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Donald trumps Clinton in race for the presidency

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    President-elect Donald Trump meets with Barack Obama, the 44th United States President, to discuss the future. Photo courtesy of
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    Donald Trump, standing alongside his vice president Mike Pence (left) and his son Barron Trump (right) accepts the results of the election. Photo courtesy of

  After an incredibly close race in the Electoral College, Donald Trump emerged victoriously as the 45th President of the United States. Originally predicted to lose according to all of the news outlets and political science analysts, including Larry Sabato (one of the foremost experts on political analysis), Trump managed to beat Clinton out for the electoral votes in a majority of the swing states. Now, the Republican Party has control over the White House, the House of Representatives, and the Senate of the United States.

  Winning 279 votes, nine over the majority requirement of 270 electoral votes in order to gain the presidency (Clinton won 228), Trump exceeded expectations when he was awarded a majority of the swing states, including Pennsylvania and Florida, which both played significant roles in the president-elect’s triumph. By the end of the night, Trump had won the majority from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

  Interestingly enough, the Associated Press states that “Clinton won more counties where less than 50% of the population is white.”

  Some have disputed his win, saying that it was not fair, since he did not acquire the majority of the popular votes, with 59,418,103 to Clinton’s 59,623,049. According to Andrew Griffin of The Independent, “all that matters is the number and size of the states that each candidate has a majority in, rather than the size of that overall majority.” This has only happened a few times over the course of American history, the most recent being the Election of 2000, where Al Gore earned more popular votes than George W. Bush and still lost.”

  The election of Trump leaves many not knowing what to expect, with some of his conflicting views and controversial ideas. He hopes for the United States to “come together as one united people” when he is inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017.

Atlantic students work out a plan for Delray

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  Some students at Atlantic Community High School are working hard to get people active and help the community. Seniors Christelle Singh and Talia Vessal came up with the idea of creating a workout gym at Barwick Park, located at the intersection of Lake Ida Road and Barwick Road, only two miles from Atlantic. “Initially this project began on paper as an IBCP (International Baccalaureate Career Programme), but soon turned into reality,” said Vessal.

  According to the two, the project was created, at first, with the intention of fulfilling requirements for their engineering and drafting class. “It feels great to see our project making so much progress. When we first started this project, it started with the simple task of dimensioning equipment, we hoped that we could build a few pieces of workout equipment for our CP (Career Programme) project, and we would see where it was headed from there,” said Singh. However, with the assistance of teachers and the permission of Delray Beach, including an impromptu meeting to the Delray Beach Parks and Recreation department, the plan was actually coming to fruition.

  Creating a gym, to Singh and Vessal, is a way to get Delray connected in an attempt to help others; local citizens can definitely reap the benefits with a healthier mind and body with a new place to work out. A local fitness gym has also been something that has worked in other places, such as Orlando and even Israel. As a result of this prior success in other regions, the duo feels that the gym will certainly be a fruitful project, especially with the support of local groups.

  The project is currently being developed, although they are lacking in some resources, and have created a GoFundMe account ( to help with this.

  The gym is expected to be completed in Spring 2017.

Get ready voters.

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Voting starts Tuesday, Nov. 8. Schools will be closed, so for students who are eligible to vote, take note of this opportunity. To vote, one will need some sort of official identification, such as a license or passport.
Participants won’t just be voting for the presidential candidates; they will vote for United States Senators, Constitutional Amendments, Congressional representatives, and more. The presidential candidates include Donald J. Trump of the Republican Party, Hillary Rodham Clinton of the Democratic Party, Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party, Jill Stein of the Green Party, Darrell L. Castle of the Constitution Party, and Roque (Rocky) De La Fuente of the Reform Party.

