Bettendorf High School
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015
Vol. 52 Issue 2
Dekhockey fun for staff
by Karly Lent Staff Reporter
Students always like to know what teachers do when they are not grading papers or preparing for lessons. A few staff members participate in the local dekhockey league at Crow Creek Park off Devils Glen Rd. Patrick Levesque, creator of the local dekhockey complex, began playing the sport in his hometown in Canada, Trois Rivieres. “I began discussing with the city about the possibility of bringing the sport to the area parks,” Levesque said. “I built one rink in April 2012 and a second rink to hold all the players interested in 2014.” Dekhockey is a floor based sport played on a special court surface, in tennis shoes rather than skates like ice hockey. It is played three versus three, plus goalies with teams of seven to 10 players on a bench. The rink is 100 ft. by 50 ft. and the game has three 12 minute periods. Leagues run from April through October, Monday through Sunday. Ray Knight, English teacher, saw the dek courts when he and his wife moved to Bettendorf. “I played roller hockey growing up and was very interested,” Knight said. “In talking with some friends, I found out they had a team put together, and they invited
me to join. That team has since disbanded, but I’ve put my own team together.” Travis Hansen, head of technology in the district, joined Knight’s team. “I went from never having played any type of hockey previously to being completely hooked by about the third game I played,” Hansen said. “The league operator [Levesque], does a great job setting up the seasons, making sure there are refs for each game, and finding subs for teams that are shorthanded.” “Anyone can register a team for the spring or fall season, or get signed up as a free agent to be placed on a team,” Levesque explained. “I think his skill at running the leagues and the fact that he makes everyone feel welcome at the rinks are a big reason why dekhockey has gotten so popular here,” Hansen said. “We could play any night except Monday. Monday is dedicated to the women’s league,” Knight said. Not only do some staff play on the league, but Breelyn Seifert, science teacher, spends some of her time watching
the games as her husband is on the team Knight created. Dekhockey is no ordinary sport. It is newer to the area, and people are still starting to learn more about the sport. “It’s a different atmosphere than most other recreational sport leagues,” Seifert said. Knight also loves the atmosphere and the fact that the league pushes him to improve. “I love taking on a sport where I’m still learning and have lots of room for improvement,” Knight said. “I like going against more skilled players/ teams, and having to raise my game in order to make a competitive game.” Levesque loves how the sport brings families together. “My favorite part about dekhockey is the accessibility to all ages and sports abilities,” Levesque said. “We will have a family cheering on their son on Sunday, then the mom playing on Monday, and the dad playing later in the week. It’s so fun to see the entire family get involved!” Hansen loves the sportsmanship in the league and the fact that it’s a great workout. “The best part about our team is the fact that we are competitive and are working to win, but at the end of the day we all
understand that we’re out there to have fun,” Hansen said. “We never forget we are in a rec league, and we don’t get too fired up about it,” Knight said. “The best part is that we hang out after each game and talk about more than just dekhockey, like the Ray Knight Hawkeyes and raising kids.” Seifert doesn’t play in the league, but says she has played before. “I am not very good. I have to practice more before I will play in an actual game, but it’s a lot of fun,” Seifert Travis Hansen said. Knight doesn’t want students to forget the annual “BHS Dek Hockey Tournament” held in the spring that benefits the Student Hunger Drive. “It’s a good time, with a good sport, and Breelyn Seifert benefits a good cause,” Knight said.
Noah’s Tech Corner
iPad IOS 9 update is available Noah Johnson BettGrowl Online Editor
With the release of Apple iOS 9 on Sept. 16, many people have a lot of questions about the update. There are a couple of hidden features. The update is available on iPads and iPhones. One of the hidden features is the new search bar in settings. “There’s a new search bar in the Settings app that lets you quickly locate a specific setting by typing in what you’re looking for. Want Siri settings? Search for Siri, and all the settings options for Siri will be shown in a list,” according to Apple. Another hidden feature is the low power mode, “When your battery is hovering around 20 percent, iOS will ask you if you want to enable Low Power Mode. Once it is on it will disable background app refresh, auto downloads, and a few other things that might help you squeeze some extra battery life,” according to
TechCrunch.com. There is a new screenshot and selfie folder in Photos. “Sometimes Facebook shoves you into Messenger. Sometimes Safari shoves you into Twitter. Sometimes you just want to get back to what you were doing. The status bar now has a one-tap arrow that’ll takes you back into whatever you were doing last any time one app tosses you into another,” according to TechCrunch. com. One of the newest features is the apple news app. “News puts all the stories you’re interested in, all in one place,” according to the Apple website. People no longer have to download different news apps;. According to Apple, the update to the Notes app has made it easier to use. “Want an easy way to make a checklist or to-dos? Consider it done. Or add a photo, web link, or map to a note. You can even draw a sketch with your finger,” according to the Apple website. Apple has created a awesome
new notes app, allowing users to add PDFs and docs to notes to view them with the notes. Apple also updated its maps app. “When you plan a route, every step of your trip is laid out from point A to point B. And with the nearby feature, it’s easier to see what’s around you and decided on places to shop, eat, and more. The other features on the Apple map app is the nearby, When you search in Maps, you’ll see a list of categories including Food, Drinks, Shopping, Fun and more,” according to Apple.com. The new Apple Wallet is useful because more and more people are using their phones as a debit or credit cards. “Use Apple Pay to securely and easily make purchases with your credit and debit cards now including Discover. You can even access Wallet by double clicking the Home button when your IPhone is lock. Soon you’ll be able to use store credit card like Kohl’s charge or JCPenney credit card. And you’ll be able to add rewards cards, like Dunkin’ Donuts DD
Perks, Walgreens Balance Rewards, and MyPanera, to your Wallet app and receive and redeem rewards,” according to the Apple website. Apple has tried to get users to stop using Google Drive by creating ICloud Drive which allows the user to access any file saved to iCloud. iPads have always been known for their multitasking but have now gone to a new level with Slide Over. A user can open a second app without leaving the first app, simply by sliding the app away. On the iPad Air 2, iPad Pro, and the iPad Mini 4, a user can split the iPad screen in half and have two apps open at the same time. Split View allows the user to have two apps open and active at the same time. According to Gadgets, “Work on a sketch with the reference photo beside it. Or write a paper while copying citations from a book in iBooks. When everything you need is right in front of you, it’s easier to focus.” If students have questions about the update, talk to the tech people in the library for help.
