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Vol. 4 Issue 4

Feb. 13, 2014

2300 S. Poinciana Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34758

Pgs. 4-5

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Cover by Destiny Oyola

Shakespeare comes to Poinciana. Pg. 3

TV host visits campus. Pg. 3

Basketball brought many firsts. Pg. 7


February 2014

Arlene Roque


C a L e N d A r





Liberty High School

This event is free.

Editor in Chief

Jazz Music Feb. 14/15 Performance Assessment

Editor at Large

Boys and Girls Tennis vs. New Dimensions

Feb. 20 3:30 p.m.

PHS Tennis Courts

Student Tickets $2/ Adults $4

FAFSA Frenzy

Feb. 21 9 am - 2 pm

Valencia Osceola Campus

Valencia Financial Aid Representatives will be available to assist with questions.

Rodeo Day

Feb. 21

Osceola County

This is a school holiday. No school.

TESTING: Florida Alternative Assessment

Feb. 24-28

Poinciana High School

This is a test for ESE students.

Boys and Girls Tennis vs. Cornerstone Charter

Feb. 25 3:30 p.m.

PHS Tennis Courts

Student Tickets $2/ Adults $4

SAT/ACT Registration

Feb. 26 All Day

College and Career Room

See Ms. Lopez for a pass.

Boys and Girls Tennis vs. Harmony High School

Feb. 27 3:30 p.m.

PHS Tennis Courts

Student Tickets $2 Adults $4


Feb. 27 May 22

Poinciana High School

For more information contact your reading teacher.

Poinciana High School

For more information contact your ESOL teacher.

Rebecca Pierre Sierra Barber

Managing Editor

STAFF Katie Carrion Jeffrey Espinal Julia Figueroa Jennifer Lopez Jose Lugo Jasmine Mercado Samantha Morejon Destiny Oyola Aiyana Ruiz Randy Santos Katrina Wickham Adviser: Jim Ellis Phone: (407) 870-4860 X03653 2300 S Poinciana Blvd. Kissimmee, FL 34758

The Point is a member of the Florida Scholastic Press Association and McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.

TESTING: Comprehensive March 3 to English Assessement March 5 TESTING: Biology Quarterly Assessment

March 6 to March 11

Poinciana High School

For more information contact your biology teacher.

TESTING: Math Post Test

March 17 March 21

Poinciana High School

Form more information contact your math teacher.

Spring Break

March 24 March 28

Osceola County


April 7 April 14

Poinciana High School

For more information contact your reading teacher.

TESTING: PERT College Readiness

April 15 April 18

Poinciana High School

This test is for 12th grade students.

TESTING: Advanced Placement Testing

May 5 May 16

Poinciana High School

This test is for students in AP classes.

There is no school during Spring Break.


News PHS Does Shakespeare

February 2014

Jennifer Lopez News Reporter

“The Tempest is a tragic-comedy based on romance with the themes of forgiveness and revenge,” Thompson said. In the play, Twenty student thespians will revive a the Duke of Milan feuds with his brother, Shakespearean classic nearly 400 years old who has sent him away on a ship so he next month. could take his brother’s position as Duke. This tragic comedy is believed to be The villagers are led to believe that the one of the last of William Shakespeare’s Duke of Milan is dead. plays, drama instructor James Thompson Hannah Day and Ruth Forestal are two said. students who will be performing in the Shakespeare, a poet and playwright, play. has been known throughout the world for “I’m really nervous but excited because his plays and writing. Some of his plays it is a great project, and the character I am playing has really pushed me out of my such as The Tempest, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Hamlet, and many more, have comfort zone so I’m excited to try it all still been performed and read for more out,” Day said. “When I first read the Tempest, it was than 400 years. one of my favorite Shakespearean plays and the fact that I got the chance to be the monster, it just makes me happy and it makes me want to try harder when performing,” she said. The Tempest performance will be performed in the modern English version. The show will open March 13 through March 15 and again from March 19 Photographer Samantha Morejon through the 21. Sophomore Alexis Pratts is cast as MiStudent tickets will be $3 and adult randa. She is practicing her lines. tickets will be $5.

Photographer Jose Lugo

Celebrity host, Danny Forster, host of the Discovery Channel’s “Build It Bigger” visited Poinciana and spent time with the PHS shop. Forster is pictured here in the center with shop students. He also spoke earlier in the PHS auditorium.

