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Side Tracked CF standout lost for season after knee injury with Hawkeyes/page 10 Follow us on Twitter @tigerhiline, Facebook at TigerHilineOnline and on our website at

SLATE The Hi-Line explores the ideas behind some of the new faces around the halls of CF

The Man with the Plans Hi-Line begins series exploring new superintendent’s ideas/pages 4-5

Up Close Meet the new teachers and exchange students/pages 6-7

Southern Exposure Senior trades last year at CF for experiences in Argentina/page 8






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Our View

Hi-Line adds monthly magazine

Welcome to the Tiger Hi-Line magazine. You can still enjoy all of your favorite parts of the Tiger Hi-Line newspaper including gripping opinion articles, fascinating news stories, exciting features and riveting sports detail. However, these components are presented in a new style, consistent with the current changes in the newspaper industry today. We believe magazines with sans serif script and bold headlines in front of cleverly crafted graphics are the way of the future. The Tiger Hi-Line is ready to pick up and adjust to the new demands in an ever-changing society. The new format is consistent with the theme of this edition: New things happening at Cedar Falls High School. So enjoy reading about what your classmates did this summer and new changes in the school district. As we launch this magazine edition, we still hope to keep CF current on weekly news. Our magazine will arrive monthly, but in all the intervening weeks, readers will still find the smaller, more timely focused Hi-Line. We will also be exploring more options with our website in the upcoming weeks. This said, it is important that if you have any comments for the Tiger Hi-Line that you contact us as listed further down this page. Also, if you have interest in writing something for publication notify us by visiting room 208. We hope that you enjoy reading the weekly publication of the Tiger Hi-Line. Be sure to let us know what you think by following us on Twitter @tigerhiline or on Facebook at TigerHilineOnline. Check out additional content on our website at


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The Tiger Hi-Line is a weekly publication of the journalism classes at Cedar Falls High School, 1015 Division Street, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613. Our website is www.hiline. The Hi-Line is distributed to CFHS students on Tuesdays to read during their RCTs fourth period. Columns and letters do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Hi-Line staff or Cedar Falls Schools. The Hi-Line editorial is presented weekly in the editorial labeled Our View, and it is the view of the majority of the editors listed below. Reader opinions on any topic are welcome and should be sent to The Tiger Hi-Line staff or delivered to room 208. All letters must be signed. Letters must be submitted by 3 p.m. on Thursday for publication in the following Tuesday edition. Letters may not exceed 300 words and may be edited to meet space limitations. Writers should include their contact information for verification.




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Breaking the Law, a Trashy Scene

Teen drinking can lead to troublesome consequences

The most frequently used drug by teenagers is alcohol. There is no denying it. The National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse discovered that 86 percent of high school students say their classmates are drinking, or doing other during Editor-in-Chief Maya drugs AMJADI the school day. Although it is illegal to purchase or consume alcohol until age 21, across the country teenagers are having an easy enough time accessing it. Cedar Falls High School is no exception. The question becomes not “Can I drink alcohol illegally?”, but “Should I?” The majority of us ignore our conscience, the angel sitting on our right shoulder “Poof!” vanishes. The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse published 80 percent of high school students have tried alcohol. Curiosity, no doubt, plays a large part in this surprisingly high statistic. It is natural for teenagers to want to try new things: but experimenting with this illegal drug is not worth the damaging effects. Amjadi When alcohol is absorbed (through consumption) it goes straight into the bloodstream. From there it flows into our bodies’ central nervous system which is comprised of our

It is natural for teenagers to want to try new things: but experimenting with this illegal drug is not worth the damaging effects. Maya

brains and spinal cords. This gives alcohol the front seat driving position. A depressant, it takes the brakes off inhibitions, which is why so many people do things they later regret. Since alcohol is a depressant, it slows down our systems’ functions. This doesn’t sound like a deal breaker. Sometimes I wish my thoughts would slow down. But alcohol actually blocks messages trying to get to the brain, such as “breathe!” Alcohol also alters perceptions, emotions, movement, vision and hearing. If alcohol is so bad, why do so many teenagers drink it? Well, in small amounts it can make you feel relaxed and less anxious. But after one beer, might as well have another, because, you feel fine. And then that one is gone and you go get another. Soon intoxication occurs, whether intentional or not. Indications of intoxication include staggering, loss of coordination, slurring words together and becoming confused or disoriented. We have seen videos in Driver’s Ed of people who cannot walk in a straight line because they are so buzzed. It looks funny. A short time later, alcohol poisoning can occur. Symptoms of alcohol poisoning are vomiting, sleepiness, unconsciousness, difficulty breathing, dangerously low blood sugar, seizures and death. Death. And yet the crowd still laughs. It is still funny when someone pees himself or vomits her guts out or gets up on a table and belts lyrics to a song

in an indescribable pitch. Your friend whips out her iphone and soon the embarrassing “high” is all over Facebook and Twitter. The 2012 Back to School Survey conducted by Columbia University found that 75 percent of 12 to 17 yearolds said seeing pictures of teens partying with alcohol or marijuana on social networking sites encourages other teens to behave similarly. Teens who have seen kids getting drunk on Facebook or other social networking sites are more than three times likelier to use alcohol than those who haven’t. Besides getting arrested (as if that isn’t reason enough to stay away from the toxins) alcohol has many other detrimental effects on a teenager’s life. It can affect sports performances because of its ability to manipulate the body’s coordination. Drinking also gives you bad breath and facilitates embarrassing and regrettable actions. Drinking alcohol is dangerous. Over the course of many years, it damages vital organs: your heart, your liver, your brain. When offered a drink at a party, the choice will be yours alone and you will have to decide what is more important.