Ways to stay healthy as the season changes
Oct. 16, 2015
The Growl Editorial
As the season begins to change from summer to fall, getting sick is much easier with coughs, flus, and germs spreading among all the students. Don’t worry, for there are solutions to combating germs and protecting your immune system from intruders. Keep A Routine Keeping a routine is one of the simplest ways to stay healthy. To most teenagers, however, routines and habits are challenging to maintain. Social media, homework, friends, and Netflix all contribute to knocking high schoolers off their routine. For every school night, lay out time dedicated for homework, a workout, and even social media. If this does not work, make sleep an important priority in your day. If you set a bedtime of 10, 10:30, or 11 every night, the time forces you to work according to your routine. The same goes for waking up. Maybe instead of working out after a long day of school, set an alarm an hour early to squeeze in a jog. A routine, while it may sound petty or tedious, actually helps your sleep, schedule, and balanced lifestyle. Sleep is
a problem for most teenagers, so why not have your life revolve around it. Eat Breakfast, Gosh Darn It Skipping breakfast is one of the easiest things to do for a high schooler. Believe it or not, eating breakfast helps tremendously with weight loss. In reference to keeping a good routine, eating breakfast each day makes you eat less during lunch or while snacking. For waking up, reward yourself with a good breakfast. Find three to five breakfast items you love. Items like cereal and milk for one day, granola and yogurt the next, or a heat up breakfast burrito which are all ridiculously cheap, healthy, and filling. Proteins are also very important. Anything from ham, yogurt, milk, or a cheese stick will help to keep you full the entire day. Each day you can have a different option. Also, because you will not be as hungry, you will be able to have a cheaper or lighter lunch. Saved money is always important. Drink That Water For those who like losing weight without incredibly rigorous workouts, a healthy diet is feasible. You have lean proteins, a
routine, sleep, but what else? Water, my friend. A $12 water bottle may very well be the best weight loss trainer you have ever bought. Drinking water during the entire day is extremely helpful. Most people think that they are hungry, when in reality, they are actually dehydrated. After breakfast, drink water the entire morning and see how hungry you are for lunch. We are not encouraging to go on an “all water diet” but make H20 a main component of your daily life. In addition to saving extra calories, water will keep you energized. You do not need to order or make elaborate tea or coffee. Along with protein, hydration is a true energy source that can keep you awake, energized, and healthy. Protect Yourself Germs are easily passed from one person to another through casual contact. For instance, if a person with a cold just blew his nose and then grabs the door handle, those nasty little viruses are clinging to the door handle, just waiting to jump on board your hands. Then you rub your nose because it itches, and voila! You have just transferred the viruses into your nose to
begin attacking you. So, wash your hands. One of the best ways to avoid catching those viruses guaranteed to make you miserable is to WASH YOUR HANDS. Often. Regularly. Before you eat. After using the restroom. Another tip: keep your hands away from your face. If you could see all the invisible critters on your hands, you would be appalled. So don’t touch your face--all those nasties are just waiting to find a way into your immune system to compromise it. And one more: get a flu shot. Children as young as six months can get a flu shot, so go for it. And still another: if you are sick, stay home. Don’t spread your germs to the rest of us. Yeah, it’s a pain having to make up the work, but better to make up the work than fell your classmates with your germs. Besides, if you feel lousy, you won’t get much out of class anyway. Stay healthy. Eat well. Get some exercise. Go to bed at the same time each night. Drink plenty of water. Wash your hands. Stay home when you’re sick. Your immune system will thank you. And so will ours.
Top 10 things to do during fall
by Karly Lent Staff Reporter The fall season is here which means there are different activities to participate in that won’t be available in other seasons. Fall is my favorite season for many reasons including the temperature dropping, leaves changing colors and yummy comfort food. Sometimes there are so many options of things to do in the fall that I don’t know what to pick! Here are some ideas for people who want to get out and have some fun this fall season. 1. Go to the pumpkin patch. This seems like an obvious fall activity, but you can take your family/friends with and make a whole day out of it. Afterwards, you can carve the pumpkins and bake the seeds that were inside! (heat oven to 300 degrees, toss seeds in melted butter and salt, bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown). Ideas on where to go: • Country Corner Farm Market: 5333 US-150, Alpha, IL 61413 • Pride of the Wapsi: 14600 305th St, Long Grove, IA 52756 • Buffalo Pumpkin Patch: 1500 Front St, Buffalo, IA 52728 2. Make chili. This warm meal is great for any fall day. Look online for recipes or pick out your family’s signature recipe. Pour a bowl, watch some football, or just enjoy a dinner with your family.
