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patriot post American Heritage School ,12200 W. Broward Blvd, Plantation, FL 33325 VOL. 16 ISSUE 2 OCTOBER 2012

THE SUPER UNDERCOVER HERITAGE MONDAY NIGHT FOOD TRUCKIN’: HOMECOMING SPIRIT: Monday night around dinnertime, both Flamingo Gardens and Beating Champagnat 44-14, the Heritage PaHEROES: See the faces of the professionals behind some of the Every the Young Arts Hollywood Center host a food truck carnival that of- triots led the way to another Homecoming vicschool’s most prestigious programs, from the Drama department to fers everything from Mexican to Thai and Italian. For a guide to the Journalism and almost every other aspect of the school in between. best and worst of food truck night, head to the back page. Go to C10


We can’t fake school spirit-and when it happens, it’s usually in the unlikeliest of places. Read about how AHS can unify itself as a student body and create more pride in our classes. (Photo/Haleigh Richards) See B5.


Congratulations to junior Brianna Chavez-Chase for her artwork titled “Manipulation,” which the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities has selected to be included in ART.WRITE.NOW. DC, a special exhibition of national award-winning work from the 2012 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.


Need help organizing and studying? Find a list with seven of some of the best and most helpful applications to download on your phone to use as study aids. See C12.

TRUNK OR TREAT: For $5 in advance and $7 at the door, come trick-ortreating in the cars of Upper School students on Oct 31st from 5-7 pm in the bell tower parking lot. NEWS: BROADCAST Watch the AHS v Cardinal Gibbons football game at /Default.aspx?sid=6559 on Oct 26. INDEX NEWS










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Performing “Il Mundo Era Voto” from the musical “Light In the Piazza,” Joshua Grosso, AHS alumnus, won the 2012 National High School Musical Theater Awards along with a $10,000 scholarship to New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and a chance to perform in “The Lion King” on Broadway. Melissa Bosem | Layout Editor The class of 2012 boasted an Olympic swimmer, the most National Merit scholars in the state of Florida, budding engineers and doctors, and artists in band, art, photography, drama, and music. One Heritage alum in particular, Joshua Grosso, took to a Broadway stage within weeks of his graduation. Grosso initially made his theater debut on the American Heritage Fine Arts Theater stage when he was in eighth grade, performing as Augustus Gloop in “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.” He continued on, holding a starring role in nearly every main stage and black-

box performance put on by the school’s Drama department. Grosso’s accomplishments eventually led him to his acceptance to Carnegie Mellon University’s prestigious School of Drama, one of only seven male students admitted. His award-winning performances in “The Phantom of the Opera,” “The Light in the Piazza,” and “The King and I” among others brought him to the stage of the PBS documentary-series “Broadway or Bust.” Grosso began his journey to both television and Broadway acclaim when he entered the Broadway Star of the Future competition, placing second be-

hind Countryside High School’s Jordan Rodnizki. Because Rodnizki was unable to attend the next leg of the competition, Grosso took his place. The next phase included a week of professional tutelage culminating in a final performance during the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City. Also known as the Jimmy Awards, the competition ended in an incredible display of talent, the finale taking place on June 25, 2012. PBS documented the experience of Grosso and 59 other high school musical theater stars, following 30 females and

33 males through the week-long process. The amateur actors and actresses journeyed from across the country to meet at New York University (NYU), competing for the title of Best Actor and Best Actress in the Jimmy Awards. One male winner and one female winner would each win a $10,000 scholarship. Despite the sea of talented faces, Grosso remained a focus of the footage due to both his compelling backstory and indisputable talent. See ‘Broadway,’ A4

National Merit Scholar count sets record Elizabeth Flynn | Features Editor From the end of sophomore year until October of junior year, students devote countless hours improving their standardized test taking skills with the hopes of reaching a score high enough to earn them the title of National Merit Scholar. From 3 - 7pm everyday and as late as 9pm on monday and wednesdays, Sara Kohn and Ray Dass help students raise their score. 57 students from the class of 2013 have been named National Merit Scholars, 36 of them semi-finalists and 21 commended scholars. This is the most national merit

scholars the school has had. “We try to expose them to the full range of material that will show up on the test from the easy stuff to the hard stuff. We like them to be comfortable with the strategies as well as the content and to become strong critical thinkers,” said Sara Kohn. This year’s score cutoff for semifinalist was 211 and 200 for commended. Semi finalist and commended scholars are based on all the students scores while National Hispanic Scholar is based on the topSee ‘PSAT,’ A4

FROM CALCULUS TO TRIG: Ray Dass and his PSAT prep team hold 4 1/2 sessions of class per week to prepare for the exam Oct. 20. (Photo/Elizabeth Flynn)




A blueprint of the future American Heritage is growing. Not just in the people sense, but in the building sense as well. Read on below for an update on the upcoming changes on campus.

By Gaby Cala

Recently the Heritage campus has been going through some major changes, as the 4500 building popped up in what seemed like no time at all, and then the football field was remade with artificial turf. But the changes aren’t ending just yet. Over the next five years, students should expect some major changes on the face of the school campus. The next project will be the school’s new gymnasium. Located east of the Fine Arts building, this new gymnasium will replace the basketball courts and a part of the batting ranges. Construction is expected to begin June 2013, and finish in 2014. Before any of this can happen, however, the school has to go to the county to get the plat changed, and then once that is approved, go to the City of Plantation to ask for a change in the site plan. If all goes well, the construction will begin as originally scheduled. After the construction of the new gymnasium is concluded, Mr. Bill Laurie says, the school plans on

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immediately embarking The school will also feaon its next project, which ture a new dining hall and should begin in the sumLower School gymnasium mer of 2014. located where the origiThis project is a 50-menal swimming pool and ter swimming pool to be gym are. placed on the west end The dining hall will of the soccer field behind have two stories, the first the Fine Arts building. floor consisting of a new To make room for this kitchen and serving lines, swimming pool, the basand the second floor ketball courts that are behousing tables for stuside the tennis courts will dents to sit and eat. Half have to be removed. the original gym will be Additionally, there will remodeled to make a new be a two-story building Lower School gym. located west of the swimThese plans are exming pool with the first pected to begin 2015 afstory designated for lockter the completion of the er rooms and coaches’ swimming pool and tenoffices, xt 5 ver the ne O . g a n d in w o gr ges on Heritage is some drastic chan t h e ect years, exp e school campus. upper f th the face o story featuring a viewing area where parents, friends, or potential scouts will be able to watch swimmers to the east and tennis players to the west. The old tennis courts will be moved 15-20 feet to the southwest, and an additional onestory building will be constructed at the north end of the courts.

nis courts, and finish in 2016. Finally, a new parking lot will complete the construction. Located on the northeast corner of campus next to Broward Boulevard, this three-story garage will allow for a significant increase in the number of parking spots. Construction will begin in 2016 and end in 2017.

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New gymansium will be built, replacing the basketball courts and part of the batting ranges east of the Fine Arts building.


Starting in 2014 and ending in 2015, a 50-meter swimming pool will be placed where the west end of the soccer field behind the theatrer and the basketball courts currently are.


(Photos/Weston Photography) A new dining hall and Lower School gymnasium will replace the current gym. Construction will end in 2016.




The 13est Homecoming?


HOMECOMING KING AND QUEEN NAMED; JUNIORS CLINCH POWDERPUFF TITLE: More than just about the iconic dance and football game, Homecoming also encompasses a number of other important traditions, such as the election of the senior Homecoming court. This year, Daniel Correa, Victoria Lares, Megan Menocal, Thomas Anzalone, Melanie Foligno and Ryan Civale were elected by their fellow seniors to the court. Menocal and Anzalone were voted Homecoming Queen and King, respectively. In the annual Powderpuff event, the juniors defeated the sophomores, who had earlier beat the seniors. (Photos/Haleigh Richards) SPRINGBOARD IN ACTION: Upper School Principal Ms. Patricia Butts, Dean of Faculty Mrs. Adrianne Shienvold and Junior High Principal Mrs. Anita LaTorre examine sophomore Timothy Bang’s springboard project . (Photo/Haleigh Richards)

Spring into SpringBoard Katie Harrington | Feature Editor The students who struggle with understanding exactly how their English teachers went from talking about blue curtains in a story to an author’s depression now have the opportunity to better comprehend classic works. The English department implemented a new program called SpringBoard in grades 7-10 to help teach students how to analyze literature. Created by the College Board (the same organization that administers the PSAT and the SAT), SpringBoard is a program that challenges students to think critically and develop learning strategies that work best for them. The program is based on a textbook which contains short stories with questions and activities to go along with them. The program places a lot of emphasis on small group learning and interaction with the teacher rather than lectures. “Students are more interactive and work more collaboratively with SpringBoard. They have opportunities to interact more with peers and the teacher during the lessons,” Honors English I teacher Mrs. Linda Gallagher said. For example, Mrs. Gallagher’s English I Honors class studied

vignettes, a style of short literature that describes a certain idea. After reading a few of the vignettes, the students discussed them in small groups. For homework, each student wrote a paragraph about what he or she discovered in the discussions, and then brought the paragraphs in for peer review. Each student used a rubric to analyze the quality of another classmate’s paragraph. “Peer review helps students improve their own writing by seeing similar things in another students’ work that may be present in their own,” Mrs. Gallagher said. Another example of SpringBoard in action is the English II Honors project to create a 3-D representation of the culture a student identifies with the most after reading an outside novel. The model had to contain symbols of that culture, and students were required to write how at least two symbols represent their culture. By examining their cultures, students begin to develop their written “voice,” a key part to becoming a strong writer. The main purpose of implementing SpringBoard is to prepare students for higher level classes such as AP English and to create stronger readers and writers in general.

new clubs make appearances on campus

A new year means a host of various new clubs to join. Charity, chess, sign language - you name it, someone has started a club for it. Each club has its own goals and agenda, offering many new opportunities for extra curricular activities. This year there are nine newly approved clubs. Many of the club names are not yet finalized, they include Karing for Kids, Progressive Generation, American Sign Language, A Prom to Remember, Interact, Junior Prestige, Future Business Leaders of America, a political club, and a chess club. Katie Harrington | Feature Editor


Karing for Kids (the club's unofficial name) aims to help kids with various disorders, particularly autism. Junior Kendall Sputo, senior Lynette Cardenas, senior Chelsea Adams, junior Kristy Yeung, and freshman Rachel Barnett make up the board of students who founded and now run the club sponsored by Mrs. Leigh Chin. The club plans to work with the Ronald McDonald House and to focus on volunteering as opposed to fundraising. “It’s more personal,” Sputo said.


