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The Record mherst Steele High School VOL. XCIV No. 12 Thurs., Feb. 21, 2013

McConihe’s Steele Coaching Career Ends Bryce Williams, Editor in Chief After becoming Southwestern Conference Champions and Sectional Champions last year, nobody thought it would be Al McConihe’s last season as head baseball coach at Steele High School. After only coaching at Amherst for 10 years, McConihe will go down in history as one of the greatest coaches to step onto the Steele baseball diamond. “He cared deeply about the program. Day in and day out he put everything into the program,” said Steele senior Griffin Weir. “He instilled a will to win and be a team player in his coaching methods,” said Ryan Rua who is currently playing for the Spokane Indians, a minor league baseball team in Spokane, Washington. In McConihe’s career as a head coach, he accumulated four Sectional championships, a District championship and a Southwestern

Conference championship. McConihe’s favorite part about coaching at Steele was “competing in the SWC” which he believes is “one of the best leagues in Ohio,” said McConihe. McConihe credits his outstanding coaching career to his father and grandfather who were coaches as well. McConihe’s goal as head coach was to “make the program the best it could be,” he said. McConihe’s coaching philosophy is to “live by the ELM tree.” The E in ELM stands for effort. McConihe wanted 100 percent effort in everything his players did. Whether it be batting, catching or even school work, players should always give as much effort as they could. The L stands for learning and improving. Since baseball requires much technique, learning from

coaches is highly important. He expected players to listen and learn as if they were in school in order to improve and become better athletes. The M stands for mistakes and how you handle them. In McConihe’s eyes, mistakes are good. McConihe acknowledged mistakes as things players could learn from, which could make them better. McConihe also believes keeping “even keel” is important. Slumps occur often in baseball and staying at equilibrium is one of the best things a player can do. McConihe frequently told his players not to get too high or too low throughout the season. “He taught me that I couldn’t just rely on talent and that I needed to work hard,” said Griffin’s older brother Connor Weir who plays baseball for Cincinnati University. McConihe also helped

McConihe coaches the varsity baseball team last season. {Photo Amerstonian} Rua get recruited to Lake Erie College. “He helped me with the recruiting process and getting my name out there,” said Rua. G. Weir will be playing baseball for Stanford University and owes much credit to McConihe. “He was able to give them information other than baseball talent,” said Weir. “Coach McConihe

worked tirelessly in assisting Connor and Griffin in realizing their goals of playing college baseball,” said Jeff Weir, Connor and Griffin Weir’s father. Although McConihe will miss coaching at Steele, his kids play sports, so he is “bound to have opportunities to coach in the future,” said McConihe. McConihe was the Steele

head varsity coach from 2005 to 2012 and a junior varsity coach from 2003 to 2004. Prior to coaching at Steele, McConihe coached girls varsity basketball at Lorain High School, football and basketball at James W. High School in Arlington, Texas and boys varsity basketball at Southview.

Jonathon Barnes, Morgan Conrad and Hannah Ganelli enjoyed their African experience, especially the time spent interacting with kids. {Photo submitted}

A Fiscal Fiasco Jordan Reynolds

Halie Vilagi, Staff Writer

Missionaries Quest to Kenya Maddie Syrowski, Staff Writer Three Steele underclassmen journeyed halfway across the world to Eldoret, Kenya to deepen their faith and share it with complete strangers.    While Jonathan Barnes, Morgan Conrad and Hannah Gannelli were over 7500 miles away from Amherst they led a vacation Bible school and a youth camp. They also visited a rescue center, which sheltered and assisted children living in poor conditions with little to no support.    While on this trip to help teach and strengthen others’ faith, they found enlightenment as well. No one needs “all the things in the world to be happy,” Barnes said. “They have so little, but they’re so happy.”     They stayed at a mission center that was furnished similarly to a modern American home, excluding electronics. While on the trip, they did not have much contact with family and friends at home,

which is why Gannelli was relieved that her mother joined.    This experience had a noticeable effect on each student. They all exuded happiness when sharing stories of their trip. Each admitted that the $2000 spent was well worth it, and they are eager to return for another mission.     "It broke my heart to see the pain they were in and how greedy I am about some things," said Conrad. This mission gave these teens a whole new, positive outlook on life. "I wanted to put smiles on their faces and show them love because they don't get that a lot."     Mealtime was a completely different experience for them. “They stacked their plates high with food and ate it all because they didn’t know when their next meal was coming,” Conrad added. “We mostly ate ugali, and it’s just wheat and water cooked, with no

flavor.”    Barnes, Conrad and Gannelli each made friends while in Eldoret and continue to contact them via Facebook. The three were good friends before the trip, but the mission strengthened their relationships and brought them closer together.    Gannelli and Barnes, both freshmen and Morgan Conrad, a sophomore, went on the trip through their church, Family Fellowship Foursquare, from November 23 to December 12.     They travelled with their youth pastor and two others from their church, including Hannah’s mother, Kelli. The six joined with missionaries from Akron, Columbus and Toledo, forming one large group of  22 people.     "It was a great experience to travel that far and to help others. It's something I love to do," said Gannelli.

As of February 14th, 2013 the outstanding public debt was $16,500,760,952,631.76. Since the population in the United States is estimated to be about 314,326,118 if the debt were divided among every American everyone would be responsible for $52,323.36 of the national debt. On Jan. 23rd, Congress voted to pass a bill that would raise the country’s borrowing limit for 90 days. During this time the Senate hopes to pass a budget resolution, something it has not done for nearly four years. Republicans hope to ensure the passage of a budget by including a provision that would temporarily withhold the pay of lawmakers in both houses until they produce a budget. The country now needs to make serious decisions as to how we hope to prevent what Erskine Bowles says is the “most predictable crisis in history.” “Obviously we have over sixteen trillion dollar of debt in general which normally isn’t that big of a deal as a percent of GDP. But it’s is predicted to grow upwards of 10% which is virtually unsustainable. I think that part of the problem is taxes. We don’t tax wealth, we tax work.

