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Nov. 26, 2013 Volume 17, Issue 3
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hall talk “I don’t high five. I jellyfish it.” — Junior “I still don’t know what sound a fox makes.” — Sophomore “Is the House of Blues actually blue?” — Sophomore “Klondike bars make me sassy.” — Senior “When in doubt, twerk it out.” — Freshman “Sorry I backpacked you.” — Senior
weird facts • The proper name for the marshmallows in Lucky Charms is “Marbits.” • In the 1800s popcorn was consumed as a breakfast food by Americans. • Chocolate factories use 40 percent of the world’s almonds. •The popular Christmas song “Jingle Bells” was actually written for Thanksgiving.
I am the sun king.”
running in color| Volunteering at the Color Run Nov. 9, junior Michelle Crane, HGTC student Lianna Tomaso and junior Rachel Turbeville welcome the completers to the finish line. The Color Run is a 5k marathon held every year at Broadway at the Beach. The girls volunteered from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. “It was really fun to hang out with my friends and get to see the runners finishing,” Turbeville said. [Photo by Katelyn Rooks]
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Let's go snorkel with manatees by
kylee gain news writer
You, your friends and even some of your family members could be floating in the 72 degree water of the Crystal River along with manatees, also known as gentle giants, Jan. 18-20. Room is still available for the trip to Florida sponsored by marine science teachers Leta Watts and Annie Johnson. It is open to teachers, students and parents. "I previously went on the same trip and loved the experience," Johnson said. Manatees, or sea cows, are endangered, massive marine animals that spend cold weather in rivers and warm weather in the ocean. They swim through their water home leisurely, usually at about 3-5 mph. “They attract many curious people with their teddy-bear like personalities,” Johnson said. Activities will include a visit to Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park and Rehabilitation Center, two manatee excursions on the Crystal River and a drift snorkel down Rainbow River. Other activities include watching the sunset on the Gulf of Mexico, cookouts, a pizza party and dining out. For those who may be apprehensive about swimming beside the 800 pound
manatee, Johnson offered reassurance. "There is no danger at all," Johnson said. "Your wet suit makes you float and manatees are herbivores so they won't eat you." In fact, manatees eat 10-15 percent of their 800-1,200 pound body weight per day in mainly plants, only consuming small fish when they get caught in the vegetation. For the mathematically challenged, 10 percent of their weight is 80-120 pounds. To put this in a different perspective, a manatee’s consumption per day would be a salad about the size of a small freshman. “You really get to see how the manatees live and seeing them in their natural habitat is amazing,” Johnson said. Sophomore Jessie Vanadia swam with manatees on a school trip when she was in the sixth grade and said she would never forget it. “The trip is worth every penny,” Vanadia said. “It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you need to go on. The water is crystal clear and feels just like bath water. “Seeing the gentle giants [manatees] in their natural habitat and how they interact with each other is truly breathtaking.” Senior Courtney Bravo swam with the manatees on her fifth grade field trip and
far west as Texas and as far north as Massachusetts but are fast facts more commonly sighted in the Closest relatives are the summer in Alabama, Georgia elephant and the hyrax (a small and South Carolina. gopher-sized mammal). • Usually only swim about 3-5 Average adult is about 10 feet miles per hour. long, weighs 800-1,200 • Most human-related manatee pounds. fatalities occur from collisions Concentrated in Florida rivers with watercraft. in the winter. • Deaths also caused by being In the summer, can be found as crushed and/or drowned in canal
here I go | Decked out in snorkeling gear, marine science teacher Leta Watts uses this photo op to show how ready she is to swim with manatees. In January, 35 marine life lovers will travel to Florida to study and swim with the endangered species of the manatee. "I want to see the manatee in its natural habitat before it becomes extinct," Watts said. [Photo by Kylee Gain] said she also loved the experience. “The water in Rainbow River was so clear it was like looking through an aquarium tank,” Bravo said. “The scenery was amazing. The manatees are such calm, loving creatures they would do absolutely no harm to you. “It was crazy how something so big was so sweet and caring. Bonding with
the manatees made the world a fearless place.” Contact Johnson in E103 or Watts in E107 for more information. The cost for the trip is $355 which includes meals, lodging, transportation and snorkeling gear. A payment plan has been set up with a deposit of $25 and payments spread out until January.
locks and flood control structures, ingestion of fish hooks and mono-filament line (and entanglement in crab trap lines). • Minimum population count of 4,834 manatees as of January 2011. • Only 12 permits are allowed by the Florida Department of Natural Resources for organizations to take people to visit the manatees.
