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freedom high school


may 6, 2008

vol. 6, issue 7

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Revolution honors Richard Bartels for his service to Hillsborough County

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Boys’ tennis team harbors young, new players



>>Jessica Wasserman

New principal appointed for next year At a school board meeting April 15, Superintendent Maryellen Elia administratively transferred seven and appointed 14 new principals. One of said relocated administrators was Chris Farkas, who, as of July 1, will effectively replace current principal Richard Bartels. Farkas is currently principal of Tampa Bay Technical High School (TBT), which has been included in ‘2008 Schools of Excellence’ with a theme of health and architecture as rated by Magnet Schools of America. Though aware of the differences between a magnet curriculum and the curriculum of Freedom, Farkas does not believe this will hinder his ability to bring success to his new school. “I think every school is unique,” Farkas said. “I take no schools and compare them. It’s [Freedom] a good school- it’s not in disrepair and it has good teachers and administrators.” Along with his experience as principal at TBT, Farkas also worked as Coordinator for Youth Services, assistant principal for administration and assistant principal for magnet curriculum. However, Farkas has no intention of bringing about any hasty changes to Freedom based upon learning at TBT. “Not at all [do I plan to bring any immediate changes],” Farkas said. “I first plan to observe and see what I’m dealing with. My first and foremost priority is to get to know the staff and the students.” Farkas’s primary goals for Freedom are to raise the school’s rating to an ‘A’ as well as promote

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Current Tampa Bay Technical High School principal Chris Farkas will replace Richard Bartels on July 1. Farkas was appointed as future principal by the school board on April 15. D. Wang/revolution

Nurse shortage impacts students Liz Behrman editor-in-chief

In an addition to a lack of teachers, there is another district-wide shortage of vital school faculty members: nurses. This causes numerous problems for students, including limited access to medication and qualified medical workers when they are sick at school. There are three types of nurses and healthcare authorities that work in the school systems: Registered Nurses (RNs) actually have a degree in nursing, Licensed Practicing Nurses (LPNs) and health assistants, who are certified nursing assistants. “There’s a real need for added RNs in the school systems,” school nurse Lourdes

Pereda, RN said. Most of the school nurses are either LPNs or health assistants, which are also few. Many of them work at a handful of different schools at once during a single year. “There are nurses that had up to five schools each,” Pereda said. In addition to putting strain on the nurses that are employed by the school system, students feel the effects of the nurse shortage as well. “In order to have a Healthy Student Program,” Pereda said, “we have to have an RN.” Due to the district-wide shortage of Registered Nurses, the Healthy Student Program is not available in all of

Hillsborough County schools. This means that students, who are not allowed to carry around any sort of medication, cannot go to the nurse for any sort of pain relief. Senior Abby Colburn is frustrated with the nurse shortage because of the fact that she cannot take any medication at school because of it. “I find it annoying when you’re at school and you don’t feel good,” Colburn said. “I find it annoying that we can’t carry our own medication.” Despite the resulting problems, the County is unable to start up the program in all schools. Budget adjustments have also contributed to the phasing out of the Healthy Student Program.

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Lourdes Pereda, RN., takes sophomore Nick Eldridge’s temperature. She chose to work as a school nurse becuase of the benefits.

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news Golfers drive competition Freshman Matthew Camara entered a Drive, Chip and Putt competition toward the end of spring break in Orlando. He took third place in regionals, which qualified him for states. Camara snagged up the first place prize for the entire state of Florida. Players had to compete in 3 different competitions: hitting the farthest drive, chipping the closest to the hole, and sinking 2 putts (1 5-footer, and 1 15-foot doublebreaking putt). During state finals, Camara hit his first drive 305 yards out of bounds. He then went on to hit his second drive 288 yards in bounds and won the driving competition. He also earned third place in chipping and second place in putting. >>Candice Stokes

Student wins Tampa Tribune scholarship Senior Elise Mark is one of five seniors in Hillsborough County selected to be a Tampa Tribune Scholar. The top three percent of all students in the county applied for the prestigious scholarship, which awards $2,000. Mark says resource specialist Vivian Fiallo called her down to the principal’s office to tell her in front of all the department heads. “I was shocked,” she said. “I hugged Mrs. Fiallo, I said ‘Thank you!” and she said, ‘It’s not me, honey, it’s you!’… I was so excited, I’m really happy.” Mark will attend an awards dinner with a guest teacher of her choice, and make a speech about how that teacher has influenced her. She has chosen Chorus teacher JoLinda Crump. Mark says she plans to put the money to good use, although she also has other scholarships. “It’s going to go to books, meal plans, things like that,” she said. “My tuition is already paid for by Bright Futures.” >>Josh Giles

Freshman places in state science fair The Florida Science and Engineering Fair took place April 16 to 18 in Lakeland. Freshman Elisa Berson participated in the fair and received an award for her effort. Berson competed in the Behavioral Science Division with her award-winning project. For all of the work done, she placed third in the state. She represented Freedom and all of Hillsborough County Public High Schools. >>David Tsacnaris

may 6, 2008

AVID program makes debut

New elective promotes student success

Josh Giles staff writer

Bettering oneself through education is at the core of the American Dream – and it is the inspiration for a new program called Advancement Via Individual Determination, or AVID. “It’s a program designed to get kids who are entering high school, who show potential to excel in high school, but also have indications that they might need a little push, to succeed,” reading resource specialist Randy Grenon said. The program will be offered to freshmen and sophomores next year, but the total scope of the program is much larger. “District-wide, middle schools and high schools will all have AVID programs next year,” assistant principal of curriculum Rosemary Owens said. “[High school students in AVID] will have an AVID class, partnered with honors English, Math and Government classes. The teachers will work together and collaborate to ensure student success.” Grenon has been chosen to teach the AVID class. In class, he says, students will work together to help each other in their classes, and as a class they will focus on study skills, test skills, note skills, and organization. He says there will be two sophomore periods of the class and three freshmen periods, with classes of 20-25 students each. However, students will have to give something up in order to join the program. “It’s an elective course, which is a double-edged sword,” Grenon said, “because kids will have to give up an elective if they want to take it, but we won’t force anyone into it.” Despite the sacrifice, Grenon says he met with positive responses from many current freshmen to whom he spoke about signing up. “I think there really is a desire out there for this kind of program,” he said. One of the students who has expressed interest in AVID is freshman Nadia Danowska. “I think it’s a great idea,” she said. “Some people don’t have time after school to do homework and stuff, I think the extra period will help.” Danowska says the AVID class would help her not only keep up with her homework but also go above and beyond.

