Issue 6 Volume 13 May 17, 2018 Hagerty High School Oviedo, Florida
SOFTBALL REACHES FINAL FOUR The girls softball team wins region and secures a spot in the state final four. page 12 Gianna Thompson, 11
Culinary to add extra lab, teacher Sarah Dreyer
Graduation will take place on May 21 at the CFE Arena. The ceremony will start at 9 a.m.
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Top 10 Destinations
Winterguard finishes with bronze at FFCC vans had a broken AC unit, causing water to spill News Editor all over the floor. Then, the keys to open the trailer were not delivered. The truck that was taking the equipment to Daytona broke down. At that point, the team did not even know if they would get to compete. On arrival, the team began warming up for the show outside, and the wind caused members to continuously drop their weapons. “The whole day was a train wreck,” senior Alyse Booth said. But as soon as the team stepped into the building, it all changed. Tosses were caught and SPINNING TO THE TOP The winterguard team smiles and celebrates with their bronze medals. They broke the excitement began to kick in. Walking on the previous school record by placing third at the FFCC to the floor, the team got set, and their routine Championships. photo by Alyse Booth began. All three features- flag, sabre and riflen Friday, April 6, everything that could were clean. The coaches watched in disbelief, have gone wrong, did. The winterguard they were not aware of how well the team could team waited outside the school, filled have performed, until they witnessed it. with excitement and nerves, but it was not the Winterguard received third place in the FFCC routine they had to fear, it was getting to the Championships AAA, Anastasia Division. With competition. The vans to take the team to the a score of 71.06, the team set a new record for Florida State Fairgrounds never turned up, so the school. they found two vans. To their dismay, one of the “We were all ecstatic and just so happy Emily Cosio
ith almost 600 students signed up for next year, the culinary department will have a new culinary lab and a new instructor, who will be determined early in the summer, to accommodate the number of students in the program. The culinary program started out with 150 students and then began doubling size as the years went on. It is one of the biggest programs in Seminole County high schools. “Everybody takes culinary because we’re hands on,” teacher Jenna Macintosh said. “It’s very engaging, fun, you get to be creative and learn how to cook.” Macintosh hopes for enough equipment and funds to be able to accommodate the department’s needs with the new room. The new culinary classroom is expected to have the same layout as the other culinary lab, with six stations for the kitchens, counter-tops, kitchen aids, stoves and MIXING IT UP Culinary teacher Matskillets. The main focus thew Thompson supervises while juniors with the room, however, Samantha Gilman and Grant Dettman mix ingredients for cookie dough. Because of is the plumbing. an increase in students signing up for the “It’s cool to do all class, three teachers will teach culinary of this stuff,” culinary next year. photo by Courtney O’Dea teacher Matthew Thompson said. “But if there is nowhere for us to clean up, then it will be very hard to work.” The culinary teachers will meet Thursday to discuss plumbing. Currently both Thompson and Macintosh alternate between the classroom and lab, where Thompson has the kitchen for two days and Macintosh has the classroom for two days and then swap rooms. They hope to still do this, but with two kitchens and one classroom for bookwork. “When we hire someone, we want their class to have the same experience as our classes,” Thompson said. Next year Thompson will be teaching Culinary III and IV, Macintosh will teach Culinary II and the new instructor will teach Culinary I. One result of the move has been the switching of several classrooms. The new room is will be in room 6-123, replacing the AP Computer Science classroom. Teacher Laura Ramsey, who had to switch rooms, understands the move. “This is a large room and it’s across the hall. It would be beneficial to move them into here,” Ramsey said. Ramsey is moving to room 2-100, English teacher Lisa Gendreau’s room. Gendreau’s room is the only room left on campus that can be turned into a computer lab. Gendreau is set to move to room 2-122, math teacher Lauren Bachand’s room. After this school year is over, Bachand is moving to South Carolina. With so many changes scheduled, those who signed up question if the lab will be ready by the beginning of next year. While the district plans to everything in place, but all that students can do is wait until August.
and proud of one another and ourselves,” said sophomore Annie Yartz. The team worked for several months on their show, based off the Tim Burton directed film, Big Fish. The show was the idea of coach Haakon Burntvedt, one of the two new coaches hired this season, creating a new environment was created. “Everyone got together, began to do stuff together and became closer,” sophomore Mady Alessandri said. In order to grow as a team, the winterguard members participated in group bonding activities, like an escape room. “I was so happy because we worked really hard, but it was the last time we would do a show together,” junior Bam Siriak said. A new determination is evident, mostly because they achieved a score less than one point from taking home first place. Tryouts for next season were held on Tuesday and Thursday, April 8 and 10. Although the colorguard season is just starting, the coaches have already began planning the next winterguard show, in hopes of being on top.
See more on HagertyJourn.com NICK HURLEY WINS DISNEY DREAMER AWARD Senior, Nick Hurley wins the Disney award recognizing his unique accomplishments. SECOND AMENDMENT WALKOUT With all the hollering and screaming of U.S.A., the counter protest proved that students have different opinions.
