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save the date • Sept. 27 – Interim reports issued • Oct. 8 – Student holiday/Columbus Day • Oct. 31 – Report cards issued

hall talk “I’m gonna die on this quiz, I’d like yellow roses at my funeral.” – Senior “You unleashed a whole bunch of stupid all over your paper.” – Sophomore “I really hope they provide pizza.” – Senior

by the numbers •On average, 750 tweets are shared on Twitter every second. •More than 5 million pictures are uploded to Instagram every day. • On average, the national debt increases by $3.89 billion a day.


I’m more than just a last name.”



take your mark | Diving off the blocks at a morning practice Aug. 21, sophomore Paul Gruber and eighth grader Josh Norman get ready for their next meet. Swimmers practice from 5-7 a.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The boys placed third in the North Myrtle Beach Invitational Sept. 15 and as of press time the girls team is 5-1. “When you are in the pool, you aren’t just swimming for yourself, you are swimming for everyone who is waking up at 4:45 just like you,”Gruber said. See page 14 for an article on the team. [Photo by Sophia Bookhultz]


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CF ACT S C O R E S • The national average for the ACT is 21.1. • South Carolina’s average for the ACT is 20.2. • Carolina Forest High School’s average for the ACT is 21.6, higher than the state average and the national average.

Club Dates Earth Club: Tuesdays, E103, 3:30 p.m. International Thespian Society: First Wednesday, Drama Room, 3:35 p.m. Beta Club: Last Thursday, Cafeteria, 3:35-4:15 p.m. Library Media Club: Third Tuesday, Media Center, 3:30 p.m. English Honor Society: First

Monday, A117, 3:30 p.m. Spanish Club: Third Wednesday, B118, during lunch National Honor Society: Second Monday, A107, 11:45 a.m. Mu Alpha Theta: Second Thursday, D118, 3:35 p.m. FBLA: Every other Tuesday, C101, during lunch and after school

247 New Students

• New students to CFHS, not counting fresh men, as of Sept. 14 – 247.

Tutoring Times Math Tutoring: Second, third and fourth Wednesdays of every month, D118, 3:25-4:25 p.m.

• Some of the states these 247 are from: New Jersey, New York, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Ohio, South Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Hawaii, North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Tennessee, West Virginia, Michigan, Maryland, Illinois, Arizona and Missouri. • More are from New York than any other state.

English Tutoring: Mondays and Tuesdays, A111, during lunch. Also Wednesdays, B105, during lunch.

• Farthest state a new student is from – Hawaii.


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Freshman Class Officers President: Katelyn Perry Vice President: Angel Perez Secretary: Nicole Grzymalski Treasurer: Cassidy Kelly


All departments except physcial education added new members in August. John Bennett .......................English Pam Muise ...........................Drama/ Sarah Floyd .........................German Tech Theatre Haley Grainger ...................Math Tom Pasco ............................Special Ed Kristen Harton ....................Guidance Justin Purdy ........................Spanish Katlyn Henderson ...............Special Ed Jeremy Rich .........................Assistant Megan Hunter .....................History Principal Meagen Johnson ..................History Mark Roddy .........................Band/ Kristen Kilheeney................ Math Orchestra Jamie Kizer ..........................Science Matt Ward ...........................Chorus Stephanie Landry ................Agriculture Faye Watson ........................Apex Amy Lawson ........................Science Samantha Young .................Special Ed by

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The Core demands change New standards mean different type of reading, test questions micheal curry news staff

