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contents NORTH STAR / APRIL 11, 2012

features

news

SPORTS

8-9 what is hipster Take a look and find out

1 STUCO elections The unop-

31 new footballcoach Ad-

what it means to be a hipster; find out if your tweed-clad peers and coffee-loving teachers really follow this new trend.

posed candidates will experience elections a different way compared to years past.

ministrators search with high expectations for a new football coach.

10-11 a night on the town Students share

2 howell baseball fields With

33 Track New coaches,

what they think looks good for teenagers to wear out for a night of enjoyment.

extra money for FHSD, Howell will receive athletic fields for their students.

new equipment and a bigger team contribute to the team’s increased success.

12 former fhn student on idol Graduate Ka-

OPINIONS

34 cards vs cubs Learn about

tie Bailey made it to Hollywood and continues to pursue a career in entertainment. 13 Kony 2012 Hear a lot about Kony 2012?

Curious for more information? Learn some facts on Joseph Kony and the LRA. 14 laulie cakes Laura Andert became an

entrepreneur when she moved her cakebaking business out of her kitchen and to its own place of business.

2549 Hackmann Rd. St. Charles, MO 63303

39 shane dawson Young adult

YouTube sensation is criticized for his tasteless and low-brow humor.

the famous MLB rivalry and what FHN students and staff have to say about it.

In-depth

42 Nuclear Non-threat The

20 District internet policy

people of the world need not fear an all-out nuclear war due to the theory of Mutually Assured Destruction.

The North Star analyzes the District Internet filter and whether they can provide a 21st century education.

30 Senior Christian Hickerson picked up longboarding while living in California and has been hitting the streets ever since. (sarah teson)

on the cover For FHSD, negatives of social media overshadow any benefits the sites provide as learning tools. With nearly all forms of social media currently blocked, will those tools ever find their way into the classrooms at FHN? (photo illustration by kelsey bell)

Regarding the Feb. 22 issue of the North Star, a source formerly provided information for a story that has since been clarified. During Brianne Giaimo’s neurological operation, her brain was bisected in order to remove her tumor; half of her brain was not removed.

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in voting

Changes to StuCo elections and campaigning brings difference for officer candidates BY JORDAN BRYSON

jordan.bryson90@gmail.com | @jordan_bryson

Students interested in voting for Student Council [StuCo] elections must go to the election table during their lunch on April 20 to vote. This is a more active voting process than usual. Before now, all students have been required to vote during homeroom. “It’s more like the actual voting process,” StuCo cosponsor Shelley Parks said. “The kids who vote are the ones who care.” After much deliberation, juniors Ashlynn Laspe and Austin Weidner came to a consensus that Weidner will run for president and Laspe will run for vice president. Originally, Laspe wanted both to run for presidency and be opposed, but decided to run for vice president instead. “I don’t want to show people the that the spot is unwanted,” Laspe said. “And I don’t need to call myself ‘president’ to prove I’m a leader.” As of press time, candidates don’t have the endof-the-year assembly to give speeches. There wasn’t a block of time to have the assembly due to End of Course exams, AP tests and finals; however, candidates are working with administrators to find a slot of time. “I don’t care if we don’t have one,” candidate Hannah Brown said, “but I want the seniors to be able to have the last one of their high school career.” The two candidacy forms aren’t due until April 12 and 16, but the known candidates are all juniors and, as of press time, unopposed. Ashley Butterfield is running for chief of staff, Ashley Flerlage for treasurer, Hannah Mason for parliamentarian and Brown for secretary.

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For the first time at FHN, in order to vote for StuCo officer candidates, students must present their ID at the StuCo election table during lunch and have their name marked off a list as opposed to voting on Scantrons during their homeroom. (photo illustration by kaitlyn williams)

german day - 04.12.12

4.0 luncheon - 04.12.12

“It’s a fun day. You get to run around [Wash-U] and watch people recite poems in German.”

“I was really excited because I’ve worked all four years for this. And I get to go home early.”

Stephen Kiker, 12

Carolyn Malkmus, 12

prom 2012 - 04.14.12 “I’m looking forward to getting dressed up and having a great time with my friends.” Veronica Mazza, 11

FBLA STATE - 04.22.12 “We expect to do good and hopefully place well, like in the top five. ” Nick Iborg, 12

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new fields

for fhhs Howell has been functioning without athletic fields on campus, now that’s changing BY MADDIE HIATT

maddiehiatt@gmail.com | @maddiehiatt

Howell High School does not have any sports facilities other than a turf stadium; however, starting in early June, construction begins on baseball and softball fields at Howell. FHSD plans to have players using the fields by fall of 2013. “We have the same needs as other schools,” Activities Director Dave Witter said. “We’re doing the same things they are, but we’re doing it on one field.” The total cost of the project is approximately $2.1 million which will come from a bond issue for school construction projects. This finished product is going to consist one Varsity baseball and softball diamond, one diamond for the JV and freshman baseball and softball teams, one practice field for football and soccer teams and a throwing area for the track team. Howell’s baseball and softball teams have been practicing on rented fields at C and H ballpark. According to Witter, the cost of renting other fields, renting a shuttle and the safety of the students driving to practice were large contributing factors to constructing fields on Howell’s campus. “We have kids going off campus and driving on [Highway] 94 in rush hour just to practice,” Witter said. “They pass other high schools with fields, and they have to drive to Defiance and New Melle to play. It’s necessary for schools to have fields on campus.” FHSD decides where and how to spend money based on what each school needs. “We go around to each school and see what each school has and needs,” Chief Financial Officer Kevin Supple said. “We’ve worked with the activities directors at each school, and they gave us some advice about the fields.” According to FHN sophomore Patrick Cronin, he doesn’t think the Howell Vikings will have an advantage because of the new fields. “The fields don’t make the teams any better,” Cronin said. “The only thing that makes a team better is a lot of practice.”

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Francis Howell student Daniel Collins prepares to throw the ball to the catcher during a drill at practice over Spring Break. Collins is the shortstop on the Freshman team. Howell has never had their own baseball fields, and until they do, the teams will continue to practice at local fields. (jessica streiler)

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ns TOP TWEETS @bkabacinski Spring 2011, Ecology Club took a float trip down the Huzzah Valley River in order to pick up trash to keep the environment clean. Every year they collect about 50 to 60 bags of trash and about ten to 15 tires that people throw into the river. FHN’s Ecology Club has been doing this for five years and plans on continuing for upcoming years. (ashley haywood)

Helping out One Stream At a Time Mission: Clean Stream is there to assist when the environment is rarely cared for BY NICK WYER

nickwyer23@gmail.com | @copperwyer

The Ecology Club works every spring with Mission: Clean Stream, a program that works to clean and restore ponds and streams in the St. Louis area. Over the past few years, Clean Stream has collected over 10 tons of trash from local streams and ponds. In the spring of 2012, Clean Stream is adding a new route on the Katy Trail so cyclists can help participate. “I like to see kids get involved with nature,” club sponsor Joe Brocksmith said. “It’s nice to see that kids still care about the envi-

