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LIVE from the Forest

Sept. 29, 2011 Volume 15, Issue 1

These cats aren’t afraid of water

hall talk “How do you do a handstand on your feet? Oh, I guess that would be walking.” – Freshman “If I’m gonna be tardy, I’m gonna make it a good one.” – Junior

by the numbers • A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours. • A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. • There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.


But they eat babies in Ethiopia! How can they have the best infant mortality rates?”



who said cats cant swim?| This photo of the swim team appears in the All-Sports program. “This is my last year and I’ve worked really hard to become a captain and to be a leader and to also keep my times where they are,” senior Courtney Porfilio said. “The team has one more meet. At the regions, the girls plan to come in first for the fourth year straight. The boys are hoping to improve over the season. The final meet will be Oct. 1 at 2 p.m at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic Center. Come out and support us.” Pictured are: Front Row: Jack Vaught, Ryan Spraker, Catherine (Faye) Goodwin, Chao (Peter) Yan. Second Row: Hope Wegner, Lexi Salice, Katie Ferguson, Matthew Buchanan, Danielle Duff, Yohan (John) Lee, Courtney Porfilio. Third Row: Cheyanne Mallery, Michaela Ryhal, Nina Smith, Brianna Strang, Hannah Suida, Lexi Lutsky, Justine Stephens.Fourth Row: Autumn Jenkins, Paul Gruber, Spencer Maness, Travis Johnson. Sitting on bulkhead: Coach Jenna Miller, Coach Amanda Lane, Coach Larry Blue, Sheyda Livingston, Abigail Barr, Alexis Porfilio, Megan Adair. Not Pictured: Coach Michelle Ruthenberg, Colby Catsoulis, Ann Morgan Fallow, Maryland (Lainey) Lewis. For more information on the swim team see page 15. [Photo courtesy of Rancier Photography]

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inspirational quotes

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” – Roy Disney “Love all, trust a few. Do wrong to none.” – William Shakespeare “Time is free, but it’s pricless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can send it. Once y ou lost it, yo can never get it back.” – Harvey Mackay “The greatest and most important problems in life are all in certain sense of insoluble. They can neer be solved, but only outgrown.” – Carl Jung “The life given us by nature is short, but the memory of a life well spent is eternal.” – Cicero “The only discipline that lasts is self-discipline” – Bum Phillips “The miracle is not to fly in the air, or to walk on the water; but to walk on the earth.” – Chinese Proverb

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It all began when principal Gaye Driggers and owner of Lucky Dog Television Production, Donald Smith, discussed a show that would highlight athletics, but Driggers wanted more. She wanted academics and performing arts included as well and was excited at the prospect of showcasing the school while giving journalism and advertising students the opportunity to gain experience in a real life production. Once the logistics were in place, Driggers approached Jennifer Jones, broadcast teacher; Martha Herring, journalism teacher; and Zach McQuigg, advertising teacher, to enlist the support of their students. These students will eventually use the equipment, sell advertising and produce commercials, line up guests and even do some of the on-air interviewing late in the year.. Presently, several students are training. Among these are seniors Sara Bane and Heather Yee. “I like how Mr. Smith trusts you, throws you in even if you mess up,” Bane said. “He gives you opportunities and helps you with it.” “Live from the Forest” is shot at Coastal Ale House by Smith’s crew and then broadcast to HTC cable subscribers using a fiber signal. Those dining at Coastal Ale House

may be surprised by what is happening on the set. For example, they saw eight performers from the production “1776” in full costume, two NJROTC cadets in full uniform and Miss CFHS in crown, sash and formal wear, with her violin Sept. 8. Wide receiver Jarvez Holmes and football coach Drew Hummel were also there completing an interview. The show highlights sports, extracurricular and academic events. Administrators, department chairs, club sponsors and a multitude of students are featured. The show begins with the sports section with an interview with Hummel about the following night’s game as well as last week’s game. After Hummel, an assistant coach or player is interviewed. Other in-season sports are also featured, with student and coach interviews. After football season, other sports, coaches and players will be featured. Additionally, varsity football games are broadcast live each Friday night and rerun at a yet-to-be-determined day the following week. Smith intends to incorporate student ideas and work to promote the show’s authenticity. “You are the school. You know what’s going on,” he told one of the journalism classes. His goal is for students to share in his excitement of a live television production, and he said he looks forward to introducing many newcomers to this thrill.

