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VOLUME 51 ISSUE 7 1015 Division St. Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613
Fall play just around the corner Maya Amjadi Staff Writer
“The Brothers Grim Spectaculathon” will be showing in the high school auditorium starring over 50 students as they take the meaning of comedy to a whole new level. Auditions were held the first week of September, and the cast members have been practicing ever since. Senior Sam Heinen said that her role as narrator has caused her to put in about 150 hours, and that doesn’t even include working on the set. “(Director Michelle) Rathe has also spent tremendous amounts of time directing us to make this show a success,” Heinen said. Instead of starting the night with a short one-act play as done in previous years, there will just be one big play this year. Due to this, all the actors, new or old at this business are all in the play together. “The hardest part for everyone, I would have to say, is getting used to being in the big play,” Heinen said. Since we usually have a one-act play and a full play, the people with less experience are in the one-act and can have more personal attention. This year, with only having the full play, people are being thrown into the full play and having to simply adapt to everything right off the bat instead of being able to learn the ropes in the one-act.”
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Seniors Alex Huffman and Leah Franke practiced one part of their performance last Friday for the upcoming school play coming up next week on Thursday, Nov. 4 and Saturday, Nov. 6.
Rathe said that it is the first time she has had such a large group of people who have moved from playing small parts to playing large roles. She also said that she lost some very strong leaders this year, but, “quite a few students are really starting to step it up.” The play is about a group of poor street people putting on a street performance of fairy tales. Rathe said she chose the light-hearted comedy “so as to not completely burn out the actors before the musical which will appear on stage this spring.” Junior Rhydian Talbot said, “I think
this play is easier to understand than some of the past plays just because it is the retelling of stories that every member of the audience will connect with on some level, plus this play is extremely funny and maybe just a little bit raunchy.” Heinen said she believes that this play has really improved her acting skills. “This play has, I think, helped everyone in training the actors to react with anything and everything going on onstage. With this play anything could happen. You really have to stay on your toes.”
Senior Leah Franke said the hardest part for her is simply memorizing all of the lines and blocking. The excited cast members are looking for a huge success. “I don’t think there’s any really specific scene I want the audience to react to — just so long as they’re picking up on the quick humor and laughing throughout the show, I’ll feel like we actually pulled this thing off,” Talbot said. Rathe said she hopes the audience will laugh out loud and her hope was echoed by several of the cast members. “I think they [the audience] will see the fairy tales they grew up with quite a twist [in this production],” Heinen said. “This year’s show is full of craziness I think will receive a positive response from any audience. The scene, though, that I think will get the biggest reaction will be the Cinderella scene. It is a great finale and is hilarious to watch every time. I don’t want to give the surprise away, so people will just have to come and watch the show for themselves.” Final dress rehearsals will be Monday and Thursday. “The cast is working really hard,” Rathe said. There has been a change in performance dates. The play will debut Thursday, Nov. 4 and will conclude with with a last performance Saturday, Nov. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $4 for students and $5 for adults; activity passes will be accepted.
30 CFHS students chosen for All State to perform in Ames Aaron Parsons Staff Writer
An impressive 30 students from the orchestra, band and choir were selected for the 2010 Iowa All-State Music Festival. The Festival will take place Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 18-20. They will end with a concert Saturday at Hilton Coliseum in Ames. For orchestra this year, 10 students were selected including Julia Liu-violin (2nd year), Erik Olsenviolin (3rd year), Hannah Howlandviolin (4th year), Katie Yang-violin (1st year), Gwen Farber-viola (2nd
year), Elley Bailey-viola (3rd year), Emily Hurban-cello (1st year), Dan Harter-cello (2nd year), Jakob Stonerbass (4th year) and Ann Fienup-harp (2nd year). Orchestra director Scott Hall said, “ I’m very impressed with the students, they have worked really hard to get where they are.” Auditions for All-State can be very nerve wracking, but choir students got to try out in groups, which may have helped ease their nerves. “You audition in a group, and it can be up to a quartet, but everyone has to be on different parts. My duet and I auditioned around 10 that morning, and had to wait until around three for the results. It was an
agonizing day for all of us having to wait so long,” Mckenzie Sesterhenn said. “All State is a very hard thing to audition for because it’s based off of a live audition and preferences in someone’s voice.” Four choir students made it this year, including Sarah Welter for Soprano 1, Mckenzie Sesterhenn for Soprano 2, Samantha Takes for Alto 1 and Austin Javellana for Bass 1. Sixteen CFHS band students were accepted, including Rhydian Talbot for flute; Karl Sadkowski, Josh Carlo, and Justin Marshall for bassoon; Nick Carlo and Kelsey Umthun for clarinet; Ian Abbot for alto sax; Besy Solon,
Luke Zahari and Ryan Giarusso for trumpet; Jason Geisler for Horn in F; Caleb Vander Wiel and Roy Ju for trombone; Chris Kempf for bass trombone; Jesse Streicher for tuba and Catherine Isley for percussion. All-Stater Julia Liu, violin said that “Honestly, I feel that I did much better preparation-wise this year than I did last year. When I went in my audition room, I was surprised that I didn’t feel nervous at all. That has never happened to me before.” Tickets are availible through www. ticketmaster.com. Iowa Public Television will air the concert on Thursday, Nov. 25 at 7 p.m.
