Surveyor The Washington
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February 23, 2009
Men’s swim team ﬁnishes a strong season Warrior men took home their 46th district title and continued on to a fourth place ﬁnish at state “We have a lot of depth in our freshmen and sophomores. I think we will really be able to stand out next year.”
Joe Gallet, ‘10
“I’m proud of the way we swam this year. We had a great season and we’ll get ‘em next year.”
Ian Ford, ‘12
Swimmers Kyle Rouse, ’11, Mo Green, ‘11 and Will McCarten, ‘12, stand on the podium to receive their awards for the 100 yard butterﬂy at the district meet.
On Saturday, Feb. 7, the saga continued as the Warrior men’s swim team won its 46th consecutive disctrict swim meet. The team met its yearly expectation, taking home a ﬁrst place title at Kennedy High School. The Warriors competed against seven other teams and came out on top with a total of 307 points, leaving Dubuque Senior to claim second place with 258 points. Warrior
Photo by Lauren Hoth
swimmers celebrated Valentine’s Day competing at the state swim meet in Marshalltown. They took fourth place, ranking behind Cedar Falls, Ames and Dubuque Senior high schools. Although Wash hoped for a ﬁrst place ﬁnish, many swimmers are satisﬁed with their performance and will continue to work hard preparing for next year. Turn to page 13 for more on men’s swimming.
STATE WINNERS 200 Yard Medley Relay Ian Ford, ‘12, Joe Gallet, ‘10, Will McCarten, ‘09, John Sevier, ‘09 1st place 100 Yard Freestyle John Sevier 3rd place
50 Yard Freestyle John Sevier 2nd place
100 Yard Breaststroke Joe Gallet 1st place 200 Yard Freestyle Relay John Sevier, Joe Gallet, Will McCarten, Banning Young, ‘10 1st place
What do you really know about the website that expanded from a teenage frenzy into something much more? Turn to pages 8-9 to ﬁnd the facts on Facebook.
Moscow, Russia: Feb. 13, 2009 Two satellites crash in space 500 miles above earth. A satellite from Russia and a satellite from the United States collide and cause tens of thousands of pieces of debris to circle the earth, possibly threatening other satellites.
Just so you know
Mogadishu, Somalia: Feb. 13, 2009 Somalian pirates release a Japanese ship that has been held in captivity for months. Even with this event, the pirates plan to step up their attacks and pan out more ransoms in the Indian Ocean.
Events written by Cicely Deaton
Gome, Congo: Feb. 13, 2009 40 members that are suspected of committing some of the atrocities during the 1994 Rwanda genocide are killed in an overnight air raid. More than 100 civilians were killed the previous week by the same rebel Congo Democratic Forces.
Sydney, Australia: Feb. 7, 2009 Sydney experiences widespread wildﬁres, which are the worst that have occurred in the area in half a century. The natural disaster kills 21 people, but police say the death toll may still be rising and that threats of ﬁre outbreaks still exist. The wildﬁres are blamed on arsonists.
Technology wires its way into Washington Shayma Elsheikh Staff Writer
load labs and worksheets that can be completed electronically and printed. If this innovation does not solve the issue, laptops may be used for other subjects in coming years. Over the last 15 years, American schools have dra“We had to start somewhere,” said Ghosh. “AP Chemmatically increased spending on classroom technology istry seemed right [this year], but maybe we should have to more than $5 billion annually. Dr. Chirantan Ghosh, done history [instead].” a Washington High School parent, has helped WashingAs long as students use the laptops for educational ton join the technology wave this year. beneﬁt and improve their scores, Ghosh plans to proceed With a desire to help students become more acawith the laptop program. demically successful, Ghosh invested in a study examin“I’m getting old, and I want to see more success. It’s ing the usage of laptop computers in AP Chemistry better for society, students, and the country. It’s a win-win classes at Washington High School. Twenty randomlysituation,” said Ghosh. selected students enrolled in AP Chemistry received HP While the perceived beneﬁt of a laptop program is laptops in January. The basis of the study required that increased educational success, several similar programs in students take notes on the laptops. high schools across the country have proved unsuccess“I think [the study] is worth a try,” said Gary Rieck, ful. In some cases, laptops have become a distraction and Washington AP Chemistry teacher. “I think [laptops] evoked resistance from teachers due to logistical and techwill be more useful for some than for others, depending nical problems. Some schools have also seen that laptops on typing ability.” have had an insigniﬁcant eﬀect on grades and test scores. Ghosh believes that the laptops will be a critical Some negative reprecussions of implementing a laptop component of 21st century education. program was displayed in a pilot program at Liverpool “We are living in the modern era,” said Ghosh. High School in New York. Some of the students used “[Laptops] will help students take better notes, which school-issued laptops to hack into local businesses, leads to better understanding. This has been the tradiexchange answers on tests, and download pornography. Photo by Carter Oswood tional concept all along.” After seven years, the New York school district realized a While the readability of the notes has improved Washington students use the desktop computers drop in scores and deemed the laptops a distraction to the for AP Chemistry students, this year’s laptop program educational process. The laptops had failed to produce any available to them in the Washington IMC. participants have said that typing equations and math academic gains. manipulations has proven to be a challenge. In order to Thus far, the presence of laptops in the classroom has use the laptops in chemistry classes, students crave software that eases the typing of cheminot caused any such signiﬁcant problems at Washington. cal formulas and calculations. “[The computers] were [a distraction] at ﬁrst, but now the students are accustomed to Joseph Gallet, ’10, received a laptop but does not necessarily believe that the technology them,” said Rieck. has helped him better understand chemistry. While this year’s laptop program has been met with mixed reviews, it appears that “It’s easier to write [chemistry notes] down, but [the laptop] is more helpful in other Washington will continue to utilize Ghosh’s contribution in future years. It will take a while classes like U.S. Humanities and AP Biology…classes that are less equation-oriented,” said to see if the laptop program has provided real beneﬁts to students, but for now it is certain Gallet. This year, hardware will be implemented in the laptops that will allow students to down- that Washington will ﬁnd novel ways to ensure the academic success of its students.
News Interact Strikes Again Rachel Owens Staff Writer Members of Interact, the Washington High School chapter of Rotary International, raised funds for an important community mentoring program, just by taking part in a game of bowling. On Feb. 1, 2009, nine Interact members participated in Bowl for Kid’s Sake, an annual fundraising event held for the Big Brothers-Big Sisters organization. Each bowler raised $70 to bowl two games at the Cedar Rapids Bowling Center. Plans for the ambitious project came into light when Interact President Hannah Colton, ‘09, spoke with Kate Beardsworth, an associate with Big Brothers-Big Sisters. The participation of Interact members made Washington the only high school with students participating in the Bowl for Kid’s Sake program. With the opportunity to win t-shirts and other prizes, Interact bowlers had a good time while helping charity. Caitlin Thirnbeck, ‘10, found that bowling at the event was a lot of fun and laid back; not competitive. She only would have hoped that more Interact members could have participated. “I’m going to encourage more of my friends to [participate next year],” said Thirnbeck. Although Interact participated in Bowl for Kid’s Sake last year, this is the ﬁrst year that a large amount of interest was shown. This year, Interact made a signiﬁcant contribution to the Big Brother-Big Sisters program with the help of a generous donation from Rotary West, a local adult chapter of Rotary International and Interact’s partner club. InterPhoto by Jessica Wohlers act raised $1,028 to fund mentoring programs. Interact will partici- Interact members Hannah Colton, ‘09, Abby Rings, ‘09, John Beardsworth, pate in the program next year with ‘09, Mary Kate Schmitt, ‘10, Caitlin Thirnbeck, ‘10, and John Holtzman, the hope that even more members ‘09, participate in the “Bowl for Kids’ Sake” Event put on by Big Brothers and Big Sisters. will sign up to bowl for a cause.
