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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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Volume29 X Issue 3 1 of Spanish River Community High School’s award-winning student-run newspaper • December September 2012 • Volume

Molinaro to take over Drama Department Ashley Roth and Lindsay Mangines Student Life and Features Editors Rocco D’Attolico, Drama Department Head at Spanish River, is stepping down from his current position at the end of this semester on December 21. He decided to step down due to various issues including his health and the pressure of the “business like” atmosphere. Although D’Attolico will no longer be the faculty director of future plays at River, he will be an adviser to first year English teacher and future Drama Department Head Kathleen Molinaro. He hopes to ensure a smooth transition between directors while maintaining his current position as drama teacher. “My hopes for the future are that everyone involved has a good time and that there is

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Kathleen Molinaro, a first-year English teacher, will be taking over River’s Drama Department.

a big audience,” D’Attolico said. “Of course, I will still attend every production.” D’Attolico is not the only one optimistic about the future. Molinaro, a recent graduate from the University of Miami who majored in drama, theater and education, hopes to take advantage of this opportunity and bring her dramatic talents to the department. “I am really excited to take this job because it is a great opportunity,” Molinaro said. “It is a great offer, and I am both nervous and excited.” Molinaro’s main goal for the Drama Department under her leadership is expansion. “I want to reach out to more people who are not already involved in drama,” Molinaro said. “I hope to expand the department by including new students.” The Drama Department’s first production with Molinaro as Department Head will be the spring musical How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Auditions will be held on January 9 and 10, the Wednesday and Thursday after Winter Break. Students interested in singing, dancing and acting in the musical are welcome to contact Molinaro at

Spanish River students lent a helping hand in the fight to end hunger on Friday, November 30. They formed teams of five and participated in the DECA-sponsored walk-a-thon dressed up in superhero costumes. The entrance fee was ten canned goods, which will go to Boca Helping Hands, an organization that provides food to underprivileged peo-

ple. DECA teacher Deb Carter expected a minimum of 3000 cans of food to be donated and at least 50 teams of five - 250 students total - to participate. The turnout greatly exceeded her expectations; 468 students and 30 adults participated in the walk, and DECA collected 7258 cans of food. “We raised enough cans to feed people at the pantry for two months,” DECA member senior Lexi Swan said. Students earned one community service hour per lap

technology,” Algebra 2 teacher Tara Rothberg said. “Progress reports were coming out soon and students kept asking me for their grades, but my hands were tied.” Rothberg was unable to display online graphs, which help her classes understand math concepts. Her computer also froze often even when she was not online, making it difficult for her to access her files. “I used another teacher’s computer during lunch, but I couldn’t get everything done,” Rothberg said.

The computer problems occurred because of a faulty network switch in the 8000 building, according to Spanish River’s computer technician, Matt Fechtmeyer. There are around 15 network switches, which distribute Internet bandwidth, throughout the entire school. “This [a faulty network switch] is a rare problem,” Fechtmeyer said. “Since I’ve been at River, it’s only happened once.” Fechtmeyer estimated that roughly one-sixth of the classrooms in the 8000 build-

ing were affected. Districtemployed technicians visited the school and repaired the switch within two weeks. Though her classroom was one of the rooms affected, English teacher Chaela Monesterio was able to get Internet service temporarily. After discovering that one of the student computers in her room had Internet, she rerouted the Internet jack to her personal computer. “I got Internet back only a day before the switch was repaired,” Monesterio said. “Before that, I had to use my

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Clockwise from left: juniors Joelie Fetterman, Amanda Scherer, Nikki Seligsohn and Christie Goldstein dress up as Batman and Spiderman; participants walk around the track in the Shark Pit; DECA collects donations of canned food (ten cans per participant required), which will go to Boca Helping Hands.

“Superhero” walk-a-thon benefits hunger charity Brooke Levy Staff Reporter

that they walked, and DECA students earned up to three out of five DECA points required in the program. Spanish River DECA typically works with international charities such as Heart to Heart and Operation Smile. “DECA is a global organization,” Carter said. “[In previous years] we wanted to get out there and work with some international charities.” This year, however, River DECA felt that it was important to help people in need in its own community, especially during the holiday season. “The fact that our school came together to make such a difference is unbelievable,” Swan said.

Internet crashes in back corner of 8000 building Whitney Sha News Editor In the first week of November, many teachers with classrooms in the back corner of the 8000 building found the Internet down on their computers. Most affected teachers could not access the Web, their email accounts and Gradequick, which they use to record grades and take attendance. Losing Gradequick in particular was a blow to teachers. “I am so used to having

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Monesterio was unable to run her lessons as planned due to the Internet crash.

home computer to get notifications and answer important questions by email.” So far, the cause of the switch failure is unknown and has not been attributed to Hurricane Sandy.


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S H A R K AT TA C K Dear Editor,

Happy Holidays! Trust us— you’re not the only one who’s had Christmas jingles and “I have a little dreidel ...” stuck in your head since Thanksgiving. Why? It’s the most wonderful time of the year: a much-needed school vacation, awesome cool weather, twinkling lights literally everywhere. It’s winter break! In celebration, we’ve got your endof-year concerns covered. Think the world will end next week? Turn to 1011. Ever wanted to meet an elf? That’s on 9. And if you forgot a present, our Galleon Gift Guide on 14 will help you out. Happy reading (and, you know, holidays)! Ilana, Caroline, Whitney and Josh The Editorial Board

Congratulations to this year’s

Pathfinder Scholarship Nominees:

Academic Excellence: Art: Business: Communications: Community Involvement: Computer Science: Drama: Foreign Language: Forensics/Speech History/Political Science: Literature: Math: Music/Instrumental: Music/Vocal: Reach for Excellence: Science: Sports: Technical/Vocational:

Whitney Sha Andrea Hoenigsberg Shea Gouldd Ilana Weisman Sarah Darwiche Jason Queen Marcelle Dabbah Nina Van Maanen Caroline Posner Phil Esterman Cresonia Hsieh Elaine Han Sarah Weinstein Laura Yany Alexandra Scott Claire Dykas Libby Koolik Alexandra Rockwell

The obstacle course is a very interesting article. Students at Spanish River are very insane drivers, and everyone is in such a hurry to get out that they don’t pay attention to the road, which is the reason for all the accidents. \

-Richard Espinosa

Dear Editor, Honestly, I think this is the best Galleon so far this year. Each article caught my attention and none of the articles bored me. I didn’t even know that there was free breakfast, which is announced on the cover of the article. -Rebecca Bagnall

Exam Schedule

Tuesday, December 18 Wednesday, December 19 Thursday, December 20 Friday, December 21

Period 6 Periods 1 and 2 Periods 3 and 4 Periods 5 and 7

Two weeks off school Fantastic weather

Peppermint everything Midterm exam cram time

Seniors’ college apps due End of the world?