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Oct. 26, 2010
New group provides help for writing first novel Noelle Konieczny Staff Writer
Ready, set, write your heart out! NaNoWriMo is a new writing group being started at the high school. What is NaNoWriMo? It stands for National Novel Writing Month, which is from Nov. 1 to Nov. 30 at midnight. The very first NaNoWriMo took place in July, 1999, in the San Fransisco Bay area, with 21 participants. Ten years later in 2009, over 170,000 people signed up and participated and over 2,427,190,537 words were written. The goal is that if you’re over 17, you write a 175page (50,000-word) novel. If you’re 17 and under, you can participate in the Young Writers Program, which allows you to set your own word count if having to write 50,000 words in one month
scares you. If you’re in grades 9-12 and you meet your word count goals, NaNoWriMo has partnered with CreateSpace, a website devoted to self publishing, to provide one free proof paperback copy of your completed novel only a few short weeks after NaNoWriMo ends. NaNaWriMo is a novel-writing program for everyone who has thought fleetingly about writing a novel but has been scared away by the time and effort involved. Due to the limited writing window, the only thing that matters is how much you write. It’s all about quantity, not quality. The kamikaze approach forces you to lower your expectations, take risks and write on the fly. “I think many of us have a novel inside of us, and we simply need the motivation to sit down
and write it. National Novel Writing Month gives you the opportunity to do just that,” media specialist Kim Traw said. She is planning to not only invite anyone interested to participate, but form a writing/NaNoWriMo support group. This group would meet weekly after school in the library throughout November and would serve as a form of encouragement and help for when the writing gets tough. The group plans on meeting Mondays and Thursdays weekly starting Monday, Nov. 1. They will have use of the library computers until 4 p.m. If interested in more information or sign up, see either Traw, Beth Kosmicki or me. I think that this is a great opportunity for all aspiring young writers and an opportunity that should be taken advantage of.
New horror releases are sure to make your skin crawl Chandal Geerdes Staff Writer
Americans definitely love their classic Halloween movies. Freddy vs. Jason and Nightmare on Elm Street are just some of the titles who have left their mark. With Halloween approaching, new horror movies will have the chance to do the same. The first of these new releases was The Devil. After being trapped in an elevator, a group of young adults comes to the conclusion that the devil is amongst them. Following mixed reviews, this movie seems to have its highs and lows. With M. Night Shyamalan’s (The Sixth Sense, Signs) creative signature, this supernatural thriller may be one to please. “I enjoyed the background. The least place you think it would be would be in an elevator,” sophomore David Zagor said. “What makes a horror movie good is the plot, setting and a twist.” Oct. 1 held the release date of Case 39 and Let Me
In. Case 39 follows a young girl, played by Lilith Sullivan, who is being taunted by dark forces. Renee Zellweger, a social worker, puts up a fight to save her from her abusive parents while discovering the dark forces are adding yet another pressure. Directed by Christian Alvart and written by Ray Wright, Case 39 has received a slightly low review. A score of 2.9 on a scale of 10 was given by metacritic.com. Case 39 is rated ‘R’. Despite the low rating of Case 39, some students are looking forward to watching it. “I’m hooked on seeing Case 39,” junior Shantrice Redd said. “I really don’t have a favorite horror movie. I like any as long as it keeps my attention.” After receiving an 8.5 on the same scale and being rated R, Let Me In captures the essence of a young, 12-year-old boy who is bullied in school. Played by Kodi Smit-McPhee, the young, bullied boy Oskar finds comfort in the “new girl.” Oskar gets quite the surprise after acknowledging
some interesting information about Eli (Chloe Moretz) and her father. My Soul to Take is one to continue this 3D trend. Released on Oct. 8, this movie was written and directed by Wes Craven, writer and director of quite a few classic horror movies. It also stars Max Thieriot, who played major roles in The Pacifier and Jumper. In My Soul to Take, Thieriot’s character Bug has been haunted by his insane father since he was a baby. His father has returned to their hometown to kill the seven children who were born on the night he allegedly was killed. This movie is also rated R. The Saw series is back again as well. With a seventh Saw coming to theaters this Friday, Oct. 29, Jigsaw is up to his taunting, gruesome antics once again. Writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are not only making Saw VII the “final chapter” of the series, but capturing their