Essentially the magic bullet for the debt is economic growth,” said Steele teach Aaron Millet. USA Today reports that Social Security is currently running on a deficit of $49 billion dollars and is on track to grow to over $211 billion dollars in ten years. Medicare Part A, responsible for covering hospital care, is running on a massive deficit of $66 billion dollars. Medicare Part B and Medicare Part D both responsible for drug programs cost $216 billion dollars more than it is paid in premiums. How to save this money and reduce the defect is currently unclear. Politicians struggle to find the balance between providing benefits for Americans while balancing the budget. “I think that spending is out of control. The political system has been stymied by an inability to make important decisions. Problems aren’t getting solved,” said Steele teacher Nathaniel Wolshuck. Democrats on Capital Hill hope to reduce the deficit by increasing taxes on Americans, particularly the wealthy. President Obama believes that the best way to reduce the deficit would be to implement the Buffet Rule, a minimum tax that would

effect those making more than a million dollars a year. Republicans hope to reduce the deficit by passing spending cuts to programs like Social Security and Medicare. “We don’t want a dependency culture. We want a safety net that makes sure that people don’t fall through the cracks. That gets people on their feet,” said chairman of the House Budget Committee Paul Ryan. Controversy has recently arisen over President Obama’s call for drastic defense spending cuts. President Barack Obama’s plan would reduce American naval operations in the Pacific by as much as a third. In addition, this would also cause as many as 800,000 Defense Department employees to be put on unpaid leave. “These steps would seriously damage the fragile American economy, and they would degrade our ability to respond to crisis precisely at a time of rising instability across the globe,” said Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta. Regardless of what happens, Congress will inevitably have to stop kicking the can down the road and confront the growing deficit.



Presidential Who’s Who Open Mic For Hopeful Artists Alivia Elliott, Staff Writer


3. Only president to serve two terms. 6. The third president to die on July 4th. 7. This president’s mother was the first to attend her son’s inauguration. 8. This president reconstructed America after the previous president was assassinated. 10. He was an auto mechanic and teacher before becoming president. 13. First African American president. 16. His face is on the one dollar bill. 17. First Catholic president. 18. He was fined 20 dollars for speeding in a horse and carriage. 19. While this president was in office, the United States put the first man on the moon.


1. He was an artillery captain during WWI. 3. The tallest president. 4. The first president to use the telephone to campaign. 5. The first president to become known by his initials. 9. First president to die in office. 11. This president didn’t take an oath of office. He was affirmed to office instead. 12. This president said, “Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.” 14. This president needed a special bathtub installed in the White House. 15. He enjoyed playing violin, singing and dancing.

Perk Avenue Coffee Shop is known to Amherst as a quiet, relaxing enviroment but to some it is a place to perform. Steele graduate Andrew Cotton has put together an open mic night for February 27 and March 27. Open Mic Night gives upcoming musicians a chance to show their talents. Local artists in Lorain County come together to perform and do what they do best. It also helps Perk Avenue get new business and entertainment. “Performing

there is always fun because everyone is so relaxed and tuned in. Being there is awesome because there is musicians to talk to and congratulate,’’ said Audio Engineer and Producer Kevin Hobson. “I encourage any aspiring musician to go and play some songs, because everyone there will appreciate what you’re doing up there,” said Hobson. Mic Night is from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Interested bands and aritists should contact Perk Avenue Coffee Shop.

3 Sports Wrestling Alumni Assist Current Athletes

Steele Reporter, Austin Williams Familiar faces from past seasons fill wrestling practices bringing contrasting styles, working towards the ultimate goal in wrestling: sending our Amherst Steele wrestlers to state. Being a part of the Amherst wrestling team creates a special bond. When each wrestler joins the team, he is connected through generations, like an enormous family tree to every wrestler who stepped foot in the Amherst wrestling room, wore an Amherst singlet and shed his sweat, blood and tears, for the Amherst Comets wrestling team. “The wrestling team is a family and families stick together. While I was fortunate enough to be able to work my schedule so I can participate in daily practices and weekend tournaments and matches, other former wrestlers come up to the wrestling room whenever their schedules allow as well,” said former varsity starter Jason Loushin. Some of these wrestlers

come back to relive their high school days through the eyes of the current wrestlers coaching, competing and ultimately improving each student they train with. “The alumni bring knowledge, experience, new drill partners and different techniques to our practices,” said varsity 126 pounder Bryan DeRuchie. One alumnus has found a permanent position in the family where he can benefit his team the most. Brian Cesear is an Amherst graduate, two time high school state placer, and head wrestling coach. After wrestling for Ohio University, Cesear decided he wanted to share his wrestling expertise with the generations to follow him. Each alumnus contributes his own distinct style, diverse moves and technical strengths to the present team. Ed Cotton, previous Comet district placer offers his physical strength, vigorous force and balanced hostility to the practice room

Jason Loushin offers advice to current varsity 170 pounder Mike Sliman.{Photo A. Williams} with his violent head bangs, vicious head position and inseparable shots. His wild offense forces the opponent to maintain a stabilized stance and keep bulletproof defense to protect the wrestler from an array of quick, brutal shots. Dom Jones, 2007 Amherst state qualifier, submits a quick, agile style of wres-

tling. His opponent must be light on his feet to defend Jones’ speedy shots. Last year’s state placer, Mark Matos, is currently wrestling at Kent State but occasionally finds time to battle with the lower and middle weights at practices. His technique and scrambling ability is second to none. The opponent

learns to chain wrestle and scramble as each takedown will require multiple set ups and shots, along with flawless transitional positioning. Loushin watches every wrestler and proposes new moves and techniques to enhance his wrestling intellect and skills. Together, these advisors create a diverse atmosphere

essential in creating a wrestling champion worthy of a place in the state tournament. “These guys have gone through the program four years of their own and they know what they had trouble with when they were in high school. They can see in hindsight and hindsight is always 20/20,” said varsity 160 pounder Mike Wearsch. “When you practice with an alumnus, you’re practicing with the guys that have gone to states and districts so they know what we’re going through,” said varsity 170 pounder Mike Sliman. These alumni also indirectly affect the wrestling family of the future. When the current wrestlers graduate and come back, the expertise given to them will be passed down to the new generation. The cycle will continue as new members join the family, develop into expert wrestlers, graduate and pass on skills to their younger wrestling siblings.

