East High School 815 E 13th St. Des Moines, IA 50317 Des Moines Public Schools
Vol 82/Issue 2
HOMECOMING ISSUE See page 24 for submitted photos!
cover photo/ PJ Graham
table of contents
Co-Editors in Chief Natalie Flores Tyler Vail
Jordan Gerke Michelle Nouchanthavong Kendrew Panyanouvong Ethan Rustan Jeilah Seely Alex Underwood
Shareece Burrell Taylor Davis Jackie Gabriel Keesha Gaines Lane Galvin Dezejanee Hall Samuel Hansen Krystalann Rand Brian Rivera Chelsie Smith
Blake Sunkel Kaitlyn Vance Vacengleng Vang
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DISTRICT EDUCATIONAL LETTER POLICY The Scroll welcomes letters but reserves the right EQUALITY STATEMENT The Des Moines Public Schools prohibits discrimination in educational and employment prog rams and activities based on age, race, creed, color, sex, marital status, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. In addition, the District prohibits acts of intolerance or harassment toward employees or students that are not related to the individualâ€™s employment or education.
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NOTE: All contents are the product of the EHS newspaper production staff. Occasional stories are contributed from the Journalism Intern program.
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East High presents: High School Musical!
Need help with graduation? Read about information all graduates should know! page
4/5 School, work, friends, life! YIKES! page 9 Dear Keesha to the rescue!
What’s hot and what’s not! Find out with these reviews!
Tailgating apparel: What to page expect when you go tailgating 20/21
East against the world: athletic rivalries
page Az’urai Palmer: Gone but not forgotten16/17 October 11, 2013 Pages Editor/ N. Flores
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Leaving a legacy 2014 Senior Board members work to leave their mark at East
Senior Board meetings: Meetings are held in the Auditorium at 7:15 am. Oct. 23 Nov. 20 Dec. 18 Jan. 22
Feb. 19 Mr. 26 Apr. 23 My 14
story/ N. Flores
enior year is the last and busiest year for most students. Not only are they preparing for college and their future, but enjoying the time of their lives with their classmates. In order to keep such a chaotic year organized, East has a senior only organization that meet once a month to discuss their plans or concerns. Led by class president Lane Galvin and supervised by Vice Principal Kathy Clausen, Senior Board is an all senior organization that targets events and activities specifically for seniors. “Senior Board is in charge of all senior activities like prom, fundraisers, and generally promoting school through out the building and assuring seniors have a good year,” Clausen said.
“My goal is to make our senior class memorable.” My role as secretary is to take notes at the meetings and make sure that people’s ideas are brought to the table.
Secretary: Kathryn Garcia
“I want to leave a legacy.”
“I want to create a better community.”
President: Lane Galvin
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Weird Fact: When I’m watching TV the volume has to be at 23.
As president I organize senior activities like senior breakfast, graduation day, and fundraisers.
As VP I am in charge of helping lead the Senior Board meetings and make sure we’re getting everything done.
Weird Fact: I carry around a red Power Ranger action figure because it’s good luck.
Weird Fact: I have Dyslexia so I talk funny sometimes. VP: Rachel Boothroyd
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Senior spotlight The Senior spotlight is a section dedicated to helping students get through their final year of high school. Every issue will have a spotlight on scholarships, special tips,and other important info.
Kucharski’s Korner 3 things you should know
Money is a good incentive to go to college. The average person makes $415 more a week with a bacholers degree than someone else who only has a high school diploma. The chart below shows the average weekly income for every level of education.
1.) Apply for every single scholarship you can get your hands on. 2.)Apply for everything now! 3.) Its best to visit colleges during the day and bring your parents, not friends!
College is not the only option story/J.Seely C. Smith
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hen you’re in high school p e o p l e around you try to make it sound like college is your only option after graduation. Well it’s not; joining the army is also something you could do. The army has many great benefits for the soldiers in it. Not only do the
soldiers earn a salary but they also earn allowances, bonuses, and educational benefits. Soldiers in the army will have access to up to $4,500, to pay for the tuition and some fees for college. Every soldier and his/her family also receive a health-care plan called TRICARE which provides dental
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and medical care at little or no cost. Which is great because not every career path offers insurance to all of its employees. To learn more, visit w w w. m i l i t a r y. c o m or www.goarmy.com
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Defying the odds
story/ A. Underwood
ast May, East High seniors crossed the stage at the Drake Knapp Center receiving their diplomas, and from that moment many were going their own ways to begin their journeys. One student in particular, Brandon McGill, was starting a dream he
had been carrying on his shoulders since elementary school. Graduating from East with a 3.9 GPA, McGill finished at the top of his class. The ultimate achievement of a full ride to Iowa State University was awarded to Brandon for his remarkable journey with his
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education. At Iowa State McGill plans to achieve a childhood goal by majoring in Meteorology. For McGill, a dayto-day schedule differs by the day, but he tends to start class at 8a.m. like other students, but what happens in that time is what’s important.
