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Surveyor The Washington

2205 Forest Drive SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403 Volume 53, Number 7

March 29, 2010

Budget cuts strain Cedar Rapids school district Gov. Chet Culver hopes to boost funding by $12.5 million for CRCSD

Wash will lose 4 teachers at the end of the school year

Des Moines School District plans to eliminate 480 positions this year

Martin Pearson instructs his Top Level Language Arts 10 class. This is the last trimester the class will be offered due to budget cuts and Pearson’s retirement.

Isaac Halyard Staff Writer The faltering economy has left numerous school districts across the nation slashing budgets and cutting staff. The Cedar Rapids Community School District is no exception. Decisions made by the district have determined that Washington High School will likely lose four to five teachers after the 2009-10 school year. Dr. Plagman said the effects of the economic situation on Wash were, “troublesome but not catastrophic.” Teacher cuts are inevitable, but the system is fashioned to keep teachers employed whenever possible. Decisions on who to cut are based primarily on how long the teacher has worked at the school. If a cut must be made within a certain school subject, in most cases, the newest teachers are the first to be cut from the staff. If a teacher does lose his job at a particular school, he can usually stay within the Cedar Rapids School District. “At the moment, I don’t know of any teacher who will lose their job after the cuts are made. They may have to switch schools, but they will still hold their position as a teacher,” said Dr. Plagman. The economic recession has left almost every school district in the nation with financial woes. Government institutions tend to feel a recession’s effects about a year after the recession takes place. “Much of the nation may be easing out of recession, but this is when we’re getting hit the hardest,” said Dr. Plagman. In comparison to other schools throughout the nation, Wash is in a much less sticky situation. The Kansas City, Missouri school district recently announced a plan that would close 28 of the 61 schools in the city. At Wash, the retirement announcements of Kenneth Jans and Martin Pearson have helped reduce potential teacher cuts. No classes will be dropped from the course list, and next year school will function with very few alterations. This is not the first time in recent years that Wash has been forced to make layoffs. The retirement of Jason Alberty two years ago narrowly eliminated the need for one such teacher cut. Those cuts were being made due to declining student enrollment. Now, student enrollment has leveled off, and will even increase slightly next year. The jump from no cuts to four to five cuts in one year is driven by the dire economy. In accordance with Iowa law, the deadline to notify teachers that they are being let go is April 30. A number of things can happen between now and that time, but the unavoidable fact is that someone’s favorite teacher will likely not be returning to Wash next fall.

In this issue

The Georgie Awards: WHS students vote on their favorite popcultural picks of the year

The opinions section focuses in on your craziest Chatroulette moments

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News investigates the nutritional value of Washington school lunches Page 2




Jos, Nigeria: March 6, 2010 More than 300 villagers in central Nigeria are killed in the middle of the night as clashes between Christians and Muslims escalate. The country of Nigeria is split into a northern region dominated by Muslims and the south by Christians. Tensions have boiled over previous years and the attacks are a result of continuing attacks. The majority of the dead are Christians.

Just so you know Events written by Patrick Anderl

Dalea, Yemen: March 6, 2010 Many are left dead as soldiers seek to arrest separatist suspects in the assassination of a local official. Seven separatists are arrested and many more are killed in the conflict. This conflict is the result of southern Yemen’s disapproval of the north looking to unify the country in order to get their hands on southern oil. More fighting is expected between the two regions.

Graphic by Trevor Polk

Concepcion, Chile: March 6, 2010 The death toll from the Feb. 27 8.8-magnitude earthquake climbs to 795 civilians. Chilean president Michelle Bachelet looks to end the mayhem and help those affected by the devastating earthquake. However, looting and lawlessness continues as the country struggles to rebuild. Citizens continue to complain as 66 percent of the nation is without power and the government can not reach all those in need of assistance.

<-----------------------The rundown: Upcoming events -------------------------> -> Tuesday, April 6, Iowa Jazz Band Championships, Des Moines, Iowa. The Revolutionists return after their second place finish in 2009. -> Monday, April 26, Senior Recognition Night, Washington High School Auditorium. Awards range from “Most Credits Earned” to “Class Valedictorian.” Events compiled by Tyler Hubler News Editor

Baghdad, Iraq: March 7, 2010 Iraq holds elections for a new parliament. Officials expect about 55 percent of the country turns out to vote, although fear of bombs and violence keeps many away. The election kicks off a new era of Iraqi independence and freedom from oppression. A curfew is placed on the capitol as ballots are counted twice to ensure accuracy. President Obama applauds those who voted in defiance of attacks to mold a prosperous future.

Academics excel in competition Alyssa Christian Staff Writer

at the state competition, along with many individual medals. “I do think they’re probably the best group of test-takers I’ve ever had,” said Heather Adams, Washington science teacher and Academic Decathlon coach. “They are very, very In a school where academic success is encouraged and celebrated, no team seems better suited to this environment motivated to do things on their own.” than Washington’s Academic Decathlon. Although their intelligence and test-taking strategies are For the last couple of months, the 11 members of the accepted as important for individual and collective success, Academic Decathlon team have spent hours individually the members also point to the importance they place on and collectively immersing themselves in all things related social aspects of being on the team. When asked what her to the French Revolution (this year’s topic) to prepare for favorite part of being on Academic Decathlon was, Johnson the regional competition in late January and the state comsaid “everyone else.” petition in early March. “A lot of what being on Academic Decathlon is about is “Each year there’s a different being smart and studying topic, but there are ten events a variety of things and within that topic. There’s essay, having the ability to retain speech, interview and math random knowledge, but a which are the same every year, lot of it is also the way the but then there are different group works as a whole. aspects of the overall theme,” We all hang out, we’re all said Krista Johnson, ’10. really close, and we all “Because this year we are doing have the exact same awful the French Revolution, we are sense of humor,” said studying things like the art and Vance Mueller, ’12. music of the French RevoluAs their season draws tion.” near its end, the members This year has been an esof Academic Decathlon pecially successful one for the end on a proud note and Photo courtesy of Heather Adams Academic Decathlon team. They look forward to memories took home the second place The Academic Decathlon team on the day of a recent to be made next year. award at the regional competi- competition. The team took third overall at state. tion and the third place award




Delving into the nutrition of school lunches Shana Matthews Staff Writer At Washington High School, juniors and seniors have “open lunch,” or the chance to leave campus over the lunch hour. Many students take advantage of this opportunity to eat at their houses or restaurants. However, for most students, the cafeteria is the main lunch provider. While some students complain about the quality and nutrition of the food in the cafeteria, nutritionist Lori Willett believes that in general Wash’s cafeteria was a good place to eat. “I’ve been a school foods director before, so I know it is difficult to be the one planning meals for students,” said Willett. “You have to offer a wide range of foods, and it is hard to please everyone. On top of that there are strict budget and nutrition guidelines to follow if they want to get funding from the federal government.” According to the Cedar Rapids School District, all school meals meet the Dietary Guidelines for Americans which recommends including no more than 30 percent of calories from fat and lowering sodium intake. The district’s menu also allows that lunch provides one-third of the daily Recommended Dietary Allowances for teenagers. “I approve of the guidelines that the school district follows,” said Willett. “I think they are really admirable and they are doing a great job. For example, recently all bread and buns that the district uses had to be a certain percent whole

grain.” Despite their healthiness, many students still wish that school lunches could be fancier or more varied. “I mostly eat at the cafeteria because it’s convenient. The food is okay, but really boring, nothing like what I can eat at home,” said Christophe Cummings, ’11, whose family owns a French bakery. In response to these kinds of feelings, Willett has come up with what she calls “restaurant syndrome”. She believes that families eating out more leads to children having higher expectations for what they want to eat at school. Schools have a hard time meeting expectations like these for under $2 per meal and with “not necessarily the best facilities,” said Willett. However, on the positive side, students can be sure that the food they are being served comes from pristine kitchens. Students often do not get to see where their food comes from, but according to Willet, sanitation in the Wash kitchens is a huge priority. “Usually school kitchens are said to be cleaner than most restaurants,” said Suzy Ketelsen, the Cedar Rapids School District Food and Nutrition Manager. Recently, Iowa schools were listed as the tenth worst state for having regular cafeteria inspections, but according to Ketelsen, the low number of inspections per year is caused by the difference in time span between a calendar year and a school year, and is not a reflection of the actual cleanliness of the district’s cafeterias.

