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Volume 29 Issue 1 of Spanish River Community High School’s award-winning student-run newspaper • September 2012 •

River reverts to paper bathroom passes TECHNOLOGY


OVER Cell phones enhance classroom education graphic by caroline posner

Whitney Sha News Editor Students in Kevin Turner’s AP Human Geography class respond to class polls, double-check geographic locations and review for their AP exam using a device once suppressed under harsh restrictions at school – the cell phone. “Technology is becoming smarter,” Turner said. “My friends who teach this course [also use technology], and I

want to be competitive with them.” These innovative teaching methods follow on the heels of a new district-wide emphasis on incorporating technology in education. According to the Palm Beach County School Board policy, cell phones and wireless devices are “subject to limitations” but can also be “valuable learning tools.” Though still largely prohibited throughout the school day, they can be used during a class period for approved

educational purposes. “We’re keeping up with the kids,” Assistant Principal Rachel Amburgey said. “If teachers can find a way to incorporate technology within a lesson, cell phones can be used for the good of the classroom.” Turner is not the only teacher to embrace technology within his teaching plan. When she started a research unit with her English 3 class last year, English teacher Celeste Saulle introduced see TECHNOLOGY on page 3

Alexis Dlugos Staff Reporter

their own pass because students can lose their passes,” sophomore Sully Bennett said. However, paper passes lighten the burden on teachers. “We don’t have to worry about our passes getting lost or switched, or keeping track of them,” Dattolico said. The passes log exits from

In place of last year’s plastic passes, River students are now using paper bathroom passes that they must bring to school every day. If a student needs to leave the classroom for any reason, the pass must be signed, dated and marked with the reason for leaving. These passes help teachers keep track of how frequently students leave class. English teacher Theresa Datphoto by xia hernandez Left: the plastic pass used at River since the 2010tolico is torn 2011 school year. Right: the new paper pass. over the new passes. “On one hand, it is a pain to all classrooms, cracking down have to stop and sign them,” on class skipping. Dattolico said. “But it is good “You can’t go to the bathbecause teachers can track room too often because your where students are and when teacher will already know they go out of other classes.” when you left before,” BenThe passes test student nett said. responsibility by forcing stuStudents who use their dents to keep track of their bathroom privileges excesown passes and bring them sively, roam the school durto school every day, a chal- ing class or visit friends in diflenge for some. ferent lunch periods are now “Each teacher should have strictly watched.

Officer Don Thrasher returns to River

Thrasher comes back to staff after six years at other schools

Brooke Levy Staff Reporter Returning to school in August, Spanish River students faced numerous changes. One of the main changes was the arrival of Officer Don Thrasher, the school’s new security officer. Although he is new to current River students, Thrasher had previously patrolled River for nine years, ending in 2006. After that, he spent five years in charge of the technology behind security systems for new schools. Last year, Thrasher worked at Don Estridge High Tech

Middle School as the police officer but requested to be transferred back to River. “I wanted to come back to Spanish River,” Thrasher said. “This is where my heart was.” While Thrasher has many years of experience in law enforcement, this is not what he had always pictured himself doing. Thrasher was originally a general contractor until his friend who was a police officer bet him that he could not become a police officer and maintain the job for an entire year. Thrasher took on the challenge, and 35 years later, he is still finding his career in law enforcement

rewarding. Thrasher checks the fences and doors every day to make sure they are locked. On an

photo by xia hernandez

Officer Thrasher worked at River until 2006 and returned this year.

hourly basis, he drives around the parking lot, patrolling to make sure no students are skipping class. So far this year, there have already been two accidents in the student parking lot. However, Thrasher has not yet given any tickets. “I don’t believe in tickets per se,” Thrasher said, “I believe in compliance. Sometimes you have to give tickets because people can’t comply.” In his 35 years in law enforcement, Thrasher has had his fair share of “exciting” crimes. In one of River’s most memorable crimes, Thrasher arrested a girl for possessing and selling over 300 prescrip-

tion drugs. While most of the crimes that Thrasher deals with are drug-related, some of the crimes involve violence. He was injured twice in two different fights, both at River in the early 2000s. Although Officer Thrasher is new to River this year, he wants to get to know each and every one of the students. Thrasher wants them to feel comfortable with him and feel like they can come to him with whatever they need. “I’m here for them if they have a problem,” Thrasher said. “You don’t have to be a criminal.”


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The more, the Teachers introduce technology merrier? TECHNOLOGY from front page

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Not restricted by the 25-student limit imposed on core classes, TV Production teacher Randy Weddle’s 5th period class has 39 students.

Classroom overcrowding stresses students, teachers Stephanie Green Staff Reporter “I can barely walk across the hall without getting nudged or pushed, “ sophomore Carly Goldstein said. “It is physically impossible.” According to student complaints, Spanish River is more crowded than usual this year, with the 8000 and 1000 buildings being the most problematic. “It’s impossible to get through the 8000 building without getting pushed or shoved,” junior Allie Becher said. Assistant Principal Rachel Amburgey pointed out that River is designed to serve 3000 students. Last year, 2383 students attended River; this year, 2385 students attend the school. Based on school capacity, River is not currently overcrowded. “I’m so happy we have a lot of students attending this year,” Amburgey said. “It just makes our family stronger.” The new class amendment requires “core” classes to have

no more than 25 students per class. Former “core” classes, such as trigonometry, have converted to “electives” to bypass this rule. “I had to change my elective to another period because I couldn’t cope with so much going on all in one class,” sophomore Ally Levine said. Not only do students have crowded classes, but teachers find it difficult to deal with overcrowding as well. “This year I was asked to take a sixth class instead of only having five because there are so many freshmen, which alone count for 80 new students,” TV Production teacher Randy Weddle said. Some students find it difficult to navigate the school. “It is so difficult to get from one class to the next,” senior Brittany Armacida said. “The overcrowded hallways always make me late.” Though River has yet to reach capacity, many students and teachers still feel that their educational quality has been negatively affected by overcrowding.

the concept of the Internetcapable cell phone as a powerful research tool. Saulle’s students partner with one another so students without Internet-capable phones can also share in the learning method, and together, they explore research resources stemming from the Palm Beach County School District website. “When we’re having a discussion in class and a student mentions a fact, my main questions are ‘Who said that? Can you support it?’” Saulle said. “If the student can verify that fact using the Internet, it provides credibility to me. We can have a more educated discussion.” Sophomore Preston Trenary, a student in Saulle’s English 2 Honors class, appreciates the fact that Internet-capable cell phones can access otherwise unreachable information. “I would recommend more leniency [regarding cell phones in the classroom] especially when students use them to look up information,” Trenary said. Turner’s students, on the other hand, can text answers from their cell phones to the polling website Poll

Everywhere. Poll Everywhere provides Turner with immediate student responses to multiple-choice questions. Students can also fact-check locations using Google Earth and test themselves with practice questions from an app by 5 Steps to a 5, an AP review book brand. Both Turner and Saulle are aware that students may abuse their cell phone privileges. However, they maintain that teachers can ensure that their students use technology appropriately. “I’m always circulating around class,” Saulle said. “I don’t allow texting or visiting inappropriate sites, and I have confiscated phones before.”