Showing spirit in style
Recent and Upcoming Washington Interact Service Projects
Feb. 21 Catherine McAuley Center “Movin’ for McAuley” Mall Walk Feb. 22 Sunday Evening Meals Program at First Presbyterian Church Mar. 2-13 Clothing drive for Waypoint
Economic stimulus plan passes
Charlie Parks Staff Writer
Max Ernst Co-News Editor
When walking down the hallways on game day, school spirit is not only apparent in the students’ high spirits but also displayed in their clothing. There is a wide variety of Warrior apparel available to students at the Warrior Athletics Store, from the “Beat Every-One” shirts and traditional WHS logo shirts to soccer socks and face paint. Besides the “inaugural” t-shirt each student receives when entering Washington High School as a freshman, no free school spirit clothing is handed out until the ITED assembly. Some students ﬁnd that they have very little Warrior clothing, and they often scramble on game days to ﬁnd ways to display school spirit. The Warrior Athletics Store provides a marketplace for Washington students to buy clothing and paraphernalia to support athletic teams. It is also an important component of school fundraising. Last year, the store raised over $80,000 that was donated to the various sports teams. Thanks to the volunteer eﬀorts of Mike O’Dell, the Warrior Athletic Store recently moved this year to its new permanent location behind the cafeteria by the bathrooms. The store is open Thursdays from 1:30-3:00 p.m. and during most home basketball games. “If [students] can’t make it in during our regular hours, [they should] send me an e-mail and I will joyfully arrange a date and time for [them] to pick up clothing,” said Sandy Worley, president of the Washington Athletic Board. During the winter months, the Athletic Board begins making plans and brainstorming ideas for the apparel they believe students would like to have available for sale before the start of the next fall sports season. The most apparel sales occur during football season, but the store is looking to increase its clothing sales during the winter and spring seasons. The Warrior Athletics Club is looking for ideas from Washington students on what items to sell. All the ideas that are submitted are read and discussed. “Students can input what they would like us to sell,” said Sandy Worley. “[Students should] send me an e-mail with ideas that [they] would like us to consider, or stop by the store and give the idea to the volunteer running the store at the time.” This year, the store’s top selling item was the “Hooded Property of Washington Athletics” sweatshirt. Other popular choices were sweat pants, t-shirts, and seat cushions. For a complete list of all the available items and pictures, Washington students can visit the athletic club webpage. Students can also send in design ideas by e-mailing Sandy Worley at email@example.com. The Warrior Athletics Store is an important factor in raising school spirit and engaging in school fundraising. Due to the volunteer eﬀorts of those running the store and the creativity of design submissions, the store is able to sell a variety of clothing to students who are in search of something to wear when the time comes.
Despite the deep partisan divide that materialized in the past month regarding the validity of the $787 billion economic stimulus bill, the new ﬁnancial package was approved by Congress and signed by President Obama on Feb. 17, 2009. The stimulus legislation was advanced by Obama and congressional leaders to move the nation out of recession by increasing national consumption and investment levels. Proponents of the stimulus package stated that the new policy would eﬀectively create and save jobs, provide tax cuts for middle-class families, bolster investment in the infrastructure of the nation, improve the American health care system, enhance the quality of American education, and promote the development of alternative fuels. Opponents, on the other hand, criticized the stimulus package as wasteful spending that would ineﬀectively address economic problems and increase the national debt. Several key components of the stimu- Barack Obama waves to the crowd as he ascends to lus package are: the podium and prepares to address the nation. -> $275 billion in tax cuts: designed to increase national production and employing cyclical unemployment. ment levels by providing more spending money -> $30 billion in infrastructure expenditures: for consumers. Opponents state that the tax cuts designed to renovate the American highway syswere poorly designed and that consumers will tem, fund new transportation projects, and create save, not spend, most of the money they receive. new jobs in the public sector. Opponents state -> $140 billion in educational improvement that infrastructure expenditures will occur too expenditures: designed to fund the improvement slowly to have any noticeable eﬀect on recessionof school facilities and educational services. The ary conditions. intent of this provision is to increase construcThe stimulus package, regardless of its outtion expenditures and invest in the educational comes, will be the ﬁrst sizeable governmental success of students. Opponents state that most of attempt to remedy the current recession in the the funding will not be appropriated until after United States. Within the next several months, the perceived end of the recession. the ramiﬁcations of the stimulus package will be -> $87 billion in aid to states: designed to tested through the policy’s eﬀects on consumer assist states with balanced budget requirements behavior and economic activity. that face funding shortfalls. The provision would give states the necessary funding to prevent a
further loss in government jobs and state services. Opponents state that the state assistance will not generate new economic activity. -> $43 billion in unemployment beneﬁts: designed to assist American citizens who are struggling with unemployment. Opponents state that this appropriation will not increase national output and that it will only help those experienc-
Environmentalists wage the bottled water war Lauren Sines Staff Writer Ethical battles between major corporations and advocacy groups are commonplace in the 21st century, but never before in the United States has there been such a debate over water. The green movement is sweeping the nation, but even as people search for new ways to reduce their environmental impact, fewer people are focusing on reducing the use of and reusing products. However, environmentalists say that reducing bottled water purchases would be an important step toward reducing the U.S. carbon footprint and putting money back in pockets. Environmentalists urge consumers to cut back on bottled water and switch to reusable bottles. They say bottled water companies are not doing enough to decrease their environmental impact. They also argue that reducing the consumption of bottled water and utilizing reusable containers would save money while helping to save the environment. According to environmental experts, increased water consumption is not the problem, but the amount of resources used to produce bottled water is creating negative environmental impacts. Sales of bottled water have increased by 400 percent in the last twenty years. To supply the United States alone, it takes 1.5 million barrels of oil per year to produce the necessary plastic water bottles. That much energy could power 250,000 homes or 100,000 cars for a year. This production process also creates carbon emissions that could easily be avoided if tap water was properly utilized. Bottled water companies oﬀer convenience and improved taste as reasons to drink bottled water. These producers also argue that they have reduced
Warrior Thoughts: Recycling Taylor Dose Staff Writer
Photo by Megan Barnes
“My family recycles because it’s good for our environment. It is something my family does as a normal everyday task, and in my opinion everyone should. It’s very easy to do.” -Cortney Brown, ‘11. “I think my parents recycle. I don’t really because I’m never home; they recycle because they have to.” -Cailey Sumers, ‘10. “Yes, I recycle because I don’t see the point in not doing so. When we recycle, we reuse material that would need to be made again out of new stuﬀ. [Recycling] also cuts down on waste going into the landﬁll.” - Abby Rings, ‘09.
their carbon emissions greatly. Dasani, owned by the Coca-Cola Company, states that their bottles are 100 percent recyclable, including the cap and the label. “Here in the U.S., we’re reducing the overall amount of plastic used in our bottles by twenty percent,” the company’s website says. Although bottled water companies have reduced their environmental impact and recycling is increasingly an option to reduce waste, conservationists argue it is more important and eﬀective to reduce waste by reusing products. Buying one reusable bottle and using it to its full potential makes using tap water just as convenient as bottled water. Tap water can be found in almost any building, it is free, and it can be carried it in a stylish reusable water bottle. Environmentalists also state that bottled water companies do not oﬀer markedly improved taste because up to forty percent of bottled water in the U.S. and Canada is sourced from municipal tap water. In the coming years, the decreasing availability of fossil fuels will increase the pertinence of the bottled water issue. Consumers will need to reduce the purchases of bottled water as well as reuse and recycle the containers. While bottled water companies oﬀer convenient products to consumers, the production process of bottled water will need to meet the demands of the green movement in order to continue.
Secrets of the library exposed - shining beacon or dirty underbelly? Many go to the library in search of peace and quiet in a never ending world of chaos - a place where homework can be accomplished or computer games wait be conquered. As Surveyor writers Jack Shey and Andy Marshall reveal, the underground activities that go on in library may not be so simple.