All of the lights by Ilana Weisman


THEY WANT YOU U.S. Armed Services recruits at River Ashley Roth Student Life Editor Every Tuesday and Thursday during lunch, River offers an opportunity for students to speak with members of the Marine Corps. Recruiters stand at an informational booth in front of the Biotech building, which has given them access to interested students. “Our ultimate goal when coming to River is to provide information to students about what the Marine Corps has to offer,” Sergeant Lesley Parry said. Senior Alex Field has recently joined the Marine Corps division of the U.S. Armed Forces. It took Field three weeks to make his final decision; he officially enlisted at the Marine Corps recruiting substation in Delray Beach. “I decided to join because of the pride in knowing that people count on you to protect their freedom and wellbeing,” Field said. Field plans on participating in the Marine Corps for at least 20 years. In July of next year, he will begin boot camp for his position as a Reservist. Field will report to a base in West Palm Beach for one weekend each month. “This allows me to go to college while being in the Marines,” Field said. “The Marines are paying up to $60,000 for college. I also have the opportunity to get the NROTC Scholarship, worth $180,000, which grants acceptance to any college that has the NROTC program.” The GI Bill provides for these scholarships because it allows today’s service members and veterans to attain higher education, along

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Sergeant Lesley Parry stands by the U.S. Marine Corps booth during lunch. Parry and other recruiters offer brochures and often speak personally to interested students.

with housing assistance, an annual salary to purchase books and school supplies and 100 percent tuition and fee assistance at colleges. “This would allow me to go to college and graduate with my Bachelor’s degree and also to be an officer in the Marines,” Field said. Before joining the Marine Corps, Field took the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB), a national test that potential members of the U.S. military must pass in order to enlist. The ASVAB, which tests math, vocabulary, reading and science, is offered at River to interested sophomores, juniors and seniors. Last year, 61 students took the test in the Media Center in November. Field did not prepare for the ASVAB because he was confident in his knowledge of the test’s subject areas. “It is a basic test that measures your knowledge in almost every subject,” Field said. “I felt that it was an easy test.” Private First Class Richard Frier, who graduated from River last year, returns to

speak to students who are potential Marines - the position he was in last year. Frier is a Logistics Marine. He is currently on a leave for ten days, during which he returns home to spend time with his family. “After the ten days of leave I go to Marine Combat Training, which is basically further training with weapons,” Frier said. “After MCT I go to Military Occupational Specialty school, which would be similar to college in civilians’ perspective. However, I will be attending school with other Marines on the Marine base.” If Frier shows interest in attending college while in the Marine Corps, he has the opportunity to do so for free. After serving time in the Marines, he can receive a scholarship to any college where he is accepted. “I really enjoy recruiting students at River,” Frier said. “My favorite thing about it is seeing all of my friends that I missed so much during boot camp. Everyone has interesting questions about the Corps and what we are all about.”

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Attention Students: No Child Left Behind undergoing changes

Palm Beach County School District Choice Programs allow students to apply to other schools’ academies and special programs, with one of these programs being the national No Child Left Behind (NCLB) school choice option. This program provides students zoned to Title 1 schools, schools that receive additional funding for underperforming or low-income students, the opportunity to attend a school that is not in need of improvement. If a student is zoned for one of these twelve Palm Beach County schools, he or she can opt into switching to another school in district without applying to an academy program. Spanish River is one of the schools that can accommodate these

students, who are provided bus services and are allowed to join sports teams and clubs as any zoned student can. Starting next school year, students who opted to attend Spanish River through the NCLB program will no longer be provided bussing services. They may still attend River, but are responsible for their own transportation to and from the school. The new program is specific to Palm Beach County and will be known as the Opportunity Scholarship and be accessed through other School District Choice Programs. Those with questions can contact Peter Licata, Assistant Superintendent Division of Choice Options, at

Information compiled by Ilana Weisman and Brooke Levy


Spanish River’s PTSA Reflections Contest winners are seniors Destiny Martinez (Literature) and Sarah Rabinowitz (Visual Arts and Photography). Martinez and Rabinowitz will now advance to the county-level Reflections contest. The Harid Conservatory will perform at 3:00 PM on December 15 and 16 in the Countess de Hoernle Theater. Students can purchase tickets by calling 561-998-8038. Seniors can start their Florida Bright Futures Scholarship applications at after December 1. The application must be submitted before graduation.

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


Features Editors Lindsay Mangines Kelsey Spyker

Student Life Editors Eliana Landow Ashley Roth

Photography Editors Jeremy Freiman Xia Hernandez

Feature Focus Editor Jamie Brecher

Sports Editor Josh Benrubi

Advertising Director Claire Dykas

Entertainment Editors Ellyn Snider Nina van Maanen

Art Editors Andrea Hoenigsberg Ellyn Snider

Technical/Web Editor Zachary Senz-Kamler

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

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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It's the classic debate: which American Chain serves the best mexican food?

Chipotle We've Made our decision:

Chipotle rocks. It tastes fresh, there are great veggie

options, and you get more food for your money. We admit the

restaurants are awfully cold inside, but Chipotle is a

destination- we meet there with friends, stop by after

sports practice, and drop in for a quick pre-movie meal. Service is speedy and you

always get what you came for.

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If you’re a Moe’s frequenter, you’re probably used to the loud “Welcome to Moe’s!” you hear when entering. Though we’re not fans, you definitely are. Here are Moe’s highlights:


Moe's is better because they have a soda machine that makes endless combinations of beverages.


-- Megan rosenbusch, 10


" If you’re going to get


Chipotle is more Authentic mexican food. -- BLAKE JAMES, 12


I Just love " chipotle. They have better burritos.


a steak burrito then you should go to Moe’s because the steak is tastier there. Moe’s also have really delicious queso. -- Ben Semel, 10


-- Gabor TApaszto, 12

if you're not a fan of either, Spicy substitutes are plentiful. Students recommend These alternatives: Taco Bell

Baja Cafe

La Bamba

Rocco's Tacos


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Ramblings of a firewallprotesting lunatic The rebellious confessions of Ilana Weisman With FLVS second hour, I tend to end up researching one thing or another on the Internet. Recently, it was Googling lobbyist groups for my government class, and I was thoroughly shocked with the blocked results. Your turn. Head over to the media center or pull out your phone (if it’s before 7:28 or after 2:40, of course). Now go ahead and connect to the school’s “public” Wi-Fi option - or better yet, “SDPBC Wi-Fi.” Go ahead and type in If you’re a teacher or other faculty member, you can probably see the bright blue-and-orange site. If you’re a student, you’ll see “The School District’s Internet filter has determined the site you are attempting to access may not be appropriate according to School District policies.” That’s what made me angry. Why should Planned Parenthood, an organization that provides invaluable healthcare services to three million people in the United States alone, be blocked? Why should an organization with fewer than three percent of services being abortionrelated and most money being spent on research and education, be blocked from schools in Palm Beach County, home to area with the fifth-highest national HIV rate and next to the county with the highest per-capita HIV rate in the nation? (Answer: it shouldn’t. Students have the right to health service information that they may be uncomfortable with or prohibited from accessing at home. But I digress.) At first, I thought the reason for the block may have been purely political - until I was able to open the NRA (National Rifle Association) website and the AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) fundraising page. When I clicked a link to request a block removal from the county, I

was delighted by the prospect that my query would be addressed... in ten to twelve months. You know, after I’ve graduated. So I decided to do some research into Palm Beach County’s blocking habits. The School Board says the blocks are an attempt to “restrict access to web sites that contain lewd, lascivious, vulgar, obscene or plainly offensive materials,” as well as to those that “contain excessive violence, promotes hate, violence or racism, or encourages illegal activity.” And that’s perfectly acceptable. Keeping harmful content from teenagers is proven to be an effective means to promoting well-being, but nothing is well when healthful and educational information is blocked. If you’re actually sitting at a computer right now, open up your Internet browser and type in www.facebook. com. It won’t work, as expected with a school wireless browser. But now type in, a math help resource. It won’t work either. Try out some other sites - I know I can shop online at, but my favorite YouTube physics tutor is blocked. I can check out videos of violent crashes in Russian traffic, but send files to our newspaper publisher? Nope. We’ve all struggled with attempts to do a class project under the school firewall, tried to find games other than that green and black helicopter one to play post-SRI, but that infamous “This page cannot be reached” notification is everywhere, even where it shouldn’t be. Educational and lifestyle resources are blocked from our viewing, creating more lapses in information and gaps in knowledge. Planned Parenthood or calculus tutorials aren’t hurting anyone. When information is blocked because of “education”, something has gone horribly wrong.

