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THE RED and BLUE Huntsville High School

2304 Billie Watkins Avenue (256)428-8050 February, 2012 Volume 77 Issue 4

Huntsville, AL 35801

“It was was exciting” exciting” “It -Briana -Briana Sandifer Sandifer

“I feel like using nature and making a scene out of it will capture attention in others, and of course the manipulation technique always makes them more unique.” Zoe Knecht


Sam Holder and Keeley McMurray performing in The 39 Steps, directed by John Michael Chappell.


Greg Artalona slamming his opponent in a wrestling match.


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Indefinite jail time, no evidence or rights needed By Peyton Pair and Hyunki Kim, Staff Writers | Photo Illistration by Hyunki Kim


The Red and Blue is a student newspaper designed to be a public forum for discussion for the students of Huntsville High School. It is the mission of the Red and Blue to provide accurate, objective reporting on issues pertinent to the student body of Huntsville High School as well as editorials and opinion pieces containing the personal opinions of the staff writers. It is our hope that any article printed creates a dialogue between students. The final decisions regarding the content of the paper are decided by the student editors and the staff writers, not the faculty sponsors.

The Defense Authorization Act


Letters to the editor from concerned members of the student body are welcome and can be sent to the below referenced e-mail address or placed in the mailbox of N. Davis or N. Schwartz in the Huntsville High School main office. All letters must be signed and we reserve the right to edit.



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mainly because it’s not a power that the president has. “It seems they had noble intentions,” said HHS junior, Sam Holder, “but they need to think of a more efficient way to do this. They’re making things too vague, they need probable cause.” Once the bill was passed, the backlash began and most senators and representatives were caught off guard. This lead to congressional and White House phone lines being overwhelmed with phone calls from angry constituents and organizations. On Facebook pages of officials, people posted comments of anger and some threatening not to vote for them again. HHS senior Sara Campbell summed up her feelings about the bill with a variation on a quote from Benjamin Franklin, “Those who would give up freedom for security deserve neither.” So how would this have affected you as a student? Well it wouldn’t have, this bill wouldn’t have affected your rights as a student, it would’ve flat out impeded on your rights as a citizen. And considering how vaguely worded the bill was, it easily could have applied to you under the right circumstance. Thankfully, according to Congressman Mo Brooks, former

FBI Director and Federal Judge William Sessions were part of a charge against the original wording of the bill and it was successfully changed, but it really makes you wonder. What if the initial wording was left as it was? What kind of detrimental effects could have possibly sprouted from all this? “It’d be comparable to Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War revoking the right to Habeas Corpus,” said HHS Junior, Aryanna Hyde, “But then again I believe they are casting their net too wide.” (Habeas Corpus is a legal action or writ by means of which detainees can seek relief from unlawful imprisonment). Power is abused, but the ability to indefinitely detain someone just on the suspicions of terrorism seems a tad bit extreme, especially considering that this incredibly vague accusation isn’t exactly difficult to pin on someone. And the fact that the bill came this far along before any changes were made is a scary thought. This episode demonstrates that even the most mundane tasks in the government are important to everyone and should not be taken lightly.

Mo Brooks (R) [AL-5] Statement on NDAA 2012 Due in large part to concerned citizens’ opposition to an unclear provision inserted in the NDAA addressing or extending new authority to detain U.S. citizens, language was specifically added to clarify and explicitly state the exemption of U.S. citizens from detention. Section 1031(e) of the Act unequivocally states: “Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect existing law or authorities relating to the detention of United States citizens, lawful resident aliens of the United States, or any other persons who are captured or arrested in the United States.” Former FBI Director and Federal Judge William Sessions helped lead the charge against NDAA based on liberty concerns for American citizens. After the Conference Committee addressed these concerns with the above language, Judge Sessions stated that his, “prior objections pertained to the Senate’s version, that these concerns have been properly addressed by the Conference report, [and that he] no longer opposes the NDAA.” While I prefer more explicit NDAA language, the House does not permit amendments to Conference Reports. It is a “yes” or “no” vote, up or down. I voted for the NDAA Conference Report. The House passed the NDAA on a 283—136 vote. Please know that I support a strong national defense and, in the context of budget deficits and accumulated debt that threatens funding of so many programs, H.R.1540 gives our war fighters the best funding we could obtain to help them successfully complete their mission.

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STAFF WRITERS AND EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBERS: AJ Lindner Michael Payne Hyunki Kim Marie Beverly Sydney Larsen Jake Arcuri Peyton Pair Allie Brockman Maren Mabante Allison Farris

The bill known as the National Defense Authorization Act has garnered much criticism and attention over the past couple of weeks to say the least. The bill draws attention because of controversial wording that some say could authorize the military to detain US citizens, lawful residents, or just about anyone in the USA merely on the suspicion of terrorism. Naturally, the moment this clause was discovered there was quite an uproar. Protesters all around the nation, according to news sources such as The San Diego Reader and Forbes, were saying things along the line of “this is going to gut the Bill of Rights.” and “This is one of the biggest threats to Civil Liberties we’ve ever faced.” Of course they aren’t the only ones protesting, our own students aren’t exactly enthusiastic about this bill either. “That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard of,” said HHS Senior, Allie Pearson. “It’s a serious violation of my basic rights.” So why wasn’t something like this vetoed right away? Well, the main problem with vetoing this bill is that it’s a clause within our defense budget bill, no bill, no budget. And President Obama couldn’t perform a line item veto, which is when a certain part of a Bill is vetoed,

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Sam Holder thinks Congress needs “probable cause” before they detain citzens.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder By Allison Farris, Staff Writer | Artwork by Daniel Brewer Daniel Brewer, HHS sophomore, takes extreme pride in his art. He started drawing when he was very young, and his interests have evolved into film making and sketching. “My favorite thing to draw is landscapes. It’s simple, but at the same time, very beautiful,” he said. Daniel achieves his best sketches when he is free of stress and in high spirits and a good mood. Over the years, he has filled pages and pages of sketch books, overflowing them with his drawings. “I was actually in church,” Daniel stated, “and this lady behind me saw me drawing. She asked if I could draw a portrait of her two granddaughters, and I decided to learn a new skill.” After this encounter, Daniel began practicing portraits, and became excited to discover a new form of his talent. Sophomore Rachel Hood admires Daniel’s artwork. “Every time I’m drawing with Daniel, I look at his drawing and feel like tearing mine up. He is an outstanding artist.” Besides incredible artwork, Daniel has a talent for filmmaking. “My parents and friends are really supportive of my

This is one of Daniel’s favorite drawings.

filmmaking,” he said. “I even got a new professional camera for Christmas.” Daniel deserves a high reputation for his artistic abilities, and his passions will one day lead him to success.


Or in the hands of the creator


The clock was drawn with such a steady hand.

Government: you can take our land, but don’t touch our Internet! to the sites, and credit card companies will be told to end cooperation with the rogue sites. The Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Pictures Association of America are two of the largest supporters of SOPA, appreciating the bill’s attempt to rid the Internet of what they refer to as “rogue sites” (news. So before flaming over the government’s unfair infringement of our Internet rights, realize that their goal is not to interrupt our Internet fun time, but to destroy the sites that steal, scam, and operate illegally. But although the government’s aim is not to censor our fun on the Internet, there are some that believe the broad and general descriptions of infringing and illegal sites in the bill allow for way too much flexibility in the censoring of the Internet, or that the bills give too much power to the government, which can be easily abused. Sophomore Jim Stewart strongly opposes the bill, stating that it is “a waste of time. It will do more harm than good, and do more work censoring honest websites than achieving its goal. It will prove unsuccessful in its goal of stopping piracy, as many attempts before.” Maggie Clanton, senior, also opposes the bill in fear that her favorite website Pinterest may be shut down. President Obama recently stated his stance against SOPA with a post on January 14th stating that the White House “will not support legislation that reduces freedom of expression, increases cybersecurity risk, or undermines the dynamic, innovative global Internet.” (Huffington Post). It seems that the extreme backlash congress has received from the Internet and the president have led to the bill being pushed back for revision, rather than going into vote in January, as originally scheduled. Whether or not you use the Internet for more than checking email and Googling homework, the government censoring the Internet can and will affect everyone with a computer, and everyone should be aware of the repercussions of the government gaining this power.

