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October 2013 — Vol. V, Issue 1

Keeping your head in the game...

Being the star player vs. seeing stars Concussions: Mind your business p16


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2012—13 SIPA All-Southern Newspaper SIPA’s 2013 Best in Florida Sam Bequer Editor in Chief

Hannah Crosby News Editor

Emily Goldbach Opinion Editor

Evyn Moon

Centerspread Editor

Nataly Capote A&E Editor

Zealand Shannon Sports Editor

Gabby Shusterman Photo Editor

Enya Stewart

Chief Copy Editor

Tiffany Napoli

Business Manager

Daniel Krasnove Web Editor

Michael Palermo Web Editor

Evan Abramson

Senior Staff Writer

Alex Troutt

Senior Staff Writer

Brett Behers Staff Writer

Sophie Bocksnick Staff Writer

Logan Conrad Staff Writer

Marissa Hibel Staff Writer

Emma Stevens Staff Writer

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Ricardo Morales Graphics Dept.

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Letter from the Editor Let me preface this by saying I’m not Kyle Dunn. I have never been, nor will I ever be, a six foot five tall male with hopes and dreams of attending FSU Film School. With that being said, a new year brings new changes. Whether it be the newest star players for the fall sport teams (p. 18) or a new law aimed to prevent texting and driving across the nation (p. 10), changes can be scary but are ultimately necessary. Not all are opposed to change though, the fall sport teams are still finding ways to uphold their outstanding records (p. 17) and the AP schedule policy remains as rigid as ever (p. 8). Change involves fear, no matter how little or monsterous the situation may seem. The fear can vary from the unknown popping out of the jungles of Busch Gardens at Howl-o-Scream (p. 12) to the pressures of going to college right after graduation (p. 7). Students may feel suffocated by this fear and they may feel overwhelmed, but the latest music and radio favorites can soothe a troubled mind in an instant (p. 13). Even with all the pressure high school seems to place on the adolescent soul, the school still finds

ways to come together in the end, and give standing ovations to three spectacular young girls trying to fulfill that golden “high school experience” everyone wants (p. 20). Coming together as a school can also be as simple as new assistant principal Deon Maddox leading the Live United charity fundraiser and appealing to the student body for donations (p. 5). Producing dreams can also come from a group of talented kids forming their own club to share interests in music and passionately pursue the desire to become an influential music force (p. 15). It all comes down to being comfortable with yourself and believing that nothing is out of reach. As cliche as it sounds, this is the mantra of the Oracle and something we feel students should put in the forefront of their mind as the year is quickly progressing. It’s not just about the rush of high school, it’s about enjoying the experience and paying attention to the highlights and understanding that small things which are bound to happen in four years are the things that make high school...high school. So basically, take a walk in the park, smell the roses, and stop to appreciate the love-bugs on the windshield.


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Rally behind Roman

T-shirt fundraiser supports son of Steinbrenner wrestling coach battling brain tumor The Steinbrenner wrestling team is currently undergoing efforts to help support Greco Roman Bouzakis, a local three-year old boy diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. Greco has been given less than a year to live, and in their first attempt to benefit his family, members of the team have been selling t-shirts for $5 to raise both money and awareness for the cause. Troy Bouzakis, Greco’s father, was a highly accomplished wrestler in a style called Greco Roman (after which his son is named), and competed for Clemson University. If not for a spinal injury during one of his final matches, Bouzakis would have won All-American status, which is only awarded to the top 8 finishers of each weight division in the national tournament. Students in Ms. Patterson’s second period World “I think he’s really going to help us out The family moved to Florida only rea lot this year. He used to be a really good cently, but Bouzakis has already pledged to wrestler in Greco Roman style, and even help the though high school Steinwrestling has difbrenner ferent rules, it’s wresstill an opportutling nity to learn from t e a m someone who was t h i s in the sport and y e a r had a lot of success by usin it,” said sophoing his more Trey Tyree, knowlwho has been on e d g e the team since last and exyear. pertise

[“We want Greco and his family to be able to look up at the stands and see everybody wearing the shirts”]

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Religions class sport their “Team Greco” t-shirts. to help students learn and grow in the sport. To help thank and repay Bouzakis, the t-shirts have been on sale in order to enable all of Steinbrenner to come together in assisting Greco and his family. In addition to the wrestling team’s efforts, both the cross country and football team have pitched in to help raise money for the cause. Their joint efforts will culminate at the October 4 football game against Tampa Bay Tech, where Greco and his family will be in attendance. “Our goal is to have as many students and parents as possible come out to the game wearing their shirt and supporting the cause at the game. We want Greco

and his family to be able to look up at the stands and see everybody wearing the shirts, which are bright yellow,” said Paul Noble, head coach of the wrestling team. Through the aid of the t-shirt fundraiser and other donations to Greco’s cause, both the Bouzakis family and surrounding community are hopeful that their efforts will make a positive impact towards Greco’s prognosis.

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Social anxiety disorders prevent students from reaching full potential Emma Stevens Staff Writer

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ften written off as shyness, social anxiety is a common disorder pertaining to a person’s inability to effectively communicate and interact with others. With a small percentage of those afflicted with social anxiety being high school students, their often debilitating disorder can make for a challenging social life, both in and outside of the classroom. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), anxiety disorders are among the most common mental illnesses in the U.S. and affect roughly 15 million adults in the country. Ranked as the most common form of anxiety and typically emerging around the age of 13, social anxiety can be a lifetime problem if left untreated. Freshman Emma Fiorentino just moved from Quebec, Canada in August of 2013 and since moving has experienced bouts of severe social anxiety. While still living in Canada, Fiorentino had never suffered from social anxiety or any form of psychological disorder before. “I have had five major ones since I got here and a couple of little ones. I start shaking really badly, and then I start panicking and having shortness of breath. I then start crying, and I then just black out,” said Fio-

rentino. Common triggers for social anxiety are meeting new people, public speaking or being the center of attention. Even presenting a project to the front of the class can trigger an anxiety attack. When having an attack, Fiorentino will use her inhaler to help calm herself down. In some cases, social anxiety can have the potential to wreak havoc on a person’s life, causing them to miss out on making friends, joining clubs or even just carrying on a simple conversation with someone. English teacher Eric Vona doesn’t force his students to share during his class because he wants the students with social anxiety to feel comfortable, but he does encourage the students to present and get out of their comfort zone. “For students who are selective mutes or have a diagnosed anxiety issue, then they