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Letters from the man Cave Josh



the places you’ll go It is a Saturday night. There are a few parties, but nothing special. You are with your two closest friends, just hanging out and wondering what there is to actually do tonight. You are sitting there thinking to yourself, “Why Boca? What is there to do?” Interestingly enough, the question should actually be “What isn’t there to do.” For those of you who read my past statement and jumped to the conclusion of “Wow, this kid is just plain wrong,” let me ask you something. What are you actually looking to do? For a young teenager who is typically not of the drinking age, the default location tends to be the mall. Yes, the magnificent urban Town Center Mall. As both a social, and to some an exciting place, the mall is always there for something to do. But what happens when the mall closes at nine and you stand there again with hopelessness? Just catch a movie. Cinemark (which we all still call Muvico), Shadowood, and the elegant IPic are always open for an enjoyable experience. Another landmark that defines South Florida are the beaches. Delray, Deerfield, Boynton, Palmetto; the opportunities are plentiful. The beaches don’t only provide for a relaxing and enjoyable experience, but also the area surrounding the beach is always a nice place to dine or take a leisurely stroll. Atlantic Avenue happens to be the most popular as there are shops and restaurants on end. The possibilities, contrary to popular belief, are actually endless in this

city of Boca Raton. In addition, we are even lucky enough to have a dining, shopping, and major concert location in Mizner Park. Bringing in artists such as Mac Miller, Akon, and Flo Rida is no joke. Especially since holiday season is right around the corner, the numerous parades, shows, and Christmas tree lightings that bring the festivities to Boca are very frequent. I suggest you go to a few holiday concerts if you could, or go to the week-long art show at Sugar Sand Park if you enjoy looking at magnificent pieces of art. The opportunities are endless. For those who complain that “Boca Raton has nothing to do” or exclaim “I can’t stand it here,” please tell me what another place has that we don’t. Ok, maybe other cities have the bright lights and the skyscrapers that attract people from around the world. We may not have that flashy kind of city, but we do have a city loaded with restaurants, concerts, clubs and shopping malls. Yes, I have heard the conventional joke “Oh I know where we can go when we are bored, lets just go to the Boca Ale House at 5 for the Early Bird Special so we can have a blast with all the seniors that engulf our city.” It is true. I agree that we do have a city predominantly run by terribly driving elders and bad-mouthed New Yorkers. But if you look at the positive side, if you have a car, a wad of cash in your pocket and an open mind, then the opportunities are endless here in our fair city of Boca Raton.

I think I’m one of two people who bring their own computers to school. But seriously - we should start protesting the school board. No more computer usage until I can access Planned Parenthood! Though I do enjoy online shopping. Art by Andrea Hoenigsberg



You have no idea: tion. Our school glorifies numerical achievement over an exciting educational experience; it’s a system that tells students “Here’s what you need to do to go to college— and then grad school— so you can get a job. Childhood is overrated.” That’s a shame. They’re losing a brief window to make a meaningful and individual impact on students, in favor of mass-producing “high-achievers.” But like in any other game, you have to know the rules to win. The champions of the HPA game know the tricks of transcript sculpting. Do people put off the HOPE graduation requirement until last semester senior year, then cram it in on FLVS so it won’t drag down their class rank? Absolutely. Could I take easier versions of my AP courses at


Whitney Sha’s fail-safe guide to currency acquisition

Recently I’ve realized that, because I’d like to attend college, I need money. Unfortunately, my parents can’t shell out $60,000 a year. Fortunately, I’m not a whiner. Thanks to a handy resource called the Internet, I’ve learned that merit aid programs and community organizations and rich alumni are eager to throw gobs of money at me in the form of scholarships. The only problem? I have to answer yet MORE questions about myself. To be absolutely honest, filling out anything past my address and my GPA is exhausting after packaging myself for college applications. And these 2000-character “short answers” are needier than an insecure boyfriend or girlfriend. “Why would you like to win this scholarship?” Well, gee, I don’t know. It must be my love of crafting short anecdotes that reveal my personal qualities ... or my close relationship with the transcript lady ... or maybe it’s the $4000 you’re so conspicuously advertising. Just maybe. “Why do you want to go to college?” You got me - I confess! Higher educaPhoto By Jeremy Freiman tion doesn’t interest me at all. I apply to I really don’t understand the big deal about giving people money - especially when you’re givuniversities for the party scene. ing it to me. Why do you need to know what I’m going to do with your cash? Why do you need to know whether I’m an honorable person? All these questions only serve to make everyone’s “What is your intended major?” job - my writing, your reading - more complicated. I’m kidding; this one isn’t actually that

There are fun games, like Apples to Apples and Catch Phrase and Capture the Flag. Then there’s the HPA game, a race for grade point average-boosting courses and AP credits and top five percent status— a game that’s played with overwhelming popularity among Spanish River students. It’s Hunger Games meets The Social Network: lots of smart kids clawing at each other’s transcripts for the numerical validation that might earn them a spot in the country’s best universities, or at least serve to benefit their egos. But who masterminds the games in this dystopian educational system? There are quite a few guilty parties, parents and college admissions counselors included, but Spanish River administration has basked in the glow of an HPAobsessed graduating class. I walked onto River’s campus for orientation wanting to take Keyboarding and American Sign Language—class rank wasn’t my priority in eighth grade— and I told my middle school teachers just that. But they laughed, so I chose every AP class I could handle, devoted free time to schoolwork, and forgot what it’s like to have a non-academic conversa-

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bad. English. “What do you hope to accomplish with your major?” Okay, I really don’t see any reason for you to be so passive-aggressive. I know my average salary and chances of steady employment aren’t that great after graduation. But goshdarnit if you don’t remind me of my future as a Starbucks barista every freaking day. “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” Serving frappucinos, according to you. For minimum wage. While dodging rent payments. And lamenting my empty, barren life. “Financially, what effect would this scholarship have on your educational plans?” What do you think? No. I can’t - I’m not even bothering. “What do you think is the most pressing problem affecting society today?” SOME would say that it’s the COMMON TENDENCY to ask people lots of personal QUESTIONS before giving them your MONEY. The nerve …. “Describe a personal quality that sets you apart from other applicants.” My composure under stressful situations. I think they’ll like me. I’m definitely going to be rolling in cash.

Caroline Posner on the River HPA craze

FAU for the same inflated HPA credit? Sure. Should I give up my dream of learning piano in public school? Yessir, if you want to be in the top ten. If you don’t know the rules of the game, well, it’s like passing the football to the other team’s players. You’re not going to win. There’s no shortage of evidence that points to the HPA culture in our school, but we’re so accustomed to the game that few students take issue with it. AP applications are like a sporting event that warrants a shift in student attitudes for weeks. There’s even musical accompaniment: Boyz IV Men’s “Drop Formz” has a special place in my heart, and in my iTunes library (sorry underclassmen, you missed out on an awesome, albeit AP-focused, music video). Students with the top ranks are rewarded systematically, and students whose HPAs fall below an arbitrary value are denied welldeserved academic opportunities

and recognition. There’s certainly a sense of injustice in the Pathfinder nominations being selected in multiple categories without interviews for the applicants— and (from many students’ speculation) with too heavy an emphasis on grades and scores. The kind of academic achievement that our school encourages is a limited notion of success. With the exception of our sports stars, we hear quite a bit less about the rest of River’s population than we hear about our top-ranking scholars. Let’s glorify community service and activism and enthusiasm like we glorify college. Let’s recognize the teens that excel in all kinds of fields, above and beyond test scores and transcripts. That’s the only way we’re going to produce the passionate and balanced students that number so few in the HPA game.



