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end-of-tri schedule

• Nov. 19-20 Regular school days • Nov. 21 (half day) Dismissal at 10:40 • Nov. 22-23 (no school) Thanksgiving break • Nov. 26 Regular school day • Nov. 27 (exams) Zero and first hours, no half day • Nov. 28-29 (exams) Second and third hours, half day, dismissal at 10:40 • Nov. 30 Start of second trimester, reverse half day, school begins at 10:40

baseball coach selected to Hall of Fame Varsity baseball coach Walt Gawkowski has been selected to the MHSBCA(Michigan High School Baseball Coaches Association) Hall of Fame. Gawkowski has been the head coach at Shores for nine years after spending 17 years at North Muskegon. The induction ceremony will be held in June 2013, and Gawkowski’s name will be on a plaque in the MHSBCA’s showcase at Comerica Park.

students of the month October students of the month are seniors Britni Gielow and Danielle Hilleary.

pride pass drawing winners Winners of the first PRIDE Pass drawing were freshman Lloyd Cisneros, sophomore Kaitlyn McHenry, junior Keely Enterline, and senior Hayden Hall.

random acts of kindness rewarded

The Student Recognition program recognized freshmen Isaiah Bartos and Sammie Sanborn with $10 Subway gift cards.

yearbook pictures online

The yearbook can use your help in taking pictures. Upload your pictures at replayit. com. You can also view yearbook staff pictures.

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Next month’s edition will be out Dec. 21.


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Volume 51 Edition 3 Friday, November 16, 2012

Mona Shores High School • 1121 Seminole Road • Norton Shores, Michigan 49441

Golf captures fourth straight state title By Holly Fredericksen

Sports Editor With the devilish score of 666, the girls’ varsity golf team and coach John Brainard pulled out their fourth consecutive Division 2 state title. The MHSAA record-breaking team became the first group ever to win four straight championships in the Lower Peninsula. “It’s cool to know that we have done what no other girls team has done before,” senior Britni Gielow said. “We couldn’t have done it without the support from all our family and friends.” The girls defeated runner-up Battle Creek Lakeview by 41 stokes at the finals, which was held at The Meadows Oct. 19-20. In the three state titles prior to this year, Shores outshot the runnerup by 27, 26, and 15 strokes. “We all love to compete, and we like to win by a large margin,” senior Morgan Smith said. “We want to play our best every time we step on the course. With that being said, it helps us all become better players because we push ourselves to our full potential. Senior Hailey Hrynewich led Shores and the tournament with consecutive rounds of 79, where she tied for first, but she ended up losing in a one-hole playoff round to sophomore Elle Nichols of Okemos. Smith finished fifth overall with rounds of 82 and 79, senior Kelsey McKinley finished 14th overall with rounds of 90 and 83, and Gielow finished 15th overall with rounds of 90 and 83. Also, sophomore Rylee George competed in her first state championship.

Hailey Hrynewich, senior

Britni Gielow, senior

FOUR Kelsey McKinley, senior

“I think we prepared really well all season,” Hrynewich said. “We drove around the course to figure out what shots we had to hit, and we also practiced putting

Morgan Smith, senior

in the wind and rain.” Not only did they practice in unfavorable weather conditions, their training was slightly changed.

2010 graduate survives to round of 10 on The Voice

Music students perform benefit concert for director

By Kayleigh Fongers

By Kelley Wheeler

Center Section Editor

Feature Editor For the past two weeks, Sylvia Yacoub, a 2010 Shores graduate, has impressed coaches on NBC’s The Voice. And fans, including Shores choir director Shawn Lawton, have also taken notice as Yacoub has made it to the final 10 on the singing competition show, where To read up-to-date information about Sylvia Yacoub’s results on The Voice, she will perform again next go to Monday. “The number one emotion I felt was a sense of pride watching all the Shores training she received pay off on the big stage,” Lawton said. “I’m so proud of her.” Please see SYLVIA, page 10

“We haven’t really changed much in the last four years,” Hrynewich said. “Our biggest change was that twice a week we would practice with a professional golfer at the Muskegon Country Club, who gave us different drills than we were used to.” Although the Sailors had enough skill to pull out a win at the tournament, there were other factors in their victory. Within the team, four of the five girls faced their fourth state championship together. “When we were freshmen, we didn’t even know each other,” McKinley said. “We went from acquaintances to best friends, our bond really helps us on the course.” Whether working on communication skills or their short game, or being at the driving range, these girls put in the work that, in the end, made them champions. “This was such a great accomplishment,” McKinley said. “We worked hard, played hard, and did what no one else has done. It was a good end to our career.”

Sylvia Yacoub, a 2010 graduate, is performing on The Voice. (Courtesy Photo)

When Shores orchestra director Samer Jeroudi was diagnosed with a cancerous t u m o r this summer, his students aspired to do something to help. Jeroudi “He was telling the class about how rare of a chance it was to catch this cancer,”

senior Megan Schluentz said. “I thought to myself, ‘What can we do to help?’” Schluentz said she decided on a benefit concert because performing is what brought them all there in the first place. “It only seemed appropriate to throw a concert to benefit a music teacher,” said Schluentz, who started the campaign via Facebook. So on Saturday, Oct. 27, the concert was held in the auditorium with an audience Please see HELP, page 10


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Volume 51, Edition 3 Friday, November 16, 2012 Mona Shores High School 1121 Seminole Road Muskegon, Michigan 49441 Editor-in-Chief

Jake Bordeaux

Editorial Editor

Andrew Kromminga

Entertainment Editor

Hailey Hrynewich

Profiles Editor Mandy Versalle Center Section Editor

Kayleigh Fongers

The Sailors’ Log • Friday, November 16, 2012

Fine Arts Editor

Kelley Wheeler

Voters made wrong choice

Romney would have been better for America And the winner of the 2012 presidential election is…Barack Obama. Our hearts plummet. What? So the change of the past four years was enough to ensure another four? What we saw the past four years was an increase in national debt, insurmountable gridlock in Congress and an apologetic view of foreign politics. But don’t worry, all the change is done, and now America can prepare to move


forward. That is, forward and right over the fiscal cliff into the abyss of the vast shadow of the giant our country used to be. Now, don’t get us wrong. We are not in love with Mitt Romney either, but with many of us heading off to college, we just think that his economic plan would be more beneficial to the future we are trying to prepare for.

Now, stuck in the middle of a liberal school, in a conservative town, The Sailors’ Log editors are among the minority of Shores students wishing for a recount…but only of the conservative districts in Ohio. Alas, now we must keep our head down, wait another four years, and pray there is not another FDR situation. Three terms, really? (Yes, we know the Constitution would

need to be re-written for this to happen.) So, Mitt Romney and his wife’s dancing show horse, Rafalca, have nothing left to do but cry and refuse to accept they have lost for a few hours. Don’t worry, Mitt, The Sailor’s Log editors are with you. Long live, Mitt Romney. Stay strong through these troubling times, and never forget that you would have done America proud.

