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Our Take: Florida’s prepaid refund leads to more opportunities

Jessica Maldonado, Editor-in-Chief

February 18, 2020

In an attempt to tackle the high tuition costs and expensive college resources such as books and online resources, parents can start early and gather money for their child’s college education. Through Florida Prepaid College Plan, families can pay in advance for college with a payment schedule that makes it more affordable. This program affects and benefits many Florida families, even more now since the state announced on Jan. 13 that there will be refunds for Florida...

Our Take: Focus on positive change that defines our decade

Zoey Young, Print Editor

January 30, 2020

  As the 2010’s inches forward to its demise, we look back on the questionable music released (looking at you “Starships” by Nicki Minaj,) shows that defined our childhood, and the now-outdated technology that would entertain us for hours.  Moving into the age  of never-ending, outrageously priced Apple products, the gradual presence of Amazon in our day-to-day lives, and the rise of influencers and Instagram models, the past ten years have been substan...

Our Take: There is help for those who need it

Jessica Maldonado, Editor-in-Chief

November 13, 2019

Not only is high school a time of growth and self-discovery, but it is also a time of experimentation and for some this means experimenting with drugs and alcohol. Teenagers indulge in this world for several reasons: peer pressure, escape, self-medication, academic or performance pressure, coping with anxiety, depression and even media influences. The availability and the use of drugs and alcohol in high school are high. By graduation, 70% of students will have tried alcohol,...

Our Take: Administration takes the lead in building spirit

Jessica Maldonado, Editor-in-Chief

September 30, 2019

Judging from the packed student section to the enthusiastic targeted pep rallies, things have changed and we are finally developing school spirit. School spirit has always been our huge flaw for the past few years, but with a new principal in place and the sense of a fresh start, we feel and see the difference. Before this year, the school years have felt redundant. Students run away from intimidating administrators watching out for dress code violations, they sit quietly...

Our Take: An open letter to the principal

Ahilyn Aguilar, Editor-in-Chief

May 15, 2019

In the two weeks since you have arrived, we have given you a warm welcome and showed you a little bit of what being part of our school is really like. For us, these past days have been great since we have gotten to interact with you and get an idea of who you are. In a short time, you have put in maximum effort, we see and we appreciate it. But, we know being part of such a large school has not been easy. We understand that getting to really the school and the student body...

Our Take: Tackle the fake news

Ahilyn Aguilar, Editor-in-Chief

April 5, 2019

Pulse, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Christchurch in New Zealand. We have witnessed these shootings from far away. Although they increased our fear, they also helped us become aware. And when these events hit home, we knew how to react.   When a threat was made during spring break, the community reacted, and fast. As soon a student made references to a school shooting on his Instagram account posts that included images of weapons with captions threatening the school was found, st...

Ourtake: A little perspective

Melissa Donovan, Assistant Editor

February 19, 2019

The first day of the second semester. The day every student dreads after a winter break away from anything school–related.  However, this is also a day for a fresh start. Students come into their classes with hopes of higher grades and memories to make. Then reality hits with homework assignments, study guides, quizzes and tests, and the once positive attitude students had is gone. They dig themselves into holes of sleep deprivation and exhaustion that seem impossible...

Mental illness: Not just a mood

Ahilyn Aguilar, Editor-in-Chief

December 12, 2018

We have all heard it; you finish a test, and the first comment you hear is “I’m going to be depressed for a whole week if I don’t get a good grade on that,” or “That test was so hard it made me have a panic attack.” As awareness of mental illness has grown, terms like ‘depression,’ ‘anxiety’ or even worse, jokes about suicide, become ordinary expressions in our day-to-day conversations. But, what most people don’t realize is the detrimental effects these...

Our Take: Community colleges are cool, too

Our Take: Community colleges are cool, too

November 10, 2018

Picture this: you are a high school senior, someone asks you what your plans are after graduation; you intend on going to the local community college, but cannot say because you fear that they will judge you for your future plans. That should not be...

Our take: School safety is everyone’s job

Tara Routie, Staff Reporter

March 1, 2018

On Feb. 14, Majory Stoneman Douglas was added to the list of seven school shootings that have taken place in 2018. With this recent shooting taking place at a high school that is very similar to our own, it is time to consider how a tragedy in Parkland affects us. With situations like these, it is easy to point fingers. People, of course, point fingers at the shooter, while others point their finger at the government for not taking action to limit these kinds of tragedies....

Empowerment from all angles

Melissa Donovan, Assistant Editor

December 14, 2017

Embarrassment, isolated, ashamed. These are all feelings that could be from someone who feels they are “different” from those around them and are in need of a sense of support. Clubs like Gay Straight Alliance and Girl Up have been able to provide comfort and a voice for individuals looking for a place that understands their ideas and beliefs. The Gay Straight Alliance hosted a quilt-making activity during Alli Week for students to connect with the club and learn more...

Our take: Step up and speak up

Ahilyn Aguilar, Editor-in-Chief

November 29, 2017

Each year more than 321,00 people, age 12 and older, become victims of rape and sexual assault in the United States. However, only 344 out of every 1,000 sexual assaults are reported to police, according to the Department of Justice. Sexual assault has always been an issue, and even though it is a hard topic to discuss, the time to end the silence is here.   On Oct. 5, the media’s attention was set on film producer Harvey Weinstein who was accused of sexual assault b...

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