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The Record mherst Steele High School VOL. XCIII No. 13 Thurs., April 19, 2012

Tough Mudder Team Finishes Strong Nina Hill, Staff Writer

Rain begins to drizzle from the sunless sky as the national anthem blares over the starting field and the true enormity of the task at hand settles into the minds of those geared up and standing at attention. As the temperature continues to drop into the mid-40‘s and the storm shows no sign of breaking, the hellish struggle for completion of the Tough Mudder is about to begin. Nervous sweat mingles with the rain, streaming down each team member’s face as thoughts of the coming physical struggle flood each persons mind. Panicked fragments such as “how am I going to finish this” or “why am I here” jolt Terah Ostrander and her teammates into the reality of the moment. No amount of physical training can prepare a racer for the mental breakdown which the Tough Mudder aspires to induce. Glancing through the crowd, no two members are identical in fitness level, athletic ability, or preparedness. Though fitness backgrounds and training strategies may vary, the competitors all share one very important

each other to complete the grueling course was “a great bonding experience” for both of us said Terah. Even though members of their team adopted different training methods, from long distance running to interval training which simulated obstacles, all reported that “training did not help because there is not much you can do to prepare.” Before even beginning the race, all competitors were required to scale an 8 foot wall to enter the startThough ing corral. {Photo Credit: N. Hill} nervous upon arrival at the factor: desire to push their Tyler Freeman are several derie and teamwork which course, once the team bodies to the limit. of the Steele High School motivates each individual entered the starting corral, The race company does students who banded to prove to him or herself the atmosphere became not allow minors to partogether on a mission to what they can do. so intense and energetic ticipate, yet this particular complete the race. Ostrander and her that the course “didn’t team stands among the The 12 mile stretch mother, Stacey Ostrander, seem as intimidating while youngest in the crowd. ahead of them could defeat trained together for nearly surrounded by people who Ostrander, Kyle Szucs, even the most fit; however, six months in preparawould be helping each Aaron Ambrosio and the race inspires camaration for the event. Helping other finish.”

Though the obstacles were very difficult throughout, the jump into the quarries was the turning point for Ostrander. She reported that she “felt great until mile six but, after the quarries, the cold became the hardest part to combat.” After completing the final and most intimidating obstacle, “Electroshock Therapy,” relief and satisfaction was so complete that she “wanted to cry because she was so happy, yet so cold.” The Tough Mudder aspires to be the “hardest event on the planet,” according to the Tough Mudder, yet Ostrander and her team mates were able to finish without incident. With such an evocative slogan, the race houses 24 obstacles ranging from mildly difficult to nearly sadistic in nature, in an attempt “to test all-around strength, stamina and mental toughness.” The Amherst team was fortunate enough to finish together in about five hours, with no major injuries. Ostrander enthusiastically reported that she would “do it again in a heartbeat, but only if it was warmer.”

Funky Jazz Music Satisfies the Soul Tess Henthorne, Design Editor of both private lessons and involvement in other Society stereotypes musical groups. This has teenagers as disrespectful made it easier for them to youth who listen to loud experiment with different metal music. Soul Satistechniques to produce a faction, a local Amherst good blend. ensemble, has disproved     “The ensemble seems this by creating a mixture to just flow because we all of classic jazz and funk that transcends the expec- know what sounds good and what doesn’t,” Lewis tations of modern music. said.      The group consists of      Soul Satisfaction juniors Damian Feliciano on bass guitar, Alan Lewis has not limited itself to performing strictly jazz on drum set, Gabe Johnmusic but is continuing son on saxophone and to expand its musical seniors Alex Shernit on repertoire. guitar, Martin Walters on      “[The group] gives me trombone, and Joe Szabo experience with different on trumpet. types of music...I’ve been      Most recently Soul exposed to many different Satisfaction performed genres, not just the basics”, at a community benefit said Walters. concert for Souper Bowl      “We take jazz classics of Caring held at the First and put our own funky Congregational United Church in Elyria. The con- rock swing on them,” Feliciano noted. “We’ve cert, consisting of several played songs by artists like local bands and a comedy Freddy Hubbard, Miles group, raised over $1000 Davis, Joe Zawinul, and to donate to the church’s The Beatles mixing classic food pantry. jazz with our own style.”      Around the time of the      The group creates its Super Bowl, Souper Bowl own arrangements, orgafor Caring works nationnizes its own practices, wide to collect food for and sets up its own perforhunger-relief organizations. Last year they raised mances, forcing the group members to take on added over $9.5 million dollars responsibility. and hoped to exceed      “It’s more of our own $11 million in donations thing and we’re indethis year with the help pendent,” said Walters. of groups like the First “[We’re learning] to do Congregational United our own tasks without Church. anyone helping.”      “We love to perform,      The group has grown especially when it is for a and developed since it good cause. We’ve been first formed in 2007 to looking for an opportuperform as a small jazz nity to help the commuensemble at junior high nity since we first started performing together,” said band concerts. It originally consisted of Felimember Damian Feliciano, Lewis, Johnson, and ciano. Adams.      Every member of the      Feliciano said the engroup has a strong musisemble was so “interested cal background because

in expanding their musical library and knowledge of jazz” that they began working one on one with junior high school band director Jeff Meyers once a week.     To challenge themselves, Soul Satisfaction entered Ohio Music Education Association’s Solo and Ensemble contest and received a superior rating in both 2007 and 2008.      Upon entering high school, the group looked to expand their instrumentation. They added Shernit, Walters, and Szabo.      The members feel these additions have helped produce the best possible blend. Adams mentioned that the variety of instruments “adds color to the

Soul Satisfaction rocks out at First Congregational United Church in Elyria. {Photo: T. Henthorne} group.”     Feliciano said, “At the end of the day, we play

together because we all love music. We hope we can continue performing

in the future and share our love for music with everyone else.”