McGill has battled Autism his whole life, often affecting his social life. “I am lucky that I have HighFunctioning Autism, which more or less means that I am able to act like or close to that of someone who does not have autism,” McGill said. Though this issue
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has followed him throughout his entire life, some would be surprised to find out he has Autism. “I had friends I knew all four years of high school who never knew I had autism until I told them my senior year,” he said. “I knew Brandon as a ninth grader and
Pages Editor/ A. Underwood
East High alumni Brandon McGill triumphed through his four years of high school dealing with High-Functioning Autism. After graduating with an outstanding GPA and honors, McGill earned a full ride to Iowa State University. then I knew him as a twelfth grader as well. He asked me in ninth grade, ‘does it ever get easier, high school?’ What we were talking about at that time was getting along with people. It was at that moment that I recognized how difficult it was to be so different because in so many ways Brandon had things going for him and really high level skills. In other ways, really common sense things he just didn’t get, so he stood out in a way. I’m sure he experienced a life far different from me and a lot of the student in school,” Teacher Darien Maguire said. McGill overcame these social challenges in high school, but he found them to be difficult. “I did face some obstacles in high school, and they
followed me to college. Because I did not have a good social life, it made making friends difficult,” he said. Now that he is in college, McGill is finding it a lot easier to surpass his social challenge. “In college, it actually became easier but when you live in the same
The amount of work needed to accomplish schoolwork is what a challenge is for him so far. “Don’t wait until the last minute to do homework, it will pile up quickly,” he said. In high school, McGill often found class to be easy due to his participation and ambition to learn.
material and have the best possible grade in Pre-Calculus,” East math teacher Karen Cross said. McGill always took on challenges when it came to school. He took aviation courses at Central Campus which required both mental and physical strain on him. Teachers recall
“Brandon was very conscientious about his work. I could count on him always having his assignment completed and in on time. He participated in every period and asked questions. Brandon did all the things a student should do to understand the
McGill carrying around two huge backpacks to balance out his work, but to Brandon it was just another day of his journey. As the difficult transition to college unfolds, McGill stays on top of his school work and adjust to the new scene of college.
“I did face some obstacles in high school, and they followed me to college. Because I did not have a good social life, it made making friends difficult,” Brandon McGill
building with the same people, and you see them every day, even on weekends, it tends to happen,” he said. From social factors to the class room, problems do still occur. McGill is finding that the sizes of his lecture halls are not what bring stress.
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The years to come are still a mystery but with a work ethic and mindset Brandon holds, anything can be accomplished. Life may seem difficult and at times giving up may seem like the easy way out. For Brandon, giving up wasn’t an option and goals were achieved for his hard work ethic. “It does get easier because once you get out of high school people tend to go in area in what they do best, places they can shine. They find people more like themselves. There is no place more critical socially then high school. As a twelfth grader he came and told me all about his college plans so I asked what he thought about my answer I gave him and he replied with, ‘It really did get easier,’” said Maguire.
COMICS Up, up and away story/ L.Galvin
verybody wants to be a superhero at some point, and why wouldn’t you want freeze breath or the ability to fly? Superheroes have been idolized by kids, teens and even adults because of their good deeds and messages they portray. The image of Superheroes has changed over the past ten years from being childish and cheesy, to dark and complex.
Superheroes have been seen in comic books, cartoons, and in recent years, the big screen. Within the last three years some of the biggest blockbusters have been action packed superhero movies like Batman, the Avengers, and Superman. This has brought comic books back to life, once seen as a nerdy obsession, but slowly turning into an addictive hobby.
