blueprint Hagerty High School
Volume 13, Issue 6
May 16, 2019
Junior Adam Johnson, junior Lexi Shroll, senior Rina Sukhraj, junior Evan Bogert and senior Imogen Jacobs take a silly picture in the picture booth at the “City of Stars” themed prom. Students attended prom on April 27 at the Hard Rock Cafe. photo by Courtney Downing
New principal settles in Principal Robert Frasca was announced new head of the school on April 29. page 2
College Board overlords College Board makes it seem that their tests and classes are superior to students’ learning. page 4
The mountains called AP Environmental Science teacher announces his departure for the mountains of North Carolina.
New principal settles in Bryson Turner and Andrea Izaguirre
Online Editor and Staff Reporter
n Thursday, April 25, Robert Frasca was introduced to faculty as the new principal. His official first day is Monday, April 29. Frasca was selected from a field of candidates aiming to fill the vacancy left by former principal Dr. Mary Williams. The school board has not released the terms of Williams’ departure, but stated that finding a replacement was of utmost importance. “Although we’ve been through challenging circumstances, we’re looking forward to the future,” said assistant principal Jesse Walker. According to Mike Gaudreau, Executive Director of Seminole County Schools, three focus groups – the Student Committee, Faculty Committee and Resume Selection Teams – met to discuss the filling of the vacancy. The Resume Selection Team and interview group met at the district office to speak to Gaudreau and a school board representative about qualities that they would like to see in the next principal and to review resumes submitted since the application window closed. The top several resumes were selected, and out of those interviews taken on Monday, April 22, Frasca was announced the new principal. “I look forward to building a positive relationship with our students on campus,” Frasca said. Before the announcement faculty and students were encouraged to view this change of authority as an “opportunity,” Walker said.
“Although we’ve gone through difficult times recently, I’m just really looking forward to the future of Hagerty High School.” Frasca, who grew up in Kissimmee, began his education career in 2002 as a teacher and head baseball coach with his alma mater, Gateway High School, after he graduated from Stetson University with a degree in Social Studies Education. Since then, he has held positions as an English teacher, Government teacher, World History teacher, and athletic director of Lyman High School before becoming an assistant principal at Oviedo High School in 2013. He most recently served as an assistant principal at Lake Mary High School. Due to the quick transition as principal at Hagerty, Frasca did not want to come in and immediately implement new ideas. “My first goal is to watch and listen – to talk to kids, teachers, parents and staff members,” Frasca said. “I need to learn what being a Husky is all about.” One thing that Frasca would like students to know is that they should not hesitate to come talk to him. “Don’t be afraid to come up and say ‘Hello’ and tell me how [your] day is going and tell me what’s going on and what I can do to help,” Frasca said. Frasca aims to be involved in as many events as possible. “I want to be the biggest cheerleader for everybody, Frasca said. “I just want to be present.” With a new job and a new title, Frasca hopes to maintain the excellence Hagerty has
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Research student earns perfect score Hayden Turner
Staff Reporter P Research, like other Advanced Placement classes, has a final exam at the end of the year. However this exam entails a 5,000-word research paper about a topic of the student’s choice and a 10-15-minute presentation regarding their paper, emulating a college dissertation. Of the 9,640 students taking the exam across the world, only 111 students, 0.012 percent, received a perfect score on the test; including senior Seshan Jayapregasham. “I put a lot of hard work into this,” Jayapregasham said. “It really is amazing [to be one of 111 people].” While the typical AP exam preparation starts after spring break, the AP Research exam requires students to start right away. Jayapregasham began his research on the concentration of micro-plastics in different marine environments in early October, and throughout the year he continued to take data and research. “I looked at the news and I was looking at the important events that were going on, and I ran across micro-plastics,” Jayapregasham said. “I wanted to apply that to my research and my interest in marine biology.” Jayapregasham’s research consisted of taking samples from different marine environments, including the beach, marshlands, oyster reefs and other locations to gather different water samples. This data was gathered all in one day throughout the state of Florida, to prevent variables in the data. “I took the water samples, filtered them and then analyzed them by looking through
TESTING IT OUT Seshan Jayapregasham collects water samples for his AP Research project. photo of Seshan Jayapregasham
a microscope and keeping track of how much plastic was in each sample,” Jayapregasham said. Another contribution to Jayapregasham’s perfection was Dr. Linda Walters, a professor of Marine Sciences in the Biology department at the University of Central Florida, who guided him throughout the process. Walters took him to the sites where he collected his data, and taught him the proper way to take samples and track and record data. On top of AP Research, Jayapregasham is taking six other AP exams. This forces him to balance his time wisely for each class. “I try to focus evenly among all my AP classes, but this one took a little more focus,” Jayapregasham said. After high school, Jayapregasham will be majoring in Aerospace Engineering at EmbryRiddle Aeronautical University.
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The class of 2019 will graduate at 9 a.m. at the C Graduates should arrive around 7:30 in their caps a those without will not be able to participate in the Lastly, graduates should not bring their phones to the
Junior Parking Passes for Sale
Parking passes will begin to be sold on May 21, six senior parking passes are for sale. Parking passes w when paid for in cash, check or money order, and $75 w a credit/debit card.
Youth Advisory Council Talent Show
The Youth Advisory Council will be hosting their talen May 23 in the old gym. The show will be from 6:30 p. p.m. with many acts across the city. Recommended are $5-$10, all going to the new Oviedo Boys and G organization, to build and renovate.
JROTC Camp La-No-Che Trip
From May 30 to June 2, the JROTC program will be to Camp La-No-Che, in Lake County. The camp pr perfect opportunity to enjoy camping, learn self reli acquire valuable Scouting skills, along with many m For more information go to www.camplanoche.com.
Summer School Starts
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However, senior Katelyn Carlson and sophomore Lara Voelker have different views. Many do not look at a band as just a design and feel as though the shirt represents the band, their songs, their actions and what they stand for. “Although it’s good to keep old culture alive, it’s ignorant to be unaware of what you’re representing,” Carlson said. For some, the phenomenon is evidence of increasing numbers of "fake fans" and can be aggravating. “I’ll look at someone’s band shirt and ask what their favorite song is. It makes them seem so stupid when they don’t know a thing,” Carlson said. This happened when Carlson saw one of her friends wearing a Nirvana shirt from Urban Outfitters. Happy to find another fan of a band she was interested in, she asked the friend about her favorite song by Nirvana. When the friend replied, ‘I don’t know, I just liked the shirt,' Carlson was shocked. Not knowing information about the particular band or musician can make the person seem oblivious. “It’s like wearing a shirt with Russian writing when you don’t speak Russian at all or have any relationship with it,” Voelker said. “It’s dumb because you don’t even know what it says.” Voelker is not against band shirts in general--
in fact, she owns Bring me the Horizons, Pierce the Veil, Falling in Reverse and Pvris shirts herself. For her, the important distinction is that she genuinely enjoys these bands and listens to their music. American singer and songwriter Dee Snider, member of the ‘80s metal band, Twisted Sister, addressed this issue on Twitter. He called out several celebrities for wearing metal shirts, saying “Gotta say, this new trend of non-metal fans wearing vintage metal T's is pretty sickening.
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icking off his first podcast episode, sophomore Kevin Cosio led an intense debate about the validity of popular childrens game “Roblox.” Cosio’s project, “Boid Gang,” started as a way to create memories and look back on his high school life; the name was conceived during eighth grade year as Cosio and his friends connected through gaming. "We wanted a way to look back at our friendship in high school when we got older. We try to have a general theme for each episode, but most of the time we just talk about what is on our minds," Cosio said. Cosio enjoys sharing facets of his life with people that he does not normally talk to. These include what classes he takes, friends he has, and preferences for which games he likes to play. One of Cosio’s favorite episodes he made consists of how he met his friends. Members of his podcast include sophomores Sahil Shah, Ben Steinebronn, Nathan Gilman and Saagar Shah. When editing, Cosio uses Windows MovieMaker, as well as the Anchor app to make audio and sound clearer for listeners. A new episode is recorded every Wednesday, with uploads on platforms such as Spotify and YouTube on Saturdays. “The most rewarding part of the podcast is hearing how people are actually enjoying it. I asked a few people if they would want to be on as a guest, and they seemed really excited to be a part of it, which was also really cool,” Cosio said.
ROCKIN' TEES Sophomore Lara Voelker wears her PVRIS, an American rockband, shirt. She has been a fan for many years.The pictured shirts, the bands Rolling Stones (top) and Grateful Dead (bottom), are owned by senior Katelyn Adair. She bought these clothes just for their cute designs.
ands and fingers are an unconventional tool used to paint, yet junior Maya Jimenez uses them (along with regular paintbrushes) to create her one-of-akind artwork. Jimenez uses painting as hobby as a way to destress and forget about problems, while also allowing her to be creative. One way she expresses this creativity is with different art styles and paints. Jimenez paints with no restraint; her favorite part about the painting process is the freedom it allows her to do whatever she wants on the canvas and express her own thoughts on paper. Her inspiration is also not limited. "Almost anything can inspire me such as social media, nature around me and people. I try to be open to different things when painting," Jimenez said. "While this can lead to blunders, she takes it in stride, allowing it to become part of the piece. When I make mistakes, I will either just leave it as it is or try to fix it or turn it into something else. Mistakes are meant to happen sometimes." Overall, Jimenez wants to continue painting as it allows her to relax. "My favorite part about painting is how I can do whatever I want with it and that there are no set rules. I also like the feeling of satisfaction that I get when I am done with my painting and I am pleased with my outcome,” Jimenez said.
