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Town Hall proclaims November as DECA month

BYDREW ROACH

In past years, officers of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) were able to go to the Weston Town Hall to honor DECA by proclaiming DECA Month. To keep this tradition alive, the officer team of 2017-2018 proclaimed Nov. as DECA Month.

Junior Gustavo Rubio, DECA Assistant Director of the Executive Council, said the proclamation is a way for DECA to show their passion for raising awareness of the club and what is has to offer.

“DECA is a great club to be involved in because it gives so many opportunities for the members to interact with their community,” Rubio said. “By getting DECA Month proclaimed, people can see how involved they could become in an important way.”

Board members emailed the Director of Communications to inform the city commission about DECA and DECA Month, allowing them to be added to the agenda and be proclaimed.

“When the city commission approved it, I was so happy that we were able to get DECA Month proclaimed again,” Senior and Executive Council Officer Agustina Tanoira said. “It was a huge accomplishment and we knew we were achieving one of our milestones.”

Tanoira said it is important for DECA members to reach out to people as much as possible and inform them about DECA so they are aware of how beneficial it is.

“The proclamation helped us because we are trying to let people know about all the features and benefits of DECA on a bigger scale,” Tanoira said. “This is not just for DECA members at the Bay, but also for everyone in the community as well which allows us to be even more involved all-around.”    

Senior and Executive Director of Deca Leadership Council (DLC) María Gomez said the proclamation was a great accomplishment for the entire club of DECA because now she feels more connected to her community.

“It was great to have our city be a part of DECA Month because we are all about getting involved inside and outside of school,” Gomez said. “It makes DECA feel like part of the general public which is a really cool feeling.”

Gomez said she knew the proclamation was something DECA had to do because it has been a success for the club in the past years. She said she has already seen the direct positive impacts such as an increase in event participation.

“I have seen the influence the proclamation has had on DECA and it has consistently helped the club accomplish some of our biggest goals,” Gomez said. “By getting the proclamation every year, we are continuing to better DECA and hopefully get more people involved.”

Gomez said DECA is important to her because it provides benefits that she would not be able to get with any other club and enjoys interacting with her peers because they have common interests. She said that she finds joy in helping a club which has done so much for her.

“For me, DECA is like a second home, it’s a place where I can network with people of similar interests and work with great people to make our chapter better,” Gomez said. “I love spending my time with everyone in DECA because it’s cool that I get to be with people who love DECA as much as I do.”

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Annual HOSA Week promotes health and science

BY HANNAH ZIFFRONY

Health Occupations Students Of America (HOSA) hosted its annual HOSA Week from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11 to promote health and science to students around the Bay.

“HOSA Week is a celebration of HOSA’s purpose and is celebrated by HOSA chapters across the nation,” junior and HOSA President Isabella McGillycuddy said. “The main purpose of HOSA week is to promote our mission and community service.”

McGillycuddy said there was a lot of preparation that took place in order to make the week successful. Committee meetings were held to plan courtyard events, as well as prepare for the week overall.

“Our officer team worked hard to plan the week ahead of time,” McGillycuddy said. “Our committee meetings were definitely when we got most of our brainstorming done.”

The week featured two community service activities. HOSA members participated in a  “bowl-a-thon” to raise money for National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI). Members also volunteered at the NAMI walk on Nov. 11 which promoted the organization and helped to raise awareness and funds for the club.

“As a student in HOSA, it was fun to participate in these events after watching the planning behind them,” sophomore and HOSA member Isabella Socorro said. “Participating in these activities felt so good since I knew I was helping out such an amazing cause.”

On Nov. 8, HOSA also held activities in the courtyard to during all lunches. McGillycuddy said they wanted to include all students at the Bay in HOSA week and thought this would be a good way to reach out.

“We had medical games in the courtyard for all students to enjoy,” health science teacher and HOSA adviser Carol Warnock said. “We had pin the stethoscope, a Personal Protective Equipment relay race, health career trivia, a medical spelling bee, and a whip cream challenge, where students had to find a ‘heart’ in a whip cream pie.”

HOSA students volunteered their time during lunches to run the activities and ensure everything went well. Socorro said she was amazed at how well everything ended up and how much exposure the club got.

