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September 2009

Thalacker Welds Better Tomorrow Brooke Larson

It’s predicted that in the year 2011 the United States will be 200,000 welders short. Welders are one of the most unrecognized but equally one of the most important jobs out there today. Job opportunity is slowly declining, but not in a welding career. Clinton High School is doing something about this welding shortage. Carl Thalacker was hired just last year to take Mr. Wilden’s place as the metal’s teacher. He had big dreams for the department, determined to make it better than ever. This year he is fulfilling his promise. What if I told you that you could start your junior or senior year in a metal’s class and when you’re done you can be hired to work as a certified welder? Well it’s true. This year at CHS, Mr. Thalacker is teaching Advance Manufacturing, or as he likes to call it Career Welding: three trimesters dedicated to preparing you for going into a career in welding and readying you for the job site. Students are

informed about safety and perfecting techniques. Over the course of their three trimesters, students learn to perfect the art of arc welding and also gain essential knowledge for the job site. This program was not just made over night, though. Carl was approached in February about the idea for the course and that prompted many changes to the shop itself. In mid July there was an auction held and some of the extra machines were sold, leaving space for much improvement. There was a total shop gut, new safety gear, new welding stands, new welders and much more. Thalacker eventually wants to make this course into a 2 year program also. CHS is really doing something special with this program. It provides the kids an idea of what’s being expected of them in the real world and shows a glimpse of what life after high school could be like. The course prepares students for college in certain careers and best of all gives students a goal that with hard work and dedi-

Grace Shemwell

Thalacker demenstrates his knack for welding. cation can allow them the chance to become successful workers. This class isn’t just for students, though; it’s a benefit to the community also. It will give employers a better job pool and more proficient students to weld. The class is unlike any I’ve been in. You learn and have fun at the same time, you can hardly go 10 min-

utes without learning something new, and everyday you start to understand and appreciate all the work that goes into the life of a welder. This program will benefit the students just as much as the community we’re in; CHS students should be proud of the program and grateful for Thalacker’s vision.

Kicking Off a Great Season Tara Geary

The Kings began their season victorious, dominating Davenport North at Brady Street Stadium Aug. 27. Although the weather was cold and rainy, the Kings pushed their way through to defeat the Wildcats 57-6. Dedicated fans overlooked the weather and cheered the Kings to their victory. A second exciting win came Friday, Sept. 4

when the Kings hosted Davenport West. The energy was high, and the football players were ready to hit the field. Many fans came out to support the team in the new stadium, the first in 81 years. The larger stadium was packed with fans eager to see the Kings dominate on a clear fall night. The Kings took the field prepared to win and they made a strong start. Within about five min-

Clinton High Welcomes New Stadium

utes into first quarter, quarterback Jake Mangler scored the first touchdown of the night. By the end of the first quarter, Mangler had posted another TD with a 54-yard run to make the score 12-0. In the second quarter, David Johnson ran the sideline to get a 19-yard run and the third score of the night. By halftime the score was 26-0 when Johnson swept the ball away on the bounce of a Falcons punt, and made his way down the 40 yards to the touchdown. The River Kings control continued in the second half. The waning Falcons only gained 46 total yards. The Kings, though, scored once more. David Johnson ran one more touchdown in the third quarter. The score was 33-0 to end the game. On the team's undefeated record, Mangler says, "...we are playing together well as a team and we

have been working hard at practice." Although the team did its part to defeat the Falcons, the pep assembly Friday afternoon pumped up the players for the opening home game. The pep assembly was full of spirit and energy, led by the cheerleaders and the theme “Rootin' for the Kings.” The assembly began with the school song, which then led to more cheering from the cheerleaders. Another activity was a piggy back race involving the senior football players. The football players were paired up, ran down to the end of the gym, one on the other's back, and then they switched positions and ran back. The winners were Mo Walker and Devan Ebensberger. The pep assembly then ended in an epic battle. Senior cheerleaders, volleyball players, football players, golfers and cross country runners were

CHS Students have seen something new slowing rising from the football fields. Thanks to the Athletic Boosters and Restoring Royalty, the class of 2010 will hail in the arrival of a new bleacher stadium complex. The bleachers, supplied by Sturdis Steel of Waco, Texas, will seat a little over 3,000 people. A new scoreboard has also been erected at the south end of the field. A new ticket facility and gate will face Eighth Avenue South. Residing underneath the stands will be brand new restrooms by Payne Construction, and a freestanding concessions stand at the north end of the field built by Swanson, will complete the development. This is a great improvement to the previous stands. The previous stands, torn down this spring and dedicated on Clinton High’s second homecoming October 31, 1925, were supplied by Frank J. and Louis Iten, who had always been ardent supporters of all high school athletics. They had noticed the crowded conditions of the old wooden bleachers and therefore decided to show their appreciation of the fine athletic record of by giving CHS the now old stands. In 1970, an addition to these stands was made, seating about 1800 people. Unfortunately, they were not handicap accessible.

grouped up and had a two liter root beer chug-off. The golfers were the first to finish without spilling. After the battle, the band finished with another round of the school song. If the team keeps on scoring like they have in the last two games, then we are set for a great season.

