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Volume 86, Issue 5 Mar. 31, 2011

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WARFAIR Underclassmen wow the community with their war-related research and diverse presentations; projects give students opportunity to explore in depth topics. Copy by Shandon Bilbrey For nearly half of the second semester, freshmen and sophomores participate in a major cross-curriculum research project entitled Warfair. They pick a topic relating to war, research the topic and neatly present their information through presentations on Warfair Day. “Completing our Warfair project took a lot of time and very stressful to prepare oneself for the Warfair day,“ says freshman Lacey Hill. Comprising about half of the second semester’s history grade, Warfair is important to be completed informative and creatively. Students really get into Warfair using their imaginations to make their topics the best to win scholarships and titles such as, Best of Show. Warfair takes a whole day every year to present the hundreds of presentations by the freshmen class to the history teachers, judges, parents and the student body at Great Falls High. “Even though the road to the day of Warfair is strenuous and takes up a lot of time, in the end, it lets us learn about different types of warfare, and helps students talk about history topics in front of people,” said sophomore Kayla Sailer. Warfair wasn’t just a free day from school, The students competed to represent their project to judges, community members and students the best and most interesting. There were awards for places for first through tenth place also with Students Choice and Peoples Choice. First through fifth places earned scholarship money from $1,000 for first place, $800 for second, $600 for third, $300 for fourth and $200 for fifth place.

Quiz and Judge Community members judged and quizzed projects during the annual Warfair convention. This competition challenges freshmen and sophomore underclassmen to research a war related historical or current happening of the world and build presentation to be judged for their research as well as presentation. Photo by Jordan Purinton The champions of the Warfair: freshmen Tara Clayton, Taylor Mangan and Emma Martin for their project, Katyn. In second place: freshmen Amanda Mack, Anna Laughlin and Aubree Janzer for their project, Yellow Fever. Runners up freshmen Isaac Rider, Ryan McCarty, Kylar Clifton and Chase Dart took third for their presentation of Candies Related to War. This group’s highly praised project earned the Students’ Choice Award. Cooper Johnson and Bridger

Logan received fourth place for their project on HAARP, which tied for the People’s Choice Award. The project about Stephen Pedro by Caitlyn Jones and Alison Lee acquired fifth place. The Effects of Radiation on Wildlife and also earned the title of People’s Choice Award. Principal Dr. Fred Anderson said, “A community member attending Warfair said to me,”’Warfair isn’t just a hit, it’s a grandslam home run.’” Judgment Freshmen Caitlyn Hester, Kyanne Mcnees and Keesha Lasorte stand by as they are judged. Smiling Faces Sophomores Katie Putzker and Mercedes Radina giggle as they discuss their research. Further Viewing Freshman Lizzie Ruud explains her group’s board while a judge listens Photos by Ailene Camacho and Jordan Purinton

Americans recently burdened by climbing gas prices

Rising Liquid Gold As local gas prices rise, citizens’ wallets get lighter. Great Falls residents have found prices here one of the state’s lowest. Photo by Kyler Nathe

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Copy by Austin Mu Gas and oil prices have increased from $3.17 to $3.58 a gallon since February and are continuing to augment as economic alteration is experienced worldwide. After rebellion efforts in Tunisia, domino effects of radical uprisings ensued throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa, influencing the American economy. In the midst of the foreign affairs, the value of oil has managed to sky rocket as conflicts develop in Libya and other countries. With oil becoming so expensive, gas prices have slowly been trailing behind. However, the value of resources has very little to do with the scarcity of the actual export. Because of the tur-

Track | 11 2011 track season starts with tryouts on Mar. 14 and the first home meet on Apr. 2 in Memorial Stadium.

moil in Libya, oil investors are skeptical about the supply in the future. To make things worse, Saudi Arabia, one of the world’s largest producers of natural resources, as well as other middle eastern countries are experiencing unrest and changes in governmental and economic functions. According to BBC News, citizens of the Saudi Arabia promise a “Day of Rage” making speculators uneasy about energy prices. According to MontanaGasPrices. com, A gallon of gas in Montana averages about $3.46, but it is still moderately expensive. If the cost of oil continues to rise the way that it is, teens will have a more difficult endeavor for any outside activities. Citizens fear that

all efforts to avoid the recession will be futile due to the effects that high energy prices will have on other products In 2008, high gas and crude oil prices resulted in loss of jobs and an arising downturn in the financial system of the U.S. After many budget cuts for government funding, Americans became enthusiastic about recovering from the recession. However, now it seems that things have taken a dramatic turn due to the shifting prices of gas and oil. With the small budget that most teens seem to have, high school students can expect to manage their expenses in order to function in every day life.

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Teachers from Great Falls High come together for a cause and display their wondrous whiskers.

The Moment | 11 Junior Kathy He experiences an entire new lifestyle by moving from China to Montana.

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Natural disaster causes triad crises for Japan, world Copy By Austin Mu The island nation of Japan has found itself in a devastating predicament after an earthquake with the magnitude of 9.0 struck the northern coast on Mar. 11. Hundreds of thousands of people have been placed in temporary shelters. With over 28,000 deaths and missing persons, the recent earthquake has been one of the most problematic events that Japan has ever experienced. Not only did the earthquake destroy homes and families, b u t it also caused a 33 foot tsunami that demolished the Japanese inland coast. Flooded cities, like Tohoku, are still attempting to evacuate, but resources have been scarce with only so many rescue vehicles available. An ongoing concern throughout the entire world is with the nuclear power plants of Japan and the disastrous ramifications that the damaged reactors have incurred for the Japanese as well as for the world. In Japan, four nuclear reactors have deteriorated causing contamination throughout the country. MSNBC reported that radiation levels are 23 times greater than the normal amount in Tokyo. Despite the commotion that the nuclear disasters have caused in the media, Physics teacher Jan Mader believes that the disaster isn’t as bad as it seems. She said, “We need to educate not only the students, but the world itself so they actually know what is happening. If there is any type of nuclear disaster, people run around yelling, ‘The sky is falling!’ but the actual situations doesn’t compare to the Chernobyl situation.” According to NBC news, the crisis is being dealt with swiftly and effectively, “I admire the Japanese. They’ve done a phenomenal job of securing the system the best that they can,” said Mader. In countries like Germany and Austria, all future plans relating to nuclear power are being revisited by professionals. Due to the nuclear commotion that seems to dominate the media, U.S. citizens have become anxious and regard the matter as a big deal. However, according to ABC News, President Barrack Obama said, “We do not expect harmful levels of radiation to reach the United States, whether it’s the West Coast, Hawaii, Alaska or U.S. territories in the Pacific,” assuring Americans that no precautionary measures should be taken in order to avoid contamination.

