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Mu Alpha Theta succeeds in regional competition

BY JAKE MILLER

Members of Mu Alpha Theta (MAO) competed in the Cypress Bay March Regional competition at the Bay on March 3. Over 1,000 members from a variety of different schools, including Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Charles W. Flanagan and American Heritage, competed in a variety individual and team strategy competitions.

“I enjoy participating in the tournaments because to me they are really fun,” freshman Mahadev Josyabhatla said. “I get to hang out with people who share similar interests as well,” Josyabhatla said. “The competitions are mentally exhausting, so it is fun to go out to lunch once, the competition is concluded.”

Josyabhatla said he was proud of his accomplishments at the competition and happy with the goals he accomplished.

“I didn’t do as well as I hoped, but I learned a lot from my errors,” he said. “I feel next time I can do a lot better by learning from my mistakes.”

Students prepared for the competition by taking practice tests based off previous competitions. Many students in MAO are enrolled in courses that are specifically tailored to preparing them for competitions. Josyabhatla said that the more experienced seniors help by giving him advice and further practice.

“I attribute my success to Mr. Farmer and all the seniors who have to put up with us freshmen at practice,” Josyabhatla said. “They all help me become better.”

Freshman Allison Comite said although she performed well this competition, she plans to continue practicing to do better in future competitions.

“I will probably do more practice tests from competitions in the future,” Comite said. “Even though I was nervous when first competing, all of this experience is helping me enhance my competition skills.”

Comite said she enjoys participating in MAO competitions because she said she feels she is strong in math and competing helps her strengthen her math skills even further.

“[I joined MAO since] math has always been my strongest subject and [my sisters friend] said I would enjoy the club,” Comite said. “I am also really competitive, so it made me want to take a competition class as well as join the club.”

Math teacher and MAO adviser Ari Novick said his role at competitions is to provide support to all the students competing.

“My most important role at MAO competitions is to be an advocate for my students,” he said.

Mr. Novick said he learned a lot from this experience of running and planning a competition of this scale and he is eager to use this knowledge to improve the competition for future years.

“I have a lot of goals for the club; the [largest goal is] to help the officers create a quality club,” Mr. Novick said. “We feel like we’ve met a lot of [our goals] but we’re already looking ahead to how we can do even better next year.”

 

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Model UN members compete at Florida International University

BY CHLOE WAIN

Members of Model United Nations (Model UN) represented the Bay at a conference hosted at Florida International University (FIU) from Feb. 23 to 25 in Miami. The members competed in their own committees which involved playing the role of different countries that come together in forming diplomatic solutions to global issues. The Bay won “Outstanding Large Delegation” as well as numerous individual awards.

Senior and Model UN Public Relations Director Blake Repp partnered with junior Raphael Cevallos representing China in the Model UN committee; they discussed the legality of unmanned combat aerial vehicles. The partners received the award for “Best Delegate,” which equates to first place.

“As a senior I am sad this is my last conference,” Repp said. “But these past three years have truly been wonderful and I have really changed as a person because of Model UN.”

Prior to the conference, Repp said he was confident in himself throughout the committees and felt he performed well. Repp said he wishes to further his career in international relations and politics after participating in Model UN for three years.

“Joining the team has been one of the best decisions I have ever made,” Repp said. “[Model UN] has allowed me to be more aware of international affairs along with being a better speaker and learning to compromise, all skills that I believe are needed to compete in a job market that has increasingly become more global.”

Sophomore Pearse Koch and junior Emma Dilly won “Honorable Mention,” which is equivalent to third place, representing Honduras. Koch said that he enjoyed the experience not just because of winning the award, but meeting new individuals as well throughout the conference.

“The feeling of finishing the conference is a relief,” Koch said, “yet sad to know the experience is over as all the people I have met are going back to their normal lives.”

Repp said his favorite part of the conference was the award ceremony because it was exciting for the new members to receive their first award.

“After the conference, I felt more excited for everyone else who won an award rather than for myself,” Repp said. “It is really refreshing to see people take their passion, put the effort in and get an award.”

Koch and Dilly worked together before the tournament to agree upon a solution to their issue. Koch said it was stressful to choose between different solutions that other members would agree to provide funding for.

“Preparation is key in order to perform well at Model UN conferences,” Koch said. “It takes time and effort to propose effective solutions that other members from different schools will support and provide funding.”

Koch said meeting new people as well as learning more about the world motivates him to keep participating in Model UN. Koch said he encourages students to join Model UN as it provides students with important knowledge about the world that can be beneficial to people throughout their lives.

