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Volume 5, Collection 4 Muriel Williams Battle High School

Friday, February 9, 2017

Isiah Dollinger, Ramon Fultz, Joseph Hammond, and Jack Johnson play their brass instruments during the Black History Month Assembly on Friday, February 2 in the Preforming Arts Center (Adrian Maddox). Read the story on page A2 for more information.

By: Katelin Glascock

Somebody’s Type HOSA hosts Blood Drive

On Thursday, January 18, the Future Health Care Professionals, or HOSA, held their annual blood drive from 8:00am to 1:00pm in the Auxiliary Gym. Around 85 participants volunteered to donate their blood to the Red Cross. In order to donate blood, these individuals had to meet the requirements set by the Red Cross in which participants had to be 16 years old with parent/guardian consent, or 17 years or older without the consent of their parent/guardian, as well as meet the set weight requirement. Madison Simkins, junior, coordinated the blood drive this year at Battle. Simkins donated her blood “because one pint of blood can save 3 people’s lives.” This years blood drive had unexpected days off from school due to Martin Luther King Day and a snow day the following day limiting the number of days that students and teachers could sign up to donate blood. This also led to having a few walk-in participants as long as they were above the age of consent. Many students felt that it was their responsibility to give their blood. First time donor Joseph Lee, junior, said, “I feel if I can help somebody, maybe they can help someone else” said Lee. “Think about it, if no one donated blood, then all those people who got surgery, and needed medical attention or blood, wouldn’t get it, and people would die. Without donating blood we’d have a lot less people in the world… I feel proud.” Though some first time donors were in attendance, some students or faculty have donated blood before. Isaiah DeShon, who has donated 4 or 5 times before and enjoys giving blood, was happy to donate again at this date. “I try to do it every time I’m available,” said DeShon. Some students, like Ramon Fultz, senior and first time donor, just needed the little extra push to donate. Fultz said. “It’s always been something I’ve wanted to do, and then one of my friends told me I should, and offered to sign me up, so I went for it.” But that means that many of the first time donors weren’t nervous while sitting the waiting area. Most of them didn’t know what to expect, but when they were finished giving blood, many were

happy they did, and explained that there was nothing to worry about. For those students or teachers that were unable to donate blood to this recent blood drive, have no fear because Simkins set up another blood drive this year to be held on May 2, 2018. Sign ups are open now, all you have to do is contact Madison Simkins or another HOSA member to sign you up.

There’s Snow Place L ike Home Late starts, early releases, and snow days By: Caden Elkthunder It’s winter in Missouri and the weather has caused school to start later or to end earlier. Late start days are usually caused by weather like ice or road issues, and school starts two hours later.. During this delay the starting time for first block is 10:55 but all classes have different lengths and lunches start at different times. Early release days all classes are 54 minutes and school ends at 1:35. Full day cancellations are also possible. If this happens, then they tack on an extra day of school for each cancellation. As of right now, if no further school cancellations happen, then the school year ends on Tuesday, May 22, but late starts and early release days do not tack on extra days.

Isiah Deshon patiently waits for his blood to be drawn. Grace Ukoha and Jolisa White help sign Ramon Fultz into his appointment (Katelin Glascock).

Continued on A3


BLACK HISTORY ASSEMBLY by Adrian Maddox LATE START/EARLY RELEASE by Caden Elkthunder HOSA BLOOD DRIVE by Katelin Glascock MENTAL HEALTH by Lily Drage FBLA DISTRICTS by Katelin Glascock


MO RIVER POLLUTION by Spartan Stream Team VALENTINE’S DAY by Sandra Medina and Lily Drage PRESCHOOL PALS by Neila Bates TIDE POD EPIDEMIC by Liam Barry SAVE THE JUICE by Summer Evans




BATTALION @ RBHS by Lily Drage MUSIC REVIEW by Adrian Maddox TV LISTICLE by Adrian Maddox FORTNITE by Caden Elkthunder PROJECT LIT BATTLE by Neila Bates SCHOOL LIFE HACKS by Katelin Glascock

A2 News & Features There’s Snow Place Like Home Continued from A1

By: Caden Elkthunder Sophomore Sincere Davis-Wright described how he feels about the late starts, early releases, and cancellations. DavisWright said, “I like early release days better than late starts because I have more of the afternoon and I feel like I’m not missing much in the morning when I’m at school.” Another student described how delays and cancellations are beneficial. Sophomore Nathan Walker explained how he believes these days are helpful. Walker said,

rushed.” One had different opinions though Sophomore Brynnon Dollinger said, “I think we just need full day cancellations, for me it can be harder to get up and go to school later than normal and the half days make my classes feel more rushed.” So what do you prefer? Do you like a full day off but then extending the school year or are late starts and early releases good enough?

Excelling in Business FBLA wins big at Districts By: Katelin Glascock world experience that FBLA provides is really great, and they definitely met my expectations.” Teams that placed in the top five of their events include: Jackson Keller and Payton Roberts for Entrepreneurship; Katelin Glascock, Chance McDonnell, and Nick Mirielli for Graphic Design; Jasmine Jones, Lindsey McGee, and Cassidee Tuttle for Hospitality Management and for Social Media Campaign; Hope Adamson and Nicole Sachdev for Marketing; Baylee Eckles, Madison Ramsey, and Olivia Childs for Public Service Announcement. These teams took a placement test before the district competition and also had a performance piece on the day of competition. Many other students will also be advancing to the state competition in Springfield, Missouri from April 8-10, 2018. Hope Adamson placed 3rd in Economics, Brenden Anich placed 4th in Economics, Baylee Eckles placed 5th in Organizational Leadership, Jackson Keller placed 1st in Personal Finance, Madalynn Owens placed 1st in Business Communications and 2nd in Journalism, Alex Riddle placed 2nd in Cyber Security, Nicole Sachdev placed 1st in Client Service, and Cassidee Tuttle placed 4th in Healthcare Administration. Make sure to congratulate these amazing students for their achievements at the district level competition and to cheer them on for the upcoming state competition.


