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Grand Haven High School, 17001 Ferris, Grand Haven, MI 49417 A student newspaper of community significance since 1927 Volume 66, Issue 1 September 7, 2010 Editorial Board Haley Birkett Noah Thelen John Cherette Mollie Labeff Kali Rea Zak Konarska Erin Ribbink Mollie Labeff Mike Ginocchio Amy Potter Nate Niemerowicz

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Tuesday, September 7, 2010 THE BUCS’ BLADE News 3

Teachers hope new

CAPTURE program will KIDS’ help them HEARTS NOAH THELEN News Editor

While students were soaking up the sun and savoring the final week of summer vacation, teachers were busy with the three day Capturing Kids Hearts seminar. The sessions taught teachers how to connect and form stronger relationships with students. “I’m hopeful because it seems like a lot of people are willing to learn some new skills,” teacher Rory Callendar said. These new skills, also called a “toolbox,” include shaking students hands, greeting them at the door, being a good listener, and just simply smiling. “It just forms a different relationship with the kid when you’re greeting them, smiling and shaking hands,” trainer Alicia Blythe said. “So the relationship with the student gets better in addition to teaching the student leadership skills.” Fellow trainer Karen Bowles claims that there is a lot of Tracy Wilson “measurable growth” in association with Capturing Kids Hearts. “Kids want to be here so what happens to attendance? It goes up,” Bowles said. “Whenever kids want to be here what happens to office referrals? They go down. When kids want to be there what happens to state standardized test scores? They go up. So there are measurable things that we can look at as a company to make sure our process is [working].” In charge of making sure teachers buy-in and everything goes smoothly is the implementation team. One of the administrators overseeing the implementation team is Tracy Wilson. Also on the team is teacher Kirsten Montroy, who has been through the training. “Capturing Kids Hearts has the ability to change our school climate in a very positive fashion,” Wilson said. Callendar has a more specific for the program’s effect on the school. “I’m hoping it will help kids learn more, because they will feel comfortable learning,” Callendar said. Blythe agrees that this program will also help students’ academics, in addition to simply making school more comfortable for students. “When the relationships between the teachers and the students goes up and is good kids learn more, kids want to learn more,” Blythe said. “When kids know they are cared about, they care about what you have to teach. So bottom line it does affect their academics.”

How-To-Connect-Trainer Karen Bowles teaches teachers how to connect with students as part of a Capturing Kids Hearts training seminar. The seminar trains teachers to use basic skills such as how to shake hands or how to look somebody in the eyes but at the same time teaches the more complex skills of forming powerful relationships with students. photo by Noah Thelen

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BUC B r i e f s Staff changes

Lynne Bailey-new student services Secretary Gloria Klinger-returns as media specialist Denise Sabo-now in main office, was in student services Betsy Sleva-food service secretary, was main office receptionist Renee Zelenka-part time receptionist in main office Brett Hershey-new language arts teacher Holly Michelli-new language arts teacher Iliana Vazquez-Ochoa-new world languages teacher Josh Walters-new world languages teacher Kristen Goetz-new special education aide Andrew Snyder-new special education aide Kathleen Sokolow-new special education aide

New goals for 2010-2011

GHHS’ school improvement goals are now aligned with the Board of Education’s and the MME. These have been important toward helping the high school earn three straight As on the state of Michigan’s Report card. The goals for 2010-11 are: -All students will become proficiant using an analytical rubric for success on the ACT. -All staff will be involved with professional development in the area of balanced assessments -All students will feel safe, valued and empowered in the school community.

Address changed?

Has your address, phone number, or email address been changed? If so, we would like to hear from you so we can keep your records accurate. Please email our registrar at with any changes.

New toilet paper dispensers

There are new toilet paper dispensers in the restrooms this year. The new dispensers have a sleek blue design and of course are free of any sort of student “art.”

