The Husky Howl
Hirschi Math Science IB Magnet High School ~ Wichita Falls, Texas ~October Issue, 2010
Editors Catherine Fells, News Class of 2011
Paige Scherer & Lauren Sralla, Editorial
Class of 2011 & Class 0f 2012 Cayley Burleson & Nour Azzouz, Feature
Class of 2011 CJ Lowder, Entertainment
JROTC Welcomes New Cadets Band receives 2 at Region UIL by Catherine Fells As the 2010-2011 school year kicks off, The Husky Battalion has gained a new crop of first year students (Let 1s). In fact, never before has Hirschi seen such a large group of freshmen interested in JRTOC. “I’m really excited. It’s really fun.” said Sophmore Garett Swalwell. JROTC is a military based leadership program in which students have the opportunity to gain rank and learn respect to others and own country. In JROTC, there are many opportunities for the cadets to get involved with the school and the community. For instance, the cadets put up the American flag at home football games and guard the band equipment when they go on the field. JROTC also volunteers at special events including Special Olympics, Whispers Of Hope, Teens Make A Difference Day, Huskies Make A Difference Day, and many military oriented organizations ,such as their service learning project and the signing of the banner. Although the organization does require much attention and work, there is also down time. Many of the cadets go out of town on trips
to San Antonio River Walk, the Texas Rangers Museum, the World War 2 Pacific Theater Museum, the Alamo and the Brazos river canoe trip. JROTC also has many competitive teams such as Color Guard, Riffle, Drill Team, Physical Fitness Team, Orienteering Team, and Cadet Band. “I’m joining the P.T. to get in shape.” said Sophmore Adrian Sias. The JROTC cadets are a close nit group of people. They have each other’s back and are willing to defend one another. The program firmly believes that teamwork is the key to success. The mission of JROTC is not to get students to join the military but to motivate young people to better citizens. The whole battalion is so excited about the new school year with the “newbies”. After all, never before have there been so many cadets that have wanted to be involved. The future is looking bright for Hirschi’s JROTC program. Sophmore Chris Rye says, “I like the school, but I really like the program. I actually came over to Hirschi for their fantastic JROTC program.” It isn’t too late to join Hirschi’s JROTC next semester and be a part of the legacy.
by Jessica Lunte and Paige Scherer The Big Blue Band from Huskyland showed off its skill once again at the local Region UIL Marching competition at Memorial Stadium on Saturday, October 16th. Hirschi’s band contended against several other area schools’ bands for the highly coveted “1” rating, or a superior performance. Marching on to the field with a military-like precision, Hirschi’s band, led by drum majors Senior Paige Scherer and Junior Kailee Rogers, performed the show, An African Odyssey. Among other high schools, Old High, Rider, Iowa Park, and Holliday High Schools performed at the event. Hirschi Senior Connor Parish was fairly satisfied with the band’s performance. “We did good, but we did not do the best we could. There’s always room for improvement,” Parish said. Hirschi High School not only made Hirschi students proud, but impressed several students from other high schools. Madi Samus, a Sophomore at Wichita Falls High School, also viewed Hirschi’s band, and was awestruck. “I thought that they played really well,” she con-
swimming at the world-famous beaches along the coast. Madame Veronique F a u s t , the group leader, has lived in France half of her life. “I went to school and lived in Avignon until I was 26,” Faust said. She has taken students to France before. “Last time it was fantastic,” Faust stated. She is very excited for the trip. The chance to tour a country and cities with someone who has lived there nearly half of their life is a once in a lifetime opportunity. In the words of IB
English teacher, Mrs. Elizabeth McBroom, “She’ll be the best guide in the world.” Faust believes that going to another country should be something everybody experiences at least once in their lifetime. “This trip will change the life of anybody who goes. To me it’s like, once you go to another country, you become another person.” S o p h o more Joanne Gonzalez can’t wait for the trip. “I need to practice my French so that I can get around in Paris,” Gonzalez confessed. To raise money for the extra amenities, the French club will be host-
fessed. “They sounded really beautiful, and their marching was nice. It was inspiring.” Emma White, a Rider Sophomore, had a message for the WFISD school board. “Hirschi has a great band, but I noticed that some of the instruments were old and made a mucky sound,” she stated. “The district should invest in some better instruments for the Hirschi students.” Despite the crowds reaction, the Hirschi Husky Big Blue Band didn’t hit the high note. The band received a rating of excellent, translating to a 2. This year, the band had the opportunity to advance onto the Area Marching Competition in Denton, TX, but only if they received a superior rating. Senior drum major Paige Scherer was proud of the performance, and disagrees whole-heartedly with the final decison. “Our band worked extra hard, and overcame many obstacles the day of contest, and they still did they best they have all year,” Scherer said. Sheryl Kingcade, director of our Big Blue Band was very proud of her students. “It was a tough competition, but the band performed as every Husky should, the best they could,” Kingcade said.
