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Cellular Today’s youth obsesses and depends on cell phones Copy by Shandon Bilbrey Vivid, High-Definition screens, Integrated GPS and Mobile Hotspot Capibility, why wouldn’t you depend on cell phones? A survey done on teenagers 13-19 years old resulted in 57 percent of teenagers agree or somewhat agree that the cell phone has improved their quality of life. A small 22 percent of young children between the ages of six and nine own a cell phone, an inclined 60 percent of tweens between the ages of 10 and 14 own a cell phone, and 84 percent of teens between the ages of 15 and 18 own a cell phone. What does this say about the younger generation? It says that they are more technologically savvy, and that their generation is becoming more and more open to new ideas of communicating with the social world we live in. Junior Tessa Millhollin said, “I think cell phones have become popular so that everyone, no matter where they live can be connected, or even so communication with peers is instantaneous and immediate.” Youth appear to be getting more connected with the social aspect of their lives. Originally, cell phones were praised to be without a cord, but were a lug to carry around. Now, they are smaller than the user’s hand and have much advancement such as Internet, weather, television and XM Radio applications. In regard to the advancements to cell phones, Tyler Waite said, “Some of the advancements to cell phones are useless, but sometimes useful, and we could all do without a lot of them. I could just use my cell phone for calling and texting.” Today’s youth is becoming more and more dependent on technology, especially cell phones. A huge percentage of teenagers have a cell phone,

and they have become dependent on this method of communicating with their peers. For example, Dylan Conger said, “A lot of people are so dependent on cell phones that some will breakdown if their cell phone is taken away, like I saw today in class.” This is true that some people will have a mental breakdown if they have their cell phones revoked, Waite supports this by saying, “I personally would lose all sanity if my cell phone was taken away for a week, and a lot of people wouldn’t say they would mentally breakdown, but when it came down to it, most people would end up breaking down.” Blake Boland agreed. He said, “If cell phones were shut down for a week to everyone, then most people wouldn’t know what to do; they would probably just freak out.” Teens become more and more attached to cell phones with every new addition and application. Austin Petrie says people are so attached by saying, “Cell phones can pretty much do anything, a computer does, like watching videos and playing music, and with Internet capability, plus you stay connected with friends through texting.” Some people are so attached that they lack social confrontation, Freshman Tara Clayton said, “Pretty much everyone has a cell phone now and it’s a lot easier and more convenient to text or call so our generation is lacking in interpersonal communication skills.“ The positives of having a cell phone as a teenager is you can have the freedom to communicate with friends and family without being with them. On the other hand the negatives of having a cell phone as a teen is the capability of sexting, a rise among the teenage population.

Polar Plunge

Take the Plunge! Jumping from the pool’s edge into 33 degree water,freshman Issac Rider along with two other Key Club students discover the sudden chilling shock in this less than easy task. They completed the challenge because they had earned pledges to help to support Special Olympics. Photo by Tristan Deck

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Copy By Jordan Purinton After much debate and controversy, Alltel Communications has been bought out by at&t. This deal is worth $2.35 billion and will provide 3G coverage to many rural areas that run on Alltel such as Montana and Wyoming. This will also bring the long awaited iPhone to Great Falls The Hue II which many students are looking forward to. Junior Zia Williams is among the many who will be getting the iPhone this holiday season and had this to say, “I think the iPhone is one of the more innovative pieces of technology we have out there and that’s why I’m very excited for its arrival.” The merger is set to take effect towards the end of this year, or early into the next. If you are Blackberry Curve switching over to at&t, you will have free replacement phone choices given to based off of what phone you had on the Alltel network. For those skeptical about this transition consider the following. According to AT&T’s website they cover 97 percent of all Americans, and runs on the nation’s fastest mobile broadband network. No additional charges will be applied to customers that switch over to at&t’s network, Blackberry Torch so this switch will not cost you any money out of your pocket. There are some drawbacks however regarding this merger. Your existing plan will also transfer over when the switch is applied, however if you want the iPhone you will have to pay for the device, select a new data plan, and agree to a new two year contract. Early cancellation Samsung Messenger fees are applied if you choose to opt out of the switch, which can cost you a hefty $175.00. If you don’t like one of the free phones they select for you, you will have to pay to upgrade to get a better one, such as the iPhone. Though there may be a few drawbacks, this transition will ultimately be a good thing, bringing faster coverage and new phones. Look for many people walking around the hallways with Iphone 3g their eyes glued to at&t’s iPhone.

Despite freezing temperatures and snow, students take a chilly dip for a good cause Copy by Jillian Wiggers I take your breath away. I chill you to the bone. I cause butterflies to form in your stomach before you step up and jump. I am the sixth annual Polar Plunge during the Dec. 2 Great Falls Christmas Stroll. The popular Polar Plunge has stepped up as a strong fundraiser for the Montana Special Olympics. The activity has become a much celebrated and very entertaining sidebar at the annual downtown event. The event, a nation-wide fundraiser, drew many spectators and fans during a brisk evening at Davidson Plaza. The jumpers found that they would do some interesting maneuvers to get out of that pool of ice. “I would have run over my own grandma to get out of the water,” said freshman Isaac

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Rider. This year’s turnout far exceeded other years with 185 jumpers compared to the 107 who entered last year. Even so, the frigid experience caused people to remark. “It wasn’t cold. Instead, it just burned,” said freshman Brianna Conrad. All donations earned by jumpers are allocated to the Special Olympics and the Great Falls Law Enforcement Torch Run. Last year’s Polar Plunge raised up to $23,000, while this year, organizers hoped they would reach their goal of raising $30,000. “I’m glad it was for a good cause, but seriously, it was so cold, I couldn’t move,” said freshman Spencer Marble. If thinking you might want to help out, you just need to register by going to


GFH alumni Bronson Stubbs starts local brand and designs, Deuces Streetwear.

Basketball | 10 Basketball had a great start this year with with a boys record of 2-0.

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Lay it Up Junior Shyke Smalls places a basket during the GFH-Helena High basketball game Friday, Dec. 9. The GFH boys won the game 63-49. Photo by Kyler Nathe Around the World Senior Trevor Bolton outmaneuvers his Bengal opponent during the GFH-Helena High basketball game Friday, Dec. 9. The GFH boys led Helena 38-18 at the half, and won the game 63-49. Photo by Kyler Nathe

A Glimpse of Success Boys basketball begins season with pair of varsity victories third quarter the GFH boys were ahead by the largest margin of the entire game, 57-29. But finally, the Bengals pulled through near

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the end of the game in the fourth quarter scoring 20 points versus the Bison’s six, bringing the final game score withing fourteen points at the concluding buzzer. Junior Shyke Smalls scored 15 points and WIlliams assisted with a solid 14 points. Saturday night Smalls led the GFH defense with six steals, while managing to also score 14 points during the course of the game, assisting other double digit scorers Williams who scored 19, and Trey Skunkcap, who scored 13. Always gearing toward improvement, however, the Bison have room to grow. Williams said, “Turnovers, for myself, we just gotta stay calm under pressure and I think that’s the key, rebounding and boxing everybody out. The boys travel to Kalispell Glacier Friday for a matchup with the Wolfpack and then to Missoula Sentinel against the Spartans next Tuesday before the long break.