Dr. Steve Shropshere PhD., a nuclear physicist at Idaho State University, supported Mader’s statements in a brief interview. “The entire situations is still a devastating matter. It’s a lot worse than the Three Mile Island incident but it still isn’t as bad as Chernobyl. Chernobyl resulted in many deaths while the Japanese situation seems to have a low chance of causing deaths. The real matter is the economic disaster. Ceseum, which can have a half life up to 30 years, has managed to get out into food supplies and has contaminated farmland.” Steven also requested that students be aware that the situation is continuing to develop. Montanans can’t help but wonder how any of the Japanese affairs could change their lives. Actually, natural disasters have a way of affecting the world globally, and it would be blindsiding to think that families here in Great Falls won’t be phased. “Stock markets are down 1.23%. The earthquake has affected us and will continue to affect us. It will affect our families and we’ll have to make some changes. We have to have money management skills. With the stock market and its ups and downs, investors will worry and pull out. People have a reason to be panicked,” said Brimhall. The Japanese crisis managed to generate several incidents that frustrate the average American consumer. Among these problems are decreases of car production, iPad distribution and foreign investment. Apple fans waiting for the next installment of the iPad2, have started online petitions, demanding that iPad2 miraculously continue to be dispensed. Brimhall was agitated by the idea, “People will just have to wait because it really isn’t a big deal. The people in Japan need to get better first. Technology isn’t a big dilemma compared to the people.” Strong emotions extend throughout the island. Mothers, fathers, and children alike have been divided due to the destruction of cities and mandatory evacuations. Because of the large number of missing people, an online Missing Persons Finder has been created to help those find or publish information on the populace. More specifically, Montana has had a rather strong connection with Japan. Every few years, Japanese representatives visit the state to exchange goods and cultures. Sixty-five Japanese students alone attend the University of Montana. Funding efforts are being made to help these scholars visit their homes.

Aftermath A small village suffers great damages from the record breaking earthquake that shook Japan. Photo purchased for NewsCom

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We need to help them in any way we can. I’m sure we could do another fund-raiser to help Japan just like we did with Haiti.

Lydia Brimhall, 10

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Fascilitated Discussions: What will GFPS do for you? Copy by Holly Capp School is a major part of most teen’s lives. So what if you as a student at Great Falls High had the opportunity to speak about changes you think are necessary in improving your educational experiences? Would you be willing and able to offer suggestions? Last Friday, randomly selected students had the chance to voice their opinions about what they believe works well for the school as well as what could use some work. As recently publicized, Great Falls Public School officials are interested in making changes in the next coming years. Multiple listening sessions took

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place at different locations around the school. There were approximately 10 groups with participant numbers ranging from about 5 to 10 students per group. Each group also included a faculty or staff member that students would feel trusted in sharing information about their opinions and experiences, as well as a student proctor to help record information. Before the question and answer time began, students were instructed that all names of teachers, students and classes were to be confidential. In the hour long sessions, questions varied including opinions on the current and future

systems of Connections, school involvement, how effectively classes relate to future careers, rigor of classes among other topics. While it took students a little time to become comfortable around everyone, by the end information gathered from the sessions were pertinent and valuable. Overwhelming responses of praise for many classes and styles of teaching were mentioned. Students also came to a general consensus about what they would like to see in the future. Some improvements involved Connections and ways to involve the student body as a whole.

Discussion about a club catalog which would give information about each club was a repeated solution to help create more attendance and excitement about Connections. A place where students could see the posting of weekly activities to help boost involvement was also suggested. Overall, the response of the selected students was positive. They were eager to share their opinions. The next step—student and teacher proctors will meet with administrators to discuss in detail students’ responses and decide what changes would be effective for both the school and students.

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Editor Sara Graybill


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Students prepare for life after high school by learning about their different options and by preparing for their life in the future

Prepare Chris Johnson, from Castle Rock High School in Washington attending a college prep class hosted at UGF to help students decide what college would be best for their personal needs and financial situation. Photo by David Ashby

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academic bowl

Copy By Jordan Pierce Academic minds joined together from all over Great Falls to display their knowledge and skills, in a wide range of subjects at this year’s Academic Bowl. The competition was held in the GFH auditorium on Mar. 15. Contest questions varied from English literature to high level science. Students participating in the Academic Bowl had to answer a variety of questions with their teams in a similar format to the game-show, “Jeopardy!”. In the junior varsity intracity event, the Bison dominated the Rustlers with an intense round that went into overtime. The varsity team ended the competition with a score of 70–25.Junior Jacob Strauss said, “It

was pretty awesome to destroy CMR and have a small student section cheering us on, and it was funny that CMR had a score o negative 15 at half time.” Senior Catherine Gilligan, a National Merit Finalist said, “I only buzzed in one question, but when I did, it dominated. It was about “The Catcher in the Rye”, which is my favorite book. Discussing team strategies, junior Alekses Clifton said, “It was nice to beat CMR. I didn’t answer questions by buzzing in but I gave my teammates some answers and confirmed a lot of their answers.’’ On watching the overall event, junior Alex Spranger said, “I am ever so glad that students choose to excel and apply themselves academically.”

Copy by Tessa Millhollin High school to College, is full of changes, growth and life changimg decisions. Deciding where to go, what classes to take in high school to be able to even go to college, or if you have the available funds to get there. For larger colleges in state universities, there are similar requirements that are required to graduate high school. At University of Montana and Montana State, incoming freshman are required to have four years of English, three years of math, three years of a history course, two years of a science course and two years of an elective. For in state students, tuition is much cheaper than attending an out of state college. Money is a very important factor in deciding where to attend college, and deciding what type of degree. “I wish to go to an in-state college because it will leave me with more money to be able to study abroad,” said senior Shafer Higgins. Students have a wider range of majors to choose from if they attend a state college, and are able to still have their dream job even if it is not a common path to follow. Another type of college that are available for high school students are private colleges. In Great Falls are, University of Great Falls is a potential school to attend. There are many attractions to go to a private college, a smaller school, and a smaller area. Chris Johnson from

Castle Rock, Washington is a prospective student of UGF. While attending Argo in a Day, potential students were able to tour the campus, and ask questions about attending UGF, unfortunately no students from GFH were in attendance. For Johnson, a private college appeals to him because he likes Great Falls, is cheaper and there will be smaller class sizes. “I visit the colleges so that I can meet students that I will potentially go to school with and build connections,” said Johnson. Another alternative is attending a COT school. MSU-GF COT is a smaller school like UGF, but is funded by the state instead of an organization or group. It also appeals to students because it’s location is close to their home, and is less expensive. “I like the idea of being able to get my own home or stay at home, I don’t like the idea of a dorm. Also I like being able to keep my job when I am in college,” senior Cassie Peck said about her attending the COT to get her Elementary Teaching Degree. Money is definitely a key role in deciding where to attend school, but some students are able to still follow their dreams of a big out of state university because of scholarships. College preparation is a taunting task, it takes lots of planning, and different key details to decide where to get your two, or your four year degree. Your future is in your own hands, and should be planned sooner rather than when it is too late.

Student provides community service to the max Copy By Jillian Wiggers Folding, selling, painting, cleaning, babysitting, shoveling, and many more, Caleigh Oliver has out done herslef when it comes to communtiy service. Over 100 hours, and more to come, she is the first and only student to letter in doing volunteer work at Great Falls High. Committing her time at vaarious locations such as, YWCA of Great Falls, The New Beginnings Center, amd Great Falls High School. The startings of her volunteer service was inspired by her mom. “She always encouraged me to look in newspapers and find people who needed help. I was a little reluctant at first, but now I love to seek them out,” said Caleigh. Not only has she worked during the school year, she has taken the time to devote her sum-

mer days to help the individuals that are in need. Doing odd jobs at the YWCA, her biggest time donation, opened her eyes to all the possible ways to spend one’s free time. “ Instead of wasting my summer doing nothing, it felt good to know I was making a difference.” In total, Caleigh has accumulated 140 of her hours to others. One of her most recenct projects involved painting the drama sets for the upcoming play “Fools.” “ Painting is one of my favorite things to do, so this was one of the most enjoyable experiences for me. I have had the chance to meet a lot of new people.” “ I think more students should be more involved in their communities. People might not think it, but they can really make a difference in someone’s life.” Don’t sit at home next time you don’t know what to do, opportunities are waiting everywhere.


make tracks toward graduation


Copy By Kristen Hanning Incentive. The drive to work hard and urge on. A trait some high school students lack. This year science instructor, April Senger tried to change that for her freshman science class. This program, Making Tracks Toward Graduation, is designed to give encouragement to students to help work toward graduation. Giving the students a prise to look forward to for their hard work to pay off. The winner will recieve a new laptop including a two year warranty and Microsoft Office.

