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A message to our readers: Changes coming to the Bettendorf Growl ANDREW BALL NEWS EDITOR

You will notice this is the first issue of the Bettendorf Growl for the 2016-17 school year. Unlike previous years, the Growl will only be publishing two paper issues as we transition most of our news stories to our website, BettGrowl.org. Our homepage features the latest in breaking news and stories. The weather page features the seven day forecast and a live interactive radar, all

from Your Hometown Forecast Weather Center. Latest sports stories from the Bettendorf Growl sports team is featured in our sports section. Take a look at traffic conditions for your morning and evening commute with our live traffic cameras on I-74, I-80, I-280, and the Centennial Bridge. View the Bettendorf Growl’s latest videos on our website, as well.

Other sections on our website consist of arts; features and opinions which include Dear Damaris, entertainment, and student life; as well as Local Lifestyles and HealthBEAT under our community page. We invite you to ‘like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @BettPress as we post these stories, as well as breaking news, severe weather, traffic alerts and more. You can now follow us on Snapchat (@ BettPress) and on Instagram (@BettGrowl)

for the latest video and more from the Bettendorf Growl. The Bettendorf Growl will have a whole new way to look at things as preparations and work is already being done for a new look, including a new logo for the Growl and Your Hometown Forecast, coming fall 2017. The Bettendorf Growl, Coverage YOU Can Count On.

Giving gift of life this Christmas ANNETTE SCHNEIDER REPORTER The second annual Blood Drive took place Tuesday, Nov. 15, in the commons. The Blood Drive was hosted by Student Council through the Mississippi Valley Blood Center. “Everyone should give blood because it saves life,” Zach Malchodi said. Malchodi, senior, has donated blood four times, and they have all been good experiences. “I get lightheaded easily, so if I can give blood so can you,” Malchodi said. Malchodi will continue to donate even after high school. He has also convinced his friends to start donating, and they now do it regularly. “I look forward to eating the chocolate chip cookies afterward,” Malchodi said. Mikayla Guffey, junior, also looked forward to eating the cookies after her first time donating blood. “My dad donates so I thought I would

follow in his footsteps,” Guffey said. Guffey recommends other students to donate because it is for a good cause. “I was inspired to donate because I realized I would be helping others in need,” Guffey said. MaryTherese Gehrmann, junior, donated for her third time. “I hope to donate a gallon of blood by the end of my senior year because it is a easy way to help others,” Gehrmann said. Hope Lagrange, junior, gave blood for her first time, and it went well. “I wanted to donate at least once. In the long run you are helping people, and it only hurts for a second, then it is over,” Lagrange said.


Gretchen Wenzel donates at the November blood drive.

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Bettendorf High School: a learning environment full of “Bett Pride,” opportunity, and styrofoam. One might think that a school that is very progressive in its technology and student teacher relations would also strive for progressiveness in its environmental outlook, but, alas, one would be assuming, and you know what they say about that. The school does occasionally strive for a greener footprint as was evidenced by the replacement of the school’s regular lights with LED lights, but where there is one step forward, there are two steps back. For starters, the use of styrofoam trays in the commons at lunch time is not only insanely wasteful, it is also unnecessary. Let’s say that, at a minimum, 100 trays are used a day. There are five lunches in a week, four weeks in a month, and nine months in a school year. That is an estimated 18,000 trays a school year that

Styrofoam Satiety are going into a landfill to sit and never decompose. This is not even taking into account the napkins, milk cartons, and plastic utensils that are also used. Using disposable products when you could use reusable products is not just a waste of resources and environmentally harmful, it is also economically wasteful. Why aren’t the plastic trays used in the cafeteria also used in the commons? The only issue would be the fact that the dishwashers are in the basement, but it surely wouldn’t be too challenging to transport the trays from the basement upstairs.  After all, there is an elevator in the building. Another example of the school’s lack of sustainability is the shortage of recycling bins around the campus. There are countless numbers of water bottles that wind up in trash cans, and this should not be the case when there are places to recycle

them. This is not simply a matter of a shortage of recycling bins, though; there is also no education from the school about the benefits of recycling and leading a more sustainable lifestyle. If the school is a place to nurture and grow students to make them better citizens for their society, then sustainability should be something that is taught and practiced, especially as this issue grows in importance on a global scale. But that is enough about what is not being done. If you would like to make a change and improve the sustainability of our school, the Environmental Club or S.A.V.E. Club meets on Mondays after school in Mrs. Jacobsen’s room and is committed to fixing these issues.

of light over darkness, of purity over adulteration, and of spirituality over materiality.” Each night, Jewish people light a candle on the menorah to symbolize the miracles that occurred when the small Jewish population took control of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem. “I look forward to lighting the candles with my family. Every year my mom organizes the gifts in a pretty pile, but then we usually just destroy it,” Michaela

Weindruch said. Christmas is the religious holiday that celebrates the birth of Jesus. However, Christmas is also celebrated by non religious people and families to celebrate being together. Common Christmas traditions include watching Christmas movies, listening to music, driving around to see light displays, buying gifts for others, and spending time with family and friends. “My favorite parts of Christmas are decorating sugar cookies, listening to Christmas music, and going to family gatherings,” Mulvehill said. The final holiday of the year is New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. The new year is celebrated with parties, food, and staying up late. This is also the time when people make resolutions, or goals, for the next year. Some of the most common resolutions are about living a healthier lifestyle, spending more time with family and friends, saving money, and living a more fulfilling life. “I usually don’t make a new year’s resolution because I try to better myself all the time and not just when it is a new year,” Holly Harrington said. Overall, the winter season shows a variety of holiday traditions and activities.

Winter brings holiday season

LEAH EVANS REPORTER The cold months of the year bring around the exciting holiday season. Students celebrate Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s, and even Black Friday in different ways. Thanksgiving is most often celebrated with food and family. Some popular Thanksgiving foods include pumpkin pie, turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. “I usually go to my grandpa’s house, eat a big feast, and play board games with my siblings and cousins,” Stevi Mulvehill said. After the Thanksgiving festivities, many people take part in Black Friday. Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving and many stores have huge sales to help people get their Christmas shopping started. “I usually go with my mom and we try to hit as many stores as we can before we crash. We like to go to Best Buy, Kohl’s, Walmart, and Gordmans,” Mulvehill said. In December, the two main holidays celebrated are Hanukkah and Christmas. This year, Hanukkah begins on the evening of Dec. 24 and ends on the evening of Jan. 1. According to Chabad. org, Hanukkah celebrates “the triumph