One School.

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Copy By Donovan Dennis The boys basketball team ended their weekend with two victories under their belts after they opened their 2010-11 season. Following a significant 6349 victory over the Helena High School Bengals Friday, the boys once again returned Saturday night to defeat Flathead High School 68-54. It was a considerable night for many players, with nearly all five starters scoring in the double digits. Senior point guard Santino Williams said, “Those victories feel good. It is good to start the season off with a good start so we just have to keep rolling. We want to start strong and finish strong, because last year we started off well and after some injuries we could never get back on track. This year we want to put a team effort into the whole season.” Friday, the Bison played a substantial game against Helena High, leading by 38-18 going into the second half. At the end of the

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Wrestlers hope for a successful season after meet in Billings

Swim it to Win it Quick Breath Sophomore Jourdon Gudatis swims breastroke during a practice. The GFH boys swim team placed second at the Kalispell Invitation, while the girls placed fifth, and both teams beat Havre at the Havre Invite. Photo by Kyler Nathe

Boys, girls swimming teams open successful season with meets in Kalispell, Havre Copy By Rusty Kopeikin The GFH swimming program has dove into yet another with two successful meets in Kalispell and Havre. After a promising preseason showing, GFH was well prepared for both matchups. The boys team finished a strong second to Kalispell Glacier, surprising many on the team. “It definitely came as kind of a shock,” junior Clay Kellogg said. “Our boys were ready though, and we had some very good swims.” Roughly half-way through the meet, the boys 200 freestyle ‘A’ relay finished second beating out the Hellgate High relay by a mere touch. Other strong finishers for the boys were Clay Kellogg, who finished __ in the 100 freestyle, and __ in the 200 freestyle and Donovan Dennis, who finished second in the 50 breast and third in the 100 IM. The girls team was missing many key swimmers at the meet due to the Winter Formal, but they finished fifth in the girls competition. Freshman Brianna team, swam many quality races including a third place finish in the 50 butterfly and much assistance to the girls relay teams. Many described the best moments

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of the meet as perhaps not the most successful races, but the most nostalgic one. Before junior Mason Thomas had even dove into the water, many relays’ last racers had already finished. Nonetheless, Thomas swam the final four laps of the 400 freestyle relay, the last race of the day, as though he were in first place. Suddenly, the room erupted as both CMR and GFH cheered him to the finish as one family. Though GFH and CMR are united as a family, the cross-town competition is never in short supply during meets and practice. “We’re all on even ground with their boys,” said senior captain Shafer Higgins. Defending boys and girls state champions, CMR boys finished fourth, and the previously undefeated girls finished second. Following the Kalispell Invitational, both teams headed to Havre for the Havre Invite, freshmen on their traditional school bus and upperclassmen on the charter bus. The Havre meet, scored as a double dual, is unique because GFH and CMR do not compete against each other, but rather score separately against the Havre teams. At the Havre meet, all swimmers with the required number of practices are asked

to attend, so both varsity and JV teams have the opportunity to compete alongside each other at an away swim meet. The Havre Community Pool, is 25 meter in length versus the traditional short course 25 yard pool. This poses a unique challenge to swimmers because the pool is approximately nine yards longer than yard pool per one hundred. Nonetheless, the meet offered swimmers the chance to race against each other and many positive finishes came back with us. Junior Clay Kellogg swam to a second place finish in both the 200 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, and senior Shafer Higgins won the 100 freestyle and runner up in the 100 backstroke. Junior Donovan Dennis won the 100 breastroke and place second in the 200 IM. For the girls, junior Rachel Stewart finished second in the 100 freestyle and Bri Conrad third in the 100 butterfly. Both the GFH boys and girls teams beat Havre in the dual, while CMR girls won and boys took second. Both teams will return Friday night for a home meet against the Class A schools, and again on Saturday when most AA schools will attend the GF Invitational.

Copy by Rusty Kopeikin Starting off the season with a successful varsity meet in Billings, the wrestling team is at it again with a long, yet challenging season ahead of them. The meet in Billings went fantastic for many wrestlers, though they finished fifth. Coach Steve Komac explained the team’s hopes for their season, “We still have room to improve.” Wrestlers have high hopes and goals for making it to state from their teams’ success at their meet. The next varsity meet in Butte went well for some individuals. Once again, the team finished fifth. Austin Shupe, Cole and Dylan Mendenhall won all six of their matches in Butte. A majority of the wrestlers have been wrestling since the beginning of elementary school making it hard to comprehend the boys failing. Others have been stepping up their game.“Pin or get pinned.” said Mendenhall of his tactic for a victorious ending for this season. Even the wrestlers who haven’t been in wrestling long are getting the job done, and doing it well. Tate Alexander, Dominic Propp and John Kellems have been showing their talent so far this season. Many of the wrestlers have the same goals for this season, their main goal is to win state. With this kind of fantastic performances from new coming wrestlers, is looking at a great season and some goals will surely be met.

Pinned Junior Josh Morin pins his opponent during the wrestling teams wrestle-off. Photo by Jordan Purinton

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Editor Katherine Leonard




In the life of Vasquez,


is hard to come by

Swing Justice Vasquez practices boxing at the Electric Punch Vasquez works with Coach Gabe on her stance. City Boxing Club. She will box in the Silver Gloves Vasquez has hopes to continue boxing and eventually Competition at the UGF gym on Dec. 17th and 18th. box professionally. Photos by Kyler Nathe