“My favorite part of the conference was meeting new people as well as leading others with the help of my talented partner,” Koch said. “It was also amazing to be praised by those we worked with.”

History teacher and Model UN adviser Timothy Petraitis has led the organization into conferences for the past five years. Mr. Petraitis said that he is proud to see the accomplishments and developments of Model UN throughout the years.

“The students did a wonderful job this past weekend. They did a great job defending their proposals and pushed themselves to win multiple awards,” Petraitis said. “Seeing new members win individual awards and stepping out of their comfort zones is what motivates me to continue to assist these students.”

Petraitis said how he does not interfere with the members during the research aspect of the organization and how the members and students are cooperative in keeping the club organized in a peaceful manner.

“The officers and members do a fantastic job on their own while researching,” Petraitis said.  “I only provide a place to meet and ensure and resolve any issues that may be occuring within the club.”

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Chinese Culture Club honors Chinese New Year

BY JAKE MILLER

To ring in the new year, members of Chinese Culture Club and Chinese Honor Society transformed the courtyard into a Chinese night market with bubble tea stands, karaoke, Chinese yo-yo, calligraphy lessons and traditional Chinese games. This was held on Feb. 8 during all lunches to help bring awareness of Chinese culture.

“Some students might have had a general knowledge of how the Chinese New Year is celebrated but not the full understanding of it,” Chinese teacher Jia Li said. “[Students] can understand a lot more about the culture, how the event is celebrated and the importance of the Spring Festival.”

Students were invited to watch traditional Chinese performances in the auditorium during eighth period. The performances included a traditional fan dance, Kung Fu Martial Arts, an instrumental music performance, and a Pipa solo, which is an instrument used for playing traditional Chinese folk music. Senior Jianing Wang said she feels as though it is her responsibility to celebrate Chinese cultural events, especially through the work of her traditional dance.

“Many people are unaware of the Chinese culture or mistake it with other eastern Asian countries,” Wang said. “Since the Chinese culture is underappreciated, I joined the performance to bring awareness of my culture in this diverse school.”

At the end of the performance, Ms. Li picked raffle numbers and invited members from the audience to come to the stage to receive prizes. The prizes included hats, candy and other traditional Chinese toys.

“In the Chinese New Year, it is a tradition for the elders to hand out a red envelope filled with money to their children,” Ms. Li said. “So, we tried to relate it to the raffle by having the raffle numbers in the red envelopes.”

Wang helped with setting up and decorating for the Chinese New Year Event. She said she tried to make the decorations seem as authentic as possible by including a lot of colors and lights.

“My partner in organizing and decorating, Hannah Kim, and I thought of the best way of bringing China to Cypress,” Wang said. “With bright bolts of red and gold, we definitely brought a beautiful and bright look of China to light.”

Immediately after the performance, audience members were invited to a reception in The Wave for the remainder of eighth period, where they could enjoy a traditional Chinese dinner served by the members of the clubs.

“In many celebrations in all culture, a feast is often provided,” Ms. Li said. “This resembles family sit together to celebrate the new year with a big feast, and that is why we includedthe feast.”

Junior Brandon Chin took part in the martial arts and kung fu performances. Chin is in neither club, however, he wanted to participate in the event, anyways. He said he tried to make the performance as thrilling as possible to keep the audience at the edge of their seats.

“To be prepared for the event, I have been practicing my routines at home and at my martial arts academy,” Chin said. “The Chinese New Year is very important to me; in fact, I would say it’s my favorite holiday.”

Chinese culture is very important to Chin, and he said he was very glad it was celebrated at the Bay.

“I feel that Chinese culture is very forgotten and cast to the side. There are also many negative stereotypes that obscure what Chinese culture truly is,” Chin said. “I was eager to participate in this event, so I could educate our school more and I showcase just how beautiful Chinese culture is.”

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Walkout honors lives lost at Marjory Stoneman Douglas

BY JESSIE CHAIET

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Holding signs that read “Protect Kids Not Guns” and “Enough is Enough,” the Bay’s student body as well as administrators and staff walked from campus to Vista View Park on Feb. 21.  The purpose of the district-approved walkout was to honor the 17 lives of those fatally shot at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14.  Senior Devon Stoloff, who organized the walkout with senior Julia Levy, said it was a unique event and a great way to garner support for Stoneman Douglas.

