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School renovations improving learning environment By Eric Sheu Managing Editor

Dec. 17 King vs. Brother Martin @ Yenni 11 A.M.

Dec. 21 Hanukkah begins

Dec. 21-22 Exams

Dec. 23-Jan. 8 Winter Break No school

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Dec. 26 Kwanzaa begins

Jan. 1 New Years Day

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Grace King is undergoing a major renovation that will update many of the school’s classrooms and computer labs. In the beginning of the year, Rooms 202 and 204 went through the first phase. The old showerboards were replaced with real dry-erase boards, a new projector, updated electrical wiring, new paint, new or repaired cabinetry and a solid wall that replaced a folding wall. Discussion of renovation began with a general survey conducted over the summer. While touring the campus, acting Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Principal Meg Griffon and Plant Manager Rufus Flowers, noticed the glaring problems that had gone unaddressed. Such problems included mold in Room 204, a leaking roof in the 200 hall, old furnishings and outdated computers in Room 329 as well as cracks in the walls of the 400 building. The visit lead to many of the major renovations that are ongoing. The next step was renovations to Rooms 207, 208 and 209 which were mostly cosmetic. The average cost of the per room ranges from $300 to $600. Next will be the rest of the English and Social Studies classrooms. The project’s last section will the Patio rooms. The project will convert rooms 20-F, 20-G, 20-H, 20-J into two productivity labs for Science experiments. There is also a number of new computer labs that will be for the use of teachers and their students. The original productivity lab, Room 329, is now the Math and Electives Lab. Room 330 is the Career and Tech Ed lab and Room 238 is now the Social Studies and Science Lab. Room 203 will be the English and Science lab. According to Griffon, funding for the Math and Electives lab came from a Title 1 allotment. The Career and Tech Ed lab was funded through a Carl Perkins grant. The computers in Rooms 329 and 330 were moved to the Social Studies and

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Science lab. The English and Science lab is made up of computers that have been rebuilt by the tech students as well as computers that teachers have donated from their classrooms. As part of the turnaround process, Grace King received funds from the district directed towards student achievement. Funds are being directed towards renovating the classrooms, while the work done on the front office and teachers lounge was done by custodial staff. While much of the work is being done by outside contractors, the custodial staff has played a major role. “They don’t stop,” said Griffon. “They’ve worked weekends, they’ve worked nights, they’ve worked long hours and they’ve gotten quite a bit of it done on their own.” Due to the pace of the work, there is usually

little notice when a teacher will be moved from their room and into a temporary classroom. However, teachers seem to be tolerant. “Teachers are the most resourceful people in the world,” said Griffon. “You can give them a task with very little notice because that’s the little notice we get, and miraculously they come up with fairy dust, and it all happens and it works out beautifully.” Rooms 401 and 402 are the designated temporary classrooms. “I think everyone’s handling it beautifully and those that aren’t handling it beautifully have every right to be a little disgruntled about it because it is a disruption. It is a cumbersome process,” said Griffon. “But that’s what progress is, it’s either do nothing or move forward and have some discomforts along the way.”

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Metal detectors at entrances, security cameras in every room, ongrounds police officers, restrictions on visitors, and radio frequency ID scanners sound like things you would most likely encounter in a prison. Though you may be surprised that, with the growing national concern over school security these sights may become as common around high school campuses as desks and textbooks Many school districts across the country are employing radiofrequency identification (RFID) tags as a security measure, and requiring all students to carry them. One such district is the Spring Independent School District in Houston, Texas. RFID tags are being used in school

IDs to monitor students as they go throughout their days and to defend against counterfeit identification. The tags hold a transmitter that emits a unique radio frequency used to track the tags and to provide scanners a means to identify each student based on their individual frequency. Numerous schools are also strengthening rules on visitors on campus by using systems that checks a visitor’s identification against a national database of criminals and sex offenders. Any visitor attempting to enter the school must present their driver’s license to a secretary or official to confirm their identity in the database, with many schools holding the visitor in a containment area until they are run through the system. If the visitor is found to be a criminal by the database, police will be notified and dispatched to remove or arrest the offender.

Profiling ‘”suspect students” has become another tool used to combat potential security issues on campuses. Some schools are working with professional profilers to gather information on students that are deemed suspicious on account of dressing strangely, wearing religious paraphernalia, unusual hair coloring, tendency to use foul language, and writing about macabre or dark subjects. Though security measures at Grace King are not taken to the same extremes as some schools around the country, it has a great reputation of safety. Marie Bertaut, teacher at King for 38 years has found the security on campus adequate. “I think things are very good, I think we need safety like this to ensure safety,” said Bertaut when asked her feelings on the measures King takes to keep it’s staff and students safe.



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Yearbook also won the LA Scholastic Press Association 2010 yearbook. Yearbook is also selling Senior/Junior as well as business ads. Executive Board raises money for children Money for Bykes for Tykes will be given to the headstart program which is a government program for children from low income families. Over $1200 was raised. The LASC convention will be Jan. 14-16 at East Jefferson High School. Career Day is Jan. 20. An additional Pep Rally called “GK Believe It or Not” will be held on Jan. 27. The Winter Formal will be held Dec. 17.

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Sophomore Board sells class cards Sophomore Board will be selling Class Cards for $15 in Ms. Biggers Class, Room 20B. Help support and be a part of your class. Library acquires new books The Library will have new books to read for January. Louisiana Teen Readers’ Choice is still going on. Yearbooks are on sale The yearbook is on sale for $50 until January. After January it will be $60.

Key club has Christmas spirit Key Club is having their Christmas party Dec. 20 where they will be writing Christmas cards for soldiers and serving food. Key Club also held a blood drive on Dec. 8 and 9 in conjunction with Ochsner Hospital. Blood donors will be entered in a raffle to receive Saints tickets. ROTC sponsors toy drive Students and teachers were encouraged to turn in toys for the toy drive being sponsored by ROTC which ended on Dec. 7. All of the toys were donated to the

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The Special Needs Broadcast Team prepares for announcements, from left to right: Ross Abadie, Eric Ritter, Nankee Grewal and James Spincer.

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clothing drive is Dec.16. The clothing will go to the Battered Women’s Shelter.