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Take a step back
e started the year with cries about dress code and all of us – students and staff – got tired of hearing about it. It became such a big deal that administration started a dress code committee. Everyone was all for it when it was first proposed, but then the big inconvenience became a small one and left us wondering: what was all the complaining for? Then came Hurricane Irma, an event that we were sure was really the big deal. Trees fell on cars, power went out and backyards flooded. We missed over a week of school, and the first semester schedule was never the same. However, after a few weeks went by, we recovered, and like the dress code policy, things got back to normal. Then we learned about Hurricane Maria and the damage it had done to Puerto Rico. Our eight days without power does not compare to the eight months without power some parts of the island are still experiencing. We gave them support by donating items and bringing awareness to many Puerto Ricans’ living situation. Events like Puerto Rico’s disaster make us take a step back and realize some of things seem so big really are not. A dress code policy change became something small. It happened again during second semester with a new tardy policy: we were convinced the Hero System was a bad idea. We heard peers complain about how the policy kept us out of class longer, we stood in long lines waiting for our ID’s to get scanned and heard about the idea of skipping to avoid getting a Hero pass. But after a few weeks, we saw people run to class and we all mastered the art of being in class before the bell. It’s true, it did upset us at first, but after the madness passed, we got used to it. Then, a month later, the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas happened. Things like dress code and tardy policies hardly mattered. We gave our attention to the victims of the shooting, and we participated in protests for change. We joined national walkouts and the #NEVERAGAIN movement. We expanded our realization of what truly matters. At the end of the school year, we get the opportunity to reflect on inconveniences we have undergone, and yet, looking back and comparing them, we realize we might get too caught up on the short term. Our first instinct is to immediately react after change, so at first glance, little things might seem like major issues. However, when we see what really impacts us, it’s important to recognize where we should put our energy. Having this ability to accept and identify what matters is part of growing up. So, whether we are on your way to college or continuing our high school experience, take a step back, look at the big picture and decide what kind of response is necessary. If anything, this year has taught us that.
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School, real world are too different Tara Routie
Staff Reporter t is 7 a.m. and you are waiting to turn onto Lockwood. The light turns green and you press the gas pedal, but your car won’t move. Next thing you know, smoke is coming out of the hood. You put on your hazards, and immediately panic. You are one unexcused tardy away from getting a detention, but the school will understand right? After all, school is supposed to prepare you for the real world. It is very common to hear how school prepares individuals for the working world. Besides academic material, school teaches important information about punctuality, time management and how to interact with others, which are all useful skills needed for the work force. Work and school should be seen as twins, since their skills and environment are supposed to be the same. However, this is not the case. There are numerous examples about how school and work are completely different, and if I named every instance, you would still be reading the list 100 years from now. But, I can cover the biggest problems. The tardy system policy is the easiest to pick on. While I do understand that the school must create a definitive list of excused reasons for being tardy, they should make some
exceptions. Look at the car breaking down as an example. If you are late to work because your car breaks down, I doubt your boss will ask for a note from the mechanic who fixed your car. One of school’s main goals is to teach independence, but I never understood when teachers said “Nobody will hold your hand in the real world,” and then proceed to basically give us all the answers to the assignment and hold our hand. It can’t be labeled as independent work when the teacher has the answer key that you can look at every three seconds. Obviously little kids need that kind of guidance, but if seniors need answers handed to them on a silver platter, that is a problem. And if teachers feel the need to give answers away to almost adults, maybe we need to rethink our education system. School and work are two different environments, and that is okay. Different environments have different rules, conditions and expectations. However, we should stop telling students about how school completely prepares them for the real world. While school teaches lots of important skills useful for work, many other experiences introduce students to skills that are impossible to teach in a classroom. We were always taught that honesty is the best policy, so maybe we should start following that rule when talking about how similar school and work are.
Disagreement should not equal disrespect Katarina Harrison
fter a year of activism and protest, students have achieved a new level of political voice and power. Especially in the last few months, students have demonstrated their passion, conviction and dedication in protests. Even on campus, students continue to advocate for what they believe in, and faculty and staff have accommodated these protests with remarkably little dissent. Yet, even as students gain power, not everything is perfect. When students walked out of class on Wednesday, May 2 as part of the Stand for the Second nationwide event, they turned the traditional purpose of a walkout on its head, and all the support disappeared. As a few hundred students gathered in the amphitheater to speak in support of gun rights and the second amendment, they received far less support than their liberal predecessors. Although administration allowed the event, both faculty and students were willing to openly mock the events and participants
for their views and actions. The support and come by. Instead of tearing down the few we encouragement that surrounded the gun control have, we should protect them, and work to find walkout transformed into hostility and disrespect more. Students will not agree on everything, and when the opinions of the students changed. Around the nation, adults, organizations the issues that cause action will not always be and politicians are already trying to take away the same. With the nation better listening to from student credibility. If students themselves students, more people with a variety of opinions are added to the list of are ready to stand up for what Someone they believe. dissenters, student activism Disagreement is okay. will lose its potency, and the legitimately trying Disagreement and debate can progress that has been made to change the spark meaningful campuswide will disappear. Even people who disagree with the stance world should never and nationwide discussion and can help draw new people into of a walkout can appreciate be ignored solving the issue. Recruiting the effort. Someone legitimately trying to change the world should more people to care about an issue will always never be ignored, especially if they’re willing to be an effort worthy of celebration. Disrespect, on the other hand, will solve take action. Taking action is exactly what student activists nothing. Insulting other student efforts to are trying to do. Their protests, no matter the improve the world around them, regardless of topic or stance, are attempts to take action, to how they think that goal should be achieved, take matters into their own hands, and to change shows small-mindedness. Tearing down a group the world for the better. In a world full of hatred of the opposite opinion may seem effective in the and uncertainty, we need more people with this short-run, but if the credibility of one group is same drive to take action, and they are hard to destroyed, the credibility of nationwide student
“[Substitutes] will be rude to you, and they don’t even know you.” - Daniella Colon Lopez, 10
Barking Mad is a collection of short submissions about things that tick students off around school. If something at school makes you mad, go to hagertyjourn.com and submit your entry to Ask the Editor, and it may be featured here.
