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Black Lives Matter: Black Lives Matter

As many may know, recently there was a terrible incident involving African American George Floyd; he was innocently killed by a white police officer for a crime he didn’t commit on May 25, 2020. This event has been brought to the attention of many all over the world and resulted in many empowering actions including protests, fundraisers, petitions, and many more. “Black Lives Matter” is the important statement of today, and people throughout the globe are trying to do whatever they can to spread awareness and help the cause. Some steps have been taken near us too in order to help; the Jacksonville Jaguars marched to support black lives matter from the TIAA Bank Field to JSO headquarters downtown on June 5th. They did it for George Floyd and the delayed arrests of the three police officers involved in the incident responsible for his death. https://www.news4jax.com/ says, “Jaguars players, front office staff, their family, and friends joined their voices with others across the nation Friday when they marched in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.” It was about 300 people in total who joined the march. In Nocatee, there was a peaceful protest held to honor George Floyd’s death that occurred on June 2nd, https://www.staugustine.com/ says, “Protesters chanted ‘Black Lives Matter, When black lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back’…there was a conscious effort…to recognize that demonstrations about Floyd’s death — and other instances of police brutality…” They held up signs, chanted phrases, and did whatever they could to honor all black lives including George Floyd’s. On Tuesday June 2nd, there was a social media movement called “Blackout Tuesday” where a black screen was posted on social media with the hashtag “blackouttuesday.” People worldwide including celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Kevin Hart, and Dwayne Johnson participated in this act. Blackout Tuesday was meant to bring awareness to the cause and make people mindful of what was happening and ways they can help. There was a controversy about this because many people did not know whether or not the act was actually going to benefit the movement in any way, but at the end of the day, any effort made is valuable. Every penny, signature, and speech counts. Your voice is your biggest aid right now.   There are many ways you can help the cause including:   Signing a petition (here are some available to sign) https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ https://www.change.org/p/national-action-against-police-brutality-and-murder https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd   Donate to a cause or fund   Show up to a peaceful protest   Spread the word on social media   Educate yourself   There are many resources online and on social media to help you conduct your own research   Watch a BLM film on Netflix (there is a whole genre for BLM on Netflix right now), here are some films: 13th Malcom X or Who Killed Malcom X? Dear White People When They See Us Seven Seconds This is a serious topic and something African Americans have been struggling with since the beginning of time. It is about time we stand with them, protect them, and help them. We are all people who belong here and matter equally to everyone else. Black Lives matter today, tomorrow, and forever. Photo Credit: Shutterstock Caption: Black Lives Matter  

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Unidentified Flying Mysteries

By: Max Grzymkowski (Poll Supervisor/Co-Web Editor-in-Chief)
The Coronavirus outbreak has not only interrupted regular life for many of us, but it has also kicked other groundbreaking stories out into the public eye.
Photo Credit: Forbes

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Open Ocean

By: Caitlyn Gillette (Business Manager)
Starting March 29th, St. Johns County made the decision to close all beaches due to the current pandemic. On April 18th, St. Johns County reopened the beaches for the first time since the pandemic began due to strong backlash from its residents.
Photo Credit: The Ponte Vedra Recorder

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Coronavirus Safety Tips

By: Brady Lorch (Web Editor-in-Chief)
As panic seems to be gripping the minds of many around the world, it is a good idea to remain aware of safety tips and reliable information as COVID-19 continues to spread.
(Cover Photo: CDC)

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Updates on COVID-19

By: Max Grzymkowski (Assistant Web Editor-in-Chief)
The recent outbreak of COVID-19, a contagious strain of coronavirus, has brought a plethora of reactions from health officials, politicians, and United States civilians regarding the significance of the situation, and with recent cancellations of sport events and the confirmed diagnosis of public figures, the panic revolving around the potentially devastating disease is reaching its peak.
(Cover Photo: CNN)

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Monkeying Around

By: Mary Vega (Web Editor)
A specific species of monkey called the Rhesus Macaque that has been known to carry the disease Herpes B has been spotted in St. Johns County.
(Cover Photo: National Geographic)

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Trump’s State Of The Union

By: Brady Lorch (Web Editor-in-Chief)
As the time for President Trump’s third State Of The Union draws near, it may be time to discuss some of the issues he addressed in his last address.
(Cover Photo: New York Times)

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One Of The Greats

By: Donovan Germain (Web Editor)
Kobe Bryant, one of the most famous NBA players of all time, along with his thirteen year old daughter, died in a helicopter crash in Calabasa, California on Sunday at the age of 41.
(Cover Photo: CBS)

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Remembering Challenger

By: Max Grzymkowski (Poll Supervisor)
“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave. The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future, and we’ll continue to follow them.”
-Ronald Reagan
(Cover Photo: NASA)

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The End (Of School) Is Near

By: Mary Vega (Web Editor)
The third quarter is upon us at Nease High School, and even though some people are already dreaming of summer, we still have a lot to do until the long-awaited last day of school.
(Cover Photo: Mary Vega)

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Personal Space

By: Marco Ugalde (Web Editor)
Everyone knows that the U.S., Russia, and China are the top dogs in space, but who else is conquering the stars and what have they been working on?
(Cover Photo: The New Yorker)

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Impeachment: What Does It Mean?

By: Brady Lorch (Web Editor-in-Chief)
With the trial comes a lot of political talk and even more misunderstanding. Make sure you know what impeachment really means and how it works.
(Cover Photo: USA Today)

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Fire Down Under

By: Max Grzymkowski (Poll Supervisor)
Since the start of September 2019, rapid and ever-growing wildfires have raged across the country of Australia, killing an unbelievably massive amount of wildlife, destroying thousands of acres and costing the lives of about 28 firemen and civilians.
(Cover Photo: NBC News)

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Crisis In Iran

By: Mia Sarmiento (Layout Editor)
Early, on Wednesday, January 8, 2020 more than a dozen ballistic missiles targeted two Iraqi air bases. The Asad and Erbil air bases were housing U.S. military forces when the attacks took place.
(Cover Photo: CNN)

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Florida Passes New Law Requiring Mental Health Education

By: Mary Vega (Web Editor)
In May of 2019, Florida Legislature signed Senate Bill 7030 into law. This law requires that every student enrolled in a Florida public school from middle to high school will receive at least 5 hours of mental health education each school year.
(Cover Image Source: National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners)

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Teachers Rally in Tallahassee

By: Marco Ugalde (Web Editor)
Nowadays many people say teachers are underpaid. Some agree and some don’t. However, this morning, groups of teachers decided enough was enough and took matters into their own hands.
(Photo Credit: Tampa Bay Times)

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The Creekside ‘Plague’

By: Donovan Germain (Web Editor)
Creekside seems to be suffering its very own end-day plague. Or maybe it’s just suffering from a common case of mass panic.

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New High School Being Built near World Golf Village

By: Mary Vega (Web Editor)
The St. Johns County School District is planning to open a new high school near World Golf Village, which will be their first new high school since Creekside High School and Ponte Vedra High School opened in 2008. This new high school is expected to open in 2021, just two years before the graduation of the class of…

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Disaster in the Bahamas

By: AJ Sanchez (Staff Reporter)
On September 1st 2019 at 10:44 pm Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas and impacted thousands of residents in the area. Many houses were destroyed and several people were seriously injured.  The Bahamas were so heavily impacted because Hurricane Dorian hit them hard as a category 5 hurricane. Winds were blasting at 157 mph and faster over the weekend. That wasn’t even the worst part of the…

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NHS Tutoring

If you need help in any of your classes, Nease’s National Honor Society is hosting tutoring sessions in the media center. You can get help during any lunch (with a lunch pass) or on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s after school from 4:00 to 5:00. This is a great way to get help from your peers who know the material you are learning!

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$1M Gift From THE PLAYERS for New Behavioral Health Program Announced at Nease

By: Maria Ribot (Editor-in-Chief) and Nicole Scarbrough (Publisher)
THE PLAYERS Championship presented $1,000,000 to the Flagler Health Care Foundation on Monday at Allen D. Nease High School to help fund the start-up of their new initiative, B.R.A.V.E, which stands for stands for “Be…

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Updates on Dorian (And Other Hurricane Tips)

By: Brady Lorch (Web Editor-in-Chief)
As Hurricane Dorian continues to move closer to Florida, it also continues to grow and grow, leaving some people increasingly worried. While all this is happening, staying up to date is crucial to staying safe and informed. It is also good to know a few tips for waiting out a hurricane if you plan to do so.
According to the National Weather Service, as of 11:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time on the 2nd of…

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Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka Claimed by ISIS

By: Brady Lorch (Sports Editor)
Although they no hold territorial sway over the Middle East, ISIS has shown that it still has the power to cause destruction when it attacked churches, hotels, and other areas across the small, island nation of Sri Lanka on Easter. Over the course of Easter Sunday, citizens of Sri Lanka were terrorized as nine bombs were detonated across the nation, killing over 200 and wounding many more. It is being reported as the…

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Nease Senior Wins First Place Award in Statewide Science Fair

By: Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief)
Last month, STEM students from all over Florida competed in the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. Over the course of three days, more than 900 science projects from students in sixth through twelfth grade were presented at the fair. Among the winners is of Nease’s own students, senior Katherine Rodriguez. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to ask Katherine about her experience…

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St. Johns Students to Receive 100% For Final Exam Grades

By: Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief)
Superintendent Tim Forson announced the St. Johns County School District’s new final exam grading system today, explaining that all St. Johns County students will receive the highest grade possible (100%) for all district-based final exams. Final exams account for 10% of students’ semester grades. According to school district spokeswoman Christina Langston, Forson believes this new grading system…

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St. Johns County District Exams Cancelled

By: Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief)
Superintendent Tim Forson announced last Thursday that all St. Johns County school district final exams will be cancelled, with the exception of iReady testing. Forson explains that this decision was based on significant technical difficulties encountered during the first week of computer-based exams: “Ultimately, I felt we needed to cancel the district computer-based…

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Nease Graduate Vince Covello’s Success in Golf

By: Bella Ibrahim (Managing Web Editor)
Vince Covello, a Nease High School graduate, is on his way to becoming a golfing legend. Covello played his senior year at Nease and won the state individual championship, and led the Panthers to the team title.  “I’ve been wanting to play professional golf since I was 14 years old,” he said. “I’ve done well enough over the years to stay afloat and until you stake your claim, that’s the art of it.”  Through being a…

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Welcome to Nease, Coach Drafts

By: Brady Lorch (Sports Editor)
Recently, Nease’s beloved football head coach, Tim Krause has left Nease to continue coaching at one of his old stomping grounds, Bishop Kenny High School. In his place he has left a vacancy for the football head coach position. This spot will be filled by Collin Drafts, a native of Beaufort, South Carolina. Previously the head coach of AC Flora High School in Columbia, SC, Drafts took over and led his…

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Governmental Terrorists?

