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Florida’s first high school newspaper | Hillsborough High School 5000 N. Central Ave. Tampa, FL 33603 | February 2017 | | @HHSTodayOnline | Volume 118, No. 4

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Take a look inside the Women’s March at St. Petersburg , where more than 17,000 people protested the inauguration of Donald Trump | p. 6

“I LEARNED TO BE HAPPY” A look at a suicide awareness prevention initiative by an anonymous student | p. 2

STATE LEGISLATOR AT 21 State Rep. Amber Mariano took on college and campaigning at the same time | p.5

LOOKING FORWARD Check out our Life section for a list of upcoming events for the senior class | p.12

Signs in hand, protestors take part in the Jan. 21 Women’s March in St. Petersburg, one of many held across the world the day after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. | PHOTO BY MARIN FEHL



February 2017

Red & Black

On the brink of life

To this student, walking on eggshells is a normality and a happy day is a rarity — but he won’t let it defeat him. JT* learned to take the obstacles in his path as a source of strength

*The person above is not the focus of the article. | PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY BIANCA CEGATTE AND KARA RODRIGUEZ

He felt isolated, trapped, with no help for the future. The world was against him. JT always knew he had depression. And although he wasn’t officially diagnosed until recently, he’s certain his battle with the mental illness has lasted as far back as middle school. However, it wasn’t until high school, when he was faced with an unfamiliar environment and the challenge of developing new friendships, that JT’s depression became all-consuming. For a significant part of his freshman year, JT struggled with suicidal thoughts. For many people like JT, it’s too complex to explain. Many times, those suffering with these thoughts are afraid to speak up due to their fear of being misunderstood or rejected. Sometimes, there isn’t even a fear anymore, but a lack of hope. “I was nervous about talking to other people,” he said, “because I thought it would be too much and people wouldn’t care.” It wasn’t until his friends confronted him that JT finally asked for help. And to his surprise, they listened. For several months afterward, JT’s friends checked up on him. Weekly check-ins gave JT the opportunity to release and express his struggles - something he admits to being extremely helpful in overcoming depression. “If you keep things bottled up like I did for several years, it’s going to ruin you,” he said. “It’s going to make your life pretty hard.” But he doesn’t say it was easy. JT describes opening up to his friends about his illness as difficult. He even admits to crying, but assures that he feels no shame in doing so. “If you’re a guy and you’re struggling with depression don’t feel like it’s unmanly to cry,” he said. “I mean it’s a natural thing, everyone does it.” Despite the effort it took, J.T is grateful that he allowed his friends to help and recommends it to anyone else undergoing a similar battle. “You will feel a lot happier, a lot lighter and a lot of pressure gone.” Through his friends, JT discovered his effect on others. He realized that suicide wasn’t only about his life, but the lives of those who love him as well. “You may be ending your misery,” JT said, “but the other people around you suffer.”






JT could empathize with those having suicidal thoughts and desired to help prevent this from happening. He commenced writing several petitions to local suicide crisis centers, various suicide coalitions and to Congress to initiate awareness about the issue of suicide. Following the inspiration of South Korea’s Seoul Suicide Team, he presented the idea of more surveillance on bridges high in suicide rates as well as emergency phones and volunteer rescue teams. With the support system of those surrounding him, he gravitated towards an optimistic attitude. “Right now I’m a happier person. I’m happy everyday no matter what life throws at me,” he said. “My grades have dropped, I have failed tests and those things let me down; but, I didn’t let it get me down that far. I knew I will just make it up someday or things would be better in the long run.” For JT, depression is still a constant obstacle. He came to recognize that life is full of endless “hills and valleys”, but he needs to be the best person he can be every day because he only has one life to live and make an imprint on the world. “So you have to realize that life is not just full of darkness or sadness. Life will give you happiness. You just have to look at the bright side, the positivity. And I know that’s cheesy and corny, but it’s true,” he said with a smile. “I started looking at the bright side. I kept my chin up. I pushed through my struggles and I learned to be happy.” Despite his continuous hardships, he said there is always hope. JT ceased concentrating on his own struggles but began observing those surrounding him that seem to be facing his daily battles. He yearned to fill them with courage and faith he discovered through his loved ones. “I started noticing other people who are struggling with depression or have symptoms of depression,” he said. “I wanted to help other people get past and climb out of the hole that I was in and I told them straight up, ‘It’s okay to be depressed. It’s ok to be quiet. But sooner or later, you’re going to realize that life is worth living.” STORY BY KATIE DELK *Name not used at request of the student featured






Check out to see: Help JT with his suicide prevention petition to Congress called Bridges of Life requesting surveillance on bridges throughout the U.S.


February 2017


The district has eliminated multiple second semester exams. See if you’re affected. I am taking...

Algebra, Biology, Geometry, US History

An IB course

FAR LEFT | Mikey’s new location undergoes construction. LEFT | A sign marks the future location of Mikey’s Cafe.


Mikey’s Café and Bakery has become, for many, a staple in Seminole Height’s array of unique small businesses. The family-owned and operated restaurant was originally located on Central Avenue, less than a mile from campus. However, the building has recently been covered by boarded windows, boasting a sign which explains: “Mikey’s is temporarily CLOSED while trying to find a pop-up location until their building is ready in March.” The new location, still in the early stages of construction, is located at 6428 N. Florida Ave. The new location is only half a mile farther than the original, but adds an extra 10 minutes onto

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TOP | The new building will be near the intersection of Florida and Lambright.

A long-time Terrier favorite bakery is moving right down the street

walking time. The convenience of Mikey’s original location had made it a popular hangout spot for Terriers to grab a bite after school. Students took advantage of the short walk to stop by for a quick treat or to hangout before their after-school activities. For example, The Dancerettes were regular customers at the café. “[We] usually go out to grab lunch before practice or a football game,” senior Nicole Hernandez said. “That’s always been one of the team’s go-to spots.” There are students on campus who haven’t had a chance to try Mikey’s yet and others who fre-


The new semester brought new faculty members to HHS

quent the bakery; either way, most students agree that the extra half mile won’t turn them off. “I heard about it through a friend last year,” sophomore Aaliyah Ortiz said. Although she hadn’t heard about Mikey’s move yet, she said that - like most of the other students it won’t affect how often she eats there. It’s clear that most students won’t turn down Mikey’s due to the extra distance. But if you’re planning on walking, remember to put on some comfortable shoes. Those extra ten minutes can be a killer. STORY AND PHOTOS BY JULIANA LECHNER

REDISCOVERING ELECTIVES Here are three electives you might not know about

Susan Gray is the new ESE teacher for all grades. While she is new to HHS, she isn’t new to teaching. “I’ve been teaching for over 30 years,” Gray said. “I’m from Plant High where I was a student access coach for 15 years.” Kristin Ingold is a new Social Studies teacher. “I taught middle school at Greco and Bartels,” Ingold said. “It’s not too big of an adjustment.” Sharae Ashwood teaches Algebra 2 and college math readiness. “When I came here it wasn’t an abrupt change,” Ashwood said. “But it’s totally different when you have your own classroom.” COMPILED BY LAUREN KOMAR

An AP course None of these

Is it a yearlong reading course?

Is it a yearlong course?


Is it a senior level course?


