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Rush Week provides club information

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For those new to campus or anyone looking to get involved, check out Rush Week, Aug. 23 to Aug. 25, during A and B lunch.

Rush Week, an annual event hosted during the second week of school, provides clubs an opportunity to advertise their organization to recruit new members. Club members are present to talk to students who are interested in joining. Rush Week allows students, especially freshmen, to see the variety of extra-curricular activities offered on campus.

“I think [Rush Week] is important because we have [45] clubs on campus and that gives students a variety to choose from,” Student Government Association sponsor Cassandra Stilwell said. “Hopefully, there is one or two clubs a student can join where they can have a close group of friends to finish high school out with while doing something that interests them.”

At Rush Week, Gay-Straight Alliance co-president Tyler Locke hopes to send the message that GSA is a positive and equal environment.

“[GSA] is a safe space for those who don’t normally have somewhere they can be themselves,” Locke said. “I’m excited for this year to be able to create a close knit group and being able to provide the safe space and community Boone needs.”

Whether your interests are in baking or science, there is a club offered for all students. Here is a list of all clubs one can find at Rush Week:

Always Wear Your Seatbelt

Sponsor: Donna Patz

Room: 13.217

Anime Club

Sponsor: Wendy Ernest

Room: 505

Art Club

Sponsor: Cathy Rohe

Room: 11.111 or 11.105

ASL

Sponsor: Monica Bourret

Room: 212

Athletic Training

Sponsor: Molly Carver

Room: 7.120

Baking Braves

Sponsor: Jennalyn Patton

Room: 847

BARC

Sponsor: Stephanie Schields

Room: 13.116

Baseball Babes

Sponsor: Glenn Listort

Room: 558

Boone Crew

Sponsor: Jennifer Caperton

Room: 314

Boone Publications

Sponsor: Renee Burke

Room: 224

Bravettes

Sponsor: Ashley Mullins, Chelsea Harmon

Room: 215, cafeteria

Chess Club

Sponsor: Nicole Moitoza

Environmental Club

Sponsor: Wendy Ernest

Room: 505

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Sponsor: Jennifer Caperton

Room: Jr/Sr Cafeteria

Fishing Club

Sponsor: Rick Houston

Room: 100

French Club

Sponsor: Safia Mami

Room: 10.205

French Honor Society

Sponsor: Safia Mami

Room: 10.205

Freshman Class

Sponsor: Jamie Bortner

Room: 580

Frisbee Gold

Sponsor: Monica Bourret

Room: 212

Garden Club

Sponsor: Lisa Maccarone

Room: 563

Gay-Straight Alliance

Sponsor: Monica Bourret

Room: 212

HOSA

Sponsor: Lis Smith

Room: 212

Interact Club

Sponsor: Lisa Maccarone

Room: 563

International Futbol Club

Sponsor: Danielle Heath

Room: 122

Junior Class

Sponsor: Jillian Rodriguez

Room: 555

Junior State of America

Sponsor: Jill Mollenhauer

Room: 315

Key Club

Sponsor: Kelly Morales

Room: 229

Magic: The Gathering Club

Sponsor: Joseph Bouchard

Room: 13.101

Math Club

Sponsor: Teresa Tachon

Room: 13.207

Mock Trial

Sponsor: John Dempsey

Room: 851

Mu Alpha Theta

Sponsor: Teresa Tachon

Room: 13.207

National Honor Society

Sponsor: Teresa King

Room: Jr/Sr cafeteria

Ocean Activists Club

Sponsor: Lisa Maccarone

Room: 563

Programming Team

Sponsor: James Mitchell

Room: 232

Quentin Tarantino Film Club

Sponsor: Kelly Mahler

Room: 215

Science Olympiad

Sponsor: Colleen Dugan

Room: 226

Senior Class

Sponsor: Annette Montgomery

Room: 234

Student Government Association

Sponsor: Jennifer Hines

Room: 560

Sophomore Class

Sponsor: Lisa Maccarone

Room: 563

Spanish Club

Sponsor: Priscilla Carrera

Room: 10.204

Spanish National Honor Society

Sponsor: Maria Cubero

Room: 10.203

The Breakfast Club

Sponsor: Felicia Freitag

Room: 105

Young Democrats

Sponsor: Monica Bourret

Room: 212

Young Republicans

Sponsor: Mike Hibbard

Room: 13.109

Health codes stop Trading Post food sales

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TradingPostBeginning tomorrow, students can no longer purchase the sweet beverages and snacks they often crave mid-day. Due to new federal health guidelines, the Trading Post will no longer open during lunch to provide the desired snacks.  