By: Brady Lorch (Sports Editor)
Monday, President Trump labeled the Iranian military’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization. Trump has stated that by designating the I.R.G.C. as terrorists, he is “underscores the fact that Iran’s actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments.” Trump also said that this action “makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the…

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On the Run, But Sure to be Back

By: Brady Lorch (Sports Editor)
After four years of combat, US-backed combatants have finally flushed members of ISIS out of the last village held by the radical Islamic group. After withstanding a small siege in the town of Baghuz, Syria, the final piece of ISIS controlled land was taken and this nearly 20 year war was ended. Although the ideals still live on and members are still attacking targets in the Middle East, ISIS has lost its most…

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Common Core is No More

By: Bella Ibrahim (Managing Web Editor)
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order Friday afternoon finally disbanding Common Core learning styles in Florida schools. Many are on edge about the potential impact regarding this sudden change.  DeSantis assures that “It will be more geared toward knowledge than maybe just teaching to a test.” However, some parents believe abandoning the Common Core and any program like…

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Nease Votes are in—and the Results are Not the Same as the Rest of FL

By: Alexander Brailsford
Although many students do not yet have the ability to legally vote, The Vertical’s mock election granted them the power to voice their preferences in this year’s midterm elections. Some pundits have labeled this year’s elections as the most important of our lifetimes, with many issues potentially arriving at the forefront of the political agenda as Democrats battle the Trump administration…

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Are my SAT/ACT Scores College-Ready?

Middle 50% Accepted SAT/ACT: Fall 2018 University of Florida Sat: 1300-1450 Act (remember- this is not superscored!): 29-33   University of North Florida Sat: EWR- 610-680; M: 590-670 Act: Composite- 25-29; E/W- 24-30   Florida State University Sat: 1290-1400 Act: 28-32   University of Central Florida Sat: 1280-1370 Act (remember- this is not superscored!): 26-30   University of West Florida Sat: 1130-1230 Act: 23-27   Florida A&M University  Sat: ERW- 550-590, M- 550-590 Act: 18-21   Florida Atlantic University Sat: ERW- 560-640, M- 570-640 Act: English- 20-25, Math- 20-25, Reading- 21-26, Science- 23-27    Florida Gulf Coast University Sat: ERW- 550-620, M-530-600 Act: 24-25   Florida International University Sat: 1280 Act: 28   Florida Polytechnic University Sat: 1230-1350 Act: 27-32   New College of Florida Sat: 1210-1400 Act: 26-32 Cover Photo Credit: Time Magazine  

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Hurricane Michael Approaches NE Florida

By: Maria Ribot (Managing Layout Editor) and Bre Jarvis (Co-Editor-in-Chief)
Hurricane Michael is currently heading towards Florida’s panhandle and is expected to hit the northeast region of Florida by Wednesday afternoon and die off during Thursday morning. Winds should reach St. Johns county by tomorrow evening, October 9, at around 8:00. Hurricane and storm surge watches have been issued throughout the gulf coast of Florida, with a major…

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The Gen Z of Politics

By: Denise Uy (Feature Editor)
On August 28th, a handful of Nease students were able to take their first few steps in American politics—as those who were eligible to vote were able to directly participate in American democracy for the first time in this year’s primary season. This year, Florida’s political atmosphere is in full-swing as the state prepares to elect a new governor in November, with former Governor Rick Scott (R) becoming ineligible…

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October 2018: Responsibility

Cover Photo Credit: Paul Gorbould Calendar by: Fara Supre (Co-Publisher)

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Intolerance: We Won’t Tolerate It

We are so excited to announce that our very own Web Editor, Bre Jarvis, won first place in The Florida Times-Union High School Journalism Awards for her editorial piece Intolerance: We Won’t Tolerate It! It’s AMAZING, check it out below ;).

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The Twenty-Fourth Annual Navy Ball

By: Julia Jordan
The twenty fourth annual Navy Ball was held on April 15, 2017 at World Golf Village. Navy Ball is a formal event in which NJROTC members celebrate their time in the program and commemorate the military. Here are some pictures of some of the highlights of the night…

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Wired Takes a Win (or Three) at STN

By: Denise Uy
During the last week of March, a select group of thirteen students received the opportunity to represent Nease’s student broadcast program Wired at the Student Television Network Convention in Anaheim…

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Senior Timeline

By: Fara Supre
“Allen D. Nease High School seniors have witnessed a lot over the past four years, from new trends to coming and going of friends each student have their own history. But what about in the broader spectrum of things? This timeline was created to show the history Nease seniors have been apart of.”
~Alex Hudson, Copy Editor, Co-contributor

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The Usefulness Of School

By: Mary Vega (Web Editor)
Every student has had the moment in class when they think “Why do I need to know this?” or “I’m never going to use this when I’m an adult” and while school is important, it is true that very often the things we learn in school aren’t going to be useful to us outside of class. 
(Cover Photo: Mary Vega)

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The Usual or Reusable

By: Halie Childress (Art Director)
Small, almost clear creatures called jellyfish float around on the coast of Puerto Rico. There are similar “creatures” on the coast of Florida, but they are man-made and are hurting our environment.

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NHS Tutoring

If you need help in any of your classes, Nease’s National Honor Society is hosting tutoring sessions in the media center. You can get help during any lunch (with a lunch pass) or on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s after school from 4:00 to 5:00. This is a great way to get help from your peers who know the material you are learning!

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Why the Ocean Keeps Bleeding

By: Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief)
During the summer of 2018, red waters crept up the beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. As dead sea life washed ashore and a pungent smell ran through the sea breeze, it almost seemed as if the ocean were bleeding. Indeed, Heather Barron, head veterinarian at Florida’s Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, said of the frightening conditions last August: “Anything that can leave has, and anything that couldn’t…

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School Security

By: Michael Savo-Matthews (Business Manager)
With the recent school shooting in Southern Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school, many teens have been led to question the security of the schools they attend. Students come to school expecting a safe environment where they can come to solely to learn and gain knowledge, but this can be jeopardized when emergency situations occur. It is very important that all students are safe…

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The Ugly Side of Beauty

By: Bre Jarvis (Web Editor)
If you’re like the average human being, you’ve probably found yourself at one time or another in the checkout aisle of a grocery store, flipping through an issue of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, or the like. And if you’re like 75% of teenage girls, you probably ended up feeling “depressed, guilty, and shameful” about your body after finishing. While we often hear that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it’s not hard to…

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Don’t Gag the Press

By: Bre Jarvis (Web Editor)
“The Philippines’ slide towards illiberality is accelerating,” writes Washington Post writer Manuel Quezon III. The country has recently erupted in fear and confusion in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to denounce several news outlets. However, amid the protests and riots taking place in the Philippines, perhaps the United States can find itself in danger of the same fate…

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Better Together

By: Nicole Scarbrough (Sports Editor)
There has never been a more distressed time period in modern history. America has become a nation divided by an extreme difference in ideologies, to the point where a simple discussion cannot be held between either dominant party. The agreement that the government deals with domestic issues isn’t unheard of to any political party, regardless of their respective belief system. But while our foreign…

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Senior Features

What if College Isn’t For Me?

By: Brianna Ramos (Opinion Editor) As of March 2020, there are over 1.2 billion students in the world. It is proven by the National Center for Education Statistics that about 65 percent of high school students move on to higher level education, thus leaving the other 35 percent of students cutting their own path in life. In times like these, it is proven that many students can make it without a college degree. For those in question, it is important you take time to examine your financial situation, consider taking a gap year to evaluate your aspirations in life, and be open minded towards different opportunities that will aid in improving your quality of life. When reaching out to a few older people who have made a successful career without a degree, I was able to conclude that no matter the path you choose, there will always be a part of you that will wish you had tried life differently because it is human nature to wonder “what if I had chosen this path” in life. A man named Gil Cruz, who is 61 years old, stated, “I am now retired with little regrets, I was able to work as a postman for 35 years and I enjoyed being able to travel and experience the world one day at a time.” Additionally, I interviewed 33-year-old Kyra Cruz who said, “I am doing good on my own and I’m working as a caregiver for the elderly. I see myself enjoying this job while trying to build a career through YouTube as well.” Lastly, I spoke with 24-year-old Shantalie Santos who said, “I am working at a federal agency that deals with the collection of taxes. I enjoy my job because I get to help people with taxes, I get paid well, and travel about once a year. I didn’t feel school was for me because I never really excelled, and I am doing just fine where I’m at now.” These adults are living examples of a successful and comfortable life without college. This means, as long as you put yourself out there and apply yourself, it is possible to achieve what you want. On the other hand, it is also said that 12 percent of non-college attendees end up homeless. However, the odds are in your favor because that does not include the students who turn to drugs, gangs, etc. Overall, finding a career path is hard and it takes a lot of effort, but it is not possible to reach your destination as long as you persevere when the going gets tough. Other than the few instances of jobs listed above, some other career paths without a college degree with matching salaries are: -Home Health Aid $25,000 -Medical Assistant $35,000 -Massage Therapist $35,000 -Dental Assistant $39,000 -Solar Photovoltaic Installer $43,000 -Licensed Vocational Nurse $48,000 -Media and Communication Equipment Worker $80,000 -Power Plant Operators $80,000 -Repairman $80,000 -Powerhouse Electricians $80,000 -Criminal Investigator $82,000 -Commercial Pilots $83,000 -System Operators $87,000 -Patrol Sergeants $90,000 -Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $95,000 -Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $95,000

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Aren’t You Forgetting Something?

By: Madison Bouton (Staff Reporter/Photographer) With senior year coming to a close and final college decisions being made, it’s time to consider what to bring. This busy end to the school year might cause confusion when packing and students might forget items. Liberty Streeter, a Nease High School graduate from the class of 2019, gave us helpful tips for seniors. When asked what was helpful and what was unnecessary, Liberty stated “the storage units under my bed were the most helpful, I use it to organize all sorts of things from clothes to dishes; however, the clothes drying rack I purchased was never used so I returned it.” She was also asked what she thought was most important, to this she responded “bring things that make you feel at home, storage units, and a good mattress cover and foam to make your bed comfy are most important in my opinion.” Following these tips and using the following list will allow smooth sailing for Nease seniors into their freshman year of college.  Clothing:  Pack for the season – only bring clothes that are needed for that time of year (Ex. Don’t bring sweaters and coats when it’s summer or spring)  Summer/Spring Items: Flip Flops Sandals Sneakers Bathing Suits  Breathable shirts  Shorts  Skirts  Hats  Sunglasses   Fall/Winter Items: Hats Jackets  Sweatshirts  Sweaters  Pants (sweatpants, jeans, etc.) Snow Boots (if you are in an area where snow is common)  Gloves Shoes (that are practical)   Dorm/Apartment Items:  2 Sets of Bed Sheets (ask for dimensions to see if extra long or regular sheets need to be purchased)  Blankets  Pillows and Pillow Cases  Mattress Pad  Mattress Cover  Comforter  Under Bed Storage  Laptop (with Microsoft Office)  2 Extension Cords  Headphones  Printer  Printer Ink  Printer Paper  Flash Drive  Calendar  Desk Chair  Desk Lamp  Trash Can  Extra Pens, Pencils, and Markers  Extra Paper  Glue  Tape  Scissors  Stapler and Staples  3-hole punch  White-out  Bulletin Board  Push Pins  White Board  Cell Phone Charger Posters  Pictures Bathroom Items: Bath Towels  Shower Caddy Shower Shoes (for communal bathrooms)  Toiletries  Skin Care Makeup Hair Care Products Hair Styling Products Eye Drops Contacts and/or glasses Deodorant Toothbrush and Toothpaste Dental Floss Razor and Shaving Cream Body Wash Tweezers Hand Soap Hand Towels Tissues Toilet Paper Sunscreen Medical Items:  Band Aids  Contact Lens Solution  Contraceptives  Couch Drops  First Aid Kit  Hot/Cold Packs  Vitamins  Prescription Medication  Tylenol  Pepto Bismol  Mucinex  Hand Sanitizer  Advil  Cold/Flu Medicine  School Supplies:  Backpack   Calculator  Index Cards  Notebooks  Folders  Binders  Notebook Paper  Textbooks (can be rented, printed, or purchased)  Pencils Case  Pencils Pens Highlighters Sticky Notes Important Documents:  Student ID  Drivers License  Car Registration  Bank Information  Financial Aid Forms  Social Security Card  Debit/Credit Card  Other Items:  Batteries  Bike, Bike Helmet, Bike Lock  Reusable Water Bottle  Safety Pins  Safety Whistle  Bug Spray  Umbrella  Duct Tape  Fan  Flashlight  Light bulbs  Sewing kit  Steamer or an Iron and Ironing Board  Hangers  Kitchen Utensils  Kitchen Plates and Bowls  Cups and Mugs  Ziploc Bags  Dish Towels  Water Filter  Broom  Windex  Disinfecting Wipes

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Do You Remember…?

