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Students Pay up to Play it up. Find out how much sports cost.
The endless hunt for that perfect job.
Couponing is a very good way to save money while shopping.
News photo by kristina dunlap
What does it cost to be you?
New Boyz, New Album.
Will you choose to go to college or go straight to work?
Austin Amos, Olivia Barrows, Abigail Bridgett, Tamika Christiansen, Micah Costello, Amanda French, Ladonna Gomez, Nicholas Hess, Kelsey Knight, Michaela Looft, Ashleigh Miller, Kenzi Rhoades, Christopher Ruckman, Santi Rung-Aroon, Tiffini Sampson, Selena Sanchez, Isidro Treto.
Alecia Cole (Editor-in-Cheif ) Anthony Calacino (Design Editor) Ashleigh Miller (Section Editor) Garret Mulnix (Section Editor) Darcy Hall (Adviser)
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Letter From the Editor Dear readers,
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Money, we earn it, we spend it, and we beg for it from our parents. Many of us are looking for jobs or already have them. We have to have money for everything. To drive to school, to buy clothes, food, and to buy things we want, the list goes on and on. How many of us actually know where our money goes after we spend it? Like what our school fees pay for when we supposedly have “free education.” Why doesn’t the school district have money to pay for the things that they usually pay for? These are the questions that many of us have about our money and where it is really going. Then there are those of us who spend way too much money, period, and then when all of our hard earned money is gone that’s when our parents become the bank. Let’s do our parents a favor and learn how to budget our own money then we wouldn’t be asking them for money all the time. Everyone should learn how to budget their money so that we can make sure that we have enough money for everything we need or want even if that means you have to save your money for a couple months to buy something you really want. Read our tips and hints on how to spend money and learn where your money really goes. Sincerely, Alecia Cole
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Amanda French Staff Writer All students have their wants, needs, and desires, like the newest music player, going to the movies with friends, going out to eat, new clothes, gas money, etc. but to be able to have or do any of this requires a job. As told by some of our students, finding a job is easier said than done. There are numerous reasons why an employer may or may not hire a high school student, whether it’s because of the lack of experience or knowledge, how the student presented themselves, the conflict of finding a workable schedule, or competing with older, more experienced workers. Sophomore Alisha Jones said, “It’s really hard to find a job, because your young and people don’t want to hire young people.” The Average employer won’t hire anyone under the age of sixteen; this has to do with the experience level, liability, and maturity. Freshmen Tiarra McCullough said, “It’s hard to get a job. Nobody wants to hire a 14 year old!” Not to say that younger kids aren’t just as qualified as the
sixteen year old across the street is, but it means that there will be a better chance at an older age. Even being part of a family that owns a business, doesn’t guarantee that a student will have a job. This is a scenario that Junior Kayla Fisher knows all too well, Fisher said, “My uncle owns a business, and I can’t even get a job there.” While having a family member that owns a business my look like a “Slam Dunk” opportunity, the business that is owned may require a higher level of education. Being a student means going to school. For some, making time in their schedule can be a problem. Especially when also doing a sport. Senior Mecia Dearth said, “Well high school athletes have to devote time to practice and schoolwork, so time for a job is very limited with the amount of spare time athletes have, if any.“ All these activities can make it hard on not only the student, but the employer as well. Dearth also said scheduling is, “…a nightmare for the employer.” When going job hunting it is best to have a plan, and know how to prepare, and present yourself to the authority that will be hiring. According to jobsearch.about.com and “The Job Guide for Youth” by The Colorado
Hunting for that Job Department of Labor and Employment, there are some very essential, but simple steps in making a great first impression. Before even leaving the house, make sure to know some information about the company. Then the first step is putting together a resume, it doesn’t have to be anything big, just a little information about oneself, and don’t leave anything blank. If something doesn’t apply, just put “N/A”. Even if someone hasn’t worked a day in their life, giving the employer a resume of what they have done (baby-sitting, walking the neighbor’s dog, etc.) will tell them they are eager to work for the company, and have some kind of work ethic. Second, Appearance! This doesn’t mean a suit and tie, but instead just look presentable (Nice jeans, shirt, and no holes!) in other words “make sure Grandma would approve.” Third off, be ready for rejection, no one applying for a job is guaranteed to get it! Be ready for the word “No”. Fourth, be careful when it comes to attitude, be calm, be confident, and be respectful. Last and foremost follow up. Nothing says “I want that job” more than calling a week or so later to “show a willingness to get involved and be responsible.”
How Was Your Job Hunt? Sophomore Karolina Latek
“I applied for a lifeguard job, and I got it!”
Junior Jesus Gil
“I applied for two jobs, and I got them both!”
