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for students, by students Friday, November 9, 2012 ß

Perfect SAT score opens doors Megan Tracy scores school’s first 2400

By DELANEE BOGAN There are few students who take the SAT and can say they answered every question correctly. Senior Megan Tracy

is one of these students. Of the 1,647,123 students nationwide who took the SAT in 2011, 384 earned perfect score. That is roughly 0.023 percent of those who took the test. “[When I saw my tests results online] I hit the refresh button on my computer many times. I was not expecting it; I ran

to my dad and he double checked it on his phone,” Tracy said. John Tracy, Megan’s father, had a similar reaction to the results. “It was a mixture between shock and excitement, and it took a while for it to sink in. I had to look at it a couple of times before I believed it,” J. Tracy said.

Tracy prepped for the SAT by taking free practice exams online. She took practice tests on each section and wrote essays. After taking the practice tests, she reviewed everything she got incorrect and studied it. Tracy also said

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Americans need fitness regimen Childhood obesity rates climb; military faces national security crisis By HEATHER JANAS and PAULA MORALES


MAKING STRIDES. During his Athletic Training class, senior Brandon Rhea runs the track. “I personally don’t eat healthy but I make up for it with frequent trips to 24 Hour Fitness to shoot hoops, lift weights and swim laps,” Rhea said.

America’s obesity rate is rising. Today, 149.3 million Americans ages 20 and up are overweight or obese according to an MSNBC segment titled “War on Weight” from July 10, 2012. According to retired United States Navy Rear Admiral Jamie Barnett, one in four Americans is too obese to join the military. In the MSNBC segment, Barnett said the military loses approximately $60 million on the 1200 first term enlistees who are discharged due to weight related problems. A Men’s Health article titled “The U.S. Military’s Struggle with Overweight Soldiers” published in Nov. 3 2011, says overweight soldiers are more likely to fail boot camp and contribute to 658,000 lost work days in the military a year. Boot camps for the United States Army have been extended for incoming recruits who are overweight or out of shape. The extension of training camps and the shrinking military applicant pool due to rising childhood obesity creates a potential national security threat. Jim Liston, former conditioning coach of the Los Angeles Galaxy soccer team and current conditioning coach of the professional soccer team Chivas USA, says America is becoming an unfit society. He proposes recruits be sent to a two month “mini camp” before training in actual boot camp. This would hopefully end the extension of the training, but it could also be financially costly. “Our bodies are built to move. Exercise every day. Even five minutes per day is enough,” Liston said. Liston also believes physical education classes are lacking in schools. “Physical Education in schools is disappearing. [The solution is putting] good solid physical education programs in every school. Mandate that physical education classes be taught everyday,” Liston said. The U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention says 40 percent of

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Megan Tracy

Seniors “tote” tradition Campus custom continues and changes By KALEY GILBERT What started as a friendly tradition has become a battle between classes. The totem pole tradition has been a senior custom on campus since 1999, when then senior, Daniel Graham, created a totem pole out of PVC pipe with his father. Ever since, the Senior Class Council has decorated the totem pole for its graduating class. Approximately five years ago, seniors added to the tradition. The Junior Class Council can steal the totem pole from the seniors who hide it. “Every year the tradition changes and new rules are added. I’ll hear soand-so talking about a rule, and I’m like, ‘since when did that happen?’0” Senior Class sponsor Sarah Kittrell said. The current unwritten rules of the totem pole tradition include: it cannot be stolen until after homecoming, it has to be at a student’s house that lives in the district, in an open area and it cannot be chained or locked. The totem pole is formally handed down after graduation to the rising seniors. “I think it’s a good idea that someone in district has to have it. I would hate to think that someone from Edgewater

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Grade changes, school stays optimistic ßthegrade Boone is currently a


By OLIVIA QUATTRONE In the fall, high schools receive grades based on their performance. Boone consistently earns A’s and B’s; however, the Department of Education’s system for calculating grades has changed, which could effect

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the school’s grade. Schools are evaluated on two components. The first is an assessment that evaluates FCAT test scores in reading, writing, math and science. There are a total of 800 points available for this component. The other

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evaluates advanced placement exam passing rates, graduation rates and college readiness aspects like SAT and ACT scores. There are also 800 points in this category, making the two cells of equal importance. Each of these components earns the school points.

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To earn an A, a school needs at least 1,050 points. “I think we will have enough points for an A again. Our students continue

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insight Through Lindsay’s Lens Lindsay Alexander, Editor-In-Chief

Handwritten letters can’t be replaced There is a stamp collection in my room somewhere. Stamp collecting was a childhood obsession of mine. Pink stamps, foreign stamps, holiday stamps, they all made the collection. Stamp collecting is going the way of the Woolly Mammoth. According to the Business Week article “U.S. Postal Service Near Collapse,” from 2006 to 2010, paper mail circulation decreased 20 percent. With modern conveniences like email, social media and online checking and billing, mail amounts are declining. However, new, faster and inexpensive technologies do not excuse one from the occasional necessity of a handwritten letter or thank you note. First, handwritten letters have standards. A date and some kind of greeting is expected. Dear so and so is the most common. The other element a letter needs, besides the letter itself, is a signature. If one follows these steps, he is on the fast track to a gold star in letter writing. Second, one needs to know when letters are necessary. Obviously, brief information and casual conversations do not require, a handwritten letter. However, if one is writing about a more serious and heartfelt topic, a handwritten letter is highly appropriate. Examples of this include love letters and celebratory notes. Words in emails can be romantic, but nothing beats a handwritten letter. Reading “My heart pines for you” in handwriting means a lot more than reading a significant other’s thoughts in Times New Roman, font size 12. Mailed letters can also be held. This equates to talking on Skype and literally speaking face to face. Skype is great, but person-to-person contact is better. Holding a letter increases personal connection more than reading words off a computer screen. Furthermore, celebratory notes should be handwritten. If one gets a “Happy Birthday” post on his Facebook wall, or a text saying, “Congrats on graduation :),” it does not mean as much as pulling a birthday or graduation card out of the mailbox. The inconvenience of postal mail makes it special. Handwritten letters take time and thought. They are not quick and easy, and that is why they mean something. The likelihood of saving emails is small. Handwritten letters can be saved for posterity. Finally, thank you cards should always be handwritten. If someone took the time to buy a gift, the least one can do is write a note of thanks. Some letters should not be virtually simulated, abbreviated or spell checked. There are letters that need to be written with ink and paper, folded and mailed because they can increase connection and communicate emotion and gratitude more effectively. Maybe one can even pick out a festive stamp.

[The new lunch policies] are not enough for lunch. It’s like a snack, so you don’t have enough energy. Erin Strickler, sophomore

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act One cup of fruit per day. Only half of the weekly requirement can come from juice.

One cup of fat-free, low-fat or lactose-free milk per day. Cookies and sugary desserts are no longer served.

One cup of vegetables including starch products.

10-12 ounces per week. May be substituted by nuts, tofu, cheese or eggs.

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As childhood obesity hits an all-time high, the federal government takes aim at what it thinks is the primary cause of overweight children: unhealthy school meals. While these new regulations offer healthier food choices, students are left with empty stomachs. In 2010, First Lady Michelle Obama led the national campaign against childhood obesity, with her “Let’s Move” program. Its success led Congress to pass legislation that gives the United States Department of Agriculture the power to impose strict guidelines on school lunches, including an age-aligned maximum caloric intake per lunch that is effective for this 20122013 school year nationwide. Congress has the right idea but the wrong approach. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is currently implemented in public school cafeterias across the nation. As the act’s provisions are applied, protest and discontent are seen from students, parents and others who oppose such stringent restrictions in schools.




The new federal school lunch policy is wellintentioned but misguided and ineffective.

ßyourthoughts That’s not enough for lunch. It’s like a snack. You don’t have enough energy as if you would have had a normal lunch. Erin Strickler, sophomore

One of the purposes of the HHFK Act is to reduce childhood obesity by providing healthier choices. While this goal is admirable, it needs to be reached without harmful effects. The controversial provision of the act is the 850 calorie cap on school lunches for high school students, which follows highly accredited Mayo Clinic guidelines. Consequently, this calorie limit treats students’ meals as “one size fits all.” This approach is illogical and detrimental to the thousands of unique, growing adolescents who depend on a mid-day meal to stay attentive in classes and active in after-school activities. For instance, this specific caloric intake can easily satisfy an active 125 pound freshman but cannot sustain the needs of a 250 pound senior football player. According to USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans, student athletes require up to 900 calories more than the average 2,400 intake. A high school football player can burn up to 3,000 calories by the time he get home from practice. The calorie maximum does not acknowledge each individual’s height, weight, physical activity, or gender, all necessary criteria to determine the healthy amount of calories one should consume. Additionally, the guidelines aim to decrease child hunger. Unfortunately, the rules leave students hungrier than

they were before. Portion sizes have been significantly reduced and these smaller portions cannot fully cater to the entire student body. Half-foot subs are now substituted by fistsized whole-grain rolls and fruits and vegetables are allocated a larger portion than the main entrée, limiting grain and protein intake, meaning less energy. There are students whose only full meal throughout the day is the lunch provided and these students, along with others, are left without a balanced array of nutrients needed to provide energy and fill their stomachs. Along with smaller portions, school lunches have seen a 28 cent price increase nationwide. While Orange County maintains $2.50 for a full lunch, it is actually more expensive for the consumer because it is a smaller-sized meal. The government is spending $3.2 million to implement these regulations in public schools and in government funded institutions that cater to children like Head Start. In reality, these misled rules do not take into account students’ weights, metabolism rates and physical activity which vary too much to set such guidelines. The government should take a step back and re-evaluate its approach to the issue of childhood hunger and obesity. The goal is to help students get healthy, not hungry.



million dollars are being allocated to fund public schools to implement the new lunch policies.

10 percent of saturated fats is the maximum amount of fats a lunch can have, except for natural fats in meat and dairy products.

740 milligrams of sodium is the maximum amount per meal.


calories is the maximum amount allowed in a high school lunch.

Do you think the new school lunch policy is effective?

I think that the lunches are too small to support students in after school activities, especially sports. Tristan Sanders Jr., junior

It is good because [the nation’s] obesity level is ridiculous. Bria Cobb, senior


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Seniors can go to the College and Career Center located in Student Services to check the Scholarship Board for scholarship opportunities. Seniors can also bring in a copy of their official college acceptance letters to be celebrated.

