The BluePrint - Volume 14, Issue 1

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Hagerty High School

Volume 13, Issue 1

Oct. 9, 2018

Oviedo, Florida


COLOR BY NUMBERS Senior Lauren Lundstrom paints part of her monogram design on Saturday, the first day juniors and seniors had the opportunity to decorate parking spots since the school opened. Lundstrom chose a pink and blue elephant design for her spot, #202, with her monogram in the middle. photo by Chatham Farrell.

Greece trip

District review

In the summer of 2019, Erin Foley and Samantha Richardson will lead a field trip to Greece.

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District Eat and Play brings new food, arcade games, bowling and escape rooms to the Oviedo Mall. read story online

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Theater presents show with ‘Odd Couple’ of twists

“OH, IT’S MY DAUGHTER” Male lead, Oscar, played by junior Jake Lippman, rehearses the scene where his daughter and ex-wife call him during a poker game. photo by Margaret Taylor

Jessica Maldonado


Lifestyles Editor

he final scene of “The Odd Couple” ends with Olive, played by senior Catherine Jackson, and Florence, played by senior Cassidy Smith, screaming at each other until Florence throws linguini at a wall.

“The final scene is the funniest and my favorite,” Jackson said. ‘Odd’ moments are the norm for the theater department, who will be performing the “Odd Couple” Nov. 8-10 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Cast members will be performing two different versions, the male lead on one night, the female lead on the other night, and both on


the last night. The “Odd Couple” came out originally in 1965 as a play, with a male lead. In 1985, Neil Simon made a second version but with a female lead. Shortly after the play, in 1968, a film was premiered of a male version of “The Odd Couple.” In both versions, the male lead (Oscar) and the female lead (Olive) get divorced and move in with a best friend (Felix and Florence) who also had gotten divorced. One is neurotic and likes everything clean, while the other one is a complete mess. Even though in both versions they argue a lot, the male and female lead become very strong and overcome some very hard obstacles. The characters and the setup of the play will be the same as the film. Even the overall lesson of the play will be the same. “The main thing that we are trying to show and something that is showed in the film is how two people can hurt their relationship when their egos are involved,” Lippman said. “[It’s about] learning to live with other people but also with yourself.” Auditions took place in the beginning of September and were bit different than past years. Instead of getting to prepare before, students were given lines the day they had to audition, known as a cold read. Theater teacher Jamaal Solomon did it this way to see if the role was natural to the students who auditioned and to see if they fit right into it. “[Auditions] were scary because we didn’t know what we’re going to be reading,” junior Marcelo Felix, who will be playing the role of Felix and of Manolo, said. “However, I knew a

Andrea Izaguirre

Staff Reporter

The JROTC Raiders competed on Sept. 22 at East River High School, placing sixth, performing well on the Tire Flip and the 5k Run. Everything they do is as a group so getting everyone on the same page can be a challenge. Every day the members stay after school doing exercises and then when they go home they have homework to do for Raiders. It is very rigorous but 1st Sgt. Jose Vasquez is focused on preparing for the big Raiders competition in December.

In November the Distributive Education Clubs of America will participate in a mock trial at UCF. This will help them prepare for the real DECA competition which takes place in February. For the competition students conduct a fake interview and are graded on how well they present information and how prepared they are. This is DECA’s second year as a club. They talk about resumes, employability and interviewing skills.

MILLER SPEAKS TO TEEN REPUBLICANS In cooperation with the Seminole County GOP, the Teenage Republican Club provides students with the opportunity to volunteer for local campaigns and meet republican candidates. US congressional Republican candidate Mike Miller spoke to the club on Sept.18. Students of the club will be volunteering for local campaigns until campaign season is over. Anyone with questions about the club can go see Malkovich in room 2-220.

Male cast

Oscar: Jake Lippman Felix: Marcelo Felix Murray: Adam Johnson Vinnie: Timothy English Speed: Evan Bogert Roy: Trey Pollack Gwendolyn Pigeon: Charisma Hubbard Cecily Pigeon: Emi Oberson

Female cast

Olive: Catherine Jackson Florence: Cassidy Smith Mickey: Brenna McCafferty Sylvie: Khari Colter Renee: Aila Karkkainen Vera: Ariana Lynn Manolo: Marcelo Felix Jesus: Andy Ayup

New training earns debate victories



little bit about the character and I understood a bit of how the play worked, so it was alright once I actually got there, and I felt pretty confident after.” This play is the first of many to come in the school year, and along with it being technically two plays, the audience can learn valuable lessons. “It’s about friendship and about growing as people,” Solomon said. “Oscar and Olive both grow as people because they were broken and suicidal in the beginning, but at the end they both become stronger.”

TEAM TROPHIES Debaters pose with their trophies after the tournament. All 15 debaters pictured placed in their respective categories. photo by Julie Love


n Saturday, Sept. 22 both the novice and varsity debate teams were invited to participate in the first tournament hosted at Bishop Moore Catholic High School. Organized by the North Florida Catholic Forensic League, 300 participants debated nine different topics. Varying events allowed for both teams to take home a total of 15 awards, some of the winners including sophomores Sophia Willis in first place Congressional Debate and Tai Markman in third place Original Oratory. “I’m really proud of everyone who performed and a special congratulations to those who placed,” varsity captain Alexis O’Brien said. First time captains Sarah Gil, Grace Maddron and O’Brien decided to take a new approach to prepare the team to face the panel of judges in and out of the classroom environment. The new system “-is devoted to creating a

safe environment where it’s alright for people to make mistakes,” said O’Brien. “Essentially our goal with critiques is to deliver specific compliments focused on selfimprovement rather than harsh criticism that results in a damaged self esteem,” Gil said. Their new approach to debate is intended to leave students feeling accomplished when they have succeeded while still striving for the best. “It’s not that we’re encouraging a noncompetitive environment, we still expect debaters to take what they learn from their errors and find a way to come out on top,” Maddron said. The captains agree that focusing on positive reinforcements with clear directions prepares debaters to compete better than the strict, harsh models used in previous years. “The new training system definitely boosted my confidence and I think it really contributed to my me and my partners’ win this weekend,” junior Katie Guise said. Earning sixth place Public Forum, Guise and her partner junior Maya Pommet said that the positive reinforcement tactics used in practice aided in the competition and had a positive effect. “We’ve found that students are more likely to improve when they know what they’ve done right as opposed to only knowing where they messed up,” O’Brien said. Under the new debate authorities which brought in these methods, the debate team is expecting more wins in future tournaments. “We’re hoping to continue this winning streak and have a very successful season,” Guise said.

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Stires earns ‘historic’ Teacher of the Year award

AWARD-WINNING ALLOCUTION Dali Stires lectures her first period AP World History class, students who all had her last year. The rest of her classes are AP Human Geography. photo by Chatham Farrell

Sharika Khondaker


Staff Reporter

t is the first day of school, and teacher Dali Stires already knows what is going to happen. Her former students will walk into her classroom with smug grins on their faces,

bragging to her about their high scores on their AP Human Geography Exam. Stires received all of the scores over the summer, so even though she already knows exactly what they scored, hearing about her students’ successes is one of her favorite parts of teaching.

Stires won Teacher of the Year on Friday, Sept. 7. Currently teaching AP Human Geography and AP World History, Stires has 13 years of experience teaching in Seminole County. Over her teaching career, she has also taught Law Studies, World Geography, and all levels of U.S. History. In 2009, Stires won the Florida Council of Social Studies Teacher of the Year, which recognizes outstanding teachers in each of Florida’s school districts. Every school year, teachers and administration nominate and select a Teacher of the Year. This process starts when teachers send in a nominee and an explanation of why that teacher should be chosen. The staff votes, and the person with the most votes earns the title. There are several qualities that administration looks for during this process. “[Teachers] should have a growth mindset, and make whatever content they are teaching relevant to the student like how it applies to them in the future,” assistant principal Doug Miller said. “What makes Mrs. Stires stand out is her commitment to excellence in the classroom with her style of teaching.” Before Stires started teaching at Hagerty, she taught at Rock Lake Middle School from 2005-2012 and Crooms Academy from 20122013. She decided to start teaching after her daughters entered middle school. “I found that I truly enjoyed working with students. I would volunteer at my daughters’ school, and I loved seeing students who struggled to understand a concept become successful,” Stires said. In her class, Stires uses a flipped classroom method; students take notes at home and do

activities in class to reinforce their knowledge from their notes. This is drastically different than when she first began teaching, where she would stand at the front of the classroom and give lectures. “I have discovered that it is better to do little lectures and allow students to work together to discover and understand the content,” Stires said. Freshmen who have never taken an AP class before find Stires to be a tough teacher. Many of them complain about the amount of work she gives compared to their other teachers. But she wants her students to succeed. This is why she gives instructions as soon as the bell rings. “When you walk into class, you know that you are going to be productive. She is very direct and does not try to give you a very vague answer or something that bends the truth,” freshman Chase Kaplan said. Despite her occasionally intimidating demeanor, Stires believes in her students and is willing to go the extra mile. During a U.S. History class, one of her students was having a difficult time understanding the concept she was teaching, and Stires learned that her student was tired because of her baby keeping her up all night. The two formed a bond through this experience, and the student ended up graduating high school and going to college. “I was amazed. I respected that she had made the decision to come to school, despite her circumstances,” Stires said. “She taught me a valuable lesson — to remind myself that my students may be facing difficult times and that’s up to me to make sure they feel safe and secure while they are learning.”

