Students at the drill competiton-(from left to right) senior Cole Wadsworth, sophomore christina pugliese, and senior ethan rodriguez. submitted by Julian Rojas

JROTC marches onto quarter finals


The Bay’s Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (JROTC) team competed in the quarter finals for drill competition on Feb. 9 at Hollywood Hills High School. JROTC teacher Major Mario Ochoa said this competition is the buildup for the county drill meet on April 13. Eighteen students from the Bay qualified for states at the competition: seven in a squad, which is a group of students marching, seven in the armed squad and four in marksmanship, where a large group of students march in a fashionable order.

“The competition is not about winning trophies, even though it’s a great thing to get recognized,” Ochoa said. “It’s about learning to be a team, growing together and sacrificing the time and efforts to get to the goals you want in life.”

and Battalion Commander Cole Wadsworth said drills and ceremonies are essential
to every JROTC program. He said competitions allow the Bay’s team to compete
against other Broward County teams and increase their overall skill level.

“I really like going to competitions because it can feel rewarding in a way,” Wadsworth said. “Everyone gets nervous for the competitions, but that all goes away once you are competing. You lose sense of your surroundings and get really invested into the competition and presenting your best self.”

Preparing for the competition consisted of three to five practices a week after school, each for two to three hours. Ochoa said the students can be hard on themselves when it comes to competition and preparation. However, he said all he asks of his students is to “be all you can be.”

“Watching my students compete was exciting because I knew just by watching them that they were doing better than they probably thought,” Ochoa said. “When it comes to competing, I always tell my students to aim for the stars and to essentially set their goals as high as they can.”

Sophomore Julian Rojas competed at quarter finals, where he felt all of the team’s hard work came together and was put to the test.

“There is no feeling like the one you get from competing,” Rojas said. “When we do our sequences in front of the judges our hearts are racing, but we still manage to do our best.”

Wadsworth was in charge of managing their physical fitness team and ensuring their drill team was on schedule for all of their events. Wadsworth said participating in competitions is a feeling like no other and he encourages other JROTC students to compete as much as they can.

“The entire process of learning a drill and practicing it endlessly up until the competition actually helps you grow as a person as well,” Wadsworth said.

Rojas said as this being his fourth drill competition, his favorite part about the whole experience was getting to see his teammates compete alongside him and seeing all their hard work come together.

“It’s important to remember to never doubt yourself in high stress situations like these,” Rojas said. “Believing in yourself and doing your best all the way up until the finish line is a key aspect our teachers and judges want to see in us.”

Rojas said his goals for the competition were to do his best and to be prepared. He said those goals were met thanks to his teammates and teachers.

“My own experience at competitions has been outstanding and I would highly recommend future students to participate in these drill competitions,” Rojas said. “The competitions teach you so much about yourself and what your capable of.”

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EOC tutoring sessions aim to improve student scores and confidence


The Bay’s
administration is offering free tutoring for Algebra 1 and Geometry
End-of-Course (EOC) exams from Feb. 5 to May 2. Math EOC Skill Development
tutoring sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. and
Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. to accommodate students and help them
prepare for upcoming exams.

Sophomore Krishna
Shaw said he felt attending this tutoring session was beneficial as he was able
to acquire more knowledge. This included new tricks to make the problem solving

“The EOC preparation
was helpful because [the teachers] are showing me a lot of methods which makes
the material much easier,” Shaw said.

Geometry and Algebra
2 teacher Evonne Pankowski she said believes the EOC tutoring is the groundwork
for important mental factors needed to pass the test such as believing in one’s
abilities for calculations.

“We are holding free
tutoring for math EOCs, so students can be well prepared for exams,” Pankowski
said. “These sessions offer students educational exposure from a different
teacher who uses their personal styles. This may help students grow
mathematically which in turn increases their confidence.”

Pankowski said
students should take this opportunity into consideration, and the time it takes
from one,s day is worth it as it would improve test scores.

