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BLOOMSBURG HIGH SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER TEAM - 11.11.13

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This year, the boys’ soccer team won 22 games and lost only 1. They made it into the state quarter-finals - the first boys’ soccer team in BHS history to win Districts. In honor of the achievement, Bloomsburg Town Council designated November 11, 2013 as Bloomsburg High School Boys’ Soccer Day. Pictured here, the boys’ team with coach Michael McGarry accept the District IV Championship Plaque.

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very day, for 182 days out of the year, the average students wake up to their obnoxious alarm clocks and drag themselves to school. All of your homework due that day, practices, extracurricular activities (or lack thereof), and that nap that you’ve been wanting to take for a week straight now consume your mind. You don’t normally take the time to think about how your teachers are feeling, what they have to go through day in and day out to teach you what you have to know for life after

high school, or how important their own education really is. That’s why the National Education Association decided to create American Education Week. he first thing that pops into students’ minds when they hear the words American Education week is that it’s basically another way of saying Teacher Appreciation Day, but that’s not the whole truth. However, at Bloomsburg High School it has essentially become that. Lauren McGinty (12) says,

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“American Education Week is a week for students, faculty, and contributors to education to be recognized and to get regarded for their hard work and dedication.” he most common misconception is that it’s all about teachers when, frankly, it’s not. The “week” consists of five days and each day involves something special. Monday the 18th starts it off this year with Kickoff Day; Tuesday the 19th is Parents Day; Wednesday is Education Support Professionals Day; Thursday

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is Educator for a Day; and Friday the 22nd is Substitute Educators Day. McGinty says, “I think that these calendars and these days should be advertised throughout the school so students and faculty can get a better understanding of what American Education Week actually entails. If faculty and students were more aware of each of these days and all the activities that make it up, I feel like people would want to get involved and would be compelled and interested in taking a part in extending our gratitude.”

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The chorus will be performing a holiday concert including songs as diverse as “There is Faint Music,” a typical Christmas ballad, “Ya Viene la Vieja,” a traditional Spanish tune, and “Hope for Resolution,” a song from apartheid Africa. Come to support Chorus and Fusion on December 6 in the high school auditorium.

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This year Treefest celebrates its 25th anniversary! Many students participate in craft tables, children’s stations, or gingerbread-house contests, and even more help to decorate the trees or provide the gifts which will be given away to families in need. Treefest will take place in the Caldwell Consistory; admission $6. http://www.bte.org/wp-content/uploads/logoavscs.jpg

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NEW MOVIES COMING OUT The Hobbit: Desolation of Smaug December 13, 2013 Martin Freeman - Bilbo Baggins Orlando Bloom - Legolas Ian McKellen - Gandalf Person to Watch: Benedict Cumberbatch - Voice of Smaug In the second movie of The Hobbit trilogy, Benedict Cumberbatch is added to the cast as the voice of the dragon Smaug Along with the other characters, Bilbo continues his journey to fight for his homeland, Erebor, and win it back from Smaug.

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t’s 11:50 P.M. on a Thursday night and you have a research paper due tomorrow. But instead of stressing over it, you’re waiting in line to see the midnight premiere of the new movie that was created from your favorite book series. The popularity of movie franchises has increased over the past couple of years, and instead of seeing the occasional mug, fans now spend millions of dollars every year on the newest public infatuation. Many students, such as Kevin Zabawa, 12, enjoy buying the merchandise, ranging from t-shirts to even replica wands from his favorite, the Harry Potter series. While some of us might not go to the extreme and purchase the merchandise, we do recognize it almost everywhere we go. Paige Knorr, 12, states that even though she doesn’t buy it,“I still think it’s awesome that books are so popular that merchandise is created.” Recently, more and more movie producers have been picking novels and series of books to be transformed into films. Is it solely because of the immense revenue produced from these franchises, or could it be something else altogether? Some of us are just excited because the book series we fell in love with is finally getting its chance on the big screen. Knorr says, “The movie of Mortal Instruments: City of Bones was so good so, if anything, the movie made me love the books and franchise even more than I already do.” Teacher Dyan Murphy counters, saying that she wouldn’t read the Twilight books now since she has already seen the movies. Another common debate is whether the book made the movie popular, or if the movie started the craze and, in turn, strayed too far from the book. Michael Carney, 11, says, “I would prefer to read a book because in a book, much more information

