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contents NORTH STAR / DECEMBER 14, 2011

features

news

SPORTS

8-9 Cancer support Math teacher Patty

2 celebration of lights

32-33 the inner superfan

Bartell struggles with life hardships with the support of staff and students; NHS decides to make her care packages to help out.

O’Fallon’s Celebration of Lights offers the ultimate Christmas experience through festive decorations.

10-11 Fashion page From glitzy heels to slim-

4-5 DISTRICT tech With the

lined tennis shoes, take a look at some of the best shoe fashions at North.

14 pi pizzeria "Legendary" service and fresh

ingredients make the very original Delmar Loop Pi Pizzeria a place worth going out of way to dine at.

16 tattoos and piercings Check out these 10

FHN students as they show off their various tattoos and piercings and explain the unique meanings behind them.

increasing popularity of technology, the District invisions many new programs to stay up-to-date.

OPINIONS 43 Appreciating nature Es-

Which type of fan are you? A look at how FHN fans supports their teams and clubs. 34 girl's swimming The team hopes to improve their prospects at meets with the addition of a diving team. 36 staying in shape Personal trainer Jason Tokun answers questions and gives advice about how to get and stay in shape.

trada discusses the need to appreciate nature’s beauty and not take it for granted.

In-depth

44 power to read your mind

12 places you need visit in the St. Louis area in case the world ends in 2012.

Blanchard warns against the dangers of new mind-reading technologies at Wash-U.

20-29 things to do in stl

24 Vintage Vinyl, located in the Delmar Loop, is a well-rounded music store offering every genre of music from any period of time. (zack eaton)

on the cover As the 2012 New Year approaches, students are contemplating if this could really be Earth’s last year. Whether it is or not, all St. Louisans should experience these 12 things before the end. (illustration by kelsey bell)

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REGISTER

A New way Students will now be able to register for all classes online without the hassle of paperwork BY ISABELLA LANZARA isabellalanzara@gmail.com

A new, online scheduling system provided by Infinite Campus is to be used for the first time by FHN and FHC students picking classes for the upcoming school year. FHHS won’t use this new method until next year because those students already completed their schedules for the 2012-13 school year. “I think it’ll be a good idea because it’ll be faster than having the counselors type in all of the students’ classes one by one,” junior Carly Wagner said. “It will allow the counselors to have more time to talk to the students about their schedules.” All freshmen, sophomores and juniors must attend a presentation in the auditorium about the new scheduling system. This takes place during English classes Jan. 11, 12 and 13. There is also be a registration information night Jan. 24 for any interested parents. “I hope parents will get involved and talk to their kids about their future,” counselor Mary Kerr-Grant said. Students unable to complete their schedules at home are able to come in before or stay after school in the library to complete their schedules. They’re also given time during school to access the website. “Get on early,” counselor Lisa Woodrum said. “Do it before the 24th because you’ll have the opportunity to make changes.”

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frau fest concert “It feels fantastic to have made it. It’s a big competition we’ve been looking forward to since last year,” Skylar Hardester, 9

Will Lewis, 12, talks with counselor Mary Kerr-Grant. Students will be talking with their counselors in the coming weeks about their schedules for next year. Counselors will be able to meet with more students than normal due to the online registration. (photo illustration by cameron mccarty)

SPANIsH club santa “Every member is assigned another person within the club to buy $10 worth of gifts,” Brian Santos, Spanish teacher

Stuco meeting “We’ll talk about winter warm up, StuCo shirts, come up with the theme for Snowcoming,” Ashlynn Laspe, 11

nhs: letters to santa “We’re making sure all letters written to Santa are answered,” Emily Colmo, 12

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the lighted

tradition The  Celebration  of  Lights   provides  a  holiday  tradition  for   families  in  the  community BY SIDNEY SHELTON shelton2012@gmail.com

The one-mile, lighted loop of trees and Christmas scenes, known as the Celebration of Lights, has been a part of the St. Charles community for 20 years. The Celebration opens to the public at 6:30 p.m., which is earlier than previous years, from Nov. 25 to Dec. 30. Every year, approximately 5,000 head to Fort Zumwalt Park for the Celebration, all to view lighted VFHQHVWKDWDUHGHFRUDWHGE\QRQSURĂ€WJURXSV “It is a holiday tradition for a lot of people,â€? O’Fallon Tourism and Festival Manager Marsha Seymour said. “It creates a lot of exFHNTODAY.COM citement whether you are young or old, and it’s just a lot of fun for everyone.â€? Classic holiday themed scenes, such as Scan this QR Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Workshop, code to be taken are present at the Celebration along with to a photo gallery of the CelebraAngry Birds, Robotics, Peanuts and Disney tion of Lights in O’Fallon. themed scenes. The scenes can be viewed OR use this link: http://goo.gl/qxpnR from cars, carriages, trains or sleigh rides. “I like the fact that you can enjoy the scenes from the warmth of your car,â€? senior Abby Bounds said. “It takes a while to get through it because of all the people, but it’s really pretty.â€? This year, the annual walk-through night for the Celebration took place on Dec. 13. Instead of vehicle WUDIĂ€FWKHSDUNFORVHGGRZQIRUSHGHVWULDQVRQO\RIfering people the opportunity to walk through and look through the scenes. “I love watching the little kids coming through,â€? SDUWLFLSDQW+HOHQ0D[Ă€HOGVDLG´7KH\DUHVRKDSS\ and they love the lights.â€? In order for the Celebration to be ready for opening night, planning began in early October. The plans included ordering new lights as needed, deciding the WKHPHRIWKHVFHQHVDQGĂ€QGLQJDWHDPSHRSOHWRKDQJ the lights. According to Seymour, these guidelines keep the Celebration looking fresh and interesting. “We all get together to do the scenes and make The Celebration of Lights opened on Nov. 25 and is open until Dec. 30, excluding Christmas day. It is held at Fort Zumwalt Park and all of the displays are funded by local businesses, organizations and WKHPIXQIRUHYHU\ERG\Âľ0D[Ă€HOGVDLG´,WKHOSVHYchurches. Carriage rides, train rides and sleigh rides are all available to the public, but reservations are erybody get in the Christmas spirit.â€? required.  (erin  d’amico)

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ns TOP TWEETS @Jwahlbrink Gotta love an after test nap.

World History teacher Zachary Fettig helps sophomore Andrew Halaney with his final review guide. “I am not nervous about finals because if I get worried, I might not do well on them,� Halaney said. (photo  illustration  by  kelsey  schaffrin)

Finals schedule Has Late Start

New  finals  schedule  gives  students  a  chance  for  studying  or  sleep BY AUSTIN SEAY

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Students are now allowed to come to school at 8:20 a.m. durLQJWKHĂ€QDOKDOIGD\VLIWKH\KDYH a means of transportation. This allows students extra time for sleep or extra study time with a teacher. In the past, students had a 30 minute study period before each WHVWRQWKHKDOIGD\VRIĂ€QDOV1RZ FHN has decided to change to this new schedule that FHHS successfully used for several years. “[The study period] was just wasted time for most people,â€? teacher Karen Hill said. “The late

start can be used to help students who want to learn.� The new schedule allows students to receive tutoring from teachers in the hour time block, so long as they are given a pass. This allows students to review for tests given later that day. Students without a pass must stay in the Commons where breakfast items can be purchased. The library is also open but only with a limited number of occupants. “I feel very good about it,� Principal Toni Grippi said. “It will be very good to get help from the teacher they need.� Buses are arriving at the regu-

lar time for students without a means of transportation. These students are expected stay in a classroom or the Commons. Those that can obtain their own ride need to be in class by 8:20 a.m. when testing begins. Despite support from many students and staff, some students don’t seem to be on board, such as those who are unable to get a ride. “It’s kind of stupid,â€? junior Kevin Dotson said. “It only works for people who have cars.â€? In any case, FHN plans to use WKLV Ă€QDO VFKHGXOH LQ WKH FRPLQJ semesters.

