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Vol. 7, Issue 4
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F OURTH DOWN Harrell named ﬁfth coach in seven years
Josh Giles editor-in-chief
Freedom’s fourth head football coach, Marquel Blackwell, has been replaced by James Harrell, formerly the defensive coordinator of the state champion Plant High School football team. When principal Chris Farkas convened the football players in the auditorium to inform them of Blackwell’s dismissal, they settled into their seats joking and talking. All went silent when Farkas took the stage. “The reason I bring you guys together is not a laughing matter,” he said. “Coach Blackwell is no longer the head coach at Freedom… This is not a disparaging putdown to Coach Blackwell, this is a reality.” Farkas told the players the change was in their best interest and the program’s. “What matters is the steps we take forward,” Farkas said. “My number one priority is you guys, making sure that you have a coach who takes you guys in the right direction, preparing you as men, as students, as athletes.” Farkas told the group it is diﬃcult to see the larger picture and understand administrative decisions, but that such determinations must be made by considering the program as a whole. “I think that going in a diﬀerent direction is the best move for the program,” he said. “The reason is not related to your performance on the football ﬁeld.” Farkas says Blackwell was dismissed for loss of eﬀectiveness as a role model. Public records show that Blackwell was arrested for driving under the inﬂuence on Jan. 5, but Farkas and Blackwell both indicated other factors played a role in his departure. “I think a lot of things played a part in me being dismissed as coach, not just the DUI,” Blackwell said. Many football players said they were frustrated with Blackwell’s dismissal. “I feel like Blackwell made me as good as I am. I feel like I’m going to transfer to Wharton or something,” junior Jacari Campbell said. “Without Blackwell, there’s
Jarrett Laws: Coached 2002-2004. Records: ‘03-’04: 3-5-0 with JV schedule, ‘03-’04: 1-9-0.
Adam Stegeman: Coached 2004-September 2006. Records:‘04-’05: 3-7-0, ‘05-’06: 6-4-0, ‘06-’07: 2-1-0 before dismissed.
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James Harrell will lead varsity football this next season. During his tenure as defensive coordinator at Plant High School, the team won two state titles.
no Freedom football.” However, Farkas warned the players against the lure of transfers, and some players who considered leaving decided to stay. “We looked at Armwood, Middleton, even Wharton, but my top choice is Freedom,” varsity quarterback Josh Grady said. Grady had left the auditorium in the middle of Farkas’ speech. “Personally, I thought they treated Blackwell wrong,” he said. “If he was going to be ﬁred, he should have had the opportunity to tell us himself.”
However, Grady has high hopes for next year. “I think we should do much better next year – we have a lot of people coming back… I see us winning districts, even going to play for the championship,” he said. “No matter who [the coach] is, the players will treat him with respect. As long as he does his job, we will do ours… I’ve got too much Patriot pride to leave.” Blackwell is also looking to the future. He faces non-renomination for his yearto-year teaching contract as ISS instructor
Twenty-ﬁve Hillsborough county high schools, four tasks at hand, one winner for each category, one goal in mind: to enhance seat belt awareness in the minds of students. The Student Government Association (SGA) took part in a county- wide competition to emphasize the importance of safe driving and the use of seat belts. The competition was composed of four parts: making and hanging seat belt awareness signs throughout the school, which also included the chalk outline of bodies seen in the courtyard, creating
a commercial, overall campaign, and a random check of eﬀectiveness to see the percent of students utilizing seat belts. Freedom won in three out of the four components. “I think we should have won all four,” student government supervisor Jamie Ferrario said. “The students who ran the campaign did a great job organizing and executing it.” Sophomore Alexia Sparling was the head of campaign. “We hung up signs everywhere on campus, changed the marquee in the front of the school, put up a banner in the cafeteria, and made two videos that both aired on Patriot Primetime,” Sparling said.
Marquell Blackwell: Coached ‘07-’08, ‘08-’09 seasons. Record: ‘07-’08: 1-9-0, ‘08-’09: 4-6-0
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SGA buckles down on student safety Jessica Brown staff writer
Sparling believes there was an encouraging response as a whole from the student body. “I think it aﬀected the student body in a positive way because our percent [of students wearing seat belts] increased from beginning to end of our campaign,” Sparling said. Although Freedom did not win the most improved percentage, it took the gold for the most students who took the initiative to wear their seat belts upon arriving on campus. This was the only part of the competition that resulted in an actual prize, two thousand dollars. “We’ve only spent part of the money so
far,” Ferrario said. “We bought a twelvemonth dry erase calendar to keep more organized.” The other part of the money will go into an account and also will be used to buy sweatshirts for the students that took a substantial part in the campaign. When asked if she would carry out the “Battle of the Belts” campaign again, Sparling said she deﬁnitely would, and that Student Government also took part in another safe driving campaign in early January. “I plan on doing it again next year,” Sparling said. “It was a lot of fun and a lot of good came of it.”
Grant gets students talking trash
Dumpster diving is now an oﬃcial part of the archaeology curriculum. Archaeology teacher Shannon Peck has received a 5,000 dollar grant from the National Education Association, or NEA, to fund various projects in the classroom, dumpster diving being one of them. “She received a 5,000 dollar grant from NEA for an archaeology project to incorporate the curriculum across disciplines so it will be a social studies and science project,” said Dr. Barthel. Except for the dumpster diving project, the majority of the details have not been nailed down because most of the grant will be spent on projects for next year. “We’re going to see how much Freedom recycles and how much food waste we create,” junior Kari Kesner said. “That’s the main goal.” >> Katie Luker
Boys’ soccer wins Districts
The boys’ soccer team defeated Wharton 4-1 in the district championships. Senior Manny Martes and junior Taylor Nalls each scored two goals. This is the boys’ fourth district title since the school opened. The soccer team has won more district titles than any other team at the school. Senior goalkeeper Kyle Peel feels the team has worked hard and deserved to win. “We didn’t have a really successful regular season, but then districts came around and it all clicked,” Peel said. “We scored 15 goals in three games and I only let up one goal.” >> Jessica Wasserman
Beta hosts Black and White Ball On February 13, the Beta club will host a black and white-themed dance. The dance will oﬀer students fun from 7:00 to 11:00 at the relatively cheap price of $10 a ticket. “The purpose of the dance is to increase our school spirit, help lower the cost of fun on a Friday night, and to give an inexpensive way to have fun,” Beta sponsor Margaret Barthel said. Barthel also said that the dance is a good way to beneﬁt our school as a whole. It will be a change of pace from the usual Homecoming and the Prom dance that take place in the ﬁrst and second semesters respectively and is a diﬀerent theme from those traditional dances. The dance will even give students a chance to go to a dance without having to wear a suit or dress. The dance will take place in the gymnasium and tickets are available during both lunches in room 121.
