In My Opinion: Kaepernick brings light to racism



In the past two months, one of the nation’s biggest headlines has been San Francisco 49ers’ backup quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who, in protest of racial injustice, has not stood for the National Anthem before games.

Kaepernick, along with fellow NFL players who have joined his movement, has received every response imaginable for his continued action, ranging from praise to hateful condemnation.

But the hatred has overshadowed the support.

According to ESPN, a poll by E-Poll Marketing Research recently named Kaepernick the NFL’s most disliked player. The social justice activist beat out alleged rapist Jameis Winston by a margin of 7 percent. The top five was rounded out by Ndamukong Suh, who has been fined multiple times for dangerously violent play; Tom Brady, an accused cheater; and Ben Roethlisberger, another accused rapist.

But calling Kaepernick the league’s most “disliked” player is an understatement. He has received death threats and racist messages on social media — most of which are similar to the following tweet from James Rustle: “[I hope] you tear your [ACL] next game stupid n*****.”

Kaepernick’s critics claim that he is disrespecting the US and its veterans, but this could not be further from the truth.

The US was founded based on the premise of the power of the people, so that the majority of citizens could correct a corrupt government when necessary. This was made possible by the first amendment, which allows for freedom of expression for all.

Kaepernick is following true American ideals by practicing this freedom for its exact intention.

Although many feel it is not right to not stand up for the flag, the flag is nothing more than a symbol. To many, it is a symbol of the soldiers who have fallen for our country. But to Colin Kaepernick, it is a symbol of the institutional racism and overall mistreatment that he and black people face every day. Symbols are to be interpreted, and to tell Kaepernick that his interpretation is wrong is a result of pure, although sometimes inadvertent, racism.

To label his symbolic view of the flag as inferior is a result of the denial of the hardships that go along with being black in America. It is a result of the fear that black people will one day be equal and the advantages that come along with being white in America will no longer exist. It is a result of the pure racism that has been passed down for generations since before the US was founded. It is an effort to stop these aspects of America from changing by keeping unacceptable American values intact.

Many say that he should have just spoken out rather than being “disrespectful,” but speaking out would have been a futile effort in comparison to the actions he has taken.

Three months ago, four NBA superstars (LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, and Chris Bosh) came together to speak at the ESPYS — a show viewed by 5.4 million people — about racial divide and gun violence in America.

These players were commended, and deservingly so, for their assumption of a certain role as celebrities in society and their willingness to take initiative, but their speech did not get nearly the amount of attention that Kaepernick has gotten.

Speaking out promotes a purpose, but it fails to accomplish what Kaepernick has done: challenge the norm. He has challenged the comfort that many white people take in the fact that they are treated as superiors in society. He has challenged their view that the U.S. is perfect and must be praised at all times. He has challenged racism.

It is important to challenge America’s principles, as the country is in fact far from perfect. From the day the Constitution was written, racism has been embedded into our society and government.

Throughout our country’s history, black people have been deprived of rights that have been granted to all other people, and today police brutality against black people goes unpunished.

We must support Colin Kaepernick in his call for change and applaud him for his brave and effective course of action, as we must take every possible step towards ending racism.

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Flash of Brilliance: Should junior privilege exist?


Juniors should not be allowed to have junior privilege. In the past, the privilege of leaving early was specifically for seniors, which was something to look forward to and work toward. Allowing juniors to have the same option takes away the feeling of reward and seniority. It is not fair that the juniors now get to have this privilege a year early, considering that all the seniors had to wait. Although some juniors say that they need this period off of school because they have a heavy work load and need the time to do their homework, all of the previous seniors had to go through the same workload as them, without having the option to leave early. Juniors could have the new study hall period to work on homework and catch up on work that seniors didn’t have in previous years, so leaving is not necessary. The seniors use their privilege to go to work, and to complete their college applications and essays, which requires more out of school time. Senior privilege motivates students to do well in their classes, complete their credits and maintain a reasonable grade point average throughout their last year, which is why the privilege of having one less in class period should be reserved for seniors.

-Katrina Woiski


Juniors should be allowed to have junior privilege. Junior year is considered to be the most stressful; students are overloaded with homework, tests, and are constantly studying. In addition to schoolwork, the majority of juniors are also juggling jobs, clubs, sports, and other extra curricular activities. Juniors have a lot on their plate and allowing them to not have a study hall and spend those extra 90 minutes outside of the classroom is reasonable. Being able to leave school or come in late gives students the opportunity to get tasks done that they wouldn’t be able to do in a classroom. Junior year is also the year of college admission tests and being able to have more time outside of school could allow more time for tutors and preparation for these weekend tests. Even if students don’t always have something that needs to be worked on outside of the classroom, they can use that time to just catch up on sleep and relax. Considering the amount of stress that high school students are faced with, especially juniors, they deserve a break every now and then.