Homecoming theme announced Parade canceled but pep rally, dodgeball added to events Sarah Dreyer


Staff Reporter

ver the summer, Seminole County Public Schools released a statement that all district homecoming parades would be discontinued due to security and safety concerns. Since then, however, the district has softened its stance, allowing parades, but with a few restrictions. In order for the parade to be deemed safe, new requirements would have needed to be met by each school. Despite this, disagreements

TIMELESS T-SHIRT Leadership’s design for the homecoming t-shirt. Everyone who purchases a dance ticket will get a free shirt when they buy their ticket. Different grades will receive different colors. Tickets are on sale during lunches.

between administration and Leadership about following these restrictions, as well as lack of participation by student body, the homecoming parade was canceled. For the first time since the school’s opening in 2005, there will be no homecoming parade. However, assistant principal Christy Bryce’s mission this year is to have fun during homecoming week. “Fun is leaving because of the safety and security issues in the world today,” Bryce said. “We have to do certain things, but I don’t want the fun to leave for [students].” Despite the end of one tradition, new ones are beginning to take form. For the first time in several years, a Dodgeball Tournament will be held in the gymnasium on Monday, Oct. 22. “We’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback from students about bringing [the Dodgeball tournament] back,” senior class president Brianna Hira said. An extended pep rally will serve as a replacement for the homecoming parade. Cheer coach Terri King will be in charge of the pep rally, but details have not been finalized yet. There will also be a tailgate before the homecoming football game on Friday, Oct. 26. Though one major staple of homecoming is absent, many other long running events are still around. TV Production will be putting on the yearly talent show on Tuesday, Oct. 23, and the Powder Puff game will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25. Though there is a possibility the parade will make a comeback next year, administration does not believe that the parade will be missed. “We’re trying new things and we need to have some fun and bring the school spirit back,”

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On Oct. 9, the Chorus Pop Concert will feature modern songs by multiple choirs along with soloists or small groups. Though soloists and groups will perform alongside the choir classes after auditioning, only people that already take choir can perform.

The pink’d game on Oct. 19, raises awareness of breast cancer while fundraising money to search for a cure. It is an away football game at Lake Howell High School, where people will “pink out” the stands to show their support of the victims of this

On Oct. 22, a dodgeball tournament in the new gym will feature 14 student teams and two teacher teams. The teams will need six players and one team captain. A fee of $30 is needed to participate, but people watching this event are not required to pay.

Leading up to homecoming, there will be multiple yearly activities like the talent show that will take place on Oct. 23. This event will be showcasing student talent; anyone who wants to perform needs to audition by online submission.

The long tradition of the powder puff game will happen on Oct. 25, and will twist the stereotype of football players and cheerleaders on its head, as girls will play in the game while guys will cheer the team on.

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Freshman fill final student government spots Haley Hibdon

Journalism I n Sept. 3-4 freshman students voted for school officers near the picnic tables during lunch. Candidates promoted themselves through social media and around the school during the week, and on Wednesday, Sept. 5, the winners were announced. Addie Grace Hart was elected class president, Abby O’Donnell as vice president, Jayce Bryce as secretary, Kirsten Trevino as the senator, and Jayden Murray as treasurer. The elected students had two weeks to prepare for the election. Most students did so by printing copies of their posters to hang around school. Bright colors and big, bold fonts grabbed students’attention as they walked down the halls. The elected students are already meeting and planning events for the class of 2022. “I wanted to run for this position because my older brother was senior class president and I wanted to follow in his footsteps as well as get more involved with Hagerty and everyone in our grade,” Hart said. The elected students have different strengths and will work together to ensure that the freshman class is in good hands. “I want to be more involved in the school,” said treasurer runner-up Anisa Mafarachisi, one of the few runner-ups who still plana on participating in student government. Any students who also would like to participate in SGA can attend weekly freshman meetings.


ON THE BUBBLE Timothy Irey, Colin Stansbury, Nathan Seminara, and Marissa Young choose class officers on Sept. 5. photo by Bridgette Hahn


Chantal Clemens




Crochets Clothing

Avery Sullivan

Fantasy Animal Artist ophomore Chantal Clemens is a traditional and digital artist who draws a wide variety of fantasy animals and regular beings such as birds and foxes. There is nothing regular about Clemens’ art and overall her as an artist, however. Since preschool, she has known art is what she wanted to pursue, and her passion has grown from there. “I probably started to take it seriously when I was 9 or 10 and drawing for five hours daily back then,” Clemens said. She has also earned scholarships and multiple opportunities. Clemens is able to sell some of her work at art galleries like the Artistic Hand Gallery, as well as commissions. She does this through email, Instagram, and Deviantart, an online community for artists to share work. Clemens also earned a free learning session at the Artistic Hand Gallery, as well as permanent half-tuition at The Art Studio of Lake Mary.



hink about a pop song; any pop song will do. Chances are, sophomore Avery Sullivan is singing it. Ever since one summer camp, Sullivan’s life changed, and she started wanting to sing; anything and everything, from pop songs to numbers from different plays, such as “Sweeney Todd.” Sullivan has been singing since she was 6 and she has been loving it every second of it. Sullivan has achieved many accomplishments; she recalls winning multiple awards, most significantly being awarded the Critics’ Choice Award for the solo musical at the Jr. Thespians competition in 2016. Although she enjoys winning, Sullivan mostly enjoys expressing herself. Currently she is part of the theater and choir program at the school; the stage is her favorite place. “My favorite part about singing is being able to be onstage and tell a story to the audience. Singing truly lets me become who I am,” Sullivan said.

Annie Trimboli


hen yarn, hooks and thread are combined, what comes to mind is not an image of youth. However, this is not the case when it comes to junior Annie Trimboli. She specializes in crocheting halter tops, which are her favorite clothing item, as well as the first thing she ever made. “The first thing that I made was a simple, single crochet stitch halter top,” Trimboli said. Trimboli learned to crochet by watching tutorials on YouTube. She tnderstood the basics, then moved on to more difficult techniques. Now, Trimboli runs a crochet shop of her own that she manages with her Instagram, as well as selling them on Etsy. She makes variations of pieces from retailers like Revolve and her own original pieces. In the future, Trimboli hopes to expand her business and continue crocheting.

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Find your role in your role in student safety


t’s been six months. Six months since one of the deadliest shootings in history happened in Parkland, Florida. Even before this mass shooting, safety was a concern, but what happened on Aug. 14 changed our concept of safety. As it became the number one concern for everyone, safety grew as a fear. We live in a changed world where the first thought about an event is not, “Will I have fun?” but instead, “Will I be safe?” Although six months does not seem that long ago, it is incredible to see all the changes made to ensure safety. The year started with simple changes such as the tinted cafeteria windows, adding more cameras and gates to the building, the addition of a new officer to campus and making students wait for approval to follow the fire drill procedures. Then, more drastic changes occurred. No backpacks at football games. The cancellation of the homecoming parade. A code yellow to simulate what students would do if a shooting happened during break. With all these changes, students and staff do not know how to react. Should we be mad at the fact that a long held tradition was canceled? Or even that a lot of money is funding all these measures? Or should we be sad that shootings are an everyday focus? The answer to all of these questions is yes. Yes, we should be mad about the parade, about the new backpack policy and yes we should be sad that this is now the world we live in. But, we cannot argue that it is unnecessary. We must emphasize safety procedures. We must be aware of what to do if an unwanted situation happens. So the real question we should ask is, “What is my role in all of this?” To answer this, we must look beyond the surface. We can start with being more aware of others. Although warning signs of a shooting can be hard to identify, there are measures we can take. A simple one is to show compassion. According to a study by Peter Langman, 75 percent of high school shooters were bullied by either staff or students. Not all school shootings can be stopped by just being sympathetic to others but, a positive environment can make a difference. How can we do this? Well, start by making a conversation with that student who sits at lunch by themselves, maybe even ask someone who looks upset if they’re okay. Small actions can make a big difference. Another role you can take is to stand up to the issue. This is where the phrase “see something say something” comes in place. If something looks suspicious to you, do not be embarrassed to discuss it with someone. Being called an “over-thinker” is better than being silent. You could also stand up by attending protests, donating to victims, or even better, by voting for the laws you want to see implemented. Whatever you choose to do, take part in the change. The situation that we, as a school, have to endure is not ideal, but, we must progress toward change and awareness. Everyone must embrace a role and help create an environment where we truly feel safe.



