Volume 86, Issue 2 Nov. 4, 2010
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Local students and residents make a difference by painting the new facility, New Directions Center. Copy By Shandon Bilbrey
One out of four people in the world has a mental disease. Twenty-two facilities in Montana alone provide a helping hand to those unfortunate people living with mental disease. The Center for Mental Health has been around in Montana helping unfortunate people for over 35 years. The Center for Mental Health serves over 4,600 clients each year, and in Great Falls alone they serve 2,400 clients annually. The new facility in Great Falls is called New Directions Center, and it has been recently remodeled. On Oct. 23 and 24, citizens of Great Falls gave up personal time to volunteer and make a difference in the community. Volunteering for an event such as this gives great life skills and job skills. It gives a great feeling in side that is accomplishing. Jean Price, a former art teacher of Great Falls High, inputs her idea on volunteering, “Volunteering is a good to get into as a young person, to develop job and life skills, and it is good to get involved in your community. Make a Difference Day came about as a day to provide help to the New Directions Center in painting 14, 000 square feet of walls. One hundred and sixteen people Cleaning up Greg Peterson helped organize make a difference day and helped signed up to volunteer their morning and/ clean up long after most volunteers were gone. Photo by Jordan Purinton or afternoons to making the old Metrel Motors building a more home based environment. The managers, clients, patients, friends and students from surrounding schools of Great Falls attended Make a Difference Day. Before the building was painted, the completely all white walls had remained that way for decades. The bland white color of the building had remained that way for years giving the building an unwelcoming feeling. Improving the color was a mandatory change. The New Directions Center in Great Falls more unique than the other facilities throughout Montana. They are trying A New Direction Forward Previously known as Metrel Motors, the New Directions Cento move away from just ter is planned to be a home for the mentaly challenged. Photo by Jordan Purinton day treatment to a com-
News | Pages 2-3 Opinion | Pages 4-5 Life | Pages 6-7 Alcohol | Pages 8-9
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Alcohol abuse has been on the rise for teenagers lately. 1 in 4 teenagers are binge drinkers. This story is told on pages 8-9.
munity recovery center where patients can feel like its their home and have a welcoming feeling when entering. The patients are also able to work in the facility and do other activities throughout the building to help give them life skills and job skills they may never have had the opportunity to do. Also, the snack bar proceeds go to a special activity fund for the patients there. Make a Difference Day proved to be great day for community involvement. People from church, school and even the people that work there or where the mentally ill helped out to paint a whole building different colors in just two days. Not only is volunteering good for college scholarships and applying for a job, it also demonstrates to students that they are involved in their community and are willing to donate their time to making an effort to help some one else out. Counselor Kathy Van Tighem, said “It’s always good for students to get involved to improve the lives of others.” Therapists and physicians provide help to the mentally ill, assisting them on their way to recovery. Foundation director Heidi Gibson indicated that some therapists such as Jean Ringo-McDonald take in 167 patients every year. Gibson said, “The new facility’s goal is trying to move away from the old ways of recovery instead of the patients just taking medicine and being put into a group home. The directors want the facility to be more of a home and a place where the clients can feel like they are home.” Also, the Centers’ new recovery model is to reorientate people about what they can do and not what they can’t do. Make a Difference Day is not the only community based project that interested people can volunteer for. There are many days out of the year to volunteer for charities, special runs for diseases, and many more events. There are also groups needing volunteers for a longer term than just a few days. These places include cooking for the Homeless center, coaching at the Boys and Girls club, and giving your time to other facilities such as this to develop a positive work ethic and to become a role model to your family and peers. Joan Dailey, English teacher at GFH, always is giving her students ways to get involved in the community. Dailey said, “I want to inform students of oppurtunities.”
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Nov. 4, 2010
Space, a new and legal aromatic herbal blend, overpowers users and can cause abnormal heart rates.
Copy By Shandon Bilbrey
What do you get when a product that can potentially give you a euphoric experience is sold to the adult audience for an inexpensive price? You get a young audience lurking around for dealers asking for the new product. Space, a new product originally sold as a fragrance potpourri, can also get you high. On closer inspection, if you look in the ingredients, it contains the drug compound JWH-018. JWH-018 is a chemical that acts like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main chemical in marijuana that gives the euphoric experience. Space, however, proves to be 5 to 10 times stronger than THC. The fragrance potpourri is sold at $24 for three grams, but can also be bought for a gram at about $10. Not only is Space inexpensive but it is sold in three different flavors with blueberry blast being at the highest intensities. Users say they experience delusions and hallucinations at high doses, and the next day they don’t have a clue what happened the day before. Most witnesses of people on Space say that they are uncontrollable and will either freak out or look as if they are having a seizure. People that use Space say that this is the most powerful drug they have used, but they enjoy it at high doses, even with the risks it involves. Considerations of the side effects of Space include the following: it is very dangerous to smoke or consume. Space can speed up users’ heart rates to where they can have a heart attack. Space is really easy to overdose on because the main reactive chemical JWH-018 is really powerful and will get a person high fast by just using a little bit of the substance. The corporation of SPACE Blends informs users that their product is only to be used as fragrance potpourri, and it is not to be used for consumption, including orally or through the inhalation of smoke. The company does not assume liability for the user who consumes the product and ends up overdosing. Three students from GFH have overdosed on the product in the last month according to doctors from the Benefis Emergency Center that spoke with Grey Wolf Osment and his parents. The students all came in with the same problem, an increased heart rate to the point where they are lucky they are alive. Grey Wolf Osment, a GFH sophomore, recently overdosed on Space. Osment said he only used about one to two bowls of Blueberry Blast Space before the effects started to take hold. After he started having delusions and hallucinations, he blacked out and couldn’t remember a thing. Onlookers say Grey was uncontrollably falling down, and after a few minutes of this, he hit the ground and started to shake. An adult who was witnessing what was happened immediately called the paramedics. He arrived at the hospital and was immediately put on drugs to slow down his heart rate to reduce the chance of having
a heart attack, and possibly dying. All the while, he was yelling at his parents, and had no clue what was happening or who anyone was, even himself. The next day he was released to go home after a night of panic. Osment said, “I kept going through intense hallucinations, not knowing what was happening to me or that I was in any danger.“ Space is more dangerous than many believe. Osment said, “The drug is unpredictable, one day it could be good, and another day near-death.“ Fortunately, not many teens know about this drug, but soon, it will catch on and more instances like Osment’s will occur if it is legal to the public. The fragrance potpourri the company sells it as, is just a cover to sell the drug legally. Spice a drug similar to Space, was originally sold as a fragrance potpourri, much like the other herbal blends people smoke to experience euphoria. Spice has been banned from many states throughout the US because of the powerful effects, and the euphoria that is similar to the illegal drug marijuana. Unlike marijuana, Space and Spice has no beneficial or medical purpose as of smoking the product or inhaling. Space and Spice fall under the category of synthetic cannabis. Synthetic cannabis contains lab made chemicals that replicate the effects of cannabis. Synthetic cannabis is one of the most popular drugs introduced to the United States because it will replicate the effects of marijuana; it is stronger than marijuana, and it is legal in smoke shops throughout the states. There are thousands of synthetic cannabis products sold as fragrance potpourri, herbal blend and incense. These cover products are huge money makers, and users say the main reason they use synthetic cannabis is that it doesn’t show up on a urine drug tests, they have to take for a job or for teenagers their parents won’t know that they are smoking. Also, under the federal U.S. law, all synthetic cannabis is legal to purchase, and it can be found at gas stations and head shops. Some states throughout the U.S. have restricted its sale, but the product still remains legal in most states. The scientist, John W. Huffman who produced these chemicals said that whoever uses the product is an idiot, because no one really knows how Space is going to affect them. A three gram packet of Spice is said to have the same health effects as a packet of cigarettes. Doctors treating patients who use the product show qualities signaling those of symptoms of addiction. LIGHTSPEED! Typically bought and sold as a potpourri, space has also been found to produce hallucinogenic effects that are similar to marijuana. Photo by Grey Osment
Do you think it’s appropriate for Space to be sold to 18 year olds?