Donald J. Trump
Donald Trump’s policies involve a strong stance on the enforcement of immigration laws. He believes that illegal immigrants should not stay in the country, as seen when he said “they’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.” In saying this, Trump called out a specific group in the United States: the Mexican community. These words not only offended general amount of them,but they also led to the dropping of his Miss Universe pageant by NBC.
When asked what he would do as a result of this, he said, “I told NBC, I can’t change my stance…people are pouring across our borders unabated. Public reports routinely state great amounts of crime are being committed by illegal immigrants. This must be stopped and it must be stopped now.” The one way in which he plans on fighting the “Illegals” is by building a wall, which will come at a cost to taxpayers.
According to the Washington Post, as referenced by John Oliver of the show Last Week Tonight, “just building the wall will cost around $25 billion (not including maintenance, which will come at a higher cost than building the wall).”
When it comes to abortion, Trump is against it. On the debate stage at the University of Houston on Feb. 26, 2016, he said, “as far as Planned Parenthood is concerned, I’m pro life.” He has always voiced his opinion when it comes to abortion. He is completely against it, but with exceptions; if the mother was raped, abortion would be an option. “I’m pro-life, but with the caveats. It’s: life of the mother (very important), incest and rape,” said Trump.
Trump has also received criticism for the words that he has said regarding women. He has insulted many women, including Rosie O’Donnell. “Somebody who has been very vicious to me, Rosie O’Donnell, I said very tough things to her and I think everybody would agree that she deserves it and nobody feels sorry for her,” said Trump. He had also talked about forcing himself on women without their consent; when he was confronted with his statement he labeled it “locker room talk.”
When it comes to his stance on foreign policies, Trump believes in “making America safe again” by fighting terrorist groups such as ISIS. “They have some in Syria, some in Iraq…I would just bomb those suckers. That’s right. I’d blow up the pipes…I’d blow up every single inch.” He also plans on ending the nuclear deal with Iran. He wants to get rid of ISIS by uniting with Russia.

Hillary Rodham Clinton
When it comes to Hillary Clinton’s foreign policies, she wants to fight terrorism the same way that Donald Trump does, but she plans on doing so by creating a no-fly zone in Syria. A no-fly zone is where no flying object would be allowed to fly over Syrian skies and would be attacked by the United States Army if they did. Other politicians, such as President Obama, Bernie Sanders, and Trump have disapproved of this decision, as Russia has more warheads than the United States and going to war with them would only lead to bad consequences, casualties from both sides, and billions of dollars worth of damages that are inevitable during wars.
Hillary Clinton is a supporter of Planned Parenthood. She told Google, “I’ll stand up for planned parenthood and women’s access to critical health services, including safe, legal abortion.” Clinton proclaimed to be pro-choice and wants women to have the right to terminate their pregnancy. Hillary Clinton believes in the women’s choice, so she believes that the mother can do whatever she wants as long as the baby isn’t born and as long has the mother’s health is the priority.

Jill Stein
Jill Stein is the candidate for the Green Party. Her policies involve making as many jobs as possible and an energy efficient future. Her “Power to the People Plan” discusses “transitioning to 100% clean renewable energy by 2030, and investing in public transit, sustainable agriculture, and conservation.” This statement works in harmony with her talks about the need to “protect Mother Earth” and end “destructive energy extraction,” which includes things such as fracking, offshore drilling, and more. When it comes to foreign policies, she does not really mention any, and she has prioritized the American people over terrorist organizations.

Gary Johnson
Gary Johnson is the candidate for the Libertarian Party, and his policies are similar those of Clinton, especially when it comes to abortion laws. He also believes in the freedom of the individual, meaning that he wants to let the individual make decisions in their own lives. Johnson said, “abortion is a deeply personal choice.”
One thing that separates him from the other candidates is his approach towards the war on drugs. “We can save thousands of lives and billions of dollars by simply changing our approach to drug abuse,” said Johnson. He plans to remove the laws that deter the use of marijuana. He also used to be the CEO of a marijuana company, Cannabis Sativa Inc. H told Fox News on their program Center Seat that “marijuana products, medicinally, directly compete with legal prescription painkillers, that statistically kill 100,000 people a year. Not one documented death due to marijuana, I have always maintained legalizing marijuana recreationally will lead to less overall substance abuse because it is safer than everything else out there, starting with alcohol.” He said that Trump’s statements on immigration are “racist” and he plans on making it easier for people to get work visas. Johnson also believes that everyone should get the equal amount of freedom, regardless of their country of origin.

Roque (Rocky) De La Fuente
Roque (Rocky) De La Fuente is the candidate of the Reform Party. De la Fuente is a successful business entrepreneur from San Diego, who states that he is tired of all of the politicians from the main parties (Republican and Democratic), that he will “not yield to any political and or special interest, and that he believes in cooperation to improve the planet for the future.” He wants a unifying immigration policy and he wants to cooperate with the people. His main priority is education. “We have universities, but there’s not enough room for them, we need universities for all our kids,” said de la Fuente.

