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• NHS Blood Drive • Choir leaves for New York for the weekend

sports calendar

Today • Cross country City meet 3:30 p.m. at University Park Golf Course • Varsity football travels to Zeeland East at 7 p.m. Tomorrow • Boys’ tennis regionals at 9 a.m. • Girls’ swimming MISCA meet at Eastern Michigan University

orchestra director fundraiser A fundraiser for orchestra director Sam Jeroudi, who was diagnosed with a tumor, will be Saturday, Oct. 27, in the auditorium from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The event will be a classical music concert with groups from orchestra, choir and band performing. Cost will be $8 for adults and $5 for students with their ID. A silent auction will be held afterwards.

students of the month

September students of the month are seniors Josh Recknagel and Serena Gale-Butto.

staff changes

Special education teacher Mary VanderMolen will be taking over as the district’s Director of Special Education while counseling secretary Karen Crawford retired.

random acts of kindness rewarded The Student Recognition program recognized senior Vance Hoffman and sophomore Abby Peterson 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 on Nov. 16 will contain election coverage.


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Volume 51 Edition 2 Friday, October 12, 2012

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

King for a day

Special student chosen top royalty By Kayleigh Fongers

Center Section Editor It was on the first day of school that Mary Davis initially learned that her son, senior Brent Davis, was going to be nominated for Homecoming court. The news, she said, nearly rendered her speechless. “That nomination, regardless of whether or not he made it onto the court – or even King – was a major surprise,” Davis said. “Just knowing that they would even consider Brent as a candidate was huge, and it just made me feel so good.” Davis had always wanted her son, who was born with Down Syndrome, to be accepted by other children and to be treated like any other person. “They made a very unselfish choice, and when all of these students have their own families and kids someday, they will truly know what it is like to want the best for your child,” Davis said. “I knew that there were people who accepted Brent, but I didn’t know the extent of it. It made me realize that

there are some very good and caring young adults out there.” The idea to get Brent on the Homecoming court was established by senior Kelly McMahon. McMahon participated in a camp with Brent two years ago and was quick to notice how outgoing and nice he was to everyone. “I thought Brent was really cool and actually one of the nicest people that I have ever met,” McMahon said. Senior Brent Davis is all smiles after be“I’ve had the thought of ing crowned Homecoming King. His elecnominating him for court tion was made possible after senior Kelly tucked away in my head McMahon started a campaign for Davis since junior year.” through Facebook. (Rachel Resterhouse) Fast forward to this year, a day before school On Monday, Sept. 17, McMahon started. That day, McMahon creat- found out that her hard work had ed a Facebook page advocating her paid off. And not only had Brent idea of nominating Brent and added been successfully nominated onto a majority of the senior class. With- Homecoming court, but McMahon in the next couple of weeks, the had made it onto the court as well, page was flooded with comments even getting to walk with Brent for all saying, “He’s got my vote.” Please see KING, page 10

One-to-one classrooms are the future By Jake Bordeaux

Editor-in-Chief With the continued surge of technology in all aspects of our daily lives, Shores is now looking to evolve its class structure by fusing the traditional style of learning with new, innovative techniques in the form of flipped and one-to-one classes. “Flip and one-to-one classes are being integrated into school curriculums across the nation,” Principal Jennifer Bustard said. “Our director of curriculum Camille Gabris presented the one-toone classes. We are piloting See what students the classes here at Shores for the year, three at the high say about the new school and two at the middle classrooms, page 10 school.” Shores has a history of being at the forefront of educational innovation, and so, it only made sense to attempt to assimilate more technology into the classroom. “Technology in the classroom is the way of the future, and they will have a wide effect on all students to come,” Bustard said. “Students are allowed to access online information and download what they need so that all students can work at their own pace. The engage-

Shores students hard at work in one of the revolutionary one-to-one classrooms. Shores is piloting two one-to-one classes and one flipped class this year. (Rachel Resterhouse) ment level is huge. By 2015, national assessments like the ACT and MME may be online, so it is important that we prepare our students for the change now.” However, the administrative staff is not the only ones excited about the new classes. Bustard said math teacher Tracy Sauceda-Geoghan has always liked to incorporate technology into her teaching, and she jumped on this opportunity. SaucedaGeoghan is doing the flip class with one pod of students, Please see CLASSES, page 10

Shores alumna finds her ‘voice’ in Hollywood By Kelley Wheeler

Feature Editor Sylvia Yacoub, a 2011 Shores graduate, inspires many when her familiar face is seen on NBC’s popular vocal competition show, The Voice. Yacoub was attending college when Ms. Adik and Hannah, a vocal student of Yacoub’s, heard about the open auditions for The Voice and immediately contacted Yacoub. Taking her famiYacoub ly, two best friends, and Ms. Adik and Hannah, Yacoub ventured to the auditions not knowing what to expect. “I was comfortable throughout the process.” said Yacoub, whose sister Sandra is a sophomore at Shores. “The wait probably felt longer than it actually was because of the nerves and everything.” Stepping onto the blind audition stage, Yacoub sang Rhianna’s “Only Girl in The World,” and three judges turned around in response. “I thought I would be lucky for one chair to turn. To have three is amazing,” Yacoub said. “I was extremely flattered that these three amazing artists wanted me on their team. It was baffling.” One of those three judges, Christina Aguilera, is a lifelong idol of Yacoub’s. Before Yacoub picked a team, judges Blake Shelton, Cee-Lo Green, and Aguilera tried to persuade her to be on his or her team. “I really took in everything each judge said,” Yacoub said. “It was definitely crazy to hear them argue over me.” Prior to stepping on the stage, if any judges turned around, Yacoub said she was considering Green or Aguilera. As aired, Yacoub chose to be the fourteenth member of Aguilera’s team. “The Voice has a lot of integrity; it felt as though everyone was really listening.” said Yacoub, who auditioned for American Idol last year but did not make it through the process. “I think because I was younger for American Idol, I wasn’t mature enough yet.” Having a personal publicist and other various assistants, Yacoub has a new life to adjust to. “It was everything I’ve ever dreamed of,” said Yacoub, who can be followed Monday and Tuesday nights at 8. “I met my idol and get to follow my dreams.”


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Volume 51, Edition 2 Friday, October 12, 2012 Mona Shores High School 1121 Seminole Road Muskegon, Michigan 49441 Editor-in-Chief

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Hailey Hrynewich

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Feature Editor

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Sports Editor

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Annabella Olivares Alex Rakowski Blake Robinson Miranda Shafer Rhian Williams

Look at the bottom of this page. Do it. Right now. What does it say? “Newspaper encourages readers to submit letters to the editor.” It isn’t anything new. It’s located in the same spot in every single issue of every single edition of The Sailor’s Log. We put it there for a specific reason. We value the input and feedback from

our readers and genuinely want to know what they think about the paper. But here’s the problem: No one ever writes to us. We don’t smell bad. We don’t bite. And we won’t attack you. We just want you to write to us. We feel like a lonely puppy sitting inside a

cage at an animal shelter. Everyone looks at us as they pass by, but no one stops and considers our feelings. No one adopts us. “Getting adopted” would be like receiving letters from our fabulous and devoted readers. It would make us so happy, so thankful. Our hearts would swell with pride. We want to know that you care about us and about