3. Donate to the Student Hunger Drive. The student hunger drive comes around once a year and it happens to be in the fall. One food item can make all the difference in a family’s life.
4. Haunted Houses. For the people who love a good scare, haunted houses are the perfect activity for you and they only come around in the fall near Halloween. There are a great deal of haunted houses around the Quad Cities, so grab your friends and search for the scariest one out there! Ideas on where to go: • QC Factory of Fear: 5027 4th Ave, Moline, IL 61265 • Shock House: 2621 4th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61240 • Terror at Skellington Manor: 420 18th St, Rock Island, IL 61201 • House of 1000 Screams: 1116 W. 6th St, Davenport, IA. • Asylum of Mad Dreams: Cordova Raceway 19425 Rt 84 N, Cordova, IL 61242 • Torment at Twelve Hundred: 5030 N 1200th Ave, Orion, IL 61273 • Davenport Jaycees Haunted House: 319 Western Ave, Davenport, IA 52801 5. Go to an apple orchard. Similar to going to the pumpkin patch, but you’ll bring home totally different items! Apple orchards have a multitude of different varieties to choose from like Mcintosh, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious, or Gala, just to name a few. You can bob for apples, make desserts out of them, or just eat them plain. Ideas on where to go: • The Big Apple Orchard: 1115 U.S. 30 Mt Vernon, IA 52314 • Gravert’s Apple Basket Orchard: 54757 US-52 Sabula, IA 52070 • Allen’s Orchard: 5801 10th St Marion, IA 52302
6. Go through a corn maze. We live in Iowa! There is corn everywhere and some local farms put in a lot of work to create mazes for the public to go through. Ideas on where to go: • Pride of the Wapsi: 14600 305th St Long Grove, IA 52756 • Haunted Carver Farms: 28322 Great River Rd, Princeton, IA 52768 7. Take a walk. If the weather is nice, you can enjoy looking at the different colors fall has to offer under the warmth of the sun. Take your friends, family, or significant other for some company! 8. Bake some goodies. There’s nothing I love more than the smell of treats being baked in the kitchen. Apple pie, pumpkin bars, popcorn balls or caramel apples are some typical fall sweets. You can bake some desserts and deliver them to family or friends to bring a smile to their face (or just eat them all yourself, either option works). Check out page 4 for some recipe ideas.
9. Go to a drive-in movie theater. Now this activity can be done in the summer too, but the plus side to going in the fall is getting all snuggled up in blankets under the cool air. For all you guys out there, this is a perfect date idea...or it can just be a family night out or a night to spend with friends. Check out the local drive-in movie theater listings closest to you. Ideas on where to go: • Blue Grass Drive-In: 774 W. Mayne St. Blue Grass, IA 52726 • 61 Drive In Theatre: 1228 Highway 61 Delmar, IA 52037 10. Have a bonfire. Invite your friends, roast marshmallows, hangout by the warmth of the flames, and enjoy the night sky.
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Clothing drive MS Windows 10 helps children update available Noah’s Tech Corner
Oct. 16, 2015
There are many ways to give back in the community, and one includes the clothing drive that was run by Brittany Carlson and Mandy Myers. “We would love to see everyone from teachers to students bring in clothes,” Carlson said. They placed boxes in each classroom and each wing of the school. From Oct. 5-12, it was Carlson and Myers goal was to fill a least 20 boxes of clothing. They have placed boxes in each classroom and each wing of the school. “We both really wanted to make a difference in children’s lives and felt like
a clothing drive was a realistic project to do that can really help our community,” Myers said. Carlson said, “You all can get involved. We would love it if everyone could at least donate something from a sweatshirt or shirt to a whole garbage bag full.” Those who donated clothes brought in clothing from newborn size to 18 year old adult size. All the clothing donated went to local organization called Winnie’s Wishes, at 1605 Brady St., Davenport, where children can get the clothes they like or want for free.
Choir honors veterans by singing
By Leah Evans Staff Reporter
Bettendorf’s top choral group, concert choir, performed at the Northridge HyVee on Wednesday, Sept. 23, for the honor flight. The group is led by Brandon Fraseur and is made up of sophomore and upperclassmen boys and girls. “We got to sing and eat there. We didn’t get to eat with the veterans but we got to go through and thank them for their service,” sophomore Cece Ballard said. “Some of the veterans sing along to the songs, and it’s really amazing to see,” junior Maddy Carroll said. The group sang a medley of armed forces songs, and veterans from each branch stood during their song. The choir also performed “America the Beautiful” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”
“My favorite song is the medley because it is really humbling to see the veterans stand up during their song and to see how proud they are of what they were a part of,” Carroll said. The Honor Flight Network is a non profit organization that honors and thanks veterans for their service in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War by flying them to Washington, D.C. to tour the monuments commemorating the wars. “It’s always rewarding to get to see how grateful they are to see us and how we get to personally thank them for their service,” senior Abbie Carpenter said. According to the National Honor Flight website, the first Honor Flight tour in the country was in May 2005 and more flights leave nearly every day. The Honor Flight of the Quad Cities was formed in 2008.
