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september 21, 2011 volume 026 issue 2
contents NORTH STAR / SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
8-9 Geocaching Katie Hammann and her dad
1 Homecoming This year’s Homecoming game and dance were moved up one week.
33 Cross Country A spike in
4-5 Drug testing While
34 Trap shooting Beth Nobel
funding for drug testing decreases, drug usage seems to increase the FHSD.
is part of a St. Louis trap shooting team.
41 Web review Paige Yunger-
24 Athlete concussions Two
mann reviews the Vlogbrother’s YouTube channel.
student athletes are forced out of sports after suffering concussions.
43 Communication laws
28 Concussion law With the support of Mike Jones, Missouri passed a youth concussion law.
bond over tracking down containers called caches.
10-11 Powderpuff brawl Before tonight’s game, get the scoop on all things Powder Puff. Check out the junior/senior smack talk, player profiles and game apparel. 13 Hula dancing Junior Lauren Hilt expresses
her love of Hawaiian culture through hula dancing.
14 Ride of the month This new monthly fea-
ture highlights a student and their car. This month, Felicia Harris shows off her movieworthy vehicle. 16-17 Fashion Students model feathered ap-
parel, FHN’s newest fashion trend.
Kaylyn Shinault expresses her opinion on student/ teacher communication.
numbers brought increased competition to the Cross Country team.
30 Taking a look into the Varsity Volleyball girls superstitious beliefs
on the cover The North Star takes an in-depth look into the new impact testing in the FHSD high schools. (photo by kaitlyn williams) DISTRIBUTED FOR FREE TO FHN BY THE NORTH STAR STAFF / PROVIDING AN OPEN FORUM FOR FHN SINCE 1986
news GROoVE TO
THE MOVE Due to a lack of options, the Homecoming dance is earlier than previous years BY DELORES LAMPKIN email@example.com | @delores_13
Taking place on Sept. 23 and 24, the annual Homecoming game and dance are one week earlier than they were last year. Because fall break is longer this year, the weekends available for the dance are limited. Since the Homecoming football game is traditionally a home game the night before the dance, this limited FHNTODAY.COM the scheduling options further. “Fall break is two weeks this year,” Activity Director Mike Janes said. “We didn’t want to put Homecoming around fall break, Scan here to be taken to the live due to students going on vacation.” page on FHNtoday to see the Although the dance is earlier this year, Homecoming game. StuCo did not feel rushed with preparations. OR use this link: http://bit.ly/fFdxip Instead of waiting until last minute like they have in previous years, they’ve gotten most of the planning done early this year. ”Homecoming being earlier is a pretty neutral thing for StuCo because we were already prepared for Homecoming [in advance],” cabinet member Kaitlyn Stone said. This year’s theme for Homecoming is Knights Around the World. StuCo is planning on decorating the dance with world monuments such as the Eiffel Tower. ”We have a good group of kids to work with this year,” StuCo sponsor Shelly Grimshaw said. “I know Two FHN students dance together at the 2010 Homecoming dance. The theme for the dance was “The they will make it great.” Dark Knight.” This year the theme is “Knights Around the World.” (photo submitted)
the briefs PAGE BY DELORES LAMPKIN
New theater lights
this year's band theme
“We needed new lights because half of the lights didn’t work. If you turned them on they’d catch fire,” -Cassie Witte, Stage Manager
“This show is called Concrete Jungle and the songs are really exciting and cool,” -Megan Bammann, band member
“We’re not doing the parade this year, lately we’ve been focusing on cleaning up the campus,” -Ashley Haywood, President
homecoming Hallways “The hallway is going to be really good this year and we’re definitely going to beat the juniors,” -Hannah Miller, Senior delegate
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Did you hear that? Clubs Â at Â North Â are Â finding Â new Â ways Â to Â reach Â the Â students Â due Â to Â the Â lack Â of Â announcements BY MADDIE HIATT firstname.lastname@example.org | @maddiehiatt
This year, FHN decided to do away with the morning DQQRXQFHPHQWV*URXSVDQGFOXEVDUHQRZĂ€QGLQJRWKHU ways to connect with current and potential members, and they are experiencing differing degrees of success. For Knights of Excellence (KOE), the lack of announcements has caused a drop in club membership. Â´1RW KDYLQJ DQQRXQFHPHQWV PDNHV LW YHU\ GLIĂ€FXOW for us to hold kids accountable for deadlines and late fees, and attendance has gone down at events,â€? KOE sponsor Lindsey Scheller said. However, Student Council (StuCo) isnâ€™t feeling the same effects. â€œ[Not having announcements] doesnâ€™t reFHNTODAY.COM ally affect us,â€? StuCo Vice President Nicole Yuede said. â€œPeople who want to be here put forth the effort to be here.â€? To watch the Now that the morning announcements are most recent announcements, gone, students have several other options to scan this QR code with your connect with groups and club. One new opsmart phone. tion is receiving text messaging via Twit- OR use this link: http://bit.ly/pspOMo ter. The announcements are also posted on FHNtoday.com and Facebook. â€œI like Facebook better than the morning announcements because you have the option of replying back with questions and concerns,â€? senior Carolyn Malkmus said. In addition to receiving announcements though social PHGLD DQG WH[W PHVVDJLQJ WKHUH DUH DOVR IRXU QHZ Ă DW screen TVs located inside North that will scroll through the daily announcements. Two of these TVs are in the Commons, one is in the main lobby and one is in the lobby downstairs next to the gym. However, even with these new communication methods, the lack of morning announcements may not be a permanent change. Principal Darlene Jones and the staff DUHVWLOOWU\LQJWRĂ€JXUHRXWZKDWZRUNVDQGZKDWGRHVQÂˇW for the clubs and activities at FHN. â€œWe are trying to get to the level that the students communicate on,â€? Jones said. â€œThatâ€™s our goal.â€?