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Plans By Editor-in-Chief Maya


In his first address to the Cedar Falls Schools staff, new superintendent Mike Wells outlined a number of innovative paths for the district to explore. In this issue, The Tiger Hi-Line will provide an overview of the plans and then explore each in depth in upcoming editions.

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ike Wells, the new superintendent in the Cedar Falls School District, draws upon a wide range of experience as he begins his new job, and he hopes to be able to translate some of his best experiences into opportunities for enriching students’ options here at Cedar Falls Schools. First an overview of his experiences. He started his educational career at the University of Nebraska at Kearney where he studied social studies, history, anatomy and physiology and physical education and received coaching endorsements in several sports. “The reason I got into teaching, I thought, was because I loved coaching,” Wells said. After graduating in 1992, Wells was employed at Anselmo-Merna. “I took a job in the Sand Hills of Nebraska. I was a social studies teacher there, and I coached football, boys basketball and track,” Wells said. After working for three years, Wells decided to pursue a masters degree. Wells’ next job was at Elmwood-Murdock (between Lincoln and Omaha, Neb.). He was an anatomy and physiology teacher, a physical education teacher and coached girls basketball, girls track and assisted football. He taught and coached there for four years while receiving his masters from Doane College. After this, Wells took the position at Niabrara, Neb., as a K-12 principal. There he also served as the athletic director and coached all of the sports, boys’ and girls’. Following that position, Wells took a job in Corning, Iowa, as a high school principal for three years, until a

minor interruption occurred. “I got activated for the Iraqi war when I was a principal. When I came back from my tour of duty, the superintendent was leaving, and I had been working on getting my specialist through UNI and received my specialist degree. When I did come back they offered me the superintendency,” Wells said. Wells was the superintendent at Corning for six years and at Winterset for three. “And now I’ve been superintendent here for six weeks and am hoping to hold the job more than three years,” Wells said with a laugh. Wells has some new ideas for the Cedar Falls school district. “First and foremost, I think that Cedar Falls has a really good educational system. There’s no need for a real change; there’s no massive changes that need to occur because we do well, so some of these things are more of enhancements, things that we can do additional to what we currently do,” Wells said.

One to One

One of Wells’ plans for change is about technology. He comes from a 1 to 1 school. “I’m not saying 1 to 1 is the answer to everything. We’ll be talking with students and with staff. We’re actually going to be having building meetings to talk about where our technology is and what the staff would like to see. It’d be interesting to have the perspective of students [as well],” Wells said. “Currently the district’s philosophy is this Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). The high school

would be able to bring their own devices and log onto the Internet, and that’s supposed to happen this quarter.” The problem with 1 to 1 is the cost. “Your looking about a million dollars a year to do that. So that’s one idea,” Wells said.

Creating Academies

Another idea is the concept of career academies, which both of Wells’ last two schools had. “I start out the conversation about career academies saying these are nothing like Waterloo’s academies. Waterloo’s academies are set up mostly for kids who aren’t going to college. Our tracks, in our academies, would be based on: if you’re going to go to college, these work for you, if you’re going to enter the workforce, they work for you,” Wells said. The district is only in the conversational stage of any academies being employed.

Language Academy

One of these academies is the language academy. A world language academy would offer Chinese, German, French and Spanish to students 7-12 grade.

Construction Program

Construction trades would be another academy, in which students build houses for people of low to moderate income. In Wells’ last district, the bank worked with the program. “The person has to borrow money from the local bank at a really cheap rate so the banks are helping us. We [would] develop a part of town right now that




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Overview of Plans Compiled by Staff Writer Quinn


Plan 1: 1 to 1 1 to 1 is a plan where students can bring their own devices (BYOD) to class and use them in the classroom. There are currently no specific programs that are set up for students to use, but students are encouraged to bring their own devices. If this plan is going to be similar to that of NU’s (Give students devices) it would cost the district $1 million per year. Plan 2: The High School The high school is becoming older and there is talk about either renovating the current high school, or building an entirely new high school. The cost to renovate the high school would be around $50 million, and the cost to build a new one is around $75 million. Either way this decision goes it will benefit students and learning. Plan 3: Creating Academies Wells wants to create academies that will benefit students for college and beyond. On Sept. 5 Wells will meet with 15 other superintendents to talk about creating academies. Academies would bring in state money and benefit the community. Plan 4: Language Academy Language is offered when you become a freshmen. Wells wants to change this. His plan is to offer it to seventh graders and up. They will also be able to learn Chinese as a language. maybe isn’t that nice. So everybody wins,” Wells said. Students in this academy would get hands on learning experience. “They’ll spend three or four days out of the whole year in a classroom. The rest of the learning is: your building a house, and this is how you do it. So kids would get their first year to Hawkeye’s construction trades program done and paid for completely free,” Wells said. This would be a half day program, starting at 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and students would receive 15 college credits free of charge. When students graduate, they would keep their tools so that when they walk away from the program with skill sets, tools and can get a job. “ If nothing else, you want to go to college? Guess what? If you have this license, you’re going to make $15 an hour on a part time job. It’s a good opportunity,” Wells said.


