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Despite complaints, students still can’t access site at school
“I think the YouTube block is stupid because it’s a good education resource. Sure there are some stupid videos, but there are also some good videos we may need.”
Kendall Zodrow, Senior
Alex Cunningham Editor
Dec. 1, 2011
Teachers gain access to YouTube
What’s on tap?
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For nearly 10 years, students and teachers alike were blocked from entering YouTube. However, a new filtering system now allows teachers to access the site. Up until just a few weeks ago, anyone who tried to get on YouTube at school would be redirected to a page stating that USD 473 had blocked it from being accessed. Despite popular belief, it was not the administration’s decision to block the site. “It’s not our decision at CHS,”
said district technician Steve Schuler. “It’s called the Children’s Protection Act that requires [YouTube] to be blocked.” Due to the fact that YouTube is classified as an “adult site”, students are prohibited from entering the site on school computers. However, staff members can now access the site on their laptops. “There have been upgrades in our filter service that allow YouTube to be propagated out to individual teachers,” Schuler said. Being able to access YouTube
means teachers can now find videos for educational purposes that they couldn’t find before. Math teacher Amy Gruen said she’s eager to take advantage of the update. “I’m very excited about it, because there are a lot of videos I have seen that are related to math and physics.” Although teachers are pleased about being able to use the site, some students feel it is unfair that they are still denied. “I think the YouTube block is stupid because it’s a good education resource,” said senior
CHN editor Logan Emig prepares to export a recent broadcast. Videos can now be imported to YouTube from journalism teacher Matt Weller’s computer. photo by Kinnen Hawes Kendall Zodrow. “Sure there are some stupid videos, but there are also some good videos we may need.” No matter how much students are opposed to the block, it is unlikely that the site will be available to them at school anytime soon. However, students will be able to use staff laptops if approved by that teacher. “I think it’s fine,” said senior Christian Meuli. “Students should be doing schoolwork, not messing around on YouTube.”
CHS introduces new Web design class Chapman High School hosted the FFA Leadership Conference Nov. 16. There were about 120 students from all over Kansas who attended. FFA also sponsored the event to help get their own Chapman Middle School students interested in the organization. Check out the full story on the web. photo by Carlie Philips
Coach Johnson (senior Anthony Howard) and professor Kenyon (junior Autumn Welsh) act out a scene during the AllSchool Production “Good News”. The ASP, which was directed by English teacher Collette Erickson, brought in good crowds both nights. photo by Alex Cunningham
Senior Briana Piercy works on a Web site page. The web design class, taught by Jodi DeArmond, in now in charge of all school Web sites in the district. photo by Kinnen Hawes
Bailey Hurford Reporter
Because she wanted to give students an opportunity to dive into technology, build and run Web sites, and work with clients, computer teacher Jodi DeArmond has added a new class to her curriculum. “Web site design was added to my classes because it’s a great way to get students involved in technology and how to use it,” DeArmond said. In addition to helping students develop new skills through software, Web site design also gets funding for Chapman High School. The state has clusters of classes that are eligible for the funding. When the state changed the name of its clusters, CHS had to change the name of some courses in order to get funding. In the process of changing course names, DeArmond saw Web site design and thought it would be a good elective to have. DeArmond said the class teaches students how to make Web sites using different software, starting from the very basics of HTML.
The class has two clients and is rebuilding the USD 473 district website, including all the schools in the district, and a veterinary office Web site in Washington, Kan. Senior Nalani Clark said she worked on the veterinary site as well as the Chapman Middle School Web site. “It teaches us a lot about different Web sites and technology,” Clark said. Students had to communicate with the principals of the schools they were assigned to about what should go on their school’s page. CMS Principal Bruce Hurford exchanged e-mails with Clark, as well as DeArmond about what
would look best on the CMS Web site. “I love the idea that the students are making this a handson project. Their creativity and energy will make this project successful, and I’m excited to see the finished result,” DeArmond said. Web site design not only gives students a chance to learn, but a chance to work with people and give a service for businesses and people not affiliated with the school. DeArmond is open to other ideas for sites her class can create. “The kids are really learning a lot, and they seem to have fun doing it,” DeArmond said.
