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From the Editors
Editors-In-Chief Megan Lucas McKenzi Morris
Copy Chief Victoria Erb
Managing Editor Laura Hallas
Assistant Editors Zane Dean Maggie Rians
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what’s inside News Shooting team takes state Behind the scenes with Pride and Prejudice
Living the Young Life
District introduces JROTC program
Cover story High School: the side effects
cover graphic by Megan Lucas
A family affair
Staff Editorial: The importance of zzz’s
The earlier, the better
Sincerely, Stylish: Can you knot?
On Point: Reviews
photo essay 26 |
Going Global: Senior wrestler takes talents to Serbia
opinions Flipside: Chivalry
Brotherhood At Clark Stadium on Oct. 18, senior football captains Tejan Koroma, Cole Carter, Chad Adams and Mayomi Olootu walk hand in hand to midfield for the coin toss. The Eagles were victorious over the Plano West Wolves 77-37. photo by Saher Aqeel
Shooting team takes state story by Layal Zalkout // staff writer
lthough it was the shooting team’s first year in existence, the members still managed to make it to the state tournament this past June in San Antonio. The JV trap team placed first and the overall trap team placed second. The Youth Target Foundation, Scholastic Clay Target Program and the Midway USA Scholastic Shooting Foundation awarded the team $12,500 in endowments for their win. “I thought that our first year was going to be a dud,” junior Nolan Baker said. “I never dreamed that we would have taken state. [It] was pretty exciting when we won. It’s just a great feeling.” The team played against high schools from around Texas, including Coppell, Marcus and Argyle. Senior Warren Scott scored a 97 out of 100 in the 100 Bird American Trap event, placing third in the overall trap team individual. Junior Matthew Wright was just one point behind. In the 100 Bird Sporting Clays event, Baker and Wright both scored an 85. Junior Tyler Trinastich scored an 83 and junior Cameron Mehmken followed with an 82. “We were very excited to win,” coach Jason Anderson said. “Anytime you win anything, you’re excited. We were really impressed with ourselves.”
Classroom practices were held during the first semester last year at Lowery to teach the members about safety and handling a shotgun, as well as the basic concepts of the sport. In February the team began practicing twice a week at Elm Fork, a range in Dallas, where they shot trap, skeet and sporting clays. Sophomore Jonathan Moore said that shooting takes more mental focus than skill. “You can get down the basics, but everything after that is up in your head, [such as] saying that you don’t think you can do it,” Moore said. “So you have to get past that mental block, and then you’ll be set.” Some of the members had never shot a gun before and others joined the team to compete. After going to a few competitions, they had the chance to see how skilled their competitors were. “[The kids] saw that they had some competition,” Anderson said. “They had to work a little harder, and they definitely did.” Most of the team was eligible to go to the 2013 Texas Scholastic Clay Target Program State Championships in June. Moore said he remembers heading to San Antonio and seeing how large everything was at the tournament. “We drove up and just like every shooting place, if
you don’t look for it, you’re not going to see it,” Moore said. “[When we got there], I saw all these fields in front of me, and I was like, ‘Whoa, that’s big. That’s a big field.’” Allen came out on top with high scores in the 100 Bird American Trap event. In American Trap the shooter must shoot a clay target that comes out of the trap house in front of them. It shoots out targets 44 degrees to the left, right or straight out in front of the shooter. “We knew that if we kept practicing, we could win state,” Anderson said. “We knew that we had a good chance. I was very happy for the kids.” The members are now back on their practice routines. The team has expanded and practice is starting five months earlier than it did last year. There are around 95 members total with 22 coming from middle schools. Anderson said that with more members, the team is ready to win something bigger than state. “We’re preparing for regionals and state, but we’re really preparing for nationals,” Anderson said. “When you go to nationals, it’s a whole different ball game. We would be the only team from Texas to place [at the national level] if we did. We would like to be that team.”
the news angle government shutdown Congress ended the government shutdown on Oct. 16 after 16 days of debate over the issue of Obamacare. Republicans argued the current healthcare system, while the Democrats fought to keep Obamacare alive.
Deaf for a day In order to widen understanding of how it would feel to be deaf, American Sign Language students went “deaf for a day” on Oct. 24 to allow them to experience a loss of hearing. The students wore earplugs and could only communicate by writing on white boards and using sign language.
