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Issue 5

June 2011

Soccer: an american Sport? - page 4

The Senior Map - page 10


A Benefi cial Stepping Stone

Summer Skimboarding

Photo Credit: Joe Strathern

Junior Brendan Mantell shreds Jenness Beach at high tide.

Gym Class

heroes By Keira robertson & Britt androchuk

By Jack McElwee Kids who play a sport want to make  the varsity team and skip right over  the junior varsity team to show that  they  are  an  elite  player.    For  some  reason that is what has been drilled  into athletes’  heads since freshman  year, that if you don’t make the varsity team then you are not as skilled  of  a  player  so  you  get  rejected  to  the  JV  team.   The  truth  is  though,  being put on the junior varsity roster  doesn’t  always  mean  that  you  are  a  bad  player. “The  JV  program  prepares  kids  for  varsity  lacrosse  because  it  is  a  smooth  transition  from  freshman  to  varsity  because 

“I think [JV] acted as a stepping stone from the innocence of the freshmen team to the cut throat brutality I have come to embrace at the varsity level.” -Tom LaBelle ‘12 it’s not as intense as varsity. It’s an in  between year,” said Jake Pleadwell.  The feeling was mutual with most  players such as Tom LaBelle. He said  “I think it acted as a stepping stone  from  the  innocence  of  the  freshmen team to the cut throat brutality I have come to embrace at the  varsity level.”   Sports  are  just  like  school,  like  for math you have to take algebra  before algebra 2 or economics before  AP  economics.    The  lacrosse  coaches have a set plan of accomplishment for each team, for the in  between  year  on  JV.  Coach  Taylor  said  “There  are  three  major  parts  to build a player up to be ready for  varsity.  The  fi rst  is  making  them  a  disciplined  member  of  the  team  and getting them to play as a team.“

» See Lacrosse, PG. 16

Senior Justin Poncelet breaks down the technique of skimboarding. By Jack McElwee

Follow these steps and you’ll be FLIPPING and OLLIEING in no time:

1.“The fi rst thing you have to do is get a skimboard, and the best place around here would probably 

be Cinnamon Rainbows.  Then you want to wax the top of the board before you use it, so once you  try and jump on it you will be able to get a good grip with your feet.”

2. “The best place to skim around here would be in Seabrook because there is a slope to the waves 

allowing you to skim for a longer distance. Wherever you go though you want to check the sand  around where you’re skimming for little rocks or shells because you don’t want your board to get  scratched on the bottom because they can be annoying to fi x and the hole makes resistance so you  can’t skim as far.  You also want to check around because it doesn’t hurt too bad if you fall on the sand  but if you land on a rock or a shell it could cut you up.” » See Skimboarding, PG. 15 By Matt MacDonald

After an antagonizing fourweek battle, four young men  pulled through with ease  claiming fi rst place along with  a grand total of $1300. Evan  Dobbie, Spencer Palmer, Trent  Roy, and Corey Bouchard went  against all odds in Exeter High  School’s yearly Assassin game  and came out victorious. 


» See All Wrapped Up, PG. 3

W h a t ’s I n s i d e

School news Greg Mortenson 2

opinion Must Reads 5

People Tattoos 9



Brocabulary 13

Special Features AP Rap 14

Sports Just Dance 15

Kevin O’Neil pulls up for a J. For  most  Exeter  High  School  students, waking up in the morning is  the hardest part of the day. The idea  of spending six hours in a building,  and  sitting  in  desks  all  day  really  puts a damper on your mood. For  us,  it’s  no  diff erent.  However,  our  negative  viewpoint  of  school  was  quickly  turned  around  by  six  special needs students.    The fi rst time we walked into the  weight  room,  our  intentions  were  not to spend our time with the Alternative Education class, which is  a  gym  class  for  special  needs  students.  Our  purpose  for  going  to  the weight room was to take a picture for another article but instead  we  found  ourselves  completely  in  awe of the number of smiling faces 

We found ourselves completely in awe of the number of smiling faces that filled the room. that fi lled the room. We knew right  away we had to spend more time  with them in order to understand  what makes them so content with  their  surroundings.  The  para  educators were more than welcoming  when it came to us participating in  the class. 

» See Special Ed, PG. 15

2 • June 2011


Mortenson Under Investigation Questions emerge about Greg Mortenson’s finances By Julia Higgins Last March, award-winning author Greg came to speak to Exeter High School and promote his book and his building efforts. This event, prefaced by an art showing called, “Hall of Change,” was organized predominantly by Mrs. Shaw’s Senior Humanities Class, with the help of New Hampshire Serving Three Cups of Tea and Passport to Peace, two NH-based organizations. In the Hall of Change, many exhibits and activities created by students and local peace organizations were featured. These students, art groups, and local


healthy again, he will have specific answers to these allegations. Of greatest concern to me is the suggestion that many of the schools are not being used or do not exist. More than anything, I would personally like to know the details about the schools CAI has built: how many of them are being used for their intended purpose, how many children are attending those schools, and who is teaching the children.” This is what many who have donated to Mortenson are now left wondering- just where exactly did their money go, if it was

“It makes me question the motivation behind changing parts of the book.” -Mrs. Miskinis peace activists were all encouraging individuals could make simple changes in the community and in the world.   Mortenson’s arrival sparked much happiness among students and teachers alike, as many had read his famous nonfiction book, Three Cups of Tea. This book, along with its follow up, Stones Into Schools, documented Mortenson’s journey throughout the Middle East, and highlighted Mortenson’s drive to fund and build girls’ schools throughout Middle Eastern communities. Recently, however, it has come to light that Mortenson may not have been as selfless and giving as previously believed. Do these allegations, however, change the thoughts and opinions of those who were once delighted at Mortenson’s actions and messages?   Mortenson’s work has been highly admired by hundreds of thousands of people across the world, as he brought awareness to a previously shadowed topic- girls’ education in the Middle East. Since the reveal of his possible deception, however, his reputation has been tarnished. According to CBS’ 60 Minutes, though Mortenson has in fact built some of the schools he pledged to construct, many have gone un-built, or are currently receiving no financial aid from Mortenson’s foundation.   The integrity of Mortenson’s management of his agency, the Central Asia Institute (CAI) is also being questioned, as it has been discovered that Mortenson may be using it as nothing more than a “personal ATM,” as said by Jon Krakauer. Though many had hoped that all of the funding pouring into CAI would be used for building schools, it appears as though Mortenson may be using his generous funds as traveling money, airline tickets and expensive hotels while on his continuous book tour circuits (60 Minutes). In fact, when Mortenson visited EHS last March, some of his donators were

directly told that the money would be used for travel, as opposed to actual construction.   Prior to Mortenson’s speaking event at EHS, New Hampshire Serving Three Cups of Tea, one of the main organizations behind EHS’ Mortenson event, donated thousands of copies of Three Cups of Tea to teachers and classrooms across New Hampshire. The organization, which offers a blogging forum and has hopes to continue donating Mortenson’s book and spreading world awareness in the classroom, was one of the main players in making Mortenson’s appearance at EHS a reality.   Laura Lorio, a member of the organization since its establishment three years ago, said through email correspondence, “The event was an education presentation for the benefit of those teachers who had received the books and had integrated the themes of Three Cups of Tea into their curriculum.”   In bringing Mortenson to the school, and schools across the state as well, Ms. Lorio stated, “Mr. Mortenson had mentioned to some of us during the prior year that he was greatly impressed by the number of schools in NH who had embraced the ideas of global awareness and cross-cultural understanding through the adaptation of his book in the classroom and had suggested a visit, for which he would not and did not charge his usual speaking fee of $25,000 to $30,000.”   Mortenson, however, still collected a fairly sizable donation, in a combination of donors including NH Serving Three Cups of Tea, students, and several Pennies for Peace campaigns. “We paid Mr. Mortenson $5,000 which, we were told, was to cover travel expenses,” said Mrs. Lorio.   A year later, after the allegations of Mortenson’s deceit have been made public, Ms. Lorio and NH Serving Three Cups of Tea remain hopeful, yet concerned. “We hope that when Greg Mortenson is

not used for travel or construction and maintenance costs?   English teacher Mrs. Miskinis has certainly changed her opinion of Mortenson since his scandal came out. “It makes me question the motivation behind changing parts of the book,” she said, “particularly about the Taliban capturing him- I find that the most offensive change in his book.” Mrs. Miskinis was also worried about the future of charitable organizations such as Mortenson’s- “I am disappointed in the fact that there might be more hesitancy in giving to charities. If it turns out money was used inappropriately, it could hurt charities,” she said.   In the end, however, perhaps it is most important that Mortenson has spread his message, though it may be full of personal lies and over exaggerations. Though his story, his writing, and his person have potentially lost their once-solid credibility, girls’ education in the Middle East has been given a world of new opportunities, as it now has a much grander world stage on which to stand.   As Social Studies teacher Mrs. Stevenson, who was at the high school during Mortenson’s visit to help organize the Halls of Change, said, “It is important to remember the good Mortenson provided, and how his work has inspired thousands.”   Mrs. Lorio holds this position as well- “…Regardless of how this plays out, we are secure in the knowledge that our efforts to increase knowledge and student awareness of the many aspects of this troubled part of the world have been of benefit. Further, we firmly believe that the undeniable value of the generic message Mr. Mortenson conveys in his books does in fact outweigh the shadow cast by both the alleged inaccuracies in his writings, and the administration of his charitable efforts.” So, before making firm judgments against Mortenson and his actions, it is important to remember the value of his work towards the greater good.

The Talon

A Chance For

Seniors to Bond Actors and actresses share their experiences By Doug Marino TALON WRITER

Matt Portu (right) and his brother Ray Portu (left) are just two of the people that are part of the 2011 Senior Play. Photo Credit: Tori Putnam

  Judging by the smiles, laughter, and overall atmosphere in the room, it became very clear to me that the senior play is more than just a play. It’s bonding experience; it’s one of the final chances to do something with your peers before they scatter all across the nation to pursue their respective life paths.   Many of the actors involved also believed this to be a bonding experience.   “It’s one of the last things to do with your class,” said Tess Picanso. “It’s been great to learn how to produce a play.”   Tess says her favorite experience of the play is seeing everybody in the play contribute jokes and ideas to the plot. Students in the play added a joke about assassin at the end of play.   “Assassin was going on at the time, so it was funny,” Tess said.   Many seniors are doing the play not only for the bonding experience, but they’re doing it because it’s a lot of fun.   “The play sounded hilarious,” said Steven Townsend. “I like the lighthearted atmosphere.”   Steven says that almost everything about the play has been light-hearted and fun. He shared a personal experience that displays the light-hearted atmosphere.   “The first rehearsal, Clint Hobbs came up with all of these hilarious ideas,” Steven said. “He came up with the idea of picking up one of the little kids and running across stage in one of the scenes.”   For many, it was stories like this that caused them to want to join the play. For others, it’s an opportunity to spend time with friends.   “It’s a bonding time for seniors,” said Danielle Hoadley.   Danielle says that many of her friends from middle school, that she hasn’t talked to in years, have bonded with her again through the play.   “I’ve caught up with a lot of old friends,” Danielle said.   Not every student joined the play for on their own terms, however.   “Doucet made me do it,” said Cory Kerznar. Cory is in Mr.

Doucet’s AP Psychology class. After class, Mr. Doucet pulled Cory aside and spoke to him about the play.   “I helped write the play,” Cory said.   Before he knew it, Mr. Doucet was making him perform.   “He just didn’t let me quit,” Cory said.   Senior class President Matt Portu is in the play, and is excited about the opportunity to work with his little brother Ray.   “I’m glad to share the stage with Ray, that’s something that may never happen again,” he said.   Matt says that the first day Ray showed up, he and Matt were wearing the same thing.   “We looked identical, and everybody started freaking out,” Matt said. They were like, ‘they’re twins! I swear to God they’re twins,” Matt said.   The play consists of many inside jokes that have accumulated among the class of 2011.   The co-director of the play is a senior as well. Alex Lomonte has co-directed and co-written this year’s senior play.   “I came to some of the meetings, and I helped write the play,” he said.   When I asked Alex to describe his experience in one word, he said the experience was “new.”   “This is the first show I’ve ever written,” Alex said.   Alex got the job through attending meetings regarding the play. Alex helped write the play for Mr. Doucet, and one day Mr. Doucet offered Alex the job of being codirector.   “I want to do this in film when I’m done with college, so the answer was an obvious yes,” Alex said.   Mr. Doucet has done the senior play for six years now. He says that the senior play is a good opportunity for different kids to come together one last time. before they graduate.   Mr. Doucet called the chemistry among the cast, “excellent.”   Whether it’s for the bonding experience, or just for the fun of it, the senior play has been a fun experience for many students here at EHS.