• Because of the Protection Act of 1972 and the Endangered Species Act of 1973, it is illegal to harass, hunt, capture or kill them. • Violations of these laws can be met with civil or criminal convictions associated with monetary fines and/or imprisonment. • Low reproductive rate. • Source: savethemanatee.org
CF SENIORS TOP 5 3 Each year in the final edition of the Prowler seniors tell us what schools they plan to attend. Below are the top five choices from the last two years.
• 80 associate degrees • Enrolls 7,750 - 9,500 college-credit curriculum students • Fourth-largest of the 16 South Carolina technical colleges • Established in 1966 • Has transfer agreements with Coastal Carolina, Clemson, Charleston Southern and Francis Marion Universities • Technical college graduates earn about 30 percent more than high school graduates.
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Enrollment: 9,335 Average SAT: 1,000, ACT: 22 Average GPA of incoming freshmen: 3.32 Total cost: $22,656 Offers baccalaureate degrees in 66 major fields of study Has a growing number of international partnerships that allow students to study abroad in Australia, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, England, Greece, France, Germany, Japan and Spain • Average class size: 27 • Offers dorms for freshmen and apartments for upperclassmen.
Hope Scholarship • Full time students attending a four year institution may receive up to $2,800 (including $300 book allowance) towards cost of attendance during first year only. Must have a 3.0 GPA • Students who receive S.C. HOPE scholarship and earn a 3.0 LIFE GPA and 30 credit hours by the end of first year may receive LIFE Scholarship for the second year of college.
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Enrollment:16,562 undergraduate students Average SAT: 1246, ACT: 28 Average GPA of incoming freshman: 4.38 Yearly tuition: $22,646 Three foreign language credits are recommended for acceptance Nearly half of classes have fewer than 20 students Has study abroad programs on every continent except Antarctica
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Enrollment: 23,363 undergraduates Average SAT:1150, ACT: 25 Average GPA of incoming freshmen: 3.94 Yearly tuition: $20,694 400+ clubs & organizations Offers traditional-style halls, suite-style halls and apartment-style halls • 75 undergraduate majors • 90 percent of USC undergraduates receive financial aid
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Enrollment: 10,506 undergraduates Average SAT: 1070-1230, Average ACT: 23-27 Average GPA of incoming freshmen: 3.5-4.3 Yearly Tuition: $25,468 57 majors and 62 degree programs Average class size: 26 students 63 countries represented
Life Scholarship • Must meet two of the following criteria 1) Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA 2) Minimum 1100 SAT or 24 ACT 3) Rank in the top 30% of graduating class • Full-time students attending an eligible S.C. four-year institution may receive up to $5000 (including $300 book allowance). • Must not be recipient of HOPE, Palmetto Fellows Scholarship or Lottery Tuition Assistance during the academic year.
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We don’t live in a perfect world staff editorial The staff editorial is the consenus of the entire staff and therefore is never bylined. In the event that the staff does not agree, a staff vote will be printed. Conformity might be one of the most prevalent social issues in our country today. We’re living in a world where everyone wants to
be the same. We wear the same clothes, listen to the same Billboard Top-40 music and admire the same ridiculous reality stars. We’ve become heavily influenced, to say the least, by our environments and pop-culture. We’re willing to cut our hair, starve ourselves or give up whatever pure, adolescent qualities we have left just so we can find some kind of acceptance. We want to be the people we see in movies and magazines. So many of us are willing to, theoretically speaking, “Photoshop”
’Tis the season to be thankful
ourselves into the people we think we’re supposed to be. The harsh reality we all have to face is that we’re not perfect, and being a carbon copy of someone else won’t ever make us perfect. If anything, the things that make us perfect are our imperfections. We all have these amazing, unique qualities that set us apart. Our little quirks are what make us so special. Our blemishes are what make us beautiful. Without our differences, we’d all be a bunch of bores. Life would be
sucked of all surprises. Sometimes it’s a challenge to be ourselves. It takes true guts, and it seems like a battle at times. Being who we want to be is a big step, and it might take some a while to find out who that is. It might even take us a whole lifetime to find out exactly who we are. The biggest step is loving who we are. It’s difficult to love the weird, ugly and dysfunctional, but it’s all a part of our identities. Our beautiful qualities are the ones that are impossible to replicate.
