by Callie Schiffman
The FSA’s has plagued Spanish River again, which means another painful week of altered bell schedules. Unlike the first time the juniors, sophomores, and freshman took the test, this schedule is not block scheduling, but two extended periods in the morning and four shortened periods in the afternoon. This means that River students will not see all seven periods in one day. So, they will not meet with all their teachers, and students and teachers will fall behind.
“I will be scheduling reviews and tests on the same day. I will moving things around. I will have to change everything,” trigonometry teacher Donna Harold said.
Since teachers will be altering their teaching agendas, they are not a fan of this temporary schedule. In addition to teachers disliking the schedule, students also are not in favor of this change.
“I don’t enjoy coming to school,” senior Federico Revello said.
Most seniors do not like the schedule because they have do not have a seventh or leave after a certain period to go to their job. On some of the days, seventh period is moved to the morning and morning periods in the afternoon. This change confuses students agendas, especially those who have seventh period off or have a job.
“This schedule is not necessary. Some kids don’t have sixth or seventh periods,” senior James Terrizzi said.
Now students have to change their school or job agendas to accommodate for the River’s messy altered bell schedule. This causes even more stress among students, especially this who are worried that the schedule will effect their employment.
Despite the fact the schedule displeases both students and teachers alike, it is necessary. River juniors, sophomores, and freshman need to take the FSA and there is no other way for them to take this test than to have an altered bell schedule.
“It [the bell schedule] should be limited to as little as possible,” Harold said
Even though the altered bell schedule is bothersome to everyone at River, these tests need to be taken, but it would benefit everyone if the school found a better way to schedule it.
Movie Review –THE INTERVIEW
By Benny Dinner
James Franco and Seth Rogen star in the controversial comedy, The Interview. Franco plays “Dave Skylark,” the host of Skylark Tonight, a show that can be compared to Entertainment Tonight. Rogen plays “Aaron Rapaport” who is the Executive Producer of Franco’s show. During his time on the show, an old college friend of Rapaport criticizes him for not being a real journalist because of the fluff pieces he produces. This leads Rapaport to attempt to book an interview Kim Jon-Un, the leader of North Korea. As it turns out, Kim Jong-Un is a huge fan of Skylark Tonight and agrees to do an unprecedented interview on the show. This leads the CIA asking “Skylark” and “Rapaport” to assassinate Un. Then the dynamic duo heads to North Korea in their attempt to kill Un and have some crazy antics in the process.
Franco’s character is the lovable goof ball with no common sense. His lack of intelligence leads to him making a fool out of himself and others without fully realizing it. Rogen’s character is the voice of reason in the duo. Rogen’s acting is the same as most of the movies he has starred in, the lovable chubby man with more logic than the characters around him. James Franco pulls off playing the idiot with ease.
Would I recommend seeing this movie? Yes, but do not go out of your way to see it. If you are looking for a way to waste two hours and get a laugh or two, then this movie is for you. If you want a movie that will make you think or make you excrete some kind of emotion, there are plenty of other better movies out there with Oscar season coming. While The Interview is mildly is mildly entertaining and good for a few chuckles, it is a mediocre movie at best. My verdict: two and half sharks out of five.
DECA District Results:
All of the students below who placed at Districts have qualified for the State Competition.