It’s fair because if you can purchase tobacco at the age of 18 then you should be able to buy Space. You have the responsibility to make your own decisions at the age of 18. -Tom Walker, 10
Do you think Space should be legal labeled for the use as potpourri?
Yes it should be legal because some people used it before as fragrance potpourri instead of as a drug. -Colt Tronson, 10
If Space continues to be sold, how do you feel the youth will react?
It will have an increase in people using the product, and it will increase the underage use. -Brenden Swartz, 9
Have you seen an increase of use in synthetic cannabis like Space?
Yeah, it has become really popular this year. Before my sophomore year, I had not even heard about it. -Mike Richardson, 10
When did you learn about Space?
This is the first I have heard about this drug. -Sharise Smith, 11
Editor Sara Graybill
Nov. 4, 2010
Welcome Home, Sam Student government presents Sam Kolve with $2,150 donation Copy By Sara Graybill School spirit and helping others is this year’s student council focus. Sam Kolve’s visit home brought inspiration and spirit to all of GFH’s students and staff. Student Body President Karch Lockerby said, “I felt honored and I really wanted to make his time here enjoyable, to keep his spirits up and to let him know he has GFH behind him 100%.” Student council members work on ways to improve school spirit and participation constantly. Changes this year make it more enjoyable for all students to be involved in school activities. Sam’s visit impacted all of GFH. He strengthened our unity. Lockerby says, “Despite his condition Sam’s attitude is the same, we boosted his emotional Inspirational Visit In admiration, Sam Kolve stands drive to fight, be he inspired us among his fellow students as they give him a standing ovation after returning from treatment. more.”
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“You betcha” was the catch phrase referring to Sam Kolve and if you asked the question, “Did we raise a lot of money for Sam?” “You betcha!” With a combination of “Pass the bucket”, Powder Puff admission, and coin wars, $2,150 was collected for Sam Kolve and his family. Sam accepted this money during the crosstown pep rally in front of the whole student body. With all of the treatment that Sam is undergoing, this money will be a very helpful contribution. Paul Culbertson said, “Our kids are extremely kind. Please give them a pat on the back for their generosity and participation in all events.”
After being confined for 69 days, 33 miners were rescued from the mine in which they were trapped. On October 12, efforts to begin pulling out these workers began. The Chilean Government and mining company tested the rescue capsule on Oct 11 and everything seemed to be working in top shape. In the first test they used sand bags to simulate an actual person, and lowered it down the 2000 ft shaft. According to ABC news Laurence Golborne, Chile’s Minister of Mines said jokingly. “ The first 10 meters are not important...We couldn’t risk that someone will jump in,” But all in all the rescue was a success and all 33 workers were reunited with their families.
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Copy By Jordan Purinton For the past decade Wide Receiver Randy Moss has made himself notorious for doing things his own way. A surprise to fans and coaches alike, Randy Moss was released by the Vikings on Nov 21. According to ESPN, when asked about the Moss situation, Cornerback Kyle Arrington said, “That’s news to me. I’m just as surprised as you are. No, you guys [in the media] never have it boring.” Fantasy football teams will also take a huge blow because Moss is one of the top fantasy picks this year. From actions such as squirting officials with water bottles, to pretending to moon fans, to admitting marijuana use, Randy Moss will try and find his way to another team.
If you go to Great Falls High School there is a high chance you have heard the rumors of an hour lunch. According to Heather Hoyer, “There has been nothing confirmed yet. There are many different things we would have to sort out if this went through. You see, we have five lunches and a smaller cafeteria, so we would have to work that out.” While there is a surplus of students, there are that much more who are either failing or go out for lunch everyday. This being the case, failing students get extra help, passing students get rewarded with an hour lunch. Everybody wins.
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Paying Up Student Council stands by ready to present Sam with money raised during homecoming week to help pay for his chemo and other medical bills. Photos By Kyler Nathe
On October 24, a teenager was tragically killed in a hunting accident. Augustus Chamakoon Leigland was this victim. Investigators said that Chamakoon was hunting with his relatives on Bureau of Land Management property in the Missouri River Breaks around 70 miles south of Chinook. Pat Pyette, a sheriff investigating the situation, said that the group was finishing up hunting at around 6:00 P.M. when Chamakoon’s sister started unloading her gun. The gun discharged, firing upon Chamakoon killing him instantly. No charges were filed and the case has been wrapped up.
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Sensitive Introduction Senior Karch Lockerby, introduces Kolve during the cross-town pep rally.
