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Follow-up on seven period scheduling
Boyd Johnson retires after 33 years
Anatomy of the perfect athlete
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BAND The symphonic band earned a distinguished rating at the State Concert Festival May 4. The symphonic band spring concert is May 27 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. Admission is $2. Summer band rehearsals begin July 5 and are at 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays through the month of July. Summer band camp is July 26-30 at OCHS. SPORTS Chase Bryant is signing with Capital University outside of Columbus, Ohio, to play for the mens soccer team. YEARBOOK Seniors will receive yearbooks during a luncheon Friday, May 21. All underclassmen will receive yearbooks Monday, May 24. DEAD POETS SOCIETY Members will host a “carpe diem” celebration. Poetry will be read at 7 p.m. May 21 in the auditorium.
Career Goals: Majoring in visual communications with a career in graphic design College Choices: Bellarmine University School Activities: Varsity cheerleading, Class Historian, Yearbook Coverage Editor, Beta Club, National Honor Society and Sigma Sigma Gamma Secretary Interests Outside of School: Photography, Photoshop, spending time with friends and family Honors or Awards: Commonwealth Diploma Candidate, six Academic Achievement awards for various classes, National Scholars of High School Society Recognition, recognition in “Who’s Who of High School”
Career Goals: Majoring in mechanical or computer engineering College Choices: University of Louisville, J.B. Speed School of Engineering School Activities: National Honor Society, Beta Club Interests Outside of School: Reading, watching TV, playing video games, hanging out with friends and helping others Honors or Awards: Trustee’s Scholarship to the University of Louisville, academic scholarship to the University of Louisville, David L. Weedman Scholarship, numerous academic awards
Boyd Johnson retires after distinguished career Teacher planted lasting roots for school’s agriculture program KYLE STEWART staff writer Boyd Johnson, agriculture teacher, will be retiring at the end of this scholastic year. Johnson taught here for his entire 33 year career, starting in May of 1977. The reasoning behind his retirement is not one of dissatisfaction, but rather one of timing. “I’m not unhappy with what I do,” Johnson said. “There just comes a time when it doesn’t make ﬁnancial sense to continue working.” Johnson, fondly known as “J” to his students, enjoys the diversity of teaching a class that is not ruled by a textbook but rather one that is hands-on and experimental. “I get to do something diﬀerent every day. I don’t have to follow a book chapter by chapter like some of the other teachers have to do,” Johnson said. Along with teaching such subjects as greenhouse, landscaping, animal science, and other agricultural courses, Johnson has sponsored the Future Farmers of
America club which has been extremely successful during his 33 years. Though the club existed well before his arrival, Johnson brought about many beneﬁcial changes and adaptations to the association. “The main improvement has been the quality of our facilities; they have gotten much nicer,” Johnson said. Johnson has seen the renovation of an agriculture shop, the arrival of a new maintenance barn, and the building of a new and improved greenhouse during his tenure. Johnson also brought about a new curriculum into the classroom. “We’ve began to focus more on agriculturebusiness. Over 60 percent of the jobs in the United States are related to some sort of agriculture, so it has become very important,” Johnson said. The FFA team has competed in multiple national events, and has accumulated many impressive showings. The team has had national proﬁciency winners, top 10 national ﬁnishes and, most impressively, a second place national team ﬁnish, just merely missing a national title. The development of the FFA program was
a key goal of Johnson’s when he ﬁrst started progress with our program, so that was something that made me stay,” Johnson said. at OCHS. “At ﬁrst, I wanted us to be competitive Johnson has earned the respect of his with the other teams in our region and students and authorities throughout his years due to his hard work district. As we began to become and dedication to his career. “He’s extremely committed more competitive, we began to to both his work and his students,” Heidi Gorbandt, shoot for national junior FFA member, said. c o m p e t i t i o n s ,” “I’ve never heard anything Johnson said. bad out of his classroom. He With his will have some hard shoes to i n c re a s i n g ﬁll,” Brent Deaves, principal, prestige, Johnson said. was oﬀered This is precisely what he multiple jobs from wants his legacy to be. other employers, photo by BethAnn Harvey “I want to be remembered but he decided to as somebody that tried to remain where he help the kids. I don’t just initially began. HANDS ON -- Veteran teacher Boyd look at the short-term; I “I had an oﬀer Johnson is well known in Kentucky think it is important to have from the State for his development of the school’s a long-term vision. There’s Department ... agriculture program. Many of his nothing like seeing one of and also when students seek careers in this ield. your former students three or Scott County was beginning to develop … I stayed because four years down the road have a successful of my family. We had also made a lot of career, family and life,” Johnson said.
Receptionist leaves lasting impression on school community Ofice loses one of its friendliest staff members CAROLINE COLLINS chief illustrator At the end of this year, the smiling face that has graced the oﬃce will be gone. I recently sat down with Roberta Blakemore, receptionist, to ﬁnd out more about her decision and how she plans to spend her time during her retirement. Q. How many years have you worked at OCHS? What other positions have you fulfilled? I’ve been here 26 years. I got my nursing degree from the University of Kentucky, and then I started
working at OCHS in the special education department. I became a title I teacher, then a troubleshooter. I did that for a few years but didn’t like moving around so I applied for a secretarial job. I was hired and started in attendance and eventually moved out here to the front desk.
photo by BethAnn Harvey A SMILING FACE -- Blakemore greets every visitor with a genuine smile. Her joy has been a welcome addition to the front ofice.
Q. What changes have you seen in this school over the years? I see that the students now don’t seem to have respect. There is lack of respect for themselves sometimes and other times for adults. I
would like to see more kindness but that’s the whole society not just the school. Q. What has been your funniest/favorite experience at OCHS? The funniest would be Mr. Watkins trying to teach the computer and phone system to me … so many tales I could tell. Q. What would you like to say to the students at OCHS? I would tell them to never say, never. It’s so ironic the things that I said I would never do; marry a farmer, be a secretary or work with kids. I’ve done them all. I would also like to say always be honest and let God lead you. Q. Why did you decide to retire this year? I really didn’t want to, but I had to
because of family. I want to spend the rest of my years with my husband. He’s the most important person in my life. Q. What do you plan on doing next? Help my husband more on the farm, maybe find a part-time job. I’ve considered taking piano and painting lessons as well. Q. If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? I would like to go to Europe. I would love to see the fountains and flower gardens. I like them so much I’m trying to make my backyard look like them. Q. If you could close out your time here with one quote what would it be? “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass … It’s about learning to dance in the rain.”
NEWS Schools for the skilled
Antonio Burroughs GSA - Drama
5 2010 Governor’s Scholars May 2010
This year, 16 juniors were named to the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program and one student was accepted to the Governor’s School for the Arts. These students had to complete an extensive and competitive application process. The Governor’s Scholars Program is a ﬁve-week summer program held at Bellarmine University, Centre College and Murray State University that brings together diligent students from across the state to build character through study and interaction with fellow high school juniors. The Governor’s School for the Arts is a three-week summer program held at Transylvania University that brings together students from across the state of Kentucky who are talented in the arts. Students must be either a high school sophomore or junior to apply.
Not pictured: Juniors Chandler Santos and Tyler Scaﬀ (GSP).
photos by BethAnn Harvey and Becca Clemons
Farmers Market returns to downtown LaGrange Local farmers come together to bring fresh produce and delectable products to area consumers
photos by Chelsea Corbin
ERIN KOHNKE staff writer The LaGrange Farmers and Artisan Market oﬀers a variety of locally grown and manufactured products every Saturday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Courthouse courtyard. Market goods include fresh fruits, crafts and preserves in addition to dozens of other natural food and foodstuﬀs made close to home. The farmers market is also a great place to purchase handmade crafts. Organic beeswax candles and alpaca fur cloth are only two of the many arts that are sold at the market. Other items include soaps and lotions that are made from natural ingredients and carvings made from local wood selections.
Foods that are sold by local producers at the market are fresher than those sold at grocery stores. The fruits and vegetables at Wal-Mart or Kroger are typically shipped in from other states or countries. According to bloomingfoods.org, most transit fruits and vegetables have to travel an average of 1300 miles over a period of one to two weeks in order to reach a family’s table. Foods at the farmers market are picked and sold as soon as possible, preserving nutrients and freshness. Get a little taste of summer and stop by the Courthouse Square between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. to check out what our farmers have to oﬀer. From fresh produce and natural body care to sculptures, there’s bound to be something that will reunite you with your earthy side.
Tea Party influenced by 1773 patriots
Summer reading guidelines released
Recently formed political p party y rallys y against taxation
Reading expectations clariied for all students MICHAEL ROUP online editor Summer reading requirements for 1oth – 12th grade English students:
earned money independently, that the Constitution is the supreme factor when determining the law and that a handsoﬀ policy from the government in private Inﬂuenced by the Boston Tea Party of 1773, American life is what is best for American citizens. They today’s tea party are opposed to was created the deﬁcit in in response to the budget, the the excessive recently passed taxation of stimulus and the the people of bailout policies. America. The Tea Party The Tea movement did Party political not become a movement major political has become force until a recent force 2009 when in American many party p o l i t i c s , protests began protesting taking place, against many supporting democratic time.com Independence ideals, such as Day as well the recently MISSING: TEAPOT AND CUPS -- Tea Party as opposing passed health members rally in Washington, D.C. Rallys like this B a r a c k care bill and the take place all over the country to stop “Taxation O b a m a ’ s ever-so-debated without representation.” p r e s i d e n c y. abortion rights. Members of this party stay grounded on These protests are in response to taxation the right side of the political divide. The without representation, and the party is Tea Party movement even claims that the used to evoke images of America’s past, as majority of its supporters are longtime TEA is commonly used as an acronym for “taxed enough already.” Republicans. The Tax Day Tea Party, which has occurred The Tea Party is dedicated to teaching, attracting, arranging and assembling the past two years on April 15, is one of the Americans to protect their natural largest Tea Party protests showing evidence rights through the values of economic of hostility towards taxation. The views responsibility, government control within of Tea Party members are placed on the the limits of the Constitution and free right side of American politics with their markets. Members believe that individuals conservative perspectives on issues and should have the freedom to spend their libertarian stances on the economy.
ERICKA HARDIN staff writer
Student cannot have read the book before Book must be at least 200 pages in length Book can not have been made into a movie Graphic novels are not allowed
Students in English courses are encouraged to use a reading journal while they read. The reading journal is optional. For more information on the summer reading journals, see Lauren Churchill in the school library or check the summer reading Wiki at http://ochssummer-reading.wikispaces.com. Students enrolled in AP English courses or Advanced English I or II have special assignments for that course. Details are also posted on the summer reading Wiki. All non-English Advanced Placement courses have separate reading requirements. Assignments are available on the Wiki and will be distributed by teachers before school ends.