February 11, 2009
Steinbrenner boundaries drawn New high school will not interfere with Lutz students students] should not be driving through upscale neighborhoods to get to school. Steinbrenner is only 15 minutes away from The new Lutz high school, now oﬃcially where I live, but yet you’re telling me my known as George Steinbrenner High School, daughter has to go to Freedom and ride a is scheduled to open next year. For the past bus for 50 to 60 minutes everyday to and year, the new school built on Lutz Lake Fern from there. And when it comes to after Rd. has been a main concern for many Lutz school activities, we don’t have the time or students and their parents. The proposed transportation to go to and from Freedom,” boundaries have been announced. Eade said. According to Steve Ayres, director The distance to and from of pupil services for Freedom was brought up Hillsborough County several times by parents, schools, the proposed plan but very few students is to draw students from attended. Gaither, Alonso and Sickles Steinbrenner ’s newly High School, not Freedom. announced principal also “One of the issues with made an appearance. Freedom is that it’s currently Brenda Grasso has been below its capacity so it’s principal at Gaither High diﬃcult for the district to School for six years, but is justify moving students out now Steinbrenner’s leader. of the school,” Ayres said. “Although I love my job Unlike Freedom, Sickles, at Gaither, I realized that Gaither and Alonso High our district is no longer School all are overcrowded growing as it once was and by at least a hundred > Brenda Grasso they will not continue to students. build schools at the rate as This is only a proposed they have in the past. So, if I wanted to do plan, however, the oﬃcial boundaries will this I needed to do it now,” Grasso said. be announced as early as Feb. 10. Many “I want Steinbrenner to be able to parents stood up and voiced their opinion compete with the other schools. I want a during the Jan. 28 meeting about the new school students can be proud of, and I think school. Some of the issues that arose were it’s diﬃcult to open up a new school and about the current school boundaries and ask students to leave their comfort zone. the academic and athletic availability So, my goal for this ﬁrst year is to get the Steinbrenner will provide. school oﬀ to a good start and make students Freedom parent Chuck Eade says that feel welcomed.” the drive to Freedom is unreasonable and Grasso doesn’t mind the boundaries that Ayres should consider resituating the where they are proposed. proposed boundaries for Steinbrenner. “You are displacing students. They [Lutz “I’m ﬁne with the boundaries. When I
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realized that “I our district
is no longer growing as it once was and they will not continue to build schools at the rate as they have in the past.
look at them, for me it’s simply a matter of how many students will I have, how far will they have travel to get to school and that sort of thing,” Grasso said. The boundaries proposed for Steinbrenner had been established in a new and diﬀerent way, based on data and statistics. According to Ayres, he and his team came up with 88 possible solutions and decided that solution 35 proved best for the community. This did not comfort Eade, however. “Keep us in our own neighborhood.”
Hillsborough county cuts meal budgets Changes include smaller portions, canned fruit
Katie Luker staff writer Hillsborough County has decided to slim down and cut $1.3 million from its annual $87 million meal budget. To help trim the fat,
the county has decided to serve smaller hot good,” junior Freeman Cotton said. dogs, canned fruit, less chicken sandwiches, Junior Rashaad Carty agrees. and use more plastic pouches for juice. “I don’t really buy any of that stuﬀ. I The Student Nutrition Manager Patricia usually buy pizza, chicken tenders, some Kintzele says the cafeteria took precautions fries and a Gatorade.” to keep its expenses low before the county Yet there are students who are feeling decided to actually cut the budget. the eﬀects of the downsized budget. “We’ve been doing a lot of these things Sophomore Luc Smith, for example, is a all year,” Kintzele said. “I try to keep part of the free or reduced lunch program my inventory low or else t h a t ’s j u s t Hillsborough County oﬀers. like money sitting on the “I eat whatever they give shelves.” me, chicken sandwiches, What many people do whatever they give me,” not realize is that the money Smith said. “The cafeteria the cafeteria receives from doesn’t give me as much the county pays for more food as it is so it kind of than just the food we eat sucks that we’re getting everyday. less.” The money also pays for However, reducing the > Freeman Cotton maintenance of utilities in size of hot dogs will save the kitchen, insurance, new equipment and $8,000 a year for the county. In addition, the lunch staﬀ ’s salaries. using plastic pouches for juice instead of “We are the largest kitchen in the cartons saves $65,000. county, and we have one staﬀ that feeds The county is also raising lunch prices by two schools,” she said. “In essence we are 50 cents to make up for the increased food running our own business.” prices. With the economic crisis, more and Numerous students seem indiﬀerent more families are also beginning to qualify to the changes and say that as long as for the free or reduced lunch program. the cafeteria keeps their current menu, “It’s my priority to take care of the kids,” everything will be ﬁne. Kintzele said. “Without all of you students, “It’s not going to matter. As long as they we wouldn’t have a job, so we want to serve serve the chicken tenders and the fries, I’m all of you a high-quality, nutritious meal.”
long as “theyAs serve the
chicken tenders and fries, I’m good.
>> Matt Simpson
Transfers to Steinbrenner will come from Gaither, Alonso and Sickles next year. The school is named after Yankees owner George Steinbrenner.
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Due to new budget cuts, the cafeteria will keep the same products, but in smaller sizes and different packaging. Hillsborough County cut $1.3 million from its annual meal budget.
PAC works toward unity Chandler Keenan entertainment editor
One of the newest additions to the school this year is the Principal’s Advisory Council (PAC), a set of students with the common purpose of boosting school morale. Junior Claudia Torres-Mor is a member of the PAC and believes that the council is a necessary addition to the school. “We try to increase school spirit by actually representing the students. We serve the voice of the student body.” Torres-Mor said. “We need it as a school.” Torres-Mor and senior council member Nyasha Bailey both stress the importance of the PAC in promoting school unity and pride. “We are determined to make the school better. Before, we deﬁnitely lacked school spirit. We serve as the go-between for teachers and students,” Bailey said. “We’re not trying to force everyone to be happy, we just want people to feel good about going here. It’s about standing united.” One action the PAC has taken to increase school unity is the distribution of free Freedom t-shirts, which were sported by many students at the recent pep rally. “Everything we do is meant to make school better for the students. For example, we’re giving a gift to the school,” Torres-Mor said. “[the t-shirts] will be a form of unity.” T h e PA C ’s a t t e m p t s f o r s c h o o l improvement have been met with mixed reviews. Sophomore Tara McNeal says that she appreciated the PAC’s e���ort but doubts how often she will wear the shirt. “I thought it was cool that they’re trying to increase school spirit, and that we’re getting free stuﬀ, especially because t-shirts are usually like ten bucks,” McNeal said. “I’ll probably wear it to the ﬁrst pep rally, and to softball or volleyball practice, but I don’t imagine I’ll wear it around school.” According to Bailey, some people weren’t as excited about the PAC’s gift as McNeal.