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Oct. 26, 2010
Cross country teams advance to State Jordan Burtch Staff Writer
The men’s and women’s cross country teams advanced to the state meet after last Thursday at the Marshalltown district meet. The men qualified for the State meet by winning the Marshalltown District. They had four runners in the top 10 and all seven runners in the top 18. The women took second at Marshalltown also qualifying for the State meet falling just short to Dowling Catholic with 5 runners in the top 10. “Districts went really well for us. We went up against the No. 4 ranked Dowling and beat them by six points to become district champs. We would have liked to beat them by more, but if we run to our potential we should not have a problem beating them by a lot more than six once stat comes around,” said junior Adam Streicher, who finished second overall for men’s districts. “We’re gonna approach State like we would approach most other meets. We’re on the end of our taper, which is where we decrease our distance to
Cassie Crotty photo Junior Adam Streicher runs next to a competitor from Cedar Rapids Washington at the Rich Engle Invite at Birdsall Park. make sure we run our best. There isn’t much for us to do now to improve our team for State. Basically, what we do from here on out is believe in the taper and in our training. Then we need to go out and run our best. If someone beats us while we run our best,
then they deserve it and we’ll shake their hand, but they’re gonna have to run fast,” Streicher said. “Districts were good. Dowling is a very good team, so placing second behind them is good because they’re ranked very high. We all need
to run our best and our third fourth and fifth runners need to stay together and come in together to maximize our point total. I think the team will do very well (at State), and we’re hoping to place in the top five. I want to PR (personal record), and have a good time but as a team goal we want to beat Iowa City West,” said sophomore Allison Gregg who placed third individually for the women. Other runners for the men’s cross country are Jaime Zarate who placed fourth, Andrew Halloran who placed seventh, Matthew Adrian who placed 10th and Mitch Hammer who placed 12th. Other runners for the women’s cross country are Brianna King who placed seventh, Cassy Herkelman who placed eighth, Hannah Savage who placed ninth, Cara Strike who placed 10th, Kate Halloran who placed 17th and Kaitlyn Hennings who placed 20th overall. The state meet will be held in Fort Dodge on Saturday, Oct. 30 at Lakeside Municipal Golf Course where the 4A women will run first at 11 a.m. and the 4A men will follow at 11:30 a.m.
Sophomore provides steady beat to football team Jared Hylton Staff Writer
Tyler Way, a sophomore, has found ways to inspire classmates through his ability to rap. Way first began rapping at a sophomore football practice when teammates noticed his gift. He was repeating Eminem verses when teammates realized he had the “flow” to rap. Way has taken his raps to the next level; he now has seven different raps written out. “I want to start putting some CDs out. Holly [Holmes] and Josh [Thompson] are going to make me some
Tyler Way Sophomore Rapper beats,” he said. Way, who’s known by teammates and friends as T-Way, now has a rap up on YouTube, but “I just want
people to ignore the video on YouTube. It wasn’t my best.” The nickname T-Way is what Way said would be his stage name if he was ever given the opportunity to perform for a crowd. “Someone on the football team started calling me T-Way and it stuck,” he said. Way said he finds motivation for writing new raps every day. He carries a folder around with him to every class that contains the sacred raps he has written. “When you see somebody standing up for what they believe in, you just want to rap about it,” he said. Way definitely has influ-
ences on his rapping style. “Some people have said that I’m like Eminem. I think people see me and Eminem being similar because of our styles and the fact that we’ve both been through similar situations,” Way said. Sophomore Conner Calhoun has also jumped on the Way Bandwagon. “He might have a future in rapping. The rhythm and some on the lyrics are a lot like Eminem’s,” Calhoun said. Way said he plans on continuing to pursue his career in rapping and some day hopes to be signed. He’s also planning on entering the upcoming talent show for the food drive.
