English Honor Society accepting entries for poetry contest

BY CARLI UDINE

English Honor Society (EHS) is hosting a love-themed poetry contest until March 6. The first-place prize will be $100, the second-place prize $75, and the third-place prize $50. EHS will be not be accepting any more entries after March 6. 17171

EHS sponsor Cecilia Fonseca said she is excited to witness what students can bring to the table when she judges this contest. In order for a student’s work to be submitted, his or her poem must be 20 lines in length and have rhyming verses.

Mrs. Fonseca said with the theme of the contest being love, students are able to get very creative.

“From the students, I am expecting the traditional and hopefully the not-so-traditional. For example, the love of pizza, etc.,” Mrs. Fonseca said.

Mrs. Fonseca also added that almost every academic year, EHS puts on contests like the Short Story contest and other competitions that allow students to expand and test their knowledge in the field of English. These contests try to encourage students to be more involved in writing.

“This contest was formed to give students another opportunity to engage in a literary contest. We had the Short Story, so why not Poetry?” Mrs. Fonseca said.

She anticipates around 50 to 65 students will enter the contest. In the Short Story contest, there was a slightly higher number of participants, but because this contest is a new one, participation may be lower.

“The participation in this contest really depends on how interested the Creative Writing classes are,” Mrs. Fonseca said. “For the Short Story contest, all three winners came from Ms. [Joyce] Seigel’s class. Not even English Honor Society had a high number of entries.”

Freshman Alexia Young has entered a piece of her poetry into this contest. When writing, her inspiration will come to her at random times, and when an idea arises, she will utilize it to her best ability, Young said.

“I entered my work in this contest because I like to write poetry and thought it would be something fun for me to do and hopefully there will be a good result from it,” she said. “I am able to test my strengths against these students, and if I win, it looks good on my college application.”

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Tri-M honor society tutors middle school students

BY MICHELLE EISENBERG

Tri-M music honor society holds music tutoring sessions at Falcon Cove Middle School every Thursday at 4 p.m. to help students with their music and to cultivate interest in the band program as they come to high school. There are usually around 15 tutors and students combined who attend. IMG_9522

“We help them with anything they need, whether it’s with a piece they’ve been working on or something stylistic like dynamics and articulation,” said junior Alissa Kushner, the tutoring organizer.

The members not only help the band students if they are struggling with their instruments, but also they help drama students with their productions.

“I like being a role model for the students,” Kushner said. “I feel like they look up to us, which is a really great feeling.”

President Sarah Rothbard said that a member would typically assist a younger student who plays the same instrument.

“I play the flute, so I would normally help someone if they need help on the flute, but we can all really help with any instrument,” said Rothbard, a junior.

She said she and her fellow members try to make the tutoring sessions fun for everyone.

“I know I have a good time when I go because I enjoy giving back to the students and helping my possible future band family,” Rothbard said. “The students clearly like it as well because they keep coming back each week, and they convince their friends to come too.”

Sixth grader Christopher Melman plays the trumpet. He said he enjoys learning from the mentors.

“They’re really good role models for me,” Melman said. “I want to continue with band in high school so I can be like them.”

Tri-M advisor Bradley Franks said he supports the members’ decision to help the middle school students.

IMG_9521“They’re all such great students,” Mr. Franks said. “They help the younger students so much, which is great to see.”

Tri-M secretary Sami Orlando said the experience is rewarding.

“They’ve all improved so much, and it’s nice to think that we can be a part of that,” said Orlando, a senior.

The ultimate goal for the students, especially the eighth graders, is to improve and reach a level so they can join the band at the Bay and possibly qualify for all-state and all-county competitions for their instruments.

“We’ve had a number of band members make All-State and All-County in the past,” Orlando said. “Some of the these up-and-coming middle school students definitely have the potential to make it far.”

Sophomore Julia Dwyer said she enjoys helping the younger students.

“It wasn’t so long ago when we were in their position,” Dwyer said. “I wish I could have had someone to help me with my instrument when I was in middle school.”

Sophomore Brianna Costantino said she has seen Melman and the students improve tremendously on their instruments.

“I’m amazed with how much we’ve been able to help them,” she said. “They’ve matured so much and I hope they continue on to thrive in whatever they do.”