marching band contest Eagle Stadium hosted the Music for All’s Texas Dairy Queen Bands of America Regional contest on Oct. 12, which is one of America’s largest band competitions. Twenty-one Texas high school marching bands competed during the preliminary competition, and 10 bands advanced to the finals. In the end Hebron High School received the highest score of 87.30. compiled by Praneeka Muthu Raman and Maleeha Ahsanullah// staff writers
Living the young Life by Monica Martinez // staff writer
here are more than 2,531 schools across the country and 867 outreach ministries throughout 83 countries affiliated with Young Life, a Christian organization for teenagers. Starting off with only 11 students in 2003, the Allen area’s Young Life has now grown to a size of two to three hundred kids in the past several years. It is a schoolsponsored club as of last year. “We just want to be another place where kids can come be themselves,” Chris Trevathan, Young Life area director, said. Young Life meets every Monday at 7:29 p.m. at Greenville Oaks Church. “[We] start with a parking lot party, which is to make people feel like a family and get everyone there, and everyone’s just having a good time playing games. Then [we] get in and do a hype-up song, like a Taylor Swift song or Katy Perry. Then [we] do a game, which everyone is involved in,” senior Alyssa Silva said. “Then we do a Jesus song. We have a couple of things that we add in there. At the end of it is when [we] talk about theeagleangle.com
Jesus. One of the leaders goes up and pulls out the Bible and gives life references.” Young Life holds several events throughout the year, such as Mr. Christmas Tree Club, Halloween Club, Crud Wars and Paint Wars. “It’s the best,” senior Anthony McGaffin said. “We’ve got crazy Young Life leaders that just go up there and act a fool.” Crud Wars, a giant food fight, is Young Life’s event to kick off the school year. Halloween Club was a costume contest on Oct. 28 and Mr. Christmas Tree Club is a Christmas pageant for the guys of Young Life on Dec. 9. “It’s controlled chaos, a fun atmosphere for every kid,” Trevathan said. “Our goal is for every kid to walk out and say, ‘I can’t believe we just did that.’” Understanding the stresses high school students face today, leader and Young Life alumni Kim Jackson said she hopes Young Life will be the place where the stress can be forgotten. “Just the pressure to perform and succeed and make good grades is a lot for
Young Life club on Oct. 21 and 28. photos by Monica Martinez
someone who’s 16, 17 or 18 years old,” Jackson said. “I don’t know that any of us were made for that kind of pressure, especially not that young. We want them to have a place to go where they don’t feel that.” However, there is also a deeper purpose behind Young Life. “I hope [people get] more than just the fun aspect of it,” Silva said. “I mean the sole purpose is to get people to feel Jesus, so I’d love to see that.” Silva said that in order to convey that the club is about more than having a
be fun not just restrictive. It’s freedom.” Young Life also offers opportunities for more than just an opportunity to know Jesus. Trevathan said that they hope to allow students to develop life-lasting relationships with those around them. “That’s what drew me in as a high school student,” Jackson said. “I needed someone to show me they cared and that made a huge impact on me.” Young Life welcomes everyone with open arms,
“It’s not going to be Young Life that changes the kid. It’s going to be a relationship with Jesus. I think that’s what Young Life offers; a place to have fun and be free; for kids to see that a relationship with Jesus can be fun and not just restrictive. It’s freedom.” - area director Chris Trevathan good time, Young Life also focuses on emphasizing relationships. “It’s not going to be Young Life that changes the kid. It’s going to be a relationship with Jesus,” Trevathan said. “I think that’s what Young Life offers; a place to have fun and be free; for kids to see that a relationship with Jesus can
regardless of religious affiliations. “One of the unique things about Young Life is that we don’t turn someone down if they say ‘No, not for me,’” Jackson said. “I think that’s a pretty big impact, just unconditionally loving somebody, even when they don’t have an interest in what you’re trying to give them.”
behind the scenes with
story by Morgan Kiser // staff writer
s they take on the task of a fall production, Monday through Thursday, the theater program works behind the scenes to make “Pride and Prejudice” a success. “Pride and Prejudice” is a story of love and humor based in Georgian England. The characters’ lives are turned upside down when love begins to arise in the neighborhood. The play will be performed Nov. 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. With a production like “Pride And Prejudice,” the tech crew is behind the curtain working the lights, scenery, sound, movement between scenes, all the sets, tickets, ushering in and advertising. “It’s something new every day,” technical theater teacher Chris Trevino said. “We get faced with a challenge and us as designers and technicians have to figure out that challenge.” The backstage aspect of the play keeps everything
running smoothly while the actors perform on stage. Each person in the tech crew is assigned a specific job. There are three to five people working on the same task. “The tech crew is what pulls the show together,” sophomore Grace Krull, who plays Kitty Bennet, said. “They are backstage doing everything. Without them we wouldn’t have a show.” While the actors practice their lines, the tech crew steps in and starts to set up scenes and other aspects such as lights and sound in order for the actors to be able to go right into their acting. “We basically do everything besides the acting,” sophomore Hayley Richard, who does props, said. “If there wasn’t a tech crew, it would basically be a person in a dark theater rehearsing lines.” Students mostly lead the production. The teachers are there for the beginning rehearsals to train the students, and then they step back and only help when the
need arises. “Most of the times the students do it all on their own,” Trevino said. “I trust the students will be the crew and learn their position and know them, so I’m just there as a facilitator. But they do all the work.” The cast and crew work no less than eight hours a week to keep the progress of the production moving along. Tech crew has to attend two practices including technical rehearsals and the regular rehearsals with the actors after school. “During a performance backstage is very serious,” Richard said. “We aren’t strict and serious and ‘I hate you all,’ but we mess around with each other a lot. We do what needs to get done, but we have a good time doing it.” The students use this opportunity and take it seriously just like if they were professionals. Theater gives them an opportunity to express themselves and further their experience as actors and tech crew.
“I think I want to continue in college,” Krull said. “In theater you can be yourself and be weird and no one will judge you.” As the days of the performances come closer, the actors and tech crew prepare to showcase their talents. “I’m most excited to see everything come together and to know that the students produced this, the students worked on this, the students made the production,” Trevino said. Even though the actors and crew have two different jobs, they come together in the end to form one production. “It’s a really good reminder that there are lots of clogs in the machine you may say,” Richard said. “There are a lot of parts that need to get done, and each part is important you know, and the final product isn’t always what the people see, but you have to remember there are lots of people working really hard to get where they need to go.”
play set in England in the early 1800s, “Pride and Prejudice” follows the drama of Elizabeth Bennet and her family’s complicated lives. On Nov. 8 and 9, students will perform this story as the fall play. Seventy-five students auditioned for the parts of Mr. Bingley and Bennet as well as Mr. Darcy, Mr. Collins and other characters. Junior Jasonica Moore, who is playing Bennet, said she thought she wouldn’t get the part, but when she heard that she got the leading part, she was very excited. Moore said this was a show that everyone had to see, and she was glad she got this opportunity. “It’s a big deal to me,” Moore said. “I love acting. I think everyone should come see it. Even if you don’t think you’re a fan of literature, it’s an amazing story regardless.”