Spartan FBLA poses before the awards ceremony at the District 6 Competition. (Picture provided by Sawyer Wade)

Contact Information Post: The Spearhead Battle High School 7575 East St. Charles Road Columbia, Missouri 65202

Senior Editor Madalynn Owens

Black History Month celebration

By: Adrian Maddox

“ I 100% like late starts because they don’t count as actual snow days. I prefer late starts and early releases more than full day cancellations. I like the late starts a lot because it doesn’t tack on any extra days at the end of the school year and I get more hours of sleep.” Biology and Kinesiology teacher Clayton Elmy said, ”I very much like the late starts for school I can wake up without my alarm waking me up so early and make breakfast enjoy my coffee without feeling

On Friday, February 2, the Future Business Leaders of America, or FBLA, competed in the annual District 6 Competition held at Moberly Area Community College. There were many schools in the surrounding area in attendance; Battle rode to the competition with Hickman and Rock Bridge High Schools. 16 individuals/teams from Battle placed in the top five in different events, and 8 individuals from Battle will advance to the state competition. Even the students that are not continuing to the State Competition have learned from their trials at the District level. Nick Mirielli, junior, said, “It’s not necessarily about winning anything, but to understand what we can do better.” Mirielli placed fifth in graphic design with his teammates Chance McDonnell and Katelin Glascock. “I like the concept of Graphic Design, and how it can be used to portray an idea or product,” said Mirielli. Many members of the club were excited to be at districts, especially first year member Chance McDonnell. “I think it is pretty interesting… I hope to represent Battle well,” said McDonnell, junior, “The environment is pretty chill and Mrs. Leary is probably one of the coolest teachers at Battle.” Melanie Leary and Sawyer Wade are sponsors of FBLA. As sponsors they help to organize fundraisers for the club, hold meetings, and assist members with their competition events. Wade said, “I have a wonderful set of students, and I had high expectations. I think having that real

Culture Celebration

Junior Editor Adrian Maddox

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February is commonly known for its celebration of Black History Month, a month-long observance of achievements from African Americans throughout history. Annually, Battle hosts an assembly in the performing arts center where the choir, jazz band, and theater classes perform. This year there were two 30-minute assemblies during fourth block, splitting up teachers to fit all students into the celebration. Previously, the assembly held performances from the choirs, the jazz band, the dance team, and even community members. This year’s performance was shorter than the previous years’, as the assemblies line up was shorter than last year. The assembly didn’t include any performances from community members as well as Battle’s dance team. Though the assembly was shorter than expected, the assembly held up expectations from past performances. There were 70 minutes carved out of the day for each of the performance, though the assembly’s duration was somewhere around 30 to 40 minutes. The assembly began with some swinging jazz from the jazz band. The band played pieces by Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles. Each transition to the next performance was aided with short films about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The choir showed off a familiar format with their music as last year, with members of the choir sitting throughout the performing arts center to then come together in chorus in song. Advanced Acting also appeared with some performances of speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Ian Graves, junior choir member, explains what he believes could have made the assembly longer so it filled the entire 70-minute plot. Graves said, “It would have been nice to have a guest speaker from the community.” The assembly this year focused mainly on the works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and included videos of his influence on the African American communities and his life. The choirs and theater class had performances based on speeches and songs dedicated to King. Jazzmond Rucker, choir director, conducted the choir through two songs, one being Freedom Train by Rollo Dilworth. Rucker describes how his goal for the assembly correlated with his chosen songs for performance. Rucker said, “My goals for the program are to always strive to bring to life a portion of history through

performance and to encourage meaningful though. I hope we did that this year in our honoring of Dr. King’s life.” Black History Month originated after the abolishment of slavery in the United States Constitution. Carter G. Woodson, researcher and founder of the Association for the African American Life and History, is one of the first named men to start the movement. The celebration began as a weeklong observance, but eventually grew to become a month-long observation. Though the movement had a rocky start, as it wasn’t accepted as an official holiday until 1976, it then became annually celebrated after president Gerald Ford made the executive decision to make February the designated month of celebrate and commemorate black history in America. Graves describes why celebrating the differences of cultures is important for our school’s acceptance. Graves said, “I think it’s good thing to have for the students because sadly sometimes things like Black History Month do get overshadowed and it’s a good way for fine art students to learn more and be more involved in Black History Month.” Even though the performance flowed flawlessly throughout the entire afternoon, there will always be pieces performers or conductors wish to change some piece of their performance. Though this is usually the case, Marc Lewis, band conductor, was quite pleased with his performance. The jazz band performed I’m Beginning to See the Light by Ella Fitzgerald, Minnie the Moocher by Cab Calloway, and What’d I Say by Ray Charles. Lewis believed the jazz band performed very well for being the opening act for the assembly, as well as being able to attend and view the assembly after their pieces. Lewis exclaimed, “From our point of view with the jazz band, I don’t think we would change anything besides saving seats for my students.” Black History month is an annual celebration, celebrated at Battle. The school is expected to continue the celebration with the visual arts classes. This year focused on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, the following years will be expected to be based on a new theme and new idea of African American history.

