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The Record mherst Steele High School VOL. XCIII No. 2 Wed., Oct 19, 2011

Soccer Team’s Journey to Success Ellen Coghlan, Staff Writer

The Steele Boys Varsity Soccer team captured the SWC title for the first time ever and now rank fourth in the region. The success of the soccer team has not been an easy achievement. Each player has worked hard through the summer and the season to make the team better as a whole. The team is now first in the conference with big hopes for the playoffs. One key to the team’s success is their amazing chemistry on and off the field. Brett Thompson, head soccer coach, said, “They get along almost too well, they have a lot of fun and work very hard. The older guys look out for the younger guys.” Many players agree with their coach in saying that the team members excel because of their strong connection. Starting defender and Sophomore Garrett Klekota said, “We get along so well, Most of us have been playing together for a long time, so having that close of a friendship really helps both on and off the the field.” Mark Ferber, one of three captains who contributes defensively and offensively at midfield, said, “We get along great and never look at things too seriously.” The team also gets together outside of practice to bond and become even closer. During the summer the players helped out at a youth camp where they trained kids interested in soccer. This allowed them to have fun and work together which brought them even closer.

Andrew Souders gets fouled while dribbling up the field. {Photo N. Malobabic} According to Thompson, each player on the team is important and every position has a great player. He said that many of the other players who are not always on the field could start on most other teams. Junior Nick Glowacki said that because of “playing with such great players and having high standards we will have a precedent for the future.” “This is the most complete team ever,” said Thompson. “Not only can we score, this team plays great defense.”  Thompson said, “defense is very important and our goal is to keep the score to zero.” Senior and Captain

Eric Armstrong has led the team’s defense throughout each game. In the first 10 games the defense only let in five goals. Maximo Meggitt, senior and starting goalie has done an exceptional job to keep the ball out of the goal. He’s had multiple shutouts and feels that “it is an honor and a privilege to be part of the team.” The offense has done a great job of keeping the score up each game. The team averages 2.9 goals per game. Senior Connor Klekota is the top scorer for the team and plans to continue his soccer career playing division one

for Notre Dame University next season. C. Klekota believes that the offense excels because of its “ability to use each [player’s] strengths.” He explained how the players feed off of each other and “ never overstep [their] personal boundaries” which allows success on the field. The team also has talented players at the Midfield. Andrew Souders the top midfielder has scored multiple goals and has added several assists. “Andrew makes his teammates better and always involves his team,” said Thompson. Souders plans to play at Akron University on a

scholarship next season. The team has worked extremely hard to prepare for the season since the start of the summer. Many players attended conditioning on summer mornings. They also took part in a camp where they were trained by three talented players from the UK to find everyone’s strengths. They struggled through two a days in August and finished off their summer devoted to the team. This all helped them improve tremendously and become a team. Senior Midfielder Bradley Meiden believes the team’s great season is due to the “hard work put in by each

player and great communication on the field.” C. Klekota also agrees saying, “we worked very hard in the off season and we work hard at each practice.” Thompson and each player have extremely high goals for the team’s season. C. Klekota said “our dream would be to make it to state final four”!  These goals cause the team to work even harder and keep a positive attitude throughout each game. “It is awesome being able to be so good,” said G. Klekota. “Playing with your best friends at the same time makes it much more of an experience.”

(Far Left) The varsity boy’s soccer team shows off their pink socks to support Mrs. Lowe’s battle with breast cancer. {Photo submitted} (Left) Mark Ferber traps the ball during the game against Brecksville. {Photo N. Malobabic}

Don’t Tread On Them Annie Nickoloff, Copy Editor Commonly attacked today, the Tea Party movement’s true meaning has been thrown around in political media since its creation in 2009. In response to economic corruption in 2009, the Tea Party rose as a fiscal movement meant to bring traditional American ideals back to modern American economy. Through its existence, the Tea Party movement has expanded to return these core values back to the United States government as a whole. ‘Tea’ in ‘Tea Party’ originally stood for ‘Taxed Enough Already,’ but members decided to change the acronym to ‘Totally Engaged Americans’ after the citizen involvement it has gained. The Tea Party was originally created as a “grassroots movement of like-minded Americans from all backgrounds and

political parties” according to Stop This Insanity Inc. As the movement gained precedence, however, its meaning and origin began to be misconstrued. According to Diane Mueller, Lorain County Tea Party member, Tea Party members “are a mix of Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians,” but most members “claim to be Conservatives.” Today’s media often places the Tea Party as part of the GOP because of its Conservative or Republican values, but in truth, the Tea Party serves only to renovate the government. Though their intentions are positive, American media has attacked the Tea Party for being “anti-African American, or racist” because of the Tea Party’s widespread disapproval of America’s first AfricanAmerican president, according to Mueller. This false belief stems from

One of the many logos that represent the Tea Party. {Photo http:} the Tea Party’s discontent with President Obama’s administration and taxing policies. Media insults like this tend to overshadow the Tea Party movement’s main message: “We are taxed enough already.” The Tea Party is not a political party, but a loose organization of like-minded Americans that gather in separate county committees or groups. Mem-

bers or those interested in the movement are encouraged to read and learn about the government. At a nearby Tea Party rally held at the Lake Erie Crushers Stadium on September 3, 2011, free pocket Constitution books were handed out to all who attended, with key messages highlighted, including the opening lines of ‘We the People.’ Bob the Plumber,

a Tea Party icon from the 2008 presidential election, also spoke of how Americans should educate themselves about their government in the beginning of the rally. However, at this rally, many socially conservative ideas were also spread around like abortion and religion. The inclusion of social value in the Tea Party movement is seen as a huge flaw by many people, even students at Steele. Ben Trubach and Jacob Shalkhauser, two seniors at Steele, classify themselves as Libertarians. Both believe that the Tea Party has many Libertarian values similar to their own, but overall its message is too Republican for them to support fully. Shalkhauser stated that he supports “the fiscal aspect and individual freedoms, but not most of the social aspects.” Trubach held a similar

opinion, but noted many positive aspects of the movement as well. “Even if the ideals of the Tea Party are false,” Trubach said carefully, “the fact that it encourages citizens to be involved makes the movement significant and desirable.” American interest in government is always important for a functioning democratic nation. Regardless of its bias or values, the Tea Party has certainly helped peak citizen involvement. Here in Lorain there are currently two Tea Party groups that hold meetings at least once a month, including the Lorain 912 Tea Party that meets every Tuesday evening in Amherst. A complete event calendar of all Tea Party meetings and plans occurring across the nation can be found on theteaparty. net.



