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New Principal Johan von Ancken addresses the faculty and staff on their first day back. (Photo by Ellie Rodriguez)

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Florida’ first high school newspaper Hillsborough High School Florida’s 5000 N. N Central Ave. Tampa, FL 33603 Volume 114, No. 1

New Direction “Tak pride in your school, be mindful “Take of what you can do ... to impact the school schoo culture, do things that will benefit everybody not just yourself.” Meet Hillsborough’s new principal, page 4


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News Editors

Top: Kelly Cochran and Anthony Green lead band members in a warm up exercise inside the bandroom. Below: Freshmen members of the trombone and mellophone sections practice. (Photos by Ivy Bennett-Ford)

Entertainment Editor

Ivy Bennett-Ford Hayley McAleese Maria Roberts

Vijata Patel

New Drum Majors were selected at the end of last schoool year. Here’s what the two leaders expect from this coming term.

Life Editors

Opinion Editor

Holly Schroeder Emma Silbert

Kellen Yent

The two majors conduct the band during marching season. They lead the various sections during comprehensive band practices and act as figureheads of what the school expects of the Big Red Band. Both Drum Majors are seniors; Anthony Green has been one for two years.

Sports Editors Samantha Votzke Daniel Hamilton

Drumming for details

Photo Editor Aleesha Mundra

Staff Writers David Blanchard Sarvika Bommakanti Daniel Dolford Dana Dinh Katie Frost Kourtney Melendi RJ Murphree Monisha Pillai Shelby Shoup Kathy Xie

Adviser Joe Humphrey, MJE

Principal Johan von Ancken

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Halftime Show Schedule 1. Mash-up: The Long and Winding Road, Yellow Submarine, Help! 2. Hey, Jude 3. Eleanor Rigby “I really like the theme,” said drum major Anthony Green. “My father’s a huge Beatles fan, so I’ve been hearing them since I’ve been in the womb.”

New drum major Cochran

Returning drum major Green







: What are you going to do differently this year in comparison to last year? : Because so far has just been band camp, I’ve been doing a lot of reflection, reflecting on my goals and work from last year. Soon, once school starts, I’ll be mainly working on improvement. Most people only get one year to be drum major, but I get the chance to redeem my mistakes and grow. : What advice would you give to people who want to be drum major? : Never stop working hard. Don’t lose sight of our one goal: creating incredible music. : What’s it like to balance school and band? : Last year was easier, I only took two AP classes. This year looks intimidating. I’m in a bunch of clubs (Green is the co-president of the Gay Straight Alliance, also with Cochran, and is a member of Senior Council). :What do you most look forward to? :I’m most excited about playing the Beatles. The last actual musical group we did was Earth, Wind, and Fire. So I’m excited to see how the audience is going to react to the music this year.

: How do you feel about this coming year and being a drum major? : I’m happy, kinda scared. When we first found out we weren’t allowed to tell people for the first two days. But I talked to Rachel (McKay, a drum major from last year) and a drum major from my freshman year. They were both really reassuring, saying “You just gotta keep a level head.” : What do you find most exciting? : All the football games, senior night, FBA It’s a really big deal for us. : How do you feel about the Beatles as this year’s theme? : It’s such a good music choice! My favorite is Hey Jude (She joked with Gia Jadick the song is her favorite because it has her solo in it). The opener is really hard, but we’re getting better. : How do you feel about the incoming freshmen this year? : All of the freshmen this year are good kids. They all have good attitudes. They all look like babies! : What do you want to tell the school in anticipation of this year? : You better show up to the games! Homecoming is gonna be legit!



August 2013 | 1. Dancerettes march behind the drum majors as they welcome freshmen. 2. Seniors Zach Wolf, Chris Flaretty and Lane Griffin embrace by the Ophelia club table. 3. Jennifer Jordan convinces incoming freshmen to join Model United Nations. 4. During the alma mater, members of the Big Red Band demonstrate a school tradition. 5. Cheerleaders sell T-shirts to incoming freshmen. (Photos by Ellie Rodriguez.)

briefly School lunch: Now there’s an app for that






Freshmen welcomed with open arms at open house Maria Roberts News Editor Open House began with a bang as the Big Red Band welcomed new freshman and their parents in the auditorium. Freshmen were welcomed to school and listened to announcements about dress code and school conduct. Numerous clubs and organizations were represented in the courtyard. Many officers and members handed out flyers with information at their table where they

sold t-shirts or bribed people with candy. The robotics team used a Frisbee launcher to demonstrate members’ skills and to recruit new members. The new students didn’t come to open house to be recruited though. New ninth grader Danielle Lail said she came to open house “so I can find my way around.” Lail explained she had signed up for the Key Club and was interested in joining HELM, the literary magazine. Both her mother and older sister had attended Hillsbor-

ough before her. Another ninth grader, Marcella Tiller, said she recommended open house for all new freshmen who are nervous or shy. Returning students attended the open house after the freshman orientation. Sophomore Ray’leisha Lene said she went to open house “because I want to meet my new teachers.” Her sister, also a sophomore, Aisah Lene said, “It was good to see all the new young freshmen and old friends.”

