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William R. Boone High School Student Paper

hi-lights Friday, November 6, 2009 Volume 58, Issue No.2

For Students, By Students

2000 South Mills Avenue Orlando, Florida 32806

Mistaken identity By VICTORIA BOATMAN While Alan Crotzer is $1.25 million richer, it cannot give him back the 24 years of his life he lost in prison. “Money isn’t anything but a tool to rebuild my life,” Crotzer said. More than 200 prisoners have been exonerated by DNA evidence since 1989. St. Petersburg native Crotzer is one of them. On April 22, 1982, Crotzer was convicted of sexual battery, attempted robbery, robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault and burglary which totaled to a 130 year sentence. According to police reports dating back to 1981, the two white female victims picked Crotzer out of a mug

shot book that held his picture from a juvenile conviction. In an effort to bring awareness to the effects of juvenile crimes, the Social Justice Club is bringing Crotzer to campus. He will be a guest speaker after school Nov. 10, in the auditorium. He will discuss his experiences in court, in prison and how one starts life over in a circumstance like this. “This is not a scared straight message which studies show are relatively ineffective. The kids though will realize his dumb charge as a kid netted him a booking photo which resulted in his false identification,” SJC sponsor Cindy Schmidt said. Crotzer along with two other supposed accomplices, two brothers Douglas James and Corlenzo James, were convicted of the

same crimes. They were accused of forcing their way into a home and robbing the five people present, then proceeding to kidnap a 12year-old girl and a 38-year-old woman. The men then put them in a trunk and proceeded to a wooded area where the women were raped and tied to trees. Crotzer claimed that he did not take part in the crime and that he had never met the James brothers before. Family members of the brothers came forth to state that they had never seen Alan Crotzer before. Even after Crotzer’s pleas of innocence, all five victims misidentified Crotzer as the perpetrator. “I will never be the monster they try

to make me out to be,” Crotzer said in response to his sentencing. Though Crotzer knew he was innocent, his perseverance to be released began to wane. Then unexpectedly in Sept. 2001, his mother died from lung cancer, leaving Crotzer devastated. “When she died, she didn’t have anyone there for her. The last time I saw her alive, I was embracing her in the prison lot,” Crotzer said. His mother’s death pushed Crotzer to stay busy so that his grief would not consume him and sparked a renewed ambition to be free. In fall of 2001, Crotzer began to appeal for access to evidence from his case and gained permission in 2002.

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news to note The Bravettes will be raising funds at the Publix on Orange Avenue from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

at Barnes & Noble on Bumby and Colonial. Just mention Boone High School when checking out, and a percentage of each sale is donated back to the school.

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Nov. 14

Blood Drive

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Help save lives by participating in the third Senior Class Blood Drive. Each pint of blood saves three lives. See Sarah Kittrell in Room 220 for necessary paperwork. It must be signed by a parent, unless you are 18-years-old.

Door Decoration Show your spirit and help get the campus ignited about the annual rivalry game against Edgewater. Decorate your club sponsor or first period teacher’s door.

Get ready for the holiday parties Softball is selling Chick-fil-A Cheesecake for $20 and gift certificates for Honey Baked Hams. See coach Robin Bradford in Room 13-209 before Nov. 16.

Nov. 11

Key Club Turkey Smoke Club members will help the South Orlando Kiwanis Club with their annual turkey smoke. Tickets are $10 to smoke your own thawed turkey that you bring them to cook. They will also have turkeys for sale ranging from $30-$45. See Carol Fisher in P-10 for more information.

Dec. 1 Senior Breakfast Jeff, the Pancake Man, is back to flip those hot cakes to you. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased in Room 224 or from a Senior Class Officer.

Canned Food Drive

Après-midi au cinema To celebrate National French Week, the French Club will show Les Choristes in the auditorium at 3:30 p.m. The movie is in French with English subtitles and will last 1:40.

Nov. 12 Jai Ho Join the new Bollywood club. They meet every Thursday in Room 215 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

From Dec. 1-11, Student Government Association will be collecting cans for the annual food drive. Help a family less fortunate than you. Bring canned food or nonperishable items to the main office, a teacher or to Room 13-205

Dec. 5 Buy a book to help buy more books From 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. the Media Center is having their Book Fair

such as cleft lip and cleft palate. Please see sponsor Amy London Tauriello in Room 303 for more information or to join the club.

It’s time for Celebration’s Columbia

Ballet comes to campus The Hispanic Flamenco Ballet company will be performing on campus. Schools from the local area as well as our students can see performances featuring traditional Latin American dances as well as performances by La Tuna, a group of troubadour singers. The show will also showcase the famous Flamenco and Spain’s regional dances. All students in Spanish Classes, Spanish Club and Spanish Honor Society members may purchase tickets to the event. It is third period through the beginning of sixth period. Cost is $13 for Spanish Club and Spanish Honor Society members. All other are $15 for both shows. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, Nov. 13. See sponsor Connie Heiselman in Room 10-203.

Dec. 9

Spanish Club and Spanish Honor Society will be returning to the Columbia Restaurant for the 9th year to have their Holiday Dinner at the Celebration location. Dinner is 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. After dinner they will go see the “snowfall” at Market Street. The cost is $25 per person. Parents and siblings are welcome to attend. Please pay sponsor Connie Heiselman in Room 10-203 by Friday, Dec. 4.

8th annual Johnson Family Bike Build Beginning at 9 a.m. until they are done, Key Club and the South Orlando Kiwanis Club need your help building bikes for under-privileged children that would not receive a bike without this program. They need your help. For more information go to: http://bikesandtrikes.blogspot. com/2009/07/build-something-realand-make-real.html

Jan. 5 Shirts off your back is here, again Start saving for the 3rd annual shirt off your back project. Please ask people to start saving

Brandon W. Wise died Saturday, Oct. 24, in an automobile accident. Wise was a sophomore who enjoyed cars, fishing, family and friends. He was born Sept. 4, 1992, to Brian and Juliane Wise. Memorial services were Oct. 29 at the First Christian Church of Orlando. He is remembered as a loving son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend.

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table of contents

November 6, 2009 Volume 59, Issue No. 2



A debate over the necessity of establishing English as the official language of the United States ensues in these opposing editorials.

campus and local


The number of homeless students rose over the past year. Over 38 percent of students are classified as homeless in Florida.

featured spread


Whether from academic, athletic or social pressures, high school has become a pressure cooker of tension.



Junior Sydney Garlich has been practicing silk aerial acrobatics since her freshman year. She hopes to continue with the hobby and someday perform.



To Contact This paper is a quality product whose sole purpose is to pursue the truth, and to provide information and factual news pertaining to Boone and the community around it. Any questions or comments can be directed to (407) 893-7200, extension 2614 or room 224. If you find any errors, please call our offices or visit us. Advertising We welcome advertising into the paper, however, we do not publish advertising for tobacco, alcohol or illegal substances. The paper is free to students and subscriptions are available for $10. Advertising prices are as follows: Business card $25 Quarter page $45 Half page $75 Full page $150 Inside front or back $175 Contact our offices for exact press dates.

In every issue


Debuting from Nov. 6 to 8, the drama department’s production of the film Steel Magnolias hits the stage.


4 Letter from the Editor 5 Our View 6 Dye Sassy 10 The New Black 17 One in Three Thousand 16 Nine in Nine 18 In the Zone 21 Sneak Peeks 22 Restaurant Review photo/BRENDAN HALL