TTheide P od Epidemic dangers of eating laundry detergent By: Liam Barry Laundry detergent pods were introduced by Procter & Gamble in February of 2012 as Tide Pods. Since the introduction of the Tide Pods, all the way up to January 31 of 2018 there has been 57,200 laundry packet exposures of children five and younger reported to Poison Centers. In the first two months of 2018 there have been 157 cases of intentional exposures to Tide Pods. Since Tide Pods debut there have been 8 deaths caused by exposure to these laundry detergents. These intentional exposures to the laundry pods were due to a recent media trend called the Tide Pod Challenge, a challenge that requires competitors to ingest the laundry packets. The trend began when people started commenting on the appearance of the Tide Pod, as its appearance is similar to that of a piece of candy. Consuming Tide Pods had been reserved for children who do not know better than to put things in their mouths. The Tide Pod Challenge is comparable to the cinnamon challenge, where both have their own health risks. Denatonium benzoate is very bitter substance used in Tide Pods, to deter people from putting the pods into their mouths. Tide pod contains bleach which is

an oxidizer and when consumed, can cause nausea and vomiting. Another ingredients of tide pods is Hydrogen peroxide(H2O2) which is used as an oxidizer, bleaching agent, and an antiseptic. When swallowed symptoms can include abdominal pain and cramping, and burns in the mouth and throat. Risk of tide pod exposure include coughing, gagging, burning sensation in the mouth and throat and eyes. The more dangerous risks of exposure would be seizures and possibly death. Tide company tried to deter children from trying the challenge with a paid commercial starring Rob Gronkowski. Gronkowski, member of the Patriots NFL, filmed a clip of him continously saying no as an attempt to stop people from eating the laundry packets. When Tide released the Tide Pod for the first time, the pods were stored in ziplock bags or closable plastic containers. Tide Pods are made only for the use of laundering clothing articles, not for consumption. Poison control is accessible to call 24 hours, seven days a week if any Tide Pods or any other toxic substances are consumed at (800-222-1222).

News & Features A3

Missouri R iver Quality A study on water pollution By: Mya White, Spartan Stream Team Where is it? The Missouri River is the longest river in America, stretching 2,315 miles across 7 states, including Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, South Dakota, North Dakota, and Montana. In Missouri, millions of citizens get their drinking water from the Missouri River, making it very important to Missourians. What’s wrong? The Missouri River is suffering from pollution. There are increasing levels of mercury, chlorine, oil from industrial buildings, grease from cars, and copper. How it affects animals? The increased amount of lead in the water has contaminated the wildlife to the point of the Missouri Department of Conservation stating not to eat any sucker species due to the threat of food poisoning. Where is it from? The pollution in the river has many culprits. Many industries use chemicals that, when handled incorrectly will end up in the water and cause harm to the water quality. Other reasons are businesses that violate the Clean Water Act (a set list of rules to help prevent and increase in pollution in the river), like Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo. Another big source of pollution in water are Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations(CAFOs). CAFOs are made to produce large amount of milk, eggs, and meat but also create large amounts of pollutants including dead animal carcases, ammonia, methane, and animal urine and feces.

By: Lily Drage

What you can do? There are many things students and families can do to help reduce water pollution. Very simple contributions may be refraining from littering and picking up trash seen on sidewalks or other places outside, or making recycling a regular activity in homes and buildings. Other possibilities are participating in river clean ups hosted by local stream teams or the Missouri River Conservation Department, or by joining/starting a stream team to host its own river clean ups and other activities to raise awareness about water quality.

The blue line highlights the Missouri River as it travels from Montana to Missouri. (Picture from Chesapeake Light Craft).

Mental Health Questions Answered

Every year, students and teachers at CPS are asked to participate in a Mental Health Survey, Leigh Spence, Head of Guidance, answers teen mental health questions. Q: Why have Columbia Public Schools started taking the Mental Health Survey? Leigh Spence: “Several years ago Boone County citizens elected to institute a children’s mental health tax to support the mental health needs of the children and youth in our community. One of the funded organizations is the Boone County Schools Mental Health Coalition and they developed this survey. It is an organization that is affiliated with the University of Missouri. Our superintendent, Dr. Peter Stiepleman, serves on the board of this organization and he and the other superintendents in Boone County elected to have their students complete the checklist three times each year to help identify students who might have mental health needs or groups of students that could benefit from other supports. Teachers also are surveyed. The goal is to have any young person with needs identified because we want all kids to be as healthy and supported as possible.” Q: What do you think is the most common mental health problem among CPS teens? LS: “Depression and anxiety.” Q: How can we go about spreading awareness of these issues and how can we help those who are affected by them? LS: “If you are a student who is struggling, seek out your resources. We have a strong team of counselors at Battle High School who care about all students. If you or someone you know is suffering, we want to help. If you have a concern about a friend, you should let a caring adult know of your concern. I think sometimes students are afraid to break their friend’s confidentiality, but if you are worried about them, telling an adult is a great first step to helping them feel better. Support is available and it’s our privilege as your counselors and teachers to help you get what you need.” Many people, especially young people, are misinformed about mental health issues. Many mental illnesses are being thrown around as “buzzwords” while many people do not understand their true meaning. According to, depression originates from stress created at the time the brain interprets an experience or event as threatening. The brain is very protective of said person, and creates enough extra energy to provide a way of escape or reaction to a situation as such. According to the DBSA, under some circumstances these brain chemical levels increase in energy will get stuck with that amount given during the event. This extra brain chemical with intentions to help the person can create problems like depression. In response to depression things like mood, memory, and decision making brain areas or parts will change. The National Institutes of Health says anxiety originates from the point of fear. Like depression, it is created as a result to a believed threat. In some anxiety cases the threat may not be as big as thought to be or may not even exist. This a little like a fear of spiders or snakes. It makes the body hesitant around a notioned hazard. The visual cortex is the part of the brain that establishes the thought of a threat. It is like a mental smoke alarm that is set off by a possible problem. Then the prefrontal cortex creates the reaction in this case being fear. It sends signals to the person to tell them to take precautions if it is a true threat. Later, the reaction will be reminded of in a similar state, as researched by Dr. Joseph LeDoux. If you or someone you know is suffering from mental health related issues please speak to a counselor or contact one of the following numbers: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Helpline: 1-800-950-6264 Crisis Text Line: text “HOME” to 741741 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline: 1-800-662-4357 National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

