The BluePrint - Volume 14, Issue 5

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blueprint Hagerty High School

Volume 13, Issue 5

April 9, 2019

Oviedo, Florida

FEEL THE IMPACT Juniors and seniors from both Hagerty and Oviedo high schools attended a mock DUI event on the football field on April 4. The event included students, speakers, the police and fire department along with an Orlando Medical Center helicopter to simulate the consequences of driving under the influence. photo by Julianna Joyner

Shooting threat defused Shooting threat over spring break that frightens parents, students and staff is now under control. page 2

A superior time at states Troupe 6885 traveled to Tampa to compete in the State Thespian Festival, coming back with Superiors. page 4

The American Experience Foreign exchange students from Germany, Austria, France and Spain get a peek of the American culture.

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Debate travels to Harvard for states

CHILLING OUT Seniors Alexis O’Brien, Sarah Gil and junior Grace Maddron play in the snow on the Harvard campus. photo by Arth Nayak.

Hannah Hadelman


Staff Reporter

n Feb. 15, the debate team traveled to Cambridge, Massachusetts to compete in the 45th National Harvard Forensics Tournament. Along the way, they made school history. The team stayed at the Irving House Bed and Breakfast. Eleven students, consisting of almost every junior and senior debater on the team, went on the trip with coach Julie Love. The tournament started on Saturday and extended through Monday. Four students competed in Congressional Debate, three competed in Lincoln-Douglas Debate and

four competed in Public Forum Debate. The qualifying rounds happened Saturday and Sunday morning and those who advanced continued to debate Sunday night. Senior Damian Thomas competed on Monday morning as well because he was able to make it past multiple rounds and into the semifinals. Thomas was the first school debater to make it to the semifinal round at the tournament, making him the most successful debater from the school on a national level to date. Additionally, junior Grace Maddron advanced to quarterfinals in Congressional Debate. Maddron competed in three preliminary rounds and one quarterfinal round. Thomas competed in the same, but one additional

semifinal round. Top five in each preliminary chamber advanced to quarterfinals, and top five in every quarterfinal chamber advanced to semifinals. For each round, the topic of debate changed. The competition was prestigious and full of talented debaters, making any students advancing a big deal to the team. “I would absolutely consider it a successful weekend for us,” Thomas said. “Two of the team members made it past the pre-elimination rounds.” After Saturday and Sunday, when most of the team was finished competing, members had Friday and Monday to see the city and enjoy themselves. They walked around the Harvard campus to explore and learn about the school, but they also saw Cambridge. The weather was cold for most of the days but on Monday it snowed. “I have not seen snow in a long time so this was very exciting,” Maddron said. Debating at such a prestigious university and prestigious tournament was stressful but they were able to wind down with a snowball fight. “Playing with the snow in Harvard square with my best friends was definitely my favorite memory from the trip,” Maddron said. The debate team travels to this tournament annually and members are already excited for next year. “It was a really great trip,” Gil said. “We all had fun in Cambridge, learned a lot about the Harvard campus and did well in competition.”


Pi day pie sale benefit Rochas Lukas Goodwin


Staff Reporter

u Alpha Theta’s annual Pi Day pie sale, always held near March 14, was the club’s way of doing their part in fundraising for the Rocha family after a serious car accident on Jan. 4. The club sponsor, math teacher Dan Conybear, supervised the event. “The Rochas have had to endure, and are continuing to endure, a terrible tragedy,” Conybear said. “This is just our little contribution to help them out.” Following DARE Week, which raised over $10,000 for the family, all proceeds from the Pi Day fundraiser were also donated to the Rochas. Pi Day raised $6,800, and the net profit was about half of that amount. Besides helping the Rochas, the fundraiser was also a fun way for students to earn rewards like extra credit or homework passes in their classes for buying a pie. Club members and teachers accepted orders from students until Friday, March 1. The pies were delivered to students in their math classes on Wednesday, March 13 and

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Shooting threat defused Andrea Izaguirre


Staff Reporter

ver spring break, allegations of a school shooting threat were made by an anonymous student. Questionable Instagram pictures posted on another student’s account alarmed parents, faculty and students. Images of weapons with threatening captions were deemed “disturbing”, however after investigating these allegations, school authorities state that the incident has been defused and handled with the correct amount of precautionary measures. The student made no action toward physically threatening the safety of the school and school officials said that the situation online was “blown out of proportion.” The student was Baker Acted, or forcibly put in a mental institution for 72 hours for examination, and

was monitored upon release. “I think once social media got ahold of the situation, people reacted based on what they heard, not the facts,” School Resource Officer David Attaway said. “There were definitely false threats floating around.” After a thorough investigation, the student in question, who acted in a “delusional and confused state of mind, did not present any credible threat to any school” according to administrator Jay Getty, In light of these events, the school allowed students an excused absence for Monday, March 25. “Administration gave the excused absence because it provided the student body an opportunity to deal with their own fears and uncertainties.” Getty said. Classes have continued as normal and students are free to resume attendance.

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Spring Internship Expo

April 11

HHSABC Spring Golf Tournament

April 13

Relay for Life

April 13


April 24

Senior Breakfast

April 26

Thursday, April 11, there will be an Internship Expo that gives students access to both paid and unpaid internships for either the summer or fall. Students will be able to network with professionals in a variety of fields and share resumes with potential employers.

At 1 pm on Saturday, April 13, the athletic booster club will host the Spring Golf Tournament. All students are invited to join putting and long drive contests. To enter, a student must contribute $75, and all proceeds go to the athletic teams.

On Saturday, April 13, the American Cancer Society will hold Relay for Life in Oviedo on the Park. It will be from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and participants are welcomed to come anytime. There will be food, games and themed laps to walk during the event.

Leadership will host the Sammy’s in the auditorium on Wednesday, April 24. All seniors are welcome to attend and bring a guest. There will be various entertainment acts in addition to the announcement of Sammy winners. Food will be provided.

Senior breakfast is Friday, April 26 at 7 a.m. in the cafeteria, where they will recieve their caps and gowns. There will be food for all who come. Seniors are encouraged to wear their college shirts. After breakfast all those in attendance are allowed to go home.

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Unleashed dance team finishes season off strong Jessica Maldonado


Lifestyle Editor

nother season down and the Unleashed Dance Team finished with a flourish in regionals and nationals. On Saturday, March 9, the varsity dance team traveled to Seminole High School to

compete in the regional championships, placing third out of 10 schools. “They announced our name and we all just screamed,” junior Ashley Smith said. “It was just a great moment.” Because of this, the team is considered state champions. At the competition, the team received the judge’s choice award for hip-hop, as well

SPINNING AROUND IN WINTER WONDERLAND Junior Tatianna Ramos practices her second turns as the Unleashed varsity dance team prepares for their winter show on Dec. 14, 2018 the day before with a dress rehearsel. photo by Margaret Taylor.

Women Engineers holds College Day Emily Cosio


News Editor ociety of Women Engineers College Day, an engineering outreach event for girls in high school, was held on Saturday, April 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m at UCF in the Business Administration I building. This event was an opportunity for girls to find out more about the engineering field. They were given the chance to work on projects and to listen to the stories of professional female engineers. Last year, senior Emma Register attended this event in order to learn more about engineering and what field she wanted to go in. “I loved seeing examples of different projects that people had participated and completed in their years at UCF,” Register said. Participants interacted with and ask ed questions to engineering students and professionals regarding engineering coursework, disciplines, internships and careers during the workshops through a series of panels.