A Summer in Paris: Students get Foreign Opportunities
by Jessica Lunte A group of lucky
Class of 2012 Amber Manriquez, Sports
Class of 2011 Copy Editor, Shri Ganeshram
Class of 2012
Hirschi students will be traveling to the home of Eclairs, Escargots, and crêpes for nine days this June to witness first hand the immortalized city, Paris, France. Led by Hirschi’s French teacher, Madame Faust, the students will visit attractions, museums, and locations that most people only get to see on the Travel Channel, such as the Eiffel Tour, the Louvre, Pont du Gard, and the coastal city of Nice. The quest to discover what makes France so unique is not limited to La Ville Lumière, or the City of Light. This group of Huskies will be journeying to Provence and the French Rivera as well. The Hirschi Huskies will also be travelling to Monaco, the tiny country located within France, and go
ing a dance and a French dinner. Students will create and serve famous French dishes from scratch and entertain on March 5th from 5p.m. to 8p.m. The students from varying levels of French classes will leave from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport on June 9th and return on the 18th June. If any students are interested in experiencing new and exciting places, there’s still time to join. Talk to Madame Faust or join her Facebook group under “Faust.” France has an aura of mystery and romanticism associated with it. The food, the people, and the landscape are all spoke of as enticing, and breathtaking. Joanne Gonzalez had it right when she said, “Even though France has a different culture, I’m sure I will love every minute of the trip.”
Traffic Control in Hallways “Now everyone knew this was coming...”
by Catherine Fells Slow and steady wins the race but not in the hallways. In that case, MOVE IT! The crowd control in the Hirschi halls is virtually nonexistent. Seriously, it takes about five years to get from A wing to C wing. By the time a student gets to their class, the first two classes before them have already graduated. All of this would be solved if people in the halls would just walk a little faster and stop talking so much! Now don’t run, it’s not a race to see how many minuets one can beat the bell by, but just try to actually increase the speed of the people around you so people can actually get to class on time. There are so many ways to solve this problem. If the person to the right and left of you are so important to you that it is absolutely lifethreatening to just not do the sensible thing (which would be to get their phone number or check them out on Facebook), then move to the side so that people can get by. Another way is to just yell at the top of your lungs “HEY SLOW POKE, MOVE IT!” But, this is not highly recommended.
Another way to keep the crowd moving is to stay on your side of the hallway. When walking along, do you see those lines in the middle of the hallway? They are there so that no one runs smack into someone else. USE THEM! Think of it this way, you are on Kemp driving; do you drive on the right side or the left? Well if you drive on the left, you probably have been pulled over quite a few times. The most crazy solution to this problem just might be to actually keep walking. Going back to the Kemp analogy, if you were to just randomly stop in the middle of the street during rush hour, there is no doubt you would get rear ended. The same applies to the hallway. While every class in the school lets out every student in a class (meaning that every student in the school in now out in the hallways), it is very necessary that each student keeps on moving or they will get hit or run into. With this being said, a warning has been issued. Don’t get mad if this rule is broken and the consequences are felt. Just keep moving, and all will be fine. Ignore this rule and be prepared to reap the fruit of your actions.
Schedule Madness Strikes! Students demand immediate action
by Lauren Sralla All throughout the first week of school, the counselors’ offices were drowned with complaints from students about their schedules. Most of the students at Hirschi High School demanded schedule changes because they had ended up in classes they had not even signed up for! The fact of the matter is, the classes students wanted should have already been picked at the end of last year, not the beginning of this year! As a result of the overflow of complaining students coming to get schedule changes, it took twice as long to finish schedules this year. By the time schedules were finally getting changed, it was already a couple weeks into school. Some of the students just kept their classes, because they thought it would be easier that way. They would not have to deal with the problems creating a new schedule caused. Other students figured that they had already done the assignments given to them for
two weeks, so why catch up in another class? Then, there were the rare few that actually ended up liking the mistakes. The problem is that there were students put into classes, like journalism, who just would not do the work because they did not sign up for the class! When the third week of school came around, parents were still calling left and right trying to get their kids schedules delt with. It seemed as if this year was a never ending war of finding perfect schedules. Classses were not fitting where they needed to, and people just were not happy with the classes they had. Finally, by the fifth week of school, schedules were finally delt with, and peace had begun to return to school. The schedules have been changed, checked, and approved. The only solution for next year would be to plan classes better, and start making the schedules’ before August!
Mandatory planners cause an uprise in student body
by Lauren Sralla At the start of the school year, the administration at Hirschi High School came up with, perhaps, the most ridiculous rule ever. Mandatory planners. Planners are great for keeping on top of things, and most high school students have them, but is it right to make them mandatory? A student should have the right to chose whether they want to buy this planner or not. Recently, a letter was sent that caught this editor’s attention. From what one could gather, this letter was from the administrators to the teachers. This letter brought many issues that students have with the planners to light and also created other problems. The administrators stated that the planners are meant to help the students stay organized, but within the planner, there are bathroom passes.
