Bettendorf High School
Vol. 52 Issue 3
Friday, Dec. 11, 2015
Theatre students awarded at state festival By Leah Evans Staff Reporter
Sophomore Taylor Gravert reherses her individual event before performing in front of the judges. Gravert competed in the Musical TheatreSolo category, singing “So Much Better” from “Legally Blonde the Musical”.
BHS Theatre Presents Ramona Quimby Saturday, December 12 6:00 P.M.
Bettendorf’s fall production of “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” was the opening show performed at the State Thespian Festival on Nov. 13. The cast performed in a 1600 seat performing arts center at the University of Northern Iowa. The audience of nearly 1,000 students from across the state brought lots of energy on and off the stage. “The audience response to the show was insane. Sometimes they were laughing so hard before we finished the lines. It was amazing,” actor Molly Seybert said. “The audience is more into the shows, and they all love every moment. Lots of people talked to me throughout the weekend and asked me to say lines in the character’s voice. It was all really cool,” Grant Mougin said. Students at the festival were able to participate in different individual event categories including Acting-Monologue, Acting-Duet/Group Scene, Musical Theatre-Solo, Musical Theatre-Duet/ Group, Short Film, Team Improvisation, Costume Construction, Costume Design, Lighting Design, Scenic Design, Sound Design, Stage Management and Theatre Marketing. Five individual events received first place awards; Nate Walczyk (lighting design), Amanda Matthews (set design), Ashley Swearengen (stage management);
Lindsey Sheldon, Alex Packard and Ali Girsch (group musical theatre) and Lily Broyles and Amanda Matthews (quick change during Tech Challenge). Seybert was awarded a second place award in solo musical theatre. Senior Sarah Rasing was the recipient of the Technical Theatre Scholarship. “If you win an event that’s great, but if you don’t win, you get feedback on what you can improve on and what your weak points are,” Mougin said. “Technical events take a lot of planning, and you have to sell your idea to show why it’s the best. I had to bring in a scale model of a set I designed and several binders into my event,” Amanda Matthews said. “It’s really fun to perform and get feedback from new people who don’t always hear you sing,” Seybert said. Ali Girsch was also selected to be a State Thespian Officer for the next year. According to the Iowa Thespians website, becoming a State Thespian Officer gives students the opportunity to organize their state’s festival, participate in and lead leadership workshops at the state and national level and promote the work of the International Thespian Society and their state’s thespian society. “I would encourage people to join drama because the festival is one of the best experiences you can have,” Matthews said. “The festival has the best atmosphere,
Grant Nickles practices his solo monologe before competing in the festival. and everyone there wants to have a good time. For it being my first time, it was a great experience,” Mougin said. Six students qualified for the International Thespian Festival including Girsh, Packard, Sheldon, Swearengen, Seybert and Walczyk. Internationals takes place in June at the University of NebraskaLincoln. This will give Bettendorf’s best of the best an opportunity to perform in front of the best thespians in the country.
Musicans travel to All State Teacher spotlight: Mark Pisel By Leah Evans Staff Reporter
said. “For choir auditions, we had to learn five or six entire songs and then on audition day, the cuts of certain pieces were picked out, and we only sang those cuts during the audition,” Harksen said. All State puts pressure on musical students to reach their highest potential and be the best they can be. Choir students who are auditioning are put into quartets with the four main voice parts, soprano, alto, tenor and bass/bariAlex Packard, Sam Hayles, Cole Harkson, tone. This forces students to be Isaac Thompson, Donovan Klutho, Sophia Pike, extremely confident and familiar Halle Fish, Lindsey Sheldon, Mackenzie Rice, with their music. JaMiracle Morant and Angela Rozzell performed “Preparing starts in the summer with talented musicians around the state. and you only get seven minutes in the audition room but it is rewarding whether you are picked or Eleven Bettendorf musicians were senot because you learn a lot and grow as a lected to participate in the Iowa All State singer individually and with your quartet,” Festival on Nov. 19-21. Chorus students Harkson said. selected include Halle Fish, Sophia Pike, Sophomore Halle Fish was selected as a Lindsey Sheldon, JaMiracle Morant, Cole solo finalist. This honor only goes to the Harksen, Alex Packard, Sam Hayles and top 4 percent of singers in the All State Isaac Thompson. Two band members, Anchoir. gela Rozzell and Donovan Klutho, and one “The whole experience is amazing and orchestra member, Mackenzie Rice, were you get to perform with the best singers in also selected. Iowa, even rehearsing with them gave me Band, choir and orchestra all have differchills,” Fish said. ent requirements for the auditions. “For my audition, I had to learn seven excerpts from the pieces selected to play at the festival, 12 scales and prepare a one to one and a half minute solo piece,” Rice
By Annette Schneider Staff Reporter
How many years have you been teaching? I have been teaching for six years and five of those years have been at Bettendorf. What is your favorite childhood memory? My favorite memory is playing baseball in my backyard and my entire neighborhood would come over to my house and play until dark almost every day.
way I do. Tell me about your family? I am married, to Katie, and have three boys. My boys are five, three and a half and seven months. They are stressful, at times, but hilarious and it’s really fun watching them grow up. What is your dream vacation? To go to Australia and New Zealand, it would be cool to see the Great Barrier Reef.