Metal is not ironic!” He also wrote, “It's not just the wearing of our metal T's, it's their cherry picking of our style #skulls#metalhorns These are OUR symbols; OUR image.” At its core, this is an issue of how people choose to represent themselves. Clothes are a type of expression. “It’s important to remember that you wear what you want to represent,” Adair said. “As long as the shirt makes you happy, that’s all that matters.”
ARTIST Chekina Nze
ritics might call it fake and not see it as something serious, but senior Chekina Nze ignores comments such as these and continues creating art, using her skin as a canvas. Nze, a makeup artist who runs her own business, Chek Cosmetics, has not always been skilled at makeup, yet found a way to alleviate her boredom and express herself through the use of tools such as eyeliner, lipstick and foundation. To get her start, Nze watched many tutorials and followed along the summer of freshman year. As she gradually got better, Nze used makeup as something other than art or for financial purposes. "I always make sure to ask my client how they feel throughout the whole process and make sure anything they do not like is fixed," Nze said. Makeup also became a coping mechanism for her to get through stress and troubles with schoolwork and grades. “I often find emotional release in doing it. I get to be the most unique me at any given moment,” Nze said. Nze takes many pictures of her work because it allows her to document her process and to see what needs to be improved. She does not believe that makeup can be ugly, nor that it can be done "wrong." "Something one does not like, someone else will love. There are countless methods to applying makeup," Nze said.
A letter to our principal
n the two weeks since you have arrived, we have given you a warm welcome and showed you a little bit of what being part of our school is really like. For us, these past days have been great since we have gotten to interact with you and get an idea of who you are. In a short time, you have put in maximum effort— we see and we appreciate it. But we know being part of such a large school has not been easy. We understand that getting to really the school and the student body is a challenge and we want to helps. So, we came up with the three things that are most important to Hagerty. Three things you are already doing, and we hope you will continue to do for as long as you are here. Be present We have seen you everywhere, from lacrosse games to lunches to a robotics banquet. As a school know we appreciate your presence, and the effort you make to be there does not go unnoticed. It is a pleasant surprise to see you standing at the front entrance every morning, see you wish students good luck as they enter the room for their AP exams. Even a quick walk around the lunchroom has been a refreshing experience. So far, all of this has been great. We know being present in in a broad-spectrum of school activities is hard and takes effort, but we hope this effort continues. Be personable In your 100-day plan you mentioned building relationships as one of your biggest goals. And in the short time you have been here, you have already taken big steps to accomplish this. The first week of your arrival, we saw you come up to students, introduce yourself and ask about their day. You not only did this every day your first week, but you have kept it up. Seeing a friendly face after school, interacting with us and making us feel like we can approach you at any time is a big step to accomplishing your goal. We cannot wait to see more. In fact, maintaining this personable and friendly personality is the key to build stronger relationships, and it will make an impact in our school and our lives. Encourage us School spirit here has been great at times and missing at others. One of our goals is to grow student morale but sometimes we feel restricted when it comes to showing support for our school. Every year, it is disappointing for students to hear e will only have a couple of fall pep-rallies that will be held. Because of this, we appreciate the effort you made to visit leadership and discuss ways to better our school spirit. We look to you to help grow our energy, and most importantly, we want you to encourage this energy. We know it’s been hard to come in at the end of the year. But, what we have seen from you so far has been reinvigorating. The effort you are putting in to take action, show up and lift us up is admirable. You have showed change in only two weeks and we are excited to see what the next few years will have in store for us.
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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 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 Robert Frasca
College Board, the education overlord Katarina Harrison
or high school students, College Board can be the ultimate enemy. Like a final boss battle in a video game, the SAT reigns over college admissions, sending out its lesser counterparts of AP exams and PSATs to cover the path. The American education system has plenty of problems, but none so pressing as the encroachment of this College Board monstrosity onto the system. The problem with College Board is not the tests themselves – individually, each test is innocuous and some are even beneficial. It is our growing reliance on the results of these tests and adherence to this curriculum that is poisoning us. The SAT has been the gatekeeper for college admission for long enough to become an institution of its own. Recently, however, this influence has grown. Pushes for college opportunity have led to multitudes of SAT school days and SAT prep classes. The fact that there is a class for high school credit that is solely devoted to preparation for this test shows the value we place on it. We devote hours of work both inside and outside of the classroom trying to teach kids to succeed on this single test and meet College Board’s definition of success. As the prevalence of the SAT has grown, College Board’s second favorite test, the AP test, has also become more common. University of Florida reports an average GPA of 4.45 for their newly admitted class – a GPA made possible only by a multitude of AP classes. Furthermore, as colleges analyze strength of schedule, they search blatantly for students who have spent time in College Board classrooms, studying AP concepts and studying for their tests. So where is the problem? Students are pushing themselves, studying and excelling, right? Why should we be worried about that? The problem is not the tests, but the stranglehold. American
“Teachers don't understand how stressed students are and that they have many other classes stressing them out.” -Olivia Tulloch, 9 "I really wish people would stop aggressively making out in the halls." -Alec Alonso, 12 “Some buildings have the temperature all the way up while others are very cold.” -Juan Chumpitaz, 10 "Trying to enter the school on a bike is a death trap." -Robert Alvarez, 10
education is and should be under constant scrutiny – what we teach in schools changes who students become, helps inform their view on the world, and defines who they will become tomorrow. While the public can hold the government accountable for their educational strategies, College Board is not subject to the same kind of oversight. As a private company, they have the freedom to put whatever they want into their curriculum, and teachers have no choice but to focus on them. Over 2.7 million students take AP classes each year. Do we really want to give a corporation power over the education of so many? Beyond the classroom, scores on College Board tests can unlock or hide thousands of scholarship opportunities. Do well enough on the PSAT – a College Board test – and money is in your future. Forget the measly $7,500 given out by the National Merit Corporation. Schools and companies give out full ride scholarships and significant funds to National Merit Finalists, their money given based on merit determined by College Board. The company determines not only who get into the college of their dreams, but who can afford to attend. So why have we let it get this far? How have we placed so much value on a company once known for what amounted to an IQ test? The answer is within the budget. Schools out of money and funds are desperate for someone else to write the curriculum, for someone else to figure out what it means to be successful academically. College Board steps into this role with ease, and turns a cost on the government into their own form of profit. From AP tests alone, College Board brings in more than $400 million of revunue a year. Their president brings home a yearly salary of $1.4 million, which is more than four times the average in a comparable position and more than 20 times the average salary of the teachers who spread his content. As schools and agencies hand over their control, it is imperitive that we are aware of the power that College Board wields. Already they are shaping the people that will go on to shape the world, and if we do not watch them carefully, their grip on the minds of the nation will only grow tighter.
