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Echo VOLUME 78 - ISSUE 5 March 29, 2012


5 High temperatures bring unusual winter 8 Coaches, trainers talk sports safety 14 April Fool’s history, favorite pranks 15 Avon student spends four years in China

Jazz class teaches performance skills Jazz class teaches history of jazz; students discuss how it influences their lives By Ben Brown

Music teacher Rick Wagoner describes jazz as “America’s claim to music.” He said it is a part of American history, which is why he teaches jazz. “I really teach the history of jazz, because jazz died in 1974,” Wagoner said. “All the people in my jazz class learn about jazz musicians, like Miles Davis and Louis Armstrong. It is incredibly important to the history of the United States that I keep teaching [jazz].” According to Wagoner, jazz “died” in 1974, following the death of Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington, the “last great jazz musicians of that time.” He said people became uninterested in jazz in 1964, when the Beatles arrived in America, bringing rock-androll with them.

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Student Gov. leads events

Members, sponsor reflect on Student Government responsibilities By Tristan Fitzpatrick In the world of Student Government, students work on a variety of projects and provide the high school with events and after school activities. According to Student Government sponsor and social studies teacher Adam Poliskie, Student Government is made up of three parts: the Senate, the House of Representatives and the Executive Board. “The various branches of the Student Government have a number of different roles,” Poliskie said. The Executive Board is the part of Student Government that is responsible for running meetings for the Student Government, organizing and leading the Riley Dance Marathon fundraising efforts and helping oversee major committees for several different events throughout the school year. According to Poliskie, the Senate is made up of all of the high school’s class officers. Senate elections will take place after Spring Break, and applications will be available in Poliskie’s classrom, ALC 235. “Their role is to serve as leaders of their classes and also leaders for certain activities throughout the year, including working at the Perch, working concessions, serving on committees, running the Blood Drive, Homecoming activities, the Talent Show and senior activities,” Poliskie said. The House of Representatives is the lower house of the Student Government. “The House of Representatives plays the role of presidents of their clubs and also participates in our monthly meetings as well,” Poliskie said. Sophomore Chloey Loman, president of Business Professionals of America (BPA), joined Student Government because she was elected club president of BPA. “[Being in Student Government] is one of the duties that goes along with [the position], which is fine by me,” Loman said. Junior Jared Sanford, Art Club president, is also in the House of Representatives. “I like being involved with the community,” Sanford said. “I love the Dance Marathon, and I am required to go to all of the meetings. I also support all Student Government events.”

According to Poliskie, to get involved with the Student Government, students can participate in a variety of activities and events. “People can become involved in Student Government in a variety of ways: by running for the Executive Board or the Senate, by being a member of a club here at the school or by taking part in the events run by Student Government,” Poliskie said. Sanford offered advice to anyone wishing to become a good student government official. “Listen to the student body and voice their opinions,” Sanford said. According to Loman, there are several responsibilities students need to honor to run for a Student Government position. “I think you have to have leadership of some [type], considering you’re either a president of a club or [you are] representing your class,” Loman said. “Also, you have to give some SRTs and time after school here and there, but it’s not asking too much of us.” Poliskie also offered advice for students who are looking to become members of the high school’s Student Government. “Qualities that make a good Student Government member include, but are not limited to, organization, drive, leadership and the ability to work well with other students and adults,” Poliskie said. According to the Student Government website, some major events the Student Government works on include Homecoming, the Talent Show, Riley Dance Marathon and Prom. “My responsibility as sponsor of the Student Government is to lead and guide the Executive Board members and assist them with whatever they may need help with,” Poliskie added. “I am sort of the gobetween with the Student Government and the Administration.” Loman said she does not have any complaints so far about working in Student Government. “Making the decorations [for Riley Dance Marathon] was pretty fun for me because of the people I worked with,” Loman said, “and what’s better than helping out the charity that helps families keep their children alive and well?”

News Briefs Spring Break Begins There will be no school from Friday, March 30, to Sunday, April 8. Spring Sing The Avon High School choir will host a concert on Thursday, April 12, in the auditorium at 7 p.m. Inherit the Wind The Avon Center Stage Performers will be putting on their production of “Inherit the Wind” from Thursday, April 19, to Saturday, April 21, at 7 p.m. each night. Eco Club The Eco Club will be hosting a Community Recycling Event on Saturday, April 21. Please donate appliances, televisions and computers and deliver them to social studies classrooms around the school. New Superintendent The Avon Community School Corporation announced the appointment of Dr. Margaret Hoernemann as Superintendent of Schools on March 21.

Student Government Senate members’ responsibilities The Senate is comprised of the class officers of each grade. They serve as leaders for their classmates and facilitate activities throughout the school year, such as: Working the Perch Working concessions Serving on commitees Running the Blood Drive Planning Homecoming activities Organizing senior activities

Helping with graduation Organizing pep sessions Organizing prom Running the Riley Dance Marathon Organizing the Talent Show Organizing Spirit Week

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Indiana House bill could change bullying policy New anti-cyberbullying law would allow administrators to suspend students for out-of-school activities

By Jordan Coffman On Jan. 30, the Indiana House of Representatives passed House Bill 1169 (HB 1169), a bill centered on school disciplinary measures. It is now in an Indiana Senate Committee. The bill states that school administrators can suspend or expel students for actions outside of school if “the activity may reasonably be considered to be an interference with school purposes or an educational function, [and] the student’s removal is necessary to restore order or protect persons on school property.” “I would understand [using the bill] to prevent cyberbullying, Stephanie Bode, but at some point, you assistant principal have to draw a line,” senior Hannah Hawkey said. “There has to be a separation between your private life and your school life.” Currently, school administrators are allowed to suspend and expel students for out-of-school actions only if they are unlawful. This bill “removes the requirement that an activity must be ‘unlawful’ in order [to take action],” according to the bill’s synopsis. HB 1169 has attracted criticism from certain groups because it may limit First Amendment rights. “Some schools might be tempted to define ‘disruptive’ off-campus speech as anything that criticizes school policy or discusses important teenage issues,” Executive Director of the Indiana High School Press Association, Diana Hadley, said in an appeal to the Indiana House on Feb. 15. “Section 9 of the Indiana State Constitution says all citizens are entitled to free speech. It doesn’t exclude high school students.”

“Any type of bullying can be a big deal, even if it’s infrequent. Even if the occurence is rare, bullying needs to be taken seriously.”

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Indiana Representative Eric Koch, one of the bill’s main proponents, said that HR 1169 is “an attempt to deal with growing issues like cyberbullying and cheating.” According to the National Crime Prevention Council, 43 percent of teens have been victims of cyberbullying in the last year. “Any type of bullying can be a big deal, even if it’s infrequent,” Assistant Principal Stephanie Bode said. “Even if the occurrence is rare, bullying needs to be taken seriously.” Some have pointed out that the Supreme Court does not support bills that give administrators authority over students who “interfere with the school’s educational mission,” according to recent U.S. Supreme Court case Morse v. Frederick. However, others have pointed out that it is the government’s job to protect students offline and online. “I’d like to see the government handle cyberbullying more efficiently,” freshman Nick Manns said. Groups in favor of the bill claim it is a necessary adjustment to Indiana law to account for new technology available to students.

