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TWIN TOWERS:The Sept. 11 attacks happened 11 years ago, were they forgotton? See page 4 for the opinion piece

iPhone 5 recently debuted. See review on page 15

AP Photo/NYPD, via ABC News, Det. Greg Semendinger

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Katie Harding THE BUCS’ BLADE

SISTERS: Lanie and Hannah Kenny run together on the cross country team this year. See page 22 for their story

In this paper 4


September 11 attacks The attacks on the World Trade Center happened 11 years ago. With only a brief moment of silence at school, have we forgotten this tragic event?


On the cover

Take a look at a sample ballot, a look at the presidental candidates and a quiz. Illustration by Bailey Coval

On the web Story on the shoes made from tires sold by math teacher John Mauro A full slideshow of the events of this year’s homecoming


True XC sisters Sisters Lanie and Hannah Kenny run together on the cross country team. The girls share a bond unlike anyone else at practices and varsity races this fall.



Dress code enforcements The actual rules didn’t change in the student handbook but the enforcement is far stricter this year. Crack downs are on short shorts, tank tops and more.



Halloween pinboard Reporter Christie Kline compiled a list of all things Halloween. Check out this Pinterest inspired page for tons of tips.

THE BUCS’ BLADE Friday, October 12, 2012


Have an opinion Students should be encouraged, praised for caring about politics


fter the Oct. 3 presidential candidate debate, Twitter and Facebook were alive with student commentary; hashtag this, Big Bird that. But what was most upsetting was not the student opinions that were broadcast, but instead the controversy over the posts themselves. “Finding it kinda funny that half the people tweeting about the debate aren’t old enough to vote.... Everyone stop tweeting about are all extremely uneducated and ignorant....and my respect for you dwindles by every tweet.... You can’t vote so just shut up.” This raises an interesting conundrum for students... is it worth an “unfollow” to keep their opinions to themselves? Outside the Twitterverse, we are all independent enough to think for ourselves and develop feelings and opinions without being told to do so. Political opinions are no different. Obviously your feelings all depend on where your values lie, which is entirely subjective. In our opinion, no matter what your opinion is, it’s better to have one than not to. It’s not to say that those without political opinions are uneducated or ignorant. It takes time to form a sound opinion. This time could be properly spent gathering information or escaping the clutches of STAFF peer pressure. You know, EDITORIAL that thing that keeps students thinking it’s uncool to care about anything? Instead of tearing down a person for their opinion, form your own opinion and then use it to tear


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their’s down...because we all know there are some opinions that should be destroyed. Conservative or liberal, voting independent or not voting at all, kids who are trying to figure it out are doing the right thing by caring right now. This election affects you if you’re a 14-year-old freshman or an 18-year-old senior. While we all aren’t 18 yet, the majority of us will be 18 (or older) during the term of the elected president. This election year calls teenagers to act further than any time before. We are the generation who will pay the national debt, whose extra income has never been smaller while the cost of college tuition has never been higher. We are inheriting war, policy issues, a deficit

and the chance to change how it all comes together. As we grow into adults, those individuals who will lead us into that right of passage are being chosen today. And you have a say. So say something. Change the conversation. Excerise your freedom of speech. It all comes down to the caring about your community, caring about your generation and caring about your future beyond just Nov. 6.

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Friday, October 12, 2012 THE BUCS’ BLADE

9/11 never forgotten?

Horrifying haircuts I hate getting my hair cut. It’s actually the most frightening, awkward and all-around terrible experience of all time. It’s like a combo of going to the doctor and walking into a room full of fancy French diplomats that have all suited up and you are are an American wearing sweatpants and Crocs. It’s just horrifying. So here’s how it goes down, I walk in the door and instantly I have no idea what to do. I would have gone up to the front desky thing and checked in, but no one is there. So I just aimlessly look around. Then this lady comes over to me and is like ‘oh what are you waiting for?’ I tell her my name and I am here for a haircut with Jane (not her name, but I don’t want to offend the actual girl). She tells me to go to Jane’s chair and wait. Question One: Where is Jane’s chair? It better have some lit up sign or something because I do not know where “Jane’s chair” is, or anyone’s chair for that matter. Question Two: Who is Jane? What if the wrong person comes over, assumes I am the right person and starts to dye my hair black? A picture would be helpful. Question Three: Why must I wait? If I am in Jane’s chair, clearly she isn’t working on anyone. What is Jane up to? After running through these perplexing experiences, I’ve bought myself enough time, Jane comes over and inquires my name and if I am her 4:30 appointment. Things go south yet again. She escorts me over to the washing basin, Jane asks me if I’d like my eyebrows waxed. Um heck no girl. Getchyo head outta crazy town. No one wants their hairs yanked out of their face. No one. But for me, I panic. I nod. And before I know it Jane pours hot goo onto my face and presses firmly on a piece of paper. BOOM! She rips it off and I scream. Everyone hears and watches me and judges me for being a wuss. So now I’m all embarrassed. And when I’m embarrassed I turn all kinds of red, which prompts Jane to say “if you use Olay foundation that red blotchiness won’t show up.” Wow. Okay beyotch, I’ll remember that next time somone thinks it’s okay to take advantage of me and detaches the hair from my face. Geez. The rest of the appointment is just awful. I don’t know how I want my hair cut; you’re the professional here, hello. And when I tell you what side I part my hair on, I mean it. Don’t decide for me. All in all, I hate getting my hair cut. It’s awkward and not all that necessary. I’d rather play outside anyway, bushy eyebrows and all.


Andrea Booher FEMA News

was seven years old on Sept. 11, 2001. I was 9/11. We were alive when it happened. And the stusitting in my first grade classroom when dents in our school who don’t remember provide an my teacher ran in with tears in her eyes and even better reason for us to do something. Everyone turned on the TV and stood there. No one said in our generation should understand. Kids our age anything, we all just watched the buildings lost parents to that event, 3,051 kids if you want to crumble to the ground and wondered what was going get specific. It still affects them every day, and even on. Every year since, our nation has done something if we don’t realize it, it affects all of us everyday too. to remember it. Memorial services or moments of We still fight the same war were fighting then. We silence, we’ve always done something. So this year still have soldiers overseas dying for this cause every on Sept. 11, I expected our school to do the day. It’s still relevant. same. But it was different. Two years ago, this paper argued that We went through our school day like it students should stay in school for Martin was any other. We went to class, did our Luther King Jr. day. That way, the school work and took our tests like it was normal. could use this as an opportunity to eduAnd when fifth hour came around and it cate kids about who he was and what he was time for the moment of silence, that’s contributed to our country. We’ve brought all the time we spent remember the day in speakers and have had presentations in that changed our country forever, one moclass. So why is this any different? It could ment. 2,753 people from over 100 counbe as simple as having a short discussion in tries were killed on that day and we only just one class or reading articles about that Opinion EMMA BATY gave them one minute of our time. They day. Let’s use this as a chance to teach studeserved more than that. dents about what happened. Let’s share our It’s been 11 years since that tragic experiences and our memories. Let’s use event, and sometimes I wonder how long until we it as a chance to heal. Let’s celebrate the heroes and stop remembering altogether. When did we stop dothe progress we’ve made as a nation since September ing moments of silence on Dec. 7 in remembrance 11. That day may have changed our country forever, of Pearl Harbor? Or on April 19 to remember the car but we’ve been stronger since, and that’s something bombing in Oklahoma City? The difference is that worth remembering. for the most part, the kids at this school remember


Friday, October 12, 2012 THE BUCS’ BLADE


Grand Haven zombie walk Christie Kline

Oct. 27 Central Park Players and Tri-Cities Historical Museum are hosting the annual Zombie Walk in downtown Grand Haven from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participants will dress up like zombies and are asked to bring in a canned or boxed food item which will be donated to Love Inc. Those who would like to watch are encouraged to be downtown by 4:30 p.m. “We had over 200 last year so hopefully we’ll have that many again,” marketing and media administrator of the Tri-Cities Museum Barbara Carlson said. The walkers will proceed down Washington, east to Seventh Street, north to Columbus, to Harbor then back to the museum. “It’s just a fun thing for kids and families to do together,” Carlson said.

