat closest to the door and get ready for the lesson. Every time someone needs to enter the room, whether it be when coming from Guidance, Suite A or the bathroom, I have to pick myself up from my notes and open the door. While individually each is only a minor inconvenience, over time time the visits can become quite exasperating. Why then, do I support the policy of having doors be locked? The fact is, regardless of my own personal inconvenience, Florida is the #4 state in number of homicides per year. Although this is a terrifying statistic, people don’t see the men, women, and children behind these numbers. In my opinion, one school shooting per year is too many. If there is something that can be done to decrease the number of deaths in a school shooting, it should be done. The sad fact is that we live in a world of instant gratification. We can sacrifice our safety and the safety of our peers for just a few seconds’ convenience. In a world where each of us detaches ourselves from the pain and suffering of others, we cannot hope to know security. In the end that is what it all comes down to: time and effort. People spend countless hours each year performing menial tasks like writing Twitter posts, but when it come to something like getting up to open the door for someone, which would take a fraction of the time, it isn’t worth our time or our effort? This is a pitiful situation. We believe that something like a school shooting could never happen to us until of course it does happen and then it becomes all too real. If each school were to take the necessary precautions, the number of school shootings would drastically decrease, as well as the number of fatalities as a result. Times are not as they were in the late 20th century when school shootings were sparse and very few precautions were required to protect today’s youth. We must change our attitude about safety and moreover, we must realize that we are not immune to the realities of the world we live in. Times are changing, and we must change with them.

There are plenty of things that distract students from learning in class — cell phones, interruptions, conversations — but kids knocking at the door shouldn’t be one of them. During any given class, a Spanish River teacher now has to pause the lesson three or four times, or even more, to trudge across the room and let in some bathroom-goer whose guilty expression reads, “Sorry I made you get up …” Certainly student safety is worth a little inconvenience, but is this major irritation really doing much to protect us? Many students don’t think so, and here’s why. It’s unfortunate to think that a few of the well-known school shootings could have been prevented with this kind of safety measure, but that doesn’t mean locking the doors are going to preclude a tragedy — a tragedy that, while incredibly scary, is incredibly unlikely. Plus, locking the doors puts students at risk for other reasons. If a student or stranger brings a weapon to class and draws that weapon inside the room, the locked doors prevent emergency responders from getting in if students are unable to escape. And if a student is in danger in the hallway, he or she won’t be able to find safety by running into a classroom — he’ll have to wait for someone to get the door, exposing the student to danger for even more time. The locked doors might have a safety impact when teachers follow the recommended procedure, checking the person at the door themselves rather than allowing students to open the door. But in plenty of cases, we eagerly let in anyone who knocks, rather than stopping to check the door. Who’s to say that we’ll even notice if the person outside is a threat? The time we have in class to learn is already pretty short — it’s the topic of debate among government officials and educators nationwide. We don’t have the time to spend opening doors for students, rather than teaching them, if this safety measure has no real impact except to fool us into thinking we’ve protected ourselves from harm. Safety measures are certainly a necessity in the American educational system, but our educators and policymakers need to sit down and rethink what they can do to really keep us safe.


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Ramblings of a change-fearing lunatic

The second semester senior year confessions of Ilana Weisman

Last week, Hasbro announced that the Monopoly iron token will be replaced with — internet fanatics, rejoice — a cat. You may not care about Monopoly so much, but I see the ceased production of the trinket as a sign – “the times are a’changing,” as Bob Dylan put it. Everything’s a sign nowadays: 30 Rock shut it down the other week, Facebook redid its layout again and all of my friends are suffering existential crises. Let’s start with the television show 30 Rock canceling. Seems like no big deal, right? Not to a serious fan. I spend hours invested in the characters on the few shows I watch, savoring my Saturday morning Hulu binge. Don’t deny it; you do too. It’s sad to see Liz Lemon go, and just as hard to move on after knowing Jim, Pam and Dwight of The Office for nine years. They’re leaving on a high note, but while TV changes – shows ending and actors leaving and directors switching – often have perfect endings, we know that in real life,

changes aren’t always that. They can be scary and sudden and overwhelming. Moving on to Facebook: we all know that social media is constantly evolving and ever-updating. This time, though, Facebook’s hit a new milestone. It’s called Graph Search, and it is creepy. Mega-creepy. Man-with-binocularsoutside-of-your-bedroom-creepy. The feature essentially compiles all information you have provided, ranging from the insignificant– your birthday – to the bizarre – that page you liked in eighth grade called “Which obscure old-school Sesame Street character are you?” – to the borderline stalkerish – that restaurant you visited last week but didn’t even check into on Facebook. It gets worse: the program matches your information to data provided by everyone else on the site. People involved in media news have already begun the Graph Search-induced mischief, and Facebook is already fending off lawsuits. With the layout switch-up and the privacy breaches, it’s another change


by Whitney Sha

“calling bs on the dress” Day 1: Shopping at Dillard’s right after New Year’s Day. Mom: “Why don’t you take a look at some of the dresses?” Me: “What for? Prom?” Mom: “Yeah, you should start looking early. There aren’t going to be any dresses left by March and April.” I take a halfhearted swing through the juniors dress racks. The dresses are all satin or chiffon with bedazzled bodices. I stop looking after finding a bust encrusted with plastic “diamonds” bigger than my fist. Me, after finding my mom again: “They all look the same - completely tacky.” Mom: “So what wouldn’t be tacky then? What do you want?” Me: “I don’t know! It’s too freaking early.” Day 3: A friend adds me to the Facebook group “Prom Dresses 2k13”, formed so girls can post (“call”) dresses and ensure that no other girl wears the same one. By the time I scroll through

the group, two girls have already posted selfies of them in their dress. Keep in mind, this is still early January. A sense of disquiet starts brewing in my stomach. Day 4: Two more girls have posted to “Prom Dresses 2k13”. I’m getting antsy. I flash back to a dress I saw in the BCBG section at Dillard’s. It wasn’t bad. No satin. No sequins. No fake jewels. Simple, one-shouldered, and understated. The more I ruminate on it, the more I decide I like it. I do a quick search online - aaaaand the dress costs more than I would make tutoring for two months. I sink back into a mild depression. Day 7: A scuffle arises on “Prom Dresses 2k13”: a junior posts an evening gown. The righteous seniors of the world inform her that she is only allowed to wear a short cocktail dress - seniors alone can wear long dresses. The junior skulks away. Day 13: “Prom Dresses 2k13” has ballooned. I get notifications every few

in the books. Not quite life-shattering, but still, a change. And finally, the mental breakdowns. It’s the new senior fad, apparently. It makes sense: first semester senior year sucks. (Underclassmen, be warned: you really should listen to the seniors telling you this now. Next year’s not the time to try “challenging yourself” like I did. Because it sucks, majorly.) That said, second semester is a completely different story. It’s lax and calm and because of that, altogether nerve-wrecking. It deserves to be capitalized, really. Italicized too, with a subtitle. Second Semester Senior Year: On growing up; or, purposelessness. This newfound emptiness is characterized by dropping all responsibility, finding new useless projects, and undergoing a complete shift of personality. That kid who’s normally ironically bitter is now nice, the poor deferred boy with no more ambition turned to writing mopey poetry, the one who used to be a physics whiz kid now forgets her calculator regu-