Executive Director of the Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents, John Ellis, said in a public statement on HB 1169 that “the current student discipline statuses which speak to ‘unlawful’ activity are outdated…Cyberbullying from a computer not owned by the school, cheating by posting tests or answers on the web and most conduct that disrupts the progress of other students are not defined as unlawful.” Other associations, such as the Indiana School Board Association and the Indiana Association of School Principals, are supporting the bill. Many administrators are worried about the permanence of cyberbullying in public places, such as Facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter. “I hope that we can cultivate a school culture based on mutual respect,” Bode said. “I think that we do that. We just need to continue to do that. We also need to be mindful of the sort of unique nature of social media when it comes to something like bullying. You have an audience—it is permanent. Things cannot be smoothed over in the same way once it is online.”

Cracking down on cyberbullying House Bill 1169 aims to punish violators

•Administrators will be able to suspend or expel students for actions outside of school if they interfere with school purposes or educational functions •Schools can punish students for any online conversation that goes against the school’s mission statement •Administration can punish students, whether the behavior is legal or not •Disciplinary actions may be taken for actions conducted outside of school and on breaks Source: “SPLC Online”, “Fox News” Online

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Political Update

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Iran-Israel conflict causes US controversy On March 4, President Barack Obama stood in front of the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. In Obama’s address, he claimed he wanted to control the Iranian nuclear “dilemma” with diplomacy, but he is not afraid to use armed forces to stop Iran from making nuclear missiles to use on Israel. Israel and Iran have been in dispute since Israel gained independence. Israel became an ally of the U.S. upon becoming an independent country. The United States and Israel have stayed on “good terms,” according to “CNN” Online. Israel has been the biggest recipient of American aid since World War II, receiving $3 billion annually, according to a specialist in Middle Eastern affairs, Jeremy Sharp. According to the University of Illinois Press, America plans to stay on good terms with Israel. The United States will back Israel if Iran threatens them with nuclear weapons again, and the United States plans on getting involved through diplomacy, according to the speech Obama gave. Republican candidates Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum support solving the conflict with armed forces. According to “CNN” Online, Obama and Ron Paul believe that armed forces should be used only under extreme circumstances. According to “CNN” Online, there has been no confirmation that either Iran or Israel have working nuclear weapons, but there is suspicion that they have been attempting to create nuclear weapons. If either country makes a step towards war, countries such as the United States and Germany might get involved, according to the “Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs” Online. Aside from the U.S., there have been no formal confirmations from any countries on whether or not they would get involved if a war developed between Iran and Israel.

Avon Roborioles attend competition New Robotics Club enters the ‘Rebound Rumble’ at Purdue UniverBy Tiffany Lanteigne On March 16, the new Robotics Club entered the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition (FRC), “Rebound Rumble,” at Purdue University. After the FRC Boilers Regional at Purdue Armory, the winners were sent to the national competition, where the prize for winning is meeting President Barack Obama. The championship will be in St. Louis, Miss., on April 28. Participating in the competition qualifies a student for up to $15 million in scholarships and a chance to win the Chairmen’s Award and Dean’s List Award. The Avon Robotics team called themselves the Roborioles. The Roborioles received two “Coopertition” Awards for showing support toward the other teams and allowing them to use their equipment. This year’s competition theme was a basketball tournament. The tournament held 80 qualification rounds and 21 elimination rounds. Each team played 12 rounds. The eight highest-ranked teams picked their teammates for elimination rounds. The Roborioles’ final score was 2-10. “Each match was a challenge,” junior Andrew Stein said. “We had to learn to think and deal with new situations.” Their “toughest” match was their first match on Saturday. One of their teammates’ robots shut down, and another teammates’ robot got stuck, which cost the team the match. “[On some matches], we carried the team,” Stein said. “[In the end], we won most of the points because of it.” The Roborioles designed their robot to be like a “pitching-machine.” The robot is around three to four feet tall and is made of aluminum metal. It took the team six weeks to make the robot.

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The Avon Robotics Team, the Roborioles, poses with their robot at the FIRST Robotics Competition at Purdue University. The Roborioles received two “Coopertition” awards for being helpful to other teams. “I was scouting for my team, so I had to ask other teams if they wanted to team up with our team,” Roboriole team member, junior Jason Moore, said. “[The robot] is lightweight and very durable,” freshman Damon Myers said. The Roborioles built a wooden “practice” robot for the competition, since the first robot they made was supposed to be finished by the end of February. “It is based on the honor system,” freshman Nate Toney said. “Other teams could still be working on their [robot], and no one would know.” Two drivers controlled the robot with four joysticks. Stein controlled the robot’s movement, while sophomore Bradley Clark controlled the robot’s firing with the other joysticks. Their coach was engineering teacher Tim Eagleheart. “It was really neat to be around people with similar interests,” Stein said. “[We] learned different techniques and more about the software we were using.”

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Guidelines Robotics Club uses to build robots Step 1: Brainstorming Think of different attributes for the robot to have, along with its physique. Leave room to add other ideas to the robot later on in the process.

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Step 3: Test and Re-design Testing the mock-up is important because it shows which parts of the robot work and which need to be redone. Once finished testing, re-design the robot and make another mock-up.

Step 2: Make a Mock-up A mock-up is the first model of a robot that shows its general shape. This mock-up is usually made of wood.

Step 5: Test and Compete After the final project is complete, test the robot to make sure there are no bugs or defects. Once the final details are secure, the robot is ready to compete with other robots. Step 4: Final Project Based on the final mock-up, rebuild the robot with metal and work on its internal wiring so that it can move with a remote control.

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La Niña phenomenon causes mild winter

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Record seasonal temperatures make unexpected economic, social consequences in U.S. David Allspaw This winter, the typical sounds of snow blowers running and tires skidding were nowhere to be heard. Shovels remained untouched and sleds sat in the garage as meager storms and warm temperatures dominated the country’s weather patterns. “I would rather have a warm winter so I can wear shorts,” senior Katelyn Acey said. “Snow is cold and disgusting, and the constant change of temperatures is making people sick.” The generally mild winter was due to the La Niña oceanic-atmospheric phenomenon that persisted throughout the season, according to WTHR meteorologist Chris Wright. Ironically, La Niña causes cooler than normal sea-surface temperatures in the central and eastern Pacific Ocean and significantly affects the earth’s weather patterns, according to “National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration” Online. As a result of La Niña, Indiana had 9.1 total inches of snow and temperatures averaging five degrees above normal during the three meteorological winter months of December, January and February. “The jet stream stayed along the Great Lakes, which is farther north than where it normally does,” Wright said. “As a result, the main storm track stayed north of us as well. The polar air never really moved south, so that helped our temperatures to stay warmer than average.” Five months ago, area forecasters would not have guessed that central Indiana would experience the tenth least-snowy winter on record, as the National Weather Service predicted another harsh winter season for Hoosiers. “This year, the forecast for central Indiana was 30 to 35 inches of snow,” Wright said. “The factors caused by La Niña kept our snow total from reaching

that level. By contrast, we experienced a La Niña last winter and had almost 40 inches of snow, which is more than a foot above normal.” Indiana was not the only state to experience abnormal weather this season. On Jan. 10, only 15 percent of the country was covered with snow, compared to 62 percent on the same day in 2010 and 2011, according to “USA Today” Online. Buffalo shoveled 34.2 inches of snow this winter, far fewer than its yearly average of 70 inches and last year’s total of 95.9 inches. New York City experienced its second-warmest winter on record, Minneapolis had its fourth-hottest winter in the city’s history, and Milwaukee had its fifth-mildest winter ever. “While most of the nation had less snow than normal, a drought plagued the southern plains states, and Florida remained very dry,” Wright said. While some people may have enjoyed this winter’s lack of snow, many businesses and companies that profit from wintry weather did not. According to “Reuters” Online, natural gas prices are at a 10-year low. Warm weather cut heating demand, lowering drillers’ profits and forcing firms such as Chesapeake Energy and ConocoPhillips to decrease production. Mall retailers struggled to get rid of winter clothing as customers did without the normal apparel. Many hardware store owners relegated snow shovels, snow blowers and other winter equipment to small corners of their stores due to the decreased demand. Business at New Hampshire ski resorts was down roughly 30 percent because of the warmer weather, and snow removal services earned minimal profits because of the snowless winter. “Retail stores plan a lot of what they do seasonally,” economics teacher Corey Ebert said. “They’ve brought in this entire winter inventory that’s not being sold, so

