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According to Lack, without the guarantee that siblings will attend school together, some parents Most students gain entrance into might not send their children to a these schools through the lottery, choice school in the first place. but under the original schools-ofâ€œIâ€™m glad my son is at West choice charter, siblings of lottery Shore, and pleased that his brother winners are automatically eligible will be able to attend this school for enrollment if they meet aca- next year,â€? she said. â€œI donâ€™t know demic requirements. if I would have applied for my But some Brevard County School older son to attend West Shore if board members argue that since a I couldnâ€™t be reasonably certain his sibling is automatically accepted, younger brother would attend as the chances for outside applicants well. Teachers and administrators to be accepted is get to know families lowered. Last month, with multiple sibmore than 1,000 aplings really well, and plied for 175 slots. usually, thatâ€™s a very Though decision positive experience all has not yet been around.â€? made, Donna Lack, Principal Rick Flemthe mother of a curing says a focus on rent student and a families is essential to future seventh-grad- 7KH.HOOQHUVMXQLRU the experience. er, is concerned that $EELHHLJKWKJUDGHU â€œWeâ€™ve worked reremoving the sibling $VKO\QDQGVHYHQWK ally hard to make West clause will lead to JUDGHU$OOLH Shore have a more painful consequences. family aspect,â€? he said. â€œI feel that if the school board â€œHaving siblings here together does away with the sibling pref- helps to build the family connecerence clause, it will effectively tion. We will definitely be affected dismantle the wonderful family if this was to be taken away.â€? atmosphere that is a positive charOne concern is that more older acteristic of West Shore, and prob- students would likely be admitted. ably the other schools of choice as â€œWe start at seventh grade and well,â€? she said. â€œOur school may work our way up to higher levels of miss out on a whole new and di- academics,â€? Fleming said. â€œComing verse group of students that will here from another middle school bypass the opportunity to attend might give the student a disadvansince the parents do not want their tage. It might be a harder transichildren to be at separate schools.â€? tion, but it is clearly possible.â€? Junior Liam Wixted, a school According to district records, 40 soccer player, says ending the sib- percent of 175 incoming seventhling preference would be a mistake. graders were admitted under â€œWe have three sets of brothers the sibling clause in the 2010-11 [on the soccer team], so it brings school year, but Fleming says that everyone together. The older percentage does not paint an enbrothers help the younger broth- tirely accurate picture. ers,â€? he said. â€œThey donâ€™t want the â€œPeople donâ€™t realize that 12 to younger brothers out-competing 15 applicants of that 40 percent them so it kind of just brings ev- would have gotten into West Shore erything together and makes us even if we didnâ€™t have the grandfacompete more.â€? ther clause,â€? he said.
Upon hearing students have made it into the prestigious West Shore, the first question outsiders tend to ask is, how did they get in? Parents of children who havenâ€™t made the lotterybased cut sometimes turn to conspiracy theories such as bribery or inside favors. While Principal Rick Fleming refutes such notions, he has seen attempts to bypass the admissions system. â€œThe most profound case Iâ€™ve ever had is when a mother called me from her hospital bed at Holmes Regional Medical Center,â€? he said. â€œShe called from the cancer ward and was diagnosed with lymphoma. She had three months to live and her dying wish was for her son to come to the school, but he was not selected in the lottery. I checked her story and even went to the hospital to meet her and to explain the process and the bad news. There is nothing that can touch the integrity of the process.â€? Office Clerk Janice Kowing, who oversees the lottery process, cites various cases of parents trying to circumvent the system. â€œAt least two or three times a year people try to use fake addresses that are either from a friend or a boyfriend or a cousin if their kids donâ€™t live within the required area,â€? she said. Kowing says people have accused the school of taking bribes though the system is completely legitimate. â€œWe welcome people to watch the process,â€? Kowing said. â€œOnce the information is processed, the computer generates a random number for the student application. Those numbers are printed, cut into little strips and put in an actual lottery barrel.â€? Kowing says the school then holds an event in which members of the School Advisory Council, parents, students and administrators watch the process of each number getting picked and cross check the order to ensure accuracy. â€œNo names are involved, itâ€™s just numbers, so itâ€™s a completely blind lottery,â€? Kowing said. Kowing says the lottery system is necessary because the school has more applications than available spots to fill. Last month, 1,025 students applied for the 2012-13 school semester, the most in school history. Some say only top-performing students should be admitted. â€œItâ€™s against the design principles the school was set up with to discriminate against these students with the god-given aptitude,â€? Fleming said. â€œA school full of kids that are brilliant would give us an elitist image.â€? Eighth-grader Hyun Bak says he feels lucky to have made it into the school. â€œI heard it was super hard to get in and even my friends with straight Aâ€™s who were good at everything tried three times and didnâ€™t get in,â€? Bak said. â€œ[When I applied] they told me itâ€™ll never work.â€?