4 Editor Jerimey Franks
Nov. 4, 2010
by Jerimey Franks
These kids grow up too fast There is truth to the saying “Kids have to grow up fast.” Under many societal pressures, kids are turning into middle-aged adults by age 15. Unfortunately, for as many students who take the initiative and seize opportunities offered, many youths of our generation have failed to engage with norms of the past. We view school perhaps as an extremely unpleasant burden, or rather, as an obligation we are required to fulfill. Unlike the students of generations past, however, we cannot ignore the necessary realization, an education is a privilege, not an entitlement. Modern-day American students have been given an extreme wake-up call. Dropout rates are soaring as standardized test scores socialize with the standard line of mediocrity. Many government administrations of the past 30 years have attempted to force quality educations upon students, but took an incorrect approach by assuming if students are not learning, educators are at fault. This assumption, students cannot learn because teachers do not teach, is incredulous. The poor performances of average students are not the fault of educators, but rather, blame lies with students themselves. Children cannot learn if they do not want to, and frankly, many young people do not see the relevance of post-secondary or even secondary education. Through the disastrous effect of attitudes in our culture, a sense of expectancy has overwhelmed our youth. We live in the Age of Entitlement where teachers and administrators suffer the consequences for students’ lack of engagement toward their own lives. Popular social and cultural standards have shifted toward
gossip related television shows, anybody-can-be-famous reality programming and the instant entertainment of the internet. The entitlement attitude tangos side-by-side with a mind-set geared toward instantaneous information. Through the inception of the internet and a fast-paced culture, we have moved into an era lacking the ‘wait’ factor. Impatience and impetuosity reign free and wild as the Instant-Made generation seizes power. As the baby boomers age and retire, the highend job vacancies are filling with powerful young workers fresh out of graduate school. Power is shifting, and the winds of change are approaching quickly. In spite of all this negativity toward the millennium children, we also have many young people who take initiative and seize all opportunities available. Many teenagers are actively involved in sports, clubs and other extracurricular activities. Unfortunately, those numbers are dropping, and the students who are involved are often stretched too thin. Pleas from coaches and advisers for more athletes, musicians and active members of the youth have been heard, but remain unanswered. If we are to be the generation that shakes a nation, we must rise above the levels of mediocrity we appear to be satisfied with. Should we truly want to bring change to the world like none other seen before, we, as generation Y, must prove ourselves worthy of the nation we are set to inherit. Generation Y must free the world from destruction, corruption and fundamental deprivations. We are the future; embrace it now, before the needs of the world are forced upon you. Generation Y: Yes we can. Yes you can.
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Govt. steps in to take care of Bullies Copy By Haley Hull
Recently, stories have come to light in the media about an increasing number of teen suicides provoked by bullying of gay or thought to be gay students. This only brings to mind the many sad stories about bullied students who suffer in a multitude of circumstances throughout their junior high to high school and on to college experiences. One of the most recent incidents that struck a cord with many students did not occur at a school or even a public place. It was in the privacy of his own home. Imagine going about your daily activities in your own home and later discovering that you have been secretly videotaped. How would you react? How would you feel? That is what happened to an 18year-old student from Rutgers University, Tyler Clementi. To make matters worse, his intimate encounter with another young man was recorded by his roommate and posted online for all to see. This public humiliation was apparently too much for Clementi, who on Sept. 22, jumped from the
Reality TV’s message falls short
Copy by Tessa Millhollin
Viewers have reality TV shows ranging from the new hit “Jersey Shore,” to old school “Survivor.” All these shows have one thing in common, the fact that the human race insists on defining who can find the best way to be the most mean to one another, and then, call it a victory. Whether winning money or just coming out on top of the “game,” villainy rules. Reality TV was used years ago as a way to show people the insiders experience of different situations people had come
George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River. This tragedy raises a question as to a people’s legal accountability when their actions in bullying another person is taken to the extreme. In sophomore Andy Ekblad’s eyes, “Yes, if you cause someone to kill himself, you’re a sick person and don’t belong in society. Throw them in jail.” On the other end of the spectrum, although not condoning it, some students feel bullying is something everyone just goes through. Contrary to this belief, President Obama was recently said, “We’ve got to dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal right of passage, or an inevitable part of growing up. It’s not.” Sophomore Cody Evans said, “The government’s policy is a nice idea, but bullying will never be completely stopped. A harsher punishment for those bullies will decrease it though.” With anti-bullying policies in place, we can only hope this will help put an end to the harassment. Together with schools students have the power to change the direction of this epidemic.
across or their struggles through a situation. It was once based on showing the true side to a story, the emotional aspect of it. Reality television was made to show the struggle that not every ordinary person goes through. In the early years MTV music videos and “The Real World” marked reality television as a new trend, but now, the concept has really hit rock bottom. It was not when this new era in television came around that American citizens started using television as a way to be-
How do you think authority figures should respond to bullying?
“Bullying is something that happens every day, and it can not get fixed by saying no or giving a slap on the hand. Teachers should take it more seriously when a child is getting bullied or getting picked on. Even if the person is joking, it should still be taken seriously because bullying can hurt people. Teacher’s need to step up and use their authority.”
–Trish Johnston, 11
“Everybody is a bully. Some people are just nicer about it.”
–Shiloh Dear, 11
come famous, but rather, it became a way for people to imitate being a rock star or an actor, pretending to be something or someone they are not and doing things to prove they are in some way superior to everyone else. Somehow, this idea slowly crept into the minds of young adults today. Reality television is not used to inform everyone on day-today struggles of not so ordinary people, or reach out to others going through the same hardships. It now shows people
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A guest teacher gives kudos to GFHS students for their behavior during homecoming week
I have had the pleasure of substitute teaching at Great Falls High School almost every day since the opening of school and have met a lot of very ﬁne young men and women during that time. There are many things I have wanted to say to them during that time, but it always seems that the presure of presenting the material in the lesson plans does not permit us to actually interact and get to know or trust each other enough to really hold a free and honest discussion. There have been a couple of times when I have had the opportunity to let you, the students, speak freely about things that are most important to you or that you are wanting other people’s opinions and input on what is important to you— on how to behave, how to handle situations or crisis that are going on in your lives, and those day to day happenings that are urgently important. These are times where we share with each other, our fears, strengths, uncertainties, and hopes— without judgment, without ridicule—as honest human beings trying to ﬁnd our way through a very complicated world.
of trouble and give us a helping hand as we learn how to deal with the new realities that we are faced with every day throughout our lives. I have visited with a lot of the students I have met about bullying, teasing, drugs, alcohol abuse, cutting, suicide, depression, anorexia, bulimia and about the value of having a true friend. Our friends and sometimes our family are often the only lifeline that we have when our lives start to spin out of control. In my own life, there have been times when it was only because I had a really true friend that I could talk to—someone to whom I could pour out my fears, my dreams, my inability to cope with what life was throwing at me—that helped me make it through real crisis. They were there to listen, to be a shoulder to cry on or someone to scream at about how unfair things were. They did not judge me. They didn’t offer to ﬁx things.