Every day there are kids who walk into school by hungry. grace timmons student life editor They didn’t have breakfast, and you can be sure they didn’t eat dinner the previous night either. They’re wearing tattered clothes that have lost There are kids who are living like this everythe ability to keep them warm, but that doesn’t where, all over the country. They come to our seem to bother them. They’re used to being cold. school, and some are in our classes. We see them The house they sleep in can barely be called every day, but we never take the time a home. It’s bare and dead. It’s to truly notice them. wintertime, but there’s no insuI have a warm We live in this selfish frame of lation from the chill, and everyhome, and I never have mind, where the only problems that so-often a new hole forms in the exist are going on in our lives. floor. to struggle with where I often forget that there are people They can’t even bear to think my next meal is comliving in conditions I wouldn’t even about Christmas. There’s no ing from. I’m getting be able to imagine. I’m beyond lucky chance of a gift this year. a quality education, for my life. Christmas comes, and the kids surrounded by friends I have a warm home, and I never are just thankful their parents have to struggle with where my next saved enough money to provide and family.” meal is coming from. I’m getting a a Christmas dinner. grace timmons quality education, and I’m surroundThe first day at school, after student life editor ed by friends and family who love me the holiday break, is heartbreakunconditionally. ing. The first few minutes of We should take a moment to realize how fortuclass consists of a show and tell. Some of the kids’ nate we are, but not just during the holiday season. peers brought in their favorite gifts. We should take a moment every day to count our They couldn’t help but feel hopeless. They knew blessings. that nice things just weren’t in the cards for them.
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Internet use or abuse?
Florida suicide blamed on teen cyberbullying by
kristin fisher features editor
After multiple cyberbullying attacks, 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick, from Winter Haven, Fla., committed suicide Sept. 9. Her story serves as a wake-up call for how harmful cyberbullying can be. Social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and ask.fm are where most cyberbullying occurs and anyone could be a target. Last year junior Marisa Gaspar created the Stand Up Against Bullying Club here to help spread awareness of bullying. Special Education teachers Victoria Carey and Katlyn Henderson serve as advisors for the club. “I joined the club because I’m completely against bullying and students need to be more aware of how bullying affects one another,” senior Mercedes Gagnon said. “Everyone [in the club] is here because we’re against it. Some people think everyone is going to judge them if they’re here, but were just trying to prevent it from happening and stop it.” At meetings members discuss all types of bullying and different ways to prevent certain situations from happening. “The club helps students know they are not alone,” Carey said. “A lot of times when someone’s being bullied, they feel like there is something wrong with them, and even if you have the best self-esteem in the world, when somebody’s criticizing you, people turn inward and think ‘maybe there is something wrong with me,’ ‘maybe they’re right’ or ‘it’s only me.’ “I feel very, very concerned about cyberbullying because anonymous protection that they think they have online makes people do and say things that they may not say in person and they can be meaner. So it’s really affecting our students and at very young ages, at a middle school level. We need to support each other, not tear each other down.” Because middle schoolers are so susceptible, club members will perform skits at Ocean Bay Middle School to show those students ways to prevent bullying. “Middle school is a tough age and we want them to realize the signs early on so they will already have a support system,” Henderson said.
Gagnon is also especially concerned about younger teens. “I’ve been affected by bullying and I think it’s really wrong and when I see people bullied or be mean to my little sister. It makes me upset,” Gagnon said. “I have a softer side for the freshmen because I see it happening to my sister and I don’t like it at all.” Henderson added that cyberbullying occurs under the radar, that it’s a secret kind of bullying. “I think all bullying is disgusting and horrific,” she said. “Cyberbullying is probably one of the scariest forms because it can have such a horrific impact, and a lot of times you don’t even know it’s going on.” Carey offers advice on how to deal with cyberbullying. “If it’s cyberbullying, first print it out,” Carey said. “The second step is to take it to someone you trust such as a parent or family or a teacher and show them what is going on and report it. “Don’t take things into your own hands or respond to it. It feeds the fire. Do not answer and take it to an adult you trust. “Be sure to report it because we will do something as administration and teachers here. When we see it and someone reports to us, we are on it like white on rice because we know if it is not addressed, it will not stop.” Assistant principal Jim Baxley deals with a cyberbullying incident about once a week, he said. To be considered cyberbullying it has to happen more than one time unless violence is involved. Administrators document all presented situations and keep hard copies on file. “The Internet is a great tool, but it also makes people think they’re anonymous and cannot be held accountable and that aspect of the Internet is bad,”
palm print | As part of Stand Up Against Bullying’s inaugural year last spring, senior Carly Brown, other students and staff decorate a banner with their palm prints to signify their support for this anti-bullying club. Currently the club is working on skits to present at Ocean Bay Middle school as well as posters and T-shirts. “This is the first time we’ve had such a big and active group,” club sponsor Victoria Carey said. “This year we’re so excited that we have so many people involved.” [Photo courtesy of Stand Up Against Bullying Club] Baxley said. While many think they cannot get in trouble when they are online anonymously, this is not true. Cases do not fall under a “cyberbullying statute” but some offences include slander and libel, computer crime, harassment first and second degree and communicating obscene messages to other persons without consent, according to Peggy Snowden at the solicitor’s office. Some cases include fines up to $10,000 and a possible one year sentence. Senior Jordan Bridschge understands how serious cyberbullying can be. “I feel like it is one of the worst things
to ever happen to you, and it’s really sad how kids take their lives,” Bridschge said. “I think everyone is cyberbullied some time in their life and the sad thing is, it can be by your closest friend.” Carey wants students to know they are not the problem. “We support each other and the main point we try to get across is that it’s not just you,” Carey said. “There is nothing wrong with you, but there is something wrong with bullying and we need to fix that.”
