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GLOBE August, Vol. 84 Issue 1

NEW FACES OF CLAYTON Wydown Construction 6

Music Ambassadors 14

Bat Boy 16




An inside look at the new Wydown. The building boasts a new lighting system and colorblocked hallways.


Meet the “new” staff (or old staff in new positions): Sharmon Wilkinson, Milena Garganigo (pictured right), Dan Gutchewsky and more.




Clayton High School Alum, Corrine Yap meets the secretary of education. Yap was chosen by President Obama’s committee to be a U.S. Presidential Scholar.

Seven CHS music students went on a trip with band teacher Jennifer Shenberger to represent Missouri Ambassadors of Music.

Jack Bernard talks about his summer travels to Nicaragua on a mission trip.





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ALL THINGS NEW As the last heat waves of August die down and CHS begins a new year, we cannot help but to acknowledge a feeling of newness throughout the building. Not only do the faces of new administrators, teachers and students fill our hallways, but also new courses, sports and extracurricular activities promise to stretch our minds and the limits of our capabilities. For freshmen, the physical surrounding is different in and of itself, while for upperclassmen the surrounding may seem different simply due to the uncanny absence of the class of 2012. Although the beginning of the new year can mean something different to each person, there is a universal feeling of anxiety that everyone has in facing the unknown. Indeed, looking into the future, we can find ourselves briefly daunt-

ed, paralyzed by multiple “what if’s?”, and, es- but will never leave it. Despite changing faces, pecially for seniors, “what now’s?”. buildings, courses and extracurriculars, CHS This seemingly unsettling future, however, will always be a home to animated students is not as intimidating as one would think. For, with incredibly different, fresh perspectives. despite all of the changes that we face in this With that in mind, I hope we can all look forcoming year, there are countless continuities ward to this coming school year not with a false that can be reassuring during this time of tran- sense of trepidation, but rather, excitement for sition. In the midst of schedule changes, college the opportunities yet to come. talk and stressful new classes, it is easy to overlook the special something that one can find in the classrooms of CHS that really makes it tick. Indeed, in coming back to school, I was struck by the realization that returning to the passion and enthusiasm filled classrooms of CHS felt like home, and I was amazed by the fact that we can call this excellence and vigor for learning a continuity that not only defines Clayton, MEREDITH MCMAHON Co-Editor in Chief

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PANORAMA Aug. 9, 2012

“Open House” at Wydown Middle The walls came crashing down at Wydown Middle School this summer as construction proceeded with “Phase Two”; leveling the building. So far, workers are right on schedule and the new building was ready for students on the first day. Teachers will have to wait for parking, however, as the new underground lot and field will be completed next year.

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Photos by William Wysession


ydown Goes Green 1) This new hallway is primarily lit with natural light. The blocks of color on the walls add individuality to what would otherwise be a typical hallway.

2) A new and improved science lab will give teachers the resources to expand the curriculum and will allow students to have a more complete science class experience.

3) This computer lab will give students easy access to state-of-the-art computers. Silmilar to the other rooms in the school, it is well-lit with natural light.


The new lighting systems at Wydown will be able to detect the level of light in each room, allowing them to dim overhead lights as well as open and close shades. More windows and


skylights will allow for natural light to brighten up classrooms.

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Photos Courtesy of Karen McBride


“These days I have been reading a lot about education, particuWHAT’S YOUR larly educational leadership. FAVORITE BOOK? Then for lighter reading, I have read a couple of books by James Patterson.”

MILENA GARGANIGO Assistant Superintendent

“The Tent, The Bucket and Me by Emma Kennedy. It is a very funny story about a woman as she was growing up in a rather dysfunctional family.”

“My mother. My mother epitomized graciousness. She had a strong sense of character in how she acted, and a strong spirit. She was genuine, caring and had a high level of integrity.”

“My parents. They are incredibly hardworking people with very clear, strong beliefs and morals. They are also some of the best teachers I have ever known. They taught me to have a strong work ethic, to be passionate about what I chose to do.”

