Too much love? Students, faculty, and couples sound off on PDA The Scene - pg. 10
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Complete map and list of seniors’ college destinations Spotlight - pg. 8-9
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Recession, enrollment decline cause teacher uncertainty Editor-in-Chief
As the realities of the stagnant economy reach around the globe, the recession has also begun to puncture a hole into The Benjamin School. Teachers are enduring job uncertainty and slashed benefits while the school attempts to sustain itself for the future. Independent schools across the nation have experienced decreased student enrollment
School picks Mr. Pazant to revitalize diversity
because of the recession, and Benjamin is no exception. As families question the viability of a $17,000 average per year tuition, three consecutive years of slumping enrollment – primarily in the Lower and Middle School – have followed, and the school’s revenue has fallen. Head of School Mr. Robert Goldberg said, “Because of mortgage commitments and car payments, subsistence [for some families] has to take pri-
ority over the luxury of an independent school education. It’s had a real impact on our numbers.” To make up for Benjamin’s financial losses, teachers are experiencing the most significant impact, as their retirement and health benefits are being cut or downsized. “We’re looking at over a million dollar deficit next year without making expense cuts. Those expense cuts See Economy pg. 5
BENJAMIN SCHOOL ENROLLMENT Students
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*Note: Enrollment for 2009-2010 school year is incomplete. Nevertheless, Benjamin expects another year of decreased enrollment because of declining Lower School numbers.
Emotions swirl as seniors prepare to take stage for Commencement ceremony
Managing Editor Mr. Bradford Pazant, Middle School Social Studies teacher, recently accepted the appointment as Director of Multicultural Affairs, and has already begun his efforts to diversify Benjamin.
Mr. Bradford Pazant Pazant’s first accomplishment in his new role was to change the job title from its former label, ‘Director of Diversity.’ “I changed the name because a lot of times when people hear the word ‘diversity’ they think black and white. They think that it’s a term that only addresses issues of race See Pazant pg. 4
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Senior boys continued the tradition of celebrating the end of their last day at TBS by jumping into the lake on May 4.
Katie Schepps Features Editor
While some seniors eagerly anticipate graduation on May 22 at the Eissey Theatre, others are reluctant to face the reality the day will bring.
Some seniors are eager to graduate, finally ready to move on to a new beginning. Lexi Matte said, “Graduation couldn’t come soon enough.” Also looking forward to this change, Steven Perlberg said, “I can’t wait to graduate so I can be an elitist, smug, self-impor-
tant college student with a brand new Macbook.” Victoria Castriz, who is choosing to graduate as a junior, said, “I’m looking forward to graduation because after being at Benjamin for 13 years, I’ve realized that I’m really ready to move on.” See Graduation pg.4
Under 21? No problem
Students use fake IDs to circumvent drinking age law Jared Fishman
Senior News Editor
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Students often weigh the risk vs. reward of buying a fake ID.
To his doctors, parents, and teachers, he is 17 years old, but to the clerk at the liquor store, he is conveniently 21. For Benjamin students with fake IDs, illicit opportunities are readily available but sometimes at a dangerous price. Lars Thompson* (asterisk indicates a name change) is a
17-year-old senior at The Benjamin School. Enjoying drinking, smoking, and concert-going, he paid $100 to a college friend from California for a fake ID—a driver’s license fabricated to display an older person’s date of birth. He claims to know personally about five other Benjamin students his age who also have fake IDs. Thompson now has the freedom to enjoy the privileges
given to those over 21. About a specific perk, he said, “Obviously [one reason for the fake ID] is that I can buy alcohol. [My parents] know that I drink and stuff, but they don’t know about the [ID].” He also uses the ID for entrance to concerts that have age limits of 21 and up, and plans to attempt to gain entry into raves and bars. David Monroe*, a sophoSee Fake IDs pg. 6
Opinion Editorials The opinion of The Pharcyde
Call to action for Student Council The votes are in, the officers are set, and now Student Council’s plans for next year begin to take shape. As qualified and responsible as Student Council always is, this officer core should embrace new challenges and expand the role of Student Council to include tackling student issues. The Benjamin Upper School Student Council’s duties in recent years have consisted of planning and fundraising for spirit activities and performing community service projects. The members and advisors of Student Council have typically executed their responsibilities flawlessly, acting as school leaders while creating a fun atmosphere for students.
Kudos to Student Council, but now it is time to think bigger. Although spirit weeks have been a success, it is now time for Student Council to forge new prospects. Student complaints are rife throughout the hallways, and the school is imperfect. The current issues concerning test day violations, DyKnow misuse, recycling ignorance, the Gay-Straight Alliance controversy, and many more problems pose opportunities for Student Council to step in and make the school stronger. These concerns, along with many others, demonstrate why Student Council needs to continue taking action in support of student issues. Student Council has the unique ability to be the face of the students, which means not only planning the school’s spirit activities, but also working with other clubs as a guiding force for reform.
At The Pharcyde, we believe it is our job to point to issues and injustices that affect students and the school as a whole. However, we are simply the watchdog and our power often ends after the byline; we are merely a name without a face. In any successful community, not only must a watchdog point out issues, but also a government must address those issues. Student Council must use that power and respect that it possesses and channel them toward a higher calling. It should recognize the important student issues and work with the administration to create resolutions in a way that the newspaper cannot. This idea is not without precedent. Suncoast High School’s Student Government Association’s (SGA) mission is to “provide effective means of communication between all parties and apply the principles of representative government in the governance of the student body,” according to SGA President Malik Harris. Suncoast’s SGA spearheads projects such as their Going Green environmental program, and it has worked with other clubs to organize the school’s mock presidential debate in November. Benjamin’s Student Council next year will be in the position to implement the strategies of Suncoast’s SGA. Through collaborative efforts with other clubs’ school presentations and community service projects, Student Council can enrich student experiences. It should become the job of Student Council to aid clubs in order to accomplish worthy student projects that lead to further education and entertainment in the school community. The newly elected officers of Student Council need to take advantage of this opportunity to make Benjamin a more well-rounded school. Student Council should continue the Spirit Week planning and make it more exciting than ever, but also remember that leadership should have no bounds.
Not as simple as black and white The opening sentence of our school’s Mission Statement says, “The mission of The Benjamin School is to provide a challenging college preparatory education to a diverse student body in a structured, nurturing community environment.” One of 11 principles which appear following the mission statement states, “We are committed to the importance of all aspects of diversity among our constituencies.” It seems as though diversity is a main priority, but until recently, little action has been taken in the efforts to address this concern. With the appointment of Mr. Bradford Pazant as Director of Multicultural Affairs, these goals will soon become achievable. Yet before allowing Pazant and his Multicultural Affairs Committee to engage in various activities to diversify our student body, Benjamin must first rid itself of its superficial commitment to and understanding of diversity. The Benjamin School community must move into an era of diversity in which we first embrace our current diversity, and then welcome new students from diverse backgrounds with open arms. We cannot embark on completing the goals we have set as a school until we learn to recognize and appreciate our current diversity. The school as a whole seems to have developed an immature understanding of the term ‘diversity.’ Many seem to believe that the word merely implies racial variety. As Pazant put it, “When people hear the word ‘diversity,’ they think black and white; they think that it’s just addressing race as opposed to the various aspects of diversity.” Eight identifiers are actually associated with diversity, including ability, age, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economics. Bringing these areas to the surface and opening school discussion about them through programs created by the Multicultural Affairs Committee would open Benjamin’s eyes to the diversity it already possesses. Students must understand their diversity and the diversity of their peers in order to prepare for the entrance
of students from communities to which we are not accustomed. Although we are already diverse in certain aspects, we must keep in mind the function of diversity in a school, which is to imitate the real world outside of a small school community. The truth of the matter is that Benjamin does lack racial diversity. With a Director of Multicultural Affairs in place, we can now gain the visually noticeable diversity the school has
Diversity is a complex issue, and we will not find a solution until we understand our current differences. been craving, as well as diversity through the other identifiers. Pazant understands the limited exposure that Benjamin students, as well as faculty, have had to diverse groups of kids, and he plans to develop programs through which our school community can be educated and can prepare itself for incoming students from communities foreign to us. “It’s plain and simple,” said Pazant. “We are supposed to be preparing students for the real world…I think we do the students a disservice because they need to be prepared to go to college… and they need to know how to interact with people from all races, all backgrounds, etc.” Students must be exposed to a diverse student body, but the school must overcome its general ignorance toward the diversity that Benjamin already possesses before any progress can be made.