STAY Â UPDATED. Â Follow Â these Â clubs Â on Â Twitter. Â STUCO: @FHNorthStuCo
ANNOUNCEMENTS: @FHNtodaynews SPORTS: @FHNtodaysports
Kendra Barnard Â demonstrates Â the Â process Â of Â recording Â the Â announcements Â for Â FHNtoday.com. Â This Â is Â the Â first Â year Â that Â the Â announcements Â havenâ€™t Â been Â done Â over Â the Â intercom. Â The Â announcements Â will Â be Â on Â Twitter, Â FHNto-Â day.com Â and Â the Â TV Â in Â the Â commons. Â (photo Â illustration Â by Â kendrick Â gaussoin)
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TOP news TWEETS @LittleMsBritt School Lunches have GOT to go. Brittany Â Steck Â -Â Â Sept. Â 7
Central Â Elementary Â School Â is Â one Â of Â the Â schools Â in Â FHSD Â that Â receives Â Title Â I Â funding Â from Â the Â state. Â This Â means Â that Â since Â itâ€™s Â a Â largely Â populated Â school Â with Â many Â low-Âincome Â families, Â Title Â I Â provides Â financial Â assistance Â to Â ensure Â all Â students Â meet Â state Â academic Â requirements. Â Another Â Title Â I Â funded Â schools Â is Â Harvest Â Ridge Â Elementary. Â Â Â (brandon Â neer)
Francis howell status update
FHSD Â has Â failed Â to Â make Â necessary Â improvement Â on Â standardized Â tests BY LISA SAVILLE
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For the sixth year in a row, FHSD has failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) on standardized tests. This is in accordance to state standards under the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB). â€œItâ€™s hard to put all that energy and effort into something,â€? &KLHI $FDGHPLF 2IĂ€FHU 0DU\ Hendricks-Harris said. â€œThen to have to send a letter out to say we
havenâ€™t met the targets.â€? Seeing as FHSD failed to make AYP, they must update their District improvement plan. In addition, schools receiving Title I Funding, Harvest Ridge and Central Elementary, must offer supplemental education, such as private tutoring to students with free or reduced lunches. All students at Title I schools also must have the option of transferring to a district school that made AYP. â€œI think that the fact that only two or three families have chosen
to transfer says a a lot about what parents think,â€? Harvest Ridge principal Brien McCarthy said. While few parents are transferring their students, some parents, such as Debbie Proebsting, are unhappy that the district is putting such a huge emphasis on meeting goals set by the state and federal government. â€œThe district is too concerned with testing,â€? Harvest Ridge parent Debbie Proebsting said. â€œIt is hurting the average child.â€?
'Facebook law' causes uproar
@behyde92 Ryanâ€™s wisdom of the day donâ€™t let every day life get in the way of the picture. Ryan Â Hyde Â -Â Â Sept. Â 8
@afreitas96 Plan test is donee #thankgod. Ali Â Freitas-Â Â Sept. Â 8
@tasha_konesak Next homecoming my RXWĂ€WÂˇVJRQQDEHVZHDWSDQWV tshirt and hat gonna look so hot! ;) #toomuchworkforjustonedance Natasha Â Kozak Â -Â Â Sept. Â 6
@EmilyGrzybinski Totally creamed High today! 25-5(: gotta love my team and 17 serves in a row. It was a great night for North (: Emily Â Gryzybinski Â -Â Â Sept. Â 6
BY AUSTIN SEAY
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Seniors Â Carson Echelmeyer, Â Taylor Douglas Â and Nick Daleo Â are Â around Â teacher Â Kristen Â Johnson Â as Â she Â is Â on Â her Â computer. Â Â A Â law Â prohibiting Â teacher/student Â communication Â through Â personal Â email Â accounts Â is Â currently Â trying Â to Â be Â passed. Â Â (erin Â dâ€™amico)
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The Amy Hestir Student Protection Act is a law prohibiting student/teacher communication via social media. It was to come into effect Aug. 28 but was blocked by a judge on Aug. 26 and is currently being addressed at the Missouri special legislative session. â€œIt limited what I could say to my students in every facet,â€? Government teacher William Crow said. â€œIt tied my hands.â€? The major issue with the law was that it was unspeFLĂ€FDQGIRUEDGHWHDFKHUVWREH)DFHERRNIULHQGVHYHQZLWK WKHLURZQFKLOGUHQ+RZHYHUVRPHMXVWLĂ€HGWKHODZZLWK stories such as Amy Hestirâ€™s, the laws namesake. Hestir spoke of her mistreatment by a teacher when she was 14. â€œI donâ€™t think people should complain about it,â€? junior Sidney Reynold said. â€œIt keeps kids out of trouble.â€? Check FHNtoday.com for developing information.
@kaitmwilliams @BartramTaylor we have to make senior shirts too! #somuchtodo Brianna Â Schroer Â -Â Â Sept. Â 15
@Jessicuhhh9 Wow. Fake babies are even more annoying than the real ones. They donâ€™t make that much noise when theyâ€™re drinking. Jessica Â Olsen Â -Â Â Sept. Â 8
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THE DEAL WITH
The Â District Â reports Â an Â increase Â in Â positive Â drug Â tests, Â even Â with Â a Â smaller Â sample Â size Â JORDAN BRYSON | JORDAN.BRYSON90@GMAIL.COM
he classroom phone rings. After a few seconds on the phone, Erin Powelsonâ€™s teacher writes her a pass to the ActiviWLHV2IĂ€FH:KLOHZDONLQJGRZQ(ULQ suspects that sheâ€™s simply being called down IRU VSRUWV 8SRQ DUULYLQJ WKHUH VKHÂˇV DVNHG WR SXW KHU SXUVH DQG ERRNV RQ WKH FRXQWHU Erin is then told that she has to complete a drug test. NOT ALWAYS POSITIVE Last school year, the amount of drug tests ZLWKSRVLWLYHUHVXOWVLQFUHDVHGWRĂ€YHSHUFHQW from the 4.7 percent of the 2009-10 school \HDU 7KRXJK WKDW PD\ QRW VHHP OLNH PXFK of an increase, 59 fewer tests were given in the 2010-11 school year due to an $8,000 thousand decline in the Districtâ€™s drug testing budget. â€œThe Francis Howell High Schools are a mirror of the St. Charles County population,â€? Vice President of the FHSD Board of Education Steven Johnson said. â€œThere are drugs being used in St. Charles County, so naturally theyâ€™re being used in our schools.â€? Even though the percent of students who DJUHHWRUDQGRPGUXJWHVWVNHHSVLQFUHDVLQJ FHSD aims to test only around 15 percent of the population of students in the school District every year. â€œI donâ€™t have a solution for administraWLRQÂľ-RKQVRQVDLGÂ´7KH\WKLQNWKH\ÂˇUHUXQning a good program, but thereâ€™s around six WKRXVDQGNLGVDQGRQO\SHUFHQWDUHEHLQJ tested.â€? BUDGETING Each year, the District receives roughly IRUGUXJWHVWLQJ7KHDPRXQWĂ XFWXates due to the fact that testing is funded by taxes. The District received $30,660 for drug testing in the 2009-10 school year while only receiving $22,890 last school year. This contributed to the fact that 716 tests were given last school year compared to the 775 during the 2009-10 school year. Â´:LWK OLPLWHG IXQGV DYDLODEOH \HV ZH FRXOGDOZD\VGRPRUHEXWVFKRROVUHĂ HFWRQ RXUVRFLHW\Âľ-RKQVRQVDLGÂ´:HQHHGDSDUWnership with our community.â€? ABOVE THE AVERAGE In 2010, a survey was given to freshmen throughout FHSD and Missouri to determine drug usage. For every drug on the survey, FHSD had a higher percentage of students who used it than the average of ninth graders throughout Missouri. These drugs included marijuana, which 18.2 percent of FHSD freshmen said theyâ€™ve tried compared to the
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Among the 36 positive drug tests that came back positive last school year, 30 were positve for marijuana and six were positive for amphetamines. Employee Screening Services, the drug testing company FHSD uses, uses urine samples to test for a variety of drugs including, but are not limited to, marijuana, amphetamines, MDMA, opiates and cocaine. (photo illustration by jessica streiler)
state average of 16.2 percent of freshman, and heroin, which 1.1 percent of FHSD freshmen said theyâ€™ve tried compared to the Missourian freshman average of 0.6 percent. â€œHeroin is getting very cheap and popuODU ZLWK KLJK VFKRRO NLGVÂľ -RKQson said. â€œIâ€™m not worried about someone testing positive but trying it and dying from it. Thatâ€™s my main concern.â€?