“I don’t really have a hobby. But I love walking on the DO YOU HAVE ANY beach and collecting shells. INTERSTING Every time I am on the beach HOBBIES? I pick up shells. In fact, I have shells from every beach I’ve been to.”

“I love to cook, quilt and crochet. I also spend any free time I have with my three sons (7, 5, 4-years-old).”



“I’m looking forward to crystallizing our work with our Mission Vision Core Values goals. I’m also looking forward to going to all the different activities at the schools and meeting new students.”

“I am really looking forward to working with and learning from all the students and teachers throughout the district pK - 12 to have a deeper understanding of Clayton as a whole system.”

DAN GUTCHEWSKY Interim Principal of CHS

“The Great Gatsby. Every time I read it, I always seem to discover something new.”

“My dad. He is a very ‘salt of the earth’ kind of guy. He has a strong sense of ethics and morality and I really try to embody that. He was a very good father to my sister and I growing up and I hope I am as good a father to my son as he was to me.”

“Fly fishing! I find it very cathartic because there is a lot of skill and timing involved so you really have to focus and pay attention to what you’re doing.”

“I’m looking forward to being in a capacity where I can effect change and lead the school because I love this place and I love the community and working with this faculty – it’s fantastic. I’m just looking forward to doing the work and moving us forward.”


“I’m looking forward to just building relationships with students, that’s why I like teaching, that’s what’s fun about it. But also, this is a pretty amazing place and I’ve only been here for a couple of days. The staff, the faculty and the people to be surrounded with are really talented and incredible teachers, really masters of the art, so I’m looking forward to working with them too.”


“I’m looking forward to being a part of Clayton High School and all of the great events that come with it. Also, I believe there is a book study and I look forward to that as well.”



“Getting to know the community (students, parents, faculty). And, of course, enjoying great musical experiences with the students.”

“Learning more about Clayton High School and getting to know the students and staff. During new teacher orientation, one of the student participants in a panel discussion about Clayton mentioned that CHS had a very welcoming atmosphere. I am delighted to be coming to such an inviting place.”



crowd of freshfaced soon to be college freshmen gather. They discuss which Ivy league school they will attendwith peers whom have aspirations of becoming doctors, professors and rocket scientists. This group comprises the future of America. This is a meeting of U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Every year, one male and one female student from each state are selected for this prestigious award. Corrine Yap, a former CHS student, was chosen by President Obama’s committee for the honor. Yap was one of two Clayton High School students to be named a semifinalist for the award. Princeton freshman Shuyang Li was also named a semifinalist, though he was not selected as a finalist for the award. “It was a long process, because all the candi-

dates had to apply, a lot like a college application,” Yap said. For her teacher recommendation and most influential teacher, Yap selected AP Language and Composition teacher Amy Hamilton, who taught her senior year. Hamilton feels that Yap was very “dynamic,” which helped her get the award. Yap was president of Speech and Debate, a member of the math club, directed the student-run musical, was a part of TriM and belonged to National Honors Society in


addition to many other clubs during her time at CHS. “What Corrine does, never feels like a burden, it always feels very playful. I think that is pretty extraordinary,” Hamilton said. Yap left a legacy on the Speech and Debate program, and helped many people transition into new positions. One of those people is senior Emily Longman, who moved to Clayton prior to her junior year and joined the Speech and Debate team.