This was a chance for high schoolers “to get a taste of what college engineering is like,” according to The purpose of the UCF SWE Outreach program is “to spark an interest in younger girls for engineering and other STEM majors.” They do this by organizing days at UCF with interactive activities, which are planned by engineering students. The workshops focus on various engineering fields, including mechanical, civil, electrical, aerospace, computer, environmental and industrial. They allow the girls to learn engineering concepts and put them into action through associated projects. The "Sweet College Day" immersed students in the engineering profession in a way that otherwise would have been impossible. This year, there was no cost to attend SWE College Day. However, they accepted donations to help fund future outreach events. Lunch was provided for participants.

as multiple technique and choreography awards. The team performed four group numbers in the jazz, lyrical, hip-hop and pom categories. Out of the four, the judges dropped the lowest score to find the average for their overall score. The group has been working on the routines since the summer. They have also performed their dances early in March in the Student Choreography Showcase to further prepare for regionals. “We have a show before regionals just to get it out in front of an audience, and then regionals is us getting ready for nationals,” junior Tatianna Ramos said. The team also competed in solos and duets. Sophomore Fallon Chapman and juniors Faith Hammack and Soomin Eum were the three highest scored solos in the 1516 age group and senior Laura Perez placed second for 17-18 age group. At the end of the competition, the competition hosts have a Solo Showdown. Smith performed a duet with Rita Smith, a middle school student from Lawton Chiles, and placed first. Sophomores Nicole Beltran and Julia Squitteri also placed first in their duet age group. “I always tell them to go out and do your best, do everything that we have asked you to do, leave everything out of the floor and after that it’s up to somebody else,” dance teacher Diane Hasenbank said. “I’m

super excited to see what happens at nationals this year.” From March 21-23, the varsity and JV teams traveled to Dallas, Texas, to compete at nationals against schools from across the nation. The varsity team placed first in their hip hop and jazz routines, second in their lyrical, and third in pom. Right behind them JV placed first in jazz and lyrical and second for hip hop and pom. As for solos, Perez got first place in the senior 17-18 category, performing a mix of contemporary and jazz to “Gimme All Your Love” by Alabama Shakes. “I had so much fun performing my solo, and having the team’s support was a great feeling,” Perez said. “It was truly a humbling and rewarding experience for me.” Freshman Lexi Smith received second place in the teen category with her lyrical solo, Eum also received second for her lyrical solo in the senior 15-16 category, and Chapman received fifth for the senior 15-16 category for her lyrical solo. Competitions are over for the season, but the team has one more spring show and will continue to practice on their techniques and skills as a team for next season. “The team was super pumped for receiving these awards, but something that was really important to us was knowing that we did the best we could once we got off the floor,” Perez said. “We were all happy and proud of what we performed and that was all that mattered.”


Nearly 300 seniors registered to vote in the auditorium on Wednesday, March 27 at the school’s annual Voter Registration Drive. Chief Operations Officer Jason Teaman and Voter Relations Officer Helen Trovato from the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Office spoke to students about the voting process and answered lingering questions about topics such as mail ballots and registering to a political party. “It’s one of my favorite things,” Trovato said. “There’s nothing better than walking away from a school with hundreds of applications, knowing that you have impacted their life for the better.”


The Winter Guard competed in their final meet of the year at the Florida Federation of Color guards Circuit Championships in Daytona Beach on Friday, March 29. The Guard took fifth place out of 13 schools in the Beyond Division of the AAA class with a score of 70.87 and a Superior rating. This competition was the last for the lone senior on the guard, Sarah Cooke. “I’m going to miss performing, but at the same time, it’s kind of a sense of relief because we were working for this for so long,” Cooke said. “It’s nice to just finally know we ended the season on a good note.”


On Wednesday, March 27, five Modeling and Simulation students went on a field trip to tour Universal Studios' maintenance facilities and rides such as Harry Potter and the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man. The behind-the-scenes tours informed students on how the rides were built, how they function, career programs and the training software used by technicians in the field. They were able to see the technology they use in class being used in the industry along with 3D models that are comparable to what the technicians at Universal create.

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Theater has Superior time at state festival

PLAY BY PLAY The theater troupe takes a picture with different playbills from famous Broadway musicals at the convention center. photo provided by Emily Oberson

Sharika Khondaker


Staff Reporter

uniors Madison Walker and Brenna McCafferty stood in front of the judges. They had practiced their act from "King Henry V" so many times, perfecting their French, and in the end it paid off, because the judges announced that they won a Superior. “I felt very accomplished, because we put together our scene entirely by ourselves,” Walker said. From Wednesday, March 20, to Saturday, March 23, the thespian troupe competed in the State Thespian Festival in Tampa. Members performed the acts that won at the district level in November as well as acts performed in their


February showcase. The troupe brought home superiors and excellents for their acts. Throughout the festival, thespians attended workshops, competed in independent events, and watched one acts. There were multiple comprehensive workshops, built so that thespians would learn more about theater and how to be successful. “It was an immersive theater convention, essentially,” senior Michael McNamara said. “I got to meet great, talented people and see some beautiful pieces of theatrical art.” Leon attended a playwriting workshop/ independent event, where he learned how to format and plan out the writing process, and then he created a small play at the end of it. “Last year I only went to movement


Asheya Naik

Annika Yun



ithout a real instrument, paper and pencil were a necessity for freshman Annika Yun’s mom. Interested in playing the piano, she used pencil-drawn keys to practice, yet it was not enough, and Yun’s mom never advanced to the next level. However, Yun herself has had more opportunity and accessibility to become skilled, which is a primary driving force behind playing the violin. Being able to partake in opportunities her mother did not have was one of the reasons Yun started to play. For seven years, Yun has practiced for hours each week, working toward becoming better at being a violinist and master more techniques. Throughout the year, Yun participates in many recitals, such as the Infant Paganini, a spring performance, as well as occasionally playing music from the radio. To get better, Yun takes lessons and gets graded multiple times throughout the year along with balancing school work. While this may be a lot to do at once, Yun is still able to accomplish many things. At her last spring recital, she had won $75 through multiple performances. Performances included a duet, solo and a concerto solo. Despite these achievements, Yun still feels immense pressure. At one point, she wanted to quit due to an audition that did not go well, but Yun continued to play. “I learn a new skill in violin every lesson to master a certain piece or style of music. I enjoy playing the violin and I love the energy of the music,” Yun said.

workshops, so it was nice to have time to sit down and learn about something I was passionate about,” Leon said. Every night, thespians were required to attend “mainstream events,” which included recognized high school productions from around the state. Schools applied to perform these shows, competing over a few spots. “It was awesome to see how much talent there is in Florida,” junior Emily Oberson said. During the festival, students ran into last year’s theater director, Trevor Southworth, who is now the theater teacher at Lake Mary High School. “It was great to see him. This year has been hard without him, but using what he has taught me in the last two years has helped me a lot,” Walker said. On the last day of the festival, awards were announced during the closing ceremonies. McNamara got straight Superiors for his scholarship audition and one act play “A Place with No Trees.” “I was especially relieved and thrilled when I received my scores for my one act play,” McNamara said. “Writing a play is still somewhat new to me, and the fact that three professionals in the field saw my work as being of a high caliber made me feel that my potential was proven.” As a whole, Troupe 6885 took home numerous awards, earning six Superiors and one excellent for their acts. “We have put in a lot of work this year, and it’s great to see it pay off,” Oberson said.


Robotics Engineer

fter being inspired by the way robots were able to come together using “nothing more than a couple of nuts and bolts and a little of ingenuity,” junior Shey Naik joined robotics freshman year. Initially intimidating Naik, due to the reputation of the robotics club being a collection of “book smart people” , he is now the chief engineer, who is in charge of hardware engineering and construction. While it can be a challenge to come up with new ways to solve problems as well as going through many different trials that do not produce promising results, Naik enjoys being able to witness the robot’s eventual progression and advancements. At the February states tournament in Jacksonville, Naik’s team implemented a trampoline feature in their robot, that eventually led to the team, FTC 4717, winning second place for the Think award. After high school, he intends to complete a Master’s degree in Engineering and specializing in Aerospace or Robotics. “I have robotics initiatives such as this school’s prestigious Hagerty Robotics program to thank for this; prior to high school, I was completely lost as to what lay in my future. It was robotics that ignited my passion for engineering and really created the groundwork what I wanted my future to be,” Naik said.

news Acts Performed Monologue from: "Extremeties"

A woman is assaulted in her home. She fights the attacker, ties him up, and sticks him in the fireplace. She debates about killing the man, and decides to go through with it.

Monologue from: "Goodbye Charles"

woman is talking to a man that is proposing to her, and she does not want to marry him. She doesn’t want to be turned nice by him.

One Act: "Puberty Sucks"

Two gay men discover that their daughter, Chloe, has “become a woman” and they don’t know how to deal with the situation.

Act III Scene IV from "King Henry V"

A French woman is trying to learn how to say words in English from an instructor, such as fingers, hand, elbow, etc. The scene is spoken entirely in French.

One Act: "A Place with No Trees"

A professor and his student are in an empty forest, where the professor is giving the student a lecture how he shouldn’t trust everything he sees, since safety is not guaranteed in the. It was used to commemorate those who lost their lives in the Parkland shooting.

“Façade” from Jekyll and Hyde

The rich and the poor of London believe a plague hitting both sides of society is not actually a disease, but is instead a show or a facade.

