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Opinion

Optimism changes your outlook A confident perspective improves life

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ositive psychology is an important factor in everyday life. Every day is started with one of two ideas—either it is a good day or it is a bad day. Why is it then that so many people wake up with “It’s gonna be a bad day” idea and go about their day so rudely? This Happiness does is where good things. positive psychology comes in—focusing on the wellbeing, human strengths, and positive feelings of humans. Many teenagers lack these positive feelings for unknown reasons... or because of unknown factors. With anything psychology-related, the environment is an influential factor. Therefore, the background needs to be shown. On a national scale, America is in the worst recession

since the Great Depression. Everyone knows that needs have to be met, and without these needs, basic behaviors (feeling happy, doing well in school, etc.) cannot be done. Not to give the great U.S. a bad name, but this negative environment is bad now and will just build up in the future. With a negative environment, unmet needs, and financial cuts, there is no doubt that we should be unhappy. Then again, what is so good about being unhappy? Yes, we would complain, argue, and be mad, but in the long run, there is no positive benefit in being unhappy. It is simple, We just have to be happy. If we continue to be unhappy, this unhappiness diffuses from one person to another and this new unhappy person spreads the unhappiness. Being happy does good things. It gives us the

Editor-in-Chief James Parker

Advertising Manager Steven DeShong

Sports Editor Elizabeth Clay

Staff Reporters Katelyn Donnally Jatia Eley Isha Ewing Melissa Giuliana Marvin Greene-Boyd Zachariah Guion April Hill Kareem Maurice Jordyn McConville Kaitlynn Miller Jamesha Nurse Dakota Pantel Sara Peartree Jamicia Stamps Lindsey Thompson Emily Townsend Advisor Beth Hoer

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motivation to wake up the next day and actually do something productive, such as doing work at school. In order to make America so great and a superpower as it once was, kill the unhappiness at its root, and let the true happiness sprout (along with productivity, motivation, and success). Steven DeShong Advertising Manager

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The truth shall set you free

Xavier Alvarez has lied about a number of things. He has claimed that he was an ex-professional hockey player, an engineer, and that he rescued the American ambassador during the Iranian hostage crisis. He even claimed he was a retired Marine. All of these statements he is allowed to make under the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of speech. None of these lies would land him in jail, but one more lie might. The Supreme Court is currently hearing arguments about whether it is a crime to lie about earning a military medal. In Alvarez’s case, he has never won any military medals, nor has he even served in the military. But his biggest lie of all is that he claimed he received the Congressional Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the government, and was established July 12, 1892. There are millions of people in the military, but only 3,476 people have received the Medal of Honor. The highest ranked leaders in each branch of the military and the president all have to salute the soldier with the Medal of Honor. Most people that receive the Medal of Honor are posthumously awarded. Those who are still alive are considered heroes. Bethel High School ROTC teacher Sergeant Major Anthony Frederick said, “Anyone who falsely claims the Medal of Honor should be imprisoned for the rest of their life.” He didn’t take the fact that someone would lie about receiving the Medal of Honor very well. “It discredits the army. It discredits the code of conduct and is against the creed. He destroyed the seven army values,” said Frederick. During Basic Combat “Anyone who falsely Training soldiers learn the Seven Core Army claims the Medal of Honor Values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, should be imprisoned for honor, integrity, personal courage. Soldiers take the rest of their life.” these values very seriously and as a part of there everyday lives. When a person claims he has distinguished himself by being above all other soldiers, how can this not demoralize all those men and women who put their lives on the line every day? The Supreme Court will have the opportunity to decide if misrepresenting oneself as a military hero is a crime and deserves time behind bars. If Alvarez is put in jail, this will deter others from taking away the significance of the most revered honor. Daikiyah Gore Staff Reporter

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Body obsession in teenagers The battle to maintain a healthy weight A disease that few will admit to but many struggle with is body obsession. School nurse Linda Boone has seen students who want to eat, but say that they can’t eat or can only eat very little. Boone, who describes herself as painfully skinny as a child, now works to help students with eating disorders. Even though she didn’t have a body obesession herself, she knows many ways to help this disorder. Boone says that counseling and therapy can really help fix thoughts about the body. Senior Shelby Pantel has a body obsession. She exercises at 4:30 every morning at the gym before school. She said that it is important to exercise as much as she does, because her body won’t get out of shape. Pantel said that she is obsessed with her body because she is obsessed with her image. She thinks that teens are obsessed with their body because of the media and their parents. Pantel weighs herself a few times a week and eats all whole grain, no

junk food or soda, drinks plenty of water and eats a lot of fruit. Pantel said her fears are getting fat and putting on weight. Physical Education teacher Cantrees Pace-Pierce also tries to maintain her healthy weight. Pace-Pierce eats three meals a day, light snacks, and fresh fruits. After having her first daughter, she also worked to get back to the training weight that she had when she was a student running track. If there is anyone that she would want to look like, it would be “Beyonce before the baby.” On the other hand when she was younger she thought she was too skinny and people wouldn’t take her seriously. While Pantel and Pace-Pierce are comfortable with their body weight, 20% of women suffer from a eating disorder and 11% of teens are diagnosed with a eating disorder. Teens should know that statistics show that women do not look the same in person as