“I was one of only a few juniors whose first year it was for Speech and Debate, and she helped us figure out where we were,” Longman said. In mid-June, Yap and Hamilton traveled to Washington D.C. On the eve of their arrival, Yap received her award. “We went to the National Building Museum for our medallion ceremony where the Secretary of Education presented us with our medallions,” Yap said. President Obama could not be at the ceremony because he was in Mexico for the G-20 summit. However, he left the scholars a personalized video. For Hamilton, Yap being awarded the medallion was the most memorable part of the trip. “I felt really proud to be sitting in the audience and see her be recognized and walk across that stage, and to know that she is being given credit for all the wonderful things she has done,” Hamilton said. There was also a teachers’ recognition dinner, where Yap and Hamilton dined among other esteemed students and teachers. “That was really meaningful to me. I got to sit with Corrine, and to know that she allowed me to come with her . . . was flattering,” Hamilton said. For Yap, the most memorable part of the trip was meeting the fellow Presidential Scholars, and, surprisingly, feeling as if she didn’t have to compete with them. “You don’t compare yourself to each other. We all got the same scores on the ACT, we all got the same scores on the SAT. We are all up there,” Yap said. “Suddenly the pressure to be someone more than what you are was lifted.” Though honored by the award, Yap does not feel becoming a Presidential Scholar is a goal students at CHS should have. “Do what you want to do, do what you are passionate about, and it shouldn’t matter,” she said. Hamilton agrees, and feels students should take as much joy as Yap does in their extra-curricular activities. She is also very excited for what the future holds for Yap. “I think she is dynamite,” Hamilton said. “I still feel really lucky because I got the chance to have her as a student, and now hopefully continue a relationship with her as friends as she moves off to college.”  Corrine Yap graduated in 2012 from Clayton High School. She will attend Sarah Lawrence in the fall and plans to study math and theater.

Yap poses with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan (left, photo from Department of Education). Corrine Yap with teacher Amy Hamilton (top). Close-up of the medal awarded to Yap (bottom). Above photos courtesy of Corrine Yap.

Did You Know? + The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by Executive Order of the President. + Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels visited the White House as a 1967 Presidential Scholar from Indiana. + In 1998, the Distinguished Teacher award was renamed the Presidential Scholars Program Teacher Recognition Award to serve as a means for rewarding good teachers for knowledge, skill and performance.



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For 15 days of summer vacation, they visited seven European countries. They climbed the Eiffel Tower, saw the Mona Lisa, marveled at the wonders of the Alps, ate some of the world’s best chocolate and took a gondola ride through the canals of Venice. To the people of Europe, they just looked like tourists visiting the famous sites of Europe. In reality, however, they were Missouri Ambassadors of Music there to spread the universal language and use it to connect people from all over. This summer, seven CHS music students went on the trip with band teacher Jennifer Shenberger to represent Missouri Ambassadors of Music along with 150 other student musicians from Missouri. This organization takes qualified student musicians to give them an unforgettable musical experience.

“Music directors from across the state nominate their students for this honor,” Shenberger said. “Here at Clayton, Ms. Shelley and I required a written application process. The applications are screened and the potential candidates are then nominated. Once you are nominated, acceptance is guaranteed.”
 Missouri Ambassadors of Music share in the cultures and traditions of countries across Europe through the common language of music. CHS alumnus Taylor Kloha was a member of the concert band this summer, and she saw it as an experience to try new things.
 “It provides young people with the opportunity to expand their thresholds and gain a more global outlook,” she said. “I joined the Ambassadors group in order to connect with other young musicians from across the state as well as to experience the history and culture of Europe, which I had learned so much about in Mr. Harned’s AP European History class, firsthand.”
 The cities they visited were London, England; Paris, France; Vaduz, Liechtenstein; Crans-Montana, Switzerland; Seefeld, Austria; Venice, Italy and Rotenberg, Germany. “It was fun being in London and being a part of the preparation for the Olympics,” Shenberger said. “While we were there, the Olympic rings were hoisted up underneath the Tower Bridge and it was really cool to be able to see that. If I had to pick one aspect that I didn’t like, it is the 5-hour bus ride