ARTIST Samantha Sutch


Nail Artist

ith a small canvas, nail art can be a “tedious” activity for sophomore Samantha Sutch. For example, bumping one’s hand while the paint is not dry, results in the artwork being damaged, something that can be upsetting and challenging. Despite this, nail art is a way for Sutch to express herself and alleviate b o r e d o m . Armed with glitter and thin tape, Sutch’s favorite design to flesh out are cartoon faces. Sutch finds these to be interesting and an easier look to create. With these designs, Sutch usually paints her nails a plain base color in order for her design to be visible. To get her start in nail art, Sutch was inspired by a friend in her middle school who would have a new design every month. She was given nail polish as a gift during one Christmas by her father which helped her begin to learn the different techniques and skills. She gets inspiration from Instagram and likes to combine certain ideas or graphics. Sutch also is inspired by other people’s nails, and she fuses different styles she sees as well. She has been doing nail art for five years, and while her art can come with difficulties, Sutch still enjoys seeing her ideas being executed in real life. “Sometimes I’ll have ideas, and, in the end, it will look ugly or I’ll accidentally bump my hand into something and when that happens it really sucks. When I try some more difficult nail art and I actually succeed it is the best feeling ever,” Sutch said.

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Tackle the fake news

ulse, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Christchurch in New Zealand. We have witnessed these shootings from far away. Although they increased our fear, they also helped us become aware. And when these events hit home, we knew how to react. When a threat was made during spring break, the community reacted, and fast. As soon a student made references to a school shooting on his Instagram account posts that included images of weapons with captions threatening the school was found, students, parents and school staff flooded the principal and law enforcement officials with reports. We received an immediate response from Seminole and Orange County police who took action by Baker-acting the student for 72 hours and closely monitoring him after being released, all which ensured the safety of the SCPS community. This quick response only happened thanks to a watchful and proactive community. We followed the most important lesson: See something, say something. If we do not report a threat, the issue would continue, students would be fearful and a potential tragedy could strike. But, although watchfulness and proactivity are essential, it’s important to understand the difference between being safe and making a situation worse. Wanting people to be aware while providing them with credible facts that come from sources like law enforcement or administration is being proactive. But, spreading the crazy rumor you heard from your friend who got information from a Snapchat story is gossip. With something that involves the whole school, being able to identify a fact versus a rumor is essential. It is already hard enough to get verified updates on such threats, especially during spring break or other holidays. Then, to pinpoint what is a fact and what is not becomes even more of a challenge. Comments like “We are all going to die” or “He is going to shoot us all,” become jokes used to deal with the reality of the situation. Although making these harsh jokes can serve as a coping mechanism, the jokes still deteriorate the seriousness of the threat and even worse, causes students’ fears to grow. A joke to you might be what drives another student over the edge, causing them to have anxiety or a panic attack during the school day, or to go home for day. Awareness and diligence will remain an essential asset to dealing with threats. But, we must understand how to deal with these situations and not make it worse. Remain watchful and report any unusual behavior, but before spreading rumors or making jokes, ask yourself, is it helping the situation? If not, move on and wait for the facts.



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System of scandal Katarina Harrison


Opinions Editor

oney may not be able to buy happiness, but it can buy just about anything else— including a college admission, as the nation has recently discovered. Since it was first revealed that parents of upper-class students were lying to and bribing admissions officials in a large scale conspiracy known as Operation Varsity Blues, more than fifty people have been accused of participating. Certainly people are appalled...but are we really surprised? For years, students and their parents have been taking every possible step to ensure admission into top tier colleges, regardless of wealth level. From taking GPA boosting AP classes in subjects they despise, to sitting through hours of prep classes for standardized tests, everyone is trying to get a step ahead in the highly competitive realm of college admissions. Few go so far as to lie...but when they do, it is easy to see why. Elite educations and spots at the top universities are highly coveted. Demand for such schools is only growing, while the admission rates drop. In fact, Harvard, Stanford, and other top schools have been steadily decreasing their acceptance rates, making it harder for students to get in. The tutoring and studying is no longer enough to propel anything but the most exceptional of students into a spot. And so, where old tactics failed, concerned parents tried rigging the game in other ways. The parents in the college admissions scandal crossed a line in what they did, but their actions were merely following the current education culture to its extreme. The problem is not limited to those families with the money or resources to rig the system, but in the system itself, and the toxic ways it affects the everyday lives of students. College admissions are based on a variety of constantly criticized factors, and decisions sometimes feel random. How SAT scores and GPAs and extracurriculars are melded together into a simple yes or no can be baffling at best, and each one has been criticized for unfairness. Whether lamenting a racial bias in standardized test scores, grade inflation on perfect GPAs, or the hypocrisy of forced volunteering, people have been rightfully taking aim at the college admissions process for years now. It is clear that the rules of the game are unfair, but as it

“I wish that the school counselors would actually be able to talk to me about issues I am having instead of disregarding them and making me go back to class. ” - Jenna Davis,10 “I hate how the schedule changes so much due to school events or tests, and since I dont have a first period, I end up late when I am not aware of the schedule that day.” - Jordyn Sparrell,11

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 Zoey Young Hannah Hadelman Charlotte Mansur Hayden Turner Noah Kemper Luke Goodwin Olivia Gatchev Sharika Khondaker

Opinions Editor Katarina Harrison Business Manager Andrea Izaguirre Photographer Chatham Farrell Adviser Brit Taylor Principal Dr. Mary Williams

Plummeting percentages Acceptance rates at top colleges have dropped over the last four years 2015 to 2019.


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turns out, the prize is not even worth winning. According to a paper published in the National Bureau of Economic research, earning differences between elite colleges and their less selective counterparts disappear when controlled for SAT score. And yet, we still have incidents like the recent college scandal. Parents still push students beyond their limits, schools still take pride in low acceptance rates, and the rich still press their every advantage. The system, with all its eccentricities, still drives the actions of countless people. In our desperation to win, no one has taken a step back to look at all the hoops we have to jump through and the toll it is taking. The recent college admissions scandal has captured the attention of those in power, and it won’t be long until they are adding new layers of authentication to every test and transcript in the hope of staving off-- or at least delaying-- another scandal. But if they want to truly fix the problem, the answer lies not in preventing the lies, but in fixing the system so that we no longer need them.

“I wish that the school did a better job of cleaning up the bathrooms because it is absolutely disgusting whenever I use it.” - Adrianna Chaves,10 “The school lunch doesn’t have much food I can actually eat due to the fact that I am vegan. I wish they had healthier options.” - Emelynn Priore,10 “I wish, instead of nine weeks exams, we only had exams in December and May like my old school because it is less stress.” - Stefani Paris,11

”I wish that they had early release days during all nine weeks exams and not just in December and May.” - Gina Zippo,10 “I am diabetic and the fact that whenever I feel sick and go to the clinic they have no idea what to do and won’t let me stay until my sugar goes up.” - Cecilia Felix,9 “The parking lot is always a pain to get out of after school so I wish they had an easier way to students to all get out efficiently.” - Michael Self,10

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Advice Column



Available Emily Cosio

News Editor


ecently, the news has been filled with reports of the recent suicides of two Parkland survivors and a Lake Mary High School student. With these intense incidents, it is clear that action to protect student mental health should a key part of public education. Unfortunately, while resources are available, they are often pushed aside. Few students even know who their counselor is and even fewer have ever made a point to contact them. Outside of mandatory credit checks, students rarely interact with the guidance who are there to assist with mental health issues. This issue becomes even more alarming when the statistics are examined. According to, one in five teenagers have or will have a serious mental illness. These include mood, behavior and anxiety disorders. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for people between the ages 10 and 24, so getting students the help they need is not a suggestion, but a necessity. The school has taken action to address this. In addition to the six guidance counselors normally at the school, there are a variety of other experts and options for students. This year, the district added a mental health counselor to campus twice a week, making mental health resources more accessible than ever. In addition, a school social worker is available to help certain students. A New Horizons group also offers a supportive group environment, led by a qualified counselor, to students in need. Though these groups are a great addition to the school, they have not been made widely available enough. Students require counselor referral to access any of the specialized resources, and talking to a guidance counselor is the only available first step for students. From that point, a guidance counselor could refer the student to whomever they see fit. Just like them, each student’s issue is unique and hence

GUIDANCE COUNSELORs All students start the process by talking to one of the six full-time guidance counselors. They can refer students to other options.

NEW horizons counselor New Horizons groups act as support groups for students in need and are led by a qualified counselor.

The school has many resources for students who need counseling

School Social worker School social workers help students to overcome problems in their family or personal lives that may interfere with classroom learning. requires an individualized plan that benefits the student best. No student should be scared to visit their counselor — talking to students is their job. However, for many students this can be very intimidating. It is not easy to admit to someone that they need help, but in the long run, speaking up can prevent more serious issues in the future. Overcoming intimidation is hard enough, but few students get that far. The resources available to students are not widely known, and the programs put in place to help them often go unnoticed. The only way for students to become comfortable using these resources, talking to these experts, and participating in these programs is to make them more public, more accessible, and more available. Counselors are intended to be available to students at any time, but other obligations often get in the way. Guidance counselors have many roles at the school, including making and

Mental Health counselor New to the school, the mental health counselor is available on campus twice a week.

managing schedules and handling all testing. With a full agenda, finding a time for talking to students about personal matters can be quite tricky. Seeing as many mental health issues can require timely action, delaying student needs in favor of paperwork is far from ideal. Considering all of this, the school should consider hiring a designated mental health expert full time. This addition would make it easier for both students and counselors to find time in their schedule for dealing with mental health, and ideally could be accessed without a referral from a counselor, unlike existing programs. Though this would no doubt be expensive, no price can be put on the mental well-being of students. Whatever the resources are, they should be widely advertised, alongside the existing protocol for students to get help. Mental illness takes a huge toll on students; getting help should not.