“I wish there were more classes for music, and fine arts.” - Emily Oberson, 10 “My locker is extremely out of my way and I have to travel great distances to look for it. - Julian Weremchuk,12 “The dress code is strict, and it just makes everything so much more difficult, especially in the morning.” - Serenity Anderson, 11 “The 9 unexcused absences, because if you’re having a bad morning it’s unfair” - Emma Gowgill, 9
“Some teachers are more concerned about how they look to other teachers and students instead of wanting to teach effectively.” - Gabriella Neris, 11 “Mainly the students. When they go down the stairs, they never go. Freshman don’t know how to go down the stairs or walk, and they walk in front of you in the parking lot. - Kiara Montes, 11 “The dress code. You can’t wear tank tops in the hottest state. When you’re shopping, they don’t sell school-appropriate clothes, so it’s hard.” - Jamie Maselli, 11
activism will fall with it. Attending a walkout just to tear down others makes high schoolers as a group look bad, and no one will be able to take student activism seriously. Giving everyone a chance to speak will force others to take us seriously, and display a maturity adults like to think students are not capable of. Even for students who claim no opinion on the issues, actions can be powerful. When students use walkouts as an escape from class, rather than a meaningful opportunity to make their voices heard, they undermine the effort, passion and determination of the students who really believe in what they are saying. Only a few passionless participants can make a whole protest seem irrelevant and invalidate the opinions they fight so hard to share. Protecting protesters means taking them seriously. Overall, student activism has grown rapidly, and general apathy has been disappearing. As a group, students have made great progress, both toward meaningful change and toward national power. More than ever, student voices matter, and change can happen as soon as we are able to take each other seriously.
I wish we had better meal plans and more food options.” - Victoria Wilburn, 10 “How people can’t accept the fact that people have different opinions than them.” - Andrea Lemus, 11 “When people don’t use their blinkers [when turning into the school].” - Julia Orlando, 11 “When people push and walk slow when going to their class.” - Sydnee Adkins, 10 “People are rude and petty, and it makes it hard to learn when you’re focused on the drama.” -Andrea Izaguirre, 9
18 “Something I really enjoye d was the spirit of the arts. Without a doub t there was always a connection between th ose who are involved in it, and without it, my hig h would not be the same.” school experience
rioritie “Keep your p e track, u los straight. If yo wn the you’ll fall do wrong path.” rook, 12 -Sade Westb
“Times are going to be tough but just keep pushing through it, focus on your school work and your goals, and at the end, go ge t that diploma.”
“Don’t try being any type of popular person. Because if you try being something you’re not, you’re going to fall into the wrong path, and throughout your entire high school, you will live a life not knowing exactly who you are, so just be you.” -Dorian Beaupierre
THE CLASS OF
ry school “Go to eve le, even event possib ey’re if you think th ven se e dumb becau may though they at the seem stupid
you’re to miss not attending during senior year.” -Kyle Hanson
Jacob Strickle and Selena Wood
“Something I enjoyed about high school was definitely the people.. There are not a lot of clicks or anything
We all are just friends.”
- Keaton Reidy
TOP 10 STUDENTS PAGE 4
“Don’t hold a grudge for longer than four days because nothing is that serious to lose a friend over.”
“Have fun but without falling into peer pressure, because you will end up doings things you don’t want to do and you will be out of
SUPERLATIVES PAGE 5
SENIOR STORIES PAGE 6
COLLEGE LIST PAGE 10
senior top 10
Information by Tara Routie
If you could switch places with anyone, who would it be? Sina, because I’ve always wanted to work at Winn Dixie. Is water wet? Well, can pigs fly? Yes. If you had a senior quote, what would you say? “Wakanda Forever.” If you were famous, what would it be for? Writing ‘good’.
GPA: 4.691 If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Milkshakes. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done? When I was 9, I sang karaoke of a Mama Mia song in front of a crowded restaurant and the waitress gave me a free ice cream sundae for doing it. Is water wet? Yes.
If you could switch places with anyone, who would it be and why? Bill Gates for the money. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done? I’m not going to answer that. What was the worst piece of advice someone gave you? To cut my hair. If you had a senior quote, what would you say? “Workers of the world unite: You having nothing to lose but your chains.”
GPA: 4.611 If you could switch places with anyone, who would it be and why? Young Thug because I love his music. If you were famous, what would it be for? I would be famous for being the fastest Ctrl F clicker in the world. What was the worst piece of advice someone gave you? Choose studying over sleep.
GPA: 4.642 Is water wet? Um yeah, of course. If you had a senior quote, what would you say? “Uhhhhhh.” What was the worst piece of advice someone gave you? You have to buy an APUSH shirt. If you were famous, what would it be for? By the time I’m famous, if ever, I’ll make sure to update you. :D
GPA: 4.604 If you could switch places with anyone, who would it be? An Olympic polo player. It would be fun to compete at that level. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Hamburgers, but I’d die pretty quickly. What was the worst piece of advice someone gave you? Take as many AP classes as you can. I think that as long as your GPA is good, it doesn’t matter how many you take, as long as you enjoy what you take.
GPA: 4.607 If you could switch places with anyone, who would it be and why? Elon Musk because he is playing a very important role in renewable energy and space exploration. It would be fun to experience that. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? I’d eat rice everyday. What was the worst piece of advice someone gave you? If you don’t know how to do it, don’t try.
If you could switch places with anyone, who would it be and why? Mason Ramsey, if you know you know. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Pizza rolls got me into Michigan, but ice is a high quality, low calorie snack. The best snack. Is water wet? Is fire burned?
GPA: 4.585 If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? Watermelon. What is the weirdest/craziest thing you have ever done? I stood on a desk and stepped on Mr. Taylor’s head for a picture. Is water wet? No. What was the worst piece of advice someone gave you? My mom told me it was a good idea to apply to 13 colleges. She was very wrong.
Senior SNHS members
Science National Honor Society Congratulations seniors of Science National Honor Society. A special congratulations goes to Courtney O’Dea for receiving a $1000 from the national board of SNHS due to her exemplary high school science career. We wish her the best of luck in the future.
