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Friday Volume 77 201 E. Tomlinson 1.17.2014 Issue 4 Longview, TX Last Day to Buy Class of 2017 Shirts Today is the last day to purchase class of 2017 t-shirts and hoodies. T-shirts cost $10, long sleeve shirts cost $20, and hoodies cost $15. Freshmen who wish to buy must talk to their English teacher.
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The Cost of Constant Communication
Administrators Cracking Down All students who are tardy or out of dress code must now report to room 215 in the main building or in the office across from the cafe in the CATE building. Students will be referred to the Discipline Center after three tardies. “The old policy didn’t seem to work, and so we’re getting more people involved to track down students,” truancy officer Chris Clay said. “We’ve seen a change since the second day we’ve been doing it. There’s been less kids coming in because they know we’re gonna find them.” Hannah Brown
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CATE to offer new course Junior and senior students who want to take the new course on diesel and auto tech need to go sign up with CATE counselor Debby Deck or CATE director James Bowie The class will be 5th and 6th periods for dual credit and the CATE Department will pay tuition. Hannah Brown
Students Donate for Blood Drive The student council conducted one of its three annual blood drives January 9 in the Little Theatre. Students sixteen and over who weighed more than 110 lbs were able to donate blood to Carter Bloodcare. The council will hold their last blood drive later in the year. Caroline Araiza
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DANGEROUS DRIVING Cell phone distraction causes drivers to not be able to see 50% of objects in their vicinity according to the National Child Safety Council. Meaghan McNamara // THE LONG-VIEW
Issue of texting, driving present at school Hannah Brown editor-in-chief Claire Earnest sports, news editor Caroline Araiza opinions editor
driven for less than a year, and bus drivers to use a cell phone at all while driving. In 39 other states, texting and driving is illegal for all drivers. “Texting and driving is one of those really difficult crimes to catch,” Public Information “If you want to survive high Officer Kristie Brian said. school, you’ll wear your “We have to be able to seatbelt, you won’t prove that you are drink any alcohol actually on your and drive, and phone, texting, you won’t be so it’s very Five seconds to distracted by difficult for the send a quick text is texting while officers unless equal to the length you drive - the they drive up of a football field three biggest beside you and factors to people while driving 55 look over and who have fatal see you sitting mph* accidents that I’ve there on your been taking care of,” phone. Then, even Dr. Robert Dickson, Leading with that, we can’t go ‘Oh Edge Medical Associates you look really young, so let Director of Education and Good me pull you over.’” Shepherd E.R. doctor, said. “I’ve The Longview Police taken care of probably hundreds Department makes the of people in the last ten years majority of its arrests for and certainly seen a handful of texting and driving in school people at least as tragic deaths zones, where using a cell or severe disabilities.” phone is illegal for all drivers. The issue of texting and “There was one lady that got driving has come to national a ticket holding her phone up,” attention in the past few years, Brian said. “And [the officers but, when three in ten kids at were] like ‘You’re on the phone school texts and drives, the in a school zone.’ And she goes problem becomes closer to home. ‘No, I’m not. It’s on speaker In Texas, it is illegal for phone.’ Well, it doesn’t matter. novice drivers, anyone who has It’s not hands free. You’re
sitting here, driving down “My daughter is fixing to be the road, with your phone up, 20, and we were behind her the holding it, so she took that one other night and she was like to court and lost.” all over the road. And I called However, the police and I said ‘Um, you need to put department has fought that phone down,’ cause I knew against distracted driving she wasn’t drunk or anything. by participating in national And she said ‘Why?’ And I said programs, by raising public ‘Because you are all over the awareness, and by encouraging road, stop texting and driving. people to take a pledge against I’m going to be over here doing it. identifying your body if you “I tell my kids and my class: you don’t stop.’” got ten seconds basically,” Brian However, LHS students are said. “That’s the average time among thousands of people that when you text and drive that in the statistics. Senior Haley you take your eyes off the road Edwards found herself in for. Get in your car, if you’re the car accident due to texting passenger, stop, close your eyes and driving when she least and count ten seconds slowly expected it. and open your eyes and see how “I was driving down an aisle far you traveled. You’ve [in the Walmart parking traveled a long way.” lot] and this lady was Brian hopes coming from the that one day the left side and I department looked over and Texting while will be able she was right driving slows down to purchase there and a simulator she hit [our] reaction time by 35 to replicate car and kind percent and makes texting and of scooted it you 8-23 times more driving to over,” Edwards likely to be in an go with the said. “We almost accident* national push hit another car against it. right beside us, and “I think eventually it messed up the door so [TX will have stricter phone bad, I couldn’t get it open. My laws] just because phone use Texting, Driving Cont. on page 4 is so dangerous,” Brian said.
Have you ever texted while you were driving (not just a red light)?
