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What the (f )unction?
Volume 87, Issue 6 May 16, 2012
Students discuss the relevancy of math courses and how they plan to use the information.
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A CHANGE OF
PLACE Students, staff, community enraged at admin transfers
by Sara Graybill District Office Building administrators informed the faculty at Great Falls High, North Middle School, CMR and East Middle School of administrative changes effective for the 2012-2013 school year. The changes surround six current GFPS administrators. Three Great Falls High administrators: Principal Dr. Fred Anderson and Associate Principals Beth Gerhardt and Paul Culbertson are slated to switch places with Jane Gregoire, principal at North; Julie Tramelli, Associate Principal at Photo by David Ashby CMR; and Brad Barringer, Associate DEDICATED ALUMNI Former student David Cerotzke receives an applause after giving a speech at the recent school board meeting on Principal at East, respectively. May 14. Cerotzke has been dominant in leading the charge to get some answers from the DOB as to the reasoning for their decision. The sudden changes is for no one to speak against it. Someone had to, and I am glad announcement that he would be involved in a “secondary created a stir in the we did en masse.” Said senior Donovan Dennis. Dennis spoke school shift.” To Anderson the news came as a “combination communities at at the meeting about what he sees as corruption in the district. of shock and sadness.” For the past ten years GFH has been the schools and After hearing accusations of corruption Assistant Super Dr. Anderson’s home, “I viewed GFH as a calling, it’s something throughout the Intendant, Tom Moore said “some factors involved in making bigger than me, it is truly the bison family” said Dr. Anderson. community. At the decision would spur debate. Dr. Anderson’s silence could “It’s really sad to see Dr. Anderson leaving especially under the May 14 board be interpreted [as if the district were corrupt], but there is no these circumstances. We aren’t just losing a principal but also a meeting eleven corruption.” dear friend and the biggest supporter of GFH and its students” speakers voiced “It’s unfair to send someone with [Dr. Anderson’s] said senior Meghan Semmens. their concerns, qualifications and experience down to the middle school level Jane Gregoire said “I was very surprised and also excited students and at the end of his career just to create ‘change,’ It also seems at the challenge” when asked about beginning to run a AA high parents spoke like our school is being unfairly targeted by having three of our school. Gregoire did not find out she would be transferred until out about the administration leave.” Said senior Jacob Strauss. the day before the rest of the faculty. She called the move changes. “Dr. A predominant reason for the changes remains unclear. “bittersweet” explaining “any transition has both challenges Anderson is a Administrators for the district explain the changes as a sharing and rewards.” long-standing of talents to move closer to goals of the district. Super Intendant Gregoire said in response to her ability to align with the tradition and Dr. Cheryl Crawley explains this change as a team building district’s vision for academies, “You have to start small and GFH, one we have exercise as “it develops teams very well” said Crawley. grow.” Gregoire has been on the C3 academy committee from been accustomed Moore said a lot of thought and consideration went into the beginning. She says there are many ways it could become a to having as a making these decisions. “We felt it was time at Great Falls good system. “There are many models to work from and tweak.” student advocate. High School to change that many administrators, based on the However, she said, “There must always be room in mind for The lack of decisions and outcomes of the team as well as their individual change and the program may or may not work.” answers from the strengths” Moore said. However Moore does admit “We don’t Gregoire has had a long relationship with GFH, she district is a slam do this often, I realized this would be somewhat of a shock.” graduated from GFH and spent time at GFH as an educator. on his reputation and Students, staff, and the administrators themselves all attest She hopes to build relationships and honor traditions at GFH. service to this district. I these changes did come as a surprise. “Change is hard, but also a tremendous opportunity. We’ll have spoke out because all that is Dr. Anderson heard from Moore the day before the fun,” Gregoire said. necessary for evil to triumph
Competitive student council race results in new leadership for students by Austin Mu “I have ideas to change the Freshman involvement and make The results are in and the new student council them more comfortable,” said Jernigan. “I plan on visiting East to representatives have been designated. talk to the 8th graders and tell them that high school is not what Jordan Jernigan will represent the student body as class they think, and make them less nervous.” president with Vice President Charli Sullivan, Secretary Emily Each member has different ideas to bring to the table, but they Hatler, and Treasurer Jackie Santin completing the assembly of all agree that more student involvement is essential for improving governmental youth. the school. Secretary Hatler believes that the group just needs to Due to the little campaigning and informing of the runner’s keep progressing, and avoid “kicking a dead horse.” motives, a number of students have felt as if the whole process Vice President Sullivan wishes to see more people attend the was little more than an opportunity for the representatives to largely disrespected connections time and “actually connect.” get a little attention or make social decisions like choosing the “A huge part of our cause is to get more kids to want to come to Homecoming theme and prom themes. Among those concerned is school and bring them to life,” said Sullivan. Junior Colt Tronson, who wishes that “future classes choose their Other plans include encouraging upperclassmen to unite with student council members based on what they will do for everyone underclassmen, making the school more comfortable for new/ as a majority.” He was one of the many who regarded this last incoming students, and continuing the awesome progress of the Photo by Jordan Purinton election as nothing more than a “popularity contest”. GFHS food pantry that this year’s council has managed to establish. Despite the bad wrap, Jernigan wishes to stay positive and NEW LEADERSHIP Student BodyOfficers for next school year Not only will the student council be working to increase more endure the coming year with an optimistic approach. (Jackie Santin, Emily Hatler, Charli Sullivan, Jordan Jernigan) club/sport participation, but they will majorly influence how the “I think the stereotype drops when we start doing something.” student body handles the transition of principles. “Dr. Anderson So what exactly does the STUCO organization wish to accomplish in the following year? treated everyone the same and a lot of people are going to miss him.”
President Matt Wyman Vice–President Marina Larocque Secretary McCall Voy Treasurer Marissa Lencioni
President Cooper Johnson Vice–President Taylor Kumm Secretary Ariana Newton Treasurer Alex Dea
President Molly Crum Vice–President Callee Remsen Secretary McKinzie Horton Treasurer Mary McDunn
May 16, 2012
Grant creates innovative opportunities
Striving Readers’ program assists students to enhance reading abilities by Katie Rider Every student reads and comprehends at different paces, and the Striving Readers Grant targets every student, allowing them to learn at their pace in an environment with students who are at the same level as them. English teacher Dawn Dengel was one of the prominent figures who was involved in writing the grant. She said, “The goal is to improve literacy for all students, not only the students who need to move up to the appropriate reading ability, but to also provide the opportunity to students who can move up beyond the required reading proficiency.” The grant will improve students individual critical reading skills by teaching them in different tiers. Dengel explained, “There will be three different tiers, and the classes will have students that are all in the same tier. The first tier will include all the students who have reached the grade proficiency in reading (Benchmark), the second tier will be for the students that struggle in school (Strategic), and the third tier students will be for the students who have missed a very significant amount of school or students with learning disabilities. I also believe there will be a ‘fourth tier,’ and this will be for the students who go above and beyond the required reading skills.”