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to Venice.”
 Kloha enjoyed the different cultures she was able to experience on this trip. “I loved how this trip was so expansive; we were able to get the flavor of Europe as a whole while visiting so many different places,” she said. “This was also a disadvantage, however—we could only spend a limited amount of time in each country!”
 Along with the wonderful sightseeing, Kloha also enjoyed the musical aspect of the trip.
 “This trip has taught me a lot about the importance of being flexible as a musician,” she said. “Every venue for our concert was different, and required the band to respond in a different way, be it adjusting dynamics or watching the director rather than relying on listening. Some concerts, such as London, were performed in cloudy, windy weather; others, such as in Rotenberg, were in blazing heat. All the while, it was vital for the band to remain on their toes and a cohesive unit.”
 Shenberger also thought that it was a great way for the students to mature as musicians.
 “They definitely leave this experience with a whole new appreciation of what’s out there in the world and how much music can build a bond no matter how many languages are spoken in the venue,” she said. “It also makes me proud to be a part of this ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity for them. I actually see students change in so many positive ways as a result of the time spent on this particular trip.”
 The schedule was always packed, but all in all, both Shenberger and Kloha thought it was a worthwhile experience. “As the director of the Ambassadors put it, we rehearse, eat, rehearse, eat, sleep and then get up and do it all over again,” Shenberger said. “You come home exhausted, but overwhelmed and happy with all of the things you have seen.”
 Kloha also felt that it opened her mind to countries, and saw the commonalities she shared with these diverse people.
 “We made friends with many new people; the world

Above: CHS students smile at the camera in front of the Matterhorn. Below (left to right): Adam Schultz on a ski lift, Clayton Harris taking an Alp Horn lesson, Concert Band setting up in Rothenburg, Germany. Photos from Taylor Kloha. became a real, dimensional place and not just a rather abstract concept,” Kloha said. “Because of this trip, I have gained a deeper understanding of the different ways of life that exist across Europe.”
 The next Europe trip will be the summer of 2014, and both Kloha and Shenberger hopes that students will be interested in this trip. “We will begin sending information out this coming spring, so start saving your pennies because you won’t want to miss it!” Shenberger said. 


NOT A NORMAL SUMMER JOB While some people work as lifeguards or at restaurants over the summer, Greg Ginos has a baseball fan’s dream job: a bat boy for a Major League team. by Peter Baugh Every other home game, Greg Ginos walks into the St. Louis Cardinal clubhouse. He greets familiar faces, smiles and jokes around with fellow workers. Then he begins his routine at a job that many young boys and girls can only dream of having: working as a bat boy of a Major League Baseball team. Ginos, a CHS senior, applied for the job of St. Louis Cardinal bat boy, and made the list of finalists for the position. However, initially he was not selected. When another bat boy quit, the Cardinals chose Ginos to replace him. The first two games Ginos worked, he trained with the other bat boy, who showed him how things were done. The clubhouse was daunting for him the first few days. “The first time I was in the clubhouse it was really intimidating, because you are around some


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of the biggest stars in baseball. You just don’t his hardest to make sure he does his job well. want to mess up or make a mistake,” Ginos “He always displays a positive attitude and said. puts forth his best effort, even when the weathHowever, after the first few games, Ginos er is unsatisfactory and the team is struggling,” realized that the clubhouse had a “loose atmoCendroski said. “Most importantly, Greg loves sphere.” his job and the game.” As the Cardinals’ bat boy, Ginos has many Ginos also plays baseball, and is an outfieldresponsibilities, including memorizing every er for the varsity team at Clayton. By watching player’s number. He does this to keep players Major Leaguers play, Ginos says he has been materials straight, since most players supplies inspired by their high level of performance and are marked with only their number. motivated to play at a higher level than ever Each game he arrives four hours early. Bebefore. Though he has had the opportunity, Gifore the Cardinals take the field, Ginos puts nos does not ask players or coaches for advice, water jugs in both the bullpen and the dugout, because he feels they already have enough on along with their minds sunflower preparing for seeds, bubble the game. gum and One story sweat towels. Ginos will When the always re“He always displays a positive ball players member is an attitude and puts forth his best take batting embarrassing practice, Gione. effort, even when the weather nos stays in As he was is unsatisfactory and the team the dugout, racing into making sure the dugout, is struggling.” all the playhe tripped in ers have what front of manthey need, ager Mike Matthew Cendroski and that Matheny and Third Base field usher people tourAll Star third ing don’t play baseman Dawith equipvid Freese. ment. Freese During and Matheny the game, Gijokingly nos supplies made fun of the home him about plate umpire with balls. He picks up broken the fall. bats and makes sure every player has an extra During his time as bat boy, his favorite bat handy. memory was when the Cardinals scored 12 After the last out, Ginos is charged with runs in one inning against the rival Cubs. Overcleaning the dugout and bullpen. He rinses all though, Ginos simply cherishes the time he out coolers, hangs laundry and even cleans the gets to spend around some of baseball’s biggest coaches shoes. For a 7:15 game, Ginos is usustars. ally at the stadium until 12:45. Ginos said he talks to Yadier Molina the However hectic the job gets, Ginos is havmost out of all the players and loves being able ing the time of his life. “Being a bat boy for the to converse with them as “real people.” Cardinals outweighs all the stress that comes “I get paid to hang out with the Cardinals with it,” he said. and love the game,” Ginos said. “How many Matthew Cendroski, the Cardinals’ Third people have can say they have had a job like Base field usher, said that Ginos always tries this?” 