Darrell L. Castle
Darrell L. Castle of the Constitution Party believes that nothing should be changed from the American way of life. Regarding abortion, he claimed himself to be Pro-Life; “If you’ve ever made a statement that you will never vote for someone who is not pro-life, or who supports abortion, and if you are really serious about that statement, then you only have one choice in this election,” said Castle. He thinks that the United States should leave the United Nations in order to “regain its sovereignty and chart its own course.” He wants to withdraw from the United Nations because he believes that the United States will be better on its own. Regarding immigration and education, he does not want to alter either, compared to what they are now.

Palm Beach Specific Amendment: One Cent Sales Tax Proposal
Voters on the ballot will also have the opportunity to vote whether or not the “One Cent” surtax is something they will want. If this is enacted, it will add one cent to taxes for a period of time to help with the construction of bridges, government buildings (ie. schools), and libraries. Also, parks would get upgrades and be renovated and the police department would get upgrades and new cars. Most hate taxes so some may ask, why add more to it? Well according to MyPalmPost, “the one cent will generate an estimated $2.7 billion over 10 years for infrastructure Projects.” Our school district will benefit from this greatly because it will receive 50 percent of the revenue. Schools will get a better air conditioning system, new buses, much needed repairs, and better technology.

If more information is needed on where to vote, visit, and for more informations on the amendments that one will need to vote on, visit

Learn About The Zika Virus

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The Zika Virus is caused by an infected mosquito, usually causing a rash, mild fever, conjunctivitis, and muscle pain. Zika virus is related to dengue, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, and West Nile viruses. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus, and infection during pregnancy will cause birth defects such as microcephaly (where the skull has partially collapsed), damage to the back of the eye, joints with limited range of motion (such as clubfoot), and too much muscle tone restricting body movement soon after birth.

While there is no evidence on the CDC’s (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) website that Zika can be spread through sexual transmission, the scientific community, the general public, and the American couple who first brought the Zika virus to the United States have questioned this assumption.

Unfortunately, there is no vaccine or medicine for Zika. Many people infected with Zika virus won’t have symptoms or will only have mild symptoms. A blood or urine test can confirm Zika infection diagnosis. The phenomenon of the Zika virus will have harsh effects on the whole world.

Students demonstrate success at Academic Games

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Atlantic’s 2016 Fall Math Academic Games Team plots strategy before a match (from left): Jordan Rosen, Tommy Lam, David Young, Winston Cheung, Sophia Ramsey, Sarah Klein, Raghu Radhakrishnan, Justin Galin and Victor Sardon. Not pictured: Suraj Padala. Photo courtesy of Russell Williams.
Atlantic’s 2016 Fall Math Academic Games Team plots strategy before
a match (from left): Jordan Rosen, Tommy Lam, David Young,
Winston Cheung, Sophia Ramsey, Sarah Klein, Raghu Radhakrishnan,
Justin Galin and Victor Sardon. Not pictured: Suraj Padala. Photo courtesy of Russell Williams.

After a season filled with continuous effort, the Atlantic Equations team finished in third place in the entire district. Equations is a part of the competitive Academic Games teams, a group of three different seasonal contests which focus on the core subjects and pit schools within Palm Beach County against each other. The goal is to win district championships and, hopefully, propel individual students to state and the national academic games tournament. “The competition is usually based around a board game that has to do with the topic at hand, i.e. for mathematics we play a game called equations where we roll cubes that contain numbers and operations to try to make an equation,” said Jordan Rosen, senior member of the Atlantic team.

  For the past six years, the Math Academic Games team has been sponsored by Russell Williams, whom students simply call “Mr. Will”. He has been a math teacher here at Atlantic since 1982 and teaches in Atlantic’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program. As sponsor/coach, Mr. Will leads all practices before the season starts, transports underclassmen to each match (along with “Mrs. Will”), and also selects which players’ scores to count towards the team total each match.