Another teacher involved in the grant is Psychology teacher Jana Mora. She believes the grant will apply the freshman to the rest of the school, and allow them to interact more with their upperclassman. She said, “Our goal is to still have the students who need support to have support in their Freshman year, but for other students to be exposed to their other high school peers, and to have role models in the upperclassman.” Being an underclassman is more than a little intimidating, but it is the students who make those connections with the upperclassman that have the best high school experiences. Mora said, “We want all of GFHS to become one big family. We hope this blending of upperclassmen and underclassmen will help with the slight discrimination toward freshman.” The goal is not only to have the underclassman respect the upperclassmen, but for the upperclassmen to also return that respect. Literacy is a concept that is to be spread throughout the whole curriculum at GFHS. This grant will support the new district requirement of more writing
across the board. Mora said, “We expect to see the literacy not just as a single program but something that is to be spread upon all of the courses.” The one question that is most significant in both the students and teachers mind is: How will the students be placed in the tiers? Dengel responded with, “We are using the ISIP computer testing,
historical grades, and other assessments. This will be data driven decision making.” The grant is set to help the Tier 2 students the most, and to move them gradually up to Tier 1. Dengel said, “This grant will mostly focus
and effect Tier 2 students. We hope to have students who were in Freshman strategic would then be in a benchmark English later in their high school career. We don’t want to keep students in strategic classes when they no longer need that strategic instruction.” Although it is strongly encouraged by the teachers to take the honors course that a student may qualify for, the option to take a regular course will never be taken away from them. In discussion led courses (such as history and English), most of the discussion centers around one or two students, and the rest of their class feeds off their energy. Dengel said, “There are a lot of different reasons as to why certain students do not talk during class. I don’t know what will happen when you take those more vocal out of those regular classes because I have no answer as to why those students don’t talk. As for the teacher, it is much easier to focus your energy on that one high energy student, and it will help if all those students were in a different class than the average students.” She hopes that the quieter students will take the opportunity and advance more in the discussion part of the course, even once the energetic student has been taken from the class.
Department establishes academy Scheduling dilemmas correspond with Med Prep
Photo by Khaudia Ray Sophomores Brooke Roady and Leilani Barr participate in palpating the popliteal artery during their Med Prep class. “Having to memorize pulse pressures and medical terms has been challenging and was hard to remember sometimes,” said Barr.
by Rusty Kopeikin With all of the commotion about the upcoming Med Prep Academy, many people assume it is well set up and planned. As it turns out, the academy is not really an academy as most students would view one. It is really just an issue of scheduling students that take certain classes, such as Med Prep and Honors Human Anatomy also known as Honors Biology 5–6. Students enrolled in these classes will automatically have their English and history teachers selected. The teachers involved will try to collaborate their lessons to emphasize medical and health aspects. “It’s all a scheduling issue,” said Med Prep teacher Shawn Ruff. In fact, it is just a scheduling issue, and students may not even realize they are part of the academy. It is a work in progress, “We don’t want to start out too big,” said associate principal Beth Gerhert who has set up most of the project. “We are hoping to attract students starting at the 9th grade,” she continued. “Students that start this process early will benefit more from it.” They are taking baby steps in the setup and execution of the academy. The English and history teachers that will be involved have not been chosen yet, and math will most likely not be incorporated. “Math is so individualized, it’s hard to incorporate it to a group,” said Gerhert. “Anyone who has ever looked over the
course catalog knows that the 15 different math courses offered at GFHS might make it difficult to collectively group students into a fitting math course.” “It’s a work in progress,” said Honors Biology 5–6 teacher Robert Truax. “We are still a little in the dark, and we are trying to shape this into something great for the students involved.” Moving slowly in the development precess may help the program do just that. “The course work shouldn’t change; it’s just a matter of how the teachers corollate the lessons and how they teach it,” said Ruff. Of course, with the two main administrators involved in the academy, Gerhert who is being moved to CMR High School and Paul Culberson who is being moved to East Middle School, many more questions will arise about what will become of it. “With the upcoming administrative changes, (the teachers involved) have been put more in the shadows,” said Truax. “We’re not sure who will replace Gerhert’s and Culbertson’s vision of the academy.” “I have no clue what’s going to happen now,” said Ruff, “It will be interesting to see how it works,” he continued. As Gerhert said, “We are still in the phase of starting this academy.” Truax is very positive about the future of the academy. He said, “Mr. Ruff and I won’t let it fail. It will all work out.”
Celebrate Responsibly Don’t Drink and Drive A message from the DUI County Task Force
May 16, 2012
Sexual harassment arises in variety of situations
by Shandon Bilbrey When it comes to hazing, harassment, intimidation, bullying and menacing, “Great Falls Public Schools have a policy of zero tolerance,” said associate principal Heather Hoyer. Harassment is defined as, “any act which subjects an individual or group to unwanted, abusive behavior of a nonverbal, verbal, written or physical nature, on the basis of age, race, religion, color, creed, national origin, sex, ancestry, disability or marital status,” according to 5226 Personnel of the Student Handbook. Also, under the Title IX of the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, the conduct of the sexual harassment, “must be sufficiently serious that it adversely affects a student’s ability to participate in or benefit from the school’s program.” “It is also important that schools do not overreact to behavior that does not rise to the level of sexual harassment,” according to Title IX of the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, meaning that school personnel need to acknowledge the age and maturity of students in responding to accusations of sexual harassment; such
as a high school athletic coach hugging a student who made a goal. “Any student who has been harassed is encouraged to talk to an adult they trust, such as a teacher, counselor, staff or principal,” said Hoyer. “The complaint and victim shall be timely notified of the fact of and the findings of the investigation and, as appropriate, that remedial action has been taken,” according to 5226 Personnel. After a student has made a complaint of being sexually harassed, depending on the stature of the individual causing the sexual harassment, can conclude in referral to law enforcement. Staff of the high school, “whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including dismissal,” according to 3226 Students of the Student Handbook. On the other hand, “Students whose behavior is found to be in violation of this policy will be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion,” according to 3226 students. To ensure a positive and productive learning environment, the school board, “strictly prohibits sexual harassment and shall not be tolerated in our building,” according to 5226 Personnel.
Viral videos dominate the Internet
by David Ashby Viral videos are everywhere nowadays with the power of E-mail, instant and text massaging, and social networking, a video can become viral within minutes of “going live”. Videos on the web are either a flop, or a huge boom, with everyone on the same medium, news travels fast, and if something is good, it is going to be talked about. With YouTube, the 2nd largest search engine on the web, having over 48 hours of videos uploaded
to it every minute, you know there is plenty on content to be watched. YouTube can be seen as a distraction from life, an easy way to get away from things, and just enjoy something, easily, from the comfort of one’s computer, however, if statistics are drawn as to the amount of time teenagers spend watching viral videos in the US, it can become quickly apparent that this time is wasted, as nothing is brought from the viewing of the video, and that it is a great amount of time being wasted. Junior Jordan Purinton said, “Viral videos are a large part of an average teenager’s life” The question you must ask yourselves is, are the few shorts laughs you may get from the viewing of these viral videos really worth the amount of time that you seem to just be wasting away?
