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economy. with the state of the economy slipping, our community is facing its greatest struggles








After getting a new director, Knightpride ends their season at the Mizzou Competition.


Youth in Government dives into real life governmental situations today in Jefferson City, Mo.



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Senior Kendall Blanzy is making her first appearance on the basketball court in two years.


Nick Happe and the male cross country team, along with two female runners, move on to State.






Josiah Carney and Amber Rodgers find themselves at opposite ends of experience.


After losing her parents, Barbara Jean Palmer discovered the importance of cherishing family.


Dr. Robert Bergamini cares for terminally ill children, despite daily stress and hardship.


With the economy failing, would it be too much for you to help out your family and yourself?

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“Providing an open forum for Francis Howell North since 1986.” 2549 Hackmann Road St. Charles, MO 63303 Freely distributed to FHN by the North Star staff. Co-Editors-in-Chief: Cami Wade, Tyler Kirk & Jordyn Klackner Editors News Editor: Barbara Jean Palmer Features Editor: Brittany Schulze Opinions Editor: Chelsea Kaufman Dir. of Photography: Sarah Semmel Digital Media Dir.: Andrew Hairlson Copy Editor: Betsy Blanchard Marketing Director: Luke Christisen Business Manager: Nathan Bryant Ad Design Editor: Xenia Klimenova Podcast Editors: Tori Bowden & Kaila Kamp Online Editors: Katie Siebuhr, Jon Henderson and Katie O’Neil General Staff Josh Ahrens Gabrielle Moore Fareeha Amir Kieran Myers Bethany Brady Lydia Ness Jessica Bremer Jessica Payne Nicole Cuneo Logan Ponche Elizabeth Diggs Lauren Reiche Sam Dulaney Katie Robertson Ryan Firle Taylor Robinson Kaitlyn Fouch Allison Sheffler Pat Flynn Hanna Sherman Julia Gabbert Lauren Skinner Rachel Hunt Lauren Smith Joe Jacobi Krissy Torkelson Miranda Lindquist Vicki Viehman Monica Martinez Nicki Wittman Adviser Aaron Manfull

The DECA Jump-off starts at 6 tonight. Check out FHNtoday. com for a recap if you aren’t able to attend. The North Star, along with the Excalibur, head downtown tomorrow morning for the annual JEA Nationals. Check back later this week for insider information. Also, there will be a new online competition in the coming weeks. Check the site regularly for details.

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This month the North Star goes in depth into the lives of those affected by the nation’s failing ecomony and finds out how it’s affecting you.


THEBRIEFS Seniors Dani Langness and Katie Stock laugh as they discuss possible senior mottos with the other class officers. (sarah semmel)

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On Wednesday, Nov. 19, the senior class will vote on a new class motto. The senior class officers met in early October to pick the preliminary mottos, and a meeting was held with the senior class delegates to narrow the choices down. The seniors had seven ideas to start with, but narrowed it down to four. “A good [motto] would be

about character, dreams and ambitions,” treasurer Katie Stock said. The officers spent hours searching for motto options. Voting will take place in homerooms, and the officers ask that seniors take voting seriously. “[The motto] needs to be appropriate and fit nicely in the graduation announcement,” senior class sponsor Shelly Grimshaw said. “It also must reflect the class’s own personality.”

A couple of the 2009 senior mottos on the ballot will include: Motto #1: Only as high as we reach can we grow. Only as far as we seek can we go. Only as deep as we look can we see. Only as much as we dream can we be. Motto #2: Be yourself, because the people who mind don’t matter and the people who matter don’t mind.

Motto #3: If not us, who? If not now, when?

Eric Stanowski and Luke Griesenauer, both seniors, have both planned to break the world record for the biggest game of leap frog. (andrew hairlson)

Leaping the way to a record Stanowski and Griesenauer are going to put their plan into action It seems as if breaking North’s early next semester. Although a date record for most career shutouts in hasn’t been chosen, the seniors plan boy’s soccer isn’t enough for Eric on charging every participant $1 to Stanowski – he’s still hungry for more. be part of the record-breaking. All the Only this time, with the help of Luke money collected from the event would Griesenauer, Stanowski wants to try be donated to a charity of their choice. his hand at leap frog. As of now, they are discussing donatAlthough Stanowski and Griing to the Special Olympics, breast esenauer, both seniors, have yet to cancer research or prostate cancer speak with the administration, they’re research. confident they will approve. “I think this would mean a lot “If this works, it’ll be something to the school and everyone who people will remember,” Griesenauer participates,” Stanowski said. “Setting said. “[I think everyone would partici- a world record should be something pate] on a school day and it’s all going to be proud of; we can be in elite towards a good cause.” company.” tyler kirk

To see the winning motto check out on Nov. 20.

Students qualify for All-State District, will be judging the students. However, senior Bob Strickland Juniors and seniors in choir knows about trying out already. auditioned on Nov. 6 for the All-State Strickland is trying out again, after competitions which take place the last making it last year. week of January. “I’ve had a lot of auditions in Making it entailed first trying out the past,” Strickland said. “But the and then making the top 20 in the alto, nervousness set in after the audition soprano, and other sections. After last time.” making it to the top 20, students then On top of having talent, students re-auditioned for state and had to score must also have a willingness to in the top four in their section. work hard and know music. The It provides a big opportunity for competition, otherwise known as students, and is opening a big window the Missouri Education Association for junior Kaylie Habighorst. convention, will be held in Tantara, “Qualifying [in the top 20] gives a Calif., and the students will work with feeling of accomplishment,” Habighorst a guest teacher from Florida State said. “I was on the top of the world when University to prepare. I found out I made top 20.” “They take what they do very According to choir teacher Lorraine seriously,” Smith said. “They even Smith, chances are only one student take time to work on pieces outside from FHN will make it all the way. The school with private teachers.” panel of judges that come from other For a Q & A with one of the AllState qualifiers go to schools, other than the Howell School on Nov. 18. bethany brady


Seniors Dani Langness, Morgan Hamby, and junior Chrissy Lentini practice during their second hour choir class on Oct. 31. Several of the choir students have qualified for AllState this year. AllState will be held in January in Tan-Tar-A, M0. (lydia ness)

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Band has last competition at Mizzou “I think that all of our hard work paid off,” senior drum major Tyler Compton said. “That was the best show we have ever done but the judges didn’t like it, [but] I am OK with not winning and just performing our best show.” Although Knightpride started off unsure about how their season was going to play out under new leadership, they’ve been pleased so far. “This season went well for everything they have been through,” Moorman said. “With a new director and making that transition, I think they have done really well.”

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The Marching Band season came to a close with their last band competition on Saturday, Nov. 1. Held at the University of Mizzou, Knightpride was placed in the 5A group at the competition. The group had 19 schools in it, with only four in the top group. Group placings were based on school size. The Knightpride marching band placed fifth out of their district. “We performed really well at Mizzou, but the results weren’t the way they should have turned out,” junior Anna Pursley said. “We performed the best show we did all year and it was all worth it.” Throughout the season, the Marching Band practiced five times a week - one being a night practice.

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August 23, 2008 FHN - The band performs in an area behind the stadium on Black and Gold Day because the field was too wet for marching on. September 12, 2008 FHN - Home football game with incoming 8th graders.

September 27, 2008 WILDWOOD, MO - Lafayette Contest of Champions. Knightpride won first out of their class. Seventh over all and won two caption awards for best music and color guard.

Go to for your Knightly news. Youth in Government is attending the National convention on Nov. 13-16. They will attend different sessions there where they will learn more about Democracy. Check out the Web site for a recap story and some photos, on Nov. 17.


Here are some highlights from this year’s Knightpride Marching Band season.

October 18, 2008 ST. LOUIS, MO - BOA St. Louis Super Regional competitions. Knightpride didn’t make finals at this competition.

September 10, 2008 FHH - Howell-aPalooza performance

October 25, 2008 ST. LOUIS, MO - At the GSL Marching Band Festival, director Jeff Moorman reads an inspirational poem to the band before their performance. At GSL Knightpride placed second in their class.

October 24, 2008 FHN - Football game

September 20, 2008 OXFORD, OH - BOA Regionals. Band cheers on the drum majors at the award ceremony.


October 11, 2008 FHH - Knightpride listens to drum major sophomore Aaron Johnson give an inspirational prayer before a performance.


DECA Jump Off is Nov. 14. The senior class will take on the staff of FHN. To see how the games went, check out the Web site on Nov. 15.

November 1, 2008 COLUMBIA, MO - Mizzou Contest of Champions. Knightpride placed tenth over all out of 32 marching bands. Color guard placed fourth at the competition.

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French club carries on DECA holds holiday tradition jump-off allison sheffler

Beginning Nov. 17 and lasting until Dec. 2, French club will sell Pere Noel grams. They will be sold before and after school as well as during passing periods. All participating French Club members will sell them for $1 each. The gram includes a card and a red carnation holiday flower. Although most of the money earned goes toward the flowers, French Club continues to do it. “It has become a tradition over the years,” French Club sponsor Dave Fritz said. “So we’ve kept it going. We don’t really make money on it; we mostly break even. And if there is any extra money, it goes into our club account.” French club sells approximately 450 grams every year. The grams are sold to anyone who would like to wish someone else holiday greetings. The cards and flowers will be delivered on Dec. 5 during first hour. “We usually do it on Dec. 6 since that’s the day Saint Nick comes to the children in France,” vice president junior Debra Aberastury said. “But this year it fell on a Saturday so we moved it up a day.” page design elizabeth diggs

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The annual DECA Jump-Off will be Nov. 13 in the gym. The student vs. staff basketball game is a wellattended event, with typically 200 fans each year. The seniors play staff members at 7 p.m., following the underclassmen vs. juniors game held an hour earlier. The staff has won the last four years. “I predict that this year is going to be a fivepeat,” biology teacher Larry Scheller said, “Meaning a repeated win against the seniors for the fifth year in a row.” The tickets cost $3. However, it is currently undecided where the money will go. Only five players from each team can be on the court at a time, at least one being a girl. Many are anticipating the event. “I’m most excited about the game itself,” DECA sponsor Joe DiCiechi said. “It’s always fun to watch.”


