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Page 3 News Health Care Obama’s Health Care Reform: today’s youth wagers it in their future costs. How will Health Care affect you?
AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY With the new nutrition guidelines, cafeterias and vending machines are now offering what they believe are healthier food options for students such as more fruit, full salad bar and diet soda. Photos By Lauren Smith|Photographer
Healthy nutrition fad brings new controversy to Public Schools
nutritious choices, and so far there has been a mixed Copy By Megan McDunn|Sports Editor So many choices, but so little time. Do I want opinion among school officials, parents and students. Holly Wick, a mother of two high school students Mountain Dew or Pepsi? Grandma’s chocolate chip feels, “The school district is being narrow-minded in its cookies or starbursts? Doritos or Bugles? These choices are now a thing of the past in Great decision to eliminate choices completely.” She went on Falls Public Schools. The school district administered to say, “I feel my parenting is being undermined because a new policy regarding nutrition in our schools. The I am trying to teach my children to make correct choices, new district wide policy has restricted “junk food” but they are having that right taken way by not having in its schools. Students will no longer find teachers any choices. When they become adults, neither the giving out candy or other food items as incentives for school district or myself will be there at all times, and good behavior or for doing well on a test or homework they will need the skills to make the correct choices in life.” assignment. Vending machines Freshman Madi Wall believes it will help and PTA stores are now filled I went down to get a students eat healthier because it is easier with nutritional snacks and soda and the custodian for students to bring money to school and drinks such as granola bars, get snacks from the vending machine rather baked potato chips, diet sodas smiled at me. I thought he was being friendly, than bringing snacks from home. She said, “I and milk. don’t mind the snacks that are in the vending According to Mikki Messman, but he ended up machines at school.” coordinator of student and unplugging the machine. Senior Ashley Betzel has a differing employee assistance program, - Freshman Grey Osment opinion on the matter. She feels that by the school district wants to be proactive about the issue because there has been a rise putting healthy snacks in the vending machine the not only in obesity but also in type 2 diabetes among school district is imposing on student’s rights and teenagers. Typically, type 2 diabetes is an adult onset hurting themselves in the process. She said, “Students form of diabetes usually caused by unhealthy eating should be able to choose what they want to snack on, habits. Messman said, “Our schools teach nutrition, but and if the school doesn’t offer what kids want, they will by having junk food in vending machines the schools go somewhere else to get it.” Craig Wiseman and Tim Nichols in “Live Like You are not setting a good example for their students.” She went on to say another reason the school district Are Dying” are quoted as saying, “What is the secret decided to institute this policy was because “parents felt to success?” ‘Two words, Right decisions.’ “How do the healthy eating standards of their homes were not you make the right decision?” ‘One word, Experience.’ being upheld at school.” She believes this will help make “And how do you get experience?“ ‘Two words, Wrong decisions.’ Even the government is trying to restrict kids feel, “the healthy choice is the easy choice.” But, the big question on everyone’s mind is whether “junk food” in schools with Senate bill 934.The question or not this policy will actually help students make more now is who is making the right decision.
Page 7 Feature Alcoholism Anonymous teen student describes her difficulties raising siblings and dealing with parent’s disease.
Page 11 Sports Bison Soccer Teamwork carries Bison squads through season while boys varsity beats CMR for the first time in four years.
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MAKING A POINT President Obama speaks to Wakefield High School Students in Arlington on Sept. 8, 2009. “What you are learning in school today will determine whether we as nation can meet our greatest challenges in the future,” said the President at the high school. Now he will be traveling across the United States spreading the health care message. Photo Purchased from Newscom
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Controversy, uncertainty plague health care reform procedures. Still others are simply tired of large scale government spending. “We need to cap spending,” said sophomore Bryar Brandvold, “The health care proposal will be a huge loss of funds.” Supporters of the health care legislation maintain that changes have to be made to the current system. “We have to do something,” said freshman Molly Crum. Supporters also affirm that the changes proposed by the bill would allow for the coverage of citizens who lack the means to afford private insurance or are otherwise unable to obtain sufficient care; “Everyone has a right to their own health care,” said sophomore Julia Boland. Parties both for and against HR 3200 agree that some changes have to be made to promote the welfare of the American people. The extent and type of changes to be made, however, will dominate debates within the government, possibly for months to come. Outside of the government, health care reform will dictate the conversations of the citizens. In an e-mail interview with Senator Max Baucus said, “Montana families cannot keep up with the skyrocketing costs of health care. If nothing is done to address our broken system, in seven years many Montana families will spend nearly half of their income on health insurance. The health care plan I introduced in the Senate will lower costs and provide better quality care for all Montana families.”
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strives to spread the responsibility of the health and welfare of the American people between the government, employers and the pre-existing private insurance system. The delegation of this responsibility would allow for American citizens to have more options at more reasonable rates for receiving the medical services they require. Comparatively, Health Deliver reform seeks to modify the way in which the health services are delivered. Specifically, this section of the bill intends to “increase quality and to reduce growth in health spending so that health care becomes more affordable for businesses, families and government”. This means that through changes proposed in this section of the bill, the government intends to further regulate the costs of medical services such as: checkups, surgeries, consultations, etc., to ease the strain on the finances of the American citizens. The proposal of these drastic changes has met fierce opposition from a wide array of individuals of all age groups, from senior citizens to soccer moms and teenagers. Some opponents of the legislation argue that the extreme cost of the modifications to the American health care system, an estimated one trillion dollars, would outweigh any of the potential benefits. Others say the problem rests with the massive financial penalties against doctors who perform defective
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Copy By David Cerotzke|Journalist Health care reform, Obama Care, Socialized Medicine and Universal Healthcare are just some of the many names for the bill now known as HR 3200. The source of extreme controversy for the past, it has united and divided the American people, awakening the political interests of previously uninterested individuals. Yet, with the multiple revisions of the bill in Congress, the question remains, what are the true intentions of this legislation? The current House bill, HR 3200, states it purpose as “to provide affordable, quality health care for all Americans and reduce the growth in health care spending.” The legislation intends to build on the current health care system and repair the defective measures of the current system. This means the current plan does not intend to completely overturn the American health system, rather modify the problem areas, primarily insurance and health care delivery. As a measure of insurance reform, the bill promotes serious changes, specifically in the types of coverage available to the American people. Of these changes, the most prominent remains the availability of a “public option.” As a part of the “new Health Insurance Exchange” the legislation calls for a “public health insurance option alongside private plans.” The concept of a public health care option
october 1, 2009
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Bottle I don’t really remember anything before I was four years old, but after that I knew my life was different from other kids. I had to deal with situations that some children never experience while growing up and I hope they never do. My mom started to drink when I was four and it, still to this day, has never ceased. Drinking is an every day thing for my mom and I have to put up with it, yet I still lead a somewhat normal life as a teenager. Not all students have to worry about coming home after school not knowing whether they will be safe or not, but for me it is a daily occurrence. Every move I make is wrong or even when it is right to most people, it is wrong to my mom. I can never do anything right. I have even been kicked out of my house because I pay for my own cell phone, my own clothes, and pretty much everything I own. She even has made my best friend cry, and my friend will not cry even if she was to break her arm. My mom does not have reasoning when she is drunk and even if she is wrong, she will never admit it. Even though this has been going on since I was young, I still find little pieces of hope to keep my life going. I have always excelled in school; I do most of my school work by myself, with the help of class mates and teachers, but rarely from my mom. School is a place where I feel safe and it is something I can focus on to forget my home life. Although I never was able to participate in sports, sometimes I was fortunate for my friends to bring me to their games. When I moved, I gained a friend that I have kept since the second grade. She has helped me along the way whether I was crying or to help make my day happy and fun filled. She has always been there especially when I needed someone the most. We are still inseparable and we know everything about each other. There is also a significant other that has aided me in my tough journey. Plus there have been many teachers, mostly in my high school career, that have helped me to be the person I am today. Although my life is tough at times, I do not let it get me down and I just keep pushing forward to ensure that I can be the best person possible. Also, because of my rough life, more good than bad things have come my way. Recently, I won a senior picture package that was worth 1000 dollars because I work hard. I use these little treasures to make life seem easier and worth while. In the future, I plan to go to college to become a nurse and do something that will be beneficial to not only me, but also for others. I am not sure why I wanted to be a nurse but I am sure it had something to do with my life and how it has influenced me. Most kids would probably not use their hardships as an advantage, as I have and will. To all those people who are in the same boat as me, others do understand. It is difficult, but just think about your future and live life to the fullest. Truth: The writer of Inside the Empty Bottle agreed to share this story as a testament of the havoc alcoholism can wreak in the home and family.
