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A beach play list, some healthy snack suggestions and other newsy stuff

tourist trap

Osceola Fundamental High seniors cheer wildly after learning they are in detention for running in the halls and disrupting classroom procedures during prom week. Similar to homecoming week, prom week calls for different themed costumes each day. Osceola's "tourist day" found seniors in Hawaiian shirts carrying maps of the school and pretending to find their way. What started off calmly turned into more of a stampede, hence the tourists "trapped" in the cafeteria. — Brea Hollingsworth, Osceola Fundamental High

So nearly six months in, how's that New Year's resolution going for you? The one where you said you would eat healthy and exercise to get in shape? It really is a shame that the things that taste the best are the worst for you. C'mon, no one wants to fill up on Veggie Stix.

As you head into official summer swimsuit season, here are some snacks that taste good, make you look good and help you kick your health kick blues. — Chloe Beaver, St. Petersburg High

Instead of … Greasy, processed, potato chips

Try … All-natural banana chips! These little dried bananas are perfect to munch on at the beach or in front of the TV.

Instead of … Sugar-filled, sky-high-caloried soda

Try … Homemade detox water! Throw whatever fruit you want into a bottle and fill it with water. The natural flavors of the fruit make you feel instantly cleansed and won't leave you with the boring taste of water. This drink couldn't be better for you!

Instead of … The quick cookie you grab on the way to your room

Try … Tomatoes and cheese! Yes, this sounds like a weird combination, but a bit of Boursin cheese on a slice of tomato really does taste good. Not to mention, the tomato can help bring out the natural glow in your skin.

Instead of … The cheese stick that you think is healthful but is actually more fake than real

Try … Ants on a log! Some peanut butter on a celery stick with raisins sprinkled on top really does do the trick. It fills you up and satisfies the craving you have for sweets!

Instead of … The bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch or Froot Loops riddled with sugar

Try … A yogurt parfait! Throw some granola in a bowl with low-fat yogurt to make a breakfast or snack that will keep your energy up all day. Top it off with some blueberries and strawberries, and bam! Instant perfection.


the fault in shailene

Time to add another name to the list of celebrities who do not understand feminism. Shailene Woodley, Divergent heroine and The Fault in Our Stars lead, is known for getting her own water from the mountains, eating clay and only shampooing her hair once a month. Now she is known for her ignorance as well. Time magazine interviewed the actor recently and asked if she considers herself a feminist. Woodley replied, "No, because I love men." Someone get this girl a dictionary. It's just like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the author who was sampled on Beyoncé's Flawless, said during her TEDx Talk: A feminist is "a person who believes in the social, political and economic equality of the sexes." — Katie Lamont, East Lake/SPC


Good tunes for a beachy day

Hellloooo summer. We missed you. To kick off the beach vibes just as exams draw to a close, scan the code or go to to listen.

Riptide, Vance Joy

Kokomo, Beach Boys

Sweet Pea, Amos Lee

Knee Deep, Zac Brown Band and Jimmy Buffett

Oceans, Coasts

Somewhere Tropical, Ballyhoo!

Imagine, Jack Johnson

Sunday Morning, Maroon 5

The Sound of Sunshine, Michael Franti & Spearhead

Summer, Calvin Harris

CHLOE BEAVER, St. Petersburg High

a royal moment

At Osceola Fundamental High's prom last weekend at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, senior Sebastian Rollins celebrates with his date, senior Tiffany Garcia, after he was announced as a member of the prom court. Rollins, the subject of a Tampa Bay Times story last week, is likely the first transgender student to run for prom court in Tampa Bay. When he found out he had made the court, Rollins was thrilled. "It says my school, No. 1, is really an understanding bunch of people," he told Times staff writer Lisa Gartner. "To them it doesn't matter as much about the gender. It's about how much people care about you. They care about me." Rollins and his girlfriend since sophomore year broke up before prom, and he attended prom with Garcia. To see the Times' story, click here.

A beach play list, some healthy snack suggestions and other newsy stuff 05/14/14 [Last modified: Thursday, May 15, 2014 3:52pm]
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