“Doucet made me do it.” -Cory Kerznar


Exeter High School

Visiting Lemay’s

Slaughterhouse One senior’s slaughterhouse experience

Issue V • 3

All Wrapped Up

The annual assassin game ends as FoUr players find themselves on a pile of well-deserved dough.


   The bus pulls into what appears  to be a horror scene at the dirt  driveway of Lemay’s.  A simple  blue sign with yellow lettering  conveys the building’s purpose.  “Slaughterhouse” is all it says, cut  and dry.  At fi rst impression the  old brick building appears cruel  and unwelcoming, bells ringing  through the air as the squeal of  pigs and the deep moo of the  cows sounds from the blue wood  paneled extension on the brick offi ce.  An older man steps out from  the side door, his hair matted to his  forehead with sweat, a cigarette  hanging from his blood-stained  hands.  His smock is akin to his  fi ngers, the appearance of almost  a kindergarten painting, but with a  medium much cruder. My want to  enter the slaughterhouse dwindles  severely at the sight of this man.     “Looks like we got some visitors”  he mumbles in a way that reminds  me of a classic horror movie. My  group is fi rst to go.  I don my baseball cap and white lab coat and  prepare myself for the worst.    Upon entering the slaughterhouse, smell is the fi rst sensation  to be set off .  Dead animal fi lls my  nose and I’m instantly brought  back to my sophomore year pig  dissection.  Horrifi ed, I step deeper  in to the slaughterhouse.  Mr.  Lemay Senior invites us into the  actual room where the slaughtering is being done.  The next sensation is sound, before I see anything  I can hear the buzz of a chain saw  cutting through fl esh.  I timidly  step in to the actual slaughter  room.  I watch as the full body  of a pig is sliced right down the  middle so eff ortlessly as it dangles  from the ceiling by its calcaneal  tendons.     Simultaneously, there is a pig  being electrocuted in the corner in  a small pen.  Her body experiences 

its fi nal shakes as all the neurons  she has fi re off  at once. In an  instant she is dead. Lifeless on the  fl oor she is thrown into a hot bath  of water to soak off  her fur.  Metal  fi ngers throw her body around in  a tumbler to release the excess fur.  After, her body is shaved down  and a torch singes her skin to get  rid of whatever may be left.  I look down to distract myself and  see that I’m standing in a mixture  of blood and water, the tip of my  shoe splattered in this reddish  pink concoction.  I begin to adjust.   Eventually, I fi nd myself enjoying  it.  The process is clean and simple.   Pig after pig I watch as the motions  become monotonous.  The USDA  inspector shows us the internal  organs of the pig and how to fi nd  ailments in the liver and kidneys.   We examine the divided body of  the pig and discover which parts  make which cuts of the meat.      Thoroughly interested I inch  closer and closer to the carcass.   Being a carnivore myself, I fi gure  this is something I should be able  to handle if it will make its appearance on my dinner plate just hours  later.  We make our way into the  processing area and watch as each  cut is made and the animal we had  seen living just minutes before becomes the familiar vacuum sealed  meat we see at our markets.     Lemay’s slaughterhouse is a  family owned business, a business  many feel strongly against and  many wouldn’t be able to handle.   I make no suggestion to travel to  Lemay’s if you are weak of stomach  or strong in conviction against  the slaughtering of animals.  As a  meat eater I found the slaughterhouse fi eld trip to be reassuring.   Though in the beginning I was  completely terrifi ed, by the end I  was confi dent I could continue in  my carnivorous ways.

Advanced Guitar By Diana Herlehy GUEST WRITER

It was Friday morning. I was invited to the Advanced Guitar class  recital hosted in the auditorium.  The fi rst group of boys, composed of Freshman Ryan Lackey,  Charles Austin, and Jon Mirsky,  entered the stage, seeming a  little discouraged at fi rst. As the  three boys sat down and took the  acoustic guitars out of their cases,  one mumbled into the microphone, “This is going to be bad.”  In their song, “Murderous,” there  were no vocals involved, only the  smooth sounds of acoustic. The  song was short and I wished it  had lasted longer.    Four new students, juniors  Sean Sica, David Corson, Austin  Coad, and Graham Ritter, came in 

with their guitars. The song was  vaguely introduced as, “a song  from the radio.”  They sounded  like a band from the 90’s, reminding me of a mixture of the bands  Gin Blossoms and Barenaked  Ladies. It sounded classic and  original. The singer played with a  lot of excitement, and sang powerfully into the microphone, as if  he really wanted people to hear  it. I would never have known that  he held this kind of talent. I’ve  always loved discovering hidden,  positive attributes in somebody,  so this amazed me.    After the guitarists accepted  their admiration and applause,  they left the stage, giving the  spotlight to students Parker Rich-

cont. from page 1 It was right around April when 180  seniors signed up for the thrilling hunt, which would soon lead  them into intense, twisted, and  mind-boggling events that test the  physical and emotional limits of  how far someone could go. With  teams of two, seniors began to  enter a period of time where the  social life takes a bit of a dive, and  the thought of trust is thrown out  the window. However, this task was  a piece of cake for the four seniors  who decided well before Assassin  started that they would combine  forces and steal away the competition. Dobbie and Palmer were a  single team on their own. Dominant, sly, and intimidating, this pair  was favored to be a fi nalist. Then  we have Roy and Bouchard, two  malicious and powerful men, who  had the whole game in the bag. “ 

Our partnership was strategically  planned out”, said Roy. “ We didn’t  just how to play the game, we  knew how to win it”. Combine both  of these teams and you have created an elite force of brainpower  and natural skill. And that’s exactly  what they did.    I had a chance to sit down with  the masterminds and talk about  there experiences and techniques  used throughout the game. “ It’s all  about not being stupid,” said Dobbie. “ You need to know where to  go and where not to go.” With further talk, I learned that everywhere  they went they each had a squirt  gun, and everywhere they went  they had a secret weapon. “ We  call him the Iron Man,” announced  Bouchard. “ He was aiding us  throughout the four weeks, found  out all the information on every  one of our targets and provided us  with game changing opportunities  and plans.” The name of this indi-

vidual cannot be revealed to the  public as instructed by Bouchard  and his teammates, therefore he  will remain as “The Iron Man”.    After a solid half hour of laughs  and conversation, I asked the one  question that fi rst introduced me  to the idea of writing this article.  What does it take to win assassin?  The guys looked at each other with  grins on their faces. “All it took was  courage and captains, with a little  desire,” stated Roy. If only other participants knew this key motivator,  maybe the outcome would have  been diff erent. Then again, not  many teams like these two had the  bond of true friendship and trust,  which clearly had a major impact.  A brilliant plan was set into motion  before Assassin even started, and in  the end, well you know who came  out on top. Teamwork divides the  task and multiplies the success.  Congratulations guys, the money  was well earned. 


Shaun O’Brien: “I had a friend call me giving me a heads up that my target had pulled into Dunkin’  Donuts in Stratham. I got there and saw her in the drive-thru, so I snuck up around  the hedges and shot her through her car window.”  Corey Bouchard: “I had my girlfriend and her friend assigned to me and they wanted to hangout that  night so I had my friend drive me over in his truck to pick them up. When we got  there and they got in, I said I needed to grab something from the truck-bed. I got out  of the truck, my friend locked the doors and the windows as he put the back window  down and I shot them both.”  Chase Cantrell: “I was leaving my friend’s house around 8:00pm and when I walked out to my truck,  my assassin was laying in the truck-bed waiting for me. And yeah, I got shot.”  Danielle Hoadley: “We were going to Wal-Mart to get new squirt guns when we ran into a  friend from school that was getting guns as well. We all decided to go outside and test the guns before we bought them and she asked to try it out  too. We didn’t think anything of it. Turns out we were her targets and she  shot both of us, with our own guns.”  Evan Dobbie: “I climbed on a roof of a garage with a buddy of mine and had two other friends hiding around the  house. My target came home and had his friends scout around the house. Unfortunately for him, his  friends were on our side and set him up. So when he thought the coast was clear, he jumped out of  his car and ran for the door only to be shot by my partner and me.”  ards and Nate Cook. I was already  aware of Parker’s talent and creativity, so I was looking forward to  watching him duet with someone else. Both expressed enthusiasm in their performance as well.  The song ended quickly, and they  were asked to play another. It was  clear that the two had played  together frequently by the way 

they interacted with one another.  For a few minutes they sat and  contemplated which song to  play next. Once they agreed, they  began strumming their guitars  without any hesitation. The song  they played was “Semi Charmed  Life,” by Third Eye Blind. Parker  sang beautifully, switching from  certain verses of the original 

Third Eye Blind song, to the rap of  “Juicy,” by Biggie Smalls. The two  songs are completely diff erent,  but ended up sounding quite  compatible together. The crowd  loved him. He succeeded in winning people’s attention with his  confi dence and natural talent, like  it was all second nature to him. 

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The Thrills and Spills of Education


A system that needs help

Osama Bin Laden: A Symptom not the Disease On the night of Osama Bin Laden's death, city streets were flooded with enthusiasts celebrating what has been called a "great victory" in the War on Terrorism. Yet Osama Bin Laden is merely a figurehead to Al Qaeda, one of the most active global militant Islamic groups that will have no difficulty operating in the absence of their founder. There are numerous candidates vying to be his replacement. One popular candidate is al-Awlaki, the man who was behind the attempted Christmas day bombing of Northwest Airlines Flight 253 in 2009 and the attempted car bombing at Times Square in May 2010.   Today, there are thousands of militant Muslims, highly concentrated in Saudi Arabia, who are doing everything in their power to ensure the destruction of the Western World and the death of all nonMuslims, a goal called jihad. A medieval, strict branch of Islam, Wahhabism, is particularly dedicated to practicing jihad. This Wahhabi Islamic sect is actively being spread throughout the world by the Royal Family of Saud, rulers of Saudi Arabia, who reap billions of dollars annually from oil exports. Sadly and ironically, the US imports 13 percent of its oil from Saudi Arabia, indirectly funding the people who are actively pursuing its destruction. The Sauds are highly corrupt, using their unfathomable fortunes to build jihad-preaching mosques across the world, including in America. Every year, Saudi Arabia transfers hundreds of millions of dollars to fund terrorist groups such as the Taliban, Al Qaeda and other organized militant Muslim groups. Militant Islamic culture is embedded in the politics of Saudi Arabia, which will remain a global economic powerhouse because it sits upon a glowing natural resource, oil.   Saudi Arabia, like Iraq and Afghanistan, is harboring terrorists. It's no question that these governments have the financial and logistical means to obtain and/or construct WMD's, which have the potential to devastate American cities. US military intervention can be justified if the sole purpose is to remove these corrupt ruling powers and instill order through popular rule by holding elections. This technique was effective in Iraq, where it took just 6 years of US presence to establish stability. Nation-building, however, should not be America's role. US efforts to root out every part-time militant residing in an obscure desert village are in vain.   The militant Islamic groups' terrorist methods are nearly impossible to counter because they are decentralized and designed to avoid detection. US foreign policy is misguided because it doesn't compensate for the fact that this is an asymmetric war, one where conventional war tactics are neutralized by guerrilla tactics. No matter how many troops we deploy to the Middle East and no matter how many Islamic suspects we interrogate, Al Qaeda and like militant groups will continue to utilize guerrilla tactics to slowly chip away at America's foundation. When American soldiers invade their lands, they simply go into hiding and plan for the future. Just look how long it took us