history lesson | Discussing the recent play “1776,” junior Michael Spencer is interviewed by “Live from the Forest” host Jack Murphy on the Sept. 1 show. Spencer played the role of Thomas Jefferson in the play which was performed Sept. 16 for history and English classes and Sept. 17 for the general public. [Photo by Lexi Lutsky]

beauty queens | Last

year’s CFHS pageant princess sophomore Paisley Ellis, crowns this year’s queen, senior Hathaikane Bouphasavanh. Breaking from tradition, the crowning of the winners was not on the stage as usual, but on the set of “Live from the Forest.“ Bouphasavanh played the violin for the “Live from the Forest” viewers. Freshman Kersey Hanna was also crowned CFHS princess by Ellis. [Photo by The Pride Staff]

tech crew | Learning to use the controls is senior Scott Covino. Owner and producer of

Lucky Dog Television Production Donald Smith signals to the cameraman which way to move the camera for a better shot. Covino, one of three broadcast students, got hands on experience on the “Live from the Forest” set Sept. 1. “I thought it was a cool experience if you’re into broadcasting because you get first-hand experience producing a TV show.” he said. Other broadcast, newspaper and advertising students will work on the set throughout the year. [Photo by Lexi Lutsky]

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prowler Volume 15, Issue 1: Sept. 29, 2011

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Landscaping appreciated


eeping off the grass may not took place on campus over the summer. be such a bad thing. Remember whenever it would rain, Since the beginning of this how the sidewalks and the lawn would school year, most have heard the flood? Say goodbye to the days of soggy blaring noise of a whistle being The staff editorial is the consensus of the entire flip flops and pond sized puddles. blown at those who chose to cut staff and therefore is never bylined. In the event The two ponds near the bus entrance across and walk on the grass or that the staff does not agree, a staff vote will be aren’t there for decoration. Because the have heard teachers asking stu- printed. drainage was so bad, workers had to dig dents to “get off the grass.” up everything and put in new drainage “It [the new sod] has not taken pipes. root yet and we do not want to The installation of the ponds has two damage it and cause it to die,” principal Gaye Driggers purposes. The rain water, which puddled because it had said. “Also, walking on the grass over and over creates a nowhere to go, is now channeled to the ponds via the path and kills the grass. Extra sidewalks were created to new drainage pipes. Then that water will be reused by give the students a place to walk and help keep the grass the irrigation system which waters the grass throughout looking nice.” campus. Actually using the sidewalks instead of the grass may The drainage project was funded by the district and take some getting used to, but it is worth it. Driggers cost about $2 million. It’s safe to say that it was worth it. announced Sept. 2 that as a reward for refraining from Our campus is now more polished and more attractive. walking on the grass, students could leave five minutes “I would have to say that this is the nicest one [high early at the end of the day. school campus in the district] for outside appearance,” “I think that the students have been wonderful at tak- Driggers said. ing care of the campus and staying off the grass, and that It may be an inconvenience for some to walk around is very much appreciated,” she said. the grass, but for the sake of our “new” campus, take the The new landscaping isn’t the only renovation that long way around.



I changed from person to patient in just over one year by

lexi lutsky news editor

I fumble with math just as much as the next person, but let’s look at some numbers*: • Grade average (2010-2011): 93.5 percent • Days absent from school (2010-2011): 23 • Medical tests:14 plus countless vials of blood • Doctor appointments:15 • Hospital visits: 5 * All numbers are approximate That is it! I am at the end of my rope and I can’t handle any more. Between school, sports, doctor appointments and sleeping, I do still need a personality.

just keep swimming Surviving in a medical crisis for more than a year, I have lost sight of who I am. I only focus on what I need to accomplish and what is wrong with me. It all started in July a year ago. I could not feel the left side of my body. Two weeks later, I started to feel excessively tired and have “sleep attacks” that cause me to fall into a deep sleep, very quickly (I look like

I’m fainting). Both of these symptoms continued through the past school year, summer and on to today. Stumbling through life wondering what is wrong with me is not what I wanted. My family and I turned to the doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) for a diagnosis. Unfortunately, our search has been inconclusive and my

problem remains undiagnosed. Living with this illness has been quite an adjustment. Late nights, lazy days and long runs are my past. They have been replaced with early bedtimes, makeup work and dragging left limbs. The last year has been testing. There are ups and downs to my every day just like every other high schooler’s experience. Would I like to give up sometimes? Sure. I don’t really get to make that decision though. I have one choice: keep going. And while I could be sulky, which sometimes I am, I try to live by my motto: Don’t survive, thrive!