– Ellie Sachs

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Editorial: 9/11 has lost significance in comparison to modern terrorism

Sept. 11, 2016 was a day similar to many others in the 15 years since the horrific terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers. A day involving Americans coming together to mourn the loss of our citizens to terrorism. Although Sept. 11 used to be a sorrowful holiday to feel grief for all those who suffered 15 years ago, this day of remembrance simply does not mean as much to Americans anymore.

Terrorism has become a more and more threatening affair around the world. On Sept. 11, 2001, the hijacked airplanes crashing into the Twin Towers in New York City marked the beginning of an era of unrest in the U.S. and around the world regarding terrorism. According to Uri Friedman from The Atlantic, reports of terrorist attacks from extremist groups such as I.S.I.S. and Al Qaeda are becoming more and more common around the globe. It seems that at least once a month there is news of another awful attack shaking the foundations of our nation. In the past year, France has been hit with two terrible terrorist attacks including the suicide bombings and hostage shootings in Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, as well as an attack in Nice on July 14, 2016, where a truck driver ran over innocent people who were celebrating Bastille Day. It is hard for us as Americans to feel as much pain on Sept. 11 when remembering the attacks that happened 15 years ago, because similarly awful terrorist attacks are occurring in the present.

Sept. 11 does not even have the same significance in the minds of the new generation of Americans anymore. In schools, students in ninth grade and below are learning about the attacks on Sept. 11 as a historical event and not as a horrific memory in their lifetime. Many of these kids do not even know what life is like without constant terrorism. Even in our own country there have been recent school shootings such as Sandy Hook as well as another shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla. and one at an office holiday party in San Bernardino, Calif. These random attacks on citizens in the U.S. have caused what seems like an everyday sadness, which make annual remembrance days such Sept. 11 less and less unique.

Besides an increased number of the terrorist attacks themselves, another issue concerning 9/11 is that Americans are lacking the sense of unity that we possessed 15 years ago. With technology getting better and more social media sites being readily used, most Americans showed their lament toward Sept. 11 on social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook or by tuning into their TVs to watch a broadcasted 9/11 ceremony. This year compared to years past, fewer Americans made the effort to bond with their neighbors and fellow Americans or come together as one nation to contradict the evil of these terrorist attacks. The headlines of the 15th anniversary celebration were not even of mourning the attacks, but instead on our current presidential election. Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton abruptly left the memorial ceremony at the 9/11 memorial site in New York City claiming of sickness and overheating. These headlines can be seen in credible news sites such as The New York Times, CNN and NBC News. It seems that more news articles and coverage were given to Clinton on Sept. 11, 2016 than about the actual terrorist attacks themselves.

The motives and feelings of Americans have simply changed over the past 15 years and our ideals have morphed alongside our emotions and the constant sadness that terrorism that leaves as a black cloud over our nation. Sept. 11 will always be an important date in American history, but it has certainly lost its meaning as unique day of mourning the effects terrorism.

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Flash of Brilliance: Should students have the choice to waiver into advanced classes?


With a population of 4,600, it is unlikely that a teacher would be able to make an accurate recommendation for each student. It should be the student’s decision to make, considering he/she should know what he/she can and cannot handle. The teacher can’t make a prediction on how the student will do based on one school year, because classes, work ethic and effort varies from year to year. Also, test scores often do not show an exact representation of a student’s intelligence. Scores do not show how hard-working he/she is; therefore making an assumption that a student cannot handle an advanced class based only on test scores is flawed. If the student has an interest in the class, the grade they may receive may be better. It is not fair for the teacher to judge the student solely based on their previous academic history. At the end of the day, it should be the student’s decision, in conjunction with his/her parents. Advanced classes weigh more than regular classes, so every student should be given the opportunity to strive for the higher credit, if her/she so chooses. Although a teacher’s input should be respected, the final decision should come down to whether the student believes he or she should be in a particular class.

