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Eye of the tiger

Editor & Chief- Eugene Colson Editor & Chief- Kaiela Saylor JHS Advanced Journalism Advisor- David Quinley Comunidad & Ad. Manager- Cinthia Alfaro Entertainment Writer- Lucero Cruz, Laurann Gridley Community & National Writer-Eugene Colson, Kaiela Saylor Sports Writer- Eugene Colson, Lucero Cruz, Laurann Gridley

Valentines Day! By: Eugene Colson

Lover’s express their feelings to each other, must be Valentine’s Day again. Valentine’s Day got its name through the Christian Saint, Valentine, and as we all know, it’s always celebrated on the 14th. Every year, JHS does it to where, if you desire, can get some pretty cool goodies for your “Valentine.” Ranging from heart shaped chocolate, balloons, Roses, and maybe even a giant Teddy Bear. The school also does a yearly dance called the Sweetheart’s Ball. Unlike Prom, it’s held here at the school by the group, Key Club. The Advisor of Key Club is JHS teacher, Stacy Sobotka. This year, the National Honor Society is planning a Valentine’s Day fundraiser where they’re selling Candy-grams and Suckers. Valentine’s Day is a pretty big year for a lot of people. Who knows, someone might just find that special someone. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sweethearts’Ball By: Lucero Cruz Have a sweet heart? Well, go to this years Sweethearts Ball! Sweet hearts ball is a dance JHS has every year a day before Valentine’s Day. This year it is going to be on a Saturday and will be from seven to ten. The dance will be held in the school cafeteria. “I’m pretty excited to go this is my first year going to the ball,”said Abie Torrez.


I mean what would a Valentine’s dance be with no decorations?

The key clubs as always will be helping out by putting up valentine decorations for the dance that same morning.

If you really want to go and get your groove on or if you just want to spend some time with your sweetheart go get your tickets in advanced at the office. They will be $8.00 for couples and $6.00 for singles. If you don’t buy your tickets in advanced then you will have to pay $10.00 at the door for couples and $6.00 for singles. So who will be your sweetheart this year?

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Chocolate Covered Hearts Here’s a recipe that will satisfy anyones sweet tooth. Easy to make, fun to do and won’t take up your whole day.

What you’ll need: • Plastic heart-shaped candy mold • Red, white and cocoa colored candy melts • Sandwich bags (zipper, not pleated) • Scissors • Spoon • Wax paper • Plate • Wooden skewer or clean craft paint brush How to make it: 1.Put a handful of candy melts into an open zipper sandwich bag. 2.Microwave candy in bag for 30-40 seconds or until melted.

3.Cut one corner of the bag with scissors to squeeze melted candy through. Caution: Bag may be hot, so use paper towel or a pot holder to handle it.

4.Gently squeeze chocolate out of bag and into the molds.

5.Tap the side of the mold tray to knock out any air bubbles and flatten chocolate.

6.Place in refrigerator until set.

7.Pop out of molds and serve.

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Groundhog Day

By: Lucero Cruz

On February 2nd a furry little animal pops out of its hole after a long winter sleep. What animal may this be? Well, it’s the Groundhog, an animal that looks like a beaver and chipmunk put together. When the groundhog comes out of its hole on Feb.2nd it is looking for its shadow. If its sees its shadow, then that means we will have six more weeks of winter. People aren’t really looking forward to that, only if you like to snowboard or do activities that involve the cold weather and snow but, if it doesn’t see its shadow then it’s a sign of spring. So its stays above ground. This day is also known as Groundhog Day, a tradition and a legend that has been going on for centuries in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania. Groundhog Day has become such a valuable holiday, they have even based a movie on it. The movie is called “Groundhog day “well, of course because it is specifically based on that day. Starring actors Bill Murray and Andie McDowell, this comedy is about a meteorologist who travels to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania along with his producer and camera man, to witness the famous groundhog that predicts the weather. All of a sudden things go crazy and Groundhog Day is repeated over and over again. Even though Groundhog Day may seem important, but people here in our school think it’s a waste of time. They clearly don’t think a groundhog would pop out of a hole at the same date every year and determine if we have 6 more weeks of winter or if spring is around the corner. So what do u think about Groundhog Day? So do you really think the groundhog can determine what the weather will be like?

Financial Concerns in College By: Cinthia Alfaro

College is on the mind of almost every high school student.

