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Friday Volume 77 201 E. Tomlinson 12.6.2013 Issue 3 Longview, TX Yearbooks on Sale It’s that time of year to invest in a yearbook. “When you look back on high school in 20 years, it’s going to be the only lasting record,” Yearbook Editor in Chief junior Simone Macklin said. “It captures your life forever.” Students can keep track of the book and post their opinions by tagging Instagram photos with #LHSyb and following them @lobonow on Twitter. Yearbooks are $50 until Dec 31 and $60 after that date. Purchases can be made in Yearbook Advisor Kevin Berns’ room, 258. Estrella Gonzales
All-Region Concert Tomorrow The Mickey Melton Auditorium will host this year’s All Region Orchestra concert tomorrow, Dec. 7 at 4:30 PM. Both the middle school and high school all region orchestras will be playing at the concert. High school students that made it to all region are seniors Jariuce Banks, Caroline Araiza, Allison Johnson, junior Tiffany Turner, and sophomores Robyn Roper and Stephen Jayakar.
Changes Coming to Campus Additions include coffee shop
Touring Boston Several members of the Newspaper and Yearbook staffs journeyed to Boston November 13-17 for the 2013 National Journalism Convention. The Newspaper was awarded the Best of Show title of seventh in the nation among all high school broadsheet 9-12 page papers. Lucia Lopez won Honorable Mention for News Writing, Hannah Brown won Honorable Mention for Feature Writing, and Jordan Houser was one of four people in the country to earn a rating of Excellent in Yearbook Student Life Photography. The trip also included attending journalistic workshops and seminars, sightseeing, and lots of good food. Caroline Araiza
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Hannah Brown editor-in-chief Pretty soon, students may be able to grab a cup of coffee and head down the hall for math class. In order to create a more welcoming atmosphere for students and staff, Principal James Brewer has approved several plans, including one to open a coffee and pastry shop in the College and Career Center. Actual planning will take place after Christmas break. “We’re actually just looking at putting something together,” Brewer said. “When students want to get breakfast, they have to do all the driving trying to get to other places, [but] they [could] come here to the campus to get it [at the shop].”
The cafeteria would manage the shop and would sell pastries and warm beverages in the mornings to provide another option for breakfast. “[The cafeteria is] going to set it up,” Brewer said. “[You’ll be able to get] something in the morning, [which is] when we’ll start.” Brewer also plans on putting up flat-screen TVs in the breezeway and in the cafeteria to display the daily announcements and other useful information to make the news more accessible. “We’re going to put a big screen in there, and of course we already got one down [near the Little Theater], but we’re just going to hook it up so it’ll play the same thing,” Brewer
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“It’s really going to help traffic tremendously. You can stop and eat whenever you want. You can eat up here. You can eat down there. We’re going to make this place student-friendly.” -Principal James Brewer
said. “We’re trying to do something where you can keep up like with scholarships and information and things you need to know about.” Plans also include opening up another area to get a hot cafeteria lunch in the CATE building and surrounding seating areas. This area will make less
would aim to be completed by this summer. “That is currently just Price estimates are currently speculated,” Brewer said. “We need being determined by school [these renovations] though. There’s officials in an effort to fix the a giant pothole in the driveway. I student drive-in, circle, and need some [gate] arms to stop cars breezeway. If enacted, this going in and out. There’s a couple project will replace the gravel of things we need to get done to with concrete and enforce the keep kids from going in and out closed-campus policy. The project whenever they want.”
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Staff, students remember CATE teacher Hermon Newhouse after his death in November
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Laura Aciano senior writer CATE teacher Herman Newhouse, who taught at LHS for 36 years, had a hearty laugh. Now that laugh, which once resonated in the hallways, is just an echo in the hearts of the people who love him. On Nov. 17, Newhouse died. However, memories of what he brought to the school and the impact he had, are fresh on the hearts and minds of students and staff. “[Newhouse] was a dedicated educator,” principal James Brewer said. “I viewed him as someone who came to work and did whatever he could so students could be successful.” Newhouse had not only dedication to the school but positivity and an attitude that made his students smile early in the morning. “Everytime we came to class he would put a smile on [our faces]. He told us jokes, so we
kids have to go to the cafeteria and keep the line and the building from getting crowded. “It’s really going to help traffic tremendously,” Brewer said. “You can stop and eat whenever you want. You can eat up here. You can eat down there. We’re going to make this place student-friendly.”
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did listen [when he taught].” sophomore Israel Barrios said. “When he was here, we were crunk and now it’s really quiet. We miss him a lot.” Fellow staff members and friendsboth admired and learned from Newhouse’s way of living and teaching. “He was one of my great friends and a mentor,” professional communications teacher Ruben Richardson said. “He really inspired me to be the best teacher that I could be. He had an upbeat demeanor that made everyone happy when he was around.” Newhouse‘s positive attitude allowed him to deal with whatever challenges he faced. He was a man who believed in “another day in paradise”, according to CATE Director James Bowie. “I’ve always had a lot of respect for Herman Newhouse,” Bowie said. “I believe in the eternal life, and I believe that what you do here is a continuation. I feel real comfortable that Herman is up there making people laugh.”