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Justice Vasquez now fights through life’s hardships with a healthy catharsis Compiled by Jessica Trosper


racked ribs and on the verge of a concussion, junior Justice Vasquez seemed concussion, tto o have it safer in the boxing ring, than in the life she found herself in. I was born and raised here, and I use to be really calm. Then, in the third grade, my dad left us. When I was younger, my brother, Ronald, practically raised me, while my mother was out, partying with my aunts. Jennifer is my older sister. She used to cry a lot back then, after my dad left us, and then started drugs and started drinking because she wanted to be more like my father. Jennifer and my mom really never got along during those times because my sister started smoking a lot of weed and drinking. Eventually I watched her getting arrested when I was twelve. She was not the only family member to be arrested. One night we got a call that all our stuff was getting thrown away by my drunk dad- then cops called and said he was going to jail for hitting an officer. My anger management did not work after all that was happening. I really didn’t want to talk to him for the longest time after that. He only got out of prison last year, and now lives in Mexico. Then my sister ran away, and my rage kept going up and up, so to avoid trouble, my mom, stepdad and I ran away to California when I was a freshman. My mom was born and raised in California and did not like living in Montana, but I didn’t like it there, in California. In California, me and my mom use to get into a lot of arguments. I told her I hated her for making me leave and would only go to my friends’ house during the day to get away or to boxing. I then got involved in a gang. My mom use to cry about it and get mad and say it was her fault, but it wasn’t. Then one night I was walking back to my house alone, when these girls were following me for a bit. I didn’t think anything of it, ‘til one girl jumped in front of me and hit me in the head and all the girls with her kept hitting me. Luckily, a girl who knew my cousin drove by and claimed she had a gun, which made the girls run away. After the beating I decided to come back to Great Falls. I moved in with my uncle, who I still live with. But the trouble followed me. When I first moved back down here in April, I got in a fight with a twenty year old. Two days later, I got set up at Whittier, and the twenty year old that I fought and her friends jumped out from behind the play ground. She used a PCP pipe, while her friends threw cones at my ribs while I was on the ground. Eventually, someone across the street called the cops and the sound of the sirens made them run away. I laid there, coughing up blood- afraid to move. I felt a lot of pain in my stomach and in my head. Finally when help came, I ended up in the hospital for five hours with broken ribs and almost a concussion. Throughout everything, with all of life, boxing has helped me a lot with my anger. Everyone keeps pushing me, but I am working on it. I sometimes do drink to get my anger out, but it helps not nearly as much as boxing does. If you want to get tougher both mentally and physically, than boxing is a good place to go. Learning to fight, to swing, to punch, and to defend yourself is what it is all about. I practice all year, except for the summer, which is when I got in more trouble, but boxing is way better than everything else.

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Learn to recognize, assess, handle your stress Copy by Tessa Millhollin Pacing back and forth, stomach pains, headaches, and the over-extended need to sleep to make themselves feel better are all symptoms of people exhibiting stress beyond their emotional control. According to, over 75 percent of the general population experiences some sort of stress every two weeks. Stress can cause upset stomach, nausea, headaches and of course, anger. Stress can lead to different heart diseases, high blood pressure, strokes and affect a person’s immune system. It can take a toll on relationships and just make someone feel as if they want to give up on everything going on, and this, in the end, causes even more stress. Stress can be instigated by many causes: friends, parents, school or relationships. Parents’ actions, expectations and their occasional over involvement in their children’s lives can cause teens to respond with anxiety and stressful behavior. Teens often feel overwhelmed with doing chores or not spending enough family time. This causes stress high school students should not deal with until they have a family of their own. Junior Shandi Highwood said, I have to pay for my cell phone bill, car, and insurance, and I am expected to help around the house for daily chores.” Relationships involving teen love, dating insanely jealous boyfriend/girlfriends, a first dating experience, fights or parents not approving of the relationships or teens who have been involved in relationships at one point that have caused more damage, than happiness, build stress factors beyond belief. At this age, most can say for certain, there is drama for many students. Girls being catty, or boys being obnoxious, rumors and bullying among the student body cause some teens to react differently to the stress. Some lash out at others and cause arguments between their peers. A new friend comes along, or an old friend comes back to help. All of this leads to sometimes not fitting in socially with friends and significant others. Perhaps the largest cause of teen stress comes from school. The repetitive, “Do your homework,” other students, upcoming tests and additional daily assignments, added to the ones that possibly have not been completed yet, piles up causing even more stress. Changing schools, high expectations placed upon teenagers by parents and teachers, competing in sports participating in extracurricular activities, and worry about college, career and their futures all


seem overwhelming while still trying to deal with other personal obligations like home and having a job. This leads to teens finding themselves over-scheduled. Learning effective time management strategies can help alleviate stress; however, this is not always a strong characteristic for most teens. A c cording to, “If stressors that a t e e n is dealing with are allowed to pile up and are not dealt with in a proper manner, the teen will experience distress. Too much stress can cause the teen to go into a physical state of distress. As the stress depletes their brain of important chemicals needed to regulate emotion, they will begin to feel physical and mental symptoms that can disrupt enjoyment of normal life.” Or the stress becomes not stress anymore, and just eases out of mind. Stress can make teens sad, ill or mad. It can teach lessons, or overpower minds and lives. Teens need to evaluate their stress levels and know when these are getting out of hand. Many methods of coping with stress are available: defining sleeping hours and maintain a regular sleep schedule, take breaks during stressful activities, say “no” more often to obligations, avoid making major changes in one’s life during high stress periods, eat a healthy diet low in sugar and high in fiber, exercise and take time from work and school activities In the end, stress is part of life, as is growing up. Learning to deal with life’s twists and turns is part of being on your own.

“Stress is simply the adaptation of our bodies and minds to change; and change, as we noted, is about the only constant left in the

workplace.” -Peter G. Hanson, M.D

nergy fficient enovation

Architectural proposals for renovation of historic GFH building begins just before the holidays At A Glance, Great Falls High caught in a glimps with its remodeled windows for the purpose to decreased in size to help reduce energy costs. Photo By Kyler Nathe On the agenda of items to fix, the windows have been one of the most popular. In the 1970s the original windows on all three floors were covered with plywood.The plan will remove the wood and install more energy efficient windows allowing more light to come into the building. With assistance from the legislature’s one time only funding, the District task

force in charge of the restoration has set aside $150,000 just for an architectural assessment. Overall, the restoration will save the district approximately $500,000 a year in utilities alone as well as improving the energy efficiency and appearance of this historic landmark.

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with getting necessities done that need to be easier for people.” Several of the problems at GFH include the efficiency of the heating and cooling ventilation, the size of the cafeteria as well as the size of the Industrial Tech classrooms. Also, during the winter the roadway for traveling between the south and main campuses has extremely icy conditions. “In addition, the electrical wiring has been a “big hurdle,” said Crawley. The district hopes to improve the electrical concerns along with the other issues.