By: Summer Evans Turn the Lights Down Low Whenever you’re using your laptop, you most likely have your brightness all the way up. Though this makes items on your screen easier to see, it causes a toll on your battery. By reducing your screen brightness you can almost double your battery life. Motion Commotion It may seem cool and unique to have “live” wallpapers displayed on your screen, but in

By: Neila Bates

Save the Juice

reality it’s not cool when your battery dies. By removing these “live” wallpapers your battery can have a break whenever it is in STANDBY mode. Kill the Connection Yes, it may seem handy to keep your wifi connected at all times. Turning off your wifi will dramatically preserve battery life. Though this hack can save your battery, it does add a little more prep time before

using internet services. Less is More Charging your laptop to 100% may seem ideal, but what you don’t know is that fully charging your laptop can be degrading towards your battery. Lithium ion batteries usually can identify whether or not they are fully charged which limits “overcharging,” but the constant identification can wear out your battery, shortening its lifetime.

Terminate the Tabs If you’re like any normal person you probably don’t keep track of the number of apps and tabs that are open. These two things can have an immense toll on your battery. By closing them when not being used it is guaranteed your battery will last throughout the day

P reschool Pals A+ tutors mentor Battle preschoolers

Inside the child development room there is a door that leads to Battle preschool, the school is heavily involved with the A+ program who send high school helpers to work with the 15 kids on a regular basis. They have a daily routine and lesson plans interwoven with their schedule. In order to begin preschool education the student must go through a screening process conducted at the Center for Early Learning as well as a general screening from the potential teacher, information about the child’s general health, family life, and social life is gathered before a decision is made. One large focus of preschool education is social development the A+ students work with the kids on a daily basis and they had a lot to say about their big kid friends Aria Vaughn a 5 year old at battle preschool said “I like when Ms. Neila comes because she spends time with us” Samuel Presberry (age 4) says “Because they’re nice and friendly, I just play with them and have fun.” She also said getting to work with her big kid friends was important because “All the friends like it when big kids come over.” Francine Grant, preschool teacher, said, “They like having a connection to older BHS students not only for mentorship but by also having other consistent adults in their life” The A+ mentors run on a strict schedule and have to arrive on time each scheduled block. Russ Crane, A+ director, said, “Those kids are depending on you, you have to show up.” The work with the preschool also provides useful insight to a potential career path in early child development. Grant said, “The preschool students get more one on one attention, which helps them strengthen new skills and provides positive social guidance.” The atmosphere is overall positive in Battle preschool, the A+ helpers provide guidance and mentorship for the young children while making sure their social skills and interactions are developing through their time with the students as well.

Mrs. Adams talks to the preschool students when they are dressed up as Superhero Crime Solvers (Photo provided by Anne Borgmeyer).

A4 Arts & Entertainment Show Choir Festival Battalion performs at competition

By: Lily Drage On Saturday, January 13, the Rock Bridge gym vibrated with Spartan battle cries, Battalion participated in the Rock Bridge Show Choir Festival. Performances were filled with empowering solos and astounding synchronized dances left the gymnasium in an uproar of applause. Battalion members were quick on their feet when changing the set between songs. Each voice showed its own level of passion for each song and the story it would tell. Aside from the performance itself, there was something intriguing about the wardrobe. The shimmering outfits of each member drew the attention of the audience further into the potential meaning of the performance. The first outfits were deep purple and grey sparkle coated dresses and suits.The dresses showed a deep meaning, it was almost as if to illustrate a sadness where a person is looking for some sort of hope. This outfit was a representation of the calm before the storm. The singers spoke of trying their best and doing everything in their power even though they may not feel capable. After a few songs they changed into bright green, blue, black, and grey outfits this was also covered in sparkles. The colors represented the eye of a storm, a few dancers pranced along the stage with banners with a picture of an actual eye of a storm. The songs they sang in these outfits encouraged finding a way out of this storm. The storm maybe brutal and strong but there is always a probable hope at the other end. Freshman Natalie McNeely discussed with me how she found hope in Show Choir and why exactly she was so drawn to it. She said, “I’ve always loved the show Glee, and it centers its whole show around a group of kids that join Show Choir. Though the show is not quite accurate in protesting the content we go over in show choir, I would argue that Battle’s Show Choir ‘Battalion’ is tremendous and outstandingly more amazing than I could’ve ever imagined. We’re a family and I’m so happy that I’m part of it.” The Rock Bridge Show Choir Festival was the first from

the season. McNeely commented on the performance of the festival as a whole. McNeely said, “The amazing energy coming from all different show choirs from different schools around Missouri was phenomenal.” Despite the rivalry between the schools she says that the competition is about “competing to be our best selves” not “against others”. A performance like the one at Rock Bridge takes quite a while to develop. McNeely says, “It takes about 3 weeks to get a song fully memorized with no flaws. [The process is] sometimes shorter or longer depending on the difficulty of the choreography or how many dance breaks are in the set.” It’s no secret that Battalion spends copious amounts of time together, but this doesn’t diminish the greatness of the group. McNeely said, “Everyday I look forward to going to school because of this class, [it’s] the happiest place on earth.” McNeely encourages other students to join show choir and is in awe of what the organization has done for her. McNeely said, “It blows my mind everyday how much a class has completely turned my world upside down. It was

the best decision I’ve ever made in my life.” Battalion emphasized a certain charisma at the festival, they weren’t singing just for fun, they wanted to tell a story to the crowd. It felt as if some of those optimistic movements were singing out positivity. The most inspiring part of the performance was the diversity that was showcased. The men and women, the different nationalities, the voices. Everyone in the group was so unique but came together to create the same powerful message. As the viewers watched the performance they may have been able to create a personal relation to the performance, the world around is rough and life won’t ever be fair, but if people focus on creating something wonderful, they won’t find society so difficult, because they do what they love. People who do what they love are commonly satisfied in life. The final judgement of the performance landed Battalion in the Top Four. In the lead Battalion was granted Fourth Place. If you are interested in being updated about Battalion and other Vocal Art groups, add them on Twitter @ VocalArts@Battle or on the Battle High School Vocal Arts webpage.