May 2009 The Pharcyde
Letters to the Editor Community needs to end wastefulness
To the Editor: In a school that tries to be ‘green’ and provide a plethora of ways for the student body to participate, I was shocked and stunned at the amount of trash we, as a school, make in one day. I had the unfortunate occasion of searching through the school’s dumpster and was horrified by the amount of unnecessary waste. There were shoes, shirts, binders, untouched food and many recyclables in the regular trash. The dumpster was over half full and that was just from one day at TBS. Imagine this multiplied by the week, the month, the school year! I have offered to my classes, and hopefully through you, to the school, that if a student has items they no longer want or require, which are still in decent condition, I will take them to HHRC (Hispanic Human Resources Center) and donate them to ‘in-need’ families. I implore everyone to address the despicable and unnecessary waste that we all produce and the burden this puts on our landfills. - Mrs. Amanda Pierman Upper School Science teacher To the Editor: I send this to support the Music Department, to improve the program, not to criticize the school. I have observed situations that make me conclude the Music Program earns little respect from the other students. I refer to an event that happened in my PE class only two weeks ago: a student (not I) mentioned he was taking a band class, and a fellow student responded by sarcastically saying “Band?” and belittling the music program with a variety of offensive terms. That action went unpunished. At our most recent competition, I overheard MS students bashing the music program. Their open disrespect is not only hurtful to me and mine, but to themselves. The Benjamin School prides itself on having a tremendous athletics program, but I also understand that the school claims to have a well rounded and equally respected balance among academics, arts and athletics. Athletics seem to take a priority over music; something I do not comprehend. I think there should be an equal balance among the three. Music should be incorporated into curriculum as intensely as athletics are. The Benjamin School has the ability and opportunity to develop and nurture scholars, athletes and musicians! You can help by showing the students that you respect the music students as much as you do the student-athletes. - Zack Kemp, sophomore
Founded in 1980 as The Spectator, now in its 29th year
Editor-in-Chief Cory Weinberg
Outgoing Editor-in-Chief Jason Malone
Managing Editor Jenna Bernick
Senior News Editor Jared Fishman
Features Editor Katie Schepps
Opinions Editor Garrett Bruno
Sports Editor Phil Staiman
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Drew Doherty Colin Murphy Jack Borris Will Sabayrac Molly Zeiger - Artistic Contributor Christian Sendler - Photographic Contributor Advisor Mr. Kendall Didsbury The Pharcyde, the Upper School Newspaper for The Benjamin School, is published four times a year in October, December, March, and May. Editorial offices are located at 4875 Grandiflora Road, Palm Beach Gardens, Florida 33418. The phone number is 561-472-3485, and the fax number is 561-691-8823. The advisor can be reached by e-mail at kdidsbury@benjaminschool. com. The Pharcyde is a member of the Florida Scholastic Press Association, American Scholastic Press Association, and Columia Scholastic Press Association. The Pharcyde solicits advertisements at the following rates: The price of a full page ad is $200.00/ issue.. The price of a half page ad is $120.00/ issue. The price of a quarter page ad is $90.00/ issue. The price of a business card ad is $50.00/ issue. If you or anyone you know would like to place an ad in The Pharcyde, please contact Mr. Didsbury. *The editorials in this paper are the opinion of the writer and/or The Pharcyde staff as a whole. They are not the opinion of The Benjamin School or our advertisers.
May 2009 The Pharcyde
The Muses are gone Benjamin cannot stray from what makes it unique Cory Weinberg Editor-in-Chief
The daily newspaper death pool continues to grow, as newspapers in cities like Seattle, San Fransisco, Boston, and Detroit have shut down or face overwhelming economic obstacles.
“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have government without newspapers, or newspapers without government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” - Thomas Jefferson
Never stop the presses The departing Editor-in-Chief’s reflection on four years in journalism and on why newspapers cannot be allowed to die Jason Malone
Outgoing Editor-in-Chief Over the past four years, The Pharcyde has undergone radical changes. I have had the pleasure of watching the paper during my high school career grow from a school brag sheet into an independent outlet for student reporting. The incredible growth of the paper, however, has been paralleled by the slow demise of professional newspapers in America. Many people believe newspapers are an outdated source of information, but before I graduate, I would like to explain why newspapers are significant, and why high school journalism is so important to everyone, not just the people who write for their school newspapers. A successful high school needs an effective newspaper because it allows students to voice their opinions and raise issues. Good high school journalists should exhibit journalistic integrity. The Pharcyde is on the cusp of becoming a ‘good’
high school paper. It is nowhere near perfect, but if Benjamin can keep journalism alive over the next few years, it will see The Pharcyde grow into an even more legitimate news source for the school community. Americans have always enjoyed exaggerated, sensationalist news; however, in the past, unbiased reporting has always been able to stay alive. Now with news corporations like FOX News, MSNBC, and CNN dominating the public interest, if newspapers die out, reporting that is truly ‘fair and balanced’ may die with it. This is not to say that all newspapers employ ethics in their reporting. However, many respected and long standing newspapers, such as the New York Times, do employ these ethics, and are models for the American media. Students need to give high school journalism the proper attention because good newspapers will help teach them the difference between quality, unbiased reporting and political
propaganda. Over the next few years, quality journalism may go out of business, and it is crucial that students are ready to salvage what is left of the circus that is televised news. This is why students need to pay attention to newspapers. The Pharcyde tries to uphold basic journalistic ethics. We sometimes fail, but we try nonetheless. Our goal is to model our paper on the few remaining sources of unbiased news left. We try to cover news that applies to the students so that students who do not otherwise follow news outside of television will thus gain some insight into quality journalism even if it is only through reflection. If we can save journalism on the high school level, we have a chance at saving the dying news industry. However, if we fail, our generation may witness the death of newspapers, and the birth of a nation controlled by political news organizations and sensationalist pundits.
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Gossip is a reality of high school. However, the rumors and rumblings that took hold of The Benjamin Upper School throughout the fourth quarter were not necessarily just about prom dates or weekend scandal; students were talking about teacher departures and how their absences would affect students’ experiences. If the school wants to stabilize itself, it must make sure that any negative effects from these departures are limited. Forget about a complex economic solution; the only true way to alleviate the school’s million-dollar deficit caused by declining enrollment numbers is to broaden the school’s appeal. Right now, Benjamin is in danger of becoming obsolete. Magnet programs at public high schools like Dreyfoos and Suncoast attract the artistically and academically gifted students without imposing a price tag. Students and families in the Upper School need a significant incentive to dole out over $20,000 annually, and the school’s allure cannot merely live on the idea that it is a college preparatory institution. The desires and demands of the best and the brightest of the students must be met if the school wants to thrive. The departures of band and chorus director Mr. Christopher Douglas and art and photography teacher Mr. Christopher Oakes have only compounded the issue. They breathed life into their respective fields, aug-
menting the already solid arts program established by Mrs. Sara Salivar and Mr. Henry Hamilton. Douglas and Oakes inspired a new generation of Benjamin’s artists; their programs flourished, and kids became excited about the arts. As I spoke with one particularly talented visual art student about Oakes’ departure, she lamented her decision to attend high school at Benjamin instead of Dreyfoos. She had already regretted the decision, but now without Oakes next year, she said it was the worst choice she had ever made. These teachers’ departures leave some of the most artistically talented students without their true mentors. Dance electives have been cut for next year. Drama and musical productions may see their lowest audition numbers of the decade. That broad appeal that the school desperately needs is dwindling. Administrators have insisted that they will hire a fulltime band instructor and that the program will again flourish. For the students’ sakes, this must be the case. This is not simply a problem in the arts department; the school has to ensure that it can nurture the special talents of all Benjamin students. However, I remain hopeful. The school has always maintained that its origins began with a desire to balance between the academic, athletic, and artistic talents of all students. Now, it just needs to remember its roots.
Outbreak on campus as senioritis rages Drew Doherty Staff Writer
This in all honesty may be the worst thing you will ever read here at The Benjamin School. My mind in recent weeks has slowly been turning to mush. However, with the last few brain cells that I can find, I will try to muster up a description of what being a senior is really all about. Senior year is a time of great fun, but also excruciating pain; pain that comes from several months of 30 page papers and teachers who hate you because you are a senior. The first semester of senior year is so painful, that being eaten alive by a mound of fire ants would be a more enjoyable experience. The only cure for this pain is that wonderful glowing acceptance letter sitting in your mailbox at home. After the fire ants eat all the flesh on your body down to the bone, the real fun begins: second semester.
Second semester seniors are some of the laziest and most obnoxious people on the planet. Once admitted to college, the phrase “who cares” is on a loop in every senior’s head. Doing any work for school at home becomes as rare as going to the dentist for some people. The problem with senioritis is that students tend to have too much fun at school. Since having fun is a sin, the attitude of the seniors frustrates most of the faculty. Unfortunately senioritis has no cure. As much as students may think they will never suffer from it, inevitably, they will find themselves keeping their backpacks in the car at night, and not studying for tests. Senior year is an amazing but stressful time. Those going into it will feel the full effects of senioritis, and the way that they deal with it determines how successful they will end up being as they leave this school forever.
May 2009 The Pharcyde
Partnership with research institute to bolster science dept. Jenna Bernick
Managing Editor The Max Planck Society’s new Florida institute will collaborate with Benjamin’s K-12 science departments through a partnership expected to commence in the fall. Based in Germany, the Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science is currently establishing its first overseas institute in Jupiter, Florida. Dr. Claudia Hillinger, Vice President of Institute Development for the Max Planck Florida Institute, outlined the details of the partnership. She anticipates that “the person who is hired through this partnership will be a point of contact for the school. [He or she will] make sure that there is a lecture program, that laboratory visits and handson experiments are made available for the students, and make sure that we establish some internship programs with
the school.” Hillinger plans to follow the same routine used to develop past partnerships with schools in Germany. “We pick up topics that one of the institutes works on and look at the curriculum of the schools. We then provide materials as an addition to what the teachers and faculty might use in the classroom,” said Hillinger. “We can also think about lab courses [for students] to see how research really works in a lab.” With 13,000 employees, 80 institutes, and a network of international scientific collaboration, the Max Planck Society is the largest publicly-funded, nonuniversity research organization in the world. “We have biology and medicine institutes on infections; we have institutes on plant breeding, biodiversity research, ecology, and some of the institutes here already do bio-imaging, which is exact-
ly the focus that this institute in Florida will have,” said Hillinger. Starting in the summer, Max Planck Florida Institute will be temporarily located in Florida Atlantic University buildings. “We will probably have biologists, medical experts, physicists, mathematicians, and software engineers,” said Hillinger. “I think that gives a broad spectrum for potential interface with the school and what you do with [Benjamin’s] science program.” Dr. David Spielberg, Upper School Science Department Chairman, said “One of the goals of the science department is to expose students to science as it is really done. A partnership with the Max Planck Florida Institute would be a golden opportunity for students considering a career in science to work with some of the best scientists and engineers in the world.”