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Required classes stress out students


lustered with my hectic schedule, I retreated to my friends who would listen to my almost senseless rampage, only to realize they too were stressed with overwhelming time constrictions. Questions twisted and twirled in my mind when discussing my future schedules with my counselor. Many of which regarded the ultimate decisions of the classes I was willing to give up in order to successfully graduate with my class in 2014. At the end of the third trimester, students must take a day to schedule their classes for the following year. To some, this may sound like a breeze. However, to the rest of us, it’s a time to set priorities and make ultimate sacrifices. What is the reason behind the stressful constructing of our schedule you ask? Two words: required classes. The state of Michigan requires several classes for the graduating class of 2016, including 4 credits of math, 3 credits of science, 3 credits of social science, 1 physical education/heath credits, 1 visual/preforming arts credit, and 2 credits of a foreign language. Failure to meet any of these requirements ultimately results in the inability to graduate. Shores, being recognized as a top high school in the state of Michigan by Time Magazine, goes well above and beyond in educating their students simply by requiring extra classes on top of the already rigorous

courses demanded by the Michigan government. When compared to Kenowa Hills High School and Muskegon High School, both in the Sailors’ athletic conference, it is apparent Shores wishes for its students to excel in every aspect of learning. Neither school requires anything beyond the Michigan Merit Curriculum while Shores requires an extra half credit of English, also known as speech, and one business credit. Not to mention, health and physical education are two different classes each only receiving a half credit. Though the list seems short, the time adds up. For instance, in order to be involved in choir, you must commit to

giving up 3 of your 15 slots. Put that on top of all your English, history, and science classes; you have yourself a full schedule. Being a typical junior, the scenario above applies to myself. Though my passions do not line up with Michigan’s expected academic achievements, I have prioritized my classes as well as my life style. I do not stand alone when I say required classes seem to be an element of high expectations set by our state. If one must choose between failing high school, or choosing classes designed to satisfy their personal interests, I choose the latter. Thankfully, I have suppressed the stressful years of ridiculous scheduling. Three down, one to go.

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Overcoming obstacles

Junior survives brain aneurysm, stroke at age 11


Junior Annabella Olivares, pictured at age 11, was diagnosed with a brain aneurysm the size of a golf ball. While being operated on, Olivares suffered a stroke. (Courtesy Photo) I remember my mom Annabella looking Olivares puzzled. “So what do we do now?” Dr. Skarli thought for a minute, “There is only one doctor I know who could do this operation. His name is Dr. Depotri. He is a vascular neurosurgeon trained to work on much bigger aneurysms. I could call and tell him the circumstances, and you can go to Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.” I looked at my parents, and they looked back at me. There was only one answer, only one path to walk. The next day, we had a meeting with Dr. Depotri who told us he could do the surgery. Thank God! This was the news we were all waiting for. He did caution us. “Now, I am not going to sugar coat anything for you. This is the biggest brain aneurysm I have ever seen on someone that is still alive. Frankly, I think it’s a miracle that you are still walking, talking, and being a normal 11year-old. But I am not sure how you are going to come out of this or if you will come out of

this at all. Judging by your Staff attitude Writer though, it would take something very extreme to make you not come out of it.” I think he sensed my strength. Not knowing what would come from my surgery, my parents got us a condo for the week and invited friends and family to come have a last hoorah before surgery. The 26th floor, jacuzzi tub, a trip to see Wicked and lots of laughter and love made the time remarkable. Nineteen days after the devastating news, I was prepped for surgery. Surrounded by people who loved me, I slowly counted back from 10 as the medication was given: “10, 9, 8…” Just like that, I was out. The surgery took 11 hours, the longest 11 hours of my family’s life. Three days later, I woke up. I looked around the room and saw my mom and my dad. I tried to say hi, but I couldn’t. All I could make were noises. I couldn’t speak, walk or move my right side. During surgery, I suffered a stroke that affected my right side. I was lucky to be


alive. They kept me so heavily sedated I don’t remember a lot. Two weeks later, I went Mary Free Bed in Grand Rapids where the real work began. The first day there, I was assigned to Dr. Rush, my rehab doctor, who told my parents that with my injury he didn’t think I would get much function back. Boy, did I prove him wrong. I had to learn to walk and talk all over again, but by the time I got out, I WAS walking and I WAS talking. As the time passed, I got better, and more function came back. I’ve fought for every little thing that I have. I’ve learned to never take anything for granted, that life can change in an instant. Five years later, my recovery is still ongoing. I’ve had two more surgeries since then and tons of physical and occupational therapy. I still don’t have full use of my right hand, which is a small price to be pay for having my life. Since surgery, I am now lefthanded, which has been a huge challenge. This experience does not define me. It only adds to who I am. Returning to school has been difficult. Friends have come and gone, but it has helped me realize some things. I only need few good friends and a great dog to get through life. I’m looking forward to the same things everyone else looks forward to: good times, joining the swim team, long-term goals like college, marriage and kids, the American dream. Everyone has a cross to bear in life; some get it at 80; some get it at 2. Whenever it happens, and boy, it will happen, we determine with our attitude how heavy that cross will be. And now you know me. I am the girl who fought for her life, recovered from a devastating brain aneurysm and a stroke that almost killed her. I am so grateful for my life and the obstacles I have overcome.

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... The first week of school from a senior girl: “Why is Ms. Hall’s room so cold?” The Sailors’ Log: It’s always been the arctic tundra in that part of the building. A girl in the halls: “Procrastination is what I’m best at.” TSL: Probably said as she was tardy for class, and yes, it’s a contagious talent. Junior girl: “I think I literally just died.” TSL: Literally? We don’t think you literally understand what you just said. Senior boy: “Our football team is good?” TSL: Yes. They head into tonight’s game with a 4-3 record. But you should see our badminton team. Junior girl: “Why is the school so hot all of the time?” TSL: You probably should visit Ms. Hall’s room.

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

f a c e b o o k

When I joined Facebook, I looked at the website and was immediately lost, advertisements left and right, buttons all over the top, posts from people up and down this so-called wall. After assistance from my sister, I was on my way to posting statuses, “liking” posts, and sharing pictures. Facebook has three main places to go: your page, others’ pages, or the wall. And once one gets used to it, navigation does get easy, but you will need an explanation. Facebook offers a plethora of things to do, from playing games to chatting with friends. One of my favorite things about Facebook is how easy you can multitask. I go on Facebook, talk with friends, schedule a family gathering and play Texas Hold’em with just a few clicks and all at once.

Navigation Starting out on Twitter, I was not as fortunate to

have it explained to me; instead, I had to figure it out on my own. Thankfully, however, I did learn quickly. Twitter, like Facebook, has only a few places to go: the main tweet feed, the connect page, and your twitter wall. So, when it comes to learning how Twitter works, I would say Twitter is something you can learn on your own without assistance.


Twitter has one sole feature to it, and that is communication. Twitter’s use of communication is quite different. On Twitter, you simply post what is on your mind. Of course, you can chat with others by replying to their Tweets.


Facebook’s way of communicating with others is by adding friends. Adding friends is simple, and in many cases, people reconnect by adding friends. People generally add others they recognize from real life.

Twitter’s method of communicating with others is by gaining followers. People often try to get as many followers as possible. Many people with large amounts of followers will not know all who follow them.

t w i t t e r

The overall winner between these two amazing social networking sites would be Facebook because it offers much more to do on the website and creates a more in-depth social experience where you communicate with friends instead of followers. Opinion by Blake Robinson, staff writer


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The Sailors’ Log • Friday, October 12, 2012

ou probably do not know me. I am not the girl on the volleyball team. I am not the girl starring in the school musical. I am not the girl who’s in every AP class. I’m the girl who has been fighting for her life, recovery from a brain aneurysm and stroke that almost killed her. November 1, 2007, was a cold day. I could see leaves falling and blowing in the wind as I sang a solo in the sixth grade choir concert. Glancing at my mom, who had her head buried in her hands, I noticed she was crying. I was not sure if they were tears of joy or tears of fright. The concert ended, and while driving home, I asked my mom why she was crying. She did not answer till we got home. I had been complaining about a metallic taste in my mouth for weeks, so my parents took me to a neurologist. The results from an MRI were returned to my parents. “We need to talk.” I sat and stared at my mom in confusion. “Well hon, they found a brain aneurysm,” my mom said while tears streamed down her face. Being 11 at the time, I didn’t get what a big deal it was. I took a deep breath, “Ok, so what do we do now?” I asked. “We will go to Grand Rapids and talk to Dr. Skarli, who is the neurosurgeon there, and see what he can do,” stated my mom. They decided to admit me to Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital to do some tests. Eventually, the doctor told us the brain aneurysm was too massive for him to operate on. “You see, most brain aneurysms are about the size of your pinky nail, and Anna, yours is about the size of a golf ball.” We just stared at him with our mouths agape; it felt like a bomb had just gone off in our territory.