Athlete Week of the
Kelsey Abbas Women’s Swimming Junior
1. How are you preparing yourself for State individually? “Practicing and stuff. Working on the fine details.” 2. Have you been thinking about swimming in college? Where? “Kind of. I’m still undecided.” 3. Who will be your biggest competition at State, both individually and for the team? “Ames, Decorah and Valley for the team, and individually I’m not really concerned about. The team stuff is biggest.” 4.What’s the biggest challenge you’ve encountered this season? “Getting sick. And just getting people to work as a team.”
Tigers in Action Football 10/27, 1st Round of State Playoffs vs. Burlington Men’s/Women’s CC 10/30, State Meet @ Fort Dodge Women’s Swimming & Diving 10/28, Regional Diving @ Holmes Pool, 6 p.m. 10/30 Regional Swimming @ Holmes Pool, noon.
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Oct 26, 2010
Students enjoy work at haunted houses Maya Amjadi Staff Writer
Many students find a thrill in a job they like to call haunting. Panic Park, the haunted house in Cedar Falls has jobs open to high school students for weekends in October from about
6 p.m. to midnight. The job is volunteer work but employees do get a free T-shirt and food when the night they worked is over. Several Cedar Falls students are taking advantage of this opportunity. Senior Emily Hurban said, “I do it because of the ridiculous amount of fun I have. It’s
great to get to act like a crazy person doing a wide variety of ‘heinous’ activities. It’s really amazing to get to see the way people react to the different types of scares. Also, it’s really fun to make people feel extremely uncomfortable and know that they paid for you to scare them.” Freshman Lauren Hudson said, “I do it with friends, and it is so much fun to scare people, especially if you know them.” To volunteer at Panic Park, workers don’t have to commit to every night. They come in as many nights as they can. Panic Park provides the costumes and makeup; all volunteers have to do is show up. They can also work in any room they want. Hurban’s favorite room to work is the Doctor’s Room. People react to these scares
in all sorts of ways. Hurban said some common reactions she gets out of people are peeing their pants, crying, screaming, yelling or even
threatening out of fright. “One of my favorite reactions is in this year’s door room. You have to stick your finger in a hole in the door to get it to open, and everyone’s
first reaction is ‘No! You’ll cut my finger off!’ But the first rule is we don’t touch them — that would include cutting off body parts.” While working there, volunteers can think up their own ideas on how to scare the people coming through just as long as they don’t touch them, because that is one of Panic Park’s rules. Hurban said, “The main guys who run the whole thing think up ideas all year long. They try to only have a version of a room for two years in a row and then they will reinvent it or scrap it. It’s cool to see how the place changes from year to year.” This weekend, Halloween weekend, the haunted house will be open an additional day, Sunday. And no doubt, there will be several of CFHS students working there.
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according to Steve Barton from DREADCENTRAL. Paranormal Activity 2 creates a feeling of constant panic for its audience. There was not a dull moment for members of the audience on Oct. 22 when it was released. Just as horrifying as the first, Paranormal Activity 2 follows the life of Katie’s (the main character of Paranormal Activity) sister, Christine, who has just had her first born son. Christine, her husband,
her step-daughter and her son Hunter face nosies at night, rude awakenings and a freak break-in that causes the small family to set up multiple security cameras, which actually capture more than expected. No matter the time of day in this film, it will always have viewers on the edges of their seats, with their hearts racing from beginning to end. This horror film, although rated R, is a must-see for everyone.
audience with a 3D twist. Like previous Saw movies, this one is once again rated R. “Horror movies in 3D would be way better. You can get better involved and put you on edge feeling like your there,” Redd said. And then, of course, there is “the most anticipated horror event of the year,”
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Maya Amjadi Seniors Alex Huffman and Leah Franke practiced one part of their performance last Friday for the upcoming school play coming up...