This year, all Orange County schools must follow the “2015 Eat Smart Nutrition Standards,” which monitors the nutritional value of all food sold on school campuses.

“Last year, this policy was supposed to be in place. As the new guy, I was able to hold off this change,” Principal Dusty Johns said. “But this year, we couldn’t avoid this anymore. We needed to make this change.”

By district standard protocol, outside vendors, such as Boone High School Athletic Association, are not allowed to compete with cafeteria food sales. The cafeteria will continue to sell snacks and beverages that are within the health codes.

“Hopefully students will settle for eating the healthier food,” Johns said. “All the food has to meet national standards. We can sell Gatorade, but it has to be smaller and sugar-free. We can sell PopTarts, but they have to be whole-grain.”

Without the demand to keep the Trading Post open daily, it will only be open on select days, such as football game days and Open House night, where the Post will sell spirit attire. The exact schedule is still being determined.

“[No longer selling food] will not cause any major disruptions in the BHSAA finances,” Athletics Director Kevin Demer said.  “We are actually putting together a BHSAA online store for athletic apparel and other related items that will cover any loss of food money. There were not many sales of the apparel during the school year, so this way, community members will have easier access to items that were normally only sold during lunches.”

Alongside the other changes on campus this upcoming year like the one-to-one initiative and no-cell-phone policy, the administration expects overall negative student reaction but positive outcomes.

“[Students] will be shocked and disappointed. I want them to realize change is a part of life. We needed to comply with a policy that we cannot change,” Johns said.  ‘It is not the end of the world. If they want to still have unhealthy snacks, they will just need to bring them from home.”

Van’s Warped Tour 2016 Review

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Orlando-based Felicity jams out as the first act on Journey's Left Foot stage.
JAMMIN’. Orlando-based Felicity jams out as the first act on Journey’s Left Foot stage. photo/Carston Carasella

Showcasing talent from the full spectrum of modern rock music, Van’s Warped Tour 2016 offered participants an enthralling and entertaining experience not soon forgotten.  Hosted at Tinker Field next to Camping World Stadium (formly known as the Citrus Bowl) on July 2, the music festival attracted thousands of fans to listen to over 75 bands ranging from punk to ska and metalcore.  The event ran from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Lines started forming early that Saturday morning around 7:45 and wrapped around the Citrus Bowl.  Outside the event, vendors peddled their wares and several animal right’s activists went around to those in line offering to preach their mission and hand out informational packets.  While the main line was for those who bought a regular ticket online or at a venue, there were secondary lines for those with guest, VIP, vendor and volunteer passes.  Security was tight but fluid as they moved through the line at a rapid pace once the first set of doors opened around 9:45.

Around 10:30 the field’s doors unlocked and attendees were greeted with rows upon rows of clothing vendors, merchandise representatives and food stalls.  Scattered among the vendors were the seven stages that the bands would play on.  Bands were assigned to a stage based on popularity and general importance.  For instance, Yellowcard and Sum 41 were assigned to the first main stage because of their popularity while lesser known groups like Ghost Town and Young Guns played on the stages not sponsored by Monster Energy or Journey’s.  Security for these shows was in strong force as groups of guards stood in front of every stage to catch crowd-surfers and protect the photographers.