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Lauren Villanueva Staff Reporter On “Academy Shirt Day,” Spanish River students must wear the appropriate color collared shirt that represents their academy. The sea of red, green and blue swallows up the few students who are not dressed in academy attire. But it is the glimmer of powder blue that sticks out most in the Crayola combination. These students work in the Early Childhood Academy. Not to be confused with Kinder Sharks (a kindergarten class from Calusa that is on River’s campus), Little Sharks is River’s 16-year-old on site preschool that it has been a part of the Academy Program for seven years. The creation of Little Sharks came about through strong lobbying by Margaret Engelhardt and then principal, Dr. Art Johnson. The case Engelhardt put forth was the importance of practical

application of classroom training. Taught by a multitude of educators, “Little Sharks” develop their fine motor skills, learn cutting, letters, numbers and writing skills. The threeand four-year-olds enrolled have a full, typical preschool schedule, starting with free play at seven in the morning, circle and snack time, and learning centers in which they are divided up based on age and ability. After clean up time, the Little Sharks play on the playground behind their classroom, then move to story time, lunch, rest, more free play and circle time, then one last trip outside until four in the afternoon when the Little Sharks get picked up. What makes Early Childhood different from other academies at River is the fact that it is an In-House Academy. This means that it is only available as an academy option to students who are zoned for River as opposed to choice academies that are open for students who are zoned elsewhere. However, any River student can opt into taking Early Childhood classes. These students are much appreciated by the instructors. “The Big Sharks [Early Childhood

students] are very helpful when they come in,” lead teacher Myra Brandwein said. “We can use all the help we can get with the little ones and the kids love them.” Brandwein has been teaching in the Little Shark classroom for four years. On scheduled days, students are assigned tasks to help the teachers and interact with the children. Students can be expected to follow whatever rules or assignments their teachers have assigned, such as interacting with the children, helping them fall asleep at nap time, or simply reading them a book. Volunteers after school can be expected to stack chairs, wipe down tables, and play with the children. “You get to learn from the children and it can be applied in the future,” sophomore Mondona Mortezai said. Mortezai is not in the academy but has Early Childhood as a class and, after interacting with the Little Sharks, is considering a career as a teacher. AP US History teacher Aaron Lampman is familiar with the functionality of Little Sharks having both his sons in the program.

Lampman had his oldest son in the program for two years, and then enrolled Ryan, his four year old, in 2009. “I like having students who have the academy in my classes so they can tell me how Ryan is doing,” Lampman said. Any student who would like to volunteer after school is welcome to help in Little Sharks. “I go to Little Sharks because I can get community service hours,” sophomore Nick Smith said. “I completed over 120 hours in one semester.” But Little Sharks is not an outlet for quick and easy community service hours. If students are not working and fooling around, they will be asked to leave. “They [students] have to come in, wanting to help and do the work they’re assigned to do,” Brandwein said. Either way, “Big Sharks” greatly enjoy the opportunity to work with Little Sharks. “The kids are so adorable and I love playing with them,” sophomore Kelli Labelle said.

Presenting: Little Sharks Check out some “awww”-inducing photos of river’s cutest Students 7:00-8:15 A Arrival of Children 8:15-9:00 Circle Time 9:00-10:00 Group Activities 10:00-10:15 snack TIME 10:15- 10:45 Outdoor Play 10:45-11:15 Story Time 11:15-11:30 Hand washing 11:30-12:15 Lunch Time 12:15-1:15 Quiet Time 1:15- 2:00 Music Time 2:00-2:45 Outdoor Play 2:45-3:50 Guided Free Choices 3:50-4:00 Children Prepare for Dismissal

“I have the opportunity to work hands-on with children and attain more experience in the education field.” - Yesenia Haro, 12

“Helping them learn and seeing them grow is the best part of this program.” - Shayna Solomon, 10 Photos by xia hernandez



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ABC: Easy as 1, 2, 3?

Students admit to lacking elementary school skills We asked over 250 students to tell us which simple tasks they couldn’t do - here’s what they said.


cannot tie shoes do not know how to do long division without using a calculator


do not know how to tell time without a digital clock cannot write or read cur-

sive do not know the multiplication tables cannot use a dictionary without reciting the ABCs in head

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It is the middle of December and you are walking with your friends in the mall on a Friday night. Suddenly, you hear a loud “HO, HO, HO” and you think to yourself “Santa?” No, it is not the “real” Santa, but the one who spreads cheer in malls every winter snapping pictures with giddy children. But who takes these memorable photographs? Santa’s Helpers, of course. Junior Heather Smythe is a helper who helps create these unforgettable moments with Santa. Last November, Smythe received her drivers’ license and was in need of a job to earn gas money. Smythe found a job working with Noerr Programs, a corporation that deals with employing Santa Clauses and the Easter Bunnies in malls and taking pictures of them with customers. Smythe is enthusiastic about the holidays and loves everything that comes along with them- bonding with family, baking goodies and listening to music. “The holiday season is my favorite time of year,” Smythe said. “I just love the overall atmosphere it brings.” So when she got a job as Santa’s Helper, it was a perfect fit. “I welcome guests who enter the Santa set, explaining to them our different photo packages we have to choose from,” Smythe said. “The customers then meet Santa and I take their picture together. Once they are happy with their photos I cash out their purchase on the register.” Smythe added that her top priority is “to make sure our guests have a memorable experience with Santa.” This past spring, Smythe also worked for Noerr Programs, but with the Easter Bunny. She is continuing her job there this holiday season as Santa’s Helper again this year.

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A recent TIME magazine article, “Why Kids Should Learn Cursive (and Math Facts and Word Roots),” points to research which suggests that “old school” teaching methods - memorizing math facts, reading aloud and practicing handwriting positively contribute to the learning development of today’s students. The article states that 21st Century skills like collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking should be supplemented with 19th Century teaching methods. A question then arises: do Spanish River students today know how to perform basic academic tasks like long division, telling time and writing in cursive? And what other basic skills that were once considered routine can, or cannot, our students perform? Arithmetic is an apparent problem even for River’s best mathematicians. Of the four parts of the AP Calculus exam, two parts prohibit the use of calculators. “I would hope for an Advanced Placement student it wouldn’t have a negative effect, but they still do sometimes make silly calculation mistakes,” McEnroe said. Students readily admit that long division without use of a calculator is a challenge. “It’s hard to remember how to do long division without a calculator, but I’m required to do it for AP Environmental Science,” sophomore Sarah Grubman said. Sophomore Rachel Katzin sums up the sentiment of many fellow students. “Now that I can use calculators for every class, I haven’t had to think about [multiplication and division tables] and I forgot all of them,” Katzin said. And it is not just math that poses an issue: remembering alphabetical order without musical accompaniment seems to be a problem for students. While using a dictionary, most students must concede to singing the alphabet repetitively until they find the word they are looking for. “It is necessary for me to recite the ABCs many times while trying to look a word up in the dictionary,” sophomore Megan Meguire said. Sophomore Nicole Dao was of equal opinion, noting that reciting “A-BC-D-E-F-G…” is easy, but it becomes bothersome repeating it over and over again to find a single word. The easy, common outlet is to Google the word. When it comes to writing in cursive, River students are equally challenged. The many years writing everything in cursive in elementary school are long behind them, and writing in print

or typing has taken over. It seems as if the only cursive most students remember is how to sign their name. “I can’t remember how to write the whole alphabet in cursive, so it was definitely a challenge on the SAT when I had to write out full sentences in cursive,” junior Jack Buggeln said. River students are the products of 21st century learning, and they are admittedly challenged by 19th and 20th century skills. How does the typical student fare when it comes to even more traditional knowledge like telling time and tying shoes? The outlook is not great. Reading an analog clock might also be out of style for Spanish River students. “Of course, I can look at a clock and tell what time it is,” sophomore Sammy Boursiquot said. “But why would I? Everything is digital today and that makes it a lot easier. Isn’t that the point?” Boursiquot raises the central issue. In light of modern technology, is it necessary to learn outdated skills when our generation can employ technological advancement to more easily and quickly solve problems? TIME Magazine may disagree at least with respect to educational methods, but the voices of Spanish River Students draw the conclusion that modern technology Kelsey Spyker largely eliminates Features Editor the need to use basic skills of the past.

