Seen On Campus: White Converse


The Circuit takes a closer look at a trend seen on campus through still photography and video footage.

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Weekend of tweets and traditions

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Dual enrollment students leave school early


As the bell rings indicating the end of sixth period, students leave campus. These students are not signing out early or skipping class. They are leaving for their regular dismissal.

Senior Haley Becker leaves at 1 p.m. everyday because she takes an online class. She has been leaving school early for three years now, and said that it is one of the best decisions she has made in high school.

“I think it’s a really good idea because it allows me to go home and have time to work on my online class,” Becker said.

Students who are in dual enrollment classes, online classes, or athletes who have a 3.0 GPA are leaving early depending on the number of activities each student is participating in.

Guidance director Marlene Sanders said about 254 students this year have arranged their schedule to fit afterschool activities.

“Students can have their schedules arranged for dual enrollment and online classes except for ninth graders. We changed that this year,” Ms. Sanders said.

Balancing water polo practice, an online class and a part-time job at Hollister, senior Annaliese Schultz benefits from leaving early.

“I don’t feel overwhelmed at all by my schedule. I manage my time pretty well and enjoy all of my extracurriculars,” Schultz said.

Since so many students end the day early, they are required to show an early dismissal ID card in order to be dismissed.

“We have to check their ID cards that have pictures and make sure they are legit to leave early, and if they don’t have proper documents they can’t leave,” campus monitor Sherryl Wooten said.

Early dismissal opportunities allow students to enroll in higher level classes at Broward College, Broward College English professor Janet Cortez said.

“There are a lot of students in Broward that dual enroll compared to Miami-Dade, and I have found that the Weston school system seems to do exceedingly well,” she said.

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Cultural foods mix with the holidays at the Bay



On Hanukkah, senior Noah Friedland eagerly awaits his latkes and sufiganiyot, two things he eats every night during the holiday. Both of these foods are considered to be traditional Hanukkah items, which consist of things that are either fried in oil or made of cheese. Latkes are potato pancakes mixed with onions and fried to a crispy finish, and the sufiganiyots are jelly-filled donuts.

The Bay is filled with a mix of cultures from around the world. Because of this, holiday meals are as varied as the student body.

image2“It’s awesome that everyone gets to express his or her culture without having to conform to anybody,” Friedland said. “There aren’t any authorities saying ‘no you can’t be this.’”

Senior Krystina Ruggiero follows the Feast of the Seven Fishes, an Italian tradition of unknown origin where the family eats seven different types of fish on Christmas. Ruggiero said her favorite part about the meal is the stuffing and the fact that it brings her family closer together.

“Eating different foods is a part of a culture, and the tradition in our family just brings us close as an Italian family, and it makes us remember where we come from and how important it is to celebrate our culture,” she said.

Sophomore Samantha Burns eats Venezuelan hallacas, a mixture of beef, pork, chicken, green olives, raisins and capers wrapped in cornmeal dough, and pan de jamon, sweet bread filled with ham, green olives and raisins. Because her stepmom is Cuban, she also gets to enjoy a lot of the Cuban foods, such as lechon, which is roast pork.

“It kind of keeps us connected to our culture and who we are because it’s something you do every year that people from our countries have been doing for generations,” she said.

Junior Alex Roca’s Christmas dinner consists of Spanish turron, a sweet almond bar, and galets. She said her favorite part about her Christmas dinner is the galet soup, which is a soup made with a specific type of pasta, because it reminds her of her grandmother.

“It reminds me of her and the taste brings back memories,” she said.

For Burns, the best part about these traditions is that people keep part of the country they’re from with them.

“Although people should adapt to the countries that they move to, they should always keep a part of the country they’re from with them because it is part of them,” she said.

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Club of the Month: Ecology Club

Club of the Month is a recurring segment that highlights one of the 89 clubs at the Bay. This month, staffer Emma Sunshine interviewed senior and president of Ecology Club Emily Podolsky.

What is the purpose of the club?

The purpose of the club is to help preserve the environment through beach cleanups and promoting recycling. We also want to make people aware of what is going on in our environment and spark their interest in helping. We want to work in the school and community to improve our natural environment. We meet every Tuesday in Room 201 with our sponsor, Ms. Joseph.


What are events are coming up?

Right now, we’re selling succulents, which are small plants, after school for a week in November. After that, we’re planning on doing a beach cleanup with Marine Science Club. A few times a year, the club has team-building activities, where we do things such as planting and selling small plants and making homemade recycled paper.

What sets you apart from other clubs?

We care so much about the environment and we want to make a change. We provide services to the school. At every meeting, we pick up recycling from teachers who have agreed to collect recyclable materials in their classroom. We also interact with the community more through hands-on activities like beach cleanups and volunteering at local parks.

What are your goals for this year?

Our goals for the year are to let the school know that Ecology Club exists. We also want to raise their awareness to what’s going on in the environment and help make the world a better place.