Photo by David Ashby TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT Sexual harassment has become a large problem at schools. It has seemed as though some students do not know what can be classified as sexual harassment, and many may face the consequences from their lack of information.
Facebook enables organ donation as setting by Michael Gunderson The social networking site Facebook has served many purposes such as chatting with friends, posting pictures, and mainly just killing time. Now Facebook has taken it one step further by allowing users to become organ donors. However, donors still need to be officially registered with the state. One can currently add a plethora of personal beliefs and settings to one’s page. Among these are religious views, political views, job status, relationship status among many others. The main reason for Facebook to do this is to raise awareness in friends and family on Facebook,
The results of Facebook organdonations has increased online registries 1,300 percent and more than 100,000 users shared their status as registered donors on their profile page. So instead of just being used to pass the time, Facebook may be a way to save a life. To become an organ donor on Facebook, log on to Facebook and go to your Timeline and click on “Life Event” on the left hand side of the page. Then click on “Health & Wellness” and select “Organ Donor” and choose your privacy settings. If you’re not a registered donor, click the link to Donate Life America to sign up.
Youth Job Fair proves not as useful as possible by Sara Moltzan Under-whelming to say the least the Great Falls Youth Job Fair was held again this year at Paris Gibson Education Center. Throughout the event it was clearly implied that unless someone was over eighteen or wished to be enlisted into the Armed Forces that virtually none of the approximately twenty other businesses were even the slightest bit interested. A majority of Great Falls High School’s students found at the Job Fair were in fact Sophomores. “It was organized and they had a nice area that was set up well, but it had a limited selection” said Sophomore Kenton Evans, “there were only a couple jobs there to choose from.” The local businesses that attended
the Job Fair included: Shopko, Smiths, Golden Corral, Old Navy, Hardees, Sonic, Macaroni Grill and Little Caesar’s. Even these tributary businesses however were more inclined to favor the older patrons when recruiting despite the large group of 16-year-olds looking for employment. Those younger than 16 had more of a struggle, often being turned down. “I applied at a couple of places but they said no because I am not old enough“ said Evans. ”It would have been nice if [the job fair] had a wider selection [of businesses].” Regardless some of the attendees were very successful and did find employment. After the Job Fair, positions at Shopko, Sonic, Hardees and Little Caesar’s had been filled by the Job Fair attendees.
May 16, 2012
District administrators value their personal vision over widespread community sentiment After 10 years of impeccable leadership, Dr. Fred Anderson has been removed as the principal of Great Falls High School and relocated to North Middle School. As this news broke an aura of shock, confusion and sadness reverberated throughout the school, raising questions about not only how, but why this change happened. Through this action, the leaders on the hill have successfully displayed their obvious disconnect with reality. Without warning, without any sort of staff, student, parent or board input, the district office administration dropped this bombshell upon the Great Falls community, as they mindlessly stripped Great Falls High of its beloved principal. This monumental abuse of authority has garnered questions left and right as to what might be the reasoning for this decision. The purpose of this change, according to the powers that be, cites opportunities for “growth and change,” but anyone looking from the outside can recognize how faulty these claims are. One does not simply remove an award winning, highly looked upon by the community principal on the basis of his need for “professional growth.” According to the Tribune, the swap’s whole intent according to Superintendent Cheryl Crawley was “to give people the opportunity to work next to other people.” However it’s clear that this move was made on the grounds of some sort of personal connection within the district office building. Dr. Anderson has served as an administrator for 40 years. Thirty of those years have been as a high school principal. Not once has his employment been in a middle school setting. Suddenly, he’s moved to a middle school. The pieces just don’t add up. The only thing that truly needs “change” in this community are the names engraved upon the superintendent name plates. Walking the hallways of Great Falls High only further embodies the stark disapproval of these actions. Students are unhappy. and are assimilating by the hundreds to protest. In their attempt to radically reform Great Falls High, the superintendents have utterly severed themselves from the loop of educational consciousness. They have spat in the face of general disposition, weighing their own personal biases over the common good. In their attempt to be progressive, the leaders on the hill have alienated themselves from the community of Great Falls and Great Falls High School. This egregious measure also diminishes any chance of funding for the multiple projects this administration seeks to pursue. With the building restoration, academy programs, striving readers grant, writing across the curriculum and multiple other innovations to address student progress that require substantial amounts of money, the superintendents have essentially shot themselves in the foot. In this process, the superintendents have put the incoming Principal in an unfair position, as she won’t likely be received well by the students. We need not forget that Mrs. Gregoire is not at fault is this convoluted situation. It is essential we welcome her with open arms as she makes this difficult transition to a AA high school with such enduring traditions. We are above this autocratic leadership that the DOB is pushing, and above all, we must act civil in this transitonal period. We need to seek authority figures who actually advocate for the students and community whom they have chosen to represent. This alarmingly foolish decision has polarized a community, hurt students and the leaders on the hill could not be further disconnected from anything that resembles reality. We need to call upon for the resignation of the superintendents should this decision go through because Dr. Anderson and the APs actually stand for students, unlike Mr. Moore and Mrs. Crawley.
In principle, Dan Savage was correct, but he needs a more professional delivery
by Ada Kelly
Mr. Mario Davis
Rigid credit graduation requirements limit individual choice impacting future careers by Kate Rider We all have that one class. That class we have to drag ourselves to; the only incentive being the want to receive post-secondary training. The class is not relevant to a future career path, but it is still necessary to graduate. Whether it be those two painstaking years of gym (because I am clearly going to be playing lacrosse in the office) or those four grueling years of English), some of these classes just do not relate to the individual’s future career plans. Many would make the argument that many high school students do not have any idea what they will be doing in the future, but I fail to see many job paths where a person would need to diagram a sentence from “A Tale of Two Cities” or have to know 15 different ways to solve a quadratic equation. These classes should instead focus on the ways of applying the subject to future job paths, or allowing the student to use trial and error to find the area in which they would like to form a career in. Although these classes may be very enjoyable for many students, they should not be necessary for every student to take. They provide very
unenthusiastic students for teachers to have to deal with, and a very unenjoyable 55 minutes for the student. Every student has to take two surveys Freshman year that point them in the direction they should be researching for their future career path. They are, of course, still required to take all of the classes required to graduate, and many are not able to fit their desired electives into their schedule until Junior year. There will never be an easy solution for this age old problem. You can not simply trust every student to stay on one career path their whole high school career, yet it should not be required for the tunnelvisioned juniors and seniors to take all of their “irrelevant” classes. Colleges will never be lenient, which means that the high schools will constantly be trying to prepare their students for the unrealistic bar students before them have set. So, although extremely dismal, one will never change the mind of the District Office. We can only vent about our unfinished homework, our complete confusion on an insignificant subject and keep dragging our feet to the classroom.
The Question of the Month Are efforts highlighted in the Kony 2012 project as effective as media and the public have made it out to be?
