New Dance Club helps build self-esteem


Dance Club Ally PolnerIn an effort to help build confidence and to teach members to become better dancers, freshmen co-presidents Jordan Pelegrin and Kim Orelus started Dance club.

“This club helps build self-esteem by showing people that if they have a desire to dance, they can fulfill that desire in Dance club,” Orelus said.

Members learn a new dance combination every meeting. It also focuses on community service projects such as helping underprivileged kids and teaching students from other schools how to dance.

“It’s not only a great benefit to the school, but also to the community,” Pelegrin said.

Students are not required to have any prior dance experience to join. Pelegrin said the club provides a chance to learn how to dance and improve the member’s dancing skills.

“All the board members are trained for at least four years and will work together to make a dance combination easy and fun for the whole club,” Pelegrin said.

Each month during all four lunches, the members will be participating in a flash mob to get the school energized and keep the school spirit going.

“We do not have all our ideas for the flash mob yet, but we are hoping everyone can come out and join us in all of our activities because it is a great bonding experience,” Orelus said. “It’s not only to learn for fun, but also to show off dance moves and use them.”

In addition to working on flash mobs every month, members will go to Children’s Harbor Place to teach underprivileged kids dances and play games with them.

“The children’s Harbor Place will be a good place to volunteer,” Pelegrin said. “The children there don’t really get to do a lot of extracurricular activities, and this is a good way to just have fun with cute kids and make them happy.”

Orelus said she is looking forward to the upcoming year.

“I hope to have fun and dance all types of dances with our club members and be able to teach people dances they want to learn,” Orelus said.

Freshman Danielle Rudolph said she cannot wait for the next meeting and to learn a new dance routine.

“I love to dance and I want to be a larger part of the school,” Rudolph said. “This is a great way to meet new people that like the same things I do.”

Sponsor Hope Fisher said that the club is going to grow and become very popular.

“The dance club will be popular because all students who have an interest in dance may enhance their self-expression through movement on a regular basis,” Mrs. Fisher said. “Participating in our community outreach program will give underprivileged children the opportunity to explore their individuality through dance.”

Mrs. Fisher said she is excited to share dance all around the school.

“My daughter has a passion for dance and, as a club advisor, I have the opportunity to share her love of dance with others,” Mrs. Fisher said.

The Dance Club meets every Wednesday. The next meeting is Dec. 2.


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Interact club holds “Polaroids for Polio”


IMG_0484Members of the Interact club held a “Polaroids for Polio” event during all four lunches to raise money to help fight polio on Oct. 30. “Polaroids for Polio” allowed each student to donate a dollar in exchange for a Polaroid picture.

“I think ‘Polaroids for Polio’ really catches people’s attention so you can get a good memory. It is good for an organization and it is out of your normal territory,” senior Ariana Serrano, historian of Interact, said. “It is just mutually beneficial.”

The goal of “Polaroids for Polio” is to raise money for research to eliminate polio around the world. With every dollar, two vaccinations are provided to someone in need.

“This idea is extremely successful, and we are hoping to expand it to other schools,” sponsor of Interact Brandon Boswell said. “By donating, the kids can help out a lot.”

The club raised $70 and Serrano said she considers this a success. Interact plans on doing this event again next year.

“We wanted to bring it back this year hoping to create more funds to give to Rotary [ Interact’s country-wide sponsor],” Serrano said. “Honestly we’re just happy to raise as much as we can raise. We hope to promote more next year.”

Serrano said it was a long process to plan the event. However, in the end, she said it was worth it.

“We had to first get project approval, and then we moved on to creating signs to grab people’s attention,” Serrano said. “After getting all the supplies for the event we were finished.”

Along with getting a picture, students also received an insight on the polio disease.

“Before, I wasn’t really aware what exactly polio was, and honestly, I didn’t really care,” freshman Mariel Pulido said. “I just wanted a picture with my friend. But when I spoke to the officers of the club I realized how big of an issue polio is, and that we can help do something about it.”

