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January 2009

Weiner dogs: tiny packages of joy or annoying ankle-biters? Bryan Kelly

Laura Naas and Jackie Bickford

Newspaper adviser

Staff writers

Imagine coming home to a nice warm dashound lounging in your easy chair, looking at you with its huge beautiful twinkly eyes, and silently begging you to take it for a run out in the flowering field. This is just one example of the joys of being the proud owner of a weiner dog. But there are oh so many more benefits for raising one of these sausage-shaped, roly poly bundles of happiness.

- Give the best kisses - Breath doesn’t stink as bad as other dogs - Minimal shedding - Act like snakes due to their long bodies - Adorable when snuggled under the blankets/love to snuggle - Huge personality in such a tiny body


- Can wear cute little booties - The one type of dog that looks cute in any outfit - Can DJ quite spectacularly (see Youtube, “DJ Weezy”) - Weiner dog races! - Swim like otters - Tails look like little boat rudders - Run and hop at the same time, like bunnies - Always there to take the edge off - Continuously happy to see you, no matter how horrible you are - Annoy Coach Kelly

Dachshunds (weiner dogs) are a lame excuse for a pet. They are high-strung, clingy, oversized lab rats. I know first-hand why these dogs are a terrible excuse for a pet, as I gained one when I married my wife last summer. Her dog, Buster, has separation anxiety when she is away and follows her like a shadow when she returns home. Often times, he cries like a baby when she leaves. He doesn’t do any tricks; he can’t even bark on command. If one attempts to wrestle or play fight with him, he runs to my wife like

a baby girl. There are far more negatives than positives when dealing with dachshunds.

Hunter Case


- Can’t jump more than a few inches off the ground - Normally loyal to just one human - Believe they own the furniture - Very fragile backs; may require surgery - Risk of drowning when walking through a puddle - Very high-strung and anxious animals - You can’t go jogging with one

WRESTLE MANIA: the obsession with “making weight” Coach Kelly is attacked once again by his wife’s dog.

Jackie loves Princess, her adorable weiner dog.

Hannah Cardenas


on the competition. Senior James Dellecave stated it clearly, “Put it this way: if I’m incredibly strong for my own weight, losing weight will make me an absolute beast.” Coach Rua, the Naples High wrestling coach, does not encourage unhealthy weight loss, but according to one NHS wrestler, he told wrestlers to lose up to five pounds. Junior Zach Duffy summed it up saying, “[Wrestling coaches] tell you they want you at a weight, and you have to be there.” To get there, wrestlers do many sick things. For the sake of confidentiality, student names have been left out of this section. Many wrestlers will binge right after their matches but basically starve themselves starting about a week before their next match. For this week before, there’s the honey and water binge. Wrestlers have allegedly sustained themselves with only honey and water; honey to give some low-fat, low-calorie substance so they can stay awake, and water to keep them hydrated. This diet is not healthy. Another method for wrestlers is simply called “spitting.” Once a


Losing weight: a goal far too common among many healthy, regular-sized girls at Naples High. Although this obsession is a problem, there is another category of weight loss horror stories on campus: what wrestlers refer to as “making weight.” Unbeknownst to a large portion of the student population, these determined athletes have reportedly turned to drastic and harmful practices to lose weight. In an attempt to make wrestling matches fair, wrestlers are categorized by their weight class. These weight classes span as much as 18 pounds or as little as five pounds. Obviously, weighing near the maximum of a weight class gives that wrestler an advantage over his/her opponent if he/she is near the minimum of the same weight class. A 188-pound wrestler against a 175-pound wrestler will have a big advantage because more weight means more power. Because of this system, wrestlers will lose weight to be at the very maximum weight of a lower weight class to give them a leg up



Celebrity look-alikes here on campus!


person reaches a low body fat percentage, it becomes hard to lose weight, so wrestlers spit to lose water weight. Wrestlers can reportedly lose up to two pounds a day by repeatedly spitting, often in trash cans or water bottles. Three packs of gum a day guarantees an abundance of saliva; wrestlers choose sugar-free gum to avoid calories. Probably the most dangerous method reported was the abuse of Redline pills, pills that burn fat by activating the shiver response of the human body with caffeine and other chemicals. Although Redline bottles come with the warning, “Always begin use with one to two Redline capsules daily to assess tolerance. Never exceed more than six total capsules daily or more than three caps in a four hour period,” one student claimed to have taken 12 to 14 pills a day; over four times the recommended amount (3 capsules). This student reported weight loss of up to five pounds daily. This is not safe. “If we find out that someone is doing something unhealthy to lose weight,” Coach Bowe said, “they wouldn’t be part of our program.” The state of Florida is a


Do cheaters really prosper? Recent cheating scandals at Naples High.