Senior serves community with shoe drive Maria Roberts News Editor Senior Sam Russell is collecting shoes for different service. “The goal is 500 shoes,” Russell said. He brings the

shoes to the Joshua House, Metropolitan Ministries or the Spring of Tampa Bay. “You can tell how well somebody’s doing by the condition of their shoes,” he said. Russell excels at school and

said he did not feel it was difficult to juggle service projects with school. He explained that he expects to go off to college next fall and he wanted to do something important in his com-

munity before leaving. Any students with shoes to donate are encouraged to bring them to Sharon Leto’s room before Sept. 30.

Students will be able to download the Nutrislice app. The free app will allow a preview of the lunch menu. The app is meant for “people who have allergies or are watching their weight,” according to Judy Harrison, student nutrition manager. Students can find a lunch food’s carbohydrate count, calories, sodium content, fat content and protein count on the app. The app will be updated monthly.

Terriers triumph in journalism The Hillsborean and Red and Black each received a First Class rating from the National Scholastic Press Association. The yearbook also received the AllFlorida rating, the highest rating available, from the Florida Scholastic Press Association.

IB seniors exceed expectations The IB senior Class of 2013 had a pass rate of 94.4 percent. This past year was a “dramatic increase” from the 84 percent in 2012 according to IB Coordinator Trisha Fitzgerald. “Five minutes after receiving the pass rate I’m already worrying about the next class,” said Fitzgerald. The plan for next year is to keep “motivating teachers to motivate students.” -Maria Roberts



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For the first time in nine years, Hillsborough has a new principal. His name is Johan von Ancken, and with a fresh approach, he hopes to modernize the oldest high school in the county Nikki Ferrera Editor-in-Chief :Now that you have had time to adjust to Hillsborough, what are your impressions of the school? :It is a historic icon filled with wonderful students, faculty and staff. It has absolutely the opportunity to be the best school in the district. :What do you plan on changing, and what do you think needs improvement? :I definitely think student achievement, overall. If you look at some of the key areas, we definitely have room to grow. Pride in the school is a big thing that I want to focus on, and that really needs to come from students. They need to respect this amazing place that we have. We should be doing everything we can to keep it clean, to take care of it, to promote it and to help everyone reach that next pinnacle of becoming the best school in the district. I want Hillsborough to be an A school – that’s a big thing for me. :What are some of your ideas on how to bring more pride and achievement to the school? :I think we need to do more school-wide incentives and participation in programs. We need to promote ways for students to get involved with their school. I think pride will increase when our performance increases. A culture of collaboration with students and teachers, and teachers and administrators will help. :What are some goals that you have, not only for your first year, but long-term as well? :Long-term, I want to restore Hillsborough to what it once was, academically-speaking. I think it’s a beautiful school, so I don’t think aesthetics is the problem, but I want to see it become an athletic and academic powerhouse, to restore student and teacher pride to where it once was and have it be



recognized as “the new Hillsborough. “ A term I came up with is the “neoteric terriers”—the new terriers. I want us to reinvent ourselves as the most modern, innovative school we can be. :In the staff meeting, you talked about Hillsborough being not only the oldest school in the district, but also the most progressive school in the district. What does that mean to you? :It means doing innovative things, it means keeping up with technology, with change, being in touch with our students, understanding what the newest educational practices are. Common Core is going to be the new curriculum that we’re going to be adapting. Our teachers need to understand it and embrace it and our students need to do the same thing. It’s being willing and accepting to understanding we’re in a different world than when Hillsborough was first constructed. :You also talked about a larger cooperation and interaction between the IB and traditional programs. How are you hoping to implement that? :I think school-wide events are important, because that’s one of the few times that students come together. School-wide incentive programs, pep rallies and celebrations like Spirit Week really allow students who otherwise wouldn’t see each other in their academic classes to connect. :Is there anything else you’d like to add? :Take pride in your school, be mindful of what you can do as an individual to impact the school culture, do things that will benefit everybody, not just yourself. We’re going to probably do something where we recognize random acts of kindness. If you do something for another student or you do something that’s positive for your school, I want students to accept that and embrace that, because I think that’s important.




Principal Johan von Ancken addresses the staff during a summer meeting. After time as an Assistant Principal at Robinson and Tampa Bay Tech, he said he is “thrilled to be here. “ (Photo by Ellie Rodriguez)



August 2013 |

Meet some new fresh faces on campus David Bramer has been a teacher in Hillsborough County for eight years. He is teaching AP Literature, Classical Literature and English 1 Honors. Daniel Driscoll is the new guidance counselor for IB students. This is his seventh year as a counselor in the county. Andrea Ellis is the new business teacher. In addition to teaching Internet business to freshmen, she will be working in the customer service department, specifically the teacher’s assistant program. Shannon Ferguson is the new department head for Guidance. Vivian Fiallo is a Hillsborough graduate and former staff member returning after 12 years at Freedom. She is working as the college and career counselor. Elizabeth Funk arrives at HHS after six years of teaching in Tallahassee’s Leon County. She is teaching geometry, trigonometry, Math Analysis and Algebra II to IB students. Kysha Herald is the new Assistant Principal for Curriculum for traditional students. She was previously the

Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at Tampa Bay Tech. She says she hopes her genuine passion for her job helps her students. Emily Heller is a graduate of University of South Florida and is currently getting her master’s degree in science education. She is teaching Biology 1. Shelbea Houston is returning to Hillsborough after a year at Plant City. Houston is excited to be teaching in a new content area. She will be teaching English 1, 2 and 3 and geometry. Enid Hutchinson has been teaching for four years in Hillsborough County and 14 years overall. She previously taught algebra at Brandon. This year she is teaching Geometry. John Jackson is the new social studies department head. Maritza Kasey is a biology teacher. She will be teaching Pre-IB Biology and one junior IB Biology class. She used to teach at Wharton. Christopher Lawyer is a new permanent substitute attached to the school. He taught math at Jefferson for four

years. Colleen Mascherin is the new reading coach. She previously worked at Sickles and Chamberlain, her alma mater. After years of working in sports management she decided to become a teacher. Mariah Oxley is teaching math, specifically intensified Algebra. This is her fifth year teaching. Joan Peacock is the new cosmetology teacher. She has been teaching cosmetology since 1985. Saltieh Said is teaching Physical Science and Air and Space. She has been teaching for 20 years and grew up in the Virgin Islands. Jason Wiggins is teaching AP Statistics and Geometry Honors. He has been mainly an AP and IB teacher for the past 10 years. Gathered by Nikki Ferrera, Dana Dinh and Katie Frost From left: New staff members Enid Hutchinson, Jason Wiggins, Colleen Mascherin, Daniel Driscoll and Kysha Herald.



6opinion a letter to the new administration

editorial | August 2013

Dear Mr. von Ancken: This year we hope that together, as a student body and an administration, we can focus on what matters. You’ve made it clear that your goal is to make Hillsborough an A-rated school. While it is a noble aspiration, it’s important to focus on smaller scale improvements first. We need to hone in on fostering and enhancing student-teacher relationships in addition to student-administrator relationships. It’d be most beneficial to get to know our leaders and teachers, not just when the time comes to write letters of recommendation, but earlier. Having teachers and administrators who are approachable, concerned and communicative is an incredible asset. That being said, even teachers who are gener-

ally approachable, concerned and communicative can fall into the “standardized testing routine” that accompanies EOC exams and in years past, FCAT exams. We need to focus on absorbing the information rather than learning the minimum to pass the new standardized tests. It is not OK to hear in class that we will only be learning what will be on the exam. It is important to focus on the smaller, more easily changeable milestones before looking at the big picture. The administration needs to pick their battles. For example, while dress code is important, a crackdown on littering during lunch holds greater value than a dispute over how appropriately thick a two-inch tank top strap really is. School is never easy, but this year with a new

administration, we have the opportunity to grow and be great. We hope you will consider these recommendations (and some from classmates below) as legitimate student concerns and will act on them. Thank you. p.s. In addition, during the past few years we have had the incredible opportunity to publish news that is important and relevant to our student body with little if any censorship. While it is your job to make this school the best it can be, it is our job to provide this school with the news it deserves. So we encourage your continued support of a free forum and your trust that we are publishing what is in the students’ best interest.

*The opinion section represents opinions expressed by any student; opinions expressed in the editorial are supported by the Editorial Board (listed on page 2)

In one word, how was your first day of school?

Interesting Eventful Screwed-up Complex

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-Daniel Mackoon, 9

-Elias Rubio, 9

-Mary Van Osdol, 9

-Milady Marquez, 12

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‘bridge the gap’ between IB students and traditional students. We are all ONE student body and should act like one.”

students should be allowed to go


to eat lunch, yet have to be back within a designated amount of time. -aaron elijah lee, 12

-anthony green, 12





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a leg up: should leggings be allowed in school? Dress code is always under constant scrutiny. There is always a battle between students and teachers about what attire should be allowed on campus. Lately there has been a steep rise in girls wearing leggings. While they’re popular among some, others don’t approve. Assistant Principal for Student Affairs Tee Solomon, a wellknown figure at HHS, cited the school dress code and said girls’ backsides need to be properly covered, and leggings aren’t getting the job done. I love wearing leggings. Unlike jeans, leggings are quick to put on for school. They are comfortable to wear which is crucial if students want to get through a long week of school. As long as students are comfortable, I don’t see a reason why there should be any opposition. Personally I wear them with everything. Leggings are extremely versatile; you can wear them with a sweater or dress them up with a nice shirt. In fact, a pair of black leggings can look fashionable with almost about every top. Another positive, is that I don’t have to shave my legs the day before. That is a major relief, and one less thing I have to worry about. Leggings aren’t as constricting as long pants; if I wanted to I can do a split in them without worrying that they will rip. Unlike jeans that can cost up to $100 or more, leggings are cheap and can cost between $5-30. During a stressful week I want to feel comfortable, not out of place. Wearing leggings feels like being under a warm blanket. Leggings are any girls’ go-to pants; they can be used for any season. Leggings do not make girls feel self-conscious, and unlike jeans that dig into girls waists after a big meal, leggings simply expand. Similarly, there is no need to jump up and down to get them to fit if all you have to do is slip them on and go. I do not understand the opposition of leggings, they essential to any wardrobe. -Aleesha Mundra


