Galleon issue 2 2012

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In This Issue: News 1, 3 Op/Ed 6, 7 Features 8, 9 Feature Focus 10, 11 Student Life 12, 13 Arts & Entertainment 14, 15 Sports 17, 18, 20

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Volume Volume29 X Issue 2 1 of Spanish River Community High School’s award-winning student-run newspaper • November September 2012 •

Hurricane warning calls off school events Whitney Sha News Editor Students all throughout Palm Beach County received the same phone call on the evening of Wednesday, October 24: school would end three hours early on Thursday and was canceled altogether on Friday. High

winds from Hurricane (now Superstorm) Sandy were to blame. Because of the weather conditions, extracurricular activities were all canceled from Thursday to Saturday. The varsity football game and cross-country championships were both moved from Friday, October 26 to Monday, October 29. Other athletic events were also

rescheduled or canceled, inconveniencing many coaches and players. “The football team now has to play both Monday and Friday of the same week, which asks players to go above and beyond physically,” Athletic Director Kevin McEnroe said. “Professionals don’t even do that.” Although South Florida

received the expected rain and high-speed winds, some students consider the school cancellations overblown. “It’s a stereotype that South Florida is always heavily affected whenever there’s a hurricane, but Sandy wasn’t that big of a PHOTO COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL HURRIdeal,” senior Isabella Bloch- CANE CENTER tein said. “It’s affected the The main “cone” of the superstorm missed South Florida on Northeast more.” its way to the Northeast.

District provides free breakfast to students Brooke Levy Staff Reporter


Seniors Graham Howe (far left) investigates the scene of a fender bender on Jog Road, across from the entrance to the student parking lot. His car was rear-ended.

Obstacle course

Student parking lot plagued by accidents Xia Hernandez Staff Reporter Thirteen car accidents have occurred in or near the student parking lot during the first nine weeks of school, and accidents continue to happen at the rate of two per week. Senior Graham Howe was recently involved in a minor car accident on Jog Road outside the entrance of the student lot. His car was rearended. “I stopped at the red light and someone had run into me,” Howe said. “But my car didn’t sustain too much damage, so it wasn’t a big deal.” Inside the parking lot, many

car problems can be traced back to parking. According to school police officer Don Thrasher, parking spaces in the student lot have not been redrawn since the school was built in the 1980s. These spaces are now too cramped for cars of this era. In a high-traffic area such as the student lot, students should treat parking with more care. Many accidents occur when drivers attempt to pull into tight spots and end up hitting the cars on either side. “If there is no room in a spot, leave!” Thrasher said. “Parking is a privilege, not a right. You have to maintain the proper precautions.”

Students who arrive in the parking lot late have particular difficulty parking because most spaces close to the school are already occupied. Senior Ben Mogul typically arrives at school late, during second period. He has taken to parking in the back of the lot, where there are more empty spaces. “I just park in five spaces,” Mogul said. “I can fit [in the spaces], and I like it.” In the second quarter, Thrasher will crack down on drivers who park in the student lot without a parking decal. He will issue a warning for a driver’s first offense, but will tow the vehicle after repeated offenses.

In a perfect world, all students would start their day with a healthy breakfast. “Breakfast is one of the most important meals,” Assistant Principal Ira Sollod said. “It gives students energy and keeps them awake throughout the day.” The reality is that high school students wake up extremely early in the morning and rush to get ready for school, usually without enough time for breakfast. Once students are at school, their options are limited to snacks at the Shark Shop or breakfast in the cafeteria. Many students decide to save their money and forgo breakfast. But as of October 1, 2012, Palm Beach County schools have been serving students free breakfast, which was previously sold for $1. The school district is hoping that students will perform better in classes because of the new

“Power Up With Breakfast” campaign. Studies from the American Academy of Pediatrics show that a well-fed student is better behaved, concentrates better in class, and has fewer visits to the nurse’s office. The cafeteria now serves breakfast to students between 7:00 and 7:30 AM. Students can choose from a variety of entrees including bagels, cereal and breakfast burritos. Along with their main dish, students can also choose a fruit juice or milk. According to the school district, this state-funded breakfast program does not use general revenue education dollars. Thus, the program does not affect the school district’s budget, nor will it affect the amount money used for teaching. Now that breakfast is free, students are more willing to eat it at school. “I didn’t used to eat breakfast in the morning,” junior Max Lennon said. “But now I eat it every day.”


A typical breakfast includes an entree and a beverage (such as this breakfast sandwich and chocolate milk). Disclaimer: the opinions presented in this issue are not representative of The Galleon staff or adviser, only the authors to whom they are attributed.


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Notes from the Back Room

Hey, you know what it is — blue and red and blue and red and blue and red and blue and red. At least that’s how everything has seemed since this summer, which marked the beginning of a countrywide political craze. Thankfully, these partisan tensions should cool off in the next few weeks, because election day is here! The Galleon gives you a final word on all things presidential before America makes it’s decision. If politics aren’t your thing, have no fear — this issue is full of plenty else. Check out our discussion of River’s toughest sports, join the heated debate on marijuana legalization, and find out what other Boca teens think of our school. Read on.

Your Galleon Editors, Caroline, Ilana, Whitney, and Josh

Letter to the Editors

OMG, that Instagram article was so good. It had me LOLing because it was so funny. It was different, and it’s not really school related — I love it. But they don’t even have that many followers — Lebron James has more following him than all of those kids combined. — James S.

Important Bulletins Text REDCROSS to 90999 to donate $10 to the Red Cross Disaster Relief efforts, which include crisis response in Manhattan after Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. Habitat for Humanity builds will take place on November 10th and December 15th. If you’re interested in earning community service hours and helping out, see Ms. Lipscomb.

All we do is win

Model United Nations scored three first place wins and second best large school at UCF in October.

Take a look at River’s accomplishments in the first quarter of school.

The Silver Sound Band claimed five Superior awards at the Striking Cobra Invitational.

Color Guard took Best in Class at the John I. Leonard High School Lancer Jamboree. Photos courtesy of Deborah Posner and Alex marques

No makeup days for Hurricane Sandy No more insane campaign commericals

Too much testing Freezing classrooms! SAT/ACT season has begun with full force

“In t h e click”


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Florida State Representative Irv Slosberg speaks to an assembly of Spanish River students. Slosberg was the father of Dori Slosberg, who had not worn her seat belt when she died in a car accident.

Safe driving advocates talk seat belts, texting while driving Lauren Villanueva Staff Reporter “Those two-thirds of a second are the ones that can save your life,” Safety Project Development manager Gilbert Soles said to a room of Spanish River students. Soles and other speakers, part of an “In the Click” event sponsored by the Dori Slosberg Foundation, visited campus on October 18 to warn teens about the dangers of texting and driving. “I wish someone would’ve said something,” Emily Slosberg said about the accident that killed her sister Dori along with five other passengers. Slosberg was one of nine passengers crammed into a Honda Civic with a distracted driver behind the wheel. When the driver lost control of the car, the passengers not wearing seatbelts were thrown from the car. Unfortunately, only two teenagers were wearing their seat belts. The driver is currently serving fifteen years in jail. Last year alone, Palm Beach County sheriffs reported

144 cases of distracted driving, 117 of which were fatal. Vehicular manslaughter carries a serving time of up to thirty years. “You’re teenagers; you’re going to make that bad choice [to text and drive],” Lieutenant Michael Reardon from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said. “Now I show up and it’s your biggest nightmare.” When Lieutenant Tim Frith from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is called to the scene of an accident, he most often hears the excuse “I didn’t see the other car.” Distracted driving and use of alcohol and drugs behind the wheel are reasons that the Florida legislature wants to raise the legal driving age from sixteen to eighteen. “We examine the physical evidence and statements from witnesses, and then turn the case over to a lawyer,” Frith said. “The lawyers will take your college fund and your parents’ retirement fund. That one bad decision affects you for the rest of your life.”

In our last issue, readers were introduced to new teachers and learned how to navigate the school’s changed room numbers. What about safety getting to and from school, though? After a conversation with principal William Latson, The Galleon compiled this how-to guide for school safety.

If you are still on campus and cannot find Mr. Sollod, go to the Community School Office on campus (next to the main office). Todd Bolar manages the office until 10:00 PM. Additionally, psychology teacher Stuart Klager patrols campus until 7:00 PM, when most school activities have ended.