“I was totally on board, but then, I discovered that only 30 percent of profits are donated to the actual cause. I’m still for helping out the children in Uganda, but I want to invest my money to actually help.” – Hannah Good, 10
Dan Savage’s speech at the JEA/NSPA Convention in Seattle, Washington caused an enormous uproar from the media when Christian schools listening to the speech walked out during his chastising of the Bible. With a sex advice column in the “Seattle Times,” founder of the program “It gets better” and host of the MTV show called “Savage U,” Savage has become a national celebrity. “It gets better” remains today one of the largest channels on YouTube. He has helped save the lives of thousands of gay individuals. Savage often casually uses vulgar lan-
guage and is not afraid to bluntly discuss topics relevant to his cause. I personally found Savage’s speech touching, and while it was extreme at some points, I agreed with the principle of what he was saying. Savage’s speech talked a great deal about his internationally known program, “It gets better.” It has reached out to children and young adults struggling with their sexuality. Many gays face the challenge of not only coming out to their peers, but also to their families. With the help of homosexuals all around the world, Savage has created a safe place
“It was a good cause, but the movement had lots of flaws. Unfortunately, it was too good to be true and donating money won’t make any person a social activist over night.” –Alex Dea, 10
for suffering young adults. The fact that a simple YouTube channel could go so far and mean so much to a struggling individual is amazing. At one point in his speech, Savage brought up the Bible. He said, “We can learn to ignore the bull s*** in the Bible the same way we have learned to ignore the Bible about shellfish, about slavery.” As he began speaking about the faults in the Bible, students from Christian schools walked out. Savage responded to their exit by calling them “pansy asses.” While I don’t necessarily disagree with him, Savage’s words
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5 Should students have an alternative escape from high school? OP-ED
May 16, 2012
GED thwarts the necessities provided by genuine high school diploma
Since the closure of Paris Gibson Middle School, the building has switched programs to providing an alternative to regular high school. In recent rates of students attending Great Falls High and now Paris Gibson Education Center, students have the choice to choose to follow the standard structure of the high school setting or switch gears to working at your own pace with the use of units. Many students have seen this rise in an opportunity, to catch up on lost credits or to simply graduate earlier. Great Falls High has experienced the rise in a relaxed education program as a decrease in the enrollment of recent classes of students in the last five years. In my opinion, the idea of working at your own pace in high school gives too much freedom to a high school student, who may not have the self drive to complete
units to graduate. With less self drive and motivation, a young adult may not use the opportunity of the more relaxed high school program and rather become less ambitious. Following a decreased ambition presents them with failure in completion of units, less attendance and ditching efforts to graduating to receive a General Education Diploma. Getting a GED may be a last resort if a student needs to take care of bills or in some cases a child. This may seem an acceptable escape, however, in an unprofessional job that does not require a college diploma, an individual with a high school diploma is more likely chosen over an individual with a GED. On the otherhand, an individual with a GED and a college diploma has the same chances at a professional job as a high school graduate with a college diploma. In some cases, pursuing the GED test as a younger student such as, a 16-year-old, could lead to a head
start into college and onto a professional career earlier than most high school graduates. Rarely is there a student that is self driven or motivated to pursue such a big step in academics and straight jump into the career world of an adult. It’s rather unrealistic, in my opinion. Now, I’m not saying that the Shandon Paris Gibson Education Center’s Bilbrey graduation program, along with the GED test is the worst alternative for students looking for an escape from high school. However, the freedom that is given to a young adult that has not fully matured may not prove to be ambitious enough to accept the opportunity at hand.
Unconventional education permits struggling students an opportunity to develop, improve Today students are readily offered alternative means to finish high school. Portrayed through what appears to be the drastic increase of attendance at Paris Gibson Educational Center and the controversial general educational development tests. Such varying practices to receive a diploma or Kristen an equivalent are imperative for people’s success, given Hanning certain that they are not abused. Recently the debates of alternative schooling are escalating due to the rise of attendance. Students who have chosen a high school replacement are commonly stereotyped as troubled children. Many make assumptions that they are just opting out of doing traditional high school work. Although it is definitely possible said students are
abusing the privilege, other circumstances must be considered. In Great Falls, alternative schooling was originally created to provide teenage mothers with an education where it would not otherwise be possible. Soon another school was opened to provide a few students with a new method to earn a diploma. The schools expanded to continue to help mothers as well as students who had struggles with attendance. This also was when it became known to take in troubled kids such as students who had been kicked out of other high schools. The original purposes of these schools are great examples of respectable use of the high school substitutions. Yet misunderstandings of these students usually cause people to frown at Paris. It can most likely be assumed that there are students that unjustly use the programs to take “the easy way out”, but what about the kids who deserve another chance?
THE PUBLIC OPINION by Andrew Kromarek Put yourself in a situation where something bad has occurred, such as a car wreck or a fight in the night. It’s almost guaranteed that if you believe your side to be the just one, you are going to be calling upon the 5-0, the men in blue, the police. Right then and there they are your new best friends; but anywhere else, the pigs are there to ruin your day with a speeding ticket or crash your get-together, because those jerks just want to see you suffer. It’s interesting to see how many people can complain about how these guys and girls who wear their uniform of authority are completely disregarded for doing good, when in reality, most of what they do is actually beneficial to society, and all we can do is complain about how they enforce the rules. There is a very high focus to avoid getting “caught by the cops,” and people will evade them as much as possible. I guess they just don’t understand that most laws are there for their benefit and the benefit of others. While it may be an interesting day if our city didn’t have some of the simplest laws, like speed limits, the chance of someone getting injured would jump higher than Michael Jordan in his salad days. One thing people probably don’t think about when they
hurt the kids more than I believe he intended. His casual use of foul language was not surprising, but proved to be quite offensive to many. As soon as Savage’s speech concluded, several journalism advisers raised a ruckus stating that it was not appropriate for Savage to be allowed to speak at a journalism convention for middle and high school students. They are wrong. While Savage’s speech wasn’t completely appropriate, it represented an important part of society that is often ignored. As much as I agree with Savage, I also feel that he was fairly
Everyone should be provided with the means to turn their life around and Paris does so. The GED test also can give that new chance to someone who had to drop out of school. Other reasons people are forced out of a traditional high school setting, rather than lack of responsibility, could be missing too many days or not being able to attend at all due to health problems. Financial problems may also factor in if a student is forced to work and cannot attend school. Leaving behind the assumptions of many people, students who have faced tight decisions and perplexing situations shine through. These methods should stay readily available to all the people under all of the unfortunate circumstances they have faced. Mishaps are bound to happen whether we have control over them or not. Regardless of the students who take advantage of benevolent programs, they should still be provided for people who have limited options.
