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West Shore


May 2018


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So Long, seniors, 6 Back on track, 17 ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ review, 22 - 250 Wildcat Alley - Melbourne, FL 32935

Congratulations to the Class of 2018! Muhammad Ugur oglu Abdull Michelle Christine Adams Hannah Grace Alba Gabriel Thomas Aragon Ami Pravin Asar Elena Michelle Barr Brittany Marin Barreiros Christine Elizabeth Beckham Johnathan Lawrence Bell Brandon Alexander Benitez Adam Joseph Blackwell Jacob William Blair Daniel Gerard Bornemann Joshua Alexander Boyer Joshua Matthew Breininger Zack Christian Bursk Shane Kent Busing Matthew Charles Cahill Kyle William Canady Lucia Veronica Carcieri Alexa Carlos Tamez Noah Bastien Carro Tsz Han Chan Annelise Kathleen Curtin Marina Lynn Curtis McKenzie Lynn Curtis Jordan Nichole Dale John Celso De Los Angelos Erik William Dearmin Dominick Manuel Delgado Wesley James Dennis Chloe Elizabeth DeSantis Taylor Ann Donovan Kara Grace Dubec-Hunter Phi Phan Duong Avery Chadwick East Sarah Anne Edmiston Emily Adele Erwin Clark Alexander Evans Benjamin Wallace Everest Anna Caroline Feldbush Calista Jia Xin Foo Ahjaney Nicole Friar Kayla Nicole Garoust Kishan Ghayal Tena Rose Gordon Jasmine Amanda Greathouse Angelina Patraese Grosso

Hannah Bethlen Harris Jared Isaiah Hayes Antonio Thomas Hedrick Allie Marie Henderson Victor Manuel Hernandez III Catherine Nhi Ho Aaron Michael Huberman Fatima Zehra Hussain Giao Phuong Huynh Nicholas Andrew Inganna Kerrianna Caitlyn Jadunandan Piper Tawnie Jenkins Hannah Raeann Johnson Gabriel Joseph Jones Mariah Michell Jones Wiley Thomas Jones Fallon Alesha Klenotich Max William Kohlstedt Benjamin Tyler Lack Jacob Alexander LaJeunesse Maxwell Phillip Larkin Joanae Elizabeth Lawrence Hannah Mary LeBeau Megan Carr Lee Tate Augustus Lemstrom Andrew Joseph Leonard Myles Darius Lindsey Joseph Vito Luisi Harrison Thomas Luu Daly Kaye Mann Sean Thomas Markham Emily Morgan McAtee Cristina Alexandra McBride Tyler Thomas McIntyre Shelby Lynn McKeever Lily Jessica McKnight Rebekah Lynn Mercado Elizabeth Ann Mikulas Rachel Kay Montgomery Zakariya Mohammed Mujeeb Abram Joseph Murphy Malea Ann Nelson Jason Raymond Nemeroff Sophia Maria Nguyen Jadasia Alexandria Norris Dylan O’Brien Taeghan Briana O’Neill Yoosang Park

Ankita Jiteshkumar Patel Ryan Nitin Patel Nikoleia Grace Paterakis Khalil Isiah Paul Sophia Maria Pietrzak Charles Bernard Plyler III Sanjay Naresh Ramchandani Molly Hannan Redito Ryan James Ringrose Ashley Jada Rivera Sebastian Alexander Rivera Harrison Isaiah Ryan Rohan Saini Jonathan Carl Saladino Marissa Loraine Scalise Hannah Schwalm Radak Calvin Neville Schwartz Kenzie Marie Scott Jessie Ann Shaw Rhys Poniente Sheker Dominique Tieyerra Sims Emily Lauren Smith Taylor Nicole Smith Tessa Patrice Smith Gerard Constantine Sola John Robert Sorgenfrei Jr. Rachel Marie Stazzone Morgan Celeste Stewart Grayden Alexander Taylor Catherine Michelle Tenbusch Hunter Michael Tipton Jennifer Edith Torres Jessica Rose Travis Gianni Robert Valenti Haley Rose Walker Gabriel Qi Wang Gillian Marietta Weaver Harrison Alexander Weidner Marissa Renee Wheat Alexis Leigh Whitworth Liam Arthur Wiles Regan Hanna Willner Noah Aireus Wundke Cole William Yorio Sydney Marie Zamorano Zachary James Zaroogian Jacob Michael Zeno Adam Edward Zoiss

“West Shore Roar”: May 2018 EDITORS Editor In Chief Alexa Carlos Tamez Managing Editor Rachel Montgomery Sports Editor Ben Lack ADVISER Mark Schledorn GRAPHICS Emma Remonsellez-Conde Catherine Ho Photo: Madhav Pamidimukkala

Act it Out Senior Gianni Valenti imitates science teacher Mary Schropp during a student skit at the annual Senior-Faculty Follies on April 20.


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Staff Editorial

Regional busing will benefit school

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So Long, Seniors

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Calendar Conflict

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The Price of Security

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Bringing Buses Back

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Back on Track

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Athletes to Watch

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Class of 2018’s college destinations

AP exams scheduled for the day of graduation Board weighs cost of mandated security measures

Free transportation returns for students

Senior qualifies for state competition

A preview of who to watch next year

Love it Hate it

Graduation order, paying for tassels, graduation cords


“Hear No Evil,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” J. Cole

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Ahjaney Friar, Auston Gonzalez, Justin Ho, Shawn Humphrey, Valery Linkenhoker, Michael Lucente, Madhav Pamidimukkala, Sanjay Ramchandani, Marissa Scalise, Jessica Travis, Walter Wilinsky PUBLICATIONS POLICIES “West Shore Roar” recognizes itself as a public forum and encourages letters from West Shore students and members of the community. “West Shore Roar” cannot print ads promoting activity illegal by Florida law, ads opposing any religious beliefs, ads written in poor taste, ads with racial or sexist comments, ads considered inappropriate by the staff, advocacy advertising or ads containing libel. “West Shore Roar” is not responsible for web sites viewed through links found on pages mentioned in the publication. “West Shore Roar” values letters from our readers: maximum length for letters is 200 words. No more than one letter a semester will be published from a writer. Letters and columns are edited for length, content and clarity. “West Shore Roar” maintains the right to edit all submissions for poor taste, length, grammar and libel. Views expressed in the “Opinions” section do not necessarily represent the views of the Brevard County School Board, the West Shore administrators, faculty, student body or “West Shore Roar” staff.