by Noah Johnson BettGrowl Online Editor
Windows 10 was released on July 29, 2015, so take a look at the best new features it brings to your PC, laptop, tablet and smartphone. Back in 2012 when Windows 8 was released, many loved the new Start screen, but the Start screen was very complicated because you couldn’t really find anything you were looking for. Windows 10 has the best of both worlds. “The full-screen Start screen of Windows 8 is back to being a Start menu in Windows 10 that tries to combine the best of both options. You get a scrolling Start menu that’s restricted to a single column, But you also get an extra pane where you can pin Windows 8-style tiles, complete with ‘rotating 3D cube’ animations of live tiles,” according to Tech Radar. When Windows phone came out a few years ago, users were introduced to Cortana, a search and control system for the phone but now Microsoft welcomes Cortana to PC’s and tablets. “The Windows Phone assistant shows up in Windows 10 as a search pane on the taskbar, That gets you apps you have installed, documents you have access to, apps you could install from the Store, search results from the web and a range of other information,” according to Tech Radar. Microsoft also introduces the new Edge Internet browser. “To catch up with fast-moving browsers like Chrome and Firefox, Microsoft took its browser back to basics, ripping
out years of code that didn’t fit with web standards and making a lean, fast browser,” according to Tech Radar.
One of the best new features is that Windows 10 is free for all users. Current users of Windows 7, Windows 8.1, and Windows Phone 8.1 will be able to upgrade to the new operating system for free as long as they do so within one year of Windows 10’s July 29 launch. Once you’ve claimed the upgrade it’s permanent. There are a lot of cool new features to Windows 10.
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Failure not an option for most By Noah Johnson BettGrowl Online Editor
Failure is one issue everyone deals with at some point in life. Some people are so scared of failing that they won’t try anything, but others look failure in the face and turn it into a positive. Many people like to think about what they would do if they could not fail. Several students had ideas about the topic. Saraiah Walker said, “I would want to cook or speak a different language, because speaking a different language is cool, and I would feel safe cooking for people, then I can’t poison them.” When Walker tried to cook last year, she said she almost poisoned her family. With nearly 795 million people going hungry every day, Alicia Jensen tackled the topic of world hunger. She said, “I would end world hunger because there are too many people starving in our world.” Many students wanted to have a superpower. “I would want to be invisible because if I can’t fail, I would be invisible,” Courtney McClaine said. Other students talked about what they would like to do. “I would get every cat on the streets into
Apple Peanut Butter Cookies Makes 2 ½ dozen Courtesy of www.tasteofhome.com Ingredients: • ½ cup shortening • ½ cup chunky peanut butter • ½ cup sugar • ½ cup packed brown sugar • 1 egg • ½ tsp. vanilla extract • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour • ½ tsp. baking soda • ½ tsp. salt • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon • ½ cup grated peeled apple
Directions: In a large bowl, cream the shortening, peanut butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla. In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in apple. Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 2 in. apart onto greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for about 5 minutes before removing to wire racks.
movies every viewer likes By Olivia Teach and Annette Schneider Editor / Staff Reporter 1. Hocus Pocus
a home for love and care,” Carmela Celis said. Trae Nordstrom said, “I would like to be a professional skater because it’s a lot of fun, and I would win a lot of money.” Holly Harrington said, “I would be student body president.” Math teacher Marty Resner said, “I would be a college football coach because I have a strong passion for football, and it would be cool to be able to coach at the college level. It would also open up more opportunities such as recruiting, money, etc.” “I would do as much as I could and learn as much as I could. I would fulfill my dreams. I would buy a lot of sloths and save them from endangerment. I would work out, eat healthy, and live positively. I would try to make the world a better place,” Emily Baker said. The ideas are all challenging, but even (according to old proverbs) the longest journey starts with a single step. As students move on through life, encourage them to take that single step and see where that step takes them. Maybe some of these ideas will come true.
Tasty fall recipes by Karly Lent Staff Reporter
Pumpkin Pecan Cupcakes Makes 2 dozen Courtesy of www.tasteofhome.com
Bites Ingredients: • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size) • 1 can (15 oz.) solid-pack pumpkin • 3 large eggs • ½ cup canola oil • 1 tbsp. ground cinnamon • 1 tsp. baking soda • ¼ tsp. ground cloves • 36 pecan halves, Cream Cheese Frosting Ingredients: • ½ cup softened butter • 4 oz. softened cream cheese • 1 tsp. vanilla extract • 3 ¾ cups confectioners’ sugar • 2 to 3 tbsp. milk • Ground cinnamon Bites Directions: In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pumpkin, eggs, oil, cinnamon, baking soda and cloves. Beat on low speed for 30 sec. then beat on medium for 2 min. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Press a pecan piece into each. Bake at 350 degrees for 22-26 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Cream Cheese Frosting Directions: In a small bowl, cream the butter, cream cheese and vanilla until light and fluffy. Gradually add confectioners’ sugar and mix well. Add enough milk to achieve spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with cinnamon.
2. Twitches (one and two) 3. Casper 4. The Nightmare Before Christmas 5. Friday the Thirteenth movies 6. Halloweentown (one, two, and thre) 7. Halloween--The Curse of Michael Myers 8. BeetleJuice 9. Young Frankenstein 10. Coraline 11. Ghostbusters
12. Matilda 13. Harry Potter movies 14. The Haunted Mansion 15. R.L. Stine movies
Tasia Comer broke out in a big smile when asked about her favorite Halloween movie because she knew instantly what to say. “‘Twitches’ is a funny movie and I like the characters in it. It is a good movie to watch if you need something to do on a Friday night,” Comer said. Emily Miller had to think hard about what her favorite Halloween movie is. “I like ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’ because I like the style of the movie. I also like it because it is my two favorite holidays in one movie, Halloween and Christmas,” Miller said. Joy Bauer knew right away what her favorite Halloween movie is. “I like ‘Ghostbusters’ because of the setting. It is a nice movie for teenagers to watch,” Bauer said. Trevor Ollar agrees with Bauer that “Ghostbusters” is by far the best. “It is a timeless classic,” Ollar said. Alicia Jensen, also, agrees with Bauer and Ollar about ‘Ghostbusters’ being a Halloween favorite. “It is a good movie with a great theme song,” Jensen said.
