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700 GARDNER LACY RD., MYRTLE BEACH, SC 29579 save the date • Jan. 17 – Early dismissal/ End of first semester • Jan 18 & 21 – Student holidays • Feb. 14 – Valentine’s Day • Feb. 18 – Student holiday

hall talk “You smell like the foam pit at Gymnastics Inc.” — Sophomore “I like talking to myself. I ask myself questions. Then I answer them.” — Senior “You graph like a turtle.” — Sophomore “Snap-diddly pop!” — Freshman “My blood type is universal.” — Sophomore

by the numbers • The first episode of “South Park” was made with construction paper and took three months to make. • It has been said that 350 million people suffer from Facebook addiction disorder. • It would take more than 150 years for a car to drive to the moon.

teacherisms takedown| At a home wrestling match Nov. 29, senior Kyle Rice takes down his opponent from Cane Bay. North Myrtle Beach and

Myrtle Beach high schools also participated in the match. The Panthers were victorious over both Cane Bay and Myrtle Beach. As of press time, the team’s record is 18-14. Refer to the story on page 14 for more information on the wrestling team. [Photo by Kyleigh Cozene]

The AP exam is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.”



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Window display from Canipes Candies and Chocolates at Coastal Grande in 2008. [Photo courtesy of Todd Canipe]

A day without chocolate is like ____________. “A year without rain.” – Cody Cariello, Junior “A day without Sophia because I’d feel lost and deprived.” – Lexi Salice, Sophomore “A day without feeling fat.” – Nancy Angel, Sophomore “Having to wear a Trukfit apparel for an entire day.” – Barron Calvert, Senior

Valentine’s chocolate: here today, gone tomorrow by

kyleigh cozene news editor

Americans will purchase more than $345 million in chocolate during this Valentine’s season. That’s more than 58 million pounds of chocolate and one billion boxed chocolates. So let’s get into the specifics of chocolate. There are three different types of chocolate. Dark chocolate, the healthiest for you; milk chocolate and white chocolate, which is the sweetest. Dark chocolate helps strengthen your brain. Epicatechin, a compound found in chocolate, significantly reduces brain damage in those who suffered from strokes. Consuming chocolate can also help you control your weight. Researchers at the University of California-San Diego found those who frequently eat chocolate have lower body-mass indexes than people who don’t. However, most of the

general public is not aware of this. “I don’t like how chocolate makes me feel fat,” sophomore Francico Mejie said. However, junior Cody Cariello disagrees. “I like the way it makes me feels fat,” Cariello said. Chocolate may also help with academics. Researchers found people had an easier time counting backwards from 999 after eating chocolate. Math teacher Marsha Pini sees the advantages in this. “Maybe students should eat one piece of chocolate every block, not all the time or stuffing their face,” Pini said. Chemistry teacher Pam Williams agreed. “Sugar affects some young people

more than old people so limited chocolate for the younger you are,” Williams said. “Anything is good in moderation.” Eating dark chocolate also helps lower cholesterol. “My husband eats a piece of 72 percent dark chocolate every day to help lower his cholesterol,” Williams said. Chocolate has other medicinal values as well. “I use chocolate as an Cody Cariello excuse when I get headJunior aches,” Pini said. “It shrinks the blood vessels and calms the nerves down.” From Ghirardelli to Godiva to Simple Pleasure to Hershey’s to Dove, the varieties of chocolate seem endless. While some are selective, others, like Williams, are not. “Any kind of chocolate, if it’s brown

One bite and I want more. I would marry chocolate.”

and looks like chocolate, I’ll eat it,” Williams said. However, she does appreciate the finer ones. “In Germany, the chocolate was over the top. Lindor truffles are my favorite,” Williams said. Some students share Williams’s sentiments. “One bite and I want more,” Cariello said. “I would marry chocolate.” One of the local chocolate and candy stores is Canipe’s Candies and Chocolates at Coastal Grande Mall and Market Common. While they routinely sell chocolate and fudge, they also offer delicacies like chocolate covered crickets and scorpion lollipops. They also sell chocolate covered bacon. “We can make almost anything out of chocolate,” manager Lara Hughes said. The most popular chocolate items are pecan turtles, buckeyes and chocolate covered pretzels.