What is your favorite high school memory? The summer of my senior year I almost did not play basketball, to Advice for students concentrate on baseball, to live by? I do not think but I did and we ended http://bhs.bettendorf.k12.ia.us/ it’s true that nice guys up going to state. Teachers/Mr_Pisel/015389FC- finish last. You should 0119ED4B.0/962011_34701_4. always be a nice person What is your dream jpg because you never know job? Without trying to what someone else is sound cheesy, I think I going through. have it. If I had to pick, though, I would pick a pro baseball player. If you could put anything in a time capsule what would you choose? A What is something you wish your Cardinals World Series banner because the younger self knew? I wish I would have people in the future would be amazed that had better problem solving skills, I was we had only won 11 World Series. always told what to do instead of figuring it out for myself. That is why I teach the
02 Opinion Dec. 4, 2015
The Growl Editorial
is’ the season to be kind. There are so many ways this time of year to celebrate the season of giving by giving back. Whether it be donating a toy to Toys for Tots or winter clothing to a shelter, or volunteering time at a soup kitchen during the holidays. There are many kinds of things students can do without having to spend any money. You could smile at someone in the hallway that you have never smiled at before. Sit with someone at lunch that may be sitting alone, or even inviting them to join a group of friends. Buy a coffee for a stranger. Offer to pay for yourself and the person behind you, or better yet, leave $10 with the cashier and tell them to
use it for the following customers’ coffee. It’s a simple way to brighten someone’s day. Ask some about the story behind the season. Learn about a spiritual friend’s religious celebration. Express in interest in something important to them, and then have a better understanding about another culture’s beliefs of the season. There are inexpensive ways to show you care this season. You can write a letter to an old friend, to a best friend, or your distant cousin. All it takes is 10 minutes, some paper, a pen, envelope, stamp, and a few words of appreciation. In a world where a handwritten letter has become almost obsolete, a handwritten letter will never fail to brighten a person’s day.
Secret Killer: Senioritis By Karly Lent Staff Reporter
Are you a senior experiencing lack of motivation? Forgetting to wear your lanyard? Maybe you haven’t turned in a single homework assignment. There is a name for this condition and it is known as “senioritis.” Some side effects of senioritis are repeated absences, a dismissive attitude, an over-excessive wearing of sweatpants and extreme laziness. Every year, many seniors experience the terrible case of senioritis in their final year of high school due to an absence of interest in school. “I believe senioritis is taking a nap after school, and forgetting to charge your iPad,” senior Sam Hall said. To sum up the feeling of senioritis, he said, “Just done.” Senior Shana Snyder believes senioritis happens because seniors will be leaving soon. “Some effects of senioritis are lack of interest in school work, an increase of sleep, and procrastinating,” Snyder said. “On a scale of one to really awful, my senioritis is painful,” senior Andrea Hale said. “It is suddenly more difficult to get to school on time, and I find myself taking a nap every day after school.” Senior Tasia Comer feels the some way about getting to school on time. “Every morning I wake up, and I don’t want to come to school,”
Comer said. “It’s not because I don’t like it here, it’s just because I don’t want to do any of my work.” Researchers have yet to find a cure for this disease so students are trying to find ways to overcome this extreme hardship. “I have yet to find a way to overcome this struggle,” Hall said. “Talking to my friends helps a little bit to get through this hard time,” Hale said. “Graduation is the only cure to senioritis,” Comer said. “I have just walked these halls too many times before. At the beginning of the year I was excited to be back in school, but at the end of first quarter, it hit me like a sack of potatoes.” Luckily some seniors choose to have an off-block which allows them to take a break for one block of the day and not have a class. “My grades have not been affected by senioritis because I am fortunate to have an off-block to work on class work,” Snyder said. “I’m not too worried about my grades being affected,” Comer said. “I’ve done this so many times before that I know how to pick my grades up to a passing grade before the end of the quarter.” Seniors, watch your back before senioritis consumes your life. You don’t want to be the next victim of this incurable disease.
Can’t think of any gift ideas? One idea is making a care basket. Include in it a classic holiday movie, a snack, like cookies or popcorn, a few packets of hot cocoa and maybe a throw blanket. It’s a thoughtful gift that will make a wonderful evening for them. Spreading holiday cheer can be fun and easy. Just a simple being kind to others and singing a favorite holiday tune for all to hear. Hoping you all have a happy holiday and new year.
Photo from: Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Kaylin Kuhn baking cookies for The Fountains nursing home.