On January 18th, many popular websites protested the SOPA and PIPA bills in various ways. Google, Wikipedia, Reddit, Craigslist, and many other URLs participated in this massive online protest.

Search engine blacked out their logo in opposition. The massive corporation is one of the largest opposers of the bill.

Online shopping website does their part in protesting SOPA/PIPA.

Knowledge base shut down for the entire day. Many people with school projects to work on were annoyed., a website built for sharing funny content, shut down for twelve hours and asked their users to sign a petition.

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Controversy and online outrage flared with news about the plan for the new SOPA and PIPA bills. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA)—the House’s version of the bill—and Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA)—the Senate’s version of the bill—target foreign websites that are “primarily dedicated to the illegal sale and distribution of counterfeit or pirated goods or foreign websites that market themselves as such,” ( such as the recently shut down filesharing website MegaUpload. Frequent Internet users immediately took a defensive stance against the bill they feared would shut down their favorite sites. Many people through blogs, Facebook statuses, forum posts, etc., raged in fear that the government would abuse this website-removing power and take down any and all sites that knowingly engaged in copyrightinfringement, such as YouTube. However, the reality is that the bill is not aimed towards removing sites like that. Your private blog that rips off songs and movies and plays music without the artist’s permission won’t cause the entire site to shut down. If a website hosts user content that infringes on copyrights and the site is not primarily dedicated to illegal activity, then the website would be asked to remove only the illegal portions of the site. Although many sites enable the possibility for plagiarism and copyright infringement, the government is aware that it is not the site’s fault or responsibility to filter what their users post. To everyone who saves tons of money on music, movies, and games by downloading them illegally, be prepared for that beloved PirateBay to be shut down. It’s torrenting sites such as that and all manners of other illegal foreign URLs that our government plans to tear down. The activities of the sites must be brought to the attention of a court, and put through a hearing before any action can be taken against them. If a website is proven illegal, search engines will be required to remove any direct links

By AJ Lindner, Staff Writer | Screenshot photos by AJ Lindner

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Stop Online Piracy Act

Bullying Is Everywhere


Fatty NERD






that it was just a joke and that people knew she was kidding. “I never thought I was hurting someone, until they started to act weird around me. I guess I should show more caution towards people’s feelings, because I didn’t know I was hurting someone so bad that I made them upset. I would call them loser, but I didn’t think it was doing any harm.” Once she was aware, Lindsey apologized to them. says that if you tell a parent or an adult that it will stop or help reduce the bullying. As hard as that may seem, it is worth telling someone before it goes too far. If you are with your friends and you are messing around, make sure you don’t take it too far to where someone gets hurt. No one should ever have to be treated like they are nothing.


Bullying is common among students. states that one out of four students is being bullied. You may think that bullying is just physical, but it can also be verbal. In an effort to understand bullying at HHS, fellow students were interviewed; however, due to the request of the students who wish to remain anonymous, fictional names were used. “One minute we were best friends then it all went away,” says Annie. Her best friend betrayed her and started to call her names. “It got so bad that it wasn’t even at school anymore, she had started to harass me over the phone too. I felt so worthless that I didn’t even want to go to school anymore.” Annie finally told her parents what was going on and her parents blocked the number, but that wasn’t enough. Her friend got a hold of another phone and continued saying hurtful things. Annie’s parents told her friend that if she didn’t quit, that they would file a police report. Annie’s friend never bullied her again. Jenny was being bullied for being Jewish. They would verbally make fun of her. She never let those people get to her, because she knew that they were just rude, arrogant, people. Jenny also knew that if she didn’t show that she was afraid, that they would stop. After a few months they did, but occasionally she will still hear a few remarks making fun of her religion. Not everyone is the victim. Lindsey remarks that she was the one bullying other people. She thought


By Allison Farris, Staff Writer | Drawing by Michael Payne

“Go kill yourself”

It can happen to anyone


John Tidball’s house of dance By Michael Payne, Staff Writer | Photos courtesy of John Tidball

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behind stage were balling out laughing.” Mr. Tidball hopes to have a future with dancing. “I would like to get a scholarship to some college with it and proceed from there and possibly teach it at some point.” While his true college intentions are unknown, it is a fact that he will continue dancing after high school.

John practicing for Stage Door Canteen

Huntsville High’s Academic Team led the pack in Madison County all school year for their superior knowledge in science, math, literature, and history. Since meets began in October, the Academic Team has scored hundreds of points higher than the competition. Sponsors Ms. Moon and Mr. Bean are proud of the team’s accomplishments. Shown are Max Moseley, Reed Miller, Cody Fee and Hudson Morris.

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John and the ladies at the studio

Everyone has a talent. Some can draw, some can sing, while others are outstanding athletes. Senior John Tidball is a dancer. Since he has been in this particular business for almost ten years, he has a lot going for him. John started dance lessons when he was eight. “My parents made me,” he says, “they promised [me] it would be fun.” Years later, he is still dancing and loving it. Today, he has broadened his dance abilities to ballet, hip hop, and modern. John Tidball is also able to put his dancing to good use. He has been in many performances including Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, a Ballenchine tribute, Firebird, Peter and the Wolf, Stage Door Canteen, and many others. “Romeo and Juliet has been my favorite so far,” John declares, “Sword fights equal awesome!” “I practice about ten hours a week. Twenty when I have rehearsals which is most of the time,” John states. Although he practices a lot, John has still had a few mistakes on stage. One such instance was during The Nutcracker. He completely forgot the choreography. “I decided to make stuff up,” he says, “I don’t think anyone noticed but all my friends

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“My favorite part is the girls”

For the sake of argument HHS’s up and rising debate team

Carnegie Hall welcomes a HHS singer

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Sarah Sizemore visits New York