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• 6% of Americans have SAD. • Symptoms include: feeling sad, grumpy, moody, anxious; loss of interest; weight gain and drowsy days with long hours of sleep during the night. • Get plenty of sun and exercise to combat SAD. • Source: WebMD article: Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Topic Overview


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Most dread this time of the year when everyone seems to be down in the dumps. Experts are not sure what causes the winter blues, but they think it may be caused by a lack of sunlight. The lack of light may upset your sleepwake cycle, other circadian rhythms and can affect proteins in the brain. One protein that is affected is a serotonin transporter, which helps serotonin flow around the brain. This protein is more active in the winter and it soaks up the serotonin, causing serotonin levels to fall which can leave us feeling depressed in the shorter days of winter. This type of depression is called seasonal affective disorder or SAD. SAD is a


How do you feel about the winter season? “I hate winter because I can’t go see girls at the beach.” – Kyle Fitzgerald, Sophomore

type of depression that affects a person during the same season each year. If you get depressed in the winter but feel much better in spring and summer, you may have SAD. If you feel like a victim of SAD, there are remedies to this disorder. “Get more sunlight as much as possible; even get closer to a window,” Gayla Birch, Waccamaw Mental Health counselor, said. “Also get enough exercise.” In the spring and summer days, kids tend to get more sunlight, causing vitamin D levels to rise and SAD levels to fall. “In the summer, I’d say around zero people come in because of SAD, but in the winter, I’d say one out of 10 people that come in for depression is SAD related,” she said.

“Winter is the best season of the year because of the holidays!” – Asia Collier, Senior

“I hate winter because the cold weather adds onto your sad, lonely life if you’ve got no people in your neighborhood.” – Christian Sherman, Junior

©focus,watson|With intense motivation to put together clues and win the mystery dinner prize for her group, junior Lexie Copeland looks for answers. “I love fairy tales so I really liked it. I mean you just have to like them,” she said. Copeland’s team did not win this year, but her team did come in first last year. [Photo by Micheal Curry]

§ just Google it| With tablet in hand and the power of the Internet, English teacher Ann Twigg and junior William Wallace try to solve the mystery of who kidnapped Snow White. “I’m a huge fan of ‘Criminal Minds,’ and for once my dream of being an FBI agent came true for an hour,” Twigg said. [Photo by Kyleigh Cozene]

Club members solve mystery by

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Snow White went missing and one of the seven dwarves who helped her in her time of need was called upon by Prince Charming to help find her. That was the theme for the annual Library Media Club Mystery Dinner Dec. 5. Teachers and students were invited to enjoy a meal from Rotelli’s and work together as a team to solve the kidnapping of Snow White. Junior Lexie Copeland and the Library Media Club’s president Annie LaSalle, senior, were two of a few returning faces. “I’ve been to all the past ones, and I really love the competition in the mystery,” Copeland said, “and solving it with the new people I meet here, it’s just really fun and enjoyable.”

LaSalle’s team actually won last year. “The best thing about this is the chance to win some great books as prizes. Also the food is amazingly good,” she said. All mysteries are written by English teacher Patrick Rabon who puts together the story and clues. And as this is the third year for the dinner, he’s got some experience. Even newcomers like senior Barron Calvert enjoyed the event. “It’s nice being around new people and learning a few new things while eating some great food,” he said. Media specialist Mary Matthews’s favorite part is the camaraderie. “There is a lot of preparation, and it’s really nice to see students and teachers working together, bonding after school, sharing the frustration and the excitement of the mystery,” Matthews said.

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Athletes deserve more support Countless hours of hard work, sacrifice and dedication to achieve success is the story of every athlete’s high school years. None of this can be achieved without the support of parents, peers and the school. Athletes want to see the stands overflowing with a loud and supportive crowd. Not only does it give them a boost, it also makes them feel like they are doing something worthwhile. Each sport has its winning and losing seasons, which normally determines stu-

dent participation in that sport and student/faculty turnout at events. “Winning recruits itself,” wrestling coach Will Bratcher said. “Kids want to be part of something successful.” This, however, should not be the mindset of the spectators, student body and faculty alike. Everyone on campus should support every sport, whether it is having a good


year or a bad one. “Students and faculty should support all programs,” Bratcher said. Whether a student likes one sport over another should not dictate which he or she supports. All teams are equally important and they all represent Carolina Forest High. Increased school pride is only a small part of what student/faculty participation will achieve. When athletes see teachers


supporting them at events, it boosts their self-esteem and makes them feel good about what they do. The same goes for their peers. “It makes me feel good that I have the support of my peers,” senior Cristina Wright said. “It gets me hyped and energized.” Not only would our school look better if we had more student/faculty support at events, it would also help our athletes perform better and feel more appreciated.