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Do you think texting and driving is dangerous? Yes - 86% No - 14%
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No - 35%
Not at all or only at red lights/stop signs - 76% While going around turns - 2% While going at speeds over 40mph - 8% While driving really slowly - 14%
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Behind the Scenes: Cafeteria
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cakes and cookies we used to have for dessert. For content, we have to go by rules and regulations. [The government] has to approve Students see them everyday. Without them, our menu.” school would be different, but these crucial Every three years or so, the Department of faculty workers aren’t teachers, coaches, or Agriculture comes in to check on the cafeteria even administrators. They’re the 18 ladies to make sure that Brown and her ladies are that work in the cafeteria, and their job following the food guidelines. requires patience and a strong work ethic. “We’re basically just a business,” Brown For the past 5 years, Manager of the said. “We try to give ya’ll what you need and cafeteria Pamela Brown has overseen all of what you want and give you what they think the activity that goes on in the cafeteria. you need. They try to control your calorie “[I] make sure that the food’s out there, the intake. They wanna control everything. If product I order gets here on time, make sure they give you something, you’ve gotta go by it’s not spoiled, make sure it’s edible for you, their rules.” make sure my ladies are here,” Brown said. Though it may seem like a dull job, Brown “Basically, I’m like Mr. Brewer in a small little has never tired of the foodservice industry contained way.” in her 22 years of work, working her way up A self-contained program, the cafeteria from the elementary school cafeterias to high uses its own resources to fund the snack bar school ones. because they receive a limited budget from “It’s rewarding to see these kids grow up the government for meals. to be young adults,” Brown said. “That really “The most difficult challenge we’ve had to gets you up in the morning.” face is the ever changing food diets,” Brown The other cafeteria ladies have also formed said. “We have to control the salt and sugar friendships of their own with the students. intake, which is why we had to get rid of the Though they might not even know the
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students’ names, the same familiar faces that greet them everyday provide a sense of joy to these women, including cafeteria worker Linda Jones, who is from the class of 1976. “It makes my day seeing these kids come out here,” Jones said. “My favorite part is when you go through the work of preparing [the food], and then the kids come and eat it, and that they appreciate me. Some of the kids do.” Last week was Principal James Brewer’s birthday, and they surprised him by making a huge lunch especially for him. “The office gave me something and I thought it was over, but it wasn’t,” Brewer said. “I’m friends with all my employees here on the Longview campus. I guess as you get older, you’re appreciated more.” Both Brewer and Brown believe that the ladies of the cafeteria work hard every day not only because they love their job, but because they love the students as well. “We do try, you know. We try to make the food taste good, and we try to make it look good,” Brown said. “The rewarding part is that we get to know the children, those that let you know them, and they get to know you.”
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Queens of the Cafeteria Pamela Brown Teresa Castaneda Janette Castleberry Dessie Davis Sari Gauna Yormany Grady Levetta Jackson Michi Jackson Linda Jones Cathy King Brenda Montgomery Mylice Noel Jeanette Porter Marisela Sanchez Alma Serrato Martha Vaca Angela Vanzandt Martha Wright
18 Cafeteria ladies 6:00AM breakfast begins
4 hours to make lunch 3:30PM Ladies depart 5 years Pam Brown has been cafeteria manager
850 maximum calories
BIRTHDAY BASH Some of the cafeteria ladies pose for a picture with Principal James Brewer and Assistant Principal Melanie Pondant after Brewer’s birthday lunch
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Students compete for chairs at All-State
Band members qualify after placing in top four at Area competition
Coach, teacher becomes sponsor for Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Claire Earnest sports, news editor
Yancey. Now, he is looking to compete and place in one of the two top bands for his musical instrument category at Three LHS students made All-State the All-State competition. band this year, competing against the “My goal is to make the top band best players in their category in Area C. because there are two. As soon as I get The top four in every category go on to the music, I plan to practice as much as audition for chairs in the All- State band possible,” Yancey said. “I have to keep in San Antonio on Feb. 12 through the 15 in mind that I will be competing against at the TMEA All- State convention. the best trombone players in the state of Junior Andrew Yancey placed Texas. If I don’t make the top band, second out of 18 trombone I’m still in an All- State band; players. Placing for Allthe top band will play the State requires more than most challenging music.” Students Who just talent as students also Senior Michele Farren is Made All- State need rigorous training already guaranteed a spot and preparation. in the Symphonic Band, Band “Because the tryouts the second place band. Michele Farren weren’t until after “To younger players, Andrew Yancey Christmas break, I I would encourage them Callie Blakeley had the practice and to practice to compete, improved a lot on my but [also] perform to tryout music over the make music,” Farren said. break which can be hard to “The main reason I was able do,” Yancey said. “My goal was to to reach my goal wasn’t because I practice at least 2 [hours] a day every had the quickest tempo or a top brand day over the break, and for the most instrument, but because I left my nerves part, I followed that schedule.” and my worries outside of the tryout Placing was only a stepping stone for room and played from my heart.”
Baseball coach and Spanish teacher Bernard Martinez took a step of faith this year by sponsoring the Fellowship of Christian Athletes club. Martinez called to serve the community with a goal to grow and promote servant leadership. “I’ve always felt that the Lord has been asking me to do it, and I’ve just been saying no, kind of like Jonah,” Martinez said. “I’m already so busy with running the baseball program and basically having a full teaching load, but I felt that I had to be obedient this time. It just kept coming up, so I guess the Lord was asking me to do it.” The club meets at 7:30 the first Friday of every month in the meeting
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Hannah Kempkes staff writer rooms above the turf room. “We got off to a good start, we kind of slowed down with things getting busy, but we’re just excited to get it started,” Martinez said. “We expect it to grow and for us to do more things, and include more of the student population. Even though it’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes, [the members] could be anybody.” Martinez also has a group of students that meet every other Friday, for training and leadership. “I’m most impressed with our leadership group. They’ve been the most consistent.” Martinez said. “They come to every meeting we have, and they’ve exemplified great leadership.”
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Making New Year Resolutions Last There’s a gaping hole in the idea of New Year’s Resolutions, which is that no one knows how to make them. Alright, that might be a little harsh. Anyone can put pen and goals to paper. The gaping hole is that no one knows how to make resolutions effectively. Thankfully, this hole can be easily patched up. When most people write their New Year’s Resolutions, they write down either vague or overwhelming goals. Resolving to ‘lose weight’ isn’t really going to help anyone. How much weight are you going to lose? How are you going to lose this weight? Will you lose it by exercising? In that case, what kind of exercises will you do? Will you exercise every day? For how long? Instead of vague resolutions, try writing explicit ones like “I will lose fifteen pounds and keep it off by doing five hundred situps per morning” that leave less room for confusion and loopholes.