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of all mental illnesses begin by age 14

“Should I room with someone new or someone I already know in college?”

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Rooming with someone you know can make a new setting less intimidating because they already know your habits and you are already accustomed to theirs. According to Forbes, rooming with a high-school friend makes the process of adapting to college faster and smoother. Although familiar faces might make the living situation more comfortable, keep in mind some conflicts can arise because of the familiarity. A study done by Isik University reports that those who room with someone already familiar to them have a harder time in making new friends, adjusting to new “collegelifestyle” and confronting their roommate when a problem arises. College is what you make of it; whether that is choosing to stay with your common-grounds or deciding to make college your fresh start.


“I need help choosing a college and finding one that I can actually afford. What can I do?”


Applying for college can mean extensive research into materialistic features, but it is also important to consider factors that make it possible for you to go there. Talk to your parents about the money they have saved up for you already. Look for scholarships around your community, and apply to as many as possible because organizations are throwing money your way. Take a look at tuition for colleges you are considering, because although you may want to go there for school, it may just not be feasible for you. Lastly, apply for scholarships the college offers because they could be beneficial for you.

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Take a look in the mirror Sophie Woodburn

Journalism I ooking into a mirror will not just show you what you look like, but who you are. A bleak reflection, showing the true colors of everyone. You had that extra cinnamon roll during lunch today? You ran over a squirrel last week? You know the deepest pits of regret, the secret silence of this dark, black mirror, and so does your reflection. The suspenseful, sharp, and somber technofuturistic British TV show Black Mirror was created by Charlie Brooker. It is a standalone TV show that explores the theme of technology and karma in a futuristic reality, and was inspired by The Twilight Zone. First airing on Netflix in 2011, the series has won six Emmys and has been nominated for 79 awards, winning 21 of them. The most acclaimed episodes are “USS Callister” (Season 4), which won four Emmy Awards, and “San Junipero” (Season 3), which won two. Black Mirror is beyond comprehension of the dark, original and twisted theme of technology and its effects on the future of humanity. Our unforeseen destiny is something on everyone’s mind, and season four uniquely explores it.


The first episode in the anthology series is USS Callister. The episode follows Robert Daly (Jesse Plemons), a reclusive programmer and co-founder of a massive multi-player simulation game. He takes out his frustrations by simulating a Star Trek-like space adventure within the game using his co-workers’ DNA to create digital clones of them, while he acts as the captain of the USS Callister ship. The amount of thought that the writers put into these episodes is commendable. Every detail is strictly planned out, and the simulation portrayed in this perplexing episode, is logical and makes sense to the plot. The mysterious ending to all episodes in this season keeps it interesting. For example, the episode “Crocodile” (S4 E3) begins with the main character Mia (Andrea Riseborough), a renowned architect, trying to hide her secrets by killing more. She ends up being seen on a futuristic memory extractor to investigate a nearby insurance claim, by investigator, Kiran (Shazia Akhand). The quick cuts to scenes and the switch between the two story lines are woven together strategically, in a erie sense. The story goes into a more somber and suspenseful tone when Mia turns to more murder. Though they do not always strictly show

“Umbrella Academy” Netflix Original

“Captain Marvel”

Captain Marvel is the newest installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s endlessly expanding franchise, and although it is not the best of the bunch, it is another excellent Marvel movie. The film follows Carol Danvers, a Kree warrior who finds herself stranded on Earth in the mid ‘90s with a bunch of deadly aliens that are out to get her. The pacing can feel rather turbulent at times, and the film might not appeal to non-Marvel fans. However, Brie Larson and Samuel L. Jackson deliver fantastic performances, and the movie is filled with plenty of ‘90s and superhero references that will make any dedicated Marvel fan nerd out.

- Luke Goodwin

“Losers” Netflix Original Most of the time, sports documentaries follow the best of the best, the winners at their individual sports. Not so with Netflix Original “Losers”. Telling the stories of those who have faced defeat, “Losers” manages to capture the human element of athletics in a way that no documentary has before. Some episodes are certainly better than others, but no matter the subject, “Losers” manages to catch the attention and find the perfect tone. A sports documentary series may not sound like the next binge-watchable thing, but missing out on this stellar new Netflix show would be a loss indeed.

- Katarina Harrison

“The World is Yours” by Rich The Kid

Rich the Kid’s Newest album declares that “The World is Yours”, but doesn’t even seem able to claim the album for his own. In nearly every song of the 16-track album, Rich the Kid features another artist, most of whom outshine him. More than a single artist’s work, “The World is Yours 2” feels like a compilation album. It’s an enjoyable listen, and some of the songs definitely deserve to be heard, but it was overall underwhelming, and Rich the Kid has a long way to go if he wants something unique and compelling.

- Katarina Harrison

what is happening, they allude to the endings, and you can infer what will happen next. Likewise, the irony in each episode shows perfectly how abusing technology will never allow you to escape yourself. The authors of this story are brilliant, but in some episodes, they allow the romance to trump the overall premise, which can get quite repetitive. For example, in the episodes “Hang the DJ,” “San Junipero”, and “White Christmas.” In addition, the beginning of all the episodes are slow and can cause some to

“A Death Race for Love” Juice WRLD “Death Race for Love” is the second studio album released by “Lucid Dreams” rapper Juice WRLD on March 8, representing Interscope Records. The album consists of singles from his solo project from last year, “Goodbye & Good Riddance”, as well as his collaboration with rapper Future called “WRLD on Drugs.” With hits like “Robbery” and “She’s the One” it’s clear that Juice WRLD is sticking with what he’s good at; sappy heartbreak songs that keep our generation in our feelings 24/7. Despite his recent success and 15 minutes of fame, his music style still resembles that of any other SoundCloud rapper.

- Andrea Izaguirre

The Umbrella Academy made its Netflix premiere on Friday, Feb. 15. The show follows the adult lives of the Hargreeves siblings, who were all adopted by Reginald Hargreeves. They each have a special power to make up the “Umbrella Academy.” They navigate through the threat of an apocalypse, trying to figure out the source of the problem. The characters have interesting storylines, and their development plays out well throughout. It is a show worthy of binge watching. - Sharika Khondaker

lose interest. Though, this dry humor and slow progression of the story is explained by their British-rooted backgrounds. The development of each character allows the viewer to relate in some sense to them. None are the same, yet all share the same selfishness and pettiness, and they battle with a hero-esk good guy. They combat this in how they developed the complex storylines, playing with your mind through their ideas of neurotechnology, and its effects on people and society. Read the full story on


“Norman F****ng Rockwell” Lana Del Rey Keeping her alternative roots alive, the release of compiled singles leading up to the unknown release date for Norman F****** Rockwell by Lana Del Rey has big expectations to live up to. By slowly releasing singles up until the official dropping of the full album, songs like “Hope is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman like me to have - but i have it” and “Venice B*****” have fans excited for the potentially groundbreaking, new lyrical concepts Del Rey has been promising since last December.

- Andrea Izaguirre

“When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?” Billie Eilish Billie Eilish released her new album “When We All Fall Asleep Where Do We Go?” on Friday, March 29. The album contains lots of heavy bass, especially in “Xanny.” One song “My Strange Addiction,” contains clips from an episode of The Office, which gives a unique twist on regular songs. She combines everything in her album to make each song unique from one another, and it can be listened to over and over again.

- Sharika Khondaker

407 Cafe

One of the more recent additions to Oviedo on the Park is the 407 Cafe, which sells a variety of paninis, crepes and gelato flavors. There is a large selection of savory flavors, from Chicken Marsala to Breezy Pears and Brie, able to be served as sandwiches or crepes. Their desserts are even better, with several sweet crepes and gelatos, and the most popular is, of course, Nutella, but there are plenty of other options. I recommend getting the optional fruit toppings or some gelato on the side for the chocolate-themed crepes, as the flavors can be rich and a little overpowering.

- Luke Goodwin

Picking at the Facts

H2-Woah! While it is important to drink water when needed, it is better to use hydrating products specifically formulated for the skin.