Like Saulle, Turner monitors phone use by walking around his classroom. His students also understand that cell phones are allowed only during teacher-designated times. “If students aren’t supposed to be using phones, I’ll still take them away,” Turner said. Despite the extra caution needed to pioneer a new educational technology, Saulle has had a positive experience with incorporating cell phones into her lessons. “I’m giving students the freedom to use this resource appropriately,” Saulle said. “And I find that very few take unfair advantage.”

photo by xia hernandez

Turner uses Poll Everywhere, a site that allows students to text in their multiple-choice answers. It then displays class results as a bar graph.

NEWS BRIEFS Congratulations to senior Ellyn Snider and sophomores Caleb Rader and Bryan Vidal for being named “Cross-Country Athletes to Watch” by the Sun-Sentinel. • College visits are now open to juniors and seniors. Students interested in meeting with college representatives can sign up in Guidance 24 hours before the visit.

Students who will be 18 years old by November 6 can register to vote in the 2012 presidential election. Visit www.rockthevote. com to register. • The Homecoming Dance will take place Saturday, October 6. Tickets will be on sale during lunch, rising $5 a week until the night of the dance, when they will be $35.

The Young Artist’s Gallery allows students to exhibit and sell their art for charity. The Gallery will take place on October 18-19. Visit www.youredufuture. org for more information. • College counselor Mrs. Murstein will be meeting with seniors only until November 1. Students who are applying early to college should see her immediately.

The Galleon 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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From the Editors’ Desk Hurricanes, new teachers and different room numbers, oh my! The beginning of this school year has been jam-packed with both stress and excitement - and we’ve been at the center of it all. We’ve worked hard to cover life at River this school year! Need a handy brochure to help you adjust to the new River? Check out The Galleon’s Declassified School Survival Guide in Feature Focus, pages 10-11. Interested in how students and teachers dealt with the aftermath of Hurricane Isaac? Turn to Features on page 8. Want to see the newest members of River’s male dance group? The Lampman Eight await in Arts & Entertainment, page 14. With this issue we welcome you to what’s sure to be a fun-filled, fantastic year. Happy reading!

Cell phone reception It’s already Homecoming! Flooding in the parking lot

A/C broken

Whitney, Ilana, Caroline & Josh The Editorial Board

Crowded classrooms



Physics teacher Miguel Nelson releases an AP Physics student’s egg drop project from a loaned cherry picker. (Spoiler alert: the egg didn’t crack!)

No full weeks of school

Dozens of groups on campus were up to strange and exciting activities - here on our home turf. Check out our favorite happenings at River since the school year started!

AP Human Geography instructor Kevin Turner planned a fun way for his students to understand epidemiology - each student was given a cup of water, except for one filled with sodium hydroxide. The students shared water to simulate contracting HIV and an indicator turned “infected” glasses pink. Freshmen pairs Kelsey Sanders & Rachel Tolces (above) and Brennan Cook & Aaron Rissman (below) trade water. Photos By Ilana Weisman and Jeremy Freiman


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Should students be tested on 9/11? NO


Testing is disrespectful to the victims of 9/11

We must move forward and resume our lives

Tamara Dhaity Senior

Caroline Posner Editor-in-Chief

I think being in school and taking diagnostics on 9/11 is now really pushing people’s buttons. Since when do we take diagnostics on such a tragic day when innocent people died? I think that nowadays, people are forgetting what happened on that terrible day when more than 2,977 victims died because our county was attacked by terrorists. How do you expect students to do well on their diagnostics if they knew someone passed away because of the attacks? Now you tell me: Should we be remembering what happened on 9/11 or coming to school thinking about being ready to take the diagnostics when that day comes around every single year?

Terrorism, as its name implies, is about creating fear, violence, and catastrophe—it’s about making a statement in the name of some extremist point of view. The United States has made it a principle to face down terrorism with the kind of courage that means memorializing tragedy and loss, but never allowing the terrorism to accomplish a public statement by radical and violent means. If schools were to make a holiday of September 11th, they would be doing just that, permanently interrupting the lives of Americans with a reminder of anti-American hatred. Our national policy should be to remember the day in respect for those who lost their lives, then to go forward from this memory with a renewed sense of patriotism and community.

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you have no idea Caroline Posner on applying to college We should punish criminals by making them apply to college. Underclassmen, be warned, because that’s what it feels like— a punishment. The application process forces you to evaluate everything you’ve done with your life– to recall all of your successes and your failures– and wish that you’d done things even better. It’s preoccupying, exhausting, and frustrating. The most immediate consequence of all things college-related is a rapid decline in enthusiasm: it becomes increasingly difficult to remember that there’s actually a purpose behind seven drafts of supplement essays and four attempts at a personal statement. There was a time not too long ago— July, actually— when I really wanted to apply to college, because it meant graduating and moving on to bigger and better things. But as of late, my indifference is pretty obvious. My file naming has regressed from the formal “Personal Statement Draft One” to things like “LAST ESSAY I WILL EVER WRITE FOR COLLEGE”: angry, allcaps, and a total lie. The disease that is the college application process has a particular set of symptoms— among them, a sort of identity loss. I’ve written so many paragraphs, short essays, and 500-words-or-fewer statements attempting to capture who I am that I have a hard time remembering who I am. Between an essay about Model United Nations and a remark on The Galleon or a reference to art class or a mention of the one time I was on a swim team, I’ve

begun to characterize myself based on singular aspects of my life history. The Common Application does a frighteningly good job of turning a three-dimensional, dynamic person into a two-dimensional resume. That’s not the full picture, but college applications have dissolved my personality into a dozen components. It’s become a daily challenge to remind myself that I am more than a set of words on my computer screen. One friend described college applications as “soul-consuming.” That might be an overstatement, but the process can be transformative if you let it— and not in a good way. There are times when I hear of a close friend’s accomplishments — maybe an awesome community service project or an award-winning essay — and think immediately, “They’re totally going to [insert Ivy League here].” I’m not okay with that mindset. Call me idealistic, but I want to appreciate people for their values and their contributions, not the name-brand university where they get in. I’m hoping that this college craze disappears after the January 1st deadline. I’m hoping that this doesn’t define the rest of my year, that this sense of competition and doubt and this need for college-based validation are only temporary. From what I hear, they are— but I won’t know until I get there. For now, I’ll experience the whirlwind first semester that is a tradition for the senior class. It may be a challenging and confusing one, but it’s a rite of passage for the graduating class. I know it’ll be worth the effort.