World of Dance
Traffic light installation to occur over summer
After two years of wondering when a traffic light would ease traffic concerns by The Benjamin Upper School exit onto Central Boulevard, the school community finally has its anwer. The school and the Gerelco Traffic Controls contracting company have set an August 15th date for the completion of installing the traffic light. If that date is met, students will see the stoplight before school commences in August. It will also mark the end of the costly service of traffic cops patrolling outside of Benjamin during dismissal time. With the traffic light, the traffic cops are rendered obsolete. According to Head of Maintenance Mr. Jim Adle, “We’ll actually end up saving money after installing the traffic light.”
Student artwork on display in Gardens Mall Artwork that students from grades K-12 have been busy drawing, painting, and tracing will be displayed in the Grand Court of the Gardens Mall from May 13 to 26. The exhibition will consist of works from over 100 Upper School students. A reception honoring the students’ work will take place on May 21 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the mall.
Student Council officer positions set for 20092010 school year
Senior Nano Anderson has become the first female Benjamin Student Council President of the 21st century, as she ran unopposed in the April election. Every other schoolwide Student Council officer ran unopposed except for Vice President, where senior Josh Weinstein defeated junior Anjali Shetty. Sophomore Henry Jamison takes over as Secretary, junior Nicole Grabel as Treasurer, and sophomore Frank Cunningham as Vice Secretary.
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Senior dance team co-captain Gabi Garcia performs on the Eissey Theatre stage on May 8 during the Dance Ensemble’s World of Dance. Upper School students displayed musical acts with a cultural flare from dozens of countries. For seniors Garcia, Ali McCraney, Kelly Ritenour, Sara Merson, Kerry Stern, Erika Strasser, and Santiago Zindel, this was their last TBS show.
Commencement details set, seniors prepare for milestone From Graduation pg. 1 Others, however, feel sentimental as they reflect on their years at Benjamin, and anticipate a difficult separation from the comforting environment they have come to know and love. Emilee Trotta said, “Graduation is bittersweet because we all are going to miss our friends and the memories we have made together, but we are all excited for this new adventure to make a new home and friends.” Considering the milestone that graduation will mark in the lives of the seniors, the sudden change can be stressful and emotional. Ben Young said, “I’ve never been a sentimental person,
nor have I ever been even remotely school-spirited. However, for whatever reason, I find graduation utterly depressing. The huge change is extremely overwhelming for me personally.” At the ceremony, which will commence at 8 p.m., Head of School Mr. Robert Goldberg and Chairman of the Board Dan Stanton will present the diplomas to the graduating students. For the second year, the Founder’s Cup will be presented to the male and female students who best exemplify the 10 words on the pillars of the Upper School campus. Valedictorian Marissa Englander and Saludatorian Kirby Kempe will each give a speech.
Image courtesy of The Max Planck Institute
The microscopic image of the parasite Salmonella typhi shows the Max Planck Institute’s bio-imaging capabilities.
Pazant plans strategy for Multicultural Affairs role From Pazant pg. 1 as opposed to the various aspects of diversity,” said Pazant. Head of School Mr. Robert Goldberg has already outlined some of Pazant’s responsibilities as Director of Multicultural Affairs. “He is charged with reaching out to communities that would afford us a more diverse student population. He’s going to affiliate himself with communities and church congregations and leaders beyond the zip codes that typically populate our school… to see to what degree he is able to make… diverse populations become interested in the school,” Goldberg said. “He is also going to oversee the training of faculty and the sensitizing of the student body so that as these [new] students start to come through the admission pipeline… they’re not immediately turned away.” Pazant will also chair the Multicultural Affairs Committee (formerly Diversity Committee). “It will [include] students, parents, and faculty because this is a group effort,” said Pazant. “We really need the assistance, especially of Upper School students, to really make this an effective kind of program.” Pazant’s next step is to become a familiar face on both campuses. He said, “[I’ll be] more involved in Upper School affairs, for example, being advisor to the R.A.C.E club. I will be using them to facilitate discussions and workshops that will include both students and faculty. I will also become more of a prominent figure on the Kehl campus, so they know who I am.” Pazant plans on rejuvenating the Summer Institute Program, which is a summer enrichment program meant to prepare students from other schools for a private school education like that of at Benjamin. Enthusiastic about making progress in his new role, Pazant said, “The issue of diversity is within our Strategic Plan so it’s part of our goals as a school… It’s one of those things [where] if it’s down there on paper, it needs to be put into action.”
May 2009 The Pharcyde
Teachers, school feeling recession’s consequences
Jenna Bernick / THE PHARCYDE
After some urging from the DJ (left), senior Joe Gaudet (center) and others hit the dance floor at The Benjamin School prom on April 25. The prom was held at The Polo Club in Wellington and consisted of an oriental theme, dinner, dancing, and fortune-tellers. For a 2nd straight year, students were breathalyzed before prom.
Students react to new parking lottery Dean of Students defends new system, while students and faculty offer alternative ideas Katie Schepps Features Editor
The Benjamin Upper School administration’s decision to alter the system for choosing parking spots has spurred a controversy among the students and the faculty. The use of a lottery system has brought about a significant number of complaints. Some students have proposed the idea of basing spot selection on grade-point-average. Sophomore Emily Kochman said, “There should be some reward system with parking. It does not necessarily have to be based on GPA, but there should be some rhyme or reason to it.” Social Studies teacher Mr. Jamie McVicar, however, rejected the idea of basing the system on GPA when he said, “What about those who are hard working but are not naturally as capable?” When asked about the reasons for the change, Dean of Students Ryan Smith said, “A lot of concerns were ad-
dressed about students getting up at midnight, one, or two in the morning to get a parking space. There were even rumors, I don’t know if they’re true, of people staying overnight to get a spot.” These rumors were confirmed by students, who openly admitted to the tendency to stay overnight to get a desirable spot. Complaining about the new system, sophomore Bryan Doane said, “People who are willing to camp out an entire night are deserving of a good spot.” Students even referred to sleeping over as a “tradition.” Smith, however, expressed great disapproval of the prospect of sleeping over when he said, “This is a high school, not a boarding school; we don’t have the safety and the security to guarantee the safety of parents’ children [overnight].” The administration has decided that the possibility of something happening unsupervised is a serious enough issue to alter the system. Furthermore, Smith revealed that in the past, students have gone home overtired and were even fall-
“I don’t like the new system. Part of the school’s culture was camping out to get a parking spot.” - Michael Robo, junior
ing asleep in class. Smith said, “What’s more important: the academics, or a parking spot?” The new system of assigning parking spots is based on a random draw and still grants first choice to rising seniors. Each student draws a number from a basket at random, and the number that they draw corresponds to the order in which they will be able to choose their spot. In the case of missing the day of the assigning, any seniors who do not get to choose are able to pick their spot before the first juniors begin the selection process. The administration and faculty understand that this system is realistically the fairest. McVicar spoke in favor of the change when he said, “The old system rewards people whose parents let them leave the house at two in the morning.” Smith said, “This system is in place for next year; we’ve talked long and hard about it as an administrative staff. The feeling really was that the old system was not good for many reasons.”
“It would be nice if the administration granted priority to those who give back to the school on a regular basis.” - Philip Siragusa, sophomore
“People should work hard to earn their parking space, whether it’s waking up early or excelling academically.” - Lindsay Reddington, sophomore
From Economy pg. 1 had to come in the way of faculty positions and faculty benefits. Teachers all over the country are suffering from this same reality,” said Goldberg, adding that teacher benefits will be reinstituted as soon as an improved economy allows for it. Not only are teachers losing benefits, but also job security. Following the school’s announcement after Spring Break that job eliminations would occur, teachers had to cope with unprecedented job uncertainty. “Everyone feels very stressed because you don’t now what’s going to happen. Everyone is used to coming to school and counting on the next year, and there are a lot of people not doing that,” said one teacher who wished to remain anonymous. English teacher Mr. Simon Behan said, “I really don’t think it has affected day-to-day teaching in any way. Where it does come in is that it’s caused a great deal of uncertainty. It’s caused a great deal of, I’d almost say, fear. People are worried about what’s going to happen and when things are going to pick up.” Over 20 teachers across all three divisions of Benjamin are either resigning or have had their positions eliminated, and most of them will not be replaced for next year. This has created more uncertainty regarding some teachers’ increased class responsibilities. “Faculty will be distributing their skills and responsibilities more broadly than before in order to continue to serve our students in the best possible ways,” said Goldberg. Administrators assure that the economy has had no effect on class sizes or class options in the Upper School. Director of Student Services Dr. Amy Taylor, who builds the master class schedule and manages student class schedules, said that the school has had to become “more creative with the utilization of teachers” and the balancing of class responsibilities. Although art electives like Dance and Graphic Design have been cut because of small class sign-ups, the school has added classes like Photojournalism, AP Music Theory, French Culture, and Playwriting for next year. A decreasing population of students who are of lower and middle school age - 7 to 12 years old - has also contributed to financial losses for Benjamin and schools across the country. “The schoolage demographics, in combination with the economy, have strengthened the twister,” said Goldberg. While the weak economy forces uncertainty onto businesses and schools everywhere, Benjamin too has tried to respond with an eye toward better times. Administrators say that the decision to cut teacher benefits and jobs was a conscious effort to keep any economic repercussions invisible to students, and the school will continue to enrich its academic, artistic, and athletic programs. “We’re very hopeful that this can turn around, and we think that in 18 months or so, we’re going to be in a different economy, but at this point, we have to get in front of the ball instead of behind it,” said Goldberg.
