reflection

As a member in the business committee I was assigned to get an advertisement for a local business and I chose to do Burger and Beer Joint. Through out this process I have done several things. Since I personally know the owner, my aunt gave me her number and I called her by phone. I informed her about The Beachcomber and how much each ad costs with the sizes. Most importantly, I convinced her that buying an ad for the newspaper would benefit her business tremendously. She seemed and told me she was very interested and will speak to her partner about it. I gave her my contact information and plan on calling her later this week. Further, I plan on making an appointment with her to actually speak to her face to face and show her my presentation.

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final draft-fall sports

FALL SPORTS
By: Brittany and Jessica Waserstein

The Miami Beach Senior High sport teams are looking forward to the 2009 fall season. All of the coaches and teammates have been working hard, highly motivated to qualify for regionals or states.

The Beach High Cross Country Team, coached by David Reese and Pedro Rivera, are practicing diligently in order to accomplish their goals of qualifying for states. They are more motivated and determined than ever, practicing every day for two hours; they run around 25 to 30 miles a week and have workouts focused on increasing their speed by being timed while running for 3.1 miles. Rachel Grosz, senior captain, thinks that this year is going to be better than last year because the team has more girls and a multitude of people to encourage one another.

“I believe we will make it to regionals as a team,” Reese said. “We might also have individual success in regionals and state competition.”

The Girl’s Beach High swimming team coached by Sunday Lewandowski stared off the season strong, winning their first game against Coral Gables Senior High, while the boy’s team coached by Charles Pilamunga lost their first game. Practicing on Mondays through Fridays from 3:00 to 5:30, these Hi Tides do sprints and long distance swimming to build endurance, striving to make it to regionals and states as they did last year. So far, the girls have a record of 4-0 and the boys 3-1.

“I expect them to win finals at states,” said Lewandowski. “Along the way I expect them to win GMACs and district championships.”

Sunday Lewandowski, also the diving coach, has high expectations for senior diver Hunter Beccerra. She hopes for him to win states and receive a scholarship to the University of Texas or any other reputable division one school for diving. As a very devoted diver, he practices every day from 330 to 7. Lewandoski explains that he is very “well disciplined” and therefore won second place in nationals during the summer. Also, he is a representative of the United States for all International competitions.

The Beach High football team started off the season with their heads high and expectations of having a great season. With a record of 2-2, the Hi Tides are even more motivated, practicing Mondays through Saturdays in the backfield of the school from 3 to 7 pm. The teammates run through plays and drills, stretch, work on their coordination and do conditioning as instructed by their coach, Ken Spiegelman. The hopes of doing better and being competitive in the district is very important, according to Spiegelman. Players from the JV football team joined this year’s team along with other new members, providing a team with a mixture of upper classman and under classman.

“When we won our first game, I felt like crying because I really pushed myself to the limit,” Deron Del Valle, Senior with jersey number 30 said. “All the hard work paid off.”

With a record of 5 wins and 3 losses, The Hi-Tide coach of the golf team, Mr. Michael Perez, had higher expectations at the beginning of the year but acknowledges that him and his team will need to be overachievers in order to achieve their goals. Since last year they tied second place for districts and made it to regionals, they expect to make it to the playoffs but have an ultimate goal of making it to the state finals. Practice is on Mondays through Thursdays from 3-6:30. They work on their short game and also hit tons of golf balls at the driving range. The team’s starting five is made up of two seniors, David Reinfeld and Daniel Peterson, one junior, Nicolo Shiekman, one sophomore, Kyle McLaughlin and a transfer student from Finland, Niki Luhtanen.

“This year we have a better team,” Peterson said. “But we also have a tougher schedule in order to better prepare us for a greater success.”

Alberto Muhtar and Peter Kraus coach the bowling team. Last year, the girl’s team was undefeated, winning second place in districts. Peter Kraus declared, “We will win districts this year and go to states in Orlando.” The boys are having problems getting together enough players and because of this they lost their first game. However, Muhtar claims that this will change. With practices on Mondays and Thursdays at Lucky Strike, both coaches are expecting for their teams to do the best they can.

The volleyball team is coached by Sonia Ambrose, Paul Rehage and assistant Rembo Li. Last year they won 3rd place in districts. So far they are 3-5 and are eagerly trying to win their next two games so they can make it to districts this year as well. Alexandra Melody Camps, senior captain, explained that they are a new team and at least thought they can make it to districts but they are struggling due to the lack of support and spirit of the school. Despite this, they are trying their best to excel and are practicing every day from 3 to 6.