Left: Emily Elsea sang a solo during the event. Above: Twin sisters Karinne Pope, and Kaitlyn Pope perform in synchronicity (Drage).

School Life Hacks Tricks to success

By: Katelin Glascock Tired of school bringing you down? Overwhelmed with homework and extracurricular activities? Tired of your parents screaming at you because of low grades? Here are some easy ways to help make your school life easier. If it is during the school day, or after your extracurriculars, there is something here for you to improve your daily school life and make your time in school a piece of cake. Wake Up Earlier It may sound like a drag now, but waking up early, getting dressed, and eating a good breakfast will make your mornings stress free. Start the day off right, and actually eat a balanced breakfast to improve your academic success throughout the day. If you get dressed, and look nice it’ll make you feel great the whole day, and not feel like you rolled out of bed. Prepare Your Backpack the Night Before You can also cut down on your morning stress by making sure your backpack is ready for tomorrow. This hack will make it less likely for you to forget valuable assignments that you need, lets say… a major English essay worth a large portion of your grade. We’ve all made that mistake before, and we probably don’t want to make it again.

Pale Waves

New alternative rock band By: Adrian Maddox

Keep Everything I repeat, KEEP EVERYTHING! Teachers make mistakes, shocking right? But they’re human like the rest of us, so don’t throw away graded assignments that you might need, just in case your teacher forgets to put your grade in the gradebooks, ruining your grade. And you can hold it over your teachers head that they messed up. Actually Do Your Homework On Time I know it may be a drag to be assigned homework, but there is nothing you can do about it. So do it on time that way you can have good grades and keep mom and dad off your back. And maybe it will put you in your teachers good graces, and they will go easier on you in class. Just a thought to keep in mind. Keep Extras of Everything Do you always lose your pencils? Well, keep a pencil bag in your backpack with extra pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, etc. This way, if you lose your pencil, you always have options to choose from, and won’t have to keep bugging your teachers for extra writing utensils.

Alternative music has been making its way back into the ears of music lovers everywhere as the genre begins to find top spots in popular radios and most played playlists. Alternative music followers were left in awe with the recent update of Apple Music’s “Breaking Alternative” playlist, bringing a new band to the scene: Pale Waves. The grunge looking group mixes 80’s pop music trends with those of the current indie trends to create a fun, bright, new musical interest. Pale Waves uses a grand mix of electric keyboards, electric guitar and bass, vocals, and drums to create upbeat alternative pop music. Though music is the main focus of the band, physical appearance is a huge aspect to the live performances. Keeping up with the current popular clothing trends, while mixing in the same grunge and vintage feeling of their music, Pale Waves uses a lot of dark and muted colors in their wardrobes and promotional content for the

media. Pale Waves came to the indie scene in 2014 as the four member group met with each other and started working together. Even though they began working in 2014, the band didn’t release any music until 2015 when they caught the attention of Dirty Hit Records. However, Pale Waves is very new to professionally released music, as their first official single was April of 2017 with “There is a Honey.” The band is yet to release an official EP (Extended Play) or album. The band’s first release is about being unsure if a couple is ready for a relationship and all the baggage that comes with the relationship. Lead singer Heather BaronGracie uses her strong vocals to cut through the electronic keyboard and fun guitar riffs throughout the song. This song, along with many others from the band, it known to be extremely resemblant of the band The 1970: both

bands use influence of 80’s rock, pop, and indie genres to spice up the current music trends. Along with “There is a Honey” the band has released a few other singles such as “New Years Eve.” This single followed the band’s musical aesthetic while introducing a new topics of interest. Pale Waves’ four released songs are about love in all of its aspects: falling in love, being in love, and falling out of love. Pale Waves grew a media presence in early last year after opening for popular British band, The 1975, as well as creating a music video under the direction of Matty Healy. The band is expecting to tour throughout the United Kingdom during early months of 2018, as well as being one of the musical acts for BBC Sound in 2018. Pale Waves hopes to make 2018 eventful with their new tour dates, as well as adding new content for fans to listen to with a new album later this year.

Arts & Entertainment Just Joking Around

Video Game Review

By: Madalynn Owens

The Most Buzzing Game: Fortnite

Need to liven up your Friday? Try these zingers out on your friends and see if they can guess the right answers. Need help? Check the bottom of this page! 1) What’s orange and sounds like a parrot? 2) Where were the first French Fries made? 3) Why did the bear dissolve in water?

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Fortnite has been one of the trendiest games that millions have been playing around the world. As of January, more than 40 million people have downloaded the game. Fortnite is a video game available on PC, PS4, and the Xbox One, created by Darren Sugg and developed by Epic Games. The video game is available as a free download on the Epic Games PC launcher, PlayStation Store, and Xbox Store. The game is set up in Utopia somewhere in the future where the sudden appearance of a worldwide storm causes 98% of the world’s population to disappear, with futuristic technology in weapons, vehicles, abilities, and potions. In a Battle Royale set-up it pits 100 online players on a large map that has towns, neighborhoods, hills, valleys, woods, lakes, and shores in a survival like atmosphere. The last person standing wins, and players must kill each other with scavenged weapons located in random spots in the map from rifles, shotguns, snipers, and explosives.

However, there is another mode where squads team up and go against other squads in the format, the squad one standing wins. The players can earn advanced weapons and other upgrades to their character by accomplishing objectives in the game. Objectives in the game go from stats like number of kills with a certain weapon to ways of winning matches. In Fortnite, players have the ability to build walls, stairs and platforms with wood, brick and stone to defend themselves, get to places around the map and other miscellaneous things. Fortnite a very intense game for many players as most are very paranoid when playing since the slightest things can be the difference of life and death. Whether involved in shootouts or storms, the game can is formatted to have very quick turnarounds to harm and change the outcome of the game. The quick change up of the game forces players to move and be active in the map, causing more run ins between players.