“There’s this
misconception that [the tutoring] is unhelpful, but that’s not true at all,” Pankowski said. “The resources offered at these
sessions are beneficial to students since they are [specific to what is on the

Shaw said he held a negative
opinion towards the EOC camp until he attended a tutoring session, which he
said proved to be beneficial.

“I went to the EOC tutoring sessions initially because my parents told me to; however, my [motivation] completely changed once the session started,” Shaw said.

Pankowski said the
free tutoring offered at the Bay creates an effective environment for learning
which facilitates in better test scores.

“When I have taught
the EOC camps, I have seen positive effects on students because they obtain new
learning methods,” Pankowski said. “It’s good for students to have this time to
spiral back to concepts that they’ve already learned which are simple, but they
may have forgotten and that instantly raises test scores.”

Pankowski said she
feels the teachers great at teaching to the test, specifically provide the best
results for the children. She also feels the camp caters to each student’s

“The tutoring we hold
is extremely helpful as the teachers who teach the sessions are good at what
they do,” Pankowski said. “We make sure to run through every concepts and ones
of difficulty; we also keep an open environment for questions to make it
comfortable for students.”

Freshman Vikram Pai
said he heard about the tutoring sessions from his friend who had previously
attended them. He said word has spread rapidly around school about the
usefulness of this opportunity.

“One of my friends
told me about the program and encouraged me to go,” Pai said. “I’m planning on
going soon to one of the sessions soon because my friend was very enthusiastic
about it.”

Now that he knows
about the program, Pai said he feels this tutoring will be beneficial in
fine-tuning his skills that have gotten old or he has forgotten.

“As I hear more about
it, I believe the tutoring will help me a lot,” said Pai. “It’s basically going
over everything that’s going to be on the EOC, so I plan on attending because
it’s going to remind me of all previous lessons that I might have forgotten.”

Shaw, after
experiencing these alternate methods, is planning on returning for more
tutoring sessions as it is a way for him to develop and expand his geometry
skills with his schedule.

“The tutoring sessions fit my schedule, since there
are so many options of days, I went to two sessions within the past month and I
plan to continue going in the future,” Shaw said. “I’m really motivated to
attend because I now know it’s beneficial to help me for my exams.”

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Stem field program attracts competitors


On Nov. 15 a 3D printing competition began, giving freshmen Zachary Rubin a chance to express his creativity. Rubin entered the competition with a grand prize of a $1,500 trip to Shenzhen, China. This competition required competitors to send in an entry consisting of the making of their object made of filament, and putting the object to practical use. Winners received a fully paid for visit to the Anet 3D printing factory, $600 worth of printers and $200 worth of filament. Although the competition ended on Jan.5, Rubin still prints for the sake of creating and learning more every day. He said he found the competition to be rewarding.

“I thought it would be an interesting thing to participate in and I have a good enough chance of getting some correlative prize like a 3D printer or a 3D printing certificate or even a trip to Shenzhen, China, the tech capital of the world,” Rubin said. “The incentive involved in this competition is exciting and I didn’t let it end there; I started modeling new projects for myself even after the competition ended.”

Rubin said his entry
was aimed to appease the Chinese audience. He posted his entry on YouTube where
the judges will view the making of his creation. Guidelines were not strict and
instead called for something engaging and creative. Rubin took advantage of
this and made something familiar to all individuals while adding a creative
touch to his video.

“I made a Darth Vader
pencil holder and recorded a video entry of the process to make the item. I
also made it appealing to the judges in China by making the 3D printer sing a
song that they would find familiar,” Rubin said. “I coded the printer to sing
the ‘Imperial March’ from Star Wars episode 5 which is my personal favorite.”

Rubin said entering
this competition was only possible following the tremendous work he put into
making his submission video. The special elements included in the video
required creativity and skill.

“Creating the objects
necessary for my entry and making things to appeal to the Chinese audience took
minimal time in my eyes, but it actually took a really long time,” Rubin said.
“It took most of winter break and I found myself enjoying the free time from
break to work on it.”

Rubin said he has
ambitions of joining the new race in science, technology, engineering and
mathematics (STEM) field. He believes this 3D printing competition is just a
stepping stone to the path of breaking into this popularizing realm.