they’re going to have to discount that entire inventory and try to get rid of it at some point. “My cousin earns money in the winter by plowing snow, and with the little snow we had this winter, that didn’t really happen for him,” Ebert said. “Also, a lot of people chose not to winterize their homes this year, and some people spent money on winterizing their homes that didn’t really need to.” Despite the fallouts of other businesses, some areas of the U.S. economy flourished in the winter warmth. Builders broke ground on home construction earlier than normal, and fewer snow storms allowed people to shop more readily, according to “Reuters” Online. Some retailers are betting on the early sale of lawn mowers and are placing them in prime selling space. “During warm weather, more people will be doing things and staying active,” Ebert said. “It gives people more freedom to go out and spend money, whether they’re eating at restaurants, going to the mall or even working outside. When people are able to do those things, it always impacts the economy positively.” This year’s mild winter could have other effects as the season changes. Normal winter weather helps to reduce the factors that cause mold and nasal allergies, but warmer temperatures have prevented that from happening, according to “WISHTV” Online. Several Indiana pest-control companies claim that the mild temperatures have lead to insects coming out sooner and to an increase in certain insect populations, according to “Fox 59” Online. The balmy temperatures have caused a drop in syrup production, according to “Indy Star” Online. Wright predicted that the warmth will continue in the coming months. “We should expect more rain and tornadoes this spring, but the long-range outlook shows a drier weather pattern for this summer,” Wright said.

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Pole vaulters train for season Athletes describe practice methods, experiences during pole vaulting

“Fear is a huge obstacle to overcome, and we work By Jordan Coffman on it constantly,” Davis said. “Each drill helps with the The athlete dashes forward, picking up speed as his mental preparation because it is essentially the same body tenses. Just as he reaches top speed, he jumps, as it will be in a jump. The more a person trains his or throwing his whole weight onto a pole. The pole her body to react, the better he or she will be able to bends, and there is a brief moment when it actually do it. Most realize immediately the potential seems like it is going to snap. Then, the pole for injury, so we talk about that flings the athlete high into the air. He all the time.” soars over the bar and lands with a solid Freely flying in the air does seem thump on the cushions below. This is the dangerous to some, but the athletes track and field event known as the try to stay safe. Davis instructs his pole vault. team constantly on proper vaulting to “Pole vaulting is a very unique event,” minimize risk. pole vaulting coach Marshall Davis said. “Every sport is dangerous, but this “To succeed in the pole vault, it takes more one can be more so,” senior Brandon than just being a good all-around athlete. Cassiday said. “All it takes is a simple You have to be fearless, or maybe a little miscalculation of your jump, a few crazy. . . . A person cannot just walk up inches off from where you need to be, and do it; they have to learn it.” and you’ll land off the mat.” Senior Bri Read has been pole vaulting According to the players, pole since she was a freshman. Her friend, vaulting is interesting partly because Harry Shepperson, convinced her to no one is naturally good at the sport. try out. They say that it takes a certain type of “[Shepperson and I] would sit together person to become a good vaulter. when I was in sixth grade and he was a “[Pole vaulting requires] someone high school freshman, and he’d tell me, ‘In who can deal with frustration very high school, you’re going to pole vault,’” Marshall Davis, pole well,” Read said. “It’s very frustrating Read said. “I told him he was crazy, but vaulting coach because it’s like nothing you’ve freshman year, he got me to come out, and ever done before. It takes someone I pole vaulted.” who doesn’t want to be good automatically. It’s not Read enjoys the sport for its uniqueness. something where you can just have a bunch of athletic “[Pole vaulting] is unlike any other sport because it people show up and expect them to be good.” doesn’t really compare to anything else,” Read said. The track and field team placed 8th at the Hoosier “It’s not like kicking a soccer ball—there are a lot State Relays on March 17. The coach has high hopes of things that are like kicking a soccer ball. There’s for the rest of the season. nothing in your life that will prepare you to run with a “My goal for the team is to win our conference and pole and jump.” another sectional championship,” Davis said. “My goal Davis uses a variety of different training methods for the pole vaulters is to score every meet and get to prepare his team for the jump. The emphasis is to as many [points] as possible to advance in the State be strong, fast and balanced, and many of the drills tournament series.” are similar to those used in other track and field Cassiday has jumped 13 feet indoors, ranking him events, like sprinting. There are even special training 3rd all-time best in school history. Juniors Collin drills where the athletes practice underwater with Nguyen and Drew Ober have both vaulted 11’6” their poles. Mental preparation is another part of the indoors, which is a “great start,” according to Davis. training regimen.

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Junior Drew Ober rushes toward the bar. Ober has pole vaulted for the past two years and will continue in his senior year. “I would say it’s the most different sport,” Ober said. “It’s one of the only sports where having your center of mass higher is an advantage. You’re almost competing against yourself--you’re never going against another team.” The team hopes to do well as the season goes on. “I want to win Sectionals and place in the top two for Regionals, then move on to State,” Cassiday said. Overall, the team is looking forward to improving themselves as much as their rank at State. They feel that pole vaulting is less about competing against other teams and more about a constant strive to better oneself. “You’re almost competing against yourself, really,” Ober said. “I’ve been doing [pole vaulting] two years prior to now. You can’t be afraid to just go. You can’t think. It’s pure athleticism.”

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Baseball team hopes for successful season Coach Troy Drosche, team readies to kick off new season with experienced, novice players By Anna Wray In preparation for the first game on March 21, the baseball team, a mixture of new and experienced players, has been training since January. “We are excited to have a good season,” four-year head baseball coach Troy Drosche said. “We’ve got young players and good depth, so we should have a great year.” Drosche looks forward to fan support at the games. “It’s always good to see student involvement,” Drosche said. “The players respond well to having a student section cheering them on.” According to Drosche, this year will be a challenging season for the boys compared to last year, when they set the school record of 25-7. According to Drosche, they play in the “toughest conference in the state.” “One goal we have is to win Sectionals,” junior Dylan Jones said. “It will be tough to do, but if we put in the hard work, we can do it.” Avon alumnus and starting pitcher Jared Miller is currently playing at Vanderbilt University. This year’s starting pitcher is junior Brad McCaslin. “We have a lot of pitching depth this year,” Drosche said. “Compared to last year, it shouldn’t be too much different because Brad was our number one at the end of the year, and [he was] Honorable Mention at All-State.”

The conference that the baseball team plays in is one of the most competitive in the state, including schools like Brownsburg, Noblesville, Westfield, Fishers and Zionsville. “There will be games that don’t go well,” Drosche said. “You have to be able to bounce back and learn from every game. It would be great if we could advance through Sectionals, though.” Drosche said one of the main misconceptions about the team is that many fans think that “since we lost so many talented players this year we will have a down season.” “That won’t be true, though,” Drosche said. “We have young players who will make it a great year.” During conditioning, coaches separated the boys into five different teams that competed with each other for the pre-season hitting league championship. The tournament came down to two of the teams, the Bulls and the Commodores. In the championship on March 1, the Bulls beat the Commodores by one point in the final game. “The championship game is something fun we do,” junior Justin Dunham said. “It gets us pumped for the season and lets us practice our hitting as if it were a game.” The players are ready for the challenges of the season, as well as rivalry games.

