The Roar

Too much of Casey Anthony

May 10, 2011

Every time I turn on the news there is some new "breaking news" on the Casey Anthony case. This has been going on for about two years now, and there seems like there will be no end to it. Anthony is everywhere I look. The...

Make lacrosse a sanctioned sport

May 10, 2011

Lacrosse should become a school sanctioned sport. Many schools in Florida have lacrosse teams as a club but not as a school sport. Schools around the country have had lacrosse school sanctioned, so why isn’t it sanctioned here? The...

Computer-based FCAT a bad idea

May 3, 2011

Staring at a computer all day is not my idea of fun. Sure, it's no big deal when you're surfing the web or absently clicking around Facebook, but when it comes to the important things — say an online test —  I just can't...

End-of-course exams off to dubious start

April 27, 2011

Students throughout Florida may rejoice at the knowledge that the hated FCAT tests are being replaced. However, the Florida Legislature and Department of Education's plan to replace it fails to improve on the original tests. The...

Schools should reconsider validity of ‘Holiday for All’

April 21, 2011

Imagine for a second that your religion is constantly being criticized. Imagine that your ancestors had to spend their lives defending what they believed in. Imagine that you are prevented from observing your traditions because...

Black’s ‘Friday’ proceeds support good causes

April 18, 2011

Recently, a 13-year-old girl, Rebecca Black, has gained a lot of negative attention for her song “Friday”. The music video for this song has now been removed from Youtube because it gained over 1 million dislikes. The video...

Lawmakers go too far with their attempt to ban baggy pants

April 15, 2011

I'll be the first to admit that I'm the biggest fan of saggy pants. I find the style disgusting, awkward, and incredibly impractical, but that's just me. Despite my personal opinion, I do not see any reason why state lawmakers,...

Let teachers know morning announcements aren’t optional

Staff Editorial

January 27, 2011

Increasingly, teachers have decided not to show the morning announcements during their fourth-period classes — even though that choice technically is not theirs to make. “Teachers are supposed to play the announcements,...

Arizona shooting tragic, but let’s not overreact

Stacey Corbett, junior

January 27, 2011

In the recent events of the Arizona shooting I find myself shocked at the reactions, or lack thereof, of my fellow students. The Monday after the event I was surprised that an alarming number of students seemed to have little...

Music television: Reality shows cap songs

Mikayla Larson, Editor in chief

January 27, 2011

Music television is a thing of the past. Perhaps the most easily observable instance comes in the form of MTV, a television station that was created as an outlet for rock music in the early 1980s. This is ironic considering that...

Career research should move to upper grades

Mia Glatter, Business Manager

January 26, 2011

When I was a freshman, I was convinced that I wanted to be a chef. More than convinced, I watched all the television shows, read the magazines and dreamed about having my own television show just like Rachel Ray. So when it came...

Let’s fight cancer in tasteful way

Jennifer Garrido, Lifestyles Editor

January 24, 2011

Apparently, the new school fad is to walk around wearing bracelets that poke fun at women with breast cancer. Vendors such as Tilly’s and Spencer’s are selling bracelets that say “I love boobies” and are donating a portion...

Annual music festival still deserves attention

Mikayla Larson, Editor in Chief

January 21, 2011

Each and every summer since 1995, the Vans Warped Tour has trekked across North America and Canada, with a mission to bring nearly every genre of music to its respective fans. Started by music guru Kevin Lyman, the Vans Warped...

Senior: What have they done with my Gatorade?

January 18, 2011

I would just like to say from the beginning that I am a man of few wants and needs. To be frank, I don’t require much subsistence throughout the day. I work hard in my classes and try to pay attention until my lunch period where...

Homework clashes with spirit

Lesley Wright, Roar staff

January 18, 2011

As students stay up late at night putting the finishing touches on their outfits for Spirit Week, the last thing they want to do is type a 500-word essay on the effects of global warming. Many students, from middle-schoolers to...

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