If you arrive late to school, go to Suite A for a pass to class. If the student parking lot is closed, park temporarily in the teacher parking lot. Most accidents happen when students fail to follow safety procedures.

“Safety is mostly common sense,” Principal If you need to leave cam- William Latson said. “We If you miss your bus, pus during school hours, trust that students to you should find Assistant you must obtain a blue have good judgment. Principal Ira Sollod, River’s pass from Suite A. Suite They know what they are transport coordinator. A will then call for an as- and aren’t supposed to Sollod oversees the bus sistant principal to open be doing.” loop until all buses have the campus gates, which departed. are usually closed during school hours. COMPILED BY WHITNEY SHA


Guest speakers everywhere! Spanish students heard Holocaust accounts, and seniors in Matthew Marks’s three AP U.S. Government classes registered to vote on October 4 with the help of volunteers from the Florida League of Women Voters.

Holocaust survivor Gabriel Groszman spoke Jean Edelman explains the registration proto Dr. Monica Friedmann’s AP Spanish Lan- cess to students. Both volunteers later passed guage class, describing a war-torn Europe. out forms to help students either register or pre-register. PHOTOS BY XIA HERNANDEZ

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

The Galleon is a public forum. The Galleon is a member of the Quill and Scroll Honorary Society for High School Journalists, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, and the National Scholastic Press Association.



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What River thinks... “Legalize it.”

“More than any other reason, marijuana should be legalized to replace cigarettes. T hat would mean a lessened death toll and higher tax revenue to benefit highways and schools.” -Renzo Mayorga, 12

“[Legalization] would boost the economy and create new jobs in this country. T here would be a legal market for growing and selling marijuana.” -Anonymous


Student Contributor I think that marijuana should be legalized because whether or not people admit it, there will always be a way to get it. Let’s face it - marijuana users aren’t going to back down just because it’s illegal. Every time a person is arrested for possession of marijuana, it makes justice more expensive, and more than 750,000 individuals are arrested every year. Many people think marijuana is a harmful substance, but in reality, it’s not. It has been established scientifically that it’s not life-threatening at all for humans. Marijuana is also not as addictive as substances like alcohol and tobacco. When people buy marijuana, they don’t really think about where the money is actually going. People on the streets may


Student Contributor

“Honestly, there is nothing wrong with marijuana. Many people take part in smoking, and they don’t suffer severe consequences.” -Anonymous

The number one rumor about marijuana is that it’s bad for you and can kill you— schools, teachers and parents tell this to children to keep them away from it. Marijuana hasn’t actually harmed anyone in any way, shape or form. An enormous number of teenagers use marijuana. In my opinion, that’s because adolescents tend to do things they’re banned from

buy marijuana from people who are dangerous or gang-affiliated, but if marijuana were legalized, all that money would be going to the government rather than to gangs. I think the fact that marijuana is illegal makes people, teens especially, eager to go out and abuse the drug. If marijuana were legal, it wouldn’t be as big of a deal as it is today. Everyone has this crazy idea that marijuana will be eliminated, but it is already decriminalized in states including California, New York, and Oregon - plus ten more. From a student’s point of view, marijuana should be legalized because everyone knows that no matter who you are or what age you may be, you’ll find a way to get marijuana. Isntead of teens going out and getting in trouble for trying to find marijuana, it should be open to the public. So to wrap up? It would be a very smart idea to legalize marijuana. doing. Reverse psychology plays a huge role in this. If weed were legalized, the number of users and the amount used would surely go down. The only time using marijuana should be considered unlawful is if used during a job or while driving. It should only be illegal if the amount used interferes with daily activity. The use of marijuana will continue to increase if it’s not legalized. Legalization of weed is a solution that prevents complications.


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...about marijuana. “Keep it criminal.”

Caroline Posner Editor-in-Chief

I don’t smoke marijuana — it’s illegal and bad for you — but like most teenagers, I know more than a few people who do. Accordingly, I’ve heard pro-legalization arguments, and from some incredibly intelligent students. Yes, people will smoke whether or not it’s decriminalized, and yes, the government-sponsored sale of weed would raise federal revenue. So would eating children (Google search “A Modest Proposal”) but that doesn’t make it a good idea. Though the criminalization of marijuana seems pointless to stoned teens worldwide, there’s actually a reason for the law: marijuana not only makes kids the nation over act stupidly, crash cars and waste countless hours, it’s implicated in causing mental illness, permanently impairing brain function and lowering IQs. And though I won’t claim that my pot-enthusiast peers abuse other substances — many smokers don’t — we do know that marijuana is a gateway drug. So what changes would this drug culture see if legalization were a reality? Studies tell us that decriminalization would mean a 50% increase in the population of smokers. Marijuana-related charges are currently responsible for the conviction of many offenders whose crimes reach far

beyond casual drug abuse, but legalization could help serious criminals avoid arrest. For those internationally aware optimists who think legalization would stamp out Mexican drug cartels, I certainly appreciate your global consciousness — but you’re wrong. Almost half of their income is based on the sale of drugs the likes of meth, cocaine, and heroin, and there’s certainly no argument strong enough to warrant legalizing those lethal substances. There’s another side to the issue that most legalization advocates miss: what happens to those currently involved in illegal drug sales? It’s easy to hope that young dealers grow out of their illicit occupation, but the many adults whose income is based on the marijuana market would find themselves unemployed. Rather than find jobs in the legalized business, or jobs at all, that population of uneducated and inexperienced criminals would likely end up in another form of criminal activity, and that really doesn’t help anyone. There’s no stopping every student from going ahead with illegal ventures in drug abuse; marijuana is clearly a cultural phenomenon. But don’t argue that legalization would be good for our country, because logic proves that crime and accidents — plus a fair share of stupidity — would be guaranteed to ensue.

“Legalizing marijuana is basically saying it’s okay to do drugs because many kids smoke and then get into other drugs. Programs like Just Say No wouldn’t be effective anymore.” -Sugeily Mercado, 12

“Smoking marijuana endangers lives. Driving while high is a real threat to teenagers’ safety.” -Jennifer Rose, 12

“Young teenagers might say that it doesn’t [cause health problems], but it kills brain cells and you don’t see the impact until you’re an adult.” -Marco Escobar, 12

Disclaimer: the opinions presented in this issue are not representative of the Galleon staff or its adviser, only the authors to whom they are attributed.


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O P / E D

you have no idea Caroline Posner on having issues I get really defensive when people stereotype therapists, and it’s probably because I’ve had three psychologists to date — a pretty bold declaration for a high school newspaper editor. My whole life, I’ve been told it’s taboo and uncomfortable and inappropriate to talk about my anxiety. But I’m going to talk about it, and write about it, and act like it’s totally normal — because it is. I have issues, and so does everyone else. Okay, maybe not everyone, but a greater fraction of teens are suffering from anxiety disorders than ever before: one in four adolescents face that diagnosis. Emotional issues come in pretty much every shape and size— general anxiety, social anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder, not to mention the wholly separate illnesses that are depression and bipolar disorder. I personally don’t fit a certain diagnosis. Rather, I have a peculiar set of phobias that evoke symptomatic reactions. The story starts in kindergarten. During an elementary school assembly, our principal shared an anecdote with the now-obvious purpose of scaring us away from drugs. He told the story of an exceptional athlete whose doping habits led him to a sudden death by 108-degree fever. That was the day I found out I was terrified of health problems. Six-year-old me, a perfectly healthy, non-steroidabusing child, suddenly took on the symptoms of an overdose vic-

tim— or so I imagined. I ran out of the assembly sobbing, hyperventilating, and insisting that my teachers call an ambulance because I was about to die. Things continued to get worse. I had pretty much the same reaction in third grade to reading about a heart attack victim, and studying Ebola in ninth. I also do the same thing on airplanes. And at sleepovers. And at camp. And occasionally I have a panic attack during class, which is superinconvenient during a final exam. Cognitive behavioral therapy– the totally typical, really not-as-weirdas-it-sounds treatment plan– is helpful, though fighting anxiety is absolutely exhausting. Still, it beats letting my issues go unchecked, and I’m a firm believer that no one should have to suffer silently. My point isn’t to make anyone pity me— my situation’s not bad at all. But it is aggravating that in a society so impacted by mental health issues, anxiety continues to carry a shameful stigma. I have plenty of friends who admitted shyly that they had been through therapy only after I revealed my own history with psychologists. Maybe sharing our stories will help make anxiety a more widely accepted issue in high school conversation. I’m certainly the first to laugh at my own oddities, because I know that I’m not dealing with these problems alone. I just hope that the other three-quarters of teens can realize that, too.

