Category: FEATURE

Standing with Pride. Photojournalist Ian Witlen stands in front of his “Anguish in the Aftermath” exhibit at the Coral Springs Center for the Performing Arts on Sept. 26, moments before the opening ceremony begins. Photo courtesy of Chris Zuppa

Ian Witlen’s photography exhibit ‘Anguish in the Aftermath’ opens to public

On Sept. 26, 2019, the Coral Springs Center for the Performing Arts held an opening reception to celebrate the official launch of Ian Witlen’s photography exhibit titled “Anguish in the Aftermath.” Witlen is an internationally published freelance photographer whose clients include, but are not limited […]

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Graphic by Darian Williams

MSD students share their personal experiences with discrimination

When grocery shopping, one does not expect to have a personal escort roaming around the store alongside them. However, this was a reality for senior Job Charles. Charles, who is African American, and his friends, a group of primarily minorities, were simply buying Gatorade when […]

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MSD students and staff stuck in cycle of violence, traumatization and loss

MSD students and staff stuck in cycle of violence, traumatization and loss

Sweaty hands trembling. Knives of chest pain piercing between ribs. Breath growing shallower and quicker with each breath inhaled and shakier with each exhale. Heart rate tripping over itself. Eyes glazing over as vision turns inside. Instead of seeing surroundings, seeing only distressing snapshots of […]

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Second Job Sensation. Fireworks explode in a display set up by the pyrotechnical company that English teacher Aaron Avis works for. Photo courtesy of  Aaron Avis

MSD teachers work second jobs to meet their financial needs

Camp counselor, financial advisor, tour guide—these are just some of the extra jobs that teachers have picked up, in order to support themselves and their families. Ranging from finance to baking, teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have combined their interests and talents to […]

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Photo provided by Jesús Luzardo

MSD baseball alumni, Jesús Luzardo, heads to the Major Leagues

From a young age, Jesús Luzardo always dreamed about playing baseball in the Major Leagues. While playing for 19 years, he developed a passion for the sport; later on, Luzardo decided he only wanted to be a pitcher.  “Growing up I had many inspirations but […]

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Students utilize both free and private tutors to prepare for SAT

Students utilize both free and private tutors to prepare for SAT

 Since it’s debut in 1926, the SAT has been used as a benchmark for judging an individual’s preparedness for college. A student’s test scores is one of the defining factors of their college application. The SAT’s status has a tendency to make some students stressed. […]

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Photo by Brianna Jesionowski

Standing for the pledge is a popular debate among high school students

From school to sporting events, most Americans have stood for the pledge at some point. For many Americans, standing for the pledge was something that was never questioned. However, due to the actions of Colin Kaepernick, who kneeled for the national anthem in 2016 to […]

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Junior Matthew O'Dowd joins Varsity Football team as Quarterback.

New Varsity Quarterback Matthew O’Dowd joins MSD football team

For the 2019-2020 school year, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s varsity football team welcomed junior Matthew O’Dowd as their new quarterback. O’Dowd has played in every varsity football game of the season so far and has contributed to the team’s undefeated, four game winning streak. […]

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Principal Michelle Kefford accepted into the BCPS Hall of Fame

Principal Michelle Kefford accepted into the BCPS Hall of Fame

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, Michelle Kefford, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School’s new principal, was honored for her acceptance into the Broward County Public School’s Hall of Fame. Previously, Kefford was recognized as Florida’s 2019 Principal of the Year for her work at Charles W. Flanagan […]

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Student yearbook photos can cause stress

Student yearbook photos can cause stress

Year after year, individual yearbook photos can be stress for high school students. For seniors, the stress can be especially high, as they worry about makeup, props, outfits and the overall cost of the final product. Serving as a permanent testament to many students’ time […]

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