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The spirit of giving
To basketball season being here, which means the student section gets to be fired up again!
To the egg smell still randomly showing up in our hallways. Nasty…
To StuCo for coming up with more student section cheers for our varsity basketball games.
Photo illustration by Sydnei Ehlebracht
To us experiencing our last warm days until spring. We will now be shivering until April.
What class that you’re taking now will help you the most in terms of your future career?
Subconscious comments hurt more than you know
“Culinary essentials, because I want to become a chef.”
Alec Oiler, Freshman
Lori McGarvey Editor
Apparently in today’s world it is okay to say math class is gay, and the assignment that is due tomorrow is retarded. So that “Geometry. I’ll need to do a lot of math later on because I want to be an anesthesiologist.”
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means that a class is homosexual and an assignment has a mental disorder? This may sound humorous to you, but it’s not funny to the kid in the next desk who is a closet homosexual for fear of being endlessly harassed. Or what about the girl in math class who struggles with reading and won’t participate in open discussions because of the rude comments
she hears only a few desks away? People of all ages have gotten into a bad habit of using unnecessary words to describe something. Gay should describe someone’s sexual preference or that they are happy. There are no other meanings. The word retard refers to slow development or progress. Although most refer to people with mental disorders with the word retard, calling someone can be offensive to not only them, but many others. Calling inanimate objects gay and retarded doesn’t help you
Student YouTube block helps keep students focused
Taylor Scoggins, Sophomore
“Teaching as a career, because I want to be a second grade teacher one day.”
Amanda Schubert, Junior
“Anatomy. I will have to know about the body since I want to be an anesthesiologist.”
Mandie McPhail, Senior
Megan Hurford Reporter
Everyone knows the YouTube video of baby Charlie biting his brother’s finger, and there are thousands of other favorites. However, in the middle of class is not the time to watch these videos. Teachers recently gained the technology to use YouTube on their laptops during the school day, but students still do not have capability to do so. This has raised controversy as to whether or not we will slowly be able to do the same.
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either. Making fun of someone by suggesting they are gay or retarded doesn’t make them look bad. It makes you look bad. Coming to the conclusion that those words should be a replacement for anything is unfair. People don’t wake up in the morning and decide they want to be gay or mentally impaired. They are born with these traits and cannot do anything about them. Having people make fun of them, even if it is unintentional does not make it any easier for them to be able to accept that they are different from others. The saddest part about this issue is when kids refer to something or someone with these names, they don’t even realize what they are saying. It has become a habit to them. You may think no one will care if you use words like these, but such comments will offend people you least expect. The bottom line is you don’t know the secrets people hide. There are probably kids in our school right now who are too scared to come out with their sexuality. Or there may be others who have relatives who suffer from a mental disorder. You never know who hears the comments you make. So how about we go back to “the old days” when some people thought math class was “boring” and that assignment was “lame”. This offends no one and makes you appear to be more mature and intelligent, thus doing everyone a favor.
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Of course there have been times when I have wanted to look up a video during school and have been disappointed when I can’t, but it is for a good reason. If YouTube was not blocked many students jump at the chance to grab a laptop and look at guys getting kicked in their private parts. There are some teachers who
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flip the desks in their classroom whenever students need to use laptops so they can monitor exactly what the students do, but there are still plenty of times where our computer usage is not being observed. This is when students would be watching something on YouTube when they should be working. Some students would argue if
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they want to watch videos instead of work it’s their own right to do so. Others say they need YouTube for school presentations. But there are plenty of ways to still get an A on a project without using YouTube clips. I don’t think there are many reasons students would need YouTube for a legitimate school related issue. However, if there was a reason, teachers do have YouTube accessibility on their laptops, and students will be able to use it if they asked. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy wasting time every once in a while watching the different ridiculous videos, but school is not a place for wasting time online. Use your time at school to finish your work. Then you can spend all night watching Charlie bite fingers.