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,OOHJDOLQNSRVHVERWKOHJDODQGKHDWKULVNV 0DUOH\%XWFKHU 0DQDJLQJ(GLWRU Tattoos are increasingly popular and while 18 is the legal age to get a tattoo without parental consent, increasingly teens are turning to alternative sources. “I know people who own an illegal tattoo parlor,” a senior girl said. “They don’t own a shop, they just run the parlor out of their house. They don’t have a license that I’m aware of, but I’m pretty sure they run a clean operation. They charge way less than normal tattoos and don’t ask for I.D. They normally tattoo friends of friends and, from what I’ve seen, the tattoos are really cool. I’ve never heard of anyone that got their tattoo there get an infection.” Student Resource Officer Charles Landmesser said people who provide such services have been arrested and sent to jail because of the seriousness of the health regulation requirements. “The first thing as an investigator that I would do is to check out the place in question,” he said. “I would determine whether the suspect was directly involved or if the place in question is being rented.
Then I would talk to the neighbors and see if there is a lot of traffic or shipments coming to the suspected house. If it turns out to be an illegal place of business the person could go to jail. The case gets turned over to the state attorney and from there to a judge who will try the case. It’s something you don’t want to get mixed up in.” Unregulated tattooing also poses serious health risks. Jennifer Corbin, a nurse at Holmes Regional Medical Center, has seen patients contract HIV and hepatitus as a result of tattoo infections. “You’re running the risk of getting seriously infected,” Corbin said. “And it’s serious. There are so many diseases that you could get from sharing needles, HIV being the major one. People who run their own tattoo places are not under any supervision and don’t have to follow any of the health regulations that other places do. More than the needles is the ink. The reused ink could carry Mersa which will give you staff infections. The bacteria is very harmful and is evolving to survive the dosage of antibiotics that we give you. Practicing clean hygiene is the only way to prevent getting these diseases, and getting a tattoo from a clean legal parlor is what will save you.”
-XQLRUҋVSDVVLRQIRUVFLHQFHUHDSVUHZDUGV 6DUDK'D\ 6WDIIZULWHU Ever hear the phrase “science is all around us”? It explains phenomena as complex as how man originated on Earth and as simple as why an object must fall once you throw it up in the air. But science has yet to explain a person’s willingness to sacrifice in pursuit of passion. Junior Michelle Chin has lived and breathed science for as long as she can remember. “Recently, I won the Senior Biological Best of Show 0LFKHOOH&KLQ Award and an invitation to compete at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in Pittsburgh at the Brevard Mainland Science and Engineering Fair,” Chin said. “I won first place in the Plant Sciences category. I was extremely happy to win Best of Show because I worked hard, and my efforts paid off.” The Intel ISEF 2012 is the premiere event
for more than 1,500 international student finalists. The symposium includes workshops, demonstrations and panel discussions, and opens the door to opportunities to win scholarships and internships. “I always have a strong interest in science since elementary school,” Chin said. “For the past three years, I have been doing independent science research in my spare time on top of my regular class schedules.” Chin admits her success didn’t arise solely through hard work. Her older brother Marcus, her parents and her teachers have help her realize her dreams. “Even though I have always been involved with science, my sincere interest sparked in 10th grade when my AP Biology class took a field trip to [University of Florida] to conduct a research lab. It was a wonderful learning experience,” Chin said. “Soon after, I participated and received first place awards in protein modeling, cell biology in the Florida regional and state and Science Olympiads which heightened my confidence to compete.”
Working ahead, Chin started on her science project during the summer. “This year, the idea for my project came from my Green Connection experience last summer,” Chin said. “I studied environmental conservation in France for two weeks and was inspired to conduct a research project on environmental cleanup.” Though it seems as if Chin has already accomplished the impossible, she doesn’t plan to stop anytime soon. She plans to double-major in biomedical engineering and international business in college and would like to pursue a career in science research on medicine or environment. Currently, Chin is preparing for the Florida State Science Fair in April and the International Science Fair in May. “I am very proud of my accomplishments so far,” Chin said. “There is so much more that goes on behind the scenes in order to become successful, especially in a field as tedious as science. I believe it takes years of discipline, hard work, solid scientific thought and creativity.”