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Like Pickler, people need to help others

The Sailors’ Log • Friday, October 12, 2012

Country star Kellie Pickler (right) shaved her head in support of her friend Holt Miller, who has breast cancer. Many famous people support organizations or fundraisers.

Country singer Kellie Pickler tweeted one Monday in September, telling people to watch Good Morning America. As a fan of Kellie, I could hardly contain my excitement to see what she had to say. Did she have a new single coming out? Was she getting married? I did not know what to expect. What happened was a surprise, not only to me, but to many other fans too. Pickler buzzed off all her hair to support her best friend Summer Holt Miller, who is suffering from breast cancer. Pickler said she did this because of the love of her best friend and then stated, “Hair does not define you.” I applaud her for having the strength to do that. I don’t know if I could ever cut off my hair for a friend, but I do know I would find a way to support him/her. At Shores, there are several ways to support people in need. The canned food drive in November is one way to help people in need. Many other celebrities have also helped and given back. R&B singer Mary J Blige is an advocate for women. Brad Pitt, Hollywood superstar, made a foundation which builds green,

A Helping Hand Alex Rakowski Staff Writer affordable housing. And singer, dancer and actress Jennifer Lopez is an avid supporter of the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. These stars, along with thousands of other people, help out those in need. No matter what one decides to support, it is always important to help those who need it the most because you never know when you’re going to need help. Pickler took a stance and showed that anyone can make a difference. She gave her friend confidence but more importantly gave her strength showing that one can be happy and beautiful even with one of the worst illnesses in the world. So would you help anyone in need, a family member, teammate, classmate, best friend or complete stranger to give them more confidence and make them feel strong?

Many famous people, like Kellie Pickler, find a way to help others. • Elton John has seen many of his friends die from HIV/AIDS and established the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF). • Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt support The Jolie-Pitt Foundation, dedicated to eradicating extreme rural poverty, protecting natural resources and conserving wildlife. • George Clooney founded Not On Our Watch. The main goal is to stop the genocide occurring in Sudan. • Michael Jordan is involved with the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of America, UNCF/College Fund, and Special Olympics.

Peer Perspectives

“I’d chop off my hair and give it to locks of love for that cancer foundation.” Jordan Veldhouse, junior “I wouldn’t shave my head. I’d keep my hair and instead make a (fundraiser) race for him/her.” Lizzie Doriot, freshman

Would you shave your head for a friend?

Walking Dead set to open third season members being killed and even other The Walking Dead, a popular telehuman survivors who are sometimes vision show on AMC, will premiere hazardous and infectious themits third season Sunday at 9 p.m. selves. The show originally premiered in Do you like scary movies? If so, 2010, and in its second season finale this show is definitely for you. received 9 million viewers, becoming I recently watched an episode, and the most-watched basic cable drama Hailey Hrynewich although I personally do not prefer telecast in history. Sight & Sound Editor zombie-type shows because I am not Due to using the descriptions and a huge fan of gore, I ideas of a book by a believe people who Holocaust survivor do will enjoy this to create this show, show. the violence and When I watched horror is realistic and it, I was extremely convincing. surprised with how The plot is mainly professional and well based on the comic done the acting was, book series of the how interesting the same title, which plot was, and how tells the story of a realistic the gore and few survivors living everything else in the after a zombie apocalypse. The setting The Walking Dead, an AMC television show, begins show was portrayed. I have heard mulconsists primarily in its third season Sunday night at 9. The show stars the Atlanta metropol- Andrew Lincoln as sheriff deputy Rick Grimes who tiple positive remarks about this show from itan area and the sur- attempts to stop a zombie epidemic. some adults, students rounding countryside in school, and many other people. It may seem a of Northern Georgia. The group’s leader is Rick Grimes (Andrew little extraordinary or strange to some, but I defLincoln), a sheriff’s deputy before the zombie epi- initely think it is worth watching this show and demic. Everywhere they turn, zombies are con- giving it a chance. I know a variety of different people who truly love this show, and 9 million stantly trying to kill and eat them. The zombies’ bite infects humans as well, viewers is enough to convince me what I should be making the society even more of a catastrophe doing this Sunday night – watching The Walking than it already is. Survivors must deal with various Dead on AMC.

“I would make a fundraiser and donate my hair to locks of love.” Natalie Wiersma, soph. “If it was one of my close girlfriends, I would shave my hair, but I’d really do something to benefit that person and make them feel better.” Brooke Ledsworth, senior


Sinister Today Summary: A true crime novelist discovers a box of mysterious, horrific home movies that lead his family into a night experience of supernatural terror.

DVD Releases • Magic Mike Oct. 16

• The Amazing Spider-Man Nov. 9

CD Releases

• The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 Nov. 16 Summary: This is the final movie of the Twilight Series where Bella begins her new life as a vampire.


• Carrie Underwood Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Location: Van Andel Arena • Zac Brown Band Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. Location: Van Andel Arena

•’s #willpower Today Genre: Pop • Taylor Swift’s Red Oct. 22 Genre: Pop/Country • One Direction’s Take Me Home Nov. 12 Genre: Pop



Freshman travels to all states except Alaska By Mandy Versalle

Profile Editor Traveling is second nature for freshman Leyanna Jordan-Brown, who has been to 49 of the 50 United States of America. “The best feeling from traveling is the one you get when your curiosity is filled, and you see something you’ve never seen before,” Brown said. “Traveling has provided me with a broader outlook on life than what I just see on a day to day basis.” Brown, who has seen every state but Alaska, started traveling at the age of two months. Her mother Faye and sister Lawrisha have accompanied her on all of her travels. “I love my mom for showing us the world and the people in it,” Brown said. The Brown family is diverse both in the places they visit and in the arrangements in which they sleep. “We usually sleep how Americans sleep, which is in pretty hotels with amazing pool areas,” Brown said. However, Brown said she also adores camping, where the only things she can bring are a tin pot, blankets, and clothes. “We hunt and gather all of our own food,” Brown said. “My mom is probably the best female hunter ever.” The wide variety of food across the United States is also a topic Brown enjoyed. Seafood from the northeastern part of the United States, and the Chinese food in New York, were high on Brown’s list of best foods. “In Texas, they are serious about their food. We went to a little diner, and my sister and I could not even make a dent on

Freshman Leyanna Jordan-Brown admires the statue of Eleanor Roosevelt next to the seal of the United Nations in Room Four of the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C. Pictured above are the Florida Keys, Washington D.C., Las Vegas, and two from Gatlinburg, Tenn. (Courtesy Photo) our plates,” Brown said. “When we come back, it sometimes takes us a moment to get our taste buds and stomachs back to normal.” The diversely delicious food, however, is not the reason why Brown traveled to all of these places. “My mom wanted us to be diverse and rich in our culture,” Brown said. These diverse cultural experiences have made Brown wise beyond her years. “Traveling has taught me not to judge people or places based on how they look,” Brown said. “We stopped in Kentucky

Drinks gas, lives to tell about it

Tasting something new at a young age is something all of us did. Senior Emerauld Franklin, however, tasted something most of never will. “I drank gas when I was little,” Franklin said. Franklin was tricked into drinking the gas out of her parents gas can. “My cousin told me that it was Franklin Mountain Dew, and since I couldn’t have Mountain Dew around my parents, I decided to drink it.”