“It’s all about everyones attitude, focus, and confidant level,” said Camps.

second draft-fall sports

FALL SPORTS
By: Brittany and Jessica Waserstein
Miami Beach Senior High’s sport teams are looking forward to the 2009 fall season. All of the coaches and teammates have been working hard, highly motivated to make it to regionals or states.
The Beach High Cross Country Team, coached by David Reese and Pedro Rivera, are practicing diligently in order to accomplish their goals of qualifying for states. They are more motivated and determined than ever, practicing every day for two hours; they run around 25 to 30 miles a week and have workouts focused on increasing their speed by being timed while running for 3.1 miles. Rachel Grosz, senior captain, thinks that this year is going to be better than last year because the team has more girls and a multitude of people to encourage one another.
The Girl’s Beach High swimming team coached by Sunday Lewandowski stared off the season strong, winning their first game against Coral Gables Senior High, while the boy’s team coached by Charles Pilamunga lost their first game. Practicing on Mondays through Fridays from 3:00 to 5:30, these Hi Tides do sprints and long distance swimming to build endurance, striving to make it to regionals and states as they did last year.
(Quote from coaches)
The Beach High football team started off the season with their heads high and expectations of having a great season. With a record of 1-1, the Hi Tides are even more motivated, practicing Mondays through Saturdays in the back field of the school from 3 to 7 pm. The teammates run through plays and drills, stretch, work on their coordination and do conditioning as instructed by their coach, Ken Spiegelman. The hopes of doing better and being competitive in the district is very important, according to Spiegelman. Players from the JV football team joined this year’s team along with other new members, providing a team with a mixture of upper classman and under classman.
“When we won our first game, I felt like crying because I really pushed myself to the limit and all the hard work paid off,” described senior, Deron Del Valle, jersey number 30.
The Hi-Tide golf team, coached by Mr. Michael Perez, has higher expectations this year. Since last year they tied second place for districts and made it to regionals, they expect to take a closer step to success this year. They will be able to propel and become a more competitive and stronger team by improving their weaknesses that prevented them from winning first place last year. The team plans on achieving their goals through long hours of practice, Mondays through Thursdays from 3-6:30, doing sprints, suicides and playing 9 holes at the Miami Beach golf club. The team’s starting four is made up of two seniors, David Reinfeld and Daniel Peterson, one junior, Nicolo Shiekman, and one sophomore, Kyle Mcgauclan.
“This year we have a better team,” says Peterson. “But we also have a tougher schedule in order to better prepare us for a greater success.”
(Bowling info and quotes)

interview planner-coaches for fall sports

Name: Brittany and Jessica Waserstein

Person to be Interviewed: coaches
Cross country: Coach Reese, Coach Eric McCunniff, Coach Camarotti
Swimming: Coach Sunday Lewandowski (women), Coach Charles Pilamunga
Football: Ralph Jimenez
Golf: Michael Perez

Date / Location of Interview

Deadline:

Topic Fall sports

Important Background information:

Six initial questions I’ll ask:

Who?
Who is the captain of the team?
Who are the best players on the team?
Who are the new kids on the team? (what grades)

What?
What are your expectations/goals for this year’s teams?
What was your team’s records last school year?
What do you think the team can do to win states or do better than last year?
What are the team’s strengths and weaknesses?
What is the captain of the team like?
What do you expect the fall season to be like?

When?
When does the team practice?

Where?
Where does the team practice?
Where is the farthest your team has ever gone? (states, regionals, districts, etc.)

Why?
Why do you think your team hasn’t won states?

How?
How many new kids are there on the team this year?
How are you preparing your team to practice?
How has the team performed overall last year?

Other questions I’ll need to ask:

These questions are only a guideline to get you started. Do not simply read them one after another. A good interview should sound like a conversation. Listen closely and ask questions related to the subject’s answers. If you interview someone who says she loves music, ask for more details. What type of music? Who are her favorite artists? Why?

homework

Who:Miami Dade School System
What: New program lets high school student take classes at FIU
Where:Florida International University
When:Sunday 8/23/09
Why:The Academy For Advanced Studies wilallow juniors and seniors from five Miami-Dade high schools to take class at Florida Internationa University
How:Students must have a GPA of 3.0 and top scores on the PSAT

final draft -WBC

Similar to the World Cup of Soccer, the World Baseball Classic brings together the world best athletes in their respected sport to represent their countries. The games bring about a sense of national pride that unlike the World Cup and the Summer Olympics, occurs every two years. As the 2009 WBC came to a close, the country of Japan celebrated as they won their second WBC title in just the tournaments second showing.

