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volume 44 • issue 5

the student voice of Irmo High School


May 28, 2010

Seniors and Eddie Walker graduate from Irmo High School

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Editor’s note:

The school year is almost over—this is the last day for seniors and just a few more days of exams for underclassmen. Good luck, and have a great summer! School - Annie

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8 New officers elected 10 Senior Supplement 13 Blackboard Confessional


19 Jock Shorts 20 Seniors sign to colleges 21 Sports traditions at IHS



3 IHS Blood drive a success 4 Administrative changes

5 Reflection on seniors’ lives 6 Talent Night at IHS 7 TV/CD/Book reviews

Field Day 2010 took place Friday, May 14 with the theme “Get Wild.” In the opening ceremonies, drama students performed a dance to animal-related songs.

editor in chief business/circulation manager production manager webmaster news editor entertainment editor features editor sports editor photography editor staff coordinator adviser


Annie Parham Carson Bedenbaugh Erin Savage Ryan Williams Kristi Juszkiewicz Michael Northington Savanna Bowers James Thomas Jessica Smith Tylor Brown Shannon Jaindl

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Irmo High School works to save lives Student Council helps students give back by organizing blood drive for Red Cross As she sits patiently, senior Katie Hurt thinks about the decision she just made: the decision to give blood. She waits in line, gets to the desk, provides her personal information and receives a big sticker with her name on it. She’s nervous as she waits even though she has given blood five times before. “I’m scared because I’m tired when I get home every time,” Hurt said. This year alone, hundreds of students have chosen to give blood to the American Red Cross. They put aside worries associated with needles and blood and give, because they know the reward will be much greater. “I want to save lives, and I know people who need it,” Hurt said. Saving lives is the reason Hurt says she returns to give blood at Irmo, no matter how how she feels, because living in fear will not save the lives of her family and her friends. Over 208 students decided to give blood this spring, reaching the school’s goal of 200 units of blood. Last Fall, Irmo surpassed its goal by 204 units of blood. A lot of work is required for the blood drives to exist each semester. Student Council representatives schedule the blood drive a year in advance. Then the Red Cross plans the events during a Leadership class. The day before, Student Council spends most of its free time covering the gym in mats, tables, chairs and then cleaning up after the event. Sibela Pinochet, Student Council adviser, has been supporting the cause for 10 years, 20 blood drives in all. “After the blood drive students stayed until late hours putting things away and return-

ing equipment,” Pinochet said. “We borrowed tables from local churches and the chairs from Ms. Marcou.” Jeremiah Santiago, junior and a member of Student Council, signed up to help with the blood drive. In the process, he learned a little more about how the Red Cross and donating blood really make a impact on society. “I learned that the Red Cross is a reputable institution,” Santiago said. “They provide a great deal of help to the community with its volunteer efforts.” Pinochet and Student Council are also in charge of making sure students meet requirements to give blood. “Schedules of donors, passes to class, teachers’ and parents’ permissions are done in advance,” Pinochet said. “Everything takes time, good planning, effective team work and positive attitudes to help save lives.”

Along with being a good charity, the blood drive is another reason for students to take pride in Irmo High School. “It is an example of what our Irmo nation is capable of doing when we all work together,” Pinochet said. Many students pursuing medical careers take advantage of the blood drive by talking to nurses and learn about the field. Pinochet says the event helps students learn the importance of service, helping make a difference in our school and in our community. “The Blood Drive is an opportunity to make a difference beyond our school’s walls,” Pinochet said. “Through the Red Cross Blood Drive students learn how to save lives.”

JESSICA SMITH, photography editor


Baker, senior, volunteers her arm to the nurses to help save lives. As a whole, the students of Irmo High School worked together to collect over 200 units of blood, successfully reaching the school’s goal.

Ask Mr. Walker


One of our goals at Why can’t students Irmo High School is to wear pajama pants to get students in the habit of “Dressing for Success” school? to assist them once they May 28, 2010

go into the job market. I don’t know of very many jobs where people can wear pajama pants to work. News - 3

Changes come to Irmo High administration The 2009-2010 school year is coming to an end with some big changes in store for Irmo High School’s administration. Principal Eddie Walker is retiring, and Rob Weinkle will become Irmo’s new principal. Leadership changes are coming to other administrative staff as well. Paul Shealy, administrative assistant, and Dan McGehee, assistant principal, are retiring at the end of this school year along with Walker. Other staff members who will not return next school year are Ann Pilat, administrative assistant, and Amy Warren, who came to Irmo this school year as an assistant principal and ninth-grade girls’ administrator. “Mr. McGehee, Mr. Walker and myself decided to retire at the end of this year,” Shealy said. “The administration was asked if anyone wanted to stay on the staff, they would have to reapply by writing a letter to Mr. Weinkle about why they want to have the position they have now,” Shealy said. “After that, he would read the letters and interview everyone on the following Satur-

day.” Weinkle held his interviews with the administrative staff members from Irmo on Saturday, April 24. With him was the District 5 director of secondary education Reggie Dean. Shealy said that the purpose of doing this was so Weinkle would be confident in his staff next year and the work that they do with the students and the parents. Buddy Price, director of community services for District 5, explained more about the coming changes in Irmo’s administration. “Two of the four administrators on yearby-year agreements have indicated they do not wish to return next year, and two have indicated an interest in returning,” Price said. “It’s not uncommon for a new leader in a school, in the school district or in a business environment to edit his staff to get the best possible staff,” Price said. Shealy agreed and said he is comfortable with the outcome. “I think the three coming back will play a major role because of their knowledge and experience with the students and staff and also their skills developed over the many years

they have worked here,” Shealy said. Tom Wise, assistant principal, Beth Fisher, assistant principal, and Willie Olawsky, administrative assistant, will be returning next year. Shealy also said he thinks Weinkle is a very capable and very fair decision maker. “He will hold everyone accountable for their actions and will have high expectations,” Shealy said. “It will take everyone working together to achieve that.” Olawsky came up with an analogy to describe the staff changes. “It’s kind of a like a kickball team,” Olawsky said. “You know how when the captains pick the the players, they [choose who they] know they’re going to win with. “I guess the purpose is for the new principal to choose who he wanted for working on his team.” Olawsky said he is glad to be coming back to work at Irmo. “I love my job. [I’m] looking forward to working with Mr. Weinkle.”

RYAN WILLIAMS, webmaster

Plans for the future Paul Shealy

Dan McGehee

Amy Warren

Eddie Walker

10th and 11th grade boys administrator 3 years at Irmo

12th grade boys and girls administrator 7 years at Irmo

9th grade girls administrator 1 year at Irmo

Principal 5 years at Irmo

Mr. Shealy said he plans to spend more time with his granddaughter, spend time in the mountains and fix his house there. He also said he would like to do more volunteer work. 4 - News

Mr. McGehee would like to spend more time in the mountains and spend a lot of time doing whatever he wants to do.