GPA: 4.803 If you could switch places with anyone, who would it be and why? I would switch with British General Bernard Montgomery during WWII so I could experience how he was able to deceive and defeat arguably the most cunning enemy strategist in existence at the time. Is water wet? Water is indeed wet. If you had a senior quote, what would you say? “Grab life by the tusks.”
SNHS officers Zachary Irving Jordan Snoap Tara Routie Nicholas Injo Nora Godiksen
President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Historian
Julia Kemper Ashley Barnes Caterina Recine Lydia Kiernicki Devin Bracci Kaitlyn Reeves Lindsay Lee Roman Brock-Edgar Alexander Reilly Yesenia Lopez Joshua Cantera Sarah Rhodes Kate McLendon Alyssa Caples Rachel Robbins Caitlin McManus Angelo Colamarino Kayla Rodriguez Matheus Melo Katherine Dasrath Brendan Rudzonis Elizabeth Morgan Jonathan Sepulveda Connor Dawson Kaitlyn Mullen Paige Garcia Radjeep Singh Anil Murril Cierra Gibson Abigail Smith Charlene Nguyen James Gossett Jason Smith Emily O’Connell Alexis Gutierrez Jared Sparrell Courtney O’Dea Leah Harper Skyler Swagart Allison Ostarly Peyton Hawks Kayra Tasci Claudia Prado Amanda Heinzmann Ava Thomas Madison Pleasants Rachel Hester Joy Yun Mary Ishak
SPORTS - TEAM OF THE YEAR
BOYS FINALISTS BASEBALL finished third place in the
ATHLETES OF THE YEAR
SAC, was district runner-up, and appeared in the regional semifinals for the third consecutive season Key Wins: Lake Mary (7-6), Winter Springs (4-3, 4-2), Edgewater (1-0, 4-0, 13-3), Palm Beach Central (16-1), Windermere (7-2, 5-0)
BOYS SOCCER placed second in the
SAC, was district runner-up, and appeared in the FHSAA quarterfinals Key Wins: Lake Mary (2-1, 2-0), Oviedo (3-1, 3-1)
BOYS WEIGHTLIFTING was SAC
WRESTLING - Seniors Devin Kohn and Justin Segarra led the charge as seven wrestlers advanced to the state finals this year. In total, the team finished with 108 points, which was enough to capture third place, their best performance in program history.
champions, district champions, and finished third in regionals State qualifiers: Tanner Glasco (119 lb.) Nick Palumbo (129 lb.) Matt Lee (Heavyweight)
ASHLEY WORRELL Worrell, with her 1.32 ERA on the mound and .386 batting average played a large part in varsity softball’s final four appearance.
GIRLS FINALISTS FAST PITCH SOFTBALL was SAC
Champions, District runner-ups, and an FHSAA Final Four team* Key Wins: Eustis (1-0), Winter Springs (3-0), George Jenkins (5-1)
GIRLS VOLLEYBALL finished as SAC
runner-ups, District Champions, Regional Champions, and appeared in FHSAA Final Four Key Wins: Harmony (3-0), Plant (3-0)
GIRLS LACROSSE - Juniors Katie Williams and Joslin Hanbury led a young team with a combined 125 goals that contributed to the team’s first district title, where they beat Oviedo, 13-6, and Winter Springs, 15-8, and made a first FHSAA final four appearence in program history, thanks to a 13-7 victory over Oak Hall.
ACADEMIC ATHLETE SPORTS: Soccer and track and field
CLASS RANK: 5
CLASS RANK: 4
champion, state champion, and world champion Scores: regional (78.05,1st), states (84.55, 1st), worlds (87.63, 1st)
JACOB STRICKLE Strickle broke several school records on his way to earning field MVP. He also placed third in the state long jump championship, with a 6.85 meter jump.
MULTI-SPORT ATHLETE COURTNEY O’DEA
COMPETITIVE CHEER was regional
ZACH MARTINEZ SPORTS: Football (varsity starting center for two years) Weightlifting (regional qualifier and 1st-Team SAC member)
MORGAN MORAREND SPORTS: Cross country (4 years) Soccer (3 years) Track and field (4 years)
THEATER - TAYLOR WHITEMAN
“Taylor has been involved with the theater program since her first semester of her freshman year. In that time she has been “Rachel is a four-year member of the a devoted member of the department. Unleashed Dance Team. As a freshmen Tackling difficult roles such as Little Red in she was a member of the JV squad and “Into the Woods,” Puck in A “Midsummer worked her way up to becoming an officer Night’s Dream” or as Alice in this year’s on the varsity squad. She is tiny and production of “The Addams Family,” Taylor mighty, a force to be heard. All of Rachel’s has shown herself to be capable of handling hard work has paid off in a number of ways many types of roles. Taylor has also served including being a member of the 2018-2019 as both vice-president and president of our UCF Knightmoves Dance Team.” thespian troupe and has been a leader and - sponsor Diane Hasenbank role model to our program.” “Since freshman year, Sarah has gone - sponsor Trevor Southworth the extra mile to better herself as a choral musician. She has made All State multiple times and has performed in the All County Chorus and received a number of superior ratings at both district- and state-level rating for her performances in ensembles and as a student conductor. Sarah has been a leader to her classmates, and this past spring she served as the assistant music director for our production of The Addams Family. Sarah never shies away from anything music-related and is constantly striving to bring out the best musicians possible “Molly is an explemplary role model for all in everyone around her. Her sarcastic wit students she surrounds. She has been a and refined sense of humor make her a great asset to the program and continues to quintessential part of the program. She is master her art everyday.” going to be sincerely missed.” - sponsor Brad Kuperman - sponsor Victoria Rathbun
DANCE - RACHEL ROBBINS
CHORUS - SARAH GALLAGHER
BAND - MOLLY KAPLAN
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Del Rosario overcomes concussion, finds new outlet in running Melissa Donovan Assistant Editor
wo concussions, a loss of a sport he loves, and a gain of a $46,530 ROTC scholarship.
