Tri-M Honor society holds induction ceremony


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


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


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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Photography Club fundraises for supplies


The annual Photo “Phun” Night fundraiser hosted by the Photography Club on Oct. 22 aimed to educate students about photography-related activities and raised $270 to pay for future supplies. IMG_0742

“The whole point of the event is to get people aware of the club and photography. We want to keep expanding it and getting people into the community,” senior and club president Beatriz Gasparetto said.

Photography class teacher Elizabeth Jenkins said the event was very successful and about 30 people showed up.

“The money ends up going to the photography classes because even though we charge dues, the money does not cover all our materials because photos are expensive,” Mrs. Jenkins said.

The night was promoted through social networks so the information was accessible to all students interested, and it featured activities such as a visit to the darkroom, a Photoshop activity, how to edit pictures with an iPhone and photo booths.

“We promoted by handing out flyers throughout school and to all the art and photography classes,” Gasparetto said. “We also have a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where followers could see the announced event.”

This event has been going on for two years and the officers said they hope that it will continue throughout the years. Senior Esther Song, one of the vice presidents for the club, said that compared to last year, the event had improved because more people were participating.

“It seemed that people were interacting more with each other and had more fun due to the photo booths,” she said.

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Book Club to host book drive


The Book Club will have a book drive in conjunction with the Harry Potter Club to benefit organizations around South Florida such as Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital. The project will take place Dec. 1-12.

“It’s a nice thing to give the gift of reading to people who might not have as much opportunity,” book club sponsor Jeanne Kielbasa said.

Ms. Kielbasa said she is all for this project and is very excited to see the outcome of the club’s first event.

“Reading is not just looking at words on a page. The act of reading can really relate to others by teaching lessons or giving new insights on life. Some people might just find entertainment in reading,” Ms. Kielbasa said.

Ms. Kielbasa said the book club formed last year and she believes it can contribute in a big way to students, which was the main reason she became a sponsor.

“Book Club adds an appreciation and love of reading to the school, especially when students are able to discuss and share ideas about book topics while being in a classroom setting with their peers,” Ms. Kielbasa said.

Junior Rachel Gordon, the club’s president, leads the decisions in coming up with the activities and events, such as the book drive.

“The main idea of the project is to bring the gift of reading to others who can benefit from books,” she said.

Gordon first started the club in her sophomore year to create a place where she is able be able to discuss the different aspects of books with people who also share the same interest.

“It’s fun to read and great to come together and discuss books with friends and peers. I used to not be able to do that very often but when I started the club it opened up a brand new opportunity for all students,” she said.

So far book club has about 20 to 25 members. Ms. Kielbasa said she hopes there will be more members this year to participate in reading and help out with the book drive and other events.

“It would be great to get more members this year to spread the idea of reading by telling others about the drive,” Ms. Kielbasa said.

Meetings are once a month on Fridays right after school in room 855. Anyone can join and there are no dues.

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Harry Potter club plans to have cosplay contest


The Harry Potter Fandom Club has events planned for members to look forward to this year, including contests and movie screenings. The club has meetings every Thursday in room 833 from 3:15-4:15 p.m. and anyone can join anytime during the year. The club held its first meeting on Sept. 4.

“We do trivia and discussions about all the books and characters and we also talk about different fandoms that we’re interested in like ‘Dr. Who’ and ‘Sherlock’,” club president Sami Orlando said.

The club is having a cosplay contest soon, which is a competition between people who dress up as characters from a book, movie, or video game. It is available for anyone in Broward County. They are also having a movie screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” on Jan. 9.

“I’m really looking forward to the cosplay contest because I’m excited to see what everyone brings and what characters people will be,” Orlando said.


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UNICEF Club has big fundraising year


The United Nations’ Children Fund (UNICEF) club has raised about $7,000 after a year of fundraising for the organization. Compared to last year, when the club raised $4,000, club sponsor Rosalia Sachs said she is floored with the results.

“I’m extremely proud of all the students and all the members,” Ms. Sachs said. “The $7,000 is by selling everything for $1 per unit. For me, I think it’s incredible. It’s an amazing chance and increase from last year.”

unicef2013Currently, the club has over $6,500 in its account and the officers are still waiting for club members to turn in money before sending the money to UNICEF.

“Seniors have a service project that they need to do for them to be able to receive the cord, and it’s to go out to the community and talk to businesses in Weston and they request donations and the donations go straight to UNICEF,” Ms. Sachs said. “We’re still waiting for seniors’ fundraising to come in, so we will have $7,000 and a little bit more.”

Each chapter of the UNICEF organization collects money for a specific cause organized by regions of the United States. This section of the country collects for the purchase and installation of water pumps in third world countries, Ms. Sachs said.

“This section of the United States goes for water. They will buy pumps, and each pump is $500,” Ms. Sachs said. “One pump of water will feed a village, like a street, ‘12 little huts.’ The installation and the pump is $500. That’s where most of the money from this area of the United States goes for. It also goes for food, mosquito nets, vaccinations, etc.”

Club vice president Hannah Levinson said she was also impressed with the amount of money UNICEF has raised.

“It’s such a great accomplishment that we could almost double the amount of money we made last year, and this is such a new club and that we can raise so much money,” said Levinson, a sophomore.

Through the use of bake sales that occur every Thursday under the catwalk and snack/pretzel fundraisers, the group was able to collect money for the cause. Ms. Sachs said the club’s size also greatly contributed to the charity.

“We have over 250 members and every fundraiser at least 185-190 of them work for the cause,” she said. “It’s a big effort.”

Donations director Rona Wang said both local businesses and club members were offered an incentive if they donated money to the club.