By: Adrian Maddox With unpredictable snow days and countless days off, Netflix is a go-to for many students. Most people love the idea of an afternoon of television shows and snacks; however, many fall short of this fantasy when it comes to deciding which show to watch. Here are five throwback binge worthy T.V shows all featured on Netflix. The Office The Office is a documentary style show about the secret lives of people working for a branch of a successful paper company. This comedy gets deep and dirty into what goes on behind closed doors at an everyday business. This show is great for anybody who wants something quick to watch, as well as anybody who enjoys comedy. Friends Another popular and relatable show is Friends, a story about a tight knit group of adults in New York. This ‘90’s/00’s show is a fun throwback to reminisce what life was like early in the decade. This show is perfect to watch in consecutive order, but also a fun pick up episode show.

Gossip Girl Everybody loves some drama, and there’s no way better channel this interest than an episode of Gossip Girl. This show is the about the inside lives of the rich prep students in New York seen through the eyes of a top secret blogger who exposes the deepest secrets of the most popular kids of Constance Billard. Grey’s Anatomy At least once in everyone’s lives the words “I want to be a doctor when I grow up” has left their little kid mouth. What better way to get the perspective of a doctor while never leaving your couch than through Grey’s Anatomy? This show is a dramatic representation of love and friendships in the hospital hallways. Gilmore Girls Rory Gilmore lives in a small Connecticut town with her mom, the show goes through the life of Rory as she grows up in prep school and on to college. This show is good for great for all high schoolers and even those who are older and interested in those “day in the life” TV shows.

Reading Lights Up Battle

AVID 10 organizes book club, including author talk and signing By: Neila Bates that Project Lit Battle book clubs will encourage more students to read, will increase students’ awareness of social justice issues impacting our world, and will increase communication between BHS students and community members as we talk about really good young adult literature.” Another main focus of Project Lit is promoting literacy. Imani Mitchell, an AVID reader, said, “It helps you work on vocabulary so you can have a better understanding and be able to better interpret stories and literature.” Mitchell also mentioned Stone’s visit will bring a lot of people together. The club also focuses on social justice, as can be seen in their book selection. Their previous book, The Hate You Give, Dear Martin, and their upcoming book Alan Gratz, Refugee all focus on promoting social justice and showing inequalities in the modern world. The group is hoping for large involvement from the community but also from people who play large roles in Columbia Public Schools such as superintendent, Dr. Stiepleman. Hagen also mentions her AVID students are gearing up for Stone’s visit by preparing questions for the author. Hagen said, “Our excitement is through the roof , we are so excited the kids can’t wait to meet her, and I am so excited about all the reading and conversations dear

martin has generated among students and teachers. Nic is so much fun, so we are very excited!” Overall Stone’s upcoming visit is leaving the AVID 10 bookclub in anticipation but the Battle community as a whole.There will be book signings throughout the day and books and commemorative t shirts will be available for purchase for $10.

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On February 22, the author of Dear Martin, Nic Stone, will be joining the AVID 10 book club meetings to discuss Stones best selling novel . There will be two meetings: one at 8:30AM and another during Spartan Time. Stone is a new author on the scene and is receiving a lot of attention on social media from fans all over and even Battle students for her novel Dear Martin. Dear Martin is about a young boy named Justyce who one afternoon gets targeted by local police and taken into police custody. The novel continues to delve into Justyce’s struggle with discrimination and his effort to be more like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The novel is fairly similar regarding the theme of the content to a piece previously discussed in the AVID 10 book club, The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas. Thomas gave a review of Dear Martin saying the book was, “Absolutely incredible, honest, gut-wrenching.” This goes along with one of the main focuses of project lit; social justice.The club also focuses on social justice, as can be seen in their book selection. Their previous book, The Hate You Give, Dear Martin, and their upcoming book Alan Gratz, Refugee all focus on promoting social justice and showing inequalities in the modern world. The group is hoping for large involvement from the community but also from people who play large roles in Columbia Public Schools such as superintendent, Dr. Stiepleman. Stone’s visit will impact the community of Columbia beyond campus. l. One of the goals of the AVID 10 book club is to promote literacy; the hope is to start with Battle and move to a city wide movement. Lynn Hagen, the book club sponsor and AVID 10 teacher, mentions a hope for not only academic influence but a social influence as well. Hagen said, “Our hope is

A6 Sports Wrestling Season Review A look back on the season’s highlights

By: Caden Elkthunder The wrestling team is in the late part of their season. The team has earned only two team wins (over Eldon and Hickman), but some individuals have placed high in tournaments, including Andrew Shea, Jackson Shea, and Devin York as of January 31. Head Coach Michael Wakim explained that this season was a growth season. Wakim saidˆ, “There are some good things and some bad things but for the most part we’re getting better. I’m just looking forward as the season keeps moving and we start to peak.” Many of the wrestlers have had amazing seasons full of personal growths. Wakim would say the most improved wrestler would be Jackson Shea. Wakim said, “I would say Jackson Shea coming out this year getting after it and making it to the finals every tournament he still has two years left and is improving and is showing it this season.” Sophomore wrestler Jackson Shea agreed that he had experienced large improvements. Shea said, “As a team we’re all getting better. I’m most pleased with my improvement from last year to now.” Sophomore wrestler, Ethan Weidmier believes the impressive work of wrestlers like Shea have improved the team as a whole. Weidmier said, “I think the season is going pretty well so far, definitely more fun than last year’s. I am most pleased with some of our standout wrestlers that have made all of us on the team better.” Shea believes his improved performance