story by Deatrik Bledsoe // staff writer
Clockwise from above: Junior Chloe Baldwin practices a scene for the play. | Senior Sierra Owens uses her hand fan to create dramatic effect. | Senior Christian Aderholt kisses senior Sierra Owens on the hand. | Seniors Rachel Wright and David Garrett laugh with junior Matt Uselton during rehearsal. | Sophomore Alison Baron helps make curtains for the play. photos by Ashley Acosta and Bailey Wood theeagleangle.com
district introduces jrotc program story by Maggie Rians // assistant editor
Top: Standing at attention, Cadet Allan Robinson salutes Major Tom Connor during second period on Oct. 23. photo by Ashley Acosta Left: JROTC students Staff Sergeant Coleman Drost, First Lieutenant Ryan Baker, Staff Sergeant Kyle Lankford and Gunnery Sergeant Marcos Taveras present the colors at the Homecoming game Sep. 27. photo by Saher Aqeel
n order to teach students about military training and leadership, the Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) program officially started this August with approximately 350 members. “Allen is a model school when it comes to everything,” Sergeant Major Bruce Cole said. “There are kids who excel at different kinds of sports, and when you look at the number of the students who begin careers in the military, a large percentage of those kids will at least try for an enlistment. [I wish] I had this opportunity when I was in high school knowing that I was going to have a career in the military.” According to the United States JROTC website, JROTC, which started in 1916, is the Department of Defense’s largest youth developmental program. This program is a cooperative effort between the Military and high schools to create successful students and citizens, while also transforming the school into a more constructive and disciplined learning environment. “I thought [JROTC] was a good opportunity to gain more experience in the military forces and to try to get more discipline and to at least try to break my procrastination
habits,” sophomore Yaritza Arellano said. This past summer approximately 15 JROTC students attended a summer leadership camp to prepare for class and learn basic military practices such as marches and drills. These students served as leaders during boot camp, which started this past July after the leadership camp. In order to prepare for JROTC, approximately 15 to 50 students practiced drills and marches in this boot camp. “We rely heavily on a small group of students who came loyally and religiously all throughout the summer everyday, 8 o’clock in the morning,” Cole said. “It was completely voluntarily on their own, and they are a great bunch of kids and as a result, they are primarily the upperclassmen, and they make up the core of the regimental staff.” There are six JROTC classes, taught by Cole, Major Tom Connor and Master Sergeant David Robinson. In these classes the students learn about the basics of military training, discipline and leadership. The students are required to wear a Marine Corps uniform every Wednesday for an inspection. For the inspection the
HEy JROTC, are you going into the military? out of 71 JROTC students surveyed 1 army man = 2 JROTC students
Coast Guard: 1 Army: 4 Airforce: 5 undecided: 6 Navy: 7
None :7 Marines: 41
graphic by Megan Lucas
students are checked to see if their uniform, boots and hair meet the standards and requirements of JROTC. “I like wearing [the uniform], I just hate the people staring, and the stares get old after a while,” senior Mark Solomon said. “Overall, I like wearing it because it is pretty cool. It’s the uniform I am wanting to wear after high school.” Solomon is one of the students who participated in the leadership camp as well as boot camp, and is one of the three male captains. He said he decided to join JROTC because he plans to go into the military next year, and one of the reasons he wants to join is because his great theeagleangle.com
uncle was a general in the military, and a few of his other relatives have fought for our nation. “[Having family in the military] is one of those things where you got to be proud of it,” Solomon said. “Not everyone has a great uncle or a family member who was a general, and somewhere along the line on my dad’s side won the French version of the Medal of Honor.” As a member of JROTC, Connor said that he believes the biggest benefit of the program is that students gain familiarity with the Marine Corps. Connor said that if a student is going to the actual military forces boot camp and has been in the program
for four years, they will have an immense amount of knowledge, skills and drills, which will allow them to assume more leadership positions. “[JROTC] is a whole new culture, and boot camp is like new cultivation in a very rude and brutal way,” Connor said. “What [the students] can pick up from the program kind of softens the edges a bit, and it is a little bit easier to swallow when they can anticipate or see where things are coming from or understand the whole culture of the military.” Both Arellano and Solomon said that they see a future with the military forces. On Oct. 3 Solomon
officially swore into the armed forces, and he will be heading to boot camp next July for the Marine Corps. Arellano said that she wants to go into the military forces for a few years and then eventually become involved with the FBI. “[Students in JROTC] gain confidence, leadership, and if you’re going into the military, you can actually get scholarships from it,” Solomon said. “They will actually give you promotions in the military for a certain amount of JROTC experience, and it just gives you a sense of reality, how to work with others, how to take orders, just teamwork and confidence and leadership.”
story by Laura Hallas // managing editor
side effects may include stress, sleep deprivation, anxiety and depression. “I’m
exhausted.” “I’m not sleeping
well.” “I’m feeling down.” “I’m so behind in my grades, this is new for me.” “I don’t know what’s wrong with me.” “I don’t know what’s wrong with me.” These are the words repeated over and over in support counselor Jennifer Atencio’s office. Students who are anxious and depressed from the stresses of school come here to look for answers as to why high school has suddenly become such an overwhelming task.
