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Select students use unethical techniques to boost SAT score Marc Berson staff writer Note: Student names have been changed Each year anxious, college-bound students participate in a rite of passage as part of the application process. The SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) is administered annually to almost 3 million students worldwide and asseses college readiness. High school students under intense pressure from families, peers and their own inflated expectations may seek out strategies to optimize their success in the competitive college admission process. Some students may invest a great deal of money in expensive prep courses and study guides, while others spend countless hours reviewing math problems and vocabulary. A small portion, however, may feel compelled to explore more devious options like cheating. Despite media coverage, educators assert that the practice is uncommon due to extensive security measures and test administration safeguards that are coordinated by the Educational Testing Service under contract to College Board. “It’s been our experience rather that the vast majority of students taking the SAT and other exams, do so honestly,” spokesman for the Educational Testing Service Tom Ewing said. “Unfortunately it is the few dishonest students who try to subvert the educational process, and which are covered by the news media that gives the impression of widespread cheating.” Although there have been issues at other schools, there has never been a situation where a student from Freedom was caught cheating on the SAT. “Students are required to present a photo ID and ticket before entering the SAT testing room. If either item is missing

There are a few thousand questionable scores each year out of more than 2 million tests The organizations have anonymous hotlines that anyone can call with information about breaches in test security Handwriting experts can be called in to verify tests Test supervisors report any irregularities on test day Almost 85% of college students said cheating was necessary to get ahead Source: US News and World Reports, Washington Post

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the student will be denied access to take the test,” College and Career Counselor Vivian Fiallo said. Nonetheless, cheating on the SAT does happen, and neither school administrators nor colleges may be aware of just how prevalent it is. Freedom Senior Shane Walker reflected on his experience cheating on the SAT.

“I noticed in the third section of the test that the person next to me was working on the same section as me,” Walker said. “I did the ones I could and circled anything I wasn’t 100% sure on. For these items, I copied off of the other person. If I had done it all on my own, I probably would have gotten at least 100 points lower.” Ewing elaborated on the intensive test

security and monitoring conducted by his organization. “In addition to collecting personal information and a handwriting sample from test takers as part of the registration process and issuance of admission tickets, we also monitor the performance of test centers through unannounced visits on test day to

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Mold infects multiple classrooms over summer months

District environmental clean up crew removes mold from school buildings Erin Winick editor-in-chief

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A district custodian cleans the ceiling tiles of the yearbook classroom. They were brought in this school year to intensely clean the mold.

An unusual stench greeted statistics teacher Erica Larson and her students at the beginning of this school year. This unpleasant odor mystified students until it was revealed that the cause of this smell was the mold growing in the classroom. “I’ve been here for five years and this was the only year that it has been an issue,” Larson said. According to Assistant Principal Elijah Thomas, the mold has been a problem for building seven and some of building four. In a response to this problem the district has sent in teams of people to clean the school, resulting in teachers and students being displaced from their rooms.

“[We were notified] the day before or the day after,” Larson said. “Its been a couple times that they were in here, but I would say within 24 hours.” District workers that came out specialize in more advanced cleaning situations. “The environmental crew is from custodial operations,” Manager of Safety and Risk Management Office Glen Lathers said. “They come out when the local custodians can’t handle it. They can also replace ceiling tiles.” Measures have been taken to stop the mold from becoming a problem again. “We’ve had the AC people come out to make sure the AC is working properly,” Thomas said. “I’m no expert but that could have something to do with [the mold].” Lathers said possible causes of mold in

schools can be keeping the rooms too cold, leaky pipes, or anything that causes an excess of moisture indoors. “Mold is ubiquitous. You can’t get away from it,” Lathers said. “It is a problem when there is more mold inside than outside.” Although the mold has now been cleaned off, there are still investigations going on into the exact cause of the mold, and attempts are being made to fix the air conditioner. Larson is understanding toward the situation she has been put in. “It is so expensive to fix [the air conditioning] and we all know about budget cuts in education,” Larson said. “It is something they have been working on and we are well aware of that.”



September 28, 2011

Decision on new market of technology HP Computers’ transition unlikely to cause changes Breana Pauline features editor According to the International Data Corporation, Hewlett-Packard, better known as HP, is the world’s leading PC vendor. In the second quarter of 2011, HP shipped 15,263,000 PC units worldwide and held 18.1% of the market. HP is also the contracted seller of computers for the School District of Hillsborough County. Recently, HP announced that they will be making major changes in their business pursuits. This decisions comes in three parts. First, the company will discontinue the sale of their Touchpad and mobile phone devices by October. “That was really a surprise to all of us,” Manager of Customer Service and Support for HCPS Sharon Zulli said. Zulli says that the day before this announcement was made, HP pitched the Touchpad to them on Professional day. Zulli says that the School District hadn’t invested much in the Touchpads yet. HP is also planning on buying business software maker Autonomy Corp. and either selling or spinning off its PC business. Zulli says there won’t be much effect on the school district as a result of these these changes. “It really remains business as usual,” Zulli said. Zulli says that HP is planning on honoring all of its commitments to the school district. They even recently renewed warranties on the computers for another five years. “They didn’t spin anything off yet,” Zulli said. “They may do something in the future, but any company may do something in the future.” Technology Specialist Jeff Pelzer agrees and says that he doesn’t think there will be much impact on Freedom. “To be honest with you, most of the computers that students are using right now aren’t even HP computers,” Pelzer said. “They’re still Compaq computers which were purchased when the school opened ten years ago.” Compaq, Pelzer says, was bought by HP six or seven years ago. He also says that Freedom isn’t due to get a refresh of computers for several years, and any new computers the school does get will fall under the newly negotiated warranty. “There’s certain regulations involved that basically say you need to hold parts for a certain length of time in order to do business, so we’ll be able to get parts through that time,” Pelzer said. “It’ll be under warranty, it won’t cost us any money to repair or replace [the computers]. So I don’t think it’ll be any problem.” HP’s decision to alter its business plans may be due to falling PC profits. “It’s not a profitable market right now,” Pelzer said. “When you can buy a desktop computer brand new for 300 dollars, there’s

30,000 -$1700

Estimated number of desktops purchaced by the school district per year

15,263,000 Number of PC units shipped world wide by HP, in the seccond quarter of 2011


Number of new high stakes testing labs

not a lot of room for profit.” Zulli also believes this affected HP’s decision. “The technology business in general has been changing over the past ten years,” Zulli said. Zulli says that while ten years ago many were buying their first computers, now the market is saturated. Pelzer says the change doesn’t surprise him. “It’s probably not a bad idea for them, because they can take that money and put it into places that will make them more money,” Pelzer said. “It’s a company. They are much more interested in what the people who own their stock think than what the people who own their computers think. And if their stockholders are happy, and the people who own their computers aren’t, that’s more important.” Pelzer says that HP’s contract is up for renewal and over the next few months the district will decide who they will buy computers from for at least three years.