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6HQDWHNLOOVELOOWRSODFHDGVRQVFKRROEXVHV )HOLFLD6ROD]]R 6WDIIZULWHU As school districts are impacted by the countryâ€™s economic crisis, new measures are being taken to raise money. Such as putting advertisement on transportation. State lawmakers narrowly defeated a bill that would have permitted school districts to sell advertising space on their school buses. A similar issue was considered last year in the Florida Senate and House, but failed due to lack of support. Representatives once again pushed the bill in order to produce an income during these difficult financial times. The Florida Association for Pupil Transportation (FAPT) opposed the House and Senate bill in January of 2011, fearing an increase in motorist distractions and accidents. In addition, the FAPT said it would be difficult and legally expensive for the state to control the types of advertisements displayed on buses. In the state of Florida, no school districts currently advertise on school buses, as it would be in violation of the present Florida Statue and Florida Administrative Code. Mike Connors, director of transportation for Brevard District Schools, said the bill would not be considered in good economic times. â€œLegislators know state transportation funding is inadequate,â€? Connors said. â€œThis is a way for them to appear to be helping transportation departments with their transportation costs.â€? Assistant Principal Jim Melia said a decision to put advertisements on buses would come with many consequences. â€œI like to think of school buses to be big and yellow,â€? Melia said.
â€œThat way, people can know that vehicle carries special cargo â€” someoneâ€™s child.â€? In addition, Melia is concerned about the messages students could be receiving from the advertisements. In 2007, a conflict arose in Seminole County when McDonaldâ€™s coupons were printed on student report cards. Parents complained that the county was promoting poor eating habits as child obesity was a growing issue in the country. Which begs the question: How can you differentiate whether an ad is offensive to someone or not? â€œThat must be answered by the school board if the advertising on school buses bill is approved,â€? Connors said. â€œThis issue is one we used when voicing our opposition to the bill. The â€˜appropriate or notâ€™ line must be drawn, yet who determines the criteria?â€? Laura Brusca, a mother, said the state must take the safety of students into consideration if the bill is passed, as she has two daughters who ride the bus to and from school during the week. â€œI think advertising on school buses is an acceptable idea if the advertisements were limited to one per side for safety reasons,â€? Brusca said. â€œHowever, itâ€™s a little embarrassing that schools have to resort to this.â€? Melia, in agreement with Brusca, also is upset with the lack of money that is provided for the school system. â€œItâ€™s sad that education has come to the point where weâ€™re so desperate for money, that we must turn our school buses into billboards,â€? Melia said. Both Sen. Mike Haridopolisâ€™ and Rep. Ritch Workmanâ€™s offices did not return multiple phone calls to comment on this story, but observers expect the proposal to return next year.
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6WDIIZULWHU Junior Jackie Heller walked out of a local thrift store with her newly purchased Prom dress. Her wallet was only $5 lighter. â€œI actually wasnâ€™t looking for a dress when I walked in that day,â€? Heller said. â€œI was looking for a costume and I just found it. It was everything I was hoping for in a dress, and it was so inexpensive. The dress just kind of found me.â€? But Heller is in the minority when it comes to spending on Prom. The average price teens spend is $566, according to a 2008 national survey conducted by 7KHULGH Hearst. After purchasing tickets, attire 7LFNHWV and other prom-related items, Prom costs &DSWXULQJWKHPRPHQW can add up. 7KHWX[ â€œThe economy isnâ€™t too awesome right 7KHGUHVV now, plus weâ€™re teenagers so itâ€™s hard to $FFHVVRULHV afford all of that,â€? junior Tyler Moscrip said. â€œI get that itâ€™s supposed to be a fun +DLU night, but I donâ€™t really believe in putting *URRPLQJ out hundreds of dollars for one night.â€? 1DWLRQDODYHUDJHVDFFRUGLQJWR86$7RGD\ Junior Class President Stephanie Delgado said the price of tickets should be about the same as last year, but thatâ€™s not where teens put most of their money. â€œA lot of girls are buying dresses that are hundreds of dollars, and itâ€™s pretty ridiculous if you think about it,â€? junior Desiree Corbin said. â€œItâ€™s kind of pointless because youâ€™re only going to wear it once and itâ€™s not worth all that money. Iâ€™m determined to find a dress thatâ€™s $50 or less because Iâ€™m a bargain shopper. I think it can still