Anxiety and Depression
The National Institute of Mental Health revealed in a survey that about eight percent of teens ages 13 to 18 have an anxiety disorder, a number supported by psychologist Robert Leahy’s claim that today’s average high school student has the same level of anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the early 1950s. A part of this 8 percent is junior Kaylee White. She was diagnosed with anxiety in ninth grade and depression in 11th. Symptoms of both disorders can include headaches, muscle tension, clammy hands, tightness of the chest, difficulty breathing and, in extreme cases, panic attacks. The pressures of advanced classes and band built up to the point where theeagleangle.com
she had her first public panic attack one day when her antidepressants stopped working. This was during her sophomore year, and the panic attacks continue on today. She said that while the panic attacks themselves only last a few seconds, it is the cycle of anxiety caused by having a panic attack that makes things spiral out of control. “It’s simple things [that trigger an attack],” White said. “It’s like a pressure cooker, and things just seep out.” Part-time freshman and sophomore nurse Benny Bolin said he is familiar with panic attacks, usually seeing about two a week. He also said most of the cases he sees are triggered by tests and homework that is not completed. “[Panic attacks] are pretty easy to spot,” Bolin said. “You have to get to the base of the problem, what is going on. You have to see if there is something outside the school or in the school. If it’s the test you just try and get them to calm down, have them sit in a quiet place and have them calm down for a while.” Since her first panic attack sophomore year, White has experienced others in places ranging from football games to classrooms. She said that for her, anxiety is about everything that she cannot control and for now that means school. Bolin said
that school and schoolrelated activities are probably the main cause of many students’ anxieties. “If I didn’t have to do school and band and there was a different way for me to get my education, it would relieve a lot of stress, definitely,” White said. “If I didn’t have to have tests or quizzes or important grades [I would have less stress], but you can’t not go to school.” Atencio said that when students with anxiety cannot come to school, it only adds to their stress as they then have make-up work to complete in addition to their other responsibilities. “It’s really hard to just stay on top of things because you just get behind so fast,” White said. “The next time [you go to a class you have missed] the homework is late now or you haven’t finished
it or it isn’t good, you didn’t understand it. And then make-up work is extremely hard.” Atencio said that anxiety also affects school performance by causing a lack of sleep, and that anxiety patients often get trapped in a violent cycle of thoughts when they have nothing to occupy themselves at night. “The next day [when] you go to school, you’re so tired,” White said. “And the worst feeling is waking up in the morning and feeling bad, still nauseous and beyond tired and really nervous. It’s kind of like an upset stomach throughout your whole body. Everything is out of whack.”
Sleep Deprivation Sleep deprivation does not affect students just with anxiety. According to the
“It’s simple things [that trigger an attack]. It’s like a pressure cooker, and things just seep out.”
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anxiety. According to the National Sleep Foundation, teens biologically require nine and one-fourth hours of sleep per night, but only eight percent sleep for that much time. In fact about two-thirds of high school students receive no more than seven hours of sleep. With this evidence it is not hard to see why a psychology professor at Vassar College compared teens to “walking zombies.” Senior Kevin Ruder said he is familiar with sleep loss as a full IB student and a member of the band. He sleeps for an average of four hours each night. “Eventually your entire cycle of life is messed up,” Ruder said. “You wake up in the morning, you go to school, you come home, you crash, you sleep until about nine, and then you get up and do your homework until school starts the next morning, and the cycle continues until your whole day gets messed up.” When teenagers sleep for less than seven hours, they may become irritable or agitated, Atencio said, which can even put them at risk for developing anxiety and depression. In addition, she said eating habits are impacted as sleep deprivation causes students to eat less healthy food and more junk food. Another problem is what teenagers eat or drink to stay up in the first place. According to LIVESTRONG’s website, caffeinated and sugar-filled drinks cause spikes in blood sugar and then a crash later on. “I have tried all of the staying awake techniques,” Ruder said. “Caffeine works
OK, but then you get that crash. With sugar the crash is 10 to 20 times worse. Energy drinks, Five Hour Energy doesn’t work. Red Bull works but goes through your veins eventually.” Bolin said he sees students suffering from lack of sleep even more frequently than from anxiety. Students will come in complaining of a headache or general exhaustion and simply have to take a nap. He said sleep loss dramatically decreases academic performance and inhibits cognitive reasoning. While aware of the negative side affects of sleep deprivation, Ruder still finds it necessary to stay up in order to complete all of his homework. “[There are] so many strategies for staying awake,” Ruder said. “From sticking your head in an ice bath of water to setting timers on your phone for every 30 minutes so that if you do fall asleep, you waste no more than 30 minutes in getting all of your homework done. So usually you work all night and sleep through your classes, and you end up falling farther and farther behind. It’s a vicious cycle.” A more deadly result of sleep loss is car wrecks. In a study by the National Sleep Foundation, drivers ages 17 to 24 who slept less than six hours a night were 20 percent more likely to be involved in a car crash over a twoyear period. For this reason Ruder’s mom will not allow him to drive himself to school after staying up past 3 a.m. “[Sleep deprivation] can cause you to feel kind of loopy,” Atencio said. “You aren’t quite there, which can also be very dangerous where
the students are driving.”
Even with these health implications, Ruder feels the need to push himself to the point of exhaustion. “I feel pressure that some people need to take higher level classes now,” Ruder said. “You hear of all of these college applicants who are getting accepted who have solved world hunger in Africa or discovered a new way for radiation therapy for cancer, but personally it is just that extra academic rigor that I hope will set me apart from other college applicants.” Atencio said that while she understands the pressures of applying for college, students shouldn’t be too focused on making it into a certain school. “No one asks me what my GPA was in high school, no one asks me what my GPA was in college, and rarely do people even ask me where I went to school,” Atencio said. “It’s more about the work you do after you finish school and how effective you are at your job.” Ruder also said that as someone who is considered smart, he feels additional pressure from his peers to perform well academically, so he is hesitant to drop out of any of his classes, though he has thought about it before. “Some of it that I think I’ve noticed in students as of late is that they don’t fully have the coping skills that maybe other students have had in the past, which I think kind of increases that anxiety,” Atencio said. “They get overwhelmed and just don’t know what to do with that. They don’t know
how to prioritize things or to genuinely say, you know, it’s OK to drop a class to on-level or something like that because they aren’t only feeling the pressure from family, but also that internal pressure that I’ve got to be something, that people will look down on me if I don’t.” Despite the pressure, Ruder has ways to cope with the stresses of school. Ruder uses a balloon filled with sand as a stress ball, has a collection of IB memes and a rewards system composed of small study breaks and snacks. “The stress of school, it’s something that you should pay attention to. I don’t think it should go unnoticed,” Ruder said. “I believe that having a more positive attitude will go more towards achieving the actual learning and understanding over the material than just getting the grades associated with the material. If you actually have that desire to learn, it alleviates much of the stress that you probably would encounter.” For those who visit Atencio and Bolin overcome with the stresses of school, they both advise students to take their health into consideration first. “It’s important that you be happy and healthy, so if you don’t get into UT or don’t get into the first college of your choice, it’s not going to be the end of your life,” Atencio said. “Sometimes that pressure’s internal, like I have to do this because otherwise I’ll be perceived by my peers as less worthy or less intelligent, but it’s just so much pressure for an 18-year-old that their whole life is hinging on where they go to college.”
