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    One to watch: Brooke Kleber's passion turned into a business!

    BY: SARA WHITE '19

    PTS Falconer Staff



    Brooke & Frida is an up and coming business and social initiative started by two young entrepreneurs! Brooke Kleber is co-owner of Brooke & Frida and a sophomore at Palmer Trinity. Brooke has graciously offered to talk to me about her new business and her plans for the future! Their line of products includes an activated charcoal face scrub, a peppermint salt soak, African black soap (imported from underserved women in Africa), and of course many different varieties of all natural, luxurious soaps!


    Below is a glimpse of our conversation…

    Brooke Kleber attending her booth at Palmer Trinity School's International Festival


    How did the idea for your business come about?

    Palmer Trinity’s “Agents of Change” required a business setup. I had prior experience making soap and decided it would be a smart business venture. I would make soap for friends and family, and after receiving a positive response, decided to further my hobby.


    Can you tell me more about Palmer Trinity's "Agents of Change" and how you have enjoyed your experience thus far?


    Agents of Change has helped me realize that business is important, more importantly, businesses that have a social aspect and impact on today’s society, businesses that help out the greater good. It has helped me get out of our comfort zone and grow as a business woman.


    What three pieces of advice would you give to other students who want to become entrepreneurs?

    “I give up on your dreams, learn from your mistakes and try again and have fun while trying, and if it doesn’t work out today there is always tomorrow.”


    How do you build a successful customer base?

    Start with family and friends and work your way up from there. Offer reliable and useful products.


    How do you generate new products and ideas?

    I create new products and scents based on the seasons. Also whatever customers desire.


    Which one of your products is your favorite to use and why?

    African black soap. I use it every morning as a face wash that works very well. My favorite smelling product is chocolate mint soap with real chocolate inside!


    What products are you thinking of experimenting with in the future?

    Bath bombs!


    Where can we find you and your products in the future?

    Social media! (and a website soon)


    Instagram- @brookefrida

    Facebook- @brookefrida


    Website (coming soon!)-




    Nasty Women



    On January 21st, around noon more than 10,000 people gathered at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami in support of the Women's March in Washington. There were around 600 marches around the world. People came from all over south Florida with homemade signs that read things like "love not hate makes America great" and "equality now!". There was a diversity of people present, including children.

    The purpose of this march was not to hate on our current president, but rather to bring attention to one of the many issues that continue to plague our country. As one of the leading countries in the world we should not have to protest issues.But we can no longer sit idle. It's time to take action and that's just what the people of south Florida did on Saturday. We made our voices heard because inequality amongst genders has taken place for far too long. Woman make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes.

    One in three women have experienced physical or sexual violence one point in their lifetime. It has become normal for woman to be harassed or catcalled. An 18-year-old girl should not have to make the decision to not go on a run because it feels too uncomfortable to be honked at. Only 17% of Congress is made up of women. In our own constitution, it does not give equal rights to women and men. We need to stand together as the citizens of one of the greatest nations on earth and make a change.






    New Year's Story


    PTS Falconer Staff Member

    Most of the Palmer Trinity community is studying for midterms and getting ready for Holiday break. New Year’s is a holiday celebrated all around the world. The first record of celebrating the new year dates going back 4,000 years ago to ancient Babylon. Following the vernal equinox their new year landed on a day in late March. They would hold a celebration called Akitu. The modern day New Year celebration was influenced by Julius Caesar. He was the one who made January 1st the first day of the year. He honored the day to celebrate the god January was named after Janus. Janus is the roman god of beginning. Their traditions included sacrifices, exchanging of gifts, and decorating their house with laurel branches. Similar to the roman traditions we all have our own traditions and they vary from country to country.


    England: Many traditions have to do with luck for the new year. This is the case in England. Many people believe that the first guest you have at your house will give you luck. It must be a male who must come in through the front door and bring gifts such as loafs or a drink for the main person in the family. If this guest does not bring one of these things he is not allowed into the home. This brings luck throughout the year

    Denmark: In Denmark their tradition involves friendship. Friends save old dishes throughout the year and on New Years they throw them at their friends door. The person with the most plates outside of their house has the most friends. This act symbolizes long lasting friendship.

    Ecuador: They fill a scarecrow with paper and at midnight they burn it. In addition to this they collect photographs from the last year and burn them as well. This is supposed to bring the good fortune.

    Palmer Trinity: These are some traditions that students from Palmer Trinity have. Eat twelve grapes for each month of the year.  On New Years some Japanese students watch a Japanese New Year's show where many famous singers perform. Many set off fireworks to celebrate. A tradition for some Peruvians is to run around twice around the block with a suitcase. A strange tradition done to make sure you travel the next year. Another tradition is to put lentils in your pocket or purse to bring wealth. For some of our Chinese students on new years their parents give them envelopes with money. Other stand on chairs and cheer and have barbecues.  






    Interview with Tracy Nolan, Debris Free Oceans

    By: PTS Falconer

    Interviewer: Manuel Real '17

    Manuel, a Falconer Staff member, interviewed Tracy Nolan, the Educational Director of Debris Free Oceans. Debris Free Oceans is a Florida nonprofit corporation whose mission statement, found on their website, is to “inspire local communities to responsibly manage the lifecycle of plastics and waste as part of a global initiative to eradicate marine debris from our beaches, reefs, and oceans.” One of their many programs available is a Marine Debris Education presentation at the middle and high-school level, Palmer Trinity being among them.


    How can we be we reduce plastic production and pollution?

    If we increase awareness about the problem with pollution in wild life, then we can help reduce the demand of plastic and other types of products causing less and less items being created and therefore reduce pollution.


    What are some of the dangers of Ocean pollution to both humans and animals?

    Plastic can be dangerous in two ways. One is entanglement with fishing lines or plastic soda can holders. When an animal is entangled it can expend its energy trying to escape and die of starvation or exhaustion. The second is ingestion where the animal will eat the plastic. Sea turtles might believe a plastic bag is a jellyfish and then eat it which makes it feel full but instead it will poison the animal and can starve or choke the animal.


    What were the worst things that have happened because of pollution?

    There was an incident in the U.K that caused 12 sperm whales to beach up because they had been affected by the pollution. Another incident included Albatross birds in the Pacific colony taking the pollution to their nest and killing off the entire colony.


    What drove you to want to save the ocean from pollution?

    “I love to see change in community and to help reduce pollution in any way I can.”

    “If I can help teach even one student then a domino effect can occur and help spread awareness through the community and hopefully reduce pollution in the world.”


    You can learn more about Debris Free Oceans at



    Senior Parking Spots


    PTS Falconer Assistant Editor

    On August 20th the class of 2017 gathered to personalize their parking spots. Several teachers and administrative members were present to  watch  the seniors’ creative approaches to painting their parking spots. a tent was set up by the Alumni Association in the parking lot  that served donuts, gatorade, and water.

    Seniors were instructed to bring along painting supplies and ideas, some chose to improvise that day. A few students in particular commented on their experiences that day. Victoria Rosales said, “The painting of the parking spots was really fun and definitely something you don’t do everyday. Although I was very focused on painting most of my time there that day, I was happy that I got the time to spend time with all my classmates.” Sofia Iglesias, another senior, noted that she really enjoyed walking around that day and witnessing the process each and every senior went through to paint their spots.” Amanda Brown also mentioned that she really enjoyed going out there that day to relax and have a blank canvas to paint whatever she wanted