Mr. Boswell said he is proud of the “Polaroids for Polio” campaign, because it will make a difference in the long run to end polio.

“Although the kids don’t understand that they are supporting polio, they really are,” Mr. Boswell said. “Indirectly, it’s a kind of win-win [scenario].”

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NAHS gives hennas for fundraiser


National Art Honor Society (NAHS) members are painting hennas on students for $5 during their lunch hour in front of the cafeteria to raise money to buy art supplies needed for NAHS. They will continue to sell hennas throughout the school year on every Tuesday and Thursday of the first and third week of each month.

“Hennas seem to be something that many students are into,” said Elizabeth Jenkins, NAHS adviser. “This fundraiser is not a mass production; we don’t expect to raise money only doing this. We also raise money doing other fundraisers.”

Senior Serena Kandhari, NAHS vice president, came up with the idea to sell hennas. She found that many students liked them and that it would be a great way to raise money.

“When people wear them around school, they’re carrying around something beautiful that we made,“ Kandhari said, “At the same time they’re spreading awareness for our club and the arts in general.”

Kandhari said she feels joy when she spends time with her peers creating hennas for students. She takes pride in seeing members from NAHS participating in this fundraiser that is so meaningful to her.

“I think it’s great that people wear them, and it makes me really happy that people like and want to participate in something that’s part of my Indian culture and identity,” Kandhari said.

The money NAHS collect from selling hennas will go towards purchasing materials the club will use all year. Once they have raised enough money, the remaining money and most of the money collected during the sales will be used for funding community service projects, workshops, and field trips.

“The money doesn’t go to one specific charity. It is distributed among all the community service projects that we do such as Style Your Sole and Museum Day,” Ms. Jenkins said.

Ms.Jenkins said for right now she is using the same students to sell the hennas while the rest of the members of NAHS learn the technique and control that goes into creating a henna.

“It takes patience and a lot of control, “ Ms. Jenkins said, “Many of our members are new to this technique and are learning how to manage the different style of art,” Ms. Jenkins said.

Senior Gabrielle Gamarra, NAHS president, said NAHS encourages all of the club members to participate in the fundraiser. They currently have about 20 different members participating in the sales.

“We spent one meeting learning how to do henna,” Gamarra said. “Serena (Kandhari) taught the members and gave them tips so that they would be able to do it on others.”

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SGA hosts BCASC meeting


The Bay’s Student Government Association (SGA) was selected to hold a monthly Broward County Association of Student Council (BCASC) meeting on Oct. 15.

At the meeting students from the different schools discussed future projects such as homecoming and Honor Flight, where SGA sends World War II veterans to visit the Holocaust museum in Washington D.C.

Sophomore Emilie Vargas said the meeting was more of a business-oriented meeting than a fun one.

“These meetings are an essential part of how SGA runs around the county. In these meetings, we are able to discuss what topics or ideas the BCASC officers would like to inform the schools about,” she said.

The Bay’s SGA hosts the meeting once every three to four years. Executive Director of the Florida Association of Student Council (FASC), Michael Roland, selected the Bay’s SGA to host the meeting out of 36 schools in the district.

“The meeting was informative and helpful to the SGA members of Cypress Bay and the other schools of this county,” said Asher Michelson, SGA member.

Like Michelson, Vargas said the meeting allowed for schools to share ideas and improve upon current projects. Vargas also believed the meeting was helpful for newer SGA chapters to share ideas and improve upon current projects.

“The meeting was very productive,” Vargas said. “Not only were we able to elaborate on what our school is doing, but also we were able to hear and compare it to what other schools were doing.”

There were two guest speakers: one from the Red Cross and the other from the Humane Society. The Red Cross hoped to get the different chapters of student government to get CPR certified, and the Humane Society wanted the schools to donate supplies to the foundation.

SGA member Katie Keene said at the end there is a part of the meeting in which each school says what they do.