Coeditors-in-chief: Alex Cunningham & Lori McGarvey
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Classes for the future WHAT’S DREAM YOUR
Kinnen Hawes Reporter
Many students take classes in high school just for a grade, but some are thinking further down the road and taking certain classes to help them reach their desired career. One of these students is senior Brittni Schmidt, who aspires to be a teacher. She has taken child development, careers working with children, exploring teaching as a career and is currently in a teaching internship. Schmidt said these classes have helped her determine exactly where in the field of teaching she would like to venture. “They helped me choose what age group I wanted to teach,” Schmidt said. Senior Collin Trickle is planning on working construction once he leaves high school. Trickle said he’s taking several hours of construction technology as well as one hour of cabinetmaking. “I like to design and build things,” Trickle said. “I like to do physical work instead of just sitting around.” The goal of many classes is to teach students something they can use for the rest of their lives, Trickle said his classes have succeeded in doing this. “They teach me a lot about how to fix little things,” Trickle said. “Like how things go together and how to build and construct things.” Sophomore Faith Decker said she would like to go to college for art. She has taken 2D and 3D art as well as interactive media.
“I’ve done art ever since I was little,” Decker said. “These classes give me more practice and experience.” Senior Kenny Roome has thoughts about going to culinary school. Roome has worked on his cooking skills in several classes, including foods and nutrition and Pro-Start. Roome said he learned many things that would help him
Activities: Band, NHS, Scholar’s Bowl, SADD, Tri-M, Enrichment Favorite Class: “My favorite class is band, because it’s fun and we get to do things outside of class.” What does this award mean? “It means teachers notice the hard work I put into my classes.”
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Junior Kyle Anderson cuts a piece of siding for the new construction technology house that is being build east of the school. Anderson said the class will help him with his future career plans, even if he won’t be going into construction. “I’m taking construction tech. to help me in the future just in case I need it for any reason. I’m also taking it to help me with other skills. ” photo by Amanda Schubert
Activities: Works at Green Acres Bar/ Grill, NHS, Concert Choir Favorite Class: “My favorite class is Spanish, because I like learning a new language.” What does this award mean? “This award means I’ve been working really hard for a long time, and I’m honored to have gotten it.”
Caitlin Rose Junior
if he decided to go into this career that needs this skill of what we do in our cooking classes. “It would be fun to do and it’s something I’m good at,” Roome said. “Plus, it tastes really good.” Counselor Jamey Dalke said having more class options for students only makes their high school experience that much better.
• Horticulture 1 & 2 • Animal Health • Ag Science • Ag Business • Ag Welding 1 & 2 • Visual Design • Interactive Media • Web Design
• Culinary Essentials • Pro-Start 1 & 2
• Child Development • Careers Working With Children • Exploring Teaching As A Career
• Intro To Industrial Technology • Construction Tech 1 & 2 • Cabinetmaking 1 & 2
FCCLA sponsors conference
Junior Caitlin Davis shows a poster to the 240 students present at the Chapman FCCLA conference Nov. 1. photo by Sierra Bomia Alex Cunningham Editor
The Chapman FCCLA chapter played host to approximately 240 other members from other schools at the FCCLA fall conference Nov. 1. “It was excellent,” said FCCLA advisor Sonya Anders. “Chapman was superior and had everything very organized.” FCCLA members who signed up for the conference worked together in order to prepare for the event. They did things such as set up tables and chairs, make posters, and help get the technical
supplies in the auditorium up and running. The pro-start class also aided the FCCLA members in their efforts to prepare for the conference by setting up a taco bar to feed the guests at lunchtime. “We had to make all the queso dip from scratch, cook the meat, set up all the tables, heat everything up and make sure it stayed warm and make sure the kitchens were spotless,” said junior Matraca Lawrence. At the conference, guests were given the option of taking a tour of the school as well as listening to different speakers. The district
officers chose national speaker Kyle Scheele to come be the main speaker. Scheele began doing speeches when he was in high school and has since spoken to thousands of teenagers from across the country. “I’ve always loved teenagers, and I think it’s really cool that I get a chance to motivate the next generation,” Scheele said. As well as listening to Scheele speak, members also chose to attend between five different workshops. Junior Cait Davis said she enjoyed the two workshops she attended. “They had one talking about fatty foods and another about retail,” Davis said. “We had to dress up mannequins and then we had to learn how to sell them to different kinds of people.” Chapman was originally set to host the conference a few years ago, but due to the fact we were still in modular trailers, it was decided that it would be best to wait until the schools were completely built to host the conference. Although it took a lot of work, Anders thought the conference was worth the wait. ”The club itself did an outstanding job,” Anders said.