“I expected everybody to be happy, I mean people are getting free shirts but surprisingly we have gotten some criticism,” Bailey said. “But those remarks were very minimal and overall people seem very accepting of more unity within the student body.” Apparently some students felt school money could have been put to better use. Bailey says that the idea that the shirts were paid for out of school budget is completely false and the money came instead from the council’s own funds. “The money for the t-shirts came out of our budget. It’s just like a club, we have an account and have raised our own funds, and that’s what we used to pay for the shirts,” Bailey said. Despite the name of the council, Principal Christopher Farkas says he has surprisingly little input on the council’s actions. “I didn’t come up with it; other schools have similar groups way before we did,” Farkas said. “It really is a student-led committee. They want to enhance Freedom. They decide everything- what we’re going to do, when we’re going to do it, how to get it done, how to raise the money. The t-shirts were a collaborative eﬀort.” Torres-Mor says Farkas oﬀers a lot of help when trying to get student ideas put into action. “He [Farkas] gives us boundaries, and then we come up with ideas and get them approved through him,” Torres-Mor said. The PAC would like the student body to know that any ideas are welcomed and appreciated. Students should feel free to tell council members what changes they would like to see around campus. Bailey says the whole reason she applied to be on the PAC is because she wanted to help make positive changes before she graduates. “As a senior, it’s my last year and I want to make an impact,” Bailey said. “To leave a mark and start traditions for years to come.”
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PAC members Frank Wade, Lisa Posso and Iesha Grinnell at the pep rally announcing who won senior priveleges for a week. Sophomores wore the most patriot pride shirts and won the priveleges.
from page 1/Coach’s high hopes usher in new era because of the loss of his coaching position; he will probably have to ﬁnd employment elsewhere for next year. “Everything going in a positive direction, I’ve gotten many calls, I just have to decide what’s best for me,” he said. “I learned a lot as head coach. That’ll help me in the long run.” Meanwhile, Blackwell’s successor, Harrell, is focused on moving Freedom football forward. “I think that coach Blackwell laid a pretty good nucleus here,” Harrell said. He says with a few more pieces in place, the team will be very successful. “My goal is to win the district,” he said. “Our ultimate goal down the road is to win the state championship.” Harrell says the team will follow him because of his commitment.
“I’ll be ﬁrm but fair with the players. I will try to make the game as exciting as possible, but I also have a commitment to excellence and will push them,” he said. “The bottom line is people don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” Harrell says he will elevate the football program to excellence through training and by emotionally unifying the team and the school behind it. “We’re going to emphasize fundamentals, blocking, tackling, hustling to the ball… Our ultimate goal is to make football fun, to make players proud to be on the team,” he said. “It’s going to take the administration, the student body, the football team and the community to get this team to the level we’re trying to achieve. I know I have big goals, but I don’t see how it’s not possible.”
February 11, 2009
Credit cards teach students ﬁnancial responsibility
The issue of control has always been prevalent between parents and their children. An easy and effective way to control what a child spends is to present them with a credit card. This small, plastic source of monetary control creates both a sense of control and of power. Debit and credit cards are available for people of any age, yet the handler--even if he or she is a minor--is responsible for the incurred debt upon adulthood. The age of when a child first receives a credit card varies, but they become solely responsible for that card when they turn 18. A credit card is useful for teens in learning to deal with credit. The experience gives them some banking knowledge and helps them establish a credit rating long before they need to worry about mortgages or small business loans. Misuse of a credit card by people of any age can be devastating, but the experiences teenagers gain from having a credit card are invaluable, and all this can be done under the watchful eye of teenagers’ parents. As long as parents set boundaries and enforce rules, there should be no problem in presenting their children with a credit card. The convenience of a credit card is invaluable to a teenager’s lifestyle.
Emergencies seemingly arise out of nowhere, most of which cause some allotment of monetary support. A car breaking down, a ﬂat tire, or an empty gas tank are among many common occurrences. All of these problems could be solved much easier with a credit or debit card. Carrying around a large amount of cash could lead to a potentially dangerous situation, such as being mugged or robbed. This problem could quickly be avoided with credit or debit cards. It is much easier to cancel a credit card, than to regain the cash lost. Many banks are cooperative when working with teenagers or students. Certain banks have a “keep the change” program, in which the change you spend on a purchase is rounded up and put back into your savings account, matched dollar for dollar. Another convenience of being a student is that if an account is overdrawn there is no charge for the ﬁrst two oﬀenses. The handling of a credit card gives variability from the constant ﬂow of cash. However, if the handler of the credit card is not responsible enough, there is the option to change back to cash. A credit card gives variability that one would not have if they did not have the opportunity of a credit card, starting at a young age. According to the site Parenting Teens Guide, the majority of parents agree to teenage credit cards, with the higher percentage of parents supporting them if they are able to maintain control. The ultimate responsibility falls on the parents to help their children through the learning period. The parents should teach their children the responsibilities of budgeting, spending discipline and debt management.
fast facts Freshmen bring an average of $1,585 in credit card debt to college. 82 percent of college students carry a monthly debt of under $1,000. Only one in three teens know how to read a bank statement, balance a checkbook and pay bills. Average expenditures of American teens: $104/ week; $5,408/ year. One out of three high school seniors uses a credit card on a regular basis. The bankruptcy rate for those under 25 years old is more than ﬁve percent. source: creditcards.com
Teens too young to handle convenience of credit Over the past years, the number of teens with credit cards has escalated to new heights. Accompanying this trend are the short-term and long-term eﬀects of easy money, such as immense amounts of debt, destroyed credit history, and ﬁnancial irresponsibility. On average, the upcoming college freshman already holds about $1,500 to $2,000 in credit card debt. Credit card companies have been targeting teens for years after they realized the ﬁnancial irresponsibility of teens and their inability to just say ‘no’. Although some adults believe it might actually teach teens things such as financial responsibility or how to create a budget, it accomplishes almost nothing of the sort. On the contrary, it teaches most teens the exact opposite. Although parents often emphasize that a credit card is to be used only in emergencies, self-restraint is a major issue, and the use of a credit card generally just habituates the ‘spend now and deal with the consequences later’ mindset. This can greatly aﬀect the teen’s ﬁnancial stability not only in the near future but also in the long-term. Building up a good credit history is crucial later on when faced with the task of buying the necessities of life such as a car or even a home. Someone who ruins his or her credit history as a teen, as many teens with credit cards do because they lack the willpower to say ‘no’ to spending, could face major obstacles later on. It is no wonder why teens generally get sucked into debt. Most don’t even understand how a credit card works. The step from just having a childhood savings account to managing a credit card is more like a giant leap. Instead of taking that leap to a credit card, a teen should start oﬀ by
Should teenagers be allowed to have credit cards? Juaquin Christina Karla Gomez-Fuego DeMaria Gaona
“No, if we [teenagers] have credit cards we will lose the value of money and go over our spending limit”
“Yes, we [teenagers] are at the age where we can be trusted with a credit card.”
“Yes, so they can start building good credit.”
“Yes, you don’t have to carry around cash and it shows more responsibility.”
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using an ATM or debit card. This way the limits will be set, and there is no way to overspend and accumulate mounds of debt, as most teens with credit cards inadvertently end up doing. Debit cards oﬀer the convenience of credit cards without the risk. Before just checking yes on the application for receiving a credit card, teens must know the facts about credit and interest. They must know what to do when the bill comes and know how to pay it. If the person does not have a source of income or parents that are willing to pay oﬀ the bill, the person shouldn’t have a credit card to begin with. They are spending money they don’t have. This mindset among adults has led to an average of $9300 in credit card debt for every American. Along with the magnitude of ﬁnding a source to pay oﬀ the bill is the importance of paying on time. The consequences deﬁnitely hold lasting eﬀects. Late payments can affect the person’s credit history for the rest of his or her life. Without understanding the consequences, and most teens do not, they really should not have a credit card.