To qualify the students need to be on track to graduate with their credits. All of their grades need to be above a D, they cannot be failing any classes. They also needed to participate in a fundraiser. In all sixty- eight students were put into the drawing. Lindsey Smith was drawn, rewarding her hard work with the new laptop. This program has a lot of room to enlighten more freshmen.

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School removes student from team

Sophomore Brandon Davies, a student and star basketball player at Brigham Young University in Salt Lake City, UT, was recently kicked off the basketball team because he admitted to having premarital sex with his girlfriend. At first one may jump to the thought, why is it his basketball team’s business what he is doing with his girlfriend? It’s none of their concern in the first place. However, the Honor Code for the basketball team at BYU states, “Live a chaste and virtuous life.” The interpretation of this code is simple: any player who engages in premarital sex will lose the privilege to play for the team. Although some people don’t believe in waiting to have intercourse until marriage, Davies made a promise to abstain when he chose to go to BYU and play basketball for them. It was his choice to promise those things and to abide by the BYU Honor Code. If he didn’t feel that he could stay within those guidelines, then frankly, he shouldn’t have agreed to go there. Starting 26 of 29 games, Davies averaged 11.1 points per game, was the third highest scorer on the team and was leading the team with 6.2 rebounds per game; without him, the BYU Cougars lost two more following games, won four more in the regular season and have gone on to make it in the sweet sixteen in March Madness. Though the young basketball player did break the code, but his teammates had nothing but

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good things to say about him. “He told us he was sorry, and he let us down,” said BYU guard, Jimmer Fredette. “We told him it was okay. Sometimes in life we make mistakes. We’ve got to live through it.” BYU removed Davies from the basketball team, and he continues to wait to hear if he’ll be expelled from the university completely. Overall, every student at BYU has made a commitment to sustain the Honor Code. The concern is not about whether premarital sex is right or wrong, but rather, the fact that each student vowed to uphold what the Code asks of them. In the end, Davies broke the Honor Code and needs to be held accountable even though it is a great disappointment for himself, no doubt, and for Copy by Jordan Pierce his teammates. Even so, his Ladies and gentlemen, from honesty and acceptance of the the time teenage voices lower, consequences for his actions, and they develop facial hair, they had one thing on their minds. definitely role models for other have Plus springtime seems to bring young people a person with on hormone rages all throughout substantial moral character and the school. With that, comes overwhelming amounts of PDA. a strong values system. Everyone has seen it. Walking Because Davies technically in the halls with friends, adorable didn’t break any NCAA rules; he couples are everywhere. They stop was allowed to sit the bench with to kiss, and then, kiss again and of course, some start to take it to his teammates during the first another inappropriate level. How two rounds of March Madness. do most observers react to such Could he have made the public displays of affection? They try to ignore it. When difference and moved the team witnessing a couple sharing a quick further into the Sweet Sixteen kiss, there is not much to do but and Elite Eight? We will never keep on about the day. A quick kiss should not be offensive to anyone. know. Does it really matter? Not However, when a couple is kissing really because the essentially passionately and groping, just shy significant lesson learned about of full-blown lovemaking, their behavior is just plain funk nasty. outstanding character, the value Associate Principal Heather Hoyer of honesty and growing from said, ”It gets really bad around our mistakes, we can take with Valentine’s Day and sometimes sooner—even around winter us into our own lives. formal.”


Opinion Public Students’ public affection stirs reactions

I just finished reading the latest release of the Iniwa and I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed it. I was particularly impressed by the Faceoff article by David Cerotzke and the dedication to feature students’ success in a variety of avenues. It really showed how important some of those programs are even as they face possible cutbacks. Very impressive edition. Thank you.


–Janelle Munson

Students believe required swimming credits should be eliminated Copy by Elizabeth Gilligan



Although some offended personalities may advise the couple to get a room, it is true that someone needs to step up and tell them that this is not the place for such a display. The trouble is that since the couple doesn’t think twice of such a public display, they may not think twice about being disagreeable and telling you to mind your own business. Seniors Candace McMann

Every student takes it. Every student needs to pass it for graduation. Every student is required to take swimming. The school offers several classes that every student is required to take before graduating, but many feel that swimming should not be one of them. With the exception of a few, the majority of students in swimming classes are freshman, and many dread this way to begin high school. Changing in a limited amount of time, having wet hair, and needing to

and Max Johnson expressed their feeling as a couple that PDA is innapropriate. Johnson said, “I believe there should be no people grabbing each other passionately in the hallways. Instead, maybe they could just hold hands.” Candace McMann said, ”I dislike it when couples lean on each other in the hallways. It drives me nuts. If anything, couples should just hold hands in the hallways.” Once, there was student PDA Patrol initiated by a former Iniwa staff who had been doing research for an article about the ongoing embarassing problem of PDA. The issue, which has been around for many years, seemed to resolve itself slightly, but a few years later, the patrol was brought back by student government. Their goal was to create an awareness of how PDA embarasses and offends onlookers. The patrol actually blew whistles and hit people with foam noodles whenever students would makeout in the hallways before school. It appears that students need to bring the patrol back because many students could use some awareness, and maybe even some entertainment before the start of the school day. To those hormonal teens who just hold hands or write love letters to each other in between classes— the lightest form of public displays of affection are, well—adorable, modest and appropriate, and for that self-control, we thank you.

wear a swimsuit prevents students from enjoying the class and can be especially troublesome for female students. In winter, swimming can be brutal experience. Traveling from one building to the next with frozen hair in sub-zero temperatures can take a lot out of a person. In addition, crowded locker rooms, minimal stalls, and only one swimsuit dryer prevents a student from getting ready in a timely manner for his next class. Some even feel so strongly

How much PDA is too much to show in the hallway?

“I dislike when couples lean on each other in the hallways. It drives me nuts. If anything, couples should just hold hands in the hallways. –Candace McMann, 10

It’s kinda gross when people show too much affection in the hallway. It’s okay for a little peck in the halls—but a couple just shouldn’t be all over each other. –Kinzie Horton, 10

about swimming that they will obtain a doctor’s note in order to be exempt from the class. For other students who cannot swim or feel self-conscious, swimming can be downright embarrassing. Although students complain about swimming, the class serves a meaningful purpose. By making it a required class, the school is assuring that every student will graduate with the knowledge of how to swim. Great Falls High is fortunate enough to possess a swimming pool, and students should


Editor Jerimey Franks


Mar. 31, 2011


The Exploitation of Charlie Sheen

Whose Fault Is This Exploition: The Media or Charlie Sheen Himself ?

