Category: HEALING

Review: Grandon’s song “Thoughts and Prayers” depicts a chilling message on mass shootings

Review: Grandon’s song “Thoughts and Prayers” depicts a chilling message on mass shootings

When alternative musician and rapper Jordan Benjamin, known as Grandson, heard of the tragedy that struck Parkland on Feb. 14, 2018, he knew there would be a great change made by the students of the community. Inspired by the students’ courage and determined to call out the faults of politicians, Grandson wrote “Thoughts and Prayers.” Performing the song in collaboration […]

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College Board waives testing fees for MSD students

Following the events of Feb. 14, College Board made the decision to waive all testing fees for all students who were enrolled at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School prior to the shooting. College Board in an attempt to show support for the Parkland community has has decided to remove such fees, including testing and sending score reports to colleges. Although […]

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Sophomore Rachel Padnis creates patches and stickers to raise money for Parkland community

Sophomore Rachel Padnis creates patches and stickers to raise money for Parkland community

Soon after the tragedy on Feb. 14, sophomore Rachel Padnis felt a strong desire to show her support for the victims’ families and the MSD community. After attending the rally in Tallahassee with her fellow classmates, she realized that being in that type of crowd was not in her interest. However, Padnis still wanted to show just as much consolation […]

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Volunteers deliver hearts of hope to MSD. Courtesy of Mike Pitkow

MSD students receive “hearts of hope”

Following the events of Feb. 14, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has received various forms of gifts and messages of hope from across the country. Recently, over 2,000 MSD students received ceramic hearts with thoughtful messages to help lift their spirits and brighten their days. These ceramic hearts were all from Hearts of Hope, a nonprofit organization that paints ceramic […]

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Xtreme Action Park offers free admission to MSD students

Xtreme Action Park offers free admission to MSD students

On Monday, April 23, Xtreme Action Park offered free admission from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. 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 create an entertaining, fun experience and a day where high school students could play games to lift […]

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Junior Samantha Grady returns to school. Photo by Samantha Goldblum

Junior Samantha Grady continues physical and emotional recovery

Junior Samantha Grady continues her physical and emotional recovery since the events of Feb. 14. Grady was wounded in the chest from a ricocheted bullet and grazed in the back. Her stay at the hospital lasted only a few hours since her wounds were not life-threatening. “I only have scars now, but it itches like crazy, and sometimes when people […]

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Backtrack Vocals lead singers belt out a song at a benefit concert for the family of Carmen Schentrup on April 22. Photo by Nikhita Nookala.

[Photo Gallery] Friends of Carmen Schentrup hold benefit concert raising money for ALS research

On April 22 at 7:30 p.m., the friends, family and community who loved Carmen Schentrup gathered at Mary Help of Christians Church to attend a benefit concert held in her memory. Because Carmen was the founding president of the A Capella Club at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, her friends decided to invite the New York-based a capella group “Backtrack […]

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The cast of the "Shine" music video poses in front of the auditorium set. Photo courtesy of Sawyer Garrity.

“Shine” music video sheds light on aftermath of shooting

After the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on Feb. 14, 2018, sophomore Andrea Pena and junior Sawyer Garrity felt that they needed to do something special to occupy their time and, more importantly, honor the 17 lives lost. Their original song, titled “Shine,” quickly grew into one of the most well-known tributes for those affected by the […]

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Junior Sawyer Garrity sings her original song, "Shine," at the "From Broadway with Love" concert at the BB&T Center on April 16. Photo by Rebecca Schneid.

[Photo Gallery] “From Broadway With Love” concert unites the Parkland community

On April 16,  the Parkland community gathered at the BB&T Center in Sunrise for a night of laughter, crying and singing. Singers and songwriters from the Broadway community and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School came together for the concert “From Broadway With Love,” a benefit concert co-founded by Broadway Records producers Van Dean and Yael Silver. “The idea originally came […]

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Runners run past the memorial at Pine Trails Park on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 for the victims of last week's shooting. Members of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas' cross country team organized a run to honor their fallen coach, Scott Beigel, and the 16 other victims of the school shooting. (Mike Stocker/Sun Sentinel/TNS)

Scott J. Beigel memorial fund raises money to send kids to camp

In honor and remembrance of geography teacher Scott Beigel, the family has created a foundation to honor him. Beigel attended Camp Starlight for the first time in Starlight, Pennsylvania, at the age of 7. The fun and exciting memories led Beigel to continue to attend Camp Starlight, eventually becoming a camp counselor due to his love for the camp. Camp […]

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