“There was a lot of work put into preparing for the week so it could turn out as great as it did,” Socorro said. “The members and officers couldn’t have done a better job in emphasizing the purpose of [HOSA Week] to the students at our school.”

Mrs. Warnock said she believes the week was successful in accomplishing its goal to inform students about HOSA.

“Holding [HOSA Week] helped make students aware of the fun activities we do and how we link community service to social events,” Warnock said.

McGillycuddy said she was very proud of the officers, advisers and HOSA members for their efforts in making the week run so well. HOSA officers gave out cupcakes, pens and pencils at the general meeting to thank members for their participation and help.

“[The officers] wanted to show that we appreciate our members and all the hard work they put into making HOSA Week such a success,” McGillycuddy said. “This year’s week was successful, and I couldn’t be more proud of HOSA as a whole.”

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Students hold festive Halloween events

BY LAUREN PABIAN

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Throughout the month of October, numerous clubs at the Bay held Halloween-related events to celebrate the holiday. Many clubs base their larger events from holidays to make them more enticing to students.

Members of the Interact Club dressed up in costumes and went to the Susan B. Anthony Recovery Center on Oct. 31 to read books, make cookies and work on Halloween crafts with the kids at the center.

“I was so excited for all of our members to go to the foundation and be able to hang out with all of the kids since it’s such a rewarding and memorable experience,” junior and event coordinator Sabrina Ure said. “I got to take on the task of coordinating this, which is exciting since it is a big event; I loved having the opportunity to make a difference.”

After a month of preparations, Ure said that she and the other club members were eager to go. At their meeting on Oct. 5, club members made “Boo Pops,” which are lollipops that were decorated to look like ghosts, to give to the kids at the rehabilitation center.

“People need to realize how much they can each individually impact other people’s lives; it’s the best feeling to put a smile on a kid’s face,” Ure said. “I thought these Boo Pops would brighten up their Halloween since they’re a fun version of lollipops.”

Ure said she and the rest of the members that attended had a great time with all of the kids.

“Members attended this event because it is such a rewarding experience and it was a major event for the club,” Ure said. “Everyone loved it, and we are so excited to go back and visit again.”

In addition to the Interact Club celebrating Halloween, Best Buddies also held a themed event. Since the Best Buddies chapter began at the Bay, it has hosted a Halloween dance every year. Buddies and members gathered in the Cafeteria for their Halloween social after school on Oct. 27 to eat, dance and participate in activities like mummy wrapping, cookie decorating and arts and crafts. Best Buddies Vice President of Membership Ryan Bush organized this social.

“I was so excited to run this event this year as it is a very popular event and is many students’ favorite of the year,” Bush said. “The Halloween dance is so enjoyable since there’s lots of dancing, candy and fun games for students to do with their buddies.”

Due to scheduling issues from Hurricane Irma, the event at the Bay was held after school instead of at night, so members called it a “social” instead of a “dance.”

“Even though this event was a little different than other years, we are still having similar booths to previous years with activities like mummy wrapping and cookie decorating,” Bush said. “The downside to having it after school is that nobody is able to dress up unless they bring their costume to school, but we still believe this event was a huge success.”

Members were also invited to attend a regional Best Buddies Halloween Dance at Cooper City High School on Oct. 25.  Bush said he was excited for the Bay’s chapter to attend the regional event and believes it was a good opportunity for both buddies and peer buddies to socialize.

“We have heard about this event for a while and believed that it will give buddies a chance to meet new people outside of the Bay,” Bush said.

Varsity Baseball Coach Paul Liotti asked members of his team to attend the Best Buddies social at the Bay to help them out. Sophomore and varsity first baseman Barrett Cruz attended the event to help and said it was an amazing experience.

“I’m not in Best Buddies, but as soon as I got to the event, everyone was so welcoming and excited to have us there,” Cruz said. “The kids were so sweet and it was so fun to be there and hang out with them.”

Cruz and the other baseball players were able to spend time with the buddies and get to know them while doing activities with them.

“I hung out with Justin, one of the buddies, during the event and we had such a great time,” Cruz said. “After only a few minutes, I was so inspired and decided I was going to join the club next year; I would love to be able to attend more events this year.”

Also acknowledging Halloween, United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) held its annual “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” fundraiser to collect money for people around the world that need food, water and other resources. Each member in the Bay’s chapter of UNICEF was given an orange box in which to collect coins.