“The ‘At My School’ segment’s topic was homecoming, in which each school sends a representative up to the stage to give a brief summary on what they are doing for their homecoming week and dance” she said. “I love this part of the meeting, because we were able to hear the variety in what each school was doing.”

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Shape Club comes back after five year hiatus


After a five-year hiatus, Students Helping Achieve Philanthropic Excellence (SHAPE) is back at the Bay. The SHAPE club is a chapter of the larger SHAPE organization, which has been around for 10 years. It was reinstituted this school year when Broward County reached out to the school and asked if it was interested in restarting the program.

During each general meeting, SHAPE members participate in a lesson on philanthropy, the club’s focus. The club also focuses on community service.

“The message with SHAPE is that it’s not just about service hours. It teaches students to be philanthropic because it feels good and not because you’re going to earn an hour,” said Julie Klitzner, club sponsor.

Mrs. Klitzner was an advisor for SHAPE when she taught at Cooper City High School before they lost funding. She said she loved the program, and when the SHAPE organization wanted to restart the program at the Bay, she agreed to sponsor the club.

Because the club is new this year, officers had three board meetings to finalize their mission statement and club goals before planning club events.

“We aren’t hosting any definitive events yet. Right now we’re just coming up with ideas for events for the club,” said Luis Gonzalez, public relations officer.

SHAPE’s mission is to provide education for the needs of underprivileged primary school aged children.

Vice president Giovanna Harrell said she was introduced to the club while she sat in Mrs. Klitzner’s English class.

“Mrs. Klitzner introduced the club to the class and I just loved the idea of it. Also, it was different from all the other clubs at Cypress; I’d never heard of anything like it before,” Harrell said.

Since this is Harrell’s junior year at the Bay, she was looking to get involved in one of the many clubs the school has to offer. When she heard about SHAPE, Harrell said she knew she wanted to be a part of it.

“I decided to apply for an officer position, because I really wanted to make my mark on the school,” she said.

Secretary Leah John said she loves that through the club, she is able to help the community and also receive service hours for the events she attends as well.

“I joined SHAPE because the club is focused on philanthropy and I love helping others and volunteering in community service projects or events,” John said.

SHAPE’s first event for members to participate in is the Breast Cancer Walk on Oct. 31. Members have the opportunity to assist with registration, help hand out water and assist with activities at the park.

Alexa Luongo, community service coordinator, found out about the Breast Cancer Walk and knew it would be a great first event for SHAPE to partake in.

“Part of our club is community service, so I was looking at events in our community and breast cancer is something many people face,” she said. “I know a lot of people may have known somebody who has suffered from breast cancer or is suffering, so it’s an event that gives back to something we all know and care about.”

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Photo Club travels to Japanese Garden


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Thirty members of the Photo Club traveled to the Japanese Garden in Delray Beach on Oct. 22 to take macro photography shots, which are extremely close-up pictures, usually of very small subjects.

“The Gardens were a great place to go to, because they have great photo opportunities, and they also have an interesting history,” Ms. Jenkins, Photo Club sponsor, said.

The Photo Club has gone to the Everglades for a field trip before, but the Japanese garden presented the opportunity to shoot in a different environment.

“I was very excited to see all the different architecture and scenery that I have never seen before,” Ms. Jenkins said.

Members came with digital, instant and film cameras to capture shots of the scenery around the Japanese Garden and leave with new memories and friendships.

“I enjoyed taking many pictures of the scenery, because it was beautiful, and it looked pretty good on my camera,” freshman Sole Amadi said.

The club got to walk around the different areas of the Japanese Garden, including the Drops Dew, which brings six unique eras of Japanese gardening together.

“It was great to see the way culture can effect gardening” Ms. Jenkins said.

Senior Vicky Luzuriaga, Photo Club president, said she had a great time at the Garden getting to know the other members while taking pictures.

“I loved watching all my members get creative and enjoy themselves,” Luzuriaga said.  “That’s what the club is all about— promoting photography and not letting this art form die”.