Girls Rugby Tackles Community Hunger Maddie Syrowski, Staff Writer Monsters will take the rugby field to help stock the shelves of the St. Joseph Church St. Vincent DePaul Society Food Bank on Oct 22. The Amherst Girls Rugby Club is hosting the First Annual Ghoul Fest at the St. Joseph CYO Football Field at 11 a.m.. The Ladies of Steele are giving back to the community while having some Halloween themed fun. “On October 22 teams from around the area will converge on the fields of the Amherst Girls Rugby Club. Not only will this give the local community a chance to view this great sport but also a chance to see why the players are so passionate about it,” explained Andre Bruwer, Girls Rugby High School League Commissioner of Northern Ohio and also coach of Lakewood.

Every player from Amherst, Lakewood, St. Joseph Academy, Parma, Hudson and Highland must donate a canned good in order to participate in the Ghoul Fest. Players will also be spiriting costumes and painted faces as a way to fully experience the event. Spectators are also highly encouraged to bring canned goods and dress in Halloween apparel. The Ghoul Fest will be a tournament style day with the six teams playing ten-side rugby instead of the usual fifteen-side Coach Jim Yanosko talks to the team before a game last spring. {Photo Jon Heimann} to make the games less competitive and more fun for all involved. tions to the St. Vincent Fest originated from parthings one step further by Because of the current DePaul Society Food Bank. ents involved in the league proposing that the entry state of the economy and Yanosko explained, “We’re who wanted to promote fee for the teams would be the nearness of the event trying to do things for the local rugby while finding a can of food that will be to Thanksgiving, Amherst community and by collect- ways to raise money for donated to a local charity. Girls Rugby Head Coach ing the food, we are trying the teams as well as local What a great opportunity Jim Yanosko decided to to teach the girls to give charities. Bruwer comto not only showcase our donate all canned goods back.” mented, “The Amherst sport we are so passionate and monetary contribuThe idea of the Ghoul Rugby Club [has] taken about but also give back to

the community that supports us throughout our season.” “Events like this are necessary for the growth and support of our game, without both, this great game will not grow to the heights it has in other countries around the world, so I am fully supportive and encourage teams like the Amherst Girls Rugby Club… to continue their good work on and off the fields,” explained Bruwer. Yanosko invites all perspective players or anyone interested in learning about the game of rugby to “come out and watch. We’ve gotten better as a team every year because more kids come out and play. It’s a game for girls of every athletic ability.” The St. Joseph CYO Football Field is located at 200 St. Joseph Drive, behind the church.

Altitude with Attitude The Man In Front of the Cape Alexx Forneris, Staff Writer A new facility opened in Oberlin to help local pole vaulters perfect their skills in the off-season. The Amherst girls pole vaulting team has taken advantage of The Pole Vault Factory to improve on their previous success. Not only do the girls get to vault in the off season, but they also get to observe their competition and help each other improve. These three determined vaulters are Alexx Forneris, Kayla Nunez, and Katie Skinner. Forneris and Skinner have been practicing at the facility since the beginning of summer while Nunez recovered from a surgery she had on her left foot. Coach Allen Roark leads these off season practices which is a benefit to the girls because he is also Steele’s pole vault coach. Roark coaches the girls up to three times a week at the facility at Oberlin College. Roark

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has been coaching for 32 years and just recently opened up the Factory. Nunez shares “I love the coach! He’s really good at what he does and he always is willing to help when I’m doing something wrong.” Unlike other coaches, Roark comes up with his own techniques and builds some equipment to help his athletes perfect their vault. “I understand the mechanics of the vault so I try to come up with things to trap them into doing specific parts,” said Roark. On his website some of his drills are explained. There are also different levels of difficulty with each drill so his vaulters can keep improving. Forneris and Nunez were on the Comet Relay team last year and broke the 22’ record set by Kaye Feldkamp, Monica Morell and Ryan Templeton in 2003 and replaced it with 24’. Having athletes break

The logo of Coach Allen Roark’s pole vault factory.

records is a common occurrence for Roark. Just last year he sent senior Comet, Matt Zvosec to the state meet. The highest vault any of Roark’s students have jumped, however, is 16’ 1/4’’ which was set by Steele alumni Dominic Pellittiere in 2001. Determination is a key component in being successful in this kind of sport. Skinner said she loves “pole vault because it’s one sport that your hard work will actually pay off.” The entire community can expect a phenomenal upcoming season from all three of these pole vaulters due to their off season training. One of the main goals of the team is to be the winning team at this years Comet Relays. According to Roark, “Kayla has the best jump, Katie has the most energy and Alexx has the most determination; with all three put together our team is unstoppable.”

The team is down 15 to nothing and the half time performance did not help anyones’ spirits. But just then out of the blue comes the one and only Comet Man! Using his funky moves and charm, everyone begins to cheer. The Comets score a touchdown! Comet man’s mission is complete. Comet Man’s journey begins with the suit. With donations from PTO, Quarterback club, the cheer squad and rehab consultants the costume was newly refurbished last year at the mascot hospital in Wisconsin. About ten to 15 people try out for Comet Man but only one to four people become the mascot. This year Steele has four Comet Men, but not just anyone can become Steele’s beloved space hero. Tryouts are held for a new Comet Man every year. Comet Man’s identity is confidential, so the tryouts have to be also. “Keeping the identity of Comet man a secret makes the character come to life instead of the

person behind the mask,” All four of the Comet Men said senior Samantha have to decide who is going Weaver. to what event. The character of Comet Comet Man is a friend to Man is extremely imporall here at Steele. But what tant. Sarah Rigda-Biggart, does Comet Man really the girls cheer coach and represent to the school? guidance counselor here For many students at Steele at Steele, looks for certain Comet Man represents qualities when she watches school spirit. “I think it’s these tryouts. Steele’s important to have a mascot mascot has a lot to do at a to get the crowd excited. game. He must keep they He is another element of crowd entertained so they school spirit,” said Rigda. will cheer the Comets on “When the sun is high the field. But Comet Man and sprits are low he rides has more to do than just in a cheer and raises mohis important job on the rale,” said Comet Man. sidelines. Comet Man must hold a certain GPA and good character qualities. This selected student must show responsibility, trust worthiness and a good attitude. “We have to keep a good reputation,” said Comet Man. This is necessary because Comet Man has to be a friend to all, in and out of school. He must also be able to juggle all {Photo A. Weaver} his school activities.