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End of the World December 21, 2012 is fast approaching and the end is near. Or is it? In this issue, we explore the background behind this predicted date, speculations about what is going to happen, and what River students plan to do about it.

The Real Truth Behind The Date The background behind the Mayan calendar Jamie Brecher Feature Focus Editor


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It was only years ago when news of the end of the world went viral. A prediction made by the Maya thousands of years ago was of sudden concern, and movies depicting this destructive scenario quickly found their place on the big screen. The date for the supposed global event is December 21, 2012 - only weeks away, and a great amount of attention will soon be directed toward the subject. Most of this controversial prediction relies on assumptions made from the Mayan calendar. The Maya created a system for keeping time and dates that had various detailed counts. These cycles revolve around thousands of years. The next “long count” period has been predicted to end on December 21. Few have come to think of this as the end of the world. However, the Maya considered it as the end and beginning of a new “Great Cycle.” Many others believe that this myth has been greatly exaggerated by the world of special effects. “The end of the world is a myth,” sophomore Carli Fogel said. “They [the Maya] died off before they had a chance to finish it [the calendar].” Leap years in our calendar provide reason why the predicted date is misinterpreted. This simple concept proves why the end of the world is not scheduled to happen on By


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the next winter solstice. The extra day, occurring every four years, was created many years after the Maya created their calendar. If society removed leap days from the current date count, December 21 would have already happened months ago. Logic shows that this date, translated from the Mayan calendar, does not mark the world’s ultimate demise. “I think it’s all hype, to be honest,” sophomore Austin Belrose said. “I’ve heard the Mayas predicted the end of the world to happen many times before.” The Mayan calendar has only been referenced to predict the date, but the world ending event has not been specified. Galactic disasters are some of the more popular end of the world theories. They include galactic alignment, pole shift, asteroids, and Planet X or Nibiru collision. Scientists have ruled out all of these outer space predictions, considering the Planet X crash course theory began with a woman claiming to have been contacted by aliens. Others believe the world will end from natural disasters, social uprisings, or population crises. Although most scientists have dismissed all of these, the media still features them for their popular appeal to viewers. December 21, 2012 does not appear to be the end of the world. Like always, only time will tell.

Jeremy Remland, freshman


I think if the world were to end due to a natural disaster, it probably wouldn’t be for a couple million years. When it happens, I think it would take place in Yellowstone National Park, with the volcano erupting. I think it would be a big enough eruption to knock out the entire population.


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I think the world is likely to end in a social uprising sometime soon, based on everything going on in the world that we see on Channel One. I think one country will trigger the next country and the next, and will eventually lead to a worldwide social uprising.



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Students reveal bucket lists Alexis Dlugos Staff Reporter Doomsday - we are all too familiar with the word. It has made its way into everyday culture, present in many recent movies, books and TV shows. The thought of the world ending on December 21, 2012, brings out many dreams and fears. We all have asked ourselves the question: if it were your last day on earth, what would you do? How would you want to go out? Not with a whimper, but with a bang.

These questions are the foundation of a bucket list, a compilation of all things you want to experience or accomplish before you die. Some bucket lists have very strong personal reasons, and others are just for thrills and fun. They range from going on exotic trips to going skydiving or even swimming with sharks. If it truly were the last day on earth, nobody would not want to look back on life having any doubts or regrets. The bucket list helps you achieve everything you ever wanted to do before the world ends.

- Eat two Big Macs in ten minutes - Meet Orlando Bloom - Star in a movie with Johnny Depp and Chuck Norris - Own a Chinese restaurant - Own a ferret named Parrot and feed it crackers

Claudia Simervil, sophomore - Own the biggest sneaker collection in the world - Dance on stage with 2 Chainz - Travel to L.A., Las Vegas and Washington D.C.

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Chris Carter, junior - Find a dinosaur - Go to the moon - Start my own Zombie apocalypse - See snow

Juliana DeLuca, freshman

- Sky dive - Learn to drive stick shift - Travel to space - Go to a Caribbean island - Do a back flip off the Eiffel Tower

The Galleon surveyed River students to see if they think the world will end and, if so, how. Here’s what they said ...

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River prepares to face the end Students theorize about the end of the world Brooke Levy Staff Reporter The hype about the world ending has meant a wave of apocalyptic conspiracies. From asteroids to dinosaurs, River students share how they think the world will end and what they plan on doing with their precious remaining time. Junior Jason Meikle believes that the world will end in a catastrophic fire caused by an increase in global temperatures due to global warming.

“Temperatures keep getting hotter and hotter,” Meikle said. “Eventually our planet will not be able to withstand it any longer.” To protect himself from the fire, he plans to build a bomb shelter in his backyard and stock up on enough food to last him twenty years. “I’ll bring all non-perishable foods that do not need to be cooked,” Meikle said. “Stuff like chips, peanut butter and granola bars.” Meikle will bring his family in the bomb shelter with him. Junior Alexis Warshaw believes that

the world will end by technology taking over. “We keep enhancing technology,” Warshaw said. “So soon robots will be able to think on their own and do what they want.” Warshaw fears that robots will start taking over in Apple Stores, and work their way around the world. She plans on hiding in an area of magnetic plates, where technology will not work. “Once I’m safe from the robots,” Warshaw said, “I’ll find a scientist who can stop the technology from taking over.” Junior Max Lennon has a different

idea of how the world will end. “I think the most likely way the world will end is by a giant asteroid hitting Earth,” Lennon said. “The initial impact could kill billions and then a giant global dust cloud will make it impossible to grow crops to feed the rest of the world population.” According to Lennon and his research, this is can happen, due to a 390 mile wide asteroid called 99942 Apophis, which could hit Earth in the year 2036. Lennon plans on protecting himself by hiding underground.


STUDENT LIFE Hallways and bathrooms: the new classrooms December 2012 The Galleon

Students go to great lengths to skip class Alexis Dlugos Staff Reporter Students have all been in a situation where they dread going to their next class, whether it is because of an upcoming test, an incomplete project or just the fact that class can be boring. The natural response might be opting not to attend, to skip the class instead of being tortured or receiving a lower grade. But where do these skippers go? How do they avoid being caught? Some skippers are easy to spot; some tell-tale signs are those who may be carrying a plastic pass from previous years instead of the new paper passes, spending way too much time in the bathroom and just aimlessly roaming the halls. Some students have hoarded the plastic passes in their lockers for their use anytime they need. Some desperate students even skip class to hang out in In-School Suspension, also known as Opportunity Room (OR). “Do you know how many kids actually skip class to try and hang out with me in OR?” substitute teacher Glenn DeLuca said. “I had to get the assistant principals in here today. It’s ridiculous. They skip class and come to OR to hang out.” Some students decide ditching class and going to OR is worth the risk of getting in trouble. There are also the everyday tricks many students tend to use. Sitting in the bathroom seems to be a popular pastime for those skipping class.