“I am interested in
pursuing the STEM field which is why I wanted to join this 3D printing
competition; I’m still waiting on results and during that time I’m going to
keep creating,” Rubin said. “It is a growing field and participating in this
competition and doing projects [outside of the competition] might benefit me
one day if I make it into the STEM field.”

Junior Garrett Bishop
has experience in computer programming and recognizes Rubin’s originality when
3D printing. He said he believes he would do well in the STEM field if he chose
to pursue it.

“My grandfather
taught me how to program when I was younger so I know the ropes of it which is
why I can clearly see what Zach envisions and the fact that he has true talent
if he wanted to pursue the field of STEM,” Bishop said. “He’s really creative
and it isn’t the standard plastic bracelet; he prints practical but engaging

After the competition
ended, Rubin has been quick to model more items to print simply driven by
interest. Bishop said he has seen his different projects and has also become
subject to his newest work.

“A few weeks ago, he
modeled Darth Vader’s helmet and now he’s trying to model my head,” Bishop
said. “My last name is Bishop and he plays chess and it has a piece which is a
bishop and he’s replacing the piece of the board with a miniature head of mine
instead. What he does is cool and I wish it was something I could get into.”

Debate teacher Nick
Montecalvo said Rubin has great potential and believes
his projects are captivating.

“I’ve seen him take
hundreds of photos of classmates and somehow transforms them into a 3D model on
his computer,” Montecalvo said. “He’s a fun character and I’m excited to see
how his project turns out. I think he has a knack for this art.”

However, Rubin
received an email that there is still more judging to be done as there were
more entries than expected. Winners were supposed to be announced on Jan. 21.
This news leaves Rubin in high anticipation for the results; however, he
remains confident.

“I’m anxious to see
if I did well and made my impression. I saw some entries and I think I have a
good chance because from what I know there aren’t many people that entered in
the first place,” Rubin said. “Whatever it is, I like 3D printing and STEM
related activities and I hope this is something that will help me moving

Montecalvo said that
Rubin has the talent it takes to win as he’s seen him model his friend’s head
which he found quite ingenious.

“Zachary is currently
modeling the bust of his friend’s head, Mr. Bishop. He picked up this new
project quickly and he has spontaneous ideas,” Montecalvo said. “I think Mr.
Rubin has a pretty good chance of winning as what he does is unique.”

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Self-love finds its way into people’s hearts


Freshman Noah Laurent said he is extremely confident when it comes to accepting himself as transgender. He first proclaimed he was transgender when he was eleven years old. Since then, he said he has taken the wheel behind his life, as self-love has taught him to appreciate himself more.

“Self-love is vital when taking control of your life; without self-love, you don’t respect yourself and that’s a real problem,” Laurent said. “Self-love is important, especially for me. In [the] Bay, because it’s a cut throat school, it makes it easy to just disregard your health and put yourself on auto pilot. It’s so avoidable with self-love, so you’re always in control.”

Laurent said he became a stronger individual by viewing himself as someone who is worthy of respect. He said this helped him tremendously when his classmates weren’t supportive of his identity.

“I was bullied all three years of middle school, and high school wasn’t the oasis and heaven I was promised,” Laurent said. “Self-love fills in the gaps when other people don’t accept you. It was hard for me in middle school and I do not think I would have survived [middle school] without self-love.”

Laurent said he always makes an effort to console his friends when they lack self-confidence by giving them pep talks.

“I know how it feels to be left out and hurt because you are different, but just accepting who you are is the best. When my friends are down like this, I like encouraging them,” Laurent said. “I want to make [my friends] feel worthy of respect. Sometimes you just need something to make you look at yourself positively again.”

Advanced Placement Psychology teacher and previous Helping Overcoming Problems Effectively (HOPE) club supervisor David Geller said he views the HOPE club as a phenomenal outlet to foster self-love and raise awareness about serious issues. He said the club helps students improve the way they view themselves.

