Meet the Staff
If anyone can, Conza can
Sabrina Conza, Editor-in-chief
By Madison Steinkamp, Student Life Editor
Senior Sabrina Conza has managed to tackle three years of high school and is starting her final year with a rigorous schedule.
With three advanced placement classes and three dual enrollment classes at Broward College, Conza will also have to balance being the editor-in-chief for the student newspaper, as well as president of Brain Bowl, a history club, and vice president of National Honor Society.
Conza began her journey in newspaper class freshman year when she “switched from debate because (she doesn’t) like talking in front of people.”
Conza says, “I don’t really like to write, but I write anyway.”
Conza claims although she may not enjoy writing articles, “I write a lot of articles, and I’d say they’re good.”
Conza may not like the writing aspect but she surely enjoyed the class and decided to stick with the class, achieving the title of editor-in-chief this year when her mentor, Sydney Van Dreason, graduated.
Despite being her apprentice, Conza aims high this year, wishing to be remembered as “better than Sydney.”
In the future Conza hopes to branch from writing into publishing. In five years she sees herself at New York University finishing her master’s in publishing. Her ultimate dream job would be as a novel editor with a corner office in New York.
Conza says her biggest obstacle this year to achieve her goals would be her laziness.
Conza has no words of wisdom to share, but she does have one life lesson: “Don’t have any regrets.”
Griffin saddles up for another great year
Alexandra Griffin, Managing Editor
By Nadieda Dazile, Opinion Editor
Alexandra Griffin is not your ordinary junior.
Born in Fort-Lauderdale, Griffin relishes in horseback riding, reading history and most of all writing.
“I like to write and I believe that no matter what job you have in life, you need to know how to write,” Griffin said.
Griffin is nothing short of a hard working student.
“I don’t want to sound conceited, but I am a hard worker. When other people stop and take a break, I keep going,” she said.
In five years Griffin wants to be fresh out of grad school and preparing for medical school. She finds her dad to be the motivation for her academic progress.
“He didn’t have the easiest life since his father died when he was 12 and he was not able to attend college, yet he was still able to provide through all those hardships,” Griffin said.
She plans on having a very successful life, although she did begin her journey with “grades that wouldn’t get her into the schools she wanted to go to,” she said.
“My main goals in life are to be happy and successful, but I don’t want to sacrifice my happiness for success,” Griffin said.
Although she challenges herself by balancing dual enrollment courses and AP Chemistry, Griffin still finds time in between to engage in horseback riding.
“I enjoy horseback riding, in fact one of my happiest moments in life was when I found my horse Ryan,” she said. “He walked out of the trailer and I knew he was my dream horse.”
Griffin believes that she is self motivated, helpful and innovative. She plans on making this year count.
“I think I have my eyes set on something different from everybody else so I have a unique perspective,” Griffin said.
She added,”I believe that you should not work to be better than others, but you should work to better yourself.”
Gallardo’s road to success
Nicolas Gallardo, Graphic Design Editor
By Simon Ho, Assistant Graphic Design Editor
Nicolas Gallardo, a boy born in Santiago, Chile, is always passionate and wants to do much more in life.
Gallardo, a kind and respectable senior, always strives his hardest and fullest to overcome obstacles and accomplish goals in life. With a schedule including AP Statistics, AP Psych, AP Environmental, dual enrollment English Composition 1101 and College Algebra, he plans to excel during his senior year, hopefully getting into the University of Florida. He strongly believes he can “do anything if you put your mind to it.”
Although his life may seem normal, Gallardo does many other things prior to his classes. He is in the Spanish Honor Society, Spanish Club, Portuguese Club and the SEAL Club. Gallardo loves the SEAL Club because he loves to “fundraise and to donate to associations that are involved with helping endangered animals.”
During the weekends, he works at Chef Dooley, a restaurant. He says he loves working because he can “make more money and meet new people.”
During his free time he likes to play the guitar and the drums. However the thing he loves to do the most is play with his Rubik’s Cubes .
“I strive to beat my previous record of 14.6 seconds at completing the Rubik’s cube,” Gallardo said.
Gallardo is a hard worker who doesn’t procrastinate and gets things done instantaneously. Throughout his life, he was taught to be “relentless in what you are trying to achieve.”
Gallardo would like to be remembered as someone who is always trying to help others in need. He believes “we can all make a difference in the world if we do at least one favor to those who are in need.”
Also, Gallardo always says “Never give up” to inform people anything is possible and achievable if you keep practicing over and over again. Gallardo’s future holds tremendous success in the business world as he hopes to study accounting in college. His greatest strength is being open, honest and working with other people.
One of his greatest accomplishments was taking and passing AP Calculus AB during his junior year.