Does this mean students are paying for the passes? At the beginning of the year, many students thought that is what they were buying, due to the fact that the administrators never stated otherwise. Now, according to the admistrators, a student can get passes from the office, meaning they do not HAVE to have the planner. Upperclassmen were also told that they would need these planners to go off campus, but then they found out that one student in particular did not need this MANDATORY planner to go off campus! This causes issues because many people bought planners that they did not want, because they were told they were mandatory, but apparently they are not. From a source that wishes to remain unidentified, a student was told that
as long as you have either a different planner or a netbook, you did not need to buy the Hirschi planner. The rest of the student body was never told this, leading us to believe that we need the Hirschi planner to have many privlages. Now a huge problem coming up is the fact that the Student Council was forced to buy 800 planners, when they were going to only buy 400. These planners being sold were suposed to make a profit for STUCO, but now they will be lucky to break even These planners are not necessarily a bad idea, but it should be a choice on whether we would like to buy one or not, not a requirement. This year we cannot fix the fact that so many planners will go unsold, but next year, the administration needs to think a little more before they act.
hours at school (assuming that they aren’t on a work program) and then spend 4-6 hours at work. That’s 12-14 hours a day. This, however, is not completely impossible. Many students do this every day, and that’s not the real issue here. This busy schedule has an effect on the school life of many students. Students are more apt to fall asleep in class, not complete their assignments, and, in general, lower their morale. There are pros and cons to having a job in high school. You learn to live the true adult
lifestyle, having to balance school, work, and your social life. Oh, and sleep, of course. The cons of an after school job are the lack of time for other responsibilities and, once again, sleep time. Also, the stress can really take a toll on a student. Jobs and school have gone together for ages. However, the demands of life have turned it into less of an option and more of a requirement. The pros and cons are evident, but no one has the time to consider them; you’ve gotta get back to work.
Students in the Workplace: Good, or bad? by Paige Scherer
It isn’t uncommon to hear students complaining during the school day about their work, or an after school job. Some of these students you look at and wonder, “how do you do it?” These days, college is getting more and more expensive, and you can hardly find a job that doesn’t require a degree. So, here is a conflict. Jobs are demanding. They require a lot of students’ time, effort, and most importantly, time! Now, the math of this is very simple. Students spend eight
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The Husky Howl Editors
Nour Azzouz, Cayley Burleson, Catherine Fells, Shri Ganeshram, CJ Lowder, Amber Manriquez, Paige Scherer, and Lauren Sralla Staff Members Javi Nieves and Jessica Lunte
The Husky Howl is published by the newspaper staff at Hirschi Math-Science Magnet IB High School in Wichita Falls, Texas. Advertising rates are $5 per column inch. For more information, call the journalism department at (940) 235-1070 ext. 30027. Any student wishing to respond to a story published in The Husky Howl, please keep the response brief and free of abusive language or personal attacks. Please leave all letters to the editor in Mrs. Borgman’s box in the Hirschi High School office. Anonymous letters will not be printed.
•Player Profile• Brandon Sheppard Sport:
Position: Wide Reciever Corner
Height: 5’8 Weight: 153lb
The Dangers of Concussions by Nour Azzouz Concussions are a serious issue when it comes to high school sports. They happen when a person receives a serious blow to the head, and the brain shakes, resulting in swelling and temporary loss of function. A recent study commissioned by the National Football Leauge found that football players are 19 times more likely to suffer from dementia and other brain impairments than persons between the ages of 30-49. However, it’s not just pro athletes who have to worry; students are actually at a greater risk of receiving concussions. In fact, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that 300,000 students suffer a concussion every year. Another recent study found that 40% of student athletes who receive concussions get back on the field too soon. At least six states are currently considering laws that prevent student athletes from returning to the field until they have received written medical clearance. Hirschi football player Kiean Spence has been in-
volved in the sport since the age of six. As a linebacker, Spence plays one of the most susceptible positions for a concussion. “I’m not really worried about getting a concussion, because I’ve never had one before. I don’t even think about the possibility of receiving one while I’m on the field.” Although he has never suffered a concussion, Spence has previously experienced a head injury during an important game; “the coaches made me sit out for a couple of plays.” said Spence, “I became very upset, because I wanted to continue playing.” The coaches eventually let him return to the game, because his injury did not appear serious enough to result in a permanent discharge. New technologically advanced helmets can significantly reduce the impact of a severe hit to the head. These helmets have individual shock absorbers that act like an airbag for the head during a collision. Regardless, doctors still advise that, “the best type of prevention is not to get hit in the first place.”
Hirschi Husky Sports Featured Sport: Varsity Football
0-2 in District Play by Amber Manriquez On Friday, October 9 the Hirschi Huskies kicked off their district play on the road against the Iowa Park Hawks. The Huskies knew it would not be an easy game, but that they were more than capable of wining. The Huskies had a new edition to the line-up as freshmen Terrance Cooper, after several meetings with the WFISD school-board, would be allowed to play Varsity Football. This is the first time a freshman has been allowed to
play, despite the district rule, in 48 years. The Hawks scored first late in the first quarter and both teams realized that it was going to be a close game. However, the Huskies were quick to tie the score with a touchdown and the point after. Iowa Park scored one more time before the half, giving them a seven point lead over the Huskies. Giving up was not an option for Hirschi, as the team took the field after half time.