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Moment of Silence meant for respect
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Construction on Memory Lane Disclaimer: This column is intended for competent high school students and may not suit the needs of today’s impressionable young adult. In case you haven’t heard, Sesame Street is no longer safe for children. At least not 1969 Sesame Street. We were too naïve to realize it then, but time spent on those sunny days chasing the clouds away was actually causing childhood obesity and turning us gay. A DVD release of seasons from 1969-1974 was accompanied with a warning, stating the content was “intended for grown-ups and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.” Sesame Street is not politically correct enough for the 21st century. Thank goodness someone saved today’s children from this corrupting inﬂuence. If they had seen Oscar the Grouch being so grumpy, they would immediately wonder why he was not seeing a therapist to be treated for his depression. If they had been exposed to Bert and Ernie’s living arrangement, the first thing that would pop into their 3 year-old minds would be, “Hey, I bet they’re homosexual.” If they saw Cookie Monster stuﬃng his face with sugary goodness, they would immediately snatch an entire tray of cookies to emulate his behavior. Luckily, Cookie Monster’s new motto is “A cookie is a sometimes food.” No, it’s not quite as monster-like, but through learning moderation our good friend will avoid getting fat. Oh, sorry. Hefty. Clearly, the most eﬃcient way to deal with a problem is to avoid it entirely. The truth can be oﬀensive. Therefore, by simply refusing to acknowledge something’s existence, we avoid the risk of hurting anybody’s feelings. I refuse to acknowledge that Cookie Monster ever had an unhealthy eating habit. This way, I avoid ever having to address problems posed by poor dietary choices. As long as I am not watching Cookie Monster engulf obscenely large amounts of junk food, I will never get fat. Sorry. Robust. Next time you see a newspaper article on a topic that seems oﬀensive, cast it aside. If you don’t know about the ramiﬁcations of teenage drug use, there is no way it can aﬀect you. If anything we haven’t gone far enough with Sesame Street modiﬁcations. I propose The Count count less in order to prevent viewers from developing compulsive counting habits. Big Bird should be Moderate-sized Bird so exceptionally large children do not feel as though their size deﬁnes them. The only modiﬁcation left is how Sesame Street will choose to make its viewers. Word is slots for a few easily oﬀended, overly sensitive characters are still up for grabs.
A federal judge recently ruled unconstitutional an Illinois law requiring a daily moment of silence in public schools across the state. Prayer was an explicitly suggested use of the moment of silence in the law. In this speciﬁc instance, the accusation that the law involved religion in state institutions was viable, and the judge deemed it valid. However, a moment of silence is not fundamentally religious, and the moment of silence practiced here should not be abolished. Silence is one of the most ancient and essential means of showing respect. From an early age, children are taught how to be silent to show deference to teachers and other authority ﬁgures. For an immense demonstration of respect by silence, one need look no further than Obama’s inauguration, where an estimated three million people listened to his speech, only erupting into cheers at designated pauses.
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There are many things for which students can show respect during the moment of silence. This brief pause serves to honor the nation, its history, and the nation’s servants who make the American way of life possible. If any religious thoughts are added to this purely secular reverence, it is by the free choice of individuals. Those who do not wish to respect anything are free to quietly imagine burning American ﬂags. The opportunity to reﬂect and show respect must be oﬀered. Of course, the right to contest the moment of silence must be upheld. This right is something for which respect is demonstrated through the moment of silence. However, those seeking to rid the state of all relations to the church would be better suited to target more substantial manifestations of religion – for instance, the “under God” clause in the pledge preceding the moment of silence.
Those who do not wish to respect anything are free to quietly imagine burning American ﬂags.
the way we see it Apathy not excusable in energy crisis What if you were told one day that, with the ﬂip of a switch, you could singlehandedly stem the tides of both global warming and America’s energy crisis? Even given the apathy of the average high school student, it seems like a safe assumption that most would gladly take the time to ﬂip this incredible, though unfortunately hypothetical switch. Now, what if it actually were the case that, through the simple act of turning a light switch to the “off ” position whenever you leave a room, you move America one step closer toward being a nation that helps to preserve the environment, rather than one that destroys it? Simple things, like turning unused lights oﬀ, taking shorter showers, turning oﬀ the water while brushing your teeth, and tossing a school newspaper in a recycling bin rather than in the trash (hint, hint) are key to making big changes in America’s eﬀect on the world. But, these tiny changes, which on a
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national scale could save billions of dollars worth of energy, have been slow to catch on. America remains the world’s largest source of pollution, and has thus far done very little to curb its emissive ways. Sure, it may be true that Americans are hesitant, and it is certainly true that in the past, attempts to change a nationwide lifestyle of excess and proud obliviousness have utterly failed, but here is a time when Americans are no longer oﬀered a chance to merely attempt, for at stake is life itself. The Earth, humankind’s one home in all the universe, is losing its hospitality due to a very human disregard toward its well being. Perhaps now is a time to once again embrace the planet as a home, rather than tread over it as if man were somehow signiﬁcant in the cosmos. The next time you ﬁnd yourself leaving behind you an empty room, consider the light switch.
Big ol’ bowl of fun
I watched the Super Bowl for hours. It was the ﬁrst time I watched an NFL game with so much interest, even though I had fewer reasons to support a particular team than in past Super Bowls. I have never really followed professional football, but it is interesting how people change. I watched intently in part because the game was intense. Who would not sit on the edge of their seat when a big guy catches the football on the edge of his own end zone and runs frantically to the far side of the ﬁeld, dodging tackles all the way? More than what the game was, however, I was sucked in by what the game was not. The game was not a college application, a scholarship essay or an admissions interview. It was not a French exam, a literature test or a physics quiz. It was not a challenging solo, a massive project on lasers or a deadline closing in for the kill. Simply put, my Super Bowl experience was one of escapism. Moreover, I think I was far from alone in this. In today’s world, the same technology that allows people to stay in contact with distant friends also enables their work and responsibilities to follow them everywhere they go. When wonderful devices like Blackberries (I am a newly forged Blackberry junky) constantly remind you of what you ought to be doing, the forgetful distraction brought by a movie, TV show or video game becomes appealing, even if the activity is not one you would normally enjoy. Escapism is not entirely negative, as it does provide some temporary relief, but when the Super Bowl was over I still had just as much to do – with less time to do it. Obviously, escapism is not the recipe for long-term happiness. Still, responsibilities are diﬃcult to avoid altogether, and far too many lack the deﬁnitive endpoint that allows us move on burden-free. As we all grow up and take on new responsibilities, new burdens, it would seem that the best way to ﬁnd happiness is to retain the joy we once took in small things. I feel the most relaxed and at ease not when I ﬁnd something on TV to simply distract me, but when I participate in some more fulﬁlling activity, even just sitting and talking with friends. The only other way to ensure contentment in the long run may be a preventative measure. If our burdens are also joys, then it becomes far easier to cope with overwhelming workloads. By ﬁnding and choosing a specialty that genuinely interests us, we can ward oﬀ stress and sorrow.