4-H sponsors clothes drive 4-H is having a clothes drive for men, women and childrens clothing. Please turn in clothing to Mrs.Tizzard or Mrs.Tansey in rooms 234 and 310. The last day of the

Quiz Bowl tournament results are in Quiz Bowl won four of six games against L.W. Higgins, Patrick F. Taylor, Thomas Jefferson, and Riverdale.

Lily Wang represents King in Student of Year district competition By Yusra Saad and Bianca Shrestha Staff Writers

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Lily Wang was selected by a committee of teachers, administrators and counselors as Student of the Year. When Wang was called into the principal’s office, she said that she did not expect to receive the honor. “At first, I was really shocked.” Wang said she was never preoccupied about the title. “I never thought that I would get it, so I never looked into Student of the Year.” Ms. Griffon explained to Wang that her grades, participation in school, extracurricular activities, and her social skills were all contributing factors to the ultimate decision of making her Student of the Year. “Lily is a well rounded student who is able to combine extra-curricular, academics and community involvement like no other student,” Executive Board



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sponsor Walter Sologaistoa said of her achievement. “She is self driven, caring, brilliant-yet-humble, and a great asset to the school.” Wang is involved with a number of organizations including Best Buddies, in which she serves as the President, as well as Executive Board, where she is Vice President of Student Relations. In addition to, she is also a member of National Honor Society, Latin American Student Association, and Mu Alpha Theta. “The reason I joined all these clubs is because I wanted to make a difference in the community and the school,” Wang said. Wang explained that grades and extracurricular activities are not the sole factors in determining Student of the Year. Character and behavior also play a big role in the process of consideration. In addition to being involved in school activities, Wang is also an

active participant in Upward Bound at Southeastern University in Hammond. The program is similar to a tutoring, where students can take college level classes. In other words, the program is designed to offer a guidance to the students with subjects they are struggling in. “Ever since my freshman year, I would go to this program every Saturday for three to four hours,” said Wang. The next step in the process will be competing for District Student of the Year. Students will be judged based on the strength of their accomplishments compiled in a binder. The committee will make its decision sometime in January. The faculty and staff of Grace King have expressed much pride in Wang. “Lily is an athlete, a perfect student, a great friend and a woman with great passion and enthusiasm for many things. There isn’t anything she can’t do,” said history teacher Betsy Dyer.


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Community Service: Participation on the rise By Linda Lin Staff Writer

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Executive Board member Leena Mansour volunteers to spend time with students at A.C. Alexander.

Although school spirit has been questioned this year, student participation has been on the rise. “For things like breast cancer and domestic violence, it really hits hard. People are more aware,” said Executive Board sponsor Walter Sologaistoa. To raise awareness, Breast Cancer Week and Domestic Violence Week was sponsored by Executive Board. Students were offered pink lemonade, grape juice, hand printing and ribbons. Penny Wars and Bykes for Tykes are also sponsored by Executive Board. Bykes for Tykes raised over $1,200. The money allows students to donate bikes to children in need. Executive Board also visited the students who would be receiving the bikes at A.C. Alexander. Grace King has been continuing this event for 14 years. Executive Board also participated in Headstart, where they volunteered. Unicef and Key Club teamed up to

organize a fundraiser. A total of $226 was collected. Money was also collected for Project INSPIRE, a project that helps children suffering from pediatric cancer. The money was donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital. Key Club participated in many other community service events. A blood drive collected 86 pints for Melanie Rieger, a history teacher at Grace King. They sponsored red ribbon week and a school library cleanup on Nov.10. Key Club members cooked and served the homeless at the Ronald McDonald House, a organization that has been providing a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized child at little or no cost since 1974. 4-H held a book drive that collected over 150 books for the Battered Women’s Shelter’s flea market. 4-H is assisting with a toy drive ran by ROTC by making signs and promoting the event. 4-H is also tending a vegetable garden by the gym. They are hoping to grow vegetables an herbs that will be used be the culinary class.

Protesters wearing out welcome with authorities By Eric Sheu Managing Editor

Student protesters in University of California, Davis who were sprayed with pepper spray by the police has gained national attention. The Occupy Wall Street movement in New York sparked the student to set up camp on campus. The chancellor of the university ordered for the students to be removed from campus. When police ordered students to disassemble the tents, they refused and joined together, sitting armin-arm. Campus police then proceeded by spraying the unarmed students with pepper spray. The group was escorted by police while the crowd chanted “Shame on you!” Eleven students were treated by paramedics for injuries, two were sent to the hospital.

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Occupy New Orleans protestors set up camp across from City Hall in Duncan Plaza and have remained in the area since Oct. 6.

The events that sparked the protest at U.C. Davis took place in New York with Occupy Wall Street. The movement, which started on Sept. 17, 2011, has fought against social inequality and the “corrosive power of major banks.” Occupy Wall Street’s most

recent event on Nov. 15 resulted with New York police arresting 140 protesters in Zuccotti Park, located in New York’s financial district. The movement in New York was not just limited to Zuccotti Park. Protesters were seen demonstrating on subways, in front of the New York Stock

Exchange and on the Brooklyn Bridge. The Occupy Wall Street Movement has inspired other major U.S. cities such as Los Angeles, Detroit, Chicago, Portland and Houston. Unlike the movement in New York, protesters in these and other cities around the country were considered less of a threat. The crowds of Occupy Wall Street protesters gathered around the city’s old bridges to point out the problems cities had in repairing its own infrastructure. New Orleans had its own version of the Occupy Movement where protesters have set up camp in Duncan Plaza in front of City Hall since Oct. 6. On Friday Dec. 2, Mayor Mitch Landrieu advised protesters camping out in Duncan Plaza that “now would be a good time to get up and go.”


Charter schools on the horizon By Leonel Castell Features Editor

Acting superintendent Dr. James Meza was instrumental in the development of the charter school network in New Orleans public schools. Since Dr. Meza has assumed control of Jefferson Parish, ten groups have applied for 13 charter slots. Of those slots, 2 have been approved as of Dec. 7. Some of the applicants include the groups running schools in New Orleans such as Choice Foundation and International School of Louisiana, which both got approved. There are concerns in Jefferson Parish regarding some of the Orleans Parish charter schools like Abramson High School which made headlines this year for glaring faults such as an absence of teachers for weeks at a time and only one special-needs instructor for a school of almost 600. Despite the large number of charter schools found in Orleans Parish after Hurricane Katrina, Jefferson Parish Public Schools have remained traditional. A new school board however has swayed Jefferson Parish to put charter schools on its list of reforms. Dr. Meza, however, says that he has no intentions of rushing the process, meaning that it is unlikely that all 13 of the charter slots will be filled. Although Dr. Meza was not available for an interview, he had this to say to the Times Picayune, “This will be a major shift in how the school system functions. With that comes a major shift in the hiring of teachers and the choices of parents. as much as we can, we want to maximize the chances for success.” The two new charter schools are expected to open sometime in August. A location has yet to be decided on by the school board. Some of the possible campuses include any of the schools that are planned to be closed next summer as part of a cost-saving consolidation plan. Officals have yet to announce any specific school closures.