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The Spirit of Giving
Sophomore Sydnei Ehlebracht pays science teacher Sara Cook to use her study guide on a test during Buddy Can You Spare a Dime. photo by Kensey Plummer
Carrying in a bag full of clothes to donate to the clothing drive, senior Nalani Clark does her part with the FCCLA-sponsored event. photo by Kasey Curtis
Clothing drive offers items Buddy Can You Spare A Dime raises almost $1,500 for those who need them Alex Cunningham Editor
It’s a free country, right? Wrong! At least it wasn’t during Buddy Can You Spare A Dime week, when teachers charged students to use notes on a test, borrow a pencil, or even use the bathroom. BCYSD took place Nov. 14-18. It was a StuCo sponsored event where teachers competed against each other to see who could raise the most money. Donations were then used to buy Christmas presents for less fortunate families. Although it was the teachers who raised the money, senior Grace Pierson said it was up to the students to make BCYSD a success. “The kids were involved by donating the money,” Pierson said. “They’re the ones who make this happen.” Teachers raised money by charging their students for a variety of different tasks. Some teachers charged students to do everyday tasks like leaving the room or borrowing supplies. Others raised money
by giving students to the option to do things they normally wouldn’t be able to, such as buying sweets or watching a movie. “Students are always begging me to watch a movie,” said history teacher Trevor Williams. “So I figured I might as well charge them for it.” Senior Trevor Shartzer said he thought BCYSD was a good way to raise money as well as get people in the giving spirit. “I think it’s a great representation of being thankful for what you have and giving to those who don’t,” Shartzer said. In the end, almost $1,500 was raised. Third place went to Cindy Zumbrunn’s math classes with $170.31, second place was Nichole Weller’s math classes with $200.01, and in first place was Sara Cook’s science classes with $247.38. Although Cook came out on top, she said it wasn’t all about winning. “It was a great program to raise money and show students how to give to those who are less fortunate.”
Lori Mcgarvey Editor
Every winter FCCLA members sort through endless amounts of clothing, household items and toys. Donating items as well as their time, members make it possible for many families to have something for the Christmas season they wouldn’t have had otherwise. FCCLA sponsor Sonya Anders started the now annual clothing drive because she realized how many families in the community needed help during the holiday season. “The first year we only helped one family, but when we purchased some clothes for one of the children they ended up not fitting her,” Anders said. “I felt bad because that was the only gift she received that year. We then came up with the idea of letting parents have a place to shop for their own children and realized how many families truly needed help.” Because it is such a big responsibility, students play a big role in the process.
Juniors Morgan Potter and Miranda Rodney are in charge of the clothing drive. Students plan the drive and then collect and weigh the items. Items were taken starting Nov. 21 and ending Dec. 2. “It was a great feeling knowing that we helped so many people, and the party was just a little extra icing on the cake,” Rodney said. Students also spend hours sorting, stacking and laying out the clothes so they are easy access to shoppers. Shopping will be open to the public Dec. 6-8 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Many FCCLA members will stay after school to help shoppers choose and carry the items. Once the three days are up, students will gather leftover items and donate them to local Goodwill stores. Anders said the annual event has become something special for her. “Christmas isn’t about getting things, it’s about giving things,” Anders said. “The clothing drive is truly part of my Christmas.”
Are Clubs Requiring Service Hours a Good Idea?