“When on display, the artwork ronment.” Ecology Club members spend makes the public aware of dumpone day every year cleaning six ing in streams and how the material miles of the Huzzah River in Steel- can be recycled,” START founder Ralph Rollins said. ville, MO. BrockFHNTODAY.COM For students not in smith says that the Ecology Club, the ormost common types ganization is currently of trash found in the Scan this to be looking for volunteers river are flip-flops taken to the Greto help along their new and tires. enway Network site to register for Katy Trail route. To make use of Mission: Clean Stream 2012. “Our goal is to put this trash, Clean ourselves out of busiStream created a OR use this link: http://goo.gl/hqgF5 ness,” Clean Stream program called Stream Trash ART (START). Peo- organizer Charlene Waggoner said, ple who are cleaning up set aside “to see so little trash in the rivers the metal they find and give it to and streams that we don’t need to artists who make sculptures with it. go out and clean it up.”

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fhsd board elections BY AMANDA STALLINGS

amanda.stallings13@gmail.com | @astall13

Candidates Marty Hodits and Stephen Johnson talk before the FHNtoday.com Meet the Candidates night. This year, four candidates from around the District ran for two open Board positions. (murphy riley)

PAGE BY JORDAN BRYSON

Eric Seider and incumbent Marty Hodits were voted into Francis Howell’s Board of Education on April 3. The two will serve three year terms on the board. Seider, FHN parent, is passionate about education. “I’m just what you might call a helicopter parent,” Seider said at Meet the Candidates night. “I’ve been involved with my kids education, and I know how important education is. I’ll bring that passion to the school board and will do what is in the interest of students all the time.” Hodits believes in meeting the needs of Francis Howell’s patrons, taxpayers and students. “I ran for the school board to insure that the main purpose of the Francis Howell School District is educating every student no matter what their needs,” Hodits said at Meet the Candidates night, “and to continue with sound financial management, to provide quality educators and staff members to meet the needs of all our students.”

It’d be nice if sophmores could drive to school.. #FHNprobs Brooke Kabacinski

@Kyle_Norman Are play off tickets on sale yet? Kyle Norman

@jessicaks12 Win or lose, senior night was amazing! #bestfansinStChuck #proudtobeaKNIGHT Jessica Streiler

@sean_albert Dorito loco taco night at work! #itsfinnagetcrazy! Sean Albert

@OchsLauren This spring break has just been a summer tease. Lauren Ochs

@megandoerhoff Weather like today makes me want a convertible #teenageprobs Megan Doerhoff

@Lil_D5115 The world can’t end in 2012, Marty McFly went to 2015! #Fact !! Devon Benton

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the show

goes on When the library wasn’t able to host coffeehouse due to cuts, StuCo decided to take over BY TAYLOR BARTRAM

bartram.taylor@gmail.com | @BartramTaylor

Student Council [StuCo] decided to take over and host their own coffeehouse after the event, originally held in the library, was canceled. The coffeehouse was held on April 2 and 3 in the multipurpose room. Here, students could view the talents of their fellow students at FHN during English classes. When the coffeehouse cancellation was announced, StuCo noticed a large amount of negative response from students. “[StuCo decided to take over] because students kept asking,” StuCo President Ashlynn Lapse said, “and StuCo runs a whole lot, obviously, so we wanted to help.” Something new StuCo added to the coffeehouse is live art. Art students Kayla Busby, Lindsey Usry, Haley Gilbert and Kali Farrell were given the opportunity to live paint at the coffeehouse. “I didn’t want to do poems,” Busby said, “and having artwork in it is different because now I can demonstrate it, and I have heard people say it is cool to watch.” While watching at the coffeehouse, students snacked on cookies and soda. StuCo did not have the time or resources to serve the usual hot chocolate and coffee. There was, however, the usual performances ranging from singing to short stories, as well as an art display. This year, 37 of the 43 students that tried out made the cut to perform in the coffeehouse. “It is easier for me to express myself, and it is more creative and fun,” performer Alyssa Miller said on why she chose to perform a poem and a sonnet. Overall, many students find the StuCo coffeehouse very comparable to the coffeehouse hosted by the library. Some students, however, think the multipurpose room is a much better location for the coffeehouse than the library. “I liked it better than last year,” sophomore Courtney Vishy said. “There was more space, and I liked their set-up more. StuCo should definitely have coffeehouse again. It is just something everyone can look forward to.” 04 FHNTODAY.COM

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Right: Senior Kayla Busby works on her artwork using many different colors and patterns of Duct tape. Throughout the day on April 3 she continued adding to her canvas, while others took the stage and performed. Other artist were given the chance to live paint also. (sarah teson)

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Left: Juniors Kristen Griffin and Nathan Compton, and senior Megan Lesinski sing their rendition of Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream”. The group, along with others, had to perform seven times in one day. They performed on Tuesday along with other acts. (murphy riley) Middle left, middle, middle right: Junior Chase Ursy, sophomore Kelsey Mcllroy and senior Alyssa Miller perform their acts at North Street. While Hallemeier and Miller showed off their poetry, Mcllory sang an original song, “Bucket List”. (murphy riley)

Above: Senior Tyler Faltisek performs his beatboxing routine for North Street. For three hours, Faltisek brought out his harmonica for a rare form of “harmonica beatboxing”. To make sure no two hours were the same, he created a new beat each hour. (murphy riley) Left: Senior Christian Hickerson explains his love to a lucky audience member. Hickerson used two different personas on stage at North Street. He pulled a new audience member for every performance wiht whom he shared his love. (murphy riley)

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Hipsters can be described in many ways. They generally are the folks of this world who refuse to conform to pop culture and enjoy anything vintage STORIES BY AURORA BLANCHARD | AURORADBLANCHARD@GMAIL.COM PHOTOS BY MICHELLE SPENCER

Travis Dodds:

PROGRESSIVE MUSICIAN Some say he’s hipster, some think he’s a musical genius, and others think he’s Swedish. As a new student at North this year, 18-year-old senior Travis Dodds has made quite an impression. Before moving to Missouri, Dodds lived in Jonesburg, Arkansas and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. “I like the way a lot of foreign people dress,” Dodds said. “When I moved here, people thought I was from Sweden because I didn’t talk much, dressed nice and had blond hair.” This past summer, he poured his energy into playing music before he knew anybody. Already used to being on stage from playing shows with his former band in Arkansas, Dodds had no problem performing at Frau Fest. He was received well by the audience. Some were shouting “We love you Travis” periodically throughout his songs, but he remains humble and focused on the guitar. 08 FHNTODAY.COM