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Coloring Christmas NHS members make Christmas booklets for children in Dallas hospital Hannah Brown editor-in-chief
“I also found [this] appropriate for the Christmas spirit.” Members decorated the The National Honor Society book covers with in traditional (NHS) will send about 150 coloring Christmas designs as well as books to sick kids in the Dallas unconventional holiday ideas. Children’s Medical Center during “I did all kinds of different Christmas Break in an effort to give things on mine,” Kelly said. “I back to the community. had really fancy looking ones “I think [the children] will with Christmas things on them realize there are people out and some with Clifford the Big there that still have a heart to Red Dog, SpongeBob, and Mickey care for others,” junior Amy Mouse stickers on them.” Kelly said. “These books will During the seasons of giving definitely make [their] holidays thanks and giving to others, better and for some it might help NHS wants to share happiness their fight to stay alive.” with those who need it. 20 society members assembled “We made these cards for the books Nov. 23 at NHS service the children for them to have committee chair senior Krista something to make them smile,” Bellamy’s home. Kelly said. “This season is about “I felt we would get the most giving, loving, and being thankful. accomplished in a comfortable, We care for our community and intimate setting,” Bellamy said. wanted to give something to it.”
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“I drew a lot of different things. I spent a lot of time making complex designs on the cards. I went all out.” -Josh Hilscher, 12
“We put glitter on them and we wrote Merry Christmas. I put Happy Hanukkah on one.” -Jennelle Kral, 12
“[My favorite part] was knowing who the cards were going to and making all the snowmen with glitter.” -Rhejanne Durrant, 12
FINISHING TOUCHES Junior Amy Kelly glues a final bow on to her Christmas coloring book on Nov. 24. These books will be handed out at the Children’s Hospital in Dallas Dec. 20 Meaghan McNamara // THE LONG-VIEW
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decorate differently every year. “We decorated the float the day before the parade,” Thompson said. “This year we did a ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ theme.” Along with the cheerleaders, the band and Viewettes made an appearance to celebrate the Christmas season. “My favorite part of marching in the parade is hearing the crowd when the band marches past,” senior Kayla Romero said, “especially when we start marching backwards because of the slow floats.”
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Marching to the beat of the band, the Viewettes followed close behind in a formation of glittering green and white. “We all wear our uniforms,” Montgomery said, “and Santa hats.” One thing that ties all of the talent and organizations together, besides the sea of Lobo green, is their common go-to accessory. “Christmas is my favorite time of the year,” senior Alex Montgomery said. “Being able to be a part of the parade with my teammates makes it even more memorable.”
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Faculty walk laps inside school for fitness, weight loss, competition, comraderie, fun Lucy Lopez senior writer Spanish teacher Denise Guerrero and ASL teacher Laurie Sustaita walk laps around the school before school in the mornings as a workout. “We started last year,” Guerrero said. “It began as a competition to see who could lose the most weight.” Guerrero won the prize of $120. Each teacher, as well as Sustaita’s cousins pitched in the money for the prize. “We should probably come up with a prize again this year,” Sustaita said. “It will give us an incentive to try harder.” When they first began their workout, their goal was to walk for 45 minutes. Since then they have been walking six laps, or around two miles. “Our initial goal was 45 minutes and now we are up to 55,” Guerrero said. “We start from our class room and walk all around upstairs in the main building.”
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As Thanksgiving comes to a close, the Longview community comes together annually to ring in the Christmas season with the Longview American Business Clubs Christmas Parade. This year, the parade happened yesterday despite road construction. The Viewettes, cheerleaders and marching band represented Longview High School. “We smile and wave, and sing christmas carols,” senior Cheer Captain Bit Thompson said. “It is our role to represent Longview High School.” This year the parade featured a storybook theme and asked organizations to decorate their floats with that theme in mind. “We wanted to make the theme child friendly this year,” Convention Meeting and Main Street Manager Kayla Cantey said, “and we [hoped] that the children [took] an interest in the Christmas books featured in the floats.” Along with smiles and chants, the cheerleaders provided their own float, which they
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Organizations take part in annual Longview Christmas tradition
WALKING IN SYNC Language teachers Denise Guerrero and Laurie Sustaita finish their walk around the school Dec. 4 Meaghan McNamara // THE LONG-VIEW
Guerrero and Sustaita even came up to the school during Thanksgiving break so they would not miss their workout. “We try to do it at least three times a week,” Sustaita said. “We hope to continue doing this over the years while teaching here.” Sustaita and Guerrero are not the only teachers who exercise at school, however. English teacher Nancy Coots uses the facility to stay fit as well but prefers going outdoors. “I need visuals while I walk,” Coots said. “I started about five weeks ago when the cool weather began. My husband and I decided we wanted to live a healthier lifestyle.”
