Creative Student Profile: Sarah Antonio
How Many Languages
do you speak?
What are the main languages you speak? Lingala and Portuguese, they are the first ones I learned.
What are the main
languages you speak?
Lingala and Portuguese,
they are the first ones I
Where are you and your parents from? We are all from Africa.
Where are you and
your parents from?
We are all from Africa.
How long have you live here? I moved from Africa and
How long have you
I moved from Africa andI've been here five months.
Skylar Hardesty '16
When the prices first dropped people went into shock that the prices are so low considering it used to be almost 5 dollars a gallon. Filling up your tank with only 25 dollars felt like hitting the jackpot.
Although we are still experiencing the delight of gas only being 2 dollars, they are, once again, expected to rise.
Fossil fuels and oils are becoming more difficult to find resulting in another gas price spike.
Rising prices even affect some of our students here at Riverview High School. With many eligible drivers they feel upset about this soon-to-be rise in the prices.
“I hate how the prices just got lower again and now they are already rising,” said Daria Salih ’16.
Hopefully in the near future the prices will continue to fall once more.
Daniela Martinez '16
For years, Jan Davis has been Riverview's High School art teacher and sponsor for the National Art Honor Society, but now she says goodbye after years of dedication to our school.
Davis was destined to be an art teacher. While in high school at Riverview, she took every art class she could possibly take. She also studied and worked hard in all her other classes, which got her into USF later on.
“I decided to become a teacher when I was still in high school. I became a teacher in 1972. I loved the idea of showing students that they could be more than they could imagine without any kind of boundaries,” she said.
Davis was Riverview's High School teacher of the year 1993-94, she was also nominated for teacher of the county award later on. At one point in her career, she was the yearbook adviser.
She went on to become a National Board Certified Teacher.
Throughout the years she has gotten the love and devotion of her students. Because of her love for scuba diving, motorcycles, underwater photography and traveling, she looks forward to retirement at the end of this year to travel and hopefully get to go to Jerusalem along the way.
Julie Lichterman ’15
Americans watched as two-thousand fourteen slipped between our tightly grasped hands last month and turned into a new year with new promises. Many of these promises are ones we’ve made for ourselves, but as it turns out, only 8% of Americans keep them, traditionally speaking.
Most people make New Year’s resolutions in an attempt of self-improvement, but it’s usually not long thereafter that the realization of the goal sets in. A prime example of this are the notorious weight loss goals. With the purchase of gym memberships and fad diets, comes the actualization of being unable to maintain these goals. However, while many Americans are struggling to keep up with their resolutions, some Riverview students are keeping to their personal goals of self-improvement.
With a month to prove his case, Graham Bowman ’16 has kept to his New Year’s Resolution so far.
“I’ve been trying to exercise more and eat healthier in order to improve my performance at rowing practice.” When asked how he continues to stay motivated, Bowman replied, “For this goal, I find it beneficial to keep a mindset of how I can be at my healthiest, and all of the benefits this lifestyle will bring me in the long run.”
Bowman is confident that he’ll be able to maintain his goal throughout the year, and says, “I honestly feel so much better since starting this goal, and it’s not something I will stop anytime soon.”
On the other end of the spectrum, Hannah Lucas ’18 has made a goal to improve scholastically through keeping a 4.0 average, and staying organized in general.
“I was happy with my grades before making the resolution, but the way I see it, there’s always room for improvement.” Lucas is also incredibly optimistic towards being able to maintain this goal throughout the year.
No matter the goal, or the size, New Year’s Resolutions are certainly attainable with the right mental attitude. Some helpful ways of maintaining goals may also be to make a tangible representation (like a chart or graph) of ultimate goals, and what has been accomplished thus far. Regardless of size, Riverview Rams are up for any challenge, big or small.
Natalie Raszka ’17
The calendars have been changed, resolutions have been made, and opinions are formed about the New Year.
Many claim the year of 2014 was a year of disappointment, and others didn’t want the year of 2015 to come. Many posts on social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram had people saying “New Year new me” and “happy to see 2014 go,” the negative said to this.
Others said, “2014 is going to be hard to beat” or “2014 was great,” the positive side to this. Kiah Evans’17 said, “I’m happy to see last year go because I’m ready for new beginnings.”
People look at the New Year, as a new start for themselves, and others want to savor last year because of all the good memories.
“I’m sad to see last year go because I’ve made some great memories and made many new friends,” said Antoine Sanchez ’17.
Even though the year is changing the memories still continue.
“I already have a whole bunch of new memories starting on New Years Eve with my friends,” said Miles Hudson ’17.
Many people don’t seem to realize a fresh start is a good thing, starting new memories with family and friends in the year of 2015 is something that will forever be remembered.
“Right after New Years day my family took a vacation to New York and we made hands down the best memories we ever had, my year started off right,” said Abby Kroneberger ’17.
Whether you want the year to go or the year to stay, the same routine will fall into next year around this time. Some will want the year of 2015 to stay others will want the year of 2015 to go. Either way it falls, everyone should have a happy new year and make the best they can of it.
Kendall Braz '18
Kiah Evans '17
Every year in Sarasota Florida there is a huge Christmas parade held. Hundreds of people line up to get the best view of all the festivity. This year the theme was “A White Christmas.”
This parade is traditionally held on the first Sunday of December at 7 p.m. and has become one of the biggest and best parades along the Suncoast.
At these parades each year usually thousands of people participate, and this year, Riverview’s Kiah Evans ‘17 rode on one of the floats.
“I was on the Make-a-Wish float dressed up as an elf. I get to throw candy out to everyone in the crowd. I usually just watch it with my friends and family, but I was excited to be in it this year,” said Evans.
The best floats every year win a prize. They have to make sure that they stay to the theme of the parade though.
Some examples of the people in the parade included high school bands, dance teams, drill teams, clubs, businesses, and of course Santa. There are also some people who bring in things like horses to show people.
“I love the Christmas parade because it is a fun place to drink hot chocolate and watch people march. I go to it every year,” said Breanna Denny ’18.
“I love Christmas so much, and I especially love the Christmas parade. All of the floats have colorful lights, and people from the floats throw candy canes to people in the audience. It’s just a fun time for people to be with their friends and family,” said Natalie Raszka ’17.
Overall this is a great experience that you should definitely check out on your way into town.
Elysa Cardamone '18
Adriana Fernandez '15
Donal Rateau '18
The many exciting experiments of Marine Science Club at Riverview allow students to feel the reality of a marine biologist and experience the marine life.
Part of the Marine Science Club is having interns that teach others about the fun in marine life and realizing the opportunities there are by taking this career path.