By: Mia Sarmiento (Layout Editor) Looking back at your freshman year of high school can be a little blurry for some seniors. We don’t expect you to remember everything you learned from your classes or who said what four years ago. It was four years ago!  But do you remember that one song everyone would freeze to? How about that time virtual monsters were hiding around the real world? I’ve put together some lists ranking the top songs, news stories, memes, and shows from 2016-2017. These ranks are based on our senior’s opinions on what was most important to them or what brings the most nostalgia from freshman year. Four years ago a lot happened. Can you believe it’s already time for another presidential election? Your freshman year was full of new beginnings not only for yourself, but for the whole country. Politically, environmentally, and culturally, our country went through plenty of change. Just as you were transitioning from middle school into high school, history was happening all around you. Where were you when these influential stories were taking place? Yet, some memories from freshman year are not all that great. At the time, things might have felt like they would never change. However things always do, and we all grow up. Just as you are not the same as you were four years ago, your interests have probably undergone a change as well. Songs get overplayed, jokes get old, clothes go out of style. So, what is something from freshman year that you no longer like? Nease senior, Abbi Donaldson, had a certain song in mind, commenting, “Black Beatles. I’ve heard it way too much to still like it.” It’s crazy that these shows are already four years old! While some of these songs aren’t as popular as they were before, our seniors agreed that these had to be the top three. Nease senior, Hannah Williams, has lost her fondness of a certain show stating, “I hate 13 Reasons Why! Season 2 ruined it.” Why don’t you take a look back at season one from any of these shows. You can see how much each of the characters have developed and grown just as you have since you were a freshman. Last but not least, the memes. When you started high school, things were scary. Thankfully, memes can bring people together. Have you ever made new friends by using a good ol’ meme as an icebreaker?  Memes are there to make you laugh. Taking a look back at freshman year, these three memes brought our seniors the most nostalgia. After taking a look back at your initial year of high school, it can be easy to recognize how much not only you have changed, but to the extent that the world around us has changed. A student, who preferred to stay anonymous, reflected upon the ranks and what it meant to them stating, “I think I’ve changed a lot so none of these really resonate with me anymore. They remind me of myself, my friends, and the world from that time period, but I think the mannequin challenge was never really that funny.”  You can recognize what has influenced your character today from your ideas to your interests by taking a trip down memory lane. Remembering who you were, whether it was four years ago or even just a year, is important. Every single version of you makes up who you are, just as every event in the past contributes into what the world is today. So as you start a new transition from high school into another lifestyle, reflect on what has brought you to where you are today.    Photo Credits: Mia Sarmiento

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Fending Off the Freshman 15

Fending Off the Freshman 15 By Nicole Scarbrough (Publisher) College is a groundbreaking and incredible opportunity for students across the world. Alongside the opportunity to advance their education, students are exposed to a diverse cultural environment. However, while there are inevitably many perks in attending a college, university, or trade school, stress typically is served alongside rigorous academics. According to medicalnewstoday.com, stress is “a feeling that people have when they are overloaded and struggling to cope with demands.” Whether a freshman concerned about their first midterm or a is senior trying to ensure that they graduate on time, stress is experienced by all college students at some point throughout their college career. From this experience, the theory of the “Freshman 15” is derived. For starters, the “Freshman 15” is interpreted as a myth to some and a fear for others. Not all college freshmen are predisposed to gain fifteen pounds, though gaining weight initially isn’t unlikely due to the sudden change in lifestyle. There have been countless studies analyzing the effects of education-based stress on college freshmen, and college students in general. One particular study conducted by researchers at Utah State University concluded that nearly one in four college freshmen gain an average of ten pounds per semester of school. However, just because the numbers point accusatory fingers towards a quarter of the freshmen population does not mean that there isn’t a way around it, nor does it mean that gaining weight isn’t preventable in the first place. Let it be known that avoiding the “Freshman 15” is not a feeble task, especially since the brain is just as important of a muscle as the biceps are. There is a three step system to evade and escape the “Freshman 15.” Eat, sweat, and breathe. All factors ultimately play a major part in determining how mentally and physically “fit” students are upon entering freshman year of college. The graphic above breaks down the distribution of components in a meal based on gender. While these values are recommended, they may vary due to personal preferences and dietary restrictions. Step 1: Eat Eating healthy on a budget can be near impossible for some college students. Unless a student is on an all expenses-paid trip to graduating, there usually isn’t too much change in the piggy bank left over for trips to the organic section of the grocery store. However, many college campuses have dining halls and offer meal plans with healthy options for students who want to take responsibility for their health. The problem arises when students are not informed of their health and nutrition. The balance and distribution of meals has changed significantly in the past decade, and it is often difficult to keep track of. Initially the presence of grains, such as bread, comprised a significant portion of the food pyramid. When the pyramid was eventually revised and subsequently became a circle, fruits and vegetables became a necessity and now comprise slightly less than half of the food circle. However, the amount of food to be consumed per individual is heavily reliant on an individual’s proportions: height, weight, and BMI (Body Mass Index), which can be calculated by dividing your weight by your height then squaring that and multiplying it by 703. BMI is a representation of body fat. The higher an individual’s BMI is, the more likely an individual is for contracting weight-based food diseases such as diabetes. That’s not to say that the occasional serving of gummy bears or Pringles is something to feel guilty of. There is a term that nutritionists use called moderation. This means that students should avoid eating the “extremes” of a food. Basically, just don’t eat too much junk food. However, the amount of food that should be consumed daily by an individual varies per person and gender. A 100 pound boy and 100 pound girl should eat different amounts and types of food. Many colleges and universities have a nutrition and counseling program where one can receive a customized meal plan catered towards students’ specific needs and proportions. Many gyms offer free or affordable personal training services to college students, take advantage of them. To avoid injury or to learn more about equipment and ways to use them, express interest to gym management or employees. Step 2: Sweat An important aspect of evading the “Freshman 15” is staying in shape. Whether taking a light jog around campus or doing pushups on the floor of a dorm room, college students have many opportunities to maintain physical health throughout both semesters of freshmen year. Many colleges and universities offer an abundance of opportunities that foster physical health. Among such opportunities are fully equipped gyms, bicycle rentals, and the ability of students to take fitness classes (spin, yoga, pilates, etc…). However, it is important to keep in mind that the availability of activities vary across schools. While some colleges or universities may offer heated pools and an indoor track, others may offer a gym and an equestrian center. By using all the available resources, which most schools include in their tuition, staying in shape has the potential to become less of a chore and more of a hobby. Routine is the most important aspect of physical fitness. Many websites such as Pinterest give users access to a diverse array of workout plans for various levels of experience. So when faced with a set of weights, kettlebells, or resistance bands and no means to use them, a simple search with step-by-step directions both reduces the possibility of injury and spices up a workout. Additionally, with their expertise, trainers can show students how to safely and correctly use gym equipment to get a rewarding workout. The Harvard School of Public Health concluded that a participation in exercises and frequent physical activity has a positive impact on stress levels and health. In other words, exercising is invaluable to success in college, and allows students to place more focus on their studies and less focus on what the numbers on the scale read. Part 3: Breathe Mental health in college students has become a concern in recent years. With anxieties affecting the performance of students in school, such schools are taking an additional step to combat this struggle and assist students in their fight against mental illness. According to research conducted by the National Alliance On Mental Illness, 40% of students do not seek help, 80% of students feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities, and 50% have become so anxious that they have struggled in school. These numbers represent a crisis that will only continue to increase. Bre Jarvis, a junior at Brigham Young University states, “Your physical and mental health definitely go hand in hand with your performance in anything. On days when I don’t eat right or get enough sleep, I do a lot less well than on days when I do take care of myself.” A deteriorating mental state simultaneously can lead to weight gain and mood fluctuation produced by stress. With an increased awareness of a students’ state of mind, not only is there potential for growth and development academically, but there is a decreased possibility that the student will experience the infamous “Freshman 15.” In other words, the more “fit” an individual is mentally, the healthier and more motivated they will be physically. There is an abundance of resources located on campuses to assist in defeating the “Freshman 15.” From health and nutrition councilors to personal trainers, there is an arsenal of people willing to fight battles alongside students. While focusing on academics is undoubtedly a priority, staying healthy is also a necessity. So squeeze in some push-ups while pulling an all-nighter, or grab an apple to complement that tasty-looking slice of pizza. Even the smallest steps are significant when it comes to developing and maintaining your mental and physical health.   Photo Credits: Nicole Scarbrough