“We all have a voice that can travel much further and get our message picked up by many more if we do something out of the ordinary,” Stoloff said.  “Having 5,000 kids walk the streets together—united— and gather around with key speakers was just the way to go about it.”

Levy said she was inspired to organize the event after seeing schools across Broward County holding walkouts.

“We were going to do a 17-minute thing to honor the lives that were lost and then we realized that a lot of kids wanted to walk out and Broward County was walking out in general, so we decided to take the initiative and create a Cypress Bay walkout,” Levy said.

After all students made their way to the soccer fields at Vista View Park, four Stoneman Douglas students spoke about their experiences and the trauma they faced on Feb. 14.  One of the speakers, Stoneman Douglas senior Kali Clougherty, said it was meaningful to speak at the walkout so other students could hear a first-hand account of the shooting.

“I think it’s important to talk to other high schools and make sure that they understand the severity of what has happened and that they are pretty much in charge of our future,” Clougherty said. “It is important that my classmates and I go around to speak to people and tell them what we went through so that they can understand our experience, so they don’t have to ever experience it themselves.”

Clougherty said speaking at the event helped relieve some of her anxiety from the shooting.

“I actually have had reactions to gunshot sounds and fire alarms recently and it just makes me jump, so now I just have more anxiety because of [the shooting],” Clougherty said.  “Speaking in front of schools helps calm me because I’m an actress, so I’m in front of people all of the time and it’s easy for me to talk in front of thousands of people.”

To organize the event, Levy was responsible for contacting the students from Stoneman Douglas and Stoloff was responsible for contacting news publications to cover the event.  The night before the walkout, Levy and Stoloff spoke with Principal Charles Scott Neely to discuss the logistics pertaining to security and police to watch over all the students participating.

“It was stressful [to plan], especially because there was security involved and students were walking all the way to Vista [View Park],” Levy said.  “I got a little stressed trying to plan out the times since it was so last minute.”

Levy and Stoloff spread the word about the event by posting on social media and texting in group chats with students.  Additionally, an hour before the walkout, Levy and Mr. Neely gave an announcement about how the walkout would work.

“The talk of a walkout was already around a lot of the school and especially in bigger group chats,” Stoloff said.  “The announcement, specifically, was very successful in increasing participation because students then knew that this walkout was supported among administration and teachers had to allow it without consequence.”

Levy said she was amazed by the turnout and inspired by the motivation of the Bay’s student body to help Stoneman Douglas.

“It was better than I imagined it would be; I didn’t think there would be such an outcome,” Levy said.  “It was really inspirational.  I think that such an impact is going to cause impacts in other schools and other counties and maybe they’ll do the same.”

Assistant Principal Marianela Estripeaut said she was proud of the Bay’s students for taking the initiative themselves to make change in gun reform and honor the students who passed away at the Stoneman Douglas shooting.

“I thought the walkout was absolutely beautiful; I was so proud of our students,” Ms. Estripeaut said.  “I get choked up just thinking about how respectful they were and how they honored the students of Stoneman Douglas.”

Ms. Estripeaut said she was elated to see such a large turnout, with the majority of the student body uniting on the fields at Vista View Park.

“I was in awe; it was very impressive,” Ms. Estripeaut said.  “When you were all the way out there in the field, you could look back and still see the 5,000-strong coming down.”

Clougherty said she was blown away by the support of the Bay’s students; she said she thought it was amazing to see so many students unite in support of Stoneman Douglas.

“To see them all supporting and just wanting to take part in this movement is absolutely incredible,” Clougherty said.  “It just warmed my heart and made me feel like we’re not alone and that people actually care about what happened and what happened to us.  I honestly had no faith in humanity before all of this and now I really realize people care.”

Stoloff said the walkout was an overall success.  He said it highlighted the importance of student activism, as high school students have a strong voice and they can make change for the future of the U.S.

“I think I can speak for anyone who participated when I say that the unity and coming together of all grades, whether that be students or faculty, was a very powerful moment to see how almost all could come together and support one common thing,” Stoloff said.  “We might have different views on the change needed but it wasn’t about that at all; it was about showing how we could congregate to support Marjory Stoneman Douglas and the fact that we need to see changes.”

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PTSA collects diapers for struggling mothers

BY RACHEL ALEXANDER

The Bay’s Parent Student Teacher Association (PTSA) has taken on a helping hands project to donate diapers to Lotus House, a women’s and children’s homeless shelter in Miami. All sizes of diapers were being collected from Feb. 5 to Feb. 9 in student affairs and will be sent to the Lotus House at the end of February.