Semester Exam Your semster grade will be an average of your quarter grades an. Seniors with five or fewer absences can exempt these exams. No Exam Your semster grade will be an average of your quarter grades. Absences do not impact this. EOC Course Instead of a semester exam you will take an EOC. Your semester grade will be determined by your quarter grades and your exam score


Being a parent is no easy feat, but taking Parenting Skills can help. Teacher Charlene Dorsey describes the class as, “a cool opportunity to look at different parenting styles. [Students] get a simulated baby and understand what it’s like.”

Students learn about law, court systems and legal procedures. Teacher Amanda Moonitz said, “[Students] take a case, present it, prepare their witnesses, propose jurors and act out the entire trial. When we get a mock trial, we don’t know the outcome. It depends on how each side presents their case.


Students learn the essentials including nails, facials, business and more. Teacher Dorothea House said students can pursue multiple careers. “They can become entrepreneurs, make-up artists or distributors. They get hands on experience so they know what the customer is expecting,” she said.



February 2017

Red & Black


Model United Nation members prep for the GatorMUN conference as junior Shoba Abraham delivers information. | PHOTO BY MARIN FEHL

In preparation for GatorMUN, Hillsborough High School’s delegates attend a mock conference at the Seminole Heights Library The usual silence of the Seminole Heights library is disturbed by the sounds of delegates preparing to speak for their country. The chair and co-president of Model United Nations (MUN), senior Morgan Vandall, begins her remarks with a refresher course on parliamentary procedures. Following this, delegates volunteer to speak their minds by raising their placard. These delegates belong to the MUN club, and this meeting is not the real deal: it’s practice for an upcoming conference, GatorMUN, at the University of Florida. Soon, the introduction is over, and this simulation of a United Nations committee launches into full swing. As the nervous delegates begin to adjust to the strict parliamentary style, speakers trail up to the front of the room to make a short, impassioned speech about their country’s position and goals. As the speakers finish proposing their plans, there are both murmurs of disagreement and satisfaction rippling through the room. It’s the goal of each delegate to reach a resolution their country can agree with, but have they heard enough?

Going through the motions Vandall reassumes her place at the front of the room to show the first-time delegates what it means to make a motion. One by one, delegates begin to gather the courage to call the committee to action and motion for change. Throughout the library, the

flurry of action reaches an all time height as delegates stand to speak in a moderated caucus. The speakers are under the microscope of their fellow committee members and the watchful eye of the chair, Vandall. “Honorable delegates,” the speakers start by addressing the participants directly before launching into their arguments with fervor. As their remarks come to a close, the speakers find themselves at the mercy of the room.

Making resolutions Inquiring hands fly up at an alarming rate as the speaker’s opinions are questioned and clarified. The delegate in the hot seat maneuvers the questions with grace despite their initial anxiety and strong opinions begin to form throughout the room before the speakers have returned to their seats. The delegates excitedly motion for an unmoderated caucus, a time in which they mingle with the other delegates to find the support they need for their country’s plan. Although there is an unavoidable difference of opinion in the room, the delegates proceed with tact as they begin to realize their fellow delegates will be won over by facts rather than the loudest voice. After groups with similar ideologies form, they turn their attention to the most pressing matter of the mock conference: the resolution. The tension in the room is palpable, and the min-


gling voices reach a clamor as they rush to complete their resolutions. The furious typing of delegates tightly packed around one laptop and the roar of discussion become familiar sounds to the delegates and all but their resolutions fall to the back of their minds.

Success A sigh of relief. The hardest part is over, now the delegates must convince the room that their resolution is the best course of action. Four delegates make their way to the front of the room with a vice-like grip on their resolutions. The race to the finish is almost over, and after presenting their resolutions, the delegates must endure the intense questioning of the room for one last time. As the final questions are thrown at the feet of the four delegates representing each of the ideologies, the room is ready to vote. The resolution is decided, and the delegates who are responsible for it celebrate their success. The participants begin to relax knowing they survived their first mock conference without incident. The participants trail out of the library one by one with a sense of accomplishment and confidence. Newly equipped, the members of MUN are not only ready to represent their country at GatorMUN, they’re ready to represent Hillsborough High School. STORY BY MARIN FEHL AND REEMA PATEL


•Students are given the opportunity to explore global issues. •They are assigned a country to research and represent. •The delegates pass resolutions in favor of their country’s beliefs and policies. •The delegates introduce their views in both unmoderated and moderated caucuses to speak and ask questions on behalf of their countries. •The entire committee votes on the resolution they feel is best. • The students are graded on their ability to speak to the committee, on their preparedness, and on their resolutions. Sponsor: Lisa Sigmon, Room 239 Co-presidents: Morgan Vandall, Shani Abraham and Anthony Suarez Vice President: Zachary Evans Meetings: Every Thursday from 3-3:30 p.m. COMPILED BY MARIN FEHL AND REEMA PATEL

Junior Jenna Callison placed third in the history bee and was a quarterfinalist in the bowl

Here’s one for the history books. On Jan. 16, junior Jenna Callison attended the Central Florida Winter History Bee and Bowl as the sole representative for HHS. Although Hillsborough has a complete history bowl team, Callison was the only member able to attend and compete in the categories. The team is coordinated by AP European History teacher Mike Mikulec. Its competitions for the 2016-2017 school year began in November. Despite facing competition from over 10 other schools, Callison placed third in the history

bee and became a quarterfinalist in the bowl. She was not deterred by competing alone. “It was okay,” she said. “I felt like I probably could have done a little bit better if I had other people, but it was still really fun. I only made it to the quarterfinals, but since there were a lot of teams, they actually did a round before the quarterfinals, so I was able to win one of my playoff rounds. I actually only had to win two more to win the entire thing, but you win some, you lose some.” Callison remains optimistic about the team’s future. “The state competition’s in Largo, so it’s pretty close,” she

said. “It’s gonna be a lot of fun, and I think everybody’s gonna go.” Mikulec was thrilled with Jenna’s performance. “I think Jenna does a phenomenal job. She’s basically her own team ... this year, she’s our history bowl star,” he said. Like Callison, he’s also looking towards the future. “We have one more competition this year,” he said. “Next year, I really want to get more kids involved. We have a large number of history potential superstars here and I think that they would join.” STORY BY MICHAEL STROBL


February 2017



State Rep. Amber Mariano ran — and won — a political campaign while attending college

Growing up, many people consider careers in fields such as architecture, journalism or medicine. Amber Mariano, a 21-year old who beat out incumbent Amanda Hickman Murphy as House representative for District 36, is still a student at University of Central Florida, yet already knows what her career will be in: politics. As the daughter of Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano, Mariano has always been surrounded by politics. Raised in Hudson, her dad’s position enabled her to look into the world of politics. “You know, I’d like to say that a lot of this was just my personal drive and personal interest, but I’m sure that my dad’s position really gave me the floor to have this opportunity,” Mariano said. “He’s really been a role model of mine, so I would say that he probably influenced me the most out of anyone else in my family.” Mariano was also influenced by the increasing number of women in politics. “I really got interested in 2008, when Sarah Palin was nominated for vice president,” she said. “That’s kind of when I saw that politics was a realm that females could go into, and that’s kind of where it all began for me.”