Important dates

Wednesday, September 8, at 9:30-freshmen meeting Thursday, September 9-picture make-ups throughout day in alphabetical order

Smart Cart: Smart Carts will now compliment the interactive whiteboards that were put into every classroom last year. The carts will serve as an all-in-one technology center for presenting at the new whiteboards. “I think it really gives our students a competitive edge,” said Doug Start, the district’s Coordinator for Technology Services. photo by Nate Niemerowicz.

Smart Upgrades With funding from the 2008 technology bond, smart carts will be added to every classroom to compliment the Interactive Whiteboard systems. Smart carts will contain a computer, a document camera, and a VCR/DVD/digital tuner device. EMMA BATY Reporter This year, new technology will be coming to Grand Haven High School classrooms. A smart cart will be added in every classroom, acting as an all-in-one technology center for presenting at the interactive white boards. It will include a computer, which will be used to drive the whiteboard, a document camera, and a VCR/DVD/digital tuner device. This will all be mounted on a rolling cart that will provide additional storage. Having everything located in one spot is intended to make presentations and lessons run smoother. “We wanted all of them in one location just dedicated to presenting in the classroom,” Coordinator for Technology Services Doug Start said. “It’s going to give a fluid place dedicated for giving presentations. If you have to give a presentation in class you’re going to have access to all that technology in a very user friendly way,” Start said. Teacher Marcy Grayson was able to pilot a smart cart last year, and she found that it allowed her to present in a more diverse way. “As a math teacher, having the document camera so easily accessible was very nice for me to show 3D objects, but then to be able to immediately switch from that to the whiteboard and back allowed more flexibility in my presentation,” Grayson said.

Having a computer specifically for the interactive whiteboard will give teachers back their own work station. “The teachers can have their computer for e-mail or Gradebook [and] if a student is up presenting in front of class they can be recording the grade as they go without having to have all that information up on a projector screen,” Start said. The district hopes the carts will help teachers and students make better use of classroom technology. “I see the smart cart as a simplification of all of the tools we’ve been fortunate to receive over the last year or so,” Grayson said. “In that it will allow teachers to seamlessly move from one form of presentation to another, I believe that it will allow teachers to prepare lessons that are more interactive for students, and I hope that will translate to more students understanding.” Start believes the upgrades will not only assist students understanding, but will give students an education that is relevant to the technology of today. “I think it’s really important that we’re relating and teaching in a very current way so that when our students leave Grand Haven they have a very wide experience,” Start said. “When they go out to college they’re used to giving professional presentations, they’re used to and able to use the internet to gather any research information that they need. I think it really gives our students a competitive edge.”

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BLADE aims to inform, entertain For our readers: As we begin a new school year, The Bucs’ Blade staff would like to share with our readers a few of our beliefs and what we feel is important for you to understand. To a newspaper staff, the most vital part of journalism is you, the audience. That said, if you have any input we encourage you to write a letter to the editor expressing your opinion. First off, we cannot stress enough that The Bucs’ Blade is a student run STAFF publication. EDITORIAL Being a part of a student run newspaper can be challenging to say the least, however as a team we are always striving to be elite. As writers it is our job to provide our readers with accurate news and opinions from both the student body and staff. It is also our responsibility to explain the meaning and significance of each story and how it affects you and the community as a whole. We look forward to entertaining you this year and hope you enjoy this paper as well as the rest of our papers this school year. *For letters to the editor , story ideas, opinions or any other reason, The Bucs’ Blade may be contacted on our Facebook fan page or reached at the following address: Room 0205 Grand Haven High School 17001 Ferris Grand Haven, MI 49417

Program deserves a chance Every school has three major groups of students: The good students who connect positively with the teachers, the poor students who connect negatively and the quiet students who don’t get noticed. Without any training, it is hard for teachers to connect with all students in the classroom. Capturing Kids’ Hearts should keep the students who don’t get noticed from STAFF falling through EDITORIAL the cracks. We believe Capturing Kids’ Hearts can be a very effective program, but only if both the teachers and students are committed to it. If teachers follow the training they were given and start off the year on a positive note, we believe Capturing Kids’ Hearts will make a big impact on the overall atmosphere of

the school and keep many kids from falling through the cracks. If the students are open to the program and take it seriously, it will help the program be more effective. We ask all students and teachers to do whatever they can to make Capturing Kids’ Hearts a success. Capturing Kids’ Hearts has

been proven to increase attendance in the classroom, decrease delinquent behavior and improve students’ grades. We ask students to help teachers make the program run as smoothly as possible. With your help we can help every student and teacher have a better school experience.