SCHOOL BECOMES PRESSURE COOKER FOR STUDENTS The school year is officially in full swing. Teachers finally know our names and the novelty of going to class everyday is starting to wear off. Overall, a sense of comfort and routine has settled over the campus. For some people though, this sense of security never comes. Whether from feeling academic and athletic pressure or from being homeless, problems continue to plague students. Throughout this issue of Hi-Lights, the rise in student pressures as well as student homelessness is discussed. Homelessness is a silent epidemic on campus. Because of the economic recession, the number of homeless students in Florida rose to over 41,000 kids, which is a 20 percent increase from last year. Specifically in Central Florida, the statistics are even more severe; the number of homeless students rose 36 percent in the past year. The school has more recorded homeless students this year than any year in history, with 15 recorded as being on campus. Usually, when the term “homeless” is used, the image of an old man sitting on a street corner with a “Feed me” sign pops up, not the image of a high school student sitting in a classroom learning English or geometry. Knowledge of the issue on campus is limited, even though the problem is getting more and more prominent. Though not as rare as homelessness, academic pressure also plagues students. Everyone is affected by academic pressure, whether it be freshmen just beginning to adjust to high school level course work or seniors who are applying to competitive colleges. This competitive atmosphere surrounding the college application process only makes academic pressure worse. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, a person with a bachelor’s degree from college earns an average of $57,181 a year, while a person with a high school education only earns an average of $31,286. With statistics like these, the pressure to get into college increases, which subsequently increases the amount of competitive pressure in high school academics. Athletic pressure is also a common type of pressure students experience on a daily basis. College recruiting for sports begins as early as eighth grade and, for seniors, their last chance to be recruited is drawing near. Underclassmen who also participate in sports are beginning to see the proximity of college as well as the benefits of having athletic scholarships. With 18 different sports on campus, students can compete at the freshman, junior varsity or varsity level. Even on the JV squads, athletic pressure is hard to escape; with practices often conflicting with club or academic schedules, athletics cause as much pressure or even more pressure to students as academics do. Though participating in sports is a common activity in high school, athletic pressure is beginning to get more and more prominent. Within this issue, tips to help curb and relieve this academic, athletic and social stress are also recommended. There is no one single tip to cure every person’s problems, but hopefully these suggestions will help someone to reduce and relieve some of the pressure building up in his or her life. Though not everyone is affected by every one of these problems, the detrimental effects of these issues are evident. High school campuses across the country are increasingly becoming like pressure cookers for students. Hopefully by reading the following articles, you will feel more informed on what is going on in the lives of your fellow students and make the changes necessary to fix these problems.


As the year goes on, pressure on students steadily grows worse and worse.


REPORTERS Cooper Brock Justin Kane Amanda Fleminger

Emily O’Loane, editor-in-chief Jessica McCoy

Editorial Policy Policy Statement Hi-Lights is a student publication of William R. Boone High School, 2000 South Mills Avenue, Orlando, Florida, 32806. The ideas and views of the aforementioned students and faculty are not necessarily those of Boone or the Orange County School Board. Opinions expressed in unsigned editorials are those of the editorial board, who determine the content. Opinions expressed in columns are those of the authors. Comments, letters, stories and ideas are welcome and encouraged under the following: 1. The material is not obscene or libelous 2. The material is signed The staff reserves the right to edit letters for grammar, length,

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Tyler Patrick punctuation, accuracy, invasion of privacy and potential disruption of the school. Hi-Lights is associated with Florida Scholastic, American Scholastic, Columbia Scholastic and National Scholastic Press Associations and Quill and Scroll. Our Mission This paper is a quality product whose sole purpose is to pursue the truth, and to provide information and factual news pertaining to Boone and the community around it. Any questions or comments can be directed to (407) 893-7200, extension 2614 or Room 224. If you find any errors, please call our offices or visit us.

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OTHER ADVISER Renée Burke PRINCIPAL Margaret McMillen



View As a school, we should make room for another group of campus heroes.

Community earns praise

By JONATHAN WARREN Whether it is the homecoming king, the star quarterback or the SGA president, there is no shortage in people to idolize on campus. However, as a school, we should make room for another group of campus heroes. Our community is constantly praised as one of the best in Orange County, but rarely do students thank the parents and small business owners that make this community so rich and beneficial to the school. Nearly every aspect of extracurricular campus life stems from parent and local business involvement and commitment. While community is defined as merely “a group of people living together, especially one practicing common ownership,” it means much more to those active on this campus. Community is that sign outside the Mobil on Michigan Street always encouraging the football team to beat the weekly opponent. It is that moment at every open house when the alumni are asked to stand and a quarter of the audience rises. It is the school shirts sold in Walgreens and the signs placed outside Jon’s Dry Cleaners. Community is a school-wide fundraiser to make local families’ holiday season brighter with Thanksgiving

baskets filled with food. It is also Sarah Kittrell, who has worked on campus for 37 years, devoting herself to Boone spirit and the senior class. It is John Burden, an alumnus with no children left here, that remains very involved in the athletic association. Community is Danella Schuler, former PTSA president and current secretary, who gives countless hours of volunteer time. The list of parents that have given more to this community than can be measured is a long one. Parents are leaving a distinct foot print on campus, all wanting to make their child’s high school experience the best it can be. These are the people who deserve to be recognized as frequently as football players and valedictorians. Without them, community is but an empty word. Boone is one of the only schools in the county with a foundation. The Boone High School Foundation, comprised solely of alumni, raises funds to support things like scholarships and teacher grants. Another unique institution is the Kemosabe Kloset that provides toiletries, food and clothes for underprivileged students. It functions completely on community donations.

Often times, students get caught up in the differences between each other. We forget the things we all have in common and those whose work’s purpose is to create a sense of unity. High school is not just a stepping stone

to the rest of our lives, but the core of four years of our youth. To ignore the Boone community is to ignore the tireless work of individuals, and the single thread that draws all 3,000 of us together.

WHAT DOES COMMUNITY MEAN TO YOU? Community is people putting others before themselves, an army of one.

It is all the people that live in my environment and interact with each other.

-kyle jones, junior

Forum Communication demands set standards

I feel that the United States should require an official language upon entering the country. There should be an overall required language so that foreigners and local citizens can communicate. The importance of speaking in the same tongue is vital to allowing opportunities to arise amongst everyone. Communication gives all people a privilege. Sharing a native language does offer many positive benefits, although the efficiency of learning and speaking the same language helps immigrants to adjust properly to their environment and community.

- britni frias, senior

Requirement stifles culture

The United States should not have an official language upon entering the country. There are many different cultures and people who have their own languages. If the United States made them stop using their language, they may lose sight of their culture and traditions. If the United States lost most of the foreign languages that it has, the U.S. and its freedom will not expand on a national level.

-elise lugo, sophomore

-robert irwin, sophomore


Our government was built on unity. The official language should be English. It is the most widely spoken language in the country, and certain words and phrases are easily understood no matter one’s nationality. If one wishes to become a United States citizen, he or she must have a basic working knowledge of the English language in order to be a successful member of society.

- victoria mason, senior

Official language violates rights

The United States should not have an official language because it is a free country. Are we going to contradict the basis, the foundation on which our country was built? Unofficially, to be successful in this country, you have to know how to speak English. Making it a law would do nothing but make it official. It would just deprive immigrants from doing other things in this country because of the language they speak.

- shannon gresosky, sophomore

- bashari james, sophomore


Community is like a family. Everyone works together for a common goal.

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National language increases productivity

In order to maintain an organized society, an official language is vital for the sake of communication, business, etc. In addition, people who move to America almost always have to learn English in order to be successful. Making English the official language would simplify this process and give immigrants a better chance of being successful in the United States.

- kai suganuma, senior

Linguistics promotes diversity

I don’t think a language should be required to enter the United States. It’s a free country, and the fact that everyone speaks a different language makes the world a diverse place. People come to the U.S. to live freely, and the fact that they wouldn’t be able to get in because the language they speak isn’t right. My mom is from Germany, and she learned English when she lived here. Yes, it would help communication, but it shouldn’t be necessary. Not everyone knows more than one language.

- sara martinez, junior

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Mean girl’s guide to breaking up THE BEST WAY TO BE NICE WHEN IT’S OVER

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everyone breaks up. Everyone has dealt with being broken up with and breaking up with someone. However, most teenagers don’t break up the correct way. There is etiquette, even for a breakup. One of the most important rules of breaking up with someone is to wait 10 days after a holiday or birthday. Even if the holiday or birthday is approaching within the next 10 days, one must wait until 10 days after to breakup. Breaking up a few days before the holiday seems cheap and breaking up immediately after is not okay either. Chances are you have been in the relationship for at least a little while so waiting a few extra days to break up shouldn’t kill you. However, staying in a relationship to spare the other person’s feelings is a waste of everyone’s time and will only hurt feelings more when the person finds out. Keep in mind, this is high school and everything from breakups to hookups gets talked about sooner or later. Thinking this is false is ignorant. The only exception to this is the 10 day rule. The second most important rule is how to actually deliver the breakup message. It would be beneficial to write this down and post it in your locker: under no circumstance are you

allowed to breakup with someone through a text message, instant message or e-mail. There is no reason why one should ever find this acceptable; it is the most cruel way of breaking up known to man. Breaking up on the phone is not the best idea, but it is more acceptable than through a computer message. Of course, breaking up in person is the best way. While it is not the easiest, it shows respect for the other person. There are also rules for breaking up with someone face-to-face. Most importantly, you must do it alone. Breaking up with someone in front of friends is rude. A breakup is no one else’s business, keep it that way. One must keep his emotions in check in order to make sure his partner will not have a complete meltdown. Be calm and polite and be as honest as possible without being rude. This will ensure the two of you can hope to remain friends and the breakup won’t consist of throwing punches or dumping one’s books across the hall out of the locker you once shared. Last, and possibly the most important of all, do not come to school sobbing all day long about your recent breakup. Breaking up is a really common thing: everyone has been and will continue to go through it. You are not the only one who is sad so do not make the weeks following the breakup all about