Most Memorable Sports Moment of the Last Four Years Caitlin Fessler, Copy Editor

Morgan Dziak, Girls Basketball

“Beating Westlake twice in one season.”

Alex Funderburg, Wrestling

“My first SWC win or my 100th win.”

Greg Saultz, Swim Team

“Winning the 500-meter freestlye in Sectionals last year.”

Allie Turnwald, Cheerleading

Guy Schuler, Boys Basketball

Kevin Burgett, Hockey

“Getting second in the SWC after getting seventh the year before. It really set the bar for the next three years.”

“Making the team sophomore year after being cut freshman year.”

“Playing St. Edward in the quarter finals of the state tournament.”

Amber Slavik, Girls Diving

“Diving with my sister.”

Kiersten Remster, Swim Team

“Standing on top of the podium and winning the 200-meter medley relay.”

Excellence in Action Caitlin Fessler, Copy Editor Perfection is impossible to reach, but senior Connor Morris has been very close throughout high school with his devotion to athletics, academics and an active social life. “The key to juggling three Varsity sports and my school work is to never let myself get overwhelmed,” said Morris. Morris is a three sport Varsity athlete, participates in Advanced and PSEO classes with a 4.3 grade point average and still has time to spend with friends and family. Time management is a big part of how Morris stays on task and successful. “I try to only focus on one thing a time to ensure I perform to the best of my abilities in everything,” explained Morris. Morris comes from a family that strives for success and perseverance. “My dad was an excellent

athlete. He is in the Hall of Fame for hockey at Miami (University in Ohio). My brother and sister inspired me by their athletic and academic accomplishments,” said Morris. Like his father and older brother, Morris continues the family tradition of playing hockey. “Hockey is the best sport. It is fast paced, very challenging and the ultimate team sport,” said Morris. Because hockey is so fast paced and intense it is easy to fall behind quickly but the other team can falter just as easy in the other periods. “I’ve played hockey long enough to know that you are never out of a game as long as you keep working hard,” said Morris. In the game against Solon during the Baron’s Cup Tournament Morris lost his stick in the final seconds of the game and threw himself across the ice to try

to stop a goal and though he stopped the puck it did not stop Solon from scoring with twelve seconds left. The team was impressed with his effort to use his own body to try to save the game. “It just showed how much he cares and how he never gives up,” said senior hockey player Phil Sheffield. Morris rarely leaves the ice when he plays which takes a lot of endurance. “Being tired is all mental so I just push myself as hard and for as long as I can and try not to think about being tired,” said Morris. “He is a role model to the team who shows great leadership and good work ethic,” said senior Jordan Reynolds. Though he is very busy with athletics, Morris makes time for his academic work and social life. “Connor is a naturally talented student who puts the necessary amount of

effort,” said senior Brian Pinchbeck. Morris’s social life does not fall flat because of sports and school. “He always makes our calculus class laugh. He’s an all around good person,” said Pinchbeck. Morris is an active member of National Honor Society and is serving as Vice President. His athletic accomplishments include Morris excels on the ice as he does in all aspects of his life. All-Ohio and SWC {Photo T. Reynolds} Most Valuable Player for baseball. He has also been MVP of “Being All-Ohio is my top for fun but I’m not going the Greater Cleveland High accomplishment because to play for any school,” said School Hockey League, there are so many good Morris. First Team All SWC and baseball players across the The future is still not SWC MVP. state and it was nice to be clear for Morris but his Though Morris has recognized,” said Morris. future success is evident completed many tasks most Morris plans to attend because of his leadership high school students dream Stanford University or Miroles, academic success and about one accomplishment ami University for college. great friends and family. really stands out for him. “I might play intramurals


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Les Mis Falls Flat Bruno Mars Broadens His Musical Horizons

Brett McCloskey, Staff Writer The leading characters ooze passion, pain and suffering in the big name musical movie Les Misérables. Les Mis tugs at the heart strings with every chance. The opening scene is very powerful and emotional. Jean Valjean, played by Hugh Jackman, and a sea of French Prisoners struggle mightily to pull a ship out of the ocean. Javert, played by Russell Crowe, watches over them with no remorse. The scene fosters feelings of oppression and sadness that continue throughout the rest of the movie. The movie draws strength from the individual performances of the actors. No performance is stronger than Anne Hathaway, who plays Fantine. She gives a passionate performance that will stir many audiences. Fantine embodies tragedy, struggle and pain. She gives a tender and heartfelt performance in the key song of the movie “I Dreamed a Dream”. Hathaway uses her incredible voice as a tool of expression. Her performance alone might make this movie a must see for some die-hard fans of the musical or novel. One of the biggest issues for Les Mis is the script. It lacks substance and often comes off as melodramatic. Actors who are not as gifted as Hathaway or Jackman seemingly forced the emotion that is needed to make many songs function. This

Darragh Liaskos, Staff Writer

made many songs lackluster which took away from the already lacking dialogue. This film needed cast, script, songs, performance and directing all to work well together. I often felt like the script trailed off course and the cast lost their motivation. The lack of motivation from the actors made many scenes of the movie seem bland and boring. There are countless scenes where emotion and passion should exude out of the cast and it is just does not. Despite strong individual performances from Anne Hathaway and Hugh Jackman, Les Misérables fails to meet its own huge expectations. It definitely will not click for most casual movie goers, and I am not sure if it deserves the eight Academy Award nominations the movie received. Les Mis actually

began as a novel written by Victor Hugo back in 1812. In 1980 Les Mis was turned into a hit musical that still runs presently. Adding a little Hollywood magic birthed the new 2012 movie, Les Misérables. Les Mis will battle Lincoln during the upcoming Academy Awards on February 24. Lincoln has a leading 12 nominations to Les Mis’ eight. The movie is a must see for die-hard fans of the book or musical. I would also recommend this movie to fans of Hathaway and Jackman as well. But, there is no denying that this film fails to meet to its own high expectations. Most of the cast does not deliver the way stars should. I would give Les Misérables 3 out of 5 Comets.

