Category Archives: Mast Happenings

Manta Ray Class of 2018

BY LAURA GONZALEZ
Staff Writer

 Freshmen

From left to right: Shaggion Milligan, Neil Fagan, Tamar Mendel, and Ariel Harris

(Credit: Julie Shillington)

Welcome Manta Freshmen! It seems like just a few weeks ago it was the opening of our brand new school! On August 18, MAST@FIU welcomed back previous alumni along with the incoming class of 2018. 100 9th grade students were added to our growing Manta Ray family, along with four new faculty members.

Although the 9th graders are fresh out of middle school, they are being welcomed into a unique high school experience taken place in a college campus. When interviewed on their opinion of being part of a high school in the campus of FIU, David Pichardo and Alexandra Etiemne both agreed it was a “fascinating experience” attending high school on a college campus. “It’s different, we’re getting prepared and exposed to a college lifestyle.” David mentions. “It’s a great opportunity, I’m able to get an advancement in my academic career.” 9th grader, Henry Mieles, says about his future. While on campus, students have the opportunities to collaborate with FIU professors and students in addition to taking college level courses. These advantages are helpful in leading all of our students to college success.

This year is much different for the freshman compared to those who were here the previous year. The inaugural class had to work out the kinks and feel out the new environment to pave the way for the incoming classes. Activities clubs and other organizations started by the original freshmen, are still up and running for the new 9th graders to participate in and continue leading. Although there are existing clubs, most students are still hoping for the most popular demand; SPORTS! “I’m an athletic person, I’d want us to have a sports team.” Freshman athlete, Alexandra, tells us.

This year’s freshmen have four more years of knowledge, fun, and opportunities to take advantage of while being at MAST@FIU. The year of 2018, the graduating year of current freshmen, could seem like a life time away, but some students already see themselves walking the stage with their diploma in hand. “At the time of graduation, I want to graduate with many college credits to save time in my college years. I want to graduate being more focused in my career, Marine Biology.” Maia Koffman shares about her future.

Welcome Manta Ray Class of 2018, we are all looking forward to having a Mantastic year!

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And The Winner Is…

BY SKYLER ODIN
Managing Editor

Tickets

Congratulations to Deanna Baumann for winning the raffle for the Monumental Tour tickets featuring the bands Paramore and Fall Out Boy!!! Thank you for your readership and don’t for get to take a picture at the concert and hashtag The Marine Echoes!

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Prepping for the AP Test

BY D’MARCO MITCHELL
Staff Writer

With the AP World History test on Thursday, some students are scrambling to get as much last minute information as possible. So close to testing, now is the perfect time to go back and review your notes and practice the skills you’ve learned so far.

Ways to Study:

Take Practice Test
Practice tests are a good way to test all the knowledge accumulated throughout the course thus far. Practice tests can be found online and in your Kaplan book. Before taking a practice test you should do a quick review session so you will have some information fresh in your mind. After the test, check to see which questions you got wrong and ways to improve your score.

Make Flashcards
Flashcards are a great way to get some extra practice or learn something new. Flashcards can help with time periods, specific dates or important people.

Review Your Notes
Some students are just old-fashioned and would rather look in their notebooks then search the web for ways to study.  Spread out your study time and make some flashcards to help you.

Study With a Friend
Studying with a friend is a great way to exchange knowledge and learn things that you may not have known. You can share your methods for studying as well as other ways to practice. Also, with a friend around, they’ll be able to motivate you and keep you focused.  After you’re finished, you can take a break and relax.

These methods are all great individually but when combined they can become even more effective. An example would be meeting up with a friend and quizzing each other with flash cards as a quiz. Students may be rushing to get some last minute study time in now but that is certainly something you do not want to do on a test, not unless absolutely necessary. Read each question and carefully pick an answer. Also equally divide the time for your writing as you do not want to spend more time on one essay than on the other ones. Ms. Koch, our lead teacher, has said that the AP test all together is three hours. It’s a marathon, not a race. Pace yourself!

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We’re Almost Over the Hill.

BY D’MARCO MITCHELL
Staff Writer

As testing gets closer and closer, both students and teachers alike are starting to feel the pressure. At schools throughout the county, you can hear the sigh of relief let out by all students after testing season. Many students would agree that the end of  the year, more specifically after testing, is the best time of the year. Once testing is finished, most students expect to just watch movies and eat popcorn. Yet here at MAST@FIU, there is still work to be done in preparation for next year. There will still be homework and tests but the workload will be lessened.

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Have you done your community service hours?

BY SEBASTIAN SUAREZ-ROCHA
Staff Writer

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(Credit: Sebastian Suarez-Rocha)

The students of MAST@FIU are required to complete at least 25 community service hours every year. How the students complete these hours is a journey.

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What classes will you be taking next year?

BY LAURA GONZALEZ
Staff Writer

(Credit: Wikihow)
(Credit: Wikihow)

As the month of May approaches, we’re getting closer and closer to finalizing our freshman year and commencing our next year as sophomores. We are all wondering: What classes will we be taking next year?

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MAST@FIU’s Future

BY MANUELA PERALTA & JULIA MUNIZ
Staff Writers

(Credit: Ms. Señas & Jacob Scharfer)
(Credit: Ms. Señas & Jacob Scharfer)

The parents of the upcoming 9th and 10th graders, along with  the future MAST@FIU students gathered in FIU’s ballroom to be informed about their child/children’s future. Dr. Elizabeth Bejar, FIU’s Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, gave a mini speech on the new program that initiated and talked about how it has come a long way from where it has first started.  Our first student body president, Saad Masud, introduced the program to all the parents and students and gave them a little taste of what MAST@FIU has to offer.

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Visited By A Celebrity?

BY REUNIE FAUSTIN
Staff Writer

Mayim Bailik

On April 7, 2014, none other than Mayim Balik visited FIU, the actress that plays Amy on the CBS hit show, “The Big Bang Theory”. With her creative spunk and genuine stories she captured the crowd, leaving rounds of laughter to be heard from every angle. She even got a couple of MAST@FIU students and teachers sitting at the edge of their chairs enchanted by some of her words.

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“CAT” Nerves!

BY ATRAVIA HUDSON
Staff Writer

Ms. Senas reminds you to rock the FCAT (Credit: Lensey Charles)
Ms. Senas reminds you to rock the FCAT
(Credit: Lensey Charles)

With only a few short days left until the FCAT, students are going crazy trying to mentally and physically prepare themselves for what’s expected to be on this huge state test. To prepare himself for the FCAT Saad Masud said “A few days before he’ll review some reading strategies and relax on the day before the test.” As well as the students, teachers are nervous too.

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Journalism Class Takes Part of FIU Journalism Presentation

BY NOE LEY
Social Media Editor

Students listening attentively as Ms. Veraldi presented. (Credit: Maia Bell)
Students listening attentively as Ms. Veraldi presented.
                                                                                                (Credit: Maia Bell)

The Marine Echoes news team was given the opportunity to listen to a presentation given to by Ms. Lorna Veraldi on Journalism and The First Amendment. The presentation took place on Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014 in the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus Library. The presentation was about an hour and a half long, with Ms. Veraldi giving the students an insight of her childhood along, with an explanation of several cases involving the First Amendment. Many students said the presentation was really interesting, with one of the Marine Echoes staff writers, D’Marco Mitchell, describing the presentation as, “Intriguing, and impressed at how she merged her childhood stories of her sister along with the First Amendment.” All in all, the Journalism class would like to thank Ms. Veraldi for giving us a great presentation.

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