Another academy would be in engineering. Cedar Falls High School already has Project Lead the Way. “The only thing we would consider there is expanding the curriculum. There’s aerospace, which we don’t have, but we have very good engineering and robotics. Another academy ideal is electrical construction, where students would complete two of five levels and earn 12 college credits.

Marine Biology

Another popular academy is marine biology. “This is one at my prior school where it would fill up with just minutes of being open. You’ll probably be hearing about this one sooner rather than later,” Wells said. Careers that can come from this academy include marine biology, photography and underwater welding. “An underwater welder makes $500 an hour, and you can only work two hours a day because it is hard on your eyes. So you make $1,000 a day as an underwater welder, and you work two hours,” Wells said.

Plan 5: Construction Program There is the idea for a construction class that builds houses. The plan is for the class to gain experience by doing it hands on. The projects will be offered at lower costs and can benefit the community. Wells anticipated it would be around 15 credits. Plan 6: Culinary Arts Culinary arts is sometimes a hard program to get in when entering post secondary education. Often times there is a two year waiting list. With Wells program, there will be a culinary arts program that will guarantee students that take it a reserved spot for a post secondary culinary arts program. Plan 7: Early Childhood Academy Early Childhood Academy will be a program where students work at day care centers and earn college credits in the process. The idea behind this program is to get students real world experience that will better benefit them later on. Plan 8: Engineering: At Cedar Falls High School we offer a couple of engineering programs to students. While these engineering classes already exist, Wells says he wants to expand the engineering here at CFHS. He mentioned trying to get aeronautical and aerospace engineering into the high school.

Health Occupations

Health Occupations, an academy of CNA classes I and II is mostly for aging healthcare — specifically nursing homes. Students receive three college credits from this academy and are required to take a state test. They also receive a license as a CNA. Students who are interested in nursing have to complete this step first. “If you choose to enter the workforce, a licensed CNA makes $15-17 an hour versus someone who would take a minimum wage job,” Wells said.

Tech Program

From the half-day technology academy, students have the opportunity of earning 27 college credits. “Kids would learn how to actually build computers. You walk in and ‘these are the components of the computer, build it,’” Wells said. This is an example of A Plus certification (students receive a certificate acknowledging they know how to build computers. Students would also receive software and operating systems training. “When they [students] get done with this program, if they pass all the requirements, they would have A Plus certification, CCNA certification and net plus certification. A person who has those three will make $70,000 right out of high school, and you won’t have a problem finding a job. What else does it do?” Wells asked. “It gives you 20 kids who can go through our system and fix things. These junior techies have to do practicum hours in the buildings, so they would report to the high school and the teachers would say these are the problems I’m having. These kids would immediately go to that room, fix it, teach the teacher what was wrong and move on. It’s a win, win. You have 20 new employees, and there are kids in this school that are smarter than any of us with technology.” At Winterset there was a special education student who kept breaking into the school’s system to show he



Plan 9: Marine Biology Wells has had experience with a marine biology program. Wells explained that it would be a good class for students and would fill up fast. This class would require students to use teamwork. Plan 10: Health Occupations The health occupations programs would be directed towards nursing. It would give students the chance to work and possibly get their CNA. Wells noted that he is wondering about student interest for this program. Plan 11: Tech Program In the tech program you would get the chance to do things like building computers. You would get A+ certification, CCNA and Net + certification. With this combo it is possible to make around $70,000 right out of high school. With this program, students would practice their skills by fixing school computers and helping teachers with tech problems. Plan 12: Bilingual Academy The U.S. is one of the only countries that does not have two languages. In this program Spanish would be offered to younger elementary students. This would benefit students later on with work and communication with the always changing population. Plan 13: Shared Teachers Shared teachers would be a way to benefit students and foreign teachers. This program would have the idea that we share teachers from around the world. If this program is run through UNI it could greatly reduce the costs Wells explained. This plan is unique because it allows adults and students to learn together.

could do it, while the school couldn’t find out how he was doing it. “We finally caught him because we were able to track what computer he did it from, but he’s brilliant. And here’s a kid who is in special education and has had no success in school. This is his success; he is brilliant. He’ll make millions in his lifetime. If you don’t have these kinds of programs, those kids don’t get discovered,” Wells said. These academy specifics are all from Winterset. “People say well you’re not going to get all this stuff done. We can get it done. We are looking at phasing in these programs. We’re not going to do all 12 year one,” Wells said. “When we survey our kids, we’ll probably go three or four a year if that’s the direction we go.”

Bilingual Academy

Another change that Wells is proposing is bilingual education for K-6 and he said this is the most important of all of his ideas. “America is the only country in the developed world that doesn’t require kids to take two languages. What we’re discussing, emphasis on discussing, is starting kids in Spanish in kindergarten on up,” Wells said. This way, by the time junior high hits, students can pick a different language offered after having seven years of Spanish. “We are hoping to roll out some type of pilot this year. It will probably be some type of after school program, and then we will look at how we are going to fund a bilingual education,” Wells said. “I have meetings set up in each elementary building here in September, and if the teachers tell me that’s the direction they want to go, we’ll do it. If they say no, then I guess that kills it.” The biggest issue for the high school is the building. The cost of renovation is going to be looked at and how to solve other problems caused by the high school facilities.