“Detention should be different. It should be an effort to actually make a positive impact in the student's life instead of treating them badly because they got detention.” -Lara Voelker, 10
“I was out for a week super sick and wasn't present for any of the lessons, but my teacher still made me take four concept checks not caring if I understood or failed.” -Laura Darty, 10
“I don't feel motivated to learn. It is just mostly about the grades.” -Cecilia Felix, 9
"I wish people would stop stopping in the middle of the hallway." -Nick Baker, 12
"The school bathrooms are never clean and it makes many people not want to use them, even if they need to really go to the bathroom.” -Isha Yooseph, 11
"The technology is way out of date making it harder to use the equipment at school.” -Dave Legget, 10
We’re in the Endgame now (Spoiler-Free) Bryson Turner
Online-Editor ritics have tried for years to review Marvel Cinematic Universe movies in a vacuum. They always ask “How does this film stand on its own?” Even Infinity War, one of the most continuity-laced films of this franchise, could still be judged on its own merits due to the story focusing on Thanos (Josh Brolin). Avengers: Endgame, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo and the 22nd movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, finally breaks that trend. If viewed on its own merits, the film can drag in certain points and be messy and disjointed, having to jump back and forth between so many characters at once. Yet, that kind of review does not do this film justice, because it was never supposed to be judged on its own. The only way to review this film is to view it as a culmination, the climax and conclusion of a story that began nearly 11 years ago in 2008’s Iron Man. To not do that would be a disservice to the film, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole. With that said, Avengers: Endgame did what it set out to do. It gave viewers a fist-
pumping, tear-jerking yet satisfying conclusion to the story of the original Avengers: Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johanson), Bruce Banner (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), and Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner). Further, the film still retains the trademark Marvel sense of humor where it needs to. Every actor gives a praise-worthy performance, though Downey Jr., Evans, Hemsworth, and Karen Gillian, who played Nebula, Daughter of Thanos and Gamora’s (Zoe Saldana) sister, do stand out as their characters get put into situations that show off their acting prowess. The screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley has to be commended as well for managing to organically work in nearly every single character ever shown (and is still alive) in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While certain parts of the film do feel like they drag on for a bit too long, the film still tells an engaging and emotionally packed story, even with so many characters needing screen-time. The action set pieces were actually used sparingly in this installment. However, that could be because the movie was saving
everything for a final battle, which raises the standards for all superhero battles to follow. This is all backed up by a versatile score by Alan Silvestri, who also scored Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, and Avengers: Infinity War. Marvel films have practiced restraint when it comes to music, and they do the same here, though there is a valid reason. However, once there is a need for a score, it serves as a perfect complement for the action on-screen. In addition, The Avengers Theme cements itself as one of the most iconic themes in film, right with Star Wars, Superman, Back to the Future and Harry Potter. Avengers: Endgame is, at its core, a moviegoing experience that happens once in a generation. If Infinity War was Empire Strikes Back, this would be Return of the Jedi. It takes viewers on one last ride with the original Avengers, filled with emotion, excellent performances, and edge-of-your-seat moments to the brim. All of this was made possible because viewers never really knew what was coming. So, after watching the rest of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, go see Endgame as quickly as possible, and #DontSpoilTheEndgame. Spoiler review on hagertyjourn.com
REVIEW BOX “Cuz I Love You” Lizzo
“Kill This Love” Blackpink
K-pop is a fun, cute genre of music, and the songs have great potential to be something creative and unique. A rather new group, Blackpink, missed with their most recent album, “Kill this Love.” With only five songs on the album, it was disappointing to listen to them, each giving off a rushed feeling. The only song on the album that sounded like they put time in “Kill this Love”, but even this song wasn’t anything spectacular. There are many other amazing K-pop groups that are releasing such new and one-of-a-kind songs, “Kill this Love” doesn’t come close.
- Emily Cosio
“You vs Wild” Netflix Original Netflix’s second attempt at an interactive show, A brilliant and engaging showcase of the future of interactive technology, “You vs. Wild”, has received considerably less press than the first, which is unfair. You vs Wild is a survival show with a twist-- you play a part in the decision making process. The suspense of a survival show feels far more real when the choice is yours, and even for someone not typically interested in the genre, the style of storytelling makes it easy to feel involved. Rather than dramatic and dreary like Bandersnatch, You vs. Wild is upbeat and genuinely fun. With relatively short episodes, it’s definitely time to put your own skills to the test.
- Katarina Harrison
American rapper and singer Lizzo released her third studio album “Cuz I Love You” on April 19. The indie hip hop genre audience was shocked. And not in a good way. Her part in previous bands far outshine this latest attempt at relevancy. The musicality on its own in songs such as “Juice” and “Good as Hell” are what kept the album afloat, however the inconsistency of her voice on it’s own is an acquired taste. And everyone is definitely not feeling it. - Andrea Izaguirre
“Free Spirit” by Khalid “Free Spirit” is the
perfect album to listen to when doing nothing. Khalid’s distinct and soothing voice creates a sense of unity among the 17 songs in the album. With songs, “Talk” and “Better” already hitting radios, it won’t be much longer until other songs follow. Khalid is no doubt taking over the pop industry, and this album fulfills everyone’s need of his unmistakable voice. Free Spirit is great for anyone is feeling a bit stressed; just by listening to a few of Khalid’s soothing songs, they will feel much calmer. For those who have enjoyed Khalid’s popular songs, “Eastside” or “Location”, they will immediately fall in love with this album.
- Emily Cosio
“Pet Sematary” Stephen King, the master of horror has done it again. Resurrected from its 1989 grave, “Pet Sematary” has evolved past its original, outdated hour and 43 minutes of predictable twists. The few adjustments made perfect the delicate balance of having just enough gore to satisfy the hardcore horror critics and just enough heart wrenching backstory to keep audiences empathetic. With every disturbing scene eliciting a stream of screams and jumps, “Pet Sematary” has secured King’s legacy in horror.
- Andrea Izaguirre
“Someone Great” Netflix Original
With summer just around the corner, Someone Great is the perfect movie to add to the binge list. After Jenny (Gina Rodriguez) is dumped by her 9-year boyfriend, she takes her best friends to New York. The mix of this movie-comedy, romance, drama-makes it suitable for almost anyone looking an excellent film, especially at a sleepover with friends.
- Emily Cosio
Char-casm Alarm clocks deserve better treatment Charlotte Mansur
If there was a list of the most hated inanimate objects in the U.S. the alarm clock would top it. Commonly mistaken as a form of torture, these devices have faced their fair share of animosity. Although their incessant buzzing, beeping and chirping may feel like the source of all our problems, they do a lot for us and are rarely appreciated. The story of the alarm clock is a typical “Don’t shoot the messenger” scenario. We view the alarm clock as the grim reaper of our sleep lives; when in fact, it is our first period classes or early morning practices that interrupt our dreams of a full night’s rest. It was our decision to stay up until 3 watching the newest Noah Centineo movie on Netflix, not our alarm clock’s. They should not be punished for our mistakes. Alarms are treated like our paper cuts. Although they both may be just trivial inconveniences, we treat them like they are the end of the world. School brings out the drama queens in all of us. We all endured the brutal transition period as freshmen adjusting to the earlier high school start time, and cursing out an alarm clock at six in the morning should just be considered a side effect of senioritis. Alarm clocks got dealt the bad hand in life. I am sure if they were capable of human emotions they would envy other more liked household objects like phone chargers or refrigerators. It is impossible to be mad at the thing that holds your food for you. While the idea of sleeping through the morning is tempting, it is not realistic, and it is the unfortunate job of the alarm clocks to remind us of that. In attempts to revamp their image there have been a slurry of new alarm products that use a more creative approach. The Philips Wakeup Light for example, this gradually wakes you up with lights, varying in different brightnesses simulating a sunrise. There is also the Dangerbomb alarm clock that wakes you up with loud beeping noises and colorful flashing lights indicating which wires you have to cut to stop the alarm clock from “exploding.” If that does not wake you up, you might actually be dead inside. There are other uses for alarms that people can forget. If it were not for alarms there would be nothing to prevent our chocolate chip cookies from turning into burnt hockey pucks. Or popcorn from turning kitchens into toxic wastelands. Not to mention more important things like reminding you of an important DBA with your virtual teacher, or more importsntly that favorite television show coming on. As annoying as they can be we should all press snooze on our aggressions toward the alarm clock and just let them do their jobs right.
SENIOR DESTINATIONS A list of seniors and their plans after high school
SUPERLATIVES Best of the best seniors in sports
11 TEACHER FAREWELLS Advice from teachers to seniors
SUPERLATIVES Performing arts most outstanding seniors
8-9 PASSION CHASERS Seniors share their stories about pursuing their passions
TOP 10 Question and answer with the seniors top 10
senior top ten
Jesse Fei, 4.672
What would your senior quote be? “Just don’t do it.” What is the funniest joke you know by heart? “The Hurricane Tortilla Vine.” What is your hidden talent? “I can turn around and play the piano with my hands behind me.” If you discovered that you were a mermaid, would you flaunt it or hide it? “Probably flaunt it. I have a fish tail for legs, so why not?” What was the thing that you worked the hardest for? “I won the Stolkholm Music competition when I was 13. The week before the competition, I practiced a lot, and it paid off.”
Ryan Self, 4.675
What would your senior quote be? “Stay positive.” What is your hidden talent? “I can put my entire first in my mouth.” What reality TV show would you choose to be on? “Modern Family, it seems like they have a lot of fun.” If you could live your life again knowing what you do now, what would you change? “I would try to do more outside of school, and get more involved. I put school on too high of a pedestal.” How has your passion changed since you entered high school? “At first I wanted to go into medicine no matter what. After I took AP Chemistry sophomore year, I really found a passion for that.”
5 Kaitlin Yap, 4.615
page 7 Brooke Bauss, 4.528
What would your senior quote be? “Live in the moment. Roll Tide!” If you and your pet switched lives for a day, what would you do? “I would definitely play with a frisbee.” What would your superpower be? “Telekinesis.” What is your hidden talent? “I can whistle pretty well.” What inspired you to pursue your career? “I’ve always liked math and science. I felt like engineering would be a good fit.” Who has had the biggest influence on your life? “Definitely my parents because they’ve always given me the support I’ve needed to succeed.”
Nancy Chen, 4.688
What would your senior quote be? “I’m not TRYING to sleep in class, okay?” What is your hidden talent? “Being really bad at answering these questions.” If you and your pet switched lives for a day, what would you do? “Leave half-eaten lizards in my owner’s room.” When was the first time that you cried about school? “In middle school. I did not understand how the formula for the area of a triangle worked.” Who has had the biggest influence on your life? “My sister, because she’s the one I’m closest to, but also has more knowledge than I do.”