Student opinions differ about value of fake IDs From Fake IDs pg. 1 -more at Benjamin, is another student with a fake ID. In January 2008, he purchased it online for £15, or the equivalent of about $22. Having lived in Europe, his fake ID claims that he is 18, his former country’s legal drinking age. He said, “[I used it] to get into clubs, any club.” However, now that he is located in America, he finds he never uses it. He said, “It’s pretty useless now.” Unlike Thompson, however, Monroe said that not only do his parents know about his illegal activities, but his own parents paid for the ID as well. About getting caught, he said, “In [Europe] where I used it, the ID would be taken away at the scene and [no other legal ramifications would occur], so I didn’t really feel bad about what would happen.” In the United States, however, the punishment is not as simple. Florida law dictates that possession of a blank, forged, stolen, or counterfeit ID is a second degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to 60 days of jail time. Possession of materials for the production of counterfeit IDs is a third degree felony, punishable by up to five years jail time. Palm Beach Gardens Police Officer Gary Leblanc said, when students are caught with fake IDs, “There is the immediate shock [of arrest], followed by the realization that an arrest can, and most often will, lead
to problems in the future.” However, despite the law against doing so, many Benjamin students use fake IDs on a regular basis. With all of the legal risks involved with owning a fake ID, the question comes up: Is it worth having one? Leblanc would argue that it is not. He said, “Most individuals pay top cost for a final product that is a poor replica at best. One only hopes that the dim lighting of a bar or club will negate the obvious signs that it is fake… It would seem then that the risk vs. reward ratio is heavily weighted on the risk side.” One Benjamin sophomore who wished to remain anonymous believes that even if one is to go after contraband, using a fake ID is not needed and is just overkill. He said, “I’ll drink myself, but using a fake ID to get anything is just way beyond necessary. I mean, getting caught… drinking [underage] is one thing, but the punishment is so amplified when a fake ID is involved. It’s just setting yourself up for too much trouble.” However, those who utilize fake IDs are committed to using them despite the danger. About the legal risks involved, Thompson said, “My ID [looks] really legit, but I mean I’m mostly banking on the idea that I won’t get caught.” He followed up by saying, “But yeah, it’s worth the risk.”
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A sign in the Abacoa Publix advises patrons of the drinking age law. Teenagers often try to avoid the law with fake IDs.
Concerned that they could not publish their in-class creative work, several students involved in Benjamin’s video classes have joined together this spring as the Video Club to expand their craft without limitation. As co-presidents of the club, Jonny B. Good and JoJo Rooney stepped in to create the Video Club to allow students with the interest, but not the availability on their schedule, to have an outlet for video production, as well as to allow for less restrictive video-publication poli-
cies in regards to the students’ work. The club began at the beginning of the second semester and meets every Thursday at lunch. About the founding of the club, Good said, “There was no Video Club prior [to this spring], and we always thought there should be one. We’ve got a lot of ideas, and in Video class, we’re very restricted on what we should do. We started the Video Club to get away from the restrictions and maybe get some more creative work out.” Club co-founder and CoPresident JoJo Rooney elaborat-
Prank or Vandalism?
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On May 8, The Benjamin Upper School Library was vandalized overnight. In what is believed to be a senior prank, intruders removed hundreds of books from the shelves, creating weeks of clean-up for librarians, teachers, and students. According to Dean of Students Ryan Smith, despite all efforts, nobody has confessed or been caught.
Seniors’ friendships put to test in college Seniors face realities of high school’s bittersweet ending Matt Murray Photo Editor
Many Benjamin seniors may have maintained the same friendships for 14 years, but now they must try to sustain those relationships as they disperse across the country. It is a thought that clouds all seniors’ minds throughout the final months of high school: will we still be friends? It is almost effortless to preserve close friendships in a tight-knit environment such as Benjamin, but once seniors transfer to the independent college life, a storm of new responsibilities tend to block communication. While it may be difficult in the early months of settling into college, the evolving technological world and social networking websites establish new methods of communication every day. “I definitely plan on using
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Facebook, as I’m sure all seniors will, and there are so many other ways to stay in touch,” said senior Kerry Stern. “It is also important to remember that everyone is just a phone call away, and it comes down to a matter of making the effort.” Laura Baker-Finch said, “It is going to be really bittersweet. I know it will test my friendships and that not all of them will last, but at the same time I can use the distance as a test to determine who my true friends are.” Although some may feel disheartened about the end of relationships, senior Jen Kochman explained that she does have friendships she wants to maintain but will not be affected if they fail. Kochman said, “It wouldn’t be harder to make friends in college because I can be really outgoing. I can just go up to random people and introduce myself; that is just who I
am.” Stern feels that even though certain relationships might fall by the wayside, others will only get stronger. Seniors not only have to make the effort to sustain high-school bonds, but form new college relationships. “It will be incredibly different at college because there are so many more people, the classes are bigger, and everything is more spread out,” explained Baker-Finch. “I am just going to try to get involved in a few things that I am interested in and hopefully I will meet new friends that way.” It is an ominous scenario that all seniors must come to terms with and, while most seniors are anxious about what might happen to their friendships, Stern tried to ease seniors’ minds, and said, “With the people who matter, we will all make the effort to stay in touch.”
Video students form club to avoid restrictions
ed, “[With] our school’s Video Production class, we can’t put anything on YouTube because we’re wearing school uniforms and we’re on the school campus so we can’t use any of the footage. But [with] the Video Club, since we do a lot of the filming outside, we can put it on YouTube. And it’s a big deal because if we do it at school, no one sees it. And it’s a lot of good stuff that no one’s seeing. It’s kind of making us do our better work outside of school.” Video Club Advisor Mrs. Franci Jefferson, who is also teacher of the Video class, believes that Video Club will al-
leviate the frustration of Benjamin’s student-filmmakers. She said, “With the Video Club I’m giving them some leeway to be creative and be successful, and sometimes not be successful and just see how the process works.” Despite steps towards improving Benjamin’s video production program, those involved believe that they still have a ways to go. Rooney said, “The best piece of equipment we have right now is my own camera, which we use for just about everything.” He also added, “We have a pretty decent studio, but we’re just miss-
ing a lot of essential stuff. We have the green screen, we just don’t have the software to use the green screen, so it’s kind of ridiculous.” As for the skill sets of the students involved, Jefferson believes that many video students show tremendous potential in many different areas and that their abilities will only grow as more outlets are made available. She said, “We’ve got some very talented kids, but in a lot of different aspects. We’ve got some great actors; we’ve got some great scriptwriters; and we have some great director-producers.”
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School’s efforts to deter drunk driving in vain without variety Katie Schepps Features Editor
A recent student survey revealed that despite the school’s good intentions, the administration’s delivery of drunk driving educational programs is not sufficiently varied. As a result, the repetitiveness of the presentation leaves students feeling indifferent to the importance of the message. During the week of March 23, freshmen and sophomores witnessed another drunk driving program. Its purpose was to send the simple but pressing message: do not drink and drive. The Palm Beach Gardens Police Department spoke to the students, emphasizing how frequently young drivers make poor choices. A mother of the victim of an alcohol-related car accident also spoke to the students, bringing the program to a more personal level.
Shortly after the assembly began, students were hunched over on the bleachers, not focusing on the presentation, blocking out the information that they have heard so many times before. The students’ body language and behavior during the assembly suggested that the students were unmoved by the message. A survey that The Pharcyde sent to the underclassmen reaffirmed the students’ unhappiness with the program. The survey’s purpose was to analyze the success of this recent assembly in comparison to previous ones. Most of the respondents (60 percent) felt that this assembly was no better than the rest. Expressing her indifference to the recent assembly, sophomore Crystal Rosatti said, “This program was effective on the same scale as the other ones.” Agreeing that the given as-
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A totaled car was displayed on campus in March as a visual demonstration to deter student drunk driving.