The bathroom is also a casual excuse kids use when they are close to being caught. “If I see a teacher get suspicious, and they tell me to go back to class I just go to the bathroom and continue to walk around,” junior Tori Witkowski said. Another popular occasion to skip is by sitting in on the other lunch period. Whether it is to see a boyfriend or girlfriend, to talk to your best friend or just to get away from that fifth period class, many students are guilty of going to the opposite lunch at least once. It is very easy to blend into lunch, especially with the paper passes that can be shoved into a pocket to keep hidden. But what happens when a student skips fifth period to visit A Lunch and the bell rings? “Last month, after skipping my fifth period to go to A Lunch, my friend and I skipped the rest of fifth by hiding out in a bathroom stall”, sophomore Harrison Ackner said. Finally a custodian came and kicked us out telling us to get back to class. We are lucky that’s all he did.” Little Sharks has historically been another option, but that method was more popular last year. This year Little Sharks is closed to students throughout the day due to frequent “visitors”. Skipping class takes some smarts, but that special skill is the reason many students get into trouble and are often sent to OR. It may seem fun in the moment, but having that on a permanent record could come back to haunt any student when applying to college. Photo By Xia Hernandez

Students bond over common interests at clubs around campus Stephanie Green Staff Reporter Here at River, joining clubs is a popular activity, whether it is to socialize or to look impressive on college applications. Clubs are designed for students with similar passions to unite with others in a fun school environment. Depending on how dedicated these students are to their clubs, they have a great opportunity to expand and continue the clubs over time at River. “The clubs I participate in contribute to my feeling of belonging in the Spanish River community,” junior Allie Becher said. Recently, students have been creating clubs to appeal to specific interests. For example, junior Brianna Danois created Sea Life Forever. This club is about learning about the ocean through hands-on activities that include beach cleanups, Gumbo Limbo field trips and an end-of-the-year snorkel trip.

For all the fans of the University of Florida, Gator Club is a perfect chance to learn what UF is all about. Gator Club officer junior Matthew “Chui” Slootsky is interested in organizing a field trip to Gainesville to let members visit the campus and attend a football game. This club also gives students opportunities to explore the college scholarships that UF has to offer. “I love this club because I’m planning on becoming a Gator and this club gives me a chance to remain updated with current events,” sophomore Carly Reichstein said. For River’s chess fans, chess club provides a chance to fine-tune one’s skills. “Chess club is a fun, free club where students compete against one another in order to test their skills and master important chess tactics,“ junior Matt Yellin said. Each meeting involves learning a new chess tactic, so students are prepared for their next upcoming match. The chess club is open

to any student, no matter how much experience he or she has. The club is slowly increasing in size, and now includes five to six members each meeting. The main objective is to teach students the basic rules of chess and help them improve their game. This gives all students a chance to learn something new, and use it for the rest of their life. The club currently consists of nearly twenty members, all of whom are still learning. Joining clubs in high school is a great thing to add to a college resume, boost self-esteem and teach new skills. Many clubs are still interested in having new members. It is never too late to join in the fun. “The advantage of River is that just by joining clubs, you meet so many people that you would never know you would have been friends with,” junior Joelie Fetterman said. “I cannot tell you the amount of people I have met just by joining clubs.

Find the right club for you

1. What do you like to do in your free time? A. Hang out at the library B. Argue with your friends C. Plan service projects for your community 2. How would you describe yourself? A. Quiet and sensitive B. Loud and opinionated C. Kind and compassionate 3. Which famous person do you admire most? A. William Shakespeare B. President Obama C. Oprah Winfrey If you answered mostly... A’s: Book Club B’s: Model UN C’s: Key Club


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Rotten apples apples: caution when crossing student-teacher boundaries Eliana Landow Student Life Editor Teachers are often the most influential people whom teens have the privilege of getting to know. The works of a teacher can have a lasting impact on students’ lives, whether it is something as simple as encouraging students to spend an extra minute proofreading their college

essays or opening their eyes up to new career paths. As times have changed, so have student-teacher relationships, both in and out of the classroom. It was almost unheard of for anyone to go past professional contact. However reaching out beyond that barrier is nearly inevitable in present times. With the constant use of social media, teachers and students have more access outside of class than ever before. Keeping in contact is actually encouraged; Edline allows students to send and receive messages with any teacher active on the site. Teachers can now communicate through Facebook, texting and instant messaging. This increased interaction can be beneficial to students. Students who have positive, helpful relationships with

their teachers will be more accomplished than those who are at odds. An innocent email question about homework or an upcoming project is always permissible. A student absent from school can easily catch up on missed assignments and be more informed about what was discussed in class that day. However, carrying out an instant message conversation on Facebook about anything other than school does not meet society’s accepted standards. So when is the line considered blurred? When an exchange of emails turns into an exchange of phone numbers, when both sides are requesting and maintaining a strong social media relationship, the student begins to feel uncomfortable around this teacher. A recent study at Harvard University has shown that out of about 4,000 high school students in 190 schools, nega-

tive student-teacher relationships contributed to students’ decisions to drop out of school. These students who experienced these poor relationships said that they dreaded going to class each day and in some cases, their teachers did not care about them when it came to their success in school. Some teachers find themselves unsure of what the law expects from them in the classroom. The Palm Beach County Code of Ethics shows that the district has a zero tolerance for any unprofessional situations. Guidelines are holding them to stricter conduct standards. Teachers who are unable to set boundaries have no place in the classrooms. Growing up in this world today, we need to ensure that we have what is best when it comes to educating future generations.

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River birthdays: celebration or competition? Ashley Roth Student Life Editor When students walk through the halls of Spanish River, all eyes seem to be fixed on the rainbow cloud of balloons prominently floating above their heads. Crowded hallways will not stop anyone from celebrating their birthday “River style.” From balloons to shopping bags filled with cakes, cookies and brownies, it almost makes up for the fact that this day of celebration occurs in school. Students at River seem to go to any extent to assure that a friend’s birthday does not go unnoticed. “I once stayed up until one AM making cookies for my friend’s birthday, and I remembered to buy her a balloon the next morning,” sophomore Elizabeth Ivey said. “I received ten balloons, three cakes and an assortment of

brownies, cookies, cupcakes and candy on my birthday,” sophomore Tiffany Eisner said. “I really enjoy having my birthday at school because I can spend the day celebrating with my friends.” According to school policy, students are technically not allowed to walk around school with balloons and baked goods. “This year the plan was to ban all baked goods from school; however, that rule has not been strictly enforced,” Assistant Principal Doug Markwardt said. “Students are also supposed to keep balloons and flowers in the office or in a teacher’s classroom during school.” Although balloons in class are a distraction, teachers are fairly tolerant when the time comes. “I allow students to leave balloons and treats in my classroom whenever they ask,” AP World History teacher Wendy Woodmore said. “I don’t have a problem with it.” Students similarly agree that teachers tend to not mind birthday-related “None of my teachers were annoyed with what I had,” Eisner said. “They all wished me

a happy birthday.” Some teachers really embrace birthdays and enjoy them with their students. U.S. Government teacher Paulette Riedel, for

example, surprised her students Eisner and fellow sophomore Eliza Rosenberg with a cake when she asked them to meet in her room during lunch. “She really surprised us,” Eisner said. “We ended up staying in her classroom for all of lunch along with our friends to celebrate our birthdays with the treats that they made for me.” Many students, however, miss out on the opportunity for an in-school celebration due to a summer birthday. Some clever students celebrate their half birthdays or celebrate early at the end of the school year. “I love having my birthday over the summer,” senior Niki Koukoulidis said. “Besides, half birthdays are way more fun to celebrate anyways. I celebrate

my birthday early as well, but I get balloons and cake for my half birthday.” Aside from early celebrations, students attempt to make a friend’s summer birthday as extravagant as their own. “I always bring either cookies, cupcakes or a balloon for my friends when it’s their birthday over the summer to celebrate their special day as they did for me,” Eisner said. Students can infer that the elaborate birthday celebrations are blatantly a girl thing. Although spotting a boy with an assortment of balloons in the hallway would be a rare occasion, one may wonder why boys do not receive as many birthday treats as girls do. “I could never imagine any of my male friends baking me food for my birthday,” senior Jeremy Gozlan said. “However, I do get food from my female friends.” As the year progresses, it will certainly be amusing to see how over- the-top students will strive to be and the amount of balloons that will end up fitting through the classroom doorways. art by andrea hoenigsberg