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member of the National Wrestling Coaches Association (NWCA). Each wrestler’s body fat percentage is tested at the beginning of the year, and they are not allowed to dip below seven percent body fat. Coach Bowe insists that Naples High has never been a big proponent of weight loss, but instead focuses on tough practices and wrestling at a comfortable weight. Putting the human body through such detrimental practices is only compounded by four-hour wrestling practices each weekday and two hour practices on Saturdays. As if this wasn’t enough, many wrestlers have also turned to dangerous workout methods to lose weight. Long distance running while wearing store-bought “sauna suits” or garbage bags concealed with sweats is a wellknown, dangerous technique. Calling all wrestlers: please stop! It’s sick and disgusting to put your bodies under such dangerous stress for any reason, let alone high school sports. Eat smart; there are plenty of healthy ways to lose weight. Getting a leg up on the competition is not worth harming yourself.


Staff writer

Money is a major necessity for most students whether it is for preparing for college, getting a car, or just because we’re greedy teenagers who love money. The biggest problem for most students is that they think that jobs are hard to come by, but money and/or jobs are easier to come by than most students think. In fact, there’s a program right here on the NHS campus that can provide some money to students. The Learn and Earn Program is designed to give students a well-paying job that is easily accessible for most students and has easy working hours. The job is serving food in the cafeteria and requires a student to work for 25 out of the 36- minute lunch period. For the 25 minutes of work, the student receives $9.13 and a free lunch. Students get paid at the end of every two weeks, and have no after-school obligations to the program. Val Artman, Director of the Learn and Earn Program at NHS, had this to say about the program “I would definitely recommend it to any student,” said Val Artman, director of the Learn and Earn Program at NHS. The program has been in Collier County Public Schools for eight school years now, but this is the first year for the program here at NHS. “It’s a good program; I’m surprised that NHS was so late on the draw,” said Artman. What do you need to be considered for the program? Nancy Johnson, staffing specialist at the Collier County School District said, “Students need to fill out an online application, be at least 16 years of age, have at least a 2.5 GPA and be willing to work.” Currently, there is only one NHS student participating in the Learn and Earn Program here at Naples High School. But Johnson said there are only ten allocations for each high school. So that means if program hopefuls want to join they better hurry because there’s already another student who has applied for a position here at NHS. “It’s a great program since students are already in the cafeteria eating, you might as well get paid for it,” Johnson said.


The Naples High wrestling team has a record of 7-0 & are going strong.



The rise and fall of print media

are still struggling. One such corporation, the Heart Cooperation, is reporting losses Staff writer of $1 million a week at one of their largest Not since video killed the radio star has papers, The San Francisco Chronicle. Analysts are warning that several coma form of mass media been in such danger of annihilation. Ever since the rise of the panies may not be able to meet their debt evil empire called “the Internet,” more tra- obligations. The majority of these compaditional forms of media such as newspa- nies are privately owned, such as the Tribpers have been fighting off a faster, trendier une Company. The Tribune Company owns numerous newspapers such as The foe to no avail. The crux of the problem is the fact that Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, the Internet provides free information that and the Denver Post. Public companies that own newspapers is ridiculously current- when our favorite former president Bush exhibited his superb such as the McClatchy Company, which ducking skills, the video was on the Inter- names the Miami Herald, the Kansas City net faster than it takes the average grown Star, and The Sacramento Bee among its man to remove his shoes. While newspa- papers, are seen to be at less of a risk for per readers can’t read about the latest scoop not meeting their obligations. These comuntil the next day, anyone with an Internet panies are struggling though. The Mcconnection can read about their favorite Clatchy Company has reported its ad celeb’s elopement moments after it hap- revenue was down 15.4 percent for the first pens. And in the era of fast food, of instant five months of the year, and it has plans to gratification, this “I want it now” mentality eliminate 1,400 jobs. Even if the economy does bounce back is especially widespread. This new expedient form of media is spawning a genera- relatively quickly, the newspaper industry tion of people who get all their news from will never be safe. As it does with readers, the Internet steals away advertisers from the Internet. “I just go on to like and read the print media. Businesses prefer the Internet headlines. If something catches my eye, I because not only is it cheaper to advertise click it,” explains junior Hilary Brown. online, but there is also a wider variety of “It’s not worth it to read the entire paper advertising variety online. The good news is that Internet ad revwhen only parts interest me.” enue for Relying on newspapers the internet for has increased the news is 20-30 percent also cheaper in in the past the long run. decade, and While the av15 percent erage newspamore recently per costs because of the around 50 struggling cents, the ine c o n o m y. ternet is free. However, beAnd since the cause it is majority of cheaper for newspapers also have on- The decline of the newspaper industry is even the advertisers to place their line versions, affecting our high school newspaper. ads online, many people simply forgo traditional papers for their newspapers are not able to make as much money off of these ads. more high-tech counterpart. It is also become more expensive to print “Why should I buy an entire paper when I can read it online for free? It’s a waste of papers because of the economy. It is ridiculously expensive to print a top-quality my money,” said junior Mary Meyers. Bryan Kelly, the newspaper teacher, newspaper like the New York Times. For a agrees and adds “What I find interesting is weekday issue it costs about $145,000, and the fact that many newspapers have online about three times this for the weekend editions which is only going to hurt their issue. Due to increasing costs in everything from labor to materials, this number print versions.” The rise of the internet could not come is rising. This inflation in cost is causing at a worse time for newspapers. The cur- the newspaper industry to implode. So is media as we know it doomed? rent economic troubles are only creating more problems for the newspaper industry, While many traditionalists may think so, especially when it comes to advertising. the opposite may actually be true. The InNewspapers make the majority of their ternet may be creating the demise of estabmoney from advertising, and with more lished forms of media like newspapers, but and more companies slashing budgets and it is also creating a more aware, globally laying off workers, advertising revenue is connected population whose thirst for news dropping. The decline of ad revenue began cannot be quenched by traditional media. two years ago and the failing economy has Opinions are no longer limited to editorial pages- witness the birth of the modern only accelerated the trend. Just last year, ad revenue fell about eight blogger who has an opinion on everything. percent and this year it is already running Political cartoons no longer have the moabout 12 percent below that. Company re- nopoly on making fun of public officials- a ports are also predicting a 14-15 percent little thing called YouTube has that covered. Are newspapers obsolete? Perhaps loss by May. This drastic loss of advertising is forc- they are, but more likely they are simply ing many of the companies that own news- transitioning from the main form of popupapers to make changes to the way they do lar media to just one piece of a bigger business such as eliminating some distri- media puzzle. The Internet isn’t killing bution routes, letting thousands of workers print media- it is simply joining it in creatgo, and printing fewer, smaller pages. But ing a better informed, more opinionated even with these concessions many papers population.