Technology Takes over New State Tests Brittany Bills, Staff Writer

The OGT, a mandatory state test given to all sophomores in the United States, has been eliminated in Ohio and replaced with new end of course exams starting in 2014. The Ohio Department of Education is making tremendous progress in putting a new form of graduation standards into place based upon the new common core. “The state tests will no longer look like the OGT,” said principal Michael Gillam. All core classes will be given end of course exams created by the state. This means students will take the test every year for every major course. Passing or failing the new test will

not be dependent on graduation, although it will be a portion of it. In order to prepare Steele students for the new test Amherst is trying to get teachers to educate consistently. Gillam said that he likes individuality among teachers but he also would like teachers to be closer in the material that they teach. The process of trying to work more closer will be a challenge according to Gillam. Gillam feels strongly that the OGT should not be fully dependent upon graduation, since some students excel at taking tests while others do not. Instead, “the purpose of the test will be to measure what students should

have learned,” said Gillam. Executive Director of Educational services Todd Stuart said that the new tests will be taken on computers, but the funding for them has not yet been confirmed. With technology changing, Amherst must follow. The 2012-2013 school year will bring pilot online testing, which some of Steele English and social studies classes are already introducing with their participation in the Ohio Performance Assessment Pilot Project (OPAPP). Stuart said the short term goal is introducing iPads to selected grades and a certain amount of students at a time.

The long term goal is to accommodate enough technology for every student to have an iPad. Gillam stated there are going to be many changes and that some will take longer than others but they will be made. The first form of a graduation test was given in the early 90’s and it was called the OPT. The Department of Education has to expand its testing to offer more opportunities for future generations to get as much out of education as possible. The last class to take the OGT will be the class of 2014. From then on, students will experience the end of course tests.



Au Naturale as the Latest Trend Nina Hill, Staff Writer

Conventional farming techniques dispense multiple insecticides, chemical fertilizers and herbicides which can be detrimental to health. A recent movement towards natural food production and consumption has altered the aims of grocers across the nation. Because of the modern emphasis on wellness and health consciousness, food producers are attempting to promote their goods as “healthful” and “natural.” Though the market for organically produced foods is currently small, the segment of U.S. sales of organic food and beverages have grown from $1 billion in 1990 to $26.7 billion in 2010, according to the Organic Trade Association. Mass production farmers typically employ chemical fertilizers to promote plant growth, spray insecticides to reduce pests and disease, and give animals multiple antibiotics and hormones to spur growth. These farmers

follow significantly less regulations regarding use of chemical treatments and consumers may be entirely unaware of the process for production. Foods labelled USDA Certified Organic have been approved by the strict regulations of the US Department of Agriculture regarding how foods are grown, handled and processed. Organic production is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without use of toxic pesticides and fertilizers. Organically produced foods also must be produced without the use of antibiotics, synthetic hormones, genetic engineering or other dangerous practices. Organic foods are minimally processed without artificial ingredients, preservatives, or irradiation to maintain the integrity of the food from the farm to the table. The health dangers of chemical alterations to food include increased risk for certain types of cancer, mental diseases

Organic Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

1 cup whole milk 3/4 cup granulated sugar 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 2 cups heavy cream 5 large egg yolks 1 tsp pure vanilla extract - Make sure your ice cream maker has been in the freezer for at least 12 hours. - In a medium saucepan, heat the milk, salt, and sugar. - Scrape the seeds from the vanilla bean into the milk and add it all, including the pod, into the milk mixture. Cover, remove from heat, and let sit for one hour. - Set up an ice bath by placing a medium-sized bowl in a larger bowl partially filled with ice and water. Set a strainer over the top of the smaller bowl and pour cream into that bowl. - In another bowl, whisk together the egg yolks. Rewarm the milk for a few minutes and then gradually pour about 1/4 of the milk into the yolks, whisking constantly as you pour. Scrape the warmed yolks and milk back into the saucepan with the rest of the milk. - Cook over low heat, stirring constantly (this is important!) and scraping the bottom with a heat-resistant spatula, until the custard thickens enough to coat the spatula. Be careful not to let the mixture curdle. - Strain the custard into the heavy cream. Stir over the ice until cool, then add the vanilla extract. Chill mixture overnight. - Remove the vanilla bean and freeze the custard in the ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions. Recipe yields 1 quart {Photo N. Hill} and other illnesses. A recent study in the BMC Neurology Journal found that people exposed to pesticides had a 1.6 times greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.

According to the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development, this generation of children face “a cumulative, multi-

Is Facebook Unliked? Anna Rein, Staff Writer

Social networking sites (SNS) like Facebook have been distracting students at Steele from normal social life since their creation. When students type papers, do research or take online classes it is easy to get distracted by SNS. A survey of 50 students taken at Steele revealed a high use of social networking sites. Only four students in the survey do not have a Facebook. The largest motivation for using Facebook is socialization. Social networking sites consume students’ free time because many students want to be constantly connected with their peers. Instead of concentrating on their homework or studying, many students often look through their friends’ pictures, chat or post statuses. A surprising 27 out of 35 students that have a smart phone, iPad or iPod check their Facebook at school or at work. Junior Jessica Whitman said that since she has had a smartphone, “it’s just a matter of tapping the screen [to get on Facebook]” rather than waiting for a computer to load. Teacher Alex Baldwin said he catches students on Facebook during his class. He admitted it is a

Sophomore Nick Brockmeyer logs on to his Facebook account during his 2nd period class. {Photo A. Rein} useless “waste of time” and that there is a “time and a place for everything. [Students’] time should not be dedicated to Facebook.” Instead, students should focus their time on their classes. Students could miss important information about tests or homework if they distract themselves with events online. Whitman “does not even realize when [she] opens the app” because she does it so often. Whitman admitted she has a difficult time focusing in school because Facebook is always available and students are always posting statuses or pictures. The survey showed 26 out of 50 students update

their status every day. Facebook has created a necessity to know what is going on at all times which distracts students from more important matters in and out of school environment. Steele graduation is coming up in April and many graduation parties will be planned. Many students create events on Facebook instead of by mail. Freshman Jessica Krugman admitted she has only received a hand written invitation for a single wedding, and admitted that “all other invitations have been over Facebook.” Though being social and expressing opinions are beneficial activities,

Facebook decreases face to face communication skills. Many jobs like cashiers or waiters require good communication with people. Some employers do not hire students that cannot communicate well with others. Whitman admitted she almost did not get her job because she was shy during her interview. She said she spends way too much time on Facebook and she feels “Facebook takes more than your time. It’s taking my speaking ability away.” Students are not only losing important skills but hindering their communications. Facebook is a threat to be recognized in the class rooms of Steele.

generational, and destructive impact on human health” from widespread use of pesticides. Foods created using organic ingredients tend to be more rich and true the

natural flavor of the food. Testers of the organic ice cream reported that it was “decadently rich” and “bursting with a flavor that was natural and not too strong.”