Juggling act While campaigning, taking classes on top of running a campaign wasn’t the most difficult part for Mariano. “I would say the most difficult part was everyone telling me constantly that I didn’t have a shot and I wasn’t going to win,” Mariano said. “I’m pretty good at handling stress, I took a million AP courses in high school and I pushed myself through college, too, so I’ve really just figured out to handle stress and I’ve developed a thick skin, that’s for sure.” Now, while other students are studying abroad or getting their doctorate, Mariano is balancing college and being the House representative for District 36. While that may be a daunting task for some, Mariano expects to be able to handle it. Mariano took multiple Advanced Placement classes in high school, and completed two internships, one with U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and one in Tallahassee. Because of this, Mariano believes she is used to dealing with time intensive schedules and is prepared for her responsibilities now as a student and as a public official.

Her plans for office Many of Mariano’s plans center on providing and enhancing education for college students. My biggest passion is education and making sure that students are getting the education they deserve. “I think that, as a student, I have a really unique perspective there,” Mariano said. “I’m on the Higher Education Appropriations Subcommittee and the Post-Secondary Education subcommittee, so I think I’m going to really have an interesting take on that discussion that we have.” Mariano said her unique perspective as a student will provide a voice for those actually in college. “I’m excited that as a student I’m going to voice not the silent opinions but the sentiment of the student body as a whole throughout the state of Florida,” Mariano said. “Working with other members of the Florida House, they are typically much older than you but you’d be surprised,” Mariano said. “Everyone is passionate about making sure that as a state we’re moving in the right direction and I think education has really been a part of that discussion and it’s exciting.” Mariano has also learned how to work with others better. “You learn a lot about who your true friends are and you’re so excited you know because a campaign is a really trying time,” she said. “Getting people that are willing to help you when they’re not sure there’s a Amber Mariano, 21, is an elected official in the Florida House benefit those are people you want to keep around and that’s what of Representative while still being enrolled as a student at the I’ve learned.” University of Central Florida. | PHOTO COURTESY JASON BEEDE

Her message For college students in the same position as her, Mariano advocates working hard and believing in oneself, instead of focusing on the negativity and doubts. “I would say that no matter what the political pundits are saying, hard work can beat money and it can beat any kind of poll, so don’t be afraid of polls,” she said. “If you want something go for it, and don’t let someone tell you that it’s not your turn, or that it’s not possible because anything is.” For now, Mariano is going to use her legislative power to change Florida’s policies, particularly on the behalf of college students. “Everyone is passionate about making sure that as a state we’re moving in the right direction, and I think education has really been a part of that discussion and it’s exciting,” Mariano said. “I think I’m going to be OK, moving forward.” STORY BY DENZEL PIERRE

What do you think about what’s happening in the world? Netflix will air a documentary about Hong Kong activist Joshua Wong, leader of the Umbrella Movement to gain representation for the territory. “I think it’s awesome that Netflix is representing Asia and its activists.” KATIE VICKERS, 11


HB 155- Requires legislature to fund summer enrollment through Bright Futures HB 153- Revises policy on payment for excess hours of class at state colleges HB 67- Requires minimum amount of recess for K-5 classes HB 6005- Allows open-carry licensees to bring firearms into college facilities HB 6007- Strengthens traffic violation detectors

26 people have been killed in the past month in a series of prison riots in Brazil, caused by gang tensions.

A bill has been introduced in British Parliament to begin the process of the country leaving the European Union.

“People are going to be killed for no good reason.” KIOSHA MUTCHERSON, 12

“If it’s going to have a bad effect, they shouldn’t go on with it.” ANTHONY BAILEY, 10


February 2017


Red & Black

ST. PETE MARCHES FOR EQUALITY St. Petersburg hosted one of hundreds of women’s marches worldwide in the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration

TOP Mothers march through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg holding signs advocating women’s rights. MIDDLE LEFT A man pushes his wife through the march as she protests for civil rights for the second time. MIDDLE RIGHT Protesters representing the Latina community sit silently at the rally to illustrate that they are the silent majority. BOTTOM LEFT Naosheen Zamam waits for the march to begin. BOTTOM RIGHT USF student Sarah Faruzzi marches in protest of sexual assault in the workplace after experiencing sexual harassment . | PHOTOS BY MARIN FEHL

Demen’s Park is a sea of people. There’s not a single patch of grass left uncovered by the protesters who swarmed St. Petersburg to stand up and speak out. Speaker after speaker takes the stage, and they are met with raucous applause as thousands of protesters cheer for equality. The crowd extends out of the park and all the way down the street; over 20,000 men and women united in the fight for women’s rights. “I, the mayor of St. Pete, hereby declare Jan. 21 Women’s Rights Day,” Rick Kriseman shouts to the crowd of passionate activists. He is met with a cheer so enormous the residents of the neighboring apartment buildings can be seen sticking their heads out of windows not to find an emergency, but to find the joyful crowd of protesters. The protesters joined the hundreds of thousands in Washington D.C and across the country in a series of women’s marches who shared the same goal as they did: to achieve equal rights for all. “I’m marching for everyone. I’m marching for everyone who is marginalized and needs their voices to be heard,” University of South Florida student Joshlyn Lawhorn said. “I’m here to stand in solidarity with everyone.” Lawhorn joined the many women at the march who wanted to shine as much sunlight onto the current amount of negativity as possible. “You shouldn’t have negative things said about you. Your existence alone is enough,” Lawhorn said. She expressed her disappointment in the division of the country following the election of President Donald Trump, although she understood it. “As a black woman and a bisexual, I can’t stand for [Trump] going against everything I am as a human being,” Lawhorn said. One of the many young people protesting the new president and his controversial statements, Lawhorn wasn’t alone in her anger. “A lot of the things that were said in the Republican campaign felt like a personal attack, I come from an immigrant family, I come from a Muslim family,” Naosheen Zamam said. Zamam used to her anger to get involved; she wanted to be a part of the discussion and hold politicians accountable. “Yesterday was a really emotional day

and after Election Day there were a lot of things happening and I saw friends and family doing things and I knew I needed to get involved,” Zamam said. “Growing up in this country as a Muslim-American gave me some experiences that made me want to speak up and be here.” While frustrated and saddened by the presidential election, she still saw hope in her dreams of equality, hopes reconfirmed by coming to the march. “It’s nice to see that there are people out there that are like-minded and that support you. Especially after yesterday, it’s really helpful and it means we’re not done fighting,” Zamam said. The goal of the march was to achieve equal rights mainly for women, but also for all those of different races, ethnicities, and sexual orientations.