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Copy By Ada Kelly Students attending school on the Great Falls High School campus are in store for a big change as the proposals for architectural ideas for the GFH restoration should begin before the holidays. School district officials will decide on the architect based on who proposes the best way of restoring the building. Overall, three balanced priorities exist for this undertaking. Superintendent Dr. Cheryl Crawley said, “To balance better energy efficiency and architecture updates along


Editor Sara Graybill

American Influence Copy By Donovan Dennis Juvenile justice was the subject, and the Russians were here to learn. On Thursday, Dec. 9th, three Russian Supreme Court justices visited Great Falls High, as well as two district court justices all from the region of Tatarstan, in Southwestern Russia. Brought about through the cooperative efforts of Open World Leadership, the judges visited Great Falls with the hopes of changing the ways Russian laws are applied to youths in their juvenile justice system. The entourage visited Washington D.C. before weeklong stay in Great Falls, visiting judges, magistrates, city officials in addition to local attractions and tourist venues. While at GFH, the group took a tour of the school campus and met with students and administration members in a roundtable discussion. Whilst roaming the hallways of South Campus, one judge remarked on the cleanliness of the building by asking, “How long did you spend preparing for the judges’ visit? If I was a student here, I would be honored to attend.” Following the tour guided by Dr. Anderson, the group spent time with students in the Bison Business board room. They asked many basic questions in regards to student life, school rigor and goals after

high school. In a more serious respect, global events and diplomacy between the Russian Federation and the United States were mentioned. After the visit at GFH, the judges were accompanied to the Made in Montana Store, lunch at Goode’s Bayou Grill and the Juvenile Detention Center. At the core of the visit, however, was the difference between the civil justice systems of Russia and the United States. Judge Gilmanov Radik said, “We want to help children by interpreting our laws to best serve them.” While visiting the JDC, the judges were met with an inmate who had threatened another person with a knife, and would soon be up for trial. If convicted, this person would face a maximum of two years in either a state penitentiary or juvenile detention center. However, when asked how the Russian juvenile justice system would punish the offender, judge Roman Davydov replied, “If it were his first offense, probation. But a second or third and he would face more serious punishment.” Following the visit at the JDC, the judges were accompanied to Judge Neill’s drug court for a sit-in session. They concluded their stay in Great Falls with a public reception at the Great Falls Public Library from 4:15 to 6 p.m. on Friday.


‘tis the giving season

The holiday season. A time for cheer and joy, giving and receiving, and respect for your fellow man, Christmas has been delighting and bringing joy to people for over 1000 years. But not all get to partake in the holiday cheer. For 8 years the Bison family has been giving back to those certain people who have a hard time during the holiday season. In 2002 a few Great Falls High teachers formed a small group that was aimed towards providing a little joy to those less fortunate and they called the group the Bison Giving Tree. Over the past few years the committee of people has evolved greatly, getting more people involved and providing more smiles for students at Great Falls High. The current collection of staff is made up of 10 members as well as other volunteers and donators that help contribute to giving back to students. Many students are involved in the giving tree and students may not even know about it. Christopher Cantalope is one of the many students at Great Falls High who is a part of the Bison Giving Tree, “It’s a really thoughtful thing to do, and it is really easy to participate. I encour-

age all those who get this opportunity to take advantage of it.” There were 70 students last year in the Giving Tree and there will be around 80 this year receiving compensation for the challenging holiday season. And it isn’t just the student who receives compensation, it is the whole family who receives benefits. The process in which students are brought into The Giving Tree is relatively simple, teachers will send in recommendations to the Giving Tree committee each year and no one is denied being involved. This selfless providing of money is a very rewarding group to be involved with. Mrs. Bohanan said, “There has not been one year that I have not ended up crying and it is very rewarding.”


Russian judges visit on educational mission

news tidbits Copy By Jordan Purinton

Dec. 16, 2010

Study Abroad Russian judicial leaders visited Great Falls High with Open World Leadership to learn more about the juvenile justice system. Their tour was guided by Dr. Anderson through Great Falls High. In addition they visited the local Juvenile Detention Center to learn more about youth laws and punishment. The judicial leaders were also treated to a tour throughout the city and to local attractions like Giant Springs. Photo By Kyler Nathe

Caffeinated Alcohol Beverages Copy By Shandon Bilbrey Caffeinated Alcohol Beverages is on a rise throughout the Pacific Northwest, and some states have banned the sell of the drinks such as Joose, Sparks and Four Loko. These drinks may seem harmless, but they contain four times the alcohol than one beer, so drinking one of these drinks is like drinking four beers and an energy drink.Because of the high amount of alcohol in Caffeinated Alcohol Beverages compared to beer, many states including Montana have classified the drinks as liquer and limited the sale to liquor stores When people drink caffeinated alcohol drinks the caffiene masks the depressant effects of alcohol, and do not feel the intoxication of alcohol, and often drink more to get to the state

of being drunk, but some do not know when to stop.When people drink these drinks they don’t know when to stop, and will often binge drink, high among teens. Teens and young adults have been the heavy users of these products. FDA has inspected the drinks and they are currently out of the market until the makers of these drinks change the consistency. Under federal law the FDA warned companies Charge Beverages Corp. for their product Core High Gravity, New Century Brewing Co. for their product LLC: Moonshot, Phusion Projects, LLC for their product Four Loko and United Brands Company Inc. for their product Joose and Max. States that have announced a ban to the Caffeinated Alcohol Beverages are New York, Washington, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Oregon, and Michigan.


Showdown Ski Area


Copy By Shandon Bilbrey One the most popular ski areas in our region, Showdown Ski Area located right outside Niehart, opened December 10th. Showdown had a great amount of people who showed up to start off their winter sports. All the slopes were open, and many had a great time on the surprisingly warm and sunny day. One snowboarder from Great Falls High went up for opening day and said, “It was surprisingly not crowded, warm, and overall I had a great time snowboarding with my friends.“


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If you happen to have an open weekend and decide to try something new or just get out of the house, check out Showdown Ski Area locatedright outside Niehart on scenic highway 89. Ski rentals are $20 for a full day, $18 for half of a day and $13 hourly. Lift Tickets are $37 for Adults (13-69), $20 for Juniors (6-12), and $27 for Seniors (70+).