The Facebook official phenomena is taking over The Internet is pretty great. Since it was created, our generation has seen it go from dial-up to the information Goliath that we have today. Anyone around the world can connect and share his or her thoughts instantly. And while most might think the Internet is the most important invention since the wheel, it isn’t without flaws. For example, it’s referred to as “Facebook Official.” When our parents were our age, there was no Internet, no social networking sites. If they wanted to talk to someone, they memorized his or her home phone number. They kept in touch with the people they were closest with. Writing on someone’s “wall” didn’t happen. Instead you’d give your friend a phone call and actually speak to him or her. There was no text messaging. More importantly, when they started dating someone, they didn’t have to proclaim it to everyone they’ve met since the first grade. Nowadays, when your relationship goes “FBO” peo-


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ple comment on or “like” your newfound love interest. Personally, I think this is just stupid. Girls who put so much emphasis on the relationship status of their online profile say quite a bit about their own insecurities. What happened to the only validation to a relationship that was needed was holding hands in the hallway? I’ve heard girls say things like, “If it isn’t Facebook official, you aren’t actually dating.” It’s almost sad that we feel the need to rub our relationships in others faces. And also as embarrassing when you break up. Is it so bad that I don’t want the kid I sat across from in the seventh grade to look at my breakup with pity? Being in a relationship can be great. Spending time with someone you care about and getting to feel a special connection with is one of the best feelings in the world. And I admit, it feels like you want everyone to know of the happiness you’ve been blessed with. But not everyone cares. If you’re with someone, people will see it. Holding hands, kissing, hugging. It’s

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pretty hard to miss. Relationships will come and go, but the lessons we learn from them will eventually shape the kind of person we spend the rest of our lives with. As you sit laughing with your children 20 years down the road about the big shot you used to be, are your kids really going to really care if Mommy and Daddy were ever officially together on a mediocre social media website? My mom and dad have been happily married for 19 years. As far as I know, they aren’t “FBO.”

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3. cram session | In this photo illustration, sophomore Sam Heist

Manage your time. Make a realistic study schedule for yourself to avoid waiting until the last minute. Cramming doesn’t work.

Make it interesting. Use nmemonic devices or relate material to real life events to make information stick in your mind. An example of a mnemonic device would be to use your knuckles to remember which months have 31 days and which only have 30.

If you find yourself zoning out in the middle of a study session, just take a break. There’s no use staring at your notes if you aren’t learning anything.

shows the results of cramming for too long. “I prepare for final exams by cramming the day before, eating granola and wearing shoes that have flat heels,” Heist said. [Photo by Austin van den Wijngaard]


Take snack breaks. Every hour, take a 10 minute break to breathe and eat a healthy snack to refuel your brain. This way you will resume thinking clearly.


When it comes to taking the test, do all the problems you know first. Don’t waste precious exam time staring at one problem for too long.

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Avoid exam stress the simple way by

austin van den wijngaard features editor

It’s that time of year again. The holidays are over and suddenly school has gotten serious. Teachers have drilled it into our heads for weeks that finals are coming. I always make a point to memorize material for a test. After I take the test, it becomes irrelevant and I let it go. For example, properties of logarithms: I took the unit test and figured I would never use this information again in my life so why should I continue to think about it? Repeat that thought process for every lesson from every class and there’s the story of my life. Because of my tendency to only learn information for the test and then forget it, as well as my chronic procrastination, exams are quite stressful. I’m talking about staying up until 3 a.m. the night before the big day. I’m talking about desperately shoving textbooks under my pillow to attempt to learn something, anything, through osmosis. I do a little better than you would expect considering my situation, but the passable grade is not worth the torture I put myself through. This year I have made a resolution to reduce my own stress over exams. Yes, I am actually going to prepare myself for the tests. This way I will be confident with what I know, and panic attacks will be a thing of the past. Really, what exactly was I doing that was so important instead of studying? Mindlessly scrolling through Facebook? Reading Harry Potter? I mean, come on, I practically know the books by heart, yet somehow reading about Harry, Ron and Hermione’s O.W.L. scores becomes more important than preparing for my own exams. Whether I want to admit it or not, my education is crucial and there comes a time when I need to be responsible. I don’t just want to pass finals; I want to excel, and the only person who can make that happen is me.