“For the three years that I was the adviser [of HOPE], officers have been conducting seminars that help these students love themselves. I know a lot of students feel like outcasts and HOPE helps them realize they aren’t alone with teaching methods of acceptances,” Geller said. “When the [students] leave [HOPE], most of them feel like they belong [in the world] and have a positive attitude toward themselves.”

Senior President of HOPE Meghan Guestella said self-love is a factor she finds imperative to have faith in herself. However, she said it is often undermined by social media.

“Self-love is essential and is something that has been incredibly diminished. A big part of it is social media because it is a highlight reel which is when only the best of life is portrayed,” Guestella said. “A lot of people see these things on [social media] and it makes them think that their life is not as successful. You can have goals in life to get things, but without self-love you have no confidence, and without confidence, you can’t get anywhere.”

For Guestella, she said HOPE has been a major source of inspiration on her journey to obtain self-assurance for her and her peers. She said one method the club uses is for people to change the vocabulary they use when describing themselves.

“Something [HOPE] teaches is that self-image is important; that is where the vocabulary comes into play because the perception of who you are is what you become,” Guestella said. “You can make [your vocabulary] better or worse, and when you choose to make it better, you feel amazing.”

According to Guestella, HOPE is just one route to take to flourish as a person. However, she said the club has been successful in helping her and her peers cultivate a positive image of themselves.

“For me, helping other people makes me feel like I’m helping myself because you see people and talk to them and hear their experiences,” Guestella said. “HOPE definitely helps with self-acceptance and self-love.”

Like Guestella, Laurent said he finds self-love to be an essential force in life. Although he said it may be a difficult concept, he said it is one worth pursuing.

“Self-love has brought me acceptance, new friends and opportunities. When you truly discover self-love, you are able to open so many doors for yourself,” Laurent said. “I tell myself that I am worthy of love and acceptance and I try to accept myself little by little. I have become so much stronger.”

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Friendsgiving social provides thanks


Interior Design Club members gathered for a “Friendsgiving” social on Nov. 15 in room 323. Students socialized while eating Thanksgiving-themed foods and took part in activities such as decorating picture frames. Junior Valentina Vigliarolo said the purpose of the social was to facilitate bonding between members of the club and reward members for their hard work thus far.

“My favorite part about the social was talking to the Interior Design 1 students and seeing what their favorite part about the class is,” Vigliarolo said. “I loved being able to bond with [the new Interior Design members], encouraging them to continue the course and giving them advice about certain things like certification exams and certain skills.”

Vigliarolo said the Friendsgiving social incorporated elements of both Thanksgiving and Interior Design. Club officers provided holiday food as well as the picture frames and supplies to decorate them. Vigliarolo said she enjoyed this aspect of the event because attendees were able to meet other members and have fun while working on the frames.

“We always have themed socials, and since this one was Friendsgiving, the picture frame was such a good fit,” Vigliarolo said. “We also had lots of food which again fit the Friendsgiving idea.”

Design Services Core and Principles of Interior Design teacher and club adviser Denise Jacks was responsible for overseeing the social. She said the officers did an amazing job preparing for the event.

“I like to see how the officers run things because [Interior Design] is a student run class and club,” Jacks said. “Though I give approval to everything that’s done, [the students] make all of the decisions. I enjoy watching them be leaders, taking action and running these events.”

Senior and Interior Design Leadership Council member Sabrina Ure said projects and socials like “Friendsgiving” have provided her with useful experience in the area of planning events. She said she enjoys interacting with students who are also interested in the field.

“I love the hands-on experience students get to participate in,” Ure said. “I also love how [Interior Design] is a universal aspect of art that can be utilized in all different parts of the world.”

Vigliarolo said Interior Design does an excellent job in ensuring students are learning new concepts. She said it also incorporates fun projects and events like the Friendsgiving social to foster a sense of community among club members.

“The purpose of the social was for everyone to get to know each other better so that in future socials we can see the members interacting with as many people as possible to really bring everyone together as a class,” Vigliarolo said. “This is why we had a Friendsgiving theme to it.”