is revealed to the audience.” Zabawa adds, “I think the [Harry Potter] movies brought new readers and helped the series grow.” Depending on if you read the book or not, noticing the differences isn’t something we all pick up on. For some of the die hard fans, however, picking up on the little things that producers didn’t feel the need to put in the film may anger us. After reading the Harry Potter series multiple times, Zabawa noticed that some characters weren’t even included in the film. “I understand more creative liberties must be taken and am okay with changes when they help story progression,” he says, “but unnecessary changes really make me mad.” Whether or not you liked the movie or the book better, we all recognize the competition between franchises. Knorr says that “all franchises have fans; that’s what makes them popular,” whereas Zabawa, Murphy, and Carney are all ready to throw Twilight under the bus for being too popular for its worth. Carney says, “I stand by my decision. I find at least one thing likeable about other franchises, but not here.” Murphy includes that even the Lord of the Rings series was too hyped up: “9 hours of my life I can’t get back, ever.” Regardless of your participation in franchises, we can all say that we recognize their popularity. We may never truly understand this sudden increase. Sure, we can assume it’s because of money, or maybe kids just really like reading all of a sudden. Even if a “Team Edward” mug may not be number one on our lists of purchases, and we may not be waiting in line to see the midnight premiere of The Mortal Instruments: City of Ashes, we can all relate to the hope that one day one of our favorite books may become a movie.

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ROBERT SNYDER JOCELYN STALKER KEVIN ZABAWA Seniors and CHOOSING A COLLEGE... By now, almost all seniors have begun to make plans for their life after high school. Some plan on going directly into the workforce; some have begun to apply to colleges; and some, like Henry Gillespie-Hill (pictured on this page), have chosen other options entirely. Throughout their last year here at BHS, seniors are requesting letters of recommendation, filling out resumes, and sending in applications. Here, six seniors share their plans after high school.

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Robert Snyder, senior, has narrowed down his college search to a few colleges, with Lehigh University one of his frontrunners. Located in Bethlehem, PA, and one of the top 100 engineering schools, it seems like a good fit for Snyder. In an interesting twist to the common application, Lehigh requires volunteer work. One of the perks of this campus is the old architecture and campus environment, which Snyder enjoys. In addition to Lehigh, he plans to apply to two Penn State campuses and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

For senior Jocelyn Stalker, the warm sunny beaches and palm trees of South Carolina make colleges there the most appealing. The University of South Carolina is located in Columbia, South Carolina. The application process is somewhat different than from other colleges. It requires indepth essay questions, lengthy teacher recommendations, and many personal statements. The deadline for admissions is December 1, and along with USC, she plans to apply to 6-9 more colleges. South Carolina is Stalker’s number one choice, and she hopes to hear from them in the near future.

For senior Kevin Zabawa, the University of Southern Mississippi piqued his interests due to its reputable science program which offers a Marine Biology major. Southern Miss. has good scholarship opportunities and is accompanied by a beautiful campus. Zabawa’s visit to Southern Miss. was a great deal more satisfactory than visits to other colleges, so he has made the decision to only apply to Southern Miss. He hopes to receive an acceptance letter in the near future. Once he hears back, he plans on applying to the Honors College.

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Catie Kirk, senior, would like to attend Penn State University. Catie said, “I just love that it’s so big and there’s people from all over.” She heard about it because of football since the team is so widely known. Penn State University’s main campus is in State College, PA. Catie has begun to apply but hasn’t finished sending in her transcripts; so far she has just started applying online. Since she hasn’t sent in her transcripts yet, she hasn’t been accepted and she said, “I won’t know for a while until I get everything sent in.” Catie has already been accepted to Bloomsburg University and would also like to apply to Temple University.

For senior Ava Guffey, finding a college with a major in ceramics has been a challenge. Fortunately, her number one choice, Kutztown University, not only offers that major, but offers a campus that she loves. In addition to her application, Guffey had to turn in a portfolio of her work for review. The art department doesn’t have rolling admissions, so, she is still waiting for a response. In addition to Kutztown, she has applied to Millersville University, and doesn’t plan on applying anywhere else.

Around 80,000 people join Americorps every year. Since the program’s founding in 1994, more than 800,000 Americorps members have contributed more than 1 billion hours of service across America. Americorps gives young people jobs in positions where they learn valuable work skills that will be beneficial to them in the future, as well as helping them earn money to further their education.

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Senior, Henry Gillespie-Hill, has decided not to go to college the year following his graduation but instead plans to join Americorps. For those of you who do not know, Americorps is a national organization that allows volunteers to help the less fortunate through teaching and/or disaster relief. Americorps appeals to Henry because he can get life experience before he goes to college and help people in need at the same time.