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Coach Troy Drosche gives junior Matt Betustak hitting pointers during conditioning. “We expect to be a challenging team at the top of our conference,” Drosche said. “Hopefully we will play well enough to advance in the Sectional.”

“Brownsburg is always a tough game because of the rivalry,” Jones said. “It’s always one of the most important games of our season, and also one of the most fun.”

Coach Jon Karr pushes swim team to State Karr coaches, motivates swim team by sharing advice, past college, competition experiences By Megan Medellin Science teacher Jon Karr has been swimming since the age of four and was a competitive swimmer all the way through college. During Karr’s time as swimming coach at Avon, his teams have broken many school records, and both the boys’ and girls’ swim team won Sectionals this year for the first time in 18 years and competed in the State Competition. “The overall change that I like to think that I’ve made is just the attitude of the program,” Karr said. “One from ‘swimming is just something to do’ to ‘swimming is something a little more serious.’” Karr went to Auburn University and swam the backtstroke and the butterfly. “He has a passion for swimming,” assistant swim coach Meghan Medendorp said. “He still communicates with his coaches from where he came from.” Karr accepted the job at Avon because it included teaching classes and coaching swimming. Karr had planned on coaching swimming when he got out of college. “I felt that I had a good knowledge of swimming, and I felt that I should give the kids that knowledge,” Karr said. During the high school season, Karr had the swimmers practice before and after school. “I [felt] that I [was not] pushing them hard enough,” Karr said. Karr has the team swim, run and lift weights to get them physically in shape.

“I like his training because it teaches you discipline, and it gets you physically in shape really well,” junior Colin Mothersead said. Mothersead feels that Karr’s motivation helps swimmers achieve their goals. “I’ve been trying my best to figure out my training and how I do best, and he’s always been there pushing me to practice and try really hard,” Mothersead said. “I wouldn’t be anywhere if he wasn’t there to do that.” Karr’s goal for every season is to win the State Championship, and he feels that his group of swimmers, along with the new swimmers coming in next year, can meet his expectations. “I think it all has to do with the swimmers,” Karr said. “It’s up to the kids to be able to look to each other and to commit to each other, and as soon as you do that, then we can really take another step forward.” Karr said that he made practices difficult to build the swimmers up mentally. “I really try to make them a lot tougher and willing to try anything I throw their way,” Karr said. Karr’s swimmers appreciate his numerous motivational speeches. “I think he’s a very good motivational leader,” senior Allison Badgley said. “He’s very good at giving motivational talks and making us mentally tough.” Medendorp said that Karr is “very passionate” and would “do anything for the kids.” “At the end of the season, he told us all that he loved us for the first time,” Badgley said. “It was pretty funny seeing him, a big tough man, say that.”

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After warming the swim club up after school on March 1, swim coach Jon Karr divides the team up based on strengths. “With the kids we’ve got, if they commit, I think there’s no limit to what we could possibly do with this group,” Karr said. “I definitely see us going up from here, getting a little bit bigger, a little bit stronger.”

Due to his dedication and the success of the team, Karr was nominated for the Coach of the Year award for girls’ Sectionals. “It’s not about being publicly acknowledged,” Karr said. “It’s more about the internal drive of the team and taking those kids to new levels.”

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March 2012

Athletes run risk of concussions, sprains, strains Concussions, other common sports injuries concerns coaches, athletes in the sports community

By David Allspaw “It happened at a Saturday morning practice during wrestling season,” senior wrestler Brian Snyder said. “I was just drilling some shots, and I landed on top of my head. I had a concussion. The treatment process took about three weeks to complete. It was long and painful, and I couldn’t wrestle during that time.” Snyder is just one high school athlete who has been injured during his athletic career. According to “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)” Online, the 7.2 million participants in high school sports account for roughly 2 million sportsrelated injuries, 500,000 doctor visits and 30,000 hospitalizations annually. Angie Miller is in her 21st year as Avon’s head athletic trainer. She heads a training staff that includes up to 10 student aides. “The trainers have the players’ best interests at heart, and they truly love what they do,” Snyder said. According to Miller, the most common types of injuries among Avon athletes are sprains and strains, including bruises. She said that these injuries are typical for everyone, not just athletes, and that the risks for injury differ between sports. “An ankle sprain is going to be more common in basketball than in swimming, whereas a shoulder injury is going to be more common in swimming than in basketball,” Miller said. An injury common to high school athletes is a concussion. According to Miller, a concussion is a “violent shaking of the brain” that affects people differently depending on their ages. “Concussions affect adolescents much differently than they do for adults, since adolescents’ brains are still developing whereas adults’ brains are fullygrown,” Miller said. Miller said that concussions can occur in any sport. However, according to “Grantland” Online, getting a concussion during high school football occurs three times more than the second-most dangerous sport.

Roughly 67,000 high school football players report concussions in a year. Some injuries are unreported because coaches do not want an athlete pulled from the game, according to “Slate” Online. “Football is a tough game, and players want to be tough guys, but players need to understand that unreported concussions can lead to multiple concussions down the road,” Avon varsity football coach Mark Bless said. “If players come up to us and think they might have a concussion, then we refer them to our trainers, do some testing on them, and send them to a doctor if necessary.” Bless said that athletes cannot prevent concussions. However, Avon and other high schools have taken steps to minimize the risks. Most of Avon’s helmets are Riddell Speed models, which were given five stars in a West Virginia study that rated helmets on their concussion preventability. Bless said he teaches his players not to lean in with their helmets when tackling, to make sure they have fitted helmets, to tighten up their chinstraps and to wear mouthpieces. “These are things that we’ve coached for quite a while now,” Bless said. “It’s not like we’re changing our coaching methods simply to help players minimize concussions. Any football program that is concerned about the safety of its players would teach these techniques anyway.” Coaches and trainers take steps to understand concussions and treat them. Miller said that she and her staff have attended concussion-based seminars and been trained by physicians. Bless said that three of his coaches attended a coaching convention to learn more about concussions. “Every week during football season, two doctors come in on Mondays to review any players who have concussion-related symptoms,” Bless said. “We also have doctors and trainers on the sidelines during games, and if they tell us that a player is done for the night, then we’ll take that player’s helmet away from him so he can’t get back in the game.”

How have you handled your sports injuries?

