Personal essays submitted to Operation Establish Trust

By Anonymous

Our country was built upon freedom and liberty, our law upon trust and justice, our people upon love and kindness, and our government upon people. So why is it without freedom and trust, justice or love, or even people? Our nation is politically divided, our people oppressed and without trust, and our law no longer with justice.

I’ve met officers of the law — they are kind people within. However, life happens, and unfortunately, they use their job as a therapy session. The media is ruthless to respond. A perfect reflection upon our world. That’s why those who are attacked need to be better than perfect, flawless. Officers of the law need to separate their jobs from their lives and become unbiased towards people. That way others wouldn’t feel oppressed and there would no longer be tension within our Country built upon freedom and liberty. 

By Anonymous

The media portrays what is going on in communities and as well with law enforcement. Law enforcement officers are supposed to help citizens feel safe in our communities, but instead we fear them. Many thoughts occur through people’s heads when getting stopped by law enforcements: “Will today be my last day?”, “Does my hair comb look like a weapon?” People should not have to fear the men and women who should be protecting us. Not everyone is a criminal, so why are we treating everyone like they are. Is it because their skin color is different? Systematically oppressing people is why we are in fear. To all law enforcement officers out there, you are an inspiration to many people, especially young ones, so please set a good example.

By Anonymous

Having friends and relatives in law enforcement, my perspective comes from knowing their experience first-hand. Teaching is very similar. Where I have taught, the (Sheriff resource) officers that I have known have had a powerful and positive relationship with students and have served as mentors and even stand-in parents to help guide young people to make good decisions.

When I hear negative and derogatory comments focused towards police officers, I am VERY upset. Certainly, there are those, as in every profession, that have abused their positions, but for the most part, I have cringed as I have seen officers take excessive abuse, and I wonder how they are able to maintain such composure. I hope that society can actually have a meaningful conversation, instead of just talking about having a conversion, and come to an understanding of just how difficult it is to be a police officer and how stressful it is to endure constant negativity and personal danger when trying to do a job that is meant to help the public live a safe and productive life.

Girls Soccer Senior night

Seniors Say Goodbye Senior Captain Allison Cunneen celebrates Senior Night after the girls soccer game against South Plantation High School. The team cheered “Seniors” and showered Cunneen with gifts as she walked off the field.
Smiling Senior Senior Camille Herren walks across the field to celebrate girls soccer Senior Night on Jan. 27 against South Plantation. She was greeted by her family, with them cheering her on as she walked over to take a picture with Principal Hudson Thomas and Coach Fredys Aguilar.
Surrounded in Support Nikita Legakis runs through the tunnel made by the boys and girls soccer teams as she celebrates with her team and family during Senior Night. Legakis has been on the varsity team for one year.
Setting the Kick Senior Elizabeth Ryan launches a free kick to restart play after a foul. Ryan ended up passing the ball to another teammate and they kicked the ball to the goal but was stopped by the goalie.
Face Off Seniors Camille Herren (11), Allison Cunneen (9), and Elizabeth Ryan (13) are running the ball down the field to score a goal, during a home game against South Plantation. They ended up not getting the goal, but continued to keep the ball on the other team’s side. The Tornadoes lost 1-0.
Keep it in Senior Lily Monaghan runs to keep the ball inside the field before the other team gets it on Jan. 27 against South Plantation High School. Monaghan kept the ball inside the lines and passed it to teammate Allison Cunneen who attempted to make a goal but was blocked by the goalie.
Diving for the Ball Sophomore Bianca Filippone goes diving for the ball during the rained-out game against Coral Springs High School,on Jan. 23. The game started off with a light sprinkle, but quickly turned into a heavy storm. The game was canceled due to dangerous conditions on the wet, slippery field.

Photos by: Emma Paker
Posted: February 11

Fallen Heroes Ceremony

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Staff Sgt. David Beaulieu salutes the unknown soldier during the unearthing of the tomb. JROTC held its Fallen Heroes Ceremony on Nov. 7.
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Lt. Col. Colin Beadle walks past the flags representing lives lost in wars since 9/11 during the Fallen Heroes Ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 7.
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Platoon Sgt. Briah Gaines sings “God Bless the USA” during the Fallen Heroes Ceremony on Nov. 7. First Sgt. Natalia Philip stands on her right and Corporal Breah Campbell on her left.
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JROTC instructor Lt. Col. Johnson walks away from the podium after making an announcement. JROTC held its annual Fallen Heroes Ceremony on Nov. 7.
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Major Christian Juman holds up a gun during the burning of the U. S. flag during the Fallen Heroes Ceremony on Nov. 7. 