Nutrition facts for lunches French Toast Sticks 330

13 g

263 16.63 g 3g

3g 400 mg 43 g Fiber 3 g N/A N/A

390 mg 16.74 g Fiber 1.17 g N/A N/A

Warriors taking lunch into their own hands Bartels’ lunch: Celery with peanut butter, orange and an apple. Keslar’s lunch: Fiber One granola bar, orange and chips. Emily Bartels, ’10

Overall opinion of the food offered in Washington’s cafeteria

Wesley Keslar, ’13

Closing thoughts... What type of meal selections would you like to see offered in the cafeteria? Most popular choices:

The following results are based on a random survey of 151 Washington High School students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.

Oriental Chicken Salad

-> Fresh fruit, vegetables or salad bar: 21.19 % -> Organic or vegetarian dishes: 7.28 % -> Chinese: 6.62 % -> Other food chain franchises (e.g. Milios, Pancheros and Jimmy John’s): 5.96 % -> Soul food: 1.32 %

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“More vegetarian friendly things that aren’t carb based. Having a pretzel or bagel everyday is an easy way to gain the ‘Freshman 15’ in high school.” - Nikki Taylor, ’10 “It seems as though there is a general lack of vegetables and other nutritional foods, seeing as our main lunch items consist of burgers and pizza. I would push more for a salad or fruit bar.” – Quincy McGee, ’13 “There should always be a vegetarian option, a kosher option and a lactose free option. Because I know it can be a problem for people with diet restrictions to find food they can eat.” – Becca Herron, ’11

Ripped from the headlines Sara Larson Staff Writer

New teen driver bill passes Iowa legislature Students may soon be changing their plans for the weekend as a bill has been proposed to the Iowa General Assembly that aims to strengthen teenage driving restrictions. The Iowa Senate passed the bill, and it will later be sent to the House of Representatives for approval. The bill calls for many changes to the regulations that most teenagers have become familiar with. Teens with instructional permits will be required to possess the permit and be accident free for a period of 12 months before they can receive their intermediate license. Teens with intermediate licenses will be most affected by the new legislation. Previously, the license permitted driving between 12:30 a.m. and 5 a.m. It also allowed for as many passengers as there are seatbelts in the vehicle. The bill shortens the accepted driving hours to 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., and restricts the driver from having more than one passenger in the vehicle, excluding family members.

Theatre Cedar Rapids reopens downtown Of the Cedar Rapids businesses that were flooded in 2008, Theatre Cedar Rapids was one that was severely affected. Two years later, the theatre has reopened and been restored to its former glory. The theater held its grand reopening Friday, Feb. 26, as it put on the show “The Producers.” The opening night gala had over 500 people in attendance, dressed in their finest to celebrate the important event. The Iowa Theater Building has been located on the corner of First Avenue and Third Street since 1928. It was first a theater, then converted to a movie house and later converted back to a theatre. TCR relocated to a new location next to Lindale Mall while the renovations were occurring. Now it is back at their original location. The new Iowa Theater Building features an expanded lobby, a lounge looking out on First Avenue and a remodeled basement. The reopening of the theater was a lively event and marks the progress of the downtown recovery effort.




Roundabout a possibility at Forest and Cottage Roundabout advantages:

Emily Wicke Staff Writer Almost every Washington student that commutes to school has experienced having to stop at the four way intersection of Forest Drive and Cottage Grove Ave., but a recent consideration for a roundabout installation may shake things up a bit. The intersection of Forest and Cottage Grove requires that traffic stop in each direction. This is an easy situation for most of the drivers in Cedar Rapids to handle until you throw in school buses, pedestrian crossing and heavy traf fic congestion occurring before and after school. Many ideas have been proposed on how to improve the condition of the intersection, and the most recent one involves the installation of a roundabout. If a roundabout is installed in the intersection, a circular central island would be placed in the middle of the area in order to help traffic safely move in one direction. Associate Traffic Engineer Leslie Hart believes that positive things would come from the construction of a roundabout. “There would be tons of benefits from this type of installation. Some advantages when compared to traditional intersections include reduced traffic delays, fewer stops, fewer conflict points between vehicles as well as between vehicles and pedestrians and reduced potential crashes,” said Hart. Although there are currently no roundabouts in the Cedar Rapids area, many steps have been taken towards the planning of one on Forest Drive. The city has requested an Iowa DOT review of a possible roundabout at this location, as well as applied for a Federal grant for congestion mitigation improvement at this location. The grant award, approximately $515,000 from Iowa’s Clean Air Attainment Program, was announced a few weeks ago. Polly Johnson, ’12, recently began driving to Washington after receiving her school permit last month. “I think the idea of a roundabout is very smart. Even though it will take some getting used to, in the long run it will be worth it with all of the improvements it will make to the traffic conditions,” said Johnson. There is a lot of planning to be done before any final decision is made, but most agree that the traffic on Forest and Cottage Grove has officially outgrown the all-way stop method. Hart knows that progression of this project is crucial to the drivers of Cedar Rapids, especially to the students of Washington. “We are ready for a new and modern solution for high traffic intersections, and I believe that this idea may be the one,” said Hart.

+ Reduced delays + Fewer stops + Fewer conflict points between vehicles and pedestrians + Reduced potential for severe crashes + Lower maintenance costs

Roundabout disadvantages: - Will pose a learning curve for Cedar Rapids drivers - Sight-impaired pedestrians have concerns that traffic moves too quietly through a roundabout - Cost is an estimated $650,000 for construction, labor and materials

New location for downtown libary Charlie Parks Staff Writer During the devastating flood of 2008, the Cedar Rapids Public Library was flooded out, and nearly all of their collection of books was destroyed. The library recently received a grant totaling $45 million to rebuild on a new site and provide public parking. The location of the new library was chosen by the Library Board of Trustee’s, and approved by the Cedar Rapids City Council. The availability of public parking was an important factor in choosing the new location. In a 2009 public survey, 86.4 percent of those who responded ranked convenient parking as the most important facility feature. Underground parking, however, was not an option because it was not economically advisable. The $45 million approved by the Board of Trustees for building on the new site will go towards the cost and preparation of land, construction of the building, purchasing furniture, incorporating new technology and acquiring library materials. The library plans on staying downtown, relocating next to the TrueNorth building, which is located between Fourth and Fifth Avenue. The decision to stay downtown seemed to be a logical choice for the library. It provides a central location for everyone to visit, and before the flood it was the most frequented building in the greater downtown district. A majority of the funding for construction will be provided by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA would not have provided any money if the library had decided to rebuild on its previous location within the 100 year flood plain; FEMA also discouraged building within the 500 year flood plain. What will be done with the old building is up to the city council and will be decided at a later date. Current plans predict construction of the library to be done by late 2012, completely furnished and stocked with books. With public support and a large budget, the new library is sure to once again be a popular stop for downtown visitors.

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Chatroullete: greeting the world with webcams Warriors recount their craziest Chatroullette experiences “I talked to a priestly looking guy from Germany for an hour. I told him that I was in a band, and he said ‘You look like it, you have a cute face.’ I hit next.” - Ben Matsuda ‘11

“A Korean man with a large beard serenaded me on the piano. The song selection was an improvisation about me.”