Sixteen I.D. numbers of North students are UDQGRPO\ FKRVHQ HYHU\ ZHHN E\ WKH 'LVWULFWÂˇV drug testing company, Employee Screening SerYLFHVDQGWKHĂ€UVWHLJKWZKRDUHSUHVHQWDWVFKRRO are the ones called down to get drug tested. Â´:H KRSH WKDW WKH UDQGRP WHVW SRRO provides students with a deterrence to say no,â€? Director of Student Services Jennifer Patterson said. â€œIf they feel pressured by peers, they could say â€˜No, I could be tested.â€™â€?
OWN D K A E R B E H T ESTED WHO'S BEEN
An anonymous survey was given to 215 random FHN students from all grades. Here are the results.
GIVING CONSENT WHAT PERCENT OF Every student in FHSD who DRUG TESTS COME HIGH HOPES )+1 $FWLYLWLHV 'LUHFWRU 0LNH plays a school sport, belongs to BACK POSITIVE? -DQHVEHOLHYHVWKDWPRUHVWXGHQWVORRN D VFKRRO VSRQVRUHG FOXE RU SDUNV 07-08: 2.3% (17 tests) down on drugs now and that learning RQ VFKRRO JURXQGV KDV WR Ă€OO RXW 08-09: 6.6% to say no is one of the biggest things a drug testing consent form at the (61 tests) NLGV VKRXOG NQRZ KRZ WR GR +H DOVR beginning of the year. This says 09-10: 4.7% has high hopes that FHN will become that they agree to be randomly (34 tests) a school where drugs are seldom used. drug tested anytime throughout 10-11: 5.0% â€œItâ€™s more of a hope; itâ€™s probably the year whether their sport is in (36 tests) not a realistic goal,â€? Janes said. â€œI season or not. GRQÂˇW WKLQN ZH FRXOG JHW ULG RI GUXJV Â´,WKLQNLWÂˇVDJRRGV\VWHPEHFRPSOHWHO\ , WKLQN WKDW VKRXOG EH D FDXVHLWNHHSV>VWXGHQWV@IURPGRJRDORIRXUVFRQWLQXHWRHGXFDWHNLGVRQGUXJ LQJLWÂľ3RZHOVRQVDLGÂ´,WPDNHVWKHPPRUH abuse.â€? cautious about it.â€?
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Said yes, they have been drug tested.
Of the 25% of students tested, Â‡ Â‡
43 percent were tested more than once 96 percent were negative
26 percent have used drugs at some point in their life
For a more in-depth look at the results from the surveys, scan this QR code. OR use this link: http://bit.ly/qtbOK4
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GEOcaching the future of treasure hunting BY AMANDA STALLINGS
an activity where participants use a GPS to hide and seek containers called caches, which are usually small waterproof containers that contain a logbook and knicktâ€™s a hot, humid day, and senior Katie Hamknacks left by other geocachers. After man and her dad Kerry Hamman are on the Ă€QGLQJDFDFKHJHRFDFKHUVFDQWDNHRXWD Katy Trail, searching for a hidden item. knickknack and replaces it with something Surrounded by trees, Katie leads the way else. There are also traveling items called down a gravel covered path, following the Travel Bugs in some caches. These are directions of a handheld GPS. items that can be tracked on Geocaching. Following their GPS, Katie and Kerry nocom. tice two benches up ahead. Katie discovered geocaching Walking up to a wooden FHNTODAY.COM during her junior year through her gate located behind the GDG .HUU\ ZKR LV D Ă€UH FDSWDLQ benches, Katie reaches for for the city of St. Charles, was insomething. She pulls out a troduced to geocaching by his son To watch a video of Amanda and black container and opens after the two of them started using Kerry on their geocaching LW ,QVLGH VKH Ă€QGV FDUGV handheld GPS on a search and resadventure. a lost dog poster, a small cue team. 3RZHU5DQJHUDFWLRQĂ€JXUH OR use this link: http://bit.ly/ncoTcm â€œI got interested in it because of D ELF\FOH UHĂ HFWRU VRPH my rescue work,â€? Kerry said, â€œAnd temporary tattoos, toy cars, a Spider-Man acI asked Katie to go because it was someWLRQĂ€JXUHDQGDVPDOOQRWHERRNIXOORIGDWHV thing we could go out and do together.â€? DQGSHRSOHÂˇVVLJQDWXUHV6KHĂ LSVWKURXJKWKH Although she was a little skeptical of notebook and signs her own name to the list. LW DW Ă€UVW .DWLH DJUHHG WR JR JHRFDFKLQJ Katie and Kerry are geocaching. $IWHU Ă€QGLQJ KHU Ă€UVW FDFKH .DWLH VWDUWHG Geocaching made its debut in 2000. It is to enjoy geocaching because it gives her a firstname.lastname@example.org | @Astall13
Kerry and Katie Hammann found this cache while searching through the woods near the Katy Trail . The cache included a small pencil and a log to keep track of who has found it. (kaitlyn Â williams)
chance to get out of the house and bond with her dad. â€œItâ€™s a way to get outside and exercise,â€? .DWLHVDLGÂ´<RXJHWWRH[SORUHDQGĂ€QGGLIferent things.â€? Former FHN teacher Ron Ochu also enjoys geocaching. Ochu discovered geocaching through HAM radio, a type of communication that uses radio frequencies, allowing you to talk to people all around the world. Ochu says that geocaching has led him to dis-
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HOW TO GEOCACHE 1. Scan the QR code below to
go to Geocaching.com to set up a free account to be able to find caches.
2. Enter a search for a cache
that’s nearby. You can search FHNtoday.com to find caches that we’ve placed for you to find.