Senior Mecia Dearth
“I applied for one and I got it.”
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Recruited for Savings Olivia Barrows Staff Writer On Black Friday 2010, freshman Katie Duncan stood outside of Sports Authority, freezing. The temperature wasn’t over thirty degrees and the time was three in the morning. Some people were only in line for the promise of free sporting goods, but others were hard-core like the couple behind Duncan who had radios so they could communicate where they were in line to each other. Why would people of any kind be up before the sun, colder than ice cubes? People do it for the savings. Katie was recruited by her mother, Mary Duncan, to wait in line at Sports Authority for the savings. Sports Authority was giving out gift cards of ranging values to those who wanted to wait for the store’s opening at 4:30 a.m.
The minutes ticked by as Katie and her friend waited for Sports Authority to open its doors. Everyone was breathing in puffs of steam and nursing their Starbucks. When the doors of Sports Authority did open and Katie and her friend made their way to the front of the line, there was a feeling of accomplishment. Because to walk away with a coupon that could possibly be worth 50% off would be like scoring the winning touchdown at the Super Bowl. “The coupon ended up only being worth $5 off a purchase of $100, so standing outside was only worth $5,” Katie said. Her mother though, found a big box of Legos that were only five dollars, and so Duncan got to stand in line for those too. The Duncan family later lost the box of Legos they spent an hour and a half waiting for. All
How freshman Katie Duncan froze her fingers, waited for hours, and went to two stores, just to save $5.
that time waiting and the five dollars to buy the Legos was for nothing. Katie said, “Black Friday was fun but not worth standing outside for an hour and a half at Target and an hour and a half at
“The coupon ended up only being worth $5 off a purchase of $100, so standing outside was only worth $5.”
Sports Authority.” Not everyone wants to wait an hour in line for a box of Legos, but people still like to score great deals on everyday items. Mary said that she
bought deli made salads for fifty cents when they had once been four dollars. To get great every day deals like the salads, one doesn’t have to stand in line for hours but just pay attention to the sales and coupons currently going on. Mary said that her favorite place to find coupons and sales is the Sunday paper and also a website called The Grocery Game. Mary also said a great way to save is to make sure that items have been scanned correctly at the checkout and marked correctly. She always makes a point to check receipts and even go back to the cashier if there is a discrepancy between the sale price and the price that was paid. Katie said, “It’s embarrassing because we will be at the store and the cashier won’t scan an item correctly, and my mom makes a big scene and we’re
there for an extra half-hour.” Saving money in these tough economic times is important, but saving money doesn’t have to be an embarrassing moment. As Mary said, there are many online sites where one can get free items and Wal-Mart matches any price. Students most likely won’t need a five dollar box of Legos or salads for fifty cents, but saving money is important at any age. Mary said she teaches her children to be money conscious by preferring to buy things on sale, and Katie said that students need to know how to save for cars and apartments later in life. Be creative; get online, go through the newspaper, stand outside in the freezing cold, there are many ways to save money at any age. All someone has to do is be aware of deals and hopefully stay warm.
What do you do to stay healthy without spending a lot of money? Katie Duncan
“I take walks after I do my homework, after dinner.”
“I exercise a lot and eat a lot of vegetables.”
“I can just eat and eat because I have a fast metabolism.”
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What is the Cost of Organic? Type of Food
Macaroni & Cheese
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What Does it Cost to Be You Kristina Dunlap Section Editor With adulthood quickly approaching it is wise to learn saving habits. Whether students have a job, earn allowance, or earn money in other ways, it is smart to start saving, even if it is just a small portion. According to “8 Financial Tips for Young Adults” by Investopedia, saving young is beneficial because it allows interest to accumulate. Saving young is smart because individuals gain experience with money before adulthood. The tips from Investopedia include: learning self-control, taking control of your financial future, knowing where your money goes, starting an emergency fund, start saving for retirement, learning how
taxes operate, start saving for health insurance, and protecting your wealth with insurance. Although these tips don’t work for high school students, they are good to keep in mind. Setting a budget is never a bad idea because you know how much money you have and where you spend it. Students generally earn money through jobs, baby-sitting, or chores around the house. Students who are able to leave campus often spend money on lunch and gas. There are expenses as a teen but as an adult, there are many more expenses so it is smart to learn how to spend and save now. With proper saving, you may be able to have the car of your dreams in a few years.
Tyler Graham Senior
Ryan Hughes Senior
Karma Mitchell Senior
Gabby Thompson Sophomore
Danny Thomas Senior
“Over the summer I had a monthly budget. I would try to only spend $150 out of my pay. I worked for my uncle at his ranch. I spend money on basketball shoes and clothes. I spend money on lunch during the school year. I don’t work during school, so that money is from my summer job.”