Blame it on the Media

Blame it on Charlie Sheen Charlie Sheen has been in the public eye for most of his life, and frequently, he has conducted himself in an unacceptable manner. His indiscretions started at an early age. He embraces a torrid lifestyle fueled by drugs, alcohol and prostitutes. He destroys his relationships with people who try to love him; now in a very public way he appears to be destroying himself. He’s strangling his life and career like he has so many women. That’s what he does; he’s Charlie Sheen—“duh.” Sheen’s actions cause him to end up in the spotlight, and this light never portrays him in a good way. His charges range from drug abuse to the mistreatment of women. No one is to blame for Sheen’s actions but himself. The attention surrounding Sheen recently is due to his problems with the creator of ABC’s “Two and a Half Men,” Chuck Lorre, and other producers. Most of the drama has stemmed from Sheen’s out of control lifestyle, which skyrocketed him into the public eye with a vengeance. His sudden notoriety spurred a group of interviews which showed a side of him that made him not only a troubled addict, but also, a mentally unstable narcissist. Recently his statements take his eccentric personality to a new level. On or off drugs Sheen has reached a new low. Sheen said, “You’re dealing with a Vatican assassin… what does that mean you’re wondering? Whatever, it’s just a joke. ….. I’m a high priest Vatican assassin warlock. You know what I’m saying?” We do know what you’re saying Charlie— you are out of your mind. In or out of context, describing himself as a “Vatican assassin warlock” makes it clear that Sheen brings negative attention on himself. Anything Sheen does becomes an instant hit; everyone wants to see what his next move will be. Sheen brings this attention on himself by acting like a lunatic. Who wants to miss an episode from a man who believes he has a “highly evolved brain when [he’s] trying to roll out humor?” Virtually everything Sheen says implies that he believes himself to be a superior being. The media plays no part in blowing up his feelings about himself. He clearly expresses his feelings by saying, “Well, you borrow my brain for five seconds and just be like, Dude, can’t handle it. Unplug this bastard! Yeah, because it just fires in a way that is, umm, I don’t know, maybe not from this particular terrestrial realm. You know when you’ve got tiger blood, man. It’s like get with the program. You’ve been given magic; you’ve been given gold.” Sheen may not be living in this “terrestrial realm” mentally, and people love to see what he has to say about his “rock star” life. The attention Sheen’s mental instability brings adds to his arrogance. He thinks he is on top of the world. In his eyes, everyone wants to be “winning” like Charlie Sheen. The destructive spiral he has created will not stop anytime soon. He loves the attention. He makes a mockery out of himself, and the whole world gets to watch.

The infamous sitcom star Charlie Sheen’s career has tanked because of cocaine addiction. The media has turned his struggle into a whirlwind of ridicule and judgment for this ex-television actor. 224,000 people on average are entered into rehab every year for cocaine abuse, and an estimated 62,000 have a relapse, according to Many claim that rehabilitation from cocaine addiction is one of the hardest things to do, especially if usage is frequent for long periods of time. Symptoms of cocaine withdrawal include agitation and restless behavior, generalized uneasiness and slowing of activity, symptoms that are similar to the recent behavior of Charlie Sheen. His increasing amount of money and easy access to narcotics can be held accountable for his substance abuse. Combinations of his detox from rehab along with his multiple diagnoses of bipolar disorder are the definite reasons of why he has appeared as so erratic and out of control. On February 28, Charlie Sheen’s publicist quit due to his increasingly absurd public outbursts. As a result, he no longer receives professional advisement for what he should and shouldn’t say to the media. News companies and other journalistic media are paying him money to get a notorious interview from him and receive rocketing boosts in ratings. Due to him no longer having a job, he is desperately seeking more money especially since his kids have been taken away and he has to pay $50,000 a month in child support. Recently he has turned to making money on twitter, which as a celebrity tweeter with as many followers as he has could reach as much $1.8 million annually, simply using a free micro-blogging site as a medium. The media is largely responsible for the infamy of Charlie Sheen. Think of Charlie Photo purchased from Sheen as a giant pizza and every media outlet is trying to get a piece. Within a week of him being fired from the #1 sitcom in the nation, people are already getting increasingly tired of him. Did these journalistic franchises take all the pieces of pizza that Charlie had left? A man simply trying to replace his bad habits with others and on the brink of insanity (or maybe beyond the brink) became a pass for millions of dollars in revenue for news providers. His rants of trolls, Two and Half Men’s main writer and creator, his adult film actress, marijuana magazine model girlfriends and his never ending appetite for tiger blood became the meal ticket for publishers everywhere but it seems that he now is all used up. One could say that he is the author of his own demise and that he himself is a “troll” due to the fact that he doesn’t know when to stop, but when he went into rehab at the end of January, he didn’t ask for the news coverage. He had things to say that he thought the whole world needed to know and that replaced his addiction to cocaine-based substances with the attention of the world. Perhaps he thought the world was laughing with him. Recent photos of Charlie show that he has made some drastic improvement. He has been caught smiling more with his “Goddesses” wearing t-shirts made off of his infamous quotes.

*Quotations obtained from Sheen’s 20/20 interview

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appreciate the fact that they even have the opportunity to swim for exercise during school. Swimming is included in the physical education program and aims to encourage good exercising habits among high school students. Many would agree that swimming is a much more amusing form of exercise than running or stretching. Many students do already know how to swim and some are quite advanced, but for the ones that were never taught, swimming should be a learning experience.

Also, the school is not asking students to participate in swimming every day of every year of their high school careers. With swimming only every other day and for only one semester, the class has nearly come and gone before one can finish the Cooper. Regardless of complaints, swimming is a valuable opportunity. Students should learn to deal with wet hair for just a quarter of their freshman year, and actually enjoy the class. Who doesn’t love swimming in the summer? Swimming dur-


ing school is not much different. There are many ways to decrease the negative aspects of swimming as well. Students have the option to wear swim caps to prevent hair from becoming too wet, and strenuous days of activity are countered with days of fun games. Requiring swimming class benefits students and allows for an enjoyable class, meaningful exercise, and a good use of the school’s pool. There may be some negative aspects to this class, but these downsides are manageable.

Volume 86, Issue 5 Mar. 31, 2011 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: and Web site:

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Teachers show off crazy mustache styles to raise money for the Bison platform Copy by Jordan Purinton Typically throughout March, sports enthusiasts alike are raving about college hoops, and the esteemed “March Madness,” but at GFH, students and teachers are raving about “Mustache Madness.” What is Mustache Madness? Surely, walking through the hallways, the eye notices that teachers are sporting different variations of facial hair, but these wondrous whiskers are much more than just kicks and giggles. In 2008, several staff members from GFH came together and decided to raise money for a new podium by dying their mustaches different colors. Not participating last year, this installment of Mustache Madness is the second in its history. Throughout each teacher’s classes, they pass around a pledge sheet to the class. Students can opt to pledge money toward the teacher’s unique facial hair, or not, but most students do. The money that finds itself donated this year will go toward the repair of the Bison sculpture in main campus. In addition to receiving questionable looks about the hallway and pledges of support, the Mustache March participants will compile a poster containing each participant in this charade. History teacher Jerry Hopkins orchestrated this year’s installment of Mustache March, having over five teachers at GFH participate. As the Madness continues to ensue however Hopkins said, “It is a great addition to the month of March for a funny thing to benefit a good cause.” One of these teachers, Steve Grout, perhaps was the most creative in his mustache selection. Each

week, Grout’s mustache had varied from colors such as yellow, green, red and his personal favorite, purple. Sophomore Jennifer Steffani attends Grout’s sophomore honor’s English course she said this about his stellar ‘stache. “I think it is very funny to see Mr. Grout’s new look each week. You’re not sure what to expect, and the results are hilarious.” Grout’s outstanding color display gained him much more than funny looks and points. Totalling $223, Grout received more pledges than any participant in Mustache March. While many of the teachers sported these mustaches, one teacher opted not to get creative with his already stellar facial hair. Phil Davis, a math instructor is already known for his admirable mustache and his even more admirable wit, but it came as a shock for some students when they found out about his lack of participation. Sophomore Dylan Conger was one of the few to voice his opinion on this matter. “I believe that while he already has a grand mustache, he could have made it that much more great by participating in Mustache March.” Davis on the other hand, was willing to be questioned about the matter. He said, “ There is no way that I could do something that I’m already doing because it’s already done. All of those people went out of their way to do it, I already have a mustache.” All in all, over $600 was pledged toward the daring teachers who took their mustaches to the next level which should be more than enough to repair the Bison sculpture.