Pink for a Purpose: Steele Supports Breast Cancer Brianna Crapo, Staff Writer Many people have recently been wearing a lot of pink to either school or sporting events in support of a staff member within the building and breast cancer awareness month. Wendi Lowe, science teacher at Steele, was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. She was and still is very strong with the whole situation and inspires many. “By the time they said I had it, I already knew,” said Lowe. “I just wanted to get it done and taken care of.” When the school first found this out about Lowe, many were very upset. Students of hers shaved their heads just so she did not feel alone. Throughout the school teachers were selling pink ribbons to pin on their shirts for 50 cents to help raise money. Support for Lowe and all those who suffer from breast cancer did not stop last spring. The girls soccer team

had a “pink out” detection of at their game breast cancer recently and the improves the whole student chances that section wore this dispink in support. ease can be Steele left outdiagnosed at side midfielder an early stage Emily Plemons and treated said, “Since successfully. it is breast No one cancer awaretruly knows ness month the cause of the whole team breast cancer wanted to show but NBCF respect and supsays that port the women some risk who are battling factors are breast cancer.” that half of As for the these women Students Alex Bookshar and Gino Cioffi show their shaved heads to support Mrs. Lowe. {Photo Steele Web Team} boys soccer who were team, anyone diagnosed who went to the senior is estimated that nearly Society said that most are over the age of 65 and night game saw or donated 200,000 women will be didoctors feel that early if someone is obese or to the breast cancer aware- agnosed with breast cancer detection tests for breast overweight. It is also good ness fund. They ended up and more than 40,000 will cancer save thousands of to stay in good physical raising 206 dollars. die. Generally, this does lives each year, and that condition and watch the According to the not cause pain when it is many more lives could be alcohol intake each month. National Breast Cancer first found, so it is good saved if more women and Otherwise it will increase Foundation this cancer is to have regular self-exams their health care providers the risk. the most common cancer and check-ups by your took advantage of these NBCF also said that women can get other than doctor. tests. Following the ACS men can get this disease skin cancer. Each year it The American Cancer guidelines for the early too. They have a very less

Steele’s Not So Sweet Drinks Kristyn Smith, Staff Writer Steele High School replaced sugar normally used in their cafeteria food with artificial sweeteners this year to follow Senate Bill 210. Artificial sweeteners may sound like a good alternative to sugar to reduce weight gain but it does have its health risks. Senate Bill 210 restricts the sale of certain foods and beverages to students during the regular school day including before and after school programs to reduce weight gain in students. According to the Mayo Clinic, artificial sweeteners are substances used in place of table sugar to sweeten foods and beverages and are known for being healthier because only small amounts are needed to give the same level of sweetness as natural sugar. Steele’s cafeteria removed beverages, like flavored waters, cappuccinos, Gatorades and other sweet drinks, and replaced them with new drinks or packets that have artificial sweeteners according Steele High School’s Head of Food Service Josi Powell. These beverages continue to be consumed in large quantities. An average 300 of these new artificially sweetened drinks everyday before and during school. Artificial sweeteners were created to reduce calorie intake, but research has shown that consumers will actually

have a higher calorie intake from artificial sweeteners rather than sugar according to Akron Children’s Hospital Registered Nurse Julie D'Attoma . Other minor health risks include headaches, stomach irritation, allergic reactions and panic attacks. Aside from minor health risks, artificial sweeteners are also potentially fatal. Signs of this risk include depression, severe mood changes, central nervous system disorders such as fibromyalgia, multiple sclerosis and a higher risk of cancer according to D’Attoma. Many students and parents of Steele High School students are aware of the dangers of artificial sweeteners and are not happy with the changes in the cafeteria brought on by government regulations. Steele parent Debbie Giaimo said “I do not recommend artificial sweeteners” because “it‘s more unhealthy and not natural.” Students like Micheala Migra are also unhappy with the changes in the cafeteria, Migra thinks that artificial sweeteners are "not only an unhealthy alternative but it doesn't taste as good as regular sugar." As Steele’s cafeteria becomes more artificial to follow Senate Bill 210, students should become more aware and cautious of what they are consuming.


chance of it because men have less breast tissue but it is still possible. Approximately 1,700 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year. Lowe has done different things to raise money and awareness throughout the community for breast cancer. She is going on a three day walk where she walks 20 miles each day for a grand total of 60 miles. Whenever someone registers for this event, they commit to raise 2300 dollars to the Susan G. Komen for the Cure. “I do not know that I inspire people but I try to bring hope,” said Lowe. “I have to believe I have cancer for a reason and I try to live my life so other people can find strength.” More and more women seem to be getting diagnosed with this disease but doctors are also so much closer to finding the cure.

