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Iowa: fields of opportunities, fields of awesome. Appreciate Advisory, it’s not that bad Guest Opinion: Elissa Lowe confronts commercial food production That’s what Shi said: Character Counts
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Could excessive multitasking be ruining our nation’s youth?
NEWS Mike Shi OPINION Kristine Hayes
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The Black and White’s best of the year awards
EDITORIAL Zach Winjum
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8-9 JHS grads give their top 13 pre-college tips 10 Timed lunches: Ever wonder where you can go in one lunch period? Smaha has. Roku Box is revolutionizing television
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One to one Discussing the possibility of have one laptop for every student words & layout Alexa Anderson Looking at schools with laptops Recently, director of technology Tony
Sparks, Instructional Technology Coordi-
nator Ann Wiley, Associate Principal Jerry Stratton and Superintendent Clay Guthmiller went to Westside High School in Omaha
to see what it is like for a school with lap-
tops. “Our district is continually looking for
what is best for learning for our kids and 1:1 laptops would be a tool,” Stratton said.
that the textbooks would be updated yearly instead of waiting ten years to get the next one with updates.
Another advantage of having laptops
is that computer labs wouldn’t be needed which would open extra classroom space.
“Knowing that every student in our build-
ing would have access to an educational tool to unlimited
The group decided to look at the
Omaha school because they wanted
to observe a larger school that would be
more like Johnston. “Small schools in Iowa
have laptops but larger schools have different needs,” Sparks said.
When they walked into Westside high
school, they noticed several differences. “Westside is a school with a significantly
different day structure called a module system,” Stratton said.
While there, Wiley noticed that there
were a lot of things happening. “Kids were
sitting in the hallways with their laptops open,” Wiley said.
Advantages and Disadvantages “Having laptops really would level out
the playing field. It would allow students that can’t afford computers to have access
to one and make it easier for research,” Sparks said.
Eventually classes may start to use on-
line textbooks. The advantage would be
is an advantage,” Stratton said.
However, Sparks said that there
isn’t a lot of research out there that proves
getting laptops for each student would improve test scores.
“We would also have to be careful of po-
tential dangers to students on the internet,” Stratton said.
What’s next? The committee has already presented
students would most likely be issued them
structure, hardware, community support,
in a year and a half.
tees will need to be formed, (like finance,
Cost? Apple has a combined price of many dif-
ferent unknown factors until the district de-
If the district chooses to adopt laptops
in front of the school board. More commit-
curriculum, ect.) much like Westside.
in two to four years. The earliest would be
“This is really just a work in progress right
Along with the committees, several new
now,” Sparks said. The committee does not
that all areas and aspects of getting lap-
“The reality is that it could happen two
cides to take laptops into action.
staff members would need to be hired so
know if getting laptops is possible.
exactly how much laptops would cost. “At
tops would get covered. “If you are going
years from now,” Guthmiller said. “It’s only
needed like desks, tables, or places for in-
teacher but I think it prepares our kids bet-
Right now the committee does not know
Westside [laptops] cost about $1.3 million
per year so it would probably cost a little less here,” Guthmiller said.
to have a tool, you have to look at what’s
a tool and it will probably never replace the
dependent work,” Stratton said.
ter for the future.”
“I think that laptops are beneficial, however, I am against getting them because to me it’s going to be an additional distraction.” -science teacher Matt Jaschen
“I think they would be a great resource instead of teachers needing to checkout the labs for use everytime. ” -Junior Malia Meyer
“At my old school we had laptops and it worked out well.” -Senior Caylan Cordaro
“I think we should get laptops because we wouldn’t have to buy books, teachers can utilize websites and it’s eco- friendly.” -Sophomore Erik Rasmussen
“We should have laptops in school because it would take out the weight issue for books, but it would be a bad idea because of the eyestrain.” -Sophomore Megan Albers
“I think that it’d be a good idea because there would be no excuse not to get homework done.” -Senior Victoria Orrante
“I don’t like it, because (the seniors) survived without them. It causes more issues with innappropriate sties.” -Senior Trevor Fisch
“The laptops would be portable, less expensive than books, more sercure and lessens the strain on your back.” -Sophomore Andrew Schwaderer
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Landlocked and lovin’ it words & layout
Many times, the benefits of living in the Hawkeye state
coasts, due to the fact that Iowa has a lot more to offer
the last time you heard someone say, “I am so glad to live
best in the country, we have a low living cost compared to
are more than overlooked, they are despised. When was
in Iowa”? For me, that is about as rare as finding a four-leaf clover in the desert. Not only is it that Iowa is looked down
upon, but the same people that diminish its greatness seem
besides corn and hogs. Our public education is one of the the coastal regions, and we also are able to experience all four seasons to the fullest, just to name a few.