“I spend $55 a month for food and gas. I get my money by selling monkeys on the black market. Actually I take my mom’s paycheck and I ask for my tax cut every year but I never get it. I spend money on everything. Stupid US Bank charges $7 randomly and then I end of over drafting. Last week I dropped $20 at YoGo Mojo.”
“I don’t have a monthly budget. I get spending money from babysitting and my parents pay for my gas, insurance, school supplies and other small things that are needed. I usually save my money or spend a small amount on off-campus lunch. I try not to spend money unless I need to.”
“I don’t really have a monthly budget. My dad gives me about $25 a week for lunch and on occasion if I do extra things around the house I earn more money. I spend money on jewelry and school spirit T-shirts.“
“I do not have a budget. I haven’t looked for a job yet and with the economy, I doubt I could one even within the next year. I do not have to pay for lunch. At home, money is spend on food, gas and bills.”
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What it Costs to “Just Do It”
Kelsey Knight Staff Writer
Tennis is an incredibly demanding sport, and not just when it comes to physical fitness. To play any sport, you have to pay a price. Some people may think that the money needed to participate in Tennis is a little steep, but for those who love to pay the game, it’s a different story. Sophomore Drake Giese has been playing Tennis for seven years, and thinks it is worth the money. After $300 on average for summer camps and $500 for equipment a year, he is still playing and enjoying every moment of it. Sophomore John Lenard doesn’t think that the cost of Tennis is the reason why more kids don’t play. “It’s more the location (Central High School) and the fact that no one really highlights it like football or volleyball.” Tennis is a very challenging sport, both for fitness and financially, but it’s worth it once you have the hang of it. You don’t have to have a wealthy family to play tennis, because there are ways to help pay for the program.
Austin Amos Staff Writer
Every sport cost $110 just to play, but what about the extra costs, all the gear that is needed, the camps during the summer, all the little things? Jenna Lucas plays softball, a $110 dollars out of her pocket just to start the sport; she has to buy a glove, another $50 to $100 dollars depending on quality, Cleats are $20-$50 dollars, depending on quality. Over the summer, camps were free, which saved money in the long run. Lucas said “Bats are what cost the most, but some of the players don’t have bats, so some of them are just shared.” Some bats for fast pitch softball can cost upwards of $300. After totaling it up, some players could spend up to $600 just for one sport, not to mention the other nine sports. Playing sports can be expensive, so remember, it adds up.
How Much Do Sports Cost You? Holland Honeysutt, Freshman
Kori Main, Junior “It [volleyball] cost $110 it sign up, but with camps and stuff it’s $250ish.”
“It [marching band] costs $50 a season plus uniform rental. Yeah it’s worth it.”
Drake Buford, Freshman
Shalyn Billing, Senior “It [softball] costs probably $150ish; yeah it’s worth it.”
“$110. Yeah [its worth it to play football].”
Golf Cost Isidro Treto Design Editor The amazing sport of Golf Golf is one of the most prestigious sports on the planet. It’s not only for old people that have no time but also for young kids too. Kyler Smith has been playing golf all his life. He started at the age of 4 and was taught by his dad and grandpa. After all those years of playing Smith has become a star athlete. It costs about “400-1000, depending on the things you achieve and need to buy”. It gets more expensive when “having to buy new clubs” but, “its worth the time and money put into it” says Smith. He spends about 600 dollars on his equipment buying new clubs and balls. He spends, “no money on camps because he just goes to rifle to play with his dad to train and get better”. He however does spend lots of time on the sport just because he loves to play and wants to get even better than he already is. “It’s definitely worth all the time and money put into it”, said Smith. He however has been on the varsity golf team since his freshmen year and is the best player of the Grand Valley.
Cheer Cost Ashleigh Miller Design Editor •Camp-$230 •Camp Clothes-$250 •Nationals-$300 •Nike uniforms -$100 •Shoes-$90 •White uniforms -$150 •Warm ups 1-$150 •Warm ups 2-$75 •Bows-$10 •Spankees-$40 Total: $1720 Senior Jade Foster said, “Cheer is expensive, but it’s totally worth every penny. There are many ways to pay for it too, Coach Arledge helps out, and so does fundraising. The more money you make through fundraisers the less cheerleading costs for you.”