Attending a Mavericks Hannah Kempkes game in Dallas on Nov. 12, staff writer DECA students were able to experience exactly how a sports oriented workplace runs. According to DECA Co-President, senior Shelton Cotton, they also delved into the complex inner workings of business. “It was DECA Day at the Mavericks, so they gave us a tour of the arena,” Cotton said. “We got to ask questions to some of the people behind the scenes BASKETBALL BUSINESS DECA that make sure the events traveled to Dallas on Nov. 12 run smoothly.” learn about sport-oriented Students who attended the to workplaces with the Mavericks trip were able to learn more Rose Bayless // SPECIAL TO THE about the business world. LONG-VIEW “Around 50 students [went on the trip], so it was satisfying, and a good was a large group,” Cotton learning experience for said. “I thought the trip those that have never been.”
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High-priced Holidays The holidays are being over-commercialized. People see TV commercials for toys on sale at Wal-Mart and forget that the holidays are about anything more than getting a good deal on presents. Messages all across the country are proclaiming that December is a time of joy and love and goodwill. Ironically, a lot of these messages come from billboards trying to sell something, commercials trying to sell something, ads trying to sell something. In other words, people care so much about the shopping and the gifts that they focus solely on the material giving aspect, and forget to use energy on anything else. Then they
allow all the peace and joy hype to make them feel stressed when they feel that they aren’t living up to the peace and joy aspect expectations. But it shouldn’t have to be this way. In fact, side stepping this trap of seeing the holidays as a material extravaganza can bring real happiness. This holiday season, you don’t have to get bogged down with what the ads are screaming at you to buy. You don’t have to give top of the line gifts to every family member including your step-mother’s brother’s daughter. You don’t have to see the holidays, whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or any
“People see TV commercials for toys on sale at Wal-Mart and forget that the holidays are about anything more than getting a good deal on presents.”
other holiday, as a time where you’re obligated to be a perfect person. Instead, you could use all this extra free time and energy on a number of different endeavors. You could focus on the deeper meanings of whatever religion you follow, or on spending more quality time with your family. You could even just concentrate on having fun: buying a
few gifts, if that’s what you like to do, making holiday sweets or special foods, decorating your house or neighborhood, or whatever makes you feel happy. It’s when your at your happiest that you’re best able to spread peace and joy and happiness, and become a better person, without even trying. This is what the holidays are about; the
Christmas Courtesy Hannah Brown editor-in-chief A girl finishes buying all of her Christmas presents for her friends and family. As she exits the checkout, the cashier says with a huge grin plastered on her face, “Happy Hanukkah!” For quite a few years, people have passionately taken sides on what the standard greeting should be during the winter holiday season. However, one choice is undeniably the most courteous to everyone: “Happy Holidays.” The majority of people in the world and especially America celebrate Christmas
and have become accustomed to saying “Merry Christmas” to everyone once the calendar hits December. Yet, there is still a minority that celebrates holidays other than Christmas or don’t celebrate any religious holidays at all during the days of bitter cold. When people say “Merry Christmas” to those who don’t celebrate that particular holy day, it is exactly the same as saying
“Ramadan Mubarak” to a Christian or “Happy Hanukkah” to a Muslim. It simply doesn’t fit. As a Jew, when people choose to say “Happy Holidays”, I feel more included in the festive mood of the holiday season. I know people do not mean any offense when they say “Merry Christmas,” but it is more considerate to include people of all faiths in the joys of the winter. So, next time you wish holiday cheer upon a stranger or upon someone you know might not share your beliefs, be sure to give them a greeting that everyone can enjoy. Happy Holidays!
Time Managing Tips YOUR VIEW Austin Dickson guest writer
Texting may make the time go by faster, but it can transform thirty minutes of work into an Pull out your phone and hour in a flash. check your Twitter feed. If #3: Estimate how much time your friends are anything you’ll need to complete each like mine, you’ll likely see task. By setting a timetable, several tweets about crushing you can monitor how hard homework, all nighters, and you’re working and how how tired people are at school. focused you are. Life is busy. Between social #4: Take some “me” time. life, school, sports, clubs and The most important part of homework it seems like there’s maintaining a busy schedule is never any time to sleep. If this to make some time for yourself. sounds like your life, you could Giving your brain a chance to benefit from a few tested and relax is a must. Take time from proven time management tips your day to watch your favorite used by yours truly. tv show, play with your dog, or #1: Buy yourself a planner pursue a hobby. and use it. It seems very Time management isn’t childish, but there are few about letting you spend tools that save your time like a hours and hours working planner. Trying to remember on schoolwork, it’s to create every piece of a busy schedule space for the things you love is nearly impossible; writing in life without sacrificing all plans down is a must for those your precious sleep. So kick trying to use time efficiently. back and relax! After writing #2: Turn your phone off that English paper, you when you’re doing homework. deserve it.