Spanish Club members are selling a limited number of the Boone 60th Anniversary Ornaments for $10. Payments can be made at Make sure to include your name and first period teacher.

Longer lunches help students By GAVIN WATERS Lunch is the time of the day to get things done; with only 30 minutes, students argue it is hard to get anything accomplished. Lunches, if extended, would provide students with more time to complete things they cannot do after school due to riding the bus or sports. A longer lunch could help resolve the conflict of balancing sports and clubs because they could meet during lunch. Coaches, who are unwilling to give up valuable time, will not play students if they miss practice; and students are not able to be leaders in clubs or active members because they are playing a sport part of the year. If club meetings were during a lunch period, students could eat during the meetings and then have a full practice after school. Local high schools, such as Colonial and Bishop Moore, have lunch as a period out of their day, but this is because they have a cafeteria large



Lunch time should be extended to allow students sufficient time to eat, attend club meetings and receive tutoring.

enough to serve all students in one lunch shift. Additionally, Colonial’s high percentage of bus riders would not have transportation home from clubs if they met after school. Extracurricular activities keep students involved and give them an opportunity to get into better colleges by helping their resume. Those who ride the bus can still participate in these activities because meetings are during their lunch shifts. Even without a large enough lunchroom the school could accommodate this by splitting lunches into two periods like they do now. Therefore, lunch shifts would be a full 49 minute period. With the 30 minute lunch schedule, students do not have time to get through the line, causing them to have to eat in their next class, if teachers allow them to, or go without eating at all. When students have things they have to do during lunch they have no choice but to skip lunch, which is not healthy for a student who needs substantial energy to learn for the next three to four periods. Tutoring during lunch is beneficial to students who have trouble and cannot complete their homework on their own. Math teachers specifically could benefit from longer lunches by making

students who do not turn in their homework go to tutoring during lunch to receive half credit and extra help to understand their lessons. If National Honor Society members served as tutors during this time, it could help them fulfill the mandated five hours of community service on campus each nine weeks. This is a win-win. With an extension of lunch time the cafeteria would have an opportunity to make more money because students would have more time to buy food as they decompress. To make lunch a full period, there has to be time added to the school day. There are a minimum amount of minutes required by the state for each class. The best option would be to reduce pass-time between classes to five minutes and add an additional 13 minutes to the school day. The teacher duty day would then be 7:10 a.m. to 2:40 p.m. These adjustments would equal the 19 minutes added to lunch. Having 13 minutes added to the day would not make a substantial difference. If students had a whole period in the middle of the day, to get homework done, meet with clubs or just decompress their day would be more productive. With club meetings during lunch,

teachers would not mind the extra time in the day because the meetings during lunch and not after school would allow them to go home earlier, and it would provide a greater number of members since bus riders could participate. Understandably, one argument against longer lunches is that more free time would provide time for students to misbehave. Students misbehaving at lunch because of the increased time, are the same ones who get in trouble on a regular basis. So more or less time will not effect their behavior. Another downfall may be if a club sponsor has a different lunch period than club members. One thing that could occur is for the master schedule to arrange for club sponsors to have fourth period off. This would allow the sponsor to have two meetings to serve all club members. Another remedy would be to have officers record minutes for those who cannot meet. The current amount of time allocated for lunch shifts is not sufficient for students. Longer lunches are needed to get through the lines to get one’s food, attend club meetings and seek homework help. In the end, a longer lunch would be all around better for students, teachers and the school in general.

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ßletters to the editor Qualities define students

I believe that affirmative action should still exist today. In admission into a school they always look at all aspects of a student’s upbringing and life. Gender, religion, race, color, sexual orientation and origin have a lot to do with how the student is going to respond to a situation and how they were raised to act towards school and their peers.

Thayane Pastick, junior

Advantages are undeserved

I do not think affirmative action should still exist today. I do not think it’s fair [because it] benefits people who did not even suffer from the discrimination. This is coming from me, a Hispanic person. Although I am grateful and will accept any money I get from being Hispanic, I do not think it’s fair that I get it. I didn’t do anything to earn that money, [I was] just born Hispanic. Scholarships and things of that nature should be earned not a birthright.

Elaina Carrion, senior

Nation takes step backwards

Affirmative action should not still exist today. We live in a time where society has realized that everyone is equal and everyone deserve equal opportunity. Affirmative action is a step backwards for us as people while we are trying to make progress in the area of equality. No one should be refused an opportunity because of their race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, or anything of the sort. The way people are seen in the eyes of another shouldn’t affect the way they live their life and the things they get to do.

Dana Ansell, sophomore

Best efforts need rewards

Race, religion, sex, origin, etcetera should have nothing to do with [one’s skills]. If somebody really wanted something bad enough he should try his best to get it. It is really unfair to see someone try his best to succeed just to lose it all and not get what he had worked for. Like, I would like to go to the Naval Academy in Maryland and if I try my best to achieve good grades but find out that although I met all the requirements but didn’t make it in and lost to someone else, I would be furious.

Carlos Parks, sophomore

Qualifications matter more

I do not believe affirmative action should still be used in today’s day and age. A college should base its decision solely on qualifications. Decisions being made are weighing too heavily on affirmative action. Also, I find it very unfair to use affirmative action in some situations a minority who doesn’t meet qualifications will make it in, while another who meets or exceeds the qualifications are turned down due to race, religion, etc.

Brianna Dickey, sophomore

Actions counter racism

Yes, affirmative action should exist because racism, sexism and discrimination still exist. Until we can live in a society where everyone is treated equally, it should be [available] to counteract discrimination [but] you should not have to have a certain amount of people from certain races because that is not equal opportunity. Some companies have to have a certain amount of minority races. I think it should be based on the skills of the employee.

Rachel Hewitt, sophomore

Everyone deserves equality

I do not believe affirmative action should exist today. I think everyone should have the same fair chance. I do not believe anyone should get special treatment. The discrimination happened a long time ago. I think everyone should have a fair shot at getting a job or going to a certain college.

Tyler Holmus, junior

Unfair for majority

Affirmative action should still exist today. Affirmative action allows diversity in certain situations, especially college. Statistically, minorities have more financial struggles and personal issues, such as single parent households and lower education, that make it more difficult for them to achieve success or have the opportunity to, at the next level. I believe that because of the additional struggles that minorities may have to endure they should be granted additional privileges and luxuries that will allow them to succeed and go far in their future.

Rhapsody Arias, senior

Policies outdated, ineffective The policies of affirmative action are outdated. The policies were set in place to help open opportunities for minorities in this great country. This policy is from the late 1960s. In the past 45 or 50 years since the policies have been set in place, people have been considered equal in this country for quite awhile but in a way, this policy makes us unequal by providing an advantage to these minorities on an already even playing field.

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Fellowship of Christian Athletes will be holding a FCA Huddle at 7:09 p.m. in the junior/senior cafeteria on Nov. 5, with the theme “Thanksgiving Feast.” FCA will be collecting donations for the Boone Food Pantry.

The Spanish Club begins their SHIRT OFF YOUR BACK community service project that will end in March. Students can donate long or short-sleeved cotton buttondown shirts that are in good condition that will benefit the Migrant Farm workers Association. Please send shirts to Connie Heiselman in Room 10-203.

Historic Court decision resurfaces Affirmative action began with an executive order passed by John F. Kennedy that mandated employees be hired and treated equally no matter their “race, creed, color, or national origin.” In 1978, the Supreme Court ruled that UC Davis’ medical school’s quota of setting aside seats for minority groups of students unconstitutional. Justice Lewis Powell voted for stopping the quotas, but still thought diversification among admissions was a positive idea and necessary. The Supreme Court is readdressing affirmative action in Fisher v. University of Texas case. In the case, UT denied Abigial Fisher’s admission claims she was denied entrance to the University of Texas and admitted less qualified minority students.

By JACKSON Affirmative CRUMBLY action Since 1961, when presents affirmative action diversity in began, it has been a schools and controversial topic gives more mainly due to the minorities common misconception a chance of what it actually is. to be as successful Those who disagree as the with affirmative action majority. may be misinformed with an exaggerated notion of its meaning. This creates tension and jealousy between minorities and Caucasians. For most of America’s history, minority groups and women have been discriminated against for something that they has control over, race and gender. Minorities and females were considered subordinate, by not having the rights of white males. From 1863, when slavery was abolished, it took almost 100 years for minorities to finally get the same rights as caucasians. This why affirmative action aims to correct this unjust treatment. Affirmative action is an effort to better minorities and women’s opportunities in education and employment. Caucasians may think it means minorities do not have to do the work and are just given opportunities. It really means that an equally or better qualified minority or woman would get hired or receive a scholarship over a Caucasian male. Women could not vote until 1920, no matter what their race was. After winning the right to vote, it didn’t make finding a job for a woman easier, and the same goes for black and Hispanic people after gaining their



freedom in America. Today there are still employers who do not hire women or minorities. Affirmative action makes sure ethnicity and gender are not disadvantages. Although minorities and women getting hired in average paying positions has become easier due to this law, higher paying positions are a different story. According to 1998 U.S. Department of Labor statistics, a black person generally earned $459 a week, and a Caucasian earned $590 a week. This gap may be due to a lack of education or racial bias. This is why affirmative action is still necessary in America today. Affirmative action is also in place to account for minorities, statistically, having more financial problems than Caucasians. Getting good grades is more difficult than it would be for a person who doesn’t have to worry about everyday essentials, like food. Through affirmative action a minority student could be accepted into college and have a chance to receive a degree and from that, a job and eventually get out of poverty. America is 13.1 percent is black, 16.7 percent Hispanic, and 63.4 percent white. The workplace needs to model the country it is in. Diversity in workplaces and on campuses is another goal of affirmative action. America is a melting pot of races, religions and beliefs and that is exactly how schools and jobs should be: diverse. On a college campus or in the workplace, affirmative action may get two people of different races, who never considered talking, to interact. This helps eliminate ignorance by having all races talk and learn together. Racism still exists today, and its root is based in ignorance. Ultimately, America’s population is over 60 percent white and over 50 percent women; affirmative action keeps all races and genders equal in America. This action is in place to give everyone a fair chance to have success in life by getting an education and a job.



