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The Growl

Bettendorf High School

Friday, Feb. 5, 2016

Vol. 52 Issue 4

“Crazy for” the spring musical By Abbie Carpenter Staff Reporter The Drama Club has recently begun preparation for its spring musical, “Crazy For You.” The plot is fairly basic for romantic musicals; however, the music is unique. D i r e c t o r Katherine Howard, chose the show “for the music, because although you may not know the show, the music is recognizable.” To audition for a role, students had to prepare a monologue as well as two songs from the show. Students choosing to do the chorus prepared one song. All auditionees also participated in a dance audition, which focused on tap dance because the show is very tap dance heavy. “Finding a monologue that fits the role you want and then memorizing it,” is the most difficult part of auditions according to Lindsey Sheldon Marissa Casas, who will be featured in the chorus, said she is most excited “to

spend time working on a common goal with people who love the same things that I do.” “Crazy For You” is set mainly in Deadrock, Nevada, where the lead female, Polly Baker, played by Molly Seybert, is working to save her small town’s theatre. T h e spunky B o b b y C h i l d , portrayed by Cole Harksen, dances his way in from New York intending to foreclose the theatre, but falls head over heels for Polly and offers to help her save the theatre by putting on a show to pay off the mortgage. To do so, Bobby must disguise himself as a famous producer, Zangler, who Polly falls for not knowing it is actually Bobby. Seybert is thrilled to play Polly because “she works hard to achieve her goals, and is brave and tough but not afraid to be feminine as well.”

Harksen says the most important thing to him in this opportunity is “to better myself as a performer, because this is what I plan on doing with my life!” Filled with Follies, cowboys, tap dancing, a fabulous set, and romantic ballads, “Crazy For You” is going to be a thrilling show, which Howard “guarantees to be an enjoyable two hours!” The show will be April 7-10. Thursday, Friday, and Saturday shows will be at 7 p.m. and Sunday’s will be at 2 p.m. The cast is as follows: Bobby Child…...Cole Harksen Bela Zangler…...Tilor Meyer Polly Baker…….Molly Seybert Lank…………….Ty Lane Cowboy Trio……Sam Hayles, Jack Obert, Keaton Westerkamp Irene…………….Shana Snyder Tess……………..Lindsey Sheldon Patsy…………....Anna Rath Everett………….Grant Mougin Mrs. Child……....Abbie Carpenter Eugene Fordor…Ben Tinsman Patsy Fordor…...Halle Fish Cowboys……….Ryan Flemming, Alex Packard, Tyler Wilson, Zachary Malchodi, Ben Carpenter, Daniel Laird. Zangler’s Follies….Kailey Baxter, Lily Broyles, Maddy Carrol, Olivia Gasper, Ali Girsch, Julia Krist, Sophia Pike, Kassie Posey. Company Girls…….Laurel Braaten,

Additions, closings for future of elementary facilities By Andrew Ball Staff Reporter

Parents, teachers, community citizens and board members met Wednesday night, Jan. 20, for the second to last meeting of public input for the future of the Bettendorf Community School District elementary facilities. Meetings consist of BLDD Architects sharing a presentation about plans for the facilities, made by prior committee meetings. Ideas have been narrowed down to six different scenarios: — S t a t u s Quo scenario keeps each school as is, making just minor adjustments. Currently, Thomas Jefferson has one class per grade, or is a one-section school. Mark Twain, Neil Armstrong, and Grant Wood are twosection schools while Herbert Hoover and Paul Norton are three-section schools. —Scenario A1 makes additions and renovations to each elementary across

the district, excluding Armstrong built in 2007, keeping the same section numbers that serves present day students. —Scenario B1 closes Mark Twain and proposes transferring students to a new three-section Wood and two-section Jefferson. This also makes additions to others schools, excluding Armstrong. —Scenario C1 closes Grant Wood transferring students to Twain, which would become a three-section school and Jefferson, which become a two-section. Additions would also be made to Hoover and Norton. — S c e n a r i o D1 closes Jefferson, transferring students to Mark Twain, which would become a threesection school. —Scenario E1 closes Wood sending students to both Hoover and Norton which would become foursections schools. Jefferson would also be closed, bringing students to Mark Twain, becoming a three-section school. After the presentation, attendees broke into small groups and filled out paperwork

on what they thought was best for the schools. Each group then shared their opinion to the board members attending and the architectural firm. Caroline Olson, principal at Mark Twain, said she wants, “all kids in the district to have up-to-date, state of the art buildings.” Nicole DeKeyzer, parent at Mark Twain, said to “bring some of our older buildings up-to-date.” The district has assessed the current conditions of the schools now. The district will then decide where they want to future of the schools to go. Then, the district will decide how they want to get there. Olson said that, “The buildings are in good shape.” Even with the proposal of school closings, BLDD emphasized that Bettendorf’s schools are in good condition and are some of the best kept schools that they have seen; the oldest building, Jefferson, was built in 1949. But DeKeyzer said she’d like to see parking improvements and more modern spaces, not just at Mark Twain, but all of the schools: “As a parent, I’d like to see them become more equitable across the board.” The last public meeting was held Thursday night, Jan. 21, at Armstrong.

Marisa Casas, Alycia Damani-Ladha, Alana Ford, Mary Therese Gehrmann, Erin Hoffman, Kassidy Holdridge, Erin Johnson, Josephine Meyer, Abigail Saathoff, Kathryn Smith, Ryley Tidrick, Kayli Whitcanack.