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Going global Senior wrestler takes talents to Serbia story by Jarret Rogers // sports editor
ake up. Wrestle. Go to school. Wrestle again. Go to sleep. Repeat. These are the steps it takes to be a great wrestler. To be one of the best in the world, it has to be your life. That is what senior Bo Nickal has made it while proving this summer at the 2013 Cadet World Wrestling Championships that he is a dominant force in the world of wrestling. “His dedication to the sport has been unparalleled,” Bo’s father, Jason Nickal, said. “He practices more than any individual I have ever seen, and he spends more time preparing than anybody else. There are weekends where his friends are going to concerts or movies or just to hang out while he is working or preparing for events.” The 2013 Cadet World Wrestling Championships took place in Serbia from Aug. 20-25. The best wrestlers in the world from 10 weight classes and two styles, freestyle and GrecoRoman, poured into Serbia for the five-day competition. Bo represented the United States after winning the world team trials in Ohio. “I was pretty excited [to go to worlds] because the year before I got second at the trials,” Bo said. “I wanted to go pretty bad, and this was my last year in this age division, so I was pretty happy and excited.” In 2013 Nickal had a new
Top: Bo Nickal faces off against Ali Mojerloo of Iran in the bronze medal match at the 2013 Cadet Wrestling World Championship on August 25, 2013. Right: Nickal attempts to take control of Mojerloo as well as the match, but he ultimately fell by a score of 4-2. photos by T. R. Foley mindset while competing. When he arrived at the trials he knew what was going to come his way, and he said that was the biggest difference between qualifying and barely missing the cut in 2012. “It was probably more mental,” Bo said. “Last year was my first time, and so I was just more prepared for what [the competition] was about.” After his hand was lifted in victory in Ohio, the unfamiliarity of wrestling overseas set in. Bo has wrestled from coast to coast in the states, but the trip to
Serbia was his first competition against international opponents. “It was hard not knowing what to expect because I had never been [to Serbia] before,” Bo said. “You go out there, and you don’t really know how those guys compete or what their styles are.” Nickal’s weight class competed on the last day, so he had to watch four days of wrestling before getting on the mat himself. Jason said he believes the down time initially hurt Bo when his time to compete came. “I think just the
anticipation and nerves got to him, but once he started wrestling and realized that they put their shoes on the same way he does, he started wrestling a little bit better,” Jason said. Bo won his first match against Takashi Ishiguro of Japan but then fell to the eventual gold medal winner Batyrbek Tcakulov of Russia. By international wrestling rules Bo would not be knocked out until Tcakulov lost a match. With Tcakulov advancing to the finals, Bo was able to stay alive and win two matches to advance to the bronze medal match
where he lost to Iranian Ali Mojerloo. Bo came in fifth place out of 24 wrestlers in the 76 kilogram (167 pounds) division. “I was pretty disappointed because I felt like I didn’t wrestle my best match, and the guy I lost to first was from Russia, and he was decent,” Bo said. “He went on to win the whole thing, but I felt like I could have beaten him.” Whether or not Tcakulov would advance was not something Bo focused on. He said with advice from those around him, he stayed prepared to wrestle at anytime. “I was just watching [Tcakulov] getting mentally ready to wrestle,” Bo said. “My coaches and parents were telling me to stay ready because he was going to make it to the finals. So I just expected him to and just kept
telling myself I was going to wrestle no matter what.” Bo was the third consecutive participant that Allen has sent to the championships. Last year Jack Bass competed in the 69 kilogram (152 pounds)
program as a whole. “It gives you a lot of notoriety, and it gives the team a lot of notoriety because this is the third year in a row we have had a kid compete on the world team at the cadet level,” Best said.
“It’s nice to know if I wrestle to my potential then I can
win gold.” division, and the year before Oliver Pierce competed at 69 kilograms as well. Wrestling coach Jerry Best said having participants at the world level not only betters the wrestler personally, but it also helps the wrestling
Senior Bo Nickal
“Anytime you can get that type of press, it’s a great deal.” His performance at the world championships has already begun to open more doors for Bo and his wrestling career. Later this
year he will be competing in France at the 39th Henri Deglane Memorial and will participate in a training camp in Ukraine in order to prepare. “I feel like exposing yourself and getting as much of that competition is really good because you can wrestle people from the U.S. every day, but if you get the opportunity to go overseas and compete over there, then that is a great experience,” Bo said. After what he considers a poor performance in Serbia, Bo said that he is now more driven for the future and focused on maximizing his ability as a wrestler. “Looking back realizing I could have won gold is disappointing, but it’s nice to know if I wrestle to my potential, then I can win gold,” Bo said. “It just gives me more motivation.”
