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Jan. 17-18: No school Jan. 19: New semester begins

hall talk

“A computer once beat me in chess , but it was no match for kickboxing.” – Sophomore “How did ‘I was’ turn into ‘obese’? T9, you baffle me.” – Junior

by the numbers • No piece of normal- size paper can be folded in half more than seven times.

• We, as humans, forget 90 percent of our dreams. • Americans eat about 18 acres of pizza a day.


No, you don’t have to do anything. It’s not like this is a physical class or anything.”



gather round | The varsity boys basketball team pumps themselves up for their game against Socastee Jan. 4. Junior Jarvez Holmes jumps up from the group yelling words of encouragement. Over winter break the team traveled to Ashville, N.C., to play in a tournament. In round one they played Veritas which featured four Division 1 prospects, including a 6’10” center and a 6’6” point guard. The Panthers lost in overtime when the 6’10” center hit a bank shot from half court with 1.7 seconds remaining. In round two against Providence Day, the Panthers faced a 6’8” center and a 6’3” shooting guard, both Division 1 recruits. The Panther lost by four when Providence Day hit two free-throws with 11 seconds to go. “Even though it didn’t show in the win column,” Coach Brian Brunson said, “we had success against very good teams. The one thing I was most proud of is the way our players represented this school and community. ” To read more about boys and girls varsity and JV basketball teams, see page 14. [Photo by Ashanti Edmondson]

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FCA collects shoes, money for charity by summerbell newswriter

cashing in | Accepting a check from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Samaritan’s Feet representative Teresa Hucko thanks FCA member Caitlyn Hummel, junior, for FCA’s help and support. Also there to present the check were freshman Robert Jolly, junior Emily Schassler, junior Sarah Bane, junior Allison Holland and Coach Jack Jolly. The check for $650.55 and approximately 30 shoes were given to Hucko at the home varsity basketball game Jan. 4. “Charities aren’t just for Christmas. They should be given to all year,” English teacher and FCA sponsor Ann Twigg said. [Photo by Ashanti Edmondson]

Haircuts can change lives

I remember she’d get by summerbell all nervous about going newswriter out.” Giving back can be as simWhile some cut and ple as a haircut. donate their hair to help Locks of Love is helping a friend, most don’t need turn that simple haircut into a a reason other than the child’s new found confidence. chance to give back. “I have actually donated “I just wanted to have my hair four times for Locks long hair and Locks of of Love,” English teacher Love would be the best Debra Drutar said. “The last thing to do with it when I Kyle Mont, senior time was right before school cut it,” senior Kyle Mont started.” said. “It’s a good thing Locks of Love is an orgato do and it’s better than nization dedicated to giving people under throwing it away.” 21 who are suffering from hair loss wigs. Mont’s hair has been growing since The organization is public and non-profit sixth grade. He has yet to decide when he and most people receiving the hair pieces will get his hair cut, but he knows he will are from underprivileged or financially donate when he does. disadvantaged homes. Whether it’s just donating once or doMost of the children receiving the wigs nating several times, each ponytail makes suffer from either alopecia or cancer. a difference. “I actually had a childhood friend who “I’m gonna keep doing it until I can’t had leukemia when we were younger,” anymore. And when I send it down there I Drutar said. “And I remember she lost all always put it in my friend’s name,” Drutar her hair at that awkward teenagy stage. said.

Give someone the chance to walk a mile in a decent pair of shoes. That’s what the Fellowship of Christian Athletes did by sponsoring Samaritan’s Feet as their winter mission project. Manny Ohonme, a child from an under-privileged area, received his first pair of shoes from a missionary at age nine. Receiving those shoes began his dream of becoming a basketball player and later led to his receiving a college basketball scholarship. After achieving his dream, Ohonme began Samaritan’s Feet, a non-profit organization that provides tennis shoes to poor children in the United States, Africa, South America and the Caribbean. “We were thinking about what we wanted to do for Christmas as a project,” English teacher Ann Twigg said. “My

mom was very passionate about it and mentioned it to me. It’s kind of in memory of my mom. I mentioned it to the kids and they were all over it.” The goal of Samaritan’s Feet is 10 million pairs of shoes for 10 million kids in 10 years. In support of this goal, FCA sold paper shoes for $5 and took shoe donations at home basketball games. The paper shoes with the donor’s name on them were hung around the concession stand in the 300 concourse and cafeteria. “The first night didn’t go very well, but we’ve sold a lot via the students. We have close to $200 and our goal [was] $1000 and 100 pairs of shoes,” Twigg said. FCA has collected $650.50 and approximately 30 pairs of shoes. The money and shoes were gathered and presented to a Samaritan’s Feet representative Jan. 4 at the end of the basketball game.