Upcoming graduation information Graduates will be awarded diplomas in Freedom Hall PAIGE RIETVELD staff writer
Who: Oldham County Class of 2010 What: Commencement Exercises When: Saturday, June 5, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. Where: Freedom Hall Exhibition Center Invitations are unnecessary as anyone can attend the graduation ceremony. Be aware that the only expense may be parking-related fees based upon where you choose to park. Graduates need to wear casual, business-dress clothing (no jeans, no gym shoes, no t-shirts). The graduation ceremony will start with the graduates marching in, followed by awards, speeches, diploma distribution, the senior video, and then the traditional cap toss. Pictures for graduates and their families will be permitted afterward.
receives national recognition Local record shop ranked sixth in the nation by SPIN magazine MACK KEIFFER staff writer
ouisville’s premiere alternative record store has just received the honor of being named the sixthbest record shop in the nation by the prestigious New York-based music mag, SPIN magazine. In the April issue’s countdown for “America’s 15 Best Indie Record Stores,” the magazine praised ear X-tacy, raving about the store’s “huge selection — rivaled by only a few stores in the country — and commitment to keeping Louisville weird.” While ear X-tacy has been ranked as the number six record shop in the country, that doesn’t mean that it’s the sixth most successful.
louisville.about.com HONORING THE MUSIC -- ear X-tacy ranks sixth-best record store in the nation. The store has been serving Louisville and surrounding areas for over 25 years.
The store has recently suﬀered sales in the wake of the economic downturn and the widespread use of illegal ﬁle-sharing and downloading as potential customers’ means of obtaining music. But business has been better since shop owner John Timmons’ press release in February in which he
reached out to local listeners for help in boosting the business’ sales. Timmons’ call to action raised quite an alarm throughout the Louisville community. Not only did fearful music lovers ﬂood back to ear X-tacy with their business, they utilized social networking sites to initiate a movement to encourage others to do the same. Receiving this sort of national recognition is quite a feat for what started in 1985 as a mere 500 square foot hole in the wall turned nationally recognized cultural landmark. Hopefully the nod from SPIN will be a perfect display of just how important local attractions such as ear X-tacy are to the great city of Louisville. Said SPIN magazine about the shop: “[ear X-tacy] works hard at keeping itself and the values it represents relevant. If any one store can keep a whole city weird, it’s ear X-tacy.”
Driving while inTXTicated is illegal Kentucky becomes 22nd state to pass bill distracted drivers last year, with one of the major distractions being texting. This new law has a few exceptions. Violations are only entucky drivers have one less distraction punishable while the vehicle is in motion, to worry about while on the road: and phones can still be used to report spotted texting. On April 15, Governor Steve Beshear traﬃc problems or signed into law a bill banning other legal violations text messaging while driving. and to request help. The law, which has received “It promotes safety Drivers who are support around the state, also and responsibility caught texting while bans any use of cell phones by driving will receive a while driving.” drivers under the age of 18. warning beginning in Legislation was proposed in -Sanny Omar July. Fines of $25 for response to the 57,000 reported ﬁrst oﬀenders and $50 crashes in Kentucky caused by for repeat oﬀenders
TOM SCHALLER staff writer
will be implemented at the beginning of next year. Despite the controversy the bill faced, many think good will come from it. Junior Sanny Omar thinks the ban will be beneﬁcial to teens and adults alike. “It promotes safety and responsibility while driving,” Omar said. The law makes Kentucky the 22nd states to adopt a policy banning texting while driving.
cbsnews.com INTXTICATION DILEMMA -- Texting while driving creates potential road hazards. Legislation passed bans drivers under the age of 18 from cell phone use while driving.
the clarion view
Value of reading has become underrated in society G
etting teenagers to read can be a challenge. Unless a self-declared bookworm, many students stick to reading just when it’s required of them, resorting to SparkNotes when they’re feeling extra lazy. The reasoning behind this phenomenon is hard to determine: Does reading take up valuable time that could be better utilized? Is it too boring? Does it make one look too nerdy? The answers to these questions are deﬁnitely no, and hating books does not make one seem rebellious and “cool.” The fact is, the majority of teens aren’t reading like they should, or aren’t reading at all, and it’s evident from poor grammar usage and low English scores on tests and in everyday life. For 2009, the average ACT score in the English portion of the test was 20.6 out of 36, and the average score in the reading portion was 21.4 out of 36, according to the National ACT Proﬁle Report. These scores are just barely above the College Readiness Benchmark Scores determined by the ACT; only 67 percent of test takers reached the advised 18 in English, with 53 percent
reaching a 21 in reading. engaged. It can surpass television in many One of the few ways to improve performance ways when it comes to entertainment – no in these areas is to read and become more commercial interruptions and a greater familiar with the laws of grammar. Because chance to use one’s imagination are just two of this, however, reading may sound of the beneﬁts. Reading is portable like a wearisome task that can’t and ccan be done on the bus, in a possibly be enjoyable in any waiting room, ro on the beach or in way. Reading can give the a be b d. It’s It’s even easier now with bed. ool technology g like the Amazon impression of being a tool to be used solely forr Kindle, Barnes Barn & Noble Nook and Apple iP learning (and trying to iPad that encourage get teenagers to accept ept reading on tthe go. learning as a pastime ime Reading the right book ore can be a funnier or more would be an even more impossible task), ), suspen suspenseful experience than the average TV thus giving it a generally negative sh show. It can take just connotation with aas much eﬀort to the youth. pick up a book than However, what many to pick up the remote, s llin and it pays oﬀ much o don’t realize is that there is illus C tration by Caroline something to read about any better in the long run. In the subject, whether it be sports, romance, words of Groucho Marx: “I ﬁnd television horses, skateboarding or any esoteric topic to be very educating. Every time somebody that exists. Reading is simply another way turns on the set, I go in the other room and of grasping information and becoming read a book.”
The harmony of a final chord JULIE STOLWORTHY opinions editor
usic is something that everyone can relate to. There seems to be a song to ﬁt virtually any mood, emotion or circumstance. A song can provide empathy we cannot ﬁnd elsewhere and comfort in a situation we would have otherwise found hopeless. It is diﬃcult to explain why simple words and tunes written by someone else can have such a profound eﬀect, but it is a phenomenon that all people have experienced. Perhaps it is not necessarily lyrics or melodies that make music so universally relatable, but the structure of the music itself. It is constantly progressing from verse to chorus, chorus to bridge, and bridge back to chorus. These individual parts all contain individual notes and ideas that build on each other and change constantly, creating
tension in the music. This tension makes us anticipate a resolution; a chord at the end of a phrase or the second word in a rhymed pair. We are temporarily satisﬁed by these small victories, but the music will always move on. We cannot control or predict it, but we continue listening. We want to get to that ﬁnal resolution—the big conclusion that will make all the individual pieces ﬁt together and make sense. The beauty of this constant progression is the resemblance it bears to our own lives. We are constantly experiencing tension and anxiety, then searching and waiting for a resolution. We have small victories throughout our lives; those major chords that provide relief at the end of the chorus. But life only lets us enjoy those chords for a few short moments before moving on to new verses. It is a cycle that we have little control over—change rarely asks permission. More often than not, the tension lasts longer than the resolution. We have countless days of
mediocrity between the days that stand out in our memory as truly signiﬁcant. These days are the ones worth waiting for—they make the hard times worthwhile. But we must also understand that the relief is short-lived. There will always be more notes following: new ideas that must progress before another temporary resolution can be reached. At this point in our lives, we may be uncertain of the direction we are moving in. But our lives, like music, will always be progressing. These changes won’t always make sense to us, but we must embrace them. We have to experience the periods of restless tension in order to appreciate the relief we feel when that tension is resolved. We have to trust that all of the twists and turns will eventually make sense and ﬁt together into a fulﬁlling conclusion. The dissonance of our present cadence will one day be resolved with the ringing harmony of a ﬁnal chord.
Editorial Board This relects the view of the Editorial Board. The members of the board this month included Becca Clemons, Chelsea Corbin, Brooke Daugherty, Ericka Hardin, Matthew Lawson, Chris Poche and Matt Stewart.
Editor in Chief Chelsea Corbin
Managing Editor Becca Clemons
Production Editor Chris Poche
News Editor Kayla Aschenbeck
Opinions Editor Julie Stolworthy
Features Editor Courtney Droste
Sports Editor Samira Asad
Photography Editor BethAnn Harvey
Chief Illustrator Caroline Collins
Business Manager Katherine Benge
Columnist Kaity Galanos
Circulation Manager Brooke Daugherty
Online Editor Michael Roup
Adviser Joan Thompson
Staff Writers Carly Besser Cassidy Bliss Brooke Gorbandt Ericka Hardin Mandy Hogue Mack Keiffer Erin Kohnke Matthew Lawson Paige Rietveld Tom Schaller Duall Schutte Chloe Sedoris Kyle Stewart Matt Stewart The clarion colonel welcomes letters to the editor. Letters can be put in Mrs. Joan Thompson’s mailbox or be sent to: Newspaper, Oldham County High School, P.O. Box 187, Buckner, KY 40010 “The clarion colonel” is published monthly by the students of Oldham County High School, Buckner, Ky. Oldham County High School is not responsible for the accuracy of opinions or claims appearing in “the clarion colonel.” Opinions expressed do not necessarily represent the views of the staff or its publisher. The appearance of any advertisement does not constitute endorsement of any product in “the clarion colonel.”
OPINIONS Poche’s Philosophy... On prioritizing
CHRIS POCHE production editor
f college is the point at which our “futures” are to begin, high school is where we get in our last bits of practice. As I quickly approach the end of my era, I’ve learned much in my time of practicing for life and have found there is one key to survival of high school halls: prioritizing. The ﬁrst and most important notion is to balance your time. With numerous opportunities, you have an abundance of options and decisions to make each and every day. I’ve been and seen both extremes of this, as a student who studies for upwards of four to seven hours a night or who allows textbooks to remain cozy in the backpack every day.
