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The Sanford Zoo continues to experience flooding from Hurricane Ian. Branches and leaves litter the grounds of the zoo.
Central Florida Zoo remains damaged weeks after Hurricane Ian
Abby Roberson, Staff Reporter • October 25, 2022

The Central Florida Zoo, a popular destination for animal lovers across the community, continues to remain temporarily closed due to the destruction caused by Hurricane Ian. First making landfall on Sept....

On Sept. 16, Mahsa Amini was killed for supposedly not adhering to rules regarding hijabs in Iran, creating protest for womens rights around the world.
"Woman, Life, Freedom": the killing of Mahsa Amini
Nairie De Gregory, Staff Reporter • October 17, 2022

On Sept. 16, a young woman died at the hands of the police in Tehran, Iran. The woman, 22 year-old Mahsa...

Reeling from the effects of Hurricane Ian, once playable basketball courts are found submerged in water.
‘Dog barking, wind howling, rain pouring’: Hurricane Ian brings disastrous effects to Central Florida
Avery Ranum, Editor-in-Chief • October 1, 2022

In the early hours of Thurs., Sept. 29, Hurricane Ian made landfall in Central Florida. Just a few hours...

On Sept. 9, many gathered outside of Buckingham Palace following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. Many were dressed in black in mourning of the late ruler. “The day after [the death of the queen] I went to Buckingham palace and saw so many British people and tourists leave flowers and notes for the queen,” Angelina Joseph said. “The overall effect on the nation over there was somber, I could see older people moved to tears.”
Monarch leaves her mark
Avery Ranum, Editor-in-Chief • September 26, 2022

On Sept. 8, Queen Elizabeth II passed away at Balmoral Castle in Scotland at the remarkable age of 96....

With the upcoming 2023 softball season, the girls were surprised with a completely renovated clubhouse. The biggest change was definitely the walls in the main room, senior Bristin Bordeau said. Being able to see those quotes and our logo on the wall makes me want to do well for the team and I just feel so blessed to have access to this clubhouse.
Renovated and ready
Makayla Martindale, Editor-in-Chief • February 1, 2023

Following a 25-5 record with an appearance in the state championship during the 2022 spring season, the varsity softball team anticipates another successful year, as the program has continued to gain notoriety...

Senior Abby Bicker performs Violas monologue from Shakespeares The Twelfth Knight.
Theater takes on Shakespeare
January 25, 2023

On Jan. 13, the school hosted the Shakespeare Gala that allowed students to compete with others by reading monologues...

Provided by the Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship, biology and research teacher Lauren D’Ambrosio ventured to Antarctica. After observing the wildlife and scenery, D’Ambrosio hopes to spread word of the importance of protecting the planet, so that places like Antarctica remain brimming with life. “If there’s one thing I hope to teach my students, it’s that our actions have implications and it’s important to be mindful of them,” D’Ambrosio said.
D’Ambrosio takes on Antarctica
January 18, 2023

Departing in Nov., biology and research teacher Lauren D’Ambrosio traveled alongside National Geographic to a...

Performing on Jan. 6, the Fortefy acapella group took the stage alongside the professional acapella group MPact. “Performing with a professional group was sort-of like a dream come true,” senior Jade Durnin said. “But the best part was rehearsing with them before, getting bits of advice of what they do after years of doing this was an incredible asset.”
An MPact-ful performance
January 11, 2023

On Jan. 6, the school’s acapella group, Fortefy, had the opportunity to perform a joint concert with MPact, a...

Lake Brantley High School Cheer, hyping up the boys varsity basketball game.
Lake Brantley cheer: the road to greatness
Nairie De Gregory, Staff Reporter • January 30, 2023

Football games are known for many things: food, crowds and cheerleaders. The cheer team’s work livens sporting events, but is also appreciated in its own spotlight during the competition season. Competition...

The girls varsity soccer team won 6-0 during senior night game against The Villages Charter School, in part because of their strong bond and emphasis on teamwork.
Girls soccer kicks the competition
January 23, 2023

The girls varsity soccer team, composed of 18 elite players, have had a successful season so far. With...

At a meet, senior lifter Mary Bonnett’s teammates watch on as she begins to lift. “I hope that by the end of the season I will be able to bench my bodyweight,” Bonnett said. “I also hope that I make it to regionals and that [the school] can get first at districts.”
Girls weightlifting hits a strong stride
January 16, 2023

Since the start of their season in Nov., the girls weightlifting team has been riding a wave of team...

On Dec. 2, senior Nolan Moran and junior Jadon Thayer watch as senior Eric Vandendriessche attempts to make a point in the game against Lyman. The game ended with the Patriots victorious with a score of 61-35, 19 of those points scored by Vandendriessche. “He [Vandendriessche] is averaging 19 points and 8 rebounds a game,” varsity boys basketball coach Mike Cuff said. “He has been a big part of our success.”
‘This is the best start in history’: boys basketball boasts triumphant season
January 9, 2023

Besides exciting games, the varsity boys' basketball team is known for one core thing: winning. The team...

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College applications arent as easy as everyone else says they are. The amount of stress that they induce is unimaginable.
College applications: the bane of my existence
Marcela Maya Escalona, Section Editor • January 31, 2023
The sunshine state lives up to its name year round even during the winter season.
The bitterness of Florida winters
Trinidy Kev, Staff Reporter • January 17, 2023
As this years holiday season comes to an end, many are left disappointed with their high expectations, anticipated lack of stress, and attempt to travel with family. The 2022 holiday airline backups were more pronounced than usual, leaving many travelers entirely frustrated, often stranded, and ready for the season to be done.
Holiday travel: worth the hassle?
Makayla Martindale, Editor-in-Chief • January 10, 2023
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In lieu of a real infant, in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn: Part 2, production opted for the use of a baby doll to play Bella and Edwards daughter Renesmee, which was then replaced with CGI. Cleverly, on Twilight’s official Instagram page, this image was captioned “no halloween costume will ever be scarier than this”, a self-aware nod to the fandom’s overflowing agreement that the doll is shockingly creepy and ugly.
"Twilight" on the silver screen: the silliness within the serious
Avery Ranum, Editor-in-Chief • February 2, 2023
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