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Staff Editorial

from the editor Busing will help restore school’s competitive balance

What if you found out that this week’s Florida Lottery had one fourth fewer players than usual. Would you buy a few extra tickets? Of course you would. The odds would be stacked in your favor. When West Shore opened as a school of choice nearly 20 years ago, it was granted status as a public institution in part because students who applied had an equal shot at admission due to a lottery-based process. In addition, a large part of that equal access was predicated on corridor busing, which enabled affordable transportation for all. Four years ago, Brevard Public Schools ended corridor busing after questionable financial decisions caused a budgetary shortfall, and following that decision, campus culture slowly began to change. Without an easy method of

transportation to the school, many students from far-flung areas or those with families unable to transport them began to leave the school. A private a pay-to-ride service attempted to fill the transportation void at a cost of $1,200 per student per year. The price, coupled with inconvenient pickup locations eventually torpedoed that plan. Before buses were canceled, approximately 800 seventh-graders applied to the school each year, but last year, that number dropped to just under 500. Since the loss of corridor busing, the school’s socioeconomic profile slowly changed to one consisting mostly of middle-to-upper class families, leaving behind those unable to bear the financial weight of transporting their children to and from school.

In addition, the school lost some of its diversity and competitiveness. Previously, some of those from disadvantaged backgrounds seized the opportunity for a first-class education and pushed themselves to the top of their classes academically which in turn encouraged others to raise their games as well, diminishing the complacency that sometimes results from entitlement. It’s somewhat irritating that it took four years for busing to return, but we should celebrate the renewed competition headed our way. Regional busing should once again level the playing field so that all members of the community have access to the experience we cherish and in the process will restore the competitive balance that has made our school one of the best in the nation.

to the editor

Gun restrictions won’t solve the people problem Recently, there have been many calls for gun rights restriction. I am an avid supporter of the Second Amendment. My family owns many firearms and I have knowledge on each of them, so I believe that many opinions of anti gun politics are molded by serious misunderstandings of firearms themselves as well as why we have them. Here I present a few points for consideration. Who knows? Perhaps it will change your outlook. Firstly, one must realize why we have the Second Amendment. Its main purpose is to protect America from the kind of tyrannical government our founders fought off. Therefore, the Second Amendment is the protection for all of the rest. To give it up is to give up the others. Most agree that our government fails us constantly. I do not think it wise to

give an inch of our right of protection to any government, especially one that continues to fail its people. Every tyrannical government first disarmed its populous. As Ben Franklin once suggested, a society which gives up liberty for a sense of security deserves neither and shall lose both. Secondly, I will address current gun control proposals. An all-out gun ban will not work. To do this would probably result in a full scale civil war. How about a semi-automatic ban then? Well, 90 percent of public firearms in the U.S. are semiautomatic. Again, good luck. Then why not ban the so called “assault weapons?” Higher grade firearms are used for much less violent crime than handguns. Still, one may question why we have access to these seemingly “unnecessary” weapons. The reason

is quite simple. Due to the threat of tyrannical government, the average citizen must be able to meet the average infantry soldier in combat. Finally, I will end with this: There are no good or bad guns. There are good and bad people. We have had guns since the founding of this great country, and the recent violence is a first. Among other things, I believe this stems from a serious mental health crisis in our country. Almost all mass shooters have been mentally unsound in some way. In short, I think it is unfair to attack guns and the gun community like what has been occurring. We should not disarm the law-abiding populous just in an attempt to suppress a few bad eggs. Guns are inanimate objects, and they are not the problem. People are. Eric Everingham, 11th


Pulitizer Praise

May 2018


Award places Lamar among the greatest ever

By Madhav Pamidimukkala Staff Writer “DAMN.”shattered the glass ceiling over the journalistic world last April when it became the first rap/hip-hop album to win the esteemed Pulitzer music award in its nearly eight decades of existence. This award for “distinguished musical composition by an American” has traditionally gone to classical, opera, and jazz works with the perception of a higher academic standard, so when Compton-raised rapper Kendrick Lamar won this year with his fourth studio album, controversy arose and critics and supporters clashed. Does a mainstream rap album like “DAMN.” deserve this inclusive award? Let’s be honest, very few of us have listened to past winners like Violin Concerto by Higden and Anthracite Fields by Julia Wolfe, which I’m sure are exemplary musical works, but lack a connection to real-world issues and don’t represent the musical trends in America right now, like rap overtaking rock as the most listened-to genre in America for the first time in history, going into 2018. Lamar changed the crude perception of hip-hop held by many with the masterful lyricism, deep messages, and the sophisticated musical composition that this album features. With tracks such as “BLOOD” and “FEAR” focusing on police brutality and media backlash against African-Americans, to “XXX” and “DUCKWORTH” discussing the cruel realities that he and other AfricanAmericans were exposed to at a young age, Lamar ascends this work from merely a musical masterpiece to a a bold-faced political statement which brings to light the plights of the AfricanAmerican community while also maintaining a central theme of Black pride and empowerment to inspire hope and action in his listeners. By selecting “DAMN.” as their music prize winner, the Pulitzer board made a significant push to bridge the gap between the press and the public with a relatable and representative work, while also using their voice and authority in the journalistic world to give Lamar a larger platform to bring awareness to the racial injustices present in America today and further the process of unifying the country.