break laws, is that they are not only there to help protect you from other people but from yourself. It’s entirely possible to hurt yourself more than any other person could, and this especially applies to younger people. Believe it or not, underage drinking is not good for your health, and aside from peer pressure, the only one who chooses to make these kind of poor choices is yourself. But I will be the first to admit that i have thought bad things about my local protectors. The biggest of my complaints to them would have to be inconsistency in how they treat the laws. One policeman may give you a ticket for going 3 above a speed limit, while the sheriff will let you off with a warning going 7 over. I’m glad for the leniency, but it doesn’t build good habits. Another problem is when they abuse their rights as the upholders of the law. Sometimes you may see a cop car go flying by and you’re expecting the lights to go on and a big show, but alas, they just get in the other lane ahead of the five cars he just past. By far the worst problem I have endured with the police is unnecessary force. If there’s one way to destroy public opinion of a policeman, it’s police brutalit When the Occupy Wall Street protests were happening in one state, a policeman walked down a line of sit-in protesters on a college campus, blasting a steady stream of pepper spray from around a foot away from their faces. I have little pepper spray experience, but enough to recognize the extreme pain that is capable of terminating all senses. This does not happen every day though. Most cops are just people, and they want to help, but can’t if we avoid them.
hypocritical during his talk. Most of his speech focused on gay bullying and how it needs to stop yet he responded to the Christian schools’ students with nothing less than the harsh words of a bully. Since his speech at the JEA convention, Savage has issued a public apology. The students should have known what they were getting into when they chose to listen to his speech. While most advisers required their students to go to at least one keynote speaker, there were numerous speakers from which to choose at the convention. Background information on
Savage’s cause might have been helpful. Savage is famous for his outspokenness, and fearlessness of controversial topics. Students must educate themselves on the Savage cause before listening to his speech. As an icon of the gay world, Savage is a perfect speaker for a journalism convention. His major projects have helped change the world. Journalism has never shied away from offending people, especially regarding controversial topics and issues. While Savage may be offensive, his cause draws attention to an important issue that need not be avoided.
How do you feel about the Great Falls police department and how they do their job? “Cops could be more consistent on how they should treat the laws. I also dont like being kicked out of parks at 10. It ruins my ultimate frisbee games.” –Jacob Strauss, 12 “ Some of them are better than others, but there are always some seem like they want to take advantage of the authority they have.”
–Brittany Belgarde, 11
“I think most are good, but there are definitely some cops who go after different groups, like younger people, and abuse their privileges. ” –Josh
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Drexel University Major: Fashion Design
Gear up for senior year. by Breanna Sanderson Juniors long for senior year. They often think it will be the easiest of their high school years. Truthfully, it’s the busiest year yet. Among all of the activities taking up senior time, these need to be priorities: earning all of their credits, completing and submitting college applications and finding out their financial state of being. All of this silently rushes and builds stress into the moments of their senior year. Everything they have learned how to do in high
Montana State University Major: Business
school comes back and tests how much they have been learning in their high school years. Senior year is when they complete the applications that will influence the rest of their lives. Filling in their applications take much longer than they think it really takes. It takes information they didn’t realize they would have to use like writing essays and even math as they compile tax information and complete FAFSA. Scholarships play a huge roll in financial stability in college and in general living expenses.
College isn't for you? Many students stress about where to get money to go to college but little do they know, that they don’t have to spend tons of money to make a living and earn a decent amount of money. For some people, college is not the right place. Attending college is different from going to high school, and for some students, the responsibility of finances and motivation to go to classes and independently live on their own would make it hard for them to go to college. Even though they may have decided not to go to college, it does not indicate they don’t have a stable plan for their futures. Kathryn Van Tighem said, “Some students don’t go to college because they are going into a military branch and don’t want to take anymore school, or they may work somewhere that doesn’t need them to have taken the journey through a
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post-secondary education.” There are things they will have to think about if not going to college, however. The current economy makes the standard of living very tough and pricey for people just starting out on their own; so if they’re not going to college, they will have to think about how they will survive on their own, but the question is how will they be able to pay for their family and other expenses with the minimum wage jobs available to them without college. Students who planned well in high school may find that taking construction tech courses and business courses may help them to get well-paying jobs without having to take college. And, on the other hand, they won’t have to pay for college loans that take a long time to pay off and other expenses that go along with college.
If graduates determine that they will wait to go to college, alternative choices need to be thought about. Cindy Duffy, a long time senior English teacher said, “Waiting for college is not always a bad thing. All you need to do is establish a budget and learn thrifty spending because your parents are not always going to be there for you.” Finding out individual financial status is a huge part of going out for college. College is very pricey, and if young adults don’t know how to manage their money, then they are going to be going through some rough patches. Loans are a huge part of what students apply for going into college. Loans are a huge help going to college, they help them stay financially fit. Attendance, financial aid information, and finding out how much they will need the loan to be is some
of the information needed to apply for loans. A lot of students try to get loans because money is tight. They end up spending years paying their college classes off. Students who have become parents during high school will have to think about what it will be like going to college and taking their child along with them. They will also have to think about the finances that are going to come with going to college and having a child at the same time. Moving away can take some time to consider. If they have a child, they have to think about what it will be like moving away from all of their family and having nobody there with them to help them out. If they have a child and they move away, they will need to think about paying for a day care so somebody can watch their child while they are at school.
Montana State University Major: Nursing
by Cilly Geranios 2012 is infamous for the "end of the world" and the end of high school for seniors. With the upcoming graduation, the seniors’ high school careers are winding down to an end. The majority of the seniors have determined what to do after their long awaited diploma is in their hands. The students are biting at the nip to be gone and on the way to their future. The teachers seem to think this senior class can handle
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almost anything. French teacher Kathy Jackson said, “I was impressed with the senior’s creative approach to this year’s Junior prom.” English teacher Julie Easton agreed and said, “I believe that these young adults show great potential in their ability to adapt to society as it evolves.” Every single senior has different goals and dreams they set out to achieve, especially Alekses Clifton, Andrew Arigwe, and Julie Ryan.
“It was sad to say good-bye. We were all crying,” Julie Ryan said of her swim team senior night. Not only was she involved in choir and the swim team, Julie Ryan also took AP biology among others to help along her dream of becoming a nurse. She had known what she wanted to do since her sophomore year, “I googled a lot of stuff--degrees and colleges.” Even knowing exactly what she wanted to do and the classes needed to take to get there Ryan said, “Some days it was definitely hard to get to school and get homework done. Sometimes I didn’t do it all.” Fighting against the infamous Senioritis, Julie has definitely enjoyed the seniority of sitting in the front at games, senior lots, and all the other privileges that comes with completing all four years. “I’m looking forward to not having seven classes and to have an apartment of my own--I won’t have to clean my room as often.” Although she’s excited to be independent Ryan says, “The biggest downfall of the college I chose, College of Idaho, is that they don’t have competitive sports, but I still plan on doing intramural swimming.” With so much to look forward to, Ryan says, “You just can’t forget to have fun in the midst of all the craziness.”
"For all you boys, the tighter the clothes the better, and cut offs get the chicks." –Matt Hronek
"The weight room pays off."