Estimated amount of price change of HP PC’s now versus 10 years ago

192,000 Number of students in Hillsborough county

$766 P r i c e o f n e w, b a s i c HP computer avaliable to Hillsborough County schools A. Ball/revolution

“We might be going with someone else, we might actually stay with HP,” Pelzer said. In Pelzer ’s opinion, the most viable option that might replace HP would be Dell, unless the district got a private contract with a company to put computers together for them. “There’s really no one else off the top of my head that I think could handle it,” Pelzer said. “We probably purchase district-wide 30,000 desktops a year. It’s a big contract. There aren’t a lot of companies who can actually handle that type of volume.” Zulli says at this time there are no written backup plans in case HP cannot honor its commitments because there is no reason to think they won’t. Whether HP will sell or spin off its PC business has yet to be seen, but Zulli doesn’t anticipate there to be much effect on the school district either way. “It’s just a different market for technology,” Zulli said, “and we’re going to have to watch it and see how it plays out.”

from page 1/ SAT Cheating ensure compliance with College Board’s security guidelines,” Ewing said. “Review of individual test takers may include score review, handwriting analysis, comparison of test takers to others in the room, and tracking large score differences between tests.” College Confidential, an online discussion group and information source includes numerous postings from anonymous users caught in cheating scandals. “I took the SATs in October and I cheated off of the kid who sat diagonal to me on the left (he sat in front of the kid sitting on my left) and, like an idiot, I copied a lot of his test and, like an idiot, I skipped about 90% of the same ones he skipped,” College Confidential user Football515 said. “I

didn’t get my scores back and my parents called the SAT Test center to see what was wrong and they told my parents my scores had gone up enough to become flagged.” If security has been breached, solutions can range from canceling individual scores to canceling scores for an entire test center, city or country. If cheating is discovered after scores have been submitted to universities, ETS contacts the university and notifies them that the scores are not valid for use in the admissions process. Freedom refers to the College Board for punishment. “If we discover a ring or group of individuals who have violated test security for illegal profit, we will bring legal ac-

tion against them on behalf of the College Board,” Ewing said. On the matter of SAT cheating, sophomore Ben Griffin said, “dishonesty is not the way to go. Cheating is an act that takes place every day and will continue to happen as people strive for power, pushed onward by greed. If someone cheated off of me, I would feel disrespected and deceived. As students we have the power to make choices to act with integrity.” Walker now regrets his decision to cheat. “If I hadn’t cheated, I know that I still would have done pretty well. I took the easy way out. I will always wonder how I could have done on my own.”

Patriot Exchange

The Patriot Exchange is not open this year because of lack of teachers to run the store. Instead, PTSA is selling goods. Students can purchase these during lunch.

Conference Night Conference night was originally scheduled for September 29, but it has changed to October 6. The change made to accomadate those families celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, on September 28.


Many students found themselves unable to go to clubs because of lack of club cards. “ T h e c l u b s p o n s o r ’s responsibility is to turn in specific forms by specific dates to receive club cards,” Secretary AnneMarie Gunderson said. The problem could be fixed by next club date if forms are completed. >> Jessi Guidry

Senior Transcripts Administration offered

transcripts to the senior class. They listed the student’s class rank, GPA, grades from every class since freshman year, and the credits the student still needed in order to graduate. Seniors such as Patrick Carr found it were glad that the administration handed them out. “It made it easier to know what classes I need to take,” Carr said. He added that it would have been better to get it last year as a junior when he was picking his schedule for this year. Assistant Principal Chad Pears feels that its not an immediate problem for juniors. “Juniors have more time, seniors need to be aware now,” Pears said. >> Kelly Bonnville

Blood Drive

In just a few minutes out of their classes, students saved lives . The Florida Blood Services buses were back for the first time this school year. Over 217 students registered to give blood. “ Yo u w i l l s a v e u p t o three lives for every unit [of blood],” Community Relations Representative Lory Jones said. “It all stays within the Tampa Bay area.” Jones reminded students that they can continue to give their blood every 56 days. For the months of September and October, Florida Blood Services is dedicating their work to fighting cancer. “There are pledge cards that [students] are able to dedicate to someone who has died of cancer,” Jones said. “There is a banner we are going to put up and all the cards will be on that banner. You will see it next week” Students who gave blood received a t-shirt with the words ‘Fight Cancer’ on the front after donating. >> Erin Winick >> See for more news info.



Turn of news for past ten years

Order of news headlines has transitioned over time


10 years

Samantha Seto news editor

Over the past ten years for Revolution, there are trends in the news reported at Freedom. The school all began with the awakening 9-11 that devastated thousands of people. The school developed its name and mascot from the patriotic experience. The newspaper began with headlines that were categorized within each section. The news discussed important topics about current events. The themes in the past have included student money, “going green,” and colleges. In news, the headlines have introduced current events at the school. There were a lot of attendance, lunch, fire drill, and office issues that concerned students. Also, new clubs are constantly being updated and created, promoting others to join. From news about the school’s identity, to dangerous attractions, to changes in curriculum and FCAT, to legislation and credits, the news has come a long way in the past ten years. The Born Identity issue shares information on the origins of how Freedom first started and the mascot leaving a lasting impression. Money Matters relates to the average teacher’s salary and an increase in the student population. Freedom for sale goes in depth with a visit to the local Wal-mart that was making money off of a school name. False Finances is about student navigation to college expenses. Music to your eyes reports on the art department’s recent accomplishments. Not a minute to spare shares that teachers protesting new policy. Dangerous Attraction addresses stalkers posing a threat to student safety. Origin of Studies discusses curriculum changes. Last, Tuning In talks about cameras in classrooms aiming to improve teacher efficiency.

Born Idenity September 30, 2002 Money Matters December 13, 2002

False Finances October 31, 2007

Freedom for Sale May 16, 2005

Not a Minute to Spare May 14, 2007 Music to your Eyes March 1, 2007

Dangerous Attraction February 28, 2008

Tuning In May 28, 2010 Origin of Studies March 31, 2008



September 28, 2011

You said:

Fresh Perspectives

“I agree with the policy. People should dress appropriately.”

Is the new punishment for low hanging pants a positive change?

Samantha Gutman, 12

Brandi Chmielewski


New consquences will stop disobdeience

When rules are broken consequences must be enforced. Violating dress code is a rule that numerous students choose to break. We all know the principles of dress code; no short shorts or mini skirts, no sagging pants or chain belts. These are violations that students are all fully aware of, but when it comes down to it most of them shrug it off. With a new dress code law in place this year, many of us will find ourselves in the office, calling parents on the phone. However, the new law has caused new changes to the policy. One in particular is aimed towards students involved in extra curricular activities. The law states that if dress code is violated by a student participating in an extracurricular, that student will be suspended from the activity they are involved in. Though many disagree with this law, it is an excellent addition to the policy of dress code. This particular policy acts as negative reinforcement to even further convince students to stay within the lines of dress code. The majority of the students involved in

extracurricular activities are some of the main influences to the population of this school. Therefore, the involved students being forced to follow dress code principles will also encourage their peers to abide by the rules. The active students at school are seen as the leaders and this new policy should futher enforce dress code as those involved in extracurriculars lead by example. Though the policy seems a bit extreme, it is in a way crucial to the dress code laws. If we want to see a decrease in dress code violations, extreme measures must be taken. Last year many students went through the day without receiving dress code. But now that there is a fear of getting kicked out of an extra curricular it is more likely that the consequence will scare them into dressing appropriately. Dress code has been broken a lot throughout the past few years, and it is impossible to catch everyone who is breaking it. Just the possibility of getting caught and suspended from an extra curricular should be enough to keep the dress code breakers to a minimum. Extra curricular activities are a privelege, and in order to earn them students should follow all of the rules.

“It’s stupid because people should be able to dress the way they want.”

“They shouldn’t do that no matter how you dress.”

Nate Ferguson, 9

Samantha Seto

CON New law should not impede on extracurriculars

New changes that have been made regarding the new dress code policy are not effective. The new law specifically addresses the issue about underwear or clothing worn in an indecent manner, stating it disrupts the orderly learning environment. The law is too extreme. The government is strict and serious about enforcing this new law, and is coming off too harshly. For all offenses there will now be a conference with the offending student in addition to administrators adding discretion to enforce “other consequences” for students who violate the policy for a second and/or third time. These punishments would be effective for serious cases, however, there should be a couple warnings to let the student know that it is a problem first. The new law allows administrators to ban violators from extra curriculars. If the star football players on the team are not following this dress code law, it is ridiculous for them not to be allowed on the team. Even if it might be a relief for students to see that people won’t have baggy shorts, the means by which the state legislature is doing so isn’t the best way to handle it.