be simple and cute.â€? Meredith Ryder, owner of Meredithâ€™s Bridal and Formalwear said that the economy hasnâ€™t affected the sale of dresses much at all. â€œWe sell about 150 dresses every year,â€? Ryder said. â€œThe girls want that dress for Prom, and theyâ€™ll do whatever they can to get it. Itâ€™s an important day in their life and they want the most beautiful dress they can get.â€? Ryder said multiple plans have been developed to combat the economy so sales stay up. â€œWe have layaway plans so the girls can put money down on the dresses gradually so theyâ€™re not paying for the dress all at once, and it doesnâ€™t seem like theyâ€™re spending so much money,â€? Ryder said. â€œWe carry dresses as low as $80, so that the girls donâ€™t have to worry as much.â€? Renting as opposed to buying tuxedos also has been the more popular option for high school boys, according to Heather Ryder, owner of Meredithâ€™s Tuxedos & Suits. â€œA lot of guys choose to rent a tuxedo instead of purchasing because itâ€™s much less expensive,â€? Ryder said. â€œRenting one can run as low as $59. Buying one would be much more.â€? Prom is scheduled for April 21 at the Hilton Rialto. â€œAll in all itâ€™s going to be expensive no matter what,â€? Corbin said. â€œBut I think we should make the best of it by trying to make it as affordable as possible, but still fun.â€?
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/DWHVWERRNWRPRYLHIUDQFKLVHKHDGVLQWRWKHDWHUV /HVOH\:ULJKW (GLWRULQFKLHI Suzanne Collinsâ€™ â€œHunger Gamesâ€? trilogy is taking the school by storm. Every day a new student is introduced to the chaos and hairraising suspense that is the 74th Annual Hunger Games. Whatâ€™s the reason for its ever-growing popularity? The trilogy appeals to readers of any age, any gender and any background. â€œI really like the futuristic theme, action-filled plotline and â€˜fight to the deathâ€™ scenario,â€? senior Derek Dâ€™Esposito said. â€œâ€˜The Hunger Gamesâ€™ appeals to a wider range of people than letâ€™s say â€˜Twilight.â€™ What I mean by that is I donâ€™t think many guys like or want to watch â€˜Twilightâ€™.â€? Junior Eran del Castillo is equally as enthusiastic about the trilogy, which has more than 23 million copies in the U.S. alone. â€œI think â€˜The Hunger Gamesâ€™ is innovative in that Suzanne Collins has been able to capture what itâ€™s really like to be a teenager,â€? del Castillo said. â€œSo far, itâ€™s been really disappointing to see countless young adult novels where the protagonist doesnâ€™t react to times of need or romance as a real 16- to 17-year-old would. Itâ€™s refreshing to see a novel that so accurately depicts the main charactersâ€™ grief and sadness. Not only that, the highly anticipated first silver screen installment of the New York Times best-seller (for over 100 consecutive weeks) is set for release March 23. Directed by Gary Ross (â€œSeabiscuitâ€?), the film stars Jennifer Lawrence (â€œWinterâ€™s Boneâ€?) as Katniss Everdeen, Josh Hutcherson (â€œZathuraâ€?) as Peeta Mellark and Liam Hemsworth (â€œThe Last Songâ€?) as Gale Hawthorne. Online movie ticket giant Fandango reported that â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€? accounted for 83 percent of the siteâ€™s ticket sales Feb. 22, the first day show times became available for the projected spring blockbuster. â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€? even beat out â€œThe Twilight Saga: Eclipseâ€™sâ€? previous record set May 14, 2010, for Fandangoâ€™s top first-day advanced ticket seller. â€œI donâ€™t think â€˜The Hunger Gamesâ€™ will outdo Harry Potterâ€™s popularity, but I definitely think itâ€™ll be a close competitor for â€˜Twilight,â€™ or maybe even do better,â€? junior Michelle Morency said. Itâ€™s hard for â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€? to not be compared to historically successful book-tomovie franchises such as â€œTwilightâ€? or â€œHarry Potter.â€? â€œThereâ€™s such a huge obsession over â€˜The
Hunger Gamesâ€™ right now because the books themselves are fantastic and â€˜Harry Potterâ€™ is over while â€˜Twilightâ€™ is quickly coming to a close,â€? Morency said. â€œFans are looking for the next best thing.â€? Collinsâ€™ trilogy seems to have that obsessive quality hidden within each of its less than 400page books. â€œDonâ€™t start one of the books unless you donâ€™t have anything amazingly important to do. Theyâ€™re just not books you can read spread out over a couple weeks,â€? del Castillo said. â€œItâ€™s so cliche, but the story line seems to be made so you canâ€™t put the book down. Every time I started one of the books, I finished within 24 hours.