“I want to study more, to really go over my notes. I do that after school, but I really want to do it more, like before tests. I think that would be good,” she said. Freshman Leslie Gaynor says she is also thinking about joining the program. “I was thinking about it, I wasn’t sure. I wanted to make sure I would have time to study for my classes. I’m taking an AP class next year,” she said. “I hope I am able to keep my grades up, and I want to get a four or a five on the exam.” Grenon says in addition to providing time to work and academic help, AVID will give a motivational boost to students who face challenges in and out of school. AVID, which is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, is designed in particular to target students who are potential firstgeneration college attendees, and provide a little extra momentum to help them get to college. “I’m a first-generation college student in my immediate family. I think that [AVID] is a good way to give that push,” English teacher Crystal Dukes said. “I know how important it is to get further education. I hope that it is a positive program that lets students be exposed to after-high-school activities… I hope they get a better view of the big picture.” Owens says that is exactly what AVID aims to accomplish. “That’s the goal, to get students focused K.Park/revolution from their very first year in high school,” she said. “We’re hoping to present them with opportunities that they wouldn’t normally have.” Owens says these opportunities might include college visits. The program also emphasizes parental involvement, and students will be encouraged to take honors and AP courses so they are at the top of their class. Grenon, Dukes, and English teacher Christopher Chapman will all attend a seminar in Orlando over the summer on how to best implement AVID. They, in addition to other teachers, will have AVID students next year. “I’m really looking forward to [AVID]. I’m honored to be selected,” Dukes said. “I hope it’s beneficial to students, that they really grasp the point of the program.” Grenon also says that he is looking forward to the program, and that he has high hopes for all the students. “I think it’s great – it won’t guarantee success, but it’s as much as we can do,” he said. “I think that anyone who participates will be successful.”

from page 1/New principal expresses opinion, begins next year’s preparations harmony among the students. “You’ve [students] already taken the FCAT, and that’s ultimately how you’re judged by the state. From the outside looking in, I’d like to get that to an ‘A’ level,” Farkas said. “Also unity within the school and school spirit-- if the kids like what’s going on there will be unity.” A possible indicator that school unity may not have reached its highest potential has been the recent rise in violence among students. Although Farkas is aware of controversy surrounding Freedom, he did not blame the administration for its handling of various situations such as fights between students. “It’s hard to say [if I would have handled the situation differently] because I wasn’t there,” Farkas said. “It’s hard to judge from the outside. Everyone has a different personality, so yes-- I may have handled it differently, but not because they [the Freedom administration] did something wrong.”

Farkas’s opinions on certain issues do differ from current Freedom policies. Under Bartels’ leadership, publications have been subject to any type of censorship or prior review. Farkas supports prior review, though he says it has not yet been an issue. “I do believe in prior review and the Supreme Court backs that decision,” Farkas said. “I do believe in freedom of the press, and I have vast experience in that area. I plan on working in partnership rather than adversary with the press. It hasn’t been a problem in the past.” Farkas visited the school on April 23 where he was formally introduced to the faculty. He hopes to get to know the teachers and the students prior to the beginning of the next school year so he can get a better feel for the environment. “I try not to judge [a school without being there],” Farkas said. “The biggest thing is having an open mind.”

“The Healthy Student Program was cut this year,” Pereda said. “They only started it back up a month ago in certain schools.” There are many other advantages to having a qualified nurse on campus every day. “I can refer to a physician or hospital and I can make a better nursing assessment,” Pereda said. Pereda is a Registered Nurse who works only at Freedom. Pereda says that the reason there are so few qualified nurses working in the school system is because nurses are paid more working in hospitals and doctors’ offices. “LPNs and health assistants and RNs can make more money working outside of the school system,” Pereda said. Although she could be paid better working somewhere else, Pereda says that she

enjoys working in a school because of the benefits. She especially enjoys the time she has off during the summer so she can spend more time with her family. Also, she has a really good relationship with the PTSA and the rest of the school faculty. “I haven’t had a problem here,” she said. “When I ask for something they give it to me.” The schools give their nurses budgets to work with individually, yet that still is not enough to tempt prospective nurses and start up the Healthy Student Program again. “There’s nothing the school can give us that we don’t have,” Pereda said. Still, Pereda feels that having any number of qualified nurses is somewhat of a relief. “Years ago you had a school secretary and she was your nurse.”

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Walking the line

Teachers reevaluate ethical reponsibilities Chandler Keenan staff writer

With the recent scandal surrounding Hillsborough County teachers, people have begun questioning where the line is drawn to decide what is considered “appropriate behavior” between teacher and student. Principal Richard Bartels believes that line is an unspoken understanding for most teachers. “There are just certain things educators shouldn’t do. You could ask five different teachers five different ways and they would all probably say that there is a line, not a clear line, just a line you should not cross,” Bartels said, “Students need seven teachers, not seven more friends. A lot [of teachers] are parents themselves and would treat them [the students] as they’d like their own kids treated.” As every new instructor prepares to teach in Hillsborough County, they must go through the Preparing New Educators Program, at the end of which documentation of their successful mastery of specific skills and practices must be signed off on by the principal. One of those necessary skills is a thorough knowledge of the code of ethics. Missy Twardzik is the ethics trainer for Freedom. She says the training program covers a broad range of material, and reviews the code of ethics very thoroughly. We go over Florida Statutes and the code of ethics diligently. Then they [the teachers] watch a video with a teacher in a classroom. They see how he handles [the situation], and then afterward they discuss the violations. There are a few different videos to view,” Twardzik said. Another area covered in ethics training for new teachers is something called the NEAT process.

“NEAT process is used to notify a teacher when the school district or administration thinks a deficiency exists that could possibly lead to disciplinary action,” Twardzik says. “It’s a pretty typical procedure, but when the law is involved that’s a different matter.” Two court cases have helped determine the seriousness of educators’ training in Florida. In the case Tomerlin v. Dade County School Board, it was decided, “a school teacher holds a position of great trust…We look to the teacher to educate and to prepare our children for their adult lives. To fulfill this trust, the teacher must be of good moral character; to require less would jeopardize the future lives of our children.” In 1981, the ruling of Adams v. State of Florida Professional Practices Council was that “…it should be noted that educators are held to a more rigorous moral standard than other professionals because of their role in educating children. By virtue of their leadership capacity, teachers are traditionally held to a high moral standard in the community.” According to Twardzik, new rules or boundaries have to be stressed to keep up with new trends and social norms, like text messaging. “Recently, we’ve had to encourage teachers not to text message students. Wellmeaning things can come back and bite them,” she said. According to Bartels, it can take up to two years to sign a teacher off for accomplishing the required ethics training. “99.9 percent of teachers don’t violate the code of ethics,” Bartels said. “The few that do violate it tarnish the reputation of the whole career.”

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may 6, 2008


Consent law necessary in today’s society In a society of waning morals years old? and casual sex, traditional values Ethical reasons aside, the reason and ethics have become secondary for the age of consent is a practical to the seemingly glamorous one. lifestyle of promiscuity. If minors can’t hold adult jobs This trend is no surprise when or be held responsible for adult flipping through channels for crimes than they shouldn’t be television shows. participating in an adult activity. Name any popular television If your parents still have to give show and there always seems you lunch money are you really to be one of the clichéd elevator such a stud that you can purchase a romances or lusty on-call room condom? scenes. Think about it; Popular songs minors having sex is Annemarie Boland of today are littered just creepy. with perversion and Even in the innuendoes. maturing years of high With such a school there is still domineering presence a great dependency in today’s culture, on other people for the desensitization of support. sex to this generation If a minor gets simply makes sense. an STD is the parent But just because it blamed as negligent? is highly prevalent does not make Not to mention the obvious fact it right. that sex goes hand-in-hand with To even suggest that sex should the possibility of pregnancy. be accepted as a legitimate activity Is a parent being negligent for for the underage is absolutely putting their children in harm’s absurd. way? After all what would become So as long as minors are the of the age of consent? Is 18 years dependents of their parents they (the legal age of an adult) not low are the responsibility of their legal enough? How does 15 years old guardian. sound? The sweet tale of Juno is cute Wait. Is that unfair to some and inspiring, but looking on the really mature 14 years old who is sunny side is not accepting reality. in love and supposedly ready for Wake up and smell the truth a serious relationship? Maybe 10 about underage sex.