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Model United Nations attends competition at UF

BY JENNA RABINOVITCH

The Model United Nations (MUN) team participated in Gator Model United Nations, the largest MUN competition in the state, at the University of Florida on Jan. 30. Students from all over the country competed, and junior Kendra Blandon, one of the winners, said the Bay’s MUN was looking to get its name out in the MUN world.

“We put a lot of work into the competition, and it was just a fun time for everyone participating,” Blandon said. Submittedby Kendra Blandon

Two students from the Bay placed. Blandon, the president of external affairs, received best position paper in the Social Humanitarian Cultural Committee (SOCHUM), and senior Jesus Barker got an honorable mention representing Austria in the European Union committee.

“The competition was amazing,” Blandon said. “It was MUN’s first overnight trip, and we were ecstatic to get our name out there.”

Sophomore Julio Lemus represented the country of Syria in the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA), which is a category in which students discuss nuclear power while representing their assigned countries. He said he felt like a delegate of the country after researching and learning all about Syria.

“By researching my country and learning about the history, I was able to help my country reach its full potential in the meeting,” he said.

Lemus said the competition wasn’t just about representing countries and learning about them. It was also about learning to work together and make new friends that share a similar interest of discussing ongoing events around the world.

image3“The competition was a great way to meet people from all over America. Not only did we discuss current world problems, but also we came together as a group to find resolutions,” he said. “I took part in this conference to share my ideas with students from all over the country.”

The MUN team practices weekly, but the week before the conference, the 10 members practiced almost every day.

“We put a lot of work into the competition, and it was just a fun time for everyone participating,” Blandon said. “We gave speeches, learned parliamentary procedure and wrote position papers.”

Timothy Petraitis, adviser of the team, helped the students prepare for the competition. Although he does assist the students with general information, he encourages them to run the club themselves.

“I’m not as involved as most people might think I would be. I do it on purpose because I want it to be all the kids,” Mr. Petraitis said. “The club is pretty much run by itself. I only provide assistance when I can.”

Mr. Petraitis said he felt the students would do well since they love talking about the issues discussed in MUN and taking part in the club.

“Even though the result was not what I was hoping for, I think the students benefitted from this and will always improve at the next upcoming competitions at FIU and UM,” he said.

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Literary Club encourages students to read

BY JOSEFINA COLL

During Literary Week students at the Bay were encouraged to sign up for Literary Club’s Race to Read, an event that is held throughout Broward County and promotes reading.

Race to Read is an event in which students volunteered to stay after school on Jan. 28 to read for 20 minutes, with an incentive of free pizza afterwards, said Joyce Seigel, Literary Club sponsor and English department chair.

“It was more disappointing than I wanted it to be because only a handful of kids from each lunch showed up during or after school,” Mrs. Seigel said. “But, then again, other activities like tutoring were taking place at the same time.”

Lexi Stoloff, Literary Club treasurer, said students were given the opportunity to sign up during their lunches in Mrs. Seigel’s classroom; only 15 students from each lunch could sign up.

“Although attendance was small, Literary Club will probably have another race in hopes that it will inspire more students to read for pleasure,” Mrs. Seigel said.

Stoloff, like Mrs. Seigel, expected more students to participate in the event.

“I was surprised that only 24 students showed up, but maybe the next time we plan this event we can advertise it throughout the school a little more than we did,” Stoloff said.

Mrs. Seigel said that everyone who came and participated was rewarded with pizza.

“We paid for the event with the Literary Club’s funds, so there wasn’t really anything other than the pizza that we had to pay for,” Stoloff said.

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Catholics in Action to volunteer with senior citizens

BY MONTSE MOLINA

During the holiday season, traditions include giving and receiving presents as well as gathering with family. Still, there are some people who don’t have the opportunity to be parts of these traditions.

Members of Catholics in Action (CIA) go to retirement homes every year to volunteer with senior citizens as old as 100. They usually sing to the elders and listen to some stories the elders have to tell. This year’s first visit will be Dec. 28 at Covenant Village.

President of CIA Monica Molina said the people in the retirement homes usually don’t get chances to tell stories from the past,but when CIA went last year, a 100-year-old woman got a chance to tell stories about her childhood adventures.