Quiz Bowl Doubles Size BY DELORES LAMPKIN deloreslampkin@gmail.com

FHN Quiz Bowl took place in the upper level of the school from 2:30 to 6:30. Students from schools from districts all over the state participated in the jeopardy-like activity for high schoolers. FHN won their competition. (murphy  riley)

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4XL] %RZO QRZ KDV HQRXJK SOD\HUV WKLV \HDU WR Ă€HOG WZRWHDPVDWFRPSHWLWLRQV7KLVLVWKHĂ€UVWWLPHWKDWWKH\ have the opportunity to compete with both Varsity and JV teams. Now, the stage has been set for the club to take on more players and allow the organization to grow. “The way we do things,â€? sponsor Jon Travis said, “two teams is good for us. It will build the program, but I won’t get spread too thin as a sponsor.â€? The FHN Quiz Bowl team is preparing to do their best at Districts this year. They are going against many of the high schools in FHSD. Now that there are both Varsity and JV teams, Travis is working to build competition skills. What makes Quiz Bowl challenging is the necessity of prime memorization skills. “Going back in your mind,â€? freshman Ashleigh Perkins said, “trying to remember every thing you just studied is the hardest part of Quiz Bowl.â€?

Jasmine  Wahlbrink

@meghefner When’s winter break? #fhnnews

Megan  Hefner

@Samm_Worsely Iggy, my cat, plays fetch... Roxy, my dog, does not.. What’s up with that? #howironic Sam  Worsely

@morganrobben No headphones today. Today shall be the longest day of my life... #Musicismybestfriend Morgan  Robben

@AwesomeEman This weekend stinks.... #Homework #MountainsOfIt Ean  Thielbar

@Adoeren Winter Wonderland? More like Frozen Tundra.. Austin Doeren

@Barbi_Bateman That awkward moment when you’re listening to dubstep and you have the dance seizure before the bass drops. #awkwardd Barbi  Bateman

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HSD has attempted to integrate technology into their schools and curriculums by introducing and considering new programs and ideas. One way is by supplying hand-held technologies like laptops for students or iPads in the libraries of schools. About 30 iPads are currently available for students at Barnwell Middle. “We’d like to see more hand-held devices in student’s hands,” Sommer said. “I WKLQN VWXGHQWV DQG FHUWLÀHG WHDFKLQJ VWDII will be very receptive towards that.” Some of FHSD’s other efforts of integrating technology are introducing new programs to the teaching staff and students alike. Such programs are ones like the newly introduced Atomic Learning or the UHFHQWO\ÀQLVKHGVWXGHQWHPDLOV “I’m looking forward to it picking up momentum as more people throughout the District learn more about Atomic Learning,” Board of Education (BOE) President Mike Sommer said. Atomic Learning is a public online training system. They offer over 200 modules to walk a user through the usage of a certain program. To further instill the knowledge of working various programs, the District plans to include Atomic Learning as a class in FHSD middle schools in their Exploratory Wheel, a cycle of rotating students through different electives lasting four to six weeks. In addition to the roughly $42,000 Atomic Learning is costing the District, creating this new class will cost FHSD another $46,000 out of its technology budget of $2.5 million. “I think it’s important for people to know FHSD is doing an awesome job here,” FHN Chemistry teacher Karen Hill said. “I think we need to be proud of what we’ve done with so little money.” Amongst the many modules Atomic Learning offers are ones that teach the standard Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excell and Google Docs, but a user also has the opportunity to create new modules such as one on the usage of a Smart Board. 7KH 'LVWULFW·V ÀUVW WLPH XVLQJ LW ZDV RQ Nov. 4 when it was tried out by teachers. “We realized technology has to become a bigger part of the District and be a part of the day-to-day curriculum in class,” Sommer said. 7KH 'LVWULFW ÀQLVKHG FUHDWLQJ VWXGHQW e-mails in early November for secondary students. These e-mails provide students with access to 10 times the amount of storage they receive on school computers. An-

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FHSD is working to integrate more technology into the education of their students by introducing new programs, tools and resources like putting iPads in secondary school libraries. The District is hoping to further engage students’ interest in learning by including technology into classrooms and curriculums. (photo illustration by iesha boll)

to provide because they feel the District has other large perk is that students are able to other concerns. access their account where ever they have “You say a word here or there,” Just said. an Internet connection. “If the ball gets rolling, great. If not, go on do“I think it’s going to be an opportunity ing with what you’ve got.” for students to communicate By next school year, students atwith each other and teachers,” tending an FHSD high school, or Sommer said. even middle school, can expect a Despite the new implefew iPads in their school’s librarmented programs and visions LHV 7KH VSHFLÀF DPRXQW LV QRW \HW for the future, some believe known. FHSD is also looking into that there are areas in schools assigning online textbooks to stuFHSD lacks technology. More technologyrelated programs dents rather than the actual book “I would say a computer At Francis Howell in the future. Some progress has lab for the Art department Union, FHSD has already been made on this, but crewould be on a wish list,” FHN implemented ating online textbooks depends on art teacher Paul Just said. an A+ credit recovery system. the publisher. More training through Just believes there aren’t They’re looking Atomic Learning will also be availenough computers at North to expand this to able to teachers in the coming years to let Art and Graphic Design other schools in the District. to keep them up-to-date with new students use at the same time. technologies they may encounter in He also thinks lack of projecFHSD schools. tors in the Art department set “Students are engaged when usthem back technologically ing technology,” FHSD Chief Information from other departments at North. Even 2IÀFHU 5D\ (HUQLVVH VDLG ´,I ZH HQJDJH VWXthough the Art department lacks these dents, they’re going to be interested. If they’re technologies, they haven’t asked FHSD interested, they’re going to learn.”

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While working at the Aces for All camp, a tennis camp for kids on the Autistic spectrum, Jake Bernstein explains to a camper how to properly hit the ball. The camp took place on Saturdays throughout August with teen volunteers from around the area. (file photo)

Teens Lendinga hand Growing Volunteen Nation launches new website to help teens find volunteer opportunities BY JACKIE JOREL jacquelinejorel@gmail.com

A local teen-run non-profit, St. Louis Volunteen, is launching a new website to serve as a database to help teens across the nation find volunteer opportunities in their area. The website, Volunteen Nation, emerged from St. Louis Volunteen. The St. Louis-based nonprofit was founded by a frustrated teenager, Simone Bernstein, after she was rejected from volunteering at local agencies because of her age. Volunteen was later taken over by her brother Jake Bernstein, now a senior at Clayton High. The organization was created to serve as a resource for teens to find volunteer opportunities in the St. Louis area. "It was really frustrating wasting all my time looking for volunteering opportunities and being turned down, when I could have spent that time actually volunteering," Simone said. St. Louis Volunteen has been growing steadily since their founding three years ago, and currently has a website and Twitter account featuring youth-friendly resources and volunteer opportunities for teens. In addition to advocating other organizations, Volunteen organizes many of its own events. Last summer, Aces for All was held in

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Clayton for children on the autism spectrum to help better their motor and social skills. More recently, they put together a 9/11 memorial service project that aimed at cleaning up Memorial Park in Brentwood. Their largest event is a volunteer fair held at the Magic House. Every year, 35 different charities set up booths and offer opportunities for teens in St. Louis. Last year there were more than 700 attendees, and next year they expect to have more than 1,000. "Volunteen first experienced success from the fair,” Jake said. “Organizations reported incredibly high responses and drew a lot of interested teens in, fueling the confidence for the Volunteen Nation expansion.” As a part of St. Louis Volunteen's success, a new organization, Volunteen Nation was created. The new organization will now focus on promoting volunteering opportunities in other areas of Missouri, rather than just St. Louis. They are beginning the slow growing process, starting with Columbia and Kansas City. A new website is underway to be used as a tool for youth looking to volunteer. “It’s amazing how quickly we have grown from Twitter updates, to website, to events,” Jake said. “It’s exciting to have growth at this rate and keeps followers excited to see what happens next."

