The Prowler CENTRAL YORK HIGH SCHOOL
January 2014 Volume 56
Do the grades Add(erall) up? The Generation Y drug of choice affects the Central York student body.
Adderall, a stimulant drug used to treat ADHD, has been abused by college — and more recently high school students — to focus. (Photo by Erin O’Neill).
By Caroline Hughes and Erin O’Neill Managing Editor and Editor-in-Chief
t’s going to be a great day.” Mitchell*, a Central junior, tells himself this every morning when he wakes up. He knows the pills aren’t the only contributor to his recently improved grades, but
rather it is the person taking them who is making the difference. Dextroamphetamine/ Amphetamine, commonly known as Adderall, is used as a treatment for children and young adults with AttentionDeficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADD and ADHD). It is prescribed to those students to help them focus in school. Mitchell has been diagnosed with ADHD since 2002 and prescribed Adderall for
five years. His dosage was increased to 50 milligrams (mg) since his body adjusted to the medicine. “It makes you irritable; my mom even notices. Food doesn’t look good to you and then hunger hits you once the Adderall wears off,” he said. Mitchell takes only one pill a day and still feels the most severe effects of it. “I can focus on a random kid’s voice in the lunch room even if it blends in with everyone
else’s,” he said. Although the junior admits he is not dependent on the drug, he can name about 35 students who do depend on it — to make them high. “They think it’s like ecstasy so they’ll snort Molly with it or they’ll get drunk at parties and not want to pass out, so they snort the pill to give them a jittery feeling,” Mitchell said. Adderall’s main purpose is to keep students awake
*To protect the privacy of the students interviewed, their names have been changed.
and focused, and because of this, sleep deprivation is a guaranteed side effect. The New York Times reported, “Drug counselors say that for some teenagers, the pills eventually become an entry to the abuse of painkillers and sleep aids.”
Read more on Adderall: page 10
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What’s Trending? #gopro #sherlocklives #selfieolympics #wordstogetridofin2014 #superbowlXLVIII
Coming up at Central Feb 4: Getting Ready For College Night @ HS Feb 6: Open House @ HS Feb 13: Friendship Day Feb: MiniTHON is collecting donated formal dresses for a February consignment dress fundraiser.
Props and Snubs
-Long winter break/days off -Austin Ness to compete in FBLA State Competition -Beating undefeated West York in basketball, 71-50 -Central grad, Sam Koimene’s new jewelry line
-Extended semester -No clubs -No senior Keystone sleep-in -Sinkholes in the parking lot
In this Edition Featuring: Mr. Groft, Life Skills Teacher: page 5 “Don’t do it for the vine”: page 9 Embrace your inner beauty: page 13 Grammy predictions: page 14 Should Kyle Baublitz have left Penn State football?: page 21
Carter Bowman: ‘Football saved my life’
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By Sarah Vlazny mobile Journalist
Central York High School freshman Carter Bowman usually spends his Christmas in the typical fashion; surrounded by family members and cozied up near a Christmas tree. In 2011, however, the setting was a little different. Bowman was playing quarterback in 7th grade football at Central York Middle School when he sustained a head injury. He went to the emergency room later that night to see if he had a concussion. The doctors informed him that he did not have a concussion, but an MRI showed that he had a malignant brain tumor. His first surgery took place on his birthday: November 14, 2011. The tumor could not be completely removed, and Bowman required a second surgery on December 23, 2011. He spent his Christmas in York Hospital. “Most kids would miss their family, but mine all came: my mom, dad, aunt, uncle, cousins and grandparents.” Bowman had his third and final surgery on January 3, 2012 because of returning scar tissue. He now has a permanent shunt running from his brain to his stomach to regulate his brain fluid. “It’s like a drain in the sink,” he explained. Even after these surgeries, he found little time to relax. The day Bowman got back from the hospital,
he got a call from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He was given a chance to receive radiation treatment at the Roberts Proton Therapy Center. It was an opportunity to receive the best treatment in the world, at one of the only six centers worldwide. He and his family agreed to participate after taking a break for a few months. In May of 2012, Bowman traveled to and from Philadelphia on a train every weekday for the last eight
on his head that would not allow him to wear a helmet safely. However, he remains a part of his favorite sport by coaching middle school football at Central. He is glad that he can continue to be involved in the sport because it was so important to him throughout his recovery. “Football saved my life.” He said that after his surgery, he would turn on the Green Bay Packers game and watch them play. His family also decorated his hospital room in Packers memorabilia. Also important to his recovery was the support of his friends and family. Most nights his mother slept in a hospital chair, “And if you’ve ever seen them, they’re not that comfortable,” Bowman says. When his mom went home to get some rest, his father would stay with him. He said his friends visited him a lot too, so much, in fact, that he has a box in his closet with hundreds of cards he jokingly described as “totally unnecessary.” He said he was glad to have so many people behind him: “It really helps to have all that support.” Although his friends and family know what he went through, many people don’t until they notice that part of the side of his head is shaved. He said that when he tells people he has brain cancer, they often start to treat him a little differently. “All of the sudden, they turn into a different person.
“I don’t want to be the sick kid. I want to be thought of as the kid that overcame.” Carter Bowman
weeks of school. Because he couldn’t attend school, he had to have a private tutor. “It’s a long time to go without seeing anybody,” he said. He went to school for all of eighth grade, even though he was still receiving chemotherapy every three weeks. He just finished his chemotherapy last July. His brain cancer is now in a dormant state, but he continues to get a check up every three months. Although Bowman feels fine now, he said his cancer will affect him for the rest of his life. He can no longer play quarterback on his school football team. He found this out after his third surgery. “That was the only time that I cried,” he said. Doctors told him that the shunt’s magnetic dial created a lump
Photo by Cheryl Bowman
Suspected concussion led to cancer diagnosis and life-saving treatment.
Carter Bowman, a freshman, now speaks for the Carter N. Bowman Foundation, a foundation to raise money for children with cancer.
I don’t want to be the sick kid. I want to be thought of as the kid that overcame.” He said his advice to someone in a difficult situation would be to always keep a positive attitude. “For example, when I found out I couldn’t play football, I decided to take up tennis,” he said. He said it’s also important to make goals for yourself, “like get out of a hospital bed and into a real bed.” He also said he achieved his goal of being able to play in his last Manchester Township basketball game. The Carter N. Bowman Foundation is the product of his goal to give back to the community. He says he and his mother talked about a problem he saw occurring. Because the Roberts Proton Therapy Center is one of only six in the world, most kids are not as fortunate as he is in that they can’t regularly
commute. Most kids come for their treatment and sit in a hotel for up to two months while they receive their treatment. The purpose of the foundation is to provide an opportunity for kids to be kids. New as of August, the Carter N. Bowman Foundation raises money to fund activities for kids to do, such as trips to the zoo, an arcade, or even out to a restaurant. The foundation’s first event was held at the Outdoor Country Club in York, raising over $5,000. The rest of the contributions are mostly general donations made on carternbowman.org, where anyone can donate to the cause. Bowman says his ultimate goal for the foundation is just to raise money and help kids. “What I went through made me realize that life’s not about you so much as it’s about helping others.”
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The Prowler randomly selected four students, one from each grade level, to feature in this edition to get the inside look on some familar faces at Central!
By Sydney Furhman MANAGING EDITOR OF POP
Ben Marino, 9
A haunted house, embellished with the faces of the class, decorates the door of room 165 in the fall of 2013. For the door decorating contest, freshman Ben Marino was enlisted for his artistic skills by his advisor to illustrate the scene. He said, “[Art] is a way to express yourself.” Having had an interest in the arts since the fourth grade, Marino said his true passion is drawing. And he credits his fourth grade art teacher for the intrigue. “He showed me what art really means,” he said. And in his future, Marino plans to become an architect for two reasons. “They make the most,” he said. “And I like to design.” Despite being so new a player in the high school game, Marino is fairly certain this is the path he will take. “I know you can’t really go far just being an artist,” Marino said. But he’s confident in his abilities and hopes to pursue the artrelated field of his choosing. “There [are] some ways to improve, but I think I’m doing alright right now,” he said.
Kevin Potter, 11 A business career may not seem like the optimal choice, but for junior Kevin Potter, the dream is real. His father currently owns a business, Datum File Systems, and someday,Potter hopes to take over. Potter said, “They make cabinets, new computer carts for the school, and weapons cabinets for the government.” He plans to attend college for business and engineering, and he’s been planning this ever since he first took the course “Introduction to Engineering,” he said. And, Potter said, it’s the family business. “My grandpa started it in his basement in New York,” Potter said. His uncle took over 20 years ago, and now, his father is in charge. Potter’s trying to prepare for his future even now. He said, “[I’m] doing well in school so I can live a better life down the road, and I’m making sure I’m able to support myself when I’m older.” “I try to put my best foot forward,” Potter said.