Mrs. Warren will continue working as the Field Ambassador for the National Beta club. She has also started a company with her family that designs souvenirs for tourists on cruises.

is enjoying not having any plans. He plans to begin working on his wife’s “honey-do” list. He also plans to get some rest after he helps his youngest son move to New Orleans for college. The Stinger


Looking back to look ahead:

Looking back on the happenings throughout the Class of 2010’s lives 1991

Desert Storm begins. Magic Johnson announces his HIV problem.


Real World and Beavis and Butthead debut on MTV. Jay Leno makes his Tonight Show debut as permanent host, succeeding Johnny Carson.


1994 1995

Bill Clinton becomes president. World Trade Center in New York is bombed. World Wide Web is established. Michael Jordan retires from pro-basketball (only to return in 1995). OJ Simpson is charged with the murders of Nicole Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Sony Play Station Consul released in USA. Last strip of Calvin and Hobbes is published. Criminal trial of OJ Simpson is


opened. Senior class of 2010 enters kindergarten. After 24 years, Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade, ends


President Bill Clinton was impeached for charges stemming from an affair with intern Monica Lewinski. At 21-years-old, Tiger Woods becomes the youngest golfer to win the Masters.


ID Tags were required at Irmo. Google is launched.


President Clinton was acquitted on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice. SpongeBob SquarePants made its debut on Nickelodeon with its first three episodes: “Help Wanted,” “Reef Blower” and “Tea at the Treedome.”

2000 2001

World population reaches 6 billion people, as the 6 billionth person is born. Y2K scare is over after an uneventful New Year’s Eve George W. Bush is announced President of the United States. Wikipedia is launched on the Internet. The Twin Towers were attacked by two al-Qaeda airplanes.

May 28, 2010


The No Child Left Behind Act is signed into law by U.S. President George W. Bush. The 2002 Winter Olympics are held in Salt Lake City, Utah.


United States plans for an invasion of Iraq due to an imminent threat from weapons of mass destruction.


Facebook was founded at Cambridge, Massachusetts.


George W. Bush beat John Kerry for the presidential election.


George W. Bush is inaugurated in Washington, D.C. for his second term as the 43rd President of the United States.


Senior class of 2010 enters high school. A total solar eclipse occurred. Google buys YouTube for USD $1.65 billion. NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft makes its second fly-by of Venus en route to Mercury.


Apple introduces iPhone and iTouch. Barack Obama wins the presidential election, becoming the first African-American president of the United States.



Outbreak of the H1N1 (swine flu) illness. Michael Jackson, King of Pop, passes away. We say farewell to the Senior Class of 2010.


SAVANNA BOWERS, features editor

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Sophomore wins talent competition Irmo High School’s cafeteria is a place that’s normally used to provide food for Irmo students; however; it was recently transformed into a stage where students danced, sang, and performed at the second annual talent showcase. Joseph Carrobotta, sophomore, win first place for the fourth year in a row for is orginal guitar solo. Some students who participated in the showcase said they did it, to show their talent, others said they did it for the experience. Students of all grades and with different talents made up the six acts that performed April 29. Carrobotta, kicked off the event by performing a guitar solo.

He was followed by freshmen, Joshua Pressley and Darique Anderson’ Hamm, who rapped an orignal piece. Third was Tia Nash and Antaria Austin, both sophomores, who performed a hip-hop dance duet. Following Nash and Austin, was freshman, Kidja Bookman, who sang “Cast All Your Cares Away.” Trevor Wilkins, freshman and Tevin Trapp, sophomore, then performed a hip hop dance. Dequan Watkins, senior, ended the showcase by performing a rap. Carrobotta received a cash prize of $50. That talent showcase was hosted by The D.I.V.A. Dance Team.


Field Day Events and Class Winners Battle of the Brains Boys 4x100 Relay Boys Weight lifting Dance Contest


Doubles Tennis Firefighter Mission Girls Obstacle Course Soccer


Boys Obstacle Course Dance Dance Revolution Dodgeball 200m Dash Beach Volleyball Break dancing Holey Bucket Human Body Roll Kickball Ninja Contest Piggy Back Race Boys Basketball Eating Contest Football 6 - Entertainment



Musical Chairs Soccer Tennis

Sidewalk Chalk Soccer The Great Pyramid Tumbling Ultimate Frisbee Wheelbarrow Race You Won’t Eat it

Slide for Life Softball Water Balloon Contest

Kristi Juszkiewicz

IRMO’S GOT TALENT: Joseph Carrobotta, sophomore, won first place in the talent show for the second year in a row. Five acts competed in the April showcase put on by the D.I.V.A Dancers.


Principal Eddie Walker and Amy Warren, administrative assistant, take a pie to the face on camera. Walker and Warren did this to motivate students to donate blood at the Red Cross Blood Drive held by Student Council.

preesh int. – to appreciate, to express gratitude to one who has done you a favor ex: Person 1: “Hey, I copied those papers for you.” Person 2: “Preesh!” bestie n. – term given to someone who is your best friend or who has obtained best friend status ex: Person 1: “Who is it that I always see you with?” Person 2: “Oh, that’s just my bestie, Earl!” The Stinger


Violent show returns for another season of battles “Deadliest Warrior”

Spike’s “Deadliest Warrior” has returned for a new season of skull-smashing, spine-splitting, ballistics gelshooting science sure to please the blood-crazed nerd in all of us. Season two began in April, with “Deadliest Warrior” answering the all-important question: “Who would win in a fight?” Pitting modern and ancient warriors--who have never met on a battlefield--against each other, the show uses weapon tests, computer programs and medical science to determine who the deadliest warriors are. Surely every group of guys has at least once debated whether a viking would beat a samurai or whether a Spartan would beat a ninja. Those conversations probably included little medical or scientific evidence, were based on false facts and unsupported opinions and undoubtedly yielded no conclusion. This show offers a nicely informa-

tive bloodbath that doesn’t let the education aspect get in the way of the violence. Each show begins with an introduction of two combatants, dramatized by stunt men with weapons. Then, each warrior’s weapons are tested on pig carcasses, ballistics gel torsos, human skulls and other targets. After every test is completed, data is entered into a computer program that simulates 1,000 battles between the two warriors. Whoever gets the most kills is portrayed by a stunt man against his opponent in a “final battle.” An aspect of the show that has gained it a lot of popularity would have to be the ballistics gel torsos, filled with fake blood and organs for the warrior representatives to bludgeon, stab, chop, slice and shoot. “Deadliest Warrior” is sure to start many raucous and obnoxious arguments regarding the winner.