Remember when math questions required you to find just one answer? Now thanks to the Common Core, things are going to change. “They set up a situation and you have to figure everything out,” curriculum specialist Ruthie Warren said. “You have a box and you have so many wooden blocks. You have a company and you have to ship these blocks to a place, and you have to figure out if it’s cheaper to do it this way or cheaper to do it that way, but you also have to find out what is the best way to ship them there, how many blocks are going to be in the box and how many sales are going to be made. “It’s a lot more work than say, ‘Here’s a triangle. If this angle is so many degrees and this angle is so many degrees, what’s the degree of the third angle?’” The Common Core State Standards Initiative is what it’s called and 45 states have adopted it, including South Carolina. It’s all about getting students today ready for the real world and the work force – to make sure that they know what they need to know when they get out of school and to be successful. Students will not only see changes in math problem solving procedures but also in other classes. “It gives teachers a consistent framework across the board for what needs to be covered,” English teacher Laura Hamelman said. “I don’t believe it will change the way students are taught. Good teachers are always looking to improve that. “It does call on all subject areas to increase writing in


the classroom, and it calls for the English teachers to aim higher in regards to analysis of text,” she said. By the time students reach their senior year, they should be reading 70 percent non-fiction and 30 percent fiction with an emphasis on text complexity and writing. That may seem like a change, but it really isn’t. History classes are primarily nonfiction, science as well. English is the only place students read any fiction. The English Department has been working on pairing non-fiction texts with regular reading material. This may be bad news for some students like junior Lexie Copeland. “Non-fiction reading is awful,” she said, “There’s no imagination or creativity. It’s only facts.” Sophomore Kennedy Camburn agreed. “I hate the idea of more nonfiction,” she said, “because it’s just boring.” Test formats will also change. “We are going to be moving away from multiple choice questions, have more short answers like read this passage and how does this connect with that concept,” Warren said. “AP tests aren’t going to change. The SAT isn’t going to change. There still will be multiple choice questions, but they’re going to be more inference than factual.” Copeland sees both positives and drawbacks with the change in test formats. “I actually think scores would be lower, but it would make students actually study more and harder,” Copeland said. Camburn somewhat agreed. “It’d test our abilities better, but I’d feel a lot more pressured during a test,” she said. Since full implementation won’t be until the 20142015 school year, students still have a little while to adapt to the new standards.

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Teacher Should Do to Meet the Common Core State Standards 1. Lead high-level, text-based discussions 2. Focus on process, not just content 3. Create assignments for real audiences and with real purpose 4. Teach argument, not persuasion 5. Increase text complexity

7 “Major League” Shifts Common Core State Standards for ELA in Grades 9-12

1. Balancing informational & literary texts 2. Increased text complexity 3. Close reading and text dependent questions 4. Text-based answers and evidencebased writing 5. Academic vocabulary 6. Multiple, shorter research experiences 7. Argument writing •source: Lauren Davis

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09.27.12 staff editorial

Youth vote is a deciding factor upcoming in elections

While President Barack Obama won the 2008 election with 52 percent to John McCain’s 46 percent of the vote, this election promises to be even closer. Youth voters gave Obama a large advantage with 66 percent of them voting for him. He promised young voters change from the policies of President George W. Bush’s two terms and jobs to students after college graduation. With some disillusioned over the economy and a high unemployment rate, analysts predict fewer youth voters will actually cast their ballots. In fact, it is expected that less than half of the youth able to vote will actually cast a ballot. With such a tight race, the youth vote,

Rats are more than snake food I had been begging my mom for a new pet since I was 13. I had asked for birds, frogs and bunnies. My mom said no to each one. I was in PetSmart one day just looking around in the tiny animal section when I saw a rat. I never knew people actually had them as pets. At first I was a little disgusted, but then a customer service lady came over and asked if I needed help. I asked if rats were good pets. She responded by saying “Yes, but most people come in to buy them to feed them to their snakes.” I swear I felt my stomach drop and I got a tight feeling in my throat. The thought of someone spending money on a helpless animal just to watch it die made me tear up. It was then I decided I wanted a rat. I went home and did research on them. Come to find out they make really good pets, but only in pairs. It took a lot of persuasion to

if strong, could make a difference. It is the job of the 153 students here who are old enough to vote to research each candidate and make a decision on what they think is the best for our country. Even if you don’t think you can make a difference because you are too young to vote, you can campaign for the candidate that you support or volunteer at your local polling station It is also important to research candidates and learn about the voting system since most will be eligible to vote in 2016. Also urge parents and adults to vote. You’re hard work and dedication could make a difference in the outcome of our country in four short years.