Mariah Carey invented Christmas DAMARIS STROKER REPORTER

When I hear Mariah Carey’s cover of All I Want For Christmas, all I want to do is go to Hy-Vee and buy the entire Christmas section of the store. Holidays are not my favorite events of the year; however, Carey has influenced me with her iconic sass and flare displayed through her Christmas music to love Christmas. Celebrities have the platform to influence a great amount of the population through their words and actions. With social media sites such as Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat in their tool belts, public figures can change the minds of many, similar to how Carey did with me through her Christmas music, by just the click of a button. The election is a great example of how celebrities can influence a generation. With a large amount of support from celebrities, the Democratic Presidential Candidate, Hillary Clinton, gained the votes from millions of young millennials across the country. Miley Cyrus visiting multiple colleges to campaign for Clinton, Demi Lovato performing at rallies alongside Clinton, Ellen Degeneres having Clinton nae nae dance on her talk show, and a long list of other celebrity endorsements, events and support cause millions on Twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms to become more educated about the presidential race and Clinton. Another example of a celebrity influence is that of Kylie Jenner. A member of the world famous Kardashian/Jenner clan, Jenner did not stay overshadowed by her sisters’ fame, releasing her own makeup line, Kylie Cosmetics, in 2016. Jenner’s Lip Kits sell out on a regular basis, and with the introduction of her new cosmetic products, eyeliner and eyeshadow, her makeup success is bound to skyrocket. Jenner and her family have built a brand around their image, social media and personas, influencing the success of Kylie Cosmetics. Negative reviews and extremely cheap and nearly identical alternative products have not stopped fans of the Kardashian/ Jenner family from buying out the entire stock of Kylie Cosmetics multiple times. Jenner’s makeup popularity has her family to thank for their standing in pop culture, as without their influence, Kylie Cosmetics would never have been nearly as profitable, successful, and iconic. The influence celebrities hold over society is astounding. Celebrities have the power to change what people like, how people vote, and what people buy.

Jackson Lee Mariah Carey performs All I Want for Christmas is You at New York’s Rockefeller Center.



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DONATE FROM PAGE 1 Laurel Braaten, junior, has been on the Blood Drive committee before, but it was her first time leading the event. She was also chosen to be the Bettendorf High School Blood Drive rep. “The Blood Drive went really smooth for being put together so quickly,” Braaten said. Braaten hopes to do a school wide assembly next year to get more people inspired to donate. “People don’t realize it’s not hard to help save lives,” Braaten said. Taylor Vanzuiden, senior, was persuaded to donate for her first time by Braaten. “It was super easy. Also, it is a great way to help someone in need,” Vanzuiden said. The Blood Drive raised 83 units of blood, which exceeded its goal of 80 units.

Hope Lagrange eats after donating blood for the first time.

30 years of Festival of Trees ANDREW BALL NEWS EDITOR The 30th Annual Quad City Arts’ Festival of Trees was held Thursday, Nov. 17- Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016, at Davenport’s River Center. This year’s theme was “Bells will be Ringing.” One of the most anticipated events during the festival is the Festival of Trees parade. According to Quad City Arts, the parade is the largest helium-balloon parade in the Midwest, featuring “over 20 large helium balloons, pageant queens, dance groups, bands, clowns, floats, tractors and unique antique cars.” This year, the parade was downsized due to the quick turn of weather. Multiple schools’ bands from across the

Quad Cities dropped out of the parade due to the cold temperatures and almost all of the helium balloons were not used because of high winds. This comes after last year’s decision to cancel the 2015 parade all together. Since 1986, the festival has grown from a weekend long event in one room to an 11-day event using both sides of the 70,000 square foot River Center in the downtown. Quad City Arts says Festival of Trees was organized to bring the community together and develop a community event for the area during a time when the Quad Cities was going through a major recession with plants like John Deere, IH Case, and Caterpillar downsizing or closing. The event features about 100 designer trees, 14 special events, 3,500 volunteers, and draws over 100,000 visitors every year. Next year, Festival of Trees will be held Thursday, Nov. 16- Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017.

This gingerbread house in the Gingerbread Village at Festival of Trees was modeled after the Rock Island Arsenal’s clocktower.

‘Tis season for robotics JULIA KRIST REPORTER

As winter approaches so does competition season for Bettendorf High School’s robotics team. Perhaps not as well advertised as Bettendorf’s other teams but nevertheless important, the team of seven has taken the issue into its own hands. With the use of the UBett Robotics account, the team has tracked its progress throughout the season and entertained at the same time. With the documentation of their weight lifting for their “rigorous” competitions and

a video introducing all of the teammates, it is clear there will be no shortcuts in the PR department. The humorous nature of the account is not surprising as proprietor of the account, senior Andy Whiteman, is known for his own comedic Twitter account. First year robotics participant and the team’s only female Madison Garnica said, “I would encourage people to get join robotics because it’s a good way to get involved and build team skills.” With two meets under its belt, the team is


hoping to qualify for state this year. The team’s competitions are held on Saturdays, and the members would appreciate more support from the students. Justin Nock, who enjoys robotics because of his interest in engineering, said, “People should definitely come out and watch us! They might want to research a little bit about how the competitions work

before though cause otherwise it might be boring.” If you are interested in learning about the competition rules and objectives be sure to look at FTC’s or First Tech Challenge’s website for more information. The team’s next competition is Jan. 7 at Arconic, previously known as Alcoa.



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New teacher likes hockey, America and teaching DAMARIS STROKER REPORTER Meet social studies teacher John Jacobs, who teaches ninth grade American History, American government, and criminal justice. An Assumption graduate, Jacobs played football and hockey in high school before moving on to attend college at St. Ambrose University, continuing his passion for hockey on the Ambrose club team. “Although I tackled NFL player David Johnson while I played linebacker in high school, I have always liked hockey more,” Jacobs said. Jacobs continues his love for hockey today by playing ice hockey at the I-Wireless Center, where he plays the forward position and by watching the National Hockey League. “Hockey is a religion to me. Go Blackhawks,” said Jacobs, who has proclaimed himself the biggest Blackhawks fan in the history of the sport. Another passion of Jacobs is the United States of America. Just walk into his room, room C367 in the social studies wing, and it is apparent by the humongous American flag proudly displayed on the wall. “I freaking love America,” Jacobs said. Along with his love for hockey and America, Jacobs also enjoys the Netflix series “Stranger Things,” claiming it

Social studies teacher John Jacobs gets a kick out of teaching with his cousin, Dan VanWinkle, also a social studies teacher. “‘sucks you in like a tractor beam.’” Other passions are Pancheros, where he can be seen at at least twice a week, and teaching, which came as a shock to him

while in college. “I went into college thinking I wanted to be involved with criminal justice, I don’t know what I wanted to be, I just knew I

wanted to do something with that,” Jacobs said. After his academic advisor advised Jacobs to take a different route for sake of employment after school, Jacobs ended up majoring in social studies and exploring the world of teaching before switching his major to secondary education. “I did not want to teach. I was so mad I was signed up for an education class and tried to drop it multiple times before deciding I would just stick it out and pretend it never happened. I had to do 70 hours of observation at Sudlow Intermediate, and that’s where the idea of teaching started to grow on me,” Jacobs said. Jacobs went on from college to teach American History and AP American History at Assumption High School before coming to Bettendorf this year. “I like coming here and working with the best kids, staff, faculty, parents, and administration in the state. There is a Bett culture for success, and I love being able to contribute to it. I also think it’s cool I get to teach alongside my cousin, Dan VanWinkle,” Jacobs said. Jacobs, who has had a warm welcome by students this fall, hopes to continue the year with passion, purpose, and pride. “My goal for the rest of the year? To be the best teacher in the social studies hallway,” Jacobs said.