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“Nightwing is my
favorite because he’s honest and kicks butt.” Cole Dekock photo/B.sunkle “My favorite superhero is spider man becuase you don’t just have a story of spider man, but also a story of Peter Parker.”
Mr. Allan photo/L.Galvin
like Red hood, he’s an underdog that uses killing to clean up the streets unlike his
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Managing school and work: the struggle story/ T. Davis t is not unusual for a student in high school to be balancing schoolwork, a job, and an extracurricular activity. It can be very difficult and stressful trying to equally focus on all of them. When you have this much to balance, you may have to sacrifice certain things. “Sometimes it actually is stressful, because sometimes I don’t even have time for school because I
It can be difficult baby sit also,” junior Elizabeth Chavez because your teachers expect 100 percent “Sometimes out of you, but at the times so do your it was pretty same coaches and boss. overwhelming, “It was pretty My boss took but I felt as if serious. me pretty serious, and it was definitely a lot to I always did French teacher a pretty good handle,” Ms. Palmersheim said. Palmersheim worked at job with it,” Panera, a flower shop, Mrs. Palmersheim and eventually, Merle Norman. “In sophomore said. Chavez is a sales year I played volleyball, woman/translator at and I was also really RB Wireless. What are you involved in and/or where do you work?
involved in choir and show choir,” Palmersheim said. She also was involved in student council, French club, and the National Council on Youth Leadership. Having a job has its benefits and drawbacks also. Senior Travis Brock says some of the benefits of not having a job include: More free time and less stress about getting work done. But is it possible to balance all of these
“I’m in football, wrestling, band, and jazz band.”
How do you balance these activities?
“Sometimes my activities get in the way of each other...but I just have to apply myself throughout the year to get everything done.”
Senior Brandon Haus photos/ T. Davis
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photo/ B. Chang activities? “Sometimes it was pretty overwhelming, but I felt as if I always did a pretty good job with it. I always put school first, always got my schoolwork done, and that was always my top priority,” Palmersheim said. In the end it’s all about making sure you set your priorities right. Whatever is the most important to you is what you need to give the most attention and focus on.
What are you involved in and/or where do you work? “I am on Steppers and dance for another competitive team at school. I work at a hardware store and a boutique in Atlanta both as a clerk.” How do you balance these activities? “Well, luckily I only have two classes a day usually which gives me a little time to get things done.”
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Across the seas and into East story/B. Sunkle
raveling the world can be a dream for some, or a goal for others. A hope of studying in foreign places is what some of us at East don’t have to dream about anymore. Some
students at East are studying in a new foreign country right now. We have three foreign exchange students from Europe learning our language and adapting to our culture. All three
came from schools with around 300 students; East is seven times bigger than any of their schools. They are going to be in the United States for a year studying and learning what they
can at East. They have been here for less than two months and already have a feel for what the rest of their time here will be like.
7Xbigger than any of their schools
Native language: Ukrainian and Russian (Eight years studying English) Favorite thing about America: People. You can speak your mind, Ukrainians are so serious. Most missed thing about home: Friends American hobbies: Swimming, and Spanish club. Average day at school back home: Go to school, go home, and run. Weirdest thing Americans do: Their attitude One thing liked about East: Teachers, they are very open. One thing you dislike about East: Classes are too long and passing is too short. Hardest class and why: AP psychology. [Why?] It’s AP Strangest class and why: Yoga, we just sleep there is no challenge. Would you say you have East side pride: Yes, I would say I’m proud to study here.
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October 11, 2013 Page Editor/ B. Sunkle
Native language: Swiss-German (Three years studying English) Favorite thing about America: The crazy people Least favorite thing about America: Too big Most missed thing about home: Everything but mostly soccer American hobby: playing volleyball at East Average day at school back home: You have the same teacher all day but a different one for each day of the week. Weirdest thing Americans do: People at lunch outside dance battle or sing. One thing liked about East: The football game was fun. One thing you dislike about East: Student traffic, too many people Hardest class and why: It was AP biology, I have normal biology now. Strangest class and why: French Would you say you have East side pride: No, probably because I’m new. Maybe with time.