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get my mom to agree, but eventually she said yes. The only problem is I wanted girls because male rats like to mark their territory by trailing urine all around. We ended up driving all the way to Florence for rats. It’s really hard to keep them clean though. I have to clean them every three days. They’re really expensive to care for too. In all my mom has probably spent well over $400 on them. Their cage was $150 alone and they need lots of toys to stimulate their minds, and they love fresh fruits and vegetables. They also need a lot of exercise. It’s recommended they are out of their cage for about an hour each day, but I usually let mine out for at least two or three. They typically run free around my room while I do homework or watch TV. Afterwards I always have to search my room for anything they chewed up or pooped on. Even though my rats are a pain, I wouldn’t trade them for any other pet. It makes me feel good to know I at least saved two from being just a snake’s meal.




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Volume 16, Issue 1: Sept. 27, 2012 Carolina Forest High School 700 Gardner Lacy Rd. Myrtle Beach, SC 29579 SCSPA – Superior SIPA – Superior

Megan Berry, Austin Van den Wijngaard CENTERSPREAD STAFF: Tori Creekmore, Libby Pence MANAGING EDITOR: Gunner Huggins NEWS STAFF: Micheal Curry, Kyleigh Cozene SPORTS STAFF: Sophia Bookhultz, Meaghan Weiss ADVISER: Martha Herring Anderson PRINCIPAL: Gaye Driggers


outbursts of a quiet girl by austin van den wijngaard features writer

Curl up and dye At the end of the summer before sixth grade my mom agreed to let me put highlights in my hair for the first time. I remember feeling absolutely shocked and elated that my hair could look so good with the help of some color and a stylist. That was four years ago. Now I can hardly remember what my natural hair color looks like for it is hidden somewhere beneath layers upon layers of glorious chemical beauty. After a few months of a new hairstyle, the shine begins to wear off. The nagging voice in the back of my head says, “Austin... your hair is boring...” I start feeling outdated. I crave the slight burning sensation of bleach and the smell of hair dye. There are a few drawbacks of being a hair addict. For example, the color swatch in the store can never be completely trusted, and it is never guaranteed that a color will take to your hair. Not to mention how difficult it is to get certain colors out after they have been added to the build up. For example, recently I put a patch of blonde in my hair. Blocking the end of my journey to a shimmering platinum blonde was a stubborn chunk of red hair dye lingering from two years ago. In the past four years, I have sported about every color imaginable. Last year I rocked a violent shade of purple for a few months. Surprisingly, all of my hair is still intact and unscathed for the most part. In years to come, I plan to continue abusing my hair in the name of vanity. There is plenty of time to have plain hair when I am old and uninteresting.

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view from the top | Standing atop the 15th century Tower of Guinigi, senior Annie LaSalle looks out to the village of Lucca. “It was very windy, so I was glad I put my hair up. It was a great view,” she said. [Photo courtesy of Robin Sasser]

making friends | On her way to hear her voice instructor Diego Colli sing in an opera, senior Annie LaSalle greets a local who only speaks Italian. ”I was walking to the opera when I saw this man. I couldn’t understand him, but he was very kind,” LaSalle said. She and her mom, Robin Sasser, lived in Italy for a month this summer. “The most memorable aspect of Italy is the smell in the air. It has an unforgettable, ancient aroma,” Sasser said. [Photo courtesy of Robin Sasser]

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Every Saturday morning last year, senior Annie LaSalle arose from her bed well before 6 a.m. to be ready for a voice lesson at 7 a.m. Why so early? LaSalle’s voice instructor lived in Italy, and because of the time difference, 7 a.m. on Saturday mornings was the way to make the Skype lessons possible for both parties. LaSalle and her mother Robin Sasser visited Florence, Italy in 2009. It was then that Sasser found out about LaSalle’s Skype voice instructor. “We met the vocal teacher Nicoletta Maggino in 2009 at the music school, Il Trillo, in Florence while we were living in the city with friends,” Sasser said. “Annie took several lessons with Nicoletta in 2009 and it was such a unique experience she wanted to return to just concentrate on the lessons. “From an acquaintance, I found out about the second voice teacher, Diego Colli, who teaches via Skype. Annie’s first Skype lesson was a little awkward, especially when lessons are only held very early Saturday morning and she had to learn some Italian terms to understand what he was asking for.” One may think that learning voice techniques over the Internet would be difficult to manage, but LaSalle said it was not, perhaps because they purchased a special microphone. “Sometimes it would be a little bit shaky or there

