The Torch

  • Athletes of the Week: TRACK: Ricky Brown & Bianca Bruney; WEIGHTLIFTING: Alan Simons; VOLLEYBALL: Chris Muro

  • Athletes of the Week: BASEBALL: Jake Neese; SOFTBALL: Theresa Colandreo; FLAG FOOTBALL: Faith Krost

  • Athletes of the Week: TENNIS: Michael Nemery & Flavia Viera; LACROSSE: Jamal London & Jessica Budin

  • Students of the Month: Matt Merhi (9); Andie Hirsch (10); Adelaide Claiborne (11); Reyin Darby (12)

  • Teacher of the Month: Sharon Neubauer; Non-Instructional Employee of the Month: Nicki Spears

Private Universities: Weighing Costs Against Benefits

Private Universities: Weighing Costs Against Benefits

Arielle Perry, Features Editor

March 10, 2019


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For many juniors and seniors, picking the ideal college can be quite overwhelming. In the state of Florida, this decision can prove to be even more challenging due to the plethora of different types of universities prospective students can choose from and the forms of financial aid Florida students ...

A Look Back at the Complex Cyntoia Brown Case

A Look Back at the Complex Cyntoia Brown Case

Megan Foster, Staff Writer

March 9, 2019


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To some observers of her case, Cyntoia Brown is a convicted murderer who shot a man in the head while he was asleep in their bed. To others, she is a frightened victim of child sex trafficking, punished for defending herself. Prosecutors said she killed Johnny Mitchell Allen, who allegedly solicited...

Animal Rights Activists Continue the Fight Against Circus Animal Cruelty

Animal Rights Activists Continue the Fight Against Circus Animal Cruelty

Razanne Saleh, Staff Writer

March 8, 2019


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A circus is known for being a worldwide entertainment event for people of all ages. Whether it is children, teenagers, adults, or even the elderly, a circus is a place where joy is fulfilled and smiles are plastered across the faces of an audience. The first circus was created back in England by Philip...

The “Tampon Tax” Effect Extends to Public Schools, Including Palm Beach County

The “Tampon Tax” Effect Extends to Public Schools, Including Palm Beach County

Marie Preuss, News Editor

February 27, 2019


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A topic that is rarely ever mentioned in public yet affects roughly half of the human population: menstruation. Girls’ periods are still treated as somewhat of a societal taboo. Fears of accidental stains at school can be a nightmare for teenage girls. However, increasing calls for the elimination of ec...

To Understand the Racist Nature of Blackface, One Has to Understand Its History

To Understand the Racist Nature of Blackface, One Has to Understand Its History

Ashley Perry, Features Editor

February 25, 2019


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February is Black History Month wherein America honors and remembers the countless African-Americans who proudly served our country and fought for the freedoms and equality that they now enjoy today. Despite these great strides in American progress, the legacy of these African-American individuals ha...

Linguists Look to Technology to Preserve Dying Languages

Linguists Look to Technology to Preserve Dying Languages

Marie Preuss, News Editor

January 28, 2019


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As the English language gains prominence around the world, many native languages are suffering a decline. It is estimated that a language goes extinct as often as every two weeks. Is there anything that can be done to slow this trend? Technology might be part of the solution, with language-learning apps suc...

Practically Unknown Samuel Little Could Be America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer Ever

Practically Unknown Samuel Little Could Be America’s Most Prolific Serial Killer Ever

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

January 3, 2019


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A man convicted of three murders that landed him a place in prison for life may be responsible for far more than what his former convictions state. Samuel Little, also known as Samuel McDowell, has admitted to being responsible for murdering 90 women across the United States between 1970 and 2005....

TV Holiday Specials Criticized as Social Norms Change

TV Holiday Specials Criticized as Social Norms Change

Arielle Perry, Features Editor

December 28, 2018


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With the holiday season winding down as the new year approaches, we have recently witnessed social criticisms of the seasonal staples that have become as traditional as Christmas carols and gift-giving: the television holiday specials. For years, these holiday specials have transported adults back into th...

Online Holiday Shopping Taking Its Toll on Traditional Stores

Online Holiday Shopping Taking Its Toll on Traditional Stores

Ashley Perry, Features Editor

December 21, 2018


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In the relatively new age of Amazon, retail stores are taking the heat. Department stores such as Kmart, Sears, and JCPenney are on the paths to decreased sales and even bankruptcy. Many have adapted to the tech-savviness of today by introducing apps designed to allow people to purchase and browse i...

Don’t Stress Over Midterms: Tips for Sensible Studying

Don’t Stress Over Midterms: Tips for Sensible Studying

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

December 14, 2018


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With midterms approaching more quickly than most hope, students are stuck deciding whether to put in little to no effort and receive a poor grade, or to use all of their energy for studying to receive a grade they have earned and feel satisfied with. However, studying doesn’t have to be as hard as most students ...

U.S. Governmental Agencies Cracking Down on Vaping As It Becomes a Teenage Epidemic

U.S. Governmental Agencies Cracking Down on Vaping As It Becomes a Teenage Epidemic

Ashley Perry, Features Editor

December 7, 2018


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Walk into a bathroom at Olympic Heights or any other high school, and you might smell a fruity flavor. No, this sweet aroma is not from an air freshener. It’s actually coming from vaping devices or e-cigarettes that have been sweeping the nation in recent years, especially among adolescents. According to...

Unsubstantiated Reports of Human Trafficking Attempts in Boca Raton Raise Local Awareness Level

Unsubstantiated Reports of Human Trafficking Attempts in Boca Raton Raise Local Awareness Level

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

December 7, 2018


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Human trafficking has been on the rise throughout much of South Florida, and teens are becoming much more aware of the intensifying threat. Often times when a person hears stories of kids around him/her being trafficked, it is followed by the thought that it could never happen to that person or anyone...

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