Many interns take part in these opportunities and have a particular interest for interactions with the environment. There many specializations of this career path include working with a particular species, organism, behavior, technique or ecosystem.
“My favorite part about being an intern is that I am able to teach little kids about aquatic life during the tours,” intern Molly Valtz ’15 said.
There are many children who love the presence of aquatic animals and love having someone there to work with them.
Sponsor Katrin Rudge says the tours and touch-tank programs make excellent training grounds for these interns.
“We have an aqua dome where we keep multiple aquariums and other aquatic animals, and we have tours that are led by our interns for the Stars for Starfish program,” she said.
The Stars for Starfish program is where our aqua dome provides many aquariums that allow students to have hands on experience with life science.
Probably the topic most often asked about within marine biology is research involving marine mammals, including cetaceans--whales and dolphins--and pinnipeds--sea lions, seals and walruses.
The reality is that research jobs involving marine mammals are extremely hard to come by for a number of reasons, including the popularity of the field, the fact that working with marine mammals is highly regulated--most research is done using tissue samples of sick, stranded or dead animals and not on live, healthy animals, and because funding is very competitive.
In all, the Marine Science Club has many opportunities that vary depending on what field a student would like to pursue. But it’s also a fun and active way to participate in your community and in the environment and have friends alongside with you.
Chloe Hart '17
Krystin Langer '17
Victoria Gowan '17
Christina Spillman '17
Restaurants are not only for a place to enjoy something to eat alone, or with friends or family, but they are also a place to learn. Restaurants of all types
were chosen when we asked, “What is your favorite place to eat?”
There is quite the array of restaurants here in this old town of Sarasota--places ranging from European to Asian dishes. Ethnic food stops are amazing places to try new foods from other cultures and countries.
Students were asked to pick a specific restaurant, and by the choice, the type of restaurant was chosen. Students were also asked if they had any specific ethnic restaurants they enjoyed, like Chinese or Greek food.
Many of the students picked any Chinese restaurant as their favorite. China Taste was the particular restaurant when asked to specify. Other students enjoyed Italiann restaurants, like Demetrio’s or Carrabba’s.
Helen Zarling ’17 added a comment about her favorite restaurant, Angelo’s. “Angelo’s has the best turkey and cheese subs in town,” she said.
Surprisingly, there are quite a few Greek restaurants in town, however no student picked one of these as his or her favorite.
American restaurants were the second favorite among students, like Millie’s and Chic-fil-A. Other fast food stops were also chosen, like Chipotle and Taco Bell.
“The little hole in the wall sushi restaurant, Goichi’s, is my favorite. It’s such a cute little restaurant.” Avery Hart ’17 said about the Japanese restaurant on Bee Ridge.
Not only can you enjoy foods from other cultures, you can learn about them as well. Gateway to India is a fascinating restaurant that really immerses you in culture of India.
“Indian food has many flavors and spices, so it’s really worth a try,” Amelia Weber ’17 said. Weber also stated how cozy the restaurant is.
So next time you visit a restaurant and you are waiting for that yummy meal, observe the place around you--it might have more culture than you think.
Restaurants have a lot to show on their walls, and you never know what you could learn by looking. You can learn about the traditions of whoever created that restaurant, and that’s the most important thing about going--learning.
Raina Brock '18
Montana Moore '15
Miya Vidales '18
Tartan [yearbook] class is taught by Dr. Carrie DeZutter. The class of 30 kids learns all the aspects of putting a yearbook together from the layout, design, coordinating pictures, editing, selling ads, and fundraising.
“I love watching the class come together as a team,” said DeZutter about her staff of students.
The 288 pages is developed entirely by these kids. In the classroom, they practice photography, Photoshop, technology, and writing skills. The yearbook takes seven months to develop from the start of school to the end of February.
DeZutter explains the class is hands on, and “it’s like running a $70,000 business.” Each student is assigned a page that they work and develop for the year. Joining this class you will experience: Motivational Monday, Tartan Tuesday, Writing Wednesday, Technology Thursday, and Fantastic Friday.
DeZutter has been teaching the yearbook class for five years at Riverview, and she loves it. Her favorite part of yearbook club is the day the books are received and she sees the look of pride and accomplishment in her students’ faces.
Whether you want to join yearbook for the fun experience with friends, or to look back in 30 years and be able to say you help developed that yearbook, this class is one of the best offered here at Riverview!
Darby Adams '15
Thea Ezechiels '18
After a long work week, weekends are a great opportunities to relax and experience new things. For as long as almost anyone can remember, the local farmers’ market in downtown Sarasota has always been a great way to spend one’s Saturday morning.
Regardless of the weather, every Saturday morning at 7 a.m., more than 70 vendors set up their stations to sell anything from fresh produce to candles. Thousands of people shuffle through the market throughout the day with hopes of finding the freshest tomatoes or the tastiest dog treats for their favorite pooch.
“Every Saturday I come to the farmers market to purchase my fruits and vegetables for the week; there is something about this specific brand of produce that makes it impossible to enjoy any other,” one local shopper, Amy George, said.
If one is not looking to buy any products, there are food trucks set up to sell the most delicious meals ever tasted. One popular selection is the lobster roll from Maggie’s Seafood.
“The lobster roll is the only reason why I come here every Saturday. With ingredients that are always fresh and never frozen, after the first bite, the eater is in love,” John Goodman said after he finished his lobster roll.
Aside from the variety of products, there is always live music that gets people interested in the farmers’ market. On the corner of Main Street, where Mattison’s Grill is located, a smooth jazz band plays as locals dance to the rhythm. Not much farther down the street is a young girl who plays the violin at major events. Her booth at the farmers’ market is a great way of advertising. Jeffrey Kelly, a retired music teacher who was at the market, complimented her talent.
“This child has a gift; I would not be surprised if she is joins the National Symphony Orchestra and graduates from Julliard,” he said.
With such a wide selection of things to purchase, the Sarasota Farmers Market is an excellent way to spend a Saturday.
Cole Gamble '16
Jessica Sudol '18
Sophia Winiecki '18
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Pump promotes school spirit
Adrianna Fernandez '15
Riverview has its very own support system for future events and sport games known as Pump. Pump is sponsored by Sheila Bliss who lets the officers of the club—Allison Ruzbacki, Isabella Palmeira and Malia Pere—to come up with the ideas that contribute to the organizations and sports games they attend.
Riverview has always been a school geared to promote school spirit. Pump is a club that gives the students easy access and opportunities for showing their school spirit. The purpose of Pump is to bring publicity to all school events by getting students to attend games and gatherings, which as a result, brings in more money for the club, team,or organization.