Barking Mad is a collection of short submissions about things that tick students off around school. If something at school makes you mad, e-mail us at and it may be featured here.

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Editor-in-Chief Ahilyn Aguilar Managing Editor Melissa Donovan Online Editor Bryson Turner

News Editor Emily Cosio Lifestyles Editor Jessica Maldonado Sports Editor Michael Gibson

Staff Reporters Hannah Hadelman Zoey Young Sarah Rifenberg Charlotte Mansur Hayden Turner Noah Kemper Luke Goodwin Amelia Anthony Jackie Whiting Sarah Dreyer Sharika Khondaker Olivia Gatchev

Opinions Editor Katarina Harrison Business Manager Andrea Izaguirre Photographer Chatham Farrell

Adviser Brit Taylor Principal Dr. Mary Williams

Spotify vs. Apple Music: It’s no contest Amelia Anthony

Staff Reporter t’s been a topic of discourse, memes and endless Internet polls, and everyone seems to have an opinion of their own. It has spread like wildfire across Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram, sparking endless arguments and rants. Is it Trump’s Supreme Court pick? No — it’s the Apple Music vs. Spotify controversy. There are dozens of music streaming services out there, from Pandora to Soundcloud and everything in between. But when it comes down to it, only two apps vie for the top spot in the music streaming competition: Apple Music and Spotify. Spotify has been the top music service in the world for years, with 83 million paying users worldwide compared to Apple Music’s 50 million. Despite what some critics say, however, the release of Apple Music nine years after Spotify isn’t going to be changing the dynamic anytime soon. Apple Music is… okay. There’s nothing gravely wrong with the way it presents your music or the overall experience. In fact, up until you start making playlists, the experience is relatively streamlined. The app asks you to choose your favorites from floating bubbles of genres and artists. It makes you feel like you’re getting a curated experience, when in reality your “For Me” tab is likely to be a few recycled albums from the artists you chose on the previous page. The layout feels hard to navigate, and while you can make your own playlists, play specific songs, and find what you’re looking for, the actual services end up inferior to Spotify’s. Spotify’s services are extensive, from hundreds of curated playlists to a “Discover” tab that includes new music for you based on the artists you’ve been listening to the most. This also includes a playlist of new music just for you that updates every week, as well as a playlist of new releases from the artists you care about most. When it comes to music discovery, Spotify is unsurpassed. Another plus of the app is that it has a built in equalizer that lets you customize exactly how you listen, while also offering presets. With Apple Music, you have to first go through your iOS settings, and then choose from one of the presets with no additional changes possible. While this would most likely be fine for casual listeners who wouldn’t use the


equalizer setting extensively, it’s a big deal for more intense music fans. The lack of discovery features within Apple Music is striking, especially considering how many Spotify offers. While Spotify’s features extend even past the ones mentioned above, Apple Music’s only real advantage is that it claims to have more songs cataloged than Spotify. But even that could be changing soon, as Spotify just recently added a feature for artists to upload their own songs. This feature could be a game changer for Spotify. It would help to expand their music library as well as draw in new artists looking to get their music into the world while still gaining 100 percent of the revenue they earn on their songs. This, in the long run, becomes just another advantage they have on Apple Music, and another reason that users might make the switch to Spotify. Another drawback Apple Music has faced is the fact that users have to pay a $10 monthly fee to use it, despite already owning and having paid for Apple products. Apple users are upset about the base price, as well as the fact that they don’t get Apple Music for free. The fact that the service is only for Apple users is something the company has not thought through, since none of their users will come from Android or Samsung devices. Both of these things limit their number of users, as well as the number of devoted fans sticking by their services. Spotify Premium, the feature-filled, ad-free version, goes for $10 per month, but users can choose to use the app for free with ads. However, it’s the student bundles that make Spotify one of the best choices for younger listeners. College students get the added benefit to bundle Spotify Premium, Hulu and Showtime for only $5 a month. On their own, each of these services cost a hefty $10 a month, which can be expensive, especially for a college student. The only bundle Apple Music offers is their family pack, which offers multiple accounts for $14 per month. In the end, it’s Spotify’s music discovery and playlist curation services that give it its biggest advantage. The app offers users things that Apple Music simply doesn’t, and while Apple Music tries to pull off the idea of making personalized playlists, it comes across as almost lazy in comparison to Spotify’s offerings. Spotify has pulled ahead in the competition, and it isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.

“You can’t get a locker change even if the locker location is inconvenient.” - Sarah Marino, 10

“When you are absent for a long time some teachers won’t let you make up work.” - Luis Balina, 9

“Dress code is still not fair. Guys dress code is less strict and they take little things too seriously.” - Gabrielle Thomas, 12

“Tables outside are not clean and have random food on them.” - Parker Douglas, 9

“Lower house is super hot and upper house is freezing and there is no in between.” - Jordan Long, 11

“The administration doesn’t let students play music at lunch and they are really strict.” - Isabel Perez, 10

“Security such as Code Red isn’t discrete we should use colored lights to have better security ” - Mabry Cooper, 9

“Upper class buildings have really bad wi-fi connection” - Jayden Sherfield, 10

“Stairways are way too narrow and way too many people are going up.” - Cecilia Felix, 9

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“How can I help my friends who suffer from depression when I can’t relate?”


Bryson Turner

JUST DON’T Online Editor


hurch and State. Socks and Sandals. Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. Some things are just meant to stay separate. In the same vein, there is a reason why there has been an unspoken line between sports and politics. Sunday used to be an escape. No matter what was going on in the world – be it a natural disaster or a contentious presidential election – Sunday football provided a time where no one had to worry about all that and just have fun rooting for their favorite team. Now, Sundays have been tainted, and have been for some time. Yet, Nike’s decision to use Colin Kaepernick for their latest ad campaign is not just detrimental to the tension that already exists in this country, but cements the fact that corporations are only making these statements on hot-button issues to advance their own brand. Kaepernick has been a controversial figure for years since he began kneeling for the national anthem in 2016. He has yet to find a home with an NFL team after opting out of his contract with the 49ers in early 2017. Last November, he filed a grievance against the NFL and its owners, accusing them of colluding not to hire him. This suit is still pending, and it remains a hot topic in the sports world. Now, in September, Nike has made him one of the faces of their company, supporting Kaepernick’s stance that the NFL is colluding against him. Right? Not necessarily. In March, Nike signed an extension with the NFL where they provide all 32 teams with game-day uniforms. While financial details of the deal were not released publicly, a similar deal with

the NBA was worth $1 billion. If Nike is siding with Kaepernick in this debate, why haven’t they threatened to pull out of the NFL deal? Or, if they can’t, why haven’t they publicly condemned the NFL’s previous actions regarding Kaepernick? Anyone can guess the truth. It’s all about the money. Nike doesn’t care about whether the NFL is colluding against Kaepernick or not. They don’t care about Kaepernick’s stances on the national anthem. All they care about is their charts and graphs that show them how consumer base will respond, and which actions will sell the most product. Using politics for corporate gain is a gross underhanded tactic. Nike has crossed a line that should not be crossed. Nike isn’t the only guilty party. During the 2017 Super Bowl, 84 Lumber and Audi both aired ads that took stands on President Trump’s border wall and Equal Pay for Women respectively. Politics has seeped into the corporate marketing world, and in a time where politically motivated harassment or violence can occur at any moment, these ads are only fanning the flames of discontent, increasing tensions where there should be respectful debate. People who have been burning their Nike socks or shoes were forced to make a choice. Did they want to express their love for their country by burning their favorite shoe, or continue wearing their favorite shoe, but be seen as supporting a cause they don’t support. People’s likes and dislikes don’t automatically dictate their political stances, and the fact that it’s a possibility that someone may have to give up watching their favorite sport or their favorite shoe just to prove their political opinion to others is a massive shame. But then again, what does Nike care?

How did we get here? Aug. 14, 2016 Kaepernick sits during National anthem, goes unnoticed

March 3, 2017 Kaepernick’s opts out of 49ers contract, becomes free agent

Aug. 26, 2016 Kaepernick’s protest is first noticed

Sept. 7, 2017 New NFL season begins. Kaepernick not on any team

Sept. 1, 2016 Kaepernick switches to kneeling, Eric Reid joins the protest

May 23, 2018 NFL passes rule forcing players on the field to stand

Sept. 22, 2016 Kaepernick featured on the cover of TIME magazine

Sept. 3, 2018 NIKE ad is released

You don’t need to be able to necessarily relate to your friends depression, but, instead, you can be a shoulder to cry on or a listening ear. Being an understanding and supportive friend to someone doesn’t require you to solve their problems or put yourself in a place where you compromise your emotional health. If life-threatening problems escalate and you don’t know what to do, I suggest encouraging your friend to seek professional by contacting an adult figure like a parent or a guidance counselor. If you fear for the safety of your friend and immediate action is required, notify the proper professionals such as the Suicide Prevention Lifeline, The National Alliance on Mental Illness, or even 911 emergency responders. Do not be afraid to make serious choices because not preventing dangerous decisions can have lifelong consequences.