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Strang plans for future by

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When senior Bri Strang attended a summer seminar at the Air Force Academy last summer, she felt like she was where she belonged. “I got that feeling that I was at the college of my dreams,” Strang said. However, in order for Strang to get into the Air Force Academy, she needed to prepare early. The application starts in the junior year. “You have to be a model student, graduate in the top of your class, show leadership through extra curricular activities, play a sport and have pretty good SAT scores. Once the academy deems you competitive, you must also take a medical exam, you must get nominated from a congressman and you have to pass a physical fitness test that everyone must take,” Strang said. Strang explained why she wants to go to the Air Force Academy. “It is one of the best schools in the nation for math and science and everyone gets a full ride plus you get paid monthly,” she said. “I love Colorado Springs and look forward to spending the next four years there. After the academy, you become a leader for your country and are required to serve in the military for eight years as repayment for your education.” Strang hopes to continue her sport of swimming in college. “That’s the major thing I look for at a school,” Strang said Strang also has a back-up plan just in case she doesn’t get into the Air Force

Academy. She hasn’t ruled out the Naval Academy or several other schools. “If I don’t go to the academy, I would go to another school with a ROTC program,” Strang said. Because of the Quest Bridge program, she has a number of colleges looking at her from MIT, Colorado College, Swarthmore, Amherst, Tulane, Yale, Harvard, Davidson, NYU, Ponoma and Tufts. Most have offered academic scholarships. “Colorado College said that they will help me out and I’ve got one e-mail from NYU saying the same thing, but I try to stay in contact with the swim coaches to let them know of any new swim times,” Strang said. Regardless of where she goes, she has a plan. “I’ll embrace it with open arms and do everything I can; I’m excited to leave this area. I want to experience new things. I was born and raised here and it is time to move on,” Strang said. Strang’s mother is supportive of her decisions. “My mom’s from New York. She has always told me ‘I did it; you can do it.’ She said I can go wherever I want if it makes me happy,” Strang said. Strang says that one of the things she will miss about Carolina Forest is the teachers. “They’ve been there for me all four years to support and help me through, and I want to prove to them that I will go somewhere in life,” Strang said. She also talked about what she liked about being a Panther.

strang’s favs Favorite Color: Blue Favorite Animal: Tiger Favorite Food: Pizza Greatest Accomplishment: Being president of The National Honor Society


decisions, decisions | Narrowing down her college choices to just a handful of schools, senior Bri Strang looks through their catalogues. The AIr Forece Academy is her top choice. [Photo by Kaeli Weeks]

“I liked getting to know everyone and knowing I made some kind of impact that people remember my name,” Strang said. One reason Strang has so many options for colleges are because of her activities during her high school years. She’s been in various clubs like the Earth Club, Spanish Club, the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society, Science Honor Society, School Improvement Council, helped coach the Special Olympics swim team

Favorite Number: 13 What do you do in your free time? Swim all the time and sleep. Favorite Place to Eat: Rioz If you could go anywhere in the world, where would you go? Brazil because my swim coach is from Brazil and I have met a lot of attractive Brazilians. Favorite Pick Up Line: “If you were a transformer, your name would be optimus fine.”

and has been swim team captain since her sophomore year. She was also a CFHS representative at Palmetto Girls State. She has advice for underclassmen. “Don’t slack off,” Strang said. “Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself because it pays off in the end. Also junior and senior year are most important. Don’t get senioritis and take the easy way out and take the easy classes. Colleges want to see you are challenging yourself until you graduate.”

Favorite Holiday: Christmas Favorite Candy: Reeses, Starbursts, Skittles and Dots Favorite Teacher: Ms. Hazen, first grade Favorite Cereal: Frosted Flakes Favorite Movie: “Step Brothers” Night or Day: Day, because night is scary. Favorite Person: Parth Patel and Dillon (D-Swag) Graham Favorite Actor: Taylor Launter



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Fast Facts • There’s almost as much development occurring from the 11th to 19th years of a child’s life as when they’re toddlers. • Teenagers’ frontal lobes are not easily accessible until age 25. • The frontal lobe connections are slow. • Teens are not very capable of thinking about how their behavior affects others. • Rapid changes in the brain occur over the teenage years.

Temporal Lobe • Self control is still developing during these years. • Teenage brains are shaped by their lives’ early experiences. • Teen depression can affect how the brain grows, making teens who are depressed more likely to be depressed as adults. • The left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, and the right controls the left side.

Regulates memory, emotions, hearing, language and learning. It processes sensory information and retains visual memories while establishing object recognition. It also comprehends languages and acquires meaning, so everything you hear can be understood.

Primary Motor Cortex Regulates voluntary movements. Different pieces of this section control different parts of the body from head to toe.

Frontal Lobe Processes decision making, problem solving, control of behavior, consciousness and emotions. Contains dopamine-sensitive neurons that are associated with reward, attention and motivation.