Sports, organizations participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month Clockwise from right: Celebrating a touchdown against Plano East, the Screamin’ Eagles sport their pink gear for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. | At the pink out pep rally on Oct. 11 the band performs in pink gloves. | Cancer survior and teacher Dawn McCain shares her story at the pep rally with her daughters. photos by Saher Aqeel and McKenzi Morris
thletic teams and organizations around the school participated in Breast Cancer Awareness month during October. During the pink-out pep rally on Oct.11, faculty members Dawn McCain, Nancy Lakvold and Denise Jones spoke about their experiences with breast cancer. The football team wore pink gloves, towels, socks and sleeves to showcase their support during the game that evening. The band wore pink gloves throughout the month and the cheerleaders had pink accessories. Tallenettes and color guard added pink accents during October as well.
story by Jarret Rogers // sports editor theeagleangle.com
all in the family story by Jacob Pena // staff writer
eighing in at more than 500 pounds in total are junior Bobby and senior Tay Evans, two massive brothers who tower over their competition at 6’5” and 6’3”. That is what other teams have to face every Friday night, and in two years it will be what The University of Oklahoma’s competition has to face every week. On July 2 Tay committed to play football at OU, followed a week later by younger brother Bobby who committed on July 10. The Evans brothers said they are excited about their commitment to OU. “It’s going to be fun, it’s going to be a great experience,” Tay said. Bobby and Tay started playing tackle football early in elementary school. Before then they played flag football and wrestled around with other kids in their neighborhood. “We had heard about football in elementary school and talked to each other about playing,” Bobby said “Then we decided to ask, and our dad let us.” Living in Allen since elementary school, the Evans brothers said they are proud to be Allen Eagles. They both started football through the Allen Sports Association, played for the A team at Ford Middle School and are now starters on the varsity team. “It feels good to be out there representing Allen
across your chest,” Bobby said. Their father Bobby Evans Sr., a self-proclaimed die-hard OU fan and former alumni, said he has always
work hard, even more so in academics,” Bobby Sr. said. The Evans family has some history in collegiate athletics. Bobby Sr. attended OU from 1995 to 1999 and
After the Nov. 1 game against McKinney High, injured junior Bobby Evans and senior Tay Evans pose midfield. The Eagles won the game 56-7, ending the football seniors’ home career. photo by McKenzi Morris attempted to inspire his sons by pushing them to keep their grades up and motivating them to work hard in practice. “I have pushed them to
played on scholarship for the basketball team. The boys’ uncle also played football for Texas A&M University. “My dad playing basketball for OU always
inspired and motivated me that I could accomplish great things if I worked as hard as he did,” Tay said. Growing up only a year apart, the brothers said playing football together has brought them closer as friends. Tay, No.7, plays outside linebacker on defense, and Bobby, No.70, plays left tackle on offense. “We are pretty much best friends,” Bobby said. The brothers said they are thankful to be a part of the football program with its many skilled players and experienced coaching staff. They said the Allen program has given them much opportunity to be noticed in college. “It would be harder to be recruited [elsewhere] because Allen is such a wellknown program, and we are beating good competition, so our names are easier recognized,” Tay said. Bobby Sr. said he and his wife are extremely proud of their sons’ achievements. Bobby Sr. said he watches OU every Saturday and loves to watch the Eagles play with his boys. Although he loves OU, Bobby Sr. said in the end it was his boys’ decision where they wanted to commit. “Oh man, it’s gonna be amazing,” Bobby Sr. said. “They have been watching OU with me since they were babies, it’s like going back to OU, except this time I will be a fan instead of a participant.”
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.J. Russell, who just started his freshman year at Arlington Country Day High School in Florida, committed to the University of Miami on a basketball scholarship last July. Freshman pitcher Alexis Holloway of Crown Point High School in Indiana has verbally committed to Notre Dame on a softball scholarship. Dylan Moses, a
freshman out of University Lab in Baton Rouge, La., recently committed to LSU on a football scholarship. Underclassmen across the nation are committing to colleges early, and truthfully, it’s the best thing that they can do. Some could argue that by committing to a college or even considering colleges can affect a player’s ability in that sport due to added pressure to improve or repeat their previous performances. But depending on the player, pressure may not play a role in their high school performance. As with current junior quarterback Kyler Murray, who has been offered scholarships by colleges
including Texas, Clemson and Ohio State, sought-after players can still continue to be successful after being offered scholarships. Yes, the pressure for Murray to repeat his sophomore performance is there, but such pressure seems to motivate him to keep getting better. By committing to a school, students can better learn the tendencies and coaching staff of that respective program. Although they cannot officially meet a college’s coaching staff as a freshman, they can learn about the staff and the players that they may play with later. And the best part of a verbal commitment to a
university by any high school athlete is the allowance of a decommission. Any student who has been mentioned above can decommit from the college that they chose because a verbal commit is non-binding. Until signing day in their senior year, high school athletes can commit and decommit as often as they feel necessary. Verbally committing as a freshman is no different than committing as a sophomore, junior or senior. It allows a student to be able to relax on thinking about college and go out and play the way they know how. If a student trusts their athletic ability and deserves an athletic scholarship, it doesn’t matter how old they are.
Guidelines for high school recruiting information complied by Danny Ortiz // staff writer
Colleges will do anything to attract high school athletes to spend their collegiate career with them, so both colleges and players have to be careful with how the recruiting process is handled.
The coach cannot call the student personally until July 1 following the completion of their junior year, and it may only occur once a week. Until then the college coach has to be in contact with the student’s high school coach.
No student athlete can accept any type of schoolrelated gift, no matter who it’s from. If the student accepts any form of gift, the school or the person who gives the student the gift can be penalized by either paying a fine or by being disqualified from the postseason.