The first cut is the deepest... I’ve played soccer for the school special if I was going Opinion past 12 years. I haven’t gone a to have hours upon hours spring or fall without playing of extra time to myself and on a team in over a decade. no productive activities with Unfortunately, I didn’t quite positive influences surrounding make the soccer team this year. me? How do I stay in shape if I’ll admit, I was pretty sad when I don’t have a coach barking I heard the news. Especially down my back five days a week? considering I’ve played 5 sports How do I avoid permanently over 12 years and this was the moving to Bummertown? (The first time I’ve ever been cut. I weather there is great this time John Cherette didn’t quite know how to react. of year.) Ed/Op Editor So naturally, I went into a I still haven’t gotten used to vegetative state and wallowed the idea of not playing soccer in self-pity like any other self-respecting every day, but I trust that something good human would. My mom might even tell you is going to come out of it. Not making I took a trip to Bummertown with a couple the team sucked, but I’ll have more time of my friends for the days following the for homework, which is never bad. I can try-outs. Bummertown being my couch and finally learn an instrument, which I’ve been my friends being Little Caesar and Toaster meaning to do for years. I can even start Strudel, that is. Needless to say, I didn’t my long awaited training to become the take it too well. first American to win Ninja Warrior, which I didn’t know what to do with myself. will bring honor to my family. Just kidding, How was I to avoid becoming an after I’m sure that by the time I defeat Ninja

Warrior at least one other American will have already done it. My point is that even though something may seem like the end of the world, it’s not. If you get cut from a team or have a major change for any other reason, don’t freak out and move to Bummertown like I did. It will only make you more upset and leave you with an insanely large amount of pizza grease on your clothes. If you are having a hard time, find a hobby to occupy your mind and keep you from thinking about how you thought you were going to make the team and you can’t believe you got cut and what you’re going to do with the new cleats you just bought and how you should have trained harder and you wish you had another chance…anyway… get a hobby or join a club (there are about a million of them) to take up your time and if you can’t think of anything else, come to my house and train for Ninja Warrior with me. Together we can conquer Mount Midoriyama and achieve “total victory.” ­­­­­­


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Buccaneer varsity football team dedicates its summer toward preparing for a winning season AMY POTTER Photo Editor

10 o’clock. Friday night. Hundreds of Buc fans file out of the stadium, ready to celebrate after another victory. Only he knows why they won that night. He knows it has little to do with what went on in the last three hours and everything to do with what went on in the last three months. He got out of school and went straight to work. It’s hard to fight those thousand pound eyelids and lift his head before dawn. It’s even harder to hit the weight room at 8 a.m., forcing muscles to max out before they even realize he’s not still asleep. He runs through the drills, now fully awake mentally but fighting fatigue. This is only June. Next comes July, with 7-on-7’s on beautiful beach days. Conditioning under the sweltering sun when no one in their right mind would leave the perfect comfort of an air conditioned home. Then arrives August. Two-a-days. Practice 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. with a short break in the middle for lunch. Possibly the two most dreaded weeks of his summer ‘vacation’. Two-a-days means plenty of turf burn, even more bruises, and just about enough sweat to fill the great lakes. Only he knows why he does it. Because once September rolls around, when those stadium lights flip on and the stands fill with a community of supporters, he forgets about the pain, exhaustion, and sacrificed summer days. Because after the first big play, he knows it was all worth it. In the state of elation he knows all the weights lifted, bruised bodies, blood shed, sore muscles, sweat-soaked shirts and trash cans of vomit were worth it. Because he can ice an ache, slap a Band-Aid on a cut, and sleep off exhaustion, but he will never forget the feeling of watching Rockford walk away with a 14-7 win and the district trophy. If he never has to feel that way again, he’ll know it was all worth it.