experienced some form of cyberbullying, and 10 to 20 percent experience it regularly.
bullying online is easier to get away with than bullying in person.
• 68 percent of teens agree that cyberbullying is a serious problem.
• About 75 percent have visited a web site bashing another student.
• About half of young people have
• 81 percent of young people think
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• One in 10 adolescents has had embarrassing or damaging pictures taken of themselves without their permission, often with cell phone cameras. • Source: bullyingstatistics.org, dosomething.org
giddy-up| Beta Club member sophomore Alex Shifflett leads Yokom with an 8-year-old astride for his first horse ride ever at Fidelis Farms Nov. 10. Volunteers are welcome every Sunday from 2-4 p.m. to show children how to care for and ride a horse. “I loved being with the children and the horses,” Shifflett said. “It was a great opportunity for the volunteers to help out others, but most importantly, it helped the children gain courage and gain confidence on a horse.” [Photo by Samantha Custer]
Fidelis Foundation helps those less fortunate Children ride horses to help with recovery from traumatic situations facts on fidelis by
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Because Kimmi Case found comfort working with horses when she was young, she started the Fidelis Foundation to help children. “Growing up, horses helped me a whole lot with situations that I had in my life,” she said. “I just remember how good going to the barn made me feel and the presence of a horse made me feel so comfortable. It’s nice to give that back.” This foundation is used to help less fortunate children. “[It is a chance for] children who are at risk to come and have fun, forget their worries, gain confidence, gain courage on a horse and hopefully translate that into life,” Karen Lesko, a volunteer, said. “It’s something they can do and to control a 1,200 pound animal, that’s pretty amazing.” Those looking for community service hours might want to volunteer. Volunteers are welcome on Sundays from 2-4 p.m. to assist the children with caring for the horses, cleaning the hooves and brushing them off. The children are also shown how to saddle up the horses, ride and go back through the process of caring for them. “We get to go through and teach children who would never be able to really get to be around horses,” Case said. “We get to see the smile on their face when they can participate in things they normally wouldn’t because it’s very expensive. Kids barely have a house [nowadays]
and to be able to give them a horse, they never would’ve been able to do that otherwise.” Sophomore Alex Shifflett saw this first hand when she volunteered. “I really enjoy working with the kids. The environment at the farm was very easy-going and it’s just always nice to help out those who are less fortunate,” she said. Lesko volunteered there because of her own child. “I have a daughter who is adopted from Russia and she had some developmental issues and we were told that horseback riding would be beneficial for her to overcome her obstacles and so that’s what led me here to Double C Farms,” she said. Volunteering at the farm isn’t just beneficial for the children. It’s also rewarding for those helping out. “[It gives them a chance] to enjoy the outdoors and enjoy these beautiful animals that God created,” Lesko said. “You’re never happiest until you help others. That is true happiness. “Oh to see the smiling faces. I love to see those frowns and anxious little faces turn to smiles. Giving up a few hours of your time on Sunday is what it’s all about. “You’ll end up receiving more than you give. Every time there is a new story. That makes it worthwhile.” Case agreed. “Volunteering is good for people who want to give back and are willing to help the community,” Case said. “It’s a good way to do that.”
• The foundation was started four years ago. • The farm has 32 horses. • Ten of the horses are used for the Fidelis Foundation. • Its location is: Double C Ranch Triple Crown Court Myrtle Beach • The web address is www.fidelisfoundationsc.com • To volunteer, contact lead trainer Jenni fer LeFever at (843)222-6688. • Volunteer opportunity on Sundays from 2-4 p.m. • Horse therapy originated with the Greeks in 600 B.C. • Horse therapy is a way to improve health and well-being for handicaps. It’s also used to motivate education. • Source: stablelifeinc.org
Give thanks for And platefuls of memowhat is your favorite Thanksgiving memory? “Me and my cousins were party crashing and one of the families called the cops on us so we had to run from the cops.” – Emerson Mapula, Junior
“The first time I tried to cook a turkey I didn’t know the giblets were still in the plastic bag inside the turkey, and I cooked it with them in there.” – Jeremy Rich, Assistant Principal
“Five years ago my mom burnt the turkey so we had to go to KFC for our Thanksgiving dinner.” – Victoria Martinez, Junior
North Carolina is the leading producer of sweet potatoes in the U.S., producing about 40% of the national supply.