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ects are presented, Global Studies II teacher Katherine Meade shows sophomores Troy Swartling, Orel Alia and Austin Davis what they can improve upon. “Man, I worked really hard on that project,” Swartling said. Meade is one of eight new teachers. Other teachers include Barbara Teets, special education; Consuelo Barr, Spanish I; Kelli Perez, special education; Mallory Sattler, English I and Journalism I; Samantha Young, special education; Stacy Bazen, agriculture and Toni McDowell, Global Studies I. Look for features on these seven in upcoming issues of The Prowler or on the website [Photo by Haley Loyd]

Freshmen aren’t only new faces in Forest by

haley loyd feature writer

Out of approximately 210 new faces on campus Aug. 22, eight were teachers. Global Studies II teacher, Katherine Meade, had no problem identifying with the new students. “Being new to the school this year, I almost felt like a new student,” Meade said. Meade, who is not just a new teacher here but also a brand new first year teacher, couldn’t help but compare this school with the high school she went to. “This high school is so different from the high school I attended. There were approximately 300 kids in my class and almost 1,000 students in the whole school,” Meade said. “The size might be a little bit intimidating to someone coming here from a school of only half the size of this one, but once you get to know each other, you realize the size of the school is not really an issue. The most important thing is that people fill the school and I couldn’t ask for a better group.” Since Meade lives in the Carolina Forest area, Carolina Forest was a prime choice for her. “It’s nice to be teaching in the community that I live in – it gives you a bit more of a connection to the school – just

a greater sense of community and connection, I suppose,” Meade said. Meade would rather teach high school than elementary school. “Some people would look at me like I have three heads when I tell them this,” Meade said. “High school students are still young enough to have that hunger to learn, but old enough to be able to teach me something in return.” Meade tries to make the material as interesting as she can because as a student she disliked having to sit in class and just take notes, she said. She uses those personal experiences as a way to make the class that much better. One of her special talents that she shared early on with her class was that she can say her ABC’s backwards really fast. “I’m a no-nonsense kind of gal,” she said. “I love to laugh and have fun, but if you’re being silly just to keep from your work, then I’m going to call you on it. I’m super competitive and I want all of my students to be the best.” She offers advice for her students. “Come in with an open mind,” Meade said. “Even if social studies isn’t your favorite subject, that doesn’t have to mean you’re automatically going to hate this class. I will always be fair to my students. I will give 110 percent to make sure you learn what you need to learn and have fun doing it.”

meade fast facts • Loves to watch col- lege football and basketball and played soccer in high school. • Loves to travel. • Throws a Kentucky Derby party every year. • Her Great Dane, Mad- die, is a certified therapy dog. • Terrified of bees and wasps. • Loves being out on the water and hopes to have a boat someday. • Took French for seven years.

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How would you feel if you were a new teacher here?

“I’d be very proud to work in this amazing school.” – Ann Butbul, sophomore

“I’d be afraid.” – Steven Kovalovsky, sophomore

“It would be pretty cool and exciting.” – Emily Alonzi, junior





fun facts

game time| After a day at school, juniors Victorine Dortu and Lainey Ruedy play Sequence in Ruedy’s kitchen. Dortu is an exchange student from Belgium and Ruedy is part of her host family. “I’m having a fun time here,” Dortu said. “I never know what to expect next.” [Photo by Marilyn Ruedy]

• They don’t have closets in Belgium, they have wardrobes. • The driving age in Belgium is 18. • French fries originated in Belgium. • The first printed newspapers came from Bel- gium. • Brussels’s Royal Palace is bigger than the Buck- ingham palace. • Belgians produce 242,508 tons of chocolate per year. • Belgium has the lowest proportion of McDon- ald’s restaurants per inhabitant with only .062 per 10,000 people. • Belgium is 321 times smaller than the USA. • Belgium has 10.5 million inhabitants. • Three official languages are spoken in Belgium: Dutch in Flanders, French in Wallonia, German in a small part of the East. • A Belgian invented the saxophone. • The diamond capital of the world is Antwerp, Belgium.