“I mixed music on my turntables for some girl in Canada who was having a house party. She hooked up her computer to an amp and played the music throughout the house.” -Will Hart ‘10

-Tori Wheeler ‘13

“I was on Chatroulette and the other player was my uncle. We looked at each other for a second then both pushed next.”

“I met my friend Etienne on Chatroulette by using what they call the ‘dick method’. We were shocked to discover that we both loved baseball and were in several classes together at Wash.” -Andy Marshall ‘10

-Mattie McDowell

One of the first things I did when I got my Skype address was to add some random individual that I did not know (Abdullah Fazly from Afghanistan, add him yourself ). I’ve never talked with Abdullah except when he sent me a message to “stay away”, but the idea behind this decision to add a friend proved to be just Connor O’Neil arandom little ahead of its time. Not long Opinions Editor after I added Fazly, Chatroulette took our webcams by storm. Like the MTV classic “NEXT” (a show that was also, way ahead of its time), a player in Chatroulette connects with another random individual from somewhere in the world only until one of the players “F9’s” or hits the next button only to be reconnected. Genius. I’ve developed a rule when it comes to Chatroulette though; I’m never the player who hits next. I made this

decision because I decided that there is no way that some random person from another area of the world doesn’t have something interesting to tell me. But with every third player being just male genitalia directly in front of the camera, how do I tolerate not hitting F9? Well the truth is I’m not the target audience for most of these “dicks” so I get nexted pretty fast as it is. In the off hand chance that these guys are just gonna keep going at it, I usually minimize the screen and play Fishy on My rule has certainly payed off. I’ve had conversations with Swedes about how bad of a movie “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” is and with people from New Zealand about how we think the world will end in our lifetime. A very memorable experience involved me talking to a German college student about American political culture for half an hour. In the midst of the discussion my computer froze and crashed. I will never see him again. I like Chatroulette because it revolutionized communication. It’s truly kind of crazy to be talking directly

“Some normal looking guy I’ve never seen instantly said, “Hi Miles”. I took a screen shot but I still don’t know who he was. -Miles Maurice ‘11

to some Peruvian old man and then instantly back to someone from Wisconsin. Although I have run into students at UNI, I’ve never seen anybody I know (even though for some reason I’ve mistaken so many people for Mr. Clancy), which makes it all the more enjoyable. Think back to communication 40 years ago. If you went to college the only way to contact a friend was by calling them or by hoping that you could stop by their house when they were home. But next year when I go to college, I can still count on being able to skype with friends that I might not have otherwise stayed in contact with, like Scroter and Mr. Fisher. I greatly encourage you to adopt my policy on chatroulette. However, if you’re worried about starting a long discussion with a stranger, here are just a couple effective ice breakers: -scream obscenities. I don’t know the secret behind this, but it has a very high retention rate. -sit at Bruggers with a laptop and point your webcam at an old woman seated near you who’s eating soup

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Fischer’s Twinkies too cruel for school

“Just because you live by Twinkies, doesn’t mean you have to die by them.” - Ian Kleman In any tyrannical political regime, dictators use weapons and policies to instill fear and obedience within their population. Saddam Hussein had mustard gas, Joseph Stalin had the iron curtain, Dick Cheney had guns, etc.. In a bold move that solidified his political dominance, Student Senate president-elect Ian Fischer also unveiled a new weapon of terror at this year’s Mr. Washington pageant: the Twinkie eating contest. In the past few weeks I have struggled from immense physical and Jack Shey mental incapability, all of which I can attribute to this sickly consumpStaff Writer tion of Hostess Twinkies. The eating contest might’ve been fun to watch, but it begs the eternal question of life: was it unethical? At the time of the event, I cultivated multiple alternative options to Twinkies. I suggested that we instead eat petroleum jelly or drink hydrogenated vegetable oil. Fellow contestant Andre Dawson even begged that we smoke two packs of cigarettes each, anything that might be slightly less painful. But the alternative options were turned down one by one. Ian wanted Twinkies - and only Twinkies. The process was long and enduring. As I smashed my face into the cakes, my eyelids filled with oily cream and I began to feel immense amounts of bacteria flooding every pore of my exposed face. Desperately, I looked around into the audience trying to find some form of consolation for this punishment,

but my pleading, Twinkie-saturated eyes were only met with humiliation as I saw my parents and peers laughing. They don’t understand; they will never understand until they are subjected to the torment. It is in this humiliation that I now pledge to create awareness about the dangers of competitive eating as an attempt to eliminate this weapon of terror from our society. It is logical to see why this form of sport is so dangerous. Just last year, a 47-year-old man from Russia choked to death after eating 43 pancakes. Three years ago, a student in Taiwan died after eating 22 sticky buns. He did not die by choking, but rather from internal bleeding in his esophagus that was a byproduct of his perpetual vomiting. Why do we allow such genocide in our school? Although five walked away from Mr. Washington with their life, next year the contestants might not be so lucky. As long as Ian remains in power, our school will never be safe. This year Twinkies were used, but we cannot leave out the possibility of other forms of domestic terrorism in the future. The human body is not meant to withstand massive intakes of food at one time. Chronic indigestion leads to future stomach problems and can be extremely painful (for proof, ask Shay Gutman). Besides being physically deprived, the mind becomes addicted. I smell Twinkies everywhere now. I taste them with every food I eat. I speak of them in every conversation I engage in, and no matter how much I scrub, scrape and peel away my skin, the stench remains. It lurks deep within my olfactory senses; it deprives me of sleep, motivation, and passion. My stomach and my morale will never be the same.

Cheating: How to make sure your girl will never want to leave you again

Cheating is Dear TJ, usually a symptom of an unhealthy I discovered yesterday that relationship. It demy girlfriend of over five years has stroys friendships, breaks trust and been in relationships with - and even causes guilt, anger and hurt, among engaged to - my family, her family, many other negative emotions. A and all friends in between. I cannot Attahir relationship with believe that she would cheat on me TJ will not Guest Writer cheating last. People know after we PROMISED not to cheat all these facts, yet they will still go on cheating on each other. on each other! Cheating often occurs in many However, I still want to keep marital relationships. Communication is the most problematic issue here for dating her. How do I make sure that a myriad of reasons. Partners get little time to talk about feelings with each she stays interested in me? other, particularly negative feelings. In some relationships, partners are not Sincerely, allowed to share unhappiness. MisConfused and hungry in Dubuque understandings also make people feel that their spouse does not want to hear

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their problems. So they do not talk about difficulties. The lack of a sense of empowerment, issues of self esteem and unequal partnership are also significant problems in any relationship. If you have decided that you actually want to re-establish your relationship, you will need to take measures that will ensure she doesn’t cheat again. This is not quite as simple as it appears but does not have to be too challenging either. You should know the methods that will stop her from thinking about any other man apart from you. These are good tips to follow: determine the void she feels. Your girlfriend could have hardly gone to another man if there was nothing lacking in your

“Your woman needs to hear that you love and appreciate her.”

relationship. Do not think that it is too much to ask her. If you really want to get to the bottom of the matter, you need to know what she lacked that she found from the other man. This is not humiliating, and you will be glad you asked. Make the most of the time you are together by keeping her busy with things that interest her. She will thus not have time to consider walking out of the home. This does not mean giving her loads of work! Make her life adventurous and exciting. Let her enjoy the moments you spend together, and she will keep thinking of holding you instead of another man. Let her know you love her. Your woman needs to hear that you love and appreciate her. Do not stop here, though. Let your actions demonstrate the truthfulness of your words. Make her feel that you truly love her and she will see no reason for going astray.