Students share lessons from injuries “Although the word injury carries a negative connotation, there are hidden positives. First, it makes you thankful for being able to play and enjoy the sport. Second, it develops a new work ethic that can propel you from a good athlete to a great one. Third, it develops your faith.” Josh Smith, 12 “I have had a horrible past of multiple stress fractures. It’s hard to watch your teammates do something you love to do, but I realized that I can still be an influencial part of the team despite my injuries and setbacks.” Fiona Brown, 12 r



Source: Interviews, February 2012

Tasha Rollings

Common high school sports injuries Ways to handle, prevent, treat common injuries

Possible Causes

Common Injuries


Warming up incorrectly and not stretching properly

Sprains, strains, swollen and torn muscles

Stop playing and keep injured area immobile

Accidents, poor training methods, lack of fitness

Knee and Achilles tendon traumas and injuries

RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation)

Using improper gear during activities

Fractures, dislocations, pain along shin bones

Pain relievers, rehabilitation, physical therapy

Source: “MedlinePlus”Online

Tasha Rollings

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“This year we hope to defend our Sectional title and hopefully get a County title.” -ZachBoys’ Toothman, boys’ trackGirls’ and field coach Basketball Basketball “The returning varsity players, along with many capable returning JV players and a strong incoming freshman class, will help our season.” Wrestling -Stan Malless, girls’ tennis coach


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“Experience will help us greatly, as the varsity team returns nine key players from last year’s State Runner-up team.” -Jenny Shayotovich, girls’ softball coach



Boys’ Girls’ Swimming Swimming “We expect to get better throughout the

season and be at our best at the end.” -Troy Drosche, boys’ baseball coach

Upcoming Games “I ultimately want these girls to be faster and stronger, mentally and physically, than when 22: theyBoys’ started.” Feb. Basketball -Stephanie Chenoweth, girls’ vs. Martinsville track and field coach

Feb. 24: Boys’ Swimming at State “I think should be good enough to go to Feb. 25:weGirls’ Basketball State for the seventh year in a row.” Semi-State -Thomasat Maples, boys’ golf coach Feb. 28: Boys’ Basketball at Sectionals March 10: Boys’ Basketball at Regionals April 10: Boys’ Golf vs. Speedway March 17: Boys’ Basketball April 11: Girls’ Tennis vs. Ben Davis at Semi-State April 13: Softball vs. Ben Davis

Shelby Brown Alexa Adamson

Jordan Coffman

Upcoming Games Katie Brewer

Grace Kelly Anna Wray

Athletes of the Issue Cole Johnson, 11

Which professional athlete do you look up to the most? Why? Tim Tebow. He plays for the right reasons, and he’s a great leader. What makes a good athlete? Good leadership, hard work in the classroom, great work ethic and a supportive team and family. Do you have a saying you live by? “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:57 What’s your biggest achievement regarding baseball? County Champions 2011

Fiona Kelly, 10

What’s your preference when playing tennis? [Singles] puts more pressure to play your best because you don’t have that other person to rely on if you mess up. It’s all on you, and I find it makes me a better tennis player. What other sports do you play? I also swim for the high school team. Both of the sports provide me with the perfect way to stay fit and meet new people. What makes a good athlete? Being a hard worker, dedicated and confident in yourself. Supporting your teammates is also important. Maria Khan

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High school classes grant long-term benefits

Students, staff discuss real-world application, relevance of high school classes to future college plans, careers

College majors for class of 2012

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Source: Survey of 210 Students

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Avon seniors share their intended majors

Top 7 Majors

Senior Emily Young agreed with Rector. Young said that the challenging AP classes she took in high school were especially effective in preparing her for later in life due to the extra work she had to put in for them. “I think some of the upper level classes [I took] prepared me for what college will be like and what’s going to be expected in the next four years,” Young said. Although she has taken AP classes throughout high school, Young, who plans to study graphic design in college, believes Avon High School has provided her with opportunities to take classes that do pertain to her future career. These classes have included photography, drawing, ceramics and graphic design. “I’ve taken almost every art class the school offers and graphic design,” Young said. “I feel like this is a nice introduction to what graphic design in college will be like and what the field will be like.” According to Koebcke, no matter what a student’s future plans are, they need to remember that the ultimate goal of high school is to gain skills to use later in life, whether it is at a college or university or in a future career. “While it’s very important to learn the content of your courses that has to do with what you want to do in college, it’s also very important to step up your game to increase your skills so you’re not overwhelmed by upper-level classes,” Koebcke said.

Some students agree that even classes unrelated to their future careers will be helpful in the future. Senior Rui Xiao, who plans on majoring in the sciences, believes that even her English classes have proved useful to her. “I’m going to major in Biomedical Engineering, so all these science classes help, like AP Biology, AP Chemistry, and Biomedical Sciences,” Xiao said. “English classes like AP Literature and AP Language will help me write reports in the future.” Guidance counselor KaNeasha Koebcke said that classes that may not directly relate to a future career are still important to help students achieve success in college. “Without [these classes], you would have to try very hard to adjust to the time commitment required,” Koebcke said.”It’s really good for students to develop the ability to force themselves to study.” Senior Emily Rector, who plans on majoring in Economics and Finance with a minor in Political Science, believes all her classes, including math, have given her skills she will need in her future career as a business woman and politician. Although math will not play a major role in her future education, Rector still believes the high school math classes she has taken have proven useful. “Everything I’ve learned in high school makes me better at problem solving and handling stress and handling issues that come my way,” Rector said. “Even if it is a subject I won’t use in my career, it will help. Math helped with problem solving.”

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By Miriam Thomas While sitting in an English class, a student wonders how analyzing the reasons behind Shakespeare’s use of metaphor will help him in his future career as an engineer. In geometry, he wonders why he needs to learn the theorems the ancient Greeks used before the invention of the calculator. Students often complain that many of the classes they are required to take in high school, like English, chemistry and geometry, are useless because they will not help in their future careers. “You don’t need to know how to find all the angles in a triangle,” sophomore Daniel Kahre said. “You need to know how to cook a dinner, how to look for deals when you shop and how to cut out coupons.” History teacher Phil Schmidt disagreed with Kahre. He believes that even classes that do not directly relate to students’ future careers, like the economics and AP European history classes he teaches, can teach them many important skills. “First and foremost, you learn a lot more in history class than just history,” Schmidt said. “You improve your reading skills, your writing skills, your critical thinking skills and your study habits. You also deal with many complex issues. Those are all important skills for anyone. Cause and effect are important in understanding how we got to where we are today. The study of history helps us better understand the world we live in today. [History classes help one] improve as a student. I feel like AP history classes are especially college-like and important.”



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architect city planner radiographer

Sources: “Math Forum” Online, “University of Minnesota” Online, “Geography Jobs” Online

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Feature13 Students share stories about first-time driving

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Students discuss economy’s effect on first time drivers, benefits of driver’s education, safe habits of driving

By Shelby Brown Amber Lansberry said. “It’s a waste of money because Some students shared their advice about staying everything that I need to learn about driving I can safe on the road. According to Adams, safety can start According to the Rocky Mountain Insurance learn from the people I live with that drive. I have my before backing out of the driveway. Information Association, 16-year-olds have higher permit, and I can get my license any time.” “Always check your mirrors and your blind spots,” crash rates than drivers of any other age and are three The driver’s education business is suffering Adams said. “Turn around when backing up. I didn’t times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than from the current economy, though most insurance know that when I started, but it’s safer that way any other age group. agencies offer discounted rates for attendees. because you can see everything.” “I’ve only been in one crash,” junior Kristen Peed Still, students say that driver’s education can Peed described one of the most important points of said. “I was driving in my dad’s work garage, and I be too expensive. defensive driving. came to the end of the lane. My dad offered to back “I didn’t take [driver’s education] because it was too “Look far ahead instead of focusing just on the car the car up, but I said ‘No, I can do it.’ I started to much money,” junior Allison Adams said. “I guess I’m in front of you,” Peed said. “That way, if a car two cars back up and turn around, but I forgot to switch out of cheap, but I figured I could just learn everything from ahead of you gets into a crash, you can brake or move reverse when I needed to, and I crashed into a pole. my dad.” out of the way. It’s the best way to stay safe.” But at least I didn’t crash into another car. And then I just heard my dad say ‘get out of the car.’” Peed plans to get her license when she turns 18 in September. Ever since the change in driving on July 1, Yarrito, Coss share automobile experiences 2010, students must be 16 years and 180 days old with driver’s education to obtain a probationary driver’s license or 16 years and 270 days old “I was going around cars in the driving lane, trying to get out of the without driver’s education. school parking lot, when I kind of saw something red out of the corner Junior Amanda Rice recently graduated from of my eye. Before I knew it, this car just smashed right into the driver’s Coach’s driver’s education. She attended driver’s side of my car. When I tried to get back in the car, I couldn’t open the education for three hours every night for 10 days. door because it was so smashed in. I almost had to get rid of my car Rice discussed the benefits of attending a driver’s and get a new one.” -Starla Yarrito, 11 education course. “The drives with the teachers were very helpful,” Rice said. “They are good at telling you exactly “I was hanging out at my friend’s house one night [when someone what you did wrong so you know what to work stole my car]. When I went to put my jacket in my car, I dropped the on. The classes were really boring. All we did was keys on the ground without knowing. Later that night, my dad called, watch a video. Sometimes I just wanted to say, saying that my car was flipped on 21st street, and there were two ‘Just give me the [driver’s manual] and leave people running from the scene. I had no idea my car was even gone me alone.’” from the driveway.” -Morgan Coss, 12 Some students find driver’s education unnecessary. “I’m not in driver’s ed, I’ve never been in driver’s ed, and Katie Brewer Source: Interviews, March 2012 I don’t plan on taking it,” junior