can do other work or alternative assignments,” said Vona. There is a way to treat social anxiety and that is by an approach called Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT). CBT is a way of thinking which therapists introduce to patients because it is a way for them to think differently and a way to not manipulate an event that causes the patient to have a panic attack. “There is so much of an emphasis on social parts of our lives that school and social media can have a larger impact on teens than it can on adults,” said psychologist Dr. Andrea Friedman, who has worked with both teens and adults suffering from social anxiety. “Facing your fear is better than avoiding it. So if we are afraid to speak up in class then we never speak up in class. We are never going to learn what we needed to learn to overcome it,” said Friedman. Through the assistance of treatmentws such as CBT along with positive reinforcement from teachers and students alike, those suffering from social anxiety have a better chance of

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Steinbrenner assists non-profit organization in making a difference

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Alex Troutt Senior Staff Writer Steinbrenner recently took part in a fundraiser affiliated with the United Way program, which was a ten day fundraiser involving Suncoast’s United Way administration and HillSamantha Bequer/Oracle sborough County Public Schools. The program raised money for local homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and financial assistance for

those in need, involving over sixty different organizations throughout West and Central Florida. As an international charity with offices worldwide, United Way services non-profits all over the world which work towards bettering the surrounding environment, ranging from homeless shelters to educational centers. Official United Way members must commit to an annual contribution of $1000 to $10000 (or more) to the charity based on the size of their surrounding community along with meeting a set bar of volunteer hours. All of this time and money from each of the millions of members adds more to the betterment of their commu-

nity and progressively, the world as a whole. Each organization or school has a representative; Steinbrenner’s being that of Assistant Principal Deon Maddox. Maddox truly takes pride in his new position as Steinbrenner’s United Way representative and wholeheartedly believes in this purpose. “This is the reason I come to school everyday, to help people. There are all types of ways to help people,” said Maddox. Students who would like to place a donation to the organization are capable of accessing the United Way website, pledge to volunteer and begin improving their community immediately.

Back in the day with Mr. Collins Oracle: Where did you go to high school? Collins: I’m actually from upstate New York, so I went to a high school up there about an hour away from Albany. O: What kind of music was popular? C: I always listened to country music so that was always popular in the groups I hung around with. Way back then, Garth Brooks and stuff like that. [was popular] O: How was clothing different? C: I think the pants were a little baggier and we didn’t really have them down so low either. O: What did you do for fun? C: I lived in a town of 700 people when I was in high school, so we didn’t have a

lot to do, but I played a lot of high school sports and hung out with friends. O: What kind of car did you have? C: My first car was an ‘89 Dodge Shadow that was passed down from my step father. O: Do you think high school was better when you were younger or is it better now? C: I can’t really get the perspective of a student today, but I would say it was better when I was in high school only because it was care free. I know a lot of students now have to work and when I was in school we just focused on school. A lot of us were lucky enough that we didn’t have to work. O: What is the most interesting thing

that happened to you in high school? C: Most of the stuff revolved around sports, for example, I scored the most points in our high school basketball all star game and that was pretty cool. I was on all star baseball teams and stuff like that. A lot of my life revolved around sports when I was in high school. O: Did you think in high school that you would grow up to be a teacher or did you aspire to be something else? C: No, I was going to go into architecture, but ended up going into education instead. I think my math teachers in high school kind of led me in that direction. I didn’t really know it at the time, but I was always really good at math.

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Pottery class creates pots to be sold at November fest With the arrival of Feeding America Tampa Bay’s annual “Empty Bowls” fundraiser also arrives the demand for decorative bowls to be donated; a demand that has been met by Ms. Miller’s eighth period pottery class. Imagine Render, a non-profit organization whose goal is to encourage positive change to social issues through arts, education, and projects aimed at bettering the community was the organization responsible for starting “Empty Bowls”.

Miller requested a portion of the fourplus tons of clay delivered to the school system’s district warehouse in order to be eligible for the program. Her kids have roughly a month and a half to sculpt, glaze, and fire their bowls. “It is an important part of education to have the class work together and I love seeing my students give back to the community,” said Miller. Downtown on Thursday, Nov. 21, for $10 people will receive a bowl of soup with bread and water. They will then be asked to choose a Hillsborough county student’s work of art to take with them as a reminder of the many people in the country who go home with “empty bowls”. All proceeds from the event will go toMs. Miller’s eighth period class pose with their freshly decorated wards feeding the homeless.

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bowls, which are to be donated sometime within the coming weeks.


Opinion Going for the leap year October 2013

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Fulfilling aspirations and dreams is something most students, who practically spend their lives stuck in school, strive to achieve. Fortunately this includes the option of leaving school early, going straight through to college after graduation, or simply awaiting whatever fate has in store for them. Though taking a year off of high school is not generally suggested or common, it’s still an applicable choice that can be made. Ever since I was little, I grew a strong passion for the University of Michigan. A detailed memory got engraved in my mind when my uncle and I would spend tireless nights on vacation playing NCAA football on his Xbox 360. Although I did grow an adoration for the Division 1 athletic school, my parents made it clear that without a scholarship, I could not, would not, and should not by any means get my hopes up for post high school classes out of state. Then again, can anyone truly stop a stubborn teenager once they’ve set their mind? According to an article on U.S. News Weekly, the topped ranked colleges in the nation are up North. Therefore, it gives students living in the lower states a disadvantage when it comes to choosing in-state colleges. But what makes sense to me is

if a student plans on paying tons of money for tuition, they might as well attend a school they love. The question is this: Is it worth taking the year off of school to become a resident of a new state and even start your life off with a job and settle down before picking your education back up? Disadvantages in taking a year off include losing the motivation of actually wanting to go to college and study after the year is up, becoming unfocused in forms of getting a job and not being able to keep up with school therefore not attending at all. Some people can balance their priorities, but the lower class usually can’t afford it. Around 60% of high school graduates choose to attend four-year colleges every year, while others choose technical schools and two-year community colleges. Usually students who can’t afford any means of education after high school end up enrolling into the military. According to a Policymic article, three million young Americans drop out of high school every year, and over 8,000 per day. On the other hand, taking a year off allows you to study at the college of your dreams, and that’s all that can be said. All that is needed to make this happen (which is easier said than done) is moving to the state that the particular school is, or moving in with any family you have available,

for a year. On average, about 71% of American students graduate high school each year. Applying and getting into the school is a com-

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pletely different story. Hopefully you are sure whether or not you have what it takes to get into the college or university, but if not a scholarship is always there to rely on.

