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Nease’s New Dance

By: Abbi Donaldson (Wired Correspondent)
Traditionally, boys ask girls to school dances, but this year there’s a twist. Nease is having it’s first ever MORP, inspired by “Sadies Hawkins” dances. MORP is not just “prom” backwards, but also the exact opposite of it. For this dance, the girls have to ask the guys to be their date. Nease’s new dance will be held on February 8 in the gym. 

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Holiday Cookies

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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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NHS Vertical: How It Has Changed Throughout the Years

By: Ava Harris (Happenstance Art Editor)
As Nease high school expands and changes throughout the many years, so does its newspaper. The Nease 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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Second Disasters – When Aiding Countries Fail

By: Tyler Heineman (Staff Reporter/Photographer)
If you have never heard of second disasters before, it’s what humanitarian workers call it when countries affected by natural disasters fail to get the aid that they need. This affects countries greatly, as without aid from organizations, residents of that country are unable to sustain themselves for long, enacting harsh reactions such as emigration from their native country…

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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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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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NHS Tutoring

If you need help in any of your classes, Nease’s National Honor Society is doing

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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