by Whitney Sha

"I'm a wimp" I am a senior with three years at Spanish River under my belt. As an editor-in-chief of The Galleon, I have my own reserved parking spot. I will be eighteen in ten months. I’m currently applying to college. And I am still too much of a goody-goody to answer a text during school. It started on the balmy fall day of September 18. This issue of The Galleon was in its final stages of production. I was supposed to supervise the page editors during lunch, but I had stayed in the 4000 building to work on an art project. When I finally got home late that evening, I turned on my phone to find a frantic lunchtime text from a fellow editor-in-chief: “The page editors are here - where are you?!” For a moment I wondered how to justify myself, eight hours after the fact. I’d had my hands smothered in paint? The art project, worth 500 points, had been due at the end of the day? Or the horrid truth: I never check my phone in class? I like to think that we all started out as paranoid freshmen who never wandered the halls without passes and were scared stiff of violating the dress code. However, most of my classmates grew out of it; without becoming total delinquents, they started wearing questionable shorts and,

well, answering their cell phones. I never did. Rest assured, this message was not sponsored by the school administration - but there’s a part of me that’s still timid, still goody-twoshoes, still clinging unthinkingly to all the rules I swallowed as a freshman. Walking the straight and supernarrow has served me well in my three years here. I’ve never gotten a detention or a failing grade, much less a suspicious look from any administrator. But at the same time, I’ve never known the thrill of sending the occasional undercover text or calling in a seventh-period blue pass for myself. A source whom I won’t identify by name recently encouraged me to “let loose a little. Sometimes you and your high-achieving friends just need to relax and stop worrying all the time.” Great advice, Ms. Sanders. Losing some of that paranoia does sound attractive. Uptightness is an addiction, one I won’t be able to kick right away. I’m taking it one step at a time, so don’t expect me to be gate-crashing a game of strip poker anytime soon. But hold your surprise if your phone vibrates during lunch with a (strictly academic, strictly emergency) text. It may just be from me.

Photos by Xia Hernandez

River by the Somewhat Arbitrary Numbers Hours without AC:

First day: 4 hours

9/24: 8 hours

Hurricane days: 24 hours

Footsteps to cross the 8000 building:


Posters in the halls: Anywhere from 0 to 132. But they fall down. Often.

Yes, we totally made these up.

Average number of broken desks in a classroom:

We think.

Graphic by Ilana Weisman


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Ramblings of a crazy-haired lunatic The crazed and confused confessions of Ilana Weisman A few weeks ago, I walked past a friend in the hallway. She waved, I responded with a hello. She laughed. And she wasn’t alone. “You’re the epitome of yourself,” she said through giggles while others snickered past. “It’s hilarious.” People usually hold their laughter at me until I’ve walked by, but that day was different. Let’s backtrack. A favorite schooltime activity for many - myself included - is scoping the hallways, people watching. I’m not a keen observer by any means, but the one thing that sticks out to me is how extreme people here are. It’s astonishing. Everyone is on opposite sides of the academic spectrum. But an extreme more prominent this year than ever before? How varied students are in their “put-togetherness.” Some swagger into school at seven in the morning with perfectly coiffed hair, ironed pants and meticulously selected accessories, and then there’s the roll-out-of-bed type, sweatpants included. I think I fall somewhere

in the middle of the two - my outfit on any given day is statistically likely to be a college T-shirt paired with colored cutoffs, but at least it’s not pajamas. I start every day with full intentions to be well-assembled and attired and attentive, but that’s null and void the second I step foot on campus. I’m a mess. I’m all over the place, neurotic, obsessive, laughable. And when you’re so chaotic, you draw attention from other watchers. That day in the hallway, you see, I was red. Not from embarrassment, but because when I’m outside for over ten minutes, I burn into an American flag-esque red hue. Insult to injury? I wasn’t just comically fluorescent. I didn’t have a voice. It’s another idiosyncrasy of mine - while most people get hoarse or deep or monotone when they’ve talked too much, the universe decided that when I lose my voice, it should get mouselike and squeaky, to the point where my friends laugh at me (see a theme here?) or ask me to deliver Munchkin

lines from The Wizard of Oz. (I digress: the high voice and sunburn were, in fact, related; I spent hours the weekend before controlling lines in the sun for my internship - not suntanning and “absorbing helium, ha!,” thank you very much.) But it wasn’t even that made me my “self-epitome,” what truly tops the walking catastrophe I am. It’s the hair. My friends call me “Rastalana” and “Wildebeest.” A teacher pointed it out in the middle of class one day. It gets very large and rather frizzy on top of my usual wild curls, especially when I’m angry/frazzled/stressed/excited. And now that it’s senior year, it’s uncontrollable. I’ve never been quite so busy and sleepless and scared, and it’s only September. Back to people watching - from the watchee. I’m used to being laughed at. I’m fine with it, as long as I know you (or I don’t see you). But seriously - some etiquette, please. If you’re people watching, something that is perfectly legal and ethical and normal,

Heard it in the Hallway

you’ve got to k e e p quiet about it. That goes for everyone. Rules of thumb? Be kind, stay courteous, don’t be a jerk. And next time someone tries to laugh at me? All right. Whatever. I encourage it. I understand that making fun of Ilana is a pastime for many. Just please, don’t attack the hair. It may attack you back. Photo by Nicole Fogel

We’re all ears at The Galleon. You know, for journalism’s sake.

“Everyone takes pictures of rainbows!”

“X equals the opposite of B, plus or minus...”

“MOVE OVER. Come on. Late to class. Get!”

“The NFL replacement refs couldn’t be worse. Honestly. This sucks.”

“I really want Chipotle. Do I need to go to seventh hour?”

“Why are we sharing a locker again?”