Teacher appears in horror film

When curling up to a horror film this weekend, there is a chance that English teacher Roxanne Schaner could appear in it. “I had my head bashed in and my throat slit in a short film,” Schaner said. In 2002, Schaner appeared in a short film titled Island Grave. Schaner “The film was a ton of fun because of the special effects,” Schaner said. “I never got to work with special effects like that before.”

one time, on our way to Tennessee and had lunch. The town was so small, but the people were the nicest ever. They were so sweet, offering help and smiling at you for no reason.” Although Brown spoke highly of Kentucky, it is nothing compared to her favorite state, New York. “Man-hattan is bustling with people. It is one amazing and huge melting pot. Just by going to different places within the city, a new culture can be discovered,” Brown said. Brown and her family always attempt

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to return to New York during the holiday season to shop and to ice-skate at Rockefeller Center. One great memory Brown experienced from her travels happened when she went to Florida. Within one day, she swam with dolphins and went snorkeling, claiming that “it was an experience like no other.” The only great experience Brown is lacking is the one she will have in Alaska. Brown’s mother has already been to Alaska, but Brown says that the subzero temperatures and a bad incident involving a moose will prevent her mother from ever returning. “I think that if I am going to see Alaska, it will have to be as an adult” Brown said. Although Brown will not be seeing Alaska anytime soon, she does intend to travel to Egypt and Italy this summer. “We are spontaneous travelers,” Brown said. “[Another great] feeling is the one when you do not know a road trip is coming, and you wake up finding out that today you are going somewhere.” Brown and her family keep bags full of the essentials just in case something comes up and they can hit the road. Some spontaneous moments Brown experienced on her travels include climbing a waterfall, getting growled at by a mother bear, going tubing in the Smoky Mountains and having a snake land next to her tube, and taking pictures with the photogenic Naked Cowboy in New York. “[Traveling] has always been a part of how I live,” Brown said. “It means the world to me. It’s kind of like air or food, it comes naturally, and it gives me a way to explore my surroundings and myself.”

First baby crib was a box

When sophomore Elizabeth Groenhout was put to bed as a baby, it was not in the way that most other children are. “I slept in a box when I was a baby,” Groenhout said. When her older sister grew out of the crib, Groenhout was able to move in. “We couldn’t afford a second crib Groenhout because my family was poor,” Groenhout said.

who have an interesting story to share.

Bathing suits and Britney

Growing up in Florida left junior Taylor Southland with a limited variety of clothing to chose from. “I wore nothing but swimsuits when I was younger,” Southland said. She also liked to pretend that she was a famous pop star. “I walked around all day pretending I was Britney Spears,” Southland said. Southland “I would sing all day and even give performances to people.”

In the Air Force at age 12

Most people turn in their first job application at age 16. Freshman MacKenzie Anderson turned in hers when she was 12. She is a Cadet Squadron Commander in the United States Air Force Auxiliary, Civil Air Patrol.” Anderson became interested in this job after attending the Lakeshore 119th Anderson Composite Squadron. “This job has taught me life-long leadership skills,” Anderson said.

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1) PINK Nation – A lifestyle application for Victoria’s Secret fans with which users can play games and shop PINK anytime “PINK Nation is my favorite app because I love shopping and I love Victoria’s Secret.”

2) Snapchat – A photo & video application with real-time picture chatting for sharing moments 3) American Eagle (AE) – A lifestyle application with exclusive content on all things AE 4) Temple Run – The second most downloaded game in the App Store with more than 100 million downloads 5) Hey Tell – A social-networking application that lets users instantly talk to friends and family

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1) Alabama Crimson Tide One of the most storied and decorated programs in NCAA history

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“Alabama is just the best team ever.”

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2) Detroit Lions – Quarterback Matthew Stafford is the fourth quarterback in NFL history to throw for more than 5,000 yards in a single season 3) Michigan State Spartans – Won seven Big Ten championships and has 24 former Spartans playing in the NFL 4) Green Bay Packers – The third oldest franchise in the NFL with four Super Bowl victories and 13 league championship wins 5) Michigan Wolverines – Has the most all-time wins and the highest winning percentage in college football history

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Country Artists

1) Blake Shelton – Won “Male Vocalist of The Year” at the 2012 Academy of Country Music Awards “Blake Shelton is the best because his lyrics are relatable and he is hot.” 2) Lady Antebellum – Won “Choice Country Group” at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards 3) Carrie Underwood - Has been the recipient of five Grammy Awards and 16 Billboard Music Awards 4) Kellie Pickler – Won “Songwriter” award for her song “Best Days of Your Life” by ASCAP 5) Hunter Hayes – Won “Choice Male Country Artist” at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards TOP


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1) Liam Hemsworth – The Last Song, The Hunger Games

“Liam Hemsworth is the hottest because he looks good without his shirt in The Last Song and his abs are really nice.”

2) Zac Efron – 17 Again, Charlie St. Cloud 3) Ryan Gosling – The Notebook, Crazy Stupid Love 4) Alex Pettyfer – Beastly, Magic Mike 5) Tom Daley – Olympic diver for Great Britain

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Hot Guys 1) Pinterest – An inspirational virtual pin board that lets users organize and share photos “Pinterest is my favorite because it gives you great ideas for everything.” 2) Ebay – A global online marketplace 3) Craig’s List – A collection of classified advertisements devoted to jobs, housing, appliances, and more 4) Tumblr – A microblogging and social networking platform that allows users to post multimedia 5) Instagram – A photo-sharing program that allows users to take photos and apply filters

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1) Black Veil Brides – Won Revolver Magazine’s Golden Gods Award for “Best New Artist” “The Black Veil Brides taught me to be myself, to work hard for my goals, and to never back down from anything.” 2) Motley Crüe – Was inducted into Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006

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3) Aerosmith – Only rock group with a No. 1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 for “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing” 4) ACDC – Won “Best Hard Rock Performance” at the Grammys in 2010 for the song “War Machine” 5) Kiss – No. 10 on VH1’s “100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” list

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“Chanel West Coast is just hot.” 2) Melanie Iglesias – No. 65 on Maxim magazine’s Hot 100 list in 2011

2) Barry Sanders – Former running back for the Detroit Lions; ranked by NFL Top 10 as the most elusive runner in NFL history


3) Jerry Rice – Retired wide receiver for several teams; chosen by one of NFL Network’s NFL Films as the greatest player in NFL history 4) Charles Woodson – Defensive back for the Green Bay Packers; AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year for the 2009 NFL season 5) Shane Falco – Former star quarterback in the 2000 sports comedy film The Replacements

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3) Taylor Swift – Won “Red Carpet Hot Icon – Female” at the 2011 Teen Choice Awards 4) Sara Underwood – No. 38 on’s Top 99 Women of 2012 list

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5) Megan Fox – No. 8 on Maxim magazine’s Top Hottest Women of 2012 list

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Hot Girls 1) “Why you asking all them questions?” by Spoken Reasons – 35 million views “This is my favorite because you can laugh at the fact that girlfriends really do ask ‘all them questions.’” 2) “Strangers Again” by Wang Fu Productions – 10 million views


3) “Textually Active” by swoozie06 – 4 million views 4) “Gangnam Style” – USNA Spirit Spot by DoubleBondProduction – 4 million views 5) “Charlie Schmidt’s Keyboard Cat! – THE ORIGINGAL!” by chuckieart – 26 million views

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1) Ed Sheeran – Won “British Breakthrough Act” at the 2012 BRIT Awards “Ed Sheeran is amazing. His music is just really good.” 2) Taylor Swift – Won “Billboard Woman of the Year Award” in 2012