Although students from any background can join, Progressive Generation will raise awareness for African American culture at school. Seniors Christie Ramsaran and Kendall Finlay, the clubs co-founders and Mrs. Wilson, the club's sponsor, plan to organize a mentoring program for a local inner city elementary school students and eventually take these children on a college field trip to inspire them to do well in their middle and high school years. The club also has plans for a project for Black History month and having a forum at meetings to talk about African American issues.


The main goal for the American Sign Language (ASL) club is to teach students the basics of sign language. Using an instructive website and speakers from the Florida Association of the Deaf (FATD), founder junior Elizabeth Flynn and sponsor Mrs. Linda Gallagher hope to educate and promote awareness for sign language. "There's a lot of deaf people," Flynn said, "It's very important to know how to communicate with [sign language]." A Prom to Remember aims to provide the prom experience for children with terminal cancer. Founder senior Ana Sotillo and sponsor Mrs. Lorraine Roth plan to use fundraising events like dress drives to donate outfits and other necessary prom items to a national charity. A Prom to Remember will then use these items to throw a classic high school prom.


Interact and Junior Prestige are clubs focused on community service. Interact, founded by junior Brandon Marks, is a student branch of Rotary International, a service club for adults. Junior

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Prestige, run by seniors Giovanna Pires and Danielle Dikes, is an umbrella organization involved in community service projects for a wide variety of events.

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Other new clubs include the Political Club which will be a blending of the old Democratic and Republican clubs (sponsored by Mr. Harry Torres), a reformed Chess Club (with president senior Stephan Laos and sponsor Mr. Avi Spiller), and Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA, which is sponsored by Mr. Marc Shaw).

Nine new clubs mean nine new ways to interact with peers and the community. Whether learning to say "I love you" in sign language or giving cancer patients the prom of their dreams, these new clubs are one more way to get involved outside the classroom. Make sure to check Edline or contact the clubs’ leaders to find out exactly when each organization will be meeting.




WAHS reporters intern at Fox After bringing a student perspective to a Fox Sports-broadcasted Heritage home game, five members of the WAHS crew received opportunities to intern at the local television station. Bella Hendricks| Co-Online Editor The last home football game against Lake Highland Prep saw a larger crew of media on the field than usual. While the WAHS crew was there, as usual, to report live from the game, Fox Sports also made an appearance to cover the event. Fox allowed several members of WAHS to report for the prominent station. Juniors Carolina Arango, Eduardo Serpa, and Benjamin Pollack, and senior Jamie Shalek each earned the chance to step in front of a new camera, holding a microphone labeled with the signature “Fox.” The young re-

porters provided an insight from a student’s point of view, and Fox offered several other opportunities for the WAHS crew to intern after the first game. Now, on Thursdays and Fridays, selected WAHS staffers work with coordinator Kavita Channe on the field at various events. The team will split up (usually two and two, depending on the event), and help with certain aspects of covering the game, such as reporting on any players’ injuries from the field’s sidelines or taking note of plays. Senior and Co-Executive Producer of the WAHS morning show, Ryan Civale, has also

worked on editing several pieces for one of Ms. Channe’s other sports-oriented projects, “1st Down ‘N Dirty.” Jamie Shalek, pictured at right, works with her WAHS crew members to observe and inform Channe of most details that the Fox reporter needs to accurately report the high school football games. Shalek, Arango, Serpa, and Pollack learn as Channe reports on-camera, and Civale occasionally edits Channe’s pieces. The staff hopes to continue this relationship with Fox in years to come in order to allow its reporters real-life experience in the world of Broadcast.

CLIMBING UP THE BROADCAST LADDER: Senior and WAHS Lead Anchor Jamie Shalek makes the most of WAHS’ new relation with Fox News. (Photo/Jamie Shalek)

New cafeteria foods added to cafeteria Fashion show supports breast cancer research Morgan Baskin | Co-Editor-in-Chief

From strawberry milkshakes to gluten-free pasta, the food at the 7000 cafeteria and snack bar now caters to a wider variety of students’ dietary needs. “Every year the kids are different. Aside from the basics like chicken wings and the flatz, which are always popular, the tastes change every year,” Cafeteria Manager Theresa Silvera reported. After attending several food shows in South Florida, the most recent at the Miami Convention Center in July, Ms. Silvera decided to add certain foods into the cafeteria’s rotation, based on their healthiness, popularity among students and cost. New additions include an all-

natural ice cream whose flavor changes every week (triple chip mint and cookies-n-cream are just some of the past options for $3), steak and cheese strombole ($4.75),16” slices of cheese pizza for $1.75 ( “because we noticed high schoolers like slices better,” said Ms. Silvera), and dip-n-dots ice cream for $3.00. Students allergic to gluten will also notice more options for breakfast and lunch. “If kids come to the cafeteria before school and request a gluten-free lunch, we can make ready-to-order food for them,” Silvera said. Pasta, pizza, yogurt parfaits and cookies are all now available to those who can’t consume gluten. Student favorites from last year have also returned, including hot chocolate for

NEW FOODS ON CAMPUS:Dippin’ Dots, pictured above, are now available in the cafeteria for $3.00 (Photo / Gaby Cala)

$1 before school and Italian Chicken Flatbreads for $2.50. In addition to the new cafeteria foods, students now have more options of where to purchase lunch. Many favorites, such as Chris-P-Chicken boxes and flats, are now available at the snack bar in addition to last year’s locations.

‘Broadway,’ cont. from A1 “I feel like the underdog,” Grosso said on an aired segment. “All the other kids here won their regional competition but I didn’t.” After a week under the wing of famed Broadway professionals and esteemed NYU faculty such as Liz Callaway (“Cats,” “Anastasia”), Christian Borle (“Mary Poppins,” “Smash”), and Telly Leung (“Godspell,” “Glee”), Grosso performed a snippet of his solo “All I Ask” from “The Phantom of the Opera” in a “medley”-style showcase. The medley consisted of half of the male contestants each performing a small section of a solo in character until another contestant’s character interrupted with

his own solo piece. After the six groups (three male, three female) performed their medleys, the judges, a panel of Broadway casting directors and specialists, retreated backstage to select six competitors-three male and three female-to perform their solo numbers on the Minskoff Theater stage in front of an audience of hundreds. Grosso, performing “Il Mondo Era Vuoto” from “The Light in the Piazza,” stunned the judges and the audience with his rendition of the Italian song. After a final deliberation, the judges named Grosso, alongside Elizabeth Romero of Fountain Valley, California, the winner of the National High School Musical Theater Awards.

Despite the flood of recognition and fame following his turn on the show, Grosso still remembers his high school roots. “The whole faculty [at American Heritage] taught me that if you want to do this cutthroat business, you’ll have to sacrifice many things. Without their wisdom, I’d be lost now.” Josh said in a post Broadway or Bust interview. Following his success at the National High School Musical Theater Awards, Grosso plans to graduate from Carnegie Mellon University’s rigorous program and hopefully end up on the Great White Way.

‘PSAT,’ cont. from A1 Scholar is based on the tops scores of all hispanic students while National Achievement is recognition to outstanding African American students. National Merit benefits students by allowing colleges to access your scores early and to start showing interest in you.

Morgan Marquez | Opinion Editor The Pre-Med club held their 2nd annual Pre-Med Fashion Show September 29 from 7 to 11 PM, and with over 60 guests, raised over $3000 for the American Cancer Society for Breast Cancer Research. Twenty volunteers helped run the event, led by Sacha Hauc, Daniella Alejadre, Nicole Sevilla, Kevin Witcher, Daniel Tanchez, and other lieutenants and officers. Eight male models and 16 female models participated in the event. The models wore their own clothes and picked out what to wear based on the jewelry piece they were assigned. The jewelry featured in the out-

fit was later sold in a silent auction which helped raise part of the $3000 total. The outfits were based and designed according to the 4 stages of the fight against breast cancer (Feminine Beauty, Courage, Strength, Survival) created by former PreMed club president, Laura Grau. According to anatomy teacher Dr. Carlos Pulido, “We plan on having the Pre-Med Fashion show next year because it is the right thing to do. I want to continue to fight against Breast Cancer until it’s gone. It sounds naive, but I want there to be a future where we look back at cancer and are astonished that we couldn’t treat it. I want us to get to a point where we treat it like a cold.”

Annual research paper faces new deadline Zach Slotkin | Junior Editor Outlines. Notecards. Bibliographies. Countless revisions. Much of the final two quarters of the school year consists of working to perfect the annual research paper, but for seniors, that’s about to change. Beginning this school year, seniors must hand in their research papers during the first semester. The exact dates seniors are required to turn in their research papers will be dependent on their teachers. This major change in the tradition of second-semester research papers has many benefits, as Mrs. Maryanne Hurtado, co-chairperson of the English department, explained. “A lot of colleges ask for a graded writing sample, and this will be some of their best work,” Mrs. Hurtado said. Not only will this new rule allow seniors to send their research papers to colleges along with their applications, it may

also help to improve grades and reduce the temptation to plagiarise. According to Mrs. Hurtado, seniors tended to wait until the last minute to complete their research paper in the past. However, she believes that the new rule will encourage seniors to try their hardest to get the best possible grade. “I think they’re going to do a better job because there will be a larger impact on their grade. This way, students will have more of an opportunity to raise their grade, and teachers will have more of an opportunity to intervene against bad grades,” Ms. Hurtado explained. Balancing research papers with college deadlines may prove to be a challenge, but with the right time management, it is still possible for seniors to complete their applications and essays while managing to get a good grade on their research papers and providing that sample for college applications.