to catch up to OBL, who had been on the FBI's most-wanted list for over ten years. Corrupt governments that are sympathetic to fellow Muslims and the jihad will provide hospitality to these terrorists. It is the job of US special forces to swiftly remove these rulers from power; loitering in these hostile lands with the intent of completely exterminating Wahhabism only fosters resentment.   The death of OBL is a pseudo-victory for interventionism, an ideology held by conservatives and liberals alike. Presidents Bush and Obama both believe that American troops are the answer to instability in the Middle East. As Bush said in the State of the Union Address of 2003, "We have the terrorists on the run. One by one they are learning the meaning of American justice." One by one? There are literally tens of thousands of jihadists worldwide who will continue to reproduce and raise their children to hate Americans. Meanwhile, we are pouring billions of dollars into a war that is having little impact on the operation of militant Islamic organizations. America's presence in the Middle East is serving primarily to increase Muslim hatred for the US and thereby ensuring future attacks.   The assassination of OBL was a technical achievement that indicates our civilization's military dominance. It took much coordination to execute a mission so well and this efficiency demonstrates America's absolute power over the militant Muslim clans in the Middle East. But why do US troops drive tanks through village streets in an asymmetric battle with violent thugs and simultaneously ignore what keeps them in power? Foreign policy should be aimed at ending the Wahhabi sect's control of the government through the same violent means by which OBL was eliminated. America must avoid "setting up camp" for an extended stay, also called nation-building, because this is what fosters Muslim hostility against the West. They resent that we try to alter their culture by leaving armed American soldiers to patrol their cities. This hatred does not pose much of a threat until these terrorist groups infiltrate the highest ranks of a government, as is the case in Saudi Arabia.   Osama Bin Laden was a symptom, not the disease. Creating a martyr does nothing but invigorate the enemy. Thoughtless celebration in the name of patriotism clouds our nation's thinking; we must keep in mind that jihad is becoming more widespread everyday. By celebrating a minor victory we risk overlooking other terrorists, such as Ismail Haniya, the head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, who continues to threaten our safety. This Jihadist leader recently said publicly, "We condemn the killing and the assassination of an Arab holy warrior [OBL]. We regard this as a continuation of the American policy based on oppression and the shedding of Muslim and Arab blood." The very next day after OBL's assassination, a suicide bomber killed 80 people in Pakistan in retaliation. Al Qaeda is evidently still intact, so audience, please, hold your applause until all hostile government officials are dead and the troops come home.

By Jack Darmody Have you ever wondered why a teacher gave you a grade that you feel was based on their opinion or why you feel as if your personal opinion isn’t valued by a teacher? This is known as biased grading and has made many EHS students wonder whether a grade that they received was truly valid or was based on the opinion of a teacher.   As the 1st amendment, states we all have the right to free speech, but why do many of us feel that this right has been censored and we are just living in a school in which we have no rights. A sophomore who would like to remain anonymous said, “We were talking about whether standardized testing is a good thing or a bad thing. Everyone was dead set against the idea. I tried to show a new perspective (about the issue) by saying that yes, it’s needed, and the teacher shut the idea down halfway through my argument and said that my idea was wrong and didn’t let me display my opinion.” The accusation of censorship isn’t uncommon within schooling as many students have faced the issue of whether a teacher is biased and not accepting of other opinions.   The idea of biased grading is one that schools have always struggled with. The issue of teachers’ opinions in determining a grade is one many students are confused by. Ryan Foley ’14 said, “During the discussions and seminars in history, I feel as if I contribute to the group more than many other students and I get the same grade if not worse than them and this has always greatly confused me.” His confusion is one shared by many students because the idea being graded on what a teacher thinks makes them nervous. Adam Babcock ’13 said, “I hate when I get unfairly graded on my work, especially homework. Homework should be graded on effort, not on what the teacher thinks as completion. If you

didn’t understand the material how are you supposed to do the homework, right?” Issues such as these bring up the problem of whether a set standard needs to be placed within public schools. Because of the lack of standards within our school, students said that teachers are able to grade based on their opinions. The issue is that there is nothing to counteract the idea of biased grading. Riley Maguire ’12 said, “   Another kind of censorship is having a student’s opinions in writing censored because the teacher disagrees with the student’s opinion. The issue has had many students question the ethics of grading and how a set system has not been instituted. Many students are confused by the way teachers’ grade and why there is not set standards on what defines an A or a B. Alex Vacca ’13 said, “A few months ago, my partner and I received a D on an essay that we had written in class. This wouldn’t have been a problem, except we did have the correct answer in the essay. I felt that we had received that grade due to the fact that our teacher seems to have favorites in the class, and neither my partner nor I are one of those favorites. I would hope that students are not being graded based on a teacher’s personal preference rather than on the extent of their knowledge.” Stories such as this aren’t uncommon but display the lack of standardized grading that exists within the school. Without a uniform system, we are all subject to issues of teacher’s opinion affecting grades.   The idea of being able to grade based on opinions is one that will continue to affect schools until a set system of grading is instituted. This ethical issue is one that confuses students and teachers because whether teachers’ opinions truly have a place in grading.

The Mask of a Computer Screen How the Internet has opened the door for online harassment

By Doug Marino All of us enjoy It allows us to watch and post videos, but that’s not all it lets us do. It also lets us post comments on videos and when we scroll down to the comments of a video, sometimes we see the ugliness of cyber bullying.   At this point we have all seen the video, “Friday.” It’s a song sung by a fourteen year old girl named Rebecca Black. The song itself was not to my taste. It’s not my kind of music. I respect Ms. Black and respect her pursuing her dream, but it’s just not my kind of music, and that’s fine. So, when I was done watching the video for the first time, I scrolled down to the comments just to see what other people thought. It was then that I realized that the song was not the worst thing on my screen, the comments were.   We see it on every YouTube video. Somebody will make a hurtful comment directed at another human being. YouTube is not the only place where this occurs. Most blogs, forums, or social networking sites contain examples of this.   In light of this recent incident, the question that we as a society have to begin to ask ourselves is this: If we do not care for a video, or a wall post, does that justify belittling the person who is responsible for it? In my opinion, the answer to that question is “no.”   I know it sounds cliché, but we as a people have a duty to treat others with the same respect and compassion that we would want for ourselves. To hurt somebody, whether it is to their face, behind a computer screen,

on the telephone, or in a text message, is immoral.   The prevailing opinion in society today is that bullying and hazing is normal, that it’s just part of life. But I’m not willing to accept that. It shouldn’t have to be part of your life.   I have always found the issue of bullying to be important, but seeing the comments on Rebecca Black’s video really hit home for me. The fact that some people feel completely comfortable saying those things amazes me. It’s a part of our culture that has to be dealt with.   I love our generation. I love my classmates. But I do not love certain aspects of our generation’s culture. I don’t like that posting disparaging comments on YouTube videos has become acceptable by society. Any form of harassment should not be accepted by society. Many have made the argument that if you post something online, you have to expect to get harassed. But this is the United States of America, the land of opportunity. People should be free to pursue their ambitions and put themselves out there without fear of being ridiculed.   I’ve met many of the students at Exeter during my freshman year. You guys are extraordinary people, as is our country as a whole. Our generation has too much to offer the world, too many possibilities, to allow our reputation to be stained by the evil of online harassment.   Words can have a lasting impact. Let’s use them wisely.

Issue V • 5 OPINION Must Reads Before You Graduate Student Thoughts on Winning the 2011 Merrill Contest By Paige Ferreri By Tori Putnam

Exeter High School

As the school year draws to a close there is one thing in the back of everyone’s mind: Summer. It is a time to relax and catch up on things that require more time than the few hours that remain after school. This is also the time to do things that should be finished before graduating high school, such as read The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.   This is an exciting tale that gives the reader a first person’s point of view of an Afghan boy and his growth to manhood. Don’t get me wrong this isn’t the average, boring school book. He has to deal with many challenges which shape who he becomes and make him strong. Khaled gives the reader an inside look into the life of a Muslim immigrant and what he and his family have to go through to make a decent life.   People become prejudice when they don’t understand. Whether it is that they do not understand the individual or their way of life it does not matter. This is why I believe this book is great for high school students to read. It shows the other side to Afghan life and all the cruelty that they have to deal with inside and outside of their own country.

Many of the English classes at Exeter High School cover the same classic novels. But Pride & Prejudice, by Jane Austen, is usually reserved for the juniors who take British Literature. However, having read this book on my own, I think it’s a classic story everyone should read before they graduate high school. I think I would have benefitted highly from an intellectually stimulating class discussion run by the teacher about the book. But, even without taking a class to drive me forward in my understanding of the novel, I feel more rounded in terms of the literature I’ve read.   The novel discusses many themes including love, marriage, and class, all revolving around the Victorian time period. Even though the setting is more historical, the themes are repeated throughout even more contemporary novels. Part of the draw of the book for me was the dialogue; the main characters shared intellectual banter at a time when language was much more proper, and having a front of politeness was more important than anything.   Jane Austen does wonders with the description, which, paired with the plot, is unparalleled to anything else. Reading such classic novels, even if it’s not required by the class you’re in, gives you an opportunity for a more complete literature background to be called on when writing essays or to better understand references used in media.

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The English department rewards student writers By Julia Higgins TALON WRITER

The 2011 Merrill Contest came to a close on Wednesday, May 18. Seven students competed in the oral interpretation portion of the contest, which took place in the Arthur L. Hanson III Center for the Performing Arts. During the oral interpretation portion of the contest, students recited an established or original piece of work, and were judged by a panel of five judges, which included Mr. Sokul, among other faculty. The seven EHS student presenters were: Nicole Quinn, Robert Collinge, Chris Horack, Amanda Siatkowski, Aditi Varma, Victoria Berke, and Kaila Guttierrez. Aside from the oral portion of the contest, students were also allowed and encouraged to submit written works by April 23. There were three writing categories- fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. The judges of each section are individual EHS English teachers, with two teachers judging per section. The results of the Merrill Contest were delivered on May 25th, at an awards ceremony held at EHS, where the winners of each individual category were given gift certificates to Water Street Bookstore in downtown Exeter. In winning, Farris Nabulsi, an EHS junior, said, “I’m really glad my story was interesting enough to the readers to award it first prize.” Farris, who wrote about Saudi Arabian culture in his essay entitled, “Days in the Sand,” won first prize for the nonfiction award. “I was inspired to write it when my teacher assigned us a descriptive essay. It was a memory that I knew I’d be able to describe in depth, and I wanted people to know more about Saudi Arabia than what I typically tell them about the weather.” EHS senior Kanani Eichholtz did not expect her Merrill Contest entry to win- “I didn’t expect to get anything at Awards Night, so I didn’t go,”- but her short story, “A Noble Effort,” took first prize in the Fiction session. Her piece was


Dear Chris Pigsley,

I read your letter to the editor in the previous issue of The Talon and was quite disappointed. I have to agree with you in the fact that my story is not that impressive because I was only lost for six hours, but what if the search and rescue team never found me?   I don’t know if you have ever heard of the Donner Party, but it was a group of pioneers who tried to go through the Donner Pass to make it to California. Forty-eight of the 87 people died because of the treacherous terrain and grueling conditions. Unlike these uninformed pioneers, I stayed in one spot and waited, drank my water sparingly, and kept my cell phone shut and on speakerphone so as not to waste battery.   To address a point you bring up in your letter, I couldn’t have simply walked right around to the mountain because that is how people get lost in whiteout conditions. The mountains out West aren’t just 2,340 ft like Sunday River; the mountain I was on was 8,610 ft. Check your facts before you publish disparaging remarks. Sincerely, Clint Hobbs

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inspiried by “Angst essen Seele auf,” a 1974 West German film written and directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder, and a John Adams opera “Nixon in China”- “I do not possess the ability to process multiple streams of thought so I ended up writing a lot about opera, as I had just started really getting into that when I wrote it. So, the Fassbinder film and the John Adams opera were just floating around in my brain when I was writing.” Sophomore David Gilbert won with his free verse poem, “Becoming,” which he wrote, he said, as, “an abstract kind of writing- about my expression of art and drawing.” In presenting his poem to the audience, David said, “I tired to use a lot of visual writing, lots of figures of speech. A lot came naturally. I tried to make it natural for the audience to read it, so when you read it, there’s this kind of smooth flowing presence about it, so the meaning of it comes to you the way that I want to present the piece and the way the concept came to me.” David also talked about how drawing truly became an integral part of his life, and how it’s impacted both his poetry, and his life in general- “Since I came to high school, drawing was my sort of expression for emotions, the way I got out feelings, concepts… It’s become an important aspect of my life, and so as poetry became increasingly an outlet, I tried to incorporate the two into one piece.” Sophomore Kaila Gutierrez won the oral interpretation contest with her presentation of “Jellyfish.” So, next year, take some time to consider submitting to the Merrill Contest, where you gain not only the satisfaction of being a memorable writer or interpreter, but gift money, and the “praise and respect,” of the language community.