Top five Christmas songs of all time DAMARIS STROKER REPORTER With the holiday season comes a change of culture. Jingling bells, warm fuzzy feelings, and holiday tunes are astounding, and I’m breaking down my top five list of Christmas songs to get this season started.

I’m dreaming of a lot of things and a white Christmas is pretty high on my list. Irving Berlin’s White Christmas is the definition of classic. Christmas is not Christmas without singing along to White Christmas while decorating the tree with loved ones and eating way too much caramel popcorn.

Last Christmas is the perfect song to drive around and look at Christmas light shows while screaming lyrics with close friends and family. A tale of heartbreak is told behind the curtains of Christmas cheer and is an anthem for single souls during the

• All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey

Hands down, by a landslide, the top Christmas song of all time is All I Want for Christmas is You by the queen, Mariah Carey. No Christmas is complete without belting along to All I Want for Christmas is You and pretending to be as sassy and confident as Carey. Break out your Mean Girls’ Holiday Talent Show performance costume and warm up your vocals because Carey has become a staple of Christmas music and will go down in history as The Queen of Christmas.

• White Christmas by Irving Berlin

• Last Christmas by Wham!


• Mistletoe by Justin Bieber

More Than The Music

holidays. Kick back with a huge glass of eggnog and belt your broken heart out.

I am not a Justin Bieber fan. He has the occasional banger, but for the most part I am not a fan. Although there are a handful of Bieber songs I can really get down to, the best song, by far, the Christmas classic Mistletoe. At first, in the eighth grade I heard this song and immediately disliked it. However, with time, the song grew on me. Now Bieber’s smooth voice is perfectly paired with hot chocolate and mittens while ice skating.

• Baby It’s Cold Outside by Louis Armstrong

Play this song and try not to bake Christmas cookies in Christmas pajamas while watching cheesy Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel. Whether you sing along to the female part, the male part, or, like me, both parts, Baby it’s Cold Outside has become a Christmas classic. Entertainment Tonight



If you go this season without singing along to at least one of the five songs listed above, please tell me so I can take you out for breakfast because that is impressive. The holidays bring a certain air with them, and Christmas music aids in transforming the community into a melting pot of cheerful joy. Have a very merry Christmas, the happiest of holidays, and a great New Year. It’s only socially acceptable to listen to Christmas music now, so take full advantage and turn up those speakers.

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Bettendorf’s seniors involved in drama will be presenting the classic, “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” for this year’s winter show on Dec. 16-18 in the Performing Arts Center. This is the second year that the seniors will put on one show rather than the multiple short plays called “one acts” that have been performed in the past. Unlike last year’s play, Ramona Quimby, this show is a musical, and one will hear the beloved Charlie Brown tunes. Seemingly this is a show of many firsts: first time directing for co-directors, Julia Krist and Alex Packard. “I can’t wait for the show to come to life, and the only thing I’m a bit worried about is the actors knowing all of their lines,” Packard said. Junior Drake Sanchez said this is his first role in a production and that he is “excited to be onstage and a part of the whole theatre experience.” In addition to Sanchez, there are many freshmen who will perform in their first high school roles: Veronica Larson, Madison Foht, and Sydney Rosebrough are just a few. The leaders of the technical department are also undertaking new positions in the theatre world. The head of set construction and the senior tasked with creating the unique scenery of the show, Grant Mougin holds an important role behind the scenes. “I was actually pleasantly surprised when I started building the set because it


was a lot more fun than I had imagined,” Mougin said. Another member of the technical team, senior Cole Harksen, is also important for the visual aspects of the show as the head of props. “I can’t wait for my props to be relevant in the show, but I am surprised at how much work this position actually requires.

Props to the techies--no pun intended,” Harksen said. Another very notable “first” is the offering of a children’s workshop on Saturday, Dec. 17. Sure to offer much activity, this will be the first workshop offered with a senior directed show. At the workshop, kids will be able to meet members of the cast, make crafts, and learn

some of the well known songs that the cast will sing in the show. This endeavor will be led by senior Maddy Carroll and held at Bettendorf High School. So make sure to come and see the musical, “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” It will entertain all ages and “bring Christmas close to a person.”

Theatre students travel to state festival LEAH EVANS REPORTER

Bettendorf theatre students attended the Iowa State Thespian Festival at the University of Northern Iowa on Nov. 1112. At the festival, students had the opportunity to watch Mainstage productions from other high schools, compete in individual and team events, meet Thespians from other schools, and participate in workshops to grow as an actor or techie. They arrived in Cedar Falls on Friday morning. During the first day, the group watched two Mainstage productions and watched or competed in Individual Events. The mainstage productions were “[title of show]” from Dubuque Wahlert in the morning and “The 39 Steps” from Cedar Rapids Jefferson in the evening. “[title of show] was a quirky, upbeat, small-cast show that had so much energy and was so much fun to watch,” Molly Seybert said. Four studio productions were also presented during the day by Iowa City High, Davenport North, Davenport Central, and South Tama. Seybert and Alex Packard placed first in the duet musical theatre category and qualified for the International Thespian Festival this summer. Seybert, Grant Mougin, Laurel Braaten, Taylor Gravert, Jack Obert, and Tyler Wilson placed second in the group musical theatre category and also qualified for Internationals. Lastly, Olivia Gasper qualified for Internationals in solo musical theatre. “It was fun because it was a good group of people, and we worked really hard. It was cool to see all our hard work pay off and have people from other schools

Sophia Pike, Leah Evans, Olivia Gasper, Alysa Goethe, Chad Behal, Jacob Laufenberg, Ben Tinsman, Keaton Westerkamp, Grant Mougin, Tyler Wilson, Ryan Fleming, Taylor Gravert, Marisa Casas, Laurel Braaten, Jack Obert, Kendra Bries, Cece Ballard, Jude Hopper, Holly Harrington, Alana Ford, Max Herrmann, Shoaib Farooqui, Kyra Fanderclai, Kassidy Holdridge, Alex Packard, Nic Raso, Molly Seybert, Alex Obert, Rowan Perez, Lily Broyles, Kamryn Baughman, and Maddy Carroll at a rest stop on the way to the festival. compliment us throughout the weekend,” Braaten said. “I performed a solo musical theatre piece from ‘Phantom of the Opera’ that I’ve performed other times, but using it as an IE really pushed me to act it fully and embody the character of Christine,” Sophia Pike said. The second day of Festival was another exciting one with two more Mainstage shows, watching the Individual Events showcase, attending workshops, and introducing the new State Thespian Officers. The mainstage productions on the

second day included “Twelfth Night” from Grinnell High School in the morning and “Sweeney Todd” from Pleasant Valley High School in the afternoon. “My favorite show from the festival was ‘Sweeney Todd.’ The cast is so talented in both acting and singing. The technicians, hair team, and makeup team did a spectacular job as well,” Holly Harrington said. The Individual Events Showcase allowed students who were not able to see events view the winners from each category. Seybert and Packard performed their duet during the showcase.