larly, the girl who had near-perfect attendance proudly displays her 16 blue passes in her car. My friends, the once motivated and passionate and nerdy kids who raised their hands literally all the time, have stopped even showing up to school. These changes are the worst. They’re the ones that are most scary, much more so than characters dying or Facebook expanding. They’re the ones that are truly life-changing, that define us. They’re the ones that mean we’re growing up. It was bound to happen, with biology and all, but it’s still eerily abrupt and new and concerning. I suppose the changes are for the better. We all need to accept and embrace changes in the world around us, in our friends and peers and in ourselves. I’m happy to be learning the lesson now rather than later, because although we may not have an instruction manual and tiny silver pieces to push around day-to-day, life is just as fast-dealing as Monopoly – we just need to pass go.

hours that another girl has posted a dress. Day 14: With renewed determination, I set out to comb the farthest reaches of the Internet for my BCBG dress. There simply HAS to be a more affordable deal online. All the major department stores come up with the same exorbitant price, but on the third page of my Google search I find the exact keywords of my dress on urpromdresses. com. My dress is available at 63% off! What a deal! I return to Google - and find my dress, again, on And it’s offering 59% off! I’ve struck the jackpot. I rush to tell my mom. Day 15: On second thought, looks a little sketchy. The grammar on the site is terrible, and the photos of the dress are grainy. I Google search “urpromdresses” and “scam”, but nothing comes up. However, there is a Yahoo! Answers page detailing prom dress scams. With a sinking heart, I click on the link and discover that sketchy-sounding websites like and take dress designs, outsource them to China where they’re shoddily replicated, and either ship a crappy imitation or nothing at all. Either way, your money goes down a rabbit hole, never to be seen again. I slam my computer shut. Day 17: I think I’m going through the stages of grief. Day 18: I WON’T buy a prom dress that looks like everyone else’s. It was my BCBG dress. MY dress. So simple, so understated, so classy - I’ll never want

another. Day 19: Could I splurge? I could afford the legitimate version if I dug deep. And it’s prom, a once-in-a-lifetime high school milestone. But then I think of all the expenses I’ll rack up going to a preppy, private university and I spend like that with a clear conscience. Day 21: Another scuffle arises on “Prom Dresses 2k13”: a girl posts a dress and, minutes later, is chewed out by a girl who previously posted the same dress. Girl #2 demands that Girl #1 take off her picture. Girl #1 eventually complies but not without a snarky response. Passiveaggressiveness abounds. Day 24: Would it be so bad to look like every other girl for one night? If I had to, I could stomach chiffon and studded brooches the size of my fist. I’m going to the Spanish River prom, not the Academy Awards. If I want an affordable dress, heading back to Dillard’s may be a good start. Day 26: I scour two different malls, but nothing strikes my fancy. I’m about to despair again. Day 29: Two back-to-back days of ATeam competition clear my mind a little. Prom dress, schmom dress. I remember that it’s January and prom is more than two months away. I have so many tasks to procrastinate with until the week of April 13 - applying for scholarships, prepping for A-Team states, and watching all of Arrested Development before the new movie comes out. And if all else fails, the “Stuck at Prom” scholarship competition offers $5000 to the most creative duct tape dress at prom. Google it - it’s no joke.


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LET's talk about sex. Caroline Posner on the state of American sex ed.

To put it simply, sex education in America sucks. We have a teen birth rate that’s way beyond other industrialized countries. We have political debates over “legitimate rape.” And we have a school curriculum that shames students for wanting to engage in healthy, totally normal sexual exploration; a curriculum that tells us that our healthy, totally normal sexualities are something dirty and unholy. Our schools have thrown all their weight into telling students that protection isn’t good enough and they’ll contract an STD— or, as Mean Girls famously put it, get pregnant and die— so they ought to wait until marriage anyway. Unsurprisingly, that message has resonated with pretty much no one, and the states that are most strict about abstinence education have the highest teen birth rates. Worse, in preaching the necessity of abstaining from sex, schools have failed us where it really matters: teaching us to respect our bodies, our sexualities, and our choices. I’m going to do something that American sex education has yet to do: give you choices. You are going to have sex, or maybe you won’t— only you can make that call. As long as it’s consensual, you can have sex with whomever you want of whatever gender or identity you want. And it might be before marriage and it might not. All of that is totally natural, and okay, and healthy; your choices should make you happy. Though schools have tried, no education can ever dictate those choices for

you. What sex education should do, though, is help you make those choices, and make them safely. It should teach you to respect yourself, your body, your sexuality; it should teach you to respect the person or people with whom you’ll spend your intimate life. The current standards for the sexual education curriculum in Florida are, at best, disappointing. Schools are supposed to teach “abstinence from sexual activity outside of marriage as the expected standard for all school-age students while teaching the benefits of monogamous heterosexual marriage.” In teaching abstinence as a “standard,” schools impose a limited perspective of right and wrong. It sends a shameful message to students who choose to engage in healthy, safe sex— telling them that their choice is a violation of what’s okay in society. It implies that any choice other than heterosexual marriage is wrong, though our country is quickly accepting that heterosexuality, as well as marriage, isn’t the only right path in life. The moral harshness of sex ed does nothing to help students’ emotional and sexual development; rather, it means students are increasingly uncomfortable with their sexual identities. It also means that students are undereducated about preventing pregnancy in intimate relationships, because so much time is spent telling students that sex is the wrong choice. Don’t believe me? Survey a few friends on the percent effectiveness of the birth control pill. It’s scary to witness how

little we’ve gotten out of sex ed class. My proposed solution isn’t a new one, and I’m certainly no sex e d u c a t o r, but it’s overwhelmingly obvious that the current curriculum for American sex ed is failing to educate students. Schools need to quit trying to impose abstinence-only ethics on a generation that just isn’t responding to that ideal— not that any generation ever has— and start working to teach kids that sexuality is part of human nature, that their health and happiness are important, that they can make safe, smart and self-respecting choices. Teach us that sexual violence is unacceptable. Teach us that we have every right to say no, but that we can also choose to say yes. By all means, teach us about STDS— but also teach us how to access birth control, how to effectively use a condom, how to approach our parents with the questions left unanswered in health class. And teach us that it’s okay to feel good about our sexualities, and it’s okay to explore. Teach us so that maybe we’ll finally learn the meaning of our teachers’ favorite phrase: make good decisions. With safety, consideration and self-respect, those decisions ought to be our own.