Desiree Edmonds, 10
Wanderlust commonly finds its place in the hearts of students, and for sophomore Desiree Edmonds, the desire is very present. “I would love to have a job where all I do is get to travel.” With two uncles living abroad, one in Kuwait and the other in the Philippines through the U.S. Army, Edmonds said, though she hasn’t been out-of-state much, traveling, and writing while doing so, is a dream of hers. But her actual future plans involve becoming an English teacher. Edmonds said she’s wanted to be a teacher since she was very young. “Both my parents are teachers, and I really like the teaching aspect,” she said. And it helps when good influences are present, too. Edmonds said, “I’ve had really good English teachers in the past, and the ways they teach give me ideas for the future.” Edmonds said her primary choice for further education is the University of Pittsburgh, where she would earn a degree in education. But, she pointed out, “I’m still looking at different schools to expand my horizons.”
Hali Bryant, 12 In a vast, beautiful ocean an infinite number of species live. Some, like the dolphins, are beloved, while others, like the sharks, are feared. And that makes all the difference in the case of shark fishing in Peru, where dolphins are harpooned, skinned, then severed into pieces and used as bait. Hali Bryant, a senior, finds this practice appalling. “I love animals, and I think that this is going to make a beautiful creature extinct,” she said. Though Bryant is more concerned with the cruel treatment of dolphins, she said that something should be done about shark fishing and the laws which regulate it. She said, “I think that the South American government and other governments as well should ban shark fishing. They should have limitations on the types of fish that should be allowed to be caught.” “I think that harsh punishment deserves to be the consequence for these fishermen’s actions.” She suggested a fine for the act, as well as jail time, for a suitable punishment. “I think that this is a travesty that needs to be stopped. People need to be made aware of what is happening,” Bryant said.
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Central graduate cashes in with granola-based business “Are you nuts?” This question was on Sarah Lanphier’s shirt during the ribbon cutting of her new shop at 46 West Philadelphia Street in York. Lanphier, a 2005 Central graduate, created and developed her business, Nuts About Granola. The company was primarily a college project for her business major. However, she threw around ideas during her Graduation Exit Project. Barbara Wilke, a former teacher of Lanphier, said, “The amount of time and effort that she put into [the business] was incredible.” Lanphier started mak-
Photo by Erin O’Neill
By Madison Luckenbaugh Public relations manager
Nuts About Granola offers a variety of granola flavors at their new location in downtown York.
ing granola for holiday gifts and saw how much people enjoyed it. Then, when she started competing in collegiate triathlons at Elizabethtown College and was in need of a fundraiser, she sold
more of her product. She used the fundraiser as her test market before forming the company. “I am very health conscious, and I like real food,” said Lanphier. She said gra-
nola is good for the body and provides energy. “Overall, there was a three-year planning period before Nuts About Granola incorporated in 2008,” said Lanphier, because “after fundraisers, we began taking steps toward building a legitimate business.” Now, her goals include spreading handmade granola throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions. She said the nearby Central Market is a great location because people visit Nuts About Granola after roaming the market. Many of her flavor ideas are based on real foods. There is a carrot cake granola from Elizabethtown’s famous carrot cake tradition,
as well as Johnny Appleseed cinnamon apple granola to feature apples from Brown’s Orchard and Farm Market. The granola formulas are also very diet conscious. Paleo diet? Sure. Vegan? Absolutely. “I really like the Forager line because I can eat it,” Lanphier said. “I am allergic to dairy and wheat.” Nuts About Granola has been the “Snack of the Day” on the Rachel Ray Show and has been recognized in Better Homes and Gardens Magazine. Lanphier is happy to be located in York County. “The downtown York community is growing, expanding and improving,” said Lanphier. Nuts About Granola is doing just the same.
Michael Groft: ‘I have an awesome job’
Photo by Breanna Couch
By Breanna Couch co-features editor
Michael Groft laughs with his students at a recent holiday cookie contest.
A teacher sits across from a student in the library at Central York High School. Between them is a paper covered with empty analog clocks, a time typed in digital format below each one. “I’ve read comments from several people saying you can’t do this,” says the teacher, passing the student a pencil. “Prove them wrong.” Meet Michael Groft. Groft is the high school’s Life Skills support teacher through a contract with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit. “I have an awesome job,” said the married father of four. “You leave your home to come to work and be dad again.”
The Life Skills class, located in room 168 at the start of the upper 600 wing, has 13 students. Groft explained that each is going to need help when transitioning from school into the workforce. His job mainly involves these transitional needs that he addresses by writing goals for improving the students’ lives and independence. In his 25 years of going to school, the best lessons Groft has learned were from his students. “[They] taught me how to be happy with the simple things,” he said. “Progress is progress no matter how slow or fast.” “When I got here, the classroom didn’t have a face,” Groft said. His objective to make the Life Skills students familiar with the
school has been embraced by many classes, most notably Lucinda Hogentogler and Phillip Kyle. “They have a lot of respect for our students,” said Debra McBrien. McBrien works alongside Groft and several others in the Life Skills classroom where she and Debra Martin serve as teacher assistants, or paraprofessionals. The women think that Groft has youthful energy and relates well to the students. “It’s a successful classroom,” McBrien said. “It’s like a oneroom school house.” Groft opens the doors of his classroom to everyone, from administrators on down. “If you’re ever having a crappy day,” he said, “stop by, and it’ll put a smile on your face.”
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Central York senior crosses ocean in search of adventure By Erin O’Neill Editor-in-chief
Abenteuer. It transates from German to “adventure.” And that is exactly what senior Darren Miller started when he stepped on a plane headed to Giessen, Germany last September. He began his school year as an exchange student in Germany through the AFS (American Field Service) Intercultural and Congress Bundestage exchange programs. Miller plans to stay in Germany until mid-June. He heard about the program through Nathan Hammond, a German teacher at Central. “I am really proud of him,” said Hammond. “He showed
a lot of commitment and maturity.” Hammond said Miller did a lot of research into the program and planned out SATs and college applications before the trip. “All the drive came from him,” said Hammond. Hammond said that Miller is one of the best German students
man, he loves the German language, and wanted to experience another culture. “I’m pretty open-minded, and I thought a little culture shock would help expand that,” said Miller. Miller said his host family is “awesome.” A host family is a family that volunteers
“The students used him as a live dictionary in class.” Nathan Hammond
he has ever had. “The students used him as a live dictionary in class,” said Hammond with a laugh. Miller said he wanted to study in Germany because his heritage is mostly Ger-
to take in a student that studies abroad. His host dad has taught him magic tricks, how to change a tire and play the piano. “He’s just really cool, and I love that I can have that here,” said Miller. He
Darren Miller, senior, said his experience in Germany has been truly enriching. Miller (center) and two of his German friends, stand in the snow in late January. (Submitted photo).
also has a 15-year-old host brother and an 18-year-old host sister. He speaks German all the time, other than his monthly meeting with the teens in the program and English class in school. “He will come back bilingual,” said Hammond. Overall Miller describes his time in Germany as “really enriching.” “I’m living a new way of life, following a new set of rules, going to a different school with different friends,” said Miller. “It all has really opened my eyes to how huge and diverse the world is outside of the US.” He recently started boxing, biking about 60km a week, and interacting with horses on a daily basis. Miller said one of the difficult experiences was figuring out a new town. “I’m actually pretty good with directions…I am happy to say that I don’t get lost as much now because I bike around a lot,” said Miller. He also said the things he misses about York are his family, friends and his dog, Hank. Danielle Miller, a junior, is Darren Miller’s sister and said she and her brother have a typical brother-sister relationship. “It didn’t hit me until he left,” said Danielle. She said she was blown away to hear that he was accepted because she knew that the admission process was extremely long and difficult. “But I knew he had the intelligence,” said Danielle. As a German III student, Danielle might follow in her
brother’s footsteps. “I would love to (be able to do what Darren is doing).” Miller doesn’t have the use of his phone overseas, so Danielle and Miller stay in touch on Facebook. Hammond said he was impressed that a senior wanted that opportunity. “He was looking for an adventure,” said Hammond. “It is truly an investment in his future.” He said his German class loved the improptu chat session that they had with Miller through Google Docs. Hammond has also Skyped with Miller a couple of times. Miller said foreign exchange is a unique experience for everyone. “So many different people from my program told me what to expect and literally about 95 percent of it has been proven wrong,” said Miller. He also recommends completing all core classes because of the mess of credit transfer. “It is ridiculously difficult to learn calculus, understand a new concept in physics, or write 600 words about the history of the Roman Republic in two hours all in German,” said Miller. Those who are interested in foreign exchange opportunities should see their language teacher for more information.
Course selection = dessert?