A laboratory for future leaders A hideout for emerging sexual behaviors
Since the start of junior year I’ve used most of my lunch time for reﬂection and study in the library rather than for eating. It is here in Jack Shey this scholarly oasis Staff Writer of books where I contemplate the unknown questions of the modern world and where I ﬁnd intelligent beings that possess my similar motivation to seek the answers to life’s ever curious phenomena. In such a place as the library, it is not uncommon for one to hear the harmonious sounds of quiet debates ﬁlling the air. I often times sit at an empty table and simply listen to the discussions being held around me. It is here where I am enlightened by lectures from Shay Gutman on foreign policy and where I learn about recent discoveries by Danny Griﬃn in the complicated world of theoretical physics. (Danny’s most recent formula to prove the string theory, α/βχ = q4.25p’i , won him the Nobel Prize). In the library is also where I observe the natural habitat of my peers.
Through close observation I have noted the intense competition for computers. On a daily basis, ﬂocks of students pour in through the narrow library doors and seat themselves at a computer ﬁtting for their personal pleasure. The remaining students not quick enough to obtain the “cream of the computer crop” compete unmercifullly for the scarcity of computers; a competition that more times than not, proves fatal. Once situated and content with their computer of choice, students access and browse a wide assortment of websites. This mix of various websites creates a color spectacle that is pleasing to the eye and I have noted that the most popular websites include: addictinggames.com, onlinegames.net, and vampiretemple.com. In conclusion, it is easy to see that an everyday trip into the library brings a variety of resources into the learning depths of a hungry mind. Being surrounded by my peers, all top in their respective ﬁelds of study, provides a satisfaction that others share my determination in learning about the curiosities of life. Whether they range from debates about the validity of quantum mechanics or the eﬀects of over-tanning, the library provides a place for us all to immerse ourselves in the opportunities of learning and entertainment.
- Spring Break! - The debaters killing it at state (congrats to David Petersen and Sharon Kann on their state title) - Girl Scout cookies
Students who have seventh hour free or just skip a lot of classes may have noticed the new restrictions on internet browsing. At intervals that I fail to understand, the home page (which Andy Marshall of course cannot be personalized) Staff Writer appears simply as a list of accessible sites. There are about four, which include Wikipedia, Google, KCRG, and MathBlasterz. These sites would normally be helpful to students looking for success in their studies, if not for further restrictions placed on the individual sites. On Wikipedia, one may only view the homepage, and cannot search for anything. on Google, the same applies; one can only look at the color Google Trademark, while pondering the question, “Feeling lucky?” On KCRG, you may view only a wallpaper-sized mug of sports reporter John Campbell. Finally, MathBlasterz’ best game (Dolphin Warz) has been blocked by the district. But the truly jarring thing is that these measures can perhaps be justiﬁed. I will always remember looking at track stats online while a group of unmentionable students viewed pornographic material on XXXDadSqueal.edu. Another time, Chris Barber and I were doing algebra homework when we happened to glance at a computer where a mysterious hooded ﬁgure
- Revs and taking ﬁrst place at NEIBA - The weather heating up, only to rain by the end of the week - Brandon Burrell
had just scrolled down to reveal a woman’s nipple, before quickly scrolling back up the webpage. These incidents are seemingly inexplicable, but may in fact be part of a trend towards sexual behaviors that are more publicized, and as strange as it may sound, reliant upon technology. This is evidenced not only by internet browsing in school libraries, but also by the new “sexting” craze. For those of you who don’t know, sexting is the text-messaging of sexually explicit images. Though only a handful of sick-minded students actually spend their time sexting, it still contributes to the paradigm shift in sex and the way it shall be viewed in the future. If this trend continues, the future as it is portrayed in the classic Woody Allen ﬁlm Sleeper will soon become a reality. In this movie, the protagonist awakes to ﬁnd himself living in a futuristic world in which they grown elephantine vegetables and are sexually pleasured by machines. It is common practice to duck out of a party and be gratiﬁed by the machine (in the middle of the house, mind you) before casually returning to socialize. This is the future that we are fast approaching, and rather than establish copious restrictions on the internet or otherwise, I believe Washington should embrace the trend, riding the ebb and ﬂow of our society. And thus, if you are interested in sending sext messages or being challenged in Dolphin Warz, my phone line is always open (319-911).
- Daylight savings messing up our sleep patterns - AP exams approaching fast - Styrofoam plates and plastic forks in the
lunch room (think of all the waste we produce every day!) - Mud - Martha Stewart’s exploding dog
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Embryonic stem cells ≠ babies On Monday March 8, President Barack Obama reversed President George W. Bush’s decision to restrict the government funding of stem cell research, marking a major victory for scientists who hope to use embryonic stem Daniel Williams cells to ﬁnd treatEditor ments for ailments such as diabetes, cancer, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, just to name a few. During the Presidential campaign last year, Obama stated, “I strongly support expanding research on stem cells. I believe that the restrictions that President Bush has placed on funding of human embryonic stem cell research have handcuﬀed our scientists and hindered our ability to compete with other nations.” Now he is following through on his words. While there are countless facets of the stem cell debate, I will address only some of them minimally, giving a general overview of why stem cell research should be carried out. In Obama’s decision to fund stem cell research, some believe he has crossed a line in government policy. In fact, the Vatican reiterated its Roman Catholic teachings and stated that embryonic stem cell research is “deeply immoral.” Opponents of stem cell research say that the use of an embryonic stem cell violates the sanctity of life – that human life is a sacred gift and therefore the voluntary destruction of human life should never be supported. This viewpoint begs question, “when does a cluster of cells become human?” When do two separate cells, a sperm and an egg, become human? Upon contact? When a zygote is formed? During the embryonic period? When the fetus is formed? If we use the Roman Catholic Church’s deﬁnition of life, then a human is formed upon conception, but thankfully, we don’t use the Vatican’s moral teachings to determine scientiﬁc policy – we use the good ol’ Supreme Court.
In the 1973 Supreme Court case of Roe v. Wade, the Court concluded that a pregnant woman could legally have an abortion until the fetus became “viable.” Viability is deﬁned as the point at which a fetus may potentially be able to live outside the mother’s womb, with or without artiﬁcial aid. This point of viability, if we use a liberal estimation, is about 20 weeks after conception – well after the four to ﬁve days post-conception at which stem cells are procured. Thus, if it is legal for a woman to have an abortion up to the point of viability for any reason ranging from irresponsibility to rape, it seems absurd to outlaw research that yes, destroys a ﬁve day old cluster of 50 to 150 cells, but also has the potential to save millions of people world wide. Indeed, if it sounds illogical to call opponents of stem cell research “pro-life”, you’re not alone – perhaps these self proclaimed “pro-lifers” should take a leaf out of Senator Orrin Hatch’s book, who opposes abortion yet is a strong proponent of stem-cell research. In a statement released on March 6, Hatch said “This research enhances, not diminishes, human life, and the president deserves credit for making that possible. I believe that being pro-life means helping the living by allowing critically important and ethical medical research to go forward.” Senator Hatch’s reasoning almost seems too logical – is it really possible to be pro-life while simultaneously supporting a cause that also has a very high potential to cure countless diseases? I think so. Furthermore, isn’t it sensible to allow scientists the use every available option in using stem cells? I feel certain that there isn’t a single scientist who would use embryonic stem cells if a better alternative was available, so why not allow for the cultivation of both methods? That way we could get the best of the two worlds; it is not unreasonable to think that through the combination of the dual processes, a synergy would be formed – something greater than simply the two systems used on their own. Perhaps it is time for an age where scientiﬁc policy is determined not by personal ideology, but by real scientiﬁc evidence.