National Honor Society inducts seven

induction day | The National Honor Society inducted seven new members Nov. 16. Front row: current senior members include Bennett Haskin, Chesna Lee, Nicole Semones, Dawnn Flowers, Hayley Twigg, Sommer Tarabek, Hal Ruska and Caleb Montague. Back row: the inductees are Brian Gibson, Ashleigh Ferguson, Victoria Knotts, Kelly Murphy, Sharonda Rawls, Chelsea Thomas and Emerald Todd. Montague, Tarabek, Twigg and Flowers spoke about character, scholarship, leadership and service. The guest speaker was social studies teacher and track coach JJ Iagulli. Afterwards there was a reception in the Media Center for faculty and parents and guests of the members. [Photo courtesy of Ruthie Warren]





Teacher Kristen Hawley works on staff with dad by

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having an art show | Watching as students show off their work to fellow classmates, art teacher Kristen Hawley shares a laugh with them. Hawley is the daughter of science teacher Art Hawley. “The first year [I taught] was complicated,” Kristen Hawley said. “My dad was very paranoid when he wouldn’t see my car in the parking lot so he would call me and make sure I was here. I like it now. I have someone to talk to when I am having problems.” [Photo by Hayley Moran]

Why do you like or dislike teaching your subject? I like it because it changes and I can learn new things too. What was it like having your father for a class? It was a little awkward at first, but I was motivated by my sister because she got a B in his class. I was shooting for an A which I got so now I have bragging rights over my sister for the rest of my life.


Is there something that your father has done that really embarrassed you?


He used to walk behind me and dance, and I wouldn’t know about it till later.

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What is your quote to live by? Make art not war. What were you like in high school? Basically the same as I am now, a goofball and sarcastic. What is your hidden talent? Art is my talent, but everyone knows about it. What other subjects would you want to teach? Art is the only one I would want to teach. Every other class is too structured. What is the funniest thing kids say when they find out you both are related? One time a student thought we were married.

Science teacher Art Hawley taught both daughters Q: A: Q: A: Q: A:

Why do you like or dislike teaching your subject? I have always been curious about the way things work so I like science.

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What do you like to do outside of school? I am a woodworker and I like to fish. I just like to be outdoors. Why did you want to teach? I actually fell into it. I had graduated at USC in Columbia, and I was looking for a job. As it turned out, a school needed a science teacher and my current boss knew I had a degree in science, and I said “Sure, I will try it.”

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What were you like in high school? I was very active and involved. I played three different sports. I was in my school musical, in a lot of clubs. If you look at an annual, you will find me in a lot of pictures. Actually the guy who was taking pictures eventually looked at me and asked me if there was a club I wasn’t in. What is your quote to live by? Never give up and keep trying. What other subjects would you want to teach? Probably none. Maybe math.

checking the work | Grading papers, science teacher Art Hawley prepares for a new day. He is the father of art teacher Kristen Hawley. Hawley taught both of his daughters. “It was really not much different [teaching my daughters],” Art Hawley said. “I had a discussion with both of them and they were told that they would be treated like every other student.” [Photo by Hayley Moran]






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Later school start time would cause fewer problems, conflicts If this district enacted a later start time starts on such issues as busing, athletfor high schools, it would lead to a group ics and child care for younger students. of happier, more attentive teenagers. But at the end of the first year, 92 perAdolescents need from 8.4 to 9.2 hours The staff editorial is the consensus of the cent of respondents indicated on a surof sleep on average a night, compared entire staff and therefore is never bylined. vey that they preferred the later start with 7.5 to 8 hours for adults. Basically, In the event that the staff does not agree, times. teenagers are physically programmed to a staff vote will be printed. Some districts have juggled their stay up later and sleep later. bus schedules without any additional Typical youth are not able to fall asleep expense. The West Des Moines School much before 11 p.m. and their brains will remain in sleep District in Iowa, for instance, was able to actually reduce mode until about 8 a.m., regardless of what time they go the number of buses needed by changing the start times to bed because of the brain chemical melatonin, which is of all three tiers of their school system. The switch gave responsible for sleepiness. the district a windfall of about $700,000 annually. Up to 20 percent of high school students fall asleep Another issue some tend to be concerned about reduring the first two hours of school, according to Parade. garding later start times is the effect on after-school com. Some would argue that such sleep deprivation is the sports schedules. However, if the school start time was students’ fault, but normally it isn’t. simply pushed back 30 minutes; school would end only Puberty is associated with a delay in circadian rhythm, 15 to 20 minutes later than it does now. This could bewhich is the natural pattern of physiological and behav- come a reality by shortening the amount of time between ioral processes that are timed to a near 24-hour period classes from seven to five minutes as it used to be and which include sleep-wake cycles, body temperature, shortening break from 10 to five minutes. blood pressure and the release of hormones. This delay At the Mahtomedi School District in Minnesota, sturesults in a later timing of sleepiness and wakefulness. dents shortened the number of minutes between classSleep deprivation can lead to physical, emotional and es, resulting in starting school later but ending school academic consequences including fatigue, depression, at about the same time, without disrupting the athletic difficulty relating to people, use of alcohol and other schedule. drugs and dropping out of school. However, when two Ultimately, delaying the high school start time, even districts in Minnesota moved the high school start time to if only by half an hour, would be beneficial to the sleep an hour later, there was a significant reduction in dropout needs of teenagers. Students would be able to function rates and depression. better in all aspects; even driving to school would be Initially, parents in Edina, one of the districts in the safer because teens would be more awake. Minneapolis area, were worried about the effect of later Sleep is a necessity in life, especially to teenagers.