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Ginos is responsible for carrying bats to the dugout (left, bottom). He has to make sure the on deck circle is ready for when the team bats (top). Photos by Peter Baugh. Ginos also plays baseball for Clayton (middle). Photo courtesy of Greg Ginos.


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JACK LAYDEN: REACHING FOR THE FINISH by PETER BAUGH Jack Layden is a winner. “No matter how far down he is, he never stops thinking he can win,” said Katelyn Long, assistant coach of the CHS boys’ swim team. Long also coached Layden, a senior, as a child at the Missouri Athletic Club. Long feels he is a leader, as does his teammate, sophomore Sam Rubin. “He helps out the new people, like he helped me my freshman year,” Rubin said. While he helps others, Layden also tries to help himself, which he does by constantly setting goals. He has one main ambition for this coming season. “I have to make state this season, this is my last year,” Layden said. “That’s my biggest goal: just to make state.”


Layden hopes to make the state competition in the 100 meter breaststroke. Though he has state ambitions, he does not think he will swim in college, but may play water polo. For college, he is looking at schools such as DePaul University in Chicago and Eckerd College in Florida. Even though he is unsure of his swimming future, Layden is hopeful for Clayton swimming down the line. “I think this year, next year, and in the future Clayton will be really competitive in St. Louis,” Layden said. He also looks up to many swimmers and coaches. At the national level, Layden admires many swimmers, including Missy Franklin, who won four gold medals in London at age 17. He also praises swimmers Michael Phelps and Ryan

Lochte. Locally, Layden feels that the late Wally Lundt, former swimming and water polo coach, who passed away in December of last year, is his swimming role model. “He helped me tremendously. The guy was a great man,” Layden said. “He taught me you can be a good guy, you can be really selfless and do everything in your life for others. I think that reflected in my swimming, because we bonded as a team.” Lundt stressed having a team atmosphere, which is also important to Layden, who Rubin says is a “team player.” Layden says that if swimmers work as a team, it is easier to work hard. “If we feel like a team, I don’t want to let the team down, and I push myself to go faster so we can get a relay through,” Layden said. Along with hard work, Long also feels that Layden’s positive attitude toward the sport strongly impacts his swimming, making him a key swimmer for Clayton’s team. “He is a great kid, he is always in a good mood and he has a lot of energy,” Long said. “I think he is a fundamental part of the team.” 


A HERO RISES by Jeffrey Friedman

     Out of darkness rises a figure prepared to take down the evil of Gotham. And as many fans now hope, the evil of the world as well.  Premiering under a cloud of darkness, “The Dark Knight Rises,” is perhaps the right film for a tragic time. The highly anticipated sequel debuted, on July 20, to one of the greatest tragedies on American soil - the Aurora shootings. Movie theaters, as a previously safe space, became just another target in a long line of previously sacred places to be tarnished by devastation. But as viewers watch Christian Bale, once again playing the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, hopefully they recall that out of great sorrow heroes can rise and ultimately the villain will pay for his or her crimes. In the “Dark Knight Rises” Wayne has been in hiding for eight years.  A result of an agreement between the Dark Knight and Police Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman) involved Batman taking the blame for the death of D.A. Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) which concluded “The Dark Knight” and the disappearance of the hero within him. Through the eyes of Commissioner Gordon and Batman, the sacrifice of the Dark Knight was made for the better.    While this lie reduced criminal activity in Gotham City for quite some time thanks to the anti-crime Dent Act, its effects were bound to wear off, as Gotham seems never safe for long.