Under no circumstance are you allowed to breakup with someone through a text message, instant message or e-mail.

you and cheering you up. People will feel sorry for you, but if you go from class to class heaving and sobbing and making a huge scene, everyone will lose respect for you. Then, as for the Facebook post, do not post that you can no longer live without the love of your partner and go on and on for hours on your friends wall about how depressed you are. No one wants to read your every emotion and you shouldn’t want to broadcast it to the entire Facebook community. Facebook’s purpose is not for anyone to write paragraph long sob stories about how pitiful their day was. Base your actions of breaking up on the Bud Light commercial. Do not kick your partner out of a moving car while dumping them, that’s too heavy. Also, don’t be too nice about it and sugar coat everything you are saying, making the terms of your breakup sketchy, that is too light. Follow simple etiquette so your break up will be just right and the hope to remain friends will be fulfilled.

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Middle East requires nation’s full attention AMERICA NEEDS TO GET ITS PRIORITIES STRAIGHT

The conflicts in the Middle East should not be put on the bottom of the United States’s priority list.

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By EMILY O’LOANE Ignorance may be bliss, but purposely remaining ignorant about current events is inexcusable, especially concerning the conflicts in the Middle East. Staying uninformed of the situations in Pakistan, Iraq and Afghanistan does not make them go away; in fact, remaining uninformed could make the situation even more dismal. Over 2800 soldiers have died in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. So many soldiers have been put in harm’s way, and there is almost no focus on what the soldiers are doing by the government or the American people. At the beginning of October, Congress and President Barack Obama met for the first time to start discussing plans for the future of the war in Afghanistan, but both entities were unable to put their full attention to the matter because of other priorities like health care legislation and the economy. Remaining ignorant about the wars and putting the issue on a back burner does not make them go away. From February 2004 to May 2007, the number of insurgent attacks in Iraq rose from 14 to 163 a day. Though American citizens may be sick of hearing about the war, the enemies’ commitment to winning these conflicts has only increased. The

waning amount of public knowledge is a bleak reminder of how the conflicts in the Middle East are being pushed into becoming a second priority for the country. After Sept. 11, the whole point of starting these conflicts was to wage a “war on terrorism,” but the terrorism the United States wanted to wipe out is still at large. Only last month, an attempted terrorist attack in Dallas, Texas, was stopped. The bomber was a part of the Islamic extremist movement that the United States first set out to terminate eight years ago with Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan and Iraq. While everyone is concerned about pulling the troops out of the countries as soon as possible, the troops have still not met their goal of eradicating both countries of terrorists. While he was campaigning for office, President Obama stated that he would send more troops to Afghanistan in order to finally finish the war, but the war, in order to be won, needs a longerterm commitment than this. Obama himself changed his stance on the war after his election to office, calling the conflict in Afghanistan “a necessary war.” Both Congress and the president need to focus more attention on this necessary war because every other issue

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the United States faces is dependent upon the outcome of these conflicts. The economy cannot be fixed until the United States is able to stop spending money on foreign conflicts. Similarly, the environment cannot be top priority for the country until the country is able to ensure the safety of all of its citizens, including its soldiers. The future state of the United States relies on ending not only the Middle Eastern conflicts, but also ending the terrorism which started

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them. Though it is okay to disagree with the goals of the war or to disagree with the entire war in general, remaining ignorant or totally avoiding the topic of the wars is utterly inexcusable. The enemy’s commitment to the cause is growing stronger as the conflicts furthers. The United States should get its priorities straight and show an equal commitment to ending terrorism in the Middle East or else the war will never end.




Languages spark conflict

Cultural melting pot boils over By TYLER PATRICK There is nothing more confusing than walking into a store and having people around you speak to each other in another language. Not understanding someone makes it impossible to know what he or she is saying and causes too much confusion. This is a problem because one doesn’t know if the people are just talking to each other in friendly conversation or if they are planning to jump one in the parking lot. This may seem like a cruel judgment just because they speak another language, but it leaves one with many questions. American society has become a cultural melting pot where there are far too many blending cultures. If one lives in America then the only true language needed is English. Granted there is no official language of the United States but there should be. One may not agree with this by saying people should be able to speak anything they wish because America is a free country and otherwise known as the ‘Land of Opportunity.’ But when one thinks about America’s past, English is the dominant language. The country’s forefathers spoke English and the Constitution of the United States, which was written in 1787 and states all the rules and regulations of America, are written in English; the language that has been spoken for hundreds of years shouldn’t be changed just because America is a free country. Every street sign is in English, all public schools speak English and all regular broadcasting channels are in English. Because everything is in

English, the English language should be locked in as America’s official language. Families of foreign cultures should not let their culture die just because they live in America, but they should take the time to learn English and teach it to their children. In 1968 the state of Florida established English as its official language in the Florida constitution. Any official document written in the state of Florida must be written in English. With Miami being a primarily Hispanic area, it raises controversy, but with English being so prominent across the entire country, it makes sense. One should be happy that English is Florida’s official language because it indicates that one should be able to talk to anybody in the state without a problem of understanding what he or she is saying. In 2006, there was a recorded 37.5 million immigrants in America, making it the number one country to accept immigrants in the world. When one is driving down the street, billboards are supposed to catch one’s attention and make them want the product or visit the location. But when the billboard is in another language one cannot know what the product being sold is. It is easily understandable that marketers are trying to reach out to a specific sub-group in society, however, if one is living in America he or she should be able to read any sign without hesitation. The market in the United States should be set to appeal to one specific group, and that one specific group should

Embrace culture, language By COOPER BROCK When immigrants move to a new country, they are forced to adapt to the new culture. The case is the same with every new immigrant to the United States. But, with the United States being one big melting pot of cultures, how much of our culture should we force upon a new immigrant? The United States does not have an official language, and every immigrant should be able to retain that portion of his cultural identity. When you trace everyone back to America’s beginnings, all Americans are immigrants, or the descendants of immigrants (excluding Native Americans or people with Native American ancestry). All of our ancestors had trouble adjusting to America when they arrived. The members of the Continental Congress that founded America weren’t even completely American, because their ancestors came from Europe. That being said, it is not right to make people conform to our way of life just because they migrated from another country. America is a giant melting pot of culture, not one culture that applies to everyone. History is riddled with intolerance, from the pressing of the Native Americans into Christianity to the racial segregation of African Americans prior to the civil rights movement. These were some of the darker chapters of American history. As many have said before,


America is a free country. That entitles us to our culture and our personal beliefs, such as religion and language. It is possible for all cultures to coexist in America as long as there is tolerance. Most immigrants in America come to find work, or a better life. They take any jobs they can find, and sometimes people don’t always agree with it. When you go to a store where most workers are immigrants you might have trouble understanding them. That doesn’t mean they have to always talk English though. It simply means they have to know enough English to function in society. Millions of immigrants are admitted annually. In 2006 37.5 million immigrants were admitted into the United States. The total projected amount of immigrants for 2010 is 40.5 million. English must be just as confusing to immigrants as Spanish, French and German are to us. America is supposed to be a place that’s free of prejudice or persecution because of cultural differences. If we aren’t willing to learn their language why should we expect them to learn ours? There is a lot of negative energy towards immigrants in this country but the bottom line is that they are people. People like you and me. They get all the same rights we do in this country, including their language. Moving to a new country is like being the new kid at school. It takes you a while to adjust to all the new customs and it’s not easy. If we made everybody conform to one culture, America wouldn’t be as diverse and wonderful as it is today. The music you listen to and the way you speak is all influenced by other cultures. It is impossible for America not to be diverse because, no matter what, there will always be immigrants because we are all immigrants. Our differences make us unique and are the thing that makes us all American. All Americans are entitled to their language, and so is every immigrant that moves here. Americans need to tolerate the language barrier so coexistence is possible.