Head start for early grads By Brandon Gore Staff Reporter
Graduating early can be an exciting first step to moving on to college or starting a life. “I figured that if I am set on what I want to do after high school, a full year of effortless senior classes wouldn’t benefit me,” a Andy White said. Most of the time, seniors who graduate early are doing so to get a head start on college credits or start a fall semester of classes. However, few work full time in order to make college easier financially. “I’m graduating early so that I can work full time before I really have to start paying for college,” Connor Folkman said. Matt Smith decided to graduate early at the end of last year when he realized that he could. However, instead of starting college early Smith had another idea in mind. “I’ll be going to Kansas City and starting a business with my dad,” he said. “Theoretically, every senior could graduate early assuming that they do not need further credits in college preparatory classes. For instance, some high level institutions require more credits in foreign lan-
guage or science. However, excluding that fact, every senior needs 26 credits to graduate. A full schedule all four years would yield 32 credits.” said Kristy Cleppe, an administrator. Instead of graduating early, some seniors stay in order to gain college credits with AP classes. Tylar O’Brien thought of this as an option. “Even though I’m graduating early, I still feel like I could have gotten ahead in college by taking higher level classes like AP in order to earn credits,” O’Brien said. Many seniors never think of the idea of graduating early until the end of junior year where they realized that their life would start within a year. That is when they seriously start considering it. “During December of junior year I started looking into it, but I didn’t decide until the end of the year,” McKenzie Gamble said. Graduating early might be an upcoming decision depending on what colleges a student wants to attend, or what the student’s plans are after high school.
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03 Students decide Surround Sound favorite class back in motion Dec. 4, 2015
By Brandon Gore Staff Reporter
Bettendorf offers countless classes that can fulfill anyone’s interests. Among 30 students, Bett Growl collected data on the classes that students enjoyed the most during their high school career. “I like AP psychology because it’s fun to learn about the how complex the brain is, and how it acts,” Rachel Gist said. AP Psychology focuses on the mental processes of the brain including senses and perception. It is no doubt that this class is favored by 20 percent of the school considering how interesting the subject can be to many students. In fact, AP psychology is one of the more popular AP classes taken by upperclassmen. On the contrary, AP calculus and AP physics are not taken by many students as compared to other classes. However, those who do take them can attest to the difficulty and dedication they share. They are only representative of under 10 percent of the pie chart. AP European History, a class that is different from most because of its focus around history, was favored by 6.7 percent of
people interviewed. “Ap Euro is fun and exciting because of my interests in pursuing a degree in history after graduation. It is also very different from other classes considering that huge time span of history that is covered,” Kevin Anderson said. “In AP Euro we study some pretty interesting stuff that helped for other history classes,” said senior Hunter Shepard. Other classes like PE, CAD, astronomy, and art grabbed the attention of many students. “Astronomy is really interesting because we learn about stars, planets, and the history of how they were discovered,” Grant Nickles said.
New opportunity for BHS By Olivia Teach Growl Editor
Students grades 9 through 12 can participate in getting a community service letter. In getting a community service letter, students must complete a least fifty hours of service to earn a varsity letter. Seniors this year only have to complete 25 hours to earn a letter before they graduate. Requirements inlcude 20 percent of the service hours benefitting the school. Hours can be completed through a BHS club or organization and be pre-approved by administration. Participants can record their hours on the Google
form. After you volunteer and the hours are logged, participants must write a one to two page reflection about their experience. Places to volunteer includes clubs, at church, hospitals, nonprofit agencies, nursing homes and parks. There is an application to complete when finished with hours of service which includes submitting a verified record of hours served, letters of recommendation, reflection paper, photos of participants completing the service, when they have completed all requirements.
By Damaris Stroker Staff Reporter
Surround Sound is back in action this year. Get ready for more dancing, singing, and flashy costumes from some dedicated students. Surround Sound is a singing and dancing group, a show choir, that travels all over the state of Iowa to perform and compete against other show choirs. Surround Sound performs a total of five different songs complete with extravagant costumes, makeup and dance moves. Being able to perform a dance while in hair, makeup, a costume, and singing, is very difficult. Countless hours of preparation are put into a performance for months in advance of show choir season. “We learn our choreography in
June. After this, we spend the next six to seven months getting the choreography as clean and uniform as possible. Once everyone knows the show well, we put it with vocals,” junior Lily Broyles said. Like any activity, practice makes perfect, and with each show choir practice comes a new set of areas to improve on. Zachary Malchodi, a junior, can attest to this. “Tweaking mistakes is a huge part of our practices. No error is neglected while getting judged at competitions, so we must make sure we do not neglect fixing them while at practice,” Malchodi explained. For those in Surround Sound, all of the hard work and dedication is worth it once show choir season starts. Tilor Meyer, a senior, could not be more excited for the approaching season. “For months we have been learning so much about ourselves and each other, and I am so proud of all that we have accomplished. My favorite part of show choir is competing. I love how all of our work comes alive and transforms into an energetic show,” Meyer said. Broyles’ favorite part of competitions is also competing. “The rush you get at a competition is so worth all the hours and hours of cleaning you’ve put in to make your show good. Performing in front of the other groups is the best because they do the same thing and understand how much hard work and dedication was put into the show,” Broyles said. Not only does show choir help
students with their dancing and singing abilities, it also helps students in the classroom. “Show choir has helped me learn to be more accountable and how to meet a deadline. When a performance is scheduled, it does not move. You must meet that date prepared. I have also learned the skills necessary to work with many different types of people towards a common goal,” Malchodi said. Meyer also credits show choir to helping him with many different aspects of life. “Show choir has definitely made me a more confident person. Being up on stage under the lights has really forced me to come out of my shell, and without s h o w choir I would not be the person I am today,” he said. Show choir has affected Broyles in a similar way. “All of my best friends are involved in show choir. The friends I’ve made are so important to me and make school so much more fun. Also, show choir has helped me grow in other activities like theatre and dance. It had helped me be comfortable singing, dancing, and performing,” Broyles said. This year, a junior varsity show choir has been put together, called “The Decibelles.” The Decibelles will compete at some of the same competitions that Surround Sound competes at. They were also show-
The Decibelles perform for the first time in full costume and make-up in front of a live audience.
