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Prairie High School 401 76th Avenue Cedar Rapids, IA, 52404 Volume 40 No.1 October 2013

MEET MEET THE THE STAFF STAFF “It’s made for the students by the students and there’s something for everyone.” Allison Evans, Editor, Writing Team

Mike So, Designer, Design Team

Taylor Oxley, Editor, Writing Team


Taylor Heald, Designer, Design Team

Jonah Nassif, Editor, Writing Team

Cristera Ingabire, Designer/ Webmaster, Executive Editor

Dana Bekebrede, Editor, Writing Team

Jayden Pond, Designer, Executive Editor

Meet the Staff

Cover designed Austin Montelius and updated by Jayden Pond; Meet the Staff page designed by Jayden Pond, Executive Editor.

Hope 4 Hailey’s Heart


By Dana Bekebrede and Allie Evans Editors Benefit events to help junior Hailey Steimel and her family pay for hospital treatments and surgeries will take place on Saturday, Oct. 19 and Sunday, Nov. 3. On Oct. 19, there will be a 5k walk/run at new city park on Linn street in Fairfax at 9 am. Registration deadline for the race was Oct. 11. You may still register after the Oct. 11, but you may not receive your requested t-shirt size. Pick up of t-shirts will be the night before the race at the Fairfax Fire Department and at 6-8 a.m. on the day of the race as well. Also on Saturday the Fairfax Bank will be hosting a breakfast starting at 7:30 that Saturday morning with the only cost of a good-will donation. All proceeds from the race and breakfast will go directly to the Steimel family, so come out and show your support. On Sunday Nov. 3, join the community and the Steimel family for a benefit at Wild Hogs Saloon and Eatery in Walford from noon to 5 pm. While you’re there, enjoy lunch, prize raffles, live music, face painting, the auction and all kinds of fun while supporting Hailey! T-shirts and wristbands will be available for purchase that day along with in the Fan Stand. If you would like more information, or if you would like to donate food, auction items, or volunteer your time, call 319-396-2675 or 319-241-1277. Hailey was born with a heart defect called Transposition of the Great Vessels. She had open heart surgery when she was 1, and she just had a heart pump transplant. She’s currently on the transplant list and waiting for a heart. From the Hope 4 Hailey’s Heart Facebook page, we know that Hailey has been doing very well, and she’s been able to get back to some normal activities, like taking walks outside and doing physical therapy. If you want to see daily updates about Hailey’s progress or leave the family a message, head on Page designed by Taylor Heald, Designer over to the Hope 4 Hailey’s Heart Facebook page.





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By Taylor Oxley Editor

After weeks of unbearably hot weather, the temperature is finally dropping. The mornings are getting colder, the daylight’s getting shorter, and the trees are starting to change colors. It’s finally starting to feel like fall. And with fall comes sweaters, pumpkin spice lattes, and the excitement for the holidays. Activities also change with the season. No more trips to the lake or riding in the car with the windows down; no more walking down town in shorts and a t-shirt to get a blizzard from the local Dairy Queen, or camping out under the stars. Although those summer activities are always enjoyable, it’s time for a change of pace. As the last remnants of summer continue to fade, new fun fall activities come to replace them. Although they haven’t completely done so yet, the leaves on the trees are soon going to change colors. Shades of green will be replaced by red, brown, orange, and yellow. And, as we all know, with that comes leave raking. However, it doesn’t have to be the grungy job that is constantly complained about. There are always ways to make if fun. Remember when you were younger and begged your parents to rake a pile of leaves together just so you could jump into it and send them scattering over and over again? Maybe you could be the pile-maker for a younger sibling, cousin, or friend. And, just because your parents might make you rake the leaves as a chore doesn’t mean you can’t make a little extra money doing it. Try going to your neighbor’s and offering to do it for them as well. And seniors, don’t forget about senior pictures! What better time of the year to get some gorgeous shots than with the colors of fall? With the change in season also comes fun holidays. Halloween is in just a few weeks and Thanksgiving will follow shortly after that. Pumpkin carving, pie baking, hay-rack riding, and trick-or-treating are always some of the favorite activities associated with those fall holidays. While some teenagers may think they’re “too old” to go trick-or-treating for Halloween, there’s always other options that are equally as fun. Maybe dress up and hand out candy to the younger kids, or throw a

fun Halloween costume party. You could even dress up your pets in costume like Señor O’Brien, who will be shamelessly dressing up his Chihuahuas this year. Or, get together with some friends and hit up the Haunted Houses here in town (if you’re really brave, talk some of your friends into going to the haunted corn maze at Bloomsberry Farm). Thanksgiving will be coming up quick as well, so start preparing your stomachs now! Thanksgiving dinner is always stressful to put together, especially if your family is the one hosting it. Help your parents out with the planning or even making the food when it comes time. If anything, stay out of their way if that’s what it takes to have as low-stress as possible around this holiday. And, for those of you wishing to get your Volunteer Cord at graduation, there’s always plenty of opportunities to rack up some hours! Volunteering at local soup kitchens or the Salvation Army, helping with canned food drives, and even just giving some of your time to visiting with the elderly in nursing homes around the holidays is a great way to give back to your community and to show your thanks during this festive holiday. Lastly, try to make this a fun, stress-free fall. Take the time to wind down from the huzzah of summer, and just take a moment to breathe. Spend as much time as you can outside before the weather turns cold. You might not be spending as much time camping outside over night, but bonfires are always a fun way to spend time with friends and family while keeping warm and still enjoying the open air. Also, as you all know, there’s nothing that says, “Fall is here” like football season! Go to games, cheer on your team, and make memories with friends. Or, if you’re not a fan of football, there are tons of other fall sports you can watch: volleyball, golf, and cross-country, just to name a few. Whatever you plan to do this fall, make the most of it. You only have so long to be in high school, and there are so many opportunities to make memories during this season. Just remember to stay safe and have fun, and make this a year you won’t forget.