would be an echo, but other than that it worked,” she said. LaSalle and her mother traveled to Italy in June to continue her lessons in person. “We knew that we were returning to Italy after our 2009 visit for Annie to continue voice training. However, if the truth be known, I’ll take any reason to go to Italy. I lived there as a student during university and fell in love with the language and culture,” Sasser said. Upon arriving in Florence and renting an apartment, LaSalle met her Skype instructor for the first time in person. “I felt nervous and excited, for communication over the Internet is a lot different than speaking to someone face to face,” LaSalle said. “It was intimidating, but once I got to know him and he understood my voice, it ended up being really great.” In addition to the lessons, LaSalle and her mother made time on the weekends for sightseeing. Most were day trips, but they did go by train to Venice and Lucca, two Italian cities. “From a personal and nonmusical perspective, the 2009 visit was more of a trip to explore; however, last summer, I had a goal for her,” Sasser said. “I wanted Annie to know how to live abroad safely. I let her make most of the decisions during this trip and she was involved in preparations prior to the departure.” During that month, LaSalle took 17 lessons. “They taught me opera with a kind of classical technique,” she said. “All of the singing lessons really changed my voice.”

Her voice wasn’t the only thing that changed. “No doubt she developed her vocal skills by studying with both teachers and Nicoletta explained in depth to Annie the Italian approach to singing,” Sasser said. “There were a lot of ‘Ah ha’ moments. She learned how to reflect on her singing as well as returning home with some vocal exercises.” LaSalle’s time in Italy helped her set future goals too. “Having experienced other countries before, it was not a huge culture shock for me; however, I am very fond of the European quality of life,” LaSalle said. “Seeing how other people live made me realize how much I want to go into a career where I can travel and also make my own impact on the world.” Sasser wanted to make sure LaSalle was ready for this. “When we were there we lived like everyday Italians, not tourists,” said Sasser. “Annie learned to blend in. I realize that she will travel and perhaps study abroad, so I want her to be smart.” Overall, LaSalle thoroughly enjoyed her time in Italy and said that everyone should have the chance to go and see something new. Sasser agreed. “I had a great adventure with my daughter which will always be a highlight in my life and hers too,” she said. LaSalle said she wants youth to experience other cultures as she did. “I recommend everyone travels,” LaSalle said. “Whether it’s now or whether it’s later.”


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what did you expect? “High scchool is not what I expected. I thought it would be harder and I thought the older kids would be mean.”

advice time | Before first block starts, sophomores Sabrina Prince and Emani Akram give freshmen Kylee Gain and Mary Forbes pointers about how to survive freshman year. “Freshmen need to study and always do their homework because it can make the difference with their grades,” Prince said. “I wish I had studied harder and had done all of my homework when I was a fresheman.” [Photo by Martha Anderson]

– Joseph Picone, freshman

New cats unleashed in Forest by

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Becoming a new freshman and coming to a new high school can be a little bit scary. “Before my first day of school I was really nervous and wasn’t really sure what to expect, but after my first day I felt great,” freshman Mercedes Wierenga said. “It was easy going and I enjoyed all my classes. I don’t know what I was worried about.” However, Wierenga and other freshmen may have cause to be nervous. Nationally, the failure rate for freshmen is higher than those in grades 10-12. Here 20 percent did not meet the requirements to pass the ninth grade. Nationally, one out of every four ninth grader does not graduate from high school. In the United States in 2008-2009 the graduation rate was 75.5 percent. In South Carolina it was 66 percent. Here it was 69 percent two years ago, and last year it was 73 percent. According to Principal Gaye Driggers the graduation rate for this year will be 73 percent or higher. However, Driggers said this is not the true figure because students who withdraw and go somewhere else

