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North and South Korea have historically met for peace talks.

We have to wait a whole year to see the conclusion of Avengers: Infinity War! We don't want to wait, Tony!

Watch out for those summer Caesar salads. An E. Coli outbreak has affected Romaine lettuce.

Ten weeks of summer sun, Netflix binging, and video game playing!

Avengers: Infinity War has topped $1 billion worldwide.

Maybe summer isn't the best time to visit The Big Island in Hawaii.

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volume 17 May ‘18

People of Varela............................. 5 Varela Security..........................6 Since the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas, Miami-Dade County Public Schools have put new security measures in place.


Michael Black Jason Perez

Student Walkouts.............7 Puerto Rico....................... 8 Sugar................................9

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Almeyda l Brittney Alvarez l Jonathan Bigio-Vargas l Daniel Cardenas l Amanda Clavel l Yaira Doyle l Joshua Escobedo l Valeria Franco l Valeria Guerrero

Lemon Twigs..............10 Music.........................11 TV.............................. 12 movies...................... 13 Ready Player One brings on pop culture nostalgia

The Anti-Hero...........15 The popularity of the anti superhero.

Video Games............... 16 Food..............................17


Editorial Policy

The Viper Vibe is the student newspaper of Felix Varela Senior High (15255 SW 96 St. Miami, FL, 33196). It is an open forum for student expression. The opinions expressed in the publication do not reflect the official opinions or policies of the school. The Viper Vibe welcomes letters to the editor, but requires that they be signed and reserves the right to reject, edit and condense letters. The staff and adviser can be contacted at 305-752-7900 or thevipervibe@gmail. com

Varela Sports...................18 New Logo...............................19

Administration reveals Varela's new Viper logo.

On the cover: Sr. Luncheon, NJROTC hurricane cleanup, Neal Shusterman, Chef Chris, Student walkout, Adaams Family production, TV Production students, Journalism State Convention, Jr. Ring Ceremony, Sr. Crown Day. photos by Fox-Mar, E. Cardenas, Jason Perez, Michael Black, Crotalus

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Dejesu l Nicolle Holguin l Karolyn Legra l Kristian Nardo-Felipe l Giuliana Palomino l Melissa Rodas l Fabian Rodriguez l Jaylin Terrero l Estephany Wakil-Kassar

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Above: MDCPS has implemented a "See Something, Say Something" policy. photo by Estephany Wakil-Kassar; Ready Player One. photo courtesy of Amblin Entertainment; Deadpool. photo courtesy of Marvel Comics; Varela's new Viper logo. photo illustration by R. Schneider.

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Senior editors say goodbye, follow their passion Editorial/Column


ichael tions that I have been able to make with my time here, and all the new things that I have learned If someone asked me what my biggest that I will be taking with me to college. I truly beregret in life was, it would be not taking lieve that because of my work in the Communicajournalism earlier. I had an amazing time as an edtions Academy that I have had the opportunity to itor and interacting with the students and writing really see where I want to go in life and what type all my articles, even though the job itself was a lot of career that I want to have. So Mrs. C., thanks for of work. I loved every second of this year, and I all your help. It’s been great. wish I had been in journalism from day one of my Now, as the both of us move on to the next freshman year. chapter of our lives, leaving The Viper Vibe publi When I see someone picking up our publicacation behind us as we go on to college to further tion and reading, it makes me joyous and gives me pursue our dreams, we will never forget the times a sense of accomplishment about my hard work, we spent here, the late nights, the deadworking with Mrs. Cardenas, and my lines, the editing, the competitions, and articles that I slaved over for weeks on Find something the fun we have shared. end. It makes me think that we, The With that said, here is our advice Viper Vibe, are actually doing something enjoyable that gets and not just writing for the sake of writ- you involved in the for the underclassmen. When it comes to high school, ing. school. find something that you like or even It makes me proud that we wrote love. We’re not saying you should join about real world problems make people yearbook or The Viper Vibe, but at least find care, make people pay attention to what's hapsomething enjoyable that gets you involved in the pening, and listen to what we have to say on the school, like sports, drama, dance, art or even a matter. I thoroughly enjoyed taking journalism with Mrs. Cardenas, and I’m planning to further club. my knowledge by going for a masters degree in When you look back on your time at Varela, journalism. you should be able to say that you had a great time and enjoyed that thing that you did and the memason ories that you made with the people that you met Well, I really can say that the last four years on the way. have been great. I have learned so much from We can both say that because of our experimy experiences in journalism from my four years ences, we will always have great and wonderful in yearbook and my last year with The Viper Vibe. memories to look back upon. I truly regret that I didn’t join the Vibe earlier in While we may not want to stay in high school, my high school career, but I am happy that I did our time has not been wasted and what we have and being able to add on my own things to the learned will be put to good use and the memories program. we have made will last forever. I’m forever blessed for the friends and connec-

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Inside the Staff Lounge

Every Viper Has a Tale

ESOL teacher, Veronica Larios is this year’s Rookie Teacher of the Year. She is truly passionate about her job and all she does, and she wishes she could do more. Larios actively engages with her students and builds strong relationships with them, by going as far as sharing her favorite music and joking with her students, allowing a comfortable and exciting learning environment.

Senior Angel Olaizola is an 18-year-old who is mostly into an active lifestyle, going to the gym on his free time and also participating in school sports like track and football. He doesn’t just enjoy sports, however, Olaizola also likes spending time with his friends and family when he is not busy with school activities or with is job at Publix. He plans to go to Miami Dade College and get involved in physical therapy because he has been around sports his whole life.