Fears challenge students
By Annette Schneider Staff Reporter
Megan Schade, a junior, has no problem naming off a list of things she is afraid of. “I am afraid of everything. Such as sharks, spiders, stingrays, death, hospitals, getting kidnapped and getting murdered. My biggest fear, though, is sharks. If I ever came in contact with one I would probably cry and go into shock,” Schade said. Gabrielle VanderVinne, a junior, has a fear of spiders that causes her to change where she sleeps. “I saw a spider in my room and I
Nic Raso, a junior, has to think hard about what he is afraid of before he gives an answer. “I am afraid of being in tight, small spaces because people smell, and it might be warm in temperature,” Raso said. John Lindaman, a senior, has a fear of wasps and hopes he will never have to encounter one. “I do not like wasps. When I see a wasp I try to chill out and hope I am not on its hit list. My biggest fear is to be in a car with
immediately called my dad to come and kill it. After he killed it I went and slept in my sister’s room, who is at college right now, because I thought there might be more. Also, my room is in the basement and hers is on the main level,” VanderVinne said. Nick Ratigan, a sophomore, cannot watch the Indiana Jones movies because of his fear of snakes. “I have always hated snakes. They are just terrible creatures that slither and hiss. If I ever came into contact with one I would just start swatting at it with anything I could find,” Ratigan said.
one,” Lindaman said. Sarah Michaelson, a teacher, has a fear of bad guys as well as some first hand experience with them. “I am afraid of bad guys being in my apartment. Right when I get home I check my shower, behind the couch and my furnace closet. One time, at University of Iowa in Burge dormitory, I saw a man sleeping on the a couch during the summer, and I knew no one was supposed to be there. So I called the police and I thought only one or two would come, but a ton just swarmed in. Turns out there was a warrant for his arrest,” Michaelson said.
Digital music offered in class
Oct. 16, 2015
by Fritzy Swearingen Staff Reporter Throughout the past decades, music, along with technology, has transpired to amazing levels. However, as technology gets the praise through ideas like the iPhone, PS4, or Uber, digitally made music gets backlash for not being real music. In the midst of orchestra, band, AP Music Theory and chorus classes, digital music is the newest music class offered. In this class, students can be seen expanding into a new music-making method, composing songs, or exploring their curiosity. For the first year of projects, students have made their own compositions, remakes, video game music, mashups, and remixes of songs. Students are challenging themselves to make songs with chorus and band students as well. Because this year is the first for digital music, the curriculum has been fairly flexible on what students can do with their time. This model has fostered creativity from both inexperienced and experienced students. Dennis Davis, a sophomore,
goes by the name “Dennero” on YouTube. His remixes of Vine and social media trends rack in hundreds of thousands to millions of views. For him, digital music is a class where he can showcase his talents. Reagan Johnson, a senior band student, is a rapper on the side. For him, the class offers an opportunity to explore the creation of instrumentals. Students are proving that a person can have musical talent through the use of a computer or iPad. iPads are greatly integrated into the music composition. Garageband is used along with over 10 apps that can be added as instruments. On an average class day, one would walk into a silent classroom filled with silence. Every student has an iPad and earbuds in while vigorously tapping on their screens. Although frustrating when recording, editing and tediously fixing, digital music is a class that can be counted on to be popular in the next few years. Next class registration, get in “tune” with the musical side.
Drumline enjoyed for homecoming By Brandon Gore Staff Reporter
from north lot during the morning, you When students think of drumline, they might have heard them banging away. often think about parade the halls during Or perhaps, during a football game, you homecoming week. Although Sam Hall, might have seen their intricate marching Stuart Swearingen, Grant Nickles, and formations while they play. “Playing cadence for the student section Josh McDowall all and parading the agree that parade the stands is the best part,” halls is the best part, said Sophia Pike, a there is more that goes freshman tenor player. on behind the scenes. Pike, who also “Memorizing plays violin and show music is trombone, is one of probably the hardest two tenor players. This part of drumline,” sometimes presents said Swearingen, a huge challenges. freshman snare player. “As the second McDowall, a senior tenor player, it can be bass player, finds a challenge matching drumline to be fun; Members of the drumline Grant and staying however, he also during Parade the Halls include clean with him,” Pike agrees that it can be Grant Nickles, Sophia Pike, said. challenging. Logan Zweifel, Sam Hall, Nickles, Hall, “Sometimes it can Shanda Westerkamp, Courntey McDowall, Pike, and be hard marching and Kloft, Mariah Kennedy, Josh Swearingen started learning the steps,” McDowall, David Smidt, Athena their percussion said McDowall. Bruner, Nick Wilkins, Levin careers in middle Nickles, a senior Leesemannm, Trevor Vaughan school. All of them tenor player, said, joined drumline “staying clean can be during their freshman hard.” To a drummer, year. Swearingen “clean” means sounding good and being in and Nickles played piano before coming sync with everyone else. to percussion which helped with their As one could tell, drumline involves cadence and rhythm. a lot of practice. In fact, walking inside
Donate to the Student Hunger Drive!
We need your help to reach our goal of 65,000 lbs. and win our division three years in a row. The most needed items are: • peanut butter • cereal • stew • soups • tuna • chili • canned fruit • canned meats Check out the different hunger drive events on page 8 and take cans to a student council member.