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Hopeful students audition for reality television shows Lauren Villanueva Reporter Belting out chart-topping songs in the shower or walking down a hallway acting like the main models for Fashion Week is typical for teens. However, not many teenagers get to indulge in these habits outside the confines of their own room. But two Spanish River students have taken their performances from inside their home to center stage auditions. Senior Laura Yany recently auditioned for NBC’s hit show The Voice, a multinational singing competition. Yany hopes to have a career as a recording artist, which inspired her to audition for the show. “Music is basically my life,” Yany said. “I’ve been singing since I was two. My parents literally have a video of me singing Van Halen; it’s so embarrassing.” But auditioning was no joke. Yany needed to sing before a panel of casting directors before any notice. Before her December 8 audition, Yany had been working with her voice teacher on possible song choices. Before landing her audition, Yany has been active voicewise by participating in River’s talent show last year and singing at Tutti Frutti on Federal Road on Saturday nights. She also posts videos to her YouTube account “0littlemisslola.” Additionally, Yany is in the process of recording an album of cover songs. With all this musical experience, it is a wonder she still gets nervous. “I know that there are people who hate me who will be watching me and I’m going to do just as well to spite

Jabberwock: in front of and behind the curtain Savanna Deiser Junior

them,” Yany said. “But I know that people who love me will be watching me so I’m going to do just as well to make them proud.” Unfortunately, Yany was not selected for the television round of the show. However, she is extremely thankful for the opportunity and enthusiastic about her singing career. Like Yany, fellow senior Evan Lucas will also be auditioning for a television show this year. Lucas is auditioning for the 13th season of America’s Next Top Model. “I’ve always wanted to be in front of the camera whether I was singing, dancing, acting or modeling,” Lucas said. Despite his upcoming audition, Lucas is not nervous at all. To prepare for his audition he is reading fashion blogs and magazines to see how other models got their start and what made them stand out. However, these auditions are not formal. There is no panel of judges or driving to faraway cities, just a video camera. This season, auditions will be recorded as a three-minute video, and Tyra Banks, head judge, creator and host of America’s Next Top Model, will watch and hand-pick the contestants. “I love to be seen and I just want to be famous,” Lucas said.

Playing the part of “Mary Agnes Thurber” in Jabberwock is something I certainly won’t forget. This show was the first time I had a monologue to memorize and perform which was a daunting task in the beginning. Memorizing the lines was only half Photo Courtesy of Savanna Deiser the battle, though. Then came the Deiser poses in costume. difficult task of what some actors and directors call “getting into charac- Mary Agnes and her insanity. I know ter.” Mary Agnes is, for lack of a bet- deep down that there is a part of ter word, crazy, so getting into that her that will stay with me forever. I energized, fantastical mode was just hope it’s not the eccentricity. a challenge at every rehearsal. Overall, I found that playing Mary However, by the end of the pro- Agnes was an absolute joy and I hope duction, I became quite fond of to play parts like her in the future.

Austin Bothner Senior Being a part of the drama department is just amazing. I was a member of stagecraft for the first half of my junior year. In class, we learn about rigging, lighting and the other parts and functions of the stage. We sign up to help out with productions, and when we do, we work right alongside the actors constructing the set, painting it and setting up the microphones. When you put on the play you have so much more to worry about than just the actors and lines. From the parents who deal with us running amok backstage to the makeup and costume

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people getting actors to sit still, things always seem to be tumultuous up until the last minute when everything fits together. You can always count on stagecraft to be there to help make everything run nice and smooth. We put in a lot of work - three hours after school every day when we’re putting on a production - but working with one another is fun because everyone in drama is wholehearted and full of energy. Regardless of whether you are on stage, backstage or in class, being in any part of drama is always a blast.

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for your mom:

Pamper your mom with bath bombs, perfumes and scented soaps! Lush just opened in the Town Center mall! Pick up a beauty kit for only $25!

for your significant other: Fill a wallet with gift cards and coupons to your favorite places! Thoughtful, and it gives you an excuse to go out and use some of those discounts. Find cute clutches and leather wallets at Target for as low as $15!

for your dad: A nice tie is a classic and timeless gift. Act now Macy’s has ties on sale online for less than $20.

for your best friend: Concert tickets make great gifts! They’re a present and a fun experience all in one! Maroon 5, Neon Trees and Owl City are coming to the BB&T (BankAtlantic) Center on March 29th! Art by Ellyn Snider

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Media Center contains books, to students’ surprise Students are not taking advantage of books in on-campus library Ellyn Snider Arts and Entertainment Editor Shakespeare, Dickens and Eyre live in the shadow of a Media Center better known for its computers, printers and copiers. The library at Spanish River High School is often overlooked, despite its convenient stacks of classic stories. Most of the activity around the library is dominated by Credit Lab, meetings and AP testing, leaving the books untouched by students. “The last time I stepped into the Media Center was to take my yearbook photo,” sophomore Bryan Vidal said. “I probably won’t even step foot inside again until exams.” Media Center Specialist Candice Federico notices that students do not take advantage of the library. “The number one reason students come to the media center is for the computers,” said Federico. “We try to encourage kids to read and use the library. At the beginning of each year, we get the top teen books put them on display, but no one seems to notice.” Whether the students have surrendered their passion for reading in preference to television and video games or if they simply do not have time for leisurely reading remains uncertain. However, the facts say that children are suffering increasingly from illiteracy. Fewer teenagers are reading daily for pleasure. The National Literacy Trust report has

printed some dismal facts, including a 10% decrease in the number of teens reading on their own time. As attention is lost to the onslaught of social media, illiteracy increases. Today, only one third of all students entering high school are proficient in reading, and two thirds of eighth grades do not read at grade level. They are predisposed to drop out of school, experience unemployment or work for low wages. As the world becomes more innovative, students who lack fundamental reading skills will not be able to compete in a future world that demands a creative, forward thinking workforce. Not to mention, reading can be fun. Everyone has read that novel where they’ve been pouring over every word, clinging on to every sentence. Editor’s Note: Personally, it scares me to watch students reference the Chronicles of Narnia solely as the imaginative film starring Tilda Swinton or Alice in Wonderland as Tim Burton’s latest box office hit. How far are we from a Fahrenheit 451 society, where paper is irrelevant compared to computers, tablets and phones? If you haven’t, I highly recommend you take a trip to the Media Center during your lunch period and browse through the shelves. Want to read a classic novel, but you don’t know which one is right for you? Use the quiz to the right to find one that you will enjoy!

Which Classic Novel Should YOU Read? START

When you go to the movies, you push your friends to see

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

the stars

The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

the new thriller flick with the romantic, brooding vampire Your favorite drink is

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a Monster Energy Drink Your closest friend knows the latest gossip

Pride and Prejudice

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Alzheimer patients show creativity in artwork Nina van Maanen Arts and Entertainment Editor Walking for a cause was not the only reason Florida Atlantic University’s (FAU) Louis and Anne Green Memory and Wellness Center held its seventh annual Keeping Memories Alive Walk this year. It was an event to showcase pieces of art created by some members of the Center who do not even remember their first names. The Memory and Wellness Center was created in 2001. In 2004, it moved to FAU and received $51.5 million from Louis and Anne Green. Additionally, it was designed as a diagnostic clinic serving dementia-specific adults during the day by providing counseling, educational activities and research activities. Those who wish to use the services of the center must pay a certain amount and scholarships are offered to those who can not. The walk, which took place on

Sunday, November 4 at the Boca Town Center Mall, had women wearing poodle skirts, men donning leather jackets, and Elvis Presley playing through speakers. Students from River’s National Honor Society (NHS) came to support the cause in order to fulfill membership requirements. “I was told that the people who are members at the wellness center, have art classes and I saw their paintings, and some are phenomenal,” NHS Co-President senior Helen Broad said. “Some of the people don’t even speak or know their own names.” Art classes at the wellness center are taught by 54-year-old Pat, who came to the United States eleven years ago from Argentina. “Every person came into this world to do something and this was what I came into the world to do,” Pat said. Her work is not limited to only the Wellness Center; she works constantly at other centers and will not

be stopping anytime soon. Her class is cramped with people, ranging from the meek stutterer to the class’s wise guy. Chanin, who is robust and squarejawed with curly white hair, is the class clown. He only paints as a hobby and likes to sketch pictures of his trips to Africa. What he loves most, though, is causing a ruckus. He will paint a moon with a smiley face in it and crack jokes for the entire class. Anita, who is 78, has finally been able to recapture her love of drawing. photos by nina van maanen After dropping out of Boston UniverAnita finishes her stillform painting. sity as an art major to marry her husband, she had to take up her family’s at charity events such as the walk; business. Thanks to Pat’s encourage- one sold for $1,000. All the money ment, Anita now paints for pleasure goes back to the center to improve its and hopes to give all her paintings to services. Moreover, the Wellness Center painted tiles and formed the Wall her children. “Now I can indulge in my passion,” of Love for members who had previously passed away. Anita said. “Here I give energy and receive it While they paint for pleasure, the class also paints in order to raise mon- back three or four times greater,” Pat ey for the center. They sell paintings said.


