Posted on 05 March 2014.
BY JENNIFER SCHONBERGER
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT EDITOR
When the winter season strikes and most states are faced with snowstorms and heavy coats, South Floridians miss out on the extreme seasonal experience. Still, this minimal change in weather doesn’t stop stores in Florida and their customers from taking part in winter fashion trends.
Laenar Nixon, manager of the UGG Australia store at the Aventura Mall, said even though the store’s shoe products are useful for keeping people warm in colder places, the store still does well with business in the warmer location of Florida.
“The change in seasons affects our store in a good way no matter what,” Mr. Nixon said. “The sheepskin we use in our shoes breathes in the summertime and keeps you warm during the winter time.”
Mr. Nixon said the UGG store’s location in Florida is convenient in many ways.
“Here, our prices are better than they are up north,” he said. “And we sell more sandals with sheepskin inside of them during the summer.”
Junior Tyler Anne Giglio who works at Hollister in Pembroke Gardens said she notices a change in the apparel customers buy when winter rolls around.
“When winter comes, more people start buying jeans and sweaters,” Giglio said.
Junior Rebecca Oh said even though it doesn’t stay cold for a long time in the winter, she still goes shopping for winter apparel.
“I hate the cold so when it gets colder outside, I shop for jeans, sweaters, boots, and long sleeve shirts,” she said.
Sophomore Brianna Buckley said she doesn’t feel the need to buy any new clothes for the winter because it doesn’t get that cold.
“When it’s wintertime, I can just throw on a jacket or maybe jeans,” she said. “I think it’s weird when people wear UGG boots in Florida because they’re meant for snow.”
Giglio said during the winter, customers often are disappointed when they can’t find lighter clothes.
“People will get annoyed that they can’t find shorts because we sell nationally rather than by each state’s needs,” Giglio said. “I think stores should sell according to the state’s conditions because it never gets that cold in Florida.”
Jodee Fox, manager of A Nose For Clothes in Weston Town Center, said the store doesn’t sell clothing that is too heavy for Florida’s weather.
“When we do our buying for the winter, we still buy dark clothing, but not the real heaviest if we can avoid it,” she said.
Mrs. Fox said she thinks people in Florida still make good use of warmer clothing.
“People will buy things like scarves and leather jackets and just hold on to them for those few cold days that come up,” she said. “Also, a lot of areas get tourism, so sometimes tourists will buy heavy items and take them back up north or to other countries.”
Posted on 28 February 2014.
BY JUANA CAPELLUTO
Posted on 27 February 2014.
BY HALEY HARDING AND MARIOLY CHACON
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 and personal narration.
Posted on 27 February 2014.
BY TARA BAGHERLEE
Sophomore Mitchell Woolley has traveled “around the world in 15 years.” England, India, Aruba, Ridgewood, N.J., and Weston are all the places Woolley has lived, due to his father’s job with the Marriott hotel chain.
After moving to Weston this past summer, Woolley said he likes the fact that he has had so many international experiences.
“It was interesting and very different. Being exposed to so many different cultures made me more open-minded, and it made me think about life as a whole more, rather than the people around me,” Woolley said.
Woolley describes his travels as eye-opening, since he gained new experiences that most people would not have, with moving to India and Aruba and traveling to other continents such as Asia and Africa.
“Driving to school in India (which took about 45 minutes), you’d see something new every single day,” Woolley said. “You could see elephants in the road. You’d have lots of beggars, you’d have children and infants knock on your window and try and get money and food from you. There were people who would injure themselves so you’d have pity on them, and then you’d pay them money. It was disturbing.”
Before coming to Weston, Woolley lived in Mumbai, India for three years. Woolley said his favorite thing about living in India was the education system at the American School of Bombay, which was through the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, which has four different programs for students 3-19 to “help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world,” according to the IB website.
“The school was really, really good. They had a different style of teaching there which I liked as well,” Woolley said. “It was more open-minded thinking, and more critical thinking in general, so there wasn’t always just one answer to every question. I really liked that.”
Woolley also said through his school, he had many opportunities to go on trips, and on one of them, he met the possible heir to the Dalai Lama.
His father, John Woolley, is Marriott’s area director of sales and marketing for the Caribbean and has worked for the hotel for 13 years.
“I love my job, because it’s enabled me to travel around to some very interesting places. It’s very much a people’s business. Interpersonal skills are very important,” Mr. Woolley said.
Mitchell said he tries his best to keep in contact with his friends from Bombay, but it can be hard because of the distance and time difference.