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By: Allison Evans Editor

he daily grind of going to school for eight hours, then to work for another five, and, once the day is done, finally snuggling up under the covers, when the thought pops into mind. Homework. If you find yourself nodding along to this, then I’d have to guess that you have a part time job. Even though some nights may be rough when you have three hours of homework to do, most of the time having a part time job is amazing. One of the best things about having a part time job has to be the liberating feeling of having money of your own. Gone are the days of asking your parents for money, when it seems like you have to write an essay just to ask for $20. Just remember, having money doesn’t always mean you should spend it. No matter how free you feel now, when you have cash in your pocket your independence will increase tenfold. I’m the youngest worker in my department by a good 10 years. Often times I receive a lot of good advice from any of my older coworkers. For example, the other night while we were closing the store, I was griping about how I had homework to do, but I also wanted to write and my coworker told me, “Take everything that you need to do and put them before everything that you want to do, because you can always reschedule the fun things for tomorrow.” That is something I will always remember. By the end of the night as I walk out to my car after my shift, the only thing that comes to mind is that no matter how many nights I’ve stayed up until 3 a.m. finishing homework just to go to sleep and restart the process over again, is that this is worth it. Having a part time job to take up my nights and weekends making just enough to put gas in my car is worth every stress and headache it may cause.



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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Divergent, The Fault In Our Stars,

Oh My!

A collection of Young Adult books to movie adaptations. By Dana Bekebrede Editor

Of all the movies that hit the big screen in a year, the ones that usually raise the most hype and reviews are the ones that started out as novels. People go to see movies based on books to see how similar the two stories are, and to enjoy their favorite tales on the big screen. Others go without reading the book, just because the movie itself entices them, and at the very least, book to movie adaptations are popular because they peak my interest. Curiosity killed the cat, and it also causes me to sit in a theater for two hours with a $10 bag of popcorn to see if the movie is as good as the book (it usually isn’t.) But that won’t stop me from going to see these movies when they hit the big screen, and a few young adult favorites are coming out in the next few years! Since YA novel-to-movie adaptations are really hot right now, there are quite a few that I could mention, but the ones that I am most excited for, and the ones that will arrive in theaters soon are “The Hunger Games: Catching Fire”, “Divergent”, and “The Fault in Our Stars”. “Catching Fire” is the second book in the wildly popular and very intriguing trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and the movie, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth will be hitting theaters on Nov. 22. “The Hunger Games” movie came out in March of 2012, and made $152 million its opening weekend, setting the perfect stage (and market) for more sequels. Although there are three books in the series, the movies are following the Hollywood trend of making the last book, “Mockingjay”, into two movies. Coming sometime in 2014 will be “Divergent”, the first book in the trilogy by Veronica Roth. “Divergent” is the story of Beatrice Prior, whose dystopian society is split


into five factions, that are devoted to a particular trait; Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). There is a day every year where all 16-year-olds have to choose which faction they will devote the rest of their lives to. Beatrice must decide between staying with her family or staying true to herself. The choice she makes and the secret she’s hiding will surprise everyone, including herself. The movie stars Shailene Woodley as Beatrice Prior, Ansel Elgort as her brother Caleb Prior, Theo James as Four, and Kate Winslet as Jeannie Matthews. And finally, coming sometime in 2014, is the movie adaptation of the novel “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green. The book spent seven consecutive weeks at the number one spot on the New York Times best seller's list. “The Fault in Our Stars” tells the story of Hazel Lancaster, a 16-year-old girl who is suffering from thyroid and lung cancer. She’s stricken with depression from the terminal aspect of her disease, and spends most of her time keeping to herself, reading and sleeping. That is, of course, until she meets another cancer survivor, a boy named Augustus Waters, who turns her life upside down. John Green has been using social media such as the Vlogbrothers YouTube page and his Instagram and Twitter to share photos and sneak peeks of the movie set, including interviews and pictures with the movie’s cast and crew. The film stars Shailene Woodley as Hazel Lancaster, Ansel Elgort as Augustus Waters (yes, on-screen brother and sister to on-screen lovers…) Nat Wolff as Augustus’ best friend, and another cancer patient, Isaac, and Willem DaFoe as Peter VanHouten. I’m incredibly excited for all of these movies, especially “The Fault in Our Stars”, because the book is an amazing read, and I can tell that the cast and crew are very devoted to the project. You’ll see me at the theaters for these movies, and with my nose in a book for the next great novels too.


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