Abstinence-only sex-ed falls short of goals If by the end of this week, if the school hallways are not littered with condoms, I will be outraged. Not long ago Wash hosted the “sex woman” who annually comes to Connor O’Neil every history class and reviews the Staff Writer dangers of sexual activity. We were shown disgusting pictures of warts, chlamydia and the like. We were told some crazy statistic like: “1 in 4 sexually active teens becomes infected with an STI every year”. Finally, various birth control methods were explained. Everything from the ring to the patch was described in great detail. I honestly didn’t know how many lasers were involved in birth control until this session. Regardless, it was truly just an awful experience all together. For those of you gone that day, imagine a picture of a blended hamster caked over someone’s genitals - now imagine that blended hamster caked over your own genitals. Don’t want to have sex any more, right? If you answered “right”, you’re wrong. You are probably just as interested in sex as you were before the graphic description. Perhaps you even have a fetish for hamsters, who knows? But what we do know is that the beg for abstinence is having no lasting eﬀect. The sex woman named nearly all possible birth control options, but enforced the idea of abstaining from sex entirely, especially with the famed “101 Things To Do (besides having sex)” pamphlet. It was nice to hear a thorough description of where we can receive birth control (for free), but why conclude by telling us
to refrain from having sex at all? As if we don’t know that No Sex = No STI. That’s like telling someone that the most eﬀective way to not choke is to starve. The way I see it, there are at least 101 ways to stop a teen from contracting an STI or having an unwanted pregnancy besides preaching abstinence. After all, since when did moral reasoning with a teenager ever work? I’ll be releasing a packet of my own soon, so consider yourself lucky for getting a preview: 1. Aversion Therapy. Injecting each teen with a one month sample of an STI. (This one would suck.) 57. Classical Conditioning. Each unprotected sexual contact results in a forced onset of nausea. Unprotected sex would become synonymous with puking. 94. Birth Control. Shower all secondary schools with condoms and birth control. Each lunch desert would be replaced with a condom. (This ﬁghts unwanted pregnancy and obesity at the same time!). But honestly, I think that by increasing the amount of available contraception, speciﬁcally condoms, in school would be productive towards lowering the amount of STIs or unwanted pregnancy cases. The most eﬀective way to do this is by ﬁlling the school’s garage with boxes and boxes of condoms. Always accessible and unlimited to the entire student body. Abstinence-only is a failed cause and is a waste of money and eﬀort, even when endorsed by our Student Senate. I’ll only be satisﬁed when the Senate releases another shirt stating, “Wrap it before you tap it” or “Sheath thy knife, she’s not your wife.” Be creative, Senate.
How do YOU feel about stem cell research? “I understand peoples’ ethical problems with it, but the potential beneﬁts outweigh the lives lost.” - Julia Emery, ‘10. “I don’t agree with it because adult stem cells are just as eﬀective as embryonic stem cells and I believe that life starts at conception, destroying the stem cell would be like destroying a life.” - Krista Johnson, ‘10 “It’s logical that scientists must consider the ethics of their research, but with the potential for the improved treatments for cures for various medical conditions, I feel these studies should be pursued.” - Jon Snell, ‘10. “I think it falls into a ‘morally’ gray area and who really has the right to decide what is or isn’t ethical?” - Emily Covington, ‘09. “It should be pursued to its fullest extent because it creates many medical opportunities.” - Anna Noreuil, ‘12
Why I still love Disney My love for Disney Channel is based primarily on my inability to let go of my elementary school days. Who Molly Brown would ever want to Staff Writer forget the All Saints days, wearing plaid jumpers and my Bratz backpack? Don’t get me wrong, I do have plenty of other reasons for loving Disney, The Jonas Brothers being the least of them. I don’t care what anyone says, The Jonas Brothers are uber-hot and the song “Lovebug” is great. Along with the JoBros comes the other fabled Disney stars such as Miley Cyrus...and who doesn’t enjoy the Miley Cyrus vs. Hannah Montana identity crisis? For instance, the Hannah Montana movie; you can bet if there’s a midnight showing I’ll be there...who will she choose: Hannah or Miley? Being immature I think everything is funny, so I actually like the sit-coms on Disney. It gets me every time Zack and Cody play a practical joke
on Mr. Mosby or another employee of the Tipton Hotel. And the The Suite Life on Deck, is there anything more original than a school on a cruise ship!? I mean how did they come up with that? (And if you were wondering, yes, I have had a High School Musical themed birthday party.) Another thing that I love anything about Disney are the star-studded songs that actors sing. Who would have ever guessed that Mitchell Musso and Emily Osment (as in child star Haley Jo Osment’s sister) could sing, or that they would even get music videos? I did. Every Disney channel star gets to sing, even if they suck. I mean so what if Zac Efron didn’t really sing in the ﬁrst High school Musical, Disney doesn’t care about “talent,” that’s silly. I would say the best part of the whole thing is that they’re all the future stars of America. This is why Ryan (my older, Xavier-attending brother) says I can’t have an agent on the oﬀ chance that I got into anything. We can’t be like “them.” OR maybe he just doesn’t want my mom to spend money on me that could be spent on him. Either way, $20 says one day Miley Cyrus will be in celebrity rehab someday.
WHS’s Most Eligible Bachelor and Bachelorette Jason
Surveyor’s Natalie Neppl gets the inside scoop on the personalities and dating preferences of sizzlin’ senior singles, Jason Kruise and Meredith VanWoert. Meredith
What are your favorite hobbies? Sports; soccer is my favorite, guitar, and ping pong.
What are your favorite hobbies? I have always loved art, enjoyed fashion, and lived for music.
What is your favorite kind of music? Rock, to be speciﬁc Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, RHCP, Pearl Jam.
What kind of music do you enjoy? I enjoy lots of diﬀerent music, but my favorite bands and artists are Black Keys, Girl Talk, Yeahs Yeahs Yeahs, Lupe, and She and Him.
What is you smoothest pick-up line? “Now, on one hand, it is very diﬃcult for a man to even speak to someone who looks as good as you, but, on the other hand, should that be your problem?”
What is your favorite pick-up line? “Is your name as beautiful as your face?” Coincidentally, I just heard this clever line a couple of days ago!
What is your favorite high school memory? Beating Kennedy in penalty kicks last year during sub-state for soccer.
If you could pick anything, what would be your ideal date? I would love to attend Bonnaroo music festival in California or go to Europe.
What is your ideal date? Dinner with live music, Coldstone, followed by a comedy movie.
What qualities do you look for in a boy? My ideal guy would be funny and overﬂow with individuality. Of course, he would have to be cute!
What qualities do you look for in a girl? She should be funny, smart, athletic, and easy to talk to.
If you could choose anybody, who would you pick for a celebrity dream date? This list could go on forever! But my top choices would be Jason Schwartzman, Ed Norton, Barack Obama, yeah deﬁnitely Barack Obama, and Adam Brody.
Who is your celebrity dream girl? Jessica Alba, because she is a stone cold fox.
To help all the girls out there in the future, what would be a fun gift to give a guy for Valentine’s Day? Be creative, tie-dye socks would be a fun gift!
Who is your role model, and why? My father, he has always been there for me and supported me in whatever I did. I always wanted to be like him when I was little. I can remember when I use to follow him around with my toy lawn mower whenever he mowed the lawn.
What gift would you like to receive from a guy? Deﬁnitely a key-tar, it’s a combination of a guitar and a keyboard.
What would be the best Valentine’s day gift from a girl? Silk boxers.
Love is in the air: Wash’s most successful pairs Lauren Sines Staff Writer
Quinn Vincent and Alex Stephens Everyone wants their boyfriend or girlfriend to be their best friend. Alex Stephens and Quinn Vincent, both ‘11, have been dating since November 8, 2008. They love spending time with each other. Whether shooting hoops or cooking together, they always ﬁnd something to do. This fun couple is always there for each other and knows everything about one another. Stephens describes Vincent as caring and funny. He describes her as fun and never boring. The two agree that one of the best times they had together was making a “Q” shaped pizza. Always laughing and smiling, these two friends make a great couple.