1st Ethan Tuby
2nd Dalia Soueid
3rd Megan Terpstra
4th Megal Rosenbusch
5th Remi Thele
6th Carlyn Savino
7th Jacob Schear
1st Shayna Deckman/Gabby Marton/Lauren Stein
2nd Sofia Cardosa/Jenny Lyon
3rd Sarah Blumberg/Philip Carson
Apparel & Accessories
1st Neha Sharma
2nd Erica Benamoz
4th Ellie Solomon
6th Brenda Caldas
7th Raegan Fink
2nd Gable Goodman
5th Taylor Yurkiewitz
7th Jared Queen
2nd Matthew Pohl
3rd Brandon Boyle
4th Brett Smythe
5th Francesca Pucci
7th Reece Prue
Business Law & Ethics
1st Vanessa Rosales/Amanda Ayoub
2nd Jordan Brown/Jackie Coleman
3rd Colton Stanger/Kory Wagner
4th Payton Koeller/Brianna Schaffer
5th Rachael Halpert/Taylor Haughton
6th Marni Kimelman/Bryan Sheldon
7th Cali Aronstam/Jordan Saitowitz
Business Services Marketing
1st Jacob Artzi
3rd Ian Tygar
4th Andrew Restivo
5th Kyle Leeman
6th Jilly Leibovitch
7th David Hsieh
Buying & Merchandising Team
1st Sydney Balfan/Daniel Giron
2nd Brianna Castellano & Courteney Castellano
4th Alexa Berland/Ashley Clements
5th Suzy Klasfeld/Dana Smoller
6th Christina Fedele/Jordan Merrill
7th Olivia Acker/Isabelle Fitzgerald
2nd Ava Richards
4th Justin Bentayou
6th David Garces
7th Andrea Mendoza
5th Hannah Bentz
1st Miles Fertel
2nd Serena Sakkal
4th Shea Joyce
6th Jared Lee
Fashion Merchandising Promotion
1st Carly Mackler/Kennedy Smith
1st Lucas Bassoli
2nd Oliver Vinograd
Financial Services Team
1st Emmalyn Dalton/Monica Vela
2nd Vanessa Reider/Eliza Rosenberg
4th Jonathan Rosario/Hayden Wirzman
5th Hussein Soueid/Zach Zaratin
6th John Clinton/Alex Stone
7th Ben Marton/Brendan Morton
1st Alex Deckler
2nd Dara Unger
3rd Lauren Rosenthal
4th Samantha Linden
5th Sarah Polloch
7th Melanie Shaw
Hospitality & Tourism Professional Selling
2nd Lauren Fulgencio
4th Jimmy Aquilina
7th Chelsea Bethel
Hospitality Services Team
1st Mitchell Goldenberg/Josh Stiefel
2nd Julia Knight/Christian Ocampo
4th Hunter Chuchla/Josh Markevich
5th Sebastian Deboehmler/Joseph Diamond
6th Sammy Boursiquot/Grant Edwards
7th Jeffrey Katz/Jonathan Katz
Hotel & Lodging Management
3rd Ashley Riley
6th Carly Reichstein
7th Tiffany Monroy
1st Tiffany Eisner/Jen Shavitz
2nd Ryan Bradley/Dylan Wilson
3rd. Andrew Green/Olivia Miller
5th Sabrina Soto-Sugar/Michael Spiro
1st Lucy Hotz
4th Marlee Speizman
5th Nick Reisler
7th Lindsay Mangines
Personal Financial Literacy
1st Adriana Estigarribia
2nd Jenna Wolff
3rd Matt Geller
4th Hayley Kaplan
Principles of Business Administration
1st Logan Levin
2nd Zoe Hernandez
5th Nicole Rose
Principles of Finance
2nd Jessica Goodman
4th Anthony Dermody
7th Annick Mitchell
Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
1st Olivia Evanoff
4th Jared Goodman
5th Preston Huang
7th Michael Burns
Principles of Marketing
1st Daniel Liss
2nd Jorge Clavo
3rd Rachel Katzin
4th Jacob Applebaum
7th Ayden Rinkus
1st Spencer Balfan
2nd Andrew Spinner
3rd. Cedric Charles
6th Hannah Weinstein
Quick Serve Restaurant Management
1st Justin Kaplan
5th Ophir Rahimi
7th Tyler Hirsch
Restaurant & Food Service Management
1st Bethany Mlazman
4th Aaron Rissman
5th Vincent DeVito
1st Shayna Servillas
2nd Sami Greenfield
3rd Ethan Kwon
4th Kelly Schmidt
6th Taylor Schneider
7th Sophia Kabbej
Sports & Entertainment Marketing
1st Jason Reiver
2nd Cameron Van Hare
3rd Matthew Silver
4th Justin Weidenfeld
7th Max Jaffy
Sports & Entertainment Marketing Team