It is mid-july and you and your friends are on a road trip with the windows rolled down; the breeze rushes through your hair and Bruno Mars’ new album Unorthodox Jukebox blasts away. The drum beats, synthesizer and doo-wop backing vocals sprinkled throughout this album had me tapping my foot and nodding my head the entire time. This album is perfect for a summer night out with friends. Mars’ single “Locked Out Of Heaven” was number one on the charts hours after its release, making this track Mars’ fourth single to hit number one in the United States. The beat is so catchy with a chopped guitar and killer vocals from Mars. When this song comes on the radio all the listener wants to do is turn up the volume and sing along. If you liked “Locked Out Of Heaven” I highly recommend the just as brilliant track “Show Me” to get you dancing away to a beach fantasy. Mars, a Hawaiian native, does a brilliant job in bringing his home state alive in this song. This track has a perfect, chill beat that wraps your senses in complete Hawaiian bliss. Mars creates a reggae vibe with a steel drum, a bass guitar and various

other oceanic instrumentals. I spent the entire song bopping my head to the beat, wishing summer would approach sooner. Mars retreats to his old ways with “When I Was Your Man.” This track shows a softer more vulnerable side of Mars and lends familiarity to the album. The song is simple, free of heavy, distracting producing. Only a piano accompanies Mars’ passionate singing to a lost love. One of my personal favorites is “Moonshine.” Mars channels a younger Michael Jackson with this track. Mars explores different chord combinations in this song and it differs greatly from his earlier music. This song is much darker and more aggressive and speaks about that one person that you have

an electric connection with. Hints of synthesizer in the background will transport your senses to the middle of the universe. The track “If I Knew” did not impress me as much as the rest of the album. Listening to the track made me feel like I was back in a 50’s diner, but not in a cool retro way. Listening to the song bored me, and I felt like it was just written to tie up the rest of the album. Overall, Mars’ experimental musical abilities impressed me. The retro funk vibes were like a breath of fresh air and I cannot wait to hear what Mars creates next. I give this album 4 Comets out of 5.

Discover a Future in Archaeology Tyler Standen, Staff Writer

   Amherstonians seeking a career in the field of archaeology have a rare chance available to them just within their reach.     An organization known as the Firelands Archaeological Research Center gives students and anyone interested a chance to learn more about the craft.     FARC, as it is abbreviated, has its laboratory located at the Amherst Historical Society, near the Amherst Junior High.     Founded in 1991, FARC was originally a part of the Sandusky Bay Chapter of the Archaeological Society of Ohio.     Wanting to get the community involved, FARC has an open door policy with their research.     Since the building’s construction, finds and samples from ongoing digs have been catalogued and stored.     They believe the history of the region should be shared with everyone to help people understand the rich and ancient cultures that used to live scattered throughout Ohio.     FARC’s research is solely about the people that used to inhabit Ohio, such as the Hopewell and Erie tribes.     Analysis of the tribes comes mainly through excavation in places where ancient cultures were be-

lieved to live.    The artifacts that those people left behind are what FARC is looking to find.     “We’re essentially digging through people’s trash,” said Brian Scanlan, president of FARC since 2008.     Using science and historical sources, as well as modern interpretations FARC hopes to “piece together the puzzle of who we are.”     Moreover, FARC wants to help people understand what those simple discoveries can tell about not only the ancient peoples who lived here, but ourselves as well.     The Center incorporates time in the field with “the lab work and analyzing that comes after” said Scanlan.     Relying solely on a few core members that are all volunteer workers, FARC, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization welcomes all ages.    Volunteers at FARC range from people as old as 60 to undergrads at LCCC, it is all a matter of wanting to know more.     Those who are interested in this field as a career, or as a vehicle to another field like anthropology, will find FARC indispensable for making their aspirations true.      As a career, archaeology has massive potential for a

governmental job.    Modern federal legislation states that a practice called Cultural Resource Management must be enacted on any government funded building project.     Essentially, a team of archaeologists survey the ground and make sure that construction will not desecrate any ancient or antique sites.     Aside from this choice, there is always the call for professors at universities to teach and go on digs with students. FARC’s lab is located at the Amherst Historical Society. {Photo T. Standen}    Even museums need curators to do research and think of relevant displays for the exhibits.    Either way, FARC proEditor in Chief: Bryce Williams vides a stepping stone for Design Editors: Ellen Coghlan and Alexa Vinh those interested in a future Copy Editors: Caitlin Fessler and Abbeigh Zellers in the craft of archaeology Staff Writers: Sophia Dettorre, Alivia Elliot, Morgan Fessler, Darragh Geraghty and the discovery of the Liaskos, Brad Hagerich, Taylor Hilenski, Lindsie Kallas, Emma Kramer, Brett past. McCloskey, Dominique Vinh, Brooklynn Gonzalez, Jared Sciarrotta, Maddie     For a calendar with lab Syrowski, Tyler Standen, and Austin Williams session dates, as well as more information on FARC Publisher: Mrs. Renee Opel The opinions expressed in this paper do not reflect the views of the publisher, administration, and the other societies it is or Board of Education of the Amherst Schools. The purpose of this newspaper is to allow stuinvolved with,  go to www. dents the opportunity to develop stories of their choice while learning the journalism process.