By Auston Gonzalez Staff Writer After losing the Grammy Award for album of the year in late January, Kendrick Lamar’s “DAMN.” received a greater honor, winning the Pulitzer Prize for music last month. Lamar is the first winner who is not a classical or jazz musician since the music category was added in the 1940s. However, this does not come as a surprise. Not only did hip-hop recently overtake rock as the nation’s most popular genre, but one of its signature artists has become one of the greatest influences in popular culture. “DAMN.,” which went double platinum in the matter of months, has a clear political message regarding equal rights and stereotypes and story that speaks to a wide audience. The Pulitzer Prize shines a new light on hip-hop because it validates the sophistication some believe hip-hop lacks, with a newer generation of rap artists facing backlash for being unprofessional in appearance and on social media. Lamar has been a top-tier artist in the genre for several years and is approaching the ranks of all-time greats because of his consistent passion and social-change message. His 2015 album “To Pimp a Butterfly” is another example of both his controversy and influence, with the cover itself showing a White House takeover by a group of black men, which is a brilliant twist on political views and addresses the elephant in the room that people try to ignore in modern politics. It wouldn’t have even been a shock if this album were to receive the honor before “DAMN.” was released. “DAMN.” is more straightforward with tracks such as “XXX” which discusses the divide of American people and directly mentions the presidency of Donald Trump, while also producing several other hit tracks including “HUMBLE” and “DNA.” Any work that is both entertaining as well as informative is bound to receive significant attention, even if attention is a negative. Anyone who does not understand why “DAMN.” deserves a Pulitzer Prize in music is closed-minded in that just because an award for hip-hop sophistication is unorthodox does not mean it is undeserved. The genre can no longer be ignored or even stereotyped. Hip-hop is taking the world by storm, and this is all the more proof to say so.

Where They’re Going

University of North Florida

By Alexa Carlos Tamez Editor in Chief

University of Florida Founded: 1853 Location: Gainesville, FL

Muhammad Abdulla Michelle Adams Ami Asar Jacob Blair Zack Bursk Matthew Cahill Alice Chan Marina Curtis Erik Dearmin Wesley Dennis

Kishan Ghayal Jasmine Greathouse Benjamin Lack Andrew Leonard Lily McKnight Dylan O’Brien Ankita Patel Ryan Patel Sophia Pietrzak Charles Plyer

Ryan Ringrose Ashley Rivera Harrison Ryan Rohan Saini Marissa Scalise Rhys Sheker John Sorgenfrei Catherine Tenbusch Harrison Weidner Zachary Zaroogian

Founded: 1972 Location: Jacksonville, FL John De Los Angeles Brandon Benitez

Annalise Curtin McKenzie Curtis Sarah Edmiston Antonio Hedrick

Catherine Ho Jacob Lajeunesse Sophia Nguyen Sanjay Ramchandani

Hannah Schwalm-Radak Khalil Paul Kenzie Scott Jessie Shaw

Florida State University Founded: 1851 Location: Tallahassee, FL

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Jonathan Saladino Adam Zoiss

University of Tampa Founded: 1931 Location: Tampa, FL Elena Barr

Jacksonville University Founded: 1934 Location: Jacksonville, FL Giao Huynh

Lynn University

Founded: 1962 Location: Boca Raton, FL Shelby McKeever

Embry-Riddle University Founded: 1991 Location: Fort Meyers, FL Jason Nemeroff

Jared Hayes Allie Henderson Mariah Jones

Tate Lemstrom Joseph Luisi Taylor Smith

University of Central Florida Founded: 1963 Location: Orlando, FL Adam Blackwell Brittany Barreiros Kara Dubec-Hunter Hannah Duncan

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Sean Markham Elizabeth Mikulas Malea Nelson Gillian Weaver Jacob Zeno

Eastern Florida State College

University of South Florida Founded: 1956 Location: Tampa, FL

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Founded: 1960 Location: Melbourne, FL Shane Busing Lucia Carcieri Jordan Dale Taylor Donavan

Avery East Emily Erwin Megan Lee Piper Jenkins

Fallon Klenotich Tyler McIntyre Christina McBride Rebekah Mercado

Taeghan O’Neill Sebastian Rivera Grayden Taylor Jessica Travis Regan Willner

Florida Institute of Technology Founded: 1958 Location: Melbourne, FL Daniel Bornemann Joshua Breininger Phi Duong

Gabriel Jones Abram Murphy Calvin Schwartz

Hunter Tipton Liam Wiles Cole Yorio

Florida Gulf Coast University Founded: 1991 Location: Fort Meyers, FL Alexis Whitworth Emily Smith

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New College of Florida Founded: 1960 Location: Sarasota, Fl Anna Feldbush

Flager College

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NOVA Southeastern University Founded: 1962 Location: Boca Raton, FL Zakariya Mujeeb

Out of State Boston College

Cornell University

Founded: 1863 Location: Newton, MA

Founded: 1865 Location: Ithaca, NY

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Cooper Union

Founded: 1859 Location: New York City, NY

University of California, Los Angeles

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Founded: 1919 Location: Los Angeles, CA

Georgia Tech

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University of California, Berkeley

Founded: 1868 Location: Berkeley, CA

Founded: 1885 Location: Atlanta, GA Aaron Huberman Gabe Wang

Yoosang Park

Huntingdon College

Founded: 1854 Location: Montgomery, AL Sydney Zamorano

Lake Forest College

Founded: 1857 Location: Lake Forest, IL Maxwell Larkin

University of Michigan Founded: 1817 Location: Ann Arbor, MI

United States Naval Academy

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Founded: 1845 Location: Annapolis, MD Molly Redito