Generations Y, Z are force to be reckoned with by

brianharrington featureswriter

If you were born between 1977 and 1994, you are a member of the Y Generation, and if you were born between 1994 and 2004, you are part of the Z Generation. The Y Generation is also called the Millennia Generation and the Z Generation is also known as the iGeneration. People of earlier generations are scared to even think of how the world is going to be when these generations are running it. I, on the other hand, am totally


do it

optimistic about these generations running our countries and ruling our world. The Millennia Generation and the iGeneration are two of the most doubted and underappreciated generations in history. I, speaking for these two generations, say yes – yes, we do have our clowns of the pack; yes, we have our flaws; yes, our pants sag; and yes, we

can be a bit dependant on technology. But what other generation do you know of that created their own version of the written English language? “Idk about u but I don’t kno of 1.” What other generation knows more about technology and what it’s capable of than we do? Like I said, talk about underappreciated. Just think, in 20 years, these generations will run this planet. Don’t doubt us. We are the future of this world, we are proud of who we are, we are proud to be different and

out of the ordinary and we are going to take this, what seems like such a broken world, by storm. We are Generations Y and Z, Millennia and iGeneration, and we are a force to be reckoned with.

fast facts

• The current population of Gen Y is 71 million. • The current population of Gen Z is 23 million. • Gen Y kids are consid- ered sophisticated, tech- nology wise. • Gen Z kids live in a highly diverse environ- ment.

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that’s refreshing | Running and splashing through the 50 degree water at the 2010 Polar Plunge, plungers brave the cool weather and the chilly water for a good cause. “The turnout of the 2010 Polar Plunge was great,” School Resource Officer Marcus Rhodes said, “we’re expecting the 2011 Polar Plunge to be just as successful and probably even better.” Rhodes is the organizer of the Myrtle Beach sector of the Polar Plunge. [Photo courtesy of Marcus Rhodes]

Students, staff to take plunge once again

volved in the Special Olympics is grow- heart is warmed, but my feet are numb.” ing while the cash flow for the events is Science teacher Aundrea Rue has also shrinking. This is where the Polar Plunge participated in the Plunge since 2006. Because the 2010 Polar Plunge raised comes in. “The 2010 plunge was a great success. about $82,000 and brought in more than School Resource Officer Marcus Rho- A lot of people came to not only support 400 participants, the expectations for the des is the organizer of and raise money for the 2011 plunge are even brighter. the Myrtle Beach sec Every time my body Special Olympics,” Rue The Polar Plunge raises money for Spe- tor of the Polar Plunge hits the freezing water, I said, “but also to support cial Olympics athletes, by participants and also agrees with Officer Rhodes.” think to myself, ‘I must be swimming into the chilly waters of the this year’s outlook. Rue couldn’t help but crazy!’” Atlantic Ocean. “Every time my think of her subject matMarcus Rhodes The Special Olympics is a global orga- body hits the freezing ter last year when plungSRO nization that serves more than 3 million water I think to mying into the cold water. athletes with intellectual disabilities who self, ‘I must be cra“As soon as I dove don’t have the chance to compete in the zy!’” Rhodes said. “Then, I turn around into the water, I thought to myself ‘Hmm, regular Olympics. Special coaches and and see a fantastic group of other crazy I teach my students about hypothermic volunteers help out each year. people that were willing to do something shock, and now I’m experiencing it!’” Unfortunately, the number of people in- special for the Special Olympics. My In spite of the 50 degree ocean water


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• The 2011 Polar Plunge will be • After you register, you have held Feb. 5. to solicit contributions from family, friends and business• The Plunge will take place at es. the Springmaid Beach Resort at 3200 South Ocean Blvd. in Myr- • You have to raise at least $50 tle Beach. to be in the plunge.

temperatures, both Rhodes and Rue agree that it is for a good cause and the 2011 Plunge will be a success. This year, Carolina Forest has stiff competition between St. James and Socastee high in the race for who can raise the most money for the cause. Participants can register online at or grab a form on Officer Rhodes’s door in F House. Participants also need to be sure to register early to avoid the rush. Then each participant must raise at least $50 from friends, employers and relatives. For more information visit the web site or talk to Officer Rhodes who is located in F House behind the administrator’s office.

• If you don’t want to plunge, you can volunteer. If you’re interested, cont- act Officer Rhodes.

• For more information on the Plunge or volunteering, visit polarplungesc. com or or contact Of- ficer Rhodes in person or by phone • For a registration form, see Offi- • You can also win prizes by at 843-903-7555. cer Rhodes in F house. raising certain amounts of money.



Panthers shop Goodwill by

emilywendland featureseditor

Walk through two automatic doors and you’ll find racks upon racks of color coordinated T-shirts, skirts, pants and blouses. Want something blue? Third rack on the left. Want something pink? Last rack on the right. This is exactly what you’ll see upon entering a Goodwill store. Goodwill Industries International was founded in 1902 and has been serving its communities ever since it opened. Carolina Forest alumni



• In 2009 Goodwill

served 1.9 million peo- ple through employ- ment and training pro- grams.