“It’s the community’s two cents to help people with essential needs and improve their lives, despite the difficulties they face,” Vice President of Communications Gina Pérez said.

After volunteering at the Lotus House with her family, PTSA President Latoya Stucke said she decided to bring the diaper drive idea to the board members of PTSA after seeing their dire need for diapers. Stucke said she and her family made crafts and played games with the kids while volunteering and decided that she wanted to make a difference in the mother’s lives at the shelter. Stucke said she feels morally obligated to help the less fortunate and being a mother of three, she knows diapers can be a major expense which would be greatly appreciated in alleviating.

“Weston is an amazing community and has many people that are willing to give their time and resources to help others,” Stucke said. “I wanted to help bring those people together with a worthy cause that I became aware of.”

As stated on the PTSA flyer for the fundraiser, a baby uses about 10-12 diapers a day and a toddler uses about eight. Vice President of Volunteering Ana Cardenas said she knows how complicated life can get, especially with young children and that people hardly imagine that baby diapers are a big financial struggle. Cardenas said that this is a great community service project, and that she hopes this fundraiser will be here for many years to come.

“Not having diapers is putting more stress on moms than not having food,” Cardenas said. “A lot of of them are reusing the existing diapers in order to save and daycares will not accept your child for the day if you don’t bring your own diapers.”

Stucke wrote the slogan “Be a sweetheart donate to our diaper drive!!!” on the many posters and flyers handed out in order to catch the eye of parents, teachers and students in Weston. Cardenas said PTSA wants to promote the project and put it to work in the future and that their partnership with the Lotus House is the first of this kind and they hope it is the first of many to come.  Pérez said helping others is a human responsibility and everyday task and that there is always someone in need we should assist and help.

“It is very important for us to give back, to let them know that we care, that they can count on us,” Cardenas said. “After all, we’re moms, too, and no mom would like to see other moms struggle [to provide] for her child.”

 

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PRIDE hosts field day to unite club members

BY JOLIE SONKIN

ARTS & ENT. PHOTO EDITOR

Promoting Relationships in Diversity Education (PRIDE) hosted a field day event to reward the members and officers’ hard work and dedication towards the community on Feb. 3 at Weston Regional Park. Sophomore and project coordinator Sofia Restrepo said PRIDE has always been a welcoming club and has lent itself to be a platform where people can have fun with their friends and make new ones, too.

“The goal of Field Day is to give back to our club members,” Restrepo said. “We hope to unite our officers and members moreso and show them that PRIDE is an accepting place where we can form relationships and work together to unite our community.”

At the event, the members played games such as capture the flag, tug of war, soccer and frisbee. Restrepo said that this field day was a way to promote diverse relationships within the club by playing games and socializing.

“Field Day is our way of uniting our club and eventually taking that bond to our community through the events we create for the school,” Restrepo said.

Senior and PRIDE President Emmy Semprun said she found that Field Day left a positive impact on the members in the club since she thinks it brought them together.

“Field Day was a success because members and officers of the club were able to bond and make new friendships,” Semprun said. “A lot of members were able to meet new people and have a good time which was the goal of this event.”

PRIDE adviser Aida De Gouveia said this was beneficial because they accomplished PRIDE’s goal of coming together as a community. She said she hopes to see membership and attendance to this event grow next year.

“The purpose of the event is promoting good relationship among the members and in that aspect,” Senora De Gouveia said. “We can consider it a success.”

Semprun said she looks forward to having another field day next year because of the success this field day had on the members and officers.

“Field day has always brought the members of PRIDE together and be more comfortable in the club,” Semprun said.

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Best Buddies car wash raises money for Friendship Walk

BY JOLIE SONKIN

ARTS & ENT. PHOTO EDITOR

Best Buddies members gathered at Wendy’s on Jan. 20 where they spent the day washing cars to raise money for the Best Buddies Friendship Walk which will be taking place in March. Members and buddies helped wash cars and socialize, raising around $1,000. In addition to using this money towards the walk, it will also go towards expanding the Best Buddies’ Chapter.

“This event is very special since all the money goes towards making this organization grow,” senior and Best Buddies President Sara Schlussel said. “The car wash was also a great way to interact with our buddies and raise money for our chapter.”

Schlussel said the Bay’s chapter has raised the largest amount of money of all of the Best Buddies chapters in South Florida. The car wash aided the club in being able to obtain their regional position.

