Boya Xiao traveled 7700 Collegiate high school provides
miles to be a Greenie jumpstart for college
by Jordan Brown
by Corinne Bowden cons. Josh Thompson, a current FMHS student
A fairly new idea is now being offered
here to the United States, while Boya stayed in enrolled in CHS finds that the schedule in CHS
for all upcoming 11th and 12th graders,
China to live with her father. She had not seen is “more flexible.” His classes are done earlier
and that idea is Collegiate High School at November 2, 2007 Volume 62, Issue 5
her mother for about eight years, and it wasn’t or later than they would be at FMHS. Josh also
Florida Gulf Coast University. This dual
until last October that her family decided
to let her move here to the United States.
Many people have asked her about the
enrollment program is for all qualifying
students who desire careers in mathematics,
science, engineering, or education. Students
finds that he is less rushed in between classes,
and says “I have over an hour between some
of my classes. This gives me enough time to
Swim team finishing strong: heading to state
by Daniela Patino
school hours in China. Elementary students get something to eat, do some homework, talk
are able to choose a degree program within
go to school from eight o’clock a.m. to five to people, or go to the store to pick something Although our swimming season is close in Fort Lauderdale, States will be held in beyond, proving their skills by blowing
the College of Arts and Sciences, College
o’clock p.m., and middle school students up between classes.” Another great thing is to its end, FMHS’ swim team is far from Orlando, against many teams from all over everyone else out of the water. Some of these
of Education, U.A. Whitaker School of
attend school from seven o’clock a.m. to seven that the professors and students are not told finished. Now is when the competition Florida. Last year our boy’s took sixth swimmers from Fort Myers are Diego Patino,
Engineering, College of Health Professions,
o’clock p.m. Finally, high school students that you are a CHS student, so therefore you starts to really heat up. Swimmers want to overall in the state and our girl’s took ninth. Jon Nunez, Robby Kennedy, Tyler Wilson,
and College of Professional Studies. The Writing Contests
attend classes from six o’clock a.m. up until are treated equally. However, Josh also finds make their season an unforgettable one by Swim coach, Mrs. Overman is expecting Robert Swanbeck, Amy Modglin, Stephanie
CHS program started in 2005 and all Who: 9-10th grade
about nine o’clock p.m. So, if you think our the situation to be less social than it would doing their best and moving on to states. for the team to finish their season strong Martinez, Lyndsey Roka, and Kelly Overton.
students that are interested can send in What: Ayn Rand Anthem Essay
school days are long, you’re wrong! Not be at FMHS and there is a lot of going back As each swimmer dives into the water and have each swimmer get their best A few of these swimmers have had much
an application and the required materials. Write a 600-1200 word essay on one of
only do they have longer hours, but they also and forth from the University and FMHS. on October 20 to compete in Districts, their times in their events. So far, our FMHS experience with these pressured meets while
You are probably asking yourself what three topics after reading Anthem
go to school more days a week- up to 6 days! Last of all, for interested students, FGCU minds are concentrated on only one thing… swim team has had an undefeated season others are still novices. Several swimmers
makes this program so special, especially Due: Must be postmarked by March 20th
photo by Corinne Bowden China and the United States seem so will begin to accept CHS application on March to win. If a swimmer places within the top with a record of 7-0. Finishing a delayed such as Robby Kennedy and Diego Patino (two
with other choices out there, such as AP, IB, Win: $2000.00 First Prize Cash Award!
Moving here to the United States from different, so the adjustment was, and still 2, 2008. To enter into the program you will eight at Districts, they will move on to meet against Bishop Verot on October 8, of Fort Myers’ senior boys) have competed
and dual-enrollment. But with this program There are five $500.00 cash awards and
China, halfway around the world seems like a is hard. When I asked her what she missed need to present your SAT scores or the date compete in Regional’s. During Regional’s FMHS struggled to keep their undefeated in States all four years of high school.
you can earn high school and college credit in ten $200.00 cash awards.