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Health concerns prompt USDA to impose new regulations By Diane Ottallah Staff Writer

A lot of high school students are becoming more aware of what is going into their bodies when they eat a meal. They come to school with the mind-set that school lunches are very bad for their bodies but, the case is the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) will not let schools serve extremely un-healthy lunches. The USDA is very involved in what pupils are consuming. They have changed the school lunch guidelines for the first time in 15 years. The proposed changes to school meal standards, which would add more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, fat-free and low-fat milk to school meals, are based on recommendations released in October 2009 by the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine (IOM) and presented in their report, School Meals: Building Blocks for Healthy Children. After asking cafeteria manager Lorna Saravia, who has been in the school system for the past 16 years, says that she believes the new guidelines have no real effect on Grace King school lunches. In California, many schools are having their lunches prepared off-site at catering companies. At Grace King, only the pizza, 200 slices per day, are prepared off-site. The school lunch choices are nutrious. “We have of lean meats, and we don’t use butter or grease. We don’t

fry anything anymore, we bake everything,” Saravia said. Many kids complain about the lunch choice but that’s not up to the cafeteria workers; it’s up to the main office, The Director of Child Nutrition. Tenth grader, Sydney McLurkin, said, “Sometimes I feel like the lunch choices are healthy, and sometimes they aren’t.” The only input Saravia has in the school lunches is when it is manager’s choice day. When asked if she ever felt frustrated about the lack of say she has in school lunches, Saravia responded, “Sometimes, I would like to serve something else.” The changes that the USDA are calling for are limiting fries Nicholas de la Torre and offering more fruits and Oscar Amador, Kerri Klein, Zack Doell And Richard Harold eating the hot lunch in the vegetables. These improve- cafeteria. Cafeteria Manager Lorna Saravia said King not effected by USDA guidelines. ment reflect the seriousness of childhood obesity. Some other school meal proposed school lunches now can’t have less than 750 calories and rules are to decrease the amount of starch and sodium no more than 850 calories. Some other changes are to inand to establish calorie minimums and maximums. High crease whole grains and minimize trans fat.

Students struggle to maintain balance between work and school By Nicholas de la Torre Photographer

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Jennifer Smith preparing a pizza for delivery at Papa John’s on West Esplande and Causeway.

Due to the economic situation an increasing number of students are joining the workforce. Senior Hayden Tobin works almost 30 hours a week at Reginelli’s Pizzeria to support himself. Unfortunately, his late hours cause him to fall behind on his school work because he can’t stay awake in class. in most cases his teachers are understanding of his situation. Although having your own money is a good experience for teens to learn from, there are some negative aspects to working while in school. According to a recent study by the University of Michigan, high school students who work one to 15 hours a week in their senior year had completed a bachelor’s degree; however, every five hours of work over that was associated with

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an eight percentage point drop in completion. Only about 20 percent of those who work over 31 hours will complete secondary school. Erikiesha Bailey is a student in the top ten percent of her grade who is on both the yearbook staff as well as being an award winning track athlete while juggling a part time job at Taco Bell. Like any teen she’ll lose sleep and miss deadlines, but she prioritizes. “School comes first no matter what. So when there’s something big due, I usually take off the night before,” Bailey said. Students like Jennifer Smith, who works at Papa John’s around twenty five hours a week, often sacrifice sleep to get school work finished once home from their job. “I balance by just going with it...go to work, get home and finish any work for school that I have to and go to sleep. It repeats almost everyday,” Smith

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said.Her money is for personal use; she often misses dinner at home so a lot of it is spent on food. The rest is for recreation and gas for her car. Regulations are strict on how many hours a minor can work. Rules such as a minor cannot work 5 hours without having a break, and a minor cannot work more than 25 hours a week, So most students will work only a few hours after school and then a full 8 hour day on the weekends. Work permits and breaks are required before a minor works five hours.Most will say that having a job is good for a teen. It teaches responsibility and gives them idea of what the real world is like, as well as having a chance to make an spend their own money. Whether it be to support their families or themselves, spend on luxury items, or save for the future a job is a good way to do that, if you can find the right balance.

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and students who showed up to the night show was larger compared to the past. Astounding cast members With the new performing arts stepped up to fill in due to some cast building scheduled to open in January, members being out. The outcome the Talented Theatre Department left Maggiore, very impressed with is working to develop its program. the turnout. The next play coming up is the So far this year, the department has staged two full length plays, “Our 1982 play, “The Dining Room”. Since Maggiore is setting a similar Town” and “The Dining Room”. “The production itself as a whole theme for the semester, expect some went very smooth, and I thought the similarities within the two. “Both story we were trying to tell was very ‘The Dining Room’ and ‘Our Town’ clear,” Talented Theatre Director go through a course of time. The thing that parallels them both is they Randolph Maggiore said. The 1938 play, “Our Town”, are both telling a story about family performed in October, is about a overtime.” Maggiore said. Performing in the “The Dining fictional town in the state of New Hampshire. It tells a story of two Room”, Ariel Fuentes, will be families over a period of 13 years performing for the school for the intertwined with each other as the first time. “I’m slightly nervous, not children grow up and reflects basic nervous enough to mess up though. I life in a small town. Although issues am still confident that I’m gonna do were in occurrence, such as sound what I need to do,” Fuentes said. “I keep my fingers crossed all the difficulties and problems with time, an opportunity was created to improve time, in the magic of theatre, that Eric Sheu for the next show. The department usually everything falls into place. Juniors Ariel Fuentes and Sarah Reiner rehearse almost sold out of the morning show, Everyone’s right where they should for “The Dining Room”. and the number of parents, teachers be,” Maggiore said. By Nga Nguyen Staff Writer

Interest in religous organizations on the rise By Jessie Chen Staff Writer

With the ongoing scandals in the Catholic Church, many people have become disillusioned by religious organizations. At King however, many students seem to be embracing their faith.You may have noticed an increase in teens carrying Bibles around school campus.“I think there has been a lot of people stepping up, especially at Grace King.” said junior Anthony Wade. There are several organizations, such as Next Generation and Bible Study/Life Group, that are dedicated to promoting the Christian faith. About 40 students in Bible Study/Life Group convene in different classrooms on Thursdays and Fridays to learn about the Christian faith.“The leader talks about God through a sermon, and it’s a place where you can be a family,” sophomore Carmin Frisard said.