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n increasing number of students in Bloomsburg High school have been out of school sick, and there are many that come to school sick and go home after a period or two. The question is: why is there so many sick students and what can we do to prevent ourselves from getting sick? Mrs. Ryan, the school nurse, says, “It’s because of the weather; it’s hot then it’s cold, and it’s also flu season.” How can we prevent illnesses? “Wash your hands, most importantly.” Two students who have missed school due to illness, Bri Benscoter, freshman, and Stacey

Shannon, sophomore, agree that being out of school because of the illness that’s going around is far from fun. Shannon missed an accumulated seven days of school. She says, “I was throwing up,and I had a fever and a sore throat.” Mrs. Ryan most commonly sees students with sinus pain, congestion, and the stomach virus. Although many of the students in the high school are sick, it’s not nearly as bad as what’s going on in the middle school. “Two students were sent to the hospital because of dehydration from the stomach virus, and they had to get rehydrated.”


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Black Friday: Sacrificing sleep to get the deals.

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lmost everyone recognizes the day after Thanksgiving as the day to get a head start on Christmas shopping. This day has come to be referred to as Black Friday, a holiday known for knocking prices way down to bring in more buyers. Some buyers do really believe that they are saving money, and many take Black Friday shopping very seriously: so seriously that they will camp out in front of stores and malls just to make sure that they are the first to get their hands on great deals; Rebecca Lowe, junior, says that she would indeed camp out in front of a store for Black Friday shopping. Then there are the people who see Black Friday shopping as just something fun to do with friends and family in their leisure time. Ian Chamberlain, junior, says that he enjoys going Black Friday shopping with his brother Jonah, senior, and the rest of his family. It’s a tradition for Lowe to go with her mother. It is also a tradition for Brandon Bowman, junior, to go with his mother, and they look at it as their mother-son bonding time.

Many look forward to Black Friday as a way to relieve stress but some see it as very stressful. Some people see comfort in the hustle and bustle and it brings them joy knowing that it is the beginning of the holiday season. Brandon Bowman says, “I always look forward to Black Friday shopping. I start looking forward to it like three months in advance.” The day’s name originated in Philadelphia, where it described the large amount of people and cars that would come through the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday represents the point where retailers really begin to see a profit, which means Black Friday provides the first big profit of the holiday shopping season. Malls and stores open up at around 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. to begin to let the shoppers in to start their holiday shopping. Many years ago, stores often opened at 6:00 a.m., and then they began to open at 5:00 and then earlier, at 4:00. In 2011, many stores such as Wal-Mart, Target, Kohl’s and Best Buy opened their doors at midnight which had never been done before.

Black Friday is becoming a tradition for people around the country. As a holiday, it is known for many things, but what would it be without its crazy, aggressive, trampling crowds? Chamberlin says that his favorite places to shop are “Best Buy, Wal-Mart, and Target, to see the people trampling people.” Chamberlain definitely takes Black Friday shopping very seriously, spending about $1,000 of his and his family’s money just on Black Friday, while Lowe says she only spends around $200. For many people it’s different. Some people get all of their Christmas shopping done for friends and family on other days - while some see it as a mission to get all of their Christmas shopping done. For those of you who are new to Black Friday shopping or are planning to go again this year, take some advice from Brandon Bowman: “Black Friday sales normally last until 9am and if it is your first time, then I would wait until like 7 or 8am. Then there isn’t as much of a crowd, but you still get the sales.”

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ryouts for anything can be stressful. But factor in being new to the high school and already having to deal with upperclassmen, new teachers, and new clubs just to name a few, the stress can multiply quickly. Sara Hull (9) is one of those freshmen. Whether you have experience or not, you don’t really know how school plays/musicals operate. “In fourth grade,” Hull says, “I was in The Wiz.” Obviously, some students who tried out had no experience at all, and that’s completely ok. High school is the time to try new things, and the Drama Program or the Dance Team is perfect for anyone who wants to explore.

WHEN TO SHOP: THANKSGIVING DAY (November 28) American Eagle: 8 pm Gap 9-4 pm Best Buy 6 pm Walmart 6 pm Old Navy 7 pm BLACK FRIDAY (November 29) American Eagle 4 am Old Navy 12:01 am Gamestop 12:01 am

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Boys Basketball Girls basketball Boys Swimming Girls Swimming Wrestling Winter is in, and the boys are ready to take the basketball court, with 3 new faces to the lineup and a few others contributing from the bench. Lincoln Buttrick and Jack Thelion are the big men for the Panthers, both beginning their first real experience on varsity time. At the guard position, new faces like Nate Babon and Jahvell Hemphill are looking to step up and fill the shoes of last year’s many graduating seniors. “The team has a very unique attribute this year,” Babon says, “and we want to win the conference, then make an obvious run at the state title.” Babon is likely to contribute big minutes this year and hopes to fulfill the dream of a successful season.