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Conserving Cash in College

By: Maria Ribot (Editor-in-Chief of The Vertical) You did it! You are weeks away from walking across that stage and receiving the diploma that you’ve worked for 4 years to obtain. Soon you will go off into society as an individual accomplishing incredible things and making a difference in the world. But, wait a minute, have you ever wondered how you will spend your money as you become more financially responsible? As college debt is becoming more of a concern in today’s economy, it is not a bad idea to formulate a budget and plan ahead to provide for a life of high financial literacy and low debt by the time you graduate from college.  Commit to your budget! The structure and routine of budgeting is proven to assist incoming college freshmen in college since they appeal to the routine and consistency of high school. Bella Ibrahim, a member of the class of 2019, claims to have spent about “half of her savings” during the first semester in college. The truth is, having structure in college is imperative since it will keep things consistent and efficient. As her first semester went on, Bella “quickly learned the importance of being mindful about the amount of money [she] was designating to different areas,” which allowed her to formulate a budget to watch her spending but still be comfortable. Another member of the Class of 2019, Breanna Jarvis, claims that although she did not have a budget plan, she did look at her student loans and “planned out how much she needed to pay for rent and tuition.” She also not only looked at “on-campus jobs,” but eventually made a “monthly budget for how much [she] would spend on food and other needs.” So, in the spirit of conserving more cash in college, here are more tips from experienced college students directing the campus tours of Florida Public Universities such as UF, FSU, and UCF.  Don’t buy new textbooks. Choose housing wisely, get a roommate to split the cost. Explore campus amenities, if you are looking to stay active, the gym and rock climbing is almost always free of charge on campus.  ALWAYS have an emergency fund! Avoid eating out and cook instead, it is a lot cheaper and more nutritious. Make an excel spreadsheet to have a visual aid of your spending habits. As a rising sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences and Education with a minor in Chemistry, Bella Ibrahim advises incoming college freshmen to “come up with a tentative monthly budget.” She also advises to “not to spend too much money for entertainment,” instead, limit funds for entertainment and leisure and put left over money in a savings account, so when you have an emergency like a flat tire you will have the funds necessary to quickly rebound from it efficiently. Similarly, a transfer student in the BYU class of 2021, Breanna Jarvis, advises the Class of 2020 to try to be as financially independent as possible and to “avoid debt if you can.” It is also acceptable and necessary in some cases to seek financial help through student loans or advisors and parents. Seeking these resources will provide you with “peace and freedom that comes from being able to pay for everything on your own.”   To assist you in the structured nature of budgeting in college, I recommend downloading some of these apps that keep you accountable and financially safe.  Learn Vest: This app safely links your bank account and files your purchases in pre-named folders such as entertainment, rent, and gas. You can also set a budget for each of these folders so you can easily track your spending while being held accountable.  Mint: Also connecting to your bank account, this app updates your purchases automatically into pre-named folders in which you can set a specific budget. Mint also guards against credit card debt by making sure that you don’t charge what you can’t pay for in the future, which makes this app perfect for first-time credit card users.  TextbookMe: This app compares the prices of college textbooks from many online retailers, so you ensure that you will pay the lowest price for your textbooks! Also, a lot of universities are starting to match the prices of online retailers, so this resource could also be very useful for those who have textbook heavy majors.     Photo Credit: https://www.myshortlister.com/financial-wellness-buyers-guide

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Nease Media’s Class of 2020!

Maria Ribot has been a member of Nease Media for three years, and is the current Editor-in-Chief of the Nease Vertical. Maria is incredibly humble and plays a key role in the success of publications. She will be attending the University of Central Florida majoring in Biomedical Sciences with the hopes of becoming a Pediatrician! Her favorite memories on staff include post-print parties, fundraisers, and brainstorming for new issues of The Vertical!

Nicole Scarbrough has been a member of Nease Media for three years and is the current Publisher for all of Nease Media. She is attending the University of North Florida to major in Nutrition and Dietetics. Nicole is a natural-born leader, who stayed after school to go to print, kept everyone on staff organized, and always reflected her positive attitude in class regardless of the stressors in the Journalism room. Her favorite memories include staff parties, organizing the backboard to fit our new publication, The Vertical podcast, and writing hard-hitting editorials for The Vertical.

 

Justin Tackling is the current Co-Director of The Vertical Podcast. He is attending UNF in the fall as a member of UNF’s Cross Country team and major in Nursing. Justin enjoyed being on staff during the past two years while learning how to layout, write articles, and co-produce the podcast.

 

 

 

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What if College Isn’t For Me?

By: Brianna Ramos (Opinion Editor) As of March 2020, there are over 1.2 billion students in the world. It is proven by the National Center for Education Statistics that about 65 percent of high school students move on to higher level education, thus leaving the other 35 percent of students cutting their own path in life. In times like these, it is proven that many students can make it without a college degree. For those in question, it is important you take time to examine your financial situation, consider taking a gap year to evaluate your aspirations in life, and be open minded towards different opportunities that will aid in improving your quality of life. When reaching out to a few older people who have made a successful career without a degree, I was able to conclude that no matter the path you choose, there will always be a part of you that will wish you had tried life differently because it is human nature to wonder “what if I had chosen this path” in life. A man named Gil Cruz, who is 61 years old, stated, “I am now retired with little regrets, I was able to work as a postman for 35 years and I enjoyed being able to travel and experience the world one day at a time.” Additionally, I interviewed 33-year-old Kyra Cruz who said, “I am doing good on my own and I’m working as a caregiver for the elderly. I see myself enjoying this job while trying to build a career through YouTube as well.” Lastly, I spoke with 24-year-old Shantalie Santos who said, “I am working at a federal agency that deals with the collection of taxes. I enjoy my job because I get to help people with taxes, I get paid well, and travel about once a year. I didn’t feel school was for me because I never really excelled, and I am doing just fine where I’m at now.” These adults are living examples of a successful and comfortable life without college. This means, as long as you put yourself out there and apply yourself, it is possible to achieve what you want. On the other hand, it is also said that 12 percent of non-college attendees end up homeless. However, the odds are in your favor because that does not include the students who turn to drugs, gangs, etc. Overall, finding a career path is hard and it takes a lot of effort, but it is not possible to reach your destination as long as you persevere when the going gets tough. Other than the few instances of jobs listed above, some other career paths without a college degree with matching salaries are: -Home Health Aid $25,000 -Medical Assistant $35,000 -Massage Therapist $35,000 -Dental Assistant $39,000 -Solar Photovoltaic Installer $43,000 -Licensed Vocational Nurse $48,000 -Media and Communication Equipment Worker $80,000 -Power Plant Operators $80,000 -Repairman $80,000 -Powerhouse Electricians $80,000 -Criminal Investigator $82,000 -Commercial Pilots $83,000 -System Operators $87,000 -Patrol Sergeants $90,000 -Nuclear Power Reactor Operators $95,000 -Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers $95,000

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Aren’t You Forgetting Something?

By: Madison Bouton (Staff Reporter/Photographer) With senior year coming to a close and final college decisions being made, it’s time to consider what to bring. This busy end to the school year might cause confusion when packing and students might forget items. Liberty Streeter, a Nease High School graduate from the class of 2019, gave us helpful tips for seniors. When asked what was helpful and what was unnecessary, Liberty stated “the storage units under my bed were the most helpful, I use it to organize all sorts of things from clothes to dishes; however, the clothes drying rack I purchased was never used so I returned it.” She was also asked what she thought was most important, to this she responded “bring things that make you feel at home, storage units, and a good mattress cover and foam to make your bed comfy are most important in my opinion.” Following these tips and using the following list will allow smooth sailing for Nease seniors into their freshman year of college.  Clothing:  Pack for the season – only bring clothes that are needed for that time of year (Ex. Don’t bring sweaters and coats when it’s summer or spring)  Summer/Spring Items: Flip Flops Sandals Sneakers Bathing Suits  Breathable shirts  Shorts  Skirts  Hats  Sunglasses   Fall/Winter Items: Hats Jackets  Sweatshirts  Sweaters  Pants (sweatpants, jeans, etc.) Snow Boots (if you are in an area where snow is common)  Gloves Shoes (that are practical)   Dorm/Apartment Items:  2 Sets of Bed Sheets (ask for dimensions to see if extra long or regular sheets need to be purchased)  Blankets  Pillows and Pillow Cases  Mattress Pad  Mattress Cover  Comforter  Under Bed Storage  Laptop (with Microsoft Office)  2 Extension Cords  Headphones  Printer  Printer Ink  Printer Paper  Flash Drive  Calendar  Desk Chair  Desk Lamp  Trash Can  Extra Pens, Pencils, and Markers  Extra Paper  Glue  Tape  Scissors  Stapler and Staples  3-hole punch  White-out  Bulletin Board  Push Pins  White Board  Cell Phone Charger Posters  Pictures Bathroom Items: Bath Towels  Shower Caddy Shower Shoes (for communal bathrooms)  Toiletries  Skin Care Makeup Hair Care Products Hair Styling Products Eye Drops Contacts and/or glasses Deodorant Toothbrush and Toothpaste Dental Floss Razor and Shaving Cream Body Wash Tweezers Hand Soap Hand Towels Tissues Toilet Paper Sunscreen Medical Items:  Band Aids  Contact Lens Solution  Contraceptives  Couch Drops  First Aid Kit  Hot/Cold Packs  Vitamins  Prescription Medication  Tylenol  Pepto Bismol  Mucinex  Hand Sanitizer  Advil  Cold/Flu Medicine  School Supplies:  Backpack   Calculator  Index Cards  Notebooks  Folders  Binders  Notebook Paper  Textbooks (can be rented, printed, or purchased)  Pencils Case  Pencils Pens Highlighters Sticky Notes Important Documents:  Student ID  Drivers License  Car Registration  Bank Information  Financial Aid Forms  Social Security Card  Debit/Credit Card  Other Items:  Batteries  Bike, Bike Helmet, Bike Lock  Reusable Water Bottle  Safety Pins  Safety Whistle  Bug Spray  Umbrella  Duct Tape  Fan  Flashlight  Light bulbs  Sewing kit  Steamer or an Iron and Ironing Board  Hangers  Kitchen Utensils  Kitchen Plates and Bowls  Cups and Mugs  Ziploc Bags  Dish Towels  Water Filter  Broom  Windex  Disinfecting Wipes