Letters from the man Cave Josh


Name, student number, date. Name, student number, date. Name, student number, date. AP application process is like a never ending merry-go-round that not only brings nausea, but constantly reminds you of that annoying tune ringing in your ears. “Is AP Literature hard? Will I be bored in Calculus?” These questions are similar to that tune you hear on the


carousel- never ending. AP applications, compared to the way our Spanish River’s hit band “Boyz IV Men” portrayed the subject (Freshman, you wouldn’t understand), is probably one of the most tedious and annoying side tasks that a high schooler has to deal with during their educational studies. Being a Junior and hoping to take quite a few AP’s next year, maybe the intensity is worse for me than it is for you. I would first like to ramble on about this process that we have somehow sustained throughout the years. Each packet contains 4 pagestwo recommendations, one grade sheet, and a course sheet. If my math is correct, 4 pages multiplied by 8 applications with 10 minutes



designated per application equals a waste of time. Luckily for most people, the infamous copier has revolutionized the way we fill out our grade sheets. On the subject of technology, my biggest question is: Why in the world is it that these AP applications are not done electronically? It seems logical that a procrastinator, spending time on the computer, would most likely get to this tedious work almost immediately and efficiently. Besides the fact, electronic AP applications would make the process so much easier and extremely faster. Maybe name, student number and date would only have to appear once. Typing in your schedule would be the hardest part of the process. With each class getting more competitive over the years which


equates to more AP classes taken, the time spent stressing and dealing with this process is needless. Remember, all of this is to apply for an “elective”. Another feature of the process that I completely question is the actual grade sheet itself. When a student writes “2.9 GPA” on their form, do you really expect them to remember what they got for their first and second semester grades their freshman year? We should be provided with these transcripts and given all the tools needed to efficiently fill out a form. Ultimately, this AP process may have been working in the past, but a merry-go-round can only continue for so long before the ride is over.

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When not hitting the books at Spanish River, seniors David Burt and Adam Moore spend their weekends bouncing around from party to party. However, it is not what it sounds like. About a year ago while working out at the gym, Burt and Moore were approached by an owner of South Florida Bounce and Slide and were offered jobs as bounce house attendants. When asked why they bounced on this job offer, Burke said he “needed the money.” “I love little kids and I love bounce


houses,” Moore added. What does this job entail? The two seniors typically work one or two parties every weekend. Their job is to play with the kids while watching the bounce house. Additionally, Burt and Moore make sure that the bounce houses and slides are working correctly and, of course, that the children are safe. This aspect of the job is not always as easy as it sounds. On Burt’s second day, the bounce house at the party he was working was blown away and he had to chase it down and deflate it. Another memorable moment on the job for Moore was when a bounce house had collapsed with all the kids still in it. “I had to go in and pull the kids out,” Moore said. During the summer and on winter and spring breaks the job may stretch from about five hours on a weekend to 40 hours a week. That additional time is needed not only to work more parties but also to clean the bounce houses during the week.


Junior Jared Kleinert is not the typical entrepreneur simply in search of maximizing profits. Instead, he is joining the ranks socially conscious entrepreneurs by helping likeminded individuals raise funds to fulfill their ventures. Spurred on by the experience he gained last summer while working at two internships in Silicon Valley, Kleinert created a website called Synergist. Synergist is a social crowd sourcing site for social entrepreneurs. In other words, it allows people with non-profit organizations or socially-minded companies to build a network and raise funds around their visions. Kleinert first began building the site last summer and is now in the final stages of the website’s development. “I was inspired to start this platform because it is hard for social entrepreneurs to raise money,” Kleinert said. “People don’t like investing in companies where profits are not the only target. For companies that are driven by profits, people, and

the environment, there needed to be a new way to access funding.” Kleinert has a long-range vision for his start-up and definitely agrees that he is setting himself up to be successful with Synergist. “I have quickly expanded my network and have taken the time to work out kinks in my site,” Kleinert said. “When I launch, it will have better chances of being sustainable and successful.”


About a year and a half ago, Senior Elizabeth Oester was invited to appear on her friend Michaela Paige’s online radio show to talk about her associations with DECA and the Office Depot Foundation. Little did Oester know, she would soon turn from a radio guest to a radio host of not one but two radio shows. The other co-hosts of Paige’s radio show were going on a trip for a few weeks and could not make the taping of the show, and the station needed someone to fill in hastily. The owner of the online radio station,, asked Oester to take over the spot. Soon after, she was asked be the new permanent co-host for two radio shows. Her show “Pursue Your Passion” showcases individuals from all walks of life and varying professions that are pursuing their dreams on their own terms. Her guests range from celebrities to ordinary people. Oester

enjoys being able to work with different upcoming artists, MMA/UFC fighters, novelists, bands and other people who really love what they do. “They’re just ordinary people who live every day like there is no tomorrow, going after what they believe no matter what,” Oester said. The experience is truly meaningful for Oester. “The ability and opportunity to co-host a globally reaching radio show that allows others in the community to listen and learn from others who have been in their shoes is incredible,” Oester said. On average Oester dedicates about four hours every Tuesday to the radio shows, with her duties varying from planning the shows to actually broadcasting them. The shows can be found and listened to online at either or, which broadcast the shows to over 131 different countries. “Everyone has dreams, but very few actually get the chance to go after those dreams and achieve great things in life.” Oester said. “The show allows us to share what we learn with others, giving those who are struggling to find, or to move forward with, their passion, the chance to find their own niche.”






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Excuse me, where are your manners? Kelsey Spyker Commentary I am always in complete shock when someone actually holds a door open for me or says a simple thank you. Painfully enough, it is the truth. Manners are a lost art— it is rare to find one person who actually cares enough to think of another human being other than himself. It bewilders me that most teenagers today do not even know basic kindergarten manners such as “please” and “thank you.” These words may be small, but they have a huge impact. If someone gives you a compliment, say, “Thank you.” If you drop a pencil and a peer picks it up for you, say “Thank you.” No excuses. The hallway, or the “danger zone” as I call it, is a place where absolutely no manners exist. I will be walking in the hallway and a person will stop abruptly right in front of me to talk to a fellow classmate. Are you kidding me? You two are not the only people in the hallway. Please, move out of the way. Stop being so self-absorbed and realize there are other people around you trying to get to class. Also, if you accidentally run into somebody while walking to class or even slightly

bump into them, say, “Excuse me.” The other danger zone is the student parking lot. Drivers are constantly cutting one another off, ignoring stop signs and using words only a truck driver should know. Why? Maybe because people are so narcissistic that they lack patience for others. Manners include common courtesy. River students should try it sometime. Another way in which students lack manners is in the use of foul language. I honestly do not know what is so appealing about cursing almost every other word. Are teenagers’ vocabularies today so limited that the only words they know are those used to swear? If you feel the need to swear, please do not do it in front of your elders and especially not in school around teachers. Boys, please take note–– do a girl a favor and hold the door for her. It is not only polite but it just might put a smile on her face. Good manners make a lasting impression on someone, and no special training is required. Anyone can have manners and that will never go out of style. River students: I challenge you to use the manners that are hidden inside and help to make our school better a place.