Carola Gunziger, 10
Sonja Hjelle, 12 Native language: Norwegian (11 years studying English) Favorite thing about America: There is so much more to do, and people are more open and more welcoming Least favorite thing about America: All the good food! Most missed thing about home: Family American hobby: Watching Netflix Average day at school back home: 8-3 school then soccer and homework. It’s about the same. Weirdest thing Americans do: They always say what’s on their mind. Sometimes it’s good sometimes its bad One thing liked about East: No one judges you One thing you dislike about East: Hallways are so crowded Hardest class and why: No hard classes but probably Spanish because I have to translate it three times to really understand it Strangest class and why: Jazz band Would you say you have East side pride: I don’t know, I mean I’m proud of being where I am. Yes. October 11, 2013 Page Editor/ B. Sunkle
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East theatre department takes on High School Musical
Catch the whole cast in action in the East High auditorium November 14, 15 and 16th and 7:30 pm! page 12/ news
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Jacob Her as Troy
I’ve always wanted to do High School Musical. I know it’s going to be a great play because of the people who are in it. It’s going to be a lot of fun.”
Emily Sherwood as Gabriella
I’m excited for the musical because I think we’re going to have a bigger turn out this year. I love the role I got, and I really love the cast!”
Fatima Fadel as Taylor
Hunter Stapes as Chad
Hyped, heart racing, blood rushing, it’s just a great feeling. It’s my last year and a very fun production to be apart of!”
I’m pretty excited! High School Musical shows the difficulty of high school, and how we as a cast can make it better. I love my role as well. “
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Michael Osman as Ryan
I’m really excited for the musical because everyone in the cast has worked really hard to put on a great show!”
Sarah Bennett as Sharpay
This is the biggest cast we’ve had so far. We have 60 very talented people in the play. We’re going to have an amazing time” page 13/ news
art outlet M
y mind is an overgrown forest. Your axe blade won’t do you any good. My vines of pain grow thick here. Probably more than they should. My mind is an overgrown forest. There’s no entrance. You can’t come inside. So please, don’t cut down my branches. These feelings I’ve worked so hard to hide. Vines tiding knots in my forest, a rooftop that blocks out the light. The sun may be warm on the outside, inside it’s as cold as the night. But keep in mind this is my forest. Years of work, to make it feel like home. I can do anything I want here, taking my mind off of the fact that I am alone. Because the problem with overgrown forests, there’s always more vines that will sprout. I know that its hard to get in here. But its 10 times as hard . . . to get out. poem / Lela Bradford/ 9
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early 17 years ago, a unique girl was born in the heart of Iowa. Unaware of the impact she would have on hundreds of people, she lived out her life defining herself in each way she could: Through music, poetry, art, and countless other ways. Although she is no longer with us, Az’urai’s spirit forever lives on.
A haiku of tales Bitterly poured down at noon Where are you going? Dog days are over Such sweet, pure white lines in song Fill us with your magic Mythical Creatures Drowning in your true beauty Keep your tales alive Written by Az’urai Palmer
During the early stages of her life, Az’urai had already started to define her unique personality. She was involved with Gifted and Talented, expressing at an early age that she was indeed, different. She played the cello, and was a member of NYLC (National Youth Leadership Conference) and softball as well. Since she was a child, Az’urai was stubborn, outgoing, and opinionated. She was one of a kind, unlike anyone else, yet able to connect with so many people. “The thing I will miss the most is probably her humor and her
Artwork by Az’urai Palmer
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ability to lighten up the mood. Nobody could stay mad around her. And her beatboxing. She did it all the time; it was great,” Lincoln junior Mason Bennett said. As Az’urai grew older and continued to define herself further, she developed strong beliefs that she stubbornly held to. Az’urai didn’t follow the norm; she was her own person. “Nine times out of ten, she thought the opposite of everyone else,” Kristina Quinonez, Az’urai’s mother, said. In addition to her unique and independent personality, Az’urai had a heart of gold. If you needed a laugh, she would use a variety of tactics to achieve it. These included joking, sarcasm, as well as odd faces and noises. “She was for the greater good,” Quinonez said. If you scrolled through Az’urai’s music play list, you’d find an eccentric mix of reggae, indie, and alternative genres. Blue October and Macklemore
“The thing I will miss the most is probably her humor and her ability to lighten up the mood. Nobody could stay mad around her.” Lincoln junior Mason Bennett
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Her spirit lives on
are included with her favorites, “Same Love” being her number one. Naturally, her favorite subjects in school were English and art, because of the opportunity to express herself. Az’urai seemed to reflect the personality of her idol, Bob Marley, having the perfect balance of emotion. “She seemed to be in a constant state of ‘no worries’. She was never emotionally too high or too low and was just real,” Jason Soliday, art teacher at East High, said. “She was a nice person to have a conversation with, regardless of topic or concern.” One of a Kind Az’urai’s personality was magnetic; people were drawn to her--to talk to her, to be her friend. When she had free time, most of it was
spent with her friends. Wherever Az’urai went, she almost always had an earbud planted to either side of her head.