Language Unites The World Melody Hartle, Staff Writer

A different language brings forth a different perspective on life. It is critical that a second language be available to all Amherst students throughout their K-12 academic education. Although the majority of Americans speak English, it is necessary that a second language be available to help benefit children, improve the global economy, and overall make the world united as a whole. “Unfortunately, due to the state funding cuts we are doing our best to maintain the programs we currently have [here at Steele],” Amherst Superintendent Steve Sayers explained. Beginning a second language early sets the stage for students to develop advanced levels of proficiencies in one or more languages, but unfortunately Amherst cannot develop these proficiencies due to levees not passing. By incorporating a second language into our curriculum, Amherst students will begin to develop an appreciation for

diversity in it comes a classroom. time to Steele freshseek emman Hanployment. nah Swint Steele explained, “If Spanish foreign lanteacher, guages were Jill Wilson offered earlier explained, at Amherst “Not more people only can would be learning open-minded a second to learning language about differopen ement cultures.” ployment In our opportuniworld today ties but it companies can also tend to help the prefer to hire person domestic embecome Four year old Carmela Rivera practices her spanish alphabet. {Photo M. Hartle} ployees who more open can speak to other multiple languages bewho are bilingual will beworld on a routine basis people and cultures both cause our world is diverse. come frontrunners. Chiland doing business locally local and abroad.” “There is no question that dren who comprehend with those whose native While learning a secexpanding the foreign and have the knowledge language is not English.” ond language opens the language program would of a second language are Not only is learning a door to job opportunities provide beneficial experineeded in dealing with second language a critical around the world, it also ences and better prepare people, especially in the factor in a hiring decision, benefits children academistudents for the world we U.S where there are many it provides cultural under- cally. Children who learn live in,” Sayers explained. ethnic minorities. standing and enlightena second language starting In current society there According to the ment for students who in kindergarten will begin are better opportunities American council on have taken the extra step to develop academic skills for bilingual workers the teaching of foreign to become bilingual. This that will improve their life. abroad. The knowledge languages, “No matter improves self-esteem in ACFTL states that, of understanding local what career students enter, students and boosts their “All children that learn languages will help secure they will be interacting confidence, giving them a foreign language will a job position but those with others around the a major advantage when out-score their non-

foreign language peers in the verbal and even math sections of any standardized test.” Learning a second language is a huge problem solving activity and is a major factor in improving academics. According to ACFTL, studies show “repeatedly that foreign language learning increases critical thinking skills, creativity, and flexibility of mind in young children.” It is extremely necessary for Steele students to begin a second language at a young age to improve our district. Sayers explained, “I hope there will be a day when we are able to extend foreign language opportunities into our elementary schools.” In order for the entire world to prosper and our school, children are going to need to understand a second language. This change is mainly forced upon the youngest generation and the generations to come. Allowing Amherst students to be bilingual for the rest of their lives means to have them start at a young age rather than high school.

Soar into Dayton

The Farmer School of Business where students become leaders in business and the community. {Photo Miami University}

Make Miami Your-ami Tori Neal, Staff Writer

Miami University of Ohio is a common choice for Steele graduates, allowing students to explore their opportunities and extend their education.    Miami University is located in Oxford, much like the small town of Amherst. “It’s an incredible college environment, and is a perfect college town,”stated Steele 2011 graduate Shelby Neidert.         With 17,472 people attending Miami University, it is a popular place for Amherst students to choose. The cost per academic year is 12,625 dollars for tuition and fees, and 10,640 dollars for room and board.    With about 110 majors, many career choices are available. Miami has a wide variety of majors ranging from engineering, business, architecture and sciences.       Miami’s business department best reflects the school’s reputation. “We are known for our business school which is one of the best in the nation.”     At the Farmer School of Business students engage in social entrepreneurship, which prepares them for real

world experiences. Senior Collin Basinski has chosen to attend Miami majoring in business because “their Farmer school of business has been recognized by businessweek as a top 25 school.”   Although the school of business is a main choice, Engineering is another popular course offered at the college which branches out into Chemical Engineering, Bio-Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and many others. Neidert is majoring in bioengineering, and admires “the academic prestige [Miami] has in undergraduate education.”     Miles Pittak, 2011 Steele  graduate, is studying Secondary Education Integrated Mathematics. Pittak “absolutely loves the school” because it allows him to reach his goal of becoming a high school math teacher.    Graduate of Miami University and present teacher at Steele Bill Matthews “gained a great education and found a job quickly after graduation.” Matthews spent a lot of time at Miami because his parents and older sister attended

the University. When the choice came down to it he picked Miami University over Colorado.     Throughout the experiences, the most common thought that was expressed about this college was the ability to fit in and be comfortable right from the beginning. “I have made some really cool lifelong friends,” said Pittak. “What I like most about Miami is how much it feels like home and how welcome I feel on campus,” Neidert also said,      “When you are thinking about college you paint this mental picture in your mind of what you think college will be like. When I came down here for my first visit and tour, the campus fit my mental picture perfectly,” Pittak stated heartedly. However, will this fit future graduates’ interests?      The school is very traditional with its picturesque buildings and compact campus. It is a decent distance from home so students can still get the full college experience. For more information about Miami University visit muohio. edu.

The University of Dayton Science Center Auditorium on a beautiful cloudy afternoon. {Photo The University of Dayton}

Education Takes Off Taylor Wright, Staff Writer

Whether students choose to excel in Business or major in Arts and Sciences, The University of Dayton has everything to offer. Graduates would find The University of Dayton a good choice because of its beautiful campus and wide variety of courses. The university is known as being the largest Catholic university, though there are no religious requirements. The university promotes leadership in academics. On US News National University Rankings, The University of Dayton was ranked number 101 out of 194 ranked universities. Students must get an ACT score from 24-27 and a GPA of 3.05 in order to attend Dayton as a Freshman. Dayton University also accepts PSEO credits. The family life of Dayton University is very comfortable. Dayton University sophomore Katie Coughlin said, “Anyone considering coming here would definitely love the community feeling, great academics, [and] all of the opportunities such as

research, service clubs, studying abroad, etc. They love everyone they meet!” Coughlin is not the only Alumni who feels this way. Steele counselor Mary Jane Loushin and her children all agree because they said their“experience there was wonderful.” Loushin explains that the life at Dayton is very home-like and comforting. Loushin said that in 2005 there were seven graduates from Steele who attended The University of Dayton, and in 2007, twelve graduates attended. Dayton University splits its majors into different groups which they call “schools”. Each school has different ideas, and helps teach different ways of learning.       Dayton University’s first school offers majors in Arts and Science. Their Art and Science majors range from biology and pre-med to philosophy, Spanish and photography.     The Universities second school offers the School of Business Administration, where the majors include entrepreneurship, accounting and finance.