Treated like Children

Feature Editor

Morgan Schwing

Sports Editor

Holly Fredericksen Photo Editor

Rachel Resterhouse Staff

Annabella Olivares Alex Rakowski Blake Robinson Miranda Shafer Rhian Williams Adviser

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Part of Link Crew is for seniors, called Link Leaders, to meet with freshmen, get to know them and play some sort of initiation game. Editorial Editor Andrew Kromminga said these games are one thing he would change about the club. (Courtesy Photo)

Link Crew needs tweaks to make it better


he first year of Link Crew was when I was a freshman. At first, I didn’t know why they were doing it, and I did not want to go to the meetings. After a little while of Link Crew meetings, I realized that this club, which was instituted at Shores by math teacher Joan Wiersma and English teacher Lori Foley, was created to help freshmen because a lot of the freshmen had no idea where to go for certain things and what to do in certain situations. The idea was to have upperclassmen, called Link Leaders, help freshmen with whatever they needed to make the transition from middle Andrew Editorial school to high school Kromminga Editor smooth. As the year went on, we still had all of these Link Crew meetings during the school day. I am not going to lie: I was happy when they would pull us out of class because I did not want to be in there much longer. But after every Link Crew meeting, I realized that it does have some kinks in it, small kinks that can be fixed easily. And yes, I

know I have not been a part of the group since freshmen year, but I do hear the same complaints from current freshmen. Here are my two quick and easy fixes to making Link Crew better. 1. Games are played to help initiate the freshmen into the high school; however, the games that are played make the freshmen feel like little kids. They are in high school now, so they should be treated like they are. To fix this little problem, the games need to be more like something that a high school student would even do outside of school. They could play Jackpot either outside or in the classroom with a little ball instead of sitting in a circle and talking about what we want to be when we grow up. 2. Another issue with the Link Crew is that the Link Leaders are only in it because it looks good on a college application. Get the Link Leaders more involved than what they are. Some of the Link Leaders, not all, do not even talk to the freshmen they are supposed to help unless it is at a Link Crew meeting when they are there. I’m not saying that Link Crew is a pointless thing to have at Shores, but what I’m saying is that it needs TLC to make it better.

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right to his or her own opinion, including you. Please sign and submit your letters to room 501, Mona Shores High School, 1121 Seminole Road, Muskegon, MI 49441 or via thesailorslog@

Everyone needs to Volunteer Helping abused women, children opened my eyes


realized I was the one who actually had been changed. I felt like I was a part of something bigger than myself. It made me want to do more. So I did. I continue to volunteer as much as I can. I believe it has helped me find self worth and has helped me to see, believe it or not, the world does not revolve around me. It gave me faith that people can be caring and kind when I see so many who are self-abStaff sorbed. Writer This holiday season when the money has run out, think giving the gift of time. You could start of with a small act of kindness by visiting a nursing home or hospice. Use your talent, whatever it is. Read, sing or just hang out. Seeing your smiling face would brighten someone’s day. Donate blood at the American Red Cross. There is always a need for that. As teens, we are a strong force. We can use it for things that make a difference, or we can waste it on meaningless garbage. Let’s choose to leave our mark on Muskegon. Let’s be the youth that adds role models to our community, not problems.

Places to Volunteer

The Sailors’ Log staff has been eavesdropping on your conversations in the halls and the classrooms. So, we will be responding to those questions and statements. In other words, we have been a fly on the wall... Overheard at the Halloween dance from a sophomore boy to one of the chaperones: “I think I just saw three babies conceived.” The Sailors’ Log: Well, as the band One Direction says, “Tonight, let’s get some and live while we’re young.” A senior boy in the hallway said, “You look pregnant!”

While there are many places to volunteer in the Muskegon area, here are four places that staff writer Annabella Olivares recommends.

TSL: Wow! Most people would not even say that to a pregnant woman. Hopefully, he learned his lesson for saying that. That is, after he picked himself up off the floor.

Muskegon County Habitat for Humanity 280 Ottawa Street

Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry 1095 3rd St., #10

Help deserving families get the home they need.

Drop off a couple of cans of food to make somebody’s day.

A regular conversation in a specific classroom: “Stop smelling my hair!” – senior girl. “I only smelled it once!” – junior boy. TSL: Isn’t once enough? Senior boy during passing time: “The feng-shui of this hallway makes me wanna cry.”

Every Woman’s Place 1221 W. Laketon Ave.

Muskegon Red Cross 313 West Webster Avenue

Improve one person’s day by just going there and helping out with the children or go help with special events.

Chose any one of the vast array of volunteer opportunities or all of them. Volunteers may find themselves doing anything from being a local life guard to organizing a local blood drive.

TSL: Feng-shui? Wang Chung? William Hung? Whatever it is, they all make us cry.


T h e C h e r o k e e

In each edition, a staff member of The Sailors’ Log will evaluate two similar products, items, etc. and let readers know which one is better

For a jobless teenager such as myself, Pricing & The Cherokee, located at 1971 West Sherman Proportions Blvd., offers a perfect breakfast meal for a tight budget. Cheap and reasonable portions are distributed with each item on the menu, from their giant pancakes, which hang over the edges of the plates, to Texas-style French toast. When dining at the Cherokee, I am always greeted with warm smiles and welcoming attitudes. Each member of the Cherokee staff connects personally with their customers through their charm and politeness. Not only are they kind, but they rarely mess up an order. When first walking into the Cherokee, I thought of it as another run-of-the-mill small town restaurant. The lighting inside the establishment is poor and has a dark luminance.



After looking carefully at the menu placed on each table at Toast and Jams, located at 3462 Henry St., I have concluded that they are expensive for someone with as thin as a wallet as my own. Though proportions are adequate for a healthy appetite, pricing is simply out of my range for an everyday breakfast. Polite, well mannered, and though sometimes agitated, servers at Toast and Jams do their job diligently. However, that is all it is to them; a job. With this said, they sometimes mix up orders. Toast and Jam’s interior designs and color pallets are extremely pleasing to the eye. With elegant yet quirky light fixtures throughout the restaurant, it is very well lit. The vibrant colors pull in the detail of the dark brick along the walls. Toast and Jams is a modern-styled eatery that is suitable to many who eat there.

The overall winner between these two local restaurants is The Cherokee because of the proportions of their meals, along with pricing and amazing customer service.

T o a s t & J a m s

Opinion by Racheal Resterhouse Photo Editor

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ost of us want to volunteer, especially at this time of year when the emphasis is on giving thanks. We have all entertained the thought of helping someone less fortunate, but then, we get lazy, busy or just think it would be too much of a hassle. That got me thinking that maybe if teens knew where to volunteer, then maybe more would do it. Last year, I had the chance to volunteer at Volunteer Muskegon, 880 Jefferson St., Suite A. Annabella The sense of community I felt there was Olivares awe-inspiring, and I met a lot of new people. On a snowy winter’s night, I had the opportunity to help abused women and children by making their holiday season a little more joyful. With glue guns, glitter and a little creativity, we made the most awesome stockings Christmas has ever seen. I have also been a part of their Halloween Fair, which was great. I helped with games, activities and food for the kids. It is not always glamorous, and I had to be OK not being the center of attention, but it is lots of fun, and it made me feel fantastic about myself. That night before bed, I really thought I had done something good, something to be proud of, and yes, that was true, but then I


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Final Twilight movie a must see for everyone