Connie Poland English Teacher
“Yes, because we should give back to others, and requiring service hours teaches students to do that.”
Brandt Blixt Freshman
“Yes, because it shows the good things the clubs do and makes good impressions for the school.”
Vanessa Lovett Sophomore
“Yes. You get people to be involved and you earn your spot in the club.”
Ariel Hummel Junior
“Yes. If you’re in clubs like NHS, you should live up to their standards and give back to the community.”
Jacob Schneider Senior
“Yes, because it helps out the members in the town and looks good as a club in the district.”
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DK In Focus
Dawn Barclay gives and then receives Lori Mcgarvey editor
Most people donate to charities because it makes them feel good and they expect nothing in return. When Dawn Barclay donated to Briggs Auto for Breast Cancer Awareness the last thing on her mind was that in two months she would have a 2010 Furious Fuscia Dodge Challenger in her driveway. Yet that’s exactly what happened. Barclay donated to the cause July 20 at Briggs.com. The contest for the car did not require a donation, but Barclay donated purely out of the kindness of her heart and from past experiences. “I donate to breast cancer to ensure the fund keeps going, because people close to me have died from the disease. I hope a cure is in the future because it is a very painful and emotional disease,” Barclay said. A few months later Briggs
contacted Barclay through e-mail and then over the phone to tell her the good news that she had won a one year lease on the Challenger. “When they told me I won I was very emotional. Words can’t explain what was going through my mind,” Barclay said. Barclay doesn’t plan on just driving the car to and from work. She and her husband have more than that planned for this eyeopening opportunity. “My husband and I will spend the next year promoting Breast Cancer Awareness at car shows, parades, health events and through a partnership with local Hospice groups,” Barclay said. She also plans to spend time giving rides to patients who currently have or are in remission from breast cancer. “The one year lease was an opportunity to spread awareness, and that’s just what I plan to do,” Barclay said.
Dawn Barclay stands next to the 2010 Furious Fuscia Dodge Challenger she won from Briggs Auto. Barclay donated to Briggs in July for Breast Cancer Awareness and was then chosen from a large group to win a one year lease on the pink vehicle. photo courtesy of Vanessa Gray
What’s the most selfless act you’ve... Community Given Received
Service Hour Ideas lori mcgarvey editor
Anthony Howard Senior
“I saw a guy on the side of the road, so I picked him up and drove him to Junction City. Once I dropped him off, I gave him $20 and a backpack.”
Joshua Chewning Junior
“I donated $100 at Zumiez for breast cancer awareness bracelets.”
Lane Coberly Freshman
“A kid was lost in WalMart, so my mom and I took him to an associate and helped him find his mother.”
This time of the year it’s all about giving to those less fortunate. You could be the most caring and giving person out there, but you can’t help if you don’t know where to start. The DK staff is here go help get you started. Now it’s up to you to finish.
Clinton Henderson Sophomore
“The nicest thing I’ve ever received is all the friends I have made from one place to the next, from Mississippi to Hawaii to Kansas.”
Hannah Bryan Freshman
“The nicest thing I received was a blow dryer. Mine died, so the mom of the kid I babysat gave me a new one.”
Jamey Dalke Counselor
“Around Christmas time, there was a letter that said that we were a nice family with $400 attached to it.”
What’s needed: Volunteers are needed throughout the year for different things, such as picking up trash or mowing lawns. All you have to do is call and see if they need any help at the time. Who to call: 238-3599 Where: Junction City
What’s needed: While shopping at Dollar Tree, customers can purchase a couple extra toys and donate them. The toys will then be given to a needy family. Who to call: 7622228 Where: Dollar Tree
Operation Santa Claus
What’s needed: Adult volunteers sort through toy donations and wrap toys for families who need help during the holidays. Who to call: 239-6944 Where: WalMart in Junction City and Manhattan, Post Exchange on Ft. Riley, Ft. Riley Hospital
Toys For Tots
What’s needed: You can take new toys and drop them off at the above locations, and they will then be given to less fortunate kids for the holidays. Who to call: 263-1770 (Abilene Chamber of Commerce) Where: Alco, Dollar General, West’s Country Mart, and Zey’s (all in Abilene)
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When I WINTER SPORTS PREVIEW knew... Girls use off-season to help Ingram hopes returning I could dunk Zach Heiman
“I started working on dunking the summer after 8th grade. After working on it all summer, I was finally able to do it during the basketball season my freshman year. Although I haven’t dunked yet in a CHS game, I did do it in a game for the first time this summer at a Wichita basketball tournament.”