(clockwise from left) MAKING THE CUT: Junior running back Devin Howard bolts around a cone in a morning drill. HOT HANDS: Junior wide receiver Corbin Holwerda stretches out to make the catch. PUSHING FORWARD: Howard plows onward, taking a group of defenders with him. HOLD IT: Senior wide receiver Alec Smith perfects his push up form in full pads and a helmet during the warm up routine. HOPPING HURDLES: Senior wide receiver Jake Rickfelder leaps over a pile of jumping blocks. FLUSHED FACE: Quarter back Steven Dewitt sweats in the sun during a water break, waiting for the next drill instructions. RED NOSED: Junior inside linebacker Everett Ingalls ignores a bloody nose and smiles, ready for lunch after the first half of practice. BARFING BUCCANEER: Senior offensive lineman Tyler Leonard is forced to take a knee in the back of the endzone after getting sick from a day of drills and conditioning.


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Spread the Music continues art support ZACHARY KONARSKA Arts Editor One of the most expensive parts of music is getting an instrument, especially someone’s first instrument. Who wants to buy an instrument for a kid who doesn’t know how to play? For seven years the Spread the Music Foundation has been providing starter instruments to kids and supporting area arts. August 26 brings the foundation to the comunity center to hand out instruments. “Tonight’s big because we’re giving away 35 instruments,” Executive director and founder Dave Palmer said. “Usually about every week we give away instruments.” Each of them provides a

connection to all people with a truly lifetime pursuit. “It’s something you can do all your life at any age,” Palmer said. “And how else am I going to talk with a 13 year old kid? We can talk and both understand it, it’s just good.” With so much activity and so many donations Spread the Music has managed to require only that recipients be younger than 18. “We like to say, you don’t need to lose your dignity to get an instrument,” Palmer said. “There’s so many situations that people are in, and they just need an instrument.” Spread the Music Foundation president Kristi Walsh enjoyed the event that brought 35 instruments to young musicians.

“Our volunteers work hard,” Walsh said. “These are the days that make it worth it, just seeing all of the kids with there instruments.” Between the laundry list of events that Spread the Music puts on and all of the programs it supports this night is what it really comes down to. Each and every one of the kids waiting for an instrument is excited next to a more excited Palmer. Kali is getting a keyboard, Collin just picked up his trumpet, and Sierra smiles holding up her guitar for the first time. One instrument, one kid, and one dream. “I love the mission of this organization,” Walsh said. “We are changing kids lives though music, its fabulous.”

If you wish to contact the Spread the Music Foundation about donating money or an instrument or would like to request an instrument email Alicia Jorgensen at, call 616-844-2138, or write a letter to P.O. Box 366, Grand Haven, MI 49417

Theatre focuses on classic productions ZACHARY KONARSKA Arts Editor This year Director Rita McLary has set the stage with a line up of classic shows to follow last year’s more experimental line up. The theatre department will lead off the year with a production of the musical “Beauty and the Beast” followed by the comedy “Arsenic and Old Lace” and the drama “Our Town” (See box for details). “‘Arsenic and Old Lace’ and ‘Our Town’ have been done at a lot of high schools and in a lot of competitions,” McLary said. “I even did ‘Our Town’ in high school.” All three of the shows should bring something new to the stage each with its own lesson or theatrical element. “In ‘Our Town’ the last scene is everyone sitting around in a

cemetery, all dead, talking about how they didn’t appreciate what they had,” McLary said. “It’s also specified to be done with no set, just costumes and some props. It should be a new experience for everyone.” McLary thinks the theme will really get through to the audience. “We all get too busy in our daily lives,” McLary said. “And anything that reminds us to appreciate life is a worthy reminder. It really portrays people as human beings and not as people from such and such time and place, that’s why it’s so good for high school.” “Arsenic and Old Lace” involves two sisters who rent out their spare room to lonely elderly gentlemen and then kill them when they start to go. “It sounds heavy but it’s got a