Either way, extremes in high school are bad. If you’re an avid student, relax a little, go out, hit up the town every once in a while and drag your friends on the adventure as well. For the lazy layman, I’ve been there and certainly postponed my work just like you do, and all I can say is, the break was nice, but the grades slipped, and cracking open the textbook every once in a while won’t necessarily kill you. Everyone learns lessons in high school. For me, it was how to overcome fears, seeing that the reward almost always trumps it. The best way to get the full high school experience is to get out there. Join a club, there are well over 25 of them, or play a sport and meet some new people who have the same interests as you. After all of the school-related problems, high school boils down to friends, and here are a few things that can help to keep you and your chums happy and the good times
rolling. To top oﬀ the list of happy friendships, remember these three words: “mates before dates.” Now, I know you’ve had a crush on this girl since the third grade, but when it comes down to the nitty gritty, your friends are more likely to be around long after she is, and somebody has to help pick up the pieces. Treat her like a princess, but don’t neglect your royal brothers and sisters in the process; it is only a high school relationship. The worst part of high school, beyond the mountains of homework, is the drama. The infamous high school drama is as old as, well, high school, and will be until the end. Just remember, it’ll pass, and there are more important things to worry about, so don’t lose sleep over it. High school always has that temptation to participate in improper actions, whether as a sign of rebellion or just to have fun, but
As I see it...
that’s the beauty of this misconception. The best times can be clean times. Whether it’s chilling out with friends and watching a movie, playing Taboo, making a ﬁlm or just ﬁnding a place that you can call your own, plain and simple fun deﬁnitely doesn’t have to come out of a bottle. After all of these variables come into play, it’s up to you to decide what to do and how to prioritize your life, molding one where you maximize your experience in high school, but still get the education we’re here for. College is when the “real world” begins, so practice your juggling skills now, and learn your limits for the future. Finally, remember to dream until your dreams happen, act when options arise and live with the enthusiasm of leaving your mark on the people around you. Hey, it may seem hard, but it’s only high school. That’s my ﬁnal philosophy…
You say goodbye, I say hello KAITY GALANOS columnist
hese four years have felt like a lifetime; now comes the true experience beyond dress codes, superficial drama and ubiquitous insecurity. Leave these halls prepared to inhale the fresh air and embrace the realization that the labels stop here.” Class of 2010, we did it. In 15 days we will be walking across the stage, accepting our diplomas. We will be accepting the end of a seven-period schedule, cease rooting for the Colonel and earn no more detentions for being tardy. The saying goes, “as one door closes, another opens.” That door will open widely, letting the view of the fresh frontier to be seen fully. We will all see our chosen unchartered territory before us, ready to be settled and conquered. Embarking on our collegiate journey may seem daunting, but the growth potential outweighs its perceived fearsome presence. Leaving the ﬁsh bowl environment of high school and washing upon the shores of a college campus can be traumatizing and can
leave one feeling some major culture shock. All people adapt to new surroundings at diﬀerent times. Some will ﬁnd themselves struggling to ﬁnd their sea legs as they establish themselves as college freshmen. In those times of doubt, homesickness and questioning whether you truly are ready for the real world, keep one thing in mind: optimism. Optimism will be the tool for the most rewarding college experience. College will be a brilliant opportunity to grow as a person, become independent, meet new, interesting people and learn some valuable lessons. The transition from high school to college, from home to a dorm, is an immense one, but being optimistic about what you will achieve will narrow the gap considerably. It is a matter of looking at the glass half full or half empty. The idea of college may seem scary, but what you will encounter is too good to pass up. Hence, I have created a list that presents three signiﬁcant wonders of a college experience. 1. The opportunity to enlarge your mind. Apart from the general education classes that are required, college oﬀers a variety of
interesting courses one can take. Course variety is surprising and one should take advantage of that. Electives such as yoga and ultimate Frisbee can be taken, along with philosophy and music appreciation. There’s a class for every interest. Beneﬁt from the wide assortment of classes by branching out and learning something new. 2. A melting pot of new, diverse people. New school. New people. Thousands of new people. College is the perfect way to meet interesting individuals and develop relationships. In high school, you went to school with your classmates for at least four years. You heard all the rumors about them, had your fair share of petty catﬁghts with them, and at some point, their many faces seem to just have blurred into one. Let’s face it; they became pretty boring. With college comes diversity. People of all backgrounds and ideologies are somewhere on campus - you just have to be bold, brave and conﬁdent to go ﬁnd them. We learn about ourselves best by developing relationships with other people; let college be your medium for personal growth.
3. An expansive campus leads to expanding personal boundaries. Living in a ﬁsh bowl environment for a large percentage of your life’s existence, and then being able to stretch your ﬁns inside a large collegiate campus is going to be freeing. Just like a goldﬁsh that only grows as big as its home, you will grow intellectually as well as individually while residing on campus. The majority of a college’s population will not know who you are, so use that as incentive to inﬂate your comfort boundaries without being concerned that you will be judged. Living independently will allow you more personal responsibility, which will propel you to feel a little more grown up. Diﬀerent ideas will force you to think beyond yourself, and will make you more open to diﬀerent endeavors. College will be the best years of your life. Seniors, drawing a close to the familiarity of your life may be distressing, but if you act with positivity and establish yourself amongst the unknown, you will reap the rewards. As you walk across the stage and accept your diploma, exclaim a warm “hello!” to the next stage of your life.
May 2010 11 OPINIONS Becca Clemons is getting the heck out of Dodge
(a goodbye column)
BECCA CLEMONS managing editor
ur generation has been much like the others – we complain about homework, we engross ourselves in relationships and we argue with our parents. However, there is one major aspect of the adolescent experience we’ve had that our parents haven’t: social media. MySpace, Facebook, Twitter: To say these are a part of our lives is an understatement. Most of us have used one or more of these social tools, and if you haven’t, someone close to you has. My journey through these past four years of high school can be erratically traced via a stream of Facebook status updates, outlining the juvenility of freshman year to the self-assuredness that accompanies seniority. Some embarrassment ensued upon reading updates from my younger years, but I’ve accepted my progression as a maturation process.
Becca Clemons What’s it going to be then, eh? April 12, 2010 at 10:56 p.m. Comment Like I’m using this moment to recommend a book that I think every person should read before leaving high school: “A Clockwork Orange” by Anthony Burgess. Whether you love or hate reading, it WILL change your life and will have you questioning every decision you make by contemplating this classic line.
Becca Clemons IHOP IHOP IHOP January 31, 2010 at 2:06 p.m. Comment Like A good chunk of my status updates involve food. I’d like to think I’m getting my binge eating out of the way now before college and the “freshman 15” becomes a force to be reckoned with.
Becca Clemons what a morning/day/ night/morning December 25, 2009 at 1:10 a.m. Comment Like I hope that everyone will get numerous chances to have thoughts like this, as high school should be a mix of spontaneous decision making and either learning from the disastrous outcomes of those ideas or reminiscing on the successes stemming from them (or a combination of the two).
used the phrase “That’s what she said,” which I challenge you to tell me you haven’t).
was an insane idea the first time – yet, I’m glad I didn’t miss it.
Becca Clemons is illing out job applications
Becca Clemons needs something to do
June 11, 2009 at 8:11 p.m. Comment Like Ask me if I ever followed up on any of those job applications. Spoiler alert: I didn’t.
Becca Clemons is... Becca Clemons wouldn’t it be nice December 20, 2009 at 3:21 p.m. Comment Like Yes, wouldn’t it? We idealistic young souls are constantly dreaming up wild ideas as much as we can before the real world reaches out and slaps us in the face. Thank you, Beach Boys, for reminding us all that the dream mentality still exists outside of childhood!
Becca Clemons University of Wisconsin-Madison was pretty awesome November 25, 2009 at 8:46 p.m. Comment Like We all have a dream college, or if you don’t yet, you probably will come senior year. As I am not attending my ideal school, this status leaves me a memory of what could have been.
Becca Clemons Roll with the changes August 22, 2009 at 1:54 p.m. Comment Like Ah, change: definitely a prevalent theme in life that greets one most harshly in the teenaged years. I could have been analyzing this theme in my life, with the passing into a new school year, or just listening to REO Speedwagon. Whatever …
Becca Clemons Wayne’s World is on!!! July 3, 2009 at 10:53 p.m. Comment Like If you haven’t seen this movie, you don’t deserve to be a teenager (unless you’ve never
May 28, 2009 at 9:47 p.m. Comment Like There’s clearly some kind of introspection here, but the vagueness of this update shields me from getting it. What were you thinking, self? Pondering existence? Leaving your mental state “To be continued…”?
Becca Clemons is hating AP studying May 5, 2009 at 10:37 p.m. Comment Like A staple of a hearty high school career! If not AP studying, any studying can fill this void for every school boy/girl, or maybe it’s just the thought of studying that generates the hateful feeling.
Becca Clemons …is super tired. March 8, 2009 at 5:04 p.m. Comment Like A pretty typical update for the typical teenager, prone to complain incessantly about trials that will no doubt seem trivial in a few years, if they don’t already!
Becca Clemons survived the inauguration January 21, 2009 at 10:00 p.m. Comment Like One of the most memorable events in our short teenaged lives was Barack Obama’s election as president of the United States. Anyone who joined Mr. Lowery and Coach D on this trip will probably say they wouldn’t do it again – Washington, D.C. in mid-January? 1.8 million people crammed into the National Mall? No, thank you, it
October 22, 2008 at 12:00 p.m. Comment Like The fact that I conceived this thought and made it my Facebook status is an embarrassing exposition of naivety – for one, I now hold the belief that there’s ALWAYS something to do (granted you are sitting around your home and not stuck in a simply boring situation that has absolutely no potential for improvement – i.e. that mandatory four-hour driving class), and secondly, I have many interests and can find a way to enjoy at least one of them during my spare time.
Becca Clemons is exhausted from the wild crazy night...ha March 13, 2008 at 1:48 a.m. Comment Like I have no idea what the wild craziness was or what that casual “ha” implies, yet something tells me this night in my sophomore year probably doesn’t top the memories I’ve had since. It’s a slightly saddening thought that simple pleasures don’t always hold as much weight as they used to, but it also keeps me optimistic for my remaining high school days and college years.
Becca Clemons chillin! July 21, 2007 at 2:58 p.m. Comment Like Short and sweet, but so fitting. After finishing my freshman year of high school, what else was there to do but “chill” all summer? I was too young to get a job, too young to drive and too young to see R-rated movies by myself. It was hard to get into a high degree of mischief at this time – but don’t worry, freshman, you’ll have yours.