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Review: ‘Maze Runner’ series
Thunder Bay Grille ‘The Scorch Trials’ doesn’t disappoint good entertainment
By Leah Evans Staff Reporter
Getting the time to eat a good breakfast is a great advantage of the weekend. Getting brunch is a good idea because it serves breakfast foods and lunch foods. Thunder Bay Grille in Davenport is now my favorite place to eat brunch. I was very satisfied after I went to Thunder Bay Grille for Sunday brunch several weekends ago. After getting our drinks, my family and I went to the buffet and were overwhelmed by the variety and amount of food they had. Being a big breakfast person, I went straight to the waffle bar where they had mini belgian waffles with butter, syrup and different fruit toppings such as raspberries and strawberries that were in juice. I also enjoyed their scrambled eggs and fresh fruits, like melon, grapes and strawberries. The buffet also serves turkey, grits, fried shrimp, catfish, hash browns, sausage,
bacon, ham, an omelet bar and yogurt with blueberries. Each time we went back to the buffet, the food always tasted fresh and warm. The service was also very good. The people in the buffet were always refilling the food that was running low and had friendly smiles on their faces. This was my first time eating at Thunder Bay Grille and I will definitely come back again with my family. I highly recommend it. The buffet is $14.99 and drinks aren’t included. At 12 p.m., we didn’t have to wait to get a table and it wasn’t crowded. There was only one other large group of six people there at the same time and a few tables with two or three people each. Thunder Bay Grille is located on 6511 Brady St, Davenport. Brunch is served on Sundays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.
The interior of Thunder Bay Grille gives a lodge-like atmosphere with fireplaces and wooden chairs. The building was very clean and tidy during my visit.
Ask the expert: Stay healthy By Leah Evans Staff Reporter
Going back to school brings exposure to new germs and illnesses especially influenza, more commonly known as the flu. “Bringing all the students back to the school after they haven’t seen each other exposes them to germs,” school nurse Roxanne Schmertmann said. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the seasonal flu usually occurs between October and May and the sickness peaks around December or January. Symptoms of the flu include fever, cough, sore throat, stuffy or runny nose, headaches, body aches and fatigue. “At school we aren’t seeing any pertussis (whooping cough) but we are seeing upper respitory things like nasal drainage, sore throats, coughs and occasionally stomach aches,” Schmertmann said. After being sick, you cannot have a temperature of over 99.6°F and you have to be vomit and diarrhea free for 24 hours.
The best ways to prevent being sick is washing your hands, eating a well balanced diet, drinking plenty of liquids and getting enough sleep. “Taking a multivitamin everyday is a good way for teenagers to balance out what they don’t get in their everyday diet,” Schmertmann said. Multivitamins can be bought at grocery stores, pharmacies and health food stores. As for vaccinations, the Centers for Disease Control recommends the flu shot for every age, even as young as six months old. By the time you are a freshman, you need to have a one time dose of tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis vaccines and for all other ages booster shots are recommended. “We understand students may not feel 100 percent every day but stress can run down your immune system,” Schmertmann said. Even if you have a big project due or a test, stay home from school if you aren’t feeling well. You won’t be able to do as well on your test or speaking in a presentation if you aren’t feeling your best.
Flu shots are available at doctors’ offices and most pharmacy stores such as Walgreens or CVS.
by Noah Johnson BettGrowl Online Editor
“7/10 Stars” According to IMDB Rating: PG-13 (for extended sequences of violence and action, some thematic elements, substance use and language) Length: 132 Minutes Genre: Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller Release Date: Sept. 18, 2015 Stars: Dylan O’Brien, Kaya Scodleario, Thomas BrodieSangster, Adan Gillen.
“The Scorch Trials” is the second movie in The Maze Runner Series. The movie focuses on five boys and one girl who have just completed phase one of the trials the maze. “In this next chapter of the epic ‘Maze Runner’ saga, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his fellow Gladers face their greatest challenge yet: searching for clues about the mysterious and powerful organization known as WCKD. Their journey takes them to the Scorch, a desolate landscape filled with unimaginable obstacles. Teaming up with resistance fighters, the Gladers take on WCKD’s vastly superior forces and uncover its shocking plans for them all,” according to 20th Century Fox. I saw the movie with a group of friends one week after the movie was released. I have also read all the books. There are a lot of differences between the books and movie but both are extremely good. I was very excited when the movie came out because in this movie we get to see the Cranks for the very first time. “They’re like zombies, but worse. They have this thing called the Flare, which is a disease that turns them into sniveling monsters,” according to MTV. “This film has everything from sand storms and lightning to Zombies and evil henchmen. It’s as though the writer/ director said ‘let’s throw everything into the story that we can and see what sticks’, and then when it came time to edit some of it out, everything cost so much to make that they didn’t want to remove it. “The sets are, however, outstanding. The scorched Earth is something I want to see again. You do start wondering though--if all these giant mazes are apparently around the place, with green pastures inside, why would anyone live in the desert when they can live quite happily inside the maze?” according to IMDB. “The Scorch Trials” was a very good movie. My rating for the film was a 9/10 stars because there were a lot of parts from the book that got left out, but I guess that’s Hollywood for ya.