Healthy and Heavenly Hannah Kempkes copy editor Though it takes a little more effort to pack a healthy lunch for school, it’s not the hardest thing in the world. My idea of healthy isn’t low carb, low fat, gross tasting food. I just like to eat fresh foods that aren’t injected with high fructose corn syrup and aren’t artificially flavored. One of my favorite lunches is a spinach and roast beef pita sandwich. To make it, just take the pita bread, which is a hollow Greek flatbread, and tear it in half. Stuff with alternating layers of roast,
spinach, and cheese. Enjoy! It’s a pretty straight-forward recipe, but you can spice it up with your favorite dipping sauces or vegetables. If you don’t want to bother to pack a lunch, the school has some choices too. The snack bar has a selection of salads, soups, and baked potatoes that are much better than a few bags of chips or nachos. My favorite is their chicken and rice soup, or the baked potato with chives and a hint of butter and cheese. All of these are simple ways to have lunches here at school. They are just as delicious as any hamburger or fast food meal, and they are much, much better for you in the long run. Don’t torture yourself with pointless diets you’re undoubtedly going to break or saturate your body with processed, fatty foods. Just eat good, wholesome food that won’t give you an instant heart attack, and treat yourself to your favorite dessert or meal every once in a while.
Olympic Ordeal Hannah Brown editor-in-chief What defines a winner? Skill, stamina, and strength? Or religion, sexuality, and race? The XXII Winter Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia from Feb. 7 to February 23. Politicians and athletes have started boycotts against the games because of new Russian anti-lesbian, bisexual, gay, and transgender
laws. The Olympics committee has stated that the Russian policies against homosexuals will not affect player eligibility. The U.S. should still compete in the Winter Olympics as athletes are judged by performance, not personal qualities and characteristics. Religion, race, and sexuality are not criteria for judges to consider; they aren’t part of the sport. Players are ranked on their performance
That being said, resolutions involving five hundred sit-ups per morning might be a little hard to stick to. No one who is relatively unaccustomed to exercise is going to make it through five hundred sit-ups all at once. What then happens is that people who try it get discouraged, and their willpower becomes lessened by the pain in their stomachs. In order for this not to happen, goals have to be set in steps. Start off with twenty sit-ups and work your way up to 1,000 if you feel like it. The point is, don’t set overwhelming goals that you know you will find discouraging. If, after following these tips, you’re still falling into the temptation of giving up, imagine yourself and how you would feel already having reached your goals. Then have your future self say no to that doughnut and yes to those last five sit-ups. Resolutions can be great tools. Just make sure you use them right.
Getting Real With Resolutions Do you make New Year Resolutions?
YOU R VIEW- What do you think about healthy lunches? “I don’t like the school lunches. I think home lunches are healthier, because If I brought my own lunch, it would be healthier. I would bring something like a sandwich with a bunch of vegetables on it.” -David Castillo, 10 “I think school lunches are healthier because they know what kind of portions to give you. I would rather bring lunch from home, though. I would bring snacks, like chips or cookies.” -Peige Quinalty, 10
at the games, and their hide their athletes personal lives aren’t from reality, they taken into consideration. aren’t taking any Competing in the legitimate action. Olympics with openly However, by traveling gay athletes is an with pride into Russia, undeniable form of the athletes can take a protest. If the U.S. wants to continue embracing the LBGT Russians community after legalizing gay Making Rules marriage in seven On June 30 of last year, states in 2013 Russian President Vladimir alone, then participating is Putin signed a bill banning a way to continue “the propaganda of this trend. When nontraditional sexual politicians and relations to athletes choose to minors.” stay out of Russia and
stand and still have the opportunity to compete in the sport they have been training their whole lives for. The U.S. should still compete in the Olympics, whether it favors Russia’s stance or not. The games can remain simply competition or competing can even become a way to take a stand against antigay Russian policy. Sports were not made with personal lives in mind. A winner is a winner, a loser is a loser, and a game is a game.
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Find resolutions useful Don’t find resolutions useful How long do you work on your resolutions? On/off the whole year At least 3 weeks Less than a week
Talking Through Technology Wesley Hardin senior writer Texting, e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, and all other forms of social media permeate our lives and connect us with people both near and far, but many feel that social media is actually making people connect less. All in all, I think those people are wrong. Many argue that on social media sites, the majority of the human interaction involves random. miscellaneous, boring things about one’s day. For some reason on the internet this is bad, but in person it is called “small talk” and is often a sign of manners. There is a double standard among people who devalue these human interactions on social media; the same interaction in person is great, healthy and good for character, while on the internet it makes you an idiot. Frankly, if you’re an idiot on Facebook, then you’re probably an idiot in person too, so hanging out with other idiots on Facebook just widens your circle of friends. The chance of meaningful conversation with a person, an intelligent, emotional, or deep conversation, is often really slim unless you’re already good friends with that person but not impossible. Having a large group of friends on social media sites that you can talk to all the time, even when not in person, just increases the number of people you have a chance of connecting with. That being said, not every person you’re friends with on Facebook is going to blow your mind with a spontaneous philosophical conversation. You have to want one. You have to try. The point is, if you want to connect with someone, then talking to them on social media won’t hinder you, but if you don’t, having a million friends won’t help you. Social media sites don’t hinder human interaction, they just show how much or little we want to interact.
FRESHMEN C RNER Student visits India, experiences Trevor O’Connor different culture guest writer
HINDU HERITAGE Freshman Arjun Peddireddy comes from a family with roots in India Daniel Hammoud // SPECIAL TO THE LONG-VIEW
American appliances in a home 8,431 miles away. To others, this may seem out of place, but to freshman Arjun Peddireddy this is what he sees every time he visits his grandparents’ house in Hyderabad, India. The smell of spicy curry, rice, and naan fill the home as his grandmother cooks up a traditional Indian dinner. Peddireddy traveled to India over the summer, immersing in a different culture. “I love the variety of Indian meals,” Peddireddy said. “There’s such a wide range of everything you can think of, from Biryani to Bhatura.” According to Peddireddy, seeing India was a shock after coming from a small town in Texas. “India is very different than American culture,” Peddireddy said. “But it’s starting to become more Western, especially in the city. For example, many people have iPhones, iPads, and social media just like Americans. Although it’s thousands of
miles apart, it’s just a tweet away.” As a practicing Hindu, like most citizens of India, consumption of beef is prohibited. Most restaurants in India cater to this and have little to no beef products. “In Hyderabad, there was a McDonald’s, no beef options of course. They make veggie burgers and chicken burgers, which I find absolutely delicious,” Peddireddy said. ”My favorite Restaurant is called Paradise Biryani which serves different types of biryani, a traditional Indian style of rice. Chicken biryani is amazing, the spices really bring out the natural flavors.” Peddireddy hopes to return one day to the land of his heritage. “The best part was that I got to see my family,” Pedireddy said. “Although American and Indian culture is so different, we still have the same appreciation of our loved ones, and there’s no cultural divide large enough to separate that.”
