Best Buddies hosts annual Halloween Dance



The Best Buddies chapter at the Bay hosted its annual Halloween Dance. On Friday Nov. 7, over 150 members and their special needs buddies dressed out in costumes and participated in Halloween-themed activities.

“The dance is something we do every year to celebrate the holiday and for the members to be able to socialize with their buddies and have fun,” said president Erica Strum.

Some of the activities were a cookie decorating booth, a photo booth, bowling and mummy wrapping. use1

Freshman Alexa Zuckerman said she enjoyed hanging out with her buddy Gabe and decorating cookies with him.

“All of the activities were really fun, especially making Oreo spiders because we were able to get creative and enjoy the sweet treat after,” Zuckerman said.

Vice president Hannah Levinson said the buddies look forward to the dance because it’s a time to listen to music, have fun and dance with their best friends.

“The buddies have such a special friendship and events like these give them an opportunity to socialize outside a school environment,” said Levinson, a junior.

Junior Gaby Eseverri, who dressed up as a minion from the movie “Despicable Me,” said her favorite part of the dance was being able to connect with her buddy Grant and the other buddies there.

“Seeing all of the buddies smiling, laughing, dancing and having a good time was extremely rewarding,” said Eseverri, club treasurer.

For Levinson, knowing she is a part of an event that the buddies look forward to every year is truly something special.

“Seeing the buddies have an amazing time with a smile on their faces and showing their best dance moves is what it’s all about,” Levinson said. “The friendships that are created through this club are real and that’s the most important thing.”

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Drama Club prepares for Thespians


As the Drama Club prepares for the competition that brings all thespians together to compete in what they love most, all members are working hard every day to achieve their maximum theatrical potential at the annual Florida Thespian Festival.

On Dec. 6 thespians from all over District 13, which covers the southern region of Broward County, will gather at American Heritage School to perform in categories such as ensemble acting and duet musicals and submit technical works, such as scene designs and playwrighting. Club sponsor and AMT teacher Cynthia Lutwin and her students are working together to rehearse for the competition.images-1

“Everyone is working hard, going through their monologues, songs, and scenes every day,” Mrs. Lutwin said. “They all have to feel comfortable with their events, so it is important to rehearse a lot.”

Students also worked in collaboration with Tequesta Trace Middle School on Nov. 4. Students participating in the Thespians Competition from Cypress Bay and in the Junior Thespians Festival from Tequesta Trace performed in front of each other to get help on their district pieces and help others with their pieces.

Freshman Camryn Handler, who competed in the Junior Thespians Districts Festival every year in middle school, is looking forward to Thespians.

“I’m excited to do what I love with my friends and see all the other students from other schools around the district and their performances,” Handler said.

Co-president of drama club, senior Jon Batista, is looking forward to his fourth and final year participating in the festival.

“I’ve never done a solo, so I wanted to try it this year,” Batista said.

Batista is also performing in the pantomime category, which he has always wanted to do, and the large group musical category.

“I want to do well in all my performances and enjoy my last districts,” Batista said.

Mrs. Lutwin, the AMT and drama teacher, is looking forward to bringing troupe 6510 to Districts once again.

“I’m always excited to see what the new students will do,” Mrs. Lutwin said.

Senior Gillian Rabin, co-president of the club, is excited that it has many active members to participate in these competitions.

“There are always tons of people. This year we have 74 people participating,” Rabin said, which is “relatively consistent with the usual level of thespian participation.”

During the full day of theatrical festivities, thespians will be ranked by the quality of what they have been working on for months. If the students are fortunate this year with their given rankings, a select few will be able to go to the state competition in March.

“We convinced Mrs. Lutwin to let freshmen go to states if they receive a straight superior rating and if she thinks they are responsible enough,” said Paloma Leon, vice president.

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Tri-M Honor society holds induction ceremony


The Modern Music Masters (Tri-M) Music Honor society held its induction ceremony to welcome new members into the organization Oct. 20.

Nearly 80 students were selected based on their qualities of leadership, intelligence, musical abilities, creativity and character. They were required to fill out an application that was due Sept. 19 and they are required to be in some sort of music class at the Bay.

President Sarah Rothbard, a junior, said the ceremony went well. Almost all of the members attended.

“The new members enjoyed claiming their certificates on stage” Rothbard said. “Parents came and it was just really nice to have everyone together to welcome the new members to the club.”

There were also performances by members who were already in the club. Junior Sabrina Kim and sophomore Alice Lopes performed a piece on the flute. Senior Elizabeth Schwarts sang “Think of Me” from “Phantom of the Opera.” Senior Tony Li and sophomore Emily Schlorf sang and played guitar, while Jose Veliz played a solo on the piano.

“I really enjoyed performing for the audience,” Kim said. “It was nice to have people see everything I’ve been working so hard on.”