student government VP
Claire Camp NHS president
Hearts and ﬂowers
It’s always good
BLACK AND WHITE BALL
February 11, 2009
Better health brings Bazo back Teacher returns to classroom, ﬁnds many changes Katie Yerkes advertising manager
Many teachers have trouble missing a day or two for medical reasons. English teacher Karen Bazo has succesfully recovered after missing over a year. “Originally, I left the last four weeks of May 2007. When fall of 2007 came around, I took a full year leave of absence. Doctors speciﬁcally said one year. At the end of [the] 2007-2008 [school year], my doctors said I still had complications with the surgeries I had, so I needed more surgeries,” Bazo said. The length of Bazo’s absence was due to the number of surgeries. “I had four surgeries, and each of them required recovery,” Bazo said. Juniors Victoria Lockwood and Jackie Carter had Bazo as their teacher during this time. Both had Bazo for freshman English, and Lockwood also had her for Creative Writing I. Bazo’s health at the time became an impediment for her students. “She was really good [in the classroom], but we got so far behind because she was always absent,” Lockwood said. “[Class] was interesting,” Carter said, “because you never knew what would be thrown at you; a normal day of learning or another crazy sub.” Lockwood applauds Bazo for taking a leave of absence. “I think that since she decided to leave
it was good,” Lockwood said. Even after Bazo’s health improved, she was still unable to return to work. “I was ready [to return to work] in October 2008,” Bazo said. However, teachers are only hired for the year or for the semester. Therefore, Bazo had to wait until the spring 2008 semester to return to school. According to the contract for teachers in Hillsborough County, “Extended leaves (leaves for more than thirty calendar days) are granted for one school year, the remainder of a school year, or for a deﬁnite period of time within the school year.” Bazo is glad to return to work. “I’m thrilled to be back,” she said. “I missed seeing my friends, I missed seeing students, I missed the routine of the day.” Returning to her old routine was not the most rewarding part of regaining her health. “The best part,” Bazo said, “is getting to see everybody again. Having my freedom— not having my family worry about me— that’s nice too.” Many students did not expect Bazo to return. “The reactions are funny. People are very surprised to see me. They act like I’m a ghost,” Bazo said. Bazo’s love of teaching has become apparent to observers. “She must really like teaching to come back,” Lockwood said. “I hope she has luck
Karen Bazo teaches her second period English 2 class. She has been on a leave of absence for medical reasons since May 2007.
with regular [English I students].” Now that she’s back, Bazo must acclimate to many changes. “Some teachers have gone, some have gotten married, and now there are babies where there weren’t babies before. A
lot of peoples’ lives have changed, and you’ve missed it. Offices have changed. Procedures have changed. The bell schedule has changed,” Bazo said. “I felt like a freshman the ﬁrst couple of days. It was very confusing.”
Starting small, achieving big Best Buddies club grows in size, heart Erin Cook staff writer
Last year, there were ten. Now, 80 students gather in Special Education teacher Patricia Duncan’s room for the Best Buddies club. The sudden popularity is so overwhelming that
Freshman Shelby Carr helps Gloryveliss Muńiz Rios with an art project. Best Buddies club has gained many new members this year.
some members do not have a buddy of their own, and a larger area is needed to congregate during club period. Senior Brandi Beauchaine is a ﬁrst-time club member. “An associate buddy helps with anyone whose buddy is absent. We socialize,” Beauchaine said. The associate buddy position did not exist last year with such low membership, but this year it is a necessity. Best Buddies sponsor Patricia Duncan thanks her new president for the newfound popularity of her club, which was founded four years ago. “My president, vice president and officers are the reason the club has grown so much this year. They’re energetic and fearless. They got their friends involved. I give all the credit to them, not me,” Duncan said. President Tori Martinez smiles when asked what she does to further Best Buddies. “I promoted the club during club rush,” she said. “I did the club last year, and I really loved working with these kids.” she said. However, she hopes to be cheerleading captain next year, and Martinez has her work cut out for her as president. “As president, I have to go to a summer leadership conference in Minneapolis, because Best Buddies is an
international organization,” she said. “Plus, I visit with the presidents of other chapters in the county once a month. There’s a lot of paperwork for every single buddy. It’s really hard work but I love it.” The purpose of the club is to bridge the gap between the ESE students and the rest of the student population. “These kids are self-contained. They see the same teachers and peers every day. Best Buddies gives them the opportunity to interact with regular kids - socialization,” Duncan said. Students in the club have attended football games and a matinee with their buddy. “There’s also the Best Buddies Ball in April, which is a lot like their prom,” Martinez added. Martinez is excited to continue growing next year. “Next year, we’ll grow a lot more and be much better,” she said. “I wish that next year wouldn’t be my last as president.” Beauchaine, though an associate buddy, feels becoming a member was deﬁnitely worth her time. “I’m really happy that I became a member of this club,” she said. “The best part is knowing that the students are happy.”
Pop culture promiscuity inﬂuences teens
Paola Rivera staff writer
If the dress code reﬂects the standards of propriety today, then the daily number of dress code violations is evidence that teenagers frequently disregard conservative morals in favor of indecent exposure. “The media has a big impact on the way we dress. Big ﬁgureheads of pop culture dress ‘sexy’ and we as viewers take it into consideration when we dress. But celebs are more corrupt than the average person,” sophomore Melody Baughman said. Baughman believes that teens dress scandalously to attract attention and ﬁnds it oﬀensive to see someone dressing indecently. Psychology teacher Jamie Ferrario believes the overexploitation of sex in the media and this generation is due to the parenting teenagers receive. “Ultimately it is up to the parents to provide a good sexual background. The more you are aware about it the more it is understandable. “And if you speak with your child you build their self-esteem and teens don’t give it [virginity] up to any random person,” Ferrario said. Assistant Principal Chad Pears agrees. “Your parents directly reﬂect the way you respect your own self respect and respect you receive from others,” Pears said. Since the early 60s phrases such as “the swinging sixties” and “permissive era” have become familiar to the public. “Society has become more open about talking about other more taboo subjects. “Kids leaving the house at earlier ages and becoming more independent around 60s and 70s had an impact on society and now we have broader ideas about it,” Ferrario said. Baugh-
man agrees with Ferrario. make the way we dress seem wrong. The She believes everything one hears in way you dress is the way you express the media or at school is about sex, but she yourself,” senior Emily Reich said. says it is not something people should be Reich says if everyone had a unique in a rush for and that it needs to wait for and individualistic approach to style commarriage. panies wouldn’t sell their Many students say products. the image the media has She also says culture reﬂected of women has plays a role in the way we I believe people degraded the way they dress. focus too much on present themselves and “Even if you don’t rehow seriously people take alize it or you’re not conthe media and how them. sciously aware of it your they over exploit culture always has an eﬀect “The way girls try to sell themselves is demeansexuality. They blow on you. ing to our gender. It’s inap“The exposure to that it out of proportion way of life aﬀects you repropriate for this environment, you’re not trying to and make the way we gardless of what you use. impress you’re trying to It inﬂuences the person dress seem wrong. you are and how you pressucceed. “It’s a self-conscious iment yourself,” Reich said. > Emily Reich age, if you don’t look this Reich believes fashion way or act this way you’re and style are susceptible to not acceptable to society. change. “It is also unrealistic, not everyone is “In ten years we might be back to a blessed with a good metabolism and girls more conservative view, look at the 50s to are faced with the alternative of starvation 60s transition. It is always peak and valto make that their image,” senior Kris Lee leys and clothes and style ﬂuctuate often,” said. Reich said. Even though many people believe that Baughman agrees. over exploitation of sexuality in the media “As it looks right now we are going does aﬀect the way people express themoﬀ the deep end and people have become selves, there are those who disagree. desensitized but you never know,” Baugh“I believe people focus too much on the man said. media and how they over exploit sexual“If we get the right people in the meity. dia we might be able to turn our country “ They blow it out of proportion and around.”