Car accidents in Avon

Student and Staff Profiles Alex Stephan, 9

If you could learn one skill, what would it be? I’d learn to do a back flip off of everything to impress the ladies. What would be the name of the autobiography of your life? “Eatin’! with Alex Stephan” because I love food. If you could be made out of any substance, what would you be made out of? Rubber because I could be really bouncy. What was your favorite food when you were a kid? My favorite food was my grandma’s homemade spaghetti.

Robyn Young, Librarian

If you could choose to be a certain age forever, what would it be? Thirty-two was a really good age. I was old enough to do some things, but not super old. If you could have dinner with anyone, what would you order? I would go out with Abraham Lincoln, before the Civil War, and we’d have to go to the east coast and order some lobster. What would you do if you were immortal for a day? I’m afraid to scuba dive since I’m claustrophobic, but I’d love to scuba dive, so I’d go to the Caribbean.

Megan Medellin

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Junior Matthew Stowe reflects on his life in China

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Student compares daily life in Guangzhou with American culture

By Jennifer Haller Living in a foreign country is an opportunity that not many American students have the chance to experience. However, junior Matthew Stowe had the opportunity to move to China with his father, Will Stowe, in 2006. His father received a job assignment as part of an expatriate assignment as Controller of Asia Operations for Delta Faucet Company. The assignment involved relocating to Guangzhou, China. Matthew’s mother stayed behind because Matthew’s older brother was attending college at the time. “When I originally moved over, it was an 18 month assignment,” Will said. “I left my family in Avon to avoid disruption in school and sports. After I was there for about a month, I really missed Matthew, so I made plans for him to join me at the end of the school semester. I didn’t want to lose my contact with Matthew during this time in his life.” Matthew decided to move to China and be with Will to experience a “new culture” and a “new way of life.” “Living in China is nothing like living in Avon,” Matthew said. “Everything is different: the driving, the food, just the general atmosphere.” At first, none of Matthew’s friends in Avon knew he had moved. The news that Matthew would soon be moving was kept mostly to himself and family at first. “It was pretty unexpected. He didn’t really tell any of [his friends] that he was moving until he was already in China,” Matthew’s friend, sophomore Christian Lorenz, said. Matthew’s father recalls the “uncertainty” Matthew felt upon his arrival to China.

“I think he may have been bored initially and “I missed the American food,” Matthew said. not too happy,” Will said. “He was a new kid in a “All they had [in China] was KFC, McDonalds new school in a new city in a new country. He had and Subway.” a new place to live with a new and very different While Matthew missed his mother, brother and lifestyle where there was a different language, culture friends while he was living in Guangzhou, he was able and food. But, I think he adapted within the first to experience many things that he wouldn’t have been couple months.” able to do while living in America. While living in China, Matthew “I believe Matthew gained a lot of attended an international school maturity living in China,” Will said. where he learned how to speak “He went to an international school Mandarin Chinese. Matthew did not with around 40 countries represented. speak the language much outside of I believe there was an overall higher the classroom. Instead, Matthew and expectation of the students. Through his father relied on translators and the school and with me, he got to travel hand gestures to speak with locals. China. We visited globally recognized “If we needed directions, we would places such as the Great Wall and just point or use other hand gestures Forbidden City. We traveled to Hong to tell the person where we wanted to Kong to watch international rugby go,” Matthew said. Matthew Stowe, 11 matches. During a single trip, we’d ride One of the differences between a taxi, a train, a ferry and an airplane. China and the U.S. that Stowe noted He got to travel to Korea and Hong Kong was the difference in population. to play soccer and volleyball. He stayed There are 7.6 million people living in Guangzhou. Of with host families in different cities and countries that 7.6 million, 6.2 million live in the urban portion during his travels for sports. From a family and longof the city. When compared to Avon’s population term perspective, he and I only had each other, so we of about 12,500, the much larger population of were always with each other, and he interacted with Guangzhou proved to be a “major difference” adults as much as other children.” to Matthew. Matthew and his father returned to Avon in July of “There were a lot of people in the markets,” 2010. Despite the process of adaptation that Matt had Matthew said. “Even the roads were packed with to go through, Lorenz didn’t notice any difference in traffic jams from all the people.” Matt when he arrived home. While driving laws do exist in China, Matthew “Matt is still as goofy as he was before he left,” found that many people “chose not to follow them.” Lorenz said. Living so far away from America left Matthew to Matthew said it was a “learning experience,” and he miss American culture. “doesn’t regret making the choice to live [in China].”

“Everything is different: the driving, the food, just the general atmosphere.”

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JAZZ CLASS Continued from page 1

Senior Waylon Yates, a jazz band member and jazz class student, said jazz is important because of its influence on American music today. “All the music today wouldn’t be where it is today without jazz,” Yates said. “Jazz was the start of the American style of music. [It is] the American music. It is what brought this great nation together. It shows that there is no skin color in music and that we can all get along if we find common ground to stand on.” Senior William Brown said jazz is an American style because of its emphasis on creativity. “Jazz is one of the few truly American music styles,” Brown said. “It strikes a delicate balance between creative expression and that almost democratic aspect of giving a little of yourself for the greater good of the group.” Yates said he gets his inspiration to play his trumpet from jazz musicians and from the style’s freedom. “People like Miles Davis, Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker, Dizzy Gillespie and B.B. King are my inspirations,” Yates said. “[When I] think of how they played, it makes me never want to put down my trumpet. I play jazz because it is the American music; it relaxes every part of you, body and soul.” Jazz is freer than most other music styles. Musicians pass improvised solos around that they base on the chords of a set head piece, which, according to Wagoner, is the “main theme” of a piece of music. “Jazz class teaches more of the improvisation and combo base charts,” Yates said. “Jazz class teaches more on the individual level and teaches the soloing and understanding of jazz.” For musicians, such as Avon’s jazz students, it is this difference in style that makes jazz more difficult to play and learn. “It is more detailed [than other styles],” Yates said. “There are a lot more chords, and it takes more of a musician to actually follow along and keep up with it.” Senior Luke Sanders said he plays jazz because of the freedom it offers to the musician. “[I play] because it is one of the few artistic styles that relies heavily on interpretation by each individual player [rather] than just the conductor,” Sanders said.

