Key Club participates in Glam-A-THON event


The Key Club attended the Glam-A-THON at Esplanade Park in Downtown Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 18 to raise money for breast cancer awareness. This was Key Club’s third year attending the Glam-A-THON. It raised a total of $350 this year. unnamed-9

“The Glam-A-THON is one of my favorite events of the year,” Key Club president Dixon Yeung said. “It’s so different than other cancer organizations like Relay for Life, because all the money we raise at this event goes to local women in South Florida with breast cancer.”

The Glam-A-THON event was started in 2011, and since then, over $266,000 have been raised to help find a cure.

“All of the money has provided financial assistance to local breast cancer patients who are treated at the Lillian S. Wells Women’s Center,” Yeung said.

Yeung said the members walk together dressed up in wild, pink clothing.

“We wear wacky, outrageously pink outfits and hold up signs to bring awareness for the Broward Health Foundation,” Yeung said. “It is an amazing event to raise money and to help fight against breast cancer.”

Key Club members such as senior Stephanie Jacobson attend the Glam-A-THON event each year.

“I love this event. It’s for a great cause, and every year it seems to get better and better,” Jacobson said. “I’ve been attending this event for five years, and four of them have been with Key Club.”

unnamed-10While some students attend this event annually, others walked with Key Club for the first time.

“This was my first year participating in the Glam-A-THON, and I’m so happy to be doing this, especially representing Key Club,” sophomore Charlotte Yeung said.

Local reporters such as Lynn Martinez from WSVN news also attend the event every year.

“Not only is this an event that our members look forward to every year, but the entire South Florida community is also a part of it,” Yeung said.

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Book Club to host book drive


The Book Club will have a book drive in conjunction with the Harry Potter Club to benefit organizations around South Florida such as Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The project will take place Dec. 1-12.

“It’s a nice thing to give the gift of reading to people who might not have as much opportunity,” book club sponsor Jeanne Kielbasa said.

Ms. Kielbasa said she is all for this project and is very excited to see the outcome of the club’s first event.

“Reading is not just looking at words on a page. The act of reading can really relate to others by teaching lessons or giving new insights on life. Some people might just find entertainment in reading,” Ms. Kielbasa said.

Ms. Kielbasa said the book club formed last year and she believes it can contribute in a big way to students, which was the main reason she became a sponsor.

“Book Club adds an appreciation and love of reading to the school, especially when students are able to discuss and share ideas about book topics while being in a classroom setting with their peers,” Ms. Kielbasa said.

Junior Rachel Gordon, the club’s president, leads the decisions in coming up with the activities and events, such as the book drive.

“The main idea of the project is to bring the gift of reading to others who can benefit from books,” she said.

Gordon first started the club in her sophomore year to create a place where she is able be able to discuss the different aspects of books with people who also share the same interest.

“It’s fun to read and great to come together and discuss books with friends and peers. I used to not be able to do that very often but when I started the club it opened up a brand new opportunity for all students,” she said.

So far book club has about 20 to 25 members. Ms. Kielbasa said she hopes there will be more members this year to participate in reading and help out with the book drive and other events.

“It would be great to get more members this year to spread the idea of reading by telling others about the drive,” Ms. Kielbasa said.

Meetings are once a month on Fridays right after school in room 855. Anyone can join and there are no dues.

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PRIDE hosts Informative Night for multicultural parents



The annual Informative Night held by PRIDE aims to cater to the needs of multicultural parents who are new to the U.S. Around 120 students and parents attended the event on Oct. 7. Two presentations were given – one in English and one in Spanish – to help guide parents through graduation requirements. image-1

“The night also informs parents about services hours, which is huge because a lot of people don’t know about service hours and getting involved in the school,” said senior Antonia Cuevas, PRIDE club president.

Assistant principal Marianela Estripeaut gave the Spanish speech while reading coach Adrienne Maisel gave the English speech. Parents were given an outline, and the speeches eventually worked upward from the basics of navigating the school system into explaining the process for applying to college.

“Informative Night is held to service the parents that are new to our country. They come from different cultures and might not know our education system very well,” Ms. Estripeaut said. “Some parents don’t know that students here can pick their own classes.”