One team, one family.
Shane Clement entered the game to give the Huskies yardage, and made it once again a tied game. Iowa Park scored again to make it 21-14, this however did not discourage the Huskies as they made their way down the field. In the last quarter of the game the Huskies scored, but their after point attempt was blocked leaving the score 21-20. The team fought to the very end, but Iowa Park was still able to come away with the win. The Huskies took on the Burkburnett Bulldogs on October 15th for their next district game at home. The Bulldogs were quick to score twice against the Huskies, to give them an early lead. The Huskies were only able to score once in the first half, leaving the score 24-7 at half-time. The Huskies picked up yardage throughtout the game and continued to try and stop the Bulldogs. However, Burkburnett was able to keep the score up against the Huskies with a final of 38-24. Hirschi is now 0-2 in the district run and will need to win the last three games against Bowie, Vernon, and Graham in order to see a playoff spot. The Huskies will play Bowie in Bowie for their next district game on October 22.
•Player Profile• Joe Barron Sport:
Position: Tackle Nose Guard
Height: 5’9 Weight: 265lb
Sports Cooper Challenges District Policy First Freshmen on Varsity in 48 Years by Amber Manriquez Recently some of you may have noticed an addition to our football roster, an addition that has caused quite the buzz: freshmen. Yes, that’s right, you read correctly, freshmen Terrance Cooper has been added to the Hirschi Husky Varsity Football roster. Cooper has been playing football since he was little, and has been quarterbacking since playing for the Boys and
Girls Club. When asked what has kept him playing and dedicated, the answer was simple, and came with a smile: his love for the game. “I love football and always have, it’s something that I am good at and have a passion for,” Cooper stated. Terrance attended Kirby Junior High where he was on the “A” team both seventh
and eighth grade as quarterback. Cooper adjusted well to the difference of playing ability in his first high school game against Iowa Park, sporting his #12 jersey. He knew it was going to be more of a challenge playing varsity because of the difference in the athletic ability. “I knew it was going to be different and challenging, but not anything that I couldn’t handle,” Cooper said. Terrrance is quickly learning what makes a team: hard work, dedication, and coming together as a family to get the job done. “We have to practice hard if we want to play hard and win. When we played Iowa Park, we were coming off of a hard week of practice and dedication. It is not something that you can take lightly, you have to take it to heart.” Cooper plans on playing football for Hirschi all four years of his high school career and possibly continuing to play at a colegiate level.
Husky Players of the week were Queysean Sanders and Shi Bailey
Always A Hirschi Huskies line up before the game as their team captains go out for the coin toss.
HIRSCHI’S BLUE MAN CREW! Did you know? Kieren Spence has the leading number of tackles averaging 12 per game. Terrance Cooper is the first freshmen to play Varsity Football in the WFISD district in 48 years. Iowa Park’s offense only scored once during the entire game.
The Future of Fast: Cars You Could be Driving in Twenty Years
by Cayley Burleson The new wave to develop the most environmentfriendly car has reached the sports car industry and has called for a more fuel efficient, luxurious, fast car from each company. The issue that arises from this movement in the sports car industry will cause a huge push to make all vehicles eco-friendly. Automakers, such as Bugatti, Porsche, BMW, Audi, and Maserati, are some of the main manufacturers involved in this race for the ultimate car, competing to develop the best four-door and most fuel-efficient sports car. Bugatti is currently competing with Porsche and Maserati in the fourdoor luxury category, while Porsche is looking to take advantaged of the new hybrid drive with the very fast Porsche 918 Spyder. The Porsche 918 Spyder concept debuted at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show and has evolved from the Porsche Carrera GT. This new car will be powered by a 500-horsepower V8 and two electric motors (one for each axle), adding
an extra 218-horsepower to the engine systems. At full speed, the Spyder will theoretically achieve 0-62 mph in 3.2 seconds and will reach top speed at 198 mph. Along with the added speed, this beauty will get 78 mpg. With four modes, this supercar will have such versatility, because it is a hybrid, just like a Prius. This means that the two powertrains, gas and electric, can operate together or separately to push the wheels into motion, doing so with four different modes. E-Drive mode powers the car on pure electric power, reportedly being able to last up to 16 miles. The Hybrid mode is used for everyday, around-town driving. The Sport Hybrid mode uses both powertrains but has better performance, most of the power being received in the rear wheels. Finally, the Race Hybrid mode gives the Porsche its 198 mph track speeds and its fastest race records. There’s also a push-topass button that adds a bit of E-boost on the straights. Regenerative braking is of course present as well. Possible buyers must keep in mind that this is only a
concept, and the resulting car egant, and powerful four door could easily be absent of tradi- automobile in the world.” Untional powering methods, such der the hood sits an 8.0 liter, 16 cylinder engine pumped up as gasoline. Junior, CJ Lowder, with a two stage supercharging driver of a ‘95 competition yel- system and an ethanol mode. low corvette, believes that if All of this power reaches the the car industry continues to pavement with a four-wheel support the cars that are cur- drive system and is controlled rently on the roads, then these with specialized carbon cenew cars shouldn’t make as big ramic brakes. The power that of an impact. “As long as there this auto will have is still curare still gas stations for cars rently unknown to the public. and there is a choice, cars can This new car will have blue carbon-fiber and polished alustill be cars.” Automakers won’t di- minum bodywork, eight extevulge in the details of the ac- rior exhaust pipes and a spine tual cars that are to be released that stretches the length of the in the future, but the Bugatti 16C Galibier concept gives the public a sneak peek of the future of f o u r- d o o r automobiles; it is expected to be “the most exclusive, el- This is the future Porsche 918 Spyder concept.