3. Once you’ve selected a cache you can enter the GPS coordinates into your smartphone or other GPS enabled device.
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cache using your GPS device. Most of the time they are hidden so you might have to search around.
5. When you find the cache
make sure you sign the log, and make sure that you put the cache back in its hiding place.
After locating the geocache, senior Katie Hammann opens a container filled with small items such as action figures, a screwdriver, a playing card and more. Many people leave one item and take another when they find a geocache. (kaitlyn williams)
cover many interesting places. ´,WKLQN>WKHEHVWWKLQJDERXWJHRFDFKLQJ@ LVÀQGLQJWKHVHXQXVXDOSODFHVWKDWDUHMXVWVR full of history,” Ochu said. “I see things that I normally wouldn’t see.” According to Geocaching.com, there are more than one thousand geocaches located throughout the St. Charles County area. Each one is unique and distinguished by name. The cache found by Katie and Kerry is called Sit a Spell. It is located along the Katy Trail in St.
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Charles near the Page extension bridge. After putting the items back into the container, Katie tucks it back behind the gate, leaving its treasures for another geocacher to discover. For Katie and Kerry, the mystery behind the contents of a cache makes geocahing worthwhile. “It’s always the unknown, you know?” .HUU\ VDLG ´)LUVW \RX·YH JRW WR ÀQG >WKH cache] and see what’s in it. Is it just a log or more stuff? It’s like a big treasure hunt.”
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Juniors VS. SENIORS OUTFIT EsSENTIALS WHAT WILL THE
GIRLS BE WEARING? Shorts
Pair of knee high socks Beaded necklaces
With a considerable difference in team size at their favor and a few tricks up their sleeves, the seniors plan to take the juniors down, but the juniors won’t be defeated without a fight BY KATIE DOIZER email@example.com | @kdoz5
t tonight’s annual Powder Puff football game, the junior girls will once again challenge the senior girls in a battle to claim the Powder Puff trophy. Typically, around 100 girls represent each grade. But this year, with 132 seniors and only 93 juniors, the juniors are at a disadvantage in numbers. “We definitely drew the short end of the stick when it came to the size of the team this year,” junior coach Jake Haubner said. “But we have a lot of athletic girls, so we should be able to hold our own.” The girls have had three official and multiple unofficial practices to prepare for the game. Junior and senior girls who participate in Powder Puff are coached by junior and senior football players. This year’s senior Head coach is Jake Hurrell. “I decided to be the Head coach this year because it was a lot of fun last
year,” Hurrell said. “Since I [coached Powder Puff] last year, all the football players thought I would be good at it.” Having played last year, the seniors girls feel they have a strategic advantage. In addition, the senior coaches have some strategies to win, but these plans are being kept secret from the juniors. Even though the seniors aren’t sharing their strategies, they do have some FHNTODAY.COM advice for the junior girls. “Don’t be too afraid of the big bad seniors because Check out some of the photos they’re going to do what they that will be taken tonight at want to do and that’s that,” sethe Powder Puff nior Powder Puff player Alex game. OR use this link: http://bit.ly/nN3lIF Oppenborn said. Oppenborn, the coaches and the other seniors girls have extremely high hopes for winning this years Powder Puff game. “When we win, I will be so excited and rub it in the junior’s face,” coach VJ Goddard said. “Just like the seniors did to us last year.”
2012 Senior Smack talk
“We’re going to own you. Even people on our own team say we’re intimidating. You better be ready for us.”
“Thirteen like a boss? More like thirteens’s at a loss.”
“That’s okay, I’d be scared too.”
“You guys don’t stand a chance.”
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YOUr worst nightmare dressed in pink
OFFENSE OR DEFENSE: Offense HEIGHT: 5 feet OTHER SPORTS: Softball
WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET IN THE ZONE? “I jump up and down a lot, and I try just to get motivated and get crazy.”
WHAT IS YOUR BEST SMACK TALK LINE? “One-two’s going to own you.”
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR TEAM WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED FOR THIS YEAR IN POWDER PUFF? WILL DO IN THE GAME? “I’m excited to get to be running back again, and I’m going to try to go for MVP again.”
“We’ll win, no doubt about it.”
The girl in blue who's coming to get you
OFFENSE OR DEFENSE: Offense HEIGHT: 5 feet 2 inches OTHER SPORTS: Soccer
WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET IN THE ZONE?
WHAT IS YOUR BEST SMACK TALK LINE?
WHAT ARE YOU MOST EXCITED FOR THIS YEAR IN POWDER PUFF?
HOW DO YOU THINK YOUR TEAM WILL DO IN THE GAME?
“Just because we’re younger doesn’t mean we’re not better.”
“Just listen to my favorite music.”
“Just to finally do Powder Puff because I’ve been waiting since my freshman year.”
“I think we’ll do pretty good. It would be nice to win, but it’d be fine if we don’t.”
2013 Junior Smack talk
MEAGHAN WILSON JENNIFER WEI
“Seniors shouldn’t even show up because they know they’re going to lose.”
“Small but mighty. Good luck.”
“Seniors are not going to be able to handle what’s coming.”
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“Don’t hurt us too bad. No really. You’re going down.”
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Junior Lauren Hilt shows off her hula dancing moves. Lauren has been taking hula dancing lessons since she was six-years-old, and her younger sister Rachel Hilt has been hula dancing since she was 10. Lauren and her entire family enjoy Hawaiian culture and try to bring it into their lives as much as possible. (michelle spencer)
Escape to Hawaii Inspired by her trips to Hawaii, Lauren Hilt makes a passion out of hula dancing BY BRITTANY STECK email@example.com | @LittleMsBritt
xpressing the aloha spirit, junior Lauren Hilt has turned an interest in hula dancing into a passion she shares with others. “The best thing [about] hula dancing is when you’re performing, and you know you’re sharing the aloha spirit with others,” Lauren said. “It helps me express myself in a way others can’t.” Lauren’s family often visits Hawaii on vacation, and they have considered moving there. Although the family has no immediate plans to move to Hawaii, they continue to incorporate the Hawaiian culture into their lives. Lauren and her sister hula dance together with a group of other girls. Lauren’s mother, Liza Hilt, organizes the group, and their dad is a big supporter, watching the girls perform. “[Hula dancing] is something that we do together as a family,” Liza said. “We loved it
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from the minute we saw them dancing.” At age six, Lauren began taking hula lessons. Then, four years ago, a group of girls and their parents came together to form Ho’o Hawai’i Malama ‘Ohana, a group that performs hula. “The dancers looked like they were having fun,” Lauren’s sister Rachel Hilt said. “They looked like a family, and I wanted that.” Aside from just learning the dances, Lauren and the girls in her group learn the meaning behind the movements. Each hand or hip movement tells a story about the cultural past of Hawaii. “You’re using your hands to tell a story just like singers use lyrics to tell their stories,” Lauren said. Ho’o Hawai’i Malama ‘Ohana spreads the Hawaiian spirit by performing for senior citizens and at birthday parties. “I’m proud of our accomplishments and what I’ve learned.” Lauren said. “I want to do it as long as I can. It’s a great hobby and I love doing it.”