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Why do you like teaching? I like teaching because i like helping people and i think the best way to help people is teaching. I can reach them more than one way. What is your favorite word? Pumpernickel What is your least favorite word? Tender What inspires you? I inspire myself, without me, I am not me. When you look up to people they let you down. What sound or noise do you love? Ozuna What sound or noise do you hate? MISS! MISS! MISS! What’s your favorite book? Harry Potter, I’ve read all of them nine times. What’s the craziest excuse you’ve heard from a student as to why they didn’t do their homework? I’ve actually had a kid tell me his dog ate his homework, there was a video of it, and he zooms in and everything.


Veronica Larios is this year’s Rookie Teacher of the Year. photo by Michael Black

Senior Angel Olaizola plans to turn his love of sports into a career in physical therapy. photo by Fox-Mar

Why do you like physical therapy? The chance to be around athletes. What inspires you? Being able to help others. What is your favorite subject? Science What is your favorite TV show? Spongebob If you could have a super power, what would it be? The power to read minds Pretty and poor or ugly and rich? Pretty and poor What is your zodiac sign? Sagittarius Where do you plan on going after Miami-Dade? I plan on transferring to FIU after Miami Dade College. What position do you play? I played quarterback, receiver, running back, cornerback, and safety. Where is your family from? I am Venezuelan. Do you have family in Venezuela? Yes, I have family in venezuela, but I have not gone to venezuela to visit.

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School safety takes priority at state, district and school levels By Brittney Alvarez It took & Estephany Wakil-Kassar a mass

Staff Reporters phe here at home to make the Florida legislature pay attention to school safety. Nationwide, it is the parkland shooting that has caused a massive flood of political outrage and a heightened debate over gun control, mourning, marches and school walkouts. In March, Florida lawmakers proposed and Gov. Rick Scott signed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act a plan that includes $400 million to be spent on school security and safety. The act includes provisions to keep guns away from violent and dangerous individuals. Called the “Risk Protection Order Act,” it gives courts the permission to deny a violent or mentally ill individual the right to possess a weapon. The act raises the minimum age to purchase firearms from 18 to 21 years. It also establishes improved criminal penalties for individuals who make threats to schools. Some $75 million will go to mental health counseling that will provide direct counseling services to students as well as youth mental health training. Every student in Florida will have access to a mental health counselor and every school will require a threat assessment team with expertise in mental health. Law enforcement and school administration will have to meet monthly to review any potential threats to students and staff at the school. One-quarter of the $400 million will go to address specific school safety needs within each school district, including strict measures such as metal detectors, bulletproof glass, steel doors and upgraded locks. The act will require a safe-school officer at each school in the state; these officers must be sworn law enforcement officers. Also required are mandatory active shooter training drills in schools every semester. “Students, district school safety specialists, threat assessment


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One of the first protocols established by MDCPS was the wearing of school ID’s. Students and faculty are required to wear ID’s on a lanyard. photo by Estephany Wakil-Kassar

teams, faculty, staff and designated first responders must participate in these drills,” the safety act states. MDCPS Superintendent Alberto M. Carvalho, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez, along with other county officials have issued a letter to lawmakers “in pursuit of long-term solutions to increase student safety.” Requests cover $30 million in state funding to reinforce some of the following improvements of school safety: 100 additional school resource officers and 75 additional mental health/social work professionals to provide mental health counseling focused on prevention/early detection of youth needs. Along with the additional personnel, funding would go to more security, evaluation of classroom glass windows against bullets, and mechanisms to lock all doors automatically. Immediately after the news release, protocols were put in for all students and staff of schools in the county. Rules required implementation for middle and high schools of school-issued ID’s worn on a lanyard and displayed at all times. Teachers have also been administered to lock their classroom doors during the school day. All schools are being analyzed to minimize access of entry on school grounds, as well as requirements related to drills and school lockdowns. “Although lots of other students feel that these safety requirements are a hassle, it’s worth anything if it means safety is not compromised,” said sophomore Ainel Navarro.

Signs have gone up all around the school reminding students “If you see something, say something.” photo by Andrew Camel

“As a principal this is something of great concern to me. But we have been trained and so have the teachers,” Principal Nery Fins said. “We are as prepared as we can be, but it’s a top priority. I think it has always been, this has just brought it more into the limelight. As a high school principal you’re always worried about the security of the campus.” MDCPS strongly advises, “As always, the safety and well-being of students and staff are priorities. Everyone is reminded to report any suspicious activity by calling 305-995-COPS (2677) or 305471-TIPS (8477). Remember, if you ‘See something, Say Something’.”

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Students in the Travel and Tourism Academy were in Washington D.C. on a field trip when the “March for Our Lives” event occurred. People on both sides of the gun control issue held up signs during the march. photos by Mario Zamora

Walkouts and protests shape the year By Jonathan Bigio-Vargas What will the

Staff Reporter 2017-18 school year be most remembered for? What will the graduating seniors say they most remember from their last year of high school? Grad Bash? Prom? Or will it be the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas Sr. High and the subsequent backlash with politicians over gun control and school safety? In response to the Parkland shooting in February, kids and parents have protested over security in schools and the safety of students and teachers. The U.S. has seen huge turn outs at school walkouts and marches. The first walkout on Feb. 21, was massive. At noon, students walked out of class with signs and posters in support of Marjory Stoneman Douglas Sr. High. Some students wrote the number 17 on their wrists in remembrance of the 17 students and faculty who lost their lives the week before. Students chanted “We need change” and shouted “End the violence. It’s now or never.” Some students, including The Viper Vibe editor Jason Perez, gave speeches amid the crowds of protesters. Signs read things like “A kid’s life is worth more than all the guns in the world.” Overall, it was huge. Accounts of students all over Dade County walking out of their schools ran on the news and blew up social media. By Mar. 14, some of the fervor had died down. The second walk was sched-