 The Atlantic team this fall is composed of ten students. This year’s players include seniors Jordan Rosen, Tommy Lam, and Suraj Padala; junior Sarah Klein, and sophomores Raghu Radhakrishnan, Winston Cheung, Victor Sardon, David Young, Sophia Ramsey, and Justin Galin. Cheung qualified at the end of this Equations season to compete at Nationals for the second year in a row. Last season, Cheung competed at Nationals in Tennessee and this April, Winston will journey to West Virginia to compete.

  In 2011, the first year that Williams took over coaching responsibilities, the Atlantic Equations team was the runner-up in the district, behind Suncoast. The following year, in 2012, Atlantic won the district championship over Suncoast. From 2013 to 2015, Atlantic finished runner-up in the district, and finally this year, the team finished third, still earning one of the top spots and demonstrating the school’s abilities and bright future ahead with its seven underclassmen competitors.

  “We had a good season.  [We] look forward to next season and battling for the district championships,” said Williams.

  The Atlantic team will attempt to continue their success and excellence with the second subset of Academic Games, Linguistics, approaching soon.

  The Linguistics team is coached by Alexandria Meaney, another IB Mathematics teacher. 

Come vote at the 2016 mock election!

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Photo courtesy of Rebecca Radic
Photo courtesy of Rebecca Radic

Every participating voter will get a raffle ticket for a chance to win this bucket of swag!

Flaming Hot Cheetos
Candy (including an XL Kit Kat Bar)
Atlantic t-shirt
Atlantic towel
Atlantic mini football
2 front of the lunch line passes
2 free IDs

Are you ready, students? This Oct. 25 and 27, Student Government Association (SGA) will be hosting a mock election during all three lunches for all students/teachers in the library’s entrance hall. The seniors, juniors, and their teachers will have their opportunity to vote on Tuesday, Oct. 25, while sophomores, freshmen, and their teachers will be having their opportunity on Thursday, Oct. 27.

The mock election will help students (future voters) learn about the process of voting. If you think that your vote doesn’t matter, think again; according to OneVote, an online mock election website, “students who participated have predicted the next president each year there was an election.” There are students who will be voting for the first time this year, so this will a perfect experience for them to get accustomed to the voting process and know what to expect.

Now, this might sound boring to some students, but SGA has the fun side of the mock election under control. There will be a raffle drawing for all who participate, including two front-of-line lunch passes, an Atlantic t-shirt, candy, and more. One thing students will need to bring to participate is their ID.

This mock election will very closely mirror an actual election; SGA will be using real ballot templates, and voting will be for actual candidates and amendments. If you happen to be roaming around lunch next Tuesday or Thursday, come by and give your vote. Check in with The Squall next week to see the results.

Humans cannot survive bee extinction

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Bees. In all probability most people think of the worst when they hear bees being mentioned considering bees do sting and even injure sometimes. Even so, what many don’t understand is that bees play a very significant role in human survival. Not long ago, scientist discovered the enormous decreasing population of honeybees.

According to an article by Joachim Haqopian, in Minnesota, Montana, The Dakotas, Florida, California, Iowa, The Northern Plains and Midwestern states beekeepers have noticed their honeybee population dying off at increasingly swift rates.

Albert Einstein once said, “Mankind will not survive the honeybees’ disappearance for more than five years.” No other animal species help produce the fruits and vegetables humans depend on to maintain good health. The British Beekeepers Association was founded in 1874, they are fighting to preserve the lives of honey bees, teaching the importance of  bees in the environment. This  phenomenon will determine the survival of human species.

Palm Beach schools close in response to hurricane

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Hurricane Matthew, now approaching the eastern seaboard, is seen here resembling a human skull. Photo courtesy of
Hurricane Matthew, now approaching the eastern seaboard, is seen here resembling a human skull. Photo courtesy of

With Hurricane Matthew’s devastating winds moving towards Florida and the Atlantic coast, Palm Beach County has closed all schools for Thursday, Oct. 6 and Friday, Oct. 7, in hopes to improve the safety for students. Atlantic Community High School will also serve as a shelter for those in need of a safe place within the next few days. The shelter will function in the gymnasium and the cafeteria, where food will also be provided. Schools will resume on Monday, Oct. 10, but for now, all afterschool and extracurricular activities will be postponed from Wednesday, Oct. 5 to Sunday, Oct. 9.  

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