Hengyi Wu wins national tournament
Nicole Bryan staff writer
Not only is Liberty Middle School student Hengyi Wu point guard on the basketball team and a trumpet-playing member of the band, he is also the best eighth grade chess player in the country. Through his strategic moves, Hengyi Wu has caught the eye of the entire nation as well as the interest of the Tampa Bay area. Wu began playing chess in elementary school. Five years of competition and individual and team championships later, Weiwei, as everyone calls him, said “It didn’t come to me ‘till later that I had won the national title.” His father and mother bought Wu his ﬁrst chess set for Christmas one year. From them on, Wu mastered his skills and competes frequently in chess tournaments. “I play online, study games played by top-ranked chess players,” Wu said in regards to getting prepared for a chess tournament.
With all this practice, Wu hopes to become a master player. “I want to be a master player because you become appreciated and respected,” Wu said. Wu’s former chess coach, Tania Kranich-Ritter, worked with Weiwei for ﬁve years. “[The students] do a lot of work themselves, we have a curriculum that they follow,” Kranich-Ritter said. Kranich-Ritter is proud of Wu’s most recent chess success. “Weiwei worked really hard; he did a lot of work on his own,” she said. Wu’s chess success has inﬂuenced his classmates to reach for their goals and aspire to achieve great things around Liberty Middle School Vice Principal Angela Brown agrees that many of the students at Liberty Middle School and have been inspired. “We are very excited that Weiwei has accomplished such a huge goal,” Brown said. “Other students look up to him
Hengyi Wu plays chess on a daily basis. He aspires to become a master player.
because he is a very quiet kid and very modest about all the attention. Students now feel like they can accomplish their goals.”
February 11, 2009
on Fo i h s re Fa c
A look at the fashions students can expect for this upcoming season
a st 2 0 09 >>Hanah Hye
Cardigans- The cozy sweater style is now a sophisticated staple. It’s perfect thrown over everything from a silk day dress to the casual school appeal worn loosely or styled with a skinny belt for extra panache. The colorful cardigans have become the new jacket, like the stylish leopard print cardigan freshman Leah Wasserman is wearing in the picture to the left. They average about $15.00 to $35.00 at the local Forever 21.
Skin is in- The python look has really snaked its way into spring, and in some very imaginative ways, as can be seen by junior Maria Cuahutle’s pseudo-snake pants. A shoe, a bag, the real deal or a print, this chic reptilian motifs are the perfect exotic touch for your warm weather wardrobe. There are so many cool, color rich, budget conscious accessories for you to sink your fangs into this season. A perfect embellishment to any outﬁt, a Python Clutch is $12.99 at Charlotte Russe. C.Keenan/revolution
Heavy Metals- Designers set the runways ablaze with shimmer. Sequins and beads make everything from accessories to head-to-toe ensembles positive showstoppers, such as the silver scull and crossbones ﬂats seen on junior Sarah Ali to the left. The gold , bronze, and silver hues are aglow this season as well as the winning eye-shadow colors for spring.
Boat Shoes- Figurative of a vacation on a yacht, this comfortable commodity has made its way to the general market for consumers who seek a laid-back appeal with style.The luxurious shoes worn with khakis, shorts, or jeans, will add an extra spice to the upcoming spring collection, as worn by freshman Christina Cordova to the right. Both men and women can enjoy the American icon for a price averaging around $85.00 at Sperry Top-Sider.
Belt It- The feminine silhouette still holds strong. Bold, wide belts by Louis Vuitton and Fendi were worn over jackets, dresses, and the full skirted looks. Fabric wraps and leather are the trend, like the wide, double buckled belt seen on junior Perri Rothenberg to the right. Aﬃxed with tassels, brooches, or ribbons, belts are an easy accessory to be inventive with, and they simultaneously update your look. The Ecote Embroidered belt runs about $28.00 at Urban Outﬁtters.
Bottoms Up- A piece that was once relegated to the masculine set has now made a comeback on nearly every runway was pants. From daring Indian dhoti style to pegged trousers, and even harem styles, novelty pants are actually ﬁgure forgiving. The pleating, volume, and cropped styles have a slimming eﬀect. Paired with blazers, blouses, and knits, you can pull oﬀ a really chic look with a complementary purse. The daring dhoti style can be purchased at Forever 21 for a steal at $8.99.
Think Pink- The most powerful color on the runways from New York to Milan. The simplest frocks came alive, thanks to bright bubblegum pinks and fuchsia ﬂorals. The color is universally ﬂattering and adds the right amount of girly whimsy to any look. Wear this shade with the latest coral jewelry found at Target. Au Naturel- The prevailing color choice to appear end of February is a slew of ﬂesh tones. Nude hues were a resounding favorite among the designers this season. They canvassed the shades for nearly every silhouette, from day dresses, pants, and jackets. Mix diﬀerent shades for an on-trend ensemble. A nude mesh stripped dress runs about $30.00 at Forever 21’s sister company Twelve by Twelve.
A review of top comedians Dane Cook innergeekdom.wordpress.com
World renowned for his stand-up comedy, Dane Cook has a unique style that blends observational comedy with general insanity. His bits usually revolve around everyday life, such as wanting to do a B&E (breaking and entering) or the nagging urge to cry every once in while. By assuming many characters during his acts, Cook is able to convey a wide range of emotions at the same time, drawing the audience into the experience. After a while, Cook’s performances become a grossly over exaggerated and soon drop down to dull. Overall, Cook tries and fails to keep his act fresh by using a great deal of expression, shouting, and what he thinks to be wit. Known for his rather blunt and crude humor, Daniel Tosh breaks the barriers on controversial subjects like cannibalism and extreme makeovers. Using anecdotes like stories of pelting homeless people with spare change, Tosh explores the complexities of life through the eyes of a hilarious cynic. Though many of his bits end up on a completely irrelevant subject, Tosh knows how to keep his act together. Tosh made his debut on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and has become a wide success. His routines on Comedy Central send people home laughing, like his rant on why he won’t use broken hotel lamps, which eventually led to his stance on the legalization of marĳuana, a stance that is more interesting than others. Overall, Daniel Tosh is a versatile comic who takes everyday situations and blows them out of proportion, which usually ends up being hilarious.