Brown said he plays jazz because it is a different style that is fun. “While I always say that improvisation and creative expression are important reasons why I play jazz, the other fact is that it is just fun music,” Brown said. “It is different and is really the kind of music you can get deeply interested in if you want to.” Jazz band is an ensemble that performs at shows to raise money for Avon’s jazz program and allows for students to play jazz at festivals and concerts. “The jazz band is a big band that is an ensemble compromised of saxophones, trombones, trumpets, bass, guitar, drums and piano,” Sanders said. “This ensemble is mostly about ensemble playing and puts a smaller emphasis on soloing.” Jazz class, however, focuses on soloing, instead of emphasizing ensemble playing like in the jazz band. “Jazz class is what is called a jazz combo,” Sanders said. “You have a chart that the group will play, but then each member of the group solos over the chord changes of the song. Much more [emphasis] is put on the ability to solo well.”

Jennifer Haller

Junior John Szumski, sophomore Marcus Ligon and freshmen Christopher Hubbard and Drew Johnson practice the saxophone during jazz band practice after school on Feb. 24. The jazz band is currently preparing for its next ISSMA competition, which will be held in April. “Jazz band and jazz class are good [for helping me to] develop as a musician,” Szumski said.

Differences between jazz band, jazz class Students learn different skills, styles Jazz Band Ensemble-like concert band that plays arrangements written for jazz ensembles Focuses more on playing as a group rather than improvising individual parts

Jazz Class Teaches the students how to improvise melodies and create their own songs Performs several concerts Outside-of-class activities required of all students and are included in the class grade

Source: Interviews, March 2012

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How to ‘DIY’ Sites like Pinterest inspire ‘Do It Yourself’ movement; Avon students, staff share project suggestions Glass Bottle Light Erin David, 11

Where do you get your ideas ffor or DIY projects?

Wine (or other glass) bottle Christmas lights (preferably LED) A drill Acrylic paint (optional)

I get my ideas from different sites I go to, like blogs, Pinterest or Etsy. Some of my ideas come from seeing objects and simply thinking up ideas.



Remove all labels and stickers from the bottle. Once the bottle is clean and labelfree, use a 3/8″ drill bit designed for glass and tile to drill into the side of the glass very slowly. The drilling takes about 20 minutes. It is normal for the glass to smoke from the heat created. Then decorate the bottle and make it unique with paint or other decorations. Stuff the lights in through the hole and leave the cord out.

I like to make things because it’s fun and cheaper than buying things from the store half the time.

Melted Crayon Painting Katie Turner, 10

Green and brown crayons Foam poster board or canvas Hair dryer Hot glue gun Newspapers Fake flowers


Glue the crayons to the top of the poster board or canvas with the tips facing downward. Cover the workspace with newspaper to catch dripping wax. Put your board or canvas on top. Melt the crayons with a hair dryer on high heat, and let the wax run down the board. When the wax melts, turn the board upside down, so the melted crayon looks like stems, and glue the flowers on the stems.

I like being able to manipulate the crayon to go wherever I want it to go.

Where did you get this idea? Pinterest. Source: Interviews, March 2012

Addie Lyon, 11

Why do you like DIY projects?


What is your favorite thing about this project?

Braided Faux-hawk

Where did you get this idea? [From] a girl in my cosmetology class.

How long have you been interested in hair? The first profession I ever wanted to go into was cutting hair. Of course, I was three and changed my mind a million times. Then I ended up going back to it.

What is your favorite thing about styling hair?

I just like seeing the end result and feeling like I can accomplish something.


Amanda Leahy, math teacher

Why do you like scrapbooking? I find it is relaxing and therapeutic to work with paper and pictures. I like the end result. It lets you tell the story with more than pictures. I have [made] 10 scrapbooks.

What is your favorite scrapbook that you have made? It’s of all black and white photographs that I took in my high school photography class.

Photos, Interviews: Alexa Adamson, Design: Miriam Thomas

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The Insanity Of “30 Rock”


As Seen On TV What could be With Tristan Fitzpatrick better than having a grown man spit in a woman’s mouth while she’s walking? This is just one problem Liz Lemon faces every day on the comedy series “30 Rock.” Lemon, played by Tina Fey, works as the head writer of a sketch comedy TV show known as “TGS with Tracy Jordan.” Her boss, a powerful network executive, will do anything to make the show successful. Lemon has to deal with the out-of-control cast and crew of “TGS.” Her friend Jenna Maroney (who fakes interventions and gets Botox injections) and Tracy Jordan (the wealthy and unpredictable star of “TGS”) are just some of the zany characters who provide the show with its many misadventures. Plenty of shenanigans happen every episode, from Liz taking somebody’s medicine and hallucinating that a blue man is following her everywhere, to Jenna’s quest to become a talent show judge. “30 Rock” never fails in showing us the zaniness and unpredictability of a late-night sketch comedy series. According to her memoir “Bossypants,” Tina Fey based “30 Rock” on her experiences working as a writer on the long-running sketch comedy series “Saturday Night Live.” Fey writes that it often takes at least 14 hours to shoot one episode of “30 Rock,” and I can see why: the show runs jokes at a mile a minute, and sometimes it takes watching an episode more than once to catch all the pop culture references in a single episode. The show has been showered with Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, and it deserves them.“30 Rock” takes on entertainment as we know it. From making fun of reality TV, to spoofing charity songs, this show is always on the hunt for laughs. “30 Rock” is unique because it has a bit of everything: the show combines the best of romantic comedy and cheesy drama. Watching this gem of a comedy always puts me in a good mood and makes me want to live the dangerous and exciting life of a TV writer.

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With David Allspaw The Men’s NCAA Division I Basketball Championship game occurs each year on the first Monday of April. The bitter-sweet ending pleases college sports fans for the night but has them craving for more by the time the next morning arrives. Well fans, the fun is not over yet. The Frozen Four comes hot on the Final Four’s heels. The Frozen Four consists of the final two rounds of the NCAA Division I Ice Hockey Championship. The Frozen Four happens each year starting the second weekend of April, less than one week after the conclusion of the Final Four. The atmosphere rivals the Final Four’s, as collegiate pep bands play during game breaks and the cheers of over 18,000 fans often become deafening. There have also been numerous overtime wins and buzzer-beating goals. In 2007, with the score tied 1-1 in the final minute, Michigan State banged the puck past Boston College goalie Cory Schneider with just 18.9 seconds remaining. Miami (Ohio) took what appeared to be a commanding 3-1 lead with just 4:08 remaining in the 2009 national championship game. However, Boston University cut the lead to one with 59.5 seconds left and then scored a game-tying goal with just 17.4 seconds to go. However, while nearly every college or university in America fields a basketball team, only select schools compete in college hockey, which is partly why there are 330 fewer NCAA Division I ice hockey teams than basketball teams. Relatively unknown colleges and technical schools regularly make it to the top of the standings. Last year’s national champion was the University of Minnesota-Duluth. ESPN2 will broadcast the two national semifinals on April 5, and ESPN will televise the national championship game on April 7.