Adopted ‘Social Host Ordinance’ inhibits freedom of students’ whose parents allow to partying, drinking
Copy By Mary Koppy|Editor in chief The wine cellar is not the only thing being locked up in Great Falls. Recently, the City of Great Falls passed ordinance 3044, the Social Host Ordinance. Under this ordinance, any adult caught allowing minors to consume alcohol can be fined, and in more severe situations, given jail time. “There have been a few instances in the last six or eight months where parents were hosting parties where minors were consuming alcohol,” said City Commissioner Bill Bronson. “We needed another avenue to get the message across.” The new avenue is the Social Host Ordinance, brought into effect as of Sept. 15 at the last City Commission meeting. “It has a graded scale for offenses,” reported Bronson. This means that for first time offenders, fines range between $250 and $500 while second time or more offenders may pay a sum greater sum than $500 and serve up to six months in prison time. The program met good reception in the community. “I’ve spoken to parents with grown children and those with children in high school and younger, and they have all been in favor of it,” said Lisa Devine, the mother of one Great Falls High senior and of another recent graduate. Devine says she hopes that the changes will be drastic, but notes, ‘It will be based on each individual. I would hope that parents will be more reactive.” Bronson, while less optimistic, hopes that the program will be effective and expects visible results within six months to a year. “Billings adopted an almost identical program almost five
months ago and they have filed six serious charges thus far,” he explained. “The folks down in Billings feel that the point is getting across.” The ordinance, while aimed at preventing parents from providing alcohol for minors, does cover both cases. For example, at 18 years old, teens can legally sign leases. So if a teenager living in an apartment complex throws a party, will the landlord or parents be penalized? Bronson soothed critics of the ordinance. “The only person likely liable is the teenager. The only way a parent or landlord could be responsible is if they were a knowing participant.” In response to such questions as to what qualifies a knowing participant, the City Commission directs citizens to their website, where they post the minutes for each meeting. The minutes include a direct link to Ordinance 3044 with an 18 part glossary explaining distinctions between terms. The ordinance also outlines the full penalties for the first charge and subsiquent offenses, as well as infractions that can lead to jail time for the perpetrator, such as giving alcohol to minors below the age of 16. In response to doubt of the ordinance’s necessity, the document lists local data, including the fact that Montanans have among the highest rates in the nation for teen binge drinking, with 34.4 percent of teens admitting to binge drinking. That number rises to 38.9 percent in Cascade County. Since Jan. 1, 2006, the Great Falls Police Department has handed out over 2,066 MIPs to Great Fall’s teenagers.
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editorial On Nutrition Policies
Nutrition Legislation Without Representation In the earliest years of American history, legislation without representation led the American people to stage a revolution that changed the face of the globe. While the new nutritional guidelines in the Great Falls Public Schools may not cause so violent a reaction, they represent a flaw that must be rectified in the school board’s newer projects. The error lies not in the program’s intention, but in its presentation. The logic of offering healthy snacks to schools district wide appeals to parents’, teachers’ and administrators’ best instincts. The concept of providing kids with a viable source of nutrition argues for drastic, immediate measures that pledge to guarantee healthy results. Unfortunately, the students of Great Falls High reacted with less goodwill.
Over the past four years the entire district absorbed innovative programs such as advisement, currently renamed Connections. Administration and faculty have considered career academies such as the Agriculture Academy at CMR and small learning communities for freshmen. From students’ perspectives, every new decision has further restricted their freedoms disabling their ability to make their own decisions. Yes, eating healthy teaches teenagers to value nutrition and fitness, but unless they consciously choose to alter their habits, nothing will change. If students are unable to buy the type of
unhealthy snacks they crave at school, they will take their business elsewhere and bring sweet, salty and all around bad treats into the school of their own accord, without returning any sort of revenue to the school. The income gathered by the vending machines could, in theory, be recovered by the suggested DECA store, a possible replacement situated in the same area that the vending machines were once located. Those vending machines, exiled to a distant corner of the second floor, now stand dark, filled with nutritious snacks that students cannot access. The replacements in the drink machines generated the most controversy and complaint among the student body. Diet pop and Sobe Life Water fill slots formerly inhabited by their sugar and calorie packed
counterparts and, if the constant restocks are any indication, the drinks sell well. Nevertheless, students objected to the diet pop, citing studies that prove it to inflame diseases such as cancer and cardiac problems. Students genuinely offended by the new nutritional guidelines have a solution: boycott the vending machines, bring their own lunches, consume healthy foods that actually benefit health and wellness and exercise because it benefits mind and body, and not school morale. Common sense, healthy choices must be the choice of the student, not the decision of the school board. The subterfuge behind the presentation, not the healthy food offends the student body.