90% of Americans’ homes will serve turkey on Thanksgiving.
An estimated 20% of cranberries eaten in the year are eaten on Thanksgiving. “When they first came out with deep frying your turkey, we wanted to try. When we took it out when it was the right temperature, it looked beautiful, but it was only skin and bones because we cooked it too long.” – Renee Kearney, Cafeteria Assistant Manager
Stove Top Stuffing sells about 60 million boxes of their stuffing at Thanksgiving.
Campbell’s Gree (using their cream devel
en Bean Casserole recipe m of mushroom soup) was loped in 1955.
“My dog jumped on the counter and ate the turkey and the pumpkin pie.” – Laura Hamelman, English/Journalism Teacher
Each American will eat approximately 140 pounds of potatoes each year. “My dad dropped the turkey on the garage floor and still cooked it and ate it without cleaning it.”
Each American consumes, on average, 53 pounds of bread per year.
Early English apple pies had no sugar because sugar cost too much. Sweet fruits, like figs, were added instead.
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– Ashley Debaun, Senior
“I don’t like making Thanksgiving dinner, because I don’t like to cook, but the first time I did my kids thought the gravy was mashed potatoes.” – Wendy Calcutt, Media Specialist
“We went to the zoo and my mom thought she saw a rat so she started to run and she knocked me over and I got a bloody nose. My dad was only worried about the camera around my neck.” – Marissa Nunes, Junior
“My family and I sat down for Thanksgiving dinner. My brother picked up the gravy and attempted to pour gravy on his turkey. The gravy ran down the side and ended up all over the table. My mom got angry and took the gravy boat from him, telling him that she would show her adult child how to properly pour
gravy. She poured the gravy and it ran down the side and into her lap. We laughed about that for days and we still bring it up at every Thanksgiving dinner when someone reaches for the gravy boat.” – Amy Eddings, English Teacher
If I could meet anybody, it would be... “Leonardo DiCaprio because he’s attractive.” – Angelle Belleza, freshman “Aaron Kitcher [a drummer] because he’s awesome.” – James Farris, sophomore “Hope Solo [soccer player] because she’s been my idol for a while.” – Alley Ethridge, junior “Al Capone because he’s a very smart man.” –Kyle Trawinski, senior compiled by grace timmons ads by haley cribb
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Black Friday shopper himself, has many stories to tell. Last year he bought a 60 inch flat screen TV on layaway. Black Friday morning he and his wife went to pick Black Friday is only two days away. up the TV, but Walmart had lost the record of him paying Shoppers anticipate it and workers dread it because for it. After that 30 minute ordeal, they took the TV off working on Black Friday is never easy. layaway and got their money refunded. For employees it may mean reporting to work at 3 After getting their money back, he and his wife dea.m. or even earlier, working long shifts and dealing with cided to buy a bigger TV somewhere else. tons of frazzled shoppers. “We went to the Carolina Forest Walmart, Conway Broadcasting/English teacher Laura Hamelman has Walmart, Surfside Walmart, Best Buy and HHGregg worked restaurant and retail on Black Friday for eight looking for a bigger TV. We ended up going back to the years. This year will be no exception. Carolina Forest Walmart,” Schildt said. “After spending She’ll work at the Vans store at Tanger Outlets which four hours looking for a new TV, we finally got the one will open the doors at midnight. She will go into work at we bought originally. And they put it on sale cheaper.” 3 a.m. and will get off at noon. But that was just the beginning. At “The craziest thing about Tanger Outlet he saw a security guard on “He literally nailed working Black Friday is the sheer a Segway run into an older lady carrying the old lady. Her stuff went bags. The security guard wasn’t looking volume, lines of people at one flying and so did he. Then where he was going; instead he was paycash register for the same sale we had the day before,” Hamelman you just see the Segway ing attention to people arguing. said. “It kind of gives me a buzz “He literally nailed the old lady. Her rolling around, after getthough.” stuff went flying and so did he. Then ting up and brushing himNot only has Hamelman expeyou just see the Segway rolling around,” self off, he said the funni- Schildt said. “After getting up and brushrienced Black Friday as a worker, est thing, ‘Thank God I’m ing himself off, he said the funniest thing, but she has also witnessed bizarre behavior as a shopper. In ‘Thank God I’m wearing a helmet.’” wearing a helmet.’” Walmart she watched a fist fight Schildt has also camped out on Black Coach Schildt break out. Friday. Eight years ago he and his mother global studies teacher “It happened so fast. I was trycamped out at Best Buy from 3:30 p.m. on ing to