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Fending Off the Freshman 15

Fending Off the Freshman 15 By Nicole Scarbrough (Publisher) College is a groundbreaking and incredible opportunity for students across the world. Alongside the opportunity to advance their education, students are exposed to a diverse cultural environment. However, while there are inevitably many perks in attending a college, university, or trade school, stress typically is served alongside rigorous academics. According to medicalnewstoday.com, stress is “a feeling that people have when they are overloaded and struggling to cope with demands.” Whether a freshman concerned about their first midterm or a is senior trying to ensure that they graduate on time, stress is experienced by all college students at some point throughout their college career. From this experience, the theory of the “Freshman 15” is derived. For starters, the “Freshman 15” is interpreted as a myth to some and a fear for others. Not all college freshmen are predisposed to gain fifteen pounds, though gaining weight initially isn’t unlikely due to the sudden change in lifestyle. There have been countless studies analyzing the effects of education-based stress on college freshmen, and college students in general. One particular study conducted by researchers at Utah State University concluded that nearly one in four college freshmen gain an average of ten pounds per semester of school. However, just because the numbers point accusatory fingers towards a quarter of the freshmen population does not mean that there isn’t a way around it, nor does it mean that gaining weight isn’t preventable in the first place. Let it be known that avoiding the “Freshman 15” is not a feeble task, especially since the brain is just as important of a muscle as the biceps are. There is a three step system to evade and escape the “Freshman 15.” Eat, sweat, and breathe. All factors ultimately play a major part in determining how mentally and physically “fit” students are upon entering freshman year of college. The graphic above breaks down the distribution of components in a meal based on gender. While these values are recommended, they may vary due to personal preferences and dietary restrictions. Step 1: Eat Eating healthy on a budget can be near impossible for some college students. Unless a student is on an all expenses-paid trip to graduating, there usually isn’t too much change in the piggy bank left over for trips to the organic section of the grocery store. However, many college campuses have dining halls and offer meal plans with healthy options for students who want to take responsibility for their health. The problem arises when students are not informed of their health and nutrition. The balance and distribution of meals has changed significantly in the past decade, and it is often difficult to keep track of. Initially the presence of grains, such as bread, comprised a significant portion of the food pyramid. When the pyramid was eventually revised and subsequently became a circle, fruits and vegetables became a necessity and now comprise slightly less than half of the food circle. However, the amount of food to be consumed per individual is heavily reliant on an individual’s proportions: height, weight, and BMI (Body Mass Index), which can be calculated by dividing your weight by your height then squaring that and multiplying it by 703. BMI is a representation of body fat. The higher an individual’s BMI is, the more likely an individual is for contracting weight-based food diseases such as diabetes. That’s not to say that the occasional serving of gummy bears or Pringles is something to feel guilty of. There is a term that nutritionists use called moderation. This means that students should avoid eating the “extremes” of a food. Basically, just don’t eat too much junk food. However, the amount of food that should be consumed daily by an individual varies per person and gender. A 100 pound boy and 100 pound girl should eat different amounts and types of food. Many colleges and universities have a nutrition and counseling program where one can receive a customized meal plan catered towards students’ specific needs and proportions. Many gyms offer free or affordable personal training services to college students, take advantage of them. To avoid injury or to learn more about equipment and ways to use them, express interest to gym management or employees. Step 2: Sweat An important aspect of evading the “Freshman 15” is staying in shape. Whether taking a light jog around campus or doing pushups on the floor of a dorm room, college students have many opportunities to maintain physical health throughout both semesters of freshmen year. Many colleges and universities offer an abundance of opportunities that foster physical health. Among such opportunities are fully equipped gyms, bicycle rentals, and the ability of students to take fitness classes (spin, yoga, pilates, etc…). However, it is important to keep in mind that the availability of activities vary across schools. While some colleges or universities may offer heated pools and an indoor track, others may offer a gym and an equestrian center. By using all the available resources, which most schools include in their tuition, staying in shape has the potential to become less of a chore and more of a hobby. Routine is the most important aspect of physical fitness. Many websites such as Pinterest give users access to a diverse array of workout plans for various levels of experience. So when faced with a set of weights, kettlebells, or resistance bands and no means to use them, a simple search with step-by-step directions both reduces the possibility of injury and spices up a workout. Additionally, with their expertise, trainers can show students how to safely and correctly use gym equipment to get a rewarding workout. The Harvard School of Public Health concluded that a participation in exercises and frequent physical activity has a positive impact on stress levels and health. In other words, exercising is invaluable to success in college, and allows students to place more focus on their studies and less focus on what the numbers on the scale read. Part 3: Breathe Mental health in college students has become a concern in recent years. With anxieties affecting the performance of students in school, such schools are taking an additional step to combat this struggle and assist students in their fight against mental illness. According to research conducted by the National Alliance On Mental Illness, 40% of students do not seek help, 80% of students feel overwhelmed by their responsibilities, and 50% have become so anxious that they have struggled in school. These numbers represent a crisis that will only continue to increase. Bre Jarvis, a junior at Brigham Young University states, “Your physical and mental health definitely go hand in hand with your performance in anything. On days when I don’t eat right or get enough sleep, I do a lot less well than on days when I do take care of myself.” A deteriorating mental state simultaneously can lead to weight gain and mood fluctuation produced by stress. With an increased awareness of a students’ state of mind, not only is there potential for growth and development academically, but there is a decreased possibility that the student will experience the infamous “Freshman 15.” In other words, the more “fit” an individual is mentally, the healthier and more motivated they will be physically. There is an abundance of resources located on campuses to assist in defeating the “Freshman 15.” From health and nutrition councilors to personal trainers, there is an arsenal of people willing to fight battles alongside students. While focusing on academics is undoubtedly a priority, staying healthy is also a necessity. So squeeze in some push-ups while pulling an all-nighter, or grab an apple to complement that tasty-looking slice of pizza. Even the smallest steps are significant when it comes to developing and maintaining your mental and physical health.   Photo Credits: Nicole Scarbrough

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Conserving Cash in College

By: Maria Ribot (Editor-in-Chief of The Vertical) You did it! You are weeks away from walking across that stage and receiving the diploma that you’ve worked for 4 years to obtain. Soon you will go off into society as an individual accomplishing incredible things and making a difference in the world. But, wait a minute, have you ever wondered how you will spend your money as you become more financially responsible? As college debt is becoming more of a concern in today’s economy, it is not a bad idea to formulate a budget and plan ahead to provide for a life of high financial literacy and low debt by the time you graduate from college.  Commit to your budget! The structure and routine of budgeting is proven to assist incoming college freshmen in college since they appeal to the routine and consistency of high school. Bella Ibrahim, a member of the class of 2019, claims to have spent about “half of her savings” during the first semester in college. The truth is, having structure in college is imperative since it will keep things consistent and efficient. As her first semester went on, Bella “quickly learned the importance of being mindful about the amount of money [she] was designating to different areas,” which allowed her to formulate a budget to watch her spending but still be comfortable. Another member of the Class of 2019, Breanna Jarvis, claims that although she did not have a budget plan, she did look at her student loans and “planned out how much she needed to pay for rent and tuition.” She also not only looked at “on-campus jobs,” but eventually made a “monthly budget for how much [she] would spend on food and other needs.” So, in the spirit of conserving more cash in college, here are more tips from experienced college students directing the campus tours of Florida Public Universities such as UF, FSU, and UCF.  Don’t buy new textbooks. Choose housing wisely, get a roommate to split the cost. Explore campus amenities, if you are looking to stay active, the gym and rock climbing is almost always free of charge on campus.  ALWAYS have an emergency fund! Avoid eating out and cook instead, it is a lot cheaper and more nutritious. Make an excel spreadsheet to have a visual aid of your spending habits. As a rising sophomore majoring in Biological Sciences and Education with a minor in Chemistry, Bella Ibrahim advises incoming college freshmen to “come up with a tentative monthly budget.” She also advises to “not to spend too much money for entertainment,” instead, limit funds for entertainment and leisure and put left over money in a savings account, so when you have an emergency like a flat tire you will have the funds necessary to quickly rebound from it efficiently. Similarly, a transfer student in the BYU class of 2021, Breanna Jarvis, advises the Class of 2020 to try to be as financially independent as possible and to “avoid debt if you can.” It is also acceptable and necessary in some cases to seek financial help through student loans or advisors and parents. Seeking these resources will provide you with “peace and freedom that comes from being able to pay for everything on your own.”   To assist you in the structured nature of budgeting in college, I recommend downloading some of these apps that keep you accountable and financially safe.  Learn Vest: This app safely links your bank account and files your purchases in pre-named folders such as entertainment, rent, and gas. You can also set a budget for each of these folders so you can easily track your spending while being held accountable.  Mint: Also connecting to your bank account, this app updates your purchases automatically into pre-named folders in which you can set a specific budget. Mint also guards against credit card debt by making sure that you don’t charge what you can’t pay for in the future, which makes this app perfect for first-time credit card users.  TextbookMe: This app compares the prices of college textbooks from many online retailers, so you ensure that you will pay the lowest price for your textbooks! Also, a lot of universities are starting to match the prices of online retailers, so this resource could also be very useful for those who have textbook heavy majors.     Photo Credit: https://www.myshortlister.com/financial-wellness-buyers-guide

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The Vertical: October Issue

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Black Lives Matter: Black Lives Matter

As many may know, recently there was a terrible incident involving African American George Floyd; he was innocently killed by a white police officer for a crime he didn’t commit on May 25, 2020. This event has been brought to the attention of many all over the world and resulted in many empowering actions including protests, fundraisers, petitions, and many more. “Black Lives Matter” is the important statement of today, and people throughout the globe are trying to do whatever they can to spread awareness and help the cause. Some steps have been taken near us too in order to help; the Jacksonville Jaguars marched to support black lives matter from the TIAA Bank Field to JSO headquarters downtown on June 5th. They did it for George Floyd and the delayed arrests of the three police officers involved in the incident responsible for his death. https://www.news4jax.com/ says, “Jaguars players, front office staff, their family, and friends joined their voices with others across the nation Friday when they marched in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.” It was about 300 people in total who joined the march. In Nocatee, there was a peaceful protest held to honor George Floyd’s death that occurred on June 2nd, https://www.staugustine.com/ says, “Protesters chanted ‘Black Lives Matter, When black lives are under attack, what do we do? Stand up, fight back’…there was a conscious effort…to recognize that demonstrations about Floyd’s death — and other instances of police brutality…” They held up signs, chanted phrases, and did whatever they could to honor all black lives including George Floyd’s. On Tuesday June 2nd, there was a social media movement called “Blackout Tuesday” where a black screen was posted on social media with the hashtag “blackouttuesday.” People worldwide including celebrities such as Taylor Swift, Kevin Hart, and Dwayne Johnson participated in this act. Blackout Tuesday was meant to bring awareness to the cause and make people mindful of what was happening and ways they can help. There was a controversy about this because many people did not know whether or not the act was actually going to benefit the movement in any way, but at the end of the day, any effort made is valuable. Every penny, signature, and speech counts. Your voice is your biggest aid right now.   There are many ways you can help the cause including:   Signing a petition (here are some available to sign) https://blacklivesmatters.carrd.co/ https://www.change.org/p/national-action-against-police-brutality-and-murder https://www.change.org/p/mayor-jacob-frey-justice-for-george-floyd   Donate to a cause or fund   Show up to a peaceful protest   Spread the word on social media   Educate yourself   There are many resources online and on social media to help you conduct your own research   Watch a BLM film on Netflix (there is a whole genre for BLM on Netflix right now), here are some films: 13th Malcom X or Who Killed Malcom X? Dear White People When They See Us Seven Seconds This is a serious topic and something African Americans have been struggling with since the beginning of time. It is about time we stand with them, protect them, and help them. We are all people who belong here and matter equally to everyone else. Black Lives matter today, tomorrow, and forever. Photo Credit: Shutterstock Caption: Black Lives Matter  

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The Show Must Go On

By: Audrey Ausili (Staff Reporter)
Although social distancing due to COVID-19 is changing many of aspects of daily life, live talk show hosts are finding ways to produce their shows.
Photo Credit: Late Night Feud!