“Performing in the showcase has been a huge goal of mine since freshman year, so being to perform in front of all the students felt so incredible,” Seybert said. In the afternoon, the students attended workshops focusing on acting, improvisation, musical theatre, and more. “I went to a session on juggling and stage combat. I liked learning how to throw a fake punch,” Shoaib Farooqui said. After the final show, the new State Thespian Officers were announced. Ali Girsch, who was also an STO last year, is continuing her run as an officer for the next year. STOs represent the state of Iowa as leaders at the State Festival and International Thespian Festival. They communicate with thespians on social media, conduct leadership days, organize and plan the State Festival, and promote a love of theatre. Overall, the Festival was a successful weekend for all in attendance. “I would recommend going to others because it’s a lot of fun and you don’t have to have extensive theatre knowledge to enjoy the festival and appreciate the shows,” Farooqui said.

Jack Obert, Molly Seybert, Tyler Wilson, Grant Mougin, Laurel Braaten, and Taylor Gravert celebrate their stellar performance for the Group Musical Theatre category.



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All aboard the ‘Polar Express’

Ashley Bodkin, junior, was happy with ANNETTE SCHNEIDER the turnout from the community. REPORTER “The movie “I think the kids had a lot of fun and night impacted the movie and activities went well, me positively especially with it being FCCLA’s because I have first movie night,” Bodkin said. not been apart of Bodkin enjoyed handing out the an event like that reindeer antlers to the kids and before,” Leah helping them with their temporary Evans said. tattoos. FCCLA’s first “My favorite memory from the ever movie night movie night was seeing how excited was held on Dec. the kids and their families were to 2, 2016. The event participate in the crafts and games,” started with crafts Bodkin said. for the 42 people Community members Bodkin recommends others from participate in crafts before the community to attend the second who attended. The movie, the show. annual movie night next year. “Polar Express” “It gets everyone in the holiday started at 6:30 spirit,” Bodkin said. with an intermission for popcorn, water Becca Kuhel, junior, helped with the arts and more activities. and crafts station before the movie.

“The movie night was great and very successful for everyone,” Kuhel said. Kuhel especially enjoyed helping the kids with temporary holiday tattoos during intermission. “It was great to see all the kids having fun,” Kuhel said. Faith Osborn, sophomore, was happy with how the movie night went. “Everyone in the community, especially the children, enjoyed it. It was a great opportunity for families to spend time together,” Osborn said. Osborn helped set up the activities and stations for the kids. “My favorite memory from the movie night was seeing all of the children so excited and getting in the holiday spirit,” Osborn said. Osborn recommends that others attend the movie night next year. “The event is a great way to support

Ashley Bodkin manages the reindeer antler craft station before the show. Bettendorf High School’s FCCLA. It is also a great opportunity to have fun with your friends or family,” Osborn said.

Let it show, let it show, let it show LILY BROYLES REPORTER Bettendorf’s show choirs wrapped up their first two home performances of the year. On Nov. 14, Surround Sound, the varsity show choir, and Audio Intensity, Bettendorf’s newly formed coed prep group, performed for friends and family in the fine arts room at the high school at the Potluck Preview. They performed the first number, second number, and the ballad with the band or tracks. On Dec. 3, the groups performed their full shows in the Performing Arts Center with costumes and band. The winter show was the first full performance with all aspects of the shows. The Winter Show also featured students performing in Special Acts. Molly Seybert, Olivia Gasper, Katie Byrne, Collin Feaster, Sophia Pike, Becca Davis, Signey Bowling, Laurel Braaten, Taylor Gravert, Sydney Rosebrough, Alex Packard, and Ben Tinsman all performed different acts featuring their musical talents. The Potluck Preview and Winter Show both helped the groups prepare for the

upcoming competition season beginning on Jan. 28. Surround Sound and Audio Intensity will compete at Davenport

The group has worked hard and practiced many mornings before school and after school to prepare for these competitions.

Laurel Braaten, Grant Mougin, Lily Broyles, Nic Raso, Marisa Casas, Sam Hayles, Isaac Luebke, Tavian Brown and Molly Seybert sing in the opener. North’s “Big Dance,” Keokuk’s “Power City Classic,” Davenport’s “Great River” Show Choir Invitational, and Western Dubuque’s “Main Event.”

Additionally, the group has bonded more this year than in the past. “Show Choir has been such a great experience for me because it introduced

me to such amazing people that are all so talented. It gave me a second family,” junior Drake Sanchez said. This year, Surround Sound is hoping to make its show as strong as it can be so the group has a high chance of making finals at competitions. Senior Donato Callahan wants to make finals at Davenport’s Great River Show Choir Invitational because that is the hardest competition they attend. The group is made up of 17 seniors this season, so they are an experienced group. “As a team, I hope we become one tightly knit unit that receives the recognition it deserves,” Callahan said. Additionally, the groups are preparing to host their own competition here on Feb. 4. This is the first year that Bettendorf’s show choirs will host a competition. “It’s been a huge goal of the program to be able to host our own competition, so it’s exciting that we finally get to. It’ll bring in money and exposure to our groups, which means the show choir program can just keep growing,” senior Molly Seybert said. Information about Bettendorf’s show choirs can be found on bettmusicdepartment.com


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Bulldogs’ run for dome cut short MASON CHIN SPORTS DIRECTOR

efficient as always. The defense was led Each Friday in the fall, by senior Cameron TouVelle Stadium lights Maxfield, who led the up and the stands pack to team in tackles for loss watch the Bulldogs take with 11 and sacks with to the gridiron and battle. five. Durkin lead the The Bulldogs team in total tackles with had a tremendous 64.5 and was near the top season with some of every statistic. impressive victories and While all of these players disappointing losses. finished their final season However, Bettendorf’s as Bulldogs, next year’s hope for reaching the roster will be filled with UNI-Dome was cut promising individuals. short in the first round Junior Ben Wilson was of playoffs, losing to behind Lane in receiving Iowa City West 17-24 at this year and looks to be home. a key player next season, The Bulldogs were the along with junior Nijel first seed out of district McIntosh who ran in 7, considered to be the four touchdowns this most challenging district season. in the state this season. On the defensive side, Bettendorf drew the juniors Jatten Kuhrt and two seed from district 8, Mason Morris will be Iowa City West. aggressive tacklers in Before the Oct. 28 Junior Josh Licata reads the opposing offense’s set up as he prepares to stop their progress down the field. the 2017 season, with game, West was 7-2 and both of them racking the team was well known upwards of 24 tackles on season, with losses from top-ten ranked led the Bulldogs in receiving across the for their diverse offense this season. Lastly, juniors Josh Licata and with a plethora of names on their scoring West Des Moines Valley and Cedar Rapids board with 686 receiving yards and eight Blake Rollinger are promising defensive sheets for both receiving and rushing Washington early on in the season, and touchdowns. backs who will rule the air next season, then Iowa City West on Oct. 28. With the Glaus was a power horse for Bettendorf points. both having interceptions in the 2016 year. Ranked fifth in the state, Bettendorf was losses also came victories, with Bettendorf this 2016 season with 15 touchdowns, While the Bulldogs were downed by a favorite to win against a non top-10 team, defeating teams ranked above them like 1,138 rushing yards, and 50 solo tackles on the Iowa City West Trojans, the team defense, tying fellow senior Jacob Durkin even though Iowa City West received votes Muscatine and Iowa City High. had an excellent season with multiple Seniors drove the team to success for most tackles. Overall, Glaus led the to be on that list. top-10 showdown victories and a district While both of the teams’ records were this season leading the stats across the team in scoring this year with 104 total championship under its belt. Bettendorf the same, the Bulldogs defeated teams board. Senior quarterback Young totaled points, in front of Lane (54) and Young looks towards next season with the skilled above them consistently through the mid the season with 1073 passing yards, 10 (48). group of young athletes returning to its passing touchdowns, and eight rushing While the Bulldogs had a strong offense season. program and eyes set on returning to the The Dogs went 7-3 throughout the touchdowns as well. Senior receiver Lane this season, its defense was reliable and UNI-Dome in Cedar Falls.