Taking off the training wheels
Seniors lip the kickstand of life and pedal to potential
CHELSEA CORBIN editor in chief
here is something exhilarating about soaring down a steep hill, eyes shut tight against the whipping wind, hair blowing furiously, thighs burning from the climb to the top, sweaty palms wrapped tightly around the handlebars of a vintage yellow bicycle. For just a second, there is no control or fear, just freedom and elation. It’s a moment not measured by time but by innocent cackles of laughter and joy. That adrenaline was especially enchanting in my youth. I remember tooling around downtown LaGrange on my tricycle as a three year old. My favorite teddy bear, Cadbury, securely strapped in my basket and Barney sunglasses drifting down my nose, I would circle the block for hours. I felt secure and stable on the solid iron frame as I raced against my imaginary friend. There was no chance of injury, no reason to be scared, just a long stretch of sidewalk and 30 more minutes before the sunset.
When I was ﬁve, I got a sleek bright blue “big-girl” bike with a horn and precautionary training wheels. My dad, sister and I would go for bike rides weekly, touring the town from atop a throne of comfort and juvenile content. I sped alongside the train tracks, imagining that I was battling the engine, and my dad would cheer me on until I crossed the make-believe ﬁnish line just seconds before the train did. I was a highly accomplished street racer, that is, until the day my dad told me it was time to take oﬀ the training wheels. At age six, I felt betrayed. Surely my dad, an obvious proponent for my well-being and fully operational skeleton, would not jeopardize my safety and snatch away the roots of my cycling success. I didn’t know how to react. I resisted the change and stalled the action as long as I could because I was afraid of the unknown. A bike without training wheels had great potential for failure and danger, detriments I was not quite ready to face at my vulnerable age. To alleviate this fear, my dad and I spent countless hours practicing, me clad in every type of protective pad possible. Fortunately,
these safety measures were unnecessary as I accomplished the feat of training wheelfree biking without any conversations with the pavement, but it was still a momentous mental adjustment. I had achieved a milestone in my life; I was liberated. Flash-forward 11 years. Again, I stand poised at a landmark transition of my life: leaving home and going to college. My entire senior year has revolved around what is going to happen next year. I was forced to make complicated and life-changing decisions, spend hours applying to universities and for scholarships and realize the drastic transformations my daily routine was about to undergo. I was confused and scared. Then, for Christmas, I was surprised with a vintage yellow beach cruiser bicycle with a white basket and a bell, meant to be my mode of transportation around whichever college campus I would call home in the fall. Mounting that bike for the ﬁrst time reminded me of how I felt when I was six years old, trying to learn to ride without the added support of training wheels. I laughed at how silly I had been, fearing something so inevitable and unstoppable and doubting
Policy sound off PAIGE RIETVELD staff writer Several campus issues have students questioning the validity of the policymaking. Students were asked, If you could change one school policy, what would it be and why?
“Dress code, especially the holes in our jeans; as long as [the holes] aren’t revealing, they should be all right.”
Dominique Stillman, sophomore
myself. I pedaled down the deserted street on that dreary Christmas morning. My family was on the porch, watching me ride until I turned the corner into solitude. I pictured myself riding that beauty across campus next year, headed to an environmental policy class, conﬁdent and tall on the cushy white seat. Then I realized that it was foolish to fear the inevitable; I would be going to college soon, and there were no two ways around it. But that didn’t mean that I should cower in the potential of failure or reject the opportunity to move into a new environment and be challenged. Rather, I should embrace the potential to excel and learn and experience life. Graduation fast approaches and ultimate freedom looms at its tail like a streamer soaring from the end of a sky high kite. I cannot deny that I am still a little nervous to embark on the journey of the rest of my life, especially since the story begins in a brand new place with brand new people. But I do ﬁnd some comfort in knowing that I’ll be there on my trustyy bike which can always carry me home.
“I don’t think I would change anything because [the policies] aren’t that strict at all.”
Gabe Butkus, sophomore
“Exemptions for ﬁnals, because if you work hard for it all year, you want that reward.”
“[The] hall pass policy, so students that have things to do can do them, like go to their lockers or to the bathroom.”
Michael Stone, junior
Matthew Hillebrandt, freshman photos by BethAnn Harvey
THE ‘BL CK’
New schedule’s expectations fall short KATHERINE BENGE business manager g
In assessing this year, many students are discussing the overload of stress it has has caused. According to many, the new sevenperiod schedule is to blame. At the end of last yea ar, students didn’t know what to expect year, from the h seven periods and signed up for the same classes, causing many to have advanced advanc ced and Advanced Placement classess back to back. Block scheduling resulted in semester courses, shortening the amount am mount of time students had to ret retain tain a cclass’ cl ass’ co n t e n t in order to pass i t s ﬁnal. A concern with the difficult schedule is that students studen ntss have to t remember the class’ content conten nt for the entirety of the 10-month schooll year. “I’m m scared for ﬁnals because we have to rem remember member what we learned from the beginn ning of the year,” Calyn Crawford, beginning junior, said. Stude d nts aren’t arren’t the only ones aﬀected by Students the chan a ge in scheduling. This year, teachers change had to o rearrange class plans in order to ﬁll in extra e tra time or make up for lost time. ex Classess that were only a semester long now have aadditional dditional ti ime overall for students, time but many maany teachers do not feel this way. As studen nts t sit in class, most feel as though students the teacher teac a her is rushing to beat the bell, handic capping the lesson and leading to less handicapping understanding of the subject. Although students have double the stress, teachers are continuing to push the students just as hard and are holding them to the same standards. Narcissistic behavior pushes teachers to believe their respective
who were not proactive about their grades toward the beginning of the year. If one failed to compr comprehend the material or do th ﬁrst semester, then he or homework in the she most likely struggled to raise grades in seme the second semester. Along with continuous grades come grud continuous grudges. If students have bad reputations wit with their teachers at the b ginning of the year, then they will be stuck be beginning with that reputa reputation for the entirety of the year. A teacher’s attitude toward the student h or her work, causing less can then aﬀect his inspiration to ch change at all. “Seven classes have put more stress on me because I have m more homework and can’t do John it all,” Grant Johnson, junior, said. as Many classes assign homework every night, som so students sometimes go home having six These period of homework on top of or seven periods classes were already ﬁlled any extracurricu c extracurricular activities they may have with diﬃcult material after school. In order o to deal with this stress, and an abundance of some students opt op to not do their homework homewo ork. St tud uden e ts t have hav a e in order to maintain av main their sanity. homework. Students had less time to op rreep paare for Because of the stress, some advanced prepare chapter tests and students are opt opting to take easier classes so much less time they can maintain maintai high GPAs. When colleges to prepare for go to look aatt th their transcripts, they won’t AP testing in see as many advanced adv classes, and college admissions boa boards won’t understand that taking easier clas classes was key to the student’s educational surv survival. The seven peri period schedule has these many ﬂaws, but it has also helped many students. period seem to make the day go “Seven periods Ho junior, said. faster,” Tim Hoey, Overall, the seven period scheduling has taken a toll on students grades and mentalities. Those who were once conﬁdent illustration by Caroline Collins with their school work May. find th themselves struggling to Teachers and students are maintain good grades in their classes. waiting to see if the lack of time will aﬀect Students who often o took all advanced and this year’s AP scores. AP classes are signing sig up for easier classes in “Teaching AP classes has been twice as order to prepare for next year’s foreboding diﬃcult, but the students in i regular classes stress. Because other schools are now have adapted well to the new schedule,” adopting the sev seven-period mistake, Oldham Lynnette Newkirk, social studies teacher, County must adapt to the anxiety by simply lowering its standards. said. In an environment where a ﬁnal grade Along with the seven-period schedule came continuous points in the grade book. assesses an experience, my grade for this Rolling averages were a shock to students seven-period year is a C. classes are the most important. Thus, students have seven peri iods of periods “e x t r e m e l y important.” Students then feel double the pressure to keep their teachers happy and their grades intact. On the opposite end, full-year classes, such as AP U.S. History and AP Calculus, had their clas a s class times almost cut in half.
Drop out cop out It pays to stay in school CHLOE SEDORIS staff writer According to DoSomething.org, 1.2 million students drop out of high school in the U.S. each year. Whether its because classes aren’t interesting, students aren’t motivated or merely because they are failing, it is entirely unacceptable. Some teens see dropping out as a way to remove school from their lives entirely. They want to hang out with their friends, go to parties and have social lives. School does not ﬁt into their schedules. This lifestyle is simply ignorant. Statistics show that dropouts will be far more likely to spend their lives periodically unemployed, on government assistance or cycling in and out of the prison system. What makes this even worse is that the dropout problem is likely to increase substantially through 2020 unless signiﬁcant improvements are made. There are an abundance of reasons one should not drop out. First, although it sounds simple, socialization is a rather important behavior you learn while in school. It helps you learn how to interact with peers for future situations. Likewise, while you may have your parents to help you out now, they won’t be there forever. Additionally, according to distance-education.org, minimum wage isn’t enough to pay for basic needs in most areas of the country. No parent should have to bear ﬁnancial responsibility for any grown child. Furthermore, high school dropouts will be competing against high school and college graduates for the rest of their lives. Life itself is a competition, and when you’re young, an education really gives you an edge when you’re searching for a job and don’t have much work experience. Few dropouts have admirable reasons for quitting school, and some don’t weigh their decisions very carefully. In 2005, the average income of a high school dropout was $17,299; the average income of someone who obtained a high school degree was $26,933. You’d think staying in school for two more years would be worth the extra $9,634. Since teens aren’t fully matured yet, they typically make regretful decisions. If we were to enforce the consequences, then perhaps students would have a little longer to consider alternatives and realize dropping out isn’t the thing to do.
