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Doughnut Shop Do-Gooder

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Note: This is a guest article written by an outside source. This article was written by Kenesha Chalemon and was originally published on Channel Kindness .

A box with fresh homemade donuts with icing.
A box with fresh homemade donuts with icing.

Downtown Delray Beach is gentrifying. Poorer people are being pushed out of their homes, replaced by new businesses and unaffordable homes. As a result, no one lives on “The Ave” – the neighborhood’s central hub – unless you own a beach house. The area is filled with fancy restaurants, high-end fashion boutiques, and few affordable food spots.

The Ave is not kid friendly and my friends and I – and young people in general – don’t usually hang around there. But there are still some fun and affordable things you can do if you know where to go so, one day after school my friends and I decided to go downtown to explore.

We took the trolley, a free transportation system used to get around, and decided to stop by a popular donut chain to use a gift card that held less than three dollars. Since this trip was unplanned we didn’t have much money to spend, just the quarter, dimes, and nickels in our bags.

As we were strategizing on how to maximize use of our spare change and gift card, a group of white adults entered, and one them asked if she could borrow the chair at our table. I responded, “Of course, not a problem” with a polite smile.

To my surprise, the woman then offered “Get whatever you want ladies, I’ll pay.” I was just following the Golden Rule: “Treat others the way you would like to be treated.” I hadn’t expected anything in return so I was surprised by her response, returning one act of kindness with another.

Since this woman and her friends were white and my friends and I are African American, I just expected her to make no human contact and ignore us. Just like any other interaction I’ve had in the community with strangers, especially when there is a difference in race. So, I asked her if this was a joke because situations like this are not at all common. On the other hand, this could just be her way of showing sympathy, but who wants to be a charity case.

I realized, however, that this was simply someone reaching out and demonstrating their kindness despite any racial and social barriers that may separate us. I had offered her kindness, regardless of her status or her color, and she reciprocated.

I was more than open to her genuine, kind approach. Receiving a ‘handout’ from a rich white woman would normally bring hesitation in any underprivileged black kid’s mind, but she had changed my conception of her by acknowledging me and reciprocating my basic act of kindness. This opened my eyes to the fact that kindness is contagious and that you reap what you sow in a good way, as well.

As we approached the register, we introduced ourselves. Her name was Pam. After she paid we thanked her, and she could obviously tell that we did not see this often, so she explained it’s just paying it forward. Then, we sat down and enjoyed our meal. We continued to talk about her act of kindness and when it was time for us to go, we gave Pam a hug and thanked her one last time. She then commented on how nice and respectful young ladies we were.

To this day, I’m grateful for her simple but gracious act. This experience proved that, just like love, kindness has no boundaries.

Applying for College

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College application form
College application form

   Applying to college may seem difficult, but it can be easier by breaking it down into a series of small steps. There are specific college admissions requirements from college to college, but the basics are mostly the same. There are a lot of parts involved, so it is good to take care of all the details the college application requires.

   First, it is important to fill out the application. It is required to fill out some paperwork which will include personal information and your high school career. It is very important to be honest because colleges want to know about the student and what they’ve done. Past school records help determine how you do in an academic setting. Good grades look even better which leads to more chances to be accepted in a university.

  The next step involves writing the admissions essay. All colleges require students to write an admission essay when applying. Most likely, the school will provide a variety of prompts that students can choose from. In some cases, students may be able to choose their own topic. Always proofread college admissions essay carefully.

  Also, it is helpful to gather supplemental materials which may include items like a portfolio. An applicant should consider whether the supplemental materials are a good idea for your application.

  Another requirement might be recommendation letters, which usually come from teachers who are familiar with the students work.

  If necessary, there might be an interview for admission. Some schools will be willing to schedule a student admissions interview upon request. International students may find a student interview especially important. Some examples of schools that require interviews are Cornell and Harvard University.

  The final step is receiving the acceptance letter. If the student receives an acceptance letter, he/she will have to let the school know if you have decided to accept its offer of admission.

   Although it might take up time, it is important to apply for colleges on time and carefully.

Atlantic moves

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 Students at Atlantic put their dancing shoes on to participate in a school-wide campaign on  March 6.  “Let’s Move” is a campaign that was started in 2010 by ex-first lady Michelle Obama. The main goal of the campaign, according to its website, is to “solve the problem of childhood obesity within a generation.”

   So, how does Atlantic plan on fixing this problem? By getting kids active and getting them moving, by means of dancing. Angela Williams is the director who drives the campaign at our school and, during this year’s campaign, Jackson Destine, junior, made a rap song and video that promotes healthy living and being on a healthy diet by rapping lyrics that prompts students to move and exercise. Students danced in the school courtyard for the music video. Whoever participated was given t-shirts that were designed by art teachers Natalie De Feliz and Julia Zuniga.

   It’s not the first time that our school participated in this campaign; last year the school took part in the campaign by making a video showcasing how our school promotes healthy living through dancing to a popular rap song. Manasse Dornot, senior, said “it was pretty fun, seeing my peers, and future seniors goofing off and enjoying themselves, brought a smile to my face.”

   Administrators and students seem to be enjoying the campaign and its message, with the amount of support the campaign received, it will be welcome again next year.

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The Let’s Move logo

Stopping human trafficking

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 My freedom Day is on March 14, 2017 and aims to help raise awareness for human trafficking. Human trafficking is “the practice of illegally transporting people from one country or area to another” according to There are three types of trafficking: sex trafficking, forced labor, and debt bondage. Forced labor, also known as involuntary servitude, is the biggest sector of trafficking in the world, according to the U.S. Department of State. The human trafficking industry makes about $32 billion dollars per year.