Senior Wills I, Sarah Lazow, leave all of my Stacys, hummus and video of Elizabeth in Vegas to Kate Schwed.
semblies are all extremely similar, sophomore Scottie Gordon said, “I dread going to drunk driving assemblies because I’ve heard it so many times.” According to the student reaction, they have heard the message too many times to be significantly affected by yet another program. However, the school continually reinforces the message, which raises the question of whether capturing the students’ attention is a lost cause. The administration has acknowledged this possibility and is concerned that delivering too many similar programs may diminish the importance of the message. Director of Student Services Dr. Amy Taylor said, “I don’t want to get to the point where the kids are immune to what we say because they’ve heard it so many times.” To address this concern, administrators should consider the other aspects of the survey as suggestions to improve the effectiveness of future presentations. The results highlight different methods of presentation that may allow the drinking and driving education to make a stronger impact. 54 percent of the students agreed that a personal story is one of the surest ways to make an impact. Students also consider visual and participatory demonstrations to be relatively effective in comparison to the use of statistics, which students agreed do not send a strong message. Tell students that they have to attend a drunk driving edu-
Student Opinion Poll
Poll: 102 freshmen and sophomores responded to an online poll after they viewed a March 23rd drunk driving education program. 52 students said a personal story was most effective; 21 said visual demonstration (i.e. crashed car); 9 students said statistics; 20 students said participatory demonstration (i.e. go-carts that simulate impairment).
cational assembly, and they will complain of the repetitiveness but will not deny the importance of the subject. The school continues to deliver these programs but worries that the message will go in one ear and out the other. The administration’s tendency to deliver such repetitive programs has developed in the student body an unwillingness to listen. Sophomore Talia Brody-Barre said, “The students appreci-
ate the efforts on the part of the administration to warn us against drinking and driving, but, some students won’t listen anymore because the warning against drinking and driving has been redundant.” The survey suggests that the school should work greater variety into the demonstrations. This approach will hopefully provide new perspectives and angles on the issue of driving under the influence.
PE Under the Sun
I, Santiago Zindel, leave my sister, Mariana Zindel, my guidance and the courage to go through high school and succeed in whatever she may set her mind to. I, Jen Kochman, leave behind to my sister, best friend, and Bob my seat in Dr. Taylor’s office and all the baggage that comes with it. I, Lyndsay Daubert, leave behind my ghetto racing flats to Katie Schepps and Cade Young. I, Tanner Matevia, leave behind my green and blue school uniform that I wore everyday to Taylor Whitt. I, Andrew Ackerman, leave behind the protection of my sister to Ryan “Steroid Man” Zeisloft. I, Kirby Kempe, leave the leadership, captain-only wheelbarrows, and baby sitting duties of the Girls Varsity Basketball TEAM to Jamie Burke and Jennifer Wallshein. I, Steven Perlberg, leave behind table tennis to Will Sabayrac, FIFA uploads to Sam Paone, and the roflz to Cory Weinberg. I, Coleman Romfh, give SJ Cruiser to Philip W. Siragusa and Chase Q. Diwik. I, Kim Lynch, leave behind my panda rolls to Christie Nicklaus and my love of the game to my brother Tim. I, Kendall Glazer, leave behind all the of my free cities, the lovely boys of Honor Society, my city knowledge, and K&K’s to Cali Cramer. I, Jason Malone, leave behind the Dungeon to Cory Weinberg, Jenna Bernick, Garrett Bruno, and Matt Murray, and my apathy to my brother, Corey Malone.
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Sophomore Scottie Gordon serves during a PE class tennis match. Freshmen and sophomores are required to take PE class when they are not involved with a sports season. According to teachers Coach Suzanne Ball and Coach Christopher Nordland, as much as students may prefer a study hall during the class period, “there is a direct correlation between physical exercise and superior academic performance.” The school maintains that a PE program is vital to the overall physical health of the students, in order to ensure that they get enough exercise during the day. Ball and Nordland also plan to incorporate further variety into the class curriculum, including using Nintendo Wii. “We would like to offer machines such as treadmills, ellipticals, and bicycles,” said Nordland.
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After months of of applica college counseling meetings, N Benjamin seniors have finally College By the Numbers Most-attended schools:
1. Florida (9)
2. Alabama (8)
3. Florida St. (6)
4. U. of Central FL (5)
students attending U.S. News & World Reportâ€™s Top 50 Colleges of 2009: School Rankings: #6
U. of Alabama Billy Black Calli Bradford David Brock Sam Bubis Joe Gaudet Harrison Gimbel Dakota Penza Kelly Ritenour
Barry U. Emilio Melgen U. of Central Florida Bobby Alexander Gabi Garcia JJ Hoecker Rishi Loungani Eric Petterson
Pepperdine U. Alexandra Browne
Florida Atlantic U. Brittani Glogower Dylan Sloane
U. of Southern California Griffin Farriss
Florida Gulf Coast U. Anish Bansal Nick Moroz
Florida State U. Connor Barry Victoria Castriz Shannon Lyles Kim Lynch Lexi Matte Tyler Selman Ashley Whitt Jacksonville U. Taylor Szyndlar Stephen Witt
U. of Florida Heather Chilvers John Harrison Bradley Krar Elliot Larkin Haley Merritt Sara Merson Amanda Meyer Andrew Spinnenweber Kerry Stern
U. of Miami Coleman Romfh
Oxford College of Emory U. Matt DeGroot
New College Andrew Swain
Loyola U. of Chicago Joe Dirkse Michael Speh
Northwestern U. Marissa Englander
Indiana U. Tanner Matevia Brant Peaper Notre Dame Bobby Berger Elizabeth Cooney Elizabeth Doane
U. of Kentucky Kent Firestone
Loyola U. of New Orleans Emilee Trotta
Tulane U. Kendall Glazer
U. of Maryland Hayden Blank
Boston College Kendall Cunningham Lyndsay Daubert Boston U. Matt Gale Colin Weiss Ben Young Emmanuel U. Rachel Barber
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ut the future
ations, standardized tests, Naviance clicks, and wait lists, made their college decisions.
Halmstad U., Sweden Alex Rosen
U. of St. Andrews, Scotland Ty Armour
Graphic by Jared Fishman
Michigan State U. Hallie Eisenberg U. of Michigan Ben Meyer Rebecca Toback
U. of Mississippi Michael Edwards Reed Goldenberg Billy Oâ€™Leary
St. Louis U. Chris Mandli
Washington U. in St. Louis Steven Perlberg Allie Rothschild
Columbia U. Maddy Cohen Marist College Arielle Klein New York U. Laura Baker-Finch Jacqueline Espy Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Randy Sabella
Sarah Lawrence College Jason Malone Syracuse U. Jennifer Kochman Union College Dan Gross
U. of North CarolinaChapel Hill Ali McCraney Wake Forest U. Andrew Callahan
Denison U. Carmel Cowie The Ohio State U. Drew Doherty
Gettysburg College Matt Godown Susquehanna U. Stephen Homan U. of Pennsylvania Hilary Miller
College of Charleston Erika Bain Kelly Ford Becksy Schinabeck
Southern Methodist U. Kelly McCloskey Jeffrey Robinson Texas Christian U. Sydney Collins
The Cidatel. the Military College of South Carolina Carlos Fernandez
U. of Texas-Austin Sarah Lazow
Vanderbilt U. Erika Strasser
Rice U. Edward Basso Kirby Kempe
Middlebury College Andrew Ackerman Santiago Zindel ___________________ Undecided as of 5/14 Loren Gutentag Ardian Paloka
Public Display of Affection Garrett Bruno
Opinions Editor Everyone sees them. Everyone knows who they are. They are the student couples of the Benjamin community, and their public displays of affection (PDA) are a ubiquitous presence around school. While many find their outward affection simply a part of life, some students and teachers who witness these acts in school deem them to be inappropriate or even repulsive. Ask a student in any high school in America, and he can point to the couples in the school, and Benjamin is no exception. Everyone knows of the long-lasting couple, who have been together for four years, Billy Black and Lyndsay Daubert; the classic cute couple Sam Paone and Kayla Foriere; the tennis duo John Harrison and Christine Casey; and of course, who could forget, the All-State Band and Chorus Power Couple, John Thomas and Shannon Lyles. These couples exhibit varying degrees of PDA and have different opinions when it comes to showing their affection in public.
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Students, faculty discuss whether couples’ PDA is a sweet sign of young love or a gross sign of immaturity A kiss goodbye, holding hands in the halls, snuggling during break, and even making out in the parking lot are just some of the displays that most have seen and that qualify as PDA. But at what point do these affectionate acts that come with being in a relationship become inappropriate for school, and do administrators have the power to do anything to limit them? The student handbook states, “Public display of affection is not appropriate at school. Such behavior is embarrassing to others, unacceptable in the school environment, and subject to disciplinary action.” While this formal statement implies little tolerance for PDA, Dean of Students Mr. Ryan Smith said he has “not recently” punished students for excessive PDA. However, he acknowldeges that he has issued warnings, and said, “I’ve talked with people this year [about PDA]. It’s usually verbal first. I understand high school kids have relationships, and that it’s important to them. It’s part of growing up; it’s part of life, however, it’s not appropriate in school.” Junior John Thomas, who is currently in a relationship with senior Shannon Lyles, concedes that their affection may not be condoned by administration
but still feels comfortable with his girlfriend in front of faculty and staff. “I have no problem walking by administrators while I am holding hands with Shannon, or kissing before we separate to go to class in front of teachers,” he said. “I feel that we probably display a level of affection more than administration would like, but it is not to the point of being inappropriate.” Those who have witnessed PDA in school expressed strong opinions about the matter. Junior Codi Mimun said, “I think it’s really creepy when people hook up in school.” Junior Victoria Castriz said, “I think it’s disgusting.” Science teacher Ms. Mary Spino agrees, and said, “It bothers me, and makes me feel uncomfortable. I don’t like to watch kids make out.” Junior Kelsey Meany has had experience with relationships in school, and said, “Having been in a relationship with someone at school, I think it should be a very private thing, not for teachers or random people to see.” One student, in a relationship with a fellow classmate, who wished to remain anonymous said, “We’re way more discreet in school compared to how we are in other places or alone. It’s just really uncom-
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Junior John Thomas and senior Shannon Lyles share an intimate moment together in the senior hallway.
fortable to be seen kissing in front of everyone, or to have teachers watch us. When I see other couples doing stuff in the parking lot, or the halls, I just wonder why they think it’s appropriate. It’s almost like they are trying to show off or something.” The overwhelming consensus among students seems to be that as long as it is not excessive, it is not a problem. Junior Lauren Torretta’s opinion sums up the majority view. “I think small signs of affection,
like holding hands or putting your arm around each other is acceptable, but anything more than that I think should be saved for somewhere private. No one wants to see people making out,” she said. When asked what she thinks others’ perceptions are, Shannon Lyles said, “In general I think that [people] are okay with it, because we don’t go too far in public, we affectionately kiss. We are in a relationship, and we are not trying to hide it.”