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Dec. 16, 2010

Change That Never Came While many conservatives are nearly toppling over with glee at Obama’s quite frequent changes of heart throughout the past year, and while most liberals are wishing they had voted for Hillary Clinton after all, one thing we can all agree upon is that Obama hasn’t exactly done what he said he would so far in his presidency. He has stayed true to neither his word, nor his constituents. With the exception of passing the expected healthcare bill, Obama has not only failed to end the programs he swore so vehemently to oppose, but has also actually done a complete about face on some such issues, literally supporting instead of abolishing them. Of course, it’s easy to comprehend that he was perhaps not fully aware of the perplexing multidimensional nature of many of today’s problems upon coming into office, but it is, however, not so easy to imagine why on earth he wouldn’t have taken the time to become aware of the many facets of these issues before running for Presidency. After all, being President of the United States of America is no trivial achievement; it is one of many responsibilities, responsibilities which include taking it upon oneself to be well informed of the issues. In his inaugural address Obama talked about frivolous government spending and the War on Terror among other things. Yet he continues to take the same ludicrously expensive trips that both President Clinton and President Bush took that totaled somewhere in the ballpark of around $3.6 million per day, and it is under his watch that the number of troops in Afghanistan has tripled, even though it was

he who promised to start withdrawing our men in uniform when he became president. Guantánamo has not been shut down, and he has even embraced the Patriot Act. As for the recent ‘BushEra Tax Cuts,’ Obama said a compromise had to be made, yet it seems that there was very little compromise involved. Wasn’t it nearly solely upon the idea of ‘spreading the wealth’ that he based his presidential campaign? The problems America faces are complex and cannot be solved simply, we grant Obama that, but nevertheless his proposed policies only barely reflect his views as stated before his presidency. Obama made promises, to the people of America, only to break them one right after another. It doesn’t matter if one is Republican, Democratic, or Independent; across party lines, we can agree that it is not fair to the majority of the population who voted for change, to see nothing but the ‘same ol’, same ol’.’ Sometimes our choices have negative repercussions, but that’s the beauty of freedom: being allowed to make mistakes, take risks and try new things, if for no other reason than we simply want to. This allows us to learn from our past failures, and just as child who is never allowed to walk will never know the joys of running, so we miss out on many great things by being constantly cheated out of our say in the issues that govern our own lives, cheated by politicians who remain unaffected by the legislation they impose on others. We must take a stand on our own government. We must make ourselves heard.

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Give Or Receive? That is The Question Copy by Kristen Hanning During the holiday, many people focus on getting what they want for Christmas. Although we all enjoy getting gifts, it is not the only thing that should be focused on, giving gifts is just as important. The meaning of Christmas is often lost in all the commotion. Christmas time is about spreading joy, giving and spending time with family. The stereotypical youth today is very self absorbed, thinking of themselves before others. As people get older their perspective changes. There are students who view the holiday season as a time to give. Rory Okes said, “Giving gifts is more important because you should think of others first and yourself second.” At Great Falls High we are fortunate enough to have many giving students. Many students feel that giving presents is better than getting them. Tom Long said, “It’s better than being mean.” Many people forget that presents don’t have to cost money. The true gift is the amount of thought that you put into giving the present. Tom Long likes to give “hugs” as gifts. Okes said, “ Something made shows how much effort you put in it.” Giving gifts should come from


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There are many organizations that are looking for donations. People can donate clothes to the Salvation Army; time to the Homeless Shelter; money to the Special Olympics; and can donate just about anything that you are willing to give up to help your community. Adults try and bestow their beliefs about donating, onto younger generations. Younger generations, however, don’t seem to have the time nor energy to want to volunteer. Schools have been getting involved in giving,

the heart. The importance is to show how much you care. It shows someone who doesn’t have wealth or doesn’t get presents that there is good in life. Okes continued, “The less fortunate are just like us, but they need things.” Everyone deserves a gift during the holidays whether it is expensive or a kind word. Okes feels it is important to remember them. “They have something to comfort them, so they feel safe and that they are loved.” Giving not only shares care with the receivers but can be good for the giver also. When sharing with the less fortunate. Long said, “It shows we are a good community and school. It shows we care, I come from a middle class family and we still give.” This is seen a lot at Great Falls High with the Bision giving tree in which students can buy gifts for the less fortunate students. The students here are a very giving family. The importance of giving is understood by many of them. The real spirit of the Holiday will not be lost for many people this year. Okes explained, “It makes me feel good inside, and that what i’m doing is powerful,” The Christmas joy is spread by everyone who is willing to put others before themsevles for one month out of the year.

especially at this time of year, it seems that younger generations are interested in helping the less fortunate, the truth is most youth only donate if they are forced. Students have many different reasons that they volunteer. Some want the hours on their resumes, while some do it for a grade in a class. There also are the students who have committed a crime and are punished with hours of community service. This just tells you how enjoyable it must be to the youth.

Do you like giving or getting presents for Christmas?

“I think giving gifts is more important because you should think of others first and yourself second.” - Rory Okes

“Who doesn’t like giving gifts, its Christmas.” -Tom Long

At school teachers and administrators give students justification to donate. For example, the food drive at school, if the students donate enough food to reach their goal, which is set by an associate principal, then we get out early on Friday December the 17th. The best explanation for having this reward is that students won’t get involved if they don’t have a reward that makes them want to get involved. Other examples would be getting extra credit in a class for donating.

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Should schools discipline students caught bullying via the internet? I believe that the school should not become involved with cyber bullying because the act doesn’t involve school. Just because it involves students that go to school does not mean the school itself should be involved. It’s like stealing Easy-Mac while wearing your work uniform, and then, your boss getting involved in what you had done at another store, in your personal life. I remember one day when a teacher was talking about how he can lurk onto all of our Myspaces and see who we are talking to and what we are talking about. Obviously, that’s not true, but some teachers do have social networking sites, and they are befriended with their students, which, I don’t believe is wrong because we’re in high school right now, In a couple of years, we’ll all be adults. Anyway, more to the point about who has a say in whose going to look at everyone’s pages, and whose going to report it? If any cyberbullying or inappropriate usage on the site should either be reported by the students themselves or even their parents, not some random teacher that was lurking over the Internet. If a teacher is to befriend a student on say Myspace or Facebook, they should be open and understanding to a teenager’s lifestyle. I mean we all know what students do. Some drink; some do drugs; and some even engage in sexual activity. If it’s online, let it be. Someone more important will come along and bring the issue up, like a parent or family member. So this is it. The school should not be involved in cyberbullying. If it does not happen at school, it has nothing to do with school. End of story. Though, it still does not make sense, if someone were to be being bullied right on school grounds, and even a teacher heard or saw it, the only thing the school could do is give them a slap on the hand and tell them, “No.” The student would not be punished in any way shape or form at school. This lack of stricter procedures is blasphemy. Things just shouldn’t be like that. If someone is being bullied on school grounds, someone needs to do something about it! However, if someone was being bullied online, and brought in a small piece of paper with three curse words and a ‘you’ tied somewhere in the sentence, they receive a PAR or even get suspended. This is where I ask myself, “How does that work?” Yes, emotionally attacking someone is very bad, and it affects them long term. Though, being bullied in person is a lot more effective than over the Internet. Even though I believe people should just block those who are attempting to bully. Facebook, Myspace and Twitter, etc. all have blocking options. So grow up and press the button, then you won’t feel like you want to end your life by the end of the night.