Letters from the man Cave Josh benrubi laments life on the editorial board I walked into my sixth period class, ready for another normal class period. I put my backpack down, and bolted straight to the “back room”- the place where the paper you are currently reading is put together. To my surprise, our newspaper advisor told us that she was handing out a prestigious newspaper scholarship award form for us to fill out, with hope for the best. I zipped through the form until I reached a part that made me raise my eyebrows. The choice: possible college destinations. As I sat there, I felt a sense of bewilderment and panic. I peeked at the forms of the three female editorsin-chief. As I glared at their forms discreetly, I saw the names of Yale, Brown, Princeton, and, well, you get Photo by Xia Hernandez

the point. I looked back at my form in defeat. I would expect nothing else from my co-editors. There is a constant misery in being the only male editor, surrounded by three over-achieving girls. For me to sit here and tell you in text that they are excruciatingly crazy is an understatement. I never thought it was possible for someone to walk into an inanimate object and hurt herself, or to have hair that frizzes without one drop of rain, or to be so quiet that I feel like I can have a better conversation talking to myself. To nobody’s surprise, these three editors-and-chief happen to be National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists, ranked in the top of their senior class. You can’t go two minutes talking to them without one of them resorting back to “Did you work out the physics problem?,” or “That’s incorrect grammar!” These are not the type of girls who will go out

and party on a Saturday night— but if you’re in the mood for an exciting game of Scrabble, they can work that out. When you thought it couldn’t get any worse, they try to dance in a sort of “cute” and overexcited way. Whenever that occurs, I immediately remove myself from the situation. Fellow males may think, “No way! You get to be on a editorial staff with all girls?!” Well, these are not your typical girls. When I spend half the time on staff observing the insanity of these three human beings, it becomes difficult for me to cope with my situation every day. It’s extremely frustrating to walk in on a Tuesday morning and not be able to tell anybody, “I can’t believe the Ravens won last night! I was up all night watching the game.” Don’t feel bad for me; it won’t help. I’m stuck with these co-editors for an entire year, so just wish me luck.

F E AT U R E S 8 Student. teacher homes flooded as Rock you like a hurricane: Tropical Storm Isaac hit Palm Beach September 2012 The Galleon

Kelsey Spyker Features Editor As South Florida braced for Tropical Storm Isaac to bring ample wind and rain, there was one question on students’ minds on Sunday, August 26: Will there be school tomorrow? Just south, Broward County had made the decision to close well in advance of the storm’s arrival, while Palm Beach County made their decision to close Monday at one in the morning. Those who turned on the news Monday morning found out school had been cancelled, but others went uninformed and found out through an automated phone call made well after the time school would

have started. With school just starting, students were adjusting to their new routine when interrupted by an unexpected delay. Palm Beach County then went on to cancel the next day because of flooding in Wellington and the Acreage neighborhood. Flooding was a major problem after South Florida received so much rain on Sunday and Monday. Senior Caitlin Brown, who lives in Wellington, was majorly impacted by the storm. “The storm left extensive flooding in my neighborhood,” said Brown. “I was unable to go to work on Monday night.” Brown said her family was prepared for the storm, but did not expect the amount of rain that they received. As of September 2, the majority of the water in Caitlin’s com-

munity had dissipated. “A few surrounding roads were still closed up until a few days ago,” said Brown. Not only were students affected by flooding, but teachers were as well. “We supposedly received over a foot of rain in a 24 hour period Sunday into Monday, and then more Monday night,” AP Human Geography teacher Kevin Turner said. “The water remained until Thursday,” said Turner. “When the lakes could finally accept more water from the streets and drainage system.” Along with flooding, Turner lost screens in his covered patio and lost power Sunday night for a few hours. “It was a little nervy taking my Honda through the deepest water, but I made it in without any problem,”

Turner added. What about the teachers and their lesson plans? “I was going to go over specific chapters in their summer reading books,” said AP Literature teacher Marcia Kunf. “I really had to cut a lot of the chapters I was going to go over.” A teacher’s challenge is to balance their schedule by thinking in the present, preparing for the future, and keeping up with the past. Missing days makes it difficult for teachers to keep up with that cycle of teaching. Kunf added that even though the storm put a damper on her lesson plans, she “should be more than thankful than cranky about missing two days, considering what is happening in New Orleans.”

photo by caroline posner

photo by caitlin brown

photo by kevin turner

photo by josh benrubi

Flooding brought traffic to a stop on Glades Road in West Boca Raton.

Senior Caitlin Brown’s street flooded during tropical storm Isaac.

AP Human Geography teacher Kevin Turner’s “new pool” outside his home.

Staff member Josh Benrubi snapped this photo from his car in a flooded parking lot.

Vinograd brothers organize charity golf tournament

SENIORS: KEEPING IT SCHOLARLY Six teen nam ed National Merit Scholarship Sem ifinalists

Alexis Dlugos Staff Reporter While most students relaxed over the summer, two Spanish River brothers were on the golf course raising money for The Children’s Cancer Foundation, which helps children who are faced with cancer or a blood disease and their families. Junior Axl Vinograd and sophomore Oliver Vinograd put their talent in golf to use helping those in need. They were fiercely motivated to do something about cancer after both of their grandfathers passed away from the disease. This summer, the brothers held a Children’s Cancer Foundation fundraiser at Boca Greens Country Club and raised a total of $6,000. At least 50 participants played including Spanish River’s very own golf team. The Polo Club, where the Spanish River High School golf team practices, was one of many who sponsored the tournament. After the six hour tournament, a ceremony was held for all the participants . When asked if they will be holding more tournaments, Oliver said that it is a major possibility and that they will most likely have it for the same foundation.

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Seniors Ilana Weisman, Caroline Posner, Whitney Sha, Ken Groszman, Michael Fogel, Sarah Darwiche, Toby Baratta, Hobie Hunter, Elaine Han, Scott Shapiro, Joey Birchansky, Aaron Kupin, Phil Esterman, Mary Mansour, Rachel Barrick and Jordan Zeldin were named National Merit Semifinalists, making the group the largest in River’s history. Senior Dara Huggins was similarly named a National Achievement Semifinalist. From front left: Posner, Baratta, Barrick, Shaprio and Hunter; from back right counterclockwise: Zeldin, Kupin, Esterman, Fogel, Han, Birchansky, Darwiche, Huggins, Sha, Weisman; not pictured: Groszman and Mansour.


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Former spirit leaders find success after graduation


Lindsay Mangines Features Editor Arguably, one of the greatest honors at Spanish River is to be named by your fellow classmates as “Mr. or Miss Spanish River.” This title may not only be the culmination of a superlative high school career, but it also marks the beginning of the journey into adulthood. Recently, The Galleon followed up with some of our past winners and found out where they are now. Rachel Besser, Miss Spanish River Class of 2010, has not slowed down since her high school graduation. She is a third year student at the University of Florida, where she is majoring in biological engineering with a minor in dance and plans to attend medical school after she graduates. Additionally, she is a former member of a dance group and is on the marketing team for the Florida Odyssey, a student run newspaper. She has maintained her school spirit as a sorority sister at Delta Gamma since her freshman year. Last semester Besser studied abroad in Australia, and each year she demonstrates her dancing passion by participating in a Dance Marathon. She and her Mr. Spanish River started the tradition of the pep rally dance. Perhaps the title of “Miss Florida Gator” awaits Besser. Another past Mr. Spanish River,

Catch on to this collegiate trend

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Evan Katzin, has also found success past the halls of River. After his graduation in 2006, he attended the University of Florida and majored in finance. His infectious personality and hard work helped him to land internships in New York City each summer. For Spring Break, he traveled twice to Acapulco, Mexico which, in his words, was “an awesome experience”. In terms of his career in finance, Katzin started flipping custom motorcycles, called “choppers”, over the Internet and is the founder of a used textbook company. With this background, he most recently landed a job for a private equity firm in Miami focusing in commercial real estate debt investments. Katzin credits his former position of Mr. Spanish River as a building block for the success he has achieved. “My time as Mr. Spanish River definitely helped prepare me for life after high school,” said Katzin. “I refined my business skills managing a myriad of teams and budgets. I also learned how to work and effectively communicate with senior management.” These spirit leaders of the past have not rested on their high school laurels. They have gone on to achieve great accomplishments in a wide variety of endeavors. Certainly, they have made Spanish River proud. If these past winners are an indication, great things lie in store for our - and future - Mr. and Miss Spanish River.