Editorials & Opinions

School spirit needs spunk, not regulation

Elizabeth Flynn| Feature Editor Melissa Bosem | Layout Editor It’s the quintessential background of every high school movie on the big screen: football games overflowing with cheering students, halls decked out with banners and posters, and a unifying sense of spirit that connects each member of the student body. As a generation raised on television shows and movies centered on high school, it’s natural that we’ve come to expect the all-encompassing school spirit when we first walk through the doors in freshman year. Contrary to every Hollywood studio’s vision of high school, my first football game hosted a few tens of fans, with parents outnumbering students. During Homecoming week, the year’s pinnacle of school spirit, a sole banner waves from the staircase of the 3000 building. Despite the efforts of many, outside clubs and classes, no over-arching unity or community spirit exists among students. In preparation for college, we’re encouraged to find our niche within the school, whether in a sport, drama, or any other course or club offered. After a student finds his or her niche, he or she usually dedicates the remainder of his or her high school career supporting and promoting the club or course. The overly stressed importance of finding a place eclipses the importance of being able to shed our titles and unite under one school’s banner. The fact is, we spend the majority of high school valuing the wrong ideology. Another problem lies in the school’s insistence to force an idea upon us that should be a naturally occurring sentiment. The events designed to boost school unity only serve to



What do you you think about school iPads? “I like iPads because they aren’t as heavy as textbooks and they’re easier to carry around.” Lana Piwoni - 9th “I think iPads are really fun to use and they add an interactive aspect to the classroom.” Emily Charland - 10th “I like iPads because they’re really easy to use and carry around.” Chrissy Sessa - 9th

SCHOOL SPIRIT LIVES ON: Junior Patriot band members play in an impromptu musical performance during an assembly. (Photo/ Melissa Bosem) highlight the divisions within the student body. While assemblies during homecoming intend to inspire the student body with school spirit, the games inclusive to only a few cause most students to sit in the bleachers complaining. Despite the great ideas of many to invoke more spirit, the majority of the school, primarily the upperclassmen, still believes the school isn’t even capable of school spirit. However, all hope is not lost. Every so often, an event occurs that makes us doubt our preconceived notions of school spirit. While deans intended the Junior Discipline Assembly to last half an hour and only

pertain to the Student Handbook, a lightning alarm trapped the junior class in the auditorium for two hours. When Dean Nolle ran out of topics to discuss, three students from the band’s drum line dashed to the band room and picked up their instruments. They burst in the room playing music, until the rest of the junior class band, color guard, and football team members followed suit, leading to an impromptu musical performance that had Dean Crick dancing down the aisle. It was a fleeting moment of true school spirit: the first, many acknowledged, of our high school careers. For one hour, cliques and

clubs didn’t matter. The moment was one that forced us to admit that spirit might just exist between these red-brick walls. This shouldn’t just occur once accidentally or for one grade level: all classes should have the chance to feel the spirit and the appreciation for all the talent surrounding us. It’s time for Heritage to step up and arrange for students to unite through the pride of being Patriots and for students to have the opportunity to meet others outside the confinement of his or her niche. In the end, we want to remember our four years at Heritage with pride in our hearts for all we’ve accomplished together.

“iPads will be a distraction to the learning environment because students will be playing games instead of paying attention in class.” Emily Ramirez - 10th “I like using iPads in class because they’re lighter to carry and more technologically advanced than textbooks.” Nawal Zafar - 11th “I find typing on iPads harder than using actual textbooks.” Alex Slotkin - 12th “I don’t like the idea of iPads replacing textbooks. I’d rather have a set of textbooks to use at home and iPads to use solely in class.” Christal Hector - 10th

Prerequisites: They’re hard to live with, but can we live without them? Morgan Marquez | Opinion Editor I’ll admit, I too was once a prerequisite hater. After all, are all of the prerequisties that seem so arbitrarily required really necessary? I planned to sit at my computer and express all the problems with the prerequisites at this school, but after I interviewed Mrs. Ackerman about the logic behind enforcing prerequisites, I left with an epiphany, and realized there are two sides to this prerequisite debate. Prerequisites here can range from Anatomy and Physiology for AP Bio, or Visual Concepts for Painting 1. At first glance, it seems like these prerequisites are not vital to the course

because they don’t directly relate to the class. If you dive deeper into the steps of making some prerequisites, you’ll actually find a tailored process that tries to make sure students are prepared for the classes they plan to take. “When a student takes a particular class, the teacher has to assume that the student has certain knowledge. The prerequisites assure that the students have this knowledge by giving them a foundation to work from,” said Mrs. Ackerman, the Upper School assistant principal. Certain prerequisites can help both students and teachers by allowing teachers to build a stronger curriculum

while ensuring students have solid previous knowledge about the subject. Mrs. Ackerman said prereqs aren’t used to cut class sizes, but rather to separate the students who are truly committed to a

These prereqs weren’t created to heap stress upon students. In reality, many of the prerequisites came from the ideas of students. According to Mrs. Ackerman, every January, she meets with the department heads and they dis-

“Prerequisites add a bitterweet taste to the meal of high school.” particular class from those who are not. For example, if you never took Honors Chemistry and jumped straight into AP Chemistry (like you can at some other schools,) you wouldn’t know if you enjoyed Chemistry as a subject before you submit yourself to the intense curriculum.

cuss trends in classes, the classes that are offered, and what classes each department would like to introduce. Administration takes these comments, as well as the conversations students have with their guidance counselors about classes, and incorporates them

into decisions about prerequisites for the following year. But are some of the prereqs really essential? Granted, after learning about how the prereqs are made, my strong “Anti-Prerequisite” sentiment has changed, but I am still on the edge about some prerequisites because, some just add stress and become an noncore obstacle to students instead of aiding them in their academic endeavor. With the benefit of preparing students for classes but the downside of sometimes causing students to waste time on a course they don’t really need, prerequisites add a bittersweet taste to the meal of high school.



Baskin’ in the us o l u c i d i R A monthly column by the indomitable

MORGAN BASKIN Why you should care about who runs this country I realize that I’m in the minority of teenagers by watching (avidly watching, I might add) political news stations more than MTV, The Vampire Diaries, or Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. I’m also probably in the minority of Americans in this respect, including those actually eligible to vote. In reality, though, you don’t need to tune into Rachel Maddow every night to make informed political decisions. If you are 18 and know what you’re looking for in a leader, regardless of their political affiliation, please vote this November. Vote because the leader of this country will help shape the cost of your college tuition, including how much funding is funneled toward Pell Grants and public scholarship programs. He will help determine how much money gets cut from your paycheck when you get your first job, and those thereafter. The leader of our country has the power to influence lawmakers on both the state and national level about who you’re legally allowed to marry and what countries we’ll go to war with. In short, vote because both small and large pieces of our lives-deciding you have to reject Vanderbilt’s offer because it’s too expensive, or realizing you can’t travel in certain countries because it’s not safe there-will hinge upon the decision of this election. That’s why you should care. It’s not uncool or meaningless or a waste of time to vote for your president. And if you think your vote won’t count, think again. Florida’s status as a swing state (a state that isn’t historically either singularly Democratic or Republican) could make this race a very close one between Obama and Romney. Both candidates have also heavily targeted advertising toward youth 18-24 because of their growing importance as a minority demographic. Remember the election of 2000-the most recent of only four instances in history where the popular vote and electoral college vote didn’t match? In Florida, there’s no excuse not to vote on Nov. 6.

Editorials & Opinions

Final vs. AP Exam Melissa Bosem | Layout Editor Step into the shoes of an AP student. Bear the burden of his or her backpack, weighed down by an exorbitant number of textbooks and review books. Collapse on your pillow for a short four-hour rest after long hours of studying and work. Jot down page after page of notes in class after class in an effort to stay afloat as the sea of stress threatens to wash over you. Disregard what some may have told you: Advanced Placement classes are not easy. Most are structured similarly to college courses and complete a whole year’s worth of material (at the very least) by early April to leave time for review. The first two weeks in May, the two weeks of AP testing, can be two of the most stressful weeks of the entire school year for most AP students. They sit for multiple four-hour tests a day in a ten day span, cramming for the next exam mere hours after the completion of a prior one. Then, with the class final three weeks later, they’re expected to do it all over again. After the year of dedication and work they’ve performed consistently for two semesters, AP students should

not have to take a final exam after taking the AP exam. While the AP Exam is a cumulative exam testing a student’s knowledge after a full-year course, CollegeBoard doesn’t release the scores until early July.

The three to four week gap between the AP Exam and final exam negates the often brought up point that students already studied for a cumulative exam (the AP exam) and should know the material, and thus perform well on the final. In a month’s

Administration finds a big problem with allowing AP students to exempt all AP class finals as our AP Exam scores will have no bearing on our final grades. Meanwhile, AP students see the final exam as an additional burden, one that any AP student has honestly earned the exemption from.

time, especially when students bask in relief at the feeling of completion, it’s more than easy to forget the specific dates of the French Revolution, even if we remember the important concepts of the course. Instead of forcing AP students to re-study and re-stress, administration should allow

teachers to determine how they want to assess their students in replacement of the final. Many teachers have already used practice tests or similar pre-AP assessments given before the exam in place of a final. This method gives students more practice opportunities before the exam and allows students to finish taking the AP exams. By using an AP practice test as the final exam, teachers can accurately assess a student’s grasp of the material while not pressuring them weeks after their most stressful test of the year. The extra three or four weeks can be used to have more in-depth discussions in the class, covering additional material that a time-strict syllabus may not have allowed, or provide the students with more time to study for honors and regular class-level finals. The benefits of extra discussion and information, less stress for students, and more time devoted to other classes outweigh the value of traditional final exams, putting a larger emphasis on depth of material and not on more random facts.

(Graphic/Morgan Marquez)

Make virtuous club elections a reality

Lautaro Grinspan | Co-Editor-in-Chief

All clubs on campus (unless there exists dictatorial student organizations I’m not aware of ) undergo the same process on an almost yearly basis: officer elections. While such a timehonored club ritual seems almost perfect in theory (after all, what can be said against club members peacefully choosing their leaders through democratic vote), there remains potential for elections to go bad, and it is precisely against this destructive potential clubs should protect themselves from. That it is possible for club elections to be somehow corrupted should be recognized by all.

Lest we forget, elections take place in the context of high school where it’s hard to distinguish practically anything from a popularity contest. Indeed, candidates can simply strategize their way to victory by deploying the “popularity card” (by, for instance, having a large group of friends show up for voting day). We must prevent the occurrence of such a scenario for two notable reasons: first, because it would be grossly unfair to the actually dedicated individuals who’ve put in the hard work and, second, because, electing less-than-ideal candidate the leader will compromise the

productivity and quality of the club in question. To ensure the officer-selection process to be as virtuous and just as possible, clubs can and should explore several potential courses of action. Clubs, for instance, can make voting for officers more of a priority rather than a right, hence prioritizing the supposedly wiser opinions of the most dedicated and experienced members. This way, no impromptu posses will be so enfranchised as to almost unfailingly succeed in putting their sympathizers in-club power positions.

Having an advisor select officers could also be workable. Candidates could present a speech to the advisor who would consider it, along with the candidates’ history within the club, to make a decision. Lastly, clubs, as the Inter Club Council recommends, could hold their elections at the end of the year instead of at the beginning, for it is more evident, at that time, who the most dedicated members are, hence making it easier for the better candidates to get elected.

Morgan Baskin can be contacted at

(photo/ Lautaro Grinspan)


Editorials & Opinions


Is Math XL worth the work?