Scared to death of death? Live forever through your impact In a recent unofficial poll of Washington High School students, 10% answered “yes” to a question that I think is an absurd question that should garner one response and one response only: “yes, absolutely yes.” The question was “If Daniel Williams there was an elixir of life, Staff Writer and you were the only one who was able to drink it, would you do so?” To me this question is ridiculously easy to answer; of course I would drink it. There would be no way in hell that I would not down that elixir in a split second. To most, this probably sounds short sighted or shallow, but I will prove that those who would choose not to cheat death are the real fools. As a man of logic and science, I of course have no religious affiliations, and, as a result, death is my single greatest fear in life. People should be scared to death of death. Death is the most permanent state of being that anyone will ever experience. After you die, you’re dead. Forever. Forever and ever. Forever and ever and ever; until everyone you’ve ever met is also dead; until humans become extinct; until our sun dies; until all the suns in the entire universe die; until there’s nothing left except tiny subatomic particles hurtling through space. Nothing in the most literal sense of the word. It is impossible to fathom and impossible to understand. A nothingness so vast and covering that it

cannot possibly be studied or understood. Thus, the only logical path that we humans should take is to extend our putrid lives and make the most of our very small time on this earth. I fear, however, that people will take this the wrong way - that I believe life is a farce and people should lock themselves in a box, never take chances, never plan for the future and only do things that would grant immediate satisfaction and become selfish mongrels. To a certain extent, this is true, but only in the slightest bit. Overall this is an elementary interpretation of these ideals. What I really believe is that after you die the so called “afterlife” is expressed in those whom you’ve impacted in your life and how they remember you. You live through the memories of the people who remember you and what you accomplished. To achieve pseudo-immortality, one must make a true difference in the world, good or bad. When I read history textbooks about individuals like Julius Caesar or Mansa Musa, I am awed by what they have achieved. Their actions are still remembered today 2,000 years after they occurred. They are, in a sense, still living today. They live on through the individuals which they have inspired, living through the great monuments built in their honor and living through the history which they have influenced. For me this should be the ultimate goal of every human in the world- to make a difference, to impact others in as positive a way as possible, to be remembered.




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Zubair Elsheikh and Isaac Halyard

Look-a-likes Think you’re seeing double? Well, you’re not. After surveying the Washington student body, these pairs were most commonly recognized as look-a-likes. Now, take a look at some strikingly similar Warriors.

Jessica Erb and Tracy Stranathan

Brenden Weberg and Evan Lehrman

Bailey Lane and Tori Wheeler

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Will Griffin and Adam Sailor

Bette Chmelicek and Andre Dawson

“Fish-Quist”: campaign success Cole Rhatigan Staff Writer “It was an extremely close race,” as dreamy-eyed. Consequently, they placed a Ralph Plagman put it, describing the check-mark next to Fischer’s name. This, outcome of the recent Student Senate perhaps, was the swinging factor in an presidential elections. In the end, though, otherwise tight presidential campaign. the dynamic team composed of Ian FisDespite the close race Fisher says she cher, president, and Britt Bergquist, vice has no hard feelings toward her competipresident, both ’11, were able to eke out tors. Broghammer feels the same way. a victory over Jill Broghammer and Anna “I’m not mad. Ian and I have always Fisher, also both ’11. been friends, and even though we were Ian and Britt titled their campaign both running for president, it’s cool that he “Fish-Quist”, which they proudly prewon,” said Broghammer. sented their posters throughout the school. Fischer and Bergquist are determined This unusual to make their year title was effective as Student Senate enough to receive officers effective. the majority “Oh man, of the student we’re going to body’s vote. Perdo so much next haps, though, it year. Everyone was their motivacan expect to have tion for running, an unforgettable not the name of homecoming. We the campaign, plan to be involved that inspired with so many the Washington different charities students to vote and to organize so for them. many fundraisers. “I ran for Photo by Skylar Smith Basically our goal is President to continue the trabecause I heard The “Fish-Quist” duo demonstrate their dition of excellence presidential personas. the call of the here at Washington nation,” said High School,” said Fischer. Fischer. “I ran... well I ran mostly because Ian While Bergquist may not be as eccentric asked me to,” said Bergquist. as Ian, she too promised success. Then again, maybe that isn’t it either. “Ian and I will be very strong leaders in What really may have earned them this Student Senate,” says Bergquist. vote was the puppy. Fischer pulled out all All-in-all, maybe it wasn’t just the the stops when he decided to carry his two- puppy that earned Fish-Quist votes. Both month-old fluffball of a yellow-lab puppy Fischer and Bergquist display strong ideas while giving his presidential speech. and determination to follow through in “The puppy was not planned. It was a their ideas. Looking forward, the puppy total spark of the moment, a last minute may be a sign of more innovative thinking decision,” said Fischer to come by Fischer in his presidency. It was a good decision. The puppy undoubtedly left all the freshman girls

For the majority of students at Washington High School, Saint Patrick’s Day means wearing a green shirt or shoes. For some, it passes as just another day. For Tim Callahan, language arts teacher, though, Saint Patrick’s Day holds greater meaning. “St. Patrick’s Day is one of my favorite days of the year. I always wear a wee bit o’ green and celebrate with family. My wife and I usually head to Dubuque, which is where we are from,” said Callahan. Callahan also celebrates with his seven siblings and their families, meeting up with his parents and about 50 other cousins to walk in the parade. Later, they meet up at his childhood home, sharing a meal of his mom’s famous corned beef and cabbage. Afterward, they head downtown for the traditional Irish Festival. “My favorite parts are the food, drinks and singing Irish songs with my family as my mom plays the piano in our basement,” Callahan said. Callahan’s fondness of Saint Patrick’s Day dates back to his childhood. His family has always had a float and marched in the parade. Additionally, his father and two of his uncles have served as Grand Marshals of the Dubuque parade at some time. Not surprisingly, Callahan’s heritage is as Irish as a bearded leperchaun. “Our family heritage takes us back to the O’Callahan Clan from County Fermanagh, Ireland,’” said Callahan. Other highlights of the festivities include going with his family to church on Sunday at St. Columbkille’s Catholic Parish (where they all attended school as children), and being with close family from both near and afar.

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8 Spring Fever... Focus


FUN FACTS ABOUT EASTER -Easter is on April 4 this year.

-16 billion jelly beans are made for Easter.

-Pysanka is a specific word used for the practice of Easter egg painting.

-There are nearly 90 million chocolate easter bunnies produced each year.

SPRING FOODS Shish kabobs Popsicles

Potato salad

Snow peas


Spinach Deviled eggs Grilled food Pineapple

TCR RETURNS HOME Lauren Kelley Among the many changes to downtown Cedar Rapids since the flood of 2008 is the re-opening of the Theatre Cedar Rapids. The theater was opened to the public on Feb. 26, 2010, with a showing of the musical, “The Producers”. The newly renovated theater includes improved seating, an enlarged lobby, more restrooms, a new concession area and the new “Linge Lounge”.


The theater will show its first play “ April 9 and continue through April 18. Oth coming attractions include “Still Life with Iris” from May 14 through “Rent” from July 9 through July 25.