Letters to the Editor Dear Editor, Staff should not be able to break rules which students get punished for. Students aren't allowed to drink “non-clear” beverages in the classrooms, but a teacher without coffee is rare. Students aren't allowed to be late to class, but I've noticed some teachers are rarely on time with no ramifications. I'm not saying to punish teachers or take away their coffee (goodness knows that sounds like a bad idea), but policies should not be applied to students or certain staff member but the entire school. If the school sells coffee, let us drink it at the desk in science rooms. If we get in trouble for being late, not just because we're late but because we're a disturbance, shouldn't faculty as well?If you want us to behave, treat us as equals. Elizabeth Baskerville ‘11


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The Absence of the Beautiful Game By Siobhan Darmody & Alex Lomonte techniques of players in all sports are the same time as various other sports sub-par to that of a professional soccer but years later has not been able to find game. The celebration can be an outlet the media coverage and fan base it truly for the player to put their true athletineeds to be a phenomenon in the US as cism on display. Many soccer players turn well. Americans take pride in the fact that into gymnasts or take off some article they invented sports like baseball, Ameriof clothing or jump into the crowd of can football, and basketball. The Brits their adoring fans. Oh yes, that is another created soccer but the game is a passion tremendous aspect of attending a profes- in some of the most remote places on sional soccer game, the fans are directly the planet, not just Britain. At times, it on the field. Unlike some other sports seems as if Americans let their own pride where fans are situated behind numerget in the way when supporting a sport. ous players, coaches, and cheerleaders, We didn’t create the sport of soccer so soccer is the only stadium sport where therefore we cannot take pride that one the fans are up close and personal. It is of our own didn’t invent the game. There also not unusual to see a fan run from the is something seriously wrong with this stands and celebrate with the players in picture. America is commonly referred to the pile. Although the fan is escorted out as “the melting pot” and the melting pot of the stadium, the entertainment factor is what brought the game of soccer to is amazing. the US. We must recognize the impor  As previously stated, as a culture, a tance of immigrants and their offspring majority of Americans are accustomed to the promotion of the game. to instant gratification and “fast.” We drive When the first professional soccer fast, walk fast, and seem to be going leagues were created in the US, they everywhere in a hurry. We like our cars were all drawn to big cities right away fast, our food, and did not allow internet, and our , a soccer the organizations scores. For many, if to gradually build a score is not put that much need team from Iceland, is a big on the board by fan base. The way YouTube sensation- they the first half, they to make soccer lose faith or interbig in America is are the creators of these est. Once a player to start grassroots, scores a goal in or start with small memorable celebrations: professional or any towns and win type of soccer for over that popula§ The Salmon that matter, they tion and then as § Rambo are automatically the population dubbed as somegrows, so will the § The Birth what of a hero fan base and then and are looked at some can make § The Bicycle as a completely that gradual move different caliber to a bigger city. § The Toilet of player. Once a For instance, not professional socall teams that play § The Dance cer rookie scores in the English their first goal in Premiere league a game, they are catapulted out of invisare from the likes of London or Manchesibility and their worlds are turned upside ter. Teams such as Stoke City or Blackburn down. are from smaller areas in the UK. Ties are one of the toughest parts of play-   A US soccer explosion in the future ing and watching a soccer game. When looks hopeful due to the likes of youth your team loses, it seems to some that team progression. In the US, soccer is they get nothing out of it except grass the most popular sport for youth and stains and a handshake. But soccer being the training options are extensive. Just one of the only sports in the world that is simply take a look around the Exeter able to end in a tie makes it unique and Community, with the likes of the youth causes both the players and fans to strive teams in Exeter and Seacoast United, this for more. region is a youth soccer club. The next   Soccer was introduced in the US at step for soccer promotion would then

Stjarnan FC

Photo taken by Alex Lomonte

Soccer players, you either have tremendous respect for these athletes or you think that they are part of the world’s most boring sport; there doesn’t seem to be any gray area. If you don’t like soccer it is because you don’t like the ties and low scores, or you don’t like the flopping and dives, or you don’t think you have to be athletic to play the worldwide phenomenon. The majority of America has been known to lack a sense of participation in what many like to think of as the world’s most popular sport. The nation as a whole lacks participation in the sports worldly fan base and with this lack of participation leaves us left out of a world wide phenomenon and passion. Soccer has roughly 2 billion fans worldwide. They all adore the sport of soccer, or football, or footy, or futbol, or any other variation. But why has soccer taken the backseat in the souped-up Chevy pick-up trucks of many Americans, while sports like baseball and football take shotgun for the majority of the time?   The game of soccer came to the Americas at the same time as football and baseball, and yet it has never had the same following as the other sports. In all honesty, we live in a nation of instant gratification. In soccer you are not allowed to use your hands, our most dominant extremity.   Many should question why we hear on a somewhat constant basis around the nation that individuals do not like soccer because it is unathletic. Unathletic? In what form is running and executing tackles for almost 90 minutes straight unathletic? It seems to be more obvious that playing a game where a whistle is blown every two minutes or where half of the people on the field are standing there with their arms raised waiting to catch a ball are significantly less athletic. Most soccer players run 6-7 miles in a single game and on top of this it is a necessity to fight for every ball that comes their way with the fear of letting your fan base or your team down. A soccer player knows they have to try for every ball that comes their way because in the game, individual mistakes are clearly evident and are not taken too lightly. Scoring rarely happens in the game of soccer, and therefore when a goal is scored the celebration is so much better. Fans, players, and coaches alike go wild even if the ball creeps across the goal line. Soccer is all about the pursuit and to many dedicated soccer fans and players this is truly the pursuit of happiness.   Many see the low scores as a real turn off to those Americans who want big beefy scores instead of a mere one-nil game. For all of you soccer haters out there, nil means zero. What is so wrong about the fact that at times a goalie can block all shots that are fired at him for 90 minutes? The low scoring parts of soccer shows the true athleticism the sport truly takes. The goal is much bigger than a hockey goal or a basketball net and at times, the opponent finds a way to deny the other team all chances they ever had at reaching the goal. The tense atmosphere of a soccer game, makes the celebration that much better and the satisfaction is tremendous in just that lonesome point. The celebration

be to develop a semi-pro soccer league that would be cheap to watch and have a small but intense atmosphere.   In America, advertising is dominant and soccer is non-stop sort with no time for commercial breaks except during halftime. It seems at time that the display of advertisement on the soccer player’s jerseys and in the stadium are just not sufficient enough with the American conglomerates. Television stations will most likely not be able to show soccer because of revenue contracts made with companies. This will continue to cause soccer to only primarily appear on cable networks. This will have an effect on the soccer fan base in America by not showing soccer constantly, thus not jamming it down our throats and not creating a forced fan base such as the one that is in basketball.   It is sad to see the game of soccer not taking in the United States. In a way, as a nation we are the kid who is trying light the fire during recess. Marcus Beisel, Son of German Immigrants and an avid soccer player and fan said in an article in USA today regarding the world cup and watching soccer with his family “It’s not just a game for us, it’s a part of our cultural identity,” “Each team reflects that nation’s culture. The Brazilian players dance. The Germans are physical and precise. It’s way beyond just being a sport.” This is why soccer is so crucial in the formation of world relations. Soccer truly isn’t a game, it is a way of life for some and a win or loss for a team can define the morale of a city or nation. Some of the comments that supposed soccer haters state about the game are due to pure ignorance and at times are glaring generalizations. At times it feels like we are the only nation in the world where soccer is judged constantly and the points are completely invalid. Jeff Wong a 38 year old father from San Francisco stated in the same article as Biesel and said “I don’t see that there’s the same level of intense strategy as we have in our sports.” What Wong fails to realize is that soccer is a game of creativity and this is what makes the game a true gem, the uniqueness. The criticism that soccer experiences is mundane and what Marcus Biesel said put it best “It’s way beyond just being a sport.” It is a common passion that the world shares and this passion need to be ignited in the good old US of A.

F ishing


More than Just a Pastime By Chris Hodgman

T h e Ps y c h o l o g y o f



As “senioritis” starts to affect more and more of the school-wide population in different ways, doodles start to come out of the works. Notes, discussions and homework start to get covered by tiny pictures that are swamping student’s minds. Little swirls and small lines cramp together in a tiny space of a page that slowly spread out to the surrounding blank space. Some of these doodles become masterpieces within minutes. The overwhelming sight of tons of doodles in one space becomes exciting to the mind if strung together in perfect order. Some doodlers are better than others but that doesn’t mean that you can’t let your imagination run wild by using a writing utensil and paper. It doesn’t have to be good; it’s just a way to express what your thinking at that moment and a way to stay focused. “I doodle in basically every class. It keeps me from spacing and I find I listen better and pay attention for longer periods of time,” said Erica Estey, ’12. Jackie Andrade, a professor of psychology at the University of Plymouth in England, came to the conclusion that the brain ends up manufacturing its own material instead of resorting to daydreaming. The brain is extremely active when individuals are bored; it essentially goes on the prowl and scavenges for something to think about. Instead of thinking about what’s for lunch over your class discussion, try doodling. You could be the next Monet of doodles without even realizing it.

The sun is shining, the bass are spawning. Around Exeter, anglers are dusting off their tackle boxes to find rusted hooks and real bugs amongst the fake. Whether you are interested in starting fishing, or have been around the pond a few times, spring calls for new gear.   The lure department at a fishing superstore can be overwhelming. Walls of bait in every imaginable shape and size all promise you the same thing, that they will catch you the next fat bass. The truth is, fishing is a patient sport with no guarantees. Still, understanding the right tools is the first step to landing fish consistently. Novice or expert, here are three lures that should be in every bass fishing arsenal:

The Need To Know

Such a simple idea is remarkably successful. The plastic worm is the most versatile lure available. It appeals to all fish, and can be rigged in several different ways. They can be fished with added weight, or hooked to be completely weedless. The plastic worm takes a little more skill to fish correctly, but the rewards are infinite.


Crankbaits imitate smaller fish and swim very convincingly. They wobble and rattle through the water, sending vibrations that fish can track through even the murkiest water. Crankbaits have bills that allow them dive down, and large exposed hooks that no bass can shake.



The spinnerbait imitates a school of baitfish, combining a colorful skirt with shiny blades that attract a lot of attention. It can be fished at any depth through dense weeds or fast current, depending on the speed of retrieval. When all else fails, the spinnerbait is king.

8 • June 2011


The Talon

Behind the Brush: S A M PAO L I N I

Committed to Dance Senior Mariah McQuate tells us about the world of dancing.