• Dec. 1 WR @ Mission Valley 9:00 a.m. Dec. 5 BB DK Classic vs. El Dorado 6:00 p.m. Dec. 6 BB DK Classic vs. Rossville 6:00 p.m. • Dec. 10 WR @ Minneapolis 9:30 a.m.
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them prepare for season
members will lead team jacob langlois reporter
Rachel Hengemuhle reporter
Even with the loss of six seniors, head coach Sara Cook said she thinks the off-season preparations the team put in are a positive sign for this year. However, Cook also said there are some challenges the team needs to overcome this year. “The girls need to step up to fill the shoes of the six varsity players who graduated last year,” Cook said. “Individually, people need to put effort and time into practicing their shots so the team as a whole can have a better shooting percentage. We also need to improve on being competitive.” The coaches this year are also looking at improvement with individual skills like guard and post positions and helping the girls with their individual areas of improvement. However, Cook said this year’s group should be able to handle the challenge. “The thing I like about the team this year is, they’re coach able,” Cook said. “They work extremely hard. They went to fall conditioning, summer camps, and also played on our summer league team during the off-season and put forth a lot of effort into making themselves better, which will make the team better.” Cook will look towards seniors Addie Mayberry and Lexi Coberly to lead the young team. Because there are only a limited number of juniors and seniors, she will also have to look to underclassmen to fill key rolls on the team. Cook’s young team will open their season Dec. 5 against El Dorado in the DK classic.
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Last year’s record? Who is most likely to be team leader? Best and worst drill?
Jordan Woods, because she really cares about the sport. 11-man break and Olympic shooting.
The boy’s basketball team is gearing up for another sweatinducing, muscle-cramping, and hopefully successful basketball season. The team has reflected on last year’s 5-16 record last season and how it can be improved. To begin, they must first figure out how to fill the gap of losing starters Chad Williams, Matt Spurlock and Chase Altwegg. This will require new leadership from the returning players along with some individual work. “This year we are going to work on improving our shooting percentages, free-throw percentages, overall consistency, and our work ethic,” said head coach Tony Ingram. Senior Trent Langvardt also said he thinks the team needs to be in overall better shape this year. On the positive side, seniors Jordan Bauman and Trey Shultz and junior Zach Heiman are among the key returnees this season. All three were starters last season. “Overall, we have more basketball talent than we’ve had in the past, and there’s potential for really good team chemistry,” Ingram said. “They seem to have really bought into what our basketball program is about.” The team will have to adjust to new underclassmen with both patience and understanding to prepare them as future varsity players. With both determined and experienced upperclassmen and new underclassmen, the team is ready for their first game is against El Dorado Dec. 5 in the DK Classic.
5-16 Jordan Bauman, because he is really vocal. Post moves and gauntlet.
Who do you want to Abilene. Concordia. beat the most? Who do you think will Sierra Bomia, because she’s Kyle Anderson, because he will develop more touch be most improved from an upperclassman now and it’s going to be her year. with his shot. last year? Who is the Milea Anderson, because Brandon Adams, newcomer most likely to she is athletic and gives because he is athletic. contribute fastest? her best.
3-11 All of the seniors. Live wrestling and death camp. I just want to see our team compete in duals. Zach Witt, because he is always working hard and pushing himself. Ian Currier, because he is older and at a higher weight, and we need that.