The Mentors will be preparing the freshmen for taking their exams for the first time. To see what they will be talking about go to the Web site on Nov. 26.

For Pictures of DECA Jump off go to on Nov. 15


STUDENTS LEARN DEMOCRACY YIG members meet at a podium during the national convention in Jefferson City. The convention is sponsored by the YMCA and it teaches students about Democracy. (file photo)

Youth in Government gets a look at real life government with chance to play the roles They will practice in programs, such as judicial, video news, and lobbying. Other programs offered include: n Nov. 13-16, five students from North will be attending civic leader institute, executive branch, legislative branch, and print press. the Youth in Government Juniors Debora Aberastury, convention in Jefferson City, Mo. It will be held in the capital building and Kathryn Hedlund and Erin Kennedy will work with the video news program. a few other buildings. It is a yearly They will be interviewing people convention that has been held for 59 years and it is sponsored by the YMCA around the capital building and the hotel where the high school students in an effort to teach high school will be staying. They will come out with students about the government. “It’s really for anyone who is pre- a morning news and evening news segpared, registered and is just interested ment to be aired on the Jefferson City in democracy,” YIG sponsor Kathleen local channel about the convention. “[I’m looking forward to] just seeChostner said. sam dulaney


ing what happens there because I’m going to be working on the news with Kathryn and Debora,” Kennedy said. “I love interviewing people!” Senior Alix Lewis, who will be working as a lobbyist, will go to Jefferson City a night before her classmates. As a lobbyist she will be gathering information for the legislative program to use in their arguments during a mock trial. Lewis will be arguing the points of lowering the legal drinking age. She will then take the information she gathered and write an issue paper and persuasive speech. Freshman Megan Weber will be

working in the judicial program an attorney. She will participate in a mock trial using the information her lobbyist, Lewis, has provided for her. “Honestly, Youth In Government isn’t the geeky program that a lot of people may see it as,” Aberastury said. “It’s highly enriching. It shows you exactly how the other side works, and it gives you more enthusiasm to vote in the future, may it be for a president or for simply a governor.”

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ov. 4 marked a history-making election for the United States. That day also held much in the balance for the state of the Francis Howell School District. Voters were given the chance to vote for, or against, Proposition B. The proposition passed with 65.25% of the voters in favor. The proposition was proposed by FHSD to receive a bond for $78,500,000 in order to go towards rebuilding and reconstructing areas around the district. The emphasis for construction will be on Francis Howell High School, Daniel Boone Elementary, and Francis Howell North. “We’re very excited,” Assistant Principal Nancy Wade said. “We’ve needed new science rooms for


a long time, now that [Prop. B] has passed, we’ll begin working with architects to get blueprints and a floor plan. I think it’s great for our kids to have science rooms that are the right size.” A similar bond was passed in 2002, where the major emphasis was adding on to Central Elementary. With construction again being the main use of the bond money, this time around the district does not want to waste time. “We’ll start bidding almost immediately for construction and building,” Francis Howell School District Superintendent Renee Schuster said. “How fast that goes will determine how quickly we can start building. We hope to break ground summer of ‘09.” With the economy in such a delicate state, the main

selling point of the proposition - besides reconstruction - is that it won’t increase taxes on the taxpayers. The tax will remain at 67 cents, keeping families’ pockets as they were; however, this means that the district will take longer to pay back the bond. The bond will extend to North, where money will be used to fund new science rooms with updated features. Many are pleased at the district’s efforts to better the learning environments of the students.’ “This is most definitely a good idea,” member of the W.I.S.E. (Working to Improve Student Education) committee Steve Johnson said. “The Board of Education and the Administrators have to spend the money the way it was voted on. They can’t just go out and use the money how they want.” page design bethany brady



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t’s 2:20 on a sunny Monday afternoon, and the oh-so-sweet ring of the last bell of the day echoes through the hallways. People sprint to their cars and make a mad dash out of the parking lot, only to go home and watch t.v., play video games, or just ‘chill’ with friends. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, only 27% of high school students in the state of Missouri actually take part in physical activity outside of school-sponsored sports. “Here at North, the weight room is open after school, walking in the park, or even jogging around the track,” physical education teacher and coach Kellie Hausner said. “I just don’t understand why kids aren’t taking advantage of what’s around them.” Hypocritically used for guys to ‘bulk-up’, hitting the schools weight room and lifting a 150lb dumbbell is not just for all the huge football players. Women are welcome too. In reality, weights target many needs for women, as well as strengthening larger muscles for men.


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enior Amber Rodgers loves music. Now in her senior year at North, Rodgers will be performing in the school’s fall musical Little Shop of Horrors presented on Nov. 20-22. Rodgers plays an elementary drop out - the town know-itall - named Crystal. Rodgers’ involvement in the school theater department has grown over the years and finally she has the role that can help her grow musically, and give her that one push forward to her dreams. “I have a larger part,” Rodgers said. “I can be more involved in the show and create a character in a character.” Rodgers’ dream of someday becoming famous in the music industry all started with the Spice Girls microphone she got when she was about five years old. She comes from a musically inclined family; her mom is a former singer. Rodgers’ mother was in a gospel group called The 12 Gates. “She has a really good voice,” sophomore cast member Christina Womack said. “It is almost mind-blowing.” Throughout her years at North, Rodgers has been actively involved with both chorus and theater. “When I sing a song, if I’m really passionate about it, it’s like I’m not myself,” Rodgers said. “It’s like an out-of-body experience, like my alter ego comes out...she’s the diva in me.” For Rodgers, the hardest part has been singing and dancing at the same time - something she is adamant about mastering before opening night. Director Kathy Carron has seen this passion firsthand. “I am very glad we choose Amber for the part. She is one of my favorite students,” Carron said. “She has so much energy, I have never regretted working with her and I will never forget her.” To keep motivated, Rodgers’ always reminds herself to “never give up, because you’re only as good as you say you are. You have to be your own biggest fan before anyone can support you. You have to support yourself.”


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tudents come in and out of the choir room, some leaving school, some staying for practice. It’s 2:30 p.m. “Alright, let’s get started,” says Lorraine Smith. Smith is the choir director for North. Today she’s leading practice for the fall play Little Shop of Horrors. Smith begins playing the piano. You hear a soothing melody as she goes into the theme song. The double trio begins to sing. Little shop, little shoppa horrors. Josiah Carney, who’s been performing since seventh grade, sits in the back, reading over his lines. Josiah, a senior, will play Gravis Mushnick, a Jewish shop owner. Although Josiah has been in numerous school plays, this will be his first time singing. “I encouraged Josiah to tryout. He never considered it before,” director Kathy Carron said. “I had to talk to him first about the character and I’m glad he tried out because it worked out for the best and he is good for the part.” Josiah’s character is a stereotypical boss, always demanding this and that from his employees. Soon, he devises a get-rich-quick scheme and buddies up with Seymour Krelborn, a nerdy orphan working at Mushnick’s shop. Josiah stands up, walks to the middle of the room and joins the scene as the chorus sings in the background of the double trio. Students clear the way. Josiah and senior Eric Peters are the center of attention. Eric will play Seymour. “What did you break now, Krelborn?” “Nothing, Mr. Mushnick.” Josiah mumbles a Yiddish phrase, “Aron g’vorn g’voxen, akebebble, mit tzibeleh. The cast’s attention turns to the leading lady, junior Tori Stepanek. Tori will play Audrey, Seymour’s love interest and co-worker. “So, she finally decides to come to work,” says Josiah. “Good morning, Mr. Mushnick.” “What morning? It’s two o’clock in the afternoon...not that we had a costumer. Who has a customer when you run a flower shop on Skid Row?” “I’m sorry.” They finish up their lines as Amber Rodgers sings her solo for “Skid Row.” “Ladies, all three parts together now,” Smith says. “Guys, come in when it’s your turn. The guys come in singing in a light voice. The chorus comes. “It’s coming together really well,” Josiah said. “People are probably most nervous for me.” Downtown, down on Skid Row... “POOR!” Eric bellows. Josiah laughs and looks over, “I have the voice of an angel.” “Alright, let’s move on,” Smith says. Josiah may laugh, but he’s cringing on the inside. “I’m nervous about singing because I don’t have any singing experience,” Josiah said. “I mean, I think it’s cool - I’ve always liked singing - I just never have done it before.” Eric sings his solo and the chorus joins at the end. “Did someone tell you to go softer there?” Smith asks the chorus. They nod. “Softer - fine. Not confident - not fine.” Eric, Tori and Josiah all practice while the rest of the cast is off to the side. Josiah and Eric begin singing together. Then Josiah sings - alone. He is singing his first solo ever. He’ll think about it. He’ll think about it inside Josiah is holding each note with intensity, as if he’s done it all his life. “OK, that’s good,” Smith says, “We missed a few parts, but we’re good. Good practice today.” The practice ends. “Everyone was expecting a terrible attempt - that I was going to be bare minimum. So when I was actually good, it surprised some people. [But] I like singing; I sing when I’m by myself all the time,” Josiah says. “I’ll always sing.”

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Above are three of the many cast members involved in the fall musical. Junior Tori Stepanek plays Audrey, senior Bob Strickland plays Orin, and junior Chrissy Lentini is part of the double trio. The North cast of Little Shop of Horrors will be performing on Nov. 20, 21, and 22. Cast and crew have spent the last several months preparing for this production. Tickes will be sold on Mon. during all lunches for seven dollars, or eight dollars at the door. Come see North stars put on their fall play: a story of a man eating plant.