Drew Herring bought three Polo shirts for $3 each, and aside from finding clothes, he saved around $140 by buying pots, pans and dishes at Goodwill that he needed for a summer mission trip. Junior Mallory Vaske is an avid Goodwill shopper. “When I was younger, I hated it, but sometime last year I realized how appealing it was,” Vaske said. Goodwill offers the least expensive used clothes in the area. “The most expensive item I’ve bought was a flo-

• You can shop Goodwill at home on shopgood

• Goodwill’s online auc-

tion site features an average of 11,000 items.

• Goodwill employs • Goodwill earned $2.42 immigrants, people with billion in retail sales in 2009.

• More than 2,400 Goodwill stores in the United States and Canada are independently owned.

This blazer from Goodwill costs $5.



criminal backgrounds, people with disabilities, senior citizens, veterans and the youth.

Vaske bought this lace vest for $3.

ral romper that Celina Rosales picked out for me,” Vaske said. “I got it for $3.50.” Junior Faye Goodwin found a bargain there too. “I got a denim jacket there for about 10 bucks,” Goodwin said. Goodwin’s family donates to Goodwill and the Salvation Army, so they decided to check out the Goodwill in Surfside when it opened. “They have a lot of cute dresses and sweaters,” Goodwin said. Vaske also shops at the Goodwill in Surfside. “I first went because of a combination of boredom and being in Surfside,” she said. Vaske loved Goodwill right when she walked inside. “When I first went in there, I pictured it as a giant treasure hunt,” Vaske said. Herring agreed. “Goodwill is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get,” he said. Herring even found his Halloween costume at Goodwill. Knowing that someone else has worn the clothes before doesn’t bother

one woman’s trash is her treasure | Searching through the surplus of the red

color-coordinated racks for something that fits her style and personality, junior Mallory Vaske shops at Goodwill. Vaske has never left a Goodwill without a bag full of clothes in her hand. The best thing for Vaske is the fact that because everything in the store is so cheap, she can buy as much as she wants and will never have to worry about running out of money, she said. “My favorite thing about Goodwill is that they have authentic vintage clothing at a more than reasonable price,” Vaske said. [Photo by Emily Wendland]

Vaske. “I never even consider it,” Vaske said. In fact, Vaske would choose Goodwill over Hollister and Abercrombie. “I feel that for my style of clothing, it makes the most sense to shop there,” Vaske said. Goodwin’s reasons for shopping at Goodwill are different. “You can find cool stuff The vest and white blouse are from Goodwill.

there that you can’t find anywhere else like older, retro styles and patterns,” Goodwin said. Along with finding clothes, Goodwin likes the feeling she gets from shopping at Goodwill. “I get a good bargain on some neat finds and a feeling of helping out a good cause,” Goodwin said. Vaske agreed. “There’s a certain thrill

to knowing that no two items are the same,” Vaske said. “I love the idea of having to search for exactly what I want.” Goodwin wants others to give Goodwill a chance along with other stores. “I think everyone should check out Goodwill and other thrift stores,” Goodwin said. “It’s a fun way to recycle clothes and save money.”

This short sleeved dress from Goodwill costs $5.




When life ta

Stress affects people in different ways by

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ail biting, hair pulling, pounding heartbeat – no, this isn’t you spotting your crush walking down the hall; this is stress taking its toll. Stress is something most everyone is acquainted with. It is a common occurrence in everyday life. “People frequently get stressed out because of the way they perceive events in life,” psychology teacher Melissa Cribb said. Stress can manifest itself in the form of numerous nervous habits such as chewing on a pencil, constant crossing and uncrossing of your legs, sucking on pens and constantly moving. Most are not even aware they are engaging in these nervous habits. “Most people develop nervous habits because they have so much pent up energy that they can’t sit still or they can’t express themselves to others, so they resort to something familiar like twitches,” Cribb said. Senior Alexis Knapp said she chews on her nails and thinks too much when she’s stressed. “I don’t sleep. I get angry and sad more and I also lose some hair,” she said. Band and orchestra director Jay Harward has a similar problem. “I bite my nails, probably the worst habit in the world, but I’ve gotten better at it,” Harward said. Junior Michelle Dickens makes the most of these nervous habits. “I chew on my pencils, tap my foot and play with my glasses too” Dickens said. “It gives me something to do, something to think about other than the stress.” Students aren’t the only ones who experience stress. “My masters classes [stress me out]. It’s the one class for four weeks, so it’s extremely fast-paced,” Art I teacher Meagan Basset said. “Ironically, getting good grades in my classes [is the same thing that stressed me out as a teenager]. I also worked a lot through high school, so I had to balance classes and work.” Harward agreed. “The things that always really stressed me out had to do with music,” he said. “I never really did stress about money or anything like that. It was always about personal achievements. It was things that I didn’t get accomplished. That’s what bothered me the most.” Teachers are usually stressed by their students; however, they have their own way of unwinding. “My fourth block, nothing stresses me out right now more than that,” german teacher Andreas Hoppe said. However, Hoppe uses tennis to unwind. Students have various ways of relieving the daily stress in their lives.