Teen brains lack development by

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The decisions teenagers make are not always the wisest, but technically, it’s not their fault. Their brain is still in the major part of development between the ages of 11-19. The frontal lobe is the part of the brain that regulates decision making and problem solving. Some of the nerve cells connected to the frontal lobe aren’t fully attached like the other nerve cells so there is a reason some teens tend not to make the right decisions. “The most obvious thing I have observed about teen decision making is that teens are more likely to make decisions based on short term benefits rather than long term consequences,” psychology teacher Melissa Sanders said. When some teachers were younger, they admitted to that lack of judgment. Drama teacher Pam Muise is one. “The dumbest thing I did as a teenager

was drinking,” Muise said. “Nothing happened, like getting arrested or anything, and I never drove drunk; I still consider it dumb.” Teens lying to their parents is nothing new, whether it was 40 years ago, 10 years ago or even today. “I tried to lie to my mom about staying at a friend’s house and she saw right through me,” art teacher Kristen Dutka said. “Parents always know. Just come clean and tell the truth. I had a much more open relationship with my mom since then.” Unfortunately, because of this lack of judgment, some teenagers make lifethreatening decisions. For example, some drink hand sanitizer mixed with other substances which contain alcohol. But today’s teens don’t hold the market on strange fads. In the 1920s, teenagers would swallow live goldfish and turn it into a competition to see who could swallow more. This was

popular among teens on college campuses. In the 1960s teens would attempt to see how many could pile into VW Bugs and telephone booths, but today it’s how many people can fit into a shower. Car surfing became popular in the 1980s after the popular movie “Teen Wolf” portrayed Michael J. Fox on top of his friend’s van. It may have looked fun, but at least 100 deaths have been reported since 1990. Another and even more current prank involves duct taping someone to the ceil-

ing, and then scaring whoever walks into the room. Sanders offers advice to today’s teens. “When making decisions, always consider the long term consequences of your behavior,” she said. “Ask several successful people whom you admire to give their views on the decision you are trying to make.”


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Primary Sensory Cortex

Parietal Lobe

Processes the sensory information from the body. It controls somatic sensation, visual stimuli and movement planning.

Receives all sensory information. It also processes speaking, processing thoughts and where it forms letters into words and words into sentences.

Occipital Lobe Processes all information that is seen and everything related to vision. It identifies different things we see such as color and motion perception.

Cerebellum Controls balance, steadiness, posture and the timing of the body’s movements. It also helps control attention and regulates fear and pleasure.

teens need more zzzzzzzz’s • Sleeping patterns in teens change so teens go to sleep later and wake up later naturally, not just because they want to. • Teens need at least 9 hours of sleep to function best, but only about 15% of them actually get that much on school nights. • By sleeping different hours on weekends than on weeknights, it hurts the quality of the sleep teens do get. • Lack of sleep can limit the ability to learn, listen and concentrate. • The less sleep you get, you are more prone to acne. • Sleep deprivation can cause you to eat more

unhealthy foods, leading to weight gain. • When running on little sleep, you are as impaired as driving with an alcohol content of .08% (illegal!). • The growth in the brain during the teen years requires a higher amount of sleep. • Teens who get less sleep are more likely to do poorly in school. • Lack of sleep also leads to depression. • The most common reason for teens’ lack of sleep is due to the fact that they are always overscheduled.

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Brain Stem Controls most of the body’s basic functions including heart rate, breathing, sleeping and eating.

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• The use of drugs during the teenage your actions while on drugs turn years has strong effects on the develinto habits. opment of the brain. • Cocaine use causes the brain to have • Because teenagers’ brains are still a strong need for reward, making daigrowing, drugs hurt the growth ly activities non-rewarding process and leave permanent damage. and lowering life’s satisfaction. • Drugs alter the ability of nerves to • Drug use can cause you to misundercommunicate. stand others in school, work or • The use of drugs damages the develrelationships. opment of perceptual skills. • Drug use blocks teens from under • Drug use can leave permanent effects standing the consequences of their if the brain is still growing, making use. Sources:

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Shop smart:

Have no shame in ordering from the dollar menu.

Go to the back of the store and scope out the clearance racks first.

Water is free! Don’t waste all your money on a soft drink that can run up to $2.

Don’t be fooled by “buy one get one” sales. You think you’re getting a great deal, but you’re usually not.

If you don’t have a huge appetite, order an appetizer instead. They’re usually cheaper, averaging between $5 and $8.

Shop with cash. Once the money’s gone, you know to stop spending. When you’re shopping with cards, you don’t actually see the money dispersing.