Texting, Driving Investigation Cont. grandma was in the car with me, and she was freaking out. No one got hurt, it was just scary.” The experience changed Edward’s outlook on texting and driving. “I [used to text and drive] sort of, like at stoplights and stuff, I thought it was okay,” Edwards said. “But then I realized, if you’re not paying attention you can get hit or maybe if you were paying attention, you could do something about it.” Senior Justin Charles sees both positive and negative in texting and driving and feels the restrictions will be ignored by most people.
“Done right, it could be a lifesaver,” Charles said. “Done wrong, it could be a life ender. Texting while driving is not safe. I understand the importance of it, but precautions can be made. People are going to do it one way or another, so it doesn’t matter what restrictions you have on it.” When Sophomore LaChyance Baker was driving with her uncle, she looked down to text a friend and hit a mailbox. “When we were driving off [from the wreck], I kind of freaked out because he started yelling at me, so I smashed on the gas, and hit a car,” Baker said. “It got way out of hand, just cause I sent a text, took my eyes
off the road. [Now] I don’t even pick up my phone. I don’t text at all [when I’m driving] cause I’m so scared to have a wreck again.” Texting and driving is the main cause of about 25 percent of car accidents in the U.S., and, according to Dickson, Longview is above the national average. “We all live in this world where we want to be connected all the time, and we’re busy busy busy,” Dickson said. “We don’t want to waste time doing it when we’re not driving, so we have to do it while we’re going someplace. Is that worth someone’s life? Is it worth your life? And it’s not. It’s not.”
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Despite being the only boy, his classmates accept his interest and skill for osmetology. “He’s an artist; he can draw, and when people Some do it for the money. Others do it for the fame. are that talented, they can do more with hair,” He cuts hair to inspire. cosmetology teacher Jennifer Smith said. “He is Junior Contrel Morgan is the only male in such a gentleman, too. The girls love him.” Cosmetology. He does not mind it though, since he Morgan plans to pursue a career in has gotten to explore the different areas of the field. cosmetology, in the event that his first option “My friend convinced me to join,” Morgan said. “I like does not work out. His goal is to receive his the hair cutting part, but I have learned to do more license after high school. things, like all the things girls go through to get ready. I “I enjoy the things I have learned,” Morgan said. didn’t realize they went through so much.” “If the school I go to doesn’t have the major I want, I will fall back on cosmetology.” Even though some tease him about being in beauty class, Morgan tries to make the best of the situation. “Really, the worst thing about being the only guy in there is, well, being the only guy,” Morgan said. “ I have gotten used to being surrounded by all girls, but if what I do inspires more guys to get in the class, then it is worth it.”
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WELDING Dual credit program readies students for test Wesley Hardin senior writer Many dual credit classes at LHS provide training and certifications for jobs in the real world through Kilgore College. Jerry Hancock teaches the dual credit welding program at LHS. “There’s not a certificate as such for welding,” Hancock said. “When [a welder] goes to work somewhere, they take a test, and it’s a different test for every place.” Though it does not accredit students for a job, the school’s dual credit welding program prepares students for the welding test at numerous job sites. “If you take two years of dual credit welding at LHS you can get up to sixteen college hours,” Hancock said. “If you finish at
SPARKS FLY Senior Decorqvian Flanagan works in first period welding Jan. 13 Lauren Bally // THE LONG-VIEW
Kilgore you get a certificate of completion, but this doesn’t automatically entitle you to a real welding job.” Senior Decorqvian Flanagan, fourth year welding student, looks forward to the money he could
make as a welder in the future. “I think [welders] have a good standard of living,” Flanagan said. “I’ve been in college welding for two years now at the high school, and I think it’s really helped me.”
PLAYING WITH FIRE Junior Daniel Rojas torches a pipe in his 4th period plumbing class
Wesley Hardin senior writer
It’s been passed down from father to son and teacher to student. Plumbing is useful as a profession and for personal use in the home. Though new to the school, plumbing teacher Alan Raith helps students aim for their certificate. “I got my plumbing certificate right after I got out of high school,” Raith said. “I took a plumbing class like this and worked along side my father while he documented my hours.” Though most students admit they don’t want to seek plumbing as a profession, Junior Daniel Rojas enjoys learning about a skill he hopes to make use of in his home life. “My dad taught me this stuff to begin with,” Rojas said. “But I learned a lot more right here, in this class.” Mr. Raith is proud of breakthroughs with his students. “I see the lightbulb go off and they understand,” Raith said. “It makes me happy. I love helping to flip that switch.”
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Cooking classes prep students for future careers Chop the carrots, bake the chicken, and prep for the future. Culinary teachers Vicki Tramel and Tammy Porter teach dual credit Culinary Arts 1 and 2, which readies students for careers in the culinary field. “It’s preparing them to get ready for a future career,” Tramel said. “The restaurateurs love our kids because when they come in [to work for them], they’ve already got the knowledge. They don’t have to teach them a whole lot and get them prepared to get them to work in their restaurant - they’ve already got that general knowledge.” The class follows the ProStart curriculum and students must pass the ServSafe test to move on from Culinary 1 to Culinary 2. The ServSafe test is required in private schools like Le Cordon Bleu or Escoffier and
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certain restaurants. “These kids are getting a really good start to help them decide if this is the career they want to choose,” Tramel said. “I’ve got a whole handful that are already either in a culinary college or they’re going into college to take culinary.” Students learn basic skills such as knife-handling, safety, sanitation and food-handling in Culinary Arts 1 while Culinary Arts 2 educates students who may be considering going into the culinary field. “[What we teach in Culinary Arts] goes with your everyday life because if you don’t know how to handle your food properly then you’re just going to keep making the same mistakes,” Porter said. “You know everyone needs to learn to cut with a knife and walk with it so they don’t kill themselves or somebody else.”