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Angel Moore plays the part of a cottage elf at St. Charles Christmas Traditions BY EMILY FORST 422emily@gmail.com | @422emily

St. Charles prepares for the holiday season as Christmas comes rolling around. Angel Moore, senior, joins the celebration with her role as Poppy, the cottage elf in the St. Charles Christmas Traditions. Moore preforms with other elves during the festivities. She walks in the parade and keeps the kids entertained while waiting to see Santa. “I love being around kids,” Moore said. “The atmosphere is amazing because it’s Christmas. I love it.” She sees this job as both a good experience as an actress and just a great place to spread holiday cheer. She was encouraged to audition by some of her friends who were also involved in theater, like Nicole Cuneo, who participated in Traditions in 2010. Cueno also felt that Traditions had a positive impact on her life. “The best part of Christmas Tradition is probably seeing the joy it brings to little kids,” Cuneo said. “It’s really cool to keep that Christmas spirit alive in these families. It gives you a special feeling.”

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Pi Pizza serves award-winning deep and thin crust pizza through the St. Louis area. In addition to the many varieties of pizza, the Kirkwood location also offers a milkshake bar where people can buy handmade milkshakes while they wait for dessert. (zack  eaton)

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Charles Russel Although he is taking them out, Charles Russel has four piercings, two of which used to be plugs. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  took  them  out  because  when  I  go  into  the   force  I  wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t  be  able  to  have  them,  so  I  might   as  well  take  them  out  now,â&#x20AC;?  Russel  said.

Paige Clemons She got her first piercing when she was two months old, and now, Paige Clemons,16, has 13 piercings.  â&#x20AC;&#x153;My  tongue  ring  is  my  favorite  piercing   because  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  fun  to  play  with,â&#x20AC;?  Clemons  said.

MANDY WATSON Sophomore Mandy Watson has 12 piercings. Among theses piercings, her favorite is the web of her tongue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  did  it  because  I  was  so  afraid  the  tongue   would  hurt  too  bad  so  I  did  it  under  my   tongue,â&#x20AC;?  Watson  said.  

Becca Sklander Ranging from her neck to her ears, Becca Sklander has 9 piercing, with her favorite being her dimples. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My  mom  always  told  me  that  my  body  was   a  temple  so  I  thought,  why  not  decorate  it,â&#x20AC;?   Sklander  said.

Kaitlyn Patrylo Since recently getting her nose pierced, Kaitlyn Patrylo now has three piercings. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  got  my  nose  pierced  about  four  months   ago  because  I  really  wanted  it  and  I  think   they  are  cute,â&#x20AC;?  Patrylo  said.

Chelsey Clementz Junior, Chelsey Clementz has five piercings. Clementz got an industrial bar in her ear two years ago in her cartilage. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I  thought  it  was  cool  because  itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s  not  a   normal  piercing  that  everyone  has,â&#x20AC;?  Clem-­ entz  said.  

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rachel goodman amber johnson SAmM worsley Junior Rachel Goodman only has one tattoo. Goodman got her tattoo at the age of 16 with her sister. Her tattoo is an open heart design kind of like the necklace on her ankle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Me and my sister got the same tattoo on the same ankle DQG LW¡V NLQG RI OLNH D WDWWRR just for the two of us,â&#x20AC;? Goodman said about her ankle. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My tattoo shows people that I am open minded and can look at things from a new SHUVSHFWLYHÂľ

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Every year on historic Main Street more than 25 actors dress up as traditional Christmas characters in handmade clothing representing their heritage. The Santa Parade includes many different Santas from around the world, ending with Santa and Mrs. Claus in a horse drawn carriage. (brandon neer)

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The Lewis and Clark Fife and Drum Corps march down the street during the Santa parade that the traditional characters put on every Saturday and Sunday. (brandon neer) Riverside Sweets is one of the many businesses that participate in the holiday spirit. The shop sells homemade candy and ice cream throughout the year. (kaitlyn williams)

Historic Main street decorates in many ways for the season. One of the many festive decorations are the poinsettias that can be found around town. (kaitlyn williams) After the parade the traditional characters gather and tell a story to the audience and Tiny Tim finishes with â&#x20AC;&#x153;God bless us, every one.â&#x20AC;? (brandon neer)

The Jack Frost character hands a boy a collectible card. Each of the Christmas Traditions characters carry and give out cards to guests. There are 30 different cards to collect as a keepsake. (brandon neer) One of the traditional characters perform after caroling at Berthold Square where the Santa parade ends. (brandon neer)

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If the world really is going to end in 2012 - which it isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t - then this coming year should be jam-packed. Here are 12 things every St. Louisan should experience, regardless of the fate of our existence in 2012.


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1 BAKED BEANS

A good side that goes with anything on the menu. Another good side are there sweet potato fries because they are fried to perfection.

PAPPYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S 3106 Olive Street St. Louis, MO

The Sweet aroma of this Memphis style barbecue brings the line out the door. BY AMANDA STALLINGS

Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no gap between lunch and dinner on the weekends at Pappyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, they just keep serving the never-ending line of people until they run out of food. Their popularity is explained further with their number one ranking - out of 732 other restaurants in STL - on TripAdvisors.com. The smokehouse was also voted best barbecue in St. Louis by the Riverfront times. Co-owned by John Matthews and Mike Emerson, Pappyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has been serving up Memphis style barbecue since 2008. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I get a lot of folks come in and say theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re from Boston or Atlanta or Sacramento or maybe even Ireland,â&#x20AC;? Matthews said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They went to see a Cardinals game, visited Anheuser-Busch, saw the Arch, and they ate at Pappyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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the four things they wanted to do, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m like holy cow, how cool is that?â&#x20AC;? Pappyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was named after Emersonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brother Jim who passed away 10 years ago. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We had ideas for names but nothing was UHDOO\FOLFNLQJÂľ0DWWKHZVVDLG´:HZHUHĂ&#x20AC;VKing one morning, and Mike said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Man, this is a beautiful day; Pappy [Jim] would of loved it.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; I looked at him and it was like I got hit by lighting, I said â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Dude, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s it. Pappyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Barbecue.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? In 2008, Pappyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s was visited by Man Vs. Food host Adam Richman. After visiting, the smokehouse added The â&#x20AC;&#x153;Adamâ&#x20AC;? Bomb combination plate, which is a Big Ben with a Hot Link Fritto Pie that Adam ate while visiting. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I remember seeing Pappyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s on Man Vs. Food and I had to check them out,â&#x20AC;? senior Lucas Elberfeld said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m happy I did; They have the best barbeque in town.â&#x20AC;? No plans are set for expanding Pappyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as of right now, but Matthews hopes expand to soon. The success of Pappyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s blew away the expectations he and Emerson had. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Being able to employ these people is great, Matthews said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had four of my managers EHDEOHWREX\WKHLUĂ&#x20AC;UVWKRPHLQWKHSDVWIRXUteen months. To create something like this is beyond our wildest dreams.â&#x20AC;?