uled for 10 a.m. and didn’t have as much support. The sunny South Florida weather had turned chilly and many students decided it was just too cold outside and less than half the number of students from the first walk participated. Reading teacher Annette Zayas believes that walkouts should have a purpose. “If you don’t have a purpose, then there is no reason you would just be missing class; you need to have a reason. You need to know why you’re protesting. If you don’t know, then there’s no sense to it,” she said. On April 20, the 19th anniversary of the shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado, the third scheduled walkout took place. While other schools across the country participated in the walkout, very few students in Dade County and no students here at Varela did. The nationally coordinated “March for Our Lives” took place on Mar. 24. CBS reported that upwards of 200,000 people attended the march in Washington D.C., and about 800 other marches were held all over the country. Several students from Varela were in D.C. on a field trip for the Travel and Tourism Academy that weekend. They were moved by the sheer number of people, many holding signs with pictures of the Douglas High victims. Students at Varela protest during the first walkout in February. photo by Crotalus

“It felt powerful that everyone was really coming together,” junior Juana Baumgartner said. To them, it was important that individuals were speaking out for what they believed in. “Whether you agree with taking away rights with guns, I feel like it really helped people express themselves to show what they feel without causing violence or harm to others,” junior Mario Zamora said. “It made me happy to be in a generation full of people trying to make a difference toward gun control. And I’m happy to see that I am a big part of history,” Baumgartner said.


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Puerto Rico still recovering as new hurricane season approaches Jahn Alago Seven months after Hurri-


Staff Reporter cane Maria, Puerto Rico is IG: Jahnnnnn still struggling to get back to reality. The storm left the entire island without power, and it knocked out most cell phone service. This was the worst disaster that the Caribbean island had confronted. Puerto Rico is still a long way from recovery. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is still supplying food, water and help to the most affected; they have installed over a thousand blue roofs on many houses. Money is one of the main problems on the island due to Puerto Rico’s bankruptcy. After Maria, Puerto Rico has been in need of more money to rebuild. According to “In February, Congress approved $15.8 billion in FEMA aid specifically for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, far less than the estimated $94 billion needed just for Puerto Rico. (Within six weeks of Hurricane Katrina, by comparison, Congress had authorized $60 billion in aid to disaster zones.)” Restoring electricity has been another problem. Puerto Rico had just started to recover from Hurricane Irma, which left 80,000 without power, when Maria hit. The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA), already in huge debt and ill-equipped for a massive hurricane, collapsed and the entire island’s electrical power grid was destroyed. Beautician Sandra Velazquez has

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been without power since the hurricane and when she asked when her neighborhood would have power again, the power company’s response was “Your neighborhood is not even on our map of the neighborhoods that need to get fixed right now.” This means that parts of the island aren’t even being considered for repairs yet. When we compare Puerto Rico’s situation with that of Miami after Irma or New Orleans after Katrina, it seems almost unbelievable. Within about 10 days after Irma hit Miami in September, power was completely restored by FPL. New Orleans, which was devastated by Katrina in 2005, got its power back in one month and 16 days according to their power company Entergy. But according to NPR, 11% of Puerto Rico is still without power since September. And within the last month alone, two more power outages due to problems with an electric company sub-contractor, occurred across the island. Thousands of Puerto Ricans have left their home country because they don’t have a place to live, and seven months later, they still can’t come back because they don’t have a home. Ricardo Roselló, Puerto Rico’s governor, claims that Maria destroyed 87,094 houses. More than 3,500 people are living in hotels on the island or across the U.S. with temporary housing vouchers provided by FEMA.

Besides structural and infrastructure damage issues, Puerto Rico has had to deal with mental health issues. The number of people on the island who have reportedly tried to kill themselves since Hurricane Maria hit the island has more than tripled. One of the islands biggest concerns right now is its readiness for another hurricane season. With homes still being rebuilt, power outages still in effect and ancient power plants not able to handle the load, the island won’t be ready when June 1 comes. Ivette Sosa, a journalist with Telemundo Puerto Rico, told the Huffington Post that they are not ready for another hurricane. “We still have blue roofs on hundreds of houses all over the island. We have municipalities that still do not have electricity, and people in those areas are getting desperate. Puerto Ricans (including myself) are soooo worried of what would happen here if another system comes along our way,” she said. “The safeness of all the people who right now have blue tarps on their houses, and how will they be able to go through another hurricane with that intensity,” said Puerto Rico resident Wilmary Santana. Left: Many houses in Puerto Rico still have blue tarps on their roofs. This is concerning since the new hurricane season begins June 1. photo by Wilmary Santana. Right: Nine months after hurricane Maria hit the island of Puerto Rico, utility crews are still working to restore electricity and repair power lines. photo by Sandra Velazquez.