“I don’t honestly know what music she listened to most of the time,” Quinonez confessed. “She always had her headphones in her ears, so I couldn’t tell.” Az’urai was no simple human being; there is no
“She was an ‘old soul’ and was very genuine when you talked to her,” Jason Soliday
word or phrase that even comes close to describing the type of person she was. Passionate, loving, and whole-hearted can give one only an idea of
what she was truly like and each person who had the honor of knowing her with be forever touched.
“She was an ‘old soul’ and was very genuine when you talked to her,” Soliday said.
Az’urai’s Spirit Lives On “I’m going to miss the way she made everybody’s day and how she was always there when you needed her. I’m going to miss her jokes and personality she had, but the most I’m going to miss is her smile,” East junior Jake Baysinger said.
Az’urai passed away July 29, 2013 at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines. Her funeral was held August 2, 2013 at Hamilton Funeral home where friends, family, and acquaintances rejoiced in her spirit. Tears flooded the faces of countless people as kith and kin alike spoke kind words of Az’urai and happy memories of her life.
However, Az’urai was human, and each person only has so much capability. We cannot expect too much from one single person. Az’urai blessed the people in her life with sixteen years of her kind, selfless soul. Throughout her entire life, she always asked the question ‘Why?’ and it is a tragedy in itself that she leaves us with the same question.
photo/Dianna Anaya Az’urai (right) poses with friends Dianna and Levi Barret.
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photo/Kristina Quinonez Az’urai with sister Jasmine Palmer
“I think the biggest impact was that she was such a genuine person and also quirky and eccentric. Losing someone like that is terrible and even more of a loss when it is something that could potentially have been avoided if I or someone else would have known or recognized that there was a problem,” Soliday said.
photo/Jeremy Baysinger Az’urai with friend Jeremy Baysinger
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What do I do when my friends tell me to jip? DON’T DO IT! Don’t be that person to give into peer pressure. You should try and flip the script. Remind them why they are in school in the first place. Make them realize that college is where they want to go after they graduate. Help them start going to class more and on time.
October 11, 2013 Page Editor/ K. Gaines
Miley: Cuttin’ hair, lickin’ hammers story/ K. Rand iley Cyrus has come back like a “wrecking ball” this year. Before the song even released as a single, “Wrecking Ball” was number 50 in Billboard’s Hot 100. In its first two days of the release, it sold 90,000 downloads in the U.S. Is the music video a little too much though? The video represents a young woman who is heartbroken. She describes how she loves this guy and fell for him instantly. She wanted to break down his guard so he could love her as well, but all he did was wreck her in the end. The video shows how she’s falling for someone who only used her. “We kissed/ I fell under your spell/ a love no one could deny/ don’t you ever say I just walked away/ I will always want you/ I can’t live
a lie/ running for my life” At first, I felt a little bit uncomfortable with her nude body on my screen. I asked myself how someone could put themselves out there so far. After watching the video and thinking about the lyrics it all started making sense. A lot of people could relate to the lyrics and look back an experience they’ve had. It’s no surprise that Miley appears naked throughout the majority of the music video. She claims she wants her fans to look at her and hear the words to the songs to feel her emotions. I would give the song five stars but the video for me would only get two stars. Since Cyrus wants to “up her game” on every video, who knows what she may do on her next one.