Last Home Match In Detail Review of last home wrestling Tournament

By: Adrian Maddox was assisted by the positive coaching he experienced this year. Shea said, “My wrestling season is going so well thanks to the great coaches on staff at Battle.” The players and coaches alike have reflected on the small size of their team this year. Wakim said, “I think are numbers are pretty low I’d like to have more kids involved next year for sure. Tournaments can be tough especially when some kids are sick or out.” There are 18 wrestlers on the team this season. Weidmier agreed that the low turnout of wrestlers this year has made the season more challenging. Weidmier said, “I’m unhappy about people quitting the team, it makes it harder to go to tournaments when we don’t have the right number of wrestlers.” The team is looking forward to the rest of their season. Wakim said, “We have some tough ones on the schedule but as long as we come out and wrestle hard we should be fine.“ Shea is also thinking optimistically about the rest of the season. Shea said, “I’m still really excited with the season. State will be around the corner, I’m ready to compete and place high.” Shea reflects on the previous matches of the season and vows to put more effort into the rest of their matches. Shea said, “I feel like some of us could’ve put out more effort in earlier matches. We’re working on holding out longer in practices to get us more wins.” District competition for wrestling will take place from February 9 - 10.

Wrestling held a home tournament against Helias High School on Friday, February 2. The tournament held nine matches, and one exhibition match, ending with a 24 to 47 score. Though the evening ended in a loss, Andrew Shea and Devin York both won for the evening. The team had just came home from a loss at the Timberland match with 21 to 52. Hopes were high for their last home tournament before District competition. Andrew Shea won his 150th win of his high school career, winning 6-2. Shea has been on the wrestling team since his freshman year, this being his last season as a senior. Shea explains how he accomplished his win mentally and physically. Shea said, “Just mentally, physically I’m not going to get much better from here and the end of the season so it’s just mental gain now. Just believing in myself and that kind of stuff.” Along with Shea’s win, York’s match was right before the exhibition match. Devin won 5-2, pushing through a cut lip, to make the last win of the night. The evening ended with seven losses and two wins, ending their last home tournament with a team loss. There weren’t any major injuries inside the ring, excluding a bloody nose from Jasper Lindsey, however Trevor Dubinski suffered

Girls Swim and Dive

Girls Swim and Dive swam into competition at Hickman Saturday, February 3. Right top to bottom: Mai Nabawy backstrokes to victory in hickman waters. Mai Nabawy and Mycah Davis pose after the senior night. Lauren Naeger begins a backstroke as she nears the finish line. Rhiannon Sict comes up for air during a breast stroke competition. Mai Nabawy sets to push off for competition. (Madalynn Owens).

a post-match injury. After Dubinski’s loss he left to cool off in the practice room where he struck a padded concrete wall with his fist, resulting in a broken hand. Describing how the events played out, Dubinski said, “I went into the other gym and decided that I had to get my anger out somehow, so first I was like, I shouldn’t punch a concrete wall so I went to the padded wall and punched those, and ended up breaking my hand in the process.” Dubinski believes his anger was a result of the tournament being the last home event of the year. Dubinski has a 9-22 season ratio of wins to losses, though he hasn’t reacted to a loss like this yet. He explains the presence of family and friends in the audience changed how he reacted to his loss. Dubinski says, “I think the reason I was so angry this time was it was a home match and I was in front of all my friends and I really wanted to win so I could be like ‘yeah look I did good’ but it didn’t go the way I planned so I got upset.” Wrestling season is coming close to an end, the District Tournament will take place on February 9 and 10 at Winnetonka High School. Spartan winners from the District event will advance to the State competition on February 17 at Mizzou Arena.

Right, top to bottom: Andrew Shea shows exhaustion during his match. Shea won 6-2, making it his 150th win of his high school career. Trevor Dubinski prepares to lock in with his challenger at the beginning of his match. Stone Martin attempts to escape the grappling hold of Helias opponent. (Adrian Maddox)

Sports A7 Junior Varsity Gets A Varsity Experience By: Colten Stone Two weeks ago, the junior varsity boys basketball team competed in the 84th annual California High School varsity tournament. The team lost both matches in the game, the first game against Fulton High School 57-69 and the second team against Boonville High School 48 to 57. This tournament would help each of the junior varsity players with the things they needed to improve on as they get older, helping them to get on track to playing varsity basketball. It’s difficult to make junior varsity as a freshman, as the team is very selective. Freshman point guard, Tristan Meny, described the

Boy’s basketball plays in a Varsity Tournament

challenges with playing in a varsity game. Meny said, “It honestly just felt like another game, but it was a challenge because they were bigger, stronger, and faster.” Some, however, didn’t feel like a varsity tournament was a challenge. For sophomore power forward Kylum Harper, playing at California High School was a breeze. Harper said, “It wasn’t as big of competition as I thought it would be because I have played with varsity kids before. This will definitely help me improve my game, it showed me that I gotta get bigger, stronger, and faster and that I gotta crash the boards more.”

Head coach of the junior varsity team coach Tyler Victor wasn’t in attendance, but is still impressed with his team. Victor said, “This is the 2nd year battle junior varsity has been in a varsity tournament and it was a great experience to see varsity leveled competition. It was tough because we have 1 junior like 3-4 sophomores and 5 freshmen and it will help them each get ready to have a potential varsity roster position next year or in the coming years. Our purpose of putting them in these tournaments is to see how they deal with adversity and to deal with a lot of things and it gives us a chance to evaluate them and for

them to evaluate themselves.” Because Tyler Victor couldn’t make it to the game, assistant coach, Cedric Alvic, filled in. Alvis said “It wasn’t weird because coaching is coaching. These tournaments will always help them improve because they are playing against higher competition. And yes I do believe that the junior varsity teams should play in varsity tournament because it’s good to see them test themselves to compete at the highest level against some of the best competition.” Though the team lost the games, team members were very pleased with their performance. Harper

said “I think we played really good, considering we only lost to the number one team in class 3 in Fulton by 12. And also I do wish we played in more tournaments like this because it will give us more exposure, and will teach us how to be more aggressive and how to play different against bigger people and will teach us on all the things we can improve on so that we can get better.” Alvis puts in his opinion about the team’s loss and is optimistic for the future games for boys basketball. Alvis said “It was really fun, it sucks we didn’t win but was fun to see our guys compete.