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Taking a look at real and fake sugars By Karolyn Legra Low-calorie ed new studies where they Staff Reporter sweetenIG: its.karoo ers, good or bad? Ever wondered if low calorie things really healthy? Just because something has low calories, or is sugar free, does not automatically mean it’s healthier or better for people to eat. Researchers at George Washington University in Washington, D.C. conduct-

examined the effects of a low-calorie sweetener called sucralose on human stem cells from fat tissue. When scientists put sucralose in the blood of people who consume high quantities of low-calorie sweeteners into stem cells, they noticed an increased “expression of genes linked with fat production and inflammation.” This means that the replacement sweetener doesn’t

White sugar - White sugar is heavily processed, it offers no nutritional value and is considered to be empty calories. In addition, refined sugar will elevate blood sugar levels which can cause diabetes. Raw sugar - Most people use this sugar because they think it’s more natural since it has “raw” in its name. Raw sugar is made from the juice of the sugarcane plant. Raw sugar has nutritional value because it has the same vitamin and mineral consistency as sugarcane plant juice, but it affects glucose levels the same way refined sugar does. Fructose - Fructose, or fruit sugar, is a sugar found in many plants, where it is often bonded to glucose. It’s found especially in honey and fruit. While a little more natural, it also affects blood sugar. Sucralose - Sucralose is most commonly found in Splenda, the yellow packets offered at restaurants. Sucralose is 600 times as sweet as sugar. Most of it is not absorbed by the body and it has less of an impact on blood glucose than sugar. Deemed safe by the FDA, some studies have shown that it may be a migraine trigger. Aspartame - Aspartame is most commonly found in Equal and comes in the blue packets at restaurants. Aspartame is about 200 times sweeter than sugar and does not contain calories in the usual amounts that people take, so it cannot affect blood glucose levels or cause weight gain. While some people claim headaches when using aspartame, most people have no problems with it. Saccharin - Saccharin is found in Sweet ’N Low which comes in the pink packets. Saccharin is about 300 times as sweet as sugar. It does not have an effect

actually help to reduce fat. Many people replace foods high in sugar with foods that claim to be better because they use sugar substitutes. According to US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, who did animal studies, artificial sweeteners can actually cause weight gain. It’s possible that low calorie sweeteners change the way we taste food. People who use

this low calorie sweeteners start to find food less tasty and appealing. According to Harvard Health, “Research suggests that they may prevent us from associating sweetness with caloric intake. As a result, we may crave more sweets, tend to choose sweet food over nutritious food, and gain weight.” So what exactly is in all sugar, and “fake” sugar, that we use?

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on blood glucose levels. Controversy surrounding saccharin prompted the Center for Science in the Public Interest to claim that saccharin is unsafe and rates it as “avoid,” its lowest rating. High fructose corn syrup - This is a sweetener made from corn starch that has been processed by glucose isomerase to convert some of its glucose into fructose. Many claim that it is one of the key factors in today’s obesity rate. According to the Huffington Post, “It is sweeter and cheaper than regular sugar and is in every processed food and sugar-sweetened drink.” It metabolizes into fat faster than any other form of sugar and raises blood glucose levels. Stevia - Stevia is a sugar substitute extracted from the leaves of the plant species Stevia rebaudiana. While the refined version, often called Stevia or Truvia, is approved by the FDA as an artificial sweetener, the whole leaf (or crude stevia) has not been approved because of potential health risks. On the

whole, it does not have any calories and does not raise blood sugar levels. Honey - Honey is a sweet food substance produced by bees. It is sweeter than sugar and may affect blood sugar levels. Honey should never be given to babies under the age of one. According to the Mayo Clinic, research shows that honey may have medicinal properties that can help prevent heart disease, cough suppressant, and relief of gastrointestinal problems. It is one of the only foods in the world that never goes bad. It can be stored on a shelf and be as good in a hundred years as it is today.

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Lifestyle Solanin is a must read manga for youth Author Inio Asano draws inspiration from his real life experiences and encourages young adults to follow their passion.

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Good Reads Top 5 Manga 1. Fullmetal Alchemist, Volume 1 Hiromu Arakawa 2. Death Note, Volume 1: Boredom by Tsugumi Ohba 3. Naruto, Volume 1: Uzumaki Naruto by Masashi Kishimoto 4. One Piece, Volume 1: Romance Dawn by Eiichiro Oda 5. Bleach, Volume 1 Tite Kubo 1 0 t h ev i per vi b e @ g mai l . com

Solanin is a manga by Inio Asano, who is known for his series, Oyasumi Punpun. In Solanin, Asano depicts tales of young adults, mostly post graduates, who are still trying to figure out life, ambitions and meanings. Asano wrote Solanin during a time where he was also confused about his goals which makes the manga a realistic experience for all ages. “I drew Solanin when I was about 24 years old. I had just graduated from college and I was feeling a bit insecure about my ability to succeed as a manga artist and whether I would be able to continue to draw manga that were true to myself. In my anxiety and impatience, I felt that all I could do in my manga was try to get a true depiction of the times as experienced by my generation,” Asano told Viz Media. Solanin captures the essence of being a lost graduate. It provides a blanket to those who feel like they are aimlessly wandering trying to find their niche in this world. Meiko, the main character, doesn’t find happiness in her job. In the story Meiko states, “I have no idea what to

do with myself. And while I wait for my epiphany, I feel the toxins collecting in my body. But I’m still young and dissatisfied. Constantly disgruntled by society and adults. I’m just your average office worker in Tokyo.” Her boyfriend, Taneda works as a part-time graphic designer. The couple struggle to find enjoyment in their lives but only continue with it because it’s what all adults do to be successful and have a place in society, by working. Solanin is an amazing read. It was hilarious, heartwarming and heartbreaking, but hopeful. Meiko and Taneda depict the confusion people experience right after college, into the transition between childhood and adulthood, accepting this transition or fighting against it. Meiko and Taneda’s friends and family provide interesting side characters with meaningful stories and this builds the characters’ personalities. The moral of the story encourages people to continue in what makes them happy and not to fall under what does not give them passion. Readers are to follow their dreams even through the hardships.