JEREMIAH PRINCE, guest writer

Guns N’ Roses’s Slash returns solo in self-titled album “Slash” by Slash


Legendary rock guitarist Slash has unleashed his solo album on the masses. His new solo album, titled “Slash,” is already debuting at the top of the Billboard charts. The album features the fragments of the old school Guns N’ Roses line up (excluding Axl Rose) with collaborations of other great singers. Slash has already been inducted in the rock hall of fame next to his idols Jimi Hendrix and Jimmy Page. Slash climbed his way to guitar god status after joining Guns N’ Roses, a snarling band that thrived in the gritty underground pits of 1980s L.A. and riot-filled stadiums of the 1990s. The top-hat-donning guitarist can play a mean guitar but met one obstacle before he could unveil his vicious solo album: he can’t sing. Instead of seeing it as a flaw in his plans, Slash saw an opportunity. He would collaborate with different singers on each song ranging from the Prince of Darkness, Ozzy Osbourne, to the duchess her-

self, Fergie. That’s right, Fergie arrived on the album with some sexy vocals and rocker attitude on the song “Beautiful Dangerous.” M. Shadows blows up the mic beside solo-shredding Slash on the song “Nothing to Say.” Slash goes back to his fast and wild guitar riffs in my favorite song on the album “Doctor Alibi,” featuring Lemmy Kilmister of the metal band Motorhead. Slash’s new album shreds to #3 on the Billboard 200 charts and #1 on Rock and Hard rock album charts. This album was released March 31, 2010, and released 61,000 copies in the first week of its release. This album combines different genres and targets a wide variety audience. If you have been searching for an album to start off your summer or just finding a fresh new album to blow your eardrums out to, I strongly recommend picking up a copy of Slash’s solo album or buying it on iTunes.

KEVIN MONTENEGRO, guest writer

New encyclopedia analyzes birthday meanings “The Element Encyclopedia of Birthdays”

B O O K S May 28, 2010

Do you know your horoscope sign? The Element Encyclopedia of Birthdays by Theresa Cheung has all twelve horoscope signs, but it goes deeper than that. It looks at the readers date of birth (It has all 366 days of the year.) and gives them a personality evaluation based on their special day. If they were to look up their birthday they would find out what their greatest challenge is, what they may act like as a child and adult, and their best and worst traits. It also has all the horoscope signs which include: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius, Taurus, Virgo, Capricorn, Gemini,

Libra, Aquarius, Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces. They are all based on the month and day people were born. Every sign has different traits that make people under that sign unique. Whether an Aries to Pises people discover their supposed darkest secret, health problems, love matches, and many more interesting things about themselves. Whether it’s a bunch of bologna (like some people say) or surprisingly accurate, this book is fun to read when with friends, or just bored.

AMANDA PAGE, guest writer Reviews - 7

FEATURES Student Council Officers elected for 2010-2011 YOUSEF IBREAK president

Yousef Ibreak, junior, was elected as the President of the Irmo student body for the 2010-2011 school year. Ibreak steps into the position with numerous ideas and much enthusiasm. “I plan on focusing on improving current activities and projects such as pep rallies, dances, the bonfire, blood drives, and more,” Ibreak said. “I also plan on introducing more projects such as ‘homeless for a night,’ where students raise money and clothing for Columbia’s homeless by having a fundraiser where student camp out in the parking lot.” Ibreak has experience being the student body treasurer for the 2009-2010 school year and on the South Carolina Association of Student Council’s District 3 chair. He wants to improve Irmo for the better.


Caroline Garris, sophomore, had no problem running for her position: Secretary for the 2012-2011 school year. Being unopposed, Garris felt none of the stress of campaigning and competition. Nevertheless Garris is fully prepared and experienced to fulfill the position of secretary. “I was on the executive board this year, and I do the books (one giant binder that 8 - Features

“I know I can increase the spirit, the school, and hope to simply create a better vibe at Irmo,” Ibreak said. Like many others Ibreak used flyers, posters, stickers, facebook, car paint, and candy to campaign against opponent Kenai McFadden, junior. Candy seemed to be the one of the best used tactic. “Passing out the candy allowed me to meet a bunch of cool people and talk to them about why I was running,” Ibreak said. Ibreak’s video, however, had some problems in the making. “Well at 1:30 in class I found out my video was due at 4:00 that day,” Ibreak said. “With almost nothing planned, I asked whoever I knew was free to meet me after school to tape something,THe slogan ‘Call me Yousef Ibreak, I can make your school rock!’ became the theme and we made the best video possible with the 30 minutes we had.” Many candidates videos persuaded the voters, and although Ibreak’s wasn’t up to par, he still outshined in the elections. “Those who came after school really helped me and have no idea how much that meant to me that they came,” Ibreak said. Ibreak says he owes his win to his friends, supporters, and voters of course. “I’d like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who supported me in any way during this campaign, and I am honored to be Irmo’s Student Body President,” Ibreak said.

ANTHONY SANTIAGO vice president

Sophomore Anthony Santiago has been elected next year’s vice president. “I’ve been helping with student council a lot lately, and I finally decided that I wanted to be in office,” Santiago said. Santiago has done much work around the district as well as throughout the state. “I’ve helped with the blood drive, field day, SCASC District 3 Rally, SCASC Cherry Grove and SCASC State.” Santiago said. Santiago took a traditional route campaigning by handing out flags, stickers, posters and water bottles. Overall Santiago feels his video is what contributed most to his win. “I believe it was the campaign video that helped me win because the rest of the school that I wasn’t able to reach during the week of the campaign got to see who I was,” Santiago said. Santiago’s video included some students tumbling and dancing for him, many students and faculty telling people to vote for Anthony, and some famous guests. “I asked Sean Foreman from 3OH!3 to do me a favor, and he did,” Santiago said. “DjProstyle, the radio guy or DJ, is family.” Santiago says he is prepared to take on the job as vice president for the 2010-2011 school year. “I plan to make a more efficient blood drive next year, and help Yousef as much as I can with other events,” Santiago said.

keeps records of important forms), so it was something I already knew how to do,” Garris said. As well as secretary-like duties, Garris has been an active member of Student Council in other areas. “I was spirit chair this past year, and I was in student council my freshman year,” Garris said. Garris says she has plans to help student council next year. “[I plan to] kick people out of student council when they don’t do what they’re supposed to and get student council more organized,” Garris said. The Stinger


Jordan Fulton, sophomore, is going to be Irmo High’s new treasurer for the 2010-2011 school year. Fulton is well experienced with financial management. “I have been in the fund raising section of student council for two years now,” Fulton said, “and feel as though I would be qualified to take over.” Fulton has also had other various jobs with Student Council. “I have been on the Executive board and PR section of the Student Council,” Fulton said. Unlike Ibreak and Santiago, Fulton had no competition in running for such a prestigious position, but still enjoyed running. “It was obviously quite easy,” Fulton said. “I still wanted to get my name and face out to the student body, but running was a really nice experience overall.” Fulton already has many plans and ideas to improve Irmo High School. “Next year I will plan many fund raisers such as ice cream sales, t-shirt sales, car washes and food sales, as well as gathering the support of the entire student council to help raise a lot of money for our school and our schools activities,” He acquired these ideas from past treasurers as well as treasurers from other schools in order to have a well rounded perspective of being a treasurer. With Fulton, people have no problems worrying about Irmo’s treasury. “I would also like to say that the student body can safely trust me as treasurer next year,” Fulton said.