“Our humanity has been under attack, and what we must do now is resist.” ASHLEY GREEN “I’m marching for women’s rights, LGBT rights, Muslim lives, and basically everyone Trump is against,” Emily Miner said. “I come from a very conservative family, so to be surrounded by people who believe in the same things that I do is amazing.” Among those in attendance was St. Petersburg City Council member Darden Rice, who delivered the closing remarks at the event. “The progress we’ve made as Americans is dedicated to equality and justice for all Americans,” Rice said. As the crowds took to the street, her words resounded through Demen Park: “We are some of the millions of people across that are prepared to fight the tax on our fundamental civil and human rights.” “This is what democracy looks like,” rang out as a chant through the streets of downtown St. Petersburg as the march neared its end. The protesters appeared tired, but the message was clear: the fight for civil rights wasn’t over, and they weren’t giving up. As the crowd dispersed, speaker Ashley Green called for action: “Our humanity has been under attack, and what we must do now is resist.” STORY BY MARIN FEHL


BILL OFFERS STUDENTS AN ALERNATIVE Last year, 22 percent of Hillsborough seniors did not receive a diploma. Almost a quarter of seniors went to school for nearly their whole lives and did not receive a diploma for their efforts. How many of these were because they couldn’t pass the standardized tests required to graduate? Proposed House Bill 407 would create alternative paths to graduation for students who cannot pass the English FSA or the Algebra 1 EOC. Filed by State Rep. Ralph Massullo, the bill would allow students to choose from several tasks to complete in place of passing these exams. The options include receiving an industry certification, creating a portfolio showing understanding of the subject area, and achieving an established score on the SAT or ACT tests for the subject. For many students, this could mean either a path to college or to the workforce with a high school diploma in hand. A diploma would give students going straight into a career a leg up in trying to find jobs. In today’s economy, a high school diploma becomes more essential to job applications every year. Since diplomas are so important for job applications, they should not come down to standardized tests. A person not passing a single test does not mean that they’re incapable. These assessments do not define a student’s aptitude or ability to succeed in life, so why jeopardize their career for a single test? And imagine if you’re a student, and you keep trying to pass that one FSA or EOC you need to graduate. If you know you won’t be able to pass it and get your diploma, why go through high school in the first place? You could argue that some people are lazy and just sit through the tests, not caring if they pass or fail. But those students are not the majority and this bill wouldn’t affect them. The options are no easier than the exams themselves, they only offer an alternative for those who just can’t pass an exam. Students would still have to apply themselves to complete these alternatives, so those too lazy to pass the

LEAVE IT IN THE PAST It’s the start of a brand new year and that means it’s also the start of new opportunities. But just because it’s a new year, doesn’t mean we aren’t hearing anything from 2016. COLUMN BY In this past year, many FERNANDO interesting and weird things ROSAS trended on Twitter. People occasionally even threw “Twitter Parties” that ranged from celebrities to the election. These Twitter parties, however, were over-reacting to each situation. Whenever a celebrity would do or say something wrong, they were “over”. Obviously their career isn’t over but people just love to party online. I found myself joining a lot of these parties like the #KimExposedTaylorParty and for the most part, they were just really funny and entertaining to see the “tea spill”. But besides the online parties that took place across Twitter, so many trends came in 2016. From the dab, the murder of a gorilla, and all the

necessary exams would not make use of this bill. Not to mention those who know they are heading straight to the workforce after high school. For some choosing this path, it could be hard enough to go through high school already knowing what you want to do. Some people may not see a point in getting a diploma if there are so many requirements that don’t pertain to their future. The industry certification pathway that Bill 407 proposes would give students not only the motivation to graduate, but a skill set that would be necessary for the career path they have chosen. It’s understandable that the FSA is not easily passed. The state wouldn’t make tests that anyone and everyone could ace. So for those people who can’t pass these high pressure, high stakes tests, the alternative pathways would relieve the tension and let them do something they are better at. The SAT, for example, tests different types of reading comprehension from the English FSA. And the SAT math section includes other areas of math, in case a student is stronger in other areas of math, but weak in Algebra 1. The SAT and ACT pathways would also help students get into colleges. If someone is already taking the SAT as an alternative graduation requirement, they could also include that score on their college applications. House Bill 407 must be passed. Students who have worked hard towards their diploma deserve it. The teachers who have dedicated their time to help these students succeed deserve it. The schools who work to raise their graduation rates every year deserve it. Allowing these alternative pathways gives more students the tools they need to succeed in life- one of the most important objectives of education. So contact your representative. Go to and find the representative for your area. Then call, email, tweet send mail and postcards to them politely explaining who you are and your viewpoint on Bill 407. Representatives are intended to listen to their constituents, so let them know what you want to see change. Let them know how this bill would help build careers, and allow students to achieve their goals. GRAPHIC BY VARUN PURI

2016 was a year full of memes, trends and celebrity gossip; although it was great, it should all be left behind

way to frogs on unicycles, Twitter was overspilling with trends and memes. But, now it’s time to stop. Listen kids, I know that a lot of these trends were funny to joke about. That’s acceptable. It’s just sad to see how a trend that was supposed to be short-lived is still alive in 2017. Literally nobody is laughing and yet here we are, still talking about a dead gorilla, still dabbing and still complaining about an election. I get that people are still talking about certain things from last year but no one really cares anymore because it’s an old topic and people just don’t talk about these things forever. A lot of things are going to happen this year that will be trend worthy believe me. But those trends won’t last forever. We should appreciate trends while they last and make the best of it. Things shouldn’t be overused so much on social media. At the beginning, it might be OK and fun. But it goes old and dies like the rest of us. I

love seeing what things get people talking about the most. When it becomes an everyday thing; however, I don’t like it because they’re just We’ve seen way too many people complain about this stupid election and we’ve seen that dead gorilla pop up in our feeds far too many times. We’ve seen way too many Arthur fists and we’ve seen a lot of hooded Kermit posts. I loved all of these things honestly. But we need to find some new things to talk about. New things to be fired up about. The past is in the past. It goes like this: Fun new trend. Things change. Trend ends. New one pops up. Repeat. So from the bottom of my heart, please leave all these trends behind in their corresponding years. It’s fun to see them pop up in throwbacks and such but let’s keep it at a minimum. It’s what all these dead trends would want.

February 2017



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February 2017

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As teenagers go through high school and prepare to enter the real world, the path ahead may seem unclear; with so many options for the future, it’s difficult to choose just one. Luckily for you, Red & Black has mapped out your entire future; go with the flow(chart) and find what you should be doing in 10 years

START HERE how would you best describe your strengths? i have none.

physical strengths


i’m stronger with brainy stuff.

i was made to entertain!

are you one for competition?

do you want to create or to work with others’ creations?

i’m all about now. not really.

analysis or organization?


what was your favorite subject in school?

i appreciate others’ works.

neither. i’m more STEM than liberal arts.

verbal or visual?

math, 100%


pictures, please!

pop culture or the classics?

lens or brush?

hemingway or hughes?

biology none

dancing or nah? YES.

the classics, please.



that depends, canon or nikon?

words, words, words chemistry

i play to win!

my man hemingway

langston hughes, please

new media. innovation or nothing!

traditional media. nothing wrong with sticking to what’s been proven.

where do you spend most of your time online?

are you destined for the screen or the stage? i’m live in living color

it’s alright, but i don’t really get the hype





Hope you like school, because you’re going to be there for a while, writing analytical papers for academic journals.


No one knows art like you, down to the movements and the proper display conditions; you’re a curator at heart.


No one MAKES art like you do. You have a masterful hand with brush when it comes to oils, acrylics and more.


Lenses, tripods, sets, and models lie ahead for you. Whether you go into fine arts or advertising is up toyou.

Whether it takes months or decades, you have a book in your heart; you’re destined to share it with the world.


Maya Angelou, Nikki Giovanni, turn the page and there you are! Prepare yourself for a future of verse and rhyme.

can’t you tell by my varsity status on every sport in the school?

Invest in a new calculator and your finest pocket protector, because you have years of number crunching ahead.


Science is a self-correcting public endeavor, and you ‘re at the forefront of the next wave of new innovations.


You’ll have to have patience with your patients. Watching Grey’s Anatomy can now be considered career prep!


Keep your camera close by your side; you’re going to document every moment. Be sure to like and subscribe!

i’ll never let go, jack

the walking dead


Grab your Kylie Lip Kits and your favorite filter, because your path is filled with likes and followers for a long time.