Senior Anthony Del Rosario’s time in high school has been filled with highs and lows, all starting when he had to give up football, a sport he had played for seven years of his life. His concussions made it too risky to continue on in football. One of them was from a football game he played in eighth grade when he was kneed in the head. The other was from a skateboard incident during his freshman year, his board got stuck in a crack in the road and because of the momentum, he fell off. Instead of giving up and losing his student-athlete status, he pursued running and joined the cross country and track team for his junior and senior years. “I knew I was a decent runner and always have wanted to try it,” Del Rosario said. “I wanted to stay active, and I really like sports.” Del Rosario was determined to be one of the top five fastest boys on the team, but, coming into the sport late, he knew it was important to put in some extra work on the weekends and mentally prepare himself to run as fast as he can before races. “I am not built to run [like that],” Del Rosario said. “[When I started], I had never run competitively while the others had run for two years previously.” Now, one of the top five fastest boys on both the cross country and track teams, he runs a 5K in under 18 minutes and a mile in under five.
Magaw finds her focus Sarah Dreyer
chool is something to not be taken lightly. For senior Kylee Magaw, however, she regrets taking school too seriously, only ever focusing on the ten AP classes she took throughout high school.
“School is important, but so is having fun and high school is supposed to be fun,” Magaw said. During her freshman year, Magaw took two AP and the rest Honors classes, played basketball and did three extracurricular clubs for school and volunteered on the weekends. Everything was going well, but, in the beginning of second semester, Magaw found out she had a tumor in her lower left leg. She had to go through surgery to remove the tumor and missed half a semester of basketball and most of school. But through it all, Magaw overcame and pushed through, trying her best and never giving up. “I am a good testament of what perseverance and hard work can do,” Magaw said. Five months after the surgery, she was back on the court, shooting hoops and able to keep up with her school work, everything was back to normal. After freshman year, Magaw learned to take life as it comes and to not only focus on school and sports but to also appreciated the little moments in during high school, like having quality time with her team members. “Hang onto those little moments with your friends that make you smile because we all make promises to keep in touch but life happens and we can lose connections we’ve built; however, memories never fade away,” Magaw said. “Just enjoy it while it lasts because you can never these years back and they are the best four years of your life.”
“I never saw myself being a runner, let alone being somewhat good at it,” Del Rosario said. After high school, he will attend Florida State University majoring in finance, with plans of joining the Army. He has been part of ROTC for three years and has just received a scholarship from the Army ROTC. For the scholarship, Del Rosario had to submit his transcript, write an essay on his time management skills and why he would be a deserving candidate for the scholarship, and also submit his physical assessment results. For the physical assessment he had to do a minute of push-ups, he did 64, sit-ups, he did 50, and one mile, he ran 5:08. From there, his information was sent to the national board where he was placed against other cadet applicants from all over the nation. The scholarship comes with an eight year service commitment, but, he would like to serve for about 10 to 15 years as a Special Forces member or an intelligence officer. “[I have not always] wanted to join the military,” Del Rosario said. “But, the more that I thought about it, and the more I got into ROTC, I figured that I could really do something.” Overall, for Del Rosario, his time in high school has been filled with a lot of change and now he can look towards a new chapter of his life as he leaves. “I have changed a lot, going from a football player throughout my youth to becoming a successful runner and hoping to make a career though the U.S. Army after ROTC at FSU,” Del Rosario said. “I’m kind of nervous that I am growing up, but I am definitely ready to move on to my next endeavor.”
SENIOR ADVICE: LEARN FROM THEIR EXPERIENCE
Let your passions come to you and don’t let people dictate your future for yourself.” -Jacob Ball
If it does not matter in five years, you should not spend more than five minutes worrying about it now.”-Alyssa Martin
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Just realize the freedoms you do have now and exercise them, join groups, make friends, have fun and worry about the growing up stuff later.” -Samantha Thue
Don’t procrastinate. It’ll come back to bite you in the butt.” -Ariana Lugl
Fun has to come last. Study hard.” -Svetlana Weaver
Have as much fun as you can and make sure that you’re on top of your grades and everything, because you’re going to need it after you graduate. ”-Emily Burton
Sleep more then you study, study more than you party, and party as much as you can. ” -Kylee Magaw
Freshmen: plan your week and take it seriously, because your GPA freshman year does count.” -Savannah Hobbs
Whittemore decides to live outside his comfort Melissa Donovan
Being introverted, Whittemore never saw himself doing
Assistant Editor anything remotely out of his comfort zone, especially going
igh school is meant to be a time for change and transition. Looking back on his past four years, senior Matthew Whittemore would say that it was just that. “Freshman year I was a very quiet and antisocial kid and this continued all the way through the first semester of junior year,” Whittemore said. “I slowly became more and more social and kind of started to crawl out of my shell.” In the second semester of his junior year, he became more involved in his church, Action Church, and made friends who helped him become less shy and more confident
to prom. “I ended up changing my mind this year, and boy, am I glad [I did],” Whittemore said. “At prom I think my friends got to see a completely new side to me where I decided to just let go, have fun, and not care what anymore around thought of me.” Now, Whittemore leaves high school behind feeling confident and looks for more experiences to push his limits. “Senior year is going to be what you make it out to be and it can either be amazing and memorable or boring,” Whittemore said.