Photo courtesy of Okoye Fitness.

they do on TV. “The average model today is 25% thinner than the average American women,” said writer Barbara Poncelet. Schools can take part by encouraging healthy habits. All four Hampton City High schools operate Subway franchises as part of their nutrition services. However, Governor Bob McDonnell vetoed a bill that would require 150 minutes of weekly physical education for elementary and middle schools. “It is important to keep nutrition and physical education at schools because if they are not getting it at home or elsewhere they will never know the importance of staying healthy,” said Pantel. Dakota Pantel Staff Reporter

Why you are who you are

Knowing your personality helps you better understand yourself No two personalities are exactly identical. There are three main personality types - A, B, and D, as well as 16 other possible personalities determined by a personality assessment called the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Being able to identify personalities can determine compatibility among peers. According to entrepreneurslounge.org, Type A personalities are more competitive, impatient, and they feel an overwhelming sense of urgency. They are quick to feel frustration and anger towards people/situations. Having a Type A personality also comes with health risks. People with this personality are more prone to heart attacks, anger issues, and depression. They are also constantly stressed out, which results in negative emotional responses such as annoyance, anxiety, and grief.

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Type B personalities are easy going and work well under pressure. Their personality normally consists of passiveness, a carefree attitude, and a strong sense of calmness. They generally have good health in comparison to types A and D, who often have high blood pressure due to their worrisome and depressive idiosyncrasies. Type D personalities suffer frequent cardiovascular issues. Traits of this personality consist of constant distress, depression, and conscious suppression of feelings. People that have this personality type have the poorest quality of life and an increases in the chance of dying an early death because of this emotional suppression. “When I focus on something, I really want to get it done,” said junior Nakia Barken. She describes her personality as both

types A and B. She is very driven in academics, showcasing her type A personality, however she doesn’t let herself get too overly stressed, capturing her type B personality as well. When making friends with people, she prefers type B personalities. Barken describes her mother as a type B, and her father a type A. Although she likes to surround herself with type B personalities, she says that she is more like her father. Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung introduced the first analysis of personality types in 1921. His theory divides the human mind into three parts: the ego, which is the mind that can be controlled; and the personal unconscious, which is subliminal but has the ability to surface to the ego; and the collective unconscious, described as the “psychic inheritance,” which is the common knowledge

that a human mind is born with, but can never be consciously controlled. The development of studies in the human brain eventually evolved into a personality test called the MeyersBriggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality inventory. The MBTI consists of comparing personal preferences in terms of one’s favorite world (extroversion or introversion), information (sensing or intuition), decisions (thinking or feeling), and structure (judging or perceiving). This test has a total of 16 possible combinations of preferences, each describing a different personality. This assessment was developed by Isabell Briggs Myers in the 1940s. Since its publication in 1962, millions of people have taken the indicator to discover their personalities. Emily Townsend Staff Reporter

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So you want to be a doctor? The first time I walked onto the surgical floor, I could hear the whir of surgical saws and the operating room sounded a little like an auto repair shop. Physicians sometimes make things worse before they get better, and patients often came out of the operating room looking like they had been in a fight. Through windows into the operating rooms, I could see specialists going to work on various parts of the human anatomy. After the first couple of days, I started to realize just how valuable anesthesia is.

“I could hear the whir of surgical saws...” In the recovery room, I witnessed patients emerge from their drug induced sleep. They were often disoriented, and even argumentative with the nurses. The first summer I volunteered, my work often consisted of helping clean the operating rooms after surgery, blood spattered everywhere, and helping sterilize the room after cleanup. Last summer, my position changed to office work: filing papers, entering information into the computer, and running errands for my supervisor. It might not have always been fun, but I’m glad to know how all parts of a hospital work. A hospital is not built just upon doctors and nurses, but secretaries, office workers, and janitors and food service as well. They are all parts that make the larger machine run. If patients don’t meet with a nurse before surgery to go over their allergies and medications, then they may react badly to the anesthesia or be allergic to the materials that different surgical tools are made of. Even though this summer I will be trading in my volunteer work for a paying job, I value my experiences and would recommend hospital volunteering to anybody that has an interest in medicine. You will either realize that medicine is the profession for you, or that you never want to step foot into a hospital again. If you are interested in volunteering at a hospital this summer, both Sentara and Mary Immaculte have junior volunteer programs. Elizabeth Clay Sports Editor

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The Bethel High School Drama Department Presents... William Shakespeare’s