bservations by Whitney Sha

“THE NUMBER OF POLITICAL ENTHUSIASTS IS TOO HIGH” In our last issue, staff member Josh ranted about working side by side with three neurotic overachievers. As long as we’re on the subject of disgruntled editors, I’ll pitch in. Sitting by and talking to and socially networking with an endless sea of political enthusiasts is, frankly, exasperating. If I had a dime for every friend who began working on a political campaign this summer, I could buy enough dramatic 30-second TV ads to win over Palm Beach County. And it only got worse once school started and the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, not to mention the presidential debates, were broadcast on TV. Suddenly, everyone around me was an expert on the fine details of Obama’s healthcare plan and the state of affairs in the Middle East. Everyone was ready to go to blows over their oh-so-vocal opinions on income tax brackets and illegal immigration. The worst was the presidential debates. One night I watched, wideeyed, as my friends posted heated statuses - literally at the rate of one per minute, following the template “’The eighties called, they want their foreign policy back.’ LOVE THIS GUY!!! #preach #fourmoreyears #obama2012” - throughout the two-hour debate. How kind of you to watch and recap (live, no less!) the debate for me. That was the last straw. Let me set the record straight. I have nothing against strong po-

litical opinions or political action. Open discussion of the issues affecting us is what makes America a great democracy - lose the participation in self-government and we lose our most of our freedoms. But there is the matter of taste and just, well, not being obnoxious. Some of those who publicize and picket and campaign are genuinely enthusiastic about the upcoming election and believe that their candidate will improve Americans’ lives. Others have jumped on the bandwagon because being politically involved is the new “cool” thing to do. Why? Because it sounds intelligent? Because it makes them look civically responsible? Because it’s all their friends are talking about? It couldn’t matter less to me. Every time I hear another ten-student “look-at-howwell-versed-I-am-in-current-events” session disguised as a political argument, I grind my teeth and tell myself to remain calm. Maybe this madness will end after Election Day. But in the meantime, if I were to broadcast my own ad throughout Spanish River, it would sound a little like this: Friends, Sharks, countrymen, you don’t have to be fanatical about the upcoming presidential election to be an decent, honorable, socially responsible person. It’s okay not to have a fully-formed opinion on every political issue, and if you don’t, you really don’t have to pretend that you do. Peace and Quiet - now that’d be a campaign I’d work for.

Letters from the man Cave Josh benrubi laments life during election season If you have gotten to this page with the expectations of a heavily worded political editorial, mine is not as bad as you think. If this entire election process bores you, you are not alone. I have felt that way for 16 years up until now. After pretty much being unable to remove myself from the whole election craze, I have found out that I should indulge myself while this madness only occurs every four years. This is the last election before I am able to vote, and I am glad that I do not have to vote as of now anyways. As polls show, Americans are not the only ones who believe that this election will be a close race. To me, this election is not about which candidate

is better, it is about who is worse. I feel like I learned a little bit more about the entire process after the recent debate here at our very own Lynn University. It presented our city of Boca Raton as not only the snowbird capital of the country, but it also put us in the national spot- light. This was not the Patriots coming to town to play the Dolphins, or the Lakers coming to play the Heat. These were the potential leaders of the Free World on a stage less than two miles down the street.

After watching the previous debates, I laughed at the attempt of these politicians to present themselves as “common people”. As the majority of the younger population watched the debate, most of them were not concerned with the actual content of the arguments, but were worried about the next Facebook status they would post to stir up some controversy. I came to the conclusion that neither candidate is right about anything, it is just about who will win over the voters. For most of us, we may feel that

the sides we take before we can even vote do not matter and are completely pointless. Truthfully, the preferences and sides chosen now are the foundation for decisions in the future. These presidents, contrary to popular belief, directly deal with OUR future. Legalization of marijuana should not be the issue that teens currently care about the most. If you take the approach that I did, maybe it will enlighten you to realize that even though you are in the middle of an election craze in which you are unable to vote, it is better to familiarize yourself now because you will be the one who decides your future. Art by Andrea Hoenigsberg


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Ramblings of time-tested lunatic The exhausted and enervated confessions of Ilana Weisman

Have you ever heard of the Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis, the theory of linguistic relativity? If you haven’t, don’t flip the page just yet. Hear me out. The theory basically says that words and language define culture and the way people see the world. A fairly straightforward example? “What color is the sky?” “The sky is blue.” If someone is never told that the sky is blue, then they may answer the question with white, red, orange - there’s no set response. The principle applies to societies; if a group has no word for green, grass would not be perceived as such. If it’s still not making sense, you’ll get this: time. In the Native American Hopi language, there are no definitive words about time; the concept is based off of natural cycles and tribal rituals. Time’s just not a big deal. But the English language? It has hundreds of words and phrases about time. On time, time is money, on the clock, to the minute, any second now - there are innumerable interval

idioms. As a result? We’re completely time obsessed. And being teenagers, stuck in a time gap between carefree childhood and mature adulthood? It’s terrible. In school, being tardy is a travesty worthy of interrupting class to walk to the office for a pass; at home, younger siblings aggressively fight bedtimes; in general, we’re over-scheduled, underfed, sleep deprived. (Fun fact: The Galleon staff annually includes a story somehow relating to sleep deprivation every year. Check out page 13 for this year’s.) And because of this weird fascination with timeliness, I can’t remember the last time I actually ate lunch or slept through a full night, and I see my friends running to participate in every activity possible in lieu of sleeping. My parents have had to sit me down and force me to eat this year; I’ve heard my peers share stories of being banned from computers until

they’ve slept or having their car keys confiscated only to be given back in exchange for staying home all night. I’m extremely tempted to blame society or the School Board for causing such time-related stress, but I know that’s not the case. We choose to join eighteen different clubs and three seasons worth of sports, we decide to load up on difficult classes and timeconsuming (there you go again!) jobs. But it’s not entirely our own faults, either. “The system,” for lack of a better term, makes us crazy competitive - and sometimes just crazy. Maybe that’s the reason we have so many time words we’re too crazy to have it any other way. We’re so used to being over-scheduled and time tested that we feel we need to be - always. Until we remedy or psychotic ways? My vote is to grab the nearest Oxford dictionary and start blacking out time words. So thank goodness for Daylight Savings - it’s come in the nick of time.

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Facebook groups help students stay connected River’s newest internet craze aids in homework, club organization Kelsey Spyker Features Editor It seems as if students are constantly on Facebook. Whether it is making a status, chatting with classmates or stalking their long lost elementary school friend, teens use Facebook around the clock. The latest trend to hit the popular site? Groups. There is a group for everything: clubs; grade levels; regular, honors and AP classes. Groups can be open, closed, or secret; most groups are closed, meaning that if users are not apart of the class or club, nothing in the group is visible. The club groups provide information for members to stay connected with current activities. “As president of National Business Honor Society, the Facebook group is my most reliable and convenient method for providing updates to the members for upcoming meetings and events,” senior Martin Aguinis said.

The grade level groups, freshmen, sophomore, junior, and senior classes, include a melting pot of posts. Classmates may ask essential questions or give helpful hints about homework or upcoming tests. Creators of the groups, also known as Admins, post updates on school activites and in some cases try to end the amount of complaints that arise from too many notifications in the group. When someone posts in a group, the members of that group are all informed of it through a notification. Normally, the red glow of a notification symbolizes a “like” or “comment” on a recent picture or status. “The purpose of the group is to be able to have a place where our grade can talk, give out information, and decide on certain things,” sophomore and creator of the group “SRHS CLASS OF 2015!!” Tiffany Eisner said. Recently, this particular group has turned into a place of homework assistance. “I find it helpful because it is a com-

mon place to contact as many people as you need when delivering information,” Eisner said. Different classes have also joined the new Facebook phenomenon. Senior Hobie Hunter is the creator of seven groups: Kunf Crew, AP Physics 2012-2013, AP Gov 2012-2013, Calc Study Group for Smart Kids Who are Inexplicably Bad at Math, AP Spanish, Stenner Students, and Spanish IV. “I saw a need to be filled, so I might as well have been the one to do it,” Hunter said. Teachers ask Hunter to post reminders, but he usually just posts Quizlets, online sets of flash cards. “In Spanish IV, I made Quizlets for every quiz,” Hunter said. “Once, I was college touring and didn’t make a Quizlet for a quiz. The grades were the lowest of the year.” Hunter added that “[Facebook groups] build camaraderie. We laugh together, we vent together, we complain together. We build a community.”