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A Contemporary Take on Southwestern Cuisine Abbeigh Zellers, Copy Editor Two charming employees stood eagerly behind an enormous assembly line, which boasted twenty fresh, all natural options just waiting to be acquainted with each other in a personalized dish.    The comforting, full-bodied aroma of rice and beans melded with the sharp scent of salsa. Laid back tunes and pop culture posters created a young, playful atmosphere within Moe’s Southwest Grill.     Rather than taking a seat like traditional eateries, my father and I waited a short time, previewing our ingredients for the perfect meal. The restaurant was not crowded and the line went quickly, while pleasantly awakening my appetite.     What lay before me was a surprise. The waiter created my bowl with freshly cooked seasoned brown rice. Rich, dark

black beans came next. For many Southwest restaurants, the vegetarian protein options stop at beans, but Moe’s caters to the herbivorous palette. A generous portion of spicy, certified organic tofu sizzled on the grill upon my request.    I traveled down the line carefully planning my custom bowl. Next came just a dollop of earthy green guacamole, both creamy and chock full of cilantro and tomatoes. A ladle of Pico de gallo salsa bloomed with perfectly ripened tomatoes, onions and jalapenos.     Moe’s offers a large variety of healthy, free veggie toppers like grilled onions, fresh onions, monterey jack cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, cucumbers and fresh and pickled jalapenos. The beginnings of my bowl were now buried under a vegetable tower. The

bowl came with whole grain corn tortilla chips for a satisfying crunch. The bowl was appropriately seasoned and not overwhelmingly salty. The warm, savory rice and beans were filling and cool vegetables made for the perfect contrast. Homemade salsa options varied from traditional Pico de gallo, roasted corn Pico de gallo, tomatillo, Kaiser, El Guapo salsa and Hard Rock N Roll. Citrusy tomatillo salsa in a vibrant green hue paired well with the chips. A spicier version of the same dip challenged my taste buds with its invigorating kick. For a more substantial meal, customers may purchase a burrito wrapped in a flour or whole grain tortilla. My father chose a hearty steak burrito on a soft, warmed flour wrap. A classic brown rice and black bean combination bulked up the burrito


Moe’s provides wholesome fast food alternatives for vegetarians and carnivores alike. {Photo A. Zellers} further. A healthful serving of sour cream sank in. Cheese, olives, bacon, cucumber and jalapenos topped the meal for a zesty bite. “It was pretty good, but the steak was not incredibly flavorful,” said my father, Mike Zellers in regards to his burrito. “The fresh vegetables

were a plus and the salsa options were too. The green was good, but very spicy. The Kaiser salsa had a nice taste too. It was somewhat milder,” he shared. Moe’s Southwest Grill is located in Avon, Ohio in French Creek Square. It was a welcome alternative to traditional fast food and an ideal option

for a weeknight dinner. The meal was quick and satisfactory, but the healthful palette may not fully satiate everyone’s tastes. I give Moe’s Southwest Grill three and a half out of five Comets.


Blossoming Style Caitlin Fessler, Copy Editor

A 1912 painting of the West Side Market.

The West Side Market Halie Vilagi, Staff Writer

You pull open a creaky wooden door and enter a room bustling with life. As you step inside your eyes are delighted and intrigued by the ornate details of the room. The combination of Neo-Classical and Byzantine architecture gives the room a truly grand feeling. The room’s high ceilings and elaborate mosaics make you almost feel as if you have been transported to another era in time. As you take a first deep breath inside the exquisite room your nose is overwhelmed with scent of savory crepes, rich soups, spiced meats and freshly baked pastries. The room is lined with 100 stalls filled with vendors of every food imaginable, always prepared fresh. No, you are not in heaven. You are at the West Side Market. The West Side Market provides a wide selection of organic foods, fresh produce and costs on average 30% less than most grocery stores. Many of the stall owners at the markets have been under family control for years, some even date back to the 1912 opening. If your buying a cannoli at the market, it is probably from an italian woman who used an old family recipe. The food there always feels authentic and is always delicious. One of my favorite places at the market is Crepes De Luxe featuring both sweet and savory

crepes. My personal favorite is the Rouge et Noir, a crepe that contains fresh strawberries and Nutella or dark chocolate. It is absolutely delightful. You get to watch the people make your crepe fresh with expert technique and layer on your toppings. Ohio City Pasta is also a great place to stop at the market. They feature fresh pasta, ravioli, butters and amazing marinara sauces. If you’re looking to impress someone with an spectacular dinner, Ohio City Pasta is perfect. Campbell’s Popcorn Shop is also fantastic. They have many fun flavors of popcorn like hot smokey cheddar, dill pickle, fruity, banana split and carmel apple. Campbell’s is famous for their dichotomy popcorn which brilliantly fuzes together the opposing flavors of caramel and cheddar. It sounds crazy, but it is delicious. Outside the market is an arcade area that is overflowing with fresh fruit and vegetables. Bartering is encouraged at the market so vendors compete to offer both the best prices and quality. The West Side Market not only has heavenly food, but beautiful flowers. Ohio City Blooms has a stand in the arcade that creates charming custom arrangements and bouquets. Buying flowers at the market is relatively inexpensive and a wonder-