As Heritage transitions to online textbooks, students sound off on the new Internet-based material. Elizabeth Flynn | Features Editor


Haleigh Richards | Business Manager

“I like Math XL because it’s easier to use and it’s easier than the homework in the textbook.” - Benjamin Glover, 11th (Photo/ Melissa Bosem)

Math XL, the new program the Math department has implemented to complete homework and quizzes, has several issues that cause more headaches than help to many math students. When a student first logs on, Math XL shows an extensive tutorial on how to answer specific math questions. This exemplifies how difficult these questions can be. If a long tutorial is required to explain a concept, it is too complicated. After struggling to submit the right answer two times (or however many times the teacher has selected to allow), Math XL tells the student what the correct answer is. To the bewilderment of students, sometimes the answer Math XL states and the answer they put are the same, except for a simple blank space. Most people would think that going online for work would be a good thing for the environment. Unfortunately, in math, the online work does not save paper because students still need paper to work out the problems. Also, some kids don’t do as well working on the computer. Teenagers already spend a lot of time on social media on the computer. Adding digital homework adds extra stress on our eyes and postures. Math XL is more detrimental to a student’s grade than regular homework. The 100% a student would normally get for at least completing his or her homework becomes an accuracy grade, one that drops quickly due to slight spacing mistakes or other bad errors. Since the test is often not like the Math XL homework, the student who did really well on the homework may feel a false sense of security and end up doing poorly on the test. While this can also be true for regular written homework, at least with written homework a student can bring it into class the next day to ask the teacher about it. While the intentions behind Math XL might have been good, its results haven’t been.

Speech week has merits Melissa Bosem | Layout Editor As speech week dawns upon us, the annual schoolwide whining begins again. Complaints about an excess of notecards to complete, a narrow selection of topics, and overall boring workload pump through the student body’s pulse as five grades work to pull off a speech worth 20 percent of their second quarter grade. The efforts of speech week focus on the students in grades seven through 11, challenging each student to select a side in a pre-chosen list of current conversations and present a compelling argument to reflect his or her view. According to Mrs. Maryanne Hurtado, the co-head of the English department, the speech process begins with Mr. David Childree, the debate coach who searches for potential topics during many debate conferences and forums throughout the school year and summer. After Mr. Childree complied a tenta-

tive list, Mrs. Hurtado sends the questions to the other English teachers, asking their input on questions. At this step, Mrs. Hurtado ensures that multiple “genres” of questions appear, with topics ranging from current political and economic situations to environmental problems and social media concerns. When forming their arguments against speech week, most students do not realize the work put into planning nor the importance of the experience. “The purpose of the speech and the entire process is not about finding something fun, it’s about finding arguable points,” Mrs. Hurtado said in response to student complaints she’s heard. “We have to make sure that we have topics that are ‘easily’ researchable on our own databases, so expanding [the list of questions] too far leads to kids not being able to find enough legitimate sources for that topic,” she continued. Despite the complaints, speech week remains an incred-

“Math XL is compliacted and takes a lot of time to complete, time I could spend relaxing instead.” - Damian Serralta, 10th (Photo/ Melissa Bosem)


Math XL is a new learning program implemented by the Math department in certain math classes (every level under Calculus Honors) to aid students with their homework by giving them extra practice and the tools to comprehend math strategies. Teachers assign homework on Math XL and students log on to complete it, receiving multiple tries to get the answer right. When an answer is wrong a box pops up with some helpful hints to lead you in the right direction, but if you are still unable to get the correct answer, the ‘Help me solve this problem’ tool is available. This tool takes you step-by-step through the problem and shows you how to get the right answer and then gives you another problem with different numbers so that you can master the concept on your own. Along with the ‘Help me solve this problem’ tool come a plethora of other helpful tools including ‘Textbook,’ which opens a pdf file of your actual textbook and allows you to scroll to the chapter you are studying and access extra explanations and problems. When you think about it, the time it takes to go through the steps and fix your mistakes right then and there on Math XL is actually less time than it would take if you were doing regular text book homework and didn’t understand the problem. Doing the work on Math XL solidifies the math concepts in your brain and allows you to correct your mistakes as soon as you make them making it more likely for you to remember how to do the problem the right way on the quiz or test. For some students, a teacher’s method of explaining problems may not work. Math XL offers a new way of learning, one that might appeal to a student struggling with their teachers’ methods. It also allows the student to write down exactly what they are having trouble with. For the students struggling through a math class with a teacher who expects the students to “have already learned this,” Math XL does the job by making sure the students understand everything. Math XL is innovative and one of the best resources offered at Heritage.

ibly valuable experience to the student body, one that prepares each student for the future work he or she may have to do. While it may be easier to speak for seven minutes about a topic near and dear to our hearts, such as the merits of uniforms, that may not always be what’s needed of us. In college and beyond, we’ll be expected to speak eloquently and passionately about political topics, economic crises, or social concerns, even if it’s not our particular cup of tea. By practicing developing strong arguments now, we’ll have the experience and the ability to easily conquer this quest in the future. Additionally, we’re taught to search through legitimate sources to further our arguments, and this particular skill set will only help us later on, through term papers and/or college essays. Overall, the benefits of speech week, though often invisible in the eyes of the student body, absolutely outweigh the common complaints waged against the experience.

“While Math XL is meant to be helpful, it’s too difficult to use and the explanations aren’t adequate.” - John Carroll, 11th (Photo/ Melissa Bosem)

Patriot Post Co Editors-In-Chief Morgan Baskin, 12th Lautaro Grinspan, 12th Online Editors || Bella Hendricks, 12th || Josh Wang, 12th

Copy Editors || Morgan Baskin, 12th || Bella Hendricks, 12th

Business Manager || Haleigh Richards, 11th Layout Editors || Melissa Bosem, 11th || Lautaro Grinspan, 12th

Centerspread Editor || Bella Hendricks, 11th Features Editors || Elizabeth Flynn, 11th || Katie Harrington, 11th

Entertainment Editor || Carolina Arango, 11th

News Editor || Morgan Baskin, 12th

Opinion Editor || Morgan Marquez, 10th

Sports Editor || Haleigh Richards, 10th

Adviser || Mrs. Diana Adams

Junior Editors || Gaby Cala, 11th || Zachary Slotkin, 10th

This publication informs students about events, influences readers through responsible editorials, entertains through features and brings buyers and sellers together. These goals are achieved through responsible reporting. Opinion articles reflect the views of the staff and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the administration, faculty, or student body. The Opinion pages contain articles which are designed to spark interest and provoke responses from the Patriot Post readers. We strongly encourage letters to the editor from students, parents, or faculty in response to these articles.

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Heritage welcomes students from all over the world Lautaro Grinspan | Co-Editor-in-Chief

society, but also obtain good grades to have their student visas renewed the following year. “The strong reputation of the AHS International Program has also grown extensively. We are getting admission inquiries from all over the world,” Mrs. Mirchandani explained. The number of students in the international program, however, will be capped at 56 since it is, according to Mrs. Mirchandani, a “manageable number.” The second kind of international students, the “day” international students (those who take part in ESOL classes as well, but reside not with host families but in the home of friends or relatives) come from a greater variety of countries including most Latin American nations, Thailand, France, Norway, Russia and more. However interesting the facts and figures are, however logical and reasonable the students’ motives are for taking on such move, the emotional side of such a journey and the courage and determination to move to another country by oneself are also worth exploring.

Exclusive interview with: Daniel Levene

(Photo/Elizabeth Flynn)

What do France, Norway, Russia and China have in common? The fact that they are (some) of the countries our school’s international students come from. Many of Heritage students’ classmates hail from far-scattered corners of the Earth, international students number around 212 in total, a fact that speaks volumes to the school’s dedication to promoting diversity. These students, although differing in nationalities and cultures, are alike in that they all proved willing to0 leave everything behind and come to the US to pursue a common dream: namely, to have a superior high school education and eventually make it to a good American college. There are two kinds of international students. First, there are those who stay with host families (56, up from 50 last year) and come from China (principally) and Spain. The Chinese students, as Housing Coordinator Mrs. Marian Mirchandani explained, are under a lot of pressure, since they must adjust not only to Western education and

Find below a Q&A with day international student junior Daniel Levene, who comes from Great Britain. He moved to Florida last school year by himself but has since been joined by his family. The Post: How hard is going to live to another country by oneself? DL: Moving on my own was definitely a challenge because I was entering into a world where I didn’t know anyone at all. Even my host family whom I stayed with were new to me. But after a couple of months adjusting, I was pretty settled in. The Post: Did you like Florida right away or did it take time to get used to it? Did you ever get homesick? DL: I enjoyed the heat a lot,

coming from England where it is hot twice a year if we are lucky. It was nice to have it all the time. I got quite homesick in the first couple of months, but after that I was fine. The Post: What do you miss the most about Great Britain? DL: Without a doubt, my amazing friends back home; saying goodbye to them and only being able to speak to them virtually has been the hardest part of moving. The Post: Looking back, are you happy you made the move? DL: I think I am happy I made the move. Florida is great, and I have some good friends already; we will see what the future holds though!

Some tips to relieve school stress Melissa Bosem | Layout Editor

1) Grab a puppy: Many universities around the country, from Yale to Emory, partner with animal shelters to The first semester of the bring a few crates of puppies school year can be stressful. to campus during finals week. Freshmen and sophomores A few minutes playing with a are adapting to harder classes; cute animal can automatically juniors feel the pressure of lift spirits and decrease stress, the PSAT, and seniors struggle limiting the amount of cortisol under the stress of college ap(the stress plications and Put down the texthormone) in school work. book and drop the your body It’s easy to flashcards. While your and increasget caught brain may protest and ing your up in the patendorphins tern, (sleepwhirl into high-gear (happy horless nights, worrying, a short break mones). If frantic studyshouldn’t destroy your you don’t ing, and hours dreams of an Ivy League have a cudof homework university or an “A” on dly kitten every night), your next math test. or puppy without realto curl up izing the damwith, try searching YouTube age it can be doing. Ask a junior for cute animal videos (The how many panic attacks he or Post recommends searchshe has already had this year; ing “Cute Baby Tiger Cub the number might surprise you. Week 3.” Trust us on this one). Put down the textbook and 2) Step away from the drop the flashcards for five screen: Save whatever assignminutes. While your brain may ment you’re working on and protest and whirl into highmove 10 feet away from the gear worrying, a short break screen. Take 15 minutes to sit shouldn’t destroy your dreams peacefully and let your mind of an Ivy League university or wander. Whether you simply an “A” on your next math test. breathe deeply for a few minInstead, try one of the followutes or use an audio guided ing ways to improve your mood meditation (on websites such and bring your stress level as, down to a reasonable amount.

the breathing break will calm you down and clear your mind. 3) Teamwork makes the dream work: Stress is a lot more bearable when you recognize everyone else is under pressure, too. Instead of comparing yourself to each student around you, work together to study and complete difficult assignments. Once you realize you’re all in the same seemingly-sinking ship, steering the course becomes so much easier. 4) Find someone to confide in: Don’t keep your stress

and anxiety bottled up. Talk to someone, whether it’s a friend, a parent, or a teacher. The weight on your shoulders will feel so much lighter when you can express your feelings and worries rationally before freaking out. Besides, a comforting hug and a few words of encouragement never hurt anyone. If all else fails, put your situation into perspective. It may seem like it now, but I promise one little homework grade won’t be the deciding factor in your admission to Harvard.