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he smell of the fresh food greets those who walk into the Gas House Grill. Familiar tunes play in the background. Whispers can be heard across the room. This sports bar and grill is anything but ordinary. Since it is family-owned by Tim and Terry Cancila and their father Sam, there is a warmth found only in family restaurants. The casual and relaxed atmosphere is also complimented by a striking mural of significant sports moments in St. Louis history. There’s a special section on the wall in honor of commentator Jack Buck and each table has a historical magazine next to it, dating anywhere from the midforties until the late sixties. “We wanted to bring back the earlier days of sports, when people loved the game for the game,” Tim said. All three owners share a special love for sports in general, with baseball, hockey, and football each holding their own little spots in the restaurant’s setup. With

the name being a throwback to a group of exceptional men from the St. Louis Cardinals - the Gas House Gang - and memorabilia from all sorts of sports teams that have moved through St. Louis, this really is the place to learn about how sports were when there were no million dollar contracts and endorsement deals. “The Gas House Grill is a great way to re-live the history and learning about the legends that have played on the St. Louis sports teams,” junior Ryan Block said. With an individuality all its own, The Gas House Grill has stemmed quite a growth of regular customers who are beyond impressed with the food and atmosphere. “We wanted to be unique and special,” Tim Cancila said. “This really has become a community place where anyone can come and know each other.” The restaurant is even putting a new twist on some old favorites, like onion rings they’ve turned the plain old onion ring into an onion straw appetizer. “All the food is delightful,” Block said. “Dinner is always a treat when my family and I go there.” This restaurant offers a new way to learn



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Dr. Bob Bergamini of David C. Pratt Cancer Center works daily with cancer patients. Throughout his career he has had to deal with the loss of several of his patients. But, he grows from those experiences and works to bring all of his patients back to health. Bergamini grows close to those he works with and enjoys the bonds he makes with his patients. (andrew hairlson)

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2002 Honda CrV with 120,000 miles on it pulls up to the David C. Pratt Cancer Center at 6:30 a.m. It is still dark out as the 6-foot-3-inch doctor steps out of his car and heads for the front doors of the building. He wears his vintage, every day outfit: khaki pants, a blue sweater vest with a white, long sleeve polo under it, brown shoes, and aviator glasses. He carries his black suitcase in one hand and a 12 oz. cup of coffee in the other. As Dr. Robert Bergamini, known as Dr. Bob to his patients, makes his way into the darkness, he turns on the lights and heads down the hallway towards his office. He passes a poem titled What Cancer Canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t Do that is framed on the wall. Cancer is so limited... He enters his office and sits down at his computer, forced to do something that most doctors have nightmares about. He must send out a debriefing to many doctors and nurses about his patient that died at 6:10 p.m. the night before. The ten year-old boy had been fighting a tumor for nearly seven and a half years. He had been in and out of the hospital for his whole childhood, and in that time, touched the lives of many nurses, doctors, family and friends - almost 4,000 people. He was showing great strides in his recovery, but over the weekend his health started to diminish as fast as a


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sled racing down a snow-covered hill. Bergamini spent yesterday with the boy and his family, as he knew the boy would eventually pass. “He was in so much pain, he was asking for morphine,” says Dr. Bob. Most ten year-olds do not know what morphine is, much less know that they need it. This boy was different. Throughout the seven and a half years with the tumor, he had been exposed to more pain and discomfort than most experience in a lifetime. Now it was at an all-time high. Towards the end, his tounge became paralyzed, which caused mucus and saliva to get caught at the top of his mouth, similar to peanut butter getting stuck to the roof of your mouth. Along with his tongue, one side of his face became paralyzed. Dr. Bob just wanted the boy to go peacefully, and he wanted family and friends to celebrate the boy’s life. Bergamini got his wish for the boy, as he was able to lay on his hospital bed with his friends, while his parents held him as he passed. It cannot cripple love. It cannot kill friendship. “I think everything went really well,” says Bergamini. “He died very peacefully - pain free.” A death of a patient is hard on a doctor, but Bergamini must remain strong, mentally and physically, because this was a mirror image of the day before. Perhaps twenty-four hours earlier, Bergamini had faced the death of another patient. The 14-year-old boy went to the hospital approximately 65 days ago with a staph infection, and in the process of searching for the infection, the doctors found out he had leukemia. He was receiving treatment for those two months, but the antibiotics for the staph infection and the Chemotherapy for the leukemia counteracted each other and there was nothing Dr.. Bob could do. “His chance of survival was very low from the beginning,” says Bergamini. Although Bergamini realizes that losing a patient is part of his profession, he admits that it is very difficult. “It is very hard to interact with the very ill kids and their families,” says Bergamini. For some, the feeling of losing a patient or dealing with a terminally ill child would be impossible to overcome, but for Bergamini he takes the opportunity to help every patient he sees. He lost his patient at 6 p.m., stayed with the family until 10, and was at work the following morning at 6:30, working on a very emotional e-mail. After his e-mail is sent out to the lives of those touched by the 10-year-old boy, he walks next door to St. John’s Mercy Hospital to check on some of his patients. Luckily, today he only has a couple of stops; one being to a three-year-old girl who recently developed leukemia. She does not speak English, so Dr. Bob will have to go back later when an interpreter is present. As Dr. Bob makes it back to his office, he passes through the waiting room. In the waiting room, a little girl wearing polka dot pajamas sits on her mom’s lap. She drinks milk out of a sippy cup, as many toddlers do. She starts putting together a puzzle and giggling with another patient. While most children in waiting rooms are jittery, loud and impatient, this little girl is a bit more restricted due to the I.V. that carries the fluid for her Chemotherapy. page design cami wade

She simply cannot grow impatient because she will have to receive her medicine for four hours straight. It is well worth it in the long run, as her tumor is 98 percent curable. On the other side of the waiting room sits a little blonde-haired boy, about three years old. He’s wearing a gray GAP hoodie with green lettering; blue jeans; and white, blue and orange Nikes. He and his dad sit on a blue leather coach together as they, too, will be in the waiting room for hours. The little boy is attached to an I.V. as well, and receives his treatment to help his immune system fight off antibodies because of the bone marrow transplant that cured his tumor. “He might have to come in here every three weeks [for his treatment],” says Bergamini, “but at least he will be OK.” As the patients sit in the waiting room receiving their treatment, Bergamini sits in his office. On his desk sit two linked computer monitors so that the mouse can scroll back and forth. Various medical books are spread all over his desk: Clinical Hematology, Oncology, Endocrinology. Even though he has been a Hematologist/Oncologist for the past 30 years, he still needs to read and study. Papers scatter his desk as well, stacked a foot high. On the end of his desk, next to the radio, sit Yanni CDs. While Bergamini sits in his office, he finds time to relax and play Solitaire, since the only patients in the office are receiving treatments that take hours. Not even five minutes into his card game, one of the nurses peaks her head into his office. “You know that kid in the hospital with the infection?” asks the nurse. “Yea, why?” “His parents are in court today for that nasty divorce, and the judge is on the phone because the husband doesn’t believe the kid is in the hospital.” “Just a virus,” says Bergamini. The boy and his family are able to leave, and the parents reveal something that had not been seen in the whole time they were in the office: a smile. Not too long after the last patient leaves, Bergamini gathers his papers and puts them into his suitcase. He walks down the hallway and passes the poem. Cancer is so limited... It cannot silence courage. Many people believe they have courage, but few actually do. Dr. Bob is among the few. It takes courage - too much to measure - to lose two patients, have several patients in the hospital, treat many children throughout the day, and still be able to show up to work every morning. Dr. Bob’s courage speaks as loud as Dr. Martin Luther King. “I love the opportunity to take care of ill children and try to make them better,” says Bergamini. With his suitcase in hand, he walks out of the office and locks the door behind him. He makes his way to his Honda CrV and heads home to his wife and the youngest of his five children, a high schooler. Tomorrow, he will wake up, return to the office, and prove what cancer cannot do.



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Junior Sam Fitzwalter sits and reads aloud from his book of poetry. Within the pages also includes talented sketches and portraits. Fitzwalter is well know for his talent and regularly reads poetry aloud at Picassoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Coffee House. (cami wade)

Junior Melissa Alexander has a total of 12 piercings, including her nose, tongue, and nine on her ears, and she isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done yet. She plans on getting two more, one on each ear. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I like piercing and I like being different,â&#x20AC;? Alexander said. (sarah semmel)

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Change. It’s the word at the tip of everyone’s tongue with the way America’s economy has been shooting downward. We’re covering the affects these hard times are having on our close community and how a change in the economy is hitting wallets harder than we ever expected.