Top Dogs Tell All Administrators open up, provide inside look into responsibilities in school
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What do you do? Whatever needs to be done. My main purpose is to put forward a setting for the best environment for education for my teachers and my students. Favorite part of the job? Interacting with the kids. I love going to classrooms and helping them. It’s very satisfying to me. Worst run in with a student? At the end of the day I forget about negative interactions I’ve had with students, and treat every day as a new day. New Years Resolutions? Lose weight, save money, take more time for myself.
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What do you do? I handle discipline referrals, like misbehavior in class, skipping, those kind of things. I deal with student behavior. Favorite part of the job? Just seeing what happens every day, it’s always different and you never know what’ll happen. Funniest run-in with a student? We had a kid run from us in the freshman wing. They followed him on camera and he ran to global, up the stairs by the library, and somebody caught him back here. So he ended up running back into us. New Years Resolutions? To be calm; I always try not to fly off the handle and make decisions too quickly.
What do you do? I am the keeper of records, do transcripts, help with the master schedule, go over counselors, and help the public where I can. Favorite part of the job? I like providing students the information they need to further their education. Funniest run-in with a student? A student called me Ms. Sausage because she couldn’t pronounce Sauceda. New Years Resolutions? A: To develop healthier habits, physical training and keep a positive attitude.
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What do you do? Basically, my role here at Longview High School, well what can I say? Longview High School operates in a way that educates students on this campus. Every student will receive a good education. Favorite part of the job? My favorite part is the students. I enjoy my walks around; I see students, and it looks like they enjoy going to school. I can really attribute that to the staff. If the students are happy and the staff enjoy coming here working, that’s good. Funniest run in with a student? When I see students out of dress code and they look surprised that I say something to them when they really know that they’re out of dress code, but they act like they didn’t know they were out of dress code. New Years Resolutions? To lose 50 pounds.
What do you do? I find skippers, lost kids. I go to the home, bring them to school. If you’re lost, I will find you. Favorite part of the job? Talking to kids about the past, present, future, so when they leave, they have a good look to the future. Funniest run-in with a student? They brought me a student that couldn’t speak or hear. I didn’t know what to do, The first thing that came to mind was to bring some girls. By the end of the period, he was smiling and communicating, and I knew he could get out of his bubble. New Years Resolutions? More happy and outgoing, I want to walk with Jesus.
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What do you do? I do a bit of everything which makes my job so wonderful, I get to work with teachers, with staff development, and meet at their team meetings. I also get to work with students in the IB program. Favorite part of the job? Getting to work with students and teachers. I love the people here, I love the school. I’ve worked here for a lot of years so it’s very special to me and i feel really good about myself. New Years Resolutions? To eat healthy and get fit.
What do you do? My responsibilities are curriculum and instruction. I am the person in charge if Mr. Brewer is not here. I’m the one people come to if they want to go to Lead Academy. I do withdrawals, enrollments, and drop outs. I’m involved with teacher walkthroughs and attendance. I just keep my eyes on everything. Favorite part of the job? All my conversations with kids are honest. They’re fun and they keep me young. New Years Resolutions? A: I have a philosophy I live by everyday: God, family, then everything else.
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Dissection of a Senior’s Brain
What did you get on SAT?
Sadness. I got sadness and self hatred and bitterness. And no, I don’t want to take it again to improve my score because it hurt enough the first time.
What will you do after college? I don’t know what my hair will do tomorrow, much less what I will do five years from now. I have no idea. Then I feel like I don’t have a future. Which is awkward.
Do you know where you are going to college? We have been writing essays, filling out forms, sending transcripts, and telling colleges why we are the student for them, while trying to maintain grades, sanity, and social life. So as soon as I know where I’m going, don’t worry, I will tell you.
Are you excited to graduate? I gave up calculus and an English essay, and turned in a McDonalds’ application because I’ll never know this. I take classes with people I never want to see again; I get home too late and wake up too early. No, give me more.
Do you want to talk to [stranger]? They went to [college you aren’t even considering]. They sound like a riveting person who will tell me how this professor does this super funny thing and how this freshman tradition is the coolest while I stand there thinking “I don’t want to go there.”
What are you going to major in next year?
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This morning I thought I could be a nuclear physicist, around lunch time I considered being a garbageman, but at dinner I contemplated being an exotic dancer for life. It just depends on the hour.
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Are you a senior? No. Don’t ask that. I have labored for twelve years toward the glorious day when I could be recognized as a senior, and you just stole the moment. There was glitter falling, choirs singing, I was carrying my roses, wearing my tiara and then you walked up and cut the power to my celebration. Thank you.
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Students debunk myths on JROTC stereotypes Estrella Gonzales staff writer
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“Military brats and weird kids that think they’re all that cause they’re in uniform. Some of us are weird, but like the cool weird. There are different types of people in here. Nobody is the same and not many of us are stuck up, just a couple of them, but that’s everywhere.”
“I think the stereotype that people think is people in ROTC are always the kids that want to go into the military. Not everyone wants to go into the military. It’s just a bunch of kids that want to learn leadership skills about life. “
“That we are stuck up, we think we’re better than the rest, and that we have a bossy attitude. At times, we have bossy attitudes, seniors of course are gonna have bossy attitudes. It depends on the commanding officer that’s in charge at the moment, depends how they carry themselves.”