Informatioin On H1N1 at Great Falls High
Swine Flu Hits Home An upd a te o n H 1N1 a t GF H Copy By David Cerotzke|Journalist With the recent flurry of news regarding the H1N1 virus and the rising public concern over the spread of the virus, the question remains, what steps have the administration at Great Falls High taken to prevent the spread of H1N1? The district has reported four confirmed cases at Great Falls High, two contained students, one regular student body member, and a faculty member. As a result, the janitorial staff has begun the sanitization of all desks and surfaces within the classrooms. Also, the district plans for the installation of hand sanitizer
dispensers in all classrooms and student areas. This in addition to the sanitization stations already in place in the lunchrooms. Dr. Fred Anderson, the high school principle, said “We’re trying to be proactive in the spread of H1N1. We encourage everyone to rethink the basic health procedure.” The presence of the virus in our school remains no cause for alarm, however, especially with the increased efforts on the part of the staff. The ultimate measure of prevention lies with the students, everyone must do their part to keep healthy. Together, we can stop H1N1.
commentary On the Threat of H1N1 Flu
H1N1CausesFalseFear Swine flu threat all hype Copy By Tory Osment |.com Editor in Chief Last spring, college students who traveled to Mexico for spring break came home with more than just a great tan, some returned with a bit of the flu. H1N1 flu has caused a fear for illness to spread throughout Americans’ minds like a wildfire in California. The flu first arrived last spring mistakenly under the name Swine flu. The flu was found to be very contagious and people just in the presence of the students who brought the flu back tended contract it. The death toll, however, was nothing out of the ordinary for a flu, in fact, it was low in comparison to the seasonal flu. Most of the flu fear was due to the fact that the flu resembled Swine flu from the early 1900’s, a flu that wiped out a great many people and resisted medicine. The early 1900’s were not very medically
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advanced, though, nowhere near as advanced as the nation is now. As more time passed the flu was found in more states and even all over the world, it was declared a pandemic. More and more people began to fret over the flu. The media went wild in exaggeration with updates on where the flu was found, deaths and how many cases were reported. At some point along with all of the flu fear the discovery that the flu was not Swine flu and was actually H1N1 was made. Over the summer the H1N1 scare seemed almost nonexistent, there were more important things to cover in the news than a flu that really is not very harmful. Celebrities were dying, Ted Kennedy, Farrah Fawcett and the King of Pop ceased to exist and that was much more newsworthy than beating a dead horse with more H1N1. Now that flu season is coming up, people have had a break from H1N1 and newsworthy material is lacking
the media has brought back H1N1 as if it were something new. H1N1 has been exaggerated by the media; the flu is not any more harmful than the average flu. The name is what scares people most. On average the seasonal flu kills several thousands of people a year; H1N1 has not caused as many deaths. The people who do tend to gain severe symptoms from H1N1 are people who already have existing medical conditions. Some people believe the hype about H1N1 is simply a distraction from the real issues and a ploy to make President Obama look like a hero. Some believe it really is a dangerous flu and some are seriously afraid of it. The opinions on the flu are all over the map. A vaccine has been developed for the flu and is targeted for medical personnel, pregnant woman and people between the ages of six months and 24 years old, but perhaps a less invasive way to avoid H1N1 is to stick to the basics in germ prevention. These are basic rules and courtesies we
have had hammered into our heads since preschool; cover any cough or sneeze, wash hands often, avoid toughing the mouth, eyes and nose and stay home if ill. Treat H1N1 no differently than any other flu, it really is no different. Media can be very powerful; it can turn almost anything into a big deal. H1N1 is nothing more threatening than the seasonal flu. Why it has been turned into such a massive fear may never be known, but there is no reason for it. The nation has been fed fears through media, Americans have been told to avoid germs for fear of illness and even food for fear of obesity. Fear of the flu is ridiculous. In reality, avoiding germs at all costs makes a person less healthy than contracting a virus. Contracting the flu makes the immune system stronger, the antibodies build up immunity. If all germs are avoided when a virus is contracted the immune system never builds stronger and the flu is much harder to fight. So share your drinks, kiss the sick and get yourself the flu.
October 1, 2009
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Public Opinion On Celebrity Dysfunction
Celebrities Debt to Society
People feel too entitled to their success and fame, they just sort of fell into it and don’t realize the work it takes.
Not-So Social Host Ordinance Underage drinking under fire Copy By Shafer Higgins|Copy Editor There should be a law punishing parents who willingly provide alcohol to their children and other teenagers in a social situation. However, I share Commissioner John Rosenbaum’s philosophical problem of an 18 year old ability to fight a war for his country but not be able to legally drink in the country he’s fighting for. The pandemonium that legally allowing people in high school to drink would cause I understand, but the drinking age should be lowered. I may have just contradicted myself, but the issue of young adults and alcohol is definitely a cultural one, a difficult one at that.
In America, alcohol is a mystified subject, whereas in other places it is not. Since it is primarily a cultural problem and secondarily a legal problem the demystification of alcohol remains a parental responsibility. Therein lays the Catch-22: said demystification of alcohol would take a very long time, likely resulting in numerous tragedies for at least a generation. Cultures don’t change overnight, and rarely, if ever, by ordinances. How to solve this conundrum, I don’t know, but a lax law that allows teenagers to drink in order to correct this social blunder would likely result in death and my support of this would make me feel bad. So I do support the new
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social host ordinance, so long as it takes into account extenuating circumstances. Kids will throw parties, that is just a fact of life. Parents are frequently completely unaware of this and they should not be made social pariahs by this new ordinance if they truly didn’t know. Parents who actively tolerate frequent parties or even supply the alcohol are the target of this law, as they should be. However, providing nonintoxicating amounts to your children should not be punishable by law. In this, the new ordinance got it. It even takes into account the responsibility of the landlord in these situations. If a landlord tolerates frequent parties on his property, he or she should be held accountable by law. But plenty of landlords don’t live anywhere near their property and if they are reasonably unaware of the situation they shouldn’t be punished.
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I think it’s wrong, That’s all I can say. Jessica Descharm, 10
Celebrities are a misplace of power. They are rich and famous so they think they can do whatever, they should be acting like role models, not idiots. Sam Bonilla, 9
The bottom line On the Social Host Ordinance
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example form our celebrities, that we demand an end to their gluttonous behavior and that we demand action against their waste of public attention. This is not to say, however, that EVERY public figure or celebrity has acted poorly as a public example or that reaching a position of fame or fortune incites immediate corruption. The higher any individual rises in society, the mightier their mistakes can be. This realization remains crucial to the betterment of society. Much like a sports team representing a school, our celebrities represent America to the world. In these troubled times especially, we must have our country represented in a reasonable and decent manor. In a more local sense, we must stop the poisoning of our youth, for as future Americans, the youth of our country remain vital to our survival.