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Student Spotlight By Olivia Teach Growl editor
Teacher Spotlight: By Brandon Gore Staff Reporter
Daniel Van Winkle What school(s) did you go to to get here? I went to the University of Iowa and graduated from St. Ambrose in 2013.
What inspired you to become What’s one of your favorite a social studies teacher? When I things to do in your free time? was in high school, social studies Writing-Fiction and philosophy. was really the only subject that I was not bad at. Favorite app: A Novel Idea- a novel planning app What do you like about the Bettendorf schools that other Favorite color: Blue schools would not offer? I like that the teachers and students are Favorite Subject: All history friendly and really seem to get classes, partly because it’s like a along well. story. What are some hobbies out Something she could not live you enjoy outside of school? Iowa without: A notebook. football games, basketball, movies, spending time with my girlfriend, Plans for the future: Hoping and kicking students’ butts in video to go to Norway to study viking game club. archaeology Favorite brand of clothing: Something else she want others Under Armour, Hawkeye apparel, to know: People should discuss and nike, or any mix of those three. philosophy and events because it helps others. Favorite color: It’s better to think than know facts. Black and gold, duh!
I wish my teacher knew... By Karly Lent and Selena Johnson Staff Reporters
A number of students were interviewed and expressed their thoughts on what they wish their teacher knew. Each quote is anonymous but it gives students a chance for their thoughts to be heard. “The situation that people are going through, so they aren’t as hard on people.” “That they talk too fast, so I miss things and get lost on the lesson.” “That having a test every week is very stressful and hard when you have to balance sports, studying for other tests, and doing homework.” “That some kids don’t have enough time to do stuff or come in for help, it’s not that they don’t want to, it’s that they don’t have enough time to.” “That doing activities in class is an easier way for students to learn instead of them just talking the whole time.” “That if they relate things to the real world it easier to learn than all textbook stuff.” “That I have a lot more responsibilities because I’m in the army, so I don’t always have time to get my work done.” “That I have homework for other classes too. “That I have a job.” “That we have lives too.” “That I’m smarter than they think I am.”
“How much time homework takes up and prevents from doing other activities, I was up until 2 a.m. doing homework last night.” “That everyone has different styles of learning and they should try new methods.” “What goes on in the hallways, do they know what happens when you’re not looking.” “That it’s really hard to balance two projects in one class.” “That school isn’t the only thing that we have, we have jobs, extracurricular, and sports.” “That I work until 11 p.m. almost every night, then I still have homework to do when I get home.” “That students struggle in their class.” “Some kids can’t do in-class presentations, because of social anxiety.” “Some kids don’t learn from doing a whole bunch of worksheets.” “That kids have things going on outside of school.” “That we shouldn’t have to ask to use the bathroom, we are old enough to handle ourselves properly.” “How much we go through outside of school.” “That they need to interact with their students more.” “That it’s okay for me to ask as many questions as I want because teachers get mad when I ask a lot of questions.”
Top 10 things to do during winter By Karly Lent Staff Reporter
1. Shovel driveways We all know that Iowa never fails to deliver great amounts of snow every winter, and shoveling driveways becomes a part of life for the winter months. For some volunteer ideas, you could get up a little earlier and shovel your neighbor’s driveway, or maybe your grandparents. There are plenty of people who could use some help removing the snow, so get out there and lend a hand. 2. Go skiing/snowboarding We all know that Iowa doesn’t have mountains anywhere near us, but we do have some ski resorts that are just a drive away. Whether you know how to ski/snowboard or not, you can always take a lesson or learn from friends. Don’t be afraid to get out there and try new things if you haven’t done this before. Places to go: -Ski Snowstar: 9500 126th St W, Andalusia, IL 61232 -Chestnut Mountain: 3577 South Blanding, Hanover, IL 61041 -Sundown Mountain Resort: 16991 Asbury Rd, Dubuque, IA 52002
3. Decorate a gingerbread house Nowadays, you don’t even have to start baking your gingerbread house from scratch because plenty of stores have gingerbread house kits that you can buy. Most of them come with frosting and candy to decorate the house with, but you can also buy your own to add creative touches. 4. Go ice-skating Don’t have a pair of skates? Don’t worry about it. We have two local ice rinks in our area where you can rent skates and glide the night away. Places to go: -The River’s Edge: 700 W River Dr, Davenport, IA 52802 ($5 to skate + $3 skate rental) -Center Ice at Bass Street Landing: 17th St, Moline, IL 61265 ($5 to skate + $3 skate rental) 5. Go sledding Although there are no mountains in sight, we have plenty of hills. Sledding is the perfect activity for a snow day. You can take sleds, tubes, or even your old snowboard sitting in the garage. You can also make ramps out of snow to add a little thrill.