Kennedy Conspiracies and Good Groceries History teacher focuses on presidential assassinations and food Hannah Brown editor-in-chief Wesley Hardin senior writer Kids always know what they want to be when they grow up: astronaut, movie star, or doctor. He dreamed of being a historian, so he became one. History teacher David White has pursued history from early childhood into his career after discovering his love at an early age, but he plans to retire after this year. “My family took a trip to Massachusetts while my father was training to do army intelligence,” White said. “We looked at all the old buildings and the historical sites, and history just got into my head.” Although White loved history from a young age, it took him longer to learn that he wanted to teach it. “In 5th grade I read a book called ‘Texas History Movies,’” White said. “I read it five times in a year and knew I wanted to teach Unraveling the Mystery History teacher David White studies various theories of the Kennedy Assassination to come up woth his own history from that day on.” opinions and uncover the truth In his classes, White enjoys Meaghan McNamara // THE LONG-VIEW discussing the mystery come from childhood too],” White what I’m doing,” Suggs said. “He’s surrounding the assassination said. “What happened was one of really supportive. He lets you know of President John F. Kennedy, my happiest memories was when what works and what doesn’t, at something that has fascinated I would go to my grandparents least for him.” him since first grade, when Lee house. My grandmother had five Suggs expresses his sadness at Harvey Oswald was shot. menus she cooked perfectly, and it the prospect of White eventually “[When Oswald was shot] was roast and gravy and potatoes, leaving LHS. I thought ‘Wait a second. or fried chicken or steak.” “A lot of time in society we keep Something’s not right,’ so [my Senior Austin Rivera enjoys our heads down and it’s good to have fascination] started in the White’s classes and his funsomeone like [David] who’s outgoing beginning,” White said. loving nature. and tries to find the best in people,” “When you’re in “It’s never boring Suggs said.” Someone’s going to have first grade and in his class. There’s some big shoes to fill when he’s gone, something big always something and we’ll all miss him.” happens and going on,” Rivera After teaching since 1979 and people get upset, As a child, Mr. White said. “[White’s] teaching for 13 years at LHS, White it jars you. I’ve lived next door to Dan fun to be around,” plans to retire in the spring of 2015. read everything Rather, an NBC anchor Rivera said. “He’s “I’ve loved [teaching here]. I’m I could find and the first person kinda like the speechless,” White said. “I love on [Kennedy’s school’s Santa.” [teaching]. That’s what you need to view the Zapruder assassination]. It’s Grady Suggs, a to do in life: find what you love film. kind of spilled over former student of and pursue it, assuming it’s moral into my general love White’s and current LHS and legal. I’m very fortunate of history.” history teacher, still finds a to have the customers I’ve got White also is fond of discussing mentor in White. because everyone is interested in his love of food, or “groceries” “Mr. White is really helpful, I still learning and interested in what with his students. go over there often to talk about I’m talking about.” “I think [my love of food has
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Dietary Dramas Student shares her veggie tales Claire Earnest sports editor When I picked a vegetarian diet, I thought I had it easy. However, after attempting to be vegetarian, I gained a newfound respect for all vegetarians. If celebs can do it with their busy lifestyles, it couldn’t be too hard for me, right? For breakfast, finding alternatives to eggs wasn’t difficult, but finding meals with enough protein was. The problem followed me to lunch where I was without my usual turkey sandwich. I adapted to soups and salads for lunch, but continued to suffer from lack of protein. I felt slightly tired between meals and got hungry quickly. I have continued the new lunch options past the diet; the new available variety makes the meal more appealing. The rough patch in my diet came around dinnertime. With a mom who cooks for a living, it was a challenge to find something my family could eat. I found myself fixing meals alone, watching my family eat pork chops and shrimp. I broke down on several dinners, desperate for a change. Although being vegetarian is not a lifestyle I could continue, I have developed an admiration for those who can. Being vegetarian is not easy work as it requires time and planning to make meals that are yummy, healthy, and have protein.
Corn and Summer Vegetable Sauté INGREDIENTS • 1 tbs canola oil • 1/2 cup chopped green onions (about 4) • 1 garlic clove, minced • 1 cup sliced okra (about 4 ounces) • 1 cup chopped red bell pepper • 1 chopped seeded jalapeño pepper • 1 cup fresh corn kernels • 1 (15-ounce) can of black beans, rinsed and drained • 1/3 cup minced fresh cilantro • 1/8 tsp salt • 1/8 tsp ground black pepper DIRECTIONS Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add okra; sauté 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add bell pepper and jalapeño; cook 5 minutes. Add corn; cook 5 minutes. Stir in beans; cook 2 minutes. Stir in cilantro; sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Cooking Light on myrecipies.com
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Hannah Kempkes staff writer With the Kohl’s shopping center just steps away, Corner Bakery is the perfect place to pop in after a movie or shopping trip. It had a nice atmosphere with half a dozen options each for soups and salads. There was quick service, with generous portions for the bowl of soup and reasonable portions for the salad. I ordered the broccoli cheddar soup and the mixed greens house salad with their original dressing. The soup was delicious, creamy, and was served with a small loaf of bread that had an odd, but interesting tang of lemon; perfect for eating separately or dipping. The salad was nice and simple, just what I ordered. As a bonus, it was beautifully presented, colorful with a spread of tomatoes and croutons. Their own special vinaigrette was amazing: lightly spicy with an underlying zing that was bold but not overpowering. Again, it was served with a loaf of bread hinting at lemon, but this one was lightly salted. It was all around five dollars for a bowl of soup and another five for the salad. So for a total of ten dollars, my taste buds were soundly satisfied. Hannah Kempkes // THE LONG-VIEW
Lucy Lopez senior writer
McAllister’s is a perfect place for a laid-back lunch get-together with friends. The service is always great and speedy every time I go. It also has some of the best soups and salads in town. My personal favorites are chicken tortilla soup and the pecan salad. Both the soup and salad have a great, non overwhelming flavor. The soup was just spicy enough, with a perfect texture and the salad was fresh, complemented by the pecans. And of course, a McAllister’s meal is not complete without the amazing sweet tea. The price range is about the same as other popular soup and salad places, but it is well worth it. Coupon cards also provide a free sweet tea or meal for those who enjoy eating there often.