Ally Yanson

January 2009

“The Art of Racing in the Rain” Millie Szilagyi

Staff writer “The Art of Racing in the Rain” is a heart-wrenching tale of love, death, heartbreak, and victory captured through the innocent eyes of a dog. Enzo, the narrator, is the type of dog that doesn’t come around too often; the type of dog that will steal your heart away and bury it deep in the ground with his stash of chew toys and plastic bones. Endless hours in front of the television and speedy car rides with his owner, up-and-coming race car driver Denny Swift, have made him have human-like thoughts and feelings like no dog before him. Sick of being a dog without thumbs or means of communication, Enzo witnesses Denny fall in love with Eve, watches the birth of their baby girl, feels the pain when Eve is taken by disease, and struggles with Denny in a three-year custody battle over Denny’s daughter. This novel, written by Garth Stein, was as hilarious as it was deep. The funniest part of the book is when Enzo is on a walk, sees another dog, and is too embarrassed to do his busines in front of her.

Although this book was amazing, I think it is a little selfish of the human race to believe that every other species wants to be like us. In most of the chapters, Enzo is stricken by jealousy at human thumbs, movement, and conversations. Who are we to believe we’re the superior race? If I ever write a book, I will be a human wanting to be a dog. There’s no reason to be such a whiner just because you have no thumbs. Enzo needs to feel more comfortable in his own skin. He has a fabulous, permanent fur coat, a keen sense of smell, and the world is his toilet. There’s no reason to complain, but I can forgive him. Enzo is certainly a character that will haunt your thoughts long after you turn the last page, his mantra, “What you manifest is before you,” has been constantly evaluated and broken down in my head since I first read it. “Enzo is a character I’ll never forget, ‘The Art of Racing in the Rain’ is the best book I’ve ever read,” said sophomore Blake Brooks. This book is an instant classic. I believe there’s a little bit of Enzo in everyone; he’s made me stare at my own dog, tease him with my thumbs, and wonder.

Guess who’s back? Caroline Kaltenborn and Christina Carlson

Co-editor and staff writer After years of being bombarded by crazed paparazzi, checking in and out of rehabilitation centers, and being judged by her every move, Britney Spears is starting to take her life into her own hands. Britney Spears made her debut in 1993 as a star on “The Mickey Mouse Club,” along with other young “Mouseketeers” such as Christina Aguilera and Justin Timberlake. The show ended after Spears’s second season, and she returned home to start recording her first album at only fifteen years old. Spears eventually signed with Jive Records and in 1998 she came out with her hit single “…Baby One More Time.” By 1999, she had sold 10 million records and was well on her way to super-stardom, gracing the covers of magazines such as Rolling Stone. When “…Baby One More Time” was outof-date, Spears released her mega-hit, “Oops!...I Did It Again” which rocketed to the top ten. Spears’ was a mere twenty years old when her life started to head downhill. She began to appear in countless tabloids with cigarettes and junk food surrounding her, and the ever-famous pictures of Spears exiting a sickening gas station bathroom with-

out shoes on were scrutinized nation-wide. In September 2004, Spears married Kevin Federline (better known as “KFed”). New paparazzi photographs surfaced continuously, and it was as if Spears’s life was a reality television show viewed by the entire world. In 2007, Spears’ actions were questionable to viewers as she got tattooed, shaved her head, and checked herself in and out of multiple rehab centers. Courts declared Spears an “unsuitable mother,” and in October of 2007, she lost custody of her two sons, Sean and Jayden. Allegations were made by her bodyguard that Spears used drugs in front of her kids, and walked around naked constantly. After all of the drama surrounding Spears’ personal life, she has managed to pick herself up and make a new start. She released her newest album, “Circus,” in December 2008, and she regained custody of her two sons. Also, she was able to top her previous hits with her new songs, “Womanizer” and “Circus.” This year, Britney will launch a “comeback” world tour to prove that she has overcome many of her obstacles. “I’m going to Britney’s concert in March, and I cannot wait,” exclaimed junior Mandy Adiutori. “I have been an avid fan of Britney my entire life, and I’m so glad she’s making a comeback!”