lot of laughs,” McLary said. McLary is most excited about “Beauty and the Beast” which is her first Disney production. “I knew I had to do one at some time,” McLary said. “People really need to be careful they don’t think about the cartoon, we’re really pulling out all of the stops.” Many effects for the show have been planned out over the summer. “It’s a huge tech show,” McLary said. “We’re going to make the beast fly, confetti cannons, pyro, fog, lots of special effects. I actually spent the summer trying to engineer the magic rose to drop petals on queue.” McLary is hoping for a large turnout at next week’s auditions. “I’m here to serve the show,”

Beauty and the Beast Meeting for those who wish to audition in the choir room Wednesday from 3-5 Auditions are held in the PAC Sep.13 from 6:00 to 8:30 or Sep. 14 from 3:00 to 5:00 and 6:00 to 8:30 Arsenic and Old Lace Feb. 10-12, cast of 14 with auditions on Dec. 6 Our Town April 28-30, cast of 25 with auditions in late Feb Drama Club Every other Friday 3:00 to 4:30 she said. “I don’t pre cast, I have no more idea than anyone else who is going to play Belle or any other part. It’s all about your audition.” If the past has been any indicator this year should go very

well for GHHS theatre. “Whether you’re a kid who likes the cartoon or a high schooler who can appreciate all of the hard work you should enjoy it all,” McLary said. “It’s just going to be awe, I’m so excited.”

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Brittle Bones Strong Heart Freshman Krystal Kelley refuses to let a rare disease stop her from enjoying life MIKE GINOCCHIO Sports Editor At first glance, being called “tough” might mean that you can handle a challenge like running a marathon or playing through an injury. But true toughness is the ability to face a seemingly unbeatable foe while refusing to back down from the challenge, refusing to back down, and refusing to back down no matter what. By that definition, very few can compare to Krystal Kelley. Kelley, 14, was born with “osteogenesis imperfecta,” otherwise known as brittle bone disease. A genetic defect, OI renders the bones in the body fragile and easy to break. Those that are diagnosed with OI face a lifelong battle against a disease that has no known cure. To date, Kelley has broken her legs 11 times and had eight surgeries, including a recent ninth one to repair a rod in her leg that broke in a wheelchair collision. Not that that’s stopped Krystal. “Sometimes it’s hard,” Kelley said. “But I’ve gotten used to it. I was born with [OI], but it took the doctors two years to diagnose it because they didn’t know what it was. I’ve been in a wheelchair since I was six, and the most awkward part I would say is when people just come up and ask, ‘Oh, why are you in a wheelchair?’. But now I’m able to just tell them what I have.”

Because of the constant 7:30 and be down in the lobby by reminders that OI brings, those 8,” Kelley said. “In the morning that are afflicted must find ways of you’d do drills, and then the dealing with the pain. And Kelley’s afternoon was tournament play. So features light up at the thought any time that we weren’t playing of what she uses as a coping tennis we could pretty much do mechanism. what we wanted.” “Playing tennis,” Kelley said, The campers got to go to an a large grin spreading across her amusement park and a shopping face. “I like the competition the mall, and Kelley used her time best, just competing with other in California to get to know her kids. [It’s also] just something that fellow campers better. I can do with my family and my “I thought it was a lot easier to friends.” hang out with them, because you It also is something that Kelley kind of know what it’s like [what gained a lot of notice for as well. they’re going through]. We would Earlier this summer, Kelley was hang out, play cards together, one of 25 kids between the ages of etc. There were a whole bunch 12-18 with a permanent disabling of disabilities there…kids with condition that were selected to problems with their spines…there participate in the International was one kid that was paralyzed. Junior Wheelchair Tennis Camp I felt a little more normal [being located in Mission Viejo, with them.]” California. The camp featured But there are still times where athletes from Kelley ponders 12 different about what could states and five have been. countries. “Yeah, I have Kelley was thought about it,” Michigan’s lone Kelley said. She representative. pauses slightly, “I play tennis gazing quietly into at a place called the distance. But Orchard Hills in no sooner has she Grand Rapids,” entered this reverie Kelley said. -Krystal Kelley does she return “And every year with a small smile. they send one “But, I’ve found a kid to go to Mission Viejo, and way to deal with it [in tennis].” they thought that I could improve a And though the future may be a lot at the camp.” challenge, Kelley has a pretty good Not bad for someone just idea of what she wants to do when starting her first year in the game. she gets older. Upon arriving at Mission Viejo “I want to be a pediatric with her mother Dawn, Kelley orthoped,” said Kelly, thinking soon had to adjust to the camp’s toward the future. “Just like my schedule. doctor, and look at children’s “We stayed at a hotel, get up at bones.”