Ticket information Tickets will be available at the Activity Office on March 24 Ticket Cost: $10

Upcoming Events: by Olivia Teach Growl Editor

February: Blood Drive—Thursday, Feb. 5 (11 a.m.- 3 p.m.) MS/HS Jazz Night—Monday, Feb. 8 (7:30-8:30) Valentine’s Day—Saturday, Feb. 14 HS parent/teacher conferences—Thursday, Feb. 18 (5-7 p.m.) UNI Tallcorn Jazz Festival— Friday, Feb. 25 (7-8 p.m.)

March: Festival of Orchestras— Thursday, March 3 (7-8 p.m.) SEIBA Jazz Festival—Saturday, March 3 (7-8 p.m.) 6-12 grade Choral Festival concert—March 7 (7-8 p.m) Spring Break—March 14-18 No School—Friday, March 25 HS Final Exams—March 29-30

02 Opinion Feb. 5, 2016

Musings: Consequences of earlier start; following rules

The Growl Editorial





his year has brought a change in the schedule. Since the year has begun, we have been set back because of the school leaders from Iowa’s Department of Education’s choice to allow us time to go to the Iowa State Fair and because Bettendorf could not renew its early start waiver. Such change in the schedule has resulted in finals for quarter two and three being after winter break and spring break. So instead of having finals before

we leave for break and coming back and starting new classes, we take them after. Thing is, we have finals a week and a half after we get back. The teachers will have that week to to give you a review. The downside of this type of scheduling is with AP classes because the tests are in May and weeks of studying time could be lost. AP classes such as AP psychology, have classes during the spring. The AP psychology test is on May 2. AP teachers have been cramming material in, so students are ready for the test. At the end of the school year we have to come back three days after Memorial Day, instead of being done on Friday, May 27. And that is only if we have no snow days this year. Seniors graduate May 29 and won’t have to make up any snow days.

Hidden realities inside friendzone by Mason Chin Staff Reporter

“I think we should just be friends,” could easily be one of the most heartbreaking statements of all time. Just imagine the situation: a guy admits his true feelings for a friend in which his is affectionate towards. However the other person sees the relationship as strictly friends. In high school this scenario is all too common with many teenagers. But why is it so common and what exactly is the friend zone? The Oxford Dictionary defines friend zone as “A situation in which a friendship exists between two people, one of whom has an unreciprocated romantic or sexual interest in the other.” Most commonly, a teenage guy befriends a girl, and they converse for quite some time. All the while, the boy falls for the girl, and she has absolutely no clue he does so. Heartbreak is normal when you are a teen, and the friend zone is just as normal. Guys are known to be tossed into this mythical place all the time, and, as the saying goes “nice guys finish last.” It is


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known that usually the guys who are in the friend zone are “nice.” However, they only nice guys for so long. When those so-called nice guys realize they do not have chance with the girl, they instantly attack their former love interest. By stating that it is her fault a relationship never blossomed and she is hypocritical of wanting a bad boy but always saying she wants a nice guy, the boy can project his sorrow onto her. This in turn makes that “nice guy” seem just as bad as those boys she is going after. A guy has no right to be upset at a girl for not wanting him, he has no control over that and if he wants to be upset, then he should not direct it at her. On the other hand, girls who put guys in the friend zone and go on to date bad boys are at just as much fault as those nice guys. Those bad boys will act as nice guys to get the girl’s attention and then treat her poorly without her knowing. The fact is, if a girl puts nice guys in the friend zone, gets her heart broken by a bad guy, and then preaches that all guys are mean... she IS hypocritical. A girl will get her feelings hurt and feel as if every guy is out to hurt her, but in reality the girl just keeps chasing the bad guys over the good ones constantly. Now, there is no fault as to why the friend zone exists. It is not the girl’s fault for not liking the guy; she likes who she likes and that is the end of the conversation. However, it is not the guy’s fault either because the girl will end up liking a guy who is not going to treat her as well as the friend could have. So all in all, when dealing with this kind of situation here is some advice for both genders. Guys, do not blame the girl for not liking you, if you do you are just as bad as the guys you complain about, and girls, it is wrong of you to complain about boys being mean if you never give good ones a chance.

Hopefully students did well on their finals after the winter break and will continue to do well with the delayed scheduling after the spring break. This could be a sensitive subject to some, but recently, the administration has been cracking down on rules. During the winter months, winter coats and hats go in your lockers. Don’t wear coats and hats in the classrooms; if you are cold, wear a sweatshirt or layers of some sort. Don’t wear hats and hoods in the building. It’s considered rude to do so; just wait until you get outside the building. Wear your lanyards. Around your neck. Not in your back pocket or on your head on in your locker. Teachers and administrators wear theirs, so wear yours. If you want to rebel, pick something you are likely

to win—you will always lose when it comes to lanyards. No backpacks or bags in class. Teachers have students take them to their lockers or as we have seen, put them outside the classroom, and then Mr. Wikan takes them to his office. The students have to pick them up in his office. However, one consequence of not having backpacks in class is that it is harder to carry books, art supplies, and other items around. If backpacks were allowed, phones could be carried in the backpacks, making students less likely to use them during class. We are NOT suggesting that you bring a backpack to class, but there are valid reasons for wanting to carry them. We are suggesting that you make life easier for yourself by following the rules--it’s not hard.