EVAN KATZIN photos courtesy of tiburon, besser and katzin

Former school spirit leaders, then and now.

Where are they now?

We looked up other former school spirit leaders to answer that question. Here’s what we found: Mr. Spanish River, 1992

Ross Mopsick attended the University of Virginia

Mr. and Miss Spanish River, 2012 Lucas Feigenbaum and Lila Stallone are both freshmen at UF

#Instafamous Spanish River students storm social media

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Freshman 107k followers

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The Galleon's Declassified School Survival Guide The Galleon investigated all of the changes new to the 2012-2013 school year to provide you with a guide on how to survive this fun - and at times stressful - roller coaster ride we call high school. We’ll tell you all about the new staff, confusing room number changes and an insightful way of becoming adjusted to this hectic yet exciting school environment. Prepare to learn about what to expect at Spanish RIver High School. Brooke Levy Staff Reporter

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New students: adjusting to the world of high school Jamie Brecher Feature Focus Editor As summer came to an end this year, my Facebook news feed filled with the posts about the fun and adventures from over summer break my classmates would miss. However. the school year is filled with fun and excitement too! Pep rallies, football games and homecoming pack in a thrilling agenda for all. Though returning students know what to expect when coming to Spanish River, freshmen and new students have the toughest time adjusting to the new environment. Assimilating into a new school might seem difficult, but there are many ways to make the process faster and more enjoyable. The most obvious way to integrate into the River world is to have a guide. No, not a tour guide - more like a friend or a relative to show you around, give you tips, and be a set of open ears for your questions. Many freshmen have said that an older sibling is one of the best ways to become assimilated into the high school environment. But what if you don’t have an older sibling already attending River? Don’t fret, there’s another way of finding an individual ready to teach you the ins and outs of the River world. The other way of getting accus-

tomed to River is to follow that famous phrase: “Get Involved!” It’s true. People everywhere associate based on common interests. Joining clubs and going to school events are great ways of becoming more involved with the River environment. The people you meet in these clubs will share your hobbies and will naturally be willing to assist you in any way possible. Getting involved in school activities creates a path for making new friends and connections. As each of us knows, starting at a new school, especially high school, can be a tough and eye-opening process. You learn many useful tips along the way that will help you out in the future. The most important thing to remember, though, is to have fun. These four years are a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so you have the best of it. There you have it. It is really not as hard as it seems. Just ask a friend or sibling to help you out or get involved and meet people along the way. Trust me I switched here as a junior from West Boca, but I feel like I’ve been here since freshman year . It took some time, but I think I have it down. During my high school journey, I have made many new friends by becoming involved and joining a variety of clubs. You have such an incredible school around you that you are bound to have an interesting and exciting high school experience.


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Freshmen: Teacher Edition Spanish River welcomed not only an influx of freshmen for the 2012-2013 school year but new teachers and staff as well. Students and teachers alike are both thrilled with the new additions. Still confused as to who the new teachers are? We can help. Lauren Villanueva The reading Staff Reporter runner

Kemper Lipscomb

The teacher with the dragon tattoo

Subject: Biology Studied at: Florida State University Inspiration for becoming a teacher: All her of her family members were teachers. Random fact(s): She ran track in high school and made it to regionals in the 4 by 8 event. She is currently reading her way through the New York Times List of the Best 100 American Books.

The dive-ologist

Corrine Jobe

Subject: Biology Studied at: Birmingham-Southern College, Florida Atlantic University, University of Miami Before River: Taught Anatomy & Physiology at FAU for two years, then taught Marine Science and Biology for two years at Flanagan High in Broward, then worked at Chesapeake Bay Foundation Education Division in Washington D.C. Random fact(s): She played NCAA Division I collegiate soccer and travels the world in order to dive. She’s even been great white cage diving in South Africa.

The familiar one

Hugh Maher

Katia Martinez

Subject: Art Studied at: Cypress Community College in California then switched to Palm Beach Atlantic University Random fact(s): She has thirteen brothers and sisters, and she works as a tattoo artist at conventions, mostly in California. She has been tattooing for five years and has done over 100 tattoos. Weirdest tattoo she’s ever given: A hisand-her mustache tattoo on the sides of their fingers.

The charitable clarinetist

Charlotte Eames

Subject: Chemistry Studied at: Illinois State University Before River: She was teaching middle and high school science at Grandview Preparatory School in Boca Raton Random fact(s): In high school, she was a very accomplished clarinetist. Immediately after graduating from college, she moved to India for a year to do some volunteer work.

Subject: Earth-Space Science The eco-friendly one Amy Rabuck Studied at: Purdue University Subject: Biology Before River: He was a substitute here, Studied at: Russell Sage College in New York which is why he looks so familiar! Before River: This is her seventh year of Random fact(s): He and his four brothteaching; she previously taught biology at a ers visited Ireland, the home of their large suburban school in upstate New York. ancestors, this summer. Martin Maher Random fact(s): She owns a 110 pound is his famous great uncle who served Rhodesian Ridgeback named Mali, and the at West Point Military Academy for fifty Toyota Prius is her dream car. years and even starred in the movie The Photos By Xia Hernandez Long Gray Line as the central character.

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Student government strengthens leadership Freshman and upperclass officers enthusiastic for year to come Eliana Landow Student Life Editor With the start of the new year, freshman elections for class office were a high priority for the Class of 2016. Posters made their way on display in the hallways, showing off each candidate’s style and promises for the school. But it is not all about the catchy campaign slogans and the neon posters. As River’s Student Government

Association proves, student government allows individuals to step outside the classrooms and take their thoughts to the next level. It also provides a sense of responsibility, and an opportunity to represent important matters of the student body. Those who are involved with the program, plan and organize events such as blood drives, pep rallies, Homecoming week, and other student activities. Officers develop leadership and communication skills through service opportunities concerning our school. “I think leadership is such a great

organization we have,” recording secretary junior Claudia Aber said. “It really teaches kids how to present and fix a situation. It also gives people a voice in this large school. We learn so many leadership skills, whether it’s through community service or just from going to conventions.” Freshman President Taylor Lipsich, Vice President Jared Queen, Treasurer Lara Kimmel and Secretary Sabrina Soto Sugar were confirmed as the new student government leaders for the freshman class.