President and senior Camila Brooks said she was excited for the Bay’s UNICEF chapter to participate in this fundraiser. “Trick or Treat for UNICEF” was brought to the Bay the same year that UNICEF was established here.

“This fundraiser helps out kids who need more than candy,” Brooks said. “It really gets students thinking while they are going around getting candy and collecting money for those that have nothing. This fundraiser is a fun way to collect donations and it serves a good cause.”

Brooks said this fundraiser is typically very successful since all the UNICEF chapters around the world participate in it.  According to Brooks, with only one dollar, UNICEF is able to purchase pencils for a class of 30 students.

“This fundraiser is one of the biggest ones of the year for UNICEF as a nation, so we end up raising a lot of money, which is really great,” Brooks said. “All of this money is so beneficial to families in need and it’s such a great feeling to know that I contributed to it.”

Brooks said she believes this fundraiser is able to accumulate so much money since it takes place during Halloween.

“Having this fundraiser on Halloween makes it easier for students to collect money since they can bring their box with them while they trick or treat,” Brooks said. “Many students like to go door to door asking not only for candy but for donations as well and parents are almost always excited to donate since it’s for a good cause.”

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Clubs fundraise for Puerto Rico hurricane relief

BY RACHEL ALEXANDER

Puerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, a Category 4 storm with 155 mph winds destroying homes and knocking out power on the entire island. Clubs at the Bay have taken action by fundraising to help alleviate damage done in Puerto Rico.

“When this catastrophe occurred, [Latinos in Action (LIA)]saw how bad the impact was and how much it affected our members and others at the Bay, so we decided to take initiative and start a drive,” LIA President, junior Leyla Feiz said.

LIA collected food, batteries, flashlights and water to donate to Puerto Rico. The items collected were delivered to LIA Sponsor and retired sergeant major of the Army Jorge Cruz and the items were sent off to Puerto Rico through his church.

“They have nothing and they do not know if they are going to be able to eat that day and they have to guard their houses to make sure no one tries to break in,” sophomore Carolina Garcia said. “Puerto Rico has a lot of economic problems already and after the hurricane it will tale a while to go back to normal, but if we help we can make it a bit easier for them to grow and make this situation a thing of the past.”

Members of LIA also volunteered at a car wash that took place at the Weston Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA). Additionally, they sold white t-shirts with the Puerto Rican flag shaped as a heart and it says “United for Puerto Rico.”

“It’s a horrible disaster, but we have the power to help them,” Garcia said. “If that was us, we would want all the help we can get to move on and get better.”

In addition to LIA, Promoting Relationships in Diversity Through Education (PRIDE) club took an initiative to help out Puerto Rico. They donated around 500 dollars from their annual talent show. Senior and President Emmy Semprun said each year they choose a community project to donate half of their proceeds to, and they decided to donate it to Puerto Rico this year.

“Everyone needs to understand how we would feel if we were in this devastating situation,” Semprun said. “It could have been us or our neighbors, and that should be enough to make us aware and willing to do anything to help out in times of need.”

Students Helping Achieve Philanthropic Excellence (SHAPE) has been collecting baby wipes, paper items and hand sanitizer to donate to the country.

“I think it’s important that people give back in [a] time of need,” senior and Vice President of Community Service Maribel Perez said. “We all go through rough times and it’s important to help our fellow brothers and sisters when we see them struggling.”

President Raquel Lugo said SHAPE club members continue striving to help others with their project on donating goods to Puerto Rico after the storm.

“SHAPE members are passionate about helping others,” Lugo said. “This passion spreads to other students which will leverage the help that can be provided beyond just the SHAPE members.”

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Water polo team prepares for new season

BY JAKE MILLER

With boys water polo tryouts scheduled for Jan. 20, many players are preparing to try and make the team. For most of the prospects, this is their first time trying out for water polo at the Bay. Sophomore Isaac Paiz said he is looking forward to trying out for the team.

“I have not played on the Cypress Bay team yet; however, from talking to the coaches last year and this year, I feel that they truly care about the sport and want to make the team better,” Paiz said. “It helps to keep me motivated, and it pushes me to get better and make the team this year.”