Andre Dawson and Christine Smith Every high school has the quintessential couple, full of energy and school spirit, they are known and admired by everyone. For WHS, Andre Dawson and Christine Smith, both ‘10, are that couple. As one of Wash’s most successful varsity football players, Dawson is well-known for his athleticism and this is reﬂected in his relationship with Smith. He expresses an appreciation for “her always being there on the sidelines waiting for me after football games” and loves watching Iowa games with her on Saturdays. Together since December 2007, Dawson and Smith see each other as extremely understanding and are expected to stay together for a long time to come.
Photos by Sky Smith
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Brenden Weberg and Nikki Stewart From center stage to the show choir room, WHS’ most musical underclassman couple Brenden Weberg and Nikki Stewart, both ‘12, love being together. Whether they happen to be enjoying a Will Ferrell movie marathon or hanging out with family, Weberg and Stewart cannot seem to get enough of their time together. Full of mutual admiration for each others talent, music and a passion for performance brings the pair together and keeps their relationship strong.
wart, both ‘12.
Wes Keene and Rebecca Krewer The long-standing courtship of Wes Keene and Rebecca Krewer, both ‘09, began in an Arthur Elementary School sandbox in 2001. Since their friendly childhood encounter, their relationship has evolved to one of care and thoughtful gestures. Keene describes last years Valentine’s Day as one of his favorite moments, “Rebecca made me a double-layer brownie ice cream heart…chocolate is one of my passions and it was indescribably amazing.” Along with their shared thoughtfulness, both are avid musicians and it keeps them close. Drawn together by their passion for music, this caring couple is going strong.
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There are currently 150 million Facebook
The face behind the b Lauren Kelley staff writer
The worldʼs most popular social networking site has grown beyond an obsession into a world wide phenomenon. Facebook, although originally intended for college students, is currently offered to anyone thirteen and up. The largest growing demographic is 35 years and older. The site has changed the way the world communicates. From new college roommates to distant relatives, people around the world turn to Facebook to keep in touch with others, and an entirely new language has been developed along with it. Although the social networking site has numerous advantages, there are many aspects of Facebook that are unknown to the users. The Surveyor staff has complied facts, secrets, advantages and disadvantages concerning the world of Fbook.
“You are solely responsible for the User Content that you Po transferable, fully paid, worldwide license (with the right to s modify, edit, frame, translate, excerpt, adapt, create derivati Facebook Service or the promotion thereof subject only to y (b) to use your name, likeness and image for any purpose, i promotion thereof. You represent and warrant that you have
Advantages and disadvantages + Simple way to keep in touch with friends and family + Keep up-to-date on up-coming events + Entertaining applications + Contacting college roomates + Meeting new people who share similar interests + Staying in contact with foreign friends + Availability to have converstations through the Facebook chat + Creating invitations and receiving invitations for events + Option of private messaging versus public messaging + Alleviates boredom + Access to pictures - Constant updates - Lack of face-to-face communication - Drama - Online bullying - Loss of conﬁdentially - Constantly changing Facebook lingo - Parents getting Facebook - Inappropiate comments and pictures posted publically
Twenty-three-year-old, Mark Zuckerberg, the trist and a dentist, was writing computer software as to study psychology and computer science. In a 200 he built a site where students could comment on oth this action. However, soon after this incident, he crea book.” Within four months, his site had expanded to dorm-like headquarters are now located in Palo Alto
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Enough about all the teen Facebook users: wha are active users of the popular website. Many student feel the system should not encompass their students. preference to stay off the site for my safety and reputa keep in contact with their friends, teachers sign on for other way to communicate with family and old college take it personally. But it has nothing to do with the part students to be their friends and have access to their ho cases, could be problematic and inappropriate. Teache Facebook is their escape from the classroom. Other teachers share different opinions about u cial to have an accessible form of communication with remind them of changes in schedules or assignments. chance of them checking their facebook then the scho his assigments on the school website.
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of Washington students have a Facebook
CEO of Facebook, founded the network in 2004. Zuckerberg, the son of a psychias early as sixth grade. He made his way to Harvard University where he was going 08 interview for 60 minutes, Zuckerberg revealed that as a sophomore at Harvard, her studentsʼ ID photos from the Harvard computers. He was put on probation for ated an online version of the Harvard directory which became known as “The Face40 different colleges. In 2004, Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard. Facebookʼs o, California, with 400 employees who receive free food and laundry.
ost on or through the Facebook Service. You hereby grant Facebook an irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, sublicense) to (a) use, copy, publish, stream, store, retain, publicly perform or display, transmit, scan, reformat, ive works and distribute (through multiple tiers), any User Content you (i) Post on or in connection with the your privacy-instellingen or (ii) enable a user to Post, including by offering a Share Link on your website and including commercial or advertising, each of (a) and (b) on or in connection with the Facebook Service or the e all rights and permissions to grant the foregoing licenses...”
at about all the teachers? Believe it or not a fair amount of Washington staff members ts are unaware of which teachers have a Facebook simply because many teachers “There are boundaries between my personal and professional life. Itʼs my personal ation,” said language arts teacher, Sarah Wright. Just as students use Facebook to that very same reason. Many Washington teachers noted that they like to have anfriends. Some students wonder why their teachers decline their “friend” requests and ticular student; it is just a rule the teachers enforce. If the teachers were to allow their omepages, students could post any comments or pictures they chose which, in some ers do not want to associate their jobs with their personal life or risk their reputation;
using facebook. AP psychology and chemistry teacher, Heather Adams, ﬁnds it beneﬁh her students. She is able to send quick messages to her AP psychology students to . With the excessive Facebook usage by students, Adams claims there is a lot better ool website. AP biology teacher, Terry Kahler, would beg to differ, as he prefers to post
Another tool available to Facebook users is the option of creating their own advertisements that can appear on over 150,000,000 Facebook usersʼ pages. When the user designs an ad, he or she can choose the age group, gender, interests and location of the people they want to view their ad. Through this system, Facebook users have a way of communicating with people with similar interests as them. Once the advertisement has been customized, the creator can optimize his or her ad and see who has been interested in them. The ad creators can then determine whether or not their ad is effective or needs to be changed to attract more viewers. This can eliminate a basketball player from seeing an ad about dancing that fails to grab his or her attention.
* FBO- “facebook ofﬁcial,” meaning a couple is now ofﬁcially an item and the relationship will appear on their proﬁles. * Tag photos- if one wants their name connected to a picture of themself, they can “tag” themselves and have access to the photo. * The Wall- a way of communicating with another person publically through their proﬁle page. * Poking- a way of ﬂirting or being goofy. * Status- the user can update their status on what they are currently doing or how they are feeling. * Creeping- a popular activity of stalking other people by looking through their proﬁles. * Friend requests- asking one to be their friend and having the choice of accepting or declining. one that requests to be their friend
St. Clair tackles Wash’s technical tasks Mallory Williams Staff Writer Washington is a school with tons of activities to be involved in and most Wash students take advantage of those opportunities. For Jeﬀ St. Clair, ’10, that activity is WebCore. As a freshman, St. Clair made the decision to transfer from Mt. Vernon to Wash because of Wash’s WebCore team. After taking the required computer class third term of his freshman year, Jeﬀ oﬃcially became a member of the WebCore team during the summer of 2007, when Steve Strong was the supervisor.
Christian conquers the catwalk Lily Gasway Staff Writer Alyssa Christian, ‘12, ﬁrst became interested in modeling when she was told she had potential. “It made it seem more like something that could actually happen,” said Christian. She had her ﬁrst photo shoots in the spring of 2007 and walked in a Forever 21 fashion show in Chicago alongside many other models and a contestant from America’s Next Top Model. Since then, she’s had many more photo shoots to balance with her schoolwork and extracurricular activities. Although she’s busy, Christian has a lot of fun. “The funnest part... maybe the conversations I have with everyone working on the shoot. You get to know the makeup artist! Also, going to new places and getting pictures back,” said Christian. Her mom spends a tremendous amount of time supporting her in this endeavor. “She’s just as much in this as me, and I couldn’t do it without her,” said Christian. Throughout almost a year of photo shoots and meetings with agents, Christian has learned several important lessons. “It’s diﬀerent than people say it is. It is a lot of fun. You get to meet the coolest people and have the most wonderful memories. But it requires a lot of waiting, both short term and long term, whether it’s waiting for makeup or waiting for opportunities to come along,” Christian said. Along with patience, Christian knows that working hard is a big part of modeling. “Nothing comes easily. You can have a whole bunch of people that want to work with you, but for the opportunity that’s really going to elevate you, you have to work for it and be committed.” As far as plans for the future go, Christian is taking everything one step at a time. “Modeling really to me is just a hobby, and if I can make something bigger of it, that’s something I’d love to do. But right now, it’s just fun.”