Drinking water does provides moisture to skin cells. But this is only one piece of the puzzle, and water alone will not cure nor prevent acne. -Thrive Global, 2017




I’ll show you my dirty little secret! Often, those who have visible skin trouble are assumed to have bad hygiene towards their skin. This usually is not the case.

In some cases troubled skin can be caused by genetics, hormone level, and stress. -BH Skin Dermatology, 2018


What a rip off! While pore strips may be satisfying, they are damaging to the skin by further irritating acne-prone conditions.


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Pore strips do not prevent blackheads from growing nor shrink pores. For acne-prone skin, strips can they further irritate it, only worsening your condition. -Allure, 2018

“I tried drinking water for about a month straight, just to clear my skin up but it did not really work. I had to have more nutrition in my diet and what I consumed,” -Emily Weatherman, 12

While acne can be a struggle, student Zoey Young


he action of popping a pimple seems all too familiar: one inspects their skin microscopically until they find a blemish or a raised bump that just screams to be prodded at, despite our brains telling us this a bad decision. Logic, however, is not a deterrence, and within seconds, there is white, oily gunk oozing out of the previously closed wound on our face. “The stuff that comes out is full of bacteria and you just end up spreading it, which causes more acne to pop up. It just made me feel bad because it would get worse the next day,” sophomore Meg Carlson said. Zit busting and skin problems are a part of many student’s lives; Johns Hopkins Medicine reports in 2018 that acne affects millions of individuals, which also includes adults. Despite this data, talking about skincare is almost taboo, something that many skirt around, or do not discuss at all. “I think people avoid it because it is not easy to talk about it without upsetting people, because acne without any kind of treatment is largely out of people’s control,” sophomore Samuel Morris said. Skin issues, however, can escalate further than the periodic pimple, patch of blackheads, or bouts of rough skin that average people deal with. Conditions such as overtly oily or dry epidermis, cystic acne, and constant inflammation are challenges that are damaging to the self-esteem of those who suffer. “It’s pretty much redness. My skin has been like that since 6th grade; it used to bother me so much, I would deliberately skip school,” sophomore Gigi Mendez said. The thought of being seen by other people induced anxiety and self-consciousness to a higher degree than what one feel with smoother skin. Students felt that people would judge them or believe in certain misconceptions, which led to absence of conversation about it. These doubts and insecurities are difficult for some to overcome. Morris, who suffered from severe acne in middle school, never stopped caring about his complexion until it cleared up through use of Accutane; it was always lurking in the back of his mind. He had started working out to stop thinking

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And they were roomMates Melissa Donovan



“I did not want a roommate that would be rude or disrespectful. or someone who would be over controlling in our space.” -Gatienne Joudenais “I was not looking for anyone from Hagerty or a best friend because I heard close friends do not room well.” -Brooke Boddiford “I do not want to room with someone that wants to party 24/7 and does not clean up after themselves.” -Lauren Lundstrom

Managing Editor

enior Brooke Boddiford found the perfect roommate dancing in front of the Cinderella castle. After spending a day at Disney World with a potential roommate she met through a family friend, she did not need to look for one anymore. “I realized we were so similar, and I just love her,” Boddiford said. Once seniors decide on a college, the next step is to find a roommate. Everyone has standards, and finding someone who matches those can be difficult. Potential roommates could be too messy, too introverted, too similar or too different—any of those could be a red flag. Senior Gatienne Joudenais used the app Roomsync to find her UF roommate. Roomsync mimics the features of a popular online dating app, Tinder, where the user can look at a potential candidate and decide whether to “swipe left” for no or “swipe right” for yes. “It is basically like Tinder, but for roommates,” Joudenais said. “I was able to choose my roommate through there.” On Roomsync, each student has a biography on their profile, their “ideal roommate description,” and lifestyle preferences such as bedtimes, activity levels, and cleanliness. Then, the app matches students with someone and the student can either “swipe right” or “swipe left.” Senior Lauren Lundstrom, who has already chosen her roommates through the UCF housing portal, was able to simulate what it would be like to live with them over spring break as they met at Gasparilla Island and stayed in a beach house for a few days. “It was a huge help because we were able to find out if we would live together well and we got to know each other better so move in day isn’t awkward,” Lundstrom said. She also looked for the girls’ Instagram accounts to see what her potential roommates looked like and their clothing styles. After finding them, she was able to make the decision final and even visited them over break. Meanwhile, seniors like Chris Hope and Nicole Assenmacher went a different route and chose to have a random roommate. “I’m crossing my fingers I get a good roommate,” Hope said. “I understand why people would be nervous [about getting a random roommate], but I’m excited. I think it would be cool to meet someone I have never heard about before.” Assenmacher is not too worried about rooming with someone random because she already has friends at FSU with random roommates and they have had a great experience with it. “I know the whole finding a roommate thing a big deal and is kind of stressful, but I have friends at FSU already that were randomly paired with their roommates and are really happy with it,” Assenmacher said. “I do not really have anyone super close to me that is also going to FSU, so I figured it would be a good way to make friends.” She also plans to fill out a survey provided by FSU that helps to find someone compatible with her once it opens. Finding a roommate has become a top priority for seniors as they prepare to leave for college in the coming months, whether it be through an app, a school-sponsored program or random selection. “I am super excited to live with my roommates and get to experience college life,” Lundstrom said. “I already miss making memories with them from spring break, and I cannot wait until we move in together in the fall.”


“I was looking for somone organized and focused, but also someone who was down to go on adventures and nights out.” -Gatienne Joudenais “I am looking for someone with similar interests and someone I can have laid back conversations with.” - Chris Hope “I wanted to meet and hang out with my roommate just to make sure we get along and act similar.” - Brooke Boddiford

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Love that works

Jessica Maldonado

Tim and Terri Koepsell

Matt and Brandi Malkovich

Lifestyles Editor


magine carrying the books of your future husband because he busted his knee playing basketball and having no idea that 33 years later you would be married, have a family and working at the same school. Each married couple has their own love story, especially the three married couples who work at Hagerty are, paraprofessional Keith Coville and Art History teacher Maria Coville, officer Tim Koepsell and counselor Terri Koepsell, and government teacher Matt Malkovich and science teacher Brandi Malkovich.


They tied the knot Keith and Maria Coville

For the Covilles, being with each other seemed to just fall in place and being open and comfortable with each other is the number one thing that drew them together. This artistic, Beatle-loving couple met each other through an online dating service in fall of 2015. Soon after the two decided to waste no time, and get married in 2016. “From the very first time that we met it was very simple to talk to each other and very open,” Maria said. “We had so much in common. Our kids from our past relationships blended really well, it was just a very natural very comfortable fit.” The two love birds decided to have a ceremony at their house with their family and close friends, to keep things intimate. Soon after the ceremony, Maria mentioned to Keith about an opening spot in Hagerty while he was in the process of getting certified for a substitute position. Not long after, Keith got the job, became the bowling coach, and then took the opening for a paraprofessional position. They have worked at this school together for three years. They come and go home together, and when they are out of school, “What happens here stays here,” Maria said. “We text back and forth with day to day things and emergencies, we talk about what happening in school during lunch and on our way home but by the time we get home, we are caught up with one another,” Keith said. The Covilles work-to-home relationship will change week, due to Keith getting a new job offer.

Married faculty members look back on what had brought them together. Family

The Koepsells met in eighth grade and have been married for 33 years, and their focus is on their family and family trips. Unlike the Covilles, since Tim is a resource officer and Theresa is a student counselor, most work-related things are confidential on both sides, so they cannot talk much about what goes on in their day. “Unfortunately, we don’t always know what each other is dealing with at school due to our jobs,” Tim said. “Sometimes we do talk about upcoming school events that I will be working on, or what is going on the next day...” The Koepsells have two sons, a daughter-in-law and a granddog named Lola. They drive in together every morning and leave together around 2:30 p.m. and once they get home, it is all about their family and vacation plans. “Ever since we got married it’s been good. We have lots of adventures and lots of sports that our sons were involved in as kids,” Terri said. “We just got really involved in those things with them, and it has just been great.”


Similar to the Koepsells, family is a priority for the Malkoviches, even if it means talking and telling stories about each other every chance they get. “Honestly there are so many stories because he talks about her all the time,” senior Zach Kasner said. “But recently during class he had called her on the phone just to ask if sneezing really did stop your heart beat.” The Malkoviches got married in June 2006 and now have two little girls, 6 year old Mila and 2 year old Evie. Matt has been working here since the school opened in 2005, and three years later Brandi got the job as a teacher for Biology. They both come and go in different cars due to different afterschool commitments. Brandi coaches golf and the academic team while Matt coaches track and is a public announcer for baseball, basketball and football. “I firmly believe you should marry someone that you love I call it Relationships 101,” Matthew said. “My wife and kids are my main focus in life, and whether it relates to class or not I think students need to know a little bit of a human element of their teachers.”