The founder of Sts. Joachim Miriam Mahan and Jan Hooker volunteer their time to organize a place that families can come to for shelter. (cami wade)


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hursday. A day of "organized chaos" for the Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Center. It is on this day every week that needy families from all around the area line up as early as three hours prior to the opening of the food pantry. And in the last year, that lines just seems to get longer and longer. It's a stressful yet fulfilling process for workers and recipients alike, beginning at 8 a.m. and lasting until 8 p.m. On this particular day, it is rainy and cold, but the weather isn't dampening the spirits of any of the employees and volunteers. Just within the front door is a room with several rows of chairs, a desk, a computer. Mostly empty. This is where pantry program coordinator Jan Hooker gets most of her paperwork done. "It looks empty now...wait until 6:30. This room will be full." It seems that each year, a slew of new families file into the care center, searching for food, shelter and hope. "In 2006, we provided for 54 homeless families total," Miriam Mahan, executive director and one of five founders, said. "In 2007, it was 140 families. By March alone of 2008, that number had already grown to 300 families." Hooker turns to the left and enters the next room. A garage-like door takes up most of the front wall. This will be open later so the families can receive their food quickly and conveniently. Boxes, grocery bags full of food, fruits, pies, cakes, and bread line the walls. This is where you will find 76-year-old Robert Burns, 72-year-old Pete Petrosky, and 69-year-old James "Speedy" Southerland. The "4 o'clock team." Their job is to organize and set up all the food that needs to be kept cool, so that it's ready for families to take home. She enters the next room, where shelves upon shelves are packed from floor to ceiling with canned goods, boxes of cereal, jars of sauces, paper towels, toilet paper, enough supplies to feed you and your family for months. This is also the room where, between 4 and 5:30 p.m., volunteers from the Duchesne Key Club and DeSmet can be found. The mood in this room is light hearted. Everyone seems to get along like family here. The boys joke with one another, along with Martha Ricker, head of the key club. "The best part of being here is that is gives us a great feeling of accomplishment..." Andy Thro says. "Plus, we get to hang out with Martha!" Standing no taller than 4 feet 10 inches, Ricker is small in stature, not in character. Looking towards an abandoned mug of coffee, Ricker stops in her tracks. "Who's is this?!" The four o'clock team walk in. "This?" Petrosky says, looking at his old mug of coffee. "This is Ed's!" "Who is Ed?!" Ricker questions. "That's you!" Martha stalks off, shaking her head. Everyone else laughs to themselves. It's 5 p.m. Time passes quickly here, each team working together to get their part done, preparing for the big opening just a few hours away. At 6:30, the awaiting families are given cards with a number. Similar to the deli at your local grocery store, families will file into the first room and wait for their number to be called, at which time they are given a card with their family name, the number of people that


need to be fed, and whether they are diabetic or not. They will receive a shopping cart outside, and take their card to the garage door of the next room, where their cart will be filled up with food in less than a minute. Preparing for this event is no walk in the park, and with the economy in the shape it is in, there's more to worry about. With more and more people losing their jobs and homes, more people are in need. In the last two quarters of 2008, there has been a 20 percent increase in families referred to the Care Center. Donations from local households are starting to decrease, because there is less money to spare among families. The Care Center is learning to stretch the amount of food they get from grocery store donations and government grants to feed more families. It's 6:27. Show time, let the chaos begin. Hooker was right, the room fills up fast. She begins calling off number by number, giving people their cards. A little girl wearing red framed glasses, a blue sweater, with a silver purse stands and waits patiently by the door, alongside her father and brother. The numbers are flying by. It's 6:37. "Number 21!"

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Another girl of nine years old wears a raccoon mask and giggles wildly with her sister. "We're 20 numbers away!" Marisa Hummert stands outside waiting to receive her food. She's been coming here for almost two years to provide for her husband and two kids at home. Her husband is disabled and unable to work. Their family is in the approval process for disability from the government, after having been denied a year and a half ago. "We joke at home," Hummert laughs. "As soon as you open the refrigerator on Tuesdays, you know it's time to come. [The Care Center] has been very helpful. Food stamps only help a little, this helps a lot." Darlene Jilg comes to the Care Center to provide for herself and her son. With the help of the Care Center, Jilg and many other families can worry about paying for other things instead of food. "J and A has enabled us to live in a house in St. Charles instead of a small apartment in a very bad neighborhood in St. Louis. Our living situation has improved dramatically because of their help and others. With the weakening economy, we don't know how we'd get

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by without J and A." Another woman shows just how hard it is to get by in today's society. She's 62 years old with two part time jobs. She came to the Care Center in search of a third job. "It's just sad," Hooker sighs. "She should be retired at home, and instead, she has to work three jobs." Luckily, the Care Center provides other services such as employment, housing, health and wellness, children and youth, and transportation services. It's 7:54. One hundred and four is the final number of families fed for the week in just 87 quick minutes. One hundred and four families with one less thing to worry about. "We did a record tonight, all the bread's gone!" president William Zywiciel says. The shelves are empty. It's closing time. It's been a long day, it's time for Jan Hooker to finally relax. Until next Thursday when the familiar faces are back, and the process starts over again.



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alking down North Main Street in St. Charles, maybe stopping for lunch at Trailhead, walking on toward Riverside Sweets for ice cream, and finishing the walk looking at some antiques in the numerous knickknack shops, many would walk right past George Denninger Gallery. George Denninger is an artist, and his studio, the Gallery, is located at 115 North Main Street. One look inside the windows fascinating. The attention-grabbing piece of art that calls for a better look is a hand-crafted piano made of Brazilian Mahogany. It has been in prestigious magazines such as the New York Times, and even been made into an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. As one would expect, the labor was extravagant. “If you work eight hours a day, seven days a week, it will take six months to build,” Denninger said. Even with the fame of his work having been displayed at the Met, it does not help with his business. With the economy in a downward slide, the Gallery is being greatly affected. The greatest way Denninger has directly been affected is that most of his artwork is bought from tourists. With the price of fuel being so high, there are nearly 50 percent less tourists coming into his business from cities other than St. Charles. As well as tourist numbers dropping, Denninger's greatest fear is that people are no longer going to purchase things they want, but things they need. As people are living paycheck by paycheck to survive, most spend their money on necessities such as food, water, and shelter instead of entertainment items such as art. Although


he agrees that those necessities are more important, he remains disappointed. Daniel Montgomery, another St. Charles resident, understands this type of disappointment from the opposite perspective. "I used to go out and find all types of things that I didn't need, but I had a great love for," Montgomery said. "For example, I would always go out and look for old collectables or little knickknacks or just anything that I felt like having, but now I just can't do it anymore. "Now I really have to watch everything that I buy. It's sad, but if I don't need it, then I can't bring myself to buy it." Denninger finds himself greatly affected by people like Montgomery. “I have people that come in and like my work,” said Denninger. “But they'll just say, ‘Well, I’ll come back’ and they will wait until they aren’t concerned with getting a paycheck.” The economy has an affect on Denninger personally as well as his business. He has made each of his studios a home. In his present studio, he lives upstairs to save money and doesn't drive much either. “My car has sat in my driveway for a whole week before,” said Denninger. Although the long-term future is unclear for Denninger’s Gallery with the economy being so unpredictable, the short-term future is evident. With a "for sale" sign plastered to his building, Denninger can only hope that someone will buy his studio; thus, him changing his way of life and moving on to a more successful financial future.

Hollie Ramsey stands by her three children, freshman Liana Ramsey, sophomore Larry Edwards, and junior LaRita Edwards. Holly works as a bus driver for the district. The three children work along with Hollie to provide for their family. (fareeha amir)


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his past year, the Ramsey family has been running a marathon. Everyday, they have persevered in their trip, taking it step by step, hoping to eventually reach their goal. Now of course the family is not literally out on the road running. No, their marathon has been on a path named Economy, and their goal is to survive a recession that turned that path uphill, making it difficult to get by day to day. "Right now we're in a recession, a horrible recession," Ms. Ramsey said. "And we need to get someone in office soon who can change this around." The Ramsey family, like many families, is feeling the effects of a changed

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economy. As the sole provider to a family of four, Ms. Ramsey has had to deal with paying for four dollars a gallon for gas, for groceries, utilities, and house and car payments. She also has to pay for her oldest son, Lee, to attend college in Mississippi - all on a bus driver's salary. Now however, things are even harder for her because of the recession, and Ms. Ramsey is left to do what most have had to in order to get by: change her way of living. "I think that this year especially has been really hard on us," Ms. Ramsey said."Money has been tight, and the kids and I have had to rely on each other to get by." To start, she has had her kids, Liana, Larry and LaRita, work to help out. Larry and LaRita have worked at McDonald's while Liana plans to apply once she turns 15. "Forty dollars out of our paychecks go to our mom every two weeks." sophomore Larry Edwards said. "She uses it for cell phone bills and whatever else she needs. The rest we get to buy stuff for ourselves. I just like having my own money." Having their own money is a sentiment shared by all of Ms. Ramsey's kids, as none of them like asking their mom for extra money. "Having my own job means that I don't have to ask my mom all of the time for

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money," junior LaRita Edwards said. "I feel so bad when any of us ask her at the wrong time, like after she's paid the bills." While the extra income helps, it alone is not enough to get by. In the past year, Ms. Ramsey has learned to change her way of shopping to deal with rising prices. "Today, I look for a lot of bargains," Ms. Ramsey said. "My mind is trained to look for them. Before I didn't think about discounts at all. Before I never thought about coupons, but now every little bit helps." Even though the Ramsey's try to do all they can to conserve, they have still lost the ability to go out whenever they want, make the occasional splurge, or for once not worry about prices. However through all of the sacrifices they have made, the Ramsey's have had one undeniably good experience come out of this recession. In the past year, they have spent more time than ever together as a family. Which is something Ms. Ramsey wouldn't trade for anything. "I know that the kids have their football games and other stuff on Fridays and Saturdays," Ms. Ramsey said. "But now, Thursdays and Sundays are when we get to be together. Everybody stays home and we just hang out all day. And it's nice." For now, the Ramsey family will continue running their marathon.


Q&A. Business Teacher Mike Kenny and John Sederburg of Sederburg and Associates interviewed by tyler kirk and logan ponche


So, what is a recession? Are we actually in one? ike Kenny: Well, a recession is defined by two consecutive quarters of a decrease in the economy. So I would think that since we have had that, yes we are in a recession.


.How does it affect high school students?


K: One, it affects employment. The economy is decreasing, and less jobs are available. When people are out of jobs, they will take the $8 jobs. And it will squeeze you guys out of jobs you would normally have.

.How do we get out of it?


K: That's a loaded question. I'm not sure if anyone knows the answer to that question. There are things that can be done like creating jobs, which will create income and in turn spending. It's like a big circle, each thing supports the next. And if we can get it started up again, that might help.

.What can high schoolers do about it?


K:Right now [high schoolers] are a temporary employee, a part-time employee. When the time comes for them to be a full-time employee, they need to have the education to be prepared to do what they want to in life.


.With the elections over, how do you

think the economy is going to change? ohn Sederburg: It’s going to get immensely better. It’s at the bottom right now and it’s going to go up. We only have room to grow from here. By next year, we will have forgotten all about it.