Celebrity visits Poinciana Aiyana Ruiz News Reporter

strange and unique and interesting, but they’re all based upon an awareness of where they’re from.” Architecture is about opportunity, After the school wide presentation, poetry and excitement, said a television Woodshop instructor Irwin Inwood gave celebrity to Poinciana High School stuForster a tour of the PHS program, which dents last month. has been recognized with state and national Architecture is special when it brings awards. new features but also nods its head to The shop class is not just a class but a the city landscape, television host and real life business where students constantly architecture expert Danny Forster told a have new assignments that are actually capacity crowd in the school auditorium sold to customers in the community, Inon Jan. 29. wood told Forster. Forster was hosted at PHS as part of a Forster said he was impressed with the community partnership that the Osceola PHS program, stating that it was one of school district shares with the Discovery the best he’d seen during his visits to high Channel. Forster hosts the show “Build It schools nationwide. Bigger” on the network. He offered more advice in a more Forster has toured all around the world intimate talk with the students in the shop for different design projects. At PHS, he class. strode back and forth, speaking confi“There’s skills you bring with you but dently as students, even those not interyou have to think laterally, horizontally, ested in the field of architecture, listened everyday differently, and that, for me, is a attentively. really cool thing,” Forster told the students. His humor and relaxed tone made Junior Dean Brooks said that he learned the presentation easier to watch and he much during the morning visit. captivated students with the information “I liked him showing us different styles he preached. of architecture,” he said Students watched as he played a short Not particularly good at math or drawvideo clip from Build it Bigger and then a ing, Forster had no clear career path until slideshow of various elaborately structured he was in graduate school for architecture buildings throughout the remainder of his and received a job on Craigslist as a televivisit. He explained to students, “Things sion host. Before this piece of pure luck, he aren’t randomly built.” had only known that he loved art history Each building is specific to the environ- and being able to connect a story to an ment. The shape, design, and form of a image. piece of architecture is tied to its location, Now, Forster has his own Design Studio Forster said. of which specializes in inventive, affordAs a closing statement about the projable and sustainable designs. He has also ects that he showed the students, Forster teamed up with Steven Spielberg in “Rissaid, “I hope you take away from the fact ing: Rebuilding Ground Zero”, an Emmy that each one of them are different and award-winning documentary mini-series.



February 2014

Students Prep for Sierra Barber Managing Editor

Photographer Jose Lugo

Daneishka Guzman and Edgabriel Valcarcel started dating in October.

Whether you call it Valentine’s Day, V-Day, Saint Valentine’s day, or even doomsday, this Friday is the day we all know very well. You may look forward to this day or dread it every single year, but do you know where it comes from? The holiday has its roots in the Roman Empire with the story of a patron saint. The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of which were martyred, or killed, because of their faith. The stories of Saint Valentine (commonly known as Cupid) are all different myths really. Not a soul knows the real story. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When the Emperor at the time, Claudius II, decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the new law, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young couples in secret. When Valentine’s doings were uncovered, the emperor ordered that he be put to death. Other stories suggest that Valentine was killed for attempting to help Christians escape the harshest Roman prisons, where they were beaten and tortured. No matter the story, Valentine was always the one to do good for the people. According to another legend, Valentine (while in jail) actually sent the first “valentine” himself after he fell in love with a young girl – said to be his jailor’s daughter – who visited him during his lock up. Before his death, it is said that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” which is where the ex pression that we still used today is said to have origi nated. For some,

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Senior Priscilla Carpintero laughs at a joke from her boyfriend Josh Lopez at lunch.

Freshman Christopher Vasquez steals a kiss from freshman Roseline Roman when she least expects it.

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All photos by Julia Figueroa and Katie Carrion unless othewise stated.

Valentine’s Day is a day anticipated with high drama. Sophomore Jailin Figueroa explains how much being someone’s Valentine really means to her. “I love Valentine’s Day because it gives you the opportunity to show how much you love and care for the person you are with,” said Figueroa, whose girlfriend of two years, Andryssa Garrett, is also a student at Poinciana. The two met while attending Discovery Intermediate “I still remember - it was third semester,” Figueroa said. “We both had a cooking class together. My girlfriend says it was love at first sight, and she fought to win my heart.” Figueroa said that last year on Valentine’s Day she and her girlfriend watched a movie at Downtown Disney and ate at Red Lobster, where they opened gifts and splurged on dessert. To some people, such as junior Trent Raeburn, however, Valentine’s Day is not all candy and roses. “I honestly think it’s a waste of time because I don’t think you should have a specific day to show that you love someone,” Raeburn said. “If you love them like you say you do, you should show that throughout the year – not only on a specific day.” He said he does believe, however, that your Valentine should be somewhat spoiled. “I would get her a bouquet of flowers, chocolate, a big teddy bear and a kiss.” February, before Valentines day, has long been associated with romance. From Saint Valentine of the Roman Empire to the modern incarnation of roses, love songs, balloons and Valentine’s Day cards, the holiday has become an integral for couples around the world. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all characterize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic, and romantic figure. Will you be Cupid this year?