Stepping up a notch. Katherine Van Tighem said, “Seniors have a tremendous amount of responsibility. They have definite deadlines unlike all the other years they have been in high school.” Seniors have to make plans for post-secondary training, scholarships, financial aid, finding places to live and balancing everything, all while maintaining grades and co-curricular activities. However, if they fail a mandatory class senior year, then they will
not graduate, even though they could always take summer school.” Senior responsibilities sometimes can be hard to get done. Receiving all the credits and filled out all the forms presents a huge challenge for many. Most seniors wish they would have planned for financial stability. They worry about finding places to live, and what it is going to be like without their parents to look out for their well-being.
“I can’t wait to get out of here,” Andrew Arigwe says, and seniors across the city would no doubt agree. Arigwe continued on saying, “Senior year was easier, the work wasn’t hard and the teachers helped a lot more.” Taking advantage of the free time and easier work, he had a job at a fast food restaurant to save money up for college. Andrew eventually quit the fast food job because, he said, “It was like a soap opera every day.” The drama at the restaurant was enough to cause him to say, “I never want to work in fast food again.” Despite the rough start he can’t wait to get out of high school and start working to pay his way through college. “I want to work on oil rigs. I could have had a full time job right now if I hadn’t done stupid stuff.” Prepared for the hard work required to get a good education, Andrew is eager to start. “I want a good education, and besides that I don’t care which college I go to.” Taking a year before starting his education Andrew is planning to work for the full year to save up money. Despite wanting to work on oil rigs Arigwe said, “I went to Job Fair and sent in a couple applications.”
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"Underclassmen should take a variety of classes and take advantage of every opportunity to find their calling." –Elizabeth Gilligan
"When it comes to senior year, apply for as many scholarships as you can, so you can get the most financial help possible."
How I lived my senior year Seniors share words of wisdom and past experiences with upcoming students, as they prepare for adulthood
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Waiting for college?
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“Senior year was intense,” Alekses Clifton says about her final year at GFHS. She was in tennis, cross country, as well as student council and so she had no end of activities lined up for the year. “There’s so much to do,” she continued, and with a schedule like that on top of school and college preparations; Alekses had no end of things to do to occupy her time. However that didn’t stop the infamous senioritis from striking as she said with a laugh, “Sometimes it just depended on whether I’d give in or not.” She is dealing with senioritis as well as she can and slowly gathering college school supplies for fall at Washington University in St. Louis. Choosing to go to Washington University rather than one of the other colleges she got acceptance letters in and when asked about the decision Clifton said, “It just felt right.” With so many extra curriculars Clifton advised, “It’s important to find balance. For me, I took time for myself, I worked out, and I talked with my confidants.” The balancing act is almost to an end as the graduation date comes closer. Gearing up for the final weeks of school Clifton said, “I’m trying to enjoy high school while it lasts and I’m also looking forward to the future.”
"Stay spontaneous, get involved or else you'll never know what you're capable of." –Sam Wingerter
May 16, 2012
Math course perceptions in the eyes of students Stephen Thurston, Sophomore Math Class: Geometry “I don’t think we should have to take [geometry]. When my mom was in high school it wasn’t mandatory to take geometry it was optional.” Trevan Trimmer Math Class: Algebra Two Trigonometry “Math has always been pretty easy for me and I understand it.” Kassidy Rispens, Senior Math Class: AP Calculus “I think students try to be too independent. They don’t go in to see their teacher because they’re not willing or nervous about getting help”
Montana’s lower than average math course requirements might harm students’ futures Copy by Sara Moltzan
“I hate it” said Sophomore Stephen Thurston. Answers like these are not uncommon when dealing with a subject as infamous as math. “[Math is] difficult for some students and I just don’t see why they don’t like it, because I love it” commented Miss Brown, a teacher in the math department. Later Brown commented that “[math] takes a sophistication, it takes a higher level of thinking and you have to understand it and then apply it.” In further elaboration Thurston says “[Math is] either something you get or you don’t.” The normal progression of the math courses at Great Falls High is for a student to take Algebra or honors Algebra during freshman year, geometry sophomore year, and finally algebra ii with trigonometry junior year. However to graduate a student is only required to have three credits, an
equivalent of six semesters or three years, of any of the math courses offered so long as it includes algebra. Math classes are offered senior year and students are encouraged to take one, but they are not mandatory, as of yet. This year Illinois Senator Mike Frerichs introduced Bill 3244 to the Senate, which would make taking four years of mathematics in high school mandatory. Some students have no problem with this idea. Freshman Alexsandria Norman stated “I don’t really have a plan for what I am taking but it wouldn’t bother me that much [to take four years of math].” In elaboration Norman said that four years of math “would help us to further our education and get the jobs that [we’d] need.” Thurston corresponded and said “I’ll probably take math senior year.” The importance of math Senior, Kassidy Rispens states is that “it
teaches you problem solving skills.” “The fact you can have good thought processes, alone, makes [math] essential” Brown added. Almost all freshmen find themselves taking Algebra or honors Algebra. “[So far] my teachers have just said ‘here’s how you do it’ and left us to do our work” Norman said. Most students dislike geometry, the class most sophomores find themselves taking, as Thurston explains “It’s frustrating because it doesn’t compare to Algebra and it has a lot more formulas.” It has been said that geometry is a difficult subject to teach. In turn it has also been said that it has too much material that is too difficult to understand and retain throughout the duration of the course. Unlike many students taking geometry Thurston doesn’t blame the teacher, and instead to improve the math course schedule
suggest to “get rid of geometry or reschedule it until junior year.” However junior year most students find themselves in Algebra ii Trigonometry “I like Mr. Kynett. He teaches it well so that I can understand it” says Junior Trevan Trimmer. Finally after the struggle of three years of math courses there are a select few Seniors who choose to brave the subject for a fourth and final year. “It’s a good class, and it’s a challenge [but] me taking calculus makes absolutely no sense, because I really don’t need to know how to integrate to teach music” said Rispens. Brown says “Some kids say they don’t see the application [of math] but then when you show it to them they just don’t care.” Rispens adds “Teachers are here for the kids and they’re always willing to help. I always go in and talk to Miss Brown about my questions.”
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Buzz with Shandon Bilbrey
May 16, 2012
Stripes’ front man releases esteemed masterwork Praised for guitar talents and critical success with his former bands’, The Raconteurs, The Dead Weather and The White Stripes, Jack White releases debut solo album, “Blunderbuss.” “Blunderbuss” reveals White’s explosiveness with single “Sixteen Saltines, while also displaying his affection in love ballad, “Love Interruption.” Within-the first week of White’s release, White hit national attention with four and a half stars from Rolling Stone and shook Adele off the charts in the United Kingdom.
Since The White Stripes self-titled debut, White has shown tremendous growth in his incorporation of his bluesy, alternative and grunge to form into hook driven songs. “Blunderbuss” displays many styles White has experimented in The Raconteurs, such as his alternative country slide guitar in “On and On and On” White full-heartedly puts his musical talent to the test with his debut, “Blunderbuss” and is by far one of the best albums of 2012. Check out Jack White’s “Blunderbuss” for an impressive debut.