3) Justin Bieber – His third studio album, Believe, became his fourth chart topper in the U.S. since it was released in June 4) Lady Gaga – Has sold around 23 million albums worldwide (making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time) 5) Katy Perry – Has a total of 116 awards in her career

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1) Chanel West Coast – Featured in Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” music video

1) Dan Marino – Former quarterback for the Miami Dolphins; recognized as one of the greatest quarterbacks in football history


Presidential Election 2012


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On Tuesday, Nov. 6, Americans will turn to the polls to take part in the Presidential election. Right now, the candidates are neck and neck with President Barack Obama having 49 percent of the popular vote and former governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney having 47 percent of the vote, according to the Daily Presidental Tracking Poll. Here’s how the candidates compare. President Barack Obama

Former Governor Mitt Romney

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Capital Punishment Favors capital punishment Abortion Previously supported a woman’s right to decide but is now adamantly opposed to abortions unless it involves cases of rape or incest, or if the mother’s life is in mortal danger Marijuana Opposes the legalization of marijuana, including medical marijuana. Same Sex Marriage “Marriage is an institution between a man and a woman. I will support an amendment to the Massachusetts constitution to make that expressly clear. Of course, basic civil rights and certain appropriate benefits should be available to people in nontraditional relationships. But marriage is a special institution between a man and a woman, and our Constitution and laws should reflect that.” Education Expanding school-of-choice options is central to his platform.

Capital Punishment Says caution should be taken on the subject of capital punishment and should be reserved only for “heinous crimes” Abortion Abortions will not be covered in the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan except in the cases of rape or incest, or where the life of the woman would be endangered Marijuana “In terms of legalization of drugs, I think, the battle, the war on drugs has been an utter failure, but I’m not somebody who believes in legalization of marijuana.” Same Sex Marriage Fundamentally supportive toward the LGBT community but admits to internal conflicts in reconciling his social and religious beliefs. Education “If we want America to lead in the 21st century, nothing is more important than giving everyone the best education posInformation from sible.”

Shores 18-year-olds are David Bloom, Senior Grady Brinn, Senior excited to turn out for the “I will vote for Romney. Right now, “I’m going to stick first time at the polls in the I don’t agree with what Obama with Obama. upcoming presidential election. Here is how some stu- is doing, and Romney will create I don’t think the other side jobs and help the USA.” can lead our country.” dents’ plans to vote:

who Who are in charge of each class?


Jason McGough, adviser “I like staying involved and getting to do fun stuff instead of just the usual dayto-day teaching.” President: Morgan Schwing Vice President: Rachel Baxter Secretary: Danielle Hillary Treasurer: Justin Malek


Shelia Hunt, adviser “By doing activities like this, you really get to see students in a different light.” President: Mandy Versalle Vice President: Julie Jones Secretary: Regan Wilcox Treasurer: Clair Jennings


Kaley DeRuiter, Senior “I plan on voting for Romney because when I get out of college, I’m going to want a career or a job.”

Brock Boucher, Senior “I’m going to vote for Obama because I’m a Democrat, and I believe in his values and his platform.”

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exchange students?

Juliana Idarraga Columbia

Pirun Kiratika Weesomma Karunratanakul Thailand Thailand

Alexander Kuhn Germany

Anne Kathrin Unger

Helene Hjellup Norway

Ali Aliyev Azerbaijan

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.

One of the gyms is named after C. William Hanichen. Who is he? Hanichen

C. William Hanichen was Shores’ first principal 1962. Hanichen was principal for 24 years. While he was principal, the open campus lunch tradition was started as well as a Student of the Month program. During his time, the first musical, Bye, Bye Birdie was performed.

Who is the administrative team?

Deanna Smalligan, adviser “It’s great being able to work with the student body and working with small groups of students.” President: Nichelle Hulka/Lauren Marine Vice President: Ryan Susterich Secretary: Rhian Williams Treasurer: Elizabeth Groenhout

David Walls Walt Dean of Gawkowski Students Asst. Principal

Jennifer Bustard Principal

Al Weber Dean of Students

Danielle Smith-Walker Counselor

Stacie Meyer Counselor

Ryan Portenga Athletic Director


Warren Kent III, adviser “I wanted to make a bigger impact. Students need a stronger voice at this school, and I hope to accomplish that.” President: Brynne Wilcox Vice President: Mitchel Dinsmoor Secretary: Danielle Warren Treasurer: Abby Zuidema

Vickie Swanson Counselor

Cindy Backstrom – ALC Supervisor Ray Baker – Security Sarah Barnard – Attendance Clerk Anne Brainard – Media Center Specialist Janice Hall – Administrative Assistant Jim Johnson – Social Worker

Matt Koziak – Voyager Coordinator Becky Lund – Attendance Secretary Shelly Marine – Athletic Secretary Judy Neiser – Media Center Secretary Carrie Skocelas – Book Store Clerk Traci Wyman – Detention Supervisor

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Kickin’ It Country Love For Country Music is Growing Feature Editor

“Take A Little Ride” Jason Aldean

“Hard To Love” Lee Brice

“Cowboys & Angels” Justin Lynch

“Lovin’ You Is Fun” Easten Corbin

“Why Ya Wanna” Jana Kramer

“The One That Got” Jake Owen

“Wanted” Hunter Hayes “Blown Away” Carrie Underwood

“Fastest Girl In Town” Miranda Lambert “Kiss Tomorrow” Luke Bryan

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Music is an escape. Many students are seen jamming to the radio at a stop sign or with headphones in, shutting the rest of the world out. More commonly, country artists like Blake Shelton and Carrie Underwood have been replayed on teens’ iPods; the spread of country music has begun. Country music used to be designated to the hick-town, pig-raising, truck driving country folk. However, over the past few years, at least one or more country songs have been heard on almost all popular radio stations. “I like country music because it goes with every mood and it’s easy to sing to because I have a terrible voice, “said Jarred Felt, one of the many country-loving senior boys. Country music has influenced and been welcomed into many teens’ music relationships. Something about the feet tapping beat and desperate need to sing along, country music has started to blend with other varieties of music and become one of the top genres. Most songs have a story, helping listeners to relate personally or emotionally with every lyric. Country music has a warm and intense appeal to it, no matter the artist. “I like country music because it’s all about either love or having a good time, and I just love it,” freshman Abbey Dakin said, “I can

relate to most of it too.” Of course, Taylor Swift and all her relatable fans help push country music to the top of the music charts. Some say that Taylor Swift’s songs are gossip but with a tune. Many girls can relate and feel the same emotions as Swift in every song. “She really helped country music.” said Miranda Lambert to W Magazine, “When she hit, I was thinking, ‘Thank God Taylor’s out there to show people we’re not cheesy.” With a catchy pop-like beat and a splash of the southern guitar, Swift shows to be a popular female artist in both pop and country genres. Switching back and forth from country to pop and pop to country, Kelly Clarkson, Jason Aldean, and Darius Rucker share the same median of genres as Swift. However, some teens don’t really feel this southern swag of the growing country music. “I do like country because sometimes they have great messages, but sometimes, I’m not always in the hanky panky mood, ya dig?” sophomore Miranda Allers said. Although, not all teens are in love with the beat of country music, it has certainly become more popular than it was 10 years ago. Because of the more modern twist to country music and the mix of artists, this genre is growing. Whether it’s a heart-breaking harmony by Rascal Flatts or a break-up song by Taylor Swift, there may always be a hint of country on every iPod playlist.