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“It’s indescribable,” Dodds said. “Nothing could ever match that. Nothing could ever come between me and playing guitar. I would rather there not be McDonalds than not play the guitar, and I love McDonalds.” He enjoys progressive rock, jazz, and metal. Minus the Bear, an experimental indie group from Seattle, is his favorite band. Dodds describes hipsters as people who have occult fascinations with music festivals and art as well as fetishes for thrift stores and coffee shops. Despite his love of the arts, Dodds claims he’s not one of the hipsters. “I don’t have the personality of a hipster,” Dodds said. “I just dress like one.” He notices that “being a hipster” is becoming more and more popular. “I noticed that trend has grown for girls,” Dodds said. “One day they’ll be wearing P.E. clothes and the next day they’ll be wearing a button-up with a leather jacket.” PAGE BY EMILY FORST & BRIANNA MORGAN


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THE MAN OF MOD Art teacher Michael Leistner wears Clark’s Original Desert Boots, neutral-tone jeans, a button-up shirt, and black blazer. He grabbed a cup of coffee at

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sters, he ardently expresses that he is not one. “I race bikes,” Leistner said. “I don’t ride bikes with skinny jeans and earrings like all the little hipsters do. They’re shallow. They’re like sheep. They kind of look and dress like their favorite hipsters.” Long-time friend and fellow art teacher Denise Maples would consider him a hipster. Leistner believes he’s more “mod.” “He’s always trying to be cutting edge and experimental in hairstyle and dress,” Maples said. “He doesn’t like to be cliche.” Leistner values individuality over conformity at this point in his life. “If anyone’s trying to be anything, I know it sounds cliche, but be yourself,” Leistner said. “And if that’s who you are, great. I think when I was young, I was guilty of that too, trying to be something. Now that I’m old, I don’t care. I think if I were in my twenties, hey, I might try to be hipster.”

k c i p NORTH STAR Haley Gilbert:

EMERGING ARTIST Eighteen-year-old senior Haley Gilbert takes AP Art Studio, attends live shows at the Lemp Neighborhood Art Center and, like all true hipsters, denies she is one. “I don’t really consider myself one really,” Gilbert said. “But a lot of people have said I am. It’d probably have to do with my clothes and style. I’m pretty hip. It also has to do with the fact that I’m into art.” University. “I love all forms of expression,” Gilbert said, “and the process of it is a way for me to express myself, my ideas, and emotions.”

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The vest. The universal piece of wardrobe that can cover anything, even a classic plain white T-shirt. The 35mm film camera, because going digital is too mainstream.

The mustache. It’s all part of the image. There’s something magical about listening to your music on an old vinyl.

Fedora. The hat that just oozes class. A hipster wouldn’t be complete with out it. Indiana Jones wears one.

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“They listen to music no one else knows about. They wear clothes that were popular in other decades but not now.” Rain Northrop, 10

“Someone who is into the latest music but it’s not really mainstream and more obscure.” Victoria Miller, 11

“They have swag, they’re comfy and they dress well and have lots of friends.” Addison Eaker, 10

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Angela Hopwood, 11 IS THERE SOMEONE THAT INSPIRES YOUR SENSE OF STYLE? “I would say major clothing apparel stores. I just like their style of clothing. It’s unique and cute. It looks good on me.”

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“To me it’s how well the colors contrast and match my skin. I like a style that says I dress nice, but I have a mysterious side.”

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hannah brown ,11 HOW DOES YOUR STYLE REFLECT YOUR MOOD? “Usually I wear sweatpants or Adidas or Nike shorts, but if I am in a particularly good mood I’ll wear a dress.”

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Senior Casey Goettel proves that working on cars is not just a guy thing BY TANNYR SEDDON tannyrseddon@gmail.com | @TannyrNicole

Defying the stereotypes of a male dominated hobby, senior Casey Goettel decked out her dream car with some unique features. Her personalized 2002 Camaro, with its black stripes on bright red, makes Goettel feel like she stands out. “I feel like when I’m driving down the road, everyone knows it’s me,” Goettel said. “I’m proud of it because I put all my money into it and did it all myself.” By adding kicker subs with flashing lights, fender stripes and many other modifications, Goettel managed to construct a car that she loves, is proud of, and shocks people to see her step out of. It’s a car she’s proud to show off. “[It’s special because of] all the work she put into it,” senior Angel Moore said. “I know she likes showing it off. She likes all the cool stuff she’s put in.”

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FHN graduate and long time singer Katie Bailey auditioned for the current season of American Idol and moved on as one of the top 150 contestants for the hit televison show. While attending FHN Bailey participated in choir and Knightsound and often sang at events such as Coffeehouse and graduation. (photo submitted)

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Katie Bailey pursues her biggest dream of one day becoming a famous performing artist BY BRIANNA MORGAN

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A crowd of thousands of people are screaming, singing and dancing, waiting for their chance to audition for one of America’s top shows. In the middle of all the chaos is 2011 FHN graduate Katie Bailey. She was among the few chosen to go to Hollywood. “My first thought when I found out I made it was kind of like a big black hole,” Katie said. “I didn’t know what to think or say, but when you look down and see that golden ticket in your hands, it feels absolutely amazing.” Last May, Katie auditioned with 12 other girls, including FHN graduates Brittany Burke and Laurel Reese. Out of the 12 girls, Katie was the only one to go to Hollywood. “To be honest that was something personal I had to go through,” Laurel said. “I already knew she made it. If I made it too, it would be awesome, but if I didn’t, it would suck. I had to pull myself out and move on because she would do the same for me.” Katie believes seeing the other singers’

potential made her second-guess her own talent along with singing in front of the judges. “Performing in front of the judges was definitely nerve racking,” Katie said. “You don’t want to mess up because they are looking at you with expressionless faces and straight in the eye so they don’t give anything away.” While Katie was eliminated after making the top 150 contestants, she’s still grateful for what she considers an amazing experience. “The best part about being on the show was everything,” Katie said. “Meeting new people from all over the nation was amazing. Just having this experience under my belt was awesome and getting to sing in front of the judges was just absolutely mind blowing.” Katie plans on trying out again once she feels she can handle herself and the situation better. She also wants to explore other singing opportunities that may come her way. “I think she can do it,” mother Linda Bailey said. “She is a person who isn’t afraid to try new things. She could really go somewhere far with all the talent she has to offer. Whatever she decides to do, she can do it.”

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Laulie Cakes employee prepares to make a batch of cupcakes. New cupcakes are offered daily for walk-in customers, ranging from Tropical Crush to Red Velvet, all for $3 per cupcake or $30 per dozen. Other delicacies provided by Laulie Cakes include cupcake vases, cookie bouquets and custom cakes. (ashley brophy)

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As kids pile onto the rink, junior Drew Landherr laces up his skates and speeds out, eyes peeled to spot a struggling skater. When duty calls, Landherr is ready to patrol the rink to help any skater that needs it. It is all part of the job for this Great Skate employee. “[The hardest thing about my job] is probably mad parents,” Landherr said. “They get mad if their kid gets hurt, and we cannot get to them in time.” Even though Landherr occasionally has to deal with angry parents, that doesn’t stop him from having fun on the job. In addition to skating, Landherr gets to talk on the microphone and man the stereo as a DJ playing song requests from the kids. “It’s fun because I get paid to skate,” Landherr said. Aside from skating, Landherr enjoys working with kids at his job. “[The most rewarding thing about my job] is probably helping kids out and being a better person,” Landherr said. “People always say ‘You’re lucky’ when they find out about my job.”