By Emily Nolte CO-ARts editor Dessert. The best part of a meal. Waiting for it during dinner is a struggle, but it’s well worth the wait. If you eat dessert first, then you’re left with the nasty dinner mom prepared, and you can’t look forward to anything. Course selection is kind of like that. It’s no surprise that course selection is difficult for everyone. What are you supposed to do in life? Do you need to take specific classes to get into the college you want? What if you change what you want to do? Will your classes be hard? These questions come up often, so if you’re confused, you are not alone. One of the circulating topics is “doubling up” on core classes during your sophomore/junior years. This
means replacing one of your elective (“dessert”) spots for the next year’s English, science, math or history credit (mom’s yucky dinner). I personally recommend this. Especially if it’s a class you don’t like. That way you have other spots later to fill with subjects you enjoy. You can even graduate early if you gain enough credits. Lucky you. These electives can be related to a career you are interested in or even just an easy class to fill a spot. You also could add in a language. Most colleges require taking two to four years of a language, so taking it early will get it out of the way. Exploring your interests later provides a better idea of what you want to do. If you have absolutely no idea what you want to do in life, select classes in each academy. Take Sports Medicine, 3D Design Studio, Journalism I or Introduction to Engineering. See what you enjoy. Even if you get in a class you don’t like, it’s one more thing to cross off your list: one more step towards
your future. Meeting with a guidance counselor is another great idea. They can help you make big decisions, whether it be in schedule changes or life. Do this annually to ensure you’re taking the best classes you can for yourself. I also recommend speaking to upperclassmen and teachers for advice. They’ve been where you are, and they know how to help. Course selection in your underclassmen years is especially important. If I could go back to those years and pick my classes differently, I probably would (even though this is likely just my senioritis speaking). Be cautious when selecting courses. Doubling up is one of the best options you have as an underclassman. You may regret it while you’re studying like crazy, but you’ll feel relief when your friends are taking those classes the next year and you’re breezing through a class that you enjoy. Again, it’s just like dessert. Kind of.
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Celebrities have hearts, too
By Lyric Carter MANAGIng editor of on the prowl
There is a point in everyone’s life where he or she has a bit of a malfunction, some larger than others. We all have moments where we say something that’s not so smart and get laughed at. However, we don’t have to worry about our outbursts being documented and then exploited. We don’t have to worry about explaining ourselves to people we’ve never met just because we did something other than smile and be happy. Celebrities don’t have these luxuries; their whole lives are scrutinized--their flaws are blown so far out of proportion, and it’s only really because it makes us feel better. Take Kanye West for example, who has been in the
media recently for fighting paparazzi. Over the course of a few months, West has been telling the paparazzi to leave him and his family alone. With a newborn baby, it seems obvious how this father would be a cautious of paparazzi around his family. However, he’s being made out to be a mad man and it’s unfair. Why are celebrities examined so much closer than people like you or me? It’s fair to argue that celebrities put themselves in a position where they will be judged, but we should be judging them based on why they are famous. You wouldn’t judge Beyoncé on her ability to race car drive because that’s not why she is well-known. Instead of giving celebrities a hard time over being human, give them a hard time if they aren’t doing their job. Criticize a painter on their painting. Criticize celebrities on what they claim to be good at. Don’t criticize them because they’re... well, just human.
Prowler Staff January 2014 Editors: Erin O’Neill (Editor-in-Chief), Kristen Shipley (Editor-in-Chief of On the Prowl), Mickayla Miller (Editor-in-Chief of POP), Caroline Hughes (Managing Editor), Lyric Carter (Managing Editor of On The Prowl), Sydney Fuhrman (Managing Editor of POP), Breanna Couch (Co-Features Editor), Hunter Einsig (Co-Features Editor), Katelyn Dermes (Opinions Editor), Chandler Copenheaver (Co-Arts Editor), Emily Nolte (Co-Arts Editor), Kaitlyn Doyle (Co-News Editor), Lauren Baker (Co-News Editor), Sean Innerst (Co-Sports Editor), Nick Noleff (Co-Sports Editor), Madisyn Hughes (Co-Sports Editor), Sarah Vlazny (Mobile Journalist), Madison Luckenbaugh (Public Relations), Emmalynne Rosser (Copy Editor) Staff Writers: Nick Sheckells, Eric Hue, Khaliah Nelson, Donaiyah Walker Adviser: Lucinda Hogentogler The views expressed in the opinions section are the views of the by-lined author, as opposed to a reflection of the views of the staff in its entirety.
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By Lauren Baker CO-NEWS EDITOR Nothing’s more American than baseball, apple pie and the promise that a strong work ethic and motivation will be one’s ticket to the next rung on the ladder. It’s the American Dream; at the very core is the belief that no matter his or her background, anyone can make it in the U.S. if he or she works hard enough. For this generation, the American Dream is less forgiving, because social
The Prowler Climbing the social ladder mobility has become increasingly more difficult. The way I see it is that the major differences between the United States and the countries with similar class systems include the following: the way funds are spent in order to help the needy, the effect parents’ education has on their children, and the higher price tag that comes with a college degree. These disparities are serious and need to be addressed. Parents clearly have an influence on their children’s success. According to a few studies conducted by various highly regarded research institutions, social mobility in the United States has been steadily declining for decades. One generation measures of social mobility have
shown that the United States does about half as well as Nordic countries, and is on par with Europe’s least mobile nations, Italy and Britain. Higher education costs and a thinner safety net for children struggling with hardships may be major contributing factors to the disparity. When it comes to higher education, high tuition in the United States makes it difficult for children from poor families to go to college, and those who do are more likely to drop out. Roughly 15 percent of Americans lived at or below the poverty line in 2012. Maybe the United States just needs to take a few pointers from its European counterparts. According to
the Washington Post, it has been documented for over a decade that Northern European countries are more successful at moving poor people up the social ladder than the U.S., although some dismiss the findings due to the difference of social structure in the U.S. compared to a place such as Denmark, which is mostly ethnically homogeneous, while the U.S. has many more broken and dysfunctional families than Canada and Europe do. Disadvantaged students in the U.S. suffer when they are denied outside help. A recent report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development draws attention to the fact that the United States is one of only three affluent na-
It’s time for a real change
By Chandler Copenheaver Co-arts editor
A few decades from now, 2013 will be a year that high school students write about for their history class essays. Our nieces and nephews in elementary school are going to be calling us to recount stories about the mass government surveillances through the NSA, exploits of one of the most widely hated congresses in U.S. history and the unmanned drone strikes that caused hundreds of civilian deaths in other countries. But what will come in the following years? How will
the American people react to the year where it all went downhill, where some of the worst scandals our government has ever pulled came out in the open for all to see? Personally, I see things only going up. American people have finally reached their limit of being lied to and manipulated. Probably the biggest issue last year was the NSA scandal. Many predicted that the powers originally granted in the Patriot Act of 2001 to aid the government in fighting terrorism could be easily abused. Through the roughly 200,000 documents released by former NSA contractor and CIA employee Edward Snowden, the world got to see just how many constitutional rights the government had violated. The NSA
spied on the emails, phone calls and internet activity of both American citizens and citizens of foreign countries. The government didn’t really help its image through the fumblings of Congress either. A poll conducted by Gallup in November 2013 revealed that Congress held only a nine percent approval rating. This was mostly due to the government shutdown, inability to come to a consensus on the Affordable Care Act or the lack of concern on issues facing the everyday person. The government’s actions affected further than just our own borders however. President Obama’s misuse of unmanned drones has yet to die down. Just last month a drone strike attacked a wedding convoy in
Yemen, killing 14 civilians. The website Drones Pitch Interactive paints a terrifying picture of just how much destruction drones have caused since the start of their use in 2004, stating that out of the drone strikes in Pakistan, only two percent of the casualties belonged to high profile threats. In Pakistan alone around 3,200 have died of drone strikes. Of these victims, sadly, 175 have been children. But will these be the true events to change the hearts and minds of American people? To spark a true fire in the engine of change? I think so. Before this year, how many people did you know that ever made big deals about the government on the scale that people have as of recent? More and
tions that spends more on richer students than on the disadvantaged. This basically ensures that poorer neighborhoods end up with the poorly funded schools, which helps to perpetuate the self-reinforcing cycle of under-funded schools, higher crime rates and social breakdown. It’s true that the United States does spend a lot of money on education, but most of it is on college education or is directed toward the already-advantaged in various ways. What is apparent is that the countries and parents that invest heavily in their children’s care and education end up with a much stronger ladder of opportunity and access as a result.
more I see people who normally couldn’t be less interested in news and politics go out of their way to educate themselves on the recent controversial events. These scandals and abuses of power have brought a new spark to the American people to recreate their government as a true government by the people, for the people. In the next few years, we’re going to see a rise in activism with American citizens wanting to play a bigger part in their government. New congressmen will be elected, and politicians will start to be held more accountable. All in all, despite many saying the state of things will only get worse, I predict we’ll see a slow yet visible climb back to a stable and prosperous country.