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Nuranineen Wama of Thailand, Faith Aruwan of Nigeria, Simon Bjelland of Norway and Ana Cunha of Brazil

Another Side

“It surprises me that everyone is so open and welcoming; there are people who’ve walked up to me right away and want to get to know me. I think that’s great.” exchange student Simon


Four exchange students join CF For most people, high school is difficult enough, but four students walking the halls of Cedar Falls High School made the choice to challenge their high school experience even more by traveling abroad. This year, Cedar Falls High School welcomes four foreign exchange students representing just about every continent. Pleasantly surprised, they all agree that the welcome they received upon arrival in Cedar Falls was warmer than they expected. “People here are really friendly. I thought no one would talk to me or care at all. I thought the only friend I’d have was a cat. The cat doesn’t have a culture, I wouldn’t have to adjust to him,” Ana Cunha of Brazil said. Simon Bjelland of Norway also feels positive about the welcome he’s received while in Cedar Falls. “It surprises me that everyone is so open and welcoming; there are people

who’ve walked up to me right away and want to get to know me. I think that’s great,” Bjelland said. Faith Aruwan of Nigeria noticed that the atmosphere of Cedar Falls High School is much more laid back than her high school in Nigeria. “Some of the things are different, rights and privleges you have are way more. If a child misses class two times or more here, detention. In Nigeria, you get a zero and beaten by the teacher,” Aruwan said. As well as the difference in policies, Aruwan also observed a positive accomodating outlook while in Cedar Falls. “People are willing to help here, other places, it’s not like that.” The welcome from students and host families has greatly eased the culture shock for these adventurous students. However, there are some things about American school and culture that will take time to adjust to. Aruwan is still getting used

to the taste of some American foods. “It kind of tastes like vinegar, more spicy. I can’t always figure out where the ingredients are from,” Aruwan said. However, she enjoys some American foods such as spaghetti, waffles and cereal. While all of these students miss certain things from home, there is one thing Nuranineen Wama of Thailand does not miss. “Here we begin school at 8 a.m. and finish at 2 or 3 p.m. At home, I started at 7:30 a.m. and finished at 4:30 p.m.,” Wama said. Bjellend also had school on a much different schedule than what most American high schoolers are used to. “Every other day we had late mornings, Tuesday and Thursday 9:45, and 10:30 on Fridays,” Bjelland said. The length of the CFHS school day remains a consistent change for all the exchange students. Cunha misses her big lunch time meal every

day and her school dismissal at 12:30 p.m. “I think you need to eat more here; I’m starved here in the morning. This is really weird to me. I don’t think the food they give here is a lunch, it’s more of a snack,” Cunha said. Even though most of the students don’t like the school lunches, at the end of the day, they are thankful for a home cooked meal. “My host mom cooks really well, and I like the restaurants,” Cunha said. In addition to providing meals, host families also provide support and advice to their exchange students. “They’ve helped me to be more flexible to the environment,” Aruwan said. Wama feels fortunate about living with senior Rachel Nurse’s family. “They’re very nice and I feel I’m so lucky that Rachel is my age and we can talk about anything,” Wama said. The feeling is mutual according to Cedar Falls High School

senior, Rachel Nurse, whose family is hosting Nuraineen. “My relationship with Nuraineen, we call her Deni — her American nickname that she chose — is wonderful. I have always wanted a sister and when the opportunity to host a foreign exchange student came up, I knew I was willing to try it! Deni and I share a room and we get along really well. We both love watching Glee and listening to music. She has only been here a month and I would already call her one of my best friends. She is super hilarious and always makes me smile!” Nurse said. Despite the support of their host families, students still miss home sometimes. “Of course I miss all my friends back in Norway. They tried to convince me not to go. I think they envy me,” Bjelland said. By Staff Writer Amanda




Up Close


Teacher: Susan Croatt

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Teacher: Cole Deike

Years teaching: 13 years Department: Special needs Hometown: New Hampton College: UNI Croatt is the proud grandmother of three fantastic grandchildren.

Years teaching: First year Department: English Hometown: Hampton, Iowa College: UNI In addition to his love for English, Deike enjoys sports and assistant coaches the Peet Junior High wrestling team.

Teacher: Megan Droste

Teacher: Paul Elser

Years teaching: Five Department: FCS Hometown: Rochester, Minn. College: University of Wisconsin-Stout Droste actively participated in volleyball at the high school and college level. She also has coaching experience. She is the 8th grade assistant volleyball coach.

Years teaching: 17 years Department: Physical Education Hometown: Lake Park College: UNI Elser spent time teaching internationally for 11 years in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia.

Teacher: Andrew McCormick

Teacher: Zeb Nicholsen

Years teaching: Eight Department: Art Hometown: Marne, Iowa College: UNI McCormick is excited to be teaching. He will only teach at the high school 30 percent of the time and will be at Holmes the rest of the day.

Teacher: Simone Sundblad

Years teaching: Five Department: World Languages Hometown: Windom, Minn. College: Bethel University and Drake University Sundblad worked five years as a social worker before becoming a teacher.


News with the new high school teachers

Years teaching: First year Department: Math Hometown: Cedar Falls College: UNI and University of Iowa Nicholsen graduated from Cedar Falls High School. He still holds a CF football record for longest season average punt at 40.6 yards.