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From the depths of her kitchen, she rises to the top. Laura Andert, baker, decorator and owner of Laulie Cakes. Laulie Cakes is a business that Laura started years ago in her very own Kitchen. She was a stay at home mom who ran across a simple dilemma: no bakery that she went to was able to bake the cake that she had envisioned for her daughter’s birthday. That was when she first picked up her spatula and began baking. That was when Laulie Cakes was born. “I was a little scared. It was really exciting when the store opened,” Laura said. “You kind of feel like you’re crossing the finish line.” With only a few decorating classes behind her, Laura’s business began to boom, though she had no formal training in culinary arts. She feels that by not having any experience except for her few classes, she has a creative advantage over other bakers. “I think that culinary school teaches you to think inside the box,” Laura said. “When you don’t have that training it helps

you to be able to think outside the box. Your brain has more freedom as opposed to learning by the rules.” Laura didn’t need a degree, she had talent and love for the game. Even though she was new to this sugar coated world, her instructor knew there was someFHNTODAY.COM thing inside her that could take her business to To watch a video about Laulie the top. Cakes and the different types of “She was very cupcakes they talented. I run my make. own business OR use this link: goo.gl/3mfe2 and I knew if I could do it, she could do it,” Kym Grannemann, her instructor, and co-worker said. Talent couldn’t take her all the way. Her dream became a reality after months of planning. Laulie Cakes opened in September 2011. Laura still faces challenges every day. She often finds maintaining the balance between her work and her family to be one of the more difficult aspects of owning her own business. “The main struggle is between work and home,” Laura said. “It’s a challenge that turned into a passion.”

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PIGGy Banks Senior Samantha Best collects piggy banks; so far she has 40, all of them received as a gift BY DELORES LAMPKIN delorislampkin@gmail.com

The first time someone walks into senior Samantha Best’s room, the first thing they notice are the pigs. Best has been collecting piggy banks ever since she was in the seventh grade. Her desire to collect piggy banks was sparked when her sister brought her a souvenir back from Chicago. “Since going to Chicago would interfere with school, I wasn’t allowed to go, but my sister was. She brought me back a gift, and it was a piggy bank,” Best said. “It started my collection, and I have always been fond of it.” Best’s collection consists of many kinds of piggy banks from family members, including her biggest contributor, her mom. Best’s favorite pig is one that instead of being round like a pig, it has a scrunched body and a big nose. Best thought it looked like a pug, so she named it Pug Pig. “I think it’s pretty cool,” sophomore Catherine House said. “Her whole room is filled with piggy banks, and it looks pretty amazing.”

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Unlike many junior and senior girls who go out and buy their prom dress, senior Cara Kyonka is taking a different route by making her own. She has put in hard work and money for materials and has managed to make the perfect dress yet again; Kyonka made her junior prom dress last year as well. (zack eaton)

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Finding the perfect Prom dress is stressful for some girls, who spend countless hours browsing store after store looking for ‘the one.’ Senior Cara Kyonka decided her junior year to devote that time to sewing her own perfect Prom dress. This year, when the dress wanted was out of her price range, she decided to make her own dress once again. “You couldn’t tell her dress last year was handmade,” senior Rebecca Harms said. “It was cool because she spent way less than I did, and it still looked awesome. I still find glitter in my car from it.” Kyonka started sewing in sixth grade but never really made anything big until high school when she started making clothes. Starting her sophomore year, she took Clothing and Textile I, II and Advanced, all three of the sewing classes available at FHN. Her biggest inspiration to start her sewing hobby was her grandmother. “My grandma sewed a lot of stuff,” Kyonka said. “When she passed away I was hugely determined to take it up because she was actually supposed to teach me.”

Kyonka buys most all of her materials from Jo-Ann’s fabrics and Hancock fabrics. This year she spent a total of $100 for all the materials to make her dress, saving her a lot of money. She started working on her dress right before spring break and worked for a solid three weeks, putting almost 100 hours into this project. “Cara has a passion for sewing,” teacher Diana Harrison said. “She has an internal drive to fix things and make them perfect. I can really see her going somewhere with this passion.” On prom night, when she’ll be wearing her finished gown, Kyonka says she’ll feel very accomplished because this dress is the most complicated thing she has ever tried making. Up until last year when she made her first Prom dress, she had never made anything so elaborate. This helped her expand her sewing talent. “This dress has shown me how much I’ve grown in my sewing abilities,” Kyonka said. “Last year making my dress was to challenge myself and see if I could do it. This year is about pushing myself to make my vision a reality.”

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How effective are the filters? The category based filtering system sometimes filters sites that would be acceptable for students to access at school and leaves websites open that are less appropriate. These are examples.

blocked sites www.macforums.com www.stumbleupon.com www.vimeo.com www.readwriteweb.com www.chacha.com www.mobileread.com

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unblocked sites www.drinkingstuff.com www.water-bongs-glass-pipes.com www.lazertits.com www.buy-cocain.com www.iloveguns.com www.beermachine.com

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itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s foolish not to let them access it. When kids screw up when writing notes, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t take away paper and pencils. -tim dorway

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student & parent thoughts

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SANDI TANNER Mother of a senior at New Tech. She says that before New Tech, her son played computer games instead of getting his school work done.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;He  figured  it  out,â&#x20AC;?  Tanner  said.   â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  would  rather  have  him  figure   those  distractions  out  now  then   in  college.â&#x20AC;?

+ debi ylitalo Mother of two Chanhassen students. As paft of the Parent Leadership Council, she canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t think of any parents who oppose the policy.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  see  how  it  might  be  scary,â&#x20AC;?   Ylitalo  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;But  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  the  way  of   the  future.  I  suppose  someone   could  be  unhappy  about  it,  but  I   havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  met  anybody.â&#x20AC;?

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sam miller As a student at Chanhassen, she enjoys using social media in the classroom and believes all high schools should have a relaxed internet policy.

â&#x20AC;&#x153;You  canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  not  like  technology,â&#x20AC;?   Miller  said.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;So  many  people  are   using  it,  you  need  to  embrace  it   instead  of  having  kids  go  behind   teachersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;  backs  to  access  it  on   their  phones..â&#x20AC;?

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how can it be done? actual classroom EXAMPLES Classrooms around the world use social media in lessons, these are examples of social media infused activities used in classrooms from nearly all levels of education. For more info, links are provided to blog posts or discussions about each activity.