Coding, art, voice acting and hours of work more lie ahead as you go into making your own video games.


Aren’t you lucky; you’ll talk and joke around while playing video games on camera. Enjoy the millions of fans.

101.5, please!

my favorite band isn’t even on spotify

not especially. i just like working out.


would you rather watch The Walking Dead or Titanic?


top 40 or something more underground? do you like playing sports?


the silver screen

thoughts on hamilton?


They say everyone’s a critic, but you should actually be one. Write reviews of movies and music for publications!


are you sure?



new media or traditional media?

no, not really.

Talk less; smile more. Slogans, posters, debates, buttons with your face on them and hard work lie ahead for you.


The slightly-smaller screen is your home; tense dramas, hilarious comedies, musicals and more are your options.

would you call yourself peppy? Y-E-S!

FILM ACTOR lol no.

Prepare your Oscar acceptance speech; your future path is gown-filled, red-carpeted and set for Hollywood.


Pack your bags and head to New York, because you’re set to hit the stage. Don’t worry: you’re gonna be pop-u-lar.



nope. i just like basic workouts; running, crunches.

i wouldn’t say anything.

no more than the average person.

of course! you should check out my #fitspo board-it’s amazing.


You’ll work to build homes, office buildings, store fronts and more as you literally form the world around us.

You’re going to be a darling in hipster locales, the new kid on the music scene that no one’s heard of. Yet.

You’ve got a dance in your heart and you’ve got to get it out somehow. Be the Dancing Queen. (Or King.)

are you patriotic? U-S-A! U-S-A!

CHEERLEADER i’ve already run a couple marathons in the past! i have my next acupuncture session this weekend, actually

Somehow, you are destined to not have a career at all. You might be living off your parents. Congratulations?

Protein powder and deadlifting will be your life as you compete to build your muscles to be bigger and better.





Watch out Beyoncé, Adele, Taylor Swift or anyone else in your way; you’re meant to top the Billboard Hot 100.


not really.

Ready? Okay! Pom-poms and uniforms pave your path; you’re set to hit the sidelines and cheer on your team.


Winning the big game, championship rings, eventually retiring to commentate on ESPN: it all lies ahead.


Maybe a little less Richard Simmons than expected, but you’ll help whip people into the shape of their lives.


Breathe in, breathe out: you’ll turn your future classes into centers of zen-- strike a pose! Or a thousand.


Uncle Sam is lucky to have you on his side; no matter what branch you go into, you’ll be defending the nation. GRAPHIC BY ANNIE AGUIAR

10 February 2017 FIRST LOOK: RINGS “Rings,” releasing on Feb. 3, tells the story of a young woman named Julia, played by actress Matilda Lutz, who becomes anxious as her boyfriend, played by Alex Roe, starts to investigate an ominous video that is said to kill its viewers exactly seven days after they watch it. Julia also discovers that the lethal video contains an important secret: a second video hidden within the first. As a remake of the 2002 “The Ring,” this movie gives a new twist to the well-known story. We asked students to watch the trailer and offer their feedback.

“I’m not really into horror movies like that, but honestly that one seems pretty good.” “It seems pretty unoriginal, but I guess at least it looks scary. The effects look cool.”

Steven Doan, 11

Nick Romano, 12








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28 major characters appear during this movie. The catch? 24 of them are all played by the same actor. From writer/director M. Night Shyamalan, “Split” tells the story of Kevin (James McAvoy), a man with 23 distinct personalities. To make matter more confusing, these personalities are anticipating the emergence of a 24th. In order to prepare for its arrival, one of them kidnaps three teenage girls. The film’s plot, although serviceable, definitely leaves something to be desired. It falls back on many classic horror movie tropes and characters make unrealistically poor and downright idiotic decisions. In fairness to Shyamalan, the plot does not seem to have been a major concern; this is definitely a movie that favors dialogue and performances over a complex stoGRAPHICS ryline. “Split” tells two stories: the teenage girls trying BY MICHAEL STROBL to escape from Kevin and the history of their de-facto leader, Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy). The escape story takes up the majority of the movie’s runtime, but in voices and the like. McAvoy does something many ways, Casey’s story is more horrific because it’s here that few actors could: he gives a performance that more realistic. will no doubt be remembered for years to come. The The characters’ interactions are a big part of what whole movie is worth watching for him alone. makes this movie work. Each of Kevin’s personalities Although “Split” is a horror movie, it benefits from is totally different and it’s genuinely entertaining to having a PG-13 instead of R rating, a rarity for the watch how he reacts to the same situations as essen- genre. It’s not particularly violent, but this means that tially different people. Englishwoman Ms. Patricia, whenever violence is shown, it’s genuinely shocking. OCD-driven Dennis, 9-year-old Hedwig and flamboy- Making this a psychological thriller instead of a slashant fashion designer Barry —just to name a few — all er movie was a smart move; nothing here feels campy, provide unique perspectives on the same situation. The and it easily could have in the wrong hands. interactions between the girls are interesting; watchThere has been some controversy surrounding this ing them slowly figure out that Kevin has Dissociative movie’s portrayal of the mentally ill. I would reccomend Identity Disorder is fascinating as is watching them watching the movie before making any judgements. react to the different personalities. Kevin’s visitations “Split” handles the issue with delicacy. It is primarily with his psychiatrist, Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley) are addressed during Kevin’s interactions with Dr. Fletcher also compelling. and is treated in an open and sensitive manner. Every performance in “Split” is fairly good, with “Split” is one of the best horror movies released in one exception: James McAvoy’s portrayal of Kev- a long time. The plot is average, but McAvoy’s acting in and his different personalities is among the most more than makes up for it. If you’re looking for two complex acting ever brought to screen. He essentially hours of entertainment, you could do much worse. REVIEW BY MICHAEL STROBL plays eight different characters (not every personality makes it on screen) with their own ticks, expressions,


Honestly, I did not think I was going to like this season of “Sherlock.” I expected to write a scathing yet funny review that would include something along the lines of, “The three years were not worth the wait!” But the three years were definitely worth the wait. Season 4 has everything there is to love from the first three, but it’s all improved. More character development, better visuals, and meaner villains. Every episode makes you wonder, “How

will Sherlock get out of this one?” I’ll say it again: I was totally planning on writing a burning review during the first episode. Halfway through, the episode began to center around a man who keeps breaking into houses and smashing plaster busts of Margaret Thatcher. I could make a comment about how ridiculous and implausible it is that seemingly every British home would have a plaster bust of Margaret Thatcher, but I think it speaks for itself. It was also interesting that my favorite characters of the episode were the bloodhound and Watson’s baby,

both of which were shown for about a minute total. It didn’t help that I could hardly understand anything Sherlock said, since actor Benedict Cumberbatch insists on speaking at 250 words per minute in a thick British accent. But from the end of the first episode onward, the season was awesome. I couldn’t even do my homework while watching it, because I just had to know what would happen next. Episode 2 is a great improvement, and episode 3 is even better. Every plot point showed

Releasing on Feb. 14, “The Cure for Wellness,” starring Dane DeHaan as “Lockhart,” tells the tale of a young executive on a mission to retrieve his company’s CEO from a quiet, peaceful wellness center located in the Swiss Alps. After being diagnosed with the same curious disease that every other guest receives treatment for, Lockhart’s sanity is tested as he learns the grave secrets of his asylum. Three students watched the trailer and gave feedback on whether or not the movie looks view-worthy.