Fellowship of Christian Athletes Amber Keefe

Mr. Hewitt and Mr. Nelson will kick off another year of Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) on Thursday, Oct. 11. The group will meet in Nelson’s classroom every week at 7 a.m. and is open to all student athletes who share the belief of Christianity. FCA is a nationwide program that encourages Christian athletes and coaches to meet in their schools and discuss their faith. “FCA is bringing kids together who have a common ground of athletics and also a belief in Jesus Christ,” Hewitt said. Teachers and coaches such as Hewitt and Nelson take the initiative to lead and inspire their student-athletes into becoming leaders among their peers as well as build closer relationships with one another. “Think the major goal for me is to have something in the school that provides Christian athletes a place where they can meet and share their faith,” Hewitt said. “And maybe know who those other kids are.”

GHHS art classes visit Art Prize

Fundraising 5K color run

On Oct. 3 the art classes of Grand Haven High School made their way to Grand Rapids for Art Prize. The students took this opportunity to learn as much from the art and visited as many of the 162 venues, hosting 1,517 entries, as time allowed. “I really loved the piece on one of the bridges. It was like a wall but everyone got to tie their own note to it and it could say whatever you wanted it to. It was really neat,” Senior Alli Johnson said. The event brought inspiration and idea to the students, while acting as a great real world learning opportunity. . It gave them the chance to see art in different kinds of ways, outside of how we usually think of and see it. “These artists made bottle caps look good. It showed that art really can be anything if you make it or put it the right way,” Johnson said.

A 5K color run is being held Oct. 13. The purpose of the run is to help fund a trip to New York and England for Choir and Orchestra students. Whether walking, running, or jogging, anyone is welcome to attend. A $5 donation is suggested, but any amount is accepted. Runners are asked to wear white. During the event, colors will be sprayed onto the participants as they run through the course. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Participants need to show up for check-in between 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. “I think it will be really fun if a lot of people participate,” junior choir member Michaela Andrini said. “I have always wanted to do the real color run in Grand Rapids so this is a fun way to do a smaller one here in Grand Haven.”

Brittney Olds

Orchestra halloween concert Mike Michalski

Halloween is a little ways away, but if you want to hear wonderful music and get some candy early the place to do it is at the orchestra’s Halloween Concert. It will be held on Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in the PAC. “There is candy at the end and it’s fun for the audience,” said junior and orchestra member Gretchen Kelly. “We dress up, and play songs you know.” That night, the orchestra will be performing songs by Michael Jackson, Journey, and Aerosmith. “It’s not classical, it’s all fun music,” said Kelly.

Upcoming Events OCTOBER 15: Fall choir concert 15: Eastern Michigan University college visit 16: Indiana Wesleyan University college visit 17: Cornerstone University college visit 17: 9th grade MEAP Test 22:Grand Valley State University college visit 22: Orchestra halloween concert 20: PSAT Test 23: 9th grade MEAP test make up day 25: Parent teacher conferences (no school) 26: Records day (no school) 29: Olivet College college visit

NOVEMBER 5: Blood drive 8-10: Hello Dolly musical 12: Drama class show

Katie Harding


lip Flopped

New teaching method using videos to put spin on traditional classes

Friday, October 12, 2012 THE BUCS’ BLADE

What students said... “I actually kind of like it better than the normal one because it kind of alleviates the stress of homework.” -- sophomore Tommy Pancy



ands fly up around the room as math teacher, Mark Londot, scurries to assist each one. In remaining desks, students converse with one another to break through brain blocks and other questions resonating within them. Though some people would not consider this an ideal classroom environment, Londot’s composure hints at no sign of concern. The math teacher is trying out a newly popular method of teaching known as, “a flipped classroom.” The goal of this practice is plain and simple, to ensure optimum opportunity for students to learn. “It’s totally driven by the need for more problem solving in class,” Londot said. In a flipped classroom, the teacher provides a taped video of their lecture which the students go home to watch. Class routines vary depending on how the instructor chooses to make use of their class time. Londot, uses his time for homework and interactive activities. “We’re still in the infancy stage,” Londot said. “So I haven’t found what I really think works well yet.” Londot is still searching for the right balance of instructing through screen

“I think that the flipped classroom is really helpful. You get to ask your questions in class and learn the lesson at your own pace.” -- sophomore Devin Merz

Amber Keefe BUCS BLADE FLIPPIN’ OUT: Math teacher Mark Londot has embraced one of the latest cutting-edge trends in education by implementing a flipped classroom. In this concept, teachers lecture to video which students watch at home, leaving more class time for more one-on-one instruction and teacher-student interaction during class.

time at home and in person at school. He plans on giving out surveys to his students every few chapters to try to grasp a better understanding of how they feel about the new arrangement. Students like sophomore Tommy Pancy welcome the system as it alleviates some of the stress of traditional homework. Temporary mental blocks that used to occur at home can be worked out with the teacher and other classmates during school. Pancy also appreciates the method of watching the teacher on a screen. “I feel like I can better grasp a concept if I can rewatch a lesson and that’s exactly what you can do.” Pancy said. Sophomore Amanda Flaquer agrees but also sees flaws in the practice. “It’s not always good because if you have questions [about the video] you can’t

ask them.” Along with the students, Londot misses in class instruction but does his best to clear up any confusion over the videos first thing the following day. Even though his preferred style is sacrificed, Londot recognizes the positives associated with the program. “I like how we can ask questions on the homework,” Londot said. “And I like how we get to do some more challenging problems in class that I have not been able to do in the past.” Despite initial reactions and feelings, Londot plans on sticking with the setup for the rest of the year. Whether or not it is works will determine if he continues. “For me it’s all about the results of the students. If it helps them be successful and have a deeper understanding, I’ll do it regardless of my personal preference.”