The event was enlightening to not only parents, but also students. Junior Catalina Mejia attended the event with her parents, whose primary language is Spanish.

“I thought it was a unique event and it was definitely helpful and educational. It’s important to be informed on these types of issues for my future,” Mejia said.

Claudina Fernandez, PRIDE club sponsor, was satisfied with the outcome and turnout of the event as well.

“We need to keep in mind that this event is specifically for the parents who are new to the school system and culture here,” said Ms. Fernandez, who heads the club that has the goal of promoting diversity at the school.

The event not only helps to inform new parents, but also puts a familiar face to an administrator who speaks the same language.

“The majority of our students are Hispanic in this school,” Ms. Estripeaut said. “To have this community service and to be able to help them pacify their fears of the future is probably one of the most important things that we do here.”

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National Art Honor Society participates in 5K run


The National Art Honor Society attended the Optime 5K run, which was held to benefit Young At Art. The event was held on Sept. 21 at Markham Park. There were over 1,000 attendees, and 75 percent of the ticket sales went to benefit the museum.

“Young At Art supports the arts whole-heartedly, and it gives students and adults the opportunity to be exposed to the arts in unique ways,” art teacher Elizabeth Jenkins said. “The Optime 5K was great exposure for the club.” 1908437_744796208918355_3829665833937881496_n

The run took place on National Peace Day. Club members wore tie-dye shirts to spread peace and happiness throughout Markham Park.

“I thought the run was very organized, and it was nice to see so many people promoting the arts and peace,” freshman club member Cristina Macari said.

Two hours prior to the race, club members set up a pinwheel installation using over 200 handmade pinwheels.

“Everyone had their eyes on the pinwheels. It was a great way to promote Cypress,” Macari said.

Along with other vendors, the club had a table set up with pinwheels and art history books to teach the 5K participants about art and the Bay’s art club.

“I love the Art Society. I am definitely planning to go to more events like this one in the future,” said art society member Nicole Burmeister, a freshman.

Members of the National Art Honors Society will be volunteering at Young At Art in the future and plan to create many chalk murals around the Bay.






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Gender Sexuality Alliance celebrates Coming Out Day



Students and teachers showed their true colors on Coming Out Day, an event held through the Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club on Oct. 10. Decked in rainbow attire and face paint, students walked through a “door” in the courtyard to represent their acceptance of the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) community. IMG_3561

“It’s important for other students, not only those part of the LGBT community, to see a lively event in which coming out is celebrated,” said GSA president Anne Montgomery, a senior. “It’s good to show it in a positive light and encourage people to come out.”

Coming Out Day is a GSA club tradition, and is open to anyone regardless of their sexuality.

“Everyone is very supportive,” club sponsor Ivri Winn said. “We’ve had a lot of students come out just as an ally to the LGBT community.”

To celebrate Coming Out Day, GSA provided face paint, balloon animals and food. There was also a poster that people signed to show their pride toward the LGBT community.

“Almost every single person has reacted positively,” Montgomery said. “A lot of people have asked questions about what we’re doing and they all seem really supportive of it, and it’s all been really well received. It’s been very successful.” IMG_0434

Freshman MG said she came out to her dad as pansexual on Coming Out Day, pansexual meaning showing interest in all genders.

“I was really scared to come out,” she said. “I didn’t think my dad was going to be okay with it. I asked him on Coming Out Day if he was homophobic, and he said no, so I sent him a video of me literally jumping out of the closet. He told me to put it on Facebook, and he said as long as I’m happy and healthy, he loves me.”

She said Coming Out Day helped her come out to her dad and that this event can help many other people.

“Seeing all these people who have done it helped me come out,” she said. “Before, I was really scared because I had only heard bad things about coming out like people being kicked out of their homes. I was so worried about that, but I saw all these people, and they were proud.”

Freshman Danielle Perez, a member of GSA, said Coming Out Day was a success because people showed interest and asked questions. She said everyone was supportive and had fun.

“It’s important because you’re coming out,” she said. “It’s your sexuality, and you don’t want to be defined as something that you’re not. If you’re defined as something you are, it’s better. And here you’re not judged for it. People are accepting of who you are.”