The third school at Dayton University is the School of Education and Allied Professions. Education and Allied professions include all education levels as well as all health professions such as Pre physical therapy, dietetics, and exercise science.    The final “school” at the University is the School of Engineering. The School of Engineering offers chemical, civil and mechanical engineering.     Dayton University has sports teams who compete at the NCAA Division 1 level in the Atlantic 10 conference. Coughlin, said, “UD is known for being a big basketball school. Everyone is part of an organization called Red Scare that offers you spirit points for every sporting event you go to and that determines where you sit for each basketball game.” Based on the major, or even the sports, Dayton University could be a good choice for many. Students can extend their horizon and join organizations to make their college experience memorable.

Arts and Culture Peyroux Stands High Annie Nickoloff, Copy Editor While sifting through new bands on Pandora internet radio, I came across Madeleine Peyroux’s “J’ai Deux Amours.”    This piece, sung in French, immediately grabbed my attention though its relaxing beat was not all that intense. Peyroux’s voice floated over the soft guitar chords gently and reminded me of a bright and happy summer day.     I later looked up her latest album, ‘Standing on the Rooftop,’ which was released in 2011. The cover featured Peyroux, barefoot, sitting on a plain wooden box next to a fearful-looking dog. Though the cover did not reveal much about her music, I decided to check out the first song on the list, “Martha My Dear.”     Immediately I could tell the song would be filled with the same simple styles I heard in “J’ai Deux Amours.” Banjo chords interrupted the steady guitar beat, and drums softly tapped in the background. The background was matched with a soulful voice wavering over distant sounds.     My favorite song on the album, “The Kind You Can’t Afford,” followed as track two. I felt like this would be the perfect song for driving in the middle of a windy summer day. The organ pushed out a funky melody that eventually finished the piece.     Again, though this had more of a rock feel than the previous two, the drums still never overtook the song and everything blended delightfully.     “The Things I’ve Seen

Today,” track three, continued the upbeat feel, and felt a little more bluesy at the beginning. Later the addition of a snazzy and prominent bass rhythm created a happy melody that continued with a soulful guitar solo.    Later, an interesting song came in as track five. “Lay Your Sleeping Head, my Love,” was based off of a poem by W.H. Auden, lending extremely romantic lyrics to a simple soft song.     One verse included the lines, “Beauty, midnight, vision dies: Let the winds of dawn that blow, softly round your dreaming head, such a day of welcome show, eye and knocking heart my bless, find our mortal world enough.”     Though the poem was not written by Peyroux, I appreciated her incorporation of the flowing language into a beautiful, yet slightly dark song.      Peyroux mixed up her style with track eight, “Love in Vain.” This song had an interesting accordionplayed beginning, with a muffled drum beat and beautiful singing. It reminded me of the Roarin’ 20’s because of the cool and sultry feel to her voice, which had a bluesy swung beat.      However, I felt like the band began to fall apart about halfway through the song where the layering of noises seemed hashed together. The song picked up its original melody later, but

“May the Odds Ever Be In Your Favor” Ellen Coghlan, Staff Writer

the twist of disorganization did not match the original idea at all.     No other song on the album fell apart as much as “Love in Vain” did. “Meet Me in Rio,” track ten, had a funky beginning with distorted guitar chords which fell away into a groovy wave. Though the singing did not match this surprising beginning as well as I thought it would, it created a strange melody that is interrupted by flares of percussion and guitar.      The last song disappointed me compared to the development of every other song on the CD. “The Way of all Things” was simply boring. Though the song was a bit more upbeat than other pieces on the album, its repetitive, tired sounding rhythm was not something I could ever sing along to.      Though a few songs were not very entertaining, I still enjoyed this album. It was easy to listen to, mostly because there were never any harsh rhythms or piercing drum beats. I give Madeleine Peyroux’s Standing on the Rooftop 4 out of 5 Comets.

Envision a place where the government disables the smallest freedoms, turns each day into a struggle of survival and uses human sacrifice as a form of entertainment to ensure everlasting obedience. New York Times Bestselling Author Suzanne Collins’ novel, The Hunger Games is transformed into a suspense ridden, love stricken film everyone has been craving. The Hunger Games follows a 16 year old girl, Katniss Everdeen, who lives in the country of Panem and struggles each day in an effort to support her mother and sister. She suddenly must volunteer for the games to replace her 12 year old sister, Primrose, as one of the 24 tributes fighting to death in hopes of being the single victor. When preparing for the games, everything changes and Katniss quickly faces emotional and physical turmoil as she tries to stay alive for the people she loves. She then involves herself in a relationship that forces her to jeopardize her existence, as it develops into something she never expected. The story creates a

spiraling love triangle as Katniss must acknowledge her feelings for best friend Gale and tribute competitor Peeta Mellark and also understand that she may lose everyone before she can find herself. The Hunger Games takes off when the games begin and death defying obstacles are placed in the tributes’ way. All competitors struggle to cope with reality and must transform themselves into killers in order to stay alive. A common environment visible in each scene is poverty and despair, of not only the competitors but the citizens of Panem as well. Despite the fact that competitors are forced to kill one another, bonds of friendship and love remain too powerful to be ignored. Although the film lacks the char-

