The Record mherst Steele High School VOL. XCII No. 4
Pic o’ Week Mr. Wolshuck’s students participate in Stock Market Simulation.
Wed., Nov. 17, 2010
Welcome to the Party: The New Tea Party Movement in American Politics by Jack Byrne
The recent midterm election has ushered into congress several proponents of a movement that has been growing in popularity in recent years. The Tea party movement has been a topic of discussion on political talk shows for the last two years, but much confusion regarding the movement’s platform and stance still exists. The movement has been gaining increasing support throughout the last three years. Media personalities like Glenn Beck, Neil Cavuto and Sean Hannity, each a Fox News talk show host, have given their support to the movement. The Tea Party movement supports small government, states’ rights, and fiscal responsibility. Supporters, like Amherst resident Kirsten Hill, believe that “the role of government in every day society is at a level that is far too intrusive and corrupted,” and view the unconstitutional expansion of government as a threat to the country’s long term viability. Some
major government projects with which the movement takes issue are government bailouts of businesses and the nationalization of healthcare, according to TeaPartyPatriots.com. With Tea Party victories in several states including Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Florida and Utah, voters have given control of the House of Representatives to the Republican Party. The Senate, while still controlled by a Democratic majority, is host to a much stronger Republican presence. Shift of power is expected to lead to greater opposition to legislation coming out of the White House and to more conservative policy decisions. Typically, power shifts in midterm elections represent a dissatisfaction with the previous government and, in cases where the
candidates on the national scene, but candidates for local positions were endorsed by the Tea Party in nearly every state. The reasons that the Tea Party supports cutting back on the size of government are economic and moral. They believe the high taxes necessary to fund unnecessary government programs, stunt the economy, inhibit future job growth and are equivalent to theft. The Tea Party Map courtesy of McClatchy Washington Bureau, AP does not support previously dominant party most likely to vote for Repubthe complete eradication of is the same as the President’s lican candidates. According to government. Supporters see party, dissatisfaction with the a recent New York Times poll, the function of government as President himself. more than 25% of the country “personal physical protecTo many Americans, the associates themselves with the tion (local and national) and manifestation of this dismovement, and nearly half protection of the legal satisfaction is the Tea Party feel that their views are better structure enabling people Movement. Although it is represented by the Tea Party to interact with one another not a political party in itself, movement than by President related to contract law and members are often conservaObama. Only two official Tea private property,” said Hill. tive Republicans, and are Party organizations endorsed To the dismay of conserva-
The Impact of Amherst’s Revised Grading Scale by Anthony Provoznik
The Amherst School District has a new grading scale, but has it really helped or just made students lazy? The new scale is a tenpoint scale, meaning that 10090% is an A, and so on and so forth, all the way down to 60%, which is the lowest passing grade possible. For Steele students, this is a huge change from last year when a 93% was the lowest A and 70% was passing. So, since the grading scale is lowered, shouldn’t kids be getting better grades than last year, or are students not trying as hard? There were 4287 grades issued this year at the end of the first nine weeks, which was 121 less grades than the 2009-2010 year. In the 20092010 year, 1578 of the 4408 grades were A’s, This year with the new revised grading scale, 1806 of the grades given out were A’s, a change of 228 or
6.33%, the highest since 2007. A’s aren’t the only grades that have dramatically changed. F’s also changed this year, as 64 less F’s were given out than last year. Teachers at Steele think the grading scale has made it easier for students to get A’s. Georgeanne Mathews, an English teacher at Steele, said she didn’t change the rigor of her course, but from what she saw the grading scale boosted the kids who usually got lower grades and helped more students get A’s. She did say, however, that those who were “slackers before are slackers now.” Emily Marty, a Social Studies teacher at Steele, said, “I tried to make my class more challenging because of the grading scale.None of my students earned any F’s this quarter, and I had about the same amount of A’s.” She said, “The change in the scale
Graph by Anthony Provoznik Percentage of the grades given out at the end of the first nine weeks dating back to 2007. Source: Mike Gillam, principal of Steele High School.
reflects a societal trend of lowering standards.” A main question people are asking is “why did we change the grading scale?” Principal of Steele High School Mike Gillam said, “we did this mainly because the reflection of other schools”. When asked if students are slacking off because they will probably get better grades, Gillam said, “slackers are slackers. If a student didn’t try last year, they aren’t going to try this year”. Gillam also noted that “this was for the hard working students that might get a 90% (A-) on a test, who should be getting an A+. Its just a little bump”. Matthias Obran, a junior at Steele said, “I still approach all my classes the same, and if I get a little boost, well that’s awesome. I got B’s last year and this year I have way more A’s than last year. I’ve been trying harder, and I think I deserve these grades.” Sophomore Ian Anderson said “I love the new grading scale. My grades are way higher than last year, and that boosts my GPA which will maybe help me get into the college I want in the long run.” The new grading scale is still being tested out, but so far, students love it and it is definitely helping out student GPA’s.