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The Price Tag on a Free Education Anthony Calacino Design Editor $7,633 is the difference in the amount of money the Government spends on each student in the public school system since 1961, to 2010. That’s adjusted for inflation. With the increase in spending, hopefully test scores would rise as well. However, a new test results from the College Board found that the class of 2011 had the all-time lowest reading score of any other class that has taken the SAT. Math and writing both also lost points from the year before. Many students like junior Cohen Turner have felt that the public school system is not enough. Even with the 7,000+ increase in education spending, students are less and less
prepared for college. “Definitely [spending money on college credit exams was worth it], because even though I didn’t pass an AP test, if I hadn’t have taken it, I wouldn’t have even had the opportunity to get the college credit. As for the PSAT and ACT, I think it is really nice to know what the test is like, so then you are prepared for that when you take it for real, and that way you can focus on the content of the test more,” said Turner. Turner has taken enough tests between middle school and high school to total $250 of her own money spent on testing. “I didn’t really think about how much it added up to [costing] in the end, I just knew it would be helping me out to be prepared for when I take the SAT/ACT for college applications so I would be more likely
to do better, and I knew that I would get credit for the AP classes and the $80 to do those was much less than having to take the course over again and pay the college for it.” Turner expects her total testing bill to add up to over $1000 by the time she graduates from High School and the IB program. Turner hopes the pre-college credit will help her chances at scholarships, and acceptance into private schools. For those benefits, she’s willing to pay the price now, so that in the future, the price is a little less. “I think in the end it might [spending money on testing will be worth it], but since I am aware I will be taking them and the costs now, I am able to save for them so it won’t have as big of an affect when it comes time to pay for them,” said Turner.
Even if students manage to get one to two years of college credit in High School, without scholarships, students will have to pay up no matter what. Getting all of that money for school has also gotten harder, with the average college tuition increasing by 500% since 2000. “[To help pay for college] I am looking into scholarships and grants, and my parents have saved some money, and I plan to do a work-study program,” said Turner. Even after all of the precollege credit, the average college graduate walks out with a diploma and a $20,000 debt. The US supposedly offers any student a free public education. However, in the past decade, our education has gone from an opportunity, to a product on the shelf with a huge price tag, with no discount; ever. The system went from benefitting all, to benefiting the wealthy. Those who must rely on scholarships and student loans risk their education to chance, and luck. Paying for college has become a nightmare, and left many students in a deep hole, trying to dig their way out. Future college grads are keeping their heads up
though. They are hoping that the recession will end, and bring more money to scholarships and grants, along with more job opportunities as well. Students in High School are hoping testing will become more affordable. Teachers and administrators are hoping that budget cuts don’t get any deeper. In the end, it seems everyone is hoping. Whether it’s for a miracle, or just light at the end of the tunnel, it all funnels down to one hope. That something, or someone, changes the education system for the better. This is hoping that the education system is not beyond repair. The price tag needs to be ripped off, and one day because of it, higher education will be available to every student who wants one. “I think it [the price tag on education is so high] because the teachers are paid well, and there really isn’t any other way to be trained/educated in a field without going to higher education. I think it should have a value because someone with a PHD for example is definitely worth more education/work wise than someone with a GED, and that education pays off in the long run,” said Turner .
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Go to College, or Go to Work Abigail Bridgett Staff Writer LIFE, the game that simulates a person’s travels, the choices made cause different twists and turns. What is the first choice one always makes when beginning this game…? Go to college or work right out of high school? This choice will determine if one will be surviving or succeeding. The appeal of going straight to work is obvious. Get out into the real world, start
making money, be a grown up. However sometimes just taking the time to go to college can make a real difference in the long run. Lowell Bridgett, an eighteen year employee with the Department of Labor said, “Labor statistics and my own observations show that college graduates are unemployed at half the rate of the average.” Bridgett also said “when I am assisting someone in finding a job, a college diploma will increase the quality of jobs one is being offered.” Better jobs, mean better salaries.
In the course of a lifetime, the average college graduate will make one million more than a high school graduate. This is because having more education results in superior jobs, which result in higher salaries. College isn’t always right for everyone. Students who aren’t successful in high school will probably not be successful in college. These students will be less likely to graduate or graduate with lower GPA’s, which won’t help someone find a better job or have a large salary. There are always a few outliers, for
example Abraham Lincoln, Walt Disney, John Rockefeller, Michael Dell, Bill Gates, Henry Ford, and Mark Zuckerberg. These are all famous and successful men who either didn’t attend college or dropped out. All in all, college isn’t right for people who won’t do the work or aren’t passionate for learning. It may just leave one buried in debt. In addition just because one doesn’t graduate from college doesn’t mean they won’t be successful. Nonetheless a successful college experience can improve ones future considerably.