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Lauv Ari Staprans Leff, better known as Lauv, is an American singer and songwriter who is only 23 years old. His sensation “I Like Me Better” is a phenomenal song that hit 60 million views on YouTube and came out almost a year ago. He studied music and learned to play many musical instruments as a young child. He also graduated from New York University, majoring in music technology. He never had a relationship in high school because he always focused on his music and loves writing break-up songs and love songs. His single “I Like Me Better” is definitely a beautiful love song, but it was based on a relationship that he had during his time in NYC.

He started his first world tour “I Met You When I Was 18” in January. While on his tour he wears the most sentimental item he owns, which is his necklace. “I bought it in New York City when I was going to school there. New York inspired all my music that’s out, so this is a special necklace,” he said in his autobiography. Lauv’s music is very emotional and deeply related to personal experiences such as break-ups and love interests. The name Lauv derives from the word “lion” in Latvian which is from his mother’s heritage, which is why he chose that stage name. From all of his achievements and his style of songwriting, it’s safe to say he’s another Ed Sheeran.


Sydney, Noah, and Graham Sierota make up the family band Echosmith. photo with permission Warner Bros.

Ari Staprans, better known as Lauv, has released his single “I Like Me Better.” photos with permission Lauv

The American indie pop band, known as Echosmith, was formed in 2009 in California. The band consisted of four, now three, members who are all siblings: Sydney, Jamie, Noah and Graham Sierota. The oldest brother, Jamie, left the group back in 2017 because he wanted to focus on his family; and, his wife had just given birth to a healthy baby boy. Their worldwide sensation “Cool Kids” hit 95 million views on YouTube back in 2013 and hit #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified double platinum. They are the type of band

where you’ve heard their song, but don’t really know who sang it. “Cool Kids” has a catchy tune and a beautiful melody that relates to many teens who are too worried about fitting in at school rather than trying to get into a good college. Lead singer, Sydney, sounds exactly like Charli XCX when she sings and doesn’t sound very unique. Their new single “Over My Head” was uploaded to YouTube in March and has only 2.9 million views. The song isn’t very popular and the chorus doesn’t particularly stand out.

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By nIA gUILLOT Summer is the time to relax, and most

Staff Reporter importantly, binge watch the series that you IG: Princessnia_16 may have missed out on during the busy school year. There are numerous new series and seasons being released this summer. The best part is each show is distinctly different from one another, so there is something for everyone’s interest. Three out of the four shows can be watched on basic cable like AMC and Freeform. However, Condor is on AT&T Audience network which is solely to individuals that have DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse and DIRECTV NOW. With ten weeks off for summer break, there is plenty of time for binging.


Humans will be having their season three premiere on June 5, on AMC. It is a remake of a Swedish series that stars a suburban family that buys the newest technology called a “synth,” a robot that resembles a human that can be used in whichever way they please. The robots can do actions that a human can but they are not capable of emotion. When the synth’s start to develop emotions, things start to spin into chaos and dark secrets are revealed. This sci-fi drama series will surely keep you on your toes and keep you wondering could this possibly happen in the future? Could our inventions possibly turn against us?

The highly anticipated series, Marvel’s Cloak and Dagger, is premiering June 7, on Freeform starring Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, and Andrea Roth. It was created by Joe Pokaski who is a producer and writer. Pokaski has had involvement in three other shows called Heroes, Underground, and Daredevil. The show is about two teenagers from very different upbringings finding out that they have gained superpowers. They decide to form a partnership with each other to fight crime in their hometown of New Orlanes, all the while having to deal with growing feelings for eachother. This show falls in the action, adventure, and drama categories. With the popularity of recent Marvel movies like Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War, as well as, DC TV shows like The Flash and Supergirl, there is no surprise that fans are excited for this new show.

CONDOR SEASON 1 A new show that will be coming out on June 6, is an AT&T original on the Audience network called Condor. The show is actually based on a movie from 1975 called Three Days of the Condor starring Robert Redford. The main character Joe Turner had always had his doubts about working with the CIA. But when something he has uncovered is the reason his entire office is murdered causing him to go into hiding, all his suspicions become a reality. He is forced to go against everything he believes in and himself. The people he is up against have a plan that can kill millions. If you like to be glued to your seat and going along for the adventure this is a show that you will enjoy.

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THE BOLD TYPE SEASON 2 The Bold Type will be releasing season two on June 12, on Freeform. It is a drama infused show that is about women working at a global women’s magazine called Scarlet. While putting out the magazine, they are also trying to balance relationships, life, and friendship with each other. It is inspired by the life of Joanna Coles, editor of Cosmopolitan, and stars Katie Stevens, Aisha Dee and Meghann Fahy. Season one received alot of attention and love from viewers by the quirkiness and drama. It has been seen as a woman empowering show that is mostly directed toward young women. It has been described as “girly.” If you are into the more action and adventure category then this is most likely not for you.


DEADPOOL 2 RATED-R After surviving a near-death attack, Deadpool struggles to be a normal person. In this sequel, Deadpool has to battle the evil Cable, a soldier from the future, and save lives. Release date: May 18 Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Josh Brolin, Morena Baccarin

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JURASSIC WORLD: FALLEN KINGDOM RATED-PG-13 It’s been three years since Jurassic World closed. Now it is up to Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) to save the last of the existing dinosaurs from the volcano that is about to erupt on the island.