The age of consent is the age when the law says you can agree to have sex. Age of consent laws are there to stop young people from being exploited by adults. The youngest age of consent in the US is 14 years old in Indiana, Iowa, Missouri, and South Carolina. In Queensland, the legal age of consent for anal intercourse is 18 (regardless of gender), while for vaginal intercourse it is 16. Statutory rape is the crime that someone can be charged with if they have sex with a person who has not reached the age of consent but who agrees to have sex. >>

Florida’s age of consent law flawed The age of consent in Florida States are more likely to have seems to depend on everything sexual intercourse before age except for the ability to give 15 and have shorter and more consent. sporadic sexual relationships than It depends on the age of the teenagers in Canada, France, Great partner, the age of the person Britain and Sweden. As a result, pressing charges, and the gender of they are more likely to have more the accused. than one partner in a given year. Florida law states that it is What most people don’t know, sexual battery for a person over is that if parents press charges, the age of 18 to have sexual contact minor with minor sex can be with persons under the age of 16. prosecuted as lewd and lascivious Also, sexual behavior and anyone contact between a can end up on the Alekos Zambrano person under the age Florida sex offender of 18 but over the age registry, posted along of 16 and a person in with pedophiles and under the age of 16 is serial rapists. labeled as lewd and This is not a lascivious behavior. strange, this happens The definitions of thousands of times sexual battery include nationwide, but it’s many forms of never publicized. contact, none of which This means that are violent, and nowhere in the law the majority of students at our is it stated how or when teenagers school could be potential sex give consent. offenders according to the law, or It is only stated that the giving at least criminals.  of consent is not a usable defense Legal concerns aside, is sex in court when minors are involved. between a 17-year old and a 15-year So, since the fight to stop old wrong?  teenagers from engaging in sexual Fifty years ago when men and activity has been a hopeless one women were engaged at 13, no one since the existence of teenagers, complained. But now sex in the the real question is whether or not early teenage years is taboo.  these age of consent laws do more It seems that society is harm than good. hypocritical about its morals; they According to the Guttmacher change around what’s convenient Institute, teenagers in the United and not what is ethical or logical.

>>campus chatter

How do you feel about age of consent laws in Florida?

Savannah Deitch, 9

Rebecca Molina, 10

Ryan Fries, 11

Michael Schurr, 12

“I think the laws are fair because 15-year-olds can’t make decisions for themselves. Its basically cradle robbing.”

“People under 18 are dumber, so they should not be prosecuted. That’s right around the age when you think you are grown and you do random things.”

“As an 18-year-old, one is prone to make rash decisions just to fit into society.”

“It’s kind of a legal gray area because if the people are in high school, they have the same level of maturity, whereas... an older person has a better understanding of what they are doing...”

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Thoroughly Modern Millie takes students back to the roaring 20s, and showcases students’ talents. Traffic light puts an end to games of chicken at Commerce Park and Tampa Palms. Projectile vomiting on the bus before Grad night. Step team dances off sooner than expected at Pep rally. Dubbed first in the district for murderers, leading with four in total.

revolution editors-in-chief Liz Behrman Katie Park centerspread editor Logan Firth news editor Jessica Collins-Minkel opinion editor Kristie Serrano entertainment editor Justin Satorre features editor Kailee Benoit! sports editor Jessica Wasserman photography editor Candice Stokes copy editors Katie Gioia Annemarie Boland advertising manager Mariya Osadchy staff writers Cassie Cooler, Josh Giles, Brielle Guta, Brian Harris, Chandler Keenan, Brendan Kelly, Olga Kuzmendc, Scott Pollenz, David Tsacharis, Will Warner, Alisa Wills, Alekos Zambrano adviser Christie Gold Revolution is published by the newspaper staff at Freedom High School, 17410 Commerce Park Blvd., Tampa, FL 33647. Advertising rates are available upon request by calling 813558-1185 ext. 255. Advertising illegal products, under Florida law, opposed any religion, or is of a sensitive nature will not be accepted. Revolution has been established as an open forum for student expression as outlined in the Student Press Law Center’s model guidelines for student publications. The opinions expressed in this publication are not necessarily those of the faculty and administration of Freedom High School, but rather of the author or the newspaper staff and its editors. Revolution welcomes letters to the editor on topics of interest to Freedom High School and its surrounding community. We also welcome contributions from authors not associated with the newspaper staff. All freelance material must be submitted to room 723. All submissions must bear the author’s name. Revolution is a member of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Florida Scholastic Press Association, National Scholastic Press Association, Southern Interscholastic Press Association and Quill and Scroll.

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the way we see it

Checkerboard chick Jessica Collins-Minkel

Gioiaous Occasion

Katie Gioia

Teachers’ integrity in question


Creepy Guy in the back

Who are the students supposed to turn to when they do not understand the material? Students are told from the time they are young that they should always feel comfortable confiding in a responsible adult, but when classroom doors are propped open and teachers feel uneasy talking one-on-one with students, will they feel comfortable confiding in them? There are teachers whose ability to get close to a student not only motivates the student to learn, but allows the student to become a better person. It is crucial for a student’s development to interact with other adults besides their parents and build different types of relationships. Although many moan at the clichés proposed by movies such as October Sky, Dead Poet’s Society, Remember the Titans or Freedom Writers, no one can deny the impact of teachers on their lives. Each and every student has had a teacher, counselor, coach or adviser who inspired them to pursue their dreams, to take a greater interest in a subject or simply to stay in school. This relationship between teacher and student need not be defined for the majority; it is the abuse by a minority that has disintegrated the public’s trust. Both teachers and students are more hesitant to form these important bonds. When a 16-year-old girl cries in frustration to her sympathetic male science teacher, he shouldn’t have to tell her to place her grief on pause so he can prop open the door for fear of being charged with impropriety.

Haley Brummett, 10

Aymen Mageed, 11

Teacher: a noun indicating one who shares the meaning of imparting information, understanding or skill. The sharing of knowledge, while important, is not the only function of the teacher. Those select teachers whom students praise most highly don’t simply impart formulas and facts. The most memorable teachers are ones students confide in, trust, and turn to for advice. There is, however, an ethical line between teachers and students that cannot be crossed. Unfortunately, over the past few months, the Tampa area has seen this area between propriety and impropriety violated time and time again by irresponsible educators. These teachers have cast doubt on the integrity of the entire profession. The events are a blight on all teachers and have caused all teachers to reevaluate their relationships and interactions with students. Unfortunately this not only impacts how the teachers and students interact, but also if a teacher can offer further A. Ho rn help after class. ela nd Teachers seem more hesitant to stay after school to clarify the point made in a lecture or to offer advice.

Betsy Arfsten, 12

It started with my seventh grade English class FCAT practice essay. My teacher prepared us to write the ultimate conclusion. Take reasons A, B, and C, restate them after “in conclusion” in a different order than they were presented. Throw in a “therefore” and some semicolons. Done. I hate conclusions. I don’t mind writing in third person or the thesis statement. The main paragraphs are just necessary. Conclusions are pointless. No part of an essay should be dedicated to summarizing a total work into a mere three-sentence paragraph providing the lazy reader an easy way to comprehend the piece in its entirety. Maybe I have a fear of endings. My parents divorced when I was six and my dog of 14 years died a month ago. Or maybe I have a fondness for beginnings and tops. I am known for eating solely the tops of cupcakes, cookies, muffins, sandwiches and other foods. Since the form of an essay is commonly taught to be a cheeseburger, or hamburger depending on the person’s preference, I eat only the top. This habit of mine ingrained itself into my brain and apparently affects my writing style. But I do not think these are accurate diagnoses. I fear loss. This is why I refuse to look for a lost object in terror that I lose time searching in a place where the object is not: similar to hunting a conclusion for a useful points. I do not understand the importance of an ending. If someone sincerely experiences the desire for concluding paragraphs then there are bigger self-problems, like insecurity, to be dealt with. English is not mathematical and therefore should not require formulas. Math allows little to no room for creativity, and is not supposed to. Math is beautiful because, as Descartes said, it is the only finite thing in the world. Writing accepts and braces creativity. Any unnecessary standards, like conclusions, restrict authors’ range of literary motion. Conclusions contribute nothing to essays. Never does an English teacher say, “Well the thesis was okay, and the main paragraphs made sense, but that conclusion really blew me away”. The end of a paper is when the writer can no longer draw support for their argument.

