Hurricane scare causes chaos



As Hurricane Matthew was predicted to approach Florida, sophomore Devon Cohen and her family decided to avoid the storm and fly up to New York.

“I had been wanting to go to New York for a while to see my camp friends, and then the two days off of school was perfect timing,” Cohen said. “My mom, sister and I didn’t want to sit at home with nothing to do all weekend.”

Cohen said she took advantage of the hurricane warning, because she got to go on a mini-vacation.

“We went to New York Wednesday right after school after we heard that school would be canceled on Thursday and Friday,” Cohen said. “We wanted to go before the storm was supposed to hit where it could possibly delay our flight or even cancel it completely.  Before we left, we prepared for the hurricane like everyone else, by getting food, water and putting up shutters.”

Nearly 11 years after Hurricane Wilma hit Florida, many students at the Bay without plane tickets prepared for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew. Senior Drew Krumper spent three hours putting up shutters around the house with his mom.

“We were expecting to get hit hard,” Krumper said. “I felt like putting up shutters was a waste of time, but in the end, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.”

Krumper was relieved when he heard that school would be cancelled due to the hurricane.

“My mom and I needed time to run errands and get supplies, along with putting up shutters,” Krumper said. “It was also really nice to get a couple of extra days off and relieve some stress that school has been putting on me.”

Krumper and his mom worried that their preparation for the hurricane might have been insufficient.

“My mom was scared that the hurricane could really hit us hard; she thought it had the potential to turn out like Hurricane Andrew,” Krumper said.

Unlike Krumper, junior Daniella Paretti said it was her parents who got the house ready for the storm; however, she did help out in some ways.

“I expected the storm to be pretty strong considering all the damage it has done to Haiti, Cuba, and the Bahamas,” Paretti said. “I helped put up shutters and filled up gas tanks to be fully ready for the storm to come our way.”

Philosophy teacher Ralph Cannizzaro prepared for the hurricane by getting candles, flashlights, food, and water, even though he did not expect anything to happen. Although he did not foresee a strong storm, he said that it is always beneficial to prepare for one

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One in 4,700: Alec Marsh


With the ultimate purpose of engaging, involving and connecting the Bay’s diverse community, The Circuit has launched an ongoing multimedia project that highlights the individual stories of students, teachers and staff through still photography, videos and personal narration.

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Personality Profile: Sterling Wertanzl



Senior Sterling Wertanzl never imagined that she would be so successful in debate when she took Debate 1 in middle school. This introductory class taught her to learn how to formulate arguments, do research and learn other aspects of speech and debate.

In her middle school debate class, Wertanzl got the opportunity to meet and interact with high school students who were highly involved with debate and participated in competitions. She got the chance to experiment with different forms of speech and see which one she enjoyed the most.

“That’s how we were kind of born into the team,” Wertanzl said. “It helped me gain a perspective of how things go around in debate.”

Debate has been an integral part of Wertanzl’s life for five years now.

“When I started debate, I could not see myself being such a big part of the debate community which I find ironic, because now I can’t see myself doing any other activity,” Wertanzl said.

Wertanzl said that she wasn’t always this passionate about debate.

“The more successful I became, the more importance debate started having in my life,” Wertanzl said. “As I started competing, I realized that what I said truly impacted my audience.”

On multiple occasions, spectators of the competitions Wertanzl participated in would thank her for doing a specific argument or talking about a certain issue that rarely is discussed. With years of experience in competitions, Wertanzl always chose topics that were very important to her.

“These issues were usually very close to my heart,” Wertanzl said. “Believing in it myself helps me convince other people to see the topic’s significance. Moments like these made debate very important to me. It became an outlet, a medium for me to express myself and to spread a message and to persuade people to change the world.”

Wertanzl is the Interpretation Event Captain on the Debate team. Along with several otheraccomplishments, Wertanzl is also National Speech and Debate Association Points Leader.  She enjoys interpretation events because she is able to be persuasive to an audience through acting.

“For these type of events we usually go for a political or humanitarian approach,” Wertanzl said. “We use a very persuasive element that helps us bring forth change.”