Steele’s Sherlock Holmes: A Murder Mystery by Elie Piechota
This year, the MLS Theatre Co. presents The Hound of the Baskervilles : A Sherlock Holmes Murder Mystery written by Tim Kelly and directed by Valerie Farcshman. The first three shows were performed Thursday, Friday, and Saturday November 1113th. Other performances will continue to be held in the Steele Cafeteria on Friday and Saturday November 19th and 20th at 7:30pm. The drama takes the audience back to London in the late 1800’s at Baskerville Hall. Dr. Agatha Mortimer (played by Junior Grace Phillips,) invites the famous Sherlock Holmes (played by Freshman Sterling Voss) to investigate the murder of Sir Charles, former owner of the Baskerville Estate. Accompanying them is Dr. Watson, played by Sophomore Brian Hewitt, who tries his hand at Holmes’s game, eagerly attempting to please and impress Holmes by trying to solve the case. Sir Henry Baskerville (played by Senior Austin Shuman) is the only living heir to the Baskerville estate now that his father Sir Charles has mysteriously died. As heir of the Baskerville Hall, he is reminded of the tales of his family curse and is worried that a ravenous hound is lurking in the shadows and will attack him. Because of
Internship Opportunities for High School Students by Nicole Uber
tives, the federal government has overstepped its legal boundaries and has infringed upon the constitutional rights of individuals, businesses, and states. “Government is not the engine of our economy,” Hill added. “It is not a producer. It is an expense.” The Local Leadership within the Tea Party movement is nearly nonexistent. No formal elections have been held to choose leaders, but the people who are most motivated, usually small business owners, tend to perform leadership roles. The founder of the Lorain County 912 group, the primary local chapter of the the movement in our area, is Chris Goran. Local meetings are held regularly for members and anyone who wants to learn more about the movement or voice their political opinions. The next meetings are Nov. 20th at 8:30 a.m. at Sugarcreek Restaurant in Elyria, and Nov. 30th at 7 p.m. at the Old Post Office in downtown Amherst.
ence and broaden their During High School, knowledge in the field many students determine they choose to intern. what career path they’re Mcconihe also said going to take and what that the professiontheir profession will be. als benefit from these Shadowing or participatinternships as well ing in an internship is a because “it makes them good way to gain insight feel good knowing that into their career choice. they helped a student Steele Counselor explore a career opRobert Harcula said portunity”. that most students enter When speaking college never experiencabout her externship, ing their career choice junior Alexis Jackson firsthand and that parsaid “I love interning ticipating in an intern[at the Justice Center, ship in high school is a Lorain County clerk of good way to determine courts], because it helps whether or not the me better understand major a student is thinkPhoto Submitted the things we learn Brad Block is pictured with Sgt. Dan Makruski of Amherst Police Department ing about is a realistic in class.” Junior Cody one. Sheets said he “enjoys When deciding where that work in the field. Talk to take the initiative to parthe ride-along’s with the to intern, students should these people and see whether ticipate in an externship on Oberlin Police department” decide what interests them they would permit or want a their own. These externships because he gains valuable and whether they want a paid person to shadow them for a are not required but they are hands-on experience. internship or they will work day or intern for an extended highly recommended.” Whether students parfor free. In the case where a period of time. There are many benefits for ticipate in internships to gain student wants to pursue a caThe Law and Government a student who participates in knowledge or to simply help reer in cosmetology, he or she Tech class at Amherst Steele an internship or externship. themselves decide if they would not truly benefit from High School gives its students They experience firsthand the want to pursue a career in a interning at a law firm. the opportunity to participate attitude, conduct and profescertain field, the knowledge A good way to find an in externships throughout the sionalism expected from they gain is invaluable. internship is to contact year. LGT teacher Al McCothem in a real career. They acquaintances or friends nihe said that “LGT students also gain valuable experi-
Photo by Ellie Piechota Austin Shuman and Allie Miller embrace in Baskerville Hall.
the the tales, he believes that he will be the next victim. Even though he is scared for his life, he takes time for his love interest Lady Stapleton, played by Senior Allie Miller. The Murder Mystery is suspenseful and keeps the audience at the edge of their seat. “It’s dramatic and wonderful, a great thing to go and see,” said Sophomore Bekah Hepler, who plays Mrs. Barrymore, a maid and caretaker of Baskerville Hall who has a secret, as well as evidence on the murder. Mr. Barrymore (played by Sophomore Sam Crlenjak) is a butler of the Baskerville Estate. He helps hide his wife’s secret by portraying odd behavior when nobody else is around.
Colleen Sirb, a freshamn at Steele, said the play was “awesome and interesting and that the actors personalities fit the characters perfectly.” Sophomore Haley Vilagi felt that “Sterling was stunning.” Jackie Bilancini, another audience member, said the show “was wonderful and that she was kept in suspense.” The play is directed by Valerie Farschman who has been directing Steele’s performances for 11 years. “The cast and crew did a fabulous job. We had sick actors who did great work and kept the show going in spite of their illnesses,” said Farschman. Tickets may be purchased at the door for the final two performances.
A Show of Respect for Veterans by Sean Traut
Thursday, November 11th the Amherst Junior High School celebrated Veteran’s Day with a large assembly. The students of AJH showed their support for the Veterans of war by having Mr. Hal Kendrick, a Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and our school system’s Director of Operations, give a speech and presentation about his own experiences in war. He gave a heartfelt display of how hard it is to leave your family and offer your precious time to protect the country we live in, with fear that you may in fact be laying down your life. The AJH band and choir also performed for the assembly of students, with an array of music gathered to show the patriotism of all involved
and to celebrate the United States of America. The Lorain High School ROTC students also performed a ceremonial routine, saluting to all Veterans who have gone missing in action, become prisoners of war, or killed in action. The assembly was a great opportunity for students to learn about the importance of Veterans Day and honor those who have served.
Photos by Sean Traut Above: Hal Kendrick speaks Left: Lorain High ROTC Color Guard opens the event
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