“With my friends in India, it’s a 9½ hour time difference, so I need to stay up pretty late if I wanted to talk to them, or wake up pretty early. So it’s difficult,” he said. “But, for instance, I’ll play video games with them when I can.”
His father has learned how to deal with communication issues with his family, since he is traveling for his job about three weeks out of every month.
“Generally, it is a positive thing, because we’ve had a chance to meet some very interesting people and go to some very fascinating places. I would say the one negative is that you tend to not be with your friends and with your family. You don’t see them too much,” Mr. Woolley said.
Mr. Woolley also described an experience in India which he would never see anywhere else.
“When we were opening a hotel in a town called Chandigarh (in India) and we had to work with the owner to open the hotel correctly and in a timely manner. At one point, all of us got into rather a heated discussion and an argument, and after five minutes the tension really broke. This fellow, he all of a sudden started singing in Punjabi,” Mr. Woolley said. “It completely broke the ice and everybody got back to work and went on with their business. It’s something entirely unexpected that wouldn’t happen in western culture, but was completely normal for Indian culture.”
Both Mitchell and Mr. Woolley said their favorite part of India was the optimistic quality of the Indian people, no matter what the conditions.
“Despite the majority of people living in bad conditions, people were so friendly and open to things,” Mitchell said. “They were curious and generally interested in talking to you and learning about our culture.”
His father agreed.
“One aspect of India that was just remarkable was that it doesn’t matter
if you’re incredibly wealthy or really, really poor. Indians just have this constant optimism about them,” Mr. Woolley said.
Besides the people, Mr. Woolley also enjoyed the lively quality of Mumbai.
“The chaos that you see in Mumbai – all the traffic, police officers, the people out in the street. It’s the polar opposite to being in Weston. India seems so much more alive, even though you have all this chaos, you feel like you’re alive there,” Mr. Woolley said.
Mitchell also described the community service, which he started in sixth grade, through his school in Mumbai.
“I’ve taken part in way more community service at an earlier age. People really need it there,” he said. “There’s terrible poverty there and the police are corrupt. You could really commit most crimes and pay 100 rupees ($2) and get away with it. The police really only have their jobs so they can get bribes. They need help.”
Mitchell and his school also worked with a foundation called Akanksha, where participants traveled to a slum in Mumbai.
“There were kids there who were especially smart, yet they weren’t in the right circumstance to be able to excel, since they had nothing. They were lucky to be going to school at all. We brought them and introduced them to technology, we taught them basics, but it could help them. They were just so curious and eager to learn,” he said.
Besides the immense impact India had on both Mitchell and his father, he said New Jersey was his other favorite place to live. He was there longest, for eight years.
“I liked living in New Jersey because it was really simple and I didn’t know what it was like to live anywhere else. I liked having the four seasons and snow. It was great,” he said.
As for Mr. Woolley, his favorite place he has lived so far has been New York City, and the place he would like to visit most in the future is South America.
“It just has an exciting buzz about it. There’s always something to do and really a different experience around the corner every minute of the day,” Mr. Woolley said. “Traveling more in South America would be very interesting.”
Mitchell said he also lived on the island of Aruba for two years, where he enjoyed the education system as well at the International School of Aruba.
“I think Aruba was also very interesting, since it’s very close to America, but it’s also very different in the sense that the schools are very small,” he said. “There were only 150 people in the whole school. It was the first time I had ever moved internationally, so it was kind of eye-opening to see what it was like.”
Woolley said he is still trying to adjust to the Bay’s size and atmosphere, since it is a lot bigger than the schools he has went to in the past.
“I like it here so far. My old school had about 750 people, and that was quite a lot for me already, compared to the one before that. But 4,400 is crazy. I’m still kind of adjusting to it, but it’s good,” he said.
Although Woolley enjoys the experiences he has had through traveling because of his father’s job, he does not want to pursue the same career.
“It’s eye-opening and you get to see new things, but I think I’ve seen quite a lot,” he said. “I’m not sure if I want to commute as much later on in life.”
Posted on 10 February 2014.
Posted on 05 February 2014.
BY MEREDITH SHELDON
After years of watching his father participate in bodybuilding competitions, senior JP Moran was inspired to transform his body and pursue the sport. At the beginning of his bodybuilding career, he was unaware of the proper form and injured himself twice.
Moran said training uses just as much knowledge as it does muscle, and ignorance to proper technique when working out can result in serious injuries.