Everyone at one point starts thinking about college, its price and the idea of going or not. Usually people who like the idea of college also stress the fact that they may not be able to afford it. The truth is that tuition can be really high sometimes, depending on the college and state. The economic, as we also know, isn’t very good right now. And we’ve all heard rumors about tuition increasing, and the effects it is causing students. As the economic cycles change many colleges also start losing money and have to start raising funds one way or another, therefore tuition is raised. Another reason college has gotten more expensive is because of student expectations. Yes, colleges are now willing to compete for students and offer whatever one wants, such as better buildings, recreational facilities and athletic programs. Which of course all add up to college’s expenses. The recent recession is causing many college freshmen to drop out or either to attend a school that offers them financial aid. In a survey that has been conducted for 44 years now asks about 220,000 freshmen at 297 campuses questions on everything about college. In the survey about 9 percent of students said they chose their college because their first choice did not offer them financial aid. The survey is conducted by the Cooperative Institutional Research Program at the University of California in Los Angeles. The survey also showed that the percentage of students with unemployed parents has grown. So now the percentage of students who plan to take out loans for school rose about 53 percent, from 49 percent in 2008. We notice how much the economy is affecting everyone, even in little things. It’s getting harder for some people to get into college. Even though tuition may be getting higher it still is a very good idea to go beyond high school, college is still a great benefit for everyone.

Spotlight on Talent: Riley Argyle By: Eugene Colson

For this being his 12th year wrestling, it certainly has paid off for JHS senior Riley Argyle, to get to where he is now. Argyle began wrestling at a young age. He said that when he was going to school. A paper came around, talking about joining, by Brad Cook. “When I got the paper, I took it home to my dad asking if I could try it. He said ‘yes.’” Argyle also said that Cook coached him for six years, then, his father coached him for the rest. JHS senior, Hayden Thacker, has been wrestling about the same time as Argyle, but never met until he moved here. Thacker said he use to wrestle in Hazelton, and then when he moved here, he met Argyle through freestyle wrestling. “I’ve actually had to wrestle against Riley. He’s not the kind of guy you want to go up against.” Varsity wrestling coach, Des Case, has known Riley since he was in elementary school. Case said that Argyle has improved a great deal from his freshman year until this point and has put in a lot of work to get there. JHS senior, Cody Agee, is also another who has had to set foot onto the mat with Argyle, but only for practice. “He throttled me,” Agee said. Agee also wrestles ‘freestyle.’ He said that that Argyle’s father is the one who coaches it and that there’s a lot

more for it. So you could imagine what Argyle is capable of. Even though he’s not wrestling this year, JHS senior, Brody Peck, still knows how well Argyle can do it. “I became friends with Riley in seventh grade when I met him through wrestling. I’ve never had to wrestle against him. And thank goodness for it.” Peck said that every year, Argyle has made it to state. He says that Argyle has always had that shot at it. He feels that this year, Argyle can pull it off and win state. “I think that the first place guy should be careful. Because, Riley’s going to give that guy a run for his money,” said Peck.

The Fight to Make it Right

By Kaiela Saylor

For several months now groups of protesters have gathered in front of the nation’s capital declaring same-sex marriage. Some may say their prayers were answered when Washington’s City Council voted Tuesday, January 1st approving marriage equality. The bills vote had an outstanding 11-2 tally. Except it didn’t end just yet, even though the bill had been passed including DC’s Mayor Adrian M. Fenty’s signature, Congress still had to approve it. Only this time the protesters didn’t get so lucky.

The Supreme court upheld the voterapproved ban on same-sex marriage but allowed the 18,000 gay couples who tied the knot before the law took effect to stay legally wed. Once again protests sparked nationwide and the Photo courtesy of Brendan Smialowski struggle for equality continues. So why exactly did Congress yet again deny this bill? Three arguments were given and they include: Religous Freedom, Children Benefit, and the Teaching of Same-Sex marriage. To any open hearted person these reasons are proposporus, and down right insulting. Simply because neither of these cases could relate to a same-sex couple. Yet still Congress did not look at how it affects the couples but instead of how it will affect a persons’ belief in religon and the fear that schools will be required to teach that same-sex marriage is equivalent to opposite-sex marriage. What Congress needs to realize is that no matter what sexual preference, people are going to believe what the want to believe and no bill will cover their eyes everytime the fear of so called corruption comes up. In reality, we live in the land of the free, which means whether Congress bans same-sex marriage or not, there will always be someone out there attracted to the same sex and declaring equality. America has seen declaration of equality happen before from religion, race, and gender and there is no doubt it will happen only this time with same-sex marriage. “Some things are just worth fighting for,” said ranking Republican Jason Chaffetz, “ and the fight for equality is one of them.” Whats been announced very clearly is our country refuses to back down, and the fight for equality will continue until just this happens. The fact is that this debate is a legal issue, not a religous one. And, that is exactly what citizens need to understand. It’s astonishing how the United State could not be more clearer to our nations adolescents that, every person no matter who should be treated the same. But what they didn’t tell our children is that it’s ok to be prejudice when it suits them. Someday all citizens will get equality. Until that day comes protests for same-sex marriage will continue. Until then, ask yourself what type of equality do you want to teach our future presidents. The countrys future governors, and even school teachers, equality suitable to you, or to all?