Public figures fail to deliver Copy By David Cerotzke|Journalist Our celebrities have failed us. As the few individuals in our society who possess almost constant media coverage, their responsibility to the public remains clearly to provide an upstanding example of citizenry. More and more now we find ourselves attempting to explain the actions of our celebrities and find reasoning for their outrageous and immoral actions. It needs to be made clear to these individuals that we, as the public, have given them their fame. Without the public, these celebrities would hold no better position than anyone else in society. They remain in our debt for this reason, just as those who owe a financial debt to a bank. Yet they cannot receive the entirety of the blame, we ourselves must also hold accountability for our inactions. The time has come that we demand a better
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Television’s worst on display CopyByCodiColman|Journalist In the 1960’s, the United States general public represented a “white picket-fence” family; today, the public is “Engaged and Underage.” Television shows are risqué. When the public sees an exposed celebrity body part, the media leaps all over it. For example, during the 2004 Super Bowl Janet Jackson sang at the half time show, where she encountered an unfortunate “wardrobe malfunction.” The serious repercussions from this public humiliation ring true even in today’s news.
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Homecoming |editors mary koppy | melssa horacek
The many layers of the Copy By Shafer Higgins|Copy Editor Does the name Darkseid conjure up any images? Does the general public know what he looks like, what his skills or powers are? He
Copy By Catherine Gilligan|Guest Writer t’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…Super Bison! The heroes of the herd have come to save Homecoming week. Leading the pack this year are the royalty candidates. As Captain America, Wonder Woman, Batman, Mario and Captain Underpants, Lee Perkins, Brittany Kumm, Shayna Vinson, Alan Stelling and Charlie Bartram fly in to save the student body from the villains. After all, what’s a good superhero without a villain? Bringing evil and deception to Homecoming week are Jeren Robinson, Jesse Whyte and Ronni Scott portraying
Photo illustrations by Matt Ehnes|Photographer the week. Friday will be a chance for The Joker, Catwoman, and Wicked the Thundering Herd to show their skills Wedgie Woman. when they take on the malicious Helena Of course, a superhero is practically High Bengals. The match-up should be worthless without a sidekick so Tucker epic. Cook, as Robin, stepped up for the part. The super heroines of Great Falls High Finally, every good superhero needs fought to the finish in Monday’s Powder someone to come home to after saving Puff game and students imitated each the world. Kelsey Dixon, as Princess other on Tuesday for Twin Day. Clothing Peach, is this year’s damsel in distress. was mixed and mashed for Clash Day on With the dress-up days, parade, Wednesday and students showed some Powder-Puff, football game and royalty class on Thursday’s dress-up day. Finally, assembly, what’s not to love about Homecoming? These candidates will fight the Heroes of the Herd came out in full evil, and sometimes cause it, throughout force on Friday for Theme Day.
Holy helpers, Batman: Copy By Donovan Dennis and Katherine Leonard|Journalist What’s with the Spandex? Over the past century of development in ultra-tight clothing and body suits, sidekicks have been the unfortunate public test subjects. Sidekicks are superhero’s go-to guys and repeatedly rescue them from the evil clasps of super villains. Without their specialized support and assistance, most heroes would rapidly find themselves deceased. Regrettably for sidekicks, the heroes steal the limelight for the fabulously thought out escape plan that the sidekick risks their life to execute. They are the heroes of the heroes they work for and hardly ever get the credit deserved. Why they never make the rank of super hero is puzzling. It seems that they should eventually be promoted. But with lame names and only spud sized muscles the title of hero is out of reach for them. As the true power of superheroes is constantly questioned, their
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insecurity shines through the cloud of skin-hugging speed suits. The extremely ridiculous names and costumes sidekicks have thrust upon them are made clear by examining the flaws and insecurities many superheroes endure every day. There is no other reason for a hero to name their right-hand man Aqualad and force them to wear a Speedo around in broad daylight. Over the past sixty years, many heroes and sidekicks have teamed up to form ultra villain fighting teams. Some of the more popular duos such as Batman and Robin or Wonder Woman and Wonder Girl, have become staples in American superhero teams. However, there are many unknown teams who have destroyed evil for the safety of the public. So if the spandex comes with the sidekick, it will have to stay, in order to keep the bad guys away.
by Our Powers Combined! Copy By Tory Osment|.com Editor in Chief “By your powers combined, I am Captain Planet!” The idea of combining the power of many to save the world has long gone with the 1990’s. Recently heroes come as singles, sometimes with sidekicks, group heroes are a thing of the past. Captain Planet and the Planeteers and Sailor Moon fought with the
power of many to save the planet from harm. Captain Planet and the Planeteers were more than just a group of superheroes; they were a group of kids out to save the planet by way of preserving nature. The Planeteers represent heart, wind, water, earth and fire, and each Planeteer is from a different part of the world; North America, Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa and South America.
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With the power of each planeteer combined Captain Planet bursts from the sky. The environmentally conscious superhero saves the day and keeps the planet safe. The Sailor Scouts of Sailor Moon were another group of the 90’s. The Sailor Scouts, Sailor Chibi Moon, the Sailor Starlights and Tuxedo Mask and Sailor Moon work together to save the day. The Sailor Scouts fight the
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was a foe of one of the most famous superheroes of all time, Superman. Still, he remains in obscurity. However, no matter how proud someone is of heir lack of geekiness, they likely have heard of Lex Luthor; they know he faced off against Superman. They probably even know that he is bald. And unless they are some backwoods survivalist, they would be better off not denying that they know The Joker. Even if they are a backwoods survivalist, they probably saw an airplane flying over their hut with a banner tailing it informing them of The Joker. What separates Darkseid from the likes of Lex Luthor or The Joker? The answer lies in the difference between the terms enemy and archenemy. Alfred Hitchcock once said “the more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.” While Hitchcock may not be a wonderful portrait of common sense, he knew how
to craft story and one cannot deny the drawing power of a dynamic villain. Absolute Astronomy.com describes the criteria for an archenemy as follows: “they may be the hero’s strongest enemy, have strong connections with the hero’s past, caused the hero a great deal of personal pain has the most personal grudge against the hero or he may simply be the most recurring enemy. While the villain is traditionally the epitome of evil, in order to be recurring they must have redeeming qualities. People love their villains tortured, and enjoy a good philosophical conversational about why a villain is the way they are. Popular villains are also often intelligent and one step ahead of the hero. Evil geniuses have proven to be very endearing. The ambiguity of modern villains has given rise to a whole new class of villains who may not even by villains at all, a perfect example being Catwoman. She is defined as chaotic neutral, meaning her own personal freedom and wants are held higher in her mind than matters of good or evil. So before people lunge for that Sexy Catwoman costume, they need to study up their villains. Otherwise they may wind up dressed as a fauxpas, not a foe.