car’s body that will open like flywings along the front hood. This car is expected to be the most expensive car to hit the market. Senior and driver of a 2000 s-type jaguar, Chance Boulware, thinks that this change in the sports car industry will severely impact the push to transform all cars to be eco-friendly. “If sports cars are going to become ‘green,’ the average auto-maker will be forced to go completely ecofriendly.” Cars like these new models demonstrate the future of sports cars. The fear that all cars will eventually become ‘green’ has intensified now that the public has seen the likely possibility to have an excellent sports car, even if it’s hybrid. The intense speed each car will possess, the excellent maneuverability, and the predicted fuel efficiency will storm the market for stylish cars and allow the public to come close to owning their very own Batmobiles for a pretty penny. A new evolution of the car is fast approaching.
Top 10 Healthiest and Unhealthiest Vending Machine Snacks
by Nour Azzouz Between school, ex-
tracurricular activities, jobs, homework, and social lives, teens hardly have time to eat throughout the day. Many students commonly head straight to popular fast food joints or vending machines for quick pick-me-ups. This is one of the biggest health mistakes that they make on a daily basis. Because there never seems to be enough time in the day, many fail to consider the consequences of the small snack choices that they make. Contrary to common misperceptions, doctors do strongly encourage adolescents to snack throughout the day. Snacking is in fact thought to be essential for growing bodies and extremely effective in maintaining a healthy weight if and only if teens choose to make thoughtful decisions. Unfourtunatley, the effects of snacking can most certainly go the other way as well; unhealthy snacking has proven to be a significant factor contributing to teenage obesity. It cannot be stressed enough how vital it is for teens to be cautious about the snacks they choose. Below is a list of both the top healthi-
est and unhealthiest vending machines quickies. Remember, choose responsibly! Guilty Pleasures The “just-don’t-do-it” list. Most are packed with sugar, fat, and calories. The Worst Pick 1. Drake’s Apple Fruit Pie 440 calories, 27g fat, 7g sat fat, 8g trans fat The Bottom Line: Nutritional nightmare Second Worst 2. Austin Cheese Crackers with Cheddar Cheese 210 calories, 10g fat, 2g sat fat, 4g trans fat The Bottom Line: A trans fat fest 3. Pop-Tarts Frosted Strawberry 420 calories, 10g fat, 2.5g sat fat, 40g sugar The Bottom Line: For sharing only 4. Doritos 250 calories, 13g fat, 2.5g sat fat, 2g fiber The Bottom Line: “Nacho” best option
5. Skittles 250 calories, 2.5g fat, 2.5g sat fat The Bottom Line: More calories and fat than Twizzlers 6. Cheez-It Baked Snack Crackers (27) 160 calories, 8g fat, 2g sat fat The Bottom Line: No fiber, no protein 7. Ruffles Original 160 calories, 10g fat, 3g sat fat The Bottom Line: Nothing but empty calories 8. Cheetos Crunchy 160 calories, 10g fat, 1.5g sat fat The Bottom Line: Not great, but could be worse 9. Twix 280 calories, 14g fat, 11g sat fat The Bottom Line: More “bad” fat than a Snickers 10. 3 Musketeers 260 calories, 8g fat, 5g sat fat, 40g sugar The Bottom Line: Lower fat, but still candy
Healthy Snacks These 10 low-fat and fat-free vending machine offerings are the best of the bunch -- and some even include nutritious fiber, protein, and healthy fats! Top Pick 1. Planters Sunflower Kernels (1/4 cup) 160 calories, 14g fat, 1.5g sat fat, 4g fiber The Bottom Line: Full of healthy fats Second Best
120 calories, 5g fat, 1g sat fat, 2g fiber The Bottom Line: Low fat, and has fiber! 6. Peanut M&M’s 250 calories, 13g fat, 5g sat fat, 2g fiber The Bottom Line: Just don’t go nuts 7. Fig Newtons 190 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat, 2g fiber The Bottom Line: It’s fruit!