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be American. An official language should be set for any country whether it is Paris where they speak French or Spain where they speak Spanish. These countries shouldn’t have to change their official language just because Americans want to go reside with them and Americans shouldn’t change languages just because they want to come and reside here. English is an essential part of living in America; it provides safety, clarification and a much better understanding of what people are saying. It may seem like a racial slur to say that English needs to be the official language of America, but it is really only a way to help Americans of every kind get along in an environment where everybody can understand one another.

Editor Column provides vital commentary

I like the new format for the paper. The smaller version is a lot easier to keep on the desks. Anyways, the main reason I am writing the letter is that I saw that you would like students to write in if they liked a column or something. I loved the column Dye Sassy [written by Lindsey Dye]. She had such amazing commentary on dress code. She was right on target with the topic and it was very relevant. Keep up the good work.

- heather keeler, sophomore

We want to hear from you! Please send all comments, suggestions and criticisms to the

Hi-Lights staff in Room 224. All letters will be printed in the next issue of the newspaper. page 7

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Club benefits local, global communities from page


SPEAK OUT. At the Publix on Edgewater Drive, Social Justice Club members protest on behalf of the Immokalee tomato pickers who they believe are grossly underpaid. In January, they plan to picket the corporate offices in Lakeland.

See & Hear

Alan Crotzer is coming to campus on Nov. 10 for a presentation in the auditorium at 2:30 p.m.


Six samples examined at three different locations all concluded that Crotzer could not have been the man who raped the victims. For Crotzer, Jan. 23, 2006 was a remarkable day; it was the day he was officially declared a free and innocent man. “I love the people of Florida because it’s their voice that the governor heard [to get me exonerated]. I’m doing all I can to give back to the people of Florida because they have done right by me,” Crotzer said. He is particularly adamant in warning teens about the effect a juvenile record can have on one’s future. For Crotzer, having been convicted of a juvenile crime was the reason he was incarcerated for over 24 years. To ensure that every student has the opportunity to attend, Athletic Director Doug Patterson will have all sports practices wait until 4 p.m. A reception with food and soda will follow Crotzer’s presentation. “[Crotzer] has a very powerful story to tell. A lot of people don’t realize the flaws in our legal system, and hopefully it will make people more aware,” senior Megan Raitano said.

Club promotes service, charity

Currently, the club is participating in Schools for Schools. The campaign aims to help rebuild war-torn northern Uganda by

collecting books and sending them to various schools throughout Uganda. Students can donate books in a box located in the main office or in Schmidt’s classroom, Room 851, until Jan. 26. According to Schmidt, the club aims to raise awareness of injustices locally, statewide and internationally. “We were inspired by the monks who were killed in Burma who were trying to seek democracy instead of dictatorship. The club was created to discuss things kids should hear about,” Schmidt said. Other causes the club is involved in include washing the 15 passenger vans at the Russell Home for atypical children, gleaning, supporting of the troops and picketing in support of the Immokalee tomato pickers. Gleaning is the annual picking of leftover crops that would otherwise go to waste. Instead the crops are donated to local homeless shelters. On Halloween, while wearing costumes, the club picked corn. SJC also supports the troops and is currently sending a care package to a Boone alumni Brian Say, who is heading to the forefront of battle. “We have so many different committees; we reach out to different parts of the community, like the Russell Home. [Social Justice Club] is everybody’s passions coming together to make our community better,” junior Elizabeth Wieland said. To find out how to help make a difference, attend an SJC meeting Thursday’s from 2:153:15 in Room 851.


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Students lose home, gain support SCHOOL AND ORGANIZATIONS PROVIDE HELP FOR HOMELESS By AMANDA FLEMINGER Driving through Downtown Orlando, one may notice the large number of homeless people roaming the area. Though many seen are adults, the number of homeless students continues to increase. According to the Florida Department of Education, Florida had 41,286 homeless students during the 2008-09 school year, which was a 20 percent jump from the year before. Orange County alone had a 36 percent increase, one of the largest increases among Florida’s counties. On campus, there are currently 15 documented homeless students. This means that they live in a hotel, car, jump from house to house or literally live on the streets. “[Knowing that there are homeless kids on campus] makes me more aware of how blessed we are in this rough economy, but it does make me sad because there are [kids] out there that aren’t being helped. I just want to spread the word that we do have help for them,” SAFE Coordinator Janibelle Jackson said. In mid-September, senior Tyler Perine was kicked out of his parents’ house for using drugs. Perine’s parents gave him five minutes to gather his belongings and to say goodbye. According to Orange County Education System, he is now considered homeless, but he says otherwise. “No, [I don’t see myself as homeless] because I have tons of friends that care for me and help me out,” Perine said. “The people who’ve helped me out have been extremely helpful and everyone is kinder to me.” In order to help with the situation on campus, the Student Assistant and Family Resistant program is identifying students who qualify through an eligibility questionnaire. SAFE will provide them with the resources available to make sure every student is able to succeed. Also, to help needy families, SGA uses

My mom does her best, but I will never let my kids go through the things I’ve been through. money from Kiss the Pig to buy food to fill Thanksgiving baskets. “We like to help as many students and families as possible,” SGA advisor Annette Montgomery said. “We feel bad because we didn’t raise as much money with Kiss the Pig this year but we would love donations.” Jane Doe* has been homeless since January after her parents split up. Her mother was no longer able to support Doe and her two brothers after she lost her job. Doe now stays with other family members. “I don’t feel ‘homeless,’ but I do get sad about it sometimes when school papers or job applications ask for an address and I think ‘Well, I don’t really have one’,” Doe said. Everyday is a challenge for Doe, but she has learned to cope with her situation. Organizations such as the Orlando Union Rescue Mission serve the community by providing the homeless with food, clothing, shelter, education and other resources to get families back on their feet. Currently, 85 children are staying at their facilities with 22 children 13-17 years-old. The OURM has a 23,000 square foot Family Life Center, which includes facilities for the children to play games, watch television and do homework after school and on weekends. “The teenagers who live at the Mission simply want to be just like their peers at school,” Amanda Fewless, media relations and marketing representative for the OURM, said. All students staying at the Mission attend schools throughout the Orlando area. According to the McKinney Vento Act, any student considered homeless has the right to continue at the school they last attended before he or she became homeless.

“It’s a tragedy that children, or anyone for that matter, have to face the painful reality that they have nowhere to live,” Fewless said. Another organization, Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, has a mission “to address the needs of homeless in our community and to serve as a catalyst for our community collaboration to end homelessness.” Every night, The Coalition provides nightly meals to nearly 200 children. “There is joy [seeing kids at the shelter] because there are alternatives to where they could be. They could be sleeping elsewhere on streets, [but here] they are able to play, shower and eat,” Coalition Director of Program Services Daune Brittlebank said. “To see a smile on their faces is a wonderful thing.” With the growing amount of homeless children in Orange County, the OURM and the Coalition continue to provide for the needs of families and children. “[Once teens start staying at the shelter], they are able to form bonds with one another since they’re all in the same situation, making it easier [for them],” Coalition Director of Communications Muffet Robinson said. With less than 20 percent of homeless students graduating from high school, SAFE, the Coalition and the OURM try to get students caught up and succeeding in school, so that no student is left behind. “School has always been pretty horrible, but now it’s worse because I always lose everything,” Perine said. “[My perception of life now is] needing to find something that I can do forever and also to get my act together.” Jane Doe feels this situation has brought better grades upon her because there’s no more stress at home making her able to focus on school. “My entire life has made me really tough and prepared me for the real world,” Doe said. “My mom does her best, but I will never let my kids go through the things I’ve been through.” *Name withheld