-Sophie Schifter


To take an advanced class the teacher of that certain subject area must sign off; this is important because a teacher knows more about the rigor of that certain class than the student. Allowing students to override a recommendation of a teacher is absurd because a student does not know if he/she can handle a class, which is why teacher recommendations are vital. When signing into a difficult class, students have to have a prerequisite of that material in order to succeed. For example, if a student fails Pre-Calculus they should not go into AP Calculus. Teachers watch their students succeed or fail throughout the year, leading them to have a more qualified opinion of a student’s capabilities. Although a student signing into a class they do not belong in does not harm teachers, they do not want to see their students struggle in a class they cannot handle. Doing well in a regular class versus failing an AP class is not only better when applying for colleges, but also boosts the student’s confidence and mental health. Even if students believe that the decision to waive into a more difficult class is up to their parents, a teacher’s recommendation should be mandatory in order to truly evaluate the student’s for coming success or failure in a class.

-Jessica Russo

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From My Perspective: Coaching ‘Hotshots’ creates lifelong memories


Being a coach for the Special Olympics was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, but I should probably start my story from the beginning.

I became a competitive cheerleader for Florida Triple threat and Top Gun All-stars, when I was 10-years-old. I fell in love with cheer at a young age, and my passion for it grew each year I continued. I have attended about 100 competitions and almost every one had a special needs team present. I loved watching those teams go out on stage; the entire crowd would be on their feet cheering for them. Watching this occur, time after time, would never fail to put a genuine smile on my face. This is what made me want to become a cheer buddy: I wanted to help make dreams come true. Therefore, in 2014, I decided to join the special needs cheer program at Five Star Athletics.

I have had the pleasure of coaching special needs cheerleaders for many years, and I have attended various competitions all over Florida. One competition in particular, that truly stood out to me was the Special Olympics. In the Fall of 2015, the team I helped coach, Five Star Athletics Hotshots, and other special needs athletic teams from all across Florida traveled to Orlando to come together to spread positivity, awareness and most importantly, pure happiness at the Special Olympics. The event was held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports center in Disney, also known as, the happiest place on Earth. To add to the excitement, this was the very first year cheerleading was included as a Special Olympics event.

img_2550The Hotshots were more than excited to compete at the Special Olympics. They were provided with brand new uniforms and cheer shoes to allow them to look and feel confident on stage. We went to the Special Olympics competing as a unified team, which means that the eight helping buddies, including myself, were technically included as team members. We all wanted to be able to prove that the cheerleaders with disabilities can do the same things that we can alongside us, instead of us leading the athletes at the front of the stage.img_3266-1 This allowed each cheerleader’s skills and personality to be better showcased. There were about 15 special needs cheer teams competing in the event. Watching the passion portrayed while each team performed made my heart melt. It was so touching to witness the love and support each cheerleader displayed to one another. Many of the athletes would stand up to clap and cheer everyone on. Something that stood out to me during the performances was how supportive and accepting everyone was toward the athletes with disabilities. I witnessed many tears that day, from buddies, coaches and people in the crowd, and when it was the Hotshots time to compete, even I teared up.

It was so incredible to watch my team succeed and fulfill their dreams. As I stood alongside the athletes when they began their routine, I could tell how ecstatic and happy they all were, and that touched my heart. At the end of the routine, when everyone hit their final pose, the smiles I saw on each cheerleader’s face made me feel so proud and overjoyed to have been able to make the Hotshot’s Special Olympics experience unforgettable. The parents of the athletes were gleaming with joy. The buddies and I received countless thank yous’ from every parent to show how happy they were that we could help give their child such an amazing experience. At the end of the competition, each athlete who competed that day received a medal and was crowned an Olympian. Attending the Special Olympics with the most special group of people was a time when I was definitely at my happiest; working with this special needs team was such an unforgettable experience. I’ve created long-lasting bonds with all the cheerleaders, and they make me wish I could relive each moment with them again and again.

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In My Opinion: Life should not revolve around social media



One year ago, I made a social mistake that changed my life forever.

I thought I was invincible. I thought I could say whatever I wanted to without offending others, or people seeing and realizing it’s about them. I thought there were no consequences as to what I said, regardless of how other people felt. This overpowering feeling, this feeling of superiority and pride, was the reason I was brought down.

One year ago, I applied for an officer position for a club in which I had been active member — and a previous officer of — for all of high school. I did all the work I was asked to do and knew that I would be able to handle a second term. I was passionate and charismatic and I thought those characteristics alone would take me far.

I was wrong. I ended up not getting the position and I was incredibly upset. In a rage, I took to the Twitterverse and posted unnecessary and rude comments about the club and it’s representatives. Because of this, I was removed from my officer position, effective immediately. I also was not allowed to apply for the following year, but I could still be “an active member of the club”. It was a slap in the face and something I still regret one year later.