Photographer Arlene Roque

Seniors Sasha Ostolaza and Luis Rivera.

Photographer Katie Carrion

Seniors Gabriel Layola and Raishelly Diaz laugh during lunch in the cafeteria.


Eagle Life

February 2014


Name The Teacher!

By Nancy Black Tribune Content Agency

Aries (March 21-Apr 19) When Venus enters Aquarius, the mood lightens towards fun, freedom and romance. Social activities benefit your career. Break through barriers that used to stop you. Follow your heart’s desire. Your fans cheer you on. Photographer Jose Lugo

Taurus (April 20-May 20) Travel to or over water may be in order. The ambiance shifts, with Venus in Aquarius (until 4/5) towards playful creativity. Take charge. Help a coworker. Use what you’ve kept in storage. Your hypothesis gets confirmed.

Can you guess which teacher is represented above? If you can, then come to room 277 and let Mr. Ellis know. The first student who correctly identifies this teacher wins a $5 gift card to McDonalds restaurant.

Five useless facts you need to know

Gemini (May 21-June 20) Enjoy romantic moments. They seem to come more frequently, with Venus in rebellious Aquarius (until 4/5). It’s easier to venture forth. Talk about your dreams with a partner. Your status is on the rise. Imagine fulfillment.

1) More people are killed every year by bees than by snakes.

Cancer (June 21-July 22) Your actions can get quite profitable. Investigate new vistas. Give the illusion of certainty, even if you don’t feel it. Good news is coming. Your friends applaud your efforts. Relax and enjoy.

2) A “first mate” is the person second in charge on a ship after the captain. 3) The perfume Chanel No. 5 is named after Coco Chanel and the date it went on sale in 1921 May 5 (5/5).

Leo (July 23-Aug. 22) Frivolity is in order. Create a more powerful presence by playing with it. Compromise gets achieved more easily, with Venus in Aquarius until 4/5. Try and succeed in a new game. You’re gaining wisdom as you go so make sure you apply this wisdom carefully.

4) The word “alphabet” comes from combining the two Roman words for the letter A, “alpha”, and the letter B, “beta”. 5) The cable channel Music Television (MTV) debuted in 1981.

Valentine’s Day Cards!

The National Honor Society is selling Valentine’s cards for .50 cents in the lunchroom.

Virgo (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) Use your imagination, and add a feminine touch to your workspace. With Venus in Aquarius for a month, your creative freedom and education flowers. Invest in home improvements. Keep fixing what you have. Build a dream now. Don’t wait.

Libra (Sept. 23-Oct. 22) Plan a social event to forward a joint project. Collaboration can thrive. You’re even luckier in love, now that Venus is in Aquarius for a month. Create revolutionary ideas and share them with respected people.

Scorpio (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) Focus on home and family, with Venus in Aquarius (until 4/5). Add beauty, love and art to your surroundings. It provides inspiration and power. Join forces with a partner to bring a mutual dream to life. Sagittarius (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) You have an extra ability to communicate what you’re learning over the next month, with Venus in Aquarius. Regenerate your energy reserves. A charming theory gets presented. Trust your own heart to lead you. Friends help during the sad times. Capricorn (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) The next month could get quite profitable, with Venus in Aquarius. Attend classes, complete homework, and find the win-win situation. It’s getting easier to advance. Craft your message and get it out. It’s getting fun! Aquarius (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) Dream big, and in writing. Make concrete plans with multiple scenarios to attain goals. Spend time on research. You’re especially irresistible, with Venus in Aquarius this coming month. Take advantage of your persuasive arts. Splurge on your appearance. Don’t cheat yourself. Pisces (Feb. 19-March 20) For a month with Venus in Aquarius, fantasies abound. Wait for checks to clear. Keep secrets. Together you energize each other. Finish old jobs for peace of mind. Allow yourself quiet time to imagine a particular dream. Distributed by MCT Campus.