It’s five minutes before gates open. Erin O’Brien walks past thousands of fans awaiting the show. For him, It’s just another day at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater. “People that come to my job at Sombreros are quiet,” O’Brien said. “They just come in and leave. People that come into the Verizon Amphitheater are loud, crazy, doing back flips and wear giant cookie monster shirts.” O’Brien has been selling soda at the Amphitheater since May. “Basically we’re getting paid to watch concerts,” O’Brien said. “I was expecting it to be harder.” O’Brien found out about the job at a job fair in the FHN library. Teacher Brian Spencer works at the amphitheater and helped Erin get the job. “Out of all my jobs, it’s the lowest paying job, but I work there for two reasons,” Spencer said. “One, it’s fun. Two, they hire almost all my kids from Howell North.” This job is seasonal and ends in October, but Erin, like many employees, is planning on returning next summer. “I would recommend this job for teens, especially that go to our school,” Verizon employee Sam Renda said. “It’s a summer job, and it won’t conflict with school as much as a regular full time job would.”
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When it comes to adults and Facebook, the big story from parents is Internet safety. Donâ€™t â€œfriendâ€? strangers, donâ€™t give out too much personal information and donâ€™t post
inappropriate material. But one of the biggest stories from teenagers is about parent and family interaction on Facebook. How far does this relationship really go? Through the spectrum below, we investigate these varying degrees of parent involvement on Facebook, and how teenagers feel about it.
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Picture a teal sports car with ZKLWH UDFLQJ VWULSHV EXWWHUĂ \ GRRUV and racing seats that Paul Walker from â€œThe Fast and the Furiousâ€? once sat in. This 1998 Chevy Cavalier is a dream car for most teenagers, but for senior Felicia Harris, itâ€™s a reality. When Felicia bought the car, she was unaware that it was an extra in the movie or that it was originally owned by Paul Walker. â€œI didnâ€™t even know that he owned it. My dad and my cousin were the ones who had to tell me that the car was in the movie,â€? Felicia said. Previous owner Brandon Bauman, who claims the car was orignally owned by Paul Walker, sold the car to Felicia in July. â€œEveryone liked the car, but I wanted someone who knew what they were doing and would take care of it,â€? Bauman said. For Felicia, the carâ€™s unique association with â€œThe Fast and the Furiousâ€? is an added bonus. â€œThereâ€™s not anything I would change about it,â€? Felicia said. â€œI love the complete custom-made look.â€?
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Between cheerleading and sports practices, Harvi Ubhi doesnâ€™t spend much time at home or with her mom. â€œIt would be weird if my mom was [Facebook] friends with me,â€? Harvi said. â€œSheâ€™ll ask me what Iâ€™m doing online but not in person.â€? 8EKLĂ€QGVWKLVRQOLQHSULYDF\D luxury. â€œMy mom told me she was going to make a Facebook,â€? Harvi VDLGÂ´,NQHZVKHZRXOGWU\WRĂ€QG me, so I blocked her.â€?
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Diane Fingers says she is on Facebook more than she should be. Yet not much of her time is spent on her daughtersâ€™ pages. â€œIt depends on the content,â€? Fingers said. â€œI will comment on a picture I like and converse with her friends. They are all very open with me.â€? Fingersâ€™ daughters are both in their twenties and have never needed harsh monitoring. According to Fingers, they follow the motto â€œIf you donâ€™t want it seen, donâ€™t post it.â€?
As opposed to twins, Carolyn and Mary, coming home and logging on, it is one of the parents in the Malkmusâ€™ home. â€œIâ€™m really only on about two to three times a week, mostly to post about NHS,â€? Carolyn said. â€œMy mom doesnâ€™t log off Facebook!â€? Mary said. â€œYes, I know, I do it [leave P\ SURĂ€OH SDJH XS@ DOO WKH WLPHÂľ mother Donna Malkmus said. â€œOne time I forgot how to [log off Facebook], and theyâ€™ve never let me live it down.â€?
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â€œEvery status I have, they comment on it; every picture I have, they comment on it,â€? Mallory Lusa said. Mallory is not stalked by her parents, but her grandparents. â€œThey [grandparents] call me and tell my parents I have inappropriate things on my page,â€? Mallory said. â€œMy mom thinks itâ€™s kind of ridiculous.â€? With her grandparentsâ€™ house only three minutes away, Mallory says, â€œI can call them and see them anytime I want. They donâ€™t need to be on Facebook.â€?
Zoe Willott is one of many preteens who begged for her own Facebook page. â€œWe monitored her heavily at the beginning, but sheâ€™s a pretty big rule follower,â€? father Steve Willott, said. After understanding her parentsâ€™ rules, Zoe was quick to mind her status. â€œWe have her password,â€? Willott said. â€œIf she changed it we would probably have her pull it up and delete the account.â€? Although this is the extent of his monitoring, Willott remains Facebook friends with Zoe.
â€œI have two [Facebook] accounts: one for my parents and their friends and one for my friends,â€? Ashleigh Samuels said. Ashleigh has had large amounts of parent activity on her wall. â€œMy mom would always comment on my pictures and all my status and if I ever put anything â€˜inappropriateâ€™ she would complain.â€? To end the censor, Samuels made a plan to move her parents and their friends to a second Facebook page. The setup has worked for Ashleigh, saying her parentâ€™s never look at her â€œpersonalâ€? account.