You could also share an entree with someone and split the cost.

Don’t be embarrassed to go thrifting. There’s nothing wrong with Goodwill.

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Full priced retail will break the bank by grace timmons

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All during the week I’ve been waiting. I’ve kept my room clean, put the dishes away and occasionally have baby-sat my brother, which is a full time job within itself. Watching my 1-yearold, rambunctious brother leaves me completely exhausted. So the weekend rolls around and I’m ready to shop, but as I walk into the store I go immediately into sticker shock. A T-shirt for $25? Really? No thank you. So I keep walking. I stop at a rack of jeans, look at one of the price tags and see $40 for a pair of jeans that have absolutely nothing special about them. No extravagant details, not even a nice wash of denim. Then, way in the back of the store I see the glimmering clearance signs. I feel comfort surrounded by discount clothing. I find some great deals. A few shirts that each costs $10 or less and jeans for $15 or less. I even find some shoes for a great price. Once I’ve tried on the clothes and contemplated for several minutes what I’m going to buy, I go to the cash register. The person in front of me is checking out. Beep, beep, beep. Then there’s some punching on the keyboard. “Your total will be $86.27.” Excuse me? You’re going to spend $86 for three items? Is it just me that finds that utterly ridiculous? It’s crazy to me that someone is willing to spend so much on so little. It appalls me that some will just waltz into a store and buy things without even looking at the price tag. I try to be as wise as possible when I’m shopping. I try not to spend all of my money in one place, and more importantly I try not to spend all of my money in that one day. When I go shopping, I may burn a hole in my pocket, but I make sure not to break the bank.

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Crime scene investigation... Horry County style by

katelyn rooks & miller redding entertainment editor & writer

Crime scene investigations don’t fit the cookie cutter format as portrayed in the hit TV show “CSI.” “It’s a dirty job that you wouldn’t want to do in dress clothes,” Heather Brummett of the Horry County CSI said. In order to become a crime scene investigator you have to work for the Horry County Police Department first and have an associate’s degree. To work for the state lab you have to have a bachelor’s degree. “Make sure it’s really what you want,” Brummett said. “I wanted it after I saw what they did after being the police and before it became popular, so young people just need to understand it is very time consuming, stressful, and you get no glory. It’s a behind the scenes kind of job. You’re on the news, but when it comes to the case the CSI is sometimes the most important but gets little to none of the credit.” In the TV show everything seems to come together in a reasonable amount of time. However, when it’s really happening, it can be a slower process. “It’s real life, it takes longer,” Brummett said. “Some of the equipment [on the show] is fake and there is no glory. I don’t watch the show because I deal with it all day and the show is fake.” The team of three investigators and one supervisor take on six to 10 cases every week. All three of them work 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. They take turns being on call every third week. If they get called out while they are on call, they have to work the extra hours. “I’m on scene at least once a week, usually more. I’ve been called out 11 times in one week though,” Brummett said. Upon arrival at the scene, Brummett gets information from patrol officers and then begins photographing the scene and processing it. Various tools they use include pencils, cameras, pens, rulers, flashlights, various chemicals, powders of all colors and types, brushes, ballistic rods and even super glue which helps to identify fingerprints, alternate light sources and lasers. There’s a lot of bending and lifting things and bodies of all different sizes in all different locations so investigators need to be somewhat in shape. Just like in the TV series, Brummett has seen her share of unusual cases. “The last suicide I worked was a man that shot himself

here they come | In front of the crime scene truck with a bloodhound is Detective Paul Johnson. In front of the motorcycle is Officer Tuba McMillian. From the left in front of the SWAT truck is Detective Dwayne Grainger with Alto, a drug dog, and Officer Jeff Hamilton with Bizi, anoth\er drug dog. The SWAT

truck has a maximum speed of 60 miles per hour, due to its heavy weight. Eight people can fit inside. The truck is needed in high risk warrants, barricaded suspects, hostage situations and other situations where weapons are needed. The SWAT trucks also go to bomb threats. [Photo courtesy of Lori Rabon]

inside his vehicle in the parking lot of the funeral home where he had already planned and paid for his funeral,” Brummett said. But it’s not always murders they work on. “We rarely work burglaries, cars broken into at the beach or things like that,” Brummett said. “Unless patrol needs our assistance or there have been multiple in an area. We are understaffed and have so much of the violent crimes, we don’t have the manpower to handle the property crimes. We do train our patrol officers to collect fingerprints and other potential evidence.” They also use dogs to track people. Some dogs are trained to chase and bite, while others are drug dogs. There are also cadaver dogs, but Brummett said she doesn’t normally work with the dogs. This work is not for the squeamish as the sights and smells can be a lot to take in. “You never get used to it,” Brummett said. “You just learn to think of other things. I’m still bothered by the smells.”