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LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 9-2, lost in conference finals against Rockford

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 2009 OK-Red Conference champs, seventh place at state

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 16-5-2, 2009 OK Red Conference Champions

KEY PLAYERS: Senior Dalton Stenberg, Senior Erik Johnson, Senior Adam Poel, Senior Alec Smith

KEY PLAYERS: Senior Nate Koella, Senior Alex Clark, Senior Cody Duston, Junior Ben Bailey

KEY PLAYERS: Senior Adam Beswick, Senior Hayden Creswell, Senior Jon Kline

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Sophomore Matt Mulcahy, Junior Danny Cotter, Junior Tanner Jacobs, Junior Dakota Smith

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior Aaron Venema, Sophomore Preston Fritz, Sophomore Rory Thibault

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior Nate Rose, Junior Jacob Vanderlaan

OUTLOOK: The Bucs are coming off of a tremendous previous season, matching the school record for wins and returning to the playoffs for the first time in a decade. Last year’s stalwart defense returns nine starters, so holding opponents shouldn’t be a problem. The Bucs will have to deal with replacing the five starters on the offensive line, all of whom graduated.

OUTLOOK: The Bucs enter this year with big shoes to fill after the loss of senior stars like Sam Schulze and Noah Veach, but still retain high level talent like iron-wall goalie Nate Koella.

OUTLOOK: Coming off of a stellar season ending in a Conference crown, the Bucs lack the name recognition of last year’s squad. That being said, Grand Haven boasts a solid team hungry to match the success of last year’s team.


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LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 3rd in the OK Red, 5th at regionals

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: Sixth in conference

KEY PLAYERS: Senior Emily Franks, Sophomore Abby Cole, Junior Kristen Reenders

KEY PLAYERS: Senior Joe Duff, Senior Ryan Duff, Junior Dylan Tarr, Junior Schalk Van Niekkirk, Sophomore Will Swain

KEY PLAYERS: Senior Gretchen Spoelman, Senior Kelly Reinhardt, Junior Lydia Hoogerhyde, Junior Alyssia Land

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior Megan Newhouse, Junior Chloe Dault, Freshman Jami Hogeboom

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Senior Trevor Dirheimer, Sophomore Justin Pipple, Junior Nick Toepfer, Junior Jordan Seigle

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Freshman Maggie Ginocchio, Freshman Adi Smith

OUTLOOK: Coming off of a strong 2009 campaign, the Lady Bucs return this year with a very deep roster filled with offensive weapons and a sturdy defense, and are hungry to take the OK Red by storm this year.

OUTLOOK: Coming off of a successful season finishing in the top five in regionals, the Bucs have a deep roster and high caliber talent. First year coach John Tarr is confident that this year’s team is one of the best in Grand Haven’s history.

OUTLOOK: The Lady Bucs swim team enters this season with high hopes. a new coach, and a very talented junior and senior class. In addition to that, the Bucs have very talented lower class for the future.