The Pharcyde’s Summer Reading Selections
Suggestions and reviews to help make optional summer reading choices easier Drew Doherty Staff Writer
The Natural Sophomores The Natural is a great book for upcoming sophomores; however, it may interest the guys more than the girls. This story is about a young baseball phenom named Roy Hobbs who is shot early in his career by a crazed murderer. Based upon the true story of a Phillies player named Eddie Waitkus, it is a gripping story that keeps you turning the pages. Reading this book, I was never able to put it down. It is a perfect book for those travelling because it can easily pass the time on long flights or road trips. If you’re relying on skipping the book and merely watching the film (starring Robert Redford), beware because the differences are plentiful.
Watchmen is unlike any other book you will read during your time at Benjamin. This graphic novel tells the story of ‘superheroes’ who have basically lived past their primes. It is a wonderful story full of amazing detail that will keep you entertained for hours. Be mindful that this is a graphic novel (which is essentially an extended comic book), so you may have to adjust to the format while reading. If you are going to read any book this summer, be sure to read this one because you will never look at superheroes in the same way again.
Slaughterhouse Five Seniors
Slaughterhouse Five is an outstanding choice for students going into senior year. But be wary because it can be very confusing at points. It is the story of a young man who has ‘time-warps’ where he goes back in time and remembers events that may or may not have really happened to him. The book contains some hilarious scenes, as well as some weird ones where the main character explains his encounters with aliens. It is one of the most fascinating and enjoyable books that I have read in my time at Benjamin, and I highly recommend this book for students this summer.
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Goodbye, Music Man
Band members reflect on Douglas’ impact, and aim to continue his legacy Jason Malone
Outgoing Editor-in-Chief The Benjamin Upper School’s Music Director Mr. Christopher Douglas resigned two weeks ago, leaving the future of the music program at Benjamin in jeopardy, and in desperate need of a replacement. His departure, however, is met with a note of optimism as his students rally behind the changes he has made over the years, and pledge to continue the traditions he has worked to put in place. Douglas, who began teaching band three years ago, inherited an undistinguished band program. However all of this changed within his first year, as he began working with students and slowly introducing more challenging and sometimes unconventional pieces for the band concerts. Junior Meredith Primm, who plays flute in the band, believes that Douglas’s willingness to try new and sometimes unconventional pieces of music has greatly increased her musical proficiency. “I think it says so much about the arts at Benjamin when we go to a concert and people are expecting mediocrity, and then we come out and ‘wow’ them with songs that they weren’t expecting at all,” said Primm. Senior Brad Krar, who plays saxophone in the band, also appreciates the vast array of music Douglas has introduced
him to over the years. “It’s nice to have somebody who doesn’t do [concerts] to please the audience on a topical level, but somebody who understands music, who is well versed, and who is not content to just play a Mozart or Bach piece,” said Krar. One of the most popular changes that Douglas made to the band program was the introduction of the drumline, which has played for numerous assemblies and football games. Junior Alexander Paez
“We go to a concert and people are expecting mediocrity, and then we come out and ‘wow’ them,” - Meredith Primm, junior spoke fondly of his experience with the drumline, saying “It was something that we got to play that is not just our regular instruments, and let us go outside of our boundaries, which was always really fun.” The work that was put into making the drumline was immense, and when asked about the future of the drumline next year, Paez added, “With the new band teacher coming in we’re not sure if he’s going to be able to direct the drumline.” Junior Catherine PeckPhilips suggested a student initiative if the drumline were to
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Mr. Douglas conducts one of his final band classes. Band members cite Douglas as an inspiration who reinvigorated the music program and introduced complex pieces.
fall apart next year. “I think it would be a good idea to start an after school drumline or club,” said Peck-Phillips. The sophisticated and oftentimes bizarre musical choices that Douglas made for the band program are not the only thing he accomplished during his time at Benjamin. During his first year teaching he began to encourage students to prepare and perform for numerous out-of-school competitions, a first for the band program. The chorus program at Benjamin
has also flourished under the guidance of Douglas who, as he did with the band program, has drastically increased the difficulty of the music that the chorus performs. Senior Shannon Lyles, an active member in the chorus, said,“He has taken a program that, before him, was singing one part or two part harmony music, and has brought them to state competitions where they have earned ‘Superior’ on all levels.” Even though they have lost their mentor for music and for
life, the band and chorus students seem determined to continue the tradition of excellence that Douglas has set for the music program at Benjamin. Primm believes that as long as the students stay committed, the progress that Douglas has made in the music department will remain, and said, “I think if we all really want to do it, we’ll keep it going. We’ll make the new teacher’s transition easier, because we have plenty of competent people in band who will keep it alive and going.”
Fall musical, spring play? Drama Club makes calendar switch Production schedule change to provide students with new opportunities Will Sabayrac Staff Writer
The Drama Club has announced that it is revising the performance schedule for next year by reversing the dates for the spring musical and the fall play. The school’s musical will now occur in November, while the play will be performed in March. Explaining the reason for the change, Mr. Henry Hamilton, the director of these two shows, said, “The spring time Upper School Drama Club performance is scheduled for the weekend after spring break.” The schedule modification means that the students would come back from two weeks off and have to put on a show that they have not rehearsed for an extended period of time. Hamilton said the musical rehearsal process is a “much more com-
plicated beast than a play” and is much harder to be resuscitated after a two week break. The Performing Arts Department believes that by switching the two performances, the Drama Club will have a much better chance to produce on two quality shows. The performance dates for these two shows are designated before the year begins and are permanently fixed due to a strenuous and busy event schedule at Benjamin. In the 2009-2010 school year, Benjamin will combine Easter and spring break into a single two week vacation. This created a problem that the Performing Arts Department feels is easily fixed through the switch of performances. The Arts Department feels that this will be a good opportunity to not only present two very solid shows but also al-
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Cast members of Pirates of Penzance rehearse this year’s musical in March. Director Mr. Henry Hamilton said that next year the musical will be performed in November.
low students, who would not normally get the opportunity to perform, a chance to participate in either the play or the musical. Students who have busy academic, athletic or even out-of-school schedules have
not been able to do these shows in the past; but because of the switch, students would now have the opportunity to participate. Brittany Bigelow, a sophomore Drama Club officer, said,
“The season change will not affect the performance or the quality but may attract a different audience or different groups of students.” She said, “This will provide students with the opportunity to do a different type of production.” That being said, Hamilton has yet to make his decision on what the play is going to be for the upcoming year. Hamilton anticipates that the season switch will affect his audition attendance, however he does not know whether this change will be for better or for worse. Hamilton is waiting to see how many people will be auditioning for the various shows to make his decision. This change to the performing schedule will give students the opportunity to do something they normally would not be able to do. Hamilton thinks this is “an interesting possibility,” giving the Performing Arts Department the best opportunity to showcase Benjamin talent.
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Summer Entertainment Timeline Musical: Mama Mia!
Film: Public Enemies
Kravis Center Based on music by the Swedish band ABBA, the musical, which inspired the 2008 film, is the major summer show coming to the Kravis. Tickets range from $25 to $90.
In a 1930s-set, FBI vs. gangsters thriller, Michael Mann directs, and Johnny Depp and Christian Bale star. July 1
Animal Collective Culture Room Ft. Lauderdale
The indie/psychadelic group hits south Florida in their first tour following their critically acclaimed ninth album Merriweather Post Pavilion.
June 24 Film: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Shia Labeouf and Optimus Prime return in the sequel to the 2007 film. Transformers again promises to be a popcornheavy, guilty-pleasure summer blockbuster.
Vans Warped Tour Cruzan Amphitheatre The annual punk rock festival comes to West Palm, as Less Than Jake, Saosin, Chiodos, and many others perform.
Film: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
All the wizards and muggles are back in the 6th film of the 8-part series. (7th book will be 2 films.) For those who read the book, don’t tell everyone that ********** dies.
Aug. 14-15 Dave Matthews Band Cruzan Amphitheatre As usual, Dave is back again for two summer shows in West Palm. The question is: will every Benjamin student be attending?