ful way to brighten up your home during the dark days of winter. The West Side Market, Cleveland’s oldest publicly owned market, opened in 1840 adjacent to its current location on the corner of West 25th Street and Lorain Avenue in Ohio City. Former mayors Josiah Barber and Richard Lord collaborated to donate the land in Ohio City to create an open air market. After three decades of prosperous business, the West Side Market relocated to a wooden framed building on Pearl Street Market. As the city’s population boomed in the 19th century, the market also grew and needed to move again. The Cleveland architectural firm Hubbell and Benes completed the West Side Market in 1912 for a price of almost $680,000. The West Side Market now consists of 100 stalls for venders, 85 stalls outside in a produce arcade that wraps around the building and an enormous 137 foot clock tower. Be warned that since the market is so popular, parking is usually scarce. But the wait is certainly worth it. Also makes sure you bring your own bag and cash since much of the market is cash only. The market is open Monday and Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. as well as Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Though winter still nips at our noses, spring fashion begins to bloom on the runway. Spring 2013 fashion recently took root on the red carpet runway and even the real world. The sheer style is simple for high school students to partake in because its simplicity. Sheer has been a rising fashion since the fall but now even more people are embracing their bodies and showing some skin while still being covered up. The trend looks classy on dresses but the most popular use of sheer clothing in Steele is shirts and high-low skirts. “Sheer clothing looks elegant if done correctly because a lot of sheer involves lace and it normally has higher collars,” said junior Sophia Del Valle Another trend hitting the halls of Steele is stripes. The trend of stripes is always easy to follow and according to Glamour. com it is the most wearable trend of the upcoming season. “I like stripes because depending on the direction of the stripes they can make you look thinner or taller,” said Del Valle. Wearing a striped shirt with a pair of dark wash jeans and wedges channels a nautical vibe that is chic and always in style. It easily transitions to a summer look with Bermuda shorts instead of jeans. Bermuda shorts are also reappearing for the spring of 2013. The shorts have mixed reaction from fashion analysts at Vogue. com who love the look to students at Steele who oppose them. “I hate Bermuda shorts because they look awkward and are uncomfortable to wear,” said Del Valle. After a gloomy Ohio winter, girls want to liven up their wardrobes with

Junior Tori Neal emulates the black and white style with red shoes to make it more fun and youthful. {Photo C. Fessler} bright, fun colors. Colors like poppy red, african violet, nectarine, lemon zest and emerald are going to be the biggest colors of the season said Pantone’s Spring 2013 Color Report. New young Hollywood fashion icons Jennifer Lawrence and Zooey Deschanel wore the flirty poppy red color to the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. The bright colors illuminated on the red carpet. Students at Steele are also warming up to the colors. “Bright colors add a nice accent to outfits as long as it is not overbearing,” said Del Valle. Though many people think black and white is

bland and boring, it can be classy and elegant for everyday wear. Sophmore Nicole Kissling enjoys the elegance gained by wearing neutral colors. “I like black and white because it is simple but also nice looking,” said Kissling. Pairing a black and white striped shirt with jeans and colorful shoes or handbag is a simple way to incorporated multiple trends. Though these trends are in for the time being it is most important to work everything you wear with confidence. “Just go for it and be yourself. Wear it because you like it not because it is a trend,” said Del Valle.

Education Small Town School

Opening Your Eyes to Akron

Big Time Learning

Brad Hagerich, Staff Writer The University of Akron is a vibrant urban campus that provides students with hundreds of academic opportunities to study. UA is constantly growing and continues to give people an academic center to expand their knowledge. Since 2000 there have been 22 buildings added and they are currently adding a new education studies facility. Akron offers a wide variety of academic programs. Akron’s most popular majors are business, engineering, education, and biology according to Akron admission’s Ryan Routh. With over 300 other areas of study, students can choose any path they would like. Jarvis attended The University of Akron and recently graduated in December with a degree in early childhood education. “The classes were great and so were the professors,” said Jarvis. “The size of a class all depended on what subject it was but as we got more

Emma Kramer, Staff Writer In the quaint little town of Gambier, Ohio is home to the private institution of Kenyon College, it is hard to determine where the college campus ends and the small city life begins. The small, rural campus was founded in 1824 and is 1,200 acres. The school even has a 380 acre nature preserve. The Brown Family Environmental Center allows not only students but kids of all ages to come and learn about nature. Kenyon is known for its Liberal Arts program and is ranked number 32 in the Nation according to U.S News and World Report. Students who enjoy meeting up with friends and sharing a laugh or two can join one of Kenyon’s 150 clubs and organizations. Students can take horse back riding, work for the student paper or take part in student government. If clubs are not a students thing there are dozens of fraternities and sororities to join.

Although freshmen are required to live on campus, all the students can bring televisions to their dorms even though most dorms do not have cable. A third of the students that go to Kenyon play a Varsity sport. Kenyon competes in the NCAA Division III North Coast Athletic Conference. The college has won 57 National Collegiate Association Division III National Championships. The Kenyon Lords swimming team has won a total of 31 consecutive titles. The Ladies swimming team has won 23 championships and the tennis team has won three titles. When applying to Kenyon the application and ACT/SAT deadline is January 15. The application fee for Kenyon College is 50 dollars and there is also a 33.5 percent acceptance rate, which makes it the most selective and expensive college east of the Mississippi according to U.S


News and World Report. “Here at Steele we have never had a student get accepted into Kenyon. If students are trying to get into the college they need at least three credits of the same foreign language, which I’ve never seen a college ask for before,” said Steele Guidance Counselor Stacey Loushin. When applying to Kenyon they look for students that have made it all the way through Calculus which tends to be uncommon they also want to make sure they are bringing in students that are involved in volunteer work. The ratio of students to faculty is ten to one with 63.6 percent of all classes having 20 students or less. The five most popular majors for the 2011 graduates were English Language and Literature, Economics, Psychology, Political Science and Government and History according to the U.S News and World Report.

into our majors the classes were smaller and the professors really got to know you,” said Jarvis. Since graduation she has been able to find work back at home. Jarvis currently substitutes in Amherst. During her time at UA Jarvis played volleyball. “We played in a good conference and the competition was much higher than high school or J.O.,” said Jarvis. Andrew Souders is also an Amherst graduate who chose to better his education at UA. Souders graduated in 2012 and is currently a freshman at Akron studying Finance. “I’ve had only a couple finance classes, but the rest of the professors are good,” said Souders. Souders is a also on the soccer team where UA is one of the top ranked teams in the NCAA. Being highly ranked provides its athletes with top competition in and out of their conference. “We play a lot of out of conference games against top programs,” said

Souders. Being a student athlete also creates more responsibility for each of the students. With both studies and sports to worry about student athletes have to be even more focused. “It actually made me a better student,” said Jarvis. The campus is close enough to home for students to make a quick visit but far enough away to have a place of their own. It also provides the chance for a quick trip to athletic events. “The distance is actually one of my favorite parts,” said Amherst and Akron graduate Courtney Jarvis. Akron is not nationally ranked by US News and Report but students have still found their niche. The University of Akron offers a chance for students to expand their knowledge while still having a place to call home. There is so much to know about UA and the best way to learn more is to visit their website at www.