“The course was very difficult, but those who paid attention and did what they were supposed to do did superb,” Gallardo said.
Although he struggles from time to time, he says to himself, “You win by working hard” to describe the importance that you can obtain anything by working sharp and diligently.
To a large extent, he loves his parents because they inspire and push Gallardo to do much more successful things in life.
Simon says to achieve in life
Simon Ho, Asst. Graphic Design Editor
By Nicolas Gallardo, Graphic Design Editor
Senior Simon Ho has been promoted from being a staff intern to become the graphic design assistant. He enjoys drawing and he’s very interested in learning new skills while taking this course.
Ho has had plenty of experience with programs like Photoshop and InDesign to help make “a good student publication.”
“My parents and other family members… push me to do better every day,” Ho said.
His main goal in life is to become a “successful man” and in order to achieve this he will study and work harder.
One of the things that makes him different from everyone in the newspaper staff is that he’s the only Asian. He’s proud about his background and his past.
According to Ho, his earliest memory is “going to China at the age of two” where he was “fascinated by all the sightseeing.”
Some of his major challenges are passing his Advanced Placement classes and surpassing his SAT scores.
Through his years of high school he has learned to “not take things for granted in life. Always work hard for what you are achieving for.” He is not a procrastinator and he will finish things as soon as possible so things won’t build up to the last minute.
Ho wants to be remembered as “someone who always helps others in need of assistance.” He will want to pass along to generations that “if you believe it then you can achieve it.”
Jessica Buchanan: Exemplary Student
Jessica Buchanan, News Editor
By Sam Rosser, Sports Editor
Jessica Buchanan is a member of the class of 19. An outstanding student, Buchanan strives for straight A’s; she gets them semester after semester. After all, it is no small feat to be in the top 10 percent at a competitive school like this one.
Not only does Buchanan achieve stellar marks on her report card, she plays on the soccer team, will “probably” join the math club and works at Kilwins in Ft. Lauderdale on the weekends. Although, Buchanan “doesn’t like” her job at Kilwins, she “loves” the paychecks that might buy her a car this year.
As the News Editor of the Tornado Times Buchanan seeks to bring unbiased news from a concerned student on a host of topics such as homework, dress code and many more topics close to students’ hearts.
Buchanan’s biggest pet peeve occurs when others let her, or a group, down. That pet peeve directly correlates for her love of newspaper production.
“To produce the final copy we all have to rely on each other and people will actually pull their weight,” Buchanan said.
On the controversial topic of Dr. Shipe’s continued employment of bow ties in his outfits, Buchanan thinks they “represent his personality well.”
Buchanan’s pastimes include “exploring” on her paddleboard and hanging out with her 21-year old sister, a role model she looks up to.
With Buchanan’s stellar grades it won’t be hard to be accepted at her dream school: the University of Florida. At UF she wants to study either biomedical or chemical engineering. In five years Buchanan sees herself in her final year at UF and ready to take on the world as a prepared adult.
McKie gives shy helping hand
Milan McKie, Opinion Editor
By Maria Suarez, Centerspread Editor
Sophomore Milan McKie may seem a bit shy and quiet at first glance, but there aren’t enough words to describe what her thoughts contain.
For someone who considers herself to be shy and introverted, McKie has big plans that require her to break out of her comfort zone.
“I mean to talk to people but I overanalyze people and back down,” she said.
McKie has found that a way for her to break out of her comfort zone is through volunteering and journalism. Not only does she enjoy doing both activities but they also help her branch out to achieve her goals. McKie volunteers at a local library to read for the children and help organize the work space.
“Volunteering is a way for me to make a difference. It’s a small thing but it makes a big impact in the community,” she said.
One of McKie’s future goals is to help others out and make a difference, whether it is through doing volunteer service hours or through serving as the newspaper’s opinion editor. If she were to pursue her goals in journalism she would like to be involved with investigative journalism and social justice.
“With journalism you’re not telling your own story,” McKie said. “You’re bringing someone else’s story to life. I like to put my opinion out there and with journalism and social justice not only can you bring to life the struggles of everyday people, but you’re also putting equality in what others have to say and putting it out there for others to read about.”
Most of McKie’s thoughts and opinions she has acquired from her parents who, as she describes, them are “outgoing and ambitious.”
She said her parents have engraved a valuable lesson to her:
“If you don’t experience the world, you won’t be a well rounded person.”
McKie would like to be remembered as someone who others feel comfortable around and are willing to express themselves as for who they are. If anything she would be the first to offer the helping hand others need.
“When you validate people, you make them feel comfortable and not many people do that,” McKie said. “I’m not looking for something in return. I just want to help others.”
Dazile excels despite challenges
Nadieda Dazile, Opinion Editor
By Alexandra Griffin, Managing Editor
Nadieda Dazile, junior, immigrated to Pompano Beach as a toddler and has made her mark ever since.
