Best of SNO

Former Palmetto student Camila Cabello now a pop star

Former Palmetto student Camila Cabello now a pop star

By Victoria Arguelles, Miami Palmetto Senior HS, Pinecrest Village, Fla.

December 1, 2014

Two years ago, Palmetto student Karla Cabello auditioned for the second season of "The X Factor." Since then, she has become a part of one of the world’s most famous girl group, Fifth Harmony. While Cabello, who now goes by her middle name, Camila, withdrew from Palmetto nearly halfway through the ...

‘Gotham’ takes flight without the bat

‘Gotham’ takes flight without the bat

By Annie Aguilar, Hillsborough HS, Tampa

October 8, 2014

Superheroes have no place in "Gotham." Caped crusaders are nowhere to be found in this new take on the well-known lore of the Dark Knight, and neither are sidekicks or catchphrases. The question with the newest Fox’s fall lineup member is simple: does the Batman universe work without Batman? All I hav...

Hiring freeze leaves math class with substitute

Hiring freeze leaves math class with substitute

By Isabel Hanewicz, Robinson HS, Tampa

September 30, 2014

The problem is not exclusive to Robinson. There are currently 42 high school vacancies in Hillsborough County, all that cannot be filled with a permanent teacher until after the freeze. Including Robinson, five of those positions involve high school math.

Rape culture: Too close for comfort

Rape culture: Too close for comfort

By Jessica Jurado, Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa

September 18, 2014

Rape Culture isn’t a new concept, in fact it’s been around for centuries; it was finally given a name by American feminists in the 1970s. Rape culture’s existence can be blamed on the role of women in society throughout history. Women have always been viewed as the “weaker sex,” existing o...

Student struggles with social media fame

Student struggles with social media fame

By Skylar Cross, Santaluces High School, Lantana, Fla.

September 16, 2014

The issue of Insta-fame is one that goes highly unnoticed. Just imagine for a moment having the population of a small town following you on social media. Sergio Lopez, a sophomore at Santaluces, undergoes the constant burden of having to please some 16,000 people. “I do feel pressure to act a certain...

Textbook controversy focuses on wrong things

Textbook controversy focuses on wrong things

By Dana Brown, West Shore Junior/Senior HS, Melbourne, Fla.

May 20, 2014

The mistake wasn’t in including material on Islam; it was in assuming that students would already understand the tenets of Christianity and Judaism.

Students collect money, supplies to assist Venezuelans

Students collect money, supplies to assist Venezuelans

By Ivy Bennett-Ford and Hannah Baade

May 16, 2014

Canned food, medical supplies, reams of copy paper. That’s what Anna Paz asked for of Hillsborough’s students every morning for two weeks. Why? To aid Venezuelans absorbed in a violent military conflict with Nicolas Maduro’s government. The drive was conducted by SGA’s president, Paz. She...

Bad Seed Rising has undeniable talent

Bad Seed Rising has undeniable talent

By Alejandro Gomez, Robinson HS, Tampa

May 15, 2014

Don’t be deceived by their look, or their age. When you see them walk on stage, don’t assume it’s just a group of kids with a small-time, amateur-produced band. The under-aged band from Maryland, Bad Seed Rising, is a rock band with strong ties to the leading rock and rollers. Strongly dedicate...

Early admission affects West Shore in unexpected ways

Early admission affects West Shore in unexpected ways

By Mikayla Almeida, Casey Schauman, and Alyssa Gorewitz

May 14, 2014

With more students doing Early Admissions or Dual Enrollment each year, West Shore’s senior class is getting even smaller. The upcoming senior class will have 70 enrolled students at Eastern Florida State College. Of these, 34 students will be Early Admitting while 36 students will be Dual Enrolled. This is the largest number in Wes...

Goodbyes are hard as military families move overseas

Goodbyes are hard as military families move overseas

By Isabel Hanewicz, Robinson HS, Tampa

April 21, 2014

In the back of Dawn McPeak’s classroom, junior Sebastian Figueroa sits quietly, a small pile of papers in hand. Unlike most of his peers, he doesn’t have a backpack, just a few forms, all that’s left to tie him to the school. Today, the last day before holiday vacations, is his last day. Over break,...

Delta Rae defies musical categorization

Delta Rae defies musical categorization

By Bianca Lopez, Miami Palmetto HS, Pinecrest Village, Fla.

April 16, 2014

The Tortuga Music Festival (April 12-13) brings top names down to Fort Lauderdale to soak up some sun and tunes, all in the name of charity. While the two-day festival focuses on increasing the public’s awareness of issues like overfishing, shark finning and reef degradation, it also opens its stage to a...

Exclusive interview with Delta Rae

Exclusive interview with Delta Rae

By Bianca Lopez, Miami Palmetto HS, Pinecrest Village, Fla.

April 15, 2014

  Bianca Lopez: What songs can we expect to hear at Tortuga? Ian Holljes: We will play everything off of our recent EP “Chasing Twisters” and a selection off of “Carry the Fire.” I’m very partial to the new stuff of off “Chasing Twisters.” I personally love “Dance in the G...

Getting the hem of it: Student debuts hand-sewn skirts

Getting the hem of it: Student debuts hand-sewn skirts

By Frances Landrum, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Fla.

April 15, 2014

Seasonal trends fall out of place and then spring into action. As much of a struggle it is to get up in the morning and wear a new trendy outfit every day, it's even more of a struggle to be on top trend while still having your own sense of originality. Visual sophomore Emily Miller has found a way to...

Teenage cigarette use declines, while hookah use rises

Teenage cigarette use declines, while hookah use rises

By Alejandra Lozano, Academy of the Holy Names, Tampa

March 12, 2014

With the constant pressure society places on the teenager regarding looks, grades and popularity, the pressure of fitting in can sometimes be overwhelming. Sometimes, it can become so large, that it pushes teens to make bad decisions. In early November of 2013, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) r...

Florida art student creates large image of George Washington using Post-its

Florida art student creates large image of George Washington using Post-its

By Paula Galvan, Dreyfoos School of the Arts, West Palm Beach, Fla.

November 18, 2013

George Washington became known as the “Father of Our Country” in 1776. It has been 200 years since then, but his memory still lives on thanks to visual senior Gianna Bishop. She has managed to bring him back to life in an eight foot long by six foot wide rendition made entirely of Post-it notes....

Freshman Class experiences orientation

By Bridget Davis

September 4, 2013

The Freshman Class of The Academy of the Holy Names in Tampa experienced orientation at the school.