Types of depression: help is available by Damaris Stroker Staff Reporter It is human nature to feel sad. However, sometimes sadness can develop into a much deeper and devastating problem. Depression is a very serious, real disease that affects a multitude of people. Depression interferes with a person’s daily life and hurts not only the person suffering from depression but the people who care about that person. It is important to understand depression types, symptoms, and treatments. There are several different types of depression. Major depression consists of severe symptoms that occur for periods of a lifetime. Some only have one period of major depression; however, many experience multiple periods of major depression during a lifetime. Persistent depressive disorder is the experience of symptoms of depression for at least two years. Psychotic depression occurs when someone experiences depression along with some sort of psychosis. Postpartum depression is a depression triggered from changes in hormones after giving birth.

Seasonal affective disorder is a period of depression that lasts during seasonal changes. Finally, bipolar depression, also known as manic-depressive illness, is characterized by intense periods of extreme highs and extreme lows. Although there are a variety of types of depression, all types include similar symptoms. Common symptoms of depression include feelings of hopelessness; worthlessness, exhaustion, irritation, trouble sleeping and concentrating, loss of interest in once enjoyable activities, and thoughts of death or suicide. Treatments for depression vary with type and severity of depression. Doctors can prescribe antidepressants, a variety of therapies, or electric shock treatment. Symptoms of depression can be combatted as well. If you are experiencing any symptoms of depression talk to a trusted adult or family doctor. If you are in a crisis, have suicidal thoughts, or just need to talk, call the National Suicide Hotline 1-800-273TALK. For more information on mental illness, visit nami.org.

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Meet presidential candidates by Sami Connor Staff Reporter


Hillary Clinton

• Healthcare Clinton plans to defend the Affordable Care Act. She also wants to lower out-ofpocket costs like copays and deductibles. Alongside that Clinton also plans on lowering the cost of prescription drugs.

Republicans Marco Rubio

Donald Trump

Trump’s official website did not include plans for the future of education, actions against ISIS, or health care.

• Education Rubio’s plan is to make an established Education income based repayment system. In this Ted Cruz Clinton plans to cut interest rates and system the repayment plan will be based start an income based repayment program; • Action Actions against ISIS Bernie Sanders on a portion of borrowers will never have to pay more than Cruz’s plans to what people make. 10 percent of what they make. She also • Education rebuild the U.S.military Sanders goal is to make all public college Another idea of plans to make student debt refinanceable. back up. Cruz’s goal is and university tuition free. He also Rubio’s is to have The plan will to unite countries of the plans on significantly lowering students apply for cost $350 Europe and the Middle student loan interest rates. Sanders “Student Investment billion over East to defend against also wants to make student loans Plans” from the next 10 ISIS. refinanceable. Sanders plans to approved investors to years paid for pay for this is by imposing a tax help students finance by limiting Cruz’s website does on wall street. their loans and not certain tax not discuss plans for the • Actions against ISIS take on as much debt. expenditures future of healthcare or Sanders want to focus on • Action Actions for higheducation. Damaris Sroker and Marco Rubio bringing allies together and against ISIS i n c o m e support and defend religious Rubio goal is to at the Bettendorf town hall forum taxpayers. freedom. Her also believes we build a coalition Jan. 18. Photo courtesy of Fred Stoker • A c t i o n s must focus on what caused this among countries to against Hillary Clinton and Katey Perry r a d i c a l i z a t i o n . ISIS Des Moines, Oct. 24, 2015. Sanders wants our send ground troops into Clinton plans in Photo courtesy of http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ military to be fully the middle east with U.S. to confront article-3292379/Vote-say-not-says-Hillary-s-No-1prepared, but we to aid local fighters. Rubio ISIS, without fan-Katy-Perry-apparently-didn-t-hit-ballot-box-year. html must first worry also want to expand air sending ground about terrorism in strikes in the region. troops to the Thirdly, Rubio wants to region. Clinton plans to empower our the U.S. first. provide arms directly to partners to defeat terrorism and the • Healthcare Sanders’ goal is a Sunni tribal and Kurdish ideologies that drive it by building up administered Bernie Sanders speaks forces if Baghdad fails to the Iraqi military and government. Also federally Donald Trump greets support them. supporting Afghanistan’s democracy and single-payer health care to his largest crowd yet at supporters in Bluffton, S.C. program. Sanders plans to University of Iowa on Jan. • Health care future security. on July 21, 2015. Photo courtesy cut all deductibles and co- 30. Photo courtesy of Ashley Green at the of Stephen B. Morton at the Associated Rubio wants to Press. Iowa State Daily. pays. eliminate the Affordable care act. •

Growl staff picks most enjoyable classes AP Calculus

Damaris Stroker My favorite class is AP Calculus. Although I cried everyday in class and wrote “sorry” on all of my tests, I am so grateful that I took that class. Not only did I learn a lot about math, I learned a lot of other valuable skills. AP Calculus taught me the importance of time management, prioritizing, and working hard. Through all night study sessions, I got the opportunity to bond and build new relationships with my teacher and classmates, and nothing compares to the feeling of relief and pride after you see a good result on an test. AP Calculus prepares you for every other class, and if you have already taken PreCalculus, you should definitely consider AP Calculus.