The Sailors’ Log • Friday, November 16, 2012

It was just a few years ago on Sunday, Dec. 28, 2008, when the Twilight series phenomenon aroused fans with the incredible movie, Twilight. It was new to everyone, and almost every girl on earth, including me, was in love with the drop-dead gorgeous vampire, Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson). Then just one year later, werewolf Jacob Black (Taylor Lautner) appeared to take over some of Edward’s spotlight in New Moon. The battle between Jacob and Edward Hailey Hrynewich over their love Sight & Sound Editor Bella (Kristen Stewart) continued into the third movie, Eclipse. In the most recent movie, Breaking Dawn Part 1, Bella chooses to ultimately marry her vampire Edward with whom she learns, at the end, that she is expected to have a baby. Twilight fans have waited and waited for this final and last Twilight series movie, Breaking Dawn Part 2, to come to theaters at last. Today is the day when their waiting will be over and the thrilling movie will come to theaters, including Cinema Carousel on Grand Haven Road. According to the website for the theater, Part 2 will be showing four times this afternoon: 1:30, 4:15, 7 and 9:45. I have always been a huge fan of the

Twilight series because I love supernatural, out-of-the-ordinary things like vampires and werewolves. I also enjoy watching movies about love stories, so this series fits my interest quite perfectly. The new movie picks up after the birth of Renesmee, Bella and Edward’s child, and the Cullen family must gather various other vampire clans in order to protect the child. There has been a sudden false allegation about the newborn child that places the family in a position they truly do not want to be in – one that is in front of the Volturi. Stewart excitedly described how much fun it was transforming into a vampire in the final movie in a recent interview with author Talia Soghomonian. “It’s like you are this very developed, mature version of what we all know her to be, but at the same time, you are this very young, new animal, quite a baby, and you are figuring out how to like use the tools that you have been given,” she explained. “It’s like a 12-year old getting into a sixspeed sports car and being like, ‘Whoa, so that was fun.’” The Twilight series will finally come to an end after the release of Breaking Dawn Part 2 today, but it will always be remembered as a wonderful, worldwide movie series people loved. The movie series has always been one of my all-time favorites, which is exactly why I, without a doubt, will be seeing this final movie today.

Peer Perspectives

“Yes, because the plot full of vampires and werewolves intrigues me very much.” Mitchell White, sophomore “No, because the actors have no facial expression. The books were good, but I did not like the movies.” Mikayla Day, senior

Do you like the Twilight series?

Thanksgiving Fun Around Muskegon Want to go somewhere fancy to eat?

What A buffet style meal with salads, fruit and cheese displays, honey baked ham, tilapia, slow roasted turkey, traditional pumpkin pie, assorted desserts, and much more When Thursday, Nov. 22 (Serving 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.) Where The Historical Montague Inn Cost Adults $21.95, Children 4 to 12 years $9.95, and 3 years and under free Call 989-752-3939 to make a reservation www.montagueinn. com/events_calendar. php

Want to bring your little siblings to a fun event?

What All young kids are invited to celebrate the holiday with some fun Thanksgiving Day crafts. Join them in the youth department to make a turkey, color in fun coloring sheets, and make a tasty Thanksgiving Day treat! When Tomorrow at 2 p.m. Where Hackley Public Library Cost FREE www.hackleylibrary. org

Want to go to a concert?

What Night B4 Thanksgiving Concert featuring the West Side Soul Surfers. Must be 17 or older unless accompanied by a guardian. When Wednesday Nov. 21 at 8 p.m. Where Frauenthal Theater Cost $10 at all Star Tickets outlets including Meijer Stores, or call 800.585.3737, or through the Frauenthal box office, 231-727-8001. Phone: (231) 722-9750

Want to have a somewhat healthy, but fun Thanksgiving Day?

What Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run & Walk. Enjoy some exercise with family and friends while the turkey cooks. There will be special goodie bags for all kids. Each participant is asked to bring a food donation for local food pantries. When Thursday, Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. Where Muskegon Y-Center Cost Members $4 and nonmembers $5. Register at the YMCA or come in the visitors bureau to pick up a registration. www.muskegonymca. org

“I like it because it is dramatic, and I think the books are good too.” Brynne Wilcox, freshman “No, because the actors are just not very good, especially Kristen Stewart.” Bryton Woirol, junior


• Life of Pi Nov. 21 Summary: A young man is stranded in the middle of the ocean on a lifeboat. He must share this with the only other survivor after an ocean disaster, a tiger.

DVD Releases

• The Dark Knight Rises Dec. 4

• Men in Black 3 Nov. 30

CD Releases

• The Frozen Ground Nov. 30 Summary: A detective sets out to end the murderous rampage of a serial killer who has gone unnoticed for 13 years.


• Justin Bieber Nov. 21 at 7 p.m. Location: Palace of Auburn Hills • Uncle Kracker Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. Location: Royal Oak Music Theatre

• Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded - The Re-Up Nov. 19 Genre: Pop, Rap • Rihanna’s Unapologetic Nov. 19 Genre: Pop • Kesha’s Warrior Dec. 4 Genre: Pop


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Obzut improves life to stay in choir By Mandy Versalle

Profile Editor

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Tap dancer since his youth

Since the age of 2, senior Trevor Rawson has been an avid member of the Cedar Creek Cloggers. “It’s something for me to do that is different from everyone else,” Rawson said. Rawson tap dances with his parents in Montague. Rawson “I live by the motto ‘Dance as if no one is watching,’” Rawson said, “and it helps me be a better dancer.”

Student receives gift from God

Claiming it was a gift from God, junior Chandler Mancuso was given a unique gift in life. “I was born with double-jointed legs,” Mancuso said. It was two years ago that Mancuso first showed off his unique talent to his ninth-grade English class. Mancuso “I do not know how it helps me in life,” Mancuso said, “but it definitely looks really cool.”

FAB 5 In each edition, The Sailors’ Log will

feature five random students and teachers who have an interesting story to share.

Stress-relieving nightmare

After the birth of her children, science teacher Sheila Hunt adopted a dangerous stress-relieving habit. “It is a great stress reliever,” Hunt said, “because I feel great when I am done.” Hunt likes to drink an entire quart of milk while dipping an entire chocolate Hunt bar into a tub of peanut butter. “If we have any Hershey’s in the house,” Hunt said, “then this happens more frequently.”

The Sailors’ Log • Friday, November 16, 2012

Senior Sebastian Obzut knows that he is no angel. “My friends would not describe me as angelic,” Obzut said. “I, in no way, fit the standards of what a typical angel is. My friends think that I am nice, but I’m definitely no angel.” Choir teacher Shawn Lawton saw something different in Obzut when he began thinking about the person he would choose for the angel of the annual Singing Christmas Tree. “When choosing my angel, I never give it to someone who already has everything,” Lawton said. “I eliminate the well-known students. You will not see me pick the most talented student in choir as my angel. I look for hard work, growth, and development. I look for someone who shows What change.” Singing Christmas Tree The change that When Lawton was looking for Nov. 29, 30, and Dec. 1 was seen in Obzut, who 7:30 p.m. each night has been singing in the with a 3 p.m. matinee choir for four years. on Dec. 1 “I was not planning on Where even taking choir,” Obzut Frauenthal said. “My mom is the one in downtown Muskegon who got me to join. She Ticket Info told me that it would be Tickets are $13 a great life experience and can be purchased and that I could not go to at the Frauenthal box Shores if I did not try at office and anywhere least one year of it.” that sells Star Tickets. But for Obzut, not everything has been a great life experience. He said he was diagnosed with cancer at a young age. “All that I can remember was that until the age of five, I made what seemed like daily trips to the doctor’s office to receive shots,” Obzut said. Obzut, who was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma cancer when he was three months old, has been forced to overcome many battles in his life. “He has the fighter spirit,” choir accompanist Jessica Brazaski said about Obzut. His unfortunate experiences, including cancer and bouncing from home to home as a child, have shaped him into the person he is today. Lawton said his main reason for picking Obzut was based on a recent conversation the two of them had. During fifth hour one day, Obzut said he went to talk to Lawton about the effect choir has had on his life. “My ninth and tenth grade years of high school were hard for me academically,” Obzut said. “My parents and