Despite not being on the team last year, Paiz said he is confident he can earn a spot on the varsity team after extending his practices and intensifying his drills.

“I am currently a competitive swimmer, so I go to practice almost every day of the week,” Paiz said. “On top of that, I go to the gym a couple of times a week to gain strength that is useful in water polo.”

Junior varsity teams usually consist of freshmen and sophomores, whereas varsity tends to feature juniors and seniors. Despite being a sophomore, Paiz said he has a good chance of making the varsity team.“I am a strong swimmer, and I have a lot of endurance and speed when it comes to playing water polo,” Paiz said. “I also have a pretty good understanding of the positions in the game and how you’re supposed to play [the game].”

Paiz said some of the water polo players hope to make the varsity team not just to play the sport they love, but also to make an impression on college scouts. If the scouts see these players play, they could hand out scholarships to the players.

“I think that there is definitely a chance to get a scholarship or go pro through playing for the Cypress Bay team due to exposure to college scouts,” Paiz said. “However, it is not being on the team that will get you there; it is your ability to play that will.”

Like Paiz, junior Juan Chinchilla is using practice routines to try and guarantee a spot on the team. In preparation for tryouts, Chinchilla utilizes training methods that are predominantly used by swimmers. One routine is the 1500-meter training method, which consists of a 400-meter warm-up, 4×1100 gradual sprints, 100-meter gradual sprints and 4×100 gradual sprints again treading.

“This helps you learn how to pace yourself and how to swim faster,” Chinchilla said.

Throughout his training, Chinchilla has played with some former water polo players from the Bay.

“I am training now with a lot of the players from [last year’s team], so if I make the team, it will be more enjoyable because they will know me better,” Chinchilla said. “I want to play for a sport that’s from my school so I can play a sport that a lot of my friends are playing.”

 

 

 

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NHS partners with Debbie’s Dream for toy drive

BY RACHEL GREENBERG

Members of National Honor Society (NHS) collected toys for a fundraiser held by Debbie’s Dream, which is a non-profit organization that supports stomach cancer research. Toys were collected from Oct. 9 to Oct. 13 in the Gifted Center. Toys such as board games, arts and crafts and school supplies will be given to children with stomach cancer through the Debbie’s Dream Foundation.

“I participated in the toy drive because it brings me joy to know that kids will be having the opportunity to play with toys because of my donations,” senior Darrah Schaffer said. “These kids deserve to have the best holiday season possible.”

Senior and NHS president Hannah Kang recommended this event because it was a cause that she said was important to her. Kang and Debbie’s Dream members delivered the toys to the Debbie’s Dream office in Plantation.

“I first proposed doing this drive because stomach cancer is an issue that is very close to my heart,” Kang said. “I was so glad to see people be active in an issue that is not widely known.”

Kang said the drive was successful because students who did not benefit from NHS hours still participated in donating.

“I am so proud of the drive,” Kang said. “So many people donated to this amazing cause, even people who were not in NHS and just wanted to chip in.”

Schaffer said she did some research on the Debbie’s Dream foundation before participating in the drive. She said knew her donations would be going to a good cause which encouraged her to participate.

“The website really showed what the foundation is all about,” Schaffer said. “I’m glad NHS chose this foundation because it brings awareness to stomach cancer.”

NHS advisor Shari Bush said she was very happy her students could step up and help a worthy cause. Bush was constantly seeing students in and out of the gifted office all week.

“The whole point of the National Honor Society is to he helping students at the school and in the community,” Bush said. “Whenever we participate in programs like this, I think it’s a great opportunity for our students to help others and understand the importance of giving back to people who are not as fortunate as they are.”

Schaffer said she tries to donate every time NHS has an event like this, especially during the holiday season. She knows not all children are as fortunate as she is and wanted to put a smile on their faces upon the arrival of the festive season.

“I think toy drives are an amazing idea because so many children don’t get the childhood they deserve,” Schaffer said. “This toy drive gives them the chance to finally see what having fun is.”

Kang said she wants to have similar drives in the future, but also has bigger plans for the NHS club. She said she is currently working to expand the breadth of events and extend the drives a step further to give back to our community more.

“I think these drives are so crucial and make an impact on the lives of those who receive these donations,” Kang said. “I would definitely want to have drives and events like these in the future.”