Alyssa Fiebrantz, the Director of Debate at the Bay, has known Wertanzl for two years.  She accompanies Wertanzl and the rest of the team to all of their tournaments.

“I’m really excited for this upcoming year because I think [Wertanzl] will exhibit the same amount of success and passion for the event,” Ms. Fiebrantz said. “She is a really hardworking student and I think she will see a lot of that triumph this year too.”

Within Interpretation, Wertanzl’s favorite event is the Program Oral Interpretation (POI), which is a program of different splices and pieces of prose. Each one of those genres can represent a different character, but all of it comes together to formulate an argument. In her junior year, Wertanzl brought her ranking in POI events up to number one in the country.

“I consider this to be one of my biggest triumphs,” Wertanzl said. “But not only that, it was also the most enjoyable event of my junior year in speech and debate. It was an indescribable feeling, being number one in the nation. It made me realize the importance of your voice and how much you can do just by using it. Being number one meant that my topic resonated with so many people and that was what really mattered to me.”

Although she has been competing for years in speech and debate, Wertanzl admitted that she still gets very nervous before events.

“Most of those nerves honestly work in my favor,” Wertanzl said. “I think one of the best tips, which works for me at least, is that I listen to very loud music. I try to block everybody out and focus on who I am and what my argument is. I think about how much I enjoy what I’m doing, and how badly I want people to listen to what I have to say.”

Wertanzl said she would recommend debate to anybody who is interested in bringing forth change.

“Even if you’re shy, learning these communication skills and learning important social gestures and learning how to speak in front of an audience is a great way to gain exposure,” Wertanzl said. “Public speaking, which is one of the biggest fears in the world, has become my favorite thing to do. I really came out of my shell and I think anyone who let’s themselves out of their comfort zone can really do that.”

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Club involvement positively impacts students’ lives



Ever since the Bay opened, it has been known for its large number of clubs and student-run organizations. There are more than 100 clubs and so many have had an impact on students’ lives, whether that be through offering leadership abilities, helping find friends that last forever, or even setting up jobs after graduation.

Student Government Association (SGA) is one of the many student-run organizations here at the Bay. It is in charge of organizing school wide events such as spirit week, pep rallies and school dances.

“You don’t just enjoy your high-school experiences with SGA, you create your high school experiences,” SGA president and senior Alexa Young said.

SGA has been able to give students various opportunities outside of school. For example, Young was able to do an internship with congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz thanks to her involvement in SGA.

Young is also a part of the superintendent’s student advisory committee with nine other students in Broward County. Once a quarter, her committee gets together to discuss issues in the county’s schools and address any matter that needs to be changed.

“SGA opened my eyes to the fact that I am I multitalented person. I don’t just sing and act, I am also good at leadership.” Young said.

Senior Yazmin Jimenez said that SGA has helped her come out of her shell and really become a better leader. After joining SGA last year, her passion for the organization grew, and she is now the SGA historian for the 2016-2017 school year.

“Before SGA, I was too shy to approach people and even take initiative, now I am a social butterfly with a creative mind ready to help my school in any way possible,” Jimenez said.

Along with helping students develop their leadership skills, SGA provides students with the opportunity to form close bonds with their fellow club mates.

Alumnus Edward Moreno was grateful that Mrs. Nascimento, the SGA adviser, took a chance on him, and he ended up making some of his closest friends in SGA.

“Even though I’m an alumnus, I can come back to visit and I will still feel welcomed,” Moreno said. “It’s kind of like a sorority, sisters for life.”

Another club that has had a positive effect on students’ lives is Photo Club. This club allows students to practice and improve their photography skills with the help of their adviser Mrs. Jenkins and the officer board.

Senior and president of Photo Club Erin Imhof has gotten many opportunities from being a part of the club.

“I am a volunteer photo ambassador for the city of Weston and I photographed the 20th anniversary of Weston the other week,” Imhof said. “It was so wild, I felt like a professional.”

Another officer, junior Mollie Guerrero, has also felt that Photo Club has made a significant impact on her life because of all the new skills she was able to learn.

