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New foundation will raise money for CF schools Arelene Freudenberg Staff Writer

The Cedar Falls Community Schools Foundation hosted its very first banquet on Monday, Oct. 29 to kick off the beginning of their long fundraiser to collect money to donate to Cedar Falls Community Schools. The Foundation Board and its guests gathered together at the Pipac Center, where they were entertained by the Cedar Falls chamber orchestra conducted by Scott Hall. “I think the foundation is good because it provides us with new opportunities, and it was a privilege to get to play at it,” senior Sarah Larsen said. After listening to the orchestra play, the Foundation board members and

their guests gathered together to listen to the president of the Foundation, Floyd Winters. He introduced the board members and talked a little about what the Foundation is trying to do. “We’re trying to raise money to donate to Cedar Falls for the teachers to get supplies that the budget cannot cover, and to make a few scholarships for the Cedar Falls’ students,” Winters said. The Foundation Board has already set up a dollar amount to drive toward. “Our goal is a million dollars. We’re not quite there yet, but we’re off to a great start,” Winters said. The Cedar Falls Community Schools Foundation is different for many reasons. One of the main reasons is that it focuses only on one subject. Winters said, “Many foundations

are organized for a broad range, not so with our program. It is made to help benefit only Cedar Falls High School.” Anyone can donate a sum of money to the Foundation, and amount is not an issue. “No gift is too small. We’ll accept any size gift,” Winters said. After the discussion, CFHS harp player senior Noelle Tripolino played the night away. “It was really cool to play at it, they were really excited to have us play,” Tripolino said. For those who would like to donate to the Foundation, please contact Floyd Winters at 319-266-5825 or email him at, and remember that all the money from this nonprofit organization goes to Cedar Falls High School.

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Senior violinist Sarah Larsen and the rest of the orchestra entertains the crowd at the Cedar Falls Community Schools Foundation ceremony.

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at State Dance Individual Solo Competition Nadia Honary Staff Writer

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Junior Kevin Hernandez gets tackled by a group of Southdale Elementary school boys during Harmony’s Mix-It-Up Day on Thursday Nov. 1.

The State Dance Individual Solo Competition is an event that only a few members in the dance team participate in. Dance team takes a lot of hard work and dedication, which is why only some girls also participate in the individuals. The competition was Saturday Oct. 3 at Pella High School. Senior Jessica Gitchell is prepared a lyrical dance routine for Saturday. “The song I decided to use is 9 Crimes by Damien Rice. I practice when I can. I’m nervous because I learned my routine 2 weeks ago and I feel like I don’t have much time to perfect my routine,” Gitchell said prior to the competition. Seniors Shannon Chrusciel, Emily Stortz and Taylor Fairman; and Junior McKenzie Smith also competed Saturday. Chrusciel’s choreographers, Lea Smith and Aimee Langlas, chose her music. “I’m doing Everybody Hurts by R.E.M. I wanted to use a song that was full of emotion. Something I could connect to while dancing,” Chrusciel said. Chrusciel’s dance style is modern

contemp o r a r y. Stortz’s individual piece had a jazzier feel to it. “My s o n g Shannon Chrusciel is Get State Solo Dance Y o u r Champion Way by Jamie Cullum. The routine is really showy and theatrical. I thought this was the best opportunity to do something different. This style is something I really know and like to perform,” Stortz said. Stortz practiced her piece whenever she could. “If I’m having a tough time, I’ll just run over it. I really just practice in my free time,” Stortz said last week. The girls’ hard work has paid off. Shannon Chrusciel finished first out of twenty to thirty girls who received a division I. This is the first time a CFHS student has received this honor since 1983.

Co-ed Dance prepares jazzy routine for spring Co-ed Dance Team has always been a fun and exciting competition for students. It allows participants to do fun choreography as the boys involved are taught to do moves they never dreamed they could do. Senior Jordan Lindaman, whose dance partner is Kayla Alfry, is ready to face the challenge. “I am very excited to perform at state because we are going to get first. But it will be challenging for me because I have no rhythm at all,” Lindaman said. The co-ed dance routine has a jazzy swing feel with inspiration from the movie Idlewild. Senior Jessica Gitchell is pumped up for this year’s co-ed dance. “I’m excited because coed is the most fun aspect of dance team. It’s easy to get energy from the crowd and there’s more style,” Gitchell said. Co-ed Dance Team member practice for two and half hours on Monday nights and two and a half hours on Saturdays. Catch the CFHS Co-ed Dance Team at wrestling and basketball games later this spring.