An inside look into the making of an artist

By amanDa LoSaPio

By PaigE FErrEri her footing as an artist is retired art teacher,       Sam Paolini, Exeter High School Class of  Mr. Dean Scott. "Aside from being a great art'06 alumni, strides forward making her mark  ist, a genuinely kind and thoughtful person,  as a professional artist in the greater Exeter  area. Primarily working as an illustrator, Sam  and a good friend, he was a terrifi c teacher  and pushed me in all the right directions,"  captures the attention of many with her  said Sam.  bold colors and unique  “The most rewarding      Sam attended Masdesigns. However, her  talent isn't restricted to  feeling for myself, as sachusetts College of Art  just illustrating. Sam is also  in the fall of 2006 but left  a professional artist, in 2008. "I felt smothered  known for her paintings,  and creatively stifl ed," said  collages, printmaking, ink  is looking at a piece Paolini. While at Massachuwork and fabric designs.  and truly feeling that setts College of Art she felt       "I've been surrounded  by creativity my entire life  as if her work there did not  it is my own.” refl ect who she was and  and art has always come  what she is capable of doing. “The most renaturally," said Paolini. Sam grew up under  the infl uence of two artistic parents, one  warding feeling for myself, as a professional  artist, is looking at a piece and truly feeling  who is a musician/ kitchen designer while  that it is my own,” said Sam. Since leaving  the other is a graphic artist, printmaker and  textile artist.  the college she has had a solo exhibition  in February 2009 at the Loaf and Ladle in       Another mentor  who helped Paolini fi nd 

“People don’t realize how much time dance  really takes up”, said Mariah McQuate, a dancer  at Adagio Dance Academy in Exeter. Dance is  something that is extremely time consuming  and takes a lot of eff ort.      “While it takes most of your time, I think it is  worth it,” said Mariah. Most people think dance  is all about dressing up and putting on a lot of  make-up.       However, the eff ort that someone has to  go through for one show is a lot. Most sports  teams practice six days a week but only for a  short season. Dance has no seasons and takes  up most of your time.       “I practically live at the studio, there is only  one night a week that  I’m not there,” said  Mariah “ we only have  three competitions  a year, but that one  dance takes hours  to perfect and get  right.” Competitions  normally consist of  diff erent studios coming together to basically see who is better.       “We have a lot of fun at competitions, even  if we don’t always score the way we wanted  to. We meet a bunch of people from other  studios and it’s good bonding for our studio.”  Most people try and relate dance to sports,  some say it can’t be considered a sport. But  that is the opposite, dance requires more than  most sports do. In a game you can either win  or lose, but dance has more levels and you are  essentially graded on your performance.        While Adagio has gone through all of their  competitions for the year they still have a  recital coming up. This recital marks the end of  the year, for Mariah this means the last recital  she will be in for Adagio. However, this doesn’t  mean she will stop dancing. Mariah is going to  Jacksonville University where she will minor in  dance.

downtown Exeter.       Sam also does artwork for several bands,  including Aaron Lee Marshall Band, Tera Melos, Gnarlemange and several others. Paolini  is the offi   cial artist for local math rock heroes  Comma, a band that consists of Sam's  brother Andew Paolini, Greg Baldi and Brent  Glidden. All of the members of this band are  EHS alumni.      Aside from doing commissioned album  artwork, shirt designs and posters for bands,  Sam Paolini created a website “Wrong Brain”,  which is where she publishes several pieces  that she has written, and she publishes artwork, as well. Along with this, Paolini spends  her time illustrating The Dream Detectives,  a children’s book. She has also been also be  commended for her volunteering to teach  at Main Street Art in Newfi elds and for being  the director of the curating committee for  Emerging Artists.

Fo r m o r e o f

Sam Paolini’s ar twork visit:

“What is your favorite pick-up line?”

Junior Alex Agrella attempts to impress fellow classmate, Allison Rogers. “You can fall out of a building, you can fall out of a tree, but the best way to fall is in love with me.”

- Peter Winslow, Sophomore “Are you from Mars? Because your smile is out of this world.”

- graham Peterson, Freshman “Was that just an earthquake or did you just rock my world.”

- Justin Carmona, Junior “My mom said that I didn’t shave my face well enough, can you check to see if I missed any spots?”

- Elvis Lumumba, Senior


cont. from page 3   The morning had been fi lled with uplifting alternative music, the kind that seems  to be fairly popular these days. The last  song of the day, however, took a diff erent  approach. The curtain opened, revealing  a drum set and a microphone stand, and  three boys: Tim Bryant, Craig Olofson, and  Zach (NAME). The song that they started  playing wasn’t announced, but was indeed  very diff erent from what I had been hearing. Their style was a combination between  metal and rock, and the lead singer’s voice  resembled Kurt Cobain’s. In fact, the more I  sat and listened to them, the three of them  reminded me a lot of Nirvana. The song  ended, but the second guitarist closed it 

with a tremendous guitar solo- there was  no doubt that he had talent.    Although the recital was short, it really gave me a good chance to see what  kind of artistry lives among our hallways  at Exeter High School. Music has always  been an infatuation of my own. I was  never aware, but I now realize that it’s  alive at EHS. I hope that the students who  performed that morning continue to excel  in their musical ability, and more importantly I hope that other EHS students come  across the back halls of music classrooms  at school like I did, and discover that there  is a lot more to this school than football or  a homecoming dance. 

Exeter High School


Exeter High School

Issue V • 9


Students share their tattoos and the meaning behind them

Leslie Kanchuga “I don’t believe in superstitions so I decided to get the Roman numeral 13 on my arm.”

Paige Smith

Chris Hager

“Six months ago, I started looking for a tattoo that I liked and for months I kept looking back to make sure that it was what I wanted and that I still liked it. I thought the lion looked cool so I stuck with it.”

The tattoo is culturally significant and also representative of family. His entire family decided on their trip to Hawaii last year that they would all get tattoos which represented their Hawaiian heritage.

Connie Boutilier “It’s my mom’s name and my brother has the same tattoo. I got it because I can’t change my last name but Johnson is my dad’s last name so I’ll always be a Johnson at heart. “

Mrs. Parent: the teacher you want to have Step inside her classroom and see why so many students love her By Doug marino For twelve years, Mrs. Parent has brought a  new spin on teaching at EHS. Whether it be  giving her class a breather, or cracking a joke,  she has always managed to energize her  classroom.      Students in Mrs. Parent’s period 2 Geometry class say that she is a diff erent kind of  teacher. Her students expressed support for  Mrs. Parent’s teaching philosophy.       “She really brings energy to the classroom,” said sophomore Jason Miller.      “She’s like the ideal teacher,” said Junior  Justin Marston. “Even on her bad days, she’s  still nice.”      Some teachers appear to pick favorites, but not Mrs. Parent, according to her  students.       “She doesn’t favor anybody, she treats us  equally,” said sophomore Katelyn Pine.       Mrs. Parent gives her students breaks during her class periods. This is something that  students appreciate.      “It’s a great time to catch up on work,” said  sophomore Evan McElroy.      When class was asked if the breaks helped  them in her class, all of the students raised  their hand, indicating that it did.       “It gives us time to recuperate,” said Justin  Marston.      Her students say that the breaks help 

them stay focused during the class period.      “If we just worked nonstop, the class  would get tiring,” said Jason Miller.       “It helps to break up the period,” said  Katelyn Pine.      Mrs. Parent says that she believes breaks 

are good for learning.      “I believe that it helps kids digest the  information,” Mrs. Parent said. “It can be hard  to focus nonstop for an entire one hundred  minute period, or even a fi fty minute period.”

     In addition to giving her kids breaks, she  also takes the time to teach life lessons.      “I took a psychology class at St. Paul’s  Advanced Studies Program,” said Mrs. Parent.  She teaches her students some of the things  she learned there, such as the “Journey  through Life Program.” “It's a cool activity  where I read this journey to my students and  tell them that they are the main character in  the story. Throughout the story they come  upon obstacles that they need to overcome,”  Mrs. Parent said. “At the end of the story,  each of these obstacles means something  else in life.”        “I do that because I believe that it is  important to show that your teacher is also  a human being,” Mrs. Parent said. “I want to  connect with the students.”      Despite her desire to help kids, Mrs. Parent said that she hasn’t always wanted to be  a teacher.      It wasn’t until junior year in college that I  changed my major to math education,” Mrs.  Parent said.       Mrs. Parent says that she decided to be a  teacher after a sorority experience.      “I was the ‘pledge educator’ at my sorority.  I would educate members about the history  of the sorority,” Mrs. Parent said. “I was good  at it, and I enjoyed it. I decided one night  that I wanted to be a teacher.”

     Although it took her a while to fi nd it, Mrs.  Parent believes she took the right career  path.      “I have the best job in the world, and I tell  everybody that,” Mrs. Parent said. “I know I  will be here at Exeter when I retire.”       Outside of the classroom, Mrs. Parent still  has a busy life. She is currently getting her  masters degree in education at the University of New England; which will be fi nished  in June.      Mrs. Parent has changed the way many  students think of math. After speaking with  her, it is fair to say that she is no ordinary  math teach, and this is no ordinary math  class.  


Food: Blueberry pancackes Show: American Idol Proverb: “Where theres a will, theres a way.” Athlete: Michael Jordan

NEW ENGLAND The Senior Map was compiled by Brendan Lortie with special thanks to Brodt Taylor Champlain College Sam Atherholt Katherine Bergeron Brooke Fifield Kristina Fischer Alexandra Wilber Green Mountain College Shannon Page

Bridgton Academy David Nassoura Devin Stoddard Southern Maine CC Justin Almon

Lyndon State College Laura Martin Nathan Scoggins

St. Joseph’s College of Maine Catherine Ellison

Norwich University Timothy Hunter

University of Maine - Orono Andrew Allen Connor Roy

St. Michael’s College Michelle Moreau University of Vermont Cara Covey Harrison Hubbell Abigail Hughes Samantha Rajkowski Megan Sullivan Peter Taylor

University of New England Hilary Campbell Lindsay Cicale Jennifer Winters

Designed by Jack Tisdall

OTHER MILITARY Air Force Luke Dubela Army Nicholas Belanger Jacques Jalbert Matthew MacDonald Cameron Roffey Phillip Swanson Coast Guard Tyler Dawson

Gap Year/Working Nathan Berner-Tobin [Argentina] Sawyer Boisvert Travis Bradley Peter Diodati III Shannon Dwyer Blake Felder [New Zealand] Tyler Hancock Zachary Hancock Andria Lambert Lucas Pettengil Joshua Poulin Benjamin Richards Kyle Taylor Tyler Bennett Angel Ambrose

Marines Daniel Belanger Chase Cantrell Christopher Stilson

Specialty Schools

Navy Brian Beals Corey Bouchard Ross Chisolm Logan Dressel Joshua King Brandon Swanton Michael Wood

National Outdoor Leadership School Tyler Miller

University of Southern Maine Joshua Dodge Greg Nigrello Matthew Prugger

Commercial Diver’s Academy Evan Dobbie Samuel Higley

Peterson School Michael Corbin

Chez Boucher Culinary Arts School Christina Consoli Colby-Sawyer College Molly Chesterton Corina Hillsgrove Andrew O’Barton Emily Oliver Margaret Robinson Kerin Toothaker

Anna Maria College Timothy McCain

Dartmouth College Xinran Xiao

Assumption College Alyssa George

Franklin Pierce University Trent Roy

Bay State College Darcie Isabelle Bethany Winget

Great Bay Community College Nicholas Barnes Samantha Bouffard Andrew Brace Jacob Carreno Sampson Ford Bradley Jimenez Devlin Keogh Derek L’Italien Justin Poncelet Ashley Russo-Moore Tyler Sheehan Brittaney Smith Justin Sullivan Dayton Tellier Patrick Sullivan Ashley Wallace Natalie Mertinooke

Becker College Ashleigh Baker Rebecca Charest Bentley University Grace Magnusson Nathan Pietrantonio Berklee College of Music Barrett Goeman Boston College Taylor Shannon Boston University Jenna Bessemer Gregg Miller Brandeis University Jassen Lu Clark University Rachel Hartnett

The College of the Holy Cross Matthew Portu

Northeastern University Cameron Eide Grant Levy Keiramarie Robertson Catherine Tremblay Allison Wilson

Gordon College Duncan Stuart

Simmons College Deanna Makinen

Lasell College Kara Laurent

Suffolk University Sarah Klingelhoefer

Lesley University Chandler Lupo Melissa Proulx

UMass-Lowell Tyler Houldsworth

Emerson College Emily Erdbrink

Massachusetts College of Pharmacy Dawn McClure New England Institute of Art Matthew Hichborn

Connecticut Fairfield University Amelia Stilwell William Sullivan Loomis Chaffee Jonathan Spivey

Southern Connecticut State University Ryan Mills Johnson and Wales Kyle Amundsen Matthew Hall Benjamin Nagy Providence College Zachary Keefe James Petruccelli

Keene State College Elizabeth Bolduc Alec Bourdages Matthew Consigli Samantha Folland Matthew Gunst Kenneth Hadley Danielle Hoadley Jacob Hochschwender Zachary Johnson Kelsey Kimball Max Kliegle Nicholas Magyar Cameron Peirce Rachel Perreault Madisyn Ponn Erik Radermacher Mitchell Slemp Kaitlin Wheeler Heather Worrall Lakes Region CC Alexander Hawkes