Would you consider taking a year off before college?

“Both because you can prepare and get ready but at the same time taking a huge break from education.” - David Rodriguez, 10

“Yes to get stuff together and college applications sorted so I have everything I need.” - Gabby Covelli, 9

“No because I would be less motivated to go to college if I don’t get it over with right away.” - Alexis Newville, 9

“Yes because we’re just getting out of high school and sometimes you need a break from school.” - Robert Zamora, 12


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challenge a student, if a student does not feel as though they can handle the work load, they should have been responsible enough to look at the consequences before they signed up for the class. The high school purpose is to prepare students for the academic college life that is looming in the future. In college, students have a designated period to drop or add classes, and the decision is final after that. The student at that age is expected to take on the responsibility of a difficult schedule, and their high school preparation is a reflection of that. High school students should start becoming aware of the work load AP classes demand and recognize the fact that no matter the AP class (even if it considered “easy”) will force the student to study and spend a considerable amount of time dedicated to the subject. By dropping AP classes because a student is overwhelmed, they are essentially saying they did not take into account the precautionary planning and the words

AP classes are college classes; you won’t be able to change your professor if you dont like them.

of the guidance counselors into consideration. Admittedly, the system isn’t perfect. To give a student a more accurate view of an AP class, guidance counselors could consider letting a potential AP student “shadow” a class and sit in the class during ...... their lunch period. Guidance counselors could possibly make it a requirement to have a student talk to a teacher about an AP class difficulty level and give the students a “grace” period to drop a class. “I want everyone to be happy with their schedule, but it’s not a perfect world, so you’ll probably never have the perfect schedule and the perfect teacher, and nothing everything is going to be perfect,” said Powell. The utopian idea of a “perfect schedule” will always been in sights for high school students, but for now they should realize the consequences that come with an AP class and think a little more before they pack their schedule with APs to boost their GPA or prove that they can handle the workload.

It’s all about the master schedule more about the big picture not just the individual class itself.

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Advanced Placement (AP) classes are classes designed to challenge students, to provide an example of a college course, and to aid the college preparation process. Every February during course selection week, students strive to pack their schedule with AP classes; and often times end up taking more than they can handle. In order to reduce the amount of students that feel overwhelmed by their schedule, guidance counselors take certain measures like requiring teacher recommendations for every AP and Honors class and sending home “AP contracts” that essentially bind a student to a class. Senior Alex Simmons is currently enrolled in six AP classes and feels as though the AP contract is a good representation of the college future AP classes are trying to prepare students for. “I agree with it because AP classes are college level classes, you won’t be able to change your professor if you don’t like them, so I don’t think it should be changed,” said Simmons. When students attempt to drop AP classes during the first few weeks of school, they fail to realize the mass effect it has on the entire master schedule. “It’s all about the master schedule and the contract with the teachers that we have to let them know before the transfer period that this is what you’re going to be teaching next year. Because if they don’t like their schedule they might want to go to another school for different jobs, it’s more about the big picture not just the individual class itself,” said guidance department head Susanne Powell. The guidance department tries their best to handle each student’s situation individually and case by case, but the problem lies in the warnings the guidance department attempts to push when kids are signing up for the difficult classes. The AP contract, teacher recommendations, and the stress they put on the difficulty of the AP classes are put in place to reduce student desires to drop their AP classes. These tactics are not made to be taken lightly, and students who do so do not deserve to drop their classes. AP classes are formulated to be difficult and


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Anything he can use, she can use better Sophie Bocksnick Staff Writer

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Publix store manager, Tom Foody. With all the attention that women are getting, some men are very angered by the special treatment that women are receiving. “It’s very annoying actually,” said Thomas Mann. “Why must men get all the generic stuff? We’re people too.”

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Mann is especially angry about the Oneida forks for women. These special utensils are designed specifically for delicate female hands. “Sometimes when I’m really hungry, all I can find are my wife’s forks,” said Mann. “Most of the time I end up eating with my hands.” Oneida is currently working on knives for women too. “We don’t want women’s delicate hands being cut by our sharp, manly knives,” said Oneida CEO, Silver Ware. “Our new knives will be much more comfortable and user friendly for women. To let you in on a little secret - we’re working on women’s spoons too.” The knives are expected to be released sometime in November and the spoons sometime in December 2014. We also have word that in mid January, women will be blessed with their very own toilets. Pink and all! No more will girls have to run around doing the potty dance when they can have their very own porcelain throne right in the comfort of their own home. Out with those boyish toilets and in with the new. Women and men have been forced to use the same things. Now, companies all around the world are starting to realize that women can’t use the same general products because their needs far exceed those of any man.

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As many people have noticed, the world around us is changing rapidly. Men and women can no longer use the same things. For example, Bic’s “For Her” pens have recently hit stores. These feminine pens have helped women all over the country write even better than before. “I’m so excited,” said author Mary Book. “I had so much trouble holding those man pens. The “For Her” pens are much better and easier to write with.” The “For Her” pens have caused a trend all over the country. Charmin toilet paper recently released toilet paper for women. “It really has been a blessing for all us women,” said frequent toilet user Gotta Go. “I used to be stuck on the toilet for hours and now everything is real quick.” Go is one of many women who have suffered at the hands of men’s toilet paper. Recent studies report women who have been stuck on the toilet for numerous days at a time. Where did all the women go? Well, they were stuck in the bathroom, until this papyrus miracle. Following the lead of Bic and Charmin, Publix grocery stores have decided to have a men and women’s side of the store, with specific foods on each side. “Separate but equal is what I always say,” said

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LiCenSe to Kill: A CRASH Course in Teenage Driving

It could be you... Evyn Moon Centerspread Editor

Steinbrenner student didn’t think it would happen to her, until it did.