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CFHS play successfully emphasizes importance of individual exploration The lesson came through clearly in last week’s CFHS theater production of You Can’t Take It with You by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. In the performance, Mr. Kirby, an arrogant man who works tirelessly at a job he despises on Wall Street, suffers indigestion and unhappiness because of his dedication to the belief that a man is only as good as his business. Mr. Kirby sharply contrasts character Martin Vanderhof, a grandfather who walked out on his job 35 years earlier to pursue a life of pleasure. The result on the audience is an understanding of the importance of life’s joys and the realization that no matter how much money or property you attain during your life, once you die, you can’t take it with you. The Tiger Hi-Line staff fully supports this message. With perpetually increasing pressures on American students to learn more, achieve more and become more active, stresses are rising. The increasing expectations require students to take and excel in advanced classes in addition to seeking involvement in multiple extracurricular activities as well as holding a parttime job. Students are told from the time they are in elementary school that it is necessary for them to succeed in all of these aspects of life in order to secure a successful future through a college education at a quality institution. While we certainly believe in the be all you can be mentality, and believe that a rigorous course load and active schedule certainly has its benefits, free time is also necessary for holistic development. High school is a time for students to experiment with their sense of self and solidify an identity; such experimentation requires time to explore passions and pursue interests that may not be résumé builders. The Tiger Hi-Line staff believes that high school is a time for planning ahead but also for living in the present. Even though we are working toward a brighter future, the truth remains that life is no less of a whirlwind beyond high school than it is today. We need to seize opportunities, even today, to stop what we are doing and look around; after all, we never know what we may find in the vast and wonderful world in which we live.

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Food drive focused on feeding hungry, volunteerism Dear Editor, The Board and Staff of the Northeast Iowa Food Bank would like to thank the community for their generous support of the Student Food Drive. We recently came across an article that spoke about the competitive focus of this drive and would like to take this opportunity to respond. The Northeast Iowa Food Bank was chosen as one of five pilot Food Banks across the United States to implement this project based off of an extremely successful model developed in the Quad Cities. Students in the Quad Cities have taken ownership in this event and have increased the amount of food raised over the past 20 years from 35,000 pounds to over a million pounds! This success would not be possible without a strong student driven effort. We know that our students and the Northeast Iowa community will come together and produce incredible results. This is one of the reasons our Food Bank was chosen to pilot the project; when the Food Bank is in need, the community responds. Last year we reported that, through our member agencies, we are serving 35,700 different individuals annually,

40% of which are children. In order to do this, we rely on broad based community support. We are very grateful for this and cannot operate without it. The Student Food Drive is an excellent way for the Food Bank to engage students from all communities to join together for a great cause. In no way do we want the focus to be on competition, but sometimes a little competition not only adds a little fun, but drives participation and creativity – we have certainly seen this with our eight participating schools and are extremely proud of their efforts thus far. Our goal is to unite students and schools in the fight against hunger. Although there are rewards for all participating schools, this has never been the focus or detracted from the ultimate goal of feeding more people in our communities.

It was also mentioned that for every one dollar donated, we can provide $13.31 worth of food to the community. This is correct, and monetary donations are always welcome. However, the Food Bank needs a variety of resources and could not operate without the canned goods and non-perishable items that we obtain through food drives; this product is not typically available in large quantities for us to secure from our national resources. It is a privilege to work and live in a community that is so generous and helps the Food Bank bring in the resources it needs to meet the ever growing demand. As the Student Food Drive continues through Nov. 15, we ask that everyone remain focused on the mission of the drive - “to unite and empower area high school students in the commitment to feed the hungry and to promote volunteerism”. On behalf of those we serve, we thank you. Sincerely,