We’ve all been there. Three hours of sleep. You’re exhausted, you don’t feel well and the last thing you want to do as you get ready for school is put on real pants. At this point, many girls decide to just throw on some leggings. I doubt I’m the first one to say this but LEGGINGS ARE NOT PANTS! They were made to be worn under dresses, skirts or shorts or to work out in. But for some reason, people have decided that it’s perfectly fine to wear leggings just on their own at school. Every decade has had its own fashion faux pas. We laugh at leg warmers now, but in the ’80s, everyone wore them. Just as leg warmers, originally worn by dancers, became a popular wardrobe choice, so have leggings, which could be worn while doing yoga or running. Nothing is attractive about being able to see someone’s underwear through their incredibly tight leggings as you trudge up the stairs to the third floor. Yes, I’ll admit, leggings are very comfy, but I would never wear them to school. School shouldn’t be a fashion show. As long as everyone is learning, what you wear shouldn’t matter. I don’t think leggings violate dress code, but they aren’t really appropriate for school. You would never wear running shorts to prom. Wearing leggings as pants to school is similar. Seriously, show a little decorum. Nobody wants to see your underwear. And even if you are thin, leggings really aren’t flattering. Leggings do have a place in your wardrobe: in the comfort of your home or while doing something athletic. You don’t see swimmers waltzing down the school halls in speedos and goggles. And although you may spend most Saturdays in boxer shorts and ratty old T-shirts, you would never come to school like that. If girls can wear torturously high heels that are murder to their feet, surely they can put up with the slight discomfort of wearing pants. And if they can’t, wear a dress. You look nice and you don’t even have to wear pants. It’s a win-win. -Madeline Quam






finger on the | August 2013


Paula Deen kicked out of the kitchen

Snowden leaks a blizzard of information What Happened:The 29-year-old defense contractor for the NSA leaked tons of NSA programs to the public earlier this year. He disclosed that the NSA can track cellphone calls and monitor the e-mails and Internet traffic of virtually all Americans. What you need to know: The United States government charged him with espionage for leaking top secret surveillance information and he is currently being given asylum in Russia.

What Happened: Paula Deen came under fire from the press and the general public for racial comments earlier this sum“I never did like her mer. It began when she food anyways so I was first questioned in a don’t like her.” discrimination lawsuit on Daquan Coleman, 11 May 17 filed by one of her former employees. Most of the questions centered around her racial views. What you need to know: The Food Network announced June 21 that they would not be renewing her show’s contract and she also has lost sponsorships.


By George! It’s the royal baby! DOMA struck down What happened: The Defense of Marriage Act, or DOMA, which defines marriage as only the union of a man and woman, was declared unconstitutional. What you need to know: This does not make samesex marriage a right and leaves a lot of questions unanswered regarding the subject, but many view this as a step toward same-sex marriage rights and marriage equality.

What happened: His Royal “This is blown way out of Highness Prince George Alexproportion. Even in England ander Louis of Cambridge was the royal family doesn’t born July 22 at 8 pounds, hold that much power, so it 6 ounces. should not be a big deal in What you need to know: America.” The newest addition to -Juan the royal family folCortes, 9 lows grandfather Prince Charles and father Prince William as eventual replacements for Queen Elizabeth II.

“All I can say is ‘No’.” Cassandra Cooper, 10

August 2013 | Egypt in turmoil

Weiner scandal impacts NYC mayoral race What happened: Former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner was involved in his second sexting scandal. The scandal came to light during his campaign for New York City mayor. Weiner admitted to sending sexually explicit material via cellphone to three women. What you need to know: He is still running but has now fallen to fourth in the standings. His wife still stands by him.

What happened: Wendy Davis, a Fort Worth Democrat, stood for 11 hours filibustering a bill that placed restrictions on abortion in the state of Texas. The bill died in the Senate but was passed in a future session. What you need to know: She is now wellknown for her bright pink sneakers, which she wore during the filibuster and people have sent her numerous pairs to thank her for her efforts. Some women’s rights advocates hope she runs for state governor.

What happened: Cory Monteith, 31, was found dead on July 16 in a hotel room in downtown Vancouver. Toxicology results confirm the cause of death as a fatal mix of heroin and alcohol. What you need to know: Monteith starred as football player Finn Hudson in the Fox show “Glee” and was engaged to his costar Lea Michele. “It was sad but inevitable, I mean, he had a history of drugs and went to rehab.” Daphny Jean-Baptiste, 9

“I think that the whole issue where they might release the dictator because his charges were lifted – that he might walk free – is absolutely preposterous and wrong.” -Vince Gyongyosi, 11

AUGUST Old trash cans kicked to the curb in Hillsborough County

Cory Monteith dead Wendy Davis stands her ground

What happened: Drastic action was recently taken by the Egyptian government and citizens. Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters rose up in protest throughout the country against the state of emergency imposed two days before. What you need to know: The government declared this state of emergency after a riot that killed 638 people and Vice President Mohamed El Baradei resigned in protest of the riots. At least 60 have people died from the protest.

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood are escorted out of a mosque, after hundreds barricaded themselves inside overnight. (Ahmed Asad/APA Images via Zuma Press/ MCT)


Kimye uses compass to name new baby What happened: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are new parents as of June 15. Five days and many rumors after the birth, the baby girl’s full name was revealed to be North West. What you need to know: Celebrities and the general public took to Twitter and other social media outlets immediately to chime in on the baby’s name.


Here’s some summer headlines you might have missed.