Youth, Adults Get High on Adventure Jessica Whitman, Staff Writer Imagine the rush of adrenaline as you step into a white water raft and push away from the riverside, or the anxiety as your safety belt clicks before shifting to the edge of a drop off to propel toward the ground. Picture yourself at the top of a tower, being fastened in before jumping into the air to zip back to the comfort of solid ground. This sensation is becoming a reality for youth around the world. Venturing is a co-ed branch of Boy Scouts of America (BSA) that was officially created on February 9, 1998 as a high adventure youth development program for young men and women ages 14 through 20. Since its establishment, membership has jumped to over 100,000, according to Along with valued leadership skills, other goals of Venturing include teaching youth how to make ethical choices involving others and the environment; promoting skills in high adventure, sports, and/or arts and hobbies; and exposing children to a fun, challenging, and adventurous program that helps them grow as scouts and as citizens. Unlike other branches of scouting, activities for Venturers are limited only to imagination and involvement. High-adventure activities such as rock climbing, zip lining, and white water rafting are encouraged while teach-

Members of Elyria Venture Crew 2120 line up for a segway tour of the Gettysburg battlefield during a summer camping trip. {Photo submitted} ing youth and adults how to safely partake. Elyria Venture Crew 2120 advisor June Gradisek has been with the group since it was formed. “We started with five kids and have had up to 32 registered youth,” she said. Crew 2120 currently serves youth and adult volunteers from over five cities and school districts. Gradisek’s daughter, Erica, had the idea of starting a crew when her father returned from a Boy Scout training where Venturing was mentioned. “I went to Boy Scout meetings with my dad and brother. Girl Scouts didn’t have the high adventure activities, so when my dad mentioned [Venturing], I got a few friends together,” she said. The “few friends” that started this group has now grown into one of

the largest crews in the region. Reflecting on this “makes [her] feel great,” said E. Gradisek. “I always thought it would be small. I never dreamed our group would grow so much.” Danielle Corrin (Elyria) has been a member of this crew for five years. “I joined because I had heard about [venturing] and thought it sounded fun,” Corrin said. “My dad and brother were involved in scouts and I did pretty much everything they did with them. I wanted something like that for myself and then I found this Crew.” While membership in Venturing affects the children, it also benefits the adult volunteers who make the program such a success. “I feel like I have taught young men and women leadership skills. I’ve formed friend-

ships and stepped out of my own comfort zone as well,” J. Gradisek said. Amherst’s Evan Kangas, also a member of 2120, has learned valuable life lessons through Venturing over the last five years of his membership. “I’ve learned how to lead and work with others,” he said. DJ Kulp (Amherst), copresident of Crew 2120, encourages people to look into the program. “It’s a growing opportunity for people of all backgrounds to step out of their comfort zones and learn about themselves, while learning lessons and making memories that will last a lifetime,” he said. For more information on becoming a member, go to scoutsource/Venturing or stop by a Crew 2120 meeting at the Elyria Family Moose Lodge Center on Monday nights at 7 p.m.

Arts and Culture Water for Elephants

Grit, Glamour and Drama Frances Mastroianni, Staff Writer dimensional and Imagine running away at times seem like from over two decades of old friends rather your life to join a traveling than fictional circus. creations. Sara Gruen’s best-seller Gruen spares Water for Elephants tells no details and the story of a man who at times is a bit does just that. Twentyhard to stomach. three year old Jacob Scenes of cruelty Jankowski studies to be a to animals and doctor at Cornell Uniworkers are writversity. When a tragic ten with painsaccident kills his parents, taking definition. he runs away from school Tyrannical cirand jumps onto a moving cus owner Uncle train, having no idea what Al is notorious is in store for him. for “red lightJacob soon finds out ing” workers, or that that the train he throwing them out of the climbed on belongs to the moving train when he can Benzini Brothers Circus. no longer afford to pay or He is put to work as an feed them. Animal trainer equestrian vet where he August hurts the animals meets his beautiful and that disobey his orders. mysterious love interest However, reading Marlena and her cruel, through these scenes is hostile husband August, definitely worth it. For among many others. every scene of squalid The story paints a vivid conditions, underpaid picture of circus life in the workers and abusive lead1930s, while alternating ers, there is another full points of view between of drama and excitement, 20-something year old from the extravagant big Jacob in the circus and top performances to the 90-some secret love between Jacob thing Jacob in a nursand Marlena. ing home. She skillfully As a break from the portrays the experiences constant drama and of the performers, workers action, several chapters and spectators as well as are set in elderly Jacob’s the tension between the nursing home. Despite groups. The characters are his old age, he never fails all well-written and three to be lively, talkative and

opinionated. Unfortunately, there are a few heartbreaking moments when he feels that the nurses don’t care about him and his family has abandoned him. He longs for freedom and control over his own life and wishes he was still young. Overall, this is a great book that I would recommend to almost anybody. You will be captivated by the love, violence and drama of the circus. Kirkus Reviews calls it “lovely and mesmerizing,” and I wholeheartedly agree. I give Water for Elephants an enthusiatic 5 Comets!


Music Mayhem:

Trombone Shorty Does Not Fall Short Annie Nickoloff, Copy Editor Modern jazz pulls from a melting pot of style to create many interesting and entertaining combinations. Rated as the #3 Jazz album on, ‘For True’ by Trombone Shorty combines rap, jazz and funk into unique and fun songs. Usually featuring his trombone talent in his music, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews also plays trumpet, organ, piano, drums and synth. ‘For True’ is influenced by Andrews’ home town of New Orleans, incorporating heavy brass marching band style chords and ragtime syncopation. ‘For True’ opens with “Buckjump,” a hiphop-infused funky jazz piece played by the Rebirth Brass Band and Andrews. Electronic rhythms blend with the traditional big-band sounds, making it difficult

to distinguish the song from hiphop and jazz. All songs listed on ‘For True’ bring forth colorful mixtures, but the entire album also has Andrews’ individually distinct style. “Encore,” the second song on the track has a more tropical-sounding and slower pace brought together with the same full brass sound of Trombone Shorty. “For True,” the song from which the album’s name originated, swings fast-paced riffs that showcase the band’s funky feel. Bringing forth a different Afro-American feel, the 13th song on the album, “Then There Was You” has a moving gospel feel thanks to the voice of Ledisi, an American singer-songwriter whose soulful style adds to this slow-dancing song. One of Trombone Shorty’s earlier albums, ‘Backatown,’ is currently rated #24 under Jazz albums on Thom Jurek, a staff writer for, stated that both albums are “firmly in and of the 21st century, as they

look back at history and forward to create it.” Though his musical talent is surprising and innovative, some of his lyrics do not live up to the music accompaniment. “Do To Me,” the fourth track on ‘For True,’ appears to be an ode to sex with vague references, including the lines “What I’m gonna do to you, I bet you’ll like it.” Although the lyrics of some of Andrews’ songs are not as skillful as his playing ability, he blasts out long trumpet and trombone improvisations in single breaths, using circular breathing to continue playing past the normal solo length. ‘For True’ especially features solos not only of Andrews, but also his backup bands. Trombone Shorty’s style encompasses many different cultures into lively expressions of America’s history. I admire his creativity in his incorporation of different musical styles, but dislike some of the more typical and unoriginal lyrics. ‘For True’ gets 3.5 Comets from me.