Don’t do it for the Vine
By Kristen Shipley E-mag Editor in chief
“Do it for the Vine! Do it for the Vine! Do it for the Vine!” As I see the various Vine links appear on my Twitter newsfeed preceded by things like, “This had me dying…(crying laughing emoji),” and “#(SomethingStupid).” I am tempted to view the six second shenanigans of singing, dancing, doing something funny, or unfortunately, fighting. Vine is an increasingly popular video sharing social media application that allows users to post short homemade videos. Recently, the viral video fight featuring “Sharkeisha” and the victim of a brutal assault has sparked humorous reaction videos, memes and even dances. According to the NY Daily News, the victim said she was shocked, surprised by the attack, suffered a black eye and split lip. Allegedly, the altercation started outside an apartment complex over boy “drama.” After over 12 million views online, Sharkeisha was arrested in Texas. The absurdity of this situation baffles and concerns
me. This girl became famous for fighting. Not for being an incredible singer, dancer, artist, or student. Not for making any important scientific discovery, helping impoverished youth, or raising money for charity. What does this say about our society? We glorify morally wrong acts in an effort to humor others. As teens, we think, “What can I do to get more likes, favorites, retweets, reposts, tags, or views?” I know it sounds cliché, and you have probably heard this before (or maybe not), but see if your post passes the grandmother test: would your grandmother approve of your post? Or would your foul mouth and sexual innuendos make her fall off her rocker? Whether you realize it or not, we are constantly being watched. Everything you do on the internet is saved into archives that can be easily retrieved by the tech savvy and the not-so-tech savvy. Video is the easiest way for people to identify you. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media just as much as any teenager. But, later in life, those videos you posted about “forgetting everybody” and “turning up” may just come back to haunt you in more ways than one. Vine videos can be funny, but can you spare me the WWE: Backyard Brawl edition? I challenge you to post something positive. The little girl or boy who just fought cancer, reVine that.
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By Khaliah Nelson STAFF WRITER
“Smh, omg!” Texting is the best thing since sliced bread. I use it every day. It’s a great resource to use, but it isn’t such a great tool when people start to use it in place of grammar, school assignments, formal letters and emails. It’s not texting anymore. It’s called text slang. As usual with any controversial topic, there are two sides. John McWhorter is the author of What language is (and What it isn’t and what it could be) and partner professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. McWhorter said, “... LOL signals basic empathy between texters, easing tension and creating a sense of equality...LOL, of all things, is grammar.” I can’t disagree with what McWhorter is saying. He is conveying a very intellectual idea, but I have to disagree with the concept. While he can say that text slang has grammar,
what about punctuation and capitalization? Punctuation and capitalization are a part of grammar too. Text slang would make more sense for high school students to incorporate into their everyday learning. Haven’t we been taught proper grammar since primary school? We learn these big words that we use through out middle school and high school, but not many kids are even using them correctly. Instead, kids are incorporating text slang into their everyday lives, it’s how many converse electronically with one another and adults. When my generation gets older and we have jobs and obligations, no one is going to take us seriously if we use text talk. Let’s be honest, no employer is going to hire a person that uses text slang in a resume or cover letter. Text slang is quick, and America is all about fast production, from McDonald’s drive thru to velcro to light speed wifi to wisp toothbrushes. Writing should not be thrown into the mix. The generations soon to come should know the sweet nectar of words and how they evolve into a world of their own that can entice and enchant their readers. Text slang may never be able to compete with that but in the end new words are developing so why not use them?
Page 10 January 2014 Continued from page 1 “...People take it with sleeping pills and they go on a trip,” he said. Drugs like cocaine and morphine are considered Class 2 controlled substances because of their addictiveness. Because Adderall is also a Class 2 drug, selling it is considered a felony. Another senior, Nick*, is currently undergoing a clinical trial of 10 mg Adderall pills by taking two half-pills
The Prowler Continued: Do the grades Add(erall) up? cause he believes if he didn’t take the drug, he wouldn’t do as well. Nick has experimented with Adderall in the past. He said it is a gateway drug to more severe pills like Molly. “You think, ‘wow, this little pill did this to me’ so you want to experiment,” he said. Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration stated in their May 2009 issue, “As an amphetamine, Adderall is among the
“You think, ‘wow, this little pill did this to me’ so you want to experiment” Nick* per day for his undiagnosed ADD. However, this is not the first time Nick has taken the drug. He usually takes two pills before sports games, working out, homecoming, and parties. Nick’s friend would steal them from his little brother who has ADHD, but Nick never knew exactly what the pills were until recently. “We just called them ‘focus pills’,” he said, adding that his friend’s little brother’s prescription is stronger than the trial he is on now. He never researched the drug before taking it, but said he could have easily gotten the drug elsewhere from other people who are prescribed it, but don’t take it every day. Nick believes it increases his performance levels, not only in school, but dancing and playing sports as well. He deals with the side effects, tricks played on his eyes, be-
group of legally approved drugs classified as having the highest potential for dependence or abuse.” The National Institute on Drug Abuse backs this by reporting that Adderall is the fifth most commonly abused prescription medication among high school seniors like Nick. When Nick is on Molly and takes Adderall, he said the Adderall eliminates the effects of Molly, and he also can’t tell when he’s on Adderall if he’s already drunk. This effect only makes him want to do more of the other drugs to feel the effects again, which can lead to an overdose. And what about when Nick is with his friends who take it without a prescription? “(We) don’t only like the focusing aspect; it’s cheap and easy to get and gets us as high as weed does.” More teens today say it’s easier to acquire prescrip-
tion drugs than it is to buy beer, according to a survey done by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. Rachel*, a senior, even takes a few pills from her 10 year old brother’s 35 mg. prescription during finals week. “I figure if it’s safe for him, it’s safe for me,” she said. But the number of young adults who have needed emergency care after taking prescribed stimulants such as Adderall has quadrupled over the past six years, according to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The report found that of the patients abusing prescription and over-the-counter drugs, 22,949 visits were accounted for in 2011. More than half of these patients got the drugs from a friend and/ or relative at no cost and 17 percent bought them from a friend and/or relative. Rachel has even seen her friends’ personalities altered while on Adderall; sometimes she has to explain to them how irritable they are. She said there’s a problem with how doctors prescribe the drug; of the 12 people she knows who use the drug, she says a few were prescribed it without ever being diagnosed with ADD or ADHD. Her brother needed to go through a psychological evaluation and his therapist needed to talk to his teachers to be sure it is a focusing problem and not something else distracting him. Story continues onto page 11
Side effects of Adderall Common trouble sleeping headache
racing heartbeat paranoia weight loss
Serious permanent eyesight changes/blurred vision psychosis
irregular heart rhythms
hallucinations heightened blood pressure aggressive behavior stomach ache weakness or numbness of limbs
fainting seizures muscle spasms
The usual dose of Adderall is 2.5-60 mg daily administered through one to three doses. The students interviewed by The Prowler were taking multiple pills of 10-50 mg daily, which surpasses the “safe” amount.
Adderall: More than just a ‘focus pill’ Continued from page 10 “They need to evaluate the problem other than just ADHD or ADD before they give them the drug,” she said. One local physician’s assistant weighed in on the reality of prescribing this “gateway drug.” Dr. Joanne Richard-Pears, a certified physician’s assistant of White Rose Family Practice, will only prescribe Adderall to those with a definite diagnosis. “I need a psychologist to weigh in to prove that the symptoms are new before I even think of giving someone the drug,” Pears said. “I can’t imagine why other physicians would prescribe it to someone who just claims they have focusing problems, but apparently they do.” In a survey done by the USCience Review Journal, 95 percent of students said they “were able to obtain a false diagnosis of ADHD by faking symptoms on one of the most commonly used self-reporting scales.” However, this scale is just one tool Pears uses to diagnose her patients. Alyssa* is a senior who has been an observer to those who take Adderall; she said it alters personality. She once even had to help keep a friend from getting into a fight while on the drug. Another student from across the field was aggravating him and trying to fight him. “It was all he could think about, he kept watching what the kid was saying and doing,” Alyssa said. She said she believes that if he weren’t on Adderall, he would’ve been able to let go of the fight and move on.
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The facts no addict considered
The side effects of Adderall are largely the same as those for cocaine or speed.
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Social media affects Adderall use
Twitter has gotten its dose of Adderall as well. Accounts like “Adderall had me” have jokingly mentioned the side effects of Adderall, using examples every teen can relate to: not sleeping enough because of so much time spent studying, juggling extracurriculars and trying to have a social life to keep them sane. Tweets from the account include, “Adderall had me completing all my New Year’s resolutions in a day,” and “Adderall had me typing 10 page essays for classes I don’t take.” Lead researcher Carl Hanson, a professor of health science at Brigham Young University in Utah, said in a news release on a study about the relationship between Twitter and Adderall, “Our concern is that the more it becomes a social norm in online conversation, the higher risk there is of more people abusing it.” The Brigham Young study followed thousands of tweets in 2013. Twitter mentions of Adderall showed up alongside those mentioning sleep deprivation, loss of appetite, alcohol and stimulant use, and several other recreational drugs.
the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services shows that 90 percent of college students (of-age and underage) who ingested Adderall illegally also binge drank or qualified as “heavy drinkers.”