“Dad. I think I killed someone.” These were the first words her father heard through the phone as she sobbed in the middle of the intersection between the two mangled cars. Junior, Sarah Steblin got off her shift at 9 p.m. on a Friday night in September. She was working at the Chick-Fil-A on Dale Mabry and was relieved to get off. She had no exciting Friday night plans with friends, but was simply pleased to go home and relax. Worn out, she got into her red Volkswagen Jetta. She had no reason to text; she wasn’t even playing the radio. The usual distractions of a car ride were non-existent. She was driving at the speed limit posted 55 mph. However, she took her eyes off the road and out her right window for just a few seconds… just a few seconds too long. She saw a green light pretty far ahead of her, but while her attention was elsewhere, the light had turned from yellow to red and cars had

come to a complete stop. By the time Steblin looked back to her front window, she was only about a foot from a stopped dark green SUV. Still going 55 mph, she slammed into the back of the vehicle carrying two parents and their young son in the backseat. Sarah’s car slid into the middle of the intersection before screeching to a halt. The airbag exploded, smothering her. The engine began to smoke, filling the car. She couldn’t see anything. Afraid that the car might catch fire, she looked down at her work uniform: thick-soled black shoes and black high socks. The driver side window was already shattered in the upper right-hand corner. Panicked, she kicked out the rest of the glass and crawled out of the smoky wreck. “When I got out and stood next to my car, I didn’t see the car I had hit anywhere. I couldn’t find them,” says Steblin. “But I finally saw that my force had pushed them into another intersection.” People started pulling over, asking if she

was okay and calling 911. “I walked across the intersection to the other family. The mother sat unconscious in the passenger seat. Her head was back, she wasn’t moving and it didn’t look like she was breathing.” The young boy was about 12 or 13 years old. He looked frightened as he frantically tapped his mother’s shoulder, “Mommy wake up, mommy wake up!” Sarah looked at the father in disbelief and said she was so sorry. “I didn’t have a clue what to say but I felt like I owed them that right then.” She turned away and called her father. She still wasn’t crying, but when her dad answered the phone she bursts into tears, reality finally hitting her. “Dad. I think I killed someone.” “What?” “I just completely destroyed my car and I think I killed the person in front of me.” Steblin waited for her parents to arrive and was told it was mandatory that she be taken to the hospital even though she did not feel hurt. “The other family had to have metal ripped from the car to get out and were taken to the ambulance on stretchers. I got to just walk to the ambulance.” Her parents arrived and Sarah broke down: heaving, sobbing and choking on

tears overwhelmed by fear, anger at herself, and the terror that she had hurt or even killed someone. “I cried for hours. It was scary seeing my car completely smashed in and realizing that I just did that. That I was in that car,” says Steblin. She says you can’t plan these things. It happens and it happens in the blink of an eye. The crash taught her two things. It taught her that it’s not always in your control as a driver. She thinks about the position the other family was in: just sitting at a stoplight, a thought never crossing their minds that they might lose their lives in the next second. It taught her driving doesn’t take 99 percent of your awareness, it takes 100 percent. “You have to pay complete attention because every second you’re on the road is another second something can happen.” Steblin says she is exceedingly careful now, never touching her phone even to change music. The fire fighters told Steblin and her family later that night that if her car had been any bigger, she would have killed the little boy in the back seat. If her car had been any smaller, she would have died. “It’ll always be on my conscience. This is something that stays with you forever.”


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oraclenewspaper.com Texting while driving illegal in Florida Evyn Moon Centerspread Editor

Motor Vehicle Crashes remain the No. 1 cause for deaths in teenagers.

The crash rate for 16 to 19-year-olds is 2.7 times higher than drivers of all ages.

Texting while driving became an unlawful act as of Tuesday, October 1. Now you can be fined for committing the crime of using a mobile device or smart phone while operating a motor vehicle. This is a secondary offense, meaning the driver must be pulled over for something else other than texting. It does still allow texting at a stop or red lights. Deputy Anthony Bennett says he believes within a couple years the texting and driving law will become a primary offense. A primary offense can ticket a driver for only that, with no other infractions. In the 1980’s, seat belts were originally a secondary offense that became

Cara Filler: Youth Motivational Speaker:

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1- For the students that weren’t at the assembly, what happened to your sister senior year? My identical twin sister Mairin was killed in a car crash the day after our 18th birthday, during the summer of our graduation. Her brand new boyfriend (dating less than a week) was speeding--110 in a 35 mph speed zone--showing off, lost control. Mairin never made it out of the car, he did. I witnessed the crash from a car behind them.

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Florida Stastics Report for 2010-11: 18, 317 crashes involved teens. 111 teens killed (38 in Hillsborough county) 12,412 injured.

a primary offense. Many safety advocates say the law isn’t severe enough, but Deputy Bennett says it is better than nothing and a good start. Florida is the 47th state to enforce a texting while driving law. “If people do really follow this law, it will save lives,” says Bennett. Bennett has already dealt personally with 13 car accidents in the six weeks since students have been back in school which he says is “a little out of hand.”

3- What’s one thing you want to tell all teens who text, speed or drink and drive? It’s not about taking the fun out of the equation. It’s about having a good time safely. Have a plan, a DD (designated driver), slow down, and wear your seatbelt. Don’t let your last text be RIP-have a designated texter in the car. Always watch out for your friends and speak up for yourself. My sister didn’t and that’s why she’s dead.

Senate officers, from left, Nicolette Jones, Lily Matakaetis, Riley McGann and Zach Hubbard support the texting and driving ban wearing shirts that say “Put It Down!”

2- How did it change your life? Going from We to Me was the hardest thing I have ever done. We were inseparable and I never thought my life would be lived without her. We were supposed to be best friends forever. I started sharing our story just months after the crash to make some sense of what had happened and hopefully help people so they never had a story like ours. I believe speaking really saved my life. I didn’t want to live without her- but seeing it make a difference to others and meeting other people kept me focused on the positives.

4- What was your most memorable student reaction? There are too many to list. 10,000s emails from students, Facebook and Twitter messages. A student got a tattoo in honor of my sister, heartfelt songs and poems, so much thoughtfulness and appreciation. My only goal is to get them to hear the message: it’s their choice what they do with it. It warms my heart and I know my sister would be so proud to be a part of all of it.