What would your senior quote be? “Work hard but sleep more.” If you were arrested with no explanation, what would your friends and family assume you did? “Something really stupid or silly, like I accidentally robbed a store or something.” What is one thing you never get bored of? “Reading. My favorite series is Percy Jackson.” What inspired you to pursue your career? “My parents have always talked about going to medical school. And I kind of took a break from that for a while, but as I looked into the different careers more I got really interested in biomedical.” Who has had the biggest influence on your life? “Probably my grandma because she came from China. She made her own business and works really hard, so I try to do that.”
Caitlyn Pham, 4.625 What would your senior quote be? “I’m not doing well.” If you discovered you were a mermaid, would you flaunt it or hide it? “Hide it because I don’t want to be tracked down by the government and be experimented on.” If you and your pet switched lives for a day, what would you do? “I would explore the city since I could do anything. What are they going to do, kill me?” When was the first time that you cried about school? “Probably kindergarten, I’m a wreck.” How has your passion changed since you entered high school? “I have always liked STEM, so I knew I wanted to do something in that field. At first I wanted to be an engineer, but then I realized that I liked medicine more.”
Christian Gibson, 4.578
What would your senior quote be? What would your senior quote be? “No matter how hard you try, you’ll never “These were not the best four years of my life.” be as good as me.” If you were arrested with no explanation, what would What is the funniest joke you know your friends and family assume you did? by heart? “That I kidnapped a dog.” “Today at the bank a lady asked me to check What reality TV show would you choose to be on? her balance, so I pushed her over.” “The Amazing Race because I would love to travel the world.” If you could live your life again knowing If you discovered you were a mermaid, would you what you do now, what would you change? flaunt it or hide it? “I would be in Mr. Bordelon’s class every year. He teaches you everything and he “Which half is the mermaid?” is all knowing.” What inspired you to pursue your career? Who has had the biggest influence on your life? “The current state of our environment and also Mr. Pooler.” “Seshan, since he got a perfect score on AP Research.” Who has had the biggest influence on your life? What was the thing that you worked the hardest for? “My brother and sister. They were always my role models.” “Everything I am now is what I have worked the hardest for.”
Julia Chin, 4.530
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Jarod Metzger, 4.546
What would your senior quote be? “I may be a senior but I keep it fresh, man.” What reality TV show would you choose to be on? “Big Brother because I could stay in the house all day and sleep.” If you discovered you were a mermaid, would you flaunt it or hide it? “Hide it because I could go in the ocean and find treasures. Nobody would know about it and I would have the treasures all to myself.” What inspired you to pursue your career? “I have always been good at math, so I kept at it.”
Connor Rodriguez, 4.560
What would your senior quote be? “The funniest people are often saddest because they know what it feels like to be worthless and they do not want anyone else to feel that way.” If you could only say one word for the rest of your life, what would it be? “Malkovich.” If you discovered you were a mermaid, would you flaunt it or hide it? “Flaunt it, that is bad-ass.” How has your passion changed since you entered high school? “So much. Sophomore year was like my peak year, I tried so hard. And then taking all those APs scarred me. I became more passionate about things like volunteering and playing the trumpet and less about school.” What was the thing that you worked the hardest for? “ I worked so hard to just survive and do the homework and turn it in. But I also worked really hard to get into all-state for band for the first time.”
SPORTS TEAMS OF THE YEAR
WRESTLING Seniors Ryan Rowland and Ethan Woods led a group of
six wrestlers to the state finals. The team scored 83 points to finish third. Rowland captured the individual state championship in the 106-pound weight class while Woods took home a third place finish in the 145-pound weight class.
BOYS TEAM FINALISTS
COMPETITIVE CHEER Led by new coach Terri King, the varsity cheerleading team won its fifth 2A Large Varsity state championship in the past six years. The team placed second against frequent rival Bartram Trail in regionals with a 76.70, but bested them in states with a 87.80. The team went on to take third place in Worlds.
GIRLS TEAM FINALISTS
BASEBALL finished undefeated in SAC play, won its fifth district
GIRLS LACROSSE capped off its season with a district championship, a
championship in six years and is currently making its sixth consecutive appearence in the regional quarterfinals. KEY WINS: Oviedo (6-4, 6-3), Lake Mary (6-1), Bishop Moore (10-9), Lake Howell (7-4, 5-0, 10-3), Edgewater (6-3, 19-7, 10-1), DeLand (13-3, 1-0)
had an undefeated regular season, was district runner-up and appeared in the semifinals, finshing the season 11-2-2. KEY WINS: Lake Mary (3-1), Seminole (4-1, 5-0), Olympia (1-1, penalty kicks)
won its second district championship in school history and made an appearence in the regional quarterfinal in what would be head coach Phil Ziglar’s final season with the program. KEY WINS: Lake Minneola (35-28), West Port (52-48), Ocoee (24-22), Lake Howell (20-0) and Edgewater (31-15)
ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
regional championship, and an appearence in the final four. KEY WINS: Alpharetta (18-3), Oviedo (20-0), Winter Park (8-7, 16-7), St. John Paul II Academy (9-8), Trinity Prep (17-6, 13-5), Ponte Vedra (11-9), Gulf Breeze (18-4)
won a district championship, appeared in the Nike Tournament of Champions and made an appearence in the regional final. KEY WINS: Marymount (2-1), Oviedo (3-1), East Ridge (3-0)
captured second place in the district meet, third place at the regional meet and sent eight students to the state finals. STATE QUALIFIERS: Cheyanne Ducharme (110 lbs.), Olivia Lipari (129 lbs.), Abigail Duncan (139 lbs.), Aryann Johnson (154 lbs.), Jillian Lawrenson (169 lbs.), Camila Pagan (169 lbs.), Katy Enot (183 lbs.), Julianna Orlando (199 lbs.)
Cheyanne Ducharme had a historic year for the girls weightlifting team, setting 12 school records across three weight classes (three in 101 pound weight class, six in 110 pound weight class and three in 119 pound weight class). She also tied the state bench press record at 170 pounds and set the new state total (335 points) on her way to becoming the district, regional and state champion in the 110-pound weight class.
RILEY GREENE Center fielder Riley Greene‘s eight home runs, three triples and .436 batting average played a large part in varsity baseball’s 23-4 record and district championship. Before the season, Greene participated in high school prospect activities across the country, such as the High School Home Run Derby, and he was touted as a USA Baseball gold medalist and one of the top prospects in the nation, with MLB Pipeline calling him a potential Top 5 Draft Pick.
SPORT: Tennis GPA: 4.558 CLASS RANK: 14th
SPORTS: Cross Country & Track GPA: 4.675 CLASS RANK: 3rd
MULTI-SPORT ATHLETES ARYANN JOHNSON
SPORTS: Basketball (varsity starting forward for three years) Weightlifting (state qualifier) Track (two years)
SPORTS: Lacrosse (varsity starting attacker for four years) Football (varsity starting kicker for two years)
THEATER - CATIE JACKSON “Catie (CJ) is a true team player as well as a capable and dedicated leader. Without a doubt, I know that she will go far in life.” - Jamaal K. Solomon
““Don’t let the tough times you may go through in life be an excuse that prevents you from achieving your goal. “Adapt, Improvise, Overcome – in true Marine Fashion!”(Gunny Highway, Heartbreak Ridge.) Congratulations Class Of 2019!” -MR. ARTHURS “Have fun, be safe, and make good choices.”