Five Faces

In conclusion

Where do you think the line should drawn between teacher and student relations? “I think just messing around with teachers is ok but once you get too close you cross the line and then its obvious you’ve gone too far.”

“If you’re going to have a friendship with a teacher you should make sure you’re with a group and in public.”

“I don’t think you should have relations only for school related reasons.”

“I think there is the necessity of a line being drawn when personal attachments supercede professional commitments.”

“Your teacher rubs my belly. Is that inappropriate?”

An Ode to the Male

Men are great. I don’t say this merely because I am a heterosexual female. Simply said, the male gender comprises amazing people.Unfortunately, with the aftermath of the Women’s Rights Movement came bitterness toward males. Somehow, it’s now okay for stores to sell shirts that have sayings sprawled on them such as, “Boys are stupid. Throw rocks at them!” with a stick figure of a poor little boy running away from stones. This shirt, which was also made into mugs, key chains, and other forms of merchandise, has been sold to girls around the country who are under the impression that this shirt is somehow a joke. It may be, but the last time I checked, stoning is an old technique of killing someone, not a playful way of insulting someone’s (actually, 50.5 percent of the world population’s) intelligence. If the saying were, “Girls are stupid. Throw rocks at them!” there would be an outcry from “feminists” everywhere. If degrading females is considered wrong, how is putting down males acceptable?

Television programs that denounce men are everywhere. It’s the same thing every time: the husband says something simple, the wife yells at him and makes some comment about men being idiots, and the laugh track plays. Due to ridiculous shows such as “Sex and the City,” it’s now hip for women to sit around drinking cocktails and bashing men, making banal comments as to how all men lie, cheat and always leave the toilet seat up (to which I respond, “Maybe you should stop leaving it down”). However, I get a laugh when these same people go out and sleep with as many men as they can after complaining that every male is a jerk... way to be hypocritical and trashy. This anti-male ideology has somehow seeped into the brains of females my age, causing me, in general, to get along with males more easily. The prevalent, everso-hollow argument that “boys are stupid” makes me roll my eyes every time I hear it. The fact that most boys don’t argue this shallow statement simply rebounds the

stupidity right back onto the girls who say it. Everyone is different; if the person is a jerk, it’s his personal fault, not his gender’s. It is destroying to men’s self-esteem, and only further discourages them from developing the confidence to catalyze interaction with women for fear of that look of disgust and the word “men!” being said like it’s a gum stuck under a shoe. If not for men, much of this world wouldn’t be what it is today. As simple as it sounds, men are responsible for many inventions, war victories, music compositions, laws, etc. Thus, the argument that all men are stupid is itself stupid. Some have gone so far as to label me an antifeminist (though I prefer the term promasculinist). But honestly, where is the respect, honor and love that men deserve? It’s just illogical to blame everything that doesn’t turn out well in my love life on men’s supposed idiocy and their so-called failure “to realize how great I am.” So men, here’s to you. I thought I would let you know that girls who truly appreciate you still do exist. I never did believe in cooties, anyway.

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may 6, 2008

Defending the

Kingdom hurt you each other, and you kind of pick it up as you go,” Schurr said. He belongs to one of Amt Gard’s many Every Tuesday and Sunday senior clans that organize the nationwide group on Michael Schurr finds himself once again a local level. His clan is called Tensubonzai defending himself from swords and daggers which is about 40 members strong and has using only a homemade sword and small a more Japanese touch to it that most, which flotation device. This is because he attends are mainly medieval oriented. But clans are an increasingly popular group called not the only way Amt Gard organizes itself; Amt Gard that meets clans are only parts of in Lowry Park to wage larger kingdoms. The war on other afternoon largest kingdom in warriors using swords, Florida is the Brandondaggers, and arrows based Kingdom of made of foam and Neverwinter. shields made from “The largest clan boogie boards. To some, is 300 strong,” Schurr this seems strange and said. “Yeah, I don’t get foreign, but to students the name either.” like Schurr, it’s just  T h e r e a r e 1 3 another afternoon at kingdoms nationwide the park. and there are wars [michael schurr] “A m t G a r d i s a among them, although group that was started Schurr says they are in Texas in 1989 that rare. He says that a few dedicates itself to a fantasy/roleplaying months ago they had found themselves in lifestyle with swordfighting as a main a tense situation with another clan, so they component,” Schurr said. organized a sort of brawl in which Schurr He said he was recruited at a convention lead his clan to a glorious pool noddle called Metrocon when he saw the group sword victory.   represented at a booth. He now finds He also explained the process for himself at Lowry Park on Tuesdays and new comers to become real foam sword Sundays generally from 4 PM to dark. He warriors. Usually members would have to explains that participating in the groups form a persona.  various battles and duels cost about 12 “It could be anything from a very dollars a year. serious medieval-based persona, to just a “We teach you what to do, how to not nickname,” Schurr said. 

Fantasy fans live warrior dreams through medievalinspired brawls

Alekos Zambrano staff writer

It could be anything from a very serious medieval based persona, to just a nickname.

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Senior Michael Schurr spars with other Amt Gard members during one of their afternoon meetings. Amt Gard meets every Tuesday and Sunday in Lowry Park.

Members then have to choose a class, these include warrior, archer, healer, druid, assassin, and Schurr’s class: arbarian. On top of that, there is a peerage system, a point system, levels, abilities, armor points, and even magic. Shaun Tracy is a leader at Schurr ’s afternoon meets. He was also at last year’s Metrocon and describes Amt Gard as “Medieval Paintball.”

Tracy said that in order to level up, a member must take a level test that includes battles and how much effort is put into an outfit. If Schurr were to test he would have to show up dressed up a barbarian. Schurr says that he still need to begin buying fur. “Our meetings usually consist of calling line up, making announcements, then we play games like capture the flag or ring the bell,” Tracy said. “Then we go to IHOP.”

Living the word

Student makes decision to take gap year at Bible college

Alisa Wills staff writer Senior year is when many students begin to ask themselves and ask the age-old question: what do you want to be when you grow up? Many students choose to attend college to further guide them towards their desired career. Senior Natalie Ray has decided to spend a year at a Bible institution before continuing on to college. “Next year I am going to a Word of Life Bible institute in Hudson, Florida. It is a year-long program where I will take classes pertaining to the bible,” Ray said.

She hopes this time will help her form a more solid basis for her to build her future upon. “It is a really good way to start your life with the biblical foundations for your life. It is just diving into God’s word and really dissecting little things that will increase my knowledge,” Ray said. Ray believes this is important and could even potentially help her in her future career path. “I am thinking of becoming a history teacher and with going to Word of Life there are history of the church classes that you can take there, which would help,” Ray said. She does stress that it is a personal growth she wishes to achieve. “It is really for the foundation and the growth opportunity. It is not necessarily for anything that

will become a career in the future but you never know, I could become a missionary, and it could help with that too,” she said. Ray became involved with the Word of Life Foundation at a young age. “I started going to the camps in the summer, and when I was there, God was just making it perfectly clear that I needed to be there,” Ray said. Ray is confident that decision is right for her, but doesn’t try to impress her beliefs on others. “It’s a personal decision between them [anyone entering] and with God what they do with their lives,” Ray said. Ray believes that Word of Life is a valuable experience and is pleased to know she could be earning credit for later as well. “It is an accredited school, even though it doesn’t offer a degree. Once I go to a university I can transfer my credits into the new school,” she said. This institution has all the elements Ray feels she needs, for now and the future. “It is a whole year just spending time in God’s word. There aren’t any outside elements that will hinder your growth: it is strictly a Christian environment,” Ray said. “I will grow with God a lot. It is a really good way to grow spiritually.”