Students share organizational skills
Q: Any time management tips? A: Don’t be stupid it’s not that hard. -Troy Barnes, 10
Q: Are you good at managing your time? A: Yes, cause I help my sister with her homework and do mine at the same time. I got to do my chores and all that too. -Salvador Hernandez, 10 Q: How do you manage your time? A: I have a planner that helps remind me what I need to do for that night and also reminds me what time I have extracurriculars. -Trevor O’Connor, 10
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holiday spirit that’s so overused just means this state of happiness where giving without question and finding it hard to stay mad at people comes because people are just so excited about the birth of Jesus, or the re-dedication of the Temple, or celebration of culture. So no matter what Toys R Us says you need to buy, remember it’s your choice.
College Skeptic Writer doubts benefits of higher education Wesley Hardin senior writer College- the educational pinnacle of the American dream. In today’s competitive society if you don’t go to college, you aren’t worth your weight in salt. But what do the years at a far away university, tens of thousands of dollars, and countless frantic study sessions really get you? Why do we go to college? For validation. For the diploma. For the recognition from a syndicated mass of intellectuals and bureaucrats that lets the world know that you do, in fact, know what you claim to know. I’m not saying college isn’t useful; the structure, mentors, and resources colleges provide make it incredibly useful to many people (such as myself) who don’t have the self-discipline to adequately teach themselves the skills required to be successful in a corporate society. But on the flipside, there are many who do have such skills. There are some people where all they get from college education is the accreditation from the college. Is it fair that those people have to spend years of their lives in subservice to academia? There should be a way for people who are capable of teaching themselves to get the same benefits and recognition as those who complete a college education. The main problem is that colleges don’t want to allow people to achieve recognition without said people donating large amounts of time and money to the college. If we can ever reach a day where higher education is free or nearly free, then we will see a day when a person with no formal education but with an exemplary mind and creative spirit can walk up to a diploma accreditor and leave later that week or month with the recognition that not only that they are on par with those who attended the college, but better because they achieved it on their own.
FRESHMEN C RNER Daniel Bally guest writer
neighborhood and I didn’t want him to mess with me anymore,” Hendricks said. “I joined so I would is instructor towers above have a means to defend myself if him on a chair, holding three things went too far.” wooden boards above his head. After he became a yellow belt Freshman Tyler Hendrick jumps and advanced, one rank above yellow belt, spins in the air as his foot makes Hendricks went through 0three years contact with the boards, which break of intensive training in the Masters against the force of the impact. He has Program, which guarantees a black just executed the final move which belt. He did not receive his belt from has earned him his black belt. mimicking a few patterns; he had to Hendricks joined the Longview earn it by perform difficult tasks. Taekwondo Academy in 2007 and later “I had to spar three other people at earned his black belt Aug. 25, 2012 at a the same time,” Hendricks said. “The belt testing event. people I sparred were lower in the ranks “I had a run in with a kid in my than I, but only a few ranks below.
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Regardless, I beat all three of them.” Hendricks believes that he could not have earned his black belt without help along the way. “My parents and all of my instructors were pretty motivational,” Hendricks said. “They all pushed me to become a black belt despite the monotony of the training near the end because by then, the drills each day were generally the same thing.” Hendricks has stopped his Taekwondo sessions but plans to continue them in the future. “I’m too busy with school right now,” Hendricks said. ”I’ll definitely pick it back up when I get out of college.
Brainy and Bookish Students debunk myths on Kempkes nerd stereotypes Hannah staff writer
lasses? Check. A backpack stuffed with schoolwork? Check. Lame clothes? Check. Ridiculously smart? Check. Suspenders? Okay, maybe not. The stereotypical nerd is a little exaggerated in most students’ minds. Students reinforced this idea when they donned their best geeky garb for Nerd Day on Sept. 17. Knee-high socks, shorts with waistbands that come up to the actual waists, Harry Potter glasses, and other cliche accessories. That’s just what people think of when they think of the epitome of a nerd. “[I think of a guy with] suspenders and giant thick-rimmed glasses,” junior Caleb Hilliard said, “Talking about how wonderful his LARPing [live action role playing] went over the weekend.”
However, not many realize what nerds are in reality. “They are really, really obsessed with schoolwork,” Hilliard said. “They’re really good at it, and they won’t shut up about it.” Many people are called nerds whether they fit the label or not. “People say I’m a nerd because I overdo things,” freshmen Abigail Pauley said, “and because I’m a perfectionist.” Though there are many who think the term ‘nerd’ isn’t a derogatory statement at all. “A geek is more of a technical genius, and a nerd is more book smart,” freshman Jermie Jones said. “I’m a nerd, I just don’t look like it. I’m very booksmart. I know a lot about books,
“Being a nerd is not really a bad thing. They do their work like they are supposed to, and people view that as nerdy cause they don’t.” -Andrew Yancey, 11
“I think it would be a person that works on technology all day. He would be very intelligent, and mostly likely gets good grades.” -Rene Aguilar, 10
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Christmas Carol Party Gather up friends and take turns singing Christmas music you love or hate.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
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Becoming a Better Beaver
BLINDED BY SCIENCE Student teacher Bryan Beaver works with a biology experiment in the lab Meaghan McNamara // THE LONG-VIEW
Wear embarrassing sweaters. It makes for great pictures and gets everyone in the holiday spirit.