Kent State University Founded: 1910 Location: Kent, OH Jadasia Norris

University of Tennessee Founded: 1794 Location: Knoxville, TN Joshua Boyer

Washington University in St. Louis Founded: 1853 Location: St. Louis, MO Victor Hernandez

May 2018

campus connect


Triumphant Trick Class of 2018 puts the prank back in Senior Prank Story by Madhav Pamidimukkala Staff Writer With cars parked on the auditorium curb, tables stacked to the roof of the pavilion, and foam cups littering the cafeteria floor, the senior prank disrupted campus life for at least one morning. The annual occurrence which gives seniors the opportunity to plan and execute a playful prank against the rest of the school included a variety of pranks that left no part of the school untouched. “Overall I liked this year’s prank better than the last few years because of how we did not use a ‘theme’ for the prank,” senior Rohan Saini said. “We did a bunch of random stuff, which allowed it to be more unique and fun.”

The process of getting a prank approved is lengthy and detailed in order to ensure the safety of students. “The Senior Class leadership runs their prank idea by their adviser and SRO,” Assistant Principal Catherine Halbuer said. “Sometimes if the activity is questionable, administration is involved. The seniors also have to get permission from anyone whose room they will be entering, and the advisor confirms it. Seniors aren’t allowed go through a staff members personal belongings like a desk.” According to Halbuer, many of the pranks were a surprise to administration and some posed a safety risk to other students. “Most of this year’s pranks were

Harmonious Healing Story by Haley Alvarez-Lauto Featurd Writer Seniors Andrew Leonard and Yoosang Park alsong with junior Janet Lu accepted a Health First Exceptional Performance Award of Customer Service given by Holmes Regional hospital, on behalf of all the volunteers of MusicMd’s at a ceremony April 16. The MusicMd’s is a volunteer organization, in which local high school and college musicians volunteer their talents to promote patient healing in hospitals. Inspired by music therapy, MusicMd’s actively assists in the healing process by providing live, one-on one musical performances and engaging dialogue to individual patients, families and medical staff in hospitals. “When I get to have those interactions with patients and have conversations with them, not only do I know I’m making their day better, it gives me personal fulfillment,” said junior Hannah Lagenbach, who plays

not approved,” Halbuer said. “No one received disciplinary action; however, the water cups on the stairwells and the Vaseline on the stair handles could have resulted in serious injury. We had a student almost fall because of the residual Vaseline left on the hand rails in building.” Through the chaos and disorganization, seniors made memories planning and organizing the pranks with their friends. “It was great experience because we all worked together and had a great time overall,” senior Myles Lindsey said. “Arranging the tables in the pavilion was the best part because we were joking around and raising the umbrella to look like the Iwo Jima flag raising.”

MusicMd’s presented with honor

the viola. Started by West Shore alumni, Varun and Esha Bansal, in the fall of 2009, a number of West Shore students continue to join the volunteer organization. Currently, the school’s members also include seniors Jerry Sola, Zachary Zoorgian, Sophia Nguyen and Alice Chan, juniors Iksha Handa, Dylan O’Bryan and Evan Courtney, sophomore James Leonard, and freshman Haley Alvarez-Lauto. “I got to know people from West Shore better,” Lagenbach said. “I was able to bond with Yoosang because we played duets together. I also got to meet other kids from other schools through preforming duets with them as well.” The MusicMd’s also has given students experience in leadership positions. Lagenbach is the recruitment officer, and Park is the master scheduler and music librarian. “It [MusicMd’s] taught me organizational skills, time

management, being able to communicate verbally and nonverbally with other people and knowing the intricacies and nuances of an organization,” Park said. The MusicMd’s won at the individual level of awards, and has been extended another invitation for an award. “MusicMDs is invited as an honoree to Health First’s Walk of Fame Gala Celebration at Port Canaveral Cruise Terminal on May 16, 2018,” said Radha Bansal, the director of MusicMd’s. Lagenbach said the organization has given her many fond memories after almost two years of volunteering. “After I played for a this one patient, the family members thanked me and told me ‘He’s on his death bed, and you gave him a happy lasting memory before he passes on,’” she said. “The fact that I knew I gave someone a pleasant final memory before they were going to pass on was nice.”


Calendar Conflict Story by Valery Linkenhoker Staff Writer Seniors have waited the last four years to be able to walk across the stage of graduation to claim the diploma that they strived to receive. But this year some might not have the luxury of being fully focused and energetic during the ceremony due to advanced placement testing taking place the same day. Sydney Zamorano worries that seniors have developed “senioritis” throughout the year, draining their motivation more. “It [stinks] having AP exams the week of graduation because a good majority of us have already lost motivation and I know it’ll definitely be gone by then,” Zamorano said. “It really [stinks] for

On the Bright Side Story by Marissa Scalise Staff Writer Attending college next fall has seniors concerned with test scores, club involvement and well-written essays. But one of the biggest challenges for students nationwide throughout the admissions process is determining how they will pay for their education. In Florida, the Bright Futures Scholarship is offered to reward students with varying percentages of their tuition at an in-state university based upon academic performance. This year, the scholarship is guaranteed to rising college freshmen for all four years of college, as long as they continue to maintain acceptable academic standing, with a 3.0 GPA and a specified number of credit hours per semester, for the top tier scholarship recipients. “Legislators made the changes that were done last year permanent, meaning that 100 percent truly means 100 percent and the 75 percent truly means 75 percent [of tuition], so

campus connect AP exams scheduled for the day of graduation the five kids who have to take [Human Geography] on graduation day.” Senior Sarah Edmiston said she wishes AP testing occurred earlier in the school year. “I am going to be thinking about graduation and not focused on my AP exams,” Edmiston said. ”I feel like that will mess me up a little bit and I’ll have to regain focus.” Senior Giao Huynh said testing on the day before graduation can make seniors stressed until the last moment. “I feel that we are going to be really anxious up to the point of graduation,” Huynh said. “We aren’t really done yet until literally the day before [graduation].” Senior Shane Busing expressed concerned for preparing for graduation

as well as his focus during the exam. “I feel as if taking an exam on graduation day is not only pointless, but also a detriment,” Busing said. “It’s an AP exam, and my mind as well as all seniors’ minds will be on graduation, not the contents of the exam. This also interferes with graduation preparation and it’s not what anyone wants to be doing on their last day of high school.” Zamorano wondered about how exams will interfere with planning for end-of-the-year events. “It raises problems when planning our senior picnic and graduation practice,” Zamorano said. “The Senior Class had to pick dates so that the smallest number of people will be missing due to AP’s.”