Teacher: Katie Wilson

Years teaching: Six Department: Special Needs Hometown: Cedar Falls College: Loras College Wilson has a family member on the Cedar Falls High School staff, Mrs. Flaherty.





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“Mostly, I’m going to try not to make too many plans while I’m in Argentina in order to try to keep myself open to any experience possible.”

Southern Exposure

Senior Shelby


Anna Love Photo

Senior Shelby Snell is attracted to the possibility and excitement of traveling. Her first time out of the United States is a big jump south of the equator. For the majority of the year, Snell will be living in Corrientes, Argentina, a city of over 300,000 people. Close to the border of Brazil, Corrientes has sandy beaches, an exciting culture and new experiences. One of the most popular study abroad destinations in the world, Argentina boasts around 40 million people, making it the 30th most populous country in the world. Staying with three host families throughout the year, she will attend school at el Colegio Nacional General San Martín. “My first (host family) has already contacted me and they seem like amazing, welcoming people. I’ll have a mom, a grandma and a host brother my age all in that house,” Snell

said. Traveling through the Rotary club, a volunteer-based service group, Snell will learn how normal teenagers live in Argentina. “It’s all volunteer based, so it only cost $5,000 compared to other programs which are up to $11,000,” Snell said. The cost also includes airfare and a travel agent. “Plus, I got a $1,200 scholarship through the Community Foundation,” she said. As soon as she gets her Brazilian visa, her travel agent is booking a flight for the same week. An open-ended plane ticket allows her to decide when to return to the United States, anytime from May to July. “Mostly, I’m going to try not to make too many plans while I’m in Argentina in order to try to keep myself open to any experience possible,” Snell said.

Senior trades last CF year for school in Argentina

Apart from spending most of the year in Argentina, Snell will explore Brazil for a month. “Their seasons are the opposite of Iowa’s, so in January, their summer break from school, I’ll be going to Brazil for a month to travel and see some Brazilian beaches and whatnot,” Snell said. “My town is also not too far from Brazil, so there’s a high chance I’ll be making some weekend trips there with family or Rotarians,” Snell said. Snell said she hopes to become more independent and open-minded to the world around her. “I also want to become fluent in Spanish and less selfconscious while speaking the language overall. I can tell that the experience is going to change me a ton, and I’m just excited to see how,” Snell said. By Staff Writer Martha



spent senior year in Ecuador in 2007-2008

“I came to Ecuador because I want to obtain a global perspective. I want to drink the world by exposing myself to thousands of strange, uncomfortable and exciting experiences. I want to eat ants and hang my clothes outside the window to dry. I want to feel what it’s like to be the minority, and I want to observe the lives of the many native tribes of Ecuador.”




Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012 Autumn Timm Photo



Grecia Diaz Photo

Cierra Rollin Photo

Starting top left, going clockwise. Senior Emma Karns shows off a hurtle. Senior Katelyn Haan flies in this pike basket stunt. Haan, junior Cierra Rollin, senior Alexus Watts, senior Jenna Pattee and junior Sydney Schoentag show their spirit. Haan and senior Madison Bradford smile at the crowd. The dance team and band kids relax their shoulder muscles after stellar performances.

CHEER Time to

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Athlete of



“He can be one of the best runningbacks Iowa has ever had.” Former teammate Grant

Grainger Alec Braun Men’s Golf


Preseason ACL injury forces premature exit from former Tiger’s 2012 Hawkeye season In a preseason fan day game in Iowa City, 2012 CFHS graduate and Hawkeye running back Barkley Hill trucked through a tackle and forced his way into the endzone like he had done so many times before in high school. But this particular play forced Hill out of the game, just like his last high school play against Bettendorf in the playoffs last season. Cornerback Torrey Campbell threw down Hill at the end of an eight-yard touchdown run that resulted in Hill tearing his left ACL. He will now be using the season to redshirt and work on strengthening himself for the Hawkeyes 2013 campaign. “Barkley Hill’s knee injury during Saturday’s practice will require ACL reconstruction surgery later this week,” said Iowa head coach Kirk Ferentz in a press release. Hill went under the knife on Aug. 24 in Iowa City. As team rules state, Hill is not allowed to address the media


regarding his injury or playing status. High school teammate and lifelong friend, Grant Grainger, is living next door to Barkley at Iowa in the Hillcrest building. “[Barkley Hill] has bounced back really well from surgery. Simply put, he’s superhuman,” Grainger said. Hill watched from a players’ section of the stands in Iowa’s loss to Iowa State 6-9 last Saturday. “I know watching that game was really tough for Barkley. He wanted to beat Iowa State real bad,” Grainger said. Watching his Hawkeyes lose on Saturday could be the start to a long season for Hill, who likely would’ve seen significant playing time against the Cyclones. Hill fully intends on competing for the starting spot next season. “I think he can be one of the best running backs Iowa has ever seen,” Grainger said. By Sports Editor Jared


Senior Alec Braun shot a 78 at Twin Pines on Tuesday, Sept. 10. Cedar Falls is currently in sixth place at the Mississippi Valley Conference’s Division after two rounds. Why do you think you’re in sixth place currently? Our team hasn’t played as well as usual. the inexperience is tough to work with, especially when you have two freshmen (on varsity). How do you think this season is going to go? I think we’ll do pretty good. Hopefully our team peaks at Districts. Our District is really tough, so we need to play our best golf. How do you get pumped up for a meet? Since golf is more of an individual sport it’s fun to try to beat the players on your own team, but you want them to play well too.