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Cohen, Maggie (Nursing) Deaton, Christopher (Music composition, music theory) Moyer, Kelly (Physical therapy, nutrition)
Bryant, Chase (Business management)
Daymar College Holaday, Kaite (Medical assistance)
Eastern Kentucky University
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The Art Institute of Ohio Cincinnati
Abrams, Rachel (Education) Clark, Anna (Spanish, family studies) Dunaway, Daniel (Agriculture education) Farrow, Katie (Nursing) Frank, Nicholas (Herpetology) Lindebrekke, Karly (Criminal justice - proiling) Loranger, Renée (Aviation, professional light) Lyon, Justin (Professional light) McGrath, Kayla (Athletic training) Pierce, Justin (Airport management) Shannon, Austin (Weather) Toth, Michael (Undecided) Valenzuela, Michael (Athletic training)
Lanham, Desiree (Media arts and animation)
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
Empire Hair Design School
Minnock, Breanne (Cosmetology) Tincher, Ashley (Cosmetology)
Wallace, Rylie (Education)
Hamby, Chase (Pre-medical)
Gonia, Jeremiah (Undecided)
Armstrong, Jake (Undecided) Boyd, Lauren (Nursing) Brodie, John (Music technology) Gowen, Bruce (Psychology) Grieshaber, Shallon (Nursing) Knezevich, James (Engineering) Leese, Marissa (Business administration) Pehlke, Leah (Education) Reinbold, Jessica (Pre-physical therapy, exercise science) Rua, Ruby (Pre-physical therapy)
Bluegrass Community and Technical College Ahmann, Ross (Undecided) Burkhead, Cody (Business) Collins, Adam (Undecided)
Brigham Young University Stolworthy, Julie (Performing arts)
Brigham Young University - Idaho Chace, Elizabeth (Music, performing arts) Hammond, Brittany (Nursing)
Brown Mackie College Edens, Deidra (Veterinarian technician)
Morriss, Max (Motor craft aeronautics)
Florida College Odle, Caleb (Pre-medical, internal medicine)
Gainesville State College Powell, Royce (History)
Galen College Compton, Emily (Nursing) Tidwell, Melissa (Nursing)
Georgetown College Masters, Matt (Engineering)
GM Technical College
Rumsey, Elisha (Automotives)
Hawaii Paciic University Lorenz, Amanda (Psychology)
Indiana University Southeast
Adkins, Courtney (Nursing in forensics) Allen, Shea (Criminal justice) Engel, Megan (Biology) Haynes, Whitney (Undecided) Higgs, Kirsten (Undecided) Jackson, Kori (Psychology)
Leanhart, Brooke (Nursing) Marchegion, Reagan (Nursing in criminal forensics) Swank, Dylan (Undecided)
ITT Technical Institute
Morrison, Chris (Graphic/game design)
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Ader, Ben (Accounting) Ashley, Ben (Undecided) Bell, Daniel (Accounting) Brown, Zach (Undecided) Burget, Catherine (Pharmacy) Burget, Victoria (Veterinarian) Cundiff, Laramie (Criminal justice) Cushing, Beth (Undecided) Efinger, Robert (Undecided) Green, Patrick (Business) Hart, Alicia (Registered nurse) Hulet, Erica (Graphic design) Johnson, Alex (Undecided) McRoberts, David (Wielding or automotives) Miller, Ben (Automotive technician) Parrish, Cherry (Psychology) Ray, Tiffany (Undecided) Reinbold, Holly (Primary child care) Rowan, Travis (Undecided) Russ, Quintin (Psychology) Sadler, Josh (Psychology) Scott, Dillard (Undecided) Sexton, Michael (Undecided) Shockley, Andrew (Automotives) Smith, Ben (Undecided) Stant, Julee (Veterinary assistance) Strause, Ian (Graphic design) Sullivan, Caleb (Undecided) Wathen, Branden (Undecided) Wernert, Krysta (Registered nurse) Wisdom, Morgan (Dental hygiene) Woods, Kara (Mechanics)
Jefferson Community and Technical College, Carrollton Schureck, Alex (Undecided)
Johns Hopkins University
Durcanova, Beata (Neuroscience)
Kentucky State University Hunter, KK (Physical therapy)
LDS Business College
Langford, Tyler (Business management)
Military Abner, Wesley (Marines) Crowe, Michael (Air force) Drane, Tiffany continued ...
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... continued Floyd, Niilo (Marines) Goodrum, Ishmel (Marines) Guilford, Paul (Marines) Hunt, James (Army) Petty, Andrew (Army) Spicer, Steven (Army) Weakley, Stephanie (Navy) Wilkinson, Ercil (Marines) Yepko, Kirk (Marines)
Monroe Community College Ellison, Tyler (Law enforcement)
Motorcycle Mechanic Institute Lakes, Kyle (Motorcycle technician)
Kohnke, Shalece (Education)
Texas A&M at Galveston Maritime Marine Academy Miller, Brianna (Marine biology and marine transportation)
Talavera, Haillie (Cosmetology)
United States Air Force Academy
Jeseo, Jared (Music education) Major, Nick (Undecided) Whitewood, Kaitlyn (Pre-veterinary)
Northern Kentucky University
Blair, Jon (Graphic design) Dunne, Taylor (Computer science) Farris, Tim (Psychology) Fletcher, Austin (Sports medicine or sports management) Galanos, Kaity (Journalism) Garrett, Stephen (Information technology) Heredia, Osvaldo (Psychology) Leanhart, Anthony (Elementary education) Zabel, Elyssa (Theatre arts)
Northwestern University Corbin, Chelsea (Journalism)
Texas A&M - Corpus Christi
Adams, Chris Allen, Oechsli Aponte, Tabatha Applegate, Kalin (Cosmetology) Compton, Christina (Child care) Fortner, Garrett Jones, Shelby Lehto, Alex Lemus, Nancy Lopez, Luis Matsen, Conor (Hockey) McCarrick, Brittany McGregor, Adam Miller, Katie Moore, Ashley Morris, Garrett Neuner, Austin Pence, Bradley Reynolds, William Rumer, Jay San Javier, Jose Santoyo, Juan Smith, Rene Spillman, Olivia Stewart, Zach Weinman, Bryan
Murray State University
Morrison, Bryan (Business management) Plappert, Joseph (Computer maintenance) Satchwell, Emily (Baking) Schuppert, Nathan (Culinary arts, hospitality) Trebuna, Brianna (Culinary arts) Wimsatt, Jessica (Culinary arts)
Ohio State University Poche, Chris (Undecided)
Ohio Technical College
Gorbandt, Ryan (Diesel mechanics) Johnson, Jeff (Undecided)
Paul Mitchell School
Grogan, Claire (Secondary education, biology)
Cranill, Rachel (Aeronautical engineering)
Seattle Central Community College
Millam, Sarah (Wildlife biology and conservation)
Yu, Jacqueline (Undecided)
University of Colorado at Boulder
Somerset Community College
Kelley, Rachael (Environmental studies)
Pence, Justin (Mechanics)
University of Kentucky
Alvarez, Lizbeth (Education) Beaven, Katie (Engineering) Billingsley, Brock (Horticulture, business management) Blandford, Cheyanne (Liberal arts) Clauser, Nick (Entrepreneurship) Clemons, Becca (Journalism, philosophy) Collins, Caroline (Psychology) Conn, Rachel (Undecided) Cornett, Cheyenne (Nursing) Doan, Tyler (Japanese, international business) Ertel, Hannah (Speech therapy) Farmer, Melanie (Undecided) Fowler, Kelsey (Nursing) Grunow, Kayla (Nursing)
Fitzpatrick, Andrew (Medical massage therapy) Sercye, Kierra (Nursing)
Southern Virginia University Tincher, Andrew (Dentistry)
Sullivan College of Technology and Design Goldsmith, Zach (Networking)
Sullivan University Brown, Tyler (Culinary arts) Collins, Andrea (Culinary arts, baking, pastry) Cook, Leslie (Graphic design) Edison, Melissa (Child care) Flournoy, Brandon (Law enforcement)
University of Alaska, Fairbanks
Guy, Morgan (Psychology, nursing) Hatield, Corey (Secondary mathematics education) Hazlewood, Brandon (Sociology, criminology) Hedges, Adam (Biology) Howard, Angela (Biology) Howley, Austin (Aviation) Ingram, Tyler (Engineering) Jones, Zach (Undecided) Kaseta, Alicia (Dietetics, human nutrition) Keaton, Adam (Undecided) Lewis, Derrick (Chemistry) Martin, Heather (Music education) McDonald, David (Music education) Mitchen, Kelsey (Kinesiology or nursing) Neel, Danielle (Education) Norton, Ben (Physics, mathematics, music composition) Norton, Zak (Kinesiology) Orwick, Amelia (Journalism) Pearson, Brandy (Food science) Persky, Jake (Biology, pre-physical therapy) Roberts, Paxton (Economics, management) Shackelford, Blake (Physical therapy) Shawd, Patrick (Pharmacy) Sherry, Elizabeth (Elementary education) Smith, Jesse (Business) Stephens, Wiley (Criminal justice) Strother, Darryl (Pre-communication disorders) Taylor, Billy (Engineering) Thurman, Gabe (Undecided) Tisdale, Kelly (Nursing) Torres, Joseph (Russian) Wells, Abagail (Undecided) Wilson, Tabby (Nursing) Worthington, Bryan (Biology)
University of Louisville Adams, Myron (Art) Bennett, Berkeley (Undecided) Chesak, Renel (Biology) Coffey, Mark (Undecided) Dabbs, Cole (Psychology, pre-medical) Davenport, Sam (Computer engineering) Dillingham, Dustin (Business) Edison, Ashley (Undecided) Flener, Amber (Undecided) Gessner, Alex (General engineering) Goodleisch, Scott (Business, history) Gorsick, Cynthia (Psychology) Heath, Codi (Nursing) Isaacs, Darren (Engineering) Isgrigg, Brad (Undecided) Keiffer, Mack (Music) Kesel, Emma (Undecided) Marcello, Anthony (Undecided) Miller, Camden (Biomedical engineering) Money, Cheyanne (Biology, chemistry) Moore, Matt (English) Morris, Lauren (Music education) Mosser, Carson (Undecided) Murphy, Ryan (Undecided) Oberfrank, Justin (Pre-medical) Obradovich, Kiley (Education)
Parise, Daniel (Undecided) Schulz, Chris (Nursing) Schuster, Adam (Engineering) Smith, Zachary (Horticulture, turf management) Sturgeon, Savannah (Biology) Townsend, Megan (Elementary education) Tran, Irena (Art, pre-medical) Tromba, Paul (Music education, pre-medical) Turner, Connor (English, psychology) Vogelgesang, Samuel (Civil engineering) Walsh, Tyler (Mechanical engineering) Walton, Brandon (Biology) Williams, Nathan (Undecided)
University of Maryland Loftis, Corbin (Chinese language/literature
University of Nebraska Hennings, Joel (Computer engineering)
University of Pittsburgh Simpson, Truman (Human nutrition, prephysical therapy)
University of Southern Indiana Fouch, Stephanie (Journalism, business)
University of the Cumberlands
Cook, Brandon (Undecided)
Wallace, Dalen (Civil engineering, pre-medical)
Western Kentucky University Allen, Vincent (Undecided) Asad, Samira (Journalism, political science) Barmantje, JJ (Information systems) Brewer, Nick (Computer graphics) Brickey, Audra (Elementary education) Claxon, Lauren (Elementary education) Cornell, Sarah (Music education) Crawford, Courtney (Sports medicine) Droste, Courtney (Undecided) Feldman, James (Psychology) Forsythe, Alyssa (Veterinarian) Hatton, Michael (Undecided) Kesting, Ashley (Broadcast journalism) Lape, Emily (Undecided) Lawson, Emanuel (Hydraulic engineering) Lytes, Rana (Visual arts) Major, Scott (Physical therapy) Miller, Corey (Psychology) Montgomery, Lindsey (Nursing) Pfaff, Chris (Business management) Rothman, Stephanie (Broadcast journalism) Simpson, Brittani (Music education) Templet, Cate (Public relations) Weishaar, Kale (Military science)
Wittenberg University Brady, Teddy (Marketing, biology) Campbell, Chris (Political science)
Xavier University Golemboski, Annie (Social work) spread by Becca Clemons
10 most influential seniors
ased on TIME magazine’s annual edition of TIME 100, here is The Clarion Colonel’s second annual list of the 10 Most Inluential Seniors. Senior teachers and staff were asked to identify deserving seniors who have positively inluenced the senior class, school and community, and the winners were chosen by the Clarion Colonel staff.