“We chose retirement homes because we think elders are the ones who need the most love since it’s not shown to them by others and you can see it in their eyes that they are very thankful for the attention,” she said.

Molina said her favorite part of going to the retirement homes is when the elderly receive the visits and listen to them singing with a genuine smile.

“Sometimes love is given to the wrong people, but this love is given to the people who really deserve it,” she said.

CIA member freshman Daniella Martinez said she is looking forward to this experience because she has heard that after leaving the retirement home members feel so accomplished that they did something good.

“This is the first time I’m going to go since I am new to the club, and I can’t wait to experience it,” she said.

CIA sponsor Selma Benitez said she accepted when the CIA officers asked her to be the club adviser because the officers are all such hard workers.

“The members of the club and the officers really want to make a difference,” she said. “The elders we visit at the retirement homes have really changed some lives of some kids and I’m so proud of the work and effort everyone puts into this club in trying to help others and making them happy.”

Mrs. Benitez said the officers feel accomplished when they go on trips, and she said she couldn’t be more proud of all of them. She also said she loves going on the trips and seeing the happiness happen right in front of her eyes.

“You can feel the joy and the happiness spreading all over the room,” Mrs. Benitez said.

Martinez said the older members of the club talk about visits to the retirement homes during the whole school year, and she loves listening to everything they have to say about it.

“The way that the other members of the club talk about their past experiences makes it seem a little magical,” she said.

Just like the elders tell their stories about the past, Mrs. Benitez said she has one to tell after her visit one year.

“One year when we went to the retirement homes, we met a woman who was 100 years old, and she told us amazing stories about her childhood, and it was so fascinating. It was an unforgettable experience,” Mrs. Benitez said.

Molina said going to the retirement home was her favorite activity the club does the whole year.

“It’s something not every club does, and I’m so proud all the officers and Mrs. Benitez make it happen because I truly believe it’s something life changing,” Molina said.

 

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Harry Potter Club to host movie night fundraiser

BY ANA BEATRIZ GONCALVES

The Harry Potter Club is teaming up with the international organization called the Harry Potter Alliance on Jan. 9 for a screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the auditorium.Harry Potter ClubTickets to the event will be sold during that week during all lunches for $3 and at the door for $5.

“We originally had another event scheduled for November,” said club president Samantha Orlando. “It was a cosplay contest, but we had to cancel that because there weren’t enough participants.”

Instead of the costume contest, the club decided to show a screening of the first Harry Potter film. The Harry Potter Alliance is dedicated to promoting human rights through the power of J.K. Rowling’s powerful story. The club’s goal is to raise money through efforts by donating books to schools without any resources and getting companies to stop child labor.

“We’re an official chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance, and we’re invested in their core values and mission,” said Orlando, a senior. “We wanted to do an event for a charity, so we picked the Harry Potter Alliance.”

All funds will go toward the Alliance.

With every ticket bought, four raffle tickets will be given out for a raffle that will take place before the movie, and more tickets can be bought for $1. There will be four pieces of Harry Potter raffled off.

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Literary Club creates music video for contest

BY HANNAH WILHJELM

Joyce Seigel’s first period Creative Writing class worked hard to create their own music video with lyrics written by the students in the class to enter the “Classroom Refresh” contest. This contest requires a class-created video in the format of a music video that is either an original song or a parody that demonstrates or envisions the use of technology in the classroom.

The first period class won a $100 gift card for being the first school to enter the contest.

Senior Madison Schwartz looked over the lyrics, which were written to the tune of the song “If I Fell” by The Beatles, and she danced with a laptop for the video. The students wrote all of the lyrics and made their own music while playing the guitar.

“Making the video was very fun and humorous,” Schwartz said.

The class was pleased with the outcome of the video even though they were not voted as finalists.

“We worked hard to write the lyrics and put together the video,” Mrs. Seigel said.

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Tri-M Honor society holds induction ceremony

BY MICHELLE EISENBERG

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rothbard said everyone seemed to enjoy the performances.

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

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

Tri-M also held a meeting Oct. 23.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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UNICEF members fundraise on Halloween

BY STEPHANIE STONE

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

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

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

UNICEF president Hannah Levinson helped work on the fundraiser.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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JROTC members visit FAU for scholarship opportunity

BY EMMA SUNSHINE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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