Olivia Currey and Grace Lay, juniors, were elected Public Relations officers for the 2010-2011 school year. From the start Currey and Lay knew they would be a great partnership. “Grace is great,” Currey said. “We’ve worked together before so we knew we’d be able to compliment each other.” As results show, Lay and Currey put

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Jarrett Eason and Phillip Smith, juniors were elected the Spirit Chairs for the 20102011 School Year. Both say they found it easy to campaign with no competition. “It was great,” Eason said. “We both didn’t have to spend money campaigning, but, even if we were opposed, we would still win.” Eason says her and Smith are great partners. “Phillip and I are both members of student council and have grown up together since we were in first grade,” Eason said. “We both have really great ideas and know how to have a good time.” Eason and Smith both went to the Student Council State convention, a weekendlong student council function in Laurens, South Carolina, in March, and they say they

up a great campaign and used many different strategies to make sure their names would be known by the Irmo Student body. “Grace and I used banners, buttons, flyers, stickers, candy, t-shirts, and we gave out leis and Lay’s chips since Grace’s last name is Lay,” Currey said. Currey and Lay contribute a lot of their win to their supportive friends. “They were awesome!” Currey said. Many of Currey and Lay’s friends also let them paint “Vote for Olivia and Grace!” all over their cars. Both girls have some experience when it comes to Public relations and leadership roles. “I’ve done a lot with PR this year with

have gotten many good ideas for the upcoming year. They have also been very active members of student council for some time now. Eason and Smith say they plan to make the school more spirited. “Phillip and I plan to actually have spirit,” Eason said. “Our goal is to get the entire school involved and want to come to pep rallies and sporting events. We want to make some changes that will hopefully allow us to have more freedom to try new things.” Eason said Eason and Smith say they have big plans for next year. “Were planning on making next year, our senior year, the best yet,” Eason said. “We want everyone to be united as one school in order to make school and sports events better,” Eason said.

making the banners that go up around the school, Currey said. “We both were in charge of the Decoration Committee for District Rally in October.” Currey and Lay are already making plans to improve PR for next year. “[We need] more energy and enthusiasm,” Currey said. “We want the school spirit back to the way it was when we were freshmen.” These two girls say they are not worried about the job. “Public relations is something we both know we can improve and take to the next level,” Currey said.

CARSON BEDENBAUGH, business/circulation Features - 9

graduatingclass the

of Irmo High School

Academy of Art University Katie Crumpton

Appalachian State John Walters

Augusta State University

Brooke McCants

Benedict College Jade Woolley


Ebony Nylash Folkes Daisha Hudson Deborrah Smith Ericka Toomer

Central Carolina Technical College

Ronair Jasper-Felder

Charleston Southern University Marquesha Gill Janea Chipp

Claflin University

Rebecca Ali-Cassim Michael Jennings

Clemson University Shayla Baker

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Erica Baskin Robert Baxley Ross Burns Clinton Butler Blake Calamas Andrew Chan Justin Chiles John Clamp Kayla Dickson Korynn Duke Bailey Hamlett Heyana Hawkins Stephen Johnson George Kitchukov Kyle Manross Raven Nesmith Austin Pell John Ranly Stephen Sams Elane Simmon Joseph Vinson

Clemson University – Calhoun Honors College Erin Westerkam

Coastal Carolina

Bradley Lloyd Jamal-Malik Mitchell Kuantyce Pryor Stephen Rodgers Antonio Stewart

Cara White

Coker College

Bethany Bracy

College of Charleston Audrey Hacker Amanda Watts Kaitlyn White

Columbia College Farron Gordon Kailyn Scott Tamia Truesdale

Columbia International University Kevin Keckeisen Caleb Wimberly

Columbia University Mariam Gadjiko

Delta State University Heidi Nichols Laura Nichols

Duke University Juanita Hazel Margaret Oliver

Eckard College Colleen Rast

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Rico DeLa Rosa

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Florence-Darlington Anthony Ford

Francis Marion University

Tyquaisha Davis Shakila Reid Shanique Simpson Jazz Washington

Furman University Eliza Ballou

Georgia Military College Amanda Evans

Georgia Southern U niversity

DeAndre Williams

Greenville Technical College Danielle Excell Justin Roberts

Howard University Rachel Kershaw Ciara Robinson

Johnson & Wales

Aubriaunna Guinyard

Lander University Joseph Ali-Cassim Paige Railey Brianna Stanton

Liberty University Lia Grist

Limestone College Garrett Ciriello

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Midlands Technical College

Michael Assini Ginnie Barbe Alivia Binyard Nicholas Carnabuci Tomothy Cartin Sonovia Castillo Michael Chaffin Richard Chaffin William Chavis Ashley Cody ShaQuetta Davis Desiree Dzamba Heather Dzamba Blane Edwards Olivia Gasque-Carter Dwayne Graham Claudia Guyton Kelli Hamilton Gregory Harmon Brion Hayes Karey Johnson Brandon Jordan Jordan Kirven Spencer Lourie Michael Mars Joshua McElveen Brandon Miller Madison Owens Joshua Richardson Timothy Riley Tithirat Tipvaree Jonathan Vaughns Kayla Watkins Nakiya Wilson Julia Wittorf Kourtnee Anderson Chawnise DuBard

Krystal Hilton Khristian Williams


Chyenne Bouknight Travis Hilton William Yarber

Newberry College

Paris Richardson Katherine Simpson Bianca Warder

North Greenville University Stephen Arneson Mason Martinez Lauren Shealy

Northwestern University Jalen Motes

Presbyterian College Lauren Bookout Margaret Carson Rachel Hartman Heather McGowan

Queens University Christopher Troyer

Santa Fe College Morgan Adams

Savannah College of Art and Design Evan Allen Kimberly Ware

SC State University

Antwan Williamson

Spartanburg Methodist College Bryce Douglass Todd Knight

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Stanford University David Olson

The Citadel

William Burn Brian Milhous

Tri-County Technical College Emily Franchuk Alexa Hamilton Courtney Jackson Ashley Jenkins Katrina McGaughey Kelly VanderHeide Joseph Robinson

University of Alabama Morgan Fields

University of Georgia Radha Patel

University of Kentucky Sarah Otte

University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Elizabeth Vanlue

UniversityofSouthCarolina Ibrahim Askar Alison Barber Jeffery Berger Amanda Brown John Chapman Andre Clemons James Cranford Biyun Cui Jonathan Curtis Cullen Dalton Louvenia Davis Christopher Doucett John Eckstrom Preston Gainey

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Selma Hadziametovic Lisa Johns Heather Johnson Matthew Long Ashley Lord Jacob Lord Mallory Macgargle Meredith Melven Samantha Miller Kitra Monnier Sara Moore Jacob Morgan Amanda Myers Mary-Catherine Newell James Parsons Matthew Pecorella Taelor Pryor Kaitlyn Purcell Aadell Ragaban John Roof Stuart Sands Alexander Shatalov Jeffery Shuffield Haley Stinson Mayghen Stocker Charles Tedder Angelica Teran Chanel Tinsley Caitlyn Viars Tori White Byron Williams Averrie Wilson David Tolleson

USC – Aiken

Olajuwan Wilkins

USC – Beaufort Taryn Brown

USC – Capstone

Vanessa Lindower

USC – Honors College Tyler Feldt Ra’na Heidari Charles Hood Andrew Jordan Eric Leonhardt Taylor Tsuboi