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he person who said money couldn’t buy happiness was possibly the biggest head case in the history of mankind. Shopping, a.k.a. the best way to spend money, is a spiritual experience, similar to reaching Nirvana. That is, if you know where to shop. The frustration of going to a mall and being slammed with outrageous prices on low quality clothes is the fear of every shopper. People have bad shopping experiences all of the time, like buying something that falls apart the next day; or when a fat British person punches you in the chest while trying to scalp a sale at Forever XXI (seriously those tourists are vicious). Learning to shop at the right stores can easily prevent any horrifying experience from happening. Take it from a self-appointed expert shopper, the best shopping occurs at stores where the atmosphere is calm and not at those overburdened with chaotic 12-year-old girls and boys trying to play dress up. With that in mind, here’s a list of stores you need to admit into your heart and allow yourself to develop into a deep flaming passion for them. H&M- Yes, the most incredibly fabulous brand has finally invaded this sad, uncultured city. H&M is the best thing Sweden has ever done for the United States. Known for its marketing of fast fashion, or the quick manufacturing of designs featured in New York City fashion week, H&M sells quality clothing at low prices. No one can possibly say this store is over priced; in fact all of their advertising features a low price for an item that would be triple the cost at Saks. And while this store may be part of the second vilest mall on the planet (don’t forget about the hideous Fashion Square Mall), it conveniently has an entrance that protrudes outside of the Florida Mall. So, if you shop smart, you’ll park and walk straight in without having to deal with a million tourists gaping at every storefront window. Forty VII- Hipsters unite! Located in the heart of downtown on Magnolia Avenue, this clothing store grasps the true meaning of pop culture and sells only clothes that meet its criteria. Shoppers will be unable to stop shaking with happiness at the amount of alternative and punk clothing. Mainstream brands like DC and Osiris are sold alongside the lesser-known clothing lines of LRG and Miss Me. Rest assured the clothes you purchase here will not be sold anywhere else. Even the generic brands are nothing like you’ve seen at silly stores like Pac Sun or Tilly’s. The best part of Forty VII is that they take the shopping experience beyond the store. By sending Twitter updates about ultra exclusive two-hour sales or opportunities like “I’m hungry. Let’s do fifty-percent off to whoever brings me Mickey-D’s,” you’ll constantly be popping in. They also have worthwhile sales and events like White Wednesday. Held annually the day before Thanksgiving, this party features new brands and pre-Black Friday deals. Miss Trendy- Located in SODO, this boutique allows females to fulfill their girly needs. The store features low prices on clothes that are à la mode. The average price of their merchandise is $30. The store has a trendy vibe to it that is accentuated by the Rapunzel boutique next door. Besides the fabulous merchandise, the people who work at Miss Trendy are another reason to visit. Everyone is extremely down to earth and friendly. Unlike in mall stores where every sales associate is only interested in your money, the people working at Miss Trendy are interested in making sure you find what you need. They want you to look even more gorgeous than you already are; which is why you’ll end up getting a cut and color along with a whole slew of new clothes when you just need a pair of jeans. The best things in life aren’t free. Rather they’re sold at stores that have unique atmospheres and are not overwhelmed with the psychotic babble of tourists and middle schoolers.

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By DAVID MATTESON oing the best you can is no longer an option. The goal is to beat everyone in every dynamic. The driving force behind this goal? Pressure. Whether it’s social, academic or athletic, every student wanting to succeed in high school feels the stress at some point. Handling that stress well is the key to success. It’s when the pressure becomes overwhelming that students succumb to social pressure. They may express this deterioration through choosing to smoke, deciding to shoplift, or suffering from low self esteem. Even more common than social pressure is academic stress. Students take difficult advanced placement classes and are expected to get the best grades possible. Gaining acceptance into the best colleges is the primary goal for students influenced by academic pressure, but tough acceptance rates make this goal difficult to meet. Athletes also feel pressure to get a scholarship to a reputable college. Parents drive them to perform their best to get the attention of prominent universities’ scouts. Here we have combined the best stress relief tips along with personal experiences regarding pressure. The need to understand pressure and learning to cope with it is an important necessity for every student.


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Social influences harm students PEER AND SOCIAL PRESSURES AFFECT TEENS By KATIE EDWARDS and CATHERINE visible through the shoplifting trend. PORTER According to the National AssoWalking through the mall, one is ciation for Shoplifting Prevention, more confronted by the social pressures that than $35 million worth of goods are stodominate society. From designer stores len daily, with approximately 25 percent with pictures of rakish models at their of all shoplifters being kids. Of these entrance to the movie posters of drug shoplifters, the vast majority claim to and alcohol-hyped characters, social in- steal, not out of need, but in response to fluence is a daily occurrence that has social and personal pressures within their damaging effects on life. teens’ lives. “People get “More and more high from it; [I think] a lot of it is not teens are getting into they get a thrill things like drugs and wanting to be judged, so you from almost alcohol [because of getting caught attempt to change yourself and getting social pressure]; they think they aren’t good away with it. enough, so they harm That’s how it was for me, but it was more their bodies with their actions,” junior to get away from myself and do someStudent 1* said. thing I wouldn’t normally do,” freshman At 15, Student 1 developed an eating Student 2* said. disorder. Over the course of a year, her However, once Student 2 got caught, weight dropped from the height-suggest- her perception of herself changed. ed 140 pounds to 95 pounds. Although “I stopped because I realized that she now has a nutritionist, therapist and there was no reason to do it in the first weighs 130 pounds, she attributes much place. I had money; I didn’t even need the of her past problem to societal pressures. things I stole. I just stole to steal things. “Many of the problems created by [I stopped because] I didn’t want to dissocial pressure have to do with who you appoint the people around me anymore,” hang around; in the activity I was in, so Student 2 said. many of the girls were thin, and I thought Peer influence and pressure to act out people would like me more if I was skin- is present in other facets of teens’ lives nier. [I think] a lot of it is not wanting as well. However, succumbing to such to be judged, so you attempt to change social pressure can result in lasting, damyourself,” Student 1 said. aging effects. In addition to being physiAccording to a study at Flinders cally harmful, the effects can also be soUniversity in Australia, one in four girls cially detrimental. feel that the media influences them to “[Smoking] does affect you long have a perfect body. The pressure from term; people look at you differently. media-projected images combined with They think, ‘Oh, he smokes, he’s a bad influ- ence from one’s peers inflicts kid.’ [Social pressure causes] people to damage upon teens, impair- criticize others for what they may or may ing their self-esteem. not do, and use it against them,” senior Students’ perception Student 3* said. of what is ethically acStudent 3 chose to quit after about ceptable is also being two years of smoking and experiencing warped to accom- negative social effects. modate rising “[I stopped smoking through] my social pressure, own willpower. I got away from it by finding new friends. It was a learning experience,” Student 3 said. Alienation, harmful medical effects and a criminal or disciplinary history can also be results of submitting to social pressure. However, as the rules of society change and pressures climb, the danger of succumbing to such influence increases. “[The best way to avoid social pressure is] to try not to fit in; you just have to discover yourself and stay true to yourself,” Student 1 said. *names withheld

By KAREN JAEN As the school year progresses, homework loads get hefty and the pressure to do well in school increases. Stress is a quality in one’s life that cannot be removed; it can only be managed. Everything one does causes some kind of stress, whether it is positive or negative. There are positive ways of handling stress instead of taking extreme measures such as taking medicine, overeating or not eating, lashing out or procrastinating.

Exercise on a daily basis. Being physically active helps reduce the tension in muscles. Yoga or meditation reduces daily stress and is recommended to be practiced daily for at least 10-20 minutes. One must choose the type of exercise that best accommodates one’s lifestyle, needs, preferences and fitness levels. Aerobics is also a recommended exercise; it’s the best way to relieve stress that has been accumulated throughout the day.


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Relieve Stress

Eat at appropriate times and eat healthy foods. As students, time is scarce in the morning but breakfast is the most important meal for the day ahead. Breakfast gives energy to do things in the morning, such as walking to school or paying attention in class. However, breakfast should be healthy and give proper energy. Foods such as cereals and granola bars do not supplement the energy that a full breakfast provides. A full breakfast includes foods such as eggs, toast and fruit.

Reduce caffeine and sugar and get a good night’s sleep. Caffeine makes one more jumpy and forces unnatural energy into the body which tenses the body and mind and in result causes stress. Caffeine has a greater effect if one hasn’t slept well or hasn’t had enough hours of sleep.

Don’t ease stress by drinking alcohol, smoking or doing drugs. Facing one’s problems with these substances is unhealthy. While the stress seems to be alleviated, it isn’t; this feeling only lasts for a brief moment. Do not deal with problems that cause stress while under the influence of these substances; face them with a clear mind.