Mind Your Manners DO NOT curse for no reason SAY please and thank you when someone does something nice

HELP someone pick up their dropped items AVOID standing in the middle in the hallway

PICK UP any trash or loose items on the floor ALWAYS hold the door for someone else

IF someone is trying to get to their locker, make room DO NOT fight in the hallway, this is not UFC

River runs on caffeine: Students abuse caffeine as a crutch to survive the day Brooke Levy Staff Reporter Whether it is used to stay awake during class or as a status symbol, a majority of students seem to drink some sort of caffeinated beverage on a regular basis. “I drink coffee,” junior Sam Bleich said. “It wakes me up and I like the taste.” Caffeine is popular among students because it makes it much easier to get by on less sleep, which is ideal for students

who stay up late finishing homework or just simply like to procrastinate. Students have started to depend on caffeine to keep them awake, which can lead to serious health problems down the road. According to, caffeine leads to increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure and pre-mature aging. Recent reports of deaths and serious injuries have been linked to energy drinks such as 5-Hour Energy, Monster Energy and Red Bull, according to the New York Times, and are under investigation by the Food and Drug Administration. Reports also show that the groups of people with the highest risk are teenagers and people with health problems. “I don’t drink coffee or energy drinks because I have Attention Defecit Hyperactive Disorder,” junior Lauren Zemel said. “These drinks make it impossible for me to sit still.” Zemel opts to drink t e a

instead when she needs a pick-meup. Aside from a rush of energy, other short-term effects of caffeine are an increase in blood pressure, insomnia and anxiety. People who drink caffeinated drinks on a regular basis can also experience caffeine withdrawals. Symptoms of these withdrawals include headaches, irritability, inability to concentrate, drowsiness, insomnia and pain in the stomach, upper body and joints. According to Forbes Magazine, Monster Energy and 5-Hour Energy are responsible for eighteen deaths. “I don’t like to drink any coffee or energy drinks,” junior John Heidisch said. “They are bad for you and are extremely addictive.” According to Psychology Today, an energy drink can have up to five times as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. So although coffee can negatively affect health as well, it is a much healthier choice than an energy drink. Spanish River school nurse Philippa Sunnergren feels that energy drinks and coffee are dangerous to students’ health. “Students use

energy drinks in place of meals,” Sunnergren said. “Which is never a good idea.” Sunnergren added that energy drinks have too much caffeine, which can result in an increased heart rate and blood pressure. Yet caffeine may not always the the cuplrit. According to Guardian News, the University of Birmingham led a study revealing that society has been subject to the placebo effect. The study replaced cyclists’ energy drinks with placebo drinks laced with an artificial sweetener. The cyclists did not perform any better or worse with the drink change. This study led some to believe the “Central Governor Hypothesis” theory, which states that the brain increases or decreases a person’s performance, not what they are drinking. Whether or not this is true, students should take caution before drinking coffee or energy drinks. No matter the cause of the problems, if they can drink them in moderation, they will be healthier in the long run.

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Security Changes impact Students Jamie Brecher Feature Focus Editor Columbine, Virginia Tech and now Sandy Hook. These schools will always be remembered for the tragic shootings that took place on their campuses. Whenever there is a horrific event such as a school shooting, reflection follows. “How can we prevent this?” is usually the most prevalent question thrown around by politicians, the media and everyday citizens. Almost immediately after the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, schools nationwide implemented solutions to prevent or reduce the chance of another massacre. Specifically here at Spanish River, the student parking lot is now opened only at certain times, blue passes are only given during specific hours and classroom doors remain locked throughout the day. These alterations to security have proven to be an inconvenience to many River students. Some even question if the changes really improve school safety. “I feel that not only are the changes inconvenient, but [they are] also unfair to the students,” junior Axl Vinograd said. The most notable change affecting the daily routines of students is


the required locking of all classroom doors. Trips to the restrooms, lockers or any other out of class location have become an annoyance for both students and staff. “The locked doors disrupt class for teachers and students who have to open the door when students return,” Vinograd said. Other students share a similar view on the situation. “The locked classroom doors are very annoying because in almost every class we end up having people banging on the door, trying to get in,” freshman Sabrina Soto Sugar said. “We then have to wait for someone to walk over and it’s a distraction.” Another similar change has been made in the 1000 building. Only the doors located inside the courtyard (infamous for major gridlock) and on the edge of the student parking lot are unlocked. Students who get from class to class using the sidewalk and doors on the edge of the staff parking lot have experienced problems getting to class on time. “I have to walk from Mrs. Kunf’s class, which is the farthest corner of the 8000 building, to Mrs. Skelton’s class, which is in the farthest corner of the 1000 building,” senior

can be a pain for others,” sophomore Sammy Boursiquot said. Students find these new guidelines as infringing on their freedoms, but the administrative staff has a different view. “It’s going to be an inconvenience, but we don’t want a lot of movement around the school,” school police officer Don Thrasher said. “These changes are more of an education for students to have the mindset that security should be important at school.” The fact is that these alterations to school security will help to create a more secure environment for students to learn in. The change to the permitted hours for blue passes not only allows more staff to observe the courtyard during lunch, but keeps students in school rather than leaving and missing a period or two. Locked classroom doors and a closed student parking lot each contribute their own assets to increasing school security. Everything and anything that affects students’ daily routines will always induce some sort of backlash, but the ends far outweigh the means.

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Danny Jaffe said. “The trip used to take the entire time between classes as it was, and now with the new safety rules it takes me longer to get to class than I have time for.” Another security change is the restricted hours for attaining blue passes and exiting the student parking lot. Blue passes have now been prohibited from being distributed a few minutes before lunch A to a few minutes after lunch B. The student parking is locked after students get to school, and is only open for five minutes before the first late bell until five minutes after the last late bell. “The fact that the gates are always closed is dangerous to students in that they could have emergencies and must leave the school but now can’t,” Vinograd said. “They might also have doctor’s appointments.” Although still seen as an inconvenience by the student body, few are affected by this change, as most freshmen and sophomores do not drive themselves to and from school. “Since I don’t drive or use blue passes, the rules don’t affect me, but

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Students Keep Safe Outside of School Lauren Villanueva Staff Reporter Almost all places have rules. ‘’No Loitering’’ signs, for example, are notoriously posted outside of movie theaters and shops. People recognize these rules because they are everywhere, serving as a constant reminder of what to do. But at parties, concerts or any other place without clear-cut rules, what happens? The Galleon has compiled guidelines to keep you safe in all environments. “I go to a lot of concerts and I love them, but sometimes it can get a bit crazy,” sophomore Jillian Leibovitch said. Concerts pose a number of different threats. From overcrowding to violent fan fights, something going wrong can happen very easily. In March 2010 at a roller skating rink in Gary, Indiana, rapper Waka Flocka Flame was performing when a shooting broke out. Eight teens ranging from fourteen to eighteen were injured, but fortunately none of the injuries were fatal. To stay safe at concerts, Leibovitch stays with friends and alerts security if something is out of the ordinary.

