Category: MSD STRONG

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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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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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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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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