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This generation of high-school students are engrossed in their social life. This includes Internet social networking and technology plus normal human-to-human interaction. Some teachers even say that they find this generation “wrapped up in their own life. And not looking at the bigger picture.” Some students refuse to help others because they don’t get instant gratification so they have no want to be apart of it. Many people donate Plasma because there is money involved and youth don’t see why they should help someone else if they don’t get some sort of

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reward out of the situation. Even though most youth today don’t have the time nor energy to donate or volunteer, there always is the group of students that enjoys helping and that love to facilitate the less fortunate. The number of students who have those beliefs might surprise one who just realizes how many students don’t enjoy helping. A great number of these students have difficulties full filling their beliefs; either from lack of time, money, or they could possibly need help themselves. When it comes down to deciding whether or not the generation

I believe schools should be involved when students are convicted of cyber bullying. Students who are caught in a fight outside of school and not on school grounds get somewhat in trouble at school. The two students are separated in between classes, and they are taken out of classes if they are in the same class together. If a student is cyber bullying, that student should be sure to not be any where near the person they were threatening. Not only would the person that was being threatened feel even more uncomfortable or scared than they were to begin with if they were put into situations that had the two conflicted students come together in one place. This would cause more drama for each side. Teens have led to ending their lives because of cyber bullying, and if schools can help prevent that by making sure no lives are ended, then they should. It could be counseling for both sides or checking up to make sure the problem has not continued. Also, talking to parents and even friends to be sure that the students being bullied are not thinking of ending their lives, or that they are simply “just” depressed. Being bullied not only in person where the words stay in their minds, and continue to hurt, but also, if you are constantly taunted and the words are there forever for themselves to look back on whenever, it can further long the healing process. If disciplinary steps were taken to make sure that more hurtful words are not fired again, or that no one else will be wounded with hurtful words from this person, then every precaution should be taken. At times, teens believe that if they are caught doing something against the rules for the first time, that they will get off easy. This teaches teens nothing, or that what they have done is not how a person at any age should treat others. If not only the police commit that student, but also the school they attend punishes them, it would be more planted into their brain what they have done is morally wrong and against the law. Cyber bullying is hurtful to the strongest people on the outside, but on the inside, we do not know their whole story. If they are self conscious about their appearance; if something is troubling them; or if something terrible has happened in their lives, this person being bullied can tear himself apart, ending the depression with the ending of his life. Schools can help prevent an unwanted an end to a life, or a life of sadness and anger from being taunted and bullying. Schools can show what happens to students convicted, and if a student is convicted, then take some of the control of that student and make it proven to them what they did was wrong. When you do something wrong to a person, there will be repercussions.

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of today enjoys volunteering and donating, the fact arises that they haven’t lived life for that long, and normally they haven’t been in the situation where they could do nothing but hope for help from some one else. The youth don’t have that experience and in turn they don’t see what good actually comes out of helping others. The bottom line is that students on average don’t like to volunteer and/ or donate until they have lived through a situation that shows them the true gratification of helping others instead of wanting a material item in return.

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6 Editor Donovan Dennis


The Rebirth of an Empire:

China How Ethnicity, Education and Economy boosted the asian nation to superpower status.


hina’s rise to power will likely be recorded as one of the great awakenings of the 21st century. Their astonishing economic growth has altered the face of the Eastern Asian countries in terms of economy, diplomacy and society. With 1.3 billion citizens behind a Communistic rule, China is a powerhouse nation capable of enormous feats.

Education In order to accommodate its large population, China has an immense and varied school system. Included are preschools, kindergartens, preparatory schools, elementary schools, secondary schools, agricultural and vocational schools and a multitude of institutions offering educations of higher learning. After the creation of the People’s Republic of China in 1949, education had been center in controversy throughout China. The Great Leap Forward and the Socialist Education Movement sought an end to academic elitism, in order to eliminate ‘knowledge segregation’ between workers and peasants. In addition, they sought to keep uneducated citizens at the center of an unskilled workforce. In the 1980s science and technology became the forerunning subjects in Chinese education, and by 1986 training skilled personnel and expanding scientific and technical knowledge were the highest priority. Contrary to Maoist educational policies, emphasis was now placed on the on increasing the knowledge already-educated elite, who were charged with gearing China towards increased modernization. Following the Cultural Revolution, China’s educational system has been geared toward economic modernization and 1985, the national government placed full responsibility for basic education on local governments. The education reform plan 1985 called for nine years of mandatory education and the creation of the State Education Commission. Continuing the practice of the increasing precedence of education, 16 percent of the 1986 state budget of was allotted to education, compared with 10 percent in 1984. At the equivalent levels of a high school in the United States, Chinese secondary institutions are primarily grouped in a category of senior secondary education, which generally contains the equivalencies of grades 10 to grade 12. Typically, after students complete six years of primary education, they will continue with three more years of academic study in a middle

schools equivalency, as required by the Compulsory Education Law at. However, this law does not apply to senior secondary education, where junior graduates choose to either complete three years in academic high schools, or continue their education in a vocational high school. The academic curriculum of a typical senior high school consists of Chinese, Math, English, Biology, Physics, History, Computing, etc. Some schools may also offer vocational subjects. However, most schools generally gear their offered courses toward the three primary test subjects of the Gao Kao, a prerequisite entrance exam for acceptance into almost all higher undergraduate education institutions in China. These subjects include Chinese, Mathematics and English. However, students also have the option to learn subjects in other fields of study such as government and history. Chinese foreign exchange student Jiahui "Kathy" He said, "We need to take a test before they enter a university. The grade decides which university you attend." In China, a senior high school graduate is considered as an educated person, although the most graduates continue their studies in universities or vocational colleges. As a result of the limited spaces for university enrollment, competition among students is extreme, and most high schools are evaluated by their students’ academic performance on the Gao Kao. He said, "I feel very free here because I don't have too much homework most of the time. In China, all the kids are like being nerds by staying at home and only doing their work.

Economy China shocked the world in the middle of 2010, when it was announced their economy surpassed that of Japan to fill a role as the globe’s second largest economy, second to only the United States. In the modern era, China's influence in the world economy was considered minimal until the late 1980s when economic reforms encouraged steady and noteworthy growth in investment, consumption and overall standards of living. Today, China plays a vital role in the investing game and private sector companies play a key role in their economy. GFH alumni John Dalke said," I equate China's current economic status with us in the industrial revolution. They have rapid growth, factories are popping up, and people are getting wealthy while working. And now, the workers are seeking higher wages and more benefits."