Legislature guarantees scholarship for four years medallion scholars went up to $150 a credit hour and the academic scholars is $200 a credit hour,” said Mike Drake, the school’s test administrator. This change influenced many seniors’ decisions when applying to colleges and deciding where to attend. “The money played a huge factor into where I applied to because I knew that I was going to stay in state even if I did get into colleges out of state,” senior Catherine Tenbusch said. “It was really exciting that they made it for all four years because now a lot of stress will be taken off my shoulders.” Despite the changes to the Bright Futures Scholarship policy that have occurred in the past due to economic recessions and other political decisions, the top-tier of the scholarship will now pay for full tuition at in-state universities as well as $300 for per semester for other educational expenses. “The money from Bright Futures definitely influenced where I wanted to attend post -secondary education,”

senior Jared Hayes said. “My main goal was to graduate from college with as little debt as possible. With this goal in mind, I was selective about where I applied. I applied to the majority of in-state schools because they were significantly cheaper.” A university education is not only an opportunity to pursue one’s goals, interests and a greater expanse of knowledge, but also an investment. Bright Futures makes such an impact because it influences students’ ability to balance their passions and aspirations with the value of the college they aim to attend. “As a prospective college athlete, I was looking at both in-state and out-ofstate schools,” senior Shelby McKeever said. “The only university in which I applied to was private; however, thankfully they still honor the Bright Futures scholarship. It is becoming more affordable for students to study at an in-state university and hopefully this will encourage more students to pursue a post-secondary education.”

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The Price of Security BY THE NUMBERS Board weighs cost of mandated security measures

$98 20

Million dollars provided to harden school security

School shootings in the U.S as of April 2018 where an individual was hurt or killed


Of B.P.S staff willing to serve as an armed volunteer out of surveyed staff

$75 1.25

Million dollars for additional mental health counselors

School shootings per week on average since 2018 Sources: CNN, Florida Senate, BPS

Story by Justin Ho Staff Writer When senior Wiley Jones arrives at school every day he expects his learning environment to be safe and conducive to his success — even if it means an unidentified administrator or volunteer might be carrying a firearm. Jones isn’t alone in that assesment. Following the shooting in February that left 17 dead at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, the Florida Legislature and Gov. Rick Scott mandated that all Florida schools must have either an armed School Resource Officer or an armed volunteer on campus and every student have access to a mental health counselor. But that decision comes at a substantial price. Currently only 36 of 82 BPS schools have an SRO on campus due to the cost and manpower available from local law enforcements. SRO funding derives from a combination of school district and law enforcement dollars and the state’s new mandate will pay only the school-district contributions. “One of my campaign promises was to try to get an SRO to every school and so that was my first budget request once I got on the board,” school board member Tina Descovich said. “The problem is none of our cities or county can come up with enough money on their budgets now to meet the other half of that [money requirement] nor do we want to dig into our budget so that’s we’re running a shortfall there.” The school board has contracted with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Department to oversee security

measures and immediately following the legislative mandate, Sheriff Wayne Ivey put together the Sheriff Trained Onsight Marshal Program — nicknamed S.T.O.M.P — which calls for the arming of either school administrators or volunteers who would receive specific training from the sheriff’s department on how to deal with active shooters and also personalized medical training on how to perform CPR and apply trauma treatment. One important piece of the state legislation that led directly to the creation S.T.O.M.P is the inclusion of the Guardian Program which allows school districts to choose to arm and train volunteers in order to defend school campuses. Teachers — other than those with a background in law enforcement or military experience — are prohibited by contract from carrying firearms, but administrators and other school staff would be eligible to apply for the program. Volunteers would be subject to a minimum of 132 hours of firearm safety and proficiency training in order to be eligible and many appear willing to sign on. According to a survey conducted by Brevard Public Schools more than 38 percent of interviewed administrators, support staff, or other school-based professionals showed interest in serving as an armed guardian on school campuses. The proposed S.T.O.M.P program would follow the same premise as the Guardian Program but would also require additional training for volunteers who wish to be considered. Candidates for the

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What are the parts of Sheriff Ivey’s plan?

Source: Brevard County Sheriff’s Office

Step 1 • Expanded school security and increased fencing and layers of security

Step 2 • Education of kids • through S.T.A.R program and other additional tools

program would be required to learn and receive training in first aid, CPR, trauma, diversity and mental health. Descovich said she believes Ivey’s plan is sufficiently thorough to serve the needs of Brevard County. “He’s upped the training intensively to 276 hours of training,” she said. “Which [Ivey] says — and I talked to other law enforcement officials — is about 20 percent more activeshooter training than any other law enforcement professional around here. So your SRO doesn’t get this intensive training and your cops on the street have not gotten this intensive training.” Along with the 276 hours of active-shooter training, S.T.O.M.P candidates would undergo psychological screening and background checks by the district and sheriff’s office.