Students struggle to complete reading

Katarina Harrison


Opinions Editor

rantically, Alyssa Gaytan skimmed the pages of “To Kill A Mockingbird”, scanning for keywords and events, important symbols, character traits, whatever she could find. Every few moments she glanced up at the clock, reminded of her deadline later that day: a quiz over a part of the book Gaytan had not read. When the class had been assigned the reading, Gaytan had assumed that she could get by, relying on her previous knowledge of the book and vague memories from a middle school read-through. “I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ve got this,’” Gaytan said. “‘It’s okay, because I remember like two character’s names and it’ll come back.’” When quiz time finally came, Gaytan

panicked. Some of the questions she remembered from seeing the pages mere moments others, the answers seemed elusive no matter how hard she thought. “I ended up getting like a C, so that’s not my proudest moment,” Gaytan said. “But also, I’m pretty proud of it.” Gaytan is not the only one who has skipped sections of assigned reading. In fact, in a survey of 76 students, only nine percent said they always read the assigned books. With the time constraints of clubs, other homework, and sports, it can be difficult to find time. This epidemic continues despite the fact that a vast majority believe that their teachers can tell whether they read or not. With a staggering 84 percent of students thinking that their teachers can tell whether or not they read, many students continue to skip the reading. “[There is] not enough time to read, so it

gets very difficult for me,” sophomore Sydney Daniels said. “I usually do try to read the book.” Another force driving students away is lack of interest. Students often find themselves wading through old-fashioned language for a story that simply does not hold their interest. “It was either boring and didn’t appeal to me or I didn’t feel like annotating it,” senior Pablo Barrato said. Being forced to read at all can also drive students away from the work. While quizzes and tests are meant to keep students honest, the looming threat can take steal the interest. Regardless of their reason for skipping the chapters, students who do not read still need to prepare for class. With looming quizzes, discussion questions or class activities, a basic knowledge of the material is necessary. “I had finished the book in the past, therefore I had enough knowledge to participate in the


lesson,” sophomore Emily Taylor said. While some, like Taylor and Gaytan, have background knowledge already, others must find another way. A favorite is to read Sparknotes before class. About 85 percent of survey respondents who skipped reading claimed to use Sparknotes. Other favorites included asking friends for a summary or skimming through the assigned reading. Many students used a combination of the above in order to achieve the highest rate of success. Regardless of what methods they used, nearly every student prepared in some way. In fact, only 1.4 percent of respondents did not prepare. “It’s difficult to find interest in books when I feel forced to read for a grade,” sophomore Katie Howell said. “Reading is fun on its own but the idea of annotating and reading for a grade kills the fun in it.”

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THRIFTING: Taboo to trendy tHRIFT TIPS

pLATO’S cLOSET 1977 Alafaya Trail, Oviedo, FL 32765 “If you go earlier the week, you’re more likely to find pieces you’ll like.” Nedjie Jean-Charles, 11

aVALON eXCHANGE 745 N Orange Ave, Winter Park, FL 32789 “Highly recommend for back to school shopping.” Briana Lopez, 10

DECHOES 2525 E Colonial Dr, Orlando, FL 32803 “By far my favorite thrift spot for name brands.” Amy Joaquim 10

omg! Thrift 1442 FL-436 Suite 1028, Casselberry, FL 32707 “It’s the smallest location I’ve been to but I’ve gotten some of my best pieces from here.” Isabella Hinkle, 10

Thrift, I actually see people I know shopping alongside me,” Junior Nedjie Jean-Charles said Staff Reporter Long time thrifters, like Jean-Charles, have rom a symbol of poverty to a staple been around long enough to see the switch in aspect of today’s pop culture crowd, attitude toward thrifting. Society’s acceptance and encouragement of thrift shopping has made a 180 degree hand-me-downs and previously owned articles turnaround. With a heightened awareness of excessive of clothing has many people encouraged to go consumption and need to stand out from the out and try thrifting themselves. However, some past thrifters remain crowd, thrifting is back. Social media influencers like Emma relatively unfazed by the trend surfacing to pop Chamberlain advocating for thrifting with culture status. “I don’t really care for the trend, it’s just millions of followers tuned in, and consumers have been exposed to the idea that thrift convenient. I take my inspiration from Kurt shopping is for everyone, especially with the Cobain so my style is really just ‘90’s’ grunge, modern developments made to traditional thrift which you can imagine is hard to shop for in regular department and consignment chains. “If I had told someone that stores,” said sophomore Traditionally, thrifting was getting hand me my jeans were only $7 five years Briana Lopez. “Finding a vintage ski jacket like down clothing at places ago, they probably would’ve the one I have would’ve like Goodwill or Salvation been impossible if it Army, but now there is been really concerned.” wasn’t thrifted.” upscale thrifting at places -Briana Lopez, 10 S i m i l a r l y , like Plato’s Closet and Avalon Exchange including pieces of clothing sophomore Isabella Hinkle said “My style is so that were wearable, but not desirable. Thrift specific that I usually take jeans and crop tops stores quickly gained a reputation as being home to bedazzle, iron on patches, or tear up myself, so thrifting just makes it easier to find filled with decades old, last resort options. However, items bought today by decent starter pieces for a decent price.” For students like Lopez and Hinkle, consignment and thrift franchises must meet a certain demand,that being timely trends thrifting is not a last resort, but a choice. and brands, separating today’s methods from Those who support living in environmentally conscientious surroundings have also taken up traditional thrifting. “Obviously people want to look and wear an appreciation for the trend as well. “It’s just more sustainable for the the best,” sophomore Dave Leggett said. “I think it’s all the attention thrift stores environment, I hate the thought of people have put towards collecting expensive, name making unnecessary amounts of new clothes brand items like Louis Vuitton and Gucci that when we already have so many decent pieces out there,” said sophomore Amy Joaquim. “The has more people going thrifting.” Wanting the ‘best for less’ is not a new majority of my closet has been thrifted from concept, however with thrift stores offering Avalon Exchange.” Whether taken up for the sake of preserving younger audiences top end products for considerably less than retail, the trend has resources or just to keep up with the latest pop resurfaced as a “Who can get the best piece culture phenomena, thrifting has definitely for the best price competition,” sophomore made a comeback. “Honestly, I think this trend just stemmed Lyzzalis Zuniga said. This adaptation to public demand suggests from the fact that everyone wants to be different that thrifting is no longer solely for the needy, and ‘edgy’,” said Lopez. “Don’t get me wrong, I’m happy that people have noticed it, even if but for the contemporary trendsetters as well. “Now when I go to Plato’s Closet or OMG! it’s just for the trend.”

Andrea Izaguirre





Mayonnaise: not as bad as you think

Charlotte Mansur

ayonnaise, you either love it or hate it, there is no grey area. Tolerating mayonnaise is like thinking black licorice is just okay. (It is not okay, it is a sin, unlike the super adaptable, unapologetically calorific mayonnaise.) Unfortunately, we live in a mayohostile world where many of us mayonnaise aficionados are burned at the stake for our love. So what if I want to have mayonnaise with my fries, or maybe even pack a packet or two in my purse? With its subtle tanginess, mayonnaise is incredibly versatile and can be used in anything from pasta to baked goods. Which makes it way better than its flashy cousin ,ketchup, that takes over anything within a mile radius. Mayonnaise is more than just taste. It keeps your food, prepare yourself, moist. However horrid of a word “moist” may be, it is vital when it comes to food. No one has ever said, “I just love this cake- it’s so flavorful and dry.” And a dry sandwich going down the throat feels like swallowing a bunch of sawdust. Sandwiches, of course, have other condiments to rely on: honey mustard, tartar or even McDonald’s special sauce... of which are mostly mayonnaise. Critics claim that mayo’s consistency is its downfall, comparing its “slime” or “sticky” quality to something unnatural or unearthly. There is even a term: mayophobia. If making up a phobia was a thing, I would have been gymophobic years ago. I understand if mayonnaise isn’t your thing, but mayophobia? You took it too far. No matter your stance on mayo it is important to keep an open mind when it comes to eating. Don’t be discouraged to try something new just because of a stigma behind it. Except black liquorice, of course.


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Lifestyles Niklas Gierse, Germany

Pedro Prats, Spain

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Bryson Turner

Rebecca Gehrer, Austria

Eliot Barat, France


Online Editor ohn and Donna Painter have been hosting foreign exchange students since before this year’s seniors were born. They became empty-nesters after their daughter Amy left for college, and they have hosted 16 students since, coming from countries like Pakistan, Brazil, Russia and Germany. The Painters are the host family of junior Niklas Gierse, who hails from Munich, Germany. He is one of five foreign exchange students attending Hagerty, each of them getting their own version of the American Experience.