Teen’s Will be Teen’s

By Kaiela Saylor

Nearly 750,000 teenage women become pregnant between the ages of 15-19. The United States has the highest rate of teen pregnancy and is still growing. Teen childbearing in the United States costs taxpayers (federal, state, and local) at least $9.1 billion, according to a National Campaign report. Most of the costs of teen childbearing are associated with negative consequences for the children of teen mothers, including increased costs for healthcare, foster care, and incarceration. Fingers have been pointed to blame for the increase of teen pregnancy, accusations directed toward the media, and teens as well have no knowledge in sexual education. Unbeknownst to many teens there are ways to be educated and preventative of teen pregnancy, ways that not only should be introduced to females but males as well, because believe it or not, it takes two. Bill Albert, spokesman and chief program officer of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, says “rather than sitting kids down at 14 or 15 and explaining the “birds and the bees” in one long, awkward conversation (which Albert feels isn’t effective, anyway), parents should start these conversations earlier than they think”. “I’m not saying you need to discuss contraceptives with an 8-year-old,” he adds, “but that is a good time to start discussing what a good relationship is, and how to respect a boy or a girl.” We all know that teen’s will be teen’s, therefore no one can fully prevent teen’s from having sex.Pregnancy preventatives such as condoms, and birth control are shown to be an effective solution, however sexualy transmitted diseases aren’t. As Sexual education courses should be easily accessible. But according to the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, parents of teenagers may be the most valuable resource of all. When parents talk openly with their children about sexuality and responsibility starting at a young age, the children are less likely to rush ahead into parenthood. In many cases, teenage pregnancy isn’t just a temporary inconvenience. It’s a setback that can affect the lives of the parents and the child for many years to come. So if you choose to have unprotected sex great! Just remember that those days of childhood will soon be over forever when you will have to care for your own child.... Not so great.

Community Action

By Laurann Gridley

The holiday season can be a time full of joy, cheer, parties and family gatherings. But for many people, it is a time of self-evaluation, loneliness, reflection on past failures and anxiety about an uncertain future. Community action is an agency that is dedicated to helping people help themselves and others. Each year, Community Action Agencies help out thousands of people and families, by providing them with homeless prevention services. Services provided include: Food Bank, Family Development, Energy Assistance, Emergency Services, Weatherization, Housing, Children & Youth Programs, & Employment. Jerome’s South Central Community Action Agency received lots of applications, requesting grants to help pay for basic essentials that they could not afford to pay. During Christmas time alone, South Central received over 300 applications, requesting food, clothes, toys, or even help with paying their bills during the holidays. “If you were to have your school sit down and asked how many of them have received some sort of assistance from Community Action, about half of them would stand up,” said Northern Countries Program Manager, Wendy Renee Chaffin. Community Actions was first stared during the time of the court case of Brown vs. Board of Education, which stated that separate schools for black and whites did not provide equal education. That ‘separate was not equal.’ It was because this landmarked decision that led to the expansion of federal policymaking into what had previously been known as a ‘local arena.’ This decision served as a stimulus for change in the area of publicly financed activity such as: transportation and licensed public accommodations. Citizens then began to organize to guarantee their rights, thus making the Civil Rights Movement expand rapidly. President Lyndon Johnson said, ” Let us carry forward the plans and programs of John F. Kennedy, not because of our sorrow or sympathy, but because they are right...This Administration today, here and now declares an unconditional War On Poverty in America...Our joint Federal-local effort must pursue poverty, pursue it wherever it exists.

In city slums, in small towns, in sharecroppers’ shacks, or in migrant worker camps, on Indian reservations, among whites as well as Negroes, among the young as well as the aged, in the boom towns and in the depressed areas.” The ‘War on Poverty’ was born. In February, R. Sergeant Shriver war asked to lead a task force to draft legislation. In August, the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 (EOA) was passed, making a federal Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) placed in the Presidents Executive Office. Congress also passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, guaranteeing equal opportunity to all. The EOA, designed to implement that guarantee in the economic sector, stated: “It is therefore the policy of the United States to eliminate the paradox of poverty in the midst of plenty in the nation by opening, to everyone, the opportunity for education and training, the opportunity to work, and the opportunity to live in decency and dignity.” Over the years, Community Action Agencies continue to recieve grants for help, only helping those in great need. Thus creating the block grant, which was passed the reduce the total amount of funding by 25%, and to delegate the responsibility for administering these block grants to the states. JHS teacher, Mrs.Sobotka, said, “Anytime people are needing help in tough times, even the smallest things make a big difference!! Whether its food, clothing, money, etc., it all helps so much.”