USC – Sumter Taylor Boyd Melissa Britt

USC – Upstate

Dominic Boyd Jena Brown Erica Hunter Haylee Hunter Ashley Kosobucki Cherie Murray Julianna Pangle Alexandra Pontikas Megan Robinson Daniella Span

University of South Florida Elizabeth Nagy

Wayne State University Chemere Kimpson

Wingate University Jeffrey Auten

Winthrop University Ayles Herrington Jessica Irvin Ashley Lake Jessica Prentice Zachary Woods Amanda Haselden

Wofford College

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Debbie Wellslager

Debbie Wellslager, English teacher, is almost always smiling when you pass by. Why is she so positive? Well, one reason is she lives by the serenity prayer. This prayer is about accepting life the way it is and taking action when it is the right thing to do. This is something Mrs. Wellslager tries to do throughout her life. “I feel like things that I’ve learned or that have happened to me have happened so I can help someone else,” she said. She’s been at Irmo for three years and she has helped and sponsored Civinettes for about two. Lisa Burgin, teacher and Civinettes director believes Mrs. Wellslager is very dependable and gives her all in everything she does. “She helped me out with the special education dance (something Civinettes do every year), she organized that. She also helps out at meetings. It’s good to have a second opinion,” Burgin said Even though Wellslager won’t be a primary Civinettes co-sponsor next year, she hopes she will still be able to help out. This is he third year teaching and her third year at Irmo. She majored in English in college, and her favorite works of literature are Shakespeare’s. “I chose to be a teacher because that’s what I studied in college and it was a way to give back to the community,” she said. She also has students’ best interests at heart according to Mrs. Burgin. “She really cares about her students. For example, if someone doesn’t have something they need for class she’ll call them and ask them what’s going on. Not many teachers would do that. She’s a real asset to the school,”Burgin said. Beside working with the Civinettes and teaching, Mrs. Wellslager has other hobbies and enjoys working out. AMANDA PAGE, guest writer

May 28, 2010

Paul DuPre

Loved by his real family and his school family, Paul DuPre doubles as a special education assistant as well as a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. At school, DuPre works primarily with Autistic special education students. “I love seeing each student making progress in their own special way,” DuPre said. What some may not know about DuPre is that in 2006-2007 he spent over a year on active duty with the Army Reserve as the Chief of Network Security for South West Asia. He worked in Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and Qatar. DuPre had many experiences overseas that were very different and eyeopening. “On one trip I flew from Baghdad to Kuwait with two Marines on board who had been killed in combat. It was a really sad experience for everyone on the aircraft, and I will never forget it,” DuPre said. He also said that, on the same trip, they lost an engine which can be very dangerous. DuPre said it was tough leaving his family for a long period of time, and it was difficult on his wife and four kids not knowing where he was and what he was doing. DuPre has been involved in the military for over 30 years. “My father served in World War II, and I grew up around the military. That’s how I became interested in the military,” DuPre Said. DuPre is married to Carla DuPre, and they have four children: John Paul, 20, Wiles, 17, Clara, 16, and Patrick, 13. Outside of school DuPre spends time with his family, enjoys his sons’ baseball and his daughter’s dance competitions and he enjoys hunting. EMMA BLANKS, guest writer

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Savanna Bowers If you have a account, you’re probably discovering how some people really feel about you. If you have been living under a rock for the past few weeks and you’re wondering 14 - Opinions

what is, I’ll tell you. is a new social networking web site that’s similar to the truth box that appeared on MySpace a few years ago. Its actual purpose is for anyone to be able to ask you any question, either anonymously or not. What it comes down to is the fact that you can be as mean or as nice as you want to a person and they never have to know it’s you. Personally, I’ve received a few questions and comments that might send an insecure person over the top. I also know some people who have received very inappropriate and threatening comments. It’s kind of disturbing and scary what people come up with to post on someone else’s wall when they can hide behind anonymity. The one thing that really bothers me about is that you can never know who is saying what if they choose to be anonymous. Your best friend could very easily

be on the other side of the computer trashing you just because they want to. I think the people that are anonymously trashing others are extremely cowardly. They make others feel inferior because they’re either self-conscious or jealous of the person. was not made for cyberbullying, but that’s exactly what people use it for. Cyber bullying on websites like and has become a serious issue and is thought to be the cause of a few recent suicides. and other social networking sites shouldn’t be used for breaking people down. They should be used for their intended purposes - finding old friends, meeting new people, sharing pictures and stories, and networking with people who share common interests and goals.

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KIDS HALL Suffering from second IN THE


Politicians hope to decrease the dropout rate by revoking the licenses of dropouts under 18. How do you feel about this?


“That’s a good idea, because it will keep people in school. And they don’t need to be driving around with so much free time because they can get into trouble. - Abby Frick


“That’d be stupid because if you drop out you’ll need a job and you can’t drive to it.” - Everett Nickles



“That’s really stupid, because they should drive. It’s not fair for them not to.” - Danil Weih

“I can understand why because if you’re not smart enough to be in high school, how could you feel smart to drive? - Beatrice Britton

May 28, 2010

sibling syndrome

Kristi Juszkiewicz “Why can’t you be more like your sister?” Maybe because I want to live my own life, Mom! Okay, so my mom doesn’t just flat-out ask me to be more like my sister. But, it’s definitely implied in the talks that we tend to have a lot. These talks generally fall into three different categories of comparisons. Those three categories are the Grade Talk, the Room Talk and the Car Talk, and they are all torturous to me. The Grade Talk It seems that my mom is always comparing my grades to my sister’s grades. Whenever we are having the Grade Talk, she always brings up things like, “When your sister was in this class, she had an A in it,” and “How come your sister gets good grades and you can’t?” I’m so sick of my mom always telling me about my sister’s achievements in school. It’s not like I’m not trying my hardest to do the best that I can do. It’s just that my hardest effort doesn’t seem to produce the kind of grades that match the grades my sister, Melissa, gets. Take math, for example. I hate math, unlike my sister who loves math . . . or at least she passes it. All the numbers and rules just don’t click in my brain, like they do in my sister’s. The Room Talk My mom is always on my back about the cleanliness and neatness of my room at home. She tells me that I need to clean it and get

my stuff up off the floor, that it needs to be more organized-like my sister’s room is--and that it should stay just as clean as Melissa’s room stays. Well, first off, Mom, if you would just stay out of my room, then there wouldn’t be a problem at all. Secondly, my sister Melissa is in college, so most of the time she isn’t even at home. So yeah, obviously her room is going to stay cleaner than mine, because no one is ever in there! In addition to that, Mom, I could remind you that we moved in last May--a whole year ago--and you still haven’t put up the shelves that I need in my room, so I can get the stuff off the floor. It isn’t even like my stuff is just sitting there, either. At least it stays in its own little corner. The Car Talk Now that I am at the age where I can drive by myself, all I need is a car to be able to get where I need to go. But, you guessed it, my mom will not budge at all when we discuss this subject. So, since my sister got her car during her junior year of high school, I figured that I would probably get my car during my junior year at Irmo, too. Well, guess what? My mom said that if I want a car, I will have to pay for it myself. Way to be senile, Mom. She defends this decision by saying stuff like, “Your sister is more responsible.” No, I don’t think this is about Melissa being more responsible. I think my sister just happened to be the right age at the right time. Also, if my mom was to get me a car . . . hello! She wouldn’t have to drive me anywhere anymore. This would be especially good since she’s always complaining about how she has to drop me off at dance, pick me up at dance, take me to my friend’s house, and get me anywhere else I need to go. Well, if I have my own car, Mom, you won’t have to worry about it. I’m not saying that my mom is constantly comparing me to my sister. Mainly, it’s just those three particular categories. It’s just that my mom doesn’t know when to stop. I love my sister, but I don’t want to be her.