“This car wash is valuable for this club since all of the money goes towards upcoming events,” Schlussel said.  “This event is what helps our club become a success with the ability for us to attend more events in the future.”

ESE Teacher and Sponsor of Best Buddies Ellen Eiss said the car wash was one activity in particular that had an impact on the Best Buddies community.

“The students were able to build friendships while washing cars and raising a sufficient amount of money for their upcoming events in their chapter,” Mrs. Eiss said.

After the outcome of the car wash, Mrs. EIss said she is pleased with how all their hard work paid off.

“I am very proud of the members hard work and dedication who organized this car wash as well as SGA members for participating in this event,” Mrs. Eiss said.

Sophomore and Vice President Addison Berger said how this car wash not only helped them raise money, but also was an advertisement tool. By becoming active in the community, the club is also promoting itself to the people driving by.

“This a cool and exciting way to advertise because the members and buddies are able to come together and have a fun day in the sun while also raising money for an amazing cause,” Berger said.

Casual event coordinator Sydney Saul said that all the club members had fun together washing the cars, getting to bond with each other and strengthening their growing friendships.

“The car wash helps us do fun activities with our buddies,” Saul said. “I love being friends with all of the buddies and we all always have the best time together.”

Berger said this car wash, as well as other events, allows her to bond with her buddies and allows her to gain skills for her future.

“Best Buddies is important for me because you meet so many new friends. Without Best Buddies I would have not met my buddy, Dayna,” Berger said.  “Best Buddies does incredible things like finding jobs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and making lifelong friendships.”

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Universities provide information on college admission process

BY RACHEL GREENBERG

Admissions officers from various universities gathered in the cafeteria on Feb. 5 for College Fair. This event was held to provide students and parents with the opportunity to speak with admissions officers and ask them questions about the college admissions process, specific to their school.

“I hope every student goes to the table they’re not used to and gets a new idea or perspective about a major,” Lynn University Admissions Officer Freddy Glitman said. “Students and parents should know that there is no stupid question when it comes to finding the right university.”

Each university had its own booth where they displayed pamphlets, statistics, pens and photos of the campus geared towards informing potential applicants of what they offer at their college.

“I hope some students sign up to receive more information,” Glitman said. “Tonight is a great way to learn more about details of a university, such as its location or ranking of a student’s intended major.”

Regional Recruiter for University of Alabama Casie Tate said her goal wasn’t to pressure a student to attend the college, rather to guide them through the admission process and answer questions they might have.

“My goal for tonight is to show juniors the opportunities [available],” Tate said. “It’s all about finding the right fit for each student.”

Tate said it is important for students to leave the College Fair realizing the importance of starting the college application process as soon as possible.

“This summer, juniors need to start filling out their applications and get them in because the earlier the better,” Tate said. “The more legwork you can get done in the summer before your senior year, the better shape you’re going to be in.”

Although College Fair was mostly aimed for juniors, seniors such as Jacy Grosz attended to find out more information about colleges to which she had already applied.

“I decided to go to the College Fair to ask the [representatives at the] UF [University of Florida] booth more about the innovation program they offer,” Grosz said. “UF decisions come out really soon so it was nice to get answers.”

Grosz said College Fair was helpful because it is one of the few times you can speak to an admission officer directly.

“This is a very busy time of the year for admission officers because many decisions are being released,” Grosz said. “Being able to personally introduce myself to an admission officer is rare and something students should take advantage of.”

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HOSA event promotes heart health

BY JOLIE SONKIN

ARTS & ENT. PHOTO EDITOR

To spread awareness for health and prevention of heart diseases, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) set up booths and games in the courtyard for Health Heart Day on Feb. 2.

Junior and HOSA President Isabella McGillycuddy said Heart Health Day is an influential and educational event for students.

“[Health Heart Day] is important because we are raising awareness about cardiovascular diseases and teaching people preventative measures they can take to avoid having heart disease in their future,” McGillycuddy said.

McGillycuddy said this event in particular is one of her favorite HOSA events of the year.

“I feel that our chapter really made an impact in the school community, and it was so wonderful having students, teachers, and children partake in our activities,” McGillycuddy said.

McGillycuddy said by promoting heart health activities such as jump roping, teaching others about healthy habits, such as smoking avoidance and holding CPR crash courses, HOSA is creating a safer, more informed community.

“This event is beneficial to students at the Bay because heart disease is responsible for the deaths of 630,000 Americans each year, which equates to about 1 in every 4 deaths,” McGillycuddy said.