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Unidentified Flying Mysteries

By: Max Grzymkowski (Poll Supervisor/Co-Web Editor-in-Chief)
The Coronavirus outbreak has not only interrupted regular life for many of us, but it has also kicked other groundbreaking stories out into the public eye.
Photo Credit: Forbes

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Open Ocean

By: Caitlyn Gillette (Business Manager)
Starting March 29th, St. Johns County made the decision to close all beaches due to the current pandemic. On April 18th, St. Johns County reopened the beaches for the first time since the pandemic began due to strong backlash from its residents.
Photo Credit: The Ponte Vedra Recorder

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The Future of Our Panthers

With high school coming to an end, we are starting to look at where our next step is going to be. Let’s look at where some of our seniors plan to start the next part of their life. Maya Albold                                 “I’m going to Yale to major in political science, but I’m hoping to major in political affairs in my sophomore year and I would like to use it to work in foreign policy and diplomacy because I think it’s important to go beyond just your country’s issues and look at more of a global aspect.”  Mackenzie Hochrieter                                   “I am going to Coker University in South Carolina to play division two soccer. I will be majoring in business marketing and management so one day I can travel and post advertisements on social media.” Justin Tackling               “I am going to UNF because it is close to home and I get to visit my mom every weekend and it has my major, where I will study to become a nurse.” Ashley Samm                                   “I am going to SJR for two years and then transferring to either UCF or UNF to become a physical therapist.”  Sydnie Eberly                                       ” I am planning on going to college for film to be a film-maker and get into the industry to be a director one day.”  Jade Kober                       “I am going to the University of Florida to major in business and minor in economics, but I’m not sure what I am going to do yet.”  Logan Andrade                         “I am starting college at Santa Fe and then going to study aviation to become a pilot.” Jake Barron                               “I am going to Florida State and will be majoring in physical therapy to one day be a physical therapist.” Aaron Robles                             “I am going to UNF to study my biggest interest, mechanical engineering because I loved being in the engineering academy.”   Top 5 Florida Colleges: Based on academics, admissions, financial, student life, and thousands of reviews by students that attended. University of Florida University of Miami Florida State University University of South Florida University of Central Florida Source: niche.com, U.S. Department of Education Top 5 Most Popular College Majors in 2020 Across the United States: Business and Management Nursing Psychology Biology Engineering Source: niche.com

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Episode 1: Interviewing Mrs. Milian

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The Usefulness Of School

By: Mary Vega (Web Editor)
Every student has had the moment in class when they think “Why do I need to know this?” or “I’m never going to use this when I’m an adult” and while school is important, it is true that very often the things we learn in school aren’t going to be useful to us outside of class. 
(Cover Photo: Mary Vega)

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A Dive to Remember

By: Ocean Medlock (Managing Layout Editor) and Brianna Ramos (Opinion Editor)
Underwater, calming,  peaceful, and ending the day with a license. Or that is what Maria Morcom, a junior at Nease, thought was going to happen on September 14th ,when she went to get her scuba diving license. That day, she ended up saving two free divers’ lives at risk. “Of course it changed my life, any moment in life something crazy can happen and you might have to save yourself or others and act…

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The Vertical: How It Has Changed Throughout the Years

By: Ava Harris (Happenstance Art Editor)
As Nease high school expands and changes throughout the years, so does its newspaper. The Vertical has existed for so many years, specifically since 1984. So many years that we students haven’t been here at Nease for, and for most of those years we weren’t even born yet. There’s been lots of ups and downs, and plenty of changes. Staff members have come and gone, leaving their own impact on…

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Swinging into Opening Season

By: Max Grzymkowski (Pollster)
Fall is right around the corner, and while many students will inevitably be at the local Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts, the Nease junior varsity and varsity baseball teams are out in full swing. Players train to hone their skills on the field and focus additionally on improving their relationships between other teammates and coaches…

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Got Hours?

By: Nina Findley (Copy Editor)
There are many ways to get easy service hours, maybe by even doing something you enjoy. There are no service hour requirements to graduate high school. However, if you are interested in an academic scholarship, service hours are required. For example, the Bright Futures Academic Scholarship requires that a high school student complete a minimum of 100 community service hours and the Bright Futures…

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Preview for Nease Drama’s Fall Production

By: Mackenzie Daly (Entertainment Editor) and Marco Ugalde (Web Editor)
This fall, the theatre program is performing a play called “You Can’t Take It With You.” Mr. Segal and his wonderful cast have worked very hard to make this play come to life on the Nease stage. This cast consists of twenty-two incredible actors and many more fantastic crew members. This play is about a dysfunctional family consisting of grandpa Vanderhof and his family, the Sycamores, who have very…

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Clubs! Clubs! Clubs!

By: Lynne Park (Happenstance Editor-in-Chief) and Donovan Germain (Web Editor)
As an integral part of the high school experience, every student should join a club at one time or another within their career. Luckily, Nease has hundreds of clubs to choose from. From honor societies and special interests to community-service based clubs, any Panther has the opportunity to  find their own pack within our large campus. Here are some highlights of a couple clubs here at Nease…

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Disaster in the Bahamas

By: AJ Sanchez (Staff Reporter)
On September 1st 2019 at 10:44 pm Hurricane Dorian hit the Bahamas and impacted thousands of residents in the area. Many houses were destroyed and several people were seriously injured.  The Bahamas were so heavily impacted because Hurricane Dorian hit them hard as a category 5 hurricane. Winds were blasting at 157 mph and faster over the weekend. That wasn’t even the worst part of the…

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Bring Back The Clown

By: Mia Sarmiento (Layout Editor)
The highly anticipated “It: Chapter Two” has finally been released, and unlike its predecessor, it (no pun intended) has received mixed reviews. The fan favorite “It” (2017) takes place in the small town of Derry, Maine during the summer of 1989. Local children have been reported missing, and a group of outsiders known as the Losers Club are the only ones with potential to discover the truth behind the…

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NHS Tutoring

If you need help in any of your classes, Nease’s National Honor Society is hosting tutoring sessions in the media center. You can get help during any lunch (with a lunch pass) or on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s after school from 4:00 to 5:00. This is a great way to get help from your peers who know the material you are learning!

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$1M Gift From THE PLAYERS for New Behavioral Health Program Announced at Nease

By: Maria Ribot (Editor-in-Chief) and Nicole Scarbrough (Publisher)
THE PLAYERS Championship presented $1,000,000 to the Flagler Health Care Foundation on Monday at Allen D. Nease High School to help fund the start-up of their new initiative, B.R.A.V.E, which stands for stands for “Be…

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Updates on Dorian (And Other Hurricane Tips)

By: Brady Lorch (Web Editor-in-Chief)
As Hurricane Dorian continues to move closer to Florida, it also continues to grow and grow, leaving some people increasingly worried. While all this is happening, staying up to date is crucial to staying safe and informed. It is also good to know a few tips for waiting out a hurricane if you plan to do so.
According to the National Weather Service, as of 11:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time on the 2nd of…

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Easter Attacks in Sri Lanka Claimed by ISIS

By: Brady Lorch (Sports Editor)
Although they no hold territorial sway over the Middle East, ISIS has shown that it still has the power to cause destruction when it attacked churches, hotels, and other areas across the small, island nation of Sri Lanka on Easter. Over the course of Easter Sunday, citizens of Sri Lanka were terrorized as nine bombs were detonated across the nation, killing over 200 and wounding many more. It is being reported as the…

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Nease Senior Wins First Place Award in Statewide Science Fair

By: Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief)
Last month, STEM students from all over Florida competed in the Florida State Science and Engineering Fair. Over the course of three days, more than 900 science projects from students in sixth through twelfth grade were presented at the fair. Among the winners is of Nease’s own students, senior Katherine Rodriguez. I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to ask Katherine about her experience…

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St. Johns Students to Receive 100% For Final Exam Grades

By: Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief)
Superintendent Tim Forson announced the St. Johns County School District’s new final exam grading system today, explaining that all St. Johns County students will receive the highest grade possible (100%) for all district-based final exams. Final exams account for 10% of students’ semester grades. According to school district spokeswoman Christina Langston, Forson believes this new grading system…

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St. Johns County District Exams Cancelled

By: Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief)
Superintendent Tim Forson announced last Thursday that all St. Johns County school district final exams will be cancelled, with the exception of iReady testing. Forson explains that this decision was based on significant technical difficulties encountered during the first week of computer-based exams: “Ultimately, I felt we needed to cancel the district computer-based…

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Nease Graduate Vince Covello’s Success in Golf

By: Bella Ibrahim (Managing Web Editor)
Vince Covello, a Nease High School graduate, is on his way to becoming a golfing legend. Covello played his senior year at Nease and won the state individual championship, and led the Panthers to the team title.  “I’ve been wanting to play professional golf since I was 14 years old,” he said. “I’ve done well enough over the years to stay afloat and until you stake your claim, that’s the art of it.”  Through being a…

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Welcome to Nease, Coach Drafts

By: Brady Lorch (Sports Editor)
Recently, Nease’s beloved football head coach, Tim Krause has left Nease to continue coaching at one of his old stomping grounds, Bishop Kenny High School. In his place he has left a vacancy for the football head coach position. This spot will be filled by Collin Drafts, a native of Beaufort, South Carolina. Previously the head coach of AC Flora High School in Columbia, SC, Drafts took over and led his…

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Nease Falls to Creekside

By: Brady Lorch (Sports Editor)
Recently, on the 27th of March, Nease’s baseball team lost to Creekside in extra innings. Although Nease took a lead after scoring a run in both the first and second innings, Creekside managed to tie the game and sent it into extra innings. Currently 3-0 in the district, this win over Nease helped Creekside remain undefeated in what is considered one of the hardest districts in Florida…

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Governmental Terrorists?

By: Brady Lorch (Sports Editor)
Monday, President Trump labeled the Iranian military’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps a terrorist organization. Trump has stated that by designating the I.R.G.C. as terrorists, he is “underscores the fact that Iran’s actions are fundamentally different from those of other governments.” Trump also said that this action “makes crystal clear the risks of conducting business with, or providing support to, the…

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Why the Ocean Keeps Bleeding

By: Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief)
During the summer of 2018, red waters crept up the beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. As dead sea life washed ashore and a pungent smell ran through the sea breeze, it almost seemed as if the ocean were bleeding. Indeed, Heather Barron, head veterinarian at Florida’s Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, said of the frightening conditions last August: “Anything that can leave has, and anything that couldn’t…

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A Special Thank You to Our Sponsor: The Lash Lounge

Visit their website if you are interested for prom and beyond! https://www.thelashlounge.com/fl-ponte-vedra-nocatee-town-center/

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On the Run, But Sure to be Back

By: Brady Lorch (Sports Editor)
After four years of combat, US-backed combatants have finally flushed members of ISIS out of the last village held by the radical Islamic group. After withstanding a small siege in the town of Baghuz, Syria, the final piece of ISIS controlled land was taken and this nearly 20 year war was ended. Although the ideals still live on and members are still attacking targets in the Middle East, ISIS has lost its most…

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Why did I Miss a Whole Week of School? My Experience at Space Camp

By: Maria Ribot (Managing Layout Editor)
I recently had the privilege to attend Honeywell Leadership Challenge Academy-Space Camp at the US Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This experience helped me strengthen my leadership skills as well as my ability to work in a team effectively. Not only this, but I was able to have clarity on other fields of study that I wasn’t interested in, such as space travel and exploration. However, the best…

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College Admissions Scandal

A recent event exposed just how far wealthy parents are willing to go to get their kids into good colleges.  Click here for more information

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What Being an “A”-Rated District Entails

By: Bella Ibrahim (Managing Web Editor)
Did you know that St. John’s County has received an A grade for the last nine years in a row?  Maybe you did. But what exactly does that mean?  Jackie Pappas believes it comes from “attention to students’ success so overall scores increase and opportunities become more available.”  However, she also said that it places more of an importance on test scores than the information the students are able to retain in…

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Girl’s B-Ball Slam-Dunks to States

By: Nicole Scarbrough (Art Director)
The Nease Girl’s Basketball team defeated Fort Meyers today (March 1st, 2019) with a final score of 52-40, advancing to Championships. We are keeping our fingers crossed and hope for the best as they take on Dillard at 2pm on Saturday, March 2. Currently, our Panthers are ranked 5th in the State, and 88th Nationally.