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years later. His most recent concussion, after falling while hunting, prevented him from ever playing football again. â€œMy third concussion went too far,â€? Collin said. â€œI had a seizure and stopped breathing.â€? When the doctor came to talk to the family, he recommended that Collin stop playing football; it was too dangerous to his health. Fortunately for Collin, doctors caught his condition before it developed into something more serious. According to Kelder, had she known Autumn had a headache after her injury, she would have taken Autumn out until she could be examined by a doctor. â€œA lot of times athletes donâ€™t tell their coaches,â€? Kelder said. â€œThey want to play, and the thing about it is, they say theyâ€™re okay and no, theyâ€™re not.â€? !"#$%&#''(&#$!)$%*+, The next day, the JV Softball team has a IRXUJDPHWRXUQDPHQW$XWXPQSOD\VWKHĂ€UVW three games. Even though she is experience-
ing a headache, she doesnâ€™t say anything to Kelder. â€œI didnâ€™t think it was relevant,â€? Autumn said. â€œI thought, â€˜Oh just a headache; itâ€™s cool.â€? In the same way the Autumn wanted to put the needs of her team ahead of her comfort, Collin felt pressure to keep playing. In their minds, people were counting on them and they didnâ€™t want to let their team down. Many players feel that same pressure to play. â€œIf youâ€™ve got a kid thatâ€™s driven to play their sport, theyâ€™re going to come up with the right things to say,â€? Carol, Collinâ€™s mother, said. â€œYouâ€™ve got kids that, no matter what, they want to play.â€? At the start of the next game, Kelder hears Autumn mentioning her headache to another player. Kelder suspects something is wrong, pulls Autumn out of the game, and tells her she must obtain a release form from a doctor before she can play again. â€œI think it was good her coach pulled her,â€? mother Dawn Lavezzi said. â€œI think
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physical activity for a week. “It sucks to sit out,” Autumn said, “But it’s better to sit out than get D’s in school. It’s your brain.” In Collin’s case, it’s unknown whether ImPACT testing may have helped him prevent his situation. Regardless of the test, Collin believes he would have stopped playing football anyway. “I probably would have passed the ImPACT test,” Collin said. “But I probably would have still stayed out because another concussion could be worse than my last one.” As of press time, Autumn is still unable to return to softball, and the season is swiftly coming to a close. While she suffers no lasting effects, she still gets headaches, and has started seeing a concussion specialist. Dawn feels that bad communication prolonged Autumn’s recovery. “[I hope] that what comes out of this is that all athletic parties can communicate and be aware of what a physician recommends,” Dawn said. “It’s a wake up call for everybody.”
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the sport,” Bommarito said. “In a way, every sport has a chance of concussion and it varies from year to year.” Despite the fact that all sports have a risk factor of obtaining a concussion, the District has chosen not to include certain sports in the test, such as volleyball and club sports like Hockey. School sponsored athletes that don’t require the ImPACT test will see Bommarito if they have any symptoms and will receive the SAC test or in some cases the national average for the ImPACT test will be used as an athlete’s baseline if need be. With non-schoolsponsored sports, the District will allow students to get a baseline test score, due to the fact that some players play both school-sponsored sports, like Baseball, and non-schoolsponsored, like Hockey. But, if a player is injured while playing a non-school-sponsored sport, the District will not test that player. “We have not advertised it, but any athlete can take the test for a baseline score,” Activities Director Mike Janes said. “But if a Hockey player came in and said, ‘I really got clocked in the game last night; I need to test again,’ we will not test them.” While this policy is new for the Francis Howell School District, it is not new to the area. The Fort Zumwalt District has been using the ImPACT test for the past two years after they noticed a similar trend of head injuries in their district. According to the Zumwalt superintendent, Dr. Bernard DuBray, the district has developed a much better sense of when a student should return back to play through this accurate test system, decreasing the chance and frequency of more serious brain injuries. “Through this number we know which sports are riskier,” Larkin said. “Just because you have taken the test doesn’t mean you are bullet proof and it is still a problem.”
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When former Rams football player Mike Jones spoke to the Missouri Senate Health Committee on May 3, he urged them to vote for House Bill 300, a bill that imposes regulations on the way school sports teams deal with concussions. This bill, titled the Interscholastic Youth Sports Brain Injury Prevention Act, was passed nearly unanimously and went into effect on August 28. â€œI was happy that it passed,â€? Jones said. â€œThat was a step in the right direction for protecting our kids.â€? Recently, the National Football League (NFL) has made a push for youth concussion legislation in several states. Jones was asked by the NFL to speak to the Missouri Senate Health Committee about the merits of this bill, in hopes that Missouri would join the 30 other states in creating standards regarding youth concussions. â€œI thought is was a great way of getting uniformity in diagnosing a head injury,â€? Jones said. â€œThere was no uniformity in the state; we thought everyone should look at it from the same point of view.â€? This law imposes two new requirements on Missouri public schools. First, student athletes must be provided with an information sheet regarding concussions and other brain injuries. This sheet must be signed by the athleteâ€™s parent or guardian before the athlete can participate in a practice or competition. Second, an athlete who appears to have a concussion may not participate for at least 24 hours, and they must have permission from a health care provider to do so. This 24-hour waiting period is crucial because multiple concussions sustained in a short time period can lead to disability or death. According to Representative and bill sponsor Chuck Gatschenberger, the motto is be-
coming, â€œWhen in doubt, pull them out.â€? â€œIâ€™ve seen other players whoâ€™ve had concussions,â€? Jones said. â€œI know guys that had issues that didnâ€™t get the proper care and are still having issues now.â€? This process of how to deal with concussions is similar to the policies put in place by the NFL. In the NFL, players suspected of concussions are required to take a sideline concussion test. They are not allowed back in the game until they can pass this test. â€œWhen you look and see what the NFL is GRLQJDERXWFRQFXVVLRQVLWÂˇVRQO\Ă€WWLQJWKDW everyone else follows,â€? Jones said. â€œIt just makes sense.â€? However, Representative Zachary Wyatt believes this Act is only the start of what needs to be done to protect young athletes from head injury. He believes the Act needs to be expanded to include non-public school sponsored sports in order to protect the many athletes who participate in summer sports and sports outside of school. Wyatt originally sponsored a bill that included other sports organizations; his bill was absorbed by House Bill 300, and some critical changes were made. â€œThe bill that I put forth had [non-public school sponsored sports included], but there are a lot of things we have to look into about the liability issue,â€? Wyatt said. â€œWe are looking to see where we can improve in that area. We want to make sure everyoneâ€™s educated on this issue.â€? Wyatt and the other members of Missouriâ€™s legislature will be able to better determine if more steps are necessary after gauging the publicâ€™s reaction this Act. While Jones believes it is too early into the 2011-12 school year to determine the effects of Act, Gatschenberger is optimistic of the Actâ€™s potential impact. â€œIt wonâ€™t impact athletics, but it will impact the athletes,â€? Gatschenberger said. â€œSchool is for learning, and how can you learn if you have a concussion?â€?