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Crumbly, Conor Curry, Thomas Egan, Gabriella Fakhoury, Chase Gardner, Kaley Gilbert, Austin Hall, Sam Holleman, Josh Halloran, Heather Janas, Jordan Knight, Ciara McCoy, Tommy McDonald, Mackenzie Mock, Paula Morales, Olivia Quatrone, Gavin Waters

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Discrimination against majority hurts everyone By TOMMY MCDONALD Ending Affirmative action Affirmative is meant to create Action equality for all, will push but accepting over minorities qualified students to succeed solely based on race without is discrimination. inequality Racial preference for that discriminates majorities. against the majority is not anymore right than discrimination against minorities. Moving forward with racial equality requires the same treatment for every race. Affirmative action is a hypocritical system that supports discrimination. Entitlement based on race is something. The government should not support. Affirmative action supports lazy citizens who are used to receiving handouts. No race should have this kind of advantage. The current system serves as a backup to minority students who know they will not have to secure a high GPA because schools will compensate them with a point if they are black and half a point if they are Hispanic according to CNN’s “Keep affirmative action but reform it.” A false sense exists that white students are given everything they need to get into college, but being white does not guarantee being smart or having access to adequate resources. Success comes from being selfdriven, not a skin color. One could argue that coming from a family based on a life in poverty would promote a hard work ethic rather than students from an affluent family. Once minority students graduate from college they will realize employers take minority status into account much less



Diversity provides America with better opportunities


Principal Margaret McMillen

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than colleges. Only when two applicants are similarly qualified and one is a minority will affirmative action become a factor. Affirmative action accustoms minorities to succeeding with sub-par qualifications, although employers will hire the best worker without taking race into consideration. Less qualified students being admitted into schools is not always a blessing for those students. The majority of students accepted under racial preferences struggle academically and usually do not come close to achieving their goals, according to “The Unraveling of Affirmative Action” in The Wall Street Journal. This claim is confirmed by Duke University’s research that shows black students 52 percent rate of achieving an intended sciences major versus white students who have an 83 percent rate. Students getting into colleges based on racial preferences is reality. Stanford’s African-American students on average scored 171 points less on their SATs than white students according to Stanford in “The Case Against Affirmative Action.” According to “The Unraveling of Affirmative Action” in The Wall Street Journal, preferences for minorities are equal to an additional 100 points on the SAT. Students coming from homes with an income of $200,000 score an average of 381 more points than students living in poverty, according to “Total Group Profile Report” from College Board. The research shows that every economic bracket does better than the one below it. There are poor white students and privileged minorities have well paying jobs. Assistance should be given to students based on income. Assistance should be given in the form of a better education, not free points on the SAT or boosted GPA’s. Every qualified student deserves a chance to succeed, and when a discriminatory admissions policy takes that right away from him based on race it is unfair. Equality is for everyone, not just minorities.

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Sam Holleman, columnist

Calm down Facebook According to the online commercial released by Facebook, the social networking sight and chairs are the same. For those who have not seen this commercial, this is what it said: Facebook is like chairs. It is also like, doorbells, dance floors and basketball. It also talks about how Facebook is like the universe and ultimately, makes one feel depressed and friendless. But the bottom line is, Mark Zuckerburg and his advertising staff are trying to persuade people that chairs and Facebook are similar. Contrary to the advertisement, chairs are not like Facebook because one cannot sit on Facebook and eat a sandwich (or Flavor Shock Gushers if one is feeling adventurous). One could argue that they could open up Facebook on a web page and then sit on the computer, but sitting on one’s computer does not sound like the ideal way to take care of an expensive electronic device such as a computer. The closest one could get to sitting on Facebook would be sitting on the servers at Facebook headquarters, but I don’t think Zuckerburg would appreciate that. Furthermore, Facebook is not like a chair because chairs have been around a lot longer. While Facebook has graced the world with its presence for 7 years, chairs have been around for just a little bit longer about 4,500 years longer). Chairs are scattered throughout history. The founding fathers did not place their heinny on Facebook when signing the Declaration of Independence; Abraham Lincoln did not plant his peach on his Facebook page while signing the Emancipation Proclamation. Did Susan B. Anthony situate her fart-cannon on a picture someone tagged her in on Facebook during the women’s suffrage movement? The correct answer is no. In addition, chairs and Facebook are not similar because “Facebook” is what the Harvard scholars refer to as a proper noun, while, on the other hand, “chairs” is a common noun. A proper noun is a subgroup of nouns that is the name of a person, place or thing. For instance, Facebook is a proper noun because it is the name of a website. A common noun, such as doorbell and chair, are words for general items. Facebook and chairs are not similar in any way, shape or form. Facebook needs to stop trying to sound intellectual, simplistic yet complicated all at the same time. Facebook is a website teenagers use to post quotes no one cares about that someone who nobody knows said at some point and for looking at pictures of a kid named Brian who seems to be running into a bit of bad luck. Calm down Facebook.


I don’t care; I eat as many calories as I want. I work out. Luis Serrano, senior

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Broccoli has high levels of antioxidants, which can help to product your body’s cells.

Nearly 12 percent of enlistment-age men and 35 percent of women are too heavy to join the Army.

Not only does lifting weights keep you in shape, it also help supports your metabolism.

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children are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. AUniversity of South Florida research study published in February 2012 says studies show obese children ages 10-13 have an 80 percent chance of being obese adults. This increases their likelihood of having heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and other health problems. The same USF study finds 24.4 percent of children in Florida are obese. Among Florida high school students, 30 percent are overweight or at risk of becoming overweight. Schools in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties have invested in anti-obesity programs. Each school system has policies which lower junk food in its vending machines. Certain schools participate in “Read and Ride” programs. Students are encouraged to ride donated exercise bicycles while they read. Exercising is one way to lose weight, but counting calories is also effective. Initiatives like Disney Channel’s 2010 “Magic of Healthy Living,” Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign launched in January 2010, and mandates for calorie counts on menus and vending machines are being established in response to childhood obesity. Calories are burned in several ways. One is Basal Metabolic Rate which burns 60 percent of calories in the body; general movement of the body burns 30 percent of the body’s calories; athletic activities 30 minutes a day burn 10 percent the body’s calories. Teens who are involved in sports or are active burn more calories and need higher caloric intakes. According to, highly active teens could need 5,000 calories a day. Overweight or obese teens have to reduce their caloric intake and be more active to reach a healthy weight, but a teen’s healthy weight also depends on age, sex and body frame.

The average female ages 14-18 needs 1,800-2,400 calories a day. Males ages 14-18 need 1,800-3,200 a day. Teens who do not monitor their calorie intake digest about 3,500-4,000 calories a day. Cutting calories can decrease weight, but cutting calories too fast slows the metabolism and the weight can come back. Cutting calories gradually is best. “I don’t care; I eat as many calories as I want. I work out,” senior Luis Serrano said. With passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration started requiring calorie counts on restaurants’ menus who have more than 20 locations. In September 2012, New York approved a plan to prohibit sales of sugary drinks like sodas and high sugary juices over 16 ounces in restaurants. This is a first in the nation. Following in New York’s footsteps, Coke, Pepsi and Dr. Pepper are creating vending machines with calorie counts on buttons. These vending machines will be released in 2013, first in Chicago and San Antonio, as test markets. Vending machine operators with more than 20 machines must post calorie information. “I think this is beneficial for people trying to keep a healthy diet,” sophomore Jenna Winn said. A potential problem with this is that people already know that soda and junk food are not the healthiest snacks, but choose these foods anyway. “[It’s a] waste of time and money. Information doesn’t change behavior,” Liston said. Regardless, the national movement to combat childhood obesity continues and only time will tell the results of the fight.

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Changes put pressure on school [ school grade from, page 1 to achieve academically whether it be in FCAT, EOC, APs, SAT and ACT,” Principal Margaret McMillen said. However, the standards for these tests have changed, which may negatively affect the campus. A student now needs to perform better on FCAT and the new EOC tests to achieve a passing grade. In addition to these higher standards in testing, more students are expected to pass. At least 25 percent of students must meet high standards in reading or the school grade will be lowered by one letter grade. Two years ago the school received a B for this reason. Junior Sydney Jones agrees that grading should be more rigourous. “In other states, the standard is higher than in Florida. So it may look like a school is passing when it’s not. The standard should be higher and we should expect more out of our students,” Jones said. Another change is that English for Speakers of Other Languages and special education students will now be

included in grade calculations. This may cause the school’s grade to drop because students who have only been learning English for a year will perform worse on tests than native speakers. Despite the changes, there are changes that will improve the school’s chances for getting an A. The way advanced placement classes are accounted for has been revised to equally include participation and performance, meaning that instead of mainly focusing on how many students are taking advanced placement classes, more importance will be put on how many are passing. Students at this school consistently perform well on Advanced Placement exams. “I’m glad the formula was adapted to reflect all of the indicators of what goes on in a high school like graduation rates, ACT and SAT performances. I disagree however with how some of the cells are calculated. Particularly with the case of special education students and second language learners,” McMillen said. The changes have increased the pressure for the school to perform well because an A grade would create a good image for the school and is important to

both parents and students. “I would feel great [if the school received an A], because obviously it’s good for the school you kid goes to get graded well. Especially since [Sydney] is a junior. It looks good for future colleges for her high school to be represented well,” Reginald Jones, Sydney Jones’s father, said. McMillen says that if an A is not rewarded to the school, administration will look at the areas that need attention and try to improve upon them. “I would be disappointed [if the school got a low grade] but I know that myself as a student is better than the grade,” S. Jones said. McMillen also agrees that the grade does not fully reflect the school. “I would give Boone an A plus. I know our students. I see how hard they work. They excel in classrooms and in all their endeavors. This is an amazing campus. When we talk about Boone, it’s our faculty, students and community. It’s not just good, it’s special,” McMillen said. After calculations are made by the Department of Education, grades are expected to be released by December.

I would give Boone an A plus. When we talk about Boone, it’s our faculty, students and community. It’s not just good, it’s special. Margaret McMillen, principal


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Navigating breakup boulevard By AUSTIN HALL Breakup boulevard is either a very smooth, freshly paved road that is easy to navigate, or it is an unpaved, unforgiving downhill pathway that resembles the road leading to the end of bikini bottom. The point is, breakups are either mutual and clean, or disastrous and riddled with mudslinging. If one is going through a breakup, regardless of personality or methods of coping, surrounding one’s self with people who genuinely care is essential. The support of loved ones can dramatically change the amount of recovering time.