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LIFT-A-THON Weight lifting football players pump iron for new equipment Copy by Nate Bianco lifting skills, but also a chance to bond with teammates in the future football season. Lifting is a great way to develop a partnership between players and have more players turnout for next year. Student and freshman football player John Remy agreed. “There is always an intense atmosphere, and it’s easy to push yourself in there.” Another football player, Chance Coombs said, “Nobody gets to slack off in the weight room. If someone does, they will know it.” During the Lift-a-thon every player pushes himself to get new records with intensity. With chalk flying, heavy weights and sweat, intensity barely describes what the lift-a-thon represents. It is just another thing that makes Great Falls High a place of tradition and

hard work. Please help out the team by making pledges to any of the lifters who present you with their lift-a-thon packet. Anyone can either make a flat donation of any price of make a amount of money per pound lifted in the event. If a player is very strong, it’s best advised to make a flat donation of a small amount of money. However, if a person makes a flat donation of $10, then a raffle ticket is put in the drawing to see who gets the prize of half a beef and the recognition that the competitor is one of the stronger athletes. Head football coach Matt Krahe believes in the hard work. “The goal is to get enough players in there and raise enough money for the program next year.”

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Strength. Definitely, this word can be synonymous football players. During the week of March 28 to April 1, the annual Lift-athon will take place in the GFH weight room to raise money for equipment in the weight room, and also for the football team. Pledges are made to lifters in cents per pound or a flat donation to the total amount of weight lifted in the bench press, squat and power clean. The goal is for every lifter to get as many pledges as possible so money flows in to the football program. No need to be intimidated either, it doesn’t mean the strongest players are the only ones who can participate, everyone should participate and have fun doing so. Not only is the Lift-a-thon a great chance to show off your

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RESEARCH TIME used as teachers’ first choice to check student essays Pulitzer Prize in 2002, the top honor for a journalist. Sophomore Jane Doe (wishing to remain anonymous) a student at GFH, admitted to using internet sources to write parts of essays and sometimes even entire assignments. “When the stress of my school work becomes too much, I often will log onto Google and copy and paste the info into a word document and use it as my own.” Doe has said however, that, “It is difficult nowadays to get by doing this, now that teachers are requiring work cited pages. They can search the information and see if I copied it all.” Included in a typical essay, students will often find themselves typing up a works cited page. Citing one’s work commonly takes thorough preparation and painstaking effort. While the teachers might be able to cross reference the information and check for plagiarism that way, this method usually takes a lot of time and is not recommended for a large classroom. All is not lost however when it comes to rooting out the culprits of plagiarism. The advancement of technology has morphed into an easy way out for students looking to accomplish school work with little effort. Yet as the world advances and technology ventures forth, perhaps an answer has been unveiled to root out plagiarism once and

for all. Ironically, this answer lies within a web site other than Google. is an online database where plagiarism can be checked for and identified. How does it work? Say a student is given an assignment to upload to Turnitin. com. Once they are finished typing a word document, they can upload it to the specific class they are in through As their work uploads, the program will check and source every bit of information on the web. If any fragments or sentences match what the program finds, then it shows up highlighted and the teacher can see this. Grade reductions are often the result of these findings. Rachel Bohannon, English teacher at GFH, takes advantage of this web site saying, “It goes beyond checking for plagiarism in a certain class. It can check for plagiarism in classes of different periods.” In fact, Bohannon also said, that one of her students copied an entire essay from a peer and used it for another. saw this and allowed Bohannon to make note of this while grading. Grout makes use of in his classroom often and has a very definite opinion on the matter. “Turnitin. com is a helpful tool that allows students to understand that intellectual theft is a crime.”


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CMR library loses many books to start media center Copy by Shandon Bilbrey On the other side of the river, Charles M. Russell High School has made drastic changes in their library; turning the library into a modern day media center. In addition to all of the advances and takeover of technology in every day life, CMR is changing their library into a multi-purpose media center. At the start of this year CMR threw out 10,000 books to free up space for new furniture, and more space for relaxing and taking a break on the free hours during school. With the loss of a huge number of books, the old classics, aged textbooks and resource books will be presented to other less fortunate schools to have the opportunity to stock more books and variety in their library. According to the CMR Stampede, Amy Borger, head of the plan behind the new media center and media specialist at CMR supports her opinion on the renovated media center, “We want to make this a warm inviting place for

students. It should be the living room of the school.” Borger also says, “We really don’t want to be the stereotypical library, more like a Barnes & Noble kind of feel.“ The new media center sure does change the feel of a standard library and with the more furniture, the newly renovated media center, will feel more or less like a modern day bookstore. Also, with new furniture more students will end up migrating into the media center to grab a book from the shelf and sit down and take a break from the hassles and stresses of school. Even though research shows that using a Kindle, iPad or even a computer to read an eBook has less strain on the eyes, most books, especially the classics haven’t made their way to the mobile bookstores and libraries are the only source of finding and reading these classics. On the same note most students do not have iPad or Kindle and reaching a library for a new read is important to



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It is when a person copies an article or sentence from a different author or from someone who had actually said it.

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Taking the words that didn’t come from my own brain and writing them down. It’s rude and not nice. Never forget to cite your work.

It is when someone steals my awesome random quotes and says that these are theirs. So wrong of them to do.

Copy by Jordan Purinton A huge part of student’s school career often involves a plethora of writing. With the advancement of technology in the past decade, books and other resources have become inadequate. The old copy and paste routine commonly finds itself onto the workings of today’s writing classes. To the common eye, plagiarism might not be easily identified by a teacher. Instructors may not even realize that much of the work they receive is actually word for word copies of Internet sources. Steve Grout, an English and vocabulary teacher at GFH personally has experienced plagiarism firsthand. He said, “Plagiarism has always been a problem throughout college and high school.” A study shown by the psychological record unveiled that 36 percent of college undergraduates admitted to plagiarizing materials written by others. Nowadays, plagiarizing is as easy as typing in to search for the information the writer seeks, finding thousands of links and databases of information at one’s fingertips. In fact, plagiarism recently has surfaced in the news. “The Washington Post” suspended Sari Horwitz for copying an entire article and publishing it as her own. Horwitz is not just an average Joe from the street; she had won a


fulfilling their reading needs. “It is not necessary to use the little money our school has to throw books away and replace with furniture just for new media center,“ said sophomore Austin Petrie. Fred Anderson has disagreed with decision of CMR’s media staff by saying, “As technology advances and changes, the events will change everyday life with the use of technology, but one thing that will never change is books being replaced with technology from the original classic hard copy books.” The second book in the Hunger Games trilogy. After winning the 74th Hunger Games, (in which the rules state that to win you, must be the last person alive to win,) in the previous novel, Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark return home to District 12 in the fictional country of Panem. On the day that they are to start a “victory tour” of the country, she is visited by President Snow, the president of Panem. President Snow is angry at her for threatening to commit suicide with Peeta at the end of the Hunger Games, which permitted them both to win and is creating whispers of rebellion and tells her to tell people that it wasn’t an act of rebellion on their victory tour.