Volleyball narrowly misses state MASON CHIN SPORTS DIRECTOR

The girls in black and gold had quite a season with a MAC title and great victories throughout the season. As the team was on track for a state tournament appearance, their season was ended by the Iowa City West Trojans in the regional finals. The Bulldogs came out slow, going down two sets. Iowa City West was digging each spike the Bulldogs sent their way, and the frontline for the Trojans was efficient with their blocking. Bettendorf had their backs against the wall; with another loss their season would be over. Therefore the girls stepped up their game. They started digging the Trojans’ attacks and returning them to the weaker back line players. Bettendorf won both third and fourth sets 26-24. There was a short break before the girls returned to the court for the fifth and final set of the match. Only to 15, the final set is a true showing off competition and challenge. Both teams were rallying back forth until the Trojans took control all the way to match point. However, the Bulldogs were not finished yet and rallied all the way to 14-14. Bettendorf’s demise came about when a lifting penalty made the game 15-14, and with a spike flying wide by the Bulldogs, the game along with their season was over. Bettendorf volleyball fell to Iowa City West in five sets.

“It was just a great game. It really showed the team’s resiliency and drive to win. It sucks to lose like that, but it was an awesome match,” junior Caroline Baer said about the Iowa City West matchup. The ladies on the court had an impressive season, winning another MAC championship for the fourth consecutive year in a row. Seniors and juniors alike dominated the court for bettendorf this year. Hitters like Claire Leonard and Emma Ostrom dominated on the attack and sophomore Ally Grothusen was a strong frontline. “It was great being a part of a team that grew over The team celebrates after they score a point in the regional final match to qualify for state the season. Our chemistry against Iowa City West. improved, we pushed one another during practice, and it was just a the team bonding that happened throughout fought season that ended at Iowa City, the fun time,” junior Grace Erpelding said. the fall. future of the team is in the hands of a strong The team went 20-12 throughout the The girls missed the state tournament in underclassmen group filled with potential. season, with a seven game winning streak the regional finals but proved throughout The team has returners for next season that during early October. There were dozens the season that they were a state plan to make it to state at the U.S. Cellular of significant moments during the team’s powerhouse. With seniors leaving the Center in 2017. season. Beating Clinton after going down Bettendorf volleyball program after a hard two sets, shutting down Pleasant Valley, or



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Girls swimming heated up pool

standings. Placing third at state is an impressive feat for The girls swim team the swim team, who had performed well in the not reached that level pool and dominated the since 2010. The last state this season overall. time Bettendorf brought Coached by gym teacher home a state title was Mike Ahrens, the girls in 2002 when the girls competed during the fall went through the season in swimming and diving winning the MAC, events alike. districts, and then state Bettendorf ranked as well. second in the state overall The swim team loses for girls swimming and some key swimmers was strong throughout like Megan Schade, the season as a whole. Hena Hassan, and diver The girls had state Mahkenna Lee. contending swimmers in On the bright side, sophomore Emily Van young members of the De Wiele, senior Megan team look to take on Schade, and multiple next year with the same relay teams. intensity and drive as The Bulldogs won the this year. Sophomores MAC this year, beating Lexi Beine and Lauren out cross town rival Roemer look to be Pleasant Valley. PV has strong individual event beaten Bettendorf in competitors next year as the girls swimming for well as multiple divers the MAC title for six returning in the 2017 consecutive years before season. The girls swim team hits the lanes as they compete against Muscatine in a dual. this season. As the boys start “Beating PV for the to prepare for their The girls were determined through close throughout the meet. As the events first time in years is great, and especially the leadership of the team, with multiple dwindled down one by one, the girls were season in the pool lanes, the girls wrap when we had such a great student section swimmers cheering their teammates on still fighting for that top spot and the state up a significant season in the history of this year to cheer us on,” junior Sam each race. title. Once the water settled and the events Bettendorf swimming, looking forward to Galvin said. At state, the Bulldogs kept the scores ended, the girls were at the three spot in the another year in the water. MASON CHIN SPORTS DIRECTOR

Boys, girls cross country complete another season MASON CHIN SPORTS DIRECTOR

While the leaves turn and the weather incredible year, winning multiple meets gets cold, runners gear up for the strenuous throughout the season and leading the cross country season. The Bulldog cross pack with individual runners as well. Their country teams this year were phenomenal, season too cumulated at districts and ended improving in each race and practice. in heartbreak. The boys team was led by junior Jack The girls were the last spot out of state, Stamper who pushed the team during its coming down to the last runner, and with runs and motivated his teammates to run that race the girls team season was over hard. Following Stamper was junior Joey However, three Bettendorf runners Parker and sophomore JR Baker. qualified for the individual race at state. The boys Seniors performed well A l l y this season, Gallagher coming close to a n d winning some Sydney meets but always Spranger beating personal and junior records time after Trinity time. The season Borland peaks at districts, traveled where the seven to Fort varsity runners Dodge to attack the Crow compete Creek cross Girls cross country focuses as they prepare to for an country course start their race. individual for a chance to go state title. to state. At state, The Bulldogs narrowly missed out on Borland finished inside the top-10, an going to state, placing sixth. impressive finish to end the season. The team loses varsity seniors Donovan Both girls and boys teams alike had Klutho and Thomas Crowley, who have an impressive season ending at districts, run for the team four years. However, the working hard on early morning runs, varsity squad gains young legs next fall in preparing for each race, and grinding for sophomores Ian Silva and Kyler Castro. those 3.1 miles down to the last step. The girls cross country team also had an

Boys golf had good season MASON CHIN SPORTS DIRECTOR Over the summer, the Bulldog golf competed at districts for a chance to go to team tees off for a season of sinking putts, the state tournament. While the team kept long walks on the green, and hard drives. the scores close, they finished fifth and did Bettendorf’s home turf is Palmer Hills, not make the tournament. where they spend their practices working However, Flanagan placed fifth overall on various aspects of their game from as well individually, qualifying for state by putting, to driving, to chipping. himself. The boys golf team was led by junior There, Flanagan finished with an 86 on Benny Flanagan who was a leading player the first day, having some trouble in the in the MAC starting holes throughout but settling the season. in nicely to Following finish his first Flanagan are day. golfers such The next as juniors day, he S t e v e n finished with Gottwald and a score of Trevor Rogan 83, placing along with him 41st seniors Cole overall at the Grothusen tournament, The team groups together as they tee off. and Andy an impressive Whiteman. finish for the The team golfed at numerous courses challenging tournament. this fall, competing against schools from “I didn’t play very well but I still finished around the area and trying to score lower in the better half of the field, so I think each round. that sets the bar high for me next year,” “The team was successful throughout Flanagan said. the year. We won a tournament, and even On average, out of 18 holes, the top four when we had a poor score we were still Bulldogs totalled a score of 324 throughout in contention with the top teams,” junior the long season. For the Bulldog golfers, Benny Flanagan said. this season was filled with windy driving The season cumulates at the MAC ranges, rainy putting greens, and fun tournament, where the team played well, golf cart rides. And so, as the boys golf scoring 628 after two 18-hole games. season comes to a close, the girls gear Bettendorf finished third overall at the up for the spring season on the pitch. MAC tournament. Rogan individually placed fourth along with Flanagan who took fifth. After the MAC meet, the Bulldogs



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Looking ahead to winter sports Suni Lane rises up for a lay up after he passes his defender.