In regards to the election results, what do you think President Elect Obama will be able to accomplish with the economy? K: I really don't know too much about President Elect Obama's policies. We're just going to have to wait and see. We don't know what he's going to do yet.


.What will Obama’s policy mean, in

terms of the economy? S: I don’t think either candidate had a strong policy. Obama doesn’t know - neither McCain or Obama know. It didn’t matter who got elected, they both wanted change; they talked about it, but they never answered as to how they were going to change the economy. It’s no longer in their hands.


.If the economy is no longer in the

hands of the government, then how do we, as a nation, fix it? S: We become confidant again. If we don’t spend, the economy goes downhill and fails. But if we just spend money with confidence, the economy will be fine. People are scared to death to spend money, that’s the real problem. If people just start spending like they used to, in five years, the economy will be great.


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When I was sixteen... How was the economy when you were sixteen? “Gasoline was $.25 a gallon and cigarettes were 5 cents a pack,” Head custodian, Custodian Donna Weir, said.

“Gas was probably $.90 and a movie was like $2. A McDonald’s meal was about $2.50,” Science teacher, Joe Breen said.

Weir was 16 in 1969.

Breen was 16 in 1982. “We didn’t need a whole lot,” Chemistry teacher, Karen Hill said. “We didn’t go and buy stuff like we do now. I had a job to pay for all of my stuff.”

“You never needed more than $10 for a date - that’s movie, poporn and the whole bit. You could practically feast at McDonald’s for $5.” Math teacher, Scott Beck said. Beck was 16 in 1983.

Hill was 16 in 1978.

“I don’t know how aware I was but gas was cheap and no one talked about how they didn’t have jobs.” Math teacher, Brooke Roe, said.

“Gas was like $2.50, or something crazy that I didn’t like,” senior Justin Milewczik said. Milewczik was 16 in 2006.

Roe was 16 in 1996.

“The gas prices are so high,” junior Sam Newton said. “I think it’s because of poor government decisions.”

“Lunch meals were ten cents less at North, and gas was about the same as it is now,” senior Brandon Coyle said.

Newton is 16 in 2008.

Milewczik was 16 in 2006.





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t’s 1 p.m. Senior Katy Bogar sits in her dimly lit living room with 19-year-old boyfriend, Robby Gantz, watching the end of “The Pursuit of Happyness.” “Did he get the job?” Katy says. “Well, he is clapping, isn’t he?” Robby replies sarcastically. Ironically, Katy and Robby find themselves in the same situation as Will Smith's character. Robby is currently unemployed and has been searching for a job for two months, while Katy works twice a week at Harvester Lanes. The teens occupy a crowded home, as they currently live with Katy's parents, Katy's older sister and four dogs. All is quiet until hiccups are heard coming from the 3-month-old sitting on Katy's lap. This little baby is Katy and Robby's daughter: Leah Marie Gantz. Born on July 17, Leah arrived just two days before Katy's eighteenth birthady. "[Leah] was named after my grandma,” Robby says. Last year, Katy and Robby started dating and on Nov. 22, Katy found out that her life was going to change. "I remember telling my mom in the morning before I left for school," Katy said. "My dad was saying how he was going to puke." Along with dealing with the teenage pregnancy, Katy and Robby are also experienceing financial troubles due to the hardships the economy is suffering from. “We try to budget our money as best as we can,” Katy said. “We have saved up a lot of money for Leah. She has somewhere between $650 and $700.” The movie that represents their life so well finally comes to an end. “I love this movie,” Robby says. While Katy holds her, Leah begins to cry. “What’s wrong, Leah?”


“Let me see her,” Robby says. As soon as Leah touches her father's arms, she stops crying. Amused, Katy heads for the restroom. “Smile for daddy, Leah,” Robby says in a baby voice. Katy returns to the living room as a new movie, "Employee of the Month," begins. “This is what we do,” Katy says. “We watch TV with Leah." For now, with Roby's unemployment, it's all they can do. However, occasionally, the couple tries to find time for themselves. “Once or twice a month, Katy and I go out while [Katy’s] parents watch Leah,” Robby says. Leah lays quietly asleep, next to her father. Making sure she's fast asleep, Katy picks up her daughter and carries her to the brightly colored yellow and pink room that Leah sleeps in every night. Bambi, the famous fawn with a will to survive - just as Robby and Katy - lines the trim of the walls, along with a framed drawing of the character that Robby drew himself. Katy places Leah in her crib, kissing her head. But before Katy can leave the room, Leah begins to cry. Back in the living room, Robby sits, watching “Employee of the Month.” Katy hands Leah to Robby and sits on the couch beside him. On the floor lay many of Leah’s toys. “The most expensive thing we bought was the breast pump,” Robby said. “It cost $300.” Even though the pump was expensive, it saves money in the long run. With the prices of goods going up, it is harder for the couple, and the nation, to budget money. "To save money, Katy carpools with people to work," Katy's mother, Julie, said. "Gas is just too expensive." For the time being, Katy lends her Neon to her dad, while she and Robby page design cami wade

Senior Katy Bogar and North graduate Robby Gantz spend the day with their baby, Leah Marie. The two became parents on July 17, bringing home a brand new baby girl. With a 3-month-old daughter, they have a lot to prepare for and look forward to in their future. Katy and Leah live at home with Katy’s parents and Robby spends most of his time there as well. (sarah semmel)

take turns driving his car. Katy's dad normally drives a diesel truck, but with the gas prices right now, $4 per gallon is too much for the family to afford. "We work as a team," Julie said. "We know times are hard right now, but we can't just give up." As Julie said, times are hard in their home. Not only did Robby get laid off, but the company Julie works for, Horacs Mann Insurance, is being transferred to Dallas, and the company her husband Dave works for was recently bought out. In Feb., Horacs Mann will be gone for good, and Julie will be forced to find another employer. "I found out about my [business's transfer] the day before Leah was born," Julie said. "I had to make a decision. I couldn't just tell my family to pack up and move. There's another baby to take care of now." The phone begins to ring and Robby answers it. “Hello? "This is him. "Hey, how are you?” Robby says as he walks into a different room. “It’s probably about the job,” Katy says. The job Katy refers to is one Robby recently applied for. If hired, he would be serving food to the elderly. Robby hangs up the phone and returns to the room, a smile spreading across his face. He got the job. Katy, obviously ecstatic, congratulates him. In a matter of minutes - in one phone call - the day-to-day stress on their shoulders was momentarily lifted. Now that Robby is no longer unemployed, pinching pennies won't be as much of a necessity; they will be able to spend their money with a little less to consider. It seems, for now, Robby and Katy's lifestyle is improving, all because they never gave up in their search for employment. They never gave up in their will to survive. They never gave up in their pursuit of happiness. page design cami wade-


THEBRIEFS Taking the lead pat flynn

After finishing with a record of 4-5 last year, this year’s wrestling team looks to improve its performance. The Knights have five state placers returning to the team. “We are going to have a talk as a whole team,” head coach Harold Ritchie said. “But looking at it from my perspective, our main goal should be being in the top ten [teams] in the state. We also need to show improvement on our dual meet; we have not been a good dual meet team the last couple of years.” Because the team lost many of its star wrestlers to graduation, they will be looking at younger wrestlers to rise to the challenge and fill major gaps in the roster. “We lost a lot of our good wrestlers last year,” junior Jeff Shell said. “It is going to be tough on us. We are going to have to wait and see who wants to step up and compete at the varsity level.” Both the under and upperclassmen look to Shell to be the leader of this year’s team. Shell has been to the state tournament twice, and last year he took third. “Shell is a good wrestler,” senior Eric Voyles said. “He works hard and is tough. I am positive that Shell is going to step up and lead this team.”

StartingOut Right

Girls basketball gears up for season jordyn klackner

Like all other winter sports teams, the girls basketball team is ready to start off a new season on the right foot. Things will be a little different for the girls this season, as five seniors graduated last year, leaving the team with only six returning players. “All the seniors that graduated were our team leaders, so more of us will just have to step up to fill their shoes,” junior Lauren Viehman said. Many of the girls - new and returning - have been attending open gyms on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Attending the workouts allowed the girls to work together and start becoming a team before tryouts even began. “I can already tell how close we are going to be,” junior Kelsey Hieb said. “We have the best team chemistry I think I have ever seen in a team.” After watching the girls at practice and knowing their strengths from previous years, coach Dawn Hahn sees the potential in her team - despite their “tough schedule.” “Realistic goals for us I think would be to be conference champs, have 16 or more wins, accomplish a team chemistry, and to represent our school with class,” Hahn said.

Sophomores Emily Brady, Britni Strong and Coach Dawn Hahn scrimmage at a girls basketball open gym on Oct. 30. Both boys and girls tryouts are on Nov. 10. (lydia ness)

Swimmers have high expectations following last season conference, took first several times at relay Due to the impres- meets, and sent senior sive records from last Lauren Thrasher to year, this season’s swim State. With all these team has their goals set positives from last high. Starting Nov. 17, year, the swim team the team will meet at the is already off to a Rec-Plex every night at good start for another 8 to try out and prepare season. “I’m hoping for upcoming events. we will be able to The team is curbreak more records rently anticipating the because we have more Panther Relays held base swimmers,” on Dec. 19 by Fort Crow said. “I also Zumwalt North. heard there are some “I’m very excited talented freshmen about this event because coming in.” it gives kids a chance Each swimmer can to compete in different swim two individual areas and win more events and two relays medals,” swim coach in all competitions. William Crow said. The first few months Last year, the team will be when swimmers placed well in the GAC work on endurance jordyn klackner

Swimming coach Chip Crow explains his requirements and expectations of the teams at the swimming meeting on Oct. 28. Every seat in the classroom was filled with students who desired to be on the team. (fareeha amir)


and strokes. Towards the end of the season, the team usually reviews what they have learned and focuses more on events. Twenty-four swimmers are predicted to be on the team this year, all of which have high hopes and a passion for the sport. “There is nothing better than when you get out of the pool and see those girls proud that you did a good job,” senior Caitlin Stone said. “I really hope to bond more with them this year and keep our good records.”