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Samantha Seto

Rowan Allen Alex Ball Marc Berson Kelly Bonnville-Sexton Forrest Canaday Nevedha Duraimurugan Jessi Guidry Jonathan Harris Samantha McCarrell

features editor Breana Pauline

centerspread editor Brandi Chmielewski

entertainmnent editor Cristina Cordova

sports editor Emily Ball

Staff Artist Rachel Gaynor

adviser Sean Marcus

A pleasant outlook comes from those who come to school dressed appropriately. All students should be aware of why they should look decent when at school with others. Addressing the issue about baggy pants eliminated from the dress code is essential, but should be done so through less extreme means. Looking at people around the school that can’t keep their pants above their waistline is an issue. It makes students look sloppy compared to other students that dress intact and neatly. It is awkward for people to look in this manner and is disrespectful to others. Everyone should care what they wear at least to a minimum enough for others to approve. Planning to dress yourself for school according to the rules in the handbook, shouldn’t be hard for high school students. It shouldn’t have to come to this point where this kind of punishment if needed. If it doesn’t seem important to high school students to dress appropriately now, they are going to have to learn how to dress professionally sooner or later when they become older adults working at their job. For most students, wearing appropriate clothes to school isn’t such a big deal. The punishment doesn’t need to be, either.

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“Dress code should have nothing to do with extracuriculars.”

Kayla Gordon, 10

10 years


The Good Freedom gets an A ranking in the 2007-2008 school year

Swine flu shuts down the school in the 2008-2009 school year

The Bad

Bad press from The Ugly various scandals in Freedom’s history




Something Inappropriate

Something Appropriate

Disaster Date

Streaming Savior

With homecoming around the corner, there’s one aspect of the dance on everyone’s minds. It’s not the dinners, dresses, or partybuses. It’s students asking themselves: who will I go with? I can cross one girl off all you eligible bachelors’ lists; me. It’s not that I’m holding out for that one special guy or that I think I’m too good for any of you. I swear I’m protecting you. I may just be the world’s worst homecoming date. All I ever wanted was a few good pictures in a pretty dress. Is that too much for a girl to ask? Last year I attended two homecomings. I was under the impression that I was going to one as a friend and the other as a picture date. I guess I forgot to make this clear to the guys. It’s always awkward when a nice boy tells you that he’s sorry the night has been so awkward and he doesn’t want to ruin ‘this.’ I had to break it to him that there was no ‘this’ and spent the rest of the night dancing with all his friends. We haven’t talked in a year and I’m pretty sure he tells everyone he hates me. Then there was the picture date. It is a great idea in theory; match the suit to the dress, exchange a corsage and boutonniere, snap a few cliché pictures, and then go your separate ways. There is one catch though- it only works if both parties are aware of this. I learned that one the hard way. I guess I led them both on. Sometimes I think that everyone is on the same page but when it comes to homecoming dates I have learned never to assume. It is rude to say no when a guy asks you in a cute way in front of a group of people but it is worse to go with him and stop interacting with him halfway through the night. So if you were intending on asking me, spending the whole night dancing with me, and hanging out after, I advise you to return the doves and roses you purchased for the romantic proposal. But if your suit matches a pink dress and you look good in pictures, hit me up.

It used to be that sometimes there just was not anything halfway decent on television. I would mindlessly pass by PedEgg and ShamWow infomercials, Judge Judy, and That 70s Show reruns. Settling on a local programming piano concert was never a satisfying TV experience. Thank goodness I have been saved from rummaging through that dumpster of television trash by the wonders of Netflix Instant and other streaming video sites. Over the past year I have become a dedicated Netflix worshipper. The price increases of the service in recent months have been perturbing, but the benefits of the service still greatly outweigh the costs. No longer do I have to suffer through commercials or even wait until the next week to see what happens on my favorite show. I can choose to view my top choice of programming whenever I want. I can even watch my shows on my iTouch, because, of course, there is an app for that. It is irritating to go back and watch live television. The commercials now seem more drawn out than they previously had been. The 30 second commercial for the local car dealership now feels like hours of excruciatingly loud voices and salesmen. However, for the benefits offered, I am willing to take the hit. Another advantage is that I can discover old series no longer airing on television and enjoy them as if I was watching at the time they were released. As a result of this, I have now become a fan of The Twilight Zone and Star Trek: Voyager. Instantly streaming video has allowed me, and many others, to join a new generation of Trekkies. Trekkies no longer have to hope for a rerun on the SYFY channel on a random day at 2 AM to get their Star Trek fix. Streaming video allows me to search for what I want to watch, when I want to watch it, and lets me explore the viewing options out there. I can finally feel fully in charge of my TV watching.

Leah Wasserman

Q& A

Erin Winick

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The Way We See It School receives excessive negative attention Freedom recently received a great amount of negative attention from the media. A plethora of stories were published dealing with unfortunate situations related to the school. From attempted bombings to sex scandals, news stations swarmed to cover the school in a negative light. What the media failed to recognize was all of the good things that both the school and the Tampa Police Department did in response to the major bomb threat. The news highlighted the fact that a young man planned an unthinkable attack. But that attack did not happen and there are many people to be thanked. Without the hard work of the TPD a tragic event may actually have taken place. There should have been more emphasis placed on the amazing actions of our local police force. And what about that brave individual who provided the tip informing the police of former student Jared Cano’s plans? No one was thanking him or her when, without that person, we may not have known about the plot until it was put into action. Yes, bad news sells papers. There is no denying that. But how many times did we really need to see

Jared and his machete? And why was it relevant to every story that according to his Facebook he studied at the University of Marijuana and enjoyed drinking Olde English beer? People could already form an opinion about him by the idea he considered murdering innocent people. They did not need to see this the amount of times it was shown. Student government hosted a beautiful breakfast thanking the police force for protecting our school but no one ever saw that. Good things were overlooked. Students were practically egging the news stations on through social media. Facebook and Twitter filled with postings describing a fear of attending the first day of school. The police were good enough to discover Cano’s plans and put him into custody quickly but students had no faith in them to protect the school further. With the increased police presence on campus, Freedom was most likely the safest place to be on the first day of school. The incident obviously warranted publicity but our school and city did not deserve all of the negative attention that came along with it. There should have been more focus placed on the positive things done in response rather than the thwarted attempt at evil.

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Left, Charles Hemphill performs a miming routine. Below, Hemphill portrays German Royalty in a Western. Hemphill travelled the world performing for around twenty years.

Nerd Talk Breana Pauline

The Teacher’s Fault? Because we’re still close to the start of the year and we just got done passing out schedule changes to many students, I think this is as good a time as any to bring up something that has been bothering me for a while. Every year, guidance works to create a schedule for everyone at Freedom High. This schedule is everything. It means who you’ll be sitting with at lunch, who you’ll be seeing in class, and perhaps most importantly, who will be teaching you for the semester or the year. And while students have pretty good control over what they take, they can’t really control who will teach it to them. Sometimes they’re not happy with who they get. Students are quick to complain. They might think a teacher is mean or unfair. They might not think their teaching style is any good. They might just have wanted a different teacher to begin with. And students are quick to judge. We shut down and blame the teacher for failures or bad behavior. We don’t even give teachers a chance. This is just as unfair as we claim the teachers are. A quick disclaimer: I’ve had schedule changes just like everyone else. I haven’t always gotten the teacher I wanted. I’ve gotten teachers that don’t cover the material as thoroughly as I would like them to. And I’ve complained about it. I try to keep it to a minimum, though. I know that if I really want to get something out of a class, I can. With this attitude, I end up enjoying the class and appreciating the teacher. Sometimes all it takes is an open mind. If you tell yourself you’re not going to get anything out of a class, you won’t. And if you expect a teacher to sugarcoat everything and hand it to you on a silver platter, you may be setting yourself up for failure not only in class, but in college and life in general. It’s been said many times, but college professors aren’t going to come to you and ask if you’re managing all your work and understanding the material. What’s so wrong with a high school teacher operating the same way? Are there bad teachers? Yes, but maybe we should stop looking for them. Maybe we should stop using that as an excuse to not do what we need to. It’s not like later on in life we’ll never have to work with anyone that’s grumpy, confusing, boring, or any of the other things we complain our teachers are. My point is this: Try not to complain just because you get a teacher you don’t care for. You’re going to get professors you don’t care for. You’ll get bosses you don’t care for, too. And if the teacher isn’t instructing up to your standard, maybe it’s time you invested a little and went the extra mile yourself. There will come a time, too soon for some of us, when nothing will be handed to you at all. You have to make sure you’re ready for that day.