Belgium student experiences American culture by

kayla james features writer

“My friends and I are really close,” Dortu said. “We know everything about each other. I feel like here people To locals, living in Myrtle Beach can be a nightmare, hold back.” but to visitors, it can be like living in a holiday. But the similarities pretty much end there. That’s how it feels to junior Victorine Dortu. Dortu “Parents aren’t as strict in Belgium,” Dortu said. has been waiting since she was 11 years old to come to “Teenagers in Belgium leave school and hang out with America from Belgium as a foreign exchange student. their friends until late at night.” Although Dortu has met other exchange students and On the weekends, they stay out late, play sports and even hosted an exchange student from New York, she spend time with their family. wanted to know more about America. She admits to havSchool life is also different. In Belgium Dortu had ing preconceived notions about this country. eight classes a day, year long, from 8:20 a.m. to 4:15 “I was told Americans are fat and eat hamburgers ev- p.m. except for Wednesday when the school day ends at ery day and that South Carolina is a completely Republi- noon. can and racist state, and moreover, parents are strict. All “School is easier here,” Dortu said. “We don’t stress of these were definitely false,” she said. “When I told about school like seniors here do though. We don’t think people I was going to America, the first reaction I usually about what we want to be when we’re older. got from people was always a kind of admiration, even “The student life is different than it is here. People sometimes jealousy.” generally get along and there isn’t a lot of PDA. We like Junior Lainey Ruedy, part of Dortu’s host family, said our relationships to be private.” she was surprised to hear some of these things. Dress code violations are not an issue in Belgium, “It is hysterical learning about all the stereotypes that perhaps because students don’t wear shorts or tank tops. Europeans have for us Americans. The yellow buses… That’s probably because the average temperature in Belwe have gotten some good laughs out of it,” Ruedy said. gium in the summer is 78 F and the average winter temWhen she came to America, Dortu was surprised to perature is 23 F. find a special room in American houses only for clothes. Ruedy lived in Germany for a while so she underShe also found it surprising that teens start driving at stands how Dortu feels to be in a new place so far from 16. home. Since Belgium is 4,234 miles from Myrtle Beach, “My family and I understand what it is like to live there’s no surprise that the culture’s a little different, but in another country and not know anyone. I also wanted there are similarities. to have a sister, and this is beneficial to both parties,” “Teens in Belgium listen to the same type music and Ruedy said. wear the same type clothes,” Dortu said. Dortu and Ruedy chatted on Facebook before she They also hang out with their friends. came to America.

“I thought she was the sweetest girl,” Ruedy said. “Before she got to know us, she was really shy and it was so cute.” It’s taken Dortu a while to get used to America. “She has the cute French accent,” Ruedy said. “She doesn’t like school sports because it’s very competitive, unlike Belgium. She is very unuse to the fact that everything is far away. In Belgium she could walk just about everywhere, but now she has to ask to be driven everywhere.” Not only can students here teach Dortu about America, but she can teach them as well. “I love the fact that I have a sister now,” Ruedy said. “It is also very cool to learn about Belgian customs.” Being a host family isn’t just about giving someone a house to stay in. It’s about learning to be considerate to another person, Ruedy said. “You have to be understanding that coming to stay in a new country without knowing anyone is very hard, especially for a year,” Ruedy said. Because of this experience, Ruedy may also become an exchange student. “I have actually been considering going on a summer exchange to Germany,” Ruedy said. “I want to go back and see all my old friends and see some of the places I have never been to before. I wouldn’t do it during the school year because the German schooling system is very different from ours and I don’t know if I would be able to take AP classes there.” Dortu recommends it. “Being an exchange student is very interesting. You learn a lot and you meet a lot of people.” Dortu said. “I think when I go back home I’ll like to be different.”



