Meet the Staff
By Kayla Gayle, Student Life Editor
Senior Eduardo Andrade continues to push and challenge himself in his fourth year of high school and as a staff member of the Tornado Times newsmagazine; while taking on his new role as Co-Editor-in-Chief, Andrade also balances five AP classes.
“I knew I wanted to take the most challenging courses I could, and earn as manycollege credits as possible to save money,” Andrade said.
Andrade is interested and enthusiastic about all his classes this year, especially AP Chemistry due to it being “the only one that has anything to do with what (he wants) to do career-wise.” Andrade plans to study biochemistry and work in genetic engineering and research.
Though his career choice is not in the field of journalism, Andrade stayed in the class because he became interested in how the news works and was attracted to being in a project-based class.
“I also figured it would help me become better at talking to people and building relationships,” Andrade said. “Plus Dr. Shipe (the organization’s advisor) is awesome.”
With three years of experience in the class, Andrade still experiences nerves about the newsmagazine and its staff because he hopes to provide good content for students.
“It’s been weirdish,” Andrade said about his new shared role. “Having Matthew (the other co-Editor-in-Chief) obviously helps and takes a lot of pressure off but it’s still kind of nerve-racking knowing the buck stops with you.”
Though even with all the nerves of being a team leader, Andrade has a positive outlook on this year’s team and the quality of the Tornado Times’ future works.
“Still, I’m optimistic for the year and I think as a staff we’re going to do some good stuff,” Andrade said.
By Eduardo Andrade, Editor-in-Chief
Matthew Shanbom is taking charge as Editor-in-Chief as the Tornado Times newspaper. Shanbom, a senior, has been a part of the journalism program since his first year at the school.
Shanbom said he first decided to join the journalism program after a friend recommended it to him in the summer leading up to his freshman year. After a year in the class, he knew he wanted to go on to the newspaper, largely thanks to friends he had made in the class.
“That group we had going on freshman year was a tight group,” Shanbom said. “I liked it, it was something to do, it was a good elective to take, it was fun and I kinda knew it would help me improve my people skills which … definitely have improved since freshman year.”
Shanbom is now co-editor-in-chief, a position he knew he wanted for a long time before finally reaching his goal.
“It was … October, November of sophomore year,” Shanbom said. “And I was like, ‘I like this stuff … why not?’”
Shanbom shares his position on the newspaper with senior Eduardo Andrade, who he has worked with since he was a freshman.
“It’s a tricky situation,” Shanbom said. “I have the better hair, (but) I guess he’s okay.”
Shanbom’s freshman year of high school had its challenges. Shanbom’s older brother, Zach,
was attending Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when a school shooter took the lives of 17 students.
“I tried calling him from the bus loop, didn’t get a response,” Shanbom said. “I think 10-15 minutes later I got a text back. It was weird going back into that city the next few days, the roads going into the school were blocked off, I went to the vigil the next night, I went to the town hall (at the BB&T center).”
Originally from Michigan, Shanbom moved to Florida when he was in second grade. Shanbom tries to keep ties to his home state by following local college and professional sports teams.
For Shanbom, Jewish culture is also very important, and he has been working with his temple to try and revive the youth group.
“I do temple youth group once a week but I don’t go to services,” Shanbom said. “I treat it more like a cultural thing. It’s not like I believe word for word what the Torah says, but … the Jewish culture group is very good in my opinion.”
So far in his academic career, Shanbom has excelled academically and is looking forward to going to college at a top school, considering the University of Florida, University of Miami or the University of Michigan, among others. There he hopes to study computer science and gain experience in the technology industry.
Shanbom’s love for computer science has led to him earning a five on both AP computer science exams and working on some fairly big coding projects. Including a “gigantic text based adventure game, (which was) 2,000 lines of code,” a recreation of a card game and even his own mod for Minecraft.
After graduating college, Shanbom hopes to work in the technology industry, either as a developer, or possibly carrying over his newspaper experience and working as a tech journalist.
By Alisha Durosier, Opinion Editor
Emma Parker is certain of the path she wants to take, a feeling most are not acquainted with. Taking classes such as Digital Video Production and Journalism in her early years of high school has allowed her to explore her various interests in more depth.
She specifically focused on her growing love for film.
“Film is the first field of work that I was passionate and excited about.” Parker said.
She set her eyes on one position in particular.
“I want to be a producer,” she said. “I want to create and produce movies while also being the highest level authority on set.”
Being co-president of the film and tech association and managing editor of the Tornado Times, the student newspaper, Parker believes she is progressing in the right direction.
Parker also aims to learn more about the journalism side of the film industry.
“By being a part of the newspaper, I get to work on my writing and interviewing skills,” Parker said.
She continues to focus on developing her skills, hoping that in the future she will be editor in chief of the student newspaper.
Parker is involved with a slew of organizations and projects and works with many people.
“This whole experience has made me more patient, and helped me a lot with my leadership skills,” Parker said.
She also appreciates being able to be part of things that encourage creativity.
“I love creating things that represent the elective, the school and me,” such as the Film and Tech Association’s website, Parker said.
As Parker continues to push her boundaries, she wants to gain more experience and knowledge in as many different ways as possible.