SOURCES: ThE map used as a screen was accessed via Wikimedia Commons. It is public domain because of an expired copyright.

In addition, China’s staggeringly low unemployment rate of 4.3 percent (compared to the United States’ 9.6 percent) means that approximately 813 million people were employed. Following the 1949 revolution, China's officially adopted a communist economic system. Since the economic reforms of the 1980s until present, scholars believe China to be a leading example of state capitalism today. Cementing China’s role as global producer, the United States is China’s leader in export partners, with 20 percent of all Chinese exports headed to the US. Comparatively, the US is currently the fourth ranked partner of Chinese imports, with 7.6 percent of imported goods originating in America.

Ethnicity Modern Chinese culture has evolved over the course of 3,000 years, peaking with the current practices in the PRC. In the modern era, Chinese citizens work to balance traditional Chinese culture with communist and other modern beliefs. During the Cultural Revolution, vast numbers of cultural treasures of an unknown value were damaged and destroyed along with the prohibition of many traditional arts and crafts. Following reforms in the 1980s, however, national denouncement of those destructive policies have been enforced with dynamic efforts to renew China's extraordinary cultural traditions. The majority of China's culture flourishes from the Han Chinese, but also includes influences from many minorities gathering cultural elements from across the globe to contribute to global culture based on mainland Asia that fluctuates as national and international customs grow and change. However, they are very much dependent on the cultural practices that developed during hundreds of years of limited outside contact. Still today, China maintains many cultural connections with countries of the globe, significantly in Southeast Asia. Nonetheless, some Chinese still feel uncomfortable with their culture and country. "I like America better than China, because China is too crowded, I just feel like America fits me more than China fits me. I’m not a traditional person, and my personality is not very traditional like other Chinese people. Actually my parents want to live in Australia or America after they retire, because if I stay here (after high school) they will want to be here with me as long as they can." said He.


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People's Republic of China Founded, 1949


People's Liberation Army (PLA) crossed the Jinsha River, defeating the Tibetan army and captured the border town of Qamdo in the month of October.


The First National People's Congress was held in September 1954. The Congress passed the 1954 Constitution of the People's Republic of China and elected Mao Zedong as the Chairman of the People's Republic of China.



The Sino-Indian War lasted little over a month's time, and ended with the stabilization of the Line of Actual Control, the present-day border between India and China.


The Socialist Education Movement was launched by Mao Zedong in 1963 to cleanse politics, economy, organization, and ideology. The movement ended in 1966.

Fast Food KFC has dominated China's infatuation with western food, but McDonalds, Pizza Hut and Starbucks are also growing in popularity. The décor and uniforms look just like they do in the states, but the menus are completely different. McDonalds, serves taro root pie instead of an apple pie for dessert.


On April 1, 1969, at the CCP's Ninth Congress, the party constitution was modified to name Lin Piao as Mao's special successor. Piao died under suspicious circumstances in 1971.



Deng Xiaoping, Chinese politician, statesman, theorist, diplomat and leader of the Communist Party of China, who led China towards a market economy, returned to power in 1973. He served as the paramount leader of the People's Republic of China until the early 1990s.


PRC Chairman Mao Zedong died in 1976 and Hua Guofeng, his designated successor, was hailed as the paramount leader of the Communist Party of China and the People's Republic of China. Upon Zhou Enlai's death in 1976, he succeeded him as the second Premier of the People's Republic of China.


Reflecting Pond This pond is located on Gulangyu Island, nicknamed Piano Island because of its famous University. Many famous pianists have come from this region, and the Chinese have a very impressive piano museum on the island.


Hua Guofeng steps down as Party Chairman. Guafeng was a protégé of Deng who was dedicated to Chinese economic reform. He demoted to junior Vice Chairman until this post was abolished, upon which, he remained an ordinary member of the Central Committee.


The Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989, was a series of demonstrations in and near Tiananmen Square in Beijing. Beginning on 14 April 1989, protests against the Communist government led mainly by students and intellectuals, ended in the massacre of many innocent protesters and the infamous image of the still unidentified Tank Man.



Deng Xiaoping accelerates market reforms to establish a "socialist market economy". Following its implementation, this economic system has assisted the centrally planned economy in the People's Republic of China. It is also credited with increasing the GDP during the past decades.

The Flowering Lake West Lake in Hangzhou attracts many tourists as it is a popular location. The green Lotus plants covering the lake flower with bright pink flowers when they in bloom. The blossoms can be used in a Lotus powder soup.


Hong Kong was handed over to the PRC from British control. The principal British guest was Charles, Prince of Wales read a farewell speech on behalf of the Queen and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Tony Blair, and the departing Hong Kong governor Chris Patten also attended. China was represented by the President of the People's Republic of China, Jiang Zemin.



Hu Jintao replaced Jiang Zemin as the current Paramount Leader of the People's Republic of China. He has been President of the People's Republic of China since 2003, and Chairman of the Central Military Commission since 2004, succeeding Jiang Zemin.


The Summer Olympics were held in China from Aug. 8 to Aug. 24th. The games were the first to ever be held in China, and the third held in an Asian nation.


The Bund This famous historical district of downtown, central Shanghai has grown on the western side of the Hangpu River. The Bund refers to the buildings and wharves. that had become and remain today a major financial and trading hub in Asia. With restricted building heights, its restoration has made it a favorite tourist destination. Photos courtsey of 2001 GFH alumnus John Dalke

8 Editor Brooke Hansen


Dec. 16, 2010

Smokers’ Corner Student smokers use the corner across from the Senior Parking Lot to gather often times to smoke. Associate Principals were unable to put a stop on the smokers because it was located off school grounds. Police officers and different adminstrators have monitored the corner and checked IDs of gathering students. Minors have been given tickets, while of age students were warned about loitering Photo Illustration by jordan Purinton