A couple of the cutest couples By Olivia Teach Growl Editor
7. Look at Christmas lights Remember the scene in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” when he totally over does his Christmas lights on the house? Well, there are some houses in the area that may come close to the extreme decorating. You can take a walk around your neighborhood to admire the lights and hard work that people put in to make their holidays extra cheery.
8. Go caroling I’m sure most of us have had that moment when our doorbell rings and a group of people fill our doorway with holiday musical tunes. You too can grab your friends and go around door to door, caroling for your neighbors. Nothing beats making other people smile, and it could very well make somebody’s day. 9. Cozy up in front of a fire Don’t feel like going outside in the cold? If you have a fireplace, you can start a fire and get cozied up while drinking hot cocoa or cider. You can even have your pets snuggle with you too. 10. Build a snowman Put on your snowpants and boots, grab your friends and family, and build a snowman. Add a carrot for a nose, rocks for the eyes and mouth, and sticks for the arms. Once you’re finished, you can make some hot chocolate inside and admire your beautiful snowman from the window.
Freshmen make honors orchestra By Leah Evans Staff Reporter
Couple: Callie Jahns and Joao Bayer What is your favorite thing about each other? Callie says: his compliments and how he is self assured and confident Joao say: She is kind, does her best to change and improve herself, her open-heart for new things.
Couple: Karly Lent and Evan Nietzel what is your favorite thing about each other? Evan: Her laugh and smile that brightens a dark room Karly: My favorite thing about Evan is how he’s always pushing me to go on adventures and how much fun we have together. Do you share the same goals in life? Evan said: Being successful What do you like to do together? Evan: Go on adventures Karly: We like to go skiing together, we like to go on bike rides, and we LOVE to get ice cream. Do you let the thoughts of others affect the relationship? Karly: No we don’t really care about what people think, we like to be together so that’s all we care about! What are three word you would use to describe your boyfriend/girlfriend? Three isn’t enough words. Karly about Evan: Trustworthy, adventurous, thoughtful How long have you been dating? Since November 16, over a year Over a year How did you meet? Karly: We met each other through student council together last fall 2014.
6. Write a letter to a soldier Sometimes we forget that there are soldiers who can’t make it home for the holidays. You can take some time out of your day to hand write a letter of thanks to men and women in the military who are serving our country. Places to mail your letter: -Operation Gratitude Attn: Angel Cuevas 17330 Victory Blvd Van Nuys, CA 91406 -A Million Thanks 17853 Santiago Blvd. #107-355 Villa Park, CA 92861
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Do you share the same goals in life? Both said: try to be better and improve themselves Joao said: try their best to have the best time together What do you like to do together? Joao said: Go to the park, go driving together, watch movies, talk about life Callie said: go get ice cream, go to church together Do you let the thoughts of others affect your relationship? Callie: I try not to. Joao: Listens to important people’s opinion, like his dad’s, not really his friends. What are three words you would use to describe your bf/gf? Callie said of Joao: kind - fun ( to be around)smart Joao said of Callie: kind- helpful- outgoing how long have you been together? 9 months of dating they have known each other for a year Favorite memory together? Callie’s: Doing special acts together Joao’s: When I ask her to be my girlfriend she said with flowers I will say yes. I thought that was funny. Joao: Always improving relationships by finding new things to do, they are able to see each other at school.
Four ninth grade orchestra students were selected to perform in the Iowa Junior Honors Orchestra on Nov. 20 in Ames. Sheldon Deng (violin), Ryan Longenecker (violin), Keegan Schmidt (cello) and Morgan Kaiser (cello) will spend one day practicing with the other students selected before a concert that evening. Students were nominated by their teachers and had to prefect a different solo piece depending on their instrument. “Students have the opportunity to perform under a different director with different students. It’s a great opportunity to challenge students with new music and a fast day of rehearsals to prepare for an evening concert,” orchestra teacher, Megan Cooney, said. The students selected are split into two orchestras with the same size and ability. These Bettendorf students will be a part of the Philharmonic Orchestra and will be under the direction of Dr. Louis Bergonzi from the University of Illinois. The orchestra will be performing “Four Royal Dances” by Eric Ewazen, “Allegro in D for Strings” by Antonio Vivaldi arranged by Frankenpohl, “Andante from Violin Concerto in E minor, 2nd movement” by Felix Mendelssohn arranged by Bergonzi and Persion Passion for Strings and Percussion by Jeremy Woolstenhulme “I like being challenged and learning hard pieces and being successful at them,” Longenecker said. “No matter what mood I am in, playing the cello sends me into a new world so it’s just me and the sound and it gets me away from reality,” Kaiser said. “Playing at home relaxes me and it is a fun activity to participate in,” Schmidt said.