I missed a week and a half of the class after having appendicitis and an appendectomy, yet upon my return, the teacher did everything she could to help me catch up. At the end of the semester, because we had already completed the AP exam, we got to watch psychology related movies for probably two weeks, which was really cool because we got to see everything we had learned about put into action, and gave us a relaxing block when we were stressed finishing up our other classes. I would absolutely recommend this class to upcoming juniors and seniors, because I can guarantee you will learn something new about how the human brain functions and how it impacts us, which is incredibly interesting

Foods and Nutrition

Olivia Teach My favorite class this year has been Foods and Nutrition. I enjoyed this class because I learned to cook something besides Kraft mac and cheese. I learned how to make recipes such as baked mac and cheese, parmesan chicken, and sugar cookies. I would recommend this class to anyone who wants to improve their cooking skills.

AP Psychology

Abbie Carpenter My favorite class has been AP Psychology. The class packs in a ton of information in one semester, but it doesn’t feel overwhelming because the teacher made it so much fun.

Current Issues Sami Connor

One of my favorite classes has been Current Issues. This class gives an in depth look on what going on in the world right now. One of my favorite parts was learning a in brief history of each region. Current Issues really opened up my eyes of what’s going on and how each area is affected by situations. The cool thing about this class is each year you will get a different experience. I also like the discussion we held in class; it felt like we were facing the real life issues head on. If you are looking to learn about the world, sign up for this class.

Business Principles and Management Mason Chin

AP Human Geography Andrew Ball

I enjoyed AP Human Geography. This class related how humans interacted with one another, based on geography. From religions, to agriculture, to cities developing in past to present, I recommend taking this class. It is very interesting to see how some topics are represented today. This class will relate to our everyday life, as these topics will continue to affect us for the rest of our lives. It is very neat to understand how and why humans interact the way that they do and how geography can have an influence on that.

My favorite course I have taken in my high school experience so far is Business Principles and Management. The class is focused on giving students the basic outline of business skills and how they are implemented into the business world. From imaginative product creation to statistical marketing and shark tanking, the course gives you a feel for what a businessman/ woman would do each day. The class was so entertaining each day with a new task and creative new ways to learn lessons. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is interested in improving their business skills.

Entertainment Marketing Noah Johnson

My favorite class was Entertainment Marketing. This class focus on website design and marketing for companies. During my freshman year, I took this class, and Mr. Pisel showed me my passion for website design. We were tasked to create a website for the Mississippi Valley Track Club. Out of 100 student my website won, and www.mvtcqc.com is the website that started it all.

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Most anticipated movies of 2016 By Noah Johnson BettGrowl Online Editor

1.Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” is set in 1926 New York. The movie follows Newt Scamander who has just completed a global search to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stop to compile everything, he might have come and gone without any incident were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and some of Newt’s beasts, which could spell trouble for the magical and muggle worlds. I’m really excited for this movie, even though the movie is set 70 years before Harry Potter was even born. Another reason is because J.K Rowling wrote the screenplay for all three movies. J.K. Rowling takes us on another adventure in “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.” “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” part 1 hits theaters Nov. 18, 2016. Part 2 following the release of part 1 will be released in 2017, part 3 in 2018. 2.Suicide Squad “Suicide Squad” is a secret team of supervillains who have been imprisoned

by the United States government. The team undertakes high-risk missions for the government in exchange for a pardon of all crimes. If they succeed in their mission, they live to fight another day, and get their sentences reduced. But if they fail they can just be written off, hence the name “Suicide Squad.” The villains in the movie consist of Will Smith as Deadshot, who is a skilled assassin, Jared Leto as Joker, Tom Hardy as Rick Flag, who is the leader of the squad, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, who is a female version of the Joker; Jai Courtney as Boomerang, who is an ex-baseball player with a killer arm; Cara Delevingne as Enchantress, who is a pretty terrifying sorceress. This movie looks so good I can’t wait till Aug 5, 2016, when it hits theaters. 3.Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” features Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman. Fearing that Superman’s actions have been unchecked, Batman takes on Superman. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat Doomsday is

FCCLA promotes community service

By Annette Schneider Staff Reporter “FCCLA stands for Family, Career “I enjoy doing community service and and Community Leaders of America. I the intrinsic reward of helping others. participate in FCCLA to help others and it So far, the rake and run was my favorite is fun,” Gabrielle VanderVinne said. activity, which was an event we did as a VanderVinne, a junior, joined FCCLA random act of kindness. We bought yard this year and has enjoyed the community bags and drove around looking for houses, service activities they have done so far. in the community, that need their yards “My favorite thing we have done was raked. It was an easy and fun way to start baking cookies for the (The Fountains off the year,” Lira said. Senior Living Community) nursing home. They still have many events coming up We made the cookies as a group and the that have to do with community service next day we went and bonding. to deliver them. “We have It was fun baking a toilet paper with the other drive coming members, building up, for the a relationship with Humility of the nursing home Mary Shelter, residents and and another talking to them,” visit with a VanderVinne said. local elderly Sarah Rasing, home. We also a senior, joined in plan on doing the middle of her something with junior year when either serving she moved to FCCLA members perform a random act meals at a Bettendorf. of kindness by raking people’s yards local shelter “I wanted to get around the community. (L to R: Leah or helping out more involved with Evans, Jessica Ripslinger, Ella McDonald- at an animal the club and help Gravert, Madison Hornbuckle, Gabrielle s a n c t u a r y, ” plan the community VanderVinne, Annette Schneider and Lira said. service events, Alyssa Lira. “I’m really so I became the l o o k i n g secretary/social forward to the lock-in we have coming up media chair,” Rasing said. along with a visit to the nursing home,” Rasing enjoyed the coffee drive they Rasing said. did last year, which consisted of FCCLA The lock-in will take place in late members donating money and coffee to go February or early March, at the high school, to the Humility of Mary Shelter. and any FCCLA members are invited for Alyssa Lira, a senior, has been the food, games, movies and bonding. FCCLA president for two years.