Senior Natalie Ray plans to attend the Word of Life Bible Institute in the fall. She chose to spend one year in the the program before attending the University of West Florida in the fall of 2009.


Bald is Beautiful

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Teacher shaves head to support cancer patients

process can be very difficult for many women. “As much as I hate to say this, I think Thousands of children are struggling you have to think about your vanity and to overcome cancer every day. Special for a lot of women their looks are what education teacher Patricia Duncan decided make them who they are. I think it’s a very to support the cause by collecting money personal thing that some people may not and shaving her head through the St. be able to do. It’s not something you go into Baldrick’s organization. lightly. You don’t go into it so that people “St. Baldrick’s is an international think you’re great or wow. You really have organization that their whole purpose is to think about it especially being a woman. to find research for children’s cancer. They For men it’s just a free haircut. They realize hold events around the world on different that it’s really a hard decision for a woman dates and a lot of them are initiated around to make,” Duncan said. St. Patrick’s Day because they’re called St. Near the beginning, the process of Baldrick’s, so usually the shaving happens collecting money was slow, but Duncan not around that time but they collect money all only set a goal, but also surpassed it. year round. There are over 3000 shavers; “I raised a little over $3000, $3400. So most are men,” Duncan said. I made my goal. At Duncan had first discovered St. first it didn’t look Baldrick’s through like I was going to an advertisement make much. It was she found at a s c a r y. S h a ve m y restaurant. head for 50 dollars! “I saw an ” Duncan said. the largest volunadvertisement on In the program, teer driven fundraising a table, and it just all of the money event for childhood looked like a St. raised during the cancer research. Patrick’s Day flyer e ve n t g o e s t o a and I didn’t really sponsored child. ...started in 1999 when think anything of Duncan had the a St. Patrick’s Day it. And the waiter privilege of meeting party was turned into who waits on us all the child while she a benefit for kids with the time asked me was getting her head cancer. if I was going to do shaved. that, and he brought “I sponsored a ...became an indepenmy attention to it. little girl and she dent charity in 2005. A couple days later came and she held I was collecting my hand the whole ...had more than m o n e y, ” D u n c a n time. She was the 18,000 people who said. cutest thing I had shaved their heads in She feels that ever seen. She was 2007. shaving your diagnosed at two head for cancer and she’s four now. ...goal is to raise about can help a At first when they 18 million for 2008. person relate told me she was physically to coming, I thought people who are ma y b e i t wou l d suffering from it. make it harder, but “I think that it it actually didn’t. Her name brings awareness was Payton,” Duncan said. definitely to people about maybe what Having Payton by her side was it would be like to lose all your hair. So comforting while Duncan was getting her it’s just more or less a gimmick. If you head shaved. registered as a shavee then that was what “Here’s this tender little girl whose you did. You registered and you said that hair is just starting to grow out so that she you would shave your head and that’s what can barely start wearing a bow and you’re you told people. So, it was like pledges or thinking that you’re giving up so little and sponsorships to shave your head,” Duncan really make a difference. So it wasn’t hard said. while I was there. This was well worth it,” Deciding to proceed with the shaving

Kristie Serrano opinion editor



St. Baldrick’s

Courtesy of Patricia Duncan

Special education teacher Patricia Duncan shaves her head while holding onto the hand of Payton, the little girl that she was donating money to.

Duncan said. To distinguish cancer patients and the participants that shaved their heads, the organization supplies pins to wear in public. “They give you a pin that says ‘ask me why I’m bald’ because I definitely don’t want anyone to think that I’m suffering cancer or to mistake me for someone who is suffering because that was not my intent. So I wear it when I go out, and most people go ‘so why are you bald?’ and I tell them why and tell them,” Duncan said. Cancer has affected Duncan on a personal level, taking the lives of many of her family members. “I lost my father to cancer and my uncle and three aunts, but they were grown. I don’t want to say it’s easier, but they knew what was ahead of them and children don’t. “When you’re my age, you know you’re going to die. That’s what life is. You live and you die. There is neat stuff in between, but when you’re a baby I don’t know how they face that or how their parents face that. I just don’t. It was hard enough to give up my dad, but I can’t imagine a child,” Duncan said. Luckily, her husband has been very open with the idea of shaving her head from the beginning. “He’s been really supportive about it. I now get a lot of head rubs. He tells me he’s rubbing it for good luck. And I’m not sure a

lot of husbands would be that supportive, so I’m very lucky,” Duncan said. Although many people supported her cause, there were some objections to shaving her head. “My son offered me 500 not to shave it but I told him my goal was to raise 2000. So unless he could come up with that I was going to shave my head,” Duncan said. . With the new experience of being bald, Duncan has noticed how people treat her differently than they use to. “If they don’t notice the pin, people won’t make eye contact with you. They kind of look at you and look away and there are other people who smile really big because they think you are suffering. It’s just like these kids. It’s the same reaction you get from people,” Duncan said. Participating in St. Baldric’s has helped Duncan solidify many characteristics she knew she had. “[I learned] that I’m not vain. I kind of knew that already. You definitely put in perspective that it’s not the outside person, but the inside person that matters more. I’ve always been dedicated and I’ve always been committed and anyone that knows me would tell you that. It was kind of like a test if I really was committed,” Duncan said, “Remember, the kids are the real heroes.”



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Principal’s peers reflect on his years as an educator Katie Park editor-in-chief Although students may see Principal Richard Bartels as just an imposing figure in the courtyard, many faculty members know a different side of the man. Behind the stiffly ironed shirt and the intimidating personality is a man who jokes with and cares about his faculty and students. Social studies teacher Carolyn Gritsch has known Bartels since 1977, when they were students at the University of South Florida. “I knew him when he actually had hair,” she said. Bartels obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from the University of Tampa in 1970. He and Gritsch attended several classes together while he was earning his master’s at USF. Bartels taught history at a junior high level from 1970 to 1979. “I substituted for him when he was a teacher at Greco [Junior High] School,” Gritsch said. Gritsch says that one of the reasons she chose to teach at Freedom was that Bartels let her start a law program. “He said, ‘What do you want to teach?’ and I said law,” she said. “He’s been absolutely wonderful—he’s backed every single thing I’ve wanted to do.” Principal’s secretary Julie Kubecka has worked with Bartels since 1987, when he was the Assistant Principal for Curriculum (APC) at Bloomingdale High School. “I’ve worked for him for 20 years,” she said. “That’s half of my life.” [carolyn When Kubecka first met Bartels, however, she was intimidated by his businesslike persona. “I thought he was the rudest man I’d ever met in my entire life!” Kubecka said. “He just wasn’t friendly. He was very professional, everything was about business. There was no laughing or joking like we do now.” Kubecka had been working for Bartels for at least six years before he remembered to say goodbye to her before leaving. “He would walk in in the morning and walk out in the afternoon and never say anything,” she said. “After six or seven years working with him, I finally said, ‘I would appreciate it if you said goodbye!’” Kubecka says that after that, Bartels would leave work, then turn around and remember to say good night to her. Gritsch also had a less than favorable first impression of Bartels. “He was very sure of himself—extremely sure of himself,” she said. Kubecka agrees, repeating one of Bartels’ favorite