“If you don’t understand something you can rewind it and watch it again, but it’s not always good because when you have questions you can’t ask them.” -- sophomore Amanda Flaquer

Friday, October 12, 2012 THE BUCS’ BLADE

AP classes by the numbers

2011-12 Total AP subjects offered: Sections of AP classes:



Types of AP classes

2012-13 Total AP subjects offered: Sections of AP classes: Types of AP classes





Rumors have been flying around school about AP classes getting cut, but as with many things, the rumors aren’t necessarily true



umors have been floating around the school since last spring that the number of AP classes decreased significantly, and there are even more rumors to explain why they did. Students like senior Hailee Garbarino are familiar with the rumors. “Last year’s class took a lot more AP classes, this year’s class just isn’t stepping up as much,” Garbarino said. The thing is, the rumors aren’t true. Advanced Placement Chemistry, Advanced Placement English Literature, and Advanced Placement United States History were dropped this year, but Advanced Placement Environmental Science became a class. So in reality AP class options only decreased by two classes. The school is running 10 different AP classes this year, compared to the 12 they ran last year. The reasons behind why the classes were dropped is not a simple issue. “It’s too bad, and it’s multifaceted that the classes were dropped, and it’s not as easy as pointing a finger at this is the issue, or that is the issue, it’s the accumulation,” english teacher Tom Foley said. “There’s some responsibility with the students there’s some responsibility with the administrators, there’s some responsibility with the teachers.” Due to budget constraints, the district needs to have a higher number of students enrolled in a class to be able to offer it. Last year the requirement was about 20-25 students, this year some AP classes have around 30-32 students. “That’s a small reason I think, we just didn’t have enough [students enrolled] and it wasn’t close enough in the classes we didn’t offer,” principal Tracy Wilson said. Having larger class sizes may have contributed to the illusion that there are fewer students taking AP classes this year than last year. “I think at first when we were looking at the master schedule we felt like the AP numbers went down in general,” Wilson said. “I think when we actually flushed it out, I don’t know that our numbers are going to be that

different.” While there were changes to the AP classes that did run, Foley says he’s seen it before. “It’s nothing new, we’ve seen an ebb and flow of AP classes, a number years ago we had seven sections of AP Lang, that was probably too high, it started dropping down, and for a number of years we had one section of AP Lang, so there’s always this ebb and flow,” Foley said. Foley thinks another reason for the AP class decline is seniors who want to experiment with their classes senior year. “I think as we see seniors going into their senior year and kind of looking at the liberal arts and trying some different things, and so something has to come out of the schedule,” Foley said. The school tries to offer as many AP classes as they can to give students options, which means that not all those classes will have enough students signed up to run the class. “I just think that when you increase your options then kids chose,” Wilson said. “Kids can’t take four out of five classes and have them be AP it’s not possible, just because most of those APs are only offered for a single hour.” The school tries to make as many AP classes available to students as possible. “There are not a lot of schools that can offer the number we offer, we’re really fortunate, we work really hard to at least offer one section,” Wilson said.

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Friday, October 12, 2012 THE BUCS’ BLADE


Make Lab Coordinator

IChallengeU program gets a makeover, longer program allows students to follow ideas to completion, see concrete results MADISON WILDER Reporter

would kind of take it to the next step where businesses would have problems or things that they How many high school students need to get worked on and now as get to say that their ideas are opposed to stopping at the idea being used to solve problems phase, students would actually go for a company? Its sounds like a through market research, so they pretty wild idea right? What can would actually develop a protothe average everyday high school type, of what it is,” student do for a company who has “Then they would present real life problems? Are they even those to the companies, the qualified? Probably not. Think companies would give feedback, again. and then we’d get to such a phase According to Jason Pasatta, that hopefully the company would Career and Technical Education have something that they could Development Director at Ottawa actually implement after the proArea Intermediate School District gram.” Pasatta said. who has helped to create the The program is geared towards program, there is an advantage to for high school juniors and being an outsider to a company. seniors. “[Students] come in with “There is an advantage to a fresh perspecbeing an tive and students outsider to Fast Facts really have that a company, What: Students design soluand they can lend you don't tions to businesses’ problems these companies a have all the really good vantage baggage point on what they and the When: Interviews start Nov. can do with these precon26. The program itself runs problems,” Pasatta ceptions from Jan. 14 to June 3. said. of ‘here’s Make Lab how our is a program designed to enable company works, heres how the students to participate in aiding products are supposed to be...’” companies to solves their internal Pasatta said. “You come in with issues. The program is based off a fresh perspective and students of the IChallengeU program that really have that and they can lend took place this past summer, but these companies a really good Make Lab goes deeper. vantage point on what they can do “Oftentimes with educational with these problems.” programs and things like this in Many students who particigeneral, that’s where they stop, pated in IChallengeU are strong and then they don’t go any fursupporters of the idea and the ther,” Pasatta said. “This program program itself.

“Yeah for sure [I would be interested in doing Make Lab]. Just to have a winning idea was cool but to actually see it come to life would be even better,” Junior Maggie Lalonde said. Lalonde was a part of the winning team on IChallengeU and received a total of $1000 in scholarships and college credit. Similar incentives are offered for Make Lab. According to Lalonde The difficulty level of the IChallengeU program was not too hard, she thinks its worth it for anyone to give a try at. “[IChallengeU] wasn’t difficult in itself but it was a lot of stress because you’d come home and it’s not like school where you can be like ‘Oh, I’m done with school for the day.’” Lalonde said. “You keep thinking about it all day and all night trying to improve your idea and it was nonstop for two weeks. Its cool though because you want to think about it and you want to do well.” Pasatta was happy with the outcome of IChallengeU and has high hopes for Make Lab. “In the best case scenario a business would actually be like, ‘Yes that’s perfect,’ and then they go ahead and go forward with the idea and they actually implement it for the company,” Pasatta said. Application interviews for the program will be held the week of Nov. 26. Interview sessions will be held on Monday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. beginning Jan. 14 and ending on June 3. For more information, see Mrs. Keur in room 0204.

Jason Pasatta

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What is the best possible scenario that can come out of this program? In the best case scenario, a business would actually be like, ‘Yes that’s perfect,’ and then they go ahead and go forward with the idea and they actually implement it for the company.’

What happens with the student(s) who come up with the ideas that companies would be looking forward to using? We have plans to work with GVSU this summer. So students who really excel in this program can go on and actually live at GVSU for a month and work with their faculties and other entrepreneurs and whatnot in that area.

Is there some type of age requirement for the program? We are looking for juniors and seniors, though I tend to try to be flexible so if a student is a student is super interested from a lower high school grade, we can consider it.

Why is this program for students, and not employees or professionals? Students bring a certain perspective, there is an advantage to being an outsider to a company, you don't have all the baggage and the preconceptions of ‘here’s how our company works, heres how the products are supposed to be...’ students really have that and they can lend these companies a really good vantage point on what they can do with these problems.


Friday, October 12, 2012 THE BUCS’ BLADE

Stricter Are your clothes standards school appropriate? Principal Tracy Wilson puts the smack down on YES NO inappropriate clothing BETSEY COOK Reporter

• Shirts with sleeves

• Short shorts and skirts

• Shirts that cover middrift

• Tanktops

• Shirts with a high neckline

• Tight fitting clothing

• Fingertip approved shorts and skirts

• Low cut shirts

• Hoodies with the hood down

• Hoods and hats

Many students were unhappy by the recent enforcement of the dress code earlier this fall. Although the heat was through the roof, students were still supposed to dress “respectfully.” This leaves many students wondering, what is respectful? “Part of my responsibility is to educate both male and females on appropriateness to prepare them for the workplace,” principal Tracy Wilson said. “Instead of saying adhere to the dress code, say is that appropriate to wear in a work setting?” Some students say that the dress code is just about how to dress, but Wilson thinks it is about both how students view each other and how others view you. “It’s about respect,” Wilson said. “It’s about respecting yourself. For me it’s really about educating, I want girls to understand that you are looked at a certain way based on some of the things you wear.” Students who do not respect the dress code will first be asked to change, multiple time offenders will have more severe consequences such as detention, in school suspension, out of school suspension, and

parent meetings. Although the stereotype is that the teachers are against the students on this topic, some teachers, such as English teacher Jodi Heard are not. She thinks that there are some rules that should be more flexible than others. “I support that it’s for a good reason but sometimes the sleeveless shirts can be worn tastefully,” Heard said. “There are some students that wear some inappropriate sleeveless shirts, so I agree with what is trying to be done.” One of the biggest issues in school is the short shorts and low cut shirts, but Sophomore Brian Bialowas doesn’t think it’s as big of a deal as teachers are making it. “I think they are thinking that all these short shorts are distracting, but to me they aren’t that big of a distraction,” sophomore Brian Bialowas said. “ I don’t even really focus on that.” Some students like Anna Perrier, president of the Feminist Corps think the dress code is not encouraging the students to think about what they are wearing as Wilson had hoped. “Everyone has a right to dress how they want, so they can be themselves,” Perrier said.