Afrobeats and pop brand unique album frameworks Santigold returns to the limelight with pop-packed second album, “Master of My Make-Believe.” While receiving a huge fan base with debut, “Santogold,” Santigold has had no difficulty coming up with a strong sophomore album. “Master of My MakeBelieve” is composed of Santigold’s African themed beats, with her vocal patterns drawing similarity to MIA. Remarkably, “Master of My MakeBelieve” mixes dub, powerful drum beats and wild vocal rhythms. Single “Big Mouth”
incorporates African drum beats and a howling vocal pattern with a fast paced instrumental. On-the other-hand, single “Disparate Youth” draws a hook to introduce the single while keeping slow paced. The artist surprises critics with “Master of My Make-Believe” and blows “Santogold” out of Santigold’s top album. With the diversity of genres and styles Santigold assimilates into her second album, “Master of My Make-Believe” follows “Santogold” with ease, bringing in opportunity for growth and popularity as an artist.
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Old message, new perspective awakens audiences to atrocity by Shandon Bilbrey Every year an estimated 13 million kids are bullied. One of the oldest causes of school violence, derives from bullying and awareness throughout America is growing. Locally, bullying is becoming less acceptable and parents and teachers are creating new policies to target bullying. The program taking over the bullying policy in Montana, Bully Free Program lead by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau, along with her board of students, is taking a look at the bullying in schools throughout Montana and, “cooperating in decreasing bullying in schools,” said Juneau. The Bully Free Program, works towards providing information on bullying, talking to teachers and parents about how they can stop bullying and raising more awareness of the century old conflict that is bullying. “It is such a big issue that the awareness of bullying needs to reach out to students, parents and teachers,” said Juneau, “and its going to take a lot of cooperation to decrease bullying in schools.“ Students in high schools throughout Montana enroll in Health Occupation Students of America and Family, Career and Community Leaders of America; which enables them to participate in Juneau’s Bully Free Program. Juneau said, “The board of students wants clear policies, adult training, teachers
For the nerds, losers, geeks, queers, weirdos, freaks, outcasts, loners , hipsters, dorks, idiots, fags, push-arounds, dweebs, strangers, emos, handicapped, schmucks, wusses, homos, rejects, the misunderstood, and anyone else who has been oppressed for their differences: A cinematic documentary captures the harsh reality of bullying.
to intervene in bullying and anti-bullying Aside from the state program to to be a part of school.” The board of diminish bullying throughout schools in students wants to display to the people America, the controversial documentary of Montana that bullying will not be “Bully”, startled an altercation among tolerated and that severe punishment parents and citizens, as to whether will follow if bullying among students children of all ages should be able to view continues . the film without a The Bully parent. Originally Free Program the MPAA rated “Students want clear includes a fivethe film, R, due to policies, adult training, the profanity and step process for schools in occurring teachers to intervene in violence Montana. The first in the film. step in preventing director bullying and strategies of The bullying is clearly the film, Lee defining bullying took for anti-bullying to be a Hirsch, behavior, such as inspiration for harassment and such an emotional part of the school.” c y b er- bul ly ing. documentary Second, is to –State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Denise Juneau from his own establish clear experiences of policies and procedures for how your being bullied as a student. During school will address bullying behavior, an interview with Twin Cities Jewish and third, to make bullying prevention news website, Hirsch said, “I felt that and intervention an essential part of the the hardest part of being bullied was school environment. Fourth and fifth communicating.” steps compromise of promoting a safe For most in this generation, school and classroom culture where communication has come to mean educators model positive behavior social media, such as Facebook and and knowing how to report bullying Twitter. Along with these changes in incidents. communication, being bullied or harmed With the five steps, schools’ can by an individual is often hidden and kept promote a healthy school environment, a secret until it is too late, like the two give students a comfortable place to boys that gave their lives due to the learn and ultimately lead to a more harsh beating and bullying from other positive lifestyle for students across the students, that is followed throughout state. “Bully”.
“Bully” aims to expose the harshness of bullying and how some students can’t defend themselves and need help from someone other than themselves. The film follows high school students and their families as they attend high school, however, the main focus centers in on, Tyler Long and Ty Smalley, the two boys that took their lives due to the bullying in their schools. The film started as a small project that had been developed with funding from Fractured Atlas, Sundance Institute Documentary Fund, The Fledgling Fund, BeCause Foundation and Gravity Films. After the development of the film came to an end, “Bully” premiered at the 2011 Tribeca Film Festival and eventually caught critical attention with the distribution of the film attributing from The Weinstein Company. Overall, “Bully” proves to accomplish its goals, to hit the soft spot of citizens. It shows that bullying is no longer a conflict that can be ignored and that bullying could lead to students hurting themselves. The film miraculously caught the attention of a major distributor and earned a spot in major theatres throughout America, to inform citizens and spread the message, “It’s time to take a stand.”
FOR HELP or more information on bullying, Go to: www.opi.mt.gov/Programs/TitlePrgms SafeSchools/bully.html To talk to an online counselor, visit: www.121help.me/
May 16, 2012
Stewart tramples 35 year mile record
RUN BISON, RUN Sophomore Haley Felice sprints down the track during a Saturday track meet. Felice has been a featured member of the GFH team. As just a freshman this season, she is running on the Varsity team, participating in sprinting and hurdling events. Felice’s results throughout the season give track participants great hope for State.
With one record down, Stewart aspires to beat another by Jay Albert Senior Rachel Stewart broke Lynn Frisbey’s 1977 mile record. Stewart surpassed Frisbey’s record by over two seconds at the Billings Invitational on April 5. Stewart won the 800 and 1,600 meter run in a triangular meet against Billings Skyview and Billings West on Mar. 31. She also won the same events on Apr. 3 in a dual meet with Helena High. Although Stewart set a new record for Great Falls High, first place went to Dani Aragon of Billings Senior, who won the AA state title last spring in the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 m e t e r while running legs on the Broncs’ state champion 400-meter and 1,600-meter relay team. Stewart spoke of her recent accomplishments and said, “I had broken the record a little bit earlier than I had planned, but it works out. I hope to break the 800 record before I graduate.” Stewart responded that the track season was going great, and she said that she hoped that she would do well in state. She aspired to run track while attending Brigham Young University. Stewart balances her vigorous academic schedule with AP courses while running 4–5 miles a day. Beginning from a young age, Stewart and her family have participated in local running events. Stewart said her love for running stemmed from a young age.
Records are made to be broken; so it was exciting to permanently leave part of me at the school.
1,600-meter record Previous 5 min. 16.01 sec.