“Our club supports all under-attended sports functions where some representatives will go to games to pump up the school spirit when it’s lacking,” There are also festivities that take place before the games such as tailgates and body painting.
Along with attending sports games, the members of the club also participate in fundraisers to raise money for school events and organizations.
Another interesting and heartfelt aspect of this club, is that their club shirts are blue, in honor of Terri Rawls, the cheerleader who passed away earlier
this year, because it was her favorite color.
Pump meets Mondays right after school in Bliss’ room 5-113, but leaders also have a modernized way of contacting their members through their twitter page @rhspumpclub about upcoming events and games.
Currently there are about 20 students in the core pump and 40 people show up at tailgates to promote their Ram pride.
Chess gained popularity during Cold War era
Hallie Abel ’18
Sandra Dickson ’17
Lewis Ferrier ’17
One of the most popular clubs on campus is Chess Club, with more 110 members.
In this club, members get the opportunity to participate in tournaments against each other and other schools.
Different forms of chess have been around for thousands of years and became extremely popular during the Cold War, when it became a political matter rather than just a game. In the 60s, USA player Bobby Fischer defeated grand masters around the world.
After that, the game of chess of rose to popularity throughout the world for kids and adults of all ages. This famous chess player brought chess to the spotlight and also inspired many high schools and communities to start chess.
The Riverview chess club participates in tournaments within the club and in tournaments against other schools and players in the community. It is great for bringing people together and meeting friends from different places around the world and with different backgrounds.
With the age of technology, online chess has become extremely popular in the chess world and allows players to meet people all over the world extremely easily and quickly.
Members suggest joining the Chess Club even if you don’t know how to play. Students in the club will teach you to enjoy a game that can be played for a lifetime.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is designed to accept students with well-rounded character values, as well as high academic standards. Riverview’s NHS chapter consists of 130 students, where they are only admitted if they have 3.7-weighted cumulative GPA, and a 3.3 unweight GPA. The typical student admitted into NHS demonstrates qualities such as scholarship, leadership, character and service, according to Dr. Norine Eckstrom, sponsor.
NHS teaches its members values in society by performing monthly donation tasks, where the students collect food, toys or other items that are specified for each “donation drive.” The program that the national honor society is supporting this month is the Cyesis Outreach Program.” This program is designed by teenage students to help other teenage students who are in the difficult situation of being mothers while in high school.
Zoe Baglini, co-president of the program said the purpose of their program is to help the mothers financially by giving them things that sometimes their children have to go without. Baglini, along with four other students, said by donating simple items to the program such as cleaning supplies, baby clothes, and children’s toys, a big difference can be made in the children’s and mothers lives.
“With the holiday season coming up, a Christmas drive is the perfect idea for the program,” she said.
“We intend to collect items that are on the children’s wish lists, and then wrap them up and deliver them the last day of school before break, so that their
Christmases will be just a little bit more special,” Adriana Fernandez, co- founder of the program, added.
This is just one of many donation drives that the National Honor Society participates in throughout the year.
“Other donations drives we are going to participate in is Mayor’s Food Drive throughout the month of November, tutoring, and ‘Adopt-a-Family’ during Christmas,” Eckstrom said.
Courtney Searles '17
Jessica Reck '18
Carly Hogan '16
Bronson Shultis '18
In June of 2001, Riley Saba was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She was a courageous, healthy, happy and beautiful 7-year-old girl, and it is her sister Ansley who hopes a cure will save children like her one day. Riverview High school’s Life of Riley Foundation (LORF) promotes awareness about pediatric brain tumors and raises money for a cure. They also provide support and a voice for families whose children live with these tumors.
Riverview’s Life of Riley Foundation is planning to do many events this year to help raise awareness. Ansley Saba-president and Morgan Johnson-vice president, founders of the club, brought the foundation to Riverview because they believed “it was such an important issue, and it had a personal value to Ansley,” said Johnson.
In December, the club is voluntarily going to Southside Village, to engage in a holiday stroll to thank their sponsors. Already this year, they have made over 200 cards that were written and sent to children who have pediatric brain tumors. Club members spent a chunk of their own time coloring and making these cards after school.
“The members help come up with ideas for fundraisers, designs for club tees, and make cards for patients to keep their spirits up,” Johnson said.
They also have had fundraisers for a 3 year-old named Cooper Vollmer. Cooper lives in Sarasota and is fighting brain cancer. LORF had a fundraiser at Yogurtology last year to raise money that went towards Cooper. They raised over $1,300 that went straight to Cooper.
LORF is a great club with a great cause. Everyone is working together to find a cure for children with pediatric brain tumors. Club meetings are in Barbara Oliveros’ room on Thursdays when announced.
Spanish classes plan for service week in Costa Rica
Mareisa Madden ’18
Grace Valtz ’15
Brooke Taylor ’17
Nick Miller ’17STAFF WRITERS
Looking for an adventure in another land? Fortunately for you, the Spanish teachers at Riverview High are organizing a trip to Costa Rica over this Spring break!
On March 7-14, 2015, Spanish students have an opportunity to travel to Heredia, Costa Rica. The expense for the endeavor is approximately $2,295. This is a fun way to earn up to 25 hours of community service hours and get the extraordinary opportunity to experience the vibrant Costa Rican culture.
More specifically, students will be living with a local family with about two other students. The residents that the students are placed in are assigned through the ISA High School Organization. The trip is more broadly organized by ISA High School. ISA High School partners with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Organization (CRHF). CRHF leads over 50 volunteer-supported projects throughout Costa Rica.
ISA is a non-profit organization, and they “aim to create a better quality of life for the segments of society that face the greatest challenges.” Past projects include helping victims of domestic violence, the impoverished, at-risk youth, the indigenous community, and those with special needs. CRHF leads over 50 volunteer-supported projects throughout Costa Rica.
For the length of this trip, students will have the opportunity to get involved in a foreign culture and learn more about the Tico lifestyle. Also, they will get involved in the community by doing things like pouring cement and helping build new schools for the less fortunate children. In addition to helping the community, this endeavor allows students to learn how to dance the Salsa, paint murals, and even go zip lining!
Teachers encourage students to take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Anyone would like to learn more about how to sign up should contact Tom DiNatale, go to studiesabroad.com/hs, or call (512) 474-1041.
Trinity WelchSTAFF WRITERS
Students all know who Coach Fitz is. He’s the HOPE teacher that you see at the football, or basketball games or in the gym during your gym period. Coach Fitz is a great guy and a great teacher. If you have or had him, then lucky you. He was a part of our school a long time ago, and he is a big part of it now. Virtually everyone knows the man named Coach Fitz, but do you know anything about him?