“It was the first time for me to be cool like that.” Though junior Eliot Barat, from Tours, France, could already sing and dance, for the talent show, he decided to whip out his Chinese yo-yo, something he had been learning since he was 6. “I could sing, I could play piano, but I decided to [Chinese yo-yo] because it was more impressive,” Barat said. “I had to do something with it.” After his performance, he began putting his yo-yo away to go out on stage for the results, but a sound began to register in his mind. The crowd was chanting his name. “El-ee-ot! El-ee-ot!” Having been in the country for only two months, Barat had already made an impression with the student body. He was one prominent examples of the exchange students getting involved. “You learn a ton about yourself, you get out of the comfort zone and [have] a ton of new experiences that you would have never imagined,” Gierse said. Gierse has the most extracurricular activities of the students– he is a part of Key Club, jazz band, the Modeling & Simulation Club and plays junior varsity lacrosse. Senior Rebecca Gehrer, from Austria, joined the cheerleaders and the track team, Barat also found the track team, and German sophomore Sina Homann found cross country and Best Buddies, which allows students to interact with those with disabilities, something German people do not normally get to do. “In Germany, if you have a disability, you go to a completely different school, so you never actually meet people with disabilities which is really sad,” Homann said. Homann hopes to try and start a club similar to Best Buddies upon her return to Germany.

“She looked like a three-year old that had just seen Snow White for the first time.”

Sina Homann, Germany

Homann grew up watching American TV shows and movies, including High School Musical, expecting them to be a glimpse into the American lifestyle. She thought about how there would be separate cliques for the jocks, the nerds, etc. This ended up being slightly inaccurate, but she appreciates now being able to experience it for herself. “Some things are true, but some things are really exaggerated,” Homann said. “You see a lot from the outside, but you see even more if you’re really in the country.” The sentiment is shared with the Painters, who in their years of hosting exchange students have made it a point to give them a taste of not just the American experience, but also the Florida experience. “We want the kids to experience the traditional Florida things

that you cannot do anywhere else,” Donna Painter said. All the host families’ students had excursions and events that gave each exchange student a different slice of the American pie. Gehrer got to experience the Hindu holidays of Diwali and Navaratri that bring together the local Indian-American community, the Painters brought Gierse along as they traveled across the country from Daytona Beach to Breckenridge, Colorado, and senior Spaniard Pedro Prats got to canoe the Wekiva River, but Homann got to have a the chance to witness the American melting pot in action. “It’s nice to see different cultures,” Homann said. “Now, I have a Jewish friend and I never had a Jewish friend before.” However, through all of these diversified experiences, one came up consistently: Disney World. With the theme park only 45 minutes away from Oviedo, it became a must-do for all the host families. While Barat considers his native country’s Disneyland Paris to be superior to the Magic Kingdom, Gehrer couldn’t contain her starstruck reaction upon entering the theme park for the first time. “She looked like a 3-year old that had just seen Snow White for the first time,” Patel said. While the students were absorbing American culture, they also began to spread some of their own. Prats surprised his host family, the Johnsons, when he made spaghetti, then added eggs to it. Barat is also capable in the kitchen, cooking French dishes like crepes and quiche. “[It is] really enjoyable to share with others,” Barat said. While the U.S. was making an impression on the students, the students were also making one on their host families.

“I always wanted a brother.” Freshman Anthony Johnson grew up with two sisters, but with both of them now off to college, he started wondering what it would be like to have a brother. After suggesting the idea to his parents, he ended up gaining one in Prats, who comes from Majorca, an island in the Mediterranean off the coast of Spain. “It’s not boring at the house anymore,” Johnson said. “It’s just like hanging out with a friend.” Prats added a new dynamic in the Johnson family. The two have gotten into several shenanigans, whether they were partying with friends, playing pranks on each other or crashing the family golf cart into a tree. Gehrer and Patel, by contrast, bonded through more sedentary activities. “Most of time, we watch TV,” Patel said. “A lot of times you just sit there and make fun of each other.”

“It’s a lot to ask, but it’s a very enriching experience.” Taking in an exchange student is not anything to take lightly. “It’s very important to select your child, your student, based on the sort of little nuances and dynamics that are already involved in your family,” Johnson said. “Pedro was a social type kid, which fit our family dynamic.” However, if these students’ experiences are anything to go by, they show how they are able to bring enrichment into the lives of all involved. “Opening yourself up to the world is a step forward to peace,” Barat said.

page 1 4 Top 100m time Molly McGrath


Track looks to overcome hurdles Michael Gibson



Top Discus Throw Andrew Sauvao

43.87m Top Pole Vault Jared Strickle Top Long Jump Josh Odimegwu

5.75m TO THE END Sophomore Jeremy Fredrick races in the 100 meter dash. Fredrick is part of the 4x100 meter dash team that is looking to beat the all time school record of 44.70s. photo by Chatham Farrell


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alfway through the season, the boys and girls track teams competed at the Brian Jaeger Invite. The boys team finished 19th in a 32 team field and the girls finished 27th overall. The boys team was led by senior Andrew Sauvao who scored 13 of the team’s 17.5 points. Sauvao placed second in shot put and fourth in discus. Sauvao also set two personal records with 14.07 m in shot put and 40.12 m in discus. “I threw really well,” Sauavo said. “I set two PR’s in both my events and I was really able to help my team out.” The girls team was led by junior Safiyah Tobgy, who placed sixth in pole vault, and senior Aryann Johnson, who placed seventh in shot put. This meet was the largest meet of the year, and there were more than 20 schools there, some events had over 80 people entered, so to place in an event was significant. “There were like over 50 people in shot put,” Johnson said. “To place seventh out of that is pretty crazy.” This meet also held unofficial events such as freshman-sophomore 1600 m, the javelin throw, and the 2000 m steeple chase. Senior Jimmy Munro ran the steeple chase and made his way to second in the school record books. Neither team had anyone run in the freshmansophomore race, but Sauvao once again led the way in javelin, placing ninth out of 16 people. This is the lowest either team has placed all season and it is the second to last meet before playoffs begin. The last regular season meet of

the season was at Trinity Prep on Wednesday, March 13. At Trinity Prep, Sauvao and the throwers scored 18 of the teams total points and continued to lead the way. In the first ever track meet at Hagerty, the Hagerty Throwing Festival, sophomore Aramis Sattler placed fourth in shot put, his highest finish of the season and four of the five javelin throwers ranked within the top 25 of the state. “It felt good to place and finally be on varsity,” Sattler said. “We also won the 4x100 and that was a lot of fun.” The boys and girls teams also participated in a “4xfat” which is a throwers 4x100 race and the team ran 51 seconds and beat the other teams by almost a 100 meter stretch. In a race that is supposed to be funny for the viewers, they took it seriously and won by a lot. “Of course we had to show out in the 4xfat,” Sauvao said. “We couldn’t let Lake Howell beat us and definitely not Oviedo.” All in all the throwers have led the way for both the boys and girls teams this season, and in an event that does not get a lot of exposure, they have continued to be a bright spot. For the sprinters, the 4x100 boys team has also been strong and is one second away from beating an all time school record. Sauvao is ranked in the top four in the district and is expected to qualify for regionals. The district meet will take place after spring break at Embry-Riddle University in Daytona Beach. “I’m excited for playoffs to start,” Sauvao said. “I’m trying to set more PR’s and make it to regionals and then states.”


BASEBALL BEATS LAKE BRANTLEY The baseball team faced Lake Brantley in a district game, on March 28. The team started strong by recording three hits and two runs in the first inning taking an early 2-0 lead. Later in the game, Riley Greene batted two runs in to regain the lead 5-3. After the third inning, it was 6-3. Pitcher Luke Babineau recorded seven strikeouts, holding Lake Brantley scoreless. The boys team advances to 4-0 in district, 5-0 in SAC and 9-1 overall. “A lot of players batted and I am very happy with the effort” head coach Matthew Cleveland said.

VOLLEYBALL FALLS TO WINTER SPRINGS On Thursday, March 28, the boys volleyball team faced Winter Springs in a tough conference matchup. After the first set, the second set started out well including a diving save by James Gray. The team was outscored 25-9 leading into the final set. In the third set, Gray recored three assists, leading the boys team in a close 25-20 loss. Despite the record, head coach Sarah Jarem is still impressed by the team. “This is the most passionate varsity team I have ever coached,” Jarem said. SOFTBALL DESTROYS WINDERMERE On April 3, the girls softball team faced off against Windermere in one of their first games of the season. The team started off hot taking an early lead. Windermere struggled to battle back and Hagerty ended up winning 15-3. This game was their largest win of the season and the team is looking for this to kick off a hot streak. The team was led by Olivia Lipari who had three hits and senior Shannon Glover who racked in a double and a home run. “Coming off of winning a state championship, I know we have a target on our back,” Glover said. “Wins like this build momentum for later in the season.”