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With the fight between Facebook and Google+ becoming more prevalent today, many are questioning which site really has the most to offer. First it was Myspace with 50 million users; now it’s Facebook with 750 million users. But the fast expanding Google+ is threatening to steal Facebook’s throne. How fast you ask? Google+ hit the 25 million user mark in less than two months. That makes it the fastest growing social networking site in history. Previously, the only thing keeping Google+ from the top was that to make an account, one had to be invited. Even if you had been invited, you could not join. You’d get a message that said: “Right now, we’re testing with a small number of people, but it won’t be long before the Google+ project is ready for everyone. Already invited? We’ve temporarily exceeded our capacity. Please try again soon.” However, as of Sept. 20, Google+ has opened to anyone 18 years or older. Believe it or not, Google+ had given themselves an advantage by only allowing a limited amount of users; they have heightened the urge for the public to join. They also allowed themselves enough time to work out the kinks in their site that was still developing. Another thing that makes Google+ so desirable is the fact that it’s a more simple combination

of Facebook and Twitter. Google+ Circles are the equivalent of a Facebook list. Both are groups of friends that one can organize by topic. The only difference between the two is with Google+, one cannot exclude others from getting his or her updates while with Facebook one can. Like Twitter, sharing with Google+ is quicker than sharing with Facebook. While Facebook users cannot upload videos and photos instantaneously, a Google+ user has the option. While a Facebook user can video call with a friend, a Google+ user can video chat with up to 10 friends. Google+ Huddle may be one of the most appealing features to teens with Android powered phones and soon to those with iPhones; the user can group text chat. Facebook only provides mobile chat through their third-party app. Another appealing feature is Google+ Sparks. +Sparks is a live feed of all things that you are interested in. Just add your interests and you’ll receive a never ending list of videos, articles and pictures. With Google+ Location, users can update their location straight from their feed. With Facebook Places users cannot “check-in” from their wall. Facebook does offer pages, games and questionnaires and polls, and Google+ does not, yet. The competition between Facebook and Google+ is fierce, but the ultimate decision of which social networking site has the most to offer lies with you.

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– Matt Kramer, junior “Facebook, it’s better to talk to your friends and I’m more used to it.”

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“The biggest problem I have with my phone is that the buttons don’t work.” – Michael Spencer, junior

4G coverage, an imaginary service? by

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Some have rushed to their cell phone providers to upgrade to a 4G phone, but half of the country doesn’t even have 4G service, including South Carolina. AT&T and Verizon Wireless plan to bring 4G coverage to Myrtle Beach by 2013, while Sprint and T-Mobile still haven’t announced any plans, according to an Aug. 7 Sun News article. “Myrtle Beach is not ready to activate to a 4G service yet,” Sprint customer service representative Aneeka Hill said. “We really don’t know when places are going to get it. It all depends when they are ready to build towers there.” While a 4G phone can work in a 3G service area, what is the point of buying something early when

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you can’t use all the apps? “The only difference between 3G and 4G service is the speed,” Hill said. “The phone makes the real difference with the apps.” 4G phones do have extra benefits such as video chat, 3D gaming and more, but without the speed it’s pointless. Something I’ve recently learned is some cell phone providers say you have 4G service, but it’s really 3G because it doesn’t meet the requirements. I have had problems with my 4G phone freezing up and contacts and photos being deleted. Those planning on buying a 4G phone should reconsider because it’ll be a few years before we even get that coverage in this area. Just hold out on upgrading and save your money until you can truly rock the “new” 4G generation.

“The worst problem I have with my phone is it freezing.” ­­– Cailin Woodruff, sophomore

“The worst thing is when it freezes up.” – Aleeah Jenrette, junior

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Varsity Football: Head Coach: Drew Hummel Assistant Coaches: Will Bratcher, Brain Brunson, Bob Gray, Jimmy McCullough, Zack McQuigg, Mark Minchew, Rudy Scott and Dave Schenck Record: 3-1 Region: 0-0

Two set goals for final cross country season, hope to lead their team back to state meet emily schassler sports editor

JV Football: Head Coach: John Helms Assistant Coach: Perez Riley Record: 3-0 Varsity Volleyball: Head Coach: Brittany Drew Assistant Coach: Joseph Padilla Record: 4-3 Region: 2-0

run for joy | Both seniors Nia Payne and Jackie Brengel jump for joy after crossing the finish line at practice Sept. 9. “No matter what kind of day I’m having it could be good or bad, running just puts me in a good mood and makes me feel great,” Brengel said. “It gives me a chance to gather my thoughts and work them out and think them through. When you’re running you feel like nothing can touch you.” [Photo by Emily Schassler]