Aguinis is also a part of several academic groups and said “whenever anyone forgets to write down an assignment, or misses the class, they can get informed on the materials they should make up.” Teachers too see the value in Facebook groups. “I was excited that the students gathered on-line, when I found out about bout the site I began asking certain students to post reminders, due dates, and notes for absent students,” Academy Coordinator and former AP English Language and Composition teacher Deb Stenner said. Stenner thought that the groups contributed to her students’ success and were a great way to assist peers if one did not fully understand a concept. Aside from much-complained about “pesky notifications,” groups are an excellent way to stay on top of all things River.

Spotted in the spin room: taking on the Lynn Debate

River represented at the Boca-held Third Presidential Debate Ilana Weisman Editor-in-Chief Had you turned on any news station on October 22 around 8:50, you would’ve heard one Bob Schieffer say something along the lines of “There are about 3,500 hundred members of the media about a hundred feet from here in the gymnasium, and they need to be fed.” Four of those media members? Me, representing The Galleon; Sarah Darwiche and Ross Toback, representing Tiburon; and Constitutional Law teacher Mike Bartholomew, coordinating everything. We were C-SPAN student journalists, serving as “eyes and ears” for the network before, during and after the debate. I created a Twitter account that was linked to C-SPAN’s debate coverage– @RiverHSElection, in case you were wondering– and geared up on electronic devices. We also knew that our privilege of attending the debate was extraordinarily unusual and equally incredible— Ross, Sarah and I were even interviewed by a local news station at my house (organized two hours before filming, naturally), during which our interviewer noted that he had to stand outside Lynn during the debate until gates opened to local media after midnight. After that TV spot? The excitement really began. Our final plan for debate night was finalized on the debate day itself. Somehow, we ended up in line at Town Center Mall waiting for a bus to drive over to Lynn... for two hours. Once we finally ended up at the debate, we were handed our all-access media passes and the fun

began. We walked around campus through various security checks and access-pass only areas and headed into the spin room, a giant floor for media and press. On top of desks for the Times and Post and cubicles for networks like CNN and BBC, Senators Marco Rubio, John McCain and John Kerry were casually being interviewed mere feet away from us. The next part of our night led us to a student-filled viewing party on Lynn’s athletic fields, where we went around attempting to video-interview various students on their candidate of choice and political opinions. Then the debate began. We ended back in the spin room, watching journalists transcribe each word and factcheckers, well, check each fact. The process looked crazy and stressful. Once the debate ended, campaign officials and political office holders paraded out for interviews, at which time a mob of reporters swarmed to get the inside scoop on the debate proceedings. We thought we’d be conducting interviews as well, but the Commission on Presidential Debates decided to revoke our permission to do so at the last minute. That was quite the disappointment, but we stood on the sidelines and watched media in action. We even got yelled at by the Secret Service a few times. Seeing second debate moderator Candy Crowley was a personal highlight, too. So we didn’t get to speak with anyone “important” for more than a few seconds, and we only caught brief glimpses of the candidates, but the overall debate experience? Pretty darn cool.

Lynn was bursting with political energy all night, from the cafeteria to the spin room Photos by Jeremy Freiman, Ilana Weisman, and Sarah Darwiche

F E AT U R E S Pretty, rich, & popular Quirky Boca teens share their stereotypes of the Spanish River student body Spanish River

What West Boca thinks we do

What Boca High thinks we do

What Olympic Heights thinks we do

What we think we do

What Saint Andrews thinks we do

What we actually do

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Lindsay Mangines Features Editor If students at Spanish River were asked to give their opinion about this school, one could expect a variety of responses. However, most River students would probably concur that Spanish River is a great school academically and socially. But how do high school students from other high schools view Spanish River? Recently, The Galleon surveyed a number of high school students from other schools in and around Boca Raton to assess the general reputation of Spanish River. Overall, Spanish River has a good reputation among students at other high schools in Boca Raton. “I think Spanish River is a great school from what I’ve heard,” said West Boca Raton High School sophomore Raquel Dunn. “Everyone has such school spirit from the pictures I’ve seen from Homecoming Week. That’s basically all I know without going to the school.” Dylan McClay, a junior at Olympic Heights who attended River as a freshman, shares this opinion. “I like it a lot more than the school I go to now,” he said. “It seems like everyone can be friends with everyone and there are not a lot of problems between people.” McClay also added that the girls are “better looking at Spanish River” than at Olympic Heights and “everyone drives really nice cars.” Academically, students from the other Boca schools tend to think that their schools are better. “Everyone is in AP classes and honors at Spanish River, even though our classes are harder and we are in regular,” said Saint Andrews sophomore Chloe Mcquiston-Lane. Boca High sophomore Emily Parker surmised “the academics at SRHS are getting better,” but she still believes “Boca High is stronger academically.” While most students commented that River students are nice people, there were also some mixed feelings

on this point. “I think it seems like a good school, but I also hear a lot of people complain about kids from Spanish River,” said Olympic Heights senior Kayla Klietsc. Some students were less flattering. When asked to describe students at River, “super ‘Boca-ish,’ like snobby,” was a response from one Boca High School student. Sophomore Max Sibner added “that while some students are stuck up,” there are also “a lot of really nice people as well.” When it comes to River’s athletic reputation, the comments were less than spectacular. River is “not that good at sports” Sibner said. Parker characterized River’s sports program as “horrible.” Pine Crest Fort Lauderdale students focused mainly on the social aspect of Spanish River. “Compared to PC, there’s more parties,” sophomore Sara Shmueli said. She also believes there is “less stress” on River students. One Suncoast High School sophomore, Matt Green, rated River’s academics as “better than most schools but not as good as Suncoast. He was decidedly prejudice about the aspects of River’s social life and academics. “It’s all rich girls who want to be Instagram or Tumblr famous,” Green said. There are clearly varying impressions of Spanish River, mostly based upon obvious stereotyping of its student body, sports teams, academics, parties, and cars. Tyler Suh, another Suncoast student, offers, perhaps, the broadest and insightful impression of Spanish River. “I don’t know much about Spanish River but I have heard from friends and news articles that it is a very academic and competitive school,” Suh said. “I have heard it is a school that is of the top 100 schools and that it has competitive varsity teams. I believe it is a school that is well acknowledged for its accolades and is a perfect fit for students that are well rounded.” Suh’s comments reveal some of the most positive attributes and the true character of Spanish River.

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teachers spice up class experience

room setting, and students tend to prefer a more casual atmosphere. Brooke Levy “When teachers are laid back and Staff Reporter relaxed in class, I feel less pressure Spanish River is full of quirky and I don’t psych myself out on test,” teachers who love to do things junior Jason Meikle said. Others have proven that music their own way. Whether the teacher is trying to entertain or create is a great way to engage students. a comfortable atmosphere, stu- Biotechnology teacher Mary Fish dents look forward to their class- and AP U.S. History teachers Bradley Daub and Aares taught on Lampman by unique love to break teachers. out into song And while during their t e a c h classes. Fish ers antics often dresses might seem up as Lady Gaga unusual at and performs times, many her songs for teachers act the students, the same while Daub way in their Photo by Caroline Posner and Lampclassrooms as they do AP U.S. History teacher Aaron Lampman man are always and in their brought his sense of humor — and an singing h o m e s . interesting costume — to class on Halloween. telling jokes in Examples include AP European their class. It is apparent to students History teacher Barbara Jones and that when teachers are genuinely AP Calculus teacher Kevin McEn- enjoying themselves, class is enjoyroe. Jones has been known to able as well. “Good teaching doesn’t have to be teach her class in bathrobes, slippers, and sweatshirts, and McEn- straight stand-up lecture, “Assistant roe walks around the classroom Principal Ira Sollod said. “There’s nothbarefoot. These classes feel much ing wrong with bringing humor into more informal than a typical class- the classroom.”


“It’s a great experience to work at the Shark Shop. It’s great helping out the PTSA,” sophomore DECA member Jackie Coleman said.

