Atlantic Community High School


Kristina Bernard

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Atlantic High Marching Band moves forward

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 Most memories that come from adolescence involve high school and the weekends. No one remembers “that one Wednesday.” Some of the most iconic memories IB student Mary Dillon will take with her are her Friday nights at the football field.

  Mary Dillon, Former Junior Drum Major, has been in the Atlantic Marching and Concert Band for all three years of her high school career so far. When asked how she feels about her time with band she said, “the band at Atlantic is just like a family. I’ve been in marching band going on four years and going in as a freshman, it’s really nice to know that you’re welcomed and accepted by people before school even starts.”

  William Bowman, the band director here at Atlantic, wanted students to know that, “We [the band] take everyone. If you’re low on experience, come talk to me and we can get you fitted on an instrument and go from there.”

  As far as time commitments, there is a “Mini Camp” being held June 5th, 6th, and 7th. The camp just entails getting everything set up for marching band, which happens later in the summer. The camp also includes learning the fundamentals of marching, as well as your instrument, getting to know your section, and making sure all paperwork is in order.

  Marching Band Camp begins the 24th of July and lasts roughly about two weeks. Flyers can be found around campus and if there are any further questions Bowman can be found in the band room (Room 2-121).

See the flyer here: 201705091344

Atlantic Community High School Marching Band participating in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Photo Courtesy of Atlantic Community High School Marching Band participating in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Photo Courtesy of

American Airlines crew member gets violent with passanger

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Within the last few weeks, one of the most widely covered stories in mainstream news has been the story about the airline scandal concerning the plane removal scandal between United Airlines and David Dao. In more recent news, a similar but much less extreme scandal surfaced, this time however involving a mother and her children going up against the employees of an American Airlines aircraft.

  In this situation, while boarding, a mother with her twin babies in the stroller was asked to remove the stroller from the aircraft, due to an American Airlines policy of no strollers being allowed in the cabin area. The mother protested and this was when the crew member proceeded to forcefully grab the stroller from her, allegedly hitting her and just missing the children.

  This outraged the mother and some of the surrounding passengers. In an attempt to speak up for the mother of two, passenger Olivia Morgan yelled at the crew member, to which he responded by yelling back and telling her to “stay out of it.” A man then stood up initiating a verbal confrontation between him and the crew member.

  The mother and her children were ultimately removed and put onto a different flight and upgraded to first class.

  The airline’s quick and efficient response to the situation comes with great contrast to the previously covered situation with Dr. David Dao. The crew member was immediately suspended for inappropriate behavior and unwarranted violence.

  The mother has since gotten a lawyer, which ironically enough, is the same lawyer covering Dr. Dao and his situation with United Airlines.

An American Airlines crew member gets violent in an altercation with passenger and her two children. Photo courtesy of
An American Airlines crew member gets violent in an altercation with passenger and her two children. Photo courtesy of

April Is For Authors comes to Atlantic High

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  In a world that has become not only less focused on books, but reading as a whole, it has become increasingly more difficult to spark interest in young readers. April Is For Authors is a way for professional, published authors to make personal contact with readers.

  Jason Reynolds, author of 6 books including Ghost, a story about a young sprinter whose past continually slows him down, will be coming to Atlantic Community High School. After him will be Aaron Hartzler, who has written What We Saw, a novel about a town that has committed a crime, and their struggle to attempt to keep in under wraps, and Rapture Practice.

  Students can find these talented authors on campus on April 28. Reynolds will be presenting in the gym during periods one and three, in which teachers can sign up to bring their classes, and Hartzler will be available during periods five and seven in the library.

  If a student has read Hartzler’s Rapture Practice or What We Saw please see Rebecca Radic to sign up for the event in the library.

  There will also be an additional field trip taking place April 29, to Palm Beach Gardens High School. The event includes panel sessions, where 25 authors will speak and can be questioned about their work. There will be food trucks available. The trip will be available for the first 28 people that sign up. After those spots are filled, interested students can still attend, given that the event is open to the public. Students will leave with Radic at 8:30 a.m. and are set to return at around 4 p.m.

   More information can be found on the April Is For Authors website:

13 Reasons Why captivates audiences

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  In a society flooding with social media outlets such as Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, it has become increasingly more difficult for teenagers to maintain a healthy mental lifestyle. The new Netflix original series 13 Reasons Why, based on the best-selling YA novel from Jay Asher, calls to many of the issues caused by the hectic and emotional time that is commonly referred to as “our adolescence.”