January 2009


Celebrity look-a-likes

Rowdy Evans =Jesse McCartney

Ms. Miller

= Angelina Jolie

Stephanie Jones

Jessica = Sarah Parker

Lindsey Holdman=Shawn Johnson

Thomas Martin = Chris Brown

Billy Larned = Andy Samberg

Ms. Brisson

Stockard Channing

January 2009 4 Features College: Stepping up the standards “I have a Cassie Gibbs and Hope Gofton Staff writers Colleges around the country, as well as state and private institutions, have recently increased their expectations for prospective students. Colleges are becoming much more selective in their application process and require potential students to accomplish more in high school than was required in the past. But why have colleges become more selective and what exactly are they looking for in new students? With the recent dip in our economy, many jobs are disappearing due to new technology while others are being shipped overseas where the cheap labor lies, causing unemployment to skyrocket. New jobs are being created but they are so specialized and require such in-depth training and education that they are not being filled quickly enough. Therefore, more and more people are seeking higher education to increase their chances of becoming employed. Since the demand for post-secondary education has grown, colleges and universities are forced to step up their standards for entry. Colleges are not only looking for students that do well on tests and come to class, they are also looking for dedicated and motivated individuals that have a personality. How can you, the underclassman, portray yourself in this light to the college of your choice? Choose something you are interested in and find a club, organization, or class at school that can help you to develop that interest, and do it A.S.A.P. The longer you stay with an extracurricular program, the more you stand out to the school of your

choice. “Schools have realized that students who spend a lot of their free time doing work to serve their community turn out to be much more conscientious and determined to succeed in the college environment.” said Mrs. Glancy, Naples High School AP English teacher. If you are exceptional in math, rather than accumulating your volunteer hours doing a hundred different things, volunteer as a peer tutor and help other students with algebra, take lots of challenging math courses, and join Mu Alpha Theta. Don’t be afraid to try new things or do a variety of activities, but develop a pattern of interest and stick with it. Schools also like to see students who show leadership, initiative, and creativity; so be innovative! A great way to catch a school’s attention is by taking on a project of your own; it’s never too late to start. One senior in Arizona gave boxing lessons to underprivileged children at a community center in his town, and in addition, taught them discipline and respect. Even more impressive is the fact that he started this program all on his own. Take this as an example and think outside the box; try thinking of an idea that benefits your community. Colleges want to see a high accumulation of volunteer hours, participation in clubs, programs, college prep courses, and participation in sports. A talented soccer athlete with an average GPA that has been on a high school team since freshman year can be just as appealing for acceptance into a university as a student with a high GPA. Sometimes colleges will even choose a student who has done well in one particular sport over an academically accomplished

student. “I’ve definitely noticed that schools have become more selective.” said senior Nancy Flewelling. “It takes more than just good grades to get you noticed.” Why? Because, although a student studies for his/her tests and shows up to class, a swimmer practices everyday and competes in swim meets, along with going to class and studying. This shows discipline, effort, and an ability to follow through with commitments and goals. One tip for anyone planning on going to a major state college, such as University of Florida or Florida State, get into a sport now. Universities set aside a certain amount of money in their budget for athletics and that money cannot be wasted. Additionally, colleges give scholarships to thousands of their students every year, and pay for things that tuition doesn’t cover, so the schools need to generate revenue. “Athletes generate a large amount of money,” said Mrs. Sanders, Naples High School guidance counselor. “And therefore become an important commodity to the school; that’s why talented athletes are so highly valued.” Of course, you don’t have to be an amazing athlete to get into college. Showing an interest in humanitarian work and earning 500 hours of community service can make you exceptionally competitive in the application process, but the truth is, if you don’t mind running around and getting sweaty, sports are a great way to go. Whatever you choose to do during your high school career, remember that the more unique, the more innovative, the more dedicated you are, the better.