Romeo & Juliet May 3 & 4 7 p.m. BHS Auditorium

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Comedy channels dominate YouTube There are tons of different video genres on YouTube, but the comedy channels seem to be the most popular by far. Here’s some of the top subscribed and most talked about channels that I recommend to comedy lovers. The Jennamarbles youtube channel is one of youtube’s most subscribed channels. She is ninth on the YouTube most subscribed list with 2,276,651 subscribers. Jenna makes and posts a new video every Wednesday. Her videos vary from tutorials to comedy skits and she even posts the extras she takes out from her videos. Most of the videos she makes have been requested by her viewers. She always reads her comments and takes every type of video they request into consideration. Her most watched video is “How to trick people into thinking you look good” with nearly 37 million views. “Jennamarbles is seriously funny. I love watching her videos

because you can’t be in a bad mood when watching them,” said sophomore Angel Rauschenbach. Another great YouTube channel is thelonelyisland, a troupe is composed of Kiv Schaffer, Jorm Taccone, and Andy Samberg. They are ranked 15th in most subscribers. Their most popular video has 155,746,913 views. All their videos are comedy and music. They have 2,082,117 subscribers and 80 videos. They use some strong language and they are not for certain people. “Their songs get me weak,” said sophomore Crystal Kama in reference to how hard the videos make her laugh. Emanuel Hudson and Spoken Reasons are two of the most talked about people on YouTube with their video “Why you asking all them questions” which you can hear someone singing down virtually every hallway every day. Lindsey Thompson Staff Reporter

Right Photo of JennaMarbles. Photo by Google Images. TheLonelyIsland YouTube group pictured above consisting of (left to right) Jorm Taccone, Andy Samberg, and Kiv Schaffer. Below is the YouTube group consisting of Emmanuel Hudson (left) and Spoken Reasons (right). Photos courtesy of YouTube.

Bruins name Temple Run, Angry Birds, Drop 7, and ESPN as favorites

Action apps score teen votes Apps are a very popular topic for teenagers,but it's not just the teens that are in on the trend. Architecture and Engineering teacher Larry Lewis is one of the few teachers that are educated and aware of the current trends involved in apps today. His favorite app is the ESPN watch app because it lets him look up the status and scores of his favorite team. “I use this app while shopping with my wife or when I'm really bored,” said Lewis, who hasn't used his cell for majority of the first semester. The ESPN app is available for free to those who are subscribers to Time Warner Cable with the appropriate ESPN video/T.V packages. Temple Run is a very popular adventure game. With graphics and limitless challenges, there's no surprise that the game gets a lot of attention. In Temple Run, you play as a treasure hunter who has just stolen a secret idol from an ancient temple. The player uses special powers and athletic abilities to dodge, jump, duck, and run away from complicated booby traps, evil monkeys, and other hazards. Additionally, if you collect all the coins in the levels, you are able to unlock hidden treasures. Temple Run is available in both a free edition and one that costs $0.99. The only difference is one includes much better graphics and excludes advertisements. Junior Emerald Eaton is a big fan of Angry Birds, in which a variety of birds have had their eggs stolen by green pigs and the player is put in charge of getting them back. By dragging a finger across the screen, players launch the birds into structures that will topple on top of the pigs, or

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A student’s current iPhone apps. Photo by James Parker.

directly into the pigs to score points. It includes a countless number of levels and updates to the appearance. “I play Angry Birds whenever I get bored,” said Eaton. Drop 7 is a puzzle game that tests players on their knowledge of concentration and problem solving. Based on an odd combination of Sudoku and Tetris, players must prevent a pile of constantly rising numbered bubbles from reaching the top of the screen. The bubbles disappear when a row or column matches the number seen on the bubble itself. The time it takes to learn the game might make some players hesitant, but once they get the hang of it and understand the object of the

game, they will find that this as a wonderful puzzle experience. Drop 7 is available for $0.99. Have you ever felt like you are always forgetting something? It's bound to happen at least once in our lifetime and teens today can't be expected to carry around a paper calendar with them wherever they go. So Facebook came up with an app known as Social Calendar that costs only $0.99. In this app, you can sort through important dates such as birthdays, holidays, important social events, and of course, due dates for assignments at school. One app that might be at the top of a parent's list is Otter Perfect For New Drivers. This is a program that automatically sends a text to anyone who attempts to text someone while they are behind the wheel. It could help in preventing some of the driving while distracted accidents that seem to happen so often to teens. And I think parents will agree when I say that $0.99 is a small amount to pay in helping their children practice safe driving habits. With all these apps that are available to download, the most frequently asked question is will downloading these apps slow down the service on one's phone? The most accurate answer according to Google is that the service itself will not be affected by the number of apps that are downloaded, but by the amount of megabytes in the particular apps. Katelyn Donnally Staff Reporter

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Doppelgangers more than just siblings

From top left to bottom right: twin seniors Mark Hubbard & Michael Hubbard, and twin juniors Kelsey Marrow, & Kimberly Marrow. Photo by James Parker.