“The renovation helps us make the Shark Shop an even brighter and happier place than ever before,” Shark Shop volunteer Karen Feigenbaum said.


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Decision Time:

So you’ve spent all year being bombarded with confusing political information. And trust us - we get it. But the blank stares and empty minds stop here. We’ll lay out the election essentials. All you’ve got to do? Get out there and vote.

Campaign media annoys, but works Jamie Brecher Commentary November 6, 2012 marks a very important day. It is the day when the next leader of our country will be elected. More importantly, it is the day that all campaign ads will end. I am tired of hearing the constant battering of politicians during commercial breaks, presenting their falsely composed statements to get an edge over their opponent. It’s annoying. I get it already. You want me to vote for you. Why not tell me what you’re going to do and what you have done for this country or my state and not concentrate on the trivial choices made by your opponent?

Oh, you can, but you don’t. This is 2012. It’s clearly evident that as an informed U.S. citizen, you know who the two main presidential candidates are, what they stand for, and what they plan to do. However, if you don’t, the campaign ads wouldn’t help much. The only purpose they serve is to showcase eye-catching pieces of propaganda to change how the public votes. If you want to objectively view one of the candidates without any outside influence or commentary, you would have to go online and search for their policies and beliefs. Speaking of the Internet, social media is one of the biggest factors affecting the presidential election. It is

a fast way for spreading information, whether true or false. As an objective and unbiased writer, I’m not going to say who I think will win the election, but what I will tell you is that I happen to think the candidate with more social media outlets might have a slight advantage, especially with those who are frequent users of sites such as Twitter and Facebook. What I love most about Internet campaign ads? They aren’t as annoying as the television ads. I don’t have to sit there and watch them as I wait for my show to resume from the commercial break- though the ads on YouTube without a skip button are difficult to handle. However, they still get me to

glance at them, proving that they must work. The world of campaigns might never change. I can try all I want to escape those annoying commercials or Internet pop-ups, but they always seem to find me. If I do, I am still faced with the onslaught of campaign mail and the occasional group of supports on the corner of the street. The point is, media, especially television and the Internet, play an important role in political elections. So much that they annoy me. Oh well, I’ll just have to deal with them until election day.

In case you have questions... PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ECONOMIC: repeal tax cuts for incomes over $250,000 and implement stimulus spending SOCIAL: pro-choice, government sponsored healthcare, pro-gay marriage FOREIGN: cut military spending, end current wars

GOVERNOR MITT ROMNEY ECONOMIC: cut spending and remove government regulations on private sector SOCIAL: pro-life, voucher system healthcare, anti-gay marrige FOREIGN: mantain current military spending

Background Graphics By Ellyn Snider

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Students get active in political campaigns Lauren Villanueva Staff Reporter November is known for Thanksgiving, the start of cool weather and Black Friday shopping. But this year, November is all about the presidential election. Between slanderous advertisements, badgering phone calls and continuous media coverage, it is nearly impossible not to think about the election. For some students at River, it seems the election never leaves their minds. In preparation for the upcoming election, junior Gia Doxey has been supporting the Romney/Ryan campaign by volunteering at the Republican Party Call Center in West

Boca Raton and attending as many rallies as she can. Doxey, at sixteen, cannot vote, but that doesn’t stop her from participating in this issue of national politics. “All citizens must educate themselves and form their own opinions in order to later vote,” Doxey said. “We’re talking about the leader of the free world, people!” Also campaigning in this election, Maggie Niu, a senior, became involved when she was introduced to a field organizer for the Obama campaign, Organizing for America, at the end of her junior year. “My job requires that I work 15 hours a week for the campaign.” Niu said. “While it can get stressful, I thoroughly enjoy my job and making a real difference.”

But her political involvement does not stop there. When asked about plans for the future, Niu said she is planning on majoring in political science and having a career the specifically revolves around international relations. Another voter for this year’s election, senior Shar Siddiqui, also volunteers for Organizing for America. Siddiqui became involved since some of her friends started volunteering and it’s something she always wanted to do. Her part in the campaign is going around to people’s houses to help register them if they need. “My favorite memory from working in the campaign is seeing how thrilled old people are to see younger people working in politics.” Unlike Doxey, Niu and Siddiqui are

currently eighteen and will definitely be voting in the upcoming election. However, not all eligible students who can vote will be participating this year. “I’m not into politics and want to be informed before voting,” senior Anna Stolk said. “I want to form my own opinion rather than follow my parents.” However, even more students who are not yet 18 find ways to get involved. Through an assigned project in middle school, sophomore Kyle Zappitell started to follow politics and find his stance on issues - even if he is only a sophomore. “The way I look at it is, we will be voting in presidential elections eventually and we will be choosing who runs the United States.” Zappitell said. “That is a big deal!”

River by the Numbers: Election Style The Galleon surveyed over 300 Spanish River students and here’s what they said...

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u o y o d o h w , t o n if n e Ev t? support for presiden OBAMA






The secret high school lives of past presidents Alexis Dlugos Staff Reporter Although they may not admit it, many students have pictured themselves sitting in the Oval Office with the title of president one day. Still, many find this dream unachievable. How could a teenage student from Boca Raton, Florida become the future president? We all find it hard to believe that people of such high status were just like us teenagers going to school, hanging out with friends, playing the sports, and studying for upcoming tests. During thie time in college, Presidents George W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower, and Franklin D. Roosevelt were all cheerleaders for their school’s sports teams. George

Bush was captain of his baseball team at Yale University. In his late twenties, Gerald Ford modeled for Cosmopolitan and Look magazine. Warren Harding bought the Marion Star (a local newspaper) and appointed himself editor and publisher. As it is normal for a student to end up with a different career path then planned, Richard Nixon was first rejected from the FBI before eventually becoming our president. He later found out that he was actually hired, but at the last moment his interview was canceled due to recent budget cuts. For all of those bookworms out there, Harry S Truman read all of his public library’s books, including the encyclopedias, by the day of his high school graduation - a grand total of 2,000 books. Before there was Rosetta

Stone to help teach us, it was necessary to learn a language the old fashioned way like John Adams did, teaching himself how to speak and write Dutch. Barack Obama still continues to collect Spiderman and Conan the Barbarian comic books. James Buchanan had one eye near-sighted and the other farsighted. Due to his bad eye sight it was said that he always held his head in a permanent tilt to the left. William Clinton had a whole list of allergies, ranging from cat dander and mold to milk and beef. Not at all presidents were perfect; President Zachary Taylor, for instance, never voted for a president in his life. At age 15, Lyndon Johnson ran away from home and ended up in California. While in California he worked as a grape picker and a mechanic to sup-

port himself. John Adams went skinny dipping in the Potomac River every morning at five AM. While boxing with a military aide in the White House, Theodore Roosevelt permanently lost sight in one of his eyes. On Washington road, Ulysses S Grant received a speeding and a fine of $20 for speeding on his horse. James Madison and Thomas Jefferson were arrested together for taking a carriage ride in the country side of Vermont, equivalent to a student joyride. Franklin Pierce was arrested for running a woman over with his carriage, later the charges were dropped. All of these presidents were normal kids, teenagers, and young adults at one point too. Their path to presidency wasn’t picked out from birth. There were different career paths, and bumps along the way.



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School spirits: Homecoming goes under the influence Many of these parties were not school appropriate by any means. Students report engaging in sexual activities, drinking alcoholic beverWith Homecoming wrapping up ages and acting recklessly. Still, some after the Homecoming Dance on students believe that this careless October 6, many students spread behavior is welcome and appropriate. “Homecoming exceeded my their school spirit— partying off campus. But some of these get- expectations by far. I was able to hook togethers would were not the kind up with many different girls and I feel of celebration that administration like everyone had a good time except condones. Many students dab- for a girl that cried to get attention,” bled in drinking and drugs, clearly said an anonymous student who apparent from students’ alcohol- attended a party at a club in Delray. “Mostly it was the alcohol that induced hangovers the next day. Is the idea of “good clean fun” brought the life to the party,” an anoyreally just a thing of the past? It sure mous junior said. “Because nothing seems like it after the wild nights says ‘party’ quite like a red plastic cup.” According to partygoers, students many spent out on the town. Parties took place at nightclubs on Atlantic were creative with ways to illegally Avenue in Delray Beach, as well as at a sneak alcohol into various clubs in an few students’ houses. Some were all- attempt to evade authorities. “Since the club knew we were nighters, others ended close to two in under 21 they did not serve us the morning.