big deal, right? Well, Boya Xiao, a freshman most from China, Boya answered, “I miss you are to take the SAT before classes start, FMHS will compete with different schools record but in the end took home the win! Let’s go out and support our Greenwave
the field of interest that you choose. Everyone Ayn Rand Fountainhead Essay Contest
here at Fort Myers High School has done just my friends, family, and the food!” However, letters of recommendation from the principal from all over the region. The eight swimmers Every swimmer has done extraordinary this swim team in their final meets! We
who enters the program also gets free tuition Who: Students in grades 11 and 12
that. She made the 7,700 mile move on October she also said that her favorite part of living or principal designee, and a teacher in your with the fastest times will continue on to year and has worked hard. There are always wish all the swimmers the best of luck
and books. There is also some good news for What: Write a 800-16000 word essay on
26, 2006 from the place she had known her here are the freedom and independence field of interest. Also, you will also be required States. Unlike last year where it was held a few of those swimmers that go above and and hope they finish the year strong!
all upcoming seniors; some of the AP and one of three topics after reading
whole life to a place she knew little about. each of us has, and takes for granted. to attend and interview to determine if your
IB classes that you are taking now and have Fountainhead
Boya grew up in a large, highly populated Despite the many differences, there personality and working habits are well fitted
taken can be used for the college credit in the Win: $10,000.00 First Place, five
city in China, called Tian Jin, not far had to be at least a few places similar to to the college lifestyle. For more information
program. With this program you take all of your $2000.00 cash awards, and ten
from the nation’s capital, Beijing. She China here in the United States. Boya you can contact the CHS coordinator Carol
classes at the FGCU main campus. If you are $1000.00 awards
says, “there is a big difference between said that New York City reminded her Ann Popovich at firstname.lastname@example.org or to
leaving the IB program you will need to take Due: Must by postmarked by April 25,
the population in Fort Myers and her of home. “The large population and the the CHS website at www.fgcu.edu/2197.
Personal Fitness, Health, and P.E., the classes 2008
hometown in China.” Boya explains that “the busy people are a lot like China” she said. asp. There is an informational meeting
you were exempted from having to take. All ** For complete application and guide-
population in Tian Jin is about the same as But all in all, Boya said “I like it here so far. for all students interested in Collegiate
students in the program can also attend FMHS lines: www.aynrand.org/contests
the population of the whole state of Florida!” The people here are friendly.” So hopefully, High School on February 22, 2008 at 6:30
activities such as, prom, clubs, and sports.
You are probably wondering why she had to we will continue to make that impression p.m. in the FGCU Student Union #214. The Coalition for a Drug-Free South-
Collegiate High School has its pros and
make such a big move. When she was about on her and can look forward to our time west Florida is looking for volunteers
six or seven, her mother remarried and moved here together at Fort Myers High School. The Coalition for a Drug-Free Southwest
Florida is looking for volunteers, minimum
age 14, to answer telephones after school,
assist our office staff, and help with spe-
Dancing with the stars!
Aries: March 21- April 19-
Tidal Wave Staff
Our office is located in Cape Coral, and we
have special programs in various locations
in Lee County.
Amy Modglin, Junior Lindsey Roka, Senior photos by Jean Bogaards
It’s time to earn your financial freedom and get a JOB! You can devote more time toward something productive and the money doesn’t hurt Kayly Balink
This is perfect for students who need
either. Try to stay focused and complete the task at hand. Laura Bisbee, Editor
service hours, and an opportunity for you
Taurus: April20- May 20- Corinne Bowden
to help a non-profit that is really making a
Your personal affairs are on fire this week. You are going to have to change your schedule around to make time for others. Remember their Chauntel Brown
difference in our community.
feelings and try to help them out with their problems. The Pilgrims didn’t get to Plymouth Rock on their own you know! Jordan Brown
Gemini: May 21- June 20 – Rhiannon Cappannelli
For more information, please call
Maybe you are feeling a little ignored this week. You might not be first on everybody’s mind but don’t worry, you’re still in their thoughts. Noelia Cruz
Deb Comella at 239.541.9003 or e-mail
Just try and cope with the little attention and soon everything will be back to the way it was. Morgan Frink
Cancer June 22 – July 22 Armando Grez
You value your relationship with someone, like the Pilgrims and Indians valued a successful harvest. Let them know that you are there for Alex Hillberry Top ten ways to save gas
them and that you appreciate everything they do for you. In doing this you will feel good and you will make them feel good also. Melissa Hubble 10. Use cruise control and avoid starting
Leo July 23 – August 22- Lynanne Lowry and stopping a lot. This can improve your
Undiscovered talents will make an appearance this week. You may realize that you can accomplish more than you think. Stay motivated and Dakendo Michel gas mileage by about 5%.