sayings: “I was wrong once. But then I was wrong.” “If he wasn’t sure, he didn’t show it. In 20 years, he’s always been sure of himself,” she said. Over the years, however, both Kubecka and Gritsch have grown to respect Bartels as both a friend and colleague. “I was not an admirer of the great man in the first years I knew him,” Gritsch said. “Now I think he’s one of the best principals.” Kubecka says that Bartels’ personality has many sides that people may not recognize at first. “His bark is worse than his bite,” Kubecka said. “He comes off as so tough, but he’s such a caring person. The longer you work for him, you realize what a caring person he is.” Kubecka recalls an instance when she saw the warmer side of Bartels’ personality. She had been working for Bartels for eight years when her first son was born. Bartels came to visit her and the new baby. “There was a knock on the door, and he stood in the doorway with a big teddy bear,” she said. “He’s this big, huge man, so intimidating.” Bartels served as Assistant Principal for Student Affairs at East Bay High School from 1984 to 1987, then became the APC at Bloomingdale High School until 1998. He worked as APC at King High School for one year before becoming principal in 1999. Social studies teacher Owen Self gritsch] has known Bartels for ten years. He says Bartels is the main reason he came to work at Freedom. “Mr. Bartels has always had a reputation of being a no-nonsense administrator,” he said. “He gets the job done. He expects students and teachers to get their jobs done.” Gritsch describes Bartels as “old school.” She and Self both recognize that change will come with the new principal. “For every principal that comes in, there’s always going to be something different,” Self said. “There’s not ever going to be two principals who are exactly alike.” In retiring, Bartels leaves behind both professional and personal relationships. “This is like a divorce for me,” Kubecka said. “I’m going to be here, while he’s going to experience a new life…. I’m being left behind!” Self says that he hates to see Bartels leave, but that the new principal will bring interesting changes. “Next year,” he said, “We’ll just have to tune in and see.”

“I knew him when he actually had hair.”

Richard Bartels’ career from start to finish

Bartels spent the early part of his career as a social studies teacher at various middle and high schools. He was the principal of King High School before opening Freedom in 2002.

photograph taken by Daniel Wang

photograph graphic editing by Logan Firth

old pictures of Mr. Bartels courtesy of Chris Alexander

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>>Kailee Benoit and Justin Satorre


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One of Florida’s main go-to beaches, Clearwater beach is more than a beach. With its surrounding Located area chock-full of restaurants, the need to on a small pack a lunch is slightly diminished; but with the island right outrageous price of food at many of the establishments, outside of Tarpon starvation can seem very appetizing. Although the beach is Springs, Fred usually packed with tourists who often find the need to feed Howard Beach is one the gulls, parking is rarely a problem. Events come and go with of the closer beaches to the tides. A variety of acts ranging from a troupe of break-dancers to New Tampa. Though this a teenage escape artist populates the boardwalk. There is even a booth beach lacks in size, it also where you can get your picture taken with a monkey. A mass of lacks in tourists. There is makeshift storefronts lines up and down Pier 60. However, if a never a crowd so it’s easy to tourist-laden beach with an atmosphere reflected by that fact get a spot that is not practically does not sound appealing, there is an escape. About five The on top of someone else’s beach miles south of Clearwater beach is Sand Key, a smaller, journey towel. It is also within a tenstate government-run park. Nearly free of tourists of a couple minute drive of the sponge and with plenty of cheap parking, Sand Key t e e n a g e r s docks and some of the best is perfect for those who want to get away. aimlessly driving Greek food this side of the Unfortunately that also means that around Clearwater, St. Mediterranean. There non-beach activities and eateries Petersburg, or what could be is also free parking, are scarce at Sand anywhere in between, turned into which is always Key. an enjoyable trip to a sunny beach, a plus. without the hassle of too many tourists. Emerging from State Road 666 are miles of coastline with soft, sandy beaches and surprisingly few gulls. The main problem is the lack of large public parking lots; many smaller parking lots are scattered along the strip, but are solely open to residents of the immediate area. However, asking a local for some tips might help solve this problem. Revered for its skim-board-friendly waves and its considerably more laid-back atmosphere compared to its northern and southern counterparts, Madeira is a friendly beach with a great disposition.


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bekah fox

Senior Bekah Fox reveals the songs that make her tick and how they do it.

non-celebrity playlist Scott Pollenz staff writer

WhenYou Look Me In the Eyes – The Jonas Brothers “The JoBros are so hot and this song is really sweet. “ Watching Airplanes – Gary Allen “I love Gary Allen and this is one of his best songs.” Just Fine – Mary J. Blige “This is one of the only songs I dance in my underwear to.” Be Still – Story Side B “This song always helps me through the hard times in my life.” Listen – Beyonce from Dream Girls “I love Dreamgirls and this song just makes me feel so strong and the song is really powerful.” Hollywood’s Not America – Ferras “It makes a good point, there is more to life than empty games.” Maneater – Nelly Furtado “A hot song I listen to when I work out.” I Told You So – Keith Urban “The song that defines my relationship.”


Get Up – Ciara ft. Chamillionaire “It is from my favorite movie, Step It Up, and it is great to dance to.” Yellow – Coldplay “My Ben song, it reminds me of my relationship.” Picture To Burn – Taylor Swift “It’s a really funny song that makes me happy.” Broken – Lifehouse “It totally describes the last couple months of my life.” Addicted – Kelly Clarkson “Another hot song, it is kinda dark but I like it.” Without Love – Hairspray “A great song to wake up to and it has a great message.” Lipgloss – Lil’ Mama “Makes me laugh and reminds me of my boyfriend.” A Time For Yohe – Between the Trees “My friend recommended it and I really liked it.” Lemonade – Chris Rice “Reminds me of one of the best days I have ever had.” Kiss From A Rose - Seal “This song is so sexy and I love it.”

Dancing plays integral parts in student, teacher’s lives Cassie Cooler staff writer

Love can be defined as a deep passion for someone or something. It has been discovered that two women here at school share a common love or passion that many others have shared before them and will share after them. “I’ve been dancing ever since I was kid; I used to be president of a modern dance club when I was in high school, but I also did clogging and I went international with clogging. I just really enjoy dancing,” Briana Metcalf said. Metcalf, a math teacher, has enjoyed her dancing over the years and didn’t mind telling all about it. “It [dancing] started out in high school as something I enjoyed doing. It was a club, and just like FFA or something like that, you get started and it’s engrained in you,” Metcalf said, “It’s fun.” Sophomore Yohamna Rodriguez feels the same way as Metcalf does. “I salsa dance because it’s fun and it’s part of my culture,” Rodriguez said. “My mom pushed me into it; I had done every type of dancing so she said I should try salsa.” Salsa dancing originated in the Caribbean, mostly influenced by Cuba and Puerto Rico. By the 1960’s anyone could be found dancing to these blended steps. Salsa dancing has changed over the years, but it is sure to always be a dance of a lifetime and a passion to many. Other dances like swing, ballroom, etc. have also made their way into society becoming memorable dances for those who enjoy it. “We represented the United States when we won international. W e

went to Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Luxemburg, Lichtenstein, and a just a few other places like that. We went aboard several ships and clogged. We preformed for big shows like Hank Williams Jr., and the Jugs. We would go and open up the show and then they would take it from there,” Metcalf said as she talked about dancing in her youth. Rodriguez has been dancing since she was little, but only until two years ago did she join a team. “There are about twenty people on the team, people try out every year, and we have fliers that we pass out when the season comes,” Rodriguez said, “The whole group teaches every type of dancing, but salsa is one of my favorites.” Unlike Rodriguez who dances with her team, Metcalf chooses to dance alone. “I do it by myself. One of

the places, the Rhapsody, actually has lessons and the others have dances that you can do after an hour worth of lessons, at the Rhapsody I just go there for the lessons,” Metcalf said. Rodriguez practices on Saturdays and Tuesdays and participates in competitions. “You have to learn the first seven steps to salsa dance and it’s not hard once you get it down,” Rodriguez said, “I was doing the lift with my partner once, but when he picked me up by my legs I fell really hard on the ground, but it was great when we got it down.” Rodriguez also aspires to attend Juilliard one day. “Dancing is my life,” Rodriguez said, “and it will be for the rest of it.”