Tigers in


Women’s Cross Country Finished 4th at Marshalltown Next up: Rich Engel Classic on Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m. at home

Men’s Cross Country

Finished 3rd at Marshalltown Next up: Rich Engel Classic on Sept. 13 at 4:30 p.m. at home

Football (3-0)

Beat CR Washington 31-16 Next up: Waterloo West on Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at home

Men’s Golf

7th at MVC Division Meet Next up: Tiger Invite on Sept. 14 at 9 a.m. at home at Beaver Hills

Women’s Swimming

Beat Kennedy to 122 on 64 Next up: City High Invite on Sept. 15 at 10 a.m. diving


Went 2-2 at Osage Tourney Next up: Dike-New Hartford on Sept. 15 at 9 a.m. away

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Allison Gregg, Sr. Women’s Cross Country

Alec Braun, Sr. Men’s Golf

Q: What lesson of success did you learn from last year’s graduating seniors that you will apply this year? A: “To not give up on the round and give it your all because it’s your senior year.” Q: What specific things are you and your team going to work on preparing for State? A: “Overall basics, getting the fundamentals down.” Q: What are your goals this year as a team? A: “Hopefully to get top three at Districts to go to State and see how it goes from there.”

Q: What lessons of success did you learn from last year’s graduating seniors that you will apply this year? A: “Always work hard at practice and stay focused on race days.” Q: What specific things are you and your team going to work on preparing for State? A: “We are doing a variety of training that includes hills, tempo runs and intervals.” Q: What are your goals this year as a team? A: “For everyone to P.R. at State and to be in the top three at State.”

By Writer Maddie


Q: What lessons of success did you learn from last year’s graduating seniors that you will apply this year? A: “Always try your hardest. If you show under classmen success, you will have a beter team. Q: What specific things are you and your team going to work on preparing for State? A: “Coming together and workng as a team. Having our relays better.” Q: What are your goals this year as a team? A: “ Be undefeated and place high at State.”

Lexi Banwart, Jr. Women’s Swimming


Ike Boettger, Sr. Football

Q: What lessons of success did you learn from last year’s graduating seniors that you will apply this year? A: “Just to relax during the game, knowing that we will get things going eventually.” Q: What specific things are you and your team going to work on preparing for State? A: “Working on our passing game and being more physical.” Q: What are your goals this year as a team? A: “Make a run at State and hopefully win the state championship.”

Team leaders offer game plans for success

Q: What lessons of success did you learn from last year’s graduating seniors that you will apply this year? A: “You have to work hard in practice for the results to be good in games.” Q: What specific things are you and your team going to work on preparing for State? A: “Be able to play five games and not be tired.” Volleyball Q: What are your goals this year as a team? A: “Make it to State, do really good at State. Not a roller-coaster team, like last year.”

Megan Evens, Sr.



Luke Zahari, Sr. Men’s Cross Country

Q: What lessons of success did you learn from last year’s graduating seniors that you will apply this year? A: “ We have a saying, ‘Trials of miles and miles of trials.’ Hard work is the only way to reach success.” Q: What specific things are you and your team going to work on preparing for State? A: “Get faster, we need to get faster. It’s going to be hard to replace the seniors, but we can do it.” Q: What are your goals this year as a team? A: “We want to get back on the podium.”






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To: Cedar Falls High School From: A Happy Place

To: Cedar Falls High Sch ool I went on the school’s Germany trip and spent a few days in Switzerland. I got to go up Mt. Palitus that is ove r 700 feet tall. -senior Chandal Geerdes

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rk this I went to New Yo . One ch ur ch summer with my w York Ne in re we we s of the day nt to the top a group of us we er. of the Rockefell en ns Ha y -junior Kelse

To: Cedar Falls High Sch ool I went on a tour of the Tower of London. I saw the cro wn jewels. I also saw Parlime nt and the London Eye. -senior Isabelle Hayes

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My family and I ha d just finished a 5k race in down town Torreon, my home town. -senior Jaime Za rate

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camp, which I went to church time of the ite or fav is my us activiro year. We did nume ing to the go , ing mb cli ck ties: ro mpfires. ca and h beac n gto Redin -sophomore Emma

I was teaching in schools, building stuff and doing art projects in Kwa mbekenya, Kenya, at Kiambariki Primary School. -senior Shirley Speckerma n

To: Cedar Falls High Sch ool I went to California to visit colleges and this is on Moss Beach Distillery. -senior Marlaine McKean





MUSIC •ANIMAL COLLECTIVE Centipede Hz on Sept. 4

•CAT POWER Sun on Sept. 4


Tempest on Sept. 11

•The xx

Coexist on Sept. 11

•DAVE MATTHEWS BAND Away from the Wind on Sept. 11


Babel on Sept. 11


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•LOOPER on Sept. 28


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As summer fades, tune in to these indie sounds for fall Though it may seem far away now, the time of orange leaves, pumpkin pie and adorable jackets is fast approaching. I know my summer playlist is beginning to fade into the background, and I’m

sure many of yours are, so here are some of my favorite albums for that inspiring transition from hot, happy, fast summer to chilly, orange, introspective fall, all in the eclectic voice of Indie rock.