These are times where we share with each other, our fears, strengths, uncertainties, and hopes ... School is about learning to cope with life. Anyone who tells you that they have all of the answers is feeding you a lie. No one has all of the answers. As teachers, we may have ﬁgured out a few things as we travel this path called life, but we are as uncertain and unsure about what the future holds as are you. The only difference is that we, as adults, have more life experiences and learning that we can draw upon in order to try and make better decisions. I can best describe it as akin to learning to ride a bicycle. You may skin your knee or hand or you might scratch the new bike. An easier way to learn to ride that bicycle might be if there is someone there who could help by holding the bike while you learned all of the motions—keeping your balance, steering, peddling, braking—all things that are new and foreign to you. It is the same in life. We all need to seek out someone that we can trust to show us the ropes, help us stay out
that to do well in life, they have to be catty or hurt whoever, to be on top of the game of life. Reality is supposed to be real, not a pretend real. Pretense through reality TV slowly slithers into viewers’ minds leading them to think that this truly is how a happy life should be. Reality TV has also found a way to become a whole lot more graphic. Since each person on the show wants to be the “winner,” they have found such ways to get back at each other in the most hurtful and spiteful ways while
They were just there to let me know that they cared about me as a person and that no matter how things shook out, they would always be there with me. We have many acquaintances in life but a true friend is there for you no matter the consequences—no matter the outcome—all lifelong. I am fortunate to have ﬁve awesome friends in my life— one lives in Portland, another a few miles from my home, a third here in Great Fall, a fourth in Denver and another is currently in Afghanistan. None of them are people I knew in high school or college. I would do anything for them, go anywhere to help them, and they would do the same for me. That is what true friends do.
causing physical and emotional harm. Promiscuity sends out a message to girls everywhere that it makes them good people to be with whoever, just so they can could hurt someone else. It seems to be a huge act put on that this is how life should be, and that girls should hope for life to be this way for them one day: endless parties, the constant supply of money, always knowing what to say, and even the most entertaining situations arising each day, all out of surprise. Each week somehow
something exciting happens to this random, supposedly, average, person. hese people are not helping change the lives of anyone, or encountering a struggle each day, or doing anything to show someone that they understand what they are going through, and that it will all be okay in the end. Bottom line—Americans know that what attempts to glamorize reality TV is not the reality most people live. The message supposedly sent to bring people together, falls short of the happy ever after most people crave.
Nov. 4, 2010
S afer Hunters Hunters Safety
Chandra Taylor You think hunters safety is boring and a waste of time. All those hours spent in the classroom listening to someone talk to you but the thing people don’t realize is that the things they say in that class are the things that will save you from shooting someone or from being shot. Recently there have been two teens involved it hunting accidents who have died while hunting. In one accident there was a young man who accidentally shot himself and in the other a 14-year-old sister accidentally shot her brother when unloading her riﬂe. Hunters safety is here to keep accidents like these from happening. The major rules in hunters education are to; never aim at something you don’t intend to shoot, always act as if your gun is loaded, and always aim the weapon in a safe direction. There are also many other things you should remember when you leave the class. They make hunters education free to people because they expect you to take it if you want to hunt in the state. It may be boring to sit and listen to someone talk for over 11 hours about something you haven’t experienced yet but it would be wise to listen because someday it could save a life.
Rusty Kopeikin Cell phones used to be a rare thing in schools and were more than noticeable. Now a days though cell phones are easily concealed and are found all over schools. How the times have changed. Times are certainly different now in that cell phones do more than just make calls. As you would probably know they text, access the Internet, send photos, take photos, play music and even do things to handle a business and on top of that you can play games on them. I don’t know why you’d even need all of that as a high school student? If only you could get food from them they would be all you need. Other than that you’d need an education, and to get one in most schools you have to put the phone down and get to work on your own. This is turning into an issue throughout schools. Students are becoming unwilling to put down technology and get to work with their own mind. Technology is allowing students to get more things done quicker and learn easier but at the same rate it becomes very easy for students to cheat. The question is; when will technology become too overwhelming. Volume 86, Issue 2 Nov. 4, 2010 Published approximately every three weeks, the Iniwa is the public forum for 1, 460 Great Falls High School student voices. The opinions and views in this publication are not necessarily those of administration, faculty, INIWA staff or student body. Contact information: 1900 2nd Ave. S., Great Falls, MT 59405. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org and Web site: www.iniwa.com
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Nov. 4, 2010
Brandon Bilbrey positions to fire at the deer he came across after walking for miles to find some big game. Photos by Shandon Bilbrey
Grab hunting by the horns Special season offers outdoor sport to youth Copy By Shandon Bilbrey Introduced to Montana residents by Native Americans, hunting endures as one of the most popular sporting activities throughout the year. This year in Montana, the Fish, Wildlife and Parks decided to let kids 12 to 15 years old have two days before the open season of rifle hunting to get a jump start over the
Father and son, Beau and Brandon Bilbrey spend quality time bonding and having good time, while looking out for a deer to come across their paths. Photo By Shandon Bilbrey
Aim and Fire Cody Pearson takes aim at a close-by deer. Photo by Shandon Bilbrey
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adults. This opportunity allowed youngsters to get the big buck or doe before their parents or any other person over the age of 15 was allowed to get a single shot fired off. Kyler Scharberg, student at Great Falls High went hunting on the two day opening season for the youth and he said, “The youth hunt gave me time to scout out places that were good places to hnt, and it gae the oppurtunity to shoot a deer before my father did. This early season for the youth, allowed hunting for deer on Oct. 21-22, but hunting elk was prohibited. The new regulation of youth hunting was brought up to increase the involved participation in hunting. The earlier date brought licenced hunting numbers from 4,000 youth licenses in 2003 to 5,018 this year. Many youth hunters accomplished shooting their own deer in the two days before regular hunting season. The hunt also gave youth hunters time to bond with their parents and learn the tips and techniques of hunting. Cody Lindstrand, a student at Great Falls High, said, “It got me ready and a head start for the hunting season, and gave me time to spend with my father, because it is a family tradition to go hunting with my father.” Another new idea brought this year for new hunting regulations extended deer and elk hunting for an extra day before its regularly scheduled opening in previous years.
Editor Mandi Monroe
Nov. 4, 2010
Yellowstone’s wonder provides natural lab
s students carefully walked out into the river, feeling the slippery rocks under their feet and the current pressing up against their legs, a moment of discovery came into focus. They had been lucky enough to be permitted to attend the school ﬁeld trip of a life time. With beakers or nets and some measuring tapes in hand, they came to understand what they were about to embark on doing… Science.