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Read it and weep What happened: The Washington Post was sold for $250 million to the founder of Amazon, Jeffrey Bezos, just two days after The Boston Globe was purchased. What you need to know: John Henry, the owner of the Red Sox, paid a fraction of what the Post cost, spending $70 million for the Globe. The Boston Globe was previously owned by The New York Times.

What happened: Hillsborough County began implementing standardized 95-gallon garbage bins and 65-gallon recycle bins on Aug. 1. What you need to know: The automated trash pickup process will go into effect on Oct. 1.The new system is designed to be safer for drivers behind garbage trucks and garbage collectors alike.

Information gathered by Hayley McAleese, Kathy Xie, and Ellie Rodriguez.


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entertainment11 August 2013 |

“The Heat” is not so hot Ellie Rodriguez Review I hoped The Heat would pack some heat. Unfortunately, it was a fizzle more than a bang. I think I may have expected too much. Maybe it was because I love Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy. Perhaps it was because one of my favorite movies is The Other Guys, starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, which has a similar theme, and I hoped that The Heat would be equally hysterical. Whatever the reason, my hopes were too high for Paul Feig’s cop comedy. Without a

doubt, Bullock and McCarthy were a dream team made somewhere in comedy heaven. Most of the jokes stemmed from blatantly offensive jabs and combos of bad words sandwiched between more bad words. In the end, though ridiculous, the movie was still enjoyable.

“Conjuring” is “To-Do List”: Pure cliché but creepy adult-rated, fun Kathy Xie Review The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) recently gave James Wan’s horror movie The Conjuring a “Rated R for sequences of disturbing violence and terror.” No violence, no profanity, no nudity. The normally generic plot worked relatively well in The Conjuring, as result of the superb acting. This movie is extremely successful in the suspense department. It gives the viewer just enough time to feel the hairs stand up on the back of their neck. It’s definitely a film that will make the viewer paranoid of standard creaks and bumps around the house.

I’m gonna let you finish, but ‘Yeezus’ is one of the greatest albums of all time Daniel Dolford Entertainment Editor One musician, arguably considered among the most consistent artists of this generation, lives up to his overly egotistical personal view of oneself. Kanye West recently released Yeezus, his sixth solo album, and once again has shown his ability to maintain variety in his songwriting. It sends listeners into a dark crevice of Wests’ life, surrounded by heavy synthesizers. Yeezus features a large array of

musical guests which helped produce and record the album, including Kid Cudi, Skrillex, Young Chop, Chief Keef, Frank Ocean, Odd Future, etc. Yeezus debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 327,000 copies in its first week of release, until sales quickly declined. I highly recommend Yeezus and consider it a “gamechanging” release.

Samantha Votzke Review Let’s cut to the chase: The To-Do List has plenty of graphic content. The raunchy summer comedy stars Aubrey Plaza as an inexperienced valedictorian preparing for the “sexual pop-quiz” that is freshman year of college. Plaza’s Brandy Klark is initially as straight-laced as they come. That is, until she drunkenly makes out with college heartthrob Rusty Waters at a graduation night party, fumbling the entire way like she’s trying to write her name using her tongue. P l a z a’s character

doesn’t use trickery to get what (and whom) she wants, making the film unique in its genre. To guide her, she creates a list of things to try before going “all the way.” I was glad that the film didn’t end with Brandy learning some oft-repeated lesson about sex. She does discover, however, that sex shouldn’t just be part of a checklist. The premise for the film may be not be original, but the refreshing and smart female perspective combined with an honest portrayal of first sexual experiences make this one I’d see again. Movie images from official websites

Student Summer Playlists Jordyn Smith, 12 1. Sail - AWOLNATION 2. We Can’t Stop - Miley Cyrus 3. Rhythm of the Night - Bastille

2. Just Give Me A Reason - P!nk ft. Nate Ruess 3. Can’t Hold Us - Macklemore ft. Ryan Lewis

Emily Smith, 11 1. Gingervitus - Memphis May Fire 2. There’s A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered Honey, You Just Haven’t Thought Of It Yet - Panic! at the Disco 3. Scary Kids Scaring Kids - Degenerates

Rishi Parikh, 10 1. Get Lucky - Daft Punk 2. Tom Ford - Jay-Z 3. Danza Kuduro - Don Omar ft. Lucenzo

Cassandra Cooper, 10 1. When I’m Gone (Cups) - Anna Kendrick

Giannina Leon, 10 1. Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke 2. Sweater Weather - The Neighbourhood 3. Young and Beautiful - Lana Del Rey -Daniel Hamilton




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12life | August 2013

Tips and tricks to a college trip Kellen Yent Commentary Visiting colleges may sound scary at first, but it’s something that should happen before you pick the right school for you. You want to make sure you like where you are going. You should pick a college for what it offers you, not just the name attached to the school.There are five different things that you should remember when visiting colleges: 1.) Always take a tour. The tour will show you where everything is and give you a feel of the campus. 2.) Make an appointment! Colleges like appointments. Dropins will either be delayed or sent away. Reserve a spot in the campus tour and see how you like it, then narrow down what to do from there. 3.) If you are an athlete and want to be recruited, schedule a time to meet the coach. Email the coach and set up an appointment to meet with him or her. Meeting the coach will tell you if you want to work for this staff in college. Getting a feel for the

people is just as important as getting a feel for the campus. 4.) Be prepared. Admissions workers will ask you a lot of interesting questions about you that you probably have never thought about yourself. At the end of the interview they usually throw out the “Do you have anything to add that would tell me more about yourself?” Think ahead and be ready for anything. Informal interviews with friends and parents help a lot. 5.) DO NOT MAKE ANYTHING UP! Colleges know when you lie. Lying about SAT or ACT scores, any grades, what you do in your free time, service activities and sports stats will negate you from being admitted to the college. If you are a prospective athlete looking to be recruited, you will probably not be given any money or receive any more offers from any colleges. Have fun with the trips and most of all, act like you want to go there and be excited. Colleges love students who love their school.