Space Shuttles Launch No More Tyler Ody, Staff Writer

The end of the NASA shuttle program last July aroused fears of the United States involvement in future space programs, but the new Deep Space Exploration System may be a beacon of hope among uncertainty.    The NASA space shuttle program ended with the final landing of Atlantis from STS-135 in July 2011. This ending sent a wave of questions through an American generation who has always lived with space exploration as a constant sign of advancement.   The space shuttle program bears many accolades over its 40 year course including scientific discovery and exploration. According to NASA’s website, the five shuttles brought high definition images of Venus’ surface, knowledge of how much mass enters our solar system every year and the possibility of life on Europa, one of Jupiter’s moons.     And although the space

shuttle program experienced setbacks, like the explosions of Challenger and Columbia, it has been a major source of technological advancement.    According to Roger Launius, Senior Curator for Space History at the National Air and Space Museum, through the program the United States has been able to service the Hubble telescope and further develop technologies dealing with osteoporosis. The program has also enabled photography of Earth’s surface via satellites and astronaut photography. But with the end of the program, future dreams such as space stations on Mars now seem to be distant delusions.     In Jan. 2004 President George W. Bush submitted a request to NASA to cancel the space shuttle program and begin the more expensive exploratory program, Project Constellation. The main goal of this project was to establish living conditions

for humans on the moon.     According to Seth Borenstein of the Associated Press, over the course of its 40-year span the shuttle program has gone $153 billion dollars over budget, costing taxpayers four times as much as promised.     Due to the recent economic downturn, both the shuttle program and Project Constellation were canceled by the Obama administration and Congress because of budgetary concerns.     But despite the failures of its predecessors,  the Space Launch System (SLS) has been approved by Obama and stands as a beacon of hope for the field of science. To be used by NASA in the year 2017, the SLS is expected to take astronauts further into space than ever before.     The SLS system was presented by NASA as an affordable solution to the absence of a national space program. NASA documents predict SLS to cost

$18 billion from 2011 to 2017, a large improvement over the erroneously expensive space shuttle program.    NASA Administrator Charles Bloden praised the SLS program for its fiscal responsibility and the thousands of new jobs it will create in this struggling economy.     This new era of space travel will also bring NASA into a more exploration focused role.  While the space shuttle missions paralleled the settlement of a new world, SLS will be the celestial Lewis and Clark of our time.     The preliminary stages begin in 2017 with the testing of the Orion capsule as an escape means for International Space Station (ISS) crew. Fur- NASA artists depict what the Deep Space Exploration System ther use is tentative to its will look like while launching on its first mission in 2017. success and costliness. {Photo NASA website}     The space age will always remain a time of program presents an opThe American aspirations advancement, determinaportunity for a previously of reaching the stars have tion and wonder, as long doomed program to condodged another bullet. as it continues. The SLS tinue with a new purpose.

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Goblins Ghosts & Monsters-Oh My! Brianna Crapo, Staff Writer Steele students have many fun-filled and exciting events to partake in when they are in the spirit of Halloween. Teenagers usually want to go out somewhere scary for Halloween and one of Ohio’s largest and scariest events is Seven Floors of Hell in Cleveland. This includes seven different insane haunted houses in one would turn anyones night around. While in this attraction visitors will encounter an all new jigsaw experience just like the movies. Based on the movie Friday the 13th, visitors will also walk through camp nightmare, where they may step right into the path of Jason or one of his friends. The Mausoleum is filled with the deceased and gives that eerie feeling with every step. As the next house approaches, the experience of the blood barn is unbearable. The farmers love to kill animals but are now looking for human flesh. Which means this scene will definitely be the bloodiest of them all. By the end there is a mind boggling 3D house called Evil Visions. As everyone walks through this mind raging maze of cryptic horrifying paintings, it ends with a walk through the brain spinning tunnel. “It was really scary when I went and I would

{Photo Haunted House Counter} rate it a seven on a scale of 1-10,” said Steele junior Cassidi Pullin. There is an especially frightening house inside Seven Floors of Hell that looks like a butcher shop with blood everywhere, according to Pullin. Prices range between 20 to 30 dollars depending on how many houses or floors thrill-seekers go through and it is opened till Oct. 31 at 7 p.m. One of the most popular Halloween attractions is Halloweekends at Cedar Point in Sandusky which developed a new attrac-

tion this year. Blood On the Bayou is new to Cedar Point this year and has creatures jumping out at all angles so riders must watch out. Some descend from above, pop up at peoples’ feet or stop riders dead in their tracks by standing in front of them. The haunted houses there can get a little crazy. Eternity Infirmary swarms with disturbing creatures that people could not even imagine in their nightmares. Steele sophomore and regular Cedar Point visitor Kaitlyn Bauer rates

50/50 Went the Full 100 Tyler Ody, Staff Writer

The fight against cancer can be a long hard battle, but through it can come life changing realizations. 50/50 tells the story of Adam (Joseph GordonLevitt) as he makes the choice to battle a rare form of cancer that has appeared in him. At first, the diagnosis of cancer is a difficult thing to confront. He believes he has a healthy lifestyle, so this sudden, life-threatening complication comes as a great

shock. Adam explains to the doctor, “I don’t smoke, I don’t drink... I recycle...” He truly believed that his healthy and moral lifestyle made him impenetrable to pitfalls. Other complications such as his girlfriend Rachael (Bryce Dallas Howard) leaving and his best friend Kyle’s (Seth Rogen) antics only worsen his struggle. But through this struggle he rearranges his priorities and learns to enjoy the better things in life. GordonLevitt has done anything from drama to comedy since he was a small child. His experience is apparent in his powerful delivery of such a complex character. The camera directing was done beautifully, often serving