Eliana Landow Student Life Editor

alcoholic beverages but of course that didn’t stop some kids,” said another anonymous club attendee. “A lot of people had flasks that contained alcohol and brought them into the club. Before we even left for the club a few people had to be removed from the party bus because they were throwing up. I’m pretty sure a lot of people were vomiting in the bathrooms, too.” One student even passed out on the dance floor within the first fifteen minutes of the night. A guardian became involved before an ambulance was called, and the student was sent to the hospital. This case was not unique: many students reported intense levels of intoxication, and some are concerned that they experienced mild alcohol poisioning. According to the Centers for Disease Control, within this past year there have been 189,000

emergency room visits for youths under 21 related alcohol poisoning. Among high school students, 39% drank some amount of alcohol during the 30 days prior to the study. Thankfully, partygoers lived to make it back to school safely that Monday morning after their weekend recoveries. “Even though there was underage drinking…people were still responsible enough to make arrangements for a ride home via bus or limo and to my knowledge nobody drove under the influence,” said an anonymous student. High school is the time in life to experiment, but when experimenting with alcohol, the lives of oneself and their peers are at risk. Students must remember that consumption of alcolhol is illegal under the age of 21, and the threat of legal action— as well as injury or death— is still very real.

Have you met Sharkie? Lauren Villanueva and Alexis Dlugos Staff Reporters

Contrary to popular belief, Sharkie is portrayed by not one student but two. The Galleon recently sat down with these two students to better understand the inner workings of being a mascot. One student was perfectly fine answering as himself, while the other channeled his inner Sharky. The Galleon: When and where were you born? Man Behind the Mascot: December 16, 1996 in Puerto Rico. Sharkie: I was born in 1983 off the

coast of North Korea, but in order S: I’m actually missing a few toes... to escape the rule of Kim Jong Il, I TG: What are your hobbies swam to Boca Raton. besides pumping up the crowd at TG: How did you get to be the football games? MBM: I hang out with friends mascot? MBM: I applied last year, but never and family. got it. Then at the end of last year’s S: Besides being an avid season, I was offered the position for racquetball player, I fight crime and play the bagpipes. this year and I accepted. S: After trying out for America’s Got Talent, playing two flutes from each TG: What are your plans for the nostril, Spanish River recruited me future after you’ve retired as mascot? for my skills. MBM: Definitely go to college and TG: Other than playing the flute study to be a vet. with your nose, do you have any S: I hope to become president and find the cure for cancer. other odd characteristics? MBM: Well I’m crazy enough to go in the costume. art by Andrea Hoenigsberg

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Sleeping in class aggravates Pushing and PDA: Hallway Habits teachers, hurts students Come on now, get to class.

Rolling backpacks are light on the shoulders, but heavy in our hallways. Lovestruck students, we’re happy for you, but we promise you WILL be reunited after school. You might be eager to see your friends, but are the six minutes between class really the time for a bromantic embrace? Photos By Xia Hernandez

Lauren Villanueva Staff Reporter Symptoms include extreme yawning and inability to keep eyes open. It is a side effect of late nights finishing homework or projects that were assigned weeks ago. Sleep, or lack thereof, is an all-toofamiliar topic among Spanish River students. “I would fall asleep all the time in first period because the lesson was boring,” junior Conor Matthews said. But he does not attribute his drowsiness solely to long lectures. After admitting to some procrastination on his part, Matthews confessed his bed time to be around midnight, right after finishing homework for that day. “To wake me up in class, this girl poured water on me,” Matthews said. “I definitely woke up after that.” Comparable to Matthews is senior Jose Granados, whose lack of sleep causes him to snooze often in class. “I fall asleep in class due to sleep deprivation,” Granados said. He admits to falling asleep around one in the morning, leaving him roughly about five hours of sleep. “I fell asleep in Mr. Matthews’ class once and he slammed the ruler on the edge of my desk to wake me up,” Granados said. “I’ve also had tennis balls thrown at me once.”

Inalienable rights of sharks:

Students agree— flying objects are completely fine when directed at a sleeper. “It’s their class, their domain,” junior Christina Gault said. Although he does not throw objects at his students, AP Language and Composition teacher Nathan Hesse disapproves of sleeping students. “No sleeping in my class,” Hesse said. “When a student asks for my help, I don’t put my head down and ignore them. Students are always harping about receiving respect…I suppose it is a two way street.” Excuses for schooltime sleeping might work on occasion, but they do not address the long term consequences. “Of course grades suffer as a result,” Hesse said. “When reflecting on my lowest performing students, sleeping is as much to blame as poor attendance. The correlation is obvious: students must be in class and attentive if they want to succeed.”

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Adrian Ramos,10, and Alec Dickman, 10, take a nap in Spanish class.

River gets involved with the law Ashley Roth Student Life Editor Over the years, many students and teachers from Spanish River have chosen to take action with Florida government and stand up for their rights. Back in August of 2012, a student won a battle for campaign contribution rights. Florida law limits contributions from minors for political events to only $100, whereas citizens 18 years and older have the ability to contribute up to $500. The student, a seveteen year old, realized she was being denied the same rights as adults when she was unable to purchase a $150 ticket to a Palm Beach County Democratic Executive Committee dinner even though she was an active member of the committee itself. Her first step was to involve herself with the American Civil Liberties Union, a national organization that works in courts to defend the rights of individuals, where lawyer Randall Marshall filed a lawsuit against Palm Beach County State Attorney Michael McAuliffe and the members of the Florida Elections Commission. She emerged victori-

ous. Furthermore, there are many current lawsuits that have presented themselves in 2012. In previous years, it was routine that when the time came for voting registration, social studies teachers would distribute registration forms to seniors at River and return them to county election offices. This process was an efficient and effective way to register first time voters without the hassle. However, this school year when students were ready to register to vote they were stumped with the new voter-registration laws in Florida. This law was created to protect teachers from facing large fines for improper registrations and county election officials to regulate the process will now monitor that registration. “Unless a teacher gives kids the piece of paper, a lot of kids are not going to register,” senior Scott Shapiro said. “It’s another way to make it harder for young people to vote.” A study done by The New York Times supports this with the statement that this election year has 81,471 fewer voters registered than in 2008. Opposing views from other students, however, support the new laws which rule that if registra-

tion forms are not submitted within two days of completiion, teachers are at risk of fine and imprisonment. The previous law gave teachers a ten day slot in which the forms could be turned in. “I don’t think it’s malicious,” senior Samuel Jordan said. “We all know that Florida harbors voter fraud.” Social Studies department chair Brett Burkey has decided to continue to register his students regardless of the new legislation. “I’ve done this every year and I’m not going to let the legislature be an obstacle,” Burkey said. Art By Ellyn Snider


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A R T S & E N T E R TA I N M E N T

National Art Honor Society draws in creative, involved students Stephanie Green Staff Reporter National Art Honor Society (NAHS) may be Spanish River’s next hit club. Art teacher Katia Martinez came up with the idea to form the society last year along with then-juniors Skylar Persin, Elaine Han and Molly Ramsay. The girls created the group for students at River who enjoy creating artwork in their spare time. They meet twice a month and express themselves through their art. Once members pay dues, the only requirements left are academic. As long as members maintain a 2.5 grade point a v e r a g e

(GPA), have participated in an art class for a year and have received at least a “B” average in that art class, they are eligible to join the honor society. “Being part of this group should be based on artistic ability opposed to grades,” senior Persin said. “We just want members to have fun.” “GPA is not as important as the dedication that students are willing to contribute to their artwork,” senior Han said. National Art Honor Society is trying its best to host fundraisers at popular student “hangout” spots, including restaurants Tutti Frutti, Moe’s and Vinny’s. NAHS also sold snow cones at carnival lunch to raise

money. This money goes toward buying art supplies, which can become expensive. On October 27, the National Art Honor Society hosted an event at the Boca Raton Art Museum for Halloween. At this event underprivileged children were able to learn how to make and decorate trick-ortreat baskets. Aside from fundraising, NAHS works with various l o c a l charities to promote artistic c o m munit y involvement. T h e memb e r s w o r k with an organization called “Love Letters” a n d write letters to sick NAHS Students attend their second meeting. children Photo by Xia Hernandez in local hospi-