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Good advice for the rest of your life

Vanessa Lindower So generally how this works is the seniors on the staff write a column known as their “senior column.” This usually consists of what they have learned in high school, words of wisdom, or funny childhood stories all rolled up into a nostalgic reflection of life. But ya know, I don’t have many good lessons I’ve learned at Irmo and my childhood stories are same old to me, so that leaves words of wisdom. This is a compilation of my best advice that I wish to pass on to you rising sophomores, juniors and seniors, enjoy! Act your age. There comes a time in every person’s life when it becomes unacceptable to drop food in your lap or let it dribble down your chin. If you cannot twirl spaghetti noodles successfully on a fork and then proceed to put it in your mouth, either don’t eat it in public or learn how to cut it! There is nothing more repulsive than to watch someone attempt to eat and instead become bathed in

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the food. Learn table manners! Learn how to study now! As freshman and sophomores, your class material isn’t what I would classify as rigorous, but study anyway! Find out what works for you so that later, when you actually need to study, you know how. I made this mistake and I still struggle with studying. Be prepared! If you use Microsoft Office 2007 at home, make sure you always convert the file to 2003 before you save it onto your flash drive or cd. Most of the computers at Irmo aren’t compatible with Word 2003 and it would be in your best interest to think ahead…unless you’re looking to stall your presentation, in that case, only save it as a 2007 document! Don’t conform. It may seem like the end of the world now if you’re different than other people, but really, it’s not. Always be open to change, but as long as it is healthy and keeps your best interest in mind. Don’t change for anyone else, stay true to yourself. Don’t get caught up in all the drama. Remember in elementary school, when everyone was friends with everyone? Well, when your senior year rolls around, you’ll see that come back. This past year the drama has stopped and the whole senior class has gotten along for the most part. Watch who you’re hurting now, is it really worth it? Are these high school problems actually worth getting worked up about, or are you blowing it out of proportion? Don’t procrastinate! Procrastination is evil! I have realized that if you put everything off, your tasks build up while your time dwindles and then all of a sudden, you’re crunched

- To summer vacation – ‘nuff said. - To field day – and the opportunity to Slip ‘n Slide without being laughed at by the neighbors. - To graduation – congratulations seniors! -To attendance make-up -the best school-related way to spend a Saturday. 16 - Opinions

for time. This is an easy way to stress yourself out when really, if you had completed each task when it was assigned, you wouldn’t be in this situation. I’m preaching to the choir at Irmo on this one. Dress in layers. No matter what the season, it always seems like you’ve got at least one class that blasts the air conditioning. If you dress in layers, then you are able to adjust for each classroom temperature. I would always forget how cold my third block class was and when I got there, always regretted not carrying along a jacket. Relax. Make it a point to take at least one mental health day a semester. Sometimes, the best therapy is to just stay home for absolutely no reason. Sleep in and lay around the house all day, you would be surprised how it recharges you! Quick grammar lesson: Alright, this is a very important lesson, it will help you when you find yourself writing college admissions essays and papers for your upcoming language classes. “You’re” does not equal “your.” “You’re” is a contraction of “you” and “are,” so here it is properly used in a sentence, You’re very funny. “Your” is possessive, so properly used in a sentence, Your face is funny. Now you are prepared to fill in the blank, a). ______ house is on the left next to Jimmy’s house. b). I told Lincoln that _____ not coming to the party. Feel confident? Quick grammar lesson number two: “They’re” does not equal “their,” which in turn, does not equal “there.” “They’re” is a contraction of “they” and “are,” so to use it in a sentence, They’re not going to wear formal wear. “Their” is possessive, used in a sentence,

- To final exams – too busy studying to think of something witty to write here - To faculty changes – what will Irmo be without the people who make it what it is? - To Dutch Fork’s tainted cupcakes – there’s nothing good about Dutch Fork, not even their cupcakes.

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Taking real friends, memories into real world

Maggie Oliver Times are a-changin’. In this day and age, when Apple can cause worldwide riots by releasing a shiny new product (only to release a thinner, smaller, better version months later) it’s hard to say that technology isn’t moving forward. Often described as the next frontier to conquer, improvements to these new gadgets and online resources appear to have no limit. Today, you can even order a pizza through the Internet. You can listen to music and make your own personalized radio station, watch videos of people you never knew existed, apply for a job, apply for a spouse, catch the latest episode of “Lost,” chat with friends, stalk friends of friends, etc. As the school year nears an end, I can’t help but wonder how all of this online communication and networking will affect our friendships. Rewind 10 to 12 years . . . If I wanted to contact any friends, I called their house phone (the number of which I had either written down on a crumpled sticky note from the bottom of my bookbag, looked up in the Irmo Elementary School directory, or just memorized) or just walked over to their house. Weekend movies and play dates would be scheduled days in advance. When one of my best friends moved, I was heartbroken, because I realized that I’d never see her again. This is what we can call the “dark age,” illuminated in a triumphant leap for online communication when Facebook was made public in September 2006. So much has changed since then. We take more pictures so we can have things to post online for our friends (and not our friends) to see and talk about; we find a long-lost friend from middle school and see how they’ve changed since moving halfway across the country; we send a funny link to May 28, 2010

a friend while updating the world with a description of our breakfast and schedule for the day. With all the texting and messaging, I never know what I’m doing until hours before it happens (unless, of course, someone made a Facebook event for it). I can’t imagine not checking my Facebook page at least once a week. (Well, let’s be honest; most of you probably know I can’t go a day without logging in for a minute.) When I’m bored, I open an Internet tab of Facebook rather than opening a book for school; if I need a study break, this web site is the first thing I check. I hate how addicting it is. To me, the good far outweighs the bad, for now at least. I wonder, though, when will this end? I love being able to keep in touch with some of my camp friends who are scattered throughout the country, or even announcing to the world what song I’m currently obsessed with by putting it as my status. But after graduation, will this continue? Surely I won’t keep in touch with all 900-something of my “friends”; I don’t even talk to most of them now. And do I really need an online confirmation of friendship for every person I will meet the rest of my life? What happens when we have 35,391 friends and don’t talk to but a few of them? Will I still be taking pictures at age 34 when I’m probably married, working and raising a family . . . does the world really need to see the pictures of my new minivan and my son’s pet hamster? Further down the road, will our kids be looking at our Facebook pictures from these past four years while they’re in high school decades from now? These days, we never delete anything for fear of losing it forever; but isn’t that how it’s always been in the past? I have my yearbooks; I have some pictures (too many, probably). Most importantly, though, I have the memories. I remember the feeling of adrenalin pulsing through me at a national marching band competition; I remember goofing off in percussion ensemble, stressing out in IB, winning the Science Team State Olympiad and going on a 24-hour bus ride to Kansas for nationals (then to Washington, D.C., for nationals the next year). I remember becoming good friends with people in the grades above me only to fall out of touch when they graduated. Facebook and email have allowed me to reconnect with many of these people, even