created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences alongside Wonder Woman to stop Lex and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis. This movie hits theaters on March 25, 2016; Till then keep an eye on BettGrowl.org for updates and trailers. 4.X-men: Apocalypse “X-men: Apocalypse” is set in the 1980s, nearly a decade after “X-men: Days of Future Past.” A god since the dawn of civilization, the immortal Apocalypse is the first and most powerful mutant. After thousands of years being trapped in a forgotten prison in the desert, he recruits Magneto and other mutants to create a new world. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Charles Xavier and Raven lead a team of young X-men to stop their invincible nemesis from destroying mankind. X-men has always been one of my favorites. I can’t wait till May 27, 2016. 5.Alice Through the Looking Glass It has been more than five years since Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” took a the global box office with a gross of over $1 billion. Now the sequel “Alice Through the Looking Glass” heads to theaters on May 27, 2016. The sequel will find Alice returned to the world of Underland and discover that things are going very wrong. The Mad Hatter is “growing darker” and Alice is the

only person who can save him. In order to prevent the loss of her friend, Alice seeks out Time himself, a creature who is part man, part clock. Despite the warnings telling her she won’t be able to win a race against Time, Alice winds up going on a bit of time travel. During her travel through time, she encounters younger versions of the characters we know, and there will be some exploration into how we exactly came to know them. This movie is going to be a sequel but with the aspect of a prequel. RIP Alan Rickman. Before the movie was finshed Alan Rickman sadly past away. 6.Captain America: Civil War Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” finds Steve Rogers leading the newly formed team of Avengers, which includes Falcon, Vision, Ant-man, Scarlet Witch, and Spider-man, in their efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The proposal fractures the Avengers, resulting into two camps: one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference; the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability. Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” opens in theaters on May 6, 2016. Most of these movies don’t hit theaters till next summer so checkout www. bettgrowl.org for updates and trailers.

Level above, class below By Andrew Ball Staff Reporter

Being a sophomore on a sophomore said. “My teammates are great, there’s team can be hard enough, let alone being a never a dull moment.” sophomore on a varsity team. But 16-yearLike any sport, practice helps to make old Grace Erpelding is up for the challenge perfect. on the basketball court. “The practices are high intensity,” “I’ve been playing since I can Erpelding said. “Practice is where you get remember,” Erpelding said. “It’s always better, and in order to do that it has to be been one of my favorite sports.” that way.” Erpelding, who was originally on the So far this season, the Bettendorf girls sophomore/ junior varsity team, was pulled are up 6-4 in the MAC, but down 6-8 up after a varsity player was injured. overall. “It was exciting, but I was a little nervous Erpelding also had a few words for at first,” girls who Erpelding said. are trying But, she’s to make not the only the cut for sophomore varsity player on the or even team. There’s basketball actually four in general, more. “I would “I’m one of tell them the youngest to always players on the hustle and team, but it play your doesn’t feel Erpelding (left) and varsity team play against hardest like there’s an Assumption Knights at home. because age difference Photo courtesy Jeff Cook, Quad-City Times. nothing b e t w e e n g o e s anyone,” Erpelding said. Other sophomore unnoticed.” girls include Emily Ivory, Taylor Gnau, Even with the intense work and Erin Hatch, and Maddie Banks. frustration at times, Erpelding said being “Sometimes there’s frustration between on girls varsity basketball is simply players, but it never lasts long,” Erpelding “awesome.”

Trends: what Spotlight on students wear students, teacher Feb. 5, 2016


by Olivia Teach Growl Editor

Lokai Bracelet These Bracelets are $18 “Each Lokai is infused with elements from the highest and lowest points on Earth. The bracelet’s white bead carries water from Mt. Everest, and its black bead contains mud from the Dead Sea. These extreme elements are a reminder to the wearer to live a balanced life – staying humble during life’s peaks and hopeful during its lows,” (mylokai.com)

Fitbit Prices range from $99.95 to 249.95. Come in a variety of colors and some have clock face. The Fitbit is a wearable way to keep track of your fitness levels, including how many steps you take in a day.

Ivory Ella shirts Ivory Ella is a company that is affiliated with Save The Elephants. Ten percent of its profits go to the foundation. There are shirts for both men and women as well as phone cases, sweatshirts, elephant necklaces and water bottles.

MyIntent bracelet MyIntent bracelets are $18. The purpose of them is to have what you want to accomplish in your daily life. The words are carved into a washer and made in California. The washers have your purpose on them, with the goal of living your purpose. The bracelets come in silver or gold washers with either pink, purple, black, blue and red bands.

by Mason Chin Staff Reporter Andrew (Drew) Gerth is a sophomore and has been at Bettendorf High School since he moved here from the PV district in sixth grade. He is a committed player in the school’s football program, spending his time year round focused on football. From winter offseason, to summer workouts, to Andrew Gerth the glory of the season in the fall. Drew spends his free time napping and hanging out with friends, usually in that order. He appreciates Bettendorf High School because he has the choice of what path to follow in his high school journey. Favorites Song: Love Yourself, Justin Bieber Season: Summer College: LSU Singer: Taylor Swift Holiday: MLK day by Damaris Stroker Staff Reporter

Alex and Andi Bracelets are about $30. Annette Schneider has a St. Louis Cardinals one and she likes to wear it when she dresses up.