Flip S ide Chivalry on Still going Life support W
hat exactly happened to chivalry? When did romance and valiance disappear? Sometimes it feels as if the only way to catch a glimpse of old-fashioned chivalry is through watching eighties golden romance movies, when Judd Nelson throws his fist in the air because he finally got the girl in “The Breakfast Club” or when John Cusack plays his radio loudly outside of his crush’s window in “Say Anything.” But no, this is the 21st century. We show our love through text messages, 140 character tweets on Twitter and Instagram posts. Maybe somewhere in the midst of all of our technology and our ability to have the world at our fingertips, we have forgotten about the little things that really do make a difference. Chivalrous behavior used to be the norm in our society, but in the modern era it has evolved into something that is rarely even used. It seems like we can’t even take the time to look up from our smart phones to show simple courtesies like holding the door open for the person behind you or greeting people with a firm handshake. Don’t get me wrong. Some days you will meet people that do show politeness. You will meet people who open the door for you or pull out your chair. And when these moments happen, you are probably going to be surprised. But I don’t think we should live in a world where it’s astonishing that someone was simply respectful. Chivalry should be something that is common. It all makes you wonder what exactly happened to courtly virtues. What made the age of chivalry disappear? story by Madeline Chalkley // staff writer theeagleangle.com
olding doors, pulling out chairs, taking that special someone out to dinner. I use chivalry all the time. Chivalry is a test to see if we are one step closer to being mature. It’s a sign to the ladies to see if you are serious about a relationship and what you’ll do to keep that relationship. Chivalry is courteous behavior, especially toward women. It’s common to see a person open a door for someone and receiving a “thank you” in return. People think that chivalry only occurs on dates, but in reality it doesn’t matter if you’re dating or not. You could be knocking on a door on a date or have a friend hanging out with you, either way it’s more respectful to knock than honk at someone. It’s amazing how much I use chivalry today and don’t realize it. I believe that chivalry is used a lot in the way we talk to women and our parents. Saying “yes ma’am” is way more respectful than saying “OK” to your mother. Chivalry is one step into the real world. It’s a chain reaction, we all do it at some point in our lives. I learn it now so that it benefits me in the future, but some people forget about what is right and wrong. Men have to step up and be the bigger person and learn what their parents teach them, so they can take it to the real world and teach their kids how to be chivalrous. I don’t know about you, but I think that chivalry is the most important part of growing up. Chivalry disappearing? Never in a million years. Maybe we use chivalry in different ways than before, but chivalry is still used all the time. story by Deatrik Bledsoe // staff writer
Sincerely, Stylish Can You knot? story by Emily Haney // staff writer
hey say that everything has a way of coming back in style. But an ancient hairdo is the last thing I would have expected to come up on the radar. Girls are doing it. Guys are doing it. Whether it’s one, two or a full head, dreadlocks are trending at Allen. Dreads aren’t the only thing making a comeback this year; the boys are now trying to bring the mullet back to life. Dreadlocks are intentionally formed matted coils of hair. When reggae music gained mainstream acceptance in the 1970s, so did dreads. I thought that when the ‘70s ended and filtered into the era of big ‘80s hair that we had seen the last of them. But here
we are today, ladies and gentlemen, back in the ‘70s. It worked for Bob Marley, it worked for people in the ‘70s and it worked for Jason Castro. But I have to ask: are you expecting a bird to sleepover tonight? I don’t see anything but hobo when I’m staring at hair so matted it looks like something you’d take your dog into PetSmart to get removed. To the guys rocking the infamous ‘80s mullet. Newsflash: “Business in the front, party in the back” was only a thing for Mr. Billy Ray Cyrus. And his mullet went out of fashion with his daughter Miley. I understand that this whole hipster vintageBohemian vibe is really
fascinating and you just want to soak up as much of the past as you can, but there are more ways to express yourself than knotting up your head or growing a tail from your neck. You can listen to David Bowie or you can jam with Marley, but leave the history out of your hair. “It’s my hair, my body, my image and my life. I can do what I want to my hair.” Yes, we live in America for crying out loud - the land of opportunity and freedom. Freedom to say and do as we please. And yes, the last time I checked, putting dreads on your head didn’t break any federal laws. But this is high school, the time to figure out who we are and how we
want people to see us. And with dated-do’s you are just walking yourself into a corner where the stereotypes are endless. They say that everything has a way of coming back in style, but these hairstyles have lived out their glory days and I think this time it’s better that the past is left in the past. Sincerely,
Section 112 story by Klayton Carpenter // business manager
aby powder covering your body, having no voice all weekend, ears ringing all night. These are some things that make the student section great at Allen football games. Around 1,000 high school students jumping up and down, screaming and yelling at the other team are why games are the best part of high school. It’s 6 on a Friday evening. Seniors show up at the stadium ready to rock. Andrew Eldredge carries the senior flag which flies the senior motto, “All for one, and ’14 All.” The doors open and the night is about to begin. It is game night in Allen, TX.
The opposing team begins to warm at 6:30 p.m. and the section is filled with testosterone filledd guys yelling the most absurd and disrespectful things that they can think of, hoping that it will affect the other team. Personally, I enjoy this part. Although it may not be very good sportsmanship, they are kids and should have team spirit. It’s 7, only 30 minutes until kickoff. The stadium is beginning to fill up and the student section is getting pumped and ready to stand for the National Anthem, boo at the opponent’s alma mater and sway arm in arm for our own. When 7:30 comes
around, the stadium is absolute mayhem; if you feel like sitting down, you won’t be watching the game but the back of someone’s shirt. When the players run out of the tunnel, a white cloud of baby powder overtakes section 112, sending it into the night sky. There are many people who think that the baby powder is a bad idea (for a reason I do not know), but I am a fan of traditions such as this when they are done the right way. Throughout the game the student section is like none other in the nation. Everyone is yelling at the refs, holding their neighbors’ pinkies and
cheering on their team. When the game rolls to an end and we are winning, all of the sudden a chant starts up, “I believe, I believe that, I believe that we will win.” The best part of all of this is that it happens every game, whether it’s a home game or 45 minutes away at Southlake. Our fans show up and we show who we are. I have never seen anything as crazy as an Allen football game. The town’s involvement, the school spirit, how everyone comes together on Friday nights as one family. That is what it is all about. The high school is just like everyone says: one town, one team, one family.
Heard it in the hallway What do you think of...
the dreadlock fad at AHS? “I like them. Some people think they’re like gross and like dirty but I think they’re fine. I had them for a while and I think they look cool.”
Students who are lacking sleep? “Honestly I think it’s like a time management thing that a lot of people don’t have.”
