Future Congresswoman: Senior Kia del Solar Excels in Debate
BY TAMARAH WALLACE Her hand gently taps on the steering wheel, perfectly in tune with the classic rock melody undulating from the car’s speakers as she maneuvers down a tree-lined, winding road. Her mind wanders, gripped by the image of the harrowing, mountainous destination she had hiked the previous... Read more
Teaching from Experience: Following the Amazing Adventures of CCHS Teacher Mr. Mauntler
BY KENDYL COUNTS Trudging through the forest with his video camera in hand and his dog at his heels, it’s undeniable that CCHS AP Environmental and Marine Science teacher Michael Mauntler prefers fieldwork to busywork. Finding noteworthy observations in everything from bears and sharks to epiphytes on trees, Mr.... Read more
Speaking Out: Senior Natalie Mendoza Finds Her Voice in Photographs
BY KARINA BLODNIEKS EDITOR’S NOTE: The ideas expressed in this feature belong to the subject. They do not necessarily reflect that of the author, the Lariat staff, Cooper City High School, or the School Board of Broward County. Natalie Mendoza sounds something like a character from a young adult... Read more
Landon Counts: A leader you can count on
BY KYLE NELSON It’s noon on Fort Lauderdale beach during the Tortuga country music festival, and CCHS Senior Landon Counts is swaying with the crowd during one of his favorite songs as his mind drifts off to the thought of school the next day. After a quick mental rundown... Read more
Brower Power: CCHS senior Jeremy Brower is keeping his ion the prize
BY KENDYL COUNTS Whether he’s unapologetically roaming the school grounds in a giraffe onesie, throwing the first pitch at a Cooper City Cowboys baseball game, or creating comprehensive Quizlet study sets that are the saviors of students across the county, CCHS Senior Jeremy Brower is hard to miss.    ... Read more
Nikki Tjin a Djie: Champion of the Underdogs
BY SABRINE BRISMEUR One thing about senior Nicole “Nikki” Tjin a Djie is certain: she isn’t easily defined. “I want to give a voice to the underdog and the outcast,” she says, wringing her hands and giving off an aura of vulnerable, flattered sheepishness that doesn’t quite match with... Read more
CCHS Senior Brent Pappas Codes the Way to Success
BY DARIAN SABLON It’s five in the morning, the sun is hidden away by the clouds, and there is barely anyone in sight. Most students would still be sleeping around this time, snoring their last few hours away. However, in the low lit streets of Cooper City, there is... Read more
Cooper’s Newest Assistant Principal
BY LINDSEY HANNAH There is a fresh addition to the administrative team at Cooper City High School. It may be hard to know who I’m talking about with so many new faces on campus this year, so here are some clues: she has a doctorate, plays seven sports, and... Read more
A New Face to CCHS Food
BY SABRINE BRISMEUR Cooper City High School’s gray brick cafeteria walls and cardboard food trays may seem a long way from the soft wooded walls and hand-made calzones of Pembroke Pines’s beloved Italian Caffé, but CCHS’ new cafeteria manager, Modestina Cariati is looking to change all that. Cariati... Read more
Not Your Average Joe: CCHS Senior Joe Torres Ascends to MIT and Beyond
BY KENDYL COUNTS Under studio lights a curly-haired boy stands alert, his hand hovering above a buzzer.  As if by a feat of clairvoyance, his hand slams the buzzer and he answers correctly, even after receiving only a fragment of a hint. His knowledge is boundless and he knows... Read more