“I injured one of the disks in my lower back when I first began to dead lift because no one ever taught me the form. The second time I injured my rotary cuff when I was doing an incline press with 90 pound dumbbells for the first time and I couldn’t do heavy pressing for over a month,” Moran said. “From these injuries, I’ve learned two things: you don’t have to go too heavy to build muscle and it is crucial to have proper form. I don’t want to get injured one day and never be able to continue bodybuilding.”
Senior Harry Carlton who is an employee for the sports department at the YMCA of Weston said it is important to be educated about proper training before working out independently.
“The brain is without a doubt the most important tool you have at your disposal when training in the gym,” he said. “One needs to be fully aware of what he or she is doing at all times. Beginners will lift too much weight incorrectly and either hurt themselves, or not see many good results. Both are very distracting and detracting factors in the realm of consistent exercising.”
After training for different sports like football, baseball, bodybuilding and powerlifting, Carlton said one of the best ways to learn more about proper exercising and weight training is from other experienced people in the gym.
“Most injuries take place in the shoulder cuff or lower back, which are two areas that will put you out of the gym for a long while and can come back to haunt you later in life,” he said. “I corrected them by listening to other people around me and slowly building up strength with correct form.”
Phylice Kessler, who is the Fitness Director at the Alaya Spa at the Bonaventure Resort and Spa, said performing exercises with the correct form leads to better results and less injury.
“Some common mistakes people make while working out is not paying close attention to their form,” Ms. Kessler said. “Quality is more important than quantity, so if you’re doing 50 squats but the form is bad, you would be better off doing 10 really good ones. Many people want to pile on the weights because they think that’s what they need to do, but that could lead to injury if not done correctly. They need to first learn proper form and then gradually increase the weights.”
Moran said proper training requires knowing one’s physical limitations.
“You use your knowledge by using proper form, and choosing the correct weight you do. It’s all a science when you come down to it,” he said. “If you’re doing something wrong, you’re not going get the results you want. You have to learn your body. You know if you only can press 70 pounds, so don’t jump to 110 pounds when you know you can’t do them.”
In order to avoid injury and gain proper knowledge needed in the gym, beginners should seek advice from trainers, Ms. Kessler said.
“A beginner should hire a trainer for several sessions so they can get familiar with what exercises are appropriate for them and learn good form and technique,” she said. “If hiring a trainer is not an option, seek a group class where the instructor can assist you.”
Junior Kylie Herman, who is a competitive swimmer for South Florida (SOFLO) Aquatic Club, said proper training applies not only in the gym but also in the pool.
“My coach advises me not to lift too much weight in the gym and to maintain good technique in the pool,” she said. “I work with a trainer in the gym who specifically trains swimmers and he gives us exercises that target the specific muscles used for swimming.”
Since he is constantly training, Moran said he advises people in the gym who are executing exercises incorrectly or have questions.
“For beginners who are trying to pack on muscle, I tell them to eat a surplus of calories and protein throughout the day and I tell them to train constantly and always do cardio,” he said. “I also warn them that it takes time to build muscle and to not get impatient.”
For those currently suffering from a workout related injury, Ms. Kessler said it is important to rest the specific muscle until healed.
“If an injury already occurred they should rest that body part and when a doctor says they are ready to resume exercise they should start back slowly,” she said. “When a person has an injury they don’t need to stop exercising completely, they can continue to work out as long as they are not utilizing the injured muscle.”
Moran said proper knowledge in the gym is just as important as proper knowledge in the kitchen.
“I believe that the ignorance of the people is what is harmful. Why would anyone take supplements that they know nothing about?” Moran said. “The main supplements for bodybuilding are multi-vitamins, protein powder, glutamine powder, CLA, Vitamin C and Creatine. I take a lot more than that, but it’s supplements I wouldn’t recommend for beginners or anyone that’s not looking to compete.”
Whether he is refereeing football games or supervising sports evaluations, Carlton said he helps advise beginner athletes at the YMCA establish proper form at an early age.
“The main way I am able to pass on my knowledge of sports to the children is individually coming up to every single player after the games and in detail explaining where each of them went wrong that day,” he said.
Ms. Kessler said the only way to know how much weight one’s body can handle is by starting with the lowest weight.
“When anyone begins training, they should start with the minimum amount of weight and slowly progress,” she said. “Keep in mind, it’s not about how much you can lift but if you are lifting it properly.”
Posted on 04 February 2014.