Rock the Vote: making politics sort-of, kind-of, a little bit cooler Caroline Posner Review There were a few lucky students who attended the final Presidential Debate at Lynn University, and then there were the rest of us. For those politically inclined kids across Boca Raton, there was no shortage of debate viewing parties— among them, Rock the Vote’s Neon Trees concert and debate screening event at Mizner Park. My initial response to news of the concert likely echoes many students’ question: Neon Trees is cool and all, but what does a concert have to do with politics? The idea makes sense when you take into account Rock the Vote’s mission. The organization aims to increase the political participation of young voters, a group that is consistently underrepresented in election turnout. Rock the Vote advertisements have been a flood of celebrity names tacked on to laughable slogans: “I’m voting because it makes my hands stronger for tweeting” was one such testament,

courtesy of the über-intellectual Miley Cyrus. Rock the Vote has staged a strong campaign centered on making politics young and cool, so inviting Neon Trees to perform in the debate’s host city of Boca Raton– a place rarely associated with the words young or cool– wasn’t a bad idea. In the name of investigative journalism, I snagged tickets to an “exclusive” viewing party in the Boca Art Museum, right next to the concert, and dragged along a friend. The party turned out to be a lot of middle-aged business owners and fancy free food, but the Rock the Vote concert looked like a mission well accomplished: a massive crowd, mainly composed of young adults, had turned out to see Neon Trees perform. The band didn’t start out singing, though. Introducing the concert was a Rock the Vote staffer who asked the musicians a variety of questions about their own political lives. Neon Trees offered some pretty good insight into the reality of politics for young people, and made a point of stating that the band members didn’t necessarily

agree on candidates, parties, and platforms— but they certainly agreed on the important of getting out to vote. The concert itself was underwhelming, and the lead singer’s dance moves were definitely bizarre, but the experience added the necessary excitement to a political event that is, as a general rule, rarely fun. I’ll be honest— I didn’t stay to watch the debate at Mizner, because I wanted to hear the candidates speak more than I wanted to listen to commentary from my fellow partygoers. And while a RomneyObama showdown might not be ideal as far as youth entertainment goes, I credit Rock the Vote with making it a little more young and cool. But only a little.

tals. The members also send artwork and visit elderly patients and the families of those who have recently passed away. “When someone passes, they do a beautiful thing where they decorate their door with butterflies and animals with wings,” said Martinez. Closer to home, National Art Honor Society has created a special new project for seniors and sports team faculty. Similar to painting a shark in the courtyard, students can decorate either a half or a whole ceiling tile. This ceiling tiles allow for more flexibility and creativity, rather than the uniform painted sharks. It costs $20 for half a tile and $40 for a full one. Students have a chance to choose where they would like to place their ceiling tile. Finally, in honor of the graduating class of 2013, the National Art Honor Society is putting together an array of different colored tassels and cords for the seniors to choose from. Seniors will wear these cords at graduation to signify that they are members of the club. Students interested in art, community involvement or trying out a new school activity can stop in at the next meeting to see what the NAHS is all about. Meetings take place on Thursdays and will be announced on WSRH beforehand.

Shark Style: Songs of the Month Shuffle

1. Die Young ke$ha

One More Night Maroon 5

3. Don’t You Worry Child Sweedish House Mafia

4. Gangnam Style PSY

5. I Knew You Were Trouble. Taylor Swift

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P.S. The Rock the Vote ads are hysterical, but there’s just too much cursing to publish the lines in our paper. Check out the campaign videos at

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A costume, a concert, and a cause:

River junior stages her own Halloween charity concert Ellyn Snider Review Instead of struggling with deciding what to do this Halloween weekend (because, let’s be honest, we’re in high school now and the neighbors would have looked at you funny if you tried trick-or-treating), students attended a concert put on by junior Catherine Vianale. Don’t worry, no one missed out on the fun of wearing a costume - actualy, dress-up was encouraged - but instead of walking aimlessly around the neighborhood, students listened to up-and-coming local bands including Minutes and Miles, Spanish River’s Burn Them at the Stakes, and Wanderlust. The concert took place on Saturday, October 27th at Solid Sound Studios, and started at roughly 5:30 PM for a crowd of about 80 people. This wasn’t the first show Vianale has put together, but the first she organized by herself. Although she insists that it was not a demanding project, Vianale single handedly booked the

venue, convinced seven different bands to perform, and advertised the concert through Facebook. Vianale also organized the sale of concessions to benefit the victims of Hurricane Isaac. “It’s easy,” Vianale said offhandedly. “I’ve learned from friends who’ve maneuvered the concert scene in the past, and I cannot believe how smoothly the pieces have fit together.” Vianale exudes an artsy, hipster (although she’d never admit it) vibe, as if putting on a concert is just part of her daily life. Another familiar face from Spanish River was present at this concert: former Spanish River student Ellert Toohey and his band. “There’s a lot of talent right here in Boca, and I’m humbled to have the opportunity to perfrom amongst it,” said Toohey. Other bands who performed include World’s Strongest Man, The Dead Legs, Basebourne, and Fero

Lux. If you missed this concert, keep an eye out for future events on Facebook, usually written true to Vianale’s spunky style. Tickets for the Halloween concert sold out quickly, so RSVP fast to avoid being the student stuck ringing doorbells on Halloween.

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50 Shades of Awkward Nina van Maanen Commentary

When do things truly become inappropriate? Is it when someone is showing more than they should, or whe couples in the ha n llway kiss each other as if they were eating th eir last meal on Earth? W hat if this inappropriate subj ect were easily concealedportable, easily hidden in a bag or behind a textbook rests in the hand in class? It s of teachers, students, and volu nteer parents alike, a shocking title now well known: 50 Shades of Grey. Written by author published in March E.L. James and 20 became quite a ph 12, 50 Shades enomenon, even at Spanish River. A mothers should di It is a book that scuss behind closed doors and that da ughters should be Photo Courtesy of Kris hi ding under their Allan Photography that when mentio mattresses. A title ned to boys evok the response, “Oh, es THAT book.” Even so, studen ts bring it to sc hool and take it out af ter exams. Teache rs are reading it in class. Even proctors have their hands while it in students take the ACT. All for everyone to se e. This new wave has caused many students to question wheth er have such literatur or not it is appropriate to e pulls the book ou in school. When a reader t in class, everyo ne stares. We see how her fa ce and we see how sh turns red at a certain page e Everyone knows w starts to shift in your seat. hat she’s reading. Many have co saved Ellyn bringing this book mplained about students from a butchbelongs at home, to school, saying 50 Shades not in public plac er, the two chuckle at how re es. ad er s say “It ’s a mystery People girls couldn’t simple love story.” ,” or “It ’s a Oh yes, you totally get enough have us fooled. Where do we dr aw the line? W correct for us to ba of the n certain books fro ould it be we mature enou scares. The gh to be reading m school? Are these types of novels? South Flor I for one do not w ida Fairant to see a book a ha with lf-naked woman grounds on the cover or th po e pu la r gray tie. I know did a fanthat what’s in th er e is not just a ty tastic job of romance, and I do pical teen n’t wan t r a n s fo r m i n g see it in class. Do yo t to their fields into u? a spooky carnival, complete with five haunted houses packed full of screams. Most of them Nina’s.

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two weeks and Ellyn still hasn’t regained her hearing. The next house, “The Manor,” was even better than the last. Between screams brought on by an array of terrifying butlers, maids, cooks and gardeners, Ellyn and Nina couldn’t help commenting on how well the house was set up. They were actually beginning to enjoy themselves, until another actor (see pictures below) jumped right in front of Nina, causing her to ram Ellyn into a wall as she made a mad bolt for the exit. The girls may have been terrified, but as soon as they stepped out of the house they were overcome with laughter and adrenaline. The next houses did not disappoint. Between a twisted Santa Claus and a close encounter in which Nina

Meet our new friends, the Fright Night Monsters.