Jackie Bickford Staff writer

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday to honor the memory of the civil rights leader. President Ronald Reagan signed the bill to make it a national holiday which designates the third Monday of every January as the official Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. On January 18, 1993 all 50 states officially observed this holiday for the first time. Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia, where segregation was a way of life. Blacks and whites had separate schools, hospital waiting rooms, and even drinking fountains. When both were allowed into the same room, lines were drawn on the floor to keep them divided. Martin Luther King directed the anger of African-Americans into a nonviolent movement for social justice. His work helped bring down many of the barriers that separated African Americans from equality. He became a national symbol in the revolution for civil rights. He was assassinated in 1968 before his dream of a fair America became a reality. Upon his graduation from Morehouse College in 1948, King went to Crozer Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania to study religion. There, he first learned of the activities of Mohandas Gandhi, who used

Laureate: A scholarly and rigorous course Caroline Kaltenborn and Christina Carlson Co-editor and Staff writer The Advanced Placement Laureate Program is offered at Naples High School as an opportunity for high-level students to be recognized for their academic achievements. The Laureate program is focused not only upon Advanced Placement (AP)

courses but also upon each student’s motivation and incorporation of ideas and skills. Laureate even offers monetary awards for those students who receive their Laureate diplomas and excel in their research papers and presentations. There are different rewards for the completion of the Laureate program, but the highest and most prestigious award is the Laureate diploma. In order to receive the

diploma, a student must have an unweighted grade point average of 3.0, six or more completed Advanced Placement courses in three subject areas, and an average score of 3.0 or better on the AP exams. Furthermore, students must record 75 hours of community service and participate in at least two scholarly courses of distinction.

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non-violent means (i.e. boycotts and protests) to help free India from English rule. Gandhi’s teachings greatly inspired King. After earning his degree from Crozer in 1951, he began doctoral studies at Boston University in philosophy and religion. He was awarded his Ph.D. in 1955. While at the university, he met and married Coretta Scott. The bus system in Montgomery, Alabama operated under a segregation law in the 1950’s: blacks and whites had separate seats. On December 1, 1955; seamstress Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat to a white man. In response, King and other African American leaders urged Montgomery’s black community to boycott the city’s buses on December 5. After the boycott began successfully, King and the others formed the Montgomery Improvement Association to work for fairer laws. Chosen as the group’s president, King negotiated with city officials to change segregation in the bus system. They refused his demands and the boycott continued for 382 days. Finally, on December 21, 1956, the Supreme Court ruled that the segregation of city buses was unconstitutional. On August 28, 1963, over 200,000 people, black and white, marched on Washington, D.C. Organized by King, this rally sought to raise the nation’s awareness about civil rights and to encourage Congress to pass the Civil Rights Bill submitted by President John F. Kennedy. At the end of the peaceful demonstration, King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech, which is still remembered to this very day.

Jamuary 2009

School Editorial


To cheat or not to cheat- that is the question. Leah Harari

Staff writer It’s late at night, and you’ve been diligently pouring over that massive AP Chemistry book for the last six hours, all in the desperate hope of achieving the perfect score on tomorrow’s midterm. It’s first period, you’re exhausted, half moons as black as night sit beneath your eyes, your war badge of a long hard night, but you’re ready for this. A quick once over of the exam reveals the worst: you know none of this. Zip, zero, zilch. You’re sweating, and your binder full of notes, just a few inches away from you, looks awfully good right now. It tempts you, sitting atop your book bag, so close. This is a decision most students in not only Naples High but also high schools all over the country have come to face: “to cheat or not to cheat.” According to a Rutgers University survey that surveyed over 25,000 students, an enormous 95% of students admitted that they’ve cheated during their course of education, whether it be copying homework from their fellow peers, plagiarism, or just cheating on an exam. A large part of this could be due to the overwhelming number of ways that there are to cheat, technology being the pioneer in this illegal movement. There are hundreds of websites dedicated to the many methods of cheating , plagiarism being made all that much easier by the hundreds of thousands of informational web pages, or even those seemingly innocent iPhones that offer internet access at the palm of your hand. In fact, it’s been reported that more than half of students’ plagiarized work can trace its roots back to the Internet. “It’s ridiculous how many ways there are

to cheat. I’ve watched so many different kids cheating in so many different ways without the teacher even taking a second glance,” said sophmore Amanda Lile. Lack of motivation, lack of time, and just plain laziness are all thought to be the main motivators for cheating; but could our school system be partially to blame for this education epidemic? A New York Times opinion article and its accompanying comments suggest just this. The article’s writer and his readers argue that school systems places far too much emphasis on tests and grade point averages and not enough time on true learning. The article goes on to say that the differing needs of each student cannot be properly fulfilled due to the lack of funding. “It’s a crime of opportunity,” one reader argued, stating that cheating was generally not premeditated and more often a spur-ofthe-moment event that took place when a test taker was flustered or nervous for his/her resulting grade. “,” a website dedicated to all things scholastic, even surmises the cheating problem from its own view. “The more we put our kids in highpressure, ego-oriented, fact-heavy learning environments, in which grades and test scores are the Holy Grail, the more we can expect them to find not-so-ethical ways to get ahead.” Another factor that comes in to play could be what students consider cheating and what they don’t. A national Rutgers’ Management Education Center survey reported that 50 percent of those responding to the survey said that they didn’t think copying questions and answers from a test is cheating. Comments from this survey allowed