“I listen to music and go to sleep,” senior Michelle Escano said. Others go for more conventional methods. “I talk to my friends, my mom, hang out with my friends. I pretty much try to get my mind off of everything on the weekends,” Knapp said. Stress can be detrimental to your health because it can cause long-term illnesses. Stress can also cause chronic headaches, mood swings, anxiety disorder, weight loss and sleeplessness. “You can get all kinds of health problems,” Cribb said. “Your body isn’t designed to hold stress, so it weakens and breaks the body down.” The best way to cope with stress is to just calm down. Although the methods that individuals use to relieve stress may vary, most agree that you do need a method to reduce your stress. “Music in itself is like its own stress reliever,” Harward said. Basset agreed. “Music, I’d play it [to relieve stress] as loud as possible and sing as loud as possible,” she said. Tomorrow final exams begin and Friday first semester classes will end. But first comes the stress, then the cramming, then D-day itself. Some freak out when it comes to final exams. “[I] over-study and lose sleep,” junior Brittney Botto said. Knapp agreed. “I usually don’t get any sleep. I bite my nails and I can’t focus. My mom thinks I get an attitude,” she said. During the week of finals some tend to lose all traces of peace and serenity in their lives, but some manage to remind themselves what the finals are all about. “I remember what stress causes. It can lead to an unhappy life,” senior Mercedes Biron said. “I remember these things and tell myself that it’s not worth it and I can get through it.” No matter what, finals are a reality. Some cope with finals by telling themselves that it will all be OK. “I sit down, I think about it and I tell myself that it’s not as big a deal as I think it is,” Biron said. Botto offers advice for others, although she admits it’s hard for her to follow it during finals. “Try and stay calm.”

stressed out | In this photo illustration, junior Michelle Dickens reenacts what stress looks like. Dickens is often stressed about studying. “I try to study a lot and tell myself, ‘If I don’t graduate high school, I can always work at McDonalds,’” Dickens said. [Photo by Leza Watts]

“I play guitar and play sports.” – Josh Kleman, sophomore

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1. Nail Biting 2. Hair Twirling 3. Knuckle Cracking 4. Pencil Chewing 5. Foot Tapping 6. Finger Tapping 7. Lip Biting 8. Face Touching 9. Jewelry Twirling 1 0. Teeth Grinding compiled by brandiwashell

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“I go out for a run.” – Justin Foxworth, Global Studies II teacher



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We asked 100 students to rate their stress level on a scale of 1 to 5, 1 being not stressed and 5 being extremely stressed Dec. 9.

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The holiday season is commonly referred to as a time of giving. Starting Nov. 8, senior Zach Beaty got in the spirit and decided to collect clothes including sweatshirts, shorts, pants, Tshirts and winter coats for the needy. “I know people who don’t have many clothes and I thought I’d collect for them and the needy in our community,” Beaty said. Beaty came up with the name Coats for the Cold for his drive. “He just thought of the name and didn’t realize it was an actual organization,” Beaty’s mom Dawn Beaty said. “We thought that was kind of funny.” Beaty got support from businesses in the community. First Citizens Bank, Ocean Bay Elementary and the Horry County Police Department M.L. Brown Public

Safety Building agreed to let Beaty put out boxes for donations. Along with collecting clothes outside of school, Beaty accepted donations in school. Beaty used an announcement on the Forest Fire and a post on making room | After school, senior Zach Beaty arranges bags and boxes of clothes to fit the school’s Web page more in the back of his mom’s car. After collecting the clothes Beaty took them to Street Reach on 21st Ave. in Myrtle Beach and also to the less fortunate in the Carolina Forest to put the word out and community. [Photo by Alicia Broughton] used his mom’s office as a collection center. “The more the word many people standing outside in the cold ing a difference,” Beaty said. “And that’s got out, the better the turnout was,” Beaty waiting to go in, and seeing that, I think, especially good this time of year when the said. “We probably got 10 boxes full and he realized how fortunate he is,” Beaty temperature’s dropping and some don’t counting.” said. “I wish more people could see that have enough money to buy new things as For Dawn Beaty, the amount of clothes and give a hand.” gifts during the holidays.” collected didn’t pay off as much as being Although Beaty didn’t start collecting Beaty is still accepting donations. able to donate the clothes. clothes for his own satisfaction, he found “We’ll be collecting for a little while “When we went and dropped off the volunteering gave him personal benefits. longer, so people are welcome to bring clothes at Street Reach, there were so “It makes me feel like I’m actually mak- clothes in,” Beaty said.