1st Max Kowlowski/Noah Zylberberg
4th Louis Fischer/Robert Hopta
Sports & Entertainment Promotion
3rd Mitchie Cotler/Zoe Wexelman
Travel & Tourism Team
2nd Abby Gefen/Zoe Jacoby
4th Bailey Morton/Aaron Siegel
7th Erika Guhr/Kate Lewandowska
DECA Competitive Manual State Qualifiers
Learn and Earn Tiffany Eisner, Jen Shavitz & Max Loria
Creative Marketing Andrew Green & Cole Deutch
Community Service Lauren Rosenthal, Lauren Uzsinay & Brianna Wilbor
Financial Literacy Emmalyn Dalton & Monica Vela
Public Relations Sami Greenfield, Sophia Cardosa & Ashley Clements
Entrepreneurship Jackson Dalton
Olivia Miller, Savannah Stein & Clemence Lopez
Drew Vapnek & Shana Hecht
Alexa Berland, Renata Sassarini & Rosanna Sassarini
Guilherme Cichon & Pedro Leo
Jacob Goldberg, Keaton Robin & Jacob Applebaum
Buying and Merchandising:
Maya Franks, Carlyn Savino & Francesca Pucci
Zoey Hernandez, Ariella Golish & Rachel Katzin
Matthew Salquero, Emily Post & Jessica Friedman
Cameron Shapiro & Sammi Kaufman
Daniella Miller, Abbie Wolff & Olivia Fox
Spencer Balfan & Jake Kantor
Bennett Friedkin, Abbie Gefen & Zoe Jacoby
Jamie Shear, Tiffany Monroy & Marlee Speizman
Hospitality and Tourism:
Sarah Pollock, Gina Nolfo & Isabella Klein
Nick Lyon & Charlie Hutchens
Emily Smith & Sophia Kabbej
Cory Gach, Max Jaffy & Ben Marton
Sports & Entertainment:
Bridgette Anillo & Lexi Metnick
Ellie Solomon, Isabelle Fitzgerald & Lauren Fulgencio
Marissa Ephron & Kaili Yaffe
Amanda Ayoub & Serena Sakkal
Talia Zilberstein, Brooke Klaiman & Chelsea Klaiman
Amanda Yaffa & Ava Richards
Oliver Vinograd, Christian OCampo & Josh Markevich
Entrepreneurship Growing A Business:
Nathan Berman & Bryan Carbone
Max Koslowski & Noah Zylberberg
International Business Plan:
Sarah Grubman: Sports Editor, 12th Grade
If you only had three words that people could describe you as what would they be?
I think people would describe me as caring, thoughtful, and relatable.
Sydney Luntz: Features Editor, 11th Grade
My most embarrassing moment was either a lizard going down dress or a basketball splitting my glasses in half.
Jack Altman: Feature Focus Editor, 11th Grade
My favorite word is "I" because to quote the great Kendrick Lamar, "I love myself."
Rachel Horn: News Editor, 10th Grade
The top three songs on my IPod are "Maps" by Maroon 5, "Rather Be" by Clean Bandit, and "Break Free" by Ariana Grande because they are upbeat and allow for a positive vibe every time I hear them.
Amanda Paige: Features Editor, 11th Grade
What are the three things you can not live without?
The three things that I can not live without are my IPhone, Gossip Girl, and my friends!
Michael Benrubi: Sports Editor,11th Grade
My favorite midnight snack are Oreo's.
Michela Mugnatto: Arts and Entertainment Editor, 12th Grade
I can relate to Hermione Granger because she's nerdy, smart, a good friend, and has big, poofy hair.
Olivia Schiffman: Arts and Entertainment Editor, 11th Grade
If I had the chance to be an only child, I would not take the chance because I would not have the important bonds that Ihave with my family. I would also not have my sisters as best friends; being an only child would force me to socialize.
Carly Mackler: Photographer, 12th Grade
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
My theme song would be "Shake it Off" by Taylor Swift.