Like Leibovitch, junior Tori Witkowski likes to stay safe at concerts by going with friends and keeping money in her pocket instead of bringing a purse that someone can easily snag. “Make sure that if you drive to the concert, you’re safe to drive home,” Witkowski said. “Because after a long night at a concert you and your friends will be all pumped up, and that never ends well.” 2,700 teenagers were killed in motor vehicle crashes in 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Another 282,000 were treated in hospitals for the same reason. One of the main causes for all of the accidents listed was distracted driving, which is what Witkowski refers to when she mentions being pumped up after concerts. Movie theaters, though not as potentially dangerous as concerts, can still exhibit hazardous environments. Sophomore Alex Picard goes with a group of friends to the movie theater and makes sure he has a cell phone in case anything gets out of hand. “Unless you’re on a date, you should always go to the movies with a group of friends,” Picard said. As major movies releases

Did you feel safe at school before changes were made to security?

What alteration to school security has been the biggest invonvenience to you?

such as Project X and The Hangover demonstrate, the most important place to establish guidelines is at parties. Most parties thrown by River students have one guest in common: alcohol. Alcohol is a drug that works directly on the central nervous system. Alcohol use is a leading risk factor for the three top causes of death among teenagers; unintentional consequences include driving under the influence, suicides, and homicides. “Be sure to know your limits and not exceed them,” an anonymous partygoer said. “When your vision starts to get blurry and you can’t form full sentences, you need to remove yourself from the situation.” Besides fatal injuries, alcohol can lead to blackouts, passing out and hangovers. Blackouts occur when a person has had one drink too many and no recollection of the previous night or the events that took place. They can last for a few minutes to multiple hours. Passing out is when a drinker loses consciousness from excessive alcohol intake. Losing consciousness means that the person has reached dangerous levels of intoxication and could slip into a coma, leading to death. Drink spiking adds to the already

76% say yes 24% say no

dangerous element of a party. Drink spiking is the illegal act of placing a substance into a drink with the intention of causing harm to the drinker. Along with anything life-threatening, students assume that drink-spiking happens to other people, not them themselves. A study done by The Roofie Foundation shows that public house parties are the most common place for drink spiking, and there were a total of 6,890 reported spikes since the year 2000. The number of spiked victims from the ages fourteen through eighteen was 793. “Make sure your drink is in your hands at all times,” Witkowski said. “You need to be aware of spikers.” On terms of general safety, everyday rules should not be forgotten because of the party atmosphere. “Keep the front door and gates locked on the house,” junior Mike Moe said. For protection from everyday threats senior Veronica Wilkins carries around pepper spray, but fortunately has yet to use it. For those students without pepper spray, Wilkins advises them to stay safe. “Be cautious of where you’re going,” Wilkins said. “Just be smart.”

Expert Advice Debbie Gardner Self-Defense In structor www.surviveinst Photo Courtesy of

27% say new blue pass rules 23% say parking lot lockdown 50% say locked doors

61% say yes 39% say no Do you feel safer now that changes have been made?

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Self-defense is not a tac tic, it is a decision. Here’s how you can help yourself. Belly breaths: Being afr aid and startled actually knocks your breath out of you. You must breathe from your stomach like you are “roaring.” When you are frightened there is reduced air flow, and belly breathing will increase oxygen flo w. Circulation: Pump your hands open and closed to circulate blood to heads and arm s from overstimulated areas such as your heart. Block: When trying to prevent a creep from crossing your “love” space, you can be rude and not give in to a probably “false” reason to help the person. Hand it over: If threat ened for property, give whatever the assailant wants, except for body/health and life . Fight back: Don’t be the one to fight back; hit firs t. If you wait to be physically attacked , you may not be able to recover. Hit with your hand in the sha pe of an “L,” to cause ha rm. Your best weapon is what you have in your hands when you are attacked. Take care of yourself: When seconds count, po lice are still minutes away.

How to escape from an attacker

Move arms over and hands under assailant’s arms.

Cross arms and grab the the inside of the assaila nt’s elbows.

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GOLDEN GALLEONS Students nominate Spanish River’s most talented. R






The award goes to: Jacob Abrams, 12 “Jacob is the essence of Broadway.” Adam Shapiro, 11

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The award goes to: Ani Manvelyan, 12 “She’s great, her voice has a lot of soul.” Zoë Hammond, 12








The award goes to: Skylar Persin, 12 “The tiles done by NAHS are crazy!” Danielle Randle, 10



The award goes to: Sydney Juliano, 12 “She always looks impressive.” Serena Deutch, 11

Jennifer Rose strikes a pose

Student walks runway in Boca Museum fashion show Nina van Maanen Arts and Entertainment Editor On Wednesday, February 6, the Boca Raton Museum of Art hosted a unique show in the fashion world: garments made of paper plates, feathers and even newspaper were modeled alongside works created by some of the foremost fashion designers in America— Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch and Oscar de la Renta. The unorthodox designs were by students from design teacher Amy Berkowitz’s fashion class. Models strutted down a red carpet runway as guests in part of the Museum’s traveling exhibition, IMPACT. The exhibit belongs to the Fashion Institute of Technology and is on its first circulation this year. Previously, it had been unable to travel outside of its home state of New York. IMPACT was created by the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) as a celebration of 50 years of American fashion design. It showcases timeless works by American designers dating from 1980 to 2012. In celebration of IMPACT hitting Boca Raton, the Boca Raton Museum of Art students were asked to put on a fashion show. Spanish River senior Jennifer Rose is family friends with Berkowitz. The IMPACT show marks her second time modeling for the Museum. She fondly

remembers the first dress she ever modeled; she wore an art piece made out of peacock feathers and black tulle. “Modeling has allowed me to be confident in my own skin,” Rose said. Not only has Rose gained more confidence from modeling, she has also become more fashion savvy. She hopes to still be involved in fashion while in college. “I work at a retail store and am now more aware of what is trending and what cuts look good on people,” Rose said. In the IMPACT show, Rose wore a newspaper bustier with a separate matching collar designed by current eighth grader and future River student Shannon Ahern. “It took me about a month to make this,” Ahern said. “I had left it and then when I was asked to be in the show I finally was able to finish it.” The show was a success, with all seating room taken and many standing observers. Flashes blinded observers and every phone recorded the event. Rose cites the show as a toast to fashion as well as creativity and iconic looks. Rose maintains a sense of humor about her modeling experience, though: “I’m just glad I didn’t fall!”

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Jennifer Rose shows off the newspaper creation she modeled.

Photo courtesy of Nina van Maanen

Rose smiles with Shannon Ahern, who designed Rose’s outfit.