â€? Freshman Rachel Ho says the books hold multiple meanings. â€œâ€˜The Hunger Gamesâ€™ teaches readers about romance, friends, competition and just life in general,â€? Ho said. The movieâ€™s hype has invaded popular clothing stores such as Hot Topic, which selling merchandise in every shape and form. â€œThe other day I stopped by the mall to check to see if any â€˜Hunger Gamesâ€™ stuff had come in, and I found all of these cool shirts with Katniss, Peeta, Gale, the other tributes and the District 12 emblem,â€? senior Lauren Brown said. â€œThey even had Peeta pillowcases. However, they only had sizes large and extra large in the shirts, which shows just how popular the movie will be. Die-hard fans, affectionately named â€œTributesâ€? after the contestants of the â€œHunger Games,â€? are prepared with pre-purchased tickets, handmade shirts and mockingjay pins in check. â€œâ€˜The Hunger Gamesâ€™ movie will have to follow the series closely but the cinematic creativity that the producers and directors have to work with is limitless, I cannot wait,â€? senior Vivian Taylor said. Premiere Oaks Stadium 10 theater has prepared for Thursdayâ€™s midnight premiere. â€œWe have three theaters reserved for just the midnight premiere,â€? Oaks employee Michelle Osterloh said. â€œAlthough â€˜Twilightâ€™s Eclipseâ€™ sold out in all 10 of our auditoriums, I still believe â€˜The Hunger Gamesâ€™ will be crazy as well.â€? Critics speculate that â€œThe Hunger Gamesâ€? has been hyped too much hype, which could lead to a letdown for fans. But for all the Tributes out there with the utmost faith in director Gary Ross, in the words of Collins herself, â€œmay the odds be ever in your favor.â€?
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Cell phone use in school may be beneficial Â I donâ€™t think that the use of cell phones in school should be completely prohibited. Though they are disruptive during class, outside of class they arenâ€™t a nuisance. I think that students should be allowed to use them during certain times of the day. This would keep them from texting secretly during class and having to sneak around school to use their cell phones where no faculty can see them. I donâ€™t know how many times Iâ€™ve seen people texting during class, but most of the time itâ€™s not just to socialize. With so many extracurricular activities, coordinating pick up times with parents and making sure you have a ride to lacrosse practice or back home from rehearsal is necessary. Not to mention parents want to be able to keep in touch with their kids if thereâ€™s an emergency or sudden switch-up of plans. My mom goes out of town for her job, and when she leaves the country she always texts or calls me to keep in touch. My dad does the same to coordinate his work schedule with pick-up times and doctorâ€™s appointments. I canâ€™t count on my fingers how many times Iâ€™ve turned on my phone after school to find several texts telling me to ride the bus or to change plans and go home with a friend. If we were able to check our phones outside of class during school hours, it would save us the panicked sprint to catch the bus when our plans are changed. Students should be able to take out their
phones during lunch when they donâ€™t have class and donâ€™t need to pay attention. Itâ€™s a perfect time to call their parents to make sure that their schedules are organized. â€” Emily Dubec-Hunter, freshman
Soccer fans are appreciated
As a player who experienced the thrill of the state finals game I can say that a big part of what made it memorable was the number of West Shore fans present at the game. As soon as I walked onto the field I glanced at the fans section of the USF stadium to see, to my delight, that 3/4â€™s of the seats were filled with our fans. The chants of the fans, the encouragement, the singing, the signs, all factors that made the team feel as if we were playing a professional game in the presence of a Barclayâ€™s Premier League crowd. It made the game feel that much more authentic and for that I give great thanks to the fans. There was no way that West Shore could lose when we were being backed by the entirety of the school. I know I speak for the rest of the team when I say that the fan support was absolutely appreciated. Through the rain, the bad calls, and the nail-biting moments you guys were there. Thank you to the fans, the parents, my teammates, the coaches, and of course the dance team. â€” Jimmy Madden, junior
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Q: What are you planning to do during Spring Break? â€œIâ€™m going to St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands because my grandpa lives there.â€? â€” Brooke Robertson, 11th
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â€” Varsha Sahoo, 12th
Q: What do you think about tattoos? â€œI think theyâ€™re cool - itâ€™s a way to express yourself. It could be a distraction at school if it is visible and large.â€? â€” Carissa Sage, 10th
Prayer legislation will have unintended consequences