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This tasty treat is what keeps people coming back for more. Smoked right on site these ribs are the peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s favorite. Their sweet sauce covers these ribs deliciously.

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An unusual customer favorite because Pappyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s is one of the only places that serves it. They take a full ear of corn and put it in the fryer.

4 BBQ SPUD

This potato variety of toppings you can choose from. You can have meat, baked beans, cheddar cheese and onions.

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A local shop with little goodies for everyone, this bakery offers sweets and tasty treats of all kinds for the holidays. BY MADDIE HIATT

The Cakery bakery is a staple in Dogtown. This bakery is known for their buttercream frosting, fun holiday cookies and Cake-in-a-Cup, which is one pint of layers of cake frosting- customers love them. The Cakery also produces cookies, cakes and cupcakes year round. “[The best part is] really seeing people excited about our product and making their day,” owner Ericka Frank said. “We just want to keep pleasing people who like cake.” This spring, during the 43 annual St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dogtown, The Cakery plans to set up outside and sell delicious treats to the people at the parade, from hot dogs and nachos to cookies and cupcakes. “We are very spirited, and we like to get our name out to the people who aren’t regularly down here,” manager Megan Rois said. “We really do it for the fun of it.” (kaitlyn williams)

FOREST PARK

6101 Government Dr, St Louis, MO

Escape everyday life on PostDispatch Lake BY KELSEY BELL

Whether it’s to enjoy the Moonlight Boating event on Post-Dispatch Lake or to spend some quality time on the water with their pooch at Yappy Hour, the Boat House in Forest park is a place where St. Louisans can escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Boats and kayaks rent at $15 an hour. During the winter, visitors can enjoy indoor dining and D JLDQW VWRQH ÀUHSODFH 'XULQJ WKH summer months, live bands play on Friday and Saturday nights outside a restaurant that serves everything from hand-tossed pizzas to salmon BLTs. “It’s kind of an oasis from the city,” employee Kevin Rothlisberger said. “You look out at the lake it’s almost like you’re at a resort.”

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VINTAGE STORE

3181 Morgan Ford Road, St. Louis, MO

Find a get-up for the ages at the Vintage Haberdashery BY MADDIE HIATT The Vintage Haberdashery has clothing for every occasion - including holiday tacky sweaters, (alexis christo) PAGE BY KELSEY BELL & MADDIE HIATT

Mardi Gras masks, and prom dresses- all available for sale and rent. They also sell everyday attire. Everything they have ranges in styles from the 1920s to 1980s. June 2012 is the store’s 30 birthday. They plan to bring out unique pieces collected over the years. They also plan to have great specials on costumes and all clothing. “Finding clothes here is a like being on a treasure hunt,” owner Jolie Mackney said, “We have oneof-a-kind pieces.”

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Cardinal Nation’s home for Cardinal Care BY NICK BUSSELL

Busch Stadium, where most go just to watch a Cardinals game, also has frequent fund-raising opportunities for the community. The next event is Winter Warm Up in Early 2012. People can purchase tickets to meet the players and get autographs. All proceeds go to Cardinals Care. “I felt lucky to walk around Busch Stadium when there wasn’t an actual game going on,” junior Allie Lukefahr said about a charity walk at Busch. “I was helping other people out at the same time.”

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Scuba diving, an underwater city and Missouriâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mining history are all a part of one of the most adventurous places in America- the Bonne Terre Mines. BY PAIGE YUNGERMANN

Missouri may boast a variety of caves, but the Bonne Terre Mines, located an hour south of St. Louis, are an underground experience like nothing else. Rated one of Americaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s top ten adventures E\ 1DWLRQDO *HRJUDSKLF WKH Ă RRGHG 0LQHV DUH D unique experience for both scuba divers and above water explorers. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I highly recommend the tours,â&#x20AC;? tour guide Steve Dozier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;You will not understand it unless you visit it.â&#x20AC;? What Dozier claims is hard to understand is the sheer size and beauty of the Mines. Above ground visitors explore the caverns on a boat and walking tour. They can glimpse beneath the water to the historic mines below. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It was crystal clear water,â&#x20AC;? sophomore Kelly Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s unique because it shows you the history, what the miners used to do for a living.â&#x20AC;? The Bonne Terre Mines opened just after the Civil War. At that time, these man-made caverns functioned as lead mines. When the mines

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closed in 1960, groundwater seeped in through the URFNV Ă RRGLQJ WKH PLQHV DQG IRUPLQJ DQ XQGHUground lake. Preserved in the lake is the minerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s underground city. To eliminate the need for frequent journeys DERYH JURXQG WKH PLQHV FRQWDLQ VWDEOHV RIĂ&#x20AC;FHV sleeping quarters and more. From a boat, visitors can view these chambers and other mining artifacts. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like walking into history,â&#x20AC;? Dozier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The boat tour will give you a connection with the history of the miners, and you will also be able to look down and see scuba divers.â&#x20AC;? In order to see divers in action, Dozier recommends coming to mines on Saturdays during the winter, as this is the Minesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; busiest dive season. )RUWKRVHZLWKRXWGLYLQJFHUWLĂ&#x20AC;FDWLRQWKHJUDQGHXU of the mines can be experienced just as well from above water on a $25 tour. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just enormous,â&#x20AC;? regular visitor to Bonne Terre Valerie Elliot said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so massive, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breathtakingly beautiful.â&#x20AC;? (zack  eaton)

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VINYL 6610 Delmar Boulevard

St. Louis, MO

Vinyl thrives at this record store that specializes in the medium that made music huge. BY NICK BUSSELL

Music is a “universal art form” as referred to by Lew Prince, owner of Vintage Vinyl. Prince and co-owner Tom Ray buy and sell records and CDs of any generation and style. Their philosophy: have a store of “cultural neutral ground.” “Our job musically is to be three inches ahead of the curve,” Prince said. According to Prince, Vintage Vinyl’s different from other music stores because every piece of music is there for a reason, and each employee is a expert in a particular area of music. Junior +DQQDK %URZQ ÀQGV9LQWDJH Vinyl is fun place to go for exploring new frontiers. “The atmosphere is different [from other music stores], more relaxing, and it’s in the Loop,” Brown said. Vintage Vinyl also books popular, new bands for the customers to enjoy for free. They’ve booked bands like Lincoln Park and Queens of The Stone Age. Prince brings in a variety of music from jazz to heavy metal to reach a wide variety of people. “They have such a strong mixture of music, anyone FRXOG ÀQG VRPHWKLQJ DQG EH happy with their purchase,” junior Rachel Goodman said. “You wouldn’t leave the store empty handed.”

