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  • Athletes of the Week: Lindsey Poloskey (VB); Brendan Ruh (Boys Bowling); Amanda Bosco (Girls Bowling)

  • Athletes of the Week: Mackensley Hilaire (football); Brooks Lamb (Boys Golf); Lily Cao (Girls Golf)

  • Students of the Month: Hailee Norris (fr.); Giovana DaSilva (sph.); Lindsey Poloskey (jun.); Lance Dragos (sen.)

  • Teacher of the Month: Sarah Rew; Non-Instructional Employee of the Month: Billy Alper

School District, Olympic Heights Taking Steps to Make Campus More Secure

School District, Olympic Heights Taking Steps to Make Campus More Secure

Arielle Perry, Features Editor

September 21, 2018


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Ever since the tragic Marjory Stoneman Douglas shooting in Parkland, Florida on Feb. 14, 2018,, schools around the country have taken initiatives to increase safety. Palm Beach County schools, including Olympic Heights, are among those schools attempting to provide a more safe environment for their stud...

NEWS ANALYSIS: Why Do U.S. Students Continue to Fall Behind When Compared to Other Nations?

NEWS ANALYSIS: Why Do U.S. Students Continue to Fall Behind When Compared to Other Nations?

Marie Preuss, News Editor

September 17, 2018


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It has been reported numerous times that American students historically does not fare well in comparison with other leading developed countries on standardized tests and other areas of academic measurement. Americans might be perplexed as to how arguably the most powerful country in the world has an...

A TRIBUTE: Olympic Heights Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community Say “Thank You” to Mr. Dave Clark

A TRIBUTE: Olympic Heights Faculty, Staff, Students, and Community Say “Thank You” to Mr. Dave Clark

Lauren Shapiro, Managing Editor

September 12, 2018


Filed under Olympic Heights' News, Showcase

After seven years of making incredible strides turning Olympic Heights Community High School into the A-rated school that it is today, principal Dave Clark has stepped down from his duties, taking an extended leave of absence due to his wife’s health issues. As OH awaits the arrival of Ms. Kelly ...

Kelly Burke Tabbed As New Principal of Olympic Heights; Appointment Pending School Board Approval

Kelly Burke Tabbed As New Principal of Olympic Heights; Appointment Pending School Board Approval

September 4, 2018


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Pending school board approval, Ms. Kelly Burke, a former assistant principal of curriculum at Olympic Heights and current principal at Addison Mizner Elementary School, will take the helm as the new principal of OH.  She steps in for Mr. Dave Clark who has taken an extended leave of absence due to his ...

OH Best Buddies Chapter Named National Fundraising Champion at Summer Conference

OH Best Buddies Chapter Named National Fundraising Champion at Summer Conference

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

August 31, 2018


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When transitioning from the school year to summer break, socializing replaces socializing, beach-time replaces class-time, and late nights replace early mornings. While school-time efforts are usually lost in the haze of summer, for one Olympic Heights club, the fruition of these efforts was finally...

Olympic Heights Principal Dave Clark Taking Immediate Extended Leave of Absence

Olympic Heights Principal Dave Clark Taking Immediate Extended Leave of Absence

August 29, 2018


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Olympic Heights principal Dave Clark stunned faculty and staff at yesterday’s Professional Development Day faculty meeting when he announced that he will be taking an immediate extended leave of absence, at least through the remainder of the 2018-19 school year, to better support his wife who is dealing...

Responses to School Shootings Vary Depending on Politics

Responses to School Shootings Vary Depending on Politics

Ashley Perry, Staff Writer

May 29, 2018


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Shooting after shooting after shooting. They have become so prevalent lately that it seems as if they are transpiring daily. Even as this story is being written, more shootings are materializing, as evidenced by a shooting at an Indiana middle school on May 25. From Sandy Hook to Orlando to Las Vegas...

NEWS ANALYSIS: Supreme Court Ruling on Legalized Sports Betting Poses Complications

NEWS ANALYSIS: Supreme Court Ruling on Legalized Sports Betting Poses Complications

Jacob Pasternack, Editor-In-Chief

May 29, 2018


Filed under News, Showcase, Sports

After years of legal deliberation, the Supreme Court has decided to allow states to legalize sports betting. This ruling opens a previously illegal sports gambling market, worth anywhere from $50 billion to $400 billion, for athletic leagues to capitalize on. The impact of this decision may not be felt...

OH’s Kaylee Cunningham and Robert Berkowitz Win Pathfinder First Place; Cunningham Takes Fourth at International Science Fair

OH’s Kaylee Cunningham and Robert Berkowitz Win Pathfinder First Place; Cunningham Takes Fourth at International Science Fair

May 24, 2018


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Olympic Heights seniors Kaylee Cunningham and Robert Berkowitz both won first place in their respective categories at the 2018 Palm Beach Post Pathfinder Scholarship Awards on May 17 held at the Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts in West Palm Beach. Cunningham won in the Computer Science ...

Hawaii’s Volcano Eruption Remains a Threat

Hawaii’s Volcano Eruption Remains a Threat

Megan Foster, Staff Writer

May 22, 2018


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This weekend the volcano Mount Kilauea erupted again, spewing more copious amounts of lava onto the island. Since the first eruption on May 3, a series of eruptions have affected different parts of the island and have destroyed multiple homes. Geologists have recognized a pattern preceding the eruption...

The Torch’s Jacob Pasternack Wins First Place for Column Writing at Palm Beach Post Awards

The Torch’s Jacob Pasternack Wins First Place for Column Writing at Palm Beach Post Awards

May 4, 2018


Filed under Olympic Heights' News, Showcase

Jacob Pasternack, the editor-in-chief of The Torch, the student newspaper of Olympic Heights, won first place in the column writing category at the 38th annual Palm Beach Post Excellence in High School Journalism Awards Luncheon held on Thursday, May 3. Pasternack’s entry into the competition i...

Surprise! Humans May Have Another Bodily Organ

Surprise! Humans May Have Another Bodily Organ

Megan Foster, Staff Writer

April 25, 2018


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As the human body is extremely complicated, it is no surprise that we have not cracked every code. In fact, researchers are constantly finding new mechanisms by which our cells function, our muscles move, and our immune systems work. In a report published recently in the journal Scientific Reports, doctors ...

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