SELENA JOHNSON SPORTS REPORTER With a frosted over football field, volleyball nets replaced with basketball hoops, and boys in the pool, you know it’s time for winter sports: basketball, wrestling, boys swimming, and bowling. Boys swimming season started on Nov. 1 and have been hitting the pool early in the morning and after school. After losing many seniors last year the team has become smaller but it hasn’t become less talented. “I think the team will be good, but we have to push ourselves harder because we lost a lot of seniors,” Ethan Clarke said. The team’s had their first meet on Dec. 2 against Davenport North. The boys shut out North in the meet, winning every event with a score of 130-24. “It felt good to win. We all bonded as a team and motivated each other to swim faster and win our races,” Ben Luppen said The team hits the pool two times a day some days; they come in the morning before school and after school. “Working hard in practice and waking up on those early mornings to lift and get better led to our win against North,” Charlie Bunn said. The team works hard, and they have help from to coaches to motivate them. “I like the coaching and how they push us to get better and try harder,” Clarke said. The boys start their season 1-0 and plan continuing to do well. “We are trying to get first in state so I think we will do pretty well this season,” Bunn said. The girls basketball season started on Nov. 7 with a new coaching staff. The head coach is Brian Tritt, Scott Lammer is the assistant coach, and Megan Hayes, the assistant to the assistant coach. “Coach Tritt was here last year, so we all knew him, Coach Lammers is a blast from the past because he used to coach the girls team, and Coach Hayes is a great new face. We haven’t had a post player as a coach in awhile, which helps the team a lot. All the coaches have different experiences and different strategies, but they compromise to make one good plan that works well for the team,” Erin Hatch said. The team lost many seniors last year but luckily some of the key players were

juniors and sophomores. “The team is young, quick, and athletic but we also have experience,” Emily Ivory said. The team’s first game was on Nov. 26 vs Cedar Rapid Jefferson. It was close most of the game. The team had the lead in the end which made Jefferson foul to stop the clock, Ivory and Grace Erpelding made their free throws and were also the leading scorers. Ivory had 23 points and Erpelding with 12 points with the win, 61-54. The boys basketball season started on

team lost key seniors last season. “The team is young and works very hard. It’s probably the youngest team we’ve ever had but that’s not a bad thing,” head coach Dan Knight said. The team’s first tournament is the Keith Young tournament in Cedar Falls on Dec. 3. “It will give us the extra push we need to work hard in practice and show us our weaknesses and what we need to work on,” Damon Tingle said. The boys are working hard in the weight

Aiden Evans scores a take down at the Keith Young Invitational on Saturday, Dec. 3 at Cedar Falls High School.

Nov. 14 with some returning key players, the boys look to have a good season this year. “I think we will do great. I have confidence in my team. We have a lot of returning players, some good juniors, and one good sophomore,” JMichael Young said. The team had their first game on Dec. 1 against Cedar Rapids Washington, the game went well for the bulldogs winning the game 67-50. The team was led by Suni Lane with 15 points,8 rebounds and Mark Kallenberger with 12 points, 11 rebounds. “I’m very optimistic. I believe we can be as good as we want to be. The sky is the limit,” head coach Curtis Clark said. The boy’s start their season with a win and a 1-0 record. Wrestling started the season on Nov. 14 with a lot of new faces for varsity. The

room and on the mat to get ready for their first tournament. “We have solid wrestlers throughout the weights that are working to get better and working hard,” Mason Morris said. The team has a long road ahead of them this season with many new wrestlers who are still trying to get used to what varsity wrestling is like. “We should be very competitive in the MAC and have some individuals that can do very good at the state level,” Knight said. Girls bowling has started its new season after losing many good seniors from last year. The team made it to state last year and plans to make it back there again this season. \ “Last season we made it to state; this year will be a challenge now that our seniors are gone, but we should still be pretty good,”

Kayla Vance said. The team had its first meet on Nov. 28, but the meet didn’t go as planned. However, bowlers know there is still a full season ahead. “We lost; we have some stuff to work on, but we need to clear our minds of that and be ready for our meet on Monday,” Eleanor Drexler said. Katie Lindaman was the top scorer for Bettendorf at the meet. “ I feel like if we practice a lot and work well together we could be good. It’s a little hard losing the seniors,” Courtney Ritter said. The team may not have started the season how they wanted, but they plan to keep their heads up. Boys bowling also started a new season after losing some seniors and the one senior who made it to state last year. “We have decent talent coming up in the lower grades, so we should do okay,” Brock Cary said. The boys bowling team also had their first meet on Nov. 28 in which the boys won against West, with Jordan Czubara leading the team with 700+ points. “It felt great to win, because 30 Lanes is a different alley; it has more oil than we are used to,” Kyle Kent said. The team did well in the first meet, and they still have plenty more to go. “We are going to be okay this year; some players got cut that shouldn’t have been, so we won’t be to our full potential,” Clay Skahill said.


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GETTING IN THE Holiday Spirit

Beat boredom, go local JULIA KRIST REPORTER

With winter rolling in and bringing with it the much anticipated holiday break, students will have plenty of free time on their hands.

But while this break offers time to relax and prepare for the second half of the school year, it unfortunately may also bring boredom and restlessness. Luckily, there are many events to attend and places to visit in the Quad Cities to

overcome these side-effects. Outdoor Activities If you are looking to ward off cabin fever, there are many outdoor activities that will allow you to enjoy the winter landscape and stretch your joints after countless winter naps. One place you can practice your figure skating moves and figure out if you have got what it takes for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games, is the city of Bettendorf’s new ice skating rink at the intersection of Spruce Hills and Middle Road in the Splash Landing parking lot. Snowshoeing also offers some great exercise and a chance to leave the house. A local attraction, Snowstar gives you a chance to hit the slopes either skiing or snowboarding, but tubing is also an option if that’s more your speed. Snowstar is not the only good sledding place, though. If you are looking for a good time

but do not have the funds: Palmer Hills Golf Course, Duck Creek Park, and the Bandshell all are great places to sled with friends. Finally, bald eagle watching at Lock & Dam 14 is a great chance to observe our national bird and the mighty Mississippi.