  While for entertainment purposes, the themes are magnified; the emotions portrayed through the characters are real and raw emotions many high schoolers deal with.

  The show is definitely not for those who cannot handle serious topics, given the show’s main plotline is carried on the fact that a teenage student committed suicide. The show covers heavy themes such as the most obvious, suicide, but others such as rape, drunk driving and drug use.

  The show follows a high school student, Clay Jensen, who viewers come to find out has struggled emotionally in the past. The story picks up a couple weeks after a victim of bullying, Hannah Baker, took her own life. Clay comes home one day and finds a package full of cassette tapes from his former friend Hannah, which she recorded before her death. The first tape explains that these tapes are meant to give insight into why she took her life.

  The series goes on to show the contrast between her “truth” and beliefs of how things happened versus the way the people on the tapes remembered things to have happened.

  13 Reasons Why takes the viewer on an emotional journey, due to how real the issues faced are. Many moments throughout the season were solely driven on the emotions it would draw from the viewers. 13 Reasons Why is far from the typical psychological thriller. Though it is a planned and fictional storyline, the viewer becomes so invested in these characters. As many tend to do while watching a TV series, viewers start to pick their “favorites” and characters that they want to succeed. However in this case, unfortunately the character many want to see succeed has been gone since the pilot episode. Instead of being a show that helps viewers escape from their reality, the show forces those who watch to reevaluate their reality and hone in on how the choices they make can affect others, which is a lesson many can and should learn.

Gradual removal of arts education is not beneficial

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  While some may argue that the importance of arts education being pushed in the school setting is small, arts education benefits students in more ways than people seem to realize.


  A big concern for parents of arts-involved students is whether, in the long run, it will help or hurt the student. Most of this fear stems from concerns including time management as well as just being an overall distraction. On the opposite side of the authority, the school system is set up in a way that attempts to motivate the students to strive towards higher test scores, instead of activities that they may truly have a passion for.


  Throughout their early childhood, children are often told to use their imagination. However as they get older, slowly but surely there is less and less time for creativity. They become too busy with homework, or projects, or even for some teenagers, work. However, if arts education is pushed the way it used to be, and time management skills are implemented into the arts and standard curriculum, this issue would easily be avoided.


  A large amount of adults look back on their teenage years and remember them as their “prime,”  and sadly, in many cases, these originally imaginative children will end up in a job in which earns them more money, opposed to one that is focused on a passion of theirs, out of fear of financial instability.With the deterioration of arts education, there will be less and less extraordinary talents and individuals represented through their creativity.


  Many schools appropriately deter their money into academics due to the never ending chase towards high test scores. However, there are many studies showcasing instances in which “arts involved” students tend to score higher on tests, such as the SAT, than those which are not. Thus proving a positive correlation between academics and involvement in the arts. Students involved in music have been shown to perform better in the mathematical area, than those who aren’t. Dancers have displayed extensive and impressive memorization qualities. In other studies, it has been proven that students with the discipline that musicians, dancers, and artists require, have been better equipped to submerge themselves into their schoolwork due to the quality of knowing what needs to get done, when it needs to be done.


  If the school system permanently loses sight of the importance found in arts education, the creative

future of generations to come is in jeopardy. It is hard to believe that there is absolutely no money left for the arts. With refinancing and prioritizing there could likely be an effective way to fund the arts and still leave money for the test strategy courses and “extras” that students so often see shoved into their school environment.

Apopka High School Chorus at High School Music Performance Assessment (MPA). Photo Courtesy of Apopka Chorus Director, Sandra Shafer.
Apopka High School’s Bel Canto women’s choir at High School Music Performance Assessment (MPA). Photo Courtesy of Apopka Chorus Director, Sandra Shafer.

President Trump fails at repealing Obamacare

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  In the first 100 days of the Trump administration, there have been many varying opinions on how the rest of it will play out. From blocked travel bans to Twitter disputes, President Trump continues to keep the public on their toes.

  One of his first and most memorable promises to his followers was his plan to repeal Obamacare. When asked if he had a replacement plan, he didn’t give much insight. Trump and his administration put in a vote to repeal Obamacare, and the trial was televised, leaving no questions as to what went on in the courtroom.

  As more and more evidence was brought to light, it looked as if the case was leaning towards a disappointing outcome for the Trump administration.

  At the end of a very stressful day for President Trump, the hearing ultimately cancelled the attempt to repeal the current healthcare plan due to how expensive the replacement plan turned out to be.

