More than A Pop-Up

Zscaler, a cybersecurity system, blocks evolving threats for billions of companies and schools’ computers.

When students open their laptop they will most likely be shown a pop up of Zscaler. Although students cannot interact with the app, it is constantly monitoring computers. 

“On the users end, it looks and feels like a web filter or blocker, making websites and apps unavailable based on content or risk. Zscaler ensures that the connections between student devices and the internet at large are done so in a safe and secure way,” Assistant Principal in charge of technology Timothy Flynn said. 

When students use their computer and try to access certain websites, Zscaler block programs that appear to pose a cybersecurity threat. 

If a student’s computer was accessed by a cyber-criminal, their personal information would be at risk and the device likely infected by a virus. So Zscaler saves the computer from data and security threats. 

The cybersecurity system uses a web filter, which is a program that instantly denies a bad website before you finish your search.

“Without Zscaler, it would be very easy for a cyber-criminal to hitch a ride on one or multiple of these packets of information and find their way in,” Flynn said.

Zscaler does not necessarily affect the laptop on the student’s end, it mainly focuses on making sure the websites used are safe and won’t allow any viruses to ruin a student’s laptops. 

“Zscaler ensures that the connections between student devices and the internet at large are done so in a safe and secure way,” Flynn said.

Zscaler allows students to be safe on their school computers without the constant monitor of a teacher. Their devices are safe, and learning will continue in its undisturbed, virus free form.

What the kidssayin’ these days

Do you have rizz? Is your food actually bussin? Why have you been acting sus lately? Do you even know what any of this means? You’re probably behind on the most up to date slang.

“Slang has changed the way people express themselves in texting and communicating with others, and it creates language barriers because younger generations use different ways people speak with each other,” sophomore Anna Taylor said. 

While slang can be useful and efficient, many older generations have trouble translating. 

“Slang has a lot of impact, I think that unfortunately too many people use slang, and sometimes it’s really not appropriate,” Art teacher Carl Overton said. 

As a teacher for over 30 years, Overton as well as many senior teachers have included the slang in daily lessons, or at least tried to grasp their meanings to stay up to date.

“Slang is also a way of getting around using proper speech, and a person would rather use slang in their speech rather than take the time to express themselves in a really productive manner,” Overton said.

“Slang terms can be efficient shorthand ways to express ideas and concepts. Not only does this make communication more efficient, but also it reinforces friendships,” Sociolinguist Yanchun 

Zhou said in his article, a Sociolinguist Study of American Slang.

A recent Tiktok trend challenged families to ask men about “How often they think about the Roman Empire?” Shockingly it was found that an unusual amount of men thought about the Roman Empire on a weekly basis. Soon after people started listing or naming things that impacted their thought process, or what crossed their mind on a daily basis.

The use of social media amongst teens today has created the use of a new language. 

This modern use of informal language has left the older generations bamboozled, creating tons of confusion in the communication amongst teens and elders.

Slang is inevitable. Being adaptable and understanding the latest slang terms can connect people  to enhance relationships.

Bigger the Better

The orchestra has grown into the biggest in school history, with 111 students in all three of the orchestras: Concert, Sinfonia, and Counterpoint. This is a big step from 91 last year, and 76 the year before.

In any orchestra, one must pay attention to the director and  performers around them. But they have to block out things that can disrupt a performance in a smaller orchestra as well.

These skills weren’t as crucial due to the smaller amount of people, and therefore, fewer distractions.

With the rising number of musicians joining, these skills need to be sharpened for a smoother concert. 

“In [pieces] that we all played together, it was hard because you can’t see everyone. It’s mostly a challenge of listening and looking,” sophomore Hope Adelson said.

For the director, managing more than 100 students at a time can be a challenge. There are different learning styles special to each student, and the conductor needs to be attuned to all of them.

“I think the biggest struggle is preparing all that music for all those classes and being able to adjust to everyone’s skill levels,” music instructor Calogero Fanara said.

Adapting to the people around you can not only help with playing, but students also get the chance to form closer bonds with their fellow orchestra members.

“It creates a sense of camaraderie. You learn a lot from having to adapt to the other people around you and work with them,” junior Josh Anderson said.

Since the number of performers is bigger, the groups taken to MPA (Music Performance Assessment) will be bigger. 

Instead of the usual two classes going to MPA, there will be all three orchestras going, for the first time in history. 

The orchestras don’t play all together much, but when they do, according to Fanara, it creates a warm and welcoming environment for students and the overall campus.

Angie Gallo: School Board Member

Angie Gallo: School Board Member

Photo/Michael Cairns Photography

Vice Chair School Board Member Angie Gallo visited Boone High School’s newspaper class and spoke about her role as an OCPS representative. Gallo talked about her goals and contributions as a school board member representing District 1. Elected in 2018, Gallo has served our community through years of volunteering and starting a nonprofit company.

Eight hard working and dedicated citizens make up the school board, representing the county as a whole.

There are eight representatives, seven of which are assigned to each district. The eighth position is the chair, Teresa Jacobs, whose job is to take the lead in all areas of board leadership. 

The rest of the reresentatives are Angie Gallo, Maria Salamanca, Alicia Farrant, Pam Gould, Vicki-Elaine Felder, Karen Castor Dentel, and Melissa Byrd.