Wallowing in self-pity does not help anyone. In order to get over the ex, one should find ways to conjure up happiness. Do not fall into bad habits that just ignore the pain, but activities that make it seem like life will go on because there are things that make life more enjoyable without this person. Men are known for “going on the prowl” when they are back on the market. Meaning that after a breakup, a man will go around and try and hook up with the closest female within a two mile radius. This is called a “rebound.” A rebound girl is the first girl a man will hook up with or date, very soon after the breakup occurs. The term “rebound” is used because this is the girl that will help him “bounce back.” This is a terrible idea; an idea that usually results in that person crying in the arms of the “rebound” girl. One should wait until the thought of the ex does not want to make him cry before he should even think about dating someone else. Even then, one should take it slow to ensure a healthy recovery and a smooth transition into the new relationship. This leads to another point: forgetting about the problem does not mean it is not there. One can get a stupid tattoo of YOLO across his back and forget about it, but it does not mean that it is not there. Problems like these need to be confronted and solved, much like how a tattoo of that caliber should be removed. Talking it over with a loved one helps, whether it be a family member or a close friend, someone who will listen helps. When it comes to breakups, solve the problem and move on with life. There are plenty of fish in the sea, and who knows, maybe the next catch will be a mermaid.


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We are never getting back together By MEGHAN COTTON Being totally honest, girls are crazy. And they know that. But when a girl faces a breakup, the period of total insanity begins. Girls do not take too kindly to break ups. Take Adele and Taylor Swift for example. They each wrote entire albums based off bad breakups and made millions of dollars off of them. But not every girl can write a song about how they are never getting back together. There are typical characteristics in most girls that forms a common bond. Phase one, after a couple has split, the finger pointing and blaming begins. There seems to be a common agreement among men who say girls are “bothersome”. But girls do not just become insane overnight; the guy played a role in this transformation. For instance, when a guy does not respond to girl’s text, he had better prepare for World War III. Yes, the girl may be the one that changed during the relationship, but good luck trying to get that through her head. Admitting fault is detrimental to a girl’s selfesteem as well as her image. Phase two, let the mind games begin. Although a girl may seem confident and say that the break-up does not bother her, the

truth is, it does. Girls tend to overanalyze. The next month will consist of play-by-play recounts of the relationship. “What did I do wrong?”, “When did he stop showing interest?”, “Is there something wrong with me?”, and so on. Girls are known to be selfconscious. Throw a break-up into that mix of crazy and what is the outcome? More crazy. A total emotional wreck. Have fun with that keyed car, boys. Phase three, the “victorious” come back. This is the step in which some girls undergo a physical change. A common change among girls is to dress down and cake on the makeup to get as much attention from other guys as possible. After that transformation they might as well go stand on the street corner at midnight. Those who remain the same, pick their heads up and continue on the hunt for a good boyfriend. Again, take Taylor Swift; she had her heart broken enough times to make four albums but that does not stop her. Shy girls may swear off boys until they mature more, (which will not happen anytime soon), or at least until the super hot jock waves to her in the hallway. Girls tend to fall for boys too easily even though the fall may hurt. In that case, the roller coaster of emotions starts all over again. This is all a part of growing up. It has its ups and downs. It is a normal high school experience. Yes it stinks but kids must learn from their mistakes. High school relationships are a way to find what a girl is looking for in a guy and vice versa. Some lessons in life can only be learned through trial and error, and in this case, that error is one’s ex. Sometimes there are moments when it would be better if boys still had cooties.

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French Honor Society is offering tutoring to any students taking French who need help with their studies. Students can have a one-on-one session with Ann Ballentine or Dr. Safia Mami. French Tutoring is available on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays in rooms 10.205 or 10.209 from 6:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m.

There will be a winter clothing drive for the homeless from Nov. 12-16. Boone students can donate their spare winter attire in the collection box in Room 230. Items that can be donated include blankets, jackets, socks, scarves and other winter wear.


Avoid drinking caffeine at least two hours before going to bed or at all after lunchtime.

Sleep is easier when the bedroom is completely dark. This includes turning off the computer and TV.

It is important to maintain a regular bedtime, even on the weekends. The body needs a balance between sleep time and awake time.

Avoid reading or watching TV before bed. The light and sounds make it difficult to fall asleep.

Sleep deprivation plagues students By THOMAS EGAN When thinking of major hindrances to students’ lives, one would be surprised to find lack of sleep to be a leading health concern. High school students’ time is filled with many activities, such as school, homework, sports and a social life. This leads to sleep being put on the back burner, which negatively affects a student’s performance in school, safety at the wheel and health. “If you aren’t getting enough rest, you won’t be able to think clearly and you can’t perform well on tests,” AP Psychology teacher Teresa King said. Sleep is a key element that affects one’s cognitive state and its functions. Losing sleep impairs attention, alertness, concentration, reasoning and problem solving. Sleep deprivation negatively affects learning efficiency and harms a student’s performance in school. During sleep, a person goes through a sleep cycle, which helps consolidate memories in the mind. Without going through these cycles, one can have difficulty remembering what he learned in school the day before. “I am not able to focus when I haven’t had enough sleep,” Sophomore Class president Wesley Harper said. “I believe it’s a big problem for high school students.” For high school students who are just starting to drive, sleep loss can be dangerous. Drowsiness slows reaction time just as much as drinking. Fatiguerelated accidents and crash-related deaths are most common in the 25 and under age demographic. “I always want to close my eyes or rest my head,” junior Kaley Knapp said. “[Students] can never focus because

we’re always so tired.” Sleep loss can even affect a person’s appearance and health. When the body doesn’t get enough “beauty sleep”, it releases the stress hormone cortisol. In excess amounts, cortisol breaks down skin collagen, a protein that keeps skin smooth and elastic. According to a Feb. 10, 2009 poll by the National Sleep Foundation, only 20 percent of high school students get the recommended nine hours of sleep on school nights and one in four report sleeping in class. “[After I don’t get enough sleep] I don’t really pay attention and I can’t remember anything that happens,” freshman Noah Hughes said. For teens who struggle with sleep loss, students should try to abstain from TV and other forms of entertainment in their bedroom and cutting out caffeine from their diet after lunch. Sleep is an important part of the high school stage in a person’s life. It is during deep sleep that a person’s body releases growth hormones allowing him to grow and mature. An NSF study shows that most people require at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night. If one is not getting enough sleep, he should adjust his schedule and set a regular bedtime.

According to the NSF, 28% of high school students report falling asleep in class at least once a week.

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SENIOR PRIDE. At the parade, Elizabeth Cargo, Shelbee Simmons, Emily Nusbickel, Bridgette Norris, Nichole Clayton, Alexandra Clayton and Maribeth Collins pose with the totem pole. “[The totem pole] represents our class as a whole,” Simmons said. The totem pole is a part of the Senior Class float during the homecoming parade.

Tradition unites classes [ TotemTradition from, page 1 got it,” Kittrell said.The hiding and stealing of the totem pole is a cycle. After the juniors steal it from the seniors, the seniors steal it back. Once homecoming comes all bets are off. The fight for the totem pole can get pretty competitive. “[We got it back] partly through intimidation. The juniors took it back to us after they got scared,” senior Dillon Knox said. Finding the totem pole can also be a challenge; usually it does not stay in one place for long. “If you get it, you put it in a super secretive spot. Usually only four people know. If someone finds out you have to move it fast so they lose the trail,” junior Kevin Irwin said. There are different methods for retrieving the totem pole, but all require a certain amount of stealth. “You have to be sneaky. One night we went out all dressed in black,” Moore said. But retrieving the totem pole raises certain issues as well. “We got a group of guys together.

It’s really heavy. It’s like seven feet tall and 70 pounds. You come up with a play to get it and if it doesn’t work out you run,” Irwin said. The totem pole tradition is looked forward to by both seniors and juniors. “Last year was really fun because we stole it before the class of 2012 expected us too. It was right before graduation and they were at their grad parties. It was also fun trying to hunt for it when it got stolen back,” senior Emily Porterfield said. Although not everyone is as enthusiastic about it as others. “I think the totem pole tradition is extremely overrated and not as much fun as it used to be. But it sure is nice to see it during the homecoming parade on the senior float,” senior Shelbee Simmons said. Despite differences in opinion, overall, it brings the senior and junior classes together. “It raises a lot of pride within the senior class and eventually unites the juniors and seniors as one,” Knox said. The totem tradition is a rite of passage for the juniors as they “stepup” as seniors. For the seniors it is symbolic; one of the ways they mark their final year of high school on the top of the totem pole.


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INDUCTIONS Congratulations to both juniors and seniors who have been tapped into National Honor Society this past Friday, Nov. 2. There will be an NHS induction ceremony in the auditorium, Nov. 14. Students are admitted based on community service, scholarship and leadership excellence.

Spanish Club and Spanish Honor Society will be returning to the Columbia Restaurant on Wednesday, Dec. 12. It will be their 12th year of going to Celebration to enjoy a delicious dinner, see the “snowfall” and listen to the caroling in the streets. The price for the dinner is $26 per person. Please pay on SchoolPay no later than Dec. 7.

Singer creates ‘Masterpiece’

Student releases single, prepares for future in music

I feel privileged to have been given the gift to sing. I always think ‘Why me?’ Rebecca Gage junior

ßupclose In February 2012, junior Rebecca Gage released “Masterpiece” on iTunes. To see a behind the scenes look of her single scan this QR code with a smartphone.