Another great comic, Jim Gaﬃgan uses the world around him to create some side-splitting jokes. Like others, Gaﬃgan is an observational comic who takes a simple subject such as holidays or Hot Pockets and forms a long, drawn out laughter fest. His acts are very narrow, but since he elaborates so much, it feels like he’s talking about a thousand things. While Gaﬃgan’s sarcastic tone can get a little stale after a while, he knows how to add emphasis to certain words, or to lighten his voice in a very cynical way. Overall, Jim Gaﬃgan is a must-watch for his witty humor and killer anecdotes. >>Sam Brown
by Nicholas Sparks
The Lucky One, written by Nicholas Sparks, is a tear-jerking tale that will have anyone hooked within the ﬁrst few pages. Logan Thibault is an Iraq War veteran. He has come home with no real home and not a penny to his name. In the Iraq desert, he stumbled upon a picture of a young lady in the sand. He picked it up and took it back to base with the notion that someone was looking for it, but no one claimed the picture, and he kept it without really knowing why. His best buddy claimed it to be his lucky charm after Logan was nearly killed multiple times. Logan just brushed it oﬀ, but when he returned home he felt as if he had unﬁnished business. He decided to ﬁnd the woman in the picture. Logan set oﬀ with a backpack and a German shepherd to ﬁnd the mysterious lady. He encounters troubles throughout his journey, but ultimately Logan ﬁnds what he’s meant to do. It’s a nice read for anyone looking for a heartwarming tale, but spare some tears because in the end Sparks threw in a heroic deed that calls for some tissues. All in all, Sparks has beautifully portrayed yet another romance. >>Cassie Cooler
Head of My Class by Scooter Smiff
Those familiar with the style of Jeﬀ Dunham know one special characteristic, his use of puppets. Through the aid of diﬀerent personas such as Walter the grumpy old man, Sweet Daddy Dee the PIMP (Player In a Management Position), and Peanut the woozle from Micronesia, Dunham creates a variety of acts with wide ranging dialogues. Jeﬀ ’s skits always revolve around his use of his puppets, which gets Dunham into curious situations. Such as his presentation of Peanut in his segments, which usually ends up in Peanut berating Jeﬀ. The style Jeﬀ uses is topical comedy, which is mixed with the dialogue that he shares with his characters. As a comedian, Jeﬀ is great, but sometimes his assistants can outshine him, a quality that shows how good a writer he is. Sometimes, however, it has to be more about the comedian and less the props.
The Lucky One
Everyone knows the one little kid who pretends to rap, who likes to pretend to perform at family functions. Everyone thinks it’s cute at ﬁrst but it gradually becomes annoying. Imagine if that kid got a record deal and had a ﬁve year-old write their songs, the result is very close to Scooter Smiﬀ. The main problem with Scooter Smiﬀ and his debut single, ‘Head of My Class,’ is his ability to establish an audience. The lyrics are absolutely horrendous with ridiculous metaphors and random nursery rhymes thrown in. Smiﬀ then confuses his audience when he has Chris Brown in his song, who starts out one verse with: “Teacher lookin’ ﬁne, I think I might holla.” While his lyrics come oﬀ more comical than hiphop, the chorus of ‘Head of My Class’ is catchy and mainstream. The exact deﬁnition of earworm, ‘Head of My Class,’ will sell, but will fall into the genre where Soulja Boy and Men Without Hats reside. >>Scott Pollenz
February 11, 2009
Struggles lead to new hope
Girls’ basketball team looks forward to continued success next season Rachel Drummond staff writer
“After a bad game we have to do things like running, wall sits, and random drills. [It] lets us know we need to do better,” The girl’s basketball team started a new Doherty said. season with early conditioning and a new However, for every bad game there is a team with many key players. good game in which the girls take pride. They started off their season with a “Bloomingdale game was my best. struggle but are playing to win at disCoach was really proud of tricts. me. I got three three-point“Districts will be the ers in a row and did really most important games for good on defense,” Doherty us, they pretty much deArmwood was a said. termine whether or not we The girls admit to their continue with our season or bad game, a lot of consecutive losses, but not,” sophomore Lindsay Taggart said. our key players were say the teams they played against were tough. Practices for the girls “Armwood was a bad consist of many drills and injured, but the game game, a lot of our key playtake up the whole week, against Newsome ers were injured,” freshman under the instruction of was great, I was Sarah Dacosta said. “But coach Jason Herring. They have learned new really focused and game against Newsome was great. I was really focused drills and even made it to played really well. and played really well.” the point of challenging The starting lineup this the boy’s team and claimyear is made up of mostly ing themselves as the better > Sarah Dacosta seniors, which leaves the team. team with a lot of key playA season of any sport ers moving on college next year. has both its high and low points. “We are losing a lot of key players, my Players are extra hard on themselves hope for next year is that we can rebuild. when a mistake is made, but also face other And we can get some new, good freshmen,” consequences. Senior Erin Doherty ﬁnds Taggart said. punishment for poorly played games harsh, Although success for the team this year but also necessary.
The girls’ basketball team receives a pre-game pep talk from Coach Jason Herring. The team has had a successful season thus far.
was doubted and criticized, the girls still feel that they can come back next year with a stronger, better team. “This year’s team is awesome. We have a good team, and we have potential. We just need to stay focused,” Doherty said. The team agreed that they had good chemistry throughout the season but an issue with staying focused and winning the games. Taggart says they have their good days and bad days, which may be the reason for their 6-14 record this season. The girls’ practices have been long and tiring but have benefited the team as a whole. “A win against Bloomingdale was deﬁnitely a high point for us,” Taggart said, “We played more as a team than we had before.” The girls say that this season was a struggle, but deﬁnitely worth the work. Their hopes and expectations for next year are high, and they expect to fulﬁll them. “[This year] was deﬁnitely a rebuilding year,” Herring said, “We lost some scholarship players to college last year and only had two returning seniors. It took a while for those seniors and new players to gel, but eventually they all gelled together. We work well together and are to the point of competing every night.”