get a TV for my son and Thanksgiving until 3:30 the next morning I started to hear yelling,” Hameljust to get the new Xbox 360 for himself. man said. “When I turned around, I saw cops getting two Schildt is also a fan of Cyber Monday. After Schildt women for fighting over a TV.” and his wife went shopping on Black Friday, she found Junior Kayla McCartney is an experienced Black Fri- the same items they bought in the store cheaper online. day shopper. “We got everything we wanted Black Friday shopping Two years ago she and her family started shopping at and ended up taking everything back just to order it on3 a.m. and didn’t get home until around 10 p.m. That’s 19 line. We bought all the items online for 60 percent off,” hours of shopping with only minor breaks. Schildt said. The first place they went was Toys ‘R’ Us. Unlike However, Schildt will be out there shopping again in some who camp out to get a place at the front of the line, two days. they waited outside the store for only about three hours. “Black Friday is a very interesting day. Depending on “The craziest thing that happened there was my aunt when and where you go, it is chaos,” he said. “People got into a fight with a lady over a stuffed horse animal go into crazy mode, argue, steal and fight over items just that walked. It was for my cousin,” McCartney said. because the deal might be 50 percent off or two for one. I “The security guards ended up kicking her out.” personally only go because my wife likes to go. After Toys ‘R’ Us, they moved on to Wal-Mart. “It has become a tradition, one that just floors me “I saw a lady get elbowed in the face by a guy. They about how people act. I learned a long time ago if momwere arguing over an item they both wanted,” McCart- ma ain’t happy, no one is happy. So I will be out with my ney said. wife and will be shopping and carrying bags with a smile Global studies teacher Chad Schildt, an experienced on my face.”
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• Back when accountants kept their records by hand, the red ink would mark a loss, while the black marked a profit. • Since Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade in 1924, Black Friday has always been the Friday after Thanksgiving. • Black Friday actually isn’t the biggest Christmas season shopping day. It’s usually the Saturday before Christmas. • 59 % of shoppers on Black Friday buy electronic devices. • On Black Friday in 2012, two people were shot in Tallahassee, during an argument over a parking spot. • In 2008, a Walmart worker in Long Island was trampled to death by a stampede of shoppers. • The term Cyber Monday was coined by Shop. org in 2005 • Cyber Monday is the 12th busiest online shopping day • Do your Cyber Monday shopping with personal Wi-Fi not on public Wi-Fi, because you can get your credit card number stolen. • One benefit of shopping online is that you will know immediately if the item you want is in stock instead of fighting through the crowds at the stores. • In 2012 there was $1.4 billion in sales on Cyber Monday. • 2013 saw a 17% increase in sales from 2011; sales went from $1.251 billion to $1.465. • 2013 will be the first year that Cyber Monday beats Black Friday as the most popular shopping day, according to article by “Business Wire.” • FedEx and UPS are preparing for major increase in deliveries during the week of Dec. 2nd because of Cyber Monday. • 10 days before Christmas is always the busiest shopping season, offline and online. • 77% of online retailers saw an increase in the sales of Cyber Monday. • Cyber Monday sales have increased by $100 million each year since 2005
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‘Catching Fire’ to beat ‘The Hunger Games’ box office gross
The thrilling sequel to “The Hunger Games” hit the Miley Cyrus has faced much criticism on her performance at box office Nov. 22. Girls swoon when they see actors Josh Hutcherson the VMA’s Aug. 25 but claims (Peeta Mellark) and Liam Hemsworth (Gale Hawpeople are overthinking her perthrone) on the screen and guys love the action that formance and that Madonna and ensues. Viewers praised the performances of Jennifer Britney did it and no one made a Lawrence and Hutcherson in “The Hunger Games” big deal about it. and are no doubt going to love “Catching Fire” as Cyrus’s album “Bangerz,” her fourth studio album, was well. released Oct. 4. She describes it as “dirty south hip-hop.” There have been more than 23.5 million copIt was projected to sell 250,000 copies within its first week. ies of “The Hunger Games” book were sold in the “Bangerz” became No. 1 on the Billboard 200 within the first week, United States while “Catching Fire” has sold 14 selling 270,000 copies, but it has received mixed reviews. million. Regardless of how critics judge “Bangerz,” their reviews won’t The worldwide total box office gross of “The Hunger Games” was stop the buzz about Cyrus and her latest antics. $700 million. The sequel is projected to gross $950 million.