Pictures Courtesy of Charles Hemphill

Silent enlightenment Physics teacher Charles Hemphill integrates background in theatre into classroom setting Erin Winick editor-in-chief Towards the end of the class period, every student in the room is focused on physics teacher Charles Hemphill, even as the bell is about to sound. They have been waiting and begging for months. It is finally the day he will perform a bit of his miming routine.  The class is overjoyed as he mimes getting pulled around by a dog, climbing a ladder and leaning on a table. Hemphill thinks he knows the reasons for the students’ obsession over seeing their teacher mime. “Maybe they just want to get me off physics,” Hemphill said.  “But there are a percentage that are really impressed by the technique of it and, like anything, it is something you can learn if you practice at it.” After students discover his miming past, Hemphill constantly gets requests from them to demonstrate his skill. “I want to focus on the physics and I found out after a while I could use it as an incentive,” Hemphill said.  “Give me a test where everyone gets a ‘C’ or above and then I’ll show you a piece.” One thing does irritate Hemphill about the requests. “The only one that gets me is when they say ‘do the box’,” Hemphill said.  “I hate those.’’ Senior Alex Coleman has witnessed Hemphill mime for his class. “The first time he did his normal intro to miming in Spanish,” Coleman said.  “He

leaned on a table and then a wall.” Coleman was pleased and surprised by Hemphill’s talent. “It was impressive. You could tell he had a lot of practice,” Coleman said.  “It was better than I expected.” However, Hemphill did not originally plan on studying miming.  He had completed his bachelors degree and was on track to get a graduate degree in physics from UCLA. “I was only going to take a year off and go back to graduate school, they even held a place for me, but I got so convicted by what I was doing it turned around and I spent 20 some years doing it,” Hemphill said. Over the course of those 20 years Hemphill traveled to a variety of places. “I have traveled through 47 states, nine provinces of Canada, Greenland, and Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Venezuela, Ecuador, Columbia, [and] Korsou,” Hemphill said. “I have made quite a few cross country trips.” The group Hemphill was connected to was a Christian acting troupe and therefore the plays often had a moral message. “Most work was done in churches, prisons, hospitals, retirement homes, [and] public schools,” Hemphill said. “Anything dealing with self esteem and Christian subjects.” After Hemphill had been acting with the company for three years, he met a man that taught him some mime techniques

In mime it’s always possible.

Charles Hemphill

His interest was sparked, but he didn’t start performing mime pieces until two years after that. “I did some solo pieces,” Hemphill said. “I toured with another guy who is a mimist and he and I developed a couple of duo pieces.” One thing that assisted Hemphill in learning to mime was his understanding of physics, science and forces. “Physics helped me become a mimist because I know about forces, action and reaction,” Hemphill said. “How do we know something is there? By the reaction force.  If I just show a reaction force and [the spectators] don’t see an action force, they have to assume it’s there.” After learning some basics, Hemphill began creating scenes.  His goal was to create an emotional connection to the audience and demonstrate life lessons after this bond was formed. “I came up with some pieces of my own,” Hemphill said. “I did the butterfly, the kite, walking a dog, and those all worked out pretty well.  [I also did] ‘clean at heart’.  Where else but in mime can you pull your heart out of your chest and see whether its dirty or clean?  In mime it’s always possible.” The entire acting experience was extremely rewarding for Hemphill. “I had, with the discussions after [the performance], direct feedback from people telling me what I had done,” Hemphill said. “When you have some lady well beyond retirement age in upstate New York say, ‘I’d stopped serving in the church, but because of what you did tonight I’m going to go back. Until the lord calls me home I will serve.’  Knowing I had such deep impact, it was not a waste of my life in any shape or form.”

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Forgotten Treasures Delving into dark depths of lost and found Rowan Allen staff writer As student affairs opens up the cabinet doors of lost and found, the first thing you notice is the smell. Something is obviously very lost. Unclaimed items fill up that cabinet every week, and not all of them are ordinary. Workers in lost and found are incredulous as they go over what they’ve found. “We once found a bra,” student affairs secretary Jill Alger whispered, trying to keep quiet as students mill around the office. “Who loses that kind of thing? But more importantly, why aren’t they wearing one?” They receive lost belongings several times every day, as they’re discovered all

around the school. The most common item brought to lost and found is clothes, teacher’s assistant Rick Baum says. Cell phones, car keys, and other electronics are also often lost, but they’re kept strictly under lock and key. Objects in lost and found can’t stay there forever, so what happens to them after they go unclaimed? “Most of the stuff that doesn’t get picked up gets sent to Goodwill, including cell phones,” secretary Marsha Winters said. “At least then they’ll be going towards a good cause.” Every belonging has a story, but they all seem to end the same way: in a cabinet with no deodorizer. These are some items that we found in lost and found. If any of these are yours, please contact student affairs.


A Black V-neck Sweater

What it smells like: This sweater smells like it’s trying to stay fresh, but is not succeeding. What it costs to replace: One of these sweaters is only about $12. Lonely scale: 8. This sweater not only smells lonely but has most likely been in the lost and found cabinet for quite some time. If you are its owner, please come save it from misery.

Abercrombie & Fitch jeans

What they smell like: Abercrombie & Retch. What it costs to replace them: These lovely jeans cost $44 to replace. Lonely scale: 9. These jeans are being torn apart by the seams, literally. They were once worn often, but now they’ve been left to sit on a shelf in denim despair.


A Blue Zipper Binder

What it smells like: A mixture of wood and dirty paper. What it costs to replace: You can buy this fashionable binder at Walmart for $10. Lonely scale: 3. This binder is missing its owner but seems to be having quite the party in lost and found.

What they smell like: Exactly what you think. Sweaty, dirty feet. What it costs to replace: These shoes can range from $60 to $90, so if you’re the owner, please pick them up. Lonely scale: 4. These cleats don’t seem to have been used recently. The dead grass stuck to the bottom of them agrees.

10 years

Sticking around

Elijah Thomas, Assistant Principal Best Memory: Opening the school Worst Memory: The bathroom fire Craziest Memory: Doesn’t have one Biggest Change: The student population is more diverse Favorite Senior Class: Doesn’t have one

Art Roberts, English Teacher Best Memory: When kids are succesful in college and come back to say their teachers had some impact on that Worst Memory: Anytime the building has been defaced Craziest Memory: Being the first faculty homecoming king Biggest Change: The staff; very few have been here the whole time Favorite Senior Class: Class of 2011

Over Freedom’s ten years, teachers, administrators, and guidance counselors have come and gone. However, there are some that remained. Four of those individuals share their memories of Freedom.