Barbara P. Prather Executive Director Northeast Iowa Food Bank

‘Our View’ fails to reflect views of student body Dear Editor. I am writing to you as a response to an article in the Tiger Hi-line regarding the food drive. As I was reading this article I became very offended by the way in which the food drive was portrayed. The term “selfish motivation” really bothered me when referring to the contests related to the food drive. I understand there are contests and some of them have rewards, but that is not all this food drive consists of. This week there have been themes for each of the days, such as fruit day and bring your baby weight in cans. Neither of these consisted of prizes. The themes are just other ways of approaching this food drive to try and motivate as many people in the school as possible. Another reference that was very displeasing about the article was the timing at which it went out. This was written right at the start of the food drive. It seemed to give off the impression that

the food drive is being doubted by its own students. Bags for the community were sent out so they could participate in this event too. The bags were sent out on the same day this article was published. It makes me hesitant to believe that everyone in the community will feel motivated to participate now after reading this article, especially if they think it is turning into one big contest. Our goal was to find as many ways as possible to involve everyone in the school and community. We know that our entire community is very diverse and that different activities motivate different people. Our objective was to try and incorporate as many people as we could by offering a variety of different opportunities. Another thing that could be taken as a misconception is that the article was written in the “Our View” section of the paper. This could mislead readers by allowing them to think that this is

a majority school opinion of the food drive. I know you mentioned some of the groups involved, but I know for a fact that all of these groups have worked very hard and put in a lot of time to make this food drive successful. All of these groups wanted to plan activities to excited the student body and the community. This article was taken harshly by a lot of the members of those groups and they feel as though their efforts are not being appreciated. I understand the intension of the article was good to make people ware that the primary goal of the food drive is giving back to the community, especially to those who are less fortunate than us. But a member of one of the many groups working hard to make this food drive a success, understand our concerns when these statements are made. Thanks, Abby Conrad

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Cedar Falls diver seizes first at State Omeed Kashef Staff Writer

Cedar Falls diver Bethany Olson came to State with a confident and hopeful goal of winning. That night she left with the title of Women’s 1-meter Diving Champion. Olson’s main competitor was Lauren Naeve from Ames, who beat Olson at State Qualifications. Olson knew she had to step up her game for State, work harder and reach higher degrees of dif-

ficulty. “ Y o u can always improve no matter what,” Olson said. Olson received 20 points for Cedar Falls and helped the diving

Bethany Olson Diving Champion

team get 3rd overall. The Cedar Falls swimming team got 18th overall, reaching head coach Dick Marcussen’s goal of a top 20 finish. With a total of 47 points, the women’s 200-yard medley relay team obtained 12 of those points, and Sara Hedeen and Erica Scullin received 15 of those points together in the women’s 100-yard breaststroke. “We had four swimmers and three divers that qualified for finals, and most of them being young, were not as

experienced as other teams,” Marcussen said. “You need at least 12 players to have a good chance at a state title.” Cedar Falls has won nine state championships and wants to return to that in the future. “We have a lot of potential, but if we want to win State we have to commit ourselves even more,” Marcussen said. “We’ve made a lot of progress throughout the year, and I’m looking forward to next year, and I know that the team is too.”

Cheerleaders capture third at state championship Kristen Counsell Staff Writer

The CFHS competition cheerleader’s earned 3rd place at the state meet in Des Moines on Saturday. Compared to last year’s Co-ed State Championship, this year was more difficult being in the 4A division, because they had more competition. “I am extremely proud of this year’s team. They did an awesome job. Last year we competed as a co-ed team, and we really didn’t have much of a competition in the co-ed division. This year it’s all girls. The biggest difference this year is team unity and bonding. It’s stronger this year,” coach Tami Doyle said. There have been many injuries that

have put many bumps in the road this year. Senior Whitney Gerholdt dislocated her shoulder just days before the competition. “I think the most challenging thing is overcoming injuries and changing our routine to adapt to those girls missing this year,” senior Kelsey Ihde said. The girls are very dedicated to this. They live, breath and sleep cheerleading. “It’s our lives. We see each other more than our families, 24/7,” Ihde said. “We as a team get along so well together,” senior Audrey Kittrell said. “We have a lot more chemistry and less drama, just more injuries,” senior Morgan Schoof said comparing this

year’s team to last years. Four cheerleaders made All-State this year. Only 34 out of 190 cheerleaders made it out of the whole state of Iowa. Junior Tara Murphy made AllState and received an Honorable Mention. The girls had to prove their cheer, jumps and gymnastics abilities to make the All-State team. Thirteen girls made All-American this year. Junior Hillary Gallagher made Top All-American. Two seniors, Kayla Loder and Kelsey Ihde, made National Cheerleaders Association Team bids. Seniors Katie Dostal, Morgan Schoof and Audrey Kittrell made Honor Squad. They get to learn a routine with girls from schools over Iowa and perform it during the half-time show of

the Football Championship Finals. “To be chosen for Honor Squad, you must be a senior, and I take the top three highest accumulative GPA’s as of the beginning of the school year,” Doyle said. The girls have done some fundraisers to pay for their expenses. One of their expenses this year has been new uniforms for competition and varsity squads. Right now the cheerleaders are selling Schwan’s and competition T-shirts to raise money. The team is hoping to perform at three more competitions this year. “I hope to improve on some of the skills we have and add some more difficulty and come out on top,” Doyle said.