These new leaders are incredibly enthusiastic and excited for the year, as well as very determined to make it as great as they can. “I’m so excited and I can’t wait to help plan events! I just want to make freshman year a really exciting start to high school and bring everyone together,” Sabrina Soto Sugar said. “My advice for the freshmen officers is to really speak if you have something to say,” Aber said . “If you have an awesome idea, why not share it with the rest of the school!”

Fantasy football acts as a teaching tool in marketing elective Youngberg uses the popular online game to teach basic business skills

Claire Dykas Staff Reporter Field trips, lectures, guided notes, movies, broadcasts - every teacher has a different approach to teach ing in class, but one teacher has taken a fresh approach that has students talking. Connecting students’ love of fantasy football and m a r k e t i n g, busin e s s teacher Christopher Youngberg knows how to get students engaged in the lesson. The 2012-2013

school year is Youngberg’s first teaching at River. Last year Youngberg was at Atlantic High School as a Business instructor. In addition to teaching, Youngberg also coaches the baseball team at Lynn University and was previously the baseball coach/recruiting coordination at the University of North Florida and Newberry College. Students in Youngberg’s class are learning the concepts of managing a business, creating a business plan, creating a budget, and keeping a staff in order - by engaging in fantasy football. “I think it’s a good tool that engages students in a way that they can enjoy the lesson and still learn,” senior Daniel Schneiderman said. Schneiderman, along with other seniors, is taking the marketing class to complete his art credit. The manner in which students play for the class differs from how

they would normally play, however. Instead of just picking and trading players, students are now in charge of managing a budget based on the value of each of their players and instead of each student working against each other, Youngberg has made the assignment a team effort with all of the “staff members” performing their different duties. The teams are made up of about five to six students and this is to promote teamwork, which Youngberg stresses as an important aspect of business. And despite the stereotype that girls know nothing about football, Youngberg says it is some of his female students who truly excel at this activity. “Some of the female students in my class have actually been the most prepared.” Youngberg said. “They under-

stand that you may not have to know a lot about football to know that you have to ‘get the most value for your investment’ and how to budget out salaries of your employees.” However, some girls do feel that they have to work a little harder to keep up with their male classmates. “It is definitely harder to keep up with the boys,” sophomore Eliza Rosenberg said. Youngberg emphasizes that fantasy football is a strong educational tool and not just a game. He incorporates the simulation into his lessons, alternating between fantasy football and book work about every other week. ART BY ANDREA HOENIGSBERG



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How does your backpack define you as a student?

Psychology and practice prove that organization is key to success Ashley Roth Student Life Editor The transition from freshman to senior year means a world of difference for the contents of a student’s school bag. While Jansport backpacks, Marc Jacobs totes and Longchamp purses are common among River students of all grades, the pounds of books and binders that weigh down students may mean more than brand name containers. Sophomore Rachel Allen can relate. “I have back problems and I’m sure that my heavy backpack is part of the problem,” Allen said. Allen can only go to her locker three times a day and carries around a majority of her six binders all through school. Due to teachers’ demands to keep an individual notebook for each class, a majority of the students at River are not allowed to share binders. “To avoid taking home bind-

ers every day, I just take home the papers that I need for homework,” senior Alexis Romero said. This solution is quite common among students, including junior Rachel Stern. “In order to keep my bag from being too heavy I leave my binders in my locker with my homework in my bag,” Stern said. Recently, due to the use of online textbooks and class sets of most books, students do not have to lug around textbooks along with their binders. “My favorite part of having an online textbook for math is that I do not have to carry my book to and from class each day,” Allen said. “I have six textbooks and keep five at home,” Stern said. “Only one of my books travels to and from school with me which doesn’t really affect the weight of my bag.” “I have a file folder which I love!” freshman Amanda Paige said. “It allows me to put worksheets in it so

that I do not have to bring home six binders and I can stay organized easily.” Unlike the others, Allen brings home her entire binder for each class. “I feel more organized that way,” Allen said. “That is most likely the main reason my back always hurts.” Different students throughout River have various methods of organization and work ethic, which set them apart from each other and define them as students. But backpack organization is not just an indication of personality; studies show that organizational skills performed for school related purposes help to determine the type of student each person is. When a student is meticulous about the neatness of their backpack and binders and relies on their planner for everything, these qualities do not make them “crazy,” as popular culture dictates. Organized students tend to get

A messy bag will make Shoulder bags can lead your school day quite chaotic! to back pain - make sure to switch sides!

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better grades and turn in assignments on time almost every time. “If students write down each assignment in a planner and place their homework in the same place each day, its harder to lose assignments or forget about them,” psychologist Jana Raskin said. Other students may not feel the need to put so much effort into keeping their backpack looking perfect, however, they still stay organized with a few loose papers here and there. Finally, there is a handful of students that choose to focus their attention on other things rather than staying organized. “It is the ones who receive poor scores on tests and do not turn in assignments on time,” Raskin said. With a close to empty backpack with crumpled papers filling the crevices, there is a low success rate because of the lack of attention given to keeping assignments and binders in an organized fashion.

Don’t “one-strap it” if you have a traditional backpack. Distribute weight evenly!

Tyler Frangos, 11

Keep your things separated in folders and notebooks to stay organized.

High School Olympiad:

Sharks do Homecoming faster, higher, stronger

photos by xia hernandez






Marathon Day

World Day

Jersey Day

Aquatic Day

Class Colors

Show off your geography prowess and dress up in international attire

Sport your class spirit in your Powderpuff Jersey!

It’s a pool party all day! Just be sure to follow the dress code.

Display your class or team pride by wearing your jersey

Band Conga Line See the band and SGA perform in the courtyard during lunch

Carnival Lunch Bring money for food hosted by the classes and clubs of River

Powder Puff


Wear your favorite workout attire today!