“I just love being able to pursue something I love despite it not being practical,” Parker said. “This way I’ll be able to start my own chapter.”
By Emma Parker, Managing Editor
Junior Alisha Duroiser has been involved with the newspaper for two years now and hopes to become Editor-in-Chief senior year as well.
Duioiser decided to get involved in classes like newspaper to “sharpen (her) skills that need work.” She believes that each organization she gets involved with gives her the space to improve herself.
“I’ve also been a person that doesn’t get involved, but recently I have gotten involved in film and tech and personal writing,” Duroiser said.
While Duroiser doesn’t have a set beat that she covers, her favorites that she got to write during quarantine were movie reviews and creative writing pieces.
In the future, Duroier hopes to be involved and studying “some type of media or journalism,” which is something she is proud of saying because she did not used to be sure of herself or her future.
Duroiser describes herself as “very to myself and only speaks when spoken to,” traits she hopes to improve on in the future, but reflecting back to past years, she can already see getting involved in organizations has helped that.
During this time of separation from the rest of the world, Durosier has spent this time “figuring out what I want and what I want to be.” Additionally, she has also taken up hobbies such as baking, watching daytime television and watching as many different movies that she has on her bucket list.
Garcia raises the bar and maintains the drive
By Keanu Silva, News Editor
Senior Sergio Garcia sees the pandemic as a challenge but doesn’t let it get his mind off the game, switching the difficulty to expert mode.
“I am a realistic person and feel like I have no goal at the moment, but I don’t eliminate my drive,” Garcia said.
Garcia has always been in love with sports and he demonstrates it in his writing. As a junior he won the Sun Sentinel High School award for sports writing.
Garcia was chosen as captain of defense for the lacrosse team twice and even though his games were canceled almost halfway through the season, he sees junior year as his best year overall.
“It became all harder and slowed down,” Garcia said as everything changed with the pandemic and he would spend most of his time going out with his girlfriend and friends, and playing video games with long time buddies he met over an online gaming community
After all challenges that have come his way, Garcia keeps his drive to make sure he finally gets where he needs to go. Working hard at Starbucks while still going to the gym four to five times a week and never letting these difficult times get in the way of his mental and physical road.
His passion for writing for the newspaper has led him to request a schedule change to join the Beanpicker student yearbook and bethe first student to be on both of the school’s major print publications.
By Matthew Shanbom, Editor-in-Chief
Following three years of taking journalism, senior and student life editor Kayla Gayle entered the early admission program at Broward College which allows high school seniors to transition their entire schedule to college classes during their senior year.
“I chose to do early admit because I wanted to get a headstart on my college credits and save money,” Gayle said.
Despite this, Gayle has remained determined to be a part of student journalism and the Tornado Times staffl.
“This year with newspaper will be the same as the past three years I think,” Gayle said. “I just won’t be graded for the class. I expect the college workload to be a little overwhelming at some point, so when that happens, I’ll make sure to communicate with the team.”
Gayle has enjoyed journalism so much in high school, she also may want to pursue it in the future.
“If I go down the journalist route (as a career), it would be something to do with music or pop culture,” Gayle said.
Gayle has used early admission to her advantage by taking music appreciation this semester and plans to take journalism next semester.
“If I had a career, I might want to include music in it because I’m generally appreciative of music,” Gayle said.
While Gayle only started taking writing classes at the start of high school, her passion for writing stems from years before.
“I write fiction on the side but mostly nonfiction,” Gayle said.
Gayle’s fiction is only a few short stories as her love for writing is focused on continuing journalism into the future.
“Whichever university I go to, I will join the newspaper team,” Gayle said.
By Javier Garcia, Sports Editor
Sophomore Keanu Silva, originally born in Caracas, Venezuela, moves onward from his introductory year of high school and the realizations that came with it.
Keanu’s family traveled to the United States often when Silva was a child, but once things started to look bad in their hometown, they made the decision to leave and take residence here permanently in the summer of 2017. He started to get into journalism when he realized how much he appreciated filming antics with his friends.
Initially, Silva juggled school life, friends and gaming, keeping things to the basics for any teenage boy. However Silva didn’t just play video games to win or lose, but for money, playing games like Fortnite in the highest tiers of play, competing at the World Cup series. Once the cherishable years of middle school ended and the high school years began, something dawned on him.
“I didn’t really see much in life,” Silva said. “It all seemed bland and straightforward to me.”
He entered this school, which he heard would be a little difficult but was soon to realize that was an understatement. This would not deter him though, quite the contrary actually, as the newfound difficulties in school made Silva strive for excellence. With his early time in journalism he was able to reach out to voices usually unheard and hear words usually unsaid.
“Once I started interviewing people I noticed there was more,” Silva said. “That everyone was different, it wasn’t so cut and dry.”
Silva still enjoys times with friends, but unfortunately had to give up esports for the time being.
“I reached out to my team and told them I couldn’t continue to play because I needed time to focus, and video games on top of that was too much,” Silva said.
However this wacky year unfolds, Silva intends to use the concluding first year as a trial period and take things on with a firm grip on expectations and realities.
Updated: Aug. 29