For students, Comedy Central is best outlet for serious news Garrett Bruno Opinion Editor
“More people get their news from the Daily Show with Jon Stewart...Than probably should.” “When News Breaks, We Fix It.” “When News Breaks…It’s News to Us.” These witty sayings have all been taglines for the popular comedy show The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Funny as they are, these taglines show that many students at Benjamin and across the country get their news from these comedy sources rather than newspapers or television news. One poll, conducted by the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press found that 21 percent of students ages 18 to 29 cite comedy news shows
as their number one news source. But so what? Aren’t these shows simply comedy programs meant to make the viewer laugh? The question becomes, what are the social and political consequences of a generation of teenagers getting their news from comedy? In some cases, students at Benjamin are getting the majority of their news from these programs. When asked where he gets his news, junior Michael Noga said, “I get most of my television news from shows like The Daily Show and The Colbert Report because they are the only honest shows that don’t have obligations to their advertisers or companies.” Noga believes that watching comedy shows for news is ac-
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Stephen Colbert, host of The Colbert Report (the ‘t’ is silent), satirizes right wing political pundits on Comedy Central.
tually more advantageous than getting news from other, more reputable, stations. “There are many other ‘real journalistic’ shows out there that are hurting America much more than The Colbert Report or The Daily
Comedy Central’s News Hour The Daily Show: Monday-Thursday, 11pm The Colbert Report: Monday-Thursday, 11:30 pm Show, because most [‘real journalistic’] stations are reporting opinions rather than news.” Some students have the ‘anything-is-better-than-nothing’ attitude when it comes to getting news. Freshman Jonathan Taylor said, “I feel that only about 15 percent of the school is actually caught up with the world…If kids are getting news by comedy shows, it is better than what they are doing now.” While many are of the opinion that Jon Stewart is a ‘positive-good,’ some students believe that Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert’s shows are hurting America’s political culture. Junior Will Lorentzen said, “Kids who think it’s okay to get most of their news from
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The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart inserts comedy into the news.
like Colbert usually have a liberal bias. They wouldn’t think it is okay if it didn’t align with their own views because Stewart and Colbert are obviously really skewed towards the left.” Performed usually to mock the daily news, The Daily Show, The Colbert Report, and even Saturday Night Live ultimately require an audience knowl-
edgeable of the unbiased news stories for the satire to make sense. To this end, junior Michael Robo raises a final point, saying, “Part of what makes Colbert and Stewart so entertaining is knowing what the news is before the shows are watched, so you kind of have to understand the [real] news before you understand the satire.”
May 2009 The Pharcyde
Sweet Emotion: Bucs feel free to unleash passion for game Phil Staiman Sports Editor
Until tennis star John McEnroe started throwing rackets in the 1970’s, athletes seldom displayed emotion on the playing field. While critics may not have condoned McEnroe’s antics, he undeniably changed the way athletes perceive the display of emotions. Since McEnroe’s retirement in 1992, athletes have taken this emotional display to new levels. Nowadays, fist pumps, along with other acts of celebration, are common occurrences in all athletic events, and according to some athletes at Benjamin, may improve performance. Boys Varsity Basketball senior co-captain Dan Gross said, “I think letting out my emotion definitely gives me a bit of a confidence booster. I believe that if you aren’t showing emotion, it means that you aren’t having fun. There is no reason to play if that is the case. Basketball is something that I love, so I am going to put all of my emotions into it.” Commenting on the preva-
lence of emotion in team sports, Boys Varsity Soccer junior cocaptain Sam Paone said, “A lot of the time I do it to get everyone else fired up. I feel that if a player on the team, especially a captain, starts to show emotion, it becomes contagious. Everyone then starts to play with that same fire. In fast moving sports like soccer and basketball, I think it is important to get the confidence boost, in order to get the adrenaline kicking.” Athletes, however, are not the only ones showing emotions. Coaches also get into the game, and most are content with showing their passion. Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach Jeff Cavallo said, “I think it is great for coaches to show their love for the game from the sideline. Most athletic events provide an opportunity to show emotion or passion. However, it is the athletes who pay a price for success and achieve greatness [who] usually show it the most. They can show it in different forms during the contest, by either celebrating a mini-victory or [it can be used] as a tool to focus
Emotions of the game... Past
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From ‘70s Wimbledon champ and sparkplug John McEnroe, to fiery Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, professional athletes have poured out emotion, and high school athletes have emulated their idols - whether it is sportsmanlike or not.
or maybe intimidate the opponent.” Among athletes, gender dif-
ferences do not apply when it comes to showing emotion. Varsity Volleyball player
sophomore Christie Nicklaus said, “I do not think it makes a difference because whether it is a male or female, everybody has the right to express how they are feeling at a given time. If I am proud of one of my teammates for making a play, I am going to show it.” Many student athletes feel the same way as sophomore Zachary Krumholz, when he said, “Professional athletes are role models and others tend to consciously, as well as subconsciously, imitate what they do. When I see them expressing emotion in a positive manner, it encourages me to do the same.” Although most athletes believe emotion to be beneficial, many believe that a time and place exists for everything. Varsity Football Head Coach Ron Ream summarized the beliefs of many at Benjamin by saying, “It is fine if it is done correctly. Let’s not do it in classless fashion, let’s not do it after every play, and let’s make sure that it displays your passion for the game, and not just you trying to have the spotlight.”
District modifications to stir old, new rivalries for Bucs Will Sabayrac Staff Writer
Benjamin athletes will face new competition in the upcoming year due to Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) district modification. The current economic situation has caused a drop in enrollment in Florida schools for the 2009-2010 seasons, and as a result, the FHSAA has reorganized the district classification. For a school to be placed in a certain district, that school has to have a specific number of students who attend classes during that calendar year. That drop in enrollment caused FHSAA to make more changes than in years past. Most Benjamin Varsity teams will find new teams playing in their district next season. The reason that some sports are changing and others are not is that Benjamin’s district varies depending on the sport. In football, for example, Benjamin is a district 1A school and in basketball Benjamin is a 2A school. The modification made this year means that Benjamin teams will no longer play the same eight teams from the surrounding area, and depending on the sport, the school will now have new competition. This year’s modification has the football team looking forward to next season. With the addition of long time rival King’s Academy to the district, the team is anticipating stronger competition. Defensive Coordinator Jim Clark said, “It is
always better to have a strong district because it brings the best out of our team.” Another very strong district school and long time rival, Glades Day, has been removed from the district. Benjamin will still
Welcome to the district
The Bucs’ newest foes
Pope John Paul Basketball, Volleyball
John Carroll Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Volleyball
compete against Glades Day, but it will no longer count as a district game. Regardless of this year’s modification, the team feels positive, and Clark said, “We are ready to compete for the district title.” As for sports such as soccer and basketball, the school has adopted what Varsity Boys Basketball Head Coach Jeff Cavallo calls a “sub district for-
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Benjamin wide receiver Tanner Matevia jolts past a King’s Academy defender during their 2008 matchup. The rivalry will be renewed, as the Lions rejoin the Bucs’ 2A district in 2009.
mat that geographically splits the eight teams in two fourteam districts. [The school] will play each team within the sub district once and outside the sub district twice.” Commenting on the changes, Girls Varsity Soccer Head Coach Franci Jefferson said, “For soccer, we’re going fromseven schools to ten in our district. The problem it causes is when you have to play each team twice,” allowing the team to have mainly district games and very few non-district games. Expressing a somewhat
similar attitude, Girls Varsity Basketball Head Coach Steve Hamel said, “There will be no difference; we just have more teams and we will all play the same number of games. The competition will be the same.” The modified district gives Benjamin teams the opportunity to showcase their talent to schools from around the state. Regardless of new goals and competitions, one thing always stays the same. Cavallo said, “Our goal each year is to win the state championship. That goal wouldn’t change regardless who was in the district.”
Shrinking schedules High school varsity sports teams in Florida will play 20 percent fewer games during 2009-2010 and 2010-2011. The FHSAA approved the measure in order to help reduce costs for athletic departments during the recession. For most team sports, this means five less games in each of the next two years, and it decreases opportunities to play outside of district games. The only sport that will not be affected is Varsity Football.
May 2009 The Pharcyde
Spring Sports Recap
Spring season sees number of individual, team champions Boys Track: “Best ever” Boys Varsity Track traveled to Winter Park, Florida to compete in the state tournament and finished 13th overall. Senior captain Michael Edwards competed in the pole vault event and finished 2nd, while sophomore Charly Schooley took part in the high jump event and placed 4th. Also going to states were senior Coleman Romfh and junior Michael Colee. Romfh ran in the 800 meter run and finished 5th, while Colee competed in the shot put and placed 12th. Coach Franci Jefferson said, “This year we had the most boys to participate in states individually in probably about seven years. It was the highest finish we have ever had in states, and...this was the best we have ever done.”
Girls Track: One state champion, team effort
The Girls Varsity Track
team also competed in the state tournament in Winter Park this year, and finished in a tie for 6th overall. Nano Anderson competed in the high jump event and took home 1st place with a jump of 5’4. Anderson said, “I went into states not expecting to win. On my last try, I told myself if I could just nail my jump perfectly, I could be a state champ. I was really nervous but I do well under pressure, so I cleared it. Once I realized I won I was so shocked, but so happy that my hard work finally paid off.” Also placing in states were senior Gabi Garcia (3rd in 100 m, 5th in 400 m), Meredith Anderson (3rd in 1-mile, 5th in 2-mile), and a 4x400 m relay team of Morgan Matese, Jakel Osborne, Jenn Nestler, and Garcia (5th) .