 

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The Outlet: Leslie Rheingold

In this issue’s recurring segment that gives students an opportunity to learn more about the teachers they see every day, staffer Rachel Alexander interviews Holocaust History and English teacher, Mrs. Rheingold.

What is the most valuable lesson you have ever learned?

We have the power to resist the influences of immoral people. Everyone has that choice and it is up to individuals to have a positive impact on people by small and large gestures of kindness.

What is something your students have taught you?

They have taught me that it is important to listen to them. They are important and when they are sad or angry, it is often because they may be going through difficult times too.

Why did you choose to teach Holocaust History Honors and why is it important for students to learn about it?

Soon Holocaust survivors will all be gone. Holocaust denial, the revisionist movement denying that a systematic genocide of the Jews during WWII took place, is growing stronger. Anti- Semitism is on the rise across the globe. My ancestors were deported from the Radom Ghetto to Auschwitz where they perished. If we do not learn from this horrific period, historians will live through it or something similar to it again. In fact, genocides are occurring now as you are reading this. Only seven states have passed a law mandating Holocaust education in some form to be taught in all of its schools from an early age. For every student I teach here at the Bay, I count on him or her to teach someone else to recognize evil and prevent it from taking root.

What is one thing you can’t imagine your life without?

I cannot imagine myself without the opportunity to be a public school teacher. I have been teaching since 1977 and have met and interacted with thousands of students, many of whom I still keep in touch with today. Teaching has been my life’s purpose and passion. I can’t imagine who I would be if I had not been a teacher.

What is a shocking experience you have had while teaching?

I have been shocked on more than one occasion to learn about a student’s death by suicide. I wish I had been able to see that the students were in so much pain and wish I could have done something to help them.

If you had one day to change the world what would you do?

I try to change the world one act of kindness at a time. Everyday is the day to change the world.

What is some advice you would give to kids in high school?

My advice to students in high school would be to reach out to people who seem shy or lonely. You can make a huge difference by being kind, smiling, saying hello or just acknowledging another person who you walk past every day. One other piece of advice is to read good books.

Is teaching your dream job?

Teaching is my dream job. I wanted to be a teacher as a little girl. I used to line up my dolls and make them my students. I was lucky I had so many wonderful teachers as role models who inspired me to become a teacher. I love seeing light bulbs go off inside my students’ heads when they get it or love the book we are reading.

What is the biggest goal you have ever accomplished?

I raised my daughters alone. Seeing them grow into healthy, intelligent, compassionate and successful adults is my greatest accomplishment.

Who is your biggest inspiration?

I do not have one person who has inspired me. I am inspired every day by my students. It sounds cliché, but it is the truth. They make me want to get out of bed, come to work, and learn.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Students attend annual Homecoming Dance

BY HANNAH ZIFRONY

The Bay hosted its annual Homecoming Dance on Oct. 7 at the Westin Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale. Students in all grades were encouraged to attend the event.

“I was super excited to go to homecoming this year,” sophomore Sam Brodsky said. “It’s something I’ve looked forward to since the beginning of high school.”

Sophomore Emily Sigman said the dance had lots of aspects for everyone to enjoy, such as the lights, food and dancing.

“The decorations really made the dance special,” Sigman said. “Everything was put together in a way that made the night really enjoyable.”

Student Government Association (SGA) planned for the event over the span of six months. Ticket sales, promotions and decorations were organized during this time.

“As an officer, we spent days and days staying after school planning for Homecoming,” junior and SGA Historian Emily Fischgrund said. “Overall, the event turned out as amazing as we hoped it would.”

SGA had the student body vote for a theme for the dance to ensure it would be something that everyone would enjoy. Officers set up a Google form in order to create an easy way for people to vote on a theme. The theme was then decided to be “Opposites Attract.”

“We wanted to make sure the dance would be one that all students at our school liked,” Fischgrund said. “As an officer team, we thought that the best way we could ensure this was by having the student body choose this year’s theme.”

Projects were also made for SGA students to contribute their ideas into the overall event. SGA member and junior Cori Friedman said she has been working on a project since the end of last school year.

“We were assigned a project that asked us to think of ideas for dress up days, as well as an overall theme,” Friedman said. “As a club, we have been putting lots of time and effort into preparing for the dance.”