Christmas Baking Party
One of the best parts about the holidays is the food. Pick recipes from Pinterest and try them. With this party, no one has to bring gifts or food. Just gather up ingredients and have fun. Get blankets and pillows. Spend a whole day with friends watching Christmas movies. It’s a party no one has to dress up for.
TRUE LOVE Beaver as a senior in high school with his future wife, Erin, in 2002
HORSIN’ AROUND Beaver plays on a duck during his time in the military in 2004
MODEL STATUS Beaver in the classroom, surrounded by lab equipment
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Mug Decorating Party Guests bring a plain mug. You provide the Sharpies. Have everyone draw names out of a hat and decorate a mug for that person. This way everyone can take home a keepsake.
Winter Drinks Party
Have warm drinks to sip. Then have a sleepover and chat over a peppermint mocha in the night.
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Student teacher learns life lessons the hard way Hannah Brown editor-in-chief
oin the military or go to jail: this is what his life had come to. The gavel came down, announcing his enrollment in the U.S. Army. He knew that it was time to turn his life around. Student teacher Bryan Beaver made a change and decided to pursue a career in teaching after making a promise to his wife and joining the military in 2004. “[When I] started going back to school, I had gotten out of the military and decided that I wanted to coach, and then I just fell in love with the teaching aspect,” Beaver said. “I never thought I would want to be a teacher. I just think it was part of the plan for me, the plan that God has for me.” In high school, Beaver lived with his single mother and moved to about 13 different schools so his mom could find work. Although he was an AP student, he fell into a bad crowd. “I didn’t really get a chance to get into a rhythm because I was constantly moving, so I got frustrated and starting looking for stuff outside of school,” Beaver said. “I did not live up to my expectations or what I thought I could be. I got in trouble with the law. That’s pretty much high school in a nutshell for me.” This behavior continued even when he received a full-ride theatre scholarship to Panola College, until his high school friend and future wife Erin expressed disapproval of his lifestyle. Given an ultimatum, Beaver changed his
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ways, deciding that the love of his life was more important than his lifestyle. “I was still kind of doing the same things and she didn’t like that, but I liked her,” Beaver said. “So, she had asked me to try to change, and I started going to church, and I made a commitment in my spiritual life that changed the path that I was on.” After three semesters at Panola, Beaver made the move to the military where he earned the “expert” rank in every weapon he put his hands on. He graduated class president with honors of his army basic training class and his advanced individual training. “I just did a lot of thing that were really positive,” Beaver said. “I got to travel the world. I went to South Korea for 15 months, lived there, away from my wife, which was very difficult, but I had some good friends there, and when I got back I decided to pursue my career in education.” Beaver will graduate from LeTourneau University this month and is a student teacher in Diana Key’s biology class, teaching ninth grade Pre-AP students. He has been nominated for Student Teacher of Year in Texas and hopes to teach at LHS next semester. “It’s pretty important to me to help kids and to just share my story with them so that they know that bad kids don’t always stay bad,” Beaver said. “I couldn’t even see the potential in myself honestly and a lot of people could. They kept telling me things and it was difficult for me to turn that corner and if it hadn’t of been for my wife and my relationship with God, I don’t think I would have.”
Looking into the life of the exchange student Bally from Thailand Lauren managing editor
What sports do you play? I am in football here. In Thailand, I played soccer, badminton, and swimming.
What is the coolest thing you’ve done in the United States? I had [my] birthday over here, and I went to the State Fair. It was very fun.
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Where do you live in Thailand? Bangkok. It’s a really big city.
What is your favorite Thai food? What I like most is Tom Yum, spicy soup. It’s really famous.
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What was your favorite part of Thanksgiving? One thing was driving a boat. I’m 18, so they said I would be okay.
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Hannah Brown editor-in-chief I can’t eat bread. I can’t eat cake. I can’t even eat anything with soy sauce. My life sucks? I don’t think I’d agree with that. I used to eat that stuff all the time. But something wasn’t right - I was always sick to my stomach, irritable, bloated, and had a rash on my arms. It only got worse. My mom turned to Google for an explanation. An answer came up immediately; I matched nearly all of the symptoms for gluten-intolerance. I stopped consuming gluten. The most common sources are anything that contains wheat, barley, or rye, but there are plenty of gluten-free foods. When I eat out, I either have to look up the gluten-free menu online if one exists or ask the waitstaff, and choices are always limited. My family supported me the moment we discovered my sensitivity. My mom bought gluten-free ingredients to prepare every meal. The food took getting used to, but I found that things like rice pasta are even better than their glutenfilled counterparts. Going gluten-free was not my first choice, but I am now happier and healthier. I highly recommend a gluten-free diet to anyone who wants a lighter life; one simple change did me a world of difference.