Brengel also has set had started earlier. a goal for beyond high “I want to be the best I can school. be at running no matter what “I plan on running in it takes, no matter how far or college,” Brengel said. fast I have to run,” Brengel Jackie Brengel “I don’t know where said. set the new yet, but I would like to school record “I just love to run. It’s Sept. 21 with a run at the College of a very hard sport, and to time of 19:07. Charleston.” be good at it you have to Payne shared her be strong mentally and goal. physically and put in a lot of hard work. “Hopefully Jackie and I receive This sport is 90 percent mental and 10 running scholarships and go on to run for percent skill.” a Division I school.” Brengel said she loves both cross Payne has run track since the seventh country and track. grade and ran cross country in seventh “During track season we are one big grade, but then didn’t return until last family and we all care so much about year. each other,” she said. “Every season we “I’m glad I came back,” Payne said. go through so much together, the good “It pays off every day, and I feel better and the bad. about myself when I run. I love the sport. “But during cross country we have And I don’t have too many strong talents, fun and we joke and mess around. My so I like to stick to what I’m good at.” teammates always make me happy and Brengel has run cross country for only I’m around wonderful people and coaches two years now but said she wishes she all the time.”


JV Volleyball: Team 1 Head Coach: Jen Butkus Team 2 Head Coach: Jaimelyn Thomas Team 1 Record: 2-1 Team 2 Record: 1-3 Swimming: Head Coach: Larry Blue Assistant Coaches: Jenna Miller, Michelle Ruthenberg, and Amanda Lane Boys Record: 24-21 Girls Record: 39-5 Girls Golf: Head Coach: Anthony Scorsone Assistant Coach: Brain Hughes Record: 4-1 Region: 1-0 Girls Tennis: Head Coach: Chrystine Tadler Record: 0-3 Region: 0-1 Finished 2nd out of eight teams in the Battle at the Beach tournament Boys Cross Country: Head Coach: Eric Sauthoff Record: 6-0 Girls Cross Country: Head Coach: Justin Foxworth Record: 5-1

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“Our sport is your sport’s punishment” is the motto cross country runners live by, and team captains Nia Payne and Jackie Brengel are no exception. Head coach Justin Foxworth said these two go the extra mile. “They both lead by example and it causes everyone to feed off of them,” he said. “They work hard every day, and they don’t slack. They always give 100 percent.” Both Payne and Brengel take the role of captain seriously. “I believe that being a captain is more than just telling the girls what to do. You have to be a leader and a role model,” Payne said. Brengel agreed. “It feels good being a captain because I know that my teammates can rely on me,” she said. While most would think it is crazy to run for more than an hour a day, Payne and Brengel think otherwise. Payne said it feels amazing when she comes back from a long run, especially when she knows she gave it her all. And she loves the toughness runners must have. “My favorite thing about cross country is probably how hard it is. You have to go all out as fast as you can and it’s almost your whole body at work at one time,” Brengel said. “It’s a very big mental sport too. You have to push your body to go fast when you want to slow down.” The two have several goals for the team this season. They want it to be unlike any other season they’ve ever had. They hope to beat their personal records, school records, win back the region title, and the ultimate prize, make it to the state meet. And already at the start of the season Coach Foxworth could tell the difference. “They are more committed to the sport,” he said. “They do things that are necessary to succeed and excel. And they have been putting in extra work after practice, like ab workouts.”


*All results as of press time Sept. 22.







in the captains’ seats | As Justine Stephens finishes the 100 yd. butterfly, team captains

Courtney Porfilio and Ryan Spraker offer encouragement from the bulkhead as other team members also cheer her on. ”I am extremely glad to have Justine on the team. She is a perfect example of how hard work and the encouragement of your teammates can make a huge difference,” Spraker said. This is Stephens’s, an eighth grader at Ocean Bay Middle, first year on the team. The team’s last meet, regionals, is Oct. 1. [Photo by Danielle Buffa]

as the cheers go on | As their team-

mates swim practice laps, senior Courtney Porfilio, junior Sheyda Livingston and sophomore Lexi Lutsky encourage them to keep going. The swim team members constantly yell encouragement and advise younger swimmers at each practice. [Photo by Danielle Buffa]