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Uncovering Art A picture is With Krystal Andry worth a thousand words, but a good story is worth thousands more. Language is an important part of our society, and reading literature is an art that people overlook. A good story evokes emotion and can alter our perception of ourselves and the world around us. The best stories stay imprinted in one’s mind even after putting the book back on the shelf. We have discarded good books now that movies have become popular. A book can often produce an intensely joyful or heartbreaking feeling in a more complex and beautiful way than simply showing a movie. Words are difficult to master at first but can always be used to one’s advantage. They create more than an image and delve into the meaning behind the image. A photograph may be beautiful, but the story behind it can bring tears to our eyes more than the photo can. Reading has become less popular in the last few decades, and it is a sad thing to see. Reading stimulates our minds. Through a book, authors open a world that they create and allow a reader to daydream within it. Readers can reread passages and ponder each paragraph at the pace they choose. A movie has a set time and does not slow down. Unlike reading, it races onward at a pace the audience does not choose. A completely different world may be created and exposed through fictional books, such as the world J.R.R. Tolkien created in “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” series. His imagery and descriptions are mastered when describing hobbits, orcs and many other fictional creatures. Stories are the foundation of our lives. They remind us of past events. Society should focus more on knowledge, imagination and creativity, things easily gleaned from a story. If these things are nurtured, the world will begin to appreciate art.

Since the With Ben Brown YMCA opened, I have been talking about going to one of the ridiculous classes they offer. There are quite a few. After much deliberation, I I finally went to Zumba. I should start out by explaining what Zumba is for those not familiar with it. Zumba is a kind of Latin pop dance exercise class popular with middle-aged women. I gathered this from the number of them at my class. When I arrived at Zumba class, I quickly realized it was probably not the best idea. After building up my courage, and trust me it was necessary to do so, I entered the room where, unfortunately, the dancing had already begun. I had to navigate the flying limbs so I could find a place to embarrass myself in the name of health. Finally, I found an open space and began to get my groove on. At first, I was really uncomfortable, being the only guy in a room full of middle-aged soccer moms, an overly energetic instructor with a propensity for occasional shrieking outbursts and the obligatory extremely tanned woman with massive hoop earrings. She reminded me of something from Jersey Shore. After some time, once I embraced the ridiculousness of the dances, I began to get into it a little. Unfortunately, as the dancing progressed, it got a little more complex; we were shaking parts of our body in ways I would prefer not to recount here. Trust me, you do not want to know. But in no time, an hour had passed and I had survived. I do not know how, but I survived. In all honesty, it was actually a pretty fun class, and I really think everybody should go do it at least once. Yes, it is kind of ridiculous and pretty awkward. You just need to go in there expecting that and do your best to let yourself go a little. Then you will really have fun. If you want to find a way to exercise and hate lifting weights or running on a treadmill to nowhere while watching Dr. Phil, then Zumba is something you should try out.

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Editorial: Driver’s Education should be required Students learn driving essentials in classroom to succeed on open road

In 2011, 162 Indiana teenagers between 15 and 20 years old died in car accidents, according to “State Drivers” Online. In 2011, Indiana passed a new law for obtaining a driver’s license. According to “Indiana Government” Online, one must go to a registered licensing branch and present documents of identity and a signed log of 50 hours of supervised driving. After meeting those requirements, the person must pass vision, writing and driving tests. This means drivers can get their licenses without driver’s education. The Echo believes that the state should require driver’s education to keep drivers safe, further knowledge and benefit society overall. Young drivers may obtain a license when they are only 16 years and 270 days old without taking driver’s education, according to “Indiana Government” Online. Without proper training from an accredited driver’s education teacher, teenagers are losing out on important information that could save their lives and protect other people’s safety. According to a “Health News Daily” Online survey, 20 percent of teenagers polled from 34 different states did not take driver’s education. Those regions where teens did not take the class had more accidents. Knowledge that students develop in driver’s education is crucial; it not only teaches good driving but also promotes the understanding of common and uncommon rules of the road. The written test is the most failed part of the driver’s exam, according to “Kids and Cars” Online. The written test involves questions over common road rules, sign shapes and meanings, and other things that some teens may overlook in the driver’s manual before taking their tests. Driver’s education teaches and applies the essential information that every driver should learn before they are eligible to get their license. Although teenagers are not the only age group that causes accidents, insurance companies charge higher rates for drivers under the age of 18 because they are at a higher risk for accidents, according to “State Drivers” Online. The education teens receive could help them avoid accidents, which would allow their insurance rates to drop. People argue that driver’s education does not need to be required because young drivers should not have to spend money if they can practice driving on their own and study the manual. Although some young


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drivers might be able to focus on driving and the manual, they are missing out on the hands-on experience and real life application of the things taught in driver’s education with a certified teacher. The learning experience from a classroom setting might be able to help the pupil to focus more and be able to retain the information. Students can obtain their license and be good drivers without driver’s education, but the student might be able to be a better driver with driver’s eduction. To ensure safety, perspective drivers should take driver’s education, even if they think it might not be worth it. The pros of driver’s education outweigh the cons. With more knowledgeable, experienced, confident drivers on the road, driving in Indiana would be safer for everyone. Indiana needs to preserve safety within its boundaries and make its citizens feel more protected when they are on the road by requiring driver’s education before people under age 18 receive their licenses.

to the LetterEditor I’ve read a few Echo newspapers, and I really enjoy the columns, but there seems to be a lack of Internet games. The video game columns I’ve read have been about “Assassin’s Creed,” “Fallout” and a few others, but what is there for those that enjoy roaming around the web for something cheap and easy to get into? Sure, people know about Armor Games, Addicting Games or Newgrounds, but what about Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) games? There is a huge selection out there that nobody knows about unless a friend tells them or they get an annoying ad for games such as Darkorbit or World of Warcraft. For the next Echo newspaper, try hunting around the Internet for new and old MMOs that people could try. “Stars Wars: The New Republic” just came out a bit ago, and they have sevenday trials that you could mention. Maybe you’re looking for a strategy game such as EdgeWorld. There are so many choices out there; it is insane! Even better, you could list a couple of companies that make online games. Bigpoint, for example, has a good 15-20 MMOs and a few flash games. They have shooters, racing, strategy and maybe something like Farmville, if people want to play that without the constant notifications of someone sending them a plow on Facebook. -Nathan Brown, 11

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Members of Project SOS collect school supplies for tornado victims in southern Indiana. This is the second year that Project SOS has collected school supplies for children in need. “[I like being in the club] because I like to hang out with friends and help people, and I like giving little kids at schools things they wouldn’t normally have,” co-president Kaytlynn Schabel said.

Kaitlin Oluf, a student teacher for Spanish teacher Sarah Scheidler, helps students understand a foreign language. “Being at Avon has been a dream come true, and working with Sra. Scheidler has been awesome because she is a great teacher,” Oluf said. “Student teaching has given me the opportunity to begin my journey as a teacher.”

Senior Carly Cole directs students setting up for the Live For Tomorrow Benefit Concert. This year was her second year organizing the concert to raise awareness and money to fight suicide. “Doing these concerts gives me a sense of selfworth,” Cole said. “I am helping people in their darkest hour.”

Senior Cole Shields rides his longboard in Avon on March 3. Longboarding is a combination of surfing and skateboarding because the board is designed much longer, like a surfboard, but has wheels like a skateboard. “My first longboard was a Honey Hybrid that I got last summer,” Shields said. “It was awesome until a friend let a car run over it.”

Mickey, a Riley Champion, paints senior Caroline Dearborn’s hand at the Riley Dance Marathon. This was Dearborn’s second year attending the marathon. ”It’s great to see all the different students of our school come together for something we all care about,” Dearborn said.

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Avon Echo Issue 5 - March 2012  
Avon Echo Issue 5 - March 2012  

Issue five of the award winning Echo Newspaper