Cam Miller The Leader
Zak Norton The Entertainer
“A leader is nothing without his followers.”
“Every day, I just try to out-weird the last.”
The Artist Th
The S T Scholar
“My quote was designated (by those in power) ‘too long’ to it here.”
The A T Athlete
“Let’s go do stuff.”
“Make sure to have fun!”
The role model “Failure is not an option.”
The philanthropist “You don’t have to have a lot to be happy; you just have to give.”
Stephanie Chelsea Fouch Corbin The Socialite “I like people.”
The Advocate “Waste not, want not.” photos by Chelsea Corbin
Top 15 thin gs to do before ki ckin g the hi gh s chool bu cket CHRIS POCHE production editor
Go on a road trip with friends. It doesn’t matter where you go, as long as you have your best chums, a tub of hummus and a full tank of gas with you.
Swim in Crystal Lake. It’s the closest thing we have to a beach around here, plus a refreshing dip can keep the summer’s heat at bay (pun intended).
Read “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” or “The Catcher in the Rye.” Both classics have been placed on banned-book lists, and both deal with growing up in high school — perfect guides to the inner workings of the teenage mind.
Go to Waffle House, IHOP or Steak ‘n Shake any time after 2 a.m. Nothing brings friends together better than a milkshake, chocolate chip-covered waﬄes or a stack of ﬂapjacks in the wee hours of the morning.
Paint up at a sporting event, dye your hair a crazy color or make a t-shirt with you favorite player’s number. We got spirit, yes we do; we got spirit, how ‘bout you?!
Learn to play an instrument. Whether it is a few chords on the guitar or something exotic like the washboard or kazoo, this is another great skill to add to your repertoire.
Go to at least one high school drama production. The actors work hard to achieve one goal, to entertain you, so what is there to lose?
Go to a concert. See your favorite bands or hit up a national festival like Warped Tour or Abbey Road on the River.
Attend a bonfire. It doesn’t require scary stories, but it’s a great place to meet new people or get closer to those you already know.
Get kicked out of Wal-Mart. I suggest playing either tag, hide ‘n’ go seek, capture the ﬂag, Marco Polo, or bumper cars with the carts.
Learn to do laundry. This essential skill is one that everyone should be able to do before encountering a washing machine in college.
Hot tub, trampoline or pool hopping. Find a residential location within a quarter mile vicinity and race your friends to the next checkpoint.
Go to a mattress store and jump on the beds. Sometimes it’s nice to just kick back and act like a kid.
Go to a drive-in. It was fun in the 50s, and hasn’t lost its charm.
Have a movie night. Pop in a classic ﬂick or cheesy ﬁlm, pull up a couch cushion and pass around the popcorn with your best mates.
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Then and now
FEATURES Now and later
Comparisons parisons between past ambitions and current goals
Relections on high school and hopes for the future
JULIE STOLWORTHY TOLWORTHY opinions editor
COURTNEY DROSTE features editor
Q: What advice
s young children, we are always asked what we want to be when we grow up. How often do we actually pursue those careers? When and why do we give up those dreams of being an astronaut, the president or an actor? For some, it is when reality sets in and we understand how diﬃcult it will be to achieve such ambitions. Other times, we gain new interests as experience opens our eyes to diﬀerent opportunities. As we begin to approach the next stage in our lives, we have clearer views of the future we have set up for ourselves. Here are some seniors who shared their views regarding the contrast between their childhood dreams and their current aspirations.
Name: Elyssa Zabel Major: Theatre arts “When I was little, I wanted to be a teacher. I’d still love to teach one day, but I feel a stronger nger need to pursue theatre whilee I’m young.”
Name: Tyler Walsh Major: Mechanical engineering “Every little boy wants to grow up to be a police oﬃcer.”
Name: Marissa Leese Major: Business administration “I’ve always had a strong love for animals and wanted to be a vet. It changed when I passed out after seeing a cat get spayed when I was volunteering.” illustrations by Caroline Collins
Name: Chase Bryant Major: Business management “It was always my dream to be a professional soccer player. Re Reality kind of took its toll and thi things change.”
Name: Emma Kesel Major: Undecided “I wanted to be a mom … I’m going to wait until later to do that.” tha
w ould you give to would u nderclassmen? underclassmen?
A: Going to college to be a musical composition major. It’ll be really interesting to work with professional composers and have my own compositions performed. Q: What are you llooking ooking forward tto o the most after high hi gh school? sch schoo ool? l?
Q: What was the most inﬂuential part of your high school career?
Name: Caleb Odle Major: Internal medicine “I wanted to be a Power Ranger (the red one). I think that changed because I learned that the there isn’t technology to do the stuﬀ they did. But once it is possible, I wil will suit up!”
A: Take classes that are more essential to what you’re interested in. I wish someone had told me that.
Q: Where do youu ssee ee yourself in 10 yyears? ye ars? ar s?
A: The Latino Leadership and College Experience Camp two summers ago. Basically, Hispanic students got together and learned how to get into college and be leaders, which helped me a lot. -Liz Alvarez
A: In a house with my two pets, enjoying life and drinking a milkshake. -Jeremiah Gonia
By: Caroline Collins
This game tests the human brain’s ability to process English-based sounds and words into meaningful words or phrases. Try to decode the nonsense phrases below by reading them aloud and listening for what sensible words or phrases they sound like.
Hollywood’s most epic quotes
“That’s what she said.”
Modern culture’s vernacular arises from the cinema KAITY GALANOS columnist Hollywood films have an immense influence on American culture. Many teens slip film quotes into their everyday conversations, hoping their bodacious friends will make the connection. These are the top 15 most excellent film quotes used
on a daily basis. May the Force be with you. 1. “That’s what she said.” –“Wayne’s World” 2. “She doesn’t even go here.” – “Mean Girls” 3. “No, I will not make out with you!” – “Billy Madison” 4. “I’m kind of a big deal.” – “Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy”
5. “This one time, at band camp …” – “American Pie” 6. “No no, this is legit.” – “Road Trip” 7. “Oh, snap!” – “Zoolander” 8. “Haha … Classic.” – “The Hangover” 9. “Same-sies.” – “Superbad” 10. “Don’t mess with the bull; you’ll get the horns.” – “The Breakfast Club 11. “Can you deal with that?” – “Meet the Parents”
“Shake and bake.”
12. “Danger is my middle name.” – “Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery” 13. “Alllllrighty then.” – “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective” 14. “Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.” –“Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” 15. “Shake and bake.” – “Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby”
A day in the life of... CHELSEA CORBIN SAMIRA ASAD editor in chief sports editor who gained respect for camouflage
e now know what we’ve been told, ‘Bout the Marine Corps bein’ mighty bold. It’s more than true and we have seen, There’s nothin’ easy ‘bout bein’ a Marine. Sound oﬀ 1, 2, Track lap 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 … feel the sweat outpour.
a Marine poolee
Climbin’ stairs and skippin’ down. Then for push ups on the ground. 30 Marine style without a break, Out in the hot sun, sure to bake. Water break 1, 2, Breathe deep 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 … these Marines are hardcore.
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Staﬀ Sgt. Wilson won’t take no smack, For that a series of sprints on the track. After an hour we issue a plea, We’re just not cut out to be poolees! Cool down 1, 2, Salute Sarge 3, 4, 1, 2, 3, 4 … tomorrow we’re gonna be sore!
photos by BethAnn Harvey
Sweets and screens
Top summertime rituals for popular outdoor fun
MANDY HOGUE staff writer It’s the time of year when the weather begins to warm up and students begin to spend more time outdoors in the sun. There are plenty of ways to spend these
lovely afternoons, including enjoying a nice cold ice cream cone, or enjoying a movie in an untraditional setting, a drive in. For a pleasant sunny afternoon, here are some local ice cream hot spots along with a few local drive-ins for your joy and entertainment.
The Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen 3598 Springhurst Blvd (502) 326-8990 Cold Stone Creamery 2015 South Hurstbourne Parkway (502) 499-7750 Ben & Jerry’s 2745 South Hurstbourne Parkway (502) 499-6658
Georgetown Drive-In 8200 State Road 64 Georgetown, Ind. (812) 951-2616
Sky-Vue Twin Drive-In 5909 Lexington Road Winchester, Ky. (859) 744-6663
m Bruster’s Real Ice Cream 700 Lyndon Lane (502) 425-9436
Music on the waterfront
CASSIDY BLISS staff writer If you are looking for something fun to do this summer, spending your evenings on the Harbor Lawn at Louisville’s Waterfront Park downtown may be the place for you. Every last Wednesday of the month, from April 21 to September 29, 91.9 WFPK sponsors the WFPK Waterfront Wednesday Concert Series, featuring upcoming artists. The lawn is a great atmosphere for families, excluding pets, and admission is free. Food is not regularly served, but drink carts are available. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to relax during the performances. Gates open at 5 p.m., but starting times vary. For more information, call (502) 814-6518 or visit louisvillepublicmedia.org.