William Renninger, Photo and Art Teacher Best Memory: Escaping getting towed out of parking lot Worst Memory: Whenever the school gets bad press Craziest Memory: Getting docked half a day’s pay for leaving early after kid’s exams were done Biggest Change: Different culture under Farkas Favorite Senior Class: Most memorable was Class of 2004

Margaret Barthel, Science Teacher Best Memory: Her students throwing her a surprise party during lunch Worst Memory: After the senior prank, finding the trees cut down, the lawn salted, and grafitti everywhere Craziest Memory: Pep Rallies with everyone in the gym Biggest Change: School has gotten bigger; less community feel Favorite Senior Class: Most memorable was Class of 2004


October 4, 2010


Tricks of the

Staff writer Alex Ball explains the stock market for Alex Ball Staff Writer It is 9:30 am and investors are sweating the future, Green or Red. The ups and downs of the stock market are always an uncertainty. The stock market is intertwined with not only the United States economy, the North American Free Trade Agreement’s participants, and the global economy. The stock market as referred to, is the combination of all stock exchanges in the United States. The two largest being, the New York Stock Exchange composite (NYSE), and the National Association of Securities Dealers Automated Quotations or (NASDAQ). These markets exchange stocks. The question is how do you make money off of the stock market. Although there are many strategies to picking stocks the process of making money is simple, buy and sell. After you picked your stock choose how many shares you would like to purchase. Then sell the stock when you think the company is at its highest price it will achieve, and sell it to make more than you bought it for. A stock or share is one piece of ownership in the company. Private companies that want to share publicly have to first set their first shares or Initial Public Offering (IPO). They do this by going to an investment bank who values their company as a total. Then the bank decides the amount of shares available for the company and divides by total value to get an IPO price. The bank will usually sell half the total stocks and leave half to the owners. “A stock is no more than a piece of paper saying you invest in a company,” AP economics teacher Andrew Tillman said. “It is a way a company will raise money.” Investing in a company takes a

a lot of research, looking at statistics calculated by many factors. Then choosing a stock is easy, after analyzing research, investors select a stock that is at a price that is right for them. “You want to pick what you know,” Tillman said. “Know what they invest in, whether [the stock] has a slow or long growth time, and the past history of the stock.” Investing in stock always has a risk of loss, if it’s price goes below the price it was bought at. Investing in stocks can also bring high rewards in the form of penny stocks, shares of a company that is priced for less than one dollar in intended for bulk sale. If the company gains two cents the potential profit has doubled, but also the risk is extremely high, for the companies often go bankrupt. Penny stocks are ways to gain fast money but the high risk associated with them making the stocks not applicable for long term investments. Investing in the stock market is not only limited to adults but is also available to students. To own your own brokerage account, you do have to be 18 years old. But there are ways for your parents to open an account they will be custodians of, which is when a parent manages and oversees the account. This only requires student to be 13 years old. “For financial planning [students] should find a company they can sit down with to build a portfolio of different investments,” Tillman said. The reasons for stock market d e -

cline and gain is complicated. “It is mostly related to consumer confidence, and what people think about the economy. The stock markets fluctuate based on investor’s confidence,” Tillman said. If investors think that the stock market has too much risk for its reward then they won’t invest. Also, there are many factors that affect consumer confidence. One is mainly how the media portrays the stock market. Even though the stock market is down in the long term it is actually on the rise from the sharp decline in August due to the downgrade in the S&P credit rating. “The S&P credit rating is an influence for the credibility of a country. People are more likely to invest [in a country] with a good credit rating,” Tillman said. Students are affected majorly by a bad stock market and economy. Since the stock market is intertwined with the economy it is has a big connection with new and available jobs. The economy is the reason for an increase or decline of the unemployment rate. Through the basic act of getting jobs and paying taxes, students, although not allowed to vote to change the situation, can take it into their own hands to better the economy. “Seek the gaps in the economy related to innovation and new jobs,” Tillman said. There are many ideas and solutions for changes in the economy but being proactive is one of the best. Tillman said, “We will see more of the same without big change.”


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Each day is the same. As Michael Sacco wakes up the air fills with the anxiety of not knowing whether he’s become the next multimillionaire or just another washout in this economy. Since eighth grade this rigorous market has been part of his life. “In middle school I would sell candy for a dollar each,” Sacco said. “I wanted to start making money, but not by babysitting or something.” As money was beginning to flow Sacco was unexpectedly halted by the administration, and was given an ultimatum, either stop his booming production or get suspended. “After my candy sale was done I decided to get into stocks,” Sacco said. “I wanted to find the next Microsoft.” Set with the determination of an athlete, the money left from his candy sales and an account set up by his father he began investing. “The first thing I did was put 500 dollars in Apple,” Sacco said. “Technology is always improving, and everyone has a phone so I thought that’d be the best investment.” Aside from Apple, Sacco has invested in other numerous stocks including ARMH, NetEase, Shanda, and Urban Outfitters. “All the money I make from these stocks I used to invest in more stocks,” Sacco said. “I want to invest in a bronze company, they need a 20000 initial investment to hold stock, but once you’re in you‘ll be making a lot of money because it’s always making a profit.” Like any other investor Sacco looks at the Wall Street Journal, the Nightly Business Report as well as Forbes magazine to find the shares that he is interested in. “If you’re trying to get in stocks you’ve got to understand what it is,” Sacco said. “If you’re a beginner you should invest in more stable companies such as Wal-Mart to get a feel of the market, then eventually start making

big gambles.” Instead of taking his own advice Sacco invested over 500 dollars in his numerous stocks while only making little over 100 within the first year. “When it comes to investing I have no morals,” Sacco said, “they can be selling something illegal and as long as they [the company] are making a profit I’m all in.” Lacking ethics, he still gets by using his smarts in economics. “I like to stalk more when the value of the dollar goes down,” Sacco said. “ As the dollar goes down you make more money, yet there is always the risk of inflation.” Other than the risk of inflation Sacco also gambles with the uncertainty of the future of the company. “With the stocks I hold in Apple I am expecting a slight decline due to the fact that Steve Jobs is leaving.” Sacco said. Though speculation that Apple will ultimately give up its ranks as a technological power house, according to the Wall Street Journal, because Jobs isn’t “leaving” just stepping down to chairman, stocks will go up to an estimated 515 dollars per share. “I like investing in stocks but I’d prefer to own and invest in my own company.” Sacco said. He’s already began a small phone business where he buys old phones, restores them, then sells them for a price high enough to make a profit. “On average I make around 2000 a year just on my phone sells,” Sacco said “but as of now it’s still just a hobby.” He’s a born entrepreneur and will do anything to get the money he thrives. “I would never get a job,” Sacco said. “I’m already making more than a minimum wage employee would.” With all the losses and gains and uncertainties Sacco has no regrets. “Stocks have helped me get the money I want,” Sacco said. “But it’s also given me the learning experience I need to operate my own business and that’s what I really hoped to gain.”

Graph the worth of Apple stock which senior Micheal Sacco began investing in during middle school. The value of the stock has grown greatly since that time.

Source: Google Finance


September 28, 2011


DUBSTEP Electronica music is making its way across the pond

Samantha McCarrell staff writer Intense 808s fill the bass line. Beats are coiled by turntables. The mind blowing and ear tricking electronic sounds slice through the beat and ignite the dance floor. Originally this style of music was founded and created in South-London in the 1990s. British producers began creating a genre influenced by electronic dance music and dance-hall reggae called jungle. Later adding speaker busting drum and bass lines, morphed jungle into what is known today as dubstep. “One day I heard someone talking about a new type of music called dubstep, I’d never heard of [it] before, at first I thought it was just reggae,” sophomore Obatala Amani said. In a way Amani was correct; dubstep is influenced by techno, dance-hall reggae and many types of club electronica. It was only fitting that dubstep made its way to the US club scene with a bang in 2005 and early 2006. “My first impression of dubstep was [that it had] good beats,” junior Jesse Byrd said. Continuing to make a lasting impression on club goers, major events everywhere started to incorporate dubstep in their lineup. From DayGlows in Tampa to Lollapalooza in Chicago and Wobbleland in

San Francisco, you’ll can hear the bass drop. “I liked the DJs; it [Wobbleland] was super fast and intense. Dubstep is amazing,” sophomore Christian Lashley said. “There is nothing like it.” Thus far, Wobbleland was the biggest dubstep event in the US. It consisted of twelve different dubstep artists, including Skrillex, NERO, 12th planet and many more. At this event there were multiple DJs and massive crowds dancing in darkness filled by the neon colors of glow stick wearing club goers. “Any good dubstep has good bass. I’m looking to go to the Skrillex concert in December,” Byrd said. Dubstep is enjoyable to those who listen, but what really makes dubstep worthy of sold out events, devoted listeners and intense dance parties? “Most of the time people will say ‘well I don’t really like the lyrics or the singer’,” Amani said. “But the beat is just awesome, that’s all dubstep is.”