February 2014

Poinciana Season Gave Many Firsts

Randy Santos News Reporter

Poinciana boys basketball fell three points short Friday in a district semifinal match up at Lake Wales. The final score was 59-56. However, Head Coach Shane Whitsett said the overall season was filled with many firsts for the basketball program and leaves a firm foundation for the returning players next year. Some of the firsts Whitsett is referring to include the first time in school history the boys basketball enjoyed a 10-game winning streak. Also, this season the Eagles were ranked number nine in the state, which is the first time the program ever placed in the top 10. This season was also the first time the Eagles played a game on television, being featured on the Brighthouse Network. Finally, Whitsett said it was the first time PHS basketball placed in Orlando’s super 16 – a

The field goal line tells the story, Whitsett said. Poinciana went seven for 15 at the field goal, while Lake Wales went eight for nine. Coupled with the 27 turnovers for the game and it was a recipe that proved too daunting for the Eagles to overcome, Whitsett said. “You just can’t beat too many teams with that many turnovers,” he said. Poinciana had beaten Lake Wales in one of the two normal season match ups. Poinciana was successful in its Photographer Jasmine Mercado first district play off game against Senior Maurice Anglin shoots against Lake Gibson last week in a Lake Gibson. district match up. This was the last home game of the season. The Eagles defeated Lake Gibson by 24 points in a game at ranking it held for four weeks. the fourth quarter to have a one The Orlando super 16 is a weekly point lead with only three minutes home. Point Guard Anthony Gomes ranking of the best 16 teams left in the game. led the team in scoring against across three counties, Volusia, But an offensive foul gave Lake Gibson with 13 points and Orange and Osceola. Lake Wales possession and they his teammate Trevaughn Packer The loss Friday was a tough scored a three pointer, giving one, said Whitsett, after coming them a two-point lead and Poinci- was close behind with 12 points. “Tonight was just one of those back from a six point deficit in ana never recovered.

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games where everything was just falling into place for me. I had to finish and that’s what I did,” Gomes said. “At the end of the day I couldn’t have done it without my teammates.” Trevaughn Packer came up with a dunk in the third quarter to make the crowd go crazy followed by a big time block by Senior Maurice Anglin in transition. “That was big. My team helped me out, got me hype. They gave me the energy and I just finished. I knew what I wanted to do before I got to the basket,” Packer said. “Lake wales is a very athletic team. They’re a basketball powerhouse.” Whitsett said. “Last year they went to the regional finals and the year before that they were state champions.” Whitsett said he feels positive looking to next year due to seven returning players that are already skilled and already have a lot of playing time.

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Birds Words

Oh no! You took a celebrity hostage. Who is it? Compiled by Katrina Wickham

Deseray Lara Senior “I have Bieber fever, I would lure Justin in with Sour Patch Kids and make him watch movies with me and then sing a song for me.”

Maria Martinez Junior “If I could, I would lock Channing Tatum in my room and ask him weird awkward questions.”

Donnie Brown Sophomore

Jasmine Rosell Senior

Katalina Tavarez Junior

Marcus Maisonet Senior

“I would hold Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson hostage, What would that look like? Someone like me, holding him hostage.”

“I would lock Bruno Mars in my room and make him soothe my soul with his singing. I remember seeing him for the first time. It was in 2010 on the Ellen DeGeneres Show with B.O.B. singing, “Nothing On You”. I thought, “who’s that guy in the background?”

“I’m obsessed with Justin Bieber. He’s perfect. I would lure him out of the back of a concert. I would tape him up and give him food. With all the trouble he’s getting in, I’ll be keeping him off the streets and out of jail.”

“I would take Trey Songz hostage and make him sing me “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,” so I could fall asleep to his beautiful voice.”

Matthew Radcliffe Freshman

Melody Montes Junior

Samuel Cruz Sophomore

Tylor McCready Sophomore

“I would get Christopher Walken. I wouldn’t really need to take him hostage. I think he would just come with me. If he tried to tackle me, I would just push him off. He’s old so I think I could take him.”

“I would take Ian Somerhalder from the “Vampire Diaries.” He’s dark, mysterious and gorgeous. I would tell him that someone is out to kill him because he’s a vampire and tell him to take shelter at my house.”

“I would take Scarlett Johansson. I remember seeing her in the movie, “The Avengers”. She’s so beautiful.”

“I would pick Oprah Winfrey. I would take her and make her give me all her money!”

The Point - Feb. 13, 2014  

The Point is the student-run newspaper for Poinciana High School.

The Point - Feb. 13, 2014  

The Point is the student-run newspaper for Poinciana High School.