Adderall is a Schedule II Controlled Substance, meaning anyone caught with pills not prescribed by a doctor face the same criminal charges as those found with meth.
Even patients with ADD or ADHD who are watched carefully by doctors while taking Adderall have died due to the stimulant, according to WebMD.
Mixing Adderall with alcohol can cause “sudden overdose”, meaning just one pill while drinking can hospitalize someone for severe intestinal distress, depending on body chemistry.
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Five study habits
Many teens don’t need Adderall and the risks along with it to get through finals. Here are five great study techniques to apply to your studies, courtesy of policymic.com
1. Coffee In moderation, caffeine can get the job done. It keeps you awake and refreshed for each class and study session. Tea or soda work as well.
5. Good study spots Pick a few places where you tend to study such as your bedroom desk, a library, or even the basement. Stick to these spots every time you sit down to study and you will begin to associate those areas with work and productivity.
4. A planner Getting (and staying) organized is a really important skill to have. Planning your week and keeping a to-do list can help you get your priorities straight and remind you of what needs to get done - and when.
2. Self Control app
Self Control is a free app you can download on a Mac computer. It blocks websites that you “blacklist” and your browser will act as if it is offline when you try to access those sites. It can be set for a certain number of hours, depending on how much work you have to do.
Illustration courtesy of MCT Campus.
3. Short breaks It doesn’t make sense to sit down and crank out studying for five or more hours, it’s unrealistic for any person. Taking short mental breaks will make you feel re-energized. Taking a short walk, playing with your dog, grabbing a granola bar, or even taking a quick nap will be smart for your brain and your body.
No-Makeup Day: Inner beauty is key By Khaliah Nelson STAFF WRITER
Photo by Erin O’Neill
Caitlin Leppo-Reed realizes now that everyone has a story, and behind every story is a reason for his or her actions and behavior. Leppo-Reed, a junior at Central, said that she became so “depressed” in middle school, she felt as though she had no one to turn to. Fortunately, the love she had for her family overshadowed her temporary unhappiness. Due to this period in her life, Leppo-Reed seems to have pushed forward and began to plan the first-ever No Makeup Day at Central York High School, set for March 24. “I found out about National No Make-up Day because my stepmom told me that her school did it. And she teaches at Delone Catholic.” Delone requested that the girls wear no make up, a simple white t-shirt, and their hair pulled back into a ponytail, said Leppo-Reed. “They posted notes up
on all the girls’ lockers with a inspirational quote on it,” said Leppo-Reed referring to Delone Catholic’s No Makeup Day. Leppo-Reed seems to be following a similar path. Instead of posting encouraging notes on lockers, she plans to make 200 posters with quotes on them. LeppoReed said, “We are going to hang up compliment flyers’ which are flyers that you can rip off the bottom like free compliments…and we are going to handwrite them.” Molly Barker, founder of Girls on the Run and Caitlin Boyle, editor of Operation Beautiful site and self-employed writer began “The Naked Face Project” together, now known as No Makeup Day. “Caitlin Boyle kind of inspired me to make it more than just about makeup -- to make it more about inner beauty as well and not discriminating, hating or stereotyping. More of a ‘We love ourselves and we love
Junior Leppo-Reed instructs other young women how to see themselves in a more positive light on Jan. 14 as part of her makeup-free self-esteem initiative.
everybody else for the way they are born’,” said LeppoReed. Leppo-Reed said she plans on incorporating the boys into No Makeup Day. “We are not 100 percent sure how we are going to incorporate them yet. I talked to Mr. Caufman and he said he was going to think up an activity for the boys to do during the assembly we are going to have on the day of the event- that ties into inner beauty and accepting people for the way they are and who they are.” Throughout, the assembly three guest speakers will be visiting Central: Lori Burkholder, the Morning News Anchor for WGAL, Dr. Deborah Bernal, Medical Director with Wellspan Health and Maria Montero, Executive Director of the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Latino Affairs (GACLA). Leppo-Reed hopes to see some male students who are “well known and respectable” advocating for natural beauty on camera, so these ads can be played on CTV in the morning and to the female students on that day. “My own personal goal is to have more girls realize that they don’t need to put on tons of makeup like most girls do nowadays. I want to have girls realize that people do actually care about who they are and that there are those who bully and those that will point out all your flaws but there are still people out there that do care about your feelings.”
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Holiday drive another success By Nick Sheckells STAFF WRITER
The holidays are usually a time filled with happiness, giving, family and gratefulness. But for some, they are the complete opposite, with stress due to financial issues or even traumatic events, Central York School District faculty, students, community members and administration turned that around for hundreds of district residents that faced such trials this season. The holiday drive is run every year in which the students, faculty, administrators and support staff help to buy, divide and wrap gifts for families in need across the district. Many volunteers
helped turn the event into a success, from the people who created the website to the elementary schools collecting toiletry items. These gifts included anything from personal care items to toys and clothes, with an emphasis put on functional winter-weather items such as gloves and coats. This year, over 1,500 gifts were purchased along with more than $2,250 in food gift cards. Eric Shellenberger, a Central York High School guidance counselor said, “We have a diverse socioeconomic school district and we definitely have families who struggle financial-
ly and need the help. It is so
nice to know where our support is going and it is helping our Central family.” Shellenberger has been in charge of this Holiday Drive for 18 years, along with Shelly Eaton, North Hills Elementary School librarian and Michelle Hopkins, Central York Middle School math teacher. Last year, Future Educators of America, run by biology teacher Julie Rafferty, volunteered their time to help. Christina Altland, 12, was a past member of FEA. Altland said, “I really enjoyed helping out with the holiday drive. It’s great to see Central not only caring for their students, but their families as well.” Jim Fahringer, former fourth grade teacher at North Hills Elementary, started the holiday drive in 1990. He started the Central Holiday Drive out of the back of his Jeep. He would deliver food and clothing to the needy families of the district, said Shellenberger. This year, the holiday drive will be helping 84 different families with 231 children. Shellenberger said, “My hope is that we acknowledge the caring staff at Central who help to make this all happen. It is a great day to be a panther!”
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56th Annual Grammy Awards predictions By Chandler Copenheaver Co-ARts editor
The 56th Annual Grammy Awards show will be airing January 26, and with a year that consisted of everything from a Black Sabbath reunion album to a music video containing naked women for a song that literally everyones’ mom loved, this certainly was a colorful and packed year for music. Here are some of The Prowler’s Art Section’s predictions for this years nominees.
Last Year’s Winners:
Record of the Year
“Somebody that I Used to Know”- Gotye ft. Kimbra
Album of the Year
“Babel”- Mumford and Sons
Best Pop Vocal Album “Stronger”- Kelly Clarkson
Best Rock Album “El Camino”The Black Keys
Best Alternative Music Album “Making Mirros”- Gotye
Best Rap Album “Take Care”- Drake
Best Country Album “Uncaged”Zack Brown Band
Best Urban Contemporary Album “Channel Orange”Frank Ocean
Record of the Year
“Get Lucky”- Daft Punk ft. Pharrell Williams “Radioactive”- Imagine Dragons “Royals”- Lorde “Locked out of Heaven”- Bruno Mars ”Blurred Lines”- Robin Thicke ft. T.I. and Pharrell Williams It’s a toss up between “Get Lucky” and “Royals.” “Get Lucky” arguably had the wider appeal and overall catchier sound, but the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) might not want to give up the chance to recognize a 17-year-old with such talent as Lorde’s. The others, while popular, weren’t as musically unique. Best Pop Vocal Album
“Paradise”- Lana Del Rey “Pure Heroine”- Lorde “Unorthodox Jukebox”- Bruno Mars “Blurred Lines”- Robin Thicke “The 20/20 Experience- The Complete Experience”- Justin Timberlake We could see anyone but Thicke winning this. While “Blurred Lines” was on a constant repeat for radio stations, his album didn’t really produce any other hits. If the NARAS goes traditional pop, “Unorthodox Jukebox” will probably win. But if they go for promoting the more experimental sounds of the year, “The 20/20 Experience” or “Paradise” stand good chances to win. “Pure Heroine” will get it if the NARAS chooses to sweep with Lorde this year.
Best Alternative Music Album
“The Worse Things Get...”- Neko Case “Trouble Will Find Me”- The National “Hesitation Marks”- Nine Inch Nails “Lonerism”- Tame Impala “Modern Vampires of the City”Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend stands the best chance, being the most widely loved name on this list. However, with The National’s recent explosion in popularity over recent years, we wouldn’t be surprised if the NARAS takes the chance this year to finally recognize them. Both Tame Impala and Neko Case’s albums were praised as well, so they aren’t entirely out of the running. The NARAS don’t ever go for music as what’s as dark on “Hesitation Marks”, so that probably won’t be in the forefront of their minds.