By DELANEE BOGAN Bright lights shine in her eyes as she steps back, out of breath from hitting her last note perfectly. This is a weekly occurrence for junior Rebecca Gage. Ever since Gage was born she showed an interest in music. Her mother, Michelle Gage knew she had talent when she was growing up. “I always believed she could do anything. I believe her music will impact others around the world,” M. Gage said. Gage has performed multiple events around Orlando. She sings frequently for Fellowship of Christian Athletes huddles, sang last December at City Hall, June at Lake Eola and at several weddings in September. Gage came in second place at the American Idol Experience at Disney in 2012. “I feel privileged to have been given the gift to sing. I always think ‘Why me?’ I don’t deserve to have this gift,” Gage said. In February 2012, Gage released her first single, “Masterpiece.” It is a Christian song that she wrote herself. One can download the song for $0.99 through iTunes. The money she receives from her song goes towards the ministry at her church. “It was so surreal [when ‘Masterpiece’ released on iTunes]. My friends would play it in front of me at school. It was weird hearing my voice come out of their phone,” Gage said. Gage plans to continue writing music

and performing at every opportunity she can. Her genre is a mix between country and blues. She works with vocal coach Danny Flores once a week. “[Gage’s greatest strength] is her willingness to continue to work on her craft and her voice itself. The way she performs on stage is very bold and she never gives up,” Flores said. Since seventh grade, Gage has been singing on a weekly basis at Fellowship Church. She sings on Wednesday nights at Remix, a high school youth group. “I love singing [at Fellowship Church] because I feel like I am fulfilling what I am called to do,” Gage said. M. Gage also sings at Fellowship Church and is Gage’s agent. Her father, Rodney Gage is currently the pastor at Fellowship. He has helped Gage grow by introducing her to people he knows in the music industry. Not only are her parents supportive, but her siblings are also. “I look up to her because of her actions and decisions she makes on a daily basis. It’s really cool how my older sister has a song on iTunes and how she lives out what her song is about,” Ashlyn Gage, sister, said. A. Gage makes watching her sister sing and perform a priority. Gage’s parents also help support her by encouraging her on a day-to-day basis. Gage plans on going to school for music and is unsure of her future career, but she would like it to include music. “[My advice to others who want to sing] is to keep writing everyday and to put your heart and soul on paper. Writing is very important because it’s a way to express yourself,” Gage said.

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SING IT. Performing at “Make Em’ Smile,” junior Rebecca Gage sings on stage. The event is a part of Nathaniel’s Hope, an organization that helps kids with special needs and their families. WORSHIP. Every Wednesday Rebecca Gage sings at Remix, a high school youth group at Fellowship Church.

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[ Tracy from, page 1 the College Board SAT Book was very helpful in preparing for the exam. “[My advice to others taking the SAT] would be to definitely do practice tests online for free so then you can have good help timing yourself. It helps [get you ready] in advance so you don’t have to prepare yourself the day of,” Tracy said. After Tracy’s family heard about her perfect score they celebrated her achievement by going to her favorite restaurant, Garibaldi’s, for lunch. “She was uncomfortable telling anyone [about her perfect score] for a while so we didn’t share it with anyone.

I think she was concerned about how her friends and classmates would view her,” J. Tracy said. Even though she has never needed much motivation from her family, they are always there for her. “Megan doesn’t need much external motivation. Sometimes the best way to motivate her is to tell her she can’t do it,” J. Tracy said. Tracy is on the varsity soccer team, president of Spanish Honor Society, co president of Model UN and a member of National Honor Society. She is also a tutor before and after school in the math lab, writing center and math center. Tracy is enrolled in six advanced placement classes and maintains a 4.0 unweighted GPA. Having 12 AP

credits, she is ranked 20th in her class. “[I manage my time by] not procrastinating. If you get your work done early, you don’t have to worry,” Tracy said. Tracy submitted her application to Yale University. She is interested in linguistics, modern language, literature or foreign language as her major. She also is interested in Carlton College, Amherst College, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Davidson College and the University of Chicago. She is aiming towards Yale. “[Yale] has a very academic reputation and hard classes that I would look forward to. I want to be somewhere different than where I’ve been living for the past 17 years,” Tracy said.

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[It] has improved the way I study and has helped me keep a social life. Cristian Rhea, freshman


Some children are spending too much time on games, phones, and other electronics, but I still think it’s a positive thing. Jean Campbell, Technology teacher

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Technology has helped me academically and socially. If I don’t know a question my teacher can’t answer I can look it up, and I can meet new friends. Tiyahna Carter, sophomore

Technology has positive, negative The Good: App gives people voice

[It] makes things a lot easier, like communicating and getting in touch with people. Jason Fennimore, senior

By GABRIELLA FAKHOURY For three years, TapToTalk has been giving children and adults a voice. Creating an electronic voice, TapToTalk allows a person who cannot talk to have a voice of his own. This app is specifically designed for kids and adults with autism, down syndrome, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), or traumatic brain damage, giving one a easier way to communicate with others. “TapToTalk is good because it allows one of my students to interact with others and communicate, where as if he did not use the app, he wouldn’t interact with others,” Denise Scott, Exceptional Student Education Teacher, said.

[It] has made everything easier because I couldn’t imagine going through big books for [school related] information,” Melanie Ferreira, junior

ßstats&figures Name: TapToTalk Price: Free Available: iPhone, iTouch, BlackBerry, tablet, online Rating: Tap ToTalk uses pictures to guide users to the correct words. If needed users can change the picture to one preferred. To project the words from a device, the user taps on a picture of the word he wants projected picking the different words from the specific category one wants to talk about. TapToTalk helps Scott’s student with everything from asking for something to eat to having a full on conversation with another person. Without TapToTalk he would not have any way to communicate with someone. It needs Internet or WiFi to work.

The Bad: Texting causes death By LIA VILLAR Since 2007, about 35,000 teenagers died in car crashes. This is 6,000 per year, which means 18 teenagers die per day in car crashes. Texting and driving is one of the leading causes in death of teenagers. Junior Steven Thetford knows first hand how texting and driving can affect one’s outlook on life. “My cousin died [in a car accident caused by a driver texting]. It was sad because he was young and it was a stupid way to die,” Thetford said. According to article “11 Facts About Teen Driving,” a teenager is four times more likely to die when the driver is texting.

Technology spans spectrum


Connected World Wide With the accessibility of Facebook, Skype and Twitter, one has the ability to connect with people all over the world without having to spend money on long distant calls or waiting on snail mail. Skype also helps military families and those in long distance relationships.

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Hybrid cars and GPS

Greater access to information Students can now easily use a search engine and find all the information they need to complete homework, essays and projects. For at-home activities, is a tool to use one’s creativity and create things from Halloween costumes to recipes.

Teaching tools Progressbook is a tool for students to check and keep track of their grades. This is also a tool for teachers to keep their students grades in order and leave notes for parents. Edmodo is an online tool and app that allows teachers to upload statuses and share grades and homework with the students who have accounts. Teachers also use to check for plagiarism.

Not only has manufactures improved the look of the car but how efficiently they are. There are now many more hybrid cars, running on mostly electricity. This technological advance has helped not only with saving gas money but also the environment. GPS’s have been saving people time and gas money. Directing one to a destination and updating roads and routes itself is helpful; all smartphones have GPS’s built into their maps.

Time savers Websites and apps allow one to shop and pay bills online quickly and efficiently. Postal mail is becoming outdated because of how quickly and simple online websites are. For those who do not like to go shopping they have the ease and comfort of online shopping. Billing online is also a way of going green because of all the paper saved. There are also apps like Pageonce that keep on track of one’s bills and pay them.

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College applications are made simple with online applications. SAT/ACT scores needed for the application are received faster because they are online. Even the SAT/ACT sign up, scores and practice tests can all be completed online.

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The annual senior breakfast is Thursday Dec. 13, at 7:30 a.m. in the junior/senior cafeteria. Beginning Monday, Nov. 12, the Senior Class officers will be selling tickets.

In celebration of the 60th Anniversary Edgewater vs. Boone football game and the Battle for the Barrel the Old Florida National Bank is sponsoring a food drive. Donations will be accepted through Nov. 9 at the bank’s South Orlando’s Medical branch at 918 S. Orange Ave. The school donating the most food will receive a $1500 donation to the school’s foundation.


By ANNA MARIE BORIA f technological advances in the past decade creates al gap between young adults ages 14 through 17 and nd under. Internet access in 1994 was available in 35 blic schools compared to nearly 100 percent of public ording to a Harris Interactive report from May 2009. chnology is shown by the world’s most popular social aching a record breaking milestone. As of Oct. 4, 2012, he world’s population is actively using Facebook. This y comes with positive and negative effects. Its effects enerations span poor social skills from continuous dvanced programs that aid Down Syndrome teenagers ore effectively. Technology has had the biggest impact the age of 13 rather than any other age group. It has ular age group mostly because they were born into this vanced age rather than having to adjust to it.

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Social technology causes reverse effect By CONOR CURRY With all the new technology used in learning today, kids are becoming antisocial, and electronics may be the cause. According to a study by the Pew Research Center in April 2010, 54 percent of teenagers surveyed said they text their friends at least once a day, while 33 percent claimed to talk to friends face-to-face everyday. “I would say technology is mostly just a distraction at times. Some children are spending too much time on games, phones, and other electronics, but I still think it is a positive thing,” Jean Campbell, a technology teacher on campus, said. Ten years ago, technology was nowhere near how advanced it is today. Parents would never dream of their kids using so much technology on a daily basis; however, now it is estimated that the average American teen spends 7.5 hours a day in front of some type of screen. With all the electronic breakthroughs occurring daily, it makes sense that today’s youth is spending an increasing amount of time on devices. Today’s youth have access to Progressbook, phones, iPads and Kindles, These devices provide students world wide with new techniques for learning. With all the new technology at children’s disposal, learning is far different than where it was 10 years ago. The ability of students to email teachers

with questions from home is a benefit of #thefacts Progressbook and Edmodo. The use of intergenerational gap between younger children and teenagers. As high schoolers today were growing up, the electronics found on an Two everyday basis had not been invented thirds yet. Therefore, a more traditional texters are more technique was used. Despite positives such as always likely to being connected, some research implies use their there is much potentially wrong with cellgiving these opportunities to younger phones children. Texting and social media to text have been overused and occasionally friends even obsessed over by adolescents. than to This problem has translated into call them. the classroom with texting in class a common occurrence. “I don’t blame students for misusing their phones because the phones have become a way of life for [the students],” Campbell said. With students becoming less verbally social, colleges such as Rollins have been trying to encourage a more communications friendly environment. “Rollins has been sponsoring lots of different networking events, such as community service. I think it has been helping with socializing, it’s something the students actually enjoy.” Craig McAllister, Dean of Rollins’ Crummer Graduate School, said. “Technology can definitely be a great thing, but I think it is yet to be seen.”