Entertainment There are also great entertainment options this time of year, whether they are movies or live shows. Many new movies are released in December, and the animated movie “Sing” comes out Dec. 21. The Putnam will be screening some classics with “Blue Hawaii” Dec. 06, “Singing in the Rain” Dec. 13, and “White Christmas” Dec. 20. If you are looking for live shows, there will also be many of those. Circa ‘21 is presenting “Holly Jolly Christmas” from Nov. 9-Dec. 26. The Nutcracker will be

shown at the Adler on Dec. 10. Your very own Bettendorf High School will also be presenting Christmas shows with the musical “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on the weekend of Dec. 1618 and the Christmas Star Program in the planetarium Dec.10-16. Lastly, Rozz Tox in Moline will have live music all month, but not forgetting the holidays, they will offer a night of Christmas horror movies with XMAS HORROR NIGHT on Saturday, Dec. 10, for ages 17 and up. Museums The German American Heritage Center will display “The Untold Story of Santa” on Dec. 26-29 and Jan. 2-8. But do not forget about the Putnam which is currently displaying “Shipwreck! Pirates and Treasure” from Oct. 15- Jan. 15. The Figge is also a constant in that it is always sure to have some good art.

Coffee shops popular hangout for students

LILY BROYLES REPORTER Coffee shops become a popular hangout for students Recently, coffee has become one of the most popular drinks among many age groups and in different areas around the country. People drink coffee to wake up

in the morning, to get energy during the day, or to keep them busy while working on homework or hanging out with friends. Senior Hannah Hichborn said, “I go to coffee shops because it is a friendly, cozy environment to hangout with friends. Plus, there’s wifi, coffee, and snacks to enjoy.” Coffee shops have become the go-to spot to go for high schoolers looking for a place to kill time or do homework Maddy Carroll and Allison Folin said catching up at coffee shops is their favorite thing to do when they hangout. Maddy Carroll said, “Coffee shops make me feel like I’m in the show Friends hanging out at Central Perk with my own friends.”

In addition to going as a customer, many students now work as baristas. Senior Sam Hayles began working at Coffee Hound in Bettendorf and enjoys his job for many reasons. Hayles said, “I started working at a coffee shop because I love coffee, and I wanted to learn more about it. The best part about it now is the community there. I’ve learned regular customers’ names, their orders, and quickly became friends with them. The close community is the best part of working at a coffee shop.”

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Check out one of these popular coffee shops in the Quad Cities: • Connect Coffee House- 320 W Kimberly Rd, Davenport • Coffee Hound- 3451 Devils Glen Rd, Bettendorf • Java Java Cafe- 836 E River Dr, Davenport

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Starbucks- 931 Middle Rd, Bettendorf Redband Coffee Co.- 110 W 13th St, Davenport Atomic Coffee Bar- 4707 N Brady St, Davenport Milltown Coffee- 3800 River Dr #2, Moline Dunn Brothers- 787 Middle Rd, Bettendorf Cafe d’Marie- 614 W 5th St, Davenport Beignet Done That- 200 E 3rd St, Davenport Cool Beanz Coffee House-1325 30th St, Rock Island Bubble Tea- NorthPark Mall, 320 W Kimberly Rd, Davenport Theo’s Java Club- 213 17th St, Rock Island Cafe on Vine- 932 W 6th St, Davenport Cafe Fresh- 5th Ave, Moline Dead Poet’s Espresso- 1525 3rd Ave #A, Moline



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Making recipes with the season Nutter Butter Christmas cookies GABRIELLE VANDERVINNE REPORTER Ingredients and Supplies • 1 package of Nutter Butter cookies • Mini traditional pretzels • Pretzel sticks • 1 pound of milk chocolate almond bark • 1 pound of white chocolate almond bark • Candy writers (assorted colors) • Red sanding sugar • White nonpareils • Edible eyes • Cinnamon red hots • Miniature marshmallows • Edible confetti sprinkles • Parchment paper • Dipping fork Santa Nutter Butter cookies Dip one half of the Nutter Butter cookie into melted white chocolate almond bark. Quickly decorate that end with white

nonpareils to make Santa’s beard. Dip a small top portion of the other half of the cookie with white chocolate almond bark. While the chocolate is still wet, decorate the end with red sanding sugar to make Santa’s hat. Add 1/4 of a marshmallow to Santa’s hat. Attach a cinnamon red hot for Santa’s nose and eyes using white candy writer. When everything is set, use white candy writer to make the trim on Santa’s hat. Snowman Nutter Butter cookies Dip a whole nutter butter cookie into white chocolate almond bark. Before the chocolate sets up, put two edible eyes on the snowman and rainbow candy coating or confetti sprinkles for the buttons. Dip the ends of two pretzel sticks into white chocolate almond bark and attach one to each side the cookie. Use candy writers to make a nose and scarf for the snowman.

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Reindeer Nutter Butter cookies Dip two mini traditional pretzels in milk chocolate almond bark and cover with white nonpareils. Dip a Nutter Butter cookie in milk chocolate almond bark.

Sugar cookies for decorating LILY BROYLES REPORTER The weather is getting colder, and fall is coming to an end, but the winter holidays are quickly approaching. If you want to get into the holiday spirit, making cookies could be the perfect activity to do with friends, kids, or family. Here is a recipe for sugar cookies and frosting to decorate: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F Cream ½ cup of butter or margarine. Add ⅔ cup brown sugar and beat. Beat in 1 egg and ⅓ cup of molasses. In a separate bowl,

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Before the chocolate dries, position the two pretzels on the upper half of the cookies to make the antlers. Place two edible eyes and a red hot for the nose below the antlers.

combine 2 ¾ cups of flour, 1 tsp baking soda and spices (2 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp ground ginger, ½ tsp ground nutmeg). Add to butter mixture. Blend well. Roll dough out 1/8 inch thick on floured surface. Cut into desired shapes. Bake for 6-8 minutes. To Make Frosting: Cream 1/3 cup butter. Gradually add 2 cups sifted confectioners sugar, 1 tablespoon milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth. Put in a pastry bag with small tip and decorate cookies.

‘Snow’ more ugly decorations

DAMARIS STROKER REPORTER Getting tired of the same old decorations is normal, so spice up your decor with some new, easy decorations. Directions for a snowman and Santa Claus are below.

Snowman You will need: A 6cm polystyrene ball Activity Village A 4cm polystyrene ball A baby sock Circle stickers Pipe cleaner (chenille stems) Scrap of orange craft foam or card Card for base Glue (we used a hot glue gun to make the body) Instructions: Cut out a circle of card. Glue the larger ball onto the card and the smaller ball on top.

A hot glue gun is best for this so best if an adult prepares this ahead of time. Make the hat by cutting through the sock at the heel. Tie the cut end with a small piece of yarn and slip the ankle cuff over the head. C u t diagonally across the remainder of the sock from the cut edge to the toe, then open it out so you have a strip of fabric. Tie this around the snowman as a scarf. Add stickers as eyes, mouth and buttons and stick on a scrap of foam as a carrot nose. To make the arms, cut the pipe cleaner into 3 pieces. Cut one of the pieces in half again. Twist one of the smaller pieces around a longer piece to make the hand. Push the arm into the snowman (adult help may be

required). Repeat with the other arm. Display your snowman proudly! Made using simple craft cupboard materials, this delightful Santa Christmas craft is sure to delight kids of all ages.