Friday, October 12, 2012 THE BUCS’ BLADE

One broom short

With one position cut janitors share large work load, more hours



aytime cleaning person, Laurie Houghton cleans the back of pod seven with care, she smiles and says “hello” to kids as they walk by. However, no one knows how much cleaning she’s really doing. This year a custodian who worked a four hour shift cleaning classrooms was moved to a different building in the district creating more work for the rest of the custodial staff. According to Houghton, each staff member now covers a part of the transferred custodian’s four hour shift. Houghton believes that losing a custodial position is a definite issue. “With more kids every year they need more custodial staff,” Houghton said. English teacher, Jared Kram, agrees with the issues on the topic. According to Kram, teachers have been asked to help more with cleaning up their classrooms. It indicates that there’s not enough personnel to clean such a big building,” Kram said. The custodial staff is broken into two different sections. There’s maintenance staff, which focuses on fixing things throughout the school and the cleaning staff who are responsible for the pod areas and classrooms. “It was a pretty critical position,” principal Tracy Wilson said. “She was doing many of our science and art classrooms and those are tough rooms to do and they take longer.” Wilson stated that if the school gets noticeably messier then that information will be passed on to the central office staff of the district. “Obviously we want to keep our building maintained,” Wilson said.“We’ve always prided ourselves in the fact that many people think our building is much newer than it is just because we’ve taken such great care of it.”

GHHS students say: who do you want as the next President? 45% Obama 36% Romney 19% Other

GHHS students say:what political party do you support? 29% Republican 30% Democrat 14% Neither 27% Undecideed



THE BUCS’ BLADE Friday, October 12, 2012


A peek at how to pick

With the 2012 presidential elections drawing near, use these tips to prepare yourself for voting day, Nov. 6

Tips for an easier election day:

-Voting hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m -Where to vote: Precints are listed on voter information cards -Identification: Need photo identification with a signature (drivers license works best) -Marking your ballot: Mark the ballot exactly as the instructions say. If it asks for you to fill in more than one bubble, don’t forget to do so -”Ruined” ballot: If you mess up anywhere, go back to the ballot clerk and ask for a new one. They’ll take the first one and mark it as “ruined.” It will not be counted

GHHS students say: Do your parents influence your political position? 17% Yes 35% No 34% Somewhat

According to national statistics,the year 2015, young people, ages 18-24, make 33 percent of the voting population.

Proposals on back of the ballot:

-Proposal 12-1: Authorize Governor to appoint an emergency manager (EM) upon state finding of a financial emergency, and allow the EM to act in place of local government officials. -Proposal 12-2: Grant public and private emplyees the constitutional right to organize and bargain collectively through unions, but will override state laws that regulate hours and conditions of emplyment to the extent that those laws conflirt with collective bargaining agreements -Proposal 12-3: Requires electiric companies to provide at least 25% of their annual retail sales of electricity from renewable energy sources by 2025 -Proposal 12-5: Recquire a 2/3 majority vote of the State House and the State Senate in order to impose new or additional taxes on taxpayers or expand the base of taxation

*Information gathered by Lauren Kruggel, Alexa Shampine, and Mike Michalski

Meet the Candidates

Democrat Barack Obama President Barack Obama was born to Barack Obama Senior and Ann Dunham in 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law after which he worked as a community organizer before he earned his degree in law. He represented the 13th district in the Illinois Senate for three terms before he unsuccessfully ran for the United States House of Representatives. In November of 2004, Obama won the United States Senate election representing Illinois. He began his campaign in February of 2007 and won his party’s nomination against Hillary Rodham Clinton. He resigned his United States Senate seat in 2008 after the presidential election. In 2008 Obama defeated the republican candidate John McCain with the assistance of his new vice president, Joe Biden, to become the 44th President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold office. The inauguration was on Jan. 20, 2009. In April 2011, President Obama announced that he would be running for re-election.

Republican Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney, a Michigan native, was born to George and Lenore Romney in 1947. His father was Governor of Michigan from 1963 - 1969, even though Romney is following his father's political footsteps now, he did not aim to be a politician. He graduated with dual degrees from Harvard Law and Business school and went on to found the investment firm Bain Capital. The firm has supported multiple companies such as Staples, Toys R’ Us, and Burger King. Mitt Romney was later sworn in as Governor of Massachusetts. Here he passed a health care law for the people of Massachusetts. He then left the office in 2007, and had his eye on the Oval Office ever since. Romney ran for president in 2008 but lost the Republican nomination to John McCain. Trying again in 2012 he got the nomination from the party. He selected Paul Ryan to be his running mate and became the official nominee in August after he accepted the nomination at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. He now is running against Democratic Barack Obama.


Do you know the candidates? Take this quiz, test your knowledge on potential presidents, see answers below 1. Who supports the woman’s right to a choice when it comes to abortion a.



Both men share this position



2. Who supports clean energy and alternative energy sources a.



Both men share this position



6.Who will make sure that Afghanistan will be safe and in good hands before the United States leaves, even if that means staying longer. a.



Both men share this position



7. Who will make equal treatment for same-sex couples a.


3. Who plans on putting in place a policy that will attract highly skilled immigrants but that will also reduce the number of illegal immigrants coming into the United States


Both men share this position






Both men share this position


4. Who supports the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy a.

b. c.


8. Who believes every American should receive accessible and affordable healthcare. a.



Both men share this position



9. Who will continue responding to world crises and expand America’s influence around the globe.

Both men share this position



5. Who is committed to providing a world-class public education to all children in America. a.



Both men share this position





Both men share this position


10. Who supports the retirement age being increased slowly to account for an increase years people are living. The benefits should continue to grow, but grow less for those with higher incomes. a.