THE FIRST PURGE RATED-R Have you ever wondered how The Purge started? The First Purge shows how the new Founding Fathers push for a constitutional amendment that makes all crime legal for 12 hours in one night. But when the violence of the oppressors meets the rage of the people, the experiment explodes from a trial-city to a world-wide nation issue. Release date: July 4 Starring: Marisa Tomei, Melonie Diaz

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Release date: June 28 Starring: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Jeff Goldblum


The Avengers unite for a battle to defeat their most powerful enemy yet, Thanos. Thanos is on a mission to gather all of INCREDIBLES 2 the Infinity Stones, many of RATED-PG which have been teased in previous Marvel movies. His goal: to curb the overpopulation of Everyone’s favorite family of the universe. The Avengers superheroes is back and betprepare to sacrafice anything ter than ever. Picking up right to destroy Thanos before he where the first movie left off, can destroy the universe. The this family goes through the movie has already smashed opening weekends box offices and challenges of saving the world has passed the $1 billion dollar mark worldwide. The second and taking care of three little part of the story will be in theatres in May 2019. children, including Jack-Jack who has powers. Even better Release date: April 27 news, the same actors from Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansthe first movie will be joining son, Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Tom Holland, Chris Pratt, to create the film once again. Chadwick Boseman, Benedict Cumberbatch

Release date: June 15 Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson

Clockwise from top left: photos courtesy of Marvel Entertainment, Amblin Entertainment, Marvel Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Blumhouse Productions

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Spielberg is King of the Easter Eggs


f you are a fan of everything pop culture, Ready Player One is the movie for you. Editor Based on the 2011 YA novel by Ernest @JasonP1314 Cline, the main character Wade Watts, and his avatar Parzival, (played by Tye Sheridan) lives most of his life in the Oasis, a completely open virtual world where people can be anyone and do anything. The story premise is that the creator of the Oasis, James Halliday, dies without an heir. He decides to leave his considerable fortune and access to the Oasis to the player that can figure out clues, locate three keys, and find the ultimate Easter egg that he hidden with three keys throughout the world. When I first heard about the movie, I was a little hesitant and didn’t think I was going to like it. But after talking to people who had read the book, seeing the trailer and finding out that Steven Spielberg directed it, I decided to give it a chance. I was hooked. As a video game fanatic, I really believe Spielberg blew it out of the park with this one. The adventure part of the story keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. The quest to find the keys was very exciting. “I think along the way we’ve forgotten to enjoy the journey, the actual playing of the game; we’ve simply look towards the destination, or extrinsic motivation like 100%ing a game, or doing it for the achievements. The movie was nice reminder to enjoy the game for what it is, and to take breaks every now and then,” senior Taniya Shaffer said But when it comes to Easter eggs, this movie is the king. Everywhere I looked in the film, there was something from every corner of pop culture, old and new. There were vehicles like the DeLorean time machine from Back to the Future and the motorcycle from Akira in a racing scene. There were character avatars from video games like Halo and Call of Duty. There were images from classic movies like The Shining and Alien with references to all manner of pop culture from Rubik’s Cube to Space Invaders to Hello Kitty. It was a geek’s nirvana. When it comes to the visual effects, this movie did a good job on balancing it to make it look close to be realistic, but still holding that feeling that you are looking at a video game. The avatar character designs had the look of anime influences.

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In my opinion, this is a good move by Spielberg, because it emphasizes the difference between reality and virtual reality. In the Oasis, your avatar can look like anything. The movie has scored an 80% by audiences on Rotten Tomatoes, which is evidenced by its over $476 million worldwide box office. Critics scored it a little less at 74% mostly due to its over-abundance of pop culture, but that was the point of both the novel and movie. I think that this movie is really worth it to see on the big screen. Between the special effects and all the pop culture references, you need to be able to see it in all its glory. I also suggest seeing it more than once, the first time for the movie itself and the second time to catch all the references you missed the first time.

Top: photo courtesy of Amblin Entertainment; Left: Ty Sheridan in “Ready Player One.” photo with permission Warner Bros./TNS

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The psychology of the anti-hero The superhero of older generations is giving way to the bad good guy of today’s generation by yaira Doyle It’s no secret

Staff Reporter that we love IG: Yaira.Doyle our superheroes. They are the perfect role models since they teach us to make the right decisions and stand up for what is right. But what about anti-heroes? They aren’t exactly villains, but anti-heroes do not have the same beliefs as superheroes. They kill if they feel like it is the only answer. “An anti-hero is usually the protagonist in a movie that is like a reluctant hero that doesn’t have these strong moral principles driving them,” psychology teacher Brent Urbanik said. “They are usually put into a situation that makes them feel like they have to right some wrongs and get revenge that ends up being a mutual benefit for all.” Superheroes like Superman and Batman would never cross that line because of their morals. While TV and films have been taken over by the likes of Iron Man, Daredevil, and Batman, audiences are also drawn to Deadpool and Punisher. Many students listed their favorite superheroes as Batman, Spider Man, Captain

America, and Superman, but they also mentioned liking the anti-heroes Domino, Wolverine, Deadpool, Hellboy, and Killmonger. Deadpool, the first Rated-R superhero movie, took in almost three times its budget just in its opening weekend. Wade Wilson (Deadpool), played by Ryan Reynolds, is a mercenary and assassin transformed into his alter ego by an evil scientist. Netflix’s The Punisher is its highest rated show among all the new Marvel characters from Daredevil to Iron Fist. Frank Castle (Punisher) is a vigilante driven by revenge for the deaths of his wife and children. Most superheroes have problems. They aren’t perfect. Batman is haunted by the deaths of his parents. Spiderman has to deal with being a teenager in high school. Iron Man is a playboy. These flaws are supposed to make superheroes easier to relate to, but identifying with them may be hard because they have these strong sets of morals that would be almost impossible to follow. “From a psychological standpoint, most people are not really developed morally, they never really get to the highest level of morality,” Urbanik said. “They lean towards more the end justifying the means and never understanding that the means are important and we should always follow the rules. People never cognitively go that far and because they don’t get that far the anti-hero is easier to identify with.”