Not Lovin’ Cowboy Boots & Flannel... “None of my friends listen to it, but it’s cool stuff. Marcus Miller is my favorite artist.” Corey Wysozan, senior


Genre combination of soul music, jazz, and R&B


Traditional genre of music usually made up of orchestra and vocal sounds appealing to critical interest and developed musical taste

“Classical music soothes me and Frank Sinatra is awesome.” Austin Decker, sophomore

Rock & Roll

Genre commonly associated with a heavy beat and simple, repetitive lyrics; Rock & Roll began as a combination of country, blues, gospel, and jazz

“My favorite artist would be Motley Crue. I enjoy rock music because you can let loose and throw your fist in the air.” Chris Evans, senior


Stemming from Jamaican music, reggae and independent music has a calming sense and acoustic


Genre evolved from hard core punk with a mixture of vocals and shouting or screaming, poetic or abstract lyrics and entertaining concerts.

“How can you not like it? I like Rebelution because they have great music.” Gavin Collings, senior “My boyfriend introduced me to scream, and I just liked it ever since then and stopped listening to everything else. So far, my favorite artist is Sleeping with Sirens.” Elisabeth Treptow, sophomore

Similar to Pandora and Grooveshark, 8Tracks is a handcrafted Internet radio to fit a listener’s mood, genre, or occasion. Extremely simple to operate, people can discover and create mixes to their favorite songs. The playlists can be a minimum of 8 tracks, hence the name, but can grow to more than 100 songs on one playlist. Young listeners can search for a certain artist or genre and find multiple mixes made by listeners interested in the same music. Creating an account, members can save certain mixes to “favorites” and look under categories of “Hot,” “Popular,” “Featured,” “Newest Playlists,” etc. When opening the 8tracks webpage, the home screen is a list of phrases and words that can be clicked on depending on the listener’s feelings and emotions. 8tracks is connected and shown through a radiostyle manner and can be accessed through the internet or apps on the iPhone and Android. Just like numerous social networks, one can follow other members and see multiple mixes created by them. Each mix tape play list can contain a title, cover art, tags, and a short bio for the reason of the playlist and what music or artists it contains. Members with a high number of followers and multiple mixes are considered DJs, sharing their talent in taste and original mash-ups.

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Education foundation important to Shores By Jake Bordeaux


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When teachers need new supplies and equipment for the classroom, how do they get the funding to pay for it? The answer, in part, is the relatively unknown Mona Shores Education Foundation led by president Robert Grevious. “The goals of the foundation is to provide private funding for innovative and creative educational programs that foster students ethical, social, and intellectual development and to enhance and broaden community support for public education in the Mona Shores Public Schools,” Grevious said. Grevious added that the MSEF provides teacher mini-grants up to $200 for educational supplies that any teacher can apply for. The foundation has a budget of $5,000 for the mini-grants for the 20122013 school year. Receiving one of said mini-grants for the 2011-2012 school year was art teacher Danielle Benson-Fennell.

“With the grant, I was able to invite professional jeweler Julie Sanford from Grand Haven to come into the classroom and present to the students for two days,” Benson-Fennell said. “The feedback from students was fantastic, and I would have never been able to provide that experience for them without the grant.” With the $200 mini-grant, BensonFennell said she was also able to purchase a rolling mill for her classroom. The foundation’s sole goal is to support education at Shores and to relieve some of the financial burden, but the foundation also has to raise the money to allow them to do this successfully. Last June, the foundation sold used laptops, projectors, TVs, and carts to provide funds for the district. When that sale raised $15,000, they gave every penny back to the schools by giving $4,000 to the high school, $3,000 to the middle school and $2,000 to each elementary. The MSEF also held a wine and beer tasting event in March at the Mona Lake Boat Club. Tickets for last year’s event were $20 a piece or two for $45.

CLASSES Continued from page 1 and the traditional-style learning with another. Sauceda-Geoghan, who is in her 13th year teaching math at Shores, has taught everything from transition math to AP calculus, but this is her first experience with the flipped class. A flip classroom in essence flip-flops the routine, Sauceda-Geoghan said. Instead of taking notes and learning from the teacher live in class and then doing homework at home, students take notes at home and do homework in class “The benefits are huge (potentially),” SaucedaGeoghan said. “The brighter students will thrive no matter what style is introduced. This benefits all the other students. In math, especially, countless students would say they thought they understood it while in class taking notes, but when it came to application, they didn’t know what to do. In turn, they didn’t finish their homework because no one at home could help. With the flip classroom, Sauceda-Geoghan said, students are able to ask her questions along the way while working on the homework.   “In most cases, the students who ‘think’ they don’t get it really do, but they make silly mistakes over and over again,” Sauceda-Geoghan said. “I can catch it right away in class, and they won’t make the mistake 10 times in a row.” Sauceda-Geoghan is unique in that she is the only teacher attempting the flipped class at Shores; however, English teacher Chris Johnson is currently piloting one of the two one-to-one class structures at Shores. A true one-to-one classroom, Johnson said, is where the students have their own electronic device like a laptop or tablet to use as an aid in their learning. Shores’ pilot program is a bit of a hybrid. The students each have their own laptop while they are in class, but they are not allowed to take them home.

KING Continued from page 1 the festivities. “When I found out that Brent and I were on court together, I was just so excited,” McMahon said. “I had this idea way back before junior year, so it was really rewarding for me to see that it had all paid off.” Principal Jennifer Bustard was also excited when she heard the news. “We knew beforehand that there was interest [in nominating Brent], so it wasn’t a total surprise,” Bustard said. “But we were just absolutely thrilled that our students had done this. It demonstrates genuine care and concern for all students, regardless of who they are. It shows total class on the students’ parts.” On Friday, Sept. 21, the students delighted in seeing a smiling Brent enthu-

Grevious said the wine and beer tasting event is “our Crowned Jewel event” with silent auction item baskets from each department from the high school, middle school, and elementary school. This event pays for the teacher mini-grants. Additionally, the MSEF also held a chili cook event during a basketball game in the winter. Even though the foundation does so much for the district, there are few people, especially students, who actually know who they are, what they do, and how to get involved. “Everyone that is part of the foundation is volunteering his or her time and energy to help make the Mona Shores Public Schools the greatest,” Grevious said. “We have teachers, administrators, business professionals and parents that all contribute to the foundation being successful,” Meetings are held on the first Wednesday of every month in the high school’s media center at 4 p.m. The meetings last an hour. Grevious said the foundation is looking for more people to join

so that we can add more fundraiser events and help the students even more than ever. Any one with questions can contact Grevious at 329-4682 or check out the web site at Along with all of the financial assistance, each year the foundation selects teachers and/or staff members from Shores to award the Excellence Award for their hard and above and beyond work as a member of the Shores team. From the high school, teachers Scott Lautenshlaeger and Shannan Conrad were selected to receive the award this year. Anyone can nominate a teacher or staff member for the Excellence Award, Grevious said. The form can be downloaded from the website and turned into the foundation. Members from the foundation (no employees of the school district), then go over the names submitted, and five are chosen. “We have not chosen a repeat winner, but that doesn’t mean that someone can’t win it again,” Grevious said.

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“It keeps students engaged,” Johnson said. “(The current) generation has grown up with all this great technology. Why not use it if we already know how too? Also, it offers a lot more assistance for students at home. My Moodle course has supplemental video and presentations students can refer to at home if they have questions. It also allows for my time in the classroom to help students one-on-one.” Also piloting a one-to-one class is psychology teacher Heather hall. “I love the one-to-one class,” she said. “I have been

siastically waving as he rode in a car with McMahon in the Homecoming parade, which he said was one of his favorite parts about the festivities. That night, however, Brent’s smile grew even wider when, during halftime of the football game, he was crowned Homecoming King. “I remember saying, ‘Brent, that’s you!’ when they announced it. And he was like, ‘Really?!’” McMahon said. “I could tell that it really meant a lot to him.” It meant a lot to Brent’s mother, too. “We were so ecstatic [when he was crowned king],” Davis said. “Just seeing the joy, pride, and excitement on his face…I’m so thankful that the students have given him the opportunity to feel like he is a part of this huge school experience.” Bustard said she is also thankful for all that Brent’s classmates have done for him.

moving in that direction over the last couple years since I was trained in Moodle. This environment puts much more responsibility on the student, which I believe is necessary at the high school level of education.” While the teachers are obviously fans, Hall said, most of the students are on board as well. “Any time we are forced to make a change from the norm, it requires a period of adjustment,” she said. “Most students have accepted it and understand the reasons for it. Some really like it. They like having access to the class anytime, anywhere.”