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All american courage American heroism a defined, specific art, entertainment for legions of fans Copy By Mary Koppy|Editor in Chief He defends, he protects and he guards. He is brave, strong and courageous. He watches over his nation’s citizens with devotion and shields them from all harm. The American hero represents a modern Renaissance man, a Jack of All Trades coming to save the world from impending doom. American superheroes, despite their variety, all follow a general template. Superman, in 1938, set the standard for the generic male lead; Batman, in 1939, improved on it and developed a cast of characters known today as anti-heroes. Both embody the ancient Greek prototype, the tragic hero. Each faced adversity at some point in their lives; Superman in the face of abandonment on the surface of an unknown planet and Batman with the death of his parents. Both overcame these immense obstacles to protect those less fortunate from similar catastrophe. Recently, however, American comics have begun to deviate from the norm. Wonder Woman, Captain America, even Spiderman to an extent, no longer embody the theme of the classic hero. They fight for justice against terrible forces of evil, and no critic can argue that they are not, to a degree, heroes, but connecting with such figures becomes more difficult as their flaws become less and less apparent. American heroes speak to the spirit of their nation.
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Freshman kind of get lost in the mix of homecoming, but it’s their decision to get involved. As a former Freshman, Donovan Dennis said, “I loved homecoming. It was the one time that all four grades came together as one school.” Homecoming brings Great Falls High together. All the students feel as if they belong at the school as one big Bison family. Some ideas of freshman costumes for their “Video Game Heroes” theme are: Link from “The Legend of Zelda.” Mario and Luigi from Nintendo games. Solid Snake from Metal Gear. Zoe Castillo and April Ryan from The Longest Journey series. Samus from Metroid. And probably the most heard of, Master Chief from Halo. Homecoming is a time to get involved with the whole school. There are many activities for everyone to get involved in: Spirit days including blue and white day, Twin, float building, and football games. Just have fun, and respect your school. That’s all that matters.
Real life superheroes provide entertaining backdrop to comics
Copy By Codi Colman|Journalist When people think of super heroes, they consider Batman, Robin, Ironman. What people rarely believe in are heroes like Amazonia. These are the hidden heroes of the comic book world; overshadowed by other super heroes that hog the lime light. A hero that should be well known by the public is Amazonia. Amazonia, a real life super hero, or RLSH, fights crime and donates blood. She began her career in May 2002, as Miss Amazing. Her career as a hero had started out in Lowell, M a s s a c h u s ett s , where she patrolled the streets at night and battle what
crime goes on around the city. Examples include robberies, graffiti, and muggings. She fought crime in Massachusetts for six years, before moving to Ocala, Florida where she joined several other Florida RLSHs in to fight crime. She also help the homeless by donating supplies such as blankets, canned foods, and extra clothing. Other heroes shunned from the lime-light are children’s comic book heroes, such as Captain Underpants. Mr Krupp is a teacher, who had forced George and Harold, the comic’s protagonists, into doing hard work so that he could keep them from playing tricks. George and Harold had bought a “3D hypno” ring, and used it to make him into Captain Underpants. He reverts to Mr. Krupp when water is spilled onto his head, and becomes Captain Underpants at the literal snap of a finger.
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If They Walked Among Us ‘District 9’ tests human reaction to extraterrestrial life on earth
MAKING CONTACT Movie poster for new Science Fiction flick ‘District 9’. The movie explores themes of racism in the situation if aliens were to come to earth. The film hit theaters on Aug. 14. As of now, it has grossed over 126 million at the box office. Photo Purchased from Newscom
Commentary Copy By Dani Hertz|Executive Editor Both powerful and leery. ‘District 9’s started and ended with an eerie feeling. Viewers complained afterward, “The movie was sick” or “it made my stomach churn.” Perhaps that is exactly what director, Neil Blomkamp wanted. ‘District 9’ can be used as a real life example. What would Earth do if aliens made contact? It’s shocking how easily one group can accept another, and then look down upon the different group almost instantly. The film starts out in an interesting perspective, as though the viewers were experiencing it hands on. Interesting enough, for no other film has projected its plot quite like this one. Blomkamp chose this specific outlook for a purpose. That purpose was to show ‘District 9’s viewers what would really happen if aliens came to planet earth. Ironically, the African government isn’t sure on what to do with the new and peculiar creatures. Their first action is contact. Contacting with the aliens proves they are extremely sick and need medical attention. However, as soon as the new embassy dies down the aliens are forgotten and pushed into small dangerous housing. Coincidence? There has to be more to the puzzle than that. Blomkamp sends a message to the viewers of ‘District 9’. That eerie feeling, the on spot news point of view, and the idea of
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something or someone different can only add up to one final question. What would we do in this situation? Looking back on social movements from the past we notice the world has a bit of a problem with foreign people. For example, the Holocaust or another organization that really hits home: the civil rights movement. Face it, for as long as humans have been on earth, there have been problems with new and different people coming in. It is only natural that the eerie feeling we get from ‘District 9’ can mean we are afraid of what would happen if aliens made contact. Let’s say aliens made contact tomorrow. The government would know first, satellites would show something coming closer to the earth’s surface. Then the public would go into frenzy. Then, the process would continue much like the process in ‘District 9’. The question is, how would we really treat them? In an age where there is equality for all, humans would behave much better than the government did in ‘District 9’. But how can people really tell? There would be testing, but it would be more humane than it was on the movie. Blomkamp’s message is clear. It’s a warning to take more careful actions and be more humane. This world is full of foreigners. We are foreign even in our world which was founded by immigrants.