Caleb Claus teaches Pre Algebra, Algebra One and Survey of Math. He graduated from the University of Northern Iowa. “Originally, I wanted to be an engineer. I have always been interested in math, and I spent all of high school wanting to be an engineer. Then one day, my junior year, I realized I wanted to teach math,” Claus said. Although Claus has only been teaching since May, he has learned a lot from the few months of being a teacher. “I love being able to interact with kids, and meet a lot of people. In the short time I’ve been teaching, I have made a lot of relationships,” Claus said.


Lacey Clark is a junior and has attended BCSD all throughout her education. She is a volleyball player and very involved in her academics. She loves Bettendorf because of the class options she is allowed to chose from and the teachers that support her. Lacey likes to spend her free time doing homework or Lacey Clark playing with her cats. Her favorite person is Jorgie Heimendinger; Jorgie is like a sister to her. Favorites School Subject: Math Food: Tacos Teacher: Mojeiko Song: 7 years, Lukas Graham Movie: Big Hero 6

Claus went to Maquoketa High School, and his favorite high school memory was his senior homecoming week. Claus was on homecoming court and was one of the Caleb Claus captains of the football team. “Senior homecoming definitely was the highlight of high school. Our football team dominated our game, and that was the best high school dance I have attended,” Claus said.

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Spring break places to consider

by Annette Schneider Staff Reporter

With spring break coming up, there are a lot of places to consider visiting. Here are a few to help find the perfect destination for spring break. Consider visiting Cancun, Mexico. First, relax in one of the many boat tours available that also include beautiful scenery and buffet style food. Some allow you to snorkel, have stores for you to shop at and dance in the evening. A unique activity is to go to a spa that uses fish to eat the dead skin off your body. The Interactive Aquarium Cancun allows you to touch the sea urchins, feed sharks and swim with the dolphins. If you do not want to go to an interactive aquarium to swim with dolphins there are places that just have dolphins to swim with; one of the top places is Cancun Dolphin Royal Swim on Isla Mujeres. Another great place to visit is Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The awesome views and opportunity to relax is what makes boating great so you can scuba dive or snorkel on the reefs. If golfing appeals to you, there are many beautiful places to golf such as Punta Espada at Cap Cana, Corales Golf Club and La Cana Golf Club in the Puntacana Resort. Ziplining is popular to see wildlife and jungle-like scenery, and one of the top

places to go is Canopy Zipline Adventures. Fort Lauderdale, Florida, is known for its beautiful beach. Aside from the beach there are Segway tours to show yachts, mansions, skyscrapers and celebrity homes. For people who like to fish, especially really big fish, Fishing Headquarters offers boats to take you fishing. Surfing schools teach you how to surf, but if surfing is not your thing, there are a lot paddleboarding places to check out instead, such as Sunrise Paddleboards or Precision Paddleboards. Chicago is a great place to consider visiting. Restaurants, rides, stores, exhibitions and entertainment are all fun things to do on Navy Pier. The Lincoln Park Zoo is a great place to visit because it is one of the last free zoos in America, and it has over a thousand animals. The Millennium Park is also a great place to visit because you can see The Bean, visit the ferris wheel, hang out at the outdoor music pavilion and go ice skating. If you are looking for a sports, Wrigley Field is one of the smallest, oldest ballparks in America and is home to the Chicago Cubs. All information is from Trip Advisor (www.tripadvisor.com).

Bachelor made for royalty

by Sami Connnor Staff Reporter

“4.6/5 Stars” according to Barnes & Noble Length: 336 pages hardcover edition Published: April 24, 2012, by HarperTeen Author: Kiera Cass

“The Selection” is the second published work of Kiera Cass released in late April of 2012. Publisher weekly, School library journal, Booklist, and MTV All Gave “The Selection” Positive reviews. The Selection follows the story of America Singer, a lower member of the class system set up in the book. America Singer is 17 years old and is convinced by her family and secret boyfriend, Aspen, to volunteer for an event called the selection. The selection is where 35 girls are chosen to compete for the prince’s heart on the televised program. Through America’s eyes we see the issues of a developing young country and a unfair class system. While the book provided much entertainment through The bachelor -esque situation, but also the drama of a civil war, beginning to break out. America must deal with the feelings of heartache from being away from her family for the first time, the boy she thinks she loves, the drama of the girls in the castle and the prince himself. America has no choice but to stay tho, the longer she is there the more she can help her family. Each day America is in the house she is trained to be a proper lady. As the competition goes on she competes in royal task/ decisions to prove she is the best choice. Prince Maxmo and her begin to