This year’s Fright Nights had more scares than all of the Saw movies combined. This Halloween, Ellyn and Nina innocently drove to the South Florida Fairgrounds, tickets in hand, assuming they could handle any dressed up monsters that would come their way. They confidently (if you call forcing an elderly couple to walk in front of them “confident”) strode into their first haunted house, “The Creature,” a blownup maze with giant fangs. Nina was the first to break. Smoke and lasers blinded the two as masked men popped out of every possible corner. By the end, Nina nearly knocked over the final scareactor, screaming so high that it deafened Ellyn. It’s been


with Ellyn & Nina

Photos by Nina van Maanen


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TOPSoccer program scores a goal

Senior Zoe Unger volunteers and makes a difference Josh Benrubi Sports Editor When senior Zoe Unger chose her Bat Mitzvah project while studying at Temple Beth El five years ago, she wanted to do something that would make a difference in the community. Unger, now the midfielder and forward on the Sharks Varsity Soccer team, became a volunteer with Soccer Association of Boca Raton (SABR)’s TOPSoccer program, which provides those with special needs the opportunity to play soccer. After one year of volunteering, Unger wanted to be even more involved in the program. “Aside from volunteering first hand, I wanted to do more for TOPSoccer,” Unger said. “That’s when I started my annual 5 v. 5 soccer tournament to benefit the program.” This tournament, known as “Zoe’s TOPSoccer Tournament”, is typically held in November on River’s soccer field. The goal of the tournament is to raise money for the youth soccer agenda. So far, the program has been a success raising over 5,000 dollars. Unger was also awarded the Polk County

Volunteer of the Year honor at the annual Florida Youth Soccer Association held in Orlando. The amount of time and effort that Unger has put in to the program has

our lives more then we impact theirs.” Suzi Vogelgesang, an administrator of the SABR/TOPSoccer program, believes that Zoe’s personality and unique characteristics keep the pro-

Photo By Jeremy Freiman

Photo Courtesy of Suzi Vogelgesang

TOPSoccer is a program that gives those children with special needs the ability to show their skills on the soccer field.

helped her learn more about herself. “Being with the players week after week makes me feel grateful for everything I have,” Unger said. “Although TOPSoccer’s motto is ‘Making a Difference’, the players impact

gram running smoothly. “Not only does Zoe’s work ethic contribute to the success of the SABR/ TOPSOCCER program, but her positive approach to working with players, other buddy captains, and bud-

dies ensures that everyone will have an enjoyable and meaningful experience both on and off of the game field,” Vogelgesang said. “She is always thinking ahead for ways to improve the program.” For Unger, there is no better feeling than seeing the smiles on the athletes’ faces during each program. “When the kids smile, I can’t help but smile myself,” Unger said. “The whole reason they come out there is to have fun; no one’s goal is to become a better soccer player or score the most goals. When a player is incapable of speaking and you can tell this is the highlight of their week, you know you made a difference.” Unger is currently planning her November tournament, hoping that it is going to be the biggest and best one yet. “I want to raise more money than ever, and have more people participate in the 5 v 5 games,” Unger said. “Hopefully someone will take my place and continue raising money for TOPSoccer!” If interested in volunteering with TOPSoccer, email Cathy Thorla at cthorla@ to sign up a Buddy and learn more about TOPSoccer.

RIVER’S ALL-YEAR SPORTS: HOW LONG IS TOO LONG? Claire Dykas Staff Reporter Every morning Athletic Director Kevin McEnroe comes on the morning announcements with the latest sports updates. And while most sports are only a couple months long, there are some that McEnroe is making announcements about all year. Year round sports take much time and dedication, and they have their advantages and disadvantages. “It is hard to get involved in other extracurriculars or maintain a job especially while taking honors and AP classes,” senior Emerson Dresser said. The baseball team practices Monday through Friday excluding game days during the fall and they have a winter and summer break. Additionally, despite not playing over the summer on the school team, most of the players are on club teams. Other students do not mind the time commitment as much. “A lot of us are used to doing it competitively year round,” junior cheerleader Michaela Smolka said. The cheerleading team practices every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with extra practice one week over the summer. Many students are also involved in

Cross Country and Track which translates into a full year of running. Both sports practice every day during season for two hours. Cross Country’s season runs from June through November and Track’s season is Febru-

ary through May. Whether the time commitment is a hassle or not, students playing year round are always run the risk of burn out, but they keep each other motivated.

“It comes down to the well-being of the team and wanting to stick with it and work harder not just for yourself, but for your teammates,” Dresser said.

Art By Andrea Hoenigsberg


Photo By Jeremy Freiman

The Sharks patiently wait for their injured player to be helped off the field after a loss to Suncoast.

Photo By Jeremy Freiman

Junior Taj Patel sits in frustration after another week of a Spanish River loss.

Where is the L Jeremy Freiman Commentary Many fans are questioning Spanish River’s football team this year, and it’s not hard to see why. After eight games, Spanish River has scored 12 points – and had 344 points scored against them. That’s a major contrast to last year’s stats after 3 wins and 5 losses, in which Spanish River scored a total of 120, and had to swallow 317 points against them. A quick glance at the stats reveals a clear lack of offense this season. In fact, River has been held scoreless in their last six games. With this mediocre pointscoring ability so obvious, fans are asking “Where’s the Love?” Reggie Love has now come and gone, leaving an out-of-fuel offense behind. For those of you who don’t know last year’s superstar, here’s a quick sum-up: Reggie walked onto

River’s football team for only his senior year, and with his raw athletic talent, he managed to record 824 yards and 11 touchdowns that season. Reggie captivated fans, drawing high attendance numbers for River’s home games. Some may find it surprising that fans still show up to the Shark Pit on Fridays this year, considering the lack of excitement the team has provided this year. “Last year was intense, people painted themselves and made signs,” sophomore Josh Markevich said. “This year nobody seems to be in to it, nor do they want to go.” But what is keeping the football team from filling the bleachers at games? Some point to the cost of going to each game. Admission, like most other Spanish River sporting events, is $5. But admission doesn’t seem to be a major gripe of students – the parking fee has angered those who come to support the team.

Marching band wins superior

Another season means another success for River musicians Alexis Dlugos Staff Reporter Recently, the Spanish River marching band went to Citrus High School, located in Inverness (a community in northern Florida) to compete in a crucial competition. The event comprised a total of 18 bands from around the state. The River marching band left with a total of nine awards, including Superior Percussion, Superior Drum Major, Superior Music, Superior Visual, and Second in Class. To win the Second in Class award, the band had to go to finals. Finals consisted of the top ten bands from the original eighteen that were in contention. Each band had to perform their entire routine in front of the judges and get a higher score than the other nine. When asked about how the team prepared for this competition and in general, senior drum major Storm Loffa stressed the point of dedication. “Hard work and dedication,” Loffa

said. “Practice every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday for a total of four hours.” Not only does the band just play and march, but they are also involved in an intense conditioning. Conditioning consists of pushups, crunches, stretches, and running - lots of running. When there are no practices, sectionals are held. Sectionals occur when each individual part of the band, for example the percussion section, all come together and work on their own sound. These sectionals are student-run and held at any time during the week or on the weekends. By working on each section’s individual part, the team grows stronger so that when they come together and collaborate, they reach the sound they had intended and hoped for. “Don’t come out just to support our football team, come out to support us too,” the band captains said. “Stay for halftime and watch us perform. When you leave before the halftime show, you are missing out … missing out on everything”.

ve?  “It’s a school event,” junior Jamie Feit said. “If you are taking the time to support the team, you shouldn’t have to be charged on top of admission.” Fees and tickets aside, the team’s performance has been subject to the most criticism from the Spanish River community, and many students draw their conclusions without an inside look at the team. The team is not oblivious to the assessments made by the school community, and not every player believes the team deserves the disparagement. “The school has a bunch of kids who think they know the game because of fantasy football,” an anonymous player on the team said. “They think they have a right to judge the team – if you think you know so much about football, then get on the field and put some pads on.” Many students will still continue their jeers despite their lack of football background, and the hallways are

always abuzz with remarks like “lack of talent” and “no big plays”. One person who is no stranger to these put downs is Coach Rod Payne, who started leading the team this season. “It has been a very tough season on the field, but it has been a rewarding season to see the character that has been built in the kids as a result of it,” Coach Payne said. “You can’t build a house on sand – the toughest parts are always in the beginning, building that foundation.” Despite the occasionally rough appraisals, some optimistic students believe the team will eventually overcome its obstacles. “Though the team is going through a rough streak, they deserve our support at every home game,” junior Christina Aquilina said. Art By Ellyn Snider Photos By Jeremy Freiman

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running this town


photo courtesy Ellyn Snider

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