Pop culture’s forgotten standards
Inspiration for dark teen comedy plots a classic among critics, cult followers Column Copy By Melissa Horacek|Executive Editor “The extreme always seems to make an impression.” Rarely does a film’s main character spout off a line that can sum up the entire movie’s impression on its audience, but “Heathers” Jason Dean (Christian Slater) hit the nail right on the head when he spoke the sentence in the 1989 dark comedy, attempting to justify his shooting blanks at two jock classmates in his high school cafeteria. His reason for rationalization? To impress the girl, Veronica Sawyer played by Winona Ryder, pre-sticky finger years. Sawyer is a recent addition to the popular clique at her school, Westerburg High. Her fellow three high horsewoman are all named Heather, thus the film’s title. The four are worshipped by fellow classmates and all exhibit cliché personality traits film audiences have now come to expect in teen flicks: the bulimic Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty), the upper crust blonde cheerleader Heather McNamara (Lisanne Falk), and the deliciously wicked ringleader Heather Chandler (Kim Walker). The movie’s first twenty minutes comes off as a John Hughes classic. Well, up until Heather Chandler is served a cup of liquid drainer by Dean and Sawyer. A brief run-in between the two before Dean fires his rounds at lunch sets up the attraction. That night, Sawyer and Chandler attend a party at Remington University. Sawyer realizes well into an encounter with a truly tasteless college slob that this isn’t her scene. After ditching him and vomiting on Chandler’s heels, Chandler and Sawyer exchange socially Photo Illustrated by Zach Meddock|Photo Editor
Beatle Mania Release of ‘The Beatles: Rock Band’ Skyrockets foursome’s fame in video game generation
destructive retorts outside the party. Sawyer is then seen at home, monocle in eye, frantically describing the night’s events in her journal. Then out of nowhere, really out of nowhere, Dean pops up in her bedroom window. A clothing optional game of croquet takes place. Afterward Sawyer relays her frustration at Chandler, exclaiming how she’d love “to see Heather Chandler puke her guts out”. Dean and Sawyer break into Chandler’s home the next morning to carry out this wily deed. The options to provoke illness include a Coke mixed with Bean and Bacon soup, orange juice and milk, and Dean’s go to selection ‘Hull Clean’. Both the later were poured into identical cups. After a brief debate, Sawyer grabs what she thinks is the citrus and dairy concoction. There are lids on the cups to keep Sawyer from noticing which is which, however Dean knows of her choice all along. They then awaken Chandler. The two present the drink as a hangover cure. Dean calls Chandler chicken for her hesitation to not down what he coins ‘an old family recipe’. She then chugs the blue liquid, utters the word ‘corn nuts’ (the last thing she ate the night before) and drops dead on a glass table in her room, clenching her throat. Clearly this morning after scene is where “Heathers” and classic teen movies lose all basic plot line similarity. Murder is an extreme. However, extremity is a premise that plays itself out surprisingly well for the rest of the film. Sawyer and Dean cover up the murder by writing a suicide note. Following the funeral is a chain of incredibly stupid events : a massively shallow display of student body emotion at Chandler’s memorial service, intoxicated cow tipping in a pasture followed by date rape(best night ever), and more staged suicide. This time, the victims are Kurt and Ram who Dean had previously shot up during lunch. Having taken Sawyer and McNamera out the night of the funeral and not achieving desired scores, the football studs begin to spread risqué rumors about Sawyer at school the next day. And I know what you’re thinking“Is there really time to go cow tipping on a school night after a funeral?” Well, these kids make time. Sawyer arranges for the young gentlemen to meet her
Copy By Shafer Higgins|Copy Editor A second British Invasion? The Beatles are back in town? While all of this may be true, perhaps it’s time to cut the clichés and go back to the facts. The Beatles remasters have 9 of the top 10 albums and 16 of the top 20 on today’s Billboard charts. That is a fairly masterful feat for a band that has been broken up for nearly 40 years. While the band’s immortal appeal is not in question, a fair amount of this success could be attributed to The Beatles: Rock Band, the newest incarnation of the popular game franchise.
in the woods before class while Dean hides behind a tree. The plan, as Sawyer took it, was for Dean to stun the jocks with special bullets that would break the surface of their skin but cause no actual injury. While out cold, homosexual artifacts were to surround the boys, who are somehow suspected to be found in the wilderness by other students (quite possibly through pixie magic). However Tinkerbell and her clan fail to show. Dean had lied to Sawyer and Ram and Kurt were really shot dead. Probably the best part of the doubled funeral, Kurt’s father exclaiming his acceptance of his son’s hidden homosexuality. “I love my dead gay son.” “Heathers” last forty minutes don’t exactly add up. Sawyer ends things with Dean after realizing he is far from mentally stable. To win her back he poorly devises a plan for an all school suicide pact via explosives. It is, of course, up to Sawyer to stop him from blowing up their classmates. In her spare time, Sawyer busies herself with keeping McNamara from joining in on the now wildly popular pastime of suicide (there’s even a Top 40 song that hit their airwaves) and killing Duke’s newly acquired queen bee buzz as Heather number one. I could give away the ending to it all but that wouldn’t matter. “Heathers” isn’t known for its action packed solution to an ill-conceived suicide contract. The cult classic’s claim to fame is the dark humor. Every quip from writer Daniel Waters can be turned into a mastermind quoteable. Much like “Mean Girls”, there’s even an imaginative language invented solely for the movie’s characters. Example- “It’ll be very.” “Heathers” is crudely stupid. But however dry, however tawdry, however extreme, the comedy works in this film. Right down to instructors smoking tobacco pipes in a staff meeting, trading bashes at the resident hippy junior English teacher and arguing over how many hours of school can be called off for the death of student that’s not a cheerleader. And if you were wondering, the pompom queen would receive a half day. “The extreme always seems to make an impression.” In the case of ‘Heathers’, it’s made a film legacy. The Beatles Remastered Box Set sells for $194.99 on Amazon.com and its counterpart that was mixed in mono sound sells for $239.99. What does all this renewed success mean? The Beatles already had their fame for today’s kids, but now they are able to be appreciated in the way this generation knows how, video games. Back in the day, rock albums were the touchstones of popular culture. It has been said that video games are the rock albums of this era and now we are provided with both. Enjoy, youth.
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East Middle School band joins ‘the Thundering Herd’ for halftime football game performance Entertainment Feature Copy By Jesse Whyte|News Editor
orward March 8 counts. Flank Left 4 counts. Flank Right 4 counts. Diagonal Left. Marching on the field for half time looks simple, but everyone involved puts hours of time to perfect the show for the school’s entertainment. Two years ago, Great Falls High and East Middle School decided to create a show that the eight graders would be involved in and march with the high school bands to learn the basics of marching. East’s band director, Fred Wenger, believes this show is a great idea for the younger musicians to get involved with the music program. “The eighth graders know what is expected at high school,” said Fred Wenger, “then they are prepared for all the fun they will have.” Even for seniors, marching requires much though and seems confusing at times, but having the introduction makes the process a little easier for the students when they become freshman. Freshman Austin Faulkner said, “It was easier because we learned the school song and we also knew some of the marching moves.” They know what their responsibility will be when they enter high school band. “It made the experience on the field easier and less tense,” said freshman Nicole Cuntapay Having these techniques under their belts makes the
marching band season in high school less stressful and more learning can be done. Not all students thought the marching routines were helpful, but their half time show helped with learning the music and becoming familiar with all the students the will be working with in the coming years. “It did not really help with the marching, but the music was easier this year,” said freshman Chelsea Bernard. Even though they did not completely understand marching, they understand the expectations at Great Falls High. “Coming to Great Falls High was not really helpful for marching, but it was good to be exposed to the level of playing of a high school band,” said sophomore Clay Kellogg. The experience helped them in one way or another and they are associated with the difficult parts and the fun parts of band. After this idea was put into action, the band teachers saw a definite improvement in the incoming freshman’s ability to comprehend the pep band tunes and marching. The half time show and the fourth of July parade are very important because it is a time for the eighth graders to be immersed in marching. “Now it is not a first time thing on the field, they still have to get used to Great Falls
High traditions, but at least marching band is a familiar thing for them, said Great Falls High band director Dusty Molyneaux, “also the beginning of the year is not as hectic.” Many of the eight graders were nervous, but excited to play for their parents in the mighty stadium. Josh Harris, an eighth grader, said, “Even though I am nervous, I enjoy marching and I think it is a good idea.” They practiced a few pep tunes for the show, including Louie, Louie, the School Song, and Go 4 It, which were played at half time. September 18, the day of their anticipated performance, they practiced on the field for about three hours with Fred Wenger, Dusty Molyneaux, and drum majors, Sierra Barnes and Sarah Huntting. “I think it makes us completely prepared for next year because we are experience what will we being doing in the freshman band next year,” said Chase Dart, an eighth grader, “It is great as a social event because we get to hang out with all the friends we know and play all the songs we know.” It is a good time for highschoolers and middleschoolers to mingle. “We are a Bison Family!” said Moylneaux.