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Just a Bunch of Fools

Theater department’s cast and crew work to perform the season’s first comedic play Copy by Sara Moltzan Imagine living in a world where everyone is completely moronic and can’t manage to do even the simplest of tasks correctly. Suddenly a schoolmaster appears and explains an easier way to live. The only problem—there is a curse of stupidity over the town causing everyone to remain idiotic. Another complication—only one day remains before everyone in the town will be incompetent for the rest of their lives. In essence, this is what life is like in a small town in Ukraine named Kulynchikov, the setting for Great Falls High School’s spring play “Fools.” Leon, a highly educated schoolmaster, goes to the small town of Kulynchikov to teach Doctor Zubritsky’s daughter, Sophia. While Leon is working with Sophia, he encounters a bigger problem than her education, or lack thereof. He begins to fall in love with Sophia. Sophia Zubritsky then sets out to break the curse placed on the town. To do this, she has to marry somebody from the royal blood line in less than one day. Fortunately, Leon is there to convince the town of Kulynchikov that he is royalty and that he will marry Sophia. Krystina Thiel, the play’s director, said, “This is the perfect spring play because it is filled with silliness.” As a reference to the moronic lifestyle of the town freshman Ariel Bonilla provided an example of her character, Yencha the vendor. Bonilla said, “I have an upside down cow and flowers which double as both a fish and an umbrella.” This example resembles just how unusual the play can be. “It’s really exciting to see people bring out their funny side,” said Thiel. “The play will make you laugh at one time or another.”

“The play is really funny and a great change of pace from the regular plays,” said junior Christian Mu who plays Doctor Zubritsky. Junior Austin Luckett, who plays Leon the school master, said, “I hope everyone comes to the show because it will be lots of fun. It’s going well; it’s a fun show.” Freshman Rory Okes, who plays Mishkin the postman, said, “It’s very amusing.” Okes also said, “Rehearsals can be very fun or very crazy.” Rehearsals, which started at the end of February, are one of the struggles “Fools” has encountered. Thiel said, “Our basic struggles are having availability of the stage. Everything else seems to have priority over us.” Another problem occurred when the person who was originally assigned the role of the Magistrate was removed from the role for missing too many rehearsals. As a result, sophomore Hannah Rausch auditioned and received the role of Magistrate. “It didn’t really throw us into a panic, because it was early enough to catch, but it was an inconvenience,” Thiel said. Additionally, sophomore Kirsten Hansen and Bonilla are sharing the role of Yencha the vendor, and this has caused some slight confusion. “Our cast is very talented and works well together which doesn’t always happen,” Thiel said. She explained that this is especially important. “Comedy is much more difficult to perform because it takes a lot of timing and imagery to perform correctly.” However, these issues will not be noticeable on the opening night, Mar. 31, because the cast of “Fools” has put a lot of effort into making this play successful.

THREE FOOLS AND A TEACHER Juniors Austin Luckett, Christian Mu and Alexa Sturdevant, along with senior Tanya Smith rehearse “Fools” after school. Luckett plays a school teacher who is hired to teach the Zubritsky’s (Mu and Sturdevant) daughter (Smith), who hopes to break a 200-year-old curse. Photo by Seth Simonich

Putting her Heart into Learning

Student Director Annie Hardt plans her future in theater and drama education Copy by Jillian Wiggers

From 4th grade to a senior in high school, Annie Hardt has not only shown her amazing acting skills, she has even done acting along the side. The chance to direct is great training for Hardt because she wants to pursue the career of teaching theater when she graduates from high school. “Annie has a great vision when it comes to taking a play from page to stage,” said Krystina Thiel Smalley, the theater teacher at Great Falls High. Smalley met Hardt through Pretty One Productions when Hardt was only in 4th or 5th grade. Hardt has been going

strong with the theater department at school and with classes at Pretty One Performing Arts School ever since. She teaches musical theater and is codirecting “The Jungle Book,” a show that is being produced at Pretty One in April. Not only does she love to direct and act, she helps out with the costume designing and doing the make-up for the actors. She keeps people in line, but at the same time she is a fun and “bubbly” person to be around. “She is always happy and is a really fun person to work with,” said freshman Kirsten Kreutz. Of the people that she has interacted with, all say she is fun to work with, and she gives very good advice about acting. “She is always good at giving acting advice,” said freshman Ariel Bonilla. “She has positive energy that is very infectious.” said Smalley.

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The hit game ‘Pokemon’ returns with a new installment Copy by Jordan Purinton

A new installation in the “Pokemon” franchise finally has come to America after a long awaited port from its Japanese version. “Pokemon: Black and White” was released on Mar. 6 and has brought some brand new features to the table for its dedicated fans. Starting out in the small town of Nuvema, the player is introduced to his or her best friends, Cherren and Bianca. Saying that your player has received a gift from Professor Juniper, which are the Pokemon you start out with. There are three options to choose from when starting. A player can choose either Snivy, Tepig or Oshawott.

Sophomore Seth Simonich has played this game avidly so far saying, “The new rotation battles are specifically enjoyable also with the new pokedex that is included in the game.” Introducing a new 3D style of gameplay, many fans are enjoying its utilization of this approach. Many of the cities encountered in the game are lush and enriched compared to the previous titles. Unlike previous games which were based from Japanese cities, the region Unova, is modeled after NYC, and it includes a bridge modeled after the Brooklyn Bridge. Overall, this game is a refreshing new take on one of the most popular series ever.

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MIOSM musicians collaborate across Great Falls Copy by Austin Mu The month of March is back with another incredibly musical performance set list. Among the band and orchestra tours taking place throughout the weeks, Great Falls High School and other schools will be attending the Music In Our Schools Month festival, also known as MIOSM. Under the authorization of GFPS Supervisor of Music Education, Ed Varner, the featured choirs, orchestras, and bands throughout the city’s public schools could be heard at either the civic center or a hosting school. On Feb. 24, among the many groups, GFHS Delphian choir sang ecstatic pieces that put the audience into quiet admiration. “This was one of the best MIOSMS we’ve had. The middle school students even did good. Delphian sang difficult songs but did very well. I’m looking forward to next year, but I really need more boys to join,” said Brent Volf, one of the two choir instructors at the school. Along with 6th grade and middle school students, the GFHS orchestras performed several pieces on March 17, wowing the audience and establishing a firm grip on the music of world. “The concert went very well. It was exciting for the middle school students because we got to make it seem closer and more real. They were very excited and so were the older kids. I especially liked playing for the middle school kids and watching their excitement because they were getting the whole experience learned to play well as a group. This concert shows us where we’re at and it gets us ready for the upcoming concerts with new perspectives from top Chamber Orchestras” said Ruth Johnson, the string orchestra instructor. In the week following, the bands throughout Great Falls were found demonstrating the foreign language of music on Mar. 20. Dusty Molyneaux, the band director of at GFHS was reluctant to see an incredible collaboration of music, “All bands played well from top to bottom. Even the 6th graders and middle schoolers sounded good.” In the band performance, 6th grade students from around the city played several entertainingly strange songs, with one featuring a bike horn. “It was a good example of a quality music program in Great Falls. I thought that Great Falls High School played very well, outstanding, actually. Apparently the crowd did too. I had many people come up to me after the show telling me how great of a job they did,” said Molyneaux.`