54 percent of surveyed said they text their friends once a day, but only 33 percent talk to their friends face-toface on a daily basis.

thebad Decline in social interactions

Internet provides cheating methods

Seventy-five percent of teens in the United States between the ages of 12 and 17 have cell phones, and teens send more than 50 texts per day, according to National Public Radio article “Teen Texting Soars; Will Social Skills Suffer?” published on April 20, 2012. By relying on the use of social media, socializing virtually is increasing.

Plagiarism has increased over the past 10 years due to the growth of the Internet, according to Technews Daily’s article “College Presidents Blame Rising Plagiarism on Tech Increase.” Education Week reports that 54% of students admitted to plagiarizing from the Internet for their class assignments

ADHD students are attracted to the Internet According to CBS News article “Do You Have ADHD Or Are You Just Easily Distracted?” published on May 10, 2011, studies have shown that one out of 10 children with ADHD is addicted to the Internet. This is because the Internet does not require much attention and when playing games online, those points which appeals to the user who has ADHD since most have altered dopamine reward systems.

Easy access to violence As technology advances so do past times, such as playing video games. According to a PBS article “Reality Bytes: Eight Myths About Video Games Debunked,” young people are more likely to play video games; with 90 percent of boys and 40 percent of girls playing. Video games like Call of Duty: Black Ops and Assassin’s Creed III, desensitize teenagers. Media reformers believe playing violent video games can lead to a lack of empathy for real-world victims.

Childhood obesity

Bullying enters a new level Students experience bullying at school and on buses. With technology advancing, more students have phones with access to the Internet; as a result, cyber bullying has become more prominent among students on social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

Technology provides entertainment and lets students conveniently learn, but the time spent in front of computer and television screens replaces children’s physical activity. According to Livestrong’s article “Obesity in children and technology” from April 26, 2011, the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 10 percent of preschool age children are considered overweight.


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The girls weight lifting team will have their first home meet Nov. 28 against Freedom High School. The meet will start at 5 p.m. and be held in the Wayne Rickman gymnasium.

Boone, Edgewater go head-to-

quoteme [This game] is important to the school and the community. It’s not just for the team but for all the previous players and alumni.

David Wensyel, Edgewater Varsity Football Coach

Let’s get ready

Keith Dilley

John Woodman Grade: 12 Number: 12 Position: Quarterback Height: 6’1” Weight: 188 pounds Notable stats: 13 TD’s 10 interceptions

1953- Game 2 Edgewater wins 0-13


Troy Dunnell Grade: 12 Number: 20 Position: Linebacker Height: 6’ Weight: 200 pounds Notable stats: 50 tackles 3 sacks

Grade: 12 Number: 48 Position: Tight end Height: 6’2” Weight: 210 pounds Notable stats: 10 catches for 108 yards

1961- Game 10 Edgewater wins 26-42

1957- Game 6 Edgewater wins 7-13

1955- Game 4 Edgewater wins 0-2

The varsity cheerleading team is in preparation for the UCA Regionals. The competition is Nov. 17 at the Orange County Convention Center.

1959- Game 8 Tied- no breaker 0-0


1965- Game 14 Edgewater wins 6-39

1963- Game 12 Boone wins 18-0



1952- Game 1 Edgewater wins 0-14

1956- Game 5 Edgewater wins 9-19

1954- Game 3 Tied- no breaker 6-6

1958- Game 7 Boone wins 14-6

Grade: 12 Number: 58 Position: Defensive tackle Height: 5’11” Weight: 250 pounds Notable stats: 45 tackles 4 sacks

1969- Game 18 Boone wins 21-12

1967- Game 16 Boone wins 13-12

1968- Game 17 1960- Game 9 1964- Game 13 Edgewater wins Boone wins Edgewater wins 38-6 13-6 12-18 1962- Game 11 1966- Game 15 Edgewater wins Edgewater wins 0-28 0-6

Cornelius Henson Jr.

David Green

1971- Game 20 Edgewater wins 14-33

Grade: 12 Number: 22 Position: Linebacker Height: 5’6” Weight: 180 pounds Notable stats: 47 tackles and 24 Solo tackles

1973- Game 22 Edgewater wins 3-7


1979- Game 28 Edgewater wins 0-30

1975- Game 24 Edgewater wins 24-36

1977- Game 26 Edgewater wins 6-14




1972- Game 21 Edgewater wins 0-20 1970- Game 19 Edgewater wins 0-46

1976- Game 25 Edgewater wins 0-21

1974- Game 23 Boone wins 29-0

1978- Game 27 Edgewater wins 0-20

1980- Game 29 Boone wins 21-7



Boys soccer match against The First Academy on Nov. 9. The game will take place at home and starts at 5 p.m. On Nov. 13, the team will head to a rival match against Dr. Phillips away.

The Lady Braves went to Edgewater and beat the Eagles, 6-1. Junior Rachel Bridewell scored four goals. Sophomore Alexandra King had three saves.

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Devin Thomas

Andrew Yarnell

Grade: 12 Number: 4 Position: Wide receiver Height: 5’11” Weight: 165 pounds Notable stats: 19 catches 36 points 369 yards

Grade: 12 Number: 52 Position: Offensive lineman Height: 5’11” Weight: 250 pounds Notable stats: no stats available

Blake Williams Grade: 12 Number: 7 Position: Quarterback Height: 6’1” Weight: 180 pounds Notable stats: 51 completions 42 points

1985- Game 34 Edgewater wins 7-24

1981- Game Boone wins 25-14

1983- Game 32 Edgewater wins 3-28

1989- Game 38 Edgewater wins 13-40

1987- Game 36 Edgewater wins 6-35



1982- Game 31 Boone wins 24-0

1991- Game 40 Edgewater wins 14-40

1995- Game 44 Edgewater wins 10-20

1993- Game 42 Edgewater wins 20-24


Aaron Turman Grade: 12 Number: 25 Position: Running back Height: 6’ Weight: 205 pounds Notable stats: 1140 yards 170 rushes 90 points 24th running back in nation

Grade: 12 Number: 31 Position: Defensive end Height: 6’3” Weight: 210 pounds Notable stats: 29 tackles 19 assists 11 hurries

2001-Game 50 Edgewater wins 0-35

[The game] is a tradition and I hope the players will take it as seriously as I do. We can win if we have no turnovers and play our normal game.

Phil Ziglar, Boone Varsity Football Coach

Cody Grant

1999- Game 48 Edgewater wins 27-34

1997- Game 46 Boone wins 20-7


2005-Game 54 Edgewater wins 18-31

2003-Game 52 Boone wins 17-14

2009-Game 58 Edgewater wins 14-21

2007-Game 56 Boone wins 21-14


1996- Game 45 1992- Game 41 2000-Game 49 2004-Game 53 2008-Game 57 Edgewater wins Boone wins Edgewater wins Edgewater wins Edgewater wins 3-20 10-28 28-20 19-42 14-21 1990- Game 39 Edgewater wins 7-28 1988- Game 37 1994- Game 43 1998- Game 47 2002- Game 51 2006-Game 55 Edgewater wins Edgewater wins Edgewater wins Edgewater wins Edgewater wins 6-22 14-42 9-10 0-29 0-28

1986- Game 35 Edgewater wins 3-7

1984- Game 33 Boone wins 20-7


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2011-Game 60 Edgewater wins 7-21



2012-Game 61 TBA

2010-Game 59 Edgewater wins 14-34


Friday, November 9, 2012

sports nflplayers BHS 1994 Northwestern University Wide Receiver Carolina Panthers John Burden

BHS 2001 East Carolina Kicker/Punter Green Bay Packers Ryan Dougherty

BHS 2007 Duke University Offensive Tackle New England Patriots Kyle Hill

BHS 1994 Temple University Running Back Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans Stacey Mack

Through the years 1969 Senior Ziglar graduates from the Reservation


Ziglar is a very confident coach. He has a lot of faith in the ability of those around him Doug Patterson, Athletic Director

Ziglar’s lasting legacy After 23 years, coach retires By CONOR CURRY “Ziglar is a very confident coach. He has a lot of faith in the ability of those around him.” said Athletic Director Doug Patterson, “He really expects to win every time he walks on the field.” Our South Orlando sports community will have a big hole to fill next year as Coach Phil Ziglar ends his 23-year career as head coach and a teacher. Ever since 1990, when Ziglar first arrived as a coach at Boone, confidence and good morals have been his main focus. More than anything else, Ziglar wants to influence students and athletes alike for the future. “[I would have to say] my favorite part of coaching here at Boone is getting to pique students’ interest in the future, and I try to do that by working life lessons into my HOPE classes. Also, I strive to impart self-discipline towards my players,” Ziglar said. Back in the 1960’s, Ziglar began his illustrious football career playing linebacker for the Braves. After graduating in 1969, he attended Tennessee Tech and Maryville, his alma mater (’73). Ziglar earned All-American honors twice while at Maryville. “I had played sports my whole life, yet I had been an average student 1987- 1989 Football’s record was 1-20


First year Ziglar returns to campus as head football coach

1990 2-8 record for Ziglar’s first season as head coach

throughout, and I wish that had been different. However, athletics got me to where I am today,” Ziglar said. Soon after college, Ziglar played linebacker for a Canadian Football League team a two seasons From 1975 to 1989, Ziglar worked as an assistant coach at Dr. Phillips, Oak Ridge and Colonial. Then, in 1990, he returned to his former high school to take over a team with a 1-29 record in its previous three seasons. His first season the team posted 3 wins and 9 losses, a giant leap for the program. The team that year, according to Ziglar, showed confidence that they had been lacking, and succeeded because of his attention to proper discipline. “Ziglar brought with him almost an expectation of winning, and the confidence in ourselves we could win as a disciplined team,” a former player, John Burden said. From 1991-1994, Burden played wide receiver and tight end, learning and improving under the relatively new Coach Ziglar. Eventually, with Ziglar’s help, Burden went on to attend Northwestern University. “Ziglar was a big help in getting me into Northwestern. He was always responsive to college scouts and even prepared informational packets for them,” Burden said. After graduating from Northwestern, the Carolina Panthers Reputation Boone and Ziglar’s reputation began became known

drafted him into the National Football League. Throughout his career, Ziglar estimated that he has sent around 120 players to the NCAA, and including Burden, four have made it to the NFL. Besides the amount of successful players, Ziglar is focused on the lives of teens he has influenced for the future. “[Ziglar is set apart from other coaches] in his passion for teaching not only the game of football, but life for his players on and off the field. He has been known to follow former players and alumni well after graduation,” said Doug Patterson. According to Ziglar, this is not a farewell tour year. He doesn’t want to take away from this season’s players and plans to continue coaching elsewhere in the future. “Don’t get me wrong, I’ve got a lot of coaching left in me. I have a lot left to offer the kids,” Ziglar said Legacy Ziglar ends with 133-108 career record with Boone

Progress Ziglar’s Braves lose Division 6A Championship



Comeback The team achieves a 6-5 their best record since 1975.