I never really got the opportunity to apologize, because I was in denial. I refused to admit my erroneous ways, and for the past year, I thought what I did was acceptable and okay. But something I learned is that mistakes are always there and while I may not have thought it was one originally, other people might. As much as I try to skew a story, the screenshots and facts still exist. I messed up.

I finally realized this after I decided to give up my beloved Twitter for Lent. Lent is a religious holiday season where some denominations of Christians either sacrifice something or actively participate in something new in return for intrinsic or extrinsic benefit. I felt like after the tumultuous year I had on social media, giving up my Twitter would be beneficial. I would not have to the urge to tweet about my entire life or bother anyone else.

One thing I learned from giving up Twitter is that it’s especially nice not having to see the world through a series of tweets or my cell phone camera. I learned that I don’t have to limit myself to 140 characters and I can express my feelings through a series of other outlets, something more personal and not worldwide, such as a private diary.

Another thing I have learned is that not everything needs to be published online. Sure, using social media is great for uploading appropriate pictures, sending songs to friends, or even getting to know other students attending the same university as me. But at the same time, social media is not a place for me to complain and cry when I have my family or friends for the same exact reason. Not everyone who follows you on Twitter is your friend.

This experience of not using social media has really helped me to mature as well. In the past month, I have been able to use my phone less and actually have conversations with people without feeling like I have nothing to talk about or wishing I could desperately be online instead of dealing with human interaction.

Life should not be lived through tweets on a timeline or revisiting past mistakes. Life is supposed to be composed of adventures and of stories that I can tell my children when they’re my age. I don’t want to a parent who can only tell my kids that my high school years weren’t as great as they could have been because I couldn’t take my eyes off my phone.

While I made a huge mistake last year, I am grateful it happened. Without it, I would not have experienced a social media “cleanse” and I know that if I didn’t get in trouble now, I would later. Now back on Twitter, I will be – and have been – more cautious with what I post and hopefully other people will learn from my situation.

My biggest fear is that my past situation will affect the outcome of my future. I want to leave high school in high school and not bring this into college with me; hopefully giving myself –and maybe even others – closure. While I matured and realized my error, I also realized whom it impacted most: myself. One year later, I finally feel at ease and now know that social media will definitely not play as big of a role in my life as it had before.

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From My Perspective: Walking in someone else’s new shoes


Every day when I wake up for school, I follow a fairly routine schedule; I shower, get dressed, brush my teeth and hair, eat breakfast and just before I walk out the door, I put my shoes on.  Luckily, I have never had to worry about what it would be like if I had no shoes to put on.

A few weeks ago, I volunteered at Jacob’s Shoes, a foundation that provides shoes to children who do not get to put on shoes every morning as mindlessly as I do.  I participated in this event with other high school students from my temple youth group.  This was the first time we had participated in this community project, so we did not really know what to expect.

As we entered the building, we were directed to a room that overflowed with dirty used shoes, waiting to be cleaned and donated.  I stepped in, motivated to do the best job I could, but also overwhelmed by the amount of work this job was going to require.  My eyes were drawn to the wall of pictures showing underprivileged children who were overjoyed as they held their “new” pair of shoes.

I have always heard stories of kids who are not nearly as privileged as many of the people living in Weston, but while I sat there cleaning these shoes and listening to the director tell us the stories of those kids in the pictures, it all became real.  I finally realized how difficult life could be when people don’t have certain things, such as shoes, which I imagined everyone had.

The director gave us the history of the foundation and why it was originally developed.  Jacob’s Shoes is a foundation developed as a remembrance of Jacob S. Zweig who was killed at the age of 17.  Jacob had a love for many things, including his family, friends and especially shoes.  Everybody who knew Jacob felt that his journey was meant to be continued, whether he was here or not.  So, Jacob’s Shoes was created as a way to provide children with something that meant so much to him.

The director showed us how to clean the shoes.  I did not expect to be cleaning the shoes so thoroughly as they were already used and were being put into the washing machine soon after.  However, we were told to first inspect the shoes for any damage or broken soles, and then we were to examine the bottom and take out any rocks or sticks that were stuck in the cracks.  Finally, the real cleaning began.  This entailed scrubbing the inside and the outside as well as the bottom so deliberately that they looked as new as they could.

I was able to clean around five pairs of shoes in the short hour that we were there, which doesn’t sound like a lot.  However, each pair required quite a bit of work and attention.