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Students push their minds COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE FUELS ACADEMIC DRIVE By JONATHAN WARREN High school students throughout the nation are feeling the strain of demanding classes and extracurricular activities. As colleges become increasingly competitive (73 percent of Boone graduates in 2008 went on to college), so do students, holding themselves to the highest of standards. According to the Orlando Sentinel, approximately 30 percent of eleventh and twelfth graders on campus take advanced placement courses. “It’s such a competitive world out there for these students, and they know it. There are parents behind them expecting good performance,” College and Career Director Ann Cadman said. Clay Townsend, a 4.0 student taking three advanced placement courses, tore his ACL in August, ending his football season but also putting a strain on his academic life. He wants to be accepted into the University of Florida where both of his parents graduated. Townsend is struggling to keep up his grades. “I just feel like quitting and not doing it, but I know I have to if I want to get into UF and keep my grades. So I keep going,” Townsend said. The strive for perfection, whether instilled by parents or a competitive spirit,

has led students to push themselves to their academic and emotional limits. “I’m just getting really weary because I’m anxious how I’m doing in school. I know it is going to affect my future,” junior Alexa Rossi said. Rossi is ranked in the top five percent of her class. Her goals are to get into UF and receive scholarships so that her family can afford to pay for her college education. The average student admitted into UF has a 4.3 GPA. Teens are resorting to cheating as a means to their high goals. According to Duke University, 90 percent of students admitted to copying other’s work. The pressure to achieve what society dictates as being “good” and to get a better grade often drives students to cheat. “I have so much work to do, and I don’t have time to do all of it,” junior Jane Doe* said. “So I find someone else who has done it and ask them for it.” Statistics from the Who’s Who Among American High School Students show that it is not the failing students who are cheating most, but the above-average students. The poll results show that 80 percent of the country’s best students cheated to get to the top of their class. “I have the mind to take high level

classes, but I don’t have the time to do it all,” Doe said. Constant stress from schoolwork can have negative effects on the body. According to WebMD, stress can cause headaches and nausea, but it can also lead to a lack of focus, fatigue as well as crankiness that keeps one from dealing with even small problems. Though staying organized can prevent stress, students taking multiple AP classes nonetheless experience a build up of work. “I stay up late doing homework and get an average of five hours of sleep, making me tired during the day. I have no energy at school, and don’t have enough time or energy to do the other activities I’m involved in,” Rossi said. Students have found that the solution to their pressure is to keep a positive outlook. “It’s been a process. At the beginning of the year, I thought the pressure wasn’t going to be this great all year long. I’ve learned that my pressure is not going to change, and I’m starting to deal with that,” Rossi said. *name withheld

Athletes face off against pressure OUTSIDE SOURCES INFLUENCE PLAYERS’ PERFORMANCE By JUSTIN KANE Pressure can be one’s best friend or one’s worst enemy. Some athletes work well under pressure; others collapse under the stress. Players who work well under pressure over time become legendary. Michael Jordan making a basket to win the NBA championship, Tiger Woods sinking a 18 foot putt to win the FedEx Cup and Alex Rodriguez getting a walk-off hit to win the World Series are all examples, and they are all legendary names who have come through in the clutch to win the game and be world renown. But then there are the others, the ones who crumble. One simple mistake can make an athlete go from hero to zero. In football, the quarterback can throw an interception; in baseball, a fielder can make an error and cost a run, and in lacrosse, the goalie can let a shot in the goal and lose the game. There’s on and off the field pressure, the pressure to perform to perfection on the field and then the parental and academic pressure can affect an athlete mentally and physically. “I love football, but it was my dad who got me started,” John Doe* said. “He’s the one who has made me keep up with it.” Parents can take a toll on one’s life


College is so competitive; you have to get into a good school. -cinzia calabretta, senior in numerous ways. They can be an inspiration or even a burden. “Sometimes when I want to quit or would rather hang out with my friends than go to practice, I think about what he would say to me,” Doe said. “Football is the only relationship we have; it’s better than nothing.” Sports can cause one to miss out with friends, not get enough time for schoolwork and grades can drop. “I’ve always been good with schoolwork,” Doe said, “Sometimes I’ll forget about homework because I’m worn out from practice, but that’s rare.” College scouts can cause a player to not play their best and lose possible scholarships. Sports are often a gateway for some athletes to college, and if they can’t get in via sports then it puts more pressure on them to get in through academics. “I need to go to college for a

successful career,” senior Cinzia Calabretta said. “College is so competitive, you have to get into a good school.” According to, over 126,00 student-athletes receive either a partial or full scholarship to a Division I or II school. The National Collegiate Athletic Association awards about $1 billion in scholarships each year. “At the Dr. Phillips game, there were plenty of scouts and I wanted to impress them,” senior kicker Lucas Rawlings said. “You can’t let them get to your head.” Athletes deal with pressure on a daily basis, and the ones who can over come the pressure succeed at their sport. “I deal with pressure by painting my nails,” Calabretta said. “If that doesn’t help I jump in and scream really loud underwater.” Calabretta has been diving competitively for 10 years. She has been on the US National diving team for four years and is on pace to compete in the 1216 Summer Olympics. She is one example on how pressure is her friend. She doesn’t let it get to her head and now she’s on pace to go to the Olympics. *name withheld

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‘Sing’sational student leads worship ASPIRING MUSICIAN INSPIRES CLUB MEMBERS By BRENDAN HALL As sophomore Tayler Buono lied in bed late one school night, the inspiration hit her. “I started writing music at 15. The first song I wrote was at 2 a.m. on a school night. It just poured out of me in half an hour; I decided to call it ‘He Lives’,” Buono said. Buono started singing when she was eight years-old. She originally wanted to be an actress, but in order to be in any major productions it was mandatory that she take singing lessons. During her voice lessons at the Master Class Academy, she fell in love with singing. At 14, Buono started guitar lessons and first began to write songs at 15 years-old. She has been taking voice lessons at Rollins College for the past three years. So far, Buono has written nine songs, many of them Christian. She looks up to another local musician, Kari Jobe, who also writes her own music and serves as an inspiration for Buono. Buono exercises her talent on campus through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, leading worship at the huddles as part of the band. Both of her siblings were involved in the club so she wanted to join as well. “It’s been great to lead people in worship. It’s a growing experience and is teaching me to be a better leader. Working with a band has been helpful and hearing people sing along is inspiring,” Buono said. Her singing has served as an inspiration to other members of FCA. Through worship songs as well as songs she has written on her own, Buono has impacted the lives of people around her. She cited a moment where a person broke into tears while she was singing one of her songs. “Her impact has helped people become closer to God, and she encourages others to praise Him,” junior Jonathan Rossi said. As a board member, Buono has also gained new friendships. Many of her closest friends are on the board as well, and she has also formed relationships with older officers such as junior Alexa Rossi. “FCA has given me a great community of friends; we build each other up. Because my best friends are involved in it as well, it is much more fun,” Buono said. Senior officer Ryan Simpson encourages students to come out to FCA because of the atmosphere it presents and the positive people who are involved in it. “FCA is a great place to make friends who have similar beliefs and good character. It helps student-athletes come out of their shell and be a part of an association which glorifies God through their talents,” Simpson said. Buono also performs at venues outside of FCA. Freshman year, she played at an art festival in College Park and has most recently been profiled on an up-and-coming show on

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HALLELUJAH. At an art festival in College Park during the spring, sophomore Taylor Buono sings a set for the crowd. “For some reason when I sing my own songs I don’t get nervous. I love and enjoy singing and playing for people. When I sing worship songs I just hope it turns out to be a really strong worship,” Buono said. Buono is currently talking with several record executives about finding a place to record her music.

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TBS called Music Café, which spotlights local musicians. Currently, she leads the worship at both the First Presbyterian youth group on Wednesday nights and Discovery Church on specific Sunday mornings. Buono hopes to continue her music career out of high school, whether it is with singing, playing guitar, song writing or any combination of the three. Buono has many record executives interested in working with her. “I definitely know what I want to do with my life. I want to continue writing songs and impact the world by bringing glory to God with my music,” Buono said. Along with her family, Buono’s fellow FCA officers are also cheering for her as she continues her music career. “Taylor can achieve anything she puts her heart to. She has a determined spirit and a beautiful voice,” senior Amy Cotton said. For FCA, each month consists of two bible studies, one huddle meeting and one week without an activity for officers to plan for the following month. Huddles consist of an icebreaker, worship with the band and a speaker. The aim for huddles is a lighter atmosphere to welcome kids from all different religious backgrounds. Bible studies have a much more serious mood, focusing on advancing students’ knowledge of scripture. Each bible study is led by First Presbyterian Church youth pastor, Jonathan Christian. “FCA is a great place for students to meet and get connected with other students with a positive Christian outlook,” Robin Simpson, club sponsor, said.


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Bags reveal personality



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By KATIE EDWARDS As the year progresses, miscellaneous objects tend to build up in backpacks. These items can say a lot about the owner’s character, such as whether a girl wears Maybelline or Cover Girl or if a boy prefers to wear Axe or Tag body spray. More times than not, students will have their phone to text friends, their iPods to listen to their favorite music or both. These simple items may seem irrelevant but they can define a person’s personality.