Imagine the graduation caps flying into the air, and a Muslim boy taking the stage as the crowd quiets down. He begins speaking in Arabic and praising Allah. The students, mainly Christians, are uncomfortable with the message, and the principal’s email is flooded with threatening messages from fuming parents. If signed into law by Gov. Rick Scott, the school prayer recently passed by the Florida House and Senate would crumble the religious equality in our fragile school system. The bill allows students the opportunity to project religious messages everywhere from graduations to Friday night football games. Clearly sponsors of the prayer bill are coming from the religious majority: in this case, overwhelmingly Christian. Sen. Gary Siplin, the Democrat who proposed the legislation, is a devout Baptist with six references to God on his homepage. Supporting Sens. Erik Fresen, Oscar Braynon II, and Evelyn Lynn are Catholic, Episcopal, and Methodist, respectively. House sponsor Charles Van Zant, a Republican, is a selfproclaimed Baptist preacher with a doctorate in theology. Their dreams are images of students standing up to pray for peace and inner strength, but with a catch: in the name of Jesus Christ. Like countless other political hypocrites, the prayer bill’s cheerleaders are ready for freedom of speech, on their terms.
Christian speakers are all well and good, but what happens when a Muslim or Hindu steps up to the podium? And even if these lawmakers can be open-minded about a reference to Allah or Krishna, what happens when, as Rep. Luis Garcia Jr. astutely articulates, “[students start] worshipping the devil?” God forbid. But his hypothetical brings up some tricky questions. What religious beliefs are appropriate to be vocalized at a student event, and what defines a religion, anyway? While the first religions that come to mind may purport themes of peace and moral values, there’s a broad spectrum of beliefs that fall under the term “religion,” from the mainstream to the enigmatic. Ever heard of Santeria, an Afro-Caribbean faith in which animal sacrifice is central? Do you know a Wiccan, who ritually practices witchcraft and wears a pentagram? However obscure, these religions exist, and school administrators would fall into a heap of trouble if parents complain about a student’s Satanic prayers at graduation. The U.S. Supreme Court issued two bans on prayer at public schools events in 1962-63. If Gov. Scott signs this new legislation into law, it will be challenged and struck down. Rather than spending taxpayer money defending a losing cause, the governor should veto this proposal.
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)RUJHWIRRWEDOOOHWÂśVVWLFNZLWKI~WERO I love reading the letters to the editor, and I love them even more when they have to do with sports. It really gives me hope for the future of our school. What I love most about reading said letters is when they are positively wrong. Before I begin, I absolutely mean no disrespect to any student, faculty member, or administrator. I also want to extend my heartiest congratulations to the boysâ€™ soccer team, our schoolâ€™s celebrities, on its fantastic performance and victory in the Class 2A State Championship game. I guess I should get to the point. In the previous of The Roar, a student wrote a letter to the editor regarding our schoolâ€™s lack of a football team, how it is a disgrace to the school not to have one, and how it would strengthen morale if we did. Now I firmly believe that this school has some magnificent athletes, as is clearly evident by our boysâ€™ soccer state championship, but to say that we have more than say, eight football-built students is, at best, an exaggeration.
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)DPLO\WLHV ELQGWHDP WRJHWKHU 6DP/DFN 6SRUWV(GLWRU Children’s author Marc Brown once wrote “sometimes being a brother is even better than being a superhero.” For the three sets of brothers on the school’s Class 2A state champion boys’ soccer team, this statement rings true. The Wildcats had Liam and Aiden Wixted, John and James Bocinsky and Jimmy and Robert Madden, all pivotal players on their quest for success. Now, along with their 15 other teammates, the brothers are state champions. For junior James Bocinsky, having a brother on the team means he had better play hard, or face the consequences. “Of course I push [James] to work harder,” senior midfielder John Bocinsky said. “No one wants to lose to their younger brother.” Occasionally, outside issues among brothers can manifest themselves on the soccer field. “There’s a little bit of fire between us,” freshman striker Aidan Wixted said. “In the end though, brothers always work it out.” Sometimes, for junior defender Jimmy Madden, dealing with a brother on the team is more of an annoyance than an asset. “[Robert] bothers me for no good reason,” Madden said. “I have to mentor him, and it’s tough to not get angry.” Harder practices and better in-game performance result from these sibling rivalries. “We get along really well off the field,” James Bocinsky said. “During practice though, we duke it out. It’s intense.” The brothers’ presence on the team embodies the team’s family spirit. “Having these sets of brothers just symbolizes us as a whole team,” sophomore midfielder Ryan Robidoux said. “We are like one big brotherhood.”