Something new for something old BROOKE GORBANDT staff writer
option goes black and green Blackle offers eco-friendly internet search capabilities MICHAEL ROUP online editor Blackle.com, a website created by Heap Media, is taking small steps to save energy with its predominately black-backgrounded site. Blackle, powered by Google Custom Search allows users to search the Web with much of the searching power that Google oﬀers. Typically, it requires more energy for
a monitor to display a light or white screen than a black one; however, some types of monitors are less aﬀected by the color change than others. Some types of screens, such as LED screens, have a backlight that is always on when the monitor is running. These are not aﬀected as much by the color change that is provided by Blackle. Other monitors, such as plasma and OLED screens do not have a backlight and save more energy when Blackle is used rather than Google. To date, approximately 1,844 kilowatt
hours have been saved by Blackle users since its inception in 2007. Using the dark background of Blackle, enough energy has been saved to power a 60-watt light bulb for almost three and a half years. Although it saves energy, the search engine lacks some major features that are found on Google. Blackle only provides a web search, leaving out the picture, map, news, video and other searches available with Google. Yet the energy-saving potential of Blackle is great when used for simple searches.
An old idiom claims that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Freecycle.org emulates this philosophy by providing a venue in which people may give away unwanted objects as well as receive desired ones, all for free. Instead of discarding miscellaneous objects, users “freecycle” them and help to eliminate clutter in landﬁlls, also helping to cut down the need for manufactured goods. Membership is free, and Oldham County and Louisville harbor their own freecycling networks. From washers and dryers to doghouses and coupons, virtually anything is available to claim or donate. In eﬀorts to reduce, reuse, and recycle, don’t throw it away; give it away!
Au revoir, America; Bonjour, Europe!
Students travel abroad for a cultural experience KAYLA ASCHENBECK news editor
hile some kids hit the beach or the pool this summer, a select few students and recent graduates will be boarding an international ﬂight to Europe for two weeks of enriching sightseeing and guided tours. Under the careful eye of Lynnette Newkirk, social studies teacher, the students will visit many historical sites in Florence, Rome, and
the cosmopolitan City of Lights, Paris. This will be Newkirk’s second year taking the 3,000-mile journey across the Atlantic to accompany students on an informative and memorable trip. The Europe trip is usually scheduled every other year, but Newkirk said that if there is enough interest, that she would put together a group to go summer 2011. “I always look forward to the trip,” Newkirk said. “My favorite part is the London tour. There is so much art and history, and the shopping is great too.” Throughout the two-week journey, students
and chaperones will be accompanied by an Educational Tours staﬀer who will lead them through the bustling streets of London and inside the famous Notre Dame Cathedral. The program fee includes walking tours of London, Paris, and Rome, as well as visits to some of Europe’s most popular tourist attractions like the Colosseum and St. Peter’s Basilica. With most of us spending our summer lounging around the house or mowing the lawn, a lucky few will be jet-setting around the world, with a chance to toss a coin in the famed Trevi Fountain.
Open for business Greenhouse offers plants for purchase BROOKE GORBANDT staff writer
s spring arrives, the greenhouse sprouts new life for the area. Open every school day until 4 p.m. and every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the greenhouse oﬀers several varieties of plants for purchase by students, faculty, and county residents. Tended and cared for by those in the agriculture department, these plants make for an easy and well-priced buy. Geraniums in 6-inch pot - $3 Flats - Assorted annuals - $12 per ﬂat Fern & Assorted Hanging Baskets $12 each Assorted plants in 4-inch pots $2 each 3-gallon shrubs - $15 Gallon Perrenial Plants - $7 each or 3 for $15 Japanese Maples - $50 each
VOYAGING OVERSEAS -- Former students log their travels throughout Europe. They visited France, England and Austria in June 2007.
A book for your thoughts ...
Make summer reading an enjoyable experience this year character and setting development and a unique twist on a seemingly typical murder mystery, Christie succeeds in challenging readers with an interesting and intriguing story.
MATTHEW LAWSON staff writer
With the specter of summer reading on the horizon, many students are left with limited ideas of what to read to fulﬁll their summer reading assignments. An engaging and entertaining book is essential to making this annual process as pleasurable as possible. Here are a few suggestions for the uncertain summer reader.
The Baffling Mystery - “THE ABC MURDERS” by Agatha Christie Agatha Christie has intrigued readers for generations with her mind-boggling murders. For a reader craving a challenging and exciting mystery, “The ABC Murders” is the quintessential book. In “The ABC Murders,” the immortal and cunning detective Hercule Poirot must solve the case of the ABC murderer who kills people whose ﬁrst and last names begin with the same letter. Through remarkable
The Extraordinary – “MAXIMUM RIDE: THE ANGEL EXPERIMENT” by James Patterson The fantasy genre has been immortalized by series such as Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings. For a reader in search of the newest thrilling and extraordinary series, I would suggest “Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment.” “The Angel Experiment” is about a group of orphans who were altered genetically to have wings and the ability to ﬂy. When Angel, the youngest of “the Flock” is kidnapped for more experimentation, the rest of the group must work together to save her from captivity. “Maximum Ride,” though seemingly bizarre, is a creative, action-packed book that keeps the reader immersed. The connection between the characters and
their desires to save a dear friend makes readers anticipate whether characters’ striving eﬀorts will bring a happy ending.
The Forbidden Love – “HOTEL ON THE CORNER OF BITTER AND SWEET” by Jamie Ford As a guy, you wouldn’t expect me to enjoy a romance (and typically I do not choose to partake in their emotional storylines), yet this was one book that left me pleasantly satisﬁed when it was ﬁnished. “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet,” set in World War II era Seattle, follows the story of Henry, a Chinese man who reﬂects on his past after the discovery of old Japanese possessions reminds him of his childhood. The story centers on Henry’s relationship with Keiko, a Japanese girl he meets at his school. Henry falls in love with Keiko but this love is threatened by the prejudice and discrimination of 1940s America. Through excellent character development and an engaging and realistic setting, “Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet” succeeds in getting even the most unconnected
reader involved in a story which explores the themes of prejudice, loyalty and devotion.
The Tear-Jerker – “TUESDAYS MORRIE” by Mitch Albom
Mitch Albom is best known for the book “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” but this is by far his best work of literature. “Tuesdays with Morrie” is a true story which centers on Albom’s relationship with his old sociology professor, Morrie. Recently diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Morrie is nearing the end of his life but uses his ﬁnal years on earth to impart a message of humility and love. The message of this story will touch readers of all ages and backgrounds. In “Tuesdays with Morrie,” Albom writes with such honesty and passion. This book not only tells a heartwarming story but teaches the reader about life from the perspective of one who is about to leave it. The lessons and love “Tuesdays with Morrie” shows brought me to tears and gave me a diﬀerent view on what really matters in life. This is deﬁnitely one of the best books I have ever read.
reaches stardom with impressive style ‘Adventures’ provides innovative beats for music fans CARLY BESSER staff writer Considered a rapper, singer, instrumentalist and song writer, artist B.o.B brings positive attention, high listener requests and plenty of airtime with his innovative new sound. His album, “The Adventures of Bobby Ray,” was released on April 27, 2010, and is available on iTunes. Both “Airplanes” and “Nothin’ on You” have claimed spots on iTunes’ top songs list, which leaves listeners wondering if the rest of B.o.B’s work is just as impressive. For pure rap, “Bet I” is a good choice. The synthesized track ﬁts perfectly into the equation for a good modern rap song. B.o.B appeals to alternative junkies and people who would rather listen to real
instruments instead of synthesizers. hesizers. His background beats for “Don’t on’t Let Me Fall” and “Nothin’ on You” feature him playing acoustic guitars and pianos. Many rappers have ave attempted to successfully rap ap with beats that are out of their ir elements, but B.o.B achievess this the most eﬀectively. One notable element is the lyrics of choruses when B.o.B chose to sing instead of rap. His rapping skills are impressive, yet it sounds like someone completely diﬀerent wrote his more alternativee pieces. In songs like “Don’t Let Me Fall” and “Haterz Everywhere,” B.o.B’s words
compare tto a disappointing elementary schoo school poem. Better developed lyric lyrics would allow for more resp respectable ﬂexibility as an artist. He sacriﬁces meaning in order to rhyme, something that artists should avoid. His inﬂuences are m multifaceted, and it is obvious in his song, “Mellow Fellow.” The ragtime style of this track as well as B.o.B’s R&B and rap hybrid voice made it a fun and upbeat song that could easily be aired on public radio. B.o.B should collaborate m more alternative artists. This only occurred once in the song, “Nothin’ on You” with solo artist Bruno Mars. With his
rap expertise, and the established sound of another mellow band, B.o.B’s tracks could be twice as entertaining as they already are. Overall, B.o.B has proven his appeal to all kinds of The Verdict listeners. His tracks are attention-grabbing and don’t lose their creative appeal throughout entire songs. This album is great for just about any music lover, and is deﬁnitely worth the $11.99. If you liked B.o.B, try: Wiz Khalifa Kid Cudi The Cool Kids
Foxhollow Farm earns ‘green thumb’ rating
Old Tyme Fudge Company sweetens LaGrange
Local organic farm grows fresh produce for community
New shop hopes to rejuvenate local taste buds
CHELSEA CORBIN editor in chief
MANDY HOGUE staff writer
to preserve the land it occupies as well. A granola-head’s dreamland, the farm practices farming techniques that sustain the earth around it. The completion of the walking trails give commendable notice to the native species residing in the woodlands. In combination with the education center, the farm complex is community-focused and driven which emulates its motto to remain faithful to its surroundings. Undoubtedly, the farm is an incredible resource for those seeking instruction in organic gardening and respecting nature, including for the schools and restaurants it services. There is no denying the growing demand for “green” as the eco-era unfolds. Foxhollow Farms answers that demand by being a well-established form of ecofriendly agriculture. The Farm Store acts as a year-round farmers market, fulﬁlling a desire for local foodstuﬀs in all seasons. As many garden vegetables begin to ripen, endorse this nearby cornucopia of sustainable yields.