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SCULPTURE PARK 12580 Rott Road, St. Louis , Mo

There’s more than what meets the eye at this outdoor sculpture garden in Sunset Hills. BY AMANDA STALLINGS

“Eye” by Tony Tasset, stands 30 feet tall made from 24 pieces RI ÀEHUJODVV ,W HQWKUDOOV YLVLWRUV ZLWK LWV VKHHU VL]H DQG JOLVWHQLQJ exterior. Along with “Eye”, more than 60 other sculptures stand at Laumeier, all created by different artists. Recently and exhibiFor a video about the sculptures at tion opened titled “Electric the Laumeier Sculpture Park. OR USE THIS: http://goo.gl/kZsD1 is the Love”. For this, local video game designer Dave Derington created a game that allows players to build 3D constructions, showing what they saw while visiting Laumeier. “Basically at the end of the show we will have Laumeier Sculpture Park rendered in virtual reality,” Turkovic said. “I encourage visitors to visit the exhibition to see the progress.” Laumeier sculpture park is free and is not only an exhibit, but, according to Turkovic, it’s a great place to visit. “Laumeier is literally good for you,” Turkovic said. “It’s good for your health to get out and walk around and simply enjoy nature.”

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ST. LOUIS ZOO

1 Government Drive St. Louis, MO The largest free zoo in MO is getting a little bigger BY KATIE DOZIER The Zoo is opening a new sea lion and otter stadium, Sea Lion Sound, in the summer of 2012. “I think people will really enjoy it because there are more ways to see the animals, and it’s a bigger arena for the sea lions and otters,” FHN junior and zoo worker Maddie Eifert said. The new arena is 10,400 square feet. Zoo goers will enter through an underwater tunnel where they can see the sea lions and otters swimming all around them. Valued at $18 million dollars, it’s a huge upgrade from the previous 57-year-old stadium. Five sea lions perform for the visitors, and it will cost four dollars to view the sea lion show. “I think it will be cool,” Senior Megan Lesinski said. “It’s something exciting added to our already pretty cool zoo.”

(kaitlyn williams)

CROWN CANDY

1401 Saint Louis Avenue Saint Louis, MO

A University City classic with a challenge BY KELSEY BELL No one should visit St. Louis without stopping in to Crown Candy Kitchen, taking a seat in a retro style booth, and ordering one of their signature BLTS. “The chocolate malt is something you have to get - or the shake,” employee Pam Mardirosian said. “We make all of our own chocolate and candies.” Man V. Food host Adam Richman tried the malt. Actually, he tried WRGRZQÀYHRIWKHPLQPLQXWHV

It’s been the Crown Candy challenge VLQFH  DQ\RQH ZKR FDQ ÀQLVK ÀYHRXQFHUVZLWKLQWKHWLPHOLPLW gets their name on a plaque, a free Crown tee, and they don’t have to pay for the shakes they wolfed down. “The shakes are awesome, not VXUH , FRXOG KDQGOH ÀYH RI WKHP though,” junior Lauren Hilt said. “I really like to go there because their food is really good.” There never fails to be a line out the door on a Saturday at lunchtime. According to Mardirosian, it’s not surprising since Crown is so unique. Everything in the place is old school. A soda fountain sits on the back wall, mini Juke Boxes stay on every table, and of course, there’s always lots of candy. (emily forst)

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LEMP

The

MANSION 3322 Demenil Place

St. Louis, MO

The once great brewery is now regarded as one of the most haunted places in the country BY KATIE DOZIER

(michelle spencer)

CITY MUSEUM 701 North 15th Street, St. Louis, Mo

On weekend evenings, the City Museum offers visitors a chance to experience a darker side of one St. Louis’ most unique destinations. BY PAIGE YUNGERMANN

While the City Museum is a child’s playground by day, it turns into a young adult hangout at night. On Fridays and Saturdays, the Museum turns off the lights after dark and stays open until 12 a.m. “It was kind of scary and creepy, but it was still a lot of fun,” junior Katie Proebsting said. “You can feel like a little kid again.” These nightly antics also come at a discounted rate. Visitors who arrive at the Museum after 5 p.m. pay only $10, as opposed to the regular $12 rate. Teenage visitors should note that anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by DQDGXOWDQGUHPHPEHUEULQJDÁDVKOLJKW “It was cool to go through the tunnels in the dark,” senior Lauren Ochs said. “If you don’t have a light, you can’t tell where you are going.” Few children and families roam these dark tunnels in the evening. This is why City Museum employee Adam Dresden enjoys working the night shift.

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“You converse more, as opposed to the parents who just ask you ‘Where’s the bathroom?’ when they’re standing right next to it,” Dresden said. “[The young adult crowd] jokes with you more.” Dresden also says that crazier things happen in the Museum after dark. Problems result less from injured children and more from adventurous adults. ´<RX ÀQG SHRSOH LQ UHDOO\ REVFXUH SODFHV they shouldn’t be,” Dresden said. “We found one adult on the cabin roof, just sitting up there, not sure how to get down.” With incidents such as this, Dresden considers the City Museum a unique environment after dark. He recommends it to anyone looking for something active to do. “It’s a lot of safe, good, clean fun,” Ochs said. “If you go with a lot of close friends, you’ll have fun. It’s really a thing all high schoolers should do.”

The Lemp Mansion was formerly the home of William J. Lemp. In the 19th century the Lemp’s owned a brewery near the mansion. It is said that both the mansion and the brewery are haunted, and together they make up the Lemp Adventures. “If you’re into the paranormal world or history in general, the mansion and brewery are the places to come,” employee Mary Wolff said. The brewery was on of the largest breweries in the late 1800s. Recently the brewery has become a haunted house where visitors can walk through the factory and witness the creepy occurrences. “When I went to the brewery it was really fun” senior Maria Hampson said. “The workers there were calling my name. It was pretty funny.” Few students at North have been to both the brewery and the mansion. At the mansion visitors can dine in, partake in a mystery murder dinner or even stay the night in one of the bedrooms. “Unfortunately I’ve never been to the Lemp Mansion, but I heard from a friend that it was really scary, and no one can last the whole weekend there,” senior Olivia Fincke said. “I really want to try and spend the night there.” 12.14.11

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So many activities.. CLASSIC BOWLING - Tropicana Lanes definitely feels retro and classic, but it’s also one of the largest bowling centers in the country, housing 52 lanes. MIDNIGHT RAMBLE - Ride the night. The Moonlight Ramble draws more than 10,000 cyclists every year, and provides an especially unique tour of the city. LIFE-SIZE CHESS - Pere Marquette Lodge. As a guest you enjoy a great view of the river, and the park. It’s great for relaxing, and it’s not every day you can play life-size chess. WAY OF LIGHTS - Located in Belleville, it is one of the area’s most popular Christmas displays. There’s also a laser light show, camel rides, and a Christmas tree display.

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The Lowdown

There are a lot more than 12 Must-See places in the Gateway City. We put together some of the places that didn’t make the NS Top 12. Enjoy 24 more places FHN students should explore in St. Louis.

WATCH

THIS

Front Yard

HUNT Challenge yourself with one of the most notable Geocaches in St. Louis.

Midnight

Darling

ARLENE

This Geocache is located in the Kennedy Forest section of forest park.

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TIVOLI SHOW

ROCK BRIDGE

Frontyard Features brings the big screen to little neighborhoods all across Missouri.

Head to University City for St. Louis’ longest running midnight film series, Reel Late at the Tivoli.

Bring binoculars. Watch eagles fish from the river, ride ice floes and fly high at the Chain of Rocks Bridge.

Ted

DREWES

Stand in line at Ted Drewe’s. They’ve been whipping up frozen custard since 1929.

Gus’s

PRETZELS

Stl ADVENTURELAND 1 ELEPHANT ROCKS

Climb around on the huge giant elephant-shaped granite boulders, or spend time marveling at the Names carved in them by 19th century miners. Don’t leave without exploring the winding trail.