The students on the Yellowstone trip just didn’t go to get out of school. They had an opportunity. To either ﬁgure out the amount of Dissolved Oxygen in the river like senior Justin Gomez, or ﬁgure out Nitrate levels like senior Bryar Voy. Or to take it on to a whole different level and look at different types of insects like juniors Abby Thompson, Kevin Kromarek, and Jackie Sutphin. It also taught students that learning is fun. Going out into the middle of a river isn’t what most of the students
on the trip had expected they would do. But, in the end they pulled on their waders and toughed it out. Students really got to know their teachers on a personal level as junior Taylor Hulett enjoyed the company of instructor Gary Copeland; it wasn’t surprising because they were stuck together for three days. Even though they were together, it didn’t mean it was completely strict. Students had free time, to go wonder and shop; they also had trust from their teachers, to explore the town of West Yellowstone. Copy by Trish Johnston
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Above the Influence is on a mission to change the face of alcohol and substance abuse across America. Focusing on teens with powerful ad campaigns and a promotional website, the program has spent millions trying to help substance abusers, specifically teenagers, ditch the damaging addiction. Not only are they reaching out to help teens already dealing with the consequences of these habits, however, but are taking a proactive approach to prevent young people from ever getting hooked. Now, Above the Influence is hitting the streets and coming to a city near you. Through polling on their website, the program has made a top ten list of the cities kids feel need help. When opening the Above the Influence website, visitors are first prompted to type in one influence in their life, whether good or bad, and their 5-digit zip code. Then, the submission is added to the top ten list for the individual states. Topping out Montana's Top Three are music, mothers and running. Through television and radio advertisement featuring self-confident young people, trendy music and an informational website the movement has appealed to many young adults. "Honestly, I haven't heard about Above the Influence, but other anti-drug and alcohol campaigns seem to be having an impact on Montana kids," said sophomore Kirsten Hansen. Media influences have changed the way young adults approach drinking, and a lack of government regulation of alcohol
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use in popular culture has changed the face of abuse in America today. According to D.B. Heath in his International Handbook on Alcohol and Culture, "Official or formal controls are far less effective in shaping behavior than are the unofficial informal controls that people exert in their daily interactions, through gossip, exhortations, or other forms of social sanction. Addressing attitudes and values is probably the most effective way, in the long run, to change patterns of belief and behavior, because even the strictest nation-state is hard put to enforce its laws and regulations when they conflict with the culture of the people." From a school resource officers point of view regarding alcohol, Cory Reeves said, "People have maintained the typical status quo; [I see] no increase or decrease." Other campaigns targeting teens, like the Montana Meth Project have shown more drastic results.
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Would you like a rum and coke? Or how about a bottle of Jack Daniels? Every day of the week, every time of day, teens are ordering it up and sucking it down. The numbers schock parents and students alike with recent estimates approximating 41 percent of students have consumed more than just a few sips of alcohol before the completion of eighth grade. Accessing alcohol in Montana, a rural state with a lax approach to alcohol use, has morphed into an epidemic with a business-like approach to providing booze to minors. "A lot of people have the mindset that alcohol use is a right of passage," said SRO Detective Drew Reeves. "Until we change their mindset, kids are going to get alcohol." "I could definitely go out and get some beer right now," said junior Zach Mathes. "I heard it's kind of hard if you keep doing the hey mister, but it's definitely about who you know. In the business of obtaining alcohol, customers have three primary options. The first option is the "home approach remedy." Teens can simply steal booze from their parents private collections or simply get alcohol from a party thrown at a friends house. "Obviously, I don't drink," said sophomore Kirsten Hansen, "but my parents have alcohol that I have easy access to. If I really wanted to, I would just go get it from their liquor cabinet. They don't check dayto-day so I doubt they would notice." Secondly, many teens have access to the use of a fake ID, an older siblings' legal ID, or easy access to buyers. "When people really want booze, they use fake IDs, because they work everywhere," Mathes said. "Plus, they're easy to make on the computer." Despite the laundry list of offenses buyers can be charged with, teens pay big bucks for readily available alcohol r, and buyers pocket profits reaching into the hundreds of dollars. Those caught providing alcohol to minors In an effort to shift responsibility to community adults, many Federal, state, and local lawmakers have passed laws to severely punish those providing alcohol to underage drinkers. "The people who have the most power are the state legislators. The cops just enforce the laws, but until the state legislature The Motor Vehicle Devision of Montana has joined the fight against underage drinking and required all Driver's Licenses for those persons under the age of 21, be of a vertical design, rather than the traditional horizontal, to immediately segregate the underage population from their alcohol-legal counterparts. In addition to government lawmakers, many convenience and grocery store owners, have banned the use of expired licenses to buy alcohol and now scan a bar code on the back of all new Montana Driver's Licenses with every alcohol purchase. "Local businesses have taken a proactive approach. Only six to ten convenience and groceries (out of 50) fail the the underage compliance tests," Reeves said. Teens can still get booze, but parents play a major role in the attempt to alcohol use, "I don’t think parents can eliminate alcohol from their kids' everyday lives but they can make getting it a whole lot harder."
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Everything starts with ‘just one.’ The child just took one cookie from the cookie jar, the new driver just got one speeding ticket, the Photo Illustrations by Katherine Leonard alcoholic just took one drink and the drunk driver only had one sip. Underage users and abusers of alcohol should be prepared to suffer the Copy by Tessa Milhollan consequences should they choose to use alcohol just Boredom, lack of guidance, and ignorance all add once. up to binge drinking. It is not just fun and games at a Although many teenagers do not consider the party on the weekends for many students. Many teens long term affects of prolonged alcohol use, but contoday are drinking every day and going to the point of sequences for young people are just as problematic as utter inebriation, just so they do not have to feel any- for those who consume alcohol above the legal drinkthing, but little do they know what it is actually doing ing age. Medical research has found, similar to teens inside of them. that use hallucinogenic, that alcohol use at a young The monster being alcohol inside of your body age stunts emotional development and can signifitearing your mindset and health apart, without warn- cantly alter a developing brain. In addition, because ing. alcohol acts as a depressant, addictions easily arise as Those nights when you go out and get a bottle with teens fail to handle stressful situations through reaa friend just so you can have something to do that soning rather than alcohol. night, really is doing a lot more than giving you someBecause of this boisterous, or reaction versus reathing to laugh about. The excessive amount of alcohol son, affect alcohol has on young people, many probinside of you can cause the heart to beat so irregu- lems can occur. “Before I took this position as SRO, larly that it can eventually just stop suddenly, along I was a beat cop out on the streets, and almost every with breathing, it can all together just randomly stop, fight or incident of domestic violence took place as a with out a warning. Alcohol has a power over anyone result of alcohol,” said Detective Drew Reeves, GFH who lets it beat them, the monster will do anything SRO. it wishes to your body. Nights after the party, As well as stunting future mental and thinking you will just it off so your parents emotional growth, users of alcohol at any in the next room do not notice, but age must use discretion while traveling to alcohol can trap you in this un- and from their liquor-related activities. conscious state, making it so you The Montana DUI Task Force concan choke on your own vomit tinues to make a consistent effort in from drinking excessively, but preventing adults and teens from drinking and you are unaware. It takes the driving through free taxi rides home to anyone sugar out of teens’ bodies, and this captures them in who feels unable to safely drive. Nonetheless, adults a coma, up to months of not being alive, nor among and teens alike still drive under the influence of alcothe dead. hol. Unfortunately, to teenagers, it takes tragic events Alcohol causes the inability to make any deci- for the realization that ‘alcohol kills’ to set in. Reeves sions, or to thoroughly think out what could happen said, “I graduated in 1995, and it took three deaths when you make a so called decision in your intoxicat- for kids in my class to stop, and that only lasted about ed state. Teens that wanted to have a family on their four months.”Almost every high school student has own terms, once they experienced life, but that dream witnessed heartbreaking events, or known of somecan be smashed from one night of wanting to have fun one who has been severely injured, if not killed, due to with someone, and not knowing what was happening, the toxic mixture of alcohol and automobiles. let alone who it was happening with. Additionally, should students be caught consumTruth is, no one is inferior to anything hurting ing alcoholic beverages or under the influence of althem, no one is invincible. But if it is drinking exces- cohol, the legal consequences begin to mount up. sively, and going out and driving and hurting some- “If you are under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol one who did not make this mistake you some how content (BAC) level of over 0.02, you are considered did, or dying from having a sudden seizure, no one to have alcohol in your system, and I have probable can think they can be not stupid about getting drunk, cause to arrest your for minor in possession (MIP) of or going out and drinking and driving. Not a single alcohol,” Reeves said. Students issued MIPs not only person in the entire world can beat this monster once have to comply with court-ordered classes and comthey have let it unleash uncontrollably. munity service, must also meet requirements set by the school district. First offenders are sentenced with 30 days suspension from extra-curricular activities, a combination of in- and out-of -school suspension and a mandatory class similar to ACT courses. Second time offenders receive an entire calendar year of suspensions in addition to other punishments. Associate Principal Beth Gerhart said, “Obviously kids have access to alcohol because I deal with the kids who get hold of it. But I’m in my ninth year here, and I have not had any students offend at school twice.”