Both men share this position


Answers: 1.A 2.C 3.B 4.A 5.A 6.B 7.A 8.A 9.C 10.B




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Emma Baty

Rock the vote Thank god I’m 18. I’ve been waiting to become a legal adult since I can remember. And now that I’ve gotten here, I’m ready to take advantage of all the perks adulthood brings. Call me nerdy, but the one I’m looking forward to the most is being able to vote for the first time. Politics have never been a big interest of mine. To be completely honest, they bore me to tears. I can’t sit and read articles in The Economist or watch C-Span, I just can’t do it. But that doesn’t mean I don’t care. As much as I hate to admit it, in just a few years I will be entering the scary abyss known as “The real world.” And, unlike its’ reality TV counterpart, I’m going to have actual problems to deal with. I’m going to have to make my own money, pay for my own housing, and live my own life. So with that in mind, I realized I should probably start paying attention before I cast my vote on Nov. 6. So here’s what I’m basing my decision on. Follow these easy steps and you’ll be able to make a choice too. 1. The issues: Chances are, regardless of what candidate you side with, you’re not going to agree with everything they believe. Pick the issues that matter the most to you and do a little research. It’s worth a Google. Figure out which candidate shares the most beliefs with you. They’re probably your best bet. 2. The future: Don’t forget to think about what’s going to matter to you four years from now. Sitting in my desk in AP Psych, tax rates and unemployment seem to be years into my future, but it’s really not that far away. By the time the next president is elected, I’ll be a senior in college and knee-deep in job hunting. The president we elect now will determine the climate for the future. Remember that. 3. Likeability: I don’t know about you, but I want a leader that I can relate to. The leader of our country should be someone that people like. I’ve heard people say that they vote for the person they can see themselves sitting down and having a beer with. Well... that doesn’t really work for our purposes, but the concept still applies. Which candidate can you see yourself hanging out with or getting coffee with? If I don’t like them as a person, I won’t vote for them. There you have it. My three easy steps to picking your president. Follow them and you’ll be prepared and stress free to vote.

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iPhone 5 arrives

PREVIEWS Casey Davis Reporter

A sneak peek of music and movies this fall



“The launch of the iPhone 5 didn’t make the iPhone 4s worse, it just brought a more powerful alternative for the Apple enthusiasts. -- Silviu Serban, Tech Source


I like the bigger screen and it’s lighter, but I dislike how easy the phone scratches -- junior Andrew Tafelski

“At the end of the day,

it’s just a phone and mostly an incremental improvement over the iPhone 4s. -- Larry Magid, Forbes

One major change has been the new charging port on the phone, it’s kind of disappointing that I have to buy new chargers instead of reusing my old ones. -- senior Tyler Wiersma

How does the newest member of the Apple family compare with its previous models? On Friday, Sept. 21, Apple finally released its much anticipated iPhone 5 to the public. More than 5 million people purchased the iPhone during the first weekend of its release, but are its users happy with what they got after all the hype? Many are deciding whether to upgrade their iPhone 4 and 4s to the iPhone 5. You’d first have to look at the features. The old iPhone has a 3.5 inch screen while the iPhone 5 has a 4 inch screen. They both run on the same operating system, iOS 6. The iPhone 5 is also an upgrade to 4g LTE, however that service isn’t available everywhere yet. Where you don’t have 4G you would be stuck on the


Jake Steggles Reporter

4s’ 3G service anyways. The iPhone 5 still has bugs, there have been many complaints about its maps application and many applications aren’t full screen when you open them on the new iPhone just yet. All this begs the question, is it worth it? Many users and reviews are saying no. That there are simply not enough new features to be worth it. The phone itself costs $199 for the 16GB and $299 for the 32GB, and that’s if you are eligible for a contract upgrade. In reality if you’re available for upgrade then there’s no reason to not consider the iPhone 5, but if your contract is still active then I wouldn’t recommend it.

Artist: Taylor Swift Release Date: Oct. 22 What You Need To Know: Taylor Swift is releasing her next album ‘Red’ Oct. 22. Many of her fans are wondering if it will follow along the same lines as the rest of her albums; country-style love stories. What To Expect: Swift’s new album ‘Red’ is expected to be received differently from her other albums because she released the song “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” and she sings from what seems to be a lot more confident of a standpoint. What Fans are Saying: “My favorite [album] so far is Speak Now, because I just really like the songs, I feel that they’re very honest and there is a song for every mood; I definitely think that ‘Red’ will be better because I’ve heard a few singles from it and they sound really good. I’m really excited.” --sophomore Katie Parks

Breaking Dawn Pt. 2 Release Date: Nov. 16 Rating: PG-13 for sequences of violence, some sensuality and partial nudity The movie that changed cinema as we know it, that introduced a whole new theme of movies and left viewers gripping their seat, has returned to steal your breath just one more time. Twilight fans across the globe are giddy for the last Twilight movie to finally answer all of their questions about the previous ones. “People are so excited. Everyone likes the Twilight movies, and everyone wants to know what happens next,” junior Annie Revilla said. Revilla has high expectations for the series’ culminating movie. “My favorite Twilight movie so far is definitely the first one, but I think it [Breaking Dawn Pt. 2] will be better than the others. I’m really excited,” Revilla said. This last Twilight movie is expected to tie together all loose ends, and with a twisted, heart-wrenching plot, leave it’s viewers with a bang.


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In his brothers’ shoes German exchange student Finn Heins follows in Janno’s footsteps McKENNA BRINKS Feature Editor A figure noticeably shuffles through the usual hallway crowd sporting his green bag and a flannel shirt. Towering over most classmates, he’s not hard to miss. Sophomore Finn Heins is a familiar face around the school. Although, he didn’t expect he would be walking these halls; the same halls his older brother Janno Heins walked during his year as an exchange student in a similar towering fashion. At first sight it’s not hard to make the assumption that the two are very alike. “I actually think it’s funny how a lot of people say we are that similar,” Janno said. “We’re just both tall and blond, but that’s about it.” However, now they have one more similarity: being an exchange student. Janno stayed a year ago with his host family, the Bailey’s, along with their son, junior Ethan Bailey . He looks back at that year and recalls it nostagically. Though, Finn never considered leaving their home in Germany until Janno did.. “I didn’t really convince him,” Janno said. “On the other hand, he would not have done an exchange year if I hadn’t done one. While I was abroad he just really got interested, because I always told him how I loved and still love it.” While Janno did tell Finn a few things about his experience, he wanted his brother to have his own experience. When Finn was presented with the choice of staying with the Bailey’s he didn’t know if he wanted to stay with the same host family, in the same city that his brother did. After hearing Janno speak passionately about his year with them he decided he had to go. “It’s different and it’s cool to know them already a bit,” Finn said. “My brother was really happy [with his year] so I thought it was a good decision. Ethan and I have some of the same interests. It’s really cool.” When Janno returned from his exchange year he revealed a lot about the people he met and the good time he had

but was surprised when Finn decided to experience it for himself. “I told him quite a lot about the school, my family, friends etc,” Janno said. “But I never expected that he or anybody would get to know Grand Haven, GHHS, my friends and family as well as I got to know them. So it’s kinda weird for me. I’m so incredibly jealous, because all I want is to go back.” Among both being exchange students in Grand Haven as well as being tall and blonde, Finn and Janno enjoy playing a long summer day of tennis together and both can’t imagine life without sports. Both admit that is where most of their similarities end. “Janno is a perfectionist,” Finn said. “I’m not a perfectionist. Though I always try to give my best but like in school he just tries to always get the best grade. He tries to be the best student. Not like me, I want to have good grades but I don’t try to be the best student.” Bailey has learned that the brothers have quite different personalities even though they share a lot of mannerisms such as saying some of the same things. “Janno is fun, nostalgic and always optimistic,” Bailey said. “Social and smart. Just generally an all around great guy. He taught me so much. Finn is serious, mellow, and happy. He’s easy going and just nice to be around.” Though their personalities may be different both Janno and Finn but have been happy about their decisions to be exchange students. Their host brother Bailey feels the same and has had an amazing experience with them both. “Janno and Finn are great guys,” Bailey said. “They’re brothers. I feel so connected to them. I can’t imagine what it would be like to live without one of them in my life.” As for being homesick, Finn simply shakes his head and smiles. “Why should I miss something over there?” Finn said. “Life is so short. One year sounds like so long but my brother said it will be over too fast.”