“As a result of being in photo club, I have learned and grown a lot,” Guerrero said. “My photography skills have improved tremendously, because of our wonderful sponsor Mrs. Jenkins, and the constructive criticism I receive from everyone in the club. Tweaking small things that seem insignificant can change a picture much more than you would think, and by going out to take pictures so often, I’m building my future portfolio early on.”

Not only has Photo Club helped students improve their photography skills, but also many students have submitted their work and have received recognition for it, like junior Danielle Bass.

“I have submitted some of my photos to different contests and have received an honorable mention for one and second place for the other which I never thought would have been possible,” Bass said. “The club has definitely changed my life. I have become so involved in it and learned so much about photography techniques that I would’ve never known if I hadn’t joined.”

DECA is a business-oriented school organization that has provided students with opportunities and leadership skills that can be applied both in school and out of school.

Sophomore Ana Jaramillo joined the organization because she saw how it helped her sister grow into a confident individual and wanted to see what DECA had in store for her.

“In only a year, I have grown a huge amount of confidence. DECA put me in charge of so many activities and being a leader allowed me to realize that I am capable of anything,”Jaramillo said.

Last year Jaramillo was a part of the DECA Leadership council for her teacher Mrs. Dubrow and is now a part of DECA’s executive council that organizes events, fundraisers and socials for the chapter. She said she is happy that DECA gives students the freedom to create and execute projects in their own way, with the guidance of advisers.

“I love to be a part of an organization that allows students to reach for the stars,” Jaramillo said.

DECA has also given students a variety of opportunities even after they graduate. Lauren Babitz, an alumna that now attends the University of Florida, is working with DECA Inc. to make workbooks to help students prepare for competition.

“So far I have finished three entrepreneurship workbooks, and have more marketing workbooks in the works,” Babitz said.

Being involved in DECA has allowed Babitz to develop necessary skills for college and make her feel more prepared than she would’ve been had she not joined the organization.

“Now that I’m in college, I realize how much DECA has placed me ahead of my peers,” Babitz said. “It has given me superior public speaking skills, presentation skills, and leadership skills that a surprising number of college students lack. DECA has not only changed my life, it has become a part of my life, because of DECA I am a better leader, a better business professional and a better person.”

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Summer jobs provide opportunities for students


Senior Alexa Young had the opportunity to intern for Debbie Wasserman-Schultz at the Capitol office in Washington D.C. As Student Government AssOciation (SGA) President, Young said she would love to further her career in government and politics; in a way, this internship helped pave the way for her future.

“Debbie Wasserman Schultz gave me a wide range of knowledge that allowed me to learn basic techniques and skills in order to become a future congresswoman,” Young said.

However, Young was not the only student at The Bay to receive an opportunity to explore her future careers through internships and jobs this summer.

Sophomore Daniel Gomez was given a chance to experiment with a possible career choice he would pursue in the future.
“During my internship I worked with a company called Ultimate Software, which provided me a special opportunity to learn how to code and overcome obstacles,” Gomez said.
Gomez gained experience communicating with people of all ages, which gave him skills to be successful during his internship and future endeavors.

“Everyone was extremely nice and open to helping me with whatever I needed,” Gomez said. “This made it much easier to get used to this new environment in the first week of the program.”
Gomez hopes to follow the programming path in the future, a dream he has had since he was young.

“At a young age, I knew I wanted to do something regarding math or science because I am strong in those subjects,” Gomez said. “Since coding was available as a class freshman year, I knew this was the perfect chance to do what I love.”

Like Gomez, Young said her internship would give her insight for her future career goals.

“This summer gave me an opportunity to explore more about our country, and I would love to help make sure that we are furthering a progressive agenda,” Young said. “I also want to ensure that the district I grew up in is in good hands. I have always been interested in one day running for Congress and working with Debbie Wasserman Schultz, so I took this internship.”

Another example of a student pursuing her passion is Cayla Suchlicki, who worked at Mazzei Orthodontics in Coral Springs over the summer to understand more of what orthodontists do on a daily basis.