Callie Schiffman: Ad Editor, 11th Grade
I would choose to live in the 60's because I would like to attend Woodstock.
Max Kozlowski: Staff Reporter, 11th Grade
What would you refuse to do for a million dollars?
I would never disrespect a teacher or school official for a million dollars.
Julia Artzi: Staff Reporter, 10th Grade
If I were stuck on a deserted island I would bring food, water, and a friend.
Noah Zylberberg: Staff Reporter, 11th Grade
If time froze around you, what would you do?
If time froze around me, I would walk into the media center without an ID badge.
Sam Budney: Staff Reporter, 11th Grade
What is the quote that you live by?
The quote I live by is "time is an illusion. Take advantage of every moment."
Congratulations Anika Rudd of River- one of the first recipients of the FAU showcase scholarships!
Halloween means trick or treating and getting dressed up in costumes. According to the National Retail Federation, this year people are choosing costumes based on popular movie characters, such as “Elsa” from Frozen, “Spiderman”, “Maleficent”, and the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.” Not only are teens choosing to dress up like movie characters, but they are also choosing to dress up like characters from television shows like The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Orange is the New Black, and Breaking Bad. These movie and television-inspired costumes are sold as sets in stores, but there are also ways to make homemade Halloween costumes. Costumes such as Waldo, Mary Poppins, senior citizens, and Sims players are costumes you can easily make at home. Costumes are not the only thing students can make at home, but Halloween themed treats as well.
Even though most Halloween goodies are store bought, it is still exciting to decorate treats for Halloween. An example of a Halloween inspired treat are witch hat cookies. You can make them by placing a Hersey Kiss on top of a fudge-stripped cookie (or any cookie you desire) to make it look like a witch’s hat. You can also decorate marshmallow to create scary creatures like Frankenstein, vampires, ghosts, and scary jack-o-lanterns. All you need are marshmallows and icing to decorate. If you want something homemade, make Sandra Lee’s spider bites.
Today’s Halloween is very different compared to the Halloween some teachers have experienced. Visions Honors teacher, Kimberly Green, notes that the amount of decorations throughout her childhood neighborhood on Halloween was limited compared to the decorative streets of modern neighborhoods.
“We didn’t have as many decorations as we do at least in our neighborhood, today,” Green said.
Another difference Green experienced on Halloween was that most of her costumes were homemade and not many were store bought.
“If you had a store bought costume that was really something,” Green said.
When it comes to children trick or treating, Green observed that there are more older students going trick or treating. When she was younger she stopped trick or treating by the age of twelve, so it is strange for her to see more teenagers trick or treating.
Green’s observation about the age of trick or treaters brings a valid question- how old is too old to trick or treat? Some Spanish River students believe that there is not age limit to trick or treating.
“You are never to old to trick or treat,” junior, Megan Perez said.
“I will trick or treat until I’m dead,” sophomore Connor Rupp shares a similar opinion to Perez’s.
But not all students agree with Perez and Rupp. Senior, Samantha Szekely no longer trick or treats.
“I personally stopped trick or treating in the sixth grade,” Szekely said. So, is there really an age that kids should stop trick or treating? It depends on the person.
If you are trick or treating, here are some facts from Food Network Magazine: 83% of people prefer chocolate candy rather than fruity candy, they also prefer milk chocolate more than dark or white chocolate, and America’s favorite candy is Snickers.
If you are not trick or treating here are some scary movies for you to watch: Psycho, Nightmare on Elm’s Street, The Shinning, Alien, The Amityville Horror, Paranormal Activity, Hellraiser, and Silence of the Lambs. Whatever is planned on the frightful night, Happy Halloween Sharks.
1 (12-ounce) package semisweet morsels
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
6 cups pretzel sticks
Place parchment paper on baking sheet; set aside.
In a large glass microwave-safe bowl combine chocolate chips and peanut butter. Melt on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and stir until smooth.
Stir in pretzel sticks. With clean hands grab pretzel sticks and drop on prepared baking sheet in clusters to look like spiders.
Place in freezer for 5 minutes or until to chocolate is hardened. Remove and serve.