By Peyton Pair, Staff Writer | Photo by Peyton Pair A debate team is a staple in most teams in the state. This provided high schools across the country, but the team with valuable experience for over a decade HHS has not had that will help the team in future one. That is until recently, when tournaments. the debate club (which meets every Rachel Howell, a freshman, said, Friday after-school in Mr. Moon’s “All of our debaters were novices, room) traveled to the University of but we accidentally got put into Alabama for a debate tournament run the varsity category. Everyone by the Communications Department there was more experienced than of the university. Mr. Moon, who us, but I think that our team still previously ran the debate team at did really well. Even though I was HHS nearly a decade ago, sponsors only observing, I feel like I learned the club/team. a lot.” Part of the club traveled down The tournament also had another to Tuscaloosa on a sunny Friday hiccup besides the mismatch; once morning for the debate tournament. again, the computer system that In the car, they practiced their matches the teams against each speeches and arguments for the other was double and sometimes evening ahead. The topic selected triple booking rooms. For one hour, for a debate resolution was that the tournament was a mad race to college costs outweighs the benefits. find out what was going on and This is a very broad topic to debate where to go. Some teams were being in a tournament, and they had to lead to the various classrooms used be prepared to condense this broad by the tournament only to find that argument into an opening speech another team was already debating. limited to only four minutes. Eventually, the tournament started Lisa Smith, a sophomore, with a while the team learned a lesson in grin on her face said, “Debate is fun. patience. You can mentally assault somebody’s Faye Barry, a senior, said, “I mind and get away with it.” This thought we did awesome! If we had exemplifies why the debate team debated in novice, we would have believes debate is so exciting. had some victories for sure! It was The tournament started at four in really nice to watch the pros debate the afternoon and consisted of three as well! I admire their oratorical rounds of debate in the evening and skills.” two rounds of debate in the morning. Rachel Howell, freshman, debating during one of the Friday after-school The team may not have won Once the round’s matchings are practices. the tournament but fought a good posted on the board, each pair of fight in a challenging situation. The debaters is assigned an opponent and room. A computer matching program lesson in patience and valuable experience provided tools to succeed in the completes these assignments. When the HHS debate team read the postings future and help fill a hole at HHS that had been missing for over a decade. they found out they were mismatched into the varsity league instead of the With two of the HHS competitors in the tournament being freshman, the novice league. This meant they were going up against seasoned debaters future looks bright for the team, including the possibility of a debate class in who in some cases had been going to tournaments for four years. The HHS the 2012-2013 school year. team went against Brentwood, which is considered one of the best debate


By Maren Mabante, Staff Writer | Photo by Maren Mabante

with its vaulted ceilings and bright lights of the stage, is an awe inspiring sight. “I cannot wait to see Carnegie Hall!” gushes Sarah. When it comes time to perform, the Honor Choir will sing a collection of diverse songs. “One is in Russian and another is Indian,” says Sarah, “the different styles give a good variety to it.” Sarah is excited to blend her own voice to the resonating sounds of the choir’s. “I sang my first solo when I was five but I was singing along with video tapes and old musicals as a two-year-old,” she recalls. Sarah says that she has been in various children’s choirs from preschool to sixth grade. Since those younger years, she has participated in her middle and high school choirs, Huntsville High’s all-girls Applause and co-ed Crimson Beat show choirs, the AllCity choir, and the All-State choir. “Currently, I am in Crimson Beat, Youth Choir at church, and just this December I participated in the Living Christmas Tree.” Sarah says that there was never an exact moment when she decided she loved singing and wanted to

pursue it. “I just live in a family that cherishes music,” she explains. Sarah knows she owes this encouraging environment to her family. “My parents support me the most, both in their own ways. My mom works with me so I do my best while my dad thinks I’m

already the best,” she laughs. The prospect of continuing her passion “is definitely a possibility for the future,” she said. After her trip to New York City, Sarah plans to wait and see what singing holds for her.

Sarah Sizemore, Junior, can’t wait to perform in Carnegie Hall.

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When some people open their mouths, the sound that comes out is anything but heavenly. The voice can be off pitch or off tempo, or a scary combination of the two. Sarah Sizemores’ voice has cast a spell over its listeners. She began her career at the age of five when she sang her first solo for her Sunday school choir. Little did her family know that she was on her way to eleven more years of performances. This past December, Sarah was invited by the American High School Honors Performance group to Carnegie Hall on February 12th. In New York City, Sarah will be allowed the great honor of performing in one of the most famous concert halls in the world along with students from across the nation. Mrs. Smith, Huntsville High’s choir teacher, is proud of Sarah’s accomplishments. She originally nominated Sarah to perform in New York and encouraged Sarah to send in a recording of a solo and her resume. “I’m looking forward to meeting people from across the U.S.!” Sarah reports. “I will be assigned roommates when I get there, and I’m sure I’ll get to know some cool people.” The venue in midtown Manhattan,

Annual Dance has a great turnout Junior Grace is the new Sadie Hawkins

By Marie Beverly, Staff Writer| Photo courtesy of Keeley McMurray


Maddy Lewis, who was invited to the dance, but is not a member of the club, asked her date through song. Because her date was taking three math classes, she sang her invitation to the tune of “New Math” by Bo Burnham. Meanwhile her friends played instruments in the background and one friend caught the memorable event on camera for future enjoyment. Needless to say, her date said yes.

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Junior Grace makes a difference

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Members of Junior Grace, a service club for girls, held their annual dance at the VBC last January. About two hundred people attended, including nonmembers and their dates. This event was different from the norm because the girls had to ask the boys.

Seniors, let your voice be heard

Young people are encouraged to exercise their right to vote.

By AJ Lindner, Staff Writer| Original Art by Michael Payne

Debate began and is in full stride for the 2012 presidential election. Campaign news dominates television and news articles, and all people hear or see bits and pieces of it, whether or not we choose to listen to it. Statistically, youths age 18 through 25 have the lowest voter turnout in the U.S. A large reason for this is apathy—we just don’t care, don’t feel we can make a difference, or don’t think it matters. Yet as the new generation of adults, we should care. The next four years of our lives will be greatly affected by the man or woman running the White House, and casting a vote for the candidate we support allows us to be a part of deciding our future (and gives us the right to complain if a different candidate disappoints us.) Most college-bound students will be hoping for a stable job right out of school, so a president with great plans for the economy will help provide jobs for us.

This year, the majority of seniors at Huntsville High will be 18 by the time of the new election. For many apathetic teens, this is no big deal. Yet many seniors are excited to gain the power to voice their opinions. Stephanie Ray is very politically informed, and is very excited to vote. She is already 18 and knows who she plans to vote for. Madalyn Atherton is not 18 yet, but will be by the next election. She plans to vote, although she is unsure of who and does not plan to pay attention to the details until the primaries have concluded. Rachel Stone is another prepared voter. She also already knows who she wants to vote for and why. It seems that many seniors at Huntsville are politically informed and have plans to participate in the next election process. Hopefully the youth of our generation keep themselves updated on the news and play their role in democracy.


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Paving your career path HHS students share their career aspirations By Allie Brockman Staff Writer | Photos by Allie Brockman my family had a rich heritage in the military. I wish to attend West Point in New York. My motivation is to make America proud!” Many high school students think that career planning is something that begins once they have entered college. On the contrary, career planning is a process that can begin before high school, and most naturally should continue into the college years. One resource that is recommended is to use is, this website will help match you with a college that would fit and potentially accept you. Hopefully now you can go on to start the path to your career planning!

William Nobel wants to pursue a career in game designing.

Faaiz Saad wants to be a doctor.

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Jackie Farber plans to pursue a job that helps the community.