In addition to school-related activities, many devout Christians also attend Celebration Church, which hosts multiple activities such as worship rights, youth and adult services, and retreats. “I participate in as many things as I can.” Frisard said, Jessie Chen who has been attending the church Emily Hornsby meets with fellow Christian students in Paige Dyer’s room Thursday during lunch. for five years. Sophomore Emily Hornsby is also active in the for a local church. Three other students church. She recently worked with other will be attending. The Celebration members of her group to help clean a Church has also done work in countries building that was struck by lightning. such as Honduras and Haiti. “It keeps me going through the times Hornsby plans on attending a mission trip to Alaska from Jun. 3-30 to help I feel like I’m going to fall,” Frisard feed less fortunate and do service work said.

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Studying abroad offers exposure to new cultures By Tia Banerjee Staff Writer

According to the National Association of Foreign Student Advisers (NAFSA), less than one percent of college students in Louisiana go abroad to study. Loyola sends the highest percentage of students overseas, with eight percent of their student body, or 400 students per year. UNO and Tulane send abroad about 500 students per year, and LSU sends about 600 students per year. Several aspects are considered when it comes to the total cost of going abroad to study: tuition and program fees, travel costs, the cost of living, the length of stay and the currency exchange rates. These numbers vary depending on the university and destination. The total price can range from $3,000 to $6,000. Scholarships are available specifically for studying overseas. “There are a lot of scholarship programs that are specifically targeted at underrepresented populations that include students of color, or from minority ethnic backgrounds, males, students from the south, first generation college students and students with high financial needs,” Mariette Thomas, the Study Abroad Adviser at Loyola University, said. The Gilman Scholarship is a national scholarship funded by the government that aims to send undergraduate students abroad. Only 11 percent goes to the south due to the small number of applicants. According to NAFSA, Europe is the most popular destination among college students, with the United Kingdom getting the most visitors. Thomas says that France is particularly trendy among Louisiana natives because of the historical connection between the two. A trip to another country can take up to six months in advance to plan. There are programs to look at, fees to pay and a passport and visa to take care of. Alisa Townes, Study Abroad Peer Adviser at Loyola, says that most students worry about the language barrier. “Take whatever language courses you have to take seriously,” Townes said. Studying in another country is an enriching opportunity that many colleges offer. “Nearly all of the students who come home after they study abroad describe the experience as life-changing and transformative.” Thomas said. “It gives you the opportunity to see how the world works.”


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Complexity of

Teen Relationship Teen dating can be as complicated and as volatile as those of adults. These relationships seem to be a hot topic in the media. Portrayal of teens in movies, television shows or in music appeal to a wide audience. But how accurate are these portrayals?

Relationships may encourage mental health advantage of being in a relationship is the fact that one can gain a clearer aspect of their identity and what they genuinely value. “I think it is only beneficial because you learn about yourself. You learn what you look for in person that Ever come across those lovesick couples holding hands makes you like them. You also learn what you don’t while trying to get to class on time? Why do teens even want want in a relationship,” Bui said, who had been in to be in a relationship in the first place? There are numerous a long term relationship. obstacles teens have to overcome, struggling to find their Despite how teen dating may seem as the inner selves while determining what they realization of friendship and love, it expect from a partner. Teen dating in can become a source of major general is complicated, fraught Developments in anxiety. “There’s a lot mental with painful insecurities and abuse that goes into teen a mixture of emotions. teenage romance dating, especially for the Relationships help on girls,” Dyer said. “It’s improving the youth’s taken so personally; interpersonal skills • Interpersonal skills it injures them according to a Youth • Identity mentally.” Center for Excellence Setbacks are • Trust r e s e a r c h . Wi t h t h e i r prevalent in teenage experience of dating, teens • Social skills relationships as they enhance communication may encounter verbal, • Emotional support and develop empathy. emotional and physical “Empathy strongly develops abuse. According to Child when you truly care about that Trend Research Brief, teen girls other person to the point that are more likely to have a severe opinion if they are sad, you’re sad too,” on verbal and physical abuse, as opposed senior Katherine Cruz said. “If you to teen boys. “I experienced what I thought don’t have a good communication with was love, happiness, sadness and excitement,” Bui your partner, any little argument you guys have said. “When we would argue about dumb things, it would can turn into a fight that can lead to breaking up.” affect my emotions and I don’t think teens need that.” Faculty members are divided as to the appropriate age to “Teen dating can completely destroy any kind of friendship begin dating. “I don’t think freshmen should date at all,” social you had with someone if the relationship doesn’t work out,” studies teacher Betsy Dyer said. “The younger get involved junior Dylan Frese said. too seriously and are the ones who have the most difficulty,” Although breakups might cause emotional depression for Counselor Brenda Wilson said. young people, it may have a positive side effect. It makes A factor that may impact teen dating is the amount of youth emotionally stronger and expands on their coping maturity of that individual student. Teens may not be fully skills required later in life, according to the 2003 research of prepared for a relationship mentally as they cannot focus Barber & Eccles. “Usually, after a rough breakup, you feel other things, such as school. Counselor Contrina Thomas also much better off without them than you would with them. In commented, “If they start dating too early, their minds are not the long run, it’s more beneficial,” Frese said. maturely ready enough in order to handle other necessities Depending on the quality of the relationship, one can for success.” develop self esteem and set personal values, thus furthering Peer pressure may also play a key role when deciding to the foundation of a long-term committed relationship in be in a relationship. “Others could be affected by what others adulthood. “It helps you know yourself even more and find out expect in a relationship,” sophomore Jayde Bui said. “Some your weaknesses and strengths which shows you the solutions people just date to fill an empty space and that they want to to your mistakes,” Cruz said. be loved.” The mental capacity for decision making does not Most romantic relationships are like friendships, shared fully mature until the age of twenty-four, as a research in interactions that are expressed by both partners. A key Psychology Today explains. Therefore, teens may make their reason that teens might be decision based on impulses. “It’s better if parents give their involved in a relationship kids the opportunity to date because they’re probably going is for experience. “All to do it anyway, as long as they know the background of their experience, good or partner,” Thomas said. bad, progressively Through the aspect of an adult, teen dating is generally contributes to our considered healthy as long as there’s some kind of limit. emotional growth if “Going out socially, whether it’s the movies, a coffee shop or handled properly,” a dance, is a healthy thing teens do,” Wilson said. “The simple Wilson said. things in life are truly the most pleasurable.” Perhaps the greatest By Bianca Shrestha Staff Writer