“I started in August for three days a week working 9 hours a day,” Suchlicki said. “It was a lot of hard work, but the staff made it much easier because they all wanted the best for me.”

She knew she wanted to intern over the summer at an orthodontist office and was glad she was given the chance to not only observe the orthodontist, but work as well.

“During my internship, I was observing for the first week, but after that I took oral x-rays, took molds of patients teeth and I cleaned the instruments,” Suchlicki said. “It was interesting to see the difference between each patient and the instruments being used for each procedure.”

Senior Sammy Srebnick worked as a counselor at Pine Crest this summer for boys going into second grade. She had never experienced anything like it before.

“I have never been in charge of so many younger kids before, so being with them for seven hours each day over the summer allowed me to connect with them and see them as a bunch of little brothers while still teaching me new facets of responsibility,” Srebnick said.

Srebnick said she felt like a parent to these boys and worked hard to gain their respect and keep them in line.”

“I took them to activities including football, soccer, and art and crafts and I was also able to participate,” Srebnick said. “During the activities, I made sure they always respected others by listening to the specialists in charge.”

After being in contact with children for a whole summer, Srebnick said she reevaluated her future career choices.

“Depending on what I do in college, working with younger children is something I will consider in the future, “Srebnick said.

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Seen on Campus: Vineyard Vines

Julia Brilliant takes a closer look at a trend seen on campus through still photography.

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Storify: Students rave about Ultra Music Festival on social media


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Students debate course options offered

With a variety of classes offered at the Bay, students often debate which one to take. The Circuit’s staff spoke with students and teachers about their opinions on the most controversial course choices.


AP English Language vs. AICE English Language


Sophomore Valentina Sanchez found herself confused when it came to choosing her English course for her upcoming junior year. Like her, many students are on the fence about taking either AP or AICE English language. Both classes are different, however they coincide in several areas.

“It was very difficult for me when choosing between AP or AICE language, because I tended to listen to what my friends said,” Sanchez said. “It was hard because I know that AICE has a better system, but AP is easier to transcript for college admissions.”

AICE language is based on the Cambridge program. The final exam consists of writing several essays over two consecutive days. Throughout the school year, the students are taught to read and analyze different genres of novels from different eras in time. Some of the books students read include, “The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas,” “The Great Gatsby” and “Slaughterhouse Five.”

“AICE English Language helps me expand my horizons as a writer and allows me to express my mind,” junior Isabella Armas said. “I love how we read novels from different time periods, because I learn the different writing styles.”

Junior Adrian Macchiato said AP English Language focuses on more specific topics like corrupt dystopian societies. The final AP College Board exam consists of three essays and a multiple-choice section.

Macchiato said students usually are not assigned with homework because they are expected to read the novels that are presented. For every novel that is read, students complete multiple choice question tests and discussions to test their comprehension and analysis. Some of the books they have read are “1984”, “Animal Farm” and “Invisible Man.”

“In the beginning of the year, I thought the class was somewhat difficult because I wasn’t used to analyzing language the way I do now,” junior Sofia Angulo said. “Once I got the hang of it, the class became enjoyable and interesting.”

English teacher Margarete Marchetti said both classes require skills like reading, writing and analyzing texts or novels from different genres.

“Both, AP and AICE, are rigorous courses and have discipline. However, if a student is planning on staying in Florida for college, the AICE program is perfectly accepted,” Marchetti said. “If he or she is planning on going out of state, AP is a better option.”



Honors Chemistry vs. Regular Chemistry


Sophomore Kayleigh Powers was looking for a way to simplify her life. After experiencing the workload in honors chemistry, she decided to switch into regular chemistry.

“The honors classes were definitely a faster pace and more in depth,” Powers said. “I felt overwhelmed sitting in class trying to take in all the information.”

Powers said she thinks it is important to take higher-level classes in subjects you enjoy, rather than focusing on the ones you do not.

“There’s no point in stressing out over a subject you aren’t good at, especially if you aren’t interested in it,” Powers said.

Chemistry teacher Ana Riusech, who teaches honors and regular chemistry, said the honors course is more math based.