Volleyball team begins postseason today after winning final regular season match Jacob Zierer and Michael Hanson Staff Writers

The Tiger ladies are on their road back to their fourth consecutive state volleyball tournament. After a hard-fought victory over the eighth-ranked Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougars on Oct. 29, the Cedar Falls team advanced to the 4A Quarterfinals today in Cedar Rapids. It was a chilly Monday evening as the sixth-ranked Cedar Falls Tiger team and the Cedar Rapids Kennedy Cougar team played under the bright lights of the McLeod Center. The Cougars had the better start in

the game, winning the first two games 25-22 and 25-14. After Kennedy built leads of 13-8, 18-12 and 22-20 in the third game, Cedar Falls found its rhythm before the Cougars could win the third game and won the game with a score of 25-23. “I think we finally started figuring out their offense and setting up our defense around it,” said Jessica Wingert, senior outside hitter of Cedar Falls, after the game to the Courier. The Tigers kept rolling and took the fourth game 25-19. “I think it took us a couple of games to get warmed up,” Wingert continued. Finally the Tiger ladies won the match after winning fifth game with a score of 15-11.

The comeback was led by Wingert, who had a team high 21 kills and seniors Nina Savage and Caitlin Hagerty, who added 17 and 10 kills respectively. Senior Abby Conrad had 51 assists, and senior Mallory Adams had 30 digs. The victory over Cedar Rapids Kennedy extends the season for several seniors and, on the other hand, secures a berth in the state tournament. The Tigers will take on the fifthranked Bettendorf Bulldogs on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at Cedar Rapids. The Tiger team has already faced the Bulldogs; earlier in the season, they defeated Bettendorf in the championship game of the Dubuque Wahlert Invitational (25-18 and 25-11).

Regarding how he plans to prepare for Bettendorf, Coach Matt Flaherty said,“We played Bettendorf this year, so we know a few things they are trying to do, or will do, so we’re trying to focus on those things.” “They’ve got a strong outside hitter, so I expect a lot of hard angles shots. Really no difference than a lot of the teams that we’ve faced this year,” he continued. Coach Flaherty has a lot of confidence in his team. “I wouldn’t be a very good coach if I didn’t believe that we’re gonna win, so I think we’re gonna take them in three,” he said a week before the big game.

Athlete Week of the

Darion Howard Junior Football Darion Howard has recently proven himself through repeated quality athletic performances. How do you get pumped for your games? Usually before the game, a bunch of us go into the weight room and listen to some music and play catch. What motivates you? I love playing in front of big crowds!

Do you have any individual goals for the State game? Just get a few catches and help our team get the win. Are you looking to play football in college? I’d like to! Do you have a role model? Why? Antonio Gates who plays for the Chargers. He’s probably the best tight end in the NFL and LeBron James too! What do you like about football that separates it from other sports you play? Well, I really like basketball too. I just think that I have a better shot in football.

Tigers in Action

Football (10-0) 11/5 played CR Washington If they beat Washington, Next Up: 11/9/07 against winner of Bettendorf vs. Davenport Assumption (UNI Dome) Volleyball 11/7 play Bettendorf today in Cedar Rapids If they beat Bettendorf, Next Up: 11/9 against the winner of Ankeny vs. Dubuque Hempstead (1 p.m. Cedar Rapids)

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A Wh ole Ne w Wo rl d Senior tells of gained perspective from Rotary Club Willa Simmet Ecuadorian Correspondent