“We are so glad that the students recognize that Homecoming doesn’t have to be just a popularity contest,” Bustard said. “I am very proud of them and the support and care they have shown for one another.” Brent said he is especially glad for all of the support that his fellow marching band members have shown him and for the opportunity to be a part of band. To celebrate his accomplishment, Brent was taken out to eat after the game by some close friends, Gary and Karmen Gearhart. They decided to let the new “King” go to Burger King, where he also works a few hours a week. The next evening, Brent opted not to go to the dance and instead spent the night with friends at his house, enjoying some choice pizza from Jet’s. For a few days he “played the King card,” but the experience definitely had a lasting impact on him.

“I’ve noticed that he has been even more caring and helpful to other people,” Davis said. “I think that this experience will give him a lasting sense of belonging and pride in being a Shores student.” To give Brent this amazing experience was what McMahon had imagined all along. “People need to learn not to judge those who might be a little different from them,” McMahon said. “Brent is so just so nice, and I was and still am really excited for him.” Brent’s mother was also excited for her son, but she knows that her happiness runs deeper. “I really cannot thank the students enough,” Davis said. “I actually think this story is more about the Shores students than Brent. They should definitely feel pride in being Sailors and for making a fellow student feel so good about himself.”

Good Sportsmanship

Bad Sportsmanship

New athletic 11 s trainer clear p choice o By Blake Robinson

Staff Writer

Everyone has to play the right way By Miranda Shafer

Staff Writer In every game, there is a winner and a loser, but it is not always the score that matters most. For coaches, athletic directors and school administration, it is the actions of players and coaches that matter most. The next time a player or coach catches himself or herself arguing with a ref or an opposing player or coach, think about how that makes the team look as a whole. When a player or coach decides not to be a “good sport” and exhibit actions of poor sportsmanship, it reflects upon the entire team. Case in point: the Shores vs. Fruitport soccer game on Sept. 8. Shores defender Cole Shafer, a senior, got in a tough situation when a player from Fruitport threw punches and hit Shafer twice in the face. “A lot of the Fruitport players were playing rough,” Shafer said. “I just decided to play my game.” Near the second half, bad went to worse when Shafer and the same player crossed paths. Shafer stole the ball, and the Fruitport player threw Shafer to the ground and started throwing numerous punches. “I wasn’t about to throw my season away just to hit a kid,” Shafer said.

Shafer could have fought back but decided not to. He kept his cool, and then the team and Shafer went on to win the game 1-0. “Whether it is good or bad sportsmanship, sports are going to test you,” Shafer said. “It is how you react that counts.” Athletic director Ryan Portenga said Shores follows the Code of Conduct to the “T” when it comes to disciplinary actions. While Code One deals with drinking, Code Two is for fighting. If an athlete violates Code Two, a first offense is being suspended from 25 percent of the events for the entire current activity. A second violation is similar, but an athlete will be suspended from 50 percent of all activities. Once an athlete makes a third offense, they will be suspended from all extra/co-curricular for one calendar year. Portenga said he leaves most discipline up to the varsity coach of each sport unless he needs to get involved. “There are going to be fouls during the game,” said math teacher Robert Peterson, who is an assistant football coach at Montague High School. “We will deal with those later, but if they are being too rough, I will pull them.” Many coaches, like JV volleyball coach Leah Kern, said they would rather players be the first level of controlling teammates – for both positive and nega-

tive situations. “I need a leader out there who can keep everyone intense at our best and worst moments of every game,” Kern said. And players understand they are ultimately responsible for their action and the actions of their teammates. “I try to be as positive as I can on and off the court,” said sophomore Jordyn Vilneff, who plays JV volleyball. “Having a bad attitude just brings the team down.” Sometimes, in rare cases, it isn’t the players who cause the problems. It can even be the fans whose sportsmanship isn’t in the right spot. “Last year, the girls’ volleyball Boom Squad (the team’s fan club) had a sit down meeting and went over cheers that were OK to say during games,” Portenga said. “In this case, we called down the leaders and solved the problem that way.” Each and every game has its up and its downs, but it is how players, coaches and sometimes fans cope with them that matters. “Sportsmanship needs to be a priority for coaches, players and fans,” said English teacher Warren Kent III, who is also the varsity baseball coach at North Muskegon. “While we all understand that winning is important, it’s how you win that matters.

That (City) Championship Feeling Golf wins 5th straight title

Tennis dominates flights

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By Holly Fredericksen

Sports Editor

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With senior Morgan Smith leading the team as individual City champion, the girls’ golf team won the City title for the fifth consecutive year. “To win five straight City titles as a team is definitely a big accomplishment for us and it feels great,” said Smith, who has been a part of four of those team. “It’s a lot of fun to be apart of a team that is so dominant.” The tournament, at Chase Hammond Golf Course, took place on Sept. 26. Ranked No. 1 in Division 2, Shores posted a 306. “It felt amazing to win,” said Smith, who shot 73 but had to win a one-hole playoff for individual honors. “It was awesome to come up at top because I had a lot of tough competitors I had to go against. Then, I had to play against another skilled player in a playoff.” Other low scorers were senior Hailey Hrynewich, who shot a 75 and finished third, senior Kelsey McKinley, who shot a 77 and finished fourth, and senior Britni Gielow, who shot an 81 and finished fifth. The girls City golf tournament first began in 2005, and since then, the Sailors have taken seven of the nine titles. “The team has been very consistent with putting so much time into golf, which has helped us overall as a team with our scores,” Smith said. “I honestly think no one puts in as much time and effort as we do which has definitely helped us get where we are today.”

Seeded first in all but one flight, the boys’ tennis team lived up to those seedings and captured its second straight City title, the first under new head coach Andrew DeBruyn. “(The win feels) great,” said DeBruyn, who saw his team finish with 52 points at the Sept. 29 tournament. North Muskegon was second with 41 points. “This is always a tournament that is at the top of our priorities going into the season. To be able to win City backto-back is a huge confidence booster going forward.” DeBruyn said repetition of shots, including serves, volleys, and ground strokes, helped the team prepare for the tournament. “We practice so hard during the week,” said junior Sam Reynolds, who was City champ

Junior Sam Reynolds, who won City at No. 4 singles, serves the ball to his Fruitport opponent at the tournament. (Katie DeBruin)

at No. 4 singles. “We’ve put in so much time and effort to be prepared for the matches we had up ahead at City.” Mentally prepared for the tournament, DeBruyn said they knew what they had to do. “(We) pulled this tournament out by hard work,” DeBruyn said. “We strive being accountable and making sure we come out every practice to play at a high level. Doubles has especially worked on volleys and net game. Singles more baseline and ground strokes.” Winners of the tournament for singles were sophomores Michael Kiley (No. 2) and Dan Ribbink (No. 3) and Reynolds. Doubles winners included sophomore Ben Romaniello and junior Tom Dreliozis (No. 1), seniors Jake Gawron and Trey Fett (No. 3), and freshman John Hunt and junior Miles Devoogd (No. 4).