Album of the Year
“The Blessed Unrest”- Sara Bareilles “Random Access Memories”- Daft Punk “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”- Kendrick Lamar “The Heist”- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “Red”- Taylor Swift Another toss up for this section: both “Random Access Memories” and “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” have the best chance. Both were critically acclaimed by both independent centric and mainstream centric reviewers as well as having an appeal to a wide audience. However, “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” might just have the smallest of uphill advantage. “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City” is considered to be by many a true masterpiece and a progressive step forward for the genre, while “Random Access Memories” is more celebrated as just an entertaining album.
Best Rock Album
“13”- Black Sabbath “The Next Day”- David Bowie “Mechanical Bull”- Kings of Leon “Celebration Day”- Led Zeppelin “…Like Clockwork”- Queens of the Stone Age “Psychedelic Pill”- Neil Young & Crazy Horse
“… Like Clockwork” was one of the best-reviewed albums this year, so it probably has the best chance. However, the NARAS won’t turn down a chance to award classically renowned artists so Black Sabbath, Bowie, Led Zepplin, or Young could all take home the prize. Mechanical Bull seemed a little too middle of the road to overtake it’s much stronger counterparts.
Best Rap Album
“Nothing Was the Same”- Drake “Magna Carta… Holy Grail”- Jay-Z “Good Kid, M.A.A.D City”- Kendrick Lamar “Yeezus”- Kanye West “The Heist”- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
If Lamar doesn’t win for Album of the Year, he’ll win this hands down. If he gets Album of the Year, then the NARAS will most likely follow the trend of the major music publications this year and give best rap album of the year to “Yeezus.” The other nominees, while they were hit albums, didn’t stand out as critically as Lamar’s or West’s albums.
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The iconic woman opens up about her personal life on her new album. By Kristen Shipley On the prowl editor-In-Chief The 17-time-Grammy-award-winning artist collaborated with her hus Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter. Musician. Actress. Businesswoman. band Jay Z for the song “Drunk In Love,” a carefree song with a beach vibe, Designer. Wife. Mother. Sister. The illustrious list of titles continues. as seen in the video. With over 6.3 million streams so far, this single easily Most people think of celebrities as larger than life. They put them on a serves as the album’s number one track. pedestal and expect them to be perfect, flawless, glamorous and someone In the song “Flawless” Beyoncé explores feminism with a clip from Nithey may aspire to be. However, celebrities are human. They have some of gerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: “But why do we teach girls to the same emotions, thoughts, views and relationships as everyone else in the aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?” With catchy dance world. On Beyoncé’s new self-titled album she reveals a part of herself that moves reminiscent of “Single Ladies” and a heavy bass, Beyoncé reminds we rarely see from celebrities: vulnerability. the ladies that no matter what, they are flawless. In the beginning, Beyoncé The Houston native’s 14-track “visual album,” which includes 17 music chants about her reign as pop queen by telling other celebrities to “bow videos gives fans a glimpse into her reality. She opens with the song “Pretty down.” This controversial part of the song was released earlier this year and Hurts” in which she explores the unrealistic received some criticism. Other standout songs beauty standards within society. “Perfection include, “Heaven” in which she sings about is a disease of a nation...It’s the soul that needs “At this point in my life that is what I am losing a loved one; “Superpower,” a smooth the surgery,” Beyoncé sang. In the video, she striving for: Growth, love, happiness and duet with Frank Ocean; “Mine,” an upbeat prepares herself for a pageant and shows the collaboration with rapper Drake; “No Angel” fun. Enjoy your life; it’s short.” ugly side pageants can bring out in women. a song about imperfection and “Blue,” a tribIn part of the video Beyoncé dons her pixie ute to the newest addition to the Carter famBeyoncé Carter cut, which she revealed earlier this year via ily, baby Blue Ivy, who also speaks at the end her Instagram account, something different of the record and is featured with mom in the for the popstar who usually wears long locks. music video shot in Brazil. Then, there is a recurring trophy image which starts in the first video: Throughout the album, Beyoncé interludes old clips from her perfor“The trophy represents all the sacrifices I made as a kid, all the time that I lost mances as a child, including her defining Star Search performance when being on the road, in the studio as a child. I just wanna blow that [stuff] up,” her group lost, though she expected them to win. Her sister Solange, friends she said in an interview released on her YouTube channel. Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams also make guest appearances in her In “Haunted,” ‘Queen Bey’ sings about the monotony of the music in- videos. The DVD includes three additional videos: Grown Woman, Ghost dustry and why she wants to change it, at least, for herself. “All these record and Yoncé. labels are boring. I don’t trust these record labels I’m touring,” she sings. Beyoncé’s dedication, creativity and talent shine through on her fifth Beyoncé maintained her creative control as executive producer of the al- album. If you are not already a Beyoncé fan, you will be after hearing and bum and the visionary behind the concepts. “My message behind this album seeing this album. was finding the beauty in imperfection,” she said in a video she released “At this point in my life that is what I am striving for: Growth, love, hapexplaining her album. piness and fun. Enjoy your life; it’s short.”
#2: Midnight Memories One Direction
#4: “Frozen” Soundtrack
#3: The Marshall Mathers LP 2 Eminem
#5: Prism Katy Perry
*As of the week of January 11
#6: Blame It All On My Roots: Five Decades Of Influences Garth Brooks #7: Pure Heroine Lorde
#8: Bangerz Miley Cyrus #9: Night Visions Imagine Dragons #10: Now 48 Various Artists
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Local poet inspires York City By Sydney Fuhrman MANAGING editor pop
Carla Christopher, York City’s Poet Laureate of 20122013, believes that there is a poet inside everyone. She values poetry as an art form, and her love for this art runs deeply. “Poetry is the language of emotion, the language of the heart,” she said. Christopher has won several awards and crafts poems for special occasions in and around the city. As Poet Laureate for York City, Christopher writes and reads poems for events like a new city hall opening or holidays. She said she also visits schools to perform her poetry and teach workshops. “[The Poet Laureate] has a duty to spread appreciation for poetry and the literary arts in the community,” she said. Poetry has always been a passion of Christopher. She said it is her “first love” and her “favored form of expres-
sion.” This passion led her to attend a workshop run by the previous Poet Laureate, Carol Clark Williams. Williams encouraged Christopher to apply for the position, and although nervous, Christopher did as advised. Christopher said, “I truly believe there is no human being on earth who can’t benefit from poetry in their
topher’s term is coming to a close. Her successor will be announced in February by Mayor Kim Bracey, following interviews among the top candidates. “You need teaching skills, writing skills, the ability to create work in different styles and on different topics. Flexibility and organizational skills. A love of people and the ability to put on a good performance,” Christopher said. “And you should also be a little scared that you’re not good enough to do any of these things.” Above all else, the position is meant to inspire and connect people to the world around them. Ream said, “I think the greatest aspect of writing is that it is accessible to so many different kinds of people.” “As much as being Poet Laureate is about helping others, it’s also an opportunity to learn and grow for the poet that fills the post. I am a much better writer, performer and cultural advocate than I was before taking the position,” Christopher said. The next Poet Laureate must encourage the citizens to unite and embrace the beauty of poetry. As Christopher’s poem, “In 5.3 Square Miles,” reads, “We are York City.” Through the Poet Laureate’s writings, the city is brought together whether its people realize it or not.
“I am a much better writer, performer and cultural advocate [now].” Carla Christopher
life.” “I didn’t know about this position until now,” senior Elena Ream said, “I think it’s a great thing to have.” As an aspiring poet, senior Ream has won a silver key award in the Scholastic Writing Awards, a national writing competition, and has been published in the Pegasus Poetry collection, a local poetry contest. The Poet Laureate must also be wellrounded. “I did spend years as both a teacher and a caseworker, as I always intended, but as an artist, I now teach, mentor, advocate and write and create,” Christopher said. Though mildly unknown, the position of Poet Laureate is one that must be Carla Christopher, the 2012-2013 Poet Lau- filled. With the deadline of January 31 for reate of York, actively participates in Berk’s applications soon Bard’s monthly reading at Goggleworks in approaching, ChrisReading last June. (Submitted photo).
Arts Poetry Out Loud
The Prowler spoke with last year’s Poetry Out Loud winner Kristen Shipley to give advice for this year’s competitors.
Q: What is Poetry Out Loud? A: “Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation contest. You select two poems to memorize and recite at the school level and the judges grade you on accuracy, understanding and presentation.”
Q: Why did you decide to do Poetry Out Loud? A: “I have always loved reading and writing poetry. The competition was something fun I thought I could try. It also gives me practice with public speaking.”
Q: What advice can you give to those competing? A: “The biggest piece of advice I can give is that you can do it! If you are even the least bit interested, challenge yourself to sign up and compete. It’s a very cool experience and I think you can learn a lot about yourself.”