Invisible Children: Kony 2012 Caitlin Fessler, Staff Writer

Kony has become a household name due to the viral video describing the horrendous actions he has been doing. For 26 years Joseph Kony has been the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Uganda where he has been abducting children as sex slaves and child soldiers. Invisible Children, a non-profit organization, recently created the Kony 2012 video. Which has accumulated over 80,000,000 views on YouTube. The Invisible Children Organization’s website said they “use film, creativity, and social action to end the use of child soldiers in Joseph Kony’s rebel war and restore LRA-affected com-

munities in Central Africa to peace and prosperity.” Steele Sophomore Sam Kamnikar has brought the fight against Kony to Amherst. Kamnikar felt that “seeing all of the children suffering was really hard to deal with and [he] knew that something had to be done about it.” Kamnikar organized the “Cover the Night” campaign in Amherst to make Kony recognizable. The protest involves covering the town with posters and stickers. Kamnikar said, “If we get enough people to talk about it, people are eventually going to notice and wonder what all of the hype is actually about.” Jessica Celima, Steele Sophomore, strongly opposes Kony and plans to


do “Cover the Night” due to being followed by a man when she was a child. Celima said, “The feeling of being taken from your family and not knowing what is going to happen to you the next day or two can get to you.” She understands how the children feel and believes “the whole Kony thing needs to be stopped.” Junior Kaitlyn Given found out about Kony through people posting about it on Facebook. Given feels “we need to fix ourselves before we can help others.” The focus of the Kony 2012 video made by Jason Russell is to raise awareness and to get people to “make Kony famous.” If people know what he is doing

then they will try to get the government to get involved and stop him. Invisible Children has been criticized by many Americans. The first outburst came when people wanted to know how the organization was spending their profits because only 37% went to Africa. The organization responded to these claims by posting their breakdown of expenses on the Invisible Children website. The Kony movement has also influenced celebrities such as Oprah Winfey and Justin Bieber to join the “stop Kony” campaign. Bieber even tweeted on March 8, “this is not a joke. this is serious. TOGETHER we can #MakeAChange and #STOPKONY help another

acter development and relations emphasized in the text, it reflects the story plot well, rarely altering the novel’s narration. Collins excellently illustrates the bizarre atmosphere presented to Katniss throughout her heart-wrenching journey. Every page is brought to life through the imagery and detail of each thought, emotion and judgement. This allows audiences to expand their imagination and discover their own personal connection to the characters. The film puts the novel’s vivid scenery and thrilling action to life, but it lacks emotional detailing and the intimacy of character relationships. The movie does not focus on Katniss’s perspective alone, allowing the viewer to experience new parts of the plot not seen through the limited text. The Hunger Games movie and book is a story that generates continuous action while captivating the reader from start to finish. I would recommend the book to anyone searching for a dynamic novel filled with passion, inspiration and non-stop suspense. I give The Hunger Games Novel five out of five Comets and the Hunger Games Movie four out of five Comets.

kid in need!” about the Kony movement. To support the Kony cause people can go on the Invisible Children website and purchase a 10 dollar bracelet, a 30 dollar Kony 2012 Action Kit (currently sold out) or donate directly to the The Kony posters, like the one above will cause. be hung in cities around the world on With the April 20. {Photo Kony 2012 Posters} “Cover the Night” campaign quickly approaching, supporters of through Facebook to learn Invisible Children should more about it. “It’s just one prepare with posters and night of your life. Why not contact Sam Kamnikar go all out?” said Celima.

Arts and Culture


Steele Theater Gets Musical Abbeigh Zellers, Staff Writer The MLS Theater Company is singing its way into spring with Alice, a musical rendition of Lewis Carroll’s beloved story Alice in Wonderland.    This play is an adaptation by Michael Lancy and Center Stage Production. Like the traditional story, the show focuses on the female protagonist Alice who discovers herself  while journeying through a magical wonderland.     Alice was not chosen for the Spring Show by regular means. As Drama Director Valerie Farschman revealed, it was given to Steele for free through Project Center Stage, saving the school a lot of money. Project Center Stage selected Amherst as one of 38 schools to perform Alice for the first time. Many practices and each performance will be video recorded and shown to Project Center Stage to demonstrate how each school handles the show.     Steele’s involvement in

Alice undergoes an intense trial full of mayhem before the Court of Wonderland. {Photo Credit: A. Zellers} Project Center Stage makes this Spring Show unique. Sterling Voss, playing the Cheshire Cat in the production, explained that Alice is a musical, something that has not been tackled in Amherst since fall of 2009.    Many actors eagerly anticipate showing off their hard work on opening night. Freshman Hannah

MacDonald will take on the challenging lead role of Alice in front of her peers. The role requires much singing, dancing and being on stage at all times. MacDonald admitted the role is “stressful” because she is expected to “live up to the perfection of [the] upperclassmen.”    Sophomore Nicole Schneider, a White Rose,

shared that each rehearsal for her is “two and a half hours of nonstop dancing.” She and the other White Rose ballerinas have the “hardest dance” in the show, and she felt the show’s highlight is senior Mikaela Maldonado’s choreography.    Farschman also took a liking to Maldonado’s choreography. “[Maldonado]

has a very creative eye,” she exclaimed. Schneider said Maldonado puts her own “unique spin” on the choreography.    The play’s music is sure to catch the audience’s attention. Voss described its “catchy beats” and Farschman joked, “it’s light and fluffy...definitely not Sweeney Todd.”

   The MLS Theater Company has put a twist on the show, making it much more whimsical than the original. Voss explained “We make it like this circus analogy where I’m the ring leader” who guides Alice on her journey.     Opening night is April 19 at Amherst Steele High School in the cafetorium. This night offers a one dollar discount to Steele students. Additional performances will be held the 20, 21, and 22 where tickets will be $5 for students and $7 for adults.     On Monday, April 23, the show will be performed during first and second period for the students of Powers Elementary. Farschman explained that it is “a wonderful opportunity [for children] to see what the high school does.”     With a lively cast, upbeat tunes and an inexpensive ticket price, the audience will be whisked away to Wonderland.