2. Baked! Lays Original 210 calories, 3g fat, 0g sat fat, 4g fiber The Bottom Line: Surprisingly fiber-full Other Smart Snacks
8. Nature Valley Granola Bar, Oats & Honey 180 calories, 6g fat, 0.5g sat fat, 2g fiber The Bottom Line: Beats hunger
3. Sun Chips Original 140 calories, 6g fat, 1g sat fat, 2g fiber The Bottom Line: Made of whole grains
9. Planters Honey Roasted Peanuts (39) 160 calories, 13g fat, 1.5g sat fat, 6g protein The Bottom Line: High in protein
4. Snyder’s of Hanover Mini Pretzels (20) 110 calories, 0g fat, 0g sat fat The Bottom Line: Naturally fat-free 5. Smartfood Popcorn
10. Quaker Chewy Low-Fat Granola Bar, Chocolate Chunk 110 calories, 2g fat, 0.5g sat fat, 1g fiber The Bottom Line: Guilt-free chocolate
Effects of Sleep Deprivation Fall Season Brings a Welcome Change by Cayley Burleson Going twenty-four hours without sleep after working on a project all night may seem extremely tiring, but finishing the project may be the least of a student’s worries. Sleeping less than six hours over a long period of time has been directly linked to premature death. Pulling an all-nighter may have worse effects than falling asleep in class the next day. After conducting a decade-long study, Federico II University in Naples, Italy found that lack of sleep as well as too much sleep over a period of time is very closely related to early deaths. After studying 1.3 million people, reasearchers concluded that individuals who slept less than the needed time were twelve percent more likely to die early. Senior, Elise Kline, believes that her lack of sleep has affected her. “I don’t really get things sometimes. I’m tired all of the time.” With seven hours of sleep, she barely fits-in ev-
erything that she needs to do during the day. “I’m busy. I have homework to do, horses to work, and people to see.” Another Senior, Ryan Davis, keeps his sleep cycle consistent. “Surprisingly, I couldn’t think properly,” he stated about receiving the needed eight hours of sleep. “It has affected me negatively, but if I was able to switch to eight hours of sleep, it would affect my motor and cognitive skills positively.” People who don’t sleep enough can develop diabetes, obesity, hypertension and high cholesterol. People who frequently sleep more than nine hours usually have an illness causing the slumbering. Researchers raised concerns that doctors should be checking and asking about a patient’s sleeping habits. They believe that due to metabolic and hormonal changes, doctors need to be more concerned about patient’s sleep hours, because sleep deprivation can easily be a cause for many problems.
by Nour Azzouz “It’s all about having that confident attitude” for Cayley Burleson, our very own Pinto Horse World Champion here at Hirschi High School. “You’ve got to believe that you deserve to be there,” she says. “I tell myself that I have the best horse in the entire show; that is my secret to success.” This past summer, Cayley participated in the Pinto Horse World Championship Show during mid June
and came home with the highest possible award. “The world champion of world champions,” as she describes. This grand victory did not come without a great deal of labor and dedication. Cayley has been involved with horses nearly her entire life; she was first introduced to them at the age of one. Cayley describes working with the horses as one of her greatest passions and cites this as the reason as to why she has stayed so dedicated to the sport for the
by Jessica Lunte The heat is becoming less stifling, and the wind is getting that brisk chill in the air. Leaves are changing, and school has set in full force. Winter is just around the corner, or so the inhabitants of Texas hope. Any temperature that is not 90 degrees or hotter is a good temperature. Homecoming and Halloween are drawing nearer, with their promise of fun and celebration. Students groan with exasperation at the thought of all of the tests, projects, and assignments heading towards them at lightning speed. Football “leaves” the realm of summer sport, and instead is played in the freezing night, watched by a huddling mass of nacho and hot chocolate clutching spectators. School has that curious ability to somehow warp the space-time continuum during the first semes-
ter. Taken individually, the days and hours drag along, only to be broken by the weekend. However, if viewed as a whole, the weeks and semesters fly by, leaving students to wonder what happened to all of their precious time. Thanksgiving wafts its delicious aromas of turkey and stuffing towards us. Sunday night football accompanies this season as naturally as macaroni and cheese or chocolate and peanut butter. Fall shopping hits full force on Black Friday, with crazed moms attacking each other over 20% off sales. All of this excitement is offset by the ever present threat of a bad grade or failing a class. But what would the chilly season be without a little pressure? Hirschi students are getting acclimated to the change in seasons. Elvira Escalera and Jackie Jimenez, both sophomores, accredit the festive feel
of autumn as to why they are excited for the changing of the season. “I like that it’s cold, and the leaves are changing,” Escalera said. “I also like that you get to wear new winter fashions and snow boots!” she exclaimed. Jimenez loves Halloween, the best excuse ever to stay up late and wear costumes. “The beautiful leaves make it really feel like autumn,” she gasped. Kastyn Johnson, another sophomore, likes autumn for its simpler, more tentative aspects. “It’s right there between hot and cold, summer and winter,” he stated. Johnson likes a little R&R so, “Daylight Saving Time is great because you get to sleep-in longer than in the summer.” As we say so long, farewell, auf Wiedersehen, and adieu to the long and hot summer, we welcome with open arms the cool excitement of another season of the year.