Our district’s representative is Farrant, who was elected as the school board member of District 3 in 2022 and founded a non-profit that helps orphans and those in need.

With the changes in recent education throughout the country, state, and county, Gallo, Vice Chair and the school board member of District 1, thinks that they could have handled these changes differently and not as harshly.

Gallo said, “I feel like we could have handled it with a flyswatter [rather than] a sledgehammer to it. I believe that it’s created a burden on our teachers, making things much more stressful on them.” 

Salamanca, the school board member of District 2, found that alterations to our education need to happen along with our ever-changing world. But the political aspects of these changes should not be welcomed in school. Salamanca said, “Some changes are necessary as our economy changes and evolves, but others are distracting us away from the core parts of education and into political topics that have no business in our classrooms.”

Some goals Gallo has for her district are educating students on topics regarding mental health and human trafficking. 

She also wants to make sure every student graduates with the best educational opportunities a students can have. 

Salamanca used her role as a representative to revise, draft, and review policies and the code of conduct, which keeps schools running smoothly throughout the year. 

As the school board members work together, students are granted safer systems and are provided with an education that works perfectly for the student body. 

Some representatives were involved in the school system before becoming a school board member.

Gallo said, “I got involved in the PTA. That’s kind of where that advocacy piece kicked in.” 

Gallo has worked on several PTAs, taking the position of PTA president, served every role as SAC, County Council PTA, Florida PTA, and the Baker Act reform. 

The PTA is the best legacy affiliation for children, families, and education. Her service toward our community has taken dedication and effort to move toward an improved school system. 

The school board members are advocating for positive changes in education. It is reassuring to know that they are dedicated to improving education in the county and keep students’ best interests in mind. 

Bands at Boone

Bands at Boone

Every band starts with a few songs, small venues, and a passion for music. But only a select few gain enough traction to become mainstream. With a new generation of musicians, up-and-coming bands on campus could be the future of rock. 

The band Wadeview, features junior Zac Glazier on guitar and vocals, junior Cannon Thompson on drums, and junior Evan Vergara on bass guitar. 

“I feel like the timing is good, me and my friends have come a long way from when we first started playing,” Thompson said. 

Over summer break the members began rehearsing together in Glazier’s garage.  “Zac has always wanted to start a band, and now that [we] finally have time, I decided to pick up playing bass guitar,” Vergara said. 

Wadeview is currently in the process of writing and rehearsing. They plan to release songs on all platforms and play gigs at local venues such as Stardust, Uncle Lou’s, and Will’s Pub in the near future. 

Toxic Intent is another band on campus. Freshman Weston Meyer plays lead guitar, and freshman Zander Zara handles rhythm guitar and vocals. They released their first demo tape in August. The demo consists of 4 songs, and it’s strongly influenced by 80s thrash metal.

A main goal of every band is to get a foothold in the industry, and Toxic Intent is off to a very strong start. 

Bands like The Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Radiohead, and Green Day all began as groups of high schoolers, working their way into the local scene. Now, they are some of the most well-known bands in the world. Wadeview and Toxic Intent are rapidly growing a fanbase of students, parents, and teachers, all of which are highly supportive. The bands have high expectations, and it’s clear they want to grow their audience. “I think they could go very far,” freshman Marli Brocious said.

With the continuation of growth and new music being released, both bands are on the right track. Just like Green Day or Radiohead, these bands have the potential to be the next big thing.

  1. The first step to a band is making the actual band. It’s obvious to have a band they need to be…the band. Good members are necessary rather than having everyone share a common interest or having members that know what they’re doing. Make sure that the members are committed, no one wants that one member that can’t make practice every single week.
  2. The next step is to write and create the songs, every mainstream band starts somewhere and this is where bands begin to make their stride. During this time every band will find their uniqueness and what makes their band, once the music is written,recorded, and edited, the first piece of music is upon the horizon.
  3. Now it is time to begin performing at local venues. This will spread the band’s name out to locals and give a dedicated fanbase early on which is necessary in making a band. This also gives the band necessary experience in performing in front of a crowd which will lead into bigger crowds and venues.
  4. The final step to beginning a successful band is publishing your music. A popular way bands get started publishing is through the platform Distrokid. Distrokid publishes to platforms such as Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Tidal and more. Once the music is posted and starts to get traction then that’s it! The band has begun.
Celebrating the Hispanic Heritage spirit!

Celebrating the Hispanic Heritage spirit!

The Hispanic culture in the United States has grown tremendously over the years, making Spanish one of the most spoken languages around the world. Each student celebrates Hispanic Heritage month with a different meaning.

“This month shows people how rich my culture is and how hard we have been working to be where we are (politics, science, arts, cinema,)” senior Camila Paez said. 

This celebration lasts from September 15 until October 15. The language department and the Hispanic community prepare an inclusive event for all. 

“We would love to have a performance from the students singing a song from Celia Cruz or even Selena,” Spanish teacher Ibis Rodriguez said. 

Rodriguez came up with a different and innovative proposal for this event, to have a talent show in Spanish on campus, where Hispanic students can sing, act and dance, all in their native language. 

All of this motivates us to be part of it no matter where we are from. Seeing other cultures express themselves and stand out on campus makes us proud.