Team takes tough shots Rachel Drummond staff writer As the boys’ basketball season comes to an end, reﬂection on the events of this year brings bittersweet emotions. According to the players, they worked extremely well together. However, the scoreboard and their records failed to reﬂect their teamwork. “Our team this year has good chemistry, we just needed to work harder than we did,” junior Jordan Duval said. In a season where the team struggled to win games, the team seemed to keep a positive attitude reﬂecting their eﬀorts and accomplishments. “We’ve had our ups and our downs, but we are impressive. When we actually play together as a team, we can beat anyone around. However, we’re not consecutive in the whole working together thing,” Junior Jake Kehlenbeck said. Coach Grenon says that this year’s team beneﬁted from having some standout players who will be difficult to replace next year. “[Senior] Brendan Bertorello has been starting point for three years, and it’s going
to be impossible to replace him next year,” Grenon said. The players also agree that building a new team next year will be top priority. The players acknowledge a need for improvement, but also realize that they are in a tough district. “The game against Ridgewood was crazy, the guys were really big, fast and smart,” Kehlenbeck says. Coach Grenon says that the team has played well up until recently. He also says the team is very talented and a good team, but just lacking in size. “We’ve lost a lot of games, some that we couldn’t win… But we have had some that we should have won, that’s not often, but some we should have won,” Grenon said. Kehlenbeck agrees that the team has put forth a great eﬀort but fell short of a few wins. “The season’s been tough, I had some bad games. A few low points,” Kehlenbeck said, “The Armwood game was one, I missed a very crucial shot at end of fourth quarter… a very touchy subject.” Coach Grenon says a lack of motivation is not what held the team back, he says they
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Senior Brendan Borterello rushes past two Sickles guards.The team has fought hard this season, and has a 4-18 record with one game remaining.
have a great team. He says next year they’ll just have to build on what they have and improve younger and older players. “It’s hard as the guys struggle with losses, but we’re good winners,” Grenon said. “We’re positive with those, and that helps us all the other times.” The team struggled in the game against
Armwood, losing by one point on senior night. Grenon’s hope is that the team can redeem themselves at districts. “The guys didn’t try out with impression of becoming the state champions,” he said. “The eﬀort put forth was great. I hope they’ve learned lessons in basketball and life as well.”
sports 11 Girls’ soccer team succeeds despite struggles revolution
Injuries create problems for team Greg Behrman staff writer
The girls’ soccer team had to overcome many hardships this season as a result of numerous injuries. The team had players injured this season, yet they maintained their high level of play and ﬁnished the season 8-2-2. Junior Carly Petree and freshman goalkeeper Emily Ball were injured at the start of the season. Freshman Leah Stiling and junior Rachel Rodenberry were both injured during the season. The team used the numerous injuries as form of motivation that required the underclassmen to step up and contribute to the team’s success. “The injuries are forcing the underclassmen to step up and work harder to help the team,” junior Rachel Roddenberry said. Two of the ﬁve injured players were starters, and many of the younger girls on the team had to step up and contribute a lot more than usual. “All of the girls have worked really hard but a couple of them, like Sarah Hill, Chloe Stokes and Emily Harvey have really stood out,” Roddenberry said. Roddenberry was injured in the Alonso game when she was fouled and suﬀered a torn ACL, torn meniscus and a torn arcurate ligament. “It’s really depressing,” Roddenberry said, “I’ll be out for six months and won’t be able to play any sports.” The girls who suﬀered injuries caused a lot of problems for the coaches and upperclassmen on the team. “Rachel was the worst injury for us this year, she gave us a lot of depth and was a really hard worker,” junior team captain Olivia Bloemke said. The numerous injuries have also made the jobs of the team captains more diﬃcult and have put more pressure on them as leaders. “It’s really hard as an upperclassmen and a team captain because we have to keep all of the younger players motivated,” Bloemke said. Freshman Chloe Stokes ﬁlled in as goalkeeper for the majority of the regular season due to Ball’s injury. Though Ball was able to play by the time of the District tournament,
Junior Gail Wichman, senior Ashley Tighe and freshman Jenna Stiling practice with a small-sided scrimmage. The girls’ ﬁnal record was 8-2-2 and they lost to Newsome in double overtime in the District semiﬁnals.
Stokes volunteered to play for the majority of the season with little previous goalie training. In addition to the success on the ﬁeld during the regular season, the team was able to advance to the semiﬁnals of the district tournament. The team lost the game to Newsome High School on penalty kicks following two 10-minute overtimes. “It was the best game we have played all year,” Bloemke said Despite the team’s failure to win the district championship, they were not disappointed with the outcome of their
season. “I was dissapointed that we did not win, but I was not dissapointed with how we played to end the tournament,” Bloemke said. Throughout the season the team had to overcome many diﬃculties that resulted from the numerous injuries that occurred yet they still managed to make it to the semiﬁnals of the district tournament and ﬁnish third in the district. “We never make excuses,” Bloemke said. “We just try to overcome our problems.”
of the times
On February 4, six seniors from five differents sports teams signed letters of intent with their respective colleges. The athletes were joined by their coaches, families and friends to celebrate their athletic achievements.
Clockwise from upper left: 1. Football players Carl Saunders and Coril Joseph sign with Jacksonville University and Charleston Southern, respectively. 2. Tennis player Bridget McKenna signs with Erskine College while soccer player Monique Lamotte signs with New Hampshire. 3. Deion Jones becomes the boys’ soccer team’s first Division I college player by signing with Florida Gulf Coast University. 4. Chris Bonti signs with Wesleyan for baseball.
Photos by J.Wasserman/revolution
American Rock School “Make it easier than they expect and keep it fun” says founder, Dave Arazmo. American Rock School’s teachers are hired based on their combination of skill, knowledge of music theory and personality. “No one looks forward to a music lesson from a boring place with strict, by-the-booker’s who lack enthusiasm, music is fun and creative and should be taught that way” says Dave. As a teacher himself for more than 20 years, Dave still enjoys giving lessons a couple days a week at both locations. Recently, one of his former students, Billy Norris, got hired to play guitar in muti-platinum artist, Gavin Degraw’s band. “That is so cool. Billy studied with me from when he was nine until he was ﬁfteen. I am very happy for his success”. Dave says that musical ability is a lot like drawing ability; you won’t know how much you have until you start. He says that students can be their own worst critics and that can slow them down. “If you sit there and tell yourself ‘I stink, I can’t do this’, how can that motivate you?” Dave’s teachers will teach you to be patient with yourself. With plans to open more American Rock Schools in Florida over the next few years, he is looking for partnerships with music enthusiasts/ business-minded people including his own staff. A current instructor is planning to open his own location in Pinellas County later this year. “I think that what we’re doing here is awesome and I want to take it to my side of the Bay” says instructor, David James, who began teaching at American Rock School in 2004, shortly after it opened originally as “Tampa Guitar School”.
A crowd gathers outside Tampa Guitar in Tampa Palms to watch guitar hero, Michael Angelo Batio, in March 2008 American Rock School is the lesson program inside Tampa Guitar. Be sure to check out up-coming current events on the website: www.AmericanRockSchool.com. They will set-up your guitar to play better, put on fresh strings, and teach you how to play it like a pro. Anyone can bring their guitar down and they will tune it for free! Tampa Guitar is on Amberly drive (next to Lifestyle ﬁtness and Peabody’s pool hall), they sell electric and acoustic guitars for all ages and tastes along with accessories like strings, picks, straps, cables, drum sticks and more. You can take lessons on guitar, bass, drums, voice, piano, and woodwind from their skilled instructors. There is even a Nintendo Wii in the lobby to play while you wait for your lesson.
558.6683 W. Hillsborough Ave
Getting Ready To Rock! Students prepare backstage at ARS’ music recital, held in May and Novemeber