Warm weather and pastels popping up from the ground unfortunantly bring along allergies. Aside from taking over-the-counter medicines such as Claritin and Zyrtec and nasal sprays, eating specific foods can help allergy symptoms. Lauren Kelley It is said that consuming foods containing Omega-3 fatty Winter finals are over, the temperatures have ventured above freezing acids can reduce inflammation in congested areas. Fish, and the snow has finally melted. As spring creeps closer, students look vegetables, fruits, garlic and oil contain omega-3. for fun activities and events to keep them occupied during the coming Peppers and hot mustard can help reduce congestion months. The Cedar Rapids downtown district puts on a variety of events Lastly, washing bed each year that provide the perfect opportunities to get out and enjoy the for short periods of time also. linens, keeping windows closed and keeping spring weather. one’s face away from pets will help The Farmer’s Market, which begins June 5, is one of the larger minimize pollen events, with almost 200 local vendors offering all sorts of fresh procontact. duce, crafts and baked goods, as well as numerous performances, musicians and other entertainment. Vanessa Solesbee, the director of operations for the Downtown District, says the Farmer’s Market has grown significantly during the years she has been involved with it. “When I first started working with the Downtown District, we probably had about 100 vendors and saw between 3,500 and 5,000 people each year. Now we have nearly 200 vendors and have 10,000 to 12,000 people attend!” said Solesbee. Other fun activities to take part in include drive-in movies and The Taste of Downtown. Each month, beginning June 26, a movie is projected onto the side of the Cedar Rapids Bank and Trust building. “Families can come with blankets and picnics and enjoy a free movie for the night,” said Solesbee. Taste of Downtown, an event that began last year, is an outdoor mini-sampler designed to let people try foods from different restaurants around town. It kicks off May 15 and continues until May 22, 2010. “It gives people a chance to sample foods from places they’ve never tried or have been hesitant to go to before,” said Solesbee.


Spring hits Cedar Rapids




CR brings books back Lauren Kelley

The plans for rebuilding the Cedar Rapids Public Library continue as spring sets in. Since the flood of 2008, the library has been operating from the Westdale Mall. The new library, said to open by the end of 2012, will be located between 4th and 5th Avenue SE. Although the renovation decisions have not been set in stone, a survey, “Love my Library,” was given to the public from February 13 through March 14, 2009, to determine which factors were most important to them. Convenient parking, a drive-up book return and accessibility were the top three concerns. Other important elements included seating areas, accessible restrooms, computers, an area for private study, meeting rooms and a new café.


“Proof” on her

Latest styles Anna Fisher

The upcoming spring season brings warmth, happiness and of course spring fashion. Some of the most popular trends include: jumpsuits, gladiator sandals, large and detailed headbands, ripped jeans, patterned pants and pastel colors. Shopping in Iowa City’s down town pedestrian mall is another way to experience the spring weather. The outdoor shops include Dulcinea, Ragstock, Catherine’s, Lylas Boutique among others. For those looking for a less costly spring wardrobe, Target offers the latest spring trends. The retail store presents a line created by Jean Paul Gaultiner, a Parisian designer.


Dairy Queen Fruitzen h May 23 and Ped mall in Iowa City Nutri Smoothie Flying Weenie Vernon Inn Granite City Cibo Fusion REFRESHING FRUIT SMOOTHIE 10 oz. fresh strawberries 2 ripe bananas 3 tbsp. sugar or honey 1 cup ice cubes 3/4 cup milk or yogurt Toss everything into a blender and enjoy!

OUTDOOR ACTIVITES Ultimate frisbee Capture the flag Night games Bonfires Sidewalk chalk Camping Gardening Going for runs/walks Biking

SCHOOL EVENTS April 2 - Early out April 23 - Early out May 14 - Early out May 29 - Graduation May 31 - No school June 10 - Last day


946... AP tests will be taken by Washington High School students during the first two weeks of May.





Kratovil aids the evolution of Dance Team Sangamithra Sathian Staff Writer Though Emily Kratovil, ’10, has experienced the highs and lows of being a member of the Washington Dance Team, she has remained a faithful participant all four years of her high school career. Her experience on the team has helped her to grow as a dancer and make many new friends. Recently, the Washington Dance Team brought victory and pride to Wash by proving their caliber at the All Iowa Open. They received first place for their poms routine and fourth place for their jazz routine. This is the first time the dance team has placed at a competition since the establishment of Washington High School. Kratovil is very proud of her team’s accomplishment, but believes that there is much more room for improvement. “I’ve seen the team improve slowly, but consistently. Over my four years the team has become much more organized and the quality of our dancing has definitely gotten better,” said Kratovil. Through their win, the dancers feel that they have gained Photo courtesy of Beth Tessier respect for the team from Wash students and staff. Olivia Vanantwerp ’12, a varsity dancer said, “The dance team ap- The Warrior Dance Team poses with pride after receiving preciates the school believing in us.” first place at the State competition for their pom routine. Despite all of their hard work, the dance team still finds

a way to relax and enjoy the experience. A couple of times each year, the dancers have team bonding events, from sleepovers and dinner dates to theme parks like Adventureland. “This is always a really fun time for everyone and helps build great friendships,” said Kratovil. Over the years, Kratovil has had three different coaches. During her freshman year, she was coached by Dana Malone, who now coaches at Kennedy. L.D. Kidd was her coach during her sophomore and junior years, and the dance team is now solely under the direction of Megan Witte. “Megan’s a really great coach. We get to have a lot of fun at practice with her and she’s a perfectionist, so that helps our team a lot,” said varsity dancer Victoria Barrigar, ’11. Kratovil loved being on dance team with her older sister during her freshman year. She also explains that the dance team is a tight-knit group and the girls would do anything to help each other out. Mariah Althoff, ’10, a varsity dance member, said about Kratovil, “She’s so funny and crazy. She’s always in a good mood and never bored when she’s at practice.”

Pearson and Jans bid farewell to their great days as Warriors Catheryn Cooper Staff Writer

As the 2009-2010 school year nears its end, most students look forward to 10 weeks without homework, papers and tests. However, for two Washington teachers, it is their last few months of lesson plans and grading papers forever.

Martin Pearson A: It has now been 26 years. Q: Why have you decided to retire? A: I’ve taught for 32 years, and that’s enough for any sane man. Q: What will you miss most about Wash? A: The chances to work with some wonderful students and staff. Q: What about Wash has been most memorable to you? A: The chances to work with some Photo by Skylar Smith wonderful students and staff.

Kenneth Jans and Martin Pearson look forward to retirement, while cherishing their last few months at Wash. Q: What are you feelings about retiring? A: I’m looking forward to it. Q: What do you plan to do after retirement? A: I may raise some animals, probably rabbits or iguanas. Q: How long have you taught at Wash?

Q: What was your favorite class to teach at Wash? A: AP Literature.

Q: What was one of your favorite parts of Wash? A: Parts? I used to like the loading dock quite a bit. I pulled out a dozen clean t-shirts one time from the dumpster. Another time I found a shaiko, but then I quit smoking.

Kenneth Jans Q: What are you feelings about retiring? A: I have rather mixed emotions. I know I will miss Wash, but at the same time I’m looking forward to retiring. Q: What do you plan to do after retirement? A: I’m not really certain. I am leaving my options open. As of now, I plan to try a new and different field of work. Q: Do you want to travel anywhere particular after retirement? A: I’d love to travel, especially to countries I teach about in AP Human Geography. Q: How long have you taught at Wash? A: This will be year 23. Q: Why have you decided to retire? A: Age (laughs). Q: What will you miss most about Wash? A: Number one would be the enthusiasm of young people each day. It’s always exciting, and I’ll miss that.

Q: What about Wash has been most memorable to you? A: Early in my time at Wash the excitement of working with Junior Achievement in Economics was very memorable. It was a brand new experience for me, and I enjoyed working with business people from the community. Q: What was your favorite class to teach at Wash? A: AP Human Geography by far, not only is it a challenge for the students, but also for me. Q: What was one of your favorite parts of Wash? A: As a teacher, having the privilege of working with so many talented staff members was one of the best parts. Q: Will you continue to be involved at Wash at all? If so, how? A: I will definitely maintain contacts through Wash, and I’m sure I will still support the Warriors at many extra-curricular events.