Left: The River Kings start off a great season.

The new stands seat about 1,200 more people, the press box will have all new electronics in it, and the scoreboard gleams at the south end. “One thing that I am most proud of,” said CHS activities director Gary Lueders, “is that this project has been done without the use of tax dollars. It is a tribute to Clinton that the $3 million used in this project was raised through donations and fundraising.” When asked if they were excited to play in the new stadium head football coach Lee Camp replied “Yes, we play[ed] Friday [the 4th] there and we’re excited. Its capacity is something like 3,100 people and we expect them to be packed for games against some of our bigger rivals like Bettendorf. The only issue will be parking.” “I’m really jacked to play in front of 3,000 people,” said senior WR and DE Wade Klooster before the first home game, “I’m really happy the bleachers are done for my senior season and I think everyone wishes they would have happened sooner, but I’m just happy they’re here now and I have a season to play in front of them. I think they will attract a lot of people who wouldn’t come [before the new bleachers were in] because the old bleachers were in bad condition.” The first game on Sept. 4 was the first time the bleachers were open to the public.

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President’s Address to Students Sparks Academic Interest Alison Sullivan

Amid much controversy, President Obama spoke to the youth at Wakefield High School in Wakefield, Virginia, along with students from all over the nation, on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Fed by many conservatives’ concerns of political propaganda, adults across the country vocally addressed their concerns about the context of the president’s speech. Among the concerns were mixtures of both skepticism as well as enthusiasm for the speech to be shown. “It’s a sad state of affairs that many in this country politically would rather start an ‘Animal House,’ food fight rather than inspire kids to stay in school,” commented the White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, a few days leading up to the

event. Despite the discord, after reading the text to the President’s speech no one can deny the message his words were meant to convey. “…what I want to focus on today: [is] the responsibility each of you has for your education…the responsibility you have to yourself.” Emphasizing the importance of not only staying in school but working hard, Obama stressed how the things learned in school were necessary to create opportunities later in life. “What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country. What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future.” Although the speech was

not addressed on a large scale at Clinton High, nor was any objection heard from parents, classrooms tuned in, in small numbers, to hear the president speak. Most who heard Obama’s speech felt inspired by his words. “I believe that this has a ton of meaning and is very powerful,” declared Katie Stanley, a CHS student who read the president’s speech. “I think everyone should read or hear this because it can make a huge impact on people. Sometimes people think they know all of this, but it needs to be repeated and people need to be reminded of how important [a] good education really is.” “I thought it was refreshing and uplifting. We are lucky to have a president that cares enough to address the next generation. His message was

simple and true that everyone has obstacles and everyone can achieve [their goals,]” reflected Molly Eversoll, who was able to watch the president’s speech. The president’s words not only impacted students but teachers as well, “It was really good, very inspiring. I think it should…motivate students to work harder at their academic studies,” remarked Mr. Haan, a statistics and pre-calc. teacher. In addition to the speech, packets were sent out to schools preK- 6th, all over that included a comprehensive worksheet for students to refer to and think about before, during, and after the speech. Questions such as, “What is the President trying to tell me?” and “What new ideas and actions is the president challenging me

to think about?” were included in the packet along with encouragement to write additional comments and draw pictures to express how they felt about what they were hearing. Historically, this concept is not something new to the American people. Presidents taking time to share their thoughts with future generations are anything but a new concept. Ronald Reagan in the fall of 1988 spoke to students about taxes and their effect on the American people. George H.W. Bush in 1991, did the same, stressing the importance of hard work and not doing drugs. Even Florida’s Republican Party Chairman Jim Greer changed his belief that the president’s message was to “indoctrinate America’s children to his socialist

agenda,” to stating that his kids would be watching the speech after reading the text released the Sunday before. While America faces successes and failures on all levels, our future generations need to be reminded that one day we will be the bearers of the actions taken today by those who rule our country. As Obama says in the closing of his address, “The story of America isn’t about people who quit when things got tough. It’s about people who kept going, who tried harder, who loved their country too much to do anything less than their best.” With that in mind, today’s youth needs to open their books and their eyes. Learn from the past mistakes and the troubles of today, in anticipation of tomorrow’s obstacles.





