Largo High students are a tough lot, trudging between portables on dusty paths while a new high school is constructed. "The bright side of having the school torn down is that we get to have our senior homecoming at the Coliseum," said senior and student body president Haley Ferguson. Here the students cheer at the dance for a group photo, some presumably flashing "L" for Largo, others flashing, well, we had to cover one up with our asterisk. - Brenda Vargas, Largo High
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BAD IDEA. LIKE, REALLY BAD.
Advice: Don't pretend to kidnap your potential homecoming date in order to ask her to go to the dance with you. Buzzfeed, that wonderful online source for news and reports of outrageous human behavior, tells the story of a homecoming invite taken too far. After photos of a 16-year-old girl in the trunk of a car, hands bound, went viral, Buzzfeed contacted the couple, then at the girl's request removed personal information from the post. Here's one tweet worth sharing, from the girl, Kayla, whose face is now grayed out in the photos: "After the traumatizing experience of being kidnapped out of bed at 4 a.m. ... Hoco with Briles." The Interverse recoiled in disgust. See the full report, including comments, at tbtim.es/taken.
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Watch out for splinters
St. Petersburg High junior Kyle Hunter, a newly "tapped" member of the Men of Key Club, endured the ritual of being dressed up and painted, and also carrying his big wooden key around all day. Question: "What are you thinking right now?" Answer: "I'm a Man of Key now." At the end of the day Friday, Men of Key initiates sign their big keys, which will be passed down to new members next year.
Max Asayesh-Brown, St. Petersburg High
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Real fans? Fake fans? Who cares?
Hate is a strong word, but when you are a true fan of a band or artist, really love them, it is easy to hurl that verb toward "fake" fans - people who just jump on the bandwagon to claim stalwart affection for a band they don't really even know.
It's easy to spot these bandwagoners, those who want to feel part of a greater movement of fandom. They hear people talking about big stars and they want to join in the fun, even if they're not really sure who the phenoms are. Kanye What? The Neighborhuh? Miley Cywho? But boy, it feels good to be part of something that everyone else seems to be a part of.
Do musicians care how deep a fan's love is for them? Last year at a USF Sun Dome concert by hip-hop duo Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Macklemore broached the subject. "I don't care if you've been a fan for two weeks or two years, I appreciate all of you who have come!"
St. Petersburg High senior and music enthusiast Enan Burrell described two types of fans. "There's people that appreciate the art, and there's people that appreciate the hype," he said. "Personally, I don't care."
What do you think? Do bandwagoners irritate you? Are you a bandwagoner yourself? Tweet us at #tb-two.
Davy Phrathep, St. Petersburg High