Salve Regina University Shannon Marro Tess Picanso

Manchester CC Jesse Phillips Jordan Hovater

University of Rhode Island Cory Kerznar Ashley McLaren Colton Smaldone Alyssa Votto

Merrimack College Constance Boutilier Nashua CC Craig Olofson

NH Institute of Technology Parker Chute Kailyn Cottenmyre Jesse Dionne Brooke Seiler Muluken Rowell New Hampton School Kyle Woodilla Phillips Exeter Academy Nolan Daley Plymouth State University Gabrielle Bergeron Robert Collinge Alexander Cushing Samuel Hendrickson Scott Hiller Kristen George Heather Lindsay Cohen Marrs Matthew Prince David Van Billiard Parker Woodard Southern NH University John Bergeron Margaret Emery Taylor Mabardy Dillon Reed Nathan Ward Kolbi Wentworth Tilton School Cameron Tufts University of New Hampshire Andrea Batchelder Nicholas Bosen Nick Brunelas Emily Burton Katherine Cashman Catherine Choquette Kristen Clark Lee Clouthier Mollie Conant Joseph Conley Sarah Coutts Hallianna D’Andreti Mika DiGesu Sam Dionne Tim Doucette Andrea Early Dakota Evans Jessica Favazza Lindsay Finniss Allison Foy Danielle Fregeau Maggi Hanson Colby Johnston Gretchen Klempa Sean Kramer Jessica LaChance Alexander Lomonte Brendan Lortie Adrien Lumumba Erin Mangan Kelly Marion JennyMae Martin Matthew McAuliffe Evan Mikulich Coulter Monsell Lindsay Mumford Timothy Nash Albert Pace Spencer Palmer Kelsey Pearl Melanie Platt Zachary Plumer Patrick Ryan Kelsie Sawyer Alexander Singleton Daniel Soborski Justyn Sterritt Joseph St. Peter Ryan Strasser Danielle Swain Eliza Taylor Steven Townsend Michael Upchurch Christopher Velletri Brian Walker Mason White Jessica Wood Morgan Woods John Yeoman


Clarkson University Abigail Cummings Fordham University Leslie Kanchuga

Destinations outside of New England Community College of Denver William Ficara

Arizona State University Ana Kerins


Portland Bible College Nathan Peterson

Fort Louis College Marshell Thompson


California University of Pennsylvania Christopher Ruocco

University of Minnesota Derek Fernholz

Iona College Robert Glowacky Ithaca College Emily Greenwood Taylor MacDonald Michaela Plumer

University of Colorado – Boulder Kananiokaleimae Eicholz Tierney Standring Utah State University Josh Grant

Hamilton College Eliza Kenney

New York University Andrew Bridges Pace University Victoria Putnam

Eastern University Sarah Paquin

Rochester Institute of Technology John Dolan

Grove City College Matthew Nicholl

Siena College Anna Grant

Susquehanna University Ryan Donlevie

Skidmore College Meredith Bailey

Temple University Nathan Berry

Syracuse University Claire Garand United States Military Academy at West Point Ryan McGovern

Oberlin College Stephanie Szarmach Augustana College Christopher Hager

Ohio State University Alyssa Titus

Loyola University of Chicago Paige Smith

Ohio Wesleyan University Tucker Worrall

University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign Elizabeth Baskerville

University of Northwestern Ohio Joe Addario

Vassar College Michaela Janowski Georgetown University Kelsey Smith

Roanoke College Zoe Richards

Butler University Sara Doverspike

Virginia Tech Alex Dixon Washington and Lee University Daniel Mooney

Belmont University Brittany Prescott University of Arkansas Austin Arkell

Centenary College Julia Gould Stevens Institute of Technology Quinn Conner Stevenson University Carissa Pray St. Mary’s College of Maryland Siobhan Darmody University of Maryland Anna Cardoni Laura Steere High Point University Katherine Avery University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill Rebecca Deranian University of North Carolina – Wilmington Molly Klemarczyk William Medley

Savannah College of Art and Design Sayako Minami

College of Charleston Shaun O’Brien Furman University Luke Hanson University of South Carolina Jack Tisdall Florida Gulf Coast University Brittany Androchuk

The Talon’s intent was to include every senior but some students were harder to find than others. Sierra Nevada College Sean McCarthy University of Nevada – Reno Clinton Hobbs

Full Sail University Connor Martel BYU – Idaho Samuel Gish

EUROPE Netherlands University of Twente Rimon Oz United Kingdom

Santa Clara University Meghan Degnan

University of East London Meghan Styles

Jacksonville University Kyle Lovejoy Mariah McQuate Colby Sostak Stetson University Stuart Posternak University of Southern Florida Kelsey Keefe University of Tampa John Abizaid [2012] Codie Harrison Sara Hudanich


12 • June 2011


Perks of Being a Wallflower

This book is being turned into a movie starring Logan Lerman and Emma Watson. By EVALYN FLANDERS Ever wonder what it feels like to blend into the background; to be nothing special; to be virtually invisible to the world around you? In this coming-of-age story by Stephen Chbosky, readers are given an intimate view into the life of a true wallflower. Charlie is a young boy going through his first year of high

He’s naive and extremely innocent, but it’s those characteristics that make him so lovable. school. He writes a series of letters to an anonymous person detailing his life. He starts off the year confused and without friends, due to his only friend Michael having committed suicide the year be-

fore. One day he meets two seniors, Patrick and Sam, and his entire world changes. He is brought into a world he has never experienced; a world of sex, drugs, parties, music, and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Throughout his year of learning and new experiences Charlie finds out a lot about himself. By the end of the read you realize that the year he just went through was probably one of the most pivotal of his young life. With this book, you get through the first chapter and you are absolutely hooked. The book is written in an innovative way, using letters in a journal format to communicate Charlie’s everyday life. Charlie himself is an extremely likable protagonist, with genuine emotions and curiosity for the world. He’s naive and extremely innocent, but it’s those characteristics that make him so lovable. You sympathize with Charlie throughout the entire

novel. He is a blunt, open, curious, and a bit of an oddball all of which make him one of the most relatable characters. I believe everyone can relate to Charlie in one way or another. Another great thing about this book is it touches upon every aspect of teenage life. Topics like drugs, sex, homosexuality, suicide, violent relationships, drinking, parties, stress, and everything else that comes with being a teenager are addressed in this book. The book feels really raw and real with the blatant and consistent lack of censorship. The pop culture thrown into this book also makes it seem very genuine and authentic. It makes the reading much more interesting having movies and songs to put along with everything going on. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is not long or difficult, yet the story it tells is intricate and consuming.



As our final year draws to a close, the senior class of 2011 certainly has a lot to look back on. As we move on to the next steps of our lives, we have changed as individuals, reminisce on the good and bad, and have advice to share for the future classes. COMPILED BY ALYSSA VOTTO

WHAT SENIORS WILL MISS: “Being close with my teachers” – Kara Laurent “Going to breakfast during my off periods” – Anna Grant “Seeing the people you’ve known forever” – Emily Oliver “Mr. Shore” – Allison Wilson & Will Sullivan “I’ll miss the freedom of being a senior.” -Mariah McQuate “I’ll miss being a hawk!” – Cam Tufts

HOW SENIORS HAVE CHANGED: “The way I changed was learning how to relax because freshman year I was really high strung about getting perfect grades or what other people would think of me, so I didn’t branch out as much. Then I gradually learned that failing a test won’t make me a failure for the rest of my life and to not care what people think, and that’s allowed me to meet a lot of new people I wouldn’t have otherwise.” - Taylor Shannon

“I’ve learned to care a lot less.” – Austin Arkell “I’ve gotten more mature and I’m more capable of doing my work without a teacher having to look over my shoulder.” – Paige Smith “I’m more open-minded.” – Taylor MacDonald “I used to be mean and always get in trouble.” – Andrew O’Barton

The Talon


Sara Hudanich, senior 1. Many Men – 50 Cent 2. Feeling This – Blink 182 3. Your Body is a Wonderland – John Mayer 4. Dirt Off Your Shoulders – Jay Z vs. The Verve 5. Ridaz – Eminem 6. Sleazy – Ke$ha 7. Afrodisiac – Brandy 8. All About You – Classified 9. Landslide – Fleetwood Mac 10. Embrace the Martian – Kid Cudi

McKayla McQuate, sophomore 1. If I Was You – Far East Movement 2. Bright Lights, Bigger City – Cee Lo Green 3. She’s So High – Everclear 4. Call on Me – Eric Prydz 5. Blow – Ke$ha 6. Sierra Leone – Mount Eden Dubstep 7. Lay Me Down – The Dirty Heads 8. Hit Me Baby One More Time – Britney Spears 9. On the Floor – Jennifer Lopez feat. Pitbull 10. Give Me Everything – Pitbull and Neyo

Devyn McCarron, freshman 1. Find Your Love – Drake 2. Look At Me Now – Chris Brown 3. Welcome to the Hook – Rick Rose 4. Becky – Plies 5. Who’s Hotter Than Me? – Slick Rick 6. All I Do is Win – Dj Khaled 7. Dance with the Devil – Immortal Technique 8. Love the Way You Lie – Eminem feat. Rihanna 9. Sunshine – Atmosphere 10. Know That – Mos Def

ADVICE FOR SENIOR YEAR: “Take classes that you know you can handle.” – David Van Billiard “Don’t slack off and bomb third and fourth quarter.” – Sarah Klingelhoefer “Try to stay in school as much as you can. Absences will screw you over. “ – Michelle Moreau “Get your college essay done early.” – Abbie Cummings

As long and as grueling as senior year may seem, when you look back on it, it flies by. True, applying to colleges can be stressful, and once you know what your plans are after graduation, you’re not going to feel like doing any of the work, or even showing up at all. But this year is really when your grade pulls together, and the time when you look back on all of the memories and realize how much fun it truly has been. So enjoy your senior year – it only happens once.


Exeter High School

Issue V • 13

SUMMER FASHION A new season has arrived, which means new fashions have followed along with it. Have you given in to any of these latest trends or seen them around the school?

Girls: Rompers:


Shorts but built like a dresses, rompers are quickly sweeping the population of Exeter High School. The best thing about rompers is that they look trendy and stylish, but are actually very comfortable, and something you can just throw on for any occasion, whether it’s just a cover up over your bathing suit at the beach, or for going out. They come in many different patterns and styles, and you can buy them at almost any store.

Satchels: These trendy new bags are popping up everywhere this season. Bigger than a wallet, yet smaller than a purse, satchels are the perfect size to hold all of your most needed possessions. Best of all, their strap is long enough so it can comfortably fit over your shoulder, and ends at the hip so it is easily accessible.

Gladiator Sandals: If you’re bored of flip flops, pick up these stylish shoes for the spring and summer “Satchels are smaller than a purse “I like rompers beseasons. These sandals come in many different colors and designs, range from and really convenient and they cause they are breezy heels to flats, and look good with any piece of clothing. They are appearing everylook European and bohemian.” and comfortable.” where around the halls of Exeter, and it is guaranteed that they can be seen quite   - Meghan Degnan ‘11 -Sara Hudanich ‘11 often outside of school as well.


“Striped shorts are practical in hot weather.” - Will Sullivan

Boat Shoes: Whether you own a boat or you don’t, these shoes are perfect for everyone. These comfortable shoes can be found anywhere and can be worn with mostly any ensemble. They can be worn by both boys and girls (see picture right).

Pin Striped Shorts: Besides regular jean or khaki shorts, striped shorts add pattern and a touch of flare to any outfit. They come in many different colors and go with any solid color shirt.

“My boat shoes are my best friends. I take them everywhere I go.” - Derek Fernholz ‘11


‘BRO’CABULARY By Juniors Justin Marston, Jason Miller, and Evan McElroy

Las Brolas Brobot Brosama bin Laden Frosty the Broman Front Bro Pizza Tony Bromo Barack Brobama Brochacha Brolie Polie Olie Pillsbery Bro Boy

Mr. Brovost Mike Bromonowski Brothagorean Theroem Broseph Stalin and The Broviet Union My Chemical Bromance Brolling Stones Brokemon Jason Derulbro Bromuda


The Evolution of Poetry How rap is revitalizing poetry and sweeping a generation off its feet.