Of the shows that I got a chance to see Yellowcard was by far the best.  The band knew how important they were to their fans and the tour itself, and the amount of people that came out to see them was further testament to that.  The group formed in ‘97 and built up a rabid fan base over the course of their successful career.  The band opened and closed with two of their biggest hits, “With You Around” and “Ocean Avenue.”  During the middle of their set, frontman Ryan Key made the announcement that the band’s 10th and final studio album would be releasing this November, much to the audience’s excitement and dismay.

Yellowcard had one of the early sets at 11:30 on the Journey’s Left Foot stage.  Both Journey’s and Monster Energy had two stages directly next to each other, so while one stage performed the other would soundcheck and prepare to play a half hour later.  This was not the case for the other three stages as they were spread apart from one another and did not have to worry about overpowering their neighbors. About halfway through the day overcast skies gave way to a light rain, but the absence of lightning meant that the performances continued as normal.  Around 5 p.m. the rains finally cleared and those seeking shelter underneath Camping World Stadium rejoined the festival.

Van’s Warped Tour 2016 was one of the best music festivals I’ve attended.  The attendees were well-behaved and the music was fantastic.  It was an overall positive and uplifting environment for those who were fans of the genres represented, and the fluidity of each transition and set meant that there was never a dull moment throughout the entire day.

Van’s Warped Tour 2016 Preview

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Punk takes Central Florida by storm this Saturday, July 2 as the 21st annual Van’s Warped Tour music festival makes it routine stop at Tinker Field.  Showcasing over 75 artists from the punk and pop-punk scene, legendary artists like Yellowcard, Good Charlotte, Neck Deep and Sum 41 will perform at the festival.

Sponsored by Journeys, Monster Energy, and of course Vans, each major sponsor will have their own stage at the event along with two other non-sponsored stages.  Tickets cost $40 plus service fees.  One complimentary ticket will be offered at the event to any parent chaperoning a minor during the event. Transportation for the event can be found through taxi services such as Uber, Lyft or Rallybus.  Self-parking is also an option.  No alcohol, firearms, knives, recording devices, or illegal substances are allowed at the show.

Starting in 1995 Warped Tour is North America’s longest running touring music festival, the United State’s largest music festival, and has showcased everything from rock to metalcore and hip hop.  Known for drawing outrageous crowds and massive success, notable bands like Rage Against the Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Deftones, Eminem, and Green Day have performed within the festival.  The festival is know for skyrocketing the careers of previously unknown bands, as legendary artists like My Chemical Romance, Blink-182, Paramore and Katy Perry all found their big breaks through performances on the Tour.

At its roots the Tour is a festival for teenagers who enjoy punk music, so as a result the bands that perform on the Tour represent who’s popular in the eyes of the teen punk scene.   This year’s biggest headliners would have to be Sum 41 Good Charlotte and Yellowcard, all of which have been staples of the punk scene since the mid 90’s.  Newer bands like Neck Deep, From Ashes to New, Issues, and Falling in Reverse are also expected to draw in the masses.

Orlando chooses love amist deadly shooting.

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On the early morning of June 12, a lone gunman (whose name we are not printing) opened fire in the Pulse night club on Orange Avenue. His actions took the lives of 49 people and injured 50 others.  This event marked the deadliest massacre in United States history.

While this was a sad time for us, the event showed Orlando that these horrors can happen anywhere. Rather than divide this city, it brought it closer together. Ultimately, we have to remember to #LetLoveWin #NoHate.

Throughout Orlando, churches and city officials organized vigils to remember the fallen and injured to help our city heal. Other countries, states and cities sent their condolences and memorabilia to show their solidarity.  Items from the makeshift memorials will go to the Orlando History Center, who will house the pieces until an official memorial exists. The pictures above are from outside the Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center.

It will be years until our city is whole again, but we will be. This tragedy has shown our grit and our will, but healing takes time.

While we recover, let us never forget those who lost their lives.