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Focusing Lessons

@tomberrett from Nottingham, England tweeted a question and his class used the answers as data for a project on probability. KWWSELWO\WW-0P

Students posted a paragraph about their reading each night, the teacher tweaked his next lesson to focus on what the kids didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t understand. KWWSRQIEPH+KR+6I

Communicating

Identifying Key Points @newmilfordhs students condensed key info from a Bio lesson. It let them see what their peers picked up on and what they might have missed. KWWSELWO\SUMP5L

Personal Branding

Kindergarten teacher in Dallas, TX uses facebook to communicate important news with his studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; parents. KWWSELWO\K7J,E

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Students of @alyssahammond had to decide on content and create a unique voice they would use for their own personal brand. KWWSELWO\PQ=K*G

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University of South Florida beginning Spanish teacher uses Facebook for class discussions and to give out homework assignments. KWWSELWO\WW-0P

youtube Practicing Skills When practicing to perform  Slava!   The Warren Township High School Symphonic Band learned from other performance videos. KWWSELWO\+WLV8%

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Interpreting Literature To help students open their minds and analyze classic poems, they viewed YouTube videos people have made reenacting the poems. KWWSELWO\+KO-[

others Giving Feedback At the London Metropolitan University in England students regularly use Blogger to express their opinions on what theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re learning. KWWSELWO\R8=[OJ

Studying Art Students at the University of Southern California have used Pinterest as a mood board to organize their interpretations of public art. KWWSWRSEVRUJ*&Y)/S

Showcasing Work Socialjournalism.tumblr.com is a class tumblr where students can showcase their work and give each other feedback. KWWSELWO\GD-D=9

many companies have learned the secret to harnessing the power of social media and molding it into a vital skill for future careers.

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social media will be part of things that everyone will do. it will be assumed that people will take it on. -erica smith

41% of students who graduated college in 2011 used social media in their job search.

38% of CEOs label social media a high priority in their businesses.

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58% OF BUSINESSES

whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the big deal?

who increased their use of social marketing techniques saw a drop in marketing cost.

While social media seems like it might just be â&#x20AC;&#x153;socialâ&#x20AC;? these statistics show that these sites are impacting the professional world - from businesses, to college admissions, to job placement.

50% OF WEB SALES

will be generated by brands using social media and mobile platforms by 2015 .

34% OF MARKETERS

have used Twitter to generate consumer interest in a product. 20% have used it to close deals.

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45% OF employers use social media to research candidates for jobs.

24% OF colleges

say their admissions officeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s checked perspective studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; social media pages in 2011. Only 10% did in 2008.

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"I got scars all over my arms and legs, and when my mom noticed, she tried to take my board away, so I went and hid it under my bed." -Christian Hickerson Elaine remembers telling Christian that she never wanted him to long-board again. He didn’t listen. “I’m okay with it if he is wearing protective gear, which he doesn’t do,” Elaine said. “He’s had some pretty intense wipe-outs.” Christian doesn’t believe longboarding is more dangerous than skateboarding; it just depends on how crazy you get with it.

There are also different tricks associated with this sport. Slalom, an act of weaving in and out of obstacles, is one trick that Christian particularly works on. He’s also learning to slide which will allow him to slow down without putting his foot down. The major differences between skateboarding and longboarding is that a longboard is much bigger and faster.

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Senior Christian Hickerson has been long boarding since the age of 14. Hickerson scours various neighborhoods to find what he likes to call a “nice hill” to long board down. None of Hickerson’s friends long board so he goes solo on his adventures. This activity serves as a form of exercise for Hickerson. (sarah teson)

“Longboarding is almost like surfing with wheels,” Christian said, “and it’s a lot more relaxed than skateboarding.” Christian started this unique sport when he was 11-years-old. Several of his friends were longboarding at the time, so he decided to try it out. He found it to be a relaxing activity, and he continued it when he moved to Missouri. “I like longboarding because it reminds me of California,” Christian said. “It’s a chilltastic thing to do.” While it may be “chill-tastic”, longboarding does come with many safety concerns due to the speed. Christian’s mom isn’t the only one concerned about his safety. “I’m constantly scared he’s going to get hit by a car, but it’s really cool and super fun,”

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sophomore Alexis Happe said, “though I would never try it; I’m not that talented.” Every moment Christian longboards is a dangerous one, but they’re moments Christian lives for. His most exciting memory while longboarding was when he was gliding down a huge hill, cars barreling down both sides of the road. He managed to maneuver himself between the cars and come out on the other end unscathed. He replays this moment in his head as a triumphant one. While others may view this sport as risky and treacherous, Christian cranks up his music and finds it relaxing escape from reality. “Even though it’s dangerous, I like the adrenaline rush, plus it reminds me of the good ol’ days back yonder,” Christian said.

Designed for downhill racing, this style of longboard measures 38 to 43 inches long and is closer to the ground. This provides a low center of gravity, which is essential for speed and balance going downhill.

slalom Also used for racing, slalom boards are built for quick and sharp turns. With a length of 25 to 35 inches, lightweight build, and a wider wheel base, these boards are very agile and maneuverable.

Cruising A mix between a longboard and surfboard in shape. They are some of the longest at 60 to 80 inches, and are used at slow speeds for transport and surf-style tricks.

trick The trick board is very short (rarely longer than 42 inches) and similar to the average skateboard. They are meant for the same kind of tricks as skateboards, except they are heavier and need more skill to operate.

Hybrid These longboards have the greatest variety, but most hybrids are generally shorter. They also may have an unusual shape, which is the result of wheel cutouts for sharper turns while going downhill.

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The track team grew from 135 to 162 athletes this season. To accommodate this larger team and help the athletes have a successful season, the track team made many changes this season. Meyer said. “I feel like we’re accomplishing more This season’s changes include more home meets, new coaches, improved strategies, a more organized practice schedule, and new equipment. The new coaches this season are Iliyan Chamou, Katie Orr, Greg Gaia and Jenelle Louis. These coaches joined the team to replace the distance and jump coaches. “The new coaches are really good for the team; they all seem really dedicated, and they look like they

Another change this year is more home meets. Last year, only one meet was held at North. This year, three meets have taken place so far at FHN. The next and last home meet is the JV girls meet on April 16. With these changes, the track team hopes to reach their goals of winning all four levels of conference, including JV boys and girls and Varsity boys and girls. Other goals are getting all of the track athletes to run in a meet and have as many athletes place at Sectionals and State as possible. “I feel like a student can develop as not only an athlete, but as a person, and when you leave, the values coach Greg Hennenfent said. “I am trying to give them what my coach gave me in high school and college and give them the experience they cannot get in any

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Senior Mack Weaver runs the 4x800 during Friday Night Relays on March 30. The Varsity boys 4x8 placed third at the annual even that FHN hosts at home. Several other schools from around the area came to participate. (jessica streiler)

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The varsity football team has high expectations for the new coach. The administration has narrowed down the selection to just a few. This will be the first new coach in over 11 years. (kaitlyn williams)