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The boys basketball team will complete tryouts at the end of this week or the beginning of next week. The team ended the last season with a record of 13-13. They hope to keep the momentum up this year to have and keep a better record. Players should be in shape and will be working out and running throughout the season to stay in shape. Senior Josh Kane is the only returning starter. The team, led by head Bill Moyer and asst. coach Larry Scheller, hopes to start the season off strong. “I’m pretty excited to work out, see the kids working out, and see what we’ve got to start off the year,” Scheller said. (file photo)

The boys soccer team faced off in districts last week. Check out pictures from the games on


Varsity Knightline performs their Halloween dance at the football game on Oct. 24. The team performs the dance annually and practice for two weeks for it. (fareeha amir)

Boys basketball tryouts began this week. Check out FHNtoday. com for the new season’s schedule and all other winter sports schedules.


Knightline prepares for National competition jessica payne

For the first time in five years, Knightline is preparing to go to Nationals. The team will be leaving on Jan. 29 for Orlando, Fla. and returning Feb. 2. The days will consist of intense dance routines that competing teams have been busy practicing. Nationals usually has about 30-40 teams competing, although there can be as many as 80. “Many schools from all over go competing, and the majority of the schools go every year, “ Knightline coach Heather Box said. “Involvement for us [means] a lot more time and a lot more practices.” In order to qualify for Nationals, teams have to perform their dances well enough at summer camp. Knightline’s dance placed first at camp URL, Universal Dance Association. The team has hired an outside professional choreographer to teach a required jazz dance. Choreographer Angie Behymer had the girls come out to the studio she works at, Dance Connection, one Friday night and

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spent the night teaching the new dance routine. They are now working on polishing minor details in the dance. “[The hardest part is going to be] having practice and working,” junior Jodi Wurm said. “We always talk, and now we actually have to pay attention.” All of the teams compete on Jan. 31. The next day, they will find out if they make semi-finals. Usually about 15 teams make this. Making it to finals on Sunday night is determined by the scores from judges. There is typically no set number of teams that qualify. The top five teams placed in finals will receive a trophy. “[The experience] is going to make us stronger and make us want to work harder,” junior Kayla Conoyer said. The team says they’re going to have to put practice before anything else in the coming months in order to do their best. This is a challenge they say they are willing to take. “Overall, [Nationals] will give the girls a lot of confidence and ambition to want to be more competitive,” Box said. “I hope the girls are excited to get experience and see other teams across the nation.”

Cross Country competed in state on Saturday. The nine runners from North that made it to state traveled to Jeff City to compete against the best of the best. Check out to see the results and photos.


Check out the bowling teams high scores to see how the season will shape out.


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KENDALL BLANZY AIMS HIGH Senior Kendall Blanzy steps off the volleyball court and onto the basketball court. This is her first year going out for the team since sophomore year. Blanzy will spend the season working to be the best player she can be. (andrew hairlson)

Taking it to the court one more time vivki viehmann


enior Kendall Blanzy steps into the gym. She sees the same wood floors, creaky bleachers and fluorescent lights. But there’s something missing. There is no volleyball net set up in the middle of the court. Kendall is not there to play volleyball this time. She’s there to play basketball. “I decided to play basketball this year because it’s senior year and Ms. Hahn has been asking me to play,” Kendall said. “The other girls have also encouraged me to [try out].” For the first time since sophomore year, Kendall is going out for the basketball team. If she makes it, she will be the only senior on the team until Lauren Cooke recovers from a torn ACL injury. “I think she’ll be sad on senior night being the only senior,” Kendall’s brother, Michael, said. “But she can make new friends with a lot of people.” Kendall has played Varsity volleyball for North for all four years of high school, but she only played basketball her sophomore year. Her volleyball skills could become a major asset to her on the basketball court, as a forward and center. “I think the way they keep in shape for volleyball and her height will really help her with basketball,” junior Dianna Prost, who was on JV basketball with Kendall, said. Kendall is looking forward to playing basketball for the Knights this year, but she will have to adjust to a more physical type of game. Because she has played a non-contact sport for the majority of her life, besides sophomore year, she will have to re-alter her style of play for basketball. “I think the hardest part about playing basketball will be getting the aggressive edge,” Kendall said. “It’s also hard to shoot under pressure.” Kendall’s family is very supportive of her. Kendall says she has a better time playing when she knows her parents and siblings are in the stands backing her up. “I think she will be good at basketball because she’s so competitive,” basketball coach Dawn Hahn said. “She’s dedicated. Those are things you can’t teach an athlete.” As one of two seniors on the team, Kendall hopes she can lead the girls well. Her four years on the Varsity volleyball team have taught her to be a leader and she’s looking forward to carrying her leadership experience onto the basketball court. “One goal I have for myself is to be a good role model for the other girls,” Kendall said. “I want them to know I’m in it for real.” Check out the North Star podcast episode 86 for an in-depth on Blanzy.

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Senior Mandy Zielinski represented North at the state tennis match from Oct. 24 to Oct. 26. To get there she made her way through GAC’s, sectionals, districts, and then had the honor of being the only player at North to move on to state. (cami wade)

Zielinski makes team proud rachel hunt


ow would it feel to win almost every time you stepped onto the court? How would it feel being called GAC Champions, ranked third at Sectionals? How would it feel being the only one on your side of the net, against the best players in the state - just you, your opponent, your racket, and a tennis ball? That’s what it would feel like to be Mandy Zielinski. From Oct. 24 through Oct. 26 in Springfield, Mo., Zielinksi, a senior Varsity tennis player, competed against the best of the best in the state. As the only player competing as a representative from North, Zielinski was supported by the Varsity girls tennis coach, Kellie Hausner, as well as fellow members of the team. “Just earning the opportunity to represent FHN makes [the team and I] proud,” Hausner said. “I think this is well deserved. She has worked hard for this.” Leading up to State, Zielinski practiced each afternoon, individually, in order to prepare herself for the tougher competition and

individual playing time as a singles player. In the regular season, Zielinski lost only one of her matches, coming so close to an undefeated season. “When I found out [about her making it to State], I was just really excited for her,” teammate, junior Emily Alderson said. “It’s hard to qualify for State and she’s the first girl [from North] to go to State without playing as a pair.” Before moving on to State, Zielinski had to compete at Districts. On Oct. 11, she played in Districts and placed second and the top two players from each district then competed at State. “I freaked out when I found out,” Zielinski said. “I was in a good mood all week after that.” However, at State, her luck did not seem to carry over from the regular season. Of the three matches she played, Zielinski only won her first. Even though she did not medal, she found more enjoyment in competing than winning. “I had already made it that far,” Zielinski said. “I was just happy to be playing.”

Sticking it to State Wondering what it takes to get state? Here are a few requirements and guide lines the players have to follow: - First and second place individual district singles players and doubles teams shall qualify for state play. - Each school desiring to enter qualified players in the state meet must file an official state entry form. FAX the form to the MSHSAA Office no later than the first school day following the close of the individual districts. - The Individual District Tournament will determine the four teams that qualify for the Team Regionals. - Individual district medals will be presented to the first, second, third and fourth place winners in both singles and doubles competition and plaques to the first and second place teams. Information from:


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MEET THE TEAM PLAYER SPOTLIGHT You know them, you love them, and you support them game after game. But, you don’t always know who’s who on the field. Each month the North Star will highlight an athlete from each of the sports teams. This month we asked coaches of winter sports to choose a player that they recognized for effort and determination. We asked these players about their favorite part of their sport and who inspired them to play.

Jason Shell, 10

Lauren Cooke ,12 “I like the transformation over time; from playing in third grade up till now. My sister inspired me to play because she started playing before I did and I just wanted to join in.” years played: since age 10 biggest accomplishment: “it will be coming back from my knee surgery.” season goal: “I want to come back strong from my ACL surgery.”


Heather Morgan,12 “My favorite part of Knightline is the bonding and getting to know new girls. My mom and my aunt Katie inspired me to dance.” years played: since age 3 biggest accomplishment: “probably when I took first solo and first place in competition.” season goal: “I want to place in every competition and do good at nationals.”

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biggest accomplishment: “I beat this really fast girl from West minster last year in the 500 free. It was awesome” season goal: “I want to drop times and make memories.”

Boys Basketball

“I like swimming because it is an individual sport, but it affects the whole team. I also like that you get to bond with the other swimmers.” years played: since age 7


Girls Basketball

Girls Swim

Caitlin Stone ,12

“What I like about wrestling is actually the part when you get to hurt people.” years played: since age 5 biggest accomplishment: “I took sixth at USA state, which is against all of the United States. season goal: “I want to compete with my older brother and place at state.”

Mike Moynihan,12 “My favorite part about basketball are the games and being able to compete against other schools. Michael Jordan inspired me to play because he’s the greatest.” years played: since age 8 biggest accomplishment: “In this eighth grade UMSL tournament I was in we had a major comeback and won.” season goal: “I will be happy if we win districts.”

Maggie Kube ,11 “I like cheerleading because I get to hang out with my squad and I get to cheer at the football games. My cousin’s inspired me to cheer because they all cheered too.” years played: since age 13 biggest accomplishment: “definitely when I finally got my back handspring by myself.” season goal: “Get my tumbling on the wood floor in the gym.”