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“The Maze Runner,” the first movie in the series, was released in September 2014. The film was a box office success, coming in as the seventh highest grossing film released in that month. T h o m a s and the fellow gladers on their adventure in a world catastrophe. The world has been scorched with Sun Flares and has turned almost everyone on earth into Cranks (Zombies). There are young children that can survive the Flare. A group known as WICKED has taken Thomas and hundreds of other children to experiment on them to see which ones can survive the flare. The story starts with 20 boys living in a maze they call “The Glade.” Thomas’ memory is wiped just like all of the others before him. He is scared and needs to find answers to why he was sent to this strange place but no one will give a straight anwer. They are stuck in the Maze. Will they find a way out or will they get killed by the robots created by WICKED? The final movie in “The Maze Runner Series” will be released on February 17, 2017.
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Wagner wrestles in all-star event by Damaris Stroker Staff Reporter Returning two-time state champ and “It’s an honor to wrestle in Carversenior Jack Wagner is in for a Night of Hawkeye Arena. Every wrestling fan in Conflict on Friday, Oct. 16. Wagner will Iowa knows that Carver-Hawkeye is a huge compete at an all-star wrestling event stage to be on. With a large crowd expected at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City to come, I am excited, but nervous, to in which Iowa’s top wrestle on such wrestlers compete an important against the nation’s stage,” Wagner best. said. Wagner will face Practice makes Jason Renteria, a junior perfect, and at Oak Park River Wagner is the Forest High School in perfect example Illinois and University of this. He trains of Iowa verbal commit. year-round for The last time Wagner wrestling and faced Renteria, has done no Jack Wagner wrestling in the 2015 State Renteria came out on differently for Finals. He went on to win the match 9-4. top, winning a 7-5 Night of Conflict. entertaining match at “I wrestle the Clash XIII this past wrestling season. about three or four days a week, lift three This is Wagner’s first ever all-star days a week, and speed and agility train wrestling event; however, although his two days a week during offseason. Winning emotions are high, he is ready to compete state titles and big matches is worth all the and start off senior year with huge win on training, and I hope that all my hard work a huge stage. pays off at Night of Conflict,” Wagner said. “I am anxious to compete against such Wagner is always up to better himself on a solid competitor! The past times I have the mat, and to do this he must sacrifice a wrestled Renteria I have not come out on lot. top, but, at Night of Conflict, I want to “I would not be successful if I didn’t change that,” Wagner said. make being successful a priority. I might With a win over Renteria, Wagner will have gone to wrestling camp over senior put himself even more in the eyes of the homecoming or not have as much free time nation as one of the best high school to hang out with friends, but when you wrestlers. An event of this magnitude is truly love something you give up some only fitting for one of the nation’s most things for it,” he said. highly regarded wrestling stages, Carver- Hawkeye Arena.
Keep off winter weight By Annette Schneider Staff Reporter
Whether you are looking to lose weight when they start at a small distance then or maintain your weight, these are tips that work their way up to a longer distance than everyone should follow. back down to a small distance. Make sure to park the furthest away in “When I get tired, I remember those who the parking lot. Just cannot run and a little extra walking what they would can go a long way. give to have this “Set a goal and simple gift I take make a schedule. for granted. I run Also, make sure to harder for them,” reward yourself every Gallagher said. now and then,” Sadie Gallagher is Thiele said. involved in cross Thiele, a junior, country and track likes to work out by and said the most playing soccer for beneficial workout fun or on a team. Her for her is running. least favorite exercise Gallagher leads the pack while running “During cross is lunges, but she feels cross country. country I feel like they are worth doing. I am in such good “My everyday shape because I can fitness tip is to always take the stairs, they see my times drop. It is beneficial to see me pay off in the long run,” Thiele said. times drop at practice and in races because Mariah Kennedy, a senior, likes to lift it gives me a sense of achievement,” and play soccer for her choice of workouts. Gallagher said. She said running is the most beneficial way Alex Steele, a sophomore, likes to run to work out but her least favorite workout and enjoys playing basketball with his is to run sprints at practice for basketball friends. He also plays flag football and or soccer. recommends others get involved in a team “I recommend walking or riding a bike sport, even if it is just for fun. instead of driving, it is an easy change and “The worst way to workout is by yourself you get a lot more exercise. From an eating because there is no one there to keep you standpoint I cut out carbs because I felt like motivated,” Steele said. they were draining my energy,” Kennedy Steele’s favorite, simple fitness tip is to said. stay hydrated and eat healthy. Ally Gallagher, a junior, enjoys ladders “My piece of advice to remember when on the track because she feels accomplished working out is to enjoy what you are when she finishes. Ladders on the track are doing.” Steele said.
Oct. 16, 2015
Host, exchange student connected before birth
by Annette Schneider and Olivia Teach Staff Reporter / Editor Anthony Callahan and Niklas Villefrance are more than just exchange student and host; their families have a connection that goes back a generation. Their stories, in their own words:
We have a lot of family discussions, but one of the biggest changes is when we go out to eat and say we need a table for five instead of four.
Donato “Anthony” Callahan
How did you help him with any homesickness he might have had? He opens up to me a lot and he never told me he was homesick. When he was just laying around talking to his friends from Denmark, I would ask him if he wanted to go do something to show him he was not missing out by being here.
What is the best part about having a foreign exchange student? There is always someone to work out with, laugh with and someone always wants to do stuff with you. What is your favorite sport? NFL. He (Niklas) loves to play football with his friends too.
Tell me about the language barrier between you and Niklas? There is no barrier. He had to take a very hard test to be eligible for the foreign exchange student program so he speaks English really well. Also, I just get him. Whenever he cannot think of a word I always know what he is trying to say.