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The Â girls Â Volleyball Â team Â puts Â their Â faith Â in Â their Â superstitious Â beliefs Â to Â improve Â their Â game Â performance
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s fans anxiously await the start of the game, the Varsity girls Volleyball team circle around each other to begin their cheer, â€œGive me a K. K, you got your K; you got your K.â€? The crowd then joins in spelling out â€œknightsâ€?. This is the start to the Volleyball players pregame ritual that they preform at every game. â€œWhen you do [a pregame ritual] and it has a positive outcome, then it establishes it, but if the outcome is negative we wonâ€™t do it again,â€? coach Yuede said. The team has several pregame rituals that are a must before every game. They start with a routine warm-up, and then shout their cheer. After that, they all grab a piece gum and each individual must chew the same color gum every game. This is followed by performLQJ D VHULHV RI KDQGVKDNHV DQG Ă€QDOO\ WKH\ throw their gum to a certain person. These rituals have become a tradition for the girls. â€œThe traditions have gone on for so long that I donâ€™t really know where they 30 FHNTODAY.COM
"I feel like it's tradition, and if we don't do the tradition it will throw us off our game." -â€? maddie eiffert, 11 started. The handshakes just kind of happen, and the bubblegum is kind of our good luck charm. Without it feels like some things off,â€? outside hitter Nicole Yuede said. According to Nicole Yuede, these superstitions create a sense of routine and control for the team. Aside from pregame rituals, the girls wear the same apparel over and over again, like the same sweat suit or a certain headband. They believe that wash-
ing their knee-pads will bring them bad luck. Also, there are past games and incidents they can never talk about for fear of bad luck. All of these rituals and superstitions have become second nature to the girls. â€œI feel like itâ€™s tradition, and if we donâ€™t do the tradition it will throw us off our game,â€? setter Maddie Eiffert said. In addition to the playersâ€™ rituals, coach Yuede abides by her own superstitions. She PAGE BY NICK BUSSELL
YOUR SUPERSTITION A poll was taken of several different athletes at North. They were asked what their superstitious belief was when it comes to sports.
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â€œItâ€™s not a sport; itâ€™s a lifestyle.â€? The FHN Varsity Volleyball team participates in various superstitions before their games. Some superstitions include tying ribbon on their shoes, eating gumballs, writing on each others hands, SHUIRUPLQJDVSHFLĂ€F warm-up routine, and running out from the storage closet.The team has had these superstitions for as long as they can remember. (sarah teson)
always has her foot on the 10 foot line durLQJ JDPHV DQG WKH Ă€UVW VHDW LQ WKH OLQHXS belongs to her. She also experiments with different color shirts to see if they have an effect on the game. If the team wins a game, then that color shirt can be worn again, but if not, then she canâ€™t wear it. â€œI had a favorite shirt that we lost a game with, and I refused to wear it until I knew we were playing a team we could beat,â€? coach Yuede said. Some of the fans have their own ritual that they perform for the Volleyball girls. A group of guys known as the â€œScream Teamâ€? GUHVV XS LQ FUD]\ RXWĂ€WV FKHHURQ WKH WHDP and get the crowd pumped during the game. Scream Team member Tyler Stevenson PAGE BY NICK BUSSELL
loves cheering for the Volleyball team and enjoys watching the girlsâ€™ different rituals. â€œThe chewing gum thing is cool, I wish we did it for baseball,â€? Stevenson said. For the Varsity team, superstitions help WKHP IRFXV DQG EXLOG FRQĂ€GHQFH 0RVW VXperstitions start after an athlete endures a good or bad experience, then they will try and put reasoning as to why something happened. Psychology plays a big part, for if an athlete believes a superstition will help them, then chances are it will. The power of superstitions has undoubtedly changed the way these girls think. They believe that performing these rituals will allow them to achieve victory.
â€œThe night before [a meet] I have to eat a lot of pasta, and when I get home I have to drink like 2 gallons of water.â€?
â€œI always make sure that I remove all nail polish before a game.â€?
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FOR THE WIN Knights Â prepare Â for Â Homecoming Â game Â against Â Oakville BY ABBY WEST email@example.com | @awest19
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The 2011 Francis Howell North Cross Country team poses on the track together. The Cross Country team consists of over 70 runners, a much larger QXPEHUWKDQWKHUXQQHUVWKH\KDGODVW\HDU0DQ\RIWKHVWXGHQWVEHOLHYHWKDWWKH\ZLOOEHQHĂ€WIURPKDYLQJVXFKDODUJHWHDPWKLV\HDU(sarah teson)
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While the tennis courts were being re-done, the Lady Knights tennis team had to practice on indoor courts at SteelShop in Old Town, St. &KDUOHV7KHFRXUWVZHUHĂ€QDOO\Ă€QLVKHGRQ$XJmaggie curran)
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To Trap a shooter Beth Noble is addicted to trapshooting and is drawn to the thrill of the sport BY AURORA BLANCHARD email@example.com | @auroradbee
ost girls don’t anticipate the next time they will go out to shoot. Senior Beth Noble does. And she hopes to run 25 in a row. In 2007, Beth began shooting clay pigeons out of a trap. Last January Beth joined a competitive trapshooting team, the Gateway Clay Busters, with junior Ben Orr. He explains her trapshooting addiction. “She’s pretty passionate about it,” Ben said. “Even though our team’s season is over, she still goes to shoot and everything. I’m sure it’s because it’s FHNTODAY.COM one of those sports that once you start, it’s hard to stop.” The difficulty of running (shooting) 25 clay pigeons consecutively is one addictive aspect of For more pictures of Beth trapshooting. Noble at the gun club “It’s really exciting when you’re out there at trapshooting. the post and just ran 20 birds in a row,” Beth said. OR use this link: bit.ly/nvA89w “It’s addicting because you just want to keep going.” Beth’s father Brad Noble occasionally trapshoots with Beth. According to him, it isn’t just about running 25 birds. “It’s a good sport outdoors that gives you quality time with your family and friends,” Brad said. “Everybody out there is really nice.” Beth plans to continue trapshooting for as long as she can. “[I will be trapshooting] ‘til the day I die,” Beth said. Beth Noble stands at her post and once she is ready she yells “Pull!”; then “Boom” the bird explodes. Noble has “It may be the way I die. I don’t know. But definitely ‘til been trap shooting for over four years now and strives to keep improving. Noble has an 80 percent accuracy out the day I die.” of 4 runs. (kendrick gaussoin)
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Varsity VOLLEY BALL
“[Coach Mahoney] is a good coach and he taught me how to block better. He helps the team with front row.” -Megan Doerhoff
“Right now we are focusing on offense.” -Abigail Griffin
Varsity Soccer “We’re getting ready for the Hazelwood Central tourament next week. After, we got conference games.” -Coach Scheller
Girls Golf “We have a few new girls on the team this year. I want them to have fun and improve their golf game.” - Coach Brocksmith
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These are bios of Varsity players in fall sports. They gives information on how long they’ve played, their positions, and their goals for this year.
Jessie Moceri, 10
Barbi Bateman, 12
Position: 2nd Base Years Played: 10 Goals this year: “To not have many errors.”
Position: Catcher Years played: 13 Goals this year: “Get a scholarship, do the best that I can, keep my batting average around .400, and keep my head up.”
