Laying down the law: Attorney General Pam Bondi came to Newsome recently to address the senior class about driving under the influence. To showcase the consequences of drunk driving, she spoke with Matthew Durrell, who was prosecuted for killing three of his friends in vehicular manslaughter. Durrell spent 12 years in prison for the deaths, and was eager to tell his story to encourage students to stay away from drinking and driving. It may not have been the most fun assembly, but it may help teens consider their actions before they drink and drive. — Celeste Brown, senior, tb-two* staffer
Rally round the Chiefs: A microphone thumps on, the camera rolls and the words, "Hello Chamberlain!" send a rush through the crowd, nearly 2,000 students packed into the football stadium. This is the sound of a My Fox Prep Rally, specifically the one at Chamberlain this football season.
Students are able to vote for their school over the course of a week by texting a number three times an hour, or voting online an unlimited number of times. The school with the most votes wins a Fox hosted pep rally for that week. Host Charlie Belcher says it gets the students pumped up and full of school spirit.
"I remember high school," Belcher said. "Any break in the routine was fun."
However, the pep rallies are not just fun and games, they take a lot of work. And "lots of makeup and hairspray" for the cheerleaders, according to cheer coach Stephanie Lofgren. There is much behind-the-scenes prep that goes into such an event. SGA makes all the banners, arranges for sports teams to be honored, prepares giveaways and completes other jobs to ensure it runs smoothly. Chamberlain has been nominated multiple times this season but only selected once, which is a probably a good thing, since setup for the pep rally day began at 5:30 a.m. and forced band and SGA members to roll out of bed early. Still, lots of students left the field proud to be Chamberlain Chiefs. It was implied that the My Fox Pep Rally may have had something to do with it, but that was usually accompanied by a smile and some reference to good old Chief pride. — Abby Rinaldi, junior, tb-two* staffer
No twerking in the Victorian era? Don't dismiss dusty old literature for nothing. The Pinellas County Center for the Arts dance department put on its Fall Dance Concert last week, which celebrated the upcoming bicentennial of the ballet Le Corsaire, based on the 19th century poem by Lord Byron. The nearly full Grande Theater experienced the choreography of Suzanne B. Pomerantzeff, Andrei Nikolai Pomerantzeff and PL Paige in other dances as well, such as Twisted Orchestra, Russian Festival and the audience contemporary favorite, Boogie Shoes. — Maria Guardado, junior, BB correspondent
Compiled by William Harvey, King High senior and tb-two* student editor
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