counselors were threatening to kick me out of choir if I did not start doing better.” Obzut said he rose to the challenge because dropping choir was not something he wanted to do. “He was a challenge who lacked purpose and direction, but he stayed in choir,” Lawton said. “Now, he loves being involved, and he is motivated to graduate this year.” The threats proved to be beneficial for Obzut, who improved his grades, stayed in choir, and now gets to stand as the proud angel of the tree. “I’m very excited, but I’m also extremely nervous at the same time,” Obzut said. “I’m especially nervous about not finding my voice part because I’m surrounded everywhere by girls.” Obzut is not the only one whose emotions are running wild. “My grandmother was running around her office crying when she found out,” Obzut said. “That was definitely the highlight of my day.” Obzut said trying choir has given him numerous new experiences, including being the angel. “I cannot tell you what I’m going to feel until I get there,” Obzut said, “but I know that it will be awesome. I have always been nice, but now I will have to be careful and make sure that I am extra nice to everyone.” Many know the well-known quote “You get out of something what you put into it,” and Obzut will leave Shores getting more out of choir than most. “Being the angel motivates me to be a better person,” Obzut said, “but choir, in general, inspired me to change my life.”

Photo illustration by Rachel Resterhouse, photo editor

Sophomore holds special title

Sophomore Adeline Marsh holds the title of drum major, a title that many band members dream of. “When I auditioned for the spot as a freshman, I had to conduct the band in the ‘National Anthem,’” Marsh said. After receiving the title once, drum majors remain in the position all of Marsh high school. “It was new, exciting, and a little bit scary all at the same time,” Marsh said.

Drinks vinegar, pickle juice

Growing up drinking vinegar and pickle juice is not a common childhood experience. “My dad made me drink it because he liked it, and he wanted me to like it too,” freshman Alisa Lucas said. Lucas began drinking these substances at the age of 3 and has been drinking it religiously ever since. Lucas “At first, it would burn my throat,” Lucas said, “but now, I like it.”


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Therapist, parents provide insight into various By Rhian Williams

Staff Writer It’s no secret: teens and parents have a difficult time finding a common ground. Disputes arise on a day-to-day basis, creating an environment of hostility which adds to the stress of everyday high school life. In the halls the unsatisfied grumbles of classmates complaining about their parents’ “dumb” requests can be heard. Many teens have gotten in an argument with their parents, but is all of this avoidable? Is there some way to make parents understand the pressure upon today’s average high school student? For these answers, The Sailors’ Log talked with an expert in the field of therapy and family counseling. Gwen Williams, a therapist for 22 years, offers solutions to everyday issues that plague relationships between teens and their parents. Also putting their two-cents in on the matter are choir director Shawn Lawton, English teacher Shelly Brower, special education teacher Blake Groenhout, staff member Sandi Hirvo, and counselor Vickie Swanson, who all have children at the high school. Responsibility Williams: “Responsibilities that you give a teen have a couple of purposes. One is that teens are members of the family, and they need to help carry the load of operating the family. It makes them feel that they belong, and it’s important for them to know that they are part of the family. The other reason to delegate responsibilities is to teach what they need to know to get along in their own lives as independent people. Curfews should be early enough to allow for adequate sleep. There should absolutely be curfews as it is one of the boundaries that make for good roommates.”

Brower: “I do not allow my kids as much leeway sometimes, and I hold them more accountable. A lot of parents do hold their kids accountable, but I think since I became a teacher I hold my kids more accountable. I was not a teacher when my oldest son went through school, so comparing how I parent with my younger children compared to him, I feel that I take less excuses from them, and I hold them more accountable for getting things done.” Technology: Williams: “I would like to be a friend with my child on Facebook. It’s one of the ways that I can communicate with my teen, and it’s one of the ways I can see what’s going on with her life. But deciding who the friends are doesn’t make much sense to me. It doesn’t do much for the relationship with the child to do this, and they need to realize that if that’s something they do, it’s going to have consequences. Doing this is like spying on them, so a parent would have to have a really good reason to do it.” Brower: “When my kids are home sick, I take away the remotes, I take the controllers, because if they’re too sick to go to school, then they are too sick to play games on the game systems. And I started that with my oldest boy because I noticed he started to be sick when I had days off, and I could tell he was playing a game. If my kids’ grades drop, they lose all technology for a week.” Discipline: Williams: “It depends on the teen. I always prefer to work out the punishment with the teen. Talk about communication; that’s one of the really good ways of communicating to ask the teen, ‘What would you do if you were the parent? What do you think is a suitable punishment?’ And I find that kids are generally harder on themselves than I would be, but they will come up with something that they think is appropriate, and we can negotiate and agree around it. It really depends on the kid.”

The Sailors’ Log • Friday, October 12, 2012

Dating “My parents are seven years apart, so they don’t have a problem with me dating someone way older or way younger than me.” Rachel Baxter, senior

From school to relationships to money, parents and teens often have difficulty agreeing on a variety of issues. The Sailors’ Log is here to help provide information as well as find solutions to these problems so that they will find a...

Information compiled by Kayleigh Fongers, center section editor, and Rhian Williams, staff writer

Hirvo: “It depends on The way I’ve always dea respect what they are do make any decisions or ju should do about it. Depe in what the outcome may so I don’t have to discipli School: Williams: “I don’t thin school life, you know, te and be all up in their busi school dance, I don’t thin would say that would be to do their own homewor struggle when to interven the consequences for thei responsible children, and quences for their actions. Lawton: “Simply beca to teens on a daily basis. have to manage, and on t But I like to say it’s just li their best to keep up good other things because I thi riculars as you can takin focus on academics. Som that you can learn a lot by So I would say be careful lose sight of all the other

Technology “My mom will monitor my phone or Facebook only if she thinks there is a problem, and I think this is a fair policy.” Kira Kubicek, freshman

Responsibility and Discipline “I got grounded one time for a month, and I couldn’t use any electronics until I got my grade back up.” Alex Guest, freshman “I was out really late with my friends once and didn’t come home until 3 in the morning. My parents were both asleep, but I went and woke them up and told them I made it home safely, and they didn’t get mad.” Jonny Lawton, senior


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what it is. It depends on what you’re dealing with. alt with punishment is by talking to them. I try to oing, ask them their side of the story first before I udgments, and then, I decide from there what we ending on if they’re honest or not, that will weigh y be. Fortunately, I am spoiled with two great kids, ine too much.”

nk that it’s appropriate to get over involved in the ell teachers what to do and be up there every day iness. Attend events when it’s appropriate. If it’s a nk you would want to escort your child there, so I over involved. At this age, teens should be trusted rk, but sometimes they don’t. As a parent, I really ne on behalf of the child or to let the child accept ir actions. Ultimately, our job as parents is to raise d a big part of that is letting them accept conse. You can’t bend the world to suit them.” ause I’m a teacher here, I am fortunate to be close I am well aware how much homework these kids top of that, all the extracurricular things are tough. ike college, and it’s great training. Kids should do d grades, but not at the expense at being involved in ink you can learn just as much being in extra-curng a class. So I don’t think that kids should over me people disagree with that statement, but I think y being in Allegros or being on the wrestling team. l how focused you become academically, and don’t r great things you can do to learn.”