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Jack Johnson

Sleep Through The Static

Singer-songwriter Jack Johnson released his much-anticipated fifth album earlier this year titled “Sleep Through The Static.” The Hawaiian-born surfer-turned-musician, known for his mellow acoustic tones, released his most different album with the promise of a slightly different sound and theme. The first single off the album, “If I Had Eyes,” released about a month before the rest of the CD, is an excellent continuation of the tone from his previous album “In Between Dreams.” The rest of the album, however, has a distinctly different feel to it than previous Johnson works. The first thing noticed when listening is the fact that the pace of the album is incredibly slow. Not that Johnson is known for his fast paced beats, but this album, more than any previous one, is one to listen to in a relaxed environment. Another thing to notice is the distinctly political nature of the CD. Many of the tracks have a distinct pacifist, society-questioning overtone to them. Overall “Sleep Through the Static” and its mellowed out sound serves as an excellent vessel for a momentary removal from reality, ironically with some of the “realest”music around. >>Brian Harris

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Playing at the current Jobsite Theater in the Performing Arts Center of Tampa, the play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is Tom Stoppard’s take on what went on behind the scenes of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet. Filled with witty fast paced dialogue, the audience is immediately drawn to the characters and their comical demeanor throughout the play. Because the theater is relatively small, the stage provides a very intimate setting in which the audience grasps the ambiance of the play in its totality. Rosencrantz, who is the philosopher, is balanced by his whimsical other half, Guildenstern. Both characters are bound within the limits of the play. The players also add to the sexual undertone that helps to target the adolescent age group. Overall the cast and the director captured the comical and powerless nature of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that truly complements the work of Stoppard. >>Brielle Guta

Forgetting Sarah Marshall It all started about three and a half years ago, with the movie about a middle-aged man trying desperately to fit in with his raunchy electronic store friends. After that came the awkwardly cute tale of an accidental pregnancy and an accidental love story. Then, last year we were introduced to McLovin and his adventures with his terribly teenage friends. Now the writers and costars of “The 40 Year Old Virgin,” “Knocked Up,” and “Superbad” have blessed us with their fourth vulgarly cute motion picture: “Forgetting Sarah Marshall.” The movie is set in one of the unfair times of anyone’s life, trying to get over the person who just broke up with you. The first scene sets the mood for the rest of the movie when the lead actor (Jason Segel) gets out of his shower to find his girlfriend waiting for him. She breaks up with him while naked and the audience cringes at the four or five half-second views of a naked man, who is, by the way, crying. The reason comedies like these can get away with such crude jokes and uncomfortable love stories is that in the end, they are too honest to ignore. >>Alekos Zambrano

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The young and the restless

Boys’ tennis consists of primarily underclassmen Brian Harris staff writer When boys’ tennis practice began, a coach had not yet even been secured, and only two members from last year’s team were on the roster. With an influx of unknown underclassmen, the season’s outcome seemed to be very difficult to predict. Only the top five players play singles matches against other schools, and the top three of those five are freshmen. The other two are a mere grade older. “We are pretty much the youngest team in the county,” freshman Ryan Detres said. Detres plays in the number one slot on the team, meaning that during each match he goes against the opposing team’s top player. Despite the team’s relative youth, Detres had an optimistic outlook through the season and is not really in awe of the superior experience of the other teams. “It’s been pretty good, and also challenging,” Detres said. “The older players are not really intimidating, they are just other players.” Number two player and fellow freshman Josh Klay shares Detres’ optimism. “I think we are really good for a mostly freshman team,” Klay said The boys compiled an 8-4 regular season record to back up the talk. “We have only lost to the four main

district winners in Alonso, Wharton, Hillsborough and Plant,” Klay said. “We come to different schools that have huge seniors, but it’s not really that bad.” Number four player sophomore Scott Rosen is one of the few nonfreshmen on the team. “It is kind of weird because they are all better than me and I’m a sophomore,” Rosen said. Rosen is still only a sophomore and this is actually his first year on the team, so he is just as inexperienced as the freshmen. This fact brings about a question of leadership. “We don’t really have a leader,” Klay said. “The closest thing I guess you would say is our number one player but we really all just go out and play.” The season came to a close during Spring Break at districts on April 7th and 8th. The team entered the tournaphoto courtesy of Glory ment as the fourth seeded school out of eight. The top four slotted play- Freshman Josh Klay hits a forehand return. Klay is currently the second ranked player within the primarily ers on the team were victorious in freshmen team. the first round before falling to top and we can prepare better.” said. seeded Wharton. Although the sport’s pinnacle at this level The future for the team seems to have an Despite not winning the tournament, was not reached this season, the top players infinitely high ceiling. the team still feels it was a beneficial exon the team will all return for the next year “Within a few years, we should be a well perience. and beyond. known team,” Klay said. “People will know “We did fairly well,” Klay said. “It “Everyone expects to be better,” Detres us better.” shows us who we will be facing next year,

Succeeding through closeness

Girls’ team bonds despite age difference

coaching along with upperclassman leadership and support has cultivated a comfortable and enjoyable atmosphere for all of the players. Alisa Wills “This is the closest the team has ever been. All the staff writer players get along really well,” McKenna said. Districts took place over spring break at Hunter’s The unique path taken by the girl’s tennis team this year Green Country Club. Bridget McKenna placed second has led to a successful season. Although the sport requires against Chamberlain. immense dedication and training first, the team made it a “Players ranked third through fifth made it through priority to get to know each other beyond the court. their first round and ended up losing to Chamberlain The team was lead by veteran players Senior Taylor or Plant in the second round,” Fisher said. The doubles Fisher and Junior Bridget McKenna. “I teams made it through their first have played since my freshman year round matches as well. and seen the team have multiple coaches Some of the team is also relatively who approach the sport in a variety of young this year with five freshman ways,” Fisher said. This year the returnparticipating. The captains therefore ing girls helped to maintain the stability have helped to include the freshman of their team. and show them how the team works. The evidence of the team’s hard Keeping with their goal for this year, work can be seen in their record. They the new players were inducted with a played in a total of twelve matches this friendly approach. year and ended up with a record of 10“We had an initiation where we 2. The losses were against Chamberlain threw water balloons at them. It was and Plant and there were three games all in good spirit and everyone ended they did not have the opportunity to up getting wet and having a fun [bridget mckenna] play. time,” Fisher said. “We had three no shows for schedOnce they were initiated, the freshuled games. Two teams canceled and men have been treated as fairly as the other girls. never rescheduled, and one just plain didn’t show up,” “It doesn’t matter what grade the girls are in: we are all Fisher said. really close,” Fisher said. This situation can bring about some frustration. In order to get to know each other as more than team“We work hard to prepare for our games and it can be mates, a post-game tradition has developed. disappointing when they are canceled,” McKenna said. “On Mondays after matches, we all go to dinner at The girls were lead by Coach Karanxha this year, Moe’s,” Fisher said. “This gives us a chance to get to know the father of freshman Joana Karanxha. His experienced each other as friends, not just during tennis.”

This is the closest the team has ever been. All the players get along really well.

photo courtesy of Glory

Junior Ashley Sorrick practices her tennis return. Sorrick enjored the welcoming atmosphere of the team and contributed to leadership being one of the upperclassmen on the squad.