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Photo by Josh Byron JUMPING TO SUCCESS Freshman Bailey Brandvold leaps over the pole during a high jump competition. Brandvold also participates in the high jump. Freshman Skyler Spalding practiced her long jump during a practice session this season. Spalding also competed in the 200 meter dash and the 400 meter run, She said about the time commitment, “It requires a lot of practice and effort.” The track team has been successful this season, and has many Freshman on the team, “Overall we have done pretty good, the girls have done really well, and there were a lot freshman girls on the team this year.” Photo by Alysha Camacho
Napierala new head coach of Chargers’ team; season looking bright by Rusty Kopeikin Stepping up to the plate with a (semi) new head coach the chargers are looking for a great season. The road to that prestigious state championship isn’t going to be easy for the group of young athletes, but their new head coach is preparing them to the best of his ability. Christopher Napierala is taking charge as the new head coach. Don’t be fooled, this first time head coach has eight years of coaching baseball behind him. Having lost 13 players from last year Coach Na-
pierala is looking to challenge the young team with a tough non-conference season. The team headed to Okotoks, Alberta, to play in a small tournament. The Chargers played well in the tournament winning three games; one of which was due to a forfeit; and tieing Vauxhall Academy. The tiebreaker went to Vauxhall for allowing less runs. “We played well, It was good for the team,” Napierala said. The team left the tournament with some confidence for their upcoming match against the Helena Senators.
That confidence slipped as the Senators slid in for a 17 to 9 victory over the Chargers. They gave up 12 runs in the top of the third inning. “We battled back,” said Napierala, “we needed to get more turns for our young players and it came back to haunt us.” Napierala says he is happy with where the team is, although he is trying to get the team more consistent on the field. “One day we’re having trouble with hitting, then we have defensive issues. We need to be more consistent,” said Napierala.
11 Bison send three to state SPORTS
May 16, 2012
Crum, Cerotzke, Santin advance to state final
Photo by Sierra Gunnell Haley Houck prepares to hit the ball during a weekend game. The bison girls’ softball team has an overall win loss record of 11-10. Heading into state, the players say that new coach, Mike Coleman, appears to be fitting in just fine.
Diamonds are forever
Softball promises successful season by DJ Stewart This season’s softball team has proved itself successful with many wins and many say a probable place at state. The team has stayed happy and positive throughout the season. Sophomore shortstop Brooklynn Wilson said, “ I really enjoy softball because it’s fun and very competitive.” Like other sports, there is no shortage of repetition and good luck charms. Some players have that one special accessory or lucky item they can’t play without. For junior third baseman Kelsey Devlin her lucky charm is her white hat. After the Bison wound up losing to CMR, Devlin said, “ It’s considered my lucky hat, and after I didn’t wear it for crosstown I’ll be sure to always wear it from here on out.” During the game there was a 15 minute rain delay. Devlin said, “It was very disappointing to lose to them, they made a few key plays that really made the difference for them. Losing to them makes me that much more pumped to come out and beat them next time we play them.” In the first crosstown game, the bison lost 13-2 to CMR,
by Andrew Kromarek With the Great Falls High Tennis team’s season coming to an end this weekend with the state tournament, the Bison are looking to have a good showing with the two teams they sent to State. The boys’ tennis team did not do as good as a job as they had hoped for, and had failed to send anyone to State this year. Number one singles player Kyler Clifton was defeated in the first day of Divisionals, along with Tanner Lightborne, Jordan Purinton and Jay Albert. Boys’ doubles teams came close, but could not get the results they were looking for. Number one team Nathan Sheffels and Jaime Olaizola played a total of eight sets on the first day of Divisionals and succeeded in making it to the second day, along with number two doubles Josh Haagenson and Sam McCormick. However, Nathan and Jaime were quickly defeated on the second day, while Josh and Sam battled for the chance in State in a triple set tiebreaker, but were not successful. Lady Bison had a better run with two teams successfully going to the state meet. Molly Crum shined throughout the Divisionals meet through the very end of her last match with Katya Kulikova, Glacier’s top singles girl, where she fell in a tiebreaker. Doubles team Katie Cerotzke and Jackie Santin also had quite the run going through divisionals. Although CMR doubles team Lisa Spencer and Lindsay Martinez came out victorious over the two, Cerotzke and Santin will be going to state for one more chance. Also worth noting was doubles team Libbey Fellows and Brittany Basinger, who had the underdog story here of coming very close to going to state, but fell short in the consolation semifinals to the Glacier team of Kirstyn Haugenoe and Kali Mathison.
but in their last game, the Bison dominated 5-4. Senior Katie Dolan delivered a walk-off hit, winning the game for the Bison. This was the first crosstown win for the Bison softball team for two years. Their triumph over defending state AA champion Butte Bulldogs made many excited for a possible win at State. Seniors Katie Schermele and Dolan have been described as key contributors and leaders for the team. Also, sophomores Mikaela Kynett and Taylor Kumm have been mentioned for their contributions to the Bison team. With all the players stepping up and making plays, the transition appears to be going smoothly. New coach Mike Coleman has stepped in and replaced former coach Ken Berg. So far, Coleman has lead the Bison to a 11-10 overall record. Sophomore second baseman Taylor Kumm said of coach Mike Coleman,“He’s really nice. He knows what he’s talking about and relates to us very well.” Photo by Jordan Purinton As the team heads into State, NETTING THE COMPETITION Junior Jordan Jernigan returns a shot against his opponent at the Riverside they are very optimistic about their Courts. Jernigan had played number three doubles with his partner Matt Hronek, a senior. The pair had been future. playing together for the past two years.
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Seniors showcase individual talent as they celebrate the finish of their high school career by Zoie Koostra Senior Alex Johnson surpised everyone when he sang “These Days” in the Senior Assembly, with a voice not many knew he had. “No one expects that voice to come out of Alex, but there it is!” Darcy Swanson said. Aside from the Food Pantry Benefit concert earlier in the year, it is unusual for Johnson to do a public performance. “I really haven’t put myself out for the masses,” he said. “I just do it for fun, and I do it for myself.” The element of surprise added to Johnson’s performance, even though he claimed, “I could have done better in my room.” Johnson says he prepared for the show by thinking about the kind of voice that would go with the song. “Since it was a folksy song, I used a folksy voice,” he said. “It would have been weird if I had used that voice for some hard
rocking song.” Johnson said that he uses a ‘different voice’ for every song he sings. Stagecraft teacher and senior show supervisor Joel Corda was astonished at the variety of acts in this year’s show. “Many of the acts were individual and unique to this year’s senior class, he said. The acts in the show included a violinist, a cellist and a drum battle. “I’m disapointed that I haven’t gotten to know some of these kids before now,” Corda said. However, several of the acts made Corda nervous. “Many of the kids never did the exact same act twice,” he said. However, the acts that included this ‘scary improvisation’ were also highly praised. “We had some great kids performing for us this year.” Although senior Mat Keller is almost famous, with an album currently available on iTunes, he was excited to perform in the traditional show. “My goal
has been to enjoy what I was doing, which I always do when it comes to music,” Keller said. Mat Keller wowed the crowd, but his performance was by no means unexpected, unlike Alyssa Kimball, a gymnast with a hidden talent. “I think a lot of people knew I did gymnastics, but not many knew I was a contortionist,” Kimball said. Although the contortion routine she performed differed a little every time she practiced. Kimball had been thinking about her routine since freshman year. “I saw my first senior show, and I have been excited to perform ever since.” For Kimball, the hardest part of her routine was dealing with the crowd reacting to her performance. “I was trying to be serious, but when everyone was screaming and clapping, I just lost it and cracked up.” Photos by Jordan Puriton and Jillian Wiggers