As Iowans, we also have little to worry about. For ex-
to glamorize the East and West Coast in a way that makes
ample, a stolen iPod is about as malicious of a crime we
Perhaps the coasts sound so amazing because of the
disasters we face are tornados and thunderstorms. Com-
the rest of the country appear to be substandard.
dense population or the attractions that the Mid-west seems to lack, but since when are large crowds a good thing? Human nature tells us that people enjoy being around other
will ever encounter, and the only real threatening natural pared to the rest of the country’s problems, these are rather minuscule.
One of the unnoticed benefits of living in Iowa is the
people. It does not mean that behemoth-sized cities are
quality of meat that makes it to our dinner table. No matter
is a nightmare and people are practically breathing down
impossible to find a better cut of beef or pork than in the
ideal conditions. Living where parking is impossible, traffic your neck constantly sounds all but enjoyable.
Civilians are not the only ones that put the coastal life-
style on a pedestal; media is also notorious for it. When was the last time a network TV hit took place in Middle-
where one would travel to in the entire country, it is nearly great state of Iowa. Having these delicacies produced so
close to home not only fuels our stomachs, but our economy as well.
Don’t get me wrong, the cities of the East and West
America? If there are any, it is a rare occurrence. Almost
Coast are great places to visit, but living in such places
or California. It is as if there is a lack of creativity in the
say goodbye to any dreams of a backyard if you wish liv-
everything we see on television has a setting in New York
television planning. Although it may sound cheesy to con-
duct a television show from Des Moines, Iowa, it makes a little more sense than all the rest that take place on the
would be unbearable. The cost of living is outrageous, and
ing the “luxurious” city life. Football games, concerts and
Black Friday probably only scratch the surface of the large crowds that New Yorkers face on a daily basis.
Advisory attitudes need adjusting The school came up with an inge-
how hard your teacher tries or what you
nally a place and a group of people that
week. Not to mention they managed to
matter that the skills you are learning
not ever associate with that you can get
nious way to help students survive the make it useful time for the staff as well.
Wednesday late starts make the mid-
week slump turn into a weekly highlight. Another issue comes with every Wednesday too: Advisory.
do, Advisory will be dumb. It does not will be useful in the future or that the
Dollars for Scholars portfolios will eventually get you money for college, if you expect it to be boring or bad, it will be.
The biggest problem is the mind-set of
you will gain some insight or friendships
from this experience so you should at least give it a try.
Contrary to popular belief, Advisory is
students and teachers.
not just about bonding, it is about build-
set that it will be dumb, then no matter
at the school that you can talk to and fi-
If you go to Advisory with the mind-
Did you know that just six people are
The curriculum has been a work in prog-
However, there is the possibility that
things go wrong.” It is a learning curve.
work put into Advisory to just let it go.
to ensure that everyone will be happy.
and member of the Advisory board Aubrand new program and not have some
if you do not try. There was too much
in charge of everything we do in Advi-
sonalities randomly makes it impossible
drey Bell said, “It is impossible to start a
to know. Either way you will never know
I like Advisory. Mixing that many per-
It is a new program so naturally there
will be problems. Guidance counselor
you, under normal circumstances, may
ing skills useful in life, having an adult
sory? Or that they volunteered to do it? ress since 2008 to make the most of the
23 minutes we spend in Advisory. They have spent many hours on this. I think that deserves some appreciation. If not appreciation then at least respect.
Students could try to participate in
the activities and who knows, maybe they will get something useful out of it.
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Goals of Advisory Advocacy
Giving each student a staff member to connect with. Improving relationships between students and teachers.
Making everyone in the school feel more like they are a community with a stong atmosphere of equality.
Skill Development Building 21st Century Skills (i.e. critical thinking, problem solving, communication, collaboration, creativity, and innovation.)
Invigorating Expierences Doing group activities like door decorating, canned food drives and games during Advisory.
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guest opinion Elisabeth Lowe
Reusable bags, refillable water bottles, efficient light bulbs — these are all
ways that many young Americans are choosing to go green. But for a nation that is becoming more environmentally aware, is it possible that we’re overlooking
one of the most environmentally destructive factors? Is it possible that the standard American diet is responsible for universal terrors like water scarcity, world hunger and deforestation? While it’s hard to imagine that something as simple
as food could have such an extreme impact on the world around us, the production of some of these foods is quite complex and damaging. The culprit is hardly
innocent, yet the majority of the American population unknowingly contributes to
the 2.7 billion tons of CO2 emitted into the atmosphere each year (United States Humane Society, 2008).