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As the next football season approaches, players await the administration’s decision on a new coach to lead the Varsity team next fall. “I want a coach who can bring in new players that haven’t played before, and a coach who is organized who can motivate their

takes a lot of planning, FHN is determined to pick the right person. “We are looking for someone who is knowledgeable about the game of football, and someone who can motivate the kids and

The administration isn’t alone. The players have high expectations for a new coach as well. “I’m looking forward to a coach nior Jake Haubner said. “I’d like a coach with creative ideas and a pas-

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Everyone is over-exaggerating that FHN is going to have a amazing football season next year due to the new head coach. While this is possible, and it would be nice to have a winning season, it is up to the players to work hard and turn the program aroundnot the coach. A coach can only get you so far. It’s up to the players to not be idiots on the practice

The Varsity girls Soccer team is at 3-2-0 as of press and defeating Fort Zumwalt East at home on March 29. Under the shadow of a team that went 17-7-1 and went to live up to the high expectations. Stobart said. “Even though we lost some of our best That is the goal set by coach Mark Olwig, who in Junior Catie Blake forces the ball past the FZE defender to get a shot on goal. The Knights won the game 2-0 on March 29. Last year the Varsity soccer team made it to quarterfinals. (brandon neer)

Hannah miller Event: Long distance Varsity Runner Best Mile time: 6:10

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off season, whether it be in the weight room or playing another sport to stay active. It would also help if more people came out to play. Last season, if a player was injured, a player from a different position would have to substitute in. This problem won’t change with a new coach . We do have a chance to turn the program around with a new head coach. If there is a time to succeed, it is this coming season, but we still have a lot of work to do until we are a playoff-worthy team.

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FACT: Harry Caray, a former announcer for the Cardinals, did not become the legend he is today until after switching to the Cubs.

Cardinal fans “It’s a fun rivalry. It’s nice to see us beat the cubs, then I can give Mr. Besse trouble because he is a Cubs fan.” -Patty Bartell, Teacher

FACT: The rivalry between the Cardinals and Cubs is also known as the I-55 Series, as that is the highway that connects St. Louis and Chicago.

cubs fans “My family has always grown up watching the Cardinals. I’m really excited to go to the opening game, and I think they’re gonna do awesome this year.” -Allie Lukefahr, 11

“Whoever wins depends on who’s pitching. The cards lost Albert Pujols. I think it’ll be a good series, Cubstwo games and Cards- one game.” -Tim Besse, Teacher

“I grew up in Chicago, so I hate the Cardinals. The only reason they were good is because they had Pujols.”

-Devawn Chester, 11

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RIGHT: Senior Jaxon Nagel drives the ball on April 3 at Innsbrook Resort. Nagel medaled in the match but the Varsity team as a whole lost by one point. (kaitlyn williams)

BELOW: Senior first basemen Braxton Martinez tags the batter out as he slides into first base after he tried to steal. The Varsity boys won their game against Hickmann 10-0 on March 26. (sarah teson)

The Varsity boys volleyball team huddles after a time out at the game against Granite City on March 28. All levels have their next game tonight at home against the Oakville Tigers. (erin dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;amico)

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On March 21st, Raymond Che returns a serve in the 2nd set of a doubles match played with Matt Schneider against Fort Zumwalt East. So far the Knights are still undefeated in the season 5-0 with there most recent victory against McCluer North, also a shut out. (cameron mccarty)

MIDDLE: Junior Catie Blake and two opposing players struggle to attain the ball during Varsity game on March 29 against FZE. . (brandon neer)

LEFT: Sophomore Brandon Chac finishes his last lap strong in the 4x1600 before passing the baton off to the last leg in the race during Friday Knight Relays on March 30. The annual event is the only meet of the year that the 4x1600 is a race. (jessica streiler)

Senior and alternate captain David Hitchcock attempts to take possession of a loose puck in the offensive zone. The Varsity Knights are a perfect 8-0 so far this season.. (jessica streiler)

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CHRIS CATTRON, 10

ROBBIE NICOLLI, 11

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“Making varsity as a freshman because I think [it’s] an impressive accomplishment.”

“Probably making it to State last year because it had been a goal of mine for a while.” “Hopefully, having another great team and getting lots of wins.”

“GACs because I want to do better this year.”

MOLLY KUBE, 10

Christina Conley,11

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“Winning districts last year because we haven’t won districts in a while.”

“Winning any kind of tournament is an achievement for me.”

“Winning districts again and winning State.”

“I’m looking forward to a fresh, new team and a good season.”

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TJ Burke, 12

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After a combined 29 years playing soccer, seniors Jade Shinn and Megan Frkovic spend their last year at FHN playing on the Varsity girls Soccer team. After high school, both girls are headed to Truman State University on athletic scholarships. Frkovic was offered a scholarship during the high school season her junior year. Shinn was offered her scholarship at the beginning of this past summer. “I was excited when I found out she was going,” Frkovic said, “It will definitely help me adjust to this new place, having someone I have already been playing with for the past four years.” Both seniors are excited to play together at a D II college. “I think it will make the transition from leaving home to college a lot easier,” Shinn said. “I’ll have a friend that I’m already comfortable with and a connection to home.”

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“Playing varsity my sophomore year.”

“Shooting under a 37, driving the ball 300 yards, and getting an eagle.” “Improving my game from last year and going out and scoring well.”

“Our new coach because we needed a change for the team to be better.”

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“Going to sectionals last year because it was unexpected, and we did really good.”

“Going to sectionals in cross-country as a freshman.” “Getting back into the rhythm of running and going to State.”

“Improving my times and having a good time with my teammates.”

Fhn varsity BASEBALL Focus JAKE SHOLLAR,11 Baseball “Getting better and stronger every year as the year progresses,” Shollar said.

This season, junior Jake Shollar is looking forward to playing with all of his friends and playing with all of the seniors one more time before they go off to play college baseball.

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Trying to turn Snow White into a comedy did not work and resulted in bad lines and annoying characters BY SIDNEY SHELTON shelton2012@gmail.com

“Mirror Mirror” takes the classic story of Snow White and tries to turn it into a family friendly comedy. This attempt resulted in seven annoying dwarfs and an entertaining yet forgettable plot. “Mirror Mirror” follows the story of Snow White as she fights to gain her kingdom back from her evil stepmother, find true love and discover what happened to her father. Snow White is played by Lily Collins, and she did a dreadfully awful job. Her acting did not make me want to cry or laugh. It sounds like she was reading them off a piece of paper, and all I could think about was the person holding her cue cards. The evil queen played by Julia Roberts isn’t any better. I spent more time staring at her outlandish outfits then paying attention to her character. The prince is played by Armie Hammer, whose only redeeming quality is his good looks. As the movie went on, he started to annoy me more and more. However, the seven dwarfs are by far the most annoying part; they were overly obnoxious. Even though the plot is forgettable, I enjoyed watching the special effects and looking at the costumes. The special effects create a believable town and the costumes are interesting to say the least. I could tell that the children in the theater enjoyed the movie, but overall, the bad jokes and bad acting overshadow anything in the movie that could have been good.