WNTM (Washington’s Next Top Model): Joel Gasway Natalie Neppl Staff Writer The modeling debut of Joel Gasway, ‘10, came as a surprise to many students at Washington High School, as well as to Joel.  Gasway was unaware his senior pictures were being sent into an exclusive contest. “John Read (professional photographer) entered me in a contest without telling me,” said Gasway. Gasway was chosen to travel to San Diego through a company called Senior Portraits Artists.  Hundreds of high school students applied and only 15 were chosen for the opportunity of an all-expense paid modeling trip.  The company gave these students the opportunity to make modeling portfolios to begin their modeling career and send them to modeling agencies. Gasway is glad he took advantage of this unique experience and hopes it is not his last

adventure in the modeling world. He would like to continue modeling, although he has not yet planned his next gig.   “Most likely, you will see me on a bill board in Time Square fairly soon,” said Gasway. Although Gasway was a rookie in the modeling industry, he never got stressed. “I just do what I do,” said Gasway. He spent three days in San Diego.  While on the trip, Gasway was involved in photoshoots, runway shows, walks on the beach, hot tubbing, meeting new friends and “good food at the hotel”.  Most of all, Gasway enjoyed the “beautiful girls”. Besides exposure to a different world, Gasway gained new friendships and an “in” with a few modeling agencies.

Joel Gasway, ’10, shows no sign of inexperience while modeling in San Diego with a fellow member of Senior Portrait Artists (SPA). Photo courtesy of Joel Gasway




Washington High School Surveyor presents... the 3rd annual

Georgie Awards

Well, it’s that time of year again--awards season. 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--- and while many of us thoroughly enjoyed seeing James Cameron’s hot ex-wife beat him out for the best picture award, it seems like the Academy was a little out of touch with the masses this year. Who among us will look back at 2009 and be filled with warmth and nostalgia at the mention of Spanish language Oscar nominee “El Secreto en los Ojos”? More likely, former teenagers will remember engaging in philosophical banter with a naked French guy on Chatroulette, or sucking a Milk Dudd into their collective larynx during an uncontrollable, Zach Galifianakis induced laughing fit. Here, representing all those pop cultural picks that got snubbed at the award shows, the Georgies have polled Washington students of all grades to select this year’s winners.

Worst Picture

Best Picture

-Twilight: New Moon-

-The Hangover-

Hottest Actor

-Rachel McAdams-

-Taylor Lautner-

Best Fashion Trend

Worst Fashion Trend

Best Album


-Fake Thick-Rimmed Glasses-

-Man on the Moon-

photo courtesy of Timothy Fisher

Best Internet Fad

Hottest Actress


Best Video Game

-Call of Duty-

Best WHS Moment

-DP Crashes Mr. Washington-

Best Lunch Location Most Underrated Film Best Wizard of Wash


-District 9-

Worst Human Being Best Eco-Friendly Trend

-Tiger Woods-

-Reusable Shopping Bags-

-Mr. Rieck-

Guiltiest Pleasure

-Taylor Swift-




Burton uncovers the wonders of “Underland”

Mackenzie Hepker Staff Writer

took place. The plot did an excellent job of telling a meaningful story rather than relating a sequence of events, which is precisely what Burton intended. It feels like it’s been decades since “Alice in Wonder- The film had just the right amount of mystery and suspense combined with comedy and general craziland” first appeared on Tim Burton’s IMDB profile ness. The 3D work was also amazing, particularly under “Developing.” Perhaps it was only years that when the Cheshire cat was involved—one moment passed, lengthened by excitement, curiosity and your hair is standing on end as you feel like his fur hope... but as the “very important date” of March is going to brush your skin, and then suddenly he 5 at last drew near, second thoughts gradually pulls back into the depths of the screen and vaporarose, suppressing the bubbling anticipation for izes in a puff of swirling smoke. The experience was Burton’s 3D rendition of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice remarkable and completely trippy, better than that in Wonderland”. There was definitely potential, of Avatar and easier on the but would Johnny Depp eyes. Alice in Wonderland portray the Mad Hatter with The movie was not without the vibrant originality the Director: Tim Burton gross flaws, however. It was character commands? Would Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Johnny incredibly cliché, portraying the dialogue and character Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Alice as a predictable, dark personalities be painfully and fiercely independent Hathaway cliché as often happens in tomboy. The dialogue often Burton’s works? Would it made me cringe. The White just be a friends-of-Burton Queen (played by Anne fest dancing about a green Hathaway) was honestly screen filled with gratifyingly the stupidest, shallowest wondrous CGI visuals? The and generally most unsatisfying character that has answer to all of these questions turned out to be appeared in popular film in quite some time. While yes--and it was awesome, especially the dancing. Johnny and Helena rocked their roles, perhaps Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” tells the the film would have felt more original if it didn’t impossible story of a somewhat grown-up Alice recontain Burton’s classic cast. Despite these problems turning to Underland (which she had dubbed Wonthat irked throughout the film, however, by the derland in her youth) to end the Red Queen’s (Heltime the credits were rolling the movie experience ena Bonham Carter) reign of terror once and for all. was perceived as excellent overall—it was truly a Along the way she is reunited with old friends that stunning success. she cannot remember, including a blue caterpillar Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” is sure to hooked to a hookah, a white rabbit in a waistcoat, remain at the top of the box office for weeks to Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Mad Hatter come, promising return-viewers as well as a stream and, of course, the creepy Cheshire cat. While the of curious audiences. This film is wholeheartedly movie was nothing like Lewis Carroll’s classic tale, recommended for anyone who’s looking to fill up there are consistent references back to Alice’s (Mia 108 minutes of their life with something entertainWasikowska) “last time” in Underland, when it is ing, invigorating and utterly bizarre. It won’t let implied that the events as told by Lewis Carroll down high expectations.

In anticipation of Tim Burton’s latest film, many Wonderland enthusiasts feared that the kooky director would transform their favorite classic into Johnny Depp in TimBurtonLand. However, the long-awaited rendition satisfied fans with creativity and stunning visuals.

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“The Soundtrack to My Life”: Matt Worley, ’10

One of Washington High School’s star athletes reveals himself as an alternative music aficionado What song do you listen to most while working out? “Tear It Up” by Yung Wun because it motivates me. What’s your theme song? “Things You Can Do” by Del the Funky Homosapien because ‘I am way past the millennium’. What song do you like to listen to while driving to school? Animal Collective’s “Reverend Green”. It’s just my morning jam, dude.

hours? “Spilled the Wine” by Eric Burden because I had a late night last night. What song do you hate the most? Any song by Lil Wayne. What song would most people be surprised to find out that you know all the words to? Ever. Single. Lupe Fiasco song.

What song do you listen to most while doing your homework? “Sound Tribe Sector 9” by EHM because it’s relaxing and it helps me concentrate. When hanging out with friends what song do you listen to most? Black Roc’s “Telling Me Things”. It’s the story of my life. What’s the last song you listened to? “No Dice” by Beirut. It’s pleasant.

Upcoming Events

What’s your favorite song you’ve listened to in the last 24

-Jamnesty, the annual concert put on by Washington High School’s chapert of the the human rights group, Amnesty, will be taking place on April 17 in the Little Theater. Auditions for the event were on March 17 and 18. -The Black Keys, an American blues-rock duo consisting of vocalist/guitarist Dan Auerbach and drummer/producer Patrick Carney, perform at the University of Iowa Main Lounge on April 8. The band formed in 2001 and have since released three albums, The Big Come Up, Thickfreakness and The Rubber Factory.

What song do you listen to to put you in a good mood? John Frusciante’s “Dark/ Light”; the title is self-explanatory. What do you listen to when you party? Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” because it gets me in the zone. What song do you like to listen to when you first wake up in the morning? “Sunshine” by Atmosphere. What song do you fall asleep to? Toro Y Moi’s “Blessa” because it’s like a box of wine, it puts me right out.