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“So, what are you doing after graduation?” Many students get bored answering that question over and over. Not everyone knows the answer but some people know from an early age exactly what they want to be and how they plan to get there. HHS junior, Jackie Farber has great plans for her future. She says, “I would like to spend my freshman year of college studying in Israel. Afterwards, I would like to attend the Universty of Texas at Austin. As of right now, I would like to major in psychology/social work. After that, I would like to spend a year in Alaska. I hope to help many people in the world, including the hungry people in need of medicine.” Her adventurous goals in life she feels are not necessarily set in stone, but they are something to look forward to. Following the paths of your parents is not always a bad idea, especially in sophomore, Faaiz Saad’s case. He starts with, “well, I want to be a doctor.” He later goes on to explain, “I would go to medical school and dual specialize in orthopedic and trauma surgery. I am inspired to become a doctor due to the fact that my father and grandfather are both doctors.” He prepares himself everyday to have the knowledge necessary to be a doctor. William Noble, HHS sophomore plans to put good use to his creativity when he is older. He says, “I plan on being a game designer. I like the idea of creating an artificial world that is more interactive then movies or books, allowing people to see new perspectives. I think I would start with an art degree and make my own indie game and maybe eventually get recruited into a big developer such as Bungie, Bioware, or Valve.” For HHS sophomore, Gunnar Hulabak, the military is in his blood. He shares, “I want to be in the military, specifically the army, because

A freshman at large

Victoria Tate has quite the voice

On set for the music video

Originally, Victoria had plans to enroll at Auburn University after high school to participate in the college’s veterinarian school. “I’m not so sure about that anymore,” she says, “Everything that has happened to me recently concerning my singing has made me really doubt if I want to do that anymore or not.” Her mom and her brother have been really supportive of her passion for singing, but that doesn’t mean everyone has. Victoria still has to handle a lot of criticism. “Criticism is always something that I find hard to deal with, but I always listen and try anything new if it will help make me to be a better person.” In the music business, connections are everything. Luckily enough, Victoria Tate has gotten a strong start even though she is just a freshman in high school. She is sure to have a bright future ahead of her.

Victoria’s single cover Heartbreak Free

Victoria with her friends

Zoe Knecht’s unique passion for manipulation photography By Allie Brockman, Staff Writer| Photos courtesy of Zoe Knecht

Photo manipulation with added globes.

In this photo, Zoe adds extra lighting with her technique


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High-quality manipulation photography from Zoe Knecht

inspired me,” she says, “I am aspiring to pursue a career where I can continue the use of photography and manipulation Photoshop.” Zoe would like to attend SCAD (Savannah College of Art and Design) she says, “This college would be perfect for me! It will allow me to challenge my skills.” In order to produce a good photo there has to be a good camera, she says, “I am currently using a Nikon D70 and I am planning on getting a Canon XTI, the new camera will hopefully help me grow to be a more advanced photographer,” she says. A lot of Zoe’s work is done outside in very creative settings. “I like woodsy backgrounds with lots of natural lighting, I feel like using nature and making a scene out of it will capture attention in others, and of course the manipulation technique always makes them more unique.” Zoe has made a lot of progress for being a young photographer; she plans on starting one-on-one sessions with people. “I feel this will both give me practice and hopefully them a beautiful picture!”

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Now you see me…now you don’t Zoe Knecht, a sophomore at HHS practices a unique type of photography called manipulation photography. Her recently acquired skill has turned into something that she has become very passionate about. Manipulation photography is where you take a regular photo and tweak it to where certain objects disappear or duplicate. This technique is done through Photoshop and can make the selected photo even more intriguing. Zoe has definitely proven her talent through the edited works she has created. “I love photography because it documents my memories, boosts my everyday creativity, and provides a great and relaxing hobby,” she says. Zoe started getting interested in photography during her freshman year and just recently started perfecting the manipulation technique. “One of my friends, who is a wonderful photographer had one of her photos selected to be on the Maroon 5 album cover. Her photos really


Victoria Tate is no ordinary freshman. Within the past six months of being at Huntsville High, this righteous, redheaded singer has been making a name for herself – locally and on the internet. “I started singing because my mom has connections with the a cappella group called Committed,” Victoria explains vigorously. Because of this, she is able to record and even has a song called “Heartbreak Free” on iTunes. “It has a music video on YouTube too,” she adds. Most of Victoria’s inspiration is drawn from celebrity singers. While she usually sticks to the genres of pop and R&B, she will listen to all kinds of music. Even though she doesn’t have a vocal coach, she spends a lot of her time practicing. Besides being in the choir here at Huntsville High, she also records and posts videos of popular songs she covers on YouTube. “I’ll also be performing at Bridgestreet twice a week,” she says contently.

By Michael Payne, Staff Writer| Photos courtesy Victoria Tate

Exam exemptions are upon us Welcome back to the system

“Some principals have wanted to do this for quite some time in order to improve attendance,” commented HHS counselor Mr. Whitener. Assuming that everything goes smoothly with this pilot program and improvements are made with attendance, these exam exemptions will become a regular thing. “I was in favor of the exemptions” said Mr. Swanson. “I figured if a student had a high average and good attendance, he should be rewarded.” These positive feelings aren’t entirely mutual among everyone though. HHS junior Eric Witteveen thinks that the exemptions really aren’t going to help improve attendance. “The thing is, you can only miss two,” he said, “You already have three electives and depending on whether or not you’re taking advanced classes, you may or may not care enough to exempt or you may not be able to exempt anyway, so I don’t think the exemptions are going to do much.” The decision to scrap the rule wasn’t a decision by our school, it was a central office issue. HHS was one of the few schools that fought to keep exemptions, but to no avail. “A lot of teachers were upset when they got rid of exemptions,” said Mrs. Culpepper. “I love that it’s coming back though. Absences and tardies have really gotten out of hand, mainly because there isn’t enough incentive to motivate students to come to school and do well.” What it all boils down to, however, is that exam exemptions are back to primarily positive reception, and hopefully they’ll motivate students enough to stop skipping and actually try in class.


Knick knack this rule is back! Exam exemptions are back at HHS, now what does that mean? If you have an overall 85 average of all classes and fewer than five absences, you can be exempt from two exams in classes that you have an 85 or better average in. Whatever grade you would’ve gotten on that pesky exam will be replaced by the average of your third and fourth nine weeks averages for the quarter. “I think they’re a good idea,” said Dr. Sutherland. “My only problem is that you need to have an overall 85. I think it should just be an 85 average in the class you want to exempt, because if a student is struggling in one class, he can exempt the exam from that class so he can focus on the other one.” Now when I say five absences, this includes all absences. Excused or unexcused, it doesn’t matter, if you have more than five you’re out. So if you fall off a cliff and get hospitalized for two weeks, it counts. The only exceptions seem to be field trips and college visits. The primary purpose of this system in the past was to motivate students in terms of their grades and attendance, but it was eventually removed around ten or eleven years ago due to the argument that students needed to have the experience of taking all of their exams as a form of college prep. “Exams are always the worst part of the semester,” said HHS senior Dante McDowell, “The exemptions are a good motivator to get people to do their work and to keep them from skipping.” But why has the school decided to bring them back just now?

By Hyunki Kim, staff writer| Original Artwork by Michael Payne

The Red & Blue When applying for college, plan for rejection.

Plan B, not plan basement By Hyunki Kim, Staff Writer| Comic by Michael Payne Graduation’s almost here for our seniors and a good chunk of them are heading off to college. People rarely apply to just one school, because if you mess up with that school then that’s it, you’re done. But things don’t always work out the way we want them to. Sometimes there’s a mix-up with the transcript, ACT score isn’t high enough, deadlines have been missed, and unless you’re like Shaun Brumder off of Orange County, there’s generally a backup plan involved. Most of us have some set plan to prepare us for the worst, such as Smyly Crawford. Her top choice right now is Auburn, and she intends to major in plant science. “My second choice at the moment is the University of Utah with a major in Biology,” she says. “My primary plan right now is to go to Calhoun for two years and then Samford for two with a major in English,” said HHS senior Rachel Stone.

However, if something went wrong she stated that she would go to Watford, which is a film school. HHS senior Neena Hunter is more than certain about her future, “I’m going to major in Nursing at UAB,” she said, “and I don’t have a back-up plan because I know things are going to work out.” HHS senior Angelique Killebrew hopes to make a name for herself in the communications industry. “I’m going to be a communications major at JSU,” she said, “and if things go wrong, which I really hope they don’t, I would major in communications at UAH.” HHS senior Dray Turner intends on pursuing a career in auto repair and going to the NADC (Nashville Auto-Diesel College), “I’m going to major in collision repair, and if I couldn’t go there, I would go to Drake Tech instead, same major.”