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1. Pretty Little Liars “Pretty Little Liars” is set in a small town of Rosewood. The series follows lives of four girls: Spencer, Aria, Hanna, and Emily. Their friendships fall apart after the disappearance of their leader Alison. One year later the group is reunited when they begin receiving messages from a mysterious figure named “A,” who threatens to expose their deepest secrets, including ones they thought only Alison knew. At first, they think it’s Alison herself, but after her body is found, the girls realized it was someone else planning to ruin their lives. I finished watching “Pretty Little Liars” last month on Netflix. I loved this show so much because the show is set up for us as the audience to figure out who “A” is; it doesn’t ever focus on one antagonist; it twist and turns, moving from one character to another and even the girls once turned on each other. When I got to the end of season 5 I thought I finally put all the pieces together, but in the end I was wrong. Season 6 was called “The Summer of Answers” in which we finally found out who “A” is. I recommend this TV show for anyone looking for a good mystery/drama. 2. 90210 “90210” follows the lives of several wealthy students attending the West Beverly Hills High School in California. The show originally revolved around the Wilson family, including Annie, Dixon,

Harrison, and Debbie. Harrison has returned from Kansas to his Beverly Hills childhood home with his family to care for his drunk and sickly mother, Tabitha. Annie and Dixon struggle to adjust to their new lives while making friends and yet listening to their parents. It has been a couple of years since I have seen “90210” but I loved it so much. It shows the complexity of young adult lives no matter if you’re rich or poor. I recommend this show to any young adult looking to learn some important life lessons. 3. The Fosters “The Fosters” follows Lena and Stef, a interracial lesbian couple who are raising a biological son along with several other adoptive children. Lena is assistant school principal, who is determined to save children. She decides to take in Callie, a troubled teen with an abusive past which will turn the Foster’s family upside down. Stef is a tough but kind police officer who isn’t eager to add to their family while Lena tries to introduce new children to the family, not always with Stef’s knowledge. I recommend “The Fosters” for anyone because this show shows the ups and downs of a life in foster care and a lot about acceptance and love.

Great place to eat: Bowls Urban Eats by Sami Connor Staff Reporter

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develop a unique friendship. They make a promise, he won’t send her home as long as she is honest with him and help him decide who is the most fair girl. As the story continues, America begins to question who she loves, and if she is developing feelings for the prince, but with the country on the verge of war how could she help her family. Kiera Cass has written a unique story set up in a world where the idea of good and evil is a grey area, what one should want for oneself or her country, talking about social class issues and what it means to love.

If you’re looking for a hot new place to eat Bowls Urban Eats is the place. Bowls Urban Eats is located in downtown Davenport on the corner of E. 3rd Street. Bowls Urban eats is a one of kind restaurant and has no other locations. This little restaurant has an industrial feel, with hip vibe. I would say this restaurant is comparable to Noodles and Company, but better. Its styles of food are new world Italian, classic American, far east Asian, and a range of gluten free meals. When you first walk in you are greeted with a warm welcome. My recommendations would be the urban alfredo. This bowl is filled with delicious red and green peppers with lots of other vegetables too. This meal came out to be $9.18 including drink. This restaurant may not be big but it has a lot to offer for food and atmosphere. I would rate the restaurant 4/5 stars. The only improvement I feel needs to be made is more space. The restaurant does get crowded really quickly making everything feel tight.

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Swimmers conference champs

by Abbie Carpenter Staff Reporter

On Jan. 26, the boys’ swim team defeated Muscatine to earn the title of MAC Conference Champions 2015-2016. The Bulldog swimmers have had a very successful season so far, with an undefeated record in dual meets, and an invitational record of 2-1. The boys are anxiously anticipating the state meet, which will take place on Feb. 13 in Marshalltown. The success the swimmers have achieved did not come without some serious work. Intense two-a-day practices began in early November. The 5 a.m. practices are, “Really hard to get used to, but eventually you do, and it really helps the team bond,” said Junior Ryan Schade. Freshman J.R. Baker counters that, stating “You never get used to it, at least I didn’t. You’re dead tired by time Friday rolls around, and the weekends are never long enough.” While they are working extremely hard, there is fun involved too. Schade said, “My favorite part is definitely pasta parties because you get to spend time with people you don’t know as well and eat good food.”

Trevor Larson, one of the four Varsity captains, enjoys the family aspect between both JV and Varsity, and getting to lead the younger kids with the other captains. Andy Doyle, a senior in his second year of swimming, said, “We mess around and it really feels like a big family. That’s what gets you through.” Even as a freshman swimming for the JV team, Baker feels without the support of the upperclassmen, “I think most of the newbies would have quit by now.” Another activity the team enjoys is bleaching their hair and a few days later, the seniors get to shave whatever design they want into the rest of the team’s hair, which captain Grant Nickels says is one of the best parts of being a senior. After that, to prepare for districts, the boys shave their heads and legs, to lose any resistance in the water. As is the majority of the team, Baker’s hair is already so blonde and dead from all the chlorine he is ready to shave it all off. Now, when you see bald boys in the hallway, you can know they are an undefeated Bulldog swimmer ready to fight for the State Title.