But what exactly are we eating that is so destructive? According to a study
conducted by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the live-
stock industry harms the climate more than all cars and SUVs put together. A study by the National Institute of Livestock and Grassland Science in Japan
found that 2.2 pounds of beef is responsible for the equivalent amount of carbon
dioxide generated by a standard car every 155 miles. In simple terms, the excessive consumption of meat is affecting our planet. If you take into account that
30 percent of our planet’s ice-free land is involved in livestock production, it’s no wonder that this industry has had such a devastating impact on our world.
However, it is not hopeless. The livestock industry, like any other industry, will
respond to consumer demands. By supporting and purchasing from local, family
operated farms, you will significantly reduce your carbon footprint while increasing the likelihood of humane treatment to the animals you consume. Luckily,
money talks and you can encourage eco-friendly practices throughout the livestock industry without ever having to say a word. Everything from the light bulbs
you use to the food you eat makes an impact on the environment. Whether that impact is good or bad is entirely up to you.
Whatever happened to Character Counts?
Senior Elisabeth Lowe poses with sophomore Paige Cramer’s chicken. Cramer does not use animals for consumption, she shows them through 4H. According to VIva!USA, a non-profit organization against commercial livestock production, an estimated 23 million chickens are killed in the U.S. for food each day.
cow. Character Counts.
Character Counts did. Sure, I may have
lace and Beaver Creek being taught about
was taught Character Counts, but it sure
I remember in elementary school at Wal-
Character Counts. Those six pillars and the golden rule were everywhere. In every
lines for Character Counts. I still even have
something; it’s just that seeing that rubric
Seeing that application makes me wonder,
said words Mike Shi
what happened to Character Counts?
application, everything looks simple, just the basic extracurriculars and volunteer
stuff, with the occasional essay. As I get to the last page, I stop. What’s this? Citizenship? Responsibility? Respect? Trustworthiness? Fairness? Caring? In Bold?! Holy
A part of me misses Character Counts.
I’m not saying we should start teaching
a magnet on my fridge with all of the pillars.
Looking through the Dollars for Scholars
beat that stuff we did in middle school.
classroom and in all of the halls there were
six different colored posters with the guide-
been a naïve, impressionable kid when I
For some reason, when we got to the 8/9
building, we never saw or heard of Charac-
Character Counts again in advisory or on Character Counts made me a little nostalgic. I mean, what’s not to like about Character Counts? It’s that little piece that connects you to those early elementary years.
To think, some of the first things we were
ter Counts again, at least that’s what I can
taught in elementary school are now being
misremember. Gone were the days of color
It’s like we’ve gone full circle or something.
recall, it might have changed or maybe I coded codes of conduct. Instead, we had seminar and workbooks to teach us how
to be good citizens. Those worksheets in
seminar never really clicked for me like
used at the very end of our school careers. Only this time, instead of using Character
Counts to better ourselves and our community, we’re using it to get cold hard cash. Funny how that all ends up.
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A Lot on Your Mind How technology and multitasking are destroying students’ ability to focus.
Pencil, paper, history book, page 105, title, “The
Fall of the Roman Empire,” first paragraph, phone
Gatsby” for more than just surface level value.
Multitaskers say that they just need something to
rings, read text, send text back, back to book, second
calm them down so they can pay attention to what
finish conversation, back to book, third paragraph,
things,” senior Megan Curtis said. “I can’t work with-
paragraph, new text, new return, phone call, answer, use computer to play music, check e-mail, check
Facebook, check Twitter, back to book, paragraph three or four? Oh well, start over.
Sound familiar? Students have lost their ability to
focus and thus have succumb to the allures of multitasking. Trapped in a bubble, multitaskers do not realize that they are only hurting themselves.
they are doing. “I think silence is one of the loudest out noise. I get distracted by the silence and think
about a million other things.” Unfortunately, things
like music and Social networking have become almost entirely fluid. This means that students can
switch their attention to the distractions without noticing and waste large amounts of time and energy.
“Because of all the sensory overload, we have
It is easy to see why so many people buy into the
a generation of children who are almost scared of
discovered, time feels wasted when only one task
deprived.” Without the constant stimulation that mu-
idea of multitasking. Honestly, once multitasking is
is being completed. In theory, with the same amount
of time, someone could complete two or more tasks. Unfortunately, people need to wake up and face the
facts. Multitasking not only doesn’t work, it takes more time.
The human brain operates linearly, which is to say
that the human brain can only focus on one task at a
time. This means that, in reality, the modern view of multitasking is a myth. On the other hand, what can
silence,” Jesse Dowell said. “They can’t be sensory
sic or a cellphone brings, students can’t function. Multitasking has almost become a drug. When students are pulled away from their social media, their minds become scattered. All they can think about is
what they are missing. Multitasking obsessed stu-
dents spend their free time searching to get their
next social media fix while in the mean time, their schoolwork suffers.
