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Parkland: One year later

Jessica Maldonado, Lifestyles Editor

February 15, 2019

Feb. 14, marks a year of the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. One that left 17 people dead and many families destroyed. Former student Nikolas Cruz pulled the fire alarm and opened fire on students and teachers with an AR-15. Since then, measures have been taken to support the making of gun laws stricter and prevent an event like this to happen again. On Feb. 21, Parkland survivors, including Emma Gonzales, went to a town hall meeting in Sunrise, Florida with U.S...

The varsity cheer team holds up signs during their cheer. The team won states for the second time in a row

Back to back state champs

February 13, 2019

It all came down to this, the varsity cheerleading team had one more performance to capture the fifth state title in the last six years, and for many on the team, their second in a row. The team huddled in the tunnel for a last minute confidence boost...

Freshman Megan Lundstrom  recreates a TikTok meme from user 'Yumpis.' TikTok allows users to pick their own sound, which could be another TikTok. This feature gives users like Lundstrom, freedom to use their originality to recreate trending TikToks.

15-seconds of fame, or at least fun

February 13, 2019

Freshman Raelin Loveland puts on a spiky blonde wig and a casual fitted suit. He preps his face with foundation and uses an eyebrow pencil to draw details, making him resemble Katsuki Bakugou; one of the multiple cosplay characters he uses to make his ...

Freshman Alexa Young looks through a scrapbook documenting her adoption process. She is from Guangdong, China.

A second chance

January 30, 2019

When Geno Simmons’ teacher dialed the phone to call his mom, he did not understand what was going on. He had just told all of his first grade classmates that he was from Russia, and his teacher was concerned. She thought he was telling the class fictional...

Spanish teacher Patricia Lopez helps students correct their homework. She wanted to be able to help them learn from their mistakes.

Let’s talk about it

January 24, 2019

As sophomore Jacob Carlson entered French II, he prepared for another day of studying grammar and French culture. Meanwhile, across campus, sophomore Michael Self walked into Spanish III, anxious and unprepared for the day’s activities. Regardle...

Vape haven

Vape haven

December 20, 2018

Peering through the smog that seemingly fills all the corners of public schools these days is a growing trend: vaping. Vaping is the action of inhaling and exhaling aerosol, referred to sometimes as vapor, which is produced by an e-cigarette. When the d...

Senior Da'Zhaun Hicks performs in the World of Dance competition with his group, the Funkywunks.  Da'Zhaun has performed many times around the world, including the Dolce Gabbana Fashion Show in 2018 that took place in Shanghai, China.

Global groove

December 20, 2018

As senior Da’Zhaun Hicks got off his overnight flight to Shanghai, people started taking photos. This happened several times on his trip , so he got used to this attention. When people in China see Americans, they assume they are famous. Hicks might...

Creative writing students working on their novel. They spent the month of November in the media center and computer labs to work.

One story, one month

December 17, 2018

For one month straight, creative writing students did not do lessons, worksheets or tests, they did nothing but write for the entire month. As part of the national organization, National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo, more than 40 students under...

Junior Deborah Lu works on her character project for Modeling and Simulation II.

They got game

December 11, 2018

You might not think a periodic table is interesting. But if you could reach out and touch the elements, see the electronic geometry, and rearrange the configurations of the atoms, maybe you would. With virtual reality, you can, and these are the kind...

Picture provided by Megan Carlson: Sophomore Megan Carlson poses with her horse Lucky. She is currently switching barns.

Ride or Die

December 5, 2018

With the bottle of Gatorade clenched between her teeth, Kali trots around the arena  unphased. Kali, sophomore Ana Cortez’s favorite horse, spent the better part of the day bonding with the Gatorade bottle, something Cortez had never seen before. ...

Food Service Manager, Erin Basilo (center) at her old job in the Epcot Japanese Pavilion.

Basilo pursued Japanese culture at Epcot

November 15, 2018

As manager of the Japanese EPCOT pavilion, interacting with people who were born and raised in Japan, and learning Japanese to give a full Japanese experience to her guests; food service manager Erin Basilo, has a past not many people would guess. “I...

Joanie Rodriguez poses with her new mountain bike. Rodriguez started mountain biking during the summer with her friend. As a team, they would go off-trail mountain biking every weekend.

A layer underneath

November 13, 2018

Everyone has seen it. The big husky drawing staring at you as you walk past. Although it is the first thing students notice when they enter the weightlifting room, they don’t know who painted it. But, what if the artist was someone all students have s...

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