Bulldogs fighting way through season by Mason Chin Staff Reporter Junior shooting guard Michael Baer also The boys basketball season is in full swing and it is a roller coaster of a year for has some key statements about the team the men in black and gold. Head coached moving forward into the postseason. “Once the postseason play begins, by P.E. teacher Curtis Clark, the team is currently 6-6 with more games to play until everyone in the state is 0-0. It doesn’t matter what players the other team has late February. The team has been at hard work each or how talented they are, anything can week preparing for their matchups and happen,” Baer said. The substate pairings have recently been in mid-season form they are fighting for released and in a winning record. With Bettendorf’s group experienced Seniors and is 13-0 powerhouse a strong Junior class the Pleasant Valley team has been improving along with notable throughout the season. teams such as At the moment, the Muscatine and leading scorer for the Clinton. group is senior Zak As the Bulldogs Emard. With 128 points Junior Nicholas Grothusen are preparing dropped this season reaching for a ball against to finish out the and average of 10.7 per Davenport North. season some key game, Emard is setting factors are going the standard for the rest of the boys. Following Zak in points are to come into play as they reach for their two juniors: JMichael Young with 97 and goal of the state tourney. The team has to constantly be improving and gaining Joe Martens with 85. Sharpshooter junior Joe Martens has energy as they can get drained as the season accumulated a notable amount of three- lingers on. From unexpected injuries to pointers. With 14 drained from beyond the game time decisions, all players on the arc, Joe has set himself apart from the pack. bench need to be prepared to put up points. Even with the talent the player has he Finally, the boys need to keep the morale is still humble and determined to go the of the team whether a game ends in a win distance to the state tournament as a team. or loss. The stage is set for a rigorous postseason, “It’s a basic fact: basketball is a team sport. No individual can make or and the Bulldogs have long way to go if break a game. I don’t believe in individual they want to hoist up that championship talent I believe in the team,” Martens said. trophy.

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Varsity girls face tough loss against CR Prairie by Andrew Ball Staff Reporter

Bettendorf girls varsity basketball had a tough play against Cedar Rapids Prairie, at Jan. 23’s game. Player Taylor Gau said that the “game started off on the right foot.” But, that changed soon after. By halftime the Bulldogs were down 3228. The trend continued and after the third quarter, Girls varsity basketball. Bettendorf was down 53-32. The game later ended with a score of 66-42. “We didn’t play our best, we couldn’t make shots when we needed to,” Emily Ivory said, “We could’ve worked harder and came out with a win.” Tasia Comer said, “I don’t think we gave

it our all.” But the girls all agreed that the loss shouldn’t reflect on their team. “Every team has off nights shooting and can always improve,” said Ivory. “We may have lost, but one loss can’t define our season,” Gau said. Comer said that their team is “still a good team team, we just had an off night and that happens.” So far this season, the Bettendorf girls are up 6-4 in the MAC, but down 6-8 overall. Comer said that the team will “work harder, train harder, and get mentally prepared for the next game,” which took place Tuesday, Jan.26, at Davenport North.

Senior wrestlers strive to be on top by Damaris Stroker Staff Reporter

With wrestling season quickly of baggage this season, from testifying coming to a close, the leaders of the team in court for the stabbing case of Drew look to close the season on a high note. Romkey and handling several AP classes Senior Max Erpelding, who and expressed the importance of time missed out on the entire season last year management. due to medical reason, is back and better “I have a lot going on, but I than ever. Erpelding is ranked second in always make sure I get what I need to get the state at the heavyweight weight class done. It’s all about having your eye on the and is more than determined to end his prize,” Gallagher said. final season on top. Finally, the last senior of the “After missing last season and trio is Jack Wagner. Wagner, a two time not being able state champ, is to train at all, I looking to be the came into this second wrestler season a little in school history nervous. I did to win three state not know where titles in school I stood at all, history. and I forgot how “It’s all about hard wrestling hard work. You really is,” get out of it what Erpelding said. you put into it,” Senior Jackson Gallagher pauses in a A l o n g match to speak to his coaches. Wagner said. with a handful Wagner started of top placings the season with at tournaments this season, Erpelding a knee injury, which prevented him from finished an impressive fourth place at the competing until after winter break. Kansas City Stampede, one of the top “Having to sit back and watch my competitions in the country, this season. teammates work and not being able to do “It feels good to be back with the anything killed me. I was hungry to get boys one last time,” Erpelding said. back on the mat,” Wagner said. One of those boys is senior Now healthy, Wagner is Jackson Gallagher. Gallagher, who is determined to win a third and final state ranked number one in the state at 138 title, and could not do so without the pounds, has worked through many support of his teammates. obstacles this season. “We have become a family. These “I really buckled down and trained boys are my brothers,” Wagner said. hard in the off season. I have improved in The individual state tournament is so many ways, and I want to keep doing Feb. 17-20. so,” Gallagher said. Gallagher has dealt with a lot

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Library’s new 3D printer excites students by Mason Chin Staff Reporter Recently, the library has acquired a new citizens of a community can come together device. The 3D printer is a state of the to learn, create and educate. art, innovative piece of equipment that is Librarian Tricia Cichosz is one of the available for student use. many people on the library The printer uses staff who help students create cartridges of plastics to and print. She enjoys the create the objects that creations the students come a computer file holds. up with and has even made These cartridges are less some of her own. expensive than the previous “As of right now, not many ones that were purchased classes are utilizing the 3D for the old 3D printer, printer for their courses. which is now outdated. However, many students The new device can print The new 3D printer is print in their free time as a objects much faster than centralized in the library hobby. The most popular its predecessor. Along with for anyone to use. object that has been printed is this new printer, another phone cases,” Cichosz said. innovation has been added with it. From origami to creating chess As a part of the new 3D printer, the pieces from the 3D printer, the library’s library has deemed a portion itself as a Makerspace allows students to express Makerspace. This area is devoted to be their imagination in new and exciting a place where students, educators and formats.

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