Of course, not everyone knows right off the bat what they want to do in college. Jake Brouwer, a senior at HHS stated that his initial plan is to attend Mississippi State, undeclared, “It’s going to be one of those things where I find out what I want to do with my life while I’m in college. If things don’t work out there though, Auburn is my back up school.” HHS senior, Chris Wolfe isn’t 100% sure either. “I’m probably going to Auburn or Mississippi State with a major in computer science or pharmacy. Those schools are kind of my alternates to the other in case something goes wrong with one.” It’s always a good idea to have some sort of back-up plan just in case, because you don’t want to end up in your parent’s basement.

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It’s always good to have an alternative

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Seeing life through her eyes By Allie Brockman, Staff Writer| Photo by Allie Brockman if I could see them,” she recalls. Shortly after the incident she was rushed to the hospital. “Dr. Dovae saved my life,” she proudly states. “It was he who found the issue and told me that everything was going to be okay.” This rush of relief helped sooth her distress. Dr. Dovae found a tumor. “When I was told, it was just as surreal as in the movies, how everyone thinks “no, not me!” It was the scariest thing I ever heard.” While she waited to get the surgery her sight slowly came back. “I was so grateful that I could see again,” she says, “although I was still nervous for the surgery, which ended up being seven hours long.” The surgery was succesful and the problem was taken care of although she has a titanium plate in a section of her skull. “Yes, I am now part robot, part man,” she jokes. When she got home she was feeling great. Later,

a neighbor came over and asked to talk to her about the surgery since the neighbor too was soon getting brain surgery. “I was very supportive to her and encouraged her that the surgery should be an easy process, like mine.” Reality hit her when she found out that the woman died from the surgery. “It was only then I realized how precious life was. I don’t care about the little things anymore, I was given a second chance of life and I do not want to take it for granted.” Mrs. Quintela’s situation is one that may seem hard to understand if you haven’t ever experienced one like it. For life to be almost completely taken away from you in a blink of an eye is unimaginable but as seen with Mrs. Quintela, it can be a major turning point and give the ability to look at things in a completely new perspective.

Mrs. Quintela, art teacher, is no longer pondering the thought of being robbed of her sight.

Teacher of the year

Mrs. Brown wins city award By Maren Mabante, Staff Writer| Photo by Maren Mabante

In addition, she humbly accepted her nomination as the HHS Teacher of the Year by our faculty this year. “I am so honored to receive this award since there are so many deserving teachers at our school that work hard to make a difference is so many students’ lives.” She attributes her success to her wonderful, hard working students. She explains that “they are dedicated to mastering very challenging concepts and make my job fun.” She credits the A+ College Ready Grant for providing her excellent resources and training that help her be a better teacher. Mrs. Brown acknowledges that the honors are absolutely wonderful, but they do not really change what she knows she needs to accomplish every day with her students. By following her three core teaching principles, she exposes students to an interesting but rigorous curriculum so that they will be prepared for college as well as possible careers. To engage students, she makes learning fun using corny jokes, silly stories, cool demonstrations, and relevant examples of how chemistry concepts are present all around us. “I have high expectations for all of my students and want them to achieve the highest level possible.” In the chemistry lab, Mrs. Brown loves the chemical reactions lab where the students get to “explode” hydrogen gas. “A small amount, of course,” she teases. In AP Chemistry, she enjoys the Iodine Clock Lab, where a clear solution literally changes to dark purple in a blink of an eye. “I will continue changing how I teach different

concepts or incorporating new technology as I participate in new training opportunities so that I can be the best teacher I can for my students,” she said. Mrs. Brown looks forward to the future where she can see the path on which her teaching has led them.

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Huntsville High’s science department is stocked with multiple talented teachers and this school year Mrs. Brown is receiving ample amounts of praise. Mrs. Brown has been teaching for eleven years: four years at Hazel Green and seven years and counting at Huntsville. “[Her grandfather] inspired [her] by demonstrating how education can broaden opportunities and change lives,” says Mrs. Brown. Her underprivileged grandfather overcame many obstacles and became a beloved teacher, coach, and superintendent. “I was also blessed to have an amazing high school chemistry teacher who made chemistry fun and exciting.” The final series of events that led Mrs. Brown to a teaching career occurred while she was in high school. She began to tutor many of her peers and later tutored fellow college students in chemistry. “I really enjoyed helping others, and it was exciting to see them understand after my explanation and go on to be successful.” Mrs. Brown explains with modesty and pride that she received the Golden Apple Award from The Huntsville Times. She was “deeply touched that one of [her] students took the time to write such an awesome letter to nominate [her].” In October, she received yet another recognition as a “Top 10 AP Chemistry Teacher” from the National Math and Science Initiative for how well her AP Chemistry students did last year on the AP Chemistry Exam. Last year’s Chemistry class scored 3rd out of 240 schools. “I am so proud of them!” Mrs. Brown gushes.

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On a normal day in Mrs. Quintela’s class, it is expected for her to be demonstrating an art lesson and the students to be diligently working to recreate their own version. One day Mrs. Quintela was going about this normal daily routine but then she suddenly felt a pain in her eye. She said, “I rubbed my eye and suddenly everything went black.” She described her experience as frightening and confusion. “Are you okay?...Run go get a teacher… Call the ambulance!” were the things she so clearly remembered hearing while standing in shock. “I was absolutely distraught, it happened so quickly and I didn’t know how to react to what had just occurred.” She stood stunned and confused in front of the class, “I felt the motions of hand waving in my face, and students asking


Mrs. Quintela shares her “insight” on life


Chemistry teacher Mrs. Brown demonstrates the effects of dangerous liquid nitrogen on various objects.

The February issue of The Red and Blue is sponsored by the Huntsville High School PTSA.

JROTC’s guide to dress for success By Peyton Pair, Staff Writer | Photos by Peyton Pair

The female’s hair must be a natural color. For example, not a pinkish color.

The cadet’s hair must be clean cut without the hair touching the cadet’s ears. The JROTC ranks must be even horizantaly and vertically on the collar.

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The name tags on the uniform, must be centered on the cadet’s right pocket and the corners must touch the pocket. The cadet’s pants and shirt must be clean and wrinklefree. The belt must be looped around the correct direction, which is starting on the left side for males.

The cadet’s hair must be in a bun and if it has a scrunchie, then it must match the hair color. Ranks like the male’s must be centered on the collar. Like the male’s the females’ name tag must be centered. The cadet’s shirt and pants must be clean and neat in appearence. The cadet’s gig line must be straight and the belt must be fed through the right side.

The cadet’s gig line, which is the line of the shirt, belt and zipper line, must be straight.

Fingernails, if painted, should be a light pinkish color. The cadet’s shoes should be shined.

The cadet’s shoes must be shined.

Tristan Hughes is in locally filmed movie By Marie Beverly, Staff Writer | Photo by Maren Mabante

Cyber Patriots JROTC students obliterate computer threats

The Huntsville High JROTC Cyber Patriot team placed second world-wide in last month’s Cyber Patriot round two competition. The team solved 25 of the 30 computer security threats posed during the six hour competition besting over 600 teams. Team members are Rachel Stough, Nick Hawke, Nathaniel Trudeau, Jackie Farber, Sarah Stough, and Xavier Schouten.