By Staff Writer Linne


Shugo Tokumaru – Port Entropy For: Fans of Sufjan Stevens, Indie pop enthusiasts This album broke into the Top 40 in Japan when it was released in 2010 by Japanese singer-songwriter Shugo Tokumaru. Shugo was well known before this album for using over 100 instruments in his music, ranging from Indie rock regulars to traditional Japanese instruments. This album, if I had to describe it in one word, is “childlike.” The introductory track, “Platform”, sets the perfect mood. It’s a fun tune featuring banjo, triangle and xylophone, but with a slight moody backdrop that feels almost melancholy. Some favorite tracks of mine include “Straw,” “Linne” (Hey, that’s my name!), “Drive –Thru,” “Laminate” and “Lahaha.” “Straw” is very energetic, featuring a strong guitar part Modest Mouse – No One’s First And You’re Next For: Fans of experimental rock or truly unique sounds The classic Indie rock band Modest Mouse unquestionably does it again with their 2009 EP composed of unreleased tracks and B-sides from their previous two albums, Good News For People Who Love Bad News and We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank. Though not as angry or angst-driven as their past albums, it’s is still a masterpiece in a lineup of great work. “King Rat,” my favorite of the album, starts off with messy, twangy banjo and falls into a jazzy sound that weaves its way through most of the tracks. The lyrics are loud and packed with emotion and are surprisingly easy to sing along with. Cowbell and bluesy, muted trumpet let you know that the wild breakdown is well on its way, and it does not disappoint. Fun

that leaves you out of breath just in time for slower lyrics. “Linne” is composed mostly of a sweet melody on a piano, visited by a musical saw towards the middle of the ballad. Reminding you strongly of your childhood crush, this song is perfect for a midnight walk on a chilly night. “Drive-Thru” is one of the most prominent songs on the album, sounding as if some of it were composed of banging on pots and pans, and some other bits were played on a washboard. “Laminate” is the sadhappy type of song we all know and love, but with a twist. Using a mandolin and a piano, it evokes the perfect kind of content; not happy, not sad, just existing. “Lahaha” is the happiest song I think I’ve ever heard, spinning in circles with rapid strums on the guitar accompanied by a xylophone. The perfect happy autumn day album, the entire album is worth listening to wrapped in a peacoat with a cup of hot cider. fact, the music video for this song was actually directed by Heath Ledger shortly before the actor’s death. “Perpetual Motion Machine” showcases the jazzy theme. A horn section and a growling saxophone gets you bobbing with the punchy lyrics. The song sounds raw and unofficial, we hear people chattering in the background and the instruments all head off in their own direction occasionally, and it almost fools you into thinking this song might be happy. “Satellite Skin” was released as a single before the album in May 2009. This song sounds like classic Modest Mouse. With jamming guitars and rock piano, it’s a great listen for fans of the previous track Float On. All eight tracks on this mashup are well worth the listen and can appeal to all different tastes. This album is the inspiration for those projects you had put off until the chillier weather.

Emily Haines and The Soft Skeleton – Knives Don’t Have Your Back For: Fans of Metric, The Hush Sound This album, being the first studio release of singersongwriter E m i l y Haines under the moniker Emily Haines and The Soft Skeleton, is for people with a love of Emily and acoustic music, which are generally two loves that are hard to balance. However, this album, with its lilting melodies hiding darker lyrics, draws you in and holds you close, lulling you with sweet tunes on the piano and Emily Haines’s classic soft voice. The entire album is an eclectic experience, with each song distinctly telling a different story. The songs “Our Hell,” “Doctor Blind,” “The Lottery” and “Reading In Bed” are the real hits on this album. “Our Hell,” calling up distinct memories of The Hush Sound, speaks about how all of our “problems” really aren’t as bad as we think they are. Moving from the meaning, the piano and the soft beat makes the tune feel almost happy. She harmonizes and gets us comfortable, then changes the feel of the song, with the notes on Husky – Forever So For: Fans of Fleet Foxes, The Shins This debut album from Australian Indie folk quartet Husky is an easy listen. Composed almost entirely of soft lullabies and melodies strung harmoniously together, this is the music we have almost lost touch with. “Animals and Freaks” is a slow song, with a twangy guitar playing behind the whispery lyrics. You can almost feel a story in the song, telling the story of a lost love, as the singer sounds as truly tired and sad. At the end of the song, we hear the music of a carousel playing in the distance “Hundred Dollar Suit” is

the piano sharply hammering out a mysterious tune before returning to the more flowing feel that it started off with. “Doctor Blind,” rated #457 on Pitchfork Media’s Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s, sounds like something you would hear from the back corner of a smoky bar late at night. With small bits of dreamy wandering that leaves you reminiscing and hoping for more, it gets right back into the carefully rhymed lyrics, slow-dancing the rest of the song away. “The Lottery” is my favorite track off of this album. The piano is melancholy and wistful, with the lyrics play tag, going back and forth with alliteration and the occasional clever rhyme. Her vocals fade out, getting quieter as the song draws slowly and regretfully to a close. “Reading in Bed” starts off almost quietly jazzy, with violin playing so quietly in the background that you almost don’t even notice it. The song tells multiple stories with each lyric. The chorus is sweetly sad, with horns playing in the background with the returning violin. The words are finished here, but you barely notice it as the piano, horns and strings fight for possession of your attention. A great album for the rainy autumn days we all know and love/hate. faster paced and feels catchier. You can picture it off in the distance as the music fades away. With light strums of the guitar playing with ambient piano music, the song travels like a walk down a crowded street. “Hunter” is reminiscent of Bon Iver or Iron and Wine, as the guitarist finger-picks his way into the song. Suddenly, strings join in, and the chorus softly climaxes and fades back away. “Forever So” is truly worthy of being the title track, as the guitar sounds starry and the lyrics sound like humming before the happy chorus accompanied by a tambourine. Piano follows and leads us into the second half of the song that almost feels too short. A soft sound for a walk under thinning trees or for sitting on a bench in your favorite park.




