A round of photos from February to June at Okeeheelee Middle School. — Compiled by Daymara Vidaurre and Griela Santana.
By Priscilla Fernandez and Elizabeth Margolis
“Fear doesn’t shut you down, it wakes you up,” the almighty Four once said.
Divergent is the new Hunger Games.
It’s about a girl named Beatrice Prior who lives in a society where the people are divided into 5 groups called factions according to their qualities. There is Abnegation, the selfless; Candor, the honest; Dauntless, the brave; Erudite, the intelligent; and Amity, the peaceful. (As you might guess, the character Four belongs to Dauntless.)
Once children turn 16, they take an aptitude test to see what faction they belong in.
Beatrice (Tris) was born into Abnegation, but after taking her aptitude test, she finds out that she is Divergent, meaning that she has qualities relating to more than one faction. Tris has a brother named Caleb, who is a natural at being selfless. He can do it without even thinking about it. Not so much Tris, though. She wants to be free — to be able to do whatever she wants when she wants something that Abnegation prohibits.
After all the 16-year-olds have taken the aptitude test comes the Choosing Ceremony, which is when the teens select the factions they wish to be in. The factions that Tris qualifies for are Erudite, Dauntless and Abnegation. If you want to find out which one she chooses, read the book!
The story unfolds in a dystopian version of Chicago, and romance develops amid the drama and the action.
If you like the first book, there are also two more that you can read: Insurgent and Allegiant. All three written by the great Veronica Roth. This book gets a total of 5 stars!
This fabulous novel made it to the big screen on March 21. Obviously some things were changed or left out in the movie, but that’s what always happens. Because of this, we give the movie 4 stars. It’s recommended that you read the book before watching the movie because it gives more information.
Like Roth says, “Becoming fearless isn’t the point. That’s impossible. It’s learning how to control your fear, and how to be free from it.”
By Jessica Hurtado
Have you ever been to the Big Apple? Well, if you haven’t, then you should go to the South Florida Fair. It might not be New York, but it’s close, since that’s the theme of the 2014 fair.
Held at the fairgrounds from Jan. 17-Feb. 2, the fair will feature a Statue of Liberty sculpted from sand, a replica of the Empire State Building, and concerts by performers such as Cassadee Pope, Craig Morgan, and Eddie Money. It will also offer skating, both performances on ice and skating for visitors on a non-ice rink.
Fair entry costs $8 for kids 6 to 11, and the price for those 12 to 59 is $15. Ride wristbands run $25.
By Priscilla Fernandez and Alexa Grochowski
Brrrr! Frozen, released Nov. 27, stars Idina Menzel as Elsa and Kristen Bell as Anna (Elsa’s younger sister). Elsa has majestic ice powers that she can’t control very well.
One day, when Elsa and Anna are playing with Elsa’s powers, Elsa accidentally strikes Anna with ice. The only way to cure it is to remove her memories of Elsa having powers. Elsa is also kept away from people so that she won’t hurt anybody.
Many years later, on Elsa’s coronation day, she is nervous because she doesn’t want to reveal her powers. Anna, however, is happy for the gates of the castle to be opened so she can meet her true love. She meets Prince Hans of the Southern Isles and falls instantly in love. At Elsa’s coronation party, Anna and Hans sneak away and he proposes. She answers yes and goes to ask Elsa to bless their marriage.
Elsa gets really angry and doesn’t allow Anna to marry Hans. In fact, she gets so angry, her ice powers are unleashed. She runs away, frightened that people will try to hurt her. She freezes all of Arendelle, and Anna sets out to find her.
It’s worth seeing this movie to find out the rest… We found it quite entertaining.
By Maria Gibson
Four o’clock, time for tea! On Thursday afternoon, GEMS had a fancy and fabulous tea party.
About 30 students, teachers, guidance counselors, and guests attended the tea, where girls were served cookies, sandwiches, and tea in china teacups. The pretty presentation included tablecloths and flowers.
The tea party was done to show a group of young women etiquette such as how to sit and hold a teacup in the proper position.