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Movie & TV violence impacts today’s teens Ellyn Snider Commentary “Years ago, when the original King Kong was released, audiences were terrified of the giant ape depicted on screen,” TV Production teacher Randy Weddle said. “My students now watch the remake, which is much more realistic and terrifying, without even flinching.” Before turning 18, teenagers will view 200,000 acts of violence and 16,000 murders on television, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Plots of popular crime shows like NCIS and CSI are driven by violence. HBO’s Game of Thrones has an average of 14 dead bodies per episode. Murders, shootings, stabbings— violence has become a fundamental part of entertainment. Simply turning on the television exposes the eyes to some version of the Sandy Hook Elementary murders. With the inescapable scenes of

violence plaguing media, it is not surprising that students are responding to horrific events with more apathy. Upon returning to Spanish River High School the weekend after the Sandy Hook shootings, conversation revolved around the new safety precautions rather than the horrific events that occurred. The murders did not prev e n t anyone f r o m

attending school that day, just as the open fire at The Dark Night Rises premier in Connecticut did not stop moviegoers. The

fact that the world is a dark place is accepted, so the shock value of horrific events is not as acute as it once was. The Oxford Journal released a study linking violent films, TV programs, and video games to the desensitization of teenagers. Regular exposure to violent programming over time eventually dulls the emo-


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OICE River stages singing competition

Junior Danni Dubin busts a move.

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Freshman Samantha Goldstein shows off her ballet skills.

Dance Team bows at the end of their showcase.

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studies have supported this claim, undeniably proving that viewing media violence will weaken concern, empathy and sympathy toward violence victims. As audiences become more and more used to violence, television and movies have to push the envelope further and further to generate a reaction. Django Unchained is packed with violent scenes. Television programs such as The Walking Dead and American Horror Story are full of disturbing images and mature themes. This does not stop students from watching them. “It’s violent but it doesn’t really bother me,” senior Sam Parada said about The Walking Dead. As we become more and more familiar with violence, the question of “when will we become completely desensitized?” prevails. Will we ever become completely cold, unaffected and unmoved by shootings and death? Photo by Jeremy Freiman

This year Spanish River had its first ever “The Voice” competition on Thursday, January 31, showcasing students’ natural vocal talent. It was put on by River’s chorus, music students and Rita DiDominic. The idea came to DiDominic when she was sitting on her sofa watching The Voice. It struck her that she too could put on her very own singing contest at River. Tickets cost $5 in advance and $7 at the door, with all proceeds going towards the River music program and chorus’s competition this spring. The top three winners were awarded with $100, $75 and $50 respectively. The contest consisted of 16 contestants all singing a song of their own choice and then a brief intermission for the judges to deliberate and choose the top five singers. Those top five would then sing a second song and the top three winners would be chosen. The four judges were Randy and Jacqueline Weddle, Jennifer Beckles and Helene Kaufman who is the voice of Pocahontas in Sweden. The lineup for the show included sophomore

Ariel Tilayoff, junior Raissa Desousa, junior Christian Soares, sophomore Liat Aroshas, sophomore Zakiya Saleem, freshman Karen Lyron, freshman Jeremy Remland, sophomore Brooke Galmarini, sophomore Genevieve Smith, senior Tamara D’Haity, senior Thomas Porat, senior Laura Yany, sophomore Sydney Thabet, senior Ani Manvelyan and junior Judah Amar. Each contestant was involved with musical activities, such as singing in a band or singing in a choir. “I’ve been singing ever since I was a little kid, for my stage fright I sit there and relax while taking deep breaths,” Lyron said before the show started. After the intermission, the top five singers who would continue were Porat, Yany, Galmarini, Manvelyan and Amar. After this second round the winners were crowned. In third place was Galmarini, second was Amar and and first was Manvelyan. “Just go for it and show off your talent,” Soares said as advice to all of those who have aspirations of singing in the future. Students who missed The Voice this year will have another opportunity to attend the competition next year. Art by Ellyn Snider


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Feruary FLing 2013: Through the Ages Senior citizen Day


Senior students Marcelle Dabbah and Sydney Juliano blend in with the majority of the Boca Raton population.

Goths, nerds, preps...a few of the classic high school labels. Junior Hillary Levine and senior Hobie Hunter went all out.

Baby Day Seniors Jaclyn Verity, Nina van Maanen, Helen Broad and Zoe Hammond chose to play dress up for Baby Day as Toddlers in Tiaras.

Professional Day Junior Laura Saker and seniors Brittany Armacida and Elaine Han pose in their career day get-ups. Photos By Jeremy Frieman

Photos courtesy of Hobie Hunter, Jaclyn Verity, and Jeremy Freiman

Hot-tempered students, small spots lead to frustration in the parking lot walking to Regency after school and Because of the large student populathey walk right in front of the cars tion at River, it is understandable that Ashley Roth without caring,” sophomore Jesse the spots cannot be very big. However, Student Life Editor Blogg said. students desire more leeway when A majority of the students who Additionally, it is clear that the size parking. spend every morning and afternoon of the spaces provided for parking “The spots are technically big enough, surrounded by their peers in the may- are outdated and too small for the but not big enough to be considerate hem of the crowded parking lot have cars owned by current River students. when parking,” Broad said. “I would like experienced rudeness, irresponsibil- The spots were originally drawn be- for the spots to be larger.” ity and carelessness. tween 1983 and 1984 when River Groszman shares a similar opinion. “I think that there are a number of was first built and have not been re“They are not big, but they are big people who are inconsiderate in the p a i n t e d enough if parking lot. They try to save spots for since. used cortheir friends or take up two spots,” “I have r e c t l y ,” senior Helen Broad said. put in Groszman In an attempt to save spots for requests said. “The friends, some students decide to over the size of the park in two spots as they await their years to spots does friends’ arrival. get the become an “When said friends arrive, the driv- p a r k issue, howers pull out of the spot in order to ing lot ever, when make room for the other car,” Broad redone,” students said. Assistant park diagoSome students will even stand in an Principal nally.” Photo By Jeremy Freiman empty spot to reserve it. This can be D o u g IrreA glimpse at the tight-packed cars in Spanish River’s considered frustrating for students in M a r k sponsibility search of a spot, especially when they wardt said. parking lot. With plenty of new student drivers join- and lack of are in a hurry to get to class. “The prob- ing throughout the year, the lot is a crowded and patience “I consider the students in the park- lem is that often intimidating place. result in ing lot to be overly aggressive, and with budsafety conthere are many bad drivers,” senior getary problems, the parking lot is cerns for those who must enter and Kenny Groszman said. “People in gen- not a top priority. Potholes can be exit school safely and efficiently. Luckeral will just cut you off, drive through fixed; however, the entire parking ily, cases of theft are not a common the grass or pretend that they are lot will not be redone as it would occurrence at River. going to ram into your car to scare require asphalt or tar to be painted “I feel that the parking lot is safe, as in you so that they can cut you off.” over the white stripes in order to something will not be taken out of my Aside from frightening others in paint larger spots. That is just not car,” Broad said. “However, I do feel that order to take advantage of them, going to happen.” it is very dangerous when it comes to students are generally rude to one Some sections of the parking lot actually driving because of the number another and may resort to being short tend to have larger spots, and if park- of reckless and irresponsible drivers in tempered. ing really becomes an issue, there is our parking lot.” “I find drivers to be reckless and plenty of empty space in the back to Last year, senior Alainie Goldstein annoying, especially when they con- park if excess room is needed. returned to her car to find the windstantly honk at their friends,” junior “I only park in the senior parking shield keyed by a careless student. Reba Cutler said. lot, which is the lot located on the “Unfortunately, I never found out However, it is not only the drivers side closest to school,” Blogg said. who did it or why, which was and still who are rude in these circumstances. “Everywhere else has spots that are is pretty upsetting because “All of the time there are students way too small.” I am not the type of person