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Club of the Month: Key Club


Club of the Month is a recurring segment that highlights one of the 89 clubs at the Bay. This month, staffer Sophie Schifter interviewed senior and president of Key Club Dixon Yeung.

“Key Club is the world’s largest and oldest youth service organization in the world and has been chartered for almost as long as the school has been around,” said Dixon Yeung. Key Club meets every other week, alternating between Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

What is the purpose of the club?

We offer our members at least one service project opportunity a week, whether it is helping at the local soup kitchen in Fort Lauderdale, a beach clean-up at Hollywood Beach, or assisting handicapped individuals ride horses as therapeutic treatment at a Davie ranch. We also place an emphasis on leadership development and leadership by service, which is why we offer 11 officer positions every year. Key Club has been having several opportunies for leadership and helping out during the school year.

Do you have any events coming up?

The next upcoming events we will have are our first Horses and Handicapped (where we help handicapped individuals ride horses as therapy), Glam-A-Thon (which is a large walk in South Florida that raises money for breast cancer), and a volunteer opportunity at a soup kitchen. We also plan on having a Car Smash where we will have a junk car and will provide a sledgehammer to the members in our club to “strike out” MNT. We will charge a small fee to hit the car, with all proceeds going to the project. This will help eliminate a disease called Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus. This will take place in November.

What sets you apart from other clubs?

While some clubs may offer high school students service hours by donating canned goods or money, Key Club places an emphasis on meaning. Key Club went to Western High School to help sort, package and hand-out the goods, giving them directly to the people who needed it.

What are your goals for this year?

Our goal for this year is to bring more exciting, creative and meaningful service projects to our members, as well as surpass the number of members we had last year, which was over 230.

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Hoco or noco: Students opt out of going to homecoming dance



While all of his friends will be attending homecoming on Oct. 18, junior Ben Kaner will be attending a debate tournament in the Bronx in New York.

“I kind of have to go, but I mostly chose to,” he said. “This is a very big tournament for debate and I can always go to homecoming and other events next year.”

Due to conflicts and the other personal choices, not everyone goes to the homecoming dance.

With tickets being $80, transportation ranging from $25 to $65 and the price of a dress being between $40 and $200, senior Sarah Dickerman doesn’t think that homecoming is an event that is worth it for the price of it all.

“It’s too expensive and it’s overcrowded,” Dickerman said. “I figured I could go to prom instead of homecoming.”

Freshman Amanda Chin does not feel like going to homecoming this year.

“I would rather go junior or senior year,” she said. “If I went this year, I probably wouldn’t go the other years.”

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Chin said that her friends are not going this year, so she decided not to either.

“I don’t know anyone going this year,” she said. “Not a lot of freshman end up going to homecoming. It would be worth going when I’m an upperclassmen, but not as a freshman.”

Sophomore Sterling Wertanzl is also attending the debate tournament in the Bronx. As a member of the varsity team, she chose to go to the tournament over homecoming.

“We travel a lot to compete nationally,” she said. “And it’s out of state, so it’ll be fun.”

SGA adviser Danielle Nascimento said that the dance is really the finale of the spirit week as a whole.

“What’s great is we do offer a lot of homecoming activities that don’t require anyone to buy anything, and we have a whole week of activities that are priceless,” she said. “The dance is just that finale at the end of the week, so it just allows people to experience the full entirety of homecoming.”

Wertanzl likes the idea that everyone can go to homecoming, including freshmen.

“I know that prom is only for seniors or whoever gets asked by a senior,” she said. “I like the concept of it. I like how it’s early in the year and it’s a fun thing that everyone can do.

Junior Ashley Callahan is going to homecoming for the second year in a row. She won sophomore homecoming princess last year and is running for junior homecoming princess this year.

“It was great seeing everyone dressed up, and just having such a good time,” she said. “The music was great, the decorations were awesome, it was just really fun.”

Callahan is looking forward to seeing how the decorations and new venue will turn out. She said that homecoming is an event that everyone should go to.

“It’s such a great way to have fun with your friends outside of school,” she said. “It’s a dance. Everyone loves music and having a good time. It’s cool going to a hotel and going to homecoming and it’s really fun.

Mrs. Nascimento said that homecoming is a high school event that students should experience.

“Homecoming is one of those experiences that people will remember when they leave here,” she said. “People should take advantage of as many of those experiences as they can, and homecoming is definitely one of them. If students haven’t been to our homecoming, they should go. They should experience it at least once in their high school career because it’s definitely a great time and definitely doesn’t compare to schools around the county.”

The homecoming dance will take place at the Westin Diplomat Resort and Spa in Hollywood on Oct. 18. The dance starts at 7:30 and entrance will not be granted after 8:30.



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Challenge Accepted: Students take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Challenge Accepted: Students take on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge




Dumping a bucket of ice water on oneself will not cure the fatal disease known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. However, videos of this trend have taken over social media, raised global awareness and over $115 million for the ALS Association.