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Romance, due to personal experience or portrayal in the media, may be one of the most iconic and recognizable facets of high school life for most people, though contrary to the popular portrayal of these kinds of relationships, they may not always be healthy or beneficial for either of the teens involved. In many cases, high school relationships can be founded on a something more unstable than attraction or compatibility. One problem present in a large number of high school relationships is codependency, which is usually defined as a situation where one or more people in a relationship value the other person, or the relationship itself, more then they do themselves. They will often try to control and provide everything in the relationship without considering their desires or needs, and so will be continually setting themselves up for disappointment and unfulfillment. This can put their partner’s happiness at risk as well.

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pendent people will be distrusting, or be overbearing and will avoid expressing their feelings. another common issue amongst relationships, and is very frequently hat is completely ignored in a high ronment. Warning signs of abuse de a partner who is controlling, olence, easily angered, or overly cording to the Alabama Coalition mestic Violence about one in three l students will be or have been an abusive relationship, and that t of teenage girls aged 14 to 17 say someone their age who has been assaulted by a boyfriend. Teenage nlimited reports that 61 percent of who had been in a relationship said er had made them feel embarrassed t themselves. Teenagers who have abuse in relationships are also more involved in abusive relationships are adults, according to National njury Prevention and Control. One mmissioned by Liz Claiborne Inc

and found that one in five 13 or 14 year olds in relationships say they know peers who were struck by an angry boyfriend or girlfriend, and sixty-two percent who have been verbally berated by their dates. At a conference coinciding with the release of the survey, Jane Randel, Liz Claiborne Inc’s vice president of corporate communications, said, “What makes this data so disturbing is the clear and unexpected finding that dating abuse and violence begins at such a young age.” As teenagers become more independent from their parents and family, their relationships and romantic partners can become an ever increasing source of emotional support and stability. Dating also provides a means for youth to improve their interpersonal and social skills. Romantic involvement with a peer can promote development of an adolescent’s ability to negotiate, communicate, empathize, and teach them how to be comfortable with and maintain intimacy. The development of a sense of identity can also be facilitated as youths who can communicate and be intimate and trusting with a partner gain a better understanding of who

they a r e and what their needs and desires are. Teens can build stronger and healthier relationships by working to improve trust, respect, mutual support, communication, honesty, and still maintain their own sense of individuality. In thriving relationships, adolescents can thrive, but in relationships that are toxic, they can both suffer. Situations in which both partners value the other’s feelings, space and safety and respect eachother’s independence is key to a flourishing and healthy relationship. It’s important for youths to communicate and see each other as trusted equals if they want to build a partnership where both can be happy and successful together.

Love is becoming one of the most complicated aspects in a person's life, as the definition of love is constantly changing and evolving. When we were younger, most people in relationships defined love as a profoundly tender, passionate affection for another person. Now, it is slowly being defined as a sexual passion or desire for another. According to Kevin Spaulding, sex is no longer a sacred subject to speak about anymore. Because of this new revolution, couples can now openly discuss their feelings of sexual satisfaction and desires. Because of new birth control methods being released, sex is now seen as more of an activity for fun, instead of being a reason to have children. Nearly everyone wants the feeling of being in love and being able to share knowledge, insights, and experiences with another person which they are attracted to. In the past, people were attracted to others that were similar to them and had the same goals. Now, the first thing people care about and are attracted to is the physical aspect of a relationship. “The physical aspect is becoming teens’ main concern with relationships because of how the media believes people should look and act,” said junior Oscar Amador. Because of how the media views ‘beauty’, teens may change how they look in order to look like others. According to John Alan Lee, a retired professor of psychology, there are six different forms of love in relationships including: Agape, a love that is selfless and giving; Eros, a couple that is passionate and self-disclosing; Pragma, a relationship that requires a partner that satisifies preexisting conditions; Storge, people that are friendship-oriented; Ludus, which includes being fun and non self-disclosing; and Mania, lovers that are dependent and jealous. Many couples tend to become attached to a physical relationship because they are afraid that if the physical attraction stops, so will the relationship. They try to seek intimacy because of their fear of rejection. People with this state of mind tend to not have a hard time developing emotionally stable relationships. “Many people are so wrapped up in the idea of being in a relationship that they begin to lose the emotional aspect of it. And I think that will always be the most important part,” said senior Joshua Do. Because of this attachment, many relationships have to deal with the aspect of infidelity. When a person is in a relationship based on sex and with someone they have no feelings for, they believe it is okay to have relationships with other people in order to get the emotional connection they are not getting in their current relationship. Many teenage relationships are also based on lust, which is the urge for sexual gratification and release. Most of the time, there are no feelings of commitment and is associated with the increased levels of testosterone in both of the sexes. Teens get so involved in this physical attraction that they forget about their health and lifestyle, and therefore the teen pregnancy rate is slowly increasing over time. “Many teens rush into physical relationships because they want to feel loved, even if the emotional connection is not fully there,” said sophomore Kayla Alvarez. Although many couples do focus mostly on sexual relationships, there are others that are truly in love. They believe in romance and they want to be with someone who they can share everything with. Even though it may take a few times before we find the right one, it is ultimately worth the wait. We begin to understand ourselves and others when we are in love.