Junior and member of the Heart Health Committee Daniella Maldonado said how important this event was to spread awareness about the ways to stay healthy.

“I think I was most excited to be a part of the event, teach other students and learn more about the heart, as well,” Maldonado said. “Seeing the people’s faces after learning about important things people should do for their health I think I realized that it’s really exciting to spread awareness.”

Health science teacher and HOSA adviser Lauren Clarke said this day allowed people to better understand ways to prevent heart diseases. At this event, members of HOSA performed activities to promote safety.

“It is important for everyone to be aware of risk factors and ways to prevent heart disease,” Mrs. Clarke said. “I hope this event will help students become proactive in preventing heart disease and high blood pressure.”

Members set up six stations that focused on specific topics such as diet and exercise, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), smoking prevention, and more. Each booth had an activity for students to participate in including pin the stethoscope on the heart, CPR training and an interactive wall where students wrote their dietary and exercise resolutions. If students visited every booth, they were entered into a raffle to win a Chick-Fil-A gift card.

“The booths were a great way for students to learn about multiple topics,” junior and Project Coordinator Rita Marques said. “This is extremely important for [students] to understand how to stay healthy.”

Marques said the hands on experience allowed students to become more actively involved and helped them recognize health hazards as well as possible preventions.

“This experience will make them realize that not only can they save a life by learning CPR, they can also save their own if they make sure they’re practicing these healthy habits,” Marques said.

Marques said Health Heart Day was beneficial for students to learn about how they can protect themselves from heart disease. She said many teens are not exposed to this information that can be helpful to them.

“[HOSA] was given the opportunity inform our peers on the dangers of heart diseases and we wanted to make good use out of this,” Marques said.

McGillycuddy said this day was performed to provide students with a greater understanding of how to prevent health illnesses.

“Teaching students about heart health shows them that preventing heart diseases is in their hands,” McGillycuddy said. ”Developing habits such as exercising regularly and monitoring their blood pressure significantly lower an individual’s risk of developing a  heart condition in the future.”

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English Honor Society holds to Martin Luther King writing contest

 

BY JESSIE CHAIET

NEWS EDITOR

To honor the work of Dr. Jr., English Honor Society (EHS) participated in a poetry contest through the Town of Davie.  Junior and EHS member Jordan Moskowitz won first place for her poem.

“It felt really good to win because before I didn’t know I have a love for poetry, and I really like writing now,” Moskowitz said.  “Maybe I could be doing that in the future because a lot of people are telling me it’s a talent, and I never knew I had it until I tried.”

The Town of Davie held a celebration for Martin Luther King Day on Jan. 14, where they announced the winners of the contest.  Winners were given the opportunity to present their poems to the attendees.

“It felt really great especially presenting it in that community,” Moskowitz said.  “It’s such an honor, especially to have such an audience that’s listening to you.”

Anna Francis, Special Events Crew Leader for the Town of Davie, was in charge of coordinating the poetry contest.  She also served as a judge for evaluating the entries.

“We read all of the poems aloud and after many that stood out for Dr. King’s passages of his work, beliefs and feelings that we felt [Moskowitz’s] poem delivered the message the best,” Francis said.

The celebration included lunch along with inflatables, a petting farm and performances from local musicians.  Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and the Metropolitan Baptist church also spoke at the event.

“It was very successful; it gave the community the opportunity to receive what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would have wanted, a celebration of his message from his speech ‘I have a Dream,’” Francis said.

Moskowitz participated in the contest last year and received second place.  She said she decided to participate this year when Francis invited her to enter the contest again.

“Being a part of it last year and even placing second I knew I definitely wanted to do it again,” Moskowitz said.  “It’s not even about winning, it’s about writing and that’s something that I love.”

Francis said it is important to have this poetry contest in order to honor Martin Luther King Jr. for all he has achieved in his lifetime.

“I enjoy this event as it is a way to educate the community on one of our past greatest lifetime achievers,” Francis said.  “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gave one of his most prize winning speeches of his lifetime country and having this event is a way to be able to express it in a way the community can learn not to forget he was part of our country’s history.”

Moskowitz said she enjoyed participating in the contest because she was able to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. through her passion of writing poetry.

“I think it’s important to honor him because he stood up for his rights and he stood up for his community,” Moskowitz said.  “A lot of people, even though we have that special day off, we don’t really remember.  We kind of just take the day off, so I think it’s really special that you take a second and really appreciate what he’s done.”

 

 

 

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