Top dogs offer advice to freshmen “Start being active this year, go out for a sports team or join a club; even if you have never played before it’s fun to meet new people and you only have four years of high school y o u should not regret not d o ing something later.”

-Chelsie Murphy, 12 “For incoming freshman, I think it’s crucial to take it seriously, because in the long run it either sets you up to do good the rest of high school or it ruins you and you find yourself trying to catch up and bring up your GPA.”

-Matias Marchi, 12

IB freshmen form friendships at the Y IB Class of 2017 attends orientation to meet classmates before school starts. 1. Using teamwork and some pipe-balancing skills, upperclassmen Brandon Mahoney(far left) and the students play Helium Stick. They had to work as a team and bring the PVC pipe down to the floor and back up over their heads with only their fingers. 2. During some down time in “The Loft,” the incoming freshmen attempt to twist and turn themselves out of a complicated and amusing round of the human knot. 3. As their final activity of the day, the arriving freshmen joined together during the “lava game.” The object of the game was to fit all of the students on the tiny, wooden platform in five minutes, without touching the lava, aka the ground. (Photos by Katie Frost)



“Freshman should to take advantage of all the opportunities our school as to offer. The best part about high school is being able to do a bunch of new things.If you stay on top of your work you can have a really great experience. “

-Ashton Davis, 12


“I would definitely tell freshmen to try to get involved with a sports team year round, I’ve found that I am way more productive during a sports season than in breaks. “

-Jules Hurley, 12



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Eager students start in the summer Incoming freshman attend camp to get a head start on their high school careers. Another function of the camp was to Maria Roberts provide kids with school supplies, “though News Editor Incoming freshman were invited to at- we went above and beyond this year,” tend the Gap I Camp. The camp was coor- Driskell said. Students received Hillsborough apparel dinated by math teacher and coach Yolanda Whitehead Driskell for the purpose of ac- that was donated by teachers, along with backpacks from administration and pizza climating new students. The target group of students was hon- and T-shirts. All 62 students who attended received school ors and advance supplies as well. placement stuTo encourdents. age participation The freshmen in class, students were encouraged were rewarded throughout the with a raffle ticket camp to take AP by teacher whenclasses. ever they excelled Students were at the camp from Students in the GAP I Camp work on a project in their course. At the end of July 29 until Aug. with teacher Suzanne Cooks. (Photo by Nicola each camp day a 1. Classes were Althaus) raffle was drawn held for all core subjects on the last three days after team- for extra school supplies. At the end of the week, two students building exercises on the first day. “We wanted them to get a taste of the rigor,” said were chosen as the most outstanding in all Suzanne Cooks, one of the teachers who their classes. “All the teachers got together helped at the camp. Teachers tried to keep and chose the two that were totally outstanding all week,” said Driskell. the assignments fun. This year, Carolina Padilla and Deavion “I had a rap music type English lesson,” Harrison received the awards. Cooks said.

TAKE 5 WITH A TERRIER Senior James Hsiung shares details from his summer excursions, personality and the upcoming school year


What did you do this summer? I went to Quito, Ecuador with my brother. One E week we worked as medical w volunteers, the other week v was for excursions. I liked the w last day, we mountain biked l up the second highest volu cano in South America. c What was the coolest thing you saw? Probably the wild roaming horses. I t was w so excited I fell off my bike b in the first few minutes.



What do you most look forward to once school starts? Seeing all of my friends. How would most people describe you? Hardworking, helpful and intelligent. What do you love most about the school? Probably the architecture, the gothic architecture is really cool. Not a lot of places here have that. -Ellie Rodriguez

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Above: Senior James Hsiung rides a donkey in a traditional ensemble while visiting South America over the summer Left: Hsiung gazes out at scenic Ecuador on a sunny day during his trip (Photos courtesy of James Hsiung)

Students explore Europe In June, 52 people, mostly IB seniors, ventured across the Atlantic Ocean for a 17-day trek through Europe. Starting in London, England and ending Prague, Czech Republic, the students visited seven countries, including Germany, France and Italy. -Nikki Ferrera

From left: Catie Elko, Caroline Hamby and Teresa Chorvat enjoy a gondola ride in Italy. Holly Schroeder and Jessica Powell spend time out in Innsbruck, Austria. Chorvat, Marisa Purpura and Madeline Quam visit the Eiffel Tower. (Photos courtesy of Teresa Chorvat and Holly Schroeder)