Photo courtesy of 3000 NTM Photography
“Everything I know about computers I learned from Mr. Strong. He was pretty much the best computer teacher,” said St. Clair. Last summer St. Clair devoted much of his time to working on the Wash homepage with new WebCore supervisor, David Mitschelen. St. Clair added new features to the site such as a GPA calculator, messaging between people logged in and reports on which teachers use their class sites most often. St. Clair isn’t the only one working hard on Wash’s WebCore team though. Joel Bixby, ’10, has been a dedicated member of WebCore since the summer of 2007 as well. “Joel has certain skills no one else in the group has. He’s very good with coding and things like that,” said St. Clair. Martin Strobel, ’09, is WebCore’s “manager” this year. “He’s really the one who holds it [WebCore] together,” said Mitschelen. This summer, when St. Clair isn’t working hard on Wash’s site, he plans to intern at Rockwell Collins in hopes that this will look good on his resume when he applies to the University of Chicago or Harvey Mudd in California to major in something computer related. Also, when not pursuing his ﬁrst passion of computers, St. Clair enjoys playing the violin in Wash’s orchestra. St. Clair’s hopes that more students will take advantage of the many resources available on Wash’s website. “Every student already has a username. If anyone ever needs their password, they can always come to me, Martin Strobel, Joel Bixby or Mr. Mitschelen and we would be more than happy to give it to them.” It is clear that St. Clair is an indespensable asset to Washington High School’s technical team. His loyal fan-following vows to support his every crucial computer-scientiﬁc endeavor.
Photo by Carter Oswood
“The Glass Menagerie” poses challenges to small cast Mackenzie Hepker Staff Writer The Glass Menagerie, a seven-scene play written by Tennessee Williams and directed here at Wash by Bill Lammers, will be showing from Thursday, Feb. 26, to Saturday, Feb. 28, for the ﬁrst time in twenty years. Lammers chose this play to produce primarily because of its tiny cast. “During speech season, it’s hard to do a large cast play, so having a small cast is deﬁnitely an advantage,” he says. The cast consists of only four actors--Jackson Bartleme, ‘10 (Tom), Filipe Camarotti, ‘10 (Jim), Bailey Sande, ‘10 (Amanda), and Abbey Kramer, ‘09 (Laura). Lammers said “What makes this play particularly interesting is that it’s a family in the process of falling apart.” The play depicts an apartment in St. Louis in the mid-thirties, and is told entirely through Tom’s interpretation of his memories. “The set should not be realistic because it is a play from memory,” asserts Lammers, and therefore consists of only “fragmentary pieces
Photo by Lauren Hoth Abby Kramer, ‘09, (Left) and Bailey Sande, ‘10, (Right) buckle down to memorize their lines for this challenging play. Both Kramer and Sande are must step of their comfort zones to play shy, downcast characters.
Happy Chromosomes back in the studio Megan Hartman Staff Writer
with Ian Williams at the Soundhole Studio in Cedar Rapids. Since recording their album they’ve been playing local shows and writing for their next album, which they will begin recording next month. The Happy Chromosomes have come a long way since “We’re really pumped for recording again and putting their start in science class over a year ago. another CD together,” said J. Roalson, “We’re recording new The Happy Chromosomes are a local band with three and interesting stuﬀ, and excited to see people’s members that attend Wash. Those reactions.” members are Jeﬀrey Roalson, ’09, The new album is expected to have the same Dan Roalson, ’11, and Trevor style, but include more instrumental parts inPolk, ’10. The band also includes cluding a trumpet. two other members, Taylor Seely “Th e music itself is still fun and the same and David Neemas. style, it’s just more mature,” said J. Roalson. They created the group in Th e band also has multiple local shows January ’07 after seeing chromocoming up including three in Iowa City, one in somes smiling in a science book, Oelwein, and one in Cedar Rapids. Show times and thought it would be a fun and locations are listed on the group’s Myspace Jeﬀ Roalson, 09’ idea to make a band. They then and Facebook pages. Th ere is also information on began writing songs and learning how to purchase their CD. to play instruments. “Performing live is really fun, and a diﬀerent feeling,” “We started writing songs and practicing while learning said J. Roalson, “We get to chill out, and it’s fun to see our to play the instruments,” said J. Roalson who plays guitar, “It friends in the audience.” was an unusual start, but that’s how things progressed.” Th e band’s schedule for the upcoming months is busy They describe their music as fun with an “indie pop” and exciting. Whatever happens with their future in music is sound. Their ﬁrst album, 8 Months Til Mardi Gras, came out sure to be bigger than what they could’ve expected sitting in June ’08. The album includes eight songs. They recorded it science class a year ago.
“We’re recording new and interesting stuﬀ, and excited to see peoples reactions.”
of scenery.” This performance is challenging for the actors because they’ve each got a lot of lines to learn. Also, some actors really have to go out of their element to portray their characters. “Jack is usually very upbeat, but has to play a very downcast, negative character. Bailey is learning a southern accent, and Abbey, who is very gregarious, plays someone painfully shy,” explains Lammers, adding “they’re really getting into the characters. Lammers describes the play as a drama, but also historical from our standpoint as it was written about Williams’ time. However, he said that most students at Wash can relate to it. “It’s certainly a family that’s pretty dysfunctional, which anyone who’s had trouble or problems with their family would understand,” he says. “It’s really interesting to any student at Wash.” Fans of Tennessee Williams or Arthur Miller will enjoy the work all the more. Despite having to trade some time with the speech team, Lammers is “so far really pleased” with how the play’s turned out. The Glass Menagerie will be showing this week in the Little Theatre. If you’re interested, check it out!
Upcoming Events •
7:30PM March18, West Des Moines, IA Ben Folds will perform at the Val Air Ballroom. Tickets $27.50 at ticketmaster. com 7:00PM March 8 at CSPS in downtown Cedar Rapids, acclaimed singer/ songwriter and native New Yorker Richard Shindell will play. For more info check legionarts.org February 26-28 WHSʼ production of Tennesse Williamsʼ classic stageplay “The Glass Menagerie” . March 13-14, Mo Show, show choir competition in the Washington auditorium. 12 prep and varsity show choir groups from around the state will come to compete. Washington show choirs will perform as exhibition. 8:00PM March 18, The Eagles (the band) will be at the iWireless Center in Moline, Iowa. Tickets from $58 to $185 at ticketmaster.com.