Crumbled paper Lip gloss Book iPod

Cocoa butter Dictionary Wallet

Old Spice spray


Planner Car keys

I would describe myself as a messy person and a procrastinator. My bag is like my room- disorganized and messy. - olusegun akinwolere, freshmen

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I can’t live without my iPod because I love to listen to my music. I also have my planner so I can write passes to go places. - sean mulvaney, junior

I want to be a chef hence the culinary book. I’m kind of a germaphobe and I talk a lot so that’s why I have a Bluetooth. - candance fay, junior

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“I am thankful for delete buttons on cameras. Yeah!”

We asked nine students to answer “What are you thankful for?” in nine words.

“For my friends, family and the things I have.”

- andrew stucker, senior

“I am thankful for my best friend Melanie Berrios.”

- stori woodstock, sophomore

“The Life and happiness from my friends and family.”

- elisa carrion, freshman

“Music because it is beatiful in its own way.”

“I am thankful for my education and my wealth.”

- sharibel monegro, sophomore

- shayna diaz, junior

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By JESSICA MCCOY When smiling into the mirror, freshman Shanice Trimboli sees two smiles coming back at her. The second grin is the smile-shaped scar she received three years ago when she was involved in a life changing car accident. When driving home with her mother from a friend’s house in late June 2006, 11-year-old Trimboli was asleep in the back seat with her seatbelt loosely fastened. While driving the Trimbolis were hit from behind by a street sweeper. “When I woke up I was confused because I was in an ambulance, but then I guess I just passed back out,” Trimboli said. “[The second time] I woke up in the hospital. I couldn’t remember anything. My mom was crying and my head felt like it had been split open. I didn’t know what had happened.” Trimboli suffered from a broken spine and gash on her forehead from the shattered glass. On impact, the force of the hit jarred Trimboli out of her seat. When the seatbelt caught Trimboli’s body, it snapped her back down; the force ended up breaking her back. Paramedics called for a helicopter to transport Trimboli; however, there were none available so she was transported by ambulance to Arnold Palmer Hospital. Trimboli stayed in the hospital for three weeks with a broken spine and split forehead. During her stay at the hospital she received cosmetic surgery to remove the glass from her forehead and to try to make the split less visible. “At the hospital they thought I would never be able to walk again,” Trimboli said. “All I was able to do was lay down or stand up. I was using a wheelchair and walker to get around.” For six months after the accident, Trimboli was in a body cast and then a back brace for an additional three months. She then


SMILING SCAR. Trimboli usually wears her hair in a style that covers the scar, but when she lifts her bangs the smile shows through. “I like it . It’s just there; I don’t really notice it anymore,” Trimboli said. Trimboli has been living with the grin for close to three years. received physical therapy from her aunt who is an occupational therapist. With help from the exercises and stretches her aunt planned out for her and the help of the brace, Trimboli was walking shortly afterward. “It was a big part of my life; it made me a stronger person and it made me closer to my parents,” Trimboli said. “I am happy to be alive. I could have died or been paralyzed but I was lucky.” Now three years and four months later, the only reminder Trimboli has of that night is the smile on her forehead.

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Team plans to keep Eagles grounded BOYS LOOK TO GET BACK INTO THE PLAYOFF MIX

By JUSTIN KANE One more win. That’s all the football team needs for a playoff birth. One more win and a loss from Freedom who faces undefeated Dr. Phillips. Tonight, the team 5-3 (2-1 in class 6A play) will travel to district rival Cypress Creek to face the 5-3 (2-1 in class 6A play) Bears. The matchup tonight is the last district game of the year. The next game is the rivaled Edgewater. Leading the boys is quarterback Samuel Hutsell. Hutsell has thrown for 970 yards and 10 touchdowns this season. Cypress Creek is led by quarterback Felix Regis. Regis has thrown for 545 yards and five touchdowns through seven games. He averages 90 yards per game. On the ground, the Bears are led by runningback Joeseph Jones who has run the ball for 469 yards and one touchdown. Getting the ball from Regis is wide reciever Manasee St. Vil who has caught for 300 yards this year on three touchdowns. After Cypress Creek, the boys come back home to face the Edgewater Eagles. “The rivalry is the highlight of the year,” Principal Margaret McMillen said. “It’s not as big as it was when I was here. It used to be played in what was the Tangerine Bowl.”

This season Edgewater is 5-2 (3-0 in their first year of class 4A play), with wins over Olympia, St. Cloud, Liberty, Winter Park and Poinciana as well as losses against Dr. Phillips and Apopka. So far, quarterback Kent Gainous has thrown for 569 yards and four touchdowns and has rushed for 733 yards and six touchdowns on the ground. Leading the team in catching is wide receiver Alton Howard with 207 yards. “I’m going to just keep running the ball and do what I can do,” freshman running back Aaron Turman said regarding his preparations for the Edgewater game. “We all have to have the right mindset and we will win.” The rivalry between Edgewater and Boone began when Orlando High School split into the two schools. This is the 57th year of the rivalry, and Edgewater has dominated the rivalry thus far. Since 1952, Edgewater has won 41 times, Boone 14 and two ties. Besides the bragging rights for a year, the two teams play for the coveted barrel that the winning school keeps for a year. According to McMillen, nobody knows how the barrel came to be the significant piece of the historic rivalry. Before the Cypress Creek game, the team traveled to Oak Ridge to face the 4-3 (1-2 in class 6A) Pioneers. Former

backup quarterback Baylin Trujillo leads the Pioneers this season, but the boys showed no love for the former Brave. Trujillio was sacked seven times, six of which by senior Skyler Skersick. The star of the night was freshman Aaron Turman who rushed for 210 yards on 14 carries and four touchdowns. Turman has run for 520 yards and seven touchdowns. The final score was Oak Ridge 6, Boone 48. On homecoming, the team faced University (2-4-1, 0-1-1 in 6A play). Coming into Oct. 15, the team was 5-0 against the Cougars in the last five years outscoring them 167-43. This game was no different. The team scored four touchdowns and a field goal in the first half and had a 30-0 lead at halftime, resulting in a final score of 49-7. “The big thing was working together,” head coach Phil Ziglar said, walking off the field smiling. “We came together as a team and showed them what we can do. After suffering a tough loss 49-7 to number one ranked Dr. Phillips at home, the team looked to rebound and get back into the playoff mix. The loss against DP broke a 17 game home winning streak. “We are going to come out with intensity and win all our games,” Turman said after the game against University “Our goal is to make it back to states and win it all.”


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Hanging by a thread SILK ACROBATICS PROVIDE OUTLET FOR STUDENT By CATHERINE PORTER Dangling 35 feet in the air, junior Sydney Garlich twists with sinuous grace, with only two thin silks separating her from the ground. Loosening her hold, she tumbles towards the ground and stops just in time, successfully completing her favorite move, the T-flip. “It is my favorite move because you fall forward and you are forced to rely on yourself, or else you’ll fall flat on your face,” Garlich said. Garlich does silk aerial acrobatics, a sport where performers use two long sheets of silk and their own strength to support their body weight while completing complex and often dangerous maneuvers in the air. A family friend who is an independent silk aerial artist and has performed for Cirque du Soleil® first introduced Garlich to the sport. Then, after taking a fitness class at the Orlando Aerial Arts school, Garlich decided to try silk acrobatics. She has now been doing silk aerial acrobatics for almost two years despite how difficult


the sport initially seemed. “Seeing [silk acrobatics] for the first time, it looks impossible. It’s very hard; I tried it,” mother Laura Garlich said. Silk acrobatics requires flexibility and strength, specifically in the upper body. Though one can develop the necessary skills over time, often the intensity of the hour long twice-weekly practices results in physical injury to the athlete. For S. Garlich, the sport caused joint and knee problems, which presented themselves as obstacles in addition to the time commitment already involved. “We encouraged her to stick with [silk acrobatics] even though she hurt, got her skin ripped off by the silk and got many silk burns,” L. Garlich said. Despite the injuries she has incurred, S. Garlich feels that there are benefits to participating in silk aerial acrobatics. “It’s stress relieving. When you have a lot of frustration, you can get up on the silk and just let it out and have fun learning new tricks,” S. Garlich said. In addition to the personal

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othing can rival pure animosity for another player or team; the rivalries that surround sports not only build the intensity surrounding games, but are also healthy for competition. Rivalries can be found in all facets of sports, from pee wee to professional. They can be something as simple as a playground quarrel between two people, to a full-scale grudge match between two professional teams battling for a playoff birth; rivalries bring out the best in players. One of the most well-known rivalries in sports is the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry. It is so profound because of the storied history behind it: trading Babe Ruth to the Yankees, the curse of the Bambino, Kurt Schilling’s bloody sock and the comeback to win the penant. In the NBA, the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers have won a combined 32 out of the 63 NBA Championships and have faced off in the Finals 11 times. In the NFL, the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers have always had a bitter rivalry, starting in 1921 and standing as the league’s longest rivalry with 178 games played since then. The common denominator in all of these heated rivalries is history. History brings a story to every game and is the reason why this year’s game against Edgewater on Friday, Nov. 13, is so important; it is a battle for respect. In the midst of a lackluster year for the football team, the biggest game on the schedule is home against Edgewater.