cha-ching | After recovering $500,000 with handler Craig Hutchinson, German shepard Kara is rewarded with a ball and a head scratch. Whenever the dogs find something, whether drugs or money, they are rewarded with a big red rubber ball. [Photo courtesy of Lori Rabon]

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ready to rumble | At the Lugoff tournament during winter break senior Kory Lindell faces one of his opponents. Lindell is ranked third in the state. He wrestles in the 160 pound class, and his record at press time is 33-3. “Kory is leader on the team,” Coach Will Bratcher said, “and he comes to practice every day. He pushes his teammates to do their best. I’m very proud to be his coach.” The wrestling team is now five wins away from tying the school record for single session wins. The region championship will be at home Jan. 24 against Sumter and Conway at 5:30 p.m. Rally towels will be given to the Black Hole. Coach Bratcher encourages everyone to come out and support the team. [Photo courtesy of Will Bratcher]

Wrestling: 18-14 JV Boys Basketball Record: 4-2 JV Girls Basketball: 0-6 Varsity Boys Basketball Record: 3-11 Varsity Girls Basketball Record: 4-11 Congratulations to senior Marisa Runyon on scoring more than 1000 points. She is only the fourth person in school history to do so. The other three athletes to reach 1000 points were Julia Crews, Lakeitha Alston and Jordan Sembeck. Spring Sports Conditioning: Soccer conditioning will be Monday through Thursday at the stadium beginning at 4. Varsity tryouts will be the first week of February. Varsity baseball tryouts for boys in grades 10-12 will begin on Monday January 28 at 3:45 at the baseball Field. All must have a physical/parent permission form completed. JV baseball tryouts for boys in grades 8-10 will begin on Monday February 4t at 3:45 at the baseball field. Must have a physical /permission form completed. Girls Track and Field is conditioning on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the stadium. You must have a physical on file. Tryouts begin Monday January 28 compiled by sophia bookhultz

What it takes to wrestle: debunking the myths by

sophia bookhultz sports editor

He’s big and buff so he must be a wrestler, right? “A lot of people think you have to be big and strong, but you don’t,” sophomore David Starr said. Wrestlers agree there are many stereotypes about wrestling. But how many of them are true? “The most common stereotype I’ve heard is that anyone can wrestle and that’s not true,” Coach Bratcher said. According to Bratcher, a guy has to have drive and motivation to be a wrestler because the sport is one of the toughest and they practice every day. This daily practice includes running, drills and conditioning. “We call the last half hour ‘30 minutes of hell’ and it’s the most difficult part of wrestling,” Starr said. The wrestlers must also work hard to stay in their weight class. “The hardest part for me is probably cutting weight,” senior Kory Lindell

in very uncomfortable positions.” said. Starr said he hears a lot of students steThe weight class recently changed, but reotype wrestlers as Starr said this is a common thing and hardly I’d like to see the homosexual because of the positions they affects the sport. people degrading wres- put their opponent in, “It’s not really a big tling make it through but he ignores it. deal,” Starr said. “I “I’d like to see only had to gain five one practice and not die. them make it through pounds.” When I wrestle, the only one practice and Though most think thing on my mind is pinnot die,” Starr said. wrestlers have to be ning the guy.” “When I wrestle, the buff and ripped, there David Starr only thing on my are smaller weight Sophomore mind is pinning the classes, such as 106 guy.” pounds. Another miscon“We aren’t all big and sweaty,” Starr said. “Some of us are ception about wrestlers is they’re academically challenged and only care about small and sweaty.” According to Starr, size doesn’t al- what goes on during matches. According ways affect the outcome of the match and to Starr, most of the wrestlers are in honor classes and take school seriously. Bratcher agrees. “We’re all very smart,” Starr said. “Wrestling is about technique more Despite how difficult the wrestlers say than it’s about weight,” Bratcher said. Most wrestlers will also agree wres- the sport is, they agree it all pays off. “The best part is when your hand gets tling can result in injuries. “I think it’s more dangerous than foot- raised at the end and you know you’ve ball,” Starr said. “We get pinned and put won,” Lindell said.