ROCKIN THE NIGHT AWAY East Middle School band members perform with the Great Falls High Thundering Herd on Sept. 18 at half time. Clockwise from left: Two East flautists perform “Go For It,” an East Middle School percussionist watches the Drum Majors, Sierra Barnes and Sarah Huntting, closely for the next cue, a french horn player blasts out “Louie Louie” in front of the Great Falls High Drumline and an East Middle School piccolo player prepares to march off of the field to the Great Falls High fight song. Photos by Miranda Vanlieshout | Photographer
“Surrogate” Great Falls Graphic Artist Locally born artist illustrates graphic novel adapted to feature film
Copy By Melissa Horacek|Executive Editor When we’re little, kicking up dirt in sandboxes and coloring outside the lines with our crayons, we dream of becoming action heroes and famed artists. When we hit high school, our aspirations become more realistic, more detailed, and even more difficult to realize. Recently, Great Falls High Alumni Brett Weldele’s childhood aspirations hit the big screen in “Surrogates” a film based off a graphic novel Weldele illustrated of the same name. “Surrogates” is set in the year 2054 and tells the story of humans experiencing social isolation, only communicating with robotic bodies as surrogates. After numerous humans are murdered through the destruction of their surrogates, an officer (Bruce Willis) emerges out of isolation to investigate the crime. Weldele recently partook in an over the phone interview with the Iniwa. What or who fueled your drive to make graphic art your career? Honestly, my parents were very encouraging. They never tried to drive me in any direction other than art. When you finished college, you moved back home to Great Falls. Why? After college I really had nothing lined up. I needed time to regroup and figure out how I was going to accomplish art
as a career. What kind of career bumps have you experienced? Getting work. When you choose a career that involves freelance it’s nothing but a struggle to find work. What aspect of graphic art do you enjoy the most? The best part of being an artist is working on your own terms. As an artist, you’re free to explore your own ideas and your own creativity comes out. Did you ever imagine that “Surrogates” would reach a film audience? You always hope that it’s a possibility. Hollywood has come knocking on the comic industry’s door for a while hoping for a film or video game idea. Any type of licensing process takes a couple of years and when an idea gets optioned there is no guarantee that it will get made into anything. Do you have any advice for aspiring young artists? It’s not going to be easy. It’s very hard to make a career out of art. It comes down to not giving up. I had a “day job” at KRTV new station for a couple of years. It was a good stint because it allowed me to do art while I was still working. Weldele is currently working on an action piece called “Silent Ghost” and resides in Portland, Oregon. ‘Surrogates’ grossed $20 million its opening weekend.
SMILE FOR THE CAMERAS Brette Weldele poses for photos with his publisher from Top Shelf Productions at the premiere of “Surrogates” in Hollywood, California at the El Capitan Theatre. Robert Venditti wrote the graphic novel and Weldele illustrated it, beginning in 2005. Photo
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Rodeo starlet shoots for longterm career Copy By Mandi Monroe|Circulations Editor For three years, sophomore Aubrey Powell has been training her horse, Johnny, for rodeo competition in the form of highspeed barrel racing. On Sept. 12, Powell and Johnny confirmed how hard they trained when she took first place with a time of 16.092 and then stunned her audience the next day by placing third in a more difficult level of competition with an astounding time of 15.981. Powell said “There was no pressure. I wasn’t nervous. I just really wanted to win so I just went out there and did it.” For those unfamiliar with barrel racing, it is a rodeo event in which a horse and its rider attempt to complete a clover leaf Circling the barrels Aubrey Powell and her horse, Johnny, compete in the barrel racing event pattern around preset barrels in the weekend of Sept. 12 and 13. The rider who completes the triangular course in the shortest time the quickest time possible. This wins the event. More pictures can be seen at www.loradavies.com. Photo Courtesy of Lora Davies. event requires a massive amount
of concentration and skill. Powell competes in contests with the Northern Rodeo Association. These contain harder and faster competitors to race, a challenge which Powell is very excited about. Right now, Powell is practicing for the Billings competition which is the biggest race in the state with toughest competition she has faced yet. Her goal is to place high enough to attain a scholarship to Montana State University. Beyond that, Powell wants to race professionally and carry on with the sport of barrel racing. “Its lots of fun and I enjoy doing it,” she proclaimed with a smile. “I want to continue with it for as long as I can.” Powell’s goal to live her dream out may just very well become a reality due to her determination, dedication and talent.
Football squads lose players to injuries
Injured Individuals (Counterclockwise) Senior Kevin O’Connor; Sophomores Kevin Jacobsen, Zachary Mathes and Austin Flack; Medical Personnel Shawn Ruff Photos by Lauren Smith
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Copy By Alec Jones|Journalist Pushing yourself beyond your own limits is only one element to the sport. It also takes technique, strength, endurance, and heart. You have to push yourself to your highest limit. So just keep running. It’s Great Falls High Cross Country. With the 09’ season already under way, the GFHS Cross Country team looks to dial in on their goals. This year there are some great tools on the team. With high power runners like Ben Vaughn, Will Straus, Molly Crum, and Rachel Stewart, anything seems possible. As long as they keep up the hard work and determination, they should do well. The goal is to be as strong of a team as possible by Oct. 24, the State meet. Mitchell Wandke, a senior Cross Country member, looks to keep the progress going this year. Mitchell has been competing on the team for two years now. “It’s just a challenging sport,” says Wandke. He is a constantly improving runner who has been doing Cross Country for a while now. Mitchell is the only one of his family members to participate in Cross Country. It was always his dream to be great at running.
Copy By Connor McCormick|Journalist In 2006, high school athletes suffered an estimated 2 million injuries. Football players led the pack with 4.36 injuries per 1000 athlete exposures. Sophomore linebacker Kevin Jacobsen was competing against the Billing Falcons when his season ended. “During kickoff, a Skyview kid hit me from the side,” said Jacobsen. He was rushed to the hospital with a torn LCL, PCL, and ACL. These ligaments, along with the MCL, form the major ligaments of the human knee, providing stability by limiting movement and protecting the joint. In many cases of ligament damage, acute swelling can occur as blood vessels in and around the ligament fill the knee with blood. “It’s like a knife through your knee,” said Jacobsen. He will have to undergo surgery to repair the damaged ligaments and will be on crutches for approximately a month before and two weeks after the surgery. “This season is done and so is wrestling later,” said
Jacobsen. Kevin Jacobsen is not the only Great Falls High football player to be incapacitated this year. Lee Perkins injured his knee, while Ira Kelly, Eric Sayre, Kevin O’Connor, and Dylan Martin have also suffered injuries. Perkins played his first game since the injury against Big Sky on Saturday, September 26. “Lee played, and fantastically I might add,” said head coach Greg Dart. Devon Sanchez injured his back playing Conrad. “My SI is screwed up,” said the freshman starting defensive end. “For now I can’t practice,” he said. Sanchez hopes to still play in games, but says the only thing he can do for now is wait until his back gets better. Austin Flack, also a sophomore linebacker, was recently injured in a car accident. He currently cannot practice or play with the team. “We’re definitely short on players,” said Jacobsen. “When you lose a starter that always has a big effect,” said Sanchez.