When doing homework, or any type of work for
happen is the brain can switch back and forth from
that matter, students need to be able to sit down and
job done in most cases. Only if even one of those
tracted by their phone, they need to turn it off. If a
one subject to another extremely fast, which gets the tasks requires more than surface level thought, multitasking drastically slows down the pace of both activities, and is inevitably detrimental to the final result. A person can listen to music and brush their teeth,
but they can not listen to music and read “The Great
work until the job gets done. If a student gets disstudent gets distracted by the Internet, they need to
unplug it. They will find that they will have much more free time and that their stress levels will drop. Focus
is now a skill that needs work. It’s time to separate work and pleasure; sit down and get it done.
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awards 2 0 1 0
layout Evan Culbert & Kelly McGowan
Best of 2010. The Black & White has voted to bring you the best of the best in entertainment, from month long obsessions, to best video game. Here’s the second annual Black and White awards. So you can run and tell that homeboy.
Best month-long obsession
Season seven’s first 2 minutes and 24 seconds
were spent on the hilarious lip dub video featuring all my beloved office characters lip syncing and dancing around the office to the song “Nobody But
Me,” (if you missed it, look it up. It’s fantastic...I mean, Kevin in shades and a fedora with Meredith
strapped to his back exposing “nobody” written
across her stomach. lolz.) And so far we’ve seen Pam get herself stuck in an elevator with Dwight, result of a failed prank. We saw Dwight try being classy for an episode, then return to his regular “I
AM A BEET FARMER” self. Michael’s love for the
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unavailable Holly grows. This is clearly the best
Best Album-Animal Ke$ha
show of 2010, best show ever, actually. Sadly,
In the 365 days of 2010, the most popular album came
Michael Scott (Steve Carell) will not be there next
out the first day. Hit singles like “Blah Blah Blah,” “Your
season. “It doesn’t mean the end of the show,”
Love is My Drug” and “Take it Off” helped keep Ke$ha
Carell told E! News in June. “It’s jut a dynamic
in the spotlight throughout 2010. Animal brought in fans
change to the show.”
with its catchy hooks and party-girl vibe. It did not go without criticism, though. Heavy use of Auto-Tune left some
the masses, and our staff, fell in love with Animal.
Inception is an epic science fiction adventure that
people wondering if she could actually sing. Either way,
throws the audience into an infinite world of dreams.
Runner up best movie-TS3
From tangled layers of dreams to distorted views of
reality, Inception keeps its viewers heads spinning for
Which animated Disney Pixar movie’s
hours after the ending. There’s no competition, Incep-
sentimental ending made millions of soon-
tion is the movie of the year.
to-graduate teens pretend they weren’t crytrilogy spanned 15 years, becoming a memorable
part of the childhoods of its main character’s age
group. It was Toy Story 3, and It. Was. Phenomenal. TS3 is the best movie of the year because it has always been a part of our lives, so watching it brings out such a feeling of nostalgia towards
the simplicity of childhood before we, like Andy, drive off into the cloudy wallpapered horizon that is the future.
BP Biggest “Uh-Oh” Oil Spill
ing in the theater? The same movie whose
Best Artist-Taylor Swift
It’s no wonder why T-Swizzle is on the
B&W Awards for the second year in a
row. Her third album, Speak Now, sold over 1 million copies in the first week
alone. Look out for Swifty in the awards
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Point of no return... NW 62nd Ave
NW 62nd Ave
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Senior year brings privileges, one being the option to eat out. But how do you know how far is too far to venture? The B&W set out to discover how long it took to drive, order and get back; eating time not included. The clock started when the car did and stopped when the car was shut off back at the school parking lot. Johnston High School
HyVee Food styles: Chinese, deli, traditional lunch Time to drive/order: 17:34
NW 86th St
NW 54th Ave
Johnston Little League Baseball/Softball fields
Culver’s Food styles: Burgers, traditional lunch Time to drive/order: 23:55 *Point of no return
NW Johnston Dr
McDonald’s Food styles: Fast food Time to drive/order: 23:55 *Point of no return
Merle Hay Rd
NW 55th Ave
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Panchero’s Food styles: Mexican Time to drive/order: 19:58
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words & layout Ryan Smaha with the website, Hulu is a way to stream thousands of TV shows to your computer
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watch any episode from any season of your
the end of cable? satellite?
favorite shows, without the buffering of a slow computer. For just $12.99 a month
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you have access to Hulu Plus, half the price of DIRECTV’s cheapest plan.