Teaching is an important but stressful job. Just ask any teacher. So why does he do it? He likes kids.
“I think I get along with them better,” he said. He says that he likes kids and loves teaching.
Of all of the subjects, why HOPE? There are history, science, math and English, but he picks HOPE.
“I like it, and I think it is an important class.” After some thought, he added, “I do it because kids need to learn it, and no one else wants to teach it.”
For his students, he is an open book. He tells everyone everything that he thinks they need to know, and when the timing is right.
On the subject of “spare time,” Fitz cracks a smile.
“What’s that?” he said and went on, “I like to read books and listen to my music, and I enjoy TV and sports.”
Coach Fitz has been a part of Riverview for a very long time. He once was a Ram student. He was a member of the Kiltie Band.
What is his favorite thing about Riverview?
“Working with kids is my favorite thing about Riverview,” he said without any hesitation.
Riverview is a part of his life and a part of him, but he noted that things for high schoolers have changed.
“So much more pressure is on the kids, and there is less fun now than back then,” he said. “So much more pressure from everywhere. It’s tough to be a kid nowadays.”
Executive Internship lets seniors observe careers
Kiah Evans ’17
Kendall Braz ’17STAFF WRITERS
Executive Internship is a program for seniors who want to try to figure out what their career path is. They get a chance to be in the professional environment that they choose.
“I think it looks well on college applications simply because it gives students the opportunity to get out with community members and really see what a specific profession is about,” said Dr. Carrie DeZutter, leader of the executive Internship club.
This club is good for students because once they go out and experience the opportunity they all come back as a group to discuss their experiences. They either discuss how great the opportunity was and how they are so lucky they did it, or in some cases, they discuss how it gives students the chance to realize that they didn’t really want to work in the profession area they first chose.
In the executive internship program, there are about 70 students. Also there is a side program called Star-to-Starfish, and there are about 20-22 students involved.
The interns have some fundraisers coming up.
“At the end of the year this club has a banquet for the sponsors who have helped them throughout the year. There aren’t many outside events that happen with this club,” if we didn’t raise money,” said DeZutter.
Students are broken into “career clusters,” based on what they want to do, such as medicine, engineering and business. This gives them a chance to take to each other on a more professional level , determining what they have in common and what they don’t. This also improves their professional vocabulary and “expands the horizons,” according to DeZutter.
This program is recommended for all seniors.
“I think that it should be mandatory,” said DeZutter. It’s too bad that it’s only an elective and not an actual class you have to take,” she added.
This is a tough program for a lot of students because they must meet deadlines and be motivated about what they want to do, because according to DeZutter, it is a transitional place from high school to the work place.
Brittany Rojas ’18
Andrew Pawling ’18
Jamie Ribeiro ’18STAFF WRITERS
Here at Riverview everyone has heard the Kiltie Band play. They put on an electric halftime show at Varsity football games and have performed in places all around the world.
On Oct. 25, the Kilties took their fifty-seventh consecutive superior rating at the Florida Bandmasters Association Music Performance Assessment. In order to perform so well as a group, the Kilties form strong family-like bonds. Individual classes also practice every day together during school, and the band practices as a whole twice a week.
After all of those hours together, it is easy to get comfortable around each other.
“You just end up spending a lot of time with the people in the band, so what made it fun is that you always had that big group that was like a big family,” said Kiltie alumna and current Riverview physics and engineering teacher Maureen Finley.
A section can have students of any grade level. This helps make the transition into our school a lot easier for freshmen and new students. Jim Patten, a father of two current Kilties, Clancy and Emma Patten, is grateful for the combined classes.
“The older students were great with helping my kids with homework and finding their way around.” The school can be a big, scary place for new students, and participating in the Kiltie band camp during the summer allows them to see a familiar face on their first day. Also, it is easy for a freshman to get help with homework from an older student.
While the students are playing on the field at football games, their parents are bonding in the stands. According to Patten “the Kilties and their parents are now like a big family. Full of new friends for everyone.”
Although being in the Kilties requires hard work and dedication, in the end, it is an enjoyable experience for everyone.
You walk into Rm. 335 in Building 5. Unrolling a mat onto the floor, you start doing yoga. All the stress from this past week melts away, leaving you in complete serenity. Downward dog, warrior one, and warrior three are just a few of the poses you do in the short 30 minutes that you wish were an eternity. After sinking down into your mat in Shavasana, you reluctantly roll up your colorful mat. Putting it back on Tammy Detota’s shelf, you leave your mat until the next session. As you leave you know that all the stress you once had is gone.
For a couple of years now, students have been attending Yoga Club for relaxation and meditation.
The club doesn’t just do Yoga, sometimes a special guest and friend of Mrs. Detota’s comes and leads the group in a core workout.
Each year, lots of new people join. There’s a healthy mix among freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors. This year, some of the freshman football players have been attending the Yoga Club, too. There are many reasons why they would join this club—from having a long day at school, to just relaxing and having a good time.
One of the students who joins in yoga is Leslie Howard. Howard said that it “helps her relax from a long day at IB.”
She decided to join the Yoga Club because her friends made her go. At first she was reluctant, but after one session, she was in love. Yoga might be all about relaxing, but the Yoga Club decided to put a little twist and add core workouts directed by a guest or by Detota.
Any students who are looking for a good, healthy way of staying stress-free should consider the Yoga Club and become one of the many people that are proud of calling themselves “Yogis.”
Paul-Stephen Hutchinson-Multaahatti '18
Blair Thompson '15
Hannah Riley '16
Have you ever wanted to just show up somewhere and eat delicious international foods? Well now you can—at the meetings of the International Cuisine Club Thursdays after school.
This group meets either in Donna Cahoone’s classroom (5-241) or in the upstairs pavilion above the cafeteria. The club is led by Darby Adams ’15— president, Charlie Zimmerman ’15—vice president and Treasurer Shelby Adams ’18. Students pay a basic $15 for dues which include a club t-shirt.
These dues allow members to eat unlimited amounts of food from different places around the world—the basic purpose of the club. Members also watch a quick slide show in which Darby Adams speaks about the significance of where the food originates and why it is being served. This exquisite club accepts attendance from all students who want to attend these meetings and learn about international foods.
One of the most attractive options about the International Cuisine Club is that it’s an extracurricular activity. This membership may be considered on any college application a student may fill out now or in the future. Colleges look for well-rounded students, and attending this club gives them this valuable criterion.