even more insight into the average high school student’s mind. “I actually think cheating is good. A person who has an entirely honest life can’t succeed these days,“ an anonymous student reported. “I believe cheating is not wrong. People expect us to attend seven classes a day, keep a 4.0 GPA, not go crazy and turn in all of our work the next day. What are we supposed to do, fail?” questioned another anonymous subject part of the survey. Not every student agrees with this mindset, however. “I think it’s wrong for kids to take other kids’ work and then take credit for it. I’ve seen students that keep pieces of paper with the answers written on it in their pockets” said junior Giovanni Forcina. “I really think this cheating habit is going to handicap them once they enter college.” Not quite every student in Naples High feels that way, though. A recent situation with hacking into the school’s computer system in order to change grades for the upcoming report card had administration fervently searching for who committed this crime and a certain class-wide cheating on a midterm left many students angry and upset about the punishment they received. These two back-to-back incidents caused NHS teachers to buckle down on their cheating policies, further opening the eyes of students who previously got away with these acts of rule breaking. “I feel that when students cheat it’s unfair; it’s unfair to the students who study hard. A lot of action is actually being taken against those students who cheat, though this is unknown to much of the student body,” stated AP environmental science teacher, Ms. Lawson.

“Cheating,” a word commonly uttered and known world wide. There are hundreds of ways to commit this school wide epidemic, and even more arguments on why it happens and what we can do to stop it in its tracks. The fact of the matter is that unless we find the solution, cheating will always remain a prevalent part of not only our education system, but our society.

JROTC UPDATE JROTC ended 2008 on a great note. The Male Raider Team won the County Championship that took place at Palmetto Ridge, dominating six other schools. The state meet will be held on February 13-14 at Tanah-Keeta. JROTC was very active in the Toy Drive that took place at the end of last year, bringing in 1,157 total toys. Bravo Company brought in the most toys with an average of 11 toys per cadet. We went caroling at Windsor Nursing Home, with cadets dressing up and bringing the Christmas spirit to the elderly whose families can’t see them during the holidays. There was also the holiday party where cadets played a variety of games such as air hockey, ping-pong, Rockband and giant twister to name a few. There was music, free food and a raffle for many prizes such as an iPod Touch. JROTC is still going strong into the New Year. We recently conducted a Health Screening at East Naples Middle School. We tested students’ hearing and vision. There are many more events coming up in the second semester which looks to be a good one.



January 2009

BASKETBALL: SHOOTING FOR VICTORY Congratulations Naples High boys’

Alex Rooney and Laura Naas Staff writers

The Naples High boys’ basketball team has not been doing as well as it had anticipated, but the girls’ team has been playing better this year. Both teams are pushing through the season and getting some wins. The Golden Eagle boys have a record of 3-11 thus far, but they hope to improve their record throughout the rest of the season and win districts in February. “Some of our efforts are pleasing, but we have work to do to compete with others in our area,” coach Bruce commented. “We could improve on our rebounding and cutting down on turnovers. Our goal is to continuously improve every game.” “We could be doing a lot better,” stated senior captain Peter Barcia. “We haven’t been playing to our potential.” In comparison to last year’s team, however, Barcia said, “I think we’re better this year because we’re closer as a team.” The boys started out their season on a good note with a win against Seacrest and have additionally won games against Immokalee and Desoto County.

“Each team member makes everyone better in practice, but if everyone wants to see who’s best, come to the games,” coach Bruce said. If you haven’t seen a game yet, it’s not too late to catch one: five out of the last eight games will be at home. Meanwhile, as of January 17, the girls’ basketball team had a record of 10-8. Wins include games against Palmetto Ridge, Golden Gate, and two blowout games against Seacrest with scores of 49-16 and 52-25. The girls have had a few close games, however. The Eagles won against St. John Neumann 44-42 in the beginning of the season, and also lost by two points against Bishop Verot. “We’re doing well for where we’re at in the season,” said sophomore AJ Ervin. “We have a good defense.” Like the boys’ team, the Golden Eagle girls also have set the goal to win the district championship. “We could be better by trying to pick up the pace more every game, but I think we are a lot better than we were last year,” stated Ervin.

the NHS wrestling team is pinning and winning Megan Schultz Staff writer The Naples High wrestling team has done better than expected, winning three tournaments and having a current record of 7–0 in dual meets. “Our results so far are higher than our expectations,” coach Robert Bowe said. “We always should expect to win, and this season we have been winning.” The team’s successful results have not been pure luck, but rather a result of hard work and dedication. This is mirrored in the

new strength and conditioning program that Bowe and his wrestlers introduced to help rebuild the program. Key wrestlers this season are seniors Serg Rush, and James Dellecave (captain), along with junior Dillon Hazel (captain). However, the young wrestlers, such as sophomore Austin Vajen, have not let the team down. Vajen is one of Naples’ top wrestlers this season. “Our young wrestlers have been a big surprise,” Bowe said. Although coming 8th out of 16 teams on Saturday, January 10, the Naples High