for a 10-sentence conversation about what we’re up to these days. Being the sentimental person that I am, I sincerely enjoy that. As for everyone else, I’ve already begun “hiding” people on my newsfeed; I don’t care if you like a page called “French Fries” or “I’m Awesome! I’m Awesome! I’m Awesome! I’m Awesome! I’m Awesome! I’m Awesome! I’m Awesome! I’m Awesome! I’m Awesome! I’m Awesome!” I have the phone numbers of my closest friends, and I plan on still seeing them on a regular basis after graduation. But overall, I’m ready to let go. I’m ready to move beyond these hallowed halls of painted cement blocks and 12-yearold gum wads embedded in every square of the cement sidewalk. I am looking forward to meeting hundreds of new people and making new friends in college, with or without a friend confirmation on Facebook.



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I love their taste in home furnishings. Almost done, last one! “There” is used as a reference to a place- I went there when I was in Europe. Here is your quiz: a). How often do you go _____? b). Tomorrow I’m going over to ______ house for the cook out. c). _____ so funny together, they feed off of each other. Think for yourself! Don’t base your opinion of a movie, or a book, or a point of view off of someone else’s. Something that is true for you may not be true for someone else. My sister and I grew up in the same household, yet we have completely different movie tastes.

High school goes by quickly—get involved

Eliza Ballou I still remember my first day at Irmo High School. I was in Mr. Orr’s class, and he showed us a slide show that said that our high school years would be the fastest four years of our lives, and soon enough we would be graduating. Of course, I didn’t believe him. It would be four whole years before it was time to graduate! And four years previous to where I was at that particular moment, I was only 10 years old. But what can I say? The man was right, because I am about to graduate, and I feel as if the time has just flown by. The past four years of my life have been filled with some of the most important things in my life so far. I realize that since I have only lived for 17 years, this is probably inevitable, but nonetheless, it is true. I have lost friends and I have gained friends; I have learned more about myself; and I have realized what I truly like and dislike. In all four years at Irmo High School, I have faced difficulties, but each time I was 18 - Sports

Michael’s words of wisdom

Michael Hood Dang! It was such a long time ago, but I began my schooling experience at the corner of St. Andrews Road and Lake Murray Boulevard, at the ever-awesome Irmo Elementary. In the 12 years since then, I’ve moved slowly through each school, my school days moving further and further down St. Andrews Road. Now that my senior year of high school is only a few days away from its end, it’s an odd feeling to know that next year my new school days will begin on the campus of USC instead! Irmo High School has been a fantastic experience for me—I got to do everything I wanted to do, through fun classes and clubs. It’s been my seven-hour home each school day for four years, and now the only thing I can do is share some of the facts I’ve able to overcome them with the help of the caring people around me—my family and my friends. I am very grateful for having these people who have come in and out of my life, because they have helped to shape the person that I am. During my first two years at Irmo High School, I really had no idea what I was doing. I joined far too many clubs and organizations, in order to (hopefully) figure out what I’m good at and to find out what kinds of things I enjoy. I’m happy that I did join those groups, though, because I met many of my friends through them. During my junior year, I started the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Irmo, and I feel like this experience has really helped me to become the person that I am today. It has also had the most dramatic impact on me of any of my high school experiences. Through IB, I was able to take the types

come to learn. So here are some truisms I’ve collected during this ride: 1. Freshmen are identifiable in the halls by their need to lean forward to counteract the weight of the 30-pound bookbag that hangs too low on their back. 2. Yeah, you’ve never taken a harder class before AP US History. 3. The first-floor bathrooms in the main hall are to be avoided pretty much always. 4. Groups of people will always congregate in the most high-traffic areas, such as hallway intersections and stairwells. 5. The most frustrating teachers are also the best teachers. 6. That door is always locked. 7. The cookies may range from crunchy to a lump of dough, but the tater tots are nearly always good. 8. The amount of time the computer takes to boot up is directly proportional to your impatience to get that essay finished before last block. 9. The week without a late Wednesday is approximately twice as long. 10. At least once, you will use a useless fact from your agenda to contribute to a conversation. 11. Yellow and black are actually the best school colors! Thanks, Irmo, for making these past years awesome. I’m proud to be a Yellow Jacket! of classes that I really enjoyed, and I have had small classes. I have grown very close to the six seniors who have completed this program with me. I really cannot express how grateful I am that I did IB. I have really loved the program, and it was the best experience I have had at school. Back in Mr. Orr’s class, on that very first day of school, I never thought that I would be sad to leave Irmo High. I never thought that it would be a very important place to me. I mean, it’s just another school. But I was wrong. I am grateful that I went to Irmo High School. Where else would a principal care enough to know almost every student’s name? The experiences I have had here will never be forgotten because of how they have shaped me as a person. I’m excited about the future, because I have many opportunities ahead, but I am definitely going to miss the halls of Irmo and the people who have walked them with me. The Stinger


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Irmo Soccer Irmo soccer finished second in the state playoffs. They lost to Northwestern 4-2 on Saturday May 22, 2010. This is the second year straight that Irmo soccer is state runner up. Both years Irmo has lost the state title game to Northwestern High School in Rock Hill. This is Irmo’s second loss this year, and only their third loss in the past

Irmo Track and Field Irmo’s track and field team had several players place at the individual state championship meet. Kevin Baxter won the state championship in the 110 meter hurdles. Track coach Alisa Long was proud of the way the track team performed. “We had a very good season this year,” Long said. “The boy’s were region champions and the girls came second in the region.” Jemekia Wilson placed in three events. Wilson came in 2nd in the 400 meter hurdles, 3rd in the 100 meter hurdles, and 6th in the high jump. Cara White qualified for May 28, 2010

two years. Emmett Lunceford, junior, was a nominee for Gatorade National Player of the Year. He represented the state of South Carolina. As of May 6, 2010 Luceford had scored 6 goals and 12 assists. Lunceford has given a verbal commitment to play soccer at the University of South Carolina. the 400 meter dash. Shaquille Counts came in 3rd in the shot put. Andrew Jordan qualified for the 3200 meter run. Tamar Sowell qualified for the long and triple jump. Sowell came in 6th for both. Will Cheung qualified for the pole vault and Jack Lewis qualified for the 800. The team MVP’s were Tamar Sowell and Jemekia Wilson, both juniors. The coache’s award winners were Cara White and Jack Lewis, both seniors. Irmo’s boys qualified for the 4 X 100 and the 4 X 800 relays. The boy’s 4 X 800 broke the school record. The girls qualified for the 4 X 800 and the 4 X 400 relays. Sports - 19