Dazile hopes to use her love for writing and her strong opinions to make a statement in the newspaper and make herself heard.
“I hope I am remembered as an intelligent girl who wasn’t afraid to scream my opinion to the
world,” Dazile said.
Dazile’s love for writing and being heard is not the only addition she will be bringing to the Tornado Times, but she also has a knack for drawing and taking photos.
Because Dazile doesn’t take her commitment to school lightly, she considers one of her greatest achievements is not succumbing to, but succeeding under the pressure she receives from school. She is striving to make her commitment to school pay off by continuing her education through undergrad and aiming for work at a fashion or news magazine.
While her future is bright, her road to where she is now definitely has had some bumps. As a three-year-old, she immigrated to the United States from Haiti, along with her family.
“My biggest inspiration is my mom because being a single mother with two kids, in a new country that she didn’t know is hard, but she still made it,” Dazile said.
Despite this hardship, she always keeps her head up. Dazile doesn’t recall a particular saddest moment because she finds that no matter how bad things get you shouldn’t take anything for granted because things can always get worse.
Suarez gains something more than ice cream
Maria Suarez, Centerspread Editor
By Milan McKie, Opinion Editor
Although she currently “makes ice cream for a living” at her local Cold Stone Creamery, sophomore Maria Suarez has plans to make a difference in her community and quite possibly the world.
“I like to help people and make them feel wanted like they have a special place on this Earth that they have yet to discover themselves,” Suarez said. “I’m not entirely sure what I want to do with my life, but I’ve considered becoming a pediatrician in order to aid those around me.”
The sophomore participates in a number of clubs aimed at both academic and social excellence such as Women of Tomorrow and Key Club. She doesn’t plan on stopping there though. Suarez wants to join what is currently known as Future Health Professionals (HOSA), Spanish NHS, First Priority, NHS, as well as Quill and Scroll, an honor society whose goal is to encourage and nurture a love of journalistic writing and ethics.
“Others are gaining something more from what I write which is what I enjoy most about journalism,” said the teen.
Suarez has a distinct love for reading and one of her favorite novels is Chicken Soup for the Soul.
“When reading touches your heart it’s just beautiful. You learn more about yourself in the process,” she said.
The young teen considers her mother to be a prime influence in her life and compares her to a novel lacking the right amount of words to wholesomely describe how special she truly is.
“My mom is like a book,” Suarez said. “She is overflowing with knowledge and wisdom. There aren’t enough words in the world to tell you how much she means to me. I love talking to her. When she speaks it’s like she isn’t talking to me as a mother, but as a friend.”
The sophomore was born in Florida, but spent a considerable amount of her childhood in the Latin American country of Nicaragua. She stayed with her grandmother, another monumental figure in her life, when she was six.
“Don’t get me wrong. I love Nicaragua, but I prefer visiting,” Suarez said. “In this country, there are many opportunities present that you just can’t find in Nicaragua.”
The teen doesn’t believe in the American Dream, but whole heartedly believes in working hard to achieve one’s goals.
“I’d rather be a failure than someone who gives up because once you give up there’s no going back,” Suarez said. “I often tend to adopt certain traits that I admire about other people in order to be more like them, but in the process I start to lose what makes me me,” Suarez said.
She says that one of her biggest challenges is handling the pressure placed on her to succeed in her adult life and always make the right decisions. Suarez states that this sometimes overwhelming pressure makes it harder to be the talkative, friendly and humorous individual she is on a regular basis, and being one of the middle children in her family only adds to the immense burden that she subconsciously carries everyday.
“I have to not make the same mistakes as my older siblings and play the role of the obedient and well-behaved older sister for my younger siblings,” Suarez said. “To sum it up, I feel as though I have to be the perfect role model for others, but I know I’m bound to mess up somewhere along the way.”
“I want to be known for something that people see in me that I don’t already see in myself,” Suarez said. “I want them to find something only unique to me and remember my willingness to lend a hand. I want that to be my legacy, my contribution to the world.”
Steinkamp works to achieve, overcome
Madison Steinkamp, Student Life Editor
By Sabrina Conza, Editor-in-chief
Junior Madison Steinkamp is focused on achieving her goals and overcoming her personal challenges.
As the captain of Fire Explorers, which is a training program to get 14-22 year olds ready for the fire academy, Steinkamp is gearing her extracurricular activities towards her future career goals.
“In the future, I will be a firefighter in Chicago,” Steinkamp said.
To reach this goal, Steinkamp plans on attending paramedic school before, eventually, moving to Chicago, because her cousin lived there and loved it, and working as a firefighter.