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As we walk the halls of Heritage and visit our normal classes, something special goes on behind closed doors that few people notice. Our Heritage heroes get to work, whether giving up time from their already hectic day to give us professional advice or transforming into our mascot and putting a smile on our face, they contribute something special to the school and inspire students. :

The Patriot

Haleigh Richards | Business Editor

The Crime Fighters

Elizabeth Flynn | Features Editor (Photo/ Haleigh Richards) Name: Mike Gilfarb

Name; George Deeb Job: The Patriot Ever been to a football game and wondered who the guy dressed up as a Patriot was? He’s actually senior Michael Deeb’s dad, George Deeb. He started dressing up at games during his son’s freshman year.

The new cannon on the field was also his idea; every time the Patriots score, he fires it. “He thought it went with the Patriotic theme,” Michael Deeb said.

The La-Monster Carolina Arango | Entertainment Editor

Name: Dave Lamont

Job outside Heritage: A play by play announcer for ESPN college football and basketball. Also on Paul and Young Ron Morning Show on Big 105.9. “It’s amazing how much I enjoy working with these students who are so passionate and receptive to be around.”

...and now for some sports.

(Photo/ Elizabeth Flynn)

looks like a After spending the day working job for the Apart from working as a pros- cases, Eric Schwatzreich spends red pen ecutor in the federal courts, his afternoons and weekends Mike Gilfarb devotes his Tues- coaching the Mock Trial team day and Thursday afternoons to numerous victories. to the Mock Trial team workName: Nick Sortal ing to prepare them for future Name: Judge David Haimes mock trial competitions. Job at Heritage: Consultant on the newspaper Job: Circuit court judge and Evi- staff. He helps reporters, editors and designers dence/ Trial Advocacy teacher make the paper better by pointing out a different way to approach a story. A first-year teacher, Judge Haimes attends school for Job outside Heritage: A feature writer at the Sun Don’t let first hour, teaching students Sentinel, who writes human interest, fitness, them see about evidence and trial gambling and entertainment articles. you sweat. strategies during this time. As the bell rings, marking the “Mrs. Adams made me feel very welcomed from end of first hour, Judge Haimes day one, and I think that rubbed off onto the heads to the Fort Lauderdale students. A huge part of writing is doing the reCourthouse to start working as writing, and when we do that on my visits I leave a judge for criminal cases. the Heritage class feeling energized.”

Lightning T Gaby Cala | Junior Editor

Name: Michael Tavernia, or Mr. T Job: Technical director Mr. T is in charge of all set, light, (Photo/ Elizabeth Flynn) and sound jobs during shows. During school productions and the weeks leading up to the shows, Mr. T is usually at school from 6:45 am to 10 pm, also coming to work most Saturdays and some Sundays. He also teaches courses such as Tech 1-4 and Playwriting. These classes familiarize students with things such as stage craft, sound and light design, and theater and business management. Mr. Tavernia said his favorite part of the job is, “Working with students who are voluntarily giving up their free time to work shows.”

Agent Adrienne

Bella Hendricks | Online Editor (Photo/ Elizabeth Flynn)

Job at Heritage: He is an advisor for production broadcast and multimedia. He advises filmers and media editors to make their pieces better by showing them examples of other works and giving professional pointers.

Job: Criminal defense attorney and Mock Trial coach

(Photo/ Elizabeth Flynn)

“He dresses up at all games regardless of weather conditions or location,” Michael Deeb said. This takes serious dedication. It takes him 30-45 minutes each game to get ready.

Carolina Arango | Entertainment Editor (Photo/ Haleigh Richards)

Job: Federal prosecutor and Mock Trial coach

Name: Eric Schwartzreich

Super Sortal

Name: Adrienne Conces Job: Costume designer Toward the end of the the hallway in the 3000 building most people know for the band room, there is a small room filled with a display of colorful threads and busy sewing machines. Here, costume designer Adrienne Conces works on her designs for school productions. Conces is currently working on costumes for the fall production of “Bat Boy: The Musical.” She feels costume design (particularly for period pieces for shows like “The Phantom of the Opera”) combines her love for both history and design.




So you wanna be a ______? Katie Harrington | Features Editor

Have you ever wondered what it would take to do something you've never tried before? Maybe you long to be the star on stage or to be one of those kids in front of the marching band tossing swords in the air. No matter what you want to try out, you have to know when to join and what it takes to be a part of the activity you want to join. So what do you want to be?

So you wanna be a thespian? Senior Thespian auditions take place Nov. 19, but that is no reason to procrastinate on perfecting your song or act. If you wait until the last second to throw a piece together to perform the next day, the casting director might not receive it well. “We look for the amount of work put into the piece,” Fine Arts co-chair Mr. Jim Usher said. Mr. Usher also said that consistnt thought and analysis of

the piece from beginning to end is crucial for a good audition. The time and effort taken to perfect a piece will help bring your performance to the next level. While this applies to any audition, the Senior Thespians festival is a perfect chance to experiment with your acting abilities. If your debut on the stage is with Senior Thespians, try to avoid performing a monologue or solo song. Around 60

people audition for these oneman shows, and only a small fraction can actually go to the District Festival. A small or large group performance is a better idea, since it allows more people to advance per spot that is earned. No matter what you audition for, make sure you know your part well. Nerves can make you absent-minded, so practice in front of a mirror, your parents, or anyone else who will listen.

So you wanna be a “guardo?” Have you ever wondered who the people are dancing with flags in front of the band during the halftime show? They're "guardos," members of the Colorguard. They specialize in spinning flags, sabers, and rifles in unison while dancing underneath the flying objects. While the Colorguard season will soon be over until next summer, the Winterguard season begins in November, and interested students can join then.

Winterguard is essentially the same as Colorguard but without the band. They perform regular competitions against guards from other schools. While standing under a spinning saber sounds intimidating, instructor Marissa Chuckaree and captains senior Christie Ramsaran and junior Danielle Taylor can help you learn to perform impressive stunts including tossing, spinning, and dancing with weapons and flags.

A small bonus for being in the guard is getting a P.E. credit if you stay in it for two seasons (Winterguard and Colorguard, or either one of them twice). However, these credits are earned through long hours of practicing, mostly outside. If you can survive the initial learning curve and want to learn something new, make an appearance at the first informational meeting Nov. 14 at 3:30 p.m. in the band room in the 3000 building.

FLAG SWAG: Colorguard co-captain senior Christie Ramsaran spins her flag in sync with the rest of the Colorguard.(Photo/Haleigh Richards)

The 6 “Apps” that will get you into college (or at least save your GPA) Melissa Bosem | Layout Editor iStudiez ($.99): Having trouble keeping up with classes, homework, athletics, and extracurriculars? With a built-in planner and assignment tracker, iStudiez will help you get your high school career on track. Initially designed for college students, the app has daily, weekly, and monthly viewing options to keep track of classes, after-school activities, and the like. The assignments listings can be organized by due date or course, and classes are colorcoded for greater efficiency.


Wolfram Alpha ($1.99): The online “computational knowledge engine” goes mobile in the Wolfram Alpha app. Both an encyclopedia of expert information and a rolling list of mathematical formulas, the Wolfram Alpha app includes information on physics, chemistry, mathematics (up to calculus), earth and life sciences, measurements, geography, history, languages, sports, economics, and more. And yes, it can help you finish the pages of pre-calculus problems your teacher assigned you.


StudyBlue Flashcards (Free): The StudyBlue Flashcards app revolutionizes typical flashcard memorization studying, saving paper and making use of all the time you have. Stuck in the lunch line? Take out your iPhone and flip through your English vocab words. StudyBlue allows you to add photos or text to each card and arrange sets based on classes. The app tracks your progress, giving instant feedback and allowing you to focus on studying tougher words or concepts. StudyBlue requires you to create an account after download which you can use to connect with classmates and share flashcards.


SAT Question of the Day/ Vocab by Mind Snacks (Free): With the number of days between you and the PSAT or SAT decreasing rapidly (and the increasing difficulty of the tests), it’s time to get to it and study. While sifting through prep book after prep book doesn’t sound appealing, a few minutes of studying a day can easily fit into your schedule. With apps such as the official SAT Question of the Day (also available through email), students receive a daily question from one of the three sections (math, reading, or writing) designed to test basic skills and highlight areas that need improvement. Another daily app, Dictionary. com sends a buzzer with the word of the day and allows you to star words that you want to come back to. The SAT Vocab by Mind Snacks app contains many games that require the correct answer to a vocabulary question in order to move up to the next level.




End of the line for Edline Joshua Wang | Layout Editor After six years of service, Edline is going away. Back in June, Heritage partnered with Final Site, a third party software company, to create a new online portal that will allow students to use one login to access their grades, Google Apps, Naviance, and class schedules. In the process, Edline will be replaced by specially designed software provided by Final Site. The school’s homepage has already been redesigned but the new system will not be publically rolled out to students

until the upcoming school year, August 2013. A “beta” version is expected to be finished within the upcoming months, and after thorough testing, teachers will be acquainting themselves with it in early January 2013. The changes were prompted by the need for an overall upgrade of the features and aesthetics. At the most basic, teachers, parents, and students need only enter their credentials once to access all their data in one refined dashboard. “We want to get rid of [the] multiple logins,” webmaster, Mrs. Marisa Behar explained.

Along with the smoother desktop interface, mobile support may also be integrated, allowing users to sync their online class calendars with their smartphones and even set up text message alerts. Surprisingly, the new technology comes at almost no additional cost to the school. By dropping Edline, Heritage is able to shift a significant expense to compensate for the fees from Final Site. The decision to maintain the school’s Facebook page independently, without help from third-party ReachLocal, will

NHS re-vamps peer tutoring Lautaro Grinspan | Co-Editor-In-Chief A fixture on campus for many years, the peer tutoring program has always been a commendable extracurricular and resource through which students voluntarily help each other. The epitome of a “win-win” situation, peer tutoring allows students struggling in class to receive free, personalized help from a classmate while those especially knowledgeable in certain academic areas have the opportunity to help others and earn much needed service hours.

Now run by the National Honor Society for the second year, the peer tutoring program is set to provide a better experience for both tutors and tutorees alike. NHS secretary and peer tutoring head Kaci Weekley outlined her objectives for the program this year. “My goal,” she said, “is to make the program easily accessible and efficient; I want to be sure that any student can get the help he or she needs in any subject in a timely manner and that [he or she] can rely on their tutor.”