Ure said the Friendsgiving social took place before Thanksgiving, so attendees could make picture frames to use as gifts. She said she was happy with the turnout of the event because members bonded while also exploring their creativity.

“The social took place to unify our club since it’s really big while trying to include Interior Design aspects with the frames,” Ure said. “Interior Design can let your own personal style reflect on a space and in the process a lot of creativity is involved.”

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The Current: Road to Change


A new initiative was prompted following the March For Our Lives (MFOL) movement after the Feb. 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School in Parkland, Florida, driving students to fight for change. On March 24, an estimated 200,000 people congregated in the nation’s capital and demanded change in gun reform for the nation. Over 800 sister marches took place around the nation in sync with the main event.

Senior Jason Tache, attended a sister march in Parkland, Florida. He said seeing MFOL move further with Road To Change, new community initiatives and the new novel Glimmer of Hope makes him more hopeful in the way young people are involved.

“It’s ingenious the way they’ve shifted it from gun control to political involvement,” Tache said. “It has been day and night with how young people care about politics. A large part of why is because of what MFOL has done and what they’re doing moving further.”

MFOL’s new initiative Road To Change is scheduled to visit cities around the country and have new dates for this summer. They have specifically travelled to college campuses to register young people to vote. The tour involves student activists, gun violence survivors and community leaders.

A founder of the MFOL movement and senior at MSD Jackie Corin said it is empowering to continue fighting for this cause. For this reason, Corin is promoting Road To Change.

“It’s been a privilege registering people to vote and holding these conversations,” Corin said. “Building the infrastructure to protect civic engagement for all people is essential.”

The young activist said she also encourages Get-Out-The-Vote efforts such as the Chapter Program. Corin also advocates the MFOL founder’s new book Glimmer of Hope and the ways MFOL plans to spread nationwide. 

“[Speaking on behalf of the founders of MFOL,] we want [the nation] to get involved and give them tools to do so [with the Chapter Program]. Glimmer of Hope is a novel of the first couple months [after the shooting] and highlights that we are normal teenagers that gathered together in the living room floor to [start this movement],” Corin said. “Communities still mobilize, even if gun violence hasn’t personally affected them, and it makes me happy to know that people understand that this is important to solve before something happens to them.”

However, freshman Max Levinson said he disagrees and is protective of his second amendment rights. He said the efforts of the new tour, the book and the community involvement efforts are a threat to American ideals.

“I think people with MFOL have the right to do what they want; however, they can’t infringe upon my right to own any gun,” Levinson said. “Also, the problem stems much further and I feel this problem of gun violence won’t be solved by this whole new thing.”

Tache said he is a firm believer in the positive impacts of these efforts such as the youth involvement and gun safety conversations.

“It’s too easy to obtain guns to do harm and restrictions need to be placed,” Tache said. “Loopholes need to be closed. Voting for people who support this and raising awareness about [gun control] issues is the way to go.”

Also in agreement is Florida House of Representatives member Richard Stark said he sees this as a good way to get people engaged in voting, while at the same time, spreading the message for a need to resolve the gun violence issue. Stark said this movement, especially living in South Florida, has brought about a great deal of citizen involvement in the Midterm Election process.

“The movement has been very successful in generating grass roots efforts by citizens all over the United States to address gun violence,” Representative Stark said. “This affects both sides of the issue as those opposed to any gun safety reform must defend their position of increasing gun ownership and not addressing safety for so many years.”

Representative Stark also said there is a need for reaching out to Americans to encourage voting which is something Road To Change accomplishes.

“Unfortunately, too many Americans do not take advantage of voting,” Representative Stark said. “Getting people educated to vote and understanding the basics of the issues is important.”

Corin said she hopes the sparks for change will soon be ignited into action as a community. She encourages the new efforts to spread the message and keep the cause growing until a reasonable solution has been made.

“[Everyone] should get involved in the community, vote and buy Glimmer of Hope. It’s a good intel of what we’ve experienced and how this began,” Corin said. “It’s an empowering story which shows young people that anything can grow if they truly believe in it and put effort into promoting the cause.”