September 2009

Back to School Perspectives Amber Elkins

As another school year begins, there are several types of students walking the halls; some are fresh faces while others are all too familiar. Regardless, everybody has a perspective on being back in school, whether they were ready for summer to be over or not. For freshmen everything is a new wonder and all of this can sometimes be quite intimidating. I asked some of my freshmen friends what they thought about coming to CHS. “I am extremely excited to

come to CHS especially for the lunches!”exclaimed Will Callen. I completely agree, Will. I know when summer was coming toward the end I was so happy to come back to school and to see my friends and meet new people. Sophomore Jenifer Benoit was as well. “I was so ready to come back to school. I had a great summer but I missed the friends I hadn't seen in a while.” When asked if she was prepared for what the new year had in store for her she replied, “I'm pretty ready for what is ahead of me and if not, then I will

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have to take it one day at a time.” Benoit expresses a useful positive outlook for the school year. Another student excited about the prospects a new school year brings is Derrick Bertram. You may recognize the junior Bertram from the daily announcements. Bertram said that he was excited about this school year but he didn't want summer to be over so soon. To some people, the thought of coming to school and knowing it is the final year leaves a bittersweet feeling. Theresa Striley, a senior, says

“Being a senior is so fun so far. It's going to be great this year and things are definitely moving fast.” As the years progress, so does the homework and challenging classes. Angela Wynkoop knows that her classes are harder this year but that is just part of growing up and becoming a junior. Though it is the beginning of the year, school will certainly fly by and before we know it summer will come again. I hope everyone enjoys the school year and trust me freshmen, it's not that bad. There's more to look forward to than the lunch.

jobs and less money to buy nice stuff. What did you take to Africa? I first went to Africa so I could learn about people and their culture, to remove my own ignorance. You said you went to Africa to remove your ignorance. Did you do that? Yes, dealing with people because I was in a place where skin color and culture is minority. Here I am majority. It’s different. If you could die right now, what would you say was your greatest achievement? I feel that I have achieved a lot things that’s why I’m here today. I have changed so much. I could say I have achieved this and that but all those make up me. If you could spend a whole day doing exactly as you wished with no demands and no responsibilities, what would you do? I’d certainly be doing something outside hoping

it’s a nice weather. Were you an honor student in high school? Yes. If time and money was no object, to what cause would you dedicate yourself to? Probably helping people around the world, mainly third world countries. What was your favorite and least favorite subject in high school? My favorite was art class and my least favorite I would have to say was English. What inspires you the most? My mother but mainly motivation. What do like about CHS? I like the dedication the teachers and administrators have, the pride they have and the pride that the students have for this school. Even though Clinton High is a big school it seems small. People here are so nice and welcoming to new people, like me.

Have You Met...? Karishma Sikandar Faseeh

The bright yellow sun shining, elephant’s trumpting, cheetahs running faster than a car, and a king of the jungle roaring louder than you can imagine. If you haven’t figured out what country I’m talking about, I’m talking about AFRICA! All the way from the hot and beautiful Africa comes Mr. Adam Bohach. He is one of the newest additions to the biology department and CHS is very lucky to have him! The Clintonian sat down with him recently to get to know him better. KF: What brings you to Clinton, Iowa? Well I was looking for a teaching job when I got back from Africa in July 2008. Many schools had already hired people and Clinton was the only school that was hiring so late in the year and after the interview the job seemed to fit. What excites you about Biology?

I just think biology is so prevalent, it’s always around us, like when I look at a flower I wonder how it came to be. I’m a nature’s man. Why biology, I mean with so many fields out there, why be a biology teacher? Well I know I love animals and the outdoors and when I went to college biology seemed fit and I was going to be a doctor with biology. Then I became a teacher mainly because my mother inspired me...she herself is a teacher. How does America differ from Africa? I think that people in Africa view life differently than we do. They take more time for family, work over there comes second. They are never in a hurry. People here rarely take time to talk to their family and friends. Most people in Africa don’t have the luxury life like we do, they also don’t have the same education and they barely have

School Now in Session for CHS Runners runners in the top ranks of the races. One outstanding performance came from Kate Kaster running a 16:06 and placing number five in the top-10 runners of all Clinton High history. Also starting on top for the boy’s team was Evan Tuisl placing seventh and running 17:40. The Clinton River Kings and Queens are greatly anticipating the rest of the season as everyone has improved from last year’s season. The coaches were very optimistic and positive about the performances at the School House Open. “It was a good meet to see where everybody is at for the beginning of the season and every runner on the team either met or exceeded my expectations,” commented head coach Wes Golden. Even coach Albert Hayton was satisfied with the results of the team. He said, “It was perfect conditions for running and because of that we had good performances. It

Sean Determan

The annual School House Open kicked off the cross country season once again on Tuesday, Sept. 8. The mock meet is practice for the CHS team along with many local teams. Because the meet is not scored and general-