“We’ve done a couple of fundraisers and we told juniors and especially seniors, because they need to get the cord, that if they get businesses to donate or if they personally donate X amount of money, they will get X amount of service hours,” said Wang, a sophomore. “If their parents were doing a business or if they asked a business, if they donated $250, they would get advertising space on the back of next year’s shirt.”

Although Ms. Sachs said she is elated UNICEF has raised so much money, she is already starting to think about next year’s goal.

“Now the only problem that we have is we don’t know what to do next year because if we close the year with $7,000, then how are we going to get $8,000 next year? We would love to hear opinions from the community to see what you want us to do in order for us to be successful again,” Ms. Sachs said. “Everything goes to them. We keep $100. Every year we start from scratch. That’s why it’s so stressful, because we need to raise everything again.”

Ms. Sachs said the main reason she sponsors the UNICEF club is because of the difference it can provide in people’s lives. She hopes members of the current club will continue to work with the organization in the future.

“I started sponsoring it last year and I was looking for a club that made a difference in the world,” Ms. Sachs said. “I’m from Puerto Rico. I’m from another country, and I wanted something that would make a mark and would teach the kids how to run a club and go to college and open a chapter there with an organization that is legitimate and will help them at the same time.”

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Marine Science Club to host final beach cleanup of the year


The Marine Science Club will be taking part in its third and last beach clean up of the school year on April 12 at Hollywood Beach. Club members and nonmembers are invited. Field trip forms can be picked up in Room 210 after spring break. Nonmembers are required to pay $5 to attend.

Club president Gabriela Carrillo said members get first priority and nonmembers who sign up on a first-come, first-served basis will fill the rest of the spots.

“The bus has room for 40 people but we prefer to take around 25-30 so it’s more organized and efficient,” Carrillo said.

Carrillo said she is very excited to do another beach clean up with the club because they always have a lot of fun.

“Not only do we have a good time cleaning the beach, but we are also helping out by keeping the environment clean for everyone including marine life,” she said.

Vice president Christopher Chin, a senior, said cleaning the beach potentially saves marine animals’ lives.

“We find a variety of things on the beach like cigarettes, food wrappers and plastic items and by cleaning them up we are preventing the animals from swallowing them,” Chin said.

Chin said that cleaning up the litter on the beach not only benefits the marine animals but the people as well.

“Cleaning up the beach creates a safer and more enjoyable environment for people as well,” he said.

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Auto Club continues to host events


Co-presidents of Auto Club Michael Reymond and Dylan Luxenburg, hosted the club’s second car meet on March 12. About 40-50 cars participated in the car meet with an entrance fee of $3 per car. Some of the money raised will be donated to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) and the rest will go toward the repairs of a project car that was donated to the club.

“The car meet went great. There were lots of nice cars and the turnout was good,” said Luxenburg, referring to the 60 people who attended.

useA 1995 Jeep was a donation from a close friend of Reymond’s and will be upgraded and used as a teaching tool for club members learning how to fix cars. Reymond and Luxenburg plan on teaching about parts, how the engine works and how to paint and upgrade a car. They hope for the car to be a mascott for the club.

“Some people might be a little more experienced than others and we can help others out and also it is something cool to do in general,” Reymond said.

Luxenberg said the next event will be a car wash in early April and the next meeting will be after spring break.

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HOSA, SGA teamed up for Fitness Friday


A hula-hoop whirled around sophomore Sarah Rothbard on Friday, Feb. 21 during lunch. She had a minute to win it, competing against her peers to see who could do the most rotations in a minute. Rothbard was participating in a Fitness Friday event.
“It was so great to get a chance to participate in Fitness Friday,” she said. “It was such a worthwhile activity promoting health and fitness. Hula-hooping is something I enjoy doing as well as maintaining a healthy lifestyle.”

For the month of February, Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) collaborated with Student Government Association (SGA) to promote fitness and health awareness. HOSA adviser Carol Warnock said there were multiple activities planned every Friday.

“During lunch we did a contest called ‘Minute to Win It,’ so students did jumping jacks, push-ups, jump roping and Zumba,” she said. “Each Friday there was a different activity. We also had a weekly fitness fun facts contest. Every Friday we would send out five questions to all the first period teachers, and the class who answered the most correctly in the shortest amount of time won a healthy snack.” liiike

Freshman Rebecca Schultz, an SGA member who worked on the event, helped promote the dress-up days, which involved wearing workout clothes.

“We collaborated with HOSA and came up with a ‘Minute to Win It’ game,” she said. “We also made a dress up day and we promoted Fitness Friday on Instagram and Twitter.”

SGA first vice president Lexi Sidle, a senior, said she thought the dress up aspect aided in promoting fitness.

“I feel like if students were to wear fitness clothes to school then they are more likely to want to go to the gym afterwards,” Sidle said.

Exercising is necessary for more than just weight loss, and its importance is why Fitness Friday happened in the first place, Ms. Warnock said.

“A lot of people equate exercising to weight loss, but it’s important to exercise and stay fit for overall health, both mentally and physically,” Ms. Warnock said. “It’s also important to start habits when someone is young so that they continue to exercise throughout their life. We also wanted to do it after the holidays because many people indulge themselves and also made New Year’s resolutions so we thought it was a good tie in.”

SGA adviser Danielle Nascimento said she agrees that making people aware about fitness is important, especially with the rising rates of obesity. She said the event was successful, and she hopes it can be even better next year.

“Something we can do next year is to promote it more in advance to hype it up, and also add in more education of how to be healthier,” she said.

DSC00497Ms. Warnock said the non-traditional activities had positive results and so that will be something they add more of next year.

Cecilia Padron, sophomore and HOSA project leader of health involvement, said the events drew in large crowds and she is excited to do the event again.

“I would do it again because it was an entertaining activity that people were excited to participate in,” Padron said. “It was something different. A lot of other clubs don’t have activities like that.”

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