-Tim Blake Nelson’s new thriller starring Edward Norton tells the story of two identical twins, one Ivy Leage college professor and the other a hedonistic pot smoking criminal. “Leaves of Grass” is released in theaters on April 6.

-On April 25, singer-songwriter John McCutcheon performs at CSPS, 8 p.m. McCutcheon has been called “folk music’s rustic Rennaisance man” and is regarded as a master of the hammered dulcimer.



Eyes on the prize

Upcoming Warrior Athletic Events

Men’s track team looks to repeat 2009 successes

bardi. Winning the “By doing what we state meet was no did last year, not easy task, however. The team focused giving up, and being on what Pinckney confident, I think we calls “get-backs.” Kitty McGurk can win again.” When some Staff Writer events failed to place as highly as -Cordell Arndt ’13 Ascendancy is a common word for the Washinganticipated, other ton men’s track team. When discussing their wins runners pushed and records it is hard to not feel a sense of triumph. themselves to make up for lost points. In 2009, the men’s track and field placed at DisConsistency is key if the team wishes to repeat tricts and State and were named conference champitheir past accomplishments. Last year the team ons. They won six varsity meets, three events at the placed second in the 4×800 meter relay at the state Drake Relays, set multiple school records, and not meet and set the school record with a first placed soon to be forgotten, won State. finish in the 4×200 meter relay. Both of these events “It all came together,” said head coach Bill Pickare expected to do well again this year. ney of the teams success last year. “Their attitudes Returning athletes know a lot of sweat goes into and hard work all year paid off at State.” winning a state championship. In addition to Pinckney, the boy’s are led by “Everything the team does is hard and it will coaches Maurice Blue, Willis Harte and Tony Lomtake a lot of determination and concentration to accomplish what we did last year,” said sprinter Adam Sailor, ’11. “However, that doesn’t stop us. We will be ready for it all.” New runners are hoping to have a positive impact on the team, as well. Cordell Arndt, ’13, believes the team has what it takes to succeed again, if runners are willing to put in the work. “By doing what we did last year, not giving up, and being confident, I think we can win again,” said Arndt. Etienne Nzoyisaba, ’13, agrees. “If we continue working hard, we might win again,” he said. “I’m looking forward to this season.” The state meet will take placed May 20, 21 and 22. Until then, Pinckney says the team will continue to work hard, as they always have. “When the dust settles, we’ll see where it ends up,” said Pinckney. “We want to make a lot of dust.” Will Griffin and Morris Williams, both ’12, begin a

Men’s Track & Field March 30 Early Bird Quad at Kingston 4:30 p.m.

Women’s Track & Field March 30 Steve Sherwood Relays at Iowa City High 4:30 p.m. April 1 Muskie Invite at Muscatine 4:30 p.m.

Men’s Soccer April 1 Jamboree at Kingston 3:30 p.m. April 3 Muscatine Tournament at Muscatine 9 a.m., 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Women’s Soccer April 6 Jamboree at Kingston 3:30 p.m.

Men’s Tennis April 6 Cedar Falls at Washington 4 p.m.

sprinting workout during a recent practice.

Athletes and drugs: a lethal mix Jill Broghammer Staff Writer Steroids are commonly used by young male athletes who are looking to enhance their athletic performance. Steroids do come with many side affects including acne, excessive hair growth or loss, decreased emotional control, liver damage and cancer. Steroids are becoming more popular within high school athletics as well as marijuana, alcohol and ecstasy. Drugs can hurt a person physically and stunt a person’s athletic potential and playing time. If a student at Washington High School would get caught abusing a substance outside of school or in school that student can receive athletic suspension in a Varsity or Junior Varsity sport. Whether that be swimming, tennis, football or show choir the suspension will occur. The length of the suspension varies upon situation, but is most likely a pre-determined set of time that a student would be suspended depending on how many times the student has been caught. “If one of my teammates got caught abusing

Drug use among high school students

75% of high school students will consume alcohol by graduation 6% have tested positive for steriod use in a Center for Disease Control study 5.4% of high school seniors use ecstasy, according to a 2005 survey 50% have tried an illicit drug by graduation

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New Washington coaches spring to action Abby Varn Staff Writer

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drugs I would be upset with that person for letting down the team. A team requires effort from everyone and if one person isn’t able to do their part it hurts the whole team, not just that person,” said Jenny Vestle, ’12. Alcohol is most commonly abused by high school students. Alcohol can slow down a person’s ability to react mentally and physically. Alcohol also alters a person’s perceptions, emotions, movement, vision and hearing. A lot of drinking can cause a fatty liver or cancer of the liver. Alcohol can also block some messages that are trying to get to the brain. Marijuana is the second most commonly abused drug used by high school students. Marijuana causes a disruption in the chemical balance in the brain affecting the regulatory systems and the ability to learn, remember and react quickly to change. Other common side effects include depression, early aging, breathing difficulties and heart issues.


A new wave of coaches has swept Washington High School, and athletes are excited to see what new changes will occur. The coaching staff for the Washington women’s golf team, women’s soccer team and women’s track team have all seen changes for the 2010 season. Denny Goettel will take over as head coach for women’s golf starting this season. Goettel is a former Washington Athletic Director. This experience along with hosting the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony for former Washington High School athletes has given Goettel an advantage with understanding athletics here at Washington. “He’ll completely be in charge this spring. He’s a super nice guy,” said Matt Miller, former women’s golf coach. Miller, who teaches

“I love teaching, whether it’s in the classroom or on the track.”

-John Grother

math at Washington, and will be uninvolved in golf this year. Women’s track runners are used to having a larger coaching staff to work with various events. Head Coach Frank Scherrman has worked hard to provide the girls with a sufficient staff to focus on specific races. Coach John Grother has stepped in as the new addition to the staff. Grother works with sprinters, and is getting to know the rest of the girls. “I don’t spend a lot of time with him during practice, but I know he’s working hard with the team,” said Meg Zmolek, ’10, who runs for the Warriors. Though he has enjoyed coaching so far at Washington, Grother was open to working with any high school team. “I would go anywhere,” said Grother. “I just want a chance to get my foot in the door. I love teaching, whether it’s in the class or on the track.” Along with new coaches comes new training routines, new motivators and new relationships. “Hopefully our team will still have a great season, or maybe a better season, with a new coach,” said mid-distance runner Allison Knockle, ’10.




No break this spring for some athletes Joe Eken Staff Writer As another long, bitter winter comes to a close, the telltale signs of spring are beginning to appear. Grass is peaking out from under mounds of snow, the sound of birds is once again audible and excitement among students builds about the coming promise of warm weather. People’s spirits seem to rise in unison with the thermostat, and nothing seems to capture their elation like the magic of spring break. For some students at Washington, however, there is a catch to all this fun in the sun. They have mandatory sports practices over break. Almost all spring sports have some sort of practice over the week long vacation, and for many teams attendance to these practices is of great importance. J.P. Graham, head men’s soccer coach, places a particular emphasis on these spring break sessions. “It’s our second week of practice and we have our best competition coming up. It’s important that everybody’s there,” said Graham.   The team has practice all week long as well as a camp out scheduled for the varsity squad, and players are expected

to set aside vacations and other plans in order to attend. “If you’re gone you won’t play for a week at least, and it can affect what team you’re on,” said Graham. The women’s track team has a slightly different approach to practices during its break. While the team used to have a much stricter policy regarding attendance, in the recent years it has changed to become more accommodating. “In the past we tried to be strict. If you missed you couldn’t participate in the next meet, but we eliminated that two years ago. It’s a hassle and we decided it’s not worth the fight,” said Coach Frank Scherrman. The team has the first three days of the week off, and then practice on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. There isn’t a punishment for excused absences, just the expectation that the Graphic by Alexandra Bergman athletes work out a little on their own. “For track, there’s a lot of training that goes on before the break happens. It’s not a big deal for us,” said Scherrman. Although sacrificing vacations and free time may seem like a lot to some, many athletes feel it’s worth it. As men’s soccer player Jacob Vandervaart, ’11, puts it, “If you want to be good at a sport you need to practice, so I don’t mind practicing for a couple hours a day during spring break.”