Torch lighting

Photo Booth

Watch Mr. Latson start off Spirit Week with an Opening Ceremony

$1 per photo in the courtyard during lunch

“Miss”ter Olympic Beauty Pageant

DECA Fashion Show 7:00 PM

7:00 PM $5 in the courtyard

Lucille’s (9 AM - 11PM)

6:00 PM $5 at the door

7:00 PM $5 at the door in the gym

Pep Rally Seniors: blue and gold Juniors: purple and black Sophomores: red and black Freshmen: green and black

Homecoming Football Game 7:00 PM $5 at the door


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Girls’ tryout numbers. 56 stickers, 56 girls! Pinned by The Galleon onto Dance Team

Co-Captain Sydney Juliano leads tryouts. Pinned by The Galleon onto Dance Team

Converse and Vans are dancing essentials. Pinned by The Galleon onto Dance Team Photos by Jeremy Freiman

Student bands heat up River’s music scene Lauren Villanueva Staff Reporter Between the constant interviews and endless song repeats, it is easy to recognize a few bands that hit it big in 2012. The Wanted, Fun, Gym Class Heroes, and One Direction, to name a few. But what about Burn Them at The Stakes or Loose Letter? If you haven’t heard of these aspiring bands at Spanish River, you are about to get caught up. Burn Them at The Stakes started out as project by Boca High student Alex Rothberger, who does

vocals and guitar. He asked Spanish River student Sam Lowen to record drums on one of the tracks. After finishing the first project, they decided to get more serious with the project and finish an extended play (EP), a musical recording that contains more music than a single, but is too short to qualify as a full studio album. “We eventually found Shane Szabo (who plays bass), played our first gig and the rest is history,” senior Sam Lowen said. Burn Them at the Stakes (BTATS) draws inspiration from their personal lives and multiple bands for their hardcore sound. Favorites

include Rage Against the Machine, Ceremony, The Chariot, and Weekend Nachos. All of BTATS’s work is original, except for one cover that they play live. “Honestly we hope to go as far with BTATS as we possibly can,” Lowen said. “We didn’t start it with the idea of trying to be famous but out of a love for music.” As ambitious artists, BTATS hope to go on tour next summer and be able to put out a studio album sometime this year. They also have shows coming up within the next few months and weeks. Another band at River, Loose Letter, was formed a couple of

months ago by close friends freshman Jeremy Remland and sophomore Chandlor Persaud. Lead guitar, rhythm guitar, bass, drums and vocals help to create Loose Letter’s punk rock sound. Inspired by All Time Low and Yellow Card, the boys mostly write all of their own songs like their original Fall Out. “We hope to get signed and make it big,” lead singer Remland said. To show support for both bands, students can check out Loose Letter on YouTube and Burn Them at the Stakes on Facebook under BTATSFL.


The Galleon introduces the newest members of the Lampman Eight Zack Charles

Johnny Rubin

Sean Goldman

Dylan Reider

Phil Goldman

Evan Schnurmacher Aaron Lampman

Sean Goldman Austin Kibler

Alex Senft

"It’s totally normal for a grown man to be dancing with 18-year-old boys." Photo Courtesy of Sivan Tow

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Obscure plays fail to draw audience Ellyn Snider Arts and Entertainment Editor When someone says “Jabberwock,” the mind may jump to the monster by Lewis Carroll or the iconic masked dance crew. However, it is probable that many students at Spanish River would not recognize the 1972 World War-era stage play. Nonetheless, the title will be plastered around school come fall to advertise for the upcoming school play. Spanish River has traditionally put on what some students consider to be obscure productions. Mentions of the recent Guys and Dolls, A Streetcar Named Desire and Sweet Charity were often met with blank stares and confused gazes from students outside the Drama Department or world of theater. The lack of knowledge about these plays may have led to a lack of excitement and poor audience turnout. “I didn’t know about a lot of the plays,” senior Sierra Cardenas said. “I had heard about Guys and Dolls and a Streetcar Named Desire before, but I didn’t see them. Maybe I would if they

were more well-known plays like Grease.” Some students attend the plays primarily to support friends.Senior Sofia Soto Sugar attended Sweet Charity because two of her good friends had lead roles. Despite enjoying seeing her classmates on stage, Sugar could not focus on the plot. “I would’ve definitely enjoyed a more modern production,” Sugar said. River Drama Officers help choose the school plays each year, but they have minimal say. “Mr. [Rocco] D’attolico ultimately picks our shows,” Quartermaster Zoe Hammond said. “In the end, it’s his decision.” “There’s a lot to consider when choosing a school play,” Drama Department Head Rocco D’attolico said. “Plays are expensive - you have to consider techinical issues and safety concerns, not to mention cost.” In order to produce a play, the Drama Club must purchase a licensing agreement. The better known and successful a play is, the more expensive the licensing agreement, and it becomes difficult to raise money when the plays are not bringing in a large audience.

Photo Courtesy of Mike Lillie

Mike Lillie’s Ceramics I class designs their own bowls.

Ceramics classes ignite artistic expression Nina van Maanen Arts and Entertainment Editor

Art by Ellyn Snider

Shark Style: dino braid an inside-out french braid

top bun

chic ballerina updo



a colorful spin on ombre

Art by Ellyn Snider

With about 40 kids to a class, Ceramics I is a place for both the Michelangelo and the average Joe of pottery sculpting. Taught by Mike Lillie, head of Spanish River’s Art Department, Ceramics allows students to be equals in learning since many of them do not have a pottery background. Projects range from creating a whistle as a beginner to a “marble drop” in the more advanced Ceramics II class, allowing students to express their creativity. Lillie has been teaching at Spanish River for about 25 years and tries to give his students the opportunity to express themselves through their work. “I like for their work to be a reflection of themselves and for them to explore new ideas,” Lillie said. Lillie has his students working with clay, slab rulers and potter’s wheels. There are three different types of kilns (the ovens in which clay gets glazed): the electric kiln, the gasfired kiln and pit firing, in which Lillie has his students place sawdust and garbage in a hole or garbage can along with the clay and then ignites it for glazing. The only major setback of ceramics class is that it is difficult to find distributors to provide the clay, which makes shipping different types of clay expensive. One of the most intricate glazing techniques comes from the ash-fired kiln. Lillie uses rake, an old Japanese firing technique, in which the kiln reaches 1800 degrees and the clay is taken out at its highest temperature to experience flash cooling. Lillie has his more advanced classes working on projects such as the “marble drop”, in which students must combine pottery and physics to create a roller coaster of sorts for a marble to be placed on and not stop until it reaches they clay cup at the bottom. Lillie enjoys ceramics for the transformation that results from making a “lump” into an ornate sculpture. “Your best friend is the sponge,” senior Emerson Dresser, who took Ceramics I, said. What Dresser enjoyed the most about taking this class his junior year was seeing all the possibilities available to a person with the use of clay. From using a sponge to wet the clay to using a recycled bag of oranges to create texture, students are provided with different options making unique pieces of art. Along with ceramics, Lillie teaches AP Studio Art: 3D to three students. In this class students use materials such as wood, wire, metal and even glass. Students get to use more advanced tools, including saws, torches, and drills. Pieces in this class can take up to a month to complete, yet students work on many pieces at a time in order to complete 20 by the end of the year. “Right now I’m working on a tree made out of wire,”senior Alyssa Camareno said. “It is very challenging as well as messy, but the wire is great and a unique way to show forms.” Camareno, who finds inspiration everywhere, embraces the self-expression that the class allows and the use of so many materials. “There are so many great mediums out there and we get to experiment with them almost every day,” Camareno said. “Art is a part of my life.”