Reputation Ziglar leads Braves to FHSAA State Championships

Former Brave leads Commodores Coach helps former player turn life around

ßthestats Number: 98 Height: 6’ Weight: 250 pounds Position: Defensive End, Captain Class: Red Shirt, Senior Major: Business Hometown: Orlando, FL

By MACKENZIE MOCK Living independently from 11 until 15 and then being surrounded by an abusive parent is not a lifestyle kids are accustomed to, but for former graduate Johnell Thomas it was second nature. However with the support of his coaches and teammates, Thomas overcame a harsh upbringing, adversity and other obstacles. In 2004, Thomas’s ninth grade football season, he was arrested for stealing and was detained for two days. When he returned to school and practice, ready to get back on the field coach Phil Ziglar gave him the choice: football or crime. Thomas chose football and with help from Coach Ziglar he tried out for the school’s varsity football team and made it as a sophomore. He was a star in the making and Coach Ziglar knew that from the beginning. “Johnell’s work ethic was phenomenal. I’ve never seen anything like it. He was very

determined and wanted to succeed more than anything. I knew that even as a freshman he had great leadership qualities,” Ziglar said. Thomas’s positive attitude and determination were not the only things that set him apart from the other players. He was close to assistant coach Peter Kearney and the two shared a special bond which helped Thomas not only on the field, but off too. One evening, after finding out Thomas was homeless, Coach Kearney decided to become his legal guardian. He used a connection within child services to quicken the process and within 48 hours he was granted guardianship. He just needed Thomas’s father’s signature, which he willingly gave. “He needed structure and he needed family. I come from seven kids so he has tons of uncles and aunts who all treat him like a nephew. It’s safe to say he excelled once he came home with me,” Coach Kearney said. Ziglar and Kearney helped Johnell turn his life around after he was arrested. He graduated high school with an education and a football career that earned him the opportunity to play on

a scholarship at Vanderbilt University. “I’m extremely blessed for what Coach Ziglar has done for me. It was never easy playing at Boone but he gave me respect for the game,” Thomas said. Thomas made the 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll and is finishing his degree this December in Human and Organizational Development. He is also one of the six captains and the starting defensive end of the Commodore’s football team. “[Kearney] is like a second dad. He’s been there through thick and thin. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him,” Thomas said. Depending on how the season goes Thomas could be training to further his career, attending graduate school to earn his masters or joining the business world and become a working man. “It’s a dream come true [to be a Division 1 football player at Vanderbilt University]. When you’re young you dream about playing high school ball, then maybe college ball. I know it sets me up for the rest of my life and it’s given me qualities and lessons I’ll keep throughout my life,” Thomas said.

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The boys will have their first pre-season home game on Nov. 13, against Osceola High School. The season will start off away until the first regular season home game against West Orange High School on Dec. 4.

A sweep against Dr. Phillips (25-21, 25-19, 26-24) will allow the girls volleyball team to continue the season as district champions. Kendall Sexton with 10 kills and Delaney Arkeilpane with 17 digs. The Lady Braves now face a regional championship schedule with a Dr. Phillips rematch.

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In the Zone

Chase Gardner, columnist

Legend bids farewell Football has seen many great coaches throughout history. Heroes to the sport and their team, they are legends etched in time. Vince Lombardi, Al Davis, John Gagliardi are just three legends that have led their program to win after win and inspired the masses. However, this list is far from complete without the edition of hometown hero, Phil Ziglar. Ziglar came to campus in 1990 not just to raise a football program from the dead, but to coach boys into men. Before Ziglar, Braves football was a lost cause. Players did not find it necessary to attend practice and the result was a 20 game losing streak in district games. The program was a joke and other high schools took it as a joke. There was little to no honor in being on the varsity football team. Things changed substantially when Ziglar took office. The game plan changed and the team made a complete 180. Change was not immediate or easy; enforcing a strict practice regimen weeded out the losers that were just in it for the jersey. The football program had pride again and only the dedicated had the honor of putting on the orange and white on Friday. Over years of this constant discipline, the team started to shine. Ziglar lead the program to three straight regional championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008. He built football players like Stacey Mack, John Burden, and most recently Marvin Bracy. He provided the discipline needed to build a football franchise. With over 23 years on campus he has a 133-108 record with 11 playoff appearances, as well as a state championship ring. Ziglar will not just be remembered as the best coach the program has ever had, his wins are just numbers, ignore the statistics and it is obvious that the real reason Ziglar will be remembered in campus history. He possesses the key traits that all great coaches have and that not all coaches nowadays have: integrity, respectability and self discipline. Whenever he speaks, people listen because what he says is worth hearing. Over 23 years, he has instilled these traits into every player and student he has taught. No one can truly predict what will happen when Ziglar leaves the campus, but it does not take a genius to know that with such big shoes to fill, the program will suffer for the first few years. Without a coach willing to teach morals and discipline the players, not only will the team lose the games, but the players will lose the life lessons provided by Ziglar’s leadership.


ALL THE RIGHT MOVES. Against a Winter Park defense on Sept. 14, senior Devin Thomas gains some yards after the catch by cutting a defender down with a juke move. ““[Winter Park} was a great win because everyone thought we’d lose, and it’s good to prove them wrong,” Thomas said. The game ended 44-26 and gave the Braves a 2-0 record.

Team overcomes injuries #tallyup W 37-34 Braves at West Orange W 44-26 Braves vs. Winter Park L 7-30 Braves at Timber Creek L 28-29 Braves vs. Wekiva L 6-23 Braves at Dr. Phillips W 30-23 Braves vs. Ocoee L 22-46 Braves vs. Freedom W 28-12 Braves at East River W 42-21 Braves vs Cypress Creek

Players worked to overcome their injuries By JACKSON CRUMBLY In the last few years, there have been rule changes in of football to protect players from injury. The new rules help with concussion detection, but injuries are still possible due to the physical nature of the sport. Studies by the Injury Prevention Center at Rhode Island Hospital from 2001 to 2005, found that 1,060,823 people had to go to the hospital due to football related injuries. The team does static and dynamic stretches before games along with lifting more and less hitting in practices to try and keep injuries to a minimum. Coach Phil Ziglar knows injuries are unavoidable and this season is worse than usual with several players missing for part of the season. Ziglar partially credits players not taking the game seriously enough before the season. “Kids not being in shape when they’re on the field. Every sport you have to train for, year round. Your body’s not designed to hit people, so you’ve got to be in physical shape,” Ziglar said. Ziglar also knows injuries happen in the game no matter if you’re in the right or wrong place. Senior defensive end Benny Borrero was out due to a back injury earlier in the season. Borrero fractured his spine during the Oklahoma drill at practice in August, his back bent inwards after colliding with the opposing player. “I waited four weeks to go to the

doctor’s because I thought it was just a muscle injury,” Borrero said. Borrero wore a back brace while he was recovering from his injury. Trainers at Cora Rehabilitation and Therapy Clinics suggested Borrero wait three more weeks after being cleared to play and then have him take a precautionary test to make sure he was ready to hit the field without worsening his injury. Borrero was officially back in the lineup in the team’s win against East River in week. Since being back for the past two games Borrero has already recorded three tackles, three assisted tackles, one sack, one forced fumble, one recovered fumble, and one blocked extra point. The impact of injuries are still being felt on the offensive side of the ball. Junior wide receiver Ryan Keith is suffering from a torn meniscus. Keith is not exactly sure what he did at practice when the tear took place, but he had surgery to repair his knee. Since having the surgery, he attends physical therapy three days a week to help the knee recover completely. Keith does not know if he will be able to play this season or have to wait until his senior season to return. Senior wide receiver Zachary Dyce strained a ligament in his neck when he took a hit in practice over summer twoa-days. Dyce hoped to return against Dr. Phillips, but was just cleared to play his first game in the 42-21 victory against Cypress Creek, on senior night. He continues to meet with a school trainer regularly to stretch and ice his neck before and after practices to keep

from re-straining his neck. Dyce feared he would not step foot on the field for his senior season after sustaining his injury during summer practices in mid-August. Keith still attend practices and team meetings to get “mental reps,” according to Keith. On top of staying familiar with the playbook, the injured players also walk through plays with the team, listen to advice the coaches give and help wherever they can. Keith is the only remaining injured player, but he continues to go though these steps at practices and stands on the sidelines with his teammates during games. Dyce found being forced to stand on the sidelines and watch depressing and hard to do as an athlete. Borrero and Dyce had to work hard to be in the physical and mental condition that their teammates reached while they were unable to play. The team also had to work just as hard to overcome the loss of these players. The team is now 5-4 with two of three of these players back from injury. Mathematically eliminated from the playoffs after the loss to Freedom, the team is 2-0 since Borrero and Dyce returned to the lineup. The impact these player make on the team was missed in tough games. While football, the team is working to keep everyone healthy. Tonight the team plays the Edgewater Eagles (3-6) at Edgewater. The game begins at 7:30 p.m. There is a Barrel Buffet before the game. Cost is $20: contact for more information.

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Boys cross country placed first in the 4A District 3 Championship meet at Ocoee High School. The team will compete on Nov. 9 at Santa Fe College for the Regional finals at 9 a.m. The Lady Braves cross country team also qualified for the Santa Fe College regional meet after placing third in Districts.