The girls’ basketball team is very excited to start up their season. With a young, eager team and senior Natalie Whitman (who is close to her 1000th point) leading the charge, there is no stopping this team on their road to playoffs. With all the hard work put in during the offseason, the girls are optimistic about their schedule in the regular season and they plan to take their team all the way to the district championship. The Lady Panthers are sending the message to opposing teams that they are ready to play, and there is no telling how successful this team can be with the right attitude and positive encouragement throughout the season.

The boys swim team is starting up what looks to be another great season. As a leader in the water, Noah Crawford is a powerhouse breaststroker, taking third at states this past year. The quiet leadership Crawford brings to the water inspires the rest of the team to perform at top notch.

On the opposite side of the pool Mariah Treadway is leading the Lady Panthers in such events as 100 freestyle and the 50 freestyle. The girls and boys hope to advance on their spectacular record of last year, with Crawford and Treadway leading the way.

The wrestling team looks like it will improve on last season. Leading the way for the Panthers are Brandon Conrad, Sam Miller, and Cody Klinger. These three are the soul of the team, holding together a staggering record and providing a threat to every team in the area. Their work in the weight room and on the mat is obvious to the rest of the team, and they make a great example of themselves to inspire all student wrestlers. The boys individually look to take themselves to Hershey and hope to end up with medals around their necks. It will be interesting to watch what the hard-working wrestling team will accomplish this season under the leadership of Conrad, Miller, and Klinger.

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The tragedy in Sandy Hook, Connecticut’s primary school, was unexpected, highly publicized, and horrific. Today, we remember it as a tragedy on an unheard-of scale: but what if it happened here?

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students who feel there is no one for them to talk to. “I’ve watched people sitting in [my office] just melt,” says Steven Bressi, assistant principal. “If you’re going to melt, here’s a good place to do it. I mostly just listen to [the students who come to see me]. I ask: ‘What’s wrong?’” But for the most part, BHS is fortunate in the strength of its relationships. Friendships stretch across “cliques” and the group of friends we’re “supposed” to have. You can be part of the Drama Club, the football team, and the Robotics class without being classed as a thespian or a jock or a nerd; friendships here cross the typical “clique” boundaries and ignore the kind of friends we’re “supposed” to have. In some schools, groups are so exclusive that it’s impossible to belong to more than one. Your group defines you: where you sit at lunch determines your grades, what sports you play, and how the school defines you. Danville’s student body is split into two groups: the children of doctors - and everyone else. Some students keep their GPAs purposely low so that they can still “fit in” with their sports team - but here, we keep our identities, regardless of sport or hobby. It’s broken relationships, not unreliable security, that are at the heart of tragedies like the ones in Sandy Hook. BHS is a small school, and we are closer as a student body than many local districts, but there’s always room for improvement. So maybe the next time you see the guy sitting alone at the end of the lunch table, ask him to come sit with you instead. We could all use a little more kindness.

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uring the week of December 14, 2012, the Israeli foreign minister resigned, the first Hobbit movie hit theaters, and the Geminid meteor shower brightened the winter sky. Yet today, we remember the week of December 14 not for these reasons, but because that week, the second deadliest shooting in American history paralyzed the country. After Sandy Hook, shaken families had to reevaluate the safety of the school environment. Even a primary school - meant to be one of the safest places in the country - couldn’t keep out the outside world. The tragedy in Connecticut galvanized communities nationwide into the worst fervor of anxiety and gun control debate since the Columbine shooting in 1999. Schools across the country can arm themselves with shatter-proof glass in every window, security cameras in every corner, and heavy locks on every door - but the violence that has torn apart hundreds of schools in the U.S. isn’t all due to lax security. Columbine’s armed guard, a precaution which used to be rare, couldn’t prevent the bloody events there, and when all is said and done it’s not, now, the “safety” or otherwise of the school environment that matters. If there is a way to prevent terrible violence, it will not be how new the cameras or how strong the locks. School shootings happen not in center-city Philadelphia or the seedy parts of L.A. but in sleepy Newtown, CT, and peaceful Columbine, CO. They are the result of broken relationships: students who ostracize their peers for being too weird or too annoying, teachers who treat students as inferiors, and most of all,