SOY JOY by Jeffrey Friedman

     Smooth, creamy frozen yogurt flavors ranging from chocolate to cantaloupe and toppings like no other? Check.  Not only is it delicious, but Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt has a unique approach when it comes to the new beloved dessert: it’s plant-based and made from soy. Set in the streets of University City, this joint was bound to be packed as soon as the word of its opening, which took place on June 2, 2012. While birthday cake and chocolate peanut butter are excellent go-to flavors at Tutti Fruitti, it is nearly impossible to sacrifice the other attractive options. Without a doubt, anything that you find appealing in the wide selection of fruit at Tutti Frutti (hence the name Tutti Frutti) will be an outstanding companion for your yogurt.  But if you’re not the type that enjoys a medley of kiwi, pineapple, mandarin oranges and such, resorting to the many chocolatey items -- oreos, chocolate-covered raisins, and brownie bits included -- always ends well. So back to the soy.  I know what you’re thinking. Really? Soy? Yes, soy, and it rocks.  Not only is it delicious, soy is a complete protein, which is healthy for our muscles, bones, hair, nails and skin.  So you can feel good while you in- HEALTH dulge - what’s not to love? Also, Tutti-Frutti’s fro-yo is natural, no artificial sweeteners added and the shop uses organic soybeans grown in the United States. And if the people of Tutti Frutti have not proved their good

The arrival of a sly cat burglar Selina Kyle (Anne Hathaway), who at first disguises herself as a maid in the Bruce Wayne’s mansion, as well as the terrorist Bane (Tom Hardy) with a mask and cruel plans to ruin Gotham, leave Wayne with no choice but to emerge from his years spent in solitude, away from fighting crime. Christopher Nolan has high hopes that anyone who has the opportunity to experience “The Dark Knight Rises” in IMAX theaters will do so.  Almost half of the picture was shot with large-format IMAX film cameras, which offer a tremendous amount of clarity and depth. And as the audience wishes that the Dark Knight rise, and a dangerous Bane falls, the faith of Gotham again rests on the shoulders of Bruce Wayne.  It is hopeful by viewers that the streets of Gotham and theaters of the United States will become safe once again. 

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hearts yet, to support the belief that having a healthy world requires the natural balance of the environment to be nurtured opposed to manipulated, Tutti Frutti strictly uses non-genetically-modified soybeans in the frozen yogurt served in store. So for once, it is possible to enjoy something tasty while simultaneously giving your body what it needs to be healthy. Now go on, take your taste buds for a ride.   




90 Backstreet’s Back, Alright! (Taking Back the 90’s)


HALF TIME After the United States Women’s Gymnastics team won the gold medal, they huddled in a circle and chanted ‘U.S.A.’ in a display of togetherness. When we watch compelling moments like these, politics are the last things on our minds. We do not think of the distinctions between ‘conservatives’ or ‘liberals’ – we just think of ourselves as Americans. We have pride for our country. However, when we watch the Olympics, that unity is often lost during commercial breaks spewing ads from various political candidates. These ads remind people of grudges they feel

“Political candidates should remember that there is a time and a place for everything, and during the Olympics certainly is not the time.”

veralls. The quirky yet

But as this year’s class of 2013 heads full-

functional jean-jump-

throttle into its senior year, I can’t help but

against the candidates and parties, and can

suit is a ‘90’s icon. So

feel an inkling of nostalgia for the dud-decade

sometimes lead to vulgar language directed at

it’s no surprise that

in which we were born. Before we know it, the

the television set.

when I think of the

halls of Clayton High will be filled with the ba-

Ads such as these should be banned during



bies of this century, who no doubt have been in-

the Olympics. Unfortunately, this is little more

which my peers and I were born, I immediately

stilled with a sense of pride in their birth years

than wishful thinking. As the Presidential elec-

picture Topanga (the girl-next-door heartthrob

as nothing short of a golden age.