Dating: Williams: “Learning about relationships and social skills are so important to teens, and parents need to allow them to have relationships in order to have those skills. But it’s also important for parents to talk with them about what healthy relationships are. Dating violence is all too frequent, and it’s important for teens to develop a strong sense of themselves in a relationship so they don’t compromise what’s really best for them because they are giving away too much of themselves in the relationship.” Groenhout: “My two daughters are allowed to start dating at age 16, in groups preferably, and if they’re at someone’s house, the parents need to be there. They could go to a movie or something. We like to know for their safety where they are and who they’re with, things like that. I trust my daughters’ judgment, but I would like to meet the guy. I don’t do an FBI background check or anything like that. I really trust my girls not to go out with the wrong character.” Finance & Money Williams: “As in all other things in life, kids have to practice in order to get good at being financially literate. In some ways, it’s just like reading literacy, in that it takes a lot of practice to get good at. Parents’ role in that is again modeling good financial management but also giving their child the opportunities to budget for things and a regular allowance (if the family can afford it) so kids can plan their money and save it up for things they want and need.” Swanson: “My husband and I expect them to earn their own money for things like gas, but we provide the car and the insurance. For spending money, we provide them with the basics, such as clothes and food, but if there’s something extra, they can earn money babysitting, helping around the house or through their jobs. We hold them responsible for things they want to do for pleasure, and then we provide them with things they need.”

“I don’t really borrow money from my parents that often, but I do get money if I have good grades each trimester.” Anna Slocum, sophomore

School “If I get a bad grade, my parents will talk to me about it and tell me I need to study more. One time, when I got a C in Honors Biology, they made me study for two days straight – but I aced the next test.” Frankie Kule, sophomore “My parents don’t monitor my homework, but they do check and see if I have it turned in or not. They care about my grades and only let me get as low as a C.” Kaylyn Chandonnet, junior

“They” show up at most all of my games. “They” are there for me if I am scared. “They” would know how to make me feel better if I am sad. “They” are my parents. Through the good and the bad, they have been there, and I know they will always be. Sometimes though, we don’t always agree on certain things. I am not saying I have a perfect relationship with my parents at all. I am saying that unlike other teens my relationship is different. My friends always say my parents are great. I normally laugh and say “No they aren’t,” but they really are great. I know I am not always the best, and I need to do a lot more for them. For some teens, though, their parents are their enemy. Some of my friends only argue with their parents and always want to be at my Miranda house. Shafer, Most of my friends know staff writer my mom. I love that they can trust her and talk to her just like I do. My mom, to me, is a superhero. She hasn’t missed a game of mine, and she has two other children to watch too. Without my mom, I wouldn’t know how to do the little things like curl my hair, look decent, or play sports. She always tells me I can do whatever I want. Whatever I dream of doing, I can reach it. And I believe her, and she will always let me work to get it. She never once forced me to play a sport like some of my friends were forced to do for basketball. I feel like my mom and I get along well because we act and think the same. This is where most teens and parents differ to me. She has never asked for my phone once, never grounded me before, and never really yelled at me. Now, I know I am not perfect either, but I know I can tell my mom anything, and she will understand. I call my mom usually every day at lunch and tell her how good or how slow my day is going. She always knows what to say. She can’t go a day without talking to me either. Ever since I was little, I was a momma’s girl. Now that I’m older, I can go days without seeing her and be fine, but I will miss her. I will always care for her and hope one day I can show her how much I really appreciate her. I know I haven’t mentioned my dad a lot. And I still have a good relationship with him too. He has impacted my life in many ways. Even if they’re good or bad, I always learn something new. My dad makes me live life to the fullest and cherish the little moments, rather than to stress about silly things. He is one of a kind and makes me feel like I am on top of the world whenever I am with him. When I am gone and moved out of my house, I know I will visit my parents every now and again. I will never forget the way they made me feel. I hope, if I have kids, that one day I can be as good as “they” were to me.

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Many Shores teenagers live in the moment and probably forget that other teens went through the halls for the past 51 years – that is, unless Mom or Dad pulls out the old, “When I was your age...” Here is information from

Information compiled from by Alex Rakowski, staff writer

three decades when three of Shores’ teachers roamed the halls.


The Sailors’ Log • Friday, November 16, 2012

• Gas: 36 cents • President: Richard Nixon • Song of the year: “Bridge over Troubled Water” – Simon and Garfunkel • Best movie: Patton • Deaths: Janis Jackson, Jimmy Hendryx • Technology: IBM introduces “floppy disk” • Fashion: bell bottoms, miniskirts, platform shoes • Hair styles for females: hippieish, long hair and natural, parted down the middle • Hair styles for males: afro, shaggy hairstyle, greased hairspray gelled back look

•Gas: $1.25 •President: Jimmy Carter •Song of the year: “Sailing” – Christopher Cross •Best movie: Ordinary People •Deaths: John Lennon •Technology: cordless phone •Fashion: shoulder pads, legwarmers, huge earrings, parachute pants •Hair styles for females: perms, side ponytail, bangs and ultrateased •Hair styles for males: mullet, rat tail, long




With the girls’ golf team’s state championship this fall, Shores can now claim 11 state titles in its 51-year history. Boys’ Golf (1989-1990) Sophomore Jason Bricker won the individual state title. Gymnastics (1990-1991) Coach Sheryle Deweerd was voted Gymnastics Coach of the Year. Boys’ Golf (1991-1992) Senior Jason Bricker won another individual state title. Gymnastics (1991-1992) To bring home the state title, the team placed first in four categories. Hockey (1999-2000) This is the first (and only) title Shores has won in hockey. Boys’ Golf (2000-2001) This was the golf program’s third title. Boys’ Golf (2005-2006) Senior Brendan Gielow was voted Mr. Golf for the second time. Girls’ Golf (2009-2010) Senior Brooke Adamczak and three freshmen lead the team. Girls’ Golf (2010-2011) This is the second year in a row the girls won a Div. 2 title. Girls’ Golf (2011-2012) The girls won their third state title in a row by 27 strokes.

“When I was in high school, there was only one computer in the school, no video games either, and cable TV came out too.” – social studies teacher Steve Morrell, a 1980 graduate

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“During my high school years, the Vietnam War was going on. A lot of us girls gathered in the bathrooms and wrote letters to send to soldiers in Vietnam. My best friend actually got a proposal letter back from a solider.” – business teacher Judy Hunt, a 1970 graduate

What teams have won state titles?