as an extension of the characters’ own emotions. One memorable scene was when Adam first discovers he has cancer. The scene is a symphony of acting, camera directing and sound design. Upon hearing the diagnosis, the doctor’s voice fades into the background, the room becomes blurry, and the disbelief is apparent in Gordon-Levitt’s acting. The camera then cuts to an outside shot of the hospital accentuating the isolation felt by all cancer patients. “It was one of the better dramas I’ve seen in a long time,” said avid movie goer Sean Traut. “Most everything was done well. Even though I don’t usually go to this kind of movie, it was far better than I expected.” Many others in the theatre held the same sentiment after finishing the movie. It was an uncommon movie with an uncommon message, but I truly felt for Adam. 50/50 was a true insight into the mind and emotions of a cancer

the mental hospital as her favorite because there is “a part that makes you spin and gets you feeling dizzy and nauseous.” Although this may make visitors uneasy, it is worth the wait. Happy Jack’s Toy Factory has a variety of scary gremlins and unappealing dolls. Jack, the owner of the factory, is usually not very happy either. He loves to scare intruders and he does this by popping out at random times. Eerie Estate is not just a normal motel; It is now haunted and inhabited with awakened dead.

patient. It took me out of my normal comfort zone and threw me into the shoes of a man with a tumultuous life. Simultaneously, the movie was an insight into the resiliency of the human spirit and the strength in all of us to survive. It was both heart breaking and heart warming. It was a testament to what we gain through struggle. A quote from Arnold Schwarzenegger seems fitting. He said, “Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” I would highly recommend 50/50 to anyone wishing to find renewed faith in human strength and a truly touching movie experience. I give it 5 Comets!

Creatures start to jump out when it gets dark and as soon as fog surrounds the riders, they must watch their backs. Cedar Point has some scary walkthroughs which are open paths everyone can venture through. CarnEvil and the Fright Zone are the last options if someone in the group does not like the others. These are just as scary as the others so beware. These walkthroughs include scary clowns with chainsaws and and axes. So once entered, there is no turning back.

Cedar Point is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Nov. 1 and it is $44.99 without a season pass. Although this may seem pricy, it is a “must see” attraction according to most visitors. Besides these two exciting events, Ghostly Manor in Sandusky is another attraction that might be interesting and a little creepier. Steele senior Dan Lozada said, “It is a long 20 min. haunted house and it is the scariest I have been in.” This huge manor with many different rooms has ghosts and goblins popping out everywhere. It is mainly pitch black throughout the whole house and has different scenes like autopsies, exorcists and even haunted skating rinks. Do not be surprised if there are body bags in one of the rooms, which by the way are not fake. This haunted house is only 11 dollars for adults and seven dollars for children under ten. It opens at noon every day year round but hours may vary. The website can give more information on this exhilarating attraction. Haunted houses are always fun for the Halloween season so visit these attractions if you dare!

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6 Steele Spotlight Amherst Lightning? True Student Athlete Bryce Williams, Staff Writer

Terah Ostrander, Staff Writer Steele Senior Connor Klekota balances three AP courses and a rigourous training schedule for two soccer teams. He is currently taking AP English, AP European History, AP Physics/Calculus and Choir. Although he goes to Columbus three times a week for practice with the Columbus Crew Soccer Academy part of the year and practices after school every day during the fall with the Amherst Comets, he still manages to maintain his grades and academic success. Regarding his classes, Klekota said, “school is very tough, but I am able to keep such satisfactory grades because I spend a lot of nights and trips down to Columbus simply reviewing everything I’ve learned, and I also have great friends who I can call and get help from whenever.” When asked how he deals with the stress, Klekota replied that he just learned to deal with it after freshman year and makes adjustments in his schedule to get all his work done. He often has to stay up till 12 o’clock on a good night and as late as three o’clock on other nights just to get his work done. Although he is successful with balancing school and soccer, he says that he hardly has any free time. However, if he has free time, he almost always spends it finishing more homework. Klekota says soccer never creates more stress

C. Klekota dribbles hiw way to Notre Dame. {Photo Tom Hoge} for him because it is what he loves to do, and there could never be anything negative about that. Klekota’s passion for soccer started at age three and has lead him to play for two very different teams. He plays in the United States Developmental Academy League that travels all over the US to states such as Michigan, Indiana, Texas, Arizona and Wisconsin. All team travel, meals, and gear is paid for and there are college scouts at every game looking for players to recruit. He has been actively recruited by many universities and visited

several campus’ to decide which one he wants to go to. Klekota has verbally agreed to play for the University of Notre Dame after graduation. For Steele High School, he is one of three captains on the soccer team and recently contributed to their first ever SWC title in school history. He scored two goals during the game and was a major asset to the team as an attacking midfielder. Training for the Crew starts as soon as high school soccer ends, which will be sometime around the end of October or the beginning of November. He will make the switch

to academy level of soccer and start intensive training for the upcoming season where he will play as an outside back. “I would love to play soccer as a professional one day,” Klekota said, “but mainly I want to be a coach and I think experience as a pro would help me in the coaching business.” His advice for other student athletes trying to balance school and sports is to “not give up after two weeks if it’s not going well. You have to keep trying and eventually you’ll get used to the stress.”

Have you ever wondered why the Amherst Comets do not have a Comet as their logo? Seen on most sports uniforms and even framed by the Amherst ‘A,’ the lightning bolt currently reigns as the Amherst logo. According to Chad DiFranco, former athletic director Jeff Riesen had the idea to change the logo. Students, teachers and coaches did not like the “circular structure” of the logo. Riesen asked Steele art students to design their own logos and picked the logo he liked the most. Riesen chose the logo made by Jeremy Trapp. The logo was an ‘A’ with a lightning bolt through it, intended for just the football team. Once the other coaches saw the logo, other sports started using it. Amherst Comet alumni are disappointed because the traditional comet logo is rarely seen today. Brian Cesear, Amherst Alum and Head Wrestling Coach, argues that the lightning bolt does not make sense. “If we’re Comets, we should use a comet in our logo,” Cesear said. “When I wore Amherst shirts in college people would ask if we were the Chargers or the Lightning.” “I don’t think [the present logo] represents the Comets, but it looks good on the uniforms,” said sophomore Zack Bires who has never even seen the traditional comet. He thinks an ap-