Junior Jamal Dunn and his brother, me.” They may be twins but if you wanted to senior Jashaun Dunn, are like any other set know how you can tell the two apart, Jamal of siblings with one big difference: they is shorter than Jashaun by several inches. were born twins. There are 10 sets of twins Jamal is also proud that he can do a backflip, at Bethel, all with similarities that stick but Jashaun can not. out and some hidden from all but the twins Juniors Kimberly and Kelsey Marrow themselves. Some twins have the same class are two more twins that are a bit different together and some don’t from the Dunn twins. Kim know where their twin is and Kelsey are fraternal most of the day. twins which mean they Jamal said he and his don’t look alike. They like brother are alike when to run together and talk they say the something with each other when at the same time. They they are lonely. Kim and both have a big love for Kelsey said they plan basketball, but Jamal has on going to the same more of an interest in college. football than his brother. Being a twin sounds Jamal is the younger like you and your sibling brother by 20 minutes. share a lot of stuff, but Fraternal twins Jamal and Jashaun Dunn bonding How might Jamal act “We don’t share clothes, outside of school. Photo by Jordyn McConville. around his twin and what but everything you get, is he like away from his twin? Jamal said, they have to get too,” said Kimberly. “When I’m around my brother, I act goofy. There are other advantages to being a We make up fun stuff like handshakes, raps, twin than just having a sibling. There is a and dances.When I’m away from my brother, special bond that the two of them share with I just act chill.” each other. The other twins here at Bethel Sibling rivalry doesn’t seem to be a are the Morgans, Beverly-Adams, Hubbards, problem with Jamal and Jashaun. They Greens, Russels, Bradleys, O’Neils, and hardly ever fight, although they are very Smithhatiens. competitive. Marvin Greene-Boyd Jamal said, “It’s fun because Jashaun Staff Reporter is more than a brother to me; he is a part of

Eras shape experiences

“Issues with today’s generation are simple; you are given way too much without working for it. Everything I had or received, I had to work for. Today’s kids don’t. Most kids get what they want from their parents with little or no work involved. There’s a big difference between working for what you have and just receiving what you have,” said English teacher Toni Ryan. It is obvious that there is a generational difference between the students and teachers in almost all aspects of our school. Almost all conflicts are based on differences of opinion. Why do varying generations look at life differently? Students are influenced by what they grew up around, who raised them and what is going on in the world at that time. This generation grew up with social networks, musical influence, troubled homes, and the challenge of growing up too fast. Their outlook on life is heavily influenced by these factors. Many want to be rich, and famous with minimal to no effort. Ryan said, “The world when I was growing up was fairly normal. There wasn’t a lot of trouble like there is today. Technology or the lack of it during my childhood kept kids and adults out of trouble. I also grew up in a fairly sheltered community where there really wasn’t violence. “ The teachers’ major influence was their parents and elders. They grew up with pressure of knowing that they had to do something with their lives or their life would be unfulfilling. Growing up they had to be creative and instead of having everything at their fingertips they worked for what they wanted. Their values and morals are much different then the generation now and the ones to come. Jordyn McConville Staff Reporter

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Odyssey of the Mind runs out of time, for February competition The kids in Odyssey of the Mind spent nights at school until 6 p.m, and paid their dues and registration fees. in order to be prepared for the Regional competition on February 25, at Woodrow Wilson High School. Yet, they never made it there. The teacher behind Odyssey of the Mind, Jessica Gavino, said “We unfortunately did not make it to competition, but we did work diligently up until that point.” At the last minute this club pulled themselves from the competition. There are two specific reasons why the team did not make it to competition. Team members missed meetings and couldn’t get their structures or ideas together in time. “This is a club for people who think outside the box,” said Gavino. This could have been the root of the problem. There were creative differences between the kids about their presentation.

“This is a club for people who think outside the box,” said Gavino. After all, they did have to create a skit in which two angels have to save a community and turn all the negativities into positives. And, for added challenge, one of the angels was not allowed to talk. “It is really frustrating because I can’t physically help them,” said Gavino. She is not allowed to touch, measure, suggest or hint at anything to help her team solve a problem, create a skit, or build a structure. The challenges that Odyssey of the Mind face make them stand out along with the fact that the club roster is made up only two juniors and eight underclassmen, so this was a “growing” year for the team to learn the basics. Jatia Eley Staff Reporter

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Jackson&Johnson support R4E

Recycing for environmental use “Recycling is an important way for individuals and busineses to reduce the waste they generate and reduce the negative impact of the waste,” said junior Tori Jackson, member of the West Hampton Community Center meaning Recycling for Environmental use (R4E).

What are the benefits?

Day of Trading Top row: Alex Fuller, Adam Guion, Indya Hairston, Jamicia Stamps, Ebony Crumpton. Middle row: Josh Harbants, Toni Myers, Ashley Greenlee, Cassidy Blackmore, Petre McSwain. Bottom row: Niccole Canell, Robbie Pedersen,Victoria Viduya, Alyssa Mautz, Amber Whiter, Mrs. Dougherty. Photo by Theresa Dougherty.