Fans from American and Latin American countries, such as the United States, Venezuela, Cuba, and Panama, have feelings of disappointment as the Championship game was an all Asian match-up between Japan and Korea. Japan defeated Korea in a classic match up, 5-3, in extra innings.

To get to the finals, Japan defeated the deeply talented United States team 9-4 in the semifinals. The Semifinals were held at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. The stadium was rocking with the popular roar of “U.S.A.! U.S.A.!” as the largely American crowd did the best they could to liven up their national heroes.

Baseball is known as America’s pastime, but if the games have shown us anything, it is that the sport spreads its reach all over the globe. “As a follower of the sport, I am very disappointed,” said Junior Eric Jaffe. “I can’t believe we are letting the Asian countries dominate our country’s sport.” While the U.S. did end up short in its championship quest, they did however put on a strong showing, making it to the final four teams, unlike two years ago in which the were out in the first round.

In Korea’s trip to the finals, they had to get through the Venezuelan team. “Being from Venezuela and a big fan of baseball, I am very upset,” said Junior Stephanie Santana. “We made it so far and still lost.” However, Santana believes in her team and hopes they will win the championship next year. She claims she is somewhat pleased with her team’s performance.”I didn’t expect them to do so well and make it as far as they did.”

Many of the players participating in the World Baseball Classic are Major League Baseball players who have cut short their training with their professional teams to show their sense of nationality. The Japanese team was carried to the championship on the shoulders of their two MLB superstars, Ichiro Suzuki and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Suzuki, an outfielder for the Seattle Mariners delivered Japan’s WBC winning hit in the tenth inning. Matsuzaka, a pitcher for the Boston Red Sox, was flawless in his starts, and was named the tournament’s MVP.

World Classic Baseball- second draft

WORLD BASEBALL CLASSIC (second draft)
By: Brittany Waserstein

Fans from American and Latin American countries, such as the United States, Venezuela, Cuba & Panama, have feelings of disappointment as the two Asian Countries, Japan and Korea are at the top of the tournament.

Professional baseball leagues and their players from around the world, battle with each other in Los Angeles at the Dodger Stadium for the championship title of the World Baseball Classic of 2009.

Being known as the second-best baseball country in the world, Japan wins the championship 5-3 vs. Korea in 10 innings. These two Asian teams played five times, with Japan winning three of the games. Japan also won the inaugural Classic against Cuba in 2006 and finished the tournament with a 7-2 record.

“Cuba did horrible this year,” said Senior Alexis Degrave. “They made it so close to winning the championship in 2006 and I had hope in this year but they completely failed!”

Although Cuba was the winner of its pool (pool B) with a winning streak of all of their games, they only won one game against Mexico 7-4 in Pool 1, which determined who would make it to the semi-finals. Because of the loss in the majority of their games in Pool 1, they were eliminated from making it to the semi-finals.

Japan beat the United States 9-4 in the semi-finals, which led them to the finals.

“As a follower of the sport, I am very disappointed,” said Junior Eric Jaffe. “I can’t believe we are letting the Asian countries dominate our country’s sport.”

The United States won two of their games out of 3 in their pool (pool C). However, they were not the pool winner due to the fact that they lost the one crucial game, which determined who the pool winner was. They made it as far to pool 2, which also determined who would make it to the semi-finals. Because of their great success in pool 2, they made it to the semi-finals and played against Japan. As a result, they lost against Japan in the finals 4-9.

Korea won the semifinal game against Venezuela at Dodger Stadium with a 10-2 victory to set up the championship with Japan.

“Being from Venezuela and a big fan of baseball, I am very upset,” said Junior Stephanie Santana. “We made it so far and still lost.”

However, Santana believes in her team and hopes they will win the championship next year. She said how she is somewhat pleased on her team’s performance through out the entire World Classic Baseball.

“I didn’t expect them to do so well and make it as far as they did,” said Santana.

Latin American country, Venezuela was the winner of its pool (pool C). On a good note, they won all of their games in their pool. Taking a bigger step to the semi-finals, they progressed to pool 2. Again, Venezuela won all of their games in pool 2, resulting them to make it to the semi-finals where they played against Korea. As a result, they lost against Korea in the semi-finals 2-10.

The championship game was tied at 3 after nine innings, but Japan’s outfielder, Ichiro Suzuki, put away the game as a victory with a double the plated two runs (one player on second base and one on third) in the tenth inning.

There is a great outrage from the Latin American and American countries because of domination of the World Baseball Classic taken over by the two Asian countries, Japan and Korea.