The Success Through Awareness and Restoration program will be created to reduce problematic behavior in classrooms. Source: Independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee for Brevard Public Schools

Step 3 Board will attempt to fill all schools with SRO’s and additional resources

After studying Ivey’s plan, Jones said it made sense to him. “If they are having personnel and not actually teachers who are welltrained and know how to respond to an active shooter, then that’s an important thing that’s really key,” Jones said. “I would feel a little more safe knowing that there’s more than one person who can protect the school from a shooting or some other incident.” While Descovich said she believes the volunteers would be sufficiently screened and trained, a vocal segment of the community disagrees. School board members recently held three town-hall style meetings to gauge public support and seek input and Melbourne High School student Karly Hudson, who attended West Shore for middle school, led the opposition to Ivey’s plan. Hudson, who heads the local chapter of March for Our Lives, said the district should try to implement a solution that doesn’t require bringing in more guns onto campuses. “I am 100 percent for the first three steps of Sheriff Ivey’s plan which calls for more mental health professionals in schools, hardening of facilities, more SROs and activeshooter training,” Hudson said. “What I am 100 percent against, is the fourth step which calls for the arming of school staff. I think there is a big risk in adding more guns on campus that aren’t held by police-grade professionals. More guns involved in

Step 4 • Board will arm trained volunteers to respond with lethal force to potential shooters on campus

an active-shooter situation will only make things worse.”

”None of our cities or county can come up with enough money on their budget” As a result of feedback from the town-hall meetings, the school board voted on May 8 to postpone implementing Ivey’s proposal to arm school staff and instead decided to hire full-time armed “security specialists” who would be required to meet the same standards Ivey proposed for qualified school staff and administrators. According to a draft of the security specialist job description, applicants must be at least 21 years old and have at least a high-school diploma. Duties would include monitoring the interior and exterior of the school for violations of school policy, collaborating with school and district personnel and law enforcement for preliminary inquiries into violations of school board policies, communicating school policies and procedures to visitors and school personnel, investigating unusual activity on campus and monitoring students during various activities on campus and providing support in emergency situations and drills on campus.



Bringing Buses Back Story by Jessica Travis Staff Writer Four years after cutting buses to choice schools, Brevard Public Schools has announced plans to bring them back — but in a different way. “There used to be busing called corridor busing, where buses followed corridors and picked kids up at certain stops to deliver them to a school,” Assistant Principal Glenn Webb said. “They’re now instituting busing called regional busing, which is for students in Education Program Options.” He said all West Shore students qualify for regional busing due to the school’s status as a choice institution, which is an Education Program Option. Other EPO’s include International Baccalaureate, Ace Cambridge programs and magnet schools. “If you lived in Melbourne High School’s zone, then you could take a bus to school, but let’s say you lived in the Melbourne High School zone and you wanted to go to the Ace Cambridge program at Eau Gallie High School. You couldn’t get a bus,” Webb said. “But now you can take regional busing because you’re a part of the program.” The Chief Financial Officer for Brevard Public Schools, Pennie Zuercher, said cost was one of the many considerations in choosing regional busing over corridor busing. “But one of the main factors playing into the decision was community requests for a system of transportation for choice students,” Zuercher said. “They also wanted a system different than corridor busing because corridor busing was for specific kids going to specific schools and the district wanted to open up the options for kids [from different zones] to be able to go to

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choice schools.” Zuercher said participants would move through regional busing like a mass transportation system, changing buses along the way instead of taking one bus straight to school. “Corridor busing provided a bus directly between the pickup and the school, regional busing uses a depot method so buses run a shorter route and never go all the way to the end,” she said. Jennifer Wolfinger, the media and publications coordinator for Brevard Public Schools, said bus stops have yet to be confirmed. “Right when you register for school, you are assigned busing,” Wolfinger said. “Once we have an idea of who’s going where and which students need [busing], then they will confirm the actual stops.” Wolfinger said even if only one student in an area applies and is accepted to a program, that student would still have a bus available to take him to school. “The main goal is that [regional busing] provides access to programs that students wouldn’t have access to without [busing],” Wolfinger said. “[Students] have to apply to get into a program, then they can use that busing service.” Wolfinger said bus drivers would be given the information regarding which students are in the choice programs and allowed to ride the bus. “But [regional busing] is only available to students accepted into that program,” Wolfinger said. “You have to get accepted into the program in order to utilize that busing.” Webb said the only concern he’s heard is that the bus rides might take longer because one bus might be dropping off at multiple schools such as

Melbourne, West Shore and Heritage. “The department at the district that deals with choice programs. They’re the ones who are determining all the routes and the stops,” he said. “There’s the south region, central region, north region. If you live in the north region, there’s stops in your area, but if you live in a different region to go to another you have to meet at one hub in order to take the regional busing.” According to MGT of America, a business management consulting group in Tallahassee, the district’s transportation department continues to have a problem retaining bus drivers, with an estimated shortage of 30 to 50 substitute drivers during the past two years. “We are still in the process of trying to solve [the shortage of drivers],” Wolfinger said. “We are still recruiting drivers and we have a bunch of recruitment incentives that we’re hoping will solve that issue.” Zuercher said the regional busing budget consisted of the bus driver’s salary and the maintenance and fuel for the buses. “The buses burn through a lot of diesel fuel. They get about 10 miles per gallon,” Zuercher said. “Plus regular check-ups and oil changes are some additional costs to consider.” The routes and times will be finalized once the district knows who will be using the new busing system. “Students can go to their family dashboard, which is where they go to do the re-application every year,” Webb said. “Parents have to go on the dashboard to fill out the survey on whether or not they will take advantage of regional busing.” More information on regional busing is available on the Edline dashboard under the “News” button.