girls’ soccer District Champs soccer dominates

Halie Guelfi

Staff writer

Halie Guelfi

Staff writer

The lady Golden Eagle soccer team is having another strong season. As of January 26, the team had a record of 13-7-2 and are District Champions. “The team has been meshing pretty well because we have good captains that really pull the team together and we all get along well,” said sophomore Meagan Peterson. “I think our best games have been against Barron Collier because we play at our optimum level and give them an unexpected challenge,” said senior Jennifer Steffens, co-captain of the team. “The Barron game was my favorite because it was a tough game and the team had to work really hard,” said Peterson. “Plus we got to show off our skills.” Even though the Barron Collier game was a favorite game for some, some still feel that the team may need to improve on some things. “What we need to do is get the ball in the air and over the defense’s head and then put pressure on the ball,” said head coach Frank Frostino. “Until we do that we will see the ball come back at us every time. We need to take each game one at a time and concentrating on that one game.”

With their best season since the 19992000 season, the NHS boys’ soccer team has an outstanding record of 13-5-3. “As a team, we need to work on getting more focused,” said sophomore John Steffens. “We also need to work on our passes and first touches as well as controlling the ball in midfield and wings to mid-corner.” Both coach Kelly, the boys’ head coach, and Luke McCarthy, a junior on the team, feel that their best game was against Golden Gate on December 11. “My favorite game was our win at home against previously unbeaten Golden Gate High School,” said coach Kelly. “We were trailing 1-0 at half and came back to win 21.” On January 13, the Golden Eagle boys had their ninth shutout of the season against the Lely Trojans winning 3-0. They followed that with another shutout on January 15 against Palmetto Ridge, 1-0. Coach Kelly adds, “My goals are to finish the year with the first winning record the program has had since the 2001-2002 season and to win the district championship.

wrestling team has a promising future at districts, regionals, and possibly even states. “I am most excited for states, especially my rematch against Domingo Simon of Cardinal Gibbons,” Hazel expressed. On December 3, the Naples wrestling team defeated Immokalee 48 to 27. Key players included Serge Rush in the 103 weight class, James Dellacave in the 171 weight class, and Dillon Hazel in the 119 weight class. Serg proved strong in a 12-0

decision over Herrera, while Dellecave and Hazel were both successful with pins. On November 22, the wresting team was victorious at its first tournament at Golden Gate Invitational, placing 1st out of 13 teams. Naples accumulated 181 points, 10 points ahead of the #2 team, Port Charlotte. Lely was 3rd place with 134.5 points. “This win was huge for us,” Hazel said. “With such young wrestlers on our team, I was definitely not expecting the team to win, maybe 3rd place at best.”

January 2009



Movies to keep you warm through the winter Laureate: a scholarly Emily Lentz

Staff writer This past holiday season brought many things; family, friends, feasts, good times, and not to mention Christmas Eve showings of brand new films. The 80th Annual Academy Awards are only a month away (February 22nd, 2008 @ 8pm on ABC) and many of the movies that premiered over the holidays are fighting for those little gold men, once again. While the most likely Oscar Nominees, like “Milk” and “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” were all sold out, movie-goers didn’t hesitate to buy tickets to comedies like “Yes Man” and “Bedtime Stories.” Movie theaters around the country were filled with laughter, tears, and even confusion as these ambitious and somewhat pretentious films made their way into the hearts of movie buffs everywhere.

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” (3 out of 4 stars) (PG-13) Starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett Originally a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” follows a young boy born with the physical appearance of an elderly man who seems to appear younger as he actually is growing older in years. This film’s brilliant cast and well-known writer and director help give you a taste of love, loss, and sacrifice as a man aging backwards takes on life and the challenges that comes with it. Some folks are calling “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” the “Forrest Gump” of 2009, but to most it’s low on their “tosee list.” The film’s essentially grave tone was not appropriate for its three-hour running time. If you’re willing to waste 10 dollars to see this torturously drawn-out film, purchase your popcorn and use the restroom before the film starts rolling, unless you decide to leave the theater early anyways.

“Milk” (4 out of 4 stars) (R)

Starring Sean Penn, James Franco, Josh Brolin, and Emile Hirsch Sean Penn portrays a homosexual politician and town merchant trying to make his way up the political ladder in this film beginning on his 40th birthday (May 19, 1970) to his murder in 1978. As the country’s first openly gay public official to be elected to office, Milk (Penn) fights for the rights of minorities (mostly gay rights) and proves his rivals and even his friends wrong. Sean Penn and James Franco will never been seen in this light ever again, the believability of their relationship and on screen chemistry begins to convince you that they are very much in love within the first 20 minutes of the film. The Oscars are just around the corner and James Franco, yet to own an Oscar, could be the proud owner of one by next month as he interacts as Milk’s partner and political supporter, Scott Smith. Be prepared by bringing a jacket and a box of Kleenex to the theater because it is guaranteed cold chills and tears from Sean Penn’s alluring speeches and intimate conversions as Harvey Milk.