“I would watch it to figure out what it’s all about. Honestly, it’s kind of weird and creepy.”

Raina Shinn 11

“It seems pretty creepy, but I would end up watching it. I’m still not really sure what it’s about.”

Quintin Graham, 12 “It reminds me a lot of ‘American Horror Story,’ so I’m pretty interested.”

Jalen Johnson, 11

COMPILED BY JULIANNA ALTHAUS deeper facets of each of the characters, and the villains became increasingly sinister. By the last two episodes, I could understand what Sherlock was saying. The visuals became clearer, and the revelation sequences when he finally cracks the case were some of the best in the show. Although I can’t say I’d be willing to wait two years for another season, Sherlock season three was definitely worth watching. REVIEW BY MADISON FORBIS

The release of Soulja Boy’s 2007 single “Crank That” and its grassroots rise to prominence on the Internet proved to be a turning point for the way rap was distributed and consumed. Soulja helped to usher in the new age of rap, in which rappers typically find initial success online. Regardless of Soulja’s influence, it’s been a long time since he’s put out any notable music. Ten years might as well be an eternity in the music world. Listeners’ tastes and nowadays Soulja only mentioned when discussing the past. Soulja’s reaction to this loss of media attention over the years has been less than gracious. This is evidenced by the three beefs Soulja has instigated since last October. STORY BY ANTHONY SUAREZ

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Soulja Boy first targeted Lil Yachty, the self-proclaimed “King of the Teens” and quickly rising star known for his melodic and eccentric style. The beef, according to Soulja, began after he posted a series of photos on Instagram featuring himself and India Love (an Instagram model for whom Yachty has expressed his affection) and Yachty privately requested they be removed. According to Yachty, his messages to Soulja, which Soulja screenshotted and posted on Instagram, were taken completely out of context. Yachty also claimed that a majority of Soulja’s statements were lies, and Soulja was simply attempting to gain attention by feigning an issue between himself and Yachty.



The second beef was with Quavo. This beef was apparently conceived when Quavo expressed his reluctance to hang-out with Soulja due to Soulja’s animosity towards Lil Yachty, who Quavo is closely associated with. Soulja responded with a slew of social media posts claiming Quavo was a snitch and had had his chain snatched by one of Soulja’s associates. These posts were coupled with a track titled “Beef (Quavo Diss)”, in which Soulja claimed his readiness to “pull up” on Quavo and the rest of the Migos with a gun. Quavo’s response was limited, and thus the beef quickly died down.

The third, ongoing and most tumultuous beef involving Soulja Boy has been with Chris Brown. This beef, once again, began because of a mutual female associate. This time it was Karrueche Tran, Chris Brown’s ex-girlfriend, who was the focal point. After Soulja Boy liked her Instagram picture, Chris Brown apparently contacted him, proposing that they fight each other. Following a slew of threatening social media posts, Soulja Boy took him up on his offer, proposing they organize an official Celebrity Boxing Match. Since then, boxing legends Floyd MayWeather and Mike Tyson have been recruited to train Soulja and Chris, respectively. The match is now set to take place in Dubai this March. GRAPHIC BY JACOB KIRCHHEIMER


Since their rise in 2013 with the release of a series of club anthems including “Hannah Montana” and “Versace”, Migos have kept themselves consistently in the spotlight with an output of quotable, turn-up tracks without crafting a notable project around those tracks. That all changes, however, with Culture. Driven by the success of the single “Bad and Boujee” and the countless memes it has spawned since its release last October, when Culture dropped Jan. 27, everyone was listening. It marks the first time that the hype surrounding Migos as a group is being channeled towards one of their projects as opposed to a single song they’ve put out. Culture’s title track, which also serves as its intro, is a disappointing beginning to an overall solid album. DJ Khaled’s shouts and ad-libs are, frankly, jarring. They take you completely out of the of the song and make it far less enjoyable. One track which serves as an example of maturation in Migos’ sound is “What the Price”, which implements an electric guitar-driven beat and a refreshingly uncharacteristic flow. All three of Migos’ members utilize this beat well, with Quavo showing off his ever-impressive command of autotune, Offset acting as a wordsmith, and Takeoff providing a distinct flow switch-up. On “Call Casting,” Takeoff, who is often ridiculed media as the least competent member of Migos, is given an opportunity to shine. He crafts a hook so good that its presumable the rest of

the song was created around it. He additionally shines on his verse, which serves as refutation that his musical companions carry him on their songs together. These past few months of Migos’ career have replicated a frequent trend. An artist, or group of artists in this case, will experience a career revival and be expected to release a career-defining project to serve as a sort of “cherry on top”. In this case, that did not necessarily occur. Hopefully Culture will not be the pinnacle of Migos’ career, and they will only continue to grow from here. That being said, they did deliver a respectable project which is sure to propel them to even greater heights. REVIEW BY ANTHONY SUAREZ



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It’s the end of the year as we know it, and we feel fine; here are some of the events seniors have in store

Feb. 4: Masquerade Prom Feb. 10: Florida State Fair Day March 11-19: Spring Break April 21: IB Senior Lock-In April 25: Yearbook distribution (tentative date) April 27: IB Senior Send-Off April 29: Grad Bash May 19: IB Banquet May 21: Graduation Rehearsal May 26: Last Day of School/Graduation COMPILED BY BIANCA CEGATTE GRAPHICS BY JULIANA LECHNER


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NOT-SO-CHEAP THRILLS High prices on Prom tickets raise questions among students — what are you actually paying for?

That long awaited day, Prom, is just a few days away. It’s the day where girls are able to flaunt their overly priced dresses and show off their elegant heels, only to take them off later on the dance floor. The day where couples ride around in limousines and struggle to get the picture perfect pose for their Snapchat stories. The one day seniors are able to let loose on the dance floor, no matter how tacky their moves might be. But none of this comes cheap, including the ticket. Like everything in the world, senior Prom tickets come with a price. To attend, seniors have to pay $70 to $80. For many seniors, the price is a little higher than they would like. According to senior sponsor April Fiore, the reason why Prom tickets are so high is because there are not enough people to cover all of the costs. “The expenses of putting on prom cost exactly the same as it would be for Homecoming,” Fiore said. “Except there is half the amount of people paying for it, because it’s only the senior class, not the whole school.” In order to make up for the cost, seniors have to pay twice as much as they would for Homecoming. To try and solve this problem every year, Fiore proposes a junior and senior Prom, so that prices can be lowered and the senior student council can make more money. But according to her it is never approved because “elitist seniors always reject it.” The cost of tickets has remained the same for at least five years, as Fiore has tried to keep it at an acceptable rate. “Last year Prom lost money,” she said. “If we don’t do [well] this year, then next year prices will go up.”

How do ticket prices at other schools stack up?