Stanley Almodovar III, 23 years old

Amanda Alvear, 25 years old

Oscar A Aracena-Montero, 26 years old

Rodolfo Ayala-Ayala, 33 years old

Antonio Davon Brown, 29 years old

Darryl Roman Burt II, 29 years old

Angel L. Candelario-Padro, 28 years old

Juan Chevez-Martinez, 25 years old

Luis Daniel Conde, 39 years old

Cory James Connell, 21 years old

Tevin Eugene Crosby, 25 years old

Deonka Deidra Drayton, 32 years old

Simon Adrian Carrillo Fernandez, 31 years old

Leroy Valentin Fernandez, 25 years old

Mercedez Marisol Flores, 26 years old

Peter O. Gonzalez-Cruz, 22 years old

Juan Ramon Guerrero, 22 years old

Paul Terrell Henry, 41 years old

Frank Hernandez, 27 years old

Miguel Angel Honorato, 30 years old

Javier Jorge-Reyes, 40 years old

Jason Benjamin Josaphat, 19 years old

Eddie Jamoldroy Justice, 30 years old

Anthony Luis Laureanodisla, 25 years old

Christopher Andrew Leinonen, 32 years old

Alejandro Barrios Martinez, 21 years old

Brenda Lee Marquez McCool, 49 years old

Gilberto Ramon Silva Menendez, 25 years old

Kimberly Morris, 37 years old

Akyra Monet Murray, 18 years old

Luis Omar Ocasio-Capo, 20 years old

Geraldo A. Ortiz-Jimenez, 25 years old

Eric Ivan Ortiz-Rivera, 36 years old

Joel Rayon Paniagua, 32 years old

Jean Carlos Mendez Perez, 35 years old

Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25 years old

Jean C. Nives Rodriguez, 27 years old

Xavier Emmanuel Serrano Rosado, 35 years old

Christopher Joseph Sanfeliz, 24 years old

Yilmary Rodriguez Solivan, 24 years old

Edward Sotomayor Jr., 34 years old

Shane Evan Tomlinson, 33 years old

Martin Benitez Torres, 33 years old

Jonathan Antonio Camuy Vega, 24 years old

Juan P. Rivera Velazquez, 37 years old

Luis S. Vielma, 22 years old

Franky Jimmy Dejesus Velazquez, 50 years old

Luis Daniel Wilson-Leon, 37 years old

Jerald Arthur Wright, 31 years old

Review: Florida Prize in Contemporary Art

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In its third year, the Orlando Museum of Art’s Florida Prize in Contemporary Art exhibition highlights some of Florida’s most innovative artists. The show includes 10 artists from around the state with one artist chosen to win the top prize.

This year’s winner, Noelle Mason from Tampa, creates works in multiple mediums. Her works highlighted in the exhibition are textiles in the form of tapestries and cross stitch. One piece that stands out called “Nothing much happened today (for Eric and Dylan),” this piece is a cross stitch in cotton of an image from the surveillance camera during the Columbine school shootings. This provocative work stands out because it is extremely detailed with a difficult subject.

Mason has other pieces to go with her Columbine tapestry including an installation piece of cross stitch replicas of one of the shooter’s journal pages onto vintage handkerchiefs next to a desk made from crystals.

Walking into one gallery, large-scale beautifully painted portraits overwhelm the viewer. Michael Vasquez from St. Petersburg, paints uncommon and intimate portraits of gang members and troubled youth that gives the museum visitor a sneak peak into the world of Vasquez’s youth.

Painted QR codes reveals a secret message from Kyle Trowbridge. Photo/ Andrea Kalis
Painted QR codes reveals a secret message from Kyle Trowbridge. photo/Andrea Kalis

The exhibition includes interactive pieces that have the viewer engaged using QR codes and touchscreen tablets throughout the galleries.  One artist, Kyle Trowbridge from Coral Gables, paints colorful geometric patterns with hidden QR codes for the viewer to find. When scanned, the codes reveal a secret message from the artist.

Overall this exhibition is thought-provoking and entertaining. The Florida Prize in Contemporary Art at the Orlando Museum of Art will be on display until Aug. 14, admission is is $10 for adults, $5 for children and teens ages 4-17 and free for museum members.