PRACTICING THEIR ROUTINE Junior Jacob Strauss practiced his cello along with the rest of the Chamber Orchestra. Orchestra students from GFH, CMR, East Middle School and North Middle School played a variation of songs. MIOSM BRINGS GREAT FALLS TOGETHER Students throughout Great Falls came together on Mar. 17 to showcase their talents for a house packed full of more than 200 people. Orchestra teacher Ruth Johnson directed the Great Falls High Chamber Orchestra, along with her husband Gordon Johnson, the conductor for the Great Falls Symphony. Photos by Jordan Purinton

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‘Angry Birds’ may soon become more than a game to pass time Copy by Shandon Bilbrey Number one paid application in 67 countries, Rovio Mobile’s application Angry Birds is teaming up with 20th Century Fox to create an animated film. The movie named Angry Birds Rio, is a first of its kind application made into a movie. Twentieth Century Fox is sending out Angry Birds Rio to theaters worldwide on April 15, 2011. From the makers of the hit movie series, Ice Age, Angry Birds Rio is a comedy adventure about a Macaw named Blu who never learned how to fly. Domesticated Macaw, Blu lives in Moose Lake, Minnesota with his owner and best friend Linda. Blu and Linda believe that Blu is the last Macaw of his kind but learns about another in Rio de Janeiro. Blu is on the search for another Macaw that lives in Rio de Janeiro named Jewel. After Blu arrives in Rio de Janeiro and meets Jewel they are kidnapped by a group of animal smugglers. The female Macaw Jewel uses her street intelligence to round up a group smooth talking birds to get Blu free of capture. With his new best friends, Blu is determined to learn to fly and baffle the kidnappers who are on his trail and return to his home in

Moose Lake, Minnesota and meet up with his best friend, Linda. In “Angry Birds Rio,” the original birds from Angry Birds are captured and taken to Rio de Janeiro and eventually escape the animal smugglers and save their Macaw friends Blu and Jewel. The application making the movie possible, Angry Birds will release 45 levels dedicated to the movie Angry Birds Rio and will regularly add more levels through app updates via app stores. Angry Birds has expanded their once small app to becoming the worlds most popular application on iPods, iPhones, iPads and Android platforms. They have expanded their mobile application to being available on PC and Mac platforms and soon to be released as an application on the popular social networking site Facebook. With our world changing from the advancing technology it is no surprise that a simple app from the app store on iPods and iPhones to develop into a multi platform interactive video game and presently a animated film. Make sure to check out the first of its kind, app made into a animated movie, “Angry Birds Rio.”

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10 Editor Katherine Leonard School rugby team in the works Copy by Deb Morgan A new sport seems to be upcoming in Great Falls High. Last week there was an announcement for a rugby meeting being held in south campus. It was later found out that there is a small group of freshman that took interest in the sport. One of the main student leaders is Sarah Torres quoted, “ I always wanted to play and so did some of my friends, we started talking to some people and it snowballed into this. It is a co-ed league open to students of all grades and schools. We really just want people to join.” Currently Mrs. Hall’s two daughters are huge gusts for the team. Both of them play for the University of Montana Rugby team and when they found out GFHS wanted to start a team they were excited to get in and help out. They will be attending the practices as coaches and hope to do everything they can to help . There was a meeting last week, but it still is not too late to join if you are still interested. They will have another meeting this week the time and place will be in the announcements and their first practice is at Challen Park on March 22nd. The meeting and practice are for anyone who is interested, and if anyone would like to know more about the sport first hand, they will begin team fundraising to attend two college games in the near future for anyone who would like to attend.


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Rebounds for the Rescue Mission Faculty pulls off a suprise victory, beating the Senior students by a score of 53–29 Copy by Ada Kelly It’s not often seniors get to take out their four years of pent up aggression on the Great Falls High faculty. Wednesday March 23, faculty and seniors got together and played a game of basketball to raise funds for the Rescue Mission.The charitable event was part of the student government’s community service for the year. The students and staff sported shirts with Rebounds for the Rescue Mission across the front. Kathy Jackson said, “Student council chose to raise money for the Rescue Mission because we choose a different place to donate to every year. This year the Rescue Mission just happened to come to mind, and we decided to raise food and money for them.” A total of $508 was raised and hundreds of pounds of food were collected. Jackson said that most of the event was organized by English teachers Christine Baroch and Jerry Hopkins. The Great Falls Rescue Mission is located downtown in a newly renovated building at 317 2nd Avenue South. Its mission statement states it is a nonprofit Christian organization committed to caring for the hungry, hurting, and homeless of North Central Montana. The Rescue Mission believes that “lives can be changed by actively demonstrating and sharing the love of Christ and meeting a person’s spiritual, physical, emotional and social needs.” In addition to charitable donations, the organization provides opportunities to volunteer. For example, volunteers cook and serve Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, orchestrate a children’s Easter egg hunt, Good Friday dinner at Easter time and a back to school rally in August distributing school supplies to the needy. According to its website,, in February of 2011, it served 5,273 meals and provided shelter to an average of 84 people per night. The typical Rescue Mission client is no longer a single, homeless man. Today’s typical client arrives with family members, mothers with children, husbands with wives. To meet these changing needs, the organization built a family shelter and provides youth activities and ministries for all those in need. The seniors came into the game hoping to repeat last year’s victory over the staff. Much to their dismay, the faculty crushed their hopes and beat them 53–29. The

game started with Taylor Hronek, Alex Wermling, Spenser Hortic and Karch Lockerby for the seniors and Chad Getten, Kevin Kolve, Geoffry Habel, Kathleen Howard, and Dawn Dengel representing the faculty. There was a lot of action out on the floor with most players contributing to the score board. In addition to the baskets made, elbows flew and tension filled the air. At one point, Mrs. Howard was laid out on the floor, but this MSU Hall of Fame player got up and proved she could take the heat. Everyone on both teams showed an equal amount of great

REBOUNDS FOR A CAUSE History Teacher Sean Donelly picks up a rebound in the Student/ Faculty Basketball game. Photo Jordan Purinton enthusiasm and competitive sportsmanship. The basketball game not only brought in a lot of canned food and money for the Mission, but it also stirred up much trash-talk among students and staff all week. Although the seniors lost, Taylor Hronek still maintains a confident outlook, “It was really fun. I wasn’t intimidated when playing against the teachers because I could drain threes in their eyes all day long if I wanted.” On the other side, Getten said, “Coming off of Warfair and CRTs, (the game) was a nice break and there was a good sized crowd there that made it even better. The best part by far was the band. It was so loud and exciting.” Getten was the coach last year and staff lost. This year he decided to play and help his team with his basketball skills. No students or teachers expressed any nervousness, they all appeared very confident in their skills and abilities. The senior vs. faculty basketball game is a tradition that most members of Great Falls High hope to keep alive. The game was played years ago but somehow ended. Last year was the rebirth of one of the many traditions here at Great Falls High and will hopefully be upheld for years to come.