“I’m worried about the ACTs and SATs. Our classes are focused more on writing skills and less on basic language arts. I know that helps the other students who struggle with writing, but I’m drowning over here. What do I do?”


There are a few things you can try. You can get a tutor, there is a list on the school website and in the front office. Julie Kopp, ninth grade English teacher, does individual tutoring along with current and retired Seminole County teachers. You can always go to your teacher to discuss your issues. And I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times, but Khan Academy and College Board both have websites and programs that are made to help. Khan Academy SAT Prep class is free, and the county paid for College Board access, so the price is right. If that doesn’t work, take matters in your own hands. Buy a practice book, or download the SAT/ACT Question of the Day app. No one can take the test for you, so whatever you can do to boost your score, do it. Have a question for the Advice Column? Send us an e-mail at hagertyjourn@

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A stepping stone LOOKING AHEAD A computer rendering of Stonehill Plaza prior to ground breaking depicts future plans.

Hayden Turner

Staff Editor


year ago, the intersection of Mitchell Hammock Boulevard and Alafaya Trail featured a run-down motorcycle shop, an abandoned Dunkin’ Donuts, a gas station

and a closed Papa John’s. Now, a packed Chickfil-a, Menchie’s and more are visible reminders of the redevelopment of Oviedo. The city of Oviedo has been evolving since it was a town of 3,000 in the early 1980s. Now, everything is coming in as planned, and coming “off the shelf,” according to Mayor Dominic

Persampiere. Buildings and restaurants have come to Oviedo, like Chick-fil-a and Mission Barbeque. But the biggest change in the development of the city has been Oviedo on the Park. Oviedo on the Park has actually been in the works for over 30 years,and formed as an idea in the late ‘80s. The idea was to have a city center on the land where the park is now. The planning started in 2000, and 60 residents came together to form the plan that made it the way it is now. As for shopping and eating, the change has turned Oviedo from a small town to a mid-size city with many options in many different places. “There is a major restaurant looking at the corner of Mitchell Hammock Boulevard and Oviedo Boulevard,” Persampiere said. There will be Burger Fi coming in, an Irish 31 Pub, and a few other restaurants. Another change that Oviedo has seen was on Alafaya Trail and Mitchell Hammock Boulevard, with the construction of the new Stonehill Plaza, and the opening of restaurants and retail shops like Floyd’s Barbershop and First Watch. Oviedo is forecast to grow to about 50,000 people in about 10 years. As of last year, the city is just over 38,000 people, and are currently at 40,000. But there is not a plan to completely develop the entire city, and keep some parts the


Marlow’s Tavern: Toast Appetizer

Netflix Original: “The Innocents”

While toast might sound like a bland appetizer, this addition to Marlow Tavern’s menu is quite the opposite. For only $5, Marlow’s Tavern has debuted two kinds of toast; the one I tried was the artichoke and arugula. The layers of whipped ricotta, the mound of artichokes, some baby arugula and the drizzle of balsamic and lemonette bring a new burst of flavor to the ciabatta. The artichokes may seem excessive, but they work well and are complemented by the ricotta. There is also a great balance between the crunchiness and chewiness; and cut into four slivers, the portion size is perfect for a quick snack before entrees. The only drawback is that the balsamic on top is very minimal, which is disappointing, given its sweetness and tanginess.

British television series, “The Innocents,” takes an interesting spin on the main character, June McDaniel, (Sorcha Groundsell) who runs away right after her 16th birthday with her lover Harry (Percelle Ascott). They discover that McDaniel is a “shapeshifter,” and can morph into another person through touch. The plot of the TV show was very well planned and well thought out but most of it was expected. Season two is expected to premiere in August 2019 but it is not confirmed. Even though this TV show had its flaws with the plot and character development, over all it was an intriguing topic and show to watch. - Jessica Maldonado

- Lukas Goodwin

Netflix: “Nappily Ever After” Released on Friday, Sept. 21, “Nappily Ever After” is the perfect ‘loving yourself’ movie, with a dash of romance and a sprinkle of comedy. This movie will leave you with a warm, happy feeling. After being dumped for being too perfect, heart-broken Violet (Sanna Lathan) retaliates by shaving off her life’s accomplishment: her hair. She must now continue living life while regaining the beaming confidence she once had. While there are no major surprises, Nappily Ever After is written well-enough that a simple plot is still captivating.

-Emily Cosio

Netflix Original: “Bojack Horseman” Season 5

Netflix: “Atypical” Season 2 “Atypical” is an eye-opening comedy on the life of a boy with autism named Sam. The first season focuses on Sam’s progression through high school, while the second season focuses on the struggles of Sam’s family; both with Sam and themselves. These include romantic issues, finding new friends, and dealing with a new school. It is simply just a funny show that will make you feel happy about the world after watching it, and let’s face it, that is something we could all use.

- Charlotte Mansur

There are very few shows on television that can capture the human experience the way “BoJack Horseman” does. Season 5 sees the titular character (Will Arnett) trying to find happiness and fulfillment in life. This season maintains the excellent writing, voice acting and character development of the preceding four seasons, while also experimenting with unique forms of storytelling. This is put on full display in the season’s standout episode, Free Churro, which is a testament to Will Arnett’s voice acting ability and the show’s ability to create complex characters. As one of the series’ best episodes, Free Churro is just one harecter talking for 25 minutes.

- Bryson Turner

way they are. “What’s nice about living in Oviedo is the rural boundary which is everything that’s just east of Live Oak,” Persampiere said on the redevelopment of the city. “That is to remain rural, and on [the western] side, that will be urban.” Plans include a Culver’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jimmy Johns, a Chicken Salad Chick, and a Metro Diner, all expected to open sometime next year. As for historic downtown Oviedo, a whole different plan is in place. The historic downtown is going to redevelop over time, and the major thing that has been happening is road widening. The road is going to be widened all the way from Oviedo High School to Lockwood Boulevard. This will take three to four years to be finished. Although the new businesses are exciting for many, not everyone is happy with the changes. “I see it becoming overdeveloped and this can cause may problems like traffic,” freshman Ethan Sweat said. “Development moving out farther into the more rural areas are erasing the true history of this town.” But while there are other plans for downtown, it is too early for people to see what will happen to the area. “Most folks don’t realize what they’re seeing now is just the beginning,” Persampiere said.

Amazon Prime: “Jack Ryan” “Jack Ryan” is a new Amazon Prime show. Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) is an average analyst that works alongside with the C.I.A. Always on edge with each episode, Amazon does it again, choosing the right people for their roles. However, as always, the show is not on point with the book, but a show anyone interested in the C.I.A or military would enjoy.

- Sarah Dreyer

“The Good Cry” by Noah Cyrus The “Good Cry” EP released on Sept 21, by Noah Cyrus seems like a cheesy road trip soundtrack; it is okay. The most redeeming song on the album is “Good Cry,” which has a nice beat and seems like a great song to do your homework to; basically, this song is relaxing and not distracting. However, I was thoroughly disappointed with the rest of the EP. All songs excluding Good Cry had basic beats, lazy songwriting, and sounded like every other song being played on the radio.

- Sarah Rifenberg

“East Atlanta Love Letter” by 6LACK

Making his way into the Hip-Hop and R&B limelight, 6LACK creates a dark, bass-heavy vibe. This intense undertone is expressed in his newest album, East Atlanta Love Letter. The album is about past loves and him expressing his feelings.6LACK is the main artist on all the songs but his album features other stars like Offset from Migos, J. Cole, Future and Khalid. All those artists combined with 6LACK’s unique style makes this album one to listen to on repeat and is a go-to for that late night drive.

- Michael Gibson

Staff Reporter

he brushes are out and the paint cans have been opened: parking spot painting is a go and juniors and seniors have started decorating their spaces. From monograms to flowers, students are now able to make them unique. Before Saturday, the parking lot was a uniform gray plane that did not represent Hagerty or the students. However, when the painted spaces started to appear, the parking lot morphed into a colorful canvas, showcasing students’ personality and whimsical interests. Junior Lauren Lee was particularly eager to paint her space. “I was inspired by my Life Is Good sticker on my water bottle. My spot is going to be the classic Life is Good daisy with my name,” Lee said. Students see painting their parking spaces as a way to make memories with their peers. Lee and junior Camdyn Meredith were excited to be painting their spots together. “Our spots are right next to each other and we have a combined design, so we’ve decided that our spaces could come out better if we work together,” Meredith said. They also split the paint costs to afford a variety of colors. Painting the school parking lot allows for students to use their creativity to make an impact on the school. The illustrated lot allows for a more vibrant space to greet students as they walk in every day. Not only will the school be a more colorful place because of it, but students will be able to develop a deeper connection to the school.