upperclassmen advice

“Make friends with the right people so you’ll be better influenced.” – Autumn Dillon, senior

but don’t notify CF of their new school are counted as dropouts by the state when the dropout rate is calculated. Administrators and staff are endeavoring to document the new schools of all students who withdraw, Driggers said. At least 500,000 students drop out each year. Failing freshman year, according to experts, is one of the most powerful indicators of whether students will drop out. And dropouts are impacted financially for the rest of their lives. In 2009 the median income for those who dropped out was roughly $25,000. But those who graduated or got a GED (General Education Development) made approximately $43,000. Those who dropout will lose approximately $630,000 in a life time. Upperclassmen have advice for freshmen. “I’d study harder because I thought freshmen year was going to be easy with nothing much to do,” junior Maya Vereen said. “My grades started slipping and it took until tenth grade year before I really got into books.” Sophomore Sabrina Geise agreed. “I’d study more and do well on quizzes and homework,” she said, “because even though they might be a smaller percentage, they count a lot.” “Have fun because it goes by fast, but don’t be slack about your grades.” – Jessie Tomasello, senior

“I was expecting high school to be very challenging.”

– Eva McNey, freshman

“I was expecting high school to be fun because we have a lot more freedom than in middle school.”

– Kristin Trammell,


“You need to actually care about school. I didn’t do anything as a freshman and my GPA is lower than it would’ve been.” – Daniel Hallock, senior



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These students told us how they would spend their winnings. “I would genetically breed super sloths.” – Chandler White, Junior

“Build an underground railroad for cats.” – Brittany Alford, Sophomore

“Buy a lot of sweaters.” – Cydney Anderson, Sophomore

“I’d travel to Europe, get a big house and pay off the mortgage.” – Peyton O’Rourke, Junior

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Minute Made Millionaire If I won the lottery I would...

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How would you spend it?

Winning the by

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Ask five individuals what they would buy they won the lottery, and most of them would you they’d buy the car of their dreams. For a junior here who wished to remain an ymous, this hit close to home. His dad actua won $100,000 on a scratch off state lottery ti et. “He paid off some bills first and then bough Mustang,” he said. A tourist in North Myrtle Beach made mon on his vacation instead of spending it during recent visit. Eradio Marquez bought a scratch off tic from the Kangaroo Express on Highway 17 North Myrtle Beach. Marquez was not aware $5 ticket would give him money that others only dream about. After realizing he won, M quez drove back to South Carolina to claim winnings of $100,000. Some teachers buy lottery tickets. Glo Studies II teacher Megan Hunter only bough lottery ticket once and that was on her 18th bir day. She does receive scratch off tickets as gif “My 96-year-old great-grandmother puts th in my stocking every year for Christmas,” said. If she won the lottery, she said she wo backpack through Europe. Science teacher Lindsay Purdy does not b tickets but said she should. “That’s how I went to college [lottery scho ship],” she said. If she did play the lottery and win she s she’d “probably buy something not cool,”




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pened to English teacher Renea Stephens and her family. They bought $2 scratch off tickets in June, July and August of 2002. After mailing their losing tickets into the S.C. Education Lottery headquarters one week before the final semi-finalist drawings, one of their tickets was drawn as one of the 50 semi-finalists. Then it was drawn as one of the top10 finalists. Stephens’s husband Conley Stephens drove to Columbia for the final drawing. Their prize was a 2002 Ford Explorer Sport. “We were excited,” Stephens’s husband said. “My son had just gotten old enough to drive and we were trying to figure out what we were going to get him.” Stephens’s husband still plays the lottery. “I buy a ticket every week,” he said. “You can’t win if you don’t play.” South Carolina State Lottery

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Palmetto Fellows Scholarship • $6,700 first year; $7,500 three following years Requirements: • Score at least 1200 on SAT OR 27 on ACT • Minimum of 3.5 cumulative GPA at the end of junior year • Rank in top 6% of class at the end of either the sophomore or junior year OR • Score at least 1400 on SAT OR 32 on ACT • Minimum of 4.0 cumulative GPA *LIFE & Palmetto Fellows Scholarship Enhancements Math and science majors receive up to $2,500 in additional funds beginning with sophomore year

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• Snooki, Situation • “The Real World” and Pauly D is the longest make $2.55 million running show per season of “The in MTV history. It Jersey Shore.” is being renewed for its 28th season.