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BROTHERS: German exchange student Finn Heins stands with his host brother junior Ethan Bailey. Finn’s brother, Janno Heins, also lived with the Bailey’s for his year in America.


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SCENIC OVERLOOK: Junior Connor Crabbe sits in his hammock and enjoys the view of Lake Michigan.

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“Hammocking” becomes new outdoor trend, gains popularity among teens JAMES KLOOTE Reporter


e pours out the contents of his backpack including pencils, binders and books and replaces them with a canopy, rope straps and carabiners. This is senior Harrison Zost’s daily routine as he prepares to go hammocking. “Hammocking is great to do right after school and on the weekends,” Zost said. “It gives me a calm, outdoor place to do homework, nap or hangout and talk with friends” This form of “day camping” is a way for students to get things done or to relieve some stress caused by the school day. “It’s great to go outside and be able to relax after being in school all day,” junior Connor Crabbe said. In these students’ opinions, time spent sitting inside doing nothing is an utter waste compared to being strung up in a hammock on a hillside watching the sunset with friends. “Right after I got a hammock, the first thing I did was I started to convince more of my friends to buy

hammocks,” Zost said. “Any activity is more fun with a big group of people.” Any chance to be out in the forest or on a hillside rather than in a cramped room doing homework is enough incentive for many high school students to go out and buy a hammock. Since the beginning of the summer when this hobby arose in Grand Haven, the hammocking community has increased steadily. Bob Hutchinson, owner of Buffalo Bob’s, noticed this trend and decided to support the hobby. “I stocked my store with about 20 hammocks,” Hutchinson said. “After three days I had already sold nine of them.” Hammocking is unlike many other hobbies simply because it takes absolutely no skill to participate. The nature of this activity and the fact that it is open to anyone is why many say that it caught on so quickly. “Hammocking will continue to stay popular and fun because a hammock is a piece of gear, not something you buy to keep up with a trend,” Zost said. “A hammock will stay with you for a long time.”


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Meet me in the club Here’s a look at the newest groups to join BY AUSTIN SCHOUMAN Feminist Club:


VISUAL CUES: Junior Dennis Wachter watches his host father Kenn Baker take his turn in a game of pool. The two played together Sunday at the Eagles in downtown Grand Haven.

An unexpected exchange

German exchange student Dennis Wachter spending year with unordinary host family OLIVIA SEAVER Feature Editor Junior Dennis Wachter, an exchange student from Malterdingen, Germany, chose to come to America with few expectations in mind. However, when he was informed that he’d be staying with a single host parent, who is legally blind, it still came as a surprise. “When YFU [Youth for Understanding] called me and told me the situation, that he lives alone and has an eye problem and wasn’t allowed to drive because of this, I was a little surprised and shocked,” Wachter said. “But at the same time, I was like, I can’t

say no before I even meet him.” For Wachter’s host father, Kenn Baker, hosting an exchange student was a spontaneous decision that he considered because none of his seven children live at home anymore. “I have an empty house and I thought it would be a cool, new experience,” Baker said. And Baker hasn’t always been legally blind. He lost his vision about 10 years ago. “I had two surgeries; when I broke my neck and when I had a bone shortened in my arm,” Baker said. “I wasn’t given blood thinners so a blood clot got in the artery by my eyes and took out

my vision. I woke up one morning blind. I went to bed on a Sunday night and woke up Monday morning and couldn’t see a thing.” Since then, Baker has regained some of the vision in his right eye, enough that he and Wachter can shoot darts or play pool together. Even though finding means of transportation can be difficult, Wachter sees this unique opportunity as a chance to live differently. “I think it’s even more American, like the true America, because it’s not a stereotypical host family,” Wachter said. “It’s another experience, not less experience.”

Although Feminist Corps has a seemingly gender-specific name, sophomore Anna Perrier insists this isn’t the case. “Anyone can join really,” Perrier, the club’s founder, said. “The only entrance requirement is an interest in women’s issues.” Feminist Corps is a club that’s brand new to Grand Haven High School. It’s main goal is to educate, raise awareness and take action about women’s issues both locally and around the world.

Walking Club: Olivia Saber’s favorite part of Walking Club? Talking. “I love the socializing and walking,” sophomore club cofounder Saber said. “And eating while we walk.” Walking Club, founded by Saber and fellow sophomore Mekenzie Anderson, is one of Grand Haven High School’s newest clubs. They meet at 3 p.m. on Tuesdays in room 1108. Anderson and Saber, both former cross country runners, say the idea for Walking Club came from a grow-

They meet on Thursdays from 3-4 p.m. in room 1108. “The club is student led,” club advisor Lindsey Ruiter said. “We talk about eating disorders, body image, the dress code.” Feminist Corps is discussion based, and several speakers, including math teacher John Mauro, will speak. “Anyone who has any interest at all should join,” Perrier said. “I started the club to help promote women’s issues today. A lot of issues haven’t been addressed, and we’d like to address them.” ing distaste in running. “Walking is not running,” Saber said. “That’s why this is the best club out there.” Club members walk anywhere between two to four miles, and are encouraged to bring friends. Snacks are not provided, however there will be one “feast” per trimester, with the first taking place on Oct. 25. “I feel like the idea for the club came from the girls [Saber and Anderson] trying the sport over the summer and wanting to share it with others,” club advisor Lindsey Ruiter said. “The best part is that anyone can do it.”

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TAKING A STROLL: Sophomore Olivia Saber walks with friends after school for Walking Club. They were joined by club adviser Lindsey Ruiter.


Mike Michalski

Life in the left lane: Politics

High school students just don’t like politics. Is it because government class is boring (I wouldn’t know I haven’t taken it yet), or is it because it’s more of a sport for old people? I don’t like these excuses. We need to turn that attitude around because most of the people in this building right now will be able to vote in 2016. Those individuals will have the power to choose the direction of the nation. To be honest, not many voters make good decisions anyways. Since we are young most of us aren’t set in our ways. Someone has to convince you guys, the students, that politics are freakin’ awesome. Here is a great reason for you; do you really want to be responsible for electing another George Bush Jr.? I was not even in preschool when the election of 2000 happened so I’m not going to analyze it like the news would, in fact I probably couldn’t. Here is the thing though; not many people who voted in that election could do it either, and that brings us back to trying to solve our main problem. That is why people need to pay attention to the news. I hate to say this right now, but here is the bad news; if you want to be an informed voter this fall or in 2016, you’re going to have to pay attention in history class. Calm down! Hear me out! If you know what happened earlier in our nation then you will be able to see how things will turn out in the future, you won’t be psychic, but you won’t be stupid. The great thing about knowing your stuff is you can tell when those pencil pushing politicians lie. Everyone knows it happens, but you will be able to spot when it happens. When you’re watching TV with a few people and they show an interview of your typical Washington politician and they lie, you can impress everyone in the room when you can call it bull. You think winning a state championship gives you in an adrenaline rush? Just wait until you can point out when scumbags lie. Finally, I’m going to let you in on a little secret, I like politics. I bet you never saw that one coming! The reason I like it so much because I like the drama involved in it. Give this a shot, gather some of your friends and watch the debates this month. If you like making fun of scary movies with your friends, then you will love this. Unlike a lot of people, I still believe in the future of our generation, our city, and our country. We can make the right choices and be leaders, only if we are informed. In order for you to make a good choice in 2016 or this November you need to start doing this now. You will thank me.