propriate logo would be a capital ‘A’ with a comet shooting through it. Cesear is one of the few coaches who still uses the traditional logo. The varsity wrestling team’s singlets feature the flying comet. Amherst Wrestler Austin Williams wishes other Amherst teams would use the old logo so it would be more well known. Terry Kemp, Amherst Cross Country Coach, said, “I was here when the ‘comet’ was a logo, but I never saw it on a uniform other than the wrestlers. In fact, I never saw it anywhere else other than painted for a short period of time on the track in 1990. It didn’t look good and was removed.” Senior Football player Tyler Ody would rather have the traditional logo. He believes Amherst’s logo would make more sense if we were the “Amherst Thunder”. Dave Zvara, Steele High School Health Teacher, preferred the old logo because it represented the Amherst name. Zvara and many others would like to see the old logo back on our uniforms and fields. Ron Hause, Steele Athletic Director, has no intentions of bringing it back. Nobody has confronted him and asked him to change the logo. He does not facebook, so he does not know much about this subject. He says he would not mind changing the logo if people created a petition and requested the change of Amherst’s logo.

Senior Receives Unique Honor Jessica Whitman, Staff Writer As a senior in high school, most students wish to have a lenient schedule with ample space for late arrival or early release. One student at Steele, however, has taken his

senior year to a level that most do not see until their later years of college. On top of extracurriculars, Bryan Naelitz has taken every Advanced Placement class offered at Steele and is currently

valedictorian of the class of 2012. Over this past summer, he took part in an internship through the Cleveland Clinic that allowed him to observe surgeries and conduct scientific research on

Brian Naelitz with Dr. William Seitz Jr, MD during his recent internship through the Cleveland Clinic. Naelitz worked alongside Seitz, observing upper extremity surgeries while conducting a research project involving patient-perceived quality of life after total shoulder arthroplasty. {Photo Douglass Naelitz}

patient-perceived quality of life after total shoulder arthroplasty. Naelitz’s research has been selected to be published in the American Association of Orthopedic Surgeons Conference in February. Research publication is rare, with only 20-30 being chosen out of over 140 interns every year. “As a high school student, it’s neat, because you usually don’t see that until med school,” said Naelitz. Cleveland Clinic Office of Civic Education Initiatives Senior Director Rosalind Strickland spoke highly of the interns. “They’re conducting research like medical residents,” she said. Each works eight hours a day, five days a week alongside world-renowned doctors through the better portion of summer. Naelitz, however, has also received an offer to continue his research through May 2012 as a Research Fellow for the Cleveland Clinic. He will be continuing his research on patient-perceived quality of life after total shoulder arthroplasty for other journals, while beginning a new wrist study project as well. He will be required to work a minimum of 10 hours per week and receive payment for his work. Naelitz was inspired to pursue a medical career because of experiences he had through Science

The wrestling team uses this logo on some of their equipment. {Photo Bryce Williams}

Olympiad. The presentation of new material and memorizing facts about anatomy and how the human structure fit together appealed to him. “I had a knack for it,” he said. The internship has definitely helped him grasp what this career choice may be like. Over nine weeks from June to late July, Naelitz spent his week days at either Beachwood or Lutheran hospital. His mornings were spent observing upper extremity surgeries. After lunch, he sat in consultations and diagnosis conferences. The experience has “really solidified [his] interest in medicine,” Naelitz said. “It’s opened my mind up to other fields of medical science.” The research conducted by Naelitz, as well as the other interns, helps patients by answering questions they have before surgeries. Interns produce summary sheets of procedures that are handed to patients by the doctors to help with uneasiness or uncertainty about what the surgery entails. According to Strick-

land, interns are chosen through an application process based on meeting specific criteria. Students must have a minimum 3.5 GPA, letters of recommendation from math and science teachers, a strong interest in science and be interviewed by a committee who matches students according to their interests and what they wish to gain from the experience. After high school, Naelitz plans to attend either Washington University in St. Louis or the University of Pennsylvania due to the premed programs offered through the schools. Johns Hopkins University is also on his list. While the schools may not have a specific premed major, the balance of biology and chemistry classes offered is great for premed students,” said Naelitz. “The schools are also all associated with great hospitals, which would lead to other internships and opportunities. I think they would give me the best preparation for a career in medicine.”


College Prep: ACT & SAT Maddie Syrowski, Staff Writer Fall is a time for football, apple cider, changing leaves and of course, time for seniors to begin preparing for college. Upperclassmen may feel stressed and overwhelmed while readying themselves for the next step in their lives, but college preparation can be broken down into a few manageable steps. That start with the ACT and SAT which are necessary components for college preparation. It is not always necessary for students to take both the ACT and the SAT. According to Steele Guidance Counselor Bob Harcula, “The more highly competitive schools tend to require the SAT.” To find out which test is appropriate, students must visit their desired colleges’ website admissions page. It is also recommended that students begin test-

ing in the early spring of their junior year. This allows time for students to achieve a higher score if they are not satisfied with their first test’s score. Taking the tests multiple times gives students extra practice which will help them achieve a more desirable score. Senior Bryan Naelitz, a test taking enthusiast, has taken both the ACT and SAT seven times along with two practice tests which “were very helpful” to Naelitz. He said the practice can help students “get to know the enemy and work on timing.” Harcula suggests that students take the ACT or SAT at least twice to prepare themselves. He also recommends that students get enough sleep the night before the test and leave their houses early. This helps students arrive at the tests well prepared and without rushing.

Although Steele does not offer test preparation services, the Lorain County Joint Vocational School (JVS) has a five week prep course open to all high school students and the Education Service Center hosts a one day session, both of which are held in the spring. Because test scores are so influential in college acceptance, it is very beneficial to students to take prep courses and practice tests. According to Harcula, the average national ACT score is 21.1, but the average ACT score for students from Amherst is slightly higher with a 23.1. ACT and SAT registration deadlines are quickly approaching. The nearest ACT will be held on Dec. 10, but students must be registered by Nov 4. The SAT is scheduled for Dec. 3 but students must be registered by Nov. 8. It is important to take these

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tests early so the results can be sent to colleges before their application deadlines. It is also suggested that seniors fill out their college applications and turn


them in prior to Thanksgiving because most schools have a strict Dec. 1 application deadline and it is always best to turn applications in early. Additional testing in-


formation is available on the Steele Guidance website. The Steele guidance counselors are also available for help in the main office.