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Eight Kolleens were chosen to attend The Goodwill Performance in Rome over the Thanksgiving break. The Goodwill Performance was held by American All-Star, a dance service based company that provides support to dance team members and sponsor. The performance is an exposition that allows high school girls to perform the dances they learned at the American All-Star Camp over the summer in other countries. During the American All-Star Camp, each person that attends learns and works on new technique. They learn five dances within three days. The dancers then choose one new dance they learned to perform as a competition dance. The judges then award ribbons on their allaround performance and attitude towards their team members, other team members and dance instructors. The staff of the American All-Star chooses who will attend the Goodwill Performance, which was held in Rome this year. “We visited the Pantheon, the Colosseum, St. Peter’s Church and St. Paul’s Church,” said senior Captain

Alexis Quackenbush. “We went to Florence, and we visited the Trevi Fountain; that was the most beautiful thing ever.” The eight Kolleens that attended the Goodwill Performance this year were Emily Duplantis, Kayla Alvarez, Lydia Chon, Marissa Mayfield, Alexis Quackenbush, Jacqueline Frederic, Destiny Ponville and Shakira Morgan. They stayed in Rome from Nov. 19-25. “I learned a lot more than I expected,” said junior Co-Captain Jacqueline Frederic, “and it was a life-changing experience.” The funding for the trip came from working at various places such as working the concession stands at The MercedesBenz Superdome and bagging groceries at Winn-Dixie supermarkets for tips. They also relied on family support. “It was amazing,” said sophomore Lydia Chon. “I got to see a lot of famous sights I never dreamt of seeing. I was very tired though because of the time difference.” “It was a really great experience and to experience it so young... I’m only 17, and I got to experience this whenever most people don’t get to experience in their life,” said Quackenbush. “They did wonderful,” said Kolleens Dance Team Director Jill Fischtziur. “That’s how they do overall. Anything they do, they’re awesome at.”

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Soccer team holding their own against top teams in state By Nga Nguyen Staff Writer

As the soccer season unravels, the Boy’s Varsity Soccer team is demonstrating their hard work and devotion on the field. While speaking to sophomore midfielder Hisham Abdelaziz about his individual outlook on the upcoming season, he had plenty to address. “I am ready to progress and improve as a soccer player this season, I’m sure we all are. We work hard and we try our best to not our coach and each other,” Abdelaziz said. Although certain issues arise, players recognize their weaknesses and plan on working on it. “If it’s anything we need to work on, it would be our sportsmanship and communication skills with one another. We need to work on encouraging each other, instead of getting angry with each other,” Abdelaziz said. Grace King’s first district game against

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Senior Melin Portillo drives the ball down the feild during the game against Chalmette high. The team won 2-1.

Chalmette, Nov 29, resulted in a cheerful victory of 2-1. Goals scored by sophomore left midfielder and sophomore triker Adam Quershi. However, the loss of the big game against Jesuit on Dec. 6 left few players disappointed. “Losing a game is hard for us, but it is just an opportunity for us to learn from our mistakes and get better,” Abdelaziz said. The 2-0 game was not too bad, to say Jesuit is number four in the state. Striker Adam Qureshi said, “The team is only going to get better. We work hard at every practice so we will be ready anytime for any game. Soccer is a game played with your feet, but more with your mind. You have to make sharp decisions in the game to go for the win. Go big or go home!” The rest of the season will be a success with the dedication of the outstanding soccer team. “The team is prepared to grow and have a great season. The rest of the season will be amazing, and we are looking forward to develop as individuals, but of course more of a team,” Abdelaziz said.

New Orleans native and LSU standout receives national attention By Donquelle Theodore Ads Manager

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Heisman candidate and LSU standout Tyrann Mathieu played high school football at St. Augustine High School where he received multiple MVP awards. Due to his size, he was not heavily recruited. He is 5’7 and weighs 175 pounds. This only helped motivate him. Matheiu attended a football camp in Tennessee, and soon his talent was recognized. Based on his performance, He was offered a scholarship to LSU. “He was always interested in LSU, and it was close to home”, said Mathieu’s mother, Shelia Mathieu. During his freshman year, one of his teammates gave him the nickname “Honey Badger”, because of his intensity and fearlessness. Matheiu is known for creating exciting plays. For example, in the SEC Championship game against the Georgia Bulldogs his 62-yard-punt return helped turn the game around. Later that week Matheiu received the Chuck bednarik award and the title of number 1 defensive

player in the nation to go with it. In another big game against the Arkansas Razorbacks, Mathieu scored a 92-yard punt return and forced a crucial turnover that changed the momentum of the game. Mathieu racked up 8 tackles by the end of the game. Due in large part to his performance in these two high profile games, Mathieu was nominated for the Heisman trophy. “He is very excited, Donquelle Theodore but he knows it’s a Shrine dedicated to Mathieu at Tyrann’s home showing a mix process and he continues of his accomplishments throughout his life. to be humble and patient,” Shelia Mathieu said. second, then academics and everything Mathieu and his family taveled to New else should fall into place,” Shelia York on Thursday Dec. 27. Mathieu said. Although the national attention LSU will face the Alabama Crimson he has been receiving may feel a bit Tide for the national championship on overwhelming, Mathieu’s mother tries to Jan. 9 in New Orleans. It will be the keep him grounded. second time the two teams met this year. “I tell him him put God first, family LSU beat the Tide by a score of 9-6.

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Traditions evolve over generations and lose original meanings It is that time of year again; it is the season of gift giving. These days, gift giving is no longer thought of as an act of generosity, but rather, as an act one is required to complete merely as “tradition.” As most of us will go around and give gifts to people, some refuse then make excuses to make up for it. The most common excuse people will throw around is “I do not have money to buy gifts.” That may be true, but society does not expect you to get everyone an expensive gift such as an iPod. The “spirit of giving” is about the thought, not the price value of the gift. Any homemade, inexpensive gift can be just as meaningful as an expensive store bought gift. In fact, it could be argued that homemade gifts have more value than store bought gifts in the sense that much time and effort were put into the gift. Anyone can run over to the store and pick out something, whereas homemade gifts require thought, planning, time and hard work. A gift does not have to be a material thing, either. A gift could be a service, something as simple as one free foot massage for your spouse! The spirit of giving is about acts of kindness and showing someone that you care. Many will also believe financial status plays a big role in gift giving. Of course, someone who is rich and totes around their money will probably be quick to spend money on elaborate gifts for their friends or family. People who do not have that kind of money though, will probably be discouraged by this. But again, gifts should not judged by how much you bought it for, but the thought behind it. Everyone, poor or rich, has something to give, whether it be a grand gift or simple, modest gift. Not being financially well off does not give one the right to pull out an excuse to not be able to give, it is the “spirit of giving.” As economic hardship is seen everywhere these days, somehow, people still manage to give during this season. Take Grace King for example. We are currently going through an economic crises; major renovations are being done, yet we still pull through and donate to the less fortunate. Bikes for Tykes is an example of how we still manage to give in this time of hardship. All the students of King chip in so we can pull together money to buy bikes for young, less fortunate children. In closing, if Grace King, a school with bigger things going on, can do something simple like donate bikes to kids who can not afford it, then why can’t everyone pull through to give?