16 Bethel students traded imaginary stocks at the Hampton Convention Center every stock’s value fluctuated. Then, two people out of the faculty would give each table a hot tip for hints about the stocks. With ten traders and their Palm Treos, the groups had to call the traders over and say a stock name and whether they wanted to sell or buy it. “The rush of everything was pretty fun,” said sophomore Moneybag Mavericks member Victoria Viduya. Since there were only ten traders, they had to either yell “TRADER” or chase a trader down and bring him or her back to the table. “I was proud of my students’ effort and the event The Stock Market challenge Dougherty required five groups went really smoothly,” said Dougherty. to take on the Stock Market Challenge at the Convention Center: Mola Masters, After the challenge Placed by the highest network Chump Change Championships, Moneybag Mavericks, Dollarbill Darlings, and Currency price, one of Hampton High School’s Crackerjacks. Dougherty heard about this groups won the Stock Market Challenge. challenge from Hampton City School’s, However, the Moneybag Mavericks placed superintendent Linda Shifflette, and second and the Dollarbill Darlings placed thought it would be good for her students. fourth. “I would do this again because it “It was part of the lesson plan. It was like was exciting and if you do these activities bringing learning alive,” said Dougherty. with your students then it will stick to When the groups got to the them more than anything,” said Dougherty. Convention Center, they got to their Jamicia Stamps personal tables and the challenge began. Staff Reporter There were three screens showing all the names of stocks and after every minute, “It felt great to be a winner,” said freshman Dollarbill Darlings member, Petre McSwain. Principles of Business and Marketing teacher Theresa Dougherty took 16 students to the Hampton Roads Convention Center to compete in a contest to see who could get the highest network price in December. Every minute during the contest was considered a day and at the end of the 30 minutes, one of the groups, Dollarbill Darlings, was number one for the highest portfolio.

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There are not too many people who understand why they should recycle. Jackson has been in this group for about three years now and learned a variety of why and how she should recycle. Over three years, Jackson has learned that recycling saves landfill space, conserves energy, reduces water pollution, air population, and the green house gas emissions that cause the global warming.

What are the effects?

“One thing I cannot forget that I learned is that the garbage we lay around causes global warming,” said Jackson. Dirty bottles, tissues, and crumbs of food floating around in the water affect plants and organisms. In almost all cases the effect is damaging not only to individual species and populations, but also to the natural biological communities.

Who recycles?

Recycling is more of an everyday activity for more than 100 million Americans and a great way to protect our environment and stimulate our economy. It saves resources, prevents pollution, supports public health, supports public health, and creates jobs. “If not everyday at least every other day recycling should be on everyone’s agenda. For the simple fact to protect themselves and the people around them. Everyone’s should keep the waste more in the recycling or garbage bin then on the streets,” said Jackson.

Librarian Assistant and avid recycler Weasy Coleman working in the Bethel Media Center. Photo taken by Jamesha Nurse.

Librarian Assistant Weasy Coleman has been recycling the cover sheet with every copy order a teacher makes. Coleman collects over 1,000 sheets. She uses the recycled paper for the math department for scratch paper. Jamesha Nurse Staff Reporter

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James Darden, Cwamie Patrick, Kayla Robinson, unidentified student, Maya Jones, Alex Wilson, Kareem Johnson. Photo courtesy of ROTC .

Benjamin Harris. Photo courtesy of ROTC .

From Left to Right: Tatyana Neal , Shallah Allen, and Alex Brewer. Photo courtesy of ROTC.

From Left to Right: Nigel Jermmott, Dashawn Davis , Isaiah Washington, Travion Hill. Photo courtesy of ROTC.

Cadets earn Honor of Distinction at Military Ball

Cragi Watkins and Kareem Johnson sharing a couple loughs. Photo courtesy of ROTC .

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The Military Ball was held on Langley Air Force Base, where 150 cadets and their 35 guests attended to celebrate their passed inspection. These cadets scored a 98.2% on their inspection, A score that helped them maintain their status as an Honor Unit. “This was the 44th consecutive year that we have achieved the highest designation.” said Colonial Terry Gordon. The inspection is broken down into four parts. The first is supply and personnel, the second is briefing by senior cadets from Old Dominion University and Norfolk State, and the third is when the Personnel Specialist

(SI) and other officers inspect how information is put into the computer. Lastly, the officer is looking to see how the training and traveling of cadets is organized. Points were recieved in rank inspection when the cadets are lined up and looked over for uniform, personal appearance, military appearance, incorrect placement, and missing parts of their uniform. JROTC Cadre said, “Thank you Dr. Bailey and all the staff who supported us and helped us make this inspection a success.” Jatia Eley Staff Reporter

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Bold buttons for a positive campaign Inclusive Club supports the cause to prevent the use of bad language