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Stampede to state Fall Sports Updates


Friday, October 12, 2012 THE BUCS’ BLADE

Second year as varsity sport, Equestrian team to compete at state level

practice as a team than other sports are because you have to transport the horse. Team members are liable for practicing as much as they need to in order to be prepared.” Preparation for each meet is time consuming because Even though they would be considered an infant when each rider may be asked to do something different each it comes to varsity sports, the girls on the equestrian team time. In every meet there are various classes in which one are years ahead of where many would expect them to be. competes. Typical classes at meets include a western class, Although a surprise to a hunt seat class, a showsome, but the result of manship class, and gymthis season was no surkhana class; for each class prise to the members of riders wear different outfits the team. that pertain to the meet they “I thought we had a entered. Within each class, good chance making it to there are specific, individual State this year,” senior patterns that each rider Kaitlin Brace said. “We must do that are given to the have a versatile team and riders prior to the meet. The we are able to do great in patterns are the instructions all of the events.” that the rider must carry out The four member such as trotting, walking, or team comprised of seloping. niors Brace and Stepha“It is kind of like the nie Szymas, sophomore parking section in a driver’s Corina Frings, and freshtraining test,” Brace said. man Olivia Ortiz will try “You must follow the into win the state title that structions on what classifiBailey Coval THE BUCS’ BLADE they covet Sunday when cation of parking to do, and STATE SEND OFF: Members of the equestrain team, seniors they travel to Midland, MI. Stephanie Szymas and Kaitlin Brace smile as students cele- there is someone to watch for the finals. Although the brate the team’s send off to the state finals. The team placed you and see how we’ll you first a the regional on Saturday Sept. 29. season started the third perform each task.” week of September, the Although they know that team has been competing and practicing throughout the poise will be key this Sunday, there is no hiding how summer, taking advantage of any opportunity. elated the team is to be this far. “We have practice around once a week at a team mem“I’m excited and can’t wait,” Brace said. “ I think we bers house,” Brace said. “Equestrian is more difficult to have a really good shot at doing well.”


Boys Soccer

RECORD: 8-7-3 KEY PLAYER: Willie Bennick leads the team

with five goals, including three goals that came in a 6-1 victory over Hudsonville. KEY MOMENT: Defeating Forest Hills Central 2-1 with a key goal from junior Ian Yetzke. THEY SAID IT: “It’s been a good season with a lot of ups and downs. We are full of potential and could definitely come together for a postseason run.“ -senior Kevin LaCroix LaCroix

Equestrian Team

RECORD: Finished first place in districts and regionals

KEY PLAYER: Senior Stephanie Szymas tallied 49 points and won three classes when they captured the district 9 title. KEY MOMENT: The Bucs ended a 30 year undefeated streak against Ludington with a 147-124 victory. THEY SAID IT: “This season we have all dedicated time and effort to make it this far.” -senior Kaitlin Brace Brace

Boys Cross Country

RECORD: Fourth in O-K Red conference KEY PLAYER: At an O-K Red Conference Jam-

boree in Rockford, senior Justin Pippel finished second overall with a time of 16 minutes and 28.2 seconds. KEY MOMENT: Senior Will Swain (17:31.2) moved up 10 spots from first jamboree in Rockford. THEY SAID IT: “Our times as a team are dropping and by the time we get to regionals hopefully we will be at our peak.” -senior Justin Pippel Pippel

Girls Cross Country

RECORD: 4th in conference KEY PLAYER: Junior Claire Borchers finished

third at the OK Red Jamboree in Hudsonville, with a time of 19:19.3. KEY MOMENT: Junior Roxy Glasser, freshman Malea Teerman, and freshman Hannah Kenny all placed in the top ten at the Allendale Invitational. THEY SAID IT: “I think this year was more of a rebuilding year. Over half of our team is young so they’re learning and I think next year they’ll be able to do well.” -senior Lindy Vallier Vallier

Boys Water Polo


KEY PLAYER: Senior Trey Jennings fired a total of six goals on the season, leading the team in goals scored. KEY MOMENT: The Bucs held 6-2 victory over their rivals, the West Ottawa Panthers. THEY SAID IT: “I [knew] we were going to be right where we are. We weren’t going to be that good compared to the other teams because we lost a lot of good players.” -sophomore David Kooistra Kooistra



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things to know...


to smash a tennis serve

KEY PLAYER: Junior Abraham Westerman had

The little things add up. Although clichéd, it’s a vital part of a tennis match. The source of these minute points are generated from the serve. Before the start of every point, juniors Korey Searle (KS) and Bryce Peterson (BP) bounce the ball three times in preparation for one of the most intense and nerve-racking moments in tennis. Sports Editor Kennedy Kaufman sits down with Searle and Peterson to get a runthrough of how they approach the serve.



Pre-serve preperations

BP: A lot of people have different [habits] but I bounce the ball three times. KS: I usually bounce the ball three times and that’s about it, tennis serves are more simple.


KS: I try and be aggressive because you get a second try, so you can get a couple free points on the first serve.


Second serve

Calm nerves

KS: [I take] deep breaths, I try and commit, I always have the second [serve] to back me up if the first one doesn’t go. I try and think “one point won’t throw the entire match” and “you serve a lot in a match.”


First serve mindset

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ON THE LINE: Junior Korey warms up his serve at practice. Druing matches, players have to serve multiple times.

BP: First you want to relax, that is key. Then focus on where you want to go with it. Then go through with your normal motion. KS: [On the] second serve you just get it in, [add] more spin to your hit.


RECORD: 23-11-21, 3-0 in O-K Red KEY PLAYER: Junior Jami Hogeboom leads the team with 570 assists on the season. KEY MOMENT: The Bucs perfect record in conference play was held after a four set victory over West Ottawa. THEY SAID IT: “This season has been a blast, we have shared so many laughs and memories. We’ve grown a ton but are capable of much more.” -junior Jamie Hogeboom Hogeboom

Ball boundaries

KS: You have to hit the ball over the net and into the opposite, near square, called the service box.



Ready for return

KS:You want to make sure you get out of [the serve] quickly, Otherwise, if you’re still hitting it, [the return] comes by you and you won’t have time to get ready. Be prepared and try and guess what [the opponent] will do, square up.

Girls Swimming and Diving RECORD: 2-5 KEY PLAYER: Senior Sarah Snider took fourth in 50 free and third in the 100 freestyle against Zeeland. KEY MOMENT: The 200 freestyle relay team took first with a time of 1:47.39, against Zeeland and Spring Lake. THEY SAID IT: “I think we are going to improve at conference this year because we have been working harder.” -sophomore Bailey Colella Colella

162 rushing yards on 28 attempts against East Kentwood. Also, junior Isaak Newhouse powered through the tough Falcon defense to score four touchdowns.

KEY MOMENT: After senior Jake Lovett blocked a Grandville punt, junior Wade Wilson recovered and took it all the way for a touchdown.

THEY SAID IT: “We still have

a shot at making the playoffs and winning an O-K Red championship.” -Isaak Newhouse


Boys Tennis

RECORD: 4-3 in season, fourth in conference KEY PLAYER: Junior Korey Searle held on to six wins against Zeeland West in No. 1 singles.