Equestrians demonstrate devotion Competitive student riders balance school and sport By JORDAN KNIGHT As she secures her helmet and gives a quick bump to the horse’s stomach, senior Erin Tischer readies herself to jump over a hurdle she has encountered countless times before. Tischer began horseback riding when she was 5-years-old and freshman Hailey Germain has been riding since 4-years-old. As students, Tischer and Germain must stay focused on academics while participating in a sport. “It’s my hobby and something I love,” Germain said. According to Gloria M. Beim, M.D., over 2,300 people, who horseback ride, went to the emergency room in less than a year. Common injuries are bruises, strains and sprains. Injury is all a part of the sport. While Germain has not broken any bones, Tischer’s broke her hip landing a jump, and every finger. “When I broke my hip, I took nine months off because I was in so much pain. I’ve broken fingers by horses stepping on them, falling, bending them, smashing them in stall doors,” Tischer said. Tischer rides at Waters Edge Stables in Apopka and her coaches are Charlotte Ray and Waddy Oursler. Germain rides at Mane Stay Stables in Orlando; her coach is Joseph Pavlovsky. If Tischer

and Germain style of riding is English or Western is unknown. Their coaches, help them fix errors during practice. “It’s a lot of time going over the same maneuvers, working on balance, coordination, teaching them to become one with the horse’s movement,” Pavlovsky said. Germain and Tischer are competitive riders. Both have a horse that they count on for competition season. Germain has had Sparkle for four years and Tischer has had Page for a year. Once they decided to be competitive riders, the decision changed how much time they can spend with family. “She is very busy trying to balance school, band and horseback riding. Sometimes it feels like I only see her if I go with her to watch her ride or in passing,” Yvonne Tischer, Erin’s mother, said. Tischer and Germain are responsible for the maintenance of their horses. The owner must check to make sure it is supplied with clean water and check the pasture weekly for poisonous plants. Factors like bedding, feeding and routine health care determine the annual cost of riding. Competitions vary in location; local one weekend and national the next. Each competition has disciplines like dressage, eventing and jumping. Tischer remains local for competitions, competing in the 100 jump or long stirrup division. Germain competes in local and national shows, where she

photo courtesy/ERIN TISCHER photo/YVONNE TISCHER

usually places in the top 10 at every show, placing first in over 300 classes, competing at least once a month. “I compete once a month in the 100 jump. I’m going to be champion [2012 Orlando Hunter Jumper Association] of my division this season,” Tischer said. Tischer’s next competition is not until December with an unknown date and location. Germain has yet to say when and where her next competition will be taking place.

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JUMPING HURDLES. In a competition and at practice, senior Erin Tischer jumps a hurdle with her horse Page. These jumps are in every competition which makes the repetition of it necessary. Page needs to react like they are second nature to her.

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iPhone determines fate of the galaxy Apple iPhone 5 Weight: 112 grams Size: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm Screen: 4 inches Camera: 8 Mega Pixels Operating system: iOS 6 Build: Metal Cost: $199 (16GB with 2 year contract) The iPhone 5 is said to be “the best iPhone yet” and is determined to live up to that. It is more advanced than its previous model with new features such as the A6 power chip, LTE wireless technology, along with countless others. Besides all new features, it is 18 percent thinner, 20 percent lighter, and is 12 percent less in volume than its previous model, the iPhone 4S. Apple says, “it’s our thinnest display ever. And it’s the first of its kind.” The new phone has a 4-inch Retina display screen with integrated touch technology. Every iPhone is made based on the philosophy that, “the thought and consideration we put into our products go well beyond design.”

Samsung Galaxy S3

By CIARA MCCOY In an Apple dominated market of smart phones and media players, one Android phone steps above the rest, already rivaling initial sales of the iPhone 5, but whether or not one surpasses the other is up to the consumer.

Weight: 133 grams Size: 136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm Screen: 4.8 inches Camera: 8 Mega Pixels Operating system: Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Build: Plastic Cost: $199 (16 GB with 2 year contract)


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Audrey Clack, freshman

The Samsung Galaxy s3 has rivaled sales of the iPhone. Samsung has pulled out all the stops on this one. New features are the social tag, S beam, AllShare play along with numerous others. The design is said to be inspired by nature with a 4.8 inch high definition display. It also offers LTE networks for a faster 3G connection. Another feature of the Galaxy is typing accuracy. The phone recognizes your typing patterns based on the users fingers proximity to each key. Over all the new Samsung is not laying down in the fight against the iPhone saying that “the next best thing is already here.”

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Season conditioning for water polo starts after Thanksgiving break. Any students looking to play should see Rosalie Creighton in Room 504 for more details. Experience is not required.

The drama department will be putting on a one act production on Nov. 13 in the auditorium. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets will be sold at the door.



Virtual fun

Halo 4 Date: Nov. 6 Console: Xbox 360 Synopsis: Master Chief returns in the highly anticipated Halo 4, part of a new trilogy in the Halo universe. Dated almost five years after the events of Halo 3, Halo 4 takes the series in a new direction. New Super Mario Bros. U Date: Nov. 18 Console: Wii U Synopsis: This game will be the fourteenth installment in the New Super Mario Bros. series. This is an upcoming side-scrolling 2.5D platform game for the new Wii U. Call of Duty: Black Ops II Date: Nov. 13 Console: Xbox 360, Playstation 3, PC Synopsis: Black Ops II is the first game in the Call of Duty series to feature future warfare technology and the first to present branching storylines driven by the choice of the player.

Concerts 2 Chainz, Based On a T.R.U. Story Tour Date: Nov. 25, 9 p.m. Details: The Plaza Theatre, 425 N. Bumby Ave., Orlando; $27.50-$200. Waka Flocka Flame Triple F Life Tour Date: Nov. 13, 7:30 p.m. Details: The Beacham, 46 N. Orange Ave., Orlando; $20-$25. Yellowcard Live Date: Nov. 10, 7 p.m. Details: House of Blues Orlando, 1490 E. Lake Buena Vista Dr., Orlando; $32-$100

Upcoming Movies Lincoln Rating: PG-13 Date: Nov. 9 Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt Synopsis: In this film directed by Steven Spielberg it gives the view point of the president during the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln. It continues with his road to emancipate the slaves and shows how his cabinet did not support him during this.

Skyfall Rating: PG-13 Date: Nov. 9 Starring: Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris Synopsis: In Skyfall, James Bond’s loyalty to M is tested as her past come back to haunt her. As they go under attack, 007 and M travel to Scotland to the Bond household called ‘Skyfall’ and must track down and destroy the threat, at whatever cost to his personal life.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 Rating: PG-13 Date: Nov. 16 Starring: Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Kristen Stewart Synopsis: In the highly anticipated next chapter of the blockbuster Twilight Saga, the newly found married bliss of Bella Swan and vampire Edward Cullen is cut off as a series of betrayals and misfortunes threatens and destroys their worlds.

Nov. 13 Luminosity by Stephanie Thomas is released and is the first book in her new Raven Chronicles.

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Friday, November 9, 2012

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The Boone Ping Pong Club will hold their first tournament at school on Nov. 17. An entry fee of $5 is required from all participants, and all players should bring their own paddles. See Patricia Sayers-O’Neil in Room 551.

The Orlando Solar Bears hockey team will play Gwinnett in the Amway Center at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the stadium or at

BURGERFIED. Every Burgerfi burger is made to order, and can be customized to the customers’ specifications. With a plethora of options for toppings and dressings, any burger can be made into a personalized package of flavored perfection. photo/COOPER BROCK

Burgerfi grills perfection #the411 Where: 538 S. Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789

When: Sun-Thu: 11 a.m..-11 p.m. Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

How much: $5 - $20, depending on beverage and side items

Extras: Custard provides interesting alternative to ice cream and frozen yogurt

Contact: 407-622-2010

While expensive, Burgerfi offers quality experience By COOPER BROCK With custom made burgers, “hipster” hot dogs and frozen custard, Burgerfi is a modern take of the perfect burger of Five Guys, the hip and healthy atmosphere of Chipotle. Located on the thriving Park Avenue strip in Winter Park, Burgerfi pulls off the ultramodern look well, featuring wood walled interior with stainless steel furniture, giving off the look of a log cabin furnished by Ikea. After placing their order, customers seat themselves in comfortable indoor or outdoor seating. The staff is friendly, attentive, and is helpful to those who have not yet experienced what Burgerfi has to offer. Burgerfi burgers are made of beef from naturally raised, pasture fed cattle. Each burger is made to order, and then is literally stamped with the Burgerfi seal of approval. A “Burgerfi” logo is branded onto the bun of every burger. While they do offer other flavorful options, their burger is their staple. It’s in their name. While their burgers can be ordered in several different forms, the one constant is their natural angus beef, which is a hot and juicy patty that is sure to satisfy any meat lover. With several ways to enjoy them, the burger

is a safe and satisfying choice. For those who are vegetarian, the Quinoa burger 6.55 is a grilled grain burger that sacrifices meat, but not flavor. To compliment, fresh cut, heavily seasoned fries make an appearance, as well as an expansive drink selection, due mostly to the Thousand-Soda-Machine stationed by the cutlery. From strawberry to coffee mocha, Burgerfi’s milkshakes ($4.47) make a great finale to any meal, arriving in a glass of swirling, creamy flavors. Their custards offer a tasty and satisfying alternative to ice cream and frozen yogurt, with a much creamier taste and texture. As the food, service and atmosphere are all exceptional, one’s main gripe with Burgerfi will be the gaping hole it leaves in his wallet. Fries and drinks must be ordered separately, there is no “meal” option on the menu. A single patty burger costs $3.97, a fountain drink costs $2.77, and an order of fries costs $2.97. While delicious, the food does not warrant such high costs for such humble portions. A burger with fries and a soda, the most basic of meals, costs $9.71 (tax not included). While expensive, Burgerfi is still a great option for those wishing to experience a stellar burger and superb service on their next Park Avenue outing.


VELVET. The red velvet cupcake ($4.47) is a slab of red velvet cake topped with cream cheese and red velvet sprinkles, all in the perfectly portioned cup cake size. The cake is soft and moist, and the cream cheese is the perfect compliment to this flavorful pastry. A Chocolate Kiss cupcake option is also available. SHAKEN, NOT STIRRED. Fulfilling ones’ caffeinated needs while satisfying their frozen desert cravings, the coffee mocha shake ($4.47), is a creamy, rich and delicious shake. Drizzled with chocolate syrup and topped with whipped cream and sprinkles, this shake is sure to please any coffee enthusiast.

November 2012  

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