Compared to some other high schools, Hillsborough’s Prom Hillsborough ticket costs are relatively low. Strawberry Crest $90 will be having their $80 Prom at the exact same venue with the same $70 vendors as Hillsborough, but charge an $80 $60 price with a $90 late fee compared to Hillsbor$50 ough’s $70. “When I saw that $40 I had a little panic attack,” Fiore said “I $30 thought maybe we’re not charging enough $20 to make ends meet, but we’ll see how it goes.” $10 The money raised from the tickets will be used to cover an extensive list of things such as the venue, decorations, as well as catering and security. The senior student council is hoping to raise “a couple thousand dollars” to cover senior send off and senior breakfast as well. According to seniors Natalie Arias and Leslie Rodriguez, the senior council members in charge of putting on Prom, the $70 will be money well spent. “The seniors can expect a really good night full of fun,” Arias said. “The decorations we have are really minimal, yet extravagant at the same time, they will definitely enjoy it, plus the venue is really nice and beautiful.” There are plenty more surprises for seniors but they “don’t want to give away the secret,” Rodri-



Strawberry Crest

GRAPHIC BY JULIANA LECHNER guez said. While many seniors believe the price is a little high they are not totally opposed to paying. Senior Malik Cannon agrees with many students on this fact. “I understand it’s not as high as some places, but it’s still high,” he said. “Whatever student council puts into it, that’s how much it should be worth.” While he may find the prices high he will pay regardless because “you got to make those memories,” he said. Prom will be held on Feb. 4 from 7-11 p.m. at TPepin’s Hospitality Centre, 4121 N. 50th St. STORY BY JORGE GARCIA

SENIORS WIN BACK THEIR LOT IN LIFE At 7 a.m., and the last thing seniors want to deal with is finding a parking space. But this is exactly how many seniors spend their mornings — searching their lot for a parking space that hasn’t been stolen by an underclassmen. “Exam week all the juniors decided they wanted to park in the senior lot and take people’s spots,” senior Odessa Churchill said. Announcements have been made about punishments for seniors without a valid parking permit or underclassmen parking in the senior lot. Students could have their parking permit taken away, sent to the office of assistant principal Darryl Givens or given a parking ticket.

“I will take your parking pass or I can subsequently discipline you for not complying with school rules. The first time I give them the opportunity to park somewhere else and after that if I catch them parking I can revoke their ability to drive or park anywhere on campus,” Givens said. “If push comes to shove, I can just suspend them.” These threats, however, do seem to have resonated with students “The junior lot is just so far from school and I didn’t want to walk it,” junior Kaliece Harris said. “But I always got scared they would catch me and I’d get in trouble or they’d tow my car so I don’t park there anymore.” Students who drive to school but are not seniors have the option to pay the St. Paul Lutheran Church to park in their lot

or across the street from Memorial Middle School in designated underclassmen parking next to the Seminole Heights Public Library. If students have questions or concerns about designated parking they can speak with Givens in the Student Affairs office, Room 110, for necessary assistance and information. “If you want to park there all you have to do is come see me for a parking permit and it deletes any hassles,” Givens said. “The other option is I can have student security put tickets on their car so then they’re going to be in trouble and they’ll still have to come see me.” STORY BY JUBILEE GONZALEZ GRAPHIC BY JULIANA LECHNER

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WHERE’S YOUR VALENTINE? Whether you’re a single lady (or guy) or spending the daywith a hot date, here are some not-so-cliché ways for you to celebrate this Valentine’s Day For everyone:

For friends: Bike-riding Downtown

Fun for everyone, you can go with your significant other or go with a group of friends to ride rides or walk around eating ridiculously unhealthy deep fried food. If you purchase tickets or armbands before Feb. 8, you can get a discount on admission.

With Coastal Bike Share, you can rent a bike to ride and explore the area. A bike rental is $8 an hour and there are many places that you can park it. There are several different restaurants in the area as well as the Curtis Hixon Park. Another option is always our staple, the Riverwalk.

For the family:

For couples:

Florida State Fair

Straz Center

Tampa’s center for theater and the performing arts, there are many interesting shows and plays that are currently showing (which can all be found at Tickets are bit pricey but students get discounts on select shows. Regular ticket prices vary from show to show.

The Frida Kahlo Art Gallery

Held at The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, the gallery displays the work of Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist renowned for her drawings, paintings and personal photographs. Kahlo’s most widely-known works are self-portraits, so many may recognize her frizzy hair and defiant unibrow. Tickets for students are $17 so bring your student ID.

For the movie lovers: Tampa Theatre On Valentine’s Day, Tampa’s historic movie theater will be playing Nora Ephron’s 1993 rom-com classic Sleepless in Seattle after an en masse wedding vow renewal. The film starts screening at 7:30 pm. Before the movie screening, the theater is holding a 90-minute tour of the maybe-haunted “movie palace” starting at 11:30 am. STORY BY MERCY TSAY Tickets to either event are $10.

ROMANCE IS BORING: A PLAYLIST Valentine’s Day isn’t for everyone and we here at Red & Black understand that. We’ve put together a Feb. 14 playlist for those folks sans-significant other who aren’t bitter about it at all.

Hey Ya!, Outkast

Everyone’s favorite 2000s dance song has a dark, non-traditional take on romance in its lyrics. Most listeners ignore the verses in favor of singing “alright alright alright” ad infinitum.

Marriage is for Old Folks, Nina Simone

Nina Simone sings about her need for independence from the life sentence of marriage in this playful tune. According to Ms. Simone, not being in a relationship means more freedom as you avoid “corroding [in a] vulture’s nest.” Harsh.

Romance is Boring, Los Campesinos

British indie band Los Campesinos deliver an anti-love song with a rough around the edges feel. The vocals sounds like a couple’s screaming match marrying perfectly with raw instrumentals.

Heartless, Kanye West

Singing in auto-tune about breaking up with a fiancée months after his mother’s death, Kanye’s pain in “Heartless” translated into one of the best-selling singles of all time at 5.5 million copies. Worth it?

No Scrubs, TLC

When this song plays, everyone starts singing along, and with good reason; it’s the perfect tune for asking more from the romantic interests in your life than the usual scrubs that TLC and many a person have endured.

You’re So Vain, Carly Simon

When a song spurs decades of debate over who it’s about, it’s something special; it’s an iconic jab at a mystery man so full of himself that he automatically assumes the song is towards him. It drips with contempt and venom, wrapped up in a pretty package.

Go to for the full 20 song playlist!



Are you doing anything special for Valentine’s Day? “We’re going to the movies, out to eat and then going skydiving.” KI’YANIA CALDWELL, 12

“We’re just going to come to school.” VICTORIA BADIA, 10 & DIMITRI BRUNELLE, 12

“I’m going to be with my friends, and eat food because it’s my birthday.” KATIE KENNE, 11

“I’m probably going to take my girlfriend to The Cheesecake Factory and get her a ring.”