put all your talents to good use. Jessica Norris 9. Consider car pooling. If you pass by a
Virgo August 23 – September 22 Daniela Patino friend’s house everyday see if they would
Achieving your goals is very important to you this week. You will need to stay focused, even though that might prove challenging. Don’t let Annisha Price like a ride.
all that leftover Halloween candy muddle your thoughts. Your world is moving at a fast pace right now; just try to relax and everything will Brittany Ratliff 8. Don’t carry “dead” weight. If your trunk
be fine. Monika Simic is collecting garbage or unnecessary stuff,
Libra Sept 23- October 22- Jay Valentine take it out!
Your social life is booming right now. Try and keep everybody happy, including yourself. If you’re not happy the people around you will Kiyanna Wingate 7. Keep your tires inflated to the proper
also find it difficult to be happy. Your energy levels will be full this week, so don’t waste your time feeling sad. Look forward to exciting Austin Yorski size. It could increase your mileage by 3%.
events. 6. Those gas saving gizmos and gadgets
Scorpio October 23 – Nov 21 Tidal Wave Newspaper aren’t worth it. The EPA has tested them
Don’t let what other people think get in the way of your own feelings. Push forward and strive to succeed in school. Examine every Published by and most of the time they make no differ-
situation in detail. Be “thankful” for the supportive friends and family members that are standing by your side right now. Anyone who puts a FMHS Journalism Classes. ence and can potentially ruin your engine.
damper on your day does not deserve the bigger slice of pie. 5. Make sure your engine is tuned. It can
Sagittarius Nov 22- Dec 21 For more information about increase your gas mileage by about 4%.
This week you will find that your leadership skills are being put to use. Your peers will look to you for guidance and advice. Try to advertising in the 4. Change your oil. Having clean oil can
encourage them in whatever they want to pursue. You will also need to learn to relax this week. You can do this by letting out kept secrets to Tidal Wave Newspaper, reduce friction.
the respective people. please contact 3. Replace your air filters. Replacing them
Greenies glow green
Mrs. Carmen Weigel, photos by Chauntel Brown and Samantha Favorite
Capricorn Dec 22- Jan. 19 regularly can increase your mileage by
Newspaper Advisor about 10%. It was pretty sweet what Makis Williams and class spirit contest at the pep rally; however,
A lot of changes will be happening this week. Deal with these changes by embracing them the best you can. Remember change isn’t always
at 239-334-2167, ext. 159. 2. Plan your trips and errands. A couple Josh Brown did with the light up drum sticks” the sophomores came in a close second.
a bad thing. These new opportunities may show to be an exciting new opportunity. by Kayly Balink
short trips with a cold engine uses twice The students showed up with school spirit, Because of the dimmed lighting, students
Aquarius Jan 20 – Feb 18 Principal, David LaRosa
the amount of gas compared to one trip Students, athletes, and teachers showed ready to glow. Lynanne Lowry, freshman came to the pep rally with glow sticks,
Your mind is leaning toward negative thinking this week. Try to block this out by maintaining a positive attitude. Don’t let your mind Athletic/Activities Director, Joni Logan
with a warm engine. up in the Wave Cave last Thursday for our said “It was really awesome watching people necklaces, and rings. Congratulations to
wander into a pessimistic state. Keep your head high, and “every little thing is gonna be all right.”
2635 Cortez Blvd 1. Walk, use public transportation, drive a glowing pep rally. Marcy McGill, senior you know having a ton of fun.” Even the everyone who participated in the pep rally
Pisces Feb 19 – March 20
Fort Myers, FL 33901 golf cart, or ride your bike. said “The pep rally was pretty creative, and football team and Coach Sammy showed planning. The pep rally was a success and was
Just like the wishbone in a turkey, you will be pulled in different directions this week. Try to balance out time with friends, family, and
Copyright 2007 something that has never been done before. up full of school spirit. Seniors won the definitely enjoyed by everyone who attended.
school work, and your true motivation will most definitely shine.
Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. - Albert Einstein
Phi Delta Y, focusing on Greenwave fans get involved FMHS welcomes Coach Guttery
state government in boys’ basketball
by Daniela Patino and Morgan Frink
Most of you have probably noticed some new and ESE. Before coming to Fort Myers High,
by Melissa Hubble faces here at FMHS and not just the freshmen. he taught physical education for two years at
Phi Delta Y is a Florida YMCA Youth in “Outstanding Law Firm”, and “Outstanding by Morgan Frink and Daniela Patino This year Mr. LaRosa has hired many new Ida Baker. Coach Guttery was born and raised
Government chapter at Fort Myers High. Youth Civil and Criminal Attorneys.” One member teachers, and among the new teachers is in Fort Myers and is excited to be back in the
in Government is a state wide program that has was appointed Senior Justice on the Supreme This year, Mr. Guttery, the new boys’ varsity and there will be a pep rally. December 11, it’s Coach Scott neighborhood.
been around for 50 years and at Fort Myers for Court, 2006 – 2007 Lt. Governor, and past basketball coach plans to make his first season FMHS vs. Gulf Coast. The theme for this night Guttery. Coach C o a c h
almost 40 years. Phi Delta Y was started by the Governors. Fort Myers High Phi Delta Y unforgettable! Although he is new, he has is “Kids Night”. Two ideas for this theme were Guttery comes Guttery is part
YMCA. There are 100 members in Phi Delta Y, is well known throughout the state for its had plenty of experience with coaching the having the YBA (Youth Basketball Association) to Fort Myers of the National
and the club is always looking for new members. various programs, and is well respected. game. Our varsity basketball team is in good players get into the game free if they wear their High with six Association
Phi Delta Y meets each Wednesday in The club president is Kolve Byrd, the vice hands; the team is expecting a great year! YBA jersey, however their parents must pay. years of teaching of Basketball
the auditorium from 6:15 to 7:30, focusing president is Ashley Duncan, the treasurer Coach Guttery believes we will have an Or the Saturday prior to this game, they hold experience and Coaches, and
on state government. You choose between is Megan Patel, the secretary is Libby excellent team this year. He says we have a three hour mini-camp for kids ages to 12. also coaching the Southwest
State Legislators, Supreme Court Attorneys, Hardy, the historians are Jessica Ayers and strong senior leaders such as David Westberry, The kids would receive a T-shirt at camp, and experience. Not F l o r i d a
and press corp. members or lobbyists. Each Nadine Singh, and the parliamentarians a senior point guard, and Jean Louisme a must wear that to get into the game for free. only is Coach Basketball
week they debate bills in preparation for are Randy Bush and Kevin Wu. senior guard. Both of these strong seniors are “Kids Night” also encourages the students Guttery a new C o a c h e s
state assembly. Attorneys research cases and Phi Delta Y members have dues of $15 currently being recruited by several NCAA to bring their younger siblings with them to business teacher Association. In
write a brief case. They argue their case in and an additional cost for the state assembly schools. The team also has many young the game, so everyone can join in on the fun. at FMHS, he his free time, he
the Florida Supreme Court, and Legislators later in the year. You should join Phi Delta members who are sure to be a big help. The December 14 we play Ida Baker, and this is also the new enjoys spending
use the state capitol and run for offices Y if you like to debate, want to argue in front varsity boys have been working hard all will be “Green Out Night”. On this night, the varsity boys’ time at home
in Florida, such as Governor and CFO. of the Supreme Court or just looking for a summer to get ready for the season. Bishop team wants all the fans to come decked from basketball coach. with his family.
Phi Delta Y attends a state assembly in great way to get involved in school activities. Verot will be our school’s biggest rival this year, head to toe in all their greenie gear. December Coach Guttery Coach Guttery
photo by Kiyanna Wingate photo by Daniela Patino After marrying
Tallahassee each January. For the 2006 The sponsor is Mrs. Patty Loverock in room but they won’t be able to stop us. The tickets 20 we play Mariner. This is “Faculty Karaoke Amanda Fleishman and Corinne McCabe are working with the Little Wave students.