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1HZJRDOLHGHOLYHUVWDOORUGHU E\VWD\LQJFRROXQGHUSUHVVXUH .UXQDO3DWHO 6WDIIZULWHU “There were a bunch of emotions running through me at the start of the game. I was pumped, very excited, overwhelmed and very nervous,” said eighth-grader Allan Joyner, the soccer team’s rookie goalie after the title game. “I was proud to have the opportunity to represent the school in the state championship game.” When the announcer called Joyner’s name and grade while introducing the team before the Class 2A title game Feb. 17, the entire Berkeley team turned and looked, apparently surprised to be facing so young an opponent. “I used this as a source of inspiration,” Joyner said. “I wanted to go out and show them how well I could play.” Joyner began turning heads as a goalie when he became keeper for the junior varsity team in seventh grade. After being promoted to
the varsity squad this year, he immediately began to contribute to the Wildcats’ success. “This team has also been nothing but a great support and inspiration for me too,” Joyner said. “As a seventh-grader, I marveled everything they have done, and I couldn’t wait to be a part of it.” Throughout the season, Joyner’s fans, teammates and parents provided him with support and advice to help him improve. “My parents are extremely proud and believe I am breaking barriers and raising the bar for other keepers to try and achieve,” Joyner said. “The team has also been very friendly and has shown to be a great help to my success by always pushing me harder.” As for his future, his coaches see much in store for him as a developing keeper. “Amazing, he’s a young kid and has a lot of talent,” volunteer assistant coach Bob Robidoux said. “I think this will give him a huge confidence boost.”
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â€œEvery night before I have a big game, starting during districts, I watch â€œMiracleâ€? right before I go to sleep and then listen to the speech on the way to the game. It inspires me,â€? Moscrip said. With 17 minutes to go, Berkeley evened up the score again at 2-2 to send the two teams into sudden-death overtime. â€œGoing into that overtime we knew it was going to be a fight. The entire game had been a fight,â€? Bocinsky said. â€œWe needed to score quickly and get it done fast. I have a lot of faith in Allan [Joyner], but that can break a goalie no matter how experienced.â€? The game wasnâ€™t going as the captain had initially hoped. The two teams held out and went into double overtime with 10 minutes left before they went to penalty kicks to decide the game. Leaving their hearts on the field and giving it their all was what the Wildcats were sent to do for the next 10 minutes that would decide the destiny of the season. They had made it to where no other team had in the history of the school. Only one team was going to end its season with a victory. The goalie coming out for the tackle, senior John Bocinsky trapped the pass from Nabil Motlagh, a senior, and took a shot to end the game that make the Wildcats state champions.
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â€œHonestly I donâ€™t even know, I didnâ€™t even look, I knew the way it came off my foot it was going in the net and the roar of the crowd confirmed it,â€? captain and senior John Bocinsky said. â€œI didnâ€™t even see the ball go in. I hit the shot, turned and sprinted to the fans.â€? These were the words from senior who would win it all. Bocinsky made the score 3-2 against Tampa Berkeley Prep in the last eight minutes of the sudden-death, double-overtime in the state championship match played Feb. 17 in the University of South Florida Arena. To support the schoolâ€™s first sports team to ever make it to the state championship, approximately 300 wildcats traveled by bus and car to make it to the big game. â€œThis team, this group of players, will never play that team again,â€? Assistant Coach â€˜Scottyâ€™ Armstrong said during the pre-game talk. â€œThe school may, but you wonâ€™t. Tonight is your night. This is your time, not theirs. You go out there tonight and you win. You go out there tonight, and youâ€™re a state champion.â€? Scoring the first goal of the game with five minutes and 27 seconds left in the first half, Ryan Robidoux, a sophomore, gave West Shore the lead. The team never trailed after this goal, being tied 30 of the 92 minutes in the game. â€œWe kept pushing. We kept working hard. We never quit and we just believed in each other and that we could do it,â€? Robidoux said. Berkeley, answering back in the first five minutes of the second half, put one in the back of the net to make it 1-1. The Wildcats followed it up with a quick goal by defensive player Tyler Moscrip, a junior. Having his own special way of preparing himself before the game, Moscrip shared his pregame ritual.
