Category: FEATURE

Senior Brandon Huff shares his story from Feb. 14. Photo by Anna Dittman

Senior Brandon Huff tries to run into freshmen building to save his girlfriend

On Valentine’s Day of 2018, senior Brandon Huff planned for a romantic evening with his girlfriend, senior Jessica Luckman, but sadly their celebration of love was cut short. Huff was outside the cafeteria filling up his water bottle when the fire alarm went off. He proceeded to walk back toward his classroom to meet up with his classmates for the […]

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Freshman Chris McKenna discusses his experience with coming into contact with the shooter. Photo by Anna Dittman

Freshman Chris McKenna comes into contact with gunman minutes before shooting

During the Feb. 14 tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, some students and teachers are recognized as heroes who performed exceptional duties to help save lives in the midst of chaos. One of these students is freshman Chris McKenna who came into contact with the shooter minutes before he fired into the school. McKenna was situated in room 1216 […]

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Social studies teacher Ernie Rospierski smiles in his #MSDStrong shirt at MSD. Photo by Suzanna Barna

Ernie Rospierski shields his students from the line of fire

On Feb. 14, 2018, social studies teacher Ernie Rospierski was on the third floor of the freshman building in room 1249 when the fire alarm went off. His students began following procedure by packing their things and evacuating the room. As Rospierski reached the top of the stairs, he immediately recognized the sound of gunshots. All the students in the […]

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Freshman Jason Snytte poses next to an MSD Strong poster during his second week back to school. Photo by Anna Dittman

Freshman Jason Snytte saved his classmates by shutting his class door

After doing something that seemed necessary to him at the time, freshman Jason Snytte had no clue that he would be deemed a hero. Sytte was in English class in the freshmen building during the shooting. When another student went to exit the classroom to use the bathroom, the class heard shots in the hallway. Snytte quickly ran to the […]

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Photo by Anna Dittman

English teacher Stacey Lippel shares her story from Feb. 14

English teacher Stacey Lippel is one of the teachers who was directly affected by the tragedy on Valentine’s Day. She lost two students on that day and was grazed by a bullet as well. “I remember feeling a sting on my arm. I had a big bruise on my arm,” Lippel said.   Nearly three weeks later, the bruise was […]

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Coral Springs Police Sgt. Jeff Heinrich breaks down talking about his wife and son during a news conference at the Coral Springs Police Department on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018. Heinrich's wife, Marilyn, is the Assistant Athletic Director at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and his son is a student there. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Off-duty Sgt. Jeff Heinrich saves student and secures building

Sgt. Jeff Heinrich of the Coral Springs Police Department is a police officer with a unique connection to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. His wife is world history teacher and assistant athletic director Marilyn Rule, and his son is a student. In his spare time during the day, he likes to help the staff keep up the grounds of the […]

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Gwyneth Bishara and Ella Bishara hold cupcakes to represent Gwyneth's organization, Cupcakes for Charity. Photo courtesy of Evelyn Robles, Lifestyle Media Group

Sophomore Gwyneth Bishara initiates charity project “Cupcakes for Charity”

Gwyneth Bishara is the sophomore class president, and through this pivotal position she has developed a passion for being involved. Bishara has a charity called Cupcakes for Charity. She loves to donate her time doing activities at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and in the community. “I love holding positions where I get the opportunity to make a difference and […]

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300 dpi Wes Bausmith illustration related to the SAT tests. (Los Angeles Times/MCT)

Cheating at MSD reflects global decline in integrity

In a world plagued by threats, racial divides and questionable politics, many find themselves wondering what has happened to the integrity of society and where it went wrong. It is said that the world is a classroom, and on micro-level, today’s classrooms reflect this global decline in integrity in the form of academic cheating. Pew Research Center reports that cheating […]

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MSD alumna Sonali Argade releases single after hiatus

MSD alumna Sonali Argade releases single after hiatus

*This story was originally published in the second quarter issue of the Eagle Eye* Sonali Argade, better known by her stage name, Sonali, is a singer-songwriter living in New York, but her roots are here in Parkland. As a class of 2012 alumna, Argade got her start at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and graduated from the Clive Davis Institute […]

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Senior Ariana Ortega directs charity for Venezuelan aid

Senior Ariana Ortega directs charity for Venezuelan aid

*This story was originally published in the second quarter issue of the Eagle Eye* This year, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s DECA chapter has undertaken the “Voices for Venezuela” initiative as one of its four chapter projects of the year. Voices for Venezuela is a project created by DECA Co-President Ariana Ortega in conjunction with HITS 97.3 and Cox Media […]

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