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What Stocking Stuffer Would You Be? Lucy Lopez senior writer Are you an awkward potato?
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Football Season Comes to an End Lobos lose to A&M Consolidated, look forward to future
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SECOND HALF, SECOND CHANCE Jamycal Hasty carries the ball during the Nov. 23 Boyd game
AN ARMS LENGTH Melvin Gouldsby makes a key tackle after interception during the Nov. 30 A&M game
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Contacting College Coaches Advice for athletes on how to reach out for scholarships
Andres Perez guest writer Thousands of high school athletes are waiting for calls from college coaches. Some of those calls will be made, but many highly talented athletes will not get called. What went wrong? Why didn’t an All-district or All-state athlete get recruited? The answer can be complicated, but the most common reason is exposure. Approximately 1 out of every 25 high school students goes on to compete at a NCAA school; half of those receive athletic aid. Talent is crucial, but it must come to the attention of coaches. There are many ways to raise exposure among coaches; predominantly be proactive. This improves the chances of getting offered a sports scholarship. Students must take the initiative to reach out to college coaches. Being the star of a team doesn’t guarantee college coaches know about you. Junior year is by far the most significant year. Accomplishments of junior year spark the interest in coaches which lead to recruiting phone calls. The earlier that you get onto the coaches’ radar screens, the better the chances of having a successful recruiting season during senior year. Do not sit back and wait for lightning to strike. There are too many things to juggle at once during senior year; time is in short supply. Continue to make sure that you are eligible by filling any holes in your transcript, skills should keep showing development. Although the last two years of high school should be spent enjoying the time left, it’s never too early to start looking at college requirements and make yourself known with the coaching staff. Make sure that you’re doing everything within the guidelines to put your name out there. Playing college sports is a chance of a lifetime. Take the initiative to talk to college coaches now so you won’t pay the price later.
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Desmond Chumley will remember this year and look back at the moments he spent with his teammates. “[The team] had a lot of heart and character [this season],” Chumley said. “We were a hard- working team that Claire Earnest got along. We were truly a family.” sports editor Senior Clay Layman credits his Lobo football season came to teammates for making memories a halt when the team lost 45-35 that will last him past his high to A&M Consolidated on Nov. 29 school career. in Midlothian. The loss was an “I think the teamwork and unexpected ending for the Lobos. friendships built in my senior year “[Regionals] was a disappointment, were probably the most special part. it was a game we expected to win We’ve played together for years, but and quite frankly could have won. It we really bonded this year,” Layman came down to four or five plays that said. “[My teammates} helped me didn’t go our way,” Head Football make memories and something I ca Coach John King said. “It’s not any n look back on in 20 years.” single person’s fault, it’s just that it The team is thinking of the future was one of those situations where and how to not let history repeat itself. they made plays and we didn’t.” “We are going to try and win. I The field was overcome with have never been one to believe that emotions after the game on the Lobo a site or a place or a particular team side. From Viewettes to cheerleaders matters for the reason that [a team] to football players, everyone had to stumbles,” King said. “Cause we are cope with the sudden end. going to play better and find ways to “It was the end of the season, and win. We want to try and find a way when you end it with a loss, it’s tough to win the last game of the year.” because you know some of those King encourages his players to seniors get really emotional and stay true to the team motto. some you have never seen that type “‘Bleed green, win gold.’ You are of emotion from,” King said. “Some a Lobo through and through, [it’s] can handle it, some can’t, some like to like I tell the kids, ‘if you are going get away, and be by themselves, and to be a part of this program and some like to be around others.You try stay around [you] are going to win to just let them express themselves championships,’” King said. “Whether and in their own way.” it be a district championship or a To most, the season was about playoff round, hopefully one day, [it more than winning or losing. Junior will be] a state championship.”
Golf Wins Tournament
Team wins Hallsville Invitational at Wood Hollow as first win, individuals look to keep improving
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Claire Earnest sports editor Golf won the Hallsville Invitational Golf Tournament at Wood Hollow in Longview on Nov. 22 as the first win of the season. The win set a precedent for the rest of the year and the spring season. “It was one of our best performances this year,” Coach Palmer said. “I am excited for them and hope it is a sign of good things to come.” Although the team earned the top spot in the tournament, Coach Palmer and the team are continuing to look forward to bettering their skills and game. “You can always make improvements,” Coach Palmer said, “if you keep working on your short game [like] putting and chipping.” Lila Robinett placed first for the girls, beating the runner-up by one stroke. Nick Holyfield placed second for boys, yet keeps setting his goal higher. “My goal was to break 80 [strokes.] I shot an 80, so I was one stroke away,” Holyfield said. “But I feel like I
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played to the best of my ability.” Holyfield shares Coach Palmer’s view on room for improvement. “It all depends on the layout of the course,” Holyfield said. “I am always improving in some aspect of the game.” The team is focusing on the future improvements and spring district. “We are always looking to get better every tournament,” Palmer said, “and hope to be at our best come district in the spring.”