Rothbard said everyone seemed to enjoy the performances.

“It was great because the audience got to see a little bit of what this club is all about, and they got to see some of the talent of our current members,” Rothbard said.

There was a dessert reception at the end of the ceremony for all of the members and their parents.

Tri-M also held a meeting Oct. 23.

“We knew it was the end of the quarter, but there were some announcements we needed to make and we had some fun activities planned out,” Rothbard said.

The point system for the club was discussed at the meeting. Each performer earned two points. Each member needs to earn 12 points per year, and seniors need to earn 15 if they want an honor cord to wear at graduation.

Students can earn these points by going to the meetings and events, helping set up, performing, and being an active member. Those who performed at the induction ceremony earned two points each.

The meeting also included some “fun” activities being that it was the last day of the quarter. Members got to participate in a scavenger hunt and in a song game.

“We thought it would be a good ice breaker to pair the members with someone they didn’t know so they could open up show their creative sides,” Rothbard said. “Everyone in the club got to bond, and some members even became close friends with people who they didn’t even know before the meeting.”

Tri M began Falcon Cove tutoring Thursday, Nov. 7 after school. Members will go to the middle school and help students with their instruments and get set up for all-county competitions. Members will get one point for every time they go to tutor.

“If it’s successful we’re going to be tutoring every single Thursday of the year,” Rothbard said.


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UNICEF members fundraise on Halloween


Instead of receiving candy on Halloween, members of the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) club donated money to Third World countries. The program, Trick or Treat for UNICEF, has been around since 1950. Matt Ulino10th grade unicef member

The Cypress Bay club has collected $200 and expects to receive over $650 by mid-November.

“It was a success because we had over 100 participants, and we expect students to keep bringing in more money,” UNICEF sponsor Rosalia Sachs said.

UNICEF president Hannah Levinson helped work on the fundraiser.

“This is the first year we are doing Trick or Treat for UNICEF, and we decided to do it because it is one of the biggest fundraisers that UNICEF does,” said Levinson, a junior.

Each member of the club takes little boxes and asks for donations to the UNICEF organization while trick-or-treating on Halloween.

“It is really important because all of this money goes to this organization which helps most children in these Third World countries get nutrition, education and water pumps,” Levinson said.

Mrs. Sachs said she fully supports this fundraising idea because these areas need the support.

“I like sponsoring this wonderful organization because in this time and age so many bad things are going on in the world, and we need to help,” Mrs. Sachs said.

UNICEF historian Monique Issa, a junior, said she was participating in the Halloween fundraiser because it is another opportunity to help out her community. Issa first joined the club as a freshman because she wanted a way to give back.

“It feels good to know that we are supporting and raising money for such a great cause: to help people all around the world. I wanted to volunteer my time and make a difference, and I knew UNICEF strives to help people,” Issa said.

Secretary Bernie Neuman said the goal was to raise as much money as possible.

“It feels great to be able to raise more money for the club and get the whole community involved in helping UNICEF,” Neuman said.

Neuman hopes to have an influence on one particular country especially in Venezuela because he visited there.

“I wanted to make a difference in kids’ lives because I saw what was happening in Venezuela, and I saw the kids that lived in poverty and want to do anything I can to help them,” he said.


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JROTC members visit FAU for scholarship opportunity


JROTC sent 12 seniors to Florida Atlantic University on Nov. 1 for a chance to win scholarships for free tuition for four years of college.

Instructor Sgt. Major Jorge Cruz and the group took a tour of the Boca Raton school and attended a football game.

The winners were announced in a raffle at halftime. However, no one from Cypress won a scholarship. Sgt. Major Cruz said the event was still a great opportunity for the students to take a look at the university.

“The students who went were eligible for free tuition for all four years,” he said. “It’s a huge honor because it gives the parents a weight off their backs because they don’t have to pay anything if they win.”

Senior Whitney Gunderman said even after viewing FAU, she still wants to look at other schools.

“I may look at other options,” she said. “I wanted to get out of Florida, but the scholarship would’ve made my decision even harder.”

Gunderman said no matter what, she wants to pursue a military career after high school.

“I want to go to West Point Military Academy. Or if I don’t go there, I want to join ROTC at the university I decide to go to,” she said.

Although none of the students got a scholarship, Sgt. Major Cruz said he is hopeful for his students’ futures after high school.

“I’m glad that they had the opportunity to look at a wonderful university and see what exciting new things lay ahead of them,” he said.

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DECA members participate in leadership academy


AICE Business Studies, AICE Travel and Tourism, 10 other schools and over 250 students participated in the Leadership Academic Kickoff event in the auditorium, which was sponsored by Chick-fil-A. photo 3

On Oct. 16, DECA adviser Robert Hosierand 30 volunteers from those classes aided Chick-fil-A sponsors in informing other schools about the Leadership Academy and the Feeding Children Everywhere organization.