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River’s football team ready for a new start Sharks take the field with hope for success Jeremy Freiman Staff Reporter

Romer. Players were anxious to start the season off with a winning record. Unfortunately, it is not the case as A new head coach and the loss Spanish River has a record of 0-4. of many graduating seniors has the Though the losses are painful, the Spanish River varsity football team in team is confident that they can use the midst of a radical transformation their mistakes to help them shape for the 2012 season. The team has their practices and future game a goal to improve their record this plans. season, and the 47 students that “Tough losses may hurt morale and make up the team are proud to have support, we can dissect our mistakes the opportunity to play for River. and correct them,” said coach Rod “This season looks great, plenty of Payne. “Friends and acquaintances new faces that all want to strive for come and go, but a brother is born one goal- to have a successful season,” in adversity. The adversity that these said junior William Tillman. young men go through will bond The team will stop at nothing to them together forever.” reach this goal, practicing every day The team hopes that students for at last three will come out to hours. support the team “Some days are as often as they more physical, can. Admission to however the home games is only other days are five dollars at the more mentally gate and detailed exhausting,” said information can Tillman. “Running be found at http:// out on that field www.riverfootball. every Friday, com. representing your “Students school, that’s what should come out to motivates us.” support their peers Photo By Jeremy Freiman One former Shark that are sacrificing superstar will not be With desire for a greater attendance their personal time taking the field this of Shark fans, the team hopes to to make a name year. Reggie Love, improve their homefield advantage. for the school,” said River’s wide receiver Tillman. last year, will be playing this fall for River students know they always the University of Wisconsin Badgers. have the option to enjoy their Friday Though Love is gone, the team nights at the Spanish River football believes they have what it takes to field. Some students consider football perfect their offense this year. games part of their weekly schedule. “We’re really going with the run “It was really fun,” said freshman game this year, last year we were more Aisling Maradie. “It was a great time of a pass-based team,” said junior Ben to spend with my friends. “


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Despite a slow start, the Sharks hope to build on the losses to improve their record.

Rothman awarded Coach of the Year by FHSAA

Cross-country coach recieves award after 30 years with the program Stephanie Green Staff Reporter

This past year, the Florida High School Athletic Association named cross country and girls track and field coach Rick Rothman “Coach of the Year.” Rothman has been at Spanish River for 30 years and has served as cross country coach for 23. Rothman has watched his team improve daily and could not be more proud of this award. “When I found out I won this award, I started crying,” Rothman said. The Coach of the Year title only brings more success to the other accomplishments he has achieved in the past. For example, Rothman held the positions of Florida Athletic Coaches Association Cross Country Chairman and Team USA Track and

Field Certificate Official. He has also been a sports motivational speaker. In the past, the girls cross country teams coached by Rothman have won nine regional championships and seven county titles, and won 15 consecutive district titles from 1989-2004. His teams have won over 250 meets and, on average, win eight out of every ten. Rothman’s success is not limited to coaching Olympic teams in both 1992 and 1996. In 1996, he took the opportunity to serve as a member of the sports information staff for the Atlanta committee for the Olympic games. On top of that, he has won a total of 88 Coach of the Year awards and is officially a member of the FACA Hall of Fame and the Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame - but Rothman assures that coaching is his favorite activity.



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Allwardt rewarded for outstanding athletics


Junior’s athletic prowess results in a shorter school day Josh Benrubi Sports Editor Many students who attend Spanish River High School are aware of, and eventually long for, the opportunity to leave school one period early – a benefit deemed “senior privilege.” In an unusual situation, there can also be an “athletic privilege.” Junior and Varsity Tennis player Tate Allwardt has just that. Allwardt has the luxury of only attending five class periods a day, which results in more time to train and practice his tennis skills. Allwardt was given this opportunity because he was recognized as “a good contributor to Shark Athletics.”

said. “I never thought I would have the time to go practice right after school and do fitness after that.” Allwardt has played on the varsity tennis team since he stepped on the court freshman year. He has made his mark on the team at River, and his ability is well regarded by his teammates. Aaron Kupin, senior tennis team member, recognizes Allwardt’s drive to make tennis his top priority. “He [Allwardt] has always fought as hard as possible in his matches and sacrifices his leisure time with his friends to train on the tennis court,” Kupin said.

Allwardt has plenty of experience in tennis, as he has been playing for the majority of his life. Allwardt began playing tennis at the age of six in Chicago. He was home schooled for the beginning of his educational career until he moved

Allwardt is honored to have the title and thinks that having a shorter school day will give him a competitive edge. “Having only five classes a day gives me the opportunity to manage my time in an easier manner,” Allwardt

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to Florida at age 11, when he enrolled at Pine Crest School. When it came time to attend high school at River, Allwardt was at the top of his game. He currently sits at the number two spot in the state of Florida, and he came in third in a national tournament in Michigan. Allwardt is nationally recognized for these rankings, and recently earned a sponsorship from the widely popular Wilson tennis company. Advantages come with these sponsorships, including free shoes and rackets. Allwardt just added another sponsor to the list - clothing store Athletic DNA. As Allwardt approaches his third year on the Shark tennis squad, he hopes to spend some of his extra time with his family. “I am so thankful that I get to come home and spend time with my mom and both my siblings,” Allwardt said. “Even one hour I get to spend with them means a lot to me”. The future looks promising for the young tennis star, and he hopes to attend the University of Michigan. “I would definitely want to play tennis there but something I would also like to pursue is possibly a career in law,” Allwardt said. Allwardt has a clear advantage with his new extra time, and he hopes to now take his skills to the next level.

cross country

The Girls’ Cross Country team placed first at the Spanish River Invitational cross-country meet at South County Regional Park. Ellyn Snider, 12, took first, breaking 20 minutes in a 5K.

golf Boys’ Golf won against

Atlantic 260-198 on 9/20. Girls were just shy of a win the same day. Skye Kogan, 12, won a medal.


Spanish River’s Girls’ Volleyball team defeated American Heritage 9/24, with senior Brooke Mesner leading the team with 14 digs and 11 kills. Photo courtesy Tate Allwardt

River athletes tuned into their favorite Olympians this August at the London Olympics. And who knows, maybe one of them will compete at Rio 2016! TENNIS






“He is so humble regardless of the result.”

“Lochte was an underdog - I was rooting for him. He stood up and took advantage of the opportunity.”




“I want to be a better player by learning from her.”

“She was the gymanstics gold medalist for floor in London.”



works hard and he is determined.”

Photos by Xia Hernandez Graphic by Ilana Weisman

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