Birds Of Prey Fly To Harris Mole Finds Its Way to Steele Bryce Williams, Staff Writer Harris students were eager to get out of the classroom and enjoy an assembly about birds of prey, that enhanced their fourth grade science curriculum. A licensed hawk owner, Francie Forrester, brought in her hawks Nova and Turzah to teach fourth grade students about predators and prey. She described different types of hawks and explained how hawks hunt differently depending on their adaptations. Hawks with sharp talons swoop down and grab prey while hawks with sharp beaks stab their prey. Forrester also described different methods and tools hunters could use to catch hawks. Forrester has owned

hawks since 1994 and holds assemblies to show the importance of birds of prey. Forrester’s love and knowledge of hawks benefited Harris because her presentation went “along with the 4th grade science curriculum,” said Principal Beth Schwartz. Forrester says she is disgusted with the people who poach and kill hawks and wants the students to understand her love for the hawks so that someday they can feel the same. Schwartz organized this assembly because “it provides a great way for students to discuss animal habitats and food chains.” This was the first time Harris Elementary had this assembly. Jennifer Boyer, Harris Elementary Teacher, believes this assembly was necessary

because it teaches the students about adaptations. Also, the students can understand the concept of predators and prey. She believes it is important to see a visual, rather than just reading from a text book. The “kids were very interested,” said Boyer. Student Brandon Bruce enjoyed the assembly and was interested in learning “how they captured the hawks.” Schwartz believes this assembly is very important. “In 4th grade, the students learn about animal growth and adaptations. This assembly is a great opportunity for our students to see a live animal and learn about the adaptations it has for survival.”

Students watch as Forrester teaches about birds of prey. {Photo Bryce Williams}

Ellen Coghlan,Staff Writer

Steele High School students prepare for Mole Day which is a way to foster interest in chemistry throughout the school.   Mole day is celebrated on Oct. 23 because the mole is expressed by 6.02 times 10^23, so the day is recognized on the 23rd  day of the 10th month.    Mole day is a good way to bring excitement into the study of chemistry. Throughout the day chemistry classes take part in activities to make Mole Day a fun experience.     Students play mole day jeopardy in Gary Sooy’s chemistry classes and “gives the students a relaxing day,” said Sooy. Students also participate in molympics a class competition related to their studies on the mole. Students participate in different activities like the Mole relay, mole sprint, mole vault, moler marathon, and moler weight lifter to learn more about the use of the Mole.     Interested Chemistry students may also purchase an official Mole Day T-shirt . Students wearing the shirt will pass out mole day coupons to whoever gives the mole day salute. This is done by srunching

your face, squinting your eyes and pinching your face.    

   The coupons will be placed in a box and three coupons will be drawn. The lucky winners will receive a bag of Mole-asses cookies baked by Sooy’s wife.     On Mole Day it is tradition for the “Men of Steele” to create and sing a song in honor of the mole. It remains unknown whether there will be a song this year.            Mole day is celebrated in the school because the mole is the most important unit to a chemist. It has important since 1811 when Italian physics professor, Avogadro Amadeo proposed the use of the mole . He discovered the difference between molecules

and atoms and then came up with Avogadro’s number known as the mole.    By definition the mole is the amount of a substance that contains 6.02 x 10^23 representing particles of a substance. A mole is a common used unit in chemistry created to make a large number easier to understand. The mole is a consistent way to convert between the amount of molecules in a specific substance and grams.     In 1991 the National Mole Day Foundation was created and continues to be a way to get students interested in the study of chemistry. The foundation collects ideas from chemistry teachers who participate in mole day and then create Idea Newsletters which get sent to members.    Mole Day is celebrated in many schools and the activities teach students more about the use of mole in chemistry while having fun at the same time. Warm up the mole face cause it starts in a few days.

Steele Teachers Leave Classroom for Educational Reform Nina Hill, Staff Writer

For the 2011-2012 school year, substitute teachers will be flooding the halls of Steele High School as teachers head off to participate in professional development in Columbus. Amherst has been rewarded funds to participate in the Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project. Funded by the Gates Foundation and Hewlett Foundation, the project began in 2008 and Amherst is the second wave of schools to participate in the program. For first semester classes, teachers in English

Language Arts and Social Studies will miss a total of eight days, and for second semester, another four days. Entire departments will be gone at a time, with substitute teachers conducting the classes. Professional development and performance assessments in which Amherst teachers are participating is only one component of a federal program called Race to the Top. Race to the Top is an ambitious educational reform which stands as a “challenge” from President Obama to the States. In collaboration with the Stanford Center for

Assessment, Learning and Equity, the Ohio Department of Education has designed OPAPP to be a “performance-based assessment system that indicates student readiness to graduate from high school and continue to college and careers.” Also incorporated in the implementation of Race to the Top funds is the institutionalization of the Common Core Standards. In combination with the Common Core, progress made by OPAPP will better prepare high school students for postsecondary education. Stuart has also ex-

plained in the Comet Connection that “The goal is to engage students so more lessons can be tailored to their needs. The program is designed to provide teachers with the time and training to develop specific feedback methods so teachers can see what students are learning. The program will use existing state standards as the foundation but will allow teachers to design tools that are meaningful and related to their classroom students. In the long-run, this helps both teachers and students achieve their potential.”

According to the US Department of Education, Race to the Top funds are directed “to States that are leading the way with ambitious yet achievable plans for implementing coherent, compelling and comprehensive education reform.” This $4 billion program is intended to create innovative educational practices across the nation. In order to participate, states must apply for an award. In the most recent phase of the program, Ohio and seven other states plus the District of Columbia won awards. The US Department

of Education compiled Ohio’s total budget to $400 million. According to Executive Director of Educational Services Todd Stuart, “99-100% of the cost will be covered” by a $65,000 grant from the state. Though teachers are losing valuable class time with their students, the end goal is that students will be seeing drastic changes and improvements in the classroom concerning testing approaches and learning styles that will benefit Amherst schools and students for years to come.

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