graduated from Bishop Verot in 1997 and from his high school sweetheart, Becky, he went
FMHS Little Wave eager
– 2007 year Fort Myers Phi Delta Y students B213. Please feel free to contact her if you for the Verot game will go on sale a month in Night”. As a basketball fundraiser, the classes Centre College in Kentucky in 2001 where he on to become a father of two boys, Reece two
won “Best Bill”, “Outstanding Statesman”, advance, and are sure to be fast sellers. The will donate money to have their teachers played college basketball. After graduating
have any questions regarding the club. years old, and Trae 1 year old. He also enjoys
game will be on February 1 in the wave cave. sing karaoke at halftime. The two teachers
from college, Coach Guttery taught two years fishing, boating, and snorkeling. Coach Guttery
The team’s motto this year is “Character over with the most money donated will sing. of Business and Technology at Dunbar High also likes to stay in shape by weight lifting or
Reputation.” “Be more concerned with your The very next night on December 21 we play School. After teaching at Dunbar High School, doing any kind of competitive activity. FMHS
character than your reputation. Your character Naples. This is going to be “Alumni Night”. Coach Guttery went back to teach for his Alma
by Kiyanna Wingate would like to welcome Coach Guttery and look
is what you really are, while your reputation is Any alumni that come to the game will receive Mater, Bishop Verot and worked in guidance forward to a great upcoming basketball season!
merely what others think you are.” -JohnWooden. a free Fort Myers basketball t-shirt, and will Fort Myers High School is not the only thing The more experience you have, the better your
Coach Guttery wants all the members
of the team to show good character while
stand to be recognized before the game.
Coach Guttery is open to any other ideas
back in session; Little Wave is back from their
summer vacation and eager to learn! Going on
chances are of actually working hands-on with
the kids. Working with the little tots include, Senior Blake Lehr devoted
playing the game, as well as in life. When
asked if there were any specific strategies
that the team was using this year, Coach
or suggestions about this night. On January
11, it will be the Fort Myers vs. North Fort
Myers game. This night will be another “Fan
her fourth year of working with Little Wave, Ms.
Jami Browder enjoys everything about her job.
Little Wave has been a part of Fort Myers High
planning out all of their daily activities,
setting them up, and demonstrating how to
complete them. The high school pupils also
by Laura Bisbee the stock springs, all kinds of bars, gears …all
Guttery said that they are putting offensive Appreciation Night”, similar to the first home since 1973. Little Wave is a pre-school program take turns with preparing the snack of the day. Blake Lehr, a Fort Myers High senior, loves that stuff comes into play…you have to adjust
and defensive pressure on every team. game. Fort Myers vs. Cape Coral on January that actually takes place here at FMHS in room The children’s snacks consist of nutritional to drive over the speed limit. As a matter of things for each race. Nutting and bolting a car
Getting involved in the home games will be 22 will be “Senior and Parent Night”. For this C131, during the hours of 8:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m. foods followed by the state guidelines and fact, he alone takes three hours”.
even more enjoyable for the fans this year. The night the freshman, JV, and varsity parents will The ages of the kids range from age three to the food pyramid for their age group. “The is used to For Lehr, Saturday is
team is genuinely trying to get the audience be recognized before the game, as well as the age five, and they must be potty-trained in order students are basically the teachers”, says Ms. driving, at devoted solely to the actual
more caught up in the games. November 26 senior players and cheerleaders. The last home to attend. Ms. Jami’s curriculum is based on Jami, “This opportunity will give them a head his fastest, racing and training. When it
is the first home game of the season; we will game is with our biggest rival, Bishop Verot. the Pre-K lesson plan and the State of Florida start if they ever decide to major in childcare at about comes to being on the track
be playing Cypress Lake, and the first one This night will be “White Out”. The plan for child care laws. The children are taught several in the future. It takes patience, a smile, and a 175 mph. himself, training comes
hundred students to walk through the door this night might be to give out white T-shirts different subjects including mathematics, positive attitude in order to work with children Though down to testing the cars
will receive a free Fort Myers basketball T- that say “Fort Myers vs. Bishop Verot 2008…I science, social studies, reading, art, etc. everyday”. Ms. Jami also states, “It’s an honor h e ’ s out on the tracks, “working
shirt. Also, during the first half, Ms. Booker was there”. This however is a plan in the works. Ever since Ms. Jami was a young child to be able to look at their smiling faces everyday, crashed a out there”, and “getting a
will choose the five most spirited students Any other information about the boy’s herself, she always dreamed of working with knowing that they love to learn. I’ve been couple of feel for the car”. Lehr is
to throw one half court shot. If they make basketball team can be found at this website, children. There are five child care classes here given the opportunity to teach them all sorts times here also no stranger to crashes,
the shot, they will get $100! This game will www.leeschools.net/schools/fmh/basketball/ at FMHS consisting of 112 students. High of things.” Ms Jami says “That just watching and there, in fact; he says “it
be known as “Fan Appreciation Night”. index.html. Make sure to come out and support school students that are eligible to work with them sometimes makes me think that even he’s never comes with racing”.