Junior Erin Imhof expanded her knowledge of photography because all the members helped her find unique angles and viewpoints of the same subject to create diversity in the photographs taken.

“We worked together to help each other find different angels that really captured the photos we were trying to take,” Imhof said

Freshman Jessica Grandos said she is happy she went to the Gardens because there were so many photo opportunities, and they were all absolutely beautiful.

“I would love to go back to the Gardens again, especially in the spring when all flowers are blooming,” Grandos said. 

The next Photo Club event that is taking place will be Photo Phun Night on Nov. 18th in the school library.

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Students use lunchtime to complete homework


Junior Santiago Estrada crams in final studying for his sixth hour AP US History test during his fifth hour lunch. The 50-minute lunch periods allows students to not only catch up on homework and studying, but also get ahead.

“I try not to procrastinate on my homework when I get home from school, but some nights if I get home late or I just have too much homework, I have no choice but to finish it during my lunch,” Estrada said.

Estrada said he doesn’t like to finish homework during lunch, but he likes to review material for tests and quizzes right before he takes them.

“I started getting higher scores when I started studying during my lunch, even if I studied the night before,” Estrada said.

AP English Literature teacher Karen McNeely said that students need to learn to plan their work better and not save their homework for lunch because time management is one of the top priorities for success in college.

“Many students taking AP classes are overloaded with work but should use resources like a syllabus and agenda to look ahead and plan out when they can get their work done so they don’t wait until the last minute,” Mrs. McNeely said.

Mrs. McNeely said often times she sees students relying on each other for homework at the last minute.

“I see students taking pictures and copying assignments down when I post the assignments weeks ahead on my website,” Mrs. McNeely said.

Freshman Lillian Avrunin has the same issue as Estrada with finishing the amount of homework assigned each night.

“My teachers assign a lot of work and there’s no way I can get it all done without finishing it during lunch,” Avrunin said.

Sophomore Ana Stalhuth said she typically finishes her homework at home, but it depends on the workload. When she doesn’t get to finish, she uses lunchtime for last minute studying.

“I always do better on tests I have later in the day when I study during lunch,” Stalhuth said. “It helps me remember the content and be more prepared.”

Studying and doing homework during lunch allows students to learn time management with their busy schedules and better prepare for upcoming exams.

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Artists show creativity through contest


Students “Let Their Imagination Fly” this year for the Reflections Art contest organized by the PTSA. From more than 100 students entries, 11 winners were chosen. Entries were judged on artistic merit, creativity, mastery of medium and interpretation of theme. The art entry categories ranged from literature to dance choreography. Students had from mid September to October 13th to get their entries in.

“We are giving the kids a platform to write, to draw, to sing, to dance and this does not come under school curriculum,” said Natasha Samagond, PTSA co –chair committee. “This is something totally different, something that they have skills and talents in so we want to showcase that.”

This is PTSA’s first time participating in the Reflections Art Program. Every year the National PTSA collaborates with the U.S Department of Education to bring these programs to all schools.

“We enter every contest known to man in creative writing,” English teacher Joyce Seigel said. “Its another opportunity to be published, to have your work seen, and to use your imagination.”

Students are given the chance to submit an art piece that is not a class assignment and to push their creativity skills.

“It’s a good opportunity, I just don’t know why kids don’t do it,” Art teacher Elizabeth Jenkins said.

Winners will be honored at an award ceremony in November. Silvia Novelli and Mrs. Samagond, PTSA co-chairs, judged the artwork and chose the winners for the school level.

“Each of the entries had an artist statement to read and to understand their thought process, it was just amazing,” Mrs. Samagond said.

Students had to follow specific rules for each category and also have legible handwriting, or they could be disqualified.

“The guidelines were not strict at all,” senior Vicky Luzuriaga said. “Which let me sort of move around the general topic to work with something that was more creative and more ‘me.’”

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