Warrior Numbers 1:27.64

4x200 meter relay time by the 2009 men’s track team. The relay broke the school record, placed first at the state meet and was named champion at the Drake Relays. Returning runners are third leg and anchor Ronnie Henderson ’10 and Alex Carr ’11.


National ranking of the Ames High School men’s basketball team, who beat the Warriors in the quarterfinals in the state tournament on March 10. The Warriors gave Ames (25-0) a “tussle” and “must be in the top 25 or so” teams in Iowa state basketball history, according to the Gazette.


Number of participants in spring sports at Washington this year. Options include tennis, track and field, soccer and women’s golf.

Athlete of the Month: Mariah Steinburg-Garner 1. How long have you been running track? I have run four years at Washington and ran for two years at Franklin Middle School. But I’ve been running on my own for as long as I can remember. 2. Do you participate in other sports? I am a cheerleader and I ran cross country at Washington my sophomore and junior years. 3. What is your favorite part about running for the Warriors? My favorite part of running for Washington is cheering on the team and the team cheering for me. 4. How do you prepare for a big meet? I prepare for a big meet by trying my hardest in practice. 5. What do you like to eat before a meet? Before a meet I like to eat different kinds of fruit, like grapes. 6. How do you keep from getting nervous before a big race? I do not keep from getting nervous. No matter what, I always have nerves. It’s been this way for four years. 7. How do you wind down after a meet? After a meet I wind down by doing our team cool down and relaxing on the ride home. 8. Does the Washington track team have any traditions? My favorite tradition are the “Goal Buddies.” We have someone to cheer for us at every meet and help us make our goal. We also sing during our cool down. 9. Who has been your favorite coach of all time? My favorite coach of all time has been Coach Scherrman. He has showed me that with hard work, I can achieve what I never believed I could.

Mariah Steinburg-Garner ’10 Women’s Track & Field 10. What is the most exciting part of the season so far? My most exciting moment of the season is Thursday practices. 11. What is your hardest practice? Everyday I run with the distance girls is hard, but when I work at it, it becomes easier. 12. What is your favorite event to race? My personal favorite is the 400 meter run, but if they had a 300 meter run that would be my best race. 13. What is your favorite sports movie? My favorite sports movie is “Pride.” 14. Do you plan to continue running next year? If I do not run for a school I plan on continuing to run so I can stay in shape. 15. What are your hopes for this season? My hope for this season is that everyone does their personal best, including me, and that I make it to State in my open 400.

Sports Hard year for Hawk fans Men’s basketball team ends season with a record 22 losses Ian Fischer Staff Writer The NCAA men’s basketball rankings are continually dominated by teams from the Big 12 and Big East conferences such as Kansas and Syracuse, yet the Big Ten remains a presence. Purdue men’s basketball team remains atop the Big Ten conference, followed by Wisconsin and Michigan State. The University of Iowa is last. Ever since Todd Lickliter took over the coaching job for the Iowa men’s basketball team three seasons ago, the Hawks have continued down a slippery slope generating below .500 records. While the Earth thaws, the Iowa men fail to grasp hold of any steady ground finishing 10-22 as the post season nears. “Maybe the team doesn’t have good chemistry, maybe it’s a lack of intensity, it just seems whenever they lose it’s a blow out,” said Adam Sailor, ’11. The poor performance of the Iowa men’s basketball team has led to diminishing attendance at

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Iowa basketball player Eric May jumbles the ball during the Hawkeye’s game against Illinois earlier this season.

Surveyor StaffFinal Four Picks Sam Seyfer, Editor in Chief 1. Kentucky 2. Villanova 3. Ohio State 4. Kansas State Maddy Becker, Sports Editor 1. Kansas 2. Syracuse 3. Wisconsin 4. Purdue Tyler Hubler, News Editor 1. Kansas 2. Villanova 3. Kentucky 4. Kansas State Molly James, Profiles Editor 1. Kansas 2. West Virginia 3. Syracuse 4. Villanova

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Team Records: Points: 126 vs Morgan State, Nov. 25 1994 Three-pointers: 15 vs Northwestern, Jan. 3 1998 Rebounds: 77 vs Long Island, Dec. 17 1994 Largest margin of victory: 101-23 vs Western Illinois Individual Records: Points: 699 by John Johnson, 1969-1970 Rebounds: 416 by Reggie Evans, 2000-2001 Steals: 79 by Ryan Bowen, 1997-1998 their home games in Carver arena in Iowa City. “Good players are transferring, attempting to abandon a sinking ship,” said Sailor. The Iowa men’s team has been torn apart by transfers of star players, such as Tyler Smith who left for Tennessee and guard Jake Kelly who left for Indiana State. The present state of the Iowa men’s team can only make one look into the past. During the 20052006 season Iowa coach Steve Alford led the team to a three seed in the NCAA tournament, only to be upset by a last second shot from #14 Northwestern State. A year prior, Iowa star Pierre Pierce was dismissed from the team, yet the team remained strong and made it into the NCAA tournament as a ten seed, losing to the University of Cincinnati in the first round. Hawk fans can feel a bit of relief, thanks to the success of the women’s basketball team. This year, the team, with freshman Jamie Printy from LinnMar, were 19-12, and earned a number eight seed in the women’s NCAA tournament. Editor’s note: Lickliter was fired as the Iowa men’s basketball coach on March 15.



Track: are you in or out? Maddy Becker Sports Editor Iowa weather can be quite unpredictable during track season. On chilly, rainy spring days, one can assume many spectators would prefer to watch from an indoor stadium rather than expose themselves to the elements. But many athletes find running outdoors preferable to running on an indoor track. The men and women’s track teams at Washington wrapped up their brief indoor season before spring break. The women competed in two meets, on March 2 and 16, and the men competeted in one indoor meet on March 15. Both teams begin the outdoor season on March 30. The most obvious difference between outdoor and indoor track is the size of the track itself. Indoor tracks are 200 meters, whereas outdoor tracks are a full 400 meters. Some indoor tracks have Courtesy of banked turns to help reduce injuries among runners, Athletes run in an indoor track but all the turns can make meet at Wartburg College, a it difficult for runners to facility the Warrior women ran at maintain a constant speed. earlier this season. Another major difference is indoor air quality. Indoor tracks lack fresh air, and the dryness can make it difficult for runners to breath. “I like outdoor better because the environment is more open and free,” said Brooke Foreman, ’12, who hurdles for the Warriors. A shorter track also makes it challenging for athletes to pass their competitors. This can be a problem in distance events, where runners aren’t assigned a lane for the duration of their race. Athletes can become “boxed in” with less room to move and pass on indoor tracks. Foreman adds that she misses running the 400 hurdles, which isn’t run indoor. Other events she runs, such as the 100 meter hurdles, are shortened. “The 60 meter hurdles seems like it goes by so fast,” she said. “You can’t really enjoy it.” Throwers also have to make some adjustments for indoor competition. The heavier, metal balls thrown at outdoor meets are replaced with rubbery balls. This might sound easier, but some throwers say otherwise. “The feeling of the ball throws you off,” said Melissa Huffer, ’12. “It’s actually easier to push off a harder ball.” Huffer also adds that as a spectator, she prefers to watch the outdoor meets when the runners are more conditioned. “Outside is more fun to watch,” she said. “You can see more real competition. Athletes push themselves more.” Indoor meets, however, are not without their advantages. Ample bathrooms, lack of wind, and controlled temperatures are just a few benefits of competing inside.


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