This course serves as the Newspaper Production and may provide students insights into college and career choices. This course is designed to enable students to learn the art and craft of reporting, writing, and presenting the news. Students will focus on the philosophy of strong ethical journalism, the roles for a publication, organizational and teamwork skills, and finally, the structural as well as business aspects of a school news publication. You will practice journalism, writing articles in a variety of styles and publishing them online. Classes will include discussions, workshops, group and individual meetings, writing, revising, and publishing. Periodically you will read and discuss recently published articles that have appeared in print or online. • Students are required to meet assigned deadlines for in class publications. • Attendance to outside events (games, lectures, dances, plays, etc.) to cover assigned stories is mandatory. • Students are expected to uphold a positive and respectful attitude. • All interviews are to be conducted in person, unless otherwise approved. You may find yourself with several days to accomplish any number of things before deadline: conducting an interview outside of class, editing a draft of an article you’ve written, submitting a draft for online publication, researching your next story, and so forth. Students are expected to make use of the class time for journalism projects only. Finally: journalism is, among other things, an exploration of the world outside oneself. As you generate writing topics, avoid focusing on things about which you have already formed an opinion. Generate assignments that will force you to learn about things you don’t already know, or see things in a new way, from a new perspective.

Palmetto High School Shadowed by 8th Graders

By: Kylie Adams & Shelby Watson                     Staff Reporters

8th graders from various high schools across the county flooded Palmetto High School today, the 3rd of February, and witnessed their first experience of high school.  Palmetto High School is popularly referred to with negative remarks, and parents fear gang-related activity in the schools. (more…)


Superbowl XLIX: You Be The Judge

By Brandon Keslar           Sports Reporter

We are days away from the most watched sports event in the country, the Super Bowl, and this year we get to see two of the most talented teams in NFL history square off for this year’s Lombardi Trophy.

Those teams are the Seattle Seahawks and Denver Broncos, the top seeds in their respective conferences, and too much talent on their rosters to talk about.  (more…)

“Carrie”: Movie Review *Spoiler Alert*

By: Daniele Grutzner          Staff Reporter

            As I went into the Movie Theater with my giant drink and bag of popcorn, I excitedly sat down, watching the advertisements flash by on the big screen, waiting for the ten o’clock premiere to start. In no time the lights in the house went down and the movie started. My eyes lit up as the movie title flashed across the screen in big, bloody letters: ‘CARRIE’. After about an hour and a half of bloody images, dry humor, and a twisted story line, I was left riveted by what I had just seen. I can certainly say that Carrie is well worth watching.

Season 4 Premire Of ‘The Walking Dead’ Leaves Viewers Wanting Answers

    By: Emily O'Connell     Staff Reporter

After three seasons of zombie killing and a series of dramatic events, the AMC show, The Walking Dead, returned on Walking Dead Season 4Sunday, October 13th. This first episode was titled 30 Days Without An Accident’ and was the perfect start for the fourth season- as it involved new plot lines, characters, and zombies.

Spoiler Alert: only read past this point if you’ve seen the episode!


Cross Country Team Optimistic This Season

By: Sarah Keisacker         Staff Reporter

“Miles and miles…” said cross country captain Adam Lester.cross country

Cross Country consists of running a race of 3.1 miles on a designated clearly marked course. Generally, flags mark the course that is to be run by the racers. A red flag indicates a left turn, a yellow flag indicates a right turn, and a blue flag directs the racers straight ahead. The course must be at least three feet in width and may not have anything that could trip the runner or cause them to roll an ankle. (more…)

Chemical Warfare in Syria Hits Close to Home

By: Shelby Watson             Staff Reporter

Thousands of Syrians have lost their lives due to the conflict between the Assad Regime and the Syrian rebels. The conflict0423-syria-chemical-weapons_full_600 arose in March of 2011 in the small town of Daraa, Syria, when security forces reportedly open-fired on protestors. Anti-Assad protests broke out in other towns and cities and the government turned to military force to crush the protests. On August 21st, 2013, the Syrian government launched a chemical weapons attack close to Damascus- the capital of Syria- and killed approximately 1,429 people, including 426 children. (more…)

Pretty Little Liar’s Halloween Episode Shocks Viewers

By: Sarah Rindermann         Staff Reporter

SPOILER ALERT: only read if you have watched the episode.PLL-Season-4

If you heard that four girls are being stalked and tormented by an anonymous “A”, your first instinct would be to call the cops, right? Not in the cases of Aria, Hanna, Spencer, and Emily, otherwise known as the Pretty Little Liars. Calling the cops could mean death, and “A” is serious.

Fans have been anticipating the return of Pretty Little Liars (more…)

Gravity Keeps You On The Edge Of Your Seat

By: Shelby Watson      Staff Reporter

Sandra Bullock shined like a star in her latest movie, Gravity. The film is about two astronautsGravity that are repairing the Hubble Space Telescope. Ultimately, debris from various satellites orbiting Earth strike the spacecraft the two scientists are on, as well as the telescope they are repairing. The two scientists, Dr. Ryan Stone (Bullock) and Matt Kowalski (George Clooney) get separated from each other during the wreck, but end up reuniting after the longest few minutes of their lives. (more…)

Howl-O-Scream 2013 Review

By: Kylie Adams      Staff Reporter

Howl-O-Scream- a much anticipated autumn event for Florida residents and tourists around the country- celebrHowl-O-Screamates its 13th year this Halloween. With ‘13’ being the famous dreaded unlucky number, the theme is centered around thirteen different evils that roam the park and raise the hair on the back of your neck. The thirteen characters go as follows:

  • #1 The Possessed- I only saw one of these actors throughout the entire park, though talented, the actress/contortionist was too busy being creepy and doing her own thing to actually bother sneaking up and scaring guests.
  • #2 The Torturer- With an entire ‘scare zone’ dedicated to this character, it was frightening beyond compare. The realistic weaponry and torture instruments assured me that my choice of running and screaming was the right one.
  • #3 The Hunter- I would like to go ahead and state that I was personally victimized by the hunter and he is absolutely terrifying. Though there were only a few of these actors, the real weaponry (without ammo) proved as frightening enough for me. (more…)