Greedy bankers ruin lives, oh, it’s a movie Alex Fuller Staff Writer
be the IBBC’s vice president, is killed in an “unfortunate car accident” a mere nine hours later, Salinger recruits the help of his friend, Eleanor Whitman, a New York District Attorney. February is not a month known for “strong” movie The two travel Europe, speaking with Umberto releases – in fact, it is often considered one of the ﬁlm industry’s low points throughout the year. My displeasure Calvini, the owner of one of two weapons companies with the available ﬁlms was not alleviated when I saw the capable of making the guidance systems the IBBC is seeking – after learning that the IBBC is interested not in lineup for the weekend of the 13th; as I paged through ﬁnancing the terrorists, only gaining leverage over them, the available ﬁlms, I decided to give “The International” the two gain a lead on one of the a shot. IBBC’s hired killers – one who Directed by Tom Tykwer and they have used in more than one written by Eric Singer (both of whom occasion. With this man’s testiDirctor: Patrick Lussier I had never heard), and headlined mony, they will be able to expose by Clive Owen (Louis Salinger), and Starring: Clive Owen, the bank for good. Naomi Watts (Eleanor Whitman), After tracking him to NYC, Naomi Watts the ﬁlm appeared far from interestthe two split; Salinger goes after ing. However, my instincts could not the assassin, and eventually folhave been more wrong in this case – I lows him to the Rotunda, where was pleasantly surprised by both the he is meeting with Nicholai story and the cast. A conglomeration Yeshinski, a former communist of action, mystery, and conspiracy supporter now on the bank’s genres make up the ﬁlm. board of advisors. Salinger eventually catches up with the Starts oﬀ slow, but quickly picks up speed as Sam “Consultant”, as he is called, but is unable to question Purvitz, an investigator for Interpol, is assassinated in him before he is done in by other IBBC hitmen. front of his friend and colleague, Louis Salinger after After speaking with Nicholai, Salinger is convinced having met with a mysterious contact from the IBBC – a German bank based in Luxemburg that has recently been that he must take matters into his own hands if he wants justice against the bank, and hatches a plan to reveal gathering materials necessary to make a massive arms everything with Yeshinski – hoping to cause the bank’s deal with several middle eastern countries and terrorist collapse. groups. After the mysterious contact, who turns out to
nybits.com Top: Clive Owen kicks some banker butt. Are you feelin’ it? Bottom: The Guggenheim Museum in NYC is a prominent setting in “The International”. Students of arcitecture, take note.
2nd Annual Georgies It’s award’s season again. The biggest players in the global ﬁlm industry have sifted through the ﬁlms and performances of the past year and selected the ones that deﬁne excellence, those that will stand the test of time. It’s ironic that the industry that is perhaps most skilled at catering to the masses would choose to become so out of touch with them for this one month out of the year. Who among us will look back at 2008 and be ﬁlled with warmth and nostalgia at the mention of German language Oscar nominee “The Baadder Meinhof Complex”? More likely, former-teens will remember painting their faces in the image of Heath Ledger for the midnight premier of “The Dark Knight”, or sucking a Milk Dudd into their collective larynx during an uncontrollable, John C. Reilly induced laughing ﬁt. Here, representing all those ﬁlms and performances that got snubbed at the award shows, the Georgies have polled Washington students of all grades to select this year’s winners. ~Alex Taylor/ A&E editor
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School got you stressed? Give yoga a try Anna Fisher Staff writer As teens try hard to stay ﬁt during this long winter, many are ﬁnding new and interesting ways to keep in shape. A current trend among teens and young adults is yoga. There are many diﬀerent types of yoga and diﬀerent levels in which it can be practiced. Yoga, by the most general deﬁnition, is a series of exercises and breathing techniques for the body and mind. Diﬀerent yoga positions are each designed to improve ﬂexibility, balance, and strength with controlled breathing. Some types of yoga involve meditating and chanting. Besides staying in shape, yoga can be used to relieve stress and anxiety. For those looking for a more diﬃcult workout, power yoga incorporates the traditional breathing techniques with exercises designed to build and strengthen muscle. Wash student Caitlin Sole, ‘09, uses power yoga as a way to keep in shape and relaxed during the winter season. Sole attends her classes on Thursdays at the YMCA. “Yoga has not only improved my ﬂexibility and stamina, but also served as a stress-reducer,” said Sole. “I really like
my yoga class because it allows for a good workout with less of a focus on the breathing exercises involved in regular yoga.” Bikram Yoga is one of the most intense techniques of yoga. Practiced in an incredibly heated environment, bikram yoga is said to be one of the most comprehensive yoga workouts. This style includes all components of ﬁtness: strength, ﬂexibility and endurance. A more unique but growing trend is laughter yoga, which combines breathing techniques with laughter. Unlike the quiet calm of traditional yoga, laughter yoga requires its participants to be silly and laugh while exercising. Madan Kataria, who created the laughter yoga, came up with the idea while telling jokes with friends. It has now grown to have more than 6000 clubs in 60 countries. The main goal of laughter yoga is to eliminate all sorts of barriers with laughter. Yoga classes are oﬀered free to members at the Cedar Rapids YMCA. There are also many yoga studios such as Fusion Studio or TriYoga in Cedar Rapids. Both studios oﬀer a place to participate in yoga at all diﬃculty levels and oﬀer a variety of yoga classes. Graphic by Trevor Polk
Wrestlers host district meet Brian Kopec Staff writer On February 14, the Washington gym was taken over by wrestlers from Jeﬀerson, Kennedy, Linn-Mar, Marion, Prairie, and Xavier, all seeking to advance as many athletes as possible to the state meet, which was held February 18-21 at the Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. Placing ﬁrst or second in each division guaranteed a spot at state. The Warriors succeeded in qualifying heavy-weight Brandon Burrell, ‘09. Burrell won his second consecutive district title by beating Austin Teel of Prairie 3-2. Burrell was ranked 10th going into state. “I hope to win state, but realistically I hope to place third or fourth at state,” said Burrell prior to state, who said he also hoped to represent the Warriors well. In addition to Burrell’s championship, Saxon Dolan ‘10 placed third in his division and Jordin Eicher ‘12 placed fourth. “Overall we are pretty satisﬁed with our turnout at district, qualifying Brandon was our main goals which we accomplished,” said Coach J.P. Graham. As of publication, Burrell was headed to the semi-ﬁnals on February 19 in Des Moines.
Photo by Sky Smith
Saxon Dolan, ‘10, wrestles at the district meet that was held at Washington on February 14. Brandon Burrell was the only wrestler to qualify for state this year.
Swimmers place fourth at state Brian Kopec Staff writer The Warrior men’s swim team had more than a tradition of excellence on their side at the District meet at Kennedy High School on February 7th. It was clear that hard work and talent played a major role in the 46th consecutive championship, in which the team broke ﬁve pool records. This year the Warriors faced tight competition against Dubuque Senior and Iowa City High. Going into districts, the Warriors were seeded about forty points down from Dubuque Senior, but came out well ahead of them. “We went into MVC Conference underestimating our competition, that was a mistake we were determined not to make again,” said John Sevier, ‘09. The Warriors put on a stunning performance at the district meet. “We knew we were down walking into this meet, so we put everything down on the line,” said Kyle Rouse, ‘10. After a solid performance at districts, 10 Warriors qualiﬁed for the state meet which took place in Marshalltown. Qualiﬁers were: Sevier, Joe Gallet ‘10, Sam Gray, ‘10, Banning Young, ‘10, Will McCartan, ‘09, Jeremy Corbett, ‘10 Morgan Barns, ‘12, Luke Herny, ‘11, Mo Green, ‘11, and Ian Ford, ‘12. Overall, Dubuque Senior placed ﬁrst with 152 points, followed by Ames at 147, Cedar Falls at 133,
“We did fall shy of our goal for number 28, but that just shows us how much harder we will have to work next year if we want to succeed.”
Sam Gray ‘10
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Number of last-second victories for the Warrior women’s basketball team. The girls beat Iowa City High 49-48 on Jan. 30 and CR Jefferson 6362 on Feb. 6.
Time clocked in by junior swimmer Joe Gallet, who won the 100 yard breaststroke at the state swim meet on Feb. 14.
Early run by the Warrior men’s basketball team in the ﬁrst quarter of a Mississippi Valley Conference game against CR Jefferson on Feb. 5.
