Meet the Staff
Schatten takes charge of change
By Eduardo Andrade, Managing Editor
Alexis Schatten is the new editor in chief of the Tornado Times newspaper, a position she has been waiting for since her freshman year.
Schatten says she “kinda always knew” she was going to become editor in chief and showed promise early in her high school career, having an article published in the paper before she ever joined the staff.
Though Schatten had an idea of what she was getting into, changes to the journalism course have left Schatten in charge of a smaller than usual staff and in a situation unlike years past.
“(The newspaper) is going to be very different than what it has been in previous years and what I was expecting coming into this position,” Schatten said.
However, Schatten looks forward to the challenges she’s going to face in her new role and hopes to guarantee the success of the newspaper, not only for this school year, but for years to come.
“It’s going to be a bit of a challenge at first, but I think I’m mostly looking forward to being able to help the staff for next year and build up … what the newspaper has been,” Schatten said.
Having already had experience teaching journalism as a counselor for a newspaper course over the summer, Schatten is ready to help the younger, less experienced members of the newspaper staff and likes the idea of mentoring others.
“It’ll be interesting… It’s cool to realize I have enough skills to teach other people,” said Schatten.
While Schatten still entertains the possibility of continuing journalism after high school, her passion is in music, and she plans on working in the music business.
“I think it’s really interesting the different aspects of the (music) industry,” said Schatten. “I’ll probably go into PR or management.”
Andrade aims to change the world
By Kayla Gayle, News Editor
Junior Eduardo Andrade has the talent and motivation that we all strive to have. While taking four AP classes, he still finds the time to be an effective managing editor for the student newsmagazine.
“I’m just interested in environmental and computer science,” Andrade said. “I feel like I can pick things up pretty quickly, so just throw something at me and I’ll figure it out.”
With that attitude and Andrade’s care for the world, he was able to pursue these classes and help fuel his dream to become a genetic engineer.
“I want to live for as long as possible and the best way to do that is to become a genetic engineer,” Andrade said. “You’re just able to change so much about the world. You can literally make everything better: you can improve food, you can improve people.”
Andrade isn’t just intelligent and benevolent, but also athletic. He is a part of the volleyball team and is considering trying out for other sports such as soccer and lacrosse. He also likes rock climbing and playing basketball.
When asked about his interests in journalism Andrade mentioned that his father wanted to be a journalist whilst growing up, and that his great uncle is an author who also does journalistic pieces.
“When I saw the course card I thought, ‘Oh, this might be an interesting class’ and then (a year after) I decided to join the actual school newspaper. It just improved a whole lot of my skills that go beyond just journalism,” Andrade said.
By Javier Garcia, Sports Editor
Junior Matthew Shanbom has a course selection of a college student. Entering this school year Shanbom passed three Advanced Placement classes and will be taking four more this year. He’s done all this with Attention Deficit Disorder and Dysgraphia and has used it in a way to propel himself forward.
“I’ve been smart the entire time, I just have to apply it,” Shanbom said.
He would like to think he started to see a change in the last two years of elementary school and thinks the drug Concerta, which is used to treat ADD, is one of the factors that gives him some aid.
“It’s not the main driving force, it just helps, because my ADD is not that intense,” Shanbom said. “I stopped procrastinating.”
He was born in Commerce, Mich., and moved to Florida when he was in second grade.
“My mom got a job here, and my dad was a lawyer,” Shanbom said. “So he just had to study again for about six months.”
Here in Florida he would go on in elementary school, to be diagnosed with ADD and prescribed his beneficiary drug.
With Shanbom clearly being gifted in many regions with his academic variety he gives himself most credit in coding.
“I’m pretty good at coding,” Shanbom said.
But his definition of ‘pretty good’ is writing 2500 lines of code for the AP create task and scoring a five on the exam.
“I made a game,” Shanbom said. “It was a text based adventure game.”
In his free time Shanbom participates in Brain Bowl club and plays video games. He also works two and a half hours a week for his Jewish temple, Kol Tikvah, which he describes as “barely” having a job.
Though the thing that Shanbom can look back on and feel proud about most is the path he has taken, and where it leads him from here.
“I am most proud of how far I have progressed in my writing especially,” Shanbom said.
Going forward he thinks something many students at his grade level, or even before have mastered.
“My biggest obstacle is my handwriting, but it’s getting better,” Shanbom said.
Garcia pushes the limits of being an athlete
By Matthew Shanbom, Managing Editor
Junior Sergio Javier Garcia has fought the stigma surrounding sports players and has become a great writer.
“When the time came around I was choosing my schedule, my dad and I agreed I should take journalism,” Garcia said. “After Journalism 1, I was pulled into writing.”
Over his first year on the newspaper staff, Garcia’s writing skills grew to a higher level. He is most proud of his final article hat year.
“I’m really proud of my memoir to Ms. Wilson,” Garcia said.
The memoir was highlighted at graduation last year.
Garcia does not focus his writing on one area. He has written in most sections of the newspaper, including a news article focusing on the prevalence of vaping in the school.
“I was really proud of that because it was a really decent story,” Garcia said. “(I knew) if I wrote about it people would read it.”
The high school experience has not been 100 percent easy for Garcia, who played football and is now a captain of the lacrosse team. In his sophomore year, Garcia struggled through pre calculus and learned a valuable lesson.
“You can’t cheat your way out of things,” Garcia said. “You have to do more work, take the long way, in order for something to succeed.”
Garcia does not see this as a regret but instead takes it as a necessary lesson.
“It was definitely a mistake everyone has to make to learn from,” Garcia said. “You have to go through the mud to get anything out of it.”
Gayle’s got the music in her
By Alexis Schatten, Editor-In-Chief
Junior Kayla Gayle wants to be a music journalist and says being a part of the Tornado Times has helped greatly in preparing her for her future.
“My biggest passions are writing and music,” Gayle said.
While Gayle now knows that she wants to cover music, that wasn’t always the case. When she first joined the newspaper staff last year, she mainly covered news. Despite being the current News Editor for the Tornado Times, she’s not interested in further pursuing a career in covering news events.
“Over the summer, I realized I don’t want to cover news forever,” Gayle said. “I don’t want to do something that’s going to stress me out and stress everyone around me out. I want to cover what most people love: music and movies.”
Although Gayle has just only recently realized what specific type of journalism she wants to pursue in her future, she’s always known she wants to be a writer of some sort.
“I like writing and informing people so they can broaden their horizons and know more stuff,” Gayle said. “I feel like a lot of people aren’t aware of what’s going on around them both in school and the world.”
Updated: Sept. 25