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Clubs congregate in courtyard to attract student body


Student Government Association (SGA) organized Club Love Day on Oct. 4 to introduce students to the various clubs offered at the Bay. Thirty-five clubs were showcased with activities to tap into students’ possible interests. Clubs shared information including how to join, their goals for the year and the benefits of being part of their club as they congregated in the courtyard during all lunches.

SGA and Inter-Organizational Council (IOC) adviser Danielle Nascimento said associating with clubs can help students make new friends and build resumes for college. Club Love Day shares this information to give students insights.
“It’s a great day to celebrate clubs and it allows [them] to promote themselves to the student body,” Nascimento said. “Students [in SGA] pitched the day to the IOC and clubs were able to sign up [to be featured on this day].”

Nascimento said she viewed Club Love Day as an outlet for clubs to educate students at the Bay and tout benefits each club offers.

“I think this was a great way to allow clubs to promote themselves. It was done in a fun way and there are so many benefits,” Nascimento said.

Sophomore and SGA Executive Board Member Sophia Niño was Club Love Day Chairperson and said it was held at the start of the school year to inform students about the clubs at the Bay with enough time to allow them to have a chance to sign up before membership was closed. Nino said she is pleased with the work members put in to bring this informative day to fruition.
“I’m really happy with how this all played out,” Niño said. “So many clubs got involved and brought their A-game to attract people.”

Clubs held activities which promoted their goals and at the same time encourage student engagement. Nino said SGA’s activities aimed to portray an idea of leadership to display the key trait students must have to be successful in the club.

“For SGA, we had a tossing game which represented leadership: the bean signifies moving forward and it’s fun for people to give it a shot,” Niño said. “All of the clubs had really cool activities here today and it was lovely seeing them all come together.”
Senior and Literary Club Vice President Ana Mendez said Club Love Day was beneficial to portray an idea of what Literary Club means to her. A colorful “Love is…” poster was taped up at its booth.

“We write a lot in Literary Club and [engage] in creative thinking so [our ‘Love is…’ canvas] was really cute,” Mendez said.  “It made students think, got them writing and allowed them to admire the beautiful artwork.”

Mendez said she was enthusiastic about students being exposed to their club and that they received attention from students at the Bay.

“It was very wholesome and fulfilling to see people take a taste of this amazing club.” Mendez said.

Freshman Allie Crothers said she received a lot of new information about clubs by visiting a variety of booths that day. Additionally, she said she was able to see different clubs that aligned with their interests.
“Political Awareness Club had cool props to take pictures with and the Literary Club was cute and simple with the sticky notes which made things colorful,” Crothers said. “The effort the clubs put to display their goals is creative to look at.”

Crothers said the event allowed her to witness and participate in activities catered by the clubs as the clubs were enjoyable to her; however, she found it a lot to take in due to the number of clubs presented.

“I enjoyed all the booths each club displayed; it helped me understand what they have to offer,” Crothers said. “[The Bay] has a large variety of clubs to choose from. It’s overwhelming, but in the end of the day, whatever club that’s chosen here at the Bay is great.”

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Student government social fosters member relationships


Student Government Association (SGA) held the Big Little Speed Dating social on Oct. 25 to pair experienced members with new members. SGA adviser Danielle Nascimento said the goal of pairing “vets” with “newbies” gave older and younger members a chance to learn about each other and meet their new mentors.

“I think the whole mentor program is great because it gives the younger, new [students] someone to talk to,” Nascimento said.

Students spoke in pairs for one minute then switched partners. Nacimiento said this allowed everyone to have a brief conversation with one another and see who they felt they related to well.

“This social is basically speed dating,” Nascimento said. “I definitely think it is an important event for SGA because once we pair them together, we can do a bunch of [activities] where we offer opportunities for bigs and littles to hangout and bond.”

Once everyone had the opportunity to meet each other, the bigs and littles wrote the names of three people they believe they could learn from the best. Nascimento said the pairs usually match up, since people tend to easily acknowledge when they form a true connection.