  Human trafficking isn’t just in the US; it’s a global problem. In Europe, over 140,000 victims are trapped in a situation of violence and degradation for sexual exploitation. In Boynton Beach, three men were accused of kidnapping a 19 year-old and trying to force her into prostitution. They were not successful.

  During an interview with the girl, she said, “I was in fear for my life” on The Palm Beach Post article by Julius Whigham II. All over the world, there are victims from at least 127 countries that have been reported to have been exploited in 137 states. In human trafficking, the average cost of a slave is $90. Out of the millions of people enslaved, 1 in 5 victims of trafficking are children, although in poorer regions they make up the majority. Women make up two thirds of the trafficking victims.

  There are many things the world can do to help annihilate human trafficking. One thing people can do is to research and get informed about the problem. Then, people can donate money to people or victims that have seen or been through human trafficking. The community can also help raise awareness to help human trafficking get attention.

A young girl, tied and bonded, symbolizing what life as a sex slave is like Credits to:
A young girl, tied and bonded, symbolizing what life as a sex slave is like
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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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Freedom Day

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SStudents at Atlantic High School made a video to show their support to Freedom Day.  video Courtesy of  Cori Walls’ class.

Let’s Move ATL

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Students and faculty collaborated to create a video to raise awareness for the “Let’s Move” movement at Atlantic High School to promote fitness and exercise.



Angela Williams drives the campaign at our school – video production

Jackson Destine, junior at Atlantic, made the rap
Natalie De Feliz and Julia Zuniga, art teachers at Atlantic, created the shirts used in the video


Discovering the medical academy

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Staff photo.
Staff photo.

There are multiple academies on campus, but the medical academy is worth the time. The medical academy is an alternative to ROTC, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood, drafting, photography, and construction. The medical academy is held together by Kenneth Muhlerwirth, former paramedic/firefighter. He is currently a vocational/technical teacher. Muhlerwirth has been in the healthcare field since 2001. He has many certifications under his belt. This academy is made for someone who wants a path in healthcare.

The medical academy is not just wearing black uniforms, like everyone thinks. This academy helps prepare for the medical field, if that is your interest. There is Health Science 1, Health Science 2, Emergency Medical Responder 3 (EMR3), and Electrocardiogram (EKG) Aide. Your first year in this academy is learning anatomy and physiology. During your second year, you refresh your memory from the first year, but you also learn CPR, (cardiopulmonary resuscitation). If you pass the CPR assessment, you obtain a CPR card stating that you are certified, which is good for having beyond school. Your third year is when it’s time to buckle down and work. You must prep for your EMR certification. It is a 100 question test that must be completed in two hours. Although that is kind of nerve-wracking, there are more certifications to obtain. EKG is a long learning process. It is hard and you must be dedicated to work.

To be in this academy, you must have a 3.0 grade point average and must undergo an interview process. If you are selected for this academy, you must purchase a uniform for $25 worn the first two years. Before you enter your third year, you must submit to a drug test and purchase a uniform for $50 worn the last two years.

This is an academy to think about entering. Obtaining several certifications looks excellent on a college application and it might even provide a job right out of high school, due to your dedication to the healthcare field. The medical academy is great, but you must be dedicated to working hard with a well-experienced teacher. To join a medical academy that just got in shape three years ago, but competes with best medical academies in the county is well worth it.

Take a trip through African American history!

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 The month of February is dedicated to African American history, but did you know that it began as “Negro History Week”? The week was created by Carter G. Woodson, an African American historian, author, journalist and the founder of the Association for the Study of African-American Life and History.

  Fortunately, in our community we have educators, such as Stacy Stephens-Miller (ACHS History teacher), who care to share their wealth of knowledge on the history and the struggle that African American people have endured for the past centuries.  

  There will be an event for Black History Month on Feb. 23 and 24, and according to Stephens-Miller, students will receive a “guided tour” of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, Plantation slavery, Slave rebellions, the Haitian Revolution, the History of Delray Beach, and the Civil Rights Movement.

   The goal is to allow students to experience the history of African Americans.  Unfortunately, there are not often events like this, so do not miss out on this opportunity!

   This event will be brought to you by The Spady House Museum, Lake Worth Playhouse, ACHS Construction Academy, ACHS Art Club, African and African American History Committee.  It will take place in the library.

Behind the scenes of our wonderful principal

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Ever thought about what life was like to be a principal?  Well, our principal, Tara O’campo, went through a significant amount of obstacles to get where she is now. She grew up in Pennsylvania with her mother, father, and two sisters. Both of her parents were very successful and her sisters as well. “I’m fortunate to have grown up in a very supportive environment,” said O’Campo.

  O’Campo always wanted to be a teacher. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education and began teaching first grade in Palm Beach County. Then, she earned her Master’s Degree while simultaneously teaching at the middle school level.

  After teaching, she became an Assistant Principal for several years until she became the Principal at Everglades Elementary School. O’Campo has worked at all three levels in an administrative capacity. She finally was transferred to Atlantic High, home of the Eagles, in Delray Beach in 2015. “ The most exciting thing is working in and around the Delray Beach community,” she said.

  O’Campo has many rewarding moments in being the principal of a high school. She loves to hear the sound of her students’ names being called at graduation and watching them walk across the stage.

  Our principal also has many challenging moments on her shoulders. The most challenging for her at the end of the day is knowing not everyone will be completely happy with her decisions all the time, but as long as she knows it is in the best interest of her students, she can sleep well at night.

  Although she has a lot of duties she attends to, in her free time she likes to spend time with her family in Pennsylvania. She believes balance in life is important and she likes to share that with other people. She is a role model to many students and will continue helping her students to be successful just like her.      

Tara O'campo (left) smiling with Naya Fulton(right) Tara O’campo (left) smiling with Naya Fulton(right)

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