Wrestlers have high hopes for season Brianna Hall reporter
Dakota Smith STATS Playing first chair bassoon has meant Smith has kept busy this year. Smith was part of the District and Honor Band and also participated in a band of his own. Mr. Pretz “I chose Dakota because he is very active in both concert and jazz band, a good musician, and he leads by example. I also chose him because of his positive attitude.”
Hitting new mats, gaining new bruises, and learning new moves are all in store for this years wrestling team as they begin their season. The school gained many new students, which has helped the team with numbers. Returning sophomore Seth Cunningham said he thinks the new additions are going to be helpful this year. “I am most looking forward to the new numbers,” Cunningham said. “The wrestling team is a lot bigger this year because of all the new kids.” Sophomore Hadrian Currier said he looks forward to getting to know new people.
“It’s going to be different, because with a new team and new people come different personalities,” Currier said. Although the school offers lifetime fitness, some wrestlers like Currier found time to do out-ofschool workouts in order to get ready for the season. “I’ve been getting ready for wrestling by lifting weights and working out,” Currier said. There are struggles in all sports, Cunningham said making weight is always challenging. Others said the biggest struggle is getting to the next level. “The biggest struggle for me is going to be making it to state, because that’s going to be the toughest competition of the year,” Currier said. One exciting part of the new
season is the new practice room, which wasn’t able to be used until this year. Wrestling coach Jeff Sheets said he is excited to have their own space. “The practice room is going to take a lot of the distractions away, and there will be no more competition with other sports teams,” Sheets said. Last year’s season ended with no state qualifiers, so Sheets is expecting more from his team this year. That begins with his younger members. “My expectations are high for the younger wrestlers,” Sheets said. “They are setting the foundation for building the team back up to where we were a few years ago.” The team’s first tournament is Dec. 3 at Mission Valley.
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There’s an app for that lori mcgarvey editor
Sticky Notes (Free)
Most people use their screen light as a flashlight, but after awhile it turns off and you have to push a button to make it light up again. With the flashlight app, you have a light as long as the app is open without having to press buttons.
Sticky Notes is the best way to keep track of everything you need to do. Having them on your phone means you don’t have to worry about the old school notes falling off the pad or missing them after they lose their stick.
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Where’s Waldo? ($.99)
This is the type of game that will ask you trick questions. It messes with your mind and makes you think outside the box. Ultimately, this becomes extremely addicting.
The title of the app is pretty self explanatory. You go to different scenes and have to find Waldo’s hiding in the games. It’s an old favorite from the grade school days.
Graphing Calculator (Free)
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This app can be a savior for students in advanced or even regular math classes. Think about it, we stopped doing math problems on paper years ago. Why start again just because we forgot our calculator?
Successful Admission Essays (Free)
This app is a big sigh of relief for seniors. Writing essays for college can be stressful beyond belief. This app gives free examples of winning essays from many different majors. You can read through them and brain storm, just don’t copy exactly.
Club T-Shirts Almost every club advertises themselves by getting shirts for its members. Just how creative are they? Take a look at these.
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“I looked at different images on the Internet and got ideas from previous years and then put my own ideas in.” -Bailey Hurford, NHS Treasurer
“I designed them the way they are because we are awesome! And I wanted abs on a shirt!” -Grace Pierson, StuCo President
“The theme for FCCLA is spattered paint, and Justine Curtis and I thought it would be cool for our shirts.” -Cait Davis, FCCLA President
FFA Land Judging Team
“Usually they are designed by guys, but this year the girls did it. We put ‘dirt’ on it because we were land judging.” -Alex Diercks, FFA Treasurer
Flashlights, board games and having a dictionary are officially a thing of the past. Why carry around heavy objects when you can carry a 2”x4” phone containing all of these and more?
Police Scanner ($1.99)
This app is a nosy person’s dream. Whenever you hear police sirens you can just pull your phone out of your pocket and know what’s going on before anyone else.
Bubble Shooter (Free)
Bubble Shooter has the same concept as the famous game Tetris. You have to align the right colors in order for the bubbles to pop before they reach the border of the game.