Q: What’s the hardest part about the competition? A: “The hardest part of the competition is remembering the poems. It’s important to pick ones that you can understand and relate to. Otherwise, they will be easy to forget and you won’t feel comfortable presenting.”
Q: Why would you recommend this competition to others? A: ‘I would recommend this competition because it’s a different form of artistic expression. Not everyone can draw or paint or act, but the ability to evoke emotion into the written word serves as another art form. The chance to advance and win a scholarship is also a nice perk. Public speaking is an invaluable skill and this competition lets you practice that.”
The Prowler Laager: ‘You have to give everything...’
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Seasoned artist visits Central students. By Mickayla Miller EDITOR-IN-CHIEF OF POP
Early one December morning, students gathered in art teacher Andrew Wertz’s room with doughnuts and coffee. A man came into the room with a large portfolio in his hands. Everyone watched with awe as he set up the presentation. “Mr. Ken Laager, if you’re ready, take it away,” Wertz said. The students replied with a roaring applause. Immediately afterward, Laager called everyone into the middle of the room. He pulled a couple of art pieces covered in wax paper out of his portfolio. Laager laughed while explaining that he owned very little of his artwork he created. “This is my livelihood, and I only get paid when I sell a paint-
ing,” he said. As he removed the wax paper, everyone, including Wertz, gasped. That first painting “The Polar Night,” showed a polar bear and the Aurora Borealis. “My inspiration came from an experience I had about 15 years ago. My young son and I were headed up to deer camp… It was the first and only time that I’ve ever seen the northern lights,” Laager said. “I just had to paint it.” Afterwards, he explained his painting processes. He said he does a lot of research, and even goes as far as to recreate the things he is painting, such as a dog sled that he designed in his backyard, complete with powdered laundry soap to reenact the snow. He also uses models, references and props. Unlike most artists, he actually suggests the use of photographs
Laager’s “The Polar Night.” (Art credit to Ken Laager).
as references. “It’s a tool, but it does not do the work for us,” he said. Laager has been painting for about 40 years, and said he still loves what he does. “It’s not something you can clock out from; it’s something you are,” he said. Ever since the first grade, Laager has identified himself as an artist. “The only thing that’s changed is the progressive development of my work,” he said. “I did not get this education in school; I sought it out.” While he explained that the fundamentals are critically important, he also said a lot of emotion goes into his paintings. “This is the stuff you make pictures out of… The overwhelming emotions,” he said. “You have to give everything or
Laager’s “The Jungle Book.” (Art credit to Ken Laager).
you’re going to get very little in return.” One of the most emotional paintings he showed was one called “O-Kee-Pa; The Mandan Sun Dance.” OKee-Pa, as he explained, is a ritual that the Mandan people used to propel their men into adulthood. The painting included a colorfully painted man holding himself by suspension to the roof through the muscles of his chest while the tribe watched. If the man went into a spiritual, altered state, then he was proved to be a man. Before ending the discussion, he emphasized that paintings “are a one-frame movie. You have to tell the story the best you can with that one frame. [It’s impor-
tant to] focus on a single mood, theme or idea, and everything must harmonize with that one idea,” he said. He showed the students the rest of his paintings on an overhead projector. “[The paintings] were beautiful. Most of them took my breath away… Even though I’m not interested in the wild western world, the art he makes was captivating enough to interest me,” senior art student Kaden Petry said. Petry was one among many fascinated with Laager’s art. “It’s not a field to look into if you are not willing to make practical sacrifices,” Laager said. “We do it because it’s what we do best; what we love to do.”
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February Arts Calendar
We’ve pulled together the best albums, movies, holidays and school arts events happening for the upcoming month. Check and see if your biggest anticipations made our calendar! Sunday
National Freedom Day
Four Chaplains day
Thank a Mailman day Albums:
Bombay BicYcle Club- “See You Tomorrow”
50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ Ed Sullivan SHow Performance
Do a grouch a favor day
National Umbrella Day
Random Acts of Kindness day
National Banana Bread Day
White Shirt Day
National Weatherman’s Day
Ledisi- “The Truth”
national battery Chocolate mint day day Albums: Guided by voices“Motivational jumpsuit”
National Albums: Tortilla Chip Day The Fray“Helios”
National Pistachio Day
Lame Duck Day
High school Open House
Winter olympics opening ceremony
Boy Scout day
World Radio Day
World DAy of social justice
“The Lego Movie” “The monuments men”
“Robocop” “Winter’s Tale”
International Mother Language Day
International polar bear day
Rare Disease Awareness Day
Central’s Musical SpamAlot @ 7:30 pm
Singles Awareness day
World Thinking Day
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Student section The Prowler
Photo by Erin O’Neill
“(I’m looking forward to) getting to play in front of our amazing student section.We have a great home court advantage.” Coach Schieler
By Katelyn Dermes opinions editor Dylan Zavetsky, the 2013-2014 Central York Ice Hockey captain, reminds his players that safety on the ice is always important. “Always skate with your head up, play smart and concussions can easily be prevented,” said Zavetsky, a senior. For the past two years, the Central York Ice Hockey team has added stop signs to the back of their jerseys that remind players not to hit other players from behind to prevent concussions. Concussion rates are increasing in high school sports, ice hockey being the second sport in leading concussions of the season, according to Heath and Safety Channel, a website dedicated
‘Safety on the ice is always important’
Photo byKatelyn Dermes
Dylan Zavetsky shows his jersey featuring the stop sign.
to ensuring safety to athletes all over the United States, provided by mothers. Zavetsky said that safety is important especially since he has experienced careless injuries that could have been prevented from practicing safety first. Zavetsky has had
six concussions. His first concussion resulted in unconsciousness because he was hit from behind. The other five, he explained, were from not playing with his head up. He has also had two broken ribs, a separated shoulder, broken clavicle or collarbone
and four broken fingers. “It’s smart to play safe, but kids end up getting too emotional and won’t play with their heads, which causes stupid injuries,” said Zavetsky, a defenseman. Improvements have been made in the past two years to decrease the number of concussions in high school ice hockey. Head contact will result in players get punished with a penalty referred to as the “2 and a 10.” A “2 and a 10” means the player with the penalty spends a full 12 minutes in the box while another teammate serves a two minutes in the penalty box for the player who made the original penalty, leaving the ice empty of two players. The two minute is for the penalty itself and the 10 minute is for the
misconduct because it is an illegal type of play. For hits from behind, if the player is injured, someone serves a five minute penalty and then the player who made the penalty is kicked off the ice for the rest of the game and sits the next game as well. Adam Linker, assistant captain, said, “The 2 and a 10 penalty slows players down because it sacrifices the good players and hurts the team.” “As much reminding that you do on the team, you can’t stop your players from hits when they are in the heat of the moment. I’m guilty of it,” said Zavetsky. Zavetsky also explains that he thinks the stop signs had good intentions and the publicity looks good, but a stop sign is not enough to stop a hit.
CTE becomes a growing concern By Madi Hughes co-sports editor
“You’ve been diagnosed with CTE.” A sentence that no athlete wants to hear is unfortunately becoming more and more common in the world of professional sports. According to the Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, CTE, or Chronic Traumatic
Encephalopathy, is a progressive degenerative disease of the brain found in athletes with a history of repetitive brain trauma, usually from concussions. Recent reports have been published confirming that CTE has been found in many retired professional athletes who have a history of repetitive brain trauma. This trauma triggers deterioration of the brain tissue. These changes in the brain can begin months, years, or even decades after the last brain trauma or end of involvement in athletics. The brain degeneration is associated with memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, impulse control problems and depression.
“All concussions are serious and should be treated as such,” said Certified Athletic Trainer, Richard Guinan. Ryan Freel, a former MLB player who committed suicide last year was suffering from CTE. According to ESPN, Freel had sustained ten or more concussions during his career as a professional baseball player. Freel was suffering from Stage II CTE when he died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound. In Stage II, victims experience headaches, loss of attention, depression and memory loss. The body of former NFL linebacker, Jovan Belcher, is also being exhumed to find out if CTE had played a role in the murder-suicide where
he took his girlfriend’s life, and then his own. According to CNN, the only way to diagnose CTE is after death by analyzing brain tissue and finding microscopic clumps of an abnormal protein called tau. Tau has been found in the brains of dozens of former NFL players, including Junior Seau, Dave Duerson, Terry Long and Shane Dronett, who all committed suicide. Other athletes who have acquired multiple concussions and demonstrated erratic behavior are Justin Strzelczyk, who died in a high-speed chase and Chris Henry who died after falling from the bed of a moving pickup during a fight.
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Kyle Baublitz: Should he have left Penn State football?