Whether the team makes it to the playoffs or not, the game is significant because it is about respect. No matter what the circumstances, every player will be giving everything he has because of the rivalry, and that’s the way it should be. Rivalries add another dimension to a game; they build more anticipation leading up to the game and add drama. A loss to a rival hurts deeper than any other loss because rivalries are personal for both the team and the fans. In those games, an entire body of people is being represented on the field and that is why players are inclined to play better. They realize that what they are playing for and who they are representing through the game is even bigger than the game itself. As the players walk through the hallways on game day, sporting their jerseys and getting the school excited, they should keep in the back of their minds all that is at stake. The football team represents the entire student body; a loss for the team also means a loss for the school and affects the pride of everyone on campus. Not only do the players step up for big games, but they also rise to the occasion because the fans take it personally as well. Traditions such as the banging of the drum in the Kemosabe Commons on the day of the Edgewater game and the exchange of the spirit barrel to the winning team serve as examples of how history can get the fans fired up as well. Without fan support games don’t serve much purpose. Never do the fans back up a team more than when their

pride is on the line. Fans are what make sports so universal; the instant bond formed between two fans of the same team cannot be matched by anything else. Those bonds are even stronger than meeting a distant relative or old friend. The impact rivalry games have on fans is immeasurable; they become more electric, more passionate, more consumed by the game. Fans look forward to those games the entire season, and the atmosphere surrounding the school should be electric on Nov. 13. The attitude of the fans attending the game should be even more intense; when the crowd is enveloped in the moment and erupts with every big play, it adds to the sensational aura that surrounds the game. In the midst of all the hype that surrounds big games such as Boone-Edgewater, it is important that the players do not lose sight of sportsmanship. Although many rivalry games can be the cause of fights or ill behavior, they are healthy for sports and should be treated with respect. The beauty of those big games is that they bring out the best in players, and that should be true not only in their performance but in their attitude. Whether one wins or loses, he should always show a greater respect for the efforts of the other team and for the game itself. Rivalries are vital to all sports, channeling the emotions of both players and fans into a dramatic event with lasting effects on the confidence of both teams. The night of the Edgewater game both campuses will be buzzing with the desire for a win on their minds and another significant chapter will be added to the storied rivalry.

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gained recognition with the singles “The Great Escape” and “Thunder”; the band released their sophomore album (Love Drunk) in September 2009 and are slowly climbing the Billboard music charts.

What: Alter the Ending Who: Dashboard Confessional Where: $10.99 for the bonus track version and $14.99 for the deluxe version at FYE.

When: Oct. 15 Why: This Floridian band formed in 1999, and Alter the

Ending will be their sixth album released. The alternative rock band’s music has been featured in films such as Spiderman 2 and Jennifer’s Body and has reached up to number two on the U.S. Billboard Charts with the 2003 release of A Mark, A Mission, A Brand, A Scar.

Who: Say Anything Where: The Social, 54 N. Orange Ave. UPCOMING MOVIES When: Nov.11-12 at 6 p.m. What: The Fourth Kind Why: The band formed in 2000. In 2003, they released their Who: Olatundae Osunsanindie rock album …Is A Real Boy. They have yet to have their songs debut on the top music charts, but the band adds sarcastic humor to pop-like music. They released their latest album (In Defense of the Genre) in October 2007 and since then have toured with Hellogoodbye and Saves the Day.

Who: AC/DC Where: Amway Arena, 600 W. Amelia St. When: Nov. 19 at 8 p.m. Why: The 1970s Australian rock and roll band that has

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When: Nov. 6 Why: A suburban married couple with a young child receive a trouble-causing box with a button that, as Frank Langella explains, will give them $1 million with the press of the button. However, he warns them that they only have 24 hours to choose to push the button and mentions that someone in the world will die if it is pushed; the couple is faced with a moral dilemma and must face the reality of humanity.

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When: Nov. 13 Why: The Mayans predicted centuries ago that the world

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UPCOMING BOOKS What: Under the Dome Who: Stephen King When: Nov. 10 Why: Under the Dome takes place in Chester’s Mill, Maine where an unexpected dome barrier forms around the town. None of the residents of the small town can predict what it is or why it ended up in their town. Dale Barbara, the main character, gathers a group of citizens and they all try to figure out what the dome is and if it will go away. Stephen King, an acclaimed horror writer, returns to his specialty and tells a story with numerous characters that all vary in behavior and conflict with each other throughout this situation.

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STAY CALM. The ladies try to calm down Shelby (Ashley Connelly) when she freaks out due to stress and her struggle with diabetes. The girls attempt to give Shelby juice to tame her sugar level.


CRY BABY CRY. In an emotional scene, Truvy (Madeline Rinker) attempts to hold herself together. “I had to research and experiment to make Truvy make sense to the audience,” Rinker said.

GIRL TALK. The girls sit around the salon and view pictures of Shelby’s son Jackson, while they discuss Shelby’s health and how things are back home.

JUST A LITTLE FURTHER. While struggling to get out of her seat Annelle (Rachel Comeau) attempts to get around the salon and keep things as normal as possible, even though she is pregnant.







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through the six girls’ dialogue. Each actress will have to practice characterization because the characters they are playing base their sass and wisdom off their many years of experience, as best described in the following scene. Clairee: Oh sure. But I miss the whirlwind of being a mayor’s wife. It’s not easy being just one. I don’t like going to things by myself. If I go with another couple, I’m a third wheel. If I go with a friend, we’re just a couple of old biddies. Shelby: Somebody like you should be able to find something to occupy your time. Clairee: Well, I really do love football. But it’s hard to parlay that into a reason to live. Senior Leryn Turlington is playing 63-yearold Clairee Belcher. “I like to think that I am clever much like Clairee. She knows how to make light of hard situations, and I have to do my job right by portraying her 60 years of experience to the audience,” Turlington said. The brightly colored floral dresses and wigs worn by the cast will represent Southern women of the 1980’s. Poofy and curly wigs will be abundant and will transition throughout the play indicating change of time and mood. When auditioning for the play, each girl

picked a role that represented her life on a personal level. “I believe that each girl is the character she plays; they possess the same qualities and traits as their character. They are playing the part of what they will probably be when they are that age,” Weagley said. The play begins with Shelby’s wedding and then transitions to the birth of Shelby’s son, Jackson. In the second act, we learn more about the character Annelle and witness the effects of religion on her life. The DJ on the radio moves the audience from one scene to the next. “It’s the most intricate production and the biggest set that we have ever done here at Boone. The salon has a working door as well as hedges and a bell. There are lots of props as well,” senior Dakota Bush, who plays the DJ, said. The show will feature lighting as a major prop in the salon. In some scenes, the lighting will be dim to set a quiet and somber mood. In another, there won’t be any lights, only the voices of the actresses will be heard due to the power going out. The play is based on the dynamics of friendship in a small town. There is a large

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amount of drama, laughs and tears presented in the lives of these six women. “This play is a good chance to show people real life through not only a woman’s perspective, but through an emotional and powerful story line,” senior Jamie Bourke, stage manager, said. The drama department is fundraising to pay for the play’s scripts. The tech crew builds and creates the entire scenery as well as purchases and gathers the different props for the play. There are a variety of different props in the play that link to the movie such as Southern Hair magazine, which many were surprised to find was real. Steel Magnolias is Nov. 5 - 7 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 8 at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Tickets are $7, VIP tickets are $15 and a guarantees a seat in the first three rows as well as a snack and drink from the concession stand and admittance back stage to take a picture with the cast. “I hope we can all make the play three dimensional and do the play justice. We’ve worked really hard on this play. There are lots of laughs and tears and I hope the audience enjoys it as much as we have enjoyed putting it together,” Turlington said.


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