Photo courtesy of ROTC

Tristan became friends with fellow cast member Brantley Pollock, who was in Glory Days and the 27 Club. The movie is based on the true story of Mike Kersjes, a special needs teacher who worked extremely hard against all odds to get his students accepted into NASA Space Camp. Tristan thought the movie turned out “really well” and the people at Hallmark think it could be nominated for an Emmy. He also now has his own profile on IMDb. com. He hopes this is just the start of his acting career and wants to be part of other future movies that are filmed in Huntsville. His only previous acting experience includes being in the school drama program and the play, How I Became a Pirate. Tristan’s performance shows you that you don’t have to live in Hollywood to be a star.

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Today sophomore Tristan Hughes is having a normal day at school, talking to friends and doing math problems. It is hard to imagine that just last month he was attending a movie premiere with stars like Cynthia Watros (House) and John Corbett (Sex in the City 2). Instead of being at school, he was in L.A. for the premiere of A Smile as Big as the Moon. He found out about the audition when Mr. Chappell got a call from Pama Talent agency, who was looking for talented teenagers in the Huntsville area. The casting committee of the film liked his audition and he was cast as “Techno Kid 2” a supporting antagonist, who is mean to the special needs children at Space Camp. He appears in the scene when the special needs children are getting on the bus, and the pool scene. Filming began in October at the Space and Rocket Center. Filming took eleven days, during that time

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Red carpet ready

Tristian plays the part of a bully in A Smile As Big As The Moon.


The JROTC uniform d - i - s - s - e - c - t - e - d


A fresh face in art HHS has a new art teacher suppose.” And there’s a major connection to her teaching and her influence. “I love working with students. Most of the kids are so lively and full of personality. It’s just fun working with them.” She, at first, was still fairly overwhelmed. “But I was prepared.” “I think some of the kids like the structure I’ve brought with me, but others just aren’t serious about it,” Ms. Patmon says. Lazy or not, the students like her. “She’s really nice and relatable,” freshman Rachel Howell says. “She really connects with the class,” freshman Scott Miller explains, “and the artwork we work on is fun too.” Junior Alex Brooks says that she’s better than the teacher the class had last semester. Jessica Patmon is indeed a quality teacher and is a welcomed new member of the Huntsville High community.


By Michael Payne, Staff Writer| Photo by Hyunki Kim Ms. Jessica Patmon, the Patmon wanted to be either a newest addition to our staff clown or an art teacher. Then of art teachers, arrived here at she saw the movie, It. “It was Huntsville High at the beginning then on and I knew I wanted of the second semester. Not only to be an art teacher,” she says that, but this is her first full time humorously. Ms. Patmon teaching job. chose her career at a young “I’m originally from Clay, age, and she is enjoying her Alabama,” she says. “I moved choice whole-heartedly. “I love here a week before school teaching,” she says. “It’s one of started.” Ms. Patmon also the only art professions where graduated from the University you work with a lot of other of Alabama in Birmingham people during the day.” where she received her degree Ms. Patmon’s “go-to” art in art education. form is painting. When she first Before Ms. Patmon was hired started, she used acrylics, but here, Mrs. Bradford taught when she went to college, she the class part time. She left to was forced to use oils. “I fell teach at another school where in love with them,” she says she was offered a full time matter-of-factly. Painting isn’t position. After Mrs. Bradford her only forte, as she’s also quit, another teacher was hired fluent in ceramics, drawing, for a short time. As soon as this and photography. teacher left, a substitute was Like all other artists, Ms. hired for the duration of the Patmon has factors that influence first semester. The sub then left her art. “It’s usually the people as soon as Mrs. Esneault hired I surround myself with,” Ms. Patmon. she explains, “but anything When she was five, Ms. can really be an influence I


Jessica Patmon is indeed a quality teacher and a welcome new member of the Huntsville High community.

Art students passionate about teaching kids Photo by Ashley Head

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Art Honor Society is giving back

February 2012 HHS seniors and Art Honor Society members Maddie Tidwell and Jasmine Granados are indulging in their passion for art by teaching it to kids in kindergarten through 8th grade at Butler High School.

HHS students share their love for The Hunger Games trilogy By Sydney Larsen, Staff Writer | Photo by Sydney Larsen the twelve districts are chosen to compete in an arena and battle each other to the death in a nationally televised event. The novel follows the story of Katniss Everdeen, the District 12 tribute in the 74th Hunger Games. Aside from the suspense-filled story, the characters in The Hunger Games are what really hook the reader. The author, Suzanne Collins does such a great job at developing the characters, that they almost seem real. This is what makes it impossible to stop reading. When asked about her favorite character, Chelsie chose Peeta Mellark, Katniss’s fellow District 12 tribute and companion in the arena, “because he is strong yet thoughtful.” Not a big reader? Lucky for you, The Hunger Games series has been made into a movie by Lionsgate Productions that is set to open on March 23rd. Now readers and non-readers alike can continue to satisfy

their need for more Hunger Games. “I look forward to seeing how the characters come together,” commented Chelsie on her excitement about the upcoming movie. The film is a collaboration of many excellent Academy Award nominated forces including the director, Gary Ross, and the actress portraying Katniss,Jennifer Lawrence. It also features a few familiar faces like actors Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth. According to John Collin, the premiere of the Hunger Games movie “will be the greatest movie out since Sherlock Holmes 2.” Both Chelsie and John Collin say that they plan on attending the midnight premiere of the movie along with hundreds of other eager fans. With such a great story being brought to life on the big screen, Hunger Games fans are counting down the days to hear, “May the games begin!”

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Once you pick up the first book of The Hunger Games series, don’t plan on sleeping untill you have read all three.

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For most high school students, the extent of their book choices ends at the summer reading list. Between school and millions of other extracurricular activities, finding a spare moment to read is difficult. With this in mind, it is very rare to find a book that grabs the attention of a high school kid. Well, The Hunger Games is that book. Once you pick up the first book of The Hunger Games series, don’t plan on sleeping until you have read all three books cover to cover. They’re that good. “I read the entire series twice in a week” said junior, Chelsie Crossen, who just discovered the trilogy over this Christmas break. John Collin Powell, a freshman read the first book all the way through in only one night! For those of you who have not read the novels, The Hunger Games series is based in the futuristic, North American society of Panem. Each year, two tributes from each of


True life: I’m obsessed with The Hunger Games

Acting Alumni

By Marie Beverly, Staff Writer| Photos Maren Mabante and courtesy of Russell Stevens John Michael Chappell, best known at HHS as Mr. Chappell’s son, is no stranger to the stage. During the summer he worked as a paid actor with The Prizery. There he performed in the Sound of Music, Suessical the Musical, and The 39 Steps. He is currently finishing his senior year at Birmingham Southern majoring in theater. For his senior project he directed The 39 Steps at HHS this month. John Michael’s future looks bright with an audition with the Southeastern Theater Conference in March. He wants to pursue a career in musical theater and voice-over work. John Michael attributes much of his success to his experience at HHS. “It taught me that you need to earn your place in theater. Don’t take this for granted.” His advice to aspiring actors is simple,

“do not let anyone tell you that you won’t make it in this business. Don’t ever give up. The true beauty of theater lies in your passion for it.” Another former student who is taking to the stage is Russell Stevens, who was in Theater 1 and performance class while at HHS. He was in the Sound of Music as Ralph, Grease as a teen angel, Beauty and the Beast as part of the ensemble, and Les Miserables as Javer. He is currently a musical theater major at Alabama. In the summer he works as a cast member at Disney World. Being a huge Star Wars fan, he has had a great time portraying a character in over 500 shows at Jedi Training Academy in Hollywood Studios. Not everyone shared his excitement for the character, however. He made some children cry and one even wet their pants.