Swim season has kicked off by

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Less than 15 faculty and student body members see them in action at their meets. “I wish the swim team had more support, but it’s hard to have a lot of support without a pool at school,” assistant coach Amanda Lane said. Head coach Larry Blue agreed. “We are a sport, but an invisible sport because we don’t practice on campus,” he said. “Swimming is the fastest growing sport in South Carolina, but we still aren’t recognized. It is the most watched sport in the Olympics.” In spite of the small fan base, the swim team has a long tradition of excellence. In fact, they even boast a state champion. Rachel Blue won the state championship in 2004 in the 50 yard free style and 100 yard free style. “I felt excited, over relieved. I worked really hard,” former Carolina Forest swimmer Rachel Blue said. “Winning made me appreciate life. I put a lot in to it. I feel that what you put in is what you get out.” The team sends swimmers to state each year and both the girls and boys team repeatedly win region titles. “The kids keep it going,” Coach Blue said. “They work hard to keep winning. They have a combined effort. If they don’t

cooperate, they won’t win.” But winning takes time and dedication. They practice at least three times a week for a total of six hours and occasionally even practice at 5:30 a.m. before most students are even awake. Then there are meets, usually on Saturdays. “They find it physically demanding. They are exposed to hard work and school, but they make sure they are able to do it all,” Blue said. “I don’t yell at them like some coaches think is necessary. I don’t force them to do anything. Everything is more out of sweetness. I monitor the daily physical and mental problems. It’s a personal thing.” One of the most important things Blue tries to make his athletes understand is that failure is OK and everyone fails at some point in their life, he said. “I want them to understand that if something is going wrong, they can look past it and move on,” Blue said. “But the most rewarding thing is for them to be able to say ‘I’m a varsity athlete.’” Many of the swimmers have been on the team since their middle school years so family is a word lots of them use to describe their relationship. “We are like a giant family. We started in seventh or eighth grade and we won’t leave until senior year,” captain of the girls swim team senior Courtney Porfilio said. Captain of the boys team senior Ryan

Spraker agreed. “During practices, when we’re not underwater, we joke and play around. At meets we all cheer for each other and encourage our fellow swimmers,” Spraker said. So what does the future hold for the team? Graduation will take its toll with eight graduating. And the boys team is already smaller than usual. “This year the boys team is rather small, but the guys that we do have are working hard and getting faster with each practice,” Spraker said. Lane agreed. “We need more numbers. The more kids we have, the stronger the team will be,” she said. According to Lane, swimming on a team has more benefits than swimming just for fun. “A team has a few more aspects,” Lane said. “You’re competing for yourself. There are a bunch of people cheering for you. They push each other. They’re like tools to help each other swim faster.” It’s obvious a good swimmer must have talent, but if you ask Spraker, it’s just one of the many attributes you need to win. “A good swimmer is determined, strong and ambitious. He knows how to fight through pain and knows how to win a race,” Spraker said. “Swimming is both a fun and extremely challenging sport.”

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motivation| During the third quarter of the St. James game, senior Michael Coles

joins his teammates in a huddle. Cole encouraged them to keep playing their best. “Day by day we get better and better until we can’t be beat; won’t be beat,” he said. The Panthers beat the Sharks 49-22. As of press time the Panthers hold a record of 3-1. [Photo by Haley Loyd]

go, Panthers | The crowd roars after the Panthers score a touchdown Sept. 16

against the Kingstree Jaguars. The Panthers beat the Jaguars 68-0. [Photo by Bianca Jones-Longdin]


game of the week | The first home game of the year also had the distinction of be-

ing the Game of the Week on WBTW News Channel 13. WBTW covered everything about the St. James game, Sept. 9, including the pregame tailgating where the cheerleaders were on camera with chief meteorologist Frank Johnson. [Photo by Martha Herring]

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fight song | During the St. James game, Sept. 2 sophomore Mason White and the marching band, led by Jay Harward, play the fight song after the Panthers score a touchdown. “Marching band is a huge commitment, but in the end the hard work truly pays off,” White said. The marching band will perform “Fear” at six competitions and the AAAA State Marching Championships Oct. 30. The band practices Mondays, Tuesday and Thursdays from 5:308:30. [Photo by Kayla James]

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