Teenagers share why their tobacco use concerns just go up in smoke Copy By Christian Mu Teen smoking (tēn smō’kĭng) noun: an issue that both society’s current health advocates and the law look down on. The concern about teen smoking has decreased considerably from 2000-2005, but recently, the statistics involving teens and smoking hasn’t moved much. A wide range of statistics show that 25 percent of high school graduates are tobacco users for reasons ranging from the fact that using tobacco is relaxing to finding health concerns lower on their priority lists along with the classic train of thought that, “smoking is cool.” It’s been shown that smoking decreases the attractiveness of one member of the opposite sex to another, and that it eats money up. Cigarettes cost about $7 per pack. With this reasoning, the rationale for smoking forces the question, why do some teens use tobacco? One anonymous interviewee has given several reasons why she smokes, and she discussed the health effects she already feels from smoking. She said that she had started smoking regularly as a freshman, but tried her first cigarette at the age of 13. Cigarettes relax her brain and help her cope with bad days. She had also said going too long without one can cause her to become extremely irritable and also makes her easily fatigued. She tends to spend $21 a week, averaging one pack of cigarettes (one pack equals 20 cigarettes) every two and a half days. This young woman indicated that she had said she is seriously considering quitting cigarettes altogether, and that even if she doesn’t quit right away, the constant

thinking will raise her determination to quit later on. Another anonymous interviewee has an opposite view on his tobacco use. He is an active member in extracurricular activities including sports, and he still tends to smoke cigarettes frequently. He believes that his health isn’t as important to him at this point in his life, and that he uses cigarettes to relax. He smokes recreationally with his friends when they hang out, especially when they aren’t doing anything but driving around or hanging out at a friend’s house. He is a firm believer in the fact that tobacco use is the user’s choice, and he said, “People don’t have the right to judge someone smoking cigarettes because everyone has their own addictions.” Considering teen smoking’s highly illegal status, it’s been a law that has been ignored for decades, and will likely continue to be ignored for many more to come. Considering that most teens disregard the health effects of tobacco use, the only aspects that could draw them away from cigarettes are the outlandishly high prices and defamation of smoking being artistically acceptable. Prohibition of tobacco products is unrealistic, due to the fact that billions of dollars are made from the death-tax imposed on them. stated that in 2010, only 3 percent of the taxes collected from tobacco products was spent on tobacco control, abuse and prevention programs. Whether people are anti-tobacco activists or liberal smokers, it’s a battle that has been fought for years and will continue to be fought for many years of come. With the way statistics are now, the chances of all teens not using won’t happen for a long time.

Senior Kyler Nathe displays his poster during the Wellness Program at Paris Gibson Educational Center. Photo courtesy of Tammy Nathe

Billboard design promotion wins recognition for senior Copy By Christian Mu Betsy Rogstad gave her art classes an assignment: create an anti-tobacco poster that would have the possibility of being posted on a billboard in Marketplace. Although mandatory, many students did not treat it as a regular assignment. However, she submitted all of the drawings to The Great American Smokeout, a non-profit orginazation which holds competitions all over the country annually trying to get local students of all ages to create posters discouraging tobacco use among users of all ages. Senior Kyler Nathe sketched the design for his poster, not expecting to win. Hundreds of high school students all over the district made their submissions. To Nathe’s surprise, his was picked to be brandished on the electronic billboard adjacent to the Hampton Inn, along with all of the other contest winners entries.

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Warm up in the cold weather with new coffee joint, Mountain Mudd Copy by Jordan Purinton Another coffee joint has made its way to Great Falls, and it has causedcaffeine fever to erupt in the Electric City. On Nov. 13, Mountain Mudd made its grand opening to the public with a very busy day. In contrast to other coffee shops, Mountain Mudd occupies only a drive through window with no indoor seating. This provides a more personal interactive experience while taking your order. And there is quite the selection of coffee products to choose from. From lattes to frozen drinks, teas and sandwiches, as well as many different pastries, Mountain Mudd provides a wide variety for consumers to choose from. Sampling the white chocolate mocha latte allowed coffee enthusiasts to say, it was quite the concoction. En-

grossing them in a plethera of tastebud sensation, they felt that the white chocolate mocha was an extravagantly delicious beverage item. There is also a nice friendly feeling when customers pull up to the drive through window. They are greeted with a kind hello, and that is always nice when going to a food outlet. Montana Mudd would also be a good choice for monetary reasons. With a recent price hike on raw coffee beans, Mountain Mudd would be a very good alternative to some of the competing chain outlets. During this blistering cold winter season, stop to warm the palette with a hot drink and donut. So, to satisfy a sweet tooth and a craving for caffeine as well as to save a few bucks, go to Mountain Mudd, located at 9th and Central. It’s open seven days a week.

Deuces Streetwear Bronson Stubbs, 2007 Great Falls High alumnus displays his “Shutta Deuces” t-shirt design. Photo provided by

GFH alumni starts local clothing business and trendy brand name Copy by Shandon Bilbrey Deuces Streetwear is clothing style for every person. Bronson Stubbs, 2007 Great Falls High alumni, recently began his entrepreneurship of selling T-shirts and hoodies, with his very own design. His T-shirts are $15 and his hoodies are $40, available through his web site or find sophomore Tom Long in the halls at Great Falls High. Stubbs is planning to have a print shop and a store front as soon as his sales heighten. The clothing style wasn’t planned in fact Stubbs says, “I didn’t think I would start Deuces Streetwear, I just started it one day.” Stubbs reason for starting the clothing business, “I’m not

doing it for the money, I enjoy designing and giving kids something new to wear and not something you can find every day.” Cody Evans supports the clothing brand by saying, “It’s pretty cool idea to have clothing unique to our town.” Deuces Streetwear sponsors skiers Jason Mathews and Pat Tice, snowboarder Derek Tice, BMX racer Zach Gmaz and wake-boarders Tanner Vietch and Riley Daily. Deuces is also sponsoring a ski movie Come Find Us, and is about kids from Bozeman showing that there is good talent in Montana. Support alumni Bronson Stubbs by purchasing one of his new “Shutta’ Deuces” or “Deuces Stuck” t-shirts.

Veteran Larry King calls it quits, while Conan premiers comeback Copy by Jordan Purinton After a stellar 25 years on the air, Larry King will be calling it quits this fall. From stories with Stephen Hawking, Christopher Reeve and others, Larry King Live has done a fantastic job providing groundbreaking stories to America. King has said that he will continue to work with CNN despite his leaving his nightly show. Piers Morgan has been announced as the man to replace King beginning in January and is quite excited about the job. According to, he said, “I have watched Larry King Live for much of the last 25 years, and I dreamed of one day filling the legendary suspenders of the man I consider to be the greatest TV interviewer

of them all.” Piers has been seen in other shows such as “America’s Got Talent” and his British talk show, “Piers Morgan’s Life Stories.” Also in TV host news, Conan O’Brien has premiered his new talk show creatively deemed “Conan” on TBS. Running along the same frame as his original show it has been either received greatly by the Conan fans, or poorly by the Conan haters. Basically, viewers will be seeing the same old Conan on this show only on a different broadcasting network. Some of the stars seen on his program as of late include movie actor Russell Brand, fellow talk show host George Lopez, and even a Great Falls High alumni, Reggie Watts. Overall, this show adds a funny repertoire to late night shows It airs at 11 p.m. ET on TBS.

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