KEY MOMENT: In a close victory, senior Cam

Rickard and junior D.J. Thielbar defeted East Kentwood in first doubles 6-3, 6-4.

THEY SAID IT: “Looking

back, we have met most of our personal goals. We have exceeded our expectations of before the season, we are improving. We are better than we are at the beginning of the season.” -junior Bryce Peterson


Girls Golf

RECORD: 3-5-0 KEY PLAYER: In a close match against Hudsonville on Tuesday, junior Martha Ramsey led the team shooting a 45. KEY MOMENT: Sophomore Hailey Watkins had a career best eight-over-par against Rockford THEY SAID IT: “We’ve improved a lot from the start of the season, and we’ve cut our scores down. Our goal is to have everyone in the forties.” -sophomore Amanda Merz Merz

One couple, one team 22 SPORTS

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Married cross country coaches lead, set example for runners in relationship AMBER KEEFE Reporter

For many college students, merely staying awake to listen to what the teacher has to say during an 8 a.m. class is asking a lot. As fate would have it however, Renee Auernhamer (now Przystas) was able to pick up a little bit more than the morning instructions in a Michigan State University cadaver lab. “I overheard him talking about running a marathon, so that sparked my interest,” Renee said, referring to Scott Przystas. At the time, Scott was just another classmate, but over the next four and a half years the two fell in love. Now only about eight months after their wedding, the couple is taking advantage

of an opportunity that most newlyweds don’t encounter, coaching the Grand Haven High School girls gross Country team together. “It’s kind of like having our own little family but we don’t have to take them home,” Renee said. The two laugh at the statement. It’s not a joke. “I think it’s a cool combination and kind of a unique one because it’s almost like they are the little mom and dad of our team,” junior Claire Borchers said. And like in all good parenting, each partner is able to bring to the table different qualities that are key to success in the family. Renee acts as the nurturing half with her contagious energy and never fading smile, while Scott represents the more assertive side.

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AS FAST AS YOU CAN: The Przystas coaches (on right) run with the team. This is the couple’s first year coaching.

“She has a good relationship with all the girls which builds a lot of camaraderie,” Scott said. “I can handle being the mean person and telling them what they need to do.”

Scott and Renee’s personalities aren’t the only things balancing out their coaching. It’s their communication off the field that allows the team to merge even closer together.

“It’s easy because you can say one thing to one of them and it almost always gets right back to the other,” Borchers said. Though very professional, it is evident that Scott and Renee’s relationship thrives beyond completing practice schedules and coordinating race days. The runners remark on the fact that they’ve never seen the two fight and can easily pick up on the love they share for each other. “I think it works because it’s both of our passions, so we’re just sharing our passion,” Renne said. While some obvious goals associated with a successful cross country season are set in place, according to Scott and Renee, not all of them result in running faster.

“Running’s a sport that I think can parallel a lot of lifes ups and downs,” Scott said. “You have good races and you have bad races, and how you persevere through them I think can carry on in the rest of your life.” Renee also has broader goals in mind. “I hope they can learn from our relationship, in a sense of the kind of relationships they see in their future,” Renee said. “Like knowing the issue of respect because of the respect that he shows me.” “And the balance,” Scott adds, “how you can balance one another out.” “You can have fun together outside of just going out and doing something. We’re working together,” Renee said. “And it works.”

Sisters run against each other, form stronger bond KATIE HARDING Reporter

They live together, eat together, and now they formally compete against each other. Discovering a sibling is on the same sports team as you may push some to the brink of insanity. In the case of cross country runners Lanie and Hannah Kenny, it’s just the opposite. Junior Lanie Kenny is older than her freshman sister Hannah Kenny, which would make one think that she has much more experience running cross country. However, while Lanie laces her spikes up for the first time this will be Hannah’s second year, so her shoes have a more familiar feel to them. When they discovered they would be on the varsity together, there was no hiding how thrilled the sisters were. “I was really excited,” Lanie said. “It was more like I was on the team with her. It’s cool because we support each other a lot.”

Making any sports team, let alone getting pulled up to varsity, is a very rewarding achievement. “It was my goal for the season,” Hannah said. “I was excited, I was important to the team.” Their sister bond is easily visible, on and off the course. Even during a race or practice, having one another there pushes them to do their best. “There’s not a sister rivalry,” Lanie said. “It’s more supporting and helping each other get through it.” The sisters aren’t the only ones who can see how strong the bond is, and how hard they make one other work. “They push each other,” varsity cross country coach Scott Przystas said. “One would turn it up one interval, and the next would turn it up two, one incline to two incline.” Having to compete against each other has had no negative effect on their relationship, and if anything it has improved it. Whether Lanie is braiding Hannah’s hair, or Hannah is cracking jokes at Lanie, if you see one of the sisters, it’s likely the other isn’t far behind.

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TOGETHER: Sisters Lanie and Hannah Kenny build a stronger relationship on and off the race course.

“You can see they have a true love for each other,” varsity cross country coach Renee Przystas said. “It’s really awesome.”


THE BUCS’ BLADE Friday,October 12, 2012

Grand Haven Township hosts open house for kids on fire safety, NHS volunteers

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(Above) FULL HOUSE: Families, volunteers and business representatives flow into the Grand Haven Township Fire barn on Tues., Oct. 9 for the annual Fire/Rescue Open House. This event was the required service project for the GHHS chapter of the National Honor Society and utilized over 50 student volunteers.

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TWO FACED: (Above) Senior Taylor Jones sits down to paint a smiling face. Children’s activities were a bulk of the event and included a face painting booth, pictures with Spot and Smokey, a house evacuation simulation and a train ride around the parking lot. K-9 UNIT: (Right) Senior David Richardson dressed up as Spot to pose with children. This was only one of the NHS volunteer opportunities students could sign up for as a part of the required Grand Haven Township Fire/Rescue service project for Fire Prevention Week.

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HAND-OFF: (Above) Senior Willie Bennick hands out a bag of popcorn. Hotdogs and refreshments were available inside the barn to families participating in the Open House.

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PUTTING OUT SMALLER FIRES: (Left) Senior Abby Lalonde shows the girls how to operate the fire hose. Lines formed shortly after the 5 p.m. start of the event for the children’s activities and continued well into the close at 9 p.m.


Friday, October 12, 2012 THE BUCS’ BLADE

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The Haunt. 2070 Waldorf St. Grand Rapids.


Tickets: $15 general admission, $21 speed pass.

Oct. 12,13,19, 20, 26, 27. dates6:30-9 p.m.

“Trick or treat!” Where to get the best candy to please your wallet and the trick or treaters at your door.

Open 24 hours. Twizzlers $6.97 109 count, find wacky new ideas like “slime punch” or “Monster mouths”, find simple recipes: “halloween popcorn hands” and black Halloween punch

Located at 3050 Beeline rd. Holland Mi. Jolly Rancher lollipops $3.99 20 count

Trick-or-Treating location: Forest Park and Forest Park East.

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Starting at 6:30 to 8 p.m. only 12,13,19, 20, 26, 27. houses with lights on 6:30-9 p.m.

Wicked Ranch 5900 Water Rd. Rothbury, Friday and Saturday night until Oct. 27

Costumes can get pretty pricey. Here’s where to get the classic looks for less

Three attractions Town of Terror, Nightmare at the Bunkhouse, Wicked Woods. 7 p.m, $25 all attractions.

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