On November 30, we play Palmetto Ridge, your school, good luck Greenwave basketball! the children, have to pass a state child care exam though I’m an adult, I need to stop, sit-down, b e e n To protect himself he
before moving on to higher levels of childcare. think, and laugh in order to enjoy the day.” ticketed. has a custom made
Actually, seat with at least five
Blake Lehr, Senior photo by Laura Bisbee
Early Economist Earns
unlike seatbelts, a fire suit,
anyone else, Lehr’s permitted to shoes, and gloves,
speed legally. After all, it’s part of his “so when I hit the
by Jay Valentine
normal routine as a racecar driver.
Lehr drives for FASCAR (Florida Association
for Stock Car Auto Racing) in its highest
wall at 120mph, I
don’t even move.”
Though Lehr’s been racing for about
division as a Sunbelt Superlate Model Racer. nine years now, he has no plans of stopping
school seniors throughout the country. The Currently driving a Chevy Superlate Model, anytime soon. This October 26, Lehr’s
education provided students with a better he is sponsored by the Orlando Predators. participating in the 125 lap race at New
understanding of economic reasoning principles Lehr began his racing career when he was Syrmna Beach Speedway. Yet this seems
and how to employ these concepts for successful only eight, starting out driving a go-cart on like only practice to Lehr who’s racing in
and effective leadership. Therefore, Casey did dirt tracks. He later finished 2nd in the nation the largest late-model race on November
not only gain new insight and knowledge, in the WKA (World Karting Association) 1 in Nashville, Tennessee: the Adam Petty
but many effective ways of applying the Junior Annual Championship, going on to Memorial 400 [meaning 400 laps]. Lehr is also
newly learned skills to the economic world. win 4 out of 5 annual championships. Lehr’s currently competing for Rookie of the Year in
Casey’s dad teaches economics courses at first car was given to him when he was 15, an Florida’s State Championship, and next year is
Florida Gulf Coast University, so inherently “open-wheel model” with 150 horsepower, planning to move to Charlotte, NC, to compete
she became quite fluent with the subject matter. which for him is a “training car”. In 2005, further. And yes, Lehr is most definitely
“This program was a very rewarding experience in his last season of Go-carts, Lehr remembers planning to one day race professionally, either
Casey Hobbs, Senior photo by Jay Valentine and I made a lot of new friends,” said Casey. traveling with his father from New York to with NASCAR or IRL (Indy Racing League).
At the end of the course, Casey took a 40- Orlando, racing in multiple tournaments. “My Lehr himself holds no mere passing interest
Casey Hobbs, senior at Fort Myers High question test which examined the students worst finish out of 40 races was 7th place. It towards racecar driving, almost having a
School, took a trip to Bentley College over the understanding of basic economic principles. seemed like I finished in the top 5 every time.” philosophical reverence for it. “Every weekend
summer to attend the Economics for Leaders The results concluded that she placed at Four days out of Lehr’s week are devoted it beats you up physically and mentally…to
education program. This program gives high a high level of economic proficiency. The to racing, involving much more than just battle against other drivers. There are just
OPENING THIS FALL IN FORT MYERS school students the opportunity to gain a completion of this program showed that Casey competing out on the track. Every Thursday, so many other guys fighting for the same
deeper understanding of economic concepts. reached a level of proficiency in the area of Friday, and Sunday, Lehr is in the car shop, thing you are. In an arena marred by sweat
This rigorous and challenging week long economics and also had a great experience tuning and adjusting his cars. “When you go and dust, when you get the victory, it is just
program was attended by thirty rising high that she can add to her college applications. to the track, you have to change things all over, knowing you have won that’s worth it.”