Refreshing Summer Lemon Cake

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New lemonWith summer just a couple weeks away, everyone needs a light, refreshing dessert. This lemon cake is a delicious treat for any summer day.

Ingredients:

  • 1½ cup flour
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) package of instant lemon pudding mix
  • ½ tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. softened butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. lemon extract
  • ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • zest of one lemon

For frosting:

  • 3 tbsp. softened butter
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. lemon extract

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line the bottom of a 5 x 9 loaf pan with a piece of waxed paper. (With a pencil, trace the bottom of the pan on a piece of waxed paper and cut out with scissors.) Spray the pan and waxed paper with non-stick baking spray, then set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, pudding mix, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. With an electric mixer, combine the eggs, sugar, butter, vanilla, lemon extract, lemon juice, oil and yogurt. Mix until evenly combined.
  4. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet, making sure to stop and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  5. Add the lemon zest and mix until combined.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out crumb free.
  7. After baking, let the cake cool in the pan for 5-10 minutes. Run a knife around the sides of the pan, flip the pan and remove, remembering to remove the waxed paper from the bottom. Cool completely on a cooling rack.

Frosting Directions:

  1. Combine the butter, lemon juice and lemon extract with electric mixer. Gradually add the powdered sugar, and beat until smooth and creamy.
  2. Evenly spread the frosting over the top of the cake.
  3. Refrigerate to let frosting set completely before slicing. Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container.

This cake creates a tasty treat for the whole family to enjoy on a hot summer day. Recipe from lilluna.com

Disney Channel launches a movie marathon

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Fans, prepare for a throwback. Tomorrow, Disney Channel will begin its quest to air every single Disney Channel Original Movie at 10 a.m. in honor of the 100th DCOM premier on June 24, Adventures in Babysitting.

Here is the full schedule of the DCOM movie-thon:

Friday, May 27

10 a.m. – Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
11:20 a.m. – Read It and Weep
12:55 p.m. – Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
2:40 p.m. – Jump In!
4:15 p.m. – Lemonade Mouth
6:15 p.m. – Zapped
8 p.m. – High School Musical 2
9:55 p.m. – The Cheetah Girls 2
11:45 p.m. – Zenon the Zequel

Saturday, May 28

1:25 a.m. – Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
2:55 a.m. – Twitches Too
4:25 a.m. – Alley Cats Strike!
6:25 a.m. – You Wish!
8:05 a.m. – The Proud Family Movie
9:50 a.m. – Quints
11:25 a.m. – Horse Sense
1:10 p.m. – Cow Belles
2:50 p.m. – Twitches
4:30 p.m. – The Even Stevens Movie
6:15 p.m. – Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie
8 p.m. – Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam
9:50 p.m. – Princess Protection Program
11:30 p.m. – The Cheetah Girls: One World

Sunday, May 29

1:05 a.m. – Zenon: Z3
2:40 a.m. – Halloweentown High
4:20 a.m. – The Thirteenth Year
6 a.m. – Right on Track
7:45 a.m. – Full-Court Miracle
9:35 a.m. – Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off
11:20 a.m. – Brink!
1:10 p.m. – Double Teamed
2:55 p.m. – Rip Girls
4:35 p.m. – Motocrossed
6:20 p.m. – Cloud 9
8 p.m. – Teen Beach 2
9:55 p.m. – Bad Hair Day
11:40 p.m. – How to Build a Better Boy

Monday, May 30

1:20 a.m. – Pixel Perfect
2:55 a.m. – The Other Me
4:30 a.m. – Genius
10 a.m. – Stuck in the Suburbs
11:30 a.m. – Halloweentown
1:05 p.m. – Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
2:55 p.m. – Smart House
4:25 p.m. – High School Musical
6:15 p.m. – Camp Rock
8:00 p.m. – Descendants
10:05 p.m. – Teen Beach Movie
11:55 p.m. – Cadet Kelly

Tuesday, May 31

1:50 a.m. – The Cheetah Girls
3:35 a.m. – Johnny Tsunami

Following Memorial Day weekend, Disney Channel will air two DCOMs a day at 12 a.m. and 2 a.m., leading up to Adventures in Babysitting.