to make enemies,” Goldstein said. “My parents had to pay for the damage because no one ever took responsibility for the situation.” Another case of reckless driving took place when senior Nicole Fogel was hit by another car that was backing out of a parking space. The driver responsible for the accident avoided checking his rearview mirrors and drove right into the side of her car. Both of the doors on the left side of the car had to be replaced. Luckily, the driver responsible paid for the damage. “The one responsible for the accident actually felt really bad about it,” Fogel said. “However, I was overwhelmed due to the fact that everyone saw it since it took place in the morning when everyone was arriving at school.” As if one accident were not enough, Fogel was the victim of another accident six weeks later when she was hit by a student who failed to stop at a stop sign. “Now after two accidents I am still paranoid about driving in the school parking lot because there are so many careless drivers,” Fogel said. It is important to always be aware of surroundings when dealing with the parking lot and to be cautious of people around to avoid careless accidents. “Everyone has heard stories of accidents in and around the parking lot, so I find people to be pretty cautious,” Blogg said. “I have made it through three years without any accidents,” Groszman said. “It is definitely doable.”

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Free SAT to be offered Stephanie Green Staff Reporter Spanish River will offer the SAT for free to juniors on Wednesday, February 27 during the school day. This method of taking the SAT was chosen by the county for juniors to take at their home school. This gives all juniors who live in Palm Beach County a chance to get the experience of taking the SAT. “The advantage to students is that they do not have to pay for the test and they get the actual experience of taking this test in a familiar setting,” Assistant Principal Mara Goron said. The SAT is mandatory for most college applications and therefore is necessary for students who are planning on applying to schools. Preparation booklets for the SAT are available in the guidance office free of charge. In the fall, the sophomore class was required to take the PSAT to bring awareness to their strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, their preparation for the SAT would be geared toward improving their lower scoring areas. The junior class could take the PSAT as well but had to pay a fee of $20. Juniors who score highly on the PSAT have the chance to be awarded a National Merit Scholarship. Because River is ranked as one of the top schools in Florida, faculty and staff are very involved in helping students to recieve high scores. They help improve students’ reading and writing skills in order to pass the FCAT as well as the PSAT and SAT to prepare students for colleges applications. SAT preparation and testing can be costly depending on how much money students and parents invest in the process. By providing the test for free, River gives every student the opportunity to take the SAT, which is often a necessay requirement for college admission. “I think that the SAT being offered in February is a great opportunity. and it’s free,” junior Alexia Ismerio said.

With over 600 friends, “Spanish River Compliments” is killing the River social media platform – with kindness. We discovered the identity behind the mysterious do-gooder behind the profile – check out his answers here.

upwards of 35 hours a week a more hospitable place, we have an obligation to do so. Q: Why is it a friend page and not a public page?

A: It is an account set to public. You don’t have to be Facebook friends with SRC to message a compliment or view the posts. However, for Q: Where did you get the idea to create this rapid outreach, friending students on Facebook made the most sense. page? A: I’ve seen the same concept in relation to Q: Are there any recurring patterns or trends in youth groups, camps, colleges, etc. It fit just the compliments? as well in the context of a high school. A: There are a few kinds of compliments: thoughtful, involved ones where it’s Q: Why are you doing this? A: I did this for peace on earth, goodwill to- evident that a lot of thought was put in. Short, ward men and a listlessness that only second bland ones that are just, “So-and-so is so pretty and smart! Xoxoxoxo.” There has been semester seniors understand. a degradation of anonymity. Some people Q: What would you like for the school to take include inside jokes, which make clear the away from the page? identity of the complimenter (which I don’t A: Culture is malleable. Spanish River isn’t ste- really have a problem with), people commenting reotypically a nice place. However, it takes very after the fact revealing the identity of the comlittle effort to make someone feel appreciated plimenter, which kind of defeats the purpose, and worthwhile. High school is one of the most even a couple kids posting directly onto the wall. difficult times in our lives emotionally, and if we Once that begins to happen in an authentic way, can make the environment in which we spend I know I’ll have done good. Photo Courtesy of Facebook Interview by Ilana Weisman

Snacking’beyond the brown paper bag: Eliana Landow Student Life Editor Everyone has been there before. Sitting in class in the middle of the day, students find it hard to stop looking at the clock. Finally, saved by the bell, they make their way over to next period—lunch. But what is their next move? Do they head over to the Shark Shop for a quick bite on-the-go? Or spend a few extra dollars for a hot DECA lunch? Or are they one of those students who brings their own food from home every day? River students are fortunate to have a wide variety of choices. Instead of just the classic cafeteria-style items, students can mix and match among the vending machines, Shark Shop snacks, DECA ready-made lunches and the cafeteria’s many a la carte selections. So what do most students settle for to tackle their afternoon cravings? Many tend to go for a classic “brown bag” lunch from home and buy additional snacks from the Shark Shop. “School lunches were never really my thing,” sophomore Dana Goldberg said. “I prefer to play it safe and bring food from home.” Not too many students, however, take advantage of the already made lunches found in the cafeteria. They would much rather spend the extra time in the morning making sure that their lunch is full of exactly what they want to eat. But for those who do buy lunch from the cafeteria daily, it is a way to save time and money.      “I really like buying from the cafeteria,” freshman Sara De Lima said. “It’s so much easier than getting up an hour earlier to put something together.”            Both DECA and the Shark Shop offer a variety that is not considered “typical” school food. DECA allows students to grab a hot lunch “to go” style. They can choose from various options ranging from chicken sandwiches to chocolate chip cookies. Not only does the selection of the food but also the prices make a difference. The DECA lunches tend to be a little pricier when compared to the cafeteria options. However, that does not stop students from spending the money and burning a hole in their pockets. “I feel like I get enough food for my money especially from the DECA line, but I think the food  quality could be a little better,” senior Gabor Tapaszto said. “I never really leave hungry.” No matter how it is sliced, lunch is a time when everyone can unwind from a busy day and enjoy their favorite Art by Andrea Hoenigsberg foods from all around campus.


