America Runs on Sports: Sports have a heavy impact on American society

America Runs on Sports: Sports have a heavy impact on American society

Since the mid-1800s, Americans have been obsessed with the idea of competitive sports. It began with the introduction of baseball, famously deemed “America’s pastime,” and has only increased in popularity since then with the creation of the NFL, MLB and NBA. Sports have influenced American society in multiple ways throughout the course of history. This culture has formed rivalries between […]

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Three MSD coaches resign from football and softball coaching positions during the 2018-2019 season for various reasons

Three MSD coaches resign from football and softball coaching positions during the 2018-2019 season for various reasons

Coaches Willis May, Andrea Kowalski-Rospierski and Brian Staubly all resigned from coaching during the 2018-2019 season. May left Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School at of the beginning of March, taking a position in another county. Kowalski-Rospierski and Staubly have resigned from coaching but will remain at MSD.  After losing both assistant coach Aaron Feis and athletic director Chris Hixon, head […]

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UNDER PRESSURE: Mental health issues affecting teens on the rise

UNDER PRESSURE: Mental health issues affecting teens on the rise

Feet tapping on floors; beads of sweat coating hands, dripping down foreheads; pulse racing a mile a second; constantly feeling on edge, agitated, fatigued. This is the reality that many students with mental health disorders must deal with on a daily basis. Anxiety, as well as a diverse array of mental health issues, have recently gained a considerable amount of […]

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UNDER THE  INFLUENCE: MSD students participate in underage drinking, despite the legal, physical and emotional consequences

UNDER THE INFLUENCE: MSD students participate in underage drinking, despite the legal, physical and emotional consequences

Alcohol is one of the most commonly used and abused drugs among youth in the United States. As a result, underage drinking is a leading health problem in this country.   According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, each year, approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of consuming alcohol; this […]

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Teachers and staff leaving or retiring from MSD reflect on their careers

Teachers and staff leaving or retiring from MSD reflect on their careers

Guidance counselor Joan Paula retires after 16 years at MSD Guidance counselor Joan Paula has worked as at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School for over 16 years, but the 2018-2019 school year will be her last year working at MSD. Paula entered the Deferred Retirement Option Program (DROP) five years ago in 2015. The DROP program, once entered, provides an […]

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Students opt to graduate early after changes at MSD

With the distribution of course cards and meetings about class selections, some rising seniors are rethinking their graduation plans. While most students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School choose to “walk across the stage in June,” some have diverged from the norm, deciding instead to graduate early, in December. In previous years, students have also decided to graduate early. Multiple […]

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Low teacher pay hurts both teachers and students

Guest editorial by English teacher Katherine Posada. Ask just about anyone, and they’ll tell you that teachers deserve to be paid more. Teachers are creating the future, they’ll say; we wouldn’t have doctors, lawyers or scientists if we didn’t have teachers. Politicians win elections by making big promises: I’m going to give those teachers a raise! And that’s where it […]

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College cheating scandal reveals truth about wealth in society

Guest editorial by debate teacher Jacob Abraham. In his recent CNN OpEd, “Know who’s not surprised by Aunt Becky’s rule-breaking? Every teacher,” elementary school principal Gerry Brooks contends that we are all “Aunt Becky,” suggesting that we are all willing to bend the rules when we think it serves our assessment of some “best interest.” Brooks’s online rant on parenting, […]

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Average salaries for Florida teachers amongst lowest in the United States

Florida is sinking in the national teacher salary ranking. According to the National Education Association’s annual report on teacher salaries, the Sunshine State has dropped from 45th in 2018 to 46th in the United States in 2019.  The average salary of a teacher in Florida is $47,267, with a starting salary around $37,405. It is one of the lowest in […]

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Students question admissions fairness after cheating scandal

It has long been said that “money can’t buy happiness,” and the same reality is true for those who are involved with manipulating the education system. After news of the major college admissions scandal broke out in March, questions arose regarding how frequently unqualified students are admitted into competitive schools. When federal prosecutors charged 50 individuals in a complex college […]

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