By JACK TISDALL In English classes, students devote days to analyzing “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” by Mary Angelou, but they ignore rap, an up-and-coming genre that makes up over 30 percent of today’s music industry. Yet rap and poetry are actually very similar; today’s best rap is essentially poetry read in rhythm to an instrumental backdrop. Indeed, rappers and poets are indistinguishable as artists. Both use figures of speech and colorful wordplay to send a message to their audience in a way that resonates.   The tactics and goals of rap and poetry significantly overlap. To produce lines with musical appeal, rap and poetry require complete command of the language. Moreover, both raps and poems capture the attention of the audience by operating on a figurative level.   Raps and poems are said to “dance off the tongue” because of cadence, or the way words sound. Appealing auditory elements such as alliteration, rhyme, consonance and assonance are what make a poem or rap stick. Today, the quality of these aesthetic elements is being taken to a different place by rappers who get their message across by stringing together like-sounding words for dozens of stanzas.   The English language is being revitalized by rappers who possess a total command of words and can speak lyrically. Take this stanza from “Winter Takes All” by Common Market, a hiphop duo, and note its lyrical quality: This ain’t no place for a man of faith I gamble it all away, tumble into fall abased and ablaze Can’t fault or blame fam, they parade arrays of aid and praise Saints patronized by the razor blade The repetition of the long “a” sound connects 14 different words in this stanza. This is called slant rhyme because although the words are not perfectly rhyming, they sound very similar, especially when they are spoken aloud. Both poets and rappers must use language so that their words stick with the audience and have a lasting effect. Every song by Common Market is lyrically engaging; RA Scion, the rapper, alternates rhyming stressed and unstressed syllables to create a flow of words that puts the listener in a trance. The lyrical quality of the stanza above is better than what you find in much critically-acclaimed poetry, such as “The Maldive Shark” by Herman Melville.   Poetry is considered very difficult to write because there are only so many words in the English language that sound alike. When the words do click, there is magic. Consider these lines from “Swell,” another song by Common Market, and note the complexity of the rhyme scheme: View of the Cascades drew in a fast rate. A flood of brothers to the tune of two of the last greats. “View” and “drew” are an obvious rhyme in the first line, but consider “Cascades,” “fast rate,” and “last greats,” in which two syllables rhyme, known as double rhyme or feminine rhyme. Also, the alliteration in line 2 (“to the tune of two”) is worth noting because it increases the cadence of the lines and strokes the listener’s ear. In just two lines of a song that consists of 90 lines, the rapper has included more lyrical effects than you would find in any poem. To this generation, there is no question that Common Market’s “intentional arrangement of words” (as poetry is often defined) is stronger and more appealing than anything in our English teachers’ canon: Edgar Allen Poe, E. E. Cummings, Walt Whitman, etc.   Complementing the musical quality of lines in poems and raps, the figurative implications appeal to the audience’s life through analogies. Equally thoughtful and clever metaphors, similes and puns pervade in both poems and raps, enhancing their value to the audience. Rap features as much figurative language as any Shakespearean sonnet or Emily Dickenson poem.   Few rappers or poets use analogies better than Binary Star, whose command of the language in the song “Reality Check” is transcendental. Take this simple though effective simile in the first lines of the song: This is how I represent I rock the mic 110 percent it’s intimate, I keeps the party moving like an immigrant In addition to the cadence, these lines are engaging because the analogy is witty- simply referencing the fact that immigrants move. If the meaning of these lines seems simple, so are many of the ideas found in critically-acclaimed poetry. This generation appreciates Binary Star’s poignant lyrics because they are more comprehensible and accessible. Consider this: Better believe this, most rappers can’t achieve this I’m bad to the bone but x-rays can’t even see this

In these two lines there is alliteration, feminine rhyme, slant rhyme and an appealing metaphor. Moreover, Binary Star is expressing his inner-self, which is the essence of art. Still prefer Ezra Pound? Try “spittin” these lines: I wanna fortune, I wanna make music and hit the lottery   Fortunately my music is never watery   that’s how its gotta be, as far as I can see   Maybe you should grab a telescope to see my view is like astronomy   It ain’t all about economy   so the fact that all these whack emcees is making G’s don’t bother me   Honestly, my number one policy is quality   never sell my soul is my philosophy   High velocity, lyrics like Nastradamus make a prophecy   I told you cats a long time ago it ain’t no stoppin’ me

These lines make up just 20 seconds of a five minute song, yet they include assonance, slant rhyme, a metaphor, a simile, and still get the author’s point across: he is a dedicated rapper who writes for the love, not the money. Just like students do in literature classes, this rap can be broken down to its poetic elements and explicated.   In upcoming years, schools will offer AP Rap and students will be active participants, excited about their next assignment instead of dreading it. The analytical tools I’ve learned in Literature apply directly to raps, yet the Establishment has ignored this new art form and its potential in education. What we currently read in English classes is stale and antiquated, but nearly every student listens to rap because it is vibrant and contemporary. Schools have a brilliant opportunity to connect with students by teaching them how to further appreciate what they already find engaging.   Raps are as intellectually stimulating and demanding as any poem. Ms. Wheeler-Smith often says she doesn’t read Emily Dickenson without a “good dictionary.” She should keep that dictionary out if Talib Kweli starts bumpin’ in her classroom.

Here’s a line from “Once Inna Lifetime” in his album with Mos Def, Blackstar: “That’s preposterous like an androgynous misogynist.” Keep in mind that raps are usually spoken, not written, so it takes focus and critical thinking to comprehend what the rapper is saying as he goes along.   The background instrumentals in a rap set the tone. The beat of a rap elicits an emotional response from the listener because it connects to an inner-rhythm through an auditory sense. Whether its a combination of the piano, African flute and the French horn or an electronic mix, the instruments enhance the significance of the words. The beat controls the energy of a song and supplements the rapper’s flow, highlighting specific words by stopping the beat then “letting it drop” back in. The chorus in raps is often dominated by powerful instrumentals that are sometimes as enjoyable as the rhymes. The beat serenades the listener’s ear and makes the words register and then stick in his or her mind.   In accordance with the universally accepted parameters of what makes “good poetry,” rap takes poetry to a place it hasn’t been before. Rap’s overwhelming appeal to today’s generation is evident in concert attendance numbers, iTunes downloads, and the surge of novice rappers across the country. The older generations are hostile to what has been dubbed the Spoken Word Movement because it takes them out of their comfort zone. Anyone who graduated with a literature degree wants to believe that they have a deeper understanding of the English language because they’ve limited their exposure to historical British poetry. But these self-dubbed “intellectuals” and “good writers” would be lost if they walked on stage at a rap contest, like in 8 Mile. Though young, fiery, drug-using, vulgar, cocky and reckless, I think rappers are hands-down the most sophisticated contemporary users of the English language. As with all great art, it is only a matter of time before Mac Miller and Wiz Khalifa retire to the University of Pittsburgh and teach “Triple Rhyme 101” or “Ethics of Freestyling: When to Diss his Momma.” I wonder if my grandchildren will find these rappers dated and tedious.



Choose one of the following raps and analyze its aesthetics and message. Be sure to consider the following: diction, analogies, slant rhyme, double/triple rhyme, symbolism, instrumentals, consonance, assonance, alliteration, puns, similes, and metaphors.

“Refresh” - Common Market

Take a deep breath, release stress, please rest Be blessed by the beat and the essence of these texts Peace kept with what the deity left: respect And let the breeze lead me in these steps, yo we set to reach the peak lest we meet death, terrestrial – at the Sweet behest of the celestial decree – yes Repeat “yes” we defeat weakness Deep breath, feel the steez in effect, and let the breeze refresh

“Champion” - Brother Ali For real, I'll be diligently Killin the soliloquies This Of these millipedes that try to Pass themselves off as ill MC's I weave a web of words so intricately That the English dictionary lacks An adjective to fit me

Shout the words! verse has



“Travellin Man” - Mac Miller My meditation coming in from recreation, Ain't no pause or hesitation, trying to catch my respiration, I ain't never had no patience, so I'm hardly ever waiting, Just creating money making, with creative preparation, Sick of all these cats with false representation, Too big of words maybe need some translation



Exeter High School

Inside Special Education

The Finals argument

cont. from page 1

How many teams should be in the playoffs? By Alex Lomonte The NBA has eighty-two games, two  conferences, three divisions, and  eight playoff  teams. As it is now, the  NBA is really predictable; the number  one, two, or three seed will almost  always win the NBA Finals.  And although the end of an era is now  here, it is usually either the Lakers or the Celtics taking home  the title. That makes for a  boring playoff  bracket,  it is very predictable.  At the end of it,  the NBA needs to  make changes,  big ones, if  they are to  compete  with the ever  growing  popularity  of the  NHL.       Basketball’s regular  season is just  a season to get  into the playoff s, which most  teams deserve to be in, others  however, do not. Take the Indiana  Pacers for example they played horrible basketball the whole season,  ending with a 37-45 record, under  .500, and still made the playoff s. The  Philadelphia 76ers had this year with  a 41-41 record, also making the playoff s. In my opinion the playoff s are  for contending teams not teams that  don’t even belong in the NBA.       The NBA needs to look at their  system and tweak it just a little, not  too much to confuse fans though.  The NBA, needs a change because of  the new mentality that the players  have, ‘Big Three or Bust,’ superstars  sign on with superstars creating a  “smaller” league. I think they should  shorten the season to 62 or 54  games. It could create a livelier 

season, teams possibly going undefeated and overall more interesting  for the fans.      Then the playoff s could be  changed to a six team playoff , the  top two teams in the conference get byes and  the winners of the four  team playoff s play the  big guns. That would  create a three round  playoff  that might last  one month instead  of the two  month  voyage  that we  have to  embark  on in order to fi nd  the NBA  champion.       Sure,  these  plans aren’t  perfect but in my  opinion that’s what  would work best.  Unfortunately the  NBA is in contracts with television networks  that makes the  playoff  series  longer than  they should,  meaning three  days between  games that are in one city and taking  several commercial breaks in the  last two and a half minutes of the  game. Every league has its problems,  whether it’s steroids in baseball,  lockouts in football, corruption  in soccer, concussions in hockey,  playoff s in basketball or Tiger in golf,  no one sport can be perfect, and us  fans should put up with it, or change  the channel. 

How To Skimboard


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with Justin Poncelet con’t from page 1 3. “Once you have done all that  you can start skimming.  What you  want to do is wait for the water on  the shore to start going back into  the ocean so there is a thin layer of  water for the board to glide on, the  best time to start running is when  the water just stops going into  shore.  Then you want to run and  throw the board fl at so the nose  doesn’t dig into the sand from  aiming low or fl y up from aiming  too high.  Then you want to run  up at an angle to the board and  jump on it like a skateboard and  get your balance, and then you’re  skimming.” 4. “There are two types of skimboarding, there is skimming on the  shoreline and then there is wave  skimming which is a little more  advanced.  Once you get the basic  shoreline skimming you can try  wave skimming which is when you  aim your board into the ocean so  you can do tricks off  of the waves  such as 360’s, ollies, and shuvits.”

1st Annual Exeter High School Alumni Golf Tournament Friday July 29 @ 1:00


Exeter Country Club

18 Holes Cart BBQ

Prizes - raffles Fun - Reconnecting Meeting new friends! Register Early: Sandy Parks Exeter High School One Blue Hawk Dr Exeter, NH 03833 Phone: (603) 775-8647 Email:

Let the Hawks Fly Together! The Exeter High School Alumni Association is a non-profit organization

Just Dance 2

Time to dance your game off By BriTT anDrocHuk Just Dance 2 has sold over  4,695,141 games in just the U.S.  alone.  Up to four players can battle  in a dance off . Players begin by  holding the control and following the dance steps provided in  the lower right hand corner. Steps  can be repetitive in certain songs  so the dance moves can be easily  memorized. On the screen there  is an indicator which tells you if  you’ve hit your move. There is X, ok,  good, perfect, and on fi re which  each consist of diff erent points.  There are also diff erent modes you  can play in classic, duet, Simon  says, medley and dace. With Just  Dance 2 there are 44 new songs  to dance too. Better yet there is a  store option you can click on to  buy more songs. Benny Bennassi,  Jackson 5, and Ke$ha are just a few  artists which have songs on JD2.  Senior, Cam Edie says, “My favorite  game for the wii is Just Dance  2, because I am a champ at it,  and it may be the greatest gift to  humankind. Few people have said 

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that Just Dance isn’t fun because it  doesn’t pick up every motion accurately. However the motion tracking has been improved and works  to perfection. The game picks up  the angle of the dance moves, and  the time the dance move is hit.  I highly recommend Just Dance 2  for all ages. This active video game  keeps people in shape with an  upbeat attitude.