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A thrilling story that emits emotion straight off the page, “The Walking Dead” is the most watched drama in basic cable history. “Divergent” is the second most requested book in the media Currently in its fourth season,“The Walking Dead” has viewers addicted. center so far this year. Those who watch the show as well as those who don’t might find the followAlthough “Bitter End” has had a few more checkouts, ing trivia interesting. media specialist Wendy Calcutt predicts “Divergent” will “The Walking Dead” was first aired on Halloween night, Oct. 31, 2010. be on top soon, especially with the movie coming out The zombies in “The Walking Dead” are never called March 20. In fact, the media center had to order five zombies; instead they are mostly called walkers, which more copies. T-Dog and Glen refer to as geeks. And T-Dog’s name is For those who can’t get Theodore Douglas. enough of the characters The walkers outnumber the humans by about 5000 to and factions, there 1. Talk about a lot of mouths to feed, right? are two more in the Frank Darabondt’s, the executive producer of the series: “Insurgent” fi rst season, credits include “The Shawshank Redempand “Allegiant.” All tion,” “The Green Mile” and “The Mist.” A character from are available in the the show, Rick Grimes, is from King County, a fictitious media center. place named after Stephen King who is a good friend of Daraboundt’s. “The Walking Dead” pulled in 16.1 million people for the premiere of its fourth season, while its third season had 12.4 million. And there’s no doubt that they’re gaining more and more viewers by the episode.
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Pieter se places f i f th at state competition Nov. 9 by
getting to the end | Running towards the finish line, junior Lisa Pieterse competes at the state cross country competition. Pieterse came in fifth. “I was disappointed with the outcome of the race, but I know it will only motivate me in my training,” Pieterse said. [Photo curtsey of Lisa Pieterse]
• She runs more in the off season. • She’s been on the track and cross country team for four years.
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Junior Lisa Pieterse has been breaking records on the cross country and track team since she was in eighth grade. At the Sandhills Cross Country Invitational she came close to breaking the record of 18:11.21, falling one second short with a time of 18:12.54. She won the race 37 seconds ahead of her competitors, even with a cold. She came in fifth at states Nov. 9, with the fastest time among the Grand Strand female runners. She finished with a time of 18:38, just 40 seconds behind the winner, and that was also with a cold. Cross country coach Justin Foxworth has coached Pieterse for four years. “Lisa, like our other successful athletes, is wonderful to coach. What makes her and the others so successful is the understanding of the importance of off-season training and the willingness to train in the off-season,” Foxworth said. “It’s easy to train every day when you have a coach in your ear and teammates to run with. The challenge is running during a 95 degree day during the summer when all of your friends want to go to the beach or go out.” Pieterse trains more in the off season than any other time. She trains with her mother, Zola Budd Pieterse who competed in the 1984 Olympics. The mother and daughter duo run in the neighborhood near their home, often times without shoes. Lisa Pieterse said running barefoot at meets would help her. “I am not allowed to run barefoot at meets, according to the regulations put in place by the S.C. High School League. If I were allowed to, my whole pos-
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ture would become more relaxed, and I would use less energy to run,” Pieterse said. “My form would improve a lot, as I would have a much better coordination in accordance to the ground.” Having an Olympian mother has affected the type of runner Lisa Pieterse has become. “My mom’s experience has influenced me by allowing me to run much more professionally,” Pieterse said. “Having her as a mom has allowed me to personally run in a much more informed way because of the knowledge and understanding of the sport she gives me.” Foxworth also enjoys running with Zola Pieterse. “I get a chance to run with Zola, and this would be the equivalent of playing catch with Jerry Rice or Dan Marino, or playing 21 with Jordan. She was a former world record holder and I get to enjoy the sport of running with her and her family on a daily basis,” he said. “It’s an experience and a part of my life I will never forget and I probably take for granted.” Lisa Pieterse also earned the class 4A track and field state title in the 3200m run last spring. “I felt thankful to be able to win the state title, since it was an amazing reward for all of the hard training,” she said. Pieterse has several colleges interested in her, such as the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, the University of Florida, Miami University, the University of South Carolina, Coastal Carolina University and a number of other smaller colleges and universities. Pieterse, a student at the Scholars Academy, says she wants to major in health promotion at Duke. She will continue to train, but not as much as in the summer because of academics, in preparation for track and field season. After all, she has a state title to defend and more records to break.