senior ads & teacher farewells
TEACHER FAREWELLS Make your bed everyday, so no matter how bad your day is you can say you accomplished something. Save $1 a day. At a stop sign, spell out the word STOP, you will never get a ticket. Every now and then go on a wild goose chase, you never know where it will lead. Congratulations on completing the 4 easiest years of your life. Remember if you visit...BRING FOOD!!! AS ALWAYS GO HUSKIES -MR. STANSBURY Dear Class of 2018, you’ve spent the last 4 years reading stories in my English class about the lives of others and their accomplishments. Now is the time to write your story. But don’t just write it, live it. -MRS. RICHARDSON
Congratulations Alyssa, Nico, Zach, and Edgar! We are so proud of you and wish you the very best on all your endeavors! Love from your Hagerty Robotics Family (Ms. Po, Mr. Harper, Mr. Ibarguen, and Ms. Miller)
“It is better to know HOW TO LEARN than to KNOW.” ~Dr. Seuss
To all my wonderful seniors: My advice to you is to always put in 100% effort in all that you do. Your hard work will pay off! Also, get a good calculator to use in your college math classes! I will miss you all! -MRS. COMPHER Dear seniors best of luck in your future plans. I hope your goal is to be better than the ones before you. Make good decisions and enjoy life each and every day. And #AsAlways! -MR. MALK “Sometimes the unknown is better than the already known.” It’s better to try something then say what if and regret it forever. -COACH CAPP HHS Model and Simulation Students, You matter... What you do matters! Keep it real loves! Peace! -MRS. SPALDING I don’t know who originally said this, but it is apropos: “Everyone has a story. Make yours a good one *heart.*” -MRS. SLICK Class of 2018: Congratulations on achieving this major milestone in your life! It has been a pleasure getting to know and work with so many of you. You are a remarkable class and have truly left a legacy here at Hagerty High School. Winne the Pooh expressed it best when he said, “[h]ow lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” -MRS. ESTES
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“That men don’t learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.” (Aldus Huxley) So keep up the fight, don’t let history repeat itself! -MS. FOLEY “Reach for the sky, follow your dreams and don’t let anyone tear your soul, be who you are and keep love in your heart.” -MRS. CHAVES “Don’t be afraid of what you don’t know. Embrace the uncertainty and use it to discover what matters to you.” -MRS. ESTES “We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”(Chuck Palahnick) -MR. CABAL “Be true to yourself. Find your passion and do not compromise for anything or anyone.” -MRS. COVILLE “I will ensure that you’re able to come to my classroom and at least say hi. So please do not forget ROTC program and do not forget colonel Wimbish and myself, we are here for you and it is not over yet. Anything we can do for our own long term let us know.” -1ST SERGENT VAZQUEZ “To all the seniors who read entire stories, like this one. Thanks.” -MR. TAYLOR
Front Row: Kaylee Adidas, Allyson Stuart, Gaby Valdez, Rachel Robbins, Alex Navarro, Kayla Rodriguez, Heather Jones, Abby Smith. Back Row: Madison Brown, Kristen Cline, Lesly Corona, Jade Hecker, Angela Berdejo, Connor El Yadri.
It has been a pleasure to coach you over during your high school years. We hope that you look back at your time with Unleashed with wonderful memories made with lifelong friends. You are an amazing group of dancers that have left an impact on the team for years to come. You were the ones that conquered so many goals all with keeping your heads held up high. We will miss you dearly but canâ€™t wait to watch you grow and prosper! Love to you all! Coach D, Coach Leanna, Coach Morgan and Coach Vicki and the 2017-2018 Unleashed Dance Team
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senior ads To the Class of 2018, We wish you only the best! Congratulations to the seniors of Rho Kappa! A big thank you to Alyssa Caples, Gabby Foerster and Colin Filtz for your leadership!
Congratulations to the ASL Honor Society Seniors & Class of 2018
National Technical Honor Society
Congratulates our Career Education seniors who have achieved the highest level of their chosen career education pathway.
Early Childhood Education Anniebeth Adkins Chase Barick Adelsie Gomez Veronica Heredia Jemma Ibrahim Ranita Jaggernauth Allyson Mattson Paige Purvis Sabrina Rinaldi Elysse Rivera
Modeling & Simulation
Dear Hagerty Modeling and Simulation families, Another great year has passed with our students leading the way in STEM education. The modeling and simulation program has grown over the past four years into a highly functioning STEM program with students recognized industry wide for their modeling and simulation skills, ability to effectively communicate and their dedication to earning the NCS certification. Thank you all for an unforgettable year!