•Gas: $1.16 •President: George Bush •Song of the year: “From a Distance” – Bette Midler •Best movie: Dances with Wolves •Deaths: Sammy Davis Jr. •Technology: caller ID •Fashion: fanny packs, short skirts, tank tops, jean cut offs •Hair styles for females: mall bangs, pony tails with scrunches •Hair styles for males: zig zags and Nike ticks shaved into them, bowl haircut, wavy floppy hair

•Gas: $3.82 •President: Barack Obama •Song of the year: “Rolling in the Deep” – Adele •Best movie: The Artist •Deaths: Neil Armstrong, Donna Summers, Dick Clark, Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse •Technology: iPhone •Fashion: Skinny jeans, crop tops, sun dresses, Camarro boots, khaki, polo’s, V-necks •Hair style for females: fishtails, curly, straight •Hair style for males: short spikey, flow

n “When I was in high school everyone was so school spirited. We supported everything, and we built school floats.” – Spanish teacher Jennifer Ashby, a 1992 graduate


What are the class sizes at Shores?

Class of 2016 = 312 Class of 2015 = 331 Class of 2014 = 334 Class of 2013 = 351 Total students: 1,328 No. of males: 649 vs. No. of females: 679

What is the date of the fall Coffee House?

For the six issues of The Sailors’ Log, this section will attempt to answer questions based on the five W’s and the one H. That’s right, we will be answering the who, what, when, where, why and how’s that we think will be important to the student body.

Coffee House is the bi-annual showcase of Shores’ musical and preforming arts talent. This year’s fall Coffee House will be Nov. 20 at 7p.m. in the cafeteria. There will be workers from The Coffeehouse (located on Seminole Road) serving a variety of drinks to enjoy while watching the show.

What is the process for becoming Student of the Month? All Students of the Month must be seniors and fulfill the following criteria. • Show outstanding service to school and/or community • Show outstanding achievement and/or award recognition • Show outstanding academic achievements • Must have compassion toward others • Must be in compliance with school rules/policies • Must represent Shores’ schools in a positive way • Must show respect for diversity on and off school grounds

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back, 10 lucky, exemplary students’ hard work and discipline will pay off in the form of prizes, and one of those lucky students will walk away with the keys to a brand new car. “A few months ago, Lieutenant John Gale came to me with the idea to reward safe drivers at the end of the school year with a car,” Principal Jennifer Bustard said. “I realized that we could tie this in with our P.R.I.D.E. theme to create a program that would hold students accountable both in school and when they are driving while also providing an awesome prize as a reward.” Being a big part of this innovative program, dubbed “Ride with Pride” by Shores’ student leadership class, Bustard says that all junior and senior drivers at Shores will have the opportunity to sign a safe driving and

“The police department plans to continually remind students of the dangers of drinking and driving and bad choices throughout the year,” Gale said. “By continually providing information and constant reminders, we hope students make the right choices.” Once students return from Spring Break, the new car will be displayed at the front of the school, with media coverage to help build excitement leading up to the big drawing. “We will randomly draw 10 names out of a hat and check to make sure that the students drawn have not violated their pledge. Then, 10 keys will be given out to the winners, and each of them will go to the car and turn his key,” Bustard said. “If the key works, the car is his. The other nine winners will be awarded substantial prizes.”

HELP Continued from page 1 of 180 people. The concert raised more than $3,000 from the ticket prices and donations. Directed by senior Terre Bennett, the night included performances by choir students, orchestra and orchestra winds students, and even the Musical Improv Troupe. The night was concluded by John Williams’ “Dry Your Tears, Afrika,” which everyone took part in. “The music really sounded great, and Terre conducted like a true professional,” Schluentz said. “I just wanted to thank everyone that was involved with it, and I know it was a lot of work, but I also know for a fact that Mr. Jeroudi really appreciated it.” This summer, Jeroudi – who went to the hospital after feeling some numbness and tingling in his left arm – was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor at the base

Students on... Ride with Pride “It is empowering because I have the opportunity to win a car for being responsible.” Royce Johnson, senior

By Jake Bordeaux “I think the pledge gives law enforcement too much power. I like my car, so I didn’t enter.” Mackenzie Main, senior

“I think (PRIDE Passes) are a good idea because it motivates students to help others.” Andrea Czarney, sophomore “I think (PRIDE Passes) are a good idea because it gives people an incentive to help people and behave.” Mason Hall, sophomore

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of his skull, which definitely came as a big shock. “Before the news, I felt fine, and the numbness soon went away,” Jeroudi said. “I was joking, laughing…I thought we would be out of the hospital fairly soon.” Therefore, it was quite unexpected when the physician came to Jeroudi and told him they had seen something suspicious on the CT scan done on his head. “I told my wife that I was worried they had found something really wrong with me,” Jeroudi said. “She said it was probably nothing, but I told her, ‘No, I just talked to the ER doctor and he said they found something.’” That “something” turned out to be a rare tumor known as a chordoma located at the base of Jeroudi’s skull – something that one in three million people will get. It was also something that required more than just a regular neurosurgeon. “We needed a neurosurgeon that specialized in skull base surgery,” Jeroudi said. “After getting some opinions from several doctors, we decided to go with

SYLVIA Continued from page 1 This past Monday, Yacoub’s performance of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” again showed her versatility. “That’s not even a song, that’s like Leo and the boat sinking,” said Adam Levine, a coach on the show referring to the movie Titanic from which the song is known. “That’s like a moment in the world.” Performing this emotional and powerful ballad, Yacoub gave a rendition of this song that received the second highest votes from America. “It’s the second best I’ve ever heard besides the original,” said Cee-Lo Green, another coach on the show. “You showed what you could do, and I’m proud of you,” Yacoub has performed four times on the show, and

Shores presents PRIDE Passes to reward random acts of kindness Editor-in-Chief For most students, helping someone in need is second nature. Random acts of kindness are performed out of the kindness of a person’s heart, not because of hopes for a reward. However, as we all know, these events are becoming less and less common in today’s society, so the staff at Shores decided to do something about it. The next time a students stops to help someone carry his books, that student may be the lucky recipient of a Shores PRIDE Pass. “(The PRIDE Pass program) was put in place to recognize and reward the random acts of kindness we see in school every day,” Principal Jennifer Bustard said. “When we see students doing things like closing lockers, helping someone pick up his books, or holding the door for someone, we simply say thank you. Now, we would like to further reward these actions with a PRIDE Pass.” Each staff member has a stack of bright blue PRIDE Passes that the staff member will present upon witnessing a student going out of his way to help a fellow student, Bustard said. After being presented the PRIDE Pass, the student may then drop his pass in the designated grade level box located in the Sailor Center or the front lobby. While these PRIDE Passes offer students an incentive to practice positive behavior, they are not the only ones being affected. “I think the (PRIDE Passes) really are a very good idea. I like being able to reward students for good behavior,” science teacher Jennifer Adams said. “Sometimes, I get so busy that I forget to thank students, and the PRIDE Passes give me an easy way to do that.” Shores will be holding periodic drawings to award students. Winners may then go down to Dean of Students Dave Wall’s office to receive their prize.