5- You said in the speech that “It’s not a car accident, it’s a car crash” Why? Why do you think people call it an accident? The word accident blames something else or someone else for the action, not taking ownership of our choices. Very few crashes are an actual accident. A tree falling on your car would be an accident, not when you are speeding and texting and cross the line and hurt or kill someone; your choices led to that... ‘Accident’ makes people believe it happens everyday and it’s something we just have to live with. Crashes are not accidents, choices lead us there. Remember a yellow line and common sense are the only two things that stop crashes from happening.


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The 13th year: Busch Gardens’ Howl- OScream returns with more scares, terrors Emily Goldbach & Marissa Hibel Opinion Editor/Staff Writer

The ever popular Howl-O-Scream event has returned once again. This being the 13th year of the century, the time for the 13 evils to come out and play has arrived. #6 Voodoo Queen, #11 Psychopath, # 8 Demon are just a few of the mischievous beings that plan to “greet” all the guests every night. This year’s event starts September 27th and runs every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday until October 26th. Each night, guests can experience the thrills until 1 a.m. Along with the usual Shop of Horrors, Howl-O-Scream is opening the doors of the Village Voodoo Market, a merchandise shop open only during the nighttime event. The year’s returning houses include Circus of Superstition 3D, Blood Asylum, Nevermore, Zombie Mortuary, and Ultimate Gamble, now with an added werewolf theme. This year’s specialty house, The Experiment, has several fear-inducing interactive features that make this house like no other. The Basement is a new house where guests must avoid #4 Butcher at all the costs before being turned into a product of Momma’s Meats. Based on the true stories of Voodoo Queen of New Orleans Marie Laveau, Death Water Bayou features #6 Voodoo Queen as she tries to turn guests into her minions of the night. Inside the boat house of Marie La Morte, the Voodoo Queen tempts all who enter to join her league of the undead. Death Water Bayou features a live snake on the left side of the first room. Even if guests are too chicken to brave the houses, they can still be greeted by the various baddies all throughout the park in the three Scare Zones: The 13, Harvesters Haunt, and Pain Lane. Visitors are terrorized the moment they step through the gate and get a first look at what makes this year’s Howl-O-Scream... all 13 evils. Are they humble scarecrows or something more sinister? Harvester’s Haunt has surprises lurking around every corner, so always be on the lookout, for you may or may not be alone. If medieval torture and torment is the thing for you, then you may have more in common with #2 Torturer and #12 Hangman than you thought; be sure to visit their painful playground and try and escape before its too late. With an average of 900 performers for the whole event, guests can expect to get a super healthy dose of scare. However, if they ever need a break from all the

madness, stick around near the Nairobi area of the park with the elephants; not saying it’s guaranteed you won’t be scared, but things are usually quieter in the area at night. Single tickets for non-pass holders start at $48, however if you and three others wish to attend on a Thursday night, tickets start at $30. Pass holder ticket prices start at $35, but may vary depending on the event day chosen. To purchase tickets or get more information about Howl-O-Scream 2013, be sure to visit howloscream.com.

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The Shop of Horrors offers everything from themed t-shirts to figurines. Guests can get all of their Howl-O-Scream merchandaise in this shop.

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Tempt your fate and enter the lair of #6 Voodoo Queen during the nighttime event. Be sure to check out the other horrifying houses.


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oraclenewspaper.com October’s breakdown features new music, movies, and concert reviews and their ratings. A new sound for several artists and upcoming releases, along with a few radio favorites.

MGMT

Amidst the strange synths of MGMT’s new self-titled LP lurks the spirit of something sinister; perhaps the echoes of Congratulations and Oracular Spectacular. This deeper and darker sound works against this psychadelic rock band, who we know is capable of so much more. Bizarre and largely confusing, this album is MGMT’s step in a whole new direction, and one that fans such as myself might not necessarily be too content with. 4.5/10.

Maroon 5 performed at the Midflorida Ampitheatre on Friday, September 13th, alongside American Idol legend Kelly Clarkson. Though her set might’ve gone on a bit too long (an opening act is typically 30-45 minutes; hers went on an overwhelming hour and fifteen minutes), she was nothing short of extraordinary with her superb vocal range and stage presence. A band of true talent, Levine and members demonstrated their vocal and instrumental expertise, performing popular favorites such as “Moves Like Jagger” and “One More Night”. With instrumentals and songs sounding just like they would off their albums, the band proved that they won’t be slowing down anytime soon. 9/10.

Insidious Chapter 2

Cross-dressing ghost brides, crying baby monitors, and a dark realm between two worlds make for a dangerous combination, and this is what makes Insidious Chapter 2, the sequel to the story that left audiences on edge back in 2010. Chapter 2 further explores the fate of Josh Lambert, who we know was not entirely himself after returning from the “further”. This sequel gives his backstory and offers an explanation for the events from the first film. Though not quite as scary as the first (due mostly in part to the absence of the Lipstick-Face Demon), Chapter 2 is full of unexpected twists, and a House At the End of the Street conclusion. Fans can expect to be satisfied with this part two and can look forward to a Chapter 3, which is suggested at the end of Chapter 2.

Maroon 5

Drake

These lists were compiled with contributions from Nataly Capote, Gabby Shusterman, and Marissa Hibel. All photos annexed under the Fair Use principle. Please log on to www.oraclenewspaper.com and let us know of your favorite films, games and music from this year!

Radio’s favorites: 1“Blurred Lines”

2“Summertime Sadness” 3“Roar” The 4“Royals” prince of pop strikes again with Part 2 5“Holy Grail” of The 20/20 Experience, deliv-

ering catchy tracks that showcase his musical diversity. Collaborations with Jay-Z and Drake (“Murder”, “Cabaret”) helped to make this alWith a redesigned bum into a superb sequel for The look and user-friendly 20/20 Experience. 9/10. features, iOS 7 is easier and more efficient to use, and iPhone users will soon warm up to Apple’s newest update.