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Boom Ba Da Boom Junior Aaron Soria drums along with senior Scott Mathson and sophomore Nate Wheeler at the crosstown pep assembly. Soria has directed practice sessions after school during the entire school year. Photos by Jordan Puriton and Kyler Nathe
Conversation sheds light on the gunpowder of the band
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Halo Reach is a first person shooter with four-on-four multi player game types consisting of slayer, capture the flag and other favorites. If players haven’t interacted with any of the other Halos, they should play them now before they play “Reach.”
playing percussion instruments. Senior Scott Mathson claimed, “Drumline is the heartbeat of the school.” Although Dusty Molyneaux is the band teacher, the participants of Drumline take matters into their own hands by conducting their very own meetings. The percussion section makes the pep assemblies fun, and without them, football and basketball games would lack the luster that the band so thoroughly provides. Junior Aaron Soria admitted that they do quite a bit of improvisation even though they are supposed to memorize the parts of songs they play. This causes each player to pay attention to one another even more while they discover how to play on their toes.
This version is an awesome three part joyride. “Halo Reach” has been one of the best game experiences, this reviewer has ever played because it is for once a game that is actually different from the many games I have played in my time. The game incorporates tons of new armor and a variety of new experiences such as new camera angled assassinations, weapons, and the all new weapon load outs that feature traits like sprint, jet
He said, “When comparing the GFH percussion section to the one at CMR, it is clear that the Mighty Blue’s percussionists happen to enjoy themselves more and are quite laid back when it comes to approaching new unknown songs. CMR has their percussion teacher who assists them in their rehearsal—all of their cadences and what notes to hit, thus stifling their percussionists creativity. The GFH Drumline often writes its own music, and they play their compositions as a group during school events.” If fans could find themselves sitting in the middle of the drum section of the school band, they would find that the drummers really put the conCUSSION in perCUSSION.
packs, armor lock, invisibility and roll. That’s the good news for those of us who have Xbox live. The campaign for this game is amazing. If action game players are looking for an action-packed, emotional story, they have even more than what they asked for. The graphics run smoothly in this game, and the AI isn’t that one random guy running into the wall. Believe it or not, however, “Halo” does
have some cons: there were a lot of things brought back, and maybe too many aspects taken out and replaced with vary similar ones such as weapons and vehicles. Also, as good as everything else, is the credit system. Not only do playing contenders still rank up without having Xbox live, which is a plus for some people without it, but in the end, this game is fun. It automatically ranks 10 out of 10 in my book.
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Copy By Christian Mu Boom Ba Da Boom! Boom Ba Da Boom! SPRING BREAK! That is what you would hear if you were to sit in on one of Drumline’s many after school sessions. This student run section of the school band is composed of nine students who put the oomph in school spirit and the thunder in Bison Pride. With six different instruments composing this entire section, they really put a kick into the Pep Band and act as the backbone of the Marching Band. You may recall them from the opening of the Royalty Assembly during Homecoming week. Drum Captains Aaron Soria and Scott Mathson take a great amount of pride in their favorite hobby,
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Ke Copy By Mandi Monroe Ke$ha’s party girl image and singsong rap smacked its way into the beats of people’s footsteps in little over a year. In early 2010, Ke$ha’s first hit single, ‘TiK ToK’, hit the radio and blasted it way to the top on billboard 200. Since then, other singles like ‘Blah Blah Blah’ and ‘Take it Off’ have rocked the socks off the world as well. Her album sold over a million copies worldwide and that does not even include all the downloads of the songs that racked up another million dollars made. Kesha’s look is just enough to make you wonder, not quite Gaga, but not entirely normal good girl. Despite the mixed reviews of hate and praise, her feel
11/19 Copy By Mandi Monroe The Deathly Hallows movie draws nearer with fans barely clasping on to the edge of their seats. For years we have watched the small Daniel Radcliffe take on the role of the famous Harry Potter, and now we watch him take it on for the last time. On Nov.19 the beginning of the end will hit American theaters and who knows what state the ticket counters will drown in. Fandango would probably solve this sold out problem that could plague a small town like Great Falls and might finally have some sales like it has not in years. The enchanting phenomenon will cast its final spell that causes one’s
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pocket books to split open. In case one does not know what a pocket book is, one might want to brush up on their British jargon before the showing. The Horcruxe hunt begins for Harry Potter, who for the first time is without a plan, a safe haven, or constant guidance. Harry is only flanked by his two friends, Ron and Hermione. All that’s left in his life beside the rocky companionships are the few objects Dumbledore left him and a slew of unanswered questions in his pockets. Meanwhile, Volderemort has named Harry a fugitive and plans to take over not only the magical world, but the muggle world as well. With the ministry infiltrated and all loved ones already in immediate danger, contact with everyone is cut off and the aimless quest hits them full force. Friendships are tested, foundational beliefs shaken and hearts broken. The final pursuit to defeat the Dark Lord just scarcely commences in this first part of this two part film. The last few movie seems to fallen farther from the books, but something in the preview tells us that it closer to the heart of the book. So the countdown begins, expectations are rising and the fandom reviving. Accordingly as the final movie’s release, the actors and actresses also release, letting go of their ‘Potter’ career and moving on to new lives. Some of them do obvious changes, like Emma Watson (who plays Hermione Granger in the movie) pixie cut. Meanwhile, others try and move away from recognition strictly from the potter world by diving into new projects. After this two part movie, fans will also release and find another thing to consume the free time on their hands. For now, people anticipate the film and gather their friends about them to watch the final chapters magically come to life on the big screen.