Wilderness Explorer

A Night on the Nile

The Last Empty Places is a non-fiction book written by the adventurous and aggravated Peter Stark. Frustrated with all the Wal-marts, Starbucks and suburbs, Stark makes a journey to the four corners of America to escape modern society. Before Stark wrote the book, he traveled the world in search of “wild places,” first as a traveler, then as a writer. Stark soon realized he had largely ignored his own country, but he was soon discouraged as he questioned, “Has wilderness been wiped off the face of America?” Peter Stark’s goal for the book was to seek out and enter the most secluded and empty places in America. He was aware of these vast blank spots from a photo he obtained from his friend Alex Philip. “I searched solely for the experience of wilderness... I sought the romance of wilderness,” remarks Stark as his journey takes him to remote areas of Maine as he travels down a river with his family. He also travels to a half a million acre farm in south-east Oregon where the nearest town is more than 100 miles away from

Prom 2012 is dresses are easy just around to find and the corner and match the “on new styles are the Nile” theme blooming in in a creative every store. way. TraditionThe theme al black and for this year is white dresses “A Night On are also poputhe Nile.” Collar in stores. ors generally Although associated with long hair is elEgypt are boregant, the most ing tans, pale practical hair yellows and style for prom other pastels. is an updo However, stubecause of the dents can spice hectic dance up the Egypfloor. Historitian theme cally, Egyptian by wearing peasants let brighter, more their hair grow stylish colors. long, but EgypFor girls, tian Goddesses Senior Jacob Box decides which tie will go best wore theirs up. both short and with his date’s dress. {Photo A. Rein} long dresses Students going can make the to prom might same statego for flowing ment. Traditional prom the Egyptian theme well locks or comfortably attire is usually foralong with shiny hair swept up. mal with elegant long barrettes or clips. HandA great way for guys dresses and high heels, made jewelry can also to match their date is but now things are add a personal touch to through ties, vests or changing. your prom style. even socks. Socks that Short dresses beHigh heels are great match their date’s dress come classy with small for pictures, but not are a creative touch that touches like jeweled the best for dancing. does not detract from belts or one-shouldered Flats are much more overall appearance. Also straps. To keep with comfortable to dance if confident enough, the Egyptian theme, and move around in, boys can wear a highemerald, turquoise and especially considering class hat with a colorful amethyst are popular Egyptians did not have band to match. gem choices. shoes either. Chunky gold neckIn stores, cool-collaces and bracelets fit ored or bright-colored

Bridge Francis, staff writer

a hospital and finally to the deserts of New Mexico. Stark kept me interested by writing fascinating story’s about the history of each area he went. Being a wilderness buff, he also told the life stories of famous wilderness writer’s and explained their perspectives on nature and hypothesized how their views formed. John Muir, Billy(or William) Bartman, and Henry David Thoreau are a few writers which Stark wrote about. Stark is convinced these writers have shaped modern societies view of nature through their works. After hearing Stark’s theories on how these famous classic writers shaped societies view of nature, I was too convinced they did just that. However, Stark could not keep me entertained forever. At parts the story was pretty slow, especially when Stark was narrating what he and his family were doing in these empty

places. It was a relief when Stark would jump back to telling the history of the area, but this history had to make up for the lack of action occurring in the 21st century. Overall, I really enjoyed the story because of my love for nature, and I appreciated the way Stark explained his love of nature as well. I was truly convinced Stark should have been walking along the shores of Walden Pond with Henry David Thoreau because of his expressed love for wilderness. Because of Starks interesting story telling style and his true passion for nature, I give The Last Empty Places 3.5 out of 5 Comets.

Anna Rein, Staff Writer

A Morsel of Adventure: Diso’s Bistro Joshua Cole, Layout Designer Following a lead I picked up last edition, my girlfriend Samantha and I pulled into a shady parking lot across from Big Lots in search of a bite to eat. Jack Broz, Steele’s media specialist, came through again with the story of an upscale little bistro known only through word of mouth. I wasn’t sure if I should consider American fare adventurous, but I couldn’t turn down the offer of a burger made out of filet mignon. Diso’s is well known by its regulars for its quirky gourmet meals, and with only a six minute drive the

restaurant sounded too delicious to refuse. Spring break was fast approaching, so we squeezed in dinner on the 29th before I left for Florida. Entering Diso’s was a little disorienting. We walked into a room so dark I nearly stumbled into the bar. At first I thought the place was closed, but a couple lovely patrons gestured for us to pull up chairs and shortly a gentleman came forth to seat us. We found ourselves in the adjacent room, lit by several large windows and a crackling fireplace at the head of our table. Our waiter happened to

be Mark Diso, co-owner and head chef of the Bistro. He and his wife, Janet Diso, have been running the restaurant since 2006. We ordered our drinks and he went over the menu with us, recommending (as I now do) his famous potato skins and killer filet mignon. After some brief deliberation, we agreed. Samantha ordered five ounces of filet (since you can order as much or little as you like) and I went with the filet burger. Our drinks arrived in lovely wine glasses as the fire snapped an accompaniment for the smooth jazz always playing in Diso’s.

Furnishings were sparse but tasteful, with a selection of interesting pieces found the world over. The brightness of the dining room provided a lovely contrast to the darkness of the bar. Due to the restaurant’s word-of-mouth nature, very few people were in the restaurant with us so early in the day. By the time we left, the bar picked up to a healthy bustle. The skins came out promptly, and the aroma had me thanking Broz again. Diso’s makes its skins out of baby red potatoes, heaped with carmelized onions, garlic, and apple.

The central garnish was a miniature salad with croutons and a house dressing. It was the best appetizer I’ve eaten this year. While we waited, fresh flatbread came out of the kitchen for us, brushed with olive oil, pepper, salt, and other seasonings. The flavor was simple but robust. Our meals followed, and were exquisite. Samantha requested her filet rare, and it came out appropriately bloody, topped with a light herb spread. My filet burger came out smothered in a smoked cheese and carmelized onions, along with a side of the house thin fries.

Conversation halted for awhile, before briefly resuming to offer each other a bite. I managed to take home just enough to offer my parents a bite each. Samantha polished her plate, on the grounds that her family could come themselves if they wanted any. Fans of fine dining will be simply blown away by Diso’s Bistro. For the food, the atmosphere, and the owners, Diso’s Bistro gets a much deserved 5 Comets out of five.

Steele Spotlight


Arthritis Hero Among Us Bryce Williams, Sports Editor Steele sophomore Nolan Walker has experienced pain since he was seven years old. Walker was diagnosed specifically with Poly-Articular Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis. Ever since then Walker said he has had “pain in every joint in [his] body.” Although Walker may not have Arthritis for the rest of his life, it is very hard to get rid of. “I was once in remission, but after a couple months of no medicine, it came back hard.” Walker said he has “weekly injections of methotrexate and pain killers when needed.” He also “visits the doctor every three months to take blood and make sure everything is alright.”