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We can all recall learning as young children “the story of Thanksgiving”. However, behind those oh-so-creative turkeys traced from hands that every elementary school teacher across America forced us to make, there is a deeper meaning to this food-obsessed holiday. So this presents the question: Is Thanksgiving really a weird and twisted holiday? As we all know, traditionally, Thanksgiving came about when the settlers held a three-day feast to give thanks to the Native Americans for helping them learn how to survive in the New World. That said, that is the one of the only examples of a positive relationship between Native Americans and settlers. The Jamestown settlers in Virginia had a very hostile relationship with the local Native Americans with hostilities leading to deaths on both sides. I suppose the elementary school teachers with the hand turkeys forgot to mention how some settlers killed off entire Indian tribes and then stole their land.

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Bryce Deeter (10) “NFL football, pumpkin pie, and getting fat alongside family members you hate.”

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Typically, on Thanksgiving, the majority of families celebrate with a turkey. I ask you this: is it morbid to celebrate a holiday by slaughtering thousands of turkeys for our delicious benefit? Dyan Murphy states, “Certainly not morbid. I don’t think we celebrate the turkey’s demise any more than we celebrate the cow’s when we eat a burger.” But historians do not even know if the original feast featured a turkey. “We know they sent settlers out to find ‘fowl,’ but don’t know if they actually served turkey . . . it’s probably just a guess,” Murphy explains. “We do know the Indians brought venison . . . I guess that would be harder to find in the grocery stores.” As Murphy brings good humor and sense to the table, Phillip Burrell expresses his views on the turkey differently. Burrell says that Thanksgiving is traditionally celebrated with a turkey simply “Because it’s yummy?” I feel that I can speak on the behalf of everyone reading this article when I say fantastic point, Mr. Burrell! One would think that forgetting a parade that has been around since the 1920’s would be hard. However, in all the Christmas kerfuffle, Thanksgiving is often ignored. But in reality, Thanksgiving should triumph over Christmas simply because Thanksgiving is about sharing, caring, and eating food. Christmas is far more materialistic - as well as all about a fat guy wanting you to sit on his lap. In addition, football fans everywhere should appreciate spending time feasting with their family while watching the game. “It may not tell the whole story of trials and challenges people faced, but does in many cases promote the belief in a common purpose,” Burrell says. Despite the possible implications of a holiday begun hostile pilgrims and aggressive Native Americans, Thanksgiving has come to mean something more than just turkey and cranberry sauce.

Noah Crawford (11) “Food. Lots and lots of food. And occasionally, balloons.”

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Your Tweets Red and White @REDandWHITE_bhs POLL: What is your favorite and/or least favorite moment of your day at BHS? 11:35 AM - 15 Nov 13

Alexis Long @alexislongg

@REDandWHITE_BHS foster w. Krupp 3:09 PM - 9 Nov 13

Colin Warren @C0lin_Warren

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@REDandWHITE_BHS mrs. callahans first period class!! 5:38 PM - 6 Nov 13

Noah Crawford @wooman689

@REDandWHITE_BHS when McGarry shows us pictures of Washington attacking a tiger while crossing the Delaware. Or Lincoln wrestling a bear 3:19 PM - 5 Nov 13

Kelly Knorr @Kelly_Knorr @REDandWHITE_BHS personal finance 9:09 AM - 5 Nov 13

Red and White @REDandWHITE_bhs How do you feel about the school lunches? 11:35 AM - 15 Nov 13

Brandon Bowman @bbowbow97

“@amelia_davis22: @REDandWHITE_BHS popcorn chicken bowl day is a war zone and it’s every man for themselves.” unless you are in 9 lunch.. 7:04 P.M. - 20 Nov. 2013

Amelia Davis @amelia_davis22

@alexislongg @REDandWHITE_BHS I have pushed freshmen out of the way to get my popcorn chicken bowl days. Even when I already packed a lunch 6:26 P.M. - 20 Nov 13

Jocelyn Stalker @jocelynstalker

@REDandWHITE_BHS I literally only buy lunch so I can talk to my fav lunch lady at the checkout 3:15 P.M. - 20 Nov. 2013

CREPE DAYS

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The Crepe Days, sponsored by the French classes, have become something every student looks forward to. For one day, French students sell non-traditional crepes filled with like whipped cream, gummies, chocolate, and nuts. The crepe table outside the cafeteria is a popular destination for hungry or chocolate-deprived students - and crepe days are finding their way into the traditions of the school.


Red and White: November