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Harry Potter club plans to have cosplay contest


The Harry Potter Fandom Club has events planned for members to look forward to this year, including contests and movie screenings. The club has meetings every Thursday in room 833 from 3:15-4:15 p.m. and anyone can join anytime during the year. The club held its first meeting on Sept. 4.

“We do trivia and discussions about all the books and characters and we also talk about different fandoms that we’re interested in like ‘Dr. Who’ and ‘Sherlock’,” club president Sami Orlando said.

The club is having a cosplay contest soon, which is a competition between people who dress up as characters from a book, movie, or video game. It is available for anyone in Broward County. They are also having a movie screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on Jan. 9.

“I’m really looking forward to the cosplay contest because I’m excited to see what everyone brings and what characters people will be,” Orlando said.


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Debate competes in national tournament


The debate team placed in the top five in the nation at the annual speech and debate tournament National Forensics League (NFL) Nationals. The competition was held on July 14-21 in Overland Park, Kansas.

Debate coach Megan West said the team had success in several events at the tournament. Josh Ulino and David Goldstein placed 11th in Policy Debate; Jordan Friedman placed 13th in Lincoln Douglas; and Isabella Paretti placed fifth in Extemporaneous Speaking. They all graduated in June.

Junior Ben Parlo attended Nationals in Humorous Interpretation, which is a speech event. He performed a piece called “Women Behind Bars.” Although he didn’t move on past the preliminary round, Parlo said he was excited to be in a competitive environment among people who were talented.

“I was happy with how I did considering it was my first year competing,” Parlo said.

Junior Jake Howard competed in Congressional Debate and has been competing in debate since September of his freshman year. Howard said a general interest in the argumentative style of the debate is what interested him in Student Congress.

“It has so many competitors per round and it requires so many skills that you can’t just be good at arguing, you have to be well rounded and diverse,” Howard said.

IMG_1594Debate captain Giancarlo Musetti, a senior, competed in Extemporaneous Speaking, in which each round has a different topic about domestic or international political issues. The competitors are then given 30 minutes to prepare a seven-minute speech that is delivered in front of a judge.

Musseti said he plans on using his debate skills in the future in hopes of studying international relations and economics in college.

“I love competing and traveling the country with my debate family,” Musetti said. “We always have a great time.”

Senior Alison Huang competed in Public Forum debate. Public Forum is a two-on-two debate about current topics that come out monthly. Her topic was about whether or not NATO should intervene to improve the situation in Ukraine.

“I met a lot of cool people and it was a good experience,” Huang said.

Mrs. West said many of the students who attended the competition have graduated. She is proud of the team for its performance and is looking forward to further success in the future. She said she is excited for the new season.

“This was our favorite trip in four years and was an extra special year because we took 15 students,” Mrs. West said.


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New vending machines installed


Students were used to seeing vending machines everywhere on campus, but when a majority of the machines were taken away at the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, it was hard for students to find ways to get snacks. Athletic director William Caruso, who is in charge of vending machines, said they were removed so that they could be updated and 31 new machines were installed during the week of Sept 15.

“They were taken away because they were outdated and needed to be changed. They were delayed because our school’s order for 31 new vending machines was so big,” Mr. Caruso said.

Mr. Caruso said delay caused some people distress.

“I had students confront me asking if the vending machines would ever come back,” he said.

Sophomore Andrea Garrfer said that she is glad the new vending machines have been installed.

“There was always a line in front of the vending machines at the beginning of the year because rather than everyone having a lot of machines to spread out at, everyone gathered around the few vending machines which made it difficult to quickly grab a snack,” Garrfer said.

Garrfer said she was affected because she did not get the chance to snack as often.

“I have fourth hour lunch this year and when most of the vending machines were gone, by the time sixth or seventh period came I was starving,” Garrfer said. “There were not any vending machines for me to go and get a snack near my classroom.”

Sophomore Kylie Jones said she was affected by the loss of the vending machines in other ways.

“I need caffeine in the mornings to have a successful day. The days that I would forget to drink coffee or I did not have time to make coffee, I would just go to the vending machines and buy the most caffeinated drink,” Jones said.

Some students would go to the vending machines if they forgot their lunch, but due to the lack of vending machines and long lines, students had to find other ways to get lunch, said Garrfer.