Wednesday, June 1

12 a.m. – Return to Halloweentown
2 a.m. – Can of Worms

Thursday, June 2

12 a.m. – Going to the Mat
2 a.m. – Miracle in Lane 2

Friday, June 3

12 a.m. – The Suite Life Movie
2 a.m. – A Ring of Endless Light

Saturday, June 4

12 a.m. – Invisible Sister
2 a.m. – Now You See It

Sunday, June 5

12 a.m. – Girl vs. Monster
2 a.m. – Phantom of the Megaplex

Monday, June 6

12 a.m. – Tru Confessions
2 a.m. – Tiger Cruise

Tuesday, June 7

12 a.m. – Mom’s Got a Date With a Vampire
2 a.m. – Under Wraps

Wednesday, June 8

12 a.m. – Den Brother
2 a.m. – Go Figure

Thursday, June 9

12 a.m. – Avalon High
2 a.m. – Jett Jackson: The Movie

Friday, June 10

12 a.m. – Minutemen
2 a.m. – Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension

Saturday, June 11

12 a.m. – The Poof Point
2 a.m. – Up, Up and Away

Sunday, June 12

12 a.m. – Life is Ruff
2 a.m. – Hounded

Monday, June 13

12 a.m. – Ready to Run
2 a.m. – The Jennie Project

Tuesday, June 14
12 a.m. – The Scream Team
2 a.m. – Don’t Look Under the Bed

Wednesday, June 15
12 a.m. – The Color of Friendship
2 a.m. – Buffalo Dreams

Thursday, June 16
12 a.m. – Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas!
2 a.m. – Hatching Pete

Friday, June 17
12 a.m. – The Ultimate Christmas Present
2 a.m. – ‘Twas the Night

Saturday, June 18
12 a.m. – StarStruck
2 a.m. – Geek Charming

Sunday, June 19
12 a.m. – Johnny Kapahala: Back on Board
2 a.m. – Jumping Ship

Monday, June 20
12 a.m. – Dadnapped
2 a.m. – Get a Clue

Tuesday, June 21
12 a.m. – Let It Shine
2 a.m. – Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure

Wednesday, June 22
12 a.m. – The Luck of the Irish
2 a.m. – You Lucky Dog

Thursday, June 23
12 a.m. – Radio Rebel
2 a.m. – Frenemies

Friday, June 24
12 a.m. – Gotta Kick It Up!
2 a.m. – Stepsister From Planet Weird
8 p.m. – Adventures in Babysitting (The 100th DCOM)

Looking for movies like High School Musical 3: Senior Year and The Lizzie Maguire Movie? Sorry, but they are not actually DCOMs and instead were released in theaters, not on Disney Channel. However, try to look past the small hiccup and enjoy the marathon.

Aspiring journalist creates fashion blog

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STRIKE A POSE. Looking in the mirror, Ariana Rovira chooses an outfit to wear the next day. photo/Shayna Eaton

As the keyboard clicks, words appear on the screen. With fashion on her mind, freshman Ariana Rovira types a blog post to share with thousands of fellow fashionistas.

Rovira initially began blogging about fashion after an HBO television show inspired her.

“After eighth grade, I went on a serious Sex and the City binge,” Rovira said. “I thought, ‘If Carrie Bradshaw can do it, I can do it’. Fashion was my only expertise, so I started posting on Tumblr.”

Rovira’s parents introduced her to fashion at a young age.

“Since she was very little, she had a lot of contact with the world of fashion because her mom, Claudia, is a makeup artist and worked in retail for many years,” Ramon Rovira, Ariana’s father, said.

Her exposure to the fashion industry helped A. Rovira create her own look, which helps her dress in a way that makes her feel confident.