majority of her life. She first began showing her horses at age 7, working and training the horses anywhere from 2-4 hours every day, and seven hours a day during the summer for preparation of all the more prestigious competitions that she participated in as her skills improved. Cayley describes the conditions of competing as nerve racking. Having the opportunity to participate in an internationally renowned show comes with a lot of pressure to do well. Cayley admits that her mindset before competing is in a nervous state “but you have to stay composed,” she explains. “It’s very important to stay composed, otherwise you will transfer your nerves to your horse. ” When asked specifically about how competing at a world show made her nervous, Cayley cited three specific reasons. The first she mentioned is the element of uncertainty; “You have to be prepared for anything.” According to Cayley, horses are notorious for acting out during
the most critical of times. The element of uncertainty also encompasses the fact that she had to be ready to receive any pattern that she was assigned. This is where all of Cayley’s rigorous hours of preparation obviously paid off. Another cause of Cayley’s nerves is the fact that she was being judged by the best of judges in the entire sport which in turn meant higher expectations and an increased amount of pressure. The last reason for her nervousness is the fact that she is being watch by thousands of spectator in the stands and on the internet where the show was broadcasted live. When it was finally time for Cayley to ride, she swept her nerves aside and focused on the moment and her ultimate goal of winning. Cayley competed first in the Open Overo Mares five and over class, winning with a unanimous decision of first place under all of the judges. Then, she went on to compete in the Supreme Color Championship, a class comprised of all of the world champions from each of the other color classes. It was her victory in this class that established her horse as “the world champion of champions.” Her award was honorably presented to her by the president of the Pinto World Asso-
ciation; her companion champion horse Cookie, or Framed In Black, was presented with a blanket of roses. Cayley spoke of this moment of victory with pride and excitement. When asked if her horse Cookie shared mutual feelings of accomplishment or even a realization of victory, Cayley explained how she “pranced happily up to the judges to receive her award and posed for all of her pictures.” According to Cayley, Cookie knew that she had won. It is her enthusiasm for the sport and love for her horses that has kept her devoted and committed to doing well in competitions. Cayley does not mind all of the hours of training and practice. “I really enjoy working with the horses. It’s calming and it gives me a chance to get away from everything.” The feeling of accomplishment that comes from training the horses nearly on her own is, what she believes, makes the many hours of hard work pay off. “I could become a horse trainer in the near future and generate a better than decent income,” but she has chosen to pursue a college education instead and to have this skill as something to fall back on.
Summer Brings Pinto Horse World Championship to Hirschi Senior
Video “Monster” Awards by Jessica Lunte Wearing a “dress”
and matching “hat” made out of raw meat would disgust and disturb most people. Yet Lady Gaga did just that at this year’s Video Music Awards (VMA) that aired on Sunday, September 12th on MTV. Shockingly, her ensemble was neither the most scandalous nor entertaining thing that occurred during the two hour awards s h o w . A s the host, Chelsea Handler did an adequate job despite the fact that she mocked nearly every single celebrity in attendance. Somehow the cast of Jersey Shore managed to convince MTV to let them co-host. Seeing “Snookie” and “The Situation” attempt to interview and narrate was almost like passing by a car accident. Horrific and scary to watch, but the viewer is unable to look away. During the course of the evening, several skits whose object was to be funny were attempted. One of the more awkward skits was with newly rehab-released Lindsay Lohan warning Handler to abstain from drinking while under stress. If only she would take her own advice. Eminem and Lady Gaga were the big winners of the night with the “Bad Romance” star snatching eight awards, and Mr. “I’m Not Afraid” grabbing two awards. Among other glorified singers, Justin Bieber won the award for Best New Artist, even though it seems like he has been around for too long. Although Bieber and Eminem tried to steal some of the attention, the night was basically a Lady Gaga love-fest. The awards for best pop, dance, choreography, collaboration, female, and editing videos were all
granted to her,. The biggest accolade of the night, video of the year, was Gaga’s. With the “Paparazzi” star being thrust into the spot light continuously, most viewers tended to forget that
the bands 30 Seconds to Mars, Florence and the Machine, Muse, and the Black Keys received awards as well. Clearly, it is nearly impossible for anything, anybody, or even an extraterrestrial to upstage the Gaga, but somehow it was still accomplished. A year has gone by since the 2009 VMA’s infamous Taylor Swift/ Kanye West fiasco, concerning her award for Best Female Music Video. Kanye’s “I’m really happy for you, and imma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time,” has become not only a key moment in entertainment history but also an extremely useful diss. For the sake of healing old wounds and setting an atmosphere of forgiveness , MTV invited both the snubbed Country star and the Rapper. What followed was a bad, and frankly terrifying series of performances by both entertainers. Kanye and Swift were just two of the many “interesting” performances and people of this year’s VMA. Whether you were disturbed or impressed, we can all admit that the VMA won the award for the most entertaining awards show this year