Legend goes back to 1673. Explorers were terrified by a birdlike monster painted on the river bluff. It’s been re-created high on the bluffs of the Great River Road.

2 THE PIASA BIRD

3 MOLLY CRENSHAW

Legend says she was dismembered, but the pieces are moving year by year closer and closer to one central grave. Many FHN students set out to find that grave.

4 GRASS SLEDDING

Head over to Sioux Passage Park on a hot day in the summer, you can hop on a block of ice and go ‘grass sledding.’ It works.

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Festivities

1

MARDI GRAS Soulard has one of the largest festivals outside New Orleans.

2 3 4

BALLOON RACE It’s held every September in Forest Park.

PIRATE FEST Rotary Park is swarmed with Pirates for three weeks.

PET PARADE Barkus Pet Parade. It’s an excuse to dress up your furry friend.

Since 1920. Grab one on your way to see the Cardinal’s outside Busch next season.

Blue’s

CITY DELI

Grab a po’ boy or Italian deli-style stackers. Or try the Muffuletta sandwich, with a secret recipe.

1952

BEFFA’S

They don’t have a sign, St. Louisans just keep coming back because the food is that good.

Gooey

LOUIE’S

Who knew that St. Louis original Gooey Butter Cake could get any better? There are 8 flavors here.

Carl’s

GREAT PARKS

Klondike Down Highway 94, past Francis Howell, the perfect getaway. Enjoy natural white sand, fishing, and hiking.

Queeny There’s a dog museum, but also an enormous playground. It’s a great place to spot deer.

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Grab a root beer as you’re thrown back in time. Everything at Carl’s has a retro vibe.


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super fans Members of  the  FHN  community  show  off   their  specific  fan  type  and  why  they’re  into  it Abby West | abbywest19@gmail.com | @west_abby

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Supportive Parent

Rain or shine fan

competitive fan

PAUL MEYER

MARK JONES

NICK PIRRONE

This fan is someone who always is involved in more ways than just watching the game. They will support the team in any way possible.

No matter what the weather, sun, rain or snow, this fan will always be there. They are willing to endure the weather to support their favorite FHN team.

No problem getting loud energetic here. Whether it’s a screaming contest with the other team or claiming the school as our own, this fan will give it all to win.

“I support the team by going to the games. I go to see Kyle Lemons dunk on other players.”

“I know with more people cheering at the game, confidence goes up, therefore the team will play better.”

“Fans can have a positive influence on the players, coaches, and other fans.” “Positive fans are a positive influence on the athletes.”

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view athlete view Four athletes  reflect   on  the  relationships   they  share  with   their  fans. How  do  fans  add  to   the  game? FOOTBALL “They bring us motivation, and the fans give us a reason to play.” -­Jesse  Pummer,  11

MORPH SUIT fan

Club supporter

all out fan

ROBBIE SPRINGMAN

BARBI BATEMAN

TYLER STEVENSON

This fan doesn’t mind looking a little crazy to support the team. These fans are easy to spot with their bold single colored body suit.

Several clubs here at FHN support the sports teams. Members of KOE attend several different sporting events throughout the year to support the athletes.

This fan pulls out all the stops to stand out. They’re easy to pick out of the crowd by their crazy wacky apparel and school spirit.

“[I support the team by] cheering after almost every play, dressing up for games, and showing school spirit. ”

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“[Having fans] makes you feel you can do more, it’s like and adrenaline rush.”

“It affects the team in a positive way. They always have a group of fans behind them who push them to do better.”

BASKETBALL “Fans cheering pumps you up and motivates you to play harder.” -­Deann Krufal,  11 BASEBALL “The cheering, the chants, it drives us to do better.” -­Jake  Shollar,  11 TENNIS “I think it’s really important to the players because they can see how much support they’re getting during the game.” -­Jasmine  Walbrink  ,11

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sports

diving for the

first time This  is  the  first  year  that  FHN  has  a   girls  diving  team,  it  consists  of  two   girls  and  a  new  coach. BY BRIANNA MORGAN 1006briannamorgan@gmail.com | @BriMarie1006

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he girls Swim team did not have a diving team in previous years because there was no one to coach it. This year, Tom Lucido took on the task of coaching the girls Diving team. Junior Kali )DUUHOODQGIUHVKPDQ'RPLQLTXH0H\HUVDUHWKHĂ&#x20AC;UVW people to be on the girls Diving team in three years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been swimming for three years, and this LVP\Ă&#x20AC;UVW\HDUGLYLQJÂľ)DUUHOOVDLG´,ZDQWHGWR WU\VRPHWKLQJQHZDQGLWORRNHGIXQÂľ As of press time, the girls Swim team has won their only meet. The next meet is an away meet on Dec. 16. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In order to prepare them for their meets, I will turn them in to beast mode animals that can FUXVKWKHFRPSHWLWLRQÂľ/XFLGRVDLG Meyers is excited about diving six days a week compared to the three days a week that she previously practiced. Both girls are looking forward to being on the steam. They are hopeful that they can earn extra points for the Swim team that have always been lost in previous meets due to the lack of divers. Farrell and Meyers are both fairly new divers, so being able to throw new dives can sometimes EHGLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWIRUWKHJLUOV â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s really hard to throw new dives because LW¡VUHDOO\VFDU\Âľ0H\HUVVDLG´,W¡VDOOPHQWDOÂľ To meet these challenges, Farrell has set goals for herself. One of her goals is accomplishing the six dives required for meets. ´,QHYHUVD\Âś,FDQ¡W¡EHFDXVH,NQRZ,FDQGRLWÂľ Farrell said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I keep working at it over and over even if LW¡VDUHDOO\GLIĂ&#x20AC;FXOWGLYHÂľ Junior Kali Farrell is one of the two new divers on the girls Swim team; the diving will add points to their total at competitions. This is the first time in three years that FHN has had a girls Diving team.  (brandon  neer)

Stats

KAli Farrel Favorite Dive: Forward Tuck

DIVING

SAMI RITTER SWIMMING

KERRY MORIARTY SWIMMING

Favorite Stroke: Breaststroke

Favorite Event: Relays

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Freshmen Sam Ritchie grabs his opponent from Holt during the Varsity wrestling meet held on Nov. 30. Ritchie has been wrestling since he was young; his grandfather, brother and father were also wrestlers. (jessica  streiler)

inspirED througHout the ENTIRE family

Freshman  Sam  Ritchie  inspired  by  family  to  become  a  better  wrestler BY MATT HILLIS mhillis57@gmail.com | @hillis57

Freshman Sam Ritchie has been wrestling his whole life and is the youngest of a long line of wrestlers, including his grandpa, uncle, brother and his father Harold Ritchie, who is also his coach. Growing up with wrestling and having wrestlers in the family helped Sam to improve his tal-

HQW 6DP VWDUWHG RII KLV Ă&#x20AC;UVW KLJK school season on the Varsity team 3-2 as of press time. His next meet is a tournament in Cape Girardeau on Friday and Saturday. â&#x20AC;&#x153;My dad and brother help me out every chance they get to make PH EHFRPH EHWWHUÂľ 6DP VDLG Âľ7KH\ VKRZ PH WKLQJV ,¡P GRLQJ wrong and show me the right way WRGRWKHPRYHÂľ Growing up and living with

great wrestlers became a huge part of his life and a leading role in why Sam is trying to become a great wrestler himself. Harold believes that growing up and living with wrestlers makes Sam strive to become a better wrestler every day. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made him want to be a wresWOHUÂľ+DUROGVDLG´+H¡VEHHQDURXQG it his whole life, always tries to get involved, and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s had a lot of opSRUWXQLWLHVWKDWDORWRINLGVGRQ¡WÂľ