“We’re very excited to teach the girls,” said teacher Elizabeth Gonzales of GEMS.
“Elegance is everything,” seventh-grader Gabi Douthat said.
GEMS is a mentoring program for girls and women to promote positive self-esteem and a female role. Membership is by invitation only, with adult members sponsoring or two girls each year.
May 31, 2013. Call it a memory-making night. Eighth-graders looking their sparkling best turned out for their formal dance at Wycliffe Country Club.
A DJ kept the dance floor packed. The father of eighth-grader Richard Castro played bongos and conga drums. Then there was the sit-down dinner — Ceasar salad, lasagna, chicken parmesan, ice cream with brownies, and a cake with a photo of the Class of 2013 to top it off.
Principal David Samore and his wife attended, and teachers Jeff Shocket and Elizabeth Gonzales shared their first prom dance as an engaged couple. But the moment that capped them all? That would have been the crowning of Prom Queen Samantha O’Hagan.
By Naima Garcia
Heart racing, fist pumping, exhilarating, fantastic experience. In other words, Gradventure.
I had the time of my life going on rides like the Dragon Challenge in Harry Potter world and the Hulk, my favorite one by far. I highly recommend it to incoming eighth graders because not only is it a great time to spend with your friends, but while you’re there you, discover more about yourself than you ever knew. You find the adventurer in you, the thrill seeker.
Of 500 students registered to audition for all-district band from all over the county, three were from Okeeheelee. Two of the three — Samuel Calzada Luna, who plays bass clarinet, and Matthew Orlandi, who plays French horn — made the band. District band members rehearsed for a full day and then put on a concert at Dwyer High on May 3.
By Schweivensy Metellus
For a long time, I never knew I could dance. I learned that at Okeeheelee Middle Schol while I was in class dancing out of nowhere. My history teacher, Elena Garcia, asked me if I wanted to join her dance class. I hadn’t known the school had a dance class and wondered if I was a good enough dancer to join her class. I said YES! The first day I stepped into the dance class, so many things were going through my head: Am I cut out for this? What will the kids think of me when I walk in? Read more . . .
By Naima Garcia
A man dressed from head to toe all in green arrives at your doorstep to take you away to a faraway land. Do you take his invitation?
That’s what September, the heroine in The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, did. In this book you will encounter some peculiar characters such as a dragon-like creature with an enticing interest in books, a boy who grants wishes and a girl made of soap. September embodies the true hero in us all when there are times of trouble both in Fairyland and in the real world. Read more . . .
Students from winning houses celebrated with treats at lunchtime on June 5th – pizza, dessert pies, and cookies. The winners had gathered awards in two competitions – one based on the GPA of students in each house, and the second based on the May academic games competition. Students at Okeeheelee are organized into all-male and all-female houses, or groups, that are led by teachers, and they compete in activities throughout the school year. The winners of the GPA competition were the Zack and Dell houses for first, and the Thomas, Wellman, Parraga, and Winston houses for second. In the academic competition, the Dell and Rojas houses placed first, and the Douglas, Santiago, and Valdes houses came in second.
Warm Bodies is a must-see film. It has humor and a romantic story line with a zombie twist. You hear the voice in the zombie’s head, and his thoughts seem to be humorous.
As students being 12 or 13 years old, we may not be able to fully connect with the movie because the events that take place are for an older audience. We can mostly agree that people love zombie movies. Read more . . .
By Ryan Krieger
Les Miserables was a phenomenal movie. The story is about this guy named Jean Valjean and life during the French revolutionary war. Basically, you need to love music in order to see and understand this movie. Les Miserables just won three Oscars: supporting actress (Anne Hathaway), sound mixing, and hair styling and makeup. The story takes place between 1815 and 1832. Read more . . .
New Super Mario Bros. U is a great game for the new Wii U gaming console. The game features our very own Mario and Luigi [and the two Toads], who yet again set out to save Princess Peach from the clutches of the evil Bowser. But this time, they find themselves in a strange new world. Read more . . .