CHORUS - JAMES BRYANT “Since James’ freshman year, he has been as involved as possible with the choral program. He has consistently held leadership roles, taken multiple classes per year and was even dubbed Chorus Overlord. This year he barely leaves the classroom due to his three chorus classes and first period as Chorus student assistant. His dedication and ingenuity have been an asset across his four years, and he will be sorely missed.” - sponsor Victoria Rathbun
BAND - CONNOR RODRIGUEZ
Modeling & Simulation Flavio Teimouri
TV Production Davis Cox Isabella Fotiadis Kali Jobs Mitchell Menke Rebecca Moyer Evangelos Tsompanidis Bryson Turner
“All good things must come to an end, so we must let you seniors go. Remember that every ending is a new beginning, and that you are NOT invisible. Work towards your goals and stand for what you believe in. Know that you are worthy. Finally, remember the words of Henry David Thoreau: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” Godspeed!” -MRS. DARLING
“Surround yourself with good people!! Stay focused…now is the time you open your wings. Be kind and respect this world.” -MRS. TORRES “Be good, behave, enjoy life, fall madly in love if you can. I love you all. “
Life without geometry is pointless - go out on a tangent - have π first and enjoy life. -MRS. ARP If you have a choice, I hope you dance! There’s a difference between fair and equal. Keep love in your heart. Reach for your dreams. You will succeed. Grab that challenge! -MRS. CHAVES Seniors, usually I say something funny or idiotic to get a laugh from people. Due to me leaving for North Carolina, I thought I would take this as my last chance to actually say something. Here it is...Life is short, enjoy it. There is always someone or something that will try to jade you, don’t let that happen. The excited, romantic feeling you have as you end this chapter of your life, carry it with you forever in a death grip. Most of all, have fun! Thank you all for sharing your lives with me. -MR. POOLER
Early Childhood Education Lauren Beattie Morgan Caudill Kaitlin Gallagher Alexi Hill Dawn Kendall Kara Moletteire Julianna Orlando Olivia Ott Ashley Rassel Gabrielle Thomas Kayla Whisenant Erin Wright
“You are the APUSH superstars! Thank you for all your hard work. The torch has been passed to you, and you can do it. “ -MRS. GRENZ
“Laura this year not only was a two-time national champion, she was an instrumental part of inspiring the entire Unleashed Dance Team in having one of their most successful years to date. Laura has always been a hardworking dancer who never gives up and knows how to get her teammates to accomplish their goals all with a smile and an unforgettable laugh. Laura is attending the University of South Florida and will be majoring in Art History and Dance.” - Hasenbank, Diane
Brooke Bauss Sophia Benitez Katherine James Danielle Krietemeyer
“Some people live more in 20 years than others do in 80. It’s not the time that matters. It’s the person.”(The Tenth Doctor (Doctor Who.)) Go out there and be a person who matters!” -MRS.COVILLE
“Thank you for giving me such a warm welcome as I arrived on campus. We have only known each other for a short time, but I am very proud of you and I look forward to celebrating with you at graduation. Go Huskies!” -MR. FRASCA
DANCE - LAURA PEREZ
“You’ve worked hard, made plans, now it’s time to put on your wings and soar!! Best wishes for a bright future!” -MRS. BURREL
“Farewell and congratulations to an amazing group of students. I wish every one of you the very best of luck in all of your future endeavors. Go forth and change the world!” -DR. DEPALMA
“Connor Rodriguez has been a member of the Hagerty Wind Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble for all four years of high school. In those four years Connor has participated in solo and ensemble each year, earning superiors in all of his events. He has auditioned and made the All-County Band, and most recently made the Florida All-State Band. During his senior year Connor led the band as drum major. He is an exceptional role model and example for any student.” - sponsor Brad Kuperman
We congratulate our Career Education seniors who have achieved the highest level of their chosen career education pathway.
Congratulations to Abigail, Alexa, Olivia E., Kaitlyn, Alexie, Milica, Monica, and Caitlyn! Best wishes to all our seniors! We are PROUD of each of you!
Love from Ms. Po, Ms. Burrell, and the FEA Members
Chasing the digital dream school’s colors, green and yellow. Senior Vaughn Grissom is the first person Staff Reporter Faulk worked with and now they often work hat do you want to be when you together on digital art. Grissom enjoys giving grow up?” ideas to Faulk and letting him do what he wants “What is your passion?” with them. “What are you going to study?” “Although I give him ideas at time, the way These post-graduation decisions may be [Faulk] makes the art is very unique,” Grissom hard for most, but senior Jacob Faulk had no said. “When you teach yourself how to do problem assuring his family what goals he had certain things, you give it a signature. I think he in mind. could go far with it.” Faulk said he has Faulk creates the art always been artistic, pieces on his own time “I have to be motivated and and he has always to ensure quality and to moved because I want to feel been the one to go avoid lack of motivation. over the top with He can go from working the work and passion put into his talents. His on a project for five to six each piece that I make.” passion is creating hours at a time to going art and making people weeks without touching his smile through his creations, from clothing to computer. drawings. “I have to be motivated and moved because Self-taught, Faulk started creating digital art I want to feel the work and passion put into pieces as a sophomore when he got an iPhone, each piece that I make,” Faulk said. but as he began to take it more seriously he Despite this, Faulk has no doubt that art is upgraded to a MacBook and Photoshop. his passion. It not only brings him a lot of joy “I taught myself all of my art talents by but also helps him clear his mind. physically sitting down and taking hours “Digital art brings me time to myself that looking at the buttons, hovering over them and is like no other. I can make a good day out of seeing what everything does,” Faulk said. “I a bad day just from going on my computer or apply it and see the transitions they make until I grabbing a pencil and either drawing or making engrave what they do in my mind.” a digital art piece,” Faulk said. The most common art that Faulk does His brother, Will Faulk, is a digital artist as is a commit edit, where he creates a piece well and has had the opportunity to create art highlighting an athlete’s commitments and what for the Smith family—Will, Jaden and Jada. sport they play. He also has been working on His story made Faulk want to follow in his artist and album covers. One piece Faulk made brother’s footsteps. was for senior Kyle Croteau and featured him Faulk will be attending Valencia to study cradling a ball in lacrosse with the Adidas and art and after two years he plans to transfer into Saint Leo University logo behind him. The Creative Village, an art-based program at the background was a splatter-paint design with the University of Central Florida.
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R U O Y W O L L
“I have all these ideas in my head, and art just gives me an avenue to express it.” - Danielle Krietemeyer, 12 (Traditional Artist)
The passion behind
“When I’m performing it makes me feel so alive.” - Evangelos Tsompanidis, 12 (Thespian)
ith nothing to go from but a mutual interest in video editing and the bond of their friendship, seniors Sophia Mancia and Arden Reidy launched their YouTube channel, “soph & arden,” with a Q&A video on Jan. 3, 2018. Since then they have garnered over 10,000 subscribers and a significant notoriety on campus. Their channel has developed rapidly over the past year and a half, and the content consists mostly of “vlogs,” where they record themselves throughout the day, “haul” videos that showcase various items of clothing they purchased, or “challenge” videos where they play games or make up contests to do. Despite the overall success and popularity of their channel, however, they have received backlash. It is commonplace, especially on YouTube, to find harsh and disrespectful remarks in the comment sections of almost every video.
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Fantasy becomes a reality
Since October the new dance crew has grown in popularity. They placed second in Lifestyles Editor the WeRBrave talent show of 2018 and won a couple battles at a hip hop dance convention, s little kids we gather with our friends, UDX. The group added a new member, in pajamas, cuddled up in front of the freshman Jennifer Cerrato. TV watching movies of older kids in With New Wave growing in popularity, high school creating bands and dance crews, Roberts and Wright decided to take their career hoping that when we get to that age, that to social media, creating a Instagram handle, @ fantasy will be fulfilled. officialnew_wave. Once we finally get to Excited to graduate, Roberts plans on getting that age, we realize his associates degree in theater at Florida State that only exists in movies. and hopes that he and his crew will be seen For senior Nasir dancing on TV. Roberts, however, the Roberts started “I love being an entertainer at fantasy of creating a dancing his junior dance crew in high year, and although heart, when I firsted started school became a reality. the attention received getting into it, I fell in love.” Roberts started grew rapidly, along dancing with his best with fame came some friend, junior Josiah Wright at harsh comments. the beginning of his junior year. They started off He got comments such as, “You started a just putting their talents together and competing bit late for that” and “Why not pick something in talent shows. more secure.” In October Roberts and Wright competed “It motivates me actually, I love proving in the homecoming talent show, showcasing people wrong,” Roberts said. “I just look at an underlying message about domestic abuse. them as simply obstacles?” After the show, the two boys had a serious talk Roberts puts a lot of effort into the group about dancing with each other for “the rest of and their practices. The crew tries to practice at their lives.” least two times a week for a three hours at each This is where they made their two-man other’s house. The crew also takes out the time dance crew official, giving the group the name to go to professional dance classes to broaden the New Wave. their skills. “I love being an entertainer at heart. When “When I dance it gives me a weird sense of I first started getting into it, I fell in love with emotional release,” Roberts said. “It’s like my it and wanted to learn everything about it,” muse of sorts. Ever since I found it, I don’t want Roberts said. it to go away.”
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to manage their channel. However, they have created fun memories through it that boosts their motivation more than anything else. “I remember when we did our first skit, on different types of high schoolers,” Mancia said. “I had never laughed harder than when we filmed that.” They will be attending college together, and as their channel has begun to flourish, they have made the decision to focus more on it. They plan to upload two videos a week over the summer, and pursue it beyond school. “[YouTube] allows an outlet for anyone to be themselves and show the world who they are in their own way,” Mancia said. “We’re both super excited and dedicated to posting all the time… I think our channel will grow with time.” Regardless of school, jobs and other responsibilities, the channel has been a way for them to express their creativity as a team. “It’s one thing to share a hobby with your best friend,” Reidy said. “It’s another to be able to create pieces of art together and share those memories.”