Santa Claus

You will need: Polystyrene ball Paper cup Pink paint Red paint Red and white felt Activity Village Small red pompom White pompom Wiggle eyes Red, black and pink craft foam Pink pen Glue Instructions: Paint the ball pink and the cup red and leave to dry.Glue the ball to the bottom of the cup.

Cut two arms from red foam and two hands from pink. Glue one hand to the end of each arm and the other ends of the arms to the body. Cut a strip of black foam and glue it around the middle of the cup as a belt. Make a hat by rolling some fed felt into a cone. Glue the edge of the cone and glue the hat to the top of the ball. Cut a band of white felt and glue it around the edge of the hat. Add a pompom at the end of the hat. Cut a beard from white felt and glue to the front of the face. Add a red pompom nose. Finally, add two eyes and draw on a mouth.


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Top 5 binge worthy TV shows of 2016

GETTING IN THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT Circa ‘21’s ‘Holly Jolly Christmas’ showcases the best holiday hits Noah Johnson Online Editor On Nov. 11, 2016, Circa ‘21 opened their 40th season. The local dinner theater has been around since 1921; the theater first was housed as a movie theater. Then in 1977 the theater was bought and remodeled into the dinner theatre as it is today. For 40 years the theater has provided the Quad-City area with over 250 productions of comedies, dramas, musicals, mysteries, and children’s shows. This year’s season starts out with “Holly Jolly Christmas” on Nov. 11. This holiday family oriented musical gets you into the holiday spirit. “Holly Jolly” has multiple storylines with heartwarming endings that brings back childhood memories of the holidays with your family. The show opens with Christmas all over the world. Santa and Mrs. Claus take you around the world and show you how different countries celebrate Christmas. Christmas in Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Australia, featuring holiday songs

from each country visited. Next the story changes to a heart warming home for the holidays in which a father stuck in the airport who might not make it home for the holidays talks to his wife hoping to catch his flight. In the house, not even a creature was stirring except for a grandmother who waits for a family that may never arrive but as the songs progress one by one, the son, a daughter, grandchildren and mother wait for the father to arrive home for the holidays. This part of the story had me in tears and ready to have all my family home for Christmas. Then a funny little elf takes the children from dreaming of sugarplums dancing in their heads and shows then the arrival of Santa and the toys. This part of the story showed the poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” live with music that matches very well. As a child I loved reading that poem so it was like being a kid again, reading it aloud to each family member. After the kids snuggle back in the beds for warm winter’s nap, the story takes you to the nativity scene with songs we all know and love such as “Silent Night,” “Little Drummer Boy,” and “We Three Kings.” Finally the show wraps up with 30 traditional holiday songs we all know

and love and Broadway style dancing, an ending to a perfect holiday. The show itself was very good. The actors and actresses showcased the songs with amazing voices and dancing skills that were fantastic. The home holidays storyline was my absolute favorite. It brought me home and ready for Christmas. Circa ‘21 has been my home away from home for a very long time. Each time you visit the dinner theater, each person touches you and makes you a part of the Circa family. “Holly Jolly” has touched me in a way that will last a lifetime. Christmas has always been a special time for me. I have spent many Christmases at Circa and each one brings more and more memories. IF YOU GO WHAT: “Holly Jolly Christmas” WHEN: Now playing through Dec. 26. Wednesday, Friday, and Saturdays evenings, dinner is served at 6 and the show begins at 7:45. For matinee shows on Sunday, dinner is served at 4 and the show begins at 5:45 WHERE: Circa ‘21 Dinner Playhouse, 1828 3rd Ave., Rock Island HOW MUCH:To buy tickets, $49.50, and for more information visit circa21.com.

Riddles: Find the answers on Bettgrowl.org Q: They have no flesh, nor feathers, nor scales, nor bones. Yet they have fingers and thumbs of their own. What are they? Q: What is put on a table, cut, but never eaten? Across:

1. Another word for present 4. Santa’s Door 6. Animals that pull Santa’s sleigh 9. What people put on their Christmas tree 11. Something on Santa’s face 15. The day after Christmas 17. Santa’s helper 18. The day before Christmas 20. A piece of snow 25. What Santa gives to bad girls and boys

26. A sock that hangs by the chimney 28. People put these bright things on their house 30. A reindeer with a red nose 31. A jolly man in a red suit with a beard Down: 2. Something people decorate 3. What people give each other 5. Wheres Santa’s workshop is located 7. A striped Christmas treat 8. Drink and food left for Santa 10. Something people send each other to say Merry

Christmas 12. The presents are usually _______ the tree 13. The month of Christmas 14. Look at a present before you should 16. The color of Santa’s suit 19. A common decoration for the top of the tree 21. A famous snowman 22. The place Santa makes toys 23. Santa’s Car? 24. A traditional item at the top of a religious family’s Christmas tree 27. A Christmas song 29. What Santa gives to good girls and boys

Noah Johnson Online Editor 1. This Is Us Is a extraordinary story about a family and their hardships. Rebecca once had a difficult pregnancy that result in the birth of her triplets on her husband’s birthday. The lives of Jack, Rebecca, Kevin, Kate, and Randall are all presented at different points in time. The couple’s story tends to take place in the early stages of their marriage, taking us through the birth of their children, or at different times of their kids childhood. Also included are separate story lines for the kids in their adulthood, each of whom has his or her own baggage from the result of their childhood. Tune in on Tuesdays on NBC. 2. Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Nearly a decade after the series finale of Gilmore Girls. Netflix releases A Year in the Life of Lorelai, Rory and Emily Gilmore through four seasons of change. All episodes streamable on Netflix currently. 3. The Crown The Crowns focuses on the 25 year-old Queen Elizabeth II, the newlywed faced with a daunting challenge of running a country. With the British Empire in a decline, politics in chaos, a young woman takes the throne. A new era in the making, Netflix shows us the queen’s private journey behind the public eye. All episodes streamable on Netflix currently. 4. Timeless On NBC a experimental time machine is stolen from the NSA. A team consisting of a history professor, a soldier, and an engineer are sent back in time using a prototype to capture the man, Flynn, who stole the time machine. However, the team starts to notice that Flynn and his associates are trying to rewrite American history. NBC shows us a futuristic show while taking us back to the most important American history events. Tune in on Mondays on nbc. 5. American Horror Story: Roanoke Fx has presented the best of the best with American Horror Story and in season six they don’t disappoint. This series is an anthology, which means the each season has a different storyline with the same characters and in some ways each season connects with each other. When the first episode premiered, no one knew what to expect because Fx released 24 misdirected promos and only one of them was the true storyline. Later on we find out it is based on Roanoke Colony, one of the first colonies in what we know today as North Carolina; the entire colony, all 117 men, women, and children, died. In docudrama format, the real people are interviewed and then reenacted by actors to tell what happened. The story follows Matt, Shelby and Lee as they move into a house in the country in North Carolina, and, as they begin to settle into their new home, strange and paranormal occurrences begin to haunt them. This season was anything other than what we expect, the creators did a phenomenal job at leaving me shock after every episode. The season has since concluded, but I can’t wait to watch it again.

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