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good beat and easy words still dig their way into the radio waves of songs everyone knows. ‘We R Who We R’ is the number one song in the nation right now. That is another hit to add to the list. Coming soon this Nov. 22, Ke$ha is rereleasing Animal on a new album, “Animal + Cannibal.” Older songs will stay on the album like old favorites “Your Love is My Drug.” Of course new songs will be on the album and some of them will probably hit the radio and Billboard’s top 100 again.
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The Kings of Crosstown Nov. 4, 2010
Bison claim city football championship, crush Russell's hopes at playoffs
Victory at Last The GFH football team celebrates their victory over crosstown rival CM Russell High school after the game. The Bison defeated CMR 37-24. Junior Ethan Anderson said, "It feels good the we beat them because now we get braggin rights for the rest of the year. It's always good to beat our crosstown rivals." Photo by Kyler Nathe Copy By Rusty Kopeikin
For the sixth time in seven years the Bison have triumphed over the Rustlers in the crosstown match-up. High hopes and a quick tempo lead the boys to a 37 - 24 victory against the green and yellow, but CMR's pride was not the only thing they lost. “It made our season,” said senior varsity linebacker, Alex Wermling. The Rustlers needed a victory in order to see a birth in the playoffs, but the mighty Bison did not make it an easy road. Great Falls High played offense well utilizing the receivers for touchdown
passes reaching upwards of the 50 to 60 yards region. Robert Hubka ran long rushing plays while the offensive protected the quarterback and followed through with their blocks. Great Falls High played a powerful kicking game returning a kickoff for a touchdown and
two punts for ideal field position. Head coach Matt Krahe said,“We played with a lot of intensity on both sides of the ball” "It is always good The deto beat CMR. Even fense forced though it was their five punts and home game, it feels held CMR to like our home field only 24 points throughout looking up at our the entire school." game. The Trace Timmer Rustler offense was only allowed 394 total yards. Quarterback Jake Bleskin rushed 58
yards in the first half and had a mere 68 total yards over the entire length of the game. “Our defense took a step up in the second half,” said defensivee coordinator Geoff Habble. In the end, an interception made by Jake Olson sealed the deal at 37 to 24. The defense pulled together with 11 guys flowing to make a play and offensive passing pulled through to help lead the Bison to a victory. Principal Dr. Fred Anderson said, "It's especially rewarding this year with a new coach and is a great way to end the season."
"It is always good to beat CMR. Even though it was their home game, it feels like our home field looking up at our school."
"Winning was pretty sweet and pretty kosher. It showed how we got better every week."
"It made our season worthwhile. WE had a tough season and beting CMR made it that much better."
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Dare to dream
Season of Gold In regard to the volleyball team’s success, junior Sarah O’Connor said, “We’ve all started to work together and we’ve learned how to pull through a lot harder teams than last year.” The team, official city dominants, beat CMR in both crosstowm matchups.
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Senior Power “Last year, we were still the leaders since we were the oldest, but now we know we are the seniors and this year a whole lot more people look up to us on and off the court.”
Girls of Fall Sarah O’Connor, Demi Roady, Mary Glen Vielleux, Emily Boes Michelle Fagenstrom and Taylor Hronek. Photo by Kyler
Rebounding from last year’s two losses against CMR, the girls defeated the Lady Rustlers in both crosstown match-ups this year. Senior Taylor Hronek said, “It feels really good and exhilarating to come back from last year losing twice to winning twice this year. Coach Preston’s volleyball girls have trudged a rocky road the past two years, but finally, they are diving into success. Returning from an unsteady season last year, the girls have rebounded with a new attitude, new team and new record. Junior Demi Roady said, “I fell like we’ve progressed a lot since last season and I feel like our positive attitude is what keeps us going in the game.” Following a loss Friday against Eastern AA powerhouse Billings West and another to Bozeman, the girls are 3-9 in conference play. Up and coming matches for the Lady Bison varsity team include a post season playoff match-up with the Bozeman Hawks this week.
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14 Editor Donovan Dennis
Nov. 4, 2010
The Soccer Season Wrap-Up
New coaching staffs bring fresh outlook to boys, girls soccer programs
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The girls junior varsity football team recently finished their season, but a final record was not available at the time of printing. As she reflected on the up-and-down season, sophomore Emily Hatler said, “I think it started out a little bit rough, but near the end of the season we started playing more as a team and not just individuals.” Looking forward to next year, a key standout is Mary McDunn. Hatler said, “I think Emily because she’s all around. She’s goalie and forward and she can play most positions on the field.” Photos by David Ashby and Shay Sommerfield
The boys junior varsity soccer team recently finished their season with and overall record of 4-8-0. Sophomore Nate Sheffels said, “We got a lot better with teamwork and Brian, did well to help lead us in that.” Nonetheless, the team experienced a couple hiccups to overcome throughout the season. Sheffels said, “It was kinda hard for the sophomores to get used to playing with the new freshmen, but they were all used to playing with each other.” According to Sheffels, players to watch next year include Ryan McCarty, and Brian Tremper. Photos by David Ashby and Katherine Leonard
Keep the Ball Senior Eric Martinez maintains the ball from capture by a CMR forwadr. Photo by Katherine Leonard
Coaches’ Corner: Forty-five seconds of fame with varsity coaches Norberto Ramos
Norberto Ramos just finished his first year as the varsity boys soccer coach after taking over from Jeff Panick. Although he does not teach in any district schools, Ramos is in charge of landscaping and groundskeeping at a local housing subdivision. Briar Brandvold said, “He brought a nice change to the program, and seems to motivate the team quite well. We are looking forward to a strong season next year with an even more experienced team.”
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Many recognize Bob Stingley as the swimming and advanced swimming instructor, but in his spare time, he is also the boys and girls head cross country. In high school, Stingley ran cross country for GFH after an unfortunate football injury. Before he returned back to the stomping ground, however, Stingley worked at Universal Athletics for nearly 20 years. He said, “My favorite things about being a coach are being outside in the beautiful fall weather, enjoying athletic endeavors with the kids and watching them improve throughout the season.”