Top Ten dubstep songs 1. Firepower- Datsik 2. Kill Everybody- Skrillex 3. Night Goes On- Flux Pavilion 4. Harry Potter- Terabyte Frenzy 5. Encore- Bassnectar ft. ill.gates 6. Gold Dust- Flux Pavilion 7. Still Getting It- Foreign Beggars ft. Skrillex 8. Got 2 Know- Flux Pavilion 9. First of the Year (Equinox)- Skrillex 10. Cinema- Benny Benassi ft. Gary Go To watch the dubstep video go to R.Gaynor/revolution





Tijuana Flats take over leaves bad taste for Moe’s fans Alex Ball staff writer The strategy is well planned. Drawing from the high schools in the area, a massive USSA Financial Services building, and all surrounding business parks, it has prevailed. With the new addition of Tijuana Flats in the New Tampa Commons, a clash of burritos and queso has begun. Tijuana Flats opened its new restaurant in the same strip mall as Moe’s Southwest Grill. “I thought that it was stupid and childish for Tijuana Flats to do that.” sophomore Keenan McMahon said. At Moe’s the first thing you notice is a barrage of sound, “WELCOME TO MOE’S.” The food at Moe’s is fresh and fast, workers prepare your food in an assembly line fashion. Moe’s great queso, big burritos and catchy chants bring in the crowd. What keeps people coming back is its a social hub and convenient location in the middle of Bruce B Downs. “I think the cheese and queso is better at Moe’s, and I like the soda machine.” McMahon said. Tijuana Flats is known for its university type atmosphere, friendly staff, hot sauce bar, and decorative ceiling tiles. Tijuana Flats is a sit-down restaurant that has waiters and waitresses. Tijuana Flats champions their spicy foods and exceptional service. “I like the larger portions and the churrros are amazing. I went once and it was a great experience,” junior Taylor Gaias said. Tijuana Flats and Moe’s have also been playing a game of cat and mouse for the advantage in locations. Both restaurants have locations in Wiregrass area, New Tampa and University area. It seems that when one restaurant opens, the other pops up a mere stone’s throw away. Both Tijuana Flats and Moe’s have cult like followings for their strikingly similar promotional days; Taco Tuesday at Tijuana Flats and Moe’s Monday. “At Moe’s the portions are smaller and you don’t get your money’s worth.” Gaias said. The tension between the two Tex-Mex establishments is shown by what Moe’s is doing to keep costumers, and the response of the patrons.   During Moe’s Monday Moe’s has used a DJ to spice up the event. Recently, Moe’s also did a promotional “customer appreciation week”. Also Moe’s has added the Coca-Cola freestyle soda machine. The extra efforts for business are intended for students who do not frequent the restaurants, and can determine the restaurants they chose. “I love Moe’s,” senior Lindsey Rager said. “I go three times a month for the great food.” Although there are major differences in the styles of the restaurants, every day the queso gets melted, and rivalry is thickened.

VS Drawing by R. Gaynor


September 28, 2011






10 years Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)- SEE IT “ It’s Harry Potter, so it has to be good.” -Breana P.auline Mr. Deeds (2002)- SEE IT “It was funny.” - Rowan Allen Old School (2003)- SKIP IT “It’s crude humor that is hard to digest .” - Samantha McCarrell

Taxi (2004)-SEE IT “Queen Latifah can do no wrong.” - Leah Wasserman Madagascar (2005)- SEE IT “Who doesn’t love a movie with penguins?” - Erin Winick The Guardian (2006)-SEE IT “Ashton Kutcher shirtless, ‘nough said.” - Cristina Cordova The Bee Movie (2007)-SKIP IT “Unless you love bees, its nothing to really buzz about.” - Emily Ball 27 Dresses (2008)- SEE IT “It’s a cute, romantic movie every couple should see.” - Kelly B.onville

Avatar (2009)- SEE IT “It’s a great movie for sci-fi lovers.” -Jessi Guidry Dear John (2010)- SKIP IT “It’s really cheesy.” -Brandi C.hmielewski

Lion King 3D (2011)- SEE IT “Awesome, just like it was in 2D.” - Leah Wasserman

Everyone’s a critic... Staffers take the time to review the latest in movies, dining, and television

Fresh Healthy Cafe Walking around Wiregrass mall, in the middle of the dead heat of summer may lead shoppers to become dehydrated. Though you can look around and get a drink from any old vending machine, healthy drinks are not always provided everywhere you go. Fresh Healthy Cafe is a new, great pit stop if you’re looking for a healthy beverage. The perfect place for health freaks, this new cafe is sure to please. The workers at this establishment create healthy and tasty drinks for all kinds of consumers. Of the smoothies provided my personal favorite is the banana blitz, a healthy combination of strawberries and bananas. Although this is my personal favorite, there are endless combinations made fresh for your enjoyment. Fresh Healthy Cafe is sure to be an excellent choice for all. Whether you’re choosing to pop in and grab a beverage for a later on workout, or to roam the mall with, these smoothies hit the spot on a hot summer day. Fresh Healthy Cafe definitely tops the competition for the best smoothies. >>Brandi Chmielewski



New legal series seem to always be premiering on weeknight television and “Suits” on USA is among the best. A drug deal mishap lands underachiever Mike Ross, played well by Patrick J. Adams, with a job in a prestigious law firm under the best closer in the city. After being kicked out of college for cheating, Ross is given the chance to reinvent himself masquerading as a Harvard Law graduate. The show’s other lead is Ross’s mentor, Harvey Grant, played by Gabriel Macht. The chemistry between the two characters is inevitable. They are constantly playing off one another and exchanging witty dialogue. The show includes everything a viewer could ask for. Every episode has an interesting plotline which includes not only the latest dilemma in the firm but also an abundance of conflicts in the personal lives’ of the show’s characters. The most intriguing is the love triangle between Mike, his best friend Trevor, and Trevor’s girlfriend. Mike gets involved with his best friend’s ex but the firm’s paralegal also seems to have the hots for Mike. Each person on the show becomes a developed character, even if they are only featured in an episode. Fans of USA’s Psych would enjoy Suits as well. The unexpected twists and chemistry between the two leading characters easily made this show a summer favorite. >>Leah Wasserman


4 Beyonce Knowles’ new album ‘4’ is a change for the better. 4 is a nice combination of bursting ballads like the emotional “1+1” and hot singles like “Run the World (Girls).” The change from an entire album of club banging singles to a full on heartwarming compilation (with a few amazing singles mixed in) made the release of 4 a once in a life time listening opportunity. Girls everywhere relate to the music as Beyonce belts out “Best Thing I Never Had.” Songs like this sowacase her beautiful voice. Beyonce has always been a well-known artist and this album adds on to the timeless music she has made. 4 could be one of Beyonces’ most intriguing albums. The songs have more feeling and sould than a lot of her previous music Girls looking for music that they can both calmly listen to their room and jam out to in their cars definitely need to go out and buy the album, download on it iTunes, or look up 4 on YouTube. >>Samantha McCarrell




10 years


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We’ve collected our fair share of trophies over the years

The boys track team made school history by reaching the state finals in 2006. The team lost by only a mere point. Coach Eric Smith remembers the tension of the meet. “I remember watching,saying this is so exciting,” Smith said. “I was thinking we were about to win a state championship for a school who wasn’t known for track.” Smith says that their biggest challenge was the limited number of athletes, something that new coach Todd Donohoe said. “I am trying to surround myself with as many players and quality coaches as possible,” Donohoe said.

When you first glance at the trophy case your eye immediately finds the two and a half foot 2007-2008 division champion ice hockey trophy. Defenseman Conor Murphy recalls that the game was extremely close. “One of the best games I’ve ever seen or played in,” Murphy said. The Newsome players were chirping all game since they had a 1-0 lead for 90% of [the game] so if felt great when we tied it, then winning in OT made it even more awesome.” The final couple of minutes were something the team will remember for a lifetime. Murphy says that he will never forget both the feeling of relief after they tied it up and the excitement after they won.