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Hockey Track

With the lead of five strong seniors, the Boy’s Lacrosse team sustained a record of 5-5. Captains included juniors Eric Dance and Billy Edmunds and senior Cameron Murphy. They came out with wins against rivals such as St Petersburg, Hernando, and mainly Tampa Catholic. They experienced tough losses to Plant and Jesuit. “We had a number of unfortunate setbacks as the season went on,” Murphy said. The team established a personal goal for themselves this year. “We wanted to do better than last year in terms of working together as a team,” Murphy said. The team’s dedication paid off as they placed in the top six teams and proceeded to the play offs. They suffered an inopportune loss against Wesley Chapel in districts. >>Alisa Wills

End of Season

The state of Florida has instituted a spring league for high school hockey teams referred to as the Central Florida Hockey League, CFHL. Freedom is one of a number of teams participating in the league. There are about 15 people on the team and it consists mainly of underclassmen. There are a few juniors on the team and even incoming freshman who have not had experience playing for Freedom. The team holds practices and games once every two weeks. The coach Mike Lufkin runs the practices in a similar manner compared to the regular season practice using drills. The team suffered a loss in its most recent game against Wharton 4-3 in Kissimmee.

Sunday, May 11

>>Brendan Kelly Even though track is coming to an end, one last final event must take place. On May 2 in Winter Park, Orlando three champions from Freedom will be competing for states. Starting at 12 noon Alyssa Franks will be participating in the women’s one-mile run, Jake Kehlenbeck in the men’s 800-meter, and Trent Wiseman in men’s pole vaulting. Franks finished second in districts and regionals; this will be her second time competing in states. While also beating the score record in both districts and regionals, Kehlenbeck also won first place in both; this is his first time going to states. Wiseman jumped 14 ft. coming in first place for districts and jumped 14 ft. 6 in. again coming in first in regionals; he is the top pole-vaulter in Hillsborough County and this will be his second time paving his way to a first place victory in states.

May 2 State Competitions in Orlando

>> Cassie Cooler

Girls’ Lacrosse

The Girls Lacrosse had a triumph season leaving them with a perfect record while overtaking school such as Sickles, Gather, and Plant. This year the team held five seniors; Jen Kearns, Julie Mishkel, Natalie Ray, Zazu Garate, Candice Stokes. The captain ranking was shared among them, giving the team strong leadership to hold them together. With the lacrosse team in its fourth year, this year’s seniors are the founders of the club, working to build it up and recruit younger players to continue the team long after them. Junior Maddie Shoemaker is prepared to overcome the challenge. “We are going to have to rebuild our team next year,” Shoemaker said. They managed to make it in the top teams to compete in districts. After winning their way through the playoffs, they were named district champions for the third year in a row. >> Alisa Wills

Upcoming Matches

Boys’ Lacrosse

From the sidelines sports shorts and highlights from September

April 19 Won the district championship

Flag football completes undefeated season Brendan Kelly staff writer The girls flag football team has held an undefeated record and will begin the district games Monday the 28th. Senior Kelley Maronic believes the team has been victorious thus far in the season because of the talented athletes on the team. “All of us are great athletes and all of us are able to pick things up quickly and improvise,” Maronic said. Senior Sarah Cardozo believes the success of the team can be attributed to the dedication of the players. “We all work well together in a team effort and we all want to win every game,” Cardozo said. The team has worked hard during the season to maintain its record and is determined to continue the successful season

into the district games. The athleticism of the players has allowed the defense to shut down opponents; the team was able to shut out Riverview in the last home game. “I think the success of the defense is a result of the communication on the field and that we work well with each other,” Maronic said. The team is able to control the speed of the game, which gives them an advantage on the field. “We have fast rushers who are able to put the quarterback under pressure,” Cardozo said. Coach Dennis Derflinger has

demonstrated devotion to the team by making the practice schedule flexible for the demanding lifestyles of the players. “He has had some experience with flag football and is willing to sacrifice a lot for the team,” Maronic said. Cardozo says Derflinger coaches the team well by providing options in plays to execute the best play possible. Maronic says the most difficult game of [kelly maronic] the season was against Chamberlain. “They put up a fight, no one had scored on them before our game,” Maronic said.

The success... is a result of communication on the field and that we work well with eachother.

The team competed in Regional SemiFinals on Saturday the 26 against Plant High School. With a crowd of over one hundred fans, they emerged victorious and will advance to the Regional Finals Tuesday April 29. If they come out with another win, they will continue on to the State Final. The state championship game will be held on May 2, the same day as the senior’s prom and will be held in Boca Raton. The team’s victories continue despite the few practices held. “We only really practice once a week to go over plays and scrimmage some of the guys from the football team,” Cardozo said. Maronic says the team is able to perform when playing competitors who play there best game. “We play better under pressure.”

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Move arms and legs quickly as if you were swimming through the water. Do 20 to 30 reps per side.

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Officers work to increase spirit in form of powderpuff football Will Warner staff writer The start of spring football workouts also signi es that one of the schools few traditions powder pu football has approached. Powderpuff football involves teams of girls from each of the four classes competing in ag football games. It is typically sched- uled in the spring in the uneventful time period when most sporting seasons have already wrapped up and students are looking forward to summer. Powderpu is a really fun tradition. I’ve done it every year, it’s a good way to be able to get together with our class and do something out of our ordinary routine,” said junior Melina Silva. Sophomore Jill Cariaga enjoys the atmosphere associated with powderpu I play powderpu because the competition makes my adrenaline sky high and each game is extremely exciting, “ Cariaga said. “The different grades get pre y competitive when it come to powder pu The games occurred on Thursday April 24 included the senior class versus the freshman class and the sophomore class versus the junior class. Last year the class of 2010 shocked the class of 2007 in an upset win, while the class of 2008 and their many varsity ag football players were able to beat the class of Last year the class of 2010 defeated the class of 2008. This year proved to have almost the same storyline. The sophomore class easily defeated the junior class 27-0, and did not even allow the juniors to advance past the y yard line The senior class held their own against the

freshmen 20-6. In the championship game between the seniors and sophomores, the seniors prevailed behind two rushing touchdowns from quarterback Sarah Cardozo that both exceeded forty yards and led them to a 13-7 victory. Powderpu makes both a monetary and school spirit contribution to the school. It Powderpu promotes school spirit which I think freedom needs more of, but it gets people more involved and it’s a lot of fun for the students,” junior Kiersten Walters said. Junior Maria Garcia agrees. “Powderpuff is one of the few set traditions in Freedom High School. It allows classes to be competitive and also brings everyone together and greatly helps with school spirit,” Garcia said. “Student government runs powderpu and I am currently the chair of the powderpu commi ee and basically what we do is plan the event and contact the sponsors with the information, order the t-shirts, sell tickets, set the date and time, give out applications and take care of insurance, [maria garcia] get the announcer, the referees, the people to sell refreshments, etc.,” said Walters. The game is also responsible for its monetary contibution to Student Government. Powderpu is one of the major fundraisers that helps us Student Government fund future dances like homecoming and pep rallies,” said Walters. Cariaga agrees, stating that the girls’ football game helps ensure later successfull events. “The money helps us make homecoming as nice as we

“Powderpuff is one of the few set traditions in Freedom... It allows classes to be competitive and also brings everyone together...”

K. Serrano / revolution

The freshmen substitutes anxiousally watch as their powderpuff team takes the field against the senior class. Student Government worked hard to ensure that powderpuff was a success.

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Changing of the Guard - Volume 6, Issue 7  

Front Page Story: New Principal Chris Farkas is to replace reitiring principal Richard Bartels. Original Publication Date: May 6, 2008

Changing of the Guard - Volume 6, Issue 7  

Front Page Story: New Principal Chris Farkas is to replace reitiring principal Richard Bartels. Original Publication Date: May 6, 2008