“I think it’s great and I like the speed dating concept of the event,” Nascimento said. “The students have a lot of fun doing [this speed dating game] and it allows them to talk to everyone.”

While rotating around the tables, junior Samantha Brodsky said she met all of the “newbies” andfigured out with whom she worked the best. She said it was exciting knowing one of these people would be her future little.

“I like how [the social] ran on the idea of first impressions. You get to briefly meet someone and you only have a short amount of time to figure out how you feel about them,” Brodsky said. “From there, you decide who you would like to mentor and spend more time with in the future, all based on your first impression, which can be scary but is ultimately very exciting.”

Nascimento said during the social the students choose their top three picks, and then SGA will pair the students together based on the results received. Brodsky said she formed instant connections with some students which made it easy for her to make her three choices of littles.

“There were a few people who I thought I just got along with really easily; the conversation just flowed without trying,” Brodsky said. “There was also a girl who reminded me a lot of myself when I was a freshman, so I knew [I was interested in] her being my little.”

Brodsky had a little last year, but said she was eager to go meet this year’s SGA “newbies” and find another little. She said she loved the experience of teaching them the ropes of SGA and was excited to have the opportunity to do it again this year.

“I was so excited because I always see cute things littles and bigs get for each other [and do together], and I can’t wait to be creative and spoil my little,” Brodsky said. “I’m looking forward to becoming good friends with them and helping them with anything they need.”

Freshman Noah Benson attended the social seeking a big. He said he’s been looking forward to the event ever since the day he got into SGA, since he knew it would be a good opportunity to meet people who could be helpful to him and make some new friends.

“Everyone was different and had so many stories and pieces of advice to give me, since, I’m a freshman. Every time the buzzer went off to switch tables I felt like I still had a ton to talk about with the person and I didn’t want to leave,” Benson said. “Each conversation was only about one to two minutes, but, I managed to learn so much about each person in those short windows of time.”

After talking to approximately 55 potential bigs, Benson said it was difficult to narrow it down to three people he felt he could connect with best, since he believed he connected with many people with whom he spoke.

“It was really hard to choose who I [think I could learn best from] by the end of the social [since there were so many amazing options],” Benson said. “The process was really cool, and as I got to know the older students, I started to hang around a couple of the same tables more and learn even more about the bigs that I had really liked.”

Overall, Benson said it was a fun way to spend the afternoon, and it gave him insight on the older students in SGA, since he hadn’t met most of them.

“It was definitely important to have this event because it was a chance for us ‘newbies’ to meet the older SGA [members] in an organized, friendly way,” Benson said. “It was a lot of fun because I had my friends there with me and I was also making new ones.”

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French Honor Society raises money for Together We Rise


Members of the French Honor Society (FHS) held a car wash on Oct. 13 for Together We Rise, a nonprofit organization that works to improve the foster care system. Senior and FHS co-president Maya Rojas said the purpose of the event was to raise money for the organization to help them make care packages.

“There’s honestly a lot of teamwork in getting the cars clean, and it allows members to get together and pull something off as a club,” Rojas said. “Events like these also show our members the importance of giving back to the community.”

With the money collected, the honor society will purchase supplies including hygiene products and toys, which members will package and send to the organization. Rojas said volunteers at the car wash felt motivated to work hard because all proceeds went to Together We Rise.

“We want to make sure that the bags will be full of [supplies] they need and want, because kids deserve to have both.” Rojas said. “Not all kids get the same chances that some of us do at school and at home.”

French teacher Lisa Chelle said although FHS focuses on the French community, members want to help non-French speakers as well. She said the car wash was a successful event because it helped members bond and earn money for an important cause.

“From being there, I can say the car wash was a great fundraiser,” Chelle said. “A lot of people were coming in and out; it was very busy, and it seemed fun.”

Chelle said she is proud of the amount of $520 raised at the car wash. She said she looks forward to seeing how FHS will continue to impact the community in the future.

“The members of the club in past years have really outdone themselves,” Chelle said. “I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for everyone in the club.”

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