Write it Right

Release Your Inner Reporter Brooklynn Gonzalez, Staff Writer A free relaxed environment that has a domino reaction begins with independence and creativity but relies on responsibility and work ethic. The journalism class here at Steele is calling all independent, mature, responsible and creative thinkers to join their team. “The best part about the class is it creates a team. Everyone has to work to the best of his or her abilities to create a good quality paper,” said The Record’s Editor in Chief Bryce Williams. Taking journalism will help students grow in so many areas that will not only help in their high school career but far beyond that. “Journalism gives students the opportunity to become better writers, learn how to conduct a professional interview and become apart of something bigger than themselves,” said Williams. Students can take the class up to six times and earn an English elective each time, adding to the number of elective credits needed to graduate. “This isn't a ‘fluff ’ extra curricular class. We produce a newspaper and must fulfill high standards,” said Steele Copy Editor Abbeigh Zellers. In many of the core classes that are offered at Steele students must conduct research, give presentations and com-

municate with other people. Even if students are not strong in these areas there is no way of getting around those classes, but journalism will help develop the skills needed to succeed. The ability to communicate with others for interviews and to be able to research unbiased information in order to create a well written story are developed throughout the course. These skills will carry along further when it comes time for graduation, when it is time to step into the real world of college and future careers. “I’m learning efficient time management skills. My writing improved due to personal practice, but editing other students papers also helps me learn,” said Zellers. “The criticism the editors and Mrs. Opel tell you is helpful, listen to it they are only trying to make you a better writer in the end,” said Steele sophomore Emma Kramer. More importantly, students will be taught a lifelong lesson of leadership. “Students who take the class more than one time can assume leadership and responsibility roles,” said Opel. “I have developed leadership skills. My position has made me more responsible because I am responsible for everything that goes into the paper,” said Williams.

“The class is easy as long as the students work hard and don’t procrastinate,” said Williams. The stories students choose are completely their decision, the only requirements are that the stories are timely and have an Amherst Connection. Design editor Ellen Coghlan lays out the February newspaper. {Photo A. Baker} Students are able to do things at their own pace although a deadline is to be met every month. Brad Hagerich, Staff Writer Students are required to write It is that time of the year quire students to purchase ics. College Calculus 1 is a two stories each once again when students the books which allows new class that will hopefully month that print look to their future and the district to streamline receive LCCC dual enrollin the Record figure out what classes they funding. ment credit. section of the need to give them the best American Civil War will However, students who Amherst Newsopportunity of educational be added as a nine weeks already took Calculus 1 will Times as well as growth. elective offered to both not be able to take College individually in Scheduling will again be juniors and seniors. The Calculus 1 for credit. the school. Stuheld online for all students. class is meant to lead into COPP College Mathematdents also cover “The process will last two and be a compliment to ics will be added for stuSteele Sports and a half weeks ending Military History. “The class dents to take after Algebra 2 every week for on March 1,” said Steele will go in depth about the and is for students who do the News-Times guidance counselor Bob Civil War and how it influnot plan on taking Calculus sports section. Harcula. ences modern day war,” said in high school. This class Opportunities This year students will Aaron Millet, social studies will be like LCCC Math 171 are also availagain receive a username department chair. which is equivalent to that able for students and password but they This class also provides of Algebra 3. to write feature will also receive their own an alternative route if stuThe current Integrated stories for the school email address. “This dents do not want to take Math will be replaced with News-Times. provides students and Psychology or Sociology Senior Math Concepts. This These opportuteachers the opportunity which will become more class will be used to get nities are a great to have better and easier like college courses. students acquainted with start for stucommunication,” said vice For the math department and prepare them for coldents interested principal Jeanne Kornick. two new classes are going to lege math. in pursuing a PSEO will no longer be be added and one current “If anyone has any quescareer in Jourofferred at Steele. COPP course will be replaced by a tions or concerns they can nalism. “I hope courses will be offerred new class. stop down any time and to become a instead which are dual The two new classes will talk to any of the counselbetter writer and enrollment courses through be College Calculus 1 and ors,” said Harcula. hopefully make a LCCC. These courses reCOPP College Mathematcareer out of it in the future,” said Kramer.

Scheduling Your Future

Steele Spotlight


Mystery Runner Travels The World Emma Kramer, Staff Writer

Cleveland United Soccer Club traveled to Indiana for the Crossroads Tournament. {Photo D. Kallas}

Off Season Opportunity Lyndsie Kallas, Staff Writer The end of the high school soccer season is just the beginning for athletes playing on a club team, as they keep working even when the snow starts to fall. Playing on a club team is a choice that many Steele soccer players have made. These committed athletes continue working during the high school off season focusing on specific areas that they need work on throughout the year. “The skill level of the people you’re playing with is a lot higher,” said junior soccer player Hayley Lepkowski. Lepkowski plays for Cleveland United Soccer Club in the winter and spring. She started playing club when her county soccer coach recommended it. “I wanted to better develop my skills and I wanted more experienced coaches than that of county soccer,” said

Lepkowski. Club soccer helps to prepare athletes for the future. “Most colleges have the same season as high schools, meaning they can only see athletes playing during the club season,” said Dan Palmer. Palmer is a coach for Cleveland United Soccer Club, as well as head coach of Case Western’s mens soccer team. “Players develop at a higher level with club soccer.” Club soccer does take a large commitment, but that investment of time and money goes towards quality training. “You have practice two to three times a week and games almost every weekend. Depending on the age group, you also have outof-town tournaments and showcases,” said Lepkowski, who will travel to Indianapolis and Dayton in the upcoming months. “Club soccer takes up many hours of the week,

giving me less time for socializing but I really enjoy it,” said Steele sophomore Ben Higgins, who plays for Cleveland United Soccer Club. At these showcases, college coaches watch to discover new talent. Playing club makes it easier to get exposed to colleges seeking serious athletes. For the athlete looking to play high school soccer next season, club soccer can help. “The technique and skill you gain from club is a lot better and it helps me for the high school season,” said Higgins, who also plays on the Steeleboys varsity soccer team. Starting club at a young age gives the player a head start in preparing for the higher levels of soccer. “The coaches are more experienced and they help players improve on specific areas,” said Lepkowski.