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Mar. 31, 2011

New coach a ‘match’-made in heaven

Hit Freshman Laura Gilligan started playing tennis three summers ago and now plays for the GFH. Gilligan said, “ I am very optimistic about the talent that the team has this year because the varsity players have loads of experience.” Photo by Jillian Wiggers

Copy by Rusty Kopeikin Another coach enters the Great Falls High sporting ring. GFHs’ new tennis coach, Annie Simkins, is also new to the school district teaching government. Simkins’ main goal this season is to build relationships with her players and an understanding of them. Also, to help them better their playing in upcoming games and tournaments. “Just have fun, that’s the point.” said Simkins about her outlook on tennis and this coming season. “This should be a fun season with all the new players,” said senior Shawn Polk. With close to 45 players this year and easily half of them just starting the tennis team will make the adjustment to the new coach’s style a bit more easy. “I haven’t been playing that long; I’m just looking for experience this year,” said freshman Kyler Clifton about his transition into tennis. Practices start with running, and then, players stretch their arms and play a “mini” game. After that, they branch off into groups and practice a specific technique. “One group will work on serves, and another group will

work on playing the net. Then they switch.” said Simkins about practice. Then the team plays against one another utilizing techniques learned earlier in practice. Practices like this are followed every day to insure that when GFH plays against Helena Capital and Helena High on April 1 in CMRs’ courts, they will do well. Soon after this first dual tournament, they head to Kalispell to play against Glacier and Flathead at the Community College. Playing against Helena High will be interesting for Simkins considering her former coach, Lance Bouchee, is now coaching for Helena High. Simkins and Bouchee both have similar views of tennis, but hopefully, the student will teach the teacher. “Our team is based on precision and ball placement,” said Simkins who also thinks that Bouchee will come off with power trying to offset the teams’ ability to be precise. “I think were going to have a good season. Our new coach is fun and she fits in fine,” said senior Karch Lockerby. Polk agreed, “She’s a good person for the job.”

Taking and Making their Mark this Season

Speed, strength, endurance provides potential upcoming season’s success

Copy by Michael Toppen As spring approches, athletes ready themselves for the sports that come with it. Tennis and softball join the athletic lineup, but one sport stands above the rest in its diversity, and that is the track and field season. Track, unlike any other prep sport, encompasses many athletic activities grouped into one: relays, javelin and discus. It gives athletes with different skill an opportunity to succeed. Rumors had floated around that there weren’t going to be tryouts for individuals to be on the track and field team. This turned out to be true to an extent because the first meet will determine who makes varsity team and who makes junior varsity. The first meet of the season for GFH is April 1-2, against Billings Skyview and Helena. Both players and coaches are looking optimistically for the upcoming season. Coach Dan Brady said “We’re pretty solid teams, both boys and girls. We have a very good team of seniors, and we should do well overall.” Athletes have many reasons for joining the track team, as the diversity of the sport offers many chances for

different kinds of athletes to compete. The training allows them to harness their skills through both team training and training specific to each individual’s event. Coach Bob Stingly said “The team starts warming up with the entire team and doing running stretches including skipping, stretching, marching and short runs. The atheletes then divide into their respective events and train more specificly with coaches.” Multiple coaches will work with about 40 to 50 people who are going out for track. Many athletes say it is a great way to make friends as well. Junior Dan Klinger said, “Track is pretty fun for anyone who is intersted in many kinds of activities. It is a great way to meet friends and have a good time.” The team travels as close as the homefield of Memorial Stadium and as far away as Kalispell. These journeys offer atheletes chances to test their mettle against different opponents. Freshmen Devin Vaughan said, “I like the competition, traveling, and meeting new people. I just love to run.” The season runs from April 1 to May 28.

Streaching it out Senior long jumper, Michelle Fagenstrom, sits on the track next to the sand pit and goes through her daily routine of streaches before she runs the jumping strip. “I like track because it helps me push myself to improve.” Fagenstrom said. Photo By Kyler Nathe

In the Midst of March Madness NCAA teams surprise fans and U.S. President with wins,losses

Copy by Rusty Kopeikin Not even the U.S. President can predict the outcome of this year’s heated March Madness tournament. Eleventh seeded Virginia Commonwealth University upset number one seeded Kansas 71 to 61 on Sat., Mar. 26. President Barack Obama had predicted that Kansas would go all the way. He and most of America couldn’t have predicted this surprising ultimate Final Four. The trip to this weekend’s match-ups has been a bumpy ride, especially for the top seeds. The first big upset in the NCAA March Madness tournament occurred last Thursday when 13th seed Morehead State University beat 4th seed Louisville with a last second three pointer for a final score of 62–61.Brigham Young University, then

managed to pull off a victory even in the absence of one of their top re-bounders, sophomore Brandon Davies. BYU took on Wofford University and with 32 points from Jimmer Fredette, one of the league’s top scorers, won 74–66. Pittsburgh found themselves in an uproar losing by only one point, 71-70, to eighth seeded Butler Bulldogs. Later, second seed Duke would lose to the 5th seed Arizona Wildcats. Dukes’ almost perfect season came to an end with a 93 to 77. With all the events leading to this unexcpected final four, the championship will give the lucky underdog a time to shine.

Shoot VCU guard Ed Nixon (50) takes a shot as Kansas guard Josh Selby (32) and Kansas forward Thomas Robinson (0) defended during second-half action. Photo purchased from

Editor Katherine Leonard


Mar. 31, 2011



Exchanged Changes He will stay in America and attend GFH next year. She likes America’s more laid back environment. Photo by Katherine Leonard

Class He works in the library computer lab for her Junior English class. She is involved school activities such as choir and a dance Connections class. He says living in America has made her feel more confident and mature. Photo by Jordan Purinton

I did not know anyone on my first day, and I was very nervous. However, I was not terrified. I made this choice myself.”

Day by day, you wake up in the morning and go about your normal routine. Going to your normal bathroom, taking a normal shower and probably eating your normal breakfast. Afterwards, perhaps you get into your normal car, drive down the normal roads, and arrive at your normal school. Going to your normal classes and eating the same normal lunch, this sense of routine could truly stick to a person, making her blissfully unaware of the different possibilities throughout the world.

For junior Kathy He, however, her sense of routine dramatically altered. He made the decision to become a foreign exchange student, moving from Shunde, China, for a change in routine. Leaving China for He was an emotionally difficult task to undergo. She said, “We left on Aug. 10 early in the morning. We spent the day together and went to an ice cream store, but when I had to leave, I was very nervous and we were all crying.” Even so, when He arrived in Great Falls and met her family, she said she felt very welcomed. The first thing He said she noticed was the difference in getting places. “Transportation is not very convenient here in Montana compared to China because hailing a cab won’t often yield much attention in Montana.” On her first day attending GFH, He said, “I did not know anyone on my first day, and I was very nervous. However, I was not terrified. I made this choice myself. I wanted to make friends.” Since starting school, He really has found her niche, involving herself in choir and a Connections period revolving around dancing. He has always been a fan of music and culture since she was a small child. Often in China, He would rent out rooms for Karaoke and sing songs with her friends. As part of her choir class, He and other students traveled to Highgate Senior Living to contribute a little bit of Christmas cheer to the senior citizens. Singing classics such as “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” “Silent Night” and others, was truly a touching experience for He. “I really enjoyed that, and to me it is very special because I think now I don’t have any ability to contribute my financing. But instead of sharing with money, I like that I can share with song and spread the warmth of Christmas to those living there.” He will attend GFH next year, looking to seek a career as a Business Manager. Staying in America was her choice because she, “Hates tradition.” Feeling as though America has a more laid back environment. He said, “Since I have come here, I feel that I have become much more confident in myself since coming here. I was very immature in China and feel as though I have matured as a person and become more talkable.” Copy by Jordan Purinton

Sing He sings with her choir class earlier this year. She especially enjoyed spreading holiday cheer with her choir class. Photo by Jordan Purinton

INIWA issue 5  

INIWA issue 5

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