Whether you have to define words for a vocab assignment or just want to learn a new word, having a dictionary in your pocket is convenient in so many ways.
Schedule Planner (Free)
Carrying around an agenda can be annoying. Having a planner on your phone is much more convenient. Plus, you don’t have to pay $5 for losing it.
Angry Birds Seasons ($.99)
Angry Birds is one of the top downloads out there. It is even more fun when you can play the game with a St Patrick’s Day or Christmas theme.
Although you do have to purchase this app, it keeps track of all your classes and homework that you may have. You do have to type in what homework you have, but after that it will keep track for you.
‘Christmas Story’ still a classic “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” This famous quote is from one of the best Christmas movies ever made. “The Christmas Story” always gets me in the mood for the holiday season. “The Christmas Story”, which was shown in 1983 but was set back in the 1940s, is a comedy featuring Peter Billingsley as Ralphie. Ralphie and his brother start out by going to see Santa in the mall to tell him exactly what they want. Of course, Ralphie says he wants an “official Red Ryder carbine-action shot range model air rifle!” Santa just laughs and says “You’ll shoot your eye out, kid!” No one understands why Ralphie wants a rifle so bad, so everyone made fun of him, including his teachers and mom. The next stop was the annual Christmas parade, where Ralphie sees the gun again. As you can see this becomes a recurring theme in the movie. However, there are also many humorous side stories in the movie, such as when the dogs get into Ralphie’s home and eat all of turkey and his family has to go out to eat for Christmas. They end up in a Chinese restaurant, and instead of a scrumptious turkey they get a full duck. There is also the hilarious scene where Ralphie dares his best friend to stick his tongue on a metal pole at recess and he gets it stuck. Eventually firefighters show up to get his tongue off the pole. These scenes just add an extra flare to the main plot. Even though this movie is almost 30 years old, it is still considered entertainment for all ages because it shows the traditions of Christmas that we all still do today. It is also neat to see some of the differences from then and now. Even though this isn’t a recent movie, I still encourage anyone who hasn’t seen it to consider watching the classic. Watching this movie has been my favorite part of Christmas for as long as I can remember. I still to this day watch it over and over since it shows for 24 straight hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. So if you’re planning on crowding around the TV, drinking hot chocolate and spending the holidays with your loved ones, make “The Christmas Story” part of your tradition.
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The Dickinsonian December 1, 2011 Issue 3
Students start country/rock band after playing at Labor Day show
Kensey Plummer Reporter
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Not every high school band is a bunch of kids trying to be rebels. Some are just kids trying to have fun and express their love for music. This is the case with the local band “The Left of the Right”. The band consists of senior Kinnen Hawes as lead singer and guitar, freshman Colton Rudolf as lead guitar and vocals, senior Brandon Fansler on drums, and senior Logan Emig, on back up guitar vocals and cajon. Senior Jordan Peleska plays electric guitar and vocals, and senior Anthony Howard sings. The band came together originally to do what they all love, which is playing music. “The best part of being in a band is just having fun with everyone and playing music,” Rudolf said. The idea for the band came together when Fansler’s mom Shelly, needed a band for the Labor Day talent show back in September. “So we pulled a bunch of kids together after school and started a band,” Fansler said. Now the band practices about two or three times a week and gets ready for anything that might come up where their presence is needed. Although they have performed at other talent shows, they usually just practice after school or on weekends. Rudolf said his part in the band is important, but just getting together with everyone is what matters the most, and there isn’t one member who is more important than the other. The Left of the Right plays mostly country and rock. Although they cover bands such as “Two Doors Cinema Club”, they also write a lot of their own music. “This band means a lot to me,” Fansler said. “There are a lot of good kids in it, and even when we mess up and get frustrated it’s still all about having fun. I don’t want to get anything out of this band other than just to have a good time.” Fansler said they are pretty much willing to do whatever comes up as far as upcoming concerts go. They plan on being ready to show what they’ve got. “This band will help me in the future because it will expand my learning in music,” Rudolf said.
This is the third issue of the CHS Dickinsonian in 2011