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S elf-expression has become more and more prevelant. Teens have found ways to show off a part of themselves whereever they may go. From water bottles to senior crowns to parking spots to bracelets, young adults have found a way to put their own personal staples on these everyday objects. Teens buy and receive stickers showing their interests to put all over their water bottles. They can get them from gift shops in travels, sticker websites like Redbubble or even from friends as gifts. As for senior crowns, students plan a way to

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make their crown attractive while still adding their own touch. They incorporate parts of themselves, from favorite colors to the sports or clubs they take part in. Submit a sketch, get it approved, buy materials and students are on their way to leaving their mark on a parking spot. Many paint their space with favorite colors and details that represent them, like a favorite sport, favorite T.V. show, or even their initials. Teens have found and will continue to find ways to personalize their items.


Staff Reporter ust after schedule pickups on Aug. 1, a group of 40 seniors held a party with a mission: to make their senior crowns. The host of the party, senior Reagan Pomp, thought it would be a fun way to bond with other girls and share fun materials for decorating. “We had so many supplies that every crown looked unique,” Pomp said. Senior Olivia Ott, who attended the party, said that seniors have one goal when making their crown: make yourself stand out. Senior Alexa Edney utilized drip painting, which consists of mixing together different paints and tipping it on the crown, which gives it a spontaneous look. She completed the crown by streaming fairy lights around it for extra spunk. “I’m taking AP Art this year, so it was a fun project to help me express my artistic side,” Edney said. Senior Valeria Portillo Rivera did not design her crown on her own. Instead, she looked to a family member with artistic talent for sentimental reasons. “I asked my grandma to paint The Starry Night on it,” Portillo Rivera said. “That way I always have a piece of her with me, even in school.” Regardless of the inspiration behind it or how they made it, senior crowns will always remain a staple of high school: something that all seniors can personalize.

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Staff Reporter ecilia Felix roamed around the aisles in Michael’s searching for the perfect yellow starred beads to go on her wrist. She got into wearing bead bracelets when her mother gave her a one with diabetes written on it because it meant something to Felix. Felix thought they were a cute meaningful accessory to wear so she continued to make more unique bracelets such as one that said Gonzo, the name of her dog that passed away. Bead bracelets are a trend that teenagers are taking part in. Most of the bead bracelets that people wear have meaning. Different types of different colors, shapes and letters allow people to personalize them to be something special. Sophomore Laura Darty has a collection of bracelets she wears every day to school. “Each one has a meaning. For example I have one that says BFF and my friend has the other. I don’t see her often so it makes us feel as if we have a part of each other,” Darty said. This bead trend is different than regular bracelets, causing teenagers to become a part of this new craze. “They are so cute and I love this new trend. I feel like I can express myself more,” Emelynn Priore said.


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Assistant Editor golden retriever sticker, multiple Pura Vida and Jolyn stickers, a senior class sticker, an Action church sticker, a sticker from a trip to Arizona, and a Track Shack sticker all cover senior Julia Plescha’s water bottle. No two stickers are the same and neither is the meaning behind them. Water bottle stickers trace their origin to the 1940’s, when bumper stickers became the ultimate trend to transform an everyday object like a car into a vehicle of self-expression. “My stickers make my bottle personal and meaningful because each sticker shows a bit of [my] interests and personality,” Plescha said. “[They all] remind me of something I like or [they] bring back good memories.” Like Plescha, seniors Jack Chitty and Gabriella Neris and sophomore Mary Rasmussen also have stickers from travels on their bottles. Chitty has labels from areas like Hawaii and Alabama where he went to squadron officer school for the Air Force. He also has a wristband on his bottle from an Air Force special operations officer which is part of a virtual reality training program. The decorations on his bottle from the military represent his aspirations that he holds for himself, as he hopes to join the military after college. “Everything I have on my bottle ensures that I will not lose it in the sea of Camelbaks at [school],” Chitty said. Neris has labels from England, France and Maryland, which she usually purchases in tour shops or from tour registrations. “They all serve as memory joggers to [recall] what I did when I was there,” Neris said. The decorations on Rasmussen’s bottle are from Hawaii, California and New Smyrna Beach. She thinks her water bottle has a “beach vibe” which shows off her love for the beach and sets hers apart from others. All the details that students add represent different parts of their lives from friends, to family, to sports. Out of all her stickers, the one that has the most meaning to senior Valeria Portillo Rivera is the Sangre de Malta sticker. Sangre de Malta is her Mexican uncle’s beer company. “Every time I look at it, it reminds me of my family in Mexico,” Portillo Rivera said. “It is a small detail that makes [me] happy in [my] own way.” She also orders decals from websites like Redbubble, which is where Plescha and senior Alexa Edney also get them. Since this fad has taken off, it has become a common gift between friends. “For Christmas gifts, I got my friends stickers off of Redbubble,” Plescha said. “It is so quick, easy and inexpensive. I thought it would be a trendy way to give them a little piece of our friendship.” Having little characteristics showcased on an everyday item, like a water bottle, makes it an addiction for teens to continue decorating it to take part in self-expression. “There have been nights where I have ordered stickers online instead of doing homework,” Portillo Rivera said. Some stickers that students do not place on their water bottles go on their laptops. They do this for similar reasons that they decorate their bottles: to personalize. “They are from companies that I buy from, places I have been and places I am from,” Neris said. “It makes my laptop more personal than just having it blank.” All of the stickers she has purchased and detailed her items with are ones that she knows she will never get tired of seeing. With such accessibility to stickers from ordering them online, to purchasing them in stores for prices like $3-4 for a pack of five to six stickers, this trend has taken off and it is typical for teens to have their water bottles by their side all the time, showcasing their personality without having to say a word. “[The stickers] make [my bottle] more meaningful; it makes me smile throughout the day,” Edney said. “They also help people know a little about me before they have to ask.”

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Work smart


unior Grace Stoner, along with other students, has been able to acknowledge her academic limits. Students feel pressured to take as many AP classes as possible in high school, and it leads to expect too much of themselves with impossible workload. AP Language Arts had intrigued Stoner, so she elected to take it. However, that was not the case for past AP classes. “I feel I was pressured into taking AP Human Geography and AP World History,” said Stoner. Now, she knows that it is more important to take the classes she is interested in, and can handle, as opposed to taking as many as possible. Procrastination also holds back many teenagers. Senior John Chitty took a couple years to get himself to stop the habit. “I had always finished my homework at the last minute, and it really ruined ninth and tenth grade,” Chitty said. Students have to learn that procrastination is the enemy, and to not overwhelm themselves with too many responsibilities.


Take it serious


hile it is important for students to still have fun and not overwhelm themselves, it is still important to stay responsible. It is common, especially in freshmen, to not focus enough on schoolwork and unintentionally set themselves up for disaster in the future. Junior Artie Natal is still feeling the repercussions of wasting away ninth grade due to not truly caring about his grades at the time. “I did not take it seriously, and it still shows,” Natal said. “I now have a lower GPA that is still dragging me down.” It may seem like there is plenty of time in high school, but it flies by faster than anyone expects. Staying on top of work is essential to success.

Go with the flow


iddle school teachers are infamous for hyping up high school to be bigger and scarier than it really is. Many freshmen enter with the mentality that their classes will be so rigorous they will probably fail and that their teachers will be merciless. Students like sophomore Sabrine DeSilva have learned by now that high school is not as bad as it may have seemed. “It was built up to be really stressful, like college,” DeSilva said. “But they really ease you into the workload, so it isn’t too bad.” Taking a moment to look at the big picture and plan helps several students relax and realize that they can handle it.



t is not uncommon for most to find themselves swamped with assignments most nights. Even if students are lucky enough to find themselves free of work, going to school itself can still be draining. Workouts are supposedly more tiring than rejuvenating, but Natal often relies on trips to the gym to recharge after a long day of work. He tries to go at least every other day. “The gym is like an escape,” Natal said. “You only have to focus on working out while you are there, and you feel really good afterwards.” However, there are always alternatives. Another way to get re-energized is to take breaks from work. “I always go outside or play music for a while,” Stoner said. “Anything to just get your mind off work for a bit.”