At a regular meeting known as the informational meetings, members all sign-in on an attendance sheet, enjoy a delicious treat from said country, socialize with friends, and observe a slide show to learn about the country chosen. This slide show goes over basic facts about the country as well as food that originates from the specific country. In the eating meetings, there is a full meal where students enjoy appetizers, entrees, and desserts. To attend these eating meetings, it is a requirement to have attending the informational meeting the week before. Donations of $2 to cover the cost food is greatly appreciated.
Bliss, Lamboley and Lyons known for student-friendly classrooms
Richelle Miller ’18
Amelie Kliessling ’18
Renato Pereira ’18STAFF WRITERS
Riverview teachers each have their own unique personalities and achievements. Our teachers are fascinating, and each has his or her own special stories to tell. This week we have the privilege of interviewing a few of our amazing teachers and getting to know their interests and hobbies outside of Riverview. We also got a glimpse of their proudest accomplishments.
In a brief interview with Sheila Bliss, one of the most decorative English teachers, it was discovered that her hobbies include cleaning and decorating her new house, playing with her cats and running—“especially across the downtown bridge.” Spending time with her family and friends is very important to Bliss. She loves going out to dinner, and her favorite restaurant is Outback Steakhouse—“I love steak” said Bliss. She loves to watch baseball, basketball and college football on television as well as attending USF football games in person, for which she has season tickets. Although she attended UCF, she still finds excitement is rooting for “Rocky the Bull” at USF. Her achievements include receiving her master’s degree in her second year of teaching, being bilingual and having taught Spanish and English.
“I like to think that I make an impact on my students because I know they make an impact on me,” she said.
Another highly-liked teacher at Riverview is Denise Lamboley. She began her teaching career at Riverview, moved on to Cyesis in Sarasota County and then returned to Riverview teaching math. Her hobbies include traveling, baseball, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family. She was teacher of the year in 2009 at Cyesis and believes that “having strong relationships with her students are worth more than any award she could be given,” said Lamboley.
The last teacher is Judy Lyon, an art teacher at Riverview who loves everything about art. Besides teaching students art at Riverview, Lyon teaches art within her community and has her own art studio. She is most proud of being able to write proposals for special projects and being given grants to allow students the opportunity to explore the art world. Lyon has her master’s in guidance counseling and has a certificate in art and healing that she received from Ringling College. When she is not teaching at Riverview, Lyon enjoys Yoga, taking walks with her two Australian shepherds and playing frisbee with them, and exercising at the gym “which makes me feel good,” said Lyon. She also likes watching football with her husband and son.
Clearly, each of these teachers has one important thing in common which is that they are all well-respected teachers. That being said, once they leave the walls of Riverview High, each one of them is unique and has fascinating hobbies.
International Cuisine Club
Juliette Chero ’16
ASST. NEWS EDITOR
Starting a club can be a stressful process that requires persistence and patience. A new club has recently arose and has automatically become a ram's favorite. The International Cuisine club might be new but it’s capturing everyone's attention.
With a room packed with hungry teenage students waiting to get fed is exactly what this club is asking for. President Darby Adams' 15 started this club in hopes to bring together different students with a same common love for food.
"Everyone loves those parties that usually the Spanish teachers throw, bringing in all different types of Latin food. I thought to myself how awesome would it be to do exactly that but with different countries." says Adams.
Throughout the year the club will try to expand its boarders to new and exotic places such as Russia, Egypt, Italy and so many more. There will usually be a meeting before actually picking the county to come up with an agreement on what exactly everyone might try.
"The Club is held in room 5-241 and meetings are periodically, but always on Thursdays. We will have two meeting in a row that will cover the picking of a new country and then the actual eating meeting." says Adams
Even though the best part of the club is the eating aspect, it most definitely is not the only thing it offers. Community services opportunities are provided such as helping out and serving in the soup kitchen. Fundraisers will be occurring throughout the year and most of the money collected will not only benefit the club but will be donated to All Faiths Food Bank.
The first country the club covered was Mexico, bringing in tortilla chips with guacamole, salsa, and delicious melted cheese. While everyone was enjoying their food they were learning about some interesting facts about the beautiful country.
The club has raised $800 worth of sponsors, which means that every meeting held has been helped out by generous donors. Dues are $15 that also includes a shirt. Anyone is welcomed to walk in and enjoy some tasty and authentic cuisine.
Jazmin Giovino ’17
Italian club is new to Riverview this year, but has previously been a club in past years. For some reason, the club was stopped for a couple of years but once
Alessandro Giannini 17’, a true Italian with both parents of Italian decent, found out about this club he made it his goal to revive it.
Giannini is the president of the club, Marina Mazzarantani 17’ is the vice president, Danielle Kuzel 17’ is the secretary, and Peter Nwokgeji 18’ is the treasurer.
“I wanted to bring the club back and be president of the Italian club because I wanted to share my knowledge and love of the Italian culture with my classmates.” Said Giannini.
Each club meeting is held every Friday in room 5-334 and many different activities are held at each meeting. Meetings can consist of singing Italian songs, learning the Italian language, watching Italian movies, eating Italian treats, and many more activities similar to these.
Mrs. Coughlin is the club coordinator and sponsor for the Italian club. She also shares a passion for Italian culture and has visited Italy many times and is even has citizenship there. Coughlin is fluent in the Italian language and is always teething new Italian vocabulary.
“Italian club is always so fun and I’m glad it’s a club here at Riverview. I always know that every Friday I’ll be learning part of this language and of course enjoying some delicious treats that I’ve never tried before!” Said Cana Danys.
Daniela Martinez ’17
Laurel De Luca '16
As the days get shorter and the air gets cooler, everyone starts pulling out their sweaters, boots, and leggings. If we weren’t in Florida, that might be the case.
However, people still tend to change their style in transition to fall. With air conditioning on full blast, you can still get away with a light sweater and boots, you just might die when you step outside.
With every changing season, people always get excited to change up their outfits and shop the stores for their new releases. It’s easy to spot the dramatic change in stores as soon as fall peaks; shorts start getting harder to find, flip flops disappear as boots, pants, sweaters, and long sleeves make their way onto display.
It’s not just fall fashion that appears, but winter as well, and after being in months of the same clothes, people can’t help but have the urge to splurge on what they’ve missed for so long: sweatshirts, leggings, and boots.
So what are some of the fall clothes everyone tends to go crazy for? Depending on a person’s style, it may be different. Some people look forward to the colder weather as an excuse to bundle up in sweatpants and a sweatshirt or leggings, for girls. Others tend to look forward to cardigans and combat boots.
Whatever it may be, it’s easy to feel comfortable in jeans and a long sleeve top over shorts that constantly ride up.