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F Junior Matt Stobart takes a shot on a breakaway at the Gold Cup hockey game on Nov. 1. Gold Cup is a face-off between FHN and FHS and it’s one of the most attended games of the hockey season. Unfortunately, the Knights took home a loss with a score of 0-5 (kaitlyn fouch)

Knights fall short at Gold Cup 5-0. The Knights defense did a good job getting the puck out of the zone and their goalie, junior Robbie Friedlein he referees prepare to drop the puck, the crowds go crazy. had a good game. “Robbie played really well,” senior With adrenaline pumping, they look up into the eyes of their op- Matt Knobbe said, ”but you can’t stop ponent. The opposition is wearing the them all.” However, they struggled to jersey of their brother school, Francis generate any sort of offensive pressure Howell High. It was time to play. It against the Howell defense. was time for Gold Cup. “It was kind of an eye opener,” The Knight’s hockey team took the ice Saturday, Nov. 1, against senior Jimmy Rueschhoff said. “We are going to have to up the tempo of our Francis Howell. Unfortunately, the practices.” Knights couldn’t get anything going Although just a pre-season game, after giving up three goals in the first many consider the game the most period and fell to the rival Vikings, Pat Flynn


important game of the year. “Gold cup is how we get our year started,” Knobbe said. “It gets our fans and our players excited for the season. We had a good amount of fans watch the game. It’s like our biggest game of the year but it means nothing” The Knights have high hopes for their next game on Friday, Nov. 14, against South. “We have a young team,” Knobbe said. “It’ll be tough, but I think most of our games will be close.” The puck drops at 9:10 p.m. in Wentzville.

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Juniors Kayla Noble and Jacki Wolf finish running the First Capital Invitational at McNair park on Sept. 5. (ashlee schnieder)


fter an exciting year, the cross country season is finally coming to a close. “I’m excited about [State],” coach Brooke Roe said. “I think it’s possible [to win], everyone just has to run their best race.” Cross Country districts were held Oct. 25 at McNair Park, and sectionals were held Nov. 1 at Forest Park. On both occasions, the girls team started at 11 a.m. and the boys team started at 11:30 a.m. Both girls and boys teams qualified for sectionals, but Roe had a bigger goal in mind. “I want both teams to qualify [for State],” Roe said. However, Roe’s hopes fell slightly short. While the boys team placed third at sectionals, qualifying for State, the girls team placed sixth and were therefore ineligible. Leading the boys team, Nick Happe placed first and Jordan Summers placed 18th. Two girls qualified individually: sophomore Coleen Grone who placed 17th, and junior Dianna Prost who placed 24th. “I definitely wanted to get to State and possibly qualify as a team,” Prost said. “I also want to remain dedicated so next year I Check out FHNtoday. can definitely place at State.” com for cross country’s results from state.

or as long as I can remember I have loved soccer. I love everything about it. The smell of the grass when you first hit the field, the feeling you get after making a big save, even the 6 a.m. games in other cities. I love it all. That’s why, after an eight hour day at school, I go out and play for another two. Because after all of the built-up pressure in a school day, soccer becomes my release valve. It becomes my way to let everything go, to relax and for once during the day, actually have fun. But recently, I’ve began to notice a growing trend not just in my sport, but in almost all across the country. The need to win. Now I know that sounds kind of stupid, it’s sports, you’re supposed to want to win games, and I agree; but at what cost? In today’s world, society is putting more pressure than ever on kids to perform. At first this was just in the classroom, but now it’s starting to spill out onto fields, courts and tracks everywhere; and everyday that it does, my release valve seals a little more shut. With this new pressure, soccer no longer seems like a sweet release from the school day; it actually seems like another class. With this new pressure, I find myself screaming at my defenders - my friends - if they let up a break-away and I’m forced to make a save. With this new pressure, I can’t smell the grass anymore. And it’s not just me. In the past couple of years across the country, seemingly normal people are more and more frequently losing their minds while getting caught up in youth sports. Parents getting into fights - physical brawls - on the sidelines of fields has become commonplace. Parents and players alike are now suing coaches, clubs and other families due to altercations on the field. In some cases, referee’s have even been shot at. Is that the type of competitiveness we want to condone? Next time you’re at a sporting event, take a look at the people off the field. See how many times they yell, or even scream at the kids playing. Ask yourself if that’s really necessary in a game. Some may say that those are just people who have passion for their sport, but what would they say if they saw the same people screaming others playing Scrabble? Would that be considered passion for a game? I get it, people want to win. But at what cost? page design jordyn klackner

A LOOK BACK the season in review Recap



Record: 13-11-1 Team: Going 4-2 in conference Individual: Senior Eric Stanowski broke the all-time shutout record for goalies.

Record: 6-8 Team: The team has doubled in size from last year Individual: Sophomore Nate Weiss was ranked first in the Gateway Athletic Conference in the 100-yard backstroke and third in the freestyle.

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Recap Record: 14-0 Team: Undefeated season, number one in Gateway Athletic Conference Individual: Senior Mandy Zielenski qualified for State.

Record: 3-7 Team: Beating Francis Howell Individual: Junior Nick DiMarco broke the single-season receiving yards record. katie robertson


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Cross Country

Boys: The whole team qualified for State Girls: The whole team qualified for Sectionals (Junior Diana Prost and sophomore Colleen Grone qualified for State)

Record: 22-8-4 Team: 2nd in Districts, Have only lost two home games in the last three years Individual: Senior Kendall Blanzy made 2nd team All-Region. ashlee schneider

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Girls Golf

Recap Record: 4-9 Team: First year they won any matches Individual: Sophomore Ashley Trautman earned two medals by shooting in the low 50â&#x20AC;&#x2122;s.

Record- 8-14 Team- Placed 2nd in the St. Dominic Tournament Individual- Junior Randi Yousey made All-Conference for the third straight year. morgan hamby

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Pro Pick Ems

Each month a random student, staffer, and administrator will go up against the North Star team and choose their professional pick of the month. At the end of the year, the team with the best record will be named the pro Pick Em champion. rams @ 49ers, nov. 16

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blues @ blackhawks, nov. 14

tigers @ cyclones, nov. 15

quakers @ tarheels, nov. 15


A tofurkey Thanksgiving jessica bremer


his Thanksgiving is going to be a little weird, and it has nothing to do with Aunt Berta’s mustache. This Thanksgiving, as most people gather around the ceremonial roasted turkey, I will be eating something made out of textured soy protein. This holiday season is my first as a vegetarian, and I don’t know what’s for dinner. American holidays seem to revolve around food, misunderstood traditions, and caring about the homeless once a year, things more linked than you’d think. American’s love food. We are diverse in our love, however. For some, it’s consuming as much of it as cheaply as possibly, regardless to how it may affect their health; while for some, it’s displaying their vast knowledge of semi-pretentious organic food. These two diverse camps seem to dovetail around the holidays, as their menus become generally similar. But food around the holidays is kind of disturbing to me and here’s why: large amounts of poultry, more poultry and possibly ham, are killed not only for human consumption, but for nonsensical traditions. The entire tradition of Thanksgiving I haven’t understood in a historical context since I came to realize that stuff between the Native Americans and the Pilgrims wasn’t exactly hunky-dory. The Pilgrims forced Native Americans into slavery and took their land and killed off the population by way of disease and violence. But every Thanksgiving you’ll see pictures of the ‘first’ Thanksgiving, which generally involves some very giving Aryan women feeding some very thankful Natives a very large bird. And corn. Pumpkin pie, anyone? So what’s the purpose of a holiday like Thanksgiving, then? A once yearly reminder to give thanks? That’s about as affective as my dentist’s once yearly reminder to floss. It’s not going to– happen. Once the holiday season is over, we’ll return to not noticing and not caring about the needy. Defy these nonsensical traditions. This Thanksgiving, for the first time, I’ll be skipping the turkey. But even more importantly, I’ll be skipping the cruelty, and I won’t miss the taste at all.

REMEMBERFAMILY barbara jean palmer


hen you are a little girl, you hardly know what is going on. You learn to just go with the flow. It’s all about the Barbie dolls, the dress up clothes, and playing outside with your best friend. You’re not to the point where you fully appreciate your family and friends but you are grateful for everything you have. When I was seven years old, I heard news that would forever alter my life. My mom had lung cancer. At the time I just thought she would easily get better, just like any normal person. That was until the day I was told, “Barbara Jean, your mom will be going to a better place.” At the time I had no idea what that meant. I had no clue what that better place was. All I knew was that I was losing my best friend. A few years later, after I had adjusted to my new lifestyle, something else I never could have expected happened. My dad was diagnosed with mouth cancer. We were never close like my mom and I - I was lucky if I saw him once a week. So when I first found out, I didn’t think it was going to be that hard for me to handle. I was wrong; it was harder than I could have ever imagined. I want to remind you that you always should tell your family that

you love them. Be grateful for them. You should also be grateful for everything else in your life: your friends, your opportunities, and your personal possessions. When I turned 16, my aunt gave me a ring that my mom had left for me. It meant so much to me. I cherish it because I know my mom wanted me to have it. You should always cherish the things you have - they could turn out in the end to be more special

then you thought they would be. My ring reminds me of how much my mom loved me. Sometimes I wish I would have told my parents what they meant to me more often. I regret it now. I have a wonderful family now, and even they probably don’t hear it enough from me. I know we all have things to do, but you can easily take a day out of your schedule to spend it with your family. You should look at life like it’s your last day to live. Don’t take it for granted.

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s the change of weather swiftly blows in, along with it comes a change of season and a change of mind set. Blwing in comes a fear for the American people, that we must constantly check our wallets and purses, making sure that we have the cash flow to survive. The economy has taken a pretty hard hit these past couple of months with the stock market dropping, gas prices fluctuating, and the real-estate market taking a turn for the worst. As a result, many people have lost their jobs. With less income, it’s hard for them to provide for their families. There is less money for clothes, less money for activities, and less money for school. For seniors, that means less money going towards their college funds, which is why it is very important to apply for scholarships, and it is essential that you apply early. With all the economic changes, there is a higher demand for school funding, and therefore, more competition for athletic and academic scholarships. In the long run, there are things that you

can do to better yourself and improve your chances on receiving scholarships. Do your part by raising your grades and trying harder in school in order to be eligible. Asking questions, studying for tests, and focusing in class will prepare you for the challenges you’ll have to face in college and in all aspects of your life. Money saved up from each paycheck, as well, provide extra cash for college. As for the freshmen, sophomores, and juniors - you need to start now. Scholarship opportunities are quickly drying up and your time to apply is whittling away. If you take the initiative to do your part, your parents would have much less to worry about. And with the holidays just around the corner, now is the time to show them how much you appreciate all they do and how much respect you have for them.

