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    Our First Week at PTS

    By Madeleine Wagshul and Carolina Lopez
    PTS Falconer Staff
    Two of Palmer Trinity School’s newest 6th graders Madeleine Wagshul and Carolina Lopez recently reflected on their first week at PTS.

    Madeleine Wagshul

    Starting Middle School is not all sunshine and rainbows. Well, there’s a whole list of why it isn’t. First, you are in a school with everybody ranging from the smallest of the small to the biggest of the big. Unfortunately, you start out as one of the weaklings. But don’t worry, in seven years you will be one of the alphas. 

    Secondly, the locker situation. How come all the smaller kids get the top lockers, and all the bigger kids get the bottom lockers?! It should be illegal if you are over 4”11 to crouch down to get your books. Third, lunch. The food’s really good, but waiting in that line is equivalent to torture. But some days, it’s a fight to get to the last fork.

    Oh, and don’t forget our fourth thing on the list, not being used to being one of the smaller kids. Last year, you were one of the leaders of the pack, but this year, you’re one of the smaller ones. And I think we all know how hard it is to get used to how incredibly large Palmer Trinity School is. Lovely campus, though, and it is super fun to follow a peacock around when you finish lunch early. 

    Awkward moments. The first awkward moment you may experience is waiting outside the locker rooms for 5 minutes thinking the door’s locked but it’s not. And don’t forget when you tap on a student thinking they’re a teacher. Thankfully that happened to me only once. Then there’s the uniforms. Gosh, I spent a week thinking my shirt had to be tucked in! But, really, it’s a great school… only it takes some getting used to.

    Carolina Lopez

    As I was walking into the entrance of Palmer Trinity, I was so nervous of what was to come. I had never been in a school this big. My elementary school was only about 400 students; here there were almost twice as many students. Once I got to my locker, I glanced around to see if I could find my friends from elementary school. I was a little disappointed I couldn’t find them. 

    I realized it was getting late so I headed to the gym. When I got inside I was surprised! It was a huge gym with bleachers and everything. In my elementary school we didn’t have a gym. We just had a field and a mini basketball court. I had found my friends and sat down. We then listened to a welcome from Mr. Tolmach, Head of Middle School. 

    Afterwards, I had not been sure what we were going to do, but it turned out we were meeting all of our teachers and going through our first day of “Boot Camp”. To be honest, I was a little nervous for what was to come with “Boot Camp”. It turns out it was actually kind of fun. After a long week of “Boot Camp”, it was time to actually start classes. I was so nervous that I would get to class late or walk into the wrong classroom.

    I went through my first day of real classes! I felt like the schedule change was actually simple once I got the hang of it! It was also so different that we had to wait in a line to be able to get food. In my elementary school, we just went up and got a box with our name on it, plus you had to pay for hot lunch. I love the fact that once you finish lunch you can roam around the school or just sit and talk with your friends. That first week of Palmer Trinity was so much fun, I wonder what the rest of the school year will be like.

    Concluding our article, as stressful as middle school can be, it just takes some time getting used to! All you need to remember is to hang in there.



    Uber: Should It Be Legal?


    Ride sharing services like Uber have quickly become a staple of transportation in Miami, and their popularity is only increasing, especially among high school and college students. The service is much faster and cheaper than the regular taxi services that have dominated transportation in Miami for decades.

    Although Uber is technically prohibited for anyone under 18, few drivers or riders respect – or are even aware of – the rule. Teenagers often use the service to facilitate their transportation needs in the years before they buy their first car. Uber can also help stop teenage drivers from using their cars when it is most dangerous.

    Graph by Uber

    These reasons lead to Uber being one of the best things that has happened to Miami’s transportation industry in a long time – at least in the eyes of consumers.

    Uber seems destined to overtake and eliminate the now-inferior traditional taxi companies. But with their political connections, these companies are putting up a tremendous legal battle to have ride-sharing services either removed or rendered not much better than themselves. Taxi companies want regulations placed on Uber and other ridesharing businesses. These regulations would require expensive 24/7 insurance to be paid on all Uber vehicles, background checks conducted by the government (at a cost to individual drivers), and would also require expensive government issued “medallions” to allow Uber drivers to legally conduct business. These regulations would significantly raise the price for being an Uber driver, and thus fares would have to increase in order to keep the app-based company running.

    As Uber itself fights for removal of laws that make it currently illegal in Miami-Dade, a defining moment draws closer and closer that will end with the legal system of public transportation tipping one of two ways: benefiting customers, or benefiting the monopoly that the taxi companies once had and wish to reclaim.

    I delve deeper into this issue and I offer my opinion (one that is also held by many who are in favor of fair competition) in the slightly longer analysis The Battle for Public Transportation in Miami, which will be displayed at the Palmer Trinity School Sustainability Fair on May 6th. Many other bright students will have their informative pieces on display for anyone to read. Prepare to be impressed and amazed by the visions that these talented students have for a more sustainable community. 


    Congratulations to the new SGA 2013-2014 

    Executive SGA and Class Officers 2013-2014:

    Executive SGA:

    President: Marina Bryant

    Vice President: Shreeya Mishra

    Secretary: Kristy Joseph

    Treasurer: Brittany McDonough

    Community Service Chair: Sabrina Rodriguez

    Public Relations: Maia Suazo-Maler


    Class of 2014:

    President: Fabiana Vivacqua

    Vice President: Leo Rocchiccioli

    Secretary: Hana Borhani

    Treasurer: Andres Alonso

    SGA Representatives: Susie Benitez, Sofia Guerra, Andrea Cantor

    Community Service Representative: Sara Abbassi


    Class of 2015:

    President: Sebastian Espinosa

    Vice President: Isabella Ruiz

    Secretary: Kristen Fernandez

    Treasurer: Keenan Rodriguez

    Historian: Victoria Quintero

    SGA Representatives: Hannah Forristall and Samantha Waldman

    Community Service Representative: Mikela Garcia


    Class of 2016:

    President: Shing Ryan Cheng

    Vice President: Kristy Abood Vicente and Sophie Sardinas

    Secretary:  Carolina Mallar

    Treasurer: Catherine Dos Santos and Gabriela Shaikh

    Historian: Patricia Martinez

    Community Service Representative: Sarah Corbishley

    SGA Representatives: Alyssa Levy


    Class of 2017:

    President: Tianna Schiappa Pietra

    Vice President: Michael Eschmann

    Secretary: Alissa Dobrinsky

    Treasurer: Charles Bailey

    SGA Representative: Jonathan Chao and Alexa Tannebaum


    SGA President Speaks On Goals


    Purchase Concert Tickets From SGA

    The Student Government Assosiation recently raffled-off tickets to Vans Warped Tour 2013. For more information about this concert, click here for the official release.