  The new plan the administration was attempting to implement would start to tax the lower to middle class, based on an ideology that since the wealthy can afford their own health care, they shouldn’t have to pay taxes for those who cannot.

  This then brought up the issue of their complaint about how expensive Obamacare was for the country, and the lack of correlation between that and them now trying to tax their poorest citizens.

  President Trump has not retracted any statements on how ineffective he believes Obamacare to be, however, in the press conference Ryan Paul held after the failure, he did give insight into there being a revised plan in the works.

Donald Trump and Paul Ryan responds to the failed Obamacare repeal. Photos courtesy of
Donald Trump and Paul Ryan responds to the failed Obamacare repeal. Photos courtesy of


Learning more about the photography academy

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  Here at Atlantic Community High School there are many different programs students can get involved in.

  Natalie De Feliz, photography teacher at Atlantic Community High School, gave insight into the academy that she is very proud to be a part of. She teaches Photography, Higher Level Art, Advanced Placement Photography, and 2D/3D Art.

  When asked about what she considered to be the most taxing components of the academy, De Feliz said, “In the class I would say keeping up with your time management and keeping up with your photo journal, because for some reason that seems to be the last thing they’re thinking about. And for IBCP (IB Career Program), I would say it’s the service learning hours.”

  For students wondering what “service learning hours” are, these are community service hours that are related specifically to the student’s career field. As a junior, you need to accumulate at least 25 by the end of your junior year. You then need to accumulate an additional 25 by winter of your senior year.   

  For the easier sections of the class/academy, De Feliz says that she “would consider learning photoshop the easiest part of the class.”

  Incoming photography students should know that the academy requires you to think outside of the box. It gives you helpful tools that will go beyond being behind the camera. It also requires you to manage your time well and be a leader.

Examples of art from the photography academy. Staff photo courtesy of Kristina Bernard.
Examples of art from the photography academy. Staff photos courtesy of Kristina Bernard.

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Casey Anthony speaks out on life after her case

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  Casey Anthony is widely recognized from the court case involving the murder of her two year-old daughter, Caylee. The trial took place in Orlando, Florida roughly nine years ago.

  Her trial concluded in the verdict being “not guilty,” and after all of this time, she finally broke her silence in an intimate interview in which she talked about how she thought her late daughter would be living now.

  Anthony said, “Caylee would be 12 right now. And would be a total bada**,” She goes on to say, “I’d like to think she’d be listening to classic rock, playing sports.”

  Her eerily calm exterior has been something that shocks people, dating all the way back to the trial. She went as far as disclosing information about her “short lived romances” due to her past, as well as how healthily she sleeps at night. She still claims and reiterates that she has no idea what happened to her daughter.

  Since the initial interview, Anthony’s father George has put out a statement, saying that “his heart hurts” in result of the negative picture his daughter painted of the police in her interview. He goes on to speak about how he and his wife had attempted to move on from that tragic period in their lives and they were very unhappy to have been brought back to it.

  The interview served as a way to give people closure as far as the initial shock of the verdict goes. It has received many mixed

Trump holds controversial rally

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President Trump speaks to large crowd in Melbourne, FL for a reelection rally. Photo courtesy of .
President Trump speaks to large crowd in Melbourne, FL for a reelection rally. Photo courtesy of .

After being in office for only a month, one of the most controversial presidents the country has ever seen has already started campaigning for his possible 2020 re-election. Trump never ceases to surprise, and he has certainly held strong on that within his first few weeks in office. From travel bans to criticism against his former TV show, “The Apprentice,” his actions have resulted in many Americans forming different opinions about him.

  His first rally for the 2020 election was held on Feb. 18, 2017. The rally was held in Melbourne, Florida, where he spoke to a crowd of about 9,000.

  President Trump spoke heavily on “alternative facts,” and said that he wanted to speak to his supporters “without the filter of the fake news,” according to Zeke J Miller of Time. Throughout the rally, he, as expected, spoke on many topics involving the media, but also, interestingly enough, spoke on the appeals court judges who blocked his temporary travel ban and his disagreements with the ruling.

  Many have an array of strong opinions on his first month and a half in office. Along with already receiving criticism for the astonishing number of executive orders that he has signed into existence, the lack of time in between him being sworn in, and him already beginning to campaign for an election that will be held in over 1,000 days, has certainly provoked raised eyebrows from quite a few people.

  Trump is certainly not stepping on the breaks in his race for reelection, and his timing has brought out many emotion in the people, whether they be right or left sided.

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