Complete with an education center, a local organics store and hiking trails, Crestwood’s Foxhollow Farm is a community resource unlike any other. The 1300-acre farm serves as the area’s “earth friendly” farm that employs an impressive array of methods to maintain an eco-friendly status. Deemed a “sustainable organic biodynamic” farm, Foxhollow earns its description and produces delicious and varied farm-fresh products close to home. The greatest attraction to the estate is the Farm Store. The broad windows and glass doors encourage sunlight to ﬁlter into the room, making even just browsing the unreﬁned stock feel organic and relaxing. The proximity of the market is refreshing as it is one of few venues that sells such an incredible variety of products from Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio vendors only. Foxhollow Farm Fresh ﬂavors present in the farm’s prized provides locals with The Verdict grass-fed beef, milk and yogurt, freshly fresh harvests and baked bread, local honey and jams and ideologies to feed the produce harvested daily on the farm easily growing hunger for sustainable products in trump their over-processed counterparts. Oldham County. Scented soy candles, soaps, personal hygiene products and more make the Farm Store a If you liked Foxhollow Farm, try: one-stop shop for local environmentallyLaGrange Farmers Market friendly goods; there is a certain comfort that comes with buying products knowing Bray Orchards & Roadside where and how they were grown. Market Beyond growing produce and raising J Huber Family Farm & Orchard Joe cattle organically, Foxhollow Farm is careful
Downtown LaGrange is jam-packed with restaurants for a variety of taste preferences. There’s McDonalds for a classic hamburger, KFC to end those chicken cravings, Arby’s for a helping of curly fries, and now The Old Tyme Fudge Company to satisfy the yearning of any sweet tooth. Located right next to El Acapulco, this tasty spot sure knows fudge. As I scanned the diﬀerent fudge choices, including rocky road, coconut almond, dark chocolate, and the rest of the 32 ﬂavors of tempting fudge, the friendly owner, Mary Mudd oﬀered me a sample. I gladly accepted a taste of a classic favorite, cookies ‘n’ cream. The taste surpassed all of my expectations; it was so creamy and rich without an overpowering taste. The store name, The Old Tyme Fudge Company, is very ﬁtting to the sweet shop. They make all their own fudge in the store; you can even see it being made in the back. The store is set up like an old fashioned drug store center. However, fudge isn’t all they make the old fashioned way; they also create chocolate moldings, diﬀerent nut ﬂavors, and holiday themed treats. For my trip to the store, I just stuck to tasting fudge. I ended up purchasing the orange cream and the caramel butterscotch ﬂavors of fudge. Having only tried fudge a few times before in my life, I didn’t exactly know
how to prepare my taste buds for what was about to come. Slicing oﬀ a piece of caramel butterscotch and placing it in my mouth, I experienced instant satisfaction. With the ﬂavor being so simple, the recipe didn’t try to overdo a classic taste. As for the orange cream, I believe the store should consider renaming it to orange dreamsicle, because that’s what it tasted like. Again, such an original taste. The Fudge Company did a wondrous job not trying to modernize the taste, which in return could possibly mess up the ﬂavor. The location is perfect for this fudge paradise. Next to El Acapulco, enjoy an after-meal by walking a few feet and grabbing some desert at The Old Tyme Fudge Company. With the signature special deal of buy a pound, get a half pound free, this sugary shop appeals to all budgets and sweet tooth’s alike. If you are on the hunt for something new in The Verdict La Grange, or if you just have a craving for something sweet, The Old ld Ty Tyme me Fudge Company is the place to go for friendly service, a refreshing old time atmosphere and ﬁrst-class fudge. If you liked The Old Tyme Fudge Company, check out: S Serendipity Café & Gifts located on M Main Street in LaGrange Homemade Ice Cream & Pie Kitchen H located in Springhurst l Karen’s Book Barn located on Main K Street (has a café) S
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n g Si A final farewell SAMIRA ASAD sports editor
s the ﬁnal buzzer prepares to sound, ending the class of 2010’s game, all that is left to do is review the extensive four quarters that have brought us to this point. We’ve witnessed milestone plays, overcome heart-wrenching hurdles and have formed unbreakable bonds that go beyond the court. st Quarter: The middle school years are spent practicing for the game of high school you are about to partake in. You endure countless coaching sessions, warning you of the struggles you are going to face and preparing you for the independence you will receive. Despite the hours of preparation, when you enter through the doors of this new world, you are swept oﬀ your feet by an overwhelming rush of reality and you are left to ﬁnd a way to plant your feet ﬁrmly back on the ground.
Score: High school: 2 You: 0 nd Quarter: After surpassing
the period of shock and adjustment, a term of trial and error begins. You will ﬁnd yourself interacting with new teammates, sometimes leaving old ones in the dust. You will try to change yourself and will struggle to ﬁnd a position that ﬁts you best, or a position that gets you the most attention. However, as half time approaches, you will begin to realize that changing yourself to meet the standards of others will do nothing but lead to trouble. The teammates who accept you for what you have changed to be will only stick around for a short period of time until they leave you to defend yourself. You will come to ﬁnd that at some point you have to stop fulﬁlling the wants of others
and begin to fulﬁll the desires you hold for sooner than you may think. yourself. The prospects of what this ﬁnal stretch has in store will excite you beyond belief Score: High School: 2 You: 2 and your dream of approaching the end Calls that are made will become an overwhelming reality. HALF TIME: during gametime are As you watch the clock slowly tick the key ingredients in the ﬁnal outcome of the seconds away, you will be led down a path game; however, the decisions made when of reminiscence. You’ll look back upon all the clock is not running are what determine the missed shots, close calls and genius your destiny in the end. The short stretch of plays that have helped develop you into the time between the ﬁrst and second half is the player you truly are. You’ll reﬂect upon the time when you get to look back on the ﬁrst numerous speeches of motivation given by two years and assess what they have brought the coaches that have helped you come to you to. You will reﬂect upon the bad calls, the point where you now stand. You’ll think the perfect shots and see what worked best of all the shots you wish you had made and for you. You then get to look forward to the realize how little time left you have to make ﬁnal two years and determine which path them. You will wish desperately that the you want to take. Will you maintain your time left on the clock was a little longer and position and play defense, just standing by will begin to cherish every sweet second as it while others rush around you to make the quickly ticks away. shots? Or will you stand on oﬀense, and Score: High School: 4 You: 6 push yourself to go for the goal? To most, two years seem like a long enough The bittersweet sound of the ﬁnal buzzer will bring about celebration of the victory Score: High School: 2 You: 4 which you have just achieved. As you embrace rd Quarter: amount of time to your fellow teammates in excitement, an make every play you uplifting, yet saddening realization will desire before the come about. These people that surround you clock hits zero. Due to this mindset, you are the ones that have been there from the may sit back and take it easy through the very ﬁrst tip-oﬀ at the beginning of the ﬁrst third quarter, maybe even sit the bench for quarter. They have supported you through a while. You’ll let your school work slip and every play you made, no matter how crazy watch people pass you by without taking in a it may have seemed. Without them by your single moment of the game. You may catch side, the game wouldn’t have been what it yourself saying, “I can’t wait to be a senior,” was. Now that the game has ended, you will many times before the quarter ends. Don’t all be going your separate ways to play your let yourself get so caught up in what’s to own games. When it’s all said and done, the come that you don’t realize what is going on shots, fouls, and the ﬁnal score will drift around you. Take in every moment, because from your mind and memory, but the bonds once the buzzer sounds, you can’t go back. you created throughout that life-changing game will stick with you through whatever Score: High school: 4 You: 4 journey precedes you. The long awaited th Quarter: fourth quarter Samira Asad, Clarion Colonel News, will creep up on you signing oﬀ.
SIDELINES Baseball The baseball team is nearing the end of its regular season with a record of 16-10. The team will be competing in the district tournament at North Oldham May 25 with its ﬁrst game against South Oldham at 5:30 p.m.
Softball The girls regular season is coming to a close. The team has a record of 12-14. They will be taking on South Oldham May 24 in the ﬁrst round of the district tournament at Trimble County High School.
Track The girls track team continues to dominate the track as it holds on to the number 12 spot in the state. Many members of both the boys and girls teams will be competing in the regional tournament May 26 at Fern Creek High School.
Tennis The boys tennis team has had a decent season with a record of 5-8. The girls have been a bit more successful this season with a record of 10-4. Tom Schaller, Matt Stewart, Kyle Stewart and Josh Walker, juniors; and Drew Myers and Payton Roberts, sophomores; represented the boys team at the regional tournament May 17. Paxton Roberts, senior; Hannah Guest and Jessica Caswell, juniors; Nicole Muller, sophomore; and Kamber Heil and Claire Daugherty, freshmen; represented the girls team.
Coachesâ€™ top picks
Seniors chosen to advance to the next level in sports MATTHEW LAWSON staff writer BROOKE DAUGHERTY circulation manager For many students, sports uniforms are traded in for graduation gowns, marking the end of a high school athleteâ€™s career. For others, opportunities to pursue athletic interests continue on with college level sports programs. These talented competitors demonstrate the commitment, drive, and ambition that marks dedication to any collegiate sport.
Brandon Cook University of the Cumberlands
Chris Campbell Wittenberg University
Matt Masters Georgetown College
Leah Pehlke Bellarmine University rssity si y
Marissa Leese Bellarmine University
Whitney Haynes Indiana University Southeast
Chase Bryant Capital University
Maggie Cohen Campbellsville University
Claire Grogan Samford University
Kori Jackson Indiana University Southeast
Brooke Leanhart Indiana University Southeast
Jessica Reinbold Bellarmine University
Volleyball photos by Samira Asad
Kelly Moyer Campbellsville University
Rachel Cranfill Air Force Academy
The anatomy of spring
CHRIS POCHE production editor Margaret Grogan, sophomore
Kyle Stewart, junior Tennis matche matches can last as hours, so a strong long as three ho mental game is essential to a strong finish.
To defeat what long distance runners call ll “the wall,” Grogan must be mentally entally tough.
Taylor McElhinny, junior
Dylan Sims, junior
Whether batting or fielding, g, McElhinny’s arms allow her er to excel in all aspects on thee softball diamond.
Chisele arms are key to Chiseled success in the shot put event.
Teresa Larson, sophomore
Wade Mason, junior
The hurdling event requires a strong core for speed and agility.
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Amelia Orwick, senior As a sprinter, Orwick’s legs gs allow her to explode out of thee blocks for optimum finishing g times.
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Theiss tosses into the record books SAMIRA ASAD sports editor
Madison Theiss, junior, made history April 16 when she broke the school’s long-standing discus record. The record of 95 feet, 3 inches was set by Jackie Hilbert in 2007 and was broken with a distance of 99 feet, 11 inches. Along with breaking the record for discus,
Theiss made her mark in the sand by breaking Remsing King’s triple jump record of 44 feet, 4 inches. Theiss jumped an impressive 44 feet, 8 1/2 inches, which caught her by surprise.
99 feet, 11 inches “I was shocked when I broke the triple jump record because I wasn’t expecting to
jump that far,” Th Theiss said. “But I was also really exT cited.” Although Theiss has s accomplished something many athletes on only dream of she still contin of, continues to set goals for the remainder of her track career. “I want to just keep improving and hopefully break the high jump record as well,” Theiss said.
DISCUS DOMINION -- Theiss pulls off yet another record-breaking throw during a warm-up May 13. She hopes to continue her success in this event during her senior season.
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