Imagine walking around school, and around almost every corner a student using profanity to tell a story, derogatory language against another student, or a homophobic slur. In this school something has been done to stop it. Students have been seen sporting stylish buttons with slogans like “Cursing is not cool” or “Use another word.” These are the students who have contributed to a movement ignited by Inclusive Club’s language campaign to stop the frequent use of profanity in the halls and classrooms of the school. “Lately my peers have been using less and less vulgar language around me,” said senior Christian Walker, member of Inclusive Club. At a steady pace Inclusive Club is making an impact with their campaign. “I don’t wear the buttons just because. I wear them to advocate to other people around me to use another word,” said sophomore Kimberly Arrington. It was an idea brought up in one of Inclusive’s weekly Wednesday meetings. “It saddens me to hear profanity thrown about. It’s hurting to hear it,” said Melissa Politian, Inclusive Club sponsor. “Using hurtful words can lead to serious consequences, for the student they’re directed

towards and I‘m tired of hearing it,” said senior and Inclusive Club president Devan Turner. Members researched to find a website where they could design buttons with the message the club was trying to convey. Each member designed a button. The buttons were ordered, and packaged up by the club. Three members were put in charge of selling them, the sale began, and then students and teachers were seen in every part of the school wearing them and showing success by the club selling out of buttons very quickly. “I’m very pleased with the buttons and the buzz about them,” said Politian. Three years ago, 10 teachers and students from the school went to a four day summer workshop surrounding the topic of accepting and respecting the differences of others, called Project Inclusion. The workshop came to an end and the group came back the following year to school with a goal to carry the message they gained. The message was to “accept each other.” The members wanted and still want to open the mind of not just the student body, but our community to different religions and cultures of each other, and learn to accept them. “I enjoy being a part of a club that is trying to change the negative side of things. We have a lot of problems in society that can be

Support for the campaign was shown by students in the hall. Photo by Sara Peartree.

changed with just opening our minds,” said senior Nashya Roberts. The club meets up weekly, discussing ways to reach the community and further their impact. “This club is going to make a difference,” said senior Ebony Mitchell. Students and teachers who are non-members are getting involved with Inclusive’s mission and are welcomed. “You’re always included in Inclusive,” said Walker. People from every aspect of the community can play a part in this movement. Sara Peartree Staff Reporter

Drama Club prepares for the upcoming performance of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” The Drama Club hosts three shows a year. One show is called “The Mystery Dessert Play” in November. In the “Theatre Play,” the audience is able to participate in the play by giving clues and prizes. Two weeks after the “Mystery Dessert Play” is over, the Drama Club begins to hold auditions for “One Act.” When the drama club goes to their competition, they perform “One Act.” The third show that they host is the spring play. Sometimes understudies have to step up to the plate if the lead drops out of the play. Understudies have to learn everything that the lead has to learn just in case. Ryan Chanza was an understudy for the play “Mystery Dessert,” and Tyler Fauntleroy directs most of the plays by the Drama Club. Fauntleroy revealed that every director has to find his/her own style. One specific directing role is “Tech People” also known as “Techies.”

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Elizabeth Wetter and Robert Varnum are techies. They have a very difficult job because they have to pay attention to all of the cues the director gives them. If a single cue is missed, then the scene or play could go wrong. For the plays, the actors have to put on make-up, not just any make-up because that’s not sanitary. The Drama Club uses stage make-up. The actors have to put on a shade darker than their complexion so their skin looks nice when the stage light shines on them. Each role in putting together a performance is crucial. Behind-the-scenes activities contribute to the success of the play. It is important for the actors to be able to recieve constructive criticism from the director because their performance can be improved. Kareem Maurice Staff Reporter Romeo, Nicholas Bennett, and Juliet Amber Gonzalez prepare. Photo by Jamicia Stamps.

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Overtime decides the outcome of a game

The determining factor in a close match

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t’s the most fanatical and suspenseful period of any game, when everyone in the crowd is on the edge of their seat, waiting for the big play to be made. The winner between two very evenly matched teams is determined in overtime because a draw just isn’t good enough. A big overtime game back during the fall sports season was between the Bethel and Warwick Varsity Field Hockey teams. They were tied and went into sudden death overtime, then Warwick scored and came away with the victory. Sophomore field hockey player Kymber Fogt said, “Overtime gives you a chance to prove who has worked harder and who wants to win the most.” Different sports have many different rules for overtime. In some sports, such as field hockey and soccer, a period of sudden death overtime takes place. In sudden death, the first team to score becomes the winning team and the game automatically ends. If the sudden death overtime ends with the game still tied, then a penalty shootout (called “strokes” in field hockey) takes place. Players alternate in taking direct shots on goal with nobody standing in the way except the

other team’s keeper. It becomes very suspenseful, as the outcome of an entire game can lie within one player’s hands. Sophomore John Philips plays keeper for the JV Soccer team. He enjoys overtime because the tension is high. “In the penalty shootout for soccer,” Philips said, “there are different ways to score or miss embarrassingly.” Sometimes the

but when Hampton had their turn, they scored a touchdown to win the game 13-10. Although Phoebus was able to put points on the board, Hampton made the bigger play for the win. In some sports, such as baseball and football, there are periods of alternating possessions until one team holds the lead at the end of the a period. The innings in baseball just continue on after the 9th inning until one team is able to score enough runs and hold the lead. In football, each team is given 4 downs on offense as they start 10 yards from the end zone. Although overtime in these sports isn’t as fast paced as in other sports, it can be much more suspenseful. Different strategies may be used to build pressure on the players. For example in football, a coach may call a timeout to “freeze the kicker” before a field goal attempt. Winning in overtime is ultimately a matter of who chokes under the pressure or who steps up and makes a clutch play. The big games never end in a tie. When it comes to the score, there is always a winner, a loser, and nothing in between.