Find outlets


choolwork is something that is prioritized, but it is also important to take a breather. Students are able to find their niche through clubs, sports, or other extracurricular activities. It is imperative to balance responsibilities with social life and leisure time for a healthy high school experience. “I wish I had looked for more clubs to join freshman year,” DeSilva said. Natal has also been able to find outlets. He loves giving speeches in Debate, as the relief of successfully presenting them is always fun. He is also involved in student government and Key Club, where he can meet with friends and have fun between all of his work. Overall, finding a balance between everything is what will get students through high school. “There have been some really dark times in the past,” Natal said. “I just had to keep reminding myself that it would all be worth it.” With determination and a little planning, everybody can conquer high school.

e h t g n i k a M most of it Lukas Goodwin


Staff Reporter

s students enter their freshman year, worlds are flipped upside down as they are slapped in the face with a reality check: high school is tough. Between juggling seven periods (often with multiple AP classes), sports, other extracurriculars and excessive homework, it is easy to get overwhelmed. In order to help others not make the same mistakes, here are some high school tips from returning students on how to survive a turbulent four years.

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Thinking and Inking

TAKING THE PAIN Senior Gabrielle

Hackney endures the mild pain of a tattoo needle in order for a lotus flower to be permanently etched into the skin of her back. Hackey has been tattoed three times and plans on getting more tattoos in the future. photo provided by Gabrielle Hackney

PRETTY HEADLINE GOES HEREERERERRERERER Teens use tattoos as forms of expression and meaning Katarina Harrison Opinions Editor iven the stereotypes of teenagers with tattoos, people might think that every piece of ink on a teenager’s skin is the result of a mistake or a rebellion. In reality, many teenagers with tattoos have reasons and meanings behind the ink on their skin. “Most tattoos contain a good story or memory that you want to keep with you at all times to remind you, or to keep a memory alive,” senior Jennifer Mustafa said. Mustafa herself has a tattoo of a lotus flower at the top of her spine. On the stem of the flower in cursive, the tattoo reads “ohana,” accented by a wave. At the bottom, a heart ties the piece together. “I wanted something on me to represent my family and a little of who I am,” Mustafa said. Mustafa’s sister works as a tattoo artist and applied the tattoo. Before she began, Mustafa’s sister put a numbing cream on the area and let it sit for five minutes. Instead of the pain people would expect, Mustafa described the experience as similar to being written on by a marker or pen. Senior Gabrielle Hackney describes the pain as slightly more intense, but far from agonizing. After getting three tattoos, Hackney describes the pain as “little bee stings” and refers to the whole experience as “very exciting.” “Once you get one, you’ll want to get another,” Hackney said. Hackney has a tattoo of a lotus flower on her back, a cross behind her ear and the words “walk by faith” on her foot. Meaningful words


and phrases like that can hold deep meaning for students who get tattoos. Senior Alexis Groenink has the words “love you GG” on her right foot, in honor of her great grandmother, GG, who passed away in December. After her death, Groenink wanted a lasting and meaningful way to remember her grandmother. “I chose this because it is pretty much permanent and I didn’t want just a necklace or bracelet that could break in less than a year.” Groenink said. Groenink’s cousin got the same tattoo, and the duo have worn the ink for almost a year. Even now, the words hold deep meaning, and remind Groenink of her grandmother. “It helps me to express myself because I really loved my great grandma and this way I always have her with me,” Groenink said. Once students have chosen a meaningful tattoo, there is still a lot to consider. From price to parlor, from permanence to placement and then to parental consent, there are a lot of things for teens to consider before they get a tattoo. Prices vary between artists and tattoos, but even a small tattoo can cost more than $50. Even for those who can afford, choosing the proper tattoo parlor is one of the most important parts of the process, as bad ink can last forever. Students looking for the proper tattoos parlor have a lot at stake — without proper materials and care, tattooing can be a dangerous art. In fact, according to, an improperly sterilized tattooing needle can transmit dangerous diseases such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C, Tuberculosis and HIV. For this reason, students must be certain to carefully

consider their options. Many use online reviews to help this process. “Make sure you fully decide what you want,” Hackney said. “It’s permanent, there’s no going back.” Parental consent may be the next hurdle for a student looking for a tattoo. Florida law requires anyone under 18 to have parental consent before getting a tattoo, and some students may find their parents unwilling to authorize such an important step. Even those parents who accept tattoos may have opinions on content or location. “[My parents] didn’t want it to be in a super noticeable place, or in a place that looks unprofessional,” Groenink said. Groenink’s parents allowed her to get the tattoo on her foot, where it would be easily hidden in a professional setting. Other students have struggled to find parental consent, and may have no choice but to wait until they turn 18 to get a tattoo. The location of a tattoo is not only important to parents, but can to students as well. Mustafa recommends not getting a tattoo on a bony area, and considering future career options. Since she wants to work or intern at Disney in the future, she opted for a tattoo that could be easily hidden under her shirt to comply with Disney’s policies. “Beware of your placement,” Mustafa said. “And think of your future first, or job.” For many students, getting a tattoo can be an emotional, meaningful, and thoughtful decision, one that is considered carefully. Even at a relatively young age, permanent ink can carry meaning weight and importance.


of tattooed people have more than one tattoo

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17% regret their tattoos

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Hung up &

Time to eat not always an option Andrea Izaguirre


Business Manager

tudents know the struggle: desperate glances between the ticking clock and their PB&J sandwich, a moment’s hesitation before the bell rings, and then the final surrender to an empty stomach in exchange for a chance to complete last night’s Algebra homework. Whether it’s because they’ve left an assignment for the last minute, or they just can’t keep up with the demand, there are many scenarios where students find themselves missing opportunities to eat, mainly because of time management. “I do school work usually every lunch period. If it comes down to it, I’ll pick A’s over a slice of pizza at lunch,” sophomore Cely Perez said. For students like Perez, eating during the school day can be a hassle, as it can interfere with the amount of time students have to complete or catch up with their school work. On the other hand there are students who wish they had time to eat but still find themselves swamped in homework and missing assignments. Sophomore Juan Chumpitaz views eating as a luxury, or “something to look forward to in my free time, which is never.” The pattern of constantly replacing food for homework leads to a general lack of eating, and there are consequences for hunger. “I get really hangry when I don’t eat,”

FRENCH FUMBLE Sophomore Shannon Skelly completes her French homework during first lunch. Skelly rushed to finish the last minute assignment. photo by Peyton Sutch

senior Alexis O’Brien said, “Everything starts to annoy me.” Likewise, sophomore Lyzza Zuniga said, “Being hungry during school makes it so much worse, especially when I’m trying to concentrate.” Despite the fact that students tend to choose completing school work opposed to eating, there still is a negative reaction to feeling hungry that follows this decision. According to the American Psychological Association, hungerrelated toxic stress can negatively affect brain development, learning, information processing, and academic achievement in


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children. Students who do not eat during lunch for whatever reasons are more susceptible to failing in certain areas of school that are critical to succeeding on a daily basis in a competitive learning environment. To avoid these consequences, students who lack the time to eat during lunch find ways to make it happen. For students who can’t drop their assignments to eat, multitasking or sneaking snacks throughout the day are the only solutions. “It doesn’t matter if it’s allowed or not, when I’m hungry I eat.” sophomore Gavin Kerr said.



Microwaves a blessing and a nuisance


Charlotte Mansur

icrowaves are amazing. A microwave can create a s’more with just a tap of a button, no campfire necessary. Plus they allow for YouTube videos like “I Just Microwaved my Phone **shocking**” and “Microwaving Soap (emotional)”. In other words, microwaves are great, unless they are in the hands of a high schooler. You would think that teenagers, being as lazy as we are, would be experienced in microwaves. However, from burnt popcorn to exploding food, the microwaves in the cafeteria are a foodstuff warzone. There are no mothers in the high school cafeteria; so if your mango chutney samosa explodes in the microwave, nobody is going to clean it up for you. Don’t leave the mess for an unsuspecting freshman who just wants to nuke some pancakes. Is it too much to ask to cover your food with a paper towel? It would save everyone the headache. Most of the time when you have to wipe up someone elses microwave mess, you don’t even know what you are cleaning. Is this inexplicable orange paste mashed sweet potato or baby food yams? Who can tell? A trashed microwave can really stink up the cafeteria, too. Some food is so smelly, that it does not belong in a high school microwave. Certain foods reek, and when you put them in a microwave their smell is multiplied by ten. It makes it hard to eat your food when the cafeteria smells like a methane gas explosion. Not sure what to keep out of a public microwave? Fish, cheese, anything fermented, garlic, and most importantly, popcorn. Popcorn is the Kanye of microwaves. Done properly, it can be great, but unchecked popcorn gets too big of a head and burns. There is no smell compared to the rancid god forsaken stench of burnt popcorn. And nothing lasts like burnt popcorn either. One burnt kernel can stink up the cafeteria for a week. Sure, microwaves are a godsend, but they can’t do everything for you. In order to improve everyone’s lunch experience, take the time to make sure you know how to use the microwaves. Lord knows you can look it up on YouTube.