• One of the first reality television shows was “Candid Camera,” which premiered in 1948.

We start dressing like them, acting like them, using their catch phrases and talking about them as if they’re our closest friends. It’s amazing how infatuated people become with the lives of reality stars. Today you can’t change the channel without seeing some kind of reality show. Every network has them. Bravo has “The Real Housewives” and “Millionaire Matchmaker.” TLC has “19 Kids and Counting” and my personal favorite “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” E! has become the most notorious by showing every aspect of Kardashian life. They have shows like “Keeping up with the Kardashians,” “Khloe and Lamar,” “Kourtney and Khloe take Miami” and “Kourtney and Kim take New York.” So my question is how much of reality television is actually reality for ordinary people like you and me? How many of us have ever been to a red carpet? How many girls do you know with a closet full of Louis Vuittons? I know I’ve never been to a photo shoot or dated an NBA star. Chances are I never will. Most of us won’t, but we still find ourselves looking at the lives of reality stars like it’s our future. We, me included, turn these unrealistic people into our role models. We see what they do and we try to interpret their behaviors. We find ourselves using a voice that we’ve never used before and saying “Bible” for every promise we make. What we don’t want to accept is that what they do simply isn’t realistic for us. Maybe that’s why we love watching these shows. Maybe we’re really living vicariously through the lives of these stars. We find happiness in how exciting their lives are because of the boring, uninteresting way we live. For just a moment, or rather an episode, we can all be part of a family that so many admire and aspire to be. I guess deep down we all want to be a Kardashian.


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early morning coffee| Kick-

ing off her morning with a fresh cup of Starbucks coffee, junior Patty Kramer enjoys a pumpkin spice latte. The trenta, larger than Kramer’s cup, is slightly bigger than your stomach with the capacity to hold 916 milliliters. The stomach on average has a capacity of 900 ml. Starbucks uses 2.3 billion paper cups per year. The average Starbucks customer visits the store six times per month while a loyal 20 percent of customers go to the stores 16 times per month. [Photo by Miller Redding]

“I like the cookie crumble frappuchino because it tastes like liquid cookies.” –Adam Allen, freshman

“Any frappe, I just really like them.”

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With 87,000 possible drink combinations, you can customize your Starbucks drink anyway you want. “My favorite Starbucks drink is the caramel frappuchino with no whip. I like it the way I explain something. I get straight to the point without any nonsense or whipped cream,” junior Gabby Callahgan said. On any given day, you can walk into the local Starbucks and see students ordering a variety of drinks. Kids typically go for iced, chocolate, sweet drinks like a chocolate cookie crumble frappuccino or a double chocolaty chip frappuchino. “I go to Starbucks about three times a week and my favorite is the mocha cookie crumble because it has chocolate chips in it,” senior Emma Collins said. Some students like plain coffee; no whipped cream or chocolate chips getting in the way. “I like the coffee frappuchino because I love coffee, but it’s too hot outside to


have coffee so the frappuchino keeps me cool and I still get the coffee taste that I love,” sophomore Jaynee Simmons said. Not all students like coffee but still go to Starbucks to get a substitute. “I always get the java chip frappuchino because I’m not a big coffee fan and the frappuchino is a good replacement,” sophomore Josie Cox said. To get them through the long school day, some teachers drink large cups of hot, caffeinated coffee. A grande coffee from Starbucks has 320 milligrams of caffeine, four times the amount of caffeine in a Red Bull. “I drink chi tea latte when I’m there, but I brew my own Starbucks coffee from home every morning for first block,” Algebra II teacher Marsh Pini said. Students also need to make it through the day. “I always get an espresso because I need the caffeine boost to live through the day,” sophomore Amanda Traver said.