“During sixth grade, I was confused fashion-wise. Over the summer, I developed my own sense of style,” A. Rovira said. “I stopped caring about others and focused on what I wanted.”

In her blog posts, A. Rovira simplifies new trends and fashion shows for rising fashion enthusiasts.

“In my posts, I recap fashion shows because it’s easy for me to summarize what’s going on,” A. Rovira said. “I try to read articles that are hard to simplify and dumb them down so beginners in fashion can get a better understanding of [them].”

Blogging gives A. Rovira a sense of pride. Writing makes her feel accepted in a group she adores.

“The best part is getting the opportunity to be recognized by other people in the field because it’s a small circle,” A. Rovira said. “To get recognition for something you love is great.”

Rovira plans to continue her hobby by going to college and getting a job involving fashion.

“Right now, I’m set on fashion journalism, going to [New York University] and majoring in journalism,” A. Rovira said. “I [want] to do men’s styling. I [like] the idea of having my own Ken doll. The whole system is fascinating.”

Rovira’s father believes her experience with blogging will help her in the future with any career path she chooses. Her ability to express her thoughts through words can assist her in the real world.

“[This hobby] will open many doors for Ariana,” R. Rovira said. “She’s always had a ‘leadership spirit’. Since she was little, she never really followed the crowd. More often than not, she led others and always stood firm on her point of view. Writing will help her be a voice to those [who] can’t be heard.”

As for now, A. Rovira writes on various blogging platforms to express her admiration for fashion.

“I like that I’m acknowledged for any potential I have in that area because I only recently had interest,” A. Rovira said. “I think that being recognized will impact the rest of my career.”

Heritage Brings Originality

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MIX IT UP. Melody Halbert prepares traditional rice balls for her family. photo/Grace McGee
MIX IT UP. Melody Halbert prepares traditional rice balls for her family. photo/Grace McGee

The smell of noodles being tossed in a pot draws sophomore Melody Halbert out of her room. The Asian sauces coat the noodles, looking at them Halbert fights the urge to reach right into the pan and steal one.

Halbert’s mother calls for the family to make its way to the kitchen table, as she transfers the noodles from the pot to several bowls on the table.

“Basically we just live day-to-day, we don’t really like make [our heritage] a big deal because it’s just part of who we are,” Halbert said.

Halbert’s family mixes the traditions of their Chinese heritage, while simultaneously immersing themselves in the culture of the place they currently reside.

“Since I’m half Asian and half white, in my household we do have some Chinese traditions. I think we are more American than the traditional Chinese family,” Halbert said.

At meal time Halbert is exposed to  dishes that reflect her heritage. She enjoys foods that are not as popular with others.

“We eat a lot of pasta, noodles and different Asian dishes. I eat tofu. A lot of people think tofu is really gross, but it’s not if you cook it the right way,” Halbert said.

One of the ways Halbert and her family keeps their heritage alive is by continuing to speak Chinese in their household. Lucy Halbert, Melody’s mother, does most of the speaking.

“When Melody was little we spoke more.  Melody is really good at understanding what we are talking about but she has a hard time expressing herself in Chinese. I would like to start speaking Chinese more at home so they do not forget,” L. Halbert said.

L. Halbert witnesses what she characterizes as a loss of culture in her immediate family.  She grew up in Xian, China, when she thought times were simpler.

“My childhood, when we were little, we had very little material stuff. I felt it was ok, right now people have a lot of money but they grow more distant. At the time when we were little we would just play outside and then go home and eat. We just played in the field and by the riverside and we did a lot of outdoor playing. After you finished your homework, you played. We were playing freely. We were close to nature,” L. Halbert said.  

Although M. Halbert is not as immersed in her culture as her mom, she is still proud of her culture and takes time to integrate it into her daily life.

“I embrace it and I cherish that I have two different backgrounds. I’ve been to China twice and I really cherish my heritage. I appreciate everything about my heritage. I do not think there is anything I would change. I have the best of both worlds,” M. Halbert said.

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