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Cash for a Clunker Kelsey Knight Staff Writer On August 10th, Trevor Talbott and two friends were driving down to River Bend Park when Talbott’s truck took an unexpected turn. When the day was expected to be full of fun and games, it was full of regret and trouble. Talbott flipped his truck trying to avoid a hazard in the road. No one was hurt, but his F-250 was barley salvageable. Talbott was more than relieved to find his friends unharmed in his sideways truck. “Trucks are replaceable, friends aren’t.” Talbott said. Witnesses nearby saw the accident and called 911. Police and news crews were soon there and interrogating anyone who was in the accident or saw it. Our own teacher, Mr. Steele, was there to calm Talbott down
and get everything under control. “I was just going for a jog with my dog, when I saw Trevor and said hey, then went on with my day. I heard a loud crash, turned around and saw the huge cloud of dust.” Mr. Steele ran over to see if everyone was unharmed. Even once things had calmed down, he stayed around. None of the boys in the accident really wanted to be ambushed by the reporters so Mr.Steele took it upon himself to keep the boys out of the way of pictures and questions. After overwhelming reporters, Talbott was more than happy to go home. Friends and family visited him, making sure he was okay and not too shaken up. The day after the crash, Talbott was online and calling around for a new truck. With school approaching fast and work not slowing down, Talbott’s lack of a
truck wasn’t very practical. Now more cautious, Talbott has purchased a new truck and is taking more care of his actions on the road. He bought his new truck on Monday September 19th on Craigslist form a resident here in town. The new truck was $4,000, paid for by Talbott and his father. Now that Talbott has a new financial responsibility, he’s working harder than before. Talbott said “It’s my mistake to learn from.” So hopefully, this was just a onetime thing and we all learned our lesson. The penalties have not yet been discussed with the court. Talbott still has his license for now, but the court will be the one to decide the final outcome of the penalties and fees.
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Have You Ever Been In A Car Wreck?
Sophomore Brooke Barber “I have never been in a car crash and I have no fear of getting hit.”
Senior Corinna Roberts “She stopped too fast, so when I rammed my car into the back of her, it was her fault.”
Freshman Destine McFargland “When my family was driving, someone ran into the back of us and I flew two seats forward.”
Junior Katie O’Banion “I hit a deer one time, but instead of fixing it I just bought a new truck”
Teacher Lori Starr “I was 16 years old and following too close in the rain and crashed into the back of my friend.”
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Garrett Mulnix Sports Editor
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Band/Musician: New Boyz
“This lady is angry with a news anchor. Her facial expressions are priceless. “
Fat Kid Gets Owned “Its funny when people get owned but it’s even funnier when larger people get owned.“
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“Just another one of the usual ridiculous internet videos, rather comical though.“
The Money Shot “This guy is making some crazy shots with cards.”
UVA Wise Punt Return “Most of the kicking team gets owned on this punt return. “
New Boyz, Too Cool to Care is an album with some beats, percussion, and rapping with a hip hop influence. The tracks start slow with a simple whistle or drum beat. The track “Backseat” ft. The Cataracs & Dev is interesting. The track is decent due to the contributions from Cataracs & Dev. The following third track, “Crush on You,” sounds a lot like “Backseat.” It starts with whistling, then beats, then the New Boyz start rapping about their journey from the bottom of the world moving towards the top. The track “Meet My Mom” is different than the other three tracks. You could compare its style to Cee lo Green, being a new track with an oldies influence. If you like electronic music featuring no played instruments, and just vocals, this
album is for you. “Backseat” would be a good track to dance to, the beat and tempo is nice. It has a nice climax where the tempo and beat get more intense in the middle of the track. Its Catarac & Dev influence makes the track slightly better; however, I feel the album is still crummy. The tracks do have catchy choruses and beats; however I feel like talent is lacking. The second best track on the album next to “Backseat” is “Tough Kids”. This track features a guitar which is probably played by a computer. The track has a girl’s voice throughout it. This makes it more interesting, kind of like “Backseat”. The track “Backseat” seems to be popular among the young’uns. It is played in movies and dances everywhere. The track can be heard on the radio at least five times a day. If hip hop, is what you’re into you should check out Too Cool to Care.
Friday October 14 is the last day to turn in senior pictures with a $25 late fee. Bring them to Ms. Hallâ€™s box in the main office.
Upcoming Events: 10-11
Fall Choir Concert Support your singing bulldogs! In the auditorium, starts at 7:15 p.m.
Boys Varsity Soccer Cheer on your Bulldog soccer team play against Aspen. 4:00 pm, home game.
Varsity Football Home game against Eagle Valley, Starts at 7 p.m.
Varsity Volleyball Home game against Delta. Beat the panthers! Starts at 6:30 p.m.
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