Favorite quote: From” Up”-- Adventure is out there Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing will better, it’s not- Dr. Seuss.
Anything else? In Denmark they are allowed to drink at the age of 16 but not drive. Niklas was shocked to see all the young people driving and not drinking.
Favorite breakfast food? Eggs and cottage cheese with an English muffin with fruit Best memory this year, so far? Homecoming night in my suit as well as meeting my current girlfriend. How did you hear about the foreign exchange program? My family went to Denmark to visit Niklas’ family because my mom actually hosted Niklas’ dad when they were younger. How did you feel when Niklas first arrived? I was so excited to be able to see him again and could not stop smiling. Over the summer it felt like we did not have enough time to spend together. Now we have one year. Would you recommend participating in the foreign exchange student program to others? Definitely because having someone live with you that has a different culture expands your own culture and it expands your horizon. Also, you have someone to hang out with all the time and make memories with. How do you think this will benefit you later in life? It is nice having someone I know in Europe as well as expanding my knowledge of culture and languages. What are your favorite activities to do with Niklas? We like to dance hit the quan, work out, try new restaurants and ice cream parlors, wrestle and practice our handshake. It is just like having another brother at home. How has your home culture changed? We eat a lot more Nutella. We also eat more loaves of bread, and I have fewer chores.
Exchange Student from Aalborg,Denmark What is one thing you like most about being in America? “Sports, like baseball American football, and our school system.” Least favorite? “The fast food because it has a lot of calories.” What food do you miss from home? “Meat, flaskesteg” Are you involved in anything at school or even out of school? “Cross country.” Who are your friends here? “I have groups of people: Jake, who is hosting the Mexican student, Aaron Silva, Phoenix, and Donato Callahan, who I’m staying with.” Do you have any brothers, sisters or pets? A brother, Markus, who is 13, and a dog, Trolde, and a cat, Mis. What do your parents do? Father a chiropractor; mother a homemaker. What do you plan to do when you are out of school? “Be a chiropractor. My dad already owns the company, and he wants me to take it over.” Anything you want people to know? “Planning to stay the whole year.” Are you going to stay longer than that or go back? “Don’t know, maybe I’ll stay”
Oct. 16, 2015
Homecoming night to remember by Karly Lent Staff Reporter
Sat., Oct. 3, was a night to remember. Girls put on their dresses, and boys got their ties out to dance the night away at the annual homecoming dance. From pictures beforehand, to dinner, to breaking it down on the dance floor, it was smiles all around. The dance theme was “A Night in Ancient Greece.” The decorations consisted of a lot of vines, elegant white table cloths covering the tables in the gym and the benches on the way in, white Christmas lights, and a lot of gold.
Students of all ages enjoy the dance. Left to right: Eleanor Drexler, Ben McDaniel, Lauryn Elmore, Dustin Harris, and Erin Hatch. Homecoming king Grant Nickles and his date Ally Henson have some fun with the crown.
Juniors Heidi O’Brien, Nicki Blaum, Hannah Hichborn, and Madi Hornbuckle are ready for fun.
Emily Sharkey and Maddie Kussatz show off their dresses on the dance floor.
Sadie Thiele and Abby Goldsberry stop in the gym lobby before the dance.
MaryTherese Gerhmann and Abby Carpenter show their delight at being at the dance. Student council put in a lot of work to make Homecoming a week to remember.
Senior boys are ready to pick up their dates. Left to right: Ghavinne Wittington, Luke Hovey, Matt Wolfe, Max Hollis, Luke Miller, Adam Bernston, Zak Zirbes, and Tylar O’Brien.
Sam Hall and his date Jenna Bakeris look great in their matching outfits.
Seniors Haley Humphrey, Anna Baker and Andrea Hale are prepared for a wonderful evening.
Nate Walcyk snaps a selfie with Principal Jimmy Casas.
Hunger Drive off and running by Karly Lent Staff Reporter Saturday, Oct. 17: Canvassing, starting at 11 a.m.
Students will be going door to door in neighborhoods within the square of E. 53rd, Devils Glen, Spruce Hills, and Utica Ridge to collect canned/ non-perishable food items or monetary donations.
Friday, Oct. 23rd: Happy Joe’s Lunch Benefit, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 23: Silent Auction, 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
During the Bettendorf vs. Davenport West football game, come down to the BHS track and contribute to the Hunger Drive by bidding on your favorite baskets!
Saturday, Oct. 24: Powderbuff, 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Saturday, Nov. 7: MAC Attack Dodgeball Tournament, 10 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 5: Jimmy Johns Benefit, 3 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 9: Coffee Hound Benefit, All day
Male students at BHS playing v o l l e y b a l l ! Admission is $3 or five cans. Signups will be in the activities office.
Bettendorf, Pleasant Valley, Assumption, and North Scott High Schools will compete in a tournament at BHS to decide a MAC dodgeball champion. Bring boxes of Mac n’ Cheese to use as noisemakers. Admission is $3 or five cans.
20 percent of proceeds will be 20 percent of proceeds will be Also, bring five cans to the silent donated to the Hunger Drive. No ticket 15 percent of proceeds will be auction and get a Bett t-shirt or donated to the Hunger Drive. No ticket donated to the Hunger Drive. No ticket required. Come enjoy a sandwich to required. Come grab a cup of coffee Bett waterbottle. Prizes are limited. to help support required. Come enjoy a slice of pizza while supporting the Hunger Drive. (Spruce Hills location)
support the Hunger Drive. (Cumberland Square location)
the Hunger Drive. (Devils Glenn location)