“It’s just my way of expressing myself and it’s something that I love.” - Kate Sckutch, 12 (Digital Artist) “I’m passionate about law... It’s the basis and premise for the way we live.” - Brianna Hira, 12 (Future Prosecutor)
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Science National Honor Society SNHS Officers
Harini Sankar – President Brianna Hira - Vice President Caitlyn Pham - Secretary Nancy Chen - Historian Gabriella Neris - Treasurer
Congrats seniors SNHS members Nicole Marie Assenmacher Brooke Ashlyn Bauss Morgan Mackenzie Caudill Nikki Don-Foong Chan Nancy Chen Brandon Joseph Corrado Ishan Deva Brock David Ferrari Samantha Noelle Gilman Nicole Marie Goodrow Samantha Lee Grande Brian Paul Hansen Lois Marie Hernandez Brianna Ravina Hira Katherine Lauren James Alyssa Caitlyn Johnson Gatienne Iman Jourdenais Maia Jane Kran Lauren Olivia Lundstrom Pedro Madalozzo Nicole Marshall Katelynn Marie Mckeel Jarod Logan Metzger Tyler Nicole Miller
James Douglas Munro, Jr. Gabriella Rose Neris Gabriella Nieves MarcAnthony Jawonie Penn Laura Natasha Perez Caitlyn Ngoc-Han Pham Christopher Augustus Polera Reagan Elizabeth Pomp Maha Humayun Qureshi Ashley Christina Rassel Connor Antonio Rodriguez Harini Sankar Katie Michelle Sherlock Evan Vargas Silveira Cameron Michaelv Nicholas James Smith Flavio Kianoosh Teimouri Ann Elizabeth M.H. Truong Johnathan Valentine Hannah Grace Vanhoozier Samantha Ann Vincent Campbell Ryan Welch Anna Ruth Wimberley Kaitlin Lee Yap
SPANISH HONOR SOCIETY Congratulations Seniors!!!
“I'm really excited to educate the world about what deaf people can do.” - Nyle DiMarco Go out and educate... Congrats to Academic Team Seniors!
Congratulations Hagerty Theater Seniors!
Winners of the 2019 Commissioner’s Academic Challenge! Ryan Self Caitlyn Pham Kaitlin Yap Jarron Metzger Jesse Fei
TAKE THE WORLD BY STORM!!
We would like to congratulate our seniors as they enter into the next phase of their academic careers. We hope that Spanish continues to be an integral part of their lives. ¡Buena suerte a todos!
Spanish Honor Society members Roberto Vasquez: Florida State University Victoria Pride: University of North Florida Pedro Madalozzo: University of Wisconsin Hannah VanHoozier: University of Central Florida Katie McKeel: University of Florida Brianna Hira: University of Florida Gabriela Nieves: University of Central Florida Nancy Chen: University of Florida Julianne Souza: Daytona State College Jessenia Argueta: Seminole State College Carina McClean: University of Central Florida Rosa Mentlick: Florida State University Gabriella Neris: University of Florida Reagan Pomp: University of Florida Jamie Nordahl: Florida State University Morgan Rhode: Florida State University Morgan Caudill: Southeastern University Caitlyn Pham: University of Central Florida Andrea Lemus Lamothe: Seminole State College Cristian Snell: Florida State University
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CONGRATULATIONS UNLEASHED SENIORS
Kiaraly Santiago Carrion
Alannis Vazques Algarin
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Junior Optimist International
welcomes EVERYONE to our last meeting on Thursday to learn about the club for next year TEXT @HAGERTYJO to 81010 to Get MORE INFORMATION AND SUMMER Volunteer opportunities with dances and POOL parties
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JOI would like to recognize our graduating seniors
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Congratulations Jacob, Ryan N. Nancy, Haven, Tom, Drew, Jonathan, Ryan L. and Anthony! Wishing you all the very best for graduation and know you will go forth and do great things! We are very proud of each of you!
Love from your Hagerty Robotics Family (Ms. Po, Mr. Harper, Mr. Ibarguen, and Ms. Miller)
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan, but also believe.” ~Anatole France
Congratulations to the Class of 2019! To our seniors: Go out to the world and make history!
Class of 2019 We Salute You For Your
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CLASS OF 2019 DESTINATIONS A
Emily Abdelnour Kaitlin Abston Jessica Ackerman Katelyn Adair Ahilyn Aguilar Reyes Lebron Alamo Faisal Alawadhi Skylar Alderson Sandra Alegre Turki Almarwani Lolwah Almedaini Alec Alonso Pegah Amir Lisselle Anderson Serenity Anderson Alexis Andrewson Nicolas Andriano Amanda Arguello Jessenia Argueta Nicole Assenmacher Nicolas Ayala
Lucas Babineau Zavion Bagley Nileah Bailey Christopher Bain Alec Baker Nicholas Baker Robert Baldonado Alia Barchus Aubrey Barolet Adrian Barreto Pablo Barreto Dominic Basilo Matthew Bauer Brooke Bauss Madison Bealmear Lauren Beattie Michael Behrends Sophia Benitez Andrew Bennett Jack Benzija Dylan Berdine Preston Berkbigler Annicka Birr Cole Bitner Brooke Boddiford Jacob Boice Emily Bonck George Boring Rosado Bosques David Boyd Stuart Boyd Gabriel Boyle Richard Bradley Sierra Brancato Bakari Broadus Matthew Brown James Bryant Bryanna Buker X’Zaria Bullard Emma Bundy Mathieu Byers
SSC UCF SSC FSU UCF Undecided SSC SSC UCF SSC Coker College SSC FSU UCF
TCC Undecided Undecided SSC SSC SSC
SSC SSC Full Sail UCF UF Univ. of Alabama SSC UF SSC FSU Barton College Stetson UCF TCC SSC Saint Leo Univ. of Alabama UCF FSU TCC SSC FSU UF SSC FSU SSC
Michael Calik Caroline Campbell Emily Canamella Lauren Canty Tyler Capozzoli Katelyn Carlson Alex Carpenter Haven Carter Alyssa Casamento Daniela Castro Kyle Castro Tuana Castro Morgan Caudill Nikki Chan Jonathen Chapel Isabella Chasteen Christopher Checchio Nancy Chen Sarah Cherkaoui Alexander Chin Julia Chin John Chitty Brandon Cioca Daniel Colon Khari Colter Justin Conigliaro Stephen Conn Luke Conrad Nicholas Conroy Kyle Cook Sarah Cooke Walter Cordero Joseph Corradino Brandon Corrado Jean Corraliza Emily Cosio Davis Cox Jorden Craine Kyle Croteau Julio Cruz Xavier Cuadrado Austin Cymerman
Kaitlyn Daleandro Sophia Dasilva Thomas Dathe Braden Davis Natalie Davis
Penn State UCF WVU FAMU SSC SSC
SSC UCF UF SSC Aviation Inst. FSU Undecided SSC UCF UCF Saint Leo SSC/Reserves Southeastern FSU Full Sail FSU UF UF USF UCF Navy Valencia SSC UF UCF Stetson SSC UCF UCF USF FSU SSC Saint Leo Army Keiser
UCF UCF SSC UCF
Nicolas Declou Virginia Deer Caleb Deluca Grant Dettman Ishan Deva Alec Devor Michael Dezego Daniel Diaz David Dickerson Rachael Dicristofaro Drew Dimaggio Sabrina Dishman Kevin Do Scott Dobler Anthony Donato Melissa Donovan Santos Dos Lauren Downs Sarah Dreyer Cheyanne Ducharme Brandon Dudash Abigail Duncan Bryce Dunemann
SSC Keiser Valencia USF UCF SSC UF UCF
SSC SSC Embry-Riddle UCF SSC USF Air Force
Fayth Eason Alexandria Edney Rachael Edwards Olivia Eldridge Jordan Engel Nicholas Esposito Jazmyne Essington
SSC BYU Undecided
Rollins SSC FGCU SSC UCF SSC
Drew Faiello Chatham Farrell Southeastern Jacob Faulk SSC Jesse Fei UF Frances Fernandez SSC Brock Ferrari Liberty University Jessica Ferreira Connor Fitzgerald Army Megan Flanders UCF Jonathan Flint Marine Mech Inst. Zachary Flores SSC Benjamin Florsek Amelia Fontenot UCF Ethyn Foster Isabella Fotiadis Gap Year Rachel Freece SSC Mariah Freeze Brandon Frost Air Force Jose Fuentes Army Air Inflantry Evie Fuglstad UCF Catherine Fuller Corey Fuller USF Logan Furlong SSC Mary Fusca
Milena Gaarder Kaitlin Gallagher SSC Angelo Garcia FAU Maxwel Garcia Mech-Tech Inst. Mya Garcia Meredith Garrett Valencia Rebecca Gehrer Foreign Exchange Shaylin Georgen SSC Christian Gibson University of Miami Michael Gibson SSC Sarah Gil NYU Jordan Gilbert Carnegie Mellon Jennifer Gilman Miligan College Samantha Gilman UF Shannon Glover UNF Leah Godiksen FGCU Daniel Gonzalez CC Julian Gonzalez UCF Nicole Goodrow FSU Olivia Graeber FSU Samantha Grande FSU Michael Graue UCF James Gray SSC Amanda Green UCF Kirsten Green Denver University Riley Greene UF Naysha Greer FSU Vaughn Grissom FIU Alexis Groenink SSC Lokelani Grunwald UCF
Gabrielle Hackney Hannah Hadelman Alyssa Hall Shane Halligan Malaik Hamad Alex Hamman Joslin Hanbury Brian Hansen Shardell Haralson Danielle Harms Donald Harms Katarina Harrison Isabella Hart Gentry Hawk Damon Hawkins Trevor Headley Julia Heim Courtney Henry Mark Henry Christian Hernandez Lois Hernandez Angelica Hicks Da’Zhaun Hicks
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Croc culture Mabry Cooper
rocs were a vital shoe when we were children, running around playgrounds and conquering the jungle gyms, but as we grew older most of us parted with our love for them. But, now however, Crocs have found their way back into many of our lives and have made an appearance on runways. Crocs were ﬁrst made to actually be a boating shoe and were presented during a 2002 boat show in Fort Lauderdale. The ridged bottom of the shoe, keep a good grip of the boat while being comfortable. However now the shoes are used to walk school campuses and walk down runways. Crocs can most likely be seen paired with the typical track shorts and t-shirts. “I like to wear my crocs with a comfy outﬁt” senior Gabriela Marcum said. “Crocs are a comfortable shoe, so they go good with
After years of lying dormant to fashion, Crocs ﬁnd their way back
lazy day outﬁts.” A trend that followed with Crocs, were monochromatic outﬁts: meaning the entire outﬁt matched to the color of the Crocs. Freshman Josilyn May sees Crocs as a trend she would possibly follow. “Somedays I want everything to match, even down to my socks,” May said. A big part of the Croc comeback, is the accessories you can buy to ﬁll the holes of the clogs. These accessories, trademarked Jibbitz, range from letters, ﬂowers to sports to Disney characters etc. The trend started when people realized that they could accessorize their Crocs with little charms. Jibbitz are available in Croc stores, or you can buy packs of them on Amazon for pretty cheap. “I have almost 100 Jibbitz, and it’s hard to have a favorite because I always change them,” said Ryleigh Mitchell. Crocs are not just for lounging and looking cute, however, they are a fashion statement as well. Balenciaga released their platformed
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Crocs in the summer of 2018, but they premiered at Paris fashion week in 2017. The shoes retail for $850 and have be sold out since before their release date. They come in pink, beige, yellow, and black and are embellished with Balenciaga Jibbitz. “I would never wear Balenciaga platformed Crocs,” said Mitchell, “I think they’re a little too much.” With all this new-found love for Crocs, there is still one type of Croc that even a Croc enthusiast cannot get onboard with, the camo Croc. Most associate the pattern/color with rednecks or “hicks,” as May put it. Marcum says, “Camo crocs are a plague to society because they are so ugly.” In the end, the exposure of Crocs is only going to keep growing especially with its introduction into sports such as softball, where the girls wear the white Crocs while practicing before a game. Also, more fashion brands will jump on the trend as the competition grows and the spread with keep going.