BY SAM KRAUSS
As a cold front moves into Weston, junior Angie Fernandez puts on her winter sweater, leggings and fuzzy socks and she is good to go. Fernandez is among those students on campus who get snuggled in their wintry clothes to stay warm.
“When it’s cold I love wearing leggings with sweaters because it’s so comfy and keeps me warm at the same time while still looking cute,” Fernandez said.
Junior Sussi Moreno loves wearing her combat boots and Uggs when it gets chilly outside because she said they are cute but still keep her warm at the same time.
“Wearing boots is my favorite. I love being able to wear them with a hoodie sweatshirt or cute sweater when it’s cold,” Moreno said.
Junior Emily Friefeld said she likes wearing her winter clothes such as boots and scarves because she doesn’t get to wear them often.
“Fuzzy socks keep my feet warm when it’s cold outside, and they come in so many colors and patterns to match any outfit,” she said.
Beanies are also seen a lot when the weather gets cold. Both girls and guys wear them, such as junior Drake Menten.
“Beanies keep me warm and I have a bunch of them that I like to wear when it’s cold,” Menten said.
Senior Brooke Lazarus said she can finally break out her sweaters, jackets and boots from the back of her closet because of the cold weather. She said she is happy she finally gets to wear her leather jackets.
“I have two leather jackets that I never get to wear because it’s always so hot outside,” Lazarus said. “I love getting to wear them when it gets chilly.”
Senior Natalia Rodriguez said big comfy hoodies are her favorite to wear when the weather drops into the lower temperatures. She said she has a big collection of hoodies to wear when it’s cold.
“I have so many different hoodies from sports teams, schools and places I have visited and I love when it’s cold so I can wear them,” Rodriguez said.
Posted on 31 January 2014.
BY JUANITA CASTRO
Student Spotlight is a recurring segment that showcases a student every month who is selected randomly, in order to illustrate that every student has a story. JuanitaCastro, staff writer for The Circuit, counted the third person who walked out of the Ecology Club Meeting. Castro interviewed senior Kimberly Morales for this month’s profile.
Senior Kimberly Morales proudly identifies herself as “tree-hugger.” Morales, the secretary of the Ecology Club, a member of Art Honor Society, and the co-president of the Photography Club has dedicated much of her high school experience to her love of the environment and raising awareness with her art and photography not only at school, but on an larger scale.
“I found my love for photography and art through my devotion for the environment,” Morales said. “I’m so happy that I have a healthy outlet to express my interests.”
Morales said what she has learned through her club activities has impacted how she sees life and her future.
“Photography has allowed me to get a more in-depth view of my natural surroundings,” she said. “After seeing the amazing shots that I can take, I chose to focus all of my photography on nature. Art Honor Society and its members showed me that art can used to tell a story, and with that story, change can be potentially implemented. Ecology Club has allowed me to actually conduct activities and events that will further help me to fulfill my desire in protecting the environment.”
An active volunteer at Flamingo Gardens and Long Key Nature Center, Morales dedicates her time to these causes.
“I help keep the botanical gardens maintained by weeding, picking up trash, and planting native flora,” Morales said.
She does not just limit her activism to South Florida.
“This past summer I went to Costa Rica on a community service and environmental program,” Morales said. “The trip consisted of helping out in local, impoverished communities, clearing trails and planting over 500 trees to bring an ecosystem back to health.”
When she returned from Costa Rica, she applied what she learned to South Florida’s landscape, particularly the Everglades. Morales returned to Cypress Bay to promote the idea of a more ecologically-sound campus.
“Once school started, I saw the flyers for Ecology Club and attended my first meeting,” she said. “I was fortunate enough to be nominated as secretary and I enjoy working alongside the other officers to plan environmentally-oriented activities and events, such as beach clean ups or picking up trash. We work to make sure the world we live in is clean and we give back what we take from the Earth.”
Now the club’s co-president, Morales dedicates much of her photography to observing nature and natural aesthetics.
“Coming into the club as a freshman, I knew little to nothing about photography and what it requires,” Morales said. “I started getting better by attending the meetings and learning new skills and lessons. I have been a member ever since and have grown so much from the experience.”
Elizabeth Jenkins, the Photography Club sponsor, said that she wishes other students had the same morale as Morales.
“She’s got great ideas to get people involved and she works hard to get her artwork and photography out in the community and raise awareness not just for the club, but for the issues we address,” Mrs. Jenkins said.
Morales said that her clubs have impacted her life in a way that makes her more conscious of her choices, as well as helping her find balance.