HIGH INTENTIONS AFTER ROUGH START KEVIN BEERMAN

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Lauren Kopf, Camisha Oliver, Summer Pauley , Erin Powelson, Emma Nicolli, and Sarah Teson show their senior unity. The girls have become a family over the years,theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re sad to be ending the year but have enjoyed all their time together. (iesha  boll)

The Varsity girls Basketball team has cumbersomely stumbled into the regular season with two losses in tournament play prior to the start of the regular season. The losses came to Webster Groves and Duchesne, teams that some Varsity players feel they could have easily beaten had they not turned-over possession as often as they did. As of press time, the team has won none of their last four games in regular season play. While they arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t concerned about their rocky start, the girls believe they could drastically improve their play and begin to win games if they identify and remedy their weaknesses. ´,¡P QRW ZRUULHGÂľ VHQLRU (ULQ 3RZHOVRQ VDLG ´, just want to improve on the things we still donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t do ZHOORQEHFDXVHLW¡VVWXIIZHFDQĂ&#x20AC;[Âľ

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SPORTS TALK:

playoff systems

Playoff  systems   should  be  added  so   that  teams  still  have  a   chance  so  compete. BY ANDREW CURRAN

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In college football, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a big debate on who gets into the National Championship compared to a Bowl Championship Series (BCS). If a playoff system was added at the end of the season, fans and teams wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel cheated each year. A few years ago Mizzou was number one during the last week of the season. Since they lost their last game, they didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t get into any BCS game, including the National Championship. If there are multipul undefeated teams, only two get a shot at the National ChampionVKLS3HRSOHEHOLHYHWHDPVSOD\ing in a non BCS conference donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deserve a chance at BCS games. A playoff system would let teams whoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve had one bad JDPHDQGWKH´VPDOOHUÂľVFKRROV that donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t play challenging schedules prove they deserve a chance. After picking the bowl JDPHVVRXUFHVLQFOXGLQJ(631 discuss adding a playoff system. I think eventually theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll make the right decision and make a change. 12.14.11 FHNTODAY.COM 35


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WINTER

WORKOUT New ways to stay in shape and stay healthy this winter with Emerge Fitness Trainer Jason Tokun BY TAYLOR BARTRAM

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How long have you been a trainer? “10 years.” What are some ways to stay in shape this winter? “Try not to wait until New Years to start your resolution; start it right away. Establish habits of consistency, and eat moderately through the holidays.” What is a good thing to do before working out? “Warm-up for 5-20 minutes.” What are some good ways to workout? “For weight-loss circuit training routines, the best workout is one you have never done before.” What is a good thing to do after working out? “Have a good cool down to let the blood flow slow down.” How does water affect the body when exercising? “You need hydration because your muscles are 70 percent water. Hydration is a must. Drink one cup every 15-20 minutes.” What are some good things to eat? “Stay away from saturated fats. Eat a complex of carbohydrates earlier in the day and eat protein later in the day.” How often should you workout? “Three times a week at the minimum which maintains an activity level. Four times a week is ideal, but five times is optimum.”

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Senior Jessica Streiler stays active by making use of the workout room in the winter. It’s important to workout and eat healthy during the winter season to stay in shape before the next sports season. (maddie nagel)

boys basketball

WRESTLING

“We lost our first game and won our second and expect more for all the hard work we put in this off season.” -Aaron Andrews, 10

“Our motto is go hard or go home. From my personal view,s everyone is going hard.”

KNIGHTLINE

-Sean McCracken, 10

Cheerlading

“We have been practing the “We’re really excited for [the basdances we will be performing at ketall season]. It’s gonna be long, the Linbergh competition.” but it will be good.” -Megan Shelly, 11 -Casey Koko, 11

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ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT

Nine athletes express what activities they partake in before playing their sport. They do this to focus and get psyched up before the game.

MArk jones, 11

kyle kateman, 10

Varsity Hockey

Varsity Hockey

“Listening to Lil’ Wayne and Drake, stretching on my own, getting everyone pumped and getting in beast mode.”

Where they're going Three seniors were asked what college they’re planning on going to for sports.

BY ANDREW CURRAN andrewcurran4@gmail.com

Jake Hurrell plans on attending University of Missouri-Columbia next year. He will be playing for their football team. “It’s been my dream to play football there since I was a little kid.When they asked, I about passed out and said yes right away.”

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“Not being bothered so I can think of what I need to do for that game.”

Blake shambro, 11

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“Listening to my I-pod on the way to the game and blocking everyone else out.”

“Listening to music and thinking about the things I need to do in the game to help the team.”

Robbie springman, 11

SAm ritchie, 9

Varsity Wrestling

Varsity Wrestling

“Quiet time by myself.”

“I listen to music, zone out and focus on what I need to do to win.”

Megan hampson, 10

kayln jones, 11

Varsity Swim

Varsity Swim

“At the meet, I listen to really fast beat songs.”

“Listening to music and stretching.”

Baseball “It’s Division 1 baseball with a respected program while obtaining an excellent education.”

BRYAN RYBERG

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Baseball “[I am] Pursuing my baseball career and it seemed the best fit for me.”

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Powelson has been playing basketball since third grade and has played all four years of high school.

“The talks before the game get us focused and pumped up. We like to know a lot about who were playing so we can find ways to shut them down.

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These  classic  puppets  return  for   an  all  new  action-­filled  movie  on   the  bigscreen  with  comedy  and   singing,  starring  Jason  Segel,   Amy  Adams  and  Kermit  the  Frog   BY SIDNEY SHELTON shelton2012@gmail.com

The lovable Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy and the rest of the gang reunite for their all-new movie â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Muppets.â&#x20AC;? Garry (Jason Segel) and his brother Walter have been best friends their entire life. They grew up watching the Muppets and playing baseball together, and even in their adult lives they remain close. One day on a visit to the Muppet Theatre, Walter overhears the plan of an evil business man to destroy the theatre to access the oil underneath it. This inspires Walter to reunite the Muppets for one last show to raise the $10 million needed to buy the theater back, but Walter and Garryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship is in jeopardy with the revival of Walter and the Muppetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; friendship. This movie is awesome. It is the classic Muppetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; comedy and music mixed with a cute storyline. The story line is by no means original and you can pretty much tell what is going to happen at the end, but it worked for a light-hearted family movie. I loved the random out-break of song between the characters, and some of the songs even had me tapping my foot. One other thing that I really love about the movie was watching the puppeteers work their magic. They did such a good job that I felt more emotion from the puppets than I did the actors. In addition to the Muppets, the movie also had an array of cameos including Whoopi Goldberg, -DFN%ODFN1HLO3DWULFN+DUULVDQG=DFK*DOLĂ&#x20AC;DQDkis. The overall feel of the movie is great. This movie is a great, light-hearted family movie, and even though I did not grow up watching the Muppets, this PRYLHGHĂ&#x20AC;QLWHO\PDGHPHDIDQ7KHMRNHVVLQJing, and overall upbeat feel of the movie made for DJUHDWĂ&#x20AC;OP

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pimple popper

Throw inanimate objects like pencils, cell phones, staplers and even squid at this schmuck on the right.

Honestly, I cannot think of anything more exciting than milking more virtual cows than my friends.