Upcoming athletic events Tuesday, February 24 Women’s regional basketball game Saturday, February 28 Bowling state tournament Friday, February 27 Men’s basketball substate at home Tuesday, March 3 Men’s basketball substate at the U.S. Cellular Center Wednesday, March 4 Women’s basketball state tournament at Des Moines Monday, March 9 Men’s indoor track meet at Wartburg Tuesday, March 10 Women’s indoor track meet at Wartburg
Kurt Warner’s last ride Joe Eken Staff writer Every year, millions of Americans gather together around their television sets on a day in early February to participate in our country’s biggest non-oﬃcial holiday, Super Bowl Sunday. This year’s annual pigskin spectacle possessed some additional intrigue, as it was an almost scripted example of the classic Photo courttesy of: http://www.latimes.com “Hollywood underdog” Kurt Warner, a former Cedar Rapids prep athlete, led the Aristory. zona Cardinals to the Super Bowl this season. The Arizona Cardinals, a franchise mired as one of the worst in tioned Holmes who won MVP, Pittsburgh sports, a franchise that had not hosted a home QB Ben Roethlisberger, and Cards receiver playoﬀ game since swing music was in style, Larry Fitzgerald who caught seven passes for ﬁnally broke through and made it to the Super 127 yards and two touchdowns. But the most Bowl. And who better for the underdog to face important player to many Iowans was Arizona in Super Bowl XLIII than the Pittsburgh Steel- QB Kurt Warner, who was born in Burlington, ers, one of the most successful sports empires Iowa, and played high school football in Cedar in history, and a team that had hoisted Vince Rapids, albeit for the Regis, now Xavier, Saints. Lombardi’s Trophy into the air ﬁve times prior Warner caught his big break about ten years to this encounter. ago when he became the starting quarterback The game itself certainly lived up to the for the St. Louis Rams back when they had a hype. The ﬁrst half was a tad dull until James dynamic oﬀense and were the hottest team in Harrison’s 100-yard interception return as the the NFL. While Warner was the ringleader of half came to a close. It broke the record of the the “greatest show on turf ” he won two NFL longest play in Super Bowl history. From there, MVP awards (1999 and 2001) and led the the game took oﬀ including a fourth quarter in Rams to two Super Bowls - winning one, and which the Cardinals erased a 13 point deﬁcit, losing the other at the foot of Adam Vinatieri. only to have victory snatched from their grasp The interesting thing about Warner is that at the hands of Santonio Holmes, who’s sixhe is almost better liked for his personality and yard touchdown circus catch sealed the win for good character than his stats. In fact, this year the Steelers. he won the Walter Payton Award for NFL Man The game had many stars, the aforemenof the Year for his volunteer work along with his on the ﬁeld performance. Unfortunately for those who have followed Warner’s career through its highs and lows, Kurt may not be in an NFL uniform much longer. He has been seriously considering retirement, especially after witnessing several of his teammates concussions this year. But even if he does hang up the helmet for good, he may still have to suit up one more time; that being at the hall of fame.
The interesting thing about Warner is that he is almost better liked for his personality and good character than his stats.
Wash students exercise numerous options to keep ﬁt Patrick Anderl Staff writer At Wash, students have a lot of options when it comes to staying healthy and meeting the requirements of a sports waiver every trimester. There are numerous possibilities including team sports, marching band, gym, show choir, after-school walking and academic waivers that students can choose from. Team sports are a great way to stay in shape and get a sports waiver. History teacher and women’s track coach, Frank Scherrman, says, “Being part of team sports is the ultimate preparation for life because you give your all to not only beneﬁt yourself, but others as well.” Team sports give students a chance to gain friends, learn life skills, and be successful. With team sports at Wash, students also gain the chance to be part of success and/or tradition. Wash has a rich history of success in various sports, such as the 27 state championships brought in by the dominant men’s swim team. Gym is a popular choice for getting a sports waiver. Brandon Dixon, ‘11, says, “I love gym when it’s team sports. It’s an easy A and it’s hanging out with friends.” Dixon says gym primarily focuses on team sports including hockey, basPhoto by Lauren Johnson ketball and dodge ball. Gym at Wash, though, is about more than just having fun. Wash’s gym program is a way for students to have active lives and stay Walking around the gym and playing basketball are just two of many activities that healthy with knowing instructors such as Coach Hatcher and Coach Lombardi. students do during gym in order to stay in shape and be healthy. Another way to get a sports waiver is marching band. A member of the we continue to meet in the fall and perform for games.” marching band, Michael Olson, ‘11, says, “Although it doesn’t seem like an intense Ghosh says that practicing in ninety degree weather with instruments and uniworkout, it is very diﬃcult and time-consuming. In my opinion, you probably do a forms is no easy task. lot more work in marching band than in gym.” With team sports to after school walking, Wash has all the options you need to stay Neel Ghosh,’11, agrees with Olson and explains that, “People may think it’s not healthy. work, but we meet for camp in the summer and march about six hours a day. Then,
Sports Warrior spotlight: Morgan Barnes 1. What is your favorite event to swim? The 400 meter free. 2. How do you keep from getting nervous before a big race? I listen to music and tell myself that if I don’t swim well there’s always the next race and that I’m tapered so I will swim well. I also don’t pay attention to my competition too much, it’s my times that count. 3. What is your favorite thing to do after a big meet? Go to Chilis, eat ribs, then sleep. 4. Do you compete in other sports? Morgan Barnes Not currently, but at one time I Sport: Swimming played soccer. 5. Who is your favorite pro athlete? Ian Thorpe, because he’s a great person, both in and out of the pool. 6. What was your favorite moment of the Olympic swimming competition last summer? Stephanie Rice beating Katie Hoﬀ in the 400 meter IM. 7. Do you like swimming in the pool, a lake, or the ocean the best? In the ocean, because of the challenges swimming out and the waves. 8. What is your favorite Warrior swimming tradition? Deﬁnitely other people’s rookie cuts. 9. How do you like being bald? It has its pros and cons. I usually wear a hat though. 10. What has been your proudest sports moment so far? The 2008 Summer State Swim Meet for CRAA, because I won all of my events (200, 400, 800, 1500 meter freestyles; 200 meter backstroke; and 400 meter IM) for my age group and I was the high point champion for my age group. 11. What do you hope for your future in swimming? I hope to get faster, catch a few of the older swimmers, and help the Warriors capture more state titles.
Run to success with the right shoes Abby Varn Sports writer
tread marks, or the bottom of the shoes to give out, it’s smart to pay attention to the mid-sole. If your pair is ripping at the seams, it’s deﬁnitely time to rotate shoes. Running Wild is one example of a great place to buy running shoes in Cedar Rapids. Depending on arch type, diﬀerent runners need a particular kind of shoe to support the foot. The staﬀ works individually with customers to ﬁnd a pair that will ﬁt each runner’s needs. “You have to test the shoes out and do a test run. You need to make sure they work for you,” said Bell. Most running shoes cost between $80-$110. “Shoes are really important. They seem expensive, but it’s really all you need, and you can’t run your best without the right pair,” said Allison Knockle, ‘10, a cross country and track runner at Washington.
Most runners will probably agree that the right pair of running shoes are essential to success. “No doubt a brain and some shoes are essential for marathon success, although if I comes down to a choice, pick the shoes,” said Don Kardong, a U.S. noted runner and author. Some may think all running shoes are the same, but the wrong pair can lead to discomfort issues and injuries. “It’s not just a pair of shoes. It’s the only piece of equipment runners need, which makes them really important,” said Kathryn Bell, ‘10. Bell is a member of the cross country and track teams at Wash, and has been a runner since middle school. One of the most important things a runner must be aware of is the right time to buy a new pair of shoes. Switching shoes every 300-400 miles is a good rule of thumb; however, diﬀerent factors aﬀect this, including road surfaces and the runner’s weight. Running in the same pair of shoes for too long can lead to problems. The increased stress and impact leads to injuries or pains such as muscle fatigue, shin splints and joint pain. The knees often bear this pain ﬁrst. As time and training goes on, shoes lose their shock absorption, cushioning, and stability, all of Photo courtesy of: http://www.outside.away.com which help give runners the supDepending on you’re arch type, a shoe expert can help port they need. The mid-soles of choose the proper shoes for your foot. shoes are the ﬁrst to break down or wear out. Instead of waiting for