Girls Lax: District title
The Benjamin Girls Lacrosse team got off to a slow start but
turned it on in mid-season, and went on to win districts for their first time vs. rival Cardinal Newman. After moving on the regionals, the team found themselves in the middle of a judicial fight, as their regional opponent Vero Beach was supposed to be disqualified from the tournament. However, Vero Beach ended up winning the court case and defeated the Bucs, ending the team’s hope of a state title. Nevertheless, the Bucs feel they had a successful season, led by Kelly Ford, Kelsey Meany, Codi Mimun, Elizabeth and Nicole Connaughton, and goalie Meredith Primm.
Boys Tennis: State
Continuing its prior success, this year’s Boys Tennis squad dominated district opponents en route to a district title, and also advanced to the state tournament. After seniors John Harrison and Ben Meyer and
freshman Tory Tiano advanced to states in singles competition, sophomore Tanner Torres and Meyer did the same in doubles. The team then traveled up to Altamonte Springs, Florida, where Tiano, and the Torres/ Meyer doubles team made it to the state semi-finals. Meyer said, “We did extremely well considering that we lost our best player half way through the season. Every player had to slide up a spot, but everyone met the challenge. They really stepped their game up. It just really shows our depth.”
Girls Tennis: Stellar
performances in districts The Girls Tennis team had several individual district champions, as 8th grader Alexandra Townshend and seniors Amanda Meyer, Alexandra Browne, and Sara Merson took the honor. 7th grader Ally Sexton, and doubles duos of Browne/Meyer and Townshend/Sexton were district runners-up, and also advanced to regionals. Once in regional competition, Meyer, Browne, and their doubles duo advanced to the regional finals before falling to Out of Door Academy in the championship. Despite being one step from the state tournament, the Bucs boasted a solid season, which included defeating rival King’s Academy in the district tournament for the first time in years.
Boys Lax: Solid season, disappointing ending
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Nano Anderson, who won the state championship in the high jump, displays her abilities.
The Boys Lacrosse team looked state tournament-ready, but had a crushing defeat when they lost in their district semifinal game against Palm Beach Gardens by two goals. Griffin Farriss, senior Academic All-American and team Offensive MVP, and goalie Tyler Selman, senior All-American and team Defensive MVP,
carried the team. The team’s overall record was 11-3 which was one of the best records they have ever had. The team appears to have a bright future, with rising sophomore stars Charlie Collins, Josh Stauffer, and Taylor Whitt, and freshman Nick Gardner.
Baseball: A district win The Varsity Baseball team ended their season on a high note after winning their first district tournament game in three years. After beating Glades Day, the Bucs then fell to Summit Christian in the district semi-finals. Sophomore catcher Kristian True attributed the team’s success to improved team cohesiveness, and said, “This year was a greater season for the baseball team in comparison to last year. Last year, there was no chemistry or [will] to win because of the [division] of seniors and sophomores.” Freshman Tim Lynch led the team with a .425 batting average and 12 extra base hits.
Softball: End of an era The Varsity Softball team began the year hoping only to be able to have a chance to play. After losing several established players from previous years, the team managed a 4-16 record, but it did not put a damper on the season. Sophomore Kelly Kohlmeyer said, “I think we had a great season even though we didn’t win every game. I liked to see the number of new girls that came out and tried the sport for their first time. They really made it fun.” The season was also the end of an era, as senior sevenyear Varsity starter Kim Lynch graduates. - Written by Jack Borris, Phil Staiman, and Cory Weinberg
For Bucs with college aspirations, Division 1 is not only option Jack Borris Staff Writer
Many Benjamin studentathletes go on to play college athletics in three distinctive divisions of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Commenting on their differences, Benjamin Athletic Director Ron Ream said, “I love to watch Division 1 athletics on TV, or live, but Division 3 in its purest form has got to be the most fun to play, Division 2 lies somewhere in between.” The players who go D-1 are those who are naturally gifted in these departments and combine that with a work ethic in their respective sports. Division
1, along with Division 2, gives athletic scholarships, however, Division 3 does not. College coaches are looking for many qualities in a studentathlete during the recruiting process. An obvious first is academics. Coaches always inquire about grades, but secondly they need high performance ability. Division 3-bound basketball player Dan Gross says, “College coaches are looking for players who can help them win, at every level. It’s all about winning.” Division 1 athletics is the highest division in college sports. Division 1 athletics is usually played at larger colleges than Division 2. D-1 is the goal of many, if not most
college bound athletes, but if they cannot, lower level college athletics have many advantages. Commenting on the issue, golfer Brant Peaper, who will play at D-1 Indiana next year, said, “I think if you are not able to compete at a D-1 level, the D-2 athletics are still a very good opportunity. You can find a D-2 or D-3 program that has had very good success and play there.” Division 3 athletics are very competitive as well. Division 3 athletes just play for the love of the game because the athletes receive no scholarship money. Athletes in this division usually focus not just on athletics but more fully on academics as well. Division 3 colleges also
seem to be the smallest out of all three divisions. All college athletics at any level, from D-1 through D-3
are extremely competitive. Although the quality of play and other expenses differ, the love for the game varies little.
bound Bucs going on to play college athletics
Brant Peaper Indiana U. D-1 Golf
Taylor Szyndlar Jacksonville U. D-1 Golf
Andrew Ackerman Middlebury D-3 Football
Matt Godown Gettysburg D-3 Football
Stephen Homan Susquehanna D-3 Football
Dan Gross Union D-3 Basketball
Athletes of the Year
Mimun, Peaper win honor with performance, leadership Phil Staiman In its second annual selection of Athlete of the Year, The Pharcyde has chosen junior Codi Mimun and senior Brant Peaper as the winners. Although this recognition differs from The Benjamin School’s official Athletes of the Year Award, the criteria for selection are largely the same. The Pharcyde’s profile is based on consistent, high-level performance in two or more sports by a single player throughout the year. Both Mimun and Peaper showed that they are deserving of this award by gaining county-wide recognition and making the Palm Beach Post’s All-Area Teams in both of their respective sports.
ment this year was at the state championship where he placed 5th overall and helped us to a State runner-up finish.” Next year, Peaper will be attending Indiana University on a full golf scholarship. He is one of only two Bucs to move on to the NCAA Division 1 athletics next year. Although Peaper’s accomplishments on the athletic field have been great, Boys Varsity Basketball Head Coach Jeff Cavallo believes that Peaper will leave his mark on Benjamin in other ways. Cavallo said, “Brant will be remembered for growing into a solid leader. He works very hard in practice, always puts the team first, and wasn’t afraid to speak or communicate to the team when appropriate.”
Brant Peaper is a four-year varsity letterman in both golf and basketball. He has been a solid contributor to both teams throughout his tenure at Benjamin, but Peaper enjoyed his greatest success in his senior year. He was named Player of the Year in golf by the SunSentinel, earned MVP honors in golf, and was a co-captain on the basketball team. Aside from being a part of the Palm Beach Post All-Area First Team in golf, he was an the Honorable Mention in basketball. He was also named to the All-Area
“Brant will be remembered as a solid leader...He always puts the team first.” - Coach Jeff Cavallo
Second Team in basketball. In his four years at Benjamin, Peaper has been to state championships in both golf and basketball. Though he has never won at that level, Peaper has performed well while on the big stage. Boys Varsity Golf Head Coach Toby Harbeck explained, “Brant’s brightest mo-
Codi Mimun is a three-year varsity letterman, and also a starter in both volleyball and lacrosse. Mimun has been very consistent in both sports over her three years, but Girls Varsity Volleyball Head Coach Gary Slade described this year as “Codi’s breakout year.” As a freshman and sophomore, Mimun played out of position on the right side, but still started and made significant contributions to the team. This year Mimun was able to slide to her natural position of outside hitter. She took full advantage of the opportunity and broke a school record by racking up 292 kills even though she missed the last tournament of the season because of an illness. Mimun’s accomplishments on the volleyball court, as well as on the lacrosse field, led her to receive spots on the Palm
“[This season] was Codi’s breakout year.”
- Coach Gary Slade
Beach Post All-Area First Teams
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Junior Codi Mimun led her teams in volleyball and lacrosse, while senior Brant Peaper proved himself in golf and basketball. Both athletes were some of the best in the area in their sports.
in both sports. Mimun also received MVP honors in lacrosse, and Best Offensive Player in volleyball. Between both sports, Mimun believes her biggest accomplishment has been being named to the All-League Honorable Mention Team in lacrosse. Girls Varsity Lacrosse Head Coach Megan Quinn described Mimun’s style of play
Andrew Ackerman Football, Soccer, Lacrosse
Nano Anderson Junior Basketball, Track (high jump)
by saying, “Codi is one of our strongest midfielders. Her ability to play great defense and offense is incredible. Defensively she has an unbelievable ability to read other players’ passes, as seen in her 26 interceptions this season. She also has great speed, which is terrific during our transitions. On attack Codi had 33 goals this year.” Although Mimun had an
outstanding season, she still believes that she needs to work hard this offseason. Mimun said, “For volleyball, I definitely think there is room for improvement. I played club this year, and I believe that will help. Hopefully I will come back into this coming season better than this past season. With more experience and summer camps, I hope to be better than ever.”
Michael Edwards Senior
Kim Lynch Senior
Connor Barry Senior
Jackie Reiter Sophomore
Golf, Soccer, Baseball
Michael Nestler Junior
Meredith Anderson Freshman
Cross country, Track
The Benjamin Upper School Newspaper - Volume XIX, Issue 4