Q & A with Coach William Crow on his coaching of the swim team
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How long have you been coaching the swim team? A: “We started the program 15 years ago, but I have coached 11 years of swimming.” What motivates you to continue coaching? A: “I get to see the kids in a different setting outside school. I get to see them perform well in an athletic setting. Also, it’s fun.” How do you manage your time between coaching and teaching? A: “I don’t sleep; I honestly get about 5 hours of sleep a night.” Is there any one season that stands out as your favorite season to coach? A: Probably the best was the girl’s season. It was my smallest class (of girls).
Keegan Fouch, 10
nathan Terry, 12
Position: Center defense Years played: 13 Goals this year: “Take the team to Districts, win Districts, and have a positive winning record.”
Position: Center midfield Years played: 8 Goals this year: “To win districts.”
jake hurrell, 12
jason barth, 11
Position: Left tackle Years Played: 7 Goals this year: “To pull out more wins this year, and to pull out strong.”
Position: Line backer Years played: 5 Goals this year: “My goal was to start Varsity, and I achieved it.”
Jared hurr, 12
Austin Doeren, 12
Varsity Swim Team
Varsity Swim Team
Position: Distance Freestyle Years Played: 4 Goals this year: “To make state in the 50yard freestyle.”
Position: Distance Freestyle Years played: 4 Goals this year: “Place very high at GACs and continue to do well at state.”
number one on varsity tennis gold RISA TAKINAKA, 9 Varsity Tennis
Position: Number one Varsity singles Years Played: Since age 7 Goals: “Stay undefeated and do well at
State.” Risa puts in 18 hours per week. How it feels to be #1: “Sometimes I feel pressured, but I don’t think of it as that big of a deal.”
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Junior Drew Landherr lunges for the ball during the DECA volleyball tournament that the officers chose. This was DECAâ€™s first social of the year; the tournament was held to help gain more members from Marketing I and II classes.
DECA members Braxton Martinez and Sarah Enke participate in the first social event of the year at Laurel Park on Sept. 6. Other events DECA hosts are the DECA Jump Off and DECA week.
DECA Volleyball PHOTOS BY ERIN Dâ€™AMICO
Junior Alex Seamon bumps the volleyball at the Laurel Park. Members of DECA will attend their District Fall Leadership Conference on Sept 21 at St. Peters City Hall.
Senior and Marketing II student, Erika Wind, sets the ball during one of the many matches played during the tournament. The winning team received free Otis Spunkmeyer cookies that DECA sells every Monday to raise money.
DECA president Sarah Teson talks with advisers Lori Moore and Melissa Trochim while attendees enjoy free pizza and drinks at the member-exclusive event. DECA officers are planning more socials throughout the year to enable members to get to know each other more.
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A Â misguided Â assumption Â may Â lead Â to Â a Â violent Â riot BY NICK PONCHE firstname.lastname@example.org | @ngponche
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JAKIE LEIMKUEHLER on POWDER PUFF â€œPsht, why would you even ask [who will win]? Everyone knows the seniors win!â€?
MANDEEP SINGH on HOMECOMING GAME â€œâ€œWe should win the Homecomming game since we beat the team last yearâ€?
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CHRIS QUENELLE RYAN JOHNSON ARIEL KIRKPATRICK on DRIVING on facebook on LONDON RIOTS â€œItâ€™s become something beyond a protest, something completely unnecessary. More of a rebellion now.â€?
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north star take: IMPACT TESTING
District falls short in protecting students with ImPACT Test ON BEHALF OF THE EDITORIAL STAFF firstname.lastname@example.org | @fhntoday
Concussions have always been the undesirable side effects of high school contact sports. The District recently enacted a new policy to help prevent long-term brain damage caused by these injuries. After carefully analyzing data that has been collected on which sports are most concussion prone, the District has mandated that certain sports require ImPACT testing, while others don’t. Not every sport is required to take an ImPACT test, which can give athletes in certain high concussion sports, like Volleyball, a chance to play and get injured without baseline scores to judge that they are in fact ready to return. By not requiring all sports to take the ImPACT test, the District risks the chance of long term brain damage for a student if they have a concussion that goes unnoticed 44 FHNTODAY.COM
or untreated. The safety and well-being of every student needs to be the District’s top priority. Even if the District believes it should be too, they do not exercise such values in their new policy by requiring some teams to test and not others. The other demographic of students who can not benefit from ImPACT testing are those athletes involved in non school sponsored sports, such as Hockey. Last year, the District severed ties with the Hockey program in an attempt to avoid legal backlash. At this point, it’s hard not to think this was a plan with long term implications in mind. Regardless of legal sponsorship, regardless of how hard the players work, regardless of how well the team plays, every athlete in this District is a student of this District, and the District has an obligation to protect each and every one of them. While holding this obligation would be an expensive task for the District, it has committed itself to other costly programs aimed at student well-being in the past. This year, approximately 2,100 students will take the Im-
PACT test at an initial cost of roughly $5,000 to the District, plus any additional retesting. On the other hand, the District pays upwards of $22,000 on drug tests for the same number of students. It seems morally questionable that the District would neglect universally providing ImPACT testing, which potentially prevents severe brain injury, to every student while spending large sums of money to keep reprehensible drug users at bay. Instead of keeping ImPACT testing exclusive to a sparse number of contact sports, the District has an obligation to open the program to any student who would like to take advantage of this beneficial program. Whether an athlete kills it on the gridiron or on the race track, each student should have access to and be required to take the ImPACT test. After all, school is a place for learning, and students cannot learn if they are suffering the effects of concussions. ImPACT could have such a great effect on the student body as a whole that it needs to be invested in. It needs to be utilized. It needs to be provided.
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HOW WE SHOULD LEARN Much of the work we do in school does not prepare us for real problem solving in the future BY AURORA BLANCHARD email@example.com | @auroradbee
I dread being given book work and fill-inthe blank notes at school. This isn’t because I hate doing assignments, it’s because I prefer doing work that I can actually get something out of. I want to be involved in more thoughtprovoking discussions and hands-on problem solving at school so I can learn to think for myself. Maybe copying answers from a book and memorizing a series of facts ensures success in school, but not in the real world. By not teaching problem-solving techniques and innovation, students will be forced into nine to five jobs that require no originality or special talent. We can say goodbye to a more sustainable energy source, better world economy and diverse society if we don’t begin making
changes now. These changes can start small. Math teachers can teach the reasoning behind the Pythagorean Theorem instead of just telling students that a2+b2=c2. When students copy history definitions, teachers can spare two extra minutes to look up examples that show how a certain practice is implemented in real life. A generation ago, education didn’t need to be as innovative. However, in today’s world where problems pop up overnight and need to be solved just as quickly, students should be taught to approach problems creatively and effectively. To prevent a lost and ignorant generation from leading the cities, regions and nations of the world, it’s imperative to challenge our educational institutions to provide a freethinking, creative and problem-solving atmosphere.
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