“I love being involved in so many clubs because it’s a great way to pursue what I love and find a constructive way to spend my time. I divide my time up between extracurriculars and outdoor activities like surfing or hiking,” she said.
Bia Gasparetto, in the Photo Club with Morales, said that she has nothing but good things to say about her club’s president.
“Kimi’s photographs are absolutely amazing,” Gasparetto said. “I love that she takes pictures of nature because to her, it’s something that’s more than just a pretty flower or a tree. To her, it’s personal.”
Gasparetto said Morales inspires her to pursue her own passions and to help take care of the world.
”Kimi has taught me that it’s as simple as turning off the lights after you leave the room, or turning off the tap, or making sure your candy wrapper hits the trash can and not the ground,” Gasparetto said. “It’s the little things, and those little things are what can change the way we look at the Earth.”
Mrs. Jenkins said that in order to help make the world a better place, everyone has to start individually, the same way that Morales does.
“Cypress Bay could stand to be a bit more environmentally conscientious,” Mrs. Jenkins said. “We could start with picking some of the garbage we see lying all over the ground. It’s ironic, really, because the Bay has such great kids that sometimes take so little pride in their school and how it looks. It’s saddening that there are as few students as Kimi that are involved with protecting the world around them. We need to love our Earth.”
Morales said she wishes to pursue a career in environmental studies and cultural ecology, and to continue with photography. She plans to dedicate the rest of her high school career trying to get other students to notice the world around them.
“The program in Costa Rica allowed me to work through the eyes of an environmental scientist,” she said. “After conducting projects oriented around reforestation, human impact on the environment, and restoring ecosystems back to health, a passion was instilled in me to prevent extensive damage to our world’s natural landscape. Growing up in a surf culture has also allowed me to have a profound respect and admiration for the environment. It’s a topic that most people overlook which is horrifying. The more we deplete and harm the environment, the more we lose the only home we have. There is a balance to everything, and we must find that balance.”
Posted on 30 January 2014.
BY TORI REISER
Immediately after school, sophomore Avery Chrupcala has to be on the field for lacrosse practice. After that, she then has to race across Weston to go to her dance class.
“I don’t really make any time for my homework,” Chrupcala said. “I try to work around my sports schedule. But when I do, I stay up all night finishing my homework.”
Her mother Kerrin Chrupcala, who is the coach for the Weston Warriors lacrosse team said school should always come before athletics, no matter what the circumstance.
“Sometimes kids need to prioritize what’s important like school and doing their homework,” Mrs. Chrupcala said.
Mrs. Chrupcala said she tells her daughter how to handle school work while being stress out.
“I always tell my daughter to keep an agenda or notebook and write down all the things she needs to get done berfore practice, so she isnt’t stressed out,” Mrs. Chrupcala said.
Sophomore Mallery Marseille competes and helps coach for a travel cheerleading team called Spectrum All-Stars. She said it’s stressful finding time to complete her homework when she is training 10 hours a week.
“I practice, train and play more than 10 hours a week and I’m always stressed out because I want to do well in school, so because of that I make a list to organize my school work,” Marseille said.
Freshman Jordan Kron said she never takes a break while playing volleyball and going to school at the same time.
“When volleyball season starts, I feel like the day never ends because I wake up at 5:30 in the morning and get home around 6:30 at night to start my homework. I usually stay up till 11 finishing it,” Kron said.
Kron plays volleyball for both high school and club season and she said it gets difficult doing homework while playing a sport.
“Playing volleyball and doing homework is very hard to juggle. I usually try to get the most amount of homework done on the weekend as possible,” she said.
Volleyball coach Chris Guerra said it can be challenging for students to play a sport and do schoolwork at the same time.
“I always try to tell my players that sports are fun to play, but school needs to come first,” Coach Guerra said.
Freshman Alex Pimentel said he plays basketball twice a week and doesn’t think homework is stressful when managing a sport.
“It’s not very stressful because I get my homework done on time and I also plan out my day according to my homework schedule by writing down what needs to be done in my agenda,” Pimentel said.
Junior Rachael Tomasiello said she is constantly worrying about her grades during volleyball season.
“A lot of the time I do worry about homework and think that homework is stressful during volleyball season,” Tomasiello said.
Tomasiello said she organizes herself by doing her homework during lunch and in between classes so she doesn’t have to do it when she gets home from volleyball practice.
“I try to do my homework as much as possible in class, in my lunch and before practices so that afterwards I do not have to worry about it anymore,” she said.