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“I like the double chocolaty chip frappuchino because it’s chocolaty.” – Dorothy Huther, sophomore

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swim like it’s your birthday | In celebration of her birthday, swimmer Anna Fortenberry does a butterfly stroke while her teammates splash her. This is a tradition for each swimmer’s birthday. “My birthday is in a few days, and I can’t wait for my birthday swim,” sophomore Lexi Salice said. [Photo by sophia bookhultz]

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While others are sleeping the swim team members are on their way to practice. It’s a quiet ride. There are hardly any other cars on the road, and it’s still dark outside. Practice takes place at Coastal Carolina University. Most team members rely on their parents to drive them, though some carpool. “It takes a lot of dedication from our parents and coaches to have a successful season,” sophomore Paul Gruber said. Practice starts at 5:30 a.m. sharp and not just for team members, but also for coaches. “Five a.m. practices are no easier on the coach than the swimmer,” coach Larry Blue said. Once the team arrives at practice they head to the locker rooms to change, though some choose to change on deck with a towel wrapped around them for privacy. “I have no shame in admitting I’ve changed on deck,” sophomore Lexi Salice said. As soon as you walk into the pool area, the smell hits you, and then there’s the humidity. The windows are lined with steam, and swimmers draw on them to lighten the mood.

Despite being tired and half awake swimmers greet each other with a “good morning.” Most skip breakfast before practice because it can lead to nausea. The intense practice alone can trigger stomachaches. When those times come, the swimmers have a designated “puke bucket.” “It’s really pretty and decorated, but hardly anyone uses it because we don’t want to mess it up,” Salice said. Practice begins with simple laps in the pool, and then they get out to stretch, then practice diving, relays, starts and turns. “Practice was really hard at first, but it gets easier,” sophomore Spencer Maness said. At the conclusion of practice it’s off to school. “The team is basically a stimulus package for the coffee industry,” Gruber said. While most girls spend hours on their hair in the morning, the girls on the swim team make the best of their dripping wet hair. The locker room can be extremely crowded and wasting time grouped in the front of the one mirror isn’t an option. “It’s just another thing to deal with. I usually have one of my friends braid my hair when I get to school,” Salice said. Spending all that time in the chlorinated water can have harsh effects. Most teammates agree that their skin gets really dry and irritated. “The worst is the smell. I have to

shower and put on all kinds of deodorant before school,” Gruber said. The smell is definitely hard to get rid of. “Every time I get wet, I smell like chlorine, and it burns my eyes,” Salice said. But reeking of chlorine is just one drawback. Sophomore Hope Wegner had to give up dance, Salice gave up softball and the entire team gives up sleep for morning practices. There have to be reasons so many are willing to sacrifice so many things for a sport. According to Gruber, the team members enjoy the encouragement they get from each other and they push through the hard times. “Coach says that even when we feel like we might die, we won’t. I trust him, so I just continue on so I can drop time and get better,” Wegner said. The dedication definitely pays off. “We have a great girls team,” Gruber said. “It’s a rebuilding year for guys, but our future is extremely bright.” According to Salice the entire team is like a family, and they get each other through the tough times by nonstop encouragement. Gruber agreed. “Without the whole team doing their best, we can’t win,” Gruber said. So even though the swimmers give up their social life, sleep and they constantly smell like chlorine, they say it’s definitely worth it.

up close with Coach Blue

• “Coach Michelle and I are doing this because we love working with our athletes and we get to see that sense of pride and satisfaction from the goals reached by each athlete.” • “We enjoy watching our athletes grow and mature from seventh graders to the young adults that leave us as seniors.” • “I love getting the emails from past athletes telling me they appreciate all that we did for them. I enjoy hearing from the parents about how much swimming for CFHS means to their child.” • “We have past swimmers that are now attorneys, Coast Guard rescue swimmers, business professionals and laborers and yet they still look back at their time as a CF swimmer with fond rememberance.”


