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Thinking and Inking

Thinking and Inking

October 8, 2018

Given the stereotypes of teenagers with tattoos, people might think that every piece of ink on a teenager’s skin is the result of a mistake or a rebellion. In reality, many teenagers with tattoos have reasons and meanings behind the ink on their skin. ...

A historic achievement

A historic achievement

September 26, 2018

  It’s the first day of school, and Dali Stires already knows what’s going to happen. Her former students will walk into her class with smug grins on their faces, bragging about their high scores on their AP Exam. Even though she already k...

Sticking to you

Sticking to you

September 19, 2018

A golden retriever sticker, multiple Pura Vida and Jolyn stickers, a senior class sticker, an Action church sticker, a sticker from a trip to Arizona,  and a Track Shack sticker all cover senior Julia Plescha’s water bottle. No two stickers are the...

Act III: Solomon Takes the Stage

Act III: Solomon Takes the Stage

September 1, 2018

It is 7:00 a.m. on August 10, and theater teacher Jamaal Solomon is getting ready for his first day working at high school.  Usually, his 2-year old daughter is up before him, but today his house is quiet. High school is a new, uncharted frontier, and a...

Making the most of it

Making the most of it

August 31, 2018

As students enter their freshman year, worlds are flipped upside down as they are slapped in the face with a reality check: high school is tough. Between juggling seven periods (often with multiple AP classes), sports, other extracurriculars and excessive...

Stepping stone for Oviedo

Stepping stone for Oviedo

August 30, 2018

A year ago, the intersection of Mitchell Hammock Boulevard and Alafaya Trail featured a run-down motorcycle shop, an abandoned Dunkin’ Donuts, a gas station and a closed Papa John’s. Now, a packed Chick-fil-a, First Watch, Floyd’s Barber Shop, M...

Education Exasperations

Education Exasperations

August 30, 2018

Every afternoon, when the final bell rings, students and teachers race home, often to complain about one another to anyone who will listen. Teachers air their grievances about students while students complain that teachers will never truly understand the...

No one fights alone

No one fights alone

August 29, 2018

Oviedo senior Britton Daniel has 10 months of chemotherapy, 12 months of treatment, and countless trips to Gainesville ahead of him as he fights against bone cancer. On July 30, Daniel was at his first football practice of the year. Halfway through,...

In the heat of the moment

In the heat of the moment

August 28, 2018

The sun was in full force, beating down on cross country runner Juan Chumpitaz, as he struggled to finish his second lap around the set course. Chumpitaz’s breathing was ragged, and his right lung felt like it was going to collapse from all the ...

Everything but the kitchen sink

August 27, 2018

A former executive chef from Lake County expected to create a new culinary classroom in a former computer lab while simultaneously teaching students a fresh curriculum could be called a tough transition; however new Culinary I director Austin Boyd has take...

Hung up and “hangry”

Hung up and “hangry”

August 23, 2018

Students know the struggle: desperate glances between the ticking clock and their PB&J sandwich, a moment's hesitation before the bell rings, and then the final surrender to an empty stomach in exchange for a chance to complete last night's Algebr...

Southworth takes a bow

Southworth takes a bow

June 7, 2018

He started as a maternity leave substitute, and as a full term teacher, he took over the program in the middle of the school year. It may not seem like the ideal start for a teacher. But  for theater director Trevor Southworth, it was. Southworth s...

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