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The Final Bell

The Final Bell

Chloe-Amelie Aikman, Features Editor

December 14, 2018


Filed under Features, Top Stories, Video

Alan Bell’s wall is a self-curated yearbook come to life. Glossy black-and-white, sepia and colored photos paper the space, each carefully tacked in a mosaic spanning generations of students. Some hold the faces of his days playing high school football. Most are from his days coaching it, bright...

Two freshmen explain their lives through skating

Two freshmen explain their lives through skating

Carol Kornworcel, Staff Writer

December 6, 2018


Filed under Features, Top Stories

Their dresses spin, glitter visibly flying onto the rink and some onto their faces. Their pearly-white shoes hit the ice after a successful jump, chipping a small part of the frozen surface. Smoothly skating to the beat of their songs, freshmen Isabella Costa and Lauren Lampinen do this six days a...

Animal print rises in popularity

Animal print rises in popularity

Nicole Prus, Staff Writer

November 30, 2018


Filed under Features, Top Stories

Animal print doesn’t only belong in the jungle; it's been spotted all over cityscapes and worn by civilians. Leopard, snakeskin, zebra and many other prints have been showcased on young adults’ clothing, ranging from dresses, coats and shoes to skirts, swimsuits and fanny packs.  “Animal print is remerging because it is different and it looks fancy, which makes people like it,” junior Sebastián Caldero said.  Victoria Beckham brings ...

Teacher mixes passion and profession with theater

Teacher mixes passion and profession with theater

Hartley Hill, Staff Writer

November 29, 2018


Filed under Features

It's rehearsal, and voices fill the air. Girls are buzzing around, crafting costumes and warming up their voices in anticipation of their next big performance. Behind the curtains, English teacher Cristalyn Stokes is pulling the strings as she dedicates her time out of school in her second home: the...

Student shares story, perspective as ROTC member

Student shares story, perspective as ROTC member

Carol Kornworcel, Staff Writer

November 2, 2018


Filed under Features, Top Stories

As seen around school, some students wear blue shirts tucked tightly into navy blue pants, shiny black leather shoes and a badge on their shoulders with the large, bold letters “ROTC”— an outfit that has been defining Wednesdays as ROTC days.    ROTC is a class and program designed to teach students leadership, citizenship and aspects of the military in and out of school hours. Jun...

Accident alters teacher’s perspective

Accident alters teacher’s perspective

Hartley Hill, Staff Writer

November 1, 2018


Filed under Features, Top Stories

While on call as a firefighter, not long after completing his first year of training, Jeffery Keene stepped off the firetruck to grab a hose — but tripped and fell in the process. In a matter of seconds, his life changed forever as the firetruck pulled up and came to a stop on his foot, crushing...

Students form long-lasting friendships with kids with disabilities

Students form long-lasting friendships with kids with disabilities

Addie Robey, Staff Writer

October 29, 2018


Filed under Features, Top Stories

Walking into room 503, there is a warm, inviting feeling and students are met with smiles and friendly faces of kids like juniors Arushi Pratap and Jade Connor and seniors Dara Mizell and Bryan Lopez.  Photos pinned up on the walls tell stories from many of the dances and events held by Best Buddies. They picture kids dancing, eating food and laughing and smiling at events like the Best...

Student shares story and perspective as an ROTC member

Student shares story and perspective as an ROTC member

Carol Kornworcel, Staff Writer

October 28, 2018


Filed under Features

As seen around school, some students wear blue shirts tucked tightly into navy blue pants, shiny black leather shoes and a badge on their shoulders with the large, bold letters “ROTC”— an outfit that has been defining Wednesdays as ROTC days.    ROTC is a class and program designed to teach students leadership, citizenship and aspects of the military during and after school hours. J...

Student leads a Savage life

Student leads a Savage life

Hartley Hill, Staff Writer

October 26, 2018


Filed under Features

On his fifth mile, junior David Hutchinson scales a wall and then bolts through mud, making his way to the finish line where he will forever be labeled an obstacle course racing (OCR) “Savage.”  “When I was in middle school, my brother was interested in doing an OCR race, which made me interested in it,...

Armature Works attracts students

Armature Works attracts students

Ava Nelson, Staff Writer

October 24, 2018


Filed under Features, Top Stories

Light floods through clear wide-frame windows, casting shadows across lounge chairs, tables, and a tall ceiling. A brown leather couch is adorned by metal frame chairs with a view across the deep blue waters of the Tampa River Walk. Armature Works Tampa is known for their food, atmosphere and picturesque...

Money Mitch opens up about music, dreams

Money Mitch opens up about music, dreams

Hartley Hill, Staff Writer

October 22, 2018


Filed under Features, Top Stories

Mitchell Holmes hops on stage, the beat drops and fans in the crowd go wild as they begin singing along to the local rap artist known to most as Money Mitch. What seems like a fantasy to most sophomore boys is just a normal Saturday night for Holmes, pursuing his dream to be famous while continuing to...

Teacher overcomes acute myeloid leukemia

Teacher overcomes acute myeloid leukemia

Ava Nelson, Staff Writer

October 21, 2018


Filed under Features

When Tamara Philips, US constitutional law teacher and mother, arrived at school the first day of preplanning in 2009, cancer was the farthest thing from her mind. As she went about participating in meetings, colleagues soon took notice of her then prevalent swine-flu-like symptoms.  “It was Monday morning, and I wasn’t feeling very well, but I just thought I was tired and sluggish because it was the first day of work,” Philips said. ...

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