Dr. William Curry from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston because MGH has the most experience with chordomas and the best treatment options.” Jeroudi and his wife left for Boston on Sept. 25 in order to arrive in time for his first pre-surgery appointments on Sept. 26. And since the surgery wasn’t until Oct. 2, they enjoyed being tourists for a few days. “Other than a couple days of appointments, we were able to have some fun and enjoy being on a ‘mini-vacation,’” Jeroudi said. “It had been too long since we were out of town for vacation, so we took advantage of having to go to Boston – which is a great city.” When the day of the surgery finally came, Jeroudi said he was anxious. “I was ready to just get it done and over with,” Jeroudi said. “I had been really apprehensive about leaving our house and our two cats and work for so long.” Fortunately, the surgery seemed to be a success. After winning her knockout round, Sylvia Yacoub, a 2010 graduate, is declared the winner by host Carson Daly. Yacoub has made it to the round of 10 and will perform Monday. (Courtesy Photo)

going from Rhianna to Christina Aguilera (her coach on the show) to Katy Perry and now Celine Dion, Yacoub has shown her ability to vary styles but still make each song her own. “You just go for it,” said Christina after Monday’s

“It was definitely a major surgery, but it went well,” Jeroudi said. “There were two doctors involved – Dr. (Benjamin) Bleier and Dr. Curry.” Dr. Bleier was the ENT surgeon who started and finished Jeroudi’s surgery since it was done through his nose/sinus cavity/palate, and Dr. Curry was the neurosurgeon who drilled into his skull and removed the actual tumor. “Dr. Curry was confident that he had removed the entire tumor and was also pleased with my recovery,” Jeroudi said. “In fact, both surgeons have repeatedly told us that the surgery could not have gone better.” Despite the enormous health issue, this experience had some positive aspects for Jeroudi as well. “This experience brought me closer to my wife, our friends and family, to the community, and even to my students,” Jeroudi said. “I also realized that God really does provide, and although we may not know His plans for us, He is always in control.”

performance. “No one can argue the fact that you made it your own…that’s why I love you, and I think there is so much more to come from you. You are just tried and true, fearless. You have such a beautiful rich tone to your voice.” Two weeks ago, Yacoub sang Katy Perry’s “One That Got Away” to make it to the round of 12. For that performance, Yacoub received positive reviews from the four judges. “I get you, I really get you,” said Aguilera on after Yacoub’s performance. “We connect on an emotional level and vocal level.” America then voted, and Yacoub survived the round and advanced to this past Monday night’s show. “There’s going to be different sides, different music, things that you haven’t seen before,” said Yacoub, whose version of Perry’s song was No. 12 on the iTunes Pop Chart, “so keep watching.”

Playing two sports in fall not worth it

Gale-Butto leads girls’ x-country to City crown

By Blake Robinson

By Holly Fredericksen

Staff Writer

Sports Editor

Twelve seasons of Shores volleyball had passed since the last time the girls won the City crown. But on Saturday, Oct. 20, the Sailors defeated Whitehall (25-20, 25-13, 25-12) in the championship match to win the City title. “This really was a team effort involving all 12 of the girls,” said coach Kyle Kurant, who also saw his team win the OK Black title with a 10-0 record. “These girls all made a promise to win it when they were underclassmen.” Prior to the finals, the Sailors finished pool play with a 3-0 record. Shores then beat Muskegon Catholic Central (20-25, 25-11, 25-9) and Western Michigan Christian (25-17, 26-24) before beating the Vikings in the finals. “(Winning the championship) was an amazing feeling because it really was a team effort. Every girl contributed,” junior Claire Deyoung said. “It was a long day with lots of ups and downs, but we ended up pulling through in the end.” Senior Kendall Sells said there were many memorable moments during the tournament. “It was really amazing the last couple

Senior Kylie Dennis, shown blocking against Spring Lake earlier in the year, helped lead the Sailors to the City championship. (Rachel Resterhouse) points of the championship game, the long and intense rallies,” Sells said. “Getting the last point of the match to win the championship was definitely memorable as well because this was really was the first big tournament any of us on the team had won.” Junior Saddie Vela said the win came a lot from the pre-game preparation. “Coach Kurant notified us on what to expect from the other teams and what they were weak at and to focus on those weaknesses.” Vela said. “We really did step up on our practices as well. It was all very worth it when we got the win.”

For the first time since 1989, the girls’ cross country team took first place at City. Defeating their closest competition, Reeths-Puffer, by 15 points, Shores prevailed with a score of 39. “It felt more than good to win,” coach Heather Hall said. “It was a goal that we have had set for four years. There are no words to describe how I feel. My girls went above and beyond. They didn’t just win, they demolished the other schools.” Senior Serena Gale-Butto took second overall with a time of 18:58 and broke the school record by 51 seconds in the process at the Oct. 12 competition. “Doing that felt amazing,” said GaleButto, who was the only girl to qualify for the state meet, where she placed 39th with a time of 18:39. “It was a dream that I and the rest of the team had. All of our hard work finally paid off.” Other runners scoring points for the Sailors were junior Sam Morse, who finished sixth; freshman Morgan Dennison, who took seventh; junior Rachel Resterhouse, who placed 11th; and senior Danielle Pauwels who was 13th.

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Soccer goes undefeated in conference By Holly Fredericksen

Sports Editor Having its best season ever, the boys’ soccer team finished 18-2-1 and came out as conference champions for the first time since 2000. “It feels great to win (the conference) because it’s only the second time it’s ever been done,” sophomore Ryan Susterich said. “It feels good to actually win something.” Along the way, the Sailors set numerous records before bowing out of the state tournament with a 1-0 loss to Grand Haven in the district championship game on Saturday, Oct. 20. Senior Joey Wolffis broke the shutout record with 15, senior Jacob Carlson broke the most goals scored in a game record with 7 against Muskegon, and the team broke the record for most wins in a season with 18. In the conference, Shores beat Grand Rapids Union, Reeths-Puffer, Muskegon, Kenowa Hills and Zeeland East twice each to finish with a perfect 10-0 record. “We set goals that needed to be reached, and we made sure to get better

Football The Sailors, who jumped out to a 4-1 record with the possibility of making the state playoffs for the first time, lost their final four games of the season to finish at 4-5. Volleyball Shores wrapped up its season with a 3-0 loss in the district finals to Grand Haven and finished with a 38-10 record. Boys’ Soccer The Sailors, who set numerous records en route to an 18-2-1 record, lost in the district finals, 1-0 to Grand Haven.


Senior Riley Williamson dribbles past a Reeths-Puffer defender in Shores’ 4-1 win at home on Sept. 25. (Courtesy Photo) every time we stepped on the pitch,” junior Christian Zurchauer said. “Every game and every practice, we went as hard as possible to build a successful team.” The deciding game for the conference title came against Zeeland East, Tuesday, Oct. 9. The first time they came across the Chix, Shores pulled out a 1-0 win.

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For more Sailor sports info, go to Girls’ Swimming The Sailors finished the season with a 2-9 record. The co-op team, made up of girls from Shores, Western Michigan Christian and Reeths-Puffer, placed seventh at the conference meet.

During the rematch, the score was 0-0 at the end of regulation. In overtime, Zurchauer buried the ball into the back of the net for the game-winning goal. “I felt relieved to score,” Zurchauer said. “All game, we were trying to score and couldn’t do it. Once I scored, I was just proud I could put the ball in the net to win conference for my team.”

Boys’ Cross Country Senior Jacob Baker qualified for the state meet, where he finished in 135th place with a time of 16:42. Girls’ Cross Country Senior Serena Gale-Butto qualified for the state meet, where she placed 39th with a time of 18:39. Boys’ Tennis The Sailors finished their season with a fifth-place finish at regionals. Girls’ Golf Senior Hailey Hrynewich was named to the Super Team as one of the top eight golfers in the state.