Third Time’s the Charm School prepares for record achievement Story by Shawn Humphrey Staff Writer As students look up at the flagpole throughout the day, they find that below both the starspangled banner and Florida’s state flag hangs a smaller blue and white flag, celebrating the school’s National Blue Ribbon awards. The school has won twice, with the first coming in 2004 and the latest in 2012. However, Principal Rick Fleming’s excitement stems from the fact that the school appears set to add its third National Blue Ribbon award in 15 years. “I am honored and proud to work at a school with so many awesome people,” Fleming said. “We are the only high school since the change in criteria in 2003 to be nominated three times, and we are

excited to be in that elite echelon for schools.” Previously, schools were allowed to nominate themselves for the award, but West Shore’s most recent nominations have come from the state. “Blue Ribbon School is a great honor,” AP World History teacher Kirk Murphy said. “This validates what we’ve been doing for the past 20 years and have been trying to do, and it just shows that we’re successful. So it makes me feel really good.” Senior Tony Hedrick, who attended the school when it last celebrated a Blue Ribbon Award, remembers a joining in a lighthearted campus-wide celebration in December 2013. “I thought it was a good cool

down, being so close to Winter Break,” he said. “In the cafeteria they had board games, snacks and were showing the movie ‘Elf.’” Hedrick said he regrets that as a graduating senior, he will miss next year’s celebration. Meanwhile, Fleming has continued to heap praise on the people involved with the school. “We have an amazing family of students, staff, teachers, parents, grandparents and volunteers,” he said. “I think the award has recognized that we have such a powerful school culture and sustained academic performance.” Fleming holds a strong belief the students who remain at the school will be looking up to a flagpole graced with a banner signifying a new accomplishment. Advertisement


SCOREBOARDS Compiled by Walter Wilinsky

Boys Lacrosse Record: 4-10 7-15 Cocoa Beach 9-7 Rockledge 6-16 District Semi Finals

Girls Lacrosse Record: 2-9 7-11 Rockledge

Track and Field

03/16 at Satellite 03/21 at Heritage 03/28 Cape Coast Conference 04/13 Districts 04/26 Regionals 05/04 FHSAA State Meet

Boys Tennis Record: 12-4

Girls Tennis Record:13-4

Boys Basketball Record: 11-14

Girls Basketball Record: 5-19

Boys Soccer Record: 16-4-2

Girls Soccer Record: 14-5-1

Volleyball Record: 13-7

Boys Bowling Record: 1-15

Girls Bowling Record: 5-11

Boys Golf Record: 6-8

Girls Golf Record: 4-2

Boys Swimming Record: 5-2

Girls Swimming Record: 6-1 As of May 7; for more scores, visit

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Girls tennis team weathers regionals Story by Michael Lucente Staff Writer The sun rose on a beautiful day for tennis districts and the Lady Wildcats tennis team rose to the occasion, notching second place in most lines and everyone who played took home at least one medal. “The team improved over last year with a very dominant performance taking second place in every position except No. 1 singles,” Coach Springer Jones said. “Last year we also finished second at districts but it was very close and we were not as dominant as this year.” Sophomore Rosellen Rodriguez, who did not qualify for districts last year, was able Photo: DSP Tennis Talent Sophomore Maci Pekmezian prepares for a to secure her spot for this year. backhand during a game against Edgewood on Feb. 27. “Personally, compared to last year I’ve definitely moved up not at the net, so although our skills are only in rank but skill,” Rodriguez said. different they blend together well.” “Last year I was number seven or eight, The second-place finish at districts not even making it to districts but this meant the team had to travel to West year I was able to play line four.” Palm Beach for regional play. When According to Coach Jones, juniors they showed up, the team was prepared Erin O’Brien and Sidney Jones played and ready to play, the weather, on the exceptionally well as they claimed the other hand, seemed to not be ready for No. 2 spot for doubles at the district them. While their districts match was competition. a breeze, the weather was too breezy “We did really good at districts. We in Palm Beach Gardens for the girls as got runner up and only lost to Holy after a three-hour rain delay they fell 4-3 Trinity,” Sidney Jones said. “Me and against The Benjamin School, marking Erin connect well on the court because the end of their season. we are friends off the court and we “When we got there it was basically keep each other grounded throughout just storming raining and hailing,” matches. Our strengths and weaknesses junior Abby Mechachonis said. “We compliment each other well so we train didn’t start actually playing until around each of our strengths and it helps our 5 p.m. because we were waiting for the game click.” storm to die down and the courts to O’Brien broke down the pair’s dry. We did eventually play though, strengths. and I won my tennis match at the No. 5 “Sidney has a strong serve and she has singles spot. We also got back very late a lot of spin on her shots,” O’Brien said. as we arrived back to the school around “But I’m more consistent and composed midnight.”

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Senior runner doesn’t fall behind at final regionals Story by Ben Lack Sports Editor Breaking six school records was not enough for senior Jared Hayes. At FHSAA Track Regionals this season, he ran the 800 meter race in 1:55.98, good for second at the meet. Earning himself a spot at the state championship, Hayes capped off a momentous high school track career, in which he amassed a collection of four district championships, four regional appearances and one state bid. At the state meet on May 4, Hayes placed 16th, with a time of 1:58.86. “What we did this year was focus on speed early on in his training,” Coach Gregory Hayes said. “Same thing we did last year, and then as the season progressed went to working more on strength endurance to where he could finish off a race like the last one hundred meters.” Since his freshman year, Jared has broken the 300, 400, 600 and 800 meter school records. He also was on the 4x400 and 4x800 record-holding relay teams. In his sophomore year at regionals, Jared fell during the last 50 meters of the 800 meter race, dropping from second place to last. The following season, history repeated itself as Jared tripped once again while attempting to move into third place with 200 meters remaining. The sudden disruption of the race caused four other runners to fall, creating somewhat of a pileup in the middle of the track.