Girls tennis, golf get new coaches senior sportlight

Q: Why did you decide to coach tennis this year? A: I was encouraged by both Coach Johnson and Coach Tadler to step in after Coach Tadler decided that she was not coming back to Carolina Forest High School this year.

Q: Why did you decided to coach girls golf this year? A: Well, Coach Scorsone (former coach) got a job at Ocean Bay Elementary School and as an administrator there he was not allowed to coach anymore.

Q: Did you play tennis when you were in high school and/or college? A: I played for my high school team, the Mechanicsburg Wildcats in Pennsylvania. My coach was Jan Bortner and he went on to become the Women’s Tennis Coach at Penn State University. I reached out to him for advice while I was deciding on becoming the coach this year and he was very helpful.

Q: Did you play golf when you were in high school and/or college? A: No, I played football, but I did like golf as a hobby.

Q: How often do you play tennis now? A: I play once or twice a week.

Q: How do you think you can help lead the athletes to victory? A: Hard work and the dedication to it; it all depends on what they put into it.

Q: How do you think you can help lead the athletes to victory? A: Tennis is both a physical and mental sport. I feel that by inspiring the athletes to be mentally prepared is very important so that they can be relaxed and focused during their matches. Q: What would you like others to know about tennis and the coaching of the sport? A: Tennis requires a wide variety of skills such as quickness, anticipation and endurance.

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Q: How often do you play golf now? A: About two days a week. Q: How long have you coached? A: Eight years.

Q: What would you like others to know about golf and the coaching of the sport? A: Academics are always first; golf and any sport is a luxury. How you do in the classroom affects how you do in the sport. You have to have the heart to get better. Q: Who is your favorite pro golfer? A: Davis Love III.

• Varsity Football: 1-4 • JV Football: 0-4 • Girls Golf: 6-0 • Girls Tennis: 2-4 • Swimming: Boys: 0-6 • Swimming: Girls: 5-1 * All records as of press time Sept. 20

• Boys Cross Country: 12-2 • Girls Cross Country: 8-1 • Varsity Volleyball: 8-2 Region: 3-0 • JV Volleyball I: 3-3 • JV Volleyball II: 3-4

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Which sport do you prefer, cross country or track? • Track, hands down. Do you plan to run after high school? • Only to stay in shape. If you were an animal, what would you be? • A deer.

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What is your favorite thing about volleyball? • The team aspect and getting kills. Who’s your role model? • Tebow. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be? • Sandwiches.

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After Hours For some, school lasts seven hours, but not for these Panthers

run, Dustin, run! | Breaking a school record is a result of high expectations and a strong self-discipline. Senior Dustin Conklin, who recently broke the course record at 17:03, meaning he runs the fastest time on the course in school history, knows all about this. During cross country practice the team runs bleachers to work up their stamina. “He has been an absolute pleasure to coach over the last four years and will leave a lasting impression on our program beyond all the records that he has set,” Coach Eric Sauthoff said. [Photo by Sarah Causey]

stretch time! | Before the dancing and singing portion of show choir practice, junior Brooke Smith and other performers begin by stretching. Practice is every Tuesday and Thursday from 6-9 p.m. “It’s been really amazing. It’s helped me grow as a singer, dancer, and as a person,” Smith said. [Photo by Sarah Causey]

game day| In the second JV game of the season Sept. 6 against White Knoll, sophomore and wide receiver Khalil Brantley puts on his game face. “It inspires me to play better for my family and follow my dad’s footsteps who was running back for Myrtle Beach High,” Brantley said. “He’s excited that I can make a name for myself at this school.” [Photo by Sarah Causey]

at ease | The Drill Team practices after school from 3:30-5 p.m. At the front are senior Ashley Papion, junior Jacob Norman and junior Matthew Gamarsh. Gamarsh is at command. “They are an elite group of cadets. They come together as a team each Monday, Wednesday, Friday,” Papion said. “It takes dedication, teamwork, camaraderie and lots of fun.” Their practice will pay off at competitions with other NJROTC units. [Photo by Sarah Causey]

The Prowler, Issue 1, Sept. 27, 2012  

First issue of 2012

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