“If I forget my lunch I had to wait until I get home to eat,” she said.

Jones has a different approach if she forgets her own lunch at home.

“I used to go to the vending machines, but when most of then were gone, I had to stand in line in the cafeteria which took away from my lunch time with my friends,” Jones said.

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DeBAYte team grows in size, prepares for new school year


The debate team is steadily growing, and it is coming off of the statistically best year of its existence. The team placed in the top five of the national tournament this past summer, and big things are expected from the team this upcoming year.

The new debaters meeting had over 200 students ranging from freshmen to seniors.

“Almost one third of the school is in our debate program now. Each year we are getting bigger. A good chunk of our team graduated, but we are not rebuilding, we are reloading,” junior Lacey Larson said.IMG_1536

Michael Valladares is a sophomore policy debater who said he is excited for this upcoming year.

“We’re going to do a great job this season, so I am really looking forward to this year. We’re a lot more on the individual topics this year,” he said.

While school was on a break, the debate team was not, as they were training during the summer.

“During the summer, almost all of our debaters went to training programs all over the nation,” Larson said.

The team will be traveling all over the country during the school year as well, traveling to some of the most respected tournaments of high school debate such as Glenbrooks in Chicago and GMU in Washington D.C.

“This month I’m going to Greenhill in Texas. I’m so excited for the experience because as a freshman I didn’t get to travel as much as I will get to this year,” Valladares said.

Larson is an experienced debater who said she is looking forward to tournaments at prestigious universities such as Harvard and Emory. Her personal goals are to acquire bids to the Tournament of Champions (TOC) and Nationals.

The second annual Crestian Tradition Tournament will be hosted at the Bay on Oct. 11-12.

In an attempt to spread the techniques of the Bay’s debate program and improve the team in the future, the team will be traveling to Falcon Cove and Tequesta Trace Middle Schools to teach the students about debate and the different events.

“This will help our program entirely because middle school students interested in debate will enter our program with information on the events, which helps them make a decision on which event to chose,” head debate coach Megan West said.

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PTSA hosts Lightning Award of Excellence ceremony

PTSA hosts Lightning Award of Excellence ceremony


The auditorium was filled with 106 students on April 23 for Parent Teacher Student Association’s (PTSA) Lightning Award of Excellence and Scholarship Ceremony. The award honors students of all grades who show dedication to their schoolwork and community service.

“We have the award ceremony to celebrate and acknowledge students that really shine in our community through nonprofit organizations and helping people in need,” PTSA president Maricel Mayol said.

For a student to win the award, he/she must be a member of the PTSA, be active in the community, have a minimum core GPA of 3.0 and be involved in two or more extracurricular activities.

“The students who win all work hard from ninth grade on,” said Natasha Samagond, who serves on the PTSA Executive Board as the Lightning Award Chair. “It’s not a one-time thing. Students will not get the award if they don’t put their heart and soul into their academics, extracurricular activities and community service.”

Seniors Raavi Singh, Taylor Duarte and Jesse Segaul were awarded the Lightning Award of Excellence Scholarship. In order to receive the $1,000 scholarship, the students had to have an academic core GPA of 3.5, 250 service hours, two leadership positions and a clear disciplinary record. In addition to these requirements, the scholarship winners had to be PTSA members and be registered to the university they are attending.

“When I received the scholarship, I felt shocked, super happy and any other positive adjective you can think of,” said Singh, who won the award for her volunteer work for blind and disabled women in India.

Sophomore Samantha Staropoli was one of the recipients of the Lightning Award. This was her second year receiving it.

“It’s an honor to receive the Lightning Award again,” Staropoli said. “It’s great that the PTSA gives this award to students. It encourages them to work hard in school and community service projects.”

Staropoli said she will keep applying for the Lightning Award each year and that she wants to win the Lightning Award scholarship in 12th grade.

“Winning awards such as these makes my hard work in school and the community worthwhile,” Staropoli said.

Ms. Samagond said the PTSA spent three months planning the ceremony. This process included uploading the applications online, receiving applications and choosing the winners for the awards and scholarships.

“This event is only an hour, but we’ve been planning the Lightning Awards since January,” Ms. Samagond said. “As the PTSA, we feel we must do something to honor the students.”



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