The director gave us of some examples of different types of kids who come in to get shoes.  She shared with us that some siblings are forced to switch off shoes every other day, meaning that each child can only go to school on the days that it is his/her turn to use the shoes.  This really encouraged and motivated us as we sat through this tedious process of cleaning used shoes.

What I first thought was a little gross, turned out to be not that bad. In fact, I ended up feeling very accomplished. It felt really good knowing that the pairs that I cleaned were going to provide people with shoes that would enable them to do the things that they love everyday.  It could allow them to do something as simple as waking up and going to school just like I do every day, without worrying about being laughed at or made fun of.

If nothing else, this experience has shown me how lucky I am to grow up in a fortunate family and own things as simple as shoes.  Until now, I had never realized to the full extent how little things, such as shoes, could affect a person’s life so deeply.  As I continue through my life, I know that I will definitely return to Jacob’s Shoes to participate in this work again.

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Opinion: Religion should not serve as bias

morgan comiteBY MORGAN COMITE


Marilyn Monroe, one of most celebrated actresses, was Jewish. The champion boxer, Mike Tyson, converted to Islam. Actor, Kevin Bacon, is an Atheist. But do we know these people for what religion they believe in? We recognize these people as who they are, not what they believe in.

According to Merriam-Webster, religion is the “belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power.” Because religion has always been a part of the world, it is the foundation of our very existence; however, this should not define a person. It does not guarantee success, good moral character, or level of intelligence. It is a belief, a preference, which is solely ones choice.

While the United States is supposed to be separate from the church, in the Pledge of Allegiance we recite “One Nation, Under God”.  If religion is not supposed to be used in court or education, why does a representation of our country’s patriotism have religious meaning? According to NY Daily News, a Texas high school student was suspended for refusing to recite the Pledge. Why should a student be punished and deprived from the right to education for protesting the Pledge even though our third President, Thomas Jefferson, said there should be “separation of church and state?” Some people may be very observant, where their religion and culture play tremendous parts in their lives.  Others consider themselves Atheist, in which they do not believe in religion at all. Students who feel this way may oppose to reciting the Pledge of Allegiance because it is considered offensive and disrespectful to their beliefs. This should not change a teacher’s impression of a student, nor of the student’s academic abilities.

In addition to this, on college applications and standardized tests there is boxes to check what religion students define themselves as, but their religious beliefs should not even be considered when applying to college. How does a belief impact what kind of work ethic a student has? In particular, Christian applicants can be viewed differently as a result of upsetting feelings toward the religion, which is totally unrelated to academics. Christian students from the Radiation Therapy Program at the Community College of Baltimore County were rejected, failed and expelled for attempting to spread their belief on campus. Under the First Amendment, Americans are given the right to freedom of speech and should not be affected academically by their religious belief.

Muslim Americans have been scrutinized stereotypically as terrorists because of attacks by Islamic terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and ISIS. Although fear of terrorism is rational after events as tragic as the 9/11 attacks, it is unfair to group an entire religion as the enemy based on the actions of individual criminals. The Muslim religion is not the belief or violent attacks and not all Muslims are opposed to American ideology of democracy and capitalism.

Whether you attend church with your parents, or synagogue for the High Holiday seasonreligion plays a role in your everyday life. Although religion is something to believe in and practice, it should not serve as a bias toward others.

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Opinion: College decision letters should be kept traditional



On Dec. 16, 2015, I sat in Starbucks while studying for my government midterm anxiously awaiting my decision from my dream school, Boston College. The school released on Twitter that they would be delivering acceptance letters through email and as I saw the open tab on my computer change from “Inbox – 0” to “Inbox – 1,” I knew my future was here.

For the last four years, seniors have been preparing for college decisions nationwide and even worldwide. The college application process — which really begins freshman year — is stressful. All the work that we have completed, all the grades we received, and all the finals and midterms we take come to a decision we receive through an email or through an online status check. These results can be generated in seconds.

In a technological era, we are infatuated with the idea of getting our admissions decisions as fast as possible, rather than waiting. Back when my parents were applying to colleges 30 years ago, they had to wait for the admissions letter to come in the mail. Now when I receive my letter, while beautiful, it is not as special because I already checked my decision online.

Because online decisions have been more common, I do not know, and will never know, what it will be like finding my decision through a letter. I always have seen scenes in movies and television where high school seniors will open a letter with anticipation finding out whether they have been accepted or rejected from their dream school. While opening an email may not be as special as ripping open a letter from the mailbox, I’m sure my heart sank just as much as seniors’ hearts sank a couple years ago.