To bring about that efficiency, NHS had several meetings early this school year to train the tutors. Also new this year is a way for tutors to document their hours: they all have their own Google Document that is shared with the tutoring program’s Google account, and they document all their hours there. This allows Weekley to accurately keep track of the frequency with which students are being tutored to ensure they are receiving the help they need. However, there is one problem: “So far, we don’t have


The Tech Briefing

also open an additional source of funding. This isn’t the first time Heritage has made major upgrades in their technological infrastructure. Almost a year ago, MyBackpack disappeared offline after a denial of service attack By: squashed the system. Security Wang u Josh a components provided from Prolexic were quickly rolled in to shield the network. Heritage has also recently changed Internet service providers from AT&T to Comcast, boosting download speeds from Fight! Fight! Fight! six megabytes per second, to the Apple landed a total victory upper 90s. on Aug. 24, after smartphone rival Samsung supposedly violated patented technology and infringed upon copyrighted design plans. Only months after the $1.05 billion victory, Apple falls prey. enough tutors,” said Weekley. Samsung has retaliated by Administration does encour- amending a patent infringeage students to become peer ment lawsuit against the iPhone tutors; special tutoring related 4, iPhone 4S, iPad2, and the new awards will be given at the end iPad, with the addition of the of the year awards ceremonies. iPhone 5. Filing a total of eight Those who have tutored for patent infringements, Samsung 40 hours or more will receive had already threatened to sue a certificate. An “Outstanding if the latest iPhone uses “Long Peer Tutor” award will also be Term Evolution” and the latest given to a senior at the Senior Apple smart phone does indeed Awards ceremony. have such feature. To become a peer tutor, see The South Korea tech giant Ms. Diana Adams in room 9114 released in a statement: “We to pick up a form and select have little choice but to take a time for the required 15-20 the steps necessary to protect minute training. our innovations and intellectual property rights.” Surprisingly enough, Apple’s lawsuit months earlier actually helped sales of Samsung’s flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S III. In a report released from Localytics, a correlation was noted between the dates spanning the final verdict against Samsung and sales for the smartphone as they rocketed to 16 percent. The company explained that the press coverage “drove general attention to Samsung” and prompted many consumers to realize the similarities between the two smartphones and reconsider the options. Perhaps the image of Apple aggressively bearing down upon its competitors just wasn’t quite what fans were used to either . During the week of Apple’s announcement of its latest smartphone, a second spike for the Galaxy S III peaked after a deluge of online videos comparing the two devices found few differences in feature and function. But the harshest blow of all, a sales ban against the Galaxy Tab was overruled by U.S. District Judge Koh after the jurors concluded the design patent had not been violated. Apple, of course, begs to differ and insists the ban should have been kept in place as other patents were violated in the case. The strife is unlikely to stop anytime soon, with Samsung’s lawsuit scheduled for 2014. But until then, take that, Apple. (Photo/Katie Harrington)






Does AHS have “Gangnam Style?”

THEIR OWN STYLE: Junior Jonathan Felicie teaches junior Justin Chang how to “Gagnam Style” during their independent. (Photo/Carolina Arango)nspa

Morgan Marquez | Opinion Editor Almost overnight, the song “Gangnam Style,” along with the signature “horse-riding” dance moves have galloped from South Korea to the rest of the world. “Gangnam Style” has swept America as the singer,

Park Jae-Sang a.k.a. PSY, has had interviews and performed shows ranging from the “Today Show” to the “Ellen DeGeneres” show. Uploaded to YouTube July 15, the music video for “Gangnam Style” became a major hit in South Korea in just three days, later reaching popularity in America, reaching more than 221

million views. Even though PSY’s sudden overwhelming popularity started in the United States this year, he has been a wellknown rapper in South Korea for over 12 years and has six albums. The term “Gangnam Style” refers to the Gangnam district of Seoul, South Korea, which PSY casually described as the

“Beverly Hills of Seoul.” During his interviews in the U.S., PSY described the Gangnam district as a rich neighborhood that was professional and calm during the day and very wild at night. Throughout the song, PSY sings (in Korean) about a woman who is composed during the day and crazy at night, including also

Fall shows in worth seeing COMEDY

The Mindy Project (Fox) You may

recognize Mindy Kaling as the actress who played Kelly Kapoor on “The Office.” After leaving her acting and writing job at “The Office,” Kaling takes her comedic skills to her new show, “The Mindy Project.” In this sitcom, Mindy Lahiri, a single physician, finds her way through life, hoping to find love. “True Blood” star Anna Camp plays Lahiri’s best friend, while Ed Weeks and Chris Messina star as fellow doctors.


(NBC) “Community” returns for its fourth season with an allstar cast (Joel McHale and Donald Glover among others) and some of the smartest writing of any sitcom. Focusing on a ragtag Spanish study group at a community college, “Community” finds its laughs in meta-humor, with some of last year’s highlights including a “Law and Order” parody and an 8-bit style video game animation episode. With the promise of a “Hunger Games”-style episode and even more hilarious scenarios, the fourth season of “Community” is one to watch.

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how he himself has “Gangnam Style” because he is also noble during the day but passionate at night, and thus would be a great match for the woman. This Korean song has changed many American’s opinions of PSY: from an unknown Korean rapper to a ubiquitous Korean pop (K-pop) star. Because youthful boy/girl bands dominate K-pop music, PSY, a 34-year-old father of twins, sticks out as an unusual K-pop superstar. But the most popular aspect of “Gangnam Style,” which has made it the No.1 watched Kpop video on YouTube can only be one thing: the dance moves. The signature dance move of “Gangnam Style” features dancers putting their arms in front of them, crossing their wrists, spreading their legs apart and bouncing up and down from leg to leg while moving their wrists up and down as though they are riding an imaginary horse. PSY described how he did the music video by saying he “dresses classy and dances cheesy.” Whether the dance moves are cheesy or not, PSY has become a huge hit in the U.S., which may be seeing more of him, as he recently signed a music deal with Justin Bieber’s talent manager, Scooter Braun.

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Doctor Who (BBC) After over a year Revolution (NBC) This post-apocalypon hiatus, the Doctor and his companions, Amy and Rory, experience new adventures while traveling through time. This TV show, which has created a cultural phenomenon since the end of its 16-year absence from televisions in 2005, is a must-see for fans of science fiction and British accents. Starring Matt Smith as the Doctor.

tic show creates a dystopian future where a mysterious event in the past has wiped out all electricity on Earth. The Matheson family, however, owns a special device that has the ability to change the effects of this phenomenon. Starring Canadian actress Tracy Spiridakos, “Twilight” star Billy Burke, and “Breaking Bad” actor Giancarlo Esposito.



(ABC) With rave reviews from critics and an all-star cast (award winning actresses Connie Britton and Hayden Panettiere play the two lead characters), this musical drama is hard to beat. Rayna James is a worldwide country star, whose status as the top female country superstar is in jeopardy. Juliette Barnes, a young country singer, is determined to become more successful than James.

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Homeland (Showtime) After being held by Al-

Queda terrorists since 2003, Nicholas Brody (played by Damian Lewis) is thought by CIA workers to be plotting a terrorist attack. Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) and Saul Berenson (Mandy Patinkin) work together to investigate Brody and prevent an attack from happening. There’s a reason “Homeland” won the most awards at the 2012 Emmy Awards. Even President Barack Obama has listed this show as one of his favorites.

Pumpkin spice and everything nice... Carolina Arango | Entertainment Editor

“Fall” in love with the season’s sweet and spicy flavors. To help you find your fall rhythm, selected coffee shops and restaurants offer a variety of the season’s t re a t s for you to taste. S t a r -

bucks offers several fall themed drinks and pastries. If sweet and salty snacks make your mouth water, Starbucks’s Salted Caramel Mocha is for you. Warmed or iced, the cara(Photo/Starbucks) mel drizzle

and sea salt toppings excite your taste buds with a touch of salt before something sweet. You can enjoy the salted caramel flavor as a drink as well as a cake pop, the perfect sized treat, for $1.25. At Starbucks you can also enjoy a Pumpkin Scone for $2.75, a slice of moist Pumpkin Bread for $2.95, or a Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin for $2.95 with their traditional pumpkin spiced

latte to warm the fall days. Dunkin’ Donuts sets a fall tone as well with their popular pumpkin flavored munchkins and donuts, both at 99 cent each. Although pumpkin is a major fall flavor, Dunkin’ Donuts includes apple as a major part of their fall selection. They offer apple-cider-flavored cake donuts with cinnamon-sugar topping, Apple Crisp Muffins for $1.29 and

Homestyle Apple Pie for $1.29. If you’re looking into having a full warm fall meal, Panera offers its new Roasted Turkey and Cranberry Panini just in time for the fall for $8.79 a sandwich, with a choice of chips, apple, or baguette on the side. All pastries, drinks and meals are available for a limited time only, so enjoy your fall favorites while you can.






The pages and screen blend in “The Words” Bella Hendricks | Co-Online Editor

It’s a question many have subconsciously (and often, falsely) pondered and answered for ages: If you could steal the one thing you desired most, without fear of discovery, would you? “The Words,” directed by Brian Klugman and Lee Sternthal, explores the way one answers this question can dictate an entire life. Opening on a reading of best-selling author Clay Hammond’s (Dennis Quaid) latest novel “The Words,” the film only grants us a few moments of the “nonfictional” layer of the film, delv-


ing from Hammond’s narration into the book-within-a-movie. Here we meet Rory Jansen (Bradley Cooper), a struggling young writer trying to make his work prominent in the cutthroat publishing scene of New York City. After Rory faces rejection after rejection from publishers (with painful lines on how, despite the merit of his writing, there simply isn’t a place for it), not even his wife Dora (Zoey Saldana) can help him shirk his fear of inadequacy as a writer. As a vote of confidence in his work, Dora buys Rory a tattered leather briefcase from an antique shop in Paris, where the two honeymooned, to keep his work in. Inside, Rory finds a manuscript, clearly written decades before, and after reading it word by word without pausing, discovers in these worn pages the writer he wished he could be. Eventually, with the unknowing but well-intentioned support of Dora, Rory concludes he could

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Football season (and, more importantly, snack season) is upon us. Have all your tasty tools in one place with the Blacktop 360 Grill Fryer: a deep fryer, a warming plate, a griddle, and a cutting board combined. While the price is a little steep, considering the number of tools combined in this one device, it has an impressive snacktime potential. You can find it at Price: $250

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be this writer, and markets the book as his own. He becomes the literary star of the New York art scene, and sees no downfall to his success—until he meets the author of his bestseller. At this point, the film jumps from the novel “The Words,” to its reading. While this happens fairly frequently, the transitions are subtle, and don’t cause “Inception”level degrees of confusion. “The Words” (the film) avoids a downfall common in many work-within-awork pieces: one element does not leave you impatient for the other. Both storylines are complex, and brilliantly intertwined. The spot-on casting for the film aids it in its skill in maintaining both plots. Bradley Cooper (famous for his comedic role in “The Hangover), although portraying a character that is fictional on more than one level, feels almost poetically real. We see his vulnerability in his relationship, yet know the thievery he’s capable of. Cooper

creates a protagonist that ultimately isn’t a hero, and is much more meaningful because of it. Slowly we see parallels emerge between Rory and Clay Hammond, portrayed perfectly by Dennis Quaid. Quaid’s range of emotions throughout the film never feel forced. Even his own relationship with enamored graduate student Daniella (portrayed as almost too flawless by the slightly underused Olivia Wilde) reveals eerie similarities between him and his main character. Although some aspects of the plot are predictable, they serve to keep the mingling plots from tangling. Ultimately, the film reveals not the shocking nature of events (in fiction or nonfiction), but the mystery in the human responses of characters, or writers, or both.