Although this boys team was challenged with not being able to finish or find a rhythm, they overcame their difficulties beating Wharton 5-2 in the district finals and going on to win the region finals, and making the state final game. With the support of the school behind them, they made school history by going the farthest any soccer team has gone at Freedom. “It was sweet cause there were actually a lot of fans there,” 2009 graduate Deion Jones said. “It was pretty sick to play in front of all of them in the final.” Coach Dennis Derfilinger said that his most memorable moment from the game was the end. “The way the players responded in a positive manner even though they lost. They displayed great sportsmanship and team unity in the end.” Derflinger said.

The hours spent over the summer in Clearwater conditioning and bonding as a team helped the cheerleading team work together and place 3rd in the Western Conference in 2010-2011. “It finally clicked a week before Western Conference,” current captain Nicole Seybold said. “We all stared to focus on our goal.” The girls look to use it as motivation for this year. “I think losing just made us want to win that much more because we don’t feel like you did last year.” Seybold said. >>Emily E. Ball/ Revolution




September 28, 2011

New players raise team’s expectations Young players increase skill level of boys and girls golf teams

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Junior Jasmine Patel prepares for her swing at practice at the Tampa Palms Country Club. The team won their first match of the year against Wharton.

Kelly Bonnville-Sexton staff writer The girls golf team is off to a strong start this season in beating Wharton for the first time in their season opener. So far this season they having a winning record and played the best team in the state, Plant, on September 22. This, in part, is because of the new members that have joined the team. Chief among them are: freshman Terese Romeo and sophomore Summer Mosser. “They have adopted leadership roles on the team, which is cool seeing as how they are so new and all,” coach Richard Simard said. It is not all just natural-born talent. The girls practice hard too. “We practice three days a week and have

matches every other day on Tuesdays and Thursdays,” Romeo said. “Sometimes we get together and have dinner or something and its a lot of fun.” Based on their record so far the practice is paying off. “I think we have a really good team,” Romeo said. “We’re really prepared for all of our matches.” The team is very optimistic about this season, however, many people do not even know that the school has a golf team let alone how they are doing. “The school has a golf team?” senior Olivia Panganiban said. “Maybe if they put up posters or had Facebook notifications or something they could get more people interested in the sport.”

Sophmore Jimmy Jones lines up for a put at practice. The golf team looks to advance through districts and into regionals. The boys golf team is also looking up this year. With the goal of advancing to regionals the coach thinks they have a better shot than last year. “We’ve had a lot of players improve since last year,” coach Michael Passarelli said. “Our goal is to finish top three at regionals this year.” In order to meet this goal the team has been practicing hard almost every day of the week. “We practice hard Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays after school for three hours, and also practice in our off-time on the weekend,” sophomore Jimmy Jones said. “We’re a better team than last year and we should definitely have a chance to win districts and regionals.” In addition to improving players, new

players also give the team a new edge. “We’re a young team; we’ve got a couple new freshmen,” Jones said. “They bring some skills that we didn’t have last year.” Passarelli says that the team has been working hard to achieve their goals of making it to states. “We have some great players and I really think we have a shot of getting far this year.”

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Despite transfers, team comes together Volleyball unites in hopes of winning districts Forrest Canaday staff writer

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Sophomore outside hitter Hannah Kaczmarek spikes a ball os the varsity volleyball game against Wharton. The girls ended up losing to Wharton.

Six people on the court at a time and three of them are transfers from other schools on this years Varsity volleyball team. New players include Jasmyn Perry from Tampa Bay Tech, Hannah Kaczmarek from Wharton, and Kayla Ireland from Armwood.    “I think I was fortunate to get the athletes that I did this year especially since we lost five seniors,” volleyball coach Kerry Short said. The addition of new players proved to be a challenge for both transfers and returning athletes.     “Some girls that just came in and are getting starting positions is hard on girls who have been here for three years working hard,” junior back row player Delaney Myers said. Myers admits that the new players have been a positive addition to the team and they would be doing worse without them.     “When I first came it caused tension, but after I got to know the girls and they realized it wasn’t anything personal it was okay,” sophomore outside hitter Hannah Kaczmarek said. Returning athletes agreed that the new additions benefitted the team as a whole.     “They are really good players and they are helping us win,” Myers said.     Their starting spots were earned by raw talent but creating a team bond proved to be a new challenge.     “It’s a hard transition for them because they don’t know anyone and feel like they have to prove themselves,” Myers said. New players were able to overcome this obstacle.     “At first no one knew anybody, it took time to learn how all the girls played but after that it went really well,” Kaczmarek said.

   The team used a ropes course at the University of South Florida to make the new girls feel more welcome and to help the team mesh as a whole.     “It taught us to communicate without being able to talk,” Myers said. The course forced the girls to utilize and overcome any conflict they faced.     “Everything we did we had to work together and strategize to accomplish it,” Kazcmarek said.     Junior outside hitter Jasmyn Perry agreed that the ropes course was a successful venture.     “The whole team was getting along better,” Perry said. “Everything we do, we do as a team.” Coach Short believes that the cohesivness of the team is a vital aspect in order to reach their goals, “A lot of our drills are based on communication”     “I think in a sense that brought them all closer together”, Short said,“It’s almost like they’ve been playing for years.”

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Football program builds strength through individual efforts Leah Wasserman editor-in-chief Four hours a day, six days a week may seem to be enough training for most athletes. A group of select upperclassmen from the varsity football team would disagree. Senior quarterback Jon Economou woke up for 6 am practice thoughout the summer. Following that he would spend two hours at LA Fitness on his own and then more time throwing with a group of seniors. Assistant head coach Julian Johnson said he expected players to be doing lifting and running in addition to the team practices. “Some guys showed significant improvement so we know they did work but it is hard to tell (who was working out over summer),” Johnson said. Senior lineman Zack Riley expressed an opinion that every little bit helps when it comes to training. “Every time you work out you get stronger so the team was getting stronger (during summer),” Riley said. “We ran a lot. I lost weight I didn’t want and still got stronger.” “We’ve all been working hard,” Economou said. “We’re on the same page. If we stay on the same page we shouldn’t have any problems going to playoffs.” Economou wasn’t the only one working hard this summer. Junior linebacker and running back Isaac Tanner supplemented the school’s practice schedule with lifting weights, running, and watching film provided by high school and college coaches. “You can’t depend on other people to do what you have to do for yourself,” Tanner said. That is a necessary outlook when less than half the team showed up for summer practices. “We didn’t get the attendance we wanted but it was enough to get going,” Johnson said. For some, it was more beneficial when working on their own. “I finished my work-outs more often when I was on my own,” Riley said. Hard work and dedication is not all a team needs. They needed someone to step up and be a leader. “Without any leaders, there’s no one to follow,” Riley said. The role of a leader involves more than many realize. It’s not just through actions or words. It’s both. “We have a lot of leaders that know what to do but they do not do it. They don’t practice what they preach,” Riley said. Both Economou and Tanner played major roles in encouraging the team vocally. “You’ve got to stay on people, talk to them a lot, and keep them motivated,” Tanner said. Upperclassmen were working hard to keep the tean

Top: The Freedom offense getting set before a play against Durant. Freedom lost 36-0 in their season opener. Bottom Left: Senior center Kurt Schaller blocking in the game against Durant. Bottom Right: Senior quarterback Jon Economou throwing a pass against Brandon. In a tough battle Freedom lost the game in the final seconds 29-22.



working hard. “Lots of seniors stepped up,” Economou said. “We have to motivate the younger ones.” Johnson still claims that upperclassmen leadership needs improvement. “We needed leadership led by actions,” Johnson said. “We had bits and pieces but it is not consistent enough.” Economou knows there is still work to be done. “We’re starting to click a lot more. Everything that happened in the past needs to stay in the past and we need to take it week by week.”