Getting active and exploring the world is one way the mystery teacher differs from the rest. In high school she participated in cheerleading for all four years, Ski Club for two years and Future Teachers Club. She attended Steele and has been working here for nine years. “When I was a junior I never really had an interest to become a teacher but my English teacher said, she really saw a teacher in me so ever since it just stuck,” she said. “I am now going back to college to further my education and get a different perspective on teaching, I love teaching but later in my career I see myself becoming a principal,” she explained. She loves all the different students she gets to teach everyday and the fact that everyday is going to be a surprise. “I knew I would like teaching because I am a people person and I like seeing different peoples perspectives on things,” she said. She went to Bowling Green and studied abroad in Spain for four months, majoring in education and specializing in Spanish. She lived outside of Madrid

and traveled to Barcelona, South Spain, Toledo, Cordoba and San Sebastian. “My favorite place I have traveled was to Barcelona. Everything is so different and old world style over there,” she said. She enjoys traveling so she can experience other cultures first hand and be able to see what other parts of the world look like. “This summer I will be going to the Dominican Republic to get married, along with Puerto Rico, New York and Chicago for a race,” she explained. She now enjoys running and has been doing this for about a year and a half and also finds pleasure in running 5k’s with her best friend,

Steele teacher Tracy Delmonico. She also enjoys African dance and Zumba. “I have always hated running but one day I just decided to go running and I have slowly been able to work up to going longer distances,” she said. She is not just into running, this spring she will also be involved in a flash mob for the second year for domestic violence awareness. Along with being a very active person she also enjoys hanging out with family and friends. She likes to be able to spend time with her sisters and nieces. Going to the movies, out to dinner and traveling the world also makes this mystery teacher a unique young woman.

Ex-Marine Serves His Community Jared Sciarrotta, Staff Writer

point forward he has been included on the varsity staff. “Coach Bucci has a lot of the same values as I do. He wants what’s best for the student athletes,” said head football coach Chad Difranco. His volunteering does not just stop at football. He also has worked with the track team over the years. “I would volunteer for being a timer at all the home meets. During Comet Relays I would work in the long jump pit,” said Bucci. Bucci’s volunteer work has also received recognition from the Amherst Schools. This past year Bucci received Amherst’s Crystal Apple award dedicated to volunteers through Difranco’s nomination. “He tries to do things like that to let me know he’s appreciative,” Bucci said of Difranco. Because of Bucci’s selfless nature, he does not mind his current position. “The way the coaching situation is in athletics, there’s really no money other than the people that are on contracts through the school. It wouldn’t be fair to take up money out of their budgets.” With all of his commitment and talent, Bucci certainly seems fit for the

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coaching job. “He’s an Amherst guy, he cares a lot about the football program. I know he’s going to put the football team first. He’s in it to help the football team get better and each kid get better,” said Difranco. Before volunteering at Steele or becoming a firefighter, he joined the Marines. “What really drew me was the dress blues uniform. I always pictured myself doing that right after high school,” said Bucci. After he completed his training, he joined the Marines Security Forces. “There’s probably about twenty different Navy bases that Security Force people are on. I was in the Atlantic division, and we would be on naval bases guarding nuclear weapons,” said Bucci. After a short stint in the Security Forces, Bucci joined an infantry unit where he used a wire guided missile to take out tanks. When Bucci’s tour was finished, he decided to continue his life of service by joining the Lorain Fire Department. “My wife printed out all the cities that were to be giving tests for fire departments,” said Bucci. “Lorain

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Tony Bucci spotting his son Anthony during a work out. {J. Sciarrotta} was actually the first one that was giving the test after I got out, and I was lucky enough to get hired not long after the test was given.” Within seven months, Bucci smoothly transitioned from serving his country, to serving Lorain citizens. Firefighters live extremely rewarding lives. “The only time they call you is when they’re at their worst. It doesn’t even have to be sav-

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A natural inclination for service brought family man Tony Bucci to nuclear bombs, fires and the varsity weight room. Over his lifetime, Bucci has involved himself in many activities. From serving in the Marines, fighting fires, volunteering to coach football and training people in a cross-fit program, Bucci has done it all. Although Bucci receives pay for his self-sacrificing job as a fireman, he also regularly commits his free time to volunteer work. He donates his time as the varsity strength and conditioning coach for the football team and also helps out with running backs during the season. Bucci’s regular devotion to his family guided him to help his son Anthony Bucci and his friends get started in the weight room as incoming freshman. “Having my dad on the field and in the weight room is a pretty cool thing. Not a lot of people’s parents get involved as much as my dad does,” said A. Bucci. His volunteer work yielded noticeable results. “Coach Difranco came in and asked if I wanted to move up to the varsity level,” said Bucci. From that

ing somebody from a fire,” said Bucci. A firefighter routinely completes minor tasks like helping people locked out of their car or cleaning up car wrecks. “It could be something small, but each day you’re doing something that kind of helps the people or helps the community,” said Bucci. Despite the grueling effort Bucci’s work requires,

he loves every minute of it. “That’s the stuff I like to do anyways, so it’s really not putting me out at all,” said Bucci. Bucci’s volunteering and career has played a major factor in Anthony’s life. “I like to volunteer my time; he’s been a big influence on that. But as far as career wise, he’s always taught me just to do what makes me happy,” said A. Bucci.

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