Arthritis “restricts certain aspects of life, but ultimately can’t stop me from doing anything as long as I set my mind to it,” said Walker. In school he keeps a constant 3.9 GPA. When he is out of school he likes to stay active by playing sports and activities with his friends. Since his father is a wrestling and football coach, Walker helps This year’s Arthritis Hero, Nolan Walker will be leading the Arthritis the Amherst wresWalk at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on May 5. {Photo B. Wiltling and football liams} teams by running the score boards. “I enjoy striving to live and not allowing anything Arthritis hero. As a hero, life to the fullest each day to bring me down,” said Walker has given a speech that embraces my presWalker. at the Kickoff Dinner, has ence. I enjoy partaking Due to his positive searched for sponsors, in physical activity each attitude, Walker was shot a promo for arthritis day, hanging with friends chosen to be this year’s awareness and has been

interviewed for Cleveland Magazine. He will also be giving a speech and leading the Arthritis Walk at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo on Saturday, May 5 at 9 am. The Arthritis Walk is the Arthritis Foundation’s annual signature event that raises funds and awareness to fight arthritis. Walker has been walking in this event for five years and now he gets to be the hero for it this year. Walker has been raising money for five years and each year he has raised over a thousand dollars. Yesterday, today and tomorrow is the “Nolan Walker Three Point Shoot Out” which is a one dollar basketball competition held during

lunch periods. The top ten students or teachers who make the most three point shots win prizes from local businesses like Hot Dog Heaven, Subway, Olde Town and many more. Walker is also currently selling one dollar wrist bands to students, parents and teachers to raise arthritis awareness. Last year Walker raised 1,500 dollars. Walker’s goal this year is to raise 2,500 dollars. Anyone who would like to help Walker raise money for the Arthritis Foundation can join his team, appropriately titled Nolan’s Walkers. To join the team go to 2012clevelandarthritiswalk.kintera. org. Any money raised will be credited for his team.

New Heights in the Halls Tori Neal, Staff Writer

Steele Freshman Spencer Machesky takes hair to a new height with his gravity-defying afro.    The first thing students notice when seeing Spencer is his hair, hovering above all heads in the hallways. Spencer’s full head of golden brown curly hair became his trademark at Steele.    However, he did not always have curly hair. When he was younger his hair was straight as a pin, but with age it gradually started to curl.    Spencer now attends Steele as a ninth grader. For elementary school he went to St. Joes’, where there were rules pertaining to hair. “[Your hair] couldn’t touch your collar, or go below your eyebrows, but my hair grew upwards, so they could not do anything about it,” said Machesky.     “I’ve always had it since I was a little boy,” said Spencer.  In the second grade, his straight hair transformed into his characteristic afro, and he has been growing it out since.     With his hair comes many comments from the people around him.     Both of Machesky’s parents approve of his afro. His father sometimes tells him he needs a haircut, but would never make him cut it because he knows that it is important to him.     “Sometimes when we go places, people stare at

him or they come up to him and ask if his hair is natural or if they can touch it. He takes the attention in an-easy going manner and answers their questions or lets them “It’s a people pleaser,” says Spencer Matouch his chesky. {Photo T. Neal} hair,” said Roberta Machesky, Spencer’s Spencer, but not only for mother. his hair. “Spencer is funny    First remarks include, and outgoing. He makes “Is that a wig?” or “Whoa Spanish class so much that’s some really big better,” stated Faight. hair,” according to Spen    “I think Spencer is a cer. Sophomore Claire very confident person Faight says, “His hair is who is really comfortable kind of crazy, but clean.” with himself,”his mom      “I think if people stated proudly. Spencer make rude comments remains confident in not or tell him he needs a only his strange hairstyle, haircut, he disregards the but in his entire personalcomments as unimportity. ant,” said his mother.    “I absolutely love my Spencer agreed and said hair, it’s like normal hair freely, “People don’t say but better; it does not bad things about me to really have flaws,” said my face, they probably say Spencer lovingly. stuff behind my back, but     With his hair still that’s okay with me.” growing one question re    Spencer participates in mains. Will he ever cut it? swimming and tennis at     The answer is simple. Steele. “The only question “I will trim it but I will he has really gotten tired not shave it ever, I like it of is when people ask how too much,” proclaimed he gets all that hair in his Spencer. Spencer’s hair swim cap,” exclaimed his makes him unique, and mother. Spencer denied his personality goes right this difficulty. “It’s not along with it. His afro hard to put on a swim will continue to grow in cap, because I have people the future, along with his help me,” he informed. confidence in himself.     Many people love

“We love working together,” says Stolarik, pictured second from the right. {Photo J. Conkle}

These Reasoning Animals Abbeigh Zellers, Staff Writer These Reasoning Animals, an upcoming Amherstbased band, has a unique sound sure to captivate the ears of Steele students. The band consists of Steele seniors Camden Stolarik and Kevin Nielsen, as well as 2010 graduates, Jimmy Gula, Xristophoros Karaplis and 2009 graduate, Victor Egland. The name These Reasoning Animals comes from a piece by Mark Twain called “The Lowest Animal”, a satire against the faults of mankind, as Stolarik explained. The band not only liked the way These Reasoning Animals sounded but also “hoped that people would read Twain’s work and think about the way people treat each other.” The band played a successful show on March 3 at Peabody’s Concert Club in Cleveland. Gula said that some of his brother’s friends enjoyed the set and thinks, “hearing their reac-

tions to it spoke loudest to me because it shows that even if you are in to rap and hip hop, you can still come to one of our shows and have a good time.” The self-proclaimed “progressive funky rock” band is as lively on the stage as their music. Egland said, “my voice crapped out on me during the last song so I made up for it by letting the creative juices flow when it came to stage presence. During the song I felt like an aborigini, so I danced like one.” Many Amherst students attended. Freshman Alexis Shook thought the band was “exciting, energetic, and very fun.” Kate Shook, 2011 Steele graduate said, “they really have a way of drawing people in and keeping the attention focused on them.” Each member has had a unique connection with music throughout his life. Stolarik said that as a child, “my dad taught me some

simple songs like “Smoke on the Water” and “Iron Man”. Since then I have taught myself a lot of what I know just from writing songs and learning something new with each one.” Drums have always been a significant part of Gula’s life. “I basically ate, slept, and breathed drum line in high school,” he revealed. “My ultimate way of expressing myself is behind my drum kit, and the band helps me do that,” he said. Egland was previously in a local band Avelinn joined the current group after Avelinn had to come to an end. Egland said, “I started playing with all the guys in the band I’m in now and we dabbled trying out different things and we finally found our niche with this one.” The band is in the process of searching for new venues and recording a CD in hopes of recognition and future success.