“Overtime gives you a chance to prove who has worked harder and who wants to win the most” striker might shoot for an upper 90, but instead will miss far off frame and fail miserably. Although penalty shootouts are not very common in high school games, they are often the determining factor in the big Major League Soccer and Barclays Premier League games. Another big overtime game took place last year in November. The Phoebus and Hampton varsity football teams faced off in a low scoring game that ended 7-7 in regulation. In overtime, Phoebus kicked a field goal to take a 10-7 lead,

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Arena racing team clashes against competition

Team repairing during several hours of prep on race day. Photo by James Parker

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s cars speed by, the driver of car #68 leaps out of his vehicle and dives on a car racing by. The driver of this car is usually reserved senior Austin Jefferson, who was purposely hit by another driver during the 2nd of 50 laps and retaliated by jumping on the offending car. “I try to race clean, but some other racers just don’t know how to drive,” said Jefferson. Twelve hours of preparing, including driving to Richmond, was wasted by that reckless driver ending the BHS Arean Team’s chance at winning or even completing the

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Jefferson signs autographs for fans. Photo by James Parker.

race. Jefferson’s car was out of commission but his spirit wasn’t. “At least we get to go home,” joked Jefferson to cheer up his team. This was not the team’s first crash. “In the last race the hood came up, so I did three laps without vision. I fell from 2nd to 6th” said Jefferson. The difference this time is that the driver of the other vehicle purposefully hit him. “The car isn’t the only thing that gets damaged in races,” Jefferson said. “Every race my ribs and my knee caps get bruised for like two days.” The bumps and other cars on the

Dr. John Bailey and sophomore Zach Brickhouse. Photo by James Parker.

track make for a lot of collisions and rough rides. Despite the risk Jefferson is planning to continue racing in the future. He has been around the track his whole life, and he and his dad talk about getting their own race car one day. His dad was a racer at Langley Speedway, where Jefferson now works inspecting and maintaining race cars. “If I had unlimited money I’d do it,” said Jefferson. He hopes to be a mechanical engineer in the future. The team’s public relations representative, senior Tymere Raynor, also has put his goals to

work. Raynor was recently accepted into the NASCAR Technical Institute in the birthplace of NASCAR, Moresville, North Carolina. Like Jefferson, he also wants to be a mechanical engineer, but now works for the team finding sponsors and repair help. The Arena Racing Team was started by principal John Bailey about four years ago after he was approached about it at a car show at Bethel. The team created by Bailey competes against race professionals as the only high school arena racing team in the United States. James Parker

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Softball and Baseball go head-to-head A bat, ball and a glove make up the formula for playing both baseball and softball. However, it’s the athletes on the field and rules they use that distinguish the two. Both originated in Europe but softball developed as a younger version of baseball. Josh Lavinder, Danielle Quandahl, and Connor Henderson are all seniors on their Varsity teams this year. Lavinder is well-known in the halls and on the field. He says that softball and baseball are the same sport, except for the size of the ball. There are both advantages and disadvantages to having the pitcher’s mound closer or farther away, but it depends on the person pitching. Having the closer mound on a softball field gives you less time to react.  The similarities in the two games also lies in their fundamentals. They both have to hit, run, and work on the field to be able to win the game. The reason players would be able to hit either a baseball or softball further is the materials they are made out of. Baseballs go further. Left to right: Danielle Quandahl, Connor Henderson, Joshua Lavinder. Photo by Elizabeth Clay. Also, baseball players get to lead off because they have a further distance to run to next base. Both games have different rules. Some people say that baseball is more exciting than softball because it moves at a faster pace. 

Who, when, where Roster Softball Danielle Quandahl Melissa Giuliana Nicole Hall Keyanna Cooke Erika Hardy Cierra Barker Makaila Harney Jessica Smith Alyssa Cooper Ashley Mercado Kaitlyn Repoza Emily Howard Victoria Boulais Coach: Larry Estep

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Baseball Connor Henderson Joshua Lavinder Logan Wetzler Steven DeShong Taylor Moody Xavier Cain Kody Gross Rashaun Chambers Sisqo Scott Brandon Barker Ian Benner Jonathon Gomez Jaciel Grave Ramel Reynolds

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4/17 Hampton Away 4/20 Denbigh Home 4/24 Phoebus Home 4/27 Heritage-Baseball Away 5/1 Kecoughtan Home 5/4 Warwick Away 5/8 Menchville Home 5/11 Woodside Home

Lavinder joked, “It would be mad different to play softball because then I would be a girl.” But in either sport, he added, “every position has to play its part on the field.”   Henderson, a player signed to William and Mary College next season, says that the concept of softball and baseball are the same. But he thinks that having a pitching mound closer to the batter gives you less time to react, so it is a disadvantage. He believes it would be very different to be a softball player because he would wear “booty shorts” to games and he wouldn’t have to wear protective equipment. The only reason he thinks that softball looks easier because it deals with a bigger ball and that the ball is bright green. Also he believes baseball is more interesting because it usually has closer games instead of a straight blow out. The reason softball comes off as being easier than baseball is that there is a bigger ball, but that doesn’t automatically create ease. Quandahl said, “People think it’s easier to play softball because it’s girls and we have a larger ball than baseball does.”  Melissa Giuliana and Jordyn McConville Staff Reporters