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Wrestlers prepare for upcoming season by
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Now that football season is over, the real sport comes to play. Wrestling has to be one of the most physical and difficult sports. From warmups to running laps, wrestling is a challenging sport, most wrestlers say. “It requires balance in diet to continue to make weight, and it also requires a balance of academics to qualify,” wrestling coach William Bratcher said. “The conditioning drills wrestlers have to go through are extremely difficult and it takes a special person to wrestle,” he said. With football over, 14 football players have traded in their shoulder pads and helmets for singlets and ear guards. In fact, some like senior Joshua Carranza use football as a conditioning sport for wrestling. “Playing football in the off-season has helped me to prepare mentally and physically for wrestling. It has also helped me with speed and awareness,” Carranza said. Bratcher encourages all football players to wrestle. “It helps with leverage and balance,” Bratcher said. “It also helps with the kids’ mental drive. Many NFL football players have wrestling experiences.” For example, Tennessee Titan’s linebacker Jonathan “Tig” Willard wrestled at Loris High and became a four-time state champion. Roddy White of the Atlanta Falcons was also a two-time South Carolina state wrestling champion. “Wrestling is hard and intense,” junior
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A.J. Passmore said. Senior Colin Fink and freshman Michael Lynch added to that. “There are no breaks in wrestling,” Fink said. “There’s just six minutes of all you’ve got, and it requires mental toughness as well as physical toughness.” Lynch agreed. “Wrestling in my opinion is the most physical sport,” Lynch said. “There is so much preparation and there is a lot of technique you have to learn for each move.” Of course, without physical toughness you wouldn’t have the ability to win. Without mental toughness, according to most wrestlers, you wouldn’t have the brains to deliver the maneuvers that you would use to win. Yet wrestling can do more than just improve physical and mental toughness. “Wrestling has given me a lot more discipline and has made me in better shape,” Passmore said. Fink added to that. “Wrestling has kind of formed me into the person I am today, keeping weight and keeping me in shape,” he said. Lynch agreed. “Wrestling has made me in better shape and has also made me faster and stronger,” Lynch said. Freshman Hunter Sanders also agreed. “Joining wrestling after playing football has helped me to become stronger and faster, especially when I have to work harder to learn the moves,” Sanders said. Bratcher urges everyone to come out and support the team at the three home matches this season: Dec. 12, Jan. 22 and Jan. 28. Girls Cross Country • 6-3 • Placed 2nd in the region Girls Golf • 10-0-1 • They placed 10th in the state tournament. Samantha Schoener was chosen to play in the North/South game.
in action| Wrestling against Conway last season, senior Josh Carranza puts his opponent in a headlock. The Conway Tigers are the Panthers’ biggest rival. “I was putting him in the bulldog, a pin move that takes you from the your feet to the ground,” Carranza said.“The harder you try to get out, the more it hurts.” [Photo courtesy of Will Bratcher]
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Dinner Theatre: Behind the Scenes by grace timmons student life editor
practice makes perfect | During rehearsal Nov. 5, freshman Jacob Ward, sophomore Adrianna DelPercio and freshman Lilly Jacobs from the cast of “And…” practice their blocking before the weekend’s shows. The cast rehearsed every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for their performances Nov. 8-9. “It takes a lot of time, but I dedicate myself to this, and I wouldn’t change anything,” DelPercio said. [Photo by Grace Timmons]
in the moment | For the show “And…” freshman Dannie Johnson, junior Taj Cummings and sophomore Chyan McDonald portray characters who are all facing obstacles. Johnson’s monologue is about her weight and how she’s outgrown her favorite pair of pants, Cummings’s is about his father’s cancer and McDonald’s is about her brother going to war. The cast and crew of “And…” competed at the South Carolina Theatre Association Nov. 15-17. “We had so much fun at SCTA,” Cummings said. “I learned a lot at the workshops I went to.” [Photo by Grace Timmons]
death by poison | In the one-act show “3 Doors to Death,” freshmen Jacob Ward and Daniela Montano play actors who are both accused of killing their fellow actor. “3 Doors” is a whodunit murder mystery show, and Ward played the murderer, Paul Westerfield. “I was very happy and pleased to get the role,” Ward said. [Photo by Grace Timmons]
curtain call | Cast members freshman Zion Bright, senior Paisley Ellis and freshman Dannie Johnson of “And…” rehearse before opening night. “I felt in tune with my character, but at first I was scared I would mess up when I performed,” Johnson said. [Photo by Grace Timmons]