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Advances in technology result in new boundaries are all surrounded with these devices. We truthfully love them. We say that we can not live without them. We want to use them, but why? Why can we suddenly not live without these devices, but almost five years ago we did? Maybe because it connects people together or maybe we’re supposed to like it because it is entertainment. Eric Sheu We spend too much time with these Managing devices and it affects us. How many people Editor are still up at midnight on Facebook or with the phones? Everybody, right? Technology deprives us of our sleep. It separates us from our families. It costs us thousands of dollars a year. If we could just stay away from them, Today we seem to get obsessed with turn off all Wifi, turn off all cell phones, technology, from the way we use it to how we would probably feel a bit better sleep, it connects us. we would spend time with our friends and It seems like everyone’s walking around family. The mobile device tries to connect us with a smartphone and most of the time with people, but it severs us from people. It’s they are texting. If not texting, they’ll be mobile; it allows us be away from people. on Facebook or playing video games. We It’s also not the same as being face to

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face with a friend. Talking to a person face to face would be very much different than texting a person. Not that mobile devices are horrible and are going to take over the world, it was just never meant to be like this. We are supposed to hang out with people, but at the right time. We should know our limit with technology. We shouldn’t be up at midnight on Facebook or Twitter. Texting is one of many lines that we shouldn’t cross. For one, texting while with a friend or family member is just rude. It says that they are not important enough to stop texting for. Next is knowing when to stop gaming. Eight hours of playing League of Legends or Call of Duty is also pretty much overboard. We spend that same amount of time going to school. Technology is evident in our lives. We probably will not be able to live without it now or in the future. With it, we should just know our boundaries.

Kolleen encourages students to travel overseas I, along with seven other girls, were chosen to go to Italy over the Thanksgiving break. We saw many beautiful things, including the Catacombs, the Roman Forum, St. Peter’s Basillica, the Coliseum and much more. We even ate lunch at O’Vesuvio’s, which was where the Jersey Destiny Shore cast worked this past season when they were in Italy! Ponville While I was chosen to go on this trip Copy Editor because of dance team, anyone can go on a trip such as this. I know people who have been chosen for trips such as cross country, youth group, football, and other sports and organizations. Some students even go for their senior trip, and others go just for fun! I encourage everyone to take a trip out of While I am only 16 and in high school, I have gotten to experience something a the country. It’s a very unique experience to lot of people will never experience in their have, and to share with anyone. One thing lifetime: a trip to Italy. It was one of the best about going to Italy that I will never forget experiences I’ve ever had, and I believe I is going to see Pope Benedict XVI and listen will always remember it throughout my to him speak. How many people can say that they’ve seen the Pope? life.

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I also advise for you to use your trip to the fullest. Come with a good amount of money, so you can do and spend money on whatever you want. You don’t want to leave the country regretting not doing something! Do everything you’ve always wanted to do, and buy whatever you want. Even though I didn’t spend as much money as others did, I bought everything I wanted to, even Italian makeup! It is also a good idea to go on a trip with your close friends, so that you can share these memories with someone who understands how important that trip is. I’m glad I went to this beautiful foreign country with some of my closest friends on the dance team, including my sister! She is someone I will always be able to share memories with forever. Whether it’s Greece, Paris, Mexico, or even Italy, take a trip! Whether it’s for a day or even the whole summer, it will be one of the best trips of your life.

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Irish Eyes Volume 44 No. 3 Irish Eyes is a monthly publication in conjunction with the journalism program at Grace King High School. It is a member of the Quill and Scroll Journalism Honor Society, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association, American Scholastic Press Association, National Scholastic Press Association and the Louisiana Scholastic Press Association. Letters to the Editor are welcome and should be submitted to room 20-G. Irish Eyes reserves the right to edit any submissions. The views expressed in columns are those of the columnists. The views expressed in the editorial are those of the Editorial Board.

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Letters to the Editor

Junior strives for longer lunches On the topic of the new lunches, I would rather have one lunch primarily. I do, however, understand why we do not. There are less fights and it is less overcrowded. Two lunches have really prevented fights, but time is still an issue. We had a whole hour my freshman year! Last year, it got reduced to 45 minutes, now we’re reduced to 30 minutes. We have to cram to eat sometimes. Also, the amount of time we can attend meetings for clubs (like Bible Study, for me) is minimal. I believe a good solution for this problem is having 45 minute lunches with 15 minute independent studies. Hopefully, this proposal can be taken under consideration.


I was the ESL student who didn’t want to speak English. I thought I was a player.

Farah Alkhafaf, sophomore Senior dissatisfied with school renovations It has come to my attention that the second back gate is constantly closed off. This is a huge problem. The only exit is blocked off by buses and it causes a huge traffic jam. Parking lines are completely nonexistent. We build an entire art building, but can’t even have a decent parking lot. Another issue is that certain classrooms are being renovated to fit the new school motto “no distractions.” On the contrary , the very fact that the school is relocating classrooms and teachers is distracting. If you want to give the school a facelift , do it over the summer. Other than that, long live class of 2012! Annie Huang, senior

Sophomore dislikes waking up early Why do we have to wake up so early to come to school? I have to wake up at 5:30 to catch a bus at 6:20. Feeling exhausted and lacking focus, I think it is affecting my grades and my health. The School Board should oblige to students’, parents’ and teachers’ needs about time adjustment. I’m sure people will become more focused and test scores will improve.

Junior displeased with three minute tardy bell Upon the new rules at Grace King, there was one that bothered me the most - the new 3 minute tardy bell. I think that 3 minutes is not enough time to get to your locker as well as to get to class on time. I understand that some students have classes that are far away from other classes. Even though I try to get one class on time , I’m always five to ten seconds late! Three minutes is just not enough. Another factor that delays time are actually because of other students. Some students tend to walk slow and stop randomly in the hallway. Perhaps by adding another minute to the tardy bell would be a better solution to my problem. I am sick of receiving a detention for being tardy.