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01.15.13 nothing like team support| From the bench some of the players watch as the Dec. 4 game against North Myrtle Beach High School begins. The Panthers lost the game 66-75, which puts their record at 3-10. “My hope for the rest of the season is not to have a winning record, but to win the next eight basketball games,” senior Donovan Williams said. “The next eight games are what really matter because how we play determines if we win regions.” For those unable to support the team by going to the games, they can buy a raffle ticket for a 42” LCD HDTV or a $300 Visa gift card. The players will sell one ticket for $5 or three for $10. [Photo by Meaghan Weiss]

Basketball players: tall, skinny, aggressive? by

meaghan weiss sports editor

“You’re tall. Do you play basketball?” is usually the question anyone over 6-foot gets asked, and varsity basketball player Will Brunson, at 6-foot-4-inches, is no stranger to this stereotypical question. “[I also hear] players are tall and skinny and always wear elite socks,” Brunson said. Though Brunson doesn’t mind the comments because he fits the “typical” mold of a basketball player, other players such as senior Ashley Cole don’t necessarily agree with the comments. “A lot of great basketball players are tall, but there are also many players that are short that can play just as well,” Cole said. “Tall players are usually better at things like rebounding, but short players also have advantages like ball handling.” Senior Erica Gazzani also agrees with Cole. “Shorter players are better at dribbling and are faster,” Gazzani said.“I agree with that because the shorter players are usu-



ally point guards and point guards are player’s kindness can hinder his or her supposed to be the best ball handlers on ability to play hard on the court. “I’ve been told over the years that I the team.” Supporting Cole’s and Gazzani’s theo- am too nice and shy to be a good basketries about height and positions, Lives- ball player,” Cole said. “I feel like over the past year I changed states that a lot into becoming a the point guard (who is usually the shortest I like playing more aggressive player.” on the team) builds the guard. It’s challenging.” Some may think foundation of any basonly players hear steketball team, is the best Donovan Williams reotypes because they ball handler and passer senior play the sport, but varand is considered the sity boys basketball “coach on the floor.” Being one of the shortest on the varsity coach Brian Brunson has heard some as team at 5-foot-6-inches, senior Donovan well. “[About players] they are only conWilliams knows all about the responsicerned about athletics and not academbilities of the point guard. “I like playing guard. It’s challenging,” ics,” Brunson said. “Some players do good with it, and others don’t.” Williams said. These stereotypes surrounding basket“The most difficult part is taking responsibility for the team,” Williams said. ball players may bother some, but junior “The guard is the person that keeps every- Dillon Graham doesn’t let them get to him. thing together. He runs the game.” “If I can play well and do everything I Even though the height of a player might appear to be the only controversy can to be a good player, then height is the around selecting positions, some say a least of my concerns,” Graham said.



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Around the Forest by

sarah causey studentlife writer

santa visits CF | Every year Santa visits the Panther campus and this year career and technology teacher Zachary McQuigg and p.e. teacher Jennifer Butkus dress as Santa and an elf to take pictures with students for only $2 Dec. 12-14 in the cafeteria during lunch. “I love the Santa tradition. I think it’s great,” Butkus said. “I would love to see Mr. Sauthoff in the Santa costume.” The student council sponsored the activity and used the proceeds for students in need during the holiday season. [Photo by Sarah Causey]

c-c-c-cf | During the pep rally Dec. 11 senior Ryan Ramey and junior Jesse Strickland show off their band skills to get the students excited for the varsity basketball game. “It was great seeing all the hype from the student body,” Ramey said. [Photo by Kyleigh Cozene]

an intense invitational | Blocking a Hoggard High opponent is sophomore Patrick Martin who shows his Panther spirit with a painted face. Carolina Forest hosted an Ultimate Frisbee Invitational which included Hoggard High, the Conway UFOs and the CCU ultimate Gravitoss Dec. 8. The Panthers dominated the field in a win of 11-4 against HHS. “I got into Ultimate Frisbee by a friend, David Derochea, and it turned out to be a lot of fun. I really enjoy playing on the team,” Martin said. [Photo by Sarah Causey]

show choir star | Performing during the Happy Holi-

perfect portrayal | In a mock game between Carolina

days show choir performance is senior Michael Spencer. He offered advice for younger students who choose to participate in show choir. “Always work towards getting better, stay focused, work well with others around you and enjoy it to the fullest because time goes by way too fast,” Spencer said. [Photo courtesy of Tom Spencer]

Forest and Myrtle Beach at the pep rally Dec. 8, science teacher Nathan Ernest and other male teachers dress as Myrtle Beach basketball players. Ernest is the academic team coach and robotics team coach. “Playing in front of the entire student body and making them laugh was an amazing feeling,” Ernest said. [Photo by Kyleigh Cozene]

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