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I ordered the Cream of Chicken with Wild Rice soup. It had nice consistency and delicious flavor. It tastes like your grandmother just cooked it from scratch, and that’s the best taste anyone can create. However, the French Baguette (bread) it came with was a bit hard for me. I ordered a ceasar salad; it was fresh, and the croutons crunched perfectly in your mouth. At first, I was worried that the dressing they gave me wasn’t going to be enough, but it ended up spreading throughout the entire mixture of leaves. All of this food came out to a good price of $9.59 including tax. After I feasted upon this meal, my stomach was fully filled. Rejoice.
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Sitting right across the Loop, Newk’s Eatery is the perfect place to have anything from pizza to a salad after school with friends. I ordered the half salad and cup of soup combo. I had a “Simply” salad, which wasn’t really that simple, covered with tomatoes, cheese, and croutons. The honey mustard dressing packed a lot of flavor and was slightly spicy, which contrasted nicely with the cool crisp spinach and juicy tomatoes. With four daily specialty soups, I ordered the tomato basil soup, which is a vegetarian option. Warm and creamy, it went well with the trademark Newk’s breadsticks. The “cup” it came in was rather large, and I struggled to finish, but overall, I was quite satisfied.
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What is your grade Brown editor-in-chief maturity level? Hannah When it comes to directions..
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Mostly A: You’re definitely a fish. Sorry pal. Mostly B: You’re a sophomore. You just think you’re cool because you aren’t a freshman. Mostly C: You’re a junior. Don’t try too hard to be a cool upperclassman. Mostly D: You finally made it. Take your senioritis medication regularly.
Freidrike Flies in Water Foreign exchange student participates on swim team
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Back home in Germany, she was a lifeguard, so being in water was the one familiar setting for sophomore Friederike Weidman when she came to America as an exchange student. Some days she wakes up at 5:20 a.m for morning swim practice, and she’s often worn out afterwards. Nevertheless, Weideman is always ready to dive in. Weideman is staying with the Duvall family, including sophomore Ross Duvall and freshman Madeline Duvall. Since her arrival on Sep. 13 2013, Weideman has joined the swim team and taken on competitive swimming. “In Germany, America is like a big dream. Everyone wants to travel to America,” Weideman said. “[Swimming] is the only sport I already practice back in Germany [and] I like that I’m active and I’m able to do something for my body.” Despite having that one similar link between America and Germany, Weideman often finds herself missing her cat and the homemade food. However, Weideman has adapted well otherwise, and fellow swimmer and host-brother Ross has noticed improvement in Weideman’s swim technique. “I think she’s coping well,” Ross said. “She’s pretty good; she was a recreational swimmer back in Germany. I feel like she’s gotten a little bit better since then, too. She wasn’t used to doing all of the
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Team endures multiple injuries in playoff games before season Claire Earnest sports, news editor Pulled hamstring, hyperextended knee, and a broken foot. The list of injured soccer players goes on as the team has faced up to 7 injuries at one time, before the district games have even started. Head Coach James Wright is focusing on taking each game one at a time. “I think you always want to start on your best foot. You always want to put your best team out there,” Wright said. “To be a little bit under power and have guys that aren’t used to playing in certain positions having to fill in [those spots] caused some huge complications [during scrimmages.]” The problem faced by the team is not a lack of players, but a lack of specific player types. “We do have enough players to fill in, but the team isn’t going to play the same cause we played to the characteristics of the players we have,” Wright said. “So, when you are missing key elements, it does change the tactics.” However, Wright continues to push the players through practice with new formations and higher intensity among the newer players. He focuses on helping the players, who weeks ago were on JV, adjust to playing varsity. “It’s all a matter of how quickly we are getting them back and [getting] them practicing and back up to speed again,” Wright said. “I do feel like we are strong enough to make a fight out of it, with or without, but of course we are going to be much better with those guys returning.”
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deck every day. Lifeguards have to be reliable, they have to be on time and they’ve got to do their job.” Weideman’s favorite part about swimming competitively is the school spirit, as there are no school teams in Germany. “I [will] hopefully improve so that I get a better time,” Weideman said. “I have bonded with my team. Because of [my host-siblings] it is easy for me to get to do [group] activities like having lunch together. I think it can be a good year.”
practices but now she does a lot more.” Though she might not have been expecting the strenuous practices required of the swim team members, Weidman has proven her ability to be timely and prepared for practices, a skill that has not gone unnoticed. “She’s transitioned well here,” Swim Coach Daniel Gonzales said. “She’s always on time, she always has her equipment, she’s always ready. She’s the first person on deck every day or second person on
SPORT: Tennis CURRENT SPOT: TBD SPRING GOALS: Get to Regionals and stay one on the tennis ladder FIRST MATCH: Today at Lobo Tennis courts Why did you start playing tennis? “I got serious around 4th and 5th grade, because that’s when Nick, [my Information gathered by Claire Earnest older brother], got serious; [I got involved in tennis] because of him. If he would have never [started playing], I never would have picked it up.” What is your favorite part of being on the tennis team? “It’s nice to know there is a group of people backing you up, and you aren’t going in it alone. You always have a support system.” What is your perspective on the Lobo tennis motto, “Heart of a Champion?” “[To me], it means that every day [requires] full dedication and no slacking off, even if sometimes we all want to, a lot, but [players have to] just keep Claire Earnest // THE LONG-VIEW trekking through it.” What is the most important trait for a tennis player? “Patience, especially if your opponent isn’t playing fair or if you’re playing really bad that day, you have to keep not letting it get to your head, because then you will lose to yourself.”
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The Best and Worst of 2013
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MOVIES: From The Great Gatsby, to Frozen, to Catching Fire. All of these movies are completely different, but we love them all. Hopefully, Leonardo DiCaprio will finally win an Oscar.
TWERKING: We were all victims of the twerking craze. Whether you were the one doing it or you were just an innocent witness, it has consumed all of our lives, especially at the MTV VMAs.