Pimple popping is grotesque for most people. Why would anybody willingly pop more pimples than they have to?

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The Hidden City

BY AUSTIN SEAY

aseay4@gmail.com | @seaytheday

The Travel Channel show “Hidden City”, which premiered Dec. 6, is a city investigation show unlike any other. Instead of focusing on hot spots and restaurants, it focuses on the criminals who once lived there. The show looks at new elements of cities that we never even thought about. Another odd aspect is its host, Markus Sakey. He is a crime novelist with an unorthodox way of monologuing. In a show that talks about riots, serial killers and painful deaths, he maintains an odd sense of humor. A few jokes every now and then make me laugh. However, comparing the evil of Hitler and

Stalin to a boy band takes away a professional feel that most crime shows contain. Even with his odd style, he does a good job with the investigations and tries hard to understand the criminals’ actions. He interviews both a police ofÀFHUDQGDSURWHVWHUZKRZHUHDWWKH&KLFDJRULRWV to get both sides of the story. However, you could say he almost looks too far into these cases. For example, he sees how he would react to pepper spray if he were a protester. Things such as this are how he tries to understand the criminals’ motives and actions, which can get a little creepy but is none the less fascinating. Overall I enjoyed the show and recommend it to anyone who can stomach a little violence.

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I don’t want an app that makes my smartphone screen look anymore jacked up than it already is.

Yes, there are really this many exclamation marks in the real app title. I also had to enter my nationality into my high score which is just odd.

The only thing more ridiculous than the concept of this game is the fact that it’s the number one game app in the world right now.

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Pottermore, which opens to the public in January, allows users to experience the world of Harry Potter like they’ve always dreamed of; you live in the magical world, you are given a wand, and you’re sorted into a Hogwarts house. Users also learn facts not included in the books, such as the fact that McGonagall is a Muggle-born who was once married, and PureEORRGV GLGQ·W DW ÀUVW OLNH WKH Hogwarts Express because of its Muggle origins. The site’s amazing. I love making potions, though the downside to the site is that it’s LQVDQHO\ GLIÀFXOW WR PDVWHU D VSHOO,·PVWLOOWU\LQJWRÀJXUH it out after months of trying in the site’s Beta version. If you love Harry Potter, I highly recommend exploring this site. It gives us Muggles a true wizard perspective.

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the end... or not The Mayan calendar does not predict the world’s end in 2012 BY TANNYR SEDDON tannyrseddon@gmail.com | @TannyrNicole

The 2012 “doomsday” prediction gets me thinking about whether or not this could be our last New Year’s. But I find it hard to believe that a small stone calendar can determine our entire outcome on an ending world. We can’t hop in a time machine and say, “Hey, Mayans, why did you stop the calendar?” Nobody knows exactly what the abrupt stop means. This doesn’t have to mean the end of the world. The calender could just restart for some unknown reason. It seems that there is an extensive amount of hype over this particular doomsday. I mean, come on. “2012” the movie seems a little extreme. The end of the world has been predicted numerous other times, but we’re all still here. Every time someone predicts the world’s end it always turns out to be a failed theory. The recent doomsday predictor, Harold Camping, said the world would end, on May 21, 2011. The guy was slightly insane, and it’s also insane to believe that the world will be ending in 2012. With so many holes in the theory and very little reliable proof, I would say that we have nothing to fear. The world is not going to end so let’s stop running around like Chicken Little and screaming “The world is ending.” We can’t do anything about it if it does end anyway. If it ends, it ends. I, for one, won’t be filling Dec. 20, 2012 with hysterical goodbyes. Bottom line, this isn’t going to be our last New Year’s. So go ahead and make plans for 2013.

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Your take

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“I don’t think I would FHN voices their like [mind-reading opinions on events technology] depending happening around on what they used it the school, country for, good or bad.” and in the world.

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CALLEN HALL on SPORTS SUPERFANS “I think that fans, definitely the ones who are really into it, would give the team a lot of motivation.”

DAYLE CURRY on tAtTOOS “I was thinking about getting a cross with Jesus. I already have it drawn up and everything.”

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(sarah teson)

disconnected from the natural world

Urban life distracts people from appreciating the beauty in nature BY ELLICE ESTRADA ellice.estrada@gmail.com

In a world where technology rules our lives, it’s hard to detach ourselves. While making our lives easier, devices have built this barrier between us and the natural world. Instead of keeping nature a part of our lives, we choose to live separate. In fact, the separation is so strong that St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley’s 2012 budget proposal included closure of 20 local parks to save $10 million annually. Fortunately, he announced last week that the parks would remain open. It’s still shocking that this would even be a

consideration. Saving money is not as important as preserving a place that provides citizens with a safe, natural environment. Thoreau said, “The civilized man has the habits of the house. His house is a prison.” Being around infrastructures all day, with no natural interjection, can be mentally exhausting. I know when I stop to appreciate natural surroundings, the exposure to trees and pure oxygen positively effects my mood. So many get caught up in everyday life and forget there’s a simple way to silence suburban chaos. The issue of park closure may come up again. If we ever lose our parks, this chaos could never be silenced.

NECESSARY political cooperation

Strong opinions on both sides of the aisle should not be unyielding decisions BY LISA SAVILLE lksaville12@gmail.com | @savvysaville

American culture encourages independence, and dissension of thought and action. It also encourages arrogance and an inability for individuals to cooperate. At the federal level, the collapse of the Supercommittee, a “bipartisan” group of twelve legislators that was assigned the task of finding at least $1.2 trillion in budget savings, is an excellent (or terrible) example of how Americans have so much trouble working together towards a com-

ASHLEY HUDSPETH oN 2012 NEW YEAR'S EVE “[If this was my last New Year’s Eve, I would] hang out with a bunch of my friends. Have a masquerade party.”

mon goal. Accusations flew and fingers pointed, but no one seemed to be able to actually negotiate. Unfortunately, this is not, as many people believe, a problem unique to Congress. While all for independence, I personally find it absurd to be so set in one’s beliefs as to not consider the validity of oth-

EMILY GAST on HER BUCKET LIST “I want to meet David Freese because I am his biggest fan.”

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ers, or even worse, to condemn them. Hard-headedness is a serious issue in American culture, and should not be taken lightly. I cannot claim to be innocent of this trait. I realize, however, that every one of us must make an effort to compromise, because if we do not, nothing can ever be accomplished.

WYATT EAGEN on REGISTRATION

HALEY GILBERT on indoors vs outdoors

“I think [online registration] will be good because counselors won’t lose your information.”

“I think people have become more isolated, less outgoing, and less inclined to do things because they can easily just get on the internet.”

FRIEND, NOT

FAUX

With the arrival of MTV film crews, some just want their 15 minutes of fame BY AMANDA CORNETT amandacornett93@gmail.com

The word friend has one obvious meaning. A friend is someone you know you can count on. Friends do not use you for their own five minutes of fame. Friends should like you for you, not your popularity. This has become an issue here at North as film crews have been roaming our hallways. Just because they are here doesn’t mean you should befriend people you would have never talked to. If you’re a fake friend, you need to stop it. If you are a person who uses someone for what they have to offer, you should be shunned to a deserted island. It is not okay to use someone like that, just because you might be on TV. I don’t understand the need to stir up this drama. If this is your goal in life, then you need to rethink your priorities. At the end of the day, you won’t have any real friends and that won’t make you happy. TV show or not, you should never be a fake friend. 12.14.11 FHNTODAY.COM 43


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