Anti-heroes are more human-like and have an inner conflict with themselves just like we do. They also resort to extreme violence to find their justice. Considering the world in which we currently live, it isn’t hard to see how violence plays a part in our entertainment. Students are especially drawn to Ryan Reynolds’ portrayal of Deadpool. Urbanik explains why exactly these anti-heroes, in this case Deadpool, are loved so much and not hated. “I think it’s because you guys are socialized into it and humor today is now very coarse; you are being raised into that kind of society,”

Urbanik said. “Why does that coarse humor appeal to your generation? Well, because your generation is raised with so much self love that being insulting and vicious towards people gets you to self advancement and it’s all about you so, if ends justify the means, then that kind of sick humor and anticis are easier to identify with.” photos courtesy of Marvel and DC Comics

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Choosing fantasy over reality Sword Art

by Kristian Nardo-Felipe Online: Fatal & Joshua Escobedo Bullet

Staff Reporters Welcome to the K2DARKPHANTOM@GMAIL.COM world of Sword Art Online. A fantasy world filled with warriors, knights, elfs, monster, etc. Sword Art Online: Fatal Bullet is the sequel to Sword Art Online: Hollow Realization. Fatal Bullet is held in Gun Gale Online, or GGO, which is a multiplayer online VR game introduced in the anime series Sword Art Online II. The story starts off the player as a newbie to the world of GGO as the player’s own original avatar that the gamer created before the game even started. When the game starts off the player starts venturing into the virtual world alongside the player’s friend, Kureha, a new character introduced to the SAO game series. The player and Kureha start the very first mission of the game and the the player encounters one of GGO’s rarest finds, an intelligent humanoid AI named ArFA-sys. Not long after the player claims their new treasure AIi, the player finally meets the SAO crew, Kirito, Asuna, Sinon, and more. The main game is somewhat short If the player focuses on the plot quest, however, with that, the player should take about 20-25 hours to finish the main story of the game, though doing side quests should make the game a longer so the player can enjoy the full extent of Fatal Bullet. Both the side and main quests consist of mini bosses, disposing of NPC problem players also known as a mis-

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sion from an NPC, and finding treasures. In Fatal Bullet, players can play in limited competitive and cooperative online multiplayer that will have them teaming up or fighting against other players to defeat high level bosses. But the most recommended is playing single player quest, which allows the player to befriend SAO cast. By befriending the SAO crew, the player will earn serious benefits down the line of the Fatal Bullet cinematics and combat mechanics are excellent. The player can equip the player’s character with a variety of many gun types, from handguns to sniper rifles to machine guns with each type of gun having its strengths and weaknesses. But for players who aren’t into guns, there’s always an option to equip a sword to fight with instead. The game doesn’t forces the player to use weapons that they don’t enjoy using. Fatal Bullet was released on Feb. 23, so it’s fairly new. It’s available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Microsoft Windows for $59. This game is based on the anime series Sword Art Online II but as an alternate story introducing new characters. This game is just fun to play if someone likes to RPG and MMO. Madden 18 Madden 18 is a game all about football. This installment of the football vid-

eo game franchise is all about simulation and has improved on the other Madden versions by adding newer game modes. The mode Play Now allows players to choose their preferred team and play against each other. Ultimate Team gives players the opportunity to earn currency, acquire players, and upgrade their team to their best ability. The mode called Longshot allows the gamer to play as former five-star high school football quarterback, Devin Wade, as he takes one last shot to hear his name called on NFL Draft day. Franchise mode allows gamers to play as the coach. They are in charge of making all the decisions just like a real NFL coach does. Their main job is to run a team and make plays during a game. Gameplay throughout the game requires skill and performance, such as movement which is controlled by the left side of the controller, and skill moves which are controlled by the letter buttons on the right side of the controller. The game is available only on Xbox One and Playstation 4, and costs about $60.00. However, it can be bought used for under $40.00. Overall, the game is totally worth playing over and over because there is so much to the game with different game modes, and terrific and outstanding gameplay.

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This summer, everyone is excited to be making plans to watch the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow, Russia. Every World Cup, family and friends gather around, screaming at the top of their lungs, rooting for the team they want to win, while they indulge in delicious food that keeps their energy high. Everyone that loves soccer is excited about the World Cup, where a lot has happened to the soccer teams all over the world in the last four years. What’s better than watching the games while eating in a good affordable restaurant from the country that you like? Major teams that will be part of this tournament include Peru, Japan, and Colombia. Luckily, there are restaurants in Miami where you can specifically go to both support the team you want and get a taste of their culture.

El Cevichino In Doral, fans of Peru can visit El Cevichino for some authentic, native Peruvian cuisine. This particular restaurant has been family-owned for 60 years, which ensures the best quality in food. It is a very clean environment and makes customers feel at home the moment they step in. They always have a TV with both music and any games that might be going on that day. The menu ranges from appetizers such as salads to ceviches, seafood, meats, soups, and desserts. As a side order to accompany any meal, customers have the choice of rice, sweet potato, french fries, and more. Their meals average about $15, but some meals can go as high as $26.

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Sushi Sake Another team that is part of the World Cup is Japan. The perfect fit is Sushi Sake. Luckily, there is one located right here in the Hammocks. Obviously, sushi is on the menu, but also available are meals of fried rice, hibachi, teriyaki and katsu. Prices can range from $12 all the way to $60 depending on what you order which is pretty typical for a Japanese restaurant. Either way, specials will be given on that special day in support of Japan in the World Cup.Your attention is directed to every side of Sushi Sake, where there are giant TV’s, so that everyone can cheer on the game of the day (but especially Japan).