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Create anything that you can think of from a zombie elephant to a psychopathic cheer leader with a knife.

The cute cat that you can dress up and feed will tell you the “Bath Levels” which is really just your battery life.

cut and slice Symmetry to the next step. Try to make equal slices out of any shape given a specific amount of cuts while trying to earn stars.

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END dancing with the stars BY AMANDA STALLINGS

amandastallings13@gmail.com | @AStall13

Season 14 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars premiered on March 19. During the past few seasons, I’ve started to get sick of the show. I usually find myself turning the channel after just a few minutes of watching the show. Although many of the “stars” could have done better, the show was bearable. To my surprise, none of the contestants scored lower than a 20. But then again, I’ve started to think the judges can no longer tell the difference between

good and bad. I question why the show still reels in so many views. I can’t say that I’m looking forward to the rest of this season. To be honest, I probably won’t watch it for very much longer. I don’t have time to watch a pointless “dance” show. I’ve gotten tired of seeing people who are considered B-list celebrities parade around looking ridiculous. Based on what I saw, if I had to predict my favorite “star” that I would want to win, it would be Steve Urkel (Jaleel White). He might not have done the best, but he’s one of the true “stars” of the show.

perfect female novel the mars volta BY PAIGE YUNGERMANN

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Every now and then, I need a dose of cliche chick lit. Deb Caletti is perfect for this. In the novel “Stay”, Clara moves to an island town to escape Christian, her controlling exboyfriend. This book may be an easy read with a slightly predictable plot, but the well-crafted setting and developed characters keep the story interesting. While “Stay” is no literary masterpiece, it’s a good story with relatable characters and is perfect for any girl who doesn’t mind reading yet another book about a girl with boy problems.

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The Mars Volta are an experimental rock band that is pretty respected in the hipster community. Their early albums are pretty strange, and I really don’t enjoy them much. However, their latest is “Noctourniquet,” a decent rock album that is a much more tolerable experience. Some highlights include “Empty Vessels Make the Loudest Sound,” “Molochwalker” and “Vedamalady.” These tracks are a pretty pleasing blend of psychedelic rock and synth. Overall, this album isn’t album-of-the-year material, but it’s a nice listen. I give it three out of five stars.

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This comedian’s only talent is taking good movies and ruining them with not so funny spoofs BY NICK BUSSELL ndbrox@gmail.com | @nbussell

Shane Dawson’s video “13 and Pregnant” was a top trending video on YouTube. Dawson is a comedian who creates spoofs of popular music videos and movies. In the particular skit, a preteen pretending to be a rebellious, pregnant teenager dropped Fbombs like it was classy. This video is disappointing. This guy trashes films I enjoy, dresses up as two different women and talks to himself. He took a perfectly good movie like “The Help” and ruined it by making the funniest scene in the movie racist and pretending to eat feces. My IQ dropped several points from watching him. I can’t imagine what audience Dawson is targeting, unless his audience is everyone, and he is hoping to tick off anyone who will listen. I never plan to watch another Dawson video.

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Opinions

TIME TO

GET M.A.D. America has the worlds largest nuclear armistice, but we cower at the ambition of lesser nations BY LISA SAVILLE

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The U.S. has in its possession 5,100 nuclear warheads. The destruction resulting from the notorious bombings of Nagasaki and Hiroshima was devastating, but these bombs were miniscule compared to what is available to great military powers of today. But funny thing, I’m not too worried about the U.S., Iran or any other country using nuclear weapons. The reason I’m not worried- at least not too worried- is because I’m mad. That’s right, I said it. I’m not worried about Iran joining the nuke club because of Mutually Assured Destruction (M.A.D.). This is the theory that nuclear capability is a deterrent against nuclear war. It prevents the use of weapons of mass destruction due to fear of retaliation. This theory gave the arms race between the U.S. and Soviet Union during the Cold War a certain legitimacy, despite the obvious dangerous implications. Furthermore, I’m not worried about the impending doom of the world due to relatively small developments in other nation’s military arsenals because it would end up worse for them than for us. Besides Russia, no other nation comes close to having what America does in it nuclear arsenal, but even the former communist state poses no threat to the U.S. or any other nation in the world due to the U.S. having the capability to completely destroy Russia completely in retaliation. With that said, I’ll just sit back and let M.A.D. do the dirty work.

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Your take Knights voice their opinions on events happening around the school, country and world.

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LORAINNE SMITH

o n katie bailey

“She did the best she could have done. I’m sure it’ll prepare her for things later to come in life, and it most definitely made her a better performer.”

CHIP CROW

ON BOARD ELECTIONS “I think that this elections will be much more unique and interesting because we only have four candidates and we usually have more to choose from.”

LOGAN COOMBS

On Kony 2012

“I think the government should send some troops, but not a lot. I want to support it but there are so many other bad people.”

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NO MORE FUNDING POINTLESS PROMOS

Political ads are a waste of money and do nothing for the candidate BY AUSTIN SEAY

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Americans are forced to suffer every four years through rapid fire of campaign advertisements. These political TV commercials have all the fun of regular commercials with the added bonus of making you feel like the country is doomed. To make this whole thing worse, according to a Stanford study, political advertisements have proven to have minimal effects on the people’s votes. So while these ads are doing no good, CNN reports that President Obama plans to raise $250 million more for this election then he did back in 2008, and according to the

New York Times, Mitt Romney has already raised $63 million as of Jan. 31. The candidates might as well be throwing money in a bonfire. At least that would warm the homeless. Candidates talk about how they want to cut taxes and spend the money they do have on worthwhile things, like helping people under the poverty line. These noble causes are hindered by the fact that those candidates and their supporters throw out millions to try and get elected in the first place. So when you go up to the voting booth in November, think long and hard about all the money wasted and all the money that could be used for a greater purpose.

Freshman Mentors BY JAKE CHIARELLI

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The mentor system helped me in different ways over the past year. I’ve come to know my mentors and appreciate what they do. They also helped me feel more comfortable in high school. Overall, the mentor program is good. They break the tension between freshman and seniors and help the freshman with problems. But I think with improvements, the program could have a greater impact on freshmen and FHN as a whole. Mentors are already improving some things. Sponsor Anne McPartland said they are working to improve how the mentors interact with freshman during home room. They are also working to make the mentors easier for the freshmen to get in touch with. The mentor program already does lot to help freshman transition more smoothly into high school. However, with a few easy changes, freshman year would be even easier.

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SAMANTHA BAUER ON CUPCAKE FLAVORS “My favorite cupcake flavor is confetti vanilla with lots of little colors because colors make me happy.”

MATTIE SCHNEIDER

ON TECHNOLOGY

“I think the school needs to trust us because we are in high school and we should know the consequences.”