After scoring a basket, Nicole Verhelle high fives Ms. Riley. “Working with the kids is unpredictable and fun,” Laura Martin, a  senior, said. Laura is able to take  the opportunity to work with these  kids everyday. Every second period,  Laura gets to help these students  overcome their disabilities, something she plans to do in the future.  For Laura, this isn’t a class she has  to take tests and quizzes for, it is  a feel good class that not only  prepares her for the future but also  teaches her many valuable lessons.    “We are so caught up in judging  other people, but these kids don’t  even think twice about what other  people think of them. They focus  on the moment and laugh at the  little things,” said Laura.    Although we were not able to  spend as much time with the kids  as Laura does, we picked up on  their positive outlooks.    “We do exercises and cheer  each other on when we do them,”  Amanda, a student in the class said.   While participating in the class  we observed how supportive the  students are with one another.  During one class period, the  students were doing diff erent  exercises on the balls. When Kevin,  one of the special needs students  completed his exercises, the rest of  the students clapped and cheered  him on.    “The students love being here at  school,” Penny Riley, a para educator, said.    Each day, these kids look  forward to sharing their time with  one another whether it is in the  weight room or walking around  the school. When they are in the  weight room, they walk around  and not only focus on what they  need to get done on the weight  machines, but also making sure  anyone that needs a helper gets  one. If one student loses count  of the amount of repetitions  someone has done on a weight  machine, they need not worry because most likely another student  will have already been counting  for them.    When we played basketball with  the students we also noticed their  positive attitudes and excitement  to spend time with one another.  When one student made a basket  everyone else was there to support  them and cheer them on. Even 

when they didn’t make the basket,  their friends were still standing  behind them with smiles on their  faces.    “We do exercises and cheer  each other on when we do them,”  Amanda, a student in the class said.    The major diff erence between  these special needs students and  students who participate in a team  sports class is the level of competition. In team sports, students are  mainly concerned about winning  the game and being number one.  The winner is always left with a  high level of confi dence whereas  the loser feels unsatisfi ed with  themselves.   “This class is a confi dence builder  because everything is obtainable  for the special needs students,” said  Mr. Basdekis, the instructor of the  class.    In the alt ed class its not about  fi nishing fi rst or who is the most  athletic, its about the feeling of  accomplishment.    These students genuinely care  for each other and share each  others accomplishments instead  of trying to beat out one another.  One of the activities we were able  to participate in was bowling.  When it came close to the end of  the game, two students, Amanda  and Nicole, were tied for fi rst place.  Rather than getting becoming  jealous and competitive with one  another, they were excited that  there was room for two fi rst place  winners. Rather than going into  overtime, the two girls high fi ved  each other and were happy with  the tie game.    By the amount of laughter and  positive attitudes surrounding us,  it was clear that the students are  more appreciative of school than  a majority of Exeter’s students. It’s  disappointing to know that we  could wake up with such a negative attitude even before we reach  school grounds. Spending time  with these students gives us the  motivation to fi nd the positive in  every situation. If the opportunity  arises to spend time with kids like  this, we strongly suggest you take  it. By participating in this class  we have learned one extremely  important lesson. When you have a  positive attitude, motivation comes  naturally.


16 • June 2011

The Talon


Energy Drinks: Good or Bad?


By Jack Darmody

new look at drinking water.

By Lindsay Finniss Hydration is necessary for everyday living. Like teachers say in health class, water is the best fluid to hydrate your body but we all know that constantly buying water bottles can start to add up.   Whether you have town water or well water flowing from your sink faucet, it’s never as good as the Poland Spring or Dasani taste. Well water, depending on the natural chemicals that are in it, can have a faint smell of rotten eggs from sulfur and have a rusty taste from iron. Most sink filters are pricey and become a hassle. Either way, you’re still not getting the crisp taste that you desire.   While flipping through Seventeen magazine at the beginning of last year, I came across a funny looking bottle. It was a new type of water bottle unlike the popular Nalgene or Camelback bottles. The Water Bobble had a carbon filter built into the screw on cap. You could pour any type of water into the bottle and it would be filtered to taste like clean water as you were hydrating. It seemed too good to be true but my mom decided to try it anyways because of the mass amounts of money she would spend on water bottles each week, only to find half full ones around the house that would never be finished. Those water bottles would then go to feed her plants, a luxury hydration for them instead of the usual tap water.   After receiving my Bobble, I immediately fell in love. My gross tasting well water became purified drinking water at my finger tips. I could fill it up anywhere and still have the clean, refreshing taste that water was supposed to have. Everywhere that I took it, people would ask me what I was drinking from. It was getting attention everywhere I went.

  To this day, most people still don’t know what a Bobble is. It is starting to get attention all around the world. From Australia to Germany to Hong Kong and all the way back to the United States, the Bobble is one of the best creations ever made for a cheaper way to drink water. They are affordable and the carbon filter lasts up to 300 fill ups. Designed by Karim Rashid, the Water Bobble comes in a convenient hand held shape and your choice of six different colors for the cap. The bottle is made of recycled plastic and is BPA free. The Bobble is here and ready to change the way people drink water and help save the planet—one hand at a time.

AT A GLANCE $252 dollars per year Is the average amount of money you’ll save per year by giving up water bottles. (Everyday Food) 17 billion Dollars is the price that Americans alone spend on buying water bottles every year. (waterbobble. com) 1.5 million Barrels of oil are used every year to make plastic water bottles. ( 22 Billion Plastic bottles were tossed into the trash last year. (The Early Show)

Heart failure, panic attacks, constant headaches and nausea, depression, and insomnia how are these all related. These are all side effects of over consumption of energy drinks. Many students don’t realize the true dangers of these drinks and how they are able lead to an increase of caffeine over dosage from constant use.   Energy drinks are an emerging epidemic among our generation because of the increasing amounts of dangerous ingredients in these drinks. For example one Monster energy drink includes carbonated water, sucrose, glucose, taurine, sodium citrate, color added, panax ginseng root extract, Lcarnitine, caffeine, sorbic acid, benzoic acid, niacinamide, sodium chloride, glucuronolactone, inositol, guarana seed, pyridoxine hydrochloride, sucralose, riboflavin, maltodextrin, cyanocobalamin.     Although most of these ingredients are found in other common drinks high amounts of ingredients such as caffeine, sugar, and taurine all have negative effects. Taurine, first off, hasn’t been proven to increase energy and has been related to psoraias which is the development of white scaly patches all over the body. High amounts of caffeine have been linked to increased anxiety and constant gitters. These side effects can lead to an increase in heart rate increasing the risks of early strokes or heart attacks. The amount of caffeine in on can of Monster is eight times that of a normal can of coke leading to an increase in all of these risks. Sugar also increases heart rate but leads can lead to “sugar overload” which is a body’s built up tolerance of sugar leading to a craving for more and more leading to an increase in heart rate which can lead to all kinds of heart disease issues.   Energy drinks are a silent killer

within our generation and has lead to an increase in sports related deaths. Although all heath cirriculums must cover the dangers of these drinks many students continue to use them for a quick burst of energy. Dylan Johns ’13 said, “(Kids use these drinks) for a quick burst of energy or they think it makes them cool to use these drinks. Their dumb teenagers and they think nothing can hurt them and that they are invincible” This attitude is the issue of many teens as they seem to think that consuming large amount of these drinks is perfectly fine. Many student athletes argue that in small amounts they are fine, but although this may be true they are very addictive due to the “sugar overload.” Dylan continued, “I used to drink them, I don’t anymore. They don’t really do anything, it seems like they build you up and make you crash,” The crash is the rapid fall of energy that occurs leaving the student-athlete feeling tired and drained after the rapid burst of energy.   When trying to determine why kids use the drinks it can be related to the attempt to look cool or to be able to pull and all-nighter.     The rapid burst of energy though doesn’t last for more than two hours and honestly only makes the student more tired. Tyler Russ ’13 said, “(Most students now realize that) they don’t need all the sugars and they can just do it on their own.” Most athletes now have started to realize that these drinks are dangerous because of stories of athletes collapsing on the side of a game because of use of these drinks.   Energy drinks are a constant danger to our generation and act as a silent killer. Unless we are able to moderate these drinks they will keep acting as the silent killer of our generation.


Development cont. from page 1 “The second is to build their individual skills by having them work on their weak hand and become confident using both. Third, is that in JV it's OK to make mistakes but to do it with a sense of purpose by learning from it so when they step up to varsity they have learned from their mistakes and they will be ready.” Zach Adler a JV player agreed with Coach Taylor and said, “In JV we've worked a lot on the fundamentals like ground balls, catching, passing, and playing the position so we can move on in our career in lacrosse.” Most of the time they do move on in their lacrosse career and proceed to play of varsity their junior or senior year.   In the end, athletes want to play a sport because they like the game, and if you were a young player on varsity the playing time would be next to nothing. If you play JV as a sophomore or junior don't take it as an insult of your skills, instead take it as a learning opportunity. If the program didn't follow it's normal path, then too many kids could make varsity and half the team wouldn't play. “In the game of lacrosse you can’t have too many kids on a team if they’re not going to play”, said Coach Holly. “You want your kids to play in the JV program and get better so they can step up and be ready to go when it’s their turn to play.”

Sports Drinks Versus Water What should you drink during an all-out workout? By Jack McElwee We have always been told to drink plenty of water to stay healthy, but too much of anything may do quite the opposite. In a survey of 100 EHS students, 84% said they drink only water through the duration of a work out. Little do most people know, after an hour of activity, energy drinks become a necessity. Past an hour, the body depletes itself of water, sugar, and sodium. When you sweat, 900 to1400 milligrams of sodium are the lost per liter, and sodium is needed to keep a sufficient amount of water in the blood. It is used by the body to regulate how much water goes in. Powerade does a reasonably good job in raising your sodium levels with 225 milligrams per liter. Gatorade has 450 milligrams per liter,

Junior Fredrik Linder takes a gulp.

therefore doing a better job.   Sugar and water are like the yin and yang of the blood. You can actually flood your body with too much water, and sugar is needed to keep equilibrium of water in the blood. The American College of Sports Medicine recommended 4 to 8% sugar in every 100 milliliters of fluid. Both Gatorade and Powerade fell within the recommendations with Gatorade at 6% and Powerade at 8%. Recently however, doctors have shrunk that recommendation to 5 to 7%. In doing so it shows that Powerade is just out of the recommended limit, and Gatorade keeps a better balance of allowing sugar and water into the blood stream.   Electrolytes are also vital to keep

a healthy balance, and if they aren’t replenished you can have problems as serious as death including bringing sodium down to dangerously low levels, causing confusion, causing headaches, and causing swelling of the brain. In fact a man died in the 2007 London Marathon from water intoxication. This results when a dehydrated person drinks too much water without the accompanying electrolytes. The blood cells flood with water and the cell tissue is unable to keep it all in disrupting the balance of sodium because the sodium is used to try and suck the water back into the cells. To return to the balance of concentration, the water out-

side of the cells draws sodium from within the cells. Luckily Gatorade and Powerade both replenish the body with potassium and sodium which are the much needed electrolytes, but once again Gatorade is slightly better. For every eight ounces of Gatorade there are 110 milligrams of sodium and 30 milligrams of potassium, and Powerade has 100 milligrams of sodium and 25 milligrams of potassium.   So when you’re working out for over an hour don’t just drink water because you don’t want to buy a Gatorade. Spend the two dollars for one and it actually will aid you, especially on the field when you need to pay attention the most.

Sugar and water are like the

yin & yang of the blood.

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The last issue of the 2010-2011 year