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North Star editorial staff


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ot too long ago, a friend of mine was busting my chops about not having my license. You read that right: I don’t have my driver’s license. Now, please, pick your jaw up off the table; it’s not like I haven’t seen that expression before. My 18th birthday was a little over two weeks ago, and in the two years I’ve had the chance to get my license, I haven’t even tried. Why? Because, as of now, I’m alright: I’ve got generous friends, generous parents, and excessively generous grandparents. Now, don’t get the wrong impression. I’m not an inconsiderate mooch. I appreciate those who help me out on a day-to-day basis; I appreciate what they do for me more than they could imagine. As my friend and I continued discussing the lack of plastic in my wallet, she went on to say that “finally being able to get out of the house without your parents taking you everywhere is essential to learning responsibility.” Although having a small card with all your personal information on it may garnish responsibility in the sense that you are guarding your passengers’ lives, it is not essential in

becoming a steadfast citizen. Just in my high school career, responsibility has come at me from all angles: I’ve been appointed as the Co-Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper you’re currently reading – a job in and of itself. I’ve had to watch over my 3-year-old brother countless times, constantly caring for him. And although I’ve only been working there for three months, I’m currently employed at Planet Fun. This, in a short amount of time, has quickly taught me the value of a dollar. In each of these roles, I’ve had to account for myself and those around me – much like being behind the wheel of a car. Maybe, however, my friend is right. Maybe getting your license helps you grow up. Maybe it helps you learn a lesson. Maybe it helps you increase your level of responsibility. But it’s not essential. There are more important moments in life that give you a sense of responsibility, and I plan on accomplishing each and every one, including getting my license. But, for now, the road less traveled is the one I prefer.



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Dear Editor,


monica martinez


t's the worst thing that can happen to in the middle of your high school career: moving. I moved from Kansas just six months ago, transferring from Derby High School. I lived there from sixth grade to my sophomore year. Leaving my closest friends and the people that I love, when they have been by my side forever, is nerve-racking. Not having them there is the last thing I wanted to think about. Walking through the halls at FHN the very first day of school, I felt like a freshman all over again. But just like any other high school, I found my way around. I hated being a junior, going to my classes and not knowing

anyone in there. If I was in Derby, I’d be saying, “Hey! How was your summer?” to one of my friends; but instead, everyone else is talking to their friends, while I sit by myself, waiting for the bell to ring. Going from a Panthers cheerleader to a Knights cheerleader didn’t happen over night, either. I didn't know if I was going to be able to continue cheering my junior and senior year. I sent in a video showcasing my skills to Coach T’Neshia Harris, and she put me on Varsity, where I am today. Being “that new girl” is a lot better than I had imagined. Being involved in extracurricular activities makes high school

more fun because you meet new people, and it takes your mind off of things. Don’t get me wrong, I still really miss Kansas and all the people in it, but if I wasn't here, I would be missing out on the opportunity to meet new people. If I could give any advice, it would be to really appreciate what you have, because, unfortunately, you never know when something that could change your life is going to happen. And to all you new kids just like me, hang in there, it's going to get better. I promise, if you just give it a chance, you will find that change isn't always a bad thing.

Tradition or respect pranks Luke and Sam fight it out over whether or not pranks are appropriate




Sincerely, Lauren Cooke

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aughter. I for one love a good laugh and all that comes along with it; the crazy gasps for breath and those tears that well up, that overall sensation of euphoria. As much as I love to laugh (even though I have a bit of an obnoxious giggle) I do have a simple problem with one thing: pranks. I can understand a harmless joke at someone’s expense, but when it comes down to tricking people or being deceitful and destructive, there is something wrong. Forgive me, but I don’t think trespassing or destruction of property is funny. If someone buys a pumpkin, I feel I have no right to smash it. If someone has a nice big tree in their front yard, I don’t want to bind it by tee peeing. Call me square or call me boring, but to me it’s a matter of respect. Pranks bring about more harm than good. Next time, put yourself in someone else’s shoes before you fork a yard or soap a window. Just think for a second about how that person might feel the next morning. I’ve heard plenty of stories about kids waking up to find their trees tee peed and having to spend the day cleaning it up. Funny or not, there is no appropriate time for pranks.

The article “The Excitement is Over” that appeared in your October 1 issue does not coincide with the quality of any other work seen in your paper. The satire and references she uses to form the basis of her argument do not overshadow the fact that the Olympics have been played for centuries, bringing everyone together with a common aspiration. In addition, these references do not make light of the fact that the author is putting down the most honorable accomplishment that an athlete can ever hope for. Athletes dedicate their entire lives to getting in to the Olympics, and the majority of them fall short. The author also states that she knows nothing about Olympic athletes in her article. Had she been watching the Olympics this summer rather than the reruns of Gossip Girl, she would have seen the sportsmanship these athletes portray in the most competitive of situations. Also, Americans are not bound by law to support their athletes. I know I rooted for Brazil’s soccer team over Americas this summer and I’m not being persecuted for it. This article over all just baffled me because of the ignorance in her criticism.

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hoever said pranks are juvenile is sadly mistaken. Pranks are an awesome way to have a good time with friends. Sure, some people take them too far, but does that mean all pranksters are horrible? I don’t think so. I think throwing toilet paper through the trees, instant mashed potatoes on the driveway and plastic forks in yards are just little ways to show our friends we care. So in turn, if they care about us, they return the favor and we laugh about it. Then we clean it up and we’re on our merry way. It’s a harmless way to get some kicks and giggles on the weekends. It’s also a time-honored tradition around the time of Halloween to be mischievous. It’s all in the nature of the holiday to joke around, and pranks are just jokes. Granted, rubber banding the sprayer nozzle down on the sink to soak your mom when she turns on the faucet probably isn’t the best idea. But, when it’s all in good humor and no one gets hurt, what’s the problem?

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THEREVIEWS TALK Verizon Dare tyler kirk

With the newest version of the iPhone on the market, the release of touch-screen capable cell phones from competing providers was inevitable. I had to get one. Because my service is Verizon, I was offered the LG Dare - a sleek, silver and black device easily mistaken for the iPhone. The Dare offers a great layout with countless features: an MP3 player, a vibrant 3” screen, America’s largest 3G network. The 3.2 mega-pixel camera takes quick, clear snapshots, as well as clean 30-second videos. Although the horizontal keyboard is almost impossible to use when texting, the classic T9 layout is always available and, as one would hope, user-friendly. While the price – a costly $200 – quickly cleans out your wallet, consider it money well spent if you’re looking for something along the lines of Apple’s hottest product.



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These shoes were pretty much awesome. I like the colored stripe on the side and they are very comfortable. They weren’t outrageously expensive - only $50. The shoes come in green, blue, and pink and are available at most shoe stores. They can be worn with jeans or sweatpants because they’re athletic, but are also nice enough to wear anytime. I wear these shoes almost every day because they go with so many outfits and because green is my favorite color. I would definitely buy them again.


Herbal Essences taylor robinson

Just like most teenage girls, I've tried a ton of different shampoos. Usually they don't smell good, or they make your hair frizzy. Recently though, I've landed on one that I actually like. It's called Herbal Essences. They have a line of shampoo for all hair types. My personal favorite is the blue orchid and coconut milk, because it smells awesome and even gets rid of the frizz. If you're looking for something new, Herbal Essences may be just right for you.

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WATCH The Secret Life Of Bees jordyn klackner

If you are the kind of person who enjoys movies with meaning and purpose, the Secret Life of Bees is definitely for you. It’s not a comedy or a simple feel-good, so if you’re in the mood for that, I don’t recommend it. This film perfectly blends the acting styles of Alicia Keys, Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson and Dakota Fanning. These four are brilliant in this piece and bring the perfect amount of laughter and character to the story. A story about a young girl who grew up without a mom, trying to find herself with the help of an old friend and three strangers proves to teach a good life lesson to all who watch. You can expect to cry because this movie has a great message behind the twists and turns of life.


SCULPTURE exhibit luke christisen

I always seem to find my way back to the Missouri Botanical Gardens. I love the true cultural blend of flora that seem so at peace outside of their natural habitat in the garden. This particular trip to the gardens was to observe the sculpture of the great Niki de Saint Phalle. Much like the Chihuly glass exhibit that made its way to the gardens in 2006, these hand-crafted Niki sculptures seemed so at home amongst the natural wonders of the garden. Making a seemingly effortless blend of fiberglass, stones, glass, mirrors, and even some semi precious stones, Niki managed to create some of the most beautiful works I have ever seen. While the sculptures were a true delight to see and observe, the truly exciting aspect of the Niki exhibit is that you could actually interact with some of the sculptures. There was mulch spread underneath that allowed for observers to walk through, to touch and to better appreciate the true craftsmanship of her work. The exhibit was a real treat and I can’t wait until the gardens brings a new host of art to contrast its natural splendor.

Observe New Rams Coach ryan firle

Jim Haslett has been the Rams new coach for four weeks now. It started out very promising as he lead the team to wins over the Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys; both of which are elite teams in the NFL. He turned the complexion of the season around as the team was more motivated and many fans were getting back on the band-waggon. In his third game as the Rams coach, he was up against the New England Patriots who have been the best team for the past seven years. A loss against the Patriots was almost expected, so it did not hurt that bad. In his fourth game against divisions rival Arizona Cardinals, the Rams looked very bad as they all but ruined their chance at the playoffs.


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North Star November Edition  

This issue focuses on our economy and what we can do to change it.

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