Photos by Kayla Gayle

Posted: Sept. 14

GSA Summit Gallery

Adelle Barsky-Moore and Isabel Disla from Northeast High School walk around the courtyard while decked out in their pride attire. The Gay-Straight Alliance hosted a summit for similar organizations in the district on Friday, Nov. 1.
Sophomore Elurra Siggins from South Broward High School smiles while showing her pansexual pride. The Gay-Straight Alliance hosted a summit for similar organizations in the district on Friday, Nov. 1.
Senior Alphonse Engels listens to an announcement while wearing a transgender pride flag as a cape. The Gay-Straight Alliance hosted a summit for similar organizations in the district on Friday, Nov. 1.
Ellen Paglino, Ashley Prior, Emily Tetreault and Elliot Ortiz from South Broward High School pose in front of the library before heading into a lecture on sexual health.The Gay-Straight Alliance hosted a summit for similar organizations in the district on Friday, Nov. 1.
Senior Taylor Graham and junior Amber Diaz pose after a day of working for the summit. The Gay-Straight Alliance hosted a summit for similar organizations in the district on Friday, Nov. 1.
Zoe Peart, Lena Ngyeun and Al O’Connell from West Glades Middle School pose while wearing their respective pride flags.The Gay-Straight Alliance hosted a summit for similar organizations in the district on Friday, Nov. 1.

Photos by Kayla Gayle

Posted: Nov. 7

Mr. Pompano Gallery

Seniors Ethan Arias, Ryan Pszanka, Ben Bergeron, David Dos Santos, Jordan Wong and Justin Friedland perform the Mr. Pompano introduction dance. The dance was a mashup of multiple different songs from movies to represent Mr. Pompano’s Blockbuster theme. 
Arias performs the Cup Song from “Pitch Perfect.” Each contestant recreated an iconic scene from a movie.
Dos Santos tells a joke. Dos Santos performed a stand up comedy act for his talent portion.
The Mr. Pompano contestants pose for pictures after first and second place was announced. Arias won first place and Dos Santos won second.

Photos by Alexis Schatten

Posted Oct. 31

Color Wars Gallery


  1. Seniors Gabriel Esperon, Nelson Suarez, Marian Larsen, Kristian Santiago and Brandon Davis pose in gold for a photo.
  2. Members of the junior class are wearing blue for color wars.
  3. Sophomores pose outside the art room, sporting white for colorwars.
  4. The freshman class plays a game of tug-of-war against the junior class Thursday September 26th. They would go on to lose the game.
  5. Members of the senior class play a game of tug-of-war against sophomores. After nearly losing, more seniors would go on to join mid-game to help secure the victory.

Photos by Eduardo Andrade

Posted Oct. 2

Bikers vs. Surfers Gallery

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Juniors Kiyliee Tillberg and Emilee Kurdziel pose dressed as surfers for Spirit Week.
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Juniors Tori Baldeo and Shariah Curton grin while hugging each other. They are both dressed as bikers.
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Senior Christian Santiago gives a slight nod while dressed as a biker.
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A group of intimidating bikers pose outside the art room.

Photos by Kayla Gayle

Posted Sept. 25

Bonnie and Clyde Monday Gallery



1. Senior Brian Mastrodomenico, senior Ben Bergson and junior Matthew Espinoza pose for a picture. Mastrodomenico dressed up as Barnacle Boy, Bergson dressed up as Mermaid man and Espinoza dressed up as Spongebob. 

2. Jill Samaroo, Loralyn Carlson, Lisa Spencer and Thomas Hudon pose. They dressed as Men In Black.

3. Ismail Mumtaz and Jean Cledet pose as a powerful tennis cinema duo. They were kitted out with the outfit and gear. 

4. Seniors Cristian Juman and Victoria Santa Lucia pose for a picture. They dressed as Mario and Luigi.

Tik Tok Tuesday Gallery


  1. Senior Munisha Doodnauth covers the lunchtime events for TV production. Doodnauth dressed as an egirl for Tik Tok Tuesday.
  2. Freshmen Jasmine Francis and Shea Helton pose for a picture. Francis recreated a Tik Tok meme and Helton dressed as a VSCO girl.
  3. Junior Jacob Girlado and sophomore Rodrigo Ricardo pose after competing in a lunchtime game. Ricardo dressed as a VSCO girl.
  4. Freshmen Gabrielly Machado and Georgia Moberg pose for a picture. Machado and Moberg dressed as Peppa and Georgie Pig.

Photos by Alexis Schatten

Posted Sept. 24

Golf Fundraiser Gallery




Baseball Gallery


  1. Pitcher, Blake Thomas, lines up to prepare to pitch. The team lost its game against North Broward Prep 13-0 on Apr. 11.
  2. Pitcher, Blake Thomas, pitches the ball. The team lost its game against North Broward Prep 13-0 on Apr. 11.
  3. Sophomore Matias Munoz runs to catch a runner. The team lost its game against North Broward Prep 13-0 on Apr. 11.
  4. Junior Riley Skeen prepares to bat. The team lost its game against North Broward Prep 13-0 on Apr. 11.
  5. Junior Jordan Campos hits the ball. The team lost its game against North Broward Prep 13-0 on Apr. 11.

Posted: Apr.22

Photos by Matthew Shanbom

Fallen Heroes Photo Gallery


Photos by: Charlotte Hood

September issue available online

New year, new fence: MSD shooting prompts stronger security at school

September center spread




Exchange students compare security measures overseas

September 2018 back page

Senioritis cure: 4 leaders honored at banquet


Uploaded: May 9, 2018

Listen to your elders!