Sounds and Scenes of Summer 2010 by CJ Lowder The summer of 2010 was definitely one of the hottest and greatest breaks that high school kids have been able to experience. Many traveled off to see family or to camps on vacation, while others stayed back home to spend time with friends and family. To many it was probably a calm almost three month break from school. In the world of entertainment, however, things were anything but calm. During the summer, the music business was bustling in the triple digit heat with new songs hitting the stations while older hits were still holding their place on the average teenager’s stereo. For the fans of pop music, one new song was probably heard numerous times in one day on a few stations. Katy Perry’s new song “California Gurls” featuring Snoop Dogg dominated pop stations across America with its upbeat, fun verses and catchy chorus. Combined with Snoop Dogg’s smooth bridge, the song was possibly the most popular song of the summer. Also popular on local pop stations during the summer, “Love like Woe” by The Ready Set is upbeat and has a mellow yet energetic feel to its lyrics and tempo. With a new and exciting sound added into the regular mix of pop
music, fans of other music eagerly sampled these stations in contrast to their usual music. In the rock and metal genres, artists were releasing great hits left and right. One of the most noteworthy songs was released by one of the biggest names in metal. “Nightmare” by Avenged Sevenfold was released in May just before Summer and is the first track released without and in dedication to their late drummer, The Rev. The song’s heavy intro, fast and furious verse, and amazing guitar solo made this song an instant hit for the summer. Also released in the rock and metal industry during the summer, “Bad Company” covered by Five Finger Death Punch was an out of the blue hit this summer with a powerful chorus and a short but sweet guitar solo. There weren’t too many new CDs that came out during the summer. Once again, Avenged Sevenfold’s album “Nightmare” was a hit with a new drummer that will not disappoint die hard fans who have grown to love The Rev and his amazing skills. Music wasn’t the only entertainment industry that was booming with success. The summer of 2010 was also a gold mine of great movies. For fans of romantic
comedies, movies like “Date night” and “Letters to Juliet” were hitting theaters frequently and with good quality with sweet, romantic scripts and funny, almost slapstick scenes. Action junkies got their fill of blades and bullets in no nonsense films like “The A Team” and “The Expendables”. These movies were nothing less then a furious flood of broken bones, blood and gore, and epic fight scenes. In the cut-throat world of video games, things were pretty slow and was more focused on developing some of the most amazing games coming out in fall of 2010. Games like “Fallout: New Vegas”, “Deadrising 2”, and “Call of Duty: Black Ops” will be storming into stores this semester due to the hard work that was put into them this summer. Also developed during the summer were the two console add ons to the Playstation 3 and the Xbox 360, the Move and the Kinect (respectively). These motion based software units will be the closest advancement to virtual reality and full immersion gaming yet. All in all, the summer of 2010 was fun and exciting in the world of entertainment and shows promise for the next year to come in all areas. From Movies to Music, 2010 will be a year to remember.
Halo Reach: The End of an Era?
New addition to franchise hits the stores and screens.
by Javi Nieves Every one is familiar with Bungie’s epic Halo series and those who have play the first-person-shooter saga know that the games are amazing. When Bungie released the trailer for Reach at the VGA, people went crazy! This game was going to be one of the most anticipated games of the year. For months people talking about the game; “Oh its going to be awesome.” or “Oh my gosh that game is going to be so cool.” The Reach Beta came out and everyone had their beliefs confirmed: the game was amazing, and it wasn’t even finished! People could not get enough of Halo Reach! And now they can have their fill of it since it was released out on Tuesday. September 14. The game was released at 12:01 AM, like all really anticipated games, and they flew off of the shelves at stores like Game Stop and Target or
other such stores. I received my copy of the game around 4:30 PM and there were literally only four copies left, all of which were pre-ordered. I did like most people did and just went right into the campaign on Legendary, of course, with a few friends, and my first impression was... indifferent. In the beginning the graphics are good, but it was slow and a little confusing. The frame rate was a little slow so it looked bad, but then I got used to it and it looked really good. I started playing and I remembered how awesome the Halo series is. The graphics are amazing, the controls take all of three seconds to learn and get comfortable with, even though I was an avid Modern Warfare 2 player. It was so much fun. Armor powerups are a new feature and the standard one for campaign is Sprint , and although if you
look around you can find others like Armor-Lockup and Drop Shield, Sprint is the most useful and the most versatile. The game turns for the classic “run-gun-get-it-done” to more “well-that-didn’twork-lets-try-this-angle” kind of game, and its rewarding. The online is a little sparse because there are only like five game types. There is a ranking system akin to MW2, but different as well because you get credits for dying and credits for playing and the slot machine gets you a random bonus, so that you can level up faster. Also with these credits you can buy things like the skull Grunt Birthday party for your own self when you go online. With these credits you can buy other helmets and stuff for your armor so you can look super awesome. So, all-in-all, Reach is a fantastic farewell to the Halo series... for now.
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