Nothing Was the Same

The album’s title holds true, as Drake’s newest LP is nothing like the 2013 Best Rap album Grammy award winner Take Care. In fact, Nothing Was the Same shows a darker side of Drake that I’m sure not only myself, but others, weren’t expecting. The sound is completely different, and when it comes to this album, you’re either gonna love it or hate it. Sure, maybe I just don’t understand the meaning behind his songs or where he’s coming from, but in my opinion, Nothing Was the Same pales in comparison to Drake’s previous albums, which hit close to home for most devoted fans.

iOS 7

Justin Timberlake

Arctic Monkeys AM

The Arctic Monkeys, after leaving fans on edge with their 2012 single “R U Mine?” return with a new album best described as cool, bluesy rock, characteristic of this British indie band. Perhaps inspired by their parents’ old record collection, this fifth LP stands out mostly due to its sinuous and “arctic” pulse, different from the fast-paced Suck It and See that they released back in 2011. The songs on this track list are slow-churning and devious; AM itself is a nighttime stroll through the city, when its late enough for the truth to come out. This album is a soulful masterpiece, and stands as one of the Arctic Monkeys’ greatest creations.


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Carrie

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A girl who is made fun of at her school takes revenge on her town. Based on King’s 1974 novel.

Miley Cyrus Bangerz 10/8

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Thor

Lady Gaga ARTPOP 11/11

Another exciting superhero adventure in which Thor, God of thunder, embarks on another journey to save the world.

November 8th

Katy Perry Prism 10/22

TV Supernatural Season 9 of Sam and Dean’s ghost-hunting adventures is back this October, after a season 8 finale that left fans emotionally distraught.

October 8th

Readthe theReview Review Read

Stephen King’s

Catching Fire

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In this Hunger Games sequel, Katniss faces the victors in the quarter quell while leading a rebellion against the capitol.

November 22nd

American horror story: coven

The Walking Dead

October 9th

October 13th

Same characters, different story; Season 3 of this much-acclaimed horror show focuses on the fate of witches in New Orleans, and brings back some old favorites.

This killer zombie series returns this October after a dramatic finale involving the Governor; season 4 is sure to capture fans’ attention as they hope to uncover the fate of their favorite characters.


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Dreams in in production production Dreams Ricardo Morales Graphics Dept

sic and sent the student to me to figure out what “When you do what you love, I could do for them,” said Sizemore. To any stuyou never work a day in your life.” dent, it’s always unexpected to find a teacher that For most proclaimed talents at Stein- seeks the same interests as them, and this club ofbrenner High school with dreams of one fers the opportunity to work alongside Sizemore day fulfilling aspirations and becoming well and some already experienced peers (Matthew known (or for many, just known at all), this sim- Geier, Steven Lewis, Samuel Pachon), and proply worded quote is but a life moral. The music grams made for recording musical “works of art”. “It’ll expand to each generation and find someproduction club, sponsored by ceramics teacher thing new within the club, knowlDon Sizemore and founded by a few passionate students, I want to represent edge to knowledge,” said Geier, is being offered for those stu- and/or help kids be in hopes that the legacy of music production club will live on. dents who want to learn or alable to express themMusic is one of, if not the, ready love producing music. For Sizemore, being a selves, learn music, and most competitive fields in the real world. Computer recording young musician and performnot be close-minded. programs run anywhere from ing with an alternative band helped him grasp the passion for this field and $90 to $500. This particular club would issue led him to build a soundproof recording studio Reaper; a free recording program used by most in his house. He was highly supportive in start- amateurs on the rise in attempts to perfect what ing the club, claiming that it definitely had the po- they have come to love and want others to hear. “[This club] is a melting pot for kids who tential to go far. “Mr. Wolf had a student in his class approach him, yet knew that I played mu- want to make music or learn how to in an open environment and become the best producer,” said Lewis. Lewis also specified that “Learning is key” and Pachon described the club as “an out-

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Sizemore shows the Music Production club his soundproof room, evidentce of his passion as an artist. Starting young, Sizemore played in an alternative band and decided to found the club for students who share his passion.

let for people who come from all walks of life”. Club dues are still to be determined, and most equipment if not all will be supplied. Whoever has access to a computer or an interest in the music producing field is welcome. Be sure to meet with Matthew Geier, Samuel Pachon, or Steven Lewis if interested in entering the Music Production Club. They meet on gold club days, and you can visit room 201 for more information.

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Music Production Club members Steven Lewis (left) and Matthew Geier (right). With the help of Don Sizemore, both students started the club.


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Concussions: Mind your business No one knows for sure what the exact affects of a concussion are, one thing that is certain is that they are coming more to the forefront in high school athletics Logan Conrad Staff Writer

A concussion is defined as a blow to the head that knocks the brain against the skull, subsequently bruising the brain. Normally the fluid in the brain acts like a cushion, protecting it from harmful contact, but when the head is hit with enough force, the brain strikes the skull with no buffer. Every contact sport presents the opportunity for a concussion. The most common sport they occur in, shrowded in recent controversy on the professional level, is football.

The Stats Athletes ages 16 to 19 sustain 29% of all sports related concussions (i) After sustaining one concussion, an athletes chances of receiving a second are three to six times greater (ii)

letic head injuries. If it’s a persons favorite activity, concussions should not scare them away, but this isn’t to say they should not be careful. There are about 136,000-360,000 concussions a year among high school students. A main problem with concussions is the low number of head injuries that are diagnosed. High Schools with athletic trainers have much higher concussion rates, because the trainers are able to pick out those who have received a concussion during play. “Just do what the doctor says, don’t overdo it,” said Hale.

