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Custodian Vanessa Benoit poses with her family at one of their family events. At these gatherings, they typically dance bachata.

Benoit dances through the day

November 10, 2018

“Let me teach you how to dance.” That is what custodian Vanessa Benoit’s sister said to her two years ago at a family member’s birthday party. And those words have changed her life. “I feel good when I’m dancing,” Benoit said. “I get ...

Ballot barrage

Ballot barrage

November 8, 2018

Though she could not vote herself, Young Republicans club president Grace Maddron has spent many hours this election season ensuring that others did. “I would tell them to vote for the people that can't,” Maddron said. “We live in a free count...

Looking to the stars

Katarina Harrison, Opinions Editor

November 5, 2018

When sophomore Claudia Allocca opens her social media, she is greeted with more than the typical posts from her friends and celebrity gossip. Sprinkled into the mix, Allocca finds something a bit more profound-bits of information, advice and predictions provided for her by one of the daily horoscope accounts that she follows. While she sometimes finds the accounts “dramatic”, she also claims that “most of them actually match your personality”. Alloca is not alone in ...

Senior Nasir Roberts and juniors Josiah Wright and Traevis Saint Louis pose for their group photo.

A New Wave of beats

November 5, 2018

It is a Friday during lunch, the day of a home game. The DJ is there, playing today’s Hip-Hop music. Spotted near the DJ Booth, seniors Nasir Roberts and Marc Penn, and juniors Josiah Wright and Traevis Saint Louis take advantage of lunch to show off...

Sophomore Jolie Miller looks up capes on Amazon for the robotics team.

Hopping on the online shopping train

November 2, 2018

When freshman Charissa Thompson was in fifth grade, she really wanted to buy a Vera Bradley backpack on Black Friday. She had saved her money all year and waited outside of Dillard’s for three hours to get her backpack. When they opened the doors, she...

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Dark Side of the Rainbow

October 29, 2018

Rainbows often symbolize joy, diversity and hope. When they appear in the sky, people stop to marvel and express glee at the sight above. However, rainbows do not always come with upbeat backstories but are born out of cloudy days, rain, and overall bad...

Senior Gabrielle Hackney waits for her tattoo artist to finish her tattoo. Tattoos can take hours to apply, depending on their size and complexity.

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. ...

Dali Stires teaches her AP World History students during first period.

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...

Seniors Jack Chitty and Julia Plescha admire the stickers on their water bottles. Both of them have had their bottles for over a year and continue to collect stickers that showcase their personality.

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...

Sophomore Sabrine DeSilva takes a power-nap at the end of class. After a long day, she likes to recharge her energy.

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...

Rendering of Stonehill Plaza

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...

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