Category: HEALING

A group of MSD drama students practice "Shine," written by Sawyer Garrity and Andrea Pena. Photo courtesy of Kali Clougherty

Student songwriters turn to music for healing with their song “Shine”

After the tragedy on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, many students found their voice in speaking out politically for stricter laws in order to protect our schools. Junior Sawyer Garrity and sophomore Andrea Pena found their voice in a different way: through music. “We both felt so helpless,” Garrity said. “I remember texting her that Saturday that […]

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Supermodel Kate Upton and Museum of Ice Cream founder Manish Vora pose with MSD students in front of balloons spelling out "#MSDStrong." Photo courtesy of Ariana Ortega

Museum of Ice Cream opens doors to MSD students and staff

On March 8, 2018, The Museum of Ice Cream Miami, offered free admission to all students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School as a way of showing their support following the events of Feb. 14. Their main goal was to allow a relaxing and fun environment to lift the spirits of those affected by this tragedy. The Museum of Ice […]

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Teachers Marcia Cunningham, Ronit Reoven and Debra Wanamaker and sophomore Kellie Wanamaker meet with a member of the SWAT team. Courtesy of Van Tassel

“Day of Healing” connects MSD students and first responders

The “Day of Healing,” an event held to reconnect students with first responders from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting on Feb. 14, took place at North Community Park in Coral Springs on Sunday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event was organized by MSD English teacher Holly Van Tassel-Schuster, who planned the event after multiple […]

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Mother of an MSD student wears a Three Heart Strings bracelet. Courtesy of Gale Block

Three Heart Strings sells bracelets to raise money for MSD victims’ families

Three Heart Strings is a business that makes personalized products. Their parent company, Namedrops, offers items such as blankets, stickers and bracelets. The money made from both companies’ sales is donated to multiple diverse charities such as the Crohn’s and Colitis foundation, Pediatric cancer foundation, Not My Daughter… find a cure now, Humane Society and Best Buddies Sports. In the […]

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Dozens of boxes of gourmet donuts arrive at MSD during second period. Photo by Melissa Falkowski

Baked by Melissa donates 30,000 cupcakes to MSD students

On March 5, cupcake company Baked by Melissa generously donated 30,000 cupcakes to the students and staff of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Students dug in to the world-renowned treats throughout the day, trying a wide range of flavors such as red velvet and triple chocolate fudge. “It was as simple as making a call and people wanting to say […]

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Ryan Lochte greets MSD students in the school's cafeteria. Photo by Kevin Trejos

Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte inspires MSD swim team

On Friday, March 9, Ryan Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist who currently holds a world record in the 200-meter individual medley, visited Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s swim and waterpolo teams to encourage and inspire students following the tragic event that occured on Feb. 14. The Olympic swimmer decided to come to honor senior Nicholas Dworet by visiting his teammates […]

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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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Photo by Kevin Trejos

Dwyane Wade connects with MSD students during visit to campus

On Wednesday, March 7, NBA Miami Heat player Dwyane Wade paid a visit to Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School to meet with and show his support for students after  the shooting that resulted in the death of 17 people at the school three weeks prior.. “Our goal is to try to figure out ways that we can do more to […]

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Support for MSD has reached even the coldest place on Earth, Antarctica. Photo courtesy of Ashley Curtis

MSD alumna starts project to show worldwide support for MSD

In a show of support for the victims and the survivors of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, class of 2006 alumna Ashley Payanis Curtis has put together a collection of photos from around the country and the world with words of love. Each picture has the words “MSD, our love for you is so strong, it has […]

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Therapy dogs comfort students as they return to school

Therapy dogs comfort students as they return to school

Oftentimes when a tragedy occurs, therapy dogs are quickly on site to help with people’s emotional wellbeing and stability. Dogs are proven to increase peoples’ serotonin levels which coincides with people feeling happier, according to a study at the University of Missouri-Columbia Being around these soft, loving animals can make people happier and calmer, which can help immensely after people […]

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