GIRLS CROSS COUNTRY LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 3rd in OK Red, 2nd in Regionals, 12th in State

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 4-1-2. 2nd in conference, 5th in regionals

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 7-5, 3rd in OK Red conference

KEY PLAYERS: Senior Laura Addison, Senior Natalie Myers, Senior Christina Perez, Junior Priscilla Vanheest, Junior Julia Stock, Junior Kristi King

KEY PLAYERS: Senior Arjun Biddanda, Senior Mitch Borchers, Senior Scott Deater, Senior Jordan Hoogerhyde

KEY PLAYERS: Junior Sierra Olthoff, Junior Kristin Carlson

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior Jenna George, Freshman Claire Bochers, Freshman Sara Jacobs, Freshman Ashley Rice

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Freshman Korey Searle, Sophomore Cameron Rickard, Junior Connor Kelley

PLAYERS TO WATCH: Junior Sam Herreman, Junior Kira Glass

OUTLOOK: With a crop of very talented runners in every class, the girls cross country team will be a force to be reckonded with the entire year. Look for the team to make a push to land in the top ten at the State meet.

OUTLOOK: Experience won’t be a problem for the boy’s team, boasting a roster with nine seniors on it. With that in mind, look for Grand Haven to finish high in the standings this year behind a talented group of upperclassmen.

OUTLOOK: With the loss of key seniors from last year’s team, Grand Haven will rely on the talents of a young but inexperienced team. Look for it to be a learning year for the ladies of Grand Haven golf fairways.




16 Tech THE BUCS’ BLADE Tuesday, September 7 2010

This year smart carts were purchased, these carts provide a centralized, as well as mobile location for a computer, keyboard, document camera and DVD/VCR/digital tuner device ON-BOARD COMPUTER- Teachers can control the Promethean whiteboard right from the smart cart. For instance teachers can show movies from the computer mounted on the cart while still being able to complete day to day operations on the desk computer. Another feature is that students can be doing work on the whiteboard as a class while the teacher can work at his or her computer. Overall the on-board computer allows for greater student teacher cooperation, while also making the teachers job simpler.

DOCUMENT CAMERA- This device projects images from hard copies onto the interactive whiteboard. This will allow for teachers to have more interactive demonstrations. Before if a teacher wanted to show a hard copy they would have to scan the image then upload it to the computer and place it in the presentation. Now one can put the copy on the document camera and an image will show up on the whiteboard. Documents can be moved around and the camera will still project up the image.

VCR/DVD/DIGITAL TUNER- The smart cart comes equipped with a DVD and VCR player. With everything centralized, no annoying and time consuming hook up between the VCR an the whiteboard has to occur. Plus the teacher can be at the teacher station while a movie is playing.



OVERALL- Having the smart cart will provide a more conducive learning environment. The carts are mobile and can be moved wherever the instructor wishes. With everything in a centralized location, the teacher will be able to spend less time with wires and more time instructing.

iFlipr Flashcards- When trying to cram before a test this app could be your best friend. It includes extensive customization to fit your needs while still providing an easy interface. The app also run uses an algorithm specifically designed to boost both memory and retention.

myHomework- Trying to keep up and be organized during the school year is work in itself. This app helps you plan out when your assignments are due. Get your assignments organized by list or calendar, edit details, and track your class schedule, all with a simple interface.

Shmoop- Much like Spark Notes or Cliff’s Notes, Shmoop is an online study guide and resource center providing summaries, analysis, quotes, themes,and follow up questions for a lot of literature. Shmoop often interjects elements of humor into the articles and discussions.

USA Today- Forgot your current event for the day? Touch the USA Today app and unleash a plethora of current events. USA Today provides rock solid journalism in six different topics. On top of it all, look up today’s weather and check out some awesome pictures.

Spell Check-This application is not only a spell checker, but a dictionary as well. A useful feature of the app is that it requires no internet connection. Overall the reviews for this app are excellent. It was rated best of iTunes in 2008 in the utilities category as well as in the top 100 of paid apps.

BUCS' BLADE SEPT. 7, 2010  

Grand Haven High School's student newspaper of community significance since 1927. First issue, 2010.

BUCS' BLADE SEPT. 7, 2010  

Grand Haven High School's student newspaper of community significance since 1927. First issue, 2010.