Alexzandra Copeland Freshman Class President • • • • • • • • •

Q&A with freshman, sophomore presidents

What’s it like being the freshman class presi- dent? It’s very exciting. Why did you run for class president? I thought it’d be a good way to get to know people. How do you feel about your class’s participation during spirit week? It could’ve been a lot better. What are you going to do to increase the freshman class’s participation during Sweetheart Week? Hopefully get the word around. What have you learned by being a class presi- dent? It’s a lot more work than I thought. What advice would you give to next year’s fresh- man class president? Start planning for homecoming week early. What is your worst habit? Putting things off. If you had the chance to travel to the past, where and when would you go and why? Alexzandra Copeland Homecoming week because we came up with more Freshman Class ideas after it was over. President Describe your class in one word. Destructive.

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Brittany Howard Sophomore Class President • • • • • • • •

Why did you run for class president? My friend Christian wanted me to. What’s it like being the sophomore class presi- dent? I feel like sometimes I wish our class had more school spirit. How do you feel about your class’s participation during spirit week? We could have participated a lot more, and I hope that was in the past and we will rock it out next year. What have you learned by being a class presi- dent? It takes a lot of responsibility. How long have you been involved with Student Council? Just this year. How difficult is it being the sophomore class president? It takes up a lot of time. Would you rather always get first dibs or the last laugh? Last laugh. If you could get rid of any one of the U.S. states, which one would you get rid of and why? North Carolina because we’d be the only Carolina left.

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Once Upon a Time Redefined YABA books bring fantastical lands to life by

lanieruedy entertainmentwriter

These princesses aren’t your regular Cinderellas. Twelve of them have to dance every night until midnight. Princess Ben just learned how to fly. In present day New York City, Alex Morales has to take care of his sisters after a meteor hits the moon and knocks it lower in the sky. And in a futuristic country named Panem, Katniss Everdeen has to fight to the death…on TV. All these characters are from some of the 2010-2011 Young Adult Book Award books. Although from the sound of it, some may think YABA books won’t be interesting, mainly because they were chosen by parents and teachers, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. “The YABA books are fun to read, but also I get to read books that I would normally not pick up because I have a tendency to judge a book by its cover,” sophomore Annie LaSalle said. YABA books cover a wide variety of subjects ranging from basketball to demon hunting and represent different genres from fantasy to science. “[I like reading] historical fiction because I enjoy reading about princesses, knights and chivalry,” senior Shelby Brock said. “That’s why I read ‘Princess of the Midnight Ball’ and ‘Princess Ben.’” However, junior Katelynn Gulya had a different opinion. “[The best YABA book that I’ve read] is ‘All We Know of Heaven,’” Gulya said. “I like realistic fiction because in some way you can always relate to the story.”

“All We Know of Heaven” is a story about mistaken identity. When two friends, Maureen and Bridget, are in a car crash, Bridget dies and is mistakenly identified as Maureen. When Maureen recovers, she has to deal with the repercussions of the crash and the loss of her best friend. Many have probably read previous YABA books without even knowing they were. For example, one from the list two years ago involves sparkly vampires and silver Volvos. That’s right, “Twilight.” Even though YABA books are selected for students, teachers also like to read them. “[The best YABA book that I’ve read] would have to be ‘Twilight.’ A student recommended it to me,” English teacher Betsy Epps said. Epps is not the only teacher who reads YABA books. “[The best thing about the YABA books is] the variety of subjects and finding books that I would never have read if they were not on the YABA list. I love to discover the science novels that would interest my students,” science teacher Leta Watts said. “Sometimes I talk about the books in class and some of the students have read them and chime into the conversation. I think it helps the students that don’t like to read to realize that there are books out there for everyone. You just have to find them.”



How are the YABA books chosen? Art teacher Jennifer Seay, who is on the state selection committee, gave us the low-down.

1. 2.

State wide committee of 12-20 parents and educators send in 12 titles.

Members read and discuss books at bimonthly meetings.

YABA-dabadoo| In this photo illustration, junior Katelynn Gulya sits on top of the 20 YABA books of this year. Gulya read “All We Know of Heaven.” [Photo by Lanie Ruedy]




All We Know of Heaven – Jacquelyn Mitchard Artichoke’s Heart – Suzanne Supplee Bewitching Season – Marissa Doyle Climbing the Stairs – Padma Venkatraman Confessions of a Triple Shot Betty – Jody Gerhman The Dead and the Gone – Susan Beth Pfeffer Defying the Diva – Anne D. Love The Devil’s Paintbox – Victoria McKernan The Devouring – Simon Holt The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau – Banks-E. Lockhart How to Build a House: A Novel – Dana Reinhardt The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins If I Stay – Gayle Forman Marcelo in the Real World – Francisco Stork My Most Excellent Year: A Novel of Love, Mary Poppins and Fenway Park – Steve Kluger Princess Ben – Catherine Gilbert Murdock Princess of the Midnight Ball – Jessica Day George Something Wicked – Alan Gratz Sunrise over Fallujah – Walter Dean Myers Two Girls of Gettysburg – Lisa Klein



Twilight – Stephanie Meyer The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants – Ann Brashares Uglies – Scott Westerfeld Fake ID – Walter Sorrells The Warrior Heir – Cinda Williams Chima City of Bones – Cassandra Clare

3. 4.