By Nick Noleff CO-SPORTS EDITOR Only the best high school football players reach the college level, and only the top college players make it to the professional level. The odds that a high school player will play in college are slim, but Central’s own Kyle Baublitz made it to that level. Baublitz played defensive end and tight end
in high school for the Panthers. He played at such a high level, that he received a scholarship to play at Penn State, where he just finished his last season for the Lions. Baublitz redshirted his freshman year at Penn State, meaning that he sat his entire freshman season. However, because he redshirted, he did gain an extra year of eligibility to play football. However, he is opting to not come back and play his senior season at Penn State. Baublitz wants to become a social studies teacher like his father, which is why he majored in education at Penn State.
I personally believe he should stay and play his senior season at Penn State next year. As I stated earlier, only a few people get the chance to play football at the college level and even fewer play at the professional level. Baublitz was able to play in college and if he put up another solid season with Penn State next season, he might be able to play in the NFL. He wants to become a teacher, but being a teacher is not the highest paying job, especially when you compare it to being a professional athlete. Now Baublitz went to Penn State on a full scholarship, so he is already ahead financially then most people
his age coming out of college. By staying at Penn State next season, he probably could have caught on with a NFL team, at least as an undrafted free agent. Even if he would be able to only play for a couple of seasons at league minimum, it would be worth it. According to NBC Sports, the league minimum salary for undrafted rookies in the NFL was $375,000 in 2011. That means that if he would be able to stay with a team for even one season, he would make that much money. That type of money could help anyone, especially a kid out of college. I agree that Baublitz should follow his dream of
becoming a teacher, but he has the chance to set himself up for the future by trying to play in the NFL. There is no guarantee that he would even make the NFL, but if he did, it would really benefit his future. A question is posed now with Baublitz leaving, a question that will probably follow him for the rest of his life; what would have happened if he stayed?
plan on student teaching at State College High School in hopes to land a job, and to follow in his father’s footsteps as a history teacher. Kyle’s decision is one that many believe to be “stupid,” but who are we to make that decision? Kyle admitted that he had never dreamed of being in the NFL, and his chances were not high either. Kyle Baublitz is simply facing reality. Personally I would make the same decision that Kyle has made. We must realize what our purposes are in life. It is important to learn how to move forward, and go further into our dreams. Kyle had been playing football for many years, and he
has left a legacy that many at Central will remember. He made a decision that will put him on the path to a future he wants. A decision that has direction. He
made the decision to do something, and to not wait for something to happen to him. A decision that should be respected and revered for all it is worth.
By Breaun Randle GUEST WRITER Sometimes we never know what our next step in life will be. However we are still forced to make decisions that will certainly affect our future. These decisions are ones that we will not be able to take back. These decisions are ones that birth controversy. These decisions are ones that only we, ourselves, can make. Kyle Baublitz, a junior at Penn State University and
a graduate of Central York High School, recently made one of these decisions. Kyle was one of the many defensive starters on Penn State’s football team, and he had a breakout season this year. He recorded his most (four) tackles in one game. Kyle was a great football player and one of the greatest to come out of Central York High School. However, Kyle decided to put an end to his football career. Two games before the season was over Kyle announced that he would not partake in his senior season. “I’m just ready to move on with my life.” Kyle announced during a post game interview. Instead of playing football, he will
Baulblitz Stats 2013-14 - 18 total tackles - 3 sacks - Blocked kick versus Michigan to help win the game
Breaun has played three years of CYHS varsity football. This year he started at running back and made first team All County this fall. He is unsure where he’ll attend college but hopes to play Division II or III football. He also has met Kyle Baublitz. Want to be featured in the next edition of the Prowler? Stop by room 165, or talk to one of the Prowler editors!
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“It’s surreeal to me because I didn’t expect to be getting a chance to play for them,” said Clemens. “It’s a dream come true.” Clemens will be making a change of position when he moves to State College. As an outside hitter for the last four years, his focus was to attack the ball and to pass. While at Penn State, Clemens will be a Libero and play defense primarily. “I’ll be working with the assistant coach of the school team and my club teams head coach, Todd Goodling, to help prepare for the position change,” Clemens said. “He basically taught me everything I know about volleyball.” Clemens did not recieve any other Division I offers to play volleyball, and only re-
Photo by Geoffrey Hamme
By Sean Innerst Sports editor With two national championships, two runner-ups, and 28 Final Four appearances, Penn State University is known around the country as a volleyball contender every year, both men’s and women’s. This year, Central York senior Royce Clemens, has decided that he will play next year for Penn State in the spring of 2014. “It’s an awesome experience, and to play for one of the best programs in the country will be an honor,” said Clemens. “I’m excited to be part of the family next year.” Clemens will follow in his brother and sister’s footsteps and become the third person in his family to attend Penn State.
Clemens as he signs his national letter of intent to Penn State, pictured are, top row from left Todd Goodling, Brad Livingston, Marty Trimmer, bottom row from left Chris Clemens, Royce Clemens, and Matt Clemens.
cieved a few from Division II and III, which made the offer that much more surprising. “I think it’s the right place for me to go to get better,” said Clemens. “The head coach, Mark Pavlik, was a setter for Penn State himself, and brought them a national championship. I think he’ll make the transition easier for me when I get there.” Clemens plans to redshirt his first season. This means that he will practice with the team, attend classes, but will not compete in the team’s games. By redshirting, this will allow him to better learn the position from the starting Libero, Connor Curry, who will be a senior. While at Penn State, Clemens said he plans to major in business and get involved with a lot of other clubs and activities, including THON. During high school, Clemens played soccer and basketball in the fall and winter, but said he will not pursue them in college, and will not attempt to walk-on. Clemens’s high school teammate of four years, Alex Klunk, said that playing with him has been a great experience, and that you can learn something from him that you might not pick up from a coach. “His leadership and knowledge are far ahead of anyone else’s on the court, and this makes him a great teammate,” said Klunk. “As a friend off the court, he’s a trustworthy person
Photo by Matt Emsimger
Clemens: Panther to a Lion
and he’ll always have your back, which is displayed on the court,” Klunk said. Both Clemens and Klunk agree that this year’s team in the spring is closer than ever, and are poised for a state run in their final season together. As the Panthers prepare for the upcoming season in the spring, the team feels they are ready to compete at a high level.
After falling short of their goals in last years state tournament, the Panthers will look to make a return to the state finals, where they last played in 2011. Returning a majority of players from last season, the team will be led by Clemens, Klunk and third year starter Dylan Hose.
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Winter player profiles
This January we selected, with the help of their coaches, a few stand-out players to share why they love their sport. By Caroline Hughes MANAGING EDITOR
73% foul shots made
Grade: 12 Sport: Basketball Position: Shooting Guard Why she’s a key player: Coach Wisner said, “Alexis has taken on a leadership role this year as one of three seniors. We look to her to be a key scorer and handling the ball against pressure defenses. Her personality is such that she keeps everything light and diffuses pressure situations. She’s able to use her quickness to be an aggressive player as well.” Favorite moment in sport: “Beating Kennard Dale. That was the first time we won against them in five or six years. So far all the teams that have killed us in the past, we’ve only been losing by three (points).” What motivates her: “Everyone is so positive and there are no conflicts. Coach Potts always has something motivating to say.” Favorite quote: “Some people want it to happen, some people wish it to happen, others make it happen.” - Michael Jordan
69.7% 54% foul shots made
overall shots made
Grade: 11 Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Why he’s a key player: Coach Schieler said, “He’s our leading scorer and was voted as a captain by his teammates despite being a junior. He can guard multiple spots and is known to pick up his teammates. I like to think coaches yell, but captains teach, and Sam teaches his teammates how to fix themselves when I’m doing the yelling.” Favorite moment in sport: “The York High game in general; I can’t remember the last time we beat them. That was huge for us.” What motivates him: “We set goals at the beginning of the season, like district playoffs and a county championship, thinking that each game is essential to achieve these goals. A lot of times people say they want to make stuff happen but they don’t want to put in the effort. It’s also easy to play for a coach who is so entheusiastic about the game.” Team motto: “When people make mistakes and get down the team is there to say ‘next play’.” Favorite quote: “We cannot solve our problems when we use the same thinking we used when we created them.” - Albert Einstein
penalty minutes game-winning goal
Grade: 12 Sport: Ice Hockey Position: Defense Why he’s a key player: Coach Rick Lefever said, “He’s our captain and our most experienced; he’s been playing varsity hockey for four years. He’s very dedicated and plays at every practice and will play any position you ask him to play. He posseses more skill and experience than anybody on the team, since he’s been playing since he was four years old.” Favorite moment in sport: “When our team gets hyped up to go play.” Motto on team: “There are no individuals on our team. We win and lose as a team.” Role model: Erik Karlsson, Swedish professional ice hockey defenseman for the Ottawa Senators What motivates him: “The love of the game motivates me, and my dad when he’s there to watch.” Favorite quote: “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” - Wayne Gretzky
Junior Sam Saxton, a guard for the varsity boys’ basketball team, dribbles the basketball before shooting at a victorious home game against Northeastern. (Photo by Erin O’Neill).
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