“Bedtime Stories” (3.5 out of 4 stars) (PG) Starring Adam Sandler, Keri Russell, Laura Kesling, and Jonathan Heit Light-hearted, charming, and quite amusing, “Bedtime Stories” kept holiday movie crowds around the country laughing until they cried. Even though this film is categorized as a children’s film, Adam Sandler kept both children and adults entertained with witty humor and silly adventures as he baby-sits his niece and nephew for the first time, ever. As Skeeter Bronson, Adam Sandler depicts a hotel handy-man who dreams of running his father’s motel, which has been turned into a lavish resort by a money hungry family friend. Skeeter begins to tell Bobbi and Patrick detailed bedtime stories every night

before they go to sleep, but what comes the next day is shocking and fascinating. Somehow all of the events that his neice and nephew make up happen the next day to their Uncle Skeeter. This was a large variation from Sandler’s predictable comedies like “I Now Pronounce you Chuck and Larry” and “Big Daddy.” This even younger comedy made Sandler’s fan base even larger and wallet even fatter.

“Yes Man” (2 out of 4 stars) (PG-13) Starring Jim Carey, Zooey Deschanel, and Rhys Darby Imagine saying ‘yes’ to every single question, request, or invite received within the next month. Carl Allen says ‘no’ to everything, seriously everything. Carl’s friend, Nick (Carl Michael Higgins), finally convinces him to attend a seminar that will change his life forever just by saying ‘yes.’ Jim Carey’s performance was anything but spectacular; this disappointing display of hoopla was actually based on Danny Wallace’s autobiographical novel. In consequence to saying ‘yes’ to everything Carl gets himself into some pretty intriguing situations as he gives a homeless man a ride home, all his money, and all the battery on his cell phone. Stranded in the woods, he wanders into town and meets a gorgeous young girl named Allison (Deschanel). Allison and Carl’s silly and unusual relationship develops throughout the film and really begins to make audiences feel like they know the characters personally.

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Though this criteria may sound strenuous, more and more Naples High students sign up to become apart of the Laureate Program each year. “This year there are 40 students participating in the Laureate program,” said Mrs. Glancy, Laureate teacher. Glancy, in her thirtieth year as a teacher at Naples High, implemented the Laureate Program in 1995 and is the supervisor of the organization. “Our school needed to create a program for the most ambitious students,” stated Glancy. Laureate can bring great benefits, but it doesn’t come without arduous effort and determination. “Laureate is a scholarly and rigorous course, but it can result in ‘cash money’!” declared senior Laureate participant Tanner Hoban. The year-long research paper is a major element of the Laureate program. The paper must be a lengthy 4,000 to 6,000 words long, and a presentation must accompany it. “I work on my research paper about four hours every week. It’s a lot to handle,” said senior Marla Perez. The Laureate program is unquestionably laborious, but it is a great opportunity for college-bound students. Laureate gives high-scholars a taste of what’s to come in their very near future, and it also offers scholarship money. “College students come back to visit and say that they were given a head-start by taking part in the scrupulous Laureate program,” exclaimed Glancy.



January 2009



Nicknames: Lil’ Che, Beck, C.H.A., Beef Loganoff, McLovin, White Shadow, Jo Mama, etc… Best quality: Four from the floor Worst quality: Unquenchable fury Fave band: Death Cab for Cutie Fave movie: “Pulp Fiction” Fave fast-food joint: Moe’s (I work there phoolz) Favorite joke: Women’s rights Favorite school memory: Dan Evans admitting the truth Do you have any enemies? Danger Dan Keith Evans, Ben Affleck, Patrick Swayze, Sarah Palin, Elaine Neal, and Eliza Thornberry Catch phrase? “This is me dancing on your grave.” Do you have any pet peeves? U-Gene and ugly chicks Who’s one person you couldn’t live without? Chocolate bear Where are you going to college? The school of Hard Knocks If you could get any tattoo, what would it be? Papa Bear (Coach Horne) and Toby’s faces on my back Describe your ideal mate. Rockin’ body; personality = zero Describe your perfect date. I see a whale and punch him in the face and use him to take over the world. (She can come too.) What would you do for a Klondike Bar? I’d slay a walrus. What’s your New Year’s resolution? Coming to school with Osama Bin Laden’s head on a pike

Best quality: I think I’m nice Worst quality: Too talkative Fave band: Panic! At The Disco Fave movie: “A Cinderella Story” Fave fast-food joint: Chick-Fil-A Fave joke: Knock, Knock? [Who’s there?] Cow say. [Cow say who?] Cow say moo! Fave memory in school: When Johnson fell down the stairs and when Coach Horne fell on the ground. Do you have any enemies? No Catch phrase? “Disgusting!” Do you have any pet peeves? When people crack their knuckles and when people say, “What?” all the time Who’s one person you couldn’t live without? Westlanda Where are you going to college? Bethune Cookman University If you could get any tattoo, what would it be? A butterfly on my foot Describe your ideal mate. Kind, sensitive, deep, and understanding Describe your perfect date. Going ice skating What would you do for a Klondike Bar? I’d pull a back tuck. What’s your New Year’s resolution? To stop cussing

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