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Broward County fall events Gaby Cala | Junior Editor

St. Bonaventure 21st Annual Parish Family Festival

27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Where: 1301 SW 136th Ave. Davie, FL 33325

Where: Cinema Paradiso 503 SE Sixth Street, Fort Lauderdale, Fl

When: Nov. 10 - 13

When: Oct. 20- Nov. 11

Why: It is fun, with cool rides, good food, and a chance to donate money for a great cause. All donations go to the church and many projects throughout the year.

Why: For film fanatics, this festival features new films from the United States as well as from other countries. This might be a fun change from the average movie night of Blockbuster hits. Also, check out the fun after film party opportunities at These parties are sponsored by the festival attendees and competitors.

Ticket prices vary, $10 - $20 a person

(Need community service hours? This fair needs volunteers! For more information call Tickets: $10 954-424-9504.)

Fashion Forward: Shop the Cause By the ever-so-fashionable: Carolina Arango

With many cosmetic products to choose from it can be easy to become overwhelmed with options, but when a portion of your money can go to a worthy cause, why hesitate? The following cosmetic brands empower women to feel pretty and powerful. Join the fight against breast cancer and think a little more pink.

Paint for Pink This faded pink polish by Essie will give your nails a natural look for only $8. In addition to creating a color that looks elegant year-round, Essie will also donate a portion of the profit to Living Beyond Breast Cancer. Available online at ulta. com or at Target.


Rouge for Research In memory of Evelyn Lauder and her devotion to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Bobbi Brown offers a limitededition set featuring a Pink Peony Illuminating Bronzer and Mini Face Blender Brush. $10 will be donated from this $45 sale benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Exclusively at Bobbi Brown counters nationwide and on while supplies last.

Curl for a Cure This Bombshell Pink curling wand from Sultra can create beachy waves and bouncy curls. Sultra will donate $1 from each $130 purchase to Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation. This one-inchbarrelled wand can be purchased online at or at a Sephora store near you.


A Palette for Progress Sephora’s limited Breast Cancer Awareness Makeup Palette is a perfect pink palette for the eyes, cheeks and lips. It contains 36 shades of eye shadow, 12 lip glosses and six different tones of blush, all to give you that rosy or peachy glow, while fighting for a cause. The palettes are available in Sephora stores nationwide or online for $25 with $2 donated for each purchase to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

(Graphic/bigelowteablog) Carolina Arango can be contacted at

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Concert Did Carly Rae Jepsen “Kiss” or miss? calendar Elizabeth Flynn | Features Editor

Carly Rae Jepsen recently sprang from musical obscurity and shocked the world with the summer sensation “Call Me Maybe.” At one point during the summer it was difficult to flip through radio stations without hearing the incredibly catchy tune. Tabloids, Blogs, Facebook and Twitter buzzed about the song, enhancing its popularity and placing Carly Rae Jepsen in the spotlight. Will Jepsen reign as Pop Princess or fall back into the depths of musical obscurity only claiming the title of “one-hit wonder?” We can get a better feel for her music through her sophomore album “Kiss”. You get in the car after a long day of school and

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you turn on the radio wanting to get your mind off the stress, pressure and expectations of school. As you switch on the radio you hear, “I threw a wish in the well....” Not this song again, right? But before you know it, you’re smiling and singing along. “Call Me Maybe” has this addictive, euphoric effect on many listeners. “Call Me Maybe” was the first single off Carly Rae Jepsen’s album, “Kiss” and conveys a feel-good, vibrant mood that is present through-

out the album. The album starts off with “Tiny Little Bows,” a catchy song with an upbeat tempo and fun lyrics. As the album continues, the songs become a bit repetitive with their simple, rhymed lyrics. Jepsen sings, “I know, I know, I know you got the key And you know, you know, you know that it’s for me” in “Curiosi-

(out of 5)

ty” and then continues oooh-ing throughout the chorus. In songs such as “Hurt So Good,” the bass overpowers her extremely overproduced vocals. All the songs have a generic pop sound that is expected from this genre. But the comfortable predictability makes the album great. None of the songs on “Kiss” have deep symbolic lyrics, or diverse rhythmic or chord progressions, or a soft peaceful a cappella sound. It’s completely straightforward and simple with a vibrant upbeat tempo that is more than enjoyable. It’s filled with music to dance to and laugh to. It conveys positive ideas such as falling in love and enjoying yourself. “Kiss” is everything you’d expect from Jepsen after hearing “Call Me Maybe” and includes collaborations with Owl City and Justin Beiber. Stand out tracks include “Turn Me Up,” “This Kiss” and “Good Time.” So will Jepsen reign as Pop Princess? That’s all up to the fans, although I do know she won’t be falling back into musical obscurity anytime soon.

Other albums to check out... “Night Vision” Imagine Dragons

“Never Trust a Happy Song” Grouplove

“Push and Shove” No Doubt

“If You Were a Movie, This Would Be Your Soundtrack” Sleeping With Sirens

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For Fans of: Arcade Fire, Two Door Cinema Club, Young the Giant

For fans of: P!nk, Smash Mouth, Sublime

For Fans of: Mayday Parade, Pierce the Veil, Punk Goes Acoustic

Price on iTunes: $7.99

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Flux Pavilion When: Oct. 28 Where: The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach Ticket cost: $40 The Script When: Nov. 2 Where: Mizner Park Amphitheater, Boca Raton Ticket cost: $40+ Weezer When: Nov. 8 Where: Hard Rock Live, Hollywood Ticket cost: $44+ All Time Low When: Nov. 10 Where: Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale Ticket cost: $31.25 Waka Flocka Flame When: Nov. 11 Where: Revolution Live, Fort Lauderdale Ticket cost: $38 Regina Spektor When: Nov. 17 Where: The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach Ticket cost: $45.50+ Madonna When: Nov. 19 and 20 Where: American Airlines Arena, Miami Ticket cost: $62.05+ Find more upcoming concerts at region/south-florida/concerttickets.html.

Apple releases iPhone 5: an inside look Melissa Bosem | Layoutr Editor Waiting two long years after the product’s last major overhaul, Apple released the sixth-generation iPhone, “iPhone 5,” to the public Sept. 14. Months before the release, teasers and leaks flooded the Internet, with everyone desperate to see the new features of one of the most purchased smart phones in the world. The iPhone 5 features numerous improvements over its predecessor (the 4S), namely a significantly smaller depth and weight and taller height, towering over both the iPhone 4 and the iPhone 4S by nearly a centimeter. After three generations of phones, Apple finally implemented a screen with a 4-inch diagonal onto its phone, with an even greater pixel resolution of 1136 x 640. The new A6 chip makes the phone twice as fast as the iPhone 4s, work-

“With the release of the iPhone 5, Apple cemented its place as the maker of one of the best overall smartphones.”

ing hand-in-hand with the longawaited update to the 4G/LTE network (on all carriers). The rear camera, with the same megapixel capability of that on the 4S,

now shoots in low-light situations, and the front camera has been drastically improved to shoot in 720p HD. Apple’s latest system update for the iPhone/iPod/iPad family, iOS 6, includes a panoramic shooting mode for the rear-facing camera. The iPhone 5’s battery life is an improvement over that of the 4S, expected to last for eight hours on 3G, LTE, and wi-fi, and up to 225 hours on standby. Technical specs aside, Apple also increased the width of the speakers and changed the phone coloring. The iPhone 5 comes in black and slate or white and silver with an aluminum coated backplate, similar to the casing of the iMacs. The iPhone 5 is not without its drawbacks, though. In an effort to slim down the phone, Apple changed the standard 30-pin connector to an 8-pin connector. Want to connect to your older devices? You’ll need to buy an adapter called Lightning, which connects the new 8-pin iPhone to your old 30-pin cords, such as your audio jack in the car or your

charging cord. Lightning is $29, but the expensive adapter does not support the “iPod out” feature, disabling your ability to control your phone or music through your steering wheel or stereo. While the shiny new backs are nice, they’re incredibly prone to scratches and few cases are currently available. In the release of iOS 6, Apple departed from its partnership with Google, swapping the beloved Google Maps app for a new one of Apple creation. Maps has half the locations Google Maps does, and proves more problematic than useful,

despite Siri’s turn-by-turn directions. Also, many customers feel uncomfortable with the new placement of the headphone jack, which Apple moved from the top of the phone to the bottom, and despite all of the useful technical improvements, storage improvements only come with a $100 fee over the base model. While the iPhone shows many shortcomings over the previous model, the improvements to the phone are significant enough to outweigh them. With the release of the iPhone 5, Apple cemented its place as the maker of one of the best overall smartphones.



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HOMECOMING 13EATDOWN Haleigh Richards | Business Manager As a sea of black-and-goldclad spectators filled the stands to watch the annual Homecoming game, the Patriots started on their way to defend their status as Homecoming champions against Champagnat Catholic

CLINCHING A VICTORY: Members of Heritage’s varsity football team lines up for a play. Senior Tyler Carmona rushed more than 130 yards and the defense stopped Champagnat throughout the game. (Photo/Haleigh Richards)

School, a feat they achieved with a score of 44-14. Aside from being a monumental game for the team as a whole, this also marked junior Sony Michel’s first Homecoming game after a year off the field due to a torn ACL. While

Winter sports update

Zachary Slotkin | Junior Editor In order to be eligible to participate in any sport, athletes must have their physical forms completed by a doctor and turned in to the Athletic Department. The required forms are available on Edline and in the Athletic and Upper School Offices and are valid for one year after the physical exam. You are not allowed to play if you don’t have your FHSAA Physical form turned in by the starting date of practice. This applies to ALL sports. If you are interested in participating in a winter sport, make sure to clear your calendars for these dates: Boys Basketball (grades 7-12): Practices will begin Oct. 29. Contact Coach Stephenson at charles.stephenson@ahschool. com.

Girls Basketball (grades 7-12) Practices will begin Oct. 22.

the team missed their running back, Michel rejoined the team as smoothly as if he’d been there the entire year. Determined to preserve their title, the team rallied together with swift and well-coordinated plays. Senior and wide receiver

Tyler Carmona rushed for 133 yards on four catches, a move that clinched the win for Heritage. Heritage (5-1) opened up the scoring with a safety caused by a high snap. The Heritage defense shut down Champagnat

(1-5) throughout the first half, never allowing the offense to reach the red zone. This allowed Heritage’s offense to score four touchdowns in the first half. The first half was called with 2:38 minutes left due to an injured Champagnat player who had to be taken off the field on a stretcher. The time was subsequently added to the beginning of the third. Champagnat came out with great intensity after half time, scoring a touchdown on their first possession. Champagnat also scored one more touchdown as the game expired.

