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Olympic Heights Fine Arts Department to showcase talent in The Mane Event on Thursday, Feb. 27

Olympic Heights Fine Arts Department to showcase talent in The Mane Event on Thursday, Feb. 27

Isabelle Eisenberg, Social Media Editor

February 26, 2020

The Olympic Heights Fine Arts Department will be presenting The Mane Event, a collaborative showcase that features performances from Band, Chorus, and Theatre with insightful works of Art on display from the creative minds of the art students. The wide-ranging showcase of talent will take place on Thu...

How fair was the NBA dunk contest? How can the contest be improved? Basketball geek Torch staffers weigh in

The Miami Heat's Derrick Jones, Jr. was the somewhat controversial winner of the NBA's 2020 Slam Dunk Contest.

Andrew Kaye, Sports Editor; Matthew Nebenzahl, Entertainment Editor; Joshua Wolf, Staff Writer

February 26, 2020

The NBA Slam Dunk Contest occurred on February 15, 2020. Participants Aaron Gordon, Dwight Howard, and Pat Connaughton all gave fans an unreal show; however, it was the Miami Heat’s Derrick Jones Jr., who brought home the title of NBA dunk champion. Jones Jr.’s victory was highly debated, so we asked...

Going cruising? These aren’t your grandparents’ cruise ships any longer; they’re more like floating amusement parks

The Symphony of the Seas is the latest in the super-sized cruise ships. It can accommodate over 6,500 passengers.

Arielle Perry, Managing Editor / Features Editor

February 24, 2020

As the world has changed in the past century, so has the cruise industry. Passenger ships that were once seen as modern-day marvels, would today be chuckled at for their small size, lack of modern, technological features and engaging entertainment options for younger passengers. But before delving into the differences betw...

With the revival of The Clone Wars, another new series, and three new films in the works, Star Wars is far from over

The animated Star Wars series The Clone Wars is back on television after a six year hiatus with a new season debuting Feb. 21 on Disney+.

Nicholas Tramazzo, Staff Writer

February 21, 2020

The Star Wars saga has been around since 1977, and it has inspired people of all ages. Games, TV shows, books and songs have been made, and because of this, people devote their time and life to Star Wars.  Since its creation in 1977, over 32 percent of men and 18 percent of women around the world ...

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s decision to leave Royal Family shocks UK, Canada, and Royal Watchers worldwide

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle are giving up their duties as members of the United Kingdom's royal family.

Halli Arthur, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

2020 has already brought forth numerous shocking events, and notably the exit of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry from the United Kingdom’s royal family has been nothing short of a notable event. In the beginning of 2020, Prince Harry and wife Meghan Markle released a statement expressing their with...

Olympic Heights Key Club joins climate change fight; here’s how you can join in

It's gettin' hot in here.

Alexis Rejouis, Staff Writer

February 20, 2020

Last month featured Governor’s Week in the Key Club organization and the theme was “Generation Green.” Olympic Heights Key Club president C.J. Vyazmensky explained that Governor’s week was a district wide event (the Florida District includes not only the Sunshine State, but also the Cayman Isla...

Redesign and delays to Sonic the Hedgehog movie release pay off big at the box office

The film version of Sonic the Hedgehog was delayed 10 months due to negative reaction to the original design of the title character (left). A more cartoonish version (right) of Sonic was met with approval and the film has set an opening weekend box office record.

Nicholas Tramazzo, Staff Writer

February 16, 2020

The infamous blue hedgehog is now on the big screen and in a theater near you after a delay in the release of the Sonic the Hedgehog movie. After the first trailers for the film were met with wide-spread negative reaction last year, the film was literally taken back to the drawing board after numerous ...

Once considered a legitimate science, Astrology’s roots date back to 1500 B.C.; what does your sign say about you?

Once considered a legitimate science, Astrology's roots date back to 1500 B.C.; what does your sign say about you?

Ashley Perry, News and Managing Editor

February 14, 2020

Throughout our history, humans have looked to the heavens for answers to life’s complex questions. Guided by the position of the moon, sun, and stars, our ancestors utilized astrological charts for navigation, for predictions of seasons and certain celestial events, and for rituals.  Astrology...

The toxic but fleeting nature of Cancel Culture

Comedian Kevin Hart was a recent target of

Alexis Rejouis, Staff Writer

February 12, 2020

Cancel culture -- a new internet phenomenon that is helping to ruin careers of social media influencers and celebrities based mostly on rumor and speculation. “Cancelling” someone is essentially destroying the work and character of that person because of one mistake they’ve made. James Charles, ...

Parasite takes Best Picture and Best Director Oscars

Parasite director and co-producer Bong Joon-ho shows off his Best Picture and Best Director Awards Awards.

Emily Nomberg, Staff Writer

February 11, 2020

The 92nd Academy Awards, also known as the Oscars, were presented Sunday, Feb. 9. The Oscars celebrate the film industry every year by recognizing actors, actresses, and the people behind the scenes. Among the 25 categories, the most popular and anticipated awards are in the categories of Best Pictu...

Just Mercy the best film of the disappointing January releases

Michael B. Jordan (left) plays a civil rights attorney trying to get his wrongly convicted client, played by Jamie Foxx, exonerated of a murder charge in Just Mercy, the best film of January 2020.

Nicholas Tramazzo, Staff Writer

February 9, 2020

So far this decade, the movies have not been horrendous. With almost half of the releases this month receiving less than a 60 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, movie directors are going to need to step up their game Some highly hyped films that came out in January 2020 turned into gigantic messe...

Olympic Heights Girls Soccer Wins District 13-6A championship; first district title since 1993

Soaking wet from the traditional championship dousing, Olympic Heights girls soccer head coach Jim Cappello addresses his team while holding the District 13-6A championship trophy.

February 7, 2020

The Olympic Heights girls soccer team won its first district championship since 1993 with a 1-0 victory over Seminole Ridge last night at Corey Lewis Stadium.  The win comes on the heels of the Lions’ 1-0 win over West Boca in the district semifinals on Wednesday night, the team’s first win over...

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