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El Gran Bamboo A lot of people in the last World Cup thought that Colombia was the team that should’ve won the game against Brazil in the semifinals. Given the excitement that has risen with new players in the team and Radamel Falcao returning, the Colombian games are sure to draw a crowd. El Gran Bamboo in Kendall is a Colombian restaurant that will join in this excitement. Fans have the opportunity of choosing typical Colombian platters including empanadas and other lightweight appetizers during the game or an actual traditional, Hispanic meal including rice, beans, and meat. The menu at El Gran Bamboo includes weekly specials, so the menu has something different on it each day. Food starts at $5 for appetizers and goes all the way to $30 for a Colombian specialty or seafood. TV’s near the bar will be sure to play World Cup footage non-stop.

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sports Boys Volleyball The boys volleyball team finished their season with 11 wins and 5 losses. The boys had their most challenging game against Killian. “Individually we are all well skilled, but there are still some things we need to work on as a team in order to win more games. I think we are a good team but we just need some work on the team as a whole,” senior Captain Nathaniel Garrido said. The team made it to districts this year. “We made it to districts this year and the team is super proud,” junior Bryan Rivas said. “We played against Braddock for their first round and got knocked out in game five.” With the loss of only three seniors this year, next year’s team will be senior heavy. The older players should have the experience to bring home the wins.

Junior Bryan Rivas spikes the ball in a game against Ronald Reagan Sr. High. photo by Luis Rodriguez/Best Photo Creations


The 2018 tennis team made it all the way to districts. Players like Sophomore Aniela Chipia were seated with three out of eight girls, which was the best for the girls team in the last three years. “We had some ups and downs but in the end we knew who we were as a team and never gave up,” she said. Senior Roxana Napolitano believes that “districts was very tough this year, but our great team has once again given the best that it could to show pride to our school.” The boys team started well, but then failed to finish strong. “There were a couple of times where we started getting losing streaks and we couldn’t focus on getting the win after,” senior Christian Jay said. “I think we just need more practice.” They are looking forward to next year when the team will be larger with a greater number of seniors.

Sophomore Aniela Chipia prepares to hit a forehand shot. photo by Fox-Mar

Flag Football

Freshman running back Hailey Alfaro runs the ball in a game against Sunset Sr. High. photo by Fox-Mar

Flag football has finished their third season 6-3; they were very excited to show us what they had to offer. Most of the juniors from this year are the same players who started out freshman year and were extremely anxious to really bring their best to the table. “We definitely had our good and bad days but we try to make the best out of every situation and try our best to succeed,” junior Ania Serrano said. Most of the girls on the team were already on their second and third year on the team so they had a little bit more motivation and drive to really leave with a bang. “We prepare for every game as if it’s our last,” Coach Patrick Ledan said. Junior Gabrielle Mathurin believes the reason they did so well was because they were a true team with a genuine care for each other involving no drama. The girls were comfortable enough with each other they consider each other close friends.

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Out with the old and in with the new Administration updates the school mascot logo with a more modern look By Daniel Cardenas Varela opened

staff reporter its doors IG: de.cardenas_ in 2000, to freshmen and sophomores. Varela’s founding principal, Milagros Fornell, helped to determine the school’s colors and logo as well as the design. Felicia Christin, the founding activities director also assisted with establishing and collaborating with the principal on what would be the new creative path for our school including logo, uniform design, school spirit song (Alma Mater) and Viper trademark and ensuring that she included the students in the process; this helped establish a vision and pride in our school laying the foundation of what our school is today. Recently, the administration decided to give the logo a new modern look. The new logo was presented during the spring pep rally by Athletic Director Ryan Schneider, who was in charge of creating it. He described the logo as being part of a new era, a new era to students, athletes and the school. It was designed digitally with updated software that helps give the Viper a more menacing appeal along with its vibrant colors and intricate reptilian design. “The new logo still represents what the old logo stood for, the foundation of the school’s culture, as well as, past era of alumni who are now part of the working class and remain loyal to our school,” Schneider said. When the logo was revealed, most of the crowd seemed happy and approved the new look because of its very updated digital design. “I like the logo’s vibrant colors and it’s very realistic appeal,” sophomore Anette Aponte said.

Left: The new Viper logo was created by Athletic Director Ryan Schneider as a symbol of a new era for Varela. Below: The old Viper logo was created when the school opened in 2000.

Other student’s think differently and believe the logo is not as appealing and they want to discard the new in favor of the old. “I like the old logo. The new viper’s nose is too big and it looks meaner,” alumnus Joseph Cardenas said. “It’s a little too cartoonish.” Despite the controversy over the new logo, students overall like the new updated version of the Viper. The image has already been printed on the new walkway barricades in the breezeway at the front of the school, as well as, on the fence along the side of the football field. It can also be seen on a banner in the gym and in the office of the athletic director. Students are starting to notice it more and becoming more personal on what the school represents adding spirit and pride. Will Franco a freshman, likes the new logo and believes that this new logo will represent the new generation of Varela students. He believes that with this new logo,

we are raising the standard to fit with a new age in our school for design, technology and appeal. Overall, the new Varela logo is here to stay for some time and as a school we must embrace the image for what it is trying to convey, which is pride, strength, character and persistence. The older generation of Vipers will agree that “Once a Viper always a Viper.”

The new Viper logo has been put on the barricades in the office breezeway. photo by Daniel Cardenas

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The Viper Vibe - Volume 17, Issue 4  

Volume 17, Issue 4 of The Viper Vibe Felix Varela Sr. High School's student newsmagazine

The Viper Vibe - Volume 17, Issue 4  

Volume 17, Issue 4 of The Viper Vibe Felix Varela Sr. High School's student newsmagazine