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Farewell, Coach Krause

By: Brady Lorch (Sports Editor) and Maria Ribot (Managing Layout Editor)
The Nease football coach, Tim Krause, is resigning as of next season, to be a head coach at Bishop Kenny High School. According to Krause, saying goodbye to the athletes and parents was emotional. However, he is looking forward to returning to Bishop Kenny, the place where he started his coaching career. He has stated that…

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Winter Guard: New Season, New Show

By: Brady Lorch (Sports Editor)
Now that winter is underway, Nease’s Winter Guard is competing in more and more competitions. After starting their practices in December and working hard through to the new year, Nease’s Junior Varsity and Varsity Guard team traveled to Flagler Palm Coast High School to take second place in their division. On the 2nd of February, they competed at Cypress Creek High School in Orlando, taking fourth…

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SOUPer Bowl: Great Event—Even Greater Cause

By: Hannah Favorite (Co-Publisher)
The 2019 SOUPer Bowl took place January 31 at Nease High School and raised approximately $30,000 from ticket sales and donations. Money raised at the event will be donated to Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that fills backpacks with food for children in need to take home on weekends. Tickets were sold for $25 dollars each and donations were taken as well. Each attendee was able to bring…

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Common Core is No More

By: Bella Ibrahim (Managing Web Editor)
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an Executive Order Friday afternoon finally disbanding Common Core learning styles in Florida schools. Many are on edge about the potential impact regarding this sudden change.  DeSantis assures that “It will be more geared toward knowledge than maybe just teaching to a test.” However, some parents believe abandoning the Common Core and any program like…

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Six Nease Seniors Offer Tips For Combatting Senioritis

Google defines senioritis as “a supposed affliction of students in their final year of high school or college, characterized by a decline in motivation or performance.” We asked five seniors from our staff about how they deal with their senioritis. Their answers are below…

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And… ACTION!

By: Maria Ribot (Managing Layout Editor)
The Vertical and WIRED are collaborating to make the switch of the century. Both crews will swap to see what it’s like to fulfill each other’s roles and responsibilities. In these next couple of weeks, the WIRED crew will be in the journalism room, learning how to pitch, plan, write, layout, and publish news stories. Currently, the WIRED crew is beginning to write their pitched and approved stories, which will appear…

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Nease Votes are in—and the Results are Not the Same as the Rest of FL

By: Alexander Brailsford
Although many students do not yet have the ability to legally vote, The Vertical’s mock election granted them the power to voice their preferences in this year’s midterm elections. Some pundits have labeled this year’s elections as the most important of our lifetimes, with many issues potentially arriving at the forefront of the political agenda as Democrats battle the Trump administration…

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Fans in the Stands: Issue 1

If you read our October 2018 issue, here are the digital copies of the photos from “Fans in the Stands”! Photo credit: Hannah Favorite

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Hurricane Michael Approaches NE Florida

By: Maria Ribot (Managing Layout Editor) and Bre Jarvis (Co-Editor-in-Chief)
Hurricane Michael is currently heading towards Florida’s panhandle and is expected to hit the northeast region of Florida by Wednesday afternoon and die off during Thursday morning. Winds should reach St. Johns county by tomorrow evening, October 9, at around 8:00. Hurricane and storm surge watches have been issued throughout the gulf coast of Florida, with a major…

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Paws For a Cause

By: Caroline Hunt (Revision Editor)
“PAWS For A Cause” is a club at Nease High School that was created for the 2018-2019 school year. It is a donation-based club that works to help dogs in need. The club sponsor is Mr. Binns and the officers are Ellie O’Donnell (President), Nicole Donnelly (Vice President), Cadee Etemadi (Secretary), and Caroline Hunt (Treasurer). PAWS For A Cause Vice President, Nicole Donnelly, is extremely passionate about the…

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The Gen Z of Politics

By: Denise Uy (Feature Editor)
On August 28th, a handful of Nease students were able to take their first few steps in American politics—as those who were eligible to vote were able to directly participate in American democracy for the first time in this year’s primary season. This year, Florida’s political atmosphere is in full-swing as the state prepares to elect a new governor in November, with former Governor Rick Scott (R) becoming ineligible…

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Sharks Took Over Halftime

By: Brady Lorch (Sports Editor)
During halftime at the Nease vs. Ponte Vedra game on the 24th of August at Nease High School, members of the Nease band and color guard were disappointed when they couldn’t perform their full show at this important rivalry game. The reason for this was that Ponte Vedra performed both parts of their performance when they were only supposed to perform the first part. This extended performance…

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Linked up with Leadership

By: Maria Ribot (Managing Layout Editor)
We all know that the first day of high school is a very intimidating and scary experience for all students, especially the incoming freshmen. Link Crew’s mission is to help freshmen transition into high school smoothly and also provide them with a mentor, and even a friend, to help them adapt to high school. Link crew leaders are composed of Juniors and Seniors that have gone through the application process…

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New to Nease: Exchange Students

By: Lily McKenna (Social Media Manager) and Halie Childress (Layout Editor)
For the 2018-2019 school year, Nease has a few exchange students from around the world. They have experienced things differently than us Nease-natives; however, they’re also normal kids just like all of us. We decided to interview one of these students to learn about their experiences when moving to a whole new country. In addition, we have some tips on how to better welcome an exchange student to our

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Senior Expectations vs. Reality

By: Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief)
Senior year is the greatest year of your life: unless you’re a senior, of course. Sorry to crush your dreams, but being a senior just isn’t everything you’ve dreamed up in that innocent little mind of yours. So, to help prepare you for reality, I’ve prepared a list of some of the expectations you might have about senior year vs. the reality of actually being a senior…

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Intolerance: We Won’t Tolerate It

We are so excited to announce that our very own Web Editor, Bre Jarvis, won first place in The Florida Times-Union High School Journalism Awards for her editorial piece Intolerance: We Won’t Tolerate It! It’s AMAZING, check it out below ;).

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Self-Harm. Substance Abuse. Eating Disorders.

By: Hannah Favorite (Editor-in-Chief of Happenstance) and Bailey Peacock (Marketing Manager)
Self-mutilation statistics illustrate the reality of this problem and its present danger, especially in the lives of teenagers. When one thinks of self-harm the first things to pop into their mind consist of cutting and suicide. Within recent years it has become more visible in society how often teenagers bring physical pain to

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School Security

By: Michael Savo-Matthews (Business Manager)
With the recent school shooting in Southern Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school, many teens have been led to question the security of the schools they attend. Students come to school expecting a safe environment where they can come to solely to learn and gain knowledge, but this can be jeopardized when emergency situations occur. It is very important that all students are safe…

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Recreating Cheesy Couple Photos

Were you featured in our latest Panther on the Prowl? Do you want to save a pic of you and your significant other so you can show off how good you both look on social media? Here’s a gallery of all the cheesy couple pics from our February 2018 issue. (Click on any photo to view/save full size)

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The Ugly Side of Beauty

By: Bre Jarvis (Web Editor)
If you’re like the average human being, you’ve probably found yourself at one time or another in the checkout aisle of a grocery store, flipping through an issue of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, or the like. And if you’re like 75% of teenage girls, you probably ended up feeling “depressed, guilty, and shameful” about your body after finishing. While we often hear that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it’s not hard to…

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Vegan or Vegetarian?

By: Hannah Favorite (Editor-in-Chief of Happenstance)
Millennials are all about what’s in, and currently veganism and vegetarianism are in. But are these hot trends really good for you…

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Don’t Gag the Press

By: Bre Jarvis (Web Editor)
“The Philippines’ slide towards illiberality is accelerating,” writes Washington Post writer Manuel Quezon III. The country has recently erupted in fear and confusion in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to denounce several news outlets. However, amid the protests and riots taking place in the Philippines, perhaps the United States can find itself in danger of the same fate…

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Bullying in Today’s World

By: Bella Ibrahim (News Editor)
Bullying has been a problem across the United States for a long time.  While rates of physical bullying have gone down across the past seventy years, verbal rates have stayed around the same, and new technology causes a new problem: cyberbullying.  Sixteen percent of high school students have experienced cyberbullying in just the past year, and this problem is…

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Better Together

By: Nicole Scarbrough (Sports Editor)
There has never been a more distressed time period in modern history. America has become a nation divided by an extreme difference in ideologies, to the point where a simple discussion cannot be held between either dominant party. The agreement that the government deals with domestic issues isn’t unheard of to any political party, regardless of their respective belief system. But while our foreign…

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I Remember Mama

By: Julia Jordan (Entertainment Editor)
Nease’s drama department is gearing up for their newest play, “I Remember Mama.” The play is set to premiere on October 19 and continue through October 22 in the Performing Arts Center. The Thursday, Friday, and Saturday showcases will begin at 7:00 p.m. and the Sunday showcase will begin at 2:00 pm. Tickets for the show can be purchased for $5 per ticket…

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Halloween Fun

By: Bella Ibrahim (News Editor) and Maria Ribot (Opinion Editor)
Halloween is coming up and we are going to help you plan the best party on the block…

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2017 Sports In Review

By: Hannah Favorite
Nease High school students are involved in countless sports teams, their hard-work and dedication has taken some teams to districts, states, or even nationals. After school, countless hours of practice were put into this

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The Twenty-Fourth Annual Navy Ball

By: Julia Jordan
The twenty fourth annual Navy Ball was held on April 15, 2017 at World Golf Village. Navy Ball is a formal event in which NJROTC members celebrate their time in the program and commemorate the military. Here are some pictures of some of the highlights of the night…

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Wired Takes a Win (or Three) at STN

By: Denise Uy
During the last week of March, a select group of thirteen students received the opportunity to represent Nease’s student broadcast program Wired at the Student Television Network Convention in Anaheim…

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Sports Commitments

By: Maggie McElhaney
As seniors get ready to graduate, we take a look at some of the commitments made by our senior athletes…

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27 Things to do with The Vertical

By: Fara Supre, Dasha Charapko, and Alexandra Hudson
When the time comes for a new issue of The Vertical to be distributed around school, the newspaper staff is always careful to make sure a copy is available for everyone to read. In the days after distribution, it’s always great to see people picking up the paper and reading. We also have noticed students using the paper to do other things, so to help those students who want to do more than just read it, we came up

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Senior Timeline

By: Fara Supre
“Allen D. Nease High School seniors have witnessed a lot over the past four years, from new trends to coming and going of friends each student have their own history. But what about in the broader spectrum of things? This timeline was created to show the history Nease seniors have been apart of.”
~Alex Hudson, Copy Editor, Co-contributor

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Panther Pranks

By: Taylor Leksander
With the school year coming to an end, the class of 2017 is starting to say their goodbyes to teachers, students, friends, and even the walls of Nease High School. Senior year consists of many memorable activities, one being the classic senior pranks. Since the opening year of Nease in 1981 pranks…