Though the team has had a tough start to their season with three consecutive losses, there is a consensus that they are improving with time. “We’re progressing a lot as the season goes on,” Riley said. “We just need to start doing our thing. We need to come together as a team.”

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New coach brings new attitude

Swim team unites and excels under fresh leadership

Nevedha Duraimurugan staff writer Jet-streaming towards the finish line, the swim team is starting this season right. They began practicing promptly on August 8 with new swim coach Alexander Richardson. “The transition’s been pretty easy. They’re good kids and I think I’m going to really enjoy working with them,” Richardson said. As a 14-year veteran swimmer with abundant competitive swim coaching experience, Richardson hopes to bring a lot to the team. “I feel pretty confident with my group of swimmers and I expect a lot from them, but my biggest goal would be to see improvement or growth in each swimmer over the course of the season,” Richardson said. “Then, I’ll feel like I’ve done my job.” For the last few years the swim team hasn’t been stable. With the constant switching of coaches, there wasn’t as much ability for the swimmers to focus on what they do best, swimming. “I hope to bring continuity and the best high school swimming experience to the team,” Richardson said. As senior captain for the girls, Megan Doherty has many goals for this year. “I want to make sure that I can do all that I can for the team in terms of having everything set,” Doherty said, “So, when I leave there are things left for them to use and so


Senior Olivia Grabowski prepares to dive in at the team’s new home, the Hunter’s Green pool.

that they can have a lot of team pride.” Senior Captain for the boys, Kyle Roman is just as excited for this season. “I am excited to work with the new coach and push the guys to do their best this season. I think that we’re going to do very well.” Roman said. The swimmers practice every weekday for 1 hour and a longer, different practice on Fridays. “Personally, I love the practices on Fridays because it’s good team building and helps build up cardio and stamina for when you are in the water,” sophomore Caitlin

Slater said. They do a different workout involving sit ups, running, lunges, squats and laps. “If it’s hard, we’re doing it,” Doherty said. Afterwards, they play a game of ultimate frisbee. Then they all jump in the pool and do yet another strenuous swimming workout. The game of Ultimate Frisbee tends to be the favorite part of the practices for a lot of the swimmers. “The Ultimate Frisbee helps to show how competitive our team can get because it can get really intense,” junior captain for the

boys, Yohan Torro, said. They are competitve as ever. “If someone lags behind, they’re out of luck. There isn’t any time to (take a) break,” Doherty said, “For example, let’s say if we were doing laps and you saw that you’re running behind of all of the others, you’re gonna reach that wall turn around and keep swimming instead of taking that extra breath,” Doherty said. They have many new swimmers raising their numbers to 25. This year, the team has high hopes for themselves and each other. “As an individual swimmer, we can work on our own skills individually but, then at the meets we represent the team,” Doherty said, “That’s what makes swimming different from most other sports.” Everyone on the team seems to agree as to the expected elevated performance. Their first meet was a win 90-78 against Alonso. More support could lead to an even greater feeling of accomplishment for each swimmer. In her experience, Doherty has found that swimming has been an overlooked sport at the school. She believes that many people don’t give (swimming) the attention it deserves. “I hope to see more people in the stands at our weekly meets at Hunters Green because not only are they very exciting,” Doherty said, “But, I expect this will be a season for everyone to remember.



September 28, 2011

09112001 America changed 10 years later, 21 memories

• Megan Richardson, 12 • “I was at school and we all got to leave early. Then I remember crying and being really mad because no restaraunts were open and I just wanted to go out and eat for my birthday.” • Daniella Smith, 10 • “My mom came and picked me up from school and told me what was happening in the car” • Jenna Ball, science teacher • “I was sitting in AP Bio class my junior year at TBT. An announcement played over our speakers that advised our teachers to tune their televisions into the news. The first tower had been struck and there was a lot of smoke. I remember we were all wondering if it could have been an accident. Then we watched as the other tower was struck. We sat in awe realizing our country would never be the same.” • Cameron Morgan, 12 •“I was in second grade and my teacher turned on the TV and just let us watch it on the news” • Kendall Small,11 • “I was a first grader. I remember exactly where I was sitting when my teacher turned on the TV. I didn’t really know what was going on but I knew something was really wrong because kids were getting pulled out of class left and right.” • Nicole Seybold, 12 • I was home sick from school. My mom was watching the news. She was on the phone hysterically crying because we had close family friends in New York but she wouldn’t tell me what was happening.” • Zachary Arthur, 12 • “I was at school in Dallas when I first heard. School went on as usual but I remember my teacher telling our class and she was crying so I knew it was a big deal. On the bus to my aftercare the counselor asked an older fifth grader if he heard and then he explained that planes had flown into the World Trade Center and a lot of people had died.” • Klaus Vollmer, 10 • “I remember I was in kindergarten and my parents came and took me out of school and they wouldn’t tell me why until later in the day.” • Chloe Stokes, 12 • “I was at school and my dad was supposed to fly to New York that morning. He had called in sick before it happened but he had to go to work the first day they were up and running.” • Jon Heidenberg , 10 • “I was watching the news and saw this plane about to smash into a building but I didn’t know what was going on. I remember the terrified look on my dad’s face the most.” •Karla Gaona, 12 • “I was in second grade. I was in art class and they made an announcement not to turn on the TV but my teacher did anyway and everyone freaked out. Then my mom signed me out of school and when I went to my dance class they told us to go home and closed the studio for the day so we could be with our families.” • Deven Turner, 12 • “I know I was in Chicago but I was young and don’t really remember. I was just confused that someone would want to kill all of those people.”

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•Missy Dunbar, 11 • My mom came and picked me up at school that day and she told me what had happened. When I got home I watched the news and it showed the towers fall but I was too young to comprehend what had happened.” • Thomas Hennessey, 12 • I was in my second grade classroom in New York about an hour away (from the World Trade Center). I knew my dad had to go because he was a cop in NYC at the time. I was scared that he might get hurt.” • Dwight Smith, ESE aid • “My building was a block away, not even 100 yards. At the time me and two other workers went downstairs to see what was going on. We had already evacuated back into the building, that’s when [tower one] fell. We couldn’t go outside because of all the soot. Once it cleared up we started walking to the Brooklyn Bridge and not even two minutes later; that’s when the second building came down. Most people down there didn’t know how bad it was till we actually got home and watched it on TV. I lived off the Hudson River, so I could look out my window and see the smoke burning. We had the chance to go back later. It looked like a war zone, and it smelt so bad. It smelt like dead bodies.” • Joshua Fitzpatrick, 12 • “I was in second grade and my mom walked into my classroom and told my teacher the towers fell. I remember that my dad had to fly to Pennsylvania that night.” • Kailey Gay, 12 • I was in Mrs. Pisaneschis’s second grade class. We were reading some book and she sort of explained what happened and the teachers were crying and then I think my mom came and got me from school.” • Chelsea Singleton, 12 • “I was in second grade and I remember everyone was getting signed out. It was me and about eight other kids left in the class. My teacher turned on the news and we saw the replays of the planes hitting the towers. When I got home I remember my mom was watching it and she explained to me what happened but I didn’t really understand because I was so young.” • Alex Mitchell, 11 • I was in PE class and my coach told my class what had just happened and we went back to class and the news was on the TV showing the plane crashes. My mom signed me out ten minutes later.” • Jacarr Green, 12 • “A random crying teacher walked in my class and told my teacher to turn on the TV. Everyone just sat in silence.” • Megan Doherty, 12 • “ I remember walking to art class and my mom running out of the building with other teachers asking where a TV was. My dad didn’t come home that night since they put him and all the other policemen on patrol. I remember watching TV at dinner and not knowing why because we never eat with the TV on. I just knew something was wrong and my mom was upset. She was on the phone crying because my cousin was missing and no one had heard from him. He was stuck in the subway under the towers.”

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