Uploaded: May 9, 2018

Talented Tornadoes

From the online November issue! Posted: Nov. 16


Humans of Pompano

From the online November issue! Posted: Nov. 16


Navigating through change

From the upcoming October issue! Posted: Oct. 19

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Twins Cause Double Takes

From the upcoming October issue! Posted: Oct. 19


The beauty of nature

Nature is the phenomena of the natural, physical or material universe. Daniel Guo is looking at the nature around him and appreciating every moment of it. Photo by Simon Ho

Posted: May 4

The Rotary Youth Exchange


Posted: Apr. 25

Jump into the Spring Crossword

Spring Crossword Puzzle
Graphics by Nicolas Gallardo, design by Christina Matiuk and Maria Suarez

Posted Apr. 7

Coming soon!


Posted: Mar. 14

Tornado Times welcomes International Schools

PBHS welcomes 20 staff members and 61 students from all parts of the world. They will be here from Jan. 22 to Jan. 26. Graphic by Nicolas Gallardo

Lights, camera, action!

Go behind the scenes as drama students prepared for their December show.


Scary Crossword

Here is the Vol .8 No.1 Back Page by Christina Matiuk


Posted: Nov. 2

Be Scared, Be Very Scared

Here is the Vol.8 No.1 Front Page by Nicolas Gallardo


Posted: Nov. 2

Hurricane Matthew may postpone Homecoming event



Golden Tornadoes win regional semifinal against Somerset Panthers

The baseball team wins the regional semifinal against Somerset on May 3, 5-1. The boys defeated Somerset three times this season, including a 12-5 victory for the district championship. The boys (20-8) will play in the regional final next Tuesday, May 10. “The other team was talking a lot of smack, but it was a good game!” senior second baseman Bobby Aseere said..

Photos by Madison Steinkamp

Pompano Beach student nominated for ‘Best of the Best’ award

Senior Rebekah Garretson was awarded one of the top three pictures in the Nature Photo category of the Florida Scholastic Press Association (FSPA) Spring Digital competition. The above photo, taken by Garretson, was announced to be an “All Florida” quality photo and is a finalist for the “Best of the Best” award in her category of the spring digital contest.

Got it!

Junior Ty’Anna Stevens catches the ball against Archbishop McCarthy on March 9. The flag football team lost the game.

Photo by Sabrina Chery

Cars for a cause: Pompano hosts car show

Photos by Rebekah Garretson

Baseball season batters up!


Centerspread by Rebekah Garretson

Water Polo players make some waves

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Sophomore Sarah Gurdis, number 2, sets up to shoot a goal in the Feb. 23 match against Westminster Academy. Water polo is a new sport this year at the school.

Photo by Garrett Moore

‘Clue’ comes to life: Thespian’s stage murder mystery

Photos courtesy of Mr. Henderson.

Exchange of culture: Chinese and American

Four of the girls who participated in Chongquing Fudan Secondary School’s trip to New York and South Florida learn about the differences in American and Chinese culture. Both PBHS students and students from China expressed their surprises and what they were excited to learn about in each others cultures.

Photo by Rebekah Garretson.

Posted Feb. 12

Sunny steps into the Sunshine State

Senior Rebekah Garretson poses with her shadow, Cheng Zi Yao, also known as “Sunny,” from Fudan High School in Chongqing, China. Sunny was one of 12 students visiting from China for the week of Feb. 1-4.

Photo by Rebekah Garretson

Senior spirit sparks school pride


Senior Girls flaunt their school spirit on Thursday in gold before the pep rally. Pictured from left to right is Paradise Rattray, Rachel Banks, Mackenzie Gomez, Reese McFarlane, Colleen Smith, Gabby Esposito, and Courtney Justice.

Photo by Reese McFarlane

Fish puppies all adopted

Although Phantom found his forever home, Ms. Fish is still fostering Melody. Melody and her brother Jasper will continue to visit PBHS with Ms. Fish twice a week.

Photo by Melanie Trump.

JROTC honors Veterans

Senior Michelle Velez and juniors Chelsea Keeton and Renee Innocent participate in the JROTC Veterans Day ceremony by holding the flag and waiting for it to be cut. JROTC invited numerous veterans from around Broward County to attend the ceremony on Nov. 10.

Photo by Joao De Moura

Fish fosters puppies

Phantom, an American Staffordshire Terrier mix puppy, is being fostered by guidance counselor Ms. Fish, along with his siblings Melody and Jasper, in an effort to find their “forever homes.” Ms. Fish originally brought all three dogs to school, but she only brings one at time now due to the size of each dog. She brings the dogs approximately twice a week so that they can become accustomed to human interaction. She is fostering the dogs through Little Paws of Love, a nonprofit organization.

Photo by Melanie Trump.

Tornadoes take on China


From the October 2015 issue of the Tornado Times.

Tornado Trick-or-Treat Mad Libs

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Tornado Trick-or-Treat Mad Libs. Graphic by Reese McFarlane and Rebekah Garretson. Don’t forget to share your creations with us!

From the October 2015 issue of the Tornado Times.

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