The students selected have also participated in various honors orchestras, chamber orchestras and Quad City Symphony programs. “It’s a great opportunity to challenge students with high level music. They get to practice and perform with the top students in the state pushing them to play better and showing them the competition they will have in the future when auditioning for All-State,” Cooney said. “I want to be a high school or middle school conductor or maybe even a solo artist when I grow up,” Kaiser said. Iowa Junior Honors Orchestra is open to musicians in seventh through ninth grade.
06 Features Dec. 4, 2015
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“The Hunger Games What to expect at Turnabout Series” comes to a conclusion By Karly Lent Staff Reporter
Mark the calendars because the annual Turnabout dance is going to come up extremely quick this year; Jan. 9 to be exact. Turnabout is a dance where the ladies ask the gentlemen to be their date, unlike homecoming or prom. Because of the earlier date than most years, the committee is hard at work so the dance can be the best one yet. “The theme will consist of black and white decorations, but we’re not sure if we’re going to incorporate a black-tie feel, or more of a masquerade decor theme,” junior Carley Berneking said. “The theme will be something like ‘Light the Night.’” Berneking is the committee chair for turnabout this year. This year, the dance will be held in the lobby gym, which will allow shoes to be worn instead of taking them off before entering the dance. Another thing that will be different this year is when the tickets will go on sale. Because
the dance is the first weekend after winter break, the tickets will go on sale before break on Monday, Dec. 21. The cost will be $7 leading up to the dance, and $10 the night of the dance. “We are brainstorming a lot of fun decoration ideas. We’re thinking about adding some masquerade masks and even a balloon arch,” Berneking said. “It’s a lot of fun to throw a dance together, and we are considering donating some proceeds to a charity again this year.” Last year the proceeds were split up into thirds. One third went to Maggie’s Minions, one third went to Heifer International, and another one third went to the Riverbend Foodbank. If students have a suggestion on a charity to donate to, let Berneking or any other student council member know. “We’re super excited about this dance, and it’s going to be great!” Berneking said.
Popular winter fashion By Olivia Teach Growl Editor
Now is the time of the year where we’re pulling out our winter coats and bubble vests, big parkas and winter boots.Popular trends from Pinterest and observation at school show some clothing inspirations for both boys and girls. Here are some winter clothing inspirations for both guys and girls.
Guys: Plaid Shirts americaneagle.com striped shirt and Joggers black biker jackets moto jackets blazers dark tan khaki pants or brown cotton jeans Black leather jacket
WINTER FASHIONS: Girls: Knit Socks with ankle boots or combat boots Knit Cardigans Army jackets in tan or army green Light fuzzy sweaters Monogram vests or necklaces Fuzzy socks Joggers Ripped jeans J. Crew bubble vest North Faces trench coats or pea coats Cable knit sweaters Patagonia vest Velvet fabrics corduroy skirt with buttons up the front jean shirts
what is your favorite thing in your closet ?
Fall Fashion Poll :
Angela Rozzell- Maroon Sweater or Leather Jacket
Keenan Silver- Jean Button up or black skinny jeans Ryan Fleming- Flannels Donato Callahan- Bronco Socks Leah Evans- Cable knit sweater Annette- Green Army Jacket from VonMaur
Noah Johnson BettGrowl Online Editor
The “Hunger Games” series consists of four science-fiction, dystopian, adventure films based on the books by Suzanne Collins. The films are rated PG-13 for intense violent thematic material and disturbing images, involving teens. The first movie “Hunger Games” came out in 2012. Set in a place called Panem, each year Panem picks a boy and girl from each of the 12 districts to compete in The Hunger Games, a fight to the death competition. The film’s main character is Katniss, a girl from district 12 who volunteers for her sister Prim when she is chosen. Peeta Mellark is chosen as the boy tribute. Katniss and Peeta are rushed to the capital where they undergo intense training before being thrown into the arena to fight to become the victors of the 74th Hunger Games. The second movie “Catching Fire” came out in 2013. Katniss and Peeta’s unexpected covictory in the games starts to stir up a rebellion. President Snow visits Katniss and tell her that if she doesn’t convince the districts on the victor tour, a tour of the the 12 districts for the winners of the “Hunger Games” to pay their respects to the fallen tributes, that her win was an act of love not an act of rebellion. As her efforts fail to convince the districts, the capital decides that that the Quarter Quell (the name for the 75th Hunger Games) will gather all the former Hunger Games Victors and have them eliminate each other. Katniss and Peeta are chosen to be in the Quarter Quell. To win they must form alliances. Will Katniss and Peeta make it out of the quarter quell. The third movie “Mockingjay Part 1” came out in 2014. After Katniss got rescued from the Quarter Quell, she awakens beneath the supposedly destroyed District 13. Peeta got captured by President Snow and is being brainwashed. At the same time Katniss learns of the rebellion spreading through the districts and the plan that saved her from the Quarter Quell. The rebellion that will place her at the center of a plot to kill President Snow. The final movie in the Hunger Games