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Yin meets yang on the east side story/ S. Hansen
f you’re looking for some rice, skip the Chinese buffet and go to Tsing Tsao instead! Tsing Tsao is a fast food style Chinese restaurant on University Avenue; a block east from the Anderson Erickson dairy cows. If you are someone who has lunch and the 30 minute “triple E” time together, then why not forgo
the Quiktrip stop for some great Chinese? Ask anybody who’s been, and you’ll most likely get a good review of Tsing Tsao. “The place is really cool. The people are nice, and the sesame chicken and the chicken soup are really good,” junior Kodie Busch said. Tsing Tsao offers chicken, seafood,
Prisoners story/ E.Rustan
photo/ B. Chang
rice, and everything in between at a good price. “I really like how it’s cheap but it doesn’t really taste cheap. You can tell it’s not healthy but it’s still good as an occasional treat,” senior Saul Murillo said. If you’re ever in the mood for Chinese food, Tsing Tsao should definitely be the place in mind.
sets the standard
ugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, abductions, creepy suspects, puzzles, interrogation, hostages, emotional deterioration, snakes, and crimes within crimes… crimeception! What's not to like about the new suspense film directed by Denis Villeneuve? This film, written by Aaron Guzikowski, has got everything needed to make a suspenseful abduction film what it should be. The film follows family man, Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman),
as his daughter, Anna, and her friend, Joy, go missing. Simple citizen, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), is arrested by head of the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal), on account of the only available lead; his RV was parked in the neighborhood at the time of the abduction. With no evidence, Jones is released, forcing Dover to take matters into his own hands to see how far he will go for his daughter. This film is certain to keep the gears in your head turning.
October 11, 2013 Page Editors/ S. Hansen, E. Rustan
Got spirit? The Tribe shows their Scarlet pride during pre-game tailgating
Cowboy hat: borrowed from a friend
Camouflage shirt for 8$
efore every football game, students tailgate in the stadium parking lot for 3-4 hours. Any student is welcome to come. Students have a lot of fun; they listen to music, grill, and play games. Before tailgating starts, some of the seniors find couches on the side of the road to take to the parking lot. Whenever they tailgate they have different themes. The first time they tailgated it was a “red out” and the second home game it was a “black out”.
Camouflage pants from Vaspro 20$
Black Nike shoes for 60$
Seniors come together to take a picture tailgating before the East vs. Ottumwa football game.
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Alaska hunting hat from Target
$15 Fanny Pack that was used to hold many items
Spring hunting pants (step dads) Some of the cheerleaders and students tailgating before the game.
Red cowgirl boots 150$ Jozlynne Dawson,11
Students sit on a couch they bring to the tailgating area. The couch seen in the picture was found on the side of the road.
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Scarlet football history by/Brian Rivera
The Eastside vs. Southside showdown with Lincoln High School. The showdown between East and Lincoln has been a great one in the metro never knowing which school will come out on top each year. Scarlet football is an essence during the fall. Showdowns with the other Metro schools seem to be a
way to boast school pride and earn a sense of respect… sort of. Records are history and after uncovering scores of the past, we do have the right to fight for East High.
by/ Kaitlyn Vance on the other team or just by simply sprinting very year, the last 100 meters in more than 2 a cross country meet. million injuries Senior, PJ Graham, happen to high school knows what it’s like to athletes nationwide. feel the pain behind an If you’ve ever had injury; Graham runs one, you know how cross country, swims, painful they can be. and plays tennis. This Injuries can happen is Graham’s third year in all sports, whether running cross country; it’s in a contact or a he is also the captain of non contact activity. the boys’ team as well. Injuries can happen “You don’t want by tackling the player
to seem like a wussy or a pansy. You feel like you have to run with everyone because that’s what a good team member does. It gets hard to handle sometimes,” Graham said. Graham’s pain is caused by a loose muscle in between his knee cap that tightens up whenever he exercises or runs on it.
Competitiveness and the want to win are in every game but every year there is that game you MUST win. The win is for bragging rights for a whole year against your rival school. East High School has a lot of great match ups against many schools but one rivalry seems to remain supreme.
Lincoln- Total of 90 games; 55-32-2 Roosevelt- Total of 89 games; 49-36-4 Hoover- Total of 45 games; 27-17-1 North- Total of 110 games; 73-28-8
To run, or not to run E
To ease the pain, he ices it after a run. When he doesn’t have time to ice it right away, he ices it up to four times a week. “Being injured has its ups and downs, but generally it blows,” Graham said. To prevent a sports injury, always stretch before and after you play a sport or exercise. If the pain doesn’t go
away, ice it and put some kind of injury relief cream on the injury. If you feel like nothing is working, go to Kevin Petersen, the athletic trainer at East and see what his advice is to you. If you have never had an injury due to a sport, consider yourself very lucky.
October 11, 2013 Page Editor/ B. Rivera
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