Right, top to bottom: David Galentine puts up the floater over the Blazer defense. Trae Meny Loks up the opposing teams defender. Maricus Grant gives high fives to his team after being introduced to the court. Brian Meny walks on to the court to examine the game as Jaren Lewis get fired up. Trae Meny shoots the basketball into the hoop. The Basketball team comes together in group right before the game begins. The bench players watch onto the court with excitement as the game unfolds. (Lydia Matinez)

Signing Into a Future By: Colten Stone

Football players sign off into college

February 7 is national signing day for all the top senior football players around the county. This is the day where the seniors will get to choose and sign their letter of intents to play college football for their respective universities. Battle is always humbled to have their seniors getting to sign each and every year. The Class Of 2018 only has three players who will play College Football next season. There are less players signing this year than last year, with 10 players signing to schools, but it will always be a privilege for any Battle Spartan to become a college football athlete. Dreyton Tyler, the all-district and all-state wide receiver for the spartans will be attending Culver-Stockton University. Culver-Stockton university is a team that plays in NAIA, (National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics). They are located in Canton Missouri. Dreyton will be hoping to be a starter next year and to help this team rebuild after they finished with a disappointing 1-10 season and a -269 point differential. Jarel Hyler, a defensive end for the Spartans has decided to commit to Washburn University. Washburn University is

a Division 2 football team for the NCAA that is located in Topeka Kansas. Hyler will be a great player for a already decent football team who finished last season with a pretty decent 7-5 record and with a +69 point differential. Javion McDaniel, a defensive back for the Spartans will remain the closest to Columbia as he will join the Eagles of Central Methodist University. Central Methodist University is a Division 1 NAIA school that is located in Fayette Missouri. Javion will have to work his way up as he is probably the most unknown out of these 3 seniors, but will still be a great player for CMU. But the team however needs some work after a 2-9 season and a -264 point differential. Once again congratulations to the 3 seniors Dreyton Tyler, Jarel Hyler, and Javion McDaniel for working so hard at their game of football at Battle to get themselves scholarships for College Football, we wish the best of luck to each of you three as you will not just further your football careers but your education as well.

Community Extras A8 Upcoming Events

Keep track of where to be this month!

By: Madalynn Owens

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Friday, February 9: Soul Food Friday @ All Lunch Shifts Friday, February 9: Home Girls Basketball Game vs Ozark @ 5:00/6:30PM Friday, February 9: Speech and Debate Tournament @ RBHS Saturday, February 10: Band Trivia Night Monday, February 12: Home Girls Basketball Game vs Hickman @ 6:00/7:30PM Monday, February 12: Bright Lights Big City - Dress for success Monday, February 12: Band Fundraiser @ Buffalo Wild Wings You must use the flyer to qualify, look on Twitter or contact a band member for the flyer Tuesday, February 13: Playing for Someone in the Crowd - Wear your favorite jerseys Wednesday, February 14: Happy Valentine’s Day! Wednesday, February 14: Food Day - Bring some extra money to support your Courtwarming royalty as they raise money for their respective charities Wednesday, February 14: Iconic Couples - Dress up as your favorite popular iconic couple or group Thursday, February 15: Girls Basketball Game @ Jeff City @ 6:00/7:30PM Thursday, February 15: BHS Spirit - Wear your BHS gear or CW shirts Friday, February 16: No School Friday, February 16: Boys Basketball Game @ Hickman @ 6:00/7:30PM Saturday, February 17: Courtwarming Dance 8:00-11:00PM Monday, February 19: No School Monday, February 19: Home Girls Basketball Game vs Eldon @ 6:00/7:30PM Thursday, February 22: Home Boys Basketball Game vs Miller @ 5:30PM Thursday, February 22: Project Lit Battle



Be My Valentine?

By: Lily Drage and Sandra Medina

Unconventional Valentine’s Day ideas

Sky Zone: The trampoline park opens 25 minutes after regular school dismissal (4:05) on Wednesday, February 14th. Grab a few of your friends, a partner, or maybe just a parent/ guardian to sign the waiver when you go in to get a ticket. The fun center features dodgeball, basketball, and a free for all section on the trampolines. The park is open from 4:308:30pm. AMF Town & Country Lanes: For some scrumptious snack foods, bowling, air hockey, and claw machine games visit this long-time run bowling alley carries a very 70s bowling alley theme. Snack on a pretzel and play some games. On Wednesday the bowling alley is open from 4-11pm. Mizzou Botanical Garden: For those of you who take interest in gardening and nature, the University of Missouri botanical studies garden is full of thousands of flowers. Take a beautiful walk in the garden and take advantage of some photography opportunities. Sid the Science Kid LIVE!: For students with younger siblings a great idea for Valentine’s Day is to go see Sid the Science Kid LIVE at the Missouri Theater. Tickets are $15 to have a fun and knowledge filled night. El Rancho: A must do is FOOD! Luckily we have some amazing restaurants in town. El Rancho is a family owned business that offers amazing authentic mexican food at low prices. You can get fresh and delicious food within minutes. Some specialty dishes are their street styled steak tacos with freshly cut cilantro and onions or some amazing Chicken Fajita Nachos topped with delicious queso. To accompany the amazing food the have a variety of drinks such as special Horchata, Mexican Coca Cola, Fanta, and so much more. Stay Home: Of course all of these options are great ideas but sometimes the best thing to do is make some food or buy some snacks (whatever’s most convenient) and watch some movies or shows from the comfort of your own home.

February 9, 2018  
February 9, 2018