We’ve got Spirit!!! By: Laurann Gridley There have been many claims that Cheer is not a sport. Webster could disagree defining the word sport as ‘a physical activity that is governed by a set of rules or customs and often engaged in competitively.’ But who is it you’re always seeing at the sidelines of football and basketball games, cheering on our teams? That’s right, your JHS Cheerleaders. Now it’s time for their support. Your’ JHS Cheerleaders competed in competition for the first time in 2 years. The cheerleaders could not compete the previous years due to violations and budget. But the cheerleaders are making a full comeback and are ready to win. The competition was held Saturday January 30, 2010, at Twin Falls High School, where Jerome and 12 other schools competed in a variety of catagories. Ranging from show cheers to stunting. The events that the cheerleaders competed in are: Sideline, Show cheer, and Stunting, which all require a lot of physical and mental strength. Coach Candy Amos said, “I am very proud of the hard work and dedication the girls have shown this year, I expected great things for them at competition.” To get ready for competition, the girls had been performing at half time at basketball games, to give them extra practice and show their student body what they have been working on. “We have come so far from what we started as. We rock the school and everyone has noticed the improvement,” said Varsity Head Captain Bre Baird. The squad qualified for state in all three categories taking first in Show Cheer, third in Sideline, and third in stunting. The State Competition will be held in Boise sometime in March. This will be a 2 day event where they will have to compete against many other schools who qualified for state as well. So anyone can cheer right? Technically that can be true, but it may require a bit more than just yelling up and down screaming ‘GO TEAM GO!’ “Don’t knock it till you try it. Cheerleading is a sport where you have to be dedicated, healthy, and peppy 100% of the time, even when you don’t want to, said senior and Varsity Cheer Captain, Kaela Hunt. We practice 5 days a week for 2 hours a day, plus games, for 9 months. We work hard! So until you you’ve stepped in our shoes, DON’T say it’s easy!”

J-town Before... 7. First Jerome Home, 1909

6. Grimm Valley, first school in Jerome. Destroyed by fire in 1985.

4. Workers building Northside Canal

3. Main Street


1920-1950 Jerome High School 5. The gates to the North Side Canal Milner Dam.

2. Canyonside School 1920-1964

... & After




Jerome Public Library

Milner Dam


Jerome County Historical Museum established in 1981

Main street now



By: Cinthia Alfaro

Jerome is a pretty small town and doesn’t have many places to go to. Sometimes we may be bored, hungry and craving good Mexican food. Though having various options we won’t always know where to go. Almost all restaurants offer “delicious” authentic food, knowing which one is actually good and not too expensive can be hard to find. So to find the best restaurant here in our very own J-Town, we made a poll asking people which Mexican restaurant they thought was the best. The results of this question are based solemnly on opinions, opinions that are may not necessarily be true to everyone. The fact is everyone has different taste buds and we may not like what they like. All of these restaurants are all real good, and one sure thing is that there’s always something for everyone.

Which Mexican Restaurant is your favorite? (331 voters)

La Perla_________20__6% Rolberto’s_______56__16.9% La Campesina____40__12.1% El Sombrero______111__33.5% Garibaldi’s_______94___28.4% Champion Grill___10__3%

“I really like El Sombrero there food is so good and it’s been around for a while,” said Maria Martinez resident of Jerome.

Our National Anthem By: Lucero Cruz

Before every varsity basketball game The National Anthem is sung. It is usually played by the band, but sometimes sung by our school choir. At the boy’s basketball game against Wood River Freshmen’s, Emily Olson, Andrea Moreno, and Deli Juarez sang our National Anthem in front of all the Tiger fans. ” We were very nervous because there was a lot of people and we didn’t want to mess up, but it was pretty fun”, said Moreno. All three of them are part of our JHS choir, both Andrea and Deli have been singing for four years while in school , but beens singing loger out of school. Singing is their favorite thing to do. “We prefer to sing together than singing solo”, both Moreno and Juarez said. Everyone knows these girls did an amazing job singing our National Anthem; hopefully they have a chance to sing it again.



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