It is inevitable that college decisions will be released online now and in the next few years, and many schools have made this change. Boston College, for example, began emailing decisions this year. Up until last year, the school decided to stay traditional and send all admissions decisions through the mail. Vanderbilt University sent some regular decisions straight through the mail rather than through an online portal. State schools such as the University of Florida and Florida State University sent admissions decisions through an online portal saying “Congratulations! You have been accepted” with the rest of the information coming through the letter in weeks to come.

Online college decisions may not be as exciting, but a decision is still so. I have still been accepted to every single school I applied to so far. Each time, I jumped and screamed and cried just like any other high school senior would have regardless of where he or she saw the decision.

No matter how a decision is released, whether online, through email, or through the post office, an admission decision is something to be proud of — regardless of the result. Never will I forget the moment I opened up my PDF’d letter from Boston College saying, “I am delighted to offer you admission to Boston College,” and while I’m not going there, that feeling is one I will always remember.

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From my Perspective: Final high school basketball game causes nostalgia



The high school basketball playoffs eventually would come around; I knew that.  But, I never knew what it would feel like to compete in the playoffs as a high school senior. It was special. Every game felt like it was the most important basketball game I had ever played in.  As each game approached, I knew that realistically it could be my last time playing in a competitive basketball game, but I never knew what that would really feel like until the buzzer went off at Coral Springs High School and the scoreboard read 75-72 in favor of the Colts. It was a terrible feeling, but oh what a journey it was to get to this point.

We packed up our bags for our first playoff game against Western High school, and won for the third straight time. Moving into the district finals, we faced Piper in its gym and came away with another victory.  We earned a home game in the regional quarterfinals against an extremely offensively talented Taravella basketball team.

We game planned and strategized how to capitalize off of Taravella’s 1-3-1 zone.  Eventually, running out through those locker room doors, on my new home court, possibly for the last time, was a feeling I’ve never felt before.  The Lightning Lunatics were there in full force. We dominated and the bench was electric.

We celebrated our 34-point victory, but just briefly because we were trying to make Cypress Bay history. We were trying to be the first basketball team to win a Regional Semi-Final game on the road and advance to the regional finals with a possible chance to make the State Final Four.
A couple days later, the day came. This time we had even more momentum. We were at our best, more confident than ever. We believed in each other and in our coaching staff. We thought we had what it took to continue this playoff run.
Once again we were going in as the underdog, projected to lose by 10 points according to Jesse Nadelman, a high school sports analyst from RMF (Respect My Face) Magazine. We used that as motivation.  We showed heart, teamwork, passion and everything a fan, coach, or lover of the game would want to see.  We got to play in front of a full gym and over 100 of our fans who traveled via the fan bus.  From start to finish, it was emotional.  I was more excited than I ever had been to step on a basketball court, for this game. I had never played in a game with stakes like these in front of a full gym.

And then we tipped off.  Coral Springs vs. Cypress Bay.  It was a fight, way more than just a normal game, a game with a 20-point swing.  Springs led by 10 at one point in the second quarter, but we cut that deficit to five going into halftime.  We came out of halftime hungry, with a will to win, and a desire to do the unprecedented at our school.  We fought, which seemed to be a theme throughout this game and our special playoff run.  We fought for our school, for our fans, for our coaches, and most importantly, for each other.  We went on a crazy run, stunning their players, coaches and fans.  We had a 10 point lead with two minutes left in the third quarter, but this game was far from over. Springs pushed back, as most thought they would, but once again this was a fight.  We went back and forth.  With missed opportunities, we unfortunately lost the game, but we outplayed Springs.  We did what nobody though we could do: we competed with them and were very close to coming out victorious.

So when that final buzzer sounded, and the scoreboard read 75-72, we were heartbroken because we knew that we left everything out on that court, and we thought we did enough to win the game, but things can’t always fall our way.  After we shook hands we turned to our fans and we clapped for them and they clapped back at us.  This was one of the best moments I had as a basketball player.  That showcased true respect and love for one another and a sense of pride for our school.  We went back to the locker room and cried.  We knew we gave everything we had; we hugged and we embraced each other.  We listened to the praise from every single one of our coaches.  And we got on the bus for the last time and drove back to our home.  It was the last time, but we did it the right way.  We went out on a high.  Although we didn’t get the result we wanted, we gave ourselves the best chance we could’ve asked for.  I am proud to say I was a part of this team and this organization.

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