Come and Support Girls Tennis Team Mr.Ruffin

Boys Tennis Team Mr.Kidd date Opponent 4/17 Kecoughtan 4/19 Warwick 4/24 Menchville 4/26 Woodside

Coach: Steven Mingee

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Fashion Show funds Senior scholarships Anybody can join the fashion show family if it fits

“Everybody can join the family of the fashion show if it fits them.” For three years, the FCCLA has hosted a Fashion Show. The main goal the cast has is to please the audience and to have them come back yearning for more. “I love modeling. It’s fun strutting my stuff,” said cast member Ann Marie Nguyen. The students that originated the Fashion Show went out and found sponsors for the different scenes. Ms. Allen and Ms. Riley were able to form relationships with TJ Maxx, David’s Bridal, JCPenney’s, and Ames Tuxedos so that the local stores were willing to donate the clothing for the show. Models were able to choose what wore in the show.

Calan Bryant, a 22-year-old professional dancer/choreographer and part owner of a dance studio, choreographed the hot moves for the show. Student participants came up with four scenes: The “crazy” scene , “school” scene, “formal” scene and the “wild and free” scene, which included an unreleased new song. Show profits will go to a variety of things. For high school seniors the FCCLA is giving away two $500 college scholarships. To qualify, you have to be a FCCLA member with two classes completed, a 3.0 in the classes and a minimum of 2.5 GPA overall. Other prizes were raffled to underclassmen. This Fashion Show was not only to benefit the students, but also homeless shelters. People coming to the show brought cans for the food drive to give to the unfortunate. April Hill Staff Reporter

Pretty Prom possibilities Bethel High School Senior Prom is quickly arriving. The prom will be held at Langely Air Force Base on May 18. There are lots of 2012 prom styles for girls. Most of the options out there will really depend on the colors and the sytyles that are hot today. The most modern styles are long dresses with open backs and lots of colors in patterned fabrics. Silky dresses that are short in the front and long in the back are also on the racks in local stores. Short sequined dresses with sweetheart necklines or halter tops will also make a lasting impression on this year’s dance floor. Senior Eimaja Harris said she has found the perfect prom dress that fits her personality and style. She has a formal short sparkly silver dress that she had made for about $500. “I cant wait until Prom to show off my banging dress,” said Harris, who is garuanteed to be the only one in her dress. Prom dresses can cost a lot depending on the type of dress you get and the quality of the fabric you use. Prom dresses can cost from $100-$500. Senior Casey Walker’s black off the shoulder dress came from Dillard’s. She purchased it January after a two hour search through just one mall. She said that her dress is important but “I’m going there to have fun, not flip-out about my dress.” Daikiyah Gore Staff Reporter

Fashion Extravaganza! A how-to for those that seek tips Senior Kiara Maddux not only has a great personality, but style too. “Hollister, H&M, and Forever 21 are my favorite stores,” said Maddux. “Skinny jeans, crop tops, Uggs, and a cute hoodie are my winter wadrobe.” Her favorite season is summer, because she gets to wear shorts, off the shoulder shirts, and wedge sandals. For accessories she goes to Icing, Claire’s, and the Hair supply store. “It’s great shopping there, because you get cute stuff for cheap,” she said. Maddux loves seeing old styles come back. People who inspire her to dress her own way are her friends and family, and she is also gets fashion inspiration from Rihanna, “ she has the most amazing, creative, and unimaginable style I have ever seen,” said Maddux, who also likes Lady Gaga’s style. She soon hopes to be a trendsetter and to be voted the best-dressed. Maddux reveals her spring style this year. Photo by James Parker.

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Maddux will be going to Thomas Nelson Community College for two years for nursing while possibly taking fashion on the side. “Be yourself. Dress to impress according to the way you want to be expressed,” said sophomore Jestine Watson who also goes by “Tinka.” She wears bold brave clothing. Watson said, “During freshman year my fashion sense wasn’t as brave as it is now. I was shy.” Watson wants to inspire people to be themselves and “do them!” Now she feels that she can dress anyway she feels, and she’s loving it! The best season for Watson is fall because it’s not too hot and not too cold, and she likes the changes. “The season with the best fashion trends is fall because you can wear shorts, dresses, and pants, She said “her favorite store to shop at is H&M because they have “amazing clothes and not too many people shop there.”

Watson is an honor roll student who loves making new friends. She’s always open and speaks her mind, and when you need a friend she’s open to talk. Because of this, her friends say its hard to believe she used to be so shy, but Watson said, “Now that I’m in high school my shyness has faded away.” Watson plans on going into the army, but she just might study fashion on the side. Isha Ewing Staff Reporter

Jade Dabney. Photo by Jordyn McConville.

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