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Coach resigns after payneful season Search is on for a new football coach as Rod Payne leaves following just one season Jeremy Freiman Staff Reporter Spanish River’s head football coach Rod Payne has resigned from his coaching position as well as his role as Opportunity Room supervisor. Payne tendered his resignation during this past winter break, opting to take a job as coach of North Broward Preparatory School’s football team. Payne’s one-year stint with the team should have long-lasting impacts. “He’s given a real sense of work ethic, as far as what needs to get done and what you need to do to ultimately be a winner, not only on the field but Photo By Jeremy Freiman off the field,” said senior and former Former coach Rod Payne surveys the field during a recent River home game. The quarterback Michael Jorgenson. position remains vacant following his resignation this year. Though River did not record any wins this season, Payne helped to build the foundations of a disciplined to get somebody young, energetic, the school’s faculty prior to assuming team. Now, the search is on for a new and somebody a little bit more of- coaching duties. “We have to really work within the coach in hopes of continuing the con- fensively oriented than we were last parameters of trying to hire a full year.” struction. Finding a new coach isn’t as easy as time teacher as well as a full time “We liked the youthfulness of the staff we had last year,” said Athletic it sounds, nor will it be quick. The new coach,” said McEnroe. “We’d love to Director Kevin McEnroe. “I would like coach will need to have a position on be acting on it right now, but we

don’t even know what positions we will have next year as teachers, so we don’t know how to advertise the position yet.” Members of the football team are optimistic of what a new coach can add to the team. In the mean time, the team is strategizing before conditioning and preparations for the next season begin. “We definitely have some talented guys, skilled players,” said freshman team member Alex Ortega. “Together, if we put them on a team, the county needs to watch out, because Spanish River is coming for them.” Spring conditioning begins March 13, and those who are interested in joinging the team may contact any current football player, Athletic Director Kevin McEnroe or Assistant Coach Glenn DeLuca. “Coach Payne was a big help,” said Ortega. “He taught us a lot of motivation, if you want something you do it. Every coach has his outlook on things, with determination and hard work, we can get the job done.”

A Baseball Life - It’s baseball season Senior Emerson Dresser discusses how his decision was a curveball to his future

Staff Reporter Claire Dykas talks to Dresser about the change from serving his team to serving his country.


Emerson, thanks for giving me a second to speak with you.



No problem Claire, thanks for having me.

Wow. That’s dedication. I understand that you are deciding to not continue to play baseball in college.



So, you have been on the baseeball team for all four years. When did this love for the game begin?

Yes, if accepted, i actually will join the Naval Academy. I applied to all three Service Academies.



I started playing when I was four, and it has been a part of my life ever since.

that is a big change. What inspired you to fight for our country?


I am assuming that you have been tired of baseball sometimes- what has made you stay on the team for this long?


Out of the 24 kids, there are three seniors left. The thing is that I love the kids I’m around; they are just a great group of guys.



Well, for the Military Academies, my interest was sparked by Mr. Moreland when he once mentioned his short service in the Air Force Academy. When I learned about the Academies and the top-notch education I could receive, I was all on board and my future was set. Thank you for your time and good luck in the future!

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Wrestling with their weight

River wrestling has done some wacky things to get an edge Lauren Villanueva Staff Reporter It can be said that students sign up for school sports to get or stay in shape. River’s varsity wrestling team knows first hand how important it is to maintain the same weight throughout the season in order to keep wrestling in a certain division. But what if the main outlet for weight loss included extreme tactics. Would it still be worth it? At the beginning of wrestling season, every wrestler registers his weight with the state wres-

tling governing body. As the season continues, the wrestler’s weight is charted weekly and only one percent weight loss is permitted per week. If a wrestler were to binge or gorge, they must get back to the weight class that they were initially registered in or they can participate in the next weight class up. “Everybody who cuts weight ends up doing something drastic,” wrestling team captain senior Jesse Miller said. Along with Miller, seniors Adam Moore and Egiz Seputis have lost the most weight for the team. One shortterm weight loss trick Miller uses is eating five small meals a day, one of those meals being just an apple. Moore keeps a strict diet as well and exercises vigorously, which can also be said for Seputis, who lost upwards of six pounds so far this season. But those seniors are not the only athletes this season to lose weight in drastic ways. Sophomore Michael Luongo spits into an empty water bottle throughout the day to cut back on water weight. “I don’t feel bad [about los-

ing the weight]. I actually feel healthier and stronger,” Luongo said. Like Miller, Luongo also eats small meals throughout the day to boost metabolism and prevent hunger. Another weight loss trick the team uses is wearing sweatpants and sweatshirts and turning off the air conditioning or running with this attire, creating a sauna-type atmosphere. Sophomore Luke Senyshyn has used this trick and has dropped nine pounds since joining the wrestling team. “I didn’t do anything crazy; usually we lose four to five pounds a practice,” Senyshyn said. But once the weight is gone and wrestling season is over, what happens next? Former wrestler and River alumnus Sam Kaplan cut weight behind his coach’s back with a loss of ap-

proximately ten pounds per week. As a side effect to his drastic tactics, Kaplan noticed that he was grumpy and tired due to lack of energy. When the season finished, Kaplan gained back twenty pounds in a four day period. He also noticed that the short-term weight loss had stunted his growth. “Fad dieting, or yo-yo dieting is never an effective weight loss method,” registered and licensed dietition Lori Rosel said. “Limiting food and water after workouts may deprive the body of important nutrients.” So the question still remains, is all of this really worth it? “Why do we do it?” Miller said. “It’s basically a part of the game.”

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Gyms: are they worth it?

Gyms may be places to “make gains”, but the dollars add up Josh Benrubi Sports Editor

Public gym or community gym? The Galleon has got the answers.


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Ryan Berger said. “Community gyms are smaller and there are less people you know. At these other gyms you socialize a lot and don’t work out enough, so a community gym is definitely better and it doesn’t cost you a dime.” It can be argued that certain gyms have more or less amenities than others, which expands the use of each gym. “The overall atmosphere of the [Lifetime] gym is literally a paradise,” Lifetime Gym member senior Andrew Shumaker said. “It is far superior, in terms of equipment and amenities. Ultimately, it can be difficult to decide whether to pay the money to work out in a public facility or to do the same thing near your home to avoid money adding up. If the time and money is there, then go for it — but make sure you are realistic about the outcome first.

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Each year, hundreds of dollars are spent on a gym membership. Aside from the money, a hard task is finding the right gym for you. With options ranging from L.A. Fitness to Lifetime to Evolution, there is an opportunity to live a healthy lifestyle. But as this membership continues, the bills add up. So that brings us to the question – is a gym membership worth the investment? What does a teen really do when they go to the gym? Do they hit the treadmill, the elliptical, and pump some iron? It tends to be the actual opposite. When going to a facility with a good purpose, it usually results in

socializing or staging pictures to post on Instagram. But what is the point of spending all this money to do what could be done in a backyard? That does not denounce the people who get a gym membership and prove that it is used frequently. “I think the gym membership is completely worth it,” junior and L.A. Fitness member Christian Conelly said. “I take advantage of the facility and its many features.” On the other hand, there are those who believe that if they had a gym membership, they would be too busy to use it and visit less frequently. In his article “Time Management Facts and Figures,” Dr. Donald E. Wetmore says that 90% of those who join health and fitness clubs will stop going regularly within the first 90 days. There are also those who prefer their local or community gym, arguing that it is very similar to a public gym and they can take advantage of it with no cost. “Gyms should be about working out and not socializing,” junior













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Standing Strong

Spanish River Cheerleading

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