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Art program welcomes new teacher

Art program welcomes new teacher

Kate Caranante, Staff Writer

October 9, 2018


Filed under Features, Top Stories

When the previous art teacher, Stacy Rosende, took a new job in New York, a new art teacher was naturally needed. The school did not have to look too hard for her successor, because Brian Taylor was already applying for the job.   “I’ve known Mrs. Rosende since the late ‘80s, early ‘90s,” Taylor said. “She gave me a lot of recommendations, so I kind of had t...

Robotics and Technology Club prepare for competitions

Robotics and Technology Club prepare for competitions

Carol Kornworcel, Staff Writer

October 2, 2018


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With every day that passes, technology becomes increasingly more prevalent in daily life — a phenomenon particularly apparent in the academic setting.  While technology continues to become further integrated in the classroom, biology teacher Robert Tait is working with his students outside of it, taking their passi...

Art of Thrifting

Art of Thrifting

Ava Nelson, Staff Writer

September 26, 2018


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Thrift stores have been swarming with Starbucks-sipping hipsters enthralled by the hunt for cheap clothes, or better yet, a true vintage master piece. Renewed interested in this kind of shopping – or as some call it, “thrifting” – has become especially apparent amongst members of the student...

Fresh Faces

Fresh Faces

Jessie Larrinaga, Staff Writer

September 25, 2018


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Teacher shares career-changing experience

Teacher shares career-changing experience

Nicole Prus, Staff Writer

September 11, 2018


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In Room 108, students see John DeOrio as he welcomes them into his English class, ready for another day of instruction. Contrary to how he may appear at the door, this wasn’t his first career choice. An important event in his life inspired him to be a teacher.  Chicago native and English teacher, DeOrio moved to Fort Lauderdale when he was in elementary school. He attended St. Th...

From Math to Marathon

From Math to Marathon

Carol Kornworcel, Staff Writer

September 4, 2018


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It is not unusual for a teacher to have a hobby or interest that, at times, may shine through the lesson plans, homework assignments and classroom chatter. One teacher with such an interest is Nelson Rodriguez.  As a Statistics Honors and Pre-Calculus teacher who has been at Plant since 2016, Rodriguez...

An Ocean Away

An Ocean Away

Ava Nelson, Staff Writer

August 29, 2018


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Gray mountains cut across a fierce blue sky seldom adjourned by clouds. Rustic brick houses dot the countryside, slicing through lush grassy fields. Sidewalks buzz with citizens eager to shop from farm markets or accompany a boat across Lac de Genève to the neighboring country of France.   A small European country rife with colorful shops, renaissance-era castles and sightseeing destinations, Swit...

Mahi Mahi on the Mind

Mahi Mahi on the Mind

Clio Bruno, Staff Writer

August 26, 2018


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Sophomore Gabi Frye caught the biggest fish of her life in the summer of 2016. “I was 13 when I caught a 50-inch mahi-mahi,” Frye said. "I was so excited and proud.”  Frye has been fishing her whole life. She started at a young age and has continued doing it through her teenage years....

National Honors Society Sponsors Mural

National Honors Society Sponsors Mural

Alexis Perno, News Editor

August 18, 2018


Filed under Features, In Case You Missed It, Top Stories

A mural was painted by the South Hall entrance nearest the vending machines and turtle pond. The National Honors Society of 2017–18 approved the funding for the mural, while faculty sponsor Tamara Phillips helped brainstorm the design.   “I’ve always thought South Hall needed some color,” Phillips said. “The hall seemed sad before and now it looks happy. The hall was beige o...

Q and A with House Representative Kathy Castor

Q and A with House Representative Kathy Castor

Natalie Kerr, Editor in Chief

July 17, 2018


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Q: How would you sum up your current view of the media?  A: [It is] vitally important in this day and age when there is so much confusing news out there, and we have someone in the White House who has demonstrated a track record of misleading folks – I've never seen anything like it. But for...

Chasing after the gold (leaf)

Chasing after the gold (leaf)

Macie Lavender, Staff Writer

May 23, 2018


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The inviting atmosphere of the upstairs art classroom may be familiar to some; warm light filtering through the broad paned windows, paint splatters and charcoal smudges, hushed tones as students whisper so others, deeply immersed in their respective works, can focus. It is in this idyllic scene where...

Drawn to D.C.

Drawn to D.C.

Chloe-Amelie Aikman, Features Manager

May 23, 2018


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Until junior Alea Jennings reached high school, drawing had hardly ever crossed her mind. Now she has received a Congressional Award for it — and her images will be on display in Washington D.C. for a year. “I was always into art when I was younger because my grandmother was an artist,” Jennings...

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