14sports | August 2013

Strike 3, A-Rod

Why baseball was right to add to Alex Rodriguez’s suspension

deal, which he didn’t accept, until MLB became fed up and would not negotiate a shorter suspenDaniel Hamilton sion. I believe he did use Performance Enhancing Commentary Drugs. He almost admitted to it in a press conferThe Major League Baseball ence, in which he avoided a question about PEDs. Commissioner’s office dished out Instead, he said that there was a process in which he could appeal. “I don’t like the fact that he is apa record-breaking amount of pealing. It’s bad, everyone knows he did it,” said suspensions because of the BioBradley Morley, a sophomore. Genesis scandal. 13 suspensions Commissioner Bud Selig’s move to not were given on Aug. 5, and one was use his “for the better of baseball” clause to given on July 22 to Ryan Braun, who suspend him for life was the best accepted a 65-game suspension. One move. It would’ve cause hell to break of the 13 was Yankees star Alex Roloose with the Players’ Union and it driguez, who was given a 211-game would’ve apppeared that he was just suspension, while the rest were given helping the Yankees get out of the mil50-game first offense suspensions, in line lions still on his contract. with the league’s Joint Drug Agreement. “He would’ve had to suspend everyRodriguez has an addition of 161 games one for life [if he had suspended Abecause he attempted to, “obstruct and Rod for life],” said Jeffrey Friedman, frustrate,” the investigation of Major a sophomore.. League Baseball into Bio-Genesis. This is a precedent to players The suspension Rodriguez was w in the future. MLB has now made given was an appropriate Alex Rodriguez known that players will face stiff length for his actions. MLB (Photo by Scott penalties if they try to throw off gave him multiple opporStrazzante/MCT) an investigation of a PED plant. tunities to negotiate a longer

Sydney Stallworth, a junior and daughter of the cheer coach, applies spirit paint to teammate Sade Santana during open house. (Photo by Ellie Rodriguez)

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Johnny Manziel signs away his NCAA credibility David Blanchard Commentary


ing money as professionals soon enough anyway.” While this is true, the NCAA shows some hypocrisy in this case. Basically, the NCAA can make money off of In the MLB, Alex Rodriguez is aver- their fame but the players themselves cannot. Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant, once ages $30 million a season. In the NBA, Kobe Bryant is suspended during his college career, said makes $27 million a season. Manziel “should be able to sign as many In the world of college athletics NCAA rule autographs and make as much money as however, the eligibility of 2012 Heis“prohibits studenthe wants, because it’s his name,” accordman winner and Texas A&M quarathletes from accepting ing to terback Johnny Manziel is in quesIt is unsure whether Manziel will play tion after Manziel reportedly made money for promotion or sale of a product until the investigation is over. As of now thousands of dollars for autographing or service.” he can, but if he leads Texas A&M to a memorabilia, according to ESPN Outchampionship and is found guilty afterside the Lines. Senior Lane Griffin said he believes the “fame and wards, the championship and other wins could be taken glory with being the first ever freshman to win the Heis- away. man is really getting to his head. [Athletes will] be mak-

It’s hard [to have daughters on the squad] because I don’t ever want to show favoritism. One of the greatest compliments I’ve gotten as a coach is when someone said to me midway through the season that they didn’t even know I had daughters on the team. We strive to improve and to make the top one, two and three spots in regional and district competitions. This past summer we went to UCA cheer camp at University of Central Florida. We won superiors and first, second and third trophies in three different competitions. There were 40-50 other squads there, so lots of competition. We also had three All-American cheerleaders: Jayln and Sydney Stallworth and Michael Williams. We really need guys on the team! Just come on out and give it a shot!

-Sophia Stallworth, head cheerleading coach

Basketball summer camp Basketball coaches hosted Learn, Develop, Play and Have Fun camp for kids in the local community. A typical day included shooting drills, ladder exercises and scrimmages on the court. Spirits were high as students helped the children that came and had the opportunity to focus on their own skills. (Photos by Hannah Baade and David Kadiri)



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Volleyball team aims to pack gym Samantha Votzke Sports Editor At many home volleyball games, the stands are peppered with parents and lacking student presence. Last year, however, many senior supporters appeared with signs and face paint to support the varsity team. The girls lost a number of senior players but hope to see more students in the stands again this year. “We need their support,” said Coach Yolanda Whitehead Driskell.“The team performs at a totally different level, with far more intensity.” Juniors Connie

Sophomore Kendra Montgomery prepares to spike a volleyball at practice. (Photo by Samantha Votzke)

Li and Kiki Sutherland agreed. “Playing in front of any crowd is a little nerve-wracking, but to have a huge crowd out to support is really helpful. It usually intimidates the other team, and having the whole room cheer for us generally makes us play better.” Li said. “[The crowd] is the seventh player on the court,” said Sutherland. “It can change a whole game.” With only two senior players this year, assistant coach Jeff Franzen said the team is “Young and kind of scrappy,” but players disagree. “I think the team is pretty much on the same level as we were [last year].” Li said. Sophomore Jennfier Eng said “We have new players that will bring different talents to the table.” Another set of challenges are presented by an entirely new junior varsity team and a new district. “We don’t know what to expect from the other teams, yet,” Whitehead Driskell said. Players still have a positive attitude for the start of the season. Senior Casey Gonsalez said, “The girls are willing to as work hard as we possibly can to make sure we get the job done.”