The love of the stage can also be seen in current students, such as junior Molly Ingerson. Molly hopes to follow the paths of these actors after high school. She wants to go to college for musical theater while working as a performer at Disney parks, like Russell, or on cruise ships. “After college, if I can’t move to New York immediately I want to move to Nashville for a few years to work and then move to NYC,” she said. Molly’s lifelong dream is to be on Broadway. She tries to get as much training as possible during high school such as taking voice lessons and dance classes. Molly says, “theater at HHS has taught me to be a very well rounded and professional performer on stage and off stage. It’s taught me to take chances and don’t hold back.”

John Michael Chappell has just finished directing The 39 Steps at HHS.


Former students live out their dreams


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Sam Holder, Peyton Satterfield, Maddy Lewis, and Eric Wittevean during their performance of The 39 Steps.

Russell Stevens works at the “Happiest place on Earth.”

Laurey - Ariana Maloney

King, Maddy Lewis, Jenna Marshall, Kat

Curly -Jacob Abbott

McEwen, Keeley McMurray, William Noble,

Will Parker - Peyton Davis

Hannah Oswalt, Gentry Patterson, Emily

Ado Annie - Alex Green

Pullen, Claire Quirk, Katie Russell, Meredith

Aunt Eller- Shelby Singletom

Seymour, Foster Shrout, Hannah Strickland,

Ali Hakim- Kurt Delay

DeMarcus Tate, Kyle Vallely and Eric

Jud Fry -John Coleman


Gertie Cummings- Peyton Satterfield


Ike Skidmore- Hunter Hladky

Emily Brown, Emily Ann Clemons, Tara

Andrew Carnes - Tyler Graham

Covey, Brooke Davis, Tiffany Hnetynka


Lane Mc Lendon, Mary Margaret Ragland,

Lauren Bakke, Sarah Baudendistel, Mason

Bailey Russell, Meg Smith and

Baumann, Sarah Bradley, Decorian Cobb,

Riley Thornton

Emily Cragon, Javin Ford, Grant Getschal,

Tech Crew

Sara Hardiman, Olivia Hargrove, Jacqeline

Michael Davis, Austin Dupree, Blake

Heard, Sam Holder, Tristan Hughes,

Herrin, Tory Meeks, Carter McDonald, Cole

Molly Ingerson, Makenzie Jaggers, Parker

Milberger, Carter Woodall

Johnson, Anna Katherine Kimbrough, Ben

February 2012

Cast and Crew of Oklahoma!

HHS hockey rules the ice Skating their way to success with only four teams competing in the region. According to Team Captain Andre Morard, the biggest challenge for the Panthers this year will be beating Bob Jones High School, their very competitive rivals. So far, the Panthers have had an excellent season, beating Bob Jones, Decatur, and Grissom at least once. They began the season with a one point loss to Bob Jones in November, but quickly redeemed themselves with an encouraging five point victory over the Bob Jones Patriots in January. Out of the eight games the Panthers have played this season, they have won all but two. For such a successful team, the Panthers face a unique challenge. Although the hockey teams in the local league are organized by school affiliation, they are not sponsored by the school. The team is a part of

the Huntsville Amateur Hockey Association, which allows them to gain access to local practice facilities. Without the benefit of a seventh period practice time, the team must find time to practice outside of school hours. Due to this, the Panther Hockey team only practices once or twice a week. Sophomore team member, Cody Thomas, agrees that a seventh period practice time would definitely “be more convenient for the people who can’t make it to the night practices.” Despite their limited practice time, the Panthers continue to beat teams with superior practice opportunities.As the Panther’s journey to the national tournament begins with the opening game of the playoffs on February 23, the team is more ready than ever to prove themselves out on the ice.

HHS Indoor Track

The Birmingham Crossplex

HHS Senior Marcus White signs his football scholarship with Miles College

Marcus White stands with his family after signing his scholarship.

Photos by Jake Acuri

Runners warm up before taking to the track.

A view of the elevated track at the new Birmingham crossplex.

Deonta Moore, sophomore, stands in the waiting area as the 400 meter dash heats begin.

February 2012

The pole vault pit at the Birmingham crossplex.

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Although it’s not technically considered a school sport, the HHS Hockey Team gives Huntsville High plenty of things to cheer about. Last year, the team traveled to Bensenville, IL to compete against twenty-four other, topranked teams from around the nation. The Panthers played their way to the second round of games before being beaten by the Omaha Jr. Lancers. Team Captain Andre Morard, who plans on playing hockey at the collegiate level, says that the team’s goals this year are “to win the state championship and to do well at nationals.” With newfound determination to make it into the top brackets of the national tournament, the Panthers set off into the 2011-2012 season. In comparison to other school teams, hockey is a relatively small sport in the area,

HHS senoir Marcus White commits to Miles College Photos by Hyunki Kim


By Sydney Larsen, Staff Writer

Signing day

The sky’s the limit The beginnings of HHS baseball 2012

By Peyton Pair, Staff Writer| Photo by Peyton Pair


This year there are 64 people in the HHS baseball program with 27 of and teams are looking to beat us. It won’t be an easy season but with those on the varsity team. From all indications, HHS should have a great our great coaching staff and talent we’ll have a very successful season.” season. Mark Mincher, head baseball coach of 27 years said, with a smile The team is looking forward to the future beyond this year’s season. The on his face, “I’m pleased where freshman and Jr. varsity team we are. We have guys throwing also have an exciting year ahead, the ball real well so far.” The because they’re getting ready for team spent the fall conditioning the future of the varsity team. Coach for the upcoming season, Mincher said, “We’re excited about which begins on February 20. our young players. They have a With a senior-dominant team good chance of being good,” later last year, the coaches had to bring adding, “it takes time to develop in a brand new pitching staff for those skills, but they’re doing well.” varsity. Six pitchers were lost to Last year was a record-breaking last year’s graduation. Many had season for HHS’s varsity baseball concerns about the new pitching team, receiving several accolades: team and how they would 65 homeruns last season, nine perform in the new season. To seniors from last year’s baseball this Coach Mincher, said, “I team on baseball scholarships, actually believe the pitching and a 35-11 season record. Coach team is going to be one of our Mincher said, “Last year was a greatest strengths this year.” great year, but this is a new year and Zac Neuman, a sophomore our expectations are just as high.” baseball player, said, “We’ve Baseball season is beginning been working really hard The entrance to the Panther baseball field where dedicated fans will enter for the to wake from its long off-season this off-season. We lost a new season. and it looks to be another great good amount of seniors from one. With a strong new pitching last year but we still have great talented players with lots of heart. We staff, a top-notch staff of coaches, and dedicated players who will work have a target on our chest from winning the state championship last year to strengthen the already strong team, the season should be a homerun.


A new team with a new goal The Huntsville Panther soccer team

The Varsity boys soccer team huddles up for a scrimmage.

A cake made for Alicia Hereford and Rachel Ames on signing day.

Alicia Hereford and Rachel Ames sign their soccer scholarships.

February 2012

Alicia Hereford and Rachel Ames pose for a photo with Mrs. Brennan and Coach Crump.