“Honors requires a B or higher in Algebra I Honors, while Regular requires a C+ or higher in Algebra I regular,” Mrs. Riusech said.

Sophomore Rebecca Grinker says she struggled with honors chemistry at first because of the new material.

“I was nervous about honors because I had heard different things about it. Some people said it was not a difficult class, while others warned me not to take it,” Grinker said.  “It eventually gets easier because you get a better understanding of what the teacher is looking for.”

Grinker said a troublesome aspect of honors chemistry is the recurrence of previously learned information.

“The challenging part of the class is it keeps building on what you’ve learned,” Grinker said. “If you’re having trouble with one concept, you will have trouble with it the rest of the year if you don’t perfect it.”

Grinker said she recommends anyone who is unsure of which class, to take the time to make the decision carefully.

“I recommend honors for those that have strong math skills and can handle a fast pace,” Grinker said. “The teachers will not go over anything you have trouble with because you are responsible for your own success in the class.”


AP US History vs. Honors US History


The Civil War, The American Revolution, George Washington and Woodrow Wilson are all names and battles that AP U.S. History (APUSH) students need to remember for the final AP exam.

Several juniors are in the middle of their APUSH courses, preparing to face the College Board AP exam, which encompasses U.S. history from 1450 all the way to 2011, which spans 31 chapters.

“APUSH is a class that people should only take if they truly like history and are good in analyzing situations in general, because there is a lot of information and specific details that make the class harder,” junior Ana Jaua said.

Even though some students might consider the course challenging, junior Larissa Martins finds the class interesting and well paced.

“U.S history is one of my favorite classes; I get to know to a certain depth what happened in the country before we were born, and it is interesting to see how the world has evolved through time,” Martins said.

AP U.S. History teacher Erica Salmeri said students are expected to be able to deeply analyze texts so their reading levels should be developed before entering the class.

“The students need to have intellectual capability and work ethic to be able to get into the course and their analytical skills need to be high to be able to analyze documents and write essays,” Ms. Salmeri said.

However, many students may consider U.S. history honors a more fitting course.

“I love U.S. history honors because even though it is less rigorous than AP, we still get to learn a huge part of the history,” junior Adriana Vivas said.

In addition to AP, United States history honors is offered as an alternative for students to take. It covers history from the Reconstruction era after the Civil War to modern times. As opposed to AP, students enrolled in U.S. history honors are required to pass an End of Course Exam at the end of the year with a score of three or above.

Vivas said she is confident in her ability to pass the test at the end of the year because she feels adequately prepared from the course work and her teacher’s lectures.

“I think that we have been preparing really well for the EOC, so I don’t think it will be that much of a challenge,” she said.


AP Government/AP Economics vs. Honors Government/Economics



Senior Sophia Cohen realized when picking her classes last year that she didn’t have enough time in a day.  She decided to opt out of taking a two-hour block of AP Government/AP Economics and take a one-hour class of AP Government/Honors Economics.

“I realized I just didn’t have the amount of time in my day to devote two periods on my schedule to take AP Government/AP Economics,” Cohen said.  “I already had a really rigorous senior schedule, so there was really no need to feel obliged to take it when I could take AP Government/Honors Economics and still have a very intense schedule.”

AP Government teacher Jason Gordon said the major difference between Honors government and AP government is the intensity and depth of the material.

“This class is very in depth and a lot of information about the intricacies of the governmental system,” Mr. Gordon said. “A lot of times in the Honors portion of the class, it is very surface oriented, where you just have to know the vocabulary and understand the general concept. Whereas in AP government, the students need to understand the details of the words and apply them to the government being studied.”

Honors government teacher Darlene Weber said she feels that while Honors Government is time consuming, it is more manageable and less prolonged for a student who is not looking to pursue a career in government.

“AP Government is completely off the wall, there is a lot of material to learn and a lot at stake,” Mrs. Weber said. “In Honors you have to learn your material, it’s a little critical thinking, you have to study a little at home, but it is mostly taught in class and definitely is not extremely time consuming.”

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