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Senior draws awareness to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

Senior draws awareness to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay

Ava Nelson, Staff Writer

February 14, 2019


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Flashing lights consumed Amelie Arena Dec. 8 along with a standing ovation as senior Emily Surak was granted the Lightning Community Hero award. Surak’s award included a total of $50,000, half of which she will dedicate to the Crisis Center of Tampa Bay and the rest to a scholarship for her...

Student trains dogs for dog shows

Student trains dogs for dog shows

Carol Kornworcel, Staff Writer

February 13, 2019


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Playing with dogs all day can seem like lots of fun, but for some, playing has turned into a professional competition and sport. Sophomore Megan Hamilton has been training her two dogs Daisy and Derby, both dachshunds, and has been competing in dog shows for the past five years.    “Initially it was easy to begin, but as I progressed and became more competitive against other people, the difficulty increased and there were h...

Students unite over astronomy

Students unite over astronomy

Ava Nelson, Staff Writer

February 6, 2019


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Tuesday night at 8, in the grassy portion of the field between the front parking lot and new building, a small gathering appears as temperatures drop to 50 degrees and the black cover of night rolls in. The usually vacant lot has visitors peering through telescopes aimed at the stars, cold fingers...

Fishing team pursues charity work, wins tournament

Fishing team pursues charity work, wins tournament

Isabella Ank, Co-Print Editor in Chief

January 24, 2019


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Gazing at the open water of Tampa Bay, it isn’t unusual to see fishermen of all backgrounds getting their catch. The sport has been popular in Tampa for years, and now it has found a home at Plant High School.   The Fishing Club and Team was founded by junior Isaac Heuchan, who also serves as board president. For Heuchan, however, creating a te...

Students dispute practicality of New Year’s resolutions

Students dispute practicality of New Year’s resolutions

Ava Nelson, Staff Writer

January 15, 2019


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Since ancient times, reaching even 4,000 years back to the Babylonian’s promises to their gods, New Year’s resolutions have filled communities with hope and stamina for the upcoming year. While originally a religious practice to perform better in the eyes of deities, modern society has taken a...

Members discuss film club evolution

Members discuss film club evolution

Jessie Larrinaga, Staff Writer

January 11, 2019


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Each Tuesday, students gather in Room 110 to watch and discuss movies of all genres. Brought together by a shared interest, the room buzzes with chatter about the film they’ll view as students from all grade levels come together to decipher and critique different cinematic aspects.  “We’re trying to include more well-known movies because last year what was happening was that we chose a lot of ob...

The Final Bell

The Final Bell

Chloe-Amelie Aikman, Features Editor

December 14, 2018


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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...

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