Steinkamp is currently branching out of her comfort zone as the Student Life Editor of the newspaper and an employee at Chick-Fil-A.
As a journalist, she’s looking to make her sister proud, as her sister was the one who recommended that she sign up for it in the first place. Working on the newspaper has even inspired her to begin reading the Chicago Tribune.
At Chick-Fil-A, Steinkamp is learning to face a fear that she has struggled with in the past.
“My biggest challenge is talking to people and meeting new people,” Steinkamp said. “To get over it, I got my job so that I have to talk to people that I don’t know.”
Her goals for the future do not end as a firefighter. Steinkamp is also interested in whales, and is considering studying oceanology and whales in New Zealand.
She also wants to leave a lasting impression after she is gone.
“I want to be remembered as someone who helped people,” Steinkamp said. “I don’t want to just sit around and do nothing.”
Rosser conquers life with big dreams
Sam Rosser, Sports Editor
By Jessica Buchanan, News Editor
As one of the newest members of Tornado Times Newspaper, junior Sam Rosser has taken on the duty of being Sports Editor and challenging classes such as AP English Language, AP U.S. History and Journalism two all to prepare himself for his biggest goal: to be the 52nd president of the United States.
Rosser has started to think about college options and aims to attend Georgetown or George Washington University in all 2018 and “successfully complete” either school’s law program.
Prior to his presidential campaign he hopes to gain experience by working on a congressional campaign. In fact, those he looks up to include prominent leaders that have held their own campaigns such as President Obama “because he is a good politician and stands for a lot of good things,” Rosser said. He also looks up to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson because they were “swell” politicians.
He believes sleep is one of the key points to doing well in school and if he doesn’t get a lot of it, it will “hinder my performance in every other field without it,” said Rosser. This year, he hopes to improve his grades by “working my butt off if I want to go to a good law school,” Rosser said.
Rosser’s most “prominent” person in his life is his mother, Susan Rosser, as she owns multiple magazines such as Lighthouse Point!, Deerfield!, and Pompano!
“My appreciation for journalism has come from my mom and her love for journalism,” Rosser said.
Barreau dances her way toward graduation
Brianna Barreau, Staff Writer
By Christina Matiuk, Back Page Editor
Brianna Barreau, a Florida-born senior in the class of 2017, lives a busy and interesting life at school and at work, with a busy job, extra activities and hobbies, and, of course, the extensive responsibilities of being a senior in school.
A typical day for Barreau is having trouble waking up, eating, going to school and then falling asleep at home.
“My biggest challenge is waking up. I try to go to bed early, but I can’t,” Barreau said.
Barreau has some unique talents and hobbies she partakes in after school: She dances. She has been dancing since she was three and still enjoys it to this day.
Barreau works at a children’s’ playground called Flippos. She works there most weekends as a “second mom,” or playground attendant, to the children at the grounds, hosting and helping with parties and checking on kids to make sure they are safe.
Being a senior, Barreau says, is one of her greatest accomplishments.
“My greatest obstacle has been passing all my AP classes junior year,” she adds.
This year, Barreau decided to take Newspaper so she could obtain the senior privilege and leave earlier than other students. She can, though, put her interest in art and design towards being on the newspaper staff. She is currently working on T-shirts for the staff. Her access to the news of the world is through television in the morning if the TV is on. Other than that she doesn’t pay attention to the news so much.
Barreau’s home life is ordinary. She sees her parents as her friends and important people in her life who inspire and influence her every day.
In the future, Barreau hopes to study in college and earn her master’s degree.
“In 20 years, I see myself living on the water with two dogs (one being a Labrador retriever and the other a small dog), with three kids,” Barreau said.
Moschette floats like a social butterfly
Jessica Moschette, Staff Writer
By Jamie Black, Business Manager
For senior Jessica Moschette, being social is a main aspect of her life and many of her daily actions rely on her strong social skills.
Writing and socialness is something special that Moschette brings to the table, but Moschette’s ability to find things going on socially is another trait she holds.
“I like knowing what’s going on (around school and the rest of the community) and writing about it,” Moschette said.
Moschette’s desire to write about events also displays how she is willing to use her voice and inform people about things. Although Moschette seems to only do the reporting, she also informs herself about things going on around the world, the things others report.
Moschette said she does not read the newspaper, but she does use Twitter and magazines to inform herself.
Wanting to know what is going on, shows Moschette’s drive and she has drive toward other things besides her social life.
After a junior year that was not all too good, Moschette hopes to fix her grades and has ambitions to go to UCF or FSU.
Besides having ambitions for college education, Moschette hopes to become more positive and sends positive messages to others.
“Be yourself, don’t change for anyone,” Moschette said .
Whether it is her socialness, informative behavior, drive or positivity, all these traits make Moschette who she is.