Cross country camaraderie Samantha Votzke Sports Editor In most high school sports, the punishment for messing around at practice or playing a losing game is running. For cross country runners, running is the name of the game. “It’s the hardest sport to do,” senior Matias Marchi said. The team agreed that the mental game is as demanding as the physical. Senior Kourtney Melendi said, “You’re thinking, ‘I should step into that ditch…’ But I know that I have a million excuses and Coach won’t buy any of them.” New coaches Art Salow and Danny Close have taken Hassan Wajd’s place this year, as Wajd was moved to Van Buren Middle School, though he attended the first few weeks of practice. The team has been running together since the last week of school. “Right now, we do six miles on an easy day,” said senior Gustavo Marino. A normal day

involves eight to 10 miles of running. “At the beginning [of the season] I say I won’t complain, but that goes away pretty quickly,” said sophomore Alex Morrison. The first meet is Sept. 7. Hillsborough’s cross country team is set apart by the obvious camaraderie and friendship that exists among the members. “We hang out outside of practice,” said junior Joshua Thomas. Senior Catie Elko said, “It’s the only reason I come to practice.”

Katie Frost Staff Writer

- Nina Phan

2 months of conditioning before practice starts 1 month to get in shape for the season 1 mile:distance increased after 2 weeks of practice

Sophomore Alex Morrison, senior Gustavo Marino, junior Joshua Thomas and seniors Kourtney Melendi and Matias Marchi run cool-down exercises after morning practice. (Photo by Ellie Rodriguez)

Golf team can’t get into the swing of things “It’s because we don’t have the opportunity to practice that we take every match seriously and try our best.”

CC by the numbers

Another year, another season passes by, and the golf team has nowhere to practice. Two years ago, two girls from Tampa Bay Tech jumped on a golf cart when it was raining. One got a concussion, the other

broke her arm. The girls sued Rogers Park and won. Since the course is owned by the City of Tampa, no teams are allowed to play or practice on the course for free. “Not having a course means no practice,” said senior girls captain Nina Phan.“Without a course we aren’t able to improve our skills or practice as a team on a daily basis.” The team won’t have any home games this year,either. The golf team is forced to improvise practice time, sometimes even right before a match begins. “Just [because] they’re not practicing with me doesn’t mean they’re not practicing with each other,” said Coach Kenny White. The team also does activities outside of school for team building. Even with no course to practice on, the team placed at districts and went to regionals last year.



Q: What makes Dwayne Lawson great? A: “He’s got a great frame, God-given ability, lots of passion and a solid work ethic.” -Earl Garcia | August 2013

Big District, Big Challenge Eight of 10 games will count toward making the playoffs as the football team relies on only two returning starters to lead the team to victory. Daniel Hamilton Sports Editor Football season is getting started, and head coach Earl Garcia and his staff are prepping the team in every way possible to make this a competitive year. This season, the varsity team plays eight out of its 10 regular season games against district competitors. These games are important because they count toward the team’s playoff record. Last year in district games, Hillsborough lost only to Sickles. Hillsborough plays every team in its district, with the top two advancing to the playoffs. “It’s something that’s out of our control, the state controls it,” Garcia said. “We’ve just got to play the games.” This year, Hillsborough is facing two of the toughest division teams, Jefferson and Armwood, early in the season. “I think about it as any other game. We go out and practice all spring, and even though we won last year can’t make us feel entitled to this year,” said Dwayne Lawson, who is returning as starting quarterback. Last year, Hillsborough became the first team in about a decade to shut out Armwood in a division game, beating them 3-0 in the seventh game of Hillsborough’s season. Hillsbor-

Football schedule Aug. 23 Away @ Clearwater HS (Preseason) Sept. 6 Away @ Jefferson HS Sept. 12 Home vs. Armwood HS (7 p.m.) Sept. 20 Away @ Leto HS Sept.27 Home vs. Lennard HS Oct. 4 Away @ King HS Oct. 11 Homecoming vs. Chamberlain HS Oct. 18 Away @ Blake HS Oct. 25 Home vs. Durant HS Nov.1 Home vs. Robinson HS Nov. 8 Away @ Tampa Bay Tech -All games 7:30 unless noted

ough also beat Jefferson, another division team, 36-28, in the fifth game of the season. “I would feel better if we played Jefferson and Armwood later in the season,” Garcia said. He also said that those games will show how well the team will compete. This could present problems for the Terriers, as they only have two of their starting players from last year returning to play again this year, and they lost 26 seniors after graduation. The returners are quarterback Lawson and offensive tackle Frank Carter. “Every year we start over. We never start from scratch, though. All of the starters were already in the program the year before,” Garcia said. “Football 101 starts in January and what you see on the field is a result of all the practice.” The team’s offense will be based around Lawson, who Garcia said has the potential to be the best quarterback in school history. Lawson has been working out with coach Max Warner during practice to prepare for the season. “It’s an honor to have a coach that thinks like that, but I’ve got to stay humble,” Lawson said, “I’ve just got to put the work in.”

1 2 3 1. Players cool down after a summer workout. (Staff Photo). 2. Coach Ken Russell demonstrates how to properly block. (Photo by Daniel Hamilton) 3. A running back carries ball during a practice on Aug. 13. (Photo by Daniel Hamilton)

August 2013 Red & Black  

This is the student newspaper of Hillsborough High School in Tampa, Fla.