High school football averages 6.4 to 7.7 concussions per 10000 athletic exposures, the next highest is boys hockey with 5.4. (iii) The highest girls sport is lacrosse, at 3.1 to 3.5 concussions per 10000 exposures. (iv) 173,285 kids under the age of 19 were taken to the emergency room for traumatic sports or recreation related head trauma from 2001-2009

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Steinbrenner Girls Soccer takes on Freedom last year. Girls soccer players average almost double the concussions of their male counterparts. “It can happen to anybody, but the risk is greater in football,” said assistant Steinbrenner football coach Michael Bosco. Senior Patrick Wasp played football for two years, and was forced to quit due to concussions. “I have three registered concussions and two unregistered ones,” said Wasp, “I can’t really explain it. It messes with you emotionally, I had mood swings and I couldn’t focus, after that I quit football.” This is not to say that a player’s career is ruined by or that it will affect playing ability. After the incident it’s better to wait at least a week before going back into contact and even then it should still be light. However this depends on the severity of the injury. The ultimate concern should be how bad the head injury is. In some cases one might just be on home rest with occasional monitoring to ensure safety, but in a more

(i) Ferguson RW. Safe Kids Worldwide Analysis of CPSC NEISS data, 2013, cited in Ferguson RW, Green A, Hansen LM. Game Changers: Stats, Stories and What Communities Are Doing to Protect Young Athletes. Washington, DC: Safe Kids Worldwide, August 2013. (ii) www.momsteam.com, health and safety page, concussion statistics for high school sports page, page two (iii) Meehan WP, d’Hemecourt P, Collins C, Comstock RD, Assessment and Management of Sport-Related Concussions in United States High Schools. Am. J. Sports Med. 2011;20(10) (published online on October 3, 2011 ahead of print) as dol:10.1177/0363546511423503 (accessed October 3, 2011). (iv) Marar M, McIlvain NM, Fields SK, Comstock RD. Epidemiology of Concussions Among United States High School Athletes in 20 Sports. Am J Sports Med 2012;40(4):747-755.

severe case requires constant supervision. Even after the injury some may still have symptoms such as memory loss or changes in ability to remember things, headaches, lack of interest in certain activities, light headedness, or disruption in sleeping patterns. “I got my concussion freshman year playing football, it wasn’t a fun experience. When it happened I was dizzy, confused,” said Brian Hale, a varsity football offensive lineman. Players should always be careful and the risk doesn’t disappear

but part of playing is knowing the risks. “It changes the way you play, but you know the risks involved,” said Bosco. There is no sport or game that does not involve risks like concussions and there is no way to protect a person from them entirely. In order to prevent concussions more rules are being put in place in the most dangerous sports. A convention on sports concussions in Zurich, Switzerland in 2012 decided that preventative measures are the only way to effectively prevent serious ath-

[“It messes with you emotionally”]

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Warriors’ football players make a tackle during a game last season. High School football has more concussions than any other high school sport. Some symptoms to be aware of for selfdiagnosis are trouble thinking clearly, trouble balancing, difficulty retaining information, irritability, and sensitivity to light or noise. If a person has received a serious concussion it is strongly reccomended that they stay awake, as falling asleep before a medical clearance can lead to a coma. Recurring concussions or consecutive concussions can cause more permanent damage, an alarming 20% of concussions in boys wrestling were recurrent. Multiple concussions can result in poor memory, slowed reaction time, and difficulty learning. Although these are similar to the effects of one concussion the effects increase based on how many you’ve had or the severity of each. One hit could change a life, or even take it. With preventative measures moving into position, concussions may not be a headache for much longer.


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On the Sidelines

Boys Cross Country

Replacing the top five runners on a cross country team is no easy task. Top runner Andrew Keith has broken 18 minutes, fellow senior David Magee has been close on his heels.

Girls Cross Country

Re-writing the record books

School record holder Lauren Garris departed after last season, but a topnotch crop of freshman has come in on her heels. The cream of that crop is Anderson Dibble, with a time of 21:15.

Football

The team did not open fast with a 1-3 start to the season. Kezio Snelling and quarterback Curtis Fitch have been bright spots offensively. The defense has been solid all season.

Boys Swimming

Seniors Greyson Van Osdal and Austin Childers have combined with the now three Hazletts to change the culture. Their record is 5-0 to start the year. Zealand Shannon / Oracle

Some sports that are not always in the spotlight have produced some spectacular athletes and spectacular performances in the past two years Emma Stevens Staff Writer

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very sport has its records, whether it is for the best time or for the best score, for the most goals or for the most yards. Golf, swimming and cross-country are generally under the radar, but the past two seasons these sports have compiled some of Steinbrenners most impressive performances. Never before in Steinbrenner history has a golfer made a hole in one. That was until junior Kelsey Holbert was able to sink one for the girls golf team against Academy of the Holy Names earlier this season. Current Girls number one, junior Claire Becker holds the record for a single round with a four under par 32. The boys golf team has come on a resurgence this year behind seniors Zach Ishee, Kevin Merrell, and Andrew McNutt. McNutt set the team record shooting a 31

earlier this season, and the team as a whole has also set the total score record for the mens golf program. Girls swimming has produced more than it’s share of records in the past two years. Sophomore Ashley Kubel holds eight out of the 11 total records, and she has more than two years left in her career. Kubel broke six records last year as a freshman and has broken two this year so far (200 medley relay, 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, and 400 freestyle relay). For the boys, senior captain, Austin Childers and the three Hazlett brothers Ian, Christiaan and Tristan hold the school record for the 200 medley relay. Their time of 1:49.42 has continued to rise throughout the season, and Childers’ expectation is that it will be 1:45 flat by the end of the

year. The cross-country teams have both set their records for the fastest time completing the 5k in the past two years. For girls cross-country Lauren Garris, who graduated last year, has the best time, at 19:28. Senior, Samantha Yarish is completing the run with a time of 21:35 and freshman Anderson Dibble has run the 5k in 21:15 earlier this year. For boys cross country, or ‘Boss Cross’, senior, Andrew Keith has the fast time this year at 17:55. The schools fastest time was run last year by Matt Magee, and was 15:56. Magee has since graduated, along with the four other runners that made up the original Boss Cross. As the fall season continues, these explosive programs will keep on breaking their own records. The records that have fallen so far may not be there much longer.

Girls Swimming

The squad has perenially been the better of the two swim teams, but is 4-1 this year. Sophomore Ashley Kubel has been a beast, breaking the 50 freestyle and 100 backstroke records this year.

Volleyball

Coming off of a regional quarterfinal appearence, the squad is back and better than ever. A 14-2 start has been fueled by big time performances from the 10-player junior class.

Boys Golf

After reveling in .500 obscurity, the team is starting to show signs of life under strong senior leadership. The boys have set the overall round record for the school this year.