Captains Calling the Shots What requirements do students have to meet to become captains?
Team leaders share insight on being role model, teammate, motivator
What does the captain position mean to you?
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Boy’s Basketball Coach and Captains “There are usually guys that take a natural leadership role within the team.” Coach Billy Goffney
“I have a bigger role in the game so I need to keep the floor running [and] keep the team together.” Jaleel Bourque, 12
When you come out on the court, you lead your team the way the coach wants them to be led.” Cadell Williams, 12
Girls’s Basketball Coach and Captains “[Students] who do well off the court as well as on the court [and] good teammates.” Coach Keith Smith
“It means a lot that my coach would think that I have the leadership skills to do that. I try to set a good example.” Mikayla Smith, 11
“It’s really important, I think about it everyday, before every game, that I have to step up and pick up the team.” Raven Chism, 11
Swim Team Prepares for District Claire Earnest sports editor
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The swim team competed in a two-day meet at Texarkana College on Nov. 22-23, that was similar to the structure of swim district in the spring. Head swim Coach Daniel Gonzales is focused on seeing how the swimmers are in comparison to where they need to be for district. “What that meet told us is that we have a lot of work to do. We still need
more practice on meet experience and skill- flip-turns, starts, anything skill involved,” Gonzales said. On the first day, swimmers must qualify in each event, then compete for top times on the second day. “We actually came back on Day 2 and swam faster times in some events, which is a big challenge,” Gonzales said. I want them to take from it the realization of where they are [in competitions], and the work we have to do.”
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Must Watch Christmas Movies Essential holiday classics will bring holiday cheer
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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE
This movie is definitely a classic. It first gives the background story of a businessman, George Bailey (James Stewart), in his youth, and then adulthood. As an adult, George comes to the point where he is willing to throw his life away, but he is first allowed to see how the world would have been different if he had never existed. Some may find this movie to be slow, at times, because of a few events that seem dragged out in the life of George Bailey before the film finally reaches it’s climax. But George’s in-depth background really allows the viewer to understand his motives and behavior. Almost every detail is important for the ending to make sense, and the last few parts are the ones that truly make the movie great. This was filmed in the 1940’s, so it’s all in black and white. If that does not bother you, this movie is a nice choice if you’re looking for something good and critically acclaimed to watch this holiday season.
A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
Let’s talk about one of the best animated Christmas shorts ever made - A Charlie Brown Christmas. As the movie begins, it is almost Christmas, and Charlie Brown is depressed. His friends and family damper his mood even further when they show him how caught up they are in the commercialism of the holiday season. Charlie decides to find an actual meaning in Christmas. Now let’s list out some of the reasons why A Charlie Brown Christmas is legitimate. There is actual humor, the character types are likable, the soundtrack by Vince Guaraldi is amazing, it has a good message, you can watch it with family, it is short and to the point, and it is on T.V. every year. If you do not mind animated films, and you have not seen it a million times already, watch A Charlie Brown Christmas this holiday season, especially if you are feeling down or someone just killed your vibe. Thank me later.
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You do not know what you are missing if you have never seen Home Alone. It is a comedy about a clever 8-year old that gets left at home alone during the Christmas holidays and has to fend off a couple of dumb robbers that try to break into his house. The kid, Kevin McCallister (MacCaulay Culkin), is definitely the star of the film, and he really has style. What other 8 year old would say “I can’t be a wimp, I’m the man of the house” after he notices two guys trying to break into his house? He takes care of himself without his family, even doing his own grocery shopping and laundry. Many critics have bashed the movie because Kevin is “too” intelligent and they find the storyline unrealistic. However, Home Alone is still a widely accepted film, and was actually the highest grossing comedy of all time until 2009. So ignore the critics and check out Home Alone this holiday season if you have never seen it!
Catching Fire: Book vs Movie
Kayce Bagley guest writer
From shamelessly promoting to harshly attacking critics, it’s safe to say Justin Bieber’s Beliebers are the most devoted fan base in music. These fan girls can make someone smile and cringe at the same time. However, Lady Gaga’s Little Monsters are in a close second when it comes to intense fan girls. Just ask Perez Hilton.
I think we all dreamed of a chance to attend Hogwarts at one point. The Harry Potter fandom is one that will never die. These self-named Potterheads have got to be the most intense book fans. Potterheads take part in themed weddings, live action role playing and even needed heightened security when books were released.