“After the disappointing finishes he’s had the last few regionals, it was special seeing him finally succeed,” Jared’s brother and teammate Austin said. “The time he ran qualified him for the [University of North Florida’s] track team as a walk-on. He already committed there before regionals, but following his performance, he solidified his spot on the team.” In addition to running on the Osprey’s track team, Jared will enter an exclusive nursing program comprising of 25 undergraduates at UNF. “I was torn between attending [the University of Florida] and UNF for the longest time,” he said. “I was invited to a nursing interview at UNF and initially I was not accepted. I was leaning towards UF, but a week later I was sent an email saying that I was admitted because someone opted out and I was at the top of the waiting list. This made me confident in choosing UNF because of the guaranteed spot in the program as well as the track team.” The state meet was held at UNF’s track this year, allowing Jared to compete in front of future coaches and against his future teammates. “Running at UNF was very surreal during the state meet,” he said. “It was a great introduction to the next four years of my track career.”


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Graduation Order

“It makes sense that we’d pay for them so we can be different since we earned them.” —Jordan Dale, 12th

“I just don’t understand why we wouldn’t just go in alphabetical order like every other school.” —Taylor Smith, 12th

“This school sucked up enough of our money already.” —Victor Hernandez, 12th Paying for Tassels

“It’s nice because it allows people to not really feel left out, I don’t feel like it takes away from anyone’s accomplishments. ” —Zakariya Mujeeb, 12th

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“It’s dumb that they don’t allow us to wears as many cords as we earned but we still march in an elitist order.” —Kayla Garoust, 12th

Student athletes voted to their respective sports’ Cape Coast Conference All Conference Team

Abriana Camilo, 10 Bowling

Alexis Vorndran, 8 Lacrosse

Elena Barr, 12 Soccer

Maci Pekmezian, 10 Soccer

Katelyn Owl, 9 Swimming

Sydney Weatherspoon, 10

Sarah Bahsoun, 10 Tennis

Nathan Foo, 9 Tennis


Samantha Intille, 11 Soccer

Giao Huynh, 12 Volleyball



‘Hear No Evil’ Young Thug EP

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Review by Madhav Pamidimukkala Staff Writer “Hear No Evil” is a pleasant surprise due to the lack of social media attention it has received. It has both a chill and relaxed vibe as “Anybody” with Nicki Minaj showcases a light beat and low vocals, and a fast pace shown by “Now” with 21 Savage with its hard-hitting vocals and more prominent bass.

‘I Feel Pretty’ Amy Schumer Movie

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Review by Rachel Montgomery Managing Editor “I Feel Pretty” is supposed to be empowering, but it makes the exact opposite point. The movie’s premise is to laugh at women based on how they look, but then scolds us for doing so. This could be problematic if it was remotely funny, and although Amy Schumer is a talented comedian, she has gotten lazy.

‘Beerbongs & Bentleys’ Post Malone Album

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Review by Auston Gonzalez Staff Writer “Beerbongs and Bentleys” is Post Malone’s best work yet. Tracks such as “Stay” show his diversity as an artist with less of a hiphop feeling, yet tracks such as “Ball For Me” featuring Nicki Minaj show the style that people are more attracted to.

‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Review by Shawn Humphrey Staff Writer For both casual and hardcore fans of superhero movies, it was something of a game to wonder how Marvel would figure out how to fit all of our favorites into one film. But the result of mixing Iron Man and his protege, Spider-Man, with the remaining Avengers, throwing in the snarky Peter Quill and his Guardians of the Galaxy, adding Wakanda’s Black Panther and pitting them all against a villain determined to wipe out a large part of life as it exists... is the best film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Yes, better than “Captain America: Civil War.” Better than the first two Avengers films. Even better than this year’s box office hit “Black Panther.” At more than 2 hours and 40 minutes, “Avengers: Infinity War” manages to be tense from start to finish, with humor never being misplaced. The most daunting challenge? Tying each character into the movie at the right time. Yet, the writers pull it off brilliantly. The transition from one group of characters to another never feels cheesy, and the film’s subplots are creatively woven together so that none

lack importance. However, what makes the film better than other Marvel films is the antagonist’s complexity. Often, we have seen villains solely concerned with ruthless destruction.

“The film grabs our attention, and never lets go.” These characters lack a real motive to their rampage, and as such lack any real internal conflict. Played by Josh Brolin, Thanos believes his quest to eliminate a chunk of the universe is doing it a favor. However, he struggles with the things he is forced to give up in order to do so. It is this struggle that sees him with a noteworthy amount of screen time, among the most in the film. Marvel uses this time to develop the character, providing a view of his motives, his origin, and just why he makes such a formidable foe in a movie riddled with surprises. Though nearly three hours, the film grabs our attention, and never lets go. With the sequel set for next May, one can only hope that it comes close to the bar that this one has set.

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Consecutive No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200

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Review by Auston Gonzalez Staff Writer Double platinum. Zero features. J. Cole’s resume speaks for itself, especially when discussing his 2014 album “2014 Forest Hills Drive.” Cole recently gained more attention in the hip-hop world with the recent of “KOD,” and the project certainly does not disappoint. Cole’s work tends to have a message or story, shown in tracks such as “Kevin’s Heart.” “KOD” is his fifth studio album and follows his 2016 project “4 Your Eyez Only,” which did not meet expectations because of a more mellow tone as opposed to the high energy we’re used to J. Cole delivering. If anyone has forgotten just how talented Cole is as a rapper and an artist in general, “KOD” is sure to remind the world why he has gone double platinum on his own in the past. As he’s stated, KOD in no way promotes drug use, yet can be an acronym for “Kids on Drugs,” “King Over-Dosed” or “Kill Our Demons,” but the rest of his album is open for interpretation. One thing that’s certain: J. Cole is a top artist in today’s world and doesn’t need to remind anyone of his talent.




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