Mystery Teacher of the Month Maddie Syrowski, Staff Writer seek out more challenges This mystery teacher is very with a tendency to move athletic and has been active on to the next activity that her whole life. sparks her interest.    She has been at Steele for     This teacher likes to try 21 years, but has only been new things and loves to teaching here for 13. She have fun. She has “tried develops her very own curamateur boxing. It was fun riculum for her classes, and and exciting but [she] didn’t she “[loves] working with like getting hit in the face.” the high school student... at She also started belly dancthe senior/junior level.” ing in order to participate     “[She] had a lot of real in a shimmy mob to raise world experience” in her awareness for domestic field because she “had violence.      another career before teach-     She runs 5Ks, short triing.. but [she has] never athlons and has completed worked outside of [her] the Warrior Dash. She field.” enjoys “anything that she     She has “loved everycan turn into a physical fitthing [she has] done,” but ness experience. She inline she has changed careers to skates with her dog and

“[her] new goal is to get a longboard... and longboard with her dog.” She and her dog are a pet therapy team. “[They] go to EMH and visit patients.”    She likes “new things. [She tries] to master them and then move on. She is a laughter yoga instructor, and is a certified level one REIKI practitioner. “[She believes] the mind body connection.    She explored Europe with a friend, with only their backpacks and the book Let’s Go Europe.     She met her husband in her line of work, and they have two children. Her children are the driving

force behind the lessons she teaches because “[they] are going to be teenagers someday,” and she teaches things she “[wants] them to know.. and be sensitive to.”    She enjoys crafting and is in a group that discusses and trades crafts. She also “[exchanges] crafts with people from all over the world.”     Her favorite sport to watch and play is basketball, and her favorite team is the Amherst Comets. “[She loves] watching high school basketball” more than college and professional games.     She enjoys music and is trying to learn to play the

{Photo M. Syrowski, Photoshopped J. Cole} ukulele. Her favorite types of music are Country and Old School Funk.    Her favorite quote is “be the change you

want to see in the world.” She has always liked that quote because “you have to start with yourself.. to see what needs to be improved.”

Steele Spotlight


For the Record on The Record Freshman Amanda Sislow

Sophomore Nicole Schneider

Junior Damian Feliciano

“I like that The Record focuses on the community. It’s interesting to know what’s going on.”

“I like reading the newspaper because it has a variety of different topics that are all written well.”

“I enjoy seeing features, like classmates featured and the mystery teacher of the month.”

Senior Joe Miller

“The school newspaper is an excellent medium for aspiring journalists.”

Newspaper has Staff and Students Talking Onyx Lopez, Staff Writer

Do you enjoy Record stories? Do you know who writes The Record? These are just two questions I asked students and teachers after the last edition of The Record. Sometimes on the day papers are distributed, I see students eagerly flip through pages, but some others toss it to the side and ignore it. I decided, since I am now a part of the journalism class, to ask why. There were some wild responses when students were asked questions about the paper. Some people do not like the stories but they do not take the right approach to fix it. The Steele journalism class, the writers of The Record, have the power of picking what the school reads. Throughout my investigating I found the students are not interested in just the stories, though. “I don’t like the paper

because there are not enough pictures,” said junior Anthony Mendez. “Sometimes the stories don’t draw my attention because it looks like there are too many words.” Much hard work and dedication goes into writing a paper everyone can relate to that also reports current news. “I think it is really difficult to write stories that will please everyone,” said sophomore staff writer Brianna Crapo. “People think it’s easy writing two stories every month plus a sports story every week but it’s not. I don’t think we get enough credit for what we do.” The feedback was not all negative, though. Steele Teacher Russ Marty said, “The Record is a wonderful publication because it is written for students, by students. The content is relevant for the student body as well as the staff and there is always something interesting to

read. Articles are professionally written and the journalism course gives students hands-on training prepares them for real world careers in the field.” An anonymous student enjoys the stories written in the paper because they are “interesting and you don’t hear about them in the hallways.” Sophomore Peyton Hicks said, “I like to read the paper because it informs me of occurring events in the schools’ society.” “I would like to see a fashion column,” said foreign exchange student, Julia Vitenger, and many other females in the Steele environment. “I find the paper to be very high quality and I enjoy reading it. In looking for more things to add, it would be nice to see updates on academics like student projects,” said teacher Nate Wolshuck. Many boys enjoyed

stories about sports or ones dealing with drugs, but most stories did not interest them because they were either too long or they story simply just did not interest them. There are few boys in the class, which may be the reason male students cannot easily relate to The Record. Boys are always welcome to the class and needed to create balanced opinions for Steele’s reading audience.

Some students are familiar with the staff. Many people mentioned that they knew some of the writers and that they like the stories because they have seen some of their friends in pictures or quotes. The staff writers and I try to use pictures of familiar faces of various students from throughout the entire school to grab the attention of our readers. Though the paper has

many good qualities, many people are simply not interested in the stories that are chosen. The journalism class is happy to accept any ideas for stories that interest the viewers of The Record. If there are any comments or concerns please contact Mrs. Renee Opel through Amherst Steele High School, or anyone in the journalism class.

The Record Staff

Design Editor: Tess Henthorne Copy Editor: Annie Nickoloff Sports Editor: Bryce Williams Staff Writers: Brittany Bills, Sheridan Champe, Josh Cole, Brianna Crapo, Ellen Coghlan, Caitlin Fessler, Bridge Francis, Melody Hartle, Nina Hill, Onyx Lopez, Tori Neal, Anna Rein, Maddie Syrowski, Alexa Vinh, Taylor Wright, Abbey Zellers Publisher: Mrs. Renee Opel

The opinions expressed in this paper do not reflect the views of the publisher, administration, or Board of Education of the Amherst Schools. The purpose of this newspaper is to allow students the opportunity to develop stories of their choice while learning the journalism process. Students are given journalistic freedom in both story creation and development.

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