Category: MSD STRONG

Culinary arts teacher Ashley Kurth shares her story from Feb. 14. Photo by Mallory Muller

Culinary arts teacher Ashley Kurth pulls students fleeing freshmen building into safety

On Valentine’s day, culinary arts teacher Ashley Kurth was cooking with her class in fourth period. They were doing a lab making shrimp scampi and bang bang shrimp. Incidentally, Kurth stood by her classroom door to ensure that her class’ cooking would not set the fire alarm off by accident with the deep frying that was going on. “I just […]

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MSD men's lacrosse team releases angel-shaped balloons into the sky before their game. Courtesy of Ryan Burton

Men’s lacrosse team lets 17 balloons go before game

On Friday, March 9, the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s men’s lacrosse team let go of 17 balloons in memory of the 17 lives lost before the game held on the football fields of MSD. “We just want to make an impact on the community and show that we are with the school,” Midfield Zack Rassman (2) said. “As a […]

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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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Colton Haab and Zachary Walls, pictured on March 13.  Photo by Delaney Tarr

JROTC students help shield others behind Kevlar sheets inside classroom

On Feb. 14, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and all its family were affected by a senseless massacre that ended with the deaths of 17 students and teachers. On that day, many students, faculty and teachers reacted in a variety of a different ways, with stories of heroism and selflessness arising from the dark day. Two students who acted amidst […]

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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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SGA students work together on packaging apparel for their e-store. Photo by Sabrina Fernandez

SGA sells T-shirts worldwide to raise funds for MSD

In the wake of the tragedy on Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, dozens of projects have been initiated to raise awareness for gun control and garner funds for the school and families of the victims. Of these initiatives, the Student Goverment Association’s “MSD Strong” apparel sale has received considerable attention and revenue for the school’s transition back […]

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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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