series “Mockingjay Part 2” came out on Nov. 20, 2015. Katniss as the symbol of the rebellion, Peeta saved from President Snow, the war coming closer and closer to an end. Will Katniss get revenge on Snow? Will she get to be with her “Star-Crossed Lover”, Peeta? Or will she end up loving Gale more? Death, Bombs, Bows and Arrows, Love Triangle, Hope. What will happen? On Tuesday Nov. 17, I walked into my house and walked over to the fridge and saw four tickets for “Mockingjay Part 2.” I was so excited because I was going to get to see it the day before it opened. The movie was amazing. I would have to rate it 4.5/5 only because of the stuff they left out from the book. One of the major parts that was left out of the movie was how Katniss got to the capital. In the book Katniss had to go through intense training to become a high ranking soldier, instead of just being the Mockingjay (the symbol of the rebellion). In the movie she snuck on the a medical plane on its way to the capital. The second was how Prim didn’t have major parts in the movie like she did in the book. In the book Prim started out as a nurse for district 13, then she ended the book by being the youngest medic on the front lines of the war. The book showed how she became a war medic and how she helped Katniss become the symbol of the war. The movie only showed her three times, once when she was dancing with Katniss at the wedding, second right at the beginning of the movie she went into Peeta’s room to see if he would recognize her, and then right at the end when she was a war nurse helping the wounded. I understand they can’t fit all of the book into a three hour movie, but they took out the right parts to make sure the movie had all of the major parts in the book. Overall I’m very happy with the way the series ended. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend going to see the Final Chapter of the “Hunger Games” series “Mockingjay Part 2.”
Volleyball falls in finals but celebrates success
Dec. 4, 2015
By Leah Evans Staff Reporter
After an undefeated season, the volleyball team fell to Ankeny Centennial in four sets in the 5A State Championship. Despite the loss, the team has had another amazing year. The semifinal match was an intense battle against Cedar Falls. After Bettendorf won the first two sets, Cedar Falls took the third and fourth. The girls came back to win the fifth set, 15-9. “Winning against Cedar Falls is my favorite memory because there was so much adrenaline flowing through me,” Alexa Ito said. “I always feel sick before games but it usually goes away during warmups but the whole week was so exciting and I always wanted to be playing,” Maggie Runge said.
Josie Herbst was named captain of the All Tournament team by the Iowa High School Girls’ Athletic Union. Ito, Megan Sharkey, Josie Herbst and Runge were chosen to play on the Iowa team in the Iowa vs Illinois All Star Game. “I give so much credit to our coaches for our success. We have talented players on the team, but without specific practice plans and scouting reports I don’t think we would’ve reached our maximum performance,” Ito said. “Coach Lichtenberg has taught me so much and she is also the sweetest and most kind person,” Megan Sharkey said.
Boys Basketball Season 2015 by Selena Johnson
Swimmers at State, Senior Night
The boys basketball team squared off for their first game of the season Dec.4 versus Cedar Rapids Washington. I’m hopeful we will execute well, play smart,and win,” Curtis Clark said. The boys did exactly that and won the game 58-43. Then the next day they had a game against Linn-Mar losing 52-64. They start the season with a 1-1 record. Starting the games both nights were Jason Young, Adam Wellman, Joseph Martens, Cole Grothusen, and Zachary Emard. Three of the five boys are returning players for varsity and are key players for the team. Young has 16 points in two games, Wellman has 12, Martens has 18, Grothusen has 13, and Emard has 27. Since the season is just starting the team has some flaws, which were shown in the game versus Linn-Mar. “ Our biggest weakness is playing as a whole team, we could have better teamwork, and communicate,” Adam Wellman said.
With weakness comes strength, and the strengths will be a key part in the team succeeding this year. “One of the team’s strengths is we have a lot of capable players, and a deep bench that can compete,” Clark said.
The boys have many goals this season, with goals it helps motivate the team to reach their goal.
“One of the team’s goals is to make it to state,” Wellman said. In previous years, the basketball team has been to state and has not been successful. The team believe that they can be successful this year. “I think, if we work hard we will be happy with our results this season,” Justin Hutter said. The team holds themselves to a higher standard this year than last year because they know that they are capable of being a great team.“ From past years we have had failures, the guys are realizing that and holding each other accountable.We have the potential to be the best team in the state,” Clark said. The boys basketball team is confident and plans to reach their goal of going to state. “Come out and support the boys basketball team,” Darrius Martin said.