Junior Lauren Boone
Senior Jessie Hamze “If you have them you’re unique, you know? Not everyone has them.”
Sophomore Nancy Saucedo
Senior Taylor Peck
“[Dreads] look good on guys, not girls at all. No.”
“It’s kind of a personal thing, it’s on a personal level. The school is not forcing kids to stay up all night, that’s their fault.”
Senior Taylor Campman
“I would say we have the best student section because of our amazing school spirit and everyone pays attention to the football game and has fun.”
Junior Blake Eldredge “As a senior I don’t get a lot of homework, but I know last year I got a ton of homework and I had to stay up late.”
Junior Cory Dentler
The student section at football games?
“It’s when we all come together like one big family because there’s usually a lot of fights and arguments between each other, but we get to come together and actually be a family. I love that.”
Senior Justin Mutawassim quotes compiled by the Eagle Angle Staff
What made the grade and what missed the mark?
Grace, played by AJ Michalka, is the daughter of former rock star Johnny Trey, played by James Denton. Grace yearns to find the success that her father once had. Grace records a demo for her father’s former producer, Frank Mostin, played by Kevin Pollak. He offers Grace a signing in Los Angeles and Grace is quickly caught up in the fame. Michalka has the perfect looks, voice,and personality for the role. Denton is fantastic in the role as a concerned father who wants the best for his daughter. Don’t miss this well-made inspirational story.
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The general sound of music from the last few years doesn’t usually work for me. It’s either indiscernible noise, overly repetitive or too manufactured. So when I saw “This is Gospel” by Panic! At The Disco as a recommended song on YouTube, I cautiously clicked on it. To say I was blown away would be putting it simply as I discovered the rest of “Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die!” Panic!’s music is inventive, catchy and vastly different from the music played on the radios.
Miley comes out with a bang On Oct. 8 Miley Cyrus released “Bangerz,” her fourth studio album. The album opens with “Adore You,” a song too weak to be an opening track and does not hook the listener with its slow tempo and is more likely to cause them to fall asleep. Continuing with other songs such as the single that came with the most thoughtprovoking music video of the year, “Wrecking Ball,” “4x4,” a song that mixes her country roots with pop and my personal favorite manhating anthem, “FU,” which is most likely dedicated to her ex-fiancé, Liam Hemsworth. Finally, when I reached the end of this musical saga, Cyrus shows off her dynamic vocals with “Someone Else,” ending this anticipated compilation. story by Nini Truong // staff writer
‘Gravity’ blasts into theaters “Gravity,” a screenplay starring Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone and George Clooney as Matt Kowalski, has your heart pounding as a series of unexpected events terrifyingly unfold. The astronauts were working together on what they thought would be a routine spacewalk. Yet things took a turn when Houston reported “clear skies with a chance of satellite debris.” Bullock and Clooney are left suspended in the dark, lifeless abyss of outer space with no communication to Earth and a low oxygen tank. The camera work and realistic computer design throughout contributed to the ability to get into the movie. It captures the true feeling of abandonment and distress Bullock and Clooney portray in few words. “Gravity” is a film any popcorn-munching theater regular seeking a suspenseful thrill will love. story by Rachel Moretti // staff writer
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The Top ten Reasons you missed class
Warning: Not to be taken as encouragement. 1. It’s Monday. ‘Nuff said. 2. You’re “sick.” 3. It’s an AP or IB class. 4. You’re actually sick. 5. Social interaction? Ew. 6. “Gossip Girl,” “The Walking Dead” or “Breaking Bad” is on. 7.There aren’t enough hours in the night to finish homework. 8. You have a test in that class. 9. At any point in time, you may have a test. 10. It’s Friday. ‘Nuff said. list by Harrison Geosits // opinions editor
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The Importance of Zzz’s S
chool is a crucial part of life that can provide people with many opportunities but the problems it can cause have always been a topic of discussion. According to National Sleep Foundation studies, adolescents need nine and one-fourth hours of sleep each night. Due to late nights doing homework assignments and studying, student are going to bed later and later even though they still have to be up early to get ready and arrive at theeagleangle.com
school on time. Starting school around eight in the morning causes students to have to wake up as early as 6:30 a.m. in order to get ready and travel to school. Many students participate in school activities that require after school hours, such as sports or clubs, which causes them to push homework off until they get home. In addition, if a student is having personal issues such as family problems, loads of
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schoolwork is more stress for them to have to deal with. According to the Children’s Anxiety Institute, physical symptoms associated with sleep deprivation also intensify when teens don’t get the necessary amount of sleep. This causes students to have headaches, become nauseous or even cause muscle aches or slurred speech. Students need a
necessary amount of nine hours of sleep to function throughout the school day. We know that school activities and homework are very important and need to be done, however there needs to be a good way to balance everything out and still get the right amount of sleep every night. Being more organized and going to bed as early as possible could help solve the problem of students being so exhausted during the school day.
Top left: A participant tosses a tennis ball toward a game in the mezzanine. Top right: During the event, a young boy plays a cardboard version of pinball.
Bottom left: While participating in the cardboard challenge, an elementary student studies the game at hand. Bottom right: For the Duck Dynasty game, a parent aims for the target ahead.
Caine’s Arcade S
tudents of all ages, teachers and volunteers came together on Oct. 5 to participate in Caine’s Arcade Global Cardboard Chanllenge, held in the Performing Arts Center. Students created cardboard games for community members to play. Allen took part in the Global Day of Play, on which all proceeds made from the events held worldwide went to the Imagination Foundation. This scholarship foundation began after Nirvan Mullick filmed a documentary about then 9-year-old Caine Monroy’s cardboard arcade in his father’s auto shop. photos by Saher Aqeel
Above: Student volunteers play cardboard foosball with Caine’s Arcade customers in the Performing Art Center Art Gallery. Left: Looking for direction, a young gamer gets ready to play a new game at the Caine’s Arcade Cardboard Challenge.
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