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COFFEE BREAK Abi Hayward takes a coffee break between classes, with her friend Emma Haddad. photo by Alexis Madlang.
reshman Abi Hayward had to pull an allnighter to study for an AP Biology test and to complete group study guide that none of her team members had ﬁnished. As each hour of the late night passed and the morning coming closer, she had at least ﬁve cups of coﬀee to help her push through and stay up. The next day she had trouble focusing and shaky hands from the amount of information she was struggling to remember and the pressure to stay awake, but she pleasingly passed her test with an eighty six. Students such as Hayward ﬁght the struggle of being a busy teen and balancing school. Due to the lack of sleep students get, most students turn to caﬀeine. “One time, I had to wake up at 5 a.m. for a competition,” Swinehart said, “One of the teams I was competing against didn’t start until 7:50 p.m. I would have deﬁnitely fallen asleep if I didn’t have any coﬀee.” Most students that drink coﬀee are more
successful because of the boost of energy they get, but the need for coﬀee is not what keeps them drinking it all year long. “The ﬂavor of it, all the diﬀerent coﬀees and the fact that it overall helps you wake up is what makes it addictive.” Freshman Giorgia Gambacorta said. Students grow the habit of depending on coﬀee to give them a boost or to help them stay awake. As the popularity of coﬀee keeps growing, young people become more inﬂuenced to drinking it. “I have been drinking coﬀee since I was little, it’s been a very long time,” said Freshman Charlotte Swinehart. Coﬀee has become an essential for busy students who need to stay alert and preform at their highest ability the whole day. With a stressful school year ﬁlled with the anxiety of AP classes, clubs and extra-curriculars, coﬀee becomes is a need not a want for students, adding to their addiction of the caﬀeinated drink. “I don’t know how I would get through the year without coﬀee,” Gambacorta said.
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“The mountains are calling and I must go” Melissa Donovan
Assistant Editor t was Monday, April 22 when Environmental Science teacher Marc Pooler quieted his class down to give them news they never suspected. Students reacted with emotions of shock, disbelief, and utter sadness when they found out that Pooler would be moving away this summer. “I was very sad, but also kind of happy because he seemed super excited about it,” senior Jacob Pike said. “I think everyone is going to miss him though, he really impacted us more than he realizes.”
Pooler plans to move to Matthews, North Carolina with his family to be closer to the mountains and have a better sense of seasons, which has always been a dream of his. There, he will continue to teach science at a local high school, but after teaching for nine years at Hagerty, he has been changed forever. “My time at Hagerty is who I am,” Pooler said. “There is such talent, not just with the kids, but with the faculty too. People have PhDs, people have written books, and people have been in New York on stage acting. When you work around a group of people who are really good, you have to elevate yourself, find
what makes you, you.” Students and faculty alike have seen Pooler as an inspirational figure and someone they are comfortable to be around. “Aside from academics, Mr. Pooler has taught me not to just be myself and not be bothered by the small stuff,” senior Kate Medla said. “My favorite memory of [him] has to be all the times I was able to come to his classroom and just be able to talk to him about anything.” Like Medla, other seniors such as Jimmy Munro have been able to cultivate a bond with him over common interests. “He is a great person to talk ‘Game of
Thrones’ with,” Munro said. “[I will always remember] our numerous debates about conspiracy theories that he will never believe in.” Being an Environmental Science teacher, Pooler showed Munro how interesting science and the natural world is, influencing his desired major, Biology. He also had an impact on Pike’s post high school plans. “Mr. Pooler was one of the only teachers I ever had that seriously made me consider teaching as a career path. The respect he culminates from students and faculty over the years is something I look up too,” Pike said. “I’ve learned so many life skills from Mr. Pooler, just basic things you need to know to survive after high school.” Pooler has also made a mark on his coworkers, including the person who works next to him, history teacher Zach Capparrel. Capparrel and Pooler have been dubbed “Best Bromance” by the students for the past two years that they have been classroom neighbors. The duo has dressed up as elves for the Husky Pups Preschool Christmas show and Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis from “The Hangover” when presenting the Best Bromance award at the Sammy’s this year. “I am going to miss that we won’t be able to joke around, laugh and make fun of kids, in a good way. [We love to] tease the students and have fun to show them that we are not just robot teachers,” Capparrel said. Something Pooler and Capparrel have been able to bond over is their high energy and love for making their students smile. “I have had sleepless nights sitting at the keyboard doing work,” Pooler said. “As soon as first period comes in and I’m in front of everybody, it is like someone just turned on the switch and I just get this instantaneous high, I love it.” Pooler has shifted the way that many students and teachers see the classroom and that is something they will never forget. “He makes people laugh and the kids actually enjoy his class,” Capparrel said. “It is surprising to see someone teach an AP class that kids want to take their senior year, and that they want to take it because of him, that is really remarkable.” His legacy of commitment to his students and making them enjoy learning about the environment will live on as he moves. “Hopefully, people will remember me as being a positive guy,” Pooler said. “Everyday, you wake up and you get to chose who you want to be, and there are times where you do not want to be happy, but maybe your happiness will radiate.”
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Softball moves on Noah Kemper
ith two outs at the bottom of the second, batter Olivia Lipari stepped up to the pitch, hitting a double into center field to bring in two runners and extending the lead 6-1 with five innings left in the game. On Wednesday, May 8, the girls softball team faced off against Windermere in the regional quarterfinals. In the first inning, both teams scored making it 1-1 tie. After Lipari’s double, Windermere cut the lead with three more hits making the score 6-4 leading into the fifth inning. During the sixth however, Taylor Waters got a hit and scored on an an RBI pushing the lead 7-5. After the top of the seventh, pitcher Mary Phillips struck out the final three batters sending the girls softball team to the regional semifinals with a 7-5 victory. Phillips finished with seven innings pitched, giving up nine hits, five runs, and no home runs. “We have a lot of the same players, but many different standards and to reach our full potential. I feel we came together as a family again and learned to play for each other as a team,” Germer said. The team finished the season with a record of 20-9, 7-3 in the district, and 4-3 in SAC. The team has advanced the regionals semifinals and became runner up in district, to get to the playoffs. In the district playoffs, the girls team knocked out Lake Howell 2-0 in the district semifinals, before falling to undefeated Winter
Springs 3-1 in the district finals. The girls softball team was led by Shannon Glover, Grace Germer and Tyler Miller. Glover who plays second base, was awarded with SAC All-Conference first team honors. Catchers Germer and Miller earned second team All SAC honors. “The team hasn’t played outstanding, but we have kept our eyes on the prize and that’s gonna win us the games we needed,” head coach David Stone said. The team started the season strong by winning their first seven out of ten games, including two dominant wins over Evans 23-3 and 19-1. Although the team was successful early on, they struggled mid-season by dropping their next four out of seven games, including a close 4-3 loss to Winter Springs. Toward the end of the season, the team won two key games over Windermere 15-3 and Oviedo 2-0 in ten innings. The team has won their last two regional games and advances to play Winter Springs in the semifinals. “I believe we’re up to the challenge of making a run again this year. We have to take it one game at a time that’s the key to winning,” Stone said. The girls softball team next game was on Tuesday, May 14, against top ranked Winter Springs in the regional semifinals. The girls team faced Winter Springs twice in the regular season 4-0 and 4-3, and once in the postseason 3-1. The team is looking to hand Winter Springs its first loss of the season. “Every time we get a big win, it feels as a special moment for us as a team,” Glover said.