Peace and Love, Mrs. Spalding
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Regional return Baseball makes third straight appearance in regional semifinal Bryson Turner
he varsity baseball team trudged off the field at Winter Springs, having been shut out for the first time all season against Lake Howell in the district championship, 5-0. “I was upset with myself that I didn’t pitch as good as I could have,” starting pitcher Luke Babineau said. “A lot of things could have went differently, but it doesn’t matter now.” Though the team fell short against Lake Howell, it still has won consecutive playoff games to advance to the regional quarterfinals for the third consecutive year. Only this time, they lacked home field advantage. Such an edge had certainly been helpful to the team over the course of the regular season, where they finished 12-1 on their home field, the only loss coming to Oviedo. That loss, however, was only a small blemish in an opening half of the season that saw the team go 13-2, the only losses being to Oviedo, and a 4-2 loss to Montverde Academy in a tournament over spring break. “We did better than I expected,” center fielder Riley Greene said. “We just needed to keep grinding to keep things going.” This part of the season proved crucial for Babineau. Originally, junior Angelo Garcia was supposed to be a starting pitcher alongside the team’s lone senior, Chris Ragosta, and Babineau would fill in when either of them needed rest, but once Garcia was sidelined with a torn labrum that required surgery, Babineau was needed to carry a heavier load than he anticipated. “When I got the chance to pitch, I just went out there and took the most of my opportunity,” Babineau said. Ragosta simply wants to set an example for
his teammates with his performance on the field. “I enjoy being the only senior because I can become a leader to the other guys, so when next year comes they will know how to get their work done right,” Ragosta said. Babineau and Ragosta have each made 10 starts this season, struck out 39 and 40 batters respectively and allowed less than 20 runs individually over the course of their 20 starts. After a more difficult second half of the season that still saw the team going 7-3, which included losses to Lake Howell, Lake Mary and Lake Brantley, the district tournament was upon them once more. While they secured their spot in the regional tournament with a 13-3 run rule victory against Edgewater, the loss against Lake Howell, while not ending the team’s season, was still a blow, but head coach Matt Cleveland saw it another way. “That wasn’t our night. [We] made just a couple key mistakes and a lot of hard hits didn’t fall,” Cleveland said. “The next day we were ready to get back to work and the loss was over. ” Already the team began to dissect what went wrong over the course of the game, mentally preparing themselves for the game to come. “It was a tough loss, we faced a good arm, but we got that behind us,” third basemen Jackson Grabsky said. “We just go into each game 0-0, and we try to win the day and play as hard as we can for the full 21 outs.” In the first playoff game, the regional quarterfinal, the team faced Windemere, the opponent they beat, 7-2, on opening day. This time, however, Windemere started its left-handed ace, a type of pitcher the team has struggled against. “We knew we were going to face a good lefty arm, so we worked on seeing stuff from the left side and things like that,” Babineau said. It was a pitching duel for the first four innings, neither pitcher giving an inch. Then, in the fifth inning, the team struck first, scoring in
SWING KING Catcher Robby Post gets a hit against Lake Howell. Despite finishing runner up to Lake Howell in the district tournament, baseball is contending for a state title for the third year in a row. photo by Chatham Farrell
two runs. One from a double off the bat of second basemen Austin Cymerman that drove in utility man Sam Spicuzza, and another from a sacrifice fly off the bat of catcher Robby Post that brought Greene home. From there, the team did not look back. With the help of some defensive heroics from left fielder Cole Ramirez and three more runs
coming in the seventh inning, the team shut out Windemere, 5-0, earning a place in the regional semifinal that is currently scheduled for Wednesday, May 16, against St. Cloud. “We played clean baseball the whole game,” Ragosta said. “Winning that first big game of regionals just sets what we could potentially do the rest of the playoffs.”
Athletes, coaches battle in throwback senior event Laura Darty
t is not every day that an athlete has the chance to hit a ball at a coach, but at the senior night volleyball game on Monday, May 7, right side hitter Allyson Mattson had the chance. Mattson hit a ball at Coach Juanita Hitt and knocked her back in the first set, but the coaches got revenge when they won both games, 25-23 and 25-22. Seniors took on the coaches and staff in two matches, volleyball and basketball. Volleyball, which started at 6 p.m., included seniors Jared Sparrell, Nick Hurley, Mattson, Cierra Gibson and others, who worked together against volleyball coaches Hitt, Sarah Jarem, Tawni Small, and other staff members. There were some wipeouts during the games, including Hitt and senior Nick Hurley, who both dove for balls in the back row. Gibson had several aces and multiple kills throughout the game. “It felt good to score points against the coaches,” Gibson said. The game was close during both sets, but the coaches won the game. “We all worked together to beat the coaches, but in the end we fell short,” Mattson said. Basketball was a fan favorite as the stands filled to watch the 7 p.m. match. Seniors Nick Hurley, Matthew Broome, Grant Greene and
others took on coach Josh Kohn, SRO David Attaway, coach Joshua Johns, athletic director Jay Getty and other staffs. The athletes were eager to beat their coaches, which was evident in the intense warm ups before the game started. The fans cheered as the seniors put the first points on the board. The game was close, but the seniors beat the coaches, 63-60. “After losing in volleyball, we needed to push to beat the coaches in basketball,” Hurley said. At the beginning of the game, Hurley’s contacts fell out, and he had to play in his old sports glasses. Despite this unexpected change, Hurley helped lead his team to the win. Senior night was organized by Kohn. This night used to be an annual tradition for seniors from 2007-12, but then was discontinued. “I worked hard to bring this tradition back, and hope to continue it in the years to come,” Kohn said. In planning the event, Kohn had to choose a day where there were no other conflicting sports. He also put the event on the announcements for 10 days to encourage attendance, and see how many seniors were planning to play. To see both games, fans paid $3 for one ticket or $5 for two. Proceeds from the event helped fund senior class activities. Seniors enjoyed being able to take on their favorite coaches and staff while raising money, and Kohn said he plans to continue the tradition in the future.
Softball powers into state final four Michael Gibson
BATTER UP Outfielder Taylor Waters hits the ball against Space Coast. The team won the game an finished the season 20-4 and is currently in the state final four. photo by Chatham Farrell
sports shorts Noah Kemper
FOOTBALL PREPARES FOR SPRING GAME As part of spring football practice, the traditional black and blue game was held on Thursday, May 10 with the blue team winning 21-20. There were two teams: blue as offense and black as defense. The first touchdown of the game was scored by running back Tyler Kielma. Later in the game, wide receiver Caleb Lowe scored off a 68 yard catch. The team is looking forward to the scrimmage on Friday, May 18 against Lyman. This is their first and only showing of the spring season before fall season begins next school year. “We feel like this can be one of the best teams we’ve had during this staff’s tenure,” said offensive coordinator Charles Nassar.