AICE Travel and Tourism students have a section of their final exam dedicated to creating and hosting an original event, and AICE Business Studies students presented the opportunity to host the event.

Junior Tiffany Fernandez was one of the six students who hosted the event.

“Our AICE exam consists of creating, executing and evaluating an event of our choice,” Fernandez said. “The fact that my team and I were able to use this event as ours was a great opportunity.”

The Leadership Academy chose 10 schools in the country to attend this event, and the Bay was chosen as a host school. The Leadership Academy is a program where students set up leadership workshops, conferences and seminars.

“I think the Leadership Academy is an extremely helpful resource in that it teaches skills and encourages others to give to the community,” Fernandez said.

The participants watched projected videos called “Leader Labs.”

After spending time in the auditorium, the students packaged meals for less fortunate communities in Florida to donate to the Feeding Children Everywhere organization. Students packaged grains and other non-perishable food.

“Giving back to the community made the event even more fun,” Fernandez said.




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Photography Club fundraises for supplies


The annual Photo “Phun” Night fundraiser hosted by the Photography Club on Oct. 22 aimed to educate students about photography-related activities and raised $270 to pay for future supplies. IMG_0742

“The whole point of the event is to get people aware of the club and photography. We want to keep expanding it and getting people into the community,” senior and club president Beatriz Gasparetto said.

Photography class teacher Elizabeth Jenkins said the event was very successful and about 30 people showed up.

“The money ends up going to the photography classes because even though we charge dues, the money does not cover all our materials because photos are expensive,” Mrs. Jenkins said.

The night was promoted through social networks so the information was accessible to all students interested, and it featured activities such as a visit to the darkroom, a Photoshop activity, how to edit pictures with an iPhone and photo booths.

“We promoted by handing out flyers throughout school and to all the art and photography classes,” Gasparetto said. “We also have a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where followers could see the announced event.”

This event has been going on for two years and the officers said they hope that it will continue throughout the years. Senior Esther Song, one of the vice presidents for the club, said that compared to last year, the event had improved because more people were participating.

“It seemed that people were interacting more with each other and had more fun due to the photo booths,” she said.

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Debate team hosts Crestian Tradition Tournament


The debate team hosted the second annual Crestian Tradition Tournament for students across the country. There were over 500 students from seven different states and from over 50 schools that attended the tournament on Oct. 11-12. USEEE

“It was a very big tournament and it’s prestigious because we had qualifying bids to the Tournament of Champions, one of the biggest national tournaments that takes place in April,” said Megan West, head debate coach and tournament director.

The Bay’s debate team students weren’t allowed to compete in this tournament because they hosted.

There were a few changes for this year’s tournament including more competitors from around the country and different rewards for the winning participants.

“This year the Crestian Tradition only got better and better,” said Lacey Larson, student tournament director. “We had teams coming from all over and we were really excited to be hosting. We also designed new trophies.”

Larson said there were high hopes for competitors and Cypress Bay debate was a successful host.

“The talent of the debaters and speakers constantly amazes the coaches and judges,” Larson said. “At the Crestian Tradition this year we planned to pleasantly surprise everyone involved, which we did.”

Larson said there weren’t any serious complications in the planning process, but some decisions, like the changes to the trophies, were harder than others.

“The biggest challenge was finding the perfect trophies for the tournament,” Larson said. “We wanted people to be able to recognize them as the trophies from the Crestian tradition.”

The trophies are custom made and have different sea shells depending on the place won, the higher placing trophies are conch shells.

Giancarlo Musetti, debate team captain, said he handled the issues that arose during the tournament and also picked some of the topics to be debated.

“I wrote and reviewed 140 extemporaneous speaking topics that competitors spoke about,” Musetti said.

Along with the large number of students, there were also guest judges from different schools as well as some professional judges flown in from some of the states.

USEEEEEE“We also hired some judges who were former competitors and very successful when they competed,” Ms. West said. “We paid to fly them because they’re prestigious judges that know the activity really well and were be able to judge final rounds.”

The Crestian Tradition Tournament also served as a fundraiser to raise money for attendance at tournaments throughout the year.

“We hoped to make anywhere between $5,000 to $10,000 which is really great for a weekend and it helps to pay for our students to go to other tournaments in the future,” Ms. West said.

Ms. West said there were many details that need to be taken care of before the big weekend. Participants that are flown from out of town stayed at hotels in Weston for the weekend.

“We made registration packets and took care of trophies and food that it felt that sometimes we were creating a wedding,” Ms. West said.

Freshman Nicholas Trigo said he used the hosting experience to learn more about the class at a national level.

“I think it’s really cool that the Bay was recognized at a national level, and this was a great learning experience for all the new people,” he said.


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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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