Girls Golf

The girls finally lost after a couple of years of perfection. They are still loaded with talent of all ages, and behind Claire Becker, are primed to make another run. Compiled by Zealand Shannon


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The people to watch in the world of Steinbrenner sports Avery Bradshaw Class:

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Ever since she was the only freshman on the varsity volleyball team, junior Avery Bradshaw has risen to the top. Bradshaw took part in many other sports in her early childhood and was especially big on basketball, but, in the 5th grade, she

Ashley Kubel Class:

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Ashley Kubel was born to swim. At the age of 12, she started her competitive pursuits at the local YMCA. Her first race was the 100 meter freestyle; she swam it in 1:07, and took first place. Kubel was promoted to the competitive squad within two

found her true love with volleyball. “My mom put me in a league and I just knew i loved it because of how fun and exciting it was,” said Bradshaw, “it was also something that my parents and I could share an interest in because they coached high school volleyball for several years.” In her freshman and sophomore years, Bradshaw wracked up 162 kills, 9 blocks, 38 digs, and a .225 hitting percentage. “My team is absolutely amazing. Everyone is so supportive, and I have made friends that will last me a lifetime. I’m so lucky to be in hte volleyball program here,” said Bradshaw. She has been named to the Volleyball First Team in The Lutz Laker, and also made the 2013 high performance five day camp in Las Vegas. Bradshaw has college offers from Division three all the way up to Division one, and plans to choose one to play at before she graduates next year. months. “My mom and dad had always told me to be a swimmer,” said Kubel, “I was just a natural at it…I learned faster.” Three years after her introduction to the competitive side of swimming, Kubel was at states as a freshman for Steinbrenner, in the 100 free. Despite her easy success with her first stroke, Kubel is more than well rounded in the pool. “I thought I was a breast-stroker for a while,” said Kubel, “now I am more of a back-stroker.” Truth is, she’s an everything-stroker. Kubel holds eight school records in the 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 breaststroke, and 400 freestyle relay. These events involve all four strokes. Last year, Kubel made the regionals in the 200 and 100 freestyle, but she only went to states in the later. Her goal is to make states in both this year, and improve on her 53.45 100 free time.

Anderson Dibble

Dibble has been running competetively since she started running a fun run at her Freshman local church in fourth grade. She took one athletic side track into soccer, but it Sport: brought her right back to her natural sport. X-Country “I played soccer for a long time,” said Dibble, “that’s why I started loving running, because I used to be midfield. I loved running back and forth on the field.” After three years of middle school track, the Columbia, South Carolina native joined the Steinbrenner Cross Country team. The first meet she ran a 21:15 5k, still her perZealand Shannon / Oracle sonal best. Zealand Shannon “That was my first meet and I guess I Sports Editor was feeling good,” said Dibble. She has Anderson Dibble is the type of runner very high expectations for the rest of her that a program can be built around. As a career with the Warriors, and so does her freshman, she has shot right up to the top coach Ladd Baldwin. “(Baldwin) thinks of the varsity squad, able to keep pace with that at the rate I’m going I can run...18, acclaimed senior leader Sammy Yarish 19 minutes,” said Dibble, “I hope I will be able to.” during her best races.

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Kezio Snelling Class:

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Football

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Junior Kezio Snelling is a running back wide receiver combo for the Warriors’ football team this year, and he has been making plays all over the field in his first varsity season as a starter. Snelling has been playing football since

he was eight, but he got his start in an interesting way. “My friends were playing, and I noticed that they got all the nice gear and I didn’t,” said Snelling. In four games, Snelling has already gained 449 total yards, that is an average of 112.3 yards per game. He has 147 receiving and 60 rushing yards so far, but the most impressive part of his contributions come on kick and punt returns. Snelling has a combined 242 return yards, and scored the only Warriors’ touchdown in the season opener. He has five total touchdowns (two receiving, two rushing, one returning). Snelling’s father has been his biggest influence in his football career, but he also says he is influenced by his team. He gave a reason he works so hard on the field at all times “I’ve become more of a leader for my team,” said Snelling, “I like to help my team, and I know that if I do something, we’ll get a water break.”


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Welcome to the no-longer-aclub club: Lacrosse is official Marissa Hibel Staff Writer After four years of club level obscurity, Steinbrenner has it’s lacrosse team. Former Steinbrenner coach Jonathan Levy continously heard about attempts to get lacrosse approved as an official sport and decided to do something about it. He took time to approach club teams in Steinbrenner’s area and intiated a meeting with the school board. In 2012, HALAX (Hillsborough Area Lacross Alliance) was formed after lacrosse was approved as a pay-to-play sport in Hillsborough county. The teams would be clubs no more. “This was a very long, drawn out process,” said Levy, who is now the HALAX president. In order for lacrosse to be an FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association) varsity sport, players have to pay their money to HALAX, the group that has been put in charge of providing necessities

of the sport to the schools. The expense of playing lacrosse has been raised as a problem, since nothing is funded by the schools themselves. The biggest difference between club level and being an actual sport is the amount of recognition that the sport will receive. “This year we’ll actually be able to be advertised throughout school and go to the spring pep rally to be introduced to everyone,” said boys lacrosse captain Austin Ransdell. Both teams will also be able to play mid-week games, receive bus transportation, and will get morning show announcements of their accomplishments. This improved recognition will create better opportunities for college recruitment as well. “I’ll be one of the first girls in Hillsboroug County to sign for a lacrosse scholarship,” said girls lacross captain Elli Flaig. The pilot program will officially begin this spring season.


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Steinbrenner Stars “Working with these girls to create the Steinbrenner Stars was very motavating...” “A truly amazing experience...” “A special moment for these girls to look back on...” Erin Maloney

- Coach Ennis

Varsity cheerleaders celebrate with the Steinbrenner Stars after performing a routine during the pep rally. The Stars recieved a standing ovation from students and falculty.

Erin Maloney

Julianna Gonzalez, Melanie Briere, and Kaitlyn De Rosa are all smiles as they await their pep rally performance. The Steinbrenner Stars cheered sideline with the varsity cheerleaders during the football game on October 4th.

Erin Maloney

Bay News 9 reporter Erin Maloney joins her crew to talk to Steinbrenner Star, Melanie Briere, before the pep rally on October 27th. On October 4th, Maloney’s story aired on Bay News 9 during the evening.

Varsity cheerleaders Victoria Leggett, Karlie Mintzer, Madison Knoedler, and Paige Cimino pose with Steinbrenner Star Melanie Briere. The cheerleaders continue to work with the Stars, and will proceed to each year.


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