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BASKETBALL TEA M BACK I N AC T IO N With a fresh look, the Sharks hope to build off of last season’s success

Jeremy Freiman Staff Reporter

that’s all we’re asking for.” Keeping with the trend from last year, members of the team are elated that they have someone to play for Coltin Gelb, Evan Kupferberg, Dante at every home game. “I like the support early in the Scholl and Reggie Love are now faded memories of last year’s regional season,” junior player (and yes, Evan’s championship trophy. Still, this year’s little brother) Landon Kupferberg varsity basketball team is churning said. “As the season progresses, and out solid results, even with the loss of our team gets better, I hope there is a bigger turn-out.” its entire starting lineup from With players last season. The team and fans began this year optimistic, with ambitious Sharks can g o a l s Art By Andrea Hoenigsberg rejoice and high about this expectations. y e a r ’ s So far, the season. team has In fact, if tried its best the team to dazzle continues fans and win their run, games, and they could follow given its record in the footsteps of last of three wins and two year’s players - all the losses (as of December 10), it way up to state finals. appears to be working. “I think we’re doing “This year’s team is a brand pretty well right now, new team,” Coach Jones said. but we can’t be content,” “It’s a work in progress, and because we have such a young team, senior team member Jorge Reyes we have a lot of growth. I think we’re said. “We have to keep getting better going to be a much better team in the for February. When the district tournament starts, we’ve got to end than we are in the beginning.” Coach Jones is not the only bring everything.” Be sure to go and support the one optimistic about the team’s performance and future; fans are Sharks Boys’ Varsity Basketball Team pleased to have a winning team as it makes its run at the playoffs. The team’s stats, roster and representing the school. “They’re doing really well this year,” schedule information can be found at sophomore Karla Majzner said. “We know they’re trying their hardest, and

Photos By Jeremy Freiman

Above: Sophomore Brandon Kemmerer provides height for the Sharks on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. Below: Junior Jeff Demezier aggressively takes the ball to the basket and reaches the rim at a recent game vs. Olympic Heights.

Sharks swim into states: Claire Dykas Staff Reporter “Swimmers take your mark!” The same announcement begins every race, but there is a new sense of tension as the spectators begin to cheer and scream. The Shark Varsity Swim Team races as fast as it can, relying on months of training to take it to the top of Florida’s state competition. On November 9, 2012, five boys from the Varsity Swim Team travelled up to Orlando to compete in the FHSAA Swimming and Diving Championships for the second year in a row. Juniors Shawn Zylberberg, Austin Reiser and Christian Munro along with seniors Daniel Schneiderman and Adam Reiser each made it to the State Competition in individual events as well as in team relays. Unfortunately, only the relay teams made it past the

qualifying round in the morning to compete later in the day. “I was just happy that we made it to states and I hope to place next year,” Austin Reiser said. The Sharks began training for this year’s season in early August before the start of school, but each of the boys also swim on club teams yearround. The Sharks Varsity Swim Team practiced everyday after school for two hours leading up to the FHSAA Championship, but those on club teams practiced twice a day, swimming both before and after school. “It’s hard to have practice at five in the morning most days before school,” Schneiderman said, “but having two practices a day keeps me at the top of my game.” At the state level, the boys placed ninth in the final 200 Freestyle Relay and, while a few were upset over not making it in their individual events,

Varsity swim attends state championship

they were pleased with their placement in the relay. “I could have swam better,” Adam Reiser said. “But it’s awesome we made it that far.” The swimmers and their coaches are enthusiastic about improving

even more in seasons to come. “We saw more individual swimmers qualify for states this year than in year past,” Coach Nathan Hesse said. “We have established ourselves as not just a district/regional caliber team, but a state contender.”

Photos Courtesy of Shawn Zylberberg

The Shark’s swimming team continued their dominance and placed ninth in the final 200 Freestyle Relay.

Art By Andrea Hoenigsberg



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Photo Courtesy of Zoe Unger

Photos By Jeremy Freiman




After just a few games, the success of last season seems to have carried on to this season’s young team.

With a record of 7 wins, 3 losses and 2 ties, the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team shows that they have something to prove.




The cheerleading team had a terrific year and keeps working hard through this yearlong sport. Shark’s swimming reached its peak this year after sending five swimmers to the state tournament.

The Shark’s football team finished with a disappointing 0-9 record while reshaping the team.

The girls of the River’s Varsity Dance Team bend over backwards to impress the pep rally crowd.

“She got no athle tic skills, so I call her a girl”

Society doesn’t like women’s sports, but I’m not sure why Josh Benrubi Commentary

Girls’ and boys’ sports — two subjects that should be completely similar, but are perceived as extremely different. It has dawned on me that this subject has arisen in multiple conversations and should be addressed. Before I begin, I would first like to state that I am not taking into account anybody else’s theories or beliefs but my own. The first component I would like to attack is the theory that male sports are more difficult and competitive than female sports. It is scientifically shown that males do have

an advantage when it comes to body structure and strength. However, this does not mean that male sports are better than female sports. In my opinion, if you were to have a boys vs. girls matchup, the boys’ team would win. That does not include the amount of effort put forth on both sides, which I feel is completely equal. When cheerleaders give it their all on the sidelines, they are working just as hard as males do at their own sport. When our muscle-jacked, heavyweight men go out there to play football, it may be tougher than girls’ sports and more physical, but within their sport they are putting out as much effort as women would in their own sport.


However, there is a completely visible line when it comes to the understanding and knowledge of certain sports terms. Even though this does not account for all girls, it is typically perceived that females fail to learn or know common sports terms. No, a touchdown happens in football, not basketball. And yes, there are actually field goals in football and not soccer. When females know their sports terms they either actually know what they are talking about or they are saying it to gain some sort of attention. In fact, I know one female who could name more players on the Miami Heat’s roster than most of my male counterparts who call themselves

RYAN BERGER, 11 Baseball




SUPERSTITIONS, SPECIAL ITEMS, AND PRE-GAME RITUALS. WHAT BRINGS RIVER GRILLED CHEESE “After last year, this ATHLETES ALL THIS LUCK? pre-game snack has been a superstition.” Photos Courtesy of Google Images and Josh Benrubi

“Heat fans”. But for the most part, that is the only real difference that is visible between male and female sports. Overall, I take no sides in saying that one gender’s sports are harder than the other, and so on and so forth. Truthfully, it all centers on theories and perceptions. Female athletes have the right to get angry over how hard they work at their sport, and male athletes have the right to argue against it. There are plenty of question marks that surround this subject, and I will end it how I started it: girls’ and boys’ sports— two subjects that should be completely similar, but are perceived as extremely different.


“This wristband gives me the strength and confidence during my games.”


“I have to do three high knee jumps before every race or I can’t run it.”



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