For movie-lovers and sports fans look-
Many of us have heard the “back in the
ing for a more cost efficient and easy way
day” rants of our parents and grandpar-
to watch the game, or rent that movie, Netf-
ents many times, and are well aware that their “television sets” only had four black
The Roku box streams channels like hulu plus to your T.V. delivers Netflix movies instantly. Roku boxes start at $60.
lix and channels like MLB.TV have you cov-
today, but in 50 years what will we be say-
newest tech that is rising in popularity is the
for. This is where Roku saves you the big
them instantly, or watch any game live in
only had thousands of high definition chan-
Today many American families sub-
up to any TV and instantly streams media
to customize your own Roku box.
Hulu Plus, MLB.TV and amazon video just
anytime soon, but it certainly won’t blow
of these is Hulu Plus. For those unfamiliar
and white channels. It seems crazy to us ing to our grand kids? “Back in my day we
nels on our 72-inch flat-screens!” For now,
scribe to either cable or satellite TV. Fami-
developments transforming the way we
and usually end up watching a handful of
technology continues to improve, with new
lies spend hundreds of dollars for service
entertain ourselves each day. Perhaps the
channels out of the hundreds that they pay
bucks. Starting at just $59.99, Roku hooks anytime. Roku is compatible with Netflix, to name a few. Perhaps the most popular
ered. Rent movies using Netflix and watch
HD. Choose from multiple channel options Roku won’t replace satellite or cable
over as a trend either because of its con-
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Lips can be moisturized with
Vaseline. Before applying, take a
toothbrush and brush your lips in a circular motion to remove dry skin.
A 3.75 ounce jar of Vaseline can be purchased from Target for $1.82,
and a 13-ounce jar for $3.24. Doc-
tor Stefania Gatica, Advanced Reg-
istered Nurse Practitioner (ARNP), also recommended vitamin E to
Invest in a humidifier. Air full of moisture is good for the skin, and in the winter, the air
outside is dry and so is the heat that comes
from furnaces. According to About.com, your skin needs at least 30 percent moisture and a room heated by a furnace can have as
little as 10 percent. So, buy a humidifier from any supermarket (Target sells the one above
for $26.99) and keep it on in your room while you sleep. Make sure you keep your door closed to keep moisture locked in.
ways to keep away
keep lips healthy.
To keep hands from cracking, instead of
always washing your hands with water, try using hand sanitizer. According to Gatica, unless hands are visibly dirty, hand sani-
tizer is better to keep skin from drying out. If the hand sanitizer stations around the
school arenâ€™t enough, 2.7 ounces of Gold Bond sanitizer and moisturizer can be
purchased from Target for $3.54, or an 8
ounce bottle of Germ-X Moisturizing Hand Sanitizer is $1.84 at Walmart.
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Avoid using tap water to wash your face. Use mineral water instead. A
33.8 ounce bottle can be purchased at Target for $1.39. Also, avoid hot water when washing your face or taking a
shower, because it drys out the skin. Think lukewarm instead.
info from about.com unless otherwise stated
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Warm Wear for W i
Cableknit Trapper Hat
A soft fleece lining and thick knit
exterior covers your ears and head to
North Face Men’s
keep you warm.
Get it: American Eagle Outfiters,
The North Face designs
Pictured: Shae Atterberg
jackets specifically for
only one purpose: to keep wearers warm,
and this jacket is no
Get it: Scheels,
Designed for run-
ners, these gloves are
lightweight and close-fitting
to keep your hands warm on
Get it: Nike.com, $18
Classic gloves with a
twist. These gloves can
oonvert into a mitten for
days when it is extra chilly. Get it: American Eagle Outfitters,
Finding sweats that
are both warm and good
looking is difficult, but Victoria’s
Secret signature pants feel like your
favorite sweats and look fashionable.
Get it: Victoria’s Secret, $39.50
Medium Crew Sock
Smartwool socks are
made from the thick wool of
alpine sheep and are designed to
UGG Australia Classic
Real sheepskin lining makes
all UGG boots soft and warm
while the thick soles prevent any
snow from getting inside.
Get it: Dillard’s, $140
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keep feet warm in cold temperatures. They come in all heights and styles so they can be worn for all occasions.
Get it: Smartwool.com, $17.95
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snowboarders He can Method, Indie, 180 and 360. The lack of snow caused him to
wake up every morning and pretty much cry. He is obsessed with snowboarding, and so is his best friend.
“Around here I go to Boone, which is Seven Oaks,” junior Tyler Mori-
arty said. Moriarty and junior Sam Wendell snowboarded for the first time this winter on Dec. 10, opening day at Seven Oaks. Until then, they had to find another way to quench their thirst for snowboarding.