“...every runner on the team either met or exceeded my expectations...” -Head Coach Wes Golden

ly has small amounts of competitors in each race, it’s traditionally low intensity. However, this year’s event was slightly larger than normal, with about 120 people per race, compared to an average of 100 people in past years, and produced remarkable times for the season opener. Clinton High School proved fierce in their opening day with many

was also a great day for the newcomers to shine.” “All the teams were ready to race and everyone began on a good note. I would also like to thank the school staff, parents, and students that came up the Saturday before to set up and take down equipment after the race that day. I am looking forward to the Clinton Invitational,” added the newest addition to the cross country staff, Adam Bohach, who is also a new biology teacher at CHS. The School House Open was a great way to start the season this year and a glimpse at the improvement to unfold in the coming season. The next race, hosted at the Erickson Center, will be on Oct. 3, 2009 for the Clinton Invitational on the Saturday morning of homecoming week. The cross country team hopes to see support from fans that will help the team succeed and acquire fast times this year.

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By Deana Cunningham

In my opinion, this generation depends a little too much on technology. We use technology to communicate in many different ways; we text, e-mail and IM. Despite the variety technology provides, it has produced a negative effect as well. People have cut down their face time significantly with these inventions. With all of this virtual interaction, interaction within families has also been affected by these advances. In some extreme cases, families that are in different rooms will choose to text each other versus getting up and walking over to another room to converse. Depending on technology rather than personal interaction then becomes an issue. Today we have cell phones, mp3 players, portable DVD players, and laptops. With the advances that society has made, we can combine two or three of these in one device, making us very dependable on that single piece of technology. For example, if that one device is a cell phone, it is nearly impossible to leave the house without it. It is a safe assumption that a vast majority of CHS students text throughout the school day, and if they don’t it is probably because they don’t have a phone. If you walked down the hall at

any time during the day you would see at least 30 students with something in their hands or ears. I’ve done it, but you can barely go anywhere without a cell phone. Phones aren’t the only issue. There are a lot of students who are very dependent on their music as well. Rarely do you see them without an ear bud logged into their ears. Despite some of the nuisances technology can create socially, there is no denying its usefulness as well. Teachers use the internet to communicate with other teachers from not only inside their staff but with others from across the nation. They also use the computers for homework purposes and allow students to turn in their homework electronically. Students use computer programs such as Microsoft PowerPoint to create new ways to present information in projects. They also research facts on the internet and connect socially with other who live far away. Technological advances also lead to better medicines and successful advances in this field help save lives. As more advances are made, more diseases can be cured, and more measures can be taken to prevent such diseases. It is up to the user of technology to not let it consume his or her life.

Clintonian Staff: In this issue... Editor-in-Chief & Layout: Alison Sullivan Photgrapher: Brooke Larson Staff: Sean Determan

Tara Geary

Anna Marshall

Arian Sullivan

Karishma Faseeh Deana Cunningham

Amber Elkins

Brooke Larson

Grace Shemwell

A Youthful Mission By Arian Sullivan

It’s amazing how we live our everyday lives, expecting a hot dinner ready when we come home from school and loving parents who have taught us to make good decisions. Some kids, however, are not that fortunate. Over the summer, a few people from the United Methodist Church went to Stockten, Calif. and experienced what it was like to live in a community that wasn’t safe. The group included students Allison Kimmer, Mara Kimmer, Dustin Meyerman, Willy Maddie, Sarah Marston, Callie Willoughby, Jake Hanrahan, and their youth pastor, Jeremy Penn. In order to go on this missions trip, each person had

to raise $950 by writing letters to their friends and family, complete 10 hours of community service, go through training meetings, and share testimony with their youth group. “It was amazing to see how good we have it here. Stockten is rated the fifth most dangerous city in the United States. All houses are fenced in. Every door must be locked. Prostitutes are on every corner and there are a lot of gang activity and gang wars,” Allison said about her visit to Stockten. What they did was work with some of the inner-city kids. They cooked the kids a meal, which might’ve been the only meal most of them would get that day. They provided a safe place for the kids to play. They sung the children songs and

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taught them lessons from the bible, which they called “Bible Club.” They didn’t only help children be safe and make good decisions; they also helped out in the community! They did things such as clean out a woman’s carport. “The carport was the most disgusting thing I have ever seen,” Allison pointed out. “There were bags of dirty laundry, bags of used cat litter, pop cans, bags of garbage, and even a dead bird. Many times we would have to leave the carport just to breathe.” They also helped paint a man’s fence. Among the many hardships they witnessed on their trip, some of the highlights included getting to know the kids, simply having fun with those they met.

by Anna Marshall

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