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Editor Donovan Dennis
Nov. 4, 2010
The Triumphant Finish
Cross country teams end season in Helena Run to the Finish Junior Rachel Stewart runs during the cross country city meet at Anaconda Hills Golf Course. Rachel placed first as well as Ben Vaughan, who won the boys race. Overall, the GFH girls beat CMR whereas the boys placed second by three points. The cross country season ended last Saturday in Helena at the state meet. Photo by Kyler Nathe
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he challenging cross country season ended at the Bill Roberts golf course in Helena with positives and negatives from both boys and girls teams. Junior Rachel Stewart and senior Ben Vaughan both finished with AllState honors, in fifth and sixth place, respectively. Stewart, who ran the three-mile race in a trail-blazing 18:22, was pleased with her finish, saying, “I came back from a poor season last year by improving at each meet and peaking at state.” In addition to placing well at the meet, Stewart will be entered into the GFH record books for the all-time second best run on the Helena course. Vaughan, who placed sixth at state last year, also ran the distance in 15:56. “Ben ran better than he did on the flat Billings course, plus he ran under 16 (minutes) and not many people run under 16 overall,” said head coach Bob Stingley. Overall, the boys team finished at 12th place and the girls finished just one place ahead of CMR at 11th. Junior Jacob Strauss said, “We don’t have a very deep team, so if Ben, Will
and I run bad, the whole team finishes bad.” Stingley said in regard to the girls’ finish, “I hoped we would have placed a little higher, but a they all did a little better than last year. It was a really close race between 11th, 12th and 13th, and we were only three points out of the next spot up. Looking back over the entire realm of the season, however, the individual finishes and team finishes were inconsisten, if not scattered. “It’s sometimes hard to look at the whole season in terms of what happened at state. If you look at the whole season and times from the entire length of the season, you can look at who scored letter points which is also based on improvement,” said Stingley. “It really boils down to all those kids who didn’t come out for cross country. Our kids didn’t disappoint us. It was those kids sitting around doing nothing that let us down.” All in all, many of the runners were still pleased with their races and have positive things to say about the sport. Stewart said, “I like the bus trips. They are always fun and it was nice sharing the bus with CMR, going down to state in Helena and cheering each other on.” The cross country team, a family
within a sport, practices many unique traditions throughout the season. “It’s great because we always go out to a restaurant before we go to state and get ice cream before cross town. There are a lot of positives and traditions,” said Stewart. Also included within the cross country institutions are traditional crosstown T-shirts and bell riging. Looking forward to next year, Stingley said, “It’ll be hard for the boys because they’re losing their top two runners, Jake will have big shoes to step into.”
with Lauren LaRance “I got to get off the bus first, we pulled the senior card and got whatever we wanted. I guess we kind of set an example for the underclassmen, and this year the seniors started a lot of fun bonding traditions. The senior boys never failed to lead bus sing-alongs and do the Hillshire Farm meat chant. They also try and see how many guys can fit in the bathroom on the bus. The girls get together to watch movies and make posters for the fellas.”
From top: Finish Strong Sophomore Tia Fuhrman runs to the finish at crosstown cross country meet at Anaconda Hils Golf Course. The boys fell to CMR by a margin of three points, but the girls easily clenched the victory by six. Take the Hill Sophomore Zachary Conway reaches the top of the hill at Anaconda Hills Golf Course. Run to the Finish Junior Dan Klinger stays strong during the Great Falls Invitational. The GFH boys finished Photos by Shay Sommerfield and Kyler Nathe.
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‘My name is Noémi: A Holocaust Survivor’s Story’
Memories Noémi Ban spoke in an assembly on October 12th. After the assembly, she spoke to a smaller group in the Library. Photos by Katherine Leonard
Holocaust Survivor, Noémi Ban spreads word of tolerance and forgiveness. Ban believes by sharing her story, she can help educate people about the power of hate. Copy By Ada Kelly and Sara Graybill Holocaust survivor Noémi Ban has traveled the world to share her story. As a young woman from a small town outside of Budapest, Hungary, Ban witnessed Nazi occupation ﬁrst hand. Her imprisonment began in a ghetto in Hungary and ended in a labor camp in Germany. Although nearly 70 years ago, the Holocaust still remains vivid in Ban’s mind. Even before SS troops invaded Hungary, Ban’s father knew Hitler’s power would not be good for the Jews. Ban soon found out her father’s observations were right. On Mar. 14, 1944, Hungary was invaded and soon after all of Hungary’s Jews were sent to live in Ghettos. Ban and her father, mother, two sisters, brother and grandmother lived in their own house on the edge of the ghetto in Debrecen. First, her father was sent away with all men 18 to 55 years old to work in labor camps. When it came time for everyone else to leave, S.S. troops marched them out of the city and brought them to a factory to live until they boarded kettle cars 10 days later. The kettle cars brought many people to their breaking point; there was almost no sitting room and no privacy. Upon arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau they were instructed to leave all of their possessions behind and were separated into two lines. Ban was directed into one line while her other family members were told to go in the other.
“Hate destroys not only the one you hate, but the one who hates.” -Noémi Ban, Holocaust Survivor
Ban and her mother had no parting words but Ban said when speaking of her mother, “Her beautiful eyes were telling me, ‘take care of yourself. I love you.’” As her line entered the camp, they were demanded to take off their clothes, shower, then were shaved. Ofﬁcers threw dresses in the air, the one Ban caught was the one she had to wear for the four months of her time there. After they dressed, they were lead to their barracks. There were 600 people to a barrack. There were hundreds of barracks. “We were hungry all the time,” Ban said. Each day they were given one slice of bread and one cup of coffee for breakfast, no lunch, and a slice of bread and a cup of soup for dinner. The bread contained saw dust rather than ﬂour, and they had no water. While in Auschwitz, the ofﬁcers would amuse themselves by teasing the prisoners. Ban described an account where the
ofﬁcers placed water in the middle of the barrack and watched everyone ﬁght for it. Ban overheard the ofﬁcers saying, “Look at them. They are not human. They are little vermin. They kill each other for water.” Prisoners began to ask questions about their loved ones. One night prisoners worked up the courage to ask a guard. She refused to answer, but they persisted. After begging for answers, the guard yelled, “Do you want to know? Look at the sky. See that gray cloud? Do you smell their terrible smell? Pay attention. As she pointed to the sky she said, “There are your relatives.” Devastated, Ban realized she would never see her family again. Later, Ban learned that in the line her loved ones were placed, instead of showering they were gased. After living in Auschwitz for four months, Ban was taken to Germany to help with war efforts. While there, she and other young women were forced to work building bombs for Germany. Ban and the other
women decided to sabotage the Nazi force by wiring the bombs incorrectly, hoping the bombs wouldn’t detonate. After seven months working for the Nazis, Germany was slowly being seized by allied forces. The ofﬁcers took the workers and began to ﬂee further inland. While marching east, Ban and 11 others stepped out of the marching line and hid in the forest. Eventually an American soldier came across them and said, “You are all free. This part of Germany surrendered.” The next day the soldier took them to the American camp. He took their names and gave them food and doctor care. In September 1945, Ban returned to Budapest and was reunited with her father. Ban married a man named Erno (Earnest) soon after her return. Ban escaped to America when war broke out between Hungary and the Soviet Union in 1957. “I feel victorious. Hitler is dead. I have two sons, ﬁve grandchildren, and six great grandchildren” Ban said. Today, Ban lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her eldest son Steven next door. Ban has a positive outlook on life “I love life. I do not take it for granted. I stand here, and I love life.” Ban believes there are problems everywhere. It is how you handle it that matters. Although Ban’s life has been anything but easy, she harbors no hate. “Hate destroys not only the one you hate, but the one who hates.”
Published on Nov 10, 2010