“We went the whole summer longboarding,” Wendell said. Wendell
said he heard that longboarding had a snowboarding feel, so they de-
cided to give it a try. “That’s what kinda kept me sane during the summer,” Wendell said.
While longboarding, Moriarty and Wendell were about to practice
carving and sliding, two things they can do while snowboarding as well. “(Carving) is like being able to turn really sharply,” Wendell said. He described sliding as kicking out your back foot so your board goes perpendicular to the street so you’re literally sliding on the street.
One thing you can’t do while longboarding is go off jumps, Wendell’s
favorite. “You can’t really go off jumps because you’re not strapped into a longboard,” Wendell said. The best jump Wendell has ever gone off is
in Dubuque, Iowa. “It was literally like a 40-foot jump,” Wendell said. He makes an annual trip there between Christmas and New Year’s.
Every spring break, Lutheran Church of Hope goes on a mission trip
to Denver, Colorado. Moriarty attended last year and plans to bring WenKelly McGowan/BW
Junior Tyler Moriarty jumps over junior Sam Wendell on his snowboard.
dell with him this year, who has never been to Colorado. There are two
days of actual missions, and then they hit the slopes. “I’m expecting a lot
Top: Juniors Tyler Moriarty and Sam Wendell pose with a “Do Not Sled Here” sign. Bottom: Moriarty and Wendell build a ramp.
Let it Snowsnowmobilers of fun and a lot of snowboarders that are better than me,” Wendell said.
words & layout Kelsey Kruse
Riding on an intertube connected to a snowmobile driv-
broken. “One of the snowmobiles doesn’t have brakes,”
his gazebo when Bisenius turned too fast. “I was dizzy af-
and forth really quick and let go of the accelerator. But,
However, Kraber said if he hadn’t been wearing a helmet,
took the other (to stop),” Kraber said.
en by senior Collin Bisenius, senior Joe Kraber ran into
Kraber said. So if you want to stop you have to turn back
terward but I got back on and kept going,” Kraber said.
“We could stop the snowmobile about the same distance it
he could have cracked his head open.
Kraber’s brother didn’t realize the snowmobile didn’t
Kraber and his family purchased three snowmobiles five
have brakes the first time he drove it and he ran into a
ment up until recently when Kraber sold two of the three
right over, and drove through without a scratch. “That was
years ago and have been using them for winter entertain-
fence. The fence was made of wood and he knocked it
due to new housing developments.
kinda funny cause I watched it happen,” Kraber said.
swered two weeks later. He got $1,000, making a profit
ber hit a deer. “The deer broke my hood, my windshield
fix the third snowmobile instead of selling it. “We wanted
and (the deer) got back up and ran off.” The damage: the
He advertised them on Craigslist and the ad was an-
However, snowmobiling can be dangerous. Once, Kra-
since he bought them for $800. They decided to keep and
and knocked me off,” Kraber said. “When I got up I looked
to keep at least one so we have something to do when it’s
deer had a little limp and Kraber had whiplash.
snowy,” Kraber said.
As for staying safe when riding a snowmobile, Kraber
It takes three to four inches of snow at the minimum to
recommends that you should always tell someone where
and above is ideal. However, Kraber said, “If there’s a lot of
where you are snowmobiling so you can avoid holes and
snowmobile, but it can only be run over once, so six inches
you are going in case of an accident, and to know the area
snow it’s too thick and you fall in.”
poles. His last piece of advice was, “Wear a helmet, and
The snowmobile they kept wasn’t the only one that’s
always use the buddy system, of course.”
Senior Joe Kraber poses on his snowmobile at age 15.
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Behind the brush words Isabella Engblom layout Ethan Meng
Tawny Walker-King ‘11 Not many students can say that they
have been to an art exhibit, let alone have their work displayed at one. Senior
Tawny Walker-King has her own art exhibit at the Polk County Art Gallery in the Polk County Office Building. Visual arts
teacher Dan Weiss suggested that she enter some of her best work in their gallery. She submitted three of her pieces, and one was selected.
In art classes at the high school,
taught by Weiss and Teresa Francois,
students can study drawing, painting, sculpture, video making, music and photography. “Art education is now about how art
functions within the
social context and is no longer presented
in the way of materi-
als, processes and product outcomes,” Weiss said. Walker-King paints, draws and makes her own jewelry.
Walker-King’s parents signed her up
for classes at the Des Moines Art Cen-
ter when she was seven. At the high
school, she has taken Essentials of Art, Drawing and Painting, which she says
is her favorite class. “I like to paint be-
cause it is healing. It is therapeutic for me. To be able to express yourself is
very important to me, and this is how I do it,” Walker-King said.