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When the position of athletic trainer opened up at Shores, applications flew in. But athletic director Ryan Portenga knew the clear choice when he interviewed Elizabeth Lawrence. “When it came down to deciding, we had two solid applicants, but Elizabeth was the clear choice with her references raving about her and how knowledgeable and disciplined she was with an all-around Lawrence good attitude,” Portenga said. Lawrence, who is an alumna of Zeeland East High School and recent graduate of Grand Valley State University, said she has always liked careers that involved dealing with other people. “I always really liked the human body and looking at how it worked,” Lawrence said, “I also liked the idea of becoming a trainer because I like being outside and being at the events.” Lawrence said she has gotten to know many of the fall athletes and said she has been enjoying her experience so far at Shores. She added that she looks forward to meeting athletes in the upcoming sports seasons as well. “She seems very nice, and she seems to know what she is doing,” said junior Blake Venne, who runs cross country. Lawrence also said she sees many similar characteristics between her attended high school and Shores. “Mona Shores does remind me of Zeeland East in the way that it encourages its athletes to strive to be their best,” Lawrence said. “Shores also shows great promise in their growing athletic department.” Portenga has reassured himself that Lawrence is the right choice. “Elizabeth has been doing a great job, and she knows what she is doing and does it with confidence,” Portenga said. “We are glad to have her here at Mona Shores.”

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Martial arts is widely

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practiced, not only around the world, but by students a Shores. Whether it be karate, kung fu, jiu jitsu, or taekwondo, many

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Shores students practice and train in these ancient sports. During karate practice, freshman Piper Burghduf throws out a side kick. Burgduf said she practices two or three times a week. (Courtesy Photo)

Sports Editor Wax on. Wax off. Just like the Karate Kid, freshman Piper Burghduf trains in the ancient martial art karate. Karate is a form of unarmed combat and self-defense in which different forms of kicks and strikes are used. “I think it is a form of selfdefense in a way,” Burghduf said. “It helps you know what to do if you ever get into a situation where you need to fight.” Two or three times a week, Burghduf attends her session at Salomon’s Karate Studio located in Norton Pines Athletic Club, where she is taught by Sensai Salomon

Villalpando. Last November, Burghduf began taking classes simply to learn how to fight and defend herself. She has since trained her way to a yellow belt. With many different strikes, kicks, stances, blocks, and kata, she admits choosing a favorite move would be near impossible. “I have don’t have a specific thing (that I like),” Burghduf said. “I just like it all in general.” Being relatively new to the sport and a huge perfectionist, she said she hopes to improve enough to compete in a tournament soon. “I always want everything to be perfect,” Burghduf said. “That is why I haven’t competed yet.”

Senior enjoys jiu jitsu By Holly Fredericksen

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Freshman searches for her inner Karate Kid By Holly Fredericksen

Senior Landon Kresnak performs a triangle choke during one of his jiu jitsu practices. Kresnak used this move to get second in the expert division. (Cole Myhre)


Three students (freshman Piper Burgduf, senior Landon Kresnak and sophomore Elizabeth Groenhout) tell their stories.

For senior Landon Kresnak, football and wrestling wasn’t enough. He wanted more, and to achieve this, he began training in the martial art jiu jitsu. Jiu jitsu is an ancient Brazilian martial art that can be described as submission fighting that involves a series of joint locks and choke holds, with no striking involved. “I like that it’s an individual sport, and I don’t rely on anyone to win,” Kresnak said. “Plus, when you’re good at it, it feels better to win by yourself.” Classes are held in Muskegon at Patino’s Martial Arts on Sherman Boulevard and taught by Master Randy Patino. “Randy really inspires me,” Kresnak said, “mainly because he’s better than me and has taught me everything that I know. He is really good, and I learned my technique from him. So if he does something, I try it too.” With influence from his father, Kresnak began taking jiu

jitsu his freshman year. “My dad asked me if I wanted to start taking classes,” Kresnak said. “It also seemed fun, so I wanted to take them too.” With the exception of football season, he practices year-round. Practice takes place Monday through Friday, and Kresnak attends all five days with jiu jitsu Monday, Wednesday and Friday and kick boxing on Tuesday and Thursday. On Saturday’s, Patino offers an open gym that Kresnak also attends. Often, it is only Kresnak who comes to practice, so he receives one-on-one training. “I like that it’s just Randy and I,” Kresnak said. “It’s always good to train with someone better than you because it’s more of a challenge. It helps me improve.” After competing in five national tournaments, Kresnak has a winning record of 122 with his next competition in Chicago in December. “Competing is how you get better,” Kresnak said. “As long as I am doing jiu jitsu, I will continue to compete.”

Beginning taekwondo student uses sport for self-defense training By Holly Fredericksen

Sports Editor When looked at throughout the day, sophomore Lizzy Groenhout seems to be just an ordinary Shores student. But a few nights a week, she turns into Elizabeth Groenhout, taekwondo master. Groenhout used to take jiu jitsu but has switched to taekwondo because her busy schedule didn’t allow time for jiu jitsu lessons. Attending classes at Randy Patino’s Martial Arts on Sherman Boulevard, Groenhout has been training for about four months. Strength and self-defense are two of the many things she has learned and gained since she began training. “I like that it has helped me learn control and balance,” Groenhout said. “It has also given me more conFootball The Sailors head into tonight’s key matchup at Zeeland East needing two wins in the final two games to make the playoffs. Shores has a 4-3 record and has been led offensively by sophomore quarterback Tyree Jackson, junior receiver Asantay Brown, and senior back Chris Bradford. Defensively, senior David Bloom has paced the team.

Shores has posted a 24-9 record. Seniors Meghan Birr, Kylie Dennis and Kendall Sells have paced the team, which won the Whitehall Invitational.

Volleyball A senior-dominated team,

Boys’ Cross Country Senior Jacob Baker has

Boys’ Soccer Senior Joey Wolffis has been stellar in goal, posting a school record 12 shutouts as the team has raced to a 14-11 record. Senior Jacob Carlson has led the team with 20 goals.

While practicing with coach Randy Patino, sophomore Elizabeth Groenhout succeeds in doing a roundhouse kick. (Courtesy Photo) fidence.” Taekwondo is a technical sport with kicks, strikes, and many different forms all put together.


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led the team consistently throughout the season. The Sailors won the Fruitport Invitational. Girls’ Cross Country Senior Serena Gale-Butto broke the school record with a time of 18:58 at the Portage Invitational. Shores also won the first invitational under

head coach Heather Hall when the Sailors won the Fruitport Invitational. Boys’ Tennis The Sailors won the City title (see page 11). Shores also won its own quad. Girls’ Golf Shores played in regional action two days ago (after

The technical skill requires a lot of precision, accuracy and control. “My favorite part is learning how to do all the fun kicks,” Groenhout said. “You won’t learn anything like it anywhere else – not in school, or gym, or any other sports. Martial arts are completely unique.” Being a white belt, Groenhout has been able to grasp the mental aspect of the sport also. “It’s really fun and helps you clear your mind completely,” Groenhout said. “I really recommend this if you really need a sport to just get your mind away from everyday stress.” A great self-defense, taekwondo teaches a person many ways to protect themselves and others. “Anyone could be put in a scary situation where they need help,” Groenhout said. “I want to be prepared to defend myself if I need to.” press time) hoping to make a run at its fourth straight state championship. Four seniors (Morgan Smith, Hailey Hrynewich, Kelsey McKinley and Britni Gielow) have led the Sailors to an undefeated season, which includes the fifth straight City title (see page 11) and the fourth straight OK Blakc crown. Along the way, the Sailors set a school record by scoring 296 over 18 holes and 147 over nine holes, and Hrynewich posted the the

school’s best nine-hole score with a 32 and the best 18-hole score with a 70. Girls’ Swimming Junior Rachel Resterhouse, who is also a top runner on the cross country team, is undefeated in the 200 IM. As a team, the co-op team made up of swimmers from Reeths-Puffer and Western Michigan Christian has posted a 2-6 record.

The Sailors' Log, October 12, 2012  

The school newspaper for Mona Shores High School.

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