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How to make a job work out Look for something flexible

With a busy high school life and a job, it is important to keep things balanced. This is a lot easier to do with a place that has flexible hours. Things may happen at school that require staying after, like a project or making up a test, and it is imperative that the job does not interfere with one’s schoolwork or else they can see a decline in their grades and even morale. “It’s really hard to balance school and my job. I get off of work at 7:30 p.m. and so I get home at 8 p.m., and then I need to shower. I normally go to bed at 1:00 a.m.,” junior Isha Yooseph said, who found her job at Mathnasium during an internship expo. Sophomore Reece Germer works with a landscaping company, and fortunately he only works on weekends. Germer fits his homework and football practice into the week. Another thing that can help is to work somewhere with enough people to allow for schedule flexibility. Senior Rachel Thompson has a group chat with her friends from work. This allows her to trade off with other’s shifts on days she cannot work and her “easygoing” bosses allow her to keep her schoolwork in check.

Find something beneficial

GET IT DONE As a front desk employee senior Lexi Groenick puts on a

band for customer at her job site ‘Boing. Jump Center.’ Groenick has been working at ‘Boing’ for five months. photo by Jessica Maldonado

Sarah Rifenberg


Staff Reporter job to a high schooler may seem like a huge responsibility, especially with all the other things happening: homework, school, extracurriculars— it all seems overwhelming. Though many students may find themselves searching in couch cushions just to find an extra dollar, money might not be enough to beat the stress of a job. However, with the right job, balance between work and school can be found.

Look out for opportunities

When looking for a job, it is important to keep an eye out for all possibilities. There should be no limitations on the type of job, and because there are limited establishments hiring minors, it is much easier to find something with an open mind. Sophomore Charisma Mae was looking to get volunteer hours from her church, but then saw help wanted signs, and now works as a school teacher and occasional event staffer. “I just looked for something local that I knew I would enjoy,” Mae said.

When looking for work, it might be compelling to search for the easiest jobs, but it is much better to look for something beneficial to you. It is best to have a job that will teach you something, whether it be experience, knowledge or more time management skills. Yooseph wanted something that can be put on college applications, and thought that having a job at Mathnasium would put her a step ahead, especially since she plans to work as a math teacher in the future. “I love math, and teaching kids math was just the perfect job for what I want to do in the future,” Yooseph said. Finding something beneficial does not necessarily mean finding something you will continue to do in the future, it just means finding something that will help you later on.

Learn to pick your battles

When there is too much to balance, it is easy to lose track of it all. The most important thing is to try to give every activity the most you can, and it is important to learn what to prioritize. When looking at the fine details, everything may seem important, but it is better to take a step back and look at the big picture. Yooseph does a lot of extracurriculars including, National Honors Society, Science National Honors Society, Rho Kappa, and is the Vice President of Key Club. All these clubs, along with school and a job make it seem impossible to manage. However, Yooseph learned to manage her time appropriately and tackle only the most important things on her plate. Mae has managed to avoid the trouble of only doing the most importance of each activity by doing her homework immediately when she gets home. Whenever she has free time away from her job, she prioritizes her schoolwork over other activities. Despite Yooseph’s stress when handling all of these activities, she does not regret applying for her job. “I love my work way more than I love school,” Yooseph said.

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On the rise by Hannah Hadelman

Senior Riley Greene earns baseball achievements


enior Riley Greene has had enough baseball awards to fill two trophy cases, but he does not want to tell you about them. Despite recognition from major organizations and scouts, Greene is humble about his talent. He has been playing baseball since he was 3 and has a very realistic goal of making it to the major leagues. His list of achievements runs long. Baseball America wrote that he was one of the top prep players in the nation—he earned third-team High School All-American Honors from Baseball America as a junior. “Greene possesses quick hands and an easy swing that generates strong power presently,” Chris Hilburn-Trenkle for Baseball America wrote. “… With more power potential on the way as he adds muscle to his long frame.” YouTube videos, articles and tweets have been posted showcasing Greene’s talents. MLB Pipeline tweeted in August that Greene is a 2019 MLB prospect and a potential 2019 top five MLB Draft pick. Perfect Game All-American Classic names him as the number two player in the class and possibly the country’s top hitter. Adding on, Diamond Kinetics recognizes him as Offensive Player of the Year. Despite these achievements, his favorite moment does not include any of those. “My proudest moment as a baseball player was being able to play and have my family watch me this summer,” Greene said. His parents are busy, always traveling and attending every event this summer with him. His team and coach are also right by his side. Greene plays center field for the school, but he also plays for Florida Travel Ball. Despite committing freshman year to University of Florida, Greene has continued to do big things, especially this past summer. Traveling to California, Georgia and Alabama, Greene played for multiple teams. He also tried out for Team USA in North Carolina. Even if he does not like the attention, his teammates are happy for his success. “[Greene’s] life has changed a lot since he has been getting more recognition,” senior Jordan Engel said. “He has been way more busy, and just in the spotlight in general.” Engel has been playing with Greene since they were 4. From playing recreational ball together for 10 years to being on the varsity baseball team together in high school, their friendship and bond is strong. For Greene, junior year was a time that tested his abilities. There was only one senior on the team, requiring others to step up. It was also a time that, compared to now, was not as busy. Greene, because of all the baseball activities, is enrolled in full virtual school this semester. For some, going all virtual school might be scary because there is a lot of work to keep track of, but not Greene. “Going all virtual was one of the best decisions I have made,” Greene said. The recognition started coming in once Greene started high school. Committing as a freshman was just the beginning. “It is not easy to handle so much recognition, but he seems to be doing it well,” Cleveland said. “He is very busy with his travel schedule and meeting and learning about all of the scouts and professional baseball organizations.” Greene is a humble kid, not paying attention to rankings, and only focusing on the game. “He just works hard and does not let it distract him. All he wants to do is get better and continue to play,” Engel said. Greene was inspired by his dad to start playing. His dad loved the game and wanted to keep it going in the family. Consequently, Greene started playing when he was young and now he loves it. “[Greene] loves the game, has fun and is a great teammate,” Cleveland said. “He is usually the first one here, and the first one to help with anything needed. He has a chance to go very far in this game.”

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Fourth quarter fury: Football starts season 4-3 Bryson Turner

Online Editor uarterback Sammy Cordero gazed towards the goalpost at the other end of Sam Momary Stadium. The football team faced a fourth and 28 on their own 3-yard line. They were down to Ocoee, 22-21. To remain undefeated in district play, Cordero had to do something he has only done on 12 percent of offensive plays the entire season — throw the ball. “We don’t throw the ball unless we need to,” wide receiver Caleb Lowe said. “When we need to, we’re expected to execute.” Starting with the fourth down, Cordero connected twice with Lowe and once with fellow wide receiver Ian Watts as the offense drove 90 yards to the 7-yard line, where kicker Landon Spangenberg booted a game winning 24-yard field goal to lift the team over Ocoee, 24-22, on Sept. 28. After a Friday’s loss against East Ridge, the team is now 3-1 the district and 4-3 overall. While Cordero had to use his arm in the Ocoee game, his main contribution has been with his legs. He leads the team in rushing yards, with 715, and touchdowns, with 10. By not scoring in against East Ridge, Cordero capped off eight consecutive games in which he scored a touchdown, a streak dating back to last season’s loss against Timber Creek. The team has a rematch with Timber Creek on Nov. 2. “I’ve grown as a player. I’ve put in the work and I’m confident in myself,” Cordero said. “I want to go out there and show [Timber Creek] what I have this season and get a win this time.” Second in rushing yards is tailback Jordan


Gilbert, who has thrived during this latest stretch, getting 331 of his 346 total yards during the last four games. Prior to that, he was still working his way back from a torn ACL in his left knee he sustained the previous season. It was not until the Lake Minneola game, when he began returning to pre-injury form. “That’s when I knew we’re back in business,” Gilbert said. “I was happy I wasn’t on the sideline being injured and not being able to do anything.” One thing prevalent on both sides of the ball is the opportunity for new starters to emerge, and they have been taking advantage. Gilbert’s slow recovery made way for sophomore Ethan Lopez and freshman Syncere Sampson, who have combined for 360 yards and two touchdowns. On the defensive side, injuries to linebackers Tyler Kielma, Tommy Halverson and Garett LaGrange led to the rise of defensive back Colby Fialkoff, whose fumble recovery and interception, both in the fourth quarter, proved key in the 35-28 win over Lake Minneola. Fourth quarter heroics have also become a regular for the team. A chaotic final quarter against West Port included two 50-yard runs, two touchdowns by Cordero within 3:41 of each other and an interception by defensive lineman Clay Caldwell. “We play better under pressure,” linebacker Wyatt Wilson said. “We make things happen.” Through the changes that have occurred this season, Ziglar maintains his traditional coaching philosophy. “You don’t try to scheme, you don’t try to outsmart people,” Ziglar said. “You let the athletes you have do their job.” After a bye week, the team will play at Lake Howell in the Pink’d game on Oct. 19.