For those who are on a budget but still want to change up their wardrobe for fall, there’s a few tips you can follow. By getting some simple clothing items like a cardigan, sweater, and a pair of boots, you’ll be ready for fall without spending a fortune on a new wardrobe.
A cardigan always comes in handy, it’s an easy go-to if ever dress coded because you don’t have to cover up your top, only your arms. I recommend buying one in a solid color like black or white so that it goes with most of your clothes and you can wear it with any summer top.
If you invest in a sweater, and I say invest lightly because stores like Tobi, Forever21, and H&M make sweaters more affordable than most; you can pair it with any dress and make it look like you paired a sweater with a skirt.
Boots are always a necessity for fall, and go with so many outfits so if you go over a little more than you had wanted to spend, just remember how much use you’ll put them to pairing them with skirts, dresses, jeans, leggings, and so on.
If you’re looking forward to getting out of shorts and changing your wardrobe up for fall, remember those few tips and you’ll have plenty of outfits to choose from not only for fall, but winter as well.
Natalie Raszka '17
Fall colors? Nope
As all Floridians do, we go get the stick on fall decals from a craft store for our windows to get the fall feeling.
“I don’t think there has been a year at my house when my mom doesn’t put them on the sliding glass doors “said Zach Jekonski ’17
Fall weather? Not so much.
With it being fall and all Floridians expect the weather to go down everyone tries to turn off the AC and open the windows for the cold air to come in. The key word is tries, the Florida weather is a tease the mornings are cold then it turns into sweaty afternoons.
“I always feel the weather when I get ready for school and put on a pair of jeans, then in less than an hour I wish I was in shorts” said Charlee Rincon ‘16
Even though the weather is not as expected and the leaves don’t change color, Florida always becomes fall when everything becomes pumpkin! Starbucks not only brings out their pumpkin latte this year they have a pumpkin scone, pumpkin muffin, and pumpkin sugar cookie.
“I go get a pumpkin latte and pumpkin muffin just to get the real fall feeling” said Abby Kroneberger’17.
You know its fall in Florida when the colors start to change on the license plates. While driving down the highway you see all northerners home town on the back of their car. When you go in to a restaurant and have an hour wait until you eat, with tourist it is a love hate relationship.
“The hour wait in the restaurants is also due to fall football” said Miles Hudson ‘17
Fall Football is here! Start by rooting for you high school team on Friday, to watching your college team on Sunday, and it carries into Sunday where you can watch your favorite NFL team.
Even though in Florida nothing drastically changes, let the northerners slip on icy sidewalks and spend money on plane tickets to Florida for the comfortable weather, as for us we have the perfect “fake” fall
Victoria Gowan ’17
Krystin Langer ’17
Chloe Hart ’17
Christina Spillman ’17
On Oct. 31, a couple of science classes at Riverview High used the Halloween spirit for some explosive fun. Pre-IB sophomore chemistry teacher Chad Smith spent his third period class exploding the most well known symbol for Halloween—the pumpkin.
A chemical formula was created to implode within the pumpkin, causing the pre-carved pieces to shoot out and reveal the image a student had carved. Mr. Smith used Hydrogen and a match to blow up the carved pieces. Other elements, such as Calcium Carbide, Hydrogen peroxide, and water were used to aid the explosion. It’s quite amazing how just a few elements can create such an explosive reaction.
Two students interviewed enjoyed this exciting way to celebrate the spookiest day of the year.
“This was a really good way to celebrate Halloween,” Emma Meadows ’17 said about the lab, though only a few pumpkins were actually blasted, because of time difficulties.
Rose Adams ’17 said it was “fun and exciting” to be using pumpkins for explosions. “I didn’t know what to expect,” she added.
Smith said he has done this experiment for “quite some time.” Christina Spillman ’17, a student in Mr. Smith’s Chemistry class, said she enjoys the subject because of all the cool labs that are in the class.
A few other teachers were doing this same experiment, like Katie Pollifrone, who decided to join in on the Halloween fun. This is certainly a fun, exciting way to celebrate the scariest time of the year, who doesn’t love a scare...and a little science?
Claire Johnson '17
Left Picture: Back Row: Cole Hautamaki (’17), Miles Hudson (’17), Jesse Clark (’17), David Russo (’17), Parker Mchenry (’17), Front Row: Johnny Russo (’17), and Courtney Searles (’17)
Right Picture: Jack Martin (’17) and Chloe Madden (’17)
With 2014’s When in Rome – themed homecoming dance approaching quickly, students have gotten busy finding a date to take for the evening at Robart’s Arena.
Coinciding perfectly with the romantic theme of When in Rome, guys all across campus have been coming up with some thoughtful (and very creative) ways to ask their date to homecoming.
One of the most popular homecoming proposals was thought up by Tim Franck (’17). After the two performed live as the characters Troy and Gabriella from High School Musical at our very own AirBand, a message popped up behind the group reading, “Homecoming, Stephanie?” Franck walked out with a bundle of flowers and was greeted by the stunned Stephanie Peak (’17).
“It took some thought for sure, but it was totally worth all the effort to see the look on Stephanie’s face when she saw the screen,” said Franck.
It seems that since freshmen and sophomores are relatively new to the idea of homecoming, they are more eager and innovative to propose to someone. However, once they’ve reached their junior and senior years, the tradition becomes less important and it is more typical to go with a group of friends or ask their date more simply.
“I’m just going with a group of my friends, which I think is going to be much more fun and relaxed,” said Chad Madden (’16).
Jack Martin (’18) also had a very creative approach to getting Chloe Madden (’17) to attend this year’s dance with him. Having recently shaving his head after losing a bet, he decided to pop the question with Sharpie on the top of his bald head.
“At first he just asked me, nothing special, so I decided to decline his offer and challenge him be more creative and see what he’d come up with,” Madden said. “He definitely stepped with a very… interesting approach!”
Whether it’s flowers, chocolates, giant teddy bears, or a bald head, students across campus haven’t failed to come up with crazy and sweet ways to convince their date to join them at Homecoming 2014.
Kori Williams '15
Even though it doesn’t feel like it, fall is right around the corner. So, that means new trends and styles are on the verge and what better way to get a head start before going shopping than knowing your figure? The surprising thing that most young women don’t know, is that you can become any shape you desire with one special tool—silhouette mastering.
The trick to looking great in clothes is all about the fit of your garments and the confidence you feel in them. Have you ever worn something you saw on someone else and felt completely uncomfortable the entire day? It’s because the fit wasn’t proportioned to your natural silhouette. An excellent fit will allow your clothes to drape your body that compliments you in the most flattering way.