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Senior small forward Bryce Moragne goes up for a dunk over a Robinson defender. Hillsborough cruised past the Knights 69-49 in a tournament hosted by Tampa Prep. | PHOTO BY KARA RODRIGUEZ

For the first time since 2009, the basketball team has more than 20 wins. More importantly, however, it carries a No. 1 seed into the district playoffs next week. The team, which won the district title last year, defeating Armwood 47-45, looks to carry momentum into the postseason in an effort to make another deep playoff run. Last year, Hillsborough was knocked out by Deltona in the regional finals, falling by two in a close game at home. This year, Hillsborough (22-3)is poised to return to the regional tournament. “The season has gone pretty great,” senior Bryce Moragne said. “We’re actually doing a lot better than last year.” This team is averaging seven more points per game than last year’s, and it also averages more rebounds, assists, steals, blocks and free throws. This jump in production is no surprise to the players. “It’s a little expected,” senior Junior Charley said. “Going into the season being the district champs from last year, we have a huge target on our backs, but we have to maintain our calm and show why we’re the reigning district champions.” Despite the improved record, Charley acknowledges room for further improvement. “We still have a lot to work on,” Charley said. “It’s the small things. That’s what could hold us back. Doing the small things on the court such as communicating, boxing out and being good teammates.” “We haven’t played to our potential yet,” senior Dexter Stallworth said. “We still have something in store. At the end of the day, we just want to protect that number 1 seed.” The team is led by seniors, including Moragne, Stallworth, Charley, Zachary Carter and Tim Lawrence. These five score 75 percent of the team’s points, and have contributed greatly to the best season in eight years. “I can say that we have left a lasting legacy here, with [over] 20 wins,” Moragne said. “And it feels good.” Nobody is resting yet, however. The team is looking to surpass last year’s finish and make it to the state tournament. “We need to have the same mindset that we had in the season,” junior Myles Cowart said. “[We need] to keep getting better and keep practicing, and keep winning till we get to states.” STORY BY MATT LUTTON


Across the country, senior athletes will sign National Letters of Intent today, on Wednesday, Feb. 1. Each letter serves as a binding, written agreement to play a sport for each university and is the final step in the recruitment process. Eight Terriers are scheduled to sign this year, up from just three that signed last year. Signees are Fitzhugh Rawls, Tim Elko, Jarrod Cande, Duran Bell, Leon Gatlin, Daneesha Davidson, Savyon Toombs and Zachary Carter. Rawls, who plans to swim for Washington and Lee, a Division III school next year, placed sixth in the state in the 50 free this year. “Probably like 5th grade or 6th grade I started to get serious about [swimming],” Rawls said. “And in high school I really liked the team atmosphere, and that really made me want to go faster.” Cande expects to sign to play baseball at Santa Fe College, a junior college in Gainesville. The center fielder hit .314 with 15 runs batted in and three home runs last season, but he didn’t receive his first college offer until the fall. “I didn’t think I’d get an offer towards the beginning of the year,” Cande said. “I ended up getting a few

and this is where I decided to go.” For him, Santa Fe felt like the clear choice. “I like the school, I like the environment, and I like the coaches, so it seemed like the best fit.” Gatlin will likely sign to play safety on a full scholarship at New Mexico Military Institute, a junior college. “It feels great to know that I’m going to college and I get another chance to play football,” Gatlin said. Elko has already signed to play baseball at Ole Miss, but he also is projected as first/second round Major League Baseball draft pick. Bell has verbally committed to play running back at USF. Davidson and Toombs, both track runners, are expected to sign with the University of Central Florida and Georgia Southern University respectively. For Carter, signing with a university represents the culmination of years of dedication and committment. “I’ve been waiting to sign my whole life,” said Carter, a University of Florida verbal commit. “I can’t believe it’s really my time. My dreams are finally coming true.” STORY BY MATT LUTTON

Check out to see:

Each athlete’s recruitment story as well as quotes, photos and coverage from the National Signing Day ceremony, which takes place in the Auditorium during third period. Add us on Snapchat @hhstoday and Twitter @hhstodayonline

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LEFT Head coach David Shaw demonstrates a forehand to his players. On the softball field the team practices volleying over the high metal fence in order to ensure that they are getting enough arc on the ball. RIGHT Sophomore Bryce Meacham practices his drop shot, a stroke that requires skill and precision. He is attempting to lightly hit the ball over the net so his opponent cannot reach the ball. | PHOTOS BY LAUREN KOMAR

NEW TENNIS COACH TAKES THE COURT As the boys run across the court, head coach David Shaw tosses each player a tennis ball to help him perfect a strong backhand. They send the balls soaring to the opposite side of the court and sprint back in line. The players strike with force under the hot sun until the entire bucket of balls is empty. It is one Shaw’s first practices with the boys tennis team and he is preparing them for the upcoming season. While the coach’s last name is Shaw, he prefers to go by Coach Slater. “Slater is the last name of my grandfather, Mr. Russell Slater,” Shaw said.

“A gentleman of whom I’m very proud to be his grandson.” Shaw has played tennis for more than 30 years and won several championships before becoming a coach. In 2010, Shaw was the singles state champion at the Florida Senior Games, a multisport event program for athletes 50 and over. He is also a certified tennis instructor who has coached at Blake and Tampa Bay Tech. Although none of the teams he previously coached made it past districts, he has high aspirations for this year’s team. At practice Shaw focuses on improving the

SENIOR SURPLUS At the end of the season, 13 seniors are leaving the boys baseball team. This leaves only seven players, which is not enough to fill every position on the field. Although this is not the first time the team has faced the departure of a large senior class, the loss of 65 percent of the team will still make an impact. “For the past five to six years we’ve had dwindling numbers,” head coach Kenny White said. “If it wasn’t for that freshman class four years ago, who knows where we’d be right now.” Since then, however, there hasn’t been as large of an influx of members from the three classes that came afterwards. “[The senior class] is just a really big part of the team- most of our seniors are the strongest players to put in the lineup,” senior Tim Elko said. “As it stands right now, there’s only going to be six or seven players next year.” Although some players have expressed concerns about the lack of members for next year, White ex-

team’s “attitude, movement, effort and interaction with others,” he said. The focal point of a majority of the practices is technique, which is helpful due to the amount of new players on the team. “He seems very focused on the mechanics more so than strategy,” junior Philip Netolicky said. Players are required to perfect every stroke before they begin participating in practice games with the rest of the team. Senior Rohit Srinivasan and Netolicky are the only returning players. This is their first year without the previous coach, Leslie Kennard. “In terms of coaching style [Shaw] does a lot

of things similar to [Kennard] like the types of stretches and warm-ups,” Srinivasan said. “But [Shaw’s] drills are shorter in length and higher in intensity.” Junior Rushabh Shah said Shaw has a calm personality, “[He] listens to any questions or comments we have.” “I think he is a good fit,” Srinivasan said. “He’s trying his best to whip everyone into shape and get them to play the best that they can. I think he’ll be good for the future.”

This year’s baseball team is primarily composed of seniors, which poses several potential problems for next season

plained that this has happened in the past. “Everything in high school comes in cycles- you can’t go out and recruit certain positions that you want like in college,” White said. ”We’ve gone through [losing a lot of seniors] before.” Losing such a large number of seniors creates several possible issues, including a lack of power hitters and pitchers. The majority of the infield and starting lineup will also need to be replaced. As it stands there will be only two seniors on the team next year. It could also affect whether or not the team is able to continue to work well together. “We have good team chemistry,” senior Ryan Romano said. There will have to be “a lot of leadership” on the part of the seniors next year, junior Aaron Jensen said. “We’ll need a lot of practice and a lot of work outside just the school-based practices,” he said. The team hopes to compensate for the loss of se-

niors through a strong freshman class, whose participation may be attracted by spreading awareness of the baseball team and its need for players. “I’m going to try to learn as much as possible from the team that’s leaving,” sophomore Nathan Gustafson said. “It’s easy to go to older guys for guidance because most of them have been playing for four years so they know a lot about this stuff.” The current players, however, plan on making the best out of this last season. “A lot of the kids in this class have been able to develop, especially over the last summer,” Elko said. “This could be the best season ever just because we have a lot of experience.” STORY BY YESHA SHUKLA




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