DODGING DEFEAT Quarterback Sammy Cordero evades Lake Minneola tacklers on one of his 20 carries.

Cordero scored twice in the varsity team’s 35-28 victory over Lake Minneola. photo by Sharon Sheridan

Cross country runs toward playoffs

THE LAST LEG Senior Adam Mastrobuono races to the end of the

Trinity Prep Invitational. Mastrobouno finished 10th. photo by Chatham Farrell

Michael Gibson


Sports Editor

fter weeks of training and summer workouts, the boys and girls cross country teams ran their first race of the season at the Trinity Prep invitational on Aug. 25. The boys team finished eighth, led by senior Adam Mastrobuono who finished 10th with a time of 18:35. The girls team, led by junior Rachel Pyros, finished sixth. The girls team has historically placed higher than the boys and it holds true for this meet, but according to Mastrobuono, that might not be the case for long. “The team performed very well especially with two guys

missing because of the ACT, looking at the next meet I think we’ll do a lot better because we will have everyone there,” Mastrobuono said. However, at the Deland Invitational, the boys finished ninth and the girls team finished fifth. Pyros, who again led the girls team by finishing ninth, was complimented well with 14th and 15th place finishes from juniors Kami Muse and Kaylee Rodd. Pyros credits the team’s depth to their recent success. “All the girls are friends and practices are always fun, but we do work really hard and it shows off in meets when a lot of us do well,” Pyros said. In the teams highest placing meet, the Merritt Island Invitational, both teams found their stride and placed third in a 20 team field. Leading the boys team once again was Mastrobuono who placed 7th with a 17:26, more than a minute shorter than the first meet. For the girls, Rodd led the team with a time of 21:34 and a tenth place finish. In the most recent meet, the Hagerty Invitational, Mastrobuono was able to lead the boys team to a 12th place finish in a 29-team field and Rodd led the girls once again to a 10th place finish in a 29-team field. Although the teams did not place very high, all runners are consistently improving their times which will help once the postseason rolls around. “I really feel like everything is starting to come together and we are beginning to learn how to run together,” Mastrobuono said. The team’s last meet of the season, the FSU Invitational, will put the runners to the test as they compete against some of the best from across the state. After that, the teams will start the state playoffs with the conference championship, and both teams think they will do well with the help of Mastrobuono and the rest of the veterans who have been leaders throughout the season. “Adam has been our most consistent leader in training and racing,” Getty said. “His outstanding ‘lead by example’ approach to the season has helped mold our younger/newer team members.”


Aidan Kramer made three consecutive birdies along with no bogeys en route to breaking the school record through nine holes at The Country Club at Deer Run on Oct. 2. This helped the team to have the best regular seaon in school history.

STATS Team RECORD: 10-2 GAME: Match vs. Lake Brantley and Lake Howell

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Nike tournament leads to late-season success Michael Gibson


Sports Editor

oing to the Grand Canyon is a trip that rests on many peoples bucket lists but the girls volleyball team got to experience it as they flew to Arizona to compete in the Nike Tournament of Champions. The top 96 teams in the country were invited to compete in this event, and the team did not fail to show why they are highly regarded this season. In the first match, Hagerty beat the sixthranked team in the country, Marymount (CA), 2-1. The match was intense and both teams played with passion. Hagerty won the first set 26-24 but Marymount caught fire in the second set and evened it out 25-14. In the third and final set, Hagerty won 20-18 and took a huge confidence boost into the rest of the tournament. “We were a little shaky and nervous coming into the first game,” hitter Leandra Mangual said. “We definitely pulled it together as a team and came out with the win.” The team lost their second game of the tournament to the number one ranked team in Utah, Lone Peak, but pulled it together and won three straight games until falling again to the third ranked team in Arizona, Hamilton, in the third match. The loss to Hamilton gave the team a second place finish in the silver bracket. “Where we finished does not really reflect how we performed because other teams who had a worse record ended up in a higher division,” head coach Juanita Hitt said. “Everybody stepped up and performed when it counted.” The team finished the tournament 18th out of

the 96 team field and defeated Marymount , the team who won the entire tournament. Overall it was a success for the team but it was not all they did during their time in Arizona. “Arizona was amazing, We spent the night in Sedona, we had dinner out at the sunset,” Hitt said. “It was a memorable trip for everyone as well as a competitive trip.” The tournament was a memorable one, and they look to use it as a confidence boost to finish out the rest of their season. “We’ve lost to Oviedo and we’ve lost to Lake Highland, both very good teams, but now that we went over there and played against the best teams in the country and beat them, it was definitely a huge boost for us,” Mangual said. The boost has continued since the Arizona trip, highlighted by a 3-1 win at Oviedo on Thursday, Oct. 4. After a 3-1 loss at home earlier in the year, the team got revenge with 21-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-21 win that was tight throughout. Oviedo also went to the Arizona tournament, winning the Gold division and only losing once, making the victory at Oviedo even sweeter for the team. The team is currently 17-4 and 4-0 in district play and the team feels they are on pace for another state playoff run. Last year the team finished in the final four but this team feels they could go farther. “We definitely have the talent to beat good teams here and we showed that by beating good teams from across the country,” Mangual said. The team’s next match was against Seminole on Monday, Oct. 9. Results were not available in time for printing.


BOYS BOWLING DROPS MATCH TO OVIEDO On Wednesday, Sept. 26, the boys bowling team took on the Oviedo lions in a conference game. The team fell short to Oviedo 2809-2200. Senior Eric Keven bowled the highest score for the boys team of 190, including multiple strikes and ending with a spare. The boys team dropped to a 10-2 record overall, and 9-2 in the conference. The boys bowling team’s next match up is against Lake Brantley. “The team performed well, but we look forward to playing [Oviedo] in districts,” head coach Kieth Coville said. GIRLS GOLF DOMINATES COLONIAL On Sept. 24, the girls golf team traveled to Winter Park Pines to take on Colonial. The team bounced back after a loss to Oviedo by beating Colonial 213-272, led by Lauren Beattie with 51, and Reagan Smith with a 52. Their record improves to 7-1 on the season, and 5-1 in conference play. “The team has continued to improve with the goal of peaking at the conference and district tournaments in October. The team effort in practice and in matches has been strong and indicates that our goals will be achieved,” coach Tod Bennedict said. GIRLS SWIMMING DOMINATES On Wednesday, Aug. 29, the girls swim team took on Winter Springs and East River. The team dominated Winter Springs 262-63. After their first match up, the team beat East River 305-42. They now advance to a record of 2-2. The team is looking forward to the conference meet on Oct. 10 and the district meet on Oct. 24. If the team places good enough in district they will swim in the regional meet on Oct. 29-Nov. 3. “We won the meet and it was not even close. I am very proud of everyone and cannot wait for practice,” coach Johan Guasp said.

REVENGE MATCH Junior Sydney Conley gets a kills against Oviedo on Thursday, Oct. 4. The team won 3-1 at Oviedo after losing earlier in the season at home. photo by Chatham Farrell

Golf prepping for postseason Hayden Turner


Staff Reporter he boy’s golf team has finished the regular season with the best record in school history, 10-2. Going into the postseason they have high hopes about this one. “The way we are playing right now we can really compete with the top teams in our region,” junior Aidan Kramer said. “But with the postseason being at different courses, we need to get used to being able to travel to and make sure our games are strong enough to contend wherever we play.” Another aspect of a great year, was the record-breaking rounds from Aidan Kramer, shooting a 67 in the Winter Park Invitational at Rio Pinar, and the record breaking 32 at The Country Club at Deer Run, on October 4. “It was really cool to be able to set the school record in the first tournament this year… it really meant a lot to me,” Kramer said. Even though the team had the best record in school history, there is still work to be done. “We just need to work on playing it one shot at a time and not worrying about the score,” coach Brandi Malkovich said. A few struggles that arose last year was Kramer injuring his back and sitting most of the year, and losing a senior that was a big part of the team, but this year the struggles were minimal. “The team really starting hitting their stride early. This year we had a couple of good matches and some of the younger guys on the team started playing really good golf,” Kramer said.

Most of their matches were at their home course, Twin Rivers, giving them a feel of home field advantage against their opponents, but they also developed a feel for the courses that are holding the county and district tournament. “We need to make sure that our games are strong enough to play where we are in the postseason,” Kramer said. As for the postseason, they will play in the Seminole Athletic Conference Tournament on October 9 at The Country Club at Deer Run, and then the district tournament the following Tuesday at Rio Pinar Country Club. Malkovich expects the team to finish in the top two in the first postseason tournaments.

FINDING A LINE Golfer Aidan Kramer hits

his approach shot on hole 18 during a match against Winter Springs. photo by Hayden Turner