Each woman has a general shape that falls into the following four categories. Here are four different looks for each shape to give you an idea of what will work and give you the ultimate look. Take note and be honest when knowing your body configurations.
Apple Shapes –Your weight is held primarily in the midsection of your body. Your legs tend to be smaller and leaner than your upper body. You want to focus on making sure your waist is defined to create a more proportionate look. Wrap dresses are a great way to embody a flattering energy as well as add definition to your midsection silhouette. R&B songstress Jennifer Hudson, lost over 20 pounds, and she has configured her wardrobe to her perfect apple shape.
Banana Shape-Your slender physique carries broader shoulders and a more athletic build. You want to focus on adding layers. Shirts with ruffles or patterned details will give you the extra boost you need for your bust area. Textured, colored and patterned skirts or pants will give you the volume you need on the bottom. Volume to your top and lower half of your body will create the illusion of natural curves. Breakout model and younger sister of Kim Kardashian, Kendall Jenner knows what looks good on her, and is the perfect example of the banana shape.
Large Busts or Strawberry Shape-Your shoulders are typically broader than your hip area. In addition, you are typically top heavy. You want to try to stay away from tops with too high of a neckline—it will make your bust more noticeable. V-necks and solid color tops are great for your body type. Similar to the banana shape, strawberry shapes tend to have little hip definition, so A-line skirts are a must-do when stepping out. The red-head bombshell Christina Hendricks plays with silhouettes’ a lot on the red carpet. She is the perfect example of the strawberry shape figure.
Hourglass Shape or Pear Shape-Your body is evenly proportioned between your shoulders, waist, and hips. The hourglass shape tends to be the most desired by women
Abby Donnelly '17
Jake Burnett (President), Mike Van ness (Vice President), Jack Martin (Secretary), and Ron Saba (Treasurer) are the first to change the dynamics of the Freshman Board or any of the other class boards by being the first all male officers to be elected.
The board sponsors are excited to work with the boys and see how they rise to the occasion without the input from a female board member.
“This board, being all boys, will have to ensure that they are using their strengths to support each other’s weaknesses. The dynamic will certainly be different as boys and girls tend to have different approaches to how the handle stress and interpersonal issues,” said Josh Mocherman, senior board sponsor.
Keely Murphy, freshman board sponsor, says she’s looking forward to the new dynamics that will characterize the all male board.
“We have met only once, but I was immediately impressed by their enthusiasm and perspective,” Murphy said.
Not only is the board all boys, but they also are apart of Riverview’s football program.
Murphy considers the combination an asset.
In the future the boys will be in charge of organizing events such as homecoming, prom, and Lady Ram. Pat Bliss, journalism teacher and junior board sponsor, says they will be picking out tiaras, flowers, and many other decorations for these events.
“If these boys stay as officers in the class of 2018, they will need to lean on the other members of their board for support in dealing with events that require a female’s perspective,” said Mocherman.
Ellie Falconer '15
This summer, social media was taken by storm with videos of people voluntarily pouring buckets of ice water onto themselves.
“Every day I would check Instagram and there would be at least 15 videos on my newsfeed of the ice bucket challenge.” said Jenna Wiles (17)
Many may ask why so many people, including Riverview students, would want to torture themselves with freezing water for a video on social media? The ALS organization is the answer.
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrigs disease. They build hope and enhance the quality of life for patients while searching for new treatments and a cure. The Ice Bucket Challenge was created by the ALS organization to raise awareness for the disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to research.
“I believe this challenge is a good way to raise awareness for ALS and give ALS patients high spirits because people are supporting them,” said Katarina Saba (15).
The Challenge is for participants to be filmed while having a bucket of ice water poured on their heads and to nominate other people to do the same. If you don’t complete the challenge within 24 hours you have to donate to the ALS association. Many students believe that this is a great way to spread awareness for the disease and ALS foundation, but some believe differently.
“I think its cool it just has a lot of flaws in it, because people don’t always say how its for ALS in the videos and the whole point is to raise awareness!” said Aimee Grab (15).
Some students also believe that most students at Riverview only do the challenge to simply fit in.
“I think it’s pointless because you’ll do more good donating money directly to the organization, most people don’t know what ALS is! Its just a trend that people are using, I think it’s pointless unless you actually donate money.” Said Chelsea Meric (15).
Nevertheless, Riverview students do enjoy watching the videos.
“I think some of the videos are very amusing and I’m glad they’re doing it for a good cause” said Taylor Kierscht (15)
As of Wednesday of August 27, The ice bucket challenge has raised $94.3 million dollars.
Natalie Raszka '17
No matter how brave one claims to be, starting high school is always one of the biggest fears any student has.
The classes are bigger, the students are older, the halls are crammed, and the expectations for oneself are higher, because after high school everyone’s off to the real world. Students can only imagine how tough it must have been for the freshmen walking into Riverview High School on the first day, not knowing what to expect.
New classmates, new teachers, new classes, new school—everything was going to be different. The first day for freshmen is obviously the worst, because starting something new is never easy.
“My biggest fear was not being able to fit in,” Jefferson Noles '18 said.
But, it was the classes that worried Joseph Jones '18.
“I was scared of the work being so much harder and my teachers being really tough,” Jones said.
Charlee Rincon ’18 feared being youngest in the school.
“I was scared of the teachers and the older students,” she said.
Transitioning from middle school to high school can be a small step for some but a huge step for others.
“The biggest difference from middle school was Riverview’s size and how teachers treat you,” Noles said.
“The amount of crowds was so different and the time schedule,” Jones added.
Rincon agreed with Noles, saying the distance to travel was now huge.
“It was crazy walking from the first floor to the third floor. In middle school, classes were like an inch away,” she said.
A few of the freshmen were complaining about the size of Riverview. Many hated all the steps going from the first floor to the third floor, which can seem exhausting, but others loved the size, giving them the feel for freedom. Everyone at Riverview has had that time in his or her life when he or she had the fear of starting high school, but when one looks around, it’s clear that these people soon adapted to it, and high school was forevermore a part of their lives.
Out With the New, and In With the Old
Darby Adams ’15
Montana Moore ’15
While reminiscing through past years’ Ram Pages, an article was discovered about a fake wedding on Riverview High School’s campus held many years ago. The photographs within the article intrigued our investigative sides, we had to find out more about the wedding. So we did.
When Riverview High School was first established in 1958, there was a new concept introduced to Sarasota County. The concept was titled “The Modern Living Class,” which was fitting since it was a class taught specifically to prepare students for their future, whether it be in relationships or in the work force. Students treasured the class, and enjoyed going through simulations of what life could be like in the near future.