By October the list isnarrowed down by half.

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Who’s got game? Varsity boys shoot for repeat of winning season by

ashantiedmondson sportseditor

The boys varsity basketball squad has 10 new faces in uniform this year. The team worked over the pre-season to develop a new chemistry after graduating eight seniors and four starters last season. “The team defines success as ‘a group of talented individuals combining efforts for a common goal’,” Coach Brian Brunson said. The Panthers look to play a more uptempo style this season. Brunson, in his fourth year at the helm, describes them as athletic and skilled. Brunson looks for leadership from the senior class and understands that this team must play aggressively on the defensive end of the court. “If we play with great intensity, we have the ability to beat a lot of teams. If we don’t, we will struggle to be average,” Brunson said. The team has set the bar high the past two seasons with one region championship and two consecutive playoff births. This year’s team is no exception. “I feel we will definitely make it to playoffs and get our team chemistry up,” junior Aaron Williams said.



Their goals at the beginning included an undefeated non-region record, undefeated region record, region championship, playoff birth with home court advantage and the state championship. However, the two losses to NMB, knocked them out of an undefeated non region record. With region play beginning Jan. 11 a undefeated region is still possible. “If we aren’t playing for first, then why are we playing?” Brunson said. As of press time the varsity is well on their way at 4-3.

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JV boys gain experience With four returning sophomores – Harold Atkinson, Donovan Williams, Isaac Wathen, Adam Glen – the JV boys team was ready to take on the season. Coach Jimmy McCullough is satisfied with his new young team, he said. “This has been one of the hardest working bunch I have been associated with,” McCullough said. “They love the game, practice and coaching. I think they have shown the most spirit of any group I have coached here. I think this year will be the start of a dominant group.” McCullough set challenges for the team. “Of course, we want to win every game. Our number one goal is self-improvement. Secondly, we want to win our

1. What’s your position on the team? • A post

jump around | Through the defense, junior Jarvez Holmes, 22, makes a shot at the game against Socastee Jan. 7. [Photo by Ashanti Edmondson]

region, and thirdly we want to be a good supplement for our varsity,” he said. Panther basketball shows no sign of slowing down “The freshman class contains a great deal of potential and the future of Panther Basketball looks bright,” Brunson said. As of press time the JV boys are 7-1.

2. What’s your favorite color? • Blue 3. What’s your best memory? • Going to Spain. 4. What’s your favorite show? • “Pretty Little Liars”

Girls varsity, JV teams push for improvement Lady Panthers dream big by

2 on 2 | Guarded by the Braves, senior

Corrine Brice aims for a three pointer. [Photo by Ashanti Edmondson]

ashantiedmondson sportseditor

The Lady Panther varsity basketball team is back with six returning players but only one returning starter. Head coach Stacy Hughes is satisfied with the team’s effort. “The team has great work ethic,” she said. Assistant coach Tracy Stroud wants the whole team to transform over the season. “Returners have to step up and figure out their role and rely on defense to keep the team in up-tempo,” Stroud said. “The varsity girls won second place in the region last year. This year, along with the goal of first in the region, they also want to have better communication on the court, develop as a team, and improve every game,” she said. “We hope to mold the girls to become

more outside shooters and for defense to create opportunities for offense,” Stroud said. As of press time, the varsity girls record is 3-4.

JV Lady Panthers take big steps The junior varsity Lady Panther team is young and talented, according to head coach Monica Brisbon. “I want them to develop the skills necessary to have a winning team,” she said. To prepare them to reach this goal the team practices daily. “We run a lot of suicides, work on making our fouls shots and then we go over plays,” sophomore Jackie Rodriguez said. “It takes commitment and effort for the ladies to have a successful season,” Brisbon said. As of press time, the JV girls’ record is 4-4.






1. What do you like about wrestling? • The challenge 2. What’s your favorite movie? • “Shooter” 3. Who’s currently playing on your iPod? • Daughtry 4.What’s the last movie you’ve seen? • “Waist Deep” compiled by alyssa cruz


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Eric Connell, senior • Favorite wrestler: “I don’t really pay attention to pro. I respect all wrestlers.” • Favorite move: “Whatever gets me the win.” • Years you’ve wrestled: “I have been doing wrestling since first grade so 11 years.” • Diet: “We have to eat clean things with high protein and not a lot of sugar or fried foods.”