The Game of Thrones fan base is slowly taking over. These have to be the most temperamental fans. From rushing the writer to complete the series to a fanbasewide astonishment of the season finale, these fans have the biggest investment in a TV show.
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Catching Fire follows Katniss as she is dragged back into the arena. Collins’ writing has matured and the action less predictable. Additionally, Collins steps back from the love triangle to focus more on developing Katniss as a character. Katniss also begins to shift from an unwilling revolutionary poster child to a slightly more willing leader. That’s all good and dandy, but let’s talk about what I could not stand. Peeta. From the start of the games he is almost killed in the first five minutes. Then it happens again and again and again. It gets to a point where tributes are sacrificing themselves for him. They just can’t with Peeta anymore. There were no more can’ts to give to klutzy ol’ Peeta.
Estrella Gonzales staff writer
Jennifer Lawrence had an award winning performance as Katniss. Her display of emotion was phenomenal; I felt every emotion she had. I cried so much throughout the movie. The pain of her friends’ deaths follow Katniss into the sequel because she has to give a touching speech in the home district of each fallen tribute. The action feels more mature than in the Hunger Games. The desire to know who Katniss picks in the end is killing me. The stereotypical love triangle that plagues teen movies is getting annoying. Despite the fact that I want Katniss to admit that she loves Peeta, it was still an amazing movie. It is one of the best I’ve seen so far.
Going in the Right Direction Midnight Memories may bring tears to your eyes Andrew Rivera entertainment editor Only middle school girls are interested in listening to the new One Direction album Midnight Memories. This claim is understandable because honestly, I wouldn’t want to listen to it either, but I decided to give it a chance. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that bad. The boy band’s first two albums are very pop influenced, but this one had a lot of 80’s and a little bit of country influence. The first song on the album is “Best Song Ever”, which I’m sure everyone has heard. Fans of The Who will see the similarities between the openings of “Best Song Ever” by One Direction and “Baba O’Riley” by The Who. Sadly, 1D might be facing a lawsuit due to the similar piano intros. Next on the tracklist is “Story Of My Life”. Personally, I feel like this song brings a new level of maturity to the band. Also, the music video is a must-watch. WARNING: MUSIC VIDEO MAY CAUSE TEARS. I’m not going to lie, but the way the video was set up, it reminds you of your own family and looking back at the good times in your life. As for the title track for the album, the song “Midnight Memories” has an 80’s throwback and is an overall great song. It has a melody that is catchy, and shockingly, the teen boys pull of the 80’s pretty well. I mean, Harry Styles does resemble the iconic rock singer Mick Jagger. Next, we have a romantic ballad, “You & I”, which will undoubtedly cause 1D super-fangirls to die when they listen to the boys’ soothing voices singing about love. It’s one of those songs that will make you feel sad, but still loved. I
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am not a full on Directioner, but I do enjoy this song because it feels genuine. Finally, we hear some country vocals in “Don’t Forget Where You Belong” and “Through The Dark”. It is something different than the rest of the album, but flows perfectly. Last, but not the least, “Something Great” is fantastic song which reminds me of something Snow Patrol would do. It is one of those songs that you listen to whenever you are in the car looking out the window at the dark gray clouds, yet it doesn’t make you feel sad. Overall, Midnight Memories is a great album that I think will expand One Direction’s fanbase. One thing I did not like was that I felt like Harry Styles was the main show, and Liam Payne, Zayn Malik, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson were the opening act. All of the members need to have a fair share of singing time. This is the One Direction show, not the Harry and the Styles show. On the bright side, if the band keeps this progression in music going, then I believe that they will go far in their music.
Warning: reader self-control is advised. The Doctor Who 50th anniversary special, titled “The Day of The Doctor” was everything Whovians hoped for and more. Viewers got to delve into the Doctor’s darker side and, though some questions about his past were addressed, others still remain unanswered. Head writer, Steven Moffat did an outstanding job tying-in previous doctors into the 75-minute long episode and explaining the 16-year gap from when the show was cancelled to when it was brought back in 2005. One of the most exciting delvings was seeing the magic of current Doctor, Matt Smith, and the tenth Doctor, David Tennant, on screen. They work so fabulously together. As if that was not enough, Billie Piper, who played companion to Doctors nine and ten, made an appearance. She basically saved everyone. Sadly, Rose is not back to stay, but who knows, anything can happen. Throughout the episode, the Doctor again faces some of his most dangerous enemies, the bloody Daleks as well as the Zygons, who have not been seen since the 70’s. It can be argued that the Doctor is his own worst enemy, though. Full of surprises, like cameos by veteran Doctor Tom Baker and future Doctor, Peter Capaldi, this emotional and brilliant episode sets up for a transition as the nextto-last episode before the twelfth Doctor is introduced. If you have not seen this, go watch it now. It is understandable if you have the urge to curl up into a ball while trying to handle all your emotions.
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