Along with planning for the event, SGA members worked at the dance itself. Freshman Jennifer Blardonis said she volunteered to work at the dance with her friends.

“I wanted to help out at the dance to see how it works and see what people think about it,” Blardonis said. “I will definitely be going to homecoming next year with my friends; I can’t wait to go.”

Brodsky said the dance included a DJ who played popular music, making it easy for all students to want to dance at the event.

“Dancing with my friends was my favorite part of the dance,” Brodsky said. “It was a memory that I truly won’t forget.”

SGA members and officers such as Fischgrund were pleased with the outcome of the event. Fischgrund said she couldn’t be more satisfied with the success of this year’s homecoming dance.

“I’m beyond proud of the officer team and SGA students for doing such an incredible job at putting the dance together,” Fischgrund said. “It makes me feel really good to see all of our hard work turn into reality.”

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Grade levels decorate hallways for homecoming week

BY JAKE MILLER

On Oct. 2 each grade level competed in a hallway decorating contest, an annual event during Homecoming Week. This year, the Bay’s homecoming theme was “Opposites Attract,” and each class decorated their assigned hallway to create a scene from a subcategory of that theme. The seniors won first place with their “West Coast vs. East Coast”-themed hallway. With their “Superheroes vs. Villains” theme, the junior class came in second place. Sophomores won third place with the “Underwater vs. Outer Space” theme, and the freshman class came in last place with their “Past vs. Future”-themed hallway.

“This year’s homecoming theme was ‘Opposites Attract,’ so we wanted to do something different that people would enjoy,” senior class president, Julia Levy, said. “We figured a ‘West Coast vs. East Coast’ theme could be a fun and interesting way to decorated our hallway.”

The senior hallway contained restaurants and landmarks on each of the coasts. Representing the West Coast, there was the Santa Monica Pier and fake ticket booths. There were also signs for In-N-Out Burger, a restaurant in California. The East Coast focused on New York and had a model of the Statue of Liberty.

Levy said that she enjoyed her theme and was glad that her team was able to incorporate it into the hallway. Levy believed that the hallway turned out well even though they had many time restraints due to Hurricane Irma.

“Although our theme had a lot of small things we could work with, it was overall very detailed and hard to create, especially in the short time frame,” Levy said.

The junior hallway featured a “Superhero vs. Villain” theme, designing a hallway scene of super heroes saving the day at a bank robbery. Junior class Secretary Juan Ariza said the dedication and hard work put into the hallway by the officer team and the volunteers was portrayed by the outcome.  

Ariza said that his hallway design came with obstacles and difficulty. The ideas they were initially brainstorming changed throughout the creative process. Despite hardships, Ariza said there was enough help to get the hallway the way that they wanted.

“I think our theme definitely had its challenges,” Ariza said. “It’s not as easy as it seemed, but in the end, it worked out pretty well.”

“Every day, [the class officers and volunteers] would meet up after school and work on the hallway since there are so many little details that go into making a hallway,” Ariza said. “We wanted to pick a theme that stood out and would be appealing to everyone that walked through it.”

 The sophomores chose an “Outer space vs. Underwater” theme. Sophomore class Vice President Rudi Eyl said that creating the hallway was made easier since everyone helping out was so passionate and hardworking. Their hallway capitalized on the reefs and coral for the underwater scene. The outer space side of the hallway had a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) spaceship and drawings of galaxies and planets.

“To ensure the hallway was going to turn out exactly as [our team] wanted, we combined all of our ideas about all of the things that would be important to show in relation to underwater and outer space,” Eyl said.

The freshman hallway represented a time portal that was meant to bring students from the past to the future as they walked down the hall. Freshman class Treasurer Dylan Lessem said that he believed that the theme was difficult to work with since it was so broad.

“Our theme was hard to work with since it was not as specific as the other themes,” Lessem said. “It was hard for our team to think of ideas for the hallway and float.”

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Student Government Association directs homecoming week festivities

BY LAUREN PABIAN

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The Bay was full of spirit as students participated in the “Opposites Attract” themed Homecoming Week, which began on Oct. 2 and lasted until Oct. 6. The students dressed up and the courtyard was decorated with a specific theme for each day. The week ended with the pep rally on Friday. The opposite themed dress up days included, “Black and White vs. Color Monday,” “Bikers vs. Surfers Tuesday,” “Past vs. Future Wednesday,” “Lazy vs. Sporty Thursday,” and “Color War Friday.