Brett Lynch, senior • Favorite wrestler: “Seiji Borja is my favorite wrestler.” • Favorite move: “My favorite move is the Irish roll or the Firefly.” • Years you’ve wrestled: “I’ve been doing wrestling for seven years.” • Diet: “Eating nothing.”




circle up| Before the wrestling match Dec. 15 against Socastee, South Brunswick and St. James, the boys circle up on their

home court to get pumped for the matches to come. New head coach Mark Minchew has built upon the team’s already existing success. “Not many changes are needed. I just hope to build on the previous triumphs of the team and Antolak,” Minchew said. The team has a new wrestling facility this year with many donations of equipment made by community members and faculty and staff. [Photo by Hayley Moran]

Wrestling team takes on season New coach builds on team’s accomplishments by

nicolefillmore sportswriter

Ask new head wrestling coach Mark Minchew about changes this season, and he will tell you there won’t be many. “Not many changes are needed. I just hope to build on the previous triumphs of the team and Antolak,” Minchew said. Minchew replaced head coach Anthony Antolak who resigned in order to work on a graduate degree. Minchew, no stranger to wrestling, was also head wrestling coach at Lancaster High before he came to Carolina Forest four years ago. Minchew is also the varsity football defensive line coach. “Many of the football players do wrestling in the off season,” Minchew said, “and find that it is actually quite a difficult sport. “You use every muscle fiber in your body for wrestling. It isn’t just sheer power. In my opinion it is the most challenging physical sport that takes not only strength, but skill.” Junior Michael Cole, a football player who is now wrestling, agreed. “I love both sports, but the hardest football practice is easier then the easiest wrestling practice,” Cole said. “Wrestling is a sport that requires a huge amount of heart and non stop hard work in order to

beat your opponent.” Cole also emphasized his love of the sport. “Ever since I first started the sport, I have loved it and it forces me to push beyond limits I didn’t know I had, and the win definitely makes everything worth it,” Cole said. Through wins and losses, Cole plans on growing as a player and keeping his goals in check for the season. “My main goal is for us as a team to improve, make it to states and hopefully win a region title,” Cole said. Senior Eric Connell, who has wrestled all four years of high school, agreed with the difficulty of the sport and satisfying reward of a win. “It is all one-on-one. You have no teammates to fall back on. It’s all up to you,” Connell said. “Plus you have to keep your diet in check and stay focused for the next match. But after you win, you feel accomplished with everything.” Connell’s focus must work for he remains undefeated 5-0 as of Dec.8. Brett Lynch, another senior who has wrestled all four years, constantly watches what he eats to stay in shape. “I do it to starve myself and get injured. Just kidding. I do it because it’s fun and it’s a way to beat people up in a competitive way that gets me rewards and

accomplishments,” Lynch said. When push comes to shove, it all comes down to determination. “There comes a point where you have to push through all of the pain in the third period when it would be a lot easier to give up and let the other man win,” Cole said. Although it gets rough, Lynch agrees that the result is worth it. “The easiest and best part is winning. It makes it all worth it,” Lynch said. With a new season, coach and practice facility, wrestlers are getting adjusted. “I think Minchew is doing a really good job. He runs a good practice and in my opinion he is what is best for the team,” Connell said. Lynch agreed. “Minchew seems to know what he is doing, and I think with him as our coach we will improve 10 times as much as last year or the years before,” Lynch said. Minchew looks forward to the new season and wakes up each day to motivation and support. “The administration has helped me greatly, but my biggest supporter is the one that doesn’t even know she is supporting me,” Minchew said. “Everytime my new baby girl looks at me in the morning and grins, it starts out my day good and motivates me to keep going.”

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around the rink | Speeding to score points for her

team, English teacher Laura Hamelman races to the finish line. [Photo by Louis Keiner]


get out of my way | During a match against the Cape Fear Black Harrts, English teacher Laura Hamelman knocks her opponent down. The Palmetto State Roller Girls won the match by four points. [Photo by Louis Keiner]

Scream Weaver Teacher skates on Palmetto State Roller Girls team by

kaeliweeks entertainmenteditor

English teacher Laura Hamelman is not your average high school teacher. When she’s not grading papers or spending time with family, she is on the roller derby rink where she is known as “Scream Weaver.” For those who don’t know much about roller derby, an American sport that began in the ‘70s, it’s a contact sport played on an oval rink and is won by scoring points. There have been a few changes in the sport since the ‘70s. “No fake stuff,” Hamelman said. “I’ve only seen one fight and they were kicked out.” Hamelman began participating in roller derby three years ago. “My friend Shannon asked me to and at first I didn’t want to,” Hamelman said, “but I went to a game and I went up to her at the end and I was like ‘I’ll be at your next practice’ and I’ve been playing ever since.” Hamelman’s team is called the Palmetto State Roller Girls.

“It’s like having 15 instant best friends who will beat you up and then give you a hug,” Hamelman said. Some roller derby teams wear costumes instead of uniforms. “We have jerseys we wear,” Hamelman said, “and we wear short-shorts, fishnets, fun tights and pantyhose.” The Palmetto State Roller Girls donate all profit from their competitions to charity. But roller derby life does have its drawbacks for Hamelman who spends a lot of time away from her family at practices. The Palmetto State Roller Girls practice three times a week and travel all over the southeast playing. Hamelman’s students know about her interest in roller derby. “I think they think I’m crazy,” Hamelman said. The Palmetto State Roller Girls next home game is in March and they plan to start playing at the Fun Warehouse this year. Hamelman does not plan on quitting roller derby any time soon. “I’m not going to stop until they have to carry my body off the rink,” Hamelman said.

knock you down | Pushing an opponent out of her way,

English teacher Laura Hamelman attempts to score points for her team. [Photo by Louis Keiner]

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