Along with donating money, students at the Bay have taken on the ALS Challenge with a personal approach.

As an intern at Cleveland Clinic Hospital this past summer, junior Kendra Blandon worked directly with patients suffering from ALS while the challenge was exploding on social media networks.

“I got to meet a few patients when the challenge was just starting, so it was interesting to see the progression and how big the challenge got,” Blandon said. “At the beginning of my internship, I didn’t know what ALS was, but after I started talking to the patients, a woman I met was crying because she was so happy to see a video of her cousin doing the challenge.”

This experience encouraged Blandon to participate in the challenge herself. She said the challenges’ prevalence on social media helped raise awareness for the disease.

“Even if only half the people take the time to look it up, it is still raising awareness in someway,” she said. “Honestly, I would not have donated to ALS if it weren’t for the challenge because there were other charities that affected me more personally like the cancer research center at Cleveland Clinic. But when I did my challenge, I donated and asked all of my friends to donate as well.”

After losing her grandpa to ALS a few years ago, junior Lacey Larson was aware of the foundation before the challenge went viral online. Larson and all of her family members participated in the challenge and donated money.

“My family donates to ALS research with ALS Association, and we make sure we give back every bit that we can as a family to make sure people don’t have to go through what my grandpa went through,” she said.

Larson said none of her friends was aware of the disease before the challenge took effect on social media outlets. Her friend from New York nominated her for the challenge and she said it was amazing to see people from all over contributing to the foundation.

“It was nice to see that a disease that marginally affects people and completely consumes their lives, that people are taking recognition of it and realizing how much it harms someone and their family,” she said.

ALS is a horrible disease and the challenge is without a doubt raising awareness and money, but it is not a cure, sophomore Alex Schein said.

Schein, who has not been affected personally by the disease, contributed to the association by participating in the challenge and donating money.

“As the charitable person that I am, I understand the hardships that people have, so by doing the challenge I am spreading awareness and encouraging others to donate and spread awareness,” he said. “Millions of people are doing it. I think it is helpful to a certain extent. But now we really need to put this money to use and find a cure for these people who are suffering.”

From Twitter to Facebook, junior Sabrina Kim’s newsfeeds were flooded with videos of friends, teachers and even celebrities dumping ice on their heads.

I probably would not have known about ALS if it weren’t for the challenge,” Kim said. “The challenge has gotten so viral that it has become something that everyone knows about, which is awesome.”

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In a rush: high schoolers look forward to college sororities

[caption id="attachment_5539" align="alignright" width="610"]Florida State University's Alpha Delta Phi pledges pose on bid day. Florida State University’s Alpha Delta Phi pledges pose on bid day.[/caption]


Rush Week, also known as recruitment week for sororities, has recently concluded at college campuses across the nation. Schools such as University of Florida and Florida State University have Cypress Bay alum that have recently pledged to their dream sororities.

Girls and boys alike here at the Bay have been talking about the Rush Week hype. Students with future aspirations to join a sorority or fraternity have been living vicariously through those who have just finished pledging.

“Seeing Rush Week pictures and tweets makes me so excited for my future in college,” junior Georgi Cowan said.

Rush Week is a seven-day process in which “PNMs” (potential new members) go from house to house, being interviewed and analyzed by existing members of each sorority/fraternity.

The Greek community takes great pride in this week, as it determines who will be placed in each house. For some, observing this event was completely fascinating.

“It was really weird to watch. I heard it was really stressful,” UF freshman Andrea Quintero said. “It was really hot out, yet the girls still had to look nice while walking around campus. Some girls didn’t follow through with the entire rush week because they couldn’t handle the pressure. There are just so many rounds, and from my understanding you have to like the sorority and the sorority has to like you. There has to be a mutual connection between the house and the pledge.”

For Rachel Iserson, CBHS Class of 2014, pledging Gamma Phi Beta at FSU was well worth it.

“Overall, rush at FSU is a week’s worth of girl-flirting and uncomfortable shoes,” Iserson said. “Obviously it’s super nerve racking because every house is looking for something different and you don’t know what to expect.”

Picking a sorority is based on how well candidates associate with the girls in each house.

“I picked my sorority because each day that I went back the conversations were genuine and personal,” Iserson said. ”Rather than small talk and nonsense discussion, I felt like I got to know the girls as if they were actually my friends.”

UF graduate Debby Costello, a former sorority girl, said sororities and fraternities have different ways of rushing pledges, but all have one common goal:  to inform students about the potential benefits of Greek Life.

“My sorority, Delta Gamma, was based on doing community service for people that have visual impairments. It was very rewarding and definitely helped to mold my character,” Costello said.

Philanthropy is one of the activities in which Greek students invest heavily. Jordan Mckinnon, CBHS Class of 2014 and now at University of South Florida, said she looked out for a house that participated in a lot of community service.

“I’m looking for the house that’s best for me with the philanthropy I’m passionate about,” Mckinnon said.

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