SOFTBALL STRIKES Senior Tyler Miller (top and bottom right), catches and hits during the first playoff game of the season against Winter Springs. The team fell short 3-1 and is district runner-up. Sophomore Olivia Lipari during her windup on senior night vs. Cornerstone. The team won, 4-0. photos by Chatham Farrell
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the team began to slow until junior Renee Campbell scored the tying goal to put the team back into the game. This carried the team’s momentum, as they would go up two more goals to win, 11-9. They would go on to claim a final four bid by defeating Gulf Breeze 18-4, in the second round of the playoffs.
he Phil Ziglar era as head coach has come to a close. Ziglar retired after bringing two district championships and three straight winning seasons. Filling his shoes is former Oviedo head coach Wes Allen, who has brought a new style and attitude to the football program. The team plays “fast, fun football” and revolves the game around a balanced passing and running attack, much different than the heavy rushing attack under Ziglar. Allen has also invested in a Nike partnership along with promises to bring a turf field to Sam Momary Stadium. Along with that the team has undergone a new training program designed to increase individual skills. “Everything is on the whistle. It’s a fast weight room, nowhere to hide and nowhere to skip reps,” Allen said. “We tell our kids every day that if you find a way to skip reps, all you’re doing is hurting yourself, which in turn hurts your team, which in turn hurts your program,
and no one person is bigger than the program.” That new training regimen has produced quality talent on both sides of the ball, and also helped both veterans and new players mature and own their skills. “I think we are stacked on both sides of the ball,” junior running back Ethan Lopez said. “Our running backs are really good and we have a lot of athletes on defense.” The team will face Lake Mary in the spring game May 17 after facing them last season in the kickoff classic. Last year the team fell short to the Rams, losing 42-0 but this year they hope will be different. “Going into Lake Mary, we know they have a great quarterback and they are bringing back nine out of 11 starters on defense,” Allen said. “It is going to be a good test for our offense and we are going to find out where we are real quick.” Although the spring game is important and they want to win, this game will not have a major impact on the expectations for the fall season. It will, however, determine who the team gets as their starting quarterback for the
upcoming fall season. “We are going to use this as an opportunity to review film and see where we need to improve,” Allen said. “We film every practice and it is really cool to see how far we have come since day one.” Before the spring game the team played in the blue and black game on May 10. The goal was to get a scrimmage in before the real spring game to get out some of the nerves that have been building up during practice. This was an opportunity for every player to play and showcase their skills. The admission fee was either a bottle of detergent or a donation to the program. The game consisted of both JV and varsity players who got playing time. This season will be a new look for the football program and it all starts this spring. They are hoping for all students from Hagerty, nearby schools, alumni and football fans alike to show up to the games to support the team. “We want to get the community involved,” Allen said. “We want people to know who we are and we want to be a face in the community.”
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Lacrosse makes ﬁnal four Andrea Izaguirre
DOWN THE LINE Senior Katie Williams attacks down the left side vs. Alpharetta. The team would win 18-3. photo by Chatham Farrell
Baseball going for diamonds
TAKING STRIDES Pitcher Trent Caples on the mound vs. Oviedo on senior night. The team would go on to win 6-3. photo by Sharon Sheridan
Staﬀ Reporter ith two state runner-up ﬁnishes and a two regional championship in the last four seasons, varsity baseball’s goal has not changed, looking for the ﬁrst state title in program history, and it all started at the district championship. They won the district championship on May 9, over Lake Howell, 10-3 for the program’s sixth district title and the ﬁfth in the last six years. This is also head coach Matt Cleveland’s third district championship appearance and second championship win. It was not much of a game, as Hagerty
scored eight runs in the bottom of the ﬁrst inning, taking an early lead. “The score shows what type of team we are,” catcher Robby Post said. “We’re going to grind to get it done.” After coasting on their lead for four more innings, they tacked on another two runs in the sixth inning. Junior Jackson Grabsky started on the mound, only allowing three runs on six hits through four innings. “[The lead] gave us a lot of conﬁdence going forward and it helped us relax and just have fun,” Grabsky said. During the fourth, shortstop Vaughn Grissom relived Grabsky and closed the game, only allowing one hit. All but one player posted a run during the game, with standout performances by ﬁrst baseman Ryan Carrol, outﬁelder Trey Bradley and second baseman Austin Cymerman with three, two and two runs respectively. They were the favorite going into the game due to the fact that they ﬁnished their regular season 21-4. To tack on to that, a 2.377 team ERA (earned run average), a .326 team batting average and .458 slugging percentage. With more momentum than ever, the team will have high hopes for the regional tournament, looking for the program’s third. “We have prepared a lot this past year knowing that we just want [a state championship],” shortstop Vaughn Grissom said. The state championship will be held at Hammond Stadium, in Ft. Myers from May 29 to June 1. Wednesday’s regional quarterﬁnal game was completed after the newspaper was printed.
fter successfully returning to the ﬁnal four for the second year in a row, Hagerty secured their position as one of the top teams in the state. The team earned their bid to the ﬁnal four in Boca Raton by beating Ponte Vedra High School, a top ﬁve team in the state, 11-9 on April 29, and Gulf Breeze, a top 20 team, 18-4 at home on May 2. “We destroyed [Gulf Breeze] by the second half,” said senior goalie Alexis O’Brien. Until their 18-12 loss against Benjamin High from Palm Beach Gardens on May 10, their ﬁve-game win streak earned them a district title and secured their spot as the only public high school represented in the ﬁnal four. Benjamin High School defeated Hagerty in the state semiﬁnals to face Lake Highland Prep, who upset previous state champion American Heritage in a 10-6 upset. On May 10, Lake Highland Prep secured the state championship over Benjamin, 11-6. Against Benjamin, senior Katie Williams was the top scorer for Hagerty with four goals and
three assists, followed closely by senior Joslin Hanbury, senior Chloe Gallant and sophomore Laila Viator, all with two goals and numerous assists. Senior Reagan Pomp also scored one goal. Senior Alexis O’Brien made 10 critical saves while in the goal. “Obviously we were disappointed, but I’m very grateful for this opportunity,” said freshman Carly Bitner. The girls’ season has ended with a 16-8 record upheld with numerous plays throughout the game, deserving of a district championship team. Following the end of last season, girls varsity lacrosse has made signiﬁcant advancements to upholding their athletic reputation. “[Overall] it was a really fun experience with a really great team,” junior Erin O’Connor said. With eight seniors departing at the end of this year, next years expectations are still just as high. “Seniors have been key in taking our program to the next level. The expectation for this program has become very clear every year. We want to play for the championships,” coach Mitch Whittington said.
RILEY GREENE TOP TWO PLAYER IN SOUTHEAST Halfway through the season, USA Today released a poll with the top five players in each region of the country. Senior Riley Greene, who is consistently ranked among the best in the nation, was one of the five. After the poll was taken by sports analysts, fans and players, Greene was voted as the second best player in the region behind Alabama commit Daniel Espino, from Statesboro, Georgia. “I’m extremely proud of all [Greene’s] accomplishments,” head coach Matt Cleveland said. “What he has done here is amazing so I’m not surprised at all by the awards he gets.” BEACH VOLLEYBALL WINS PAIRS TOURNEY On Wednesday, May 8, the beach volleyball team competed in pairs tournament at Lyman High School. At the pair tournaments, the girls team advanced a team in the open division. The girls beach volleyball team finished in the gold division, the team consist of Aleena Carillo, and Morgan Romano. The second team in the open division: Kyla Mullen and Hope Lusher placed in the silver division.“The teams both played outstanding.” Head coach Juanita Hitt said, “We played great throughout the season as a team.” ANDREW SAUVAO PLACES 11th AT STATES On Saturday, May 4, senior Andrew Sauvao competed in the state track and field finals at UNF. Sauvao placed 11th with a throw of 144.9 feet. That was his longest throw of the season. Sauvao, who placed second in districts and seventh in regionals, has led the team all year long in points scored and was the only athlete to make it to the state finals. This was his first year throwing discus at Hagerty after moving to the US from Germany where his dad is stationed in the military. “It was an honor to have the teammates and coaches that I did,” Sauvao said. “I couldn’t have done it without them. They have all been very helpful.”