According to the article recounting the wedding, the pupils were given the power to decide who married, and in this wedding, they decided a set of twins from the class would marry different me at the same time.
Bridesmaids and groomsmen were established while wedding dresses and tuxedos were fitted to perfection. It was THE event of the year, every year, so why does Riverview High School no longer offer the Modern Family Living Class? That was the information we had to uncover, as well as what it would take to bring the class back to our campus.
In an effort to find the cause of the class’s dismissal, we contacted a teacher known to be well informed about what has happened in past years at this school.
“I can’t recall the official reason why the Modern Family Living Class was taken away, but a likely scenario could have been the lack of funds our school system was receiving. However, I currently teach the modern version of that class called Health Opportunities through Physical Education. Although there aren’t any fake weddings performed, students learn how to take care of their bodies and that is an important aspect of modern living,” said Kevyn Fitzgerald, an alumnus from 1971.
Not everyone seems to agree with Fitzgerald though. After interviewing students from Fitzgerald’s class, we learned students would much rather have the Modern Living Class than “HOPE.” One student was quoted saying “I think that they should offer the Modern Family Living Class because these immature boys might realize that high school doesn’t last orever, so they need to become more mature and start preparing for their future,” Sophie Zimmerman ’15 said.
The next step of the investigation was to figure out how we could get the class back at Riverview High School, now that we knew others were interested in getting the class back as well. After talking to an assistant principal, we quickly realized there was no chance of that happening.
“The class was done away with and replaced by HOPE many years ago. HOPE has become a state requirement. You could encourage your HOPE teachers to do a simulation such as the ones in the Modern Living Class, but the essential curriculum would have to have been already completed for the year,” stated Melanie Dunham. Any hope we had of bringing the class back was diminished.
For some, that was okay.
“I’m not ready for a boyfriend, let alone a husband!” joked Giovanna Solomon ’15.
New and Improved Riverview Men’s Choir
Melisa Hadzic ’17
Arianna Boenker ’17
The traditional Riverview High School choir has made improvements in favor of student’s progression. This 2014-2015 school year has a brought a new program to all the men on campus.
In the past years Riverview has had four choirs that include beginner girls, advanced ladies, mixed, and chamber. All of the levels except chamber had a class during the school day, but now men’s choir has been assigned to a new, separate class.
“With the new men’s choir it will be an interesting and new year compared to years prior,” said Paige Galdieri a sophomore in chamber and mixed choir.
In this new choir there are about sixteen boys ranging from sophomores to seniors. Some are new to choir this year while the others are returning from mixed choir either last year or years before that. Even though some students are returning, the class in general is a beginner class. In a beginner class they learn the basics of singing and sight-reading.
“My sister Sarah just graduated and was in choir all four years of high school. She loved it and I wanted to join last year but the class was too advanced for me never singing before. This is the perfect opportunity to get involved in this program,” said Ross Mayper a sophomore in the new choir class.
The men have a separate class period from all the other choir levels, and it’s held during 4th period. Extra rehearsals are held after school mostly on Thursdays, either separately or with the other choirs. In most cases all choirs perform at the same concert but each choir will have different songs they can sing by themselves including the new men’s choir.
“I’m very excited for the new additions to choir this year especially the guys coming in and the new concert. The concerts will be much more entertaining and will show off more of Riverview’s singing talent,” said Skylar Leinenweber, a sophomore in advanced ladies choir.
In addition to the new men’s choir there is also a new concert that has never been held before in Riverview choir history. The fall concert is an opportunity to include new types of music to Riverview’s choir concerts. It will be held on October 15 in the R-PAC at 6:00 pm.
David Verdoni and Whitney Verdoni, the choir directors, are trying something new with this fall concert to see what will happen if the old tradition is changed.
“I think it will be a fun and interesting new year with all of the changes. Even though it’s a new concert, I believe it will be fun,” said Verdoni.
Laurel de Luca ’16
A movie can have a dramatic effect, but when a story is not just a plot directed to turn out a certain way but rather to tell someone’s life story, it leaves everyone watching it feeling moved. The movie Radio is not any typical scripted movie you see in theaters—it’s based on a true story about the man himself, James Robert Kennedy, who grew from being shy to becoming an ambassador of good will to his community.
“Radio” came into the TL Hanna High School family when the school’s football coach Harold Jones befriended him, a mentally-challenged African American man. By bringing him onto the football practice field and introducing him to the team, Coach Jones made Radio become part of the school’s football program and the school’s history.
“Radio’s story is one that leaves many feeling inspired to make a change in their lives, like putting an end to bullying,” said Pat Bliss, who along with her family, got to meet Radio and Coach Jones this past June.
“My stepmother went to school with Harold Jones. We were taking her up to South Carolina for the summer, so she introduced us to Radio and other mutual friends. We had lunch together and spent the rest of the day with Radio touring TL Hanna.” Bliss said.
Before Radio became a fixture at TL Hanna, he would walk by the football field with his grocery cart as the team and the rest of the town stared at him. Many might ask what made Coach Jones walk up to Radio that fateful day in 1976, but Jones says it goes back to a childhood experience he had that made him vow not to tolerate bullying. When he saw his own team harassing Radio, he walked up to him and invited him to become part of the day’s workout, which ultimately led to Radio becoming part of the high school community.
Radio was soon attending TL Hanna as an honorary junior, and he now considered a lifetime junior. He gave Bliss and her family—teachers Maureen Finley, Sheila Bliss and husband Rick—a tour of the school.
“TL Hanna is very similar to Riverview,” Bliss said, noting that the school had an IB program also.
Another thing Bliss found was that Cuba Gooding Jr., who played the part of Radio, did a perfect job of portraying who Radio really is.
Radio first earned his nickname when he showed an interest in an old radio that belonged to Jones’ assistant, Coach Honeycutt. Honeycutt gave him the radio, and the name stuck.
The sense of community Radio felt had given him the confidence to feel he belonged at TL Hanna. Today, the entire campus knows and loves him.
“He’s always smiling and talking to everyone, and at lunchtime, he’s busy handing out ketchup and mustards at lunch,” said Bliss.
He works very closely with the athletic programs, and he and Jones never miss a football game.
“Westside, (TL Hanna’s chief rival), they’re going down!” Radio said repeatedly of the competitor whose colors and mascot, ironically, were maroon and white and Rams. Radio has remained an honorary junior for 40 years.
“I think being a part of the school community has kept him vital,” said Bliss.
Now in his 60s, Radio tours with Jones in an outreach program called the Outdoor Dream Foundation, which campaigns against bullying.