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Out on top Hayden Turner


sports Senior Ryan Rowland becomes first Hagerty wrestler to win state title, team looks to carry momentum into next season

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ix wrestlers traveled to Kissimmee for the FHSAA Class 3A Wrestling Championships on March 8-9. Senior Ryan Rowland, who won the 106-pound weight class, became the first Hagerty wrestler to win a state championship. “Everybody was excited and happy for me,” Rowland said. “Being able to make history at Hagerty is amazing, I just hope that there will be many more after me.” This is Rowland’s third consecutive year at the state championship, placing second as a sophomore, fifth as junior year, and winning this year. With this momentum, Rowland plans to wrestle in college for his school. “After placing sophomore and junior year, I was not satisfied,” Rowland said. “It gave me that extra motivation to work harder to finally become the champ.” The team would have three more podium finishes from the nine wrestlers that qualified for states. Freshman Joe Gonzales was a runner-up in the 132-pound weight class, and sophomore Ethan Woods and junior Bo Perkins, both won their consolation brackets for third place. Gonzalez lost

a 3-2 match against three-time state champion Bretli Reyna from South Dade High School. Despite a good finish for the freshman, there was a debatable call for stalling on his opponent, which costed him the tying point with the leader, who won the division. “It could have changed the whole bracket, but that’s okay,” Gonzalez said. “I’m going to take it as a learning experience.” Rowland, Gonzalez, and Woods all participated in the NHSCA National Wrestling Championships in Virginia Beach, Virginia from March 29-31. Gonzalez advanced to the round of 16 but lost 7-3. He placed fifth in the consolation semifinals, earning All-American status. “If I’m being honest I did not perform at my best,” Gonzalez said. “I wrestled three days straight, and I was really sore by the end of the tournament.” Rowland also made it the round of 16 but suffered a concussion, ending his run. Regardless of not having AllAmerican status this year, he is a three time All-American in his past three years. After a string of success at the state and national tournaments, the team is already looking foward to next year. “I am going to be a state champion,” Gonzalez said.

rYAN ROWLAND: 106lbs



Bo perkins: 170lbs

Rowland’s third appearence in the state championships his expectation of himself.. With a 56-2 season record, he carried the momentum into states. Following a dominant year he became the first state champ in school history.

This was Gonzalez’s first year on the wrestling team and he did not disappoint. With a 49-4 record, he became one of the favorites for the state title, placing second. Gonzalez goal for next year is nothing short of the state title.

In Woods’ second year in the program, his performance was key for the team throughout the year. Another top contender for the state championship, he performed well coming away with a third place finish.

Perkins has been a standout performer for the team with a 59-4 record. He will be one of the teams leading performers in their hopes of a championship.. He finished third by winning the consolation bracket.


Team: Baseball



March 8


vs. Winter Springs


Riley Greene

PLAY: Senior

center fielder Riley Greene has been a leader of the team for his four years at Hagerty. He is continuing to show that, after a very convincing performance at Winter Springs. Greene went 2 for 2 with a walk, a hit and a long home run. The team would win 9-6. He is batting .488 on the year, the second highest on the team. The team has a regular season record of 9-1, and will be playing Lake Mary Thursday night at 7 p.m.


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ATTACK, RUN, DEFEND Senior Katie Williams runs down field against Seminole. The team won 20-0 (left). The team huddles after scoring a goal. It was the first goal of the game (middle). Sophomore Erin Catlin passes the ball against Seminole. Catlin plays attack. (right)

photos by Chatham Farrell

Girls lacrosse strikes late season success Noah Kemper


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t was the end of the match against Oviedo and forward Katie Williams kept possession while dodging defenders, flinging the ball into the back of the net, scoring her sixth goal of the game. On Wednesday, March 27, the girls lacrosse team faced off against rival Oviedo in a key district match up. When the whistle blew, the girls lacrosse team wasted no time stealing the ball on defense and attacking on offense. Williams shot the ball from the side, curving it into the back of the net, giving the girls lacrosse team an early lead. After just 12 minutes into the game, the girls team jumped out to an 8-0 lead, forcing Oviedo to take a timeout. After the timeout, goalie Alexis O’Brien continued to shut out the offense. At the end of the first half, the girls lacrosse was dominating with a 14-0 lead. “The offensive unit is well balanced and is playing extremely well,” head coach Mitch Whittington said. After the second half started, goalie O’Brien stepped out of the goal to intercept a long pass, saving another scoring attempt. She successfully cleared the ball upfield creating another scoring opportunity for the team. After the clear, Williams put the ball into the back of the net with little time left scoring her sixth goal of the match. Late in the game, Williams won another draw control near the goal and set up a pass to the offense leading to another goal scored from the center of the field giving the girls team a 20-0 lead with three minutes left. The defense made one last stop to recored their first district shut out against Oviedo. The team now leads the series against Oviedo 6-5 in the past

11 meetings. “[It was] the best game I’ve played all season,”Williams said. “Our team worked so well together proving that we are a top team in Seminole County.” In the victory, the girls lacrosse team was led by Williams. She recorded six goals, six draw controls, and two assists. The team was also led by O”Brien, who recorded a shut out and a long pass interception late in the game. Their next home game is on Monday April 10th against Saint John Paul Academy. That will be one of the last home games of the regular season and the girls are looking to give everything they have. At the beginning of the season, the girls team faced off against tough opponents, in high profile tournaments, putting them 1-2. After that start, the team won their next five games in a row, winning by more than 10 points each game, including a shutout against Lyman 19-0. Since then, the team has advanced to 9-5.The girls team concludes their final home game against St. John Paul. “I’ve worked very hard this entire season, and our team can become the top team in the county,” Williams said. The team is 5-0 in the SAC, and 3-0 in district. The team has won conference once again and is looking to make the playoffs for the third consecutive year. Last year the team made it all the way to the state final four before losing. This is a different year with even higher expectations. According to max preps, the team is nationally ranked 81st. The team is second in the conference for goals, and fourth for goals against. The girls lacrosse team is looking to end the season strong. “We are having a very good season to date, and are getting ready for the stretch run,” head coach Whittington said.


Katie Williams Midfield University of Alabama Huntsville First player on the team to commit, team’s leading scorer

Joslin Hanbury Midfield Duquesne University Highest division commit on the team, most active defender

Amanda Arguello Defense Coker College One of two defenders to commit this year, only two in school history

Ashley Rassel Defense Florida Institute of Technology Second of two defenders to commit on the team, leads team in steals

Football, lacrosse communities lose beloved coach Michael Gibson

A FLY HIGH To raise money to help the Baeli famlly, a group is selling t-shirts with this logo. Coach Frank Baeli coached lacrosse and football.

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s students returned from spring break, tragic news was spreading around the football and lacrosse community. One of their beloved coaches, Frank Baeli, had passed away in his sleep. Sophomore Cole Schilling was one of his players who heard the news. “It was definitely a shock to hear about,” Schilling said. “I definitely didn’t see it coming and I’m really sad that it did.” Coach Baeli had coached Pop Warner football and lacrosse, and he was an assistant lineman coach for football. He was beloved by coaches, staff and players. Coach Baeli’s son,

Frank Baeli, is also on the football and lacrosse teams, and he played under his dad for Pop Warner. Baeli impacted many lives throughout the community. “I loved Coach Frank,” sophomore Porthos Sattler said. “He was always hanging out in the locker rooms before and after practice and games, and he’d always say, ‘Good job,’ even if you didn’t play very well.” And that was the kind of man Coach Baeli was, always there to encourage his players and give them tips on how they can be better. His presence was not only felt on the football field, though, it was felt on the lacrosse field, too. Baeli helped coach teams and orchestrate practices along with the rest of the coaching staff, always putting the team before himself.

“Coach Frank was so funny,” senior Andrew Bennet said. “He was a really good guy.” As both communities continue to mourn his loss, Baeli’s presence will continue to be felt. He was always involved in school sports, from showing up to summer workouts or helping kids straighten out, Coach Baeli taught many life lessons throughout his life. Throughout his life, he worked for a sheriff’s office in New Jersey and coached Pop Warner for years until his son entered high school, and then he joined the high school staff. On Saturday, March 9, Baeli’s funeral was held at Baldwin-Fairchild Funeral Home in Oviedo, and former players, coaches, staff and friends showed up in support of a school and community member.