Anna Huang, sophomore

Karina Shareen, junior

Anthony Wade, junior

What stereotype did you fit in high school?

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The quiet nerd because I was painfully shy.

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Nonconformist and dreamy artist; some people thought I was weird, but I think I was just misunderstood.


Samah Hammad, freshman

Student feels block schedule restricts learning Block schedule has its advantages and its disadvantages. [Due to] block scheduling, you can take up to eight classes per year. What people don’t realize is that instead of taking your time and learning the material in depth, you are forced to rush through and not being able to absorb the knowledge for the future. Another disadvantage is the time. Each class is an hour and thirty minutes long, which results in students easily getting bored and sleeping in class more. Teachers struggle to grasp their students’ attention. In my opinion, block scheduling is not as effective as other systems.

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Student troubled by quality of water fountains Grace King has experienced many positive changes in my opinion. However, I have one complaint. I play sports and I have to drink a lot of water. Sometimes I don’t bring my own water, thinking I will drink from the water fountain. Wrong choice. The water fountains outside taste absolutely horrid. The temperature of the water is determined by the temperature outside. The water tastes like rusty pipes and metallic, non natural water. I’m sure water shouldn’t have a taste, but Grace King’s does. I would like to come to school and take a sip of water, not worrying about my health. Can we please invest in fixing the hallway sinks and outside water fountains for the sake of everyone at this school? Despite this main concern, I appreciate all the changes. Thank you.


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Kelly Casey

Brianna Payne

Opinions/Ent. Editor

Any majorette knows how much hard work and dedication it takes to be a great twirler. You have to be fearless and willing to go the extra mile to be a successful majorette.

I am the co-captian on the Irishettes Majorette team. Our team works hard, putting in hours of practice to prepare for football games, pep rallies and parade season. We practice year round, having practice throughout the summer. Twirling these sticks isn’t as easy as it may look. It takes a lot of hand cordination, arm strength and the abilitiy to move fast. Then after all of that, you have to have rhythm to stay on count, be able to perform the steps that go in the routines and act in unison. We work just as hard as any other majorette team, but we don’t get the recognition. We understand and accept that the majorette team isn’t the top priority in Grace King. But it’s hard when we constantly get compared to New Orleans schools’ majorettes teams. We get put down

because our team doesn’t look like theirs, which isn’t fair because we don’t have access to the same resources nor have the same support. At the New Orleans schools, the majorette teams usually have the chance to go out on the football field with their band. We never get that chance. We never get the chance to show what we are capable of besides during pep rallies. But even then, we don’t get attention unless the audience is drawn in by the music. But at the end of the day, no matter what is the thought of us, we still work hard to overcome the reputation we may have. We have more to offer than we get credit for. If people would actually watch us rather than criticize us, they would see it. I love being a part of the Irishette Majorette team and hope it continues long after I am gone.



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I was a nerd; I was in the girl scouts until 12th grade!

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iPhone not ceasing to amaze By Kimberly Dang Staff Writer

With many new smartphones hitting the market, there is no doubt that Apple’s iPhone is one of the most popular. First released in 2007, Apple continues to make more advanced phones as it faces competitions with Andriods and other phone systems. According to Apple, there are over 500,000 apps. Most people have heard the phrase “There’s an app for that” come from Apple at one point or another. Apple attempts to prove this phrase with their apps that can be used for businesses, fitness, entertainment, gaming, socializing, travel and much more. Apple’s App Store allows you to browse though the many apps, buy them and even gift them to someone. There is also a variety of free apps. On the iPhone, not only do you have access to the App Store, but you can also access iTunes. Other features included in the iPhone are FaceTime, iCloud, Game Center, Ping, YouTube and Voice Memo. Camera quality is also an attraction of Apple. Their newest phone, the iPhone 4S, has eight megapixels, which is 60 percent more than their previous iPhone 4. Apple claims the “you-can’t-believeit’s-on-a-phone-camera” may be the best camera for a mobile phone. After capturing a photo, you can even edit it on the phone. The battery on the iPhone can last up to 200 hours on standby. With all the things the iPhone can do, it is more likely

the battery will only last you six hours while using the internet and eight hours of talk time on 3G, according to Apple. The iPhone 4S will include the feature Siri. Siri allows you to speak to your phone like you would to any normal person, and it’ll do the rest. It’ll set reminders, send texts and e-mails, check the weather, find information and more while you speak. You can even ask Siri about Siri! The iPhone is available to many people. AT&T, Sprint and Verizon subscribers can all own an iPhone.

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vs Andriod raising standards By Bethany Coate Staff Writer

Apple’s iPhone is known for being one of the fastest, most advanced phone systems, but Androids are known for the best operating system. In early 2011, Google purchased the Motorola Mobility for approximately 12.5 billion dollars. This arrangement nearly doubled the sales according to AT&T. Android currently has about 320,000 usable apps. Most of the apps are the same as the iPhones, but there are some

Students overly excited for winter season Snowball fight!

Look! Snow!

I wish it would snow here! *sigh*

that iPhone wouldn’t have. Like true app integration, custom ROMs, custom home launchers, and automation. These apps could be really helpful for those who want the best out of their cellular device. Google added on the APIs add-on to give customers access to Google libraries like Google Maps. Android is now equipped with cloud to device messaging, so you can send messages from the computer to your phone easily. Android has been a competition to the iPhone for many years but hasn’t gained the title of the best technical phone. Androids offer physical and third party keyboards so it is easier to type. You can also toggle the wireless radio on and off. Android 4.0 lets you simply navigate their devices with a push of a button. Not only can you add shortcuts but you can embed application directly through interactive widgets. Their are six manufacturers using the Android operating system. The Android Galaxy SII has a speed of 12.6 Mbps but doesn’t reach the maximum speed of the iPhone. The android allows access to multiple information in just one screen frame. The Android 4.0 has a powerful voice input engine that allows a constant open microphone, streaming voice recognition. This gives you the text you want using the language you are speaking. Android 4.0 also has a completely new securing feature called Face Unlock. Face Unlock is a screen lock feature that allows you to unlock your phone with your face so no one else would be able to get on your personal device.

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