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â€œWhen I get older, I will be stronger. Theyâ€™ll call me freedom, just like a wavinâ€™ flag.â€? â€”Kâ€™naan, â€˜Waving Flagâ€™
At a place that is know as the â€œnerd schoolâ€? to most other public schools in the county, students have the almost inevitable answer of â€œI was up â€˜til like one doing homework,â€? when asked the simple question of â€œWhatâ€™d you do last night?â€? But that all changed when members of the student body took a journey with a team of its own and went all the way to state. â€œEverybody knows our academic achievements, we won this, we won that,â€? Principal Rick Fleming said. â€œItâ€™s time that they recognize weâ€™re not all brains. We excel in everything.â€? In the beginning of the season, and in some cases even before it started, the boysâ€™ soccer team told anyone who would listen that they were going all the way. Oftentimes the response was something between laughter and snide comments such as â€œsure you are, just keep telling yourself.â€? It was more than improbable in the minds of the student body. It was impossible. Never in school history had a team gone so far, and for the team that hadnâ€™t even won a district title, it simply didnâ€™t add up. But someone did the math wrong and thatâ€™s exactly what happened. â€œThey have to make a movie about this in the future,â€? senior Kevin â€œGinga Ninjaâ€? Kurtz said. â€œItâ€™s just really unreal, and someoneâ€™s going to have to make this movie.â€? After winning the regional crown against Dewitt Tayor at home on Feb. 3 , co-captain Nabil Motlagh inspired the team with his post-game talk. â€œIâ€™ll never forget you,â€? he said. â€œYou guys are my family, and tonight weâ€™ve made history. And weâ€™re still making it.â€? Immediately after winning the state championship, head coach John Krehbiel said appeared overwhelmed. â€œItâ€™s a combination of excitement and disbelief,â€? he said. â€œIt was an amazing game. Like what the heck, theyâ€™re a great group of soccer players but this is some amazing stuff. We played so well,
and it was just so exciting.â€? New assistant coach â€œScottyâ€? Armstrong help provide the blueprint for success. â€œThe first meeting I had with the boys I told them that weâ€™d win states,â€? Armstrong said. â€œIt took hard work and determination and they left all they had on the field.â€? As the team progressed, school spirit increased and the boysâ€™ preseason prophecy of going to state echoed through the halls with students exclaiming â€œweâ€™re going to win state.â€? Storming the fields and painting not only signs but bodies, soccer came alive in the hearts of the fans and became the focus of the campus. It went as far as interrupting class during third period Feb. 10 to have a surprise â€œfarewellâ€? fire drill for the team as it prepared to travel to Bolles High School in Jacksonville for the state semifinals. The administration brought out the whole school, complete with signs, introducing the team, and a speech from Fleming and Krehbiel. 5REHUW This game marked the beginning of the pep 0DGGHQ buses that were loaded up with the firstcome-first-serve fans who followed the team throughout the state tournament, first to Jacksonville and then to the University of South Florida stadium in Tampa. â€œI like having the fans come to our games,â€? said varsity player Liam Wixted, a junior. â€œIt gives us a little boost to try harder, and we donâ€™t want to let the people down who drove and took the time to come see us.â€? Full of enthusiasm, the crowd was one to be reckoned with. A handful of fans rushed the field after the championship victory, resulting in a $500 dollar fine and the threat of probation from the Florida High School Athletic Association. Photo: C. Walter
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â€œI donâ€™t think the FHSAA has any idea as to what this victory means to all of us as a school,â€? Fleming said. â€œSo we got a little too excited. Itâ€™s not a crime.â€? Fleming wasnâ€™t the only on who appreciated overthe enthusiastic fans. â€œThe fan support is great. They mean a lot to us. Itâ€™s just unbelievable,â€? eighth-grade keeper Joyner said after the game. â€œNow that weâ€™re state champs, Iâ€™m getting all of the ladies.â€? A record of 22 wins, 5 losses and no ties, the West Shore boysâ€™ 2A State Champion altered the image
of the school so that now when someone talks about â€œhittingâ€? it means more than just hitting the books. For those few weeks the answer changed. No longer was the climax of studentsâ€™ nights all about finishing their homework. In one shining season, when students were asked what they did the previous night their answer was not â€œhomeworkâ€? but rather â€œI went to a soccer game, and we won.â€? Remember the season that changed everything. Remember the Wildcats.
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