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Drug-free dance gets the ‘party’ started with plans for follow up fun later this year The sweat was flowing and the music was pumping as students of all ages from CFHS gathered for a neon dance party this summer. The dance started at 9 p.m. right after fall kickoff and lasted until about midnight. Everyone showed up decked out in neon attire. “Everybody really went all out with the neon. I rocked a neon green wig,” senior Natalie Rokes said. The party was held in a warehouse at senior Andrea Martinson's house that senior Walker Martinson and his friends prepared for. "It took my four friends and I about 15 hours to set the place up. We also had to put black lights up so everyone would glow in their neon stuff. It was hard work but for sure worth it,” Martinson said. The five guys made a Facebook invite for the party and sent it to many sophomores, juniors and seniors. "We thought it would be cool to make the party open to sophomores just coming to the high school to make them feel welcome," Martinson said.

The invite stressed the importance of a clean party with no alcohol. Martinson asked Tyler Ruane, a friend he met at church, to be the bouncer for the party. His job was to stand at the door and make sure no alcohol was let inside. "I thought the whole thing was awesome. I only had to kick a few people out for trying to sneak some alcohol in," Ruane said. The main point of the dance was to bring all the grades t o gether a n d have some clean fun to start off the school year. "I wanted to show everybody that you can have fun without drinking, and it was just a good way to kick off the year without partying the wrong way," senior Alec Braun said. Braun and his friends plan on having another neon dance party this year. "We’re trying to do it again either for New Years Eve or around the end of first semester.”rst semester,” Braun By Staff Writer Laurenn said.


“I wanted to show everybody that you can have fun without drinking and it was just a good way to kick off the year without partying the wrong way.” —Alec BraunAlec dance organizer

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Standing Up NEWS

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012




to Bullying

After high profile Iowa cases, district takes steps to prevention Last spring a suicide at South O’Brien High School in Paullina led many Iowans to realize the effects bullying has on students. Luckily, the Cedar Falls school district has been creating policies and procedures to address the issue of bullying in schools. “Bullying happens in every school across the country, and we want to do everything we can to stop it from being a problem in our schools so that our

students are safe and feel safe,” Hansen Elementary School counselor Jen Alexander said. Three years ago, the Safe and Drug Free Schools program ended due to the lack of funds from the state of Iowa. Alexander, police officer Katy Burkhardt and CFHS counselor Josh Carnelley volunteered to start an anti-bullying and substance free committee called Cedar Falls Partners for Safe and Drug Free Schools. The group is composed of teachers, administrators, parents, students and community representatives. One important change the

committee is working on is an improved documentation system for reporting bullying. They have created a web link with information on the schools’ website with the theme, “Close the Curtain on Bullying.” Also included is a workable definition of what bullying is. “There’s a bit of confusion as to what’s bullying and what’s not. Sometimes just general conflicts or teasing can be construed as bullying when it does not meet the actual criteria,” Carnelley said. Along with these changes come adjustments to the bullying awareness in the class instruction of students. “The anti-bullying curriculum has already been in place in grades 3-6 across the district for years,” Alexander said. While it has been in place for grades 3-6, grades, 7-12 are a different story. “There are a number of holes in the 7th through 12th curriculum on bullying prevention education we want to fill,” Carnelley said. Though the counselors are working hard to help, it is also up to the students to end bullying. “A good way to help is helping each other out but standing up as well,” Carnelley said. The anti-bullying posters located throughout all the schools highlight this point with the idea of students “Standing Up, Speaking Up and Stepping Up.” “While having a consistent definition and communicating our procedures to everyone are key, we know that posters alone are not going to solve the problem. It’s the relationships between students and teachers and students and students that will create respect towards each other. That’s what the committee is striving to do,” Alexander said. Some believe that this fight to stop bullying is strong enough to abolish bullying from schools. “I personally think that bullying can be fully eliminated. I think we should strive for that and not stop until we do have it eradicated from our schools,” Alexander said. While others, however, do not. “The amount of bullying can highly decrease but not truly be eliminated,” Carnelley said, “It’s a fight worth fighting for.” Staff Wrter Alyssa



From Bullying website

In the movie Bullying, released nationally last spring, Alex Libby’s nightmarish experiences with bullies in at school in Sioux City prompted many Iowa school districts to reexamine their policies and procedures in preventing and addressing such abuse.

After coming out as gay and suffering the harrassment of some South O’Brien classmates in western Iowa, Kenneth Weishuhn committed suicide last spring. The Sioux City Journal printed a full-page editiorial on page one calling for Iowans to address bullying.

Sept. 11, 2012 Hi-Line  

This is the Sept. 11, 2012 edition of the Tiger Hi-Line produced by the journalism students at Cedar Falls High School.

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