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“Be at this meet on Tuesday.” “No, be at our practice!” “You can’t have back-to-back meets.” “You have to be at practice every day!” Honestly, it became all in one ear and out the other: the memorization and regurgitation of what meets were on what day, the countless lectures over what should be my right of way, and, of course, the front row seat of the latest cage match of Coach vs. Coach. In the fall, I was a dual-sport athlete (cross country and swimming). Now, I realize that competing in two varsity Rachel sports at the same time Resterhouse, is no longer in my best photo editor interest. This epiphany did not come forth because it took up too much time nor because it was physically draining nor because it was limiting my abilities. In fact, none of those were the case. Swimming has been my passion since I was 9 years old, but growing up in a family of runners, I learned to love an entirely different sport in addition to swimming. During my freshman and sophomore years at Shores, I swam in the fall and ran track in the spring. This year, the influence of my peers and my parental units resulted in my participation in both girls’ swimming and girls’ cross country. Both coaches were on board, with one catch: swimming had to be the priority. At the beginning of my physical conquest, this seemed meaningless. It was not until later in the season when I realized just how much swimming was to be put in front of cross country. My cross country coach was lenient and flexible in regards to my schedule. For my swim coach, however, it was a completely different story. It was because of this difference that the yelling first occurred. Over the course of the season, the roaring and pestering of my swim coach increased tenfold until it extended to a point of ridiculousness. Not only had she begun involving my parents but also my cross country coach and the athletic director. The dictator of swimming made it clear that in order for me to retain my position as captain, I had to “act” like a captain. According to her own personal qualifications of a captain, dual sporting was not acceptable. This issue with my sporting activities had been blown way out of proportion, and I found myself in the middle of a skirmish. It was because of this conflict that I realized where I truly belonged. My swimming days are over. With my mind made up, I can now envision a prefect fall season. No yelling, no harassment, no worries.

Volleyball sweeps City

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OK Conference has set admission fee as $5 Pass Options By Holly Fredericksen

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The Sailors’ Log • Friday, November 16, 2012

Shores, along with countless other schools in West Michigan, offers many opportunities to watch and enjoy sporting events year-round. The Ottawa-Kent (OK) Conference, which Shores belongs to, has set admission into events at $5 for adults and $3 for students. Some students, however, argue this is too high and unaffordable. “These prices are way too high,” senior Reed Schlender said. “If you forget your I.D., they will make you pay $5 even if it’s a teacher that knows you. It’s a joke.” The leaders of the OK Conference have set the prices this way to better assist the majority of schools. All schools in West Michigan, including smaller private schools, are a part of the OK Conference. Along with Shores, Reeths-Puffer, Grand Rapids Union, Zeeland East, Muskegon and Kenowa Hills form the OK Black Conference. Shores charges for all sports except for baseball, softball, bowling, cross-

Some schools offer alternative passes

country, tennis and golf. The exception for charging for these is if it is an MHSAA state tournament. “The basic rule of thumb is that if an event provides parking, restrooms, seating, concessions, and a public address/scoreboard, then we charge admission,” Shores athletic director Ryan Portenga said. At least every other year, the prices are reevaluated, Portenga said. Reasons for this include schools switching divisions, new athletic directors, and a new Board. The other five schools in the OK Black charge for the same sports and have the same reasons for not charging. “For the sports we don’t charge for, it’s a matter of what we’re set up to do,” Zeeland East athletic director Tim Ritsema said. “At our complex, we would have to install fencing and gates to charge for those sports, and that is not something the district wants to do. Anything at the stadium or inside, it’s a much better setup to charge.”

While the OK Conference sets the per-game admission price for all sports at $5 for adults and $3 for students, schools have the freedom to offer reduced-rate pass options. Here are the OK Black options for the six schools. Shores – Annual $40 for students, $80 for adults, $160 for families Grand Rapids Union – Depends on sport and season Kenowa Hills – Annual $60 for students, $80 for adults, $160 for families; season $35 for students, $45 for adults, $80 for families Muskegon – No passes offered Reeths-Puffer –Annual $80-$250 for families, $25 for senior citizens (lifetime) Zeeland East – All sports $225 for families

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Many of the schools offer a sports pass or a season pass. These passes are sold separately for students, adults, senior citizens, families, and, in some cases, seasons. Shores has a year-long pass for students ($40), for adults ($80) and for families ($160). “I think (the cost of a pass) is higher than it should be because most students are broke,” senior Adam Ulfsax said. “We want to watch the games, but we need our money, too.” Other conference schools offer similar prices. For example, Reeths-Puffer offers senior citizens passes for $25 for a lifetime and family passes that range from $80 to $250 a year, depending on how many people are in a family. For parents, paying for a child can be pricey, and some pay for more than that. “As a parent, it’s frustrating to spend a fortune on camps, clinics, training, driving them to practice, pay to participate, physicals, and still pay a lot to watch our kids play,” said special education teacher Blake Groenhout, who has two daughters at the high school. “The $5 is even too high. Going to multiple events a year as a husband and wife is a lot of money.”



ONE MATTERS Pay To Participate Three of the six schools, including Shores, charge athletes a pay-to-participate fee. This 50-percent level is consistent with the state average. In a 2011-12 MHSAA survey of 514 schools, 260 (50.5 percent) responded that they assess some sort of participation fee. Those state-wide fees ranged from $25 to $410 with the maximum fee ranging from $50 to $850. Below are the participation fees for the OK Black schools. Shores – $50 per sport, third sport free Grand Rapids Union – No fee Kenowa Hills – $85 per sport, third sport free Muskegon – No fee Reeths-Puffer – $60 for first two sports, $15 for third, maximum family fee of $180 Zeeland East – No fee

Shores participation fees here to stay By Blake Robinson

Staff Writer While Shores is in its sixth year with the pay-to-participate fee, how many Shores athletes actually know where this money goes? Junior Saddie Vela, who plays volleyball, basketball and softball said she likes that the third sport is free, but there are some things she said she wonders about the payment. “I feel it’s a necessary to pay to be in the sport, but I feel they do not make us aware of where the money we pay is going,” Vela said. “Then, there is the issue of those who may struggle to make the payment. They could possibly add an alternative for those who are not able to afford the full price.” Athletic Director Ryan Portenga said pay to participate was added to

supplement the athletic department income to pay for coaches, officials, transportation, etc. “Also, the fact that there is a financial buy-in represents an additional level of commitment from families to our programming,” he said. Shores’ fee for athletics is $50 per sport, regardless of the level. Pay to participate does, however, have a few exceptions. Students who have free lunch get 50 percent off the price, students who have reduced lunch get 25 percent off the price, and students who have already paid for two sports get their third sport free. Shores is not the only school with this fee, however. Two other schools in the six-team OK Black conference currently have pay to participate implemented into their sports

programs (see chart). Grand Rapids Union Athletic Director Brian Wildeboer said they do not have a pay to participate because they are able to offset the fee. “During our school year, we do district fundraisers, such as the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot, that have offset the cost of pay to participate,” Wildeboer said. Portenga said pay to participate looks like it’s here to stay. He added that pay to participate helps keep Shores sports programs running. “School sports have a much more inexpensive price tag than out of school sports,” Portenga said. “It costs families hundreds of dollars for training, private leagues, travel teams etc. School sports continue to be the bargain.”

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