Irmo produces more collegiate athletes

Second signing day ends with nine commitments to playing college ball

Every year high school athletes sign their names saying they will commit to playing for a certain school in hopes of becoming that schools next best athlete. Every year Irmo High School has two separate signing days, one for winter sports and one for spring sports. This spring’s signing contained about half of the total signees this year. The signees included two swimmers (Heidi and Laura Nichols, who signed to Delta State), one girls’ basketball player (Brooke McCants, who signed to Augusta State University), one girls’ soccer player (Ashley Kosbucki, who signed to USC-Upstate), two softball players (Melissa Britt, who signed to USC-Sumter) and (Amanda Evans, who signed to Georgia Military College), one football player (Anthony Long, who signed to Coffeeville, Kansas), and one lacrosse player (Chris Troyer, who signed to Queens University of Charlotte). “We have two signing days every year and between the two are averaging about 18 to 25 kids every year, which speaks well for us coaches,” said athletic director, Bob Hanna. To get signed to a school is no small feat, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. “Our two signing days represent five to six percent of the total athletes here at Irmo, so it’s obvious that the few who do get signed have done the right thing in the classroom and on the field,” Hanna said.

The responsibilities of being a top-notch athlete don’t stop just because you signed a piece of paper either. “The signing of your name is saying you still have certain things to do before you get the scholarship,” Hanna said. “They have to make the grades, get a certain GPA and finish the year strong.” Although responsibility is a word an athlete is used to hearing there’s another word they’re used to hearing as well, commitment. “When an athlete commits to a school they need to make sure they’ve made the right choice, it’s hard on kids and coaches when a kid makes a commitment to a school and then backs out,” Hanna said. Also all the actions of the athletes, who sign, are a direct reflection on the school from which they come. “Those who sign need to realize that they are ambassadors for Irmo, they need to make the school and the coaches want to come back for more Irmo kids,” Hanna said. Girls’ varsity soccer player Ashley Kosobucki signed to University of South Carolina: Upstate, on April 28. Although Kosobucki had other offers, the goal of playing Division I soccer helped her make her choice. “I had offers from a few other Division II schools, but I wanted to play Division I and Upstate is close to home,” Kosobucki said.

There are also other factors that played a part in making her decision. “I know a player there, Catherine Nolff, who I used to play with a few years ago when she was in high school,” Kosobucki said. Having signed to her college of choice Kosobucki has a lot to look forward to. “I look forward to making new friends and teammates as well as playing at a higher level,” Kosobucki said. Even with the joys that come with signing, there are always a few things athletes say they will always miss about playing high school sports. “The worst part of signing is that I’m going to miss all of my friends on my team,” Kosobucki said. One other player who signed was varsity lacrosse player Chris Troyer, who signed to Queens University of Charlotte. “I signed there because it was close to home and they’re ranked in the top ten,” Troyer said. Unlike Kosobucki and the others who were signed, Troyer is the first in his sport to be signed from Irmo. “It’s an honor being the first lacrosse player to sign, and I also hope many more lacrosse players sign in the future,” Troyer said.

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SECOND SIGNING: Irmo athlets signed to play for the college of their choice on April 28 in the gym. Nine athletes signed on this day, and 10 athletes signed on the other signing day which took place in February. 20 - Sports

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Irmo sports teams continue traditions Traditions and superstitions are abundant in sports. The types of superstitions vary from being individual to team. Irmo’s Boy’s Soccer team takes part in certain traditions every year. Every year if the boy’s soccer team makes the playoffs, they bleach their hair. “A couple of players were at their house, getting excited for the playoffs and they started dying their hair,” Phil Savitz, soccer coach said. “They won the first game so more and more players started dying their hair, and they won the state championship and by then every player had bleached their hair.” Since that year bleaching hair has become a tradition. “Now every year, a part of the team at least dyes their hair when we get to the playoffs,” Savitz said. The soccer team also does something for good luck before every game. “Before games we pass around a wooden four leaf clover, kiss it and tap cleats with it,” Josh Jenkins, sophomore soccer player said. In soccer the team has rituals, in baseball it is much more individual. Some of the coaches and players, have their own routines to keep good things going. “If we're winning we’re going to keep doing the same things,” baseball coach Jeremiah Duffy said. “If were winning I'll keep the same lineup. If a guy is hitting well in a spot, I'll keep him in that spot. I'm so superstitious that I'll try to wear the same clothes, eat the same foods. If we hit in the cage and we win, we're going to keep hitting in the cage before games. If we lose, we might change things up like hitting in the outfield instead.” Jon Curtis, senior baseball player, has the same routine before every game. It ranges from in game routine to pre-game routine. “I have to use the same body wash in morning,” Curtis said. “I also have to use the same deodorant before each game. I work out my abs the day before the game. I have to wear white socks.” Curtis also has in-game routines to prepare for plate appearances. “I have the same routine for an at bat,” Curtis said. “When I'm on deck I take four swings with the heavy bat, then I pick up my regular bat. The way I raise my bat is the same every time.” Irmo’s baseball team also does something to

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IRMO TRADITIONS: Irmo Boy’s Soccer team celebrates a goal during the playoffs. They bleached their hair to celebrate making the playoffs. commemorate making the playoffs, only the coaches don’t go along with it, “Our coach made us cut the mohawks off because it wasn’t appropriate,” Taylor Boyd, senior baseball player said. “He said we wouldn’t play if we didn’t cut them off. It was the first time in three years we got to the playoffs.” “The players have to have short cut hair, can’t be over your ears,” Duffy said. “They can’t have facial hair. It’s because baseball’s a special game and you need to be able to look the part to play the part.” Baseball is filled with codes. Many are unwritten such as you don’t talk to a pitcher throwing a no-hitter, or you don’t cross the pitchers mound. “One of the big things is when you go on and off the field; you make sure that you don't step on the lines,” Duffy said. The baseball team has dress codes for game day. They used to wear a shirt and a tie on game day. Following a loss, the team stopped dressing up. “It’s the team’s choice to dress up,” Boyd said. “We say shirt and tie just because. The coach doesn’t really require it. If we do it and we lose, we aren’t going to do it again because of superstition.” Irmo’s cross country team also dyes their

hair as a team. “We dye our hair black every year,” Andrew Jordan, sophomore cross country runner said. “It shows team unity and that we’re crazy.” Irmo volleyball traditions center around team unity. They range from eating the same team meal to getting gifts for each other. “During the playoffs we eat spaghetti the night before each game,” Riley McCullough, junior volleyball player said. “We’ve done it for years.” The volleyball team also celebrates new members to the team every year with rookie week. It’s a week where rookies dress up,” McCullough said. It’s like man day, or animal or tacky day and we come that morning and we dress them up and make them sing songs.” Secret sisters is a way to create team unity and feel at home on road trips. “For away games we have a secret sister, we get them a present, candy, drinks and stuff, McCullough said. “But its only for away games. You pick a name out of a hat and thats who your secret sister is.”

JAMES THOMAS, sports editor

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