By Olivia Teach Growl Editor
With the boys swimming season just beginning comes the end of the girl swimming season. The girls swimming at state this year placed 10th. “State went really well, with all the new freshmen we had at state,” Grace Markovich said. “Being around all your friends all the time,” Markovich said is her favorite part. “Being together at 5 in the morning really has a way of bonding people together.” “The best part of swimming is definitely the team aspect. It is so fun getting to know all of the girls and creating so many great memories. We had a lot of fun this year,” Sarah Lammers said. At the end of the season is senior night, which swimmers said was a bittersweet moment. The feelings during that night were bittersweet. “It was sad knowing it was the
last time I would ever swim in the Bettendorf pool with my teammates, but the junior girls and parents did a great job planning everything and it was a great celebration of the last four years,” Lammers said. Swimming since she was six, Lammers was inspired by her mother who swam as a kid and continued swimming at the University of Iowa. She said, “I wanted to be just like her so I began swimming and loved it.” Now that the girls’ swimming season is completed, the boys swimming season has started and in full swing, already having completed a meet against Burlington. Making the Bettendorf boy swim team 1-0.
Feature 08 Christmas desserts Christmas DIY projects in three steps Dec. 4, 2015
By Annette Schneider Staff Reporter
By Karly Lent Staff Reporter
Candy Cane Fudge
Courtesy of allrecipes.com Ingredients: • 2 (10 oz) packages vanilla baking chips • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened cond e n s e d milk • 1/2 tsp peppermint extract • 1 1/2 cup crushed candy canes • 1 dash red or green food coloring
Courtesy of foodnetwork.com Ingredients: • 4 egg yolks • 1/3 cup sugar, plus 1 tbsp • 1 pint whole milk • 1 cup heavy cream • 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg • 4 egg whites
Candy Cane Twist Cookies Courtesy of bettycrocker.com
Ingredients: • 1 cup sugar • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened • ½ cup milk • 1 tsp vanilla • 1 tsp peppermint extract • 1 egg • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour • 1 tsp baking powder • ¼ tsp salt • ½ tsp red food color • 2 tbsp finely crushed peppermint candies • 2 tbsp sugar
Directions: 1. Line 8 in square baking pan with aluminum foil, grease the foil. 2. Combine vanilla chips and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir frequently until almost melted, remove from heat and continue to stir until smooth. When chips are completely melted, stir in the peppermint extract, food coloring, and candy canes. 3. Spread evenly in the bottom of the prepared pan. Chill for 2 hours, then cut into squares.
Directions: 1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the egg yolks until they lighten in color. Gradually add the 1/3 cup sugar and continue to beat until it is completely dissolved. Add the milk, cream and nutmeg and stir to combine. 2. Place the egg whites in the bowl of a stand mixer and beat to soft peaks. With the mixer still running, gradually add the 1 tbsp of sugar and beat until stiff peaks form. 3. Whisk the egg whites into the mixture. Chill and serve. Directions: 1. Stir together 1 cup sugar, the butter, milk, vanilla, peppermint extract and egg in large bowl. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Divide dough in half. Stir food color into 1 half. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Stir together peppermint candy and 2 tbsp sugar; set aside. 2. For each candy cane, shape 1 rounded tsp dough from each half into 4-inch rope by rolling back and forth on floured surface. Place 1 red and white rope side by side; press together lightly and twist. Place on ungreased cookie sheet; curve top of cookie down to form handle of cane. 3. Bake 9 to 12 min. at 375ºF or until set and very light brown. Immediately sprinkle candy mixture over cookies. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack. Cool completely, about 30 min.
Riddle I stretch as far as a football field,
Yet I fit in the palm of your hand. I will make you bleed if you don’t use me often. You put me in your mouth but don’t eat me, Then you throw me away. What am I?
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Easy: Candy Sleigh Supplies needed: • Candy canes • Candy bars • Ribbons • Hot glue gun
The base of the candy sleigh is two candy canes. Glue a king size candy bar, such as Kit Kat or Hershey’s, on to the candy canes. Then the next layer can be bite size or fun size candy bars, as long as the top of the candy bars are flat. After that layer you can put one less candy bar and so on. So the top layer will only have one bite size or fun size candy bar. After all the candy is on the candy canes you can put a bow on top and a ribbon on the sides. Ideas and images for DIY courtesy of pinterest.com
Hard: Peppermint Body Butter
Supplies needed: • 6 oz Coconut Oil • 2 oz Cocoa Butter • Peppermint Essential Oil (or fragrance of your choice) • Red colorant (optional) • Rubbing Alcohol (optional) First, spray a jar with rubbing alcohol and set aside to dry; this makes sure all your jars are clean. In a pan melt both the coconut oil and cocoa butter. After both of the oils are melted put them into a clean bowl and refrigerate them. When the oils are not transparent, remove them from fridge and use a hand mixer to whip. The oils will become creamy fast, then refrigerate for five minutes. After five minutes whip the oils again. Add in peppermint, or other fragrance, essential oils, and whip until you get stiff peaks. Separate into two bowls, and color one with the red food dye. Use a spoon to add a layer of white body butter, then red, alternating until container is full. Then your new lotion and body butter is ready to use.