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By Maren Mabante, Staff Writer Photos by Maren Mabante The Varsity boys and girls soccer University and plans on impressing teams of Huntsville High are warming her future teammates this new season. up for their spring season. Players are Rachael Ames has also made a verbal donning their shin-guards and cleats promise to the Ivy League school, Yale, to begin training for the games ahead. and intends on leaving the Huntsville Most of the varsity players, boys and panthers on the highest note possible girls alike, have been playing since when she heads to her future alma mater. they were about seven years old so Every response from last year’s Varsity as one player describes it “restarting players culminates into a rousing and the season is like breathing again.” determined cheer that they will “beat,” Varsity boys player, Addison Cimino, “vanquish,” and “destroy,” the Grissom said he is excited to return to experiencing Varsity teams. Last year, they were left that “competitive feeling while you’re unsatisfied with scores of one to two and two on the field.” As a goalie, he has been to three. The fierce rivalry between the teams tirelessly practicing his dives and has even led people to painting their bodies testing his reflexes in preparation for in red and blue in the frigid February air. “protecting the goal at all costs,” he said. In order to defeat their rivals, Samuel Last year’s team captain, Rachael Ames, Jobe explains that the teams need to is “psyched about going even farther in improve on everything. “We lost a lot of competition than last year,” she stated. seniors this year and now we need to make On May 12th Coaches Khodabandeh up for their skills missing on the field.” and Crump anticipate that they will rise Tryouts that began January 23 have straight to the top. Both the boys and allowed the coaches to sort through any girls teams reached the third round of new recruits showing promise. Scott the play-offs last year and now hope Waugh, Clay Pruett, and Miguel Medina are to reach the Final Four competition. only a few of the new and talented players One player who plans on honoring chosen to be on the Varsity team. They her last year here by winning the Final are thrilled that they made the team and Four is Alicia Hereford. She signed her excited and looking forward to a successful Letter of Intent to play soccer at Auburn season with the old and new recruits alike.

A Little Taste of Excellence

HHS wrestlers share their weight secrets Deundrez Woods Deundrez has wrestled for two years now and is currently in the 285 pound weight class. Deundrez doesn’t have to work too hard to stay in his weight class as he is already one weight class above his actual weight. He says he does this for “a better challenge.” He tries to stay on top of the competition by working eighteen hours a week to stay in better shape than competitors. Deundrez’s favorite move is a double leg takedown and one time he took an opponent down so hard that the kid cried. Greg Artalona Greg has been wrestling for four years and is in the 134 pound weight class. Greg works hard to stay in this weight class by practicing in sweats, eating nothing but fruit leading up to weigh-ins, running two to six miles a night, and not drinking anything the day before a weigh-in. He practices year round and as many as three times a day for most of the summer. “I put in more time than anyone I compete against,” he says. And he does.


By Jake Arcuri, Staff Writer| Photos by Hyunki Kim and HHS Wrestling

Greg practices for around fifteen hours a week, competes for eight, and runs for another five hours each week. He is a returning state runner up and is ranked first in his weight class this year. Greg says that “there are a lot of first year wrestlers this year and they are doing very well for themselves.” He also says that “everyone should come see the state tournament in February at the Von Braun Center.” Chad Herrin Chad has been wrestling for twelve years and is in the 170 pound weight class. Chad has been working hard to maintain his weight class by “wearing extra clothing” he says. “I lost around twenty pounds before the season started due to a little extra practicing.” Chad stays ahead of the competition by being in the best shape and practicing hard. “When I step on the mat, I’m mentally and physically ready,” he says. Chad’s favorite move is the arm drag and dedicates about twelve and a half hours each week to wrestling practice.

Chad Herrin wears extra clothing to maintain his weight class.

Deundrez Woods is in his second year of wrestling for HHS.

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Greg Artalona wrestles in the 134 pound weight class.

Greg Artalona defeats his opponent at Buckhorn Duals 2011.


Panthers Got Game

February 2012

The Man Behind the Success By Jake Arcuri, Staff Writer| Photo by Jake Arcuri You may know Coach Groves as the Varsity Boys Basketball Coach here at Huntsville High, but do you know how he got into basketball? Or where his coaching career started? Coach Groves is originally from Decatur and has been at Huntsville High for only four years. “I grew up in a basketball family,” said Coach Groves. “Both my dad and my brother played and my brother was a really good coach.” Coach Groves played basketball himself for nine years throughout his childhood. His experience as a player has proved crucial in his success as a coach. Coach Groves went to

Auburn and began coaching high school basketball while in college. “I coached in Notasulga which is about 25 miles outside of Auburn city limits.” This began Coach Grove’s coaching career. “I have coached for nine years so far,” said Coach Groves. Coach Groves coached middle school basketball for three years and won the championship each year. In his first year at HHS, Coach Groves was named AllCity Coach of the Year for his accomplishments that season. Coach Groves has been very successful at HHS. As of January 12, 2012, he has an overall record of 112 wins

and 35 losses. Only six of those have come from this current season. “Every kid that I have coached here at HHS has gone on to higher education.” This is one of his major accomplishments at HHS and is something that Coach Groves values. This year, the team is playing very well and has a current record of 16 wins and 6 losses. “There are at least four guys on the team this year that could play in college,” said Coach Groves. As far as the future of HHS goes, Coach Groves has high expectations. “I would like to have a team that wins and competes consistently with other teams in the state.”

Varsity Basketball Coach Eddie Groves has an overall record of 112-35



By Allie Brockman and Allison Farris, Staff Writers | Illistrations by Michael Payne


March 21- April 19


July 23 -August 22



August 23 -September 22

The turbulence in your life will calm down soon.

All your luck will disappear.

November 22 -December 21

Make sure you forgive your friend for whatever he/she has done within the next week.




February 19 -March 20

January 20- February 18

December 22 -January 19

Don’t let your fears stop you from getting what you want.

You will need to act your age to fulfill your longlife dreams.

HHS Clubs

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Debate Class is a 2012- 2013 class option. Pick up an application from Mr. Moon in room 248. Space is limited. ACROSS 7 This club is muy divertido. 8 They give you doughnuts the week of prom to remind you not to drink and drive. 9 They collect cans for charity and learn about life. 12 This financial advice club is led by

DOWN 1 They unlock doors to success. 2 They pick up recycling around the school on Wednesday. 3 This is an all girls service club. 4 This class handles picture day and provides memories. 5 This group has proven to be smarter

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ACROSS 7 This club is muy divertido. 8 They give you doughnuts the week of prom to remind you not to drink and drive. 9 They collect cans for charity and learn about life. 12 This financial advice club is led by Jared Wasilefski. 14 They raise money for heart disease research by sponsoring the Miss HHS contest. 18 They are in charge of prom 19 They will meet you at the flag pole. 20 Their mascot is a mole. 21 Members of this club love the spotlight. DOWN 1 They unlock doors to success. 2 They pick up recycling around the school on Wednesday. 3 This is an all girls service club. 4 This class handles picture day and provides memories. 5 This group has proven to be smarter than Grison two years in a row. 6 These girls love to decorate lockers and have a knack for alliteration. 10 They get good parking spots and tutor children. 11 Photos, art and poems are welcome in this class. 13 This club have their own dictator and official roman council 15 We wrote what you are reading. 16 They love pi. 17 They love croissants and nutella. 19 Members of this club like takin’ care of business.


October 23 -November 21

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You will step out of the lime light, and finally let someone else take the spotlight.

The lying must stop, think before you speak.

September 23 -October 22

Your garden will grow, but it is your job to maintain the trolls.

Speak up, finally people can know who YOU really are.

June 21- July 22

May 21-June 20

The number of showers you take a month will gradually increase.

Confidence will be in everything you do.



April 20- May 20



February 2012 Issue The Red and Blue  

Huntsville High's newspaper The Red and Blue February 2012 Issue

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