Spirit week and pep rally are both run by Student Government Association (SGA) students and board members. Senior and member of SGA Anabelle Agosto was chosen to be a co-leader of pep rally this year, and she said that even though it was a huge responsibility, it was a lot of fun. Her counterpart for this event was senior Rebecca Grinker.

“It took a lot of hard work to run pep rally since there are so many different aspects to it,” Agosto said. “We had to pick the hosts, Neely’s entrance, activities, floats, and performances which was very time consuming since we wanted to choose the best things possible to entertain our school.”

Junior and member of SGA Jordan Moskowitz played an important role in being the chair-in-training in conducting the pep rally. She will be one of the co-chairs next year.

“I was so excited to be chosen to run such a big event at the Bay,” Moskowitz said. “I learned so much from watching [Anabelle and Rebecca] and cannot wait to take on this task next year with Jack [McMann].”

Each year, Principal Neely comes into pep rally in a different way.  Agosto said she wanted this year’s entrance to coincide with the “fire and ice” theme for the Homecoming dance.

“One of the hardest but most important things to do for pep rally was picking Neely’s entrance,” Agosto said. “We know how excited everyone gets for it and we didn’t want to disappoint. We decided to bring him in on a firetruck since it represented the ‘fire’ in the ‘fire and ice’ theme.”

Agosto said her favorite part of pep rally was all of the new activities they had introduced this year.

“I was so excited to introduce the teacher vs. student dance off,” Agosto said. “We tried to base it off the opposites attract theme and thought it was a huge success.”

Senior class treasurer Samantha Rosenberg was excited to take on spirit week for the third year in a row.

“Having our current officer team be together since sophomore year has made this whole process a lot easier since we now know what does and doesn’t work from previous years,” Rosenberg said.

Hurricane Irma cut a huge amount of time allotted to preparing for spirit week and pep rally. Many officer teams struggled to get everything done due to this set back.

“We had so much stuff to do and with Irma cutting out a whole week and a half, we were so rushed on time,” Rosenberg said. “We had to put together an entire hallway and float in two weeks which was very challenging especially since we had to create so many scenes for the ‘East Coast vs. West Coast’ theme.”

Derek Sheinberg, President of the junior class, said their team also had trouble getting everything done in time due to the hurricane and their school work. Sheinberg said that since it was their officer team’s first year being together, it was increasingly difficult to getting everything done.

“It was also [the officer team and volunteer’s] first time working together as a team taking part in these events,” Sheinberg said. “This will allow us to plan accordingly for next year.”

Sheinberg said he was excited that they chose the Super Heroes vs. Villains theme as he and the rest of the team had many ideas for the hallway to make it interactive and entertaining to students.

“One of our main goals was to create a hallway that would interact with the students,” Sheinberg said. “We wanted the students to feel as though they were actually in the scenes itself to make it more fun and enjoyable.”

Sheinberg said he really enjoyed creating the hallway and that it was the highlight of his week.

“Making the hallway was a lot of fun, but seeing everyone’s reactions to it made all the hard work worth it,” Sheinberg said. “Our hallway captures the whole idea of the ‘opposites attract’ theme and [the officer team] was so excited that everybody loved it as much as we did.”

Rosenberg’s favorite part of the week was pep rally because she said it was such an exciting and engaging event with the whole school.

“It’s so exciting spending the whole day getting ready for pep rally and preparing the float,” Rosenberg said. “Running out into the crowd is extremely fun and seeing the whole class cheer for us is amazing. The whole experience is just incredible.”

Moskowitz said she enjoyed choosing all of the events and specificities of pep rally and then watching it all come together that day.

“The day of pep rally, anything can go wrong, so it is a very stressful day,” Moskowitz said. “But, my favorite thing about the whole process is being able to see everything come together and seeing the students reactions to all of the hard work we put in.”

As future co-chair of pep rally, Moskowitz said she hopes to improve a few things next year including Neely’s entrance in order to make it different than previous years.

“In the past couple of years, Neely’s entrance has been similar, so next year I hope to make it more unique and engaging with all of the students,” Moskowitz said.

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