MASS MURDERS: This year had murders at elementary schools and a bombings at a marathon.
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TV SHOWS: Shows that made headlines include Bates Motel, Sleepy Hollow, and Under the Dome. This year also included the series finale for Breaking Bad, which won a Golden Globe at the Oscars this past Sunday. idolator.com
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CELEBRITY DEATHS: This year we lost Cory Monteith, Paul Walker, and George Jones. Hopefully those in 2014 will live a long life before their departures.
ARTISTS: Top artists of the year include Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus. These artists topped the Billboard Charts.
MEMES: Grumpy Cat, the Aliens guy, and Chloe’s face. More recently, the Doge Dog has been making its way around the interwebs.
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Upon hearing the word “acapella”, many would think of anything ranging from a droll barbershop quartet to the energy of Fox’s Glee, but the 2011 winners of NBC’s The Sing Off are anything but droll, taking high energy to a whole other musical level. Pentatonix, a five member acapella musical group, might just have the vocal power to bring acapella into a contemporary light for the first time. Their second album, released Nov. 2013, features four original compositions alongside five covers and mash-ups. The album starts off with an upbeat cover of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us”, which showcases Pentatonix member Kevin Olusa’s incredible beat-boxing skills . The song keeps the intense energy of Macklemore’s version, while holding true to the Pentatonix sound and keeps air time balanced between all five members. The rest of the covers on the album maintain this high energy and balance between each member and
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remain just as catchy as the first time they played on the radio, with the exception of “Valentine”. While songs like “Daft Punk” show musical genius in the group’s acapella arrangements, “Valentine” tends to drag. The song doesn’t keep in step with the other songs on the album and errs on the side of a ballad, while the rest of the album could be found in any club. The album includes four originals, “Natural Disaster”, “Love Again”, “Run to You” and a mash-up called “Hey Momma/Hit The Road Jack”. The songs allowed the group to show what they can really do, both with their voices and ability to write a good song. “Natural Disaster” and “Love Again” were at home right next to “Daft Punk” and “I Need Your Love”. As a whole, this acapella group has proved to be a musical force to be reckoned with, and their album is generally a complete success, seamlessly transitioning from mash-ups to contemporary covers to originals without a hitch.
Lauren Bally DIET CRAZES: In 2013, people went ballistic whenever they found out that cake had fat in it. Half of the people I know went gluten-free this year. This makes my life very challenging if I want to cook/bake for someone who is gluten-free.
Fiction to Film Lucy Lopez senior writer
Book to movie adaptations from 2013, what to look for in 2014
2013 THE HOST The book was actually pretty good, and more developed than Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight series. Sadly, the movie was not portrayed well, so those who saw it ridiculed the emphasis on love triangles. Anyone who had expectations for the movie was greatly disappointed. CATCHING FIRE Surprisingly, both the book and the movie were well-received by fans and critics. The first movie was slightly disappointing, but Catching Fire made up for that, holding both entertainment and cinematic value along with Jennifer Lawrence’s captivating performance.
KANYE WEST: Just a month ago, he compared his rapping career to police officers and men and women serving in the military. Kanye needs a Jesus slap, not a Yeezus slap.
DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth (March 21) Dystopian novels have become more and more popular in recent years. The Divergent series brings a new edge to the genre, throwing plot twists when the reader least expects it. The characters are very well-developed, dragging the reader emotionally to them. From the trailer, the movie seems like it will not disappoint fans. Read the books if you have not already, and go watch the movie. THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green (June 6) Anyone who has read a John Green book knows the agony suffered while falling in love with the characters, and then having them be killed off. It’s not a spoiler, just a fact. Green’s books are just that way. It can only be hoped that the upcoming film will capture the raw and powerful emotions portrayed in the book.
Vintage Video Games
Laura Aciano senior writer The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is a wonderful heartwarming experience. Ben Stiller, who directed the movie, starred as Walter Mitty who has a rather boring life. Mitty is an avid day-dreamer, often spacing out in the most inopportune of moments. While he used to imagine spectacular scenarios filled with adventure, as the movie goes on, Mitty finds himself living the fantasies when he goes in search of a famous traveler and a very important photograph. The awkward tension between romantic interest Cheryl Melhof, played by Kristen Wiig, and Walter Mitty is very endearing. Although a bit unrealistic with cell phones that are conveniently always in service and shark fighting, Walter Mitty is truly about enforcing the age-old belief that anyone can do great things at any point in their life. The ending is a bit predictable, but that doesn’t take away from the movie because overall, Walter Mitty was entertaining, adventurous, and very appropriate as a family film. It was very enjoyable and captured the viewer’s attention. superbwallpapers.com
Andrew Rivera // THE LONG-VIEW
It’s time to get back to the basics, to the simpler things in life, and nothing could be simpler than retro Nintendo 16-bit console games from the early 90s. The Super Nintendo Entertainment System was a smash hit with top selling games like Super Mario World, Donkey Kong Country, and Super Mario Kart. My favorites happen to be the top two: Mario and Donkey Kong. Super Mario World: Even today, I appreciate how great the Mario series really is. The trademark soundtrack, nostalgic graphics, and cohesive storyline makes it fun to geek out and play with friends in the two-player mode. There are some random elements to the game-play, though. Enemies such as Koopas (Turtles) and Piranha Plants are mixed with
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Hannah Kempkes staff writer American football players. In 16bit graphics, it’s hard to tell they are actually koopas in sports gear. Overall, the game is solid and engaging to video game fans of all ages. Donkey Kong Country: This game is a classic, but I have mixed emotions about it. The graphics are amazing for that generation of video games, and the game-play is interesting. The creatures your character can ride break up the regular game-play and are my favorite part of the game. However, the bosses, or ultimate enemies at the end of each level, are just gigantic copies of the enemies that you played previously. Other than the slightly unoriginal bosses, it’s great to play “Contest” mode and compete to see who’s the best gamer.