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Beyond Nease: Seniors After High School

By: Vikki Damon
After their graduation ceremony in May, the graduating class of 2017 will officially be making their way out of the halls of Nease High School and forging their own new paths in the world. Many seniors at Nease have shared their aspirations for themselves after they graduate: whether it is through college, trade school, professional sports, the fine arts, the military, etc…

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The Sea-sun for a Staycation

By: Natalja Gontrum
Residing in sunny Florida allows for a plethora of near-by vacation attractions. The options are seemingly limitless for those who love to travel or just visit discover beautiful places. While everyone knows that Florida is the home of Disney, Universal and a multitude of beaches, there are more options for someone seeking a bit of adventure. Following are some recommended “stay-cation” sweet spots, all…

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Retro Musical and Ghostly Comedy Take the Stage

By: Vikki Damon
Nease’s musical theatre students performed the musical “Back to the Eighties” on April 18th and 19th in the PAC. Both Mrs. Poe and Mrs. Laird’s classes participated in the production. In addition, the drama department hosted an…

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Fake News

By: Fara Supre and Dasha Charapko
Fake news. These two words are paradoxical in nature, considering that Merriam Webster Dictionary defines journalism as “writing characterized by a direct presentation of facts or description of events without an attempt at interpretation.” In other words, a proper journalist presents facts in a non-biased way — News! However, in recent times, differentiating between credible and non-credible news may not…

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Q&A with Kunze: Learn More About Our New Principal

By: Denise Uy and Alexander Brailsford
In January, St. John’s County Schools selected Lisa Kunze, the former principal at Swiss Point Middle School, to become Nease’s new principal after Mr. Dresback left. The Vertical conducted a brief Q&A with Mrs. Kunze in order to learn more about our new principal…

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Dual Enrollment: Earning College Credit in High School

By: Anna Savo-Matthews
Through Dual Enrollment, a program available to Nease’s juniors and seniors, students are able to earn both high school and college credit at the same time by taking classes at St Johns River State College. Dual Enrollment tuition is free, so many students chose to do Dual Enrollment to earn college credit and save money. Through AP classes and Dual Enrollment credits, many students go to college with a year of…

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Hey Batter Batter, SWING!

By: Bailey Peacock
Nease baseball is swinging into action; they have currently won 7 of the 12 games played.  The season began in January and will continue until May.  Nease High School boys experienced a hard loss to their strongest rival, the Ponte Vedra Sharks, during their football season, and have redeemed themselves by taking the victory in their basketball season.  Now to end the year, the baseball players were put to the…

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Beat The Test!

By: Denise Uy
As students head into 4th quarter, teachers begin to steer their classes into review mode. In addition to the stress of the usual exams, final exams usually cover a broad range of course material that students may not have retained over the course of the school year. Reviewing and preparing for every nook and cranny of a class’s course material may be tedious and unnecessary, so here are some tips and tricks to…

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2016 Celebrity Deaths

By: Vikki Damon
The year 2016 has come and gone – and it took many beloved celebrities with it. Many famous men and women passed away last year, and each one deserves to be remembered. The first notable death of the year was on January 10th, when famous musician David Bowie died at age 69 because of liver cancer. He was a singer known for hits such as; “Space Oddity”, “Ashes to Ashes”…

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Self Image

By: Natalja Gontrum
Self-image, the idea one has of one’s abilities, appearance, and personality, is a relatively simple noun which impacts almost every single part of a person’s day and life. Although self-positivity has become increasingly mainstream and highlighted by topics such as the feminist…

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Happenstance

Becoming and surviving as a high school student is not a simple task; essentially you are trying to find your sense of self in a world that pushes you in a cramped box. This is where our art and literature magazine comes in. A risk-free environment, a special place where pen or paintbrush connect with paper in the most harmonious way, you can recreate the greatest joys or pitfalls of life. In this magazine, authenticity and individuality are not only present, but they thrive.  Created by Nease students, published by Nease students, Happenstance is not just an outlet but a connector of our rather large community. Here, you will find the best or most notable Happenstance entries from the past. From alumni from 2001 to those attending Nease now, you will find that although time goes on, the high school experience hardly changes.

Welcome to the Happenstance Archive

Happenstance Pre-order Forms

Order forms should be turned in by March 10th.

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Happenstance 2019 Theme

Created by students and published by students, Happenstance is Nease’s own art and literature magazine. And it’s annual contest is starting again!

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2018 Happenstance Calendar Contest

Cover photo credit: emaze.com What is Happenstance? Happenstance is Nease High School’s student art and literature magazine. What is Happenstance‘s calendar contest? Each year, Happenstance collects student art and writing to compile a calendar. You can submit your work now for a chance to be featured in our calendar for the 2018–2019 school year. What can I submit to Happenstance? You can send us your original poetry or prose, as well as a copy or picture of one of your original art pieces. Writing submissions can be no longer than 100 words, and sculptures must be submitted as a picture. How do I submit my original work to Happenstance? First, you’ll need to grab a submission form from Mrs. Bourquin in B-108. Then, email a digital copy of your work (a typed document for writing or a picture for artwork) to [email protected] (yes, we share an email with the newspaper). Don’t forget to turn in your completed form to Mrs. Bourquin! Submissions are due on November 30. What happens once my art is submitted? We reserve the right to censor any content that we feel is inappropriate for a school publication. If any changes to your work are necessary, we will consult you—you then have the option of correcting it or withdrawing your submission. If approved, your work will be included in our calendar for the 2018–2019 school year. Once the calendars are printed, we will notify you so you can buy one at a discounted price. Will my work still be included in the calendar if I don’t win the contest? Yes—winning the contest just means that your submission was either the best literature submission or the best art submission. If you don’t win, your approved artwork will still be featured in our magazine. Happenstance looks forward to receiving your original art and writing!

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The Vertical Advertising

Nease High School’s student newspaper, The Vertical, is fully self-funded through advertising, sponsorship, and donations. Your support for The Vertical helps print the newspaper, pay funds for equipment and supplies, and provide opportunities for students outside of the classroom, including involvement in journalistic associations and competitions.

Advertising

The Vertical is published four times per year. Each issue is printed, distributed to students, and emailed to the Nease faculty and student body. Our publication schedule is subject to change, but our planned issues for the 2017–2018 school year are:

Issue Publication Date Advertising
Reservation Deadline
Advertising
Materials Deadline
Issue Highlights
Winter Issue Early December November 4th, 2020 November 18th, 2020 Back to School, holiday issue, winter break
Spring Issue Late February TBA TBA Spring Break, Before Prom, Valentines Day
Senior Issue Mid-May TBA TBA Senior Issue, After Prom

Ad Rates and Specs:

Advertisement Size Rate
 Full Page 8.25″ x 10.75″ $125
 Full Page (4 Issues) 8.25″ × 10.75″ $475
 Half Page Vertical/ Horizontal  4.125″ × 10.75″/8.25″ x 5.375″ $75
 Half Page Vertical/Horizontal (4 Issues)  4.125″ × 10.75″/8.25″ x 5.375″ $275

Current Packages:

 

The Proud Panther Package ($525):

-Full page, full color advertisement for all 4 issues of the Nease Vertical.

-Instagram post with advertisement and a 1-3 sentence description; we will post a refresher post with the release of every new issue of our publication. Please make us aware if you would like to update the advertisement and description with each post.

-Online, full color advertisement with 1-5 sentence description posted on our website, nhsvertical.com.

The Honorary Panther Package ($325):

-Half page, full color advertisement for all 4 issues of the Nease Vertical.

-Instagram post released with the distribution of the nearest issue of our publication.

-Online, full color logo posted on our website, nhsvertical.com.

Advertisements should be sent digitally as print-ready PDF files. Please email advertisement files to [email protected]

Sponsorship

If you are interested in supporting The Vertical through a sponsorship or donation, your name or your company name will appear for the remaining two issues in our Sponsor section (located on page 2) of the newspaper.

Sponsorship Levels:

Sponsorship

Font Size

Color Rate

Platinum

40

$500

Diamond

34

$250

Sapphire

28

$100

Gold

24

$75

Silver

20

$50

Bronze

18

$25

 

Current Special: Purchase a Platinum sponsorship for 2 years for the price of one!

To donate or sponsor, please download this form: Sponsor the Vertical.

Ask us about online advertising!

For more information on advertising or sponsorship’s, email our staff at [email protected] or contact our Faculty Advisor, Mrs. Bourquin.

Opinion

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The Usefulness Of School

By: Mary Vega (Web Editor)
Every student has had the moment in class when they think “Why do I need to know this?” or “I’m never going to use this when I’m an adult” and while school is important, it is true that very often the things we learn in school aren’t going to be useful to us outside of class. 
(Cover Photo: Mary Vega)

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The Usual or Reusable

By: Halie Childress (Art Director)
Small, almost clear creatures called jellyfish float around on the coast of Puerto Rico. There are similar “creatures” on the coast of Florida, but they are man-made and are hurting our environment.

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NHS Tutoring

If you need help in any of your classes, Nease’s National Honor Society is hosting tutoring sessions in the media center. You can get help during any lunch (with a lunch pass) or on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s after school from 4:00 to 5:00. This is a great way to get help from your peers who know the material you are learning!

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Why the Ocean Keeps Bleeding

By: Bre Jarvis (Editor-in-Chief)
During the summer of 2018, red waters crept up the beaches of Florida’s Gulf Coast. As dead sea life washed ashore and a pungent smell ran through the sea breeze, it almost seemed as if the ocean were bleeding. Indeed, Heather Barron, head veterinarian at Florida’s Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife, said of the frightening conditions last August: “Anything that can leave has, and anything that couldn’t…

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School Security

By: Michael Savo-Matthews (Business Manager)
With the recent school shooting in Southern Florida at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High school, many teens have been led to question the security of the schools they attend. Students come to school expecting a safe environment where they can come to solely to learn and gain knowledge, but this can be jeopardized when emergency situations occur. It is very important that all students are safe…

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The Ugly Side of Beauty

By: Bre Jarvis (Web Editor)
If you’re like the average human being, you’ve probably found yourself at one time or another in the checkout aisle of a grocery store, flipping through an issue of Vogue, Cosmopolitan, or the like. And if you’re like 75% of teenage girls, you probably ended up feeling “depressed, guilty, and shameful” about your body after finishing. While we often hear that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it’s not hard to…

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Don’t Gag the Press

By: Bre Jarvis (Web Editor)
“The Philippines’ slide towards illiberality is accelerating,” writes Washington Post writer Manuel Quezon III. The country has recently erupted in fear and confusion in response to President Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to denounce several news outlets. However, amid the protests and riots taking place in the Philippines, perhaps the United States can find itself in danger of the same fate…

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Better Together

By: Nicole Scarbrough (Sports Editor)
There has never been a more distressed time period in modern history. America has become a nation divided by an extreme difference in ideologies, to the point where a simple discussion cannot be held between either dominant party. The agreement that the government deals with domestic issues isn’t unheard of to any political party, regardless of their respective belief system. But while our foreign…

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