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MAGGIE TORBECK on HIPSTERS “It’s too mainstream because everyone is trying to be one, and that’s the point: not to do what everyone else is doing.”

MATT VANCOUTREN ON FAMILY BUSINESSES “I think that it would be easier to work at a family owned business because you already know everyone and get along with them a lot better.”

YO MAmMA! REALLY?

People can make jokes without being offensive to others around them BY AMANDA CORNETT

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Joking around is something that everyone does. Life would be very boring if there wasn’t that one person who always knows what to say to make everyone laugh. Unfortunately, our society has come up with inappropriate jokes that are hurtful and bring back the issue of stereotypes. Yo mamma jokes are hurtful comments that are meant to be funny. You do not know what goes on between someone and their mother. Home situations are varied and the joke is not worth the damage that is done. Blonde jokes are also examples of cruel jokes. I have blonde hair, and I am not stupid. Even though I know it’s just a joke, I still do not like it when people make fun of me with blonde jokes. I am not dumb; like you, my head is filled with brains, not air. People need to think before they speak; it is not worth hurting someone just for a few seconds of laughter. Just remember that you may be joking, but not everyone thinks you are funny.

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LETTER TOTHE EDITOR THIS IS A SCHOOL, NOT A STREET CORNER! Ladies, so I get we’re women and have certain assets that are fun to show off. That doesn’t mean we need to come to school looking like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman. I mean, this movie kicks butt for sure, but that doesn’t mean we need to emulate her style at school. I see girls everyday that let their thongs hang out and their pants fall below their butt, and let me tell you, it is not pretty. For that matter, neither is the current look of sagging pants that many guys in my school seem to think makes them attractive. It doesn’t. Neither does wearing shorts that look more like underwear, which many girls also think is hot. It’s not. You just become the butt (no pun intended) of the jokes or Facebook statuses that your peers make. And the sad thing is that it doesn’t seem to bother you. Just because you have skinny legs, flat abs, or a toned butt doesn’t mean you have to flaunt it. There’s something to be said about a girl who keeps a little bit of mystery in her wardrobe, especially in the times where the opposite is seen everywhere. I know and fully accept that I am not the best person to be telling you this, but I’ll try to do it with you. Let’s try and class up our act. There’s no point in being a nasty girl. - Megan Weber Got an opinion about something you read in the paper? Submit a letter to Rm 026, and tell us about it. Letters cannot exceed 300 words. Find the full Editorial Policy at: FHNtoday.com/editorialpolicy

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NORTH STAR TAKE

A NEW APPROACH TO THE WEB Embracing technology and social media in the Francis Howell School District is necessary to provide a 21st century education ON BEHALF OF THE EDITORIAL STAFF yourfhn@fhntoday.com | @fhntoday

Once upon a time there was a high school where students were allowed to use Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and even educational websites. The teachers were technologically competent, used social media to connect with other schools and demonstrated how to use the Internet responsibly. Teachers gave students online freedom. If students made mistakes, teachers would correct them, guiding them back to focus. No unsafe students. No parent complaints. No bandwidth issues. It seems as though this place could never exist, at least never in FHSD, but it does. It’s a magical land called Chanhassen High School in a faraway kingdom called Minnesota. In this district, administrators trust students to use social media at school. They don’t mistakenly assume students will abuse it because they are confident in the education they have provided. There, administration does not ignore such a pertinent aspect of students’ lives because they realize that each year, more careers require social networking knowledge. Social media is now a practical skill for the real world. Because it is a skill that is becoming as common as typing, it has naturally been incorporated into their curriculum. Chanhassen uses their resources wisely. They allow students to ac-

cess the plethora of knowledge in YouTube videos, tweets and blogs. There are whole other magical lands out there to connect with in a single tweet or Facebook status. Perhaps FHSD could connect with Chanhassen online. After all, FHSD does have a Twitter account. FHSD could invite successful social media users from faraway places to help bring itself out of the Dark Ages of Technology and unblock YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr. If all goes well, maybe teenagers can overcome archaic Facebook statuses like “My mom sucks” and tweets like “#DTF >”, entering into a new era of Enlightenment. The cost of bandwidth expansion and possible exposure to inappropriate material is insignificant in the grand scheme of things in the District. What students can get out of social media is much bigger than stumbling across a nude picture (which happens even with the strictest Internet filter in place) and the money for a bandwidth upgrade. Social media can no longer be looked upon as a danger to the kingdom. Students benefit from resources they find through social networks now and, in the long run, gain knowledge to responsibly manage their unique social media presence. Maybe, just maybe, FHSD can one day pride itself in being a majestic kingdom like Chanhassen.

WHY USE IT? Social media can serve many different purposes in education. These are all skills that can be taken out of social media exercises in the class room.

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IMPROVE WRITING

Social media is concise. Good writing is concise. Twitter can teach students to focus on what’s important and tighten up their writing.

COMMUNICATE

When interacting with people on social media, students will learn effective ways to communicate with people that they can use in any situation.

STAY INFORMED Social media is the perfect way for people to learn stay updated on the local, national, and global news without even realizing it.

BREAK BARRIERS

With social media, it’s just as easy to connect with someone from down the hall as it is to connect with someone from across the world.

BE RESPONSIBLE

It will only become more important for students to understand web safety over time. What better way to teach them than to link social media with school?

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UNBLOCK THE TOOLS

Allow students and teachers access to social media right away. True integration will come in time, but not if we don’t get started. Teachers

Editor-in-Chief: Kelsey Bell

and students can be trusted with something they already use daily. Let them experiment using it as a learning tool.

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TRAIN TEACHERS

Students know how to navigate social media. The trick is for teachers to use their training as educators to take that tool and translate it into classroom

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use. Start by thinking of it as an up-to-the-minute database that can

FOSTER SUCCESS

talk back.

the steps for

Encourage students to use SM to connect with professionals in their

SOCIAL MEDIA INTEGRATION

area of interest. Career placement tests only give a taste of what kids think they might want, but these skills can connect them with real people in real jobs - forming connections that will jumpstart their futures.

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LET IT ROLL

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Teachers need to experiment and

KEEP KIDS FOCUSED

learn with the students. It’s not like this is an ancient art, we can afford

Kids have used SM to connect with friends

a few failed attempts. What we can’t

for a good part of their lives, it will take

afford is to continue to let fear keep

some refocusing for some kids to see it as

us behind the curve.

more than that. Work with students and help them get there.

SPECIFIC CLASSROOM EXAMPLES SOCIAL SCIENCE

Bin Laden’s death was on Twitter before it was on TV. Twitter could help explain current events.

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ENGLISH

Tweet live with authors during a class discussion about the use of literary devices.

These are specific ways that classes at FHN could use social media.

FOREIGN LANGUAGES

Students could tweet with international classrooms about culture abroad.

MATH

Learn methods to solve equations using YouTube as an alternative learning medium.

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