Runners blaze quick trail to state meet
He has been competing in Cross Country events since he was in middle school. Running was always something enjoyable for him. It is also a great way to burn some energy and get in shape. “The key to being able to run longer is just simple stretching and lots of water”. Also listening to some solid tunes before a race can give you that extra lift you need to win a race. “Doing good in races all comes down to your mindset. If you think you’re going to loose, then you will most likely lose the race. But if you give it all you have, there is nothing to be ashamed of.” “It takes drive to win a race,” says Wandke.This year we also have a great team of girls leading the way for Cross Country. The girl runners are just as hard working. “They are an amazing team this year and should place very high.” On Sept. 19, Flathead won the Cross Country meet with their star runners coming through. It was an exciting event and fun for all to watch. Representing GFHS, Ben Vaughn and Will Strauss battled against rival runners. They performed well but it just wasn’t enough this time. The team will look to improve so they will perform better for the next meet. On the other hand , Molly Crum finished 10th in her race. She is ranked as GFH #10 runner currently. But last weekend she Going the Distance Paul Stewart runs the beat the GFHS #1 runner. It was a great performance for three mile race at the Cutbank Timetrials on Sept. 4. Photo By Katherine Leonard | Photographer Molly ,and the whole girls team.
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Team Work Despite recent losses, girls soccer team hopes to use teamwork to finish the season on a strong note before going into the playoffs Copy By Kenna Macy|Feature Editor The girls’ varsity soccer season kicked off with a great start against the Butte Bulldogs, Thursday, September 3. Away for their first game of the season, the girls scored a grand total of six points, while the Bulldogs walked away leaving behind only one point on the scoreboard. The next game took place Saturday, September 12, against CMR. The final score ended up being 3-1, CMR. The next two games were back to back, requiring a long distance road trip to Bozeman, Friday, the September 18. After the Bozeman game, the girls heading further away from home to Billings to play against Billings Senior Saturday, September 19. The girls left
Bozeman with a final score of 4-0, and Billings, with the final score of 4-1, both Bozeman and Billings taking the wins. As well as the boys, four games are expected to be played over a span of seven days. They all have their aches and bruises, according to seniors Jessie Scherr and Sam Rispens, but they are ready to rock and roll. Rispens elaborated, “I think the team is doing great. We have started improving skills and looking for each other more.” Though the team has taken a slight dip since their first game, improvement is clearly taking place, as seen through their games. “Everyone has been working hard and pushing each other and the team is improving,” according to Scherr. Senior
SETTING UP THE PASS Senior Shayna Vincent prepeares to pass the ball to a teammate during the crosstown game at Siebel Park on Saturday Sept. 12. The girl’s team went on to lose the game 1—3.
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for the rest of the season,” said Lunn. As far as the rest of the season goes, main goal for the team is “to make it to the state tournament with a winning record,” according to Stelling. Both Sheffels and Lunn agree, as this is the main goal of most teams. In order to achieve this goal, however, the team must continue to “work hard and stay positive, by playing one game at a time,” said Stelling. The pressure of knowing so many games are still ahead and the season is still being determined is a lot to bring onto the field. “We must work hard as a team,” Sheffels agrees, “keeping sessions short but very intense.” By covering the basics, such as “just showing up for practice each day and working hard to improve as a team and individuals,” said Lunn, will help push the team closer to achieving their overall goal. “We try to focus on one game at a time and better ourselves with each game,” said Lunn. “The win against CMR was really a booster as far as setting the tone for the rest of the season,” said Sheffels. “If we keep up that mentality, future games will be well-played.”
Copy By Kenna Macy|Feature Editor For the first time in four years, the boys’ varsity soccer team beat CMR at the cross town game, Saturday, September 12. “Beating CMR was as magical as Disneyworld!” said senior Taylor Sheffels. When the final whistle was blown, the team gathered in the middle of the field, celebrating their victorious defeat. “Winning cross town was a great experience. It was awesome to finally break that losing streak,” said senior Tanner Lunn. After losing to the same team for four years, “it is a good feeling knowing that our team is moving in the right direction, “said senior Alan Stelling. “We played a great game and pulled it out. The season has a lot of potential and hopefully we begin to win some more games.” Sheffels agreed, “It was nice to have all of our hard work pay off and even nicer to show all those who doubted us that we are not to be taken lightly.” The first game of the season was in Butte, where the boys returned home with a 0-2 loss. Since then, “our team has really improved and we have high hopes
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Varsity boys beat rival after four years
Fast forward. Rewind. Stop. Play. JV team will play two games before pause
Copy By Kristian Kellems|Business Editor Recently, Coach Greg Dart put the JV Football team at Great Falls High on what he has called a pause. The JV team, much like Varsity, fell on hard times recently after finding many of its players injured. Until the injured players recovered and returned to the field, the team canceled its games against Sentinel and West. “The cancels will not count as forfeits,“ said Dart. The JV team members have been practicing with either the varsity or sophomore teams rather than with their own squad. The squad members were less than ecstatic. Junior Anthony Zimmer said, “If coaches would have let us know in the beginning that there were certain concerns about not having enough players for the JV team in the first place, then, we could have at least expected something like this.” However, following the return of two injured players from the offensive line with others who had been absent or detailed to other squads, the team is back in action. “We Whitney Jackson agreed. “We needed three or four more kids and we got them,” said Dart. He said, The team played its third game of the season against Big Sky are doing pretty well; we have a good team, and we on Saturday, Sept. 26. “We’re hoping to finish off the rest of the season.” work well together,” she said. As far as communication off the field, “we have been doing a lot of team bonding. We are trying to talk to each other even more on the field than we have been,” said Scherr. This will hopefully work to their benefit, helping with focus toward the game while the clock is ticking. Communication plays a huge role on the soccer field. When it comes to improving this skill as a team, “we have started to talk a lot more and call for the ball more, but it is still something that needs work,” said Scherr. The team hopes to find their fellow classmates on the sidelines, at upand-coming home games.
ALL THE WAY Trevor Bolton runs past the Blue Ponies’ defense. Page Photos by Miranda Vanlieshout | Photographer
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Summer is pretty much the best time of the year since there are more things to do, no school, friends to hangout with and all the plants decide to show some color.