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Humans of Berkeley: Marissa Streng

YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR: Streng created the Puff-N-Fluff dog dryer when she was in elementary school.
Streng schools us on innovation, STEM and the Tonight Show
November 11, 2018

Marissa Streng ’20 is a patented inventor with a trademarked product to her name. She helps run a business, teaches students about innovation and has spoken at a teacher training event hosted by...

Humans of Berkeley: Ethan Folkman

FIRST DAY FUN: Ethan Folkman ’21 (third from right) greets students at Bucs Stop on the first day of school. (From left) Thatcher Crouch ’21, Logan Guzik ’20, Megan Houser ’21, Rachel Kline ’20, Mary Schneider ’21, Ethan Folkman ’21, David Engel-Penaloza ’21 and Emily-Elizabeth Grams ’19
Folkman plays the bagpipes to honor the veterans in the Tampa Bay area
October 12, 2018

The Pipe and Drum Corps has been a longstanding tradition here at Berkeley. Dressed in blue kilts and black glengarries, they have brought the sounds of Scotland to our campus. One member of the group,...

Humans of Berkeley: Michael Wax

IN HIS ELEMENT: Michael Wax ’19 commentates the Berkeley Varsity Football game against Lakeland Christian.
Wax talks sports, student government and senior year.
September 25, 2018

  Michael Wax ’19 is a longtime Student Forum representative, broadcasting aficionado and avid sports fan. Now a senior, Wax has been at Berkeley since Pre-K, and has immersed himself in...

Humans of Berkeley: Jackie Hennecke

CLIMBING? CLIMB ON: Hennecke is excited to get her Berkeley Academy class climbing on the Berkeley rock wall.
Jackie Hennecke ’20 talks about her passion for outdoor leadership, her journey of creating Girls Outside and her plans for the future.
September 4, 2018

Jackie Hennecke ’20 has climbed mountains throughout her life--literally. Growing up in Alberta, Canada gave Hennecke easy access to a plethora of outdoor activities, including a backpacking camp...

Hallway Chronicles: McKenna Ebert

DEDICATED DESIGNER: Besides set designing, Ebert aspires to carry her passion for stage managing into a career.
As the first student ever to design a set for a Berkeley production, McKenna Ebert ’18 discusses her involvement with Advanced Theatre Ensemble’s play “Scenes from an Execution” and future theater plans.
February 14, 2018

When the curtain finally closed on the spectacular “Scenes from an Execution” production by Berkeley’s Advanced Theatre Ensemble, the crowd went wild for everything: the actors, the story and the...

Hallway Chronicle: Alex Tingiris

Hallway Chronicle: Alex Tingiris
January 31, 2018

Alex Tingiris ’19 learned to code when he was just seven years old. Now a junior, his love for computer science and technology has immersed him in the exciting world of web development and design....

Hallway Chronicles: Addison Aloian

Aloian talks her evolution as a performer, her job as a role model and her new iTunes song.
October 21, 2017

Berkeley’s all-female acapella group, the Mello Divas, is known for captivating every audience they perform for. Not only have they enthralled their own school, but they have also represented Berkeley...

Inside Look: Jalen Li’s All-State Band Experience

HITTING THE RIGHT NOTES: Florida's top 9th and 10th grade musicians, including Jalen Li '19, perform Holst's complex and challenging Second Suite.
A narrative retelling of this sophomore musical prodigy’s experience at the Tampa Convention Center.
April 26, 2017

    “Alright, next up is your twelve major scales.”   Jalen Li ’19 takes a deep breath, then proceeds to produce one of the most stunning technical performances to...

Hallway Chronicle: Dylan Davis

Hallway Chronicle: Dylan Davis
Focusing on what makes this Upper Division photographer click.
April 25, 2017

    Dylan Davis  has turned the simple gift of a camera into a new and exciting hobby. His Instagram account for photography,, has caught the attention of the Berkeley...

Makayla Rutski: A Farmer Within Our Midst

RUNNING WILD: In addition to her many other activities, Makayla also enjoys running and is apart of the Varsity track and Cross-country teams.
Student by day and farmer by night, junior Makayla Rutski gives us an exclusive look at what it’s like to be lactose-intolerant, vegan and gluten-free at Berkeley.
April 16, 2017

Makayla Rutski ’18 is starting a farming initiative at Berkeley to feed the hungry at a local soup kitchen. By growing fresh fruits and vegetables and donating them to the soup kitchen, she hopes to...

Hallway Chronicle: Austi Critchfield

Critchfield is seen here being crowned Miss St. Petersburg.
March 3, 2016

Senior Austi Critchfield is this year’s Miss Saint Petersburg and founder of Roots of STEM, a nonprofit organization that encourages elementary school students to have a passion for science, technology,...

Hallway Chronicle: Kyra McDonald

Junior Kyra McDonald on a rare break from her busy schedule.
February 3, 2016

Ever wonder what it would be like to go to school every single day for a half day? The Fanfare got the opportunity to sit down with junior Kyra McDonald and talk to her about her unique school schedule....

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