tions approach, we must accept that nasty polit-


of the show Boy Meets World, for those of you

The underclassmen at CHS now, the last

ical advertisements will be run. Political candi-

who lived under a rock) strutting into Cory’s

‘90’s babies, will endure the invasion of the

dates should remember that there is a time and

kitchen in overalls like nobody’s business. A

golden children. I only hope that we can take

a place for everything, and during the Olympics


pride in the ‘90’s as being something more sub-

certainly is not the time.

The overalls have yet to see the light of day

stantial than Topanga’s overalls. Whatever the

Politics split the nation, causing argumentst

since the start of the 21st century, probably due

‘90’s represents for you, whether you’re a his-

and sometimes ruin relationships between

to the fact that they are not even a little bit flat-

tory junkie who appreciates the significance of

friends and family members. The Olympics

tering. And sadly, it seems the ‘90’s goes down

the Hubble telescope launching or a Backstreet

should be a time to high five the person nearest

in history as “that-decade-of-soft-rock-and-

Boys groupie, share it with the world. Take back

you at a restaurant. It should be a time to hug a

jean-jumpsuits.” Much like the overalls them-

the decade. Dress up ‘90’s-style for a costume

family member, even if he or she sees Obama’s

selves, not the most flattering of titles.

party. We are ‘90’s babies, hear us roar. 

Health Care Plan in a different way than you.


These political advertisements are taking away from the pride we have in our country by


reminding us that there is a fundamental divide among some of us. 


your words ‘’

What inspired you to do this trip? The first time I went to Nicaragua, I was 12. Back then, I just wanted to see what a thirdworld country was like. However, after working with the kids there, I developed a bond with the community and have always gone back.

What part of Nicaragua did you visit and what struck you about the community?




In a tale of personal growth, junior Jack Bernard went on a mission trip to Nicaragua over the summer and left an imprint on the impoverished community that he worked with. Bernard worked to deviate children from gang life by exposing them to athletic activities. It was another case of a CHS student making a difference at an international level. The Globe’s Sri Panth got the chance to talk to Bernard about his experience.


I visited a little village called Nepaja, which is located in the capital city of Managua. While Managua is modern and bustling with people, Nejapa is a very primitive and remote. There is a lot of poverty, trash and debris. It is disheartening to see the environment these kids have to live in.

Can you explain the types of activities you exposed the kids to? As a younger missionary, I played a bigbrother type of role to many of these kids. I played sports with them, worked out with them, and encouraged them to put their energy towards studying rather than hanging out in the streets. The group also focused on building schools.

Do you think your efforts reached the children? Definitely! We have built multiple schools in Nejapa and a lot of these schools are incorporating a program where the students can play school-supervised sports if they come to class every day. Every time I come back to Nejapa, I see less kids on the streets and more in schools. Our efforts are definitely impacting their lives for the better and the decreasing number of gangs is a testament to that.

What was the most memorable moment of the trip, the moment that defined the mission? At the end of the trip, the kids give us a cultural performance. Despite their lack of resources, they still manage to give us a show. It is a pure display of appreciation for us and the performance always makes me smile. That’s when you realize what kind of impact you’ve had on these kids. You just do not want to leave.

Did the experience influence and change you? If so, how? Yes, especially this year. When I was younger, I was more focused on mingling with the kids. This year, I really set out to help out the kids and observe the community. It really changed my perspective. Despite their struggles, the Nicaraguans were still very happy and optimistic. Witnessing their strong faith really made me think about my own.

Though you’re no longer at Nicaragua, are you still doing things from St. Louis to continue helping the kids? For sure! I am asking my friends and neighbors to give me used sports equipment that I can donate to the Nepaja schools. This would greatly help their sports programs. I am also working with my local church to accomplish this goal.

If you would like to donate, call Bernard at 314-283-9930 or email him at

August 2012-13 Globe  

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