Tonight as I gaze outside of my Ecuadorian window at the stars in the southern hemisphere, I slowly repeat this phrase into the telephone to my mother in the northern hemisphere. For two months, I have been living in Macas, Ecuador, learning to communicate with a different language. This entails daily confusion that begins during breakfast with the maid and ends the moment I kiss my host mother’s cheek good night. While the language barrier often makes it seem like this world is incredibly large, I recently learned just how small this world is… The moment I heard that river, I swallowed my gum and knew I was in for the ride of my life. Carlos, a seventeen-year-old Shuar (an indigenous group of people in Ecuador) boy took my hand and led me down the muddy path to the rapid and roaring water of

the jungle. He put the tube in the water and told me to lay down flat on my stomach. Without hesitation, I did. I crave adventure like this. It gives me something to compare with the state my mind is in. I watched Carlos make the sign of the cross and then I felt his body on top of mine. With his bare feet, he pushed off the rocks and suddenly we became a part of one of the most vivacious environments in the world. He began shouting directions in order to maneuver our tube and lives away from the abruptly approaching rocks. Before I could process the puzzle of his word choice, I felt the water drench my hair and struggled to find something to wrap my hands around in order to stop my life from being sucked into the depths of Hell. I grabbed onto one of the vines rushing past the right side of my face and instantly lunged for Carlos’s hand, before he was sucked down the river,

What is the Rotary Youth Exchange Program?

The Rotary Youth Exchange program is an initiative sponsored by the Rotary Club that enables young adults to live in another country for up to a year. The Cedar Falls Rotary Club is the local chapter that offers this opportunity. The Rotary Youth Exchange is open to young adults wanting a unique experience. “We hope to give them some exposure to the rest of the world and broaden their horizons,” said Steve Ford, who is in charge of the local program.

leaving me alone with the mysteries of the jungle. As the bitter water sped through my dangling body, I began shouting some of the few success words that I know in Spanish. Carlos smiled at me and motioned for me to dive back onto the tube. And once again, we were at one with the purest form of life. As we sped around the corner, I knew something terribly riveting was about to happen. Carlos and I crashed into a pile of rocks and across the river from us, Daniel, another boy was clinging to a pile of sticks. I scrambled onto the rocks and watched as Carlos and Daniel tried to decide how to get Daniel and his tube across the river to us. Watching Daniel cling to the vines, all I could do was shout a few words of encouragement across the river to him. And then his tube was sucked down the river. Now it was only Carlos, Daniel, one tube and myself. Daniel would have to

swim across the river. Carlos walked as far as possible without losing control to the clenches of the river, and held out his hand for Daniel. Now the only sounds were the words of the rushing river. Daniel let go of the vine, fell into the water and ferociously swam across the river to Carlos’s hand. He made it. I started screaming and ran to pull the boys out of the water. We shared some smiles and ventured into the jungle in order to find our way back to the path. Daniel and I grabbed the tube and followed a barefoot Carlos. As I ran after Carlos, past deserted Shuar huts and lemon trees, I turned around and shared a smile with a silent Daniel. Communicating without understanding the language has been the most difficult thing I have done thus far in my life. Throughout the process, my mind has stretched and expanded, producing new ideas about the similarity of all human beings on this earth.

We live in a large world, jam- packed with words, 99 percent of which I do not understand. However, despite the language barrier, I felt the uniformity between Daniel, Carlos and ME during our tubing adventure. In a world filled with strife and injustice, communication remains the biggest problem, but what if for one moment all the people in the world took a moment to remain silent with each other? What would we realize? Past the complexity of ideas expressed through words exists the simplicity of the language of the human heart. Deep down, we all possess the same feelings and desires for this world and sometimes it takes something as immense as silence to realize that. When taking into account the land- mass of the world, it is incredibly large, but when looking at it from the eyes of the human heart, we live in a very small world.

ador u c E m o r f s Photo Sporting face paint with her host brother, senior Willa Simmet gets to know the family that she will be residing with for the entirety of this year.

What do families experience?

“Willa has had some fantastic opportunities since she left Aug. 16. She is in a pretty remote part of Ecuador in a town called Macas, which is kind of the gateway to the Amazon Rainforest,” Willa’s mother Jean Simmet said. The Simmet family has endured great change. “It's a big commitment, but I think it is also a life changing event for the students who get involved. It's life changing for the families as well,” Jean Simmet said.

How can you study abroad?

If you apply and are interested in the program, it is likely that you will be selected. “Unfortunately, we don’t get many applications, but fortunately this means we don’t typically have a contest.,” Ford said. For more information about studying abroad, visit Vincent Stigliani information

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Hugging an Ecuadorian tree, senior Willa Simmet becomes acquainted with her new surroundings.

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