Contact Coach Kossenko at Ice Hockey (grades 9-12) Practices have already begun. Contact Coach Shea at Boys Soccer (grades 9-12) Practices have already begun. Contact Coach Jobson at Girls Soccer (grades 9-12) Practices have already begun. Contact Coach Marcial at Wrestling (grades 6-12) Preseason conditioning has begun. Contact Coach Burnett at Note that these dates are subject to change. It is important to contact the coach of your desired sport to find out any important information or get any of your questions answered.

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A Day in the life of:


Sarah Angulo Find below a behind the scenes look at the daily life of a volleyball and softball expert both the varsity softball and varsity volleyball teams at school. “My favorite memory as a Lady Patriot would have to be winning states last year. We had to play both our Lautaro Grinspan | Co-Editor-in-Chief semi-final and championship game on the same day. Our whole softball team has been eginning her softball ca- playing together for a very long reer at nine years old and pick- time. We are a family and wining up volleyball her freshman ning the state championship year, senior Sarah Angulo has with my closest friends meant become an integral member of everything to me,” Angulo, the


team’s catcher, said. To achieve such first-class results, hard work and dedication are key, as Angulo knows well. Take a look at her daily routine below, keeping in mind that Angulo is in volleyball season right now.

6:00 a.m. Wake up and get ready for school. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Volleyball practice 6:00-9:00 p.m. Softball prac tice

9:00 p.m. Go home. “The day of an athlete is not normal at all. I’m in volleyball season right now, but I’m always in softball season year round. Game days are the worst. I don’t have softball games during the week, but I do have tournaments every weekend throughout the fall. I couldn’t do all of this without the support of my friends in both sports.”

Putting perfection Gaby Cala | Junior Editor The varsity golf team continues to impress. Coached by Brandt Moser, Linda Sibio, and Chris Carlin, the athletes who participate in this sport deserve some kudos. Golf requires a large amount of patience, time, and effort. Junior Jason Clark plays golf for more reasons than just a love of the sport. He said: “I like that it is challenging and attracts all the females.” The boys’ team is made up of Jorge Garcia, Kristian Caparros, Alex Rios, Robert Geibel, Tyler Strafaci, Matt Mourin, Leo Coll, Cody Gregor, John Carroll and Jason Clark. The girls’ team includes Jamie Freedman, Marisa

Messana, Claudia de Antonio, Lorena de Antonio, Gabriel Ferre, Maria Alejandra Merchan, Maria Andreina Merchan and Mariana Perez. These team members practice together once a week for about four hours at Lago Mar, and everyone on the team practices individually daily. Since students can miss up to 2 -3 days of school per week for golf, only dedicated students play. The golf team competed Sept. 21 in the Honda Classic high-school tournament hosted at Palm Beach Gardens, and Claudia de Antonio placed second for the girls with a score of 73. The Heritage girls won

DISTRICT DESTROYERS: The team relaxes after a tournament. The boys and girls have continued a streak of excellence and continue to score under par at the tournaments they attend. (Photo/Brandt Moser) the tournament. Marisa Messana also shot a hole in one on the 8th hole at Jacaranda Golf Course from 115 yards away using a pitching wedge on Oct. 4.

The boys recently competed against St. Thomas and Cypress Bay, ending with a victory after both matches, and scoring 279 as a team with a 900 par.

Richards Report BY HALEIGH RICHARDS A look at the current NHL lockout and how the dispute affects fans. The NHL lockout, the fourth since 1992, started Sept. 15 at midnight when the old contract expired. The dispute is over the splitting of hockey-related revenue. In 2005, the agreement was that players would get 57 percent of the revenue. The NHL now wants to decrease that number to 47 percent. Already, all of the preseason games have been cancelled and regular season games through November 1 have been cancelled. After two weeks of no meetings, the NHL and the players association (NHLPA) have met for four days in a row, mostly talking about smaller issues and avoiding the main issue. If the season gets cancelled, which it very well might, this lockout becomes a problem for fans. Depriving loyal hockey fans of the entire season over a money dispute is poor practice by the league. The league already makes plenty of money, and the players are among the lowest paid athletes in professional sports, so if anything, give the players a little more money and start the season back up. The NHL needs to realize that it is losing money by not having a season. Another direct hit is on restaurant owners around the arenas. Without hockey games to draw a crowd, their profit will decrease significantly. Ultimately, fans and players are the ones who will get hurt by this lockout. Fans because they will be unable to get their hockey fix and the players because they will most likely get the short end of the stick, while the NHL collects more money.

Haleigh Richards can be contacted at



O captain, my captain Lautaro Grinspan | Co-Editor-in-Chief

Tyler Cogswell, #12 A football player since he was 5 years old, Cogswell is known on the Heritage team for executing the offense and, as he put it himself, "for winning." Cogswell, a quarterback, says being a leader on and off the field was what clinched him a spot as one of the team's captains. Although he likes his position within the team, he emphasized the importance of each player. "Every player on the team is just as valuable as the next," he said. "We're only as strong as our weakest link." Cogswell has both a chronological and ambitious list regarding his goals and dreams within football: "[I want to] win a state ring this year, win the NCAA championship in college, and play in the NFL and win a Super Bowl," he said. He will play for the University of Arkansas in the fall.

Although the majority of fall sports teams do not designate team captains, the football team still lives up to the “captaintradition” in a big way, as it has not one, but four captains. Read on below to discover the captain-esque roles and responsibilities of football standouts seniors Michael Deeb, and Tyler Cogswell and juniors Carter Jacobs and Sony Michel. Carter Jacobs, #41

Sony Michel, #1

Jacobs first started playing football at 6; he’s now played two years on the Heritage team and is known for playing strong safety and making big hits and interceptions “on the defense.” He thinks his leadership qualities are what led head coach Jeff Dellenbach to promote him to captain. As to how Jacobs feels about being captain, there is no ambiguity or doubt. He loves it. “Being a captain,” he said, “is awesome; there isn’t really more pressure on myself, just more work.” Carter’s ultimate goal in football is to keep playing the sport at a college level. The 6-foot-1safety left Archbishop McCarthy High School in 2011 to play for Heritage, a decision that brought him to the distrcit game last year. Jacobs looks forward to another season and a half with the Patriots.

Although he missed his entire sophomore season with a torn ACL, junior Sony Michel, considered one of the top running backs in the nation in the Class of 2014 (according to the Miami Herald), is back in full force this year as team captain. The pressures of his comeback to competition and new position within the team, however, don’t bother, but motivate him. As the player who led Broward County in rushing three years ago (with 1,825 yards and 18 touchdowns) Michel possesses the talent to do what he wants to do as captain: “lead by example.” Although he already won a state title as a Patriot last spring, running on the championshipwinning 400-meter relay team, he’s still very much in the hunt for another 5A title, this time in football.


(Photo / Haleigh Richards)

Michael Deeb, #42 The team’s middle linebacker, Deeb, considers himself “basically a coach on the field.” He calls the defenses, plays downhill in the run game and drops into coverage defending the pass. Deeb’s promotion to team captain did not come about by chance, but, as he puts it “through continuous hard work, setting an example for my teammates and vocally leading the team through situations.” Deeb especially likes the role as a team “mentor” that being captain entails: “I love being captain. The best thing about it is being able to help the younger guys reach their full potential,” he said. First picking up football his freshman year, Deeb has high ambitions for his involvement with the sport. “My ultimate goals in football are to play in the NFL and be the best linebacker to play the game,” he said. Deeb has committed to play for Notre Dame.

Sports Updates: Master Calendar: The new athletic master calendar is here. The link can be found on Edline, on the athletics page. All junior high, junior varsity, and varsity games are listed. Football Announcer: Dean Dean Nolle now announces the varsity football games. In the past, the nowretired former Academy Headmaster, Mr. Gulotta, announced the games. Winter Sports: Winter sports are back in season. Get ready to cheer on your fellow Patriots! Check page E17 for more information.





As the focus of a reality television show and countless festivals in America’s biggest cities, it’s official: food trucks are sweeping the nation. As large trucks designed with space to prepare and sell food, food trucks prove flexible and easily moveable. Many different types of food trucks exist, some sell Korean barbecue, some Italian dishes, some fancy drinks and desserts, and still others have seafood or grilled cheese on their shelves. Because of the variety in types of food, many food trucks “stick together” and appear at events together in order to draw a larger crowd of customers. After gaining a huge following in cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, and Chicago, the food truck craze has migrated down south. More than 100 individually-owned food trucks roam the streets of South Florida and hold events on a regular basis. Every Monday at Hollywood’s Young Circle, 20 food trucks roll up to sell all evening long. Naturally, the Post had to cover this budding gastronomic trend. Find below a review of our favorite South Florida food trucks as well as a recommendation of food truck events.


The Rolling Stove

“Nacho Average Taco”

The Rolling Stove has American cuisine with an interesting kick to it with items such as the “Jerk Burger” and the “Jerk Pork Sandwich”. All items on the menu are spicy and from medium to hot scale.

Offering classic Mexican cuisine with a hint of spice, *Nacho provides a variety of typical dishes like tacos or burritos with a twist: flavors from other cuisines. Most dishes feature a blend of several flavors (including fruity salsas) and offer exciting condiments like Sracha (Vietnamese hot sauce) to flavor your food.

I think the food trucks are a creative food experience that Try: Chicken queI look forward to. I love trysadilla with mango ing different foods that I’ve salsa never heard of before. Prices: Moderate - Gabby Swaby

The Boba Bus Bubble Tea or “Boba” is a tradition Taiwanese drink that has become popular in North America appearing on the menu at various cafe’s. Traditional Bubble tea contains tapioca balls, “boba”, and either milk tea or iced teas. The boba bus has the most variety of bubble teas I’ve ever seen and the service is fast and efficient with interesting flavors such as taro milk tea and thai milk tea that allow you to taste some of Taiwanese culture. Try: Lavender milk tea Prices: Ranging from $4-6

Get some yourself! You can get your food truck-fix at both of these fun, Postproofed events:

1 WHAT: Food trucks at Flamingo Gardens. WHEN: Every third Friday. WHY: Great variety of food trucks along with a nice, garden setting.

2 WHAT: Food trucks at ArtsPark Hollywood WHEN Every Monday from 5 to 10:30 PM. WHY: Nice circular layout with tons of fun ammenities (including many checkerboards.

I love food trucks because they are usually attached to a festival and there is music, family time, and you can taste the world in an hour’s time. -Ms. Maria Molina

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