BEACH VOLLEYBALL ENDS SEASON AT PAIRS TOURNAMENT On Monday, April 7, the girls beach volleyball team competed in the pairs tournament at Lyman. There were five teams split into two divisions, open and club. In the open division Morgan Romano and Corina Dos Santos were team one, and Sydney Conley and Alina Carillo as team two. Both teams won two out of three games, tying for fifth place. The club division team consisted of Brooke Bauss and Morgan Rhode as team one, Briana Lopez and Kyla Mullen as team two, and Sophie Fennel and Alexa Cooney as team three. Bauss and Rhode won their first two games before losing their third game which placed them in third. Lopez and Mullen won two out of three matches, placing fifth, and Fennel and Cooney lost both games. “All our teams played well and [continue to keep] growing,” said head coach Juanita Hitt.
BOYS LACROSSE LOSES IN DISTRICT CHAMPIONSHIP On Friday, April 19 boys lacrosse lost to Winter Park, 17-6. The team started out strong leading with a goal scored by sophomore Christian Hofer. Winter Park came back by scoring three more goals, forcing the boys team to call a timeout with only 2:25 left in the first quarter. After another goal by Winter Park, senior Jarrett Prachel scored from just outside the center of the net cutting the lead down to two. In the second quarter, Hofer and senior Landon Spangenburg both scored, but it was not enough as the score at the half was 10-4. In the third quarter the team only managed to score one goal. Winter Park extended their lead to 12 with 1:55 left in the game before Hofer for scored his third goal. By the end of the fourth quarter Winter Park racked up five more goals. “Our team played up and down a lot but we had [a lot of] talent,” head coach Kyle Hofstaedter said.
or the girls softball team, reaching the state playoffs is not new. Last year they reached the regional semifinals before losing to conference opponent Lake Howell, 3-2. This year they looked to turn that luck around by securing a spot in the state final four. The team will play Cooper City High School for a spot in the state championship game, where they will play the winner of Oakleaf and Lakewood Ranch. “It feels great to get to the final four. The district tournament and regional playoffs are exciting, but when you go to the final four it really brings it to another level,” head coach David Stone said. “I’m excited for the upperclassman who haven’t been to the state final before.” The team will face tough competition these next two games of the season, but their toughest opponent this season so far was Winter Springs. The team split the series this year 2-2, but won the most important matchup of the year, the regional semi-finals, 3-0. Winter Springs managed to beat the team in the district championship, 8-6, and the girls used that as motivation to defeat them later on in the playoffs. “I think we were expecting to meet them because we looked at the first game as a fluke,” shortstop Tyler Miller said. “They lucked out the first time, but I think we are a better team than that so we were expecting to win.” Throughout the season, the team and Winter Springs were going back and forth with Winter Springs winning the first matchup, 10-3, and the girls winning the second matchup, 3-0. The pattern would continue throughout the postseason as well and the girls had the upper hand. “We all knew [the regional semi-final] was going to be a really tough game,” Miller said. “We went in expecting to win but they are a very good team so it took a team effort.”
In the middle of the regular season, the team went on an 11-game winning streak, eventually capped off with a conference championship win against Seminole. During that game, second baseman Shannon Glover hit a grand slam, sending in four runs and leading the team to a 12-2 victory. After that conference championship win and the devastating defeat in the district championship, the team turned their sights on St. Cloud in the first playoff game, where pitcher Ashley Worrell shut them out 4-0. Worrell finished with three strikeouts and the team scored all runs off RBI’s. Worrell, along with two other seniors, have led the team throughout the season and have provided guidance to many of the less experienced players. “Our seniors have led by example, but more than anything, they have not just made it their team, they made it every player’s team,” Stone said. “Our seniors have really allowed everyone to play to their strengths and allowed the many underclassman exercise their leadership skills as well.” The team finished the regular season 20-4, and although they had four losses, it was never two in a row. During the long 25-game regular season, the girls kept each other’s spirits and motivation up by hanging out in and outside of school and building team chemistry. “We are all good friends so that gives us good chemistry on the field,” Miller said. “Our seniors are really good leaders and the majority of the team is upperclassman so we’ve played together for a while.” The girls will play for a spot in the state championship on Saturday, May 19 and hope to conclude one of the most successful seasons. “Anytime you are still playing so late in the year you have to look at it as a successful season,” Stone said. “We haven’t accomplished everything we have wanted to yet, but it’s all still in front of us.”
Lacrosse run makes history Jessica Maldonado
Staff Reporter his season for girls lacrosse ended with a lot of firsts, but the biggest accomplishment was reaching the final four for the first time. On March 3, the team traveled to Gainesville to play against Oak Hall and left with a win, 13-7, which secured them a spot in the state semifinals. “I am really proud of my team,” captain Katie Williams said. “We have never won districts before and to win districts and to make it to the final four in the same year is exciting.” The team were also Seminole Athletic Conference champions, district champions, and region champions. Lake Highland, American Heritage and Vero Beach were the other three teams in the final four, and American Heritage, the number one ranked team nationally, won the state final. On May 10, the team traveled to Boca Raton to play Lake Highland in the state semifinals. The night ended with a 13-3 loss, eliminating them from the playoffs. “I don’t think we could have done anything differently because we were completely prepared, we just couldn’t find our rhythm,” defender Madison Pleasants said. The farthest any prior team has gone is district semifinals, this year was different. “Chemistry, chemistry, chemistry,” midfielder Autumn Leggio said. “Our team chemistry and the way we work together is the reason why I think we were able to make it this far.”
ROCKING THE CRADLE Attacker Joslin Hanbury plays against Winter Park. The team won 13-7, the first time they won districts. photo by Chatham Farrell
While the season is over, but with only one team member graduating, the team expects to continue the success. Senior Madison Pleasants has been playing for four years, and her wish to make it past district semifinals on her last season came true. “We accomplished so much this season, more than any other season that I have ever played,” Pleasants said. “We broke school records with every game and I am forever grateful to have been part of a team that did so much.”