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As the second season of “Bridgerton” premiered on Fri. Mar. 25, fans and critics alike had a lot to say about Anthony Bridgerton’s attempt at finding a wife in the London Ton. Through the course of the season, the audience experienced the emotional high and lows of Kate and Anthony’s eventual relationship, leaving many to question whether season two lived up to the high standards set by Daphne and Simon’s story in season one.

“Bridgerton”: a royal letdown

Makayla Martindale, Sports Editor May 10, 2022

Premiering on Fri. Mar. 25,  the second season of “Bridgerton” was released after its long anticipated return to Netflix. From the costumes and romance to the drama and regality, this show follows...

On Mar. 22, Brantley Rethreaded opened in the Patriot Pantry. Various students from all walks of life have stopped at the collection to see what the collection has to offer. Rethreaded is free to students regardless of whether they need the clothes or not. “Rethreaded is for everyone,” Borack said. “A lot of people ask me if theyre allowed to come in because they ‘technically dont need a donation from the school’, but I just want everyone to know that rethreaded is open to all students regardless of your financial position or anything like that.”

Reused, Recycled, Rethreaded

Avery Ranum, Features Editor April 29, 2022

When one thinks of second-hand clothes, they might typically imagine items found in a thrift store, or the clothes passed down from an older sibling. Brantley Rethreaded is changing that narrative. On...

In a long anticipated series of games against Lakewood Ranch High School, the Lady Patriots swept the series, taking down the number one team in the state. “It’s hard to single out any one girl,” Stanley said. “Beating a team like Lakewood takes all 15 girls on the roster. In that series we collected 25 hits and scored 16 runs, every starter collected at least one hit. That allowed Hannah and Gabbie to pitch with confidence. All of that combined with great defense. I think I have to call that series a total team effort.”

Sweeping the series

Makayla Martindale, Sports Editor April 18, 2022

With a constantly revolving mix of teams in the Extra Elite 80 national high school softball team rankings throughout the season, the top 10 experienced major changes as the varsity softball team beat...

The boys water polo team beats Gainesville in their Mar. 30 District Final. It’s awesome, boys captain and senior Will Parnell said. It just, you feel like you’re on top of the world, that you can’t really be beat.

Water polo wins at Districts

Faith Shimick, News and Copy Editor April 6, 2022

On Wed., Mar. 30, both the boys and girls water polo teams beat Gainesville High School at home in their district final game. Both teams dominated with the girls winning 22-7, and the boys 17-8.  Having...

During their trip to France, AP Art students were able to visit museums to view famous works, as well as view the artistry behind French architecture. The buildings were amazing, senior Cat Winter said. It was great to see all the details up close.

A picturesque experience

Julia Hubbell, Entertainment/Opinions Editor April 6, 2022

While spring break usually consists of beach trips and sleeping in for the average high schooler, it was full of museums and exhibits for AP Art students. They were invited on a trip across France to explore...

Students from both band and theater received the opportunity to compete at state level Solo and Ensemble and, in doing so, had the ability to display their talent for fellow thespians and judges alike. “The Troupe was there because everyone was a part of their own individual event or was a part of a group performance,” senior Marco Aguero-Colon said. “These can include everything from scenes to songs to choreo numbers that are put together by us that we present in front of judges to be adjudicated.”

Taking on states: theater and band

Makayla Martindale, Sports Editor April 6, 2022

Chasing the melodic tones of Mozart and the theatrical brilliance of Broadway, select students from Troupe 2888 and band were chosen to compete at the state level. In a four-day long convention, from Mar....

On Tuesday Feb. 22, the varsity basketball team played Oak Ridge High School in the semi-regional game and students showed up in large numbers to support the team. “Even though we lost, that was one of the most fun and loud games I’ve ever played in,” junior Eric Vandendriessche said. “Coach Cuff and Coach Anderson said that it was the most crowded they have ever seen at our gym. I think the student section was huge for us that game and every game because they are big morale boosters and keep our energy high, but I will definitely always remember that game.”

Perseverance in the playoffs

Makayla Martindale, Sports Editor March 10, 2022

Going into the semi-regional championship with a packed student section and high spirits, the varsity basketball team played Oak Ridge High School on Tuesday Feb. 22, in a long-anticipated rematch. The...

Students rehearse choreography for “Stick to the Status Quo” on Feb. 16’s rehearsal. “The singing and the dancing [are my favorite part],” senior Denver Graham said. “It’s not hard for me, stuff like this comes naturally.”

The start of the “High School Musical” ‘school year’

Faith Shimick, News and Copy Editor February 23, 2022

On Jan. 31 and Feb. 1, initial auditions were held for the spring production of Disney’s ‘High School Musical.’ The next day, callbacks were held, and the day after that, the cast list came out....

Journalism students stand around Tammie Fieldss table on Feb. 4 as she shows them forms of media she has worked on. I went back and got my masters in digital journalism from the University of South Florida, because I started in film, Fields said. Now, this is our chief photographer, he shoots on a little tiny disk. Thats how much it has changed since and evolved.

Tammie Fields conquers the journalism field

Faith Shimick and Avery Ranum February 17, 2022

On Feb. 4, Spectrum News 13 anchor Tammie Fields visited campus to share her experience in the career field with students to kick off Black Student Union’s (BSU’s) celebration of Black History Month....

Rachel Balkovec, the first professional female baseball manager for the Tampa Tarpons, a low Class A affiliate for the New York Yankees, has been shattering sports stereotypes for years, as she initially became involved with the Yankees organization in 2019. Balkovec was hired as the first full-time female hitting instructor in the MLB for the Yankees farm system, which began her career in professional baseball and has allowed her to acquire significant success in pursuing her dreams to become a professional baseball manager. Her hard work and perseverance in a field dominated by men will hopefully inspire young women and girls around the country to believe in themselves.

Balkovec: breaking barriers

Makayla Martindale, Sports Editor February 7, 2022

Attracting about 2.7 million viewers during the regular season and 14.3 million viewers during the 2021 World Series games, baseball remains one of America’s favorite pastimes. With 120 Minor League...

Disappearing Frogs pt. 1

Faith Shimick, News and Copy Editor January 31, 2022

Julia Hubbell and I finish out the last two questions with our life stories and the abilities we want but will never have. Think wistful. Be surrounded by weeping willows and swans and an old man on a...

Hugging Administrative Assistant of Athletics Cathy Duncan at an Athletic Hall of Fame induction, Athletic Director Jerri Kelly presents her with the Outstanding Contributor award. The strength of Kelly’s relationship with her colleagues has been built upon many years of working at the school. “Personally, I’m going to miss her just because we talk everyday and I would consider her a friend, just because we see each other every single day, so I’ll miss her on a personal level,” principal Brian Blasewitz said. “Professionally, I’ll miss her work ethic, her organization, and really just all of the things that make her great will be missed. She has been here for a long time, so I think her legacy will be our facilities, our fundraising structure, and how competitive we are in all sports.”

Saying goodbye to Jerri Kelly

Makayla Martindale, Sports Editor January 25, 2022

In most people’s lives, there has been an educator who has made an immeasurable impact on their school years and those that follow. For many students and staff, this person has been Athletic Director...

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