Weiss has been an inspiration to
Walker-King. “I’ve learned a lot from Mr. Weiss within the past two years and
that has allowed me to be proud of my
work and feel as if its a finished piece,” Walker-King said. “You can learn a lot
about painting within art history, which I have, you can always rely on history for a good lesson,” Walker-King said. “It
took me a long time to get to this point in my life; where I am satisfied with mostly
everything. I’m generally content, doing my work and going public. When you’ve found something to strive for, you need nothing else.”
Mason Johnson ‘11
Senior Mason Johnson spends his time painting and doing
photography. “Outside of school when I’m not working, I’m usually painting or trying to get something [artwork] done,” he said.
Johnson says that his art classes are what he tries hardest in
at school. “For me, it is a lot easier to express myself visually,” he said. “I like putting everything I know into a photograph I make.”
Johnson has different places from where he gets his inspira-
Senior Mason Johnson holds up one of his pieces of negative photography art work.
tion from and also bases it off his own ideas. “A lot of my photography derives from the idea that as humans, we are fake, and
wear masks,” he said. “The masks are what we want people to want people to see us as, not as who we actually are, so it’s a lot
of portrait studies, and somehow I distort the face.” He has done this with paint, on one project where he put paint on a photo of junior Zach Vander Ploeg’s face.
Art has always been an important part in Johnson’s life. “My
mom is really big into carving and my brother is a film dude,” he said. “And my sister got me into coloring, so [art has] always kind
of been there.” He plans to keep art in his future as well, and he has thought about going to an art school.
Kayla Sullivan ‘13
Senior Tawny Walker-King’s artwork appeared at the exhibit at the Polk County Heritage Art Gallery. The title of her exhibit is “Fire” and the display is made of acrylic and tempera paint on a canvas.
Sophomore Kayla Sullivan is new this year and moved from
Dowling Catholic High School. Sullivan is not currently in any art
classes, but definitely wants to get involved. “I like to draw all different things, people are the most challenging, but I love it. I main-
ly stick to drawing, but when it comes to glass jewelry, sculptures, and painting I like to be creative,” Sullivan said. “I have been in art classes at the Des Moines Art Center and throughout elementary
and middle school.” Sullivan said. “We had hobby shows [at the Art Center] to display our work, and people thought I was pretty
good, so it motivated me to keep drawing.” Sullivan wishes she was in a drawing class here at the high school, and is attempting to fit a drawing class into her schedule for junior year.
Noelle Liljedahl ‘11
Sophomore Kayla Sullivan displays her favorite drawing.
Senior Noelle Liljedahl has been drawing throughout her whole
school career. “I started off with just drawing stick figures with crayons,” Liljedahl said. “I started looking at people’s drawings to try to make my drawings more realistic.”
Liljedahl is planning to graduate at semester, which will give
her more free time for art. “After I graduate I’m just going to go to Hobby Lobby and just buy everything there.” Liljedahl’s favorite type of art is portraits. “This is kind of weird, but I like to watch
people and draw them. I think that it’s so amazing the way the
body works, I like to study that.” Although Liljedahl has a passion for art she plans to pursue film. She wants to continue drawing in
her free time at college. “I like to draw because it is a form of expression. There is something completely amazing about people
being able to capture a specific moment, person, or emotion, almost like taking a picture, except you can be the camera.”
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Senior Noelle Liljedahl paints a still life picture of her “perfect meal.”
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Emily Parker Basketball
Fresh off a rigorous summer of scrimmages and college visits,
senior guard Corey Schaefer signed his letter of intent to play at
“This was a totally dif-
Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. “I was relieved once
ferent experience, I was
I picked,” Schaefer said. He had scholarship offers from North Da-
introduced to so many
kota, South Dakota, Northeastern, and more but decided to continue
his basketball career at Lehigh. “There was an overall comfort level (there),” Schaefer said.
His recruiting process began by sending out information to
schools he was interested in playing for. Over the summer he played
on an AAU team that traveled the country. Coaches are only permitted to scout the recruits during the month of July, so Schaefer’s AAU
team took part in a 15 day spread of three tournaments that month.
Coaches from schools he was interested in came and watched him
play during these tournaments. “There might be 15-75 there at once,
if they like your game they will contact you during the contact pe-
“When I visited La Salle I
riod,” Schaefer said.
just knew it was the right
Once all schools had contacted him and offers were on the table,
school, it just felt right.”
he narrowed his list to three, Nebraska-Omaha, North Dakota and Lehigh. He then visited each campus to see which was the best
fit. During these visits much was accomplished. “I looked around campus, met with advisors, scrimmaged, met with coaches and ate
a ton,” Schaefer said. “When I got off my plane to land in Allendown for my visit to Lehigh they had ordered me Applebee’s and it was waiting for me.”
After a lot of deliberation, Schaefer decided that Lehigh was the
best fit. “I like the players, coaches and they have a good basketball program,” Schaefer said.
fer e a h y Sc e r o C
Tory Knuth Volleyball Iowa State “I didn’t have a hard choice, I have always wanted to go to Iowa State and play there.”
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Full-court Press x
By: Ryan SMAHA
College, pro coaching expectations unrealistic
Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez is
one of the most polarizing figures in the his-
tory of Michigan football. His team will be playing in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 against
the Florida Gators, but there are indications
This newfound trend in college football,
from scratch is one that used to be enticing
work miracles, is dangerous to the sports
state’s highest paid employee. Kirk Ferentz
that this will also be his last game as the
that new head coaches should be able to
Rodriguez came in three years ago to
that we as Americans have grown to love.
head coach for the Maize and Blue.
replace the retiring Lloyd Carr, promising to take Michigan football back into the national
spotlight with a high-tempo, spread offense. At the time, the players in the program were
physical, pro-style athletes whose specialties were to play tough Big Ten football.
Now, after experiencing a couple of
If coaches aren’t given time to install their own system and get their own players into
the program, the chances of success in that program are very slim. In fact, new coaches in automatic qualifier conferences, plus Notre Dame, are a combined 69-77.
This growing trend isn’t only affecting
down years and installing his offense, Ro-
college football though, this epidemic has
up the most yards in the Big Ten. Come
this month, Denver Broncos coach Josh
driguez is in charge of the offense that puts
Jan. 1, that still may not be enough to save his job.
affected almost every major sport. Earlier McDaniels was fired after two seasons.
The challenge of rebuilding a program
for up-and-coming coaches. Just ask our went 4-19 in his first two seasons, since
then he is 84-38. But now, with job security not guaranteed and quick turnarounds
expected, young coaches are less motivated to take lower-tier power conference
jobs. Look at Utah football coach Kyle Willingham, who has been offered countless jobs at the major conference level, but has turned them all down.
In order to save the sports that Ameri-
cans love, we need to become more patient as fans. Give new coaches some time and be patient, and teams will recover.
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Tagal ng with the Girl Scouts In our younger years, we tend to believe that anything is possible. There were endless opportunities; you
could be a firefighter, an astronaut, a rock star. We try everything, believe everything and want to do everything.
girls to work towards their Gold award. The Girl
to the good will of their childhood, and they strive to make the community a better place. Some might call them
Continuing with Girl Scouts has motivated the
Scouts’ Gold award is the equivalent to becoming
an Eagle Scout. Once the program is complete the
Unfortunately, the downside of this is simply stated: people change. However, a lucky few are able to hang on passionate do-gooders. We call them girl scouts.
members of the troop will forever be ambassadors
to the Girl Scouts of the USA. “The Gold award requires 50 hours of work, including planning and actually carrying out the project,” junior Kaitlyn Aldrich
said. “So it’s a big time commitment, and I think that
that is why a lot of girls end up quitting.” Working towards their Gold award the girls plan to do things
such as planting trees or flowers at a church, make
care packages for children’s hospitals, and volunteering at ChildServe.
As busy as the girl scouts find themselves to be,
they are still able to spend time with each other in
and outside of school. School events and teams
such as marching band are the only opportunities the girls have to spend time with each other outside
of Girl Scouts. Though they spend numerous hours on their Gold Award, they still manage to find time to
spend together as friends. Every other Monday the group gets together at one of the girl’s homes. While
at meetings the girls accomplish things to get projects planned in a relaxed environment. “We really
try to get planning done,” junior Elizabeth Mills said.
“We have a lot of badges we still need to get up to the Gold award because there are prerequisites.”
From a young age, the girls have been continual-
Juniors Kaitlyn Aldrich, Elizabeth Mills, Anne Dieseth, and Aly Vukelich pose for a photo after recieving their Silver award. The girls of troop 1132 are currently working towards their Gold award which they will need to complete before they graduate.
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ly passionate about volunteering. “We started in the third grade with 12 girls in the troop,” Aldrich said.
“Now there’s only four.” Their lack in numbers has
not affected the amount of charitable work they do
throughout the community and the year.
Even though they put so much time into their
work, it does not seem to bother them. Being with
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their good friends and doing something positive for
when you’re helping an organization that helps other
people,